Our President, Brian Beeston decided this year’s President’s Day theme should be bright, colourful and gaudy. Well, Members didn’t let him down! Despite the rain we managed 10 ends of laughter and bowling before retiring to the Pavilion for silliness and a great ploughman’s. All proceeds go to the MS Society, Brian’s Charity for this season.
What a wonderful turnout for the Club’s Competition as part of Swanage Regatta and Carnival week. We had 4 rinks of Triples and were delighted that most players were visitors to the Club.
Congratulations to the winners:
Carol Basgallop +14 shots
Ian Carter +29 shots
Thank you to the Carnival Queen and Princesses for presenting the trophies. The event raised £118 for the Carnival’s charities.
Our Captains, Linda Wallis and Barrie Tatman were delighted to present the Swanage Area Dementia Friendly Community with a cheque for £660 at our recent 90th Anniversary celebrations. This money was raised at our Captains’ Day.
This week is national volunteer week and our Club wouldn’t exist without them. Every time you play Bowls, enjoy tea and cake at the Club, go to a social, read our Gazette article, see a poster, walk through a clean Clubhouse, drink in the Bowlers Arms or anything else related to our Club, it’s because of our wonderful volunteers. Thank you everyone.
Our President’s Coffee Morning on 5th April was a great success. Along with opportunities to rejoin, buy new uniform or even a plant or two, a raffle raised over £100 with the top prize of a wonderful cake made by Kath Senior. The event raised £290 for the President’s 2018 charity; the Wareham and Purbeck Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Our Opening Day took place on Saturday 7th April, with a game in the morning followed by fish and chips. After an initial rain shower, the sun came out and welcomed in the new season.
The 2 events raised over £400 for our Charity.
Are you feeling ready for competition and the winning of trophies? Please enter the club Competitions. You’ll have great fun!
If you haven’t received a club competition entry form, please contact Barrie Tatman.
At present there are sign-up sheets on the notice board for OPENING DAY & meal (if required), PELHAMS friendly (MEN) and our away trip to SIDMOUTH. If you signed up for the Sidmouth trip by email, please tick your names to confirm, if not add your name.
The 2018 Swanage Mixed Triples Competition will again be held at 14.00hrs. on Thursday afternoons through the summer.
This is a fun competition suitable for all playing members of the club and is played over 16 ends with a tea break after 8 ends.
Dress code this year will be casual with flat soled bowling shoes.
Club Members and Guests were recently ‘treated’ to a spectacular version of Cinderella the Panto. Laughter, singing, booing (mostly in the right places) and much ‘It’s behind you’ ensured that everyone had a memorable evening (and the cast and crew quite enjoyed it too!)
Particular and special thanks go to Sue King for writing the Panto, for most of the scenery, Directing the show and for taking on the role of wicked stepmother Lady Ladybird.
The Critics commend:
Mary Buck for her wonderful performance as Cinderella (how did you manage to learn all those words and have 2 costume changes?!)
Terry Buck and Ken Morgan for clearly fulfilling their fantasies with very funny and entertaining renditions of the Ugly Sisters
Gill Bryceson for not only narrating, but for late stand-in performances as Dick and Fanny
Graham Smooker for his inimitable sighing and fantastic Buttons costume
Peter Davies for his sneezing and jigging as Baron Hardup
Judy Smooker and Val Northam as Fairies Snowdroop and Liquid for their Fiddle Faddling
Nadine Evans as a Bellydancing Dandini
Heather Tainsh for being the Panto Prince hero
Tony Finch as Tom ( ‘He’s behind you’ )
Hilary Davies for stunning costumes and rehearsal support and to Marita Morgan for music and sometime stand in.
Oh, and the fish n chips weren’t bad either!
An amazing weekend of closely fought Club Competition matches brought the season to a wonderful climax.
Congratulations to all our winners and runners up, and thank you to everyone who took part in the competitions.
Men’s Singles Runner Up Brian Beeston
Ladies Singles Runner Up Linda Wallis
Men’s Handicap Runner Up Mark Sheppard
Ladies Handicap Runner Up Judy Smooker
Men’s 2 Woods Runner Up Ken Morgan
Ladies 2 Woods Runner Up Judy Smooker
First Time Champion – Ken Morgan (Runner Up Lillian Bell)
Veterans Champion – Barrie Tatman (Runner Up Brian Beeston)
Our Pairs and Triples Competitions finals have now taken place and congratulations are due to everyone who took part, to the runners up and of course to the winners.
Men’s Pairs runners up: Graham Smooker & Gordon Wallis
Ladies Pairs not contested
Mixed Chosen Pairs runners up: Jenny Osborn & David Farley
Australian Pairs runners up: Linda Wallis & Mike Barron