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                                              THAXTED BOWLING CLUB

                                                                       

 

 

Latest News -  

 

SEPTEMBER 2020

 

Our summer almost ended before it had begun this year, a year that none of us have seen the likes of. No sooner than the ink had dried on this year’s club handbook, which Rob Faulkner has printed every year, for at least the past five years and probably many more. Thanks Rob, your  

                          efforts are greatly appreciated in informing us all of the club fixtures and events each year.

 

This year has though been different in that all fixtures were cancelled and back in March we had no great expectations of even getting on the green    to bowl as we all went into ‘lockdown’. Members though rallied round and to my disbelieve 90% have re-joined, for which the club is eternally grateful. This loyalty to OUR club is beyond words. We are also lucky in having a dedicated green’s team, no names, but I will say they have green fingers and a knack of turning their hands to the odd bit of building, painting and demolition under the watchful eye of Richard P. We have a committee of varied skills, bringing these to the fore to ensure the club runs smoothly and this year have enabled members to make good use of the green since lockdown was lifted in June. We have been able to run a number of competitions culminating in a finals day on the 6th September. Richard Pickford won the mixed singles and mixed pairs with Peter Allars. The Hong Kong Pairs was won by Graham Towers and Steve Russell. Well done to them and all the competitors who demonstrated a good level of play throughout a difficult season. Not least I would like to thank all those that have not been able to play throughout the season for the support they have shown the club and to those who have been playing.  I hope now like me you are all looking forward to next year and hopefully normal service will resume! ‘Winter well’ and here’s to 2021.

 

The boys are already at work on the latest project, as you see they had the ceiling down within hours. I was there on a Tuesday pm and this was what it was like when I dropped in the following morning, they were in the process of clearing the rubble and hovering up. I could not believe it, now already for the tackers and plaster and then over to the electrician to make us electrically compliant and finally a full paint job. I cannot wait to see the finished product.

 

Looking Forward to 2021….

What to expect - well who knows, I wouldn’t want to put money on it but hopefully a more normal season, a full set of fixtures, great company and above all our health – oh! and a bit of luck on the green would be good.

 

Fixtures for both the NWEBA and the Essex & Herts leagues have been published, a good start. The ladies have a friendly arranged already and Elsenham have confirmed a new date for their 25th anniversary game on Sunday 25th April, which should have taken place last April.

 

                         The men’s membership was down this year, with the ladies remaining unchanged.

                         Unfortunately sadly we can expect to lose a few more members next year so we will be on a recruitment drive early next year, if you know anyone who would

                         like to take up a sport please encourage them along early next season. On the plus side we have recruited 2 new members who I am sure will be a positive

                         addition to our club. As a result of the reduced numbers in the men’s section we are only putting 2 teams into the NWEBA leagues in 2021.

 

                        An exciting new development for next year is that we will be playing in the Steeple Bumpstead league on a Friday evening. This is a mixed league and any

                        combination of ladies and men can play in the 3 rinks triples. This is a positive step for the future and it is hoped members will enjoy this new playing option.

                        We will still get to play many of our current opponents in this league and a few new ones.

 

                        Those of you on facebook will know the club has both a public facebook page as well as a Members private page, the latter is for sharing information and

                        hopefully will be used more and more by members. We have around half of the playing membership already with access. It is important to say that all our

                        existing methods of sharing info remain unchanged, these include notice boards, website, newsletters, post, and face to face. The public facebook page will be

                        important in attracting new members in the future and getting out to a wider audience.

 

                        So looking forward to 2021 we can expect a few changes – in the Clubhouse new electrics, new lighting, fresh décor and even a new loft ladder. The

                       men’s section will only have 2 teams on a Wednesday night but both the men’s and ladies sections will be playing in an inclusive new league on Friday

                       evenings. We will sadly be saying goodbye to some playing members but hope they will continue to keep in touch, come and watch games and support

                       the club as associate members.

