Captains Charity Day, played on the revised date of Thursday 14th September, was played over only nine ends when a torrential rainstorm drenched the greens and all returned to the safety of the clubhouse. Whilst the numbers in attendance was lower than usual, despite the weather, good companionship prevailed and very enjoyable home made cakes and tea or bar drinks were enjoyed by all.
The captains offered their very grateful thanks to the ladies who had made the cakes and to all who had provided raffle prizes, so many that ladies captain Sheila asked if those in attendance minded if a few were reserved for the forthcoming Presidents day.
The whole proceeding took place in the presence of a few members of the British Legion who set up a stall full of interesting objects and following a speech and presentations for top rink and bottom rink, humorously reversed by Sheila, Bob Shergold from the Legion was invited to speak on their behalf and provided the gathering with some astonishing facts about the levels of money raised nationally each year for support and welfare for ex service personnel in need of help.
On Saturday we celebrated the opening of our greens with a drinks reception and buffet lunch with invited guests and seventy members. Following the lunch provided by Jenny, Mary & helpers, Howard Pryse, the Financial Director of Bowls England, gave an insight into the clubs history over the past 100 years with some interesting facts and amusing stories about some of our current and past members. Howard then gave an emotional eulogy to Sue and then invited Claire Perry MP to present the “Sue Ochyra Memorial Trophy” to Sue’s children Helen & Simon.
Claire then spoke about some of the clubs qualities and the clubs involvement in the local community. She congratulated the club on reaching this milestone and wished the club good luck as it enter it’s second century.
Following the speeches Claire joined Harry to unfurl the club’s new Centenary flag before bowling the first bowls of the season with the clubs Captains Sheila & Dave using Sue’s bowls.
Guests and members then took over both greens for their first roll up of the season.
The picture below shows MP Claire Perry with the club’s Captains Sheila & Dave delivering the opening bowls. I am told Dave was the furthest from the jack! I’m not sure who put the mat down either?
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