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PRESIDENTS PRATTLE - APRIL 2015

The indoor season is almost at an end with the outdoor starting on 18th April.

We can only hope that the weather is kind to us during the season, with no need for the wets etc.

 

Congratulations to the following in the Indoor County Competitions

Men's

WinnersCounty Triples     Sam Watts,  Chris Earl,  Ray Gaskins.

 

Still to play in the final of the County Fours

S Watts,  C Earl,  M Gleeson,  M Petersen.

 

Ladies

County Singles Champion.

Jacky Gray 

 

Pairs Champions

Sue Stewart,  Liz Sims.

 

Triples Champions

Shirley Crick, Ann Faulkes, Eileen O'Shea

 

Fours Champions

Jacky Gray, Julie Jackson, Vicky Harrison, Jane Murphy 

With County President:  Dulcie Smith                

 

 

 

 

Forthcoming events

Indoor AGM  8 April.

 

Club Finals    11 and 12 April   Coffee etc. and food will be available on Saturday morning to keep everyone going. 

The presentation of the prizes, preceded by a 2 course meal will take place in the evening at 6 p.m.  Details are now on the club boards

 

Please remember to support the captains during the outdoor season and I wish you all the best of luck in any competitions.

 

 

President

Vic

 

RECENT FRIENDLY MATCHES:
 
 
MARCH FRIENDLY MATCHES:
 
So here we go again with a brief summary and comment on our endeavours during the month of March.
 
1st March- Home -  was due to be played against Abingdon (Men), but alas despite being changed to a mixed match, it was, for various reasons, called off.
 
3rd March... Home match, our Ladies entertained Chipping norton but a close encounter saw them go down to our visitors by a margin of 56 - 67.
Our highest winning rink going to Lorraine Gaskins, Liz Sims, Carol Bloomfield and Carol Gaskins.
 
5th March... Home match was against Hagbourne (Men)-..loss of more browny point for yours truly, because I haven't got the result to hand…whoops! (will endeavour to find it and advise later).
 
7th March… Home again, for a match against the Royal Household (Men) which we won by a score of 138 - 97.
HWR going to Mark Plested, Peter Jeffries, Mervyn Gleeson and John Drage.
 
8th March… Home to Shiplake in a mixed match where we ran out comfortable winners by a score of 147 - 84.
HWR on this occasion going to Elaine Gethins, John Whittaker, Stella Powling and Phil Woodville.
 
15th March.. Our home match (mixed) was cancelled by Slade.
 
21st March.. Home to our friends from Oxford and District in a mixed match - we really had to struggle on this one but eventually claimed a victory by 89 - 81. HWR this time went to Bob Hands, Josie Gilbert, Trevor Gethins and Phil Woodville.
 
22nd March.. This time at Home to Abingdon (mixed), but still awaiting the cards….hope we won - but haven't a clue!
 
24th March.. Home to Foxhills (mixed)………now this was really a tight affair but it all ended in smiles for us when we just got home by 110 -109.
HWR claimed by Margaret Stacey, Eileen Smith, Keith Croxon and Phil Woodville.
 
My thanks to the Captains who took these games - we all know how much work goes into making things happen. A special thanks to Liz Sims who does stirling work keeping track of matters. I think we had some of our 'new' players to the game taking part for the first time - and I am pleased to know that they all came through with flying colours……but more importantly learned that they really did enjoy the experience…….keep putting your names on the board for selection folks.
 
As an aside I am pleased to see so many new faces joining our club - so many complete beginners who really did call in to "have a chat", they really did "have a go", they really did view "Oxford's Best Kept Secret" - and bingo, we are now pleased to have them as fellow members.  
 
Our three coaches. Rosemary Phelps, Liz Sims and Graham Kerr all really work so hard showing them the ropes and making them feel welcome……but as they say, when they enjoy doing it, it really is their pleasure. More new faces are always welcome too.  
 
As ever, my grateful thanks to our Web-Master Merv Gleeson for all his help and guidance on all matters 'Web-Site"……. 
 
