Palmerston North Christmas Newsletter

It is a Merry Christmas to all our members and supporters and a Happy New Year to follow.

This Friday Chippie will be finalising the Treasure Chest and it offers an opportunity for someone to snare a welcome Christmas bonus. There are only four tickets left and here is your chance to get some well deserved cash. As for the New Year it will be a matter of watching this space. Something new is in the offing and we can only wait expectantly. The club is pleased with the response from members to the raffles we have had and some have benefited greatly with their hams which will adorn the Christmas table.

Our Christmas function went swimmingly, although a few more members would have made the evening a memorable one. The band was excellent and the dance floor was well patronised. A comment was that the band was one of the best yet we have had. A pity some missed out on a special evening. The “Bring a Plate” offered variety in the food line and should be repeated again.

Joan Lissington has been doing a good job in charge of the kitchen and she reported to our executive meeting that the women’s open triples and Stewarts Electrical Xmas social was a huge success. Unfortunately many were unable to get out onto the greens because of the weather but showed plenty of interest wihen the Mates In Bowls concept and the Family, Friends and Neighbours variables were suggested to them.

The Club passes its condolences to former member Crellan Hooper on the recent passing of his wife. Crellan was one of those from the Kairanga Club which came to us several years ago and has been a a strong participant through those years.

The Christmas drawn pairs are on this Saturday December 22nd at 1pm. There will be a nominal charge of $5 with white or club trousers with a Christmas theme in regards to the shirt. This will be a relaxed day and one to be enjoyed. John O’Connor will be the convenor. Entries close at 12 noon.

The Club will have several members competing at the National Championships in the Taranaki and we wish them the best of luck.

The annual Golden Oldies four day tournament in March is filling steadily and it is usually after the holidays that teams start being put together.

Results from some of our Championships over the past month are: Senior Women singles: Robyn McGregor; Senior Mens: Pat Horgan who prevailed over Eric Cairncross; Mens 10yrs & under: Dean Gilshnan over Ted Hodgson.

Senior Womens Pairs: Pat Cohr and Nancy Meads over Joan Ware and Margaret Humphreys.

10yrs and under women triples: Lorraine Vickers, Beryl England and Jenny Grammer; womens 10yrs and under fours: Lesley Findlay, Elaine Te Whatu, Shirley Bartlett and Jean Rutherford.

The men’s National Division 2 team which were successful comprised Dean Gilshnan, John Pene, Brian Grammer, Trevor Butcher, Don Cooley, Colin Cherri and Paul Rowe. Congratulations go to them.

The men’s triples final will be held on Saturday at 1pm.
Winners of the Christmas hams were: John Pene, Beryl England, Selwyn Healy 1st, Arnold Bloxham Lesley Findlay, Joan Lissington 2nd, Pat Cohr, Robert Thompson, Trevor Smith 3rd.

Chicken Hams 14th: Ted Hodgson, Jim Owen, Merv Ayres 1st, Wilf Moffat, Lesley Findlay, Ike Heaphy 2nd, Robyn McGregor, Mike Symons, Basil Parkinson 3rd.

Our first Twilight evening has been held and the winners were: Gerry Firth, Stan Wells, Anne Horne 1st; Ted Hodgson, Paul Joe, Faye Simons 2nd; Mike Symons, Joan Lissington, Craig Morgan 3rd.