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    AtLAS News - Reopening, Vice Chairman & AGM

    Latest AtLAS News - as sent by email to all AtLAS Members ...

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    AnchorAtLAS Facilities Reopening - the next phase


    We're pleased to announce the progressive reopening of AtLAS Facilities at Adastral Park.

    From Tuesday 31 August - we're:

    • Extending the Bodytalk Gym opening hours. The Gym will open at 07:00* and close at 19:15, Monday to Friday, with limited use of the Gym showers and toilets - no lockers or changing before using the Gym.
      (* = exceptionally and by prior arrangement from 06:45)
    • Opening the Tennis Courts for longer - with the last bookable session now being from 18:30 - 19:30.
    • Reopening the Sports Hall, though limiting use to clubs bookings for 'static' activities only - no 'ball sports' and/or individual bookings for now. The showers are not available.
    • Reintroducing 'leisure' site security passes, for non-employees using the reopened facilities regularly.

    IMPORTANT:

    • We're still following the general 'COVID-19' rules and procedures, set out in earlier emails.
    • Leisure Pass: You need to contact us - via the link below, to request a leisure pass. You can then collect your pass from the next working day, by visiting Adastral Park Reception during normal opening hours.

    We're aiming to reopen the outside Hard Court shortly. However, it needs some remedial work on the playing surface first.

    The AtLAS Clubhouse will remain closed for now, due to the difficulties in complying with ventilation requirements.

    Please make sure you follow the rules and requirements below:

    • You'll need to book the gym and the other facilities via atlasleisure.sportsoft.co.uk. If you haven't already done so, you'll need to reactivate your AtLAS membership to book. To do this, contact us - via the link below.
    • The Sports Hall will be open for 'static' activities only and for established AtLAS clubs only (e.g. yoga, pilates, keep fit, etc.), for a maximum of 12 people. 'Ball' sports (including badminton) are not allowed for now. Clubs should contact us - via the link below - to rebook their regular slot(s).
    • If any participants need a one-day visitor pass, you must send a request for this/these to AtLAS by 14:00 on the day before the booking - via the link below.
    • For bookings where multiple people are taking part, a list of those who are attending must be sent to AtLAS by 14:00 on the day before the activitiy - via the link below (by whoever made the booking).

    Contacting AtLAS: Please contact Darren Barnes, our AtLAS Administrator - via the AtLAS Website Contact Form (select Message For: "AtLAS Administrator" option) for all the above requests and notifications.

    AnchorAtLAS Needs You - our next Vice Chairman?


    We're looking for a new Vice Chairman. It's your chance to give back to the Adastral Park Community, interact with senior managers and influence the future of leisure and sports at Adastral Park!

    If you're employed at Adastral Park, you may have seen the campaign recently started by the site management team across a number of internal media platforms, to help us recruit a new Vice Chairman.

    Alternatively, if you're an ex-employee or retiree, you can check out the news stories on the AtAdastral and AtLASwebsites for more details.

    Please think about volunteering, to help shape the Adastral Park leisure and sports landscape.

    Interested? Please contact Carl Chittock via our online Contact Form (select Message For: "AtLAS Chairman").

    AnchorAtLAS Annual General Meeting 2021


    This is your formal member notification that the AtLAS AGM for 2021 will take place from 12:30 - 13:30, Monday 27 September, via Microsoft Teams (video meeting) - link below.

    AtLAS AGMs are normally attended mainly by AtLAS club and society representatives, however any AtLAS member is entitled and welcome to attend. Since there are still only a limited number of people working at Adastral Park, the AGM will be again held online only, using Microsoft Teams. There'll be no physical meeting.

    Please click on this link to attend:
    Join AtLAS 2021 AGM (at 12:30 Monday 27 September 2021) 

    After clicking the link you can open Microsoft Teams in a browser window, if you have a Microsoft account. You may need to give the browser permission to use your webcam video and audio. Alternatively you can download, install and use the Microsoft Teams application. Windows and MacOS downloads are here. You can download Microsoft Teams for Android from the Google Play App Store and for Apple iOS/iPadOS from the App Store. If you work for BT you should already have Teams installed on your work PC.

