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NEWSLETTER November, 2018

Dear Member,

2018 has been a great year for our Club – and it’s not over yet!

The glorious heat of summer made for some happy times on and around the bowling green, without having to wear quite so many layers as usual!

I hope that you enjoy reading the round-up of events and activities since the last Newsletter in April.

BOWLING SECTION: Throughout the season, Dave Pedley and Liz Dawes have kept me updated with their reports. “Thanks Liz, thanks Dave”.

April saw the Federation Game played on our green between Furness and South Lakes – with Furness winning. With compliments from the teams about the green’s condition, it showed that the hard work by the green staff

had paid off.

Derek Southward won the Club’s Society Cup (Bill Fisher), with Peter Garner runner-up.

Barrow Rotary Open saw 31 players contesting on a fairly lively green with

Billy Harding defeating Ben Wright in the final. In the semi-final Ben won 21-20 to Glenis McDonald.

Cumbria Senior Merit saw some excellent games, with Co-op bowler Chris Johnson reaching the last four on the Roose green, meaning that the latter rounds were played at Roose, because of BCGBA rules.

The Open Ladies Pairs saw 26 pairs competing over a long day, followed by the Men’s League match.

Along with numerous league games, the Club had league matches on every round, showing how popular the green and facilities were with the leagues.

July was a busy time on the green. 27 pairs competed in the Open Mixed Pairs, with the winners Jessica Picthall and Simon Perry (for the second year running), runners-up Zoe Clark and Derek Southward.

Cumbria Ladies played Cheshire in the Ladies County Match in July. The two home bowlers, Debbie Hall and Marion Woods both recorded excellent wins.



1 Dave Dawes 2 Kenny Judge

George Barrow Cup Seniors First Team lost in the final to Hawcoat Park A.

A TEAM DIVISION 2: 1st POSITION which qualifies the Team to be promoted

to Division 1 – Season 2019.

1 Dave Harwood 2 Gerry McDonald


1 John Proudfoot 2 Jack Huitson



1 Marion Woods 2 Brenda Gillen


1 Mona Logan 2 Sue Dower



1 Debbie Hall 2 Kay Baker



1 Katherine Milburn 2 Phylis Kyriacou

Jim Hewitt Trophy Match between the Co-op and North Scale resulted in a win for the Co-op squad – the atmosphere was great, and the weather perfect!

Andy Amos Pairs winners were P. Jeffries and A. Head, runners-up

P. Garner and I. France.

Charlie Roberts Singles winner was K. Judge, runner-up D. Watterson.

Dave Pedley reports that this has been the most successful year for the men’s teams in many a year. The Furness League teams finish 5th, 3rd and 8th in their respective Divisions, whilst in the Ulverston League the First Team came 4th, with the Second Team finishing runners-up in Division 2

gaining promotion. the Third Team reached 11th place. The individual merit for Division 2 was won by D. Harwood, which qualified him to play in the Grand Masters on 6th October. G. McDonald reached the semi-finals in the play-offs.

There was an influx of new players at the Club, and all new players finished well up their respective team averages and with the promotion to a higher level of playing for several players, it is hoped that their ability will give the Club a stronger depth of players.

Stu Aspinall from Red River is the Ulverston League’s new Secretary – to be confirmed at the AGM in November.

In the Furness League, decisions by the emergency committee have caused heated debate at delegate meetings and the ongoing problems with fixtures is no nearer being sorted; the AGM at the Co-op in October, followed by the delegates meeting in November will be the last chance – for another year-to get some resolution to the problem.

Furness League are now allowing ladies to play in the League.

Thank you to the individuals and Ulverston & Furness Leagues for their

donations received.

Many plates of pies and peas have been enjoyed towards the end of the bowling season! Thank you to the ladies who helped with the catering.

CLEVELEYS TRIP: A great day out for all who went! Perfect weather, great bowling. Many thanks go to the Phizacklea brothers for organising the coach booking and the whole day.

