Newsletter – December 2019

Electronic Board

We have lift off – the board is now working, thanks to the skill and dexterity of our whizz kids……..Thanks a million.


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You may not be saving the planet by using less paper – but it will save me some work!!!!!

If you have any items of interest or comments for the Newsletter please pass to Alan/Yvonne by 25th of each month.

Tel 0777 2022 156 or email

Don’t forget to look at our website – now being updated regularly.

Please note the Restaurant and Bar will be closed from pm 23rd December until 2nd January

The Club will also be closed on New Year’s Day

President's Report

Dear Members.

The new boiler has been installed and at the moment settings are being looked at to keep the temperature at an even warmth.  Bear with us we will have it sorted in a day or two.  Thank you for your patience.

We have a Finance Committee in situ but not a Treasurer to sit on the Board. Any member interested please contact me. We are also in need of a Bowls Director, although we are receiving Minutes keeping us up to date with matters going on we have nobody on the Board to take back our thoughts or comments, other than seeing a Committee Member we are able to speak to.  Surely there is someone on the Committee with a little time to spare.

Christmas Cards. – the exchange of these has soared and soared over the years and a suggestion has been put forward that a tree be put up with a tag for members to write their Xmas wishes on one tag to ALL MEMBERS instead of individual cards.   Needless to say there are members who do not wish to be part of this and I agree it is a personal choice.  The tree will be in the bar and a box for donations to charity.  Charities suggested are St. Christophers and St Raphael.  This does not mean individual cards cannot be given, it is just an alternative, and it is up to you ladies and gents.

No.2 flat is now completed and the tenants have taken residence.

The Club will be closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day, also New Year’s Day.  All rinks are available for roll ups except for closure dates.  

I would like to take this opportunity of wishing you all a Very Happy Xmas and Health and Happiness for the New Year as this will be the last Newsletter in time to wish you these good tidings.

Finally I would like to thank you all for the support you have given to the Club, it is much appreciated by us all and look forward to 2020 being ever successful.


Important Notice

I will be going to Pershore to have some bowls re-stamped. Anyone with bowls stamped 2019 will see that after the end of December this year, their bowls will no longer be acceptable in any games in National or County games and any competitions once a certain level us reached.

I will be happy to take sets of Bowls with me so as to save on postage. At the moment it costs £29 to have them re-stamped plus £15 postage each way. A total of £59.
I hope to be able to reduce this total cost to £40, if I have enough takers.

It can be done in two days so you will not be without your bowls for too long.

I will put up a notice in the club for you to put your names on if you are interested. Please contact me if you need more information.

I will let you know the date when I have some response.

Rick Long


“Helping you read and build a head”.

3rd December at 10 am.


County Coach Denise will be giving a presentation at the Club
All are welcome!

Google Upgrade!!!

Rob Whittlesey has been working hard to get the Club’s profile out into the world of the land of Google. Have a look – the new website is easier to navigate and we hope that many more people will see us now it has been upgraded….hopefully more members and more enquiries for the Club. Thanks Rob!


Ladies Indoor Competitions

All the draws have now been made and the competitions are off and running. Many thanks to Marion Branch for assisting and verifying the draws.

The competition lists are situated in 3 areas: – the ladies locker room, on the Competitions Board by the Indoor Office and also on the web site.

Please remember that this year we have included a ‘Challenge By’ date as well as a ‘Play By’ date.

Results should be put in the Competitions box by the Indoor Office, and I will regularly update the draw sheets.

Good Luck Ladies.

Sue Lammas
Competitions Secretary

Come Along to the Saturday Mixed Aggregate

 At 11.45
50p a session

Money Prizes!!

Chris Uphill

Men's Indoor - Wins All Round!!!!!!

Since the last newsletter we have progressed to the last 32 in the Denny Plate after a convincing win against Donyngs and now play Oyster Whitstable, Kent on 7th December.

We have also made through to the next round of the L&SC Shield, again beating Donyngs and now play White Oak on 14th December.

Our ‘A’ team also won their ‘over 60s’ double rink against Camberley winning on the extra end, well done everyone.

We won our latest league against Camberley at home we also beat the Met Police and Worthing IBC both at home and I am advised that we have also been successful in our mixed matches.

