Rainhill Recreation Club member Peter Jaundrill put pen to paper and composed this poem, which the Liverpool Echo has published. Bravo, Peter!
The world is in such crisis due to COVID-19
and all our lives have had to change in a way we’ve never seen
This virus has claimed so many lives, sadness fills the air,
and we’re told this trend will continue for a big part of the year
But although most news is bad just now, causing so much pain,
keep in mind one certain thing; good times will be back again
Until then follow best advice, stay safe and you will see,
the return of what we hold so precious; Life as it used to be
I am contacting you regarding this season’s fees. The vast majority of bowlers have already paid their subscription. Currently we are not able to bowl although I am sure we are all hoping that this will change in the not too distant future. It is however not feasible to look at returning the fees you have paid. The Bowls Section will need to pay our usual annual payment for each bowler’s membership of the Recreation Club to help to fund the ongoing expenses that the Club has, e.g. the payment of wages and the maintenance and day to day running of the Clubhouse. Our own section also has some ongoing expenses e.g. for the upkeep of the green.
If you have not paid this year’s subscription and would like to do so please contact Jeff Hext to arrange this. His phone number is 0151 430 6864 and his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next season, as a recompense for the lack of bowls this year, Committee will consider the possibility of a one off adjustment to the £30 subscription, for those of you who have paid this year’s full fee.
Margaret Hughes, Secretary
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
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.
Formed in 1976, Rainhill United JFC were awarded the Liverpool FA and North West Regional winner of the Charter Standard Development Club of the Year for the 2014/15 season. We continue to take steps to further enhance our reputation both on and off the pitch.
The 2019/20 season will see Rainhill United field 24 boys teams ranging from Under 7’s through to Under 16’s team, all of which are playing in the Warrington League.
The 2019/20 Season also sees our 7 girls teams compete in the Liverpool FA Open Age & Girls League (U9 / U10 / U11 / U12 / U13 x 2 & U14)
We continue run separate boys and girls (Wikdcats) Training Academies on Saturday mornings for children who are in Reception and Year 1 at school (girls specifically aimed for those between 4 to 11). Training for both academies is on the 3G at Rainhill High School starting at 12pm. We successfully introduced a SSE Wildcats Centre in April 2018 which is providing girls their first experience of football.
Rainhill United are proud to have links with the local schools in Rainhill – St Ann’s, St Bartholomew’s, Oakdene and Rainhill High School. A substantial number of the players at Rainhill United are from these schools. We also continue to attract a number of children from other schools outside of the immediate Rainhill area.
Such has been the growth in the club in terms of popularity, we have extended from our base at Albert Fellowes Park to utilise pitches at Rainhill High School and The Den @ Rainhill Recreation Club. All of our teams now train throughout the year on the state of the art 3G pitch at Rainhill High School during the week. We also use this for our academies and specialist club goalkeeper training sessions.
Visit our official website at www.rainhillunited.co.uk.
We are a friendly, local crown green bowling team based at Rainhill Recreation Club.
Contact us on 0151 426 2805 to enquire about joining.
Rainhill CC is open to applications from the local community. …