Firstly, some sad news, particularly for those older members; Peggy Lewis passed away on 19th August.
For those that remember her, she was a wonderful character, full of stories from her past, and usually bowling with her husband Arthur.
The cremation will take place at Harewood Cemetry on 4th September at 14.45, and we are told that all are welcome.

Next weekend is Finals Weekend, and I have been asked to remind all those holding trophies from last year to return them, suitably cleaned & polished, to the clubhouse.
The full schedule of Finals is available in the clubhouse. Good luck to all those taking part!

Also now available in the clubhouse is the Election Nomination Form for all the club officer and post holder positions for 2024 in advance of our AGM, which will be held on Sunday 26th November at 2pm in the Village Hall. Please take note and enter nominations with proposers and seconders wherever appropriate. And, please make your entries readable! - scrawled signatures are a nightmare to decipher.....
The AGM is the opportunity for members to put forward Proposals for changes, and these will need to be with me by the end of October, together with the name of a Seconder. I will send a reminder out nearer the date.

Other Dates & Reminders:
The Bar will not be opened on Thursday 7th September , as most members will be returning from the Club Tour on that day. But the club will obviously still be open for those members wishing to roll-up.
There will be a Coffee Morning on Friday 8th September.
The club is planning to run a Spoon Drive on Sunday 17th September, although some members may possibly be involved in County finals on that day.
The Coffee Morning on Friday 22nd September will be supporting Macmillan, and there will be a raffle and prizes.

Rob Hazeu
Secretary - Datchworth Bowls Club

After what seems like the longest (and often the coldest) winter for ages, it’s nearly time to
get outdoors and start bowling again.
The season starts with our first Club night on Thursday 20 st April, followed by the Captain’s
vs President’s match on Sunday 23rd April. The Captain has sent out details of the teams for
that day together with some information about the buffet. Please remember that our match
fees are now £3.00 per game, and note that the fee for the buffet is an extra £5.00 per person,
payable on the day.
I’m pleased to advise that we have several new members who have already joined this year,
and hopefully some more expected after the Open Days on Saturday 29 th April and Sunday
30 th April, followed by free 2 hour coaching session from 10am to 12noon on the four Sunday
mornings that follow.
In the meantime please welcome Sharon French, Bernadette and Clyde Martindill, Alfie
Williams, and Daniel and Lucy Williams.
I will attach the current members list to this newsletter, - doubtless you will let me know of
errors and omissions which need correcting for the next version.
Some other dates for your diary are:
- Sunday 30 th April – Quiz Night – 6pm for 6.30, - not to be missed!
- Monday 8 th May – Spoon Drive with a Coronation tea - sandwiches/cakes etc, which
will cost an additional £5.00 payable on the day (additional to the match fee).
- Sunday 21 st May – Potters Mobile Bowls shop will be visiting Whitethorn Bowls
Club from 10am to 4pm (tea/coffee/cakes available) for those seeking to purchase
new bowls, clothing, equipment, bags/accessories etc direct from Potters.
Some other information for members:
- Jan Smith is now running our own kit and accessories purchases and distribution. So
if you need a new shirt or sweater etc, get in touch with Jan.
- The Chairman and Bar Manager is busy stocking up the bar for the new season, and
would welcome suggestions from members on alternative beverages which might be
welcomed, including low and non-alcoholic drinks.
- The new cleaning rota has already been issued, and I will attach the new tea rota with
this newsletter. Please make a note of when you are on duty for both.
- A new Laws of The Sport is now available. If anyone would like a copy, please let me
know. We will obtain one for the Club, which will be kept available in the clubhouse
along with other Bowls England and Herts Bowls information.
- We now have all the new parts for the Defibrillator which will be installed shortly. It
is operational currently, but you have to install the battery (in the drawers next to the
bar) before you can use it.
Following another season of Short Mat bowling in the Village Hall on Thursday nights I can
reveal that Team H, of Sue and John Ellis, George Campbell, Sue Hemmings and myself,
came out on top, 2 points ahead of Team A, of Chris and Peter Hills, Sharon French, Ian
Williams and Richard Harper. Team D, of Julian Hales, Ann and Burt Edwards and Nicki and
Phil Berry, was a further 2 points behind in 3 rd place. Looking at the table below one drawn
game affected which of the first three teams came out on top, and one win affected which of
the next three teams came out on top of them. So, all in all, apart from, unfortunately, the two
teams at the bottom of the table, this was one of the closest contested seasons we have had. I?
would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those that helped with providing us with our
tea, coffee and biscuits between the two sessions we played, and washing up afterwards.
Steve Arnold, Sue & John Ellis, Sue Hemmings, George Campbell. 14 10 0 4 222 177 45 40
Chris & Peter Hills, Sharon French, Ian Williams, Richard Harper.14 9 1 4 197 176 21 38
Julian Hales, Ann & Burt Edwards, Nicki & Phil Berry. 14 9 0 5 220 157 63 36
Derek Henley, Sue Kiernan, Jan & Keith Smith, Roger Tomlinson, Dave Castle. 14 8 0 6 177 190 -13 32
Maureen Blunt, Pauline Whybrow, Tricia & Richard Brewster, Maurice Gordon. 14 7 0 7 226 180 46 28
Rachel Jones, Annette & Richard Hutchinson, Stuart Hay, Charles Eggington & Terry Metcalf. 14 7 0 7 195 193 2 28
Jenny & Phil Holzbauer, Ian Tyler, Jim Smith, Howard Carrick. 14 3 1 10 182 224 -42 14
Janet & Graham Akers, Lynn & Mike Marsh & Jack Harper. 14 2 0 12 137 259 -122 8

