We have been advised that David (or more often Dave to us) Jones passed away on Monday 12th April. He played at Croydon (mainly Trojans, Trouncers and Men’s Drives) from around 2010 but gradually Parkinson’s took over and he had to give up a few years ago. We send our condolences to his wife Jackie and the family at this sad time.
Hi everybody here we are again, doesn’t time fly!!
I would like to thank all of you who went to the Club to show your love and affection for our dear Tina on her final journey. Doug and family felt the same. Such a great loss to the Club.
It is great to see Members bowling Outdoors and appreciating all the hard work Steve has put in over the winter under difficult circumstances. We thank you Steve. We have to accept the freedom we have to date and with easier times to come everyone, we can freely see us ALL back with our friends and colleagues enjoying our sport to the full. Let’s hope the next Government Bulletin will lift us up even further.
Keep well and safe. Daphne
THE OUTDOOR GREENS ARE NOW OPEN BOOKINGS ARE BEING TAKEN
RING JEAN HUNTER
There are still restrictions in force in respect of COVID so booking and adherence to the rules are essential. Please bowl safely. Unfortunately spectators are not allowed at the moment…..watch the newsletters for more updates.
For technical reasons, the code for the rear car park has been changed –
if you need the new number please ring 0777 2022 156
MORE RESTRICTIONS SHOULD BE LIFTED MAY 17TH
To all Members.
At last we are at the start of a journey which is leading to a new era for the club. The Greens are open even then the snow held us up for a day.
A number of matches and competitions have and are being arranged but please do remember we still have to abide by the Covid Guidelines outdoors as well as indoors.
Jean Hunter has agreed to take bookings. We expect to be allowed to follow the” rule of 6” which means in practical terms triples will be allowed on alternate rinks.
We are planning to open the club house and changing rooms on May 17th subject to the Government published guidelines not changing. The indoor greens should also be open then.
The captains of all four sections are working hard to make certain we have an enjoyable 2021/22 bowling season. Please give them your support.
You will see that the scheduled programme includes a national open day. Volunteers will be needed to help, so sign up as soon as the details go out. Our coaches will be on hand to look after the new bowlers so why not bring a friend along and introduce them to bowling and to your club.
It will be great to meet up over a coffee or a pint and I look forward to seeing you all very soon now.
All members who need to book a rink for competitions, please do so by contacting Jean Hunter. You will need to state the names of those playing and the competition. Book early to save being disappointed. All national county and club competitions will be given priority as long as the booking is not a last minute action.
Keep safe and enjoy your matches.
FIXTURE LIST MAY 2021
Thu 6th Away to Purley 2.30 Men’s Friendly
Thu 6th Away to Purley 2.30 Ladies Friendly
Sat 8th Away to Cheam Fields 2.30 Men’s ESL
Wed 12th Home Purley Bury 2.30 Men’s RSB
Sat 15th Home Wallington 2.30 Men’s ESL
Mon 17th Club Bar/Restaurant/Indoor Green All open
Wed 19th Civil service v Purley 2.30 4 rinks
Thu 20th Home Ashburton Park 2.30 Men’s RSB
Sat 22nd Home Sutton 2.30 Ladies Friendly
Sat 22nd Away Old Coulsdon 2.30 Men’s ESL
Sun 23rd SCBA v SCWBA 2.00 12 rinks
Mon 24th Home/Away Carshalton 2.30 Mixed Vilamoura
Tue 25th Mixed 4’s league Meeting Details to follow
Tue 25th Home Spring Park 2.30 Men’s RSB
Thurs 27th Away Croydon MO 2.30 Ladies C&D
Fri 28th,29th,30th,31st National open day’s 4 days further info to follow
Sat 29th Home Purley Bury 2.30 Men’s ESL
Mon 31st Kim Brown Fun Day 2.30 Mixed
Surrey County Ladies Bowls Association
A quick summary of the Ladies Surrey Council meeting held on Zoom on Tuesday 13th April:
The joint SCWBA and SCBA year books have just gone to print, we will be informed when and where they will be available.
The “Johns” squad will consist of 48 players with 2 practice sessions on 22nd and 29th May. The first round is 26th June away against Sussex.
Surrey and national competitions will this year enforce the drawing of rinks as per the Law of Bowls.
The home team must offer a minimum of 2 rinks, if available, to be drawn for after arrival of their opponents.
