I think much to everybody’s relief we can certainly say “Bowling is back at Lyndhurst Bowling Club” this season. Here we are the third week in May and in a totally different place then this time 2020 when coming out of the lockdown!
For me as President and I know I speak on behalf of the Committee, it is great to see so many members back with Roll Ups, Club Night, Internal and External Competitions and New Forest Men’s and Ladies League Matches’ all which have now taken place. The Ladies started last Tuesday a week late, but the Men have been playing for 4 weeks now so all off and running. Ladies 1st Team won and 2nd team lost but debut performances for some Ladies, thank you. The Men’s 1st team are up against the “Big Boys/Men of the New Forest in Div 1) and have lost all 4 games but not disheartened some good performances have been put in! The Men’s 2nd team however have won all of their 4 matches and taken on a good revival and lay 2nd in the League, well done to them, great to see.
Already we have had some really good New Forest and Bowls Hampshire/Nationals competitions matches played at our club and to a very good standard. Remember please that we now welcome back any and all spectators and you can enjoy watching again at your club?
Safety First/Roll Ups/Club Nights
The “Step 3” Covid measures seem to be working well so thank you to all of you for visiting, playing and socialising safely at our club! It is good to see members playing, relaxing but staying safe around social contact and the numbers. The “Roll Ups” Monday pm and Friday am are being well supported, however our regular Wednesday Evening “Club Night” is not attracting much interest? Why well we are not sure other than the weather or perhaps a little apprehension. More support would be really appreciated please on the Club Nights and from this Wednesday 26th May we will start at 6pm. We of course look forward to the weather warming up a little it’s been pretty poor with all types of weather?
Finally the really cold ground temperatures have disappeared and we have started to see the grass grow on the green, which is so important. This has been aided by a recent liquid fertiliser dose by me and diligent attention by “Steve Hall” our grounds man (and bowler) with his cutting albeit not much to cut at times? Today Mike McCrossan and I have aerated (spiked) our green, which is important green work with our machine, which has been out of action for a long time? Apologies over the next few days if it bowls a little bumpy but with the heavy rain today, tonight and tomorrow and Steve’s cutting it will settle down in a day or two. It has been well brushed as well.
Open Day (Part of Bowls England Big Bowls Weekend!)
This Saturday 29th May starting at 10am!!!
A massive reminder please to you all, support is definitely needed to attract new members so please ”Bring Along a Friend” and lets get some new people joining our great club? We really do, as I have said many times, need to encourage new members so your help and support is vital. We could do with a few more volunteers please (names/times onto the notice board). I would also say to anyone helping this Saturday please attend as casually dressed as you like, shorts if you like (NO Club Shirts/Whites or Official Uniforms at all). The best advice to helpers is the more relaxed, casual and easy going and friendly we are with our visitors/guest attending on the day the more the game may ……….appeal to them. Too formal and we could easily put people off joining. It’s a 9-30 am for volunteers prompt, so we get ourselves ready and thank you in advance to those who have already offered to help. I’m excited so lets make the guests/visitors really welcome to the Club and get them on the green and bowling (perhaps joining too?)
John H (President)