It’s time to bring you up to date with a few matters at the Bowls Club.
President’s Day: Saturday 3 August
The plan originally was to combine this day with the semi finals of the men’s and ladies’ triples competitions. However, this has now changed and instead we will have a Club Drive, which is a triples competition with a difference! It will be guaranteed good fun and can hopefully involve as many of you who can make it on the day. Play will start at 10.00am. There is no entry fee but I hope that you will be generous in buying raffle tickets in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Any donations of prizes would obviously be very much appreciated.
By way of a change from previous years, and following from the success of the lunch at our 20th Birthday celebrations, the Club Drive will be followed by a lunch, at about 12.00/12.30. Cold meats, salads, new potatoes, strawberries and cream at the bargain price of £3.00 will be on offer. Families and friends are very welcome to join us. The bar will be open. A notice will appear on the noticeboard very soon so please sign up, no later than Saturday 27 July to give time to plan catering and order food. Please indicate if you need a vegetarian lunch. I am very grateful to Rosemary Hunter’s help in enabling this to happen, supported, as always, by other lady volunteers. Coffee/tea and home made cakes will be available during the morning
Chris Fripp has emailed all Clubs in the S&DBA and NFBA inviting their members to take out winter membership to help them to keep bowling for six months from October to March. We have no idea how successful this will be, but we’ll see.
Winter Carpet League
Chris Fripp has been in touch with other Clubs in the area who play on a carpet with the aim of forming a winter league. Progress continues to look promising and details will appear on the noticeboard in the autumn when we hope the format and fixtures have been agreed.
We have a Club from Swindon visiting us on Friday 30 August and we host a match against Parkside on Wednesday 11 September. Do please sign up to play in one or both of these matches - as I’ve mentioned before these matches are for ALL members.
Colin Honey, with help and support from other members, continues to do an excellent job in keeping the green in good condition. Any offers of extra help on Friday 2 August and Sunday 4 August for a couple of hours to pressure wash the green would be much appreciated - please sign up on the noticeboard.
A wall mounted ashtray has now been fixed in the smoking area. Would all members, visiting players and guests please observe and respect the request to smoke only in the designated area.
Leightons (our sponsors)
I’ve arranged a match against four Leightons staff for Wednesday 17 July at 6.00pm. It’s been a long time getting a date and time fixed but they are looking forward to the match. It’s a good way to engage them with the Club and, who knows, it might lead to some more sponsorship! Please let me know if you would like to join us on that evening.
Testwood School visits
These have gone well on Monday afternoons albeit with only a small number of pupils. I have agreed some dates with the school for next summer term playing during their PE lessons. These will be on Wednesdays from 12.30 for no more than an hour. I hope that these will not clash with any other Club matches and that I have your cooperation and support to go ahead.
There are still a few 20th Anniversary commemorative medals available to pin on your shirt or sweater for the bargain price of £5. Commemorative bowls stickers are available free to all members.
Fixtures and competitions have proceeded apace. Our thanks are due to Dereck Pickering in ensuring that all goes as smoothly as it can. Several of the men have done very well in various NFBA competitions but they continue to be modest about their successes. They have been up against some very tough competition from members of other clubs.
The Cliff Hewlett Memorial Trophy match on Friday 12 July was enjoyed by all, followed by a good bring and share lunch.
Don’t forget Competitions Finals weekend on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September.
Thank you very much, in anticipation, for your support.
Steven Brice President
I have emailed this Newsletter to all members for whom I have a current email address. For others I have placed copies in the Clubroom.