Croydon SCWBA Delegate
We are looking for two volunteers to run the Fruit League on Tuesday afternoons and the Babs Carson League on Thursday evenings. These leagues commence in June. If anyone is interested please contact Dave Jackman (who used to run the leagues) tel: 020 8654 2382 and he will be happy to assist with any information and details needed.
I hope you are all enjoying your new found freedom which we should never take for granted. Our bowling greens are running beautifully, so why not book a slot and come on down.
Don’t forget to fill in the Competition Entry Form which was sent to you in last month’s News Letter or alternatively, pick up a form from the club (when it opens) and fill it in by the 20th May.
A date for your diary – on 22nd May we have a Sutton friendly match at home (ladies) so keep this in mind.
We have a Kim Brown Charity Mufti Fun Day (mixed) on the 31st May at 2pm and everyone is invited to join in the fun… Summer Tea, Raffles (prizes needed please! to Pat Bentley) and lots more included for only £7.50 each. Monies raised will go to the Royal Marsden Hospital …….put your names down on the sheet in the shed!! Now.
We have a Smiths League (ladies triples) one rink at home and one away starting soon. More information to follow.
Norville have withdrawn from the C&D league for various reasons. They have thanked us for our hospitality and friendship over the past years.
Surrey have requested a donation towards Sheron Mitchell’s retirement fund. Therefore, the outdoor ladies section have donated the sum of £20.
Ladies Outdoor Section
Ladies Indoor Committee
The long awaited day arrived – Monday April 12th for the re-opening of Croydon Bowls Club – and what happened? It SNOWED; it was thick and heavy! No-one knew how long the snow was going to last so a decision was made for bowling not to go ahead and the Club closed for one more day. But, thankfully the weather improved on the Tuesday and the Bowlers returned. It is rather chilly, so remember to wrap up with ‘layers’ of clothes.
I don’t have anything specific to report regarding Indoor Bowling – a bit too early yet, although I do have one important piece of information and that is: Our Ladies Indoor Committee has 2 vacancies.
Please let me know if you would like to join our very friendly Committee, or speak to one of the Committee who will tell you all about what we do. The role is not onerous but to give support and put forward any fresh ideas you may have, we meet a few times during the summer but have monthly meetings during the winter season.
Ladies Indoor Committee
Kay Cadd– Captain
Jane Seymour Vice-Captain
Daphne Lye – Treasurer
Jean Hunter – Match Secretary
Sue Lammas – Competition Secretary
Gill Long – SCWIBA Delegate/EIBA
Marion Branch – Committee Member
Chris Uphill – Assistant League Secretary
(but I am delighted to say that she is going to be our League Secretary).
Many thanks Chris for taking on this position. We are here to support you as needed.
I hope that you have all had your 2nd vaccinations by now and feel safer. We need to pick our lives up to include meeting our friends outdoors at the moment, shopping and of course bowling.
After May 17th hopefully, we will be able to have Sam’s food and Norman’s drinks which is something to look forward to. I hope to see you on the Green. Stay safe – Hands/Face/Space/Fresh Air.
Ladies Outdoor Captain
English Indoor BA National Competitions 2021/2022:
As the Croydon BC EIBA correspondent it is my responsibility to respond to all requests by the association and one of those is to enter the sections into the various competitions that are paid for by the club.
The Ladies section team entries: 1. The Egham Trophy (Mixed Inter Club x 4 Rinks) 2. The Mason Trophy (Over 60’s Double Rink) 3. The Yetton Trophy (4 Rinks) 4. Champion of Champions (Club Individual Entry).
The Men’s section team entries: The Denny Inter Club Championships (Inter Club x 4 Rinks) 2. The Over 60’s Inter Club (2 Teams x Double Rink) 3. Champion of Champions (Club Individual Entry).
It is a joint request that this season individual members handle their own entries and with this in mind please read the EIBA letter below:
“Dear Club Correspondent, please find attached a covering letter,
Winter National Competitions Entry Forms for the 2021/2022 season along with a copy of the rules. Any entries along with payment need to be received by the 7th June 2021. Entries can either be made via the club or individuals can enter directly with the EIBA. Entry Form A can also be found on the EIBA website. If you require a hard copy of the entry forms please advise accordingly and we will arrange for these to be sent. If you have any queries or require any further information or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me. Stay safe and keep well.
Kind Regards Claire
Claire Edson Competitions Administrator English Indoor Bowling Association Ltd”.
If it is your wish to enter these EIBA National Competitions for the coming indoor season entry forms, rules and all assistance are available on the web site or directly from;
Ladies: Sue Lammas & Men: Allen Banks.
