In 2010, the squash club's AGM decided to abolish court fees, raising the annual subscription rate to maintain the club's income. At around the same time, the club's web-site was introduced, which eventually included the very successful online court booking system. Unfortunately, abuse of the club's guest rules by a few members is having financial implications which, if it continues, is likely to affect ALL of us, as it will almost certainly become necessary to raise the annual sub.
All members are asked to consider whether they have played against, but not paid for, any guests since the abolition of court fees. If you have, please will you make the necessary payments of £2.50 per court using the envelopes that are provided to the left of the black box (just inside the squash area). If you would like to know how many time that you are assumed to have played with a guest then this information is availble upon request. Please write your name on the envelope, together with the date and time of the court and your guest and place them in the box.
From now on, please use an envelope to pay the fee each time you play a guest - it is vital that you record on the envelope your name, the name of the guest, and the date and time of the game so that it will reconcile with the booking data and avoid further address. You must also include details in the visitors book (located in the same place).
Provided that members follow these rules, we should avoid embarrassing situations, which could include the suspension or expulsion of persistent offenders. It should also remove the need for a large increase in the annual sub, which, if applied, would be detrimental to all members.
Remember that the booking system records those courts where a member has not specified an opponent, or has specified a non-member as an opponent - checks will be made to reconcile the booking system statistics with the guest fees received.
For your information, these are the official Club Guest Rules:
Any member shall be entitled to introduce guests to the Squash Club provided that no person whose application for membership has been declined or who has been expelled from the Squash Club or Main Club shall be introduced as a guest.
The senior member introducing the guest shall enter the name and address of the guest together with his own name, and details of the booking, in a book, which shall be kept at the clubhouse, together with an envelope which should be posted with the guest fee in the black post box by the entrance. A fee will be charged (determined by the Squash Committee). Guests are limited to a maximum of 3 games a year with a senior member only.
Members and officials of visiting teams engaged in competitive activities with teams representing the Club and the guests of members and officials of visiting teams, may be admitted to the premises of the Club, and intoxicating liquor may be sold to such persons by, or on behalf of, the Club for consumption on the premises from the time that they arrive on the premises to the end of the permitted hours on that day.