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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.

County Triples:
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.

Mens Captain:
Sadly Greg Amos has decided to step down due to personal reasons. We thank him for his hard work these past few years.

Club Competitions:
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.

Australian Pairs:
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.

New Bowlers:
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.

Club Night:
The club night continues to run on a Thursday, some nights have been well attended, others sadly have not.

The Green:
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.

Mower Day:
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:
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)

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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.

External Competitions:
 - We have various people and teams still engaged in plenty of competitions
and hopefully they will progress further as the weeks go by.

Green Surrounds:
 - 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..

Bowls Green:
 - 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.

Club Matches:
 - 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.

Car Parking:
 - 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
necessary.

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.
New Members:
 - We have 15 new members with possibly a few more yet. A very warm welcome to everyone.
Club Night:
 - 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
very welcome.

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June 2018 Newsletter:
Green Surrounds:
 - The ‘Adopt a Dwarf’ scheme has been very successful with all the topiary being adopted, even Dopey!
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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.
Matches:
 - 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.
External Competitions:
 - 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.
Hertfordshire Bowls:
 - 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.
Club Competitions:
 - 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.
Dress Code:
 - 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.
Club Night:
 - 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.
Indoor Fixtures:
 - 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.
Data Protection:
 - 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.
Buntingford Carnival:
 - 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:
 - www.buntingfordbowls.co.uk
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

         
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May 2018 Newsletter:
Club News:
 - 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:
 - 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
Club Competitions:
 - 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.
External Competitions:
 - 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





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