Outdoor bowling within the community

Ladies AGM Thursday 21st November 2019

Ladies AGM Thursday 21st November 2019


The Ladies Captain Diane Jewell opened the meeting at 2.30 pm and welcomed the 28 Members present.  

Apologies for Absence were received from Pam Barker, Jill Newell, Viv Foley, Rita Hamshere, Janet O’Hagan, Barbara Edlin, Jackie Nicholls, Penny Billington, Janice Gower, Sue Thurlow, Diana Beaumont, Carol Nicholls, Janet Janaway, Annette Harrington and Brenda Woodman.

Minutes of last year’s meeting (22nd November 2018) copy sent to most members before this year’s meeting. Accepted no matters arising


Ladies Captain Report Nov 2019

I have enjoyed my year as Ladies Captain and wish Jean all the best for next year. We have worked well with Steve and Richard, and with the 4 of us it has shared the work. I would encourage any of you to put your names forward in future as we do all help each other.

It’s easy for me to say ‘thank you’ for the support. I really do feel that the ladies have volunteered, (or is that arm twisted?) when they perhaps did not really want to play, captained games when I couldn’t be there, skipped when they do not normally, played for the opposition, and played on greens far away from ours. I am very grateful to you all.

We are fortunate that we have so many ladies players and are able to field teams, not just in friendlies but external competitions. We have some new ladies that have joined and several have already represented the club.

Pam Rodgers made it to 3 District finals, and on a wet Monday a few weeks ago she and I managed to bring the pairs title back to Potters Bar after a 12 year break. Pam, Anita and Ann were once again runners up in the District triples, two years running, but I hear determined to win it next year. Pam was runner up in the District singles.

We just missed out on qualifying for the district final with the Friday night league teams on shot difference.

In the North London Brigg League, we ended up in 3rd place, just 1 shot adrift of the winners, so very creditable.

We retained the Harvey Cup, fielding 4 teams against Northaw/Cuffley and North Mymms. It was decided on winning ends as all 3 teams tied, so a close call.

Closer to home, the Ladies versus Gents game was again a competitive fixture, and the men won on shot difference after each of us won 3 rinks.  

I look forward to next season and bowling on that lovely green grass again in the warm sunshine. Let’s hope we do not have the extreme heat again and the pouring rain, but then that is Outdoor Bowls.

Diane Jewell



Club open date for next season will be Saturday 18th April, as we now have an established President’s Gala Day we decided to just refer to this day as Club Open Day.

Most of the work as Match secretary takes place in the winter months; Steve and I have been arranging next season fixtures and are well on the way to finalising them. We do have a good number of friendly games but this takes into consideration the size of our membership, so please do not let us down and nominate for the games.

I have held the position as Ladies Match Secretary since 2011 as well as Ladies Competition Secretary the two positions have nothing in common so looking forward decided now was a good time to stand down from the match secretary’s post. I first mention my intentions to Graham and we agreed to split the posts on the nomination form, they are already shown separately in the Fixture Book. I then contacted Diane Jewell and asked if I could propose her for the position as I thought she would be an ideal person to work alongside Steve. Also by splitting the posts it makes an extra Lady on the Management Committee. I will still continue to look after the general secretarial work on behalf of the ladies.

Beryl Burbridge             Diane thanked Beryl for being Ladies Match Sec.


CATERING REPORT             Anita and Rita

During 2019 we provided meals for 13 home games and tea and biscuits on 35 occasions.

We also hosted the Nethercott Cup and a Hertfordshire Past Presidents match together with District Finals.

For our Finals Weekend the catering was covered by the usual team of volunteers.

The social lunches and suppers have proved very popular and raised lots of money for the club. The afternoon tea and plant sale was particularly profitable enabling us to make a donation to the President’s charity and to put money aside towards a new refrigerator for the kitchen.

We have also been lucky enough to have a freezer donated which will allow us to store more food.

Because the number of bowlers on opening day cannot be predicted it has been agreed that in 2020 tea and biscuits will replace the usual buffet.

Just a reminder that it would be very helpful if you could let us know in March if there are any dates when you will be unavailable for catering duties next year.

Finally many thanks to the members who give up their time to help with the catering and especially to those who volunteer to give extra help so willingly as and when needed.              



Thank you to all the ladies who took part in our club competitions, I hope you had an enjoyable experience and will enter our comps again next season. Those of you who have not yet taken the plunge please enter your names next season.

Congratulations to our Finalist once again we had a lovely weekend, watching when not taking part plenty of good bowling over both days. My thanks to the ladies who help by marking and scoring our ladies finals.

