THE GROVE & CALVERLEY BOWLING CLUB NEWSLETTER

 

MARCH 2018  

 

Dear Members, Welcome to the Grove & Calverley Bowling Club’s March 2018 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.

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AGM

The AGM was held at The Grove Bowling Club on 9th March 2018.  Thanks to all those who attended.

Getting ready for the 2018 Bowling Season

Volunteers are required on Saturday morning 7th 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 23rd April, weather permitting. The season also begins on Monday 23rd April 2018 this year and Mike Southern will be continuing as the match secretary this year.

Ground Keepers Required

Now as we all know, our green and surrounding gardens are some 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.  Up until now we have not had to resort to outside contractors as they are costly and don’t always do a great job, so if you feel you can spare some time on either Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday mornings to help with this, please contact either Bob Holmwood at the club, by phone on 01892 527748 or by e-mail at George.holmwood@sky.com , or Phil Boddy at the club, by phone on 01892 513435 or by e-mail at pboddy3775@aol.com.   

Membership Fees

Membership fees for this year for playing members are Men £75.00, Ladies £50.00, Junior Members £5.00 and Social Members £12.00. New playing members (men) will pay £37.50  and £25.00 (ladies) for their first year.

Catering Arrangements As you know the catering for home matches is done by a small number of volunteers who make sandwiches, cakes and such and who make the teas and coffees on home match days.  There are not very many of us and we are always looking for help with this.  If anyone would like to help, please contact Sylvia Westwood who is liaison for this and can be contacted on 01892 852258.

Social Events

Friday 23rd March 2018 – Finance Talk at 7.00pm for 7.30pm

Sasha McKee from Eight Wealth Management will be giving a brief financial presentation at the Clubhouse on Friday 23rd March. The presentation last year was very interesting, and  they made a generous donation to the Club. This year, they will be supporting the Tunbridge Wells Tournament, for which a similar donation is promised. A number of topics will be covered (such as "Should I keep my Cash ISA or would I be better off investing my money elsewhere ?") Eight Wealth Management travel up from Portsmouth, so I would ask all members to make every effort to come along on the 23rd - for a 7.30 pm start to make their journey worthwhile.  Light refreshments will be available (at no cost !)  

Thanks - hope to see a good many of you on Friday.  John W

Saturday 14th April 2018 – Race Night – 6.30 for prompt start at 7.00pm. 

Helpers are needed to help set up the Clubhouse etc., for Race Night.  If anyone can spare some time on Saturday morning, on 14th April 2018, please come along.

Race Night is one of the Club’s biggest fundraisers and is always hugely popular.  So come on, come up to the club on Saturday 14th April, have a few bets on the Gee Gee’s and enjoy a lovely Fish Supper. Entry fee is £10.00 per person which includes the Fish & Chips.  BARGAIN!!!!  

 

JANUARY 2018

 

Dear Members, I hope you all had a very Happy Christmas and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018.

This newsletter is just to draw your attention to a couple of social events which will be happening in the next month or so.  As you know we like to plan a few things during the winter months just to keep in touch with everyone.

 

Quiz Night including Ploughman’s Supper - £5.00 per person On Friday 26th January 2018 starting at 7pm, we will be holding a Quiz night at a cost of £5.00 per person which will include a Ploughman’s supper.  If you would like to participate but do not have a team, don’t worry, please come along and teams will be assembled on the night.

 

Dinner Night Saturday 17th February 2018 (7.0 for 7.30 pm)

Jim Donaldson will be hosting his dinner night. Please note this is a change to the date previously notified.  The date has been changed because Calverley have a game on the original date of the 24th February 2018.  Please note diaries and calendars.

 

MENU

Starter

Terrine of Salmon with Lemon Herb Mayonnaise.

 

Main Course

Roast Loin of Lamb with Sweet & Sour Red Current Sauce Rissole Potatoes with Mint Butter Seasonal Vegetables.

 

Dessert

Warm Chocolate & Walnut Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream & Raspberry Coulis.  

 

The cost will not be known until Jim has purchased the ingredients.As always places for this event are limited and are on a first come first served basis.  For those interested in attending the dinner, please contact Steve Summers on 07803-135566 or 01435-865437.

 

I anticipate that the next newsletter will be in March 2018 so if you have any articles or bits and pieces of news that you would like included in the next newsletter please let me know.  I can be contacted at stellalowrie@tiscali.co.uk  or on 01892 530591.

 

DECEMBER 2017  

 

Dear Members,

Welcome to the Grove & Calverley Bowling Club’s December 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.

The next one will be issued in February 2018.  If anybody has articles or information that you would like included in the next letter please ensure that it is with me by 24th of January 2018 at the latest.

 

Gold Certificate from TWBC

Now the Christmas newsletter wouldn’t be complete without our annual mention of Tony Austen. Once again congratulations go to Tony Austen who not only won another certificate from  TWBC for his wonderful work at the bowling club but who has upped his game this year and taken GOLD no less, well done Tony. Apart from making our club one of the prettiest around it’s so nice to hear how much our visitors appreciate it when they come to play.

 

The Grove Dinner & Presentation Evening As has become the custom, this was held at the Nevill Golf Club on Saturday 11th November and was well attended as usual. Thank you to all who attended, we hope you enjoyed the evening and thank you to all those who donated raffle prizes.  

