Newsletter for all members                                                October 2019

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

News of members

Shirley Lawrence and Oriel Pearce have both been ill recently and have spent some time in hospital.  I shall be taking flowers and a card to each of them on behalf of you all.

Presentation Evening and Dinner

As you know this is on Saturday 26 October, 6.30pm for 7.00pm.  All places are now taken and we look forward to an enjoyable evening celebrating this year’s bowling successes.

Annual General Meeting

This will be held on Friday 1 November at 2.30pm.  Such meetings are sometimes called ‘boring but important’!  We will do our best to eliminate the boring so please do your best to attend.  The formal business will be followed by tea/coffee and scones with jam and cream and an informal Q and A session.

Christmas Fayre this year is on Saturday 23 November, from 10.00am until 1.00pm.  As usual, we cannot run this event without all of your much appreciated help and support.  A notice is on the board so please sign up to help even if it is only for an hour or so.  Donations of raffle prizes, good quality bric a brac, etc. are always welcome.  Come and enjoy an hour or two with fellow members, family and friends and spend your money. As discussed at last year’s AGM and agreed by the GPC at its meeting on 19 November 2018, the proceeds of the day will be split 50/50 between this year’s charity (MNDA) and the Club.

New Members

We have recently welcomed 19 members to the Club for the winter season, some of whom are new and others returning from last year.  This is good news and is largely the result of Chris Fripp contacting all the Clubs in the area inviting their members to join us for the winter to play outside.  These new members will join the cleaning rota for the winter which helps the workload for all.


A Winter Carpet League competition between clubs who play on a carpet has been organised, thanks to Chris Fripp’s hard work.  We will have fixtures both home and away v Braeside, Parkside (Eastleigh) and Sixpenny Handley.  Matches will be triples and played on alternate Wednesdays.

Our thanks are due again to Les Maffey for organising this year’s Aussie Pairs competition which has   proved to be very popular, being fully subscribed but with plenty of reserve players when needed, and to Dereck Pickering for organising a new popular Pairs Competition for which entries are now closed.

A Short Mat roll-up session has been arranged for every Thursday from 11.30am to 1.30pm, starting on 31 October.  It is open to all members.  If you haven’t yet tried short mat now is the time to give it a go.


Several of these have been arranged for men, ladies and mixed next March and April, details of which will appear later.  Our next Friendly is the annual match away v Palmerston on Sunday 24 November.  We have 18 members signed up but it would be good if we could play eight rinks, so please sign up if you haven’t done so already.

Social Events

Curling on Saturday 19 October was the usual fun. Our thanks are due, as always, to Bill and Brenda Waight for managing this for us.  On Friday 8 November we have a lunchtime event with a presentation from a wildlife photographer, further details of which are on the noticeboard and there are still plenty of places available.  On Friday 29 November we will be entertained by the Hythe Ukelele Band, details of which will appear soon on the noticeboard.  It was a very enjoyable event last year with plenty of opportunity to join in with some singing.

Pre-Christmas Lunch is on Thursday 5 December at Wellow Golf Club.  All are welcome, including partners.  Please sign up on the noticeboard.

Life Stories

I was very interested to read a short ‘life story’ of one of our winter members, Jim Coy, whom some of you will know.  This prompted me to think that we have some older members who also have some interesting tales to tell.  Would any of you who lived during the Second World War or have had any unusual or different careers or adventures be willing to share your stories with others either in writing or orally at a social evening?  I’ll be in touch with some of you soon but do please feel free to volunteer before I get around to doing that.

Bar Prices

For the first time in over two years we have raised our bar prices for wines and spirits to reflect increased costs of purchases.  All other drinks prices are unchanged.

Fleeces, jackets and logos

We are looking at the purchase of fleeces and jackets for members with the Club logo and your name    stitched on.  Some of you have one or more of these from years ago so it’s time to have some more for other members.  I shall be investigating sponsorship for these and let you know progress in due course.

We have had some welcome publicity in the latest Herald, a copy of which is in the Clubroom.

Steven Brice President


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