Hello to all Bowls Club members

Following our GPC meeting last week, we thought it would be helpful to give you some up to date information.

There were some enjoyable Monday evening roll ups last summer.  Hopefully, we can resume these from 15th May but as I am away from Sunday 23rd April to Monday 29th May we shall need a volunteer key holder to organise them and lock up on 15th , 22nd and 29th May.

Our thanks are due to Kevin Bushell, Malcolm Cross and Bob Masters for all their hard work installing new ditch mats, fitting new gravel boards and doing a general 'tidy up'.  If any members have a use in your gardens, or elsewhere, for the old ditch mats, please help yourself - they are piled up behind the shed.

Thanks to everyone who helped in any way to ensure the success of the Spring Fayre and Open Morning on 1st April.    £781.85 was raised, to be split evenly between Club funds and Solent Dolphin charity.  Donations of raffle prizes are always welcome but please can you ensure that they are fit for purpose.  In my absence, I won a bottle of beer that was five, yes five, years after its best before date and another member won a half-used bottle of hand cream!!  Thanks also to Les and others (notably Barbara and Jill) for a very enjoyable end of winter season lunch.  Your generosity with the raffle raised £245 for Club funds. 

Don't forget to sign up for the Coronation tea party on Monday 8th May.

We are hosting a visit of the Waterside Gateway Club (for adults with learning difficulties and/or disabilities) on Saturday 20th May.  Volunteers are needed to help but if you would like to know more about what is needed, please ask Shani Elms.

Monday afternoon card games Colin Honey has kindly offered to continue these on the first Monday of the month starting ion 5th June. .  

When using the kitchen please make sure that only one bottle is open at any one time and that open bottles are stored upright in the door of the fridge.  The new water heater is proving to be an asset, but please don't alter the temperature on it.  Please will the last person to leave the building (obviously a key holder!) remember to turn off the water heater - at the wall switch, not the tap.

We are required by Bowls England to have a nominated Safeguarding Officer by 2025.  We are seeking a volunteer for this post.  If you think that it is something you could do, please let me know.  Training will be given.

Steven, on behalf of the GPC

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