THE ST IPPOLYTS BOWLER Welcome to the final newsletter of the year.
Highlights of the Season
It was a very good season for the Club, we retained the SML Knockout Trophy, winning it for the third time in a row and the men were runners-up in the Cairns Cup.
We came second in the SML, losing out on the title by just one point.
The men won the Men's County League and the ladies were runners up in their league, as a result both teams participated to the North Division semi-finals/finals day at Royston, but sadly they did not make it to the County Finals at Garston.
Congratulations go to Celia Farley and Shirley Hughes on progressing as far as the finals in the North Herts Ladies pairs competition.
Back in June Kevin, Paul, Jeff & Colin were presented with certificates for achieving a 'hot shot' during a men's county match the previous month and it was featured in Bowls World magazine.
The Club hosted the annual L&D v NHWBA match in August. A big thank you to all who helped on the day.
A big thank you to Jeff for organising the Club Competitions and Finals Weekend. A great weekend was had by all, with many different players winning the trophies. We had an excellent buffet thanks to the generosity of our members.
The men were victorious in the Ladies v Gents for the first time in many years.
Thanks are also extended to Trevor, Tony & Brian Impey for the excellent barbecues after the Triples Day and President v Captains match.
Herts County and L&D Competitions
Sheets are posted in the Clubhouse. Competition entry deadline for Herts Bowls has been extended to 31st December and the L&D deadline is end of January.
This year we welcomed seven new members to the club.
Cub Scout Visit
We entertained the local cub scouts to an evening of bowls, which they thoroughly enjoyed. The parents had a good time too! Thank you to all the helpers.
MacMillan Coffee Morning
The Coffee Morning and other donations raised a grand total of £486. Well done and thank you to Barbara for organising the event. Thank you to Mary, Linda & Betty for all their hard work and all those who came along to support this worthy cause.
Future payment dates: 9th October, 11th December, 19th February & 30th April. If paying direct into the club bank account, please message Celia this has been done.
This year's presentation evening takes place at the Clubhouse on Saturday 30th October – 6.30pm for 7pm start. Cost is £20 per head, this covers all food, drinks from the bar and wine on the table. There is still time to put your name down, if you haven't already done so, you have until the 16th October. If paying direct into the club bank account, please message Celia this has been done.
Please note this has been changed (from 7th) to Sunday 14th November – 2.30pm for 3pm start. Agenda to follow.
Quiz Night & Supper
Tony has kindly offered to do another one of his quiz nights on Saturday 20th November – 6.30pm for 7pm start. Details, including cost, to follow.
Sunday 12th December – 2pm to 4pm Chris is assembling a hamper to be raffled at the gathering. If you have any donations please could you bring them ideally to the AGM or Quiz Night, or just take them to the Clubhouse any other time.
Finally, we would like to thank those members who worked tirelessly on or about the green throughout the season, did the teas and cleaning and John Dudley for repairing the floor at both entrance areas.