We have a number of matches between now and Christmas starting with a league against Sutton on Saturday 23rd November, a friendly against the Banks BA on Wednesday 22nd November and on 1st December we have another league at home against Donyngs. We then play Victory at home on 11th December and our last game before Christmas is away to Worthing on 14th December – which clashes with our Shield game – so I hope those of you not playing in the shield will support this match….. We have a coach so no driving.

In the event that we do not have another newsletter before the end of December, I would take this opportunity of wishing you all a very happy Christmas and a peaceful, happy and healthy 2020.

Bill Hudson

Men’s Indoor Captain

Club Men's Indoor Competitions 2019/2020

Men’s Indoor Competitions draw for 2019/2020 has been made and is up and running on the clubs website with draw sheets on the hallway notice boards. The website will be updated regularly so try and get into the habit of looking at this site not only for competition news but all things social as well. 

Look at the play by dates and adhere to them. Please remember to talk and challenge one another asap, get your names down in the book and get these games played.

Remember it is up to you guys to talk to one another and get your dates sorted out.

If you go over these dates you may well be struck out without discussion especially you usual offenders and you know who you are. 

Would all winning competitors please write your names clearly in the spaces provided on the draw sheets as soon as you can after the games have ended. If you do have any problems in doing this please ask another club mate to help you or speak with me Allen Banks or leave it blank and I shall fill it in when at the club.

Please place your score cards when complete and signed in the competition box in the bowls hall. This competition box is the big white one which has ‘competitions’ clearly written on it and has been there since time began or even before that.

Remember all this administrative work takes time and commitment from me your Men’s Indoor Competition Secretary; this is my 5th year of holding the position and like many jobs at the club very necessary if we are to remain a competitive bowls club. All I ask of you competitors is play your games by the dates shown on the competition sheets. Do not wait for opponent to make contact it may never happen, if you do not hear from your opponent make contact yourself and get some dates in the book.

This year I will strike names from the sheet if you do not make contact or play by the dates stated unless I have given an extension which will only be given in extenuating circumstances.

EIBA Summer Indoor National Competitions

If interested in indoor bowling only this coming 2020 Summer and want a bit of a challenge you can find all the information that you need for the Summer National  Indoor Competitions on the EIBA website. There are also Posters displayed with all relevant details on the clubs notice boards or ask me Allen Banks and I shall take great delight in taking you in the right direction and to the correct website.

These Competitions have to be entered by 31st January 2020 so there is plenty of time to sort out like minded team-mates who want some summer competition.

Allen Banks
Men’s Indoor Competition Secretary
(M) 07810000568
(H) 02086531357

Evening Mixed Triples League 2019-20

An erratic start with enough players for 5 teams until a few re-thinks found people with too much on their plates and they withdrew.  So we dropped to just 4 sides involving 3 of last year’s Men’s Evening Leagues (Aces, Kenley and Trojans) and a completely new team under the auspices of Alan Hart (Hearts).

It has been a delight to include Ladies within the teams – the fact that a team of 3 Ladies beat a team of 3 Gentlemen is entirely irrelevant!!

If we start on time at 6.15 p.m. we finish at very close to 8.30, as originally envisaged, with 14 ends or 2 hours, but we can be a little late starting and we do socialise rather well.  “Oh – is that what it’s all about, then?”

Murmurings are that playing triples rather than rinks is appreciated – so many of the “lower-level” players prefer having the extra wood once our original two have found ditches or other foreign destinations.

Hopefully, we will go on to greater things (like another team or two) but the spirit is in the fun and the taking part – that’s our Olympic philosophy coming through.

David Jackman


There are some vacancies for Bembridge 2020

You can join us as a bowler or non-bowler

If you are interested and would like details

Please contact

Tina and Doug Welsh
020 8651 2531

Social Section

Social AGM - 8th November

Thank you to all who turned up to support this year’s AGM, I am told it’s the best attendance for a while!

A full report on all of the events covered this year were reported on, and we have also almost completed the 2020 events Diary.

I, as Chairman jointly with Yvonne and Jane Williams as treasurer, gave full reports on the year. We are pleased to announce that over the course of the year the social section were able to pass £10,114.05 over to the club, £4,010 from the development side and £3,000 from the 200 club ably run by Tina Welsh.

