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Ditches Cleared

Many thanks to those members who gave their time to clear the ditches.  It is much appreciated.

Green to Open 28 May

Following the visit of two independent green management companies and in discussion with our own team of greenkeepers, it has been decided that the green can re-open on Tuesday 28th May for roll-up and competitions.  Rinks 1, 2, 5 & 6 may be used  by members but rinks 3 & 4 must not be used and will remain closed.   Members should still contact their respective captains regarding league and shield matches.   Further information will be given in due course.

Meeting Held 10th May Re: Green Condition

A meeting was held in the clubhouse on Friday 10th May in which there was a heated exchange of views regarding the state of the green.  It was decided that three separate companies, all experienced in green management, would be invited to inspect the green and give advice as to the way forward.  It was also agreed that for the time being the green would remain closed to enable the work that has been carried out so far to take effect.  No definite timescale can be given as to resumption of play at Okehampton as this, among other considerations, is weather dependent.  Once advice has been given and absorbed a clearer picture will emerge and members will be kept advised via this website post.   

Opening Day

The green was officially opened for the 2019 season on Saturday 13th April.  Captain Roger introduced our President Brian Vernon to perform the bowling of the silver jack and first bowl.

Brian delivers the first bowl

As is traditional on these occasions the town Mayor is invited to perform this task but for the first time that I can remember there were no council dignitaries available to attend.  It was a very cold day so few members actually ventured onto the green but 60 members attended to renew their memberships which meant that treasurer Brian Rogers was kept very busy.  Brian would like to thank Jean Hutchings and John Mansell who assisted him on the day.  A cream tea was provided for those who stayed, once again thankyou ladies.

Competition Winners Presentation

Firstly we offer congratulations to all our winners with a special mention for Alan Mathias who won 5 trophies this year and for Sarah Morrish who was voted as the most improved lady player.

This year’s presentation for the winners of our 2018 competitions was held on Sunday 24th March in glorious weather.  The event became a pre-season social with the usual quizzes produced by Captain Roger with chocolate bars for the winners and a cream tea beautifully prepared by Jenny and Megan.  Thank you ladies and Roger for arranging this most enjoyable afternoon. 

The serious business of presenting trophies and prizes was carried out by Roger and President Brian and photographs were taken.  In view of the beautiful weather we were also able to take a group photo on the green.