Pewsey Vale Bowls Club

Open Day

A huge thank you to everyone who came along on Saturday 13 April to our Open Day. It was great to see so many people trying out lawn bowls for the first time. Our coaches were kept extremely busy throughout the whole day. If you were not able to attend or would like to try out the Green again, why not come along to one of our club evenings. They start this week and take place each Tuesday starting at 6pm or every Friday afternoon starting at 2pm. Our coaches will be available to guide and support. Just bring flat shoes. We will provide the rest. You will be made very welcome.

Pewsey Vale Coaching – Dave Bradbury

Pewsey Vale Bowls Club is very pleased to announce that club member Dave Bradbury is now a qualified Level 1 Coach and will be working with Gerry Ward, our Level 2 Coach to support our new and more experienced bowlers in developing their skills. If you would like some coaching, please sign up for the coaching sessions displayed on the clubhouse notice board or contact them directly. Dave has also recently qualified as a Regional Umpire. He has been appointed to umpire the county match between Wiltshire Ladies v Hampshire Ladies on our Green in June. Congratulations.

 

Workday – Wednesday 3rd April

Pewsey Vale Bowls Club is getting ready for the start of the new bowling season which begins on Saturday 13 April at 10am, with our Open Day, weather permitting. There was a great turnout at our recent workday, with everyone lending a hand to ensure that all areas of our club are looking at their very best. Checking out the BBQ and making sure it is ready for use at our Green Opening Day event obviously requires a lot of input. 

PEWSEY VALE BOWLS CLUB OPEN DAY SATURDAY 13 APRIL 10am-4pm

Bowling is a game for all ages. A great way to keep fit and make new friends. Whether you are an experienced bowler or would like to try the sport for the very first time, please come along to the club between 10am-4pm and give it a go, supported by our County Registered Coaches and experienced bowlers. You will be made very welcome. Just bring a pair of flat shoes, we will supply all the equipment needed. Refreshments will be available. If you would like further information, please contact our club secretary via email hidden; JavaScript is required

March Social Events

 Our social committee has planned four exciting social functions during March

  Wednesday 13th March at 7.30pm: Skittles Night at Netheravon Working Men’s Club. 

  Friday 15th March at 7pm: Spring Meeting for all Full Members. A chance to catch up and find out what’s planned both on and off the green this season

 – Wednesday 20th March at 7.30pm: PVBC Crib Night American Buffet/Bring your own sharing buffet.         

  Saturday 23rd March starting at 10.00am: Coffee Morning from 10am with bacon, sausage sandwiches, tea, coffee and biscuits.     

 The social committee look forward to welcoming you to these events.

PVBC Spring Newsletter 2024

From our Chairperson Vince

May I start by thanking you all for your vote of confidence in electing me as chairman for a second term. My thanks to last year’s Committee members who continued the Clubs’ growth and success throughout our centennial celebration year. Congratulations to the Red Team for their success in winning the league. I’m sure the club success will continue into the new season. The Committee will do their utmost to meet the Members expectations. Your continued support for the teams and social functions is greatly appreciated more importantly is to enjoy your Bowling. Have a great year. John retired from the executive committee as Greenkeeper at the AGM and the position is vacant even though a great group of members have taken on the work looking after the green and surrounding areas no one has come forward to join the committee. I thank you for your hard work.

From our Ladies’ Captain Wendy

Welcome to the 2024 bowls season. I am pleased to be able to represent the ladies as Captain for 2024 with the support of Val as Vice-Captain. Following a very packed season last year, we can look forward to taking part in the Salisbury and District League games and the Bowls Wiltshire competitions. The fixtures list will be placed on the Ladies’ notice board for you to put your availability for the matches. Looking forward to the start of the season and hope we can rely on your support. Here’s to a very enjoyable bowling season.

From our Men’s Captain Mike

Hopefully by the time you read this the weather will have improved and we can get off to a good start on the green. There is a very busy season which I hope everyone will get involved in whatever your ability or preference. Just to whet your appetite there are at least 48 roll ups on Tuesdays and Fridays and at least 90 league and friendly games not to mention a full program of club competitions. So, I look forward to seeing you all on the green for some fun and good Pewsey Vale sportsmanship for this 2024 season.

