Well, we are into the closed season and things have slowed down a bit......
The Club held it’s Annual Presentation Dinner and had a full house with guest of honour, Ladies County President Natalie Chalcraft who spoke very enthusiastically about our Club. This, along with an excellent speech in dulcet Welsh tones from our Chairman, Bryan Davies made the night very entertaining. Our thanks go to Ellen and Greg Amos for providing two new trophies for the Ladies2 Wood Pairs competition and to Mike Hatley for providing a new trophy for the New Bowlers competition.
Saturday 3rd November saw the Quiz Night, again with plenty of people attending. A fish and chip supper and wide ranging questions from our quiz master, Mick Grimsdale made for another excellent night.
The sheet is up for the Xmas Social on Saturday December 15th with the legendary all you can eat buffet, plus music.
A sheet will be going up soon for names for the New Year’s Eve Party which will be on Monday 31st December, surprisingly.
With the slightly earlier Green renovations this year and subsequent good weather, there has been excellent germination of new seed and general growth, so much so that the green has had to have several cuts. Soil conditioner has been applied and the Green continues to be switched on a regular basis to remove worm casts. If anyone has an interest in, or knowledge of, green maintenance the Green sub-committee would love to hear from you as we are always looking for help.
There are a number of indoor matches over the course of the winter. Sadly we had to cancel the recent Tye Green game due to lack of interest, so please support the remaining fixtures.
Thursday Short Mat
Thursday Club Night continues throughout the winter and at the moment numbers are excellent, so if you want to come down for a few hours, play some short mat bowls or just socialise, please do so. There are normally a couple of crib tables running at the end of the evening and lessons are given.
Don't forget the AGM on Thursday 6th December.
A recent e-mail reminded Members of the dates by which any proposals for Rule Changes or matters to be raised under Any Other Business should be received by the Honorary Secretary.
A sheet is currently on the notice board for nominations of officers. The deadline date for nominations is 29th November.
For the eagle eyed amongst you, you will see the club was founded in 1922 and thus our centenary is fast approaching. The committee has been proactive and at the start of the year,formed a sub committee to start preparations and bat a few ideas around for our celebrations. It was felt this was a good opportunity to change the club badge and thus we approached a local Graphic Designer for some ideas. Before anything can be done on commemorative items for the centenary the Badge needs to be finalised as this will be superimposed on any items.
At the moment we are just looking for feedback. A final decision will be taken at a later date, probably at an Extraordinary General Meeting, as we did for the introduction of Club Shirts.
Buntingford capped a memorable season with victory in the County League Finals at Garston. The team played 4 League games, 1 Area Final, then the Semi Final and Final without losing a single rink. A very satisfying campaign.
Club Finals Day
Finals Day was a great success. Congratulations to all the winners and a thank you to those in the kitchen and bar who fed and watered everybody throughout the day.
Presentation night is this Saturday 13th October at 6.30pm for 7.00pm start. The Ladies County President, Natalie Chalcraft is the guest of honour and Dave Austin will be doing the disco. If you have not already paid, please do so before the night.
The day was a great success with many members turning up to help with the work. Thanks to Ellen Amos for the bacon rolls and drinks.
So, Renovation Day was a great success, but what did we actually do?
Well, the Green was spiked twice during the previous week and, on the day, it was scarified to remove thatch and dead material, then seeded, fertilized, and spread with minimal top dressing in order to get seed growth. We now hope for a period of favourable weather to enable the seed to germinate. Our Sisis AutoRake is currently being repaired and serviced.
The Clubhouse window blinds have just been overhauled and repaired.
The electrical appliance testing is to be done.
The Green watering system will be overhauled & drained down for the winter.
We need to take up some paving and dig down to expose some pipework so that a leaking valve can be replaced.
The damaged manhole cover for the irrigation system is to be replaced.
Decorating of parts of the Clubhouse will start.
As you can see, although the season may be over, there is still lots of work that goes on so, if you have any free time on a Wednesday morning, please come along, all help is appreciated.
Thursday Short Mat
This has now started. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start.
Competition Entry Night
This will be held on Friday October 19th from 7.30pm. You should have all received your entry forms so please complete them and bring them along with your fees. If you cannot make the night, your entries must be e-mailed or posted to the Secretary to be received by him no later than Monday 22nd October. Any received after this date cannot be submitted. If you haven't got a form or have any questions, extra forms will be available on the night and queries can be answered then.
The AGM will be held on Thursday December 6th starting promptly at 8.00pm. Members are reminded that, if you wish to propose any rules changes, they must be submitted in writing to the Secretary at least 28 days prior to the AGM. Any matters for Any Other Business must likewise be received at least 7 days prior to the meeting. A nomination sheet for officers will be posted on the notice board during week commencing 15th October.
