National Lockdown

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The Prime Minister announced on Monday 4th January that the country will enter a national lockdown and instructed people to stay at home to control the virus, protect the NHS and save lives. The restrictions will come into effect from Tuesday 5th January and is expected to last until the middle of February. The CACSSA clubhouse and all indoor and outdoor sports areas will be closed.

CACSSA Clubhouse

Following the Government’s announcement that Gloucestershire will enter into tier 2 after the lockdown is lifted on Wednesday 2nd December, it is unfortunate that the CACSSA clubhouse and bar will remain closed until we fall into tier 1.

Our sports clubs will resume training and matches from Wednesday 2nd December.

We would like to thank all of our members and guests for their support during these uncertain times and look forward to opening the clubhouse as soon as possible.

COVID-19 Lockdown

Further to the Government’s announcement on Saturday 31st October, that England will enter into a second national lockdown from Thursday 5th November until Wednesday 2nd December, all sports facilities at CACSSA, including the opening of the clubhouse at the weekend will be closed.

Stay safe, keep well and we look forward to welcoming our members back to CACSSA in December.

CACSSA Fireworks Cancelled

Fireworks – CACSSA

We regret to announce that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision has been taken to cancel this year’s Fireworks display.

This is not a decision that has been taken likely by the management committee, due to the popularity of the event. The fireworks display is a big part of CACSSA and has been attracting members, guests and their families for over 30 years.

With current Government social distancing guidelines, restricting the number of spectators permitted to attend events and those regulations also being subject to change at short notice, the management committee felt it was better to make a decision now and to postpone the event until next year.

The safety of all our members, guests and staff is paramount to CACSSA and we would not want this to be compromised in any way. We hope you understand our reasoning for making this difficult decision, disappointing though it is.

We look forward to welcoming you back to CACSSA for an even bigger and better Fireworks display in 2021.

Coronavirus (COVID‑19)

As the coronavirus situation evolves, the safety and wellbeing of our members, guests and staff is our number one priority. We must therefore ensure that those people visiting CACSSA feel safe and secure and we will continue to review our policies and procedures in line with Government guidelines.

The CACSSA clubhouse remains open with limited corporate, social and sporting activities taking place. The clubhouse opening hours have been limited whilst we assess the demand and ability to operate the club in a safe and responsible way. For this reason the following rules have been introduced.

The capacity of our event rooms have been reduced to comply with Government guidelines.

Members lounge is limited to a maximum of 12 people.

Function room is limited to a maximum of 32 people.

Geoff Hardy suite is limited to a maximum of 65 people.

Patio area is limited to a maximum of 30 people.

Anyone visiting the club must be free of all signs and symptoms of Coronavirus. If anyone does show signs or symptoms of Coronavirus, the duty steward will ask them to leave the premises immediately and not to return for 14 days. Details will be passed to the authorities to enable the process of track and trace if necessary.

All members and their guests must complete the NHS test and trace by scanning the QR code with your NHS Covid-19 app to check in. The NHS Covid-19 App can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play.

The club will be open to members and accompanied guest only.

No more than 6 people in a group unless you all live together (or are in the same support bubble) Individuals cannot move from one group to another and cannot ‘mingle’. We ask for your co-operation to enable staff to monitor this essential requirement. Staff have been instructed to adapt a zero tolerance policy in monitoring this law.

All members and guests are required to bring a face covering and wear it when moving around the club e.g. Masks can be removed when sat down drinking.

Anyone not following the social distancing guidelines will be reminded of them and if they continue to ignore these rules, they will be asked to leave. DO NOT arrange to meet in groups of more than 6 people. Please respect our staff as they are here to help you.

We are operating a one way system in our corridor and access to the public toilets have been reduced to 2 people at a time. Please follow the directional signage and one way system.

The main entrance and patio doors including all internal doors will be open to improve ventilation and reduce contact with handles.

Children should be supervised at all times and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian when visiting the toilet.

Hand sanitiser has been placed at the entrance and throughout the clubhouse.

Contactless payment only. No cash permitted.

Table service will be in operation. Please be aware that service time maybe slower, however every effort will be made to serve you as quickly and safely as possible.

Members and guests must vacate the premises by 10pm and should not congregate on the patio area after this time.

Help us keep the site free from litter, by using the waste bins provided throughout the clubhouse and in the car park.

CACSSA Volunteer of the Year 2020

CACSSA are delighted to announce that Carol Williams from the Black and Gold Archers was this years winner of Volunteer of the Year.

Carol has been part of the Black and Gold Archer for 20 years and during her time with the club, has organised a number of archery tournaments and club events, Carol works tirelessly to ensure the tournaments she organises are successful and above all fun for all participants.

Carol also supports CACSSA with our annual family fun day and fireworks display and assists with the business by supporting the club manager and treasurer with the bookkeeping.

