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2024 AGM

Many thanks to those members who attended the Club’s Annual General Meeting, held at the Churchtown Conservative Club on Monday 19th February. It was very pleasing to see several new members in attendance and we welcome them to the Club. The Committee would also like to thank the Conservative Club for the use of their facilities. 


The Annual General Meeting set the following subscription rates for the 2024 season :-    
Standard membership subscription – £30.00Team players’ subscription – £50.00
Payment can be made online directly to the Club’s bank account : 
Sort Code : 30 97 88    Account number : 01007849
If paying by bank transfer, please notify Mike Milne by text (07752352065) or email (
Alternatively, subscriptions can be sent to Mike Milne (Treasurer) at the following address :- 
Mike Milne, 20 Coudray Road, Southport PR9 9NL


The Chairman, Chris Harding, thanked Peter Smith for fulfilling the role of Club President during the 2022 and 2023 seasons and presented him with a gift to mark his two year term of office.  
The newly elected President for 2024 is John Unsworth and we hope he enjoys a successful year. John’s position as Vice-President is taken by Bill Bloor, who we are delighted to welcome on to the committee. We are also pleased that the following his stint as President, Peter Smith is to remain on the Committee and along with Lynne, will continue to organise the twice weekly Round Robins. 
The Chairman (Chris Harding), Vice-Chairman (Jason Chapman), Secretary (George Hitchmough) and Treasurer (Mike Milne) were all re-elected and will continue in their current positions. 


Don’t forget to book your place at the Awards & Social Evening, which will take place on Saturday 9th March, at the Churchtown Conservative Club, starting at 7.30 pm

The evening will include : –

Admission will be priced at just £5.00. To book your place, please contact Chris Harding (07761733024) or Mike Milne (07752352065 /
Payment can me directly to the Club’s bank account, by cheque or cash to Mike Milne, or cash payments will be taken on the night.

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2023 Awards Evening


We are pleased to announce that a date has now been set for an AWARDS & SOCIAL EVENING, which will take place at the CHURCHTOWN CONSERVATIVE CLUB on SATURDAY 9th MARCH, starting at 7.30pm.

The evening will include : –

The presentation of awards to the club competition and team merit winners for the 2023 season

Buffet Supper ; Raffle ; Quiz

Donations of Raffle Prizes would be appreciated.

Admission will be priced at just £5.00. To book your place, please contact Chris Harding (07761733024) or Mike Milne (07752352065 /

Payment can be made directly to the Club’s bank account : –

Sort Code : 30 97 88   Account Number : 01007849

Alternatively, cheques made payable to the Hesketh Arms Bowling Club, can be sent to Mike Milne, 20 Coudray Road, Southport PR9 9NL or, cash payments will be taken on the night. 

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Members are reminded that the Club’s Annual General Meeting will be held at the Churchtown Conservative Club on Monday, 19th February, starting at 8.00 pm.


Since the end of the 2023 bowling season, work has been carried out on the green in preparation for the 2024 season. We must place on record our appreciation to Mr. Bernard O’Malley and Nationwide Produce for their generous financial support towards the important annual maintenance work, which is vital to keeping the green in good playing condition. Thanks also to our Greenkeeper, Andy Bate for co-ordinating and overseeing the work and ensuring that the mower has been away for it’s annual service in readiness for the new season.  


We will again be running a full programme of club competitions in 2024. Dates have been set for our Spring events in April and May, so please make a note of the following dates in your diaries –

Sunday 7th April – Spring Pairs – a random doubles, with pairings drawn on the day. There will be a plate competition for pairs losing their first game.

Sunday 12th May – Rose Bowl – a singles handicap, with a plate event for players losing their first game.

Saturday 18th May – Vice-Presidents Pairs Trophy – this will be a non-random doubles, with no plate.

All the above the competitions will start at 12 noon. To enter, please register at the green on the day by 11.45 am.

Work is underway on setting dates for our remaining competitions and will be published as soon as possible.

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I must inform you that ALAN BOND has passed away.

I have no further details at present.

Alan was a member for many years but has suffered poor health for several years making him unable to continue playing.

Alan played for the Hesketh Hawks in the Aughton Vets league and at the Botanic Park Bowling club.

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John Robottom

Funeral for John Robottom will be Thursday 18th Jan @ 10am at West Lancashire Crematorium Burscough and the Family would be delighted if you could join them at the Bold in Churchtown afterwards.

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John Robottom

I regret to inform you that John Robottom passed away on Christmas Eve.

I have sent our condolences to John’s daughter Alision.

John was a regular attendee of the Round Robin Bowling and well-liked by all, he will be missed.

I will let you know of the funeral arrangements when I receive the details.

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Dear Member,

With Christmas and the New Year fast approaching, I thought it would be good timing to update the

club’s members on what plans have been put in place for 2024.


I have had several conversations with our greenkeeper Andy Bate. All the back-end work was carried.

out immediately after the end of the season. Andy has been down to the green regularly to remove the

leaves and debris. The next stage is to prepare for the beginning of the season and work on the

green will be ongoing throughout 2024.

Green Surrounds

Members of the Committee have been to the green to shut down the club for the winter. While we

were there, we also inspected all the furniture and removed any items that were not up to standard.

A work party will be arranged around March time to tidy up the flower beds etc. There will be a

second work party to clear the gutters and lay the new carpet down. Please look out for dates as we

will be looking for volunteers.

Awards Night

The Awards Night will be held on Saturday, 20th January 2024 at the Churchtown Conservative Club.

Tickets with be available soon, so please join us for what is always a fun night.

Annual General Meeting

The AGM will be held on Monday, 19th February 2024, also at the Churchtown Conservative Club,

commencing at 8.00 pm. We would appreciate a good attendance.

New Members

Although we are not concerned about our membership numbers, there is going to be a focus on

recruitment in 2024. This will be through Open Days, supported by Social Media posts.

Project Manager

We still haven’t filled the vacancy for the position of Project Manager. The main duties are to

organise and oversee work parties and be responsible for any activity related the improvement of

the facilities. The position comes with a place on the committee. Please contact me if you have any

questions about this role and what is involved.


Volunteers are always welcome. We always require assistance with tasks such as gardening,

painting, cleaning, odd jobs etc. We are very lucky to have some helpful people at the club but it

would be great to have more members involved.


If you have any ideas to improve our club or have any questions about this update, please contact

me on 07761 733024.

I hope you all have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Chris Harding