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President Janet in full flow President Janet in full flow

Presidents Day Saturday 13th August

A very hot, sunny and colourful Saturday afternoon at the Vale was the setting for the annual Presidents Day.. President Janet Horwood had requested that members  attending should appear in the brightest outfits they could muster which they certainly did.

After a Pimms reception club members surrounded the green for the traditional spider. With woods flying in  from all directions towards the jack in the centre of the green it was Gail Robertson who took the honours.

The match .had been scheduled for twenty one ends but due to the heat a decision to limit it to ten was taken. Played on six rinks with forty eight members divided  into a  Home team and an Away team it was a colourful spectacle.

Rink one Home team were Lyn Scott, Charlotte Pennington, Richard Ward and Paul Murrant. Away team were Liz Pollard, Geoff Tyler, Paul Jenkinson and Chris Wallis.

An enjoyable tussle ended  with a win for the Away’s - 10 shots to 5

The Home team on rink two were Ian Wilkinson, Mary Smith, Bill Jones and Beryl Birch.

A very big thank you to Ian Wilkinson for agreeing to play at the very last moment, it was very much appreciated.

Opposing them for the Away’s were Jackie Cole, Sylvia Shalders, Sean Biollo and Bob Spence. Another win for the Aways. with  11 shots to the Home’s 7. It was probably Sean’s dazzling outfit that bemused the opposition!

Ann Newton, Mick Shalders, Derek Harper and Ray Gregory were the Home Team on rink three. Aways were Adrian Wilkinson, Peter Harrison, Keith Hart and Denis Smith. Skipped by two Oakham veterans in Ray and Denis the inevitable result was a draw,  8 shots  each

Rink four were affected by the heat. Home team were Karen Tandy, Maureen Douglas, Norman Coville and Clive Morris. Aways were Pat Harrison, David Tomlinson, Anne Preston-Bambridge and Gail Robertson. It was decided to declare   a draw on the rink.

Hazell Jeffrey, Bryan Rolfe, Graham Southern and Ros Carter represented the Home team with Rita Garwood, Kay jones, Barry Drain and Matt Murrant for the Aways. A good win for the Home Team with 10 shots to the Away’s 6

The President played on rink  six. For the Homes it was Bob Swarbrick, Barrie Payne, Graham Cole and President Janet Horwood.  Away’s represented by Julie Healey, Peter Craig, Rick Tarleton and Alan Jones. This really was the Presidents day as she led her Home team to a resounding win, holding  18 shots to the Aways 3

This win ensured a victory for the Home team with a 15 shot margin over the Away’s.

After a very enjoyable meal in the Club House Janet spoke of how much she was enjoying her year as President. She outlined the changes she had witnessed in her thirty years of bowling from the very formal ladies dress codes of yesteryear to the fully integrated and inclusive club we enjoy  today. Janet then announced that the Club Person of the year, awarded for outstanding service to the club, was Rosemary Gregory. .Rosemary looks after the gardens prepares fantastic meals and organises the very popular and successful chummy mornings. The executive committee, Janet then  said,  have decided to present a special award this year. The  dedication and tireless work over the last eighteen months has resulted in a bowling green we can again, be proud of.  Therefore the committee will be proposing at the AGM in December that a Life Membership be awarded to Ray Gregory.

Janet concluded by thanking  those club members who had worked tirelessly in the kitchen and behind the bar to ensure an enjoyable and successful day.

A total of £355.- 00 was raised  for Janet’s two nominated charities, EMICS and The Spinney at Little Bytham