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September News Letter

VICE-PRESIDENTS PAIRS TROPHY

A full entry of 15 pairs took part in the Vice-Presidents Pairs on Saturday and after some close games in the early stages of the competition, which saw some strong pairings eliminated, the semi-finals saw victories for Laurie Townson and Roger Van Beever against John Hughes and John McCabe (21-14) and Chris Harding and Jon Roberts over Mike Milne and Alex Rimmer (21-16).

As mentioned last week, we have witnessed some very close finals this season and this was no exception. The early stages of the final were extremely one-sided however, as Laurie and Roger won eight out of the first eleven ends to surge into a commanding 19-7 lead. The 12th end saw Chris and Jon score four to give them a glimmer of hope and with Jon taking the block and playing a tricky mark across the middle of the green, they chipped away at the lead with ones and twos, eventually running out with a fourteen break to win the game 21-19. Congratulations to Jon on his first Hesketh Arms competition win and to Chris on his first pairs success. Commiserations to Laurie and Roger on just missing out after a fine run to reach the final.

Vice Presidents Pairs WINNERS:- CHRIS HARDING JON ROBERTS
Vice Presidents Pairs Runners Up Roger Vanbeever Laurie Townson

LAST CHANCE CUP – SUNDAY 27th SEPTEMBER (12 PM START)

Entries for the Last Chance Cup are listed below. The competition is full, with a reserve list, so if you are on the list and unable to play, please inform Mike Milne as soon as possible (07752352065 / michaelmilne66@outlook.com) so that a reserve pair can be notified.

Kez Adams & Fergal Wright ; Sue Andersen & George Hitchmough ; Lynn Burrow & Mike Milne ; 

Jason Chapman & Chris Porter ; Terry Corfield & Noel Morgans ; Sue Davies & Tony Wakefield ; 

Wayne Graham & Norma White ; Chris Harding & Jon Roberts ; Janice Hobson & Derek Wignall ;

John Hughes & John McCabe ; Alan & Jill Lloyd ; Barry & Pat McArthur ;

Peter Smith & John Unsworth ; Laurie Townson & Roger Van Beever ; Sue White & Sue Wignall.

TEAM CHALLENGE

The Team Challenge got under way last week and the results from week 1 were as follows :-   

Hurricanes 5, Tempest 0

Thunder 3, Blizzard 2

Fixtures for Thursday 24th September, 6.30 pm start :- 

Hurricanes v. Thunder

Blizzard v. Tempest

FLOODLIGHT PAIRS COMPETITION. Friday 2nd of October 6:30pm start.

Non Random pairs please contact Mike Milne as soon as possible (07752352065 / michaelmilne66@outlook.com) to register your interest.

This is the very last competition of the season, limited to 15 pairs.

If the floodlight competition is successful we will include it in next year’s completions.

Following the latest Government Restrictions coming into force on 22nd of September 2020, The following information has been copied from the HM Gov web site (https://www.gov.uk/guidance/blackburn-with-darwen-oldham-pendle-local-restrictions)

The guidance still allows our bowling club to carry on with the green bookings system and competitions.

We must strictly adhere to groups no larger than 6 and a total number in the confines of the green at any one time of 30. This will limit any spectators at the bowling competitions and if we have 30 playing members there will be no room for spectators.

We have to take this matter seriously and we would ask you to support us in following the guidance.

Strict social distancing and personal hygiene guidance should be followed at all times.

(https://www.gov.uk/guidance/blackburn-with-darwen-oldham-pendle-local-restrictions) North West of England: local restrictions

Taken from the above website

“Team sport and physical activity

You can continue to take part in organised sporting or licensed physical activity in groups of more than 6. This can be in any public place – indoors or outdoors – but not in a private outdoor space like a garden or inside a private home. These activities either need to be organised by a national governing body, club, registered instructor/coach, business or charity, and/or involve someone who has received an official licence to use equipment relevant to the activity. In all cases, the organiser must conduct a risk assessment and ensure compliance with COVID-19 secure guidance.”

The green will remain open until 7pm on SUNDAY 4th of October, when the green will close for winter maintenance.

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Competitions Update & News

CHAMPIONSHIP CUP & LADIES’ CHAMPIONSHIP

The Club’s busy programme of competitions continued on Sunday when members played in the final singles handicaps of the season, the Championship Cup and the Ladies’ Championship.

