Club Newsletter

 September 2019


Laura Haywood Shield

The results of the competition were:

Division 1 Matthew O’Sullivan 8 points

David Gregory 6 27 hoops (* ?? runner-up)

Donna Hawkins 4

Louis McMeeken 2

Doramy Ancrum 0

Division 2

Colin Turnbull 6 points

Ann Bradley 4 22 hoops

Des Fearn 4 21

Ida Greatorex 4 20

Pam Meeson 2

Division 3

Margaret Marshall 8 points

John Travis 6 26 hoops (* ?? runner-up)

Frank Bagshaw 2 25 hoops

Christine Winterbottom 2 24

Roy Jones 2 21

As you can see there were some very close results leading to the number of hoops to decide the division order. Myself and John were contenders for the Best Runner-up place which I won by one hoop. Frank won one game but his other three he lost 6:7, so close.

The four finalists Matt, Colin, Margaret and myself took part in the final on 8th September. The final format is that we all play each other in a form of mini league. The person topping the league gets the Shield for a year. I am surprised to say I won all of my 3 games (each 7:4) and therefore won the Shield. The other scores were Margaret (2 wins), Colin (1 win) and Matt (0 wins). In fact 7:4 was very a popular game score as 4 of the games ended that way, the other two 7:5 and 7:3.

Social News

Ann writes ‘At last! The weather improved to enable us to hold the BBQ/Garden Party at Roy’s house on the 31st August. Although the evening did get rather cold, the 20 members who attended all had a great time with plenty to eat. Many thanks go to Donna and Roy for slaving over the hot coals and to everyone who brought food for the buffet. We held a raffle which raised £165 for Ashgate Hospice and with the excess money paid for the meat (£20) going to the MS Society – a charity close to Donna’s heart.

The next social event will be the PIE AND PEA SUPPER which is to be held at the GROUSE PUB, in Darley Dale, on FRIDAY 4th OCTOBER, 7 for 7.30 pm. The cost of Pie and Pea (a choice of Garden/Mushy is available) with Chips will be £6 per head and the pudding £3 per head. The pie choices are Steak and Ale or Chicken with a Veggie meal option available from the Pub menu. The puds will be the ones they have for that week – not known at the moment – which can be ordered on the night.

To save Ann ringing you please email her you choices.

Looking well ahead – we have been asked by the Whitworth (Terrace Room) if as a group we would like to attend a Christmas Lunch this year. I mentioned this at the BBQ and since have been in touch with the Whitworth and can now confirm that the proposed date for this social is Friday 13th December at 12.30pm. The cost of the meal is £17 for a 3 course meal and £14 for a two course. (Menu attached). Can I please ask those of you who are interested in going to let me know by the end of September – I will also be asking everyone when I ring round for the Pie and Pea choices. I went last year and they decked the room out festively and the food was of a high standard – I am first on the list to go this year!’ Don’t forget you can email Ann to save her a telephone call.

Friendly matches

Roy writes ‘I have two matches arranged; the first is against Buxton U3A on Thursday, 12th September. They have asked me to bring a team of eight plus another two, if I can, because they may not be able to find eight players from their members!! They play on a crown bowling green in Kents Bank Road and they propose to set it up into two courts for our visit. At the moment I have nine members who have volunteered to play but the final number will be determined by the number of car drivers who are prepared to drive to Buxton and willing to share their car. We are meeting at the Whitworth just before 11.30 to collect our mallets – any questions or comments give me a call on 01629 733860.

The second is the re-arranged match with Bakewell. The original on 6th August was postponed because of heavy rain and three of the original team are not available for the new date which is 1st October, starting at 1.30 in Bakewell. If you have not played in any of the Friendlies this year and would like to play in this one, please contact me as soon as possible.’

League – A Team

Colin writes – ‘Our third match of the season against Branston A followed several days of heavy rain and the forecast was for something similar on match day. Louis had been down to the courts at 7am and reported them playable and we managed to get the tent up before the rain started but everybody was wearing waterproofs from the start. After the doubles we were 2-4 down and were hoping to get a good result. However lunch did not work for us this time and we lost the singles 2-4 leaving a match score at 4-8 and very soggy players.

Our next trip was to Gainsborough to play Richmond Park and we were a little apprehensive as we knew they had some low handicap players. On the day though, they fielded a 10 and an 11 so our hopes went up. By lunch we were 4-2 in front and this time we took the singles 4-2 giving us a winning score of 8-4. And, of course, before the match ended it was raining – a permanent feature of our games this season.

We next travelled to Ashby to play their B team on a nice sunny morning although the forecast for the afternoon was for rain. We started fast, leading 2-0 after the first games but then they took control wining the next 7 games in a row. We did manage to win 2 of the last 3 singles so ended up losing again 4-8. And yes, it did rain on us with Louis getting soaked finishing the last game.

The last home game of the season saw Nottingham A come to visit. Their results so far were less than spectacular but when we saw the team they brought our hopes were dashed. However we started well taking the first three games but after the doubles it was 3-3. Rain again threatened this match so we decided to play on rather than stop for lunch. It made no difference as the rain came and we were wrapped up in wet weather gear. The first three singles had gone 2-1 to Nottingham and it was then 3-2 with Colin playing the last match. Fortunately he managed to scrape home 7-6 and the match was a draw 6-6.

Will we ever play a game in the dry??? Who knows????’

League – B Team

Our home match with Torskey scheduled for 27th August was postponed as they could not raise a team due to holidays and illness. It has been rearranged for 22nd October. John, Ida and I travelled to Woodhall Spa on 4th September to play their B team. Like us they have three half courts but they were finely cut, had some bare patches and appeared flat but it seemed that every-time a ball got near a hoop, as it slowed, it veered off. Very frustrating and clearly showed a team has with home advantage. So not a good day for us and we lost 10:2. The lunch was not up to our standard and nothing was offered at the end of the match, not even a cup of tea. Pam had travelled with us and we stayed on the coast for a couple of nights. Because of postponed matches we still have two home and one away match to play.

Car Parking

We have had a letter from The Whitworth informing us that as from the end of this year, or early 2020, they will be charging for car parking. The rates are quite modest, 30 minutes free, up to 4 hours £1 or all day £2. A whole or partial refund is possible if using the Cafē. I have put this on the agenda of the next committee meeting. Please send me any written comments by 5th October. The Whitworth, being the actual building and also the park, is a private trust. It receives a modest grant from the public purse but that is apparently only now about 8% of their budget. They tell me they live very much ‘hand to mouth’ financially. As the company cannot afford the capital expenditure to set up the parking charges it is to be run by an outside company who will provide the equipment and then take a percentage of the income. I also believe that many people are using the car parking do not use of the facilities and just go shopping at the Co-op or into The Barrington.

Future Events

12th September Friendly match with Buxton away, leave at 11:30am.

23rd September B Team League Match against Long Eaton B at noon at home

25th September A Team League match against North Hykeham, away

1st October Friendly match away with Bakewell at 1:30pm

4th October Pie and Pea at The Grouse at 7pm for 7.30pm

9th October B Team League match against Louth, away

22nd October B Team League match against Torksey at home at 11.30am

16th November Curry Evening at The Cottage, Two Dales

13th December Christmas Lunch at The Whitworth at 12.30pm

1st January 2020 Midday drinks at The Barrington

9th January New Year Lunch at Bakewell Golf Club

March Pub meal