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, times are 10.00am to 12.30pm. If anyone cannot make that weekend then get in touch and we can try to accommodate you at another time.
An advert will be placed in the April and May editions of the Loddon Reach magazine and posters circulated around the local villages.
In 2018 over 30 new bowlers attended over the weekend and around 20 new members subsequently joined the club.
If anyone wishes to have a try at bowling then all you need is a pair of flat shoes. The club has a stock of spare bowls in a range of sizes.
Following the Open Weekend we offer a series of introductory sessions for people who wish to take up bowling. The exact details for 2019 are currently under review. In previous years we have asked for a small charge then, if people wish to join the club, waived the fee for membership during 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.
More information about the club and guidance on the rules of the game will be provided during the introductory
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
These are now shown on the Fixtures page.
Redecorating the Clubhouse
A team of people under the supervision of Debbie Bissett have been busy decorating the bar area and stockroom.
Thanks to everyone who have volunteered their services. Keep up to date with progress via the photos on the club's Facebook page.
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.
Raising the Club's Profile
The Recruitment Committee have identified a number of locations where we might be able to hand out flyers, e.g. Fraser Budgens and Shinfield Co-op.
Further details will follow but if anyone wishes to help for an hour please contact Claire Morrison.
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.
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.
The next fixture in the Plate competition on Saturday, March 9 was won by Suttons.
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 ]
David Allen is now collecting membership fees, see the form attached to his email dated March 11.
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
March 30 Arborfield Easter event 10am to 1pm
April 13 Easter Fayre at St. Michaels Church 10am to 1pm
April 13/14 Spring Clean
April 26 Open Evening [ members signing up for competitions ]
April 27 First Fixture
May 11/12 Open Weekend
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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