The GPC met on Monday 16th January.  We wanted to bring you up to date with some news and some dates for your diary.

News of members  It is with sadness that we report the deaths of Reg Hampton whose funeral was on 16th December, of David King whose funeral will be on Wednesday 1st February and of Bill Kinchenton about whom we await funeral information.

Friendlies  Details of forthcoming Friendlies are on the noticeboard.  Thank you to those of you who have signed up to play.  There are still places available for the match v County on Thursday 16th March.  Further Friendlies are arranged for later in the year and there will be some pre-season Friendlies in April for the men’s and women’s league teams.

Competitions  The weather has frustrated us all, whether it be too wet, too cold or an unplayable green because of frost.  Aussie Pairs and Winter Carpet League matches have had to be postponed so please check emails and the noticeboard for rearranged dates.  Some Club Winter Pairs matches have also had to be rearranged.    Look out for details of the S&D mixed triples league, matches to be played on Wednesday evenings this coming summer, and of the NFWBA mixed pairs knockout competition.  Club finals weekend will be from 15th to 17th September, later than usual in order to avoid any clashes with NFBA and S&DBA finals.  Competition rules have been revised, agreement having been approved at the AGM.  Copies will be available when entering for Club competitions this year.  Please read them carefully before entering any competitions

Bowls Coaching has been arranged for Thursday 20th April, available to all members, and details are on the noticeboard.

Club Shirts and blouses New club shirts and blouses are now available from the office.  They will no longer be loaned to members but, as is the case with most clubs, will be available for purchase only - £25 for men and £20 for ladies.

 The Bowling Green  Kevin and Gillian Bushell have been working very hard cleaning the green for which I am sure all members are grateful.  Kevin will treat the green for moss when conditions allow.  New rubber mats have been ordered for the ditches at each end of the green. They will be positioned in March after a good clean out, for which we may need volunteers.  Our thanks are also due to Kevin and Gillian, supported by Bob Masters and Pauline Chrismas, for clearing two of the beds of bushes in front of the pavilion.  They will contain some suitable ‘features’ in due course.

Social Events  Our thanks are due to Jackie Jackson for all the hard work she put in to ensure another successful Club Christmas Draw, which generated a small surplus for Club funds.  The Club Panto, Mother Goose, returned by popular demand and was performed to a very appreciative audience on Saturday 14th January.  A raffle raised over £200 for Club funds and the bar was well patronised.  A fish and chips lunch followed by bingo is planned for Friday 27th January, a ’horse racing’ night in February and a skittles evening at Brockenhurst BC on Friday 10th March.  Details are on the noticeboard for you to sign up.  On Monday afternoons from 1.30 to 3.30 please come and join us for cribbage or other games of your choice.  Keith Sinclair has kindly arranged for a Club pre-season lunch at Romsey Golf Club on Tuesday 21st March, details of which will soon be on the noticeboard.  The recent visit to Potters resort in Norfolk was a success and enjoyable.  Our thanks to Graham Cassell for arranging this and for making a booking for January 2024, details of which are on the noticeboard. 

Thanks to all who helped in any way at the Christmas Fayre which raised approximately £1000, split evenly between Club funds and Parkinson’s UK.  A Spring/Easter Fayre and Open morning will be held on Saturday 1st April - details to follow in due course.    The President’s Charity for 2023 is Solent Dolphin, a local charity which provides boat trips from Hythe Marina on the M/V Alison MacGregor for people with disabilities.  A collecting tin and information leaflets should be arriving soon.

Unfortunately, several members have not been meeting their commitment to the Cleaning Rota.  Please check your dates when the rota is published.  If you cannot make any date, please do your best to swap with another member.  If you know in advance when you will be unavailable, such as holiday, please let Mandy know.

At last, a new water heater/boiler will soon be installed in the kitchen.  This will avoid the need to fill kettles, and should make life easier when making teas and coffees after roll-ups and on other occasions.  The purchase of this and of trestle tables has been made possible by your generosity in response to the fundraising efforts of Barbara and Jill – thank you for continuing to support them

Membership and fees renewals day will be Friday 31st March.  Club membership will be £19 for the year.  Information about playing fees will be published when available from the Town Council.

With thanks, as always, for your continued support.  Steven

Steven Brice President, on behalf of the GPC                                                         

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