LATEST NEWS (Updated 11th March 9:30am)
SUMMER 2018 & WINTER 2018/19 LEAGUE SHEETS ARE NOW ON THE NOTICE BOARDS.
Please put your names down as soon as possible and, for the winter leagues, before the outside bowlibng season starts
WEDNESDAY CLUB CLOSURES
SINCE THE START OF THE WINTER SEASON 2017/18, THE CLUB HAS BEEN OPEN FOR A CASUAL ROLL UP FROM 12.30 – 2PM EVERY WEDNESDAY. THE CASUAL ROLL UP HAS NOT BEEN WELL ATTENDED AND OFTEN NO MEMBERS ATTEND AT ALL.
TAKING IN TO ACCOUNT STAFF WAGES AND UTILITY CHARGES, THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS HAS DECIDED THAT THIS CASUAL ROLL UP IS NOT FINANCIALLY VIABLE.
CONSEQUENTLY, IF THERE IS NO LADIES OR MEN'S MATCH SCHEDULED FOR 2PM, THE CLUB WILL CLOSE AFTER THE ORGANISED ROLL UP AT 12.30PM UNLESS A MINIMUM OF 6 MEMBERS WISH TO PARTAKE IN THE CASUAL ROLL UP. IT WILL REOPEN AT 5.30PM. IT WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR A CASUAL ROLL UP WITH NO MINIMUM NUMBERS WHEN THERE IS A MATCH AT 2PM.
THIS DECISION HAS NOT BEEN TAKEN LIGHTLY BUT THE DIRECTORS HOPE MEMBERS WILL UNDERSTAND WHY IT HAS BEEN REACHED.
CHAIRMAN, BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PRINCE ARTHUR ROAD INDOOR BOWLING CLUB LTD.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING TO BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY 11TH APRIL 2018 AT 7.00PM
From Lynn Bramwell
We wish to advise you that all information regarding the AGM is now displayed
on a noticeboard just inside the entrance to the club.
Please see me if you wish to be nominated for any of the positions.
SUCCESS FOR THE PARIBC TEAM OF
CHRIS & SYLVIA DAY, KEVIN EDWARDS AND MICK DAY
POTTER'S CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS 2018
MICK DAY'S REPORT
First a special thanks to all the members that wished us good luck before we left.
We were allowed a practice session on the portable rink on the Sat eve. Strangely the pace was very similar to our green which made us feel at home. On the Sunday we were announced onto the green just like the professionals, only trouble was we were called Acle, so it had to be done twice. We had a marker and umpire and the game was shown on a large screen to the side of the rink.
Everyone was bowling well but after 5 ends we were 2-4 down. Then Chris and Sylvia built a good head for us and Acle tried to get close but failed, then Kevin added to the head so that we were holding 3 shots. the Acle skip (Jenny ) tried to run at the head and missed twice. On my last bowl I was able to draw a 4th to lead 6-4. From there we went on to win 8-4. The game went so quick that I didn't realise we had won until I saw the others shaking hands with the players from Acle. ( by the way, Acle were not last years winners).
The atmosphere was fantastic with well over a 100 people that came in to watch. We had one special supporter. His name is George Ridgeon. He is a severely disabled ex Fireman from Gloucester. Back in the early days of Prince Arthur we used to have an Open Triples Competition that ran all over the Easter weekends, and George came all the way from Gloucester to play in it one year. So on the Sat during one of the Semi Finals I met him and reminded him of that time. So on the Sunday morning he was there almost like a cheerleader for us.
The amount of people that congratulated us after the game was amazing, they would stop us in the bar or restaurant and have a chat and say well done.
We would like to thank Jane Edwards and Kath Day for their support. Also John and Bernie Mercer who sat through every game whilst they were there.
Special thanks to John for taking a Video of the game which hopefully will be on the website soon.
THE REPORT OF THE RUN-UP TO THIS SUCCESS IS SHOWN BELOW.
Following the Club's trip to Potters in May, two teams, Lesley and Malcolm Clark, Babs and Barry Tomlin, Chris & Sylvia Day, Kevin Edwards and Mick Day were invited back to play in the Champion of Champions Tournament in the week of 18th to 22nd December 2017. Also invited back were Chris and Tom Heward, Jean Lacey and Roy Baston who qualified in February 2017.
Unfortunately Babs and Barry Tomlin were unable to get time off to go back to Potters so Dave and Dot Elliott took their places. There were approximately 34 teams taking part so it was a strong competition.
The bowling format was very similar to that which the regular Prince Arthur visitors experience in their April/May trip. The difference being that the Finals take place at the World Championships. The rest of the Champion of Champions visit had all the usual components of Bingo, Dancing, Quizzes, Shows etc.. Being near Christmas there was Carol Singing by a guests choir organised by Rachel and the Potter's Christmas Show. The Giant Swing was in operation for the brave cold visitors and there Segway sessions as well.
Bowling took place on both the International and Bowler's Bar greens.
