Fareham Petanque Club Celebrates 40 Years!

Fareham PC celebrated 40 years this year with a party at their club house in Fareham NW Community Centre. More than 60 people including some founder members attended, and played a fun petanque match. 3 players playing doubles, so that our veterans could take a breather at any time. Many of them were over 80 years old. But still ready for a game. We received a visit from our Mayor Cllr Pal Hayer, who cut the birthday cake for us and stayed to watched the final games in the afternoon.

The winners were:

Gold: Martin Ware and Annick Godfrey.Runners up: Mark Robertshaw, June Minnet and Dick Francis.
Silver: Alan and Val Samuel. Runners up: Paul Hayward and Doug Gladding and Jed Stone
Bronze: Gerry Mac, Eddy Maskell-White, and Sara Tiller.Runners up: Jackie Churcher, Maralyn and Avril Furzer.
Special prize for overseas player Annick Godfrey.

Fareham Open Doubles 12th May

We were happy to have 27 entries to this competition. It was  a beautiful day. There were leagues in the morning and knock-out in the afternoon with gold, silver, bronze and pewter divisions.

After an exciting final Callum Lombard and Dave Plumhoff were crowned champions having won 13-12 against Tomasz Rypien and Jay Willcocks. Congratulations to them.

Paul Hayward with Don Power and Martin and Nicole Ware both played well and qualified for the Gold level of the competition. Paul and Don went on to play in the semi-finals. Julie Power with Bob Bish and Sheila Hayward with Ed M-W played in the Silver level.

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.

Charity Melee and Isle of Wight Twinning

This years charity day was held on the 21st of August with proceeds going to Alzheimer’s Research, with Lois out of action in the kitchen the decision was taken to combine this event with the Isle of Wight twinning it being our turn to host. It was great to see 8 players from the island and together with guests from local clubs we had a total of 27 entries with Sheila, Sue and myself making a combined team from the kitchen.
Our island guests caught an earlier ferry so we were able to start at 10.15 with 3 timed games before lunch.

An excellent BBQ was provided a lot of which was cooked at home by Lois on her crutches, it was almost a bridge to far to play and prepare the food so thanks to all those who pitched in.

2 more hard fought games in the afternoon and the raffle and prize giving a great day had by all.

Nice to see Wayne Thatcher has lost none of his skills finishing in 1st place with 4 wins

Runner up was Jay Willcocks

3rd place went to George

Strongest player was Islander Ralph 


Some Fareham players failed to cover themselves in glory suffering the dreaded nil point.



Jackie C


And also Wendy Thatcher.

Jackie Lee kindly ran the raffle which raised £135 for Alzheimer’s Research, big thanks to all who donated prizes.

The kitchen made £102 profit again many thanks to those who helped out and who brought along cakes.

Competition entrance fees raised £76.50 after paying for prizes.

Well done all.