 

Thank You Letter received from The Mayor of Tunbridge Wells Roy Thompson sent an e-mail to the Mayor, thanking her for attending our Annual dinner on 11th November and below is the response received from her:

“May I reciprocate immediately!  Peter and I had a lovely time on Saturday, and I think you can see from my expression in the photos, which you kindly provided a link to, that I was enjoying myself! Many many thanks for inviting me – your Club has a wonderful Team Spirit and I was so impressed at all the volunteering that your members do and who keep everything running so well – from gardening to painting, etc etc. Long may your club prosper!” Best regards Julia

 

Christmas Pressie Idea - Book of Puns

Below is an e-mail received from the previous Mayor of Tunbridge Wells, Dave Neve about an idea he has had and also a way of supporting a very good charitable cause:

“I am writing to you as the immediate past Mayor.  Past Mayoress, my wife Jill, and I attended many engagements during our Mayoral year. At the start of our year we set ourselves the task of visiting every part of the borough and I decided to publish a book about our time and travels. My idea for a book was to include the events we attended and the puns and groanable jokes contained within the speeches. The book will soon be published, with the help of the Council, at a cost of £2.  All the proceeds will go to our Mayoral charity B-eat. This charity helps those with eating disorders. We have already raised over £26,000 towards the aim of setting up support groups within the borough. Nothing existed prior to our Mayoralty. I am contacting you to see if there would be an interest in purchasing any copies of the book which will be on sale from 6 December 2017. The event or events that we came to might bring back some memories of our visit or visits. I hope you do not mind me contacting you and would ask if you would spread the word.  My contact details are below should you wish to find out more-

  e-mail djneve@btinternet.com telephone 01892 527935, mobile 07951 939705 or contact the Mayor's office 01892 554282  Best Wishes Ex Mayor Dave Neve"

 

Social Events Christmas Get together The Christmas get together will take place at The Grove this year on Friday 15th December at 7.00pm.  Mary Fairbrass has kindly stepped in at short notice to do the catering as Sandra Walker is still recovering from the recent falls she had and is unable to do it. In order for us to provide the appropriate amount of food for this event, I have been asked to ask you to let me stellalowrie@tiscali.co.uk  know if you will be attending on the night.  Can you please let me know if you will be coming by the end of Friday 8th December at the very latest.  Thank You.

 

Social Events 2018

Friday 26th January  at 7.00pm – Quiz Night including Ploughman’s Supper - £5.00

Saturday 24th February – Dinner Night – Menu, Price and details to follow

Friday 30th March – Finance Talk at 7.00pm for 7.30pm

Saturday 14th April – Race Night.

 

That just leaves me to say thank you to all who have contributed to the Newsletter throughout the year. I also thank you for your patience when I get things wrong and the nice way you let me know!!! I WISH YOU ALL A VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND A SUCCESSFUL NEW YEAR 2018.                                                

 

  NOVEMBER 2017

 

POSTPONMENT OF FRIDAY 24TH NOVEMBER SOCIAL EVENT

Dear Members, This is just to let you know that due to circumstances beyond our control, the planned “Short Coaching Session” with Ian Vanns and the “short session of Bingo cards” planned for this Friday 24th November 2017 have had to be postponed for the time being.

As this is at short notice can I please ask that those of you who have friends and/or members who may have been planning to attend and do not have e-mail/internet access, that you contact them to let them know.

 

Best wishes and get well soon. All members of The Grove Bowling Club and Calverley Bowling Club would like to send their best wishes and hope that the following members get well soon. Our thoughts for speedy recoveries go to Hazel Brown, Ian Vanns and Sandra Walker.

 

Social Events

2017 Friday 15th December 2017 at 7.00pm Christmas Party and fun Evening with food donated by the Committee – No Charge

 

2018

Friday 26th January  at 7.00pm – Quiz Night including Ploughman’s Supper - £5.00

Saturday 24th February – Dinner Night – Menu, Price and details to follow

Friday 30th March – Finance Talk at 7.00pm for 7.30pm

Saturday 14th April – Race Night.

 

October 2017

 

Dear Members,

Welcome to the Grove & Calverley Bowling Club’s October 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 December 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 November 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.

Closing of the Clubhouse on Friday Nights

From 1st November 2017 the clubhouse will no longer be opening on Friday nights due to lack of support.  It will of course be open on any Fridays when there is a function going on.

A note from Calverley President Terry Pearce I would like to thank all members, friends and our visitors who contributed to The Stroke Association through collecting boxes in the clubhouse.  Despite the largest being stolen during the break-in we suffered, an astonishing £265.00 was collected and has been forwarded to the association.  Sincere thanks to everyone.  

Time to say Goodbye

It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of John Barham last week.  Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

Social Events 2017

Saturday 14th October at 7pm for 7.30pm  Calverley presentation Dinner at the Nevill Golf Club

Saturday 28th October at 7.00pm – Quiz Night including Ploughman’s Supper - £5.00

Saturday 11th November at 7.00pm for 7.30pm Grove presentation Dinner at the Nevill Golf Club

Photographs taken at the event can be seen in the Photo Gallery!

Friday 24th November at 7.00pm – Short Coaching Session with Ian Vanns followed by a short session of Bingo Cards - £1.00

Friday 15th December at 7.00pm Christmas Party and fun Evening with food donated by the Committee – No Charge

2018

Friday 26th January  at 7.00pm – Quiz Night including Ploughman’s Supper - £5.00

Saturday 24th February – Dinner Night – Menu, Price and details to follow

Friday 30th March – Finance Talk at 7.00pm for 7.30pm

Saturday 14th April – Race Night.