CACSSA Membership Secretary (Volunteer)

The Cotswolds Area Association are looking to recruit a new Membership Secretary (Volunteer). This role requires the individual to assist with administration specifically relating to membership checks within the diverse number of affiliated sports clubs, and also helping to promote and develop the recruitment of new CSSC members. This is a fantastic opportunity for a volunteer to acquire and demonstrate skills in administration, communication with good IT literacy, whilst being part of a friendly team of volunteers who are dedicated to promoting health and well-being.

Full training and support will be provided from the CSSC Club house in Cheltenham. We are looking for someone who is reliable and accessible with good organisation and communication skills. 

The amount of time required to fulfil the role will vary between 2-10 hours per month, and all out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed by the Area Association.

Applicants are required to email Polly Brown (CACSSA Secretary)

CSSC Volunteer of the Year 2019

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Celtic Manor Resort played host to this year’s CSSC Annual General Meeting on Monday 17th June, followed by a gala dinner and awards ceremony. Amongst those attending this prestigious occasion was Gareth Edwards, CACSSA Treasurer and Football Club Chairman Alan Waklefield.

Both Gareth and Alan were nominated for CSSC Volunteer of the Year. There were a number of nominees for this award and CACSSA are pleased to announce that Gareth Edwards deservedly won the award.

Gareth has been a member of CSSC and CACSSA for over 40 years, throughout which time he has always been an active sportsman and outstanding volunteer. He joined the CACSSA Rugby Club in 1974 and was immediately selected for the first XV. He was elected Club Captain in 1980 and held the position for 2 seasons.

During his first season as Captain, the club set a record by winning it’s first 18 games; and in his 2nd season, under his guidance the 1st XV won the Senior Cheltenham Combination Cup.

As well as his outstanding performances on the field, Gareth accepted the role of Treasurer for the Rugby Club in 2004 and held the post until 2010, introducing discipline and accuracy to the club’s financial affairs.

In 2015 Gareth joined the CACSSA Management Committee as Area Association Treasurer, a role he continues to fulfil to this day.  The role is particularly challenging since the Area Treasurer is also treasurer of the Cotswold Area club. In addition to all the normal Area Treasurer duties, Gareth is also responsible for the overall financial wellbeing and management of the club. Gareth displays an enthusiastic and a common sense approach to all that he does. He is methodical and thorough and addresses the considerable number of tasks with determination and a high level of application. As a member of the Area and Club management committee he plays a full role in ensuring the continued success of both.     

Gareth is one of that rare breed of volunteers who does not ask for recognition, he is simply happy to do the job to ensure the Area Association and Club continue to thrive.

Cheltenham Civil Service AFC – Win Junior County Super Cup

Cheltenham Civil Service AFC won their first silverware of the new season on Friday 27th by winning the Gloucestershire County Junior Super Cup, which is a contest between the North and South Gloucestershire winners of last seasons Junior County Cups to see who will be the best in Gloucestershire. The match played at Gloucestershire FA headquarters in Almondsbury saw a hard fought victory for Civvy against AFC Mangotsfield Reserves by 2 goals to 1. A great result and credit to both teams for giving the spectators an excellent game of football.

Squash Tournament 2018 Results

Here are the results of the finals played on Thursday 10th May 2018. Thanks to all who supported the tournament. There were 24 entrants with 3 injury retirements across the competition.
There was a good turnout in finals night so thank you all for those who were able to support the event.
Those who attended were treated to 2 excellent and highly competitive matches.

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS – Sam Maylott Club Champion

Sam Maylott (walkover) v Neil Miles

Sam being presented with the trophy

Match not played.

Having got his quarter final and semi final in just in time to make the final, Neil was unfortunately struck down by a sickness bug that robbed him of the chance of a showdown with Sam.

Sam has beaten Neil more often but this year could have been Neil’s as he was in fine form going into the competition. Shame as we would have loved to see how this one turned out but we’ll just have to wait for next year.

VETS TOURNAMENT – Ashley Mayall Vets Winner

Ashley Mayall 3 v Gary Powell 0


Vets players – Ashley and Gary

Gary started well winning the first few points but it didn’t take Ashley long to start playing and assert himself and take the first game 15-11. Gary, playing right handed, was probably suffering a bit after a long and tough semi final the night before coming through 3-2 against Duncan Brownlie. Some great retrieving by both players meant that there were some tremendous rallies but Ashley’s destructive finishing ensured he moved relentlessly to a 3-0 victory.

Thanks to Steve Kane for marking.

PLATE TOURNAMENT – Mike Croskell Plate Winner

Mike Croskell 3 v Derek Russell 1

A tough competitive game. Derek took the first 16-14 and Mike was spurred into action taking an 8-0 lead in the second, going on to win it quite comfortably to make it 1-1.

The 2nd and 3rd games were much tighter but Mike always kept his nose in front and and found the right shots at crucial times to win the match 3-1.


The next tournament will be the handicap cup in September/October.