    We'll be seeking AGM approval to add back in a clause accidentally removed from the most recent version of the AtLAS Constitution. It relates to any surplus funds from any Affiliated club that is wound-up reverting to AtLAS. We'll also be looking to amend to the constitution to state that IM company ex-employees will only be able to continue as 'Friends & Family' members. This is a BT site management requirement recently placed on AtLAS.

    If there’s anything substantial you’d like to see on the agenda or raised on your behalf, please let us know by 2 September (at least 21 days before the meeting) - via Darren Barnes, our AtLAS Administrator, using our online Contact Form (Select Message For: "AtLAS Administrator").

    The papers for the AGM (agenda, last year’s AGM minutes, etc.) will be available here from 13 September at the latest (at least 10 days before the meeting).

    AtLAS AGM 2020 Minutes and Accounts 

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    AtLAS Needs You - our next Vice Chairman?

    Could you contribute to Adastral Park life as our next Vice Chairman?

    AtLAS is the umbrella organisation for Adastral Park clubs and societies and manages the on-site sporting facilities. It’s run by a volunteer Executive Committee, currently:
    • Chairman - Carl Chittock
    • Vice Chairman - Ian Read
    • Treasurer - Steve Willett

    We’re assisted by our AtLAS Administrator, Darren Barnes.

    Ian has been part of the committee since 2012, firstly as Treasurer and then Vice Chairman. He left BT in 2019 and has now decided to focus his Adastral Park volunteer effort on AP’s heritage. So we’re looking for someone to take over the Vice Chairman role. Ian has focused on marketing, publicity and communications as Vice Chairman, including:

    • Developing and maintaining the AtLAS website (atlasleisure.org.uk) - using WordPress
    • Producing the AtLAS News newsletter for members
    • Contributing to the site-wide Adastral Park newsletter
    • Managing the periodic Cineworld voucher offers
    • Managing data privacy policy/communications

    Ideally then you’d have the aptitude and enthusiasm to manage these areas and to look at developing them further (for instance, integrating the AtLAS website and the facilities booking website). As a committee member, you’ll have the chance to influence the future direction of AtLAS and the on-site facilities overall.

    You can find out more about AtLAS and how it's run on the Organisation page.

    Interested in helping the Adastral Park community? 

    Please contact Chairman, Carl Chittock in the first instance, via our contact form (select Message For: AtLAS Chairman).

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    AtLAS BodyTalk Gym and Tennis Courts Reopening

    (from the email sent to all AtLAS members on Friday 2 April)

         

    The government’s roadmap for reducing COVID-19 restrictions in England should move to its next step from Monday 12 April, meaning we'll be able to welcome you back to the BodyTalk Gym at Adastral Park from then. We’re also reopening the outdoor tennis courts from Tuesday 6 April.

    All of the rules are either legal requirements and/or BT safety and site management requirements. We’ll let you know as/when they change. For now you’ll need to book a time slot for both the gym and tennis courts.

    If your subscription payments were already started (towards the end of 2020) and you now want to use the gym or tennis courts, you’ll be able to access the AtLAS online booking system at atlasleisure.sportsoft.co.uk to book time slots. Your membership was paused from 26 December and will now been activated again. If you paid on 28 December, no further payment will be taken until 28 May, as you have a month in credit.

    If we haven’t already restarted your membership and subscription payments and you now want to use the gym or tennis courts, you’ll need to contact us to restart - details are below.

    Gym

    The same rules and procedures as last autumn/winter are in place. The Gym will open from Monday to Friday (excluding Public Holidays) from Monday 12 April. To be allowed on-site and in the gym you’ll need to:

    • Reactivate your AtLAS Silver Membership if needed. Contact our AtLAS Administrator to request this. Your subscriptions will then restart.
    • Book a time slot (session), when your membership is reactivated. This is to make sure we don’t exceed the maximum number allowed in the gym under the social distancing rules. You need to make your booking by 14:00 the day before you want to use the gym; before 14:00 on Friday for Monday bookings. Bookings can be made well in advance though. Bookings are made via the AtLAS online booking system at atlasleisure.sportsoft.co.uk NOT via the AtLAS website atlasleisure.org.uk.
    • Collect a Site Pass – AtLAS site passes are not currently valid. Unless you have an employee pass, you will need to collect a daily visitors site pass from the main reception for every visit.

