AROUND THE GREENS

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Burn­side

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.

Over­toun

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.

Kirkhill

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.

Fi­nal day

Beer we go Burn­side Bowl­ing Club pres­i­dent Neil Coats with some of this year’s prizewin­ners, in­clud­ing club cham­pion, Ste­vie Jack­son (cen­tre)

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