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Xmas at The Manor

It was the Christmas night at the Manor on Tuesday 17th December when members traditionally dress the part before the festive break.  Lots of wonderful costumes with everyone entering into the spirit.  Thursday saw the last evening of bowling indoors until the resumption in the New Year on 7th & 9th January.  Members are reminded that there is a ‘Post Xmas’ lunch arranged at Trethorne on Saturday 11th January at 12.30pm.  John has 43 names for this event but there is still time if you would like to join the party.  Please contact John Mansell for details and directions as he will be finalising numbers quite soon. 

AGM Report 2019

The 2019 Annual General meeting was held at the clubhouse on Friday 15th November and was well attended with 44 members signing in.  The business of the day was conducted by President Brian Vernon who asked members to stand for a short period of silence in memory and in respect of departed members.  Reports were given by President Brian, Secretary Jean, Treasurer Brian Rogers who was standing down from the post after a 5-year period.  The Captains report was read by Secretary Jean in Roger’s absence.   The Ladies Co-Captain Sue Hunt gave a report on a very successful season for our lady players.  Club Vice Captain John Mansell gave his report and stated that he was standing down from the post also after a 5-year spell.  Both Brian and John were thanked by members for the respective work on the club’s behalf.

The election of officers and committee members took place with a ballot being necessary for the 8 members required.  There were 10 nominations and the successful nominees were Alan Mathias, Geoff Voaden, John Mansell, Janet Griffiths, Viv Kirkland, Arthur Griffiths, Brian Rogers and John Westlake.  Thanks go to all those who were prepared to stand.  In the absence of any nominations for club captain, Roger had previously indicated that he would be prepared to carry on in the post.  The club welcomed our new Treasurer Wendy Raymond and new Vice Captain Jim Hosegood.  All other officers, as of last year, were re-elected.  A few items were raised in Any Other Business and exchanges got quite heated, which was a pity, the matters raised will be taken on board by the Management Committee.

The Club President Brian then presented a cheque for £500.00 to a representative of ‘Force Cancer Charity’ who were our chosen recipients of this year’s charitable donation.

Brian presents the cheque

The meeting ended with the presentation of prizes to the winners of our domestic competitions.  Well done to all who are now a little bit richer.  The final presentation was to our new Treasurer Wendy who received the cup for the most improved lady player, congratulations to her.

Wendy receives the cup 

Devon Over 70s County Pairs


                                 Viv Collects Trophies in Janets absence                                                                                    Viv & Janet observe the final score

There is more good news to report as Janet Griffiths and Viv Kirkland got through to the finals day of the Devon County Over 70s Pairs.  Having won 4 previous rounds to reach this stage of the competition they were drawn in the morning semi-final against a pair from Sir Francis Drake bowls club Plymouth.  After a shaky start Viv & Janet came through to win 22-12 with an end to spare.  In the afternoon final which was played at Abbroook Park Kingsteignton they came up against a pair from the host club.  Despite the home advantage Viv & Janet continued their good form and ran out easy winners 25-5.  Our ladies really have had a brilliant season and the club offers congratulations to our latest champions who received their medals from the Ladies President.

Work on the Green Begins

The Father and Son firm of James Collins from Helston Cornwall attended the green on Tuesday 17th September to begin the planned program of work.  Several club members were also in attendance to assist.  The surface was looking much improved from it’s sorry state at the end of last season. 

Viv and John made themselves useful by cleaning club equipment etc and organised pasties for the workforce.  Many thanks to all those who turned up to help. 

Bowling at ‘The Manor’ Commencing

With the Summer season now over members can keep their hand in by bowling through the winter season at ‘The Manor Hotel’ on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.  The first organised sessions are on Tuesday 24th September and Thursday 26th September.  Contact John Mansell to let him know if you wish to play.

Exeter & District 71 Shield

Congratulations are in order once again as Okehampton Simmons Men’s team have won the Shield for the 4th time in 5 years.  With the most difficult of starts to the season, all our teams have done exceptionally well in both ladies and mens leagues.  Well done everyone.

Top Club Result

                                                                                                         Our ladies collect the top club shield

Congratulations to our ladies who have won the Top Club competition for, we believe, the first time in the clubs history. Played at Morchard Bishop the game ended at two rinks each but Okehampton had a far superior shot difference of 21 shots.  What a superb result and a superb season.  Well Done !!!

Nora Gee Cup

Congratulations to our ladies who have had a brilliant season culminating in winning the Nora Gee Cup.  The final score was Okehampton 36 North Tawton 29.  Just one more match to win now, good luck for the final of ‘Top Club’ against Bradworthy at Morchard Bishop on Thursday.

Club Finals Weekend

The Club domestic competition finals were played over the weekend of August 24/25/26 with the winners receiving their trophies immediately after the last completed final.  With some players reaching several finals the spread of 3 days seemed to work well.  Congratulations to all our winners with a special mention to Alan Mathias who once again won five trophies and to Viv Kirkland who this year won four.

Some of this years winners with their trophies

Following the last day of the finals and prior to the presentation of trophies, players and spectators were treated to a cream tea provided by Jenny and Megan.  Many thanks ladies for your continued good work.  President Brian Vernon was busy as usual and it was pleasing to see some new names on the trophies this year.  A full list of winners can be found on the ‘Winners’ page.

Well done to all those who took part in this year’s events.