 

                       Call for help next year – we need volunteers to help on the bar, in the kitchen, cleaning, maintenance around the club and grounds, and social events. You

                       don’t need to be on the Management Committee just willing to give your time, please contact Ian if you can help with any of these. (01371 831018 /

                       07879441430)

 

                     New Essex County Bowling Association Competition Portal

 

Please Read if you intend to enter any County Competitions in future (Men’s Section)

 

A new portal or link will be added to the existing County website. So members wishing to enter any of the County Competitions just need to register by clicking on the button which will take the individual to a registration page. Complete the necessary questions and register a password.

 

There will be dropdown lists of Season, Competition type and Competitions and the entrant selects those he wishes to enter. The system automatically calculates the entry fees in a shopping basket and the entrant will pay online. A County Handbook will be added to the first shopping basket as purchasing one is still mandatory. If an individual enters one competition then logs out, he may log in again and enter further competitions (only one Handbook will be charged to any one individual). The responsibility for entering will be on the individual not Club Secretaries. Those without internet access will still be able to enter by contacting the County Competition Secretary who will then add those entries to the system manually.

 

The individual entrant will receive an email confirming which competitions he has entered and how much he has paid. The County Competition Secretary and Treasurer will be notified of each entrant, the competitions they have entered and how much they have paid. The system will create a list within each competition showing the entrants for reconciliation purposes. (Club Secretaries will be able to check the lists to ensure entrants are bona fide members of clubs) Once the closing date is reached, the system will conduct a draw for each competition. The draws for each competition will subsequently be available within the portal.

 

As already mentioned the draw for each competition will be displayed within the portal. After matches are completed, entrants will submit the result into the portal using their personal login details The system will automatically update the draw each time a result is submitted, allowing everyone to see the result immediately. The submission of a result will generate an email to the players in the next round of games notifying each player of their next opponent with their contact details (both challenger and opponent will receive this information) Contact details are secure, behind the personal login password of each individual.

 

Club entries for the Double Fours and County Shield can be made via the portal. Club representatives will be able to register as a club to submit entries, they will be allocated a separate log in. There is capacity within the system to add further competitions as and when they are required. This opens the system up to the possibility of incorporating the Essex Ladies County Competitions, ECIBA and ECWIBA, should they wish to use the system. Group Competitions could be added if Groups wanted to use the system.

 

Conclusions:

·         Hundreds of administrative hours will be saved across, Club Secretaries and County Officers.

·         Individuals will have control of their own entries.

·         Human error will be reduced to a minimum.

·         Costs will be saved in terms of printing the Handbook and elsewhere in the administration of the Competitions.

·        Opportunities are available should others wish to use the system.

 

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                           Finals Weekend 7th & 8th September 2019 – Come along and enjoy a weekend of matches.

 

                     Handicap, Mixed Singles

                                                                                I. Roberts v P. Allars               

                     Time and Date.......Sat 7th Sept. 11am

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                         Latham, Mixed Singles

                                                                            G. Towers v B. Bass                               

                      Time and Date.......Sat 7th Sept. 11am

                      ____________________________________________________________________

                          Patterson, Mixed Singles

                                                                        C. Menhenick v S. Faulkner          

                     Time and Date.......Sat 7th Sept. 3pm

                     ____________________________________________________________________

                     Mizen Cup, Ladies Pairs                     

                                                J. Lockerby & D. Rivers v Sheila/Rita or Heather/Hazel   

                     Time and Date.......Sat 7th Sept. 3pm                                  

                     ____________________________________________________________________

                     Craig and Baron, Men's Pairs

                                                 P. Simmons & B. Fletcher v T. Dale MBE & S. Skelton 

                    Time and Date.......Sat 7th Sept. 3pm                                  

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                    Parlane, Seniors Mixed Singles

                                                                              K. Merritt v S. Faulkner     

                   Time and Date.......Sun 8th Sept. 11am

                   ____________________________________________________________________

                  Betke Mixed Singles.

