HORNSEA & DISTRICT BOWLING CLUB
Hornsea and District Indoor Bowls Club were saddened to learn of the sudden death of Reg Williams, aged 82. A member of the club since 2002 Reg was well-loved and respected by all staff and members. He was always cheerful and welcomed new members with his wit and charm. He played in many leagues and was always willing to act as a substitute when the need arose. His standard of bowling made him very popular and members knew that if they were up against Reg they would have a tough game. The Directors, staff and members pass on their sympathy to Reg’s family. He will be sorely missed by all.
Despite the bowling season coming to a close with the leagues finishing week ending Friday 8th April, there is still plenty to look forward to. The summer leagues start on Tuesday 19th April as follows:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays – Open Pairs – 10.30 am. and 1 Open Pairs – 7.00 pm. Fridays ‘Aussie Pairs’ – 7.00 pm.
The Club competitions are all reaching their final stages with most having reached the semi-final stages. The finals weekend is on Saturday 9th April and Sunday 10th April.
The Yorkshire League sides have now finished their fixtures with the 1st team retaining their place in Division 1. The 2nd team in Division 3 finished the season with two very good victories over Selby and Harrogate – finishing in 4th place to qualify for the end of season play-off day on 20th March at York. Hornsea will play New Earswick, York and Selby in a round robin tournament, followed by a lunch and presentations.
The Men’s Over 55s Yorkshire League finished their season with a loss against Redcar but have still managed to finish in a comfortable position in Division 1. Next season it is hoped that the Club will also field a team in the 2nd Division. The Ladies Team in the Yorkshire League Division B had a good victory by 8 points to 2 over Selby on Saturday, 12th March which moved them up to 4th in the table with one match left to arrange against Thornaby.
In the past few weeks the Club had a very successful match with a narrow victory against touring team Gedling, near Nottingham. All rinks were in use and it is hoped that more touring sides may visit us in the future.
There was also a very good day when Hornsea’s two outdoor bowling clubs met each other on Sunday 28th February. After a Sunday lunch together, the two clubs incredibly drew – 74 shots each in a very keenly contested match.
The next quiz evening is on Tuesday, 29th March starting at 8.30 pm. It is hoped for a good turnout of teams for what is always a very popular evening.
The club also wishes members Barry Thompson and Steve Webster good luck as part of the Hornsea 3G walking football team who have got through to the finals of the people’s FA Cup competition to be held in Sheffield on Sunday, 20th March.
The Prostrate Cancer Charity was one of three recipients of the money raised by Hornsea Indoor Bowls Club raffle at Christmas. James Baxter (left), son of the raffle organiser Carol Baxter, is pictured presenting £275 (a third of the total raised) to Prostrate Cancer Charity representative Alan McKenzie.
Bowls Club Rock
The ‘Elvis’ tribute evening on Friday, 18th December was a very successful event enjoyed by almost 100 people who attended. Following on from that a similar evening has been arranged for Saturday, 13th February when Leroy Vickers will be entertaining with popular 60s music. Leroy is a well established local artist. There will be a buffet and the price will be £14.50. Further details are available from staff at the Bowls Club and posters will be out shortly. Get your tickets soon to be sure of a place.
The Christmas Draw organised by Carol and Linda proved very worthwhile with £325 being raised and £275 has been presented to three very good causes: Dove House Hospice; Help for Heroes and Prostate Cancer charity. Thanks go to all members who bought tickets to make this a success. The New Year Dance and Buffet evening also went well as 2016 was welcomed in.
Monday, 4th January saw the Club re-open after a two week break. All the daytime and evening matches are now back in full swing, with the Club’s internal cup competitions having now started as well as the County competitions that many Hornsea bowlers enter. Members are urged to look at the notice board to see when matches have been arranged and for the chance to see top class bowling and support the Hornsea bowlers.
The Hornsea team in the Yorkshire League over-55s Division 1 have had a very good January with two victories by 14 points to 0 over Huddersfield and Scarborough respectively. This 28 point haul has taken Hornsea to a very good position in the league and, with three matches to play, they have all to play for. Matches coming up are:
Feb 5th – v North Cave. 26th – v Thornaby. The fixture against Redcar will be on a date to be arranged in March.
The men’s and lady’s Yorkshire League teams are also back in action after the Christmas break and fixtures coming up are as follows:-
- Men’s Yorkshire League Division 1 – Sat. 23rd January v Featherstone, 30th v Huddersfield – February 13th – bye, March 5th v York.
- Men’s Yorkshire League Division 3 – January 23rd No fixture, 30th v Doncaster, 13th February v Selby, March 5th – Harrogate.
- Ladies Yorkshire League – 23rd January v Harrogate. 4. Ladies North Eastern League – 30th January v Doncaster, 6th February v Scarborough.
Up-to-date league tables of the above leagues will hopefully be available in the next issue.
The Club were sad to hear of the recent death of former player Duncan Heathershaw who played bowls for many years and was a popular member. The Club extends it deepest sympathy to his family.
The Club’s Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday 10th November with a slight increase in attendance on last year.
