AROUND THE GREENS
Saturday saw the end of the playing season for another year and in weather not normally associated with summer 2015 a good turnout of members enjoyed the final afternoon of bowling.
President Neil Coats presented prizes to the overall winners on the day who were a team made up of ladies champion Frieda Thomson, David Robertson Senior, with Ian Cleugh bringing up the rear.
It was an excellent end to the season and the playing was followed by a closing speech from the President, with a reminder of up and coming events to be held in the club.
Next Friday evening ( October 9) is prize-giving and a good turnout of members are expected to attend this glittering event to honour those who have succeeded throughout the season.
This roll will include Alex Abercrombie, who secured gold in the Handicap Final played last Sunday.
In a close match which lived up to its title, he managed to defeat PC Monaghan to secure the final piece of silverware for 2015.
Fireworks are expected at the annual race night which has been organised and will take place on November 6. The Christmas Cabaret dinner dance has also been arranged for Saturday, December 12 and a notice will be going up in clubhouse for names over the next week or so.
The club have managed to book international cabaret star Eleanor Green for the evening and as, traditionally, this is a sell out event, members wishing to attend should keep their eye on the notice board to avoid disappointment.
Another expected sell-out event takes place on the last Saturday in January 2016 with the annual Burns Supper.
Other music nights and quiz night are scheduled throughout winter months so please keep your eye on notice board for details.
In addition, the club will have a bridge club and art class on a weekly basis throughout the year as well as a drama class on Thursday evenings.
Please note that bar opening times during the non-playing season have been reduced and it will now only open Friday-Sunday.
Saturday saw the green very busy at Overtoun for the club closing day.
A progressive sweep was played with a mix of pairs and triples taking part. The fine weather was a bonus, helping to keep everyone in good spirits.
Again, the emphasis was on fun and the laughter resounding round the green and later from the clubhouse was evidence of the camaraderie that can be expected at Overtoun.
The runners- up, Jack and Leslie Loughton and skip Myra Law finished seven up but the winning score of 10 up was achieved by Christine Allison, Tommy Brown (in his first season) and skip Barbara Drummond.
After a fish tea, the members enjoyed a Strictly Overtoun singsong with Eleanor on the scoreboard.
This time, everyone was a winner.
Saturday was the official closing day at Kirkhill Bowling club and the final official game was won by the President’s team, with charity benefiting from the winnings.
There was a good turnout with around 30 playing in the fine conditions and a decent number of spectators enjoying the chat and club facilities.
The refreshments were great, well done to the wrap and sandwich makers and those who served tea and coffee and cleaned up.
Thanks to them and the duty and other directors, ,the greenkeeper, Sam, Julie and Michael in the bar and their hard work. Everybody had a great day. The only sad story involved poor Ronnie Wilson who gave up an important function to attend closing day, then voluntarily balloted himself out from a game to let a new member play. An unsung hero.
Members and guests will be delighted to learn that the good weather of the last few weeks has meant that the west green is in good enough condition to remain open for an extra week
Members are reminded to clear bags and jackets from the locker rooms during the close season as routine maintenance will involve painting work in those areas.
A new member for next season joined on closing day and President Roy Linder gave an excellent closing speech, thanking existing members for making it a good year and offering him and the club excellent support despite poorer weather.
He also claimed it was the last time he would ring the bell to call for order.
No chance! He has a few functions and an AGM before he retires his bell ringing.
All members agree that President Roy Linder has done a great job this year. Roy’s influence and hard work has been a great part of the pleasant atmosphere experienced this year while playing or competing.
As well as the extra week of bowling the club have canasta, a committee meeting, a Probus club meeting with local man George Lambie describing police work past and present, line dancing with Emma Lockhart, a sportsman’s dinner with Sandy Strang, the main speaker, and a past president s’ anniversar y celebration function to look forward to this week.
Beer we go Burnside Bowling Club president Neil Coats with some of this year’s prizewinners, including club champion, Stevie Jackson (centre)