 Please support our events for 2020.We try to make them as diverse and inclusive as possible! Your continued support will be particularly important in the coming year.

Full notes of the meeting will be published on the notice board.

Recent Events

The Old Tyme Music Hall held at the beginning of November was a roaring success. The West Wickham Operatic Society led us in old time songs and it was surprising how many of us knew all the words.

Some of us were quite shocked by the escapologist and a few of the jokes were cringe-worthy. (Worse than Tony’s!) Everyone had a good time, enjoyed a tasty buffet and went home with songs in their hearts. A very social event.

Bingo – once again John (even with a sore throat) hosted a very successful Bingo night – look out for the next one.

Bazaar – 23rd November

And again, Marion’s Marvellous Christmas Market was a stonking success. Father Christmas arrived with a sack full of sweeties and stayed for the entire market!!!! Thanks Santa.

All the volunteers went home exhausted – but it was well worth it as they raised over £1,280.00
for your Club.

Thanks to everyone who helped, especially Marion and her organisers. (She is already planning for next year’s event!!!). Members owe a lot to these people who give their time and energy to help the Club.

If you couldn’t make it – don’t forget there are still opportunities to buy Christmas raffle tickets from any Committee member and to see Santa at our breakfast on 23rd December.

Everything raised at these events goes directly to the Club!!!

Forthcoming Events

29th November CHRISTMAS QUIZ
7.30 for 8.00 pm

Get your teams together for the last quiz of 2019.

Santa hats and jumpers are a must!

We now have more room in the bar so come along and have a great time with Maggie as our quiz mistress!


You will see various members of the committee selling raffle tickets in the Club – don’t pass them by, buy some tickets for yourself or friends and family – only £1 each  

As well as cash (£100 first, £50 second prize and more), we have numerous other wonderful prizes for you to win. All profits go to the Club.

At £1 a ticket you can’t go wrong!!!

Please support your Club.

Just some of the prizes!!! We are still getting contributions – many thanks!!!



7.30 pm for 8.00pm

Tickets on sale now

Members £17
Non-members £22
(includes buffet)

 Also winners of the
6.30 pm



We are so glad that we can announce an evening of festive songs. Thanks go to Rose and Jane for putting this together and for those of you who will be leading the singing.


This is a free evening with mince pies and sherry provided by the Social section and the charity supported is the Garwood Foundation.


The objects of the charity are to promote the care, welfare interest, treatment and advancement of education of adults and children having cerebral palsy and other profound, multiple, acquired or other disabilities, particularly those living in Croydon, Sutton and Bromley.

Sing along or just listen and enjoy and help the children who benefit from this local charity!!!

Breakfast with Santa


23rd December – from 10.00  

Everyone is welcome to enjoy Luke’s hearty breakfast, but bring the grandchildren/great grandchildren, nieces, nephews
or borrow some!! 

Santa will be bringing presents for every child.

Put your names down at the canteen counter

tickets only £7.50 – on sale now

Around the club

A Re-Union Buffet Lunch

took place at the Masonic Halls on October 11th which was attended by 101 Lady Bowlers from Croydon Clubs which was amazing and so nice to meet up with friends from other clubs.

It was agreed that we should have another one next year so the provisional date is Friday 9th October 2020 and will be a sit down 2 course meal.

Kay Cadd

Friday Drive/Brunch

Thank you to everyone who has come along to the 2 Drive/Brunches that we have had. Everyone has enjoyed the bowling followed by Bacon and Eggs etc.

Unfortunately the Drive/Brunch that was on Friday 9th December is cancelled because there are several other functions going on during the festive season. But don’t forget you can have ‘BREAKFAST WITH SANTA’ on 23rd December so put your name down and go along for that.

The next Drive/Brunch is on Friday 24th January so put your name down on the list.

Don’t forget that ‘Drives’ can go ahead on the other Friday’s when nothing else has been booked.

A Happy Xmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year to everyone.

Kay Cadd
Ladies Indoor Section

Bridge Club

The Bridge Club meets in the committee room every Wednesday at 1.45 pm, normally about 12 people are in attendance cost is £1.00.  Play is from 2.00 pm till 4.00pm.