Members are reminded that, for club friendly matches, they should sit down to dinner after the game in their club shirts and greys/whites. It has been a hot summer causing some some to change out of their playing tops. However, if changing, they should change into another club shirt. Like ourselves, many clubs have this written into their rules. To quote ours:- ‘Prior to and immediately after all matches, at home or away, members must be dressed in club shirts with grey/white trousers/skirts/shorts.......
A Second Reminder
Members are also reminded to please leave the Club tidy. If you use coffee mugs/plates etc. please wash and dry them and return them to their correct home. If you use the toilet, please leave it as you would expect it to find it.
Dates for the Diary
Club Presentation Night Sat. 13th October
Competition Entry Night Fri. 19th October
Quiz night Sat. 3rd November [ please note change of date ]
Buntingford Bowls Club AGM Thu. 6th December
September 2018 Newsletter:
National Club 2 Fours Runners Up:
A journey that started in Mid May at Welwyn & District on a Sunday night culminated in being Runners Up at the National Finals @ Leamington Spa only losing out to the previous winners Gerrards Cross. Their team contained previous winning members, internationals and the current Senior International Captain.
Carl Frostick, Scott Wake, Mark Plume reached the final of the County Triples and thus qualified for the National Championships. This was the second time they have achieved this feat and for the second time conditions at Bishops Stortford on finals day were atrocious - wet, windy and cold. And for the second time they were runners up. The trio went back to Leamington for a second time in a week. They managed to win their first game against former National Champions, but fell just short in their second against a Triple containing England Internationals.
East Herts Bowls Association:
With Tony Duffin as President,the finals were heldat Buntingford on Sunday September 2nd. Buntingford had qualified for 8 out of the 10 competitions and their were wins in the:
Singles - Ross Murphy.
Champion of Champions - Mark Plume.
2 Wood Pairs - Ross Murphy & Scott Wake.
Pairs - Ross Murphy & Garry Warrender
East Herts Ladies Association:
Our President Dinah Geere hads reached the Semi Final Of the E.H.D.W.B.A Singles were she sadly lost.
Sadly Greg Amos has decided to step down due to personal reasons. We thank him for his hard work these past few years.
The competitions are complete, bar one, and the schedule for Finals day will be emailed out to members and posted in the club house shortly. Thank you to all the participants and the smooth running of the competitions this year. We had the odd little blip but it is to be expected with so much going on throughout the season.
Another successful Bank Holiday Monday with 32 players, spectators and guests, meaning nearly 50 people sitting down to a lunch BBQ. A big thank you to everybody for a great day. Our winners were Dave Murphy & Len Purdy.
The club successfully had 21 new members this year, they have completed their competition and many have played friendlies, attended club night and integrated well into the club.
The club night continues to run on a Thursday, some nights have been well attended, others sadly have not.
This year has been an exceptional challenge with a heat wave, hail, flash flooding, disease, worms and birds.The green is comparable with most with this mixture of grasses. Remember, the green contains a percentage of Meadow Grass whose seed blows in on the wind from the surrounding fields and gardens. It is not like some of the newer greens that have been laid with Cumberland turf, and thus our green can never be in the condition of those greens: e.g. Bishops Stortford.
There was a previous request for additional people to help with the cutting and maintenance of the green but, sadly, no one came forward. We do not know if members are nervous of the machinery. Therefore, we will arrange a ‘Mower Day’ where there will be a chance to try the mower[s], and also our multifunction scarifier and hopefully realise that it’s really pretty easy.
Date to be advised.
Renovations day will be Saturday 29th September in the morning.
As many people as possible are needed to help with the work.
Dates For The Diary:
Club Finals Saturday September 8th
E.H.B.L Finals Sunday September 9th
E.H.D.W.B.A Final Tuesday September 11th
Club Presentation Night Saturday October 13th
Quiz night Saturday November 3rd (please note change of date)
July 2018 Newsletter:
Bowls England National Championships:
- Congratulations to Carl Frostick ,Scott Wake & Mark Plume on reaching
the Bowls England National Finals at Royal Leamington Spa. Their first game is on Thursday 23rd August @ 9.30 am. Should Carl, Scott & Mark win their first game at 9.30am they will play again the same day in the afternoon.
- To celebrate this achievement the club will be organising a coach trip for
members to watch and support fellow club members and to experience
top level bowls and all that the Bowls England Championship has to
offer. There are on site refreshments, a pub opposite that does lunch, or the town is just a five minute walk.
- There is a notice on the board for names of those that are interested.
The Bunty Boys will also be playing in the County Final at Bishops Stortford
Sunday 29th July.
