I hope everyone is well and I apologise for the lateness in getting this update to you while we worked out the details of getting things back underway.
Our understanding of the rules around Level-2 is that we are able to resume our operations, so please do come on out tomorrow if you'd fancy a round!
We will need everyone to pre-register for the round with your name and membership number as per normal. Since this will also become our contact tracing register if need be, if your contact details have changed please let us know so we can update our database.
Hope to see you all out there again soon!
I hope you've all survived being cooped up for the last few weeks!
It is expected that from Midnight on Monday 27th we will be coming down to Level 3. This is still fairly restrictive, however does allow a little more freedom providing people remain within their bubble.
While the club itself will remain closed until at least Level 2, the course is open for members only to be used providing you are there by yourself or with people within your own bubble, and maintain social distancing from everyone else. Green fees can be deposited through the slot, or alternatively via direct credit with your name as a reference:
Account No: 03-1584-0035630-25
Account Name: Canterbury Archers’ Society Inc
Dennis has kindly offered some extra days for us until things are back to normal, so it is possible for the course to be used as follows:
- Mondays (after the 27th), Wednesdays and Fridays - noon to dusk
- Sunday - dawn to dusk
As I'm sure everyone understands if you or anyone in your bubble is unwell, please be considerate and stay away (and seek health advise), otherwise we hope this will be a positive distraction for those able to make use of it.
Following on from last weeks update and as I'm sure comes as no great surprise with the current level-4 lockdown, unless you're in the fortunate position where you can call the range your local environment and either walk or bike there, you'll need to hang up your Bow for a few weeks while we ride this one out.
Hopefully everyone is well and has all they need to survive the next few weeks in your bubbles. If you've some young kids to distract, here's a couple of resources that might be useful when they get tired of Netflix...
- 20 easy physics experiments for bored adults and kids
- Free kids colouring pages
- Free audio books for kids
Since people will be unable to shoot what we can do for now is extend membership durations another month so as to make things fair on everyone. Our AGM is usually held in April and we think the best thing to do at this stage is defer that until May, and if the lockdown period should be extended further then we'll look at video conferencing options instead.
Stay well, and see you on the other side!
I'm sure everyone is well aware of the current situation in our country regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and we'd like to inform our members of our efforts to minimise the risk to those using our facilities.
Since our Sunday club gatherings are relatively small and we're operating in the spacious outdoors the risk of spreading the virus in this environment is no greater than any other and likely lower than many, however we recognise that risk still exists and we need to reduce that as much as possible.
We want to encourage everyone who wishes to come out and shoot to do so, as physical exercise and enjoyment of hobbies is a key component of reducing stress and maintaining good health.
Along with requesting all practise good hygiene and social distancing (no handshakes and high-fives! Try and cough or sneeze into your elbow) we are restricting our Sunday club shoot tomorrow to members only, with their own equipment. There will be no loan gear available for hire.
We hope to have hand sanitiser on hand for people to use - but cannot guarantee that right at the moment. If you have your own you may wish to bring it along for your own use.
Most importantly, if you are feeling at all unwell or have been in contact with someone who is - please be considerate and stay home and if necessary, speak to your healthcare professional if you have symptoms that include fever, cough and difficulty breathing. You can ring the 24/7 Healthline on 0800 358 5453.
Likewise if you're at all uncomfortable or have vulnerable dependants to consider you may wish to exercise caution at this time and we completely understand.
For those there tomorrow to shoot you may additionally wish to reduce group size to two or three people rather than four to make it easier to maintain a little distance, and consider pulling your own arrows.
We'll continue monitoring the situation in the coming days and I'll likely send out another update next week. You can also keep yourself up to date via media and the Ministry of Health website).