Revised Draw for Club Mixed Triples - Sunday June 9th 2019

REFURBISHMENT OF CLUB BAR

      

During the last few months the bar has undergone a complete internal re-design and an external face-lift.

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ot starting until after Christmas, Derek Venier and Roger Smith have dedicated hours of their own time to upgrade the Bar and bring it into the 21st century.  It has been completely re-designed on the inside to give more room for the bar staff and now has two new cooler cabinets, providing nearly four times the number of cold shelves than were there before. All-new LED lighting, both on the inside and the outside, enables the new bar to be seen in all its glory.

Everyone at the Club is in Derek’s and Roger’s debt for their fantastic effort, giving us a bar to be proud of.

Annual Indoor Friendly against the Isle of Wight Community Club Indoor Bowls Club

A mixed team of sixteen from Ventnor played a representative team from the host club in their excellent indoor facility at Cowes.

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he Ventnor players made a slow start and, despite the practice session before the start of the match, the experience of the home team, playing on their own familiar carpet, began to show through. At the half-way stage, of the 18 ends, things did not look good for Ventnor who were losing heavily on all 4 rinks (19-53).

After a short break for tea and biscuits, the visitors staged a remarkable come-back, reducing the deficit to just 8 shots, with wins on two of the four rinks! If we had played the full 21 ends who knows what might have happened?? This is the second year we have played this event and an amazing result, since we were comprehensively thrashed last year.

Arrangements at our end were made by Club Captain, Liz Pearce.

Annual Indoor Bowls Match v. IWIBC on Sunday January 6th 2019

 


FOR THE SIXTH YEAR RUNNING, TWENTY-FOUR VENTNOR BOWLERS TRAVELLED TO WESTRIDGE TO PLAY THE ANNUAL INDOOR MATCH AGAINST THE ISLE OF WIGHT INDOOR BOWLS CLUB AT THEIR SUPERB INDOOR FACILITY.

     Even though we have now got used to our new carpet at Ventnor, the speed of their carpet is still much greater, and consequently still takes a while to get accustomed to. As can be seen from the picture of the final scoreboard (above), we did not win…………..(surprise, surprise!).       The winning margin for the hosts this year was 62 shots, which is not our best “defeat”, but by no means our worst! (in previous years the winning margins have been 66, 97, 100, 72 and 35 - an average of 74). This year, Ventnor again won on two of the six rinks, with John Walker and Barry Dominey being the victorious skips.

 

After the game, all the players and guests enjoyed the usual two-course roast dinner during which the Ventnor President, Elsie Booth, thanked the IWIBC Captain-of-the-day, Annie Morris, for the hospitality and welcome that we were given. We are all grateful to our Club Captain, Liz Pierce for making the arrangements at our end for what turned out to be another “interesting” and enjoyable afternoon.

Charity Match Perks v Crab & Lobster

Some of the players "warming up".

 
AFTER SEVERAL YEARS of friendly rivalry on the cricket field at Steephill, Ventnor Bowling Club was pleased to welcome these two local pub sides to Mitchell Avenue, for an evening of a more sedate and less-strenuous sport!
 
The fierce competition was still the same, only the name of the game had changed, and being a mixed sport, the ladies were able to join in as well as the men.
We were lucky with the weather as the threatening dark clouds and the distant rumbles of thunder stayed away, and we were able to complete the scheduled sixteen ends in the dry.
 
The format was teams of four made up of three members from each pub and one member of the bowling club to give guidance when needed. With SIX rinks in use, this meant that a total of 48 players were on the green at the same time.
 
The scores on five of the six rinks were close, with no more than three shots between the sides, but one rink bucked the trend by winning by 9 shots! This was the top rink for “Perks” consisting of Steve, Al, Jan and Sid Lines (Bowling Club), who won 17-8. Top rink for the Crab & Lobster was Don, Betty, Dave and Richard Wyatt (from the Club), with a score of 18-15.
 
The overall match result was Perks 81 shots and Crab & Lobster 75 shots – well done everyone who took part. After (and during!) the game most players (as you would expect) took advantage of the bar facilities.
 
A raffle, which raised £100 for P.A.T.C.H., was run by Susan Heaton-Watts and the whole evening was brilliantly organised by Club Captain – John Milmoe.

Death of Roy Dicker

President Roy in 2006

IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS THAT WE ANNOUNCE THE DEATH OF ROY DICKER, A STALWART OF THE CLUB, WHO PASSED PEACEFULLY AWAY ON DECEMBER 23rd 2017

Roy was a former President and Club Captain but, most importantly of all, he was a friend to all bowlers who had the pleasure of playing with him and against him. He devoted a substantial part of his life to Ventnor Bowling Club and he will be sorely missed at Mitchell Avenue, and around the Island.

The funeral will be held on Friday, January 19th at the Isle of Wight Crematorium at 12 o’clock for family and close friends, followed by a memorial service at St. Catherine’s Church at 2.30pm.  Heather would like to invite everyone to the Bowling Club after the service, for food and drinks.

For those who wish to pay their respects privately, the coffin will be at the house, 12, Spring Gardens, Ventnor, PO38 1QX, during the afternoon of the 18th

 

 

 

 

 

Video of Ventnor and the Bowling Club taken from the air.

This video of the Club and the surrounding parts of the town were taken with a drone, and very kindly donated and added to our website by 15-year old Ethan Wilson - Keith Bishop's grandson.