BOWLS NEWSLETTER: August 2019

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Diary Dates

Finals Weekend – Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th September 9:30am start
AGM – Saturday 2nd November 10:00am for 10:30am start
Quiz Night – Saturday 2nd November 7:30pm

NORTH WEST SURREY FINALS 
I would like to say a BIG thank you to all the volunteers who contributed to the success of yesterday’s NWS Finals which we hosted. You are too numerous to mention individually but I would like to mention one person, Pat Cooke who masterminded the catering and provided a day long gastronomical treat.
Congratulations to our ladies, Val Chicken, Mary Green, Lorna Kilpatrick & Jenny Baird who won the Ladies League final. They had to play 2 games in the heat which was an achievement in its own right.
Commiserations to Jackie Cornwell & Mike Cutts who lost in the Mixed Pairs final to a very strong Egham pair.
Thanks must also be said to Sylvia Jones, who umpired ALL day in the heat.

NWS LADIES LEAGUE
As reported above the Ember Ladies where successful and won the final. Apart from the 4 who played in the semi-final and final mentioned above the following ladies also played in the team during the season. Aneta Thompson, Pat O’Hagan, Sylvia Jones, Wendy Beaney, Anna Hughes and Jackie Cornwell and contributed to the team’s success 

LADY CAPTAIN                                                                                     PAT COOKE
Elmbridge Rentstart Charity Night
The Captains’ Charity Cruise Night went very well.  Everyone seemed to enjoy the food, drink and entertainment.  Well done to those who participated in Bean Bag Throwing, Mini- Bingo or the Treasure Hunt.  Thanks to all who bought raffle tickets or contributed prizes.
People turned up in a wide variety of outfits to interpret the theme.  So tropical shirts were mixing with dinner jackets, and posh frocks were worn alongside nautical tops.
My thanks go to Nicky, Marc, Lisa and Charlie for providing the ‘cabaret’ and to the Ember Players for their support behind the bar and with the staging.
Overall the evening made over £1000 for the charity once Gift Aid is added on.  A brilliant result.  Well done Ember!

Match Report
We had two ladies’ friendly matches scheduled for August but sadly our game against Hook and Southborough had to be cancelled because of bad weather.
Oxshott v Ember (Ladies)
We enjoyed the hospitality of the ladies of Oxshott but found their skill and their green difficult to compete with so I’m afraid we lost that one. 30-62.  Well done to Wendy who skipped a winning rink- by one shot!

NWS Finals Day
Ken has been kind enough to single me out for praise with the catering.  Please could I give personal thanks to all the people who worked with me to make the day a success.  It was very hot in that kitchen and I am well aware of what hard work it was. Also – the cakes were delicious. 

MEN’s CAPTAIN
Andy Hughes is nearing the end of his Captaincy for August and Adam Willson will be taking over for September. I am sure you will be joining me in saying thank you to Andy and I hope you will give Adam your full support by signing up for the matches in September.
Men’s Match v Supreme, Away, Thursday September 12th 1.30pm start note Adam requires another 7 men to come forward for this fixture.  Some members are away on holiday, so he needs those here to step up to the plate please. Transport from the club will be arranged for those that need it.

RESULTS – Mixed & Men’s
Since the last newsletter we have played 3 mixed matches and one cancelled by the weather. We won 2 and lost 1,
We also had two men’s matches in the month, one we lost and the other against Cheam Fields was called off as they could not raise a team.
So, our record for the year so far is: – Mixed games Played 18 won 14 lost 4 and Men’s games Played 5 won 3 lost 2.
Details of results and future fixtures are available on the website. www.embersportsclub.org.uk/bowls/fixtures-scores-and-events

RACAL DECCA MIXED LEAGUE                                            MALCOLM BAIRD
At the time of going to press we are sitting at the top of this league with a total points score of 100, having played all our 13 matches.  Cheam are second and currently have a total of 74 points, so could still beat us as they have 3 matches to play and the maximum points that can be earned are 10 per match.  We should know during the next couple of weeks whether we are the league champions or whether Cheam have pipped us to win this league.

RACAL DECCA PETER UNGLESS TROPHY                         MALCOLM BAIRD
This is a knock-out competition for all the clubs in the RD Mixed League.  Having beaten Carshalton, Cheam, Imber Court and, in the final match, Ewell Village, I am delighted to report that we are the 2019 winners of this trophy!  Congratulations to all of those Ember members who played in this competition.

NWS MEN’S FRIDAY DOUBLE RINKS LEAGUE                 ANDY HUGHES
Now that we have played our last match in the NW Surrey Double rink League, may I thank all those who have played during the season and helped us keep our position as 5th in the League.  We had a magnificent win in our last match, and we have gone down in history as the only exact draw this year (i.e. one rink each and exactly the same point score).

CHAIRMAN’s TEAM v LADIES’ & MEN’s CAPTAINS’ TEAM –
18 bowlers took part in this event, and an enjoyable afternoon was had by all particularly by the Chairman whose team won. Pat Cooke, Ladies Captain, presented the Martin trophy to the Chairman.

