THE GROVE & CALVERLEY BOWLING CLUB NEWSLETTER

 

   SEPTEMBER 2017  

 

Dear Members,

Welcome to the Grove & Calverley Bowling Club’s September 2017 newsletter. 

If you have any articles or bits and pieces of news that you would like included in your newsletter please let me know.  I can be contacted at stellalowrie@tiscali.co.uk  or on 01892 530591.

Letters are, as you will know by now generally issued on a bi-monthly basis.  The next one is planned for issue in November 2017, but should the need arise, there may be another before then.  If anybody has articles or information that you would like included in the next letter please ensure that it is with me by 27th of October 2017 at the latest.

 

e-mail addresses If you change your e-mail address and you still want to receive a copy of the newsletters please let me know so I can update my records.

 

Grove & Calverley BBQ

Well once again I am pleased to report the annual BBQ was another successful afternoon despite a couple of challenging downpours and huge gusts of wind which threatened to take the marquee and the pergola away with it.  Thank you to those who held these down and stopped them from blowing away and also thank you to the very kind people who came over to those of us who were in the middle of barbequeing and held umbrellas over us and the BBQs to stop them going out.  We could not have managed without you.

Also a big thank you to Hilary and her team for beavering away in the kitchen making up salads and setting out the desserts.  And thank you to all of those who baked and made desserts which were delicious.

 

Tunbridge Wells Open Tournament

Well didn’t we do well!! Congratulations to Tim Larkin, Eric Rogers and Mick Guntrip from Calverley for winning the Triples. Congratulations are also in order to Phil Boddy and John Lowrie from the Grove for winning the pairs.

 

Calverley President’s Shield (pairs)

Congratulations to David Corbett and John Westwood. Well done all of you.

 

Kent County Competitions

Lists are up in the Clubhouse for this for those who wish to enter and play in 2018.  Closing date is 1st October 2017.

 

New Members

The Grove Bowling Club and Calverley Bowling Club would like to take this opportunity to welcome Pat Allen and Jonathon Brand to our clubs. We hope you will enjoy being with us.

 

Dates and Notes for your diaries.

The Grove Dinner and Presentation Evening will take place on 11th November 2017 and not the 18th November 2017 as printed in the fixtures list.  Details of the Menu and cost will be available in the near future.

The Calverley Presentation Dinner will take place on 14th October 2017.  The cost of which will be £25.00 per head (this includes the raffle and gratuities).  Be there at 7pm for 7.30pm. Invitations are on the board in the Clubhouse and must be returned to Terry Pearce by Monday 11th September 2017.

 

Have you ever wondered…..?

Have you ever wondered what the very first Clubhouse looked like?  Well wonder no more because Roy Thompson has unearthed a lovely picture of it whilst going through some old papers of his.  Read on…….      

 

Our first Clubhouse

 

 

 

A few weeks ago while sorting through some old photographs and documents which had belonged to my grandmother we came across a small book with the title ‘The Official Guide issued under the auspices of the Mayor and Corporation and the Tunbridge Wells Advertising Association’. It contains just over 100 pages and was written by F Colebrook.  Members may be interested to see the above photograph of the Grove Clubhouse and green which the book includes. Although the book is not dated it refers to ‘a new bowling green recently constructed in the Grosvenor Recreation Ground’. The Grosvenor Bowls Club was formed in 1912 so I imagine the book was printed a year or two later and the photo probably taken around the same time.

 

Obviously the photo was not taken during the summer because the trees are bare of leaves. The players appear to be wearing jackets and waistcoats or pullovers which suggests the weather may be cool. I suspect the scene was posed for the purpose of creating a photograph to include in the book, especially as there are 8 players at the far side of the green and 2 others (skips?) near the Clubhouse. 

 

It looks as if the Clubhouse had a central clock surrounded by a metal or wooden embellishment. On the bank in the far corner, just to the left of the players, is a flower urn that appears very similar to the ones that we have today. Are they in fact over one hundred years old?

 

Many changes have occurred in the bowls world and elsewhere since this photo was taken. One of those is well illustrated by this notice which the book contains: 

 

 

 

There’s food for thought. These days the latest posting time in many local pillar boxes (for delivery next day at best) is 9 am. 

 

Roy Thompson  

 

 

JULY 2017 (EXTRA)  

 

Dear Members,

I have been asked to issue a special newsletter as there are some things which we need your help with.

The Grove and Calverley Barbeque Saturday 5th August 2017

Due to gremlins getting into the system (I don’t know where these little devils come from) the paragraph I originally put in regarding the BBQ has disappeared from your July Newsletter. (That’s my excuse anyway).

On the morning of Saturday 5th August 2017 volunteers are required to help with putting up the Marquees and setting up the tables outside in the garden area.  If you can help with this can you please be at the bowling club for around 9.30am.

Catering

We also need salads and puddings for the BBQ, so if you can help with this please contact Hilary Holmwood on 01892 527748 who is co-ordinating the catering. Thank You.

Looking forward to seeing you all on the 5th August.   

 

 

JULY 2017  

 

Dear Members,

Welcome to the Grove & Calverley Bowling Club’s July 2017 newsletter.  If you have any articles or bits and pieces of news that you would like included in your newsletter please let me know.  I can be contacted at stellalowrie@tiscali.co.uk  or on 01892 530591. Letters are, as you will by now know generally issued on a bi-monthly basis.  The next one is planned for issue in September 2017, but should the need arise, there may be another before then.  If anybody has articles or information that you would like included in the next letter please ensure that it is with me by 28th of August 2017 at the latest.

e-mail addresses If you change your e-mail address and you still want to receive a copy of the newsletters please let me know so I can update my records.

Availability for Matches As the bowling season is now under way members are reminded to look at the fixtures boards and to put your names down if you are available to play.  Likewise can members also remember to put their names down if they are not available as this assists the Captain and match officials when trying to put teams together.

Club Competitions Please try to get your games played by the closing dates for each round.   The Grove Men's Singles Championship has now been re-drawn for the next round.  The Singles Plate (including some of our Ladies) has also now been drawn - the times allocated for each round are shorter than the other competitions.   The draw sheet is on a notice board in the main corridor.

Dress Code There are new notices in both Men's and Ladies changing rooms, updating the Dress Code (main changes being to allow Club Shirts and tailored shorts).

Waterproof Jackets We have now sorted out a supplier for Grove Club Waterproof sublimated Jackets with hoods.  The design will be a replica of the Club Shirts, except for long sleeves (with the yellow and blue stripes being full length on the arms). Prices for Small to XL sizes are £34.50 each including VAT, packing and carriage.   Larger sizes are marginally more expensive.  Sewn in fleece liners are available at an extra £3.00  A full price list with space for interested members to indicate their preference of size etc. is on a notice board in the main corridor. These garments are made in the UK, and have a 6 week delivery - so the plan is to submit our order early in 2018 (ready for the start of next season).

Grove Match Officials 2017 There have been some changes to the Grove Club Captains and these are as follows: Malcolm Brown – Overall club captain David Easton – Sunday captain Keith Trowell – Saturday captain Vic Webb – Wednesday captain (no change) If neither one of these Captains is available for a particular game, a stand-in Captain will be allocated.

Changes to the Board of Directors There have been a few changes to the Board of Directors for various reasons.  Roy Chamberlain has stood down as Club Treasurer elect, and John Westwood will now take over the role of Treasurer.  Grateful thanks are due to Brian Reed who has carried on the job of Treasurer for the last few months under difficult circumstances. Gordon Burles has now taken over the role of Club Secretary whilst John Westwood remains Company Secretary.   Gordon Burles has replaced Roy Chamberlain as a Director.

Appreciations The club would like to take this opportunity of thanking Jonathan Carr for providing the club with two new bowls pushers.  Thank you Jonathan. The club would also like to thank Brian Montgomery and his team for the brilliant job they are doing in looking after and maintaining the green despite all the problems they have faced since the beginning of the season, with the very hot weather and the broken sprinkling system.  Nonetheless the green remains good and still the envy of all the clubs that come to play on it.  Thank you Brian and all your team.

Grove & Calverley BBQ – New Date Due to staff shortages, certain members of the bowling club putting themselves first, (how dare they), and inconveniently arranging to be languishing on the Costa Calida in Spain on the original date it was planned, it has now been rearranged for SATURDAY  5th AUGUST 2017 AT 5PM. The maximum number that can be catered for is 60.  The list is posted in the clubhouse and is filling up fast so get your names down quickly.

Social Events Mayors Friendly – Tuesday 25th July 2017 from 17.30 onwards Grove & Calverley BBQ – Saturday 5th August 2017 from 17.00 onwards.

Have you ever wondered…..? Once again our resident historian Roy Thompson has been doing a little bit of digging.  Possibly motivated by the fact that the Clubhouse will be getting a makeover with new windows and doors, so this time the article is about ‘How old is our Clubhouse?            

How old is our Clubhouse?

On 29th January 1932 the Kent & Sussex Courier contained the following article:  

 

 

It would be interesting to know how much the Clubhouse cost to build. In considering the original cost of the building inflation has to be taken into account. Between 1932 and 2017 the British pound experienced an average inflation rate of 5.05% per year. £100 in 1932 would have the purchasing power of £6,576.22 in 2017.

Eighty-five years have passed since 1932.  The windows and front doors in our Clubhouse have deteriorated and will shortly be replaced. In 2017 the new windows and doors will cost almost £11,000 or, in 1932 prices, about £166.

Very reasonable, some might say!

Roy Thompson