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PRESIDENT'S PRATTLE - FEBRUARY 2015

 

 

My year as President is now almost over and this will be my last prattle.  I have enjoyed writing it and hope that you have found it interesting and, at times, amusing.

My very grateful thanks to you all for your help and support throughout the past year which has enabled me to thoroughly enjoy the experience.  (I will miss the bowing and scraping!!!)   Please continue to give that same help and support to our next President and also to the Club itself.

 

We have a wonderful Club so be as proud of it as I am.  Your help is always appreciated in  many areas of the running of the Club so don't be afraid to come forward and offer your services - maybe become a Committee Member, a League Secretary or even just  putting out and collecting in match jacks for the Captain on match days, clearing the tables of plastic cups, returning glasses to the bar or mugs to the kitchen after your game, all make a contribution and together we will continue going forward and keep the flag flying for City & County and bowls in general.

 

INDOOR PRESIDENT'S DAY

What a wonderful afternoon we all had on Sunday 25th January.  The green looked so colourful with our red "outfits" and with the superb meal afterwards by Jenny and Jill, it was truly an enjoyable, memorable day for me and really rounded off my year as President so well.  It was great too to have some of our newer members  bowling.  I know they all enjoyed the experience so I hope they will now feel confident enough to put their names down for a match or two soon.  The prizes for first lady and first gentleman on the jack were won by Laura Pollard and Tony Wright respectively, the first team to score 4 or more in one end by Joyce Clark, Rod Bennett, Sue Lewis and Graham Kerr and the first team to reach 15 shots by Marcus Bunning, Jan Pratt, Shirley Clarke and Brian Ealey. The spider was won by Kath Hadris.  Thank you everyone so very, very much for such a super afternoon.

 

              

 

              

 

MONDAY AND THURSDAY MORNING LEAGUES

As some of you will know, Phyll Austin had a nasty fall at home and has cracked or broken 2 bones in her neck.  I am glad to say that she is progressing well and by the time you read this, she should be back at home albeit with a neck brace.  This does mean that our stalwart League Secretaries Pat and Phyll will not be able, for the time being, to run the above leagues.  So John and I will be looking after the Monday League and Margaret Johnston the Thursday League temporarily. Any queries or postponements of games therefore, should be made to Margaret or ourselves - our telephone numbers are in the Indoor Yearbook.  

 

CLUB NIGHT

Unfortunately last month's Club Night had to be cancelled due to the large number of people who succumbed to the dreaded lurgy which has been haunting the Club for weeks now.  Hope you are all feeling much better and have managed to shake it off.  The next Club Night is scheduled for Saturday 7th February starting at  6 p.m. for those wishing to bowl and from 6.45 p.m.          onwards for non-bowlers.  Entertainment this month will be provided by a new duo - Jazz It Up - commencing at 8.30 p.m. 

 

UNDER 25'S

Our juniors played Westlecot in the Under 25's Double Rink Competition at the beginning of the month but they proved to be too strong for us on the day despite our best efforts.   Well done all of you - you got through one more round than last year.

 

NATIONAL COMPETITIONS

Alison Eastgate made her way through  to the last 32 of the Ladies Over 60's National Competition with some great games but then went out to S. Faulks from Hertfordshire.  Brilliant stuff Alison - very well played.  Sam Watts,  Chris Earl and Ray Gaskins have also been doing very well in the Mens National Triples and now face Robert Newman's team on Wednesday 4th February at 6.30 p.m. at home for a place in the last 32 of this competition.  Should be worth watching.

 

MATCHES

We have had a number of matches during January, all well supported I am glad to report, but please, do remember to check the sheets (or ring in) to see if you are playing. If you have been selected and find you are unable to play after all, let the captain know immediately.  Don't just cross off without advising him/her.

 

It is very encouraging to see a number of our newer members taking the plunge and playing in matches. We have played 8 mixed, l mens and two ladies  matches this month, all of which we won.  One ladies match was cancelled by the opposition as they were unable to raise sufficient support for the game.

 

TENS COMPETITION

This is now just over half way through the competition and at present Chipping Norton are heading Group B and City & County Group A.   As we only have 2 leagues this year instead of 3 as in previous years, the top team from each group will play the final to be held on Sunday 12th April.

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Just a reminder that Kathy Hawes, Gail Gilkes, Donna Knight and Myra Lewis will be representing England in the Fours at theWomens Senior British Isles Championships being held at Victoria Park, Leamington Spa on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th June this year.  Make a note of these dates and do go along to support and cheer them on.  I don't know yet what times they will be playing but these will be published in the Clubhouse in due course.

 

We are hosting the Mens Junior International Series on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September so again make a note of these dates.  Quite a bit of help and assistance will be required both before and on the day in organising this prestigious event to make it a resounding success for the Club, so please come forward and offer your services.  Notices will be posted for volunteers and we can never have too much help. 

 

As I now join the ranks of the "has-beens", I leave you with these thoughts :-

 

 

Save the Earth - it's the only planet with chocolate!!

 

Work harder - millions on benefits depend on your taxes!!

 

Foreign aid is taking money from the poor people of a rich country and giving it to the rich people of a poor country!!

 

A fine is a tax for doing wrong - a tax is a fine for doing well!!

 

The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first!!

 

 

 

Thanks once again for all your support during the past year.

 

Best wishes to you all,

 

Your Prezzie

Margaret