Monday is Games afternoon & Friday is Whist.
Monday afternoons are proving very successful as our games afternoon 2 till 4 ish and Friday is whist from 2 till 5pm.
On Monday, so far, we have mastered Rumikub, Triomino’s and another domino’s game called Mexican Train. All good fun and all helped along with a cuppa and cake. If you would like to join us for either afternoon please just pop along.
Potters pre-season Break.
The 25th March see’s a few of us (28) visiting Potters for a 3 night pre season break. Having spoken to a few members that went to Potters in Dec 2021 the general feeling is that we give the Mon – Fri a miss this year. It is getting very expensive and I will be interested to see what the feedback is from the March outing.
Pretty Woman – Savoy Theatre
This theatre trip on 9th Feb has 50 of us on a jolly to see this fab show. Sadly no Richard Geer or Julia Roberts but I am sure it will be amazing. I still have 1 ticket left if anyone fancies joining us let Debbie know.
Thursford Christmas Spectacular Norfolk.
It has been suggested that we have an outing, by coach with an overnight stay, to start our Christmas celebrations to Norfolk this year to see this Christmas spectacular.
So, say no more……………
22 ticketshave been reserved at £42 each for TUESDAY 6TH DEC for the eve performance at 7pm and need to know if you would like to come? If you do…….
Do you want a coach or make your own way?
Do you want an overnight stay – prob premier inn or similar with breakfast on the Weds before we make our way home.
Let Debbie know if you fancy coming. Here is the link to find out more www.thursford.com
The Green is open and a very successful opening weekend saw John Gilson win the opening Chocolate Drive on Saturday. Following the planting of our Platinum Jubilee Green Canopy tree on the Sunday the Captain's team
defeated the President's team by a very narrow margin.
Bowls for Fun Open Day
Harperbury's Bowls for Fun Open Day was a great success with over 25 people trying out bowls for the first time and signing up for further coaching.
But its not too late to get involved...
.... Our Coaching Team will be at the Green every monday afternoon (2 -4) and evening (5-7) so why not drop in and give bowls a go.
Do you have Club bowls on long term loan?
Sue Oakley, who has volunteered to sort out the club’s bowls/woods in the shed. She will be keeping records of who has borrowed which woods so we can keep track of what we have ‘in stock’. If anyone has any woods that have been on a long term ‘loan’ please let Sue know.
In future there will be an agreed ‘loan’ period after which members will be expected to provide their own woods and new bowlers can then have the use of the right size woods when they start to bowl.
Malcolm West RIP
Bowls friends throughout St Albans and beyond will be sad to learn Malcolm passed peacefully away at home recently with his family around him. Our thoughts are with Judy, Gary and Karen and their families at this sad time.
Malcolm’s funeral will be on MONDAY 23rd May at 2pm at Watford Crem and after at the Caledon Club in London Colney.
Judy and her family have requested family flowers only please but have created a just giving page raising money for the Rennie Grove Hospice.
Monday 23rd & Tuesday 24th May - Important Information
Just to let you all know that the Coaching has been cancelled Monday and moved to Tuesday 24th at 2.30pm up to when the league night starts.
The green team will be working on the green on Tuesday instead of Monday so it will not be available to play on Tuesday until 2pm.
These changes have been made as many HBC members will be attending Malcolms funeral at 2pm on Monday at Garston.
Thank you for your continued support and our thoughts are with Judy and her family.
Platinum Jubilee Celebration Fun Day
Sunday 5th June.
SUNDAY 5th June will see us celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee weekend at the club. The dress code is of course - ‘Red, White and Blue’
The afternoon starts with a game of bowls – Windsor V Sandringham for all those that would like to take part.
The aim is to have a lovely buffet after the bowls and as such everyone coming is being asked to bring a contribution. There is a list up on the board in the club of required goodies so that we can make sure we have plenty of sandwiches and crisps etc as well as fabulous cakes and puds!
