NEWS

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Open Weekend and Information For New Bowlers

 

The club holds an annual Open Weekend in the Spring. The dates for 2019 will appear here and in the Loddon Reach magazine when details are finalised.

 

In 2018 over 30 new bowlers attended across the three sessions and around 20 new members subsequently joined the club.

 

Following the Open Weekend we offer coaching sessions for people who wish to take up the game. These are scheduled to take place over 6 weeks, usually both on one evening and one day each week so everyone can hopefully be accommodated.

 

We ask each participant to pay £20 for the complete course, at the end of which they are offered free membership for the remainder of the current season.

 

If anyone is interested in trying the game and could not come to the weekend then you can still get in touch and we shall endeavour to accommodate you.

 

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 best to try them out before spending money on any new ones. There is also the need to obtain a club shirt if people want to progress into playing formal games against other clubs.

 

More information about the club and guidance on the rules of the game will be provided during the coaching sessions, plus members are usually on hand to answer any questions. If anyone has a specific query then please contact either David Allen or Neil Argyle, details are shown on the Contacts page.

 

A book by Peter Carter called " Bowls, My Way " covers all the basics. It costs £5 including postage from Peter Carter at 9, Clifton Road, Brighton BN1 3HP.

 

 

A guide to lawn bowling can be found by clicking on the following link - Bowls.org.uk

 

 

AGMs 2018 and 2019

 

The Men's and Ladies' AGMs took place on Sunday, October 21. The minutes have since been circulated.

 

The Club AGM took place on Sunday, November 18, attended by 43 members. The minutes have now been circulated.

 

Dates have been agreed for 2019 - Sunday, October 13 for Men's and Ladies', Sunday November 3 for Club.

 

 

Kennet League Fixtures 2019

 

These have now been published on the RCBBA website.

 

 

Car Park, Application for Funding

 

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.

 

Hopefully a decision will be made in the near future so that, if successful, the work can be carried out prior to the start of the 2019 playing season.

 

 

GoRaise

 

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.

 

Click on the following link -https://www.goraise.co.uk/

 

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.

 

 

New Sponsor

 

We are very grateful for the sponsorship provided by Hortus Loci, the plant centre at Hound Green.

 

 

Shambles Morris Dancers

 

The group will be using our premises again during the winter months. They will be practising on a Monday evening, and started on October 15.

 

 

Green Contractor

 

At the Committee meeting held on September 17 it was agreed to award the contract for 2018/9 to Bicester Turf Company. The contract started on October 1.

 

 

Short Mat Evenings

 

Dee will be arranging these on Friday nights over the winter. For those who are not aware, it is a game played on a special carpet in the clubhouse. It is all good fun and a hot meal is provided at half time.

 

Look out for emails from Dee about dates and meal arrangements. The Christmas dinner is scheduled for Friday, December 21.

 

 

Crowe Clark Whitehill Shield and Plate

 

This is an indoor game played at Newbury IBC.

 

Our first game is against Wokingham on Saturday, January 26, 2019. The second game is due to played on March 23. All games start at 10.30am and the dress code is whites.

 

 

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.

 

 

Dinner/Dance 2018

 

The dinner/dance was held on Saturday, November 10 at the Calcot Hotel, with around 70 members and guests attending.

 

Well done to Lesley Darbourn for leading on the arrangements, with help from Claire Morrison. Thanks also to John Ireson for being the night's MC, Jeff Wallace for the awards presentation and Ollie Parr and Tony Cook for running the raffle.

 

Photographs are on the club's Facebook page.

 

 

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

 

 

Sponsorship

 

The club is delighted to currently receive sponsorship from Fraser's Budgens, Pink Hippo Self Storage 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. We have also recently received a donation from Bellway Homes, for which we are very grateful.

 

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.

 

 

Committee Meetings

 

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 7pm in the clubhouse.

 

 

Significant Dates 2018

 

Fri December 21 : Christmas Dinner

 

 

Facebook Update

 

We have a Facebook site for members and visitors to see our very latest news and photographs. If you already use Facebook just type " Three Mile Cross Bowling Club " in the search facility. Alternatively, just come back to this page and click here