Diary Dates:
Chairman’s team v Captains’ team – Saturday 11th August 2:00pm for 2:30pm
Mixed 2 wood trips & BBQ – Saturday 18th August 10am for 10:30am
Finals W/E – Saturday 1st September & Sunday 2nd September 10am
Racal Decca Presentation – Friday 14th September 2pm 

Colin Jones is coming towards the end of his month as Captain and will be handing over to Robert Postle. Robert has kindly volunteered to stand in for John Garland for August as John has some medical issues.
Our Captains for the rest of the season are: –
August             Robert Postle
September        ????
We still need a Captain for September so if any member feels that they could cover September or would act as Vice-Captain to help the Captains, please contact Ken Homewood. (01483-282384 or kenhomewood@live .com)

24 bowlers played with the new Australian bowls format and despite the initial challenge, was enjoyed by all, and gave everyone a chance to bowl in different positions, which was an education. The group winners were the Hoons (Mary Tidmarsh, Enid Grey and Mike Cutts) and the Frothys (Tony Bettsworth, Pat O’Hagan & Jackie Cornwell).  The Frothys won the Final play off.
The day was also an Aussie dress-up day and Wendy Beaney & Ken Homewood were awarded for their costumes with, appropriately, a can of Fosters. Thanks to Dave Bardsley for his organisation and setting us the challenge.
28 then attended the BBQ which was run by Andy. Thanks to Andy, Anna, Sylvia and the other ladies who helped with the salads.

The day at the seaside was a great success and everyone who went enjoyed the day. The weather was the opposite of last year with wall to wall sunshine. We fielded 5 rinks and won on 4 of the five and won overall with a total of 115 – 83.
Linda had found a great stopping point on the way back and the food, the drink and the company were excellent.
The only downside during the whole day was Pat Cooke’s encounter with a seagull who stole her croissant from her plate on our walk down the promenade before the game.
It was a disappointingly small turnout but those that did not come missed out on a very enjoyable day.
Thanks to Linda & Bill Budge for all their organising.

CHAIRMAN’s TEAM v LADY’s & MEN’s CAPTAIN’s TEAM – Saturday, 11th August 2:30pm start
This is basically a roll-up with teams negotiated on the day. It is a fun day and open to ALL bowlers. This is another opportunity for new bowlers to join in and get involved in a semi-competitive game.  Although it is a roll-up please sign-up in the mixed availability folder so that we can plan the format of the game.

MIXED 2 WOOD TRIPS COMPETITION + BBQ ~ Saturday, 18th August
Just over two weeks to go so put your name on the sheet in the Mixed availability folder. This is a fun competition open to ALL ladies and gentlemen of ALL abilities. New bowlers are welcome as this is an opportunity to participate in a serious but fun competition. The teams will be drawn on the day considering the individual handicaps to ensure that games are evenly matched.  Losers in the first round will enter a plate competition, so everyone is guaranteed at least two games.  The day starts at 10am with the draw and bowling starting at 10.30am. Coffees, teas and biscuits are included in the entry fee of £2.50 and there will be prizes for the winners of both the main competition and the plate competition. The winners will formally be presented with the Trophy on Finals Day.  Sadly, lunch is not included, so you must bring your own.
We have been lucky to obtain the Master Chef of BBQs, Andy Hughes, and there will be a BBQ at 6pm after the competition: The sign-up sheet for this is on the notice board.  Everyone is welcome to come along to enjoy the evening’s good food and good company.  Please sign-up early so that we may plan the catering, a bargain at £6pp.  

We have nine ‘teams’ in the semi-finals this year and are guaranteed a finalist in the Ladies’ Singles and the Ladies’ Triples where our entrants meet in the semi-final. This is by far Ember’s best performance in these events but there is much work to do to achieve more than the two finalists we have so far, so best of luck to all our players. Our semi-finalists are –
LADIES’ SINGLES – Linda Pillman plays Jackie Cornwell
LADIES’ TRIPLES – Jackie, Pat Roddis and Sylvia Jones play Lorna Kilpatrick, Val Chicken and Mary Green
MIXED PAIRS – Both Dave Bardsley & Linda and Jackie & Mike Cutts have qualified for the semis
MIXED TRIPLES – Jackie, John Garland and Mike Cutts are in the semis
MIXED FOURS – Dave, Sylvia, Linda and Dick have made it to the Final where they may meet Jenny Baird, Jackie, John G and Mike C who are in the other semi=final.
CHERTSEY BC are hosting the finals on SUNDAY 26 AUGUST (Bank Holiday weekend) so put this date in your diary and enjoy a good day’s bowling with some Ember interest.

The only RDML that we have played since the last Newsletter was against Sutton Common and we won that by 83 shots to 48 and earned 10 points.  The match against Oxshott was called off as there was concern about the temperature of 30deg C + forecasted. This match will be rearranged later in the season. We have now won 5 and lost 4 matches and are around 5th place of the 14 clubs in the league.

We have won 5 and lost 5 and probably need 2 wins from our last 4 matches to secure our place in the top division for next year.

The 2 group winners play for the cup on NWS Finals Day on Sunday 26 August at Chertsey. With 4 matches to play we are in contention in our group with Ashford and Bishop Duppas.

We have won 4 and lost 6 matches and have only an away match at Esher and a home match against Chertsey to play. We played very well against the strong Egham team winning on one rink and only losing by 3 shots overall. Weybridge were far too strong for us and we lost by 42 shots, but comfort can be obtained as another club lost to them recently by 44 shots.

The event has now reached the quarter final stage and we are represented by Adam Willson, Ray Croucher and Mike Cutts who play Imber Court ‘A’ on Sunday 12th August.

The ladies have won all their recent matches.  Well done – it has not been easy coping with the climatic conditions!  Fridays bowls and cakes will continue with the hopes that more ladies will attend once the weather cools down.  Incidentally, men are welcome to join us should they so wish.

During July we have played to date three mixed matches against, Surbiton, Chertsey and Sunbury winning all three.  The match against Sunbury by just one shot!  There has been one men’s match against Brookwood that we lost.  Unfortunately, we had to cancel the match against Teddington due to injury to three of the selected team and lack of people putting their names down.
Selection has been a problem due partly to the very hot weather but mainly to having insufficient names willing to play.  Can we therefore all encourage our new bowlers and everyone else to put their name in the availability book.  It firstly makes life easy for the captains and playing in friendly matches is the way to improve and make the game of bowls more enjoyable.
Finally, thanks to all who played through all this very hot weather.

The league remains very close and 2 points is all that separates the first from the fourth after 7 games. So, it is all to play for with 5 games still to play.

It is now the end of July and by now we should be preparing for the semi-finals of our club competitions.  However, at the time of writing, there are still 15 quarter finals games still to be played, many of which are pairs games.  There are less than three weeks left to play these matches and the subsequent semi-finals and your co-operation in getting these games arranged and played within the time allowed is requested.
If you are the opponent and are waiting to be challenged, please take the initiative and contact your challenger.  And remember that if a game has not been played by the due date it can be awarded to the opponent in the absence of an approach from the challenger. The closing date for matches to be played in the semi-final rounds is Sunday 19th August.

Adam sends his thanks to those who have come forward for August bar sessions.  There are just a handful of slots to fill which he will allocate on July 31st so please contact him on 01932 889662 or before then with your preferred date if you have not yet signed up.



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