XMAS LUNCH CORRECTION

Sorry everyone. I’m still in holiday mode and didn’t read Carol’s note fully.

You do need to pre-order STARTERS as well as main course. Sweets or Desserts can be chosen on the day. If the three folk who have responded could just confirm their starter selection that would be very good.

CHRISTMAS LUNCH DETAILS

Many of you will have already seen the message on our noticeboard regarding our Xmas Lunch at Cleckheaton Golf Club on Wednesday 15th December 1.00pm.

Some members, however, may not have had chance to see this so below is the Menu:-

STARTERS

Fan of Melon with winter berries

Prawn Salad with Marie Rose sauce,

Home made Soup of the Day with a crusty roll

MAINS

Turkey Roast complimented with Sage & Onion Stuffing and chipolatas

Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding

Finest Salmon Fillet served in a cucumber sauce

(All the above served with Seasonal vegetables & accompanying sauce)

DESSERTS

Christmas Pudding with a Rum Sauce/ Assortment of others

Coffee & Mince Pies.

PRICE IS £20

Carol will be back from holiday quite soon and will happily take your orders. NOTE You only have to pre-order your MAIN COURSE.

If you’re struggling to get to club but would like to come to the lunch you can send me a text or email with your selection.

We will require payment by 8th December when final numbers need to be confirmed.

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On the playing side we are about to set a date for playing our OPEN PAIRS CHAMPIONSHIP.

SATURDAY 13th NOVEMBER is a likely date although SATURDAY 20th NOVEMBER is a possibility. If you’re interested in playing please let me know ASAP and if you can find a partner, so much the better. As an OPEN PAIRS it means your team can be two gents, two ladies or a mixed couple.

A NEW CALENDAR OF CLUB EVENTS

Whilst it’s pretty clear that the threat from Covid 19 has not fully gone away, it’s also apparent that there is a great desire to get back to what we might call a normal way of life. Petanque England and also Yorkshire Region have plans for a Winter programme and next years major competitions seem destined to go ahead, providing things don’t take a significant downturn.

Accordingly, I have prepared our annual calendar, at least as far as March 2022. Copies of this are on this blog in the PAGES marked CALENDAR and also in PAPERWORK. The calendar will be updated as time progresses. Copy is also on our noticeboard.

We will continue with our regular Month End Melees until the New year. In 2022 we may devise a competition whereby the series of Month End Melees earn points for an overall Champion to be declared.

As you read the calendar you will note a couple of items. In November we will stage a SHOTGUN MIXED TRIPLES competition. It will be a three round Snake format. Partners will be drawn and triples teams will be either two gents and a lady or two ladies and a gent. We’ll see how that goes. If the number attending makes it difficult we may resort to a Mixed Pairs version instead.

Secondly you will note that the calendar shows Yorkshire Winter League Fixtures. These are a series of competitions that different clubs around the Yorkshire Region offer to host. Any member of a Yorkshire Club can enter them.They aren’t really a league except that any games you win are recorded and the Yorkshire website shows how everyone is doing. The more of them you enter and games you win will show you higher up the table. They are all 5 Round Snake Pairs format. It’s a great opportunity to meet other Yorkshire Region players of all levels of ability. It is a very friendly and social day of petanque. The host club provides tea/coffee etc and toilets are available. If you fancy a Sunday out playing a day of enjoyable petanque just sign up or even just turn up on the day. It helps the host if you register on the Yorkshire website as they can plan paperwork etc ready for prompt starts. It costs £5 per head but it’s an enjoyable day. Anyone wanting more details or needs help registering to play just let me know.

The first of the Yorkshire Winter League events took place at Bridlington on Sunday and two pairs from Heckmondwike took part. The full results are on our noticeboard but it was pleasing to see that out of 20 pairs playing, Colin Child and Graham Terry won 4 games out of 5 with a plus 7 points total to finish a very creditable 6th place. Kath and myself also won 4 out of 5 games and by virtue of our plus 14 point total edged into 5th place and a share of the prize money. Heckmondwike members can hold their own in these competitions and they are very enjoyable. If you don’t have a partner but want to play the host club can usually find someone wanting to play so don’t be put off.

