Entries by Jane Wood

Players in a pickle!

It’s played on a badminton court … with oversized table tennis bats … using (more or less) tennis rules. Welcome to Pickleball!  Said to be the fastest-growing sport in the US, pickleball is rapidly taking hold in the UK too. Suitable for all ages and all skill levels, playable inside or outside, the game is […]

Watch this space – Studio Classes return

Studio classes are back from Tuesday and bookable NOW online or via Reception. Current outdoor sessions are moving back inside, with extra classes added. And with the studio floor marked out to give everyone a 3-metre square space, class sizes can be boosted to 8 people (7 for spin). “Some classes can move back outside […]

Local Lockdown Update

The bunting has actually been taken down to be washed but don’t worry, despite the local lockdown we are still open!  A spike in COVID-19 infections in the region has led to tighter restrictions,                                       including a ban on meeting and socialising in homes, in bars and restaurants and in other public venues. People may still […]

Welcome Back to The Northern!

We’ve been mopped and polished from top to bottom, the floor signs are down, the sanitisers are up, the lights are on and the clocks are ticking again … We’re all ready for a SAFE return to indoor sport on Saturday 25th. So here’s some stuff you need to know:  Opening Times: 7am – 9pm, […]

Step this way – a guide to navigating the clubhouse safely

Four months ago, on the evening of Friday 20th March, Chairman Neville Hewer and General Manager Graham Brindley received the news that leisure facilities must close, sent a sad message of apology to the Club members, locked the front door and went home. Eighteen weeks and 12 hours later, at 9am on Saturday 25th July, […]

Squash is back on court!

It won’t be quite as we know it but it’s definitely squash – at last! Courts will reopen from next Saturday, the 25th, with important social distancing guidelines to ensure safe play. These include: * Match play with members of the same household or support bubble only; * Two people from different households playing ‘Sides’ […]

Gym re-opens July 25th

Time starts to move again at the Northern on July 25th. The gym will re-open, the first floor power will be switched back on and the hands of the Club clock – stuck on 7.00 since the start of lockdown – will start to move at last.  In line with the latest Government guidelines, the […]

Club Bar re-opens today!

Takeaway drinks and snacks will be available from the Club bar from 4pm today, Monday 6th.  And a big ‘welcome back’ to Bar Manager Lee Wilde who will be launching the initial service! To begin with, this will operate from 4.30pm – 9pm Monday to Friday and from 11am – 3.30pm at weekends, serving tea […]

Jonny K: coach to the stars …

Tennis Director Jonny Kinsella welcomed a couple of celebrity clients onto the courts last week when first the former Lord Mayor Carl Austin-Behan and then ex-Emmerdale star Adam Thomas turned up to try out the Northern grass. Carl confessed to being a complete novice: “I’ve just no coordination at all,” he admitted sadly – but […]

Outdoor classes launch at the Northern

‘Brilliant’ – ‘like being on a yoga retreat’ – ‘THIS is the new normal!’ Outdoor classes are clearly  here to stay after an enthusiastic reception from members who attended Sarah Later’s yoga session on Sunday morning. Despite heavy rain overnight, the grass in front of the deck had drained well and was dry by 11am […]