Annual Open Days
Arrangements for the 2020 Open Days are as follows - Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 10. Both days are from 10am to 12.30pm.
Everyone is welcome. On these days we shall have qualified coaches on hand to show people the basics. If anyone cannot make either of the two days then do get in touch and we shall endeavour to accommodate you at another time. All you need is flat shoes in order to protect the green.
The 2019 event was held 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
Please note that the clubhouse is currently being upgraded. The bar area is out of bounds for the foreseeable future, therefore the kitchen needs to used for drinks etc..
A big thank you to all the volunteers who are helping with the upgrade, plus a special thanks to Mick and Midge Digweed for their contribution with redecorating over a number of weeks.
Many of our members play indoors at Whiteknights IBC during the winter months.
Two of our lady members - Lesley Darbourn and Nesta Friend - are part of a team representing Whiteknights who have reached the semi finals of a national competition called the Vivienne Cup.
They are also part of another team, which includes Eileen Allen, who have won a Berkshire competition called the Edna Orchard Trophy.
Well done to all three ladies.
This year's dinner/dance will take place at Bearwood Lakes Golf Club on Saturday, November 14. Further details nearer the time.
County Competitions 2020
Draws are now available on the respective County websites. Fixtures for league games have now also been published.
Crowe Clark Whitehill Shield/Plate
The club fielded a team in this event at Newbury IBC on Saturday, November 23. Unfortunately, a loss to Littleton means that the next game was played in the Plate competition. This game was also lost to a strong Tilehurst team by 27 shots to 48.
Short Mat Evenings
The first event took place on Thursday, November 7. Look out for messages frrom Dee Broughton about future evenings.
Thames Valley Ladies League
Congratulations to the Ladies who are promoted as Champions of Division 3.
Club AGM and Election of Officers 2020
This took place on Sunday, November 3 with 32 members in attendance. The minutes, which include the Officers elected for 2020, have now been circulated.
Please also note that the Constitution has been revised and the latest version also circulated.
Provision of Food After Friendly Games
The question of what kind of food is to be provided in future seasons was discussed at the AGM.
It was decided that from 2020 a light snack/nibbles instead of a full meal will be provided at home games on a Wednesday evening. Opposing teams for friendly matches have been informed of the change. The rink fee has been reduced to £3 for both home and away fixtures.
There is no change to arrangements for weekend fixtures.
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.
The club is 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.
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.
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 2020 [ no change from 2019 ]
Annual playing membership : £110
Annual social membership : £25
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 weekends, £3 Wednesday evening.
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 will take place on February 12, 2020.
Significant Dates 2020
March 28 : Membership subscriptions for paying at the club
April 4 : St. Michael's Church Easter Fayre
April 24 : Open Evening for members
April 25 : First fixture
May 2 : Open day
May 10 Open day
July 5 : President v Captain
Sept 5,6 : Finals weekend
Sept 16 : Candlelight evening
Oct 11 : Ladies' AGM
Nov 1 : Club AGM
Nov 14 : Dinner/Dance
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