Diary Dates:

Men v Ladies – Monday 4th June 6pm
Hosting SCWA Triples Quarter Finals – Wednesday 20th June 6pm
Hosting County Area 2 Pairs Finals – Thursday 28th June 6pm
Australian Fun Day & BBQ – Saturday 30th June 2pm

Welcome to the following new bowlers who joined us in May, Caroline Anderson, Christopher Axton, Graham (Charlie) Cooke, Margaret Gould, John Hamilton- Martin, Helen & Geoff Hill, Linda & Ronnie Mercure, Davina Pike, Anna & Nick Savill and Shelley & Hans Vanlit. We hope you have a long and happy association with Ember

The “Introductory Course” was a great success this year with 14 new bowlers signing up. Most of them have already been to Club Nights and roll-ups so please, as am sure you will, make them welcome. The coaching team of Sylvia Jones, Jenny Baird, Robert Postle & Mike Cutts together with the helpers, Malcolm Baird, Colin Jones and others did a sterling job with the first session being in the cold and wind through to the sun and warmth of the final session which coincided with the Club Open Day, are to be congratulated. Thanks also to those that distributed posters and leaflets. Also, thanks to all of you who persuaded friends, neighbours and acquaintances to come to the course,

The Sports Club Open Day was a great success and even the weather was on our side. The whole club was involved, and the sections worked well together. A big thank you to all those volunteers who, set up the banners, balloons, signs, provided cakes, help serve the tea and coffee, manned the bar and administered the signing in and welcoming of the visitors, of which there were many. Also, a thank you to those who worked before the day in distributing posters and leaflets.

Entries are now being taken for the Club’s Non-Winners Championship. This competition is open to bowlers new and old who have never won a Club singles competition or a pairs competition in the last seven years. So, lots of you are eligible to enter and it would be great to see some of our newer members taking part. Just add your name to the list on the Noticeboard and the Competition Secretaries (Linda Pillman & Dave Bardsley) will do the rest. Entries will close, and the draw will be made towards the end of June.

Meanwhile the draws for the other Club competitions are now on the website and Club noticeboard. Many first-round matches are due to be played by 25th June so please make your arrangements with your opponents and help the competitions run smoothly

Robert Postle is coming towards the end of his month as Captain and will be handing over to Malcom.
Our Captains for the rest of the season are: –
June: Malcolm Baird
July: Colin Jones
August: John Garland
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)

Thank you one and all for putting your names down for matches – this has made my life very easy. Unfortunately, the first two ladies’ matches were cancelled, and the first game was played on 22nd May. This resulted in a loss, though the girls put up a good fight and especial mention should go to Rink 2 who kept their cool under “trying” conditions. (not the green – that is playing very well!!). The Friday roll-ups are going well with good attendance – those who have not made it yet, please do come along.

Mike has arranged a tether, so you do not have to take the “Big Bird” down but, if you do, it is not necessary to remove the bottom pole.
The green has firmed up and we are now able to bowl without having to deploy mats, but we should always watch for problems.
Mike still needs at least one more volunteer for Saturday grass cutting.
STOP PRESS: – For those of you who have been following the sprinkler saga Mike is pleased to inform you that we now have a working sprinkler system,

Adam completed his April Captaincy with a 66 – 56 win over Walton but his final game was cancelled by Surbiton.
In May we drew 45 – 45 in a rain shortened game against Bishop Duppas and then won by 5 shots, 77 – 72, against Esher. We then had the game against Cambridge Park cancelled by them due to lack of players.

So far, we have played three league matches with very mixed results (perhaps that is why it is called a mixed league). Firstly, we played Malden Manor and lost on all rinks. They earned the maximum 10 points and we did not earn any.
We then played against Imber Court and did better, but not much! We lost on two rinks and drew on the third rink, so Imber Court earned 9 points and we earned just 1.
Our luck changed when we played against Auriol. We won on all rinks and earned the maximum 10 points. At last we are on our way!

Ember has started well in the North West Surrey men’s double rink league, with a single shot win against Bishop Duppas in the first game, and another win against West Byfleet the following week. However, there are some stiff opponents coming up and our teams will have to work hard to keep up!

The teams for the evening league have been drawn and the first matches are due on 30th May. There are 4 teams again this year. Encouragingly we have more players this year including some new bowlers. If you are one of the players, you should have informed your Team Leader of your availability by now. If you haven’t please do so ASAP.
If anyone has any queries feel free to contact the organiser, Ken Homewood on 01483 282384 or

AUSTRALIAN FUN DAY & BBQ – Saturday 30th June
This should be a fun day with us experimenting with the new Australian bowls format followed by a BBQ with Andy Hughes again performing on the charcoals. Sign-up now in the mixed matches folder.

DAY AT THE SEASIDE- Tuesday 17th July
Just to remind you that the sign-up sheet for this is in the “Mixed” folder so please put your name down ASAP so that we can start planning the day in detail. We are playing Eastbourne BC at Saffrons Road again this year but will be stopping for a meal on the way home rather than staying for a meal. There will be a five or even six rink matches starting at 2pm. A coach will take us there and bring us back. 


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