It is planned to hold an indoor committee meeting in May/June to discuss the 2021-22 season. We also await information from the Surrey County Indoor Bowling Association as to the format of the Surrey league, however, we understand that the East Surrey Mixed League is going ahead but other details relating to the league have yet to be decided.
We have also decided that for the forthcoming season we will not have any fixtures that require coach travel, this will save the club £1500 and will be reviewed for the season 2022/23.
Apart from that there is not much to report.
Report from the Green’s Director
Thanks to the volunteers who turned out on Saturday 10th April and helped make ready for the opening of the greens for outdoor bowling.
Please be aware that work on the replacement windows in the Corbett shelter should commence on 28th April. This may cause some disruption for about 2 days but will not stop bowling.
Dave Warrington, John Hilton, Tony Rowlands and I have been busy replacing/painting the boarding in the front car park, the edging around the “B” green has been replaced and the paving slabs cleaned. The bushes have been trimmed and the gardeners (Pat, Christine and Dominic notably, are back in business!). The Greens are looking fabulous and ready to play.
Let’s hope the weather is good to us and we can get back to bowls.
Christine having a well-earned Gardening break
What a difference the Karcher made!! Thanks Rick
Getting back to bowls – glorious weather 24th April 2021
Thanks Maggie for organising this!!
An impromptu Saturday afternoon
We decided as the weather was so lovely to try and arrange a fun roll up session and invite people to join in, never dreaming we’d have 24 interested bowlers. Equally thinking not 24 would show up, how wrong we were!!!!
A lovely afternoon of socially distanced bowling and meeting up with old friends was had by all!! And we are hopefully going to arrange another one for next Saturday 1st May, just let Kay Cadd or Maggie Bennett know if you are interested.
We’ve been reliably informed that both greens will be available – so the more the merrier.
Bar and Catering Report
The next phase of the government’s current guidelines for bar and catering currently state that we can serve people indoors via table service for up to 6 people or members of two households from the earliest 17th May. This is currently what we are aiming at.
The government then state that currently all restrictions may be lifted no earlier than 21st of June, Of course all of the above info is dependent on new comprehensive guidelines being made available.
Sam and Norman are both keen to welcome you all back. Hopefully after 21st of June we will be able to open up our facilities to members, for events such as birthdays, weddings, meetings, please contact myself if you would like to avail yourself of these facilities. Until further notice we will still be adopting a cashless payment system.
As you are aware we will be trying to run a limited program in the club from 17th of May and a full program from 21st of June.
We asked last month if any of you are interested in volunteering for bar work? …….. We received two responses……………. We still need volunteers.
We are now taking bookings for all of the events scheduled for June and July, these will all be run under the Covid restrictions in place at the time, currently they should all be lifted by the 21st of June. Bookings will be logged in the order they are received. If we are restricted on numbers, the spaces will be given to those who have booked first.
Sam is looking forward to welcoming back the Wednesday lunch club, book with Sam nearer the date.
Bookings now being taken for these events in July. First come first served.
70s theme Welcome Back Quiz 2nd July. 6.30 pm £10 per person –
Book in advance with Alan 07772022156
The evening will start with a ‘pub meal’ of scampi or chicken in a basket with garnishes. Choc ices will be served during the interval. Tables of 6 will be served in the restaurant. Your food selection must be ordered in advance, i.e. when you book.
The team captain should decide your team of 6 before booking. If you are on your own or cannot make a team of six – don’t worry we can arrange team partners to make the team up. (You are never alone at the Bowls Club! – just let Alan know).
The quiz itself, hosted by Maggie will start at 7.30 p.m. in the bar. Once again, tables will be set up as sixes, and limited to 10 teams. All tables will be pre allocated and will be the same table number in both areas.
Tickets are £10 per person this includes entry fee, meal and Raffle. Watch out for more info.
Sunday Lunches are planned for 4th and 18th July – book early to avoid disappointment.
Cream tea and prosecco on 16th July – see advert on following page.
Bingo on 23rd July.
Please contact Alan Hart/Yvonne Russell Tel: 07772022156 email: firstname.lastname@example.org for bookings.
Let’s get this Party Started!!!!
Alan and Yvonne
200 club Congratulations!
APRIL 2021 WINNERS
£100 – Tim Kiddy £70 – Brian Willett £30 – Colin Kiddy
It was decided at a recent Board Meeting not to continue running the 200 Club after the current memberships run out. This is the penultimate draw.
