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    AtLAS News - May 2022

    Latest AtLAS News as sent to all members ...

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    • BodyTalk Gym
    • Sports Hall
    • Free badminton sessions

    BodyTalk Gym


    We're very pleased to be able to announce that the BodyTalk Gym and Sports Hall are soon to be reopening at weekends.

    1) Weekends Opening Restarting
    The gym will be restarting its weekend opening as follows,

    Saturday 30 April 2022- 08:00–13:00
    Sunday 1 May 2022- 08:00–12:00

    2) Booking System Removed
    The booking system will be switched off from Saturday 30 April 2022.

    We will be returning to the swipe cards used prior to lockdown, so please have a search around to see if can find your card.

    If you're a new member since March 2020, please see the gym team and they'll issue you with your swipe card.

    3) Cleaning Stations to Remain
    While we are now working to the governments “Living with Covid” plan, we are also very aware that Covid has not gone away, so the cleaning stations, hand sanitisers and enhanced cleaning routines will all remain as they have done since our reopening.

    A big thank you again from all the committee and Pro-Fitness team for everyone’s efforts in following the procedures to date.

    AtLAS Sports Hall


    The AtLAS Sports Hall will reopen for weekend bookings from Saturday 30 April 2022.

    Sanitiser and cleaning stations will remain in place so please carry on using them as you have done to this point.

    Free badminton sessions at Adastral Park


    Woodbridge Badminton Club will be running free badminton sessions in the sports hall at Adastral Park, open to all members of AtLAS, or potential members of AtLAS, i.e. anyone working at Adastral Park.

    All badminton players are welcome. Please help us to manage the sessions effectively by contacting Dave Johnson in advance and providing your name, email, telephone and approximate level that you play at e.g. beginner, social, club. Dave can be contacted at dave2johnson@btinternet.com or 0791 702 3888.

    The sessions will be held 13:00-14:30 on Tuesdays in June 2022 (starting on 7th June). If you can’t make those times we would still be interested to hear from you as we may run other sessions in the future. (Also, we will be running regular club sessions at the Engraved Community Centre Sports Club during May and June on Friday evenings 8-10pm, but these are £5 each, not free!)

    Woodbridge Badminton Club is affiliated with AtLAS (Adastral Park Leisure and Sports) and used to be known as the Adastral Park Badminton Club. Our aim is to attract more AtLAS members to join the club. We also have a Junior section and offer competitive league matches. You can find out more about us at https://www.woodbridgebadminton.co.uk

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    Your thoughts on AtLAS

    Currently there are multiple projects underway helping to improve and shape the future of AtLAS’ services and facilities. We would really appreciate members’ and non-members’ opinions and feedback by completing our short survey below:

    AtLAS survey

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    Donate your unloved board games to AtLAS.

    AtLAS has secured a new area in The Hub opposite the vending machines. You may have noticed the new seating! The space is a work in progress so keep an eye out for further changes.

    In the meantime, we are looking to fill this area with board games/cards/dominoes. If you are about to have a spring-clean, we would be grateful for any games you no longer want. They can be placed in the AtLAS box to the left of the cash machine.

    Any games we can’t use will be taken to Martlesham, St Elizabeth Hospice charity shop.

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    Woodbridge Badminton Club moves to Kesgrave High School

    In recent years the club (formerly the Adastral Park Badminton Club) has been based at Farlingaye Sports Centre in Woodbridge. However, from January 2022 it has re-located to Kesgrave High School on the Main Road in Kesgrave. All of their matches, the junior club night and the adult club night take now place at Kesgrave.

    Interested in playing club badminton? Check out the WBC club page for more details.

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    AtLAS Guest Passes Back Online

    Following on from the opening of some of the AtLAS Adastral Park facilities earlier in December, the online AtLAS Guest Pass Request Form is now back online.

    If you're a full AtLAS member with an AtLAS social pass, you can now send a request for up to four guests to be allowed on site again with you, to use the AtLAS facility you've pre-booked at the AtLAS Booking website.

    Our recent post about the facilities now open.

    GO TO THE GUEST PASS FORM

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    Adastral Park Facilities Reopening Update - December 2021

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    • Facilities Reopening/Activities Restarting
    • BodyTalk Gym
    • Sports Hall
    • Tennis Courts
    • Hub-only bookings
    • AtLAS Clubs/Societies Restarting
    • Clubhouse

    Facilities Reopening/Activities Restarting


    After extensive and ongoing discussions with BT site management and BT Health & Safety, we're pleased to be able to let you know about progress around the reopening of some of the AtLAS facilities at Adastral Park. The details are below.

    If you haven’t restarted your AtLAS membership yet, you'll need to do this first, to enable you to access the booking system (atlasleisure.sportsoft.co.uk).

    Please contact Darren Barnes, our AtLAS Administrator to do this – via the AtLAS Website Contact Form (select Message For: “AtLAS Administrator” option).

