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Rainhill Bowls Section AGM Report

The Bowls section MEMBERSHIP currently stands at 101 but will drop a little as some members do not renew their membership for this coming season. There has however been a significant rise in our numbers with the addition of 25 new members who decided to move as a team from the Brown Edge to Rainhill. They have been renamed the Rainhill Bar Team and add another 2 teams to our existing 10. This arrangement has been agreed on a 12 month trial basis which will allow the opportunity for any necessary adjustments to be made. There may well be some challenges in sorting out fixtures etc but I am sure we can resolve these and welcome 2 new teams which bowl to a very high standard.

The ST HELENS PENSIONERS B TEAM, captained by David Dale, had an excellent season, winning 17 of their 20 matches. They finished top of their league and gained promotion to the 3rd division. The RAINHILL LADIES TEAM also had an excellent season not losing any of their games. They finished first in their division and gained promotion to the 1st division.

We again held 2 QUIZZES to raise funds for the bowls section. The first on 29th November was attended by 60 bowlers and their family and friends and the second on 13th March was enjoyed by over 70 people. We made just over £500 in total at the 2 quizzes, a good profit which helps to keep our subs at the current level.
Our second annual FUN DAY on 17th August was organised again by Mal Steward and went very well. The BBQ and the fun bowls proved to be very popular, although I don’t think our bowling around the various obstacles had improved very much in the past year, mine certainly hadn’t.

Our PRIZE PRESENTATION EVENING went ahead this year although only 44 people attended. Those who did attend all agreed that the entertainment was excellent and it was a very enjoyable night. We are booking the same duo again for this seasons PPE so hopefully more of our bowlers and their family and friends will come along.

The section are participating in the BOWLS FOR HEALTH scheme run by Danny Woodworth at Merseyside Sports Partnership .They work with the Education and Health services with the aim of encouraging service users to be more active. Danny helped us to recruit potential new bowlers and we will be starting a 6 to 8 week training course on Saturday 28th March. The scheme has been run in Liverpool and Sefton and it has demonstrated the health benefits for the participants.

We are currently promoting ADVERTISING AROUND THE GREEN. Signs of 8’x3’, designed by the advertiser are made at a cost of £24 plus £50 per annum to display, if anyone is interested or you know anyone please let us know.

Finally I would like to thank ERIC DAVIES for all the maintenance and improvement work he undertakes around the green and the Club area. Last but certainly not least thanks go to RIBBIE for his excellent maintenance of our green which is the envy of many other bowls teams

Margaret Hughes

Unfortunately since this report was prepared the AGM has had to be postponed due to coronavirus. All bowls matches and competitions have also been cancelled and the Bowls For Health training was unable to go ahead. Once life starts to get back to normal we will set new dates for the training.

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