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    Rules for outdoor competitions: click here to see them; they are now in force. Previously there were different rules for different competitions, and this is to try to standardise them across the board and to reflect standards set by World Bowls, Bowls England and Southampton & District so members will feel comfortable in whatever level they play, and reduce confusion.   

    200 Club: the March winner is Bernie Riche-Webber - congratulations. Shares in the next cycle of the 200 club still available - see the social notice board at the club.

    Friendly matches: with the match against Botley yesterday (Wednesday), the indoor friendly match season came to an end. Very many thanks are owed to Tony Cailes for planning the matches with other clubs and getting our teams turned out to play. It's now over to Keith Boyes who is responsible for the friendly matches outdoors. There are 22 matches scheduled - all the details are under the Friendly match tab - and the sign up sheets for the first few are already on the notice board in the club house. Newer members are especially encourage to have a go, to broaden their experience, meet those from other clubs and generally enjoy themselves.

    Summer break: just a few twin and double bedded rooms available for the trip in June to Weston-super-Mare. More details in the Summer tour section under the Calendar tab - contact Peter Fry if you are interested.   

    New shelters: they have now been installed, but need painting. Please contact Bill Bailey to lend a hand. Contact details in recent email to members and available in the secure Members only area.   

    Sign up for Friday night triples: now available in the club house until 20 April when the draw for places will be made. 

    Results of indoor knockout competitions: click here to reveal the honours board for the indoor knockout competitions, including the playoff between the champions of the Thursday and Friday night triples leagues. Very many thanks to Howard Felgate for organising the competitions (plus Heathcliffe and Judith Moss for the triples leagues) and the finals weekend. The outdoor season awaits - only 4 more Saturdays!   

    External competitions: this is a new feature under the competitions page. The 'Other external' tab in the left hand column there brings up the details of the information we have received from other clubs about the one day tournaments they run plus the week long Southampton Open. Some singles, pairs, triples or rinks, some single gender, some mixed... be quick though, it's usually first come, first served.   

    Reminder: Membership should be renewed by 1 April - please help by getting this out of the way - either at the club or electronically, see the details below.  

    Jubilee Cup: the first of the club's all day competitions, on Saturday 4 May. It's mixed triples with teams of your own chosing. See under the Competition tab for more information and sign up at the club as soon as you can, spaces are limited. Thanks to David and Lesley Andrews for pulling it all together.  

    Indoor competitions finals: the excitement mounts! The schedule for finals weekend - Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 March (next weekend) has now been published - all the details of each draw are under the Competitions then Indoor tabs. Click here to see when each will be concluded - do come along and support.    

    Indoor leagues: the B's (Steve Fisher, Mike Taylor, Richard Foster and Sue Edgington) won the Thursday night league and the A's (Keith Boys, Helen Chew, Andy Mintram and Norman Simmonds) won the Friday night league. Congratulations! And good luck in the play off during indoor finals weekend. 

    Winter break 2020: it's Potters Resort 2-7 February with Chris (Brett) and Adie (Booth) - more details under Calendar tab. Be quick if you are interested, they need numbers in the next three weeks (by 26 March). 

    Ladies!: don't forget the S&DWBA coffee morning is next Wednesday (13 March) 10am at Pirrie Park. The tickets are only 50p, pay at the door. The first coffee is free, there's loads of stalls - including our 'Where's the jack?' and books - a grand draw and Irish bingo. Get your mates organised, find some pennies and come and join the fun! 

    Friendly match v Lee on Solent (A): to be played on Tuesday12 March - selection made, see under Friendly matches tab. 

    Membership renewal: please pop along to the club to pay your subs. It's £100 for full membership, plus £5 to renew your locker hire. Social only membership costs £10. Indoor only membership subs though are not due until 1 October. Electronic transfer is also possible - watch out for details in an email coming soon - plus correction to sort code (should be 08-92-99) - apologies. Please tell membership secretary, Chris Robinson, if you intend to switch, or not renew, your membership. 

    Indoor leagues: it's crunch time! The last round of matches, postponed from the snowy spell in late January/ early February, will be played at the end of this week (7/8 March).

    On Thursday the D's (John Gray) play early hoping to beat the G's (Roger Morfill) so they can catch the B's (Steve Fisher) who are just one point ahead. The B's play later either thankful that the top spot is sealed or going all out to beat the E's (Patrick Reddin). 

    On Friday the C's (Sally Hurst) sit it out having completed their programme with a very narrow win against the F's (Chris Robinson) in their last match. The F's though can do them a favour by beating the A's (Keith Boys) who are just a point behind with a huge shot difference advantage. 

