Update from the Club Secretary – 1st May 2022

Get ready for a fun afternoon on Sunday, 22nd May starting at 1.30pm prompt. Ian has put together another of his special bowls ideas and this one is called CRISS, CROSS CHAOS. It’s a team game and handicaps apply. More experienced players will be helping the not so experienced players and somewhere, tactics are involved. The cross, cross and chaos may result as all players could be on the green at the same time. It is restricted to 32 players so please put your name down in the clubhouse as soon as possible. This will be a great time for some of our new members to get involved, meet other members and have a great afternoon out for £1.50 per player. No one except Ian knows the rules, so until it begins we are all in the same boat. Put the date in your diary and if you decide not to play come along anyway and enjoy the chaos!

On Wednesday evening, 25th May the Colwyn and Llandudno League are holding one of their teams cup games. Our Wednesday teams are playing their own cup matches away from home so we are able to host the event. Once again we are asking for a couple of members to serve tea/coffee to raise a bit of cash for the club. Please get in touch if you can help.

Over the next few months I will be asking you to give me your date of birth. The registration forms we fill in at the start of each season ask for birth dates and we don’t normally fill that part in. However we have been asked to comply. So unless you have any objection to it, can you let me have your birthdate. You can email me or put it on a note and leave it in the clubhouse box. I have some of the newer members dates who have just filled in their application forms so they are not required from you. It will not be used for any other reason such as sending you a card!

Dave Holland

Easter Pairs Handicap Competition 21st April 2022

About the Competition:-

Entries limited to 32 members (16 pairs). £1.50 per entry (£3.00 per pair).   GUARANTEED minimum 3 games (90 minutes) for ALL. 

GUARANTEED  4:30pm to 5:00pm FINISH.  Tea/coffee.  Over 10 winning prizes    and possible £10-00 cash prize  (ALL included in entry fee).

Members may select their own partner (remember it is a handicap competition) – hopefully members who enter as individuals can be allocated a partner.

PLEASE enter by signing the poster in the Club. Draw to be made as soon as entries are complete. Entry fee payable on the day.  PROMPT 1:30pm start. Hopefully you can both advertise the event even further.  Any enquiries, call Ian Wilson on 07936 375951.     

News from the Committee – 26th March 2022

After today’s Committee meeting there are a few issues that are important and need to be reported to you as soon as possible.

Regards, Dave H, Club Secretary

Team Shirts – 26th March 2022

Information from Ian:-

Club Polo Shirts can be purchased from: Clothes For Work Ltd., 3 Trinity Square, Llandudno. Telephone 01492 873100.

  • Burgundy Polo printed with Vardre BC logo: £9.95 excl VAT.
  • NEW THIS SEASON – Cotton T-Shirt with logo: £7.50 excl VAT.
  • There is also a Sweatshirt but it is slightly more expensive.

Procedure to purchase any of the above:

  1. Phone in with your order (individual or group orders accepted).
  2. They contact you when your order is ready.
  3. Card payment is made by telephone.
  4. Organise collection.

The whole process will take approximately a week. I hope to have one of each item as samples on display in the Clubhouse at the end of this month.

Ian Wilson

The Committee

The Committee is considering a couple of possible options for maximising accessibility to the defibrillator during the close season by the community. Dave H has sounded out a potential grant to facilitate one of the options. Further update in due course.

Viewing Bench

Tommy has completed the work on the hard-standing for the bench at the side of the green.

The former escape tunnel
New Hard=standing
Memorial Garden

Tommy has completed the work on the proposed garden and approval is awaited from Conwy County Borough Council.

Pre-arranged Coaching

In 2022, after the start of the season in the Spring, every Monday morning between 10am and 12 noon, members of the Llandudno U3A will attend a crown green bowls training and practice session.

The start date in 2022 will be 25th April and the end date will be 19th September.

Good News – Safeguarding Officer

At the recent AGM, Elaine kindly took on the important role of Safeguarding Officer. More information on this in due course.

Christmas Lunch 2021

The Membership Year now runs from January to December. In 2022, the Annual Membership rate will be £60.00 per person and fees are now due for payment.

Annual General Meeting

Held on Friday 11th March 2022


“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!!


Newsletter 43 – June 2022

Newsletter 42 – May 2022

Newsletter 41 – Also April 2022

Newsletter 40 – Also April 2022

Newsletter 39 – April 2022

Newsletter 38 – February 2022

Special Note: It has come to pass that one of Dave H’s joke might be a bit too subtle for the majority so, for clarification, the photo relating to Neil Diamond shows the following 3-objects: Swede, Carrot, Lime. This clue may be enough for most readers but, if not, if you sort of sing them quickly it could almost sound like “Sweet Caroline”.

Newsletter 37 – January 2022

Newsletter 36 – November 2021

Newsletter 35 – September 2021

Newsletter 34 – August 2021

Newsletter 33 – Summer 2021

U3A Coaching – the Class of 2022

U3A Members make excellent progress
Some of the U3A members at Vardre Deganwy bowling green for coaching in 2022

2022 Dates: Every Monday, from 25th April to 19th September.

If you are a member of the Llandudno U3A and would like to take part in the coaching sessions in 2022, we look forward to welcoming you to our Club.

U3A Members in 2021


The green reopens at 13:00 on 19th March 2022 with Mary Hughes, the President, bowling the first wood of the season. The following file shows the green open times for members and visitors.

However, if the club hosts any competitions during the year, or special maintenance is needed, the green might not be available on occasions. Please check the noticeboard or website for any updates on green availability during the season.

In addition, the Club will accept any block bookings for use of the green from Members although these must be sanctioned by the Committee which meets on the last Friday of every month.

A very enjoyable day

Here It Is – It’s the Christmas Party Evidence

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