September 2022

The GPC met on Tuesday 20th September.  We wanted to bring you up to date with some  news and some dates for your diary.

 Bags, bowls and shoes

It was always the Club rule that bags etc. should not be left in the Clubroom (there is a notice on the board stating this).  During Covid this rule was relaxed for obvious reasons.  It is time to return to what is the rule in most Clubs, that changing of shoes takes place outside or in changing rooms and any kit, including woods, are all left outside or in changing rooms.  Therefore, with effect from 1st October, your cooperation in ensuring this is much  appreciated.  This also applies to those playing short mat, who should change shoes in the changing rooms, but must obviously bring their woods into the Clubroom.


We have a friendly at home v Braeside on Sunday 9th October.  We could do with some   more players to have six triples, so please sign up if you haven’t already done so.  Our annual match at Palmerston Indoor Bowls Centre is on Sunday 20th November, details of which will be posted soon.  This is always an enjoyable occasion followed by a good meal, and is open to all members and guests.

Indoor Short Mat

There is room for two more players to ensure that we have 8 squads of 3 players each.  The   format of play is 3 wood pairs.  The draw for squads takes place on Tuesday 27th September at 10.00am.

Winter Competitions

Please sign up for the inter-club winter outdoor carpet competition which begins on Thursday 3rd November.  Details of the Club mixed pairs competition will be posted on the board next month.  The Aussie Pairs competition starts on Thursday 6th October

Teas and Coffees

Higher costs have caused us to review the prices charged for teas and coffees.  The price per mug will increase to 50 pence from 1st October.  Please pay for each mug you drink – there are no longer any bulk discounts available!  Bar prices remain unchanged but will be reviewed as necessary.

Social Events and Panto

Your Club needs you!  Joyce Hopgood has organised a meeting on Friday 14th October at 12.30pm for any members interested in taking part in ‘Mother Goose’.  Please don’t be backward in coming forward with your thespian talents.  The Club Panto is back by popular demand for a not to be missed one night only performance in January.  A fish and chips lunch followed by bingo is planned for Friday 18th November – another not to be missed event with valuable prizes.  Details of other social events this autumn and winter will be posted on the board.  Our Annual Presentation Evening and Dinner is on Friday 21st October, open to all members plus a guest.  Numbers are limited so please sign up soon.

The Annual General Meeting is on Friday 4th November at 2.00pm.  As I always say, it may be boring but it is important.  Your support is much appreciated.  After the meeting tea/coffee with scones, jam and cream will be served and there will be an open forum for you to raise any matters you wish.  The required formal notification of the AGM, including nominations for the GPC, is on the noticeboard.  

The Christmas Fayre will be held on Saturday 3rd December.  Details will follow later this autumn and, as usual, will include asking for help and donations.  Six new tables have been purchased for use at this and similar events.  Barbara Willsher and Jill Holgate are due huge thanks from us all for their fundraising initiative enabling this purchase.  The fundraising table will continue for the foreseeable future because we may purchase more tables or other equipment.  Thank you also to you, our members, for donations and purchases.

We welcome 42 winter members from 1st October, most of whom we know from previous years, but there are some new members whom we look forward to being part of our Club.

I end with the sad news that David Rowan, one of our winter members, died last week.  We offer our deepest sympathy and condolences to his widow Maureen.

With thanks, as always, for your continued support Steven

PS – should anyone need reminding - smoking, including vaping, is permitted only in the    designated area and not on or alongside the green.  Any drinks taken outside from the bar must be in plastic glasses for reasons of safety.


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