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23rd November 2023
Club Competition Winners 2022/23
Mens Singles: David Smith (Diddy)
Mens Pairs: R. Barnbrook & R. Parker
Mens Triples: P. Nicholls, M. Carter & D. Smith
P. Nicholls, R. Barnbrook, R. Parker & T. Stone
Handicap Singles: T. Stone
Over 60’s Mens Pairs: J. Malcolm & A. Palmer
Mixed Pairs: S. Faircloth & P. Dowe
Open Pairs (non ‘A’ team): K .Wright & M. Sparrow
Elaine Cole, Sheila Stacey, Jenny Kirby & Edna Land
Ladies Singles: Barbara Meeks
Join me Roopy, Jamie Garbutt, the king of the blues Matt Snowden and guest presenter Andy Greaves, on Saturday afternoon between 2pm & 5.15 for Roopy’s Sports Saturday.
Featuring all the latest news and live reports from Gorleston where their first team visit bottom side Hullbridge Sports(3pm) while the Reserves make the journey to Thorpe St Andrew (2.30)
Great Yarmouth 1st team welcome Huntington Town to the Wellesley (3pm) while the Reserves travel to Swaffham Town (2.30)
There will be news and scores from Martham FC. The first team make the trip to table tipping Sprowston (1.30) while the Reserves have a weekend off.
There is also News and updates from Shrublands FC and Belton FC.
There is a big game in the bowls world, when Acle men’s A take on league leaders and title favourites Norfolk BC A in the Norfolk County league Duvision 1, at Bridewell lane (1.30), from where we will have live scores and updates throughout the afternoon.
We shall also bring you updates from the Premier league and Championship as well as a full round up of all the days results at 5pm.
Mix that together with other local sports news and some awesome music, there really is no better place to spend your perfect sporting afternoon.
Roopy’s Sports Saturday is kindly sponsored and supported by Acle Indoor Bowls Club
5th November 2023
1. Press – still no interest on being our Press Officer.
2. Denny -oh dear
3. Yetton Plate -oh dear dear.
4. Saturday Gang -the above means you have extra Saturday mornings available to you all.
5. Date for Diary – There is a notice on main board next to Steward Desk with details of a Quiz Night in December and asking for meal orders. Please put your name down asap. Our Social sub-committee are also looking at Bingo night in New Year and a trip on the Mississippi Steamboat in the Spring.
6. Remembrance – we will have a minutes silence on Sat at 11-00am and again on Sunday at 11-00am.
13th November 2023
1 -Associated Member -Just to clarify that by joining as an associated member it entitles you to come into the club at any time, join in the Social events and make use of the Bar. IT DOES NOT ENTITLE YOU TO JOIN IN THE LEAGUES OR CLUB DRIVES.
2. Stewards - If interested in joining our merry band of Stewards and help keep Acle as the top club in the Region (no other club has Stewards on duty every day), then have a chat with one of the Stewards or speak to their foreman, Simon.
3, Scoreboards – Do we have an electrician in the club who can give our score -boards a look as they keep fading off and on. Very frustrating.
4. Weekend – Good wins by our county league sides puts them in strong positions in their respective leagues.
5. Waiting List - For those new to the club and wondering about entering a team in one of our leagues next season, we recommend you see Lilian so she can put you down on the ’waiting list’ for your chosen league, as we go to this list when a vacancy occurs. Plus, with some leagues being very popular you need to be on the list asap.
10th November 2023
1 Nationals -This time of year we have a lot of National Comps taking place and just to clarify to those new to the sport – All indoor bowls clubs are affiliated to their National Governing Body (EIBA) and one requirement from them is that club members must be allowed to enter national Comps and afforded the choice of rink where ever possible. You may therefore on occasions find that your domestic league match has been moved onto another rink and on rare occasions your match may even have to be cancelled (if that happens the club re-arrange the match for you). In the case of National Team events it is a matter of second guessing if/when our representative teams are knocked out. That’s why you sometimes see steam blowing out of the office door.
2 Social Club - Apologies from Denis (poor old soul) he confused our Club Assoc membership affiliation fee with the Bar Social Club affiliation. Just to clarify Ass Members of our club are charged £15 and included in that is the £10 social club membership .(not the £15 as previously advised).