In the next round-up, I will announce the winners of the various indoor leagues………..and throw in any anecdotes 
I can find which might broaden the scene so to speak.
 
So, very shortly we welcome the new outdoor season, when with our usual busy schedule we will be lucky enough to witness the whole spectrum of the 'bowling world' ranging from International (this year we are hosting the under 25 England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland series) - Middleton Cup, County, Club league, individual competitions and more……..some people just like to have a game among their friends….with our two rinks, we are well able to cope . 
 
Thanks to Sandy Nash, we are seeing the introduction of a Wednesday Morning Outside Triples League…….do sign up for this if you haven't already done so. So far Sandy has 8 teams registered but there is time for more to join….the matches will commence on Wednesday 13th May, commencing at 10am and be 14 ends duration. This is open to bowlers from other clubs - and very welcome they will be too.
 
….but lets not forget, for those who enjoy the Indoor scene, the 'roll-ups' and the highly successful Wednesday Morning Indoor league will continue……….yep, it will run alongside the new Outdoor Triples league…….what a choice!
 
Our Indoor entertainment evening will shortly be upon us again - make a note, its is on the 11th April……a great evening and still only £5.50 to include a snack and live entertainment with Cody - popular 50s, 60s and 70's music and more…so the chance for a good old sing-a-long.
 
Last but not least, please remember its our Indoor AGM on Wednesday 8th April at 7pm……..please try to be there.
 
Happy days…..
 
Bob Scholes.
 
 
 

 

Newbury Building Society Ten's Competition

 

During the indoor season we run a Ten's Competition on Sunday mornings starting at 10am.

The competition is based on the Ladies Top Club as played outdoors nationally, but adapted to a mixed format with strictly 5 Ladies and Men taking part.

However you can play in any combination within the Singles, Pairs, Triples or Fours as long as the team consists of 5 Ladies and Men.

There is money to be had. Our sponsors is the Newbury Building Society and the first prize is £250 with £125 for the runners up.

In previous years we have had 12 teams entered, this year 2 teams dropped out, leaving us unable to run 3 leagues, having only 10 teams it was  necessary to run just 2 leagues of 5 teams, which meant each team playing 4 games in the league format,

In normal circumstances we have Semi Finals and Finals, but with extra games being played dates were not available for Semi Finals, so this year it is a straight Final, between the winners of Leagues A and B. Hopefully next year we can revert to having Semi Finals.

There are still 3 matches to be played, but these will not affect the final placing in either league.

League A has been won by Oxford City & County, League B by Chipping Norton.

The final will take place on Sunday 12th April at 10am, so why not come along and give both teams your support.

Catering is available, you can have a breakfast on arrival or a roast lunch, or maybe both, and the choice is yours. The bar will be open from 12 noon.

The next Ten's Competition starts in early October. We need more Teams, if you are interested please contact Alan Holmes E Mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or Tel 01865 820331

Teams do not have to come from a specific club, just has to be 5 Ladies and 5 Men.

The Tens were founded and have been run for the past 12 years by Peter and Rosemary Phelps, what great job they have done. I have a hard act to follow, but with your support the Ten's will continue to be a successful and enjoyable competition.

 

Alan Holmes

 

PRESIDENTS PRATTLE - MARCH 2015

 

It is an honour to be elected President of this wonderful club and many thanks to those who have given their good wishes. Having been a member for many years my hope is that we see the club go from strength to strength.

Please let me know of any achievement by members in order that they can be mentioned here.

We should be recognising the achievements of members as it can be an inspiration to all members especially our newer bowlers.

 

Club Matches

I have noticed over the last few weeks that we have been struggling for players. Being a captain is not an easy job but it can be if members make themselves available for matches.

This saves the captains having to cajole people into playing.

