First of all a reminder that this coming Saturday 25th May it’s our fifth month end melee of the year. Please try to be there in good time for us to get numbers sorted promptly.

Following an enjoyable day of good quality games in our Club Open Pairs competition we will be holding our Club Singles Championship in early June. The entry list is on the wall so get your name on there and give it a go. Singles is a very different game when there’s only three boules each and no partner to sort out the mess. Good fun though.

At the upcoming LA BRITISH OPEN in July we will be holding a cake stall just as we did last year. If I recall correctly the proceeds will be shared between our chosen charity, Yorkshire Air Ambulance, and our club. I apologise if I just imagined that. IF YOU LIKE BAKING PLEASE help us out with this. Put your name on the list in clubhouse and offer either a few small cakes or a single larger one if you prefer. If you can’t bake but would like to contribute you could always offer to buy one and I’m sure we can sell it.

On Friday 31st May the Kirklees RVS group is brining a group of their members to play petanque. I understand there may be anything between 6-16 people coming between 1.30 – 3.00pm. If you fancy joining in showing folk how to play petanque and passing on your thoughts please let me know and I’ll put you on my list. We may entice a few new members.






On Saturday 18th we are expecting Lee Edgar, our Northern Region head coach, to attend with some of his coaching team, to spend a few hours helping us improve our skills and overall game playing.

At the moment we have around 22 members’ names on the list but it’s not too late if you want to take part. There will be social play for those who don’t want to join the coaching. It’s free for Northern Associate members and PE members. The fee is £2 to those who are not members. You never know but just picking up a couple of key points could significantly improve your shooting, your high lobs and perhaps extend the range of pointing shots you become competent in.

Our campaign in the West Yorkshire League is now underway and today we played our third game in the 10 match league series.In the first two matches we were edged out 2-3 by both Huddersfield and Leeds. However, today we played newcomers to the league, and current league leaders, Wetherby. Many of the games were very close but in the end we managed to edge home with a 3-2 victory. Well done to our team on a very good result against a strong Wetherby team.

Last Saturday we played the first of a series of Club Championship competitions. Its the first time we’ve attempted to run such events and the main aim is to give those members who have pairs or triples teams that want to play at other clubs in high level competitions, a chance to practice against like minded members.

10 Teams took part in the format involving two leagues from which the top four teams progressed to a semi-final and then a final. Some really close and competitive games took place and finding the top four seeds was very close. An excellent performance from on the day entrants, Pauline Fenton and Gordon Walsworth, saw them being the only team to win all three league games. Jane & Roger Farrar and Pam & Alan Wallace qualified second, both with 2 wins and plus 6 points. Just one point behind again in a tied position was Kath and myself along with Graham Terry and Trevor May. A playoff was necessary to separate the pairs and this saw Kath and myself go through.

Both semi-finals were very good games but Jane & Roger edged out Pam & Alan, and in the other Kath and myself just won against Pauline & Gordon. At that point a significant rainfall halted play. We managed to play the final today and in a very good game Kath and myself just got home with a win against Jane and Roger. Thankyou to all players who took part and hope you got something from it. Next month we have a singles competition so if you fancy a go get your name on the list in the club house.


The last couple of weeks have been very busy for some of our petanque playing members and we have some notable successes to report. Part of the reason for a delay in publishing the news is that the hosts of a couple of the competitions have been unable to publish their results on the Northern website. As some of the results have still not gone public I must apologise now if I miss out anyone who has played in competitions at other clubs and had good results they are happy to share with everyone.

There are a few of our members who have been trying out their first ventures into Northern level competitions, including Graham Terry, Trevor May and Ian Fitton, who are rapidly gaining experience and results are improving week by week. Keep it up guys.

Over Easter weekend Hollicarrs PC hosted the Northern Summer League, “Doncaster” triples in a league plus knockout format involving some very high calibre opposition. Our very own Jane & Roger Farrar along with Gordon Walsworth were in absolutely brilliant form to storm to six wins out of six games and take the top prize. A fabulous performance team.

This followed the Northern Over 50′ Pairs Championship, two weeks earlier when not only did Jane & Roger come a very creditable fourth place but Kath and myself reached the final before losing to a stronger pair on the day.

On Saturday last we played our fourth Month End Melee of the year. Another excellent turnout of very keen members despite the gloomy weather forecast. 37 members kicked off the scramble for wins. Seven players managed to win all three of their games. The podium finishers were very tightly packed together as just four points separated the top four players. Again the ladies were well represented as Bev Whittington came third with 3 wins plus 27, Christine Appleyard came second with 3 wins plus 28 points but the month Champion was Alan Wallace with a fine 3 wins plus 29 points. Well done everyone.

