Chairman’s Message

Welcome to members both new and old who I’m sure are looking forward, as I am, to the new season.
The green is looking in prime condition thanks to Peter and his team and works to the pavilion and new Gentlemen’s changing room are progressing rapidly.
I would also take this opportunity to thank all the members who have volunteered for the many posts required to enable the running of the club It is good to see some new faces as well as those continuing for the umpteenth year and who form the backbone of the club.

The green will open this year on Thursday April 21st (club night) with matches from Saturday 23rd onwards.

Club competitions

David Wright is organising the club competitions again this year and you should have received the entry form which was circulated on the 14th March, please make sure you return these to David by April 16th (david.wright44@ntlworld.com or 46 Shepherds Mead, Hitchin SG5 1YB)

Tea making area (kitchen) alterations

The builder’s work in alterations to the clubhouse are approximately 2 weeks away from completion and with a big effort from club members should all be complete in time for the start of the season.
The existing kitchen and bar have been removed, the area opened up and fitted out with a new kitchen. The bar counter, roller shutter and display shelves have been re-fitted in the former Gentlemen’s changing room and a new larger changing room erected alongside the pavilion (where the entrance gate was). The pavings in front of the pavilion have been repaired and re-laid and extended to the new entrance.

We now need volunteers over the next month to carry out carpentry, decorating, wall tiling and general labouring (putting everything back that’s been taken down) to complete the works .If you can help please contact Steve Arnold (Stephen.arnold8@btinternet.com or 01438 812290) with skills and dates/times that you are available so that he can co-ordinate work groups.

Derek Henley

Captain’s Rink

Men’s Changing Room

We are well under way with the work involved with building the new Men’s Changing Room and moving the Bar and extending the Tea Making Area. At the time of writing this report all the internal walls that need to be removed have been removed and the new walls around the bar have been installed, the new kitchen units are being installed, the new building and the security fence are erected. Next week we should be getting on with fitting the new changing room out, planting the new hedge, relocating of the gate and relaying the patio and extending the paving to the new gate position.
We have run into some problems regarding Building Control that we were not made aware of at the time the Planning Application was submitted; but we are working through them.
Apologies to those of you who feel left out of “helping out” phases of the work. Thank you for the offer, but when we needed help we got it. It would have been the case of “Many hands do not make light work.” It would have been too crowded down there.

Ladies County League

We have entered the Ladies County League again this season. In it our Ladies will play the Ladies from Buntingford 1 (away), Bishop’s Stortford (away), Hertford Castle (home), Sawbridgeworth (home), Much Hadham (away) and Hertford (home). Each of these matches will need just one rink of four and any lady member can play. So ladies if you are available to play in any of these matches please put your name on their Availability Lists.

Old and new members

On a sad note, just before Christmas Les Elms passed away. He was a member for many years before he suffered a stroke. He will be remembered as one of our best leads, he was a lefty and he put his stickers on the “wrong” side of his woods; he was “Chick’s” brother and Ivy’s brother-in-law. He will be missed by all who knew him. We have also lost four of our bowling members since last year and will be losing a fifth very soon if his moving plans work out. Bob and Jill Willcox moved way down south, after only joining a couple of years ago, Peggy and Arthur Lewis have joined Shephalbury BC, after joining us when Bragbury House closed down many years ago and Jim Adams is moving back to his home county of Norfolk. We wish them all the best with their new homes and clubs. We have gained some new ones though and I would like to welcome them to the club and hope they enjoy their time with us.

Newcomers

Once again we will be running Newcomers’ Mornings on Saturday and Sunday the 30th April and 1st May. Information regarding these mornings will be included in the Parish Magazine and local papers. They are open to anybody, regardless of age, gender, or bowling experience, to come along and try the sport out. For those interested to take it further, a four week coaching course will be held on consecutive Sunday mornings from the 8th to the 22nd May.

Early matches

I am in the process of preparing the Availability Lists for ALL of this season’s matches. I will put them in a folder and take them down the village hall on the remaining Thursday nights we have Short Mat down there, that will on the 17th and 24th March and, if we have to play any postponed matches, the 31st March as well. If you wish to put your name down for any of the following matches you can either do so on any of the above dates or phone or email me with the dates and I will do my best to add your names to the right list: -

Sat 23rd April: President v Captain. 2.30 start. All who want to play will play.
Sun 24th April: Baldock Town, Away, 2.30 start, 5 Mixed Rinks, Friendly.
Sat 30th April: Rosehill, Home, 2.30 start, 4 Mixed Triples, Friendly.
Sun 1st May: Buntingford, Home, 2.30 start, 6 Mixed Rinks, Friendly.
Sat 7th May: Shephalbury, Home, 2.30 start, 4 Mixed Triples, Friendly.
Sun 8th May: Howard Garden, Away, 2.30 start, 4 Mixed Rinks, Stevenage Mixed Bowls League.
Mon 9th May: Aston, Home, 6.00 start, 4 Mixed Rinks, Stevenage Mixed Bowls League.
Wed 11th May: Stevenage Veterans, Home, 2.30 start, 3 Mixed Triples, Friendly.

Please remember that we try to pick the teams for our matches on the Tuesday two weeks before the weekend matches. For example, we will pick the teams for the matches on the weekend of the 23rd and 24th April on Tuesday 12th April.

As the Chairman stated, the green opens and the first Club Night is Thursday 21st April.

The Fixture Cards should be available for circulation at the beginning of April.

Bowls England and County KO Competitions

Bowls England
In their Women’s Top Club, we have been drawn at Home to Whit Hern. This match will probably be played on the morning of Saturday 22nd May. We need 12 ladies for this game, 10 to play in the Singles, Pairs, Triple and Fours games, plus a Reserve and a Marker for the Singles. So ladies please look out for the Availability List for this match and ADD your name to the list if you are available to play, regardless of whether you think you are good enough to play. If you are a lady member of the club that is a good enough qualification for me.
In their Men’s Club 2 Fours we have been drawn Away to Potters Bar. This match has to be played by the 22nd May. In their Men’s Top Club we have been drawn at Home to Buntingford. This match has to be played by the 29th May.
County
In their Men’s Team Ten we have been drawn at Home to North Mymms. This match is to be played on Friday 13th May. In their Men’s Club Championship we have been drawn at Home to Sele Farm. This match is to be played on Friday 20th May.

Table Tennis

Fran Attrill, a previous club member, is trying to get Table Tennis played down at the Village Hall on Tuesday nights, as a village activity. If any of you, or your family, are interested in this, regardless of age, gender or ability, you are asked to contact her on 01430 817797 and she will put you in the picture of what she is trying to do.
Steve Arnold


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