Hi all, I hope you are all well and looking forward to the summer?
I have at last been able to get a new date for Pretty Woman the Musical. This musical was a massive sell out so you can imagine that the pandemic caused havoc as it did with many other live productions. The new date is WEDNESDAY 29th SEPTEMBER 2021 leaving the club by coach at 5.15pm. This production has now moved to the Savoy Theatre, which is alongside the Savoy Hotel in the Strand. John Hilton
Ladies and Gents get your needles out, be they knitting,
crochet, sewing etc. we need anything you have created yourself
to stock our HOMECRAFT STALL at the
forthcoming 0PEN DAY/BAZAAR on
SUNDAY 27 JUNE
(bring friends, family and neighbours)
Your donations will be very much appreciated. Nearer the time
we will be appealing for Plants/Groceries/Bakery Products/Jewellery
WATCH OUT FOR NOTICES
Contact: Marion m.07743587626
A VERY BIG THANK YOU
SAM’S WELCOME BACK
FRIDAY 25TH JUNE 2.00 pm
£ 14 per person
Pot of tea
Selection of finger sandwiches
Homemade scone served with butter, cream & jam
2 slices of cake
1 glass of Prosecco
Book now– ring Alan on 0777 2022 156
Warner’s – Isle of Wight
Bembridge Bowls Tour 7th – 11th March 2022
Please return to: Carole Pullen, 10 Willoughby Ave, Beddington, Surrey CR0 4QN
Two Wood Pairs
Round Robin Event
(21 ends or 90 minutes)
Monday and Wednesday
10 am or 12 Noon
Starting in June
No entry fee – just playing for the fun of playing.
All welcome -You may choose your partner or one can be found for you.
If interested in taking part please contact Jane
Phone/text/email 07885 279762 email@example.com
DID YOU MISS OUT ON A BIRTHDAY OR ANNIVERSARY PARTY LAST YEAR?
Would you like a reunion with your family and friends
when restrictions are lifted?
WHY NOT CELEBRATE THIS YEAR IN THE CLUB?
HIRE THE RESTAURANT, BAR AND FACILITIES
(FOR UP TO 90 PEOPLE)
FOR YOUR SPECIAL OCCASION
FOR A MORE INFORMAL GATHERING OR MEETING YOU CAN ALSO HIRE THE CONFERENCE ROOM UPSTAIRS
(up to 40 PEOPLE)
Sam, our Restaurant Manager, can provide a party buffet menu
or a “sit down” at a very reasonable price!!
For more information or to book your function contact either
Alan 07772022156 or Norman 0793 084 6252
special concessions available for regular bookings (clubs & societies)
Bookings are now being taken for events after 25th June 2021
In the event of cancellation due to restrictions deposits will be refunded
SOCIAL CALENDAR 2021
(as at 26.4.21 – there will be more to come!!!)
MAY 28th, 29th 30th National Open Day Weekend
31st Kim Brown Charity Day – £7.50 for further details get in touch with Pat Bentley
(we do not yet know what restrictions may be in place for these events)
JUNE 21st ALL RESTRICTIONS SHOULD BE LIFTED
25th Fri Welcome back, Cream Tea and Prosecco £14 pp – BOOK NOW
27th Sun Club Open Day, incorporating Summer Bazaar – VOLUNTEER NOW
GET YOUR FRIENDS INTERESTED, BACK TO FITNESS!!!
JULY 2nd Fri Quiz – 70s theme (£10 pp – incl. meal, raffle and quiz) teams of 6 needed
4th Sun Sunday Lunch
16th Fri Cream Tea and prosecco
18th Sun Sunday Lunch
23rd Fri Bingo – with John Hilton – Prizes galore
AUGUST 13th Fri Lee Rivers + his band
SEPTEMBER 8th – 13th Club Tour
17th Fri Black Tie event – Ian Gallagher in cabaret
OCTOBER 1st Fri Quiz
17th Sun Sunday lunch
22nd Fri Tina Turner Experience
NOVEMBER 19th Fri Race Night
27th Sat Christmas Bazaar
DECEMBER 3rd Fri Christmas Quiz
10th Fri Carol Concert – Jane/Rose – we need a pianist PLEASE
17th Fri Face the Music, Xmas Dance & Xmas Draw
February 4th Fri Cockney Night – – (Chas & Dave tribute)
March 25th Fri “Madness” comes to Croydon – tribute band