Forest Hill Bowling Club
Forest Hill Bowling Club
Rhododendron by Club House this week
The summer season started with our traditional St Georges Day game between the Captain's team and the Presidents team. The players as in past years, dressed in the colour of St George's flag, red and white.
It took some time for the players to get use to playing outdoors again but by the end of the game everybody had got back into their game.
After the game drinks a buffet were enjoyed by the players. The buffet was supplied by Mick and Janette Singer in celebration Mick's Birthday.
The result of the game was three rinks each, but the Captains team won on shots.
St Georges Day draw.
I think that we can all be proud of our Club, its facilities and our members.
• The Club House, toilets, changing rooms and kitchen have been cleaned.
• The patio has been cleaned and white safety lines painted/repainted.
• One of our gazebos has been repaired and painted inside.
• The bank around the green has been repaired and painted – it took over 25 litres of paint!
• The front gate has been painted.
• The Green has been mowed and set up for the start of the season and is now ready for play.
• The benches, the front gate and the fence between the car park and the green, have all been painted. (The flag pole was painted during the winter).
• The gardens have been maintained throughout the winter - The garden has its spring flowers in bloom, the bluebells are quite spectacular at the moment.
• The bar has been made ready to serve us during the season.
I think that we can all be proud of our Club, its facilities and our memebrs.
Many thanks to all those who worked so hard to get the Club ready.
David & Glenys finish painting the Bank
The all Forest Hill ladies Championship of Lewisham Indoor Bowling Club, between Jeanette Singer v Linda Sutcliffe, was won by Jeanette. Congratulations Jeanette.
Jeanette & Linda
Congratulations to Jeanette Singer, who with Ann Corbin won the Ladies Pairs competition at Lewisham Indoor Bowling Club. Julie Spooner & Debra Greenslade were the worthy runners up.
Steve Simmons with Ken Shooter were runners up in the men's pairs.
The Club entered the Outdoor Clubs leagues at Lewisham Indoor Centre. These leagues are for outdoor clubs like Forest Hill. One of our teams came third in their league.
It is Lewisham Indoor Bowling Club finals next Saturday 6th April. Forest Hill is well represented in these finals. Of seven categories, our members are in three of them! Well done
Ladies Pairs : Julie Spooner & Debra Greenslade v Ann Corbin & Jeanette Singer, three Forest Hill members! 10.30am.
Men’s Pairs : Steve Simmons & Ken Shooter v Joe Sanford & Dave Sanford - one Forest Hill member. 10.30am.
Lewisham Ladies Singles : Jeanette Singer v Linda Sutcliffe - both Forest Hill players! 2.30pm.
Our garden is a haven for wild life. A woodpecker is a frequent visitor. It has found that one of the flood lights make lot more noise than a tree when drumming for a mate. Sadly we have heard no reply! (Play with sound on and in expanded mode).
The garden in now coming into flower with daffodils and forget-me-nots in flower and tulips by the fence between car park and Green are coming into bud. We were hoping that some spring flowers might be in flower for the Opening drive, but they may have gone over by that day, so why don't you come and see the display of spring bulbs on Tuesdays or Thursdays (11am to 4.00pm), when the grounds are open for the Gardeners.
Daffodils in Flower on 24 March
Members are starting to getting the Club ready for the new season. Come up on Tuesdays and Thursdays (after 11.00am) and help in with this work.
The work already been done, one of the gazebos has been repaired by Tony and is being painted inside and out.
The benches are being painted - the picture shows Bob at work.
There are still jobs to be done before the season starts. See Peter's email.
Cleaning the White Plastic Tables and Chairs on the Patio, Repainting the White Edges to the Steps, Clean the Patio Paving, Clean the Stonework at the front of the Clubhouse, Repaint the Fence between the Car Park and the Green, Repaint the Visitors Changing Hut, Clean, repair and repaint the gates to the Green, Clean the backing to the ditches round the Green Clean, repair and repaint the concrete surrounds to the Green,
Cleaning the Tables, Cleaning and Hoovering in the Changing Rooms (Men’s, Ladies & Visitors),Cleaning the Club House, Cleaning the Kitchen, Cleaning the Sinks and Toilets ( Men’s and Ladies ).
Bob Painting benches
Nearly 30 members of the Club enjoyed a day out at Brick Lane Music Hall for pantomime - Robin Hood and his Camp Followers, described as "a pantomime for grown-ups" - so suitable for most of our members!
The pantomime was preceded by a excellent roast chicken dinner followed by chocolate pudding.
Thanks go to Mick Singer who made the arrangements and booked the event for us. He also made sure that we all got to the venue safely and on time!
The old fluorescent light fittings had been replaced with new LED light panels in time to illuminate the Club's first Board Games Night; where members and friends brought their favourite games to share with others. A very enjoyable evening was had by those who attended.
A light supper of jacket potatoes with fillings, was provided by Genys half way through the evening.
The Club's New LED Ceiling Panels
The Club held its Annual Christmas Get together. The Club House had been decorated with lights and a tree. President Alan provided the traditional mulled wine and minced pies, and a light snack was also available. A very convivial evening was enjoyed by everybody.
The Club held a very successful Quiz Night, hosted by Peter Gurlech from Queens Mead Bowling Club, with about 40 members, and guests enjoying the evening which also raised funds for the Club.
The questions stretched the breadth of the knowledge of the contestants. Categories included, “Seven Up”, General Knowledge, Song lyrics, London Knowledge and a music round. During the interval we all enjoyed fish and chips supplied and delivered by Sahab Fish and Chip shop, Perry Rise.
The quiz was won by “More Green” a team consisting of Janet Caning, Linda Sutclifte, Alan Godwin, Terry Burcombe, Derek Roberts and David Herbert, who were surprised to find that there were prizes of wine and a bowling themed mug, for winning not just the kudos!
This is a new event for the Club and we hope to have another quiz night in March. Many thanks again to Peter Gurlech for a very enjoyable evening!
The Quiz Master Peter Gurlech with " More Green" - The winning team.
On Friday 5th November the Club held its annual Bonfire Night event. This was not only enjoyed by our members but also some of their children and grandchildren.
As usual the evening started with a bonfire. The bonfire gives us the opportunity to burn wood produced during the last year by gardening and maintenance work. With additional wood from Paul's old shed and Sydenham Communal Garden, we had a very impressive bonfire that burnt thought out the evening.
Before the firework display members and family enjoyed food prepared by some of our members. The hot-dogs, baked potatoes, pulled pork baps and baked beans made a made a tasty meal. The food was washed down with drinks from the bar.
As usual the firework display did not disappoint and made an impressive end to the evening.
A big thank you to all those involved in making a very enjoyable evening
Feeding The Fire
The club had a special match to celebrate John’s 60 years as a member of Forest Hill Bowling Club. During that time he has served as Treasurer, President and Chairman of the Club. He also held offices in the Kent Bowling Association including President.
To celebrate this we held a Special Match against a team from the Kent County Bowling Association Past Presidents. This started with a ploughman’s lunch and presentation by Alan Godwin, the Club’s President, of an engraved silver platter to John.
A very enjoyable match was then played that started with a *“spider", the proceeds going to a charity of John’s choosing. (One of our neighbours in the flats, Khalil Saroufim, took some pictures and a video of the “spider” which is shown below.
*Spider - each play pays a fee and a jack, or a model spider, is placed at the centre of the green and everybody bowls a bowl at the “spider”, the closest wins a prize
John was presented with a celebration Platter
"Spider" before the start of the John Canham's Celebration Match against Kent Bowling Association Past Presidents