Club News

Plant a tree for the Jubilee

 19-Jun-2022  Website Editor

Saturday 3rd June 2022 was a very special day for the club as we confirmed our contribution to the green canopy with a flowering cherry tree.

WHAT IS THE QUEEN’S GREEN CANOPY?

The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 which invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”.

Everyone from individuals to Scout and Girlguiding groups, villages, cities, counties, schools and corporates will be encouraged to play their part to enhance our environment by planting trees.

With a focus on planting sustainably, the QGC will encourage planting of trees to create a legacy in honour of The Queen’s leadership of the Nation, which will benefit future generations. 

As well as inviting the planting of new trees, The Queen’s Green Canopy will dedicate a network of 70 Ancient Woodlands across the United Kingdom and identify 70 Ancient Trees to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of service. 

The day allowed members to celebrate the Jubilee with bowls, food drink, and as always great companionship amongst friends. We were also lucky enough to have a beautiful sunny day.

A wonderful gesture

 01-Jun-2022  Website Editor

A massive thanks to Paula and her family.

The club is now the proud owner of a fabulous quality gazebo which we have already used for the Open days and will be again used for the forthcoming Jubilee BBQ.

The donation was on behalf of her dad and club member Norman Betts who was born in August 1923 and sadly passed in September 2021.

Norman joined the club around 1984 when the club played in two separate sections that being men and women, both working independently with their own committees. The club however was a true family affair as Norman was joined by his wife Joyce, grandson Peter and finally daughter Paula.

Norman soon took over as Men’s Captain, followed on by Chairman, positions he occupied on more than one occasion. Norman was always there to help with work around the club and was involved in the extension, took a major role in building the kitchen and laying the new green. All this could not have been achieved without additional funds and Norman with another member Stan Durrant would hold very popular auctions during the winter months to raise the cash.

Norman played for as long as he could and finally with a heavy heart had to admit defeat. He then became a life member and even to the very end was always keen to hear news from both on and off the green.

Thank you, Norman and RIP.

 

We’ve gone Potty

 01-Jun-2022  Website Editor

Thanks to some quick thinking by Alan and Sheila whilst visiting Potters Holiday Village we were able to welcome bowler Mark Royal*, roadshow sales manager and his extensive range of stock to the club.

Members of Potten End along with other clubs took advantage of the vast array of bowls, clothing, and other accessories on sale, the extensive knowledge Mark brought about the game and of course the ability to immediately test purchases on our excellent home green.

The day ended with many members walking away with new brightly coloured bowls as well as shoes and various carriers.

Clearly a success for both the club and the roadshow, we now await a date in 2023 for the start of next season.

 

*Mark Royal has consistently been in the top 16 of the World Bowls Tour Rankings since 2003, and reached a career high of world number 2 in 2009 on the back of a really strong couple of seasons on the tour. It was in that period that Mark claimed the first of his World Bowls Tour singles victories, taking the 2008 Welsh International Open title and added a second in 2011.

 

Open Day – What a success

 02-May-2022  Website Editor

Our 1st open day of the month was held on Sunday 1st May 2022.

Although the day itself was cloudy a little chilly and at times brought a slight drizzle, even so we were extremely pleased to receive 42 prospects and several other interested parties thinking of moving from their current clubs.

The day started at 10am with our first arrivals and the last bowlers were away around 4.15pm. Those attending were initially measured for the correct bowls and if they did not have flat soled shoes then footwear where available. Then onto the green to meet our coaches.

The aim of the day, being to introduce everyone to bowls, our club and of course engage them to come again to our coaching sessions before making any decision about membership.

 That said we immediately signed up three new members and look forward to seeing the remainder when they return for midweek or weekend coaching sessions in May.

Our next Open days are the last weekend in May, so come and join us and hopefully we can all take in a bit of sun as well.

Well done team Potten End.

Pictures of the day will be added to the website gallery. https://www.pottenendbowlsclub.org/photos/general/

Member Profile - Strictly Bowls

 29-Apr-2022  Rod Robway

Linda Burfot known as ‘Nanny B’ by her four grandchildren has been a playing member of Potten End Bowls Club for 20 years being first introduced to the game by her late husband David.  Linda has a close, caring and loving family who all play an important part in helping and supporting one another and especially keeping an eye on Mum!

Her husband David was a playing member who was influential and successful in lobbying for the launch of the married couples trophy, which today is always keenly contested and a much valued  club competition to win.