After the initial 4 games played Dot Elliott's team just missed making the last 16, however, Tom Heward's team having won 3 and lost 1 made it through, as did Mick Day's team, having won 3 and drawn 1.
Both Teams did very well winning their last 16 and quarter final games.
In the semi-finals both PARIBC teams were paired together to play against each other. (Not sure if this was to make sure one Prince Arthur team reached the Final or to make sure it wasn't an all Prince Arthur Final.)
The resulting match was a cliff hanger all the way to the 8th and last end with both teams able to win the match. Tom's team were winning the end promising another deciding end when Kevin (the Destroyer) came in with his last wood and moved the jack back. Despite Tom's prowess with running woods he was unable to rectify the situation and his team lost!
PRINCE ARTHUR ROAD INDOOR BOWLING CLUB LTD.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING HELD WEDNESDAY 12TH APRIL 2017 AT 7.00PM
The nearly 60 members attending were advised of financial issues that will seriously affect the Club. As many are aware the Government is restricting the amount of money made available to councils and Medway Council has told the Club that we will have to pay the sum of £4,000 per annum in respect of rates on the Club premises. As a Community Sports Club we are entitled to a hefty 80% discount on the rates for some years and Medway Council have not asked for the 20% until this year.
The finances of the Club have been deteriorating for a while and this current year due to end on 30th April 2017 has shown significant drops in the levels of rink income in particular. To ensure the continued financial viability the Board have decided to raise the Membership Fee to £75 per annum with effect from the 1st September 2017. With a lower membership of 400 full and 27 social members this will raise around £6000 to be used to pay the new rates bill.
The Board also have kept the rink fee at £4 per person but this will apply to all Leagues, and Roll Ups irrespective of the number of players on the rink.
The Board regrets having to increase fees but has no choice if the Club is to be kept open and asks that members paying by standing order collect a new standing order form from the counter to be completed and passed to their bank before 1st September 2017.
Members are reminder that only fully paid up members can play.
The low level of membership is mirrored in other bowling clubs and this Club will make every effort to increase the number of members. To that end during the Summer members can encourage prospective members to come along on a Tuesday and Friday Open evenings where there will be someone, if needed, to introduce newcomers to the sport. Every Saturday when Boccia is being played (not the 1st Saturday of each month) there will be, again, someone to introduce newcomers to indoor bowls.
The message from the Board is that this is your Club and you are needed to help the Club grow and prosper. There are many ways of helping and you will hear of more at a later date. In the meantime Sue, the Bar Manager, has already asked for volunteers to help run the bar but has not yet had any responses.
MORE NOTICES FROM THE EIBA
At 6:30pm on the Last Tuesday of every Month
Just turn up or call the Club on 01634 281243 for more details
Members are welcome to bring along Friends, Family, Neighbours etc for a free trial of indoor bowls.
Non members without a Club Member introduction are also welcome to come along to our friendly club.
A MESSAGE FROM THE CLUB CAPTAIN
There appears to be some confusion about the use of bowls which are "Out of Date".
You do NOT have to have bowls within date for any of the
Friendly Matches that we play
Kent League Matches
Inter-Club Matches or Competitions played under either the County or National banner.
You DO need to have bowls within date only for County and National Semi Finals and Finals
The matches we play are lots of fun and played in a very friendly spirit on both sides. We welcome all members new or old, experienced or not to join our teams.
FISH & CHIP ROLL UP ON A FRIDAY NIGHT
THE BOWLS ROLL-UP, COSTING £4.00, BEGINS AT 6:30PM AND FINISHES AT 9:00PM
Club Closed Times
Please note that, with no leagues booked for these afternoons, the club will be closed at 3pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, if there isn't a match booked, but will continue to be open in the evenings of those days.
ROCHESTER BLIND BOWLERS GROUP
Those of you who bowl on a Tuesday morning or afternoon will be familiar with the RBBG who come along with 2 or 3 rinks and have fun bowling.
You may also recall some of the Group's quizzes that have been left on the counter at times.
This is a very successful Group that not only plays bowls indoors and out, but also has a very active social life. Don't take my word for it, have a look at their website.
On Tuesday 30th December 2014 the Group came in to play bowls and had a visitor in the form of Tracey Crouch M.P. for Chatham & Aylesford. Tracey spent nearly 2 hours talking and playing with the Blind Bowlers. The RBBG have a full report on her visit on their website and you can get to it quickly by clicking on http://www.rbbg.co.uk/tracey_crouch_joins_rbbg. Much better to read their report than to have it summarised here
Click here for RBBG website
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MORE INFO RE TELEPHONE SCAMS.
Fund raising exercise
Recycle your used ink cartridges
Do your bit for the environment and fund raise for PARIBC
DON'T throw them in the waste bin.
Bring them to the club and put in the box near the `books for sale'
Our target is 1000 used cartridges this season which will raise between £200 - £300 for the club.
Get your family and friends involved as well.
Every little helps!