SUMMER 2011 VIBE NEWSLETTER
A big hello again to all you bowlers, helpers and friends. Hope you all have had an enjoyable start to the outdoor season. Thanks for the contributions you have sent which will be included in this newsletter. Don’t forget this newsletter is for you, so if you have any suggestions or just want to get something off your chest, just drop us a line or send an email. Perhaps we could start a letter section or a question and answer spot. Give us some constructive criticism to help improve things for you. Send us your reports, fixtures or just a funny thing that happened on the green. Doreen Metcalf, see contact details, has agreed to be the new membership secretary. Lots of our members have computers, but still receive the newsletter on tape or paper. If you would prefer to have it by email please, send your email address to Doreen or me. It would make life easier for me, and save a few trees from being chopped down. Eric and Judith Shackleford have kindly agreed to continue sending out the newsletter on tape to those who still want it. That reminds me, I might as well cancel my tape.
Miriam and I have
just returned three weeks ago from an interesting and enjoyable trip to
tournament finished, 18 of us flew down to
This is what I have for you in this newsletter.
1: Tournament reports.
2: Team manager’s report.
3: Miriam’s observations as a helper.
4: Article from Jack Small.
6: Minutes of AGM
7: Summary of committee meetings.
8: Nationals in
9: Fixtures for the rest of 2011.
10: Contact details for committee members.
ROUNDWOOD INVITATION SINGLES 2011
Bowls Club in
Twelve B2 bowlers were invited to take part in this event, organised by Mr.Andy Coe and club member Mr.John Grimmer. All bowlers arrived Friday afternoon and were made very welcome at the Holiday Inn. At teatime 3 stretch limos arrived to take us to the Bowls Club, that was a great surprise and lovely gesture, not something that happens every day!!
On arrival at the club the draw was made for the weekend: 2 groups of 6, giving us 3 games on Saturday and 2 on Sunday, for 2 hours or 21 up. The food was supplied each day.
Friday night was for practice. All games on Saturday and Sunday ran smoothly, with top class bowling.
On Sunday afternoon the final was played between Ron Homer and Geoff Wherry, Ron was the winner. Battling for 3rd place were Pat Lovell and Paul Hawkes, Pat was the winner.
Many thanks must go to the Roundwood Bowls Club, and the Norfolk County Coaching Association, for supplying all the helpers, markers and umpires. All bowlers had a fantastic weekend!
The club looks forward to us all returning next year, the date is 16th to 18th of March 2012.
THE WESTON V.I. OPEN TOURNAMENT 2011
The Weston V.I. tournament returned to Weston after a 5 year lapse on the 6th to 8th of May at the Clarence Park Bowling Club, with the help and sponsorship of the Lions Club of Weston and Worle.
The winner of the gold medal and the Lion’s Cup was Ron Homer with 83 shots, runner up was Bob Rossiter, winning the silver medal and the Lauriston Hotel Cup. Bronze medallist was Colin Stockford; Nancy Cheeseman won the Best Lady award.
We had 42 entries, the tournament was a great success, and so was the raffle, with Bernadette raising £535.00.
We can now look forward to next year when, subject to confirmation by the Clarence Bowling Club, the tournament will run for 4 days from Thursday 3rd of May till Sunday 6th.. The entries are limited to 72 places.
I will send out entry forms early November. If you book a room at the Lauriston Hotel 3 months in advance you will get 10% discount, and a further 10% off if you are a member of the RNIB.
Clive Robinson, VIBE committee member and admin-
istrator of the Weston tournament
BRIDGWATER V.I. club held their 7th annual invitation tournament on Sunday 19th June 2011. Ten teams from the south west took part. Our tournament is points for shots and is quite successful ie wood nearest the jack is worth 4points/ second wood 3points /third 2 points and fourth 1 point. Bridgwater does not enter a team but its members help any team that cannot make up a triple.
Thanks to the main Bridgwater club members for their help on the day as markers/callers. Winners of the Turner cup were St Austell – Geoff Wherry/Steve Cook and John Cock, with runners up Forge receiving the Arthur Morgan shield Martin Kaye/Les Faulkner and Paul Davis.