 

Indoor County Competitions

In the semi-finals we have the following representatives

Men's 

Singles         O Sharif

Pairs            S Watts        C Earl

Triples          S Watts        C Earl           R Gaskins

Fours            S Watts        C Earl           M Gleeson     M Petersen

 

Ladies

Singles         J Berry         J Gray          L Simms

The following teams

Pairs            S Crick         S Stewart

Triples                   S Crick         J Gray          L Simms

Fours            J Berry         S Crick         J Gray          M Hale    

 

Forthcoming events

Club night     7 March

Ladies County Finals 27 and 28 March

Indoor AGM  8 April

Club Finals    10 and 11 April

Prize Giving and Social      11 April

I look forward to your support during the coming year.

Best wishes to you all,

 

President

Vic

 

THE KIDS ARE COMING

 

Well, things have certainly gone apace at City and County over the past few months - with friends old and new turning up in ever increasing numbers - hooray!

 
A few reflections to tell you about……first perhaps, to mention that many of our juniors have progressed to 'higher' things……many are now playing in adult matches (always a welcome sign) with one group now having their own team in our Friday Indoor league - and certainly showing some of us golden oldies the way home………another of our 'juniors' is on the fringe of Middleton Cup selection and indeed won their outdoor Club Championship Singles. Several of our youngsters are now playing in the County under 25 team and one of our girls has won the County under 25 Singles Championship. All good stuff and it is nice and rewarding to think they are the product of our coaching system.  Incidentally, with many of our juniors now moving on 'up the scale' so to speak, we would like to see more coming forward to have a go……….so come on kids - speak to Mum and Dad and ask them to bring you along. (we'll give them a coffee while they are watching!).
 
So you see, to those who have yet to visit us and  'have a go', it is not just about us geriatrics and we look forward to more new faces, irrespective of age, paying us a visit……a warm and friendly welcome awaits you - of that I can guarantee. One of these sports where the whole family can take part - from the tots to grandparents - and dare I say it, great grandparents too.
 
We have many qualified coaches, but perhaps Rosemary, Liz and Graham are foremost in their endeavours to promote our game……between them, they have  countless years coaching experience to offer. We are delighted to welcome people of all abilities……….from absolute beginners to those experienced bowlers who just want to 'tweak' their game,  and I know they will be there at your side to make you feel comfortable and at ease in getting to whatever standard you want to achieve. Initially we can provide all equipment - so just bring yourself along.
 
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You'll find Graham (back row right), Liz (front row left) and Rosemary (front row right) with a few of our juniors they are currently coaching…..usually on a Saturday morning twix 9am and 10am. (incidentally, Liz does smile - promise!)
 
Senior coaching sessions are usually held on Fridays twix 5pm and 7pm.  Coaching sessions outside these times by prior arrangement. (the outdoor season starts towards the end of April when you will have a choice of both indoor and outdoor and times will then vary no doubt)
 
I invite you to read through our website and hopefully it will answer a lot of your questions…..if not, please get in touch and we will do our best to put you in the picture.
 
Any suggestions you may have to improve this Site,  I am sure our Web-Master, Merv Gleeson, would be pleased to hear from you.
 
Bob Scholes.  
 
RECENT FRIENDLY MATCHES:
 
January 2015

 

JANUARY FRIENDLY MATCHES:

 
Having shaken off any self imposed over indulgence during the festive season, our members embarked upon a busy schedule for the month of January. As usual meeting friends both old an new, we enjoyed their company and all the matches were played in the right spirit - but of course in the world of bowls, that is nothing new.
 
Saturday 3rd January.
We played hosts to Kidlington and ran out winners by 108 - 84. HWR on this occasion went to Elaine Gethins, Vicky Harrison, June Watts and Peter Baskerville.
 
Tuesday 6th January.
Town and Gown were our visitors - another win by some 99 - 70. We won on three rinks and drew on one other. Regret I do not have the HWR names to hand.
 
Thursday 8th January.
Our Ladies entertained their counterparts from Oxford and District and ran out winners by 60 - 51…a close match. HWR on this occasion went to Brenda Sydenham, Vicky Harrison and Pat strange. (triple)
 
Saturday 10th January.
Our friends from Hagbourne were the visitors, but alas - for them - they went home empty handed having lost  129 - 68. HWR John Jarvis, Graham Kerr, Terry Gripe and Pam Faulkner.
 