Following the buffet there will be a chance to have a few bets on the gee gee’s with our dicey horse racing making a popular return for an hour or so before the band.
This is where we have ‘jockeys’ on their horses on our carpet race course and the punters place bets on who they think might win. They can only move when the dice says so though. Its all good fun and you might win a couple of quid! The races will of course be linked to the celebrations with the Sandringham Saunter for example where the runners could be – Alienated Andrew, Cheeky Charlie, Adorable Anne, Clever Camilla or Eggy Edward! Who would you bet on? (or even Homesick Harry - Ed).
To finish the evening we have a bit of rock ‘n’ roll with our very own Kevin Speck and the Ariel’s. Last time they played we were bopping to Buddy Holly songs, little Richard tunes and many more.
This event is free and there will be a raffle. Prizes, as always, are welcome.
Please add your name to the list on the board up the club if you fancy joining us for any of the events and let us know what you are bringing for tea.
You can come all afternoon, just for the bowls, just for the band etc we really don’t mind as we appreciate there are street parties etc also taking place. Family members are also welcome to join us.
2022 Australian Pairs
Congratualation to Jean Eaton and Nigel Dickinson who won our first competition of the season. Runners Up were Jan Taylor and Ken Kalder.
Debs is reminding everyone to update their ICE form - Just In Case!
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Bill Thorne Trophy
The Bill Thorne Trophy has now been joined by the Thorne Family trophy for the best Thorne family team. This year 7 teams competed for the family trophy which was won by Charlie with his team of Barny and Sean.
With so many bowlers, we had to split the games over 2 sessions and the overall winners were Mitch, Ken and John W.
But the big winner was the Rennie Grove charity who we were able to send a cheque to for £486.
Martin Daly Gala
Congratulations to Sue Swain, Jenny and Dave Gauthier who won the Martin Daly open triples gala and well done to all the bowlers for lasting the course on a swelteringly hot day.
Rosie Langley Memorial Day.
This was a lovely day with some great music going on as well – even if it was a bit loud sometimes 😊. Rosie would have loved it!
Money was raised for Mencap, fish and chip lunch and some fun bowls with a raffle thrown in and the weather was nice too. It all made for a fab day.
The winners were Dave N and Stuart P with runners up John G and Aaron.
Ladies v Gents
The last game of the season and my last outdoor game as club captain, is our Ladies V Gents on Sunday 25th Sept at 2pm. This is when debbies' team of ladies take on Aarons team of men! It is always a nice afternoon with a tea made up of contributions from the members to finish the season. The list will be going up soon so put the date in your diary and Debbie need all the ladies we have on the books please, if you can make it ladies, as we are very out numbered by the Gents!
Top Rink Table
With only a few games left this season the Top Rink table top 10 looks like this at the moment:
Keith W 4
Dave L 4
Alan W 3
Michael L 3
Ron F 3
Sue A 3
Top rinks from the last few games have been:
Northaw & Cuffley - Mags Long, John Whippy and Deb Trollope
Ron Gray Hatfield – Mary, Alan W, Dave L, Keith F
Potters Bar – Mary B, Mark S, Andy T
Oakhill – Robert, Alan W and Michael
Townsend – Robert, Sheila and Aaron
Shire Park – Tony , Jan and Aaron
Kings Langley – John M, Ken and Dave L
Redbourn – Ron F, Ken and Les
Harpenden – Mat, Keith W and Judy
Potten End – Nigel, Alan W and Alan D.
Townsend – Dennis, Dave T and Les R.
St Albans and District Semi Finals/Finals
Judy, Sue and Pat have made it through to the Ladies triples semi final and Judy is in the semifinal of the officers
singles. These will be on either Weds 31st at Townsend or Thurs 1st Sept at Welwyn Garden City. Times and dates to be advised.
Kevin S is in the FINAL of the St Albans and District Men’s “Stan Winters” Champion Of Champions singles comp on SAT 3rd Sept at North Mymms, time to be advised.
If you are free, I am sure your support would be appreciated. Good Luck everyone!