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Hi All,

 

Difficult to tell I know - but Spring is on the way!! We will be setting the Green up for 2019 on Saturday 6th April at 10.00am.

 As many of you will know, this entails:-

  • Putting the benches and chairs out after wiping these down and cleaning the chairs were necessary
  • Brushing out the ditches and removing all the winter debris.
  • Brushing clean the ditch liners and then replacing these in the ditches.
  • Trimming the edges of the grass back to the flagstones around the green.
  • General tidy up of the area around the green and removal of weeds and grass from the paths.(to make light work of these two tasks, it would be good if were possible, people bring their own edging knives/cutters and likely hand tools for patio weeding and scraping - this will supplement the club's meagre stock)
  • Dusting, cleaning and vacuuming the changing rooms after we remove all the kit that has been stored over Winter.

If we have plenty of volunteers, (and of course this is a mixed event) this can all be done in very little time at all, so we need as many members to turn out to help please and make light work of the tasks at hand.

I will make sure we have refreshments, together with cake and biscuits to keep everyone well-nourished on the morning.

 

Chris Shannon

 

Greenkeeper & Hon. Secretary

Thame Bowls Club.

The Pre-Season Forum was held at the clubhouse on 14th March starting at 7pm and was very well attended by so many.  

The following people gave brief presentations on the following subjects:

Bill Giles -Welcome and introductions

Graham Watson - Overview of the evening and sponsorship

Chris Shannon - The Green, Membership List, League Applications 

Mike Ralls - New member recruitment and development and Tuesday roll-ups

Ian Rutherford and Phil Reed - Website

Ian Rutherford - Re-build update

Graham Watson - Fixture booklet

Graham Watson - Competitions

John Walker - Weekend games

Jill Brooks - Ladies fixtures

Terry Emberson - Midweek fixtures

Ron Duncan - League games

Maire Duncan - Gloucester Trip 10th June

John Walker - Bar and staffing

Bill Giles - Friday League

Graham Watson - Pre-season event

Bill Giles - Volunteering and close

During the evening our Treasurer Ian Rutherford collected around 60 Membership Renewal Forms and money.  This clearly reflects how full the clubhouse was for the event, especially when taking into account some people attending had already renewed their membership in advance. 

 

 

Please see the flyer below which is part of the 2019 recruitment drive. If you need any copies please contact a member of the development group.

 

 

 

 

 

Fri 1st Russell Canfield   Wed 20th Dave Holland
Wed 6th Ian Rutherford   Fri 22nd Russell Canfield
Fri 8th Dave Holland   Sat 23rd Terry Emberson & John Walker
Tues 12th

John Walker

  Wed 27th Janet Shannon
Wed 13th Alfred Jochum & Russell Canfield   Fri 29th Bill Giles
Fri 15th John Walker      

 

 A message here from Chris Shannon, our Greenkeeper & Hon. Secretary.

Avonmore visited this morning and carried out a full programme of treatment.  They cut and slit the green to aerate the roots and sprayed with tonics and herbicides then added lawn sand to kill off the moss that was starting to infiltrate the bare patches.  There is some scarring from the fusarium problems we had before the cold spell hit us, but there is already some good new growth coming through on these bare patches.

We need to keep off the green entirely until after the weekend, then re-commence brushing from Monday onwards.  It will be extremely beneficial to keep as much dew off the grass as the weather warms up again.  The more we do that the better chance we have of keeping any further disease at bay.  We will start cutting to 7mm from now on and we should see some increased growth if or as the weather warms up.

It is great to think this club has such a fantastic 'green team' whose work largely goes unseen when nobody else is about and who oversee the condition of our playing surface all year round.  All club members appreciate their hard work.  

This year's Pre Season Dinner will be held in the Clubhouse on 23rd March at 6:30pm for 7:00pm. 

Hopefully you will have had an email with menu and booking information from Ian Rutherford, but if not details of the menu choices and how to book are on Forms in the Clubhouse.  If you are unable to get into the Clubhouse then please contact Ian by email or on 07860 318827. 

The cost is just £10 per person including an entry in the evening's prize draw.  Initially we suggest places only be open to Club members plus 1 and we will open it up to friends in a few weeks time depending on demand, but special requests always entertained.
Last year's event was immensely successful so I'm sure you will want to join us this time.

Please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to come.   

This year's Pre Season Forum will be held on 13th March at the Clubhouse at 7:00pm.

As usual on this evening you will hear from various Committee Members what is planned for 2019. 

Please come along, have a drink and learn what is on the agenda for the season to come.  

Our very first Quiz Night held on 2nd February was a highly successful event with 74 quizzers taking part.  

Our thanks to everyone who came and made it such a great night out, but especially to Graham Watson for putting the questions together and for conducting the evening so well, to John Walker for providing snacks for the tables, Jane for the hot pizzas and Alfred for making sure the bar ticked over all evening.

Some photos from the evening are now in the Gallery.  

John and Ruth Timms' Bingo Night just before Christmas was a spectactular success with around 60 people coming along to enjoy themselves.

One or two players seemed to have unbelieveable luck (or was it skill) to have multiple wins and many of us walked away with prizes as the evening went on.

We also had the Sports Club 200 Club Christmas draw with the year's major cash prizes to be won and Messrs Canfield and Reed took away the cheques - congratulations to them.

Special thanks go to John and Ruth for running the event.

