Christmas Melee 2021

Weather mild with occasional missle.

COVID worries and a fixture clash kept numbers down to 18 with Sue and Lois sharing games and kitchen duties. Christmas sweaters much in evidence!

We began with bacon butties, two games and then coffee break with nibbles, two more games with the last game to finish deciding the outcome, Bob Bish on one team, Paula and Martin on the other, all on 3 wins. Bob triumphs and the only player with 4 wins.

Soup, cake, mulled wine, beer and a raffle no wonder everyone had a great time.

Results: 1st Bob Bish, tied for 2nd Paula and Martin and 4th place going to Nicole. First Fannies: Mari and George.

Many thanks Lois, Sue, Julie and Sue’s granddaughter Amber for the Christmas fare (Hope to see Amber playing next year). Thanks also go to Paul for running the bar and Jackie for running the raffle. Well done to everyone for donating raffle prizes and for helping make the day a great success. And finally a warm welcome to Graham our latest recruit.

Club Singles

Weather fairly dry but a bitingly cold north wind blowing, we managed to coerce 14 brave souls into battle, I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but Singles Champion is a title well worth winning, just ask Dave Kilshaw who played despite spending all night in the casino (he says he was working) great commitment David.

Bacon butties consumed we started with 3 leagues in the morning, soup at lunchtime and then main, consolage and plate in the afternoon.

An easy win over yours truly saw DK into the semis against Mark, and In a hard fought game Mark eventually triumphed and Dave and Carrie could dash off to bed (these youngsters).

The other final semi was an all Hayward affair with some brilliant pointing by Sheila seeing her through, Paul did avoid a fanny (just).

The final: Mark v Sheila alas despite the support of her fellow ladies there was no more heroics from Sheila and a comfortable win for Mark.

The winner
Runner up

The consolage saw a win for Bob Bish over Martin.

Bob Hiding his light, Martin not!

The plate was a close run thing with Daena, Sue and Tim all on 2 wins going into the final round with Daena beating Lois and Tim defeating Sue. The result remarkably, was  draw both with 3 wins +20. Well played all!

Many thanks to Lois for the catering well supported by Sue and Gerry.
Thanks also to Carrie for sorting all the running order, scores etc.

Charity Melee 2021

September 12, Fareham Petanque Club held its first Open event since March 2020. The weather was amazing, the sun was shining and not a cloud in the sky, it could have not been a better welcome back to play for FPC.

We had 23 players join us for the day- three from Worthing, two from Adur/Clymping, two from ABC, one from Portchester and the rest from Fareham.

Sheila and Lois took charge of the kitchen for the day. Sheila, Sue and Lois all made amazing cakes. Jackie Lee organised the raffle. And there was a team which arrived early to get the terrain set up and ready for play. I thought I had turned up early, but there was an army already on site before I got there. Thank you to everyone for your help and support to make this Open successful.

We raised £201.75 for Canine Partners this year, the raffle was very well supported and a number of Fareham Petanque Club members who could not play made very generous donations.

The first fanny of the day was awarded to George Churcher and Peter Marland. Chis Moss donated the prize for the first fanny.

Bob Ainsworth was the strongest player with 5 losses -31

Sheila Hayward was 3rd place with 4 wins +18

Mark Robertshaw was 2nd place with 5 wins +36

Paul Hayward was 1st place with 5 wins +45

Thank you to everyone that gave their time to support this event, it was a fantastic day.

Fareham Charity Melee – 2 September 2018

In glorious sunshine 28 players started this year’s charity melee including some brave survivors of the open triples!  A good representation from Kirdford, Crainleigh and Southampton helped swell the numbers.

Overall winner was Paul Haywood (5W + 30), closely followed by Sue Mac (5W + 29) and Dave Kilshaw (4W + 40). Strongest player was Paul L and there were no fannies! Overall we raised £267 for Hants and IoW Air Ambulance.

A big thank you to the catering team: Lois, Marion and Heather and Gary on the barbecue and to Dave and Heather for the raffle. Also a huge thank you to Martin Ware for sponsoring the event.


