Lovely weather saw a large crowd for the Whiteley Jubilee Picnic with members from Fareham hosting a Come and Try event. A slow start while the crowds enjoyed their picnics and entertainment by Titchfield Festival Theatre but with some encouragement people were soon queuing to have a go, kids at first but soon the parents were playing, so hopefully one or two new members?
Thank you to those who came along to help and special thanks to Nicki and her team at Whiteley Town Council.
Great day for the regional qualifier, the terrains looked spot on, surrounds smart and a row of gazebos just to finish it off. So many players thanked us for an excellent set up, we should all be very proud.
Twenty eight teams competed with two from Fareham: “The Minions” (Paul, Sheila, David and Carrie) and “Mind the Gap” (Tim, Daena, Sue and Roz) plus Mark and Paula playing for composite teams. Minions, Mark and Paula faired well enough, Mind the Gap need a good day at Q2 in Climping. Good luck and let’s hope they all make it to Melton Mowbray.
Lots of thank yous:
Martin and Gerry for getting there early to string the terrains, Marion, June, Mari, Jackie Lee and Julie who helped us in the kitchen meaning Lois got a break in the afternoon and I could fall asleep in the chair!
Everyone who turns out on second Wednesdays for gardening night.
And lastly to the weather, so much better than the doubles!
Easter Sunday was dry and sunny but with a cool breeze later on, great to see Malcolm and Shelly make the long trip south, with Shelly’s sister Wendy and help from Mari and Jackie Lee we had 16 entries for this years commemorative completion.
Well fortified by bacon sarnies and some excellent beer curtesy of Malcolm a hard fought completion ensued which saw Mark triumph with 4 wins +28 (nice way to celebrate your birthday Mark), Mike second and Gerry third.
Unfortunately We were unable to present the trophy afterwards as Martin (the previous winner) couldn’t find the shield in what must be a quite extensive trophy cabinet.
Many thanks go to Marion for aiding Lois in the kitchen with the lunches, and to Malcolm for providing the eye sharpener, maybe next years Jack’s Eye Sharpener could be north of the border??
This months SCPA Melee saw 24 entries despite the chilly start with players from ABC Wasps, Crondall, Porchester and Shedfield joining the Fareham regulars. There was some great pointing on display, none more so than from Paul Hayward who picked up the dosh with 4 wins +32.
Many thanks to Lois for running the catering and to Sheila for a splendid tea loaf, so good there was none left for me!
This years annual Fareham v Shedfield match saw an impressive turnout, 18 from Fareham and 11 from Shedfield. it must have been the free soup that drew them in, certainly not the weather – very windy but dry and not too cold.
We lent one player to make a 12 aside match with Julie volunteering to play for our noisy neighbours.
Most games were close but Shedfield seemed to handle the conditions better. I had enough trouble throwing the jack let alone any boule! Eventually they finished worthy winners 8/4.
A great time had by all, many thanks to all who helped out, with special thanks to Lois for the catering.
Thanks also to those who turned up but didn’t get to play in the main completion, unfortunately Bob didn’t get the numbers he was expecting.