    The Thursday v Friday champions showdown will be played over the finals weeked (16/17 March), schedule to be determined.   

    Friendly match v Fair Oak: tomorrow's match (2 March) is CANCELLED, Fair Oak do not have sufficient players. 

    Inside bowls: click here for the March edition.

    URGENT - do not open emails from either the Andrews' or Baileys' mentioning 'drop box'. It's a virus, permanently delete as soon as you can. 

    Southampton Open: the entry forms for this tournament (singles, pairs and triples) scheduled for 22-27 July are now available - men's and ladies' . There's more information and a link to the website under Competitions then the new page Other external. More will be added when details are known.   

    Indoor competitions: latest updates available under competitions, then indoor.

    Friendly match v Colden Common: our opponents have had to pull out, so the match is CANCELLED.   

    'Bye,'bye - and have a lovely time: the winter breakers set off this morning (Sunday) to sunny Torquay. 

    Management committee: minutes of the meeting held on 12 February now available in the Members only area.

    Latest results and tables: getting near the end of the indoor league season. Click here for the latest results and tables following the matches played on 21 and 22 February.  

    Last chance: all indoor friendly match selections are now complete (see under Friendly matches tab) except.... Tuesday 20 March v Lee on Solent (A). So last chance to help Tony Cailes out - please sign up on the notice board at the club.

    Keeping us safe 1: are you a qualified medic, paramedic or first aider? We need to know who you are in case of need. Please tell Judith (Moss)

    Keeping us safe 2: definitely no lit cigars or cigarettes allowed anywhere near the fabric of the club house or on the veranda at any time. The smoking area is at the far end of the veranda, please dispose of butts with utmost care.  

    Volunteers needed: could you (with someone of your choice, if you'd rather) run a one day competition? We need an organiser for the Smith Plate on Sunday 2 June and another for the Penniall Plate on Saturday 17 August. All the documentation from previous years is available to help. Judith (Moss), our secretary, will be very pleased to hear from you.  

    Jubilee Cup makes a come back!: thanks to Lesley and David Andrews this mixed triples competition is to be revived on Saturday 4 May. Get it in the diary. Some more details under Competitions tab and here (sign up, entry fee etc) nearer the time.  

    Hamblin trophy: information about this has now been tracked down - it's under the League tab. There's only one match to come - this Sunday evening - and unless there's a bit of a miracle we're not likely to feature in the semi finals. But there's always next season.... 

    Men's S&D league fixtures 2019: they're out. Click here for a printed version, there's more information about how all this works under the League tab.  

    Members only area: now re-opened. Contact Chris (Robinson) on 01329 235272 if you have forgotten how to access it.

    Opening day: the sign up sheet for the unveiling of the green for the outdoor season – on Saturday 13 April – is now available in the club house. This year it will be followed by a buffet tea then, in the early evening, our popular and rather manic card game, Oh heck! More under the social tab. Only eight more Saturdays. Dress code definitely greys.

    President’s Shield:  the trophy was won by Janet Felgate, Norman Chatfield, Christine Clark and Norman Simmonds – congratulations! And very many thanks to Ted (Quincey) for his organisation.

    200 club: the winner for this month is Geoff Burton. Only one month left for this round. There are slips on the social notice board for those that would like to join for 2019-2020. It's £12 per share (you can have as many as you wish). £25 is won each month but the grand draw is in November when there is a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize. In 2018 this was for £250, £150 and £80, but depends on the number of subscribers. Definitely can't win without a share!

    Near miss: Sally Hurst, Ken Balchin, Chris Batty and Bill Bailey were beaten in the final of the Open short mat tournament at Hook Bowling Club. But they whizzed back just in time for the Race Night.

    Members only area: this has been removed temporarily whilst some technical issues are addressed. This is not connected to the recent email from the treasurer about a fraudulent request for transfer of funding.

    Inside Bowls magazine: click here to see the on line edition for February.

    Race night: the horses are due to arrive tomorrow (Saturday, 16). Thank goodness the ban on racing due to equine 'flu has been lifted! If you have already paid for your ticket, which includes the curry, then we'll see you in the paddock at 7pm. Remember your purses and wallets.  

    Bowls Hampshire competitions: the draws for the men's (South area) are now out - more details under the competitions tab. 

    Friendly match v Botley: the match on Friday 15 February is CANCELLED - insufficient Botley players.  

    President's Shield: the team lists, schedule and rules are out for Sunday (17th) - see under Competition tab. Ted's (Quincey) in charge. Enjoy!

