High Legh Bowling Club
The Bowling Green is closed for about six months from the beginning of October to the end of March. Most of our teams will resume competitive bowling in the first week of April. We are, therefore, at about the mid-point of our “close season” for outdoor bowling on the green. This closure gives our greenkeepers the opportunity to carry out essential end of season treatment and maintenance. One important treatment has been added to the schedule this year – that is the reseeding of much of the green. The new seed is doing very well but the snow in early December was a slight set back. We must just hope that we enjoy some warmer weather in early spring to support the growth of the new grass. A further exciting improvement off the green, is the plan to build another shelter for the use of spectators. Let’s hope that this is useful in providing shade from the blazing sun rather than shelter from the rain.
There are of course plenty of opportunities for members to keep in trim by turning their attention to Indoor Bowling. Wednesday afternoon and evening sessions at the Village Hall continue to be well supported for what are essentially social bowling sessions. This does not mean that there isn’t a competitive edge to the sessions when members play “Round Robins” against each other. We once again have a team playing in the Cheshire Villages Tournament with home games normally being played on Sundays. As its title suggests, the competition involves clubs from all areas of Cheshire although for the preliminary stages clubs are grouped based on geographical criteria. This prevents too much travelling during periods of bad weather. Many of the players in the teams involved devote their time exclusively to Indoor Bowling and unfortunately, the three games played so far, have all ended in losses. The team, however, are looking forward to the return fixtures which are all at High Legh giving us the home advantage.
We continue to compete in the long mat league in Warrington where we have had a mixed season so far. At one stage we were in the top six in the league of twenty teams, but a run of poor results has seen us fall to a mid position in the table.
Heroes and Celebrations.
The “close season” also brings a number of non-bowling activities. One of the highlights of our close season is always the Dinner and Presentation Evening which, this year, was held at the Mere Club. Over 50 members and guests enjoyed an excellent meal with excellent service from the catering staff. This annual event gives members of the bowling club the opportunity to celebrate the success of the winners and runners- up in our club competitions. Once again we were grateful to our President, Jack Stant, for presenting the cups and trophies. In addition to this “formal” part of the evening, the more competitive members (most of us) were well catered for by several quiz rounds. Prizes for these interludes came in boxes, the contents of which will be obvious to all.
Our 2018 AGM will take place in the Village Hall on Sunday 18th February at 3.00pm. As always, we are actively trying to encourage fresh talent to come forward for election to the Management Committee. Nominations are needed for the annual election of ten members to the Committee. A Bowling Club is no different from any other organisation in looking for a balanced committee with a blend of experienced members and newer members with fresh ideas to help move things forward.