Opening of the Green 2018
PLEASE NOTE - Change of Date
Due to the terrible weather we have had so far this year, the opening of the green will be delayed by SIX days, and will now be opened by Heather Dicker on SATURDAY, April 21st at 2pm.
Indoor Friendly against the “Isle of Wight Community Club Indoor Bowls Club” at Cowes – Saturday, January 27th
A mixed team of sixteen from Ventnor played a representative team from the host club on their superb indoor rink.
The Ventnor players made a confident start but the experience of the home team, playing on their own familiar carpet, began to show through. At about one third of the way through the twenty-one ends, Ventnor were holding their own on three of the four rinks, and were, in fact, leading on two of them!
In the end we were well beaten on rinks one, three and four - only rink two (Rose Holmes, Angela West, Colin Beavis & John Walker) managing a draw (17-17).
As I’ve said when we play our annual indoor match at Ryde, the score is unimportant (especially when you don’t win!) but the experience gained from playing on a different carpet is invaluable to us all.
The afternoon was hosted by ex-Ventnor player, Barry Bridgeman, and Roger Payne, the home club men’s captain. The arrangements for Ventnor Bowling Club were ably handled by Club Captain, John Milmoe.
It was suggested after the game that the event become an annual fixture.
Annual Indoor Friendly against the Isle of Wight Indoor Bowls Club
Sunday January 7th 2018
FOR THE FIFTH YEAR RUNNING, VENTNOR BOWLING CLUB 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 now have a new carpet at our own Club, the speed of their carpet is much greater, and consequently still takes a while to get accustomed to. However, we appear to be improving, as this year’s defeat at the hands of our hosts was, relatively small enough, to seem like a victory!
The first-ever fixture was back in January 2014, when, perhaps, beginners luck played a part and we only lost by 66 shots, because the following year that margin had increased significantly to 97 shots! In 2016, things really got bad as we only scored 78 shots to the home side’s 178, followed by a slight improvement a year later when the winning margin came down to 72 shots.
his year, however, we restricted the hosts to only 116 shots, their lowest six-rink total ever against us, with Ventnor reaching 81 – a defeat by only 35 shots. In addition, we won on two rinks out of the six (and nearly won on a third) which was our best performance so far. On this basis, being 37 shots better than last year, and only losing by 35 shots this year, we should win next year - if we continue to improve at the same rate!
We can but dream!
fter the game, all the players and guests enjoyed a superb two-course roast dinner during which the Ventnor President, Derek Venier, thanked the IWIBC Captain-of-the-day, Barbara Sleap, for the hospitality and welcome that we were given. We are grateful to our Club Captain, John Milmoe for making the arrangements at our end.
Death of Roy Dicker
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
Christmas Roast & Grand Christmas Hamper Draw
President, Derek Venier welcomed fifty members, family and friends to a superb roast dinner last Sunday afternoon, excellently prepared and cooked (as usual) by Catering Manager, Carol Venier, ably assisted (as usual) by the ladies of the Club. Derek also welcomed special guests Christine & Graham Benson, our near-neighbours in Macrocarpa Road, who “popped over” for the afternoon.
Graham’s late father was a bowler, and upon the recent death of his mother, decided to donate his bowls to our Club, along with a framed water colour of a bowling match in progress.
The afternoon concluded with the Grand Draw for the Christmas Hamper, which was won this year by Club Vice-President Elsie Booth. Second Prize, a mini hamper was won by Colin Beavis and the other winners were Judy Anderson, Barry Domoney and Sheila Arnott.
Video of Ventnor and the Bowling Club taken from the air.
Improvements to the Green
Our playing surface is, and has been for a long time, one of the best on the Island.
However the problem with any fine grass surface is that constant use by players causes the grass to be compacted, and the roots cannot develop as they should. Our green was closed on Friday morning, August 18th, for “Terrain Aeration”, which is a method of injecting compressed air at two levels - 6 inches and 12 inches below the surface, breaking up the compacted root system.