The Ladies’ Championship was won by Pat McArthur, who defended the title she won last year. Pat had a tough route to the final but had good wins against Sue Andersen (21-16) and Sue Davies (21-11). Pat’s opponent in the final was Wendy McLoughlin, who also had excellent wins against Janice Hobson (21-20) and Norma White (21-15). The final was closely fought in the early stages and Wendy led 12-10 after eleven ends but Pat was able to win seven out of the next eight ends to take the title with a 21-13 win. Congratulations to Pat on winning this competition for the second year running and also to Wendy on reaching her first club final.

Ladies Chapionship Winner PAT McARTHUR
Ladies Chapionship Runner Up Wendy McLoughlin

The men’s Championship Cup final was contested between Kez Adams and Fergal Wright, who had enjoyed comfortable semi-final wins against Chris Harding and Dave White respectively. We have seen some close finals at the club this season and this was again a hard fought encounter, with no more than a couple of chalks in it for most of the game but it was Kez who edged home 21-19 to deservedly win his first Hesketh Arms club competition. Well done to both Kez and Fergal for providing a fitting end to the competition.

Mens Chapuonship Winner KEZ ADAMS
Mens Chapionship Runner Up Fergal Wright

Many thanks to Norma White who provided two home baked apple cakes which were delicious and enjoyed by all.

FORTHCOMING COMPETITIONS

The season continues with pairs competitions over the next two weekends. Both are limited to fifteen pairs in order to comply with the Covid-19 restrictions and there is just one place left in each competition. If you are not on the lists below and wish to take the final place in either event, please contact Mike Milne as soon as possible (michaelmilne66@outlook.com / 07752352065)

VICE-PRESIDENT’S PAIRS TROPHY – SATURDAY 19th SEPTEMBER (12.00 PM START)

Kez Adams & Fergal Wright ; Jason Chapman & Chris Porter ; Terry Corfield & Peter Jozwik ;

Wayne Graham & Janice Hobson ; George Hitchmough & Mark Wilde ; Jim Halsall & Tony Wakefield ;

Chris Harding & Jon Roberts ; John Hughes & John McCabe ; Kevin McCormack &  Noel Morgans ;

Barry & Pat McArthur ; Mike Milne & Alex Rimmer ; Peter Smith & John Unsworth ;

Laurie Townson & Roger Van Beever ; Sue White & Sue Wignall

LAST CHANCE CUP – SUNDAY 27th SEPTEMBER (12.00 PM START)

Kez Adams & Fergal Wright ; Lynn Burrow & Mike Milne ; Jason Chapman & Chris Porter ;

Terry Corfield & Noel Morgans ; Sue Davies & Tony Wakefield ; Wayne Graham & Norma White ;

Chris Harding & Jon Roberts ; Janice Hobson & Derek Wignall ; John Hughes & John McCabe ;

Alan & Jill Lloyd ; Barry & Pat McArthur ; Peter Smith & John Unsworth ;

Laurie Townson & Roger Van Beever ; Sue White & Sue Wignall. George Hitchmough & Sue Andersen

TEAM CHALLENGE

The Club’s internal team challenge starts this week with the following fixtures.

Thursday 17th September

Blizzard v Thunder

Friday 18th September

Hurricanes v Tempest

NOTES

1.     Matches to commence at 6.30pm.

2.     Open practice from 6.00pm

3.     Matches to be played using the format of the Maghull Mini-League. 1 point per individual winner and 1 point for the aggregate. If teams are tied on the same number of points in the league table, the number of individual winners would be the deciding criteria. If still tied, the team with the best overall aggregate would be placed higher.

4.     Hurricanes to concede a handicap of ten chalks on the aggregate v. the other three teams, which will all play each other off scratch.

5.     Teams to be made up of players registered in the Maghull Mini-League but if short, any member of the club can be used. They would then be considered  a registered player for that team and cannot then play for one of the other three teams.

6.     If both captains agree, a match can be re-arranged for another night but please inform George or Mike. We need to know for recording green usage and for our locking up rota.

7.     Match results to be sent to Mike Milne (michaelmilne66@outlook.com)

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Covid 19 Guidence Update

Following the latest Government guidance regarding Outdoor meeting of groups and the clarification from Sport England and UK Bowls.

We must adhere to the group of 6 guidance but we will still be allowed to bowl in our club if we follow Covid guidance on cleaning AND SOCIAL DISTANCING.

We should  be able to complete our Competitions and Round Robins and Maghull league mini League bowling.

Bowls England
https://www.bowlsengland.com/covid-19-update-following-government-clarification/

Riverside House
Milverton Hill
Royal Leamington Spa
Warwickshire
CV32 5HZ

Telephone: 01926 334609
enquiries@bowlsengland.com

COVID-19 UPDATE FOLLOWING GOVERNMENT CLARIFICATION

10th September, 2020 by Matt Wordingham

Further to yesterday’s statement, we are delighted to confirm that our clubs can continue to offer organised bowling activity in a Covid-safe manner.

