President’s Day

I think the best summary of President’s Day is to use the President’s own words

Just a quick summary of President’s Day:-

Lovely day all round.
Good weather – too good really, we should get A/C for the bowling green.
Well attended – 25 including VP’s son and Roy Champkin’s son.
Good food (as always) including two salmon on a bed of blue rice.
Bowling green up to its usual high standard.
Competition results:-
Bowls winner Eddie Nicholas
Bowls runner up Doug Shearer
Snooker winner Jack Booth
Snooker runner up Chris Denny
Dominoes winner also Chris Denny
Dominoes runner up me – horray!
Finished a bit late – as usia
Big thanks to those who did help to clear up.

Tony Lee

I am sorry to tell you of the recent death of Tony Lee.

Tony, a Blackpool Councillor,  was only a member a few short months and I feel did not get the chance to get to know many people before his final illness

The Sid Drummond Clock

In an earlier post members were advised that Sid Drummond had given up the post of Chairman of the Club, after 32 years involved with Council at various levels, including two terms as President.

Council members wanted to mark this achievement and as well as voting to give Honorary Life  Membership to Sid,

have also contributed to a permanent memento in the form of the ‘Sid Drummond Clock in the Snooker Room.

Haydock Race Trip

The annual trip to Haydock races took place on 4th July, and was once again well attended with a full coach leaving the car park just on 4.30pm, the usual tipsters from the club spent the journey studying form, and comparing selections, while the rest of us made ready our pins for choosing our horses.  While the traffic caused a small delay we arrived in good time for the first race. 
Upon arrival the bar was busy as the weather had driven many racegoers inside, but we manged to secure a table that was close to the grandstand, betting booth, and a television showing the world cup, so a good evenings entertainment was getting underway.
 A steady stream of members were to be seen making their way to the betting booth and bar, some returning with a big smile and a drink, some just with a drink and an expression that can only be described as bitter disappointment !
 As the president could not attend he very kindly left a donation with the treasurer to place a bet on his behalf with instructions that should there be any winnings a round of drinks should be purchased.
  As the evening progressed it was obvious there were winners and losers, but as we made our way back to the club later, everybody agreed that we had a great evening at the races, that the presidents horses were probably still running, and that one of our number is a fashion icon.

Development Group

Would you like to help us shape and drive the future growth of the District Club?

Council wish to establish a development group with the goal of boosting the Club’s coffers and membership. Volunteers are sought to bring ideas to the table and help see them through to fruition.

This is not limited to Council. All members are encouraged to contribute. Please talk to Peter Fielding, Neil Plummer, Gary Cook, or myself if you are interested. We will announce an initial meeting in due course.

Vice President’s Day

This day must have had everything we wished for Vice President, Steve Denny; Fine Weather, Good attendance and then Steve, himself winning the Bowls event.
Over 30 members attended to support Steve and see him beat Rod Sugden by two points in the final.
The Snooker final saw Peter Mitcham beat Mick Pollard, while the dominoes had John Bentham winning against Neil Plummer.

Latest Roof News

I would like to bring members up to date with news on the roof project.

Following the EGM all members were contacted on the basis of making small loans without interest as concluded at the meeting. After two weeks, the response had reached half the amount needed but had clearly stalled.

Council met and decided that members should have some recompense for the loans and decided that compensation for interest in the form of a reduction in the annual subscription should be offered to members.

Following this the response has been much better and we have now just about reached our initial target.

We have a suitable quotation from our roofing contractor to cover the roof and remove the central chimney, and are currently looking at the total reconstruction of the roof in a new thin edged tile that closely resembles a slate roof. This would allow us to sell of many of the undamaged slates.

The project is likely to be carried out in August/September.

At this time we are looking into ways of restoring the rear wall of the Club, where the rendering is failing at the same time taking advantage of the scaffolding.

End of a Era

One of the constants for the Club has been the work carried out by Sid Drummond over many years, showing a unequalled mastery in wood. The rebuilding of the fence between the Car Park and the green since the storm in February is just a recent example.

Sid has however told Council that he will be leaving the the post of Chairman with immediate effect on medical advice. This will bring to an end over 32 years of Council involvement, probably an achievement that will never be equalled, particularly if the amount of work carried out is also factored in to the calculation.

Fortunately for the Club we will still have his guidance and he will continue helping to supervise the roof project

Look around the Club

If you are outside the club there are a number of things worthy of your attention.

The small retaining wall between the terrace and the green has been reconstructed with the efforts of the labourers given as a donation by Peter Mitcham, with the Club paying for the materials.

The bowling green is looking and playing as well as most members can remember and the is a real tribute to Steve Denny’s work. His efforts have not ended there, as he has also placed over 150 plants in the far border and is currently working on the north side of the green. The planters on the terrace are now also in full bloom thanks to him and he worked hard in clearing much of the debris.

Let us hope he has a Vice-President’s Day to remember.