I am delighted to have been accepted as President for Branksome Park Bowling Club. I would like to wish all members a healthy and happy 2019 season.
I feel while being competitive, the Club reflects the friendly, social side of bowling and provide a good place for Members to belong.
My aim is to help maintain that happy atmosphere whilst encouraging all Players to grow their talent and look to enter more outside competitions to gain experience and develop their abilities.
I have chosen as my charity The MacMillan Cancer Unit at Christchurch Hospital, a charity I have great admiration for. I am sure members will support me in this.
My President's Day is planned for Sunday 28th July 2019. I have chosen a Sunday to give those Members who still work a chance to join in the day.
Jen Cookson is the organiser for arranging all the Social events.
Most Social events are held on a Friday at the Clubhouse, ending with the Carols' evening in December. Please remember that we are always ready to listen for any new ideas.
Roger Parnell is the organiser for the golf society which meets monthly outside of the Bowling Season. The Society visits many of local Golf Clubs for friendly but competitive golf.
Death in the Ring
The clubhouse was enveloped in underhanded skulduggery and intrigue as we held our first murder mystery.
Fortified by a delicious supper of Chilli con Carne followed by apple tarte and crème fraiche not to mention a lubrication of wine our sleuths were set the task:
Who killed 'Slippery Sid' the escapologist and knife thrower?
Was it Roger the Ringmaster owner of the circus, Anna Conda the bearded lady and snake charmer, Buster Gutt the Circus Strongman high on steroids, Raisa Legova the enigmatic Russian Trapeze Artiste, Wanda Lust who was Sid's latest conquest, or perhaps Sven Garlic and Benny the Swedish ventriloquist.
Fortunately amid reams of paper and clues and plenty of red herrings a winning team solved the mystery and carted off the wine.
Will Inspector Hugh Dunnit need to make a return visit?
The 'Spoons' games this year have been ably organised by Margaret Jones.
These are friendly but competitive games as there is the chance to win a Club 'Spoon' or a bottle of wine. They have been played mostly on a Friday afternoon and are open to all players.
Austerity was not in evidence at this year's themed evening as we tried to re-live the good parts of the 1940's.
Ration books and waist lines were forgotten as we dined and wined 'late' (for us) into the evening accompanied by the voices of Vera Lynn and Gracie Fields.
The catering volunteers were up to their usual high standards providing us with a meal of ample portions of Cottage Pie and veg. followed equally large helpings of Apple Pie and Custard.
Following the meal, members of the social performed memorable? sketches and monologues as well as a session of Bingo. The evening was rounded off with a rousing chorus of community singing. Those white cliffs will never be the same again!
The finals for the Club Competitions for 2018 were held on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September. We were blessed with fine weather and a good crowd of supporters were entertained by some competitive and good spirited bowling over both days. Many thanks to all organisers, markers, umpires, and the kind people who kept us well refreshed.
The 'British on the Beach' theme inspired some weird and wonderful outfits for President's Day 2017.
In spite of the handicaps of water rings and buckets and spades a very competitive game of The President's Team against the Vice President's team made for a great fun afternoon.
One team or the other won by a short head before we retired into the Clubhouse for a well earned slap up Cream Tea. Yum Yum!
The President and Vice President in the pink.