UPDATE FROM YOUR COMMITTEE
League Updates: Ladies League; and, Vale of Clwyd League
VALE OF CLWYD: Fixtures for this particular League are already available on their website. We are one of 5 new teams and have been suitably placed in Division D. With fresh interest, the League has expanded into 4 divisions, having run just 3 in 2022. We shall certainly know our way around Rhyl by August, as all 4 Rhyl-based Clubs have a team in our division. (Rhyl Seabank Rd, Grove Park B, Sunny Rhyl B and East Parade D) Trips to Rhuddlan B, Meliden B and Denbigh B make up the other journeys on our itinerary. So a division of 8 clubs making 14 league matches in total. Having fewer teams in each division has also resulted in Cup matches in this League moving to Thursday evenings also (on the vacant dates). In previous seasons with no free dates, cup games were played on Monday evenings. All matches commence at 6pm but in April and August start times are brought forward to 5-30pm in order to facilitate an earlier finish as the light fades. There are vacancies in this team. It was set up to provide more opportunity for “less-experienced” members, but the team will be boosted by some of our other members if and when required. The Secretary I spoke to was very complimentary in welcoming us into the League.
LADIES LEAGUE: Carol and Linda attended their AGM earlier this week, and they too have had fresh interest from Clubs in the area. It is a Clwydian Ladies League so once again we shall be travelling west, but on some occasions not quite as far. There are also some new officers for this League, and for the very first time they will be operating 2 divisions. As a new entrant we have been placed (as expected) in B division. Matches in this League are on Wednesday afternoons but are just 8 players per side, and commence every week at 2pm. With just 8 players per team, matches should finish around 4pm, but perhaps occasionally a “rush” for those who have committed to playing in the Wednesday evening League also. It is possible, and I believe 6 of our ladies signed up for both at the end of last season – they will just have to confirm their interest in being in both squads, and the likelihood of 2 games on the same day.
Latest Update on 2023 Season Preparations (Seedy, Yet Clean, News)
After extensive top dressing and seeding, the mild late Autumn weather encouraged quick growth and the green was cut 3 times and deep slit twice up to December. Since then the very cold snap before Christmas and non stop rain in the New Year has prevented us providing further attention other than swishing wormcasts.
Off the green and after completing the new wall Tommy, Keith, Alan and Bill had a rest. Well Tommy and Keith rested a day or so, before repairing the awning and other electrical fittings, and sorting out some outside seating. Tommy has also emptied all his pots and repainted them as well as starting to paint the step edges around the green. With Carol B, Elaine, Linda and Mary all involved in giving the clubhouse a thorough clean, the initial preparations and improvements continued for the start of the 2023 season, and the opening of the green mid to late March.
And, of course, David L the King of the Mowers.
Membership Fee Payment Reminder
The Club Secretary reminds us all that 2023 Membership Fees of £60.00 per person are now due for payment.
Upcoming Committee and Sub-Committee Meetings
Prior to the Club’s first Committee Meeting since the AGM in November 2022, the members interested in becoming part of our SOCIAL EVENTS SUB-COMMITTEE are getting together to discuss the implications of their responsibilities. At the scheduled full Committee meeting 2-days later, dates will be set for the CAPTAINS’ SUB-COMMITTEE MEETING, and the DEVELOPMENT PLAN GROUP MEETING (a follow-up to the 2022 Club Survey).
The Committee was very sad to announce that Tudor Owen, a former President of the Club, recently passed away. He, and his late wife Beryl, were very active members, giving a lot of time to support the Club. The Club Secretary will provide further information in due course.
David Rogers Jones
The Committee was very sad to announce that David Rogers Jones, Chairman of the Club, passed away in December 2022, just 9-days after he Chaired the Club’s 2022 Annual General Meeting. He will be very fondly remembered and very much missed. He was an excellent bowler and, as a left-hander, always a challenge to play. Our condolences to his family and friends.
Farewell too, at the end of 2022, to Diana Evans. A very skilful bowler and a former President of the Club. Our condolences to her husband Brian, family and friends.
Data Protection Policy (October 2022)
The Committee agreed a Data Protection Policy for the Club in October that can be seen in the Club House or contact the Club Secretary if you would like a copy. The Club doesn’t keep much information on people but because we need to know who you are then of course the Club needs to gather some data.
Committee Meeting September 2022
What was discussed?:
- Social Committee;
- Fence around the green;
- Mopping system;
- Reports from Treasurer; Secretary; Maintenance:- Ladies league; winter bowling; Wales in Bloom; Walled Towns Competition; Closing Fours; Shed roof; plastic cladding; wind sensor; Autumn work.
