Our first match of 2019

To begin the 90th anniversary season, our first match on 28th April was againt Albury.

After a glorious Easter weekend, we were presented with a cold and overcast day with some light rain. However, spirits were high in anticipation of a good match.

We played four rinks of triples on a green that was a revelation after the problems of last year, running true and at a good speed. Albury proved to be very strong opponents, winning 51-77. However, two of our rinks did manage a draw. Rink 1 (Lesley, Tony, and David E) drew 15-15, while Rink 4 (Judy, Ken, and John) drew 18-18. Well done for such great performances against strong opposition!

Our thanks to Brian T for the half-time tea and cake. We all needed warming up!

Anne Milton MP opens our 90th season

2019 is the 90th anniversary year for Merrow Village Bowls Club. To help get this special year off to a flying start, our local MP Anne Milton came to formally inaugurate the season.

Anne was welcomed by our president David Matthews, chairman Brian Taylor, and two representatives from the parent club committee, Mike Eagle, and Jim Drey. After a brief introduction by president David Matthews, Anne made a short speech, extolling the virtues of community organisations such as our club, providing sporting and social activities. Following the speeches, Anne took on the challenge of trying her hand at bowls, with our coach David giving some advice.

After the speeches, there was an opportunity for some photos with the club members before Anne cut a special anniversary cake, baked and decorated by Debbie. Anne took this opportunity to speak to several club members before leaving.

Official Opening

Our unofficial opening to declare the green open for practice took place in glorious weather on Sunday, 21st April. Our President, David Matthews, sent up a longish jack and managed to trail it with his first bowl remarking it was something he had waited 25 years to achieve.
Three rinks were used for roll ups and short games and there were some very tidy looking heads achieved which bodes well for the coming season.
The Official Opening by Anne Milton MP will be 28th at 1pm followed by a friendly match against Albury. We wonder if David can repeat his jack trailing, come and see!

Get ready!

The new outdoor season is almost upon us. The green will be officially opened by our President, David Matthews, on Sunday, 21st April, giving us a week to hone our skills before our first match on Sunday, 28th April. The match will be preceded at 1pm by our MP, Anne Milton, opening our 90th season. Do come along and support your club.

Club nights start on Tuesday, 23rd April, so why not come along, have a roll-up, and meet up with old friends.

A successful sale

On Saturday, 13th April, we held our first jumble sale of 2019.

We were lucky with the weather, cold but sunny, which helped to bring the buyers.

Friday evening had been a very busy time, setting up tables and putting out the jumble ready for the early Saturday start. I’m particularly grateful to all the club members who turned up at 10:30pm to get us set up.

On Saturday, dealers were our first visitors at 8:30. They pay a premium for early entry, which helps boost our takings. At last 10:00 arrived and we were able to let the public in. It was good to see some familiar faces and there is always the opportunity for some freindly banter. Sales were brisk and, as expected, some great bargains were there for the taking. A first for this year was the cake stall, where all but two fairy cakes went to an appreciative home.

Eventually, time was up and we set to work clearing the hall. It’s always surprising to see items that one expects to sell still on the tables.

Once again, a big thank you to everyone who helped make the sale a success. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Our next jumble sale is on 26th October.

Jumble Sale

Yes, it’s our first jumble sale of 2019!

Why not come along to Merrow Village Hall at 10am on Saturday, 13th April and bag some bargains. We’ll have textiles, books, toys, and bric-a-brac stalls to temp you.

A new feature for this year is a cake stall. Indulge your taste buds and support the bowls club at the same time.

Doors open at 10am with an entry fee of just 50p. If you want first choice, you can pay £5 for entry at 8:30am.

Pulling together

Tuesday, 26th March was a lovely warm and sunny day. Taking full advantage of the favourable conditions, a group of club members spent the morning planting, painting, mending, rolling, and mowing.

David and Debbie’s herculean efforts on the green have certainly born fruit, with a lovely smooth surface. We all owe them a vote of thanks for their work.

Update: I should also mention the hard work put in by Bernard and Andy preparing the benches ready for painting. There’s been a fair bit of repair work and an awful lot of sanding!