The green looked like lush velvet during the early months of the bowling season, but unfortunately with the unforgiving summer heat, its condition deteriorated. The usual group of men – Club Members and volunteers –

have already started cleaning, seeding and fertilizing the green and managing its continuous care. “Thank you, all”.

Mr. Don Barrow is currently unwell; we all wish you a quick recovery, Don and the Club is grateful for all you’ve done over the year.

Chemicals for the green’s maintenance are costly, with high delivery charges and a conscious effort has been made to buy in bulk. At September’s General Committee Meeting,

it was agreed that there would be no Club without a decent green; hence a decision to install an irrigation system. This is costly and the first grant application has been submitted.

The decision to erect a second bowling shelter was shelved.

Maintenance At June’s Committee Meeting, Mr Dave Harwood expressed

his decision, with immediate effect, to resign as the Club’s Maintenance Manager. Dave was thanked for his commitment to the role and for his input at Committee meetings. He continues to provide support to general maintenance activities.

As yet, there has been no show of interest to fill the role of Maintenance Manager, and the same ‘band of brothers’ quietly (well most of the time!) get on with the jobs that need doing…a good supply of biscuits always seems to help. “Thanks, guys!”

Procedures for documented monthly checks of the intruder alarm and emergency lighting systems are now in place.

The Beer Hut door has been replaced with a PVC one.

Thank you, Mr Jack Huitson” for the glorious begonias and hanging-basket display – they were much admired. A big “thank you”, too to the Members who saw to the watering, dead-heading and pruning of the grounds’ lovely flowers and shrubs. The vivid, autumnal climbers adorning the driveway wall gave a glorious display – an especially uplifting sight for those on the top deck of the double-deckers.

Following their removal, during re-painting of the Club lounge walls, all photos were re-positioned in the kitchen – on the whole, this decision has met with positive comments.

The Advertising Boards continue to raise income for Club funds. “Thank you, Maurice”.

The Bar … where else in town could you receive service with a smile, as you get from Peter Phizacklea and his happy team? Charlie, Denise and Jennifer (who joined them recently) look after us all well at social nights, quiz nights, concerts and cabarets – and whenever there is a bar required for private functions. Our prices are very competitive, and Peter is always on the lookout for a new ‘line’ – as long as it’s what the customers want and might make a profit!

Social nights are on each Wednesday and Friday, so why not come along and have a drink and a chat with other Members and friends…or watch the soccer on BT SPORTS.

The Co-op Singers are having a good year – and their performances at the Club and various venues in and around Barrow have been much enjoyed. Their Christmas Concert at the Club is on Saturday, 15th December, and to book your places, please ring Roy Swinglehurst on 01229 837344.

Ladies Tap/Keep Fit Monday evenings (7-8.30) and Thursday afternoons (1-2.30) are now back in full swing after their summer break. £2 admission includes refreshments. A big “Thank you” goes to those ladies who donate items for every Coffee Morning – your generosity is much appreciated.

Indoor Bowling on Monday afternoons (1.30-3.30) is back, so for £1.50 and refreshments, why not join this happy group of men and ladies…keep your spirits up over the winter months!

Quiz Nights held every 3rd Friday in the month continue to draw a good crowd. Just turn up on the night – NON-MEMBERS welcome – 8 pm start, £1 per person, teams of four. Please contact Mr Les Vickers on 01229 832903, or see website for details. Next ones are on 16th November and 21st December.

The Fundraising Team, headed-up by Mrs June Hewitt and Mrs Jean Garner, are all-year-round working hard to raise funds for the Club. The May Coffee Morning was a resounding success, in spite of it being the day of the Royal Wedding! Thank you to all who helped.

The Annual Christmas Coffee Morning is on Saturday, 1st December, 9.30-11.30 am. Admission £1 includes tea/coffee and mince pie; ring June on 01229 471707 or Jean on 01229 832897. All donations for tombola, jewellery/books/cakes stalls will be gratefully received…as will be any offers of your time. Hours of time, before, during and after any fundraising event, are voluntarily given by some Club Members in sorting, pricing, storing, moving furniture around, helping in the kitchen…so if you’d like to lend a hand …….