TEAM MANAGER’S REPORT
Disabled World Championships 2011
Played on 03rd May to 13th May
Eric Gallacher won 4 and lost 2, Eric’s wins was against Canada, England, South Africa, Scotland, The 2 games he lost was against Israel, South Africa game was 21 – 18, Eric only missed out on Bronze medal by shot difference of 5
won 1 and lost 5, George’s win was against
Margaret Cusker won 1 and lost 6 her 1 win
B1 Mixed Pair
& Eric Gallacher won 1 and lost 5, the 1 win was against
& Lisa Royle of
Paul Hawks won 2 & drew 1 & lost 2,
Geoff Wherry won 2 & lost 3, won against Hong Kong & Australia, he had some very close games in his losses
Lyn Bourne won3
& lost 2, won against
Sheila Brennan won
2 lost 2, won against
B2 Mixed Pairs
Lyn Bourne &
Paul Hawks won 2 & drew 1 & lost 2 ,won against
& Geoff Wherry won 2 & lost 2, won against
Keith Brenton won 2 & lost 6, won against
Steve Simmons won
2 & lost 6, won against
Myrtle Robinson won
4 & lost 3, won against
B3 Mixed Pairs
& Keith Brenton won 3 & drew 1 & lost 3. Won against
Terry Mathews won
3 & lost 2, won against
Ann Council did not manage to win a game but played well, just did not have any luck
B4 Mixed pairs
Ann Council &
Terry Mathews won 4 & lost 2, won against
B6 Mixed Pairs
& Lawry Turner won 1 & lost 7. Won against
Irene Cheer won 1
& lost 3. Won against
Richard Watling won
2 & lost 6. Won against
Lawrie Turner won 2
& lost 6. Won against
David Fisher & Gordon Welbourne won 4 & lost 2 .Won against Australia, Hong Kong, South Africa, Korea Vets, in a play-off for Bronze medal against Scotland they lost 29 - 8 .
Gordon Welbourne won1 & lost 5. Won against Korea Vets .Gordon just did not seem to be able to find the greens.
David Fisher won 3
& lost 3. Won against
Ron Rowden won 1
& lost 3. Won against
Not an ideal place for disabled and blind to bowl as it was down hill to go to all greens, but they did put golf buggies on which helped, and as always most of our bowlers had come out not having played on grass till the event as it was our indoor season; well that’s enough of excuses, but I think everybody enjoyed it.
done Barry. One of the helpers in
MIRIAM’S OBSERVATIONS AS A HELPER
Helping at the Word Bowls for Disabled in Pretoria 2011
Being married to
Eric Gallacher means having bowls into my life big time, I knew nothing about
the sport till I met him! I am used now to helping him and other B1s on the
green in the
Bowls is obviously
a very popular sport in S.A, there are bowls club a plenty and the one the
Championships were held at,
I enjoyed watching the disabled bowlers, I had never seen wheelchair bowlers and amputees play before, and also enjoyed the high quality of play in the visually impaired bowls, but was taken aback at what some players do to win, a few dirty tricks were noted! One South African player had to complain to the umpire because every time she was on the mat, her opponent was shouting loudly to her team mate at the other end of the green, and players were seen to practise in their lunch break on the rink they were to play on later. When it came to seats on the coach to and from the hotel unfair and infantile behaviour was displayed by people who should have known better…
Looking back I am glad I went and have experienced this international event for myself, but it was blooming hard work!
ARTICLE ABOUT RUTH AND JACK SMALL
Ruth Small, Commonwealth
Ruth has always been a keen sportswoman playing rounders, netball and cricket, representing her schools and then tennis.It was when playing tennis she found the tennis balls were coming to her too quickly for her sight to pick up. She decided she would have to give up the game.
In 1991 she was registered blind, and some two years later took up
bowls. She always wanted to improve her game and needed more competition in
order to do this. She played for some years with the Crawley club, all of
thirty miles away and played with them for some years in competitions in the
south and south-east of
She also won a Silver with Mike Worden in the World Bowls in Girvan in
2003 during which they beat
Ruth was selected,
following trials at Leamington Spa and
There was a support team of Sports Scientist, Dietician, and Sports Psychologist who had meetings with players and coaches throughout the training programme and at the Games. For example the Sports Psychologist, after lengthy discussion, gave a list of “buzzwords” for players and coaches to use during Games to support each other at times of stress and the Sports Scientist emphasised the importance of drinking lots of liquid during the course of a game to avoid dehydration.
Two winter Test
Series were played in
The opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games was a fantastic experience.
There were ten
blind lady competitors in total from Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Kenya,
South Africa, Canada, England, Scotland and Zimbabwe and these were divided
into two groups of five. Ruth finished top of Group A and Group B was won by
In the play off
for the Gold Medal Ruth beat Connie Sibanda of
Thank you, Jack. I hope you can persuade Ruth to come back out of retirement.
