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CO-OP SPORTS & SOCIAL CLUB, October 2017 Newsletter

Dear Member,

What a good year the Club is having! With many bowling and social activities going on, there have been lots of opportunities for meeting-up with friends to enjoy each other’s company – and to put our competitive streaks to good use!

I’d like to give a roundup of events and Club news from 2017, with a summary also of topics raised during the monthly Committee meetings.

Moira Thornburrow

(Club Secretary) 078 578 97763

BOWLING SECTION: The superb condition of the green this season has brought much praise from visiting teams, in particular the County Teams, who already have expressed their interest in holding the 2018 County Matches at our Club.


Cumbria won the Men’s County Game against Lancashire, and the Ladies’ County Game was also won by Cumbria.

OPEN MIXED PAIRS winners were Simon Perry & Jess Wernham., with 29 pairs competing.

LADIES OPEN PAIRS Winners: M. Barrow & B. Gillen.

LADIES DIVISION 1 Play-Offs:Semi–B. Gillen;S. Dower was in the 2nd Div.Play-Offs

LADIES LEAGUES: 1st Team – 5th Position, 2nd Team – 8th Position.

NIGHT LEAGUE: 3rd Position, SENIOR LADIES: 3rd Position.

CO-OP ‘A’ Division 2 Play-Offs: Dave Jackson got through to the semi-final.

SENIOR MEN: 1st Team 4th Position Division 1; A Team 4th Position Division 2; B Team 7th Position Division 2.

SENIOR MEN’S Division 1 Play-Offs: Runner Up – K. Judge.

CLUB IN HOUSE COMPS – 2017 Season:

GREEN MEN’S CHAMP: 1st – A. Logan, 2nd – P. Phizacklea

GREEN LADIES CHAMP:1st – M. Logan,2nd – H. Chambers

SOCIETY CUP: 1st – S. Dower, 2nd – M. Ryder

MIXED PAIRS: 1st – L. Dawes & M. Ryder, 2nd -H.Chambers & P.Phizacklea.

SENIOR MEN: Andy Amos Doubles: 1st –D. Irvine & M.Yardley, 2nd – T. White & P.Garner

JIM HEWITT COMP: Co-op v. North Scale – Winners Co-op – a good day was had by all! Great hospitality was provided by our Club.

The CO-OP ROTARY SINGLES was won by T. Moxham. In a very close final, Tony beat Derek Southward 21-20!

There have been no relegations this year!

The Cleveleys trip, organised by Peter and Dave Phizacklea was a great day out, enjoyed by all! The Grand Final Winners: R. Smith, P. Garner, K. Stirzaker. Plate Winners: R.Wood

D. Harwood and G. McDonald. There are some fantastic photos on the Men’s Bowls ‘Noticeboard’ (website). To avoid disappointment, book early for next year’s trip.

Unfortunately, due to increased costs, the planned January outing to Penrith has been cancelled.

2018 AGMs and SIGNING-ON dates, once arranged, will be available to view on the Club’s on-street and Clubhouse notice boards, and on the website:

Bowling fixtures and results for both Clubs and Leagues have been accessible throughout the season, online at:


The maintenance and appearance of the green, throughout the year, are thanks to the hundreds of hours of hard, dedicated and voluntary work by a group of Members who turn-up in all kinds of weather to provide Members with a fabulous and much-praised facility. A huge thank you is due to all those volunteers.

Painted benches were stripped-back and refurbished, and non-painted wooden ones have been stained and protected. The new bowling shelter has been well used and a second, larger, walk-through shelter will be erected once all of the green maintenance has been completed. Badly-corroded railing brackets have been removed and replaced, whilst rust has been chipped off others. The whole railing system will be repainted on completion. A small team of willing volunteers turn up regularly and just get on with this work and all the maintenance required to keep the Club’s buildings and grounds looking smart. “THANK YOU ALL!.

Work will start soon on the porches over the kitchen and bowling hut doors, which will address the longstanding problem with ingress of rain.

A Savings Account was started some months ago, specifically to save for the car park resurfacing, and it is hoped that resurfacing of the entire area by a local contractor will begin in the spring, so then we can all look forward to a pothole/puddle-free, safer surface.

Housing developers have begun levelling the former Rock Lea site, with the original plan for 14 detached houses being reduced to 10. A close watch is being kept for any damage to the Club’s boundary fence.

The Club joined the Garden Recycling Scheme in order to have regular collection of grass cuttings; all glass is now collected regularly by WICKS.

All the Advertising Board spaces are in use-”THANK YOU, MAURICE”.

The Ladies’ catering has contributed greatly to Club funds. “THANK YOU, LADIES, FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION AND HARD WORK”.

WEBSITE UPDATE: has been up and running since early in the year, with mixed reception from Members. It allows easy access to all the Club’s activities schedules, Minutes of meetings, newsletters, bowling-related details, coffee mornings, cabarets and concerts..

There is a computer in the bowling hut, which links into the Men’s Bowls League results pages and linked websites, e.g. Furness League, Senior Citizens and Ulverston League. If you would like any information on this, just contact Dave Harwood, Dave Pedley or Dave Watterson, who are more than willing to help out.