- We have various people and teams still engaged in plenty of competitions
and hopefully they will progress further as the weeks go by.
- A new shed has been constructed in the North West corner to house
additional machinery that was purchased earlier in the year, also various
other tools and odds & ends.
Our huge thanks to Phil Geere for all the preparation prior to construction
and the building itself, ably assisted by short and tall members..
- The weather continues to challenge us with a prolonged dry spell. The
green is watered regularly but remains firm and fast. Please try to avoid
walking on the reseeded areas as they are still tender and vulnerable and
have had to be redressed.
- The club recently hosted the East Herts Bowls Association of which our
member Tony Duffin is President versus North West Essex, a very hot
but successful day with nearly 60 people watered & fed. As usual, thank
you to all those that helped.
- Please park carefully and considerately. Residents on the south side are
increasingly parking their cars and vans so that there is little room for us
to park. This coupled with the Highways Department/Council not cutting
back the foliage means the road has become very narrow. Therefore
please try to park at the Vicarage Road end and even in Vicarage Road if
Fixed Jack Day:
- The nomination card for Fixed Jack Competition is up and the date for this competition is Saturday 21st July with a 10.00am start.
- We have 15 new members with possibly a few more yet. A very warm welcome to everyone.
- Club night has started and with a good balance of current and new
members. The idea to make the evening competitive has been shelved and
so its a now a nice social evening. Please come along have a couple
hours of bowls and a drink afterwards in the current glorious weather.
Wednesday Work Party:
- This is our traditional morning for jobs around the green and clubhouse
with coffee at 11am. If anyone wants to pop down and help out they are
June 2018 Newsletter:
- The ‘Adopt a Dwarf’ scheme has been very successful with all the topiary being adopted, even Dopey!
- The pots and baskets have been planted and a big thank you to Jim Jaycock for coming forward to tend to the watering and upkeep of the plants.
- The Green has suffered some damage due to large crows looking for leatherjackets. The holes have been filled and levelled as they appear. We can now play across from the clubhouse as the seeding has germinated and taken. Please though avoid treading on these areas if possible. We continue to cut four times a week and the Green has had a recent application of a liquid feed & weed killer. The Green is standing up well to the ever changing English weather.
- The club hosted the Hertfordshire County President versus the East Division as well as the Hertfordshire Bowls versus the Eastern Counties BA matches within a hectic 4 days. Both where successful and a massive thanks go to all who helped with these two games.
- The highlights so far are Debbie Marks, Ellen Amos and Roxanna Clifton reaching the last 16 of the County Triples, and Dinah Geere into the last 16 in the County Unbadged. Dinah's next match will be at home on Tues 19th June.
- Carl Frostick, Scott Wake and Mark Plume have reached the semi final of the Hertfordshire Triples and will play for a place at the National Championships on Thursday 7th June at Hatfield Bowls Club.
Support would be greatly appreciated.
- Congratulations to all those who have won and are still in the various external Competitions.
- The Buntingford Bears have made a great start following on from their promotion to E.H.B.L Division 2. They have won all 3 games played so far and are top of the table.
- Congratulations to Vic Greenberg and Ross Murphy on being awarded their Hertfordshire County Badges.
- Congratulations also to Carl Frostick, Garry Warrender & Mark Plume on their selection for the first Middleton Cup match.
- The first rounds of many of the club competitions are fast approaching. Please make sure that you all complete your matches by the relevant play-by dates.
- The nomination card will be posted shortly for the Fixed Jack Competition. It is a little later this year, on Saturday 21st July.
- Members are reminded that for ‘roll-ups’, white tops should be worn. For competitions and matches it is Club coloured tops. Markers for singles games should wear white tops.
- The first club night will be on Thursday 7th June and thereafter every Thursday until September. This is a night for all members and the plan is to run it like a ‘spoon drive’ with the drawing of positions and teams. This is a good way of playing in positions you may not normally do and playing with different people each week. To add just a little bit of competitiveness to it, your best 8 scores throughout the season will count to finding an overall winner to whom a small memento will be presented. There will be nibbles (crisps, nuts etc) on the night, plus a few BBQ's somewhere along the line. This night is for all members to come and play, socialise and enjoy.
Open Day and Bowls For Beginners Course:
- These have been very successful with good numbers attending and plenty of enquiries about joining the Club - at the time of writing we have 14 applications for membership. Thanks go to Roger Evans, Mike Hatley, Eddie Plume and the helpers for running these sessions. Members are reminded to welcome visitors and new members, to be patient with them, encourage them when they join and not to pass derogatory comments as they learn the game and it’s etiquette.
