The new year is here and the website is slowly being updated for the forthcoming fixtures, as they become available.
But the first news is that our Chairman has become a Grandad, a boy weighing 8lb 4 oz named Huxley Irvine, congratulations to all involved!
Wilst the grass lays hidden under the frost (see pictures below), the committee held its first meeting of the year, various dates have been agreed and will be on the website shortly.
Congratulations to our recently retired Ladies Secretary who celebrated her 80th birthday on 18th Jan 2022, whats it like to be 80 years young Jan!!
Here is a picture of Calne Lady members celebrating Jan’s birthday at Yvonne’s home.Jan is in the seat of honour 4th from the right.
This year this event had to be postponed due to the weather on the 27th November, however all being well it looks like the sun will be out tomorrow and Calne Bowls Club will be running its Tombola stall as usual.
We look forward to meeting as many of the public as possible and raise some funds for the club as we are looking to replace our 1947 pavilion which has served us well since 1947 I believe, if you know different please get in contact, always eager to get any historic facts about the club.
Well, the event took place and thanks to the support of the people of Calne we raised £475, well done.
Many thanks to all the members who have taken part in getting everything ready, in particular Yvonne and Steve McColl who did all the organising.
The green has had a lot of attention and is recovering from the very busy season we have had, its great to sdee the new grass coming up.
The AGM. took place last Saturday and was well attended, despite the amount of snow that descended on Calne in the morning!
The new Club Secretary is Les Fish, following Stuart Beard who was standing down after 3 years in the role. Janet Payne, the Ladies’ Secretary, had already stood down at the Ladies’ meeting earlier in November (being replaced by Sue Pitman). Both Stuart and Janet were given presentations for their hard work in helping to get the club in the position it was now in, membership having grown from 35 to 71 and the financial position the best it had been in many years.
In addition to this the West Wilts Mixed Holloway Pairs Salver and cash prize were presented to Yvonne McColl and Dave Johns for winning the competition with year.
Stuart is staying on as Bar Manager, Men’s Secretary and Website Manager. He and Janet will both be available to help their replacements to settle into their new roles.
Other members stepping up to new positions :
Friendlies’ Fixture Secretary – Steve McColl (supported by Roy Jennings)
The green has now been closed down for the winter, however there are still happy memories of a very successful season, below is a copy of a card received from the Cherhill Scouts who we entertained as a thank you for their work in brightening up the club with the bee hotels!
The season has almost ended, several members have been having roll-ups as the weather has been excellent for bowls.
However on the 16th October the green closed and winter work to get it ready for next year starts, the following photo shows work progressing (19th October)
Following the work done on the green, our friends are back on the green.
We have received confirmation from Calne in Bloom regarding our award this year, well done to all the members who helped, as well as Calne Town Council for supplying a grant for the borders to be refreshed and the surround made safe.
Now the meeting season starts.
Important dates for October :
Saturday 23rd October the Ladies end of season meeting at the pavilion in the morning
Sunday 24th October is the annual Luncheon/presentation at the North Wilts Golf Club.See separate post for photographs.
Saturday 30th October is the Men’s end of season meeting at the pavilion in the morning.
A big thank you to all our sponsors and supporters, as well as the members who have helped to make it such a successful season for Calne Bowls Club.
This annual event took place at the North Wilts Golf Club, the set up and service was perfect as was the food, as we have always found in the past.
The guests of honour were Carl and Louise Burrows, Carl is the Strategic Director of Imagine Cruising, who have supported the club for many years and have given the club the financial base to progress as they have done.
Here are the photographs –
First are the room set up before guests arrival, followed by general pictures and then finally the presentations –
Whilst a certain amount of social bowling carries on – weather permitting – On Saturday several stalwart club members gathered early in the morning to put the green to bed, so to speak.All the benches and tables/chair have been stacked away along with the bowling equipment, a few items being left out for members use up to the 16th October along with the advertising signs, another season over.
We now enter 2 months of meetings along with the Annual Luncheon and Presentation ceremony on Sunday 24th October.
In future only monthly posts will be made sarting with the October one, that will be on the website later this week.