As we head into the start of our outdoor season you are reminded that Team Selection is
carried out on Tuesdays 10 days before the Saturday and Sunday matches; thus, giving us
more time to replace any members selected to play who have to withdraw from these
matches, than if selection was carried out on the Tuesday before these weekend matches.
Just to let you know, there are currently 40 names down for our President v Captain match on
Sunday 23 rd April, so this match will be a mixture of Rinks and Triples, in order that
everyone whose name is down for it, plays. Anyone who is down for this match but who does
not want to stay for the buffet after the game needs to let Linda Tyler know asap, so we do
not over cater for it. Also, there are so many names down for the first two Friendly matches,
away to Welwyn and District on Friday 28th April, and home to Rosehill, on Saturday 29 th
April, that I have already asked both Clubs if they can put out more than the 4 Mixed Triples
the matches have been arranged for. So, please keep this up for the rest of the season, as it
will mean that I will not have to send out those annoying emails asking for more names for
our matches.


The Social Committee has asked me to make you aware of the following:
There will not be a coffee morning on Friday 9th September
The next coffee morning will be on Friday 23rd September
The coffee morning on Friday 7th October will be in aid of Macmillan Cancer, and we are encouraged to attend and donate cakes etc.
The final Club night of the season is on Thursday 29th September and it is planned to hold a Casino night using the Roulette wheel you may have seen in the clubhouse. Tickets for this event will cost £3.00 each, and this will buy you some betting chips to try your luck with. Those with the most chips at the end of the evening will receive prizes.
Coffee mornings will continue on a fortnightly basis through the winter months.
Keep your eyes open for any more details on these events.


Rob Hazeu
Secretary - Datchworth Bowls Club


No. 2 2022

Following our Membership Drive for 2022, we are pleased to announce that we have registered 9 new members to the club to date,
So, please join me in welcoming:
Terry Metcalf
David Castle
Alfie Williams
Jan and Keith Smith
Lynn and Mike Marsh
Anna and Andy Pattle

Some of our new colleagues joined us for the very successful Jubilee Event, and the Committee would like put on record our thanks to all those who were involved in organising and contributing to the day. This includes all those who baked and provided scones, and not forgetting Linda who provided both the cake and the Prosecco, and Ian W who provided the Brandy for the Spider.

With this in mind the Social Committee is now looking at organising another Spoon Drive with a lunch on Friday 15th July. So look out for details on the board where you can add your name if you want to attend.

Another date for your diary is Friday 4th November which has been booked for our Presentation Evening. Further details to follow.

The Captain will be asking those who are going on the Club Tour in September to confirm their names, and therefore the numbers going, by 13th June. Watch out for an email on this. Steve will also be putting up details of the Memorial Day event which takes place on 2nd July for your information.

Some reminders for you:
- At the AGM we agreed to play our club competitions according to the new Bowls England rules. This means that all Pairs matches are played with 4 bowls for 18 ends (previously 21 ends), all Fours matches are played with 2 bowls for 18 ends (previously 21 ends), and all Yardstick matches are played with 3 bowls for 18 ends (previously 21 ends). The results of any matches already played – even to the wrong rules – stand - but please play all remaining matches to the correct rules.
- Please do not leave your bags and kit in front of the clubhouse, they should be placed in the changing rooms. This will prevent folk tripping over bags which are left outside.
- We are trying to tidy away unwanted kit, particularly in the Gents changing room. Please be aware that any kit left unclaimed by the 15th June will be removed and potentially donated to charity.
- Please make yourself aware of the location and nature of the fire extinguishing equipment located in the clubhouse. We have to confirm annually that this equipment is in place and working, and that members are able to operate it in the event of an emergency. If appropriate we might be able to organise training, but generally instructions are written on the kit , and these should be followed if required.
Finally, I will include an updated Members List with this newsletter. Please let me know of any changes or errors.




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