    The gym booking sheet will be sent to Adastral Park Reception at 14:00 the day before your booking (by 14:00 on Friday for the following Monday). If you're not on the list (= you've not booked a time slot), you won't get a site pass and won't be allowed on-site. Don’t waste a journey - please make sure you're booked in well in advance!

    The gym changing rooms/toilets/shower are closed. The only wash-basins and toilets available will be those in the Reception building.

    Please read these guides for further help and details:

    Tennis Courts

    We’re pleased to be able to open the outdoor tennis courts again from Tuesday 6 April.

    Like the gym there’ll be rules and procedures in place, for you to be allowed on-site and to use the tennis courts. For now the Tennis courts will be open weekdays only (excluding Public Holidays) for hourly sessions, from 08:00 to 18:00 and there’ll only be one court available in the double court area.

    To book/play you’ll need to:

    • Reactivate your AtLAS Bronze or Silver Membership if needed. Contact our AtLAS Administrator to request this. Your subscriptions will then restart.
    • Book a time slot (session), when your membership is reactivated. You need to make your booking by 13:00 the day before you want to use the courts; before 13:00 on Friday for Monday bookings. Bookings can be made well in advance though. Bookings are made via the AtLAS online booking system at atlasleisure.sportsoft.co.uk NOT via the AtLAS website atlasleisure.org.uk.
    • Note: Bookings are for 1 hour sessions. There’ll be 30 minute gaps between sessions. The last session will be 17:00 to 18:00.
    • Provide Player List to AtLAS for *ALL* your players - send a player list to our AtLAS Administrator at the same time as you make the booking. The list will be used to issue Site Passes to anyone who does not have an employee pass - see below - and may also be used for NHS Test & Trace if needed.
    • Collect Site Passes (all players as needed) from Reception – AtLAS site passes are not currently valid. Unless you and/or the other players have an employee pass, you/they will need to collect a daily visitors site pass from the main reception for every visit.
    • Collect/sign-out padlock key from Gatehouse. Both court areas are currently padlocked. Only you - as the member who booked - can collect/sign-out the key for your court.
    • Lock court area and return padlock key to Gatehouse promptly, when your session is ended. Please make sure you return the key to the Gatehouse within 15 minutes of the end of your session, so it’s available for the next session.

    The tennis court booking sheet will be sent to Adastral Park Reception at 13:00 the day before (13:00 on Friday for the following Monday). If you're not on the list (= you've not booked a time slot), you won't get a site pass and won't be allowed on-site. If you haven’t sent a list of the other players, they won't get a site pass and won't be allowed on-site, unless they have an employee pass. Don’t waste journeys - please make sure you're booked in well in advance!

    Playing rules:

    • Use the hand sanitiser gel provided on the court fence before, during and after your session.
    • Keep socially distanced; do not touch your face during play.
    • 4 players maximum per court; no spectators in the court area.
    • Return any tennis balls with your foot or racquet.
    • Avoid touching gate or latch - operate gates with your foot or racquet.
    • Avoid touching nets - alert AtLAS or Tennis Club if adjustment needed.

    The AtLAS clubhouse with changing rooms/toilets/shower is closed and locked. The only wash-basins and toilets available will be those in the Reception building.

    Different rules will apply for Tennis Club matches, as they’ll be a supervised organised activity.

    Please contact our AtLAS Administrator or leave a message on 03316 510036 if you have query.

    With best wishes,

    AtLAS Executive Committee
    BodyTalk Gym Committee
    Pro-Fitness Gym Team

     

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    Bodytalk Gym Tier 4 Closure from 26 December

    From email sent to active AtLAS Silver (gym) members:

    [Due to Tier 4 restrictions in Suffolk]

    Following the latest Government announcement, we now have to close the BodyTalk Gym again from 26 December 2020!

    All payments and membership will be suspended for the duration of the Tier 4 restrictions, unless you wish to continue your payment to support the Gym. To do this please send a message to atlasleisure@yahoo.com.