    The changes take will place as soon as the booking system is updated. Please keep checking for the activity you're interested in if it hasn't yet appeared on the booking system.

    BodyTalk Gym




    Opening Times/Booking Slots

    The gym opening times are returning to 07:00–20:00, Monday-Friday. However, you still need to book to avoid overcrowding and possibly having to wait outside should we have reached capacity. Basically, if you’ve booked….you’re in!

    The booking slots will now be available on the hour, and you’ll no longer need to leave the gym between booking slots. Therefore, if you need more than an hour, you can book two slots. Any bookings you’ve already made will be transferred onto new booking sheets and will cover the times you've currently booked for.

    Weekend Opening Update

    We’re still waiting on guidance from BT site management and BT Health & Safety about weekend deep cleaning of the changing rooms. This is still required, but currently there are no housekeeping staff on-site over the weekends. We looked at opening the gym and closing the changing rooms at weekends, but we wouldn't be able to provide toilet and washbasin facilities if we did that.

    Nevertheless, please be assured we’re still working hard to get the weekend opening reinstated.

    Sports Hall


    Individual Member Casual Bookings

    We’re delighted to be able to announce that casual bookings are now allowed in the AtLAS Sports Hall - from Monday to Friday only for now. Unfortunately, weekend bookings are not possible at the moment, for the same changing room cleaning reasons outlined above for the gym.

    Please follow these rules to allow us to meet the BT Health & Safety requirements of reopening this facility:

    1. Should you have any symptoms of COVID-19, please do NOT use this facility.
    2. All users MUST book their session using the AtLAS Booking System https://atlasleisure.sportsoft.co.uk/
    3. All sessions require a FULL participants list to be submitted to Darren Barnes, our AtLAS Administrator, to allow AtLAS to meet the track and trace requirements of site management. Please contact Darren via the AtLAS Website Contact Form (select Message For: “AtLAS Administrator” option).
    4. The changing rooms can be used, but please ensure you use the cleaning products supplied before and after use.
    5. Users are required to open both double doors at the start of their booking and close again at the end of their session. This is to meet the ventilation requirements stipulated by BT Health & Safety.
    6. Please use the hand sanitisers and cleaning equipment provided throughout your session and clean down any items of equipment you have used

    Tennis Courts


    Opening Times and Booking Slots

    The tennis courts are now fully open again for bookings. Please follow these rules to allow us to meet the BT Health & Safety requirements for  reopening this facility:

    1. Should you have any symptoms of COVID-19 please do NOT use this facility.
    2. All users MUST book their session using the AtLAS Booking System https://atlasleisure.sportsoft.co.uk/
    3. All sessions require a FULL participants list to be submitted to Darren Barnes, our AtLAS Administrator, to allow AtLAS to meet the track and trace requirements of site management. Please contact Darren via the AtLAS Website Contact Form (select Message For: “AtLAS Administrator” option).
    4. Please use the hand sanitisers and cleaning equipment provided throughout your session and clean down any items of equipment you have used.

    Hub-only Bookings


    We’ve discussed with site management how to let AtLAS members come on-site from time to time, as they previously did, to meet with ex-colleagues in the Adastral Hub. There'll now be a booking sheet on the online booking system (atlasleisure.sportsoft.co.uk) for Hub-only visits. This makes a Hub-only visit consistent with all the other AtLAS activities allowed on-site at this time. i.e. it lets AtLAS 'track and trace' all AtLAS visitors on-site if needed.

    Note: If you've already booked to use one of the AtLAS sports facilities listed above (for example the Tennis Courts), you don't need a separate Hub-only booking if you plan to visit the Hub after your activity.

    AtLAS Clubs/Societies Restarting


    As well as all of the above, several AtLAS clubs are now restarting their activities, so if you are interested in getting back to your sessions or finding out about a new one, such as Wing Chun, Sailing, Badminton, Keep Fit Classes, Pilates, etc. Please visit the AtLAS website Clubs & Societies pages for more details about the various clubs and societies.

    AtLAS Clubhouse


    Unfortunately, we're not able to reopen the AtLAS Clubhouse for now. This is following a recent site management inspection, where concerns were raised about the deteriorating condition of the building. However, discussions are taking place to decide on the next steps. Once we get an update on a solution, we’ll let you know.

    Any general queries or concerns?


    Please contact us via our online Contact Form.

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    AtLAS News - Reopening, Vice Chairman & AGM

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

    In this AtLAS News ...


    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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    When GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations) were introduced in 2018, we asked you if you just wanted to receive administrative information from us or if you were also interested in receiving 'promotional' emails about AtLAS events or member offers. If you didn't click on the voting buttons in the email we sent you, we had to assume you only wanted to see administrative emails. Perhaps you'd like to change your mind now. If so, please contact us via our online Contact Form (select Message For: "Data Privacy" option).

     

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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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