From our Social Secretary Dave

As we eagerly anticipate the arrival of spring, the Club’s Social Committee is gearing up for an exciting season filled with events and activities. Last season’s successful members day will be taking place again this year in July along with the usual Friday afternoon BBQs. Stay tuned for more details on these events and how you can get involved in making this season one to remember. Social and Entertainments functions will only be a success with your help, assistance and attendance. Please add your names on the relevant attendance sheets and support the club through our social entertainment. If anyone has any social or entertainment ideas or requests, please let a member of the committee know, and we will always try and accommodate.  

From our Bar Manager Al

I would like to thank all those who have helped out behind the bar during our Centenary Season. For the 2024 season I will publish the roster beside the bar door and send copies to those involved. I have worked around the limitations sent to me (hopefully) and will assume that all other full members have no limitation as to when they work behind the bar. May I remind you that should you find yourself unable to complete all or part of your allocated week, it is incumbent on you to find a replacement. Our costs have risen as almost all other costs have done and over the last 3 years or so these rises have not been passed on to members. Unfortunately, we are now in a situation where some prices will have to increase slightly from 1 March 2024. In an effort to reduce bar costs, I shall be suggesting at the Spring Meeting that we consider no longer stocking kegged beer/cider. This would save approximately 90 pints that is thrown away during the pipe cleaning process throughout the season. I wish you all a pleasurable and successful season.

From our Green Keeping Team

John has stood down as Green Keeper after many years of service so the club finds itself without a Greens Manager. The team that has supported John throughout his term are continuing to get the green into shape for the new season. We are always pleased to have new members into the group and all necessary training that is needed is readily given. Avonmore have done their winter work and will shortly start their spring efforts and regular cutting will have begun by the time you read this letter. We will also have a new mower and will be working to open the green mid-April. We will also have a work day and all members are asked to come along both inside the clubhouse and outside on the green and surrounds.

 General Information

Club Competitions- please support the captains by entering as many of the competitions as you can. The entry forms will be on the notice board in mid-April. Fees are £2 per person per competition. This year Finals Weekend is 6-8 September.

Club Night and Afternoon– If all goes well and weather permitting, the first Tuesday Club Night is 16 April, on the green to start playing at 6.15pm. The first Friday afternoon is 19 April, play starting at 2.15pm. For club sessions, please arrive at least 20 minutes early to help set up the green and register to play. Everyone is requested to get involved.

Friendlies– we have a full programme of Friendlies matches this season. Our website includes the complete Fixtures Calendar. Please see our Friendlies Captain Dave if you have any queries and sign up as soon as the availability sheets go up. We will be supplying afternoon teas for home matches in the same way as previous seasons.

Open Days & New Members– Weather permitting, our Green Opening Day will be Saturday 13 April, which will include a Recruitment Open Day. We will be holding a further Open Day on Saturday 25 May, as part of the Big Bowls Weekend. Nearer the time, we will be asking for volunteers and cake donations. If you know anyone who is interested in joining the club, whether they are an experienced player or would just like to try bowls for the first time, please bring them along on either day between 10.00-15.00. Alternatively, just ask a committee member, who will be happy to facilitate a ‘have a go’ session.

 

Spring Meeting

This year’s ever popular Spring Meeting will be held on Friday 15 March 2024, starting at 7pm. This is primarily a social event, ahead of the fast-approaching start of the bowling season. It will be a chance for you to catch up with members of your club, hopefully get the answers to any questions you may have and hear from the Captains and committee about the club’s plans both on and off the Green. There will be light refreshments and the bar will be open, with your first drink FREE. 

Change to Wilts 4 Rink League – Malmesbury

The full fixtures list has been amended 2 February 2024, as has the Wilts 4 Rink League fixtures, to add Home and Away matches against Malmesbury, a late addition to the League

February Social Events

Our Social Committee has planned two great events for February.

  • Saturday 10th February Quiz Night with bar and our ever popular buffet style food.
  • Saturday 24th February Coffee Morning from 10am. Our famous bacon or sausage sandwiches will be served.

Come along and catch up with other club members whilst supporting the club.

 

PVBC Fixtures List 2024

The full Fixtures Calendar for all the club’s Men’s, Ladies, Wiltshire 4’s, County Mixed League, Friendlies and One-Off Matches is now available to view on the website. Just click on the ‘Info’ Link to see both the fixtures for each team and the full PVBC Fixtures Calendar for the season.