When I was in
Janet told me
Beryl had her 80th birthday a few years ago and has not been well
for a considerable time. Seemingly she
had a fall in Malton and dislocated the hip which had been replaced two years
ago. She became quite ill so was
transferred to the
Very sadly and unexpectedly Philip Martin passed away on the 20th June.
He was a member of the North West Surrey VIBG and has
played in ENAVHB on several occasions and is well known by many of its members.
During the past 6 / 7 years he has been Secretary / Chairman of the NWSVIBG and has played a large part in organising our triples day matches at Knaphill.
Philip was a very competitive bowler and found his continuous loss of sight very frustrating.
His sudden death has hit all at NWSVIBG very hard and he will be missed for his organising skills and his dedication to the club. Our heartfelt condolences to Philip’s wife and son.
MINUTES OF AGM IN
VIBE 2011 AGM
The VIBE AGM for
2011 was held at the council building in
George started by having a minute silence for all the friends lost in the last year.
Steve Simmons, Maureen Ryan, Bernadette and Clive Robinson, Doreen Metcalf, Miriam Gallacher, Jim Bithell, Jean and Neil Fow, Bernard Gladwin, Hazel Quale, Barry Walsh, Henry Edwards, Yvonne McKegney, George Simmons, Gail Hepworth, Keith Brenton and Eric Gallacher.
Doris Bryant, Steve Hubbard, Mike Philips, Colin and Juliet Moore, Maureen Gorringe, Carol Hamblin, Mick Bates, Alan Coward, John Moxham, Michael Rowden, Richard Stancombe, Scott Vallance and John Palmer.
READ AND CONFIRM MINUTES OF 2010 AGM MINUTES
They had been circulated and put in the newsletter. Steve Simmons proposed and Doreen Metcalf seconded that they had been read. All agreed.
READ AND CONFIRM THE MINUTES OF THE SGM IN AUGUST
These were also circulated in the newsletter. Keith Brenton proposed and Gail Hepworth seconded that they had been read. All agreed that they were also correct.
George explained that the Charities Commission will be informed about this AGM and the SGM in Leamington Spa, and from now on our association will officially be called VIBE Visually Impaired Bowls England. The Charities Commission have already told us we will be able to keep our charity number.
SECRETARY’S ANNUAL REPORT
Our association has not had a secretary for the last year. The duties have been shared by the committee members. Doreen Metcalf proposed and Barry Walsh seconded that the work done by Gail and Eric, who did the newsletters, should be adopted and all agreed.
TREASURER’S REPORTS AND ADOPTION OF THE FINANCIAL STATEMENT
George explained that we had not received Pat Lovell’s annual report. The last report from Pat in February only gave us the balance in the general and team accounts. This was in the last newsletter and circulated with the AGM material. The new committee, along with the new treasurer Steve Simmons, will have to get all the books and treasurer’s work back from Pat. Hopefully then an annual report can be sent out to the members. Bernard Gladwin stated that as soon as we get the books back the accounts then must be audited.
suggested that the new committee should try and get all the clubs to do more
fundraising for VIBE as our funds are dwindling. In the last few years very little money has
been raised for our association, so Keith has been asked to fundraise outside
READ AND CONFIRM VOTING RESULTS
The 4 officers and president were elected unopposed and they were: George Simmons president, Keith Brenton chairman, Gail Hepworth vice-chair, Steve Simmons treasurer and Eric Gallacher secretary.
The voting for the other 4 EC places was: Doreen Metcalf 120, Terry Mathews 91, Clive Robinson 80, Paul Hawkes 71 and Richard Stancombe 55. This means Richard will have to drop out and can try again next year.
THERE WERE NO MOTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS
To elect an auditor
Steve explained that we don’t need a proper auditor; we just need someone to make sure that the accounts are up to date and clear for our members. He will get an independent scrutineer for this.
NO HONARY MEMBERS THIS YEAR
Doreen proposed and Barry seconded that we keep Alan Whetherly as our teller and all agreed. The committee in the morning had agreed to give him a voucher for £25 for all the work he had done for us.
VENUE FOR 2012 VIBE AGM
that we had discussed this at the morning committee meeting and they thought
Henry Edwards asked what was happening about the outdoor triples this year. Eric explained that the result of the questionnaire which he sent out showed that the majority of bowlers wanted a mid week 3 day Round Robin tournament. Eric will soon be sending out entry forms for the triples to take place at Leamington Spa starting on the Tuesday the 23rd of August.
George thanked everybody for coming and the meeting closed at 2-50.