As this does not affect the playing surface, apart from rows of small holes, play can resume almost immediately after treatment, and is therefore ideal for application at any time of the year.
The work was carried out by Andy Butler Sports Ground Mainenance, our professional greenkeeper.
1st Fiendly Match 2017
Crab & Lobster
On Wednesday evening, July 12th, over 30 regulars from the “Crab” - mixed with the Club members - played as “Crabs” v. “Lobsters” on six rinks. The “Crabs” won a very close game by 92 shots to 84 with their winning rink of Sheila, Mark, Rose & Shaun.
The “Spider” was won by Carol Wyatt, and the “Cup”, provided by the Crab & Lobster, was presented to Nick Weedon, the captain of the “Crabs”. Brother, Simon, was Captain of the “Lobsters”.
Many thanks to everyone who took part, and who helped to make this a successful evening in every way.
It is hoped that this will become an annual event in our calendar.
2nd Friendly Match 2017
Ventnor Royal British Legion:
On Sunday, August 16th, our Annual friendly game against the Ventnor Royal British Legion took place at Mitchell Avenue, playing for the “BARRY CROAD MEMORIAL SHIELD”.
This magnificent trophy was presented by the Legion a few years ago - to be competed for each year, in memory of Barry Croad – a former member of the Bowling Club and the Legion.
This is third time that the new Trophy has been contested, with the Bowling Club winning it for the third year running. This year the game was played as “Triples” (three-a-side) and resulted in a narrow win for the Bowling Club. The top winning rink for the Legion was Rita, John A & George K., and for the Bowling Club it was Mark, Angela W. & Richard.
The traditional return match (of Petanque, of course) will take place, at the Legion, later in the Summer on a date to be arranged. Thanks must go to the Bowling Club Captain, John Milmoe, who ably organized the afternoon. As always, the match score was insignificant, as the real winners were everyone who took part.
Opening of the Green 2017
The Club’s only life-member, 89-year-old Derek (Del) Pullan, accompanied by his wife, performed the opening ceremony of the outdoor green last Sunday.
The morning started warm and sunny, but during the afternoon the cold wind began to make itself felt, to such an extent that it was decided to retreat into the clubhouse and partake of the tea and cakes a little earlier than planned. Play started with the traditional “Spider” which was won by Jenny Robbins. The winner of the spoon drive was Richard Wyatt (with an unbeatable score!) and the runner-up, for the second year running, was Susan Heaton-Watts who was presented with a “wooden spoon” which looked remarkably like an Easter Egg!
Club Captain, John Milmoe, organised the match play and after tea, Ventnor Club President Liz Pearce presented awards to the winners and runners-ups and thanked all those who had made the day a success especially those who had provided and prepared the food.
Liz also welcomed two new members, Angie Heath and Kate Bryan, and thanked all those whose hard work had ensured that the clubhouse and surroundings were in pristine condition - as it always is for opening day.
FIRST STAGE OF CARPET REPLACEMENT and RINK REFURBISHMENT COMPLETE: April 2017
During the first week in April a dozen, or so, club members rolled up their sleeves and set to work on transforming the indoor rink. The first morning involved taking up the old carpet and underlay ready for collection by Ventnor Golf Club, who are going to put it to good use in THEIR clubhouse. After stripping the walls of all pictures and ornaments, they were re-painted along with the re-staining of the skirting boards. The following day the light fittings were taken down and cleaned ready for the installation of the energy-saving LED tubes, replacing the old NEON tubes. These new eco-friendly tubes have two main advantages (for us) in that they are quite a lot cheaper to run and have many-times longer life expectancy. (i.e. they need to be replaced far less frequently.)