- In April we asked for feedback about the lack of nominations resulting in the recent cancellations of the indoor fixtures at Clacton & Bedford. As yet we have received nothing but would like to hear members thoughts so that we can decide whether to persevere in trying to fulfil these games in future.
- We still have not received completed forms from all members. We need your details for affiliation to the relevant Bowls Bodies. This is the information that will be destroyed upon ceasing to be a member. You do not have to consent to images.
- We will be having a stand during the carnival on Saturday 16th June where we will be handing out general information about the Club. If anyone can help to man the stand, if only for an hour or so, please speak to a member of the committee. Following that, we intend to have another Open Day on Saturday 23rd June.
Buntingford Bowls Club Website:
The website is continually updated and is a great source of current information but also has many historical pages charting the history of Buntingford Bowls Club. Our thanks go as ever to Mark Plume on running the site.
Dates for your Diary:
- Saturday 8th September Club Finals Day
May 2018 Newsletter:
- A big thank you to all who turned up for the working party and to all that played in the following days Spoon Drive.
- Some double glazing panes will need be replaced soon due to wear and tear.
- The Club Honours Board has been updated with last years winners.
- The Club still needs a Ladies Vice Captain. Please volunteer.
- Members are reminded it is their responsibility to find a replacement if they cannot do their Tea Duty on their designated date.
- We still need additional bar persons, if you can give your time even a few times a month it helps. Full training will be given.
- There is a form on the board for Sponsorship of our club friendly matches. You will obviously play in that game, and receive a special memento of the day - and of course a big thank you.
- Please check out the Buntingford Bowls Club website. There is loads of information, stats, facts & pictures. It is updated on a regular basis and our thanks go to Mark Plume for his many hours in maintaining the site.
- You will note that last month’s, and this month’s newsletter contains requests for help with various aspects of the club. The club urgently needs your help now as the season has started. If anyone can give a few hours here and there it would be very much appreciated.
- The green continues to have lots of work carried out on it. This includes verticutting, the removal of silver moss, sarel rolling, fertilising and seeding of bare patches. The green had to be closed 26th-30th April for this work to take effect as the work could not be done previously due to either extreme cold or heat! This is the British weather at its best! The green continues to be cut three or four times a week. The west side sprinkler control valve will be replaced to stop a continuous slight leak. A serious leak was discovered under the ditch in the South East corner and our thanks to Phil Geere & Mike Hatley for digging out a fair amount of groundwork and identifying the source. SJS will now fix the problem and service the sprinkler system. The club is still looking for helpers with green maintenance. Please speak to Bryan or Phil.
- The topiary is one of the clubs most recognisable features but it needs upkeep. It has been suggested that there should be an ‘Adopt a Dwarf ‘ scheme. One individual per dwarf, so that makes seven people needed. Each person to be responsible for the maintenance of his/her dwarf. They will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, so get in quick to pick your favourite. The club has some of the finest facilities in Hertfordshire and to maintain this it requires people. We have lost a few stalwarts this year due to various circumstances and the group maintaining the club is under increasing pressure, Can Members please step forward and support. Thank you
- Unfortunately the 'live' draw night had to be cancelled due to circumstances beyond the committee's control. The draws have been made and are posted on the wall. Please read the competition rules as there are a few changes, notably to how the handicap singles is played. External Play & Games All external competitions are posted.
- The club has for the first time entered two teams in the National 2 Fours [MEN] and the Tony Allcock Trophy [MIXED]. Ladies please check the Blue cards.
Hertfordshire County Matches:
- The club is well represented at the county playing level this year and a special mention must go to Mark Plume who will be playing his 150th game for Hertfordshire Bowls on May 5th. Gary Warrender will be playing his 100th game for Hertfordshire Bowls on May 12th. A big congratulations to both on their achievements.
- The club has been awarded the Prestigious Hertfordshire Bowls County Friendly against the Eastern Counties Bowls Association and will also be Hosting the Final of the Hertfordshire Bowls Team Ten Competition.
Open Mornings and Free Lessons:
- The club will be having two Open Mornings:
Sunday 6th May and Monday 7th May. 10am - 12noon.
- Free lessons will take place on:
Thursday 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st May. 6pm-8pm.
General Data Protection Regulations:
- May 25th will see a new enforced law which have implications on how organisations gather, use and store personal data for members. Before May 25th the club will be sending all members a consent form which needs completing with your up to date details and authorisation in order to comply with this new law. It needs to be returned by May 15th to give the club time to collate the relevant information. Please return your completed form to the Secretary Frank Beale, hand to a committee member or post it in the box provided in the clubhouse.
- Thanks go to Roger Evans for compiling the Newsletter, and to Debbie Marks for distributing to all club members.
If you did not receive this via email please let Roger or Debbie know. Thank you
July 2018 Newsletter: