THE GROVE & CALVERLEY BOWLING CLUB NEWSLETTER

 

 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    

 

 

MAY 2017

 

Dear Members,

Welcome to the Grove & Calverley Bowling Club’s May 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 July 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 26th of June 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.

 

Club Competitions 2017

The draw for the 2017 club competitions for Calverley Bowling Club was made on Monday 1st May, and as far as I am aware the draw sheets have been posted in the clubhouse.

The draw for the 2017 club competitions for The Grove Bowling Club was made on Friday 5th May and the draw sheets have been posted in the clubhouse.   
For those involved, please ensure that you play your games within the time period allocated for each Round. 

 

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.

 

Grove Match Officials 2017

This season it has been decided to allocate a Captain for each friendly and Millennium League match from the Club Captain (David Easton), Club Vice-Captain (Keith Trowell) and the Wednesday Captain (Vic Webb).

If neither one of these Captains is available for a particular game, a stand-in Captain will be allocated.

For each home game, a Match assistant will help the Captain of the day with setting up and putting away.  The Match assistant will be allocated for those playing in the match.

Match Manager duties:-

a)      For home games, on the day of the match, please try to get to the Club at least 45 minutes before the start time, to help the Captain by ensuring that the Club flag is hoisted, mats and jacks etc., are put out, that the visitors’ changing room is open, and by greeting the opposition as they arrive.  There are usually a number of willing helpers around, so you won’t have to do it all yourself.

 b)      After home matches, please make sure that the club flag is taken down, mats and jacks etc., are returned to the store room, and the visitors’ changing room is locked.  Again, the willing helpers will make light work of these tasks.

c)      The Club Captain, Vice-Captain or Wednesday Captain will contact you several days prior to a match to ask you to be the Match assistant.

 Thanks for your co-operation.

 

David Easton (Club Captain)

 

New Members

The Calverley and Grove Bowling club would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new members.

Gordon McKenzie, Bob Mercer, Bob Inskip, Fynn Wiles, Andrea Loring, Brett Wiles, Clive Allen and Brian Lambert.

A warm welcome to all of you, we hope you will enjoy bowling with us and being part of our lovely club.

 

Best wishes and get well soon

All members of the Grove & Calverley bowling club send their best wishes to Annabelle Thompson who has recently had a hip replacement, and say get well soon, looking forward to seeing you back bowling later in the season.

Also welcome back to Gerry Barham who is now back with us following a short illness.

 

Have you ever wondered……?

As most of you know our resident historian is Roy Thompson and every so often his curiosity gets the better of him and he starts delving into the Groves’ history.  Well, he’s been at it again and this time has been looking at the Grove’s first champion.  Read on.

 

OUR FIRST CLUB CHAMPION

 

When in the Clubhouse I sometimes look at the names of past Club champions and winners of other titles and feel I would like to know more about them. For example, J Work was the Club champion in 1910, the year after the Grove Bowling Club was founded. What does anyone now know about him, other than that he was a good bowler?

 

Well, I did a little research and discovered that James Work was born in 1867 in Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland. In 1911 he lived at 4 Guildford Road, Tunbridge Wells, with his wife, Fanny, aged 41, who was born in Buxted, and his son George, aged 16 and still at school. In the 1911 census he is shown as an ‘employer’ with his occupation as a ‘credit draper’. Credit drapers (also known as tallymen) were people who sold goods on credit, especially from door to door usually charging high rates of interest.

 

From census records it appears that James Work moved from Orkney to Tunbridge Wells in the 1880s and became a boarder at 13 Prospect Road. The head of the household was Andrew Buchanan, who was born in Scotland and also a draper, as were several other members of the Buchanan family living at the same address. By the age of 24 James Work had become a draper and in 1892 in Uckfield he married Fanny Eastwood. Their first child, William was born in 1893, followed two years later by George, their second son.

 

 James Work was still living at 4 Guildford Road when he died on 20th March 1926 at the age of 59. His estate was valued at £9210-8s-1d (equivalent to about £325,000 today). A week later the Kent & Sussex Courier reported his death as follows:

 

 “Of a most genial disposition, he was renowned in the town and district for his dry Scotch humour and his entertaining speeches at public dinners. Whether he was proposing or responding to a toast he invariably introduced apt quotations from Robert Burns’ poems, and those who had the pleasure of hearing him so often at convivial gatherings will long cherish his memory. He was a founder-member of both the Nevill Golf Club and the Grove Bowling Club. As a bowler he played a steady and consistent game, and was regarded as a first-class skip. On several occasions he secured Kent County honours and by his death the two Clubs mentioned and other sporting organisations in the town have lost a good friend and supporter. He was a thorough sportsman in every sense of the word. He leaves a widow and one son, George, for whom much sympathy is felt. A second son, William, was killed in France in 1917 whilst fighting as a Private in the Royal Fusiliers”.

