This weekend the Club reopened after the enforced ‘Fire Break’ with the return of the popular Sunday lunches. The Club shop was also open on Saturday for supporters to purchase Christmas presents and the community had been using the 3G pitch all week from Monday evening.
The Soccalot prize fund has now hit £6,000 and that’s something that could pay for Christmas for a lucky winner. Thank you to everyone who continues to support this essential fund raising activity.
There was also a collective euphoria throughout the Country last week when news of a Coronavirus vaccine breakthrough was announced. Apparently this, so we’re advised, could see life return to some semblance of normality by next spring. However, we were of course all urged to be cautious and continue to respect the social distancing restrictions.
The circumstances of the ‘Fire Break’ felt totally different to the original lock down, when the previous life that so many of us had taken for granted stopped in a heartbeat. Our ‘Fire Break’ coping mechanisms were still mostly in place, the majority of us had mastered the use of Zoom (well most of the time!), with the weather and darker nights meaning exercise is not quite as pleasant as it was in the Summer months but it makes staying indoors slightly easier to adapt.
Unfortunately, our only football fix in Wales is viewed through the prism of the television screen, rather than from on the terraces at Penydarren Park. However, our National side has provided us with pride and a sense of further achievement on the World stage.
We have now reached mid-November and the ban on fans attending games has still not been lifted.
Members will receive a reminder about the AGM in the next few days, which this year will take place for the first time in a virtual environment on Saturday 28th November 2022. More details will be announced on the website when they have been finalised.
The request for nominations to stand for the Board has also arrived at members in-boxes and we hope that there will be sufficient interest to fill the current vacancies that exist. Nominations require to be returned by Friday 27th November.
It will be interesting to observe how the month long lock-down in England will affect the Step 3 and 4 Club’s after they return to play over the border.
Finally, on a humble note, we would like to thank the staff, supporters and Board members that attended our Garden of Remembrance to lay a wreath on Armistice Day, to pay our respects and remember all those that have fallen in defence of our country and our future. It was a time to reflect and put everything into perspective.