Newsletter to all members                                                                                                         February2022

 Thanks are due to Chris Fripp for organising the Inter Club Winter Outdoor Carpet League and to those members who braved some cold weather to play against Braeside, Parkside and Sixpenny Handley.  Total shots for the season were Braeside 294, Parkside 237, Totton and Eling 234, Sixpenny Handley 228 and total points were Braeside 32, Parkside 22.5, Totton and Eling 12.5, Parkside 4.5.  Congratulations to Braeside.  We hope that this competition can run again next year.

Proposed revisions to the Club Constitution and Rules were passed unanimously at the EGM on 5thNovember.  Hopefully, by the time membership renewals take place in early April there will be a copy available for each member.

Membership renewals day is Friday 1st April, but you can pay your fees on a later date if you cannot visit the Centre on that day.  Mandy has emailed information on the fees and paying arrangements for 2022/23 and a copy is on the noticeboard.  There has been an inevitable rink fee increase, which is 3.9% (£7) more than the annual rink fee for 2021/22 – remember that we paid for 11 months starting on 1st May last year!  There will be a rota of keyholders to unlock and lockup for any members who wish to play outside office hours, provided that a rink is booked in advance.

As previously notified, this year sees a trial of a weekend and weekday off-peak summer rink fee and membership. If you meet or know anyone who may be interested, do please ask them to get in touch for further details.

The final amount raised at the Christmas Fayre was £999.34, split 50/50 between Honeypot and Club Funds. Mike Way has transferred £1616.79 to Honeypot, £1500 of which was match funded at the beginning of December, enabling Honeypot to raise over £1million in just a few days.  Thank you to all of you for your efforts and generosity in enabling this donation to be made.  This year’s Charity will be Parkinson’s UK with our donations going to local support groups. A collecting bucket should be arriving soon.

Indoor short mat play continues until Tuesday 12th April when we propose celebrating the end of the season with a light lunch.

The Spring Fayre will be on Saturday 9th April.  A group of our hard working ladies will manage this and will be seeking volunteers in due course.  All offers of help, even if only for an hour helping to set up and will be seeking volunteers in due course.  All offers of help, even if only for an hour helping to set up or on the day are always welcome.  There will be tables for cakes, bottles, plants, Easter sweets tombola, raffle, refreshments, Easter goods stall, books/jigsaws, competitions - pot of gold and/or human fruit machine.  There will be NO BRIC A BRAC.  A few tables will be available for hire for £5 small and £10 large, to be booked by 1st April.   Mandy is producing a poster and sign up sheet.  

I am grateful to Margaret Gilliam for offering to organise Friendly matches which she has begun to do enthusiastically.  All details will be on the notice board as well as being emailed.  The fixtures at present are:  Thursday 17th March at home v County, Thursday 24th March at home v Sherfield English (both of these have already been really well supported – thank you).

Later in the year friendlies are arranged on Thursday 26th May away v Sherfield English, Monday 13thJune away v Parkside and Wednesday 7th September at home v Parkside, Sunday 18th September away v Braeside and Sunday 9th October home v Braeside.  We hope you will support some or all of these; they are open to all members.  There are preseason friendlies for men on Thursday 14th April and for ladies on Tuesdays 19th and 26thApril.  If you have not played in any League matches before please consider it.  If you would like to know more about the leagues please ask Chris Fripp, Clive Hassall or Rosemary Hunter. The ladies play in the New Forest League on Tuesday afternoons and the men play in New Forest League on Tuesday evenings and Southampton & District League on Thursday evenings.  

Joyce and Keith have organised some more social events.  Friday 25th February is a Curling Evening with fish and chip supper, so please sign up soon if you have not already done so.  Lunchtime Bingowith fish and chips will take place on Friday 18th March. The skittles evening at Brockenhurst BC arranged for Saturday 12th March has been cancelled by Brockenhurst because of their continuing Covid concerns.

Bowlswear Direct will be visiting the Centre on Wednesday 20th April at 12.00noon for the display, sale and ordering of bowls clothes.  The Club receives a small percentage of the value of any sales and orders.

On Friday 3rd June we will be holding a ‘street party’ (or perhaps more accurately a terrace party’) in celebration of HM Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.  Joyce Hopgood is taking the lead on this so look out for more details and requests for helpers nearer the time.

Graham Cassell has kindly made a provisional booking for a visit to Potters in Norfolk in January 2023 to see the Indoor Bowling World Championships.  Some have already signed up for this – thank you. Winter members are very welcome.  Details are on the noticeboard but if you would like more information, please ask Graham

Finally, we bid our winter members a fond farewell at the end of next month.  Thank you for your company and involvement in roll-ups and competitions.  We hope to see you again next year.

I shall be ‘out of action’ for four weeks from 22nd February - our first opportunity to visit family inAustralia for two years.  With thanks, as always, for your continued support.  Steven


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