                                                                              B. Fletcher v C Rivers                 

                 Time and Date.......Sun 8tth Sept. 11am

                  ___________________________________________________________________

                  Coopers, Mixed Triples

                                                        R. Pickford/C. Menhenick/M. Bristow      v

                                                                    G. Towers/S. Roberts/M. Robinson                 

                 Time and Date.......Sun 8th Sept. 11am   

                 ____________________________________________________________________

                     Roythorne, Ladies Singles

                                                                              R. Bassett v H. Gray                          

                 Time and Date.......Sun 8th Sept. 3pm                                     

                 ____________________________________________________________________

                 Barnards, Men's Singles

                                                                            B. Fletcher v K. Merritt                       

                Time and Date.......Sun 8th Sept. 3pm

 

 

                  OFFICIAL WORLD BOWLS MAGAZINE - INSIDE BOWLS (MAY 2019)

 

                       Here is your link to the May 2019 edition of Inside Bowls, the official publication of World Bowls:

                     http://online.fliphtml5.com/hpdf/kutt/

 

              Answers to Jan/March 2019 QUIZ

              1d   Alex Marshall ; 2d David Bryant ; 3a Scotland ; 4c New York ; 5b Ian Bond ; 6b Blackball

7c You can replace the damaged bowl with another from the same set, or the whole set needs to be replaced with another set of bowls, 

8a Bocce ; 9d New Zealand ; 10 c It remains in play and play continues from where it has comes to rest

      CLUB NEWS

        Jan/March 2019

 

Happy New Year to you all, now that the festive season is behind us I thought I would bring you all up to date with what has been going on during the closed season, and some important dates for your diaries for the 2019 season.

 

       Opening Bowls Social Evening – Friday 5th April, 7pm onwards

       Captain v Vice Captain Game - Sunday 14th April, 2.30pm

       Club League Roll Up – Wednesday 17th April, 6pm

       Monday Night Comp/Club Roll Up Begins – Monday 29th April, 6pm

       Club Open Day – Saturday 11th May, 2pm onwards

 

Don’t forget if you know any budding bowlers experienced or not bring them along on a Monday or Friday Night or to our Open Day to experience our club’s unique charms.

 

In the meantime, many of us are continuing to keep our hand in either playing Indoors at Turpins or Carpet Bowls in the club house Monday or Friday, whilst anticipating those outside grassy greens and views of the Windmill and Church, I cannot wait….

 

Our AGM took place in November and was well supported. As a consequence, we have seen a few changes with Robin stepping down as President after 4 years a big thank you to him for his service to the club and look forward to seeing him out on the green in 2019. Sean has stepped up to the role of President after 9 years as Chairman, while Tony is now Chairman with Ian (that’s me) taking on his role of Club Secretary. All other posts remain unchanged, but we welcome the addition of Dawn and Malcolm Rivers to the Management Committee.

 

The Christmas lunch was a great success attended by some 60 members and guests, as always Sue and Beryl did a great job decorating the club and tables, seen above. The annual Christmas raffle was again well supported raising over £700. This fund raiser makes a significant contribution towards the club’s funds and all prizes donated, and tickets sold are greatly appreciated.

                

twitter-bird-help-wanted-social-mediaOur club is dependent on its members involvement not only playing but with the vital behind the scenes activities, helping on the green, bar or house and grounds. Volunteers are always welcome and nearer the start of the season we will be looking for volunteers to assist with match catering and weekly cleaning, both are essential to the club so if you can help please add your name to the list when it goes up on the notice board.  A big thank you in anticipation.

 

Markers Course – for any member interested the English Umpires Association is running a markers course over 2 half days on Saturday 2nd March 9.30am and Sunday 3rd March 1.30pm at Ipswich & District IBC (about 1hr 15min drive). Two members are already attending, if interested email me ian.croberts@btinternet or phone 01371831018.

