Newsletter No 34 – November 2017

City of Bath Pétanque Club
Newsletter No 34 November 2017

Note from the Chair – Chris McGinn
We have now moved into the quiet period of the year when competitions usually don’t take place, other than the Winter Doubles League. I urge everyone to join in the Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday outings at Queen Square and Larkhall, when the weather is nice. I notice Queen Square attendance has frequently been well over 20. It is a testament to the interest in playing at this superb venue. Watch out for details about the Annual Club Dinner in the December newsletter.
Executive Committee

The Committee are meeting in November to review the current strategic plan and objectives that were presented to members at the AGM, evaluate progress against these, and discuss what options may be available to the Club in the future. Your Committee will then make any recommendations to revise the strategic plan that they believe to be in the best interests of the Club. These recommendations will then be circulated to all members for any feedback which will be considered before the strategic plan / budget is presented to the members at the next AGM for their approval.

There’s still time to get those creative juices flowing and return your flagpole designs to Terry – by December 31st 2017.

Information on Playing Events 2017
The next melee will be on the 4th November at LSC – Registration 9.45am start at 10.00am. Entry fee £3, winner receives £20. All members welcome together with friends and family.
Summer Doubles
The Summer Doubles is now well underway please see:
for details.
Thursday Night League
All members who have not been part of a team in the Thursday League may wish to consider getting together with other like-minded members and form a new team, in this very enjoyable competition. It is quite low key and taking part can only improve your play, whilst enjoying, the camaraderie of your team members and the opposition. A meeting of the Thursday League prior to the season will take place in March 2018 at Larkhall, when prospective teams should attend and join in the formulation of the plans, for the forthcoming season.
Sunday Boules (something new)
 Come along on Sunday 26th November and join us for a game of Boule in the morning followed by Sunday lunch prices starting from £11.50. Email:
for the lunch menu, which will need to be pre-ordered as facilities at LSE are limited. Boule to start at 10.30am.
Promoting Petanque to Women
 As part of an initiative promoted by Sport England and the EPA, our very own Diane Greenaway has become a member of the team specifically formed to encourage more women to be involved in petanque. You can read their first report and newsletter on the EPA website:
Click on Home Page, on the right there is a Notice Board with the required links.

Di’s next challenge is to do some outreach work in Bath which she plans to start in November.

New Members Social Evening

 We will be hosting a social evening on Thursday 16th November at 7.30pm at LSC. Although it is firstly aimed at new members everyone is welcome to come and hear what is on offer. The range of short presentations will include:
  • A presentation from our new Playing Manager, Clive de Silva;
  • Coaching opportunities;
  • Thursday League and Brunel League (how they work, how to join, etc);
  • Winter and Summer Doubles (GWR and City of Bath);
  • GWR and National competitions;
  • The Friendly Games;
  • Tours including Jersey, Cork, Guernsey and possibly Suffolk with 4 way competition.
  • If time permits Di will also update us on the Promoting Petanque to Women programme and we will show an EPA coaching DVD.

Comedy Night
At great expense, we have secured the services of five comedians and one compere for a night of laughter and fun at
Larkhall Sports Club. The format has been seen by some of your fellow members, to great acclaim.
 Please make a note in your diary to save the date – Thursday 22 March 2018. Tickets will be £10 per head which is excellent value.
Sweet Pea Competition 2018
Following on from the success of the last two years, our third Sweet Pea Competition and Party day will be in June 2018. You may think that is months ahead but I am reliably informed that seed is already available from the shed at LSC. Price £5 for ten seeds of three varieties. You don’t have to purchase seed from the club to enter; you can buy your own seed by all means.
Seeds can be planted now or in the New Year, the latter being the favoured method of our last winner Clive Burge.
Speak to Richard Patrick email:  for a few tips and purchase of seed.

Please note that new postings have been made on the club page, you do not have to have a Facebook account – just click on the link.
On a similar vein if anyone out there is a twitter expert and fancies creating and running a Club twitter account, your Committee would very much like to hear from you.

Weekly times of play

Larkhall Sports Club
Saturday 10.00am – 12.00pm
Tuesday 10.00am – 12.00pm
Queen Square
Wednesdays11.00am – 1.00pm
Dates for your diary
4th November – Melee, LSC, registration 9.45am
26th November – Sunday Boules at LSC 10.30am

Editor – David Knight