Phear Park Bowls Club AGM and awards evening are well supported

PUBLISHED: 11:31 12 December 2018

Phear Park bowler Rod Davidson. Picture PHEAR PARK BOWLS CLUB

Phear Park bowler Rod Davidson. Picture PHEAR PARK BOWLS CLUB

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The Phear Park Bowls Club held their annual general meeting, which saw a very good turnout and was opened by chairman Margo Allen, writes David Evans.

Phear Park bowlerGill Harding. Picture PHEAR PARK BOWLS CLUBPhear Park bowlerGill Harding. Picture PHEAR PARK BOWLS CLUB

The chairman reported on what had been a very satisfactory year with a number of new gentlemen bowlers, but unfortunately, as seemed to be also the case with other clubs, there was a shortage of lady bowlers.

Phear Park is a favourite venue for many bowlers and the club is able to offer a very friendly and relaxing atmosphere in which John Robins and his coaching team are always on hand to give free coaching and practice on the green every Friday afternoon during the season.

Bob Smith, the club’s long-standing treasurer, reported on what is a very satisfactory financial position and the open tournament was again a great success.

All the important management positions in the club for next year were filled, albeit with the same members as this year, but there are a number of members on the fringe, enabling the club to function well. The only new appointment was that of Peter Burch, who was inducted as club president for a period of two years.

In terms of the playing report, the Over-60s teams had mixed fortunes during their respective campaigns.

The A team had seen their season start badly, due mainly to illness preventing a full team selection, but the team came back halfway through the season and, in the final reckoning, were only a couple of additional wins away from promotion.

The B team were outplayed for most of the season, but had some very close games and finished near the bottom.

However, the club has decided to operate a third team next year as we have suddenly obtained a number of experienced players and, with a total reorganisation, we have high hopes for 2019.

We seem to have enough players to cope with three league teams, but it would be nice to have more ladies in the club to take part in the mixed friendly matches

The club annual dinner and prize-giving took place recently at the Manor Hotel and it was certainly a wonderful evening all round.

The award presentations were dominated by Gill Harding and Rod Davidson, who scooped most of the singles competitions, and if they take the same form through to next season it will be tough for other competitors!

Unfortunately, the club will have another green keeper next year because the present one is moving on to deal with flower beds in the town and, hopefully, the council will take stronger measures to stop the fox damage that is still ongoing!

Phear Park will probably always be a small friendly club with a really loyal and dedicated membership where new members are always made very welcome.

Perhaps you are new to the area and reading our column for the first time, or maybe you are now at the stage where you might like to find out more about the noble sport of bowls? Either way, we would love to welcome you to our club, so why not plan a Friday afternoon visit to us from the end of April – we look foward to welcoming you.

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