Christmas Melee

A wintry morning with intermittent rain. The terrain decorated with many pretty leaves. Inside was much warmer with decorations and Christmas music. Sheila and Sue served bacon sandwiches before play and delicious home-made soup afterwards.

There were 16 players with 4 games of 40 minutes. 14 were Club members with two visitors from Kent.

1st Clive (from Kent), 2nd Jackie (Churcher), 3rd Sheila and 4th Gary. Strongest player Richard. (Sue from Kent thought she was vying for this accolade).

Santa’ Little Helpers!

Fareham Chosen Pairs

This year’s Chosen Pairs had a Guy Fawkes theme but the day proved mild and sunny, a welcome change in November! Eight teams rolled out with Roz and Julie looked splendid as Guy Fawkes!

Three hotly contested games in the morning with Carrie and Mark leading the plotters at lunch. Sadly George and Gary fizzled out after lunch – a familiar tale!

Carrie and Mark where winners with Paul and Sheila second, Don and Bob third and George and Gary forth. Roz and Julie were consolage winners.

Many thanks to Sheila and Sue for their hospitality. Excellent Bacon Sandwiches and Cakes!

Charity Melee 2023

Our Charity Melee took place on 13 August 23 in aid Alzheimer’s Research. 18 players took part in this event. The Isle of Wight team were unable to attend at short notice, but we did have visitors from Portchester and Muscliffe.

Play started at 10 am and the weather was kind. A buffet lunch was served at 12.30. Many thanks to Lois, Jackie Lee, Mari and Marion. many thanks also to the cake makers. Absolutely delicious and made about £50 for the charity. 

The results were as follows: 1st Thomas Williams from Portchester, 2nd Gerry MacAleese, 3rd Bob Bish, 4th Paula Fauvel, 5th Sue MacAleese, 6th Don Power. 

Great to see Don playing so well after his eye op. Carol and I ( Gary) narrowly avoiding a fanny loosing 13/1 against Don playing with Thomas

A very good time had by all, no one with 5 wins, but top 6 had 4. And we made over £200 in total for our chosen Charity Alzheimer’s Research. Well done Fareham.

Fareham PC Singles

Brilliant sunshine at 9 gave way to Mizzle for most of the morning, but we saw sunshine in afternoon. A light lunch was included in the entry fee.

14 players participated in many very tight games. Bob, Robert and Sheila went through to the main with 3 wins, joined by Daena on 2 wins and plus 20 after narrowly loosing to Sheila 12-13. With Daena beating Bob and Sheila beating Robert we saw a repeat match in a very entertaining Final. The result. 1st Sheila Hayward, Club Singles Champion.

A worthy winner!

2nd Daena Vincent. 3rd Bob and Robert. Consulate winner Jackie Churcher, and Plate Sue MacAleese. Gary Fannie’d Tim. And he looks delighted about it.

Well done all.

Whiteley Come and Try

On a day of contrasting weather, FPC hosted a Come and Try session at Whiteley! A great time was had and a lot of interest from parents and children and the members of Lost Search Party.

A typical summer’s day!

Fareham & MacDuff Twinning Weekend. 12/14 May 2023

7 members of Fareham travelled to the north of Scotland, some 650 miles to play Petanque and catch up with old friends and make new ones

Sue and Gerry with Paul and Sheila, and Gary and Lois, took the opportunity to extend the trip to see some more of Scotland. Roz had to travel by train on Thursday evening as the original plan to travel was scuppered by a rail strike. This resulted in Malcolm driving to Aberdeen, about an hour away, to pick her up at 11.30 pm

On Friday we were welcomed by Malcolm and Shelly Mackenzie for a fish supper and to play Petanque at their home, overlooking McDuff harbour. A wood fire was built as the evening became a bit cool. Lovely, until we realised all our clothes stank of wood smoke, which lingered somewhat.

Saturday morning, we joined MacDuff Sharks for their usual Saturday Melee, in brilliant sunshine. Gary White won the match and was awarded a trophy and a gift of Petanque measure and Jacks. 2nd was Lou Robinson from MacDuff. 3rd was Malcolm Mackenzie.

We were invited to go to a Whisky tasting in the afternoon, later we played Bingo in the club room in the evening and had a very good time and picked up quite a few prizes.

Sunday was the main event. 11 Teams from across the region came to play. Fareham Fillies and Fareham Oaks played 5 games in pouring rain which gave way to cold scotch mist after lunch. Teams from Carnoustie and MacDuff played their first open event.  Fochabers were 1st 5 wins plus 38 and Fareham Fillies 5 wins plus 32, 2nd . Just a few points in it.

An Indian meal was arranged for Sunday evening with some of the McDuff club. 20 people in all.

Many thanks to Malcolm and Shelly and all at MacDuff Petanque club. We have issued an invitation for them to come to us next time.