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Jimmy Laurent - Memorial Service Saturday 5th October
 


A fitting farewell to Jimmy

 
  JImmy Laurent  
 

Jimmy Laurent. 17th May 1942 - 30th May 2019

 
  Mac and Pam Kirby  
 


175 people attended the 'Memorial Service for the life of Jimmy Laurent" and as the vicar said

"Jimmy was a well loved character of this village"

There were people from all walks of life at the service, the football club, several members
of several bowls clubs, the Banwell British Legion, and villagers who had known
Jimmy throughout his life, to mention but a few.

The British Legion flag was lowered as Mac and Pam Kirby played the last post
and President Barry Taylor gave an excellent potted history of Jimmy's life.

JImmy would have been impressed by this send off.

Food and refreshments were laid on at the Bowls Club after the service
and with 175 people attending, it was busy to say the least.

Finally, President Barry and wife Carole would like to thank
every who supplied the food, also the hard work of the bar staff, and
anyone else who had a hand in this memorable day.

We drank a toast to Jimmy and said goodbye to him

 

 
       
Out Buildings Maintenance - another report from Paul Aldus


Not 3 men in a boat
But
3 Men on a roof

 
  Re felting the roof  

The Banwell Pump House Roof Repairs

The roof of the shed conta ining the pump
and control panel for the sprinkler
system was rotten and on it’s last legs.


It contains the electrics for the system
and would not mix well with rainwater,

So Graham, Dave and Paul replaced the rotten roof
using the spare marine ply left over from
when the clubhouse floor was replaced.

 It’s now been felted and  hopefully it will see us out!


 

 
Phil Villis selected for the the Somerset County Over 60's team
 



Indoor Bowls News



 
  Phil Villis


Phil Villis
selected for the
Somerset County
Over 60's Team

Congratulations to Phil Villis, who
after attending the County trials for
the Somerset Over 60's team, was
informed that he was successful in being
selected to become a member
of the Somerset Team.

His position in the county side was confirmed
after a match against the Somerset Liberty Side

Well done Phil.
We wish you all the very best
in your games, and will follow
your progress with interest

 

 
       
Green Maintenance gets underway - A report from Paul Aldus
         
  Grenn Maintenance 2019

Green Maintenance
Programme 2019
Autumn Work
gets underway

This is the one time of the year when weather conditions and green availability give a relatively small window of opportunity to undertake major repair, renovation and development work on the green.

Green Maintenance  
 

In brief, following previous preparatory work in the weeks prior to closing day, preparation
for the Autumn work was undertaken with a deep scarification of the green.

This uses a specialist machine to remove the build up of dead and dying organic matter (grass, moss, weed) etc.
which, if not removed, adversely affects both the health and speed of the green.

A top dressing of a specialist sand was applied and levelled along rink 1
to begin to address some of the worst levels there.

Areas of the green were prepared and then over seeded with fine fescue
and bent grasses to address bare and thin areas,
covering this with top dressing to assist in germination.

Finally granular fertilizer and then calcium were applied to assist in regrowth,
germination and as part of the ongoing plan for our green development.

 
 
   

Further work will occur throughout the close season which will include hollow tynning,
which removes 1000’s of  small cores from the green surface/top layer
and also a specialist tractor will be used to carry out a deeper aeration
of the green whereby solid  tines penetrate the green to 10” over its whole surface.

       
   
       
 

To assist with green health and mitigate against green disease,
it is very necessary to ensure worm casts and particularly dew are swept off the green surface.

Once again this year we have a band of volunteers who cover every day of the week
and who will start as soon as the new seed has germinated and established.

They are:

Harry WOODARDS,
Mal LAYCOCK,
Gerry BEAN
Dave MABBUTT,
Graham MILLARD,
John EVANS,
Barry TAYLOR
and Shawn WHITE.


A big thank you to the above mentioned volunteers

Paul Aldus - September 2019

 

 
     
Captains Day - 2019
 


Captains Day 2019

 
  Group Photo  
     

A perfect Day.
The weather was hot, a gentle breeze rippled across the green.
The price of drinks was guaranteed even to make the non drinkers imbibe.

Had we died and gone to heaven? - not quite.

Vicky Guckian produced an excellent meal, and
Captain Hilary was in top form as he recounted experiences
throughout the season.

So well done Hilary, a successful year as Captain

Jan Davies

Above photos of Hilary thanking a few of the many people who helped out during the year
I did take a lot more photos but it would have taken me all day to put them on the website
So apologies if your smiling face has not appeared.

  Mac Kirby Vice Captain

A very theatrical Vice Captain
in full throw as he thanked
Hilary for all his hard work
over the season.

Club members were totally impressed
at Mac's ability to fall asleep but still
continue to talk.
Can't wait for next season

Mac Kirby Vice Captain  
         
  Hilary Kisses Chris

Meanwhile Hilary is warming to the
situation, a few statesman like words
to motivate the club members.