Sunday 11th January.
This saw the return match against Avon Valley from Warwickshire…..we avenged a defeat at their club in November by running out victors on this occasion by 134 - 118. HWR was claimed by Joyce Clark, Dulcie Smith, John Jarvis and Brian Bloomfield.
 
Tuesday 13th January.
This was - or should have been - a Ladies match against Whiteknights, but unfortunately they had to cancel.
 
Saturday 17th January.
Banbury Cross were or visitors - but again another win by us, this time 130 - 87. HWR went to Vicky Harrison, Shirley Buckingham, Carol Bloomfield and Omar Shariffe.
 
Sunday 18th January.
We welcomed Rivermeade - but despite the score - a win by us by some 145 - 64 - this was a particularly good encounter enjoyed by all. HWR went to Alison Eastgate, Shirley Clarke, June Watts and Brian Bloomfield.
 
Thursday 22nd January.
Our friends from Harrow and District made the long journey to see us and a close triples match saw us just getting home by 112 - 101. HWR Kath Hadris, Shirley Buckingham and Terry Gripe.
 
Friday 23rd january.
This time it was a Ladies match ( 3 Rinks)….another home win for us I'm afraid  - this time the score being 73 - 49. HWR was claimed by Margaret Stacey, Pat Strange, June Watts and Carol Gaskins.
 
Saturday 24th January.
Witney Town were our visitors and they were better on the day - running out victors by 160 -152. Regret I do not have info re HWR.
 
Sunday 25th January.
PRESIDENTS DAY……..We have been blessed with many excellent Presidents and this year it is Margaret Stacey who has presided over us. Without exception Margaret has been the epitome of what a good president should be….her kindness to all and the exemplary way in which she has carried out her duties has endeared herself to us all without exception. A really great day and I will leave it to Margaret to give a flavour of the day in her "Presidents Prattle" which should be out soon.
 
Thursday 29th January.
We played hosts to Florence Park and another win for us by 60 - 46. HWR went to John Jarvis, Rosemary Phelps and Alison Eastgate (triples).
 
Over the course of the month, a special thank-you to the Captains who came forward to take these matches…..Vera Logue, Peter Baskerville, Alan Holmes, Margaret Stacey and Gary Gray and not forgetting Jeanette Berry who was due to take the cancelled match against Whiteknights………I don't need to tell you how much work and administration goes into putting a side together and etc. (if I've missed anyone out my apologies - blame Vera Logue our fixture secretary!!!!!)….
 
Perhaps I should sneak in a really special mention to Rosemary Phelps, Liz Sims and Graham Kerr for the splendid work they are doing - especially on Fridays and Saturdays - coaching our newer and 'learner' members - many are now coming through quite nicely and featuring in some of our matches…….the influx of new members is very encouraging indeed and seems to be growing.
 
Well there it is folks - as I said before, a busy schedule…..all matches being at home this month as seems per usual for January. My thanks again to Merv Gleeson, our Web-Master for all his help promoting our web-site….nearly 1500 visitors already this week. If anyone out there would like to make a contribution, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
 
Bob Scholes. 
 
 

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

 

 

 

City & County win 2015 TEN'S Competition

 

Newbury Building Society Tens Competition

 

 

The final of the Ten's Competition took place at City & County Bowls Club on the 12th April between City & County and Chipping Norton.

After a hard fought game City & County triumphed 3 point to 2,  79 to 65 on shots.

The trophy and winners cheques were presented by Karen Smith area manager of Newbury Building Society, sponsors of the  competition.

Chipping Norton  did'nt  go home empty handed, they received the runners up cheque.

The Match;

Singles; The singles between Peter Boyle (C &C ) and Martin Shepherd ( C/N ) was an extremely watchable game, Peter went into  a 6 shot lead after 7 ends, Martin pegged this back and gained a 1 shot lead at 11 ends, Peter and Martin then traded shots and having played 23 ends the score was 20 all. Peter narrowly missed the jack with his last bowl, leaving Martin with one shot and victory.

