Newsletter for all members March 2019

It’s time to bring you all up to date with what is going on!

News of members
We were all saddened to hear of the death of Irene Seabrook. I know that Mike Way was very appreciative of the support given to both him and Irene. Mike is now a proud grandfather, his grandson having been born just after we finished a Bowls match on Monday last week. Several of our members have been ill recently, some of whom have also been in hospital. We send our best wishes to Joan Wilkins, Shirley Lawrence, Keith Perrin, John Frankcom, Sheila Chimes, Ray Chimes, Stan Jones and Dave Berry.

20th Birthday celebrations
The GPC has been discussing arrangements for this event during recent months. Letters of invitation for a celebration lunch were sent to all founder members, both past and present. The responses from them has been very pleasing and most will be attending. Current Presidents and Vice Presidents of S&DBA, S&DWBA, NFBA and NFWBA will be attending plus some Totton & Eling Town Councillors, and some past GPC members. I hope that members will understand that it is impossible to accommodate comfortably more than a certain number for lunch but ALL members will receive an individual invitation (in pigeon holes) to play some friendly competitive Bowls from 2.00pm and join us in a celebration tea afterwards. Keith Sinclair is kindly making the celebration cake. Do please sign up because it is essential that we know numbers for catering purposes.

Commemorative medals to pin on your shirt or sweater will be made for anyone wanting one for the bargain price of £5. They will be very similar to the ones produced for our 10th anniversary in 2009. Please place your order on the notice on the board and pay your £5 to the office. Commemorative bowls stickers will be available free to all members wanting them.

There will be a raffle on the day with proceeds going to the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Any donations of prizes would obviously be very much appreciated and we are particularly looking for bottles (not necessarily alcoholic ones), sweets, chocolates and biscuits but please go easy on donating your unwanted toiletries that you were given for Christmas!

Club Open Day is this Saturday, 16 March, from 10.30am to 2.30pm. Refreshments (including bacon rolls) will be available. Any offers of help, especially talking and demonstrating bowling to prospective members will be much appreciated, so please sign up on the noticeboard if you are able to help for an hour or so. We had encouraging responses to our presence in Morrison’s foyer on 7 March so it’s possible that we could see quite a few visitors on this day.

Membership Fees
Friday 29 March is the day set aside for you to come and play in a Club Drive and pay your membership fees. It would be good for as many members as can make it to play in this match. However, you can pay your fees at any other times when the office is open. Playing fee (to Totton & Eling Town Council) for 2019/2010 is £170.00 and Club membership fee is £16.

Pre-season Friendlies
Several of these have been arranged for men, ladies and mixed. Please check the noticeboard for details and, remember, these matches are for ALL Members so do please sign up to play.

Coffee Morning in aid of Motor Neurone Disease Association
The Ladies have very kindly offered to arrange a coffee and cakes event on Wednesday 8 May from 11.00am. I hope that as many of you as possible will be able to support this and give generously. There will be a raffle or bring and buy, so please check the noticeboard for further details.

Pre-season Lunch is on Thursday 4 April at Wellow Golf Club. If you haven’t yet signed up there is still time but menu choices must be made by Friday 22 March, please.

Club Competitions
The revised rules for entry into competitions will be published in time for fee paying day on 29 March. The dates for the Triples Competitions, the Cliff Hewlett Memorial Trophy and the Annual President’s Day will also be published soon. As previously notified, the Ladies v Men match will now be replaced by a different match. However, because of the practical difficulties of allocating players according to postcode we decided to allocate all playing members evenly between a President’s Team and a Captain’s team. The lists of these will be posted on the board and a notice in due course for you to sign up for the match on Monday 6 May. We shall see how it goes and we can always revert next year to Ladies v Men but there has to be enough support for such a fixture if it is to be a success.

We had some welcome publicity in the New Forest Post on 7 February, a copy of which is on the noticeboard if you haven’t already seen it, and also in the latest Waterside Herald, a copy of which is in the Clubroom.

Office Hours
Please note the change in office hours that has been recorded in GPC minutes and posted on the board. These changes are to make the Club and Centre open for later hours in the summer, on Mondays and Wednesdays from noon to 6.00pm. Opening hours on the other four days are 10.30am to 3.00pm.

Social Club activities
I should like to thank Jan Le Page for organising a ballot among members recently and for arranging our social activities and events. The Bingo and Beetle Drive on Friday 1 March, together with some lovely afternoon tea, was great fun but more players please when we play next time. Jan will organise a visit to an open garden in Brockenhurst on Wednesday 29 May, so look out for the notice to sign up and to indicate if you need or can offer a lift. Once the new milling times are published for the Eling Tide Mill I’m going to arrange a visit for which I’ll be your guide (I’m a volunteer there).

Short Mat
Jan Le Page and I have hopefully run the Club Short Mat league to everyone’s satisfaction. It has been an enjoyable competition. If anyone would like to help out next season please don’t be backward in coming forward.

Testwood School visits
I am pleased that pupils from Testwood School will be coming again to play Bowls on Monday afternoons in the summer term starting on 13 May. I’ll be asking for volunteers to help in due course.

Thank you very much, in anticipation, for your support.


Steven Brice
tel: 02380 666642, email:

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