Then

A quick kiss behind the flowers
(No one will notice Chris)
And that is the formalities over and done
with for this year

Hilary's speech  
         
  The Clubhouse
The Clubhouse
The Clubhouse  
         
  Ann Wyatt

"Hey President Barry
I am having such a
lovely time I think I
will burst into song
"

"Eeeh Ooop Lass
steady on old girl,
you do not want
to curdle the beer
now do you, by Gum"

President Barry Taylor  
         

It was good to see Charlie Williams,
once again, the clubs one and only
Centenarian, looking so fit and well
Charlie Williams
       
  Mike Amos The Wrights Chris Laycock  
 

I say old chap this is frightfully nice beer, what!

Serious Business this Captain's Day
don't you think my love
Who's a happy bar maid then?
 
And finally the club would not be complete without this gentleman.....

"No you see, ees too oi too oi
and ees too eavy too eavy.
ee got to learn to settle down, settle down
"

"Oi mean ee only ad to get within
this distance of the jack
just a draw and

ee could ave got shot"

"Oi dont know Oi really dont"

Phil Villis

Well done Hilary, All the best for next season Mac
Winter Well everyone - See you at the airport or at the dinner and Presentation Evening


Pound in the Pig - Final Results
 


Pound in the Pig - All is revealed

 
 

Have you ever wondered what happened to your £1?

Yes that's right you had "Bowled a Wrong Bias Wood"
causing total panic on the adjoining rink.

After the game you were then coerced into putting your cash
into the pig as a fine for your moment of total
lack of concentration and your insipid and
uninspiring sense of direction.

Well sit up straight and pay attention and I will tell you
where your pound is going

This year all money placed into the pig will be donated to:

The Local Banwell Under 7's Football Team

And the sum of money?.....£171.00 Pounds
Yes that's right £171.00 Pounds

Below is Fixtures Secretary Mal Laycock with the cheque

So some good has come out of members aimlessly
chucking their woods all over the green.

 
  Mal Laycock  
     
Banwell Over 60's team finish on a high
 







Banwell Over 60's team take
38 points from
their last two games to power
their way into 2nd place
and promotion


 


Final Table for Division 2 Weston Over 60's League
As at 13th September 2019

     
   
     
Barry and Carole Taylor celebrate 54 years of marriage
     
  Carole and Barry Taylor

Congratulations to President Barry
and Carole Taylor on 54 years of
married life

It was back in 1965 on the 11th September
that Barry and Carole tied the knot.
A day to celebrate - Congrats



President Barry treats his vegetables to a day out


While on the subject of President Barry, did you notice that on Finals day,
when he was on 'Presentation of Trophies duty'
he brought his vegetables along for a day out.

"Eh you know my vegetables like a day out, change of scenery and all that,
and of course it stops them getting lonely when I am not there, they miss me you know"

So there you go folks, for more exciting news watch this space

  Barry Taylor Barry and his veg Barry and his cabbage  
         
Finals Day 2019 - Results

The weather was perfect and there was some excellent bowling throughout the day.
Below are the Winners and Runners Up for the finals played over two days.
Note: The Triples and Rinks competitions were played at an earlier date

 

Winners


 
Runners Up
 
Men's Championship
Chris Wilson Club Champion   Mens Champuonship Runner Up Phil Villis  
 
Men's Club Champion
Chris Wilson
 
Phil Villis
 
Ladies Championship
Ladies Champion Martina Garfield   Jan Davies Ladies Champion Runner Up  
 
Ladies Club Champion
Martina Garfield
 
Jan Davies
 
Men's Handicap
Mens Handicap Winner Phil Villis   Graham MIllard  
 
Men's Handicap Winner
Phil Villis
 
Graham Millard
 
Men's Veterans
Men's Veterans Winner Graham Millard   John Davies Runner Up Man's Veterans  
 
Mens Veterans Winner
Graham Millard
 
John Davies
 
Men's 2 Wood Singles
Mike Amos 2 wood singles winner   Phil Villis 2 wood singles runner up  
 
2 Wood Singles Winner
Mike Amos
  Phil Villis  
Novices
Novices Winner Leigh Bean   Novices Runner Up Shawn White  
 
Novices Winner
Leigh Bean
  Shawn White  
Beginners
Beginners winner Leigh Bean   Beginners Runner Up John Wright  
 
Beginners Winner
Leigh Bean
  John Wright  
2 Wood Pairs
Mike and John Amos  2 wood pairs winners   2 Wood Pairs Runners Up  
 
2 Wood Pairs Winners
Mike and John Amos
  John Wright and
Lee Phesant
 
Ladies Pairs
Ladies Pairs Winners, Jan Davies and Angela Bass   Ladies Pairs Winers Up  
 
Ladies Pairs Winners
Jan Davies and Angela Bass
  Martina Garfield
and Joy Lane
 
Men,s Pairs
  Man's Pairs Runners up  
 
Men's Pairs Winners
Chris Wilson and Dave Mabbutt
  Trevor Garfield and
Trevor Burnett
 
Open Pairs
Open Pairs Winners, Chris Wilson and John Davies   OPen Pairs runners up  
 
Open Pairs Winners
John Davies and Chris Wilson
  Dave Mabbutt and
Phil Villis
 
         
Jazz Night Cancelled
 

Banwell Jazz Night Cancelled

Friday 15th November
at the Coach House Inn
Locking

Unfortunately owing to a lack of interest
We do not have enough people interested to make this evening a going concern.

