CO-OP SPORTS & SOCIAL CLUB
Dane Avenue. Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 4SL
Here it is again! The bowling season has begun, and it is lovely to see the Club
in full swing again.
Website: www.coopsandsclub.co.uk All teams/fixtures/results for 2019 are on
the relevant sites via Bowls link and on notice boards in the Club and bowling
hut. Team captains will be entering match results directly into the Bowling
Minutes of Cumbria County meetings will now appear on the Furness website.
Fees for new/replacement CU cards are £12/£4.
Furness League are looking for suggestions for bringing back the KO cup and
welcome ideas on new formats for this competition…if you have any, please
write to Dave Pedley at the Club.
Thirty three players attended the AGM (with seven apologies for absence),
which meant that teams could be sorted out for this season without the need
to chase-up many players.
At the Furness Delegates Meeting Askam put forward a proposal (taken to
Clubs before a decision can be made) that donations to Clubs for work done on
repairs/improvements to their facilities should be limited to 10% of actual cost,
with a limit of £100.
The Club has donated to Furness Crown Green Bowling Association to support
travel costs for its Junior & Youth Teams this season.
In August, our Club hosted the Cumbria Crown Green Bowling Association’s
‘Safeguarding in Bowls Seminar and DBS Checks’ event.
The Referees Society has given details of a ‘Laws of the Game’ seminar at
the Red River Club on Monday, 13th May at 7 pm, which is open to all bowlers.
Details will be posted on our notice-board.
IN HOUSE COMPS 2019
SOCIETY CUP Sunday, 5th May
SENIOR MEN’S IN HOUSE COMPS:
ANDY AMOS PAIRS Tuesday, 3rd September
CHARLIE ROBERTS SINGLES Thursday, 5th September
CO-OP CLUB OPEN COMPS:
ROTARY SINGLES Sunday, 26th May
LADIES PAIRS Friday, 7th June
MIXED PAIRS Sunday, 14th July
JIM HEWITT COMP:
CO-OP v NORTH SCALE Sunday, 21st July
GRAND MASTERS Saturday, 5th October
Cumbria Bowls Mr Maurice Ellis has a well-stocked shop at the Club, of all
things bowling-related. Enquiries: 077682 80882.
Lindal have put a new team into Div.3 of the Furness League.
Ulverston League AGM – Lindal A team were allowed back into the 2nd Division.
All the bowling trophies and plaques have been engraved and polished.
Social Bowlers ( Non-Team Bowlers): A sheet is on the wall inside the bowling
hut for those Member bowlers to add their names, and to indicate how many
times a week they have used the green. The totals are incorporated into the
annual figures of activities undertaken by Members, which then proves that the
Club is complying with CASC (Community Amateur Sports Club) rules, thus
entitling us to a greatly reduced annual Non-Domestic Rates bill.
Cleveley’s Trip this year will be on 15th August, £30 payment due in full one
month beforehand. List of names on Clubhouse notice board. Information from
Peter Phizacklea: 07788 124606.
Bowling Green Automatic Irrigation System The Club’s funding
application to the Big Lottery was rejected. Further bids are in the
The ever-reliable volunteers have had a very busy and productive winter and
our thanks are extended to them all. A lot of ‘behind the scenes’ work goes on
to keep the Club ticking-over, by people spending hours on routine and urgent
jobs and by those people who shop to keep disposables and kitchen items
stocked-up, tidy-out the store sheds and prepare for coffee mornings.
Since November’s Newsletter, here is a round-up of maintenance work done by
volunteers saving the Club a lot of money:
• Overhead light for Defibrillator Cabinet on outside wall
• Dance floor was deep-cleaned and revarnished by 3 Members
• Lounge wallpapered
• Boiler fixed
• Temporary repair to veradah roof
• Bowling green benches repainted – green
Ongoing care of the green – especially following the very hot summer – has
required dozens of hours work. The edging boards were cleaned. (Costs were
down as no repairs were needed to equipment and the mower. However, water
expenses were up due to the hot summer).
If you feel you could offer a few hours, here or there, to help in any way at the
Club, please ring Moira on 07857 897763. Maybe you’re newly-retired and
have some transferable skills. We are looking for a Website Administrator –
please contact Dave Harwood at the Club or 07900 695525 if you are
Social Nights are on Wednesdays and Fridays – non-Members are always
made welcome to come along for a drink and a chat, and BT Sport can be
viewed. Up-to-date information about the Club’s cabarets, Singers’ Concerts,
Quiz nights & Coffee Mornings will be on tables.
Quiz Nights take place on the 3rd Friday of each month at 8pm, teams of 4,
£1 per person. No need to book. Next one is on Good Friday. Please ring Les
Vickers: 832903 for further details.
Television Viewing The Club pays a TV licence but to avoid paying a further
licence to MPLC (Motion Picture Licensing Co) the only channels to be played
on the Club’s tv are BT Sports, news and music.