 

Pairs; Sam Watts and Othman Sharif took a convincing lead at 9 ends leading 15 shots to nil, C/Norton did collect a few shots, but Sam and Othman ran out winners 24 shots to 10.

 

Triples; Julie Jackson , Rosemary Phelps and Jeanette Berry formed and all ladies triples, they had a slow start to trail 11 shots to 5 at 8 ends, they managed to level the scores 15 all at 14 ends, but C/Norton finished the stronger to win 20 shots to 15.

 

Fours; Jacky Gray, Vicks Harrison. Merv Gleeson and John Drage took a 5 shots lead at 6 ends, but C/Norton fought back and by 12 ends they lead by 3 shots, City & County regained control winning by 20 shots to 14.

This was my first year as organiser of the Ten;s so it was especially nice to have City & County as the winners.

Well done everyone.

 

Alan Holmes

City & County  v  Chipping Norton
         
SINGLES Peter Boyle 20 21 Martin Shepherd
         
PAIRS Sam Watts     Steve Whitcombe
  Othman Sharif 24 10 Richard Barnett
         
TRIPLES Julie Jackson     J. Dix
  Rosemary Phelps     C. Thornhill
  Jeanette Berry 15 20 D. Zenyik
         
FOURS Jacky Gray     Viv Harris
  Vicky Harrison     Nicola Jones
  Mervyn Gleeson     Keith Field
  John Drage 20 14 Jim Stevens
         
TOTAL SHOTS   79 65  
         
TOTAL POINTS   2 2  
         
  City win on shot Difference      

 



 

 

PRESIDENT'S PRATTLE JANUARY 2015

 

UNDER 25'S

Our Junior Section of the Club are doing well this year defeating Foxhills in the first round of the David Cornwell Under 25 Double Rink Competition.  Both home and away teams had good wins, giving us an overall score of 47-34.  The home team of Katie Glenn, Gavin Higgison, Ben Dickson and Skip Joe Glenn won 21-15 and our away team - Carlos Lali, Jonathan Dadson, Connor Hathaway and Skip Sam Watts won 26-19.  Having lost to the same Club last year in this competition, this was a very satisfying result.  Well done lads and lassie. Good luck in the next round which is on Saturday 3rd January 2015 at 10 a.m. against Westlecot so come along everyone, give our young players your support and cheer them on.  They are after all, the future of bowls.

 

Congratulations must go to Sam Watts who played extremely well in the Westlecot Open Singles run by Planet Bowls last month.  He reached the semi-final but lost to the eventual winner of this competition.  Well done Sam - keep it going.

 

CLUB NIGHT

The Christmas Club Night held on 6th December was another resounding success. Our thanks must go to the Organisers who decorated the Clubhouse beforehand and worked very hard to make the evening go with a swing, to Jenny for her lovely food and the Witney Town Band for their excellent programme of carols etc.  Thanks too to all of you who came and made it such an enjoyable time.  The next Club Night will be on Saturday 10th January commencing at 6.30 p.m. so don't forget to make a note in your nice new 2015 diary. 

 

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE

Many thanks everyone for making our raffle such a success.  All the prizes have now been claimed with the exception of one, the winner of which is on a world cruise and will not be back until the New Year! (That wasn't the prize by the way!!) We actually sold £980 of raffle tickets, spent £507 on prizes and raised £473 for Club funds.

 

MATCHES

We had four mixed matches in December, winning the first three (click here for a fuller report) and the fourth was our annual encounter with Whiteknights immediately after Christmas.  This is always a very popular game and this year - as I was in charge! - I am glad to say was no exception.  We had a very good result there, winning on 5 rinks and drawing on the sixth.

 

We have ten matches fixed for January so please get your names down and support your Captains.

 

PRESIDENT'S DAY

 

This is being held on Sunday 25th January commencing at 2.15 p.m.  Everyone plays - everyone welcome - young/old, new bowlers/established bowlers.   It will be a normal 2l end game with a meal to follow so please sign up and come along for an enjoyable afternoon's bowling.  Dress will be casual but bowling shoes a must and no jeans in accordance with Club rules. Please wear something red - anything you like - to brighten up the game.