3 Social Club 2 – Your new Social Club membership cards will be available in the New Year, and you collect them from the Stewards.
4 Quiz – Reminder to sign up for the Quiz Night - see noticeboard for meal order
27th November 2023
XMAS RAFFLE – to raise money to buy sets of junior bowls for our Junior Section. Our thanks to Aaron and his helpers for their dedication in coaching the juniors on Friday afternoons.
TOP CLUB – correction we have reached the quarter -finals of this National Competition. One hurdle to go before we reach the National Championships in Nottingham in the New Year.
BOWLS TV – if you switch on Youtube and then search for Bowls TV you will be able to view a number of local matches which have been streamed by Paul and if you register you will be notified of upcoming live streaming of matches. Paul has improved the quality with an extra camera and will no doubt be soon approached by BBC to cover the World Championships though of course he and Tim will be playing in it. I never thought I would see the day when I could sit in my lounge and watch Acle players competing in National matches around the county, whilst sampling some new reds from Laithwaites. Paul’s site had 720 visitors during one match.
WORLD BOWLS TICKETS -still some to be collected and paid for. Thanks to Simon for his work on this. Another excellent service for Acle members.
FIVE LAKES WEEKEND – 40 plus members spent the weekend at Potters 5 Lakes Resort nr Tiptree and took part in 2 bowls tournaments. Our thanks to President Edna for the organisation and it is hoped this will become an annual event but next year we may return to Hopton, and one weekend later, so as not to clash with Nationals. .
WEBCAMS -during our busy months we are averaging 10,000 hits.
HOLIDAY SNAPS – our club shirt has been on view in Barbados, Maldives, Cyprus, Lanzarote ,Malaga, Milan and we are awaiting the shot of Denis in Skeggy.
LADIES - are showing us the way with wins in Top Club, Mason and Vivienne and strong positions in their county leagues.
DEC 10TH EVENINGS -we have some rinks available at 6-00pm for Comps if anyone interested.
NEW LEAGUE -have you all seen the notice on the Board next to Stewards desk advertising a new league for 2024 starting in mid Jan -sign up or miss out.
When playing a competition that you need a blank scorecard for, please make sure it is completed correctly with the name of the competition, the date and the names of the competitors.
When rearranging a league game, please DO NOT tippex out the original date of the game because it needs to be visible for the operator to enter onto the computer system that records the scores and produces the league tables.
Thursday 27th October 2023 saw the club host Norfolk VIP’s to celebrate the club's 30th anniversary. After a very enjoyable 18 ends of play which Acle won on all 6 rinks, a dinner was had by all. In recognition of his devotion to the club for all 30 years, the club presented Denis with a voucher to the value of £500 to be used on a well earned holiday. He was also presented with a plaque from all members as well as another plaque from The Norfolk Indoor Bowls Association.
30th October 2023
Raffle -last call on Macmillan Raffle – do you have – Pink425, or Yellow 300, or Yellow24 or yellow 386, or Pink 205 or Orange 463 or Pink 105 or Pink 369. If not claimed by Friday the prizes will be re-cycled.
Weekend -busy weekend ahead with Mason on Friday, Denny and Yetton Plate on Saturday.
Hot chicks – ladies C running hot with 3 wins out of 3. Bookies dropped the odds now. Coaches smiling.
World Bowls – quite a few tickets are ready for collection and payment. If paying by card we add £2 on because of the cost of using card payments.
Membership -You only have 2 days to pay your membership without incurring a £10 fine for late payment. Surely 2 months is enough time to have organised this task. The club have to pay Rec centre fees (20)and Social Club membership(15) from this money, as well as affiliation fees to the National Governing Body(3) and County Associations(3). Leaving the club with petty cash to survive on.
Acle Parish Council -as a thank you to the support from Acle PC over the past 30yrs the club hosted the Council to drinks and buffet followed by a ‘have ago’ at bowls session. A letter of thanks has been received and one or two will be returning for bowls coaching.
Social Club Food – we have been receiving good reports on the food being served in the Social Club and they have informed me they do ‘take-aways‘ as well.
30th Anniversary – An Acle side consisting of ex -Presidents and servants of the club hosted the Norfolk County side last Friday and were not too kind hosts, winning on all 6 rinks but nevertheless all enjoyed celebrating our 30yrs and Denis was presented with a holiday voucher in recognition of his 30yrs service.