You will recall that Covid and lockdowns resulted in us deciding to change our date for renewing membership to January 1st each year. This coincides with the renewal dates for Petanque England and Yorkshire Region memberships. Accordingly we will also be holding our AGM in January. Hopefully the central heating in the pavilion will be back in action by then. I will be confirming the exact date and agenda in a week or two but if you have any proposals or nominations for appointments now’s the time to starting thinking about them.

While I was away skiving a brilliant group of members set to work on our terrain to reduce the amount of grass and weeds. A lot of progress was made so a massive thank you to everyone for their efforts. We plan to repeat the process soon so if you want to join in and sample bacon sarnies in the process let us know please.

WEDNESDAY 15th SEPTEMBER

Will all members please note that on Wednesday 15th September a significant number of members, including key holders will be attending Walter Bottrill’s funeral.

Consequently we won’t be able to open the pavilion.

However, it will be ok to play on our terrains and Kevin H will be there with keys to open up the other set of toilet facilities. For this occasion will you please just organise yourselves for a game. Normality will resume on Saturday and sorry for the inconvenience.

On the plus side we do now have a supply of biscuits to go with your tea and coffee which you will be able to access on Saturday.

MONTH END MELEE

A big thank you to Roger J for organising the August Month End Melee.

Despite a slight modification to the usual format three rounds took place and four members succeeded in gaining the necessary three wins.

In fourth spot was Andy R with three wins and plus 7 points but the podium places were taken by Bob T who was third with three wins and plus21 points. In second place was Jean McC with three wins and plus 23 points. However the Champion for August was Kevin Hepworth with an impressive three wins and plus 25 points.

Congratulations Kevin.

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS

We have two remaining Championship events to complete before the end of the year. These are the Triples and the Open Pairs.

At present there are just two entries in the triples and from the details I have it is unlikely that the named players are going to be around as a full 6 until October time. So, there is plenty of time to get your team organised and entered on the list. The Open Pairs could also be played late October when folk have completed their September getaways, so still time to get your entries on the list.

WEST YORKSHIRE LEAGUE

This league is normally run in the springtime months but Covid, of course, put paid to that plan. However, we have started playing matches and so far we have had mixed fortunes. We began with an excellent 5-0 win away at Harrogate and followed up with a narrow 2-3 defeat to Leeds. After getting ourselves back from a poor start losing both triples we almost pulled off a very creditable win having game on the ground in all three pairs matches. Unfortunately we only converted two of them into wins but still a very creditable performance. The visit to Wetherby proved a bit of a nightmare and despite playing some close games we suffered a 0-5 defeat.

So it’s onwards and upwards for the remaining five matches.

CLUB SOCIAL PLAY WEDNESDAY 15th SEPTEMBER

This day is Walter’s funeral and a number of club members will be attending. As yet it’s not certain that we will have a key holder available to open up the pavilion. The terrains would be available for social play. I am trying to make arrangements for play to go ahead so please watch out for further news on the blog – hopefully later today.

SAD NEWS

We have received the very sad news from Roger Farrar that Jane passed away peacefully on Sunday morning following a very testing battle with a brain tumour.

Jane was one of our founding members and has been a wonderful servant to our club over the past nine years. We will miss her energy, her brilliantly astute judgement which served our committee well on many occasions and most of all her wonderful contribution to our world of petanque. I know she was loved by everyone at our club and across the region. She epitomised how to play and enjoy the game at the same time as being a very competent player.

I’m sure we will all give Roger every support we can when he feels up to returning to play with us.

Walter Bottrill

Walter sadly died on Tuesday after a short stay in hospital. Our very sincere condolences have been sent to his family from the Club.

His funeral is to be held at Huddersfield Crematorium on Wednesday 15th September at 11.30. There are no restrictions on numbers at the crematorium but they have suggested face masks are worn.

Jo, his daughter, has said that they are going to The Old Colonial in Mirfield after the service, if you will be going to the Old Colonial could you please let me know (Kath) so they can get an idea for catering.

I am sure we will all miss the twinkle in his eye and his amazing intelligence, story telling and petanque skills. Rest in Peace Walter.

YORKSHIRE REGION FESTIVAL OF PETANQUE

Following our club Memorial Day/Yorkshire Day celebration on Saturday we were all back in action early Sunday morning to re-create the Yorkshire theme for a team event for clubs who are members of the newly constituted Yorkshire Region.

Seven clubs fielded teams in the three competitions running along side one another. There was a Mixed Pairs, an Open Pairs and a Mixed Triples competition.