DECK THE HOME THIS CHRISTMAS” Mrs Norma Halpin will give a Festive Floral Display on Tuesday, 13th November, 2-4 pm at the Club. Admission £5.00 includes tea, coffee and mince pie. Proceeds to Club funds. To book ring Jean on 832597 or June 471707.

The sale of books, dvds and jigsaws continues to raises hundreds of pounds for Club funds – feel free to browse the selection in the Club kitchen, and pop your money in the box! Just pence each.

Bonus Ball also keeps the pounds rolling in – Liz is always glad of new contributors.

Car Boot Sale More details will be on website and Club notice boards, for this event on a Sunday in April.

Food Bank Members’ donations provided over 100 meals to those in need of support in Barrow.

CABARETS These are held every 3 weeks, admission £2.50, 8-11.30 pm,

and are great value for money. There is an increasing problem – attendance numbers are falling, and I urge you to try to support the Club. Tell your friends, give Cabaret nights a try if you’ve never been…we book local acts and artists from the Blackpool circuit, all of which come at a cost. Thank you to those regular attendees!

3rd November Denis Horan

24th .. James Reay

12th January Jeff Lee

2nd February Maurice Malone

23rd .. John Dixon

16th March Tim James

6th & 27th April TO BE CONFIRMED

18th May Dave Brooklyn

8th & 29th June TO BE CONFIRMED

20th July Steve Spencer

NEW YEAR’S EVEJOHN MARIO will entertain us throughout the evening. Don’t forget your dancing shoes!

At the October Committee Meeting it was agreed that the admission cost would be reduced from £15 to £7.50 per person, and that as a lot of effort has gone into the catering in previous years, this year instead of a buffet there will be nibbles at the tables, and if people choose to bring their own plated food, that will be fine. To book, please contact Brenda Gillen on 01229 471853/07733 034 243 or

GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGISTER was introduced in May, 2018 and was discussed by the Committee in June. I would like to reassure

Members that only names, addresses and contact numbers are kept on the computerised membership list, and that the Treasurer holds additional information only for PAYE purposes,

POWER OF ATTORNEY REGISTRATION REFUND: Information about the dates for possible eligibility can be found by visiting the Government’s website or you can ring 0300 456 0300.

The Treasurer, Ms Lynne Chambers has been quietly working away to keep the Club’s finances in a healthy position. Exceptional expenditure since April’s Newsletter has been on:

1 Website ‘hosting’ annual fee

2 Music Licence renewal

3 Ongoing bulk-buying of chemicals for the bowling green

4 Servicing of boiler, fire appliances (one old one replaced) and intruder

alarm/emergency lighting

5 Beer hut door replaced with a PVC one

6 New till installed, on a lease purchase agreement, which has a financial

management system attached, allowing the Treasurer to manage the

Club’s finances more effectively and enabling the Bar Manager to

monitor and control stock

…plus the ongoing materials bought for general maintenance.

A new contract for BT Sports Total package was negotiated, offering a good discount.

The Members appreciate the efforts made by Mrs Donna Erdis in cleaning the Club. “Thank you, Donna”.

If you are interested in helping out managing the Club’s website, please contact Dave Harwood on 07900 695 525.

Signing-on and Bowling/Club AGM dates in February, will be put on website and notice boards after the New Year.

Some Reminders: Annual Membership subscriptions of £10.00 for each Member are due at the beginning of the year. An application form for continued Membership is shown below, with further forms available at the Club. Thirty 2018 Memberships remain unpaid – a loss of £300 to the Club – these Members might wish to pay £20.00 when they renew in 2019?

I would urge Members to please support this fantastic Club – however you can. Bowling alone can’t sustain it, and we need all the support we can get. Tell your friends about the bowling and all the Club’s activities. We want to continue to play a vibrant role in the community for a very long time!

Best wishes to you all.

Moira Thornburrow (Secretary) 97763




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