But in 2016 Linda decided to take The Level One Award in Coaching Bowls (QCF), which Trevor Clark a Coach at Harpenden Bowl’s club encouraged her to take.  Her qualification has served her and the Club well with many new and existing members benefitting from her expertise coaching, vital tips, help and support.  She plays an essential and key role at the Club especially on the  annual Open Days, helping novices to try out the bowls and more importantly encouraging and persuading them to join.

Linda enjoys the overall friendship, togetherness and atmosphere of the club and especially when playing in team games, which she prefers.  She can remember winning the Watford & District Triples Final with Lesley as lead Paula Skip whilst Linda played second.  They were underdogs going into the final but she can clearly remember the final end when Lesley playing lead bowled a wood straight onto the Jack, which proved crucial in the overall standing and result with the team eventually running out winners of the competition.

Linda has also played indoor bowls at Harpenden for the last 10 years along with several of her friends and colleagues from PEBC, but overall her first love is outdoor bowling at PEBC.  She believes playing bowls has helped her cognitive, fitness and mental health.

Next spring Linda will be going on an indoor bowling trip to Torquay with Harpenden Bowls Club.  The South West has always been a favourite destination for holidays and she likes to visit Lyme Regis, Brownsea Island, Bournemouth and many other attractive nearby coastal venues.  Given the chance Linda has her mind set on exploring other places in the UK with no immediate plans to travel abroad.   Although, once a year Linda entertains her sister from America and has made several return journeys to the States, of course this is something that she always looks forward too.

Apart from bowls Linda naturally enjoys seeing her family, playing short tennis, darts and other social events held at the Club.  When relaxing at home she likes to watch TV and a good drama, nature and the occasional soap programme.

It was an honest-to-goodness pleasure to interview Linda, who has a real zest and energy about her with a great sense of humour.  She loves life and being with her friends and colleagues at the Club which has provided a real stimulant for her and for everyone at the Club.

Long may our own ‘Strictly Linda’ be an example to all of us who have taken up the wonderful game of bowls.

Everyone's a Winner

 10-Apr-2022  Website Editor

In December 2021 we were able to report that the new defibrillator had been sourced, purchased, and fitted to the outside of the club.

In our summary for March, we were able to confirm that the unit had been taken to a incident in the village but thankfully was not required.

On Saturday 9th April, Maggie with her assistant Resusci Anne, provided training to club members in both resuscitation and the use of the defibrillator.

I would estimate that we have 30% of the playing members now trained in its use and more importantly able to safeguard those vital minutes until qualified and equipped emergency services are on scene.

It is now extremely important that we ensure everyone refreshes this knowledge regularly.

Well done Maggie OUTSTANDING!!

Did you know?

The lifeless body of a young girl was pulled from the river Seine in Paris, France in 1900. Since her identity could not be established, a death mask was made, as was customary in such a case.  There was no evidence of violence, and it was assumed that she had taken her own life.  Several romantic stories based on this mystery were published.  She was known as the Girl from the River Seine.

In 1958 Asmund S. Laerdal, a doll and toy maker by trade, began work on a life-like manikin for training people on mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. He commissioned the well-known sculptress Emma Matthiessen to model a manikin face in the likeness of the Girl from the River Seine and in 1960 Resusci Anne was born.

Winter activities come to an end

 08-Apr-2022  Website Editor

Winter Activities come to an end

In addition to the Darts, winter months have seen a keenly contested cribbage card school on a Wednesday and carpet bowls on a Thursday morning.

Many thanks go out to John and Chris Linton for dealing out a great deal of fun on a Wednesday and to Alan and Sheila for their indoor slightly slanted not quite even Thursday matches. I am sure Doug and Rob will make our green beautifully level for the summer which I am sure will confuse the carpet bowlers for a few weeks.

Well done to all who organise and those who have supported and enjoyed these weekly events.

We can now look forward to a wonderful summer with the knowledge these winter events will enable us to catch up with friends and keep us smiling.

 

Ladies Spring Luncheon

 06-Apr-2022  Website Editor

A wonderful way to start the season.

The Ladies Spring luncheon was held at the club on Wednesday 6th April 2022 hosted by the lady’s club captain Annie and her vice-captain Linda.

Whilst press were refused entry, we were able to grab some interviews as the members left. All those spoken to stated they had been spoilt for food and drink and had enjoyed a fantastic afternoon. One new member stated, ‘This was my first ladies luncheon and I am now fully enthused to play this season’, another confirmed she had not stopped talking.

Well done one and all.