 

In support of our friends at Lightfoots, our Clubhouse will provide facilities overnight on Friday 30th November  - 1st December from 7pm until after breakfast the next morning for a 'Sleep Out' in and around the Clubhouse.
The Sleep Out is a nationwide fundraising event with a view to helping to End Youth Homelessness, details of which are on the Lightfoots website here https://lightfoots.co.uk/mortgage-sleep-out/  
Lightfoots are aiming to raise £1,000 to contribute towards the combined aim of raising £100,000 across the country.  To find out more and contribute if you wish, please visit www.justgiving.com/lightfoots-solicitors
The plan, weather permitting, is for a number of Lightfoots' Partners and staff to build rudimentary shelters using cardboard or other materials outside the Clubhouse and, as the initiative suggests, sleep out overnight.  If the weather is poor, they will sleep inside.
Prior to the actual Sleepout on Friday evening we will be opening the bar and Lightfoots hope to be able to get hold of a short video to be shown around 8.30pm about the fundraising initiative.
Bowls Club Members will be welcome during the evening if you wish to drop by.
For one week only, our usual Friday short mat session will be held on the Thursday evening 29th.

Hi Everybody,

Just a note to say that we have resumed the Friday Table Tennis sessions from 2pm to 4pm. It's an opportunity to have a natter with your fellow Club members, have a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit - oh and we play some Table Tennis of a mixed and dubious standard - everyone is welcome! Not only do we provide the Table, but plenty of bats and balls as well - so come along and get some closed season exercise with a bit of fun included.

Chris Shannon

Secretary

Thame Bowls Club.

Check this out in the Members Only Area. It is a fascinating insight behind the scenes.

Dear Bowls Club Members, to see all the photos uploaded over the last couple of months, please log in with your User Name and Password and click on the Gallery link in the Club Member Menu that will then appear on the left.  There are photos of the recent Sponsors Evening, Finals Weekend, Blind Bowlers Competition Day, Town Council match and our Club's Presentation Evening.

Please also note that the AGM Agenda and detail of the Propositions for Consideration and Vote at the AGM have now been transferred to the Members Only area.

This weekend is Club Finals Weekend - the schedule of play (and winners) was as follows:

Saturday 8th September
11am Victory Pairs 
Les Canfield and Leonard Grimshaw v Ian Rutherford and Chris Shannon (winners)
11am Warwick Cup 
Thomas Tisbury and Doreen Penn (winners) v Shirley Foster and John Ashfield
1pm Ladies 2 Wood Singles
Ann Ashfield v Maxine Plested (winner)
1pm Walker Cup
Robin Jenner (winner) v Paul Costin
3pm Jubilee Handicap Cup
Bill Giles (winner) v Chris Shannon
3pm Honour Cup
Janet Shannon v Frances Goodyear (winner)
 
Sunday 9th September
11am Josey Cup (Married Pairs)
Doreen and Graham Penn (winners) v Janet and Chris Shannon
11am Ford Cup 
Shirley Foster and Frances Goodyear (winners)  v Jill Brooks and Ann Ashfield
11am Taylor Cup
Paul Costin (winner) v John Sear
1pm Michael Jones Cup
Chris Shannon v Paul Costin (winner)
3pm Pomeroy Cup
Doreen Penn v Maxine Plested (winner)
3pm Coronation Cup
Graham Watson (winner) v Bill Giles
The final of the Paul Heafey Memorial Cup was held on Tuesday 7 August and was well attended by a number of spectators.
The final result was as follows : -
Team D beat Team A by 8 points to 3 and Team B beat Team C by 5 points to 4.
This combined with the scores from the previous two rounds evenings meant an overall Cup win for Team C.
Using our points scoring system of 1 point for winning an end and 2 points for winning the match, the Final Table looks like this:
Team Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total    
C 7 6 2 15
D 1 7 6 14
B 4 1 6 11
A 4 2 3 9
Team C collected the trophy presented by Sharon Heafey and President Les Canfield and comprised Judy Kingston, Ian Griffiths, Mike Zakaszewski and skip Adrian Wilcox. 
Photos of the participating players and the winning team are in the gallery section.
Mike Ralls
 

Our Oxfordshire Men's Bowls League performance resulted in a satisfying 3rd place in what turned out to be a tight finale, because right up to the last game we could have ended up 2nd from bottom and potentially relegated if we hadn't have got the 2 points we needed for safety.  As it was we won 4-2 against Blackbird Leys to cement that 3rd place. 

Captain Les Canfield passes on his thanks to everyone who played for us during the season and to those who supported the team, especially Jane and her team for excellent catering, those who worked the bar and of course Chris, Jesse and the greenkeepers for providing a super surface for us to play on.

Our results this season were:

Team Played Win/Lost Home/Away Score (Thame score first) 
Oxford City & County B win away 4 - 2
Adderbury lost home 2 - 4
Headington B win away 4 - 2
Banbury Central B lost home 2 - 4
Blackbird Leys lost away 2 - 4
Oxford City & County B win home 6 - 0
Adderbury lost away 0 - 6
Headington B win home 4 - 2
Banbury Central B lost away 2 - 4
Blackbird Leys win home 4 - 2

Final League position:

Team Played Points For / Against Shots Diff 
Adderbury 10 52 362
Headington B 10 34 118
Thame 10 30 9.5
Banbury Central B 10 27.5 -101
Blackbird Leys 10 23.5 -154.75
Oxford City & County B 10 13 -219.75

 

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