    When we're able to reopen, we'll restart all memberships as they were when we close down again at 18:00 on Thursday 24 December. We're simply "pressing pause", as with the November lockdown. If you have requested for your membership to remain frozen or for it to be reactivated - you don't need to do anything further. Once we reopen, we'll "press play" and everything should be as it was before.

    We'd really like to thank everyone who has used the BodyTalk Gym in September, October and December. The response to the new rules, booking sessions, cleaning of equipment and social distancing in the gym continues to be fantastic and has made the gym a safe place to workout.

    We hope you and your families all manage to have an enjoyable Christmas and stay fit and well. As soon as we can in 2021, we will be back in touch about reopening.

    With best wishes,

    AtLAS Executive Committee
    BodyTalk Gym Committee
    Pro-Fitness Gym Team

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    Bodytalk Gym Reopens from 2 December

    From an email sent to active ATLAS Silver (gym) members ...

    Following the government's latest announcement that gyms can re-open under the new post-lockdown COVID-19 restrictions tiers, we're pleased to let you know that the Bodytalk Gym will open again on Wednesday 2 December 2020.

    All the rules and procedures that were in place before the four-week lockdown will continue to apply … booking a session, cleaning the equipment before and after use and booking in by 14:00 the day before for non-Adastral Park employees.

    As we notified you in November, all AtLAS membership payments were paused when we closed for the lockdown. They'll now be automatically restarted in December, so there's no need for any further action from you.

    We are looking forward to seeing you all back in the gym very soon and by continuing where we left off, by following the necessary rules and procedures, we can again make the Bodytalk Gym a safe place to workout.

    With best wishes,

    AtLAS Executive Committee
    BodyTalk Gym Committee
    Pro-Fitness Gym Team

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    Bodytalk Gym Lockdown Closure from 5 November

    Message as sent to all AtLAS Silver members:

    Following the government's lockdown announcement at the weekend, we are being forced to close the Gym again, from Thursday 5 November until at least Tuesday December 2 (inclusive).

    All payments and membership will be suspended for the duration of the new lockdown, unless you wish to continue your payment to support the Gym. To do this - please send a message to the AtLAS Administrator (select from 'Message For').

    When we're able to reopen, we'll set up all memberships as they are when we close down at 18:00 this Wednesday, 4 November. We're simply "pressing pause" this time, so if you had requested your membership to remain frozen or to be reactivated you don't need to do anything further. Once we're open, we'll "press play" and everything will resume. That's as long as there are no further government rule changes!

    This news is not what anyone had hoped for, but we would really like to thank everyone who has used the BodyTalk Gym since September. The response to the new rules, booking sessions, cleaning of equipment and social distancing in the gym has been fantastic and has made the gym a safe place to workout.

    We hope that everyone and their loved ones stays fit and well during this second lockdown and as soon as we are able to, we will be back in touch about the reopening date.

    With best wishes,

    AtLAS Executive Committee
    BodyTalk Gym Committee
    Pro-Fitness Gym Team

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    Ipswich Diving Club joins AtLAS as an Associated club

    Welcome to Ipswich Diving Club (aka 'iDive'), who are joining AtLAS as an Associated Club!

    Associated clubs are independent clubs with in the local/nearby community promoted by AtLAS to Adastral Park people and their friends and families.

    Check out their club page for more details and how to meet and join the club.

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    Bodytalk Gym Reopening

    UPDATED: 12 October 2020

    We're very pleased to announce we have reopened the Bodytalk Gym following an agreed phased plan approved by BT’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO):

    • Phase One – All Adastral Park employees have been able to access the site to use the gym from Monday 7 September 2020. Note: To work in an office on site you still require your Line Manager approval.
    • Phase Two – All other BodyTalk Gym members  (i.e. employees = Friends & Family and retired) are now able to access Adastral Park and begin using the Gym - from Monday 12 October. There are strict site access rules and procedures in place. You MUST read this specific guidance for non-employees - including the linked documents before visiting the gym. You should have already received a similar email if this applies to you.