Fareham Open Doubles – 21 July 2018

Some last-minute entries brought the total number up to an ideal 16 teams for our Open Doubles on a warm and sunny Saturday, 21st July. We had a good mix of people from different clubs as well as a good turn-out from Fareham members. Four leagues of four were played in the morning with no need for byes, and determining the split of eight teams in the Main competition and eight in Plate for the afternoon knockouts.

Top honours went to visitors Lee and Angie Jameson, beating Adrian and Myra from Chilterns region in the final. However, all other prizes went to teams with Fareham members, with Sammy (Beacon View) and Hassi taking the Main Consolage, Sue and Julie winning the Plate and Tim and Daena taking the Plate Consolage.

Many thanks to Lois for providing lunch, cakes and refreshments and to Chris for organising the day.

  • Main Winner: Lee & Angie
  • Main Runners Up: Adrian & Myra
  • Main Consolage Winners : Sammy & Hassi
  • Plate Winner: Julie & Sue
  • Plate Runners Up: Paul L & Chris
  • Plate Consolage Winners: Tim & Daena


Fareham Drawn Doubles – 3 June 2018

After some applied nagging we had 22 players on a lovely summers day. Morning leagues were hard fought leading to a main and main consolage competition together with a 3 team spoon competition.

The winners of the main were Jackie Churcher and Martin Ware, runners up Mark and Gary; main consolage was won by Daena and Allan.

The spoon was won by Jackie Lee and Sheila Hayward. There were three fannies during the day – Jackie and Sheila, Paul and Mike and Paula and George.

A big thank you to Lois and Heather for organising the food.


Fareham Petanque Club Singles – 21 April 2018

After some late entries, eventually we had 19 players on an April Saturday that started bright and sunny –  a lovely Spring day, with just a brief rain shower early afternoon. The morning leagues were hard fought with some unexpected successes! The afternoon’s main competition was won by Mark, narrowly beating Jackie Churcher in the final. This was Mark’s fifth time of winning the Fareham Singles competition – a record that will be hard to beat!. Last year’s winner David Kilshaw put up a good fight, but this year finished third. The main consolage was won by Sue Mac after a hard-fought match with Don.

The plate was run as a 3-game snake of 11 players. Plate winner was Paul Haywood, with a score of 3W +28, and George was runner up with a close score of 3W +25.

A big thank you to Lois, who not only organised the food but also played. A new “serve yourself” lunch format was being tried, and was well-received by all. Thanks also to Sheila and Sue for organising the bacon butties and baking cakes, and to Mark as scorer.


Fareham members’ notice: May Melee

Due to the local elections on 3rd May, the Community Centre will be unavailable that evening. Mark and David have re-arranged their league matches to 2nd May therefore the monthly melee will now take place on Wednesday 9th May. Normal service will be resumed in June!


Club Chosen Pairs – 15 April 2018

The “Fareham 16” battled it out for the clubs Chosen Pairs trophy on a day of mixed weather. First (and only Fanny) went to Sue Mac and Bob Bish.

Winners were Mark and Robert (5W + 31), second were Deana and Julie (4W +6) and third were Jackie and Gary (3W + 8).

A big thank you to the catering team Lois and Heather and as also to Mark as scorer.


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Mad March Open Melee – 25 March 2018

An impressive 32 people turned out for the Mad March Open Melee, despite ill health causing a few to drop out at the last minute. The weather was kind if rather grey, that is until we all packed up to leave when the sun came out!

A good representation from Worthing, Adur, Kirdford and Cobbetts helped to swell the numbers and produce a fun day. The First Fanny honours went to Nicole and Terry Rixon, with further Fannies “achieved” by David Mayer and Diana Slark.

  • Winner: Daena (5W +40),
  • Second: Mark (5W +36)
  • Third: Chris Hunt (Adur) (5W +19).

“Strongest player” was Chris Sulliven (Kirdford) (0W -43).

A big thank you to the catering/raffle team Tim and Heather and also to Daena and Paula for the contribution to the sales team and also to Mark for being an excellent scorer. Finally, thank you to all the other club members who did all the little things that make it all happen.

Competitions Secretary