The Social Club

September 2020

The Hall and Bar are beginning a trial opening during September, to see if it is viable. Please read the ‘Frequently Asked Questions & Answers’ below to give you an idea of  the procedures. Remember to adhere to the one way system and to sign in.       

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Frequently Asked Questions about the Re-opening of the Village Hall & Bar

Have you put your prices up to cover the cost of the closure?     No, our prices remain the same for September.

Can we bring our own chairs and sit outside in our family groups?   Yes.

Will there be table service for ordering drinks?   No, one member of the group will have to go to the bar and buy the drinks for the group.

Will we have to sign in? Yes, a member of your group, bubble, must sign in and give a contact telephone number at the bar before you can be served.

Will hand sanitiser be provided? Yes, as you enter and leave the bar, also in the toilets (along with bacterial/virus preventative spray).

Can we bring our own food and eat outside or inside? Yes, we are happy for you to bring food e.g. a takeaway from local pubs or chips from the van, but you must buy your drinks from the bar.

How do we pay? Like the village shop, we prefer you to pay contactless.

Will there be a one way system in the bar?  Yes, you will enter near the snooker room and exit near the tennis courts.

Will the toilets be available for people drinking outside?   Yes, if your group has been signed in at the bar. You must use the one way system.

What do we do with dirty glasses?   There will be a used glass area, inside and out, where you can leave your glasses.

Will I be able to sit at the bar?    No, you will buy your drinks and take them to a table.

Do I have to wear a mask inside the building?    No, but if you feel safer wearing a mask to order your drinks, or go to the toilet, you may do that. It is your choice.

Can we still play pool?      Yes, but cues must be returned to the bar for cleaning after each game.

Will the snooker room be open?      Yes, for regular snooker players who have devised their own safety protocol.

Please note: Other regular events such as Film Night (September 17th), Quiz Nights and Craft & Chat are beginning to open up. See the Mallard for these details. 

The Social Club

August 2020 Update

When to Reopen the Village Hall and Social Club?

Currently the Village Hall and Social Club are closed. The Trustees have reduced the cost of running the building as much as possible whilst it is not in use. We have been able to furlough Debbie, Pat and Marian. The bulk of the beer we had in stock has been disposed of as it was past its sell-by date. However, we will be able to claim some money back for this from the brewing industries’ ‘Return your beer’ scheme. Many thanks to a couple of volunteers who have decorated the Social Club to welcome back members when we can reopen. Whilst one or two people have asked when the Social Club will reopen, we have had no requests to reopen the Hall, as people are wary about meeting in closed spaces.

The financial viability of the Social Club depends upon events in the Hall and the clubs and societies that use it so, the decision to restock and open the Club will be dependent upon the community’s confidence in coming back and using the facilities. Against this background, the Trustees have decided that the Hall and Club remain closed for the time being but will seek to open the building again in September.

This will be dependent upon the pandemic situation continuing to improve and our ability to implement prevailing Covid 19 prevention measures. Clearly, the safety of our members is our prime concern.

Some members have asked about paying their subscriptions, even though the Club is closed, to help it out financially – thank you.  The Trustees have decided to waive the membership fee until next April.  If you would like to help us, you could go online and take part in the weekly ‘West Norfolk Wins’ Lottery as a supporter of Great Massingham Village Hall.                                                        Trustees of the Village Hall

July 2020 Update:

Village Hall and Social Club
We have all missed the use of this valued social hub. The Trustees are keeping a close eye on the advice from government. As you know it can change so quickly.

It will be too much of a challenge to meet all the safety regulations required under the lockdown advice. When a gradual opening of the social club can happen there will be announcements on posters in the shop, on the village hall noticeboard, on the Village Website Home Page and via our Facebook Page. At the moment staff are furloughed.

The Social Club is run on behalf of the members by a CIC (Community Interest Company) and the Directors are: Chair – Gary Whittred / Secretary – Peter Wadham / and Vic Cross and Deb Lambert.

The Club is a members only club and has a licensed bar which is open:

Mon to Fri: 7pm to 11pm

Saturdays:  3.45pm to 11.30pm

Sundays:    12 noon – 6.30pm

West Norfolk Music Nights are on some Sundays and the bar is then open until 10pm. It is also open for special events. Look out for notices of events where the bar will be open.

The bar prices are generally about 20% cheaper than most pubs.

The club also hosts various village events such as Quiz Nights, the Coronation Club, and various other fundraising activities. The club also hosts the snooker and billiards clubs, both of which enter teams in local leagues, and has two full-size snooker/billiard tables and a pool table.  West Norfolk Radio live music broadcasts are held on most Sunday evenings.

There is also a TV and a large-screen projector system to provide Sky Sports and other televised events. The CIC is also responsible for organising various fundraising events and is currently raising money to provide a Defibrillator at the Village Hall/Club.

The Social Club is a not-for-profit organisation and is run solely by volunteers (with paid bar-staff). Visitors to the Club must be signed in by members. All proceeds are used to maintain and improve both the Club and the Village Hall.


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