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UPDATED SITUATION RE COMPETITIONS as at 17th March 2015.

Generation Pairs – Brian and Bradley Chalklin unfortunately lost the Area Final.

Ladies

National Singles – Maggie Standley is through to the Finals at Melton Mowbray in April.

National Over 60’s pairs – Jane Cogle and Mary London are through to the Finals at Nottingham.

National Over 50’s 2 wood Triples -Jane Cogle, Mary London and Maggie Standley are in the area Finals to be held at Croydon on the 1st March and the winners will then go to the Finals at Nottingham.

Valanndor – Through to the final at Mote Park on April 10th .

Men

National Singles – Duncan Hanmore is through to the Finals at Melton Mowbray.

National Pairs – Paul Gent and Peter Harris are through to the Finals at Melton Mowbray.

National Triples – Duncan Hanmore, Graham Standley and Terry Prince unfortunately lost the Area Final.

National 4’s – Peter Harris, Terry London, Paul Gent and Duncan Hanmore won the Inter Area Finals and are through to the Finals at Melton Mowbray.

National Over 60’s pairs – Graham Standley and Terry London are through to the Finals at Nottingham.

Leonard Denny Memorial Trophy – unfortunately lost the 3rd Round against Egerton Park.

COMPETITION ENTRY FORMS

Competition Entry Forms are now starting to become available.

Both Men’s and Ladies County and National Entry forms for next season 2015-2016 are now online here or for your collection at the club.

They all have to be completed and returned to your secretary during the early part of April.

Go to the COMPETITION ENTRY FORM Page to download a copy.

Extracts from Newsletter dated March 1st 2015

“Let there be light!”

As you are aware the lights in the bowls hall have been problematic ever since the flood. However they were old technology and were nearing the end of their working life. As detailed in the last newsletter we have been investigating several options and had obtained 4 quotes for energy efficient lighting that meets the standards required by the English Indoor Bowling Association.

Although it is a large capital outlay it is estimated that we will recoup our investment in just over 2 years. We are also taking the opportunity to upgrade the emergency lighting in the bowls hall as it became apparent during a recent power cut, that what we have is not sufficient. The lighting in the entrance hall and bar will also be fitted with energy efficient lighting and when this is done the whole club will be completely refurbished. The work will start on Monday 27th April and there will be no disruption to play as the work will be undertaken overnight.

 Office Hours.

The Office is normally open between 9.30am and 12.30pm each day. Lynsey works Monday, Wednesday and Friday and June works Tuesday and Thursday. If you need their help outside these hours please leave a message on the office answer phone, 771262, or in the post box outside the office and they will get back to you.

 Club Closure, March 14th.

The club to will be closed from 7am until 5.30pm to allow our building contractors to complete outstanding repairs. This will not effect the Juniors session starting at 5.30pm. We are sorry for the disruption this will cause members but hopefully all the outstanding defects related to the flood should be completed on this day.

 Green Stewards.

Jim Hawkes and his team of Green Stewards have done a magnificent job in very difficult circumstances this year. Somehow they have managed to cover the shortage of Green stewards and members should be most grateful to them for providing this very valuable service. Hopefully, next year, more members will come forward to help cover all the sessions and normal service will be resumed but many thanks to all our loyal band of Green Stewards.

 Extracts from a message from the Lady Captain.

Come on bowling members, play the game!?

When asking bowlers why they do not play in matches, the usual answer is “I’m not good enough”. My answer is – none of us were until we started playing in matches!

Matches are fun, sociable and a chance to meet bowlers from other clubs.   Home games are of course on familiar territory and away games have transport arranged, whether it is by car or coach.

All matches are played in a friendly spirit, whether league or “friendlies”. Every player I have ever persuaded to try it has enjoyed the experience. So why not give it a go?

Now I am calling on players who have played in matches… Please do not wait to be asked to play. Your captains are busy people and some of them work full time. It is very time-consuming to have to make twenty-odd phone calls or individual pleas to find enough players to fill a fixture.

Come on bowlers, do your bit and look at the team sheets for matches. Sign up, have a go, have fun and in doing so do your bit for the club! After all, bowling is what you joined for.

Gwen Smithies

Ladies’ Captain.

 DISABLED BOWLERS

” We are most grateful for the loyalty of the Friday morning helpers since the session returned to Tonbridge from Sevenoaks last autumn. Having lost a couple of our physically disabled friends in recent months we could now accommodate one or two others who are no longer able to bowls in matches, leagues or roll ups.

Please ring us on 01732 – 352835 if you are in this position, or know someone else who is and would like to join us on Friday mornings.

At present we normally have enough helpers but would love to hear of any member who could be called upon if we anticipate being short anytime. “

Peter & Margaret ( Swan )

Macmillan Quiz February 27th.

The club was packed on Friday 27th for the first Social Club Event since the flood. We took part in the National Macmillan Mammoth Quiz and 9 teams completed against each other answering questions prepared by Macmillan.

The result could not have been closer with 2 teams tied on 83 points and could still not be separated after one tie-break question. However, Gwen Smithies team were victorious when they got Walt Disney’s year of birth spot on in the second tie break question. Almost £250 was raised for Macmillan Cancer Support and many thanks to Mandy and Paul for organizing the event. Also to Mel behind the bar, who was struggling with a very sore tooth that was going to need surgery the next morning but somehow she managed to keep our glasses topped up.

P.S. So in what year was Walt Disney born? Ask Paul at the bar and he will give you the answer.

Mens AGM

Please remember the Men’s AGM will be held on April 22nd at 8-15pm.

Please support your committee and try to attend.

Tom Young   On behalf Of The Council Of Management.