 

Bowling terminology - how to translate

I found this recently and thought I would share it with you all!

 

The Sport of Bowls has its very own language which can totally mystify anyone who hears it, but hasn't had the pleasure of throwing a bowl in fun or earnest.       

For the uninitiated, here are a few terms translated into standard English.
"Good weight!" = lousy line
"Good line" = lousy weight
"Good back bowl" = you were lucky you didn't put it in the ditch
"That's in their way" = that's in my way
"That could be useful up there" = that bowl is closer to you than it is to the jack
"Get it next time" = you sure didn't get it this time
"He/She is surprisingly good" = you're surprised he/she ever makes a shot
"I'd bowl with them any day" = they always buy the first round

Quiz – Just for Fun

1 - Which player has won the Indoor World Championship 5 times?

        a - David Bryant,   b - Greg Harlow,   c - Tony Alcock,   d - Alex Marshall

2 – Which legendary Bowler won Pipeman of the Year twice?

        a - Willie Wood,    b - Greg Harlow,    c - Tony Alcock,    d - David Bryant
3 - Which Country First Invented a Dress-Code?

       a - Scotland,         b - Australia,         c - Italy,         d - Qatar
4 - Which US City is home to 'Bowling Green Park'?

      a - Philadelphia,     b - San Francisco,      c - New York,       d – Chicago

5 - On the World Bowls Tour who is known as the 'Devon Destroyer'?

       a - Greg Harlow,     b - Ian Bond,     c - Alex Marshall,     d - Mark Royal

6 - What was the 2003 Film made about Bowls called?

        a - Jack High,      b - Blackball,       c - Golden Eye,       d - Shot Wood
7 - What happens if a Bowl is damaged during a game?

        a - The Player automatically loses the game,
        b - The damaged bowl is removed, and the game continues with less bowls,
        c - You can replace the damaged bowl with another from the same set, or the whole set

             needs to be replaced with another set of bowls, 
        d - Everyone has to have a whip-round to buy another set of bowls

8 –What is the Italian name for Lawn Bowls called?

        a - Bocce,         b - Boules,         c - Bowla,         d - Spaghetti

9 - Where were the last Outdoor World Championships held in 2016?

        a - Canada,          b - Australia,          c - Russia,          d - New Zealand

10 - What happens if the Jack rebounds off the ditch and back onto the rink after it has been

       hit by a bowl?

a - The Jack is then placed at the 2 metre mark from the ditch,
b - The end is declared void,
c - It remains in play and play continues from where it has comes to rest
d - The 'Fat Lady' has sung and everyone goes to the Bar…..hooray....

 

Answers - will be available on our web site http://www.thaxtedbowlsclub.co.uk/Latest%20News.htm from 1st February.

 

 

 

    Oct/Dec 2018

Well what a great summer, after our late start in April and early May due to the rain its hard to believe how lucky we were with the weather. Not so lucky though with some of our results. The Seniors reached a respectable middle of the table, whilst The A team stayed up in Division A. The B team were very unlucky not to get promotion to Division B missing out by 2 points, better luck next year. The Ladies had a full season of friendlies with mixed results but a good learning curve for some of the newer ladies who will have only gained from the experience.  

2018 Season

                                                                                            Section 2 Division A                                                         

Team

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Shots For

Shots Against

Shot Diff

Points

Radwinter A

14

13

 

1

936

534

402

97 C

Saffron Walden A

14

11

1

2

841

630

211

77

Elsenham A

14

9

 

5

728

688

40

59

Dunmow A

14

6

1

7

688

731

-43

55

Radwinter B

14

5

 

9

706

726

-20

54

Thaxted A

14

5

 

9

629

742

-113

48

Quendon

14

5

 

9

669

748

-79

43 R

Elsenham B

14

1

 

13

497

895

-398

15 R

 

