Before the meeting there was a minute’s silence for members who had passed away in the previous year.
The meeting was opened by Ian Paddy who welcomed the biggest attendance for many years. Ian handed over to the new Chairman, Jim Whitchurch, who announced that after Ian Paddy and fellow director Betty Lawrenson’s decision to stand down five new directors had been appointed. Jim introduced Stuart Burn, Neil Cabriel, Dudley Horner and Liz Watson and, of course, himself.
After apologies for absence it was advised that the minutes from the last AGM had been on the Club’s notice board for several weeks and there were no matters arising.
On the financial side the accounts which were distributed to members present showed the Club to be in a healthy position with a profit for the year. Several questions from the floor particularly regarding membership, were eventually answered.
Regarding the membership, at the present time membership is just under 400, but it is hoped that a figure of 450 can be achieved with various recruitment programmes.
Several membership fees are currently outstanding, but it is anticipated that all these will be paid in the very near future.
Sylvia Dunn was appointed the Club Captain taking over from Ray Clay who is stepping down and he was warmly applauded for his duties over the years.
The Club continue to have both ladies and men’s teams in the Yorkshire League and also two teams in the Yorkshire men’s over 55s league. Whilst the men continue to thrive, the ladies have room for improvement. It is hoped that all teams do well in their respective leagues this season.
Phillip Hargreaves was thanked for launching the Seagull Gallery in which local artists can show their works on a monthly basis with the Club taking a commission on sales. It is Phillip’s works, all of a sporting nature, which adorn the gallery until the end of November. They really are worth coming to look at and enjoy.
Before the meeting closed there were presentations to retiring Treasurer, Jenny Marshall, and retiring Director, Betty Lawrenson, whilst Patsy Paddy was presented with a bouquet of flowers. The last presentation was to Ian Paddy. New director, Neil Cabriel, who presided over all the presentations, explained that Ian has been involved in the Club since its opening in 1998 and was instrumental in getting the Club into the position it is today as one of Yorkshire’s leading indoor bowling clubs. Neil announced that the bowling area would be known as ‘The Ian Paddy Bowls Arena’ and presented Ian a plaque to commemorate this. A fitting tribute to close the meeting.
The day-to-day running of the Club continues. This is a particularly busy time of the year with not only the Club’s daily leagues but with many Yorkshire League over 55 fixtures scheduled for November and December. The draw for the Club’s own competitions has also been made with details on the Club’s notice board.
The Club would like to extend sympathy to the families of John Martinson and Barbara Smithson who both passed away recently. Barbara was a former director of the Club and was very popular. She was regularly at the club, often pushing her husband Owen in his wheelchair, and she was heavily involved in the roller-ball section of the Club. It was pleasing to see many members past and present at her funeral on 12th November.
Following on from last month’s article about Simon Wright, the Club is pleased to hear that he has been selected for the Disability Bowls England Squad. Simon has further trials in February at Gedling, Nottingham and with home nations championships in April he is hoping to make an impression with the selectors for an international debut in his first year of trying to make the team.
The Club’s latest social event is on Saturday 17th December with the welcome return of Steve Caprice as Elvis who, on his previous visit was a sell out success. With tickets at £15.00 to include food it is hoped that it will be equally as successful and tickets are now on sale from the office.
Into the run up to Christmas the Club is open for bowling, Christmas meals or perhaps just a coffee and all are welcome.
The next Seagull Gallery exhibition preview is on Sunday 4th December, 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm entitled ‘Spotlight on the East Riding’ by members of Hornsea Art Society and their exhibits will be on show at the gallery throughout December.
The Club’s next quiz evening is on Tuesday 29th November. There will also be a Christmas quiz on Tuesday 13th December, both starting at 8.30 pm. The first quiz in 2017 will be on Tuesday 10th January.
The Bowling Club’s Christmas opening times are as follows:
Friday 16th December – normal hours, final day of league bowls.
Sunday 18th December – Open as normal for Sunday lunches. Monday 19th December – 10.00 am to 2.00 am.
Tuesday 20th December – 10.00 am to 2.00 pm and 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm. Thursday 22nd to Tuesday 27th – CLUB CLOSED.
Wednesday 28th – David Bielby Christmas Trophy – 9.00 am to 4.30 pm. Thursday 29th, Friday 30th – 10.00 am to 2.00 pm.
Saturday 31st – New Year’s Eve Party night, 8.00 pm to 1.00 am with luxury cold buffet and disco – a party night to enjoy. Tickets £29.50 available from the office.
Sunday 1st January 2017 CLOSED.
Monday 2nd January 2017 – Back to normal, re-commencement of Leagues.
League Fixtures coming up are as follows:
Over 55s – Friday 18th November, Division 1 – v York, 12.30
Friday 25th November, Division 2 – v Featherstone 12.30
Sunday 27th November – Friendly match v Ryedale
Friday 2nd December, Division 1 – v Harrogate, 12.30
Friday 9th December, Division 1 – v Redcar, 12.30
Friday 16th December, Division 2 – v New Earswick, 12.30
Saturday 3rd December – Ladies v Scarborough
Commencing on 5th January a new beginners league will start on Thursdays, 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm.
And finally, in the Club lounge tickets for the annual Christmas prize draw run by Carol and Linda are now on sale with proceeds to local charities and with many prizes. Please support to raise as much as possible.
After picking five numbers to enter the weekly Hornsea Indoor Bowls Club lottery, there was nobody more surprised than Hornsea bowler Sylvia Dunn when she heard her numbers had scooped the £518 prize. The second highest jackpot in the club’s lottery history. A nice pre-Christmas present!
Sylvia is pictured accepting her ‘Big Cheque’.
At the Outdoor Bowling Club annual presentation night dinner, President Doreen Washbourne received four trophies, including the Cookman Trophy for target bowling, Drewery pairs with Dennis Lunn, Aussie pairs with Barbara Simmonite and mixed triples with Ken Pringle and John Litten. Other winners were Alan Bell who won both President’s trophy and men’s championship. Pat Chapman was the women’s champion, Alan Chapman and John Gould were men’s pairs champions and Diane Oldroyd and Marie Whitford were women’s pairs champions. In the novice pairs Cate Gory, our youngest member Molly Clarke, aged 17, along with Geoff Laycock were the victors. The dinner was followed by entertainment from The Hornsea Ukulele Band.
Hornsea Promenade Bowls Club News
|On Saturday 29th October 40 Members and their guests attended the Annual Presentation Dinner as the Hornsea Indoor Bowls Club. The Chairman, David Ward, welcomed everyone and in particular our guest Betty Dean who later presented the Winners and Runners up with their trophies and mementos. A pleasant evening was had by all those attending.|
The final work on the Green took place at the end of November and hopefully players will see the benefit next season.
The last fund raiser of the season takes place on Saturday 3rd December when our Annual Ceilidh will be held at the Indoor Bowls Club commencing at 7.30 pm. The Walkington Hayriders will again be playing and it should be a good night. Tickets are still available from the Indoor Bowls Club Reception.
On behalf of our Members may I take this opportunity to wish all readers a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year
Our Winners and below our guest Betty Dean with our Secretary Neville Sansome