The club held its annual Open Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12. Around 20 visitors had a go at lawn green bowling for the first time. Photos are on the club's Facebook page.
Well done to the Recruitment Committee, coaches and everyone who helped on the days.
If you are interested in trying the game but could not make it to the weekend then do get in touch and we shall endeavour to arrange another time to suit. See the Contacts page for details.
Following the first try, for anyone interested we offer a scheduled set of sessions with qualified coaches. We do charge a fee for this to ensure there is commitment from both sides. However, if anyone then decides to join the club they receive free membership for the first year.
The club has several set of bowls which can be borrowed during the first season. This is advisable as they come in different sizes and weights, so it is best to try some out before spending money on new or second hand ones. There is also the need to obtain a club shirt if people want to progress into playing formal games against other clubs. This is not compulsory - if people just prefer to enjoy a quiet game with other members that is perfectly acceptable.
A guide to lawn bowling can be found by clicking on the following link - Bowls.org.uk
Two members got to the final of their competitions. Eileen Allen reached the final of the Ladies' Unbadged Singles and Keith Hall reached the final of the Secretaries' Competition.
Unfortunately both lost in their final game but well done for getting so far.
On Friday, July 26 Debbie Bissett arranged a club social evening which was a great success and brought in a considerable amount of money towards club funds.
A big thank you to Debbie for her efforts, plus a number of helpers who also supported the evening. This included Bill Bissett, Adrian Salmon, Linda Salmon and Jeff Birtwhistle.
Photos are on the club's Facebook page.
Last year the club held a Webber style event each Monday. It is planned to do it again in 2019. People can just turn up at the allotted time and be drawn into teams on the night.
Each session will take place at 6.15pm. Turn up 10 minutes early for the draw.
PLEASE NOTE Owing to the number of club competitions taking place over the next few weeks the Webber on Monday, July 8 will have been the last one for the forseeable future.
Members who wish to have a roll up amongst themselves are welcome to play on a Monday evening but the rink book must be checked to see if any rinks are free.
Alternatively, people might wish to play on other evenings but, again, it is wise to check if rinks are free. See the message below about access to the club if necessary.
More players are required to play in the club's friendly games.
Newer bowlers have nothing to fear, they are all played in a friendly spirit so do please consider adding your name to the sheets posted on the outside noticeboard.
Provision of Food After Friendly Games
The question of what kind of food is to be provided in future seasons was discussed at the Committee meeting on May 26.
Various options are to be looked at prior to a full discussion at the AGM in November. Meanwhile, Linda Salmon will be canvassing the lady members in order to obtain their views on the subject.
We have recently experienced some rogue emails purporting to be from members.
In order to mitigate the risk of this happening it has been decided that any multi-address emails will be sent by blind copy. This will result in the full address list not being revealed to the recipient.
Debbie Bissett is in the process of arranging a tour to Torquay. The dates are August 7 to 10 inclusive.
Please refer to her email dated May 6 for full details. A deposit of £25pp is required by May 17.
Car Park, Application for Funding - Latest
At the end of November the club submitted a formal application to Shinfield Parish Council for a grant towards funding of a hard surface for the club's car park.
The Council has made funds available for community based projects following development of the housing schemes in the surrounding villages.
The club applied for a grant but was only offered a long term loan, which the Committee found unattractive. The application will therefore not now proceed.
The club has recently registered with GoRaise for the receipt of income via its on line portal for internet purchases.
All members have to do is go online, register with GoRaise and nominate the club as the recipient of any income. You then place your order in the normal way. A small percentage of the sale price is then received by the club.
You can also ask friends and family to participate as long as they have a different email address.
A number of major retailers have joined the scheme, eg Boots, Argos and John Lewis.
In case of any query please contact Debbie Bissett.
Access to the Club
Several members have asked about gaining access to the club when the main gate and/or the clubhouse is locked.
This has now been resolved. Members who are not keyholders should contact Neil Argyle for instructions.
The dinner/dance has been held at the Calcot Hotel for a number of years. Unfortunately the hotel is under new management and they have decided to increase their charges significantly.
This year's dinner will take place at Calcot Golf Club on Saturday, November 9 at 6.30 for 7.00pm. Further details will be provided nearer the time.
Website Gallery Page
The website hosting company have increased their charge significantly. The only way to avoid the increase is to keep the page headings to a maximum of five. The Gallery [ photos ] page has therefore been deleted.
Photos will now be placed on the Facebook page. A link through to Facebook is provided on the Home page. You do not have to sign up to Facebook to see our posts.
Fees 2019 [ no change from 2018 ]
Annual playing membership : £110, due March 2019
Annual social membership : £25, due March 2019
Open days for new members : free of charge
Coaching for new members after open days : £20 for six sessions, then free membership in the same year
Teas friendly games : £4
Kennet League : £2.50
Kennet League LV : £3
Ladies friendlies : £3
TVLL : £3
Club shirts : £24, available from Keith Hall and Eileen Allen
The club is delighted to currently receive sponsorship from Fraser's Budgens and The Head Partnership.
We also enjoy the support of our good neighbours - Fine Images Ltd. - plus Davis Tate and Hortus Loci who provide perimeter advertising.
If any other local organisations wish to advertise their services please contact Neil Argyle [ see the Contacts page ]. We have a perimeter fence which runs the length of the green and can be seen by over 1000 visitors each season.
The next meeting is scheduled for Sunday, August 18 at 10am.
Significant Dates 2019
See Fixtures page for inter-County games etc.
September 7/8 Finals Weekend
September 21 Candlelight Evening
October 13 Ladies' and Men's AGMs
November 3 Club AGM
November 9 Dinner/Dance
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