A big thank you to all our supporters and sponsors for their help and support through the playing season.
Last but not least to our 70+ members who have made the continuing story of Calne Bowls Club a successful one, we look forward to meeting opur many friends on the green again next year when hopefully Covid will be a distant memory, in the meantime stay safe.
The last week of bowling at the club, time to give the rinks a rest over the winter, however there is still a lot going on this week.
The week started with the Men’ drawn triples game on Sunday afternoon, this was to celebrate the successes the men had this year, it was a very enjoyable afternoon with the final positions being
Barry W +16
Steve M +11
Steve P -18 consolation prize.
The spider ended was a tie, Barry’s W and K taking the wine.
Monday evening was the final of the Mixed Triples, it was closer than the score shows with Barry W, Yvonne and Dave J beating Derek, Angela and Dave D. 22-14, it proved to be a very entertaining game.
Tuesday evening brings the annual Twilight bowl, inc Fish and Chips, please see separate entry on the home page for this event.
Wednesday evening was the remaining semi-final of the Aussie Pairs competition, it resulted in win for BarryW/Dave J. against Allan/Barry K 21-7.
Whilst that game was taking place on rink 6, rinks 1, 2 and 3 were taken over by the Cherhill scout group. this was a thank you and an introduction to bowls for the group, below are some photos, it was an interesting experience and they all appeared to enjoy themselves.
On Thursday in the morning it is the final of the Ladies 2 wood competition, followed in the evening by the Final of the Aussie Pairs Competition.
Friday is a free day, however Saturday is the official closing day with a mixed drawn triples competition, see separate entry for details.
On Sunday there was a friendly against Malmesbury on their artificial grass, apparently they are unbeaten at home since having the artificial surface done, we gave them a good run for their money but unfortunately lost, but it was a very enjoyable game.
The week started with the Local Sponsors Day on Sunday, it was a very good afternoon but due to the lateness in the season only 2 of our many sponsors could make it, thank you 3D computers from Chippenham and Oakleaf Accounting from Calne. It was a little overcast but dry, it is surprising the ability novice players can gather so quickly.
At the same time there was a Mixed Triples Semi-final, this game proved to be very close with both teams tying on the 17th end. The deciding bowl was delivered by Barry W. who had a slight wick to go on and take the jack into the ditch, as you will see from the photo a toucher still touching the jack in the ditch is a killer. The final score ending up as 15-13 to Barry W, Yvonne and Dave J, against Ian, Josie and Roy. It was worthy of a final.
On Monday there were 2 Quarter-Finals of the Australian rule pairs competition in the evening. The honours went to Paul and Ian against Derek and Angela C 12-9, in the other game Dave J and Barry W came out winners against Ann C and Ley 18-8.
Tuesday is the last Club night of the season, next week Tuesday evening is the Watson Twighlight Bowl, with Fish and chips of course.
Wednesday evening brought the final of the men’s 101-up competition between Paul and Ian, it was close and at one time an impromptu umpire who was visiting the club was called to pontificate on one end, we are very grateful to him for sparing his valuable time, the final score was 109-91 to Paul.
Thursday and another competition game, this time it was the first Semi-final of the Aussie pairs competition, Ian and Paul took on Martin and Mark, it was game that was eventually settled on the last end. Martin/Mark led for nearly the whole of the game and only lost on the last end 15-18.
On Friday the Ladies had their annual lunch at The Pewsham, Chippenham. It was a very enjoyable and they all enjoyed them selves.
To round off the week on Saturday there were 2 events both in the afternoon firstly the Ladies Fun Day was a great success, Pat Ran out as winner, but the scoring caused much fun and hilarity!
The men’s pairs final turned out to be an exciting game with Roy/Ian playing Mark/Martin. With one end to go Mark and Martin were trailing by 3 shots and a terrific delivery from Martin took the jack into the ditch for a moment it looked like they had scored 4 to win the match, unfortunately it was a 3 and an extra end had to be played, again with his last wood Martin took the jack into the ditch but failed to get the shot so Ian/Roy won 17-16. It is the first trophies to be presented event if they were not engraved.
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