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PRESIDENT'S PRATTLE - NOVEMBER 2014

The Indoor Season is now in full swing with the in-house Leagues, matches, tens competition, Wessex League and the triples roll ups all thriving. Many congratulations must go to two of our ladies, namely Vicky Harrison and Pat Strange who won the Warners Champion of Champions Competition with another couple from Eastbourne.  See separate report elsewhere on this website.  Brilliant both of you.  Keep it up.

 

LADIES ANNUAL COUNTY DINNER

As our ladies were so successful this year in the County Competitions, at the risk of boring you once more, I felt I had to include another mention of their achievements.  We actually collected 13 trophies at the Dinner this year.  Not everyone was able to attend but here is a picture of some of us with the silverware we won.  (Apologies for quality of photo).

 

 

CLUB COMPETITIONS

Entry forms for all club competitions are now on the Notice Boards so please give it a go this year - you never know your luck.  Closing date is 9th November so there is still time to get your form in.

 

MATCHES

We have played a total of  8  matches in October losing both the ladies matches (Slade and Chipping Norton)  but winning the 6 mixed games. 

I am very pleased to report that we regained the Gwen Clarke Trophy in the match against Oxford & District.  This Trophy is played for annually and is in memory of Gwen Clarke's many happy bowling hours. 

We had a new fixture this year which was against Swindon Manor and had a most enjoyable afternoon with them after going round and round in ever decreasing circles before we eventually hit upon the venue!  The road works didn't help but at least we will know where to go on our next visit.  We were made very welcome at West Berks as usual and were also pleased once again to entertain our friends from the Oxford Masonic at home. 

The game against High Wycombe was reduced to 5 triples due to the ladies Yetton Competition being held on the same day which affected the number of available players for both teams.

 

NATIONAL COMPETITIONS

Our ladies played a very closely fought match against Banbury Cross ladies in the Masons Trophy (this is a double rink competition) with  both the home and away teams drawing their games.  The extra end however, was won by Banbury Cross.  Hard luck ladies, but very well played.

The men's A & B sides competed in the Over  60's Double Rink Competition, the A side playing Oxford & District and the B side Handy Cross.  Unfortunately the B team had to concede their game as there was a misunderstanding as to the start time of their game so we were unable to field the correct number of players and the A side lost by 14 shots.  

The ladies have also played the Yetton against Handy Cross but lost rather heavily by 29 shots.  We are now in the Yetton Plate (which is a competition for first round losers) so fingers crossed for better results in this.

 

CHRISTMAS DRAW

The draw sheets for our Christmas Draw are now up - one by the front desk and the other next to the kitchen - only 20p a line!   Where else would you get a turkey or a duck, a bottle of whisky or bottle of Baileys, or a grocery hamper to name but a few of the 100 prizes we aim to purchase, and all for 20p a go!  Any Duty Officer on the desk will gladly accept and confirm your chosen numbers.

 

OPEN DAY

We held another very successful Open Day last Sunday (2nd Nov) and I am very pleased to say that a further 14 prospective new members have signed up for coaching lessons - two of whom have already applied for Social Membership.  Welcome to you all - I hope to see you and make your acquaintance at the Club later on.

 

MORE NOTICES:

In a London Department Store:  Bargain basement upstairs!!

 

In a Health Food Store Window:  Closed due to illness.

 

In a Farmer's field:  The Farmer allows walkers to cross the field for free

                                   But the bull charges!

 

On a leaflet:  If you cannot read, this leaflet will tell you how to get lessons!!

 

NEWSPAPER HEADLINES

MAN KILLS SELF BEFORE SHOOTING WIFE AND DAUGHTER

A miracle!

 

MINERS REFUSE TO WORK AFTER DEATH

Good-for-nothing lazy so-and-so's.

 

 

PANDA MATING FAILS: VETERINARIAN TAKES OVER

What a guy!

 

JUVENILE COURT TO TRY SHOOTING DEFENDANT

I wonder if that will work better than a fair trial!

 

RED TAPE HOLDS UP NEW BRIDGES

That must be strong tape!

 

Hope it's made you smile.

 

 

Margaret Stacey

President