Thank you for electing me to be your President for the 2019 season.
I am especially proud to have been chosen to serve as your President in the 90th year of the club and this also happens to coincide with me entering my ninth decade!
Following a slight reduction in our membership in 2017, I am pleased to say that due to the continuing efforts made by many people and with positive publicity, the club membership has now risen just above the level achieved in 2016. New bowlers are an important part of the continual renewal process necessary to the lifeblood of our club. I welcome all new Members and encourage both them and pre-existing Members to participate in the full range of our club activities. We rely upon our Members to support the running of the club. We always need Members to assist with work on and around the green, to support our catering activities and to work on our bar; so please play your part.
My charity this year is The Essex and Herts Air Ambulance, which is not part of the NHS and receives limited government funding. It is a charity relying on donations in order to support a free life-saving Helicopter for Emergency Medical Services (HEMS); operating for the critically ill and injured of Essex, Hertfordshire and surrounding areas. I hope you will agree that this is a valuable service for everyone in the area and your support in raising funds for this worthwhile cause will be much appreciated. Please do reserve Saturday 3rd August in your diaries as that will be my Charity Gala Day at the club.
To all of you, I say welcome to a new season and I wish you every success in life and on the green.
William T Burrows
The Presidential Chain of Office contains the names of 30 elected Presidents since 1983, their names being engraved with their year of office. Presently archives are being sought to establish the predecessor of this Chain of Office and bring to light the existence of the original. Photographic reference of Past Presidents dating back to 1936, exist in the Club House.