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Yes - we are open again from Monday 17th May 2021.
We are delighted to confirm that we will be welcoming our comrades and friends again. Opening times 7 to 11pm. every day except Saturday, when it will be 12 midday to 11pm.
To minimise the risk of spreading coronavirus, special rules will be in place. These are spelt out in full on notices in the club, but here is a summary.
We hope to be able to advertise a beer list on the Facebook
It feels like an awfully long time, which is probably because it HAS been an awfully long time, but we can now say that, barring any last minute problems, the club will reopen on Monday 17th May 2021.
As it was when we were last open in 2020, there will be special rules in
place, which we expect to be very similar to those we adopted last
year. More detail to follow...
So, it`s the first update in three months. There has been nothing to report, but it`s time to change the latest greeting from "Happy new year" to "Happy Easter".
As the pandemic drags on, we are all pining for the club and, with the gradual easing of lockdown restrictions, the committee are looking at a possible timescale for reopening.
Whilst we are as keen as anybody to see all our friends and comrades again, we will be cautious about it. We will follow all rules and official guidance and will open when we consider it safe - not just anytime when our apology for a government says we can open.
Any time in April is not under consideration as nobody could be served
indoors and we do not have adequate facilities outdoors. The
earliest possible date would be sometime in the second half of May.
Club officers are reviewing the situation continuously and will make
detailed proposals to the committee later this month. This site will
keep you up to date with developments.
So it`s out with the old, in with - er - a load more of the same s#*t!
Still no sign of an end to the current situation and no hint of a reopening date, but we are still here and we will be back.
Meanwhile, Happy new year to all our members, families and friends.
Stay safe and we will see you "soon".
The club officers have been monitoring the situation relating to the tier structure applying to our region and can advise that, from Thursday 3rd December, we will be in tier 3. This does not allow us to trade in any meaningful way, which means that that we will remain closed for the foreseeable future.
The Government could not make this announcement without issuing the details online before they were made in the House of Commons - and then the website crashed. They are incompetence on a truly epic scale - but that`s not telling you anything new is it?
As always, watch this space for latest announcements.
So here we are again - back where we were in April. Just in case anyone wasn`t paying attention, the national lockdown starts 5th November (Today) and the club is CLOSED. Here is a picture from yesterday evening with just over 2 hours to go before we shut. Apologies to those who arrived a bit later and had to be turned away due to limitation of the numbers allowed in.
We`ll meet again . . . just don`t know when at this stage. National lockdown continues until 2nd December according to latest announcements. Will it finish then ?? And if so, which tier of the previous regulations will apply to this area? The committee will watch developments and decide when we can reopen - and this website will report it as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, I will occupy myself with some updates on the "Odds & Sods" page of this site, with a bit of comment on what`s happening in the big bad world outside the Shed.
Things are moving fast. Since the announcement of "Tier 3" status for West Yorkshire from 2nd November, we have now had a further announcement about the national lockdown from 5th November (Thursday). This has superseded the previous announcement. See this from the Wakefield Council website for more detail. It means we can now remain open until 4th November (Wednesday). In practice this means just one extra day as we are not open on Monday & Tuesday (but see below).
Second update today.....
Just for this week, we will open on Monday and Tuesday as well - usual times : 18.00 - 22.00
Watch this space in case of any further changes.
The feeble efforts of our "government" to control this virus mean it is on the rampage again. So, in spite of our efforts over the last 3 months to provide a safe environment for socialising and drinking, we are forced to shut down again as the whole of West Yorkshire enters "tier 3" of the Covid regulations.
Our last session for the time being will be Sunday 1st November, when we will extend our hours to open from 12 noon through to 10pm. After that, ?????????????? watch this space for latest announcements.
As we did during the previous period of lockdown, we will honour the commitment to our staff that they will be paid at normal rates (ie. `Living wage` as defined by the TUC) during this closure.As always, keep yourselves safe and well and we will try to keep you up to date with Club matters going forward.
Another week, another U-turn in the shambolic
efforts of this Tory "Government"
to control the pandemic, and there are some altered
regulations which we must observe.
Earlier closing time (10pm. Obviously the virus only works a night shift!) but most days we will open earlier.
Last orders at 9.20 and no drinks served after 9.30pm.
Face coverings must be worn inside the club, except when sat at a table drinking.
The rest is little changed from our existing arrangements.
See the UK Government website for a general summary.
There are no changes to advertised opening dates at the moment, but it feels like it did back in March of this year - things are moving fast, so watch this space for latest announcements - we will try to keep up with it all.
K e e p y o u r d i s t a n c e , wash your hands :-) Stay safe and, just for now, have a drink at the Shed
Our homegrown band of entertainers, the Red Shed Players, have completed their latest production “SIC K". Probably the most serious piece of work the group have yet done, the play is about the appalling way our benefit system treats people with disabilities. It was inspired by real experiences of people at St Catherine’s Foodbank and Kirklees Law Centre, also by Frances Ryan’s book “Crippled”.