SUMMARY OF VIBE COMMITTEE MEETINGS FEB-JUNE 2011
The main subject for discussion was the nominations for the election of VIBE committee members. George Simmons was the only candidate for president, Keith Brenton the only candidate for chairman, Eric Gallacher the only candidate for secretary, Steve Simmons the only candidate for treasurer. Gail Hepworth still had a year to go as vice chair. The election papers had to be sent out to vote for 4 committee members, the candidates were: Paul Hawkes, Richard Stancombe, Doreen Metcalf, Clive Robinson and Terry Matthews.
The new constitution for VIBE is still not ready, Keith is going to contact Tony Allcock about it again.
ENAVHB’s bank accounts on the 23rd of February: General £12,348.96 and TEAM £10,233.84
The AGM is going
to be held in
Re the Outdoor Triples questionnaire: the majority voted for a midweek round robin.
Alan Lyne and Chris Barker can rejoin the association from the 1st of January 2012.
The new committee members are: Clive Robinson, who will be stock secretary (ties, badges, glasses, etc), Doreen Metcalf who will be membership secretary, Paul Hawkes and Terry Matthews. George Simmons is now in charge of sight certificates and Steve Simmons treasurer.
Gail Hepworth and Keith Brenton were elected IBD delegates.
The bank account will soon be changed from ENAVHB to VIBE, new mandates were signed by the committee members who are signatories.
for VIBE has started in
Only 6 entries
received so far for the Outdoor Triples tournament in
Re the Nationals
The IBBA committee passed a motion about B4s having a limit of 6 over 24. This motion will be put to the VIBE members, if agreed IT will enter the new constitution. The voting papers will be sent out after the forum at the Nationals.
New VIBE badges are ready, every club will be sent 20 to sell for £1.50 each.
THE NATIONALS AT
The nationals this
year are going to be held in
9.30-11.30: Cheeseman/Hawkes V Dewitt/Bell; Homer/Rice V Lovell/Vallance; Wherry/Harrison V Kaye/Bourne; Falkner/Davis V Robertson/Shackleford; Edwards/Kimpton V Flanders/flanders; Brenton/Turnbull V Wright/Pulfer; Newcombe/Bryant V Robinson/Hubbard; Ryan/Tewkesbury V Stancombe/Mathews; McHugh/Bassett V Bauckham/Kimpton;
Bourne/Mathews V Brennan/Mowat; Mears/Mears V Palmer/Holroyd;
Cusker/Philips V Gerhadt/Cook; Cheeseman/Hawkes V Wherry/Harrison; Homer/Rice V Dewitt/Bell; Lovell/Vallance V Kaye/Bourne;
Falkner/Davis V Edwards/Kimpton; Robertson/Shackleford V Flanders/Flanders; Brenton/Turnbull V Newcombe/Bryant; Wright/Pulfer V Robinson/Hubbard; Bourne/Mathews V Palmer/Holroyd; Mears/Mears V Brennan/Mowat; Rossiter/Hepworth V McHugh/Bassett; Stancombe/Mathews V Bauckham/Kimpton;
2.30-4.30: Cheeseman/Hawkes V Kaye/Bourne; Wherry/Harrison V Homer/Rice; Lovell/Vallance V Dewitt/Bell; Falkner/Davis V Flanders/Flanders; Robertson/Shackleford V Edwards/Kimpton;
Brenton/Turnbull V Robinson/Hubbard; Wright/Pulfer V Newcombe/Bryant; Bourne/Mathews V Mears/Mears; Palmer/Holroyd V Brennan/Mowat; Rossiter/Hepworth V Bauckham/Kimpton; Ryan/Tewkesbury V McHugh/Bassett.
FIXTURES FOR 2011
6th August, Metro singles Ravens Court Park
9-11 August, UK
V.I.B. outdoor triples in
23-25 August England outdoor triples Leamington Spa
15-17 November, UK
V.I.B. indoor singles in
DETAILS OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Keith Brenton chairman, 0191 477 7755 07968 254 441
Gail Hepworth vice chair, 01502 514 700
Steve Simmons treasurer, 0208 857 9283
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Eric Gallacher secretary and newsletter editor, 0208 985 6245
Doreen Metcalf membership secretary, 01422 258 994 07770 376 144
firstname.lastname@example.org (please note underscore between d and m)
Clive Robinson, 01934 647 967 07891 708 994
George Simmons president, sight certificate officer, 07984 855 133
Paul Hawkes, 0208 531 2112
Terry Mathews, 01935 431 728.