The Change of Events At Uk’s Historic Polo Club: Cirencester Polo Club
Reeling under Covid aftermath, the Club opens its doors for social events
UK’s historic Cirencester Polo Club, inaugurated in 1894, under the Seventh Earl
Bathurst, offers the highest level of Polo, while retaining the charm of a
delightfully relaxed country polo club. King Edward VIII (1894-1972) played polo
at the club. Charles, the Prince of Wales, and his sons, Prince William, Duke of
Cambridge and Prince Harry, have played at the club too. The year 2020 saw
lookdowns that hit economies. This situation led the club to look out for ways
to survive. The authorities decided to turn it into a destination for those
looking to celebrate special occasions, inside and outdoors. Because of this,
the club is now in search of a person who can run the social side, and is able
to attract people.
It is an ideal opportunity for a polo enthusiast, who can witness tournaments, starting mid-May. The website mentions that the individual must be of dynamic personality, enthusiastic and must have outstanding social skills because the person will be dealing with a wide range of customers with diverse backgrounds. The advertisement states: “Polo Club members include grooms and players, families with young children, more elderly ladies and gentlemen who have been members of the club for many years, aristocracy, occasional celebrities, students and many more.” It is a £12 an hour job, but the perks the individual will receive is on another level. For starters, while working, you will get the opportunity to observe friends of Prince William and Prince Harry. Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry are supportive of the endeavours and the authority at the Club, whose new chairman is Mark Booth.
Covid led to furloughing of the staff, including polo manager Tom Meyrick. Contracted workers had to work on reduced wages. The club reviewed its membership structure, so the clubhouse and facilities can stay open even if polo moves behind closed doors again, and is trying to woo social members, for £50. Even the restaurant and bar, which used to be run by outsourced caterers, has been brought in-house and opened on May 17. The club gives the option to book space for a picnic bubble, and the price for the same is £50-£150. The club has upgraded strategies, as with the Polo season, starting from May 21, with the Gerald Balding Cup Final which is a memorial to racing pundit, Clare Balding’s grandfather and the Queen Mother Trophy slated to be in July.
The website mentions: “Set in the heart of the stunning Grade I Listed Cirencester Park, it is the perfect venue to bring family and friends for the quintessentially British day out.” Being a social member of the Club will provide free access to polo all seasons, along with other exclusive benefits. Day membership is available too. The clubhouse is open from 10 am, seven days a week, throughout the season from April until the end of September, to members only. As a welcoming note, the website says: “Whether you are looking for a quiet family picnic beside the field, a four-course lunch for hundreds in our marquee or just a Pimm in the clubhouse bar whilst watching the sun set over Ivy Lodge, we will be delighted to welcome you to our intimate and ‘wonderfully rural’ Club.” If you are a Polo enthusiast and want to enjoy tournaments, with wine in your hands, and in Covid-safe environments, why not visit the club or get a day’s membership!