Happy New Year to all Knebworth residents and readers of Parish News. After the first month of 2020, it may be that some of those new year resolutions have fallen by the wayside, so how about starting February by making another. One idea could be to try something new and get a bit of exercise at the same time. Yes, you know where I’m going with this – why not make a resolution that this is the year you will start playing bowls!
It’s not too long ago – although it may seem so – but I should record that our Christmas Tea in mid-December was enjoyed by a clubhouse full of members and friends. Thank you, Gail Reed and her helpers and all those who came along. We also extend our grateful thanks to McCarthy & Stone who sponsored the event. Along with other funds raised, their generous donation will enable us to carry out some refurbishment of the clubhouse.
Returning to my earlier theme, if you are looking forward to the warm summer months and the idea of playing bowls appeals to you, you can find out more this month. We are holding a coffee morning in the clubhouse at the Watton Road Recreation Ground on Saturday 22nd February. It starts at 10.30 and will include a ‘bring & buy’ sale. You don’t have to ‘bring’ and you don’t even need to ‘buy’ (although we will of course be delighted if you do!) but it will be an opportunity to meet some of our members. Make a note in your diary!
Welwyn and Hatfield league
Over the summer some of our players have entered competitions outside the club with some success, these are as follows.
Triples Graham Stevens, Roger Mahoney and John Mattews won.
Pairs Graham Stevens and John Matthews were runners up.
East Herts League
Mixed pairs Pam Veale and John Matthews got to the semi finals.
Congratulations and well done to all of you.
At the time of writing we have not quite finished the season, which has been extended well into September by several re-arranged fixtures. Other clubs, too, still have programmes to complete, so we do not yet have the final results of all the leagues in which we play.
We were blessed with perfect bowling weather for this year’s Finals Day, on Saturday 7th September. There were nail-biting finishes to some of the finals, all of which were appreciated by many of our members who came along to watch the proceedings. Congratulations to the winners and runners-up – it is good to see that one or two new names will be added to the Honours Board. Our thanks to those who carried out the organisation of the day and to everyone who entered the competitions and played in the preliminary rounds during the summer.
The results were:
Altimus Winner- Terry Metcalf Runner up- Jim Conder
Handicap Winner- Roger Mahoney Runner up-John Matthews
Two-woods Winner-John Matthews Runner up- David Percival
Yardstick Winner-John Matthews Runner up- Colin Macleod
Ladies’ Singles Winner- Melinda Sprigge Runner up- Gail Reed
Men’s Singles Winner- Ron Hand Runner up- Graham Stevens
Pairs Winners- John Matthews and Dick Berry Runners up- Colin Macleod and Del Woolf
We are hoping for good weather for our main event this month, which is Finals Day, Saturday 7th September. Those club members who have made it through the preliminary rounds will be playing for titles and trophies in seven competitions. The first of the finals begin on our green at the Watton Road Recreation Ground at 10am. We will have a break for lunch and then continue with the afternoon matches at around 2pm. Visitors who would like to join us at any time during the day will be very welcome, especially if you are thinking of taking up bowls next year. So why not make a note in your diary to come along and enjoy the fun – and have a chat with members at the same time.
Our club competition finals usually mark the virtual end of the season but, with so many fixtures postponed during the summer and re-arranged to a later date, we are this year continuing more than half-way through September. As well as several ‘away’ matches, we have fixtures scheduled on our green this month on Tuesday 3rd and Monday 9th (both at 2.30pm); Wednesday 11th at 5.30pm; Saturday 14th at 2.30pm; and Thursday 19th at 5pm. As always, we welcome visitors.
For many people, the internet is the first port of call for information about a particular topic. Basic information about Knebworth Bowls Club appears in various places but news and details can now be found more easily on our very own website, which was launched last month – www.knebworthbowlsclub.org.uk. The website has been set up by our member Melinda Sprigge and her husband Robert, who we thank for their work on the project. You can also find us on Facebook.
We are now halfway through a season which has seen rather more re-arranged matches than usual, with other clubs often finding it difficult to make up sufficient numbers for the scheduled date. Worst affected has been our North Herts Ladies team, who should have played five matches up to late July but have played none at all! But our bowlers, including a couple of new members this year, have been enjoying a pretty full season of fixtures in the Welwyn & Hatfield and Stevenage Mixed league fixtures, as well as a few ‘friendly’ matches.
This year we played many of our ‘home’ fixtures in the early part of the season, so we are mostly playing ‘away’ in August. However, there are matches on our green at the Watton Road Recreation Ground scheduled for August on Wednesday 7th, Friday 9th, Tuesday 27th (all 6pm) and Saturday 31st (2.30pm). At various times, members will be playing in the preliminary rounds of our club competitions, prior to Finals Day on Saturday 7th September. When matches are taking place, visitors are always welcome to come along and watch.