As a result this function has
been cancelled

 
       
Angela Bass and her success at Walking Netball
 

Well Done Angela Bass

Taking part in the Bath University National Vintage Games last Sunday (1st September) the Hutton Moor Ladies Walking Netball team -"TheTrailblazers ", was presented with a special award for
"The team which best represented

"The True Spirit and Ethos of the Games".

It was a unanimous decision by the judges
chosen from the 45 teams competing
overall in different disciplines.

"Hutton Trailblazers" was started by Angela Bass three years ago. She was a founder member of Ladies Walking Netball before The England Netball Association recognised the sport.

Starting with 4 players the membership has now grown to 44 and Angela is now an England Netball Walking Netball Host.

She was honoured to accept the trophy on behalf of the team

 

  Angela Bass
     
Terry and Jenny Brice celebrate 52 years of marriage
       
 

Congratulations
Terry and Jenny Brice

52 years of marriage
celebrated on the 2nd
September 2019

Terry told me that they got
married in 1967 and went to
Torquay for their Honeymoon.

While in Torquay they splashed
out and bought seats in the
Princess Theatre, where top of
the bill was Max Bygraves.

Terry and Jenny Brice  
       
Umbrella Competition - Last game of the 2019 season


Umbrella Fancy Dress Evening

The usual fancy dress evening took place on Monday and celbrated another successful Season

The outcome of the competition was still in the balance with up to 4 players still in with a chance of winning
But it was Jan Davies who came storming through at the end to win the trophy.
Congratulations on your win Jan
( Final Table can be seen on the Umbrella Page)

A big thank you to Trevor Garfield for his organisational skills throughout the season

Below are just a few photos to give you a flavour of the last game

  Jan Davies is presented with the trophy  
 
President Barry Taylor Presenting the winners Cup to Jan Davies, after the game

 
  The group picture on the night  
 

A Motley Crew indeed !!


 
  The green people Jan Davies Andy Pandy - Mac Kirby Terry Coleman Wendy Coleman  
 
The green Men
Nice Dress Chaps,
But did not improve your bowls
Jan Davies,
the eventual winner
Andy Pandy goes to sleep while making a speech - nothing new there
Air Marshall Sir Terry Coleman (order of the wrong bias) and his good lady Wendy.( Wendy turned up as a strict head mistress complete with cane, but appears to have migrated into a penguin)
 
 
  Terry Brice Maurice Finch Andy Pandy at the selection committee  
 
Wow, what panache. Not bad Terry.
He only knocked one of the opposition's wood in for shot this time
For Goodness sake
somebody buy Maurice a razor
Andy Pandy wandered into the selection committee. But which of the others is
Looby Loo? Answers on a postcard please
 
         
  Barry Taylor watches the dancing

And Finally:

President Barry watches the
spectacle of two of the ladies
spontaneously breaking into
the Banwell Bowls Club
formation performing a
2 step Dance

"Eh oop, by eck
its more fun watching these two lasses gyrating around the green, than observing Alan Cockayne trying to get his woods somewhere near the jack time after time
Eh by Gum".

Also a big thankyou to
Vic McArdell who took
command of the camera
while I was playing.
So if there are any photos
you don't like... He took them !!



The two Pams decide to dance  
     

Pauline Mabbutt Hits the Headlines
 


Banwell's Pin Up Girl

Page 3 of the Sun?
No not quite, but
even better....
Page 51 of the Weston Mercury

 
  Pauline Mabbutt featured in the Weston Mercury

Pauline Mabbutt featured
in the Weston Mercury

And there she was, featured in the sports section
of the Weston Mercury. In full flowing action her graceful
lines in full and perfect symmetry set against the harsh
lines of the green.

I have heard people say that these graceful and elegant
lines give an emotionally aesthete and pleasing aspect
to this well taken photograph.

Bulls**t and hogwash? Without a doubt.
A load of nonsence? Absolutely

But well done Pauline,
the Mercury sports editor likes you.



 
       
£800 donated to Prostate Cance Fund
       
 

A Message from the Captain

Following a collection from the local business community the sum of £200 was raised through the donation boxes for Prostate Cancer

In addition Banwell Bowling Club raised a further £600 as a result of Charity Day

So the total raised for
Prostate Cancer was £800

My sincere thanks go to all those
who gave generously on the day.

A good day for all concerned

Cheers
Hilary Guckian