BOWLS NEWSLETTER: May 2019

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Diary Dates:
Introductory Course – 10am Sunday 28th April 2019
Bank Holiday roll-up – Monday 6th May 2:30pm start
Ember Sports Club Open Day – Sunday 12th May 2019 2pm to 4pm
Evening League Start-up meeting – 8pm Monday 20th May
Bank Holiday roll-up – Monday 27th May 2:30pm start

PRE-SEASON MEETING
The Pre-Season Meeting was well attended and following a presentation by one of our sponsors KWW solicitors, your committee presented the plans for the coming season. It was good to meet fellow bowlers who had come out of hibernation and to meet new bowlers who have joined the club. Members also took the opportunity to purchase new equipment from Bowlswear Direct who were at the club from 6:00pm. 

LADY CAPTAIN
Pat Cooke has introduced a means of raising money for her charity, Elmbridge Rentstart which is a registered charity helping people who are homeless in Elmbridge and Runnymede Boroughs.  They have been working locally since 2001 – housing and supporting local people and helping them move on in life.
There will be fines for the following during the season: –
Wrong bias 50p   Swearing on club premises 50p
These are to be put into the charity box “Homeless” which is situated on the bar. We are relying on your honesty but “whistle blowers” are guaranteed anonymity. 

MEN’s CAPTAIN
Adam will have finished his month as Captain by the time you read this, and Robert Postle is taking over for May. Andy Hughes has volunteered to be Captain during August but, we do not have any other volunteers to cover June, July & September.
If you wish to know more about the role, or about helping as a Vice Captain, contact me on 01483-282384 or any other committee member or ex-Captain. 

CLUB COMPETITIONS – PLEASE SUPPORT THE CLUB
This is the last chance to enter the club’s internal tournaments as the deadline is Tuesday 7th May, and the draws will take place over the following week-end.  The Non-winner’s competition will close later to allow new bowlers to enter.
At the time of writing support for the competitions seems down on previous years and it may be the case that some events will have to be cancelled due to lack of support; e.g. the ladies handicaps, pairs and triples competitions.  Additional support for the Men’s events would also be welcomed, as these too are down on previous years.
If you have yet to submit your entry, please support as many of the events as you can.  And, if you have already made your entry but feel you could also support other events, please make an additional entry.  Extra entry forms are available on the club noticeboard or you can contact either of the Competition Secretaries, Linda Pillman l.pillman2@hotmail.com  01932 961293 or Dave Bardsley, dave.dtnb@blueyonder.co.uk 020 8287 7633 who will be pleased to hear from you.

SIGN-UP FOR FRIENDLY MATCHES
Please make life easier for the Captains by signing up for friendly matches. I know it is early in the season and people have not had any time to practise after the winter, but we do have these matches to play. The green is bowling well, and everyone is as rusty as each other and so are the opposition so do not feel you are not good enough. The sign-up folders are in their usual place under the honours board.

RESULTS SO FAR
At the time of going to press we have played 2 games, Horsell & Weybridge at home, and won both convincingly each winning 3 rinks and drawing the other rink. Long may this continue.  Results and future matches can be found here. 

BAR DUTY (Adam)
Many thanks to those who have come forward since the pre-season meeting.  However, there are still plenty of spaces left to fill in June so please pick a time of your choosing rather than me doing it for you.
A reminder that we are now covering Monday evenings in May and July for which there is a separate list on the club noticeboard. 

THE GREEN
Mike is always on the lookout for volunteers to assist with the regular cutting during the season. He already has 2 new volunteers but could still do with more particularly Saturday morning cutting. The more volunteers the less work for each so, if you have some spare time, contact Mike Cutts 020-8398-4549 or mcutts@btinternet.com
Mike has announced that he will be standing down as green keeper at the end of the 2020-21 season, so we need to be looking for someone to take over for the 2021-22 season.

RECRUITMENT: Wanted – New Members!
You, yes you, are needed to help promote our Bowls Club and encourage friends, family, neighbours to come along and ‘have a go’ at bowls.  Tell them about our super club where we play the wonderful game.  Tell them to come along and try it out.  Remember membership is half price for new bowlers until 12th May. Sunday 28th April 10 – noon is the first Beginners’ class of the season with further sessions on the next two Sunday mornings and the Thursdays in between i.e. 2nd and 9th May at 6pm and it is all free. Nothing special is needed for these sessions other than coming along with very flat soled shoes (trainers are fine) and outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather.
More info – Sylvia Jones 01932 788701 sylviatheaker@ntlworld.com

Our advertising campaign is well underway with local magazines, posters and flyers at strategic places locally and Facebook and other social media advertising.
The best way for obtaining new members is still by word of mouth, so we should all be looking at our neighbours, family and friends to see if we can entice them to come and “give it a try”. You have had handouts sent to you by “E” mail at the beginning of April for you to pass on. So now is the time to follow-up on people you have spoken to and make sure they have been in touch with Sylvia.  sylviatheaker@ntlworld.com 

CLUB “OPEN DAY”
The Sports Club is repeating the recruitment push we had last year and all the sections are working together to run an “Open Day” on Sunday 12th May so keep that afternoon free in your diary as we will be having a Bank Holiday style roll-up STARTING at 2pm that potential new members can see and be persuaded to join in.  We need volunteers on the day for the following tasks: – setting up the banners, balloons, signs and generally tidy up from noon. We then need volunteers to provide cakes and help serve the tea and coffee. If you can help in any way, please contact. Ken Homewood on 01483 282384 or kenhomewood@live.com. 

BONUS BALL
With a little bit of arm twisting we managed to sell all the numbers at the Pre-Season meeting. Thanks to everyone who has contributed. The winner of the first week was Sylvia Jones.

NWS MEN’S FRIDAY DOUBLE RINKS LEAGUE
Andy is hoping to send out the team selection sheet shortly but he could do with a few more players so, if there are players who would like to be considered who have not let Andy Hughes know, please contact Andy ASAP (andrew.hughes17@tiscali.co.uk 020-8398-3099) Matches start at 6.00pm and are played in Greys. There will be a full division of 8 teams meaning that Ember will need 8 players every Friday evening from May 11 until August 10. It is expected that most players will be allocated between 4 and 7 matches.

EMBER EVENING LEAGUE
The Sign-Up Sheet for this year’s league is on the notice board so if you would like to play please don’t delay, the closing date being Friday, 17th May.
The club mixed triples league is for players of all standards including new bowlers and is played on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from May through to August.  Matches start at 6pm (6.15pm in June and July). The teams are drawn but players are seeded by ability so that the standard should equal out across the teams. There are usually 4 teams of six to eight players per side, depending on numbers. This is a good introduction to competitive bowling and is a nice sociable way to spend a summer evening.  Players will play around six games in the season, so it is not an onerous commitment.  If anyone has any queries feel free to contact the organiser, Ken Homewood on 01483 282384 or kenhomewood@live.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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