Chairman Ian Paddy, in his Director’s report, advised that in the past year the Club had installed a new playing carpet and underlay, a new heating system and, in the past couple of weeks, new LED lighting. The carpet and heating, which is an air source pump conditioning system with 6 cassettes in the building – to give a constant playing temperature throughout the year – have both been paid for whilst the LED lighting will feature in next year’s accounts.
The Club still managed to make a healthy profit and is in a very good financial position overall. Ian stressed that membership numbers need not only to be maintained, but also increased with him envisaging a target of 450 members. At the present time membership is around 380 but with the new facilities and improved advertising, particularly in the Hornsea Community News, (in this respect Stuart Burns and Stuart Kemp were thanked for their efforts), Ian thinks this target is achievable. The earlier installations of the suspended ceiling and the solar panels have contributed to big savings on heating costs and should continue to do so for many years to come.
With Ian and fellow Director Betty Lawrenson stepping down in November 2016, as well as Jenny Marshall the Club Treasurer. Four new Directors – Jim Whitchurch, Dudley Horner, Neil Gabriel and Stuart Burns were elected on a two year cycle and their inclusion, together with the appointment of Chris Swinden as general manager earlier in the year, should ensure that the Club continues to be run in the efficient way it has been. With all the new features, it must surely now be recognised as one of the best indoor clubs in Yorkshire.
Ian particularly thanked the Bowling Committee under Chairman Jim Whitchurch, for getting the Club’s lottery up and running so successfully. Philip Hargreaves was applauded for organising the Hornsea Open (formerly Planet Bowls) due to be held on Sunday 6th December and for which places are still available. With a prize of £1000 it is well worth entering.
Ray Clay, Jim Whitchurch, Neil Gabriel and Sylvia Charter all gave reports on the Club’s participation in the summer leagues, Yorkshire Leagues Divisions 1 and 3, the Over 55s and the Ladies respectively. The men’s Yorkshire league division 1 side, having gained promotion the previous year, finished mid-table, whilst the over 55s finished runners up to Featherstone, their highest ever position in League One. Well done to all players in the respective leagues who represented the Club.
Leagues and Events
The Club’s leagues continue and all leagues are being very keenly contested and run until the Christmas break on Friday, 18th December. The leagues recommence on Monday, 4th January 2016.
The men’s Yorkshire League Division 1 side lost their opening fixture against Redcar but on Saturday, 7th November were victorious over Selby by 10 points to 4. Unfortunately the Division 3 side have lost both their opening fixtures, their latest against a very experienced York side, losing 4 rinks. All the games were very competitive and with more players now putting down their names to play in Yorkshire League fixtures, the future looks bright and a success should not be far away.
In the lounge Carol and Linda are running a Christmas raffle for three very good causes, Dove House Hospice, Help the Heroes and Prostate Cancer. With plenty of good Christmas prizes members are urged to support this raffle and buy tickets. The raffle will be drawn on Saturday, 19th December. In the run up to Christmas they will be serving Christmas lunches on Wednesdays, 2nd, 9th and 16th December and Sundays, 6th, 13th and 20th December.
The monthly quiz is on Tuesday, 15th December at 8.30 pm whilst on Friday 18th December the Club have an Elvis impersonator (Steve Caprice) with tickets at £15.00 to include a supper.
The Club is closed for Christmas from Monday, 21st and will reopen on Monday 28th December. On 31st December there will be a New Year’s Eve party with music to suit all tastes and a cold buffet. Tickets are priced at £26.00
Hornsea Atwick Road Outdoor Bowling Club
Three young lady bowlers reach top 100.
In the recently published English Indoor Bowling Association rankings of the top 100 English womens bowlers, three Hornsea IBC members are listed. Lydia Cutmore is 57th, Danielle Martinson 76th. And Katie Baxter 87th. The rankings are determined by previous results from national competitions all over the country in which many lady bowlers from throughout England compete. All three young ladies bowl regularly in club leagues at the town’s modern purpose built indoor bowls rink.
Lydia Cutmore added to her list of bowls success stories when she travelled to Northern Ireland as a member of the England U18 mixed squad and helped the national team retain the BIIBC trophy. She was part of the English team who achieved victory against Scotland, Ireland, Wales & The Channel Islands.
The annual British Isles Indoor Bowling Council Under 18 Mixed International Championships were held at Ballybrakes in County Antrim where the home countries took part in the keenly contested international competition in which British bowling talent of the future is on show. On a personal level Lydia won a gold medal as part of the winning Triples
Team and a silver medal as a member of the Fours Team.
The bowling season has now started and with four leagues most weekdays the leagues have been as competitive as ever.
On Saturday evening the Club held their Annual Presentation Evening which was well attended and after a very enjoyable supper the awards ceremony was presented by Bowling Club Committee Chairman, Jim Whitchurch, and the new Club Manager, Chris Swinden, with Stuart Burns taking the photographs.