We met the Mower

 05-Apr-2022  Website Editor

Now that was a busy Tuesday!!

Well done to all those who attended this morning for their introduction to the new mower. Special thanks to Sheila, Annie and Jenny for the lovely bacon rolls and refreshments and Steve for the indoor discovery and outdoor practical sessions. 

The club was a hive of activity getting ready for the season with over 20 members in attendance and plenty of finishing touches occuring to drives, steps, paving stones, windows and much more.

In addition the coaches were finalising their training for our Open days on Sunday 1st May 2022, Saturday 28th May 2022 and Sunday 29th May 2022 and the follow up training for all players for 2022. News of dates to follow.

 

Darts Finale – Seasons Winners

 03-Apr-2022  Website Editor
Doug Howard and Paula Gillings

Fantastic night with food and plenty of laughter.

On Saturday 2nd April 2022 the grand finale of the Potten End Bowls club darts season came to an exciting end with several winners.

Our Doug throughout the winter months has yet again run a fabulous Friday night social which includes various dart games, general knowledge quiz questions and all competed for by almost every ability of darts player. Let’s hope John Heron and his team don’t have too many holes to fill.

Winners

Doubles

Runners up - Rob Callahan and Keith Martindale. 

Winners - Doug Howard and Paula Gillings.

Singles

Runner up - Jenny Roberts

Winner - Keith Martindale.

A massive thank you to Doug and all the members who have supported him throughout the year.

Winner - Rob Rodway

 03-Apr-2022  Website Editor

Congratulations to Potten End Bowls club newcomer in 2021 Rob Rodway.

Rob joined at our May Open Day in 2021 and immediately immersed himself into club life. Having never played bowls before but a keen footballer in his youth, Rob set about learning the new skills and made the most of the coaching available and advice from senior members.

During the season Rob played in as many mixed matches as he could and continued to improve.

Once the season finished Rob went off to try his hand at the indoor game joining Harpenden District Indoor Bowls Club.

Suffice it to say all the hard work has paid off and Rob in his first year at indoor bowls, won 21 -17 the Bradbury (Novices) Cup at their finals gala.

Well done Rob and lets hope you keep on winning for Potten End.

 

Easy fundraising - Money for old rope! Are we missing a trick?

 30-Dec-2021  Website Editor

 

 

£39 million Raised

 

2.2 million Users

 

170,000 Causes

 

In 2021 Sheila Howling registered Potten End Bowls Club on Easy Fundraising. This made it possible for members to go through the website to their favourite online stores or suppliers and purchase goods with the supplier sending back a % to the club.

At the end of the year the monies raised stood at £130 almost the cost of a year’s membership and no one was inconvenienced.

Easy Fundraising works with over 5,900 businesses from AA, Argos, BT, Direct Line, M&S, Sky to Wickes.

Help us now and sign up to raise money for the club.

We currently have 15 members onboard. Are you? Sign up now

www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/pottenendbowls/

Why not ask your friends and family to donate. (They can be anonymous). There is also an introduction donation from Easy fundraising.

Please help, it costs nothing and you're only dealing with the companies you currently buy from.

Contact Sheila if you want to discuss further as she can get an introduction bonus. 

Hospice of St Francis Berkhamsted

 21-Dec-2021  Website Editor

 

I am not sure if there is anything more pleasurable than assisting a charity in one way or another.

It is therefore extremely pleasing that during this 2021 season we have not only collected but donated to such a worthy cause the sum of £1,648.00.

Thank you to everyone who organised, donated and took time to be involved. Let’s see if we can take this to another level in 2022 for our next Captain, Alan.

www.stfrancis.org.uk

 

Bowls Manager

 15-Dec-2021  Website Editor

The upgrade of the current Potten End website to Bowls Manager will be completed in 2022 when all members will be invited to login and review their account.

The upgrade will allow Potten End as a Club to compete with other Clubs in attracting new members as well as making life easier for players and Club officials. The new online system replaces the current paper team sheets and provides:

  • A new look website for the Club.
  • Allows for a secure members login to confirm availability.
  • Save hours for team selectors.
  • Allows instant confirmation to players and reserves by email.
  • Avoids confusion by letting players know where and when they are required.
  • Allows players to cancel online with instant notifications to team captains.
  • Updates players on their competitions.

 

The system does not stop there, the updates in 2022 will extend to:

  • Green team
  • Bar
  • Catering

This will enable the Committee to ensure that no one is overburdened and that everyone is getting a fair number of games.

