ISSUE 32 DATE 02 January 2022




The Management Group have been hard at work setting dates for the Club’s activities during the 2022 season. In addition to the 11 tourist fixtures we are hosting we have 10 Club events in the calendar along with the Australian Pairs league. New for this year will be the Christopher Pink Memorial Trophy Day.



The Club handbook will be published this year having been cancelled for the last two seasons due to the COVID restrictions affecting play. It is anticipated that when all the Men’s and Ladies’ fixtures are agreed and finalised it will be sent to the Printers.



The Club has a new social organising group if you have any ideas for social activities, then contact one of the Membership Reps.


It is hoped to have more food options available at social and bowling events, our new Catering Manager Hilary Hasting has some plans for the future.



The Club has entered 3 Men’s teams into the Bowls Isle of Wight League, the ‘A’ team into Division 1: the ‘B’ team into Division 3 and an Afternoon team. Also, entries have been made into the Colin Ridett Cup, LC Guy Shield and the Harris Cup competitions.


The Ladies’ ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams are in Division 2 and the Top Club competition.



At the time of writing, the Club has registered with Bowls Isle of Wight 33 Men and 22 Ladies’ playing members which has allowed the Club to enter the Leagues stated above.




A meeting of the Squads Selection panel is to happen soon, and their decision communicated in late January 2022.



This is the fence which forms the boundary to Bowling Green Lane.

It has been in poor condition for some while, but Storm Arwen in November 2021 finally caused irreparable damage. The temporary supports and roping sections together will suffice at this time, but a long-term permanent solution is required. Should any part of the fence detach itself and cause damage to other property or pedestrians the Club could potentially be legally liable.


The Management Group have decided to replace the entire length of that fence following the existing line. The pedestrian and equipment gates will be maintained in approximately the same position. The fence must also be robust enough to prevent intruders plus attractive enough to add to the streetscape in this area. The ‘‘hit and miss’’ wood construction, of the NorthFence whilst attractive, would not provide the security required.


This location is subject to severe weather and high winds in storm conditions.

The decision therefore is to build a steel panel fence with steel posts. This will provide security and withstand winds up to 130 MPH and not require any maintenance for 25 years. The panels are coated with many layers of Zinc and Epoxy paint so maintaining a good appearance for its entire life. The colour chosen is Green.

 (see Image of brown panels at foot of page)

The urgency of the replacement has been recognised by the Installer and work is expected to start late January 2022.

Members of the Management Group made a site visit to view an installation and were very impressed with all aspects of the product and felt it would be a worthy addition to our Club.

The Club is funding this emergency project from the Grants secured last year, without which our situation would have been most difficult both financially and legally.






Carol Bray has agreed to take up the role of Competitions Secretary for 2022.

It is hoped to allow more time, over the season, for the matches to be played and to make it easier for Members to sign up to enter. To achieve these objectives the Section Secretaries will communicate via email at the beginning of April requesting you to enter your preferred competition using email or telephone. Last year’s Competition entry was the best the Club has had for a number of years. Making it easier to enter and removing the need to be available on finals day hopefully will make 2022 our best ever.



It has been suggested to the Management Group, on several occasions, that consideration be given to replacing the small trophy’s, awarded to the winners and runners up which

commemorate their achievement, by vouchers. These vouchers would be of the same value and would be redeemed against the following years subscriptions.

The argument advanced is that people do not keep the trophy’s and being plastic they just add to the problem of plastic degrading of the environment.

As this could be an emotive suggestion to some of our members, the Management Group feel that those directly affected, the playing members, ought to decide the option they prefer. Therefore, at the next meeting of the Ladies’ and Men’s section this item will be discussed, and some consensus found. These joint decisions will then form the Club policy for the next few years.




  • Tai Chi 18 January 2022 @ 10h00




  • If anyone has gardening tools that they wish to donate to the Club they would be most welcome.

  • The Club has decided that every year it will purchase and lay a wreath at the West Wight War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday.

  • The Club would welcome any donations towards the Raffle at the next Coffee Morning.



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05.02 | 08:17

Hello Paul,

Thanks for your email. I will forward your request to our Tourist Secretary who will contact you soon.


Andy Hastings (Webmaster)

04.02 | 20:37

We are looking to tour the IOW in 2021 and was wondering if you have any availability for a 6 Mx Rink match between the 2nd and 8th September 2021 PLEASE?-

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