Sport England has announced, following clarification from Government, that people can continue to take part in organised outdoor sports when restrictions on social gatherings are introduced from Monday 14th September.

With the end of the season fast-approaching for the majority of our clubs, we trust players will continue to enjoy our sport in a socially-distant manner, particularly if wishing to play fours at this time.

We also encourage clubs to take this final opportunity to introduce new people to our sport through our ‘Let’s Roll’ initiative, which has already seen nearly 1,000 individuals sign up for a free trial session at their local club, and the Great British Week of Sport (Saturday 19th September to Sunday 27th September).

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Club Competitions up Date

Club Non Random Doubles.

Congratulations to Sue Andersen and Jim Hallsall on winning the club doubles on Sunday.

Sue & Jim reached the finals by overcoming Graham Meadow & John Unsworth 21:12, John Hughes & John McCabe 21:11, Terry Corfield & Noel Morgans 21:12

Their opponents George Hitchmough & Pete Smith reached the final by overcoming Roger VanBeever & Laurie Townson 21:13. Brian Sutton & Alec Rimmer 21:13

The final was a one sided affair with Jim & Sue dominating getting three 3s and a 4 to establish a game winning lead finally winning 21:9

This was Jims’ second competition win of the season with Sue adding this to her winning of this event in 2018 with Ken Rimmer.

Club Non random Doubles winners SUE ANDERSEN JIM HALLSALL
Club Non Random Doubles Runners Up George Hitchmough Pete Smith

Consolation Competition.

Time was found to run a consolation competition with 7 pairs entering. The eventual winners were Derrek Wignall & Janice Hobson who overcome Pat & Barry McArthur in a closely fought final 17:12

Consolation Winners Derek Wignall Janice Hobson
Consolation Runners Up Pat & Barry McArthur

CHAMPIONSHIP CUP & LADIES’ CHAMPIONSHIP

Next Sunday, 13th September sees the staging of the Championship Cup (men’s singles) and Ladies’ Championship, starting at 12 noon prompt. Please report by 11.45 am to allow time for the draw to be made. There are still place available in these competitions. The names already booked in can be seen below. If you are not on the list and wish to play, please contact Mike Milne asap (07752352065 / michaelmilne66@outlook.com ). Due to current restrictions, there is still a limit of 30 participants.

CHAMPIONSHIP CUP

Jason Chapman, Terry Corfield, Peter Croston, Chris Harding,

George Hitchmough, John McCabe, Mike Milne, Noel Morgans,

Alex Rimmer, Len Southworth, Ray Sutton, Roger Van Beever,

Tony Wakefield, Dave White, Derek Wignall, Fergal Wright

LADIES’ CHAMPIONSHIP

Sue Davies, Janice Hobson, Pat McArthur,

Wendy McLoughlin, Sue White, Sue Wignall

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COMPETITIONS UPDATE


PRESIDENT’S CUP
Congratulations to Chris Porter on winning the President’s Cup at the weekend, narrowly defeating Jim Halsall 21-20 in another closely fought final. Chris had appeared to be on course for a comfortable win as he led 18-12 but Jim won six consecutive ends to take the lead at 20-18. However, Chris was able to secure the three chalks required to take the title. This was Chris’s first club competition win at the Hesketh since winning the Championship Cup in 1988.

CHRIS PORTER WINNER PRESIDENTS CUP
JIM HALSALL Runner Up
Mike Milne Semi-Finalist
Fergal Wright Semi-Finalist

DOUBLES – SUNDAY 6th SEPTEMBER
There are still vacancies for the next club competition, which is a non-random doubles , to be held on Sunday 6th September. Please report by 11.45 am for a 12 noon start. The pairings entered so far can be seen below. If any pairs would like to be added to the list, please contact Mike Milne (07752352065 / michaelmilne66@outlook.com)
Terry Corfield & Noel MorgansWayne Graham & Norma WhiteGeorge Hitchmough & Peter SmithJanice Hobson & Derek WignallJohn Hughes & John McCabeBarry & Pat McArthurGraham Meadow & John UnsworthAlex Rimmer & Brian SuttonLaurie Townson & Roger Van BeeverSue White & Sue Wignall
CHAMPIONSHIP CUP & LADIES’ CHAMPIONSHIP
Names are also being taken for the Championship Cup (men’s singles handicap) and the Ladies’ Championship, which will be held on Sunday 13th September, 12 noon start. To enter, please contact Mike Milne (07752352065 / michaelmilne66@outlook.com).

