Can I just ask folk who haven’t yet paid for the upcoming Xmas Lunch that Janet needs the money this coming weekend if at all possible so that she can complete arrangements with the Cleckheaton Golf Club. Thanks to all those who have already paid and completed their menu selections.

As my earlier suggestion of a December Singles competition was met with overwhelming indifference I’ve decided to include a Xmas LADIES v GENTS to start off the season of goodwill, joy and happiness. You never know ladies that as it’s Xmas the gents may be in a benevolent mood and let you start the festivities in good heart by winning your first LvG of the year. DREAM ON!!!

As we’ll be playing it on Saturday 15th December Xmas jumpers etc are a must. I’m thinking that perhaps mince pies might be there too.


For those that watch the occasional petanque match on facebook or Youtube you will have noted that the terrains for the World championships in Canada and also the Europeans recently were described as “technical” and a “good test of skills” by Martin Hughes during his commentaries. He and a few others have suggested that we should make at least one of our squares suitably technical. Consequently our thoughts are that we add some patches of 20mm limestone chips to one of the squares and possibly removing areas of fine gravel chips. Yes it will make play more difficult. It will mean that to shoot consistently we will have learn and practise shooting boule to boule and pointing may require us to be able to roll, short lob, high lob etc to negotiate the terrain. Before we do it I’m happy to hear comments from members as well as committee members. No doubt some will like it more than others but it will be only 5 of our 22 pistes affected and it will push us to develop our skills. Let me know what you think.




Just to let you know that because 6 of us are away tomorrow playing at Nottingham we are a little short on key holders.

Fear ye not- Roger and Alma will be there to open up but may be there nearer to 10 o’clock than   9.15am. Please be patient. You can always open the terrain gates and have a warm up!!!!

Winter Petanque Timed Games

After a little deliberation over the issue of folk having a long wait in between games and consequently getting frozen we have come up with a master plan to hopefully ensure that members get a good game.

Each week we will decide on the weather conditions. If it’s pretty cold we will announce timed games of 45 minutes. When the bell goes the matches still in progress will finish the end they are playing and then play one more end to decide their game. If you should happen to finish your game very quickly, eg 15-20 minutes, then we recommend that if you don’t want to stand around, drink coffee etc you start another game to keep you warm until the bell goes and we re-draw numbers.

We’ll review after a few trial runs.

Calendar Change for Pairs Event

The eagle-eyed members will have noted that our calendar indicates a Pairs competition on the 10th of November. Well, because 6 of us will be playing in a Eurocup match at Nottingham that day I thought we’d be better moving the Pairs Competition back a week to Saturday 17th November. We will draw partners on the day and in order to complete four games in a Snake format we will have timed games. Please be at club in good time to do the draw.

As yet we don’t have a competition lined up for December so I’m thinking perhaps we might have a singles competition. The last one seemed to be enjoyed by all who played so why not? Those not keen to join in can enjoy a social melee instead.

October month end melee

Despite the weather having turned quite wintry 40 people turned up today for the month end melee, unfortunately pilot error meant that only 39 were recorded accurately on the sheet, Subsequently Roger F did not get a card for the first game and therefore did not play, however, he turned his hand to rodent operative, time keeper and bell ringer so all was not lost. The results, subject to scrutiny, were as follows:

Joint 7 place – 2 wins + 14 Doreen H and Ken B

6 place – 2 wins + 19 Alan N

5 place – 2 wins + 22 Clive Mc

4 place – 3 wins + 18 Gordon

3 place – 3 wins + 21 Roy H

2 place – 3 wins + 24 Bev W

and the winner with  3 wins + 29 was Ian F


Peace and quiet for the past three weeks is over. Majorca eventually got fed up of me too. Just thought I’d remind everyone that this coming Saturday brings the October Month end Melee. This is the penultimate one of the year and only one more opportunity after this to rise up the points table. Sorry I wasn’t here to report on the September melee, but it has been noted that Walt followed up his recent melee victory with a very good second place in September which has lifted him into the top ten positions. However Chris Hopkins was the star performer with 3 wins and plus 19 points to take top spot and lift himself higher up the rankings. Janet Spencer returned after a pretty torrid time this year to take third spot in the melee and give herself a healthy lead in the table. Well done to all three and great to see Janet back in action. A big thank you to Roger Johnson for his magnificent management skills and reporting on the day.

Also, for those looking forward to some competitive petanque in the coming months note that the Northern Region Winter League programme kicks off this month with the first fixture at Bridlington. The Winter League fixtures are all on a Sunday and can be seen on the Northern Petanque web page. A copy of them is now on our notice board. The winter series of competitions are all pairs and do not have any ranking. This means any club member can enter them. They are an excellent way of gaining experience in a good level of petanque but in a generally sociable atmosphere. Northern Region members can enter themselves on the web site but if any non-member wants to enter see myself and I can enter you. Heckmondwike will be hosting one of the events on 3rd March 2019 and I think Huddersfield host one two weeks later.

I will soon have our own calendar updated and we will also be having some competitions.

Anyone wanting to develop and improve their petanque in good competitions should consider joining either Petanque England or just an Associate membership of Northern Region. I can explain the pros and cons of each. Membership starts from January 1st each year so you have a couple of months to think about it. Several of our members qualified this year to represent the Northern Region in the national regional championships. It was a first for our club but shows that you shouldn’t feel hesitant about entering these regional competitions. The standard is good with a few international ranking players but no-one is unbeatable in this sport. find a partner and give it a go.

Note that arrangements for our Xmas lunch are progressing so if you’ve not got names on the list be warned there is a maximum that the golf club can accommodate.