    Members' contact details: telephone numbers only will be published in the club house. They and members' email addresses are now available in the Members Only Area - please take a moment to have a look to check your details are correct. Call Chris Robinson on 01329 235272 if you have forgotten how to get access. The full details, including email addresses, for members of the management committee are also available in the same place. 

    Indoor knockout competitions: virtually all are at the semi final stage - see the under the Competitions tab for all the details. 

    Management committee: will be meeting tomorrow (Tuesday, 12) and the agenda is available in the members only section. The minutes will be along a few days later. 

    Palmerston Cup: we were knocked out at the quarter final stage having lost two of the three matches, but with an aggregate shot difference of only 6. Tough matches, hard fought against Fareham Green with many of their players familiar with playing indoors.  

    Men's committee: David Andrews will be filling the vacancy not filled at the Annual General Meeting. 

    Indoor leagues: results and tables following matches on Thursday and Friday night now updated. No matches next week (14 and 15 February).

    Indoor friendly matches: selection now available for the latter part of February - see under Friendly matches

    S&DWBA league fixtures published: rinks: 2019 Rinks A.pdf , triples: 2019 Triples A.pdf - read the fixtures down the column. Or a combined version is available here.

    S&D (men) need a new secretary very soon: more details available from Adie Booth. No women allowed!!

    Palmerston Cup: good news and bad news. The Meon Valley B team came 6th in their league so their season has ended. But the A team secured a slot on the quarter finals next Sunday (10th at 6pm) against Fareham Green, the winners of League A. Supporters and spectators welcome.

    More players needed: now the bad weather has passed please pop into the club as soon as you can to sign up for friendly matches later in February and the President's Shield (mixed rinks, all day) scheduled for Sunday 17 February. 

    Thursday and Friday night triples matches POSTPONED: because of the uncertainities of the weather, the triples league matches scheduled for Thursday 31 January will now be played on Thursday 7 March and the Friday matches from 1 February will now be played on 8 March.

    Bowls England competition entries: the deadline is tomorrow (1 February) - the on line link is available on the Bowls England page under the Competitions tab.  

    Indoor friendly matches: selections up to mid February now available under the Friendly matches tab. Sadly a clash of bookings at Aquarius means that the match scheduled for 9 February is cancelled.

    World Bowls finals: all over for another year. Men's semi finals and Men's and Ladies' finals available under the Calendar tab. Some very close matches and marvellous shots.

    200 Club: congratulations to David Huntley - the winner for January.

    Wanted - Social secretary after November 2019: the current Social secretary, Marian Bailey, has indicated she will not be standing for re-election at the next AGM. However to ensure a smooth transition she is willing to share her experience over the coming months with a shadow, with a view to their election as her successor. Could you be that shadow? More details from Marian.  

    Markers courses: want to brush up on the laws of the game and learning how to measure properly? Then you'll be interested knowing about a markers course being offered at Banister Park BC in Eastleigh by the England Bowls Umpires Association. They are for a full day (10am - 4pm), it costs £10 and there is a choice of dates: Wednesday 20 February or Saturday 16 March. Let Chris Brett know if you would like more details and would like a place.  

    World bowls: it's on in the afternoons on the BBC from today (Monday, 21) - plus highlights much later each evening - through to Sunday. Enjoy!

    Sign up: calling notice for the President's Shield tournament (mixed rinks) on Sunday, 17 February will be on the notice board at the club from tomorrow (Tuesday, 22) and under competitions here. Ted Quincey is in charge.  

    Congratulations!: to Marilyn Masters, Janet and Norman Chatfield on winning the indoor mixed triples tournament. And many thanks to Russell (Algar) for his organisation, and Judith (Moss) for her barmaiding.

    Indoor triples leagues: no change at the top for either the Thursday or Friday night leagues - see leagues for latest results and tables.

    Health and safety policy statement: now available in the Members only area under Club rules and policies. 

    Bowls Hampshire competition draws for women: are now available under competition tab. Please take care with dates of early rounds for the pairs competition as they were changed by BH after publication. The draw now (Saturday, 19 January at 6.30pm) on this website is correct.

    Men's section get together: sign up for a meal at the Old Forge, Shedfield on Wednesday 6 February, at 6.30pm. Cost £7.   

    Match v Hedge End Village (A): Selection for match on Saturday, 26th now available under friendly matches. 

    Correction: with apologies from Heathcliffe, the latest indoor triples league information was not right - but it is now, under the Leagues tab and then indoor on the left.    

    Torquay tour meeting: if you are on the winter tour to Torquay please come along to the club on Tuesday 29 January at 7pm to finalise those last details. Advise Adie Booth if you can't attend.