Please remember to keep checking the Letter Slots for messages. Everyone on the waiting list for lockers have been allocated a locker but there are several members who have not responded.
Rule Reminder. – If the jack is cast out of rink remember, place the mat where you want to before the jack is replaced on the rink.
20th November 2023
QUIZ NIGHT – our Social Sub Committee are hosting a Quiz night including a meal @ £10pp on 9th December .See noticeboard next to Stewards desk to sign up and select your meal.
FREE BOWLS – any club which requires any coaching bowls or bowls for beginners should have a look over the table near the lounge window as we are giving away a number of sets of bowls -just help yourselves. After 2 weeks they will be thrown in the skip.
FOOTWEAR -Gentlemen, and it is only gentlemen, please do not arrive at the club in your bowling shoes -you bring grit and debris in from the car park and onto the bowling carpet.
LIBRARY -apologies to the person who was organising the library in alphabetic order as we did not realise and put books onto the shelves in no order. Please complete your task asap.
CLUB/CLUB AND COUNTY COMPETITIONS -please pass all scorecards to Lilian.
STUFF -there is a bag of ‘stuff’ in the office in a Marks/Sparks chequered bag -anyone know why?
CHRISTMAS CARDS -we will have a table for members Christmas cards as usual ,but anyone who prefers to give a donation to the club charities instead of sending cards please add you name to the sheet on one of the tables.
GRAND UK HOLIDAYS -please help yourself to the Grand UK Holiday brochures
OLD CLOTHES -last chance to buy from the table of clothes as they will soon find their way to the clothes bank.
CLUB COMPS – a few have already been played, now is a good time to get these played as rinks are available. See duty steward to book a rink.
NATIONALS – reminder to those making ‘pencil bookings’ for their Nationals to remember to rub them out when not needed.
SCOREBOARDS -the threat of the coming of an electrician seems to have done the trick and they are behaving, but again we ask if there is a qualified electrician in the club to check them over for faults. There must be someone in the club capable of doing this.
TOP CLUB -congrats to team and reserves for excellent victory, now for the big boys and girls. For those who do not know Acle are now in the last 16. Just like the old days. Great crowd of supporters.
80TH BIRTHDAY DRINK – Mike and Jane Hodgson invite all club members and friends for a drink,
wine and cheese on Monday 27th November at the Club from 1.00pm onwards. He thanks every club member for how both Jane and he has been cared for. Members have contributed in making this a very special club to be proud of. A very special thanks to Denis, Lilian and his team of workers.
Internal League winners 2022/23
Monday Morning Mens Triples: Denis Pratt’s team (pictured)
Monday Lunchtime Ladies Triples: Jenny Kirby’s team
Monday Evening Mens Triples D1: Mark Elliott’s team
Monday Evening Mens Triples D2:
Tuesday Morning Mixed Triples: Eden Land’s team (pictured)
Tuesday Afternoon Mens Triples: Mark Elliott’s team
Tuesday Evening Ladies Triples: Marie Morton’s team
Wednesday Morning Mens Triples: Peter Evan’s team (pictured)
Wednesday Lunchtime Mixed Triples: Brian Hearn’s team (pictured)
Wednesday Afternoon Mens Pairs:
Wednesday Afternoon Ladies Pairs: Sheila Stacey’s team
Wednesday Evening Aussie Pairs D1: Mark Elliott’s team
Wednesday Evening Aussie Pairs D2:
Thursday Mixed Pairs D1: Jenny Kirby’s team
Thursday Mixed Pairs D2: Mac Skilton’s team
Thursday Evening Mixed Fours: Ian Wones’s team
Friday Morning Mens Triples:
Friday Lunchtime Mixed Triples:
Friday Afternoon Ladies Aussie Pairs:
Friday Evening Mens Triples D1:
Friday Evening Mens Triples D2:
Colin Starkings in Barbados
Bill Downie in The Maldives
Jayne Routledge in Cyprus
Edna Land in Lanzarote
Charlie Meechan in Malaga
Barry McGrath in Cyprus
Julie & Jackie on a bridge in South of Milan. Porta Vicoinese.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could show more pics like this from around the world?
Please send them in and we’ll add them to this gallery