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Bowls Fun Session Saturday 20th July at 10.30am

Over 20 people came along to ‘have-a-go’ on Saturday morning and the feedback was very promising.  Some people even indicated that they might like to join the club and take up bowls.  Viv would like to thank all those members who came along and gave their time to help with the event and also create a very welcoming atmosphere.


News from Committee Meeting 5th June

Postponed Ben Pook Cup

It was decided in committee that the above event will  be incorporated into Presidents Day on Saturday June 22nd at 2pm.  This competition will replace the usual bowling event held on that day.  Cost will be £5.00 per head as a contribution towards the meal.  Event played on Presidents Day – Winner Ted Macnamara

Green Update

After receiving a quote and detailed itinerary of the work to be carried out, it was agreed that the firm of James Collins (Horticultural Mechanic Sports Turf and Lawn Maintenance) of Helston Cornwall will begin work on the green in September this year and continue with specific further treatments during October, November and December.  Members requiring further information should contact our own green maintenance team.


Len & Myrtle Wonnacott Memorial Shield

This event will be held this Saturday 8th June at 2pm as planned.  Cost will be £3.00 per head as a contribution towards refreshments             CANCELLED DUE CONDITIONS

Competitions Draw

The draw for this year’s domestic competitions will be made on Wednesday 12th June.  Members wishing to enter still have time to do so.

Tuesday Roll-up Re-commenced

20 Members attended on Tuesday 28th May and enjoyed an afternoon rolling-up.  Rinks 1,2,5 & 6 were used and reports suggest that they bowled reasonably well under the circumstances.  Rinks 3 & 4 must not be used and must be given time to recover.  This applies in both North to South and East to West directions.  Members should still contact their respective captains regarding league and shield matches as some games had already been re-arranged beyond this date.  Members are thanked for their patience during this difficult time.  Further information will be given when it is known.

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.