Playing of Recorded Music Recent press reports state that PPL
(Phonographic Performance Ltd) will be raising its fees significantly, in July. The
Club has not yet been notified of the new tariff.
The Bar is doing well, with rising sales and great choices of drinks.
Thanks were given to Jennifer Darragh, who for personal reasons had to resign
from the bar team. The team are Peter Phizacklea (Bar Manager), Charles
Tomlinson and Denise Phizacklea. Any Member wishing to receive training
to work at the bar, please contact the Bar Manager, at the Club or on
A bar bottle fridge was purchased in December to replace an old one.
As a thank-you gesture, a drink on the house was offered to all the volunteers
who have been maintaining the green and grounds over the winter months.
Promoting the Club is a frequently discussed issue. The point was stressed at
the AGM that we need to actively encourage a younger membership in order to
sustain the Club’s legacy-both its social element and bowling. Ideas from
volunteers who’d be willing to initiate and run e.g. an occasional children’s
disco or bowling taster-sessions would be welcomed.
To date, we have thirteen new Members this year, one of whom has been
liaising with the media, creating events posters and has offered to help to
Suggestions Box This can be found in the entrance porch of the Club, for
any Member to leave comments/suggestions about any aspect of the Club. The
contents will be discussed at monthly Committee Meetings.
Co-op Singers’ Annual Christmas Concert was much enjoyed by all who
attended. To avoid disappointment book early for the Group’s next concert on
Saturday, 11th May, by phoning Roy Swinglehurst on 01229 837344.
Concerts are also scheduled for 19th October and 21st December – dates for
Fundraising Events The pre-Christmas festive flower-arranging display was
a successful and enjoyable event – especially as mince pies were involved.
The annual Christmas Coffee Morning was hugely successful, raising the
magnificent sum of £863 (which included £35 donations) towards Club funds.
The mulled wine went down a treat!
The Fundraising Team are now busily preparing for their Coffee Morning on
Saturday, 18th May, from 9.30-11.30 Mac. Tickets will be on sale soon, either
at the bar or from Jean Garner: 832897 and June Hewitt: 471707. The £1
admission includes refreshments. Donations for the raffle, tombola and stalls
will be gratefully received, as will all offers of help before, during & after the
event. Please ring Jean or June for more information.
Car Boot Sale – this will take place at a later date than had originally been
planned. Watch out for details on notice-boards and website.
Home-made Jams and Chutneys – the excellent income generated from hours
of home cooking, and the sale of donated tomatoes boosted Club funds.
Library books, CDs and jigsaws – with an ever-increasing stock of all these,
browsers are frequently found in the kitchen, seeing which crime novel,
autobiography… 500/1,000 piece jigsaw awaits them. One cabaret artist spent
many pounds on books.
Bonus Ball – There is currently one number available. The weekly prize is £35.
Please ring Liz Dawes for information: 833942.
CABARETS and CONCERTS for 2019
27th April ‘MATERNAL INSTINCT’ (Kim & Bethany Markham)
11th May CO-OP SINGERS’ CONCERT
18th .. DAVE BROOKLYN
8th June ‘ELVIS’ (John Halligan)
29th .. MATT ANDREWS
20th July STEVE SPENCER
10th August PAUL DAY
31st .. ‘JUST BRIAN’
21st September JOHN DIXON
12th October Details not yet available
19th .. CO-OP SINGERS’ CONCERT
2nd November ‘FLASHBACK’ (Denis & Pete)
23rd .. Details n.y.a
14th December .. ..
.. CO-OP SINGERS’ CHRISTMAS CONCERT
NEW YEAR’S EVE MARK CUMBERLAND (RETRO)
FURTHER INFORMATION/TO BOOK please ring Brenda:471853/Moira:07857
897763 (for Cabarets & New Year), and Roy:837344 (for Singers’ Concerts).
Members’ recommendations & details of other acts will always be considered.
Cabaret nights are fantastic value…only £2.50 admission! 8-11.30 pm.
10 years Celebration of the Club buying-out the Co-operative Society in
2009 is planned to take place on evening of Saturday, 21st September – John
Dixon Cabaret night. Details will be posted on Club’s notice boards and
Keep Fit/Dance: this friendly and energetic group is always well-attended. The
Thursday afternoon session ends on 18th April, to return in the autumn, and
the Monday 7-8.30 pm session carries on until May.
Indoor Bowling on Monday afternoons 1.30-3.30 has finished now until
autumn. This is a happy and welcoming group and is an opportunity to rekindle
old friendships. Details will be posted on notice boards of the restart date.
The Club can be hired for functions, and information can be found at
the end of this Newsletter.
Food Bank Members’ and visitors’ donations provided many meals to those in
need of support in Barrow. The container is situated in a corner of the lounge
for donations of tinned and packeted foodstuffs (no baked beans, please, as
the Food Bank centre has lots of these) and toiletries.