 

 

NEW AGE ALPHABET

 

A's for arthritis.  B's the bad back. C's the chest pains - perhaps car-di-ac?

D is for dental decay and decline. E is for eyesight - can't read that top line!

F is for farting and fluid retention. G is for gut droop, which I'd rather not mention.

H is high blood pressure - I'd rather it low. I's for incisions with scars you can show.

J is for joints - out of socket, won't mend.  K is for knees that crack when they bend.

L's for libido - what happened to sex? M is for memory - I forget what comes next.

N is neuralgia in nerves way down low.  O is for osteo - bones that don't grow!

P's for prescriptions - I have quite a few - just give me a pill and I'll be good as new.

Q is for queasy - is it fatal or flu?  R is for reflux - one meal turns to two.

S is for sleepless nights - counting my fears.  T's for tinnitus - bells in my ears.

U is for urinary - troubles with flow.  V is for vertigo - that's dizzy you know.

W for worry - now what's going round?  X is for x-ray and what might be found.

Y for another year I'm left here behind and Z is for the zest I still have - in my mind!

 

I've survived all the symptoms my body's deployed,

Now I'm keeping twenty six doctors fully employed!

 

 

A VERY HAPPY & HEALTHY NEW YEAR FOLKS!

 

 

Your Prezzie

Margaret

RECENT FRIENDLY MATCHES:
 
We have been kept busy with many interesting friendly matches - well aren't they all interesting!
 
Since the 20th November we have played in seven games - been on the winning side for six of them, but coming unstuck at Avon Valley in Warwickshire.
 
20th November.
We entertained our old foes from Kidlington (friendly ones……..I think!) in an evening game and after a slow start, we ran out comfortable winners. Help, I haven't got the score to hand though. Our HWR consisted, John Drage, Bob Scholes, Alan Keen and the ever reliable June Watts. Have to say a Hot Shot 8 helped the cause!
 
22nd November
We hosted Witney Town- we ran out winners by 105 to 86.  On this occasion on our HWR was Peter Baskerville, Richard Jackson, Sylvia Holmes and Peter Boyle. We won on 3 rinks, drew on one and lost the other.
 
23rd November
We travelled to Avon Valley Bowls club in Warwickshire - but alas, despite our best efforts, had to admit second best - going down 116 - 128. We did have a HWR though…….Keith Croxon, Eileen O'Shea, Bill Britz and Bob Hands. What was particularly pleasing however, was that we did take six rinks - which bearing in mind our club was involved with  both the Tens and the Wessex on the same day, was a great effort by everyone concerned.
 
29th November
Saw us again being the hosts - this time welcoming Bletchley. Another hard earned win with Brian Stewart, Margaret Johnson, Vicky harrison and Jacky Gray claiming the HWR. Match score being 126 - 110 in our favour.
 
30th November…..The match scheduled against Foxhill was postponed and will now take place in the New Year - the 4th January.
 
4th December
And another home match - this time, we entertained West Witney…..it was a triples match resulting in a 102 - 87 win for the home side.  HWR was claimed by Chris and Sue Lewis and Alan Holmes.
 
   
 
6th December
And we welcomed Wantage for a match of 6 triples.  This time the HWR went to June Watts, Shirley Buckingham and Graham Kerr in what turned out to be another winning effort….this time the margin being 110 - 83.
 
13th December
…….We travelled to Banbury Cross….this was an exceptionaly close encounter and it was only on the last end of the last match still on rink that we managed to get four shots to help us to a winning score by 118 - 115.  (should add that this was achieved by Colin Pollards team with Bob Scholes, Alan Keen and Kathy - who had the misfortune to be on the end of the HRW against - so at least they did something useful!!!!!)  Denis Richens, Ron Howes, Pat Strange and Alan Scholan with our HWR on this occasion.  Should add that in their Captains comments on the game, he did mention that this was the first loss that they (Banbury cross) has suffered this term…….well, what can one say…….
 