I must congratulate Pam and Diane on winning the District Pairs this was played on an empty green also wet and cold. Despite the weather this did not stop a group of us men and women going to Harpenden BC to support them.

As Diane has already mention we did well in all the club external competitions won the Harvey Cup and just missed out on a couple of others.

The club mixed triples league played on a Wednesday evening was once again a great success, winning team this year was Lez Steed’s Team C. If you would like to play next year the entry form will be on the main notice board beginning of May it’s open to all but especially those who don’t enter the external comps and new members, but I still need 8 experience players as leaders.

I’ve move the Yardley to the 28th May as last season it was too close to the Dearman which will stay at the 30th July, so hopefully this will encourage more names for both games.

The Collins was once a poplar comp. but over the last few years the numbers of ladies compared to the men have dwindled. Does anyone have any reason for this that I may be able to do something about? (would prefer to play on a Sunday, and only one game) Will pass the views on to Chris Budden.

Beryl Burbridge



CAPTAIN Jean Scott Sue Thurlow Beryl Burbridge
VICE CAPTAIN Dee Lawrence Jean Scott Beryl Burbridge
MATCH SECRETARY Diane Jewell Beryl Burbridge Anita Bowman
COMPETITION SECRETARY Beryl Burbridge Anita Bowman Diane Berry
ST ALBANS DELEGATE Beryl Burbridge Anita Bowman Pam Rodgers

Carried Unanimously


The following have agreed to be responsible for:

CATERING ROTA   Anita Bowman and Rita Hamshere


MONEY FOR CATERING   Please give your receipts to Terry Barker

MALC     Pat Feeney and Sue Powers

ANNE CLARKE PLATE Beryl Burbridge (will check with Sue Thurlow)




Thank you all for nominating me as your captain for this coming year. I know that following Di I have big shoes to fill as she has been such a dedicated and hardworking captain, as well as proving herself to be an excellent role model and representative for the club. However, I will do my best and with your help will try to continue to enhance the good reputation of our club.

And I am delighted that Dee has agreed to be my Vice-Captain I am confident that we will work well together and that we will also have good support from the incoming men’s captain Richard and his vice-captain Mick Brennan.

I look forward to seeing most of you at our Monday MALC - it is an excellent opportunity to get to know the other members of our club and is a chance to gain useful experience for all our members, especially as it encourages us to play ‘out’ of our normal ‘comfort zone’ positions.

And, next year we will once again have a full diary of friendly matches against other clubs in the area, please do put your names down for these matches - that is for both the home and away matches. We always arrange car shares for the away games so if you can’t drive you will get a lift. In addition to these games we have all the internal club competitions, the Wednesday evening triples league, and again please do put your names down for these.

Notifications and requests for players for friendly matches will go up in the Ladies changing room with the notice board at the other side of the room giving details of the district matches and you are encouraged to put your name down for at least two district games – this will then allow you to enter District competitions in the following year. And, do check all the noticeboards for notifications of other competitions and matches.

So, thank you again for your support and I hope you are all looking forward to another year of enthusiastic, effective and happy bowling.

Jean Scott

Jean mentioned her possible absence on Finals weekend due to her son getting married.



  1. I asked Marion Powell for an update on Anne Throup :- Anne is back in hospital and very poorly no visitors at present. She hopes to leave hospital next week and will go and stay at her daughters
  2. Ladies Annual Lunch :- Pat and Sue will make all the arrangements, the date decided on was 15th January venue Red Lion Hatfield. £5 deposit collected from those present.
  3. Ladies Shirts email from Terry Barker, main points cost £23 Terry will put an order sheet in the ladies changing room next season. If you have already ordered they could be collected on a Thursday at 7.00pm
  4. Proposal from Pat Thompson :- Instead of leaving the washing up to the same few ladies every week after the Malc, would the ladies wash up their own mugs and put them away. Show of hands all present agreed.
  5. Hertsmere Kitchen Inspection: - An Environmental Health Officer visited the club by appointment on 20/11/19 Anita and Beryl present. He made some recommendations we will arrange a coffee morning before the start of the season to share them with you. One of the recommendations was that some of us should get a Level 2 award in Food Safety and Hygiene. This can be done on line for about £20 Anita Beryl and Rita had already agreed to apply. Margret Baldwin and Marion Powell already have this Level 2 award for working in the kitchen at St Charles the Martyr. If a couple more ladies are interested please let me know. Anita

Pat Thompson thanked the committee for all their work over the year.

Meeting closed 3.10 pm.

Pat and Sue then went on to presenting the Malc awards winner was Iris Geers.