Open Weekend and Information For New Bowlers
The club holds an annual Open Weekend in the Spring. The dates for 2019 has been agreed - i.e. Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12. Further details will be provided both here and in the Loddon Reach magazine nearer the time.
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
The RCBBA have advised that each club should have a Safeguarding Officer. Eileen Allen has agreed to carry out this role on behalf of the club.
Kennet League Fixtures/ County Competitions 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.
More information will be made available to members once an offer has been received and considered by the Committee.
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.
Shambles Morris Dancers
The group will be using our premises again during the winter months. They will be practising on a Monday evening through to March/April.
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.
Crowe Clark Whitehill Shield and Plate
This is an indoor game played at Newbury IBC.
The club's first game was against Wokingham on Saturday, January 26, 2019 which ended in defeat. This means that the next fixture will be in the Plate competition on Saturday, March 23.
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.
Lesley Darbourn is in the process of sourcing a new venue. The provisional date is Saturday, November 9.
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, 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.
The next meeting is scheduled for Sunday, March 17,2019 at 10.30am.
Significant Dates 2019
April 13/14 Spring Clean
April 13 Easter Fayre at St. Michaels Church
April 26 Open Evening [ members signing up for competitions ]
April 27 First Fixture
May 11/12 Open Weekend
September 7/8 Finals Weekend
September 22 Candlelight Evening
October 13 Ladies' and Men's AGMs
November 3 Club AGM
November 9 Dinner/Dance [ tbc ]
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