I hope that you are all well and staying safe in these unusual times as well as looking forward to getting back to some sort of normality. I have been walking the dog around the course three times a week and things are looking great for when we can get back to playing.
In line with Council decisions regarding the Liberton annual hole and hole competitions the 2020 Senior’s hole and hole competition will be abandoned. The situation regarding all other matches and trophy competitions will be reviewed once the Government relax the lock down restrictions.
It would appear that whatever happens it is unlikely that we will be able to access the clubhouse so any communication will have to be via the website but if any of you have my phone number or e-mail address I will be happy to receive text or e-mail messages.
Please stay safe and I look forward to happier times in the very near future.
It is with regret that I have to report the death of George Brown who was a member of the Club for many years, he had underlying health problems.
The funeral will be restricted to family members.
I am sorry to tell you of the recent death of Ellen Reid a past Lady Captain at Liberton. Ellen joined the club in the mid to late 90’s, she was a very enthusiastic member having been Lady Captain at West Herts Golf Club in England and Ladies Secretary at the very prestigious Moorpark Golf Club. She took on the role of Lady Captain in 2001-02 and she always had a smile on her face and a cheery remark for every occasion. Latterly her health suffered and after many years on the south side of Edinburgh she moved over a year ago to be close to her son Paul in Bridge of Weir. She passed away in hospital in Paisley, on Saturday 25th April having recently had a mini stroke and then unfortunately broke her femur and ultimately contracted the virus. Our thoughts are with her family, as well as her sisters in law Elinor Philp and Alice Jack.
I hope you are all keeping safe and managing the present situation as well as can be expected. With the latest Government information on the lock down it looks as though it will be about May 7th before we know any more on what their plans are.
With that in mind I felt it important to give you some information on plans the council have with regards to our golf competitions this year.
It is highly likely that even if some restrictions are lifted after May 7th there will still be some form of social distancing in place. This would make the playing of our Club matchplay events very difficult. (Hole & Hole Singles & Foursomes etc )
With the uncertainty that we are dealing with, Council have taken the decision to cancel these competitions for this season.
We have also decided to cancel all the competitions in May, again due to the uncertainty of the restrictions.
Council do feel it is important that if possible the Club Championships should be played. The Ladies Summer Stroke & Championship Qualifying due to be played on the 23rd & 24th May will therefore be rescheduled. At this stage it is not possible to give an exact date for this.
Every effort is being made to get as much of our fixture list played as possible. Iain Seath is looking at this & is reworking the competitions in order that when we are able to get back on the course we can get as many played as possible.
Members will be aware that in our major strokeplay events we enter and are then drawn with a partner. We are looking at the possibility for this year only, of not having a draw but members would enter with their regular playing partners. We feel that members may feel more secure playing with someone they know.
The Seniors Texas Scramble which is always a popular event has been rescheduled for the 4th of August. The tee times will be the same as for the postponed event of 5th May. Iain Seath will enter the names on the BRS system for the new date & all players that we have an email address for will receive an email informing them of their tee time in the near future.
Unfortunately at this time there is a problem with the club internet system, but it is being worked on and hopefully it will be up and running soon.
Stuart our Secretary continues to work from home and is managing to keep the Administration of the club going as best as can be under the present restrictions.
The two members of the Greens staff who are still working are doing a good job of keeping the course looking in great condition. As I said before, Brian Toall is confident that when we do get back to playing, and the staffing is back to normal levels, the course will very soon be up to the standard we have become used to.
There has also recently been a disappointing event that has recently been brought to my attention. Brian Toall and his team have now had to clear fly tipping from the Course on two separate occasions. If any members who use the course for walking see this happening please can I ask that you contact the police urgently to report this.
Some members have asked if the club have applied for the Government Grant of £25000. This Grant is based on the rateable value of the club.
Unfortunately we are outside the upper limit of £51000 so are not able to apply for this money.
Can I just remind everyone that we are still under the Government instruction regarding social gatherings & social distancing.
As much as we are all tiring of this situation it is important that we all adhere to the regulations and that there should be no social gatherings either on the course or in front of the Clubhouse.
The police have been in touch to say that one such gathering had occurred on the 18th of April. Council would expect all members to refrain from any such activity. Failure to do this could lead to a suspension of membership.
