The AGM took place on 27th September in a very sombre mood. The Captain, having spoken to Ruth Johnson that morning, updated the members on the condition of Norman’s health, that being that he was comfortable although gravely ill. All present expressed their concern and extended their best wishes to Ruth and Norman. Sadly Norman died the following night. He had been a staunch member of the Club for 12 years, the Captain for 3 and had continued to bowl when his health problems would have stopped many a lesser man. To give him his proper title, he was Professor Emeritus Johnson, Senior Fellow Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, Consultant at Kwansei Gakuin University Osaka, formerly of Keele and Portsmouth Universities; not bad for the son of a docker. We thought of him as one of us, a man, just past middle age, who enjoyed bowls, we will miss his company, his jollity and his banter and our thoughts are with Ruth and the family at this sad time.
Prior to the meeting we had enjoyed a bowls session in glorious sunshine. Nine members were present, apologies having been received from Tony Freer. Pat Story who, for health reasons, has had to stop bowling, has continued to serve as Treasurer for this season but is now retiring from the club. Pat has given sterling service in this roll for the past 5 years and the Captain expressed thanks on behalf of the Club and his personal thanks for all her help and advice to him.
Our membership of 9 is worryingly low. Wednesday evenings does attract a few part time members but has not been as well supported this year as last. We need to attract more members, we have an excellent bowls green and plenty of spare bowls. If you are remotely interested please come along, the only thing that you will need are a pair of flat soled shoes. I am sure that you will be pleasantly surprised with the experience.
Pat presented the trophies for this seasons competitions:-
Singles – George Griffiths Doubles – Reg Sysum and Mick Carson
Triples – Mike Whitworth, Tony Freer and Mick Carson
Reg Sysum volunteered so enthusiastically for the roll of Treasurer that it raised a few eyebrows with jokes about new cars and exotic holidays. I think that he could be the right man for the job, I lent him a piece of chalk a few weeks ago and when he returned it there were two pieces, not quite water into wine but a good start.
The report started on a sad note and ends on one too. Betty informed the meeting that Val Hall, a member of the Club for many years, had passed away on the previous day. Val’s name appears many times in the Club records, mainly when winning competitions and her bowls, kindly donated when she retired, are used regularly. Members expressed deepest sympathy to Val’s family.
Mick Carson – Captain