If you would like one-to-one lessons in how to use the website, please ring Dave Harwood on 079 006 95525.

BAR: Sadly, Mr. Ken Pavett, one of our bar staff, will shortly be moving to Wales. Ken and his wife, Jean are popular Members, and we wish them well for the future. With a strong and willing work ethic and cheery personality, Ken will be missed.

Mr. Peter Phizacklea will take up the new position of Bar Manager, starting on 23rd October. Peter has been involved in Club life for many years, as a bowler, social Member and volunteer – “WELCOME TO THE NEW ROLE, PETER!”

Volunteers are needed to work the bar, especially in the bowling season; till-training would be given. If you are interested, please contact Peter at the Club.

HIRE OF THE CLUB ROOM has been popular this year. A new scale of charges was introduced recently, with a price increase for Non-Members & External Organisations, a reduced charge to Charities, and concessions to Members.

SAFEGUARDING POLICY:This was revised this year and reflects current requirements.


The Coffee Morning in June and the Bon Marche Fashion Event were well-attended and raised a significant amount for Club funds. There will be a Xmas Coffee Morning on Saturday, 2nd December, from 9.30 – 11.30 , with tickets available from Jean Garner on 01229 832897 – at £1 only, come along and browse the fantastic stalls, do the tombola, guess-the-weight-of-the-Christmas cake, stock up on freshly baked cakes – or just sit and chat over a cuppa and a cake. Jean and June have been taking every opportunity to sell tickets at any Club activity…no-one can escape! Please bring any donations for the tombola to the Club.

Each year, Club volunteers commit to many hours of organising, communicating, sourcing ‘best offers’ in the stores, washing-up, making cuppas, catering, setting-up and clearing-away of tables, chairs and equipment for whatever activity, often in spite of ill-health, bereavements, family commitments, and all that life throws at us as we age. If you feel you have a bit of time to spare – for general involvement – just come along to the Club. If you are able to help out for the Xmas Coffee Morning, could you please ring June on 471707 or Jean on 832897.


June’s jams and chutneys have been ‘flying off the shelf’ – many thanks, June, for all those hours peeling fruit and veg in your kitchen, to benefit the Club. A real labour of love.

Jean has put a lot of time and effort into sorting through the ‘library’ stock, and tries to accommodate readers’ tastes – her sale of books, CDs and jigsaws continue to raise a lot of money for the Club. Please call in to browse….books are 20p, jigsaws 50 p and CDs 50p.

A selection of Greetings Cards painted by local artist Lee Payne, will shortly be for sale at the Club at a very reasonable cost, and feature local images taken from his original paintings. Monies raised will go to Club funds.

Keep Fit to Music is now back in full swing on Mondays, 7-8.30 pm and Thursdays, 1-2.30 pm, at £2 admission. Interval for a cuppa. Already there are new members, and it’s a fun way to keep active.

Indoor Bowls restarted on 9th October, on Mondays, 1.30-3.30 pm, £1.50 admission…it’s competitive and enjoyable, with a break for refreshments (mince pies last week).

The Co-op Singers continue to enjoy their weekly practices and sourcing new songs to suit all tastes, and requests for repeat performances have led to many concerts around the Barrow area this year.

Their AUTUMN CONCERT is Saturday, 21st October, 8-11.30pm, entry £2. To book your seat, please ring June on 471707. The CHRISTMAS SINGALONG will be on Saturday, 16th December, in the evening (start time to be announced), cost is £2, and it’s always a happy and at times, lively event.

CABARETS: 4th November DENIS HORAN, 25th November JOHNNY BAKER.

9th December BRIAN WADESON


CABARETS for 2018: 13th January MIKE PALMER

3rd February GEMMA LOUISE, 24th February STEVE SPENCER

17th March DANNY SMYTHE – St. Patrick’s Day Party. Come along and join in the celebrations! Budding singers, poets and dancers all welcome. Fancy hats compulsory?! Buffet included.


19th May PAUL DAY


Information about Artistes appearing in the second half of 2018 will be available on the website and on the Club’s notice boards, or contact Moira on 078 578 97763 or for info. Cabaret admission is £2.50 only.

QUIZ NIGHTS take place on the third Friday of each month at 8 pm , £1 per person

and teams of four. Prizes for winning team. (See the Club notice boards and the website for details, or contact Mr. Les Vickers at the Club). A VERY POPULAR EVENT!

SOCIAL NIGHTS are every Wednesday and Friday evenings for Members to chat, play cards and watch TV. BT SPORTS TOTAL PACKAGE has replaced SKY, saving the Club money. Why not come along and enjoy a drink in a friendly atmosphere.

I hope that you have enjoyed reading the Newsletter. I realise the importance of sharing/communicating Club news to those Members who like to see a Newsletter drop through their door. SO! Any offers to help distribute them would be lovely, and I’ll leave batches of 10s at the Club. Thank you.

The Newsletters are also available to read on

Moira Thornburrow (Sec)