Newsletter March 2024

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Newsletter: March 2024.
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What’s happening at EPBC?

This event on Saturday 24th February was a great success! The club’s thanks go to Fiona Frew, our social convenor on the executive, her able assistant, Joyce McKinnel and all the other helpers with the event. There were over 50 club members, family and friends who turned up and from all accounts everybody thoroughly enjoyed themselves and are requesting more of the same !! (watch this space). And well done to Dale Johnstone who had rather a good weekend with not only winning the major cash
prize on the night, but then successfully supporting his beloved Scotland later on as they comprehensively beat England in the Six Nations.
This will be held at the Papanui Club on Sunday 3rd March.
Our club is well represented on Finals Day and we wish those competing all the best. The programme is on the Bowls Canterbury website but our club members are playing as follows:
9.00 a.m.    Women’s Fours Final – Jan Shirley’s Four play Belfast    Men’s Pairs Final – Paul McKinnel/Liam Eathorne play Woolston Park
12.00 Women’s Pairs Final – Tania Woodham/Christine Buchanan play Burnside
Supporters welcome.
Congratulations to the men’s triples team of Glen Porter (s), Bryan Burke and Seddon Jury which won the club title recently beating Jonathan Flint’s team twice to do so. so.
The final of the U5 Men’s Singles will be played this Saturday at 1.30 p.m. at the Club between new bowler Phil Smith and Mitch Wallace.
The executive has decided to spend money on a substantial upgrade of No. 2 Green and its surrounds and has asked Tim Sandrey to liaise with other club members/stakeholders to come up with a plan for the executive to consider/approve. As well, Tim and his team are now working on arrangements to tidy up the surrounds, remove rubbish etc.
Last Friday, Harcourts ran a very successful and very large corporate event at our club. There were a number of great organisers/helpers from the club on the day and thanks to all concerned. Harcourts were delighted with the day and have told the club that they will be back.
The club has been very fortunate indeed to have Steve Street as our temporary greenkeeper in recent times. Thanks so much Steve. It is great to now have the excellent greens, thanks to Steve, Don and Kelvin.
The club, supported by green superintendent Don Baker, has decided to appoint Kelvin Scott at Greenkeeper, subject to contractual terms, from the beginning of April. Steve’s contract will conclude then. The club members will have no doubt seen Kelvin very busy already on the greens(and elsewhere) in recent times. Kelvin will have the support, arranged by the club, of not only Don but also the excellent Burnside greenkeeper, Jamie Ferris, as a mentor for the first 12 months.
The club is very much looking forward to having Kelvin on board as greenkeeper.
Please note your diaries. Soon there will be entry lists up at the club for all events apart from the 8th March Triples
Friday 8th March 12.30 p.m. Open A/C Triples Tournament. Team entries to go to Jim Stenhouse.
Friday 15th March 1.00 p.m. Veteran Pairs (Over 70) Drawn. Organisers: Jim Stenhouse and tournament committee. March 1.00 p.m. Elmburn Shield v Burnside at Heaton Street. Organisers: Pam Phair and Tim Sandrey (No Club Day)
Saturday 23rd March 1.00 p.m. Presidents Triples (Drawn) (No Club Day) Organisers: Jim Stenhouse and tournament committee.
Wednesday 27th March – 1.00 p.m. v Woodend at Heaton Street. Organisers: Neil and Mary Ann Johnstone.


Thanks to Mary Ann for organising all our helpers and to all the helpers themselves. The Club has received already a letter of thanks from St. Andrew’s including “our outstanding volunteers.” There are another two weeks to go and if you can help out please contact Mary Ann.
​Could those with access to the clubrooms and locking up please follow correctly the full lock up procedures, which were not followed on Tuesday afternoon resulting in a club member having to visit the Club to remedy
the situation.
Neil Johnstone