Club Update ~ April 2020
First of all, I hope you're all well in these difficult and trying times.
I thought I'd give you all a brief update on what's happening at the Club. As you're all aware, following the Government's instructions we had to close down and cease all trading.
All Committee meetings have been cancelled, but I can assure you the Directors and OPAL Committee members are keeping in touch to ensure the business of running the Club continues.
It is blatantly obvious that all income from social events, hiring and bar takings have ceased and whilst certain outgoings have also stopped we still have outgoings to pay, such as energy costs, insurance, security etc...
I'm indebted to all those members who have continued to pay their WebCollect subscriptions which is now our only form of income. However, I'm also aware that many of you may well be forced into a position where you cannot continue to pay and need to suspend your payments.
We cannot predict when we can all return to normal and once again be able to attend our great Club.
Thank you all for your continued support and in finishing, I hope you all stay safe and well and look forward to the day we can all return to Holm Lane.
Chairman, Old Parkonians Association
Cliff Crozier ~ 1915 - 2020
Cliff's funeral was held on Thursday 2nd April with just a few close family members in attendance.
When the dust settles on coronavirus emergency, Cliff's family will be holding celebration of his life at the Club - look out for news about this on the web site...
All good things come to an end - Cliff has passed on at a remarkable 104.5 years of age.
What an interesting life he led. Born before the battle of the Somme, he went to Bidston Avenue Primary on its opening in 1921 and then to Park High School.
He became a teacher, following in his father’s footsteps who was Headmaster of St James School in Laird Street, though his teaching career was interrupted by Army service in England and Europe during WW2.
He taught in West Kirby before moving to Greasby Junior School as Headmaster for 25 years and last September was still attending his former pupils annual reunion.
Following that, his most productive time: 41 years of retirement!
He did have one mark against him - he never played for our Club as he joined Port Sunlight with one of his friends.
He was a lovely, interesting man, always willing to help those less fortunate than himself, a mine of information on Birkenhead places and people. Cliff proved that older people are worth listening to for their life stories and experiences.
He leaves a daughter Carolyn, grandsons Richard and Chris and their families.
Funeral arrangements to follow.