What a very pleasant surprise to get to Firth Park this morning and see our terrain in beautiful condition. No snow and no puddles. Should be good for Wednesday. See you all then.



This was the terrain yesterday and this morning even the few puddles had disappeared.


The threat of arctic conditions certainly didn’t put off eight members. Sub-zero temperature and a couple of snow flurries but we responded with a couple of games and then a retreat to the pavilion for a warming cuppa. Of course worse conditions were expected later in the day but absolute respect and admiration to Peter Wharton (always one of our hard men), Lynne and Trevor May who trekked over Queensbury to play, Colin Child, Gordon Walsworth, Jane and Roger Farrar and myself (not quite so hard but wanted company and a break from decorating).

Don’t forget next Saturday we have a Ladies v Gents and no doubt the ladies will be in determined mood after the last match.

Just another reminder if anyone has a proposal or item to add to our AGM Agenda please let me know ASAP so that folk have chance to give it some consideration. I am sneaking a week of holiday in from 4th to the 9th April so I’d like to get a final Agenda out for everyone in good time.



Just a note to advise all members that we will be holding our AGM  at Firth Park pavilion on Saturday 14th APRIL at 10.00am.

There is a copy of an initial agenda and minutes of the 2017 AGM in the PAPERWORK PAGE of the BLOG but there is a copy of the initial agenda herewith. Please note that if you have any proposals, amendments or items you would like to raise in Any Other Business please let me have the details by Friday 6th April so that I can include them in a Final Agenda to issue a week before the AGM. This will allow members to give consideration to any issues that may involve a vote. Note that there is a proposal already in the initial agenda relating to Member Subscriptions. There is also an amendment proposal to this initial proposal. There is nothing to prevent any member from making a further amendment to this item. Time will be given for those proposing to give a supporting argument for their proposals/amendments and the final decision will be arrived at following a members vote system. Also note that proposals from the floor on the day of the AGM may only be considered if the Chairman approves. If you have a proposal get it to me before the 6th April.

agm-2018-agenda- Initial copy

Social play will follow the AGM.

COACHING SESSION. I will be going to the terrain Friday morning to assess the conditions and will blog the assessment as to whether the COACHING SESSION will go ahead.

Thinking positively the snow has disappeared so it’s just a question of how large the puddles are going to be on Saturday morning.

All members can either join in the coaching session or just play socially. The session will focus on game tactics and shooting. Northern Members can attend free of charge but it will incur a £3 fee for non-northern members.


Having missed two days of petanque plus a couple of gym sessions Kath and I decided to expend some pent up energy. With the thaw beginning today we decided that if all the snow on the terrain melted we could end up with Lake Hecky by Wednesday so we decided to have a couple of hours removing the top  layer of snow and hope the thaw is kind to us. As you can see all terrains finished up quite playable today. Just hope the weather gods are on our side and we should be back in action on Wednesday. Hope to see you all raring to go after the lay-off.