The day started with rain drizzling down but once play began the weather improved and eventually finished in pleasant sunshine.

All results can be seen in the results section on the Yorkshire Region web page. While we didn’t feature in the trophy handout there were some very impressive performances from members playing their first ever serious competition. They gave some prominent, experienced players a real jolt. Well done and something to build on for the future.

Warm-up in the rain

Things warmed up with the help of hot bacon butties provided by Gordon. His team changed during the day as demands switched from cooking to playing but Carol & Clive McC, Mary and Roger L all chipped in fabulous support. When they weren’t cooking they were selling raffle tickets and keeping the refreshments going.

Chef on the run

The terrains looked brilliant with our Yorkshire Flag and bunting adding to the gazebos.

Our fine terrains.

It was great to see our longtime supporter and kit provider, TOG24, present and with samples of their superb clothing and also DC Petanque offering first class petanque equipment.

It was a Herculean task over the weekend putting up and taking down twice all of the flags, bunting, gazebos and putting out chairs etc. A massive thank you to all of the members that made this all possible and some who not only put in a shift helping but did it as well as trying to play in matches. A special thank you to Gordon W, Carol & Clive McC, Mary & Roger L who teamed up on the bacon butties, selling raffle tickets, keeping team and coffee supplies available and to Roger J who was there at the crack of dawn both days as well as late evening to get us ready in time.

WELL DONE HECKMONDWIKE MEMBERS.

MEMORIAL MELEE CELEBRATING YORKSHIRE DAY

We held our Memorial Melee today. After Covid prevented us celebrating the event in 2020 it was a pleasing moment to let members come together and take a minute to remember those members no longer playing with us. The event is usually held on the Saturday closest to August 1st Yorkshire day and we made the most of the day by displaying our new Yorkshire flags and bunting.

As we drew towards the end of the three round melee our super chef, Gordon, came to the fore and with Carol McC working closely alongside him the burgers began to roll off the hotplate. A brilliant feast followed. Thankyou so much Gordon and Carol.

The brilliant surroundings and decoration would not have been possible without the sterling efforts of numerous members. Roger J was there at the crack of dawn and was still toiling long after most folk had gone home. Numerous other helpers, including Tony McD, David W, Colin C, Roger L, Eamon E worked really hard helping with gazebos, bunting etc. Carol and Clive McC even cleaned the clubhouse as we played. Thank you to all involved.

As with all melees results are always affected by the draw and whether you play well with three different partners against numerous different opponents. However, at the end of the three rounds we had 6 players who had achieved the ultimate 3 wins. In sixth place with 3 wins plus 11 points was Bob Taylor. Three points separated the next three players. Ian Fitton was 5th with 3 wins plus 17, Kevin Hepworth 3 wins plus 18 and Trevor May taking 3rd place with 3 wins plus 19. Christine Appleyard had a very good day to take second place with 3 wins plus 21. However, ladies took gold and silver positions as Janet Spencer became our 2021 Memorial Day Champion with 3 wins plus 23 points.

Our 2021 Champion Janet Spencer

Congratulations to everyone on a really enjoyable day of petanque and food.

Full results of the melee can be seen on the RESULTS PAGE of the blog.

Just a reminder that we are due to start fixtures for this year’s West Yorkshire League on 10th August, so if you would like to be part of the squad get your name on the list in the clubhouse. Gordon will be organising our team for matches.

We now have a playing date for our Club Championship MIXED PAIRS. Please get your team entered ASAP as the competition date is Saturday 14th August. The format is likely to be leagues followed by knockout semi-final and final.

WEST YORKSHIRE LEAGUE

I have just been advised that the WEST YORKSHIRE League is going to run this year and is due to commence around 10th August with the final match to take place on 12th October.

As there are only 5 clubs taking part there will be 8 matches to play over the 10 week period with each club getting two free weeks. Unfortunately, Mirfield decided not to take part.

The fixtures can be seen on the Yorkshire Region web page and a copy displayed on our club noticeboard. First match is Friday 13th August away at Harrogate.

If you’re interested in taking part please let me know or enter your name on the team list, again on the club noticeboard. When you enter your names please, if you can, enter dates when you have holidays booked or would be unavailable for selection. I appreciate that having been shut indoors for many months this may be the time you’re looking to get a holiday in so the more folk interested the better the chances of being able to complete our fixtures.