Currently three members are Superusers and in 2022 those needing access such as Captains, membership, fixtures, and green team will be receiving their training so they can update the programme as we go.

The Committee members will then be trained and tasked with ensuring all members are able to use the system. Those without a computer are catered for and will get access within the Club and again training.

The feedback to date from members has been extremely positive, in particular the ability to sign up and confirm matches from home.

AGM 2021

 14-Dec-2021  Website Editor

AGM

Held on a bright Sunday morning the AGM was attended by circa 40 people and the highlights were as follows:

Lesley and Steve, the Club captains, confirmed that generally the season had gone well and particularly in the following external competitions:

  • Winners of Dacorum Shield
  • Winners of Ladies’ County league West Division
  • Finalist in Men’s County League West Division
  • Annie Finalist in Watford & District Champion of Champions
  • Finalists in the Watford & District Friday League.

Annie Rowe receiving the Ladies’ West Division County League Trophy on behalf of Potten End Ladies’

With our usual early May Open Day combined with Bowls England Open Weekend, we attracted 20 new members.

All positions were filled, and the new website will launch in 2022 showing a full list.

 

New team 'Hit the Roof'

 13-Dec-2021  Website Editor

At the AGM in December 2021 John Heron and Eddie Rochford agreed to lead and support each other with the maintenance and supervise the much-needed team.

Alan Howling informed them he had already undertaken the rounds and would provide them with a list of works. The most important being a leak in the shed roof which if not undertaken as a matter of urgency could cost the club dearly.

The shed which had been re-felted in the last 5 years, now has a new ribbed bitumen roof thanks to the knowledge and assistance of Peter Lewis who had undertaken a similar job at home.

Thank you team and we look forward to seeing and hearing updates on all projects you undertake this winter and assistance you receive.

THE MAINTENANCE TEAM NEED YOUR HELP. PLEASE CONTACT JOHN FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

PEBC – Defibrillator

 07-Dec-2021  Website Editor

Congratulations one and all.

A special thanks to the committee and in particular Maggie (Health and Safety) as our newly purchased defibrillator is now installed and operational.

Positioned on the wall outside the kitchen and registered with the Ambulance Service. The box is locked and accessed with a code which is posted on the wall adjacent to the telephone or if inaccessible can be obtained from the ambulance service when calling.

Although the device provides verbal instructions as you open it, in addition it is planned that further training on both CPR and the Defibrillator will be available for anyone interested once the current covid situation is under control.

A big thank you again, let’s hope we have no need to use the device.  However, if we do the patient knows that our trained membership will be there to assist any emergency.

 

Potton End Presentation Evening 2021

 13-Nov-2021  Website Editor

Our chairman Maurice along with ladies Captain Lesley present the ladies two wood triple trophy to Maggie Martindale, Coral Maycock, Annie Rowe

Friday 12th November 2021 saw the annual awards ceremony take place at Little Hay Golf Club. The evening was superbly supported by 48 glamorous members who enjoyed our Chairman and Captains present the winners with a multitude of prizes. The event saw 20 internal competition winners and 23 different Club members as recipients.

Next year’s event is already being planned and reserved for Friday 4th November 2022 at the Little Hay venue. 

Men’s over 65                                     Steve Wilson

Ladies’ over 60                                    Karen Baxter

Men’s Clubman                                   Eddie Rochford

Men’s Novice                                      Barry Drake

Men’s Triples                                       Rob Callaghan, Keith Gissing, John Linton

Ladies’ Triples                                     Linda Burfot, Maggie Martindale, Doreen Pike

Men’s Pairs                                          Alan Jones and Colin Sallery

Ladies’ Pairs                                        Linda Burfot and Janice Cheshire-Burke

Mixed Australian Pairs                       Sandra Clark and Steve Wilson

Mixed Pairs                                         Linda Burfot and Steve Wilson

Open Club Singles                              Steve Wilson

(Played as a mixed 7up competition)

Men’s Two Wood                                Ken Delagua

Ladies’ Two Wood                              Annie Rowe

Ladies’ Two Wood Triples                  Maggie Martindale, Coral Maycock, Annie Rowe

Husband and Wife                             Carol Eaton and Barry Drake

Men’s Championship                          Eddie Clark

Ladies’ Championship                        Annie Rowe

Friday Night Aggregate                     Ken Delagua, Eddie Rochford, Richard Rowe

Mixed 4’s Competition                       Keith Gissing, Doug Howard, Shirley Miller, Rob Rodway

Fred Hawley Cup                                Keith Gissing