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Newsletter 32 - April 2006

Introduction: the season has started with a successful Media Afternoon. Although all those invited did not turn up, those who did appeared interested and there were extended interview and photographic sessions which bode well for future publicity with Radio Cornwall, Cornwall Today and, particularly, the Cornish Guardian. We will see or, by the time you read this, may have seen what benefit has been achieved. Anyway the event was well organised by Rosemary and sumptuous teas were provided by Jacquie and Penny.

The Open Day (Mayday) is next on the horizon, from 10.30 to 5.00 p.m. Help is needed, both to set up the lawns in the morning and to cope with (I hope) the influx of interested parties. Participants should wear relaxed whites, perhaps light coloured but not white trousers so as not to be intimidating. You don't have to be an expert, people are needed to collect from Rosemary, hand out mallets, offer tea, keep an eye on the children and so on. So, if you can, please come and give a hand.

Fixture List - Amendments:

Club Competitions: -

Events to sign up for: -

Welcome to new members: -

Tony & Mary Dyson from Devoran

Keith Larcombe from Truro

Trevor Bainbridge from St Austell.

Midsummer Party: tThis will be held on the following basis:-

Timing: 5 to 7 p.m. (ish).

Food: Quiche and Salad, Strawberries and Cream

Drink: A complementary glass of Wine or Juice will be provided.

Cost: £5 per person, inclusive as above.

Note: There will be a raffle for a Hamper at 6.30. Please bring a contribution.

If you wish to attend, please phone or write to Jacquie (01872 262150) or Penny (01326 374457).

Winter Ladder: the winner was Stephen Read for which his only reward is the Glory!

Notice Boards: a plea from the Secretary: "Space is very limited. If you have to put up a notice, please do so in the correct section and, when the notice has passed its sell-by-date, please remove it."

Handicap Changes: for those who don't often see the Notice Board, high handicappers (18+), having been asked to send in their handicap cards, may find their handicaps have been revised by the Handicap Committee. This may or may not be to their liking, but regular games and recording the results should, over time, even out any discrepancies. A book in which to record serious games but not matches will be available in the pavilion shortly.

Matters are further complicated as we have decided to follow the recommendations of the South West Federation and start beginners off at 28. This effect will work through in due course.

Golf Croquet Handicap Cards are now available in the pavilion. You should fill in your details and have your handicap intialled on the first page by Ian or myself.

Library: some effort is being made to establish a club library. Please feel welcome to borrow books, magazines or tapes, but make sure you return them without delay. Contributions from members will be gratefully received. This particularly applies to video tapes and CDs or DVDs.

All-England Handicap Championship: we have five entries. I will be making a draw on a knock-out basis shortly unless a majority of those who have entered would prefer it to be done by American block and let me know within the next few days.

Improvers' Sessions: anyone who feels that they would benefit should inform the Head Coach (Ian Wilson), stating what particular aspect of play they require.

Competition Dates: don't forget that the first rounds of the following competitions have to be played by the dates shown:

Also don't forget that all ladder matches must be recorded on the appropriate notices.

Tony Backhouse
25 April, 2006