You can follow the development of “SIC K" on the Red Shed Players website. Originally designed as a stage play, it has turned into a filmed production due to the difficulty of arranging performances during the Covid-19 period. It is now available to watch on YouTube.
If you would like to support the group`s work, you can:
The virus seems to be surging again, as predicted by many. Yesterday`s announcement by the Prime Monster about new restrictions on social gatherings has just sown even more confusion. As described on the UK Government website, social gatherings of more than 6 people will be illegal from next Monday 14th September.
We were starting to use the club for organised events (limited attendance, invitation only) on Monday and Tuesday evenings when the club was otherwise closed. This would include, for example, a committee meeting. Any such events will now have to be cancelled. However, we see nothing (yet) in the new regulations to prevent us from opening the club as normal under the Special temporary rules (see below) that we have adopted since 23rd July.
So, no change to advertised opening arrangements at the moment, but watch this space for latest announcements.
According to club rules, we must hold an Annual General Meeting in May of each year to receive reports and accounts, elect a committee and officers for the next year, and debate any motions submitted by members. Thanks to lockdown, we have obviously been unable to comply with this rule, so the committee have been considering how to proceed under the circumstances.
Any general meeting must be open for all paid-up club members to attend. Since reopening, we have had to limit the number of people on the premises to 30 at any time, which would cause a major problem in the event that more than that number were to turn up, so we have reluctantly decided that we are unable to hold an A.G.M. at present. The existing committee and officers will carry on running the club until further notice, which probably means until next year`s A.G.M.
view of the unprecedented circumstances, we are seeking feedback from the
membership on this issue.
A notice is on display in the club, advertising a four week consultation period, starting on 19th August.
The arrangements we adopted for running the club on reopening after
lockdown were generally well received.... except for one.
To restrict opportunities for spreading the virus we were serving drinks in single use plastic glasses. We recognised that, whilst this was good for hygiene, it was terrible for the environment (even if they were collected for recycling), and not popular with drinkers.
The committee had been talking for some time about installing a glass washer. We have now moved quickly to get one, which is up and running, so we can now serve drinks in proper glasses again.
So we announced that we would be open on Sunday from 3pm for St. Helens v
Wakefield Trinity, then found that the fixtures had been rehashed.
Trinity are now playing Catalans on Saturday afternoon, when we are open
anyway. We will still open as advertised on Sunday afternoon for
Saints v Castleford (16.15) followed by Wigan v Leeds (18.30)
As posted earlier, we will try to open for all live broadcasts of Trinity matches - if we can keep up with the fixture lists!
After three weeks of
opening Thur.-Sat., when the arrangements seem to be working well and are
getting general approval, we now feel confident enough to add Wednesday
and Sunday to the days we will open.
This will start from Wednesday this week 12th August. Quiz night in its familiar format will not be possible, but we will experiment with ways that this popular weekly event can work, starting with a mini-quiz.
On Sundays, now that Rugby League has resumed, we will vary the normal opening times to fit with significant matches which we will show on TV. This week we will open 3pm to 10pm (Saints v Wakefield Trinity kicks off at 16.15). When possible, we will open at times when a Trinity match is being shown live.
Meetings can still not be restarted, so the diary page will be used to list opening times.
We are making minor changes to the Special temporary rules (see below). Admission will still be essentially for club members, but members may now sign in guests.
N.B. as always, things can change at short notice if the virus flares up. Watch this space for updates.
the reopening date will be:
For an initial period we plan to open on Thursday,
Friday & Saturday only. This will allow the
committee the chance to review the operation and make any necessary
changes before the following week.
Special temporary rules will be in operation. These are the main points to note:
Please note: all of these arrangements will be kept under constant review
and may change at short notice.
More detail to follow.
MOVING TOWARDS REOPENING
On the 23rd June the government announced the latest stage of relaxation of the coronavirus lockdown restrictions, allowing more businesses to reopen from 4th July. The list of these includes pubs, bars, cafes and social clubs.
There is nothing we would like more than to go back to
working normally, but we want to be a hotbed for radical politics, not a
hotbed for the Covid-19 virus. The risk of a second wave of
infection is high and, if you have been reading any of the links
to alternative news media recommended by this site, you will know why we
are (to put it politely) sceptical about any official guidance
from this tory government. We have been watching the news,
including reports of schools and pubs which have been forced to shut
down again very soon after reopening. There is also the
possibility of local lockdowns. Wakefield is one of the areas that
have been mentioned as candidates for this, although the
council`s website tells us that the risk of this is relatively low
at the moment.
So, as reported on this site over the last fortnight, we have been cautious about announcing a date for reopening, but have been planning for it. The club officers have been working on a risk assessment in consultation with the committee, club employees and volunteers who help to run the club. This is now more or less complete, and we expect to make an announcement about a reopening date within the next few days, along with the special conditions and rules which will allow it.
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