The Bridge Memorial Club closed as required by the Government on March 20th 2020 and remained closed until the permitted reopening date of 4th July 2020, albeit with reduced opening hours. Our hours are still not back to how they were, but we are getting there.
Things within the club are a bit different. In keeping with current guidance and the recent law changes:
- On entering the club we are taking your contact details (for test & trace) either by you scanning the NHS-Covid19 QR code using the official NHS app on your smart phone, or by signing in on our paper register.
- Masks must be worn in the club unless you are sat down at a table to eat or drink. This includes entering or leaving the club, going to the toilets, playing the fruit machines or heading to the snooker room. Masks are available for a 50p donation to the benevolent fund. If you are exempt from wearing a mask please mention it to one of the bar staff.
- We are operating table service only. Once you have been seated one of the staff will be over to take your order.
- No table hopping / mingling between tables is allowed.
- We have reduced the amount of seating available to ensure adequate social distancing
- There are hand sanitising stations all over the place – please use them on entering the club, and after visiting the toilets.
- “Sneeze screens” are in place on the bar, and our staff are wearing visors and / or masks.
Hopefully these measures will help you and our staff feel safe, and make sure we are all on the right side of the law, but they shouldn’t stop you enjoying the club that we all know and love.
Please do remember that many of these measures are now law, it’s not the staff’s fault – they don’t like it any more than you do – and the staff have to wear a face covering for the entire shift. Do not take your frustrations out on the staff members – if we all work together we will be just fine and be able to remain open and hopefully Covid free during these unusual times.
The Committee, Steward and staff are pleased to welcome you back, and hope that you support us by visiting soon.
Nice to see so many of you hardy souls this weekend – huddling under the marquees on Friday night to escape the rain, enjoying the sun when it arrived at other times – it was a slightly bizarre, but very lovely thing.
Funny old times, but great to be back
Massive thanks and appreciation to our lovely staff – Cliff, Sandra, Shannon, Julie, Tracy & Luke – you all did a great job in unusual circumstances
Closed now until Friday – get dancing for the sunshine !!
Back with a (slightly damp) Bang!
The club was closed for so long, and now we are open!
The Committee (after much discussion) decided to open from April 30th, outside and weekends only until 17th May when we will hopefully be allowed to move back indoors. This was seen as a good compromise between getting the club open and the members back, and preserving our dwindling bank balance.
With no other option than to be outdoors, bad weather means no takings (thank you Bank Holiday Monday!) – but the staff still need paying, and other overheads increase. It’s a risk, and having come this far – counting the pennies, worrying about whether we will make it through – we didn’t want to blow it for the sake of a couple more weeks.
Anyway, hopefully the weather will get better, the Covid figures will continue to improve, and our huddling under marquees in the rain in the club car park will be something we laugh about fondly in the future.
We have taken the first steps in the right direction. A step back to normality. Welcome back 🙂
The Joker has been temporarily furloughed but will be brought back into play just as soon as we reopen!
Tickets on sale all week for £1 each and the winner will be drawn on Wednesday night.
Buy your ticket and choose a number between 1 and 53.
When Wednesday night arrives, one ticket will be drawn, if it’s yours – congratulations, you win £20 (beers are on you!!) BUT you also get a stab at the jackpot! The envelope with your chosen number on will be opened, and if it has the joker in it – JACKPOT!!!
If the joker remains hidden, the jackpot increases for next week, and the week after until…..untold riches and many beers all round 🍺
Ask at the bar for your tickets.
From 28th September we will be running a “Burger and a Pint” promotion every Monday 7-9pm.
With prices starting at £6.30 for a standard burger and a pint, that’s a tasty saving!!
From the Eastern delights of the Dragon Burger, to the Northern delights of Sandra’s dumplings – the Bridge food menu is making a return from Wednesday 2nd September!
Service times are different from before, but the food remains as delicious as ever.
There’s a few new items, and all of your old favourite – come down and sample our wares.
Monday 7 – 9 pm (Burgers only)
Wednesday 12 – 3pm
Thursday 12 – 3pm
Friday 4 – 7pm
Saturday 2 – 5pm
Sunday 12 – 3pm (Roast only, book in advance)
Next Saturday – 5th September – sees the return of our regular music nights with the lovely, and very talented Emma, leading the way.
This is a trial – will enough people come along, will people adhere to the social distancing and other guidelines, will the neighbours get upset? All those things and more we will see – but we have our fingers crossed that it’s all amazing and we can crack on and get more acts booked for future weeks.
Please come and support your club and enjoy the entertainment!
With things the way they are, these two old favourites have been kept on the back burner while we figure out a) how we can make them “Covid secure” and b) whether we will have enough people entering to make them viable!
We are now happy with the way the club is operating and customers have been returning steadily as they see how much effort we are putting in to keeping everyone safe, that members are behaving in a responsible, respectful manner and that the club is still a lovely place to be, even though it’s not quite the same as it was pre-Covid.
This means that we will be restarting both the meat raffle and the Sunday draw from this week.
They will be slightly different from before – the meat raffle (first draw 9pm Friday 28th) will be for Reeves vouchers rather than actual meat, and the Member’s Sunday draw tickets will be sold all through the week (23rd onwards), drawn at 3pm Sunday (30th) and membership cards will be required to claim your prize!
As with all things at the moment, we are staying flexible and will be reviewing and revising how we do things as we go along. If you take part in any of our events, please do let us know what you think – good and bad – so we know if we’re getting it right and you like what we’re doing, or if we’re not quite hitting the spot and could do better. It’s your club – get involved and let us know! https://bridgememorialclub.co.uk/get-in-contact/
Last week saw the first of Cliff’s Thursday bingo nights. There was a teething problem or two, but it was declared a success and will be continuing weekly until further notice.
Come along and join the fun from 8pm!!!
So things have been a bit…..different, since we reopened on July 4th. To start with, even though we couldn’t wait to see you all, we were nervous, we wanted to keep everyone safe and we weren’t sure how best to do it. Liberal application of “WARNING” tape and lots of shouty signs seemed like a good place to start, so that’s what we did!
However, that wasn’t very welcoming, and as the weeks have gone on we have seen what works (and doesn’t), listened to feedback from our customers, staff and committee, and hopefully we have the balance about right at the moment: a nice, spacious, airy club with plenty of room to socially distance, plenty of hand sanitiser, a few signs, screens at the bar to protect the staff and still scope for fun 🙂
Of course many things aren’t the same as they were – no standing at the bar, everyone must be sat down, etc etc, but as time goes on, hopefully restrictions will lifted and we can move back to normal.
Anyway, our lovely Treasurer made this video walk through which will hopefully show you that your club is still an amazing place to be, not scary at all, and entice you to pop in for a pint. Enjoy!
Good news snooker fans – the snooker room will be open for business from Wednesday 28th!!!
Tables 1 & 3 only, bring your own cues, bags of 50ps available for sale (£5 contactless), please maintain social distancing, sanitise the triangle, table and anything else that you may have touched after your game and before you start playing, plus of course use plenty of hand sanitiser (cleaning materials / hand gel will be available by the tables).
We are leaving this one to you guys – stay safe, enjoy your game – the tables have missed you