                                                                                           Section 2 Division C                                                          

Team

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Shots For

Shots Against

Shot Diff

Points

Clavering

14

11

 

3

784

558

226

84 C

Birchanger

14

8

 

6

655

659

-4

63 P

Thaxted B

14

7

 

7

641

583

58

61

Dunmow C

14

10

 

4

699

620

79

56

Saffron Walden C

14

6

 

8

655

720

-65

51

Elsenham C

14

1

 

13

372

666

-294

21

 

Essex & Herts Seniors League

Team

Played

Won

Drawn

Lost

Shot Diff

Points

Sawbridgeworth

 15

 

 

 

 191.25

83.2

Much Hadham

14

 

 

 

 148

72.3

Saffron Walden

 15

 

 

 

 -9.25

62

Epping

 15

 

 

 

2

61

Thaxted

 16

 

 

 

 -66

62

Bishop Stortford

 16

 

 

 

 -35

56

North Weald

14

 

 

 

 -78.75

51

Havers

 16

 

 

 

 -97

50

Stansted

 15

 

 

 

 -93.25

47

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although the greens have been closed now for 8 weeks it has still been a busy time for the club with a great deal of activity outside with alterations and improvements to the club well underway. A great big thank you to Richard Pickford, Malcolm and Chris Rivers and their brother Charlie who have worked tirelessly lifting and relaying the patio, removing trees, digging a soak away, laying in pipe work and electrics and building a new base for the water tank, which has been moved with the shed to its new location. Chalkie and a number of other volunteers have also assisted in this work and our thanks go out to them. The next stage will focus on the rear of the building ready for next season.

You will also notice that the conifer hedge along the drive has also been cut back to a much more manageable height again many thanks to the greens team and others who helped.

 

Social Events

Hog Roast - once again this was a great success and we thank Clive Menhenick for arranging and the cooking of the Pork Shoulders from Priors Hall Farm, as well as Steve Skelton for cooking the crackling, and of course not forgetting all those who provided those very tasty deserts.

Quiz Evening - we had a successful evening on the 6th October raising £270 for the club. Everyone enjoyed the evening and the winning team were Marianne & Colin Porter, Yvonne & Steve Dutton, Deborah & Peter Boraster, Chris Ralphs and Sheila Roberts, to whom also goes a big thank you for the buffet ably assisted by Jill Russell.

Presentation Lunch - this was held on Sunday 28th October where we had a 3 course lunch provided by Ian Barnard and his team. After lunch winners and finalists of the Clubs Competitions were presented with trophies and certificates to mark their success. Their were 17 trophies contested shared amongst 27 winners. Thanks to Sue & Beryl for organising the event.

                   Winners                                  Finalists                                    Winners                                  Finalists

                   Betke Mixed Singles.  Mixed Winners Singles         Latham, Mixed Maiden Singles    21 Shots   

                   K. Merritt                          C. Ralphs                            I. Roberts                          D. Rivers

                   Mizen, Ladies Pairs.                                       Craig and Baron, Men's Pairs     21 Ends

                   R. Bassett &                      S. Bass &                           C. Ralphs &                       M. Bristow &

                   S. Roberts                          G. Ralphs                           R. Pickford                        M. Kemp

                   Coopers, Mixed Triples  18 Ends                               Parlane, Seniors Mixed Singles    18 Ends  

                   P. Allars                             D. Rivers                           M. Bristow                        K. Meredew 

                   K. Merritt                          C. Menhenick

                   C. Rivers                           A. Howells 

                   Patterson, Mixed Singles  2 Woods   21 Ends            Norris & Saville Mixed Singles    21 Shots

                   S. Faulkner                        K. Meredew                       C. Rivers                           M. Bristow

                   Roythorne, Ladies Singles                                          Barnards, Men's Singles    21 Shots

                   D. Rivers                           S. Faulkner                         K. Merritt