MIXED 2 WOOD TRIPS COMPETITION + BBQ
23 Bowlers forming eight teams competed in the competition this year.  The competition was played in good weather. As usual matches were highly competitive. The winning team was Pat Cooke, Dennis Mardon & Enid Gray who beat Mike Cutts, Pat O’Hagan & Ann Gregg. The plate was won by Colin Jones, Andy Hughes & Anna Hughes who beat Ken Homewood, Ron Hadingham &. Mary Tidmarsh. The day ended splendidly with a BBQ which was attended by 30 members.  Thanks, were extended to Andy Hughes, Chef extraordinaire, and the ladies who prepared the salads. 

EMBER EVENING LEAGUE
Although Bravo faltered over the second half of the season, they held on to win the trophy. Alpha came strong in the later stages and finished second but were still 4 points behind Bravo. So, for the second year running, the Condon Cup has been won by the team with Jean Condon in it.
Results are available on the website and on the notice board

 

CLUB COMPETITIONS                                                             DAVE BARDSLEY
Congratulations to those of you skilled or fortunate enough to have made this year’s finals.  The matches will be played over the weekend 7th – 8th September.  Unfortunately, we cannot publish the programme as promised, as there is still one semi-final and a Coronation Cup match to be played.  Once it is finalised the order of play will be published on our website and on the Club’s notice board.
The dress code for the Finals is Whites, with Club Shirts preferred.  Please be aware that you will be issued with new stickers for your game, so best to remove your old ones in advance.  The presentation of trophies will take place after Sunday’s play (approx. 4.30pm); dress code is again Whites.
Volunteers are requested to help with setting up the Green, marking games, running the bar and all aspects of catering.  If you can help, please contact Dave Bardsley and Linda Pillman or add your name to the volunteer list on the Club’s notice board. 

THE GREEN
The green will be CLOSED on Friday 6th September as it will be being prepared for the finals weekend. 

BAR DUTY                                                                                   ADAM WILLSON
Thanks to all who helped run the bar in August especially those who did more than one shift.

BONUS BALL                                                                              MALCOLM BAIRD
Since the last Newsletter the following bowlers have been lucky in the draw; Geoff Hill, Pat Homewood (well I need to keep in with the Chairman!), Thais Harris, Mike Cutts and Jim Byrne. I notified one of the winning men by e-mail and, whilst congratulating him I (jokingly?) told him “husband to husband” not to tell his wife about his new-found wealth.  Shortly afterwards I received a grateful response from which I noticed that our member shares the same e-mail address as his wife.  Whoops!  Must be more discreet next time. 
There is just one more draw before the end of the season so good luck everyone and thanks for your support.  The proceeds all go to benefit the bowls section and will be spent wisely!

AGM: – Saturday 2nd November at 10:30am
Coffee at 10am, AGM at 10.30am in the Clubhouse. 
Papers for the meeting will be circulated electronically to those on email, by hand or post to the remainder.  Please contact Ann Gregg if you have not received your copies by the last week in September. A copy of the draft Minutes of last year’s AGM is available on the notice board or on request from Ann Gregg
Nomination forms for all Committee posts are on the notice board. Others of the current committee having been serving for several years and they would be happy to stand down to inject new blood onto the committee. If you feel you can contribute to the running of the Club, all you need to do is find a proposer and seconder and put your name on the list.  If you would like to know what might be involved talk to Ken Homewood, or any of the current Committee members.
Not happy about something?  The AGM will provide you with an opportunity to discuss it with your fellow members.  Matters for general discussion can be raised on the day itself but it would be helpful if you could advise the Secretary of any items you intend to raise beforehand.  If, however, you have an item that might lead to a vote you should note that the Ember BC Rules state: “Any member who wishes a matter, which may lead to the taking of a vote, to be included in the business of the meeting shall give notice in writing to the Secretary (Ann Gregg) at least 30 days prior to the meeting”.  The item should be in the form of the resolution on which the vote is to be taken.  Any items raised in this way will be posted on the notice board.

QUIZ NIGHT – SATURDAY 2nd NOVEMBER AT 7:30pm
Put this date in your diary and watch this space for further information next month. 

INDOOR MIXED FRIENDLY MATCHES
We have 2 matches indoors this winter.
Saturday November 16th, 2019, at Mole Valley starting at 2 pm-4 Mixed Triples.
Sunday March 22nd, 2019, at Cambridge Park starting at 2 pm- 4 Mixed Rinks.
Sign-up list will be on the club noticeboard early September. Please make a note in your diaries especially all the indoor bowlers and anyone else who would like a game 
We have also entered a mixed rinks team into the Mole Valley Cup. Group matches from mid-January until the end of February and then knockout in March with the final in early April.  Matches are played on Friday evening at 6pm finishing no later than 8 pm.  Ember has 4 Mole Valley members who will make up the core of the team, but reserves will be needed to cover illness and holidays. Volunteers most welcome please contact Adam Willson. (01932 889662 or b.willson@ntlworld.com)

 

Take a look at these websites to keep up to date with bowls at county and national levels
www.bowlsengland.com
www.surreycountybowls.co.uk
www.ladiesbowlssurrey.co.uk

 

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