Beginners are not accepted, players are expected to be at a basic ACOL level – sorry – tuition is not available, however,  if you are interested in joining please contact

Maureen Lyons on 0208 686 4507.

Do you know about Friday evenings?

Everyone is welcome to join in for a drink, games. Friday evening from about 6 p.m. (if there is no other social event on in the Club). If you have a favourite game, bring it along.

We would love to see you. – Why not give it a try?

Talk to Tony Boyer for details.

Darts League

Luke is still looking for more “Crafty Cockneys”. The league plays on a Tuesday evening from 8.00pm onwards.

If you are interested please contact Luke at the club or email him on


If anyone fancies a game of Snooker, just a knock- about game. You can contact me by putting your contact details in the Snooker room by the door, I will get back to you ASAP.

Alan Whittlesey on 0208 776 0074

Behind the Bar

Norman, Luke, Amelia, Christine, Gemma, Trish
and all the


Welcome to Gemma, a new volunteer, but we still need more please.

We are having two new beer hand pulls installed  on Monday 25th November but that will not interfere with the bar service.

Guinness are also fitting two more bottle openers (in the shape of harps) and you will be able to charge your phones from them!

Norman – Bar Manager

Please note the Restaurant and Bar will be closed from pm 23rd December until 2nd January

The Club will also be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day


The restaurant opening times for the winter season are Monday to Friday 9.30 am to 3.30 pm. Saturday and Sunday will be dependent on what events are on in the club on those days.

If the restaurant is not open tea and coffee can be obtained from the bar. Should the bar not be open you can make your drinks in the restaurant and use the honesty box provided on top of the fridge. Snacks are also available.

Luke Griffin

Christmas Dinner – 9th December

All tickets have been sold!!!! To secure your booking payment is needed by 25th November. You will need to keep your ticket for entry into the raffle.

Full details are available in the restaurant or ask Luke or Norman.

Put your names down now!

December Games

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Please put your names down – That’s what it’s all about!!

200 Club Monthly Draw

All fundraising keeps your membership fees down and helps pay our bills – which are always going up!

If you haven’t already bought a certificate or you would like to buy another one (or two) you will find the application form in the foyer with all the details. So come and join the club.

You have to be in it to win it.

Thank you once again for supporting the 200 club draw

200 Club Monthly Draw


                £100       No  19603        Iris Newton

                £  70        No  19966        Maggie Rowlands

                £  30        No  20087        Trevor Tedder




Tina Welsh – Draw Manager

Advertising Update

We have had one new sponsor come on board this month, Wellesley Wealth Advisor. . They are a team of finance experts dedicated to fulfilling your potential.

They want to do more than just put a board up in the indoor hall, and they will, over the coming months be running seminars on various subjects at the club. Watch this space.

If you have any contacts with local advertising please let us know

Contact Alan Hart on 0777 2022 156
Or email

2019 Social Diary

29th November – Christmas Quiz – 7.30 for 8.00 pm

13th December –Christmas Dance with “Face the Music” and Grand Xmas Draw – 7.30 for 8.00pm

20th December – Christmas Festive songs.
Sherry, Mince Pies and a sing-a-long (or just listen and enjoy). Our charity this year is the Garwood Foundation.

23rd December – Breakfast with Santa –10 am – noon
A gift for every child. Bring your grandchildren !!!! Or borrow someone else’s……………. But you don’t have to bring a child!!!
Tickets on sale now. £7.50 each – see Luke

Any suggestions for outings or events for 2020 are most welcome

Please obtain details and talk to any of the Social Committee.

Any comments or entries for the Newsletter, please send to Alan or me

any anecdotes/stories, games played, photos, fixtures etc

I hope you enjoyed this months contributions



£100 – first prize

Plus many more stupendous prizes including
An Xmas hamper/wines/vouchers/xmas gifts/ chocolates etc. etc.


(See Committee Members / or watch out for sales in the Bar area)

To be drawn on 13th December 2019

Thanks to all of you who have contributed to this Newsletter in 2019 – If you have any news of past members or stories or reminiscences of days gone by – please let us know.

We hope you all have a Healthy Happy and Hearty Christmas and a wonderful 2020

Keep bowling and keep fit!!!!


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