As I mentioned earlier there is a lot of work going on in order that when we can restart our golf we are in the best possible position to do so.
Finally can I thank everyone again for the messages of support that we have received during these very difficult times for us all, I realise there is a lot of pressure both financial and personal on each and everyone of you and your support is greatly appreciated.
I hope you and your family keep safe and well.
Although due to present circumstances friends will be unable to attend the funeral for Betty Powrie you can be there (not in body) but in spirit on the link to the web cam below.
It will be at 10:30 on Wednesday 29th April with Liberton Kirk minister John Young.
Should you have any words that you would like to be said please send them to Fiona Hume and she will pass these on.
|Service Date||29-Apr-20 at 10:30|
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|Please send this username and password to family and friends. You can login to our website at any time to view a test connection (and we strongly recommend you do this) but you’ll only be able to view the Live Webcast between approx. 10:25 and 11:35 on Wednesday 29 April.
Please check you’re only copying the exact username and password with no extra spaces.
With another three weeks of lockdown confirmed I thought for a bit of fun I could help out with your golf swing’s, please video your swing and email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org . I shall analyse and send back feedback and tips.
I hope you’re all keeping safe and well and look forward to seeing you at the Club soon.
There will be no charge for this service but if you wish to make a donation to NHS or charity of your choice during these tough times please feel free.
As I am sure you all appreciate the current health pandemic situation led to the cancellation of the Mount Vernon Sportsman’s Breakfast which was due to be held on Sunday 29th March. I am delighted to say that the Breakfast has now been reorganised for Sunday 25th October with same line-up of speakers.
Please also note that the “Drinks Hamper” raffle will now be held over until that date. The Mount Vernon committee would like to say a big thank you to those who have purchased raffle tickets at this time.
As this is a holiday weekend it was thought by Council that this would be the right time to send out a reminder to reiterate the message that due to Government Guidelines the course will remain closed for the foreseeable future, this closure includes all practice facilities. A game of golf cannot be deemed as essential at this time.
The Captain would also remind all members that as criminal charges can be brought against any individual who flouts these conditions there could also be further legal repercussions brought against the Golf Club, should we allow or be seen to allow any golfers on to the course. If any member is seen playing golf while the course is closed it will lead to immediate suspension and may lead to termination of membership.
The course is available to use for a walk during daily hour of exercise if respect is given to the course and social distancing guidance is observed. As members you can help your Club by being eyes and ears, if anyone sees any golfers on the course (as it is suspected there are a few non-members using the course) please can you report this to the police.
Remember the quicker we all work together to fight this pandemic the sooner we win and the earlier sanctions will be lifted and we can all start playing the game we love once again.
Many thanks for your help. Have a Happy Easter and stay safe.
I hope that you are all keeping safe and well. Unfortunately it looks like it may be some time yet before we can get back to some sort of normality in our lives.
I wanted to update you on things that have happened since my last email to you.
A decision was made to furlough some staff in order that the Club can claim back some of the money that we pay out in salaries. All the Bar staff have been furloughed along with Vivian the Office Administrator.
Stuart our Secretary is continuing to work from home, with limited resources, in order that we can keep the club running as near normal as possible. He is able to provide a service that will ensure the business side of the club will continue to function as best it can be under difficult circumstances.
We have also furloughed two of the green keeping staff. Some clubs have furloughed all their greens staff, but we felt it was important that we continued the upkeep of our course, in order that when we get back to playing it will be in the best condition possible.
When we do resume playing and the greens staff numbers are back to four, Brian Toall has assured me they will spare no effort to get the course in the condition that we have become used to, and has made us the envy of many other courses in the Lothians.
We have also been in touch with the Royal Infirmary inviting NHS staff to make use of our car parking facilities during April if it can be of any help to them. This can be reviewed and extended if necessary.
Finally a word about you the members.
In what has been a testing time for everyone, it has been very rewarding to have had so many messages of support from you.
I know that a number of you may have many issues at this time but the level of financial support the club has received this month is excellent, and signifies the high regard you all have for your club.
As you know this is not going to be a quick fix so in order for the Club to continue to function going forward, and be in the best possible state when we return, I would once again ask for your continued financial support over the coming months.
I wish you and your families’ good health.