Grateful thank must go to maintenance manager, DEREK VENIER ably supported by BILL BEST, IAN CHEWTER, JOHN MILMOE, GEOFF HOLMES, DAVID STEAD, ROGER SMITH, TONY MORGAN, WAYNE McCLURE, MAURICE KANE and COLIN BEAVIS – not forgetting PHIL PEARCE, who made the drinks and supplied the doughnuts AND lots of advice!
The remaining days were spent outside, preparing the environs of the green. Hedges were cut, fences painted, concrete pressure-washed, walls & windows washed and our new information sign installed on the front facia of the building - and very good it looks, too! (The new carpet, etc. will be professionally laid by our supplier towards the end of September, after the summer season has ended.)
OUR BRAND NEW INDOOR CARPET is now in use after having been supplied and professionally fitted by a team from DALES SPORTS SURFACES Ltd, from Boston, Lincolnshire, over a couple of days last week. The previous Monday, the usual September task of lifting the boards was excellently handled by the dedicated volunteers, guided by Geoff Holmes (in Derek Venier’s absence). Due to the pending arrival of the new carpet and underlay, etc., EVERYTHING had to be removed this time – not just the boards – to give the contractors a completely clear space in which to work. Well done Geoff and team.
(The transformation of the Clubhouse from summer mode to winter mode does not “just happen”. A small band of volunteers make this annual task appear quick and simple, and the club is grateful to them for their sterling efforts twice a year. (don’t forget, it has to be done all over again, in reverse, in the Spring).
Getting the old carpet up - short video
Annual Indoor Friendly against the Isle of Wight Indoor Bowls Club
Twenty-four Ventnor players took part in a six-rink friendly against the Isle of Wight Indoor Bowls Club at their superb facility at Westridge, Ryde.
As we have found in previous years, the speed of the carpet and the need to take much more green, was more difficult to get used to compared to our own carpet at Ventnor. (You’d think after FOUR years we would be OK, wouldn’t you?)
Again, this year, Ventnor lost on all six rinks, with a final score of 177 to the IWIBC and 95 to Ventnor BC. (which was an improvement on last year, when we lost by exactly 100 shots!). The "Best" losing rink was Ian Saunders, Wayne McClure, Phil Pearce and Mark Morris, who were ahead with just two ends to go but finally went down by three shots. Despite the overall scoreline, a very enjoyable time was had by all who took part.
After the game, all the players enjoyed a Roast Dinner during which the IWIBC Captain-of-the-day, Jeremy Baker-Deam, welcomed the visitors. Ventnor President, Liz Pearce, thanked the hosts for their hospitality and their efforts to make the afternoon a success.
Christmas Sing-Along Video - Saturday December 17th 2016
Christmas Get-together and Grand Hamper Draw 2016:
What an evening!
Nearly fifty members, their famiies and friends sat down to a two-course meal, followed by carols and festive songs (and plenty of drinks).
The excellent musical accompaniment was provided by Club members Jenny Robbins on keyboard and Sid Lines on guitar.
The evening concluded with the draw for the magnificent Christmas Hamper (ALL provided by members) which was won by Vicky Stead. There were four other consolation prize–winners, Barry Simpson, Judy Anderson, John Milmoe and Judy Saunders.
Thanks must go to our own Christmas Carol (Venier) and Derek, for all the hard work they put in to make this the success that it undoubtedly was.
We will have to do it again next year!
NEW CLUB KITCHEN COMPLETED
The refurbishment of the Club's kitchen is now complete.
Apart from the white goods (fridges, freezers, microwave and water heaters, etc.) and the trusty old gas cooker, all the units and worksurfaces are brand new.
Although various members contributed in small ways, all of the fitting work was undertaken by two members - DEREK VENIER and ROGER SMITH - who dedicated hours and hours of their free time.
EVERYONE at the Club is in their debt for their fantastic effort.
We also have a new vinyl floor to complete the re-fit and we are indebted to "a club member" who donated the cost of this floor to the club but wishes to remain anonymous.
Thank you so much for your generosity.