    As you'd expect, things are going to be different when you return to the Gym. In brief:

    • You'll need to book a timeslot to work out:
      • Register on the AtLAS Booking website (NOT the atlasleisure.org.uk site), if you're not already registered (atlasleisure.sportsoft.co.uk).
      • There'll be:
        • No access without a booking
        • Maximum of 20 slots per session
        • Phased opening times
    • Your Membership Payments:
      • We'll be restarting Silver (gym) member monthly payments for those members returning to the Gym; this will allow you to use the AtLAS Booking website.
      • There'll be no more cash payments in the Gym. There'll be an option to pay by (contactless) credit/debit card instead.
    • There are new Gym rules/procedures - to keep everyone safe ('COVID-19 secure'). You must comply with these. These include:
      • Gym inductions/instructions on the new procedures.
      • No changing and shower facilities at the Gym for now.
      • No sweat towels allowed; but please bring a water bottle.
      • You'll need clean the equipment before and after use (there'll be cleaning stations around the gym for this).
      • One-way systems and social distancing in place.

    Further details are in this document. Please read it carefully.

    We look forward to welcoming you back to the Gym. Please be respectful and patient with the Gym team, who are there to help and guide everyone to follow the rules and procedures, so the Gym can reopen and stay open safely.

    Other AtLAS facilities at Adastral Park remain closed for now. We are still working closely with BT's CMO and Health & Safety, to hopefully be able to open at least some of the facilities shortly.

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    AtLAS AGM 2020 - 23 September

    AtLAS Annual General Meeting 2020


    The AtLAS AGM for 2020 will take place from 12:00 - 13:00, Wednesday 23 September, via Microsoft Teams (video meeting).

    AtLAS AGMs are normally attended mainly by AtLAS club and society representatives, however any AtLAS member is entitled and welcome to attend. This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic and the limited number of people working at Adastral Park, the AGM will be held using Microsoft Teams only; there will be no physical meeting.

    Please click on this link to attend:
    Join AtLAS 2020 AGM (at 12:00 23 September 2020) 

    After clicking the link you can open Microsoft Teams in a browser windows. You may need to give the browser permission to use your webcam video and audio. Alternatively you can download, install and use the Microsoft Teams application. Windows and MacOS downloads are here. You can download Microsoft Teams for Android and iOS/iPadOS devices from their 'app stores'. Outside BT you will join as a BT plc Guest.

    Please contact Darren Barnes, AtLAS Administrator, with any queries - via the AtLAS Website Contact Form (FAO "AtLAS Administrator").

    The Agenda and last year's AGM Minutes for the AGM are available here.

    Please note:

    Vice Chairman: Ian Read intends to resign as AtLAS Vice Chairman at the AGM, after over eight years serving on the Executive Committee. At the time of writing AtLAS is still looking for a replacement; someone willing to volunteer their time and skills to help the Adastral Park Community. Could this be you? More Details.

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    Bodytalk Gym and AtLAS Sports & Leisure Facilities Update


    We
    recently sent to the following update to all AtLAS members:

    Our apologies for the delay in issuing this update. We were hoping to have a firm decision and direction by now; for this reason we’ve held off getting in touch. We understand, of course, that many of you are keen to resume your AtLAS sports and leisure activities.

    BT’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) has not yet authorised the re-opening of workplace gyms. However we’re in discussions with him, to see if he will change this position for the Bodytalk Gym at Adastral Park - a large and supervised facility, unlike some BT workplace gyms. We’ve been doing a lot of work to make sure the Gym is COVID-19 compliant, including making sure the equipment can be used whilst maintaining social distancing. We’ve completed an extensive risk assessment that demonstrates our compliance. This is being presented to the CMO shortly and we’re hoping for a positive outcome.

    Once a decision has been made regarding the Gym, we should have a greater insight into the requirements and the possibility of opening the other (self-booked) leisure facilities at Adastral Park. e.g. Snooker, Table Tennis, Tennis Courts, Sports Hall etc.

    Unfortunately we can’t say any more at this stage, We appreciate this is very frustrating for our members. We are working extremely hard to gain senior stakeholders approval. AtLAS membership fees will remain suspended for now.

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