As well as the Stevenage mixed league, we have a busy programme of fixtures in two other leagues, Welwyn and Hatfield (where we have entered two teams) and North Herts Ladies. This month, members will be competing against each other in the first rounds of our own club competitions.
The following are the matches for July for the Stevenage Mixed League. Please add your names to the lists on the board for selection if you would like to play. July 7th has been scheduled. As there is a Committee meeting today some others may be scheduled if enough names are already on the list as Denis will be at the Clubhouse.
2.30 Sunday July 7 Away White 3 Horseshoes
2.30 Sunday July 14 Away White Datchworth
2.30 Wed July 17 Away Grey Stevenage Vets
2.30 Sunday July 20 Away White Holwell
2.30 Sat July 27 Home White 3 Horseshoes
2.30 Tues July 30 Away Grey Shephalbury
May News Letter
Can I remind those that can to add their names to the rota for teas please. It has been suggested that if nobody has put their name down on the rota that the reserves do the teas for that day. Also the rota for Monday evening club night/roll ups is on the board if you are able to open up at 6.00 pm and give a little instruction if necessary. Many thanks. It really does make a difference if you can add yourself to a rota for one game as it is very difficult to play and do the teas at the same time which in the past has been the case on many occasions. If it is sandwiches there are always people who will make a loaf of sandwiches (4 loaves are usually enough – less if triples) to lighten the load on the person who has elected to do the tea. I am always happy to make a loaf of sandwiches so please ask if you would like some made. Most of all enjoy your games.
Below is a list of games for SML and North Herts Ladies bowls matches for June. Please add your names to the available list on the board if you wish to be selected. May’s matches have now been selected. Please check board to see if you are playing.
Aston – Home – White Saturday 1st June 2.30
St. Ippolyts – Away – White Saturday 8th June 2.30
Whitethorn LADIES – Home – Grey Wednesday 12th June 6.00
Howard Garden – Home – White Saturday 15th June 2.30
Kimpton Friendly – Away – Grey Wednesday 19th June 2.30
Stevenage Town – Home – Grey Wednesday 26th June 6.15
St. Ippolyts – Home – White Saturday 29th June 2.30
Hello The first match of the season with Aston away on April 24th had to be postponed due to the lack of members’ names on the list for selection. SML will now be triples matches as a number of clubs are experiencing problems having sufficient numbers to field teams. Particularly lady members as each rink has to have one lady at least on each rink to avoid penalties being applied.
There are different lists on the boards for leagues which some of you signed up to play in which you may have been selected to play so please remember to check when you are at the Club House.
Welwyn Hatfield Blue team have a match on Tuesday 30th April away and Thursday 2nd May at Home. Please check your list for times and location a copy of which I believe you have been given. Welwyn Hatfield Yellow team is still to be selected.
On a better note we won our game against Willian on Saturday 27th at Home 73 to 62. It was very cold and windy but a good game was played over 18 ends.
Below is a list of games for SML matches for May
- Saturday 4th May Holwell 2.30 Home White – This match has been selected so please check the board
- Sunday 12th May Riverain 2.30 Home whites
- Tuesday 14th May Shephalbury 2.30 Home Grey
- Wednesday 29th May Kimpton (Friendly) 2.30 Home Grey
Enjoy your games. Gail
IT IS TIME TO ENROL. A couple of other dates have been added as a reminder for your Diary. Sheets are now on the board for you to add your name if you are available to be selected.
Roll up evening is a Monday from 6.00 p.m. Most of these evenings there will be somebody who can give some instruction if you would like it. A good way also to get some practise in especially at the beginning of the outdoor season.
6th April 10.00 a.m. ENROLMENT DAY: one of the most important days for your diary. Time to come and sign up and get out the Club shirts etc. ready for the first game later in the month. Exciting to start playing outdoors again with all it’s trials and tribulations as well as sunny summer days not experienced indoors.
20th April 2.00 p.m. PRESIDENT V CAPTAIN: a bring and share day. Bring something to eat and share for a social after the game assuming we are all still talking to each other. I know how competitive we all are!!!
The first 2 STEVENAGE MIXED LEAGUE MATCH DATES
Wednesday 24th April 6.15 p.m. ASTON away Grey
Saturday 27th April 2.30 p.m. WILLIAN home White
FUND RAISING EVENT 24TH MAY 2.30 P.M. CREAM TEA £7.00: Scones cream and jam and cake. All home made. If you have not been to one yet give it a try. Tickets sell really quickly so before it is advertised outside the club call Gail on 01438 811887 to book your ticket/s. Bring a friend or two. It is a jolly afternoon with lots of chat and laughter. Leave a message on the answerphone if no reply.