 

 

James Work was Club Champion again in 1913 and in several subsequent years. I imagine he would approve of the ‘convivial gatherings’ that sometimes occur these days in the Clubhouse and would be delighted that our Club is still thriving in the second decade of the 21st century.

 

Roy Thompson

 

RACE NIGHT APRIL 2017

 

The very popular annual race night was held in the Clubhouse on 22nd April and attended by about 60 members and guests. There were 8 races, each with 8 horses competing to be the first to reach the winning post. Members and guests backed their selected horse and many people successfully picked winners and received a payout. Winning owners received a bottle of wine. Overall, a most enjoyable and happy evening which raised a significant sum for Club funds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEWSLETTER  MARCH 2017  

 

Dear Members, welcome to the Grove & Calverley Bowling Club’s March 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 May 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 26th of April 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.

The Grove Bowling Club Website

Roy Thompson has asked me to mention this to you all.  It is kept updated by him and apart from results and photographs which he uploads during the year, he also puts other bits and pieces on there, including a copy of the latest newsletter.

This might be helpful for some of you to know, especially if you have changed e-mail address and I am not aware of this and also, there are times when I send out e-mails to the address’ I have and they bounce.

I mention this because I was asked by Sandra Walker to send out an e-mail to everybody last month concerning the quiz night and I had around about 22 bounce.  Most of them were from those of you who have btinternet.com as your e-mail address.  I was told that my e-mail had not been delivered because it was suspected spam!!! (bloomin’ cheek).

AGM

The AGM was held at the Grove Bowling Club on 10th March 2017.  Thanks to all those who attended.

Getting ready for the 2017 Bowling Season

Volunteers are required on Saturday 8th April  to help prepare the clubhouse and the grounds for the new season.  Please make every effort to attend on this date as ‘many hands make light work’. The green should be ready for ‘roll ups’ from Monday 17th April, weather permitting.

The season begins on Monday 24th April 2017 and this year The Grove has a new Match Secretary.  Welcome Mike Southern.  The club would also like to take this opportunity to thank David Easton, the outgoing Match Secretary for the work he has done regarding this.

Green Keepers Required

Now as we all know, our green is one of the best around, and the reason for this is the army of volunteers who gladly give up their time to ensure it remains in pristine condition.  However, people get older and there comes a time when they need help to continue their work and also to train new greenkeepers for the future.

At the moment the club requires members as reserve mowers.  If you feel you can spare some time on either Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday mornings to help with this, please contact Bob Holmwood at either the club, by phone on 01892 527748 or by e-mail on George.holmwood@sky.com .  He is awaiting your call as they say.

Membership Fees

Once again, I am pleased to report that membership fees will remain unchanged for 2017.  Membership for playing members is £75.00, Social Members £12.00 and new members will pay £37.50 for the first year.

Dress Code

As we all know, over the last couple of years, we have seen some of the hottest temperatures during the summer.  It has therefore been decided by the committee that shorts can be worn during matches, as long as they are tailored and either Grey or White.      

Leaflet Drop The Grove and Calverley are going to carry out a ‘leaflet drop’ around the 3rd week in April.  If anybody would like to help out with this, i.e. in your locale, the leaflets will be available in the clubhouse nearer the time.

Bees (the little stripy kind)

Thanks are in order to Vic Webb who gave a talk on bees and beekeeping in January.  It would seem that there was an awful lot most of us didn’t know about these little chaps and the consensus of opinion was that it was very informative.  Thank you Vic.

Catering Arrangements It has been decided that the catering arrangements that were brought in last season after the departure of the catering manager, will continue this season.  We are always looking for help with this and if anyone who was not involved last year would like to come on board, please contact Sylvia Westwood who is liaison for this and can be contacted on 01892 852258.

Social Events

Saturday 22nd  April 2017 – Race Night – 6.30 for 7.00 pm

We are still looking for sponsors for races and if you would like to do this, please contact Sandra Walker on 07876 485371 or e-mail at sewalker@btinternet.com . Entry fee is £10.00 per person which includes Fish & Chips. Please come along and support this event as it is one of our main fund raisers.