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Thank you all for your good wishes and words of encouragement both before and after my election as President of Oxford City and County Bowls Club on 13th February.  As I said at the Club’s AGM, it is a great honour to be your President.  I intend to carry on Alan’s good work and I congratulate him on an excellent year as our President.
 
As regards this Newsletter, I will continue with the “Prattle” and hope I will be as eloquent, informative and entertaining as Alan has been.  To this end, I would be very grateful if you would keep me informed of what has gone on, what is going on and what will be going on so that I may attend and support where appropriate. Please also let me know of your achievements, other people’s achievements and anything else you think may be of interest to our members so that I have something to write about!  Don’t forget to blow your own trumpet – don’t wait for someone to blow it for you, it may not happen and you will then be disappointed if you are not mentioned in dispatches.
 
I am very pleased to report that out of the 5 Director vacancies, 3 were filled at the AGM.    The new Directors are as follows :-
 
                        Health & Safety Director     -     Tony Wright
                        Projects Director                -     Colin Pollard
                        Maintenance Director          -     Alan Keen
 
Our grateful thanks to these gentlemen who will now give much needed support for our Management Team who have been under pressure for some time trying to double up on the various vacant positions.   We do, however, still need a Services Director and a Bar Director so if anyone out there feels they may be able to take on either of these jobs, please contact Harold Winstone or John Stacey to find out what it would entail.
 
 
CLUB MATCHES
 
John and I have been the Captains for this month’s games which have been well supported making our task that much easier.  So thank you everyone.   I have been very pleased to see that some new names have appeared on the match sheets, so come on the rest of you, take the plunge, try the water, meet more members - we would like to get to know you too (after all there are some 450 of us!) - you will be pleasantly surprised.
 
The Carterton match at the beginning of the month was cancelled by them and another Ladies –v- Gents match was arranged.  Unfortunately in the end, there were not enough ladies to make this possible and so we had a mixed game instead.  A most enjoyable game was had by all.  Again we met some new faces which was great so keep coming forward and make yourselves known. 
 
A good opportunity for you to do this will be on Sunday March 16th when we are having a Charity Match in lieu of the Northampton game which has been cancelled by them.  Funds raised on the day are for three Cancer Charities which are being supported by Jan Lovegrove. Jan is going to China in September to take part in a cycle challenge to raise further money for these worthy causes.  The challenge is to cycle 279 miles in 5 days through the Beijing Province of China. Phew!  Visit www.justgiving.com/janicelovegrove to find out more.
Dress for this Match is casual to include something pink. So gentlemen look out your pink socks, shirts etc and join in the fun. 
 
This month’s Captains - Phil Woodville and Jan Lovegrove -  would greatly  appreciate your continued support for the last few matches of the season, particularly the two men’s matches on March 6th (Hagbourne – evening)  and March 8th (Royal Household) as at the time of writing this, we still needed quite a few more players.
 
On Saturday lst March we had our last ever fixture with Broomwade Bowls Club.  This fixture has been on our indoor calendar for many a long year (well over 20 years) despite the fact that they were an Outdoor Club only.   Sadly, through circumstances beyond their control  and after 60 years in existence, they have had to close their doors. 
 
CLUB NIGHTS
 
Saturday lst March was well attended again and saw a welcome return visit of Far From Home - an Irish Folk Group.  Next month’s entertainment will be Cody, a Singer/Guitarist, and will be on Saturday 5th April.  This will be the last Saturday Club Night of this indoor season. During the Summer there will be two or three BBQ’s with entertainment to be held on a Friday evening, the first one being on 6th June.  Watch this space for more details and future dates.
 
LADIES COUNTY FINALS
 
These are scheduled to take place at our Club on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th March.  The various competitions are well underway and a number of our ladies are expected to reach the finals.  Keep your eyes on the notice board to your left as you come in the main door for times and running order and come along to support the finalists.
 
CLUB FINALS DAY AND PRIZE GIVING AND SOCIAL
 
This is being held on Saturday 12th April with the Annual Prize Giving and Social following on after the Finals.  There will be a normal 2 course Club meal prior to the presentation of the prizes and a notice will shortly be posted with fuller details.  So mark your diaries now folks and come and join us.
 
 
Have you heard this one:-
 
While waiting to see my Doctor, a middle aged man came in bent over at the waist relying heavily upon his wife’s support to get into the Doctor’s Waiting Room.
A nearby patient also waiting, watched in sympathy.
“Arthritis with complications?” she asked.
The wife shook her head and replied “No, do it yourself with concrete blocks!!!”
 
Sounds familiar!!!
   
President Margaret.
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