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Medstead Bowls Club

Medstead Bowls Club

OUR NEW GREEN

Work on the new playing surface is still expected to start in the week beginning 4th April and to take about two weeks. New green marking will be measured out and we are informed that, with the narrower run of the bowls on the new surface, our 40 metre square green will be able to support 8 rinks, rather than the 6 rinks we use at present. The order we have placed includes new green edging and banks but the old ditch liners will be cleaned and re-used.

Before work starts we need to remove and store the ditch liners and also remove all the old battens that are currently used to support the markers. The seams where the carpet strips join will run parallel with the edges of the green, rather than diagonally as at present, but we are assured that this will not have any noticeable effect on running bowls. The new carpet will need to be cleaned every week with a special vacuum cleaner so we shall probably need to set up a members’ cleaning rota similar to that for cleaning the clubhouse.

The rst competitive match on the new green is planned for Thursday 12th May when we shall be playing against Four Marks in the Stan Hardman league. This is very appropriate as the Four Marks club allowed us to practice on their green when our club was rst formed and the current green was being built twenty- ve years ago.

THE WINTER COMPETITIONS

The nals of our three winter competitions, the Winter Cup, the Short Mat Cup and the Ladies’ Short Mat knockout will be played on Saturday 19th March. We now know that the contestants in the nals will be:
Winter Cup – Douglas Hudson and Ed Wooden

Short Mat Cup – Douglas Hudson and Ted Browning
Ladies’ Short Mat competition – Pat Burgess and Angie Sarnicki
As usual we shall be serving a lunch of hot dogs and a dessert for both contestants and spectators.

THE FUTURE PROGRAMME

As usual, we have entered a team in the Stan Hardman League so from early May until mid August we shall be playing a league match every Thursday afternoon. We also have a programme of less formal friendly matches against local clubs, the rst of the season being on Wednesday 13th April away against Shalford. These really are “friendly” matches in which having a good time is more important than winning, and we choose teams to give all members an opportunity to play, whatever their standard.

SOCIAL EVENTS

Our social events continue throughout both winter and summer. Our most recent event was a skittles evening with sh and chip supper in the clubhouse that was attended by 35 members and guests and our next will be a Barbecue and Games Evening on Saturday 21st May.

The club will be participating in the Floral Display event in St Andrew’s Church to celebrate the 90th birthday of The Queen.

COME AND JOIN US

Our club is always seeking new players and would particularly like to attract a few more lady members. We play outside throughout the year on our all-weather surface and offer an invitation to anyone who would like to try the game to come along to our open sessions on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday afternoons. Don’t be put off by the weather; we play on short mats in the warm clubhouse if the weather is bad. There is plenty of club equipment that newcomers can use, so just turn up a little before 2pm, or ring for more information on 01420 563495.

Wilf Robinson

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