The awards first presented were the Club competition winners which was followed by the winners of the winter leagues 2014-15, and the 2015 summer leagues with all the winning players receiving vouchers. A most successful evening was concluded with music and dancing. The winners were: Sunday 10.00 – Open Pairs, D Taylor, J Smith, B Houghton, H Watson. Monday 10.30 – Pairs League, I Paddy & D Cheater. Monday 12.30 – Open Pairs, C Oxley & P Wilson. Monday 2.30 Open Pairs, R Dixon & J Collett. Monday 7.00 Open Pairs, D Tooley & D Grainger. Tuesday 10.30 – Aussie Pairs, B Snowdon & S Kemp. Tuesday 12.30 – Open Pairs, S Cotton & P Paddy. Wednesday 10.30 – Vets Triples, J Moulds, R Atherton & M Binks. Wednesday 12.30 Open Pairs, M Fairbairn, T Willingham & R Buchan. Wednesday 2.30 – Open Triples, B Wainwright, M Lowrey & M Sadler. Wednesday 7.00 – Open Triples, J Whitchurch, P Hargreaves, F Bottom & S Kemp.. Thursday 10.30 – Open Triples, S Cotton D Jones & J Farnsworth. Thursday 2.30 – Aussie Pairs, C Oxley & P Wilson. Thursday 7.00 – Open Triples – D Tooley, D Grainger & M Goodfellow. Friday 10.30 – Vets Open Triples, N Wright, C Young & M Rogerson. Friday 7.00 – Open Triples, M Hainstock, R Holmes, J Collett.
Entries for the 2015-16 competitions are required to be in by Thursday, 5th November. Entry forms are on the information board with next year’s final weekend are April 9th & 10th. All playing members are invited to enter the Club competitions.
Also coming up is the Hornsea Open Singles (formerly Planet Bowls) on Sunday, December 5th with entry forms available from the office whilst further details can be obtained from Philip Hargreaves.
The Club’s Annual General Meeting is on Tuesday, 10th November 2015 starting at 7.00 pm and all members are asked to attend this important meeting.
There is also another of the Club’s popular quiz evenings on Tuesday, November 24th, starting at 8.30 pm.
The Club’s Yorkshire League fixtures have now started and November fixtures are: November 7th, Division 1 – v Selby, Division 3 v York, November 30th (Friday) over 55’s v York.
Results and tables after the early fixtures will be in the next issue. The Ladies also have fixtures and these are: Yorkshire League, October 31st v Leeds, North Eastern League, November 14th v York, 28th v Leeds. Results and tables after the early fixtures will be in the next issue.
The Bowling Club were saddened by the news of the recent death of Colin Thompson, aged 93. Colin had lived in Hornsea for about 25 years and played at the outdoor club with his wife Dorothy. He was very instrumental in the formation of the indoors club as a founder member of the original steering committee. Eventually with the help of Lottery funding, the Club became what it is today and Colin played a big part in making this possible. Sadly Colin’s wife passed away a few years ago. Although Colin became ill he still enjoyed the occasional visit to the Club which he thoroughly enjoyed. The Club sends its condolences and thoughts to his family.
SUMMER LEAGUE WINNERS 2015
Tuesday 10.00 – Open Pairs – H & S Burns. Wednesday 10.30 – Open Pairs – S Wright & S Dobbins. Thursday 10.30 – Aussie Pairs – N Leach, K Thompson & I Sanderson. Thursday 7.00 – Open Pairs – J Whitchurch, V Furniss & T Cawthorne. Friday 7.00 – Aussie Pairs – S Wright & S Dobbins.
CLUB COMPETITION WINNERS
Gents Singles – Phil Hargreaves. Ladies Singles – Katy Baxter. Open Singles – Lydia Cutmore. Gents Over 60’s Singles – Jim Moulds. Over 55’s Singles – Jim Moulds. Under 25’s Singles – Katy Baxter. Remembrance Trophy – Helen Watson. Aussie Pairs – Ron Atherton & Peter Oliver. Gents Pairs – Ron Atherton & Peter Oliver. Gents Pairs – Steve Stoakes & Mike Brattan. Ladies Pairs – Katy Baxter & Lydia Cutmore. Mixed Pairs – James Baxter & Lydia Cutmore. Rabbit Open Pairs – Dianne & Neil Gabriel. Mixed Triples – Mike Maddison, Ann & Graham Watson. Gents Triples – Phil Hargreaves, Ian Paddy, Peter Oliver. Gents Fours – Mark Goodfellow, Cliff Holmes, Ron Atherton, Mick Binks. Mixed Fours – Mark Goodfellow, Cliff Holmes, Katy & Holly Baxter.
Hornsea Promenade Bowls Club is located on the seafront near to the Marine Hotel and has 40 playing members plus a large number of social members that support it throughout the year.
Members bowl in 6 leagues: The Hull EBA, 2 in the Driffield & District Leagues and 3 in the Wednesday afternoon Triples League.
The EBA team finished as runners up in Division 4 whilst the Wednesday afternoon teams have also been strong in their respective divisions as they have been holding the rest up!
They came runners up in the Evening League cup, the first time a team from the club has got to the cup final and just lost out to a very strong team from Walkington who play in the first division.
To crown a very good season for the club they were also runners up in the 2nd Division, unfortunately losing out to Sledmere.