St.Mary’s Hospice Donations totalled £207.55 in 2018 (£73.55 on New Year’s
Extracts from ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING held on 19th
The Treasurer, Lynne Chambers said that she had employed the services of
R.F.Miller, Accountants to carry out an independent examination of the Club’s
Accounts, as it was now necessary to have a formal, accredited and
independent inspection. She said that bar takings were up and purchases and
expenses were down. Savings were achieved from the switch from SKY Sport
to the BT Sport package, with further savings expected this year. The new till
is very accurate, is proving easy to use and is moving towards automatic
stock-control. The Treasurer is able to analyse remotely all income going
through the till; reports can also be printed from the system.
Following Mr Roy Swinglehurst’s resignation as Joint Trustee of the Club in
February, 2018, Lynne Chambers was appointed to the position.
Committee vacancy – there is one vacancy. Nobody present at the AGM wished
to be considered. If any Member is interested please contact Moira on 07857
897763 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Amendment was made to Rule 21 of the Club’s Constitution to remove “without
reasonable cause” in reference to non-attendance of Committee Members.
It was decided that the role of Safeguarding/Health & Safety Officer on the
Committee would be made “ex-officio”.
The Mulberry Homes housing development on the old Rock Lea site is well
underway, and the state of its boundary fence is being monitored for any
possibility of it falling on to the Club’s property.
Following discussion about the persistantly low turnout at AGMs, the general
consensus was to hold a General Meeting in summer during the daytime, in
order to hopefully encourage a better turnout. This will not replace the Annual
General Meeting in February, 2020. Details will be posted on notice boards,
website and by email, once a date can be fixed around bowling fixtures and
Unpaid Memberships If you have not yet renewed your Membership, you can
pick up a form from the Club or download one from the website:
I hope that you’ve enjoyed this round-up of what’s going on at the Club.
On behalf of all Club Members, I would like to say an overall “Thank You” to
those people who have contributed- in any way- to our Club’s ongoing success.
Here’s wishing all Members and Staff a good year!
www.coopclub.co.uk Moira Thornburrow
email@example.com (Club Secretary)
01229 825489 07857 897763
HIRE OF CLUB FOR PRIVATE FUNCTIONS
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Whilst children are welcome at private functions, we do not allow hire of the Club for children’s,
18th or 21st birthday parties.
• Only drinks purchased from the bar may be consumed on the premises.
• One week’s notice is required for hire charges to be refunded.
• The HIRER shall not use the premises for any purpose other than that described on
• The HIRER will, during the period of the hiring, be responsible for the supervision of
the premises, the fabric and the contents, safety from damage however slight or
change of any sort and the behaviour of all persons using the premises whatever their
capacity. It is the responsibility of parents/carers to oversee their children’s safety and
conduct at all times.
• The HIRER shall ensure that nothing is done on, or in relation to the premises in
contravention of the law relating to gaming, betting and lotteries.
• The HIRER shall familiarise him/herself with the siting of the Fire Extinguishers placed
throughout the premises.
• The COMMITTEE reserves the right to a) refuse a booking and b) to cancel a hiring
agreement giving 7 days notice in writing to the hirer.
CHARGES for HIRE OF CLUB
Room Hire Bar
Charities £20 No charge
Club Member – Function £40 .. ..
.. .. – Funeral £20 .. ..
Non-Member/External Organisation £60 Staff Wages of £8 per hour per Bar staff
Non-Member – Funeral £20 .. .. .. .. .. .. ..
If you would like to hire the Club for your private function, please complete the
booking enquiry form overleaf and place it in an envelope marked for the attention of
Mrs. Brenda Gillen, and return it to a member of the bar staff – Wednesday & Friday
evenings from 7.30 pm. Initial enquiries can be made by phoning Brenda Gillen on
CO-OP SPORTS & SOCIAL CLUB, DANE AVENUE, BARROW-IN-FURNESS
BOOKING ENQUIRY FORM
First and Last Names: ____________________________________
Phone Nos: ____________________________________________
Date you require the Club: ________________________________
Start & Finish Times: ____________________________________
Purpose (e.g. Birthday Party/Retirement etc): _________________
Do you need entry prior to start of function (e.g. hanging of
balloons/streamers)? If yes, what time? _____________________
Do you want a Bar service? Yes/No (Please indicate which) and if ‘Yes’
do you require 1 or 2 Bar Staff? ________________________
(Hourly rate is £8.00 for 1 and £16.00 for 2)
Approximate number attending function: ____________
Please read the Terms & Conditions outlined overleaf, place in an
envelope for the attention of Mrs B. Gillen and post to the Club or
hand in to the bar staff on a Wed/Fri evening from 7.30 pm.
Bar Cover _____________(Official use only)