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Sponsor a Spike

The committee would like to thank all members who donated to our “Sponsor a Spike” appeal.

We received just over £500 towards the purchase of the Sorrel Roller.

The equipment will be used to maintain the green to the high standards you have come to expect.

Thank you all

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CLUB COMPETITION NEWS

CHAIRMAN’S SHIELD
Congratulations to Brian Sutton and Dave White who won the Chairman’s Shield on Saturday, coming back from 20-15 down to win the final 21-20 against Mike Milne and Alex Rimmer. Brian and Dave had previously looked in control of the final as they led 15-11 but 9 chalks in three ends put Mike and Alex on the brink of victory. However, Brian found a brilliant bowl when lying game down and from 16-20, Brian and Dave scored the five chalks needed over four ends to take the title. Well done to Dave on claiming his first Hesketh Arms competition win.

Winners BRIAN SUTTON DAVE WHITE
Runners Up ALEC RIMMER MIKE MILNE


PRESIDENT’S CUP
The next club competition will be the President’s Cup singles handicap and will take place on Sunday 30th August, starting at 12 noon. Please report by 11.45 am to allow for a prompt start. There are still a couple of vacancies in this competition so if your name is not on the list below and you wish to play, please contact Mike Milne (michaelmilne66@outlook.com / 07752352065) as soon as possible.
Kez Adams, Sue Andersen, Jason Chapman, Terry Corfield, Sue Davies,Wayne Graham, Jim Halsall, Chris Harding, George Hitchmough, Janice Hobson,Barry McArthur, Pat McArthur, John McCabe, Kevin McCormack, Mike Milne,Noel Morgans, Chris Porter, Alex Rimmer, Len Southworth, Ray Sutton,John Unsworth, Roger Van Beever, Tony Wakefield, Dave White, Sue White,Derek Wignall, Sue Wignall, Fergal Wright.


NON-RANDOM PAIRS – SUNDAY 6th SEPTEMBER
Entries are also being taken for the non-random pairs competition, to be held on Sunday 6th September, 12 noon start. To book a place, please contact Mike Milne (michaelmilne66@outlook.com / 07752352065). Players booked in so far are listed below : –
Terry Corfield & Noel Morgans Janice Hobson & Derek Wignall John Hughes & John McCabeBarry & Pat McArthur Laurie Townson & Roger Van Beever Sue White & Sue Wignall

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CLUB COMPETITIONS – SEPTEMBER 2020

Having successfully run club handicaps throughout August and with no change expected to the guidance on staging events, we have now set dates for the remaining competitions. To comply with the current BCGBA & HM Government guidance, the number of participants will remain limited to 30. Entry will be by pre-booking, no entries will be taken on the day. To book a place, please contact Mike Milne (07752352065 / michaelmilne66@outlook.com).

The dates set are :-

Sunday 6th September – CLUB DOUBLES (non-random pairs)

Sunday 13th September – CHAMPIONSHIP CUP (men only) & LADIES’ CHAMPIONSHIP (singles handicaps)

Saturday 19th September – VICE-PRESIDENTS PAIRS TROPHY (non-random pairs)

Sunday 27th September – LAST CHANCE CUP (non-random pairs)

ALL COMPETITIONS WILL START AT 12.00 pm PROMPT.

PLEASE NOTE :-

WHILE THE CURRENT RESTRICTIONS ARE IN PLACE, WE WILL NOT BE RUNNING PLATES AT CLUB COMPETITIONS, THIS IS TO ENSURE THAT THE NUMBER OF GAMES ON THE GREEN DOES NOT EXCEED THE NUMBER STATED IN OUR RISK ASSESSMENT.

NON-PLAYERS AND SPECTATORS WILL ONLY BE ALLOWED AT THE GREEN IF THEY DO NOT TAKE THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN THE BOWLING CLUB CONFINES OVER THE PERMITTED NUMBER OF 30. ALL NON-PLAYERS AND SPECTATORS MUST REGISTER THEIR ATTENDANCE IN THE FOLDER PROVIDED FOR TRACK AND TRACE PURPOSES.

HM Government Covid-19 guidelines on social distancing and strict hygiene measures must be observed at all times

“SPONSOR A SPIKE”

Many thanks to all those members who have contributed to the Sponsor a Spike appeal. Many of you have donated and thank you all very much. If you haven’t yet done so there is still time. Donations can be passed to any member of the committee or paid online into the club’s Lloyds Bank Account 01007849 Sort Code 30-97-88.