    Health and safety officer: Dave Reynolds (the ordinary member on the management committee) has taken on this new role. Please share with him any concerns you may have.

    World Bowls: it might not be on the BBC until next week but it's underway. Go to Calendar and look under World Bowls in the left column, there's a link to live streaming if you would like a peek. 

    Launch of new club website: following a well attended presentation to members, the new club website was launched on Monday 14 January, in an e mail to all club members from secretary Judith Moss. Members were urged to notify the webmaster (Chris Robinson) of any errors, omissions or their constructive comments and suggestions. We're in need of a photographer - do you have an artistic eye, decent camera and a willingness to volunteer? If so, tell Chris.

    Dew remover: there are 13 volunteers for the daily dew removal duty, Peter Fry needs one more prepared to turn out for 10-15 minutes, one morning, once a fortnight to drag the big brush up and down the green to complete the team.  Full training given! Please contact Peter if you can help.

    Indoor competitions: all draws are up to date (13 January) - see competitions tab, then indoor. Thanks to Howard (Felgate)

    S&DBA AGM: the annual general meeting of the men's district association will take place on Monday 28 January at 7pm at Atherley BC. 

    Indoor matches selection: team selections for Lockswood (home,16/1) and Denmead (home, 23/1) available under friendly matches tab, but match v Wyvern (away, 19/1) cancelled because of lack of players from both clubs. 

    Open rinks tournament: details are now ready (it will be on Saturday, 25 May) and Marian (Bailey) will be sending them out to other clubs shortly. 

    Indoor mixed triples (Sunday 20 January): the teams and schedule are out - full details under competitions tab. Please tick availability on the notice board and let Russell (Algar) know if you can't play. Only one reserve left - if you are also willing to be on standby please contact Russell.

    Thursday and Friday night triples league: both resume at the end of this week (3 and 4 January). Enjoy! Keep up to date with results under the league tab.

    Bowls Hampshire (BH) competitions: the entries have now been submitted and there's an invoice for the entry fee in your pigeon hole - please make payment, including the invoice in the brown envelope, as soon as you can. The draws will be on the BH website probably in early February.

    Hedge trim: work has started on getting the hedge right back to the fence on the south side. There's rather more to do before the ground will be ready for paving and then the rink shelters - but it's all going in the right direction.

    New club website: all are invited to a presentation/ launch of the new club website to find out why it has changed, what is on it and to offer their comments and suggestions for improvements. It's Sunday 13 January at 2pm at the club, just turn up. Please let John Gray know if you are willing to come along at 1pm to help get the room ready, or sign the notice at the club.  

    Happy new year everyone!: the days are getting longer and it's only 16 Saturdays before the green opens for the outdoor season.

    200 club: December's winner was Sue Carpenter. Congratulations.

    Just published: amended constitution; agenda, reports and minutes of the management committee held on 11 December now available in the members only area. Draw for all indoor competitions now updated - see under competitions, then indoor in left column.

    Social date for diary: Saturday 16 February 7pm - Race Night at the club with curry. £7 for members, £8 for guests - sign up in the usual place. 

    Selection: has been made for indoor friendly matches in the early part of January - see details under Friendly matches tab. 

    Spare place: on the winter tour to Torquay in late February - see details under the Calendar page - contact Adie Booth if you're interested

    Merry Christmas everyone!: President's Christmas tree is now up - for a donation to the President's charity (The Haemophilia Society) you can add your good wishes for your bowling friends.    

    Last entries: all entries for Bowls Hampshire competitions need to be made by the end of December through the club. The forms have been on the men's and ladies notice boards since the outdoor season ended. Check with Judith Moss if you you need. Payment - £3.50 per player, per competition - will be made by the club and John Dancy will recoup the cost from individuals later.

    Last chance: Christmas Grand Draw is scheduled for 15 December, terrific prizes, pick your own numbers (£1 a go).  

    Thursday and Friday night triples leagues: the first half of the fixtures are now complete - see the latest tables under Leagues.

    Using the club's defibrillator: could be a life saver, we need as many as can to learn how to use it. Meon Valley Heartstart are willing to show us - depending on numbers. Please sign up - general notice board, opposite the bar.  

    Summer tour: scheduled for Sunday,16 - Friday, 21 June to Weston-super-Mare. The sign up sheet is now up on the general notice board, opposite the bar. See under Calendar tab for more details. Kindly arranged by Peter Fry. 

    Management committee: is scheduled to meet on Tuesday 11 December. Agenda and reports will shortly appear in the Members only section.