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HBC Open fours gala day sponsored by Andrews Quality Meats Saturday 13th July 2024

Cash prizes 1st Prize – £250 2nd Prize – £100

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The competition will be run in a league format, with the top 2 teams from both divisions contesting the Semi Final and Final.
Timings
The club house will be open from 8.45am, with the league draws taking place at 9am.
Matches will start at 9.45am.

Method of Entry
Entries to be received by Monday 1st June 2024.
£40 entry fee per team to be enclosed with entry form sent to
Treasurer
Highworth Bowls Club
Swindon Rd
Highworth
Swindon SN6 7SJ
(Cheques to be payable to ‘Highworth Bowls Club)

Entry forms and £40 entry fee per team can be submitted online via email to
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supported by bank transfer to Highworth Bowls Club, Account No. 01442628, Sort Code 30-13-35, (Reference – Gala Day & Club)

Happy Easter everyone

I want to update you on progress since our club meeting held on 17th March.

Financials

John Higgs continues to manage the purse strings tightly. We are keen for anyone with experience in finance/business to join the Finance Sub-Committee. Please contact John for more information and Terms of Reference for this group.

Easyfundraising

This no-cost initiative has raised £185 since we launched the idea on 21st November. We now have 28 supporters – thank you! Please consider using this for any online purchases.  It’s very easy to set-up on your computer. More information here 

You shop. Your cause gets money. For free.

easyfundraising.org.uk

If anyone needs help please ask John Higgs, Jo Hicks or Ian Dandy.

New Kit

As previously announced, we are very fortunate to benefit from an anonymous donation which has enabled us to order a new club shirt for every playing member.

An order was placed yesterday for 75 Shirts (some spares for potential new joiners) and 45 Hoodies which members are funding for themselves. We have registered the new design with Bowls Wiltshire.

A massive thanks to Jo Hicks who has managed the challenging task of compiling the order and ensuring that people get the correct size. We are expecting delivery within the next 4/5 weeks.

Dates for Your Diary/Club Events

Christine Biles works tirelessly to organise events designed to have fun whilst generating income for the club.

 The following have volunteered to help with such events:

Irene Aldridge

Josie Etherington

Gordon Pearce

Tricia Pearce

Maggie Jordan

Gala Day

The Gala Day is confirmed for Saturday 13th July. This is an important event which will add vital funds to club income. Many thanks to Shaun Hicks for leading this event and to Andrews Quality Meats for the generous sponsorship.

The following have volunteered to help:

Kevin Brown (BBQ)

Ian Dandy (BBQ)

Pauline Shelley

Elaine White

Richard Young

Maggie Jordan

Gordon Pearce

Tricia Pearce

Al Cumming 

Chris Hidden

Shaun will in touch shortly to arrange a get together for the Gala Day Sub-Committee

Bar Team

Tony Jenner is busy scheduling the Bar Rota for the coming months and ensuring that our clubhouse is fit for purpose.

The following have expressed an interest in joining the team. Thank you!

Irene Aldridge

Linda Young

Richard Young

James Shelley

Maggie Jordan

Andy Sears

Mike Eckett

Chris Biles

Neil Biles

Chris Hidden

Ian Dandy

Tony is arranging training for this vital role in supporting the club.

Green Update

Lots of work over the past months designed to provide a fantastic playing surface for the new season. Shaun, Kevin and the team have raised the green at the club house end and are currently renewing the backboards and the team have spent considerable hours treating and nurturing the green.

Many thanks to Martin Biles for his continued generous support of the club in providing his expertise and lots of supplies.

The following have volunteered to join Shaun’s Green-keeping Team:

Alan Parsloe

Colin Aldridge

Mike Eckett

Given the excessive rainfall in recent months our green is very soft. The forecast for the next few weeks is not too promising. It’s possible that there will be restrictions on opening and usage during the early season, in order to protect the green.  It will also be important to move the mat regularly, delver your bowls properly and not to throw them from a height which is likely to damage the surface.

Please be understanding.

Working Party – A reminder that we will be carrying out numerous tasks on 6th/7th April 8.30am-1.00pm to get the club and grounds ready for the start of the new season. Please come along and help.

Open Day (Weekend)

Christine Biles will be leading the open day weekend on 25/26 May.

