Debbie Martin wins the U3A Trophy, 16 Oct 2021

Debbie Martin won the coveted Open Bowls Championship, U3A, in Javea, Spain beating Michael Masson, Dad, en route to a star winning performance

PhotoDebbie Martin wins U3A Trophy
 20/10/2021 Highlights of the 2021 AGM

A copy of the minutes for our recent AGM which was held on Wednesday,
29 September 2021, is on the notice board in the Pavilion and can be found HERE. Below are the highlights:


Michael opened the meeting by welcoming the 45 members who attended and acknowledged the apologies sent by 20 members. He then reminded everyone that, although he will remain a Trustee he is not standing for re-election as Chairman & Club Secretary.



Past 18 months have been most unusual because of the pandemic. Safety of our members has been a main priority so we have adhered to HMG’s regulations as closely as possible.



Examined 2020-21 accounts were reviewed.

COVID-19 had an adverse impact on subscription income,   entertainment & catering, open days and marketing initiatives. Grants of c£30K allowed us to cover this loss of income and also make some improvements.

Current status of accounts for 2021-22 show a conservative surplus of £2400.


Rule Change

Proposed rule change to Section 2.2 was approved so it now reads:

Where a person who was not a Member in any part of any preceding Subscription Year joins after 31 May, the subscription for the period up to next 31 March may be a reduced amount as decided time to time by the Management Committee.



Membership numbers, having dropped from 250 during our first year because of COVID-19, are on the rise again. We had 146 members at the time of the AGM.


Management Committee

David Charleton was elected as our new Chairman and warmly welcomed to this role by all. Current members of the Management Committee were re-elected.


Milestone Achievements

  • Maintained 5-star catering certificate and alcohol licence.
  • Improved kitchen facilities.
  • Resolved many ‘snags'.
  • Awarded c£30K grants which were used for PPE, sanitation equipment, dispensers & signage, new shed, wooden bench, Bowls Buddy wheelchair + ramps, widening pathways, outdoor tables, awning and a contribution to ongoing overheads.
  • Shortlisted for Bowls England Story of the Year 2020 Award.


Bowling Activities

  • Organised Pairs & Triples matches twice a week.
  • Held 7 friendly matches against local clubs – some at home and some away.
  • Singles Ladders Competitions.
  • More Roll Ups, Knock-out Competitions, Internal Fun Competitions and Friendlies against local clubs will be organised going forward.


Plans for

Portsmouth & District League

  • Members decided not to join the P&D League for the 2022 season.



Entertainments Programme

  • Weekly Games Evenings to start again on Wednesday,
    6 October 2021.
  • First quiz to be held on Saturday, 9 October 2021.
  • Future events include more quiz nights, bridge, coffee mornings, cream teas and TV specials.



Facilities Improvements

  • Improvements being considered include additional awning and solar panels.



Lottery & Fundraising

  • 3 ways to raise funds for our Club are EHDC lottery, easyFundraising and AmazonSmile (see full details on our Support Us page).
  • We receive 50p for each ticket purchased for the EHDC Lottery and linked to us. We are on track to receive c£900.00 this year.
  • Percentage of purchase price spent through AmazonSmile and easyFundraising is donated to our Club if you register to support us.



Clanfield Junior Football Club

  • Expected start date is September 2022.
  • Need to plan for sharing some facilities in Pavilion.



Increasing Membership

  • Mailshot to previous members.
  • Survey current members to ask how we can encourage them to bowl more and attend entertainment events.
  • Consider the need to open more days.
  • Marketing initiative, including leaflet drop.


& Thanks

Michael was thanked sincerely for his devotion to our Club since it’s conception. He was presented with an engraved, glass trophy.

Kathy Trippick, Michael’s wife, was also thanked for all the support she has given Michael and our Club and was presented with a bouquet of flowers.


Grant Application for a Second Bowls Wheelchair
One of our aims, as an inclusive Bowls Club, is to make the game of bowls accessible to those with a mobility problem as well as to those who are able bodied. Our bowls Club is one of the few clubs in the country to offer the use of s bowls wheelchair to give our members greater self-sufficiency to enjoy the game of all-weather bowls. Toyota GB has teamed up with Paralympics GB and Jonnie Peacock to launch Parasport, an online hub to empower disabled people to become m ore active. The Toyota Parasport Fund supports the purchase of specialist disabled equipment. If our grant application is successful, we are hoping to purchase a second bowls wheelchair (battery propelled). The details of our registration are on the Parasport website.

Teresa Attlee
Radio Interview
Phill Humphries recently interviewed Michael Trippick for Petersfield's Shine Radio. To get a feel for the philosophy and ambience of the Club just click on the link to listen to the short Interview.
Geeti Granger
Catering Facilities
We are very excited to announce the opening of our catering facilities. Initially, we plan to be open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:00-20:00, subject to volunteer help being available. Following the relaxation of restrictions we are now allowed a limited number of members inside our Pavilion so we are starting by selling tea/coffee and snacks. As and when further lockdown easing is confirmed we hope to offer a more extensive menu including hot food. We will also be launching a new programme of events, including the popular quizzes.
Helen Glover
Outdoor Improvements at the Bowls Club
As we reported in the Newsletter in December, during the Coronavirus pandemic we are continuing to do our best to respond to the challenges of encouraging Members to play bowls again or to volunteer. One area where we have been active is in making various improvements to the outside space, both to counteract the temporary loss of the Pavilion, as well as to provide better utility all year round. In December 2020, the new bowls shed (with its small ramp) was safely installed at the foot of the disabled pathway to give better access to all. In future, we will be storing the bowls equipment in the new shed and using the existing shed for storage of the heavy rink-cleaning and gardening equipment. In January 2021, we took delivery of a new bench that we purchased using funds contributed by Sport England. In recognition of their support during these difficult times, the plaque on the bench is dedicated to their generosity. In early March 2021, two rows of paving slabs will be laid to increase by a further 1200mm the usable width of the walkway that runs in front of the Pavilion. Subject to receiving planning permission, we are also planning to install a fully retractable dark green awning (3000mm x 2000m projection) on the brickwork above the windows to the right of the bi-fold doors (facing the rinks) to provide some cover against light rain and sunshine.
Finally, we are grateful for the recent support from Councillor Evans and Councillor Denton enabling us to purchase five new wooden round tables with seats that we will position along the newly extended walkway. We all look forward to the day when we can enjoy some outdoor conviviality in addition to the activity on the bowling rinks.
Teresa Attlee

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