New Club nights

Current Alert Level: National Lockdown
Roadmap out of lockdown: Step 3, from 17 May

Update 17 May 2021: The Government’s roadmap out of lockdown indicates that we are able to resume over-the-boardx2 chess at Wanstead House from 18 May 2021. The Attendance Form for 18 May is now available.

During Step 3, indoor gatherings are permitted provided that social distancing measures are in place, with each gathering limited to a group of six. In effect, a return of the Rule of Six, with no mingling permitted between groups of six. In the context of Wanstead House this also means no mingling with any other users of the House. Social distancing of at least 1m will continue to apply along with compulsory face coverings and sanitisation protocols. To ensure a minimum distance of 1m and to avoid contagion through touch, we will once again revert to organised two-boarded chess for the duration of Stage 3, scheduled to last for 5 weeks. We have found that an organised competitive event is the best way to ensure social distancing within Wanstead House’s “covid secure” environment.

For information when meetings resume: Those proposing to attend our socially-distanced Club nights need to prepare and understand the requirements. We have put in place a number of precautions to make your visit as safe as we can, but be aware that there are no guarantees; if you decide to visit, you do so at your own risk.

There are three documents you need to be familiar with:

  1. Privacy Notice which has been updated to include Track & Trace, online activity and the change from grading to rating following the introduction of 4 digit ratings;
  2. Return to chess which includes Wanstead House rules at Appendix 3 and how to play with 2 boards;
  3. Socially distanced WWCC which includes the Club’s new attendance rules.

Until further notice, we are limited to an attendance of 18 in our Club Room. In the event of sufficient greater demand on any particular Tuesday to cover the increased cost, we currently have the option of hiring an additional room to meet such demand.

Attendance Form

When Club meetings are possible, to ensure that the attendance limit is not breached and to help the Club’s “Covid-19” sub-committee manage demand each week you must register in advance should you wish to attend the next session. Generally, this will be on a first come, first served basis, though if any one session is oversubscribed you will be able to indicate your next desired attendance so that we can cater for as many members as possible. We will continue to welcome new members. Parents will need to register on behalf of their child(ren) as safeguarding considerations and management have changed.

Registration is an online process, accessible from the button below:

Attendance Form

You will need to complete this registration form for each week you wish to attend.

Attendance data will be processed in accordance with the revised Privacy Notice and kept until 21 days after the end of the financial year or the completion of the independent examination of the accounts, whichever is the later.

Please endeavour to pay board fees by bank transfer (as well as your club subscription) so that cash handling is kept to an absolute minimum. The Treasurer will be able to reconcile advanced payments with the registration forms.

On completion of the online form you will receive a green notification on screen message so that you know that it has been received. You will be notified by a separate communication as to whether your application has been successful.

Your co-operation with the Covid club arrangements is appreciated.