President's Piece

    Don Stephens

Sadly we come to season's end. Once again those all too brief summer days have whizzed by - but what a summer!
Those glorious sunny days chimed with the sunny atmosphere prevailing within the Club.
It brought it's problems of course, parched green, poor outside competitive results but nevertheless a summer to store in the memory bank. !

Our new members engaged fully and enthusiastically and the whole promises well for next season.
So instead of counting the days to Christmas let us count to April 21 and let the anticipation sustain us through the long winter months!

Club Captain’s Corner

The season is over again far too quickly although we have enjoyed some wonderful weather and I don’t recall having to wear wet gear at all
for any game.
We have had an unfortunate season in the 3 counties league with the yellow team being relegated to the Second Division and the Green Team once again being pipped to promotion to the Third Division.
We had a good run in the Petersfield Cup but lost to a strong team from Midhurst in the Semi Final.
A special thanks to all our new bowlers for giving very good support to playing in our friendly matches. These matches are very important to the Club Finances and I hope more members are able to play in these next season. I wish you all well for the long months ahead before we start over again next Spring and hope to see many of you at the various functions we hold during the close season.


Treasurer's Report
Club Maintenance

We have held some very successful events this year:-
Starting back in February with the Skittles evening. It was so much enjoyed, it has been decided to
Friday 30th. November. A date for your diary!
Unfortunately the Quiz evening had to be cancelled due to inclement weather (snow).
We went on to have an extremely successful BBQ with 47 members attending.
Most recently, we held our Charity Day. In spite of terrible weather and due to your fantastic generosity, we manage to improve on last year’s figure with an impressive total of £1199.36 raised. Someone added 64p and made it £1200! Many thanks to all who participated, particularly the ladies who supplied the scrumptious tea, and to Sue Moss and 2 non bowlers, Mary Jordan and Barbara Longland for serving it.
Overall it has been a good year. Hopefully you have enjoyed it, and that we will see you next year. Meanwhile please remember our remaining fixtures this year:-
Finals weekend 8/9th September
Closing of the Green 16th September
Dinner & Prize Giving 3rd. November
Skittles 30th. November


Secretary’s Scribbles

This season seems to have been one of the quickest to date, perhaps because we have had such lovely weather to enjoy our bowling.
Once again thank you all for another amazing Charity Day your generosity as always is so good and hopefully by next season some improvements to the pavilion will be visible.
I hope to see many of you at the Presentation Evening on the 3rd November and also at the Skittles evening on Friday 30th come along for a fun evening.
To those of you who bowl indoors enjoy the season. If it goes as quickly we will be on the green in no time.
If I don’t see you before have a Merry Christmas and a Healthy New Year.
I am still willing to hand my position over so if anyone is interested have a word with me .



Internal Competitions Secretary

With just the finals weekend to go it's time to take stock of the season on Internal Competitions.
Congratulations to Don Stephens' team for winning the Wednesday League, especially since they never lost a match. Sue Moss' team were runners-up this year.
It was a shame we had reduced numbers from last year entering the Wednesday league, but we managed and we did so with only one postponed evening, due to several players competing in an external competition they were doing well in.
I don't think we could have asked for warmer weekends for the 2 Wood competition, which went off really well. However the afternoon temperatures were exceptionally high for those out on the green.
Thank you everyone for completing your matches in a timely manner and I hope the published results on the board kept everyone well informed throughout.
This year I have to give a big thank you to Janet Bettger for coming to my rescue to plan out the schedules for the final weekends games, and manage them on the day, due to the timing of my hospital incarceration. Thank you all for your support and best wishes for a speedy recovery, and I can report I am doing my best on that score. With luck I can see some of you in action on finals day.
David, we all send you our very best wishes and look forward to seeing you again soon.
It’s noted that Janet Bettger came up trumps again. Well done , Janet.

Hospitality Secretary

Hello Ladies. At this time of the year, I have to thank you all for your help & support with the catering for all our home matches & events. With the very hot weather it was a challenge to keep the sandwiches & cakes from drying out but we managed it somehow.
We have dropped the middle of the game tea break this year as the players seem to prefer to play through. This means the tea ladies can arrive a little later. Our Ladies Invitation Day was a great success thanks to Sue Barrett’s organisation. All the best to everybody for the Winter Season.

Sue Moss