It’s an opportunity to showcase all that is good with Highworth Bowls Club and to give people the chance to have a go at lawn bowls.

The following have offered to support:

Alan Parsloe – Sunday

Ian Dandy – both days

Pauline Shelley – Saturday late morning onwards

Irene Aldridge – both days

Sue McCormack – both days

Josie Etherington

Ray Deer – Saturday

Linda Young – Sunday

Gordon Pearce – both days

Tricia Pearce – both days

Maggie Jordan – both days

Jean Renno – both days

Elaine White – both days

John White – both days

Mike Eckett – both days

Chris Biles – both days

Joan Tompkins – both days

John Tompkins – both days

Chris Hidden – both days

Al Cumming – both days

Club Management & Stewardship

Maggie Jordan continues to lead in this regard and has recently circulated the updated Club Constitution to all members.

Following the meeting, Al Cumming has expressed an interest in becoming a Trustee of the Club and is likely to replace Mr Ian Thomas who has indicated his desire to step down. There are a number of legal processes to follow before appointment can be confirmed.

We have also learned that the past committee did, in actual fact, register the club under the Trust Registration Scheme backdated to 2016.

I am also working with Maggie to ensure that the Management Committee (MC) works as effectively as possible. To this end I propose making some changes to meeting preparation and management, together with refining reporting lines. All will be congruent with the current club constitution.

Specifically:

Inviting at least one Trustee to attend MC Meetings in an observational capacity.

Co-opting a Communications Officer onto the MC, so as to ensure that all news is updated swiftly on club website, Facebook, X, and membership emails. This will be a non-voting position.

Reinforcing the different type of roles on the MC: Officers, Committee members and Co-opted roles by re-stating voting rights and introducing a new management structure and reporting lines.

To continue to use the recently introduced idea of Sub-Committees to get work done and report to the MC.

I hope that this information is useful. Should you have any questions please contact me via email:  email hidden; JavaScript is required

Best Regards

Ian

HBC Green Opening – 14th April

Happy Easter everyone,

I hope that you enjoy the weekend with family and friends. We are fast approaching the new season and I look forward to you at the official green opening on Sunday 14th April 2pm

Our president Neil Biles will be rolling the first woods of the season at 2pm. On the day we will arrange for a competitive, but fun bowls event to ease everyone into the new season.

Gordon Pearce and I will organise a suitable format, once we know how many players would like to join in.

Following the bowls there will be a BBQ and you will be able to purchase burgers, hot dogs etc and enjoy a drink or two from the bar.

I look forward to seeing everyone on 14th.

Best Regards

Ian

Message from the Chairman

Good morning everyone,

It’s nice to see some sunshine at last. I was at the club last weekend and the green looks in magnificent shape as Shaun, Kevin and the team prepare it for the new season.

May I remind you that we are scheduled to have a club meeting on Sunday 17th March starting at 10.30 am, for all bowling and social members of our club. We will provide updates on Finance, Key Dates for your diary, Social Events, Bowling Matters and Club Support.

The clubhouse will be open from 9.45 am on 17th and Christine and the team will be serving bacon rolls and tea/coffee prior to the meeting.

Following the main meeting there will be a short break before a Men’s section bowling meeting, where Shaun will outline plans for the new season.

Please make every effort to attend.

Best Regards

Ian

News from the Clubhouse

Dear Member

Just a quick update ahead of our Spring meeting on the 17th March which hopefully you will be able to attend.

When you come into your Clubhouse, you will find that thanks to the generosity of one of our sponsors, Martin Biles, the pipe on the left-hand wall has been boxed in. Furthermore, the clubhouse has had a lick of paint. We hope to further spruce up the clubhouse by renewing the curtains in the near future.

We have also procured a new iPad for the bar and I have to say it’s a pleasure to use.

I have, in response to requests, now added London Pride and Guinness Zero to the bar stock. In addition, I have changed both Rio and Apple tango to the lighter versions. If you have any thoughts of other lines we could put on or perhaps a different flavour of a drink we already stock please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best wishes

Tony

From the Chairman – Our Green

“Wow, has our green ever looked so good in early March?  Thanks to Shaun, Kevin and the greenkeeping team.  Fantastic work folks”

Ian Dandy