Barnard Castle Golf Club 'holding its own' during Covid crisis
Barnard Castle Golf Club
CLUB secretary Sue Blaeford will report only a small loss for the last financial year, despite the closures forced by the pandemic.
In her report to the delayed annual meeting, she states: “The business has managed to hold its own, despite losing significant green fee income and kitchen rental.
“We have returned a small loss in the year to September 30. However, I would expect the club to show a profit in its next accounts. We have tried to support our staff and contractors as well as we could, given our financial constraints. The course needs significant investment and we have some exciting plans for the next five years, but they will require money.”
Although the clubhouse reopened on Monday after being closed since the start of the year, the AGM had to be held via Zoom.
Prior to reopening on April 12, the course had been closed for six of the previous 12 months and Ms Blaeford added: “Despite all the challenges we have faced, the club’s membership has grown during the pandemic. It has been great to see some old faces returning, along with many new ones.
“We are extremely grateful for the hard work and dedication shown by our staff, who have kept the course in great condition.
“Our new professional, Martyn Stubbings, has transformed the shop into a bright, warm space for members to browse his great range of stock. Sheila Jones, our new office administrator, is proving to be a great asset while our new catering team of Ian and Karen Needham helped to oversee the major refurbishment of the kitchen and bar area.
“In 12 months I want to inform members we have achieved a profit. That must be our objective. We can then invest and make Barnard Castle a club everyone wants to be a part of.”