‘Black’s on!’ For the benefit of those not in the know, this means that a black bowl is nearest to the jack and will therefore score – if not removed by an opponent’s brown bowl! Black bowls were ‘on’ rather a lot, but the final score was not a true reflection of the play, as nearly every end played resulted in ‘a measure’ – it was too difficult to say whether a black bowl or brown bowl was nearest the jack.
Winners Jani Barnard and Gilbert Chambers, and runners-up Tina Lucas and Ken Hallworth were presented with their trophies and boxes of chocolates by Dorothy Critchlow and Irene Hallworth. The evening ended delightfully with tea/coffee/wine and mince pies.
Open Evening – Thursday 13th December at 7.00pm
A quick-fire knockout competition was arranged, in which several visitors took part (maybe they will decide to join the Club!) and Ken Hallworth made up for his defeat in the previous week’s Club Competition by winning this evening along with fellow-team-members Margaret Sharples and Frank Yates, pictured here with their prizes. Fortified throughout the evening by Jani’s excellent punch, everyone then sat down to share the delicious food brought along by members.
Meetings of the Club:
September – Christmas and Christmas – Easter: Monday afternoons from 2.00pm to 4.00pm and Thursday evenings from 7.00pm to 9.00pm.
After Easter – August: – Thursday evenings from 7.00pm to 9.00pm
September – Christmas and Christmas – Easter: £20 per ‘term’.
After Easter – August: No subscription, but those who come divide the cost of hiring the hall between them.
Membership is open to everyone, but if you would like to give bowls a try first, or to bring your friends, non-members can just pay £2.00 per session.
Tea, coffee and biscuits are available at ‘half time’ at a cost of 30p.
Annual General Meeting
18th April 2013
Chairman, Frank Yates, reviewed another successful year through which every member had played the game while enjoying the company, sharing the humour and, sometimes, the tribulations too, of a great bunch of like-minded folk. Club finances were in a healthy state.
Members present unanimously re-elected the retiring officers (Chair: Frank Yates. Secretary: Gilbert Chambers. Treasurer: Irene Hallworth.) for a further twelve months term.
Best Wishes for the future, John
One of our long-term members and certainly one of our ‘keenest’, John Allen, moved away from the village at the beginning of 2012. We shall miss John’s ever-cheerful outlook on life, his very competitive spirit and his sense of fair play. John’s move will be felt by the hall committee too, as he has been their chairman for the past few years.
Our own chairman, Frank, expressed the feelings of us all in wishing John (right) good health and happiness in the years ahead.
Club Officers 2013-2014 Chairman: Frank Yates. Tel: 310 217 Secretary: Gilbert Chambers. Tel: 310 259 Treasurer: Irene Hallworth. Tel: 310 407
Jani Barnard looses off another certain winner.
Where we came from and what we are about.
Formed by an enthusiastic group of villagers in 1991, the Club lays down two specially designed green baize mats, on which we play an indoor version of flat-green panel bowls. Our bowls are smaller sized replicas of the outdoor, biased, “woods” with which many will be familiar. The objective, common to both disciplines, being to land your bowl closest to the “jack”. There are a few subtle differences, but the indoor game is simple to learn and easy to play – whether young or old, female or male, if you can stand and hold a bowl, you can soon mix it with the best of them!
All bowls, jacks and necessary equipment are supplied by the Club. The only items of special apparel asked of intending new members being a pair of flat-soled casual shoes; to keep the playing surfaces clean and sound.
You could fairly describe the atmosphere at a typical session as, light-hearted. Laughter and innocent banter bring the hall to life and, although the few straightforward rules are followed, it is the social aspect of our meetings, that always takes precedence over any win-at-all-costs attitudes. Teams of up to four are formed from among those who are present and each game runs until the leading team racks up twenty-one points. No prizes are given for that feat and none are asked for – though we do hold one white-knuckled knockout pairs competition before Christmas each year; with plaques going to the winning twosome.
New members are most welcome and for anyone unsure as to whether the game – or the company! – will suit them, well, just give it a try. We won’t pressure you. Nor is it necessary to sign up immediately for a full season’s membership; we offer a low-priced visitors’ single session rate that allows you to judge for yourself whether the Club is right for you.
Here’s hoping to see you at one of our afternoon or evening sessions. Or, if you’d like a chat first, contact Club Secretary, Gilbert Chambers on: 310 259