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Posted by Mel Ashton, Life Member, 09/08/15
I’m back again...........
Another suggestion – ‘Special Offer’ ...
Could our club offer ‘free membership’ until the end of the current membership year AFTER receiving full membership fee for 2016 ?
This was made available to BOTH June and I when we became members of ‘The Sailors Club’ in Bridlington. www.victoriasailorsandwmc.co.uk
Also, this offer might be made to member’s ‘spouses’, and other ‘guests’ as a sort of ‘amnesty’ ??
I feel that these measures could be advertised in our club, and elsewhere, to gain additional membership and attendance !
Posted by Mel Ashton, Life Member,
£1.00 (one star entertainer).
£2.00 (two star entertainer).
£3.00 (three star entertainer) - In my opinion, there have been SEVERAL three star entertainers recently, noted by ourselves, the number of customers staying LATER, and, presumably, bar takings !
Posted by Mel Ashton, Life Member, 26/07/15
I am a Life Member and have recommended a website and WIFI to the committee of Outwood WMC for MANY years and have written SEVERAL letters to present and past Secretaries but have NEVER received a reply! (negative replies would be quite acceptable).
I previously set up a website for Blue Water Marina, Thorne, South Yorkshire, and set up WIFI facilities for office use and for marina & visiting boaters.......
Now long retired, I currently have several 'basic' websites, one of which was registered over 15 years ago as an example for OWMC.
Advantages of a website:
1) Useful for current committee, steward
& stewardess, bar staff, current
2) Can provide entertainment programme,
(concert room), and sports
3) Could be a source of income - e.g. local and national advertising.
4) A link to current Facebook information can be included.
Advantages of a WIFI facility:
1) Again useful for current committee,
steward & stewardess, bar staff,
2) Could be used by members and their children, (under supervision).
3) Could be used by visitors or groups (POTENTIAL NEW MEMBERS).
4) I am aware of local residents with
Alzheimer's and similar problems...
Posted by Mel Ashton, Life Member, 25/06/15
Apologies for my misunderstanding the situation. However, I believe most of my comments to be valid: If closed, even for a short period, it will only postpone financial problems and will have a detrimental impact on attendance and membership. No artistes MAY have similar effects, though 'bingo' and low level background music to allow conversation might work? At least parents with children could then attend, (in most cases, no work on Sunday mornings).
Some years ago, similar tactics were tried on FRIDAY evenings (which also had entertainment, bingo, etc.) The idea was to re-establish bingo in the lounge and, if / when, attendance increased sufficiently, to move back into the Concert Room. Though John Lambourne, Gerry & Jayne Beaney and about a dozen fairly regular attendees have tried, numbers are not increasing and it is unlikely to improve in the foreseeable future.
LOUNGE: Facilities in the Lounge are as good as in many pubs and were used quite extensively some years ago. For some reason member attendance in the lounge has also reduced significantly.
WIFI facilities in the lounge 'MAY' attract more customers (see
my wifi comments below).
Posted by Mel Ashton, Life Member, 24/06/15
It seems, from the notice board poster and from announcements
made in the Concert Room on both Saturday and Sunday evenings, that 'some'
members of The Committee are suggesting that, due to financial implications, it
may be necessary to close the Concert Room on either a Saturday or a Sunday
evening in order to reduce costs;
This has, of course, been discussed at several previous meetings, but it now seems apparent that club funds are now drastically depleted and that the club is in danger of 'going under' ........
Attendance in the Concert Room are still far too low on both Saturday AND Sunday evenings;
If Saturday evenings are cancelled however, it is likely that members with children are likely to attend other clubs, e.g. Lofthouse Gate or elsewhere. They may then terminate membership of OWMC and could be lost forever - including Sunday evenings.
Similarly, cancelling Sunday evening entertainment is likely to have drastic consequences for BOTH evenings and club membership in general.
HOW DO WE SOLVE THIS DILEMMA ?
Yet another drive MUST be
made to gain more members and to convince current
members to attend more regularly. A new member is unlikely to
attend without family or friends and, hopefully, they in turn may well introduce
WIFI: I have suggested, several times, by letter to the Secretary, and comments to others that 'Our Club' should have WIFI facilities. Such facilities are now 'the norm' in Clubs, pubs, cafe's, and other businesses. WIFI facilities would surely be useful to Committee members and other members? Meetings of other people and groups may well use Outwood WMC as a venue for their meetings and social 'gatherings'. Once used, such groups may meet regularly - in the Lounge or Concert Room. Some attendees may well become members and recommend OWMC to other friends and relatives.
OUTWOOD NETWORK: - a private group within
Facebook - has grown VERY RAPIDLY in recent months and several comments
refer to present, past, and 'late' members of OWMC.
CONCERT ROOM FACILITIES:
My wife, June, & I had a VERY enjoyable party on Friday, 12th September,
2014 to celebrate our
wedding on 30th August (my 74th birthday).
ROUGH DRAFT .... to be edited /
extended when time permits ...
Introduction from Mel Ashton, Life Member, 22/07/14
Several years ago, I deleted all information other than the 'Entertainment Calendar', which I use regularly, along with the 'Lofthouse Gate WMC Entertainment Information', in order to determine which Club to visit. June and I are Life Members of both clubs.
My web stuff is 'WAY OUT OF DATE' and I would welcome any comments, including constructive criticism. I would also welcome someone to take over as webmaster and, subject to acceptance by the Committee, I would be prepared to allow use of the url (www.outwoodwmc.co.uk which I have registered for some 14 years (F.O.C. to the club). The url was initially registered via UK2.net and later via 123-reg.
Please post any information and / or pictures for use on these pages to Mel Ashton
Several Email addresses have been set up for the current OWMC Committee and Team - more can be added via the links under the currently available 'Team' Email addresses.
Regards, Melvin Ashton (Mel) Provisional Webmaster.
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