My grateful thanks as ever, to Merv Gleeson (our webmaster) for the continuing success of this form - which seems to be read in increasing numbers.
 
Bob Scholes - Roving Reporter.

PRESIDENT'S PRATTLE

 DECEMBER 2014

 

Where has this year gone?  It's time to look out that Christmas Card and Present List once more and it seems like only yesterday that John was putting all the decorations etc. back up in the loft and now they have to come down again!

 

CLUB NIGHT

To help get you into the Christmas spirit, come along to the Christmas ClubNight on Saturday 6th Decemberkicking off at 6 p.m. for those wishing to bowl and 6.45 p.m. for non-bowlers.  You will be greeted with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie and later on Jenny will be serving her excellent Turkey Baguettes with pickles etc. The Witney Town Band will be providing their usual brilliant programme of Christmas Carols and Songs.  This will certainly put you in the mood and all for only £5.50 - superb value.

 

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE 

Our other big Christmas event at the Club is of course, the raffle.  The draw will be held on Friday 12th December at 7 p.m. We will have at least 100 prizes this year and it's only 20p a line.  So far, we have collected in and spent £400 on prizes so keep your 20p's rolling in.  If you can spare an hour or so on that Friday evening (12th) to come and help with checking the numbers drawn against the raffle sheets, we would love to see you.  We are now on Sheets 14 and 15 and there's still over a week to go so your help on the night would be much appreciated.

 

MATCHES 

We have had 7 mixed matches and 2 ladies matches in November with a further two cancelled and one postponed. We won 5 and lost 2 of the mixed games and the ladies won l and lost l of their games. Very good result down at Rivermead ladies - well done.  We do have a return fixture with the Oxford & District ladies on 8th January.  This a new fixture for us and is not in the fixture list so please make a note in your diaries and sign up.  We mean to have our revenge!  The postponed game against Foxhills has now been re-arranged for Sunday the 4th January so please also make a note in your diaries of this new date and support this match.

 

NATIONAL COMPETITIONS 

Sadly both our ladies and mens teams are now out of all National Competitions for this year.  The ladies lost to Bletchleyin the Yetton Plate and the men lost in the Denny Cup Plate to Oxford & District.

 

CLUB COMPETITIONS 

The draw for all Club Competitions has now taken place and the relevant sheets are on the notice boards.  Please note carefully the play-by dates and whether you are the Challenger or not.  It would be helpful to everyone - players and Competition Secretaries - if you could get your games played in good time wherever possible and avoid leaving it to the last minute.

 

DISABLED PARKING 

Apparently one or two people are using the disabled car parking spaces who are not entitled to do so. Please be considerate and respect the fact that these spaces are for Blue Badge Holders only.

 

MORE NOTICES    

(I promise these are the last!)

 

In a Launderette:               Automatic washing machines: Please remove all your

                                         clothes when the light goes out.

At a Conference:                For anyone who has children and doesn't know it,

                                         there is day care on the lst floor.

On a Repair Shop Door :   We can repair anything.  (Please knock hard - the bell

                                         doesn't work).

 

NEWSPAPER HEADLINES

 

POLICE BEGIN CAMPAIGN TO RUN DOWN JAYWALKERS

Better watch your step everyone!

 

NEW STUDY OF OBESITY LOOKS FOR LARGER TEST GROUP

Weren't they fat enough?

 

ASTRONAUT TAKES BLAME FOR GAS IN SPACECRAFT

That's what he gets for eating those beans!

 

KIDS MAKE NUTRITIOUS SNACKS

Wonder what they taste like?

 

LOCAL SCHOOL DROPOUTS CUT IN HALF

Chainsaw Massacre again?

 

HOSPITALS SUED BY 7 FOOT DOCTORS

Wow! They're tall.

 

AND LASTLY

 

TYPHOON RIPS THROUGH CEMETERY - HUNDREDS DEAD

What a surprise!

 

 

I WISH YOU ALL A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS

AND A HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR

 

Your Prezzie

Margaret