Secretarys Notes

Hiring the club
Nigel Harridge has kindly agreed to take over the bookings.  In future please contact him.
Outside requests usually come by email and these will be forwarded to him

We have had 44 men playing members, 18 ladies and 13 associate members this season.

New members
 : We are delighted to welcome two new members Martin Toole and Shelagh Wilby.  Wendy Mitchell had also rejoined the club.  Please make them welcome.

Duty Teams : There is a list in the club outside the bar of the teams.  If you are new to this duty or unsure about anything please contact the co-ordinator for your  group. This is shown in the fixture book. Thank-you

Catering : Please would all members involved in catering familiarise themselves with the hygiene book in the kitchen and ensure that all meals prepared are recorded in the book.  Thank-you

Shirts: An order for men’s club shirts is due to made shortly. Would any gentleman who would like another shirt please let me know asap so that I can order the right stock.  Thank-you.  £20 each. There is at least a 4 week lead time. 
We have ordered all the men’s shirts that have been requested and I should have enough shirts for the ladies. These are cheaper if the club orders them in bulk. 
If you require any other items with the club name and badge, Albert has set up a “shop.” that you can use. You should find this at

For new bowlers , please ask before buying lots of kit. Although you should invest in some  white bowls shoes which should have completely flat soles , there is no need to spend a lot of money unless you wish to .  Sports Direct do some reasonably priced shoes  to get you started but of course there are other suppliers.

The Calendar on the Wivenhoe Bowls Club website is now being used to show the fixtures, events, meetings, bookings etc.  It looks like it could be very useful for us all.  Please check the website at and maybe book mark it to your favorites?

New member: We are delighted to welcome Martin Toole’s grandson as a junior member

Dave Nugent has resigned from the management committee.  Dave has been on the management committee for several years and we would like to thank him for his contribution to the club.

Cleaning: Thank-you to everyone who has been cleaning up after themselves and a reminder to those on the cleaning rota to please sign up for your duty .  Once a month if you work alone or once a fortnight if you work in pairs please.

Mixed friendlies.: We have been discussing how many we should have .  If you would be interested in playing more mixed friendly games on Sundays .  Please let Geoff Cook know

Bowls in the shed:  The bowls in the shed have been sorted.  We seem to have mostly size 5s and mostly swinging woods.  If anyone has any woods that are smaller or more suited to new bowlers, donations would be appreciated .  We are also interested in hearing about any good deals on second hand woods that you see.  Thank-you 

Bowling Holidays: If anyone is interested in organizing a trip in Autumn 2020 .  I have been sent the following  :

Dates for your diaries: 
Please look out for the signing up sheets for the coming mixed friendlies and also the remaining THL games:

            Friday 16th August 2.00pm : Royal Mail/ Woods

            Friday 23rd August 6.00pm : North Country Men

            Sunday 25th August 2.30pm : Danbury Bowling Club

            Monday 9th September 2pm : East Bergholt

We have invites to various gala days etc .  These are on the board .  You need to make up your own team and book yourselves on

            Colchester 26 Aug

            Frinton 4 Aug

            Happy Valley  1 sept

Presidents Day Sunday July 28th: Please arrive 11.30am for 12 noon start  ( note this is earlier than in the fixture book) .  Bring raffle prizes.   If you have not signed up yet please do so asap by Sunday 21st July 

Mixed Triples Competition:  Last day to sign up is 22nd July .   Please note that September 4th has replaced July 31st

Australian Rules Pairs Sunday August 4th 10.45 am for 11am start.  If you fancy having a go at this please come along.  Associate members and Guest members may play as long as they pay the rink fee.  We will have a bring your own BBQ afterwards weather allowing. Sign up sheet in the bar

Table Tennis: There will be no more table tennis until the end of August

Bookcase: is now in place by the bar for second hand books 25p each. 

Marking Courses
Details of courses can be found at

Men’s players committee : Ron Bennett is replacing George Stanley as a selector for the men’s teams
Captain of the day : A tick list of duties is being prepared for anyone who is not used to this role

Men’s score cards
All Captains for men’s THL and Windsor games.   If possible the score card should be sent to Phil Armstrong by Watsapp or email.  His phone number is 07983116393.

There are also a few housekeeping matters :

Bar: Members are reminded that whoever opens the bar should take responsibility for ensuring it is locked again. Would bar staff please lock the bar door if you are unable to keep an eye on it?  Please do not leave the bar open and unattended. 

Windows. Please check that all windows are shut when you lock the clubhouse. 
Please use blutak if you have to stick a notice to window.  Sellotape is hard to get off. 



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