Scillonian Club Chairman Thinks 2012 Will Be Successful Year

The Scillonian Club annual general meeting has heard that the club’s finances are buoyant and it has been a good year.

Club Secretary and Treasurer, Mike Duffy, is putting that down to a return to it’s traditional arrangement of giving members benefits, through lower price food and drink and a roster of entertainments.

Mike says they now have 458 paid members with 123 life members; those are regulars who have reached retirement age.

New life members added to the list in 2011 include Barry Archer, Carol Woodcock and Dennis and Rita King.

Mike says they hope to achieve 600 members this year and his goal is to match the levels of almost two decades ago.

Behind the scenes there’s been a £14,000 refurbishment of the 4-bedroomed staff accommodation to improve staff facilities and ensure that the club can retain and attract workers.

Mike says little had been done since the 70s and the space was in a sorry state.

The club has removed 26 farm trailers of junk and discarded personal effects including 14 outdated computer monitors.

The AGM also heard that the revamping of the public areas would continue.

There’ll be a complete re-wiring and refurbishment of the Snooker Room with plans turn this area into a games room, with a snooker table, two pool tables, a darts board, a television and tables and chairs.

However, there are still ongoing issues over transfer of the lease from the previous tenant, Helen Easterbrook, to Richard Smith.

Chairman, Martin Puddifoot, says the transfer of the lease is due to be completed very shortly, despite “protracted correspondence between the three sets of solicitors involved.”

Martin says he feels that 2012 will be a successful year for the Club.

The meeting re-elected Martin as Chairman.