Your handicap does not lapse as long as you are a playing member of an affiliated golf club.
However, to be eligible to enter Open Competitions and Club Knockouts at Mapperley and to win the trophy in Major Competitions you need to have submitted a minimum of 6 Acceptable Scores (including at least 3 in Competition play) in the previous 12 months.
You can check the number of Acceptable Scores that you have returned in the 12 months to 3rd January 2022 in this Acceptable Scores Report.
Note: the number of scores shown in the report includes cards submitted for initial handicap allocation, if applicable. These scores do not count towards the required 6 scores in the last 12 months.