- Club Survey;
- Constitution Discussion;
- Any Other Business: Margaret & Roger Dickinson’s Diamond Wedding Anniversary; MKM sponsorship; advertising banners; season end competitions.
- Date of Next Meeting 28th October 2022.
(Contact the Club Secretary for a copy if you have not received the Minutes for the above meeting).
MKM – the former Richard Williams Building Supplies, Llandudno Junction, has generously agreed to sponsor our Club. Konrad, the manager, called into the green and had this photograph (below) taken with Tommy in front of the MKM banner. All this is great news for the Club, and we look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with them.
AGM 25th November 2022
Here are just a few photos from the AGM. It’s a serious business but Linda bucks the trend:
Newsletter 50 – January 2023
Newsletter 49 – November/December 2022
Newsletter 48 – November 2022
Newsletter 47 – October 2022
Newsletter 46 – August 2022 2nd
End of 2022 Season Lunch
U3A Coaching – the Class of 2022
The end of the season arrived a week early, on 12th September 2022, as the funeral of the late Queen Elizabeth II had been arranged for the 19th September. Most of the new trainees joined the Club during the season, and some of them immediately stuck in by helping with events or even maintenance around the green. Welcome to everyone and thank you for choosing to join the Club.
U3A Members make excellent progress
“AGM and After!” A poem by Ian Wilson
When another Covid season drew to a close, with fewer games played versus old friends and foes It was time to reflect on the 2 years gone by, analysing what the Club does and why. There was call for a meeting, usually held late November, an AGM with all present I can barely remember For Vardre's kept thriving with safe practice in place, rewarded as such with many a new face And a Committee involved in pure voluntary deeds, has kept the Club going and met all its needs. Many thanks to Elaine keeping us all safe and sound, with regular updates and statistics she'd found God knows where she got them, I hazard to guess, is she covertly employed by the Welsh NHS? But perhaps time for change and involve some new blood, well it was hardly a trickle - definitely no flood And there were plenty present, best attendance by far, in pleasant surroundings in the Social Club bar. But with everyone watching, perhaps to be fair, that's why we were lacking any hands in the air. But once pleas for helpers goes up on the board, volunteers may come forward and then we'll have scored! Already there are some offering help and assistance, one as a captain the other joining maintenance. John Probyn has joined after years at Sunny Rhyl, in charge of the C team, he'll certainly fit the bill And Gwyn Evans has opted to help with the mowing, we all know at Mochdre, that he kept the Club going. The ladies have also been keen to partake, but where are our gentlemen (for goodness sake) Cleaning the Clubhouse is an important weekly task, so just once during the season is not too much to ask. Perhaps chance to recall some of the duties to date, remembering (if interested) "it's never too late" Our web-site editor was the charming Gwyn Hughes, who conveyed to members all the Club's news. But since his departure Diane's taken on this post, creeping round all venues using her camera the most. Tommy's the main man in charge round the green, every single morning he can generally be seen Mending all equipment or checking his plants flower, it's a bloody good job he's not paid by the hour! Wednesday team captain one more asset he displays, all Clubs seem to know him from his past-Conwy days Even in "The Killer" which we frequent following a game, there's some bloke from Hotpoint who recalls him the same! When the U3A started Bill Curtis led the team, attracting new members, or so it would seem Moving to Shrewsbury perhaps the last of his wishes, now Dave & John do the coaching, while Kate does the dishes. Thursday socials and friendlies, David & Bob ran the show, but sadly it's time for them both to say "No" We thought nothing of it as Dave Holland's their mate, but he needs some help as he's enough on his plate. When Rhona brought milk fresh from the shop, Bob fetched the ice-cream and Mary the pop I think roles have changed, or it may just be me, and we still need some biscuits to go with the tea. There are others who contribute in so many ways, some in the present and others in past days. A conveyor belt of members doing big jobs and small, and willing to help whenever the call. So with the season just starting and the odd vacant slot, put yourself forward it's not asking a lot And you can be one of these great volunteers, that keeps the Club going for several more years So please enjoy your bowling in season twenty twenty-two, I'll be back with a survey possibly part the way through. Immerse yourself fully, be prepared to have your say, our membership's over 70, we must be doing some things OK!!
Funday 9th September 2021
Wales in Bloom
“In Your Neighbourhood” (IYN)
In 2022, our Club once again entered the IYN Award programme of “Wales In Bloom” i.e., a regional element of the “National Britain in Bloom” programme that is supported by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). We achieved an “Outstanding” classification thanks to Tommy and many others for propagating, preparing, planting, weeding, tidying, watering, mending, painting, repointing, etc. We are all very grateful.