With events unfolding fast in Ukraine, like all of you, I am sure you’re wondering what we might do to help? We are looking into options to join the DEC joint appeal where every donation is matched £ for £ by the government. We are working on an event and we will make an announcement shortly. We hope you’ll want to join in and not only raise money for this worthy cause but also, perhaps, to reflect on how fortunate we are to have what we have in Frinton and to do what we can to assist those in desperate need of help and support resulting from this terrible and aggressive invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

And meanwhile this weekend Frinton Rotary are planning a collection at the McGrigor Hall from 10.00 until 16.30 each day this weekend to collect much needed supplies. Items requested include milk powder and infant milk, painkillers, coffee, tea, canned food, butane gas cylinders for cooking, camping cookers, first aid kits, disinfectant wipes, toiletries, torches, matches, batteries, sleeping bags, rain ponchos, cushions, shoes and socks, candles, and sleeping covers. If you are able to help? Please do so.

On to other news. Tonight sees the launch of the brand new vintage of our house fizz, ‘Jarrow House’ by our very own member, Sally Smith and her partner Robert Auld. The event is sold out but we stock the fizz behind the bar so you’ll be able to try it for yourself!

And on a first come, first serve, basis there will be some food available on Sunday for Brunch to coincide with the Frinton Jazz Club who are hosting a sell-out event at the Club. If you do want to book, please do so via the website. Service is between 12 – 1.30pm and there’s a rather tasty toasted muffin with rare roast beef or halloumi on offer with onion marmalade and crispy hash browns! Yum! Book here to avoid disappointment because when it’s gone? It’s gone! Book Here.

Please DO mark your diaries for Saturday 9th April. Very shortly we’ll be launching a very special fine dining and English sparkling evening. We’ll be hosting Busi Jacobsohn. They have a vineyard in East Sussex and produce some of the UK’s finest sparkling white and rosé fizz. I have reviewed it for the FT and I have to say it really is astonishingly good. But don’t take my word for it, you’ll be able to hear all about it and taste it for yourselves! We’ll be launching their new ‘blanc de noirs’ that’s yet to be tried in public and to meet the makers. We’ll launch the event very soon.

Other events…

Tuesday March 8th is International Women’s Day and to mark the occasion we have a Racketball event at the Club. All details on the event and how you can get involved are here.

Sunday March 13th is our next Roast Sunday Lunch. On the menu is roast beef, roast pork or our veggie option of roast butternut squash wellington. Of course these are served with Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes and loads of freshly cooked veg. And pud or cheese too! We’re selling out fast so please do reserve your table and book online here.

Thursday March 17th is St Patrick’s Day and we have a Guinness and Darts evening planned. Details here.

And on Saturday March 19th The Jupiter Singers will be performing a FREE concert at the Club. We’ll also have food on offer too… details to come soon.

And we do have Sunday Lunch AND Mother’s Day tea on Sunday 27th March. Have you seen our special competition where YOU could win a free tea for two? All the details are on our Facebook page!

Club News
This week you will have received the Board’s proposals for our subscription rates for 2022/23. We recognise that the cost of living is rising fast and no one likes to see prices going up. We are doing all we can to contain costs whilst achieving our strategic objectives. Rather than go into the details, the new rates are available online and on the Club’s notice boards. If you do have any concerns or issues to raise, of course we are happy to hear from you. Our objective remains simple. To provide value for money for every Member and to make sure we become self sustainable rather than reliant upon donors and benefactors. We are making progress but with recovery from the pandemic and a range of other issues we’ve been addressing, this is a difficult balancing act. We hope you’ll continue to support the Board and your Club in our endeavours.

This week, Clare Young let us know that as a result of her heavy workload, she’s no longer able to undertake the very full job of tennis Match Secretary. On behalf of the Club, Board and our Tennis Committee and playing Members… Clare, thank you so much for all you have done for us, the enthusiasm and time and effort you’ve devoted to this and we are eternally grateful. In the interim Bill Greeno will take on this role as chair of the Tennis Committee but I am sure he’ll be looking for help and support! If so, please let the office know if you’d like to get involved.

As for sport? There’s plenty going on too. Our gym classes continue to be successful and busy. If you want to join in, just go online to book and if you still haven’t had your induction to use the gym equipment. What are you waiting for?! It’s all there and ready to use! Do speak to Katy for more details. Croquet, squash, walking football are also getting busier too. So if you want to join in, you’ll find all the details you need on the website or via the office. And finally to tennis. The winter league continues as does coaching for adults and juniors too. Pete and his team do get really booked up, so if you’re interested head to the Neet Academy site for more details here.

And finally, we are on the case to sort out our FOS LTC apparel. We hope to launch a range of clothing and accessories in time for the summer season. Exciting times with more details soon!

That’s it for this week. I hope you have a good week and if you are bored and find yourself at a loose end, why not pop in and visit? With drinks on tap and plenty going on, you won’t be bored for long.

James Max
Club Chairman


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