On Sunday we hosted the Northern Summer League Triples event. This was a Silver ranking competition so bonus ranking points were at stake as well as the prize money. Twelve teams took part in a league plus knockout format. This involved every team playing six games in a day. Fortunately the weather was fine so the only problem was keeping the concentration level up for a long session that started at 10am and finished just around 6.30pm. Those of us only use to playing three games per session would have found it quite a trial. However, our club had more success as our trio of Christine Appleyard, Kevin Hepworth and Roger Johnson did brilliantly to take 3rd place. Kath, myself and our ringer from Bridlington, Malcolm, managed a satisfying 5th place, while Jane & Roger with Stuart and Gordon, were winners of the Consolage. Several other teams from our club gave some very creditable performances with Graham Terry, Trevor May and Gemma Benson qualifying for the knockout finals by winning all of their three group games to top the group. Our all ladies team of Alma, Jean and Janet played some excellent games but just couldn’t turn enough of them into wins. A very creditable performance all round and fully demonstrates how our club is developing. Any Northern Associate members looking in the Results section on the Northern website should have a quick look at the Club Points totals. Heckmondwike’s Ranking points gained by all of our Northern members now puts the club in second place just a point behind Bridlington. We still have Roger, Jane and Gordon’s ranking points to be added in yet from their success at Hollicarrs. What a brilliant sight to see. Well done everyone – keep it up.

If you’re thinking of entering a few competitions and want to form a pair or triple team why not get a team together and enter our club championship events. They are a chance to work on your teamwork etc in a fairly competitive competition but still amongst folk you know well. The first one is an Open Pairs on Saturday 11th May. There is no money involved so no prizes just the glory. In fact I haven’t even got the trophies yet. Depending on the number of teams it will either be a round robin or leagues and knockout similar to the Northern and national competitions. It all helps develop the ability to play five or six games in a day and perform somewhere near your best in each game. That’s not an easy thing to do I have found. Normal social play will take place at the same time as the competition so don’t worry if you don’t want to enter.


A little later than had been hoped but we have now agreed a date when Lee Edgar will bring all or some of his coaching colleagues to Heckmondwike’s Firth Park to give those interested in improving their play, some further guidance. THE DATE IS SATURDAY 18th MAY. It will last from 10am until we all become brilliant shooters and pointers or just get tired.

The coaching session will be open to all members of Heckmondwike and local clubs, Huddersfield, Mirfield and possibly Leeds. For this reason it will be advantageous to get your name on the list on our notice board to book a place.

Those who are Northern Associate or Petanque England members will be FREE ADMISSION and those who are not will sadly have to pay the sum of £2.00. Good value either way I think.

Our planning for the 2019 TOG24 LA BRITISH OPEN is now underway. It takes place on Saturday/Sunday 13th/14th July.

If you are available and amenable to being press ganged into helping us host this brilliant event there will be a list going up shortly for you to enter your name. Help on either or both days will be much appreciated. If you were one of the brilliant crew that helped last year but are unable to do so this year can you PLEASE RETURN YOUR RED POLO HELPERS SHIRT to me or Jane, so that we can get them ready for our new team. Obviously if you helped last year and are keen enough to do it again. Please keep your polo at the ready and thank you so much.

AGM Agenda

Attached is the updated Agenda for our upcoming AGM on Saturday 13th April. It is also in the PAPERWORK PAGE of the blog.

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There have been a couple of proposals which members should read and form their view ready for discussion and voting at the meeting.

As today is the closing date for submitting nominations and proposals, if any member has further proposals or items for discussion they will be accepted at the meeting at the Chairman’s discretion for AOB.

A proposal regarding the club logo was not included in the agenda as the club committee had previously discussed and voted on the issue in the February meeting. Progress had already been made to the point of imminent embroidery. I’m sure there will always be mixed opinions about such items but we hope your happy and proud to wear your club clothing.

A hard copy will also be available on the club notice board.


A bright, sunny and mild day for our third month end melee of the year and 44 keen members turned out for the battle for points. This years competition is being run purely on the basis of games won with points difference the next level of separation.

Results were quite surprising as 12 members won all three games and it was left to points difference to sort out the podium finishers.A good day for Pam and Alan Wallace as they were drawn together for their last game and celebrated with a 13-0 victory. This impressive score earned Pam third place with three wins and plus 25 points. Alan came second with three wins and plus 28 points. However no-one could prevent Janet Spencer taking the top prize with three wins and plus 29 points. Other 3 game winners were Chris Hopkins, Bill Barnett, Cath Clegg, Ian Fitton, Ken Billington, Tony McDonald, Alan Norfolk, Peter Wharton and myself with just four points covering all nine players. Well done everyone for an enjoyable day’s play and in particular to Janet for her spot at the head of the podium.

With three months completed there is no-one with nine victories. Just two have 8 wins with Alan Wallace heading the league with 8 wins and plus 53 points and myself just two points behind in second place. A long way to go but its clear points difference is going to be a critical decider in the coming months.

Full results of the melee and the updated league table can be viewed on the RESULTS PAGE of this blog.


We are just two weeks away from our AGM meeting on the 13th April. As yet I have received no nominations for positions on our committee. I have unofficial notification that all current committee members are prepared to continue in their role if accepted by the membership. There is a proposal regarding membership fees for new members joining towards the latter months of our year and also a proposal to change the definition of casual member status. Details of these will be included in our agenda which I will issue in 7 days time. If you have proposals or nominations to be included in the AGM business please try to get them to me during this next week so that members can consider them in the agenda prior to the meeting. Please remember the AGM is a unique meeting of members with fairly specific topics to discuss and renew. You may have things you would like to suggest, discuss that fall outside this AGM range of discussion. These can be passed to a committee member at any time to be discussed at our regular committee meetings. If considered important you could attend a meeting to clarify your points and topics. Topics for Any Other Business need to be with me by Saturday 6th April to ensure inclusion in the agenda. Any item not in the agenda will only be included in the meeting at the discretion of the Chairman.