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Chairman's Report, 2017

Once again it is time to produce my Annual Report.

I will begin with the green as usual and say it improves year on year. We have had many compliments this season from county and league players alike. The credit for this goes to the Green Team under the watchful eye of Geoff H. As he remarked when he took on the job, it takes more than 1 person and as a result members have given support to Geoff in a number of ways i.e. cutting, ditches, banks, hedges etc. My thanks to all who have been involved.

Geoff and I decided earlier this season that all rinks should be used for league matches to ensure the green gets equal wear. In 2018 the direction will be changed every 1 or 2 weeks depending how many home games are played using rinks in rotation.

My thanks also go the Brian Anderson for dealing with the paperwork etc which helped us obtain a grant towards the new mower and sprayer. We acquired a grant of 1,500. Well done !

Once again we did not shine in any leagues but I think most games were enjoyed by all and the weather was in our favour most of the time. We welcomed 1 new member Stuart Reynolds who I'm sure will prove to be an asset to the club.

Anne, our Vice Chairman had a special birthday(80) this year. Anne hasn't been without her personal challenges this season so consequently not always available for all matches. However, we all hope 2018 will see her back on the green.

We have had 2 county fixtures this season. I did wonder if we could carry on with these. However we have already had requests for 2018 and Geoff (green) Phyllis (catering) are more than happy for these to take place therefore help will be required inside and outside at these matches please.

Competitions. Pairs day was well attended and played on a designated date easing the pressure on finals day. Also this season the Mallet Pairs (Audrey and Ray Trophy 1 man and 1 woman) a trophy not played for for sometime due to lack of support, was re- instated and played on set dates after the Hovingham League had finished. More on the subject of competitions at the annual meeting.

I congratulate this year's competition winners with new names appearing on the trophies once again.

It has been the policy of Sessay Bowls Club to play with Sessay Stickers on woods in matches. I have noticed this has not always been the case this season and would ask you to ensure this is put right in 2018 please.

Last and by no means least my thanks to Phyllis for all her work in front and behind the scenes. No club can function without a good secretary and general factotum, which I think she is. Very many thanks.

Thank you all for your support throughout the season. Any decisions I have made during the season have been with the clubs best interest in mind. I hope you feel that I have fulfilled the role as Chairman to your satisfaction.

I hope you all winter well and return in 2018 full of winning spirit.

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Club Chairman Pat Bee. Email chairman@sessaybowlsclub.info.     Tel: 01845 501 491