Chairman’s Report




Sunnyhurst Bowling Club

Chairman’s Report for the term 25th March 2015-23rd March 2016

Twelve months has flown by and hopefully the wet winter days have past and spring sunshine will begin our new season on Sunday April 10th.

Once again I thank Denis our President and particularly Elizabeth our secretary who has continued throughout the year despite being restricted (and incapacitated during the last few months) with a major hip problem. Many thanks to you both for your continued and reliable support and advice!

Looking back to my first chairman’s report of two years ago and the aims set down:

  1. Need to increase membership.

Membership now stands at seventy two (not including youngsters who are part of family membership) . This is a successful increase but an area that still needs constant work as we are self-reliant .R.O.S.A. have kindly agreed to us having a small stall handing out membership forms and encouraging membership at the May Day celebrations on Sunday 1st May.

We have also welcomed two new committee members Mrs.Emma Lowe and Mr. Chris Thayne and anyone else wishing to join our jolly band would be most welcome!!

  1. Awareness of our fantastic bowling green I feel has grown. Hopefully the stall on May Day will further this community asset and make people aware that bowls can be enjoyed by anyone from nine to ninety!(also it is next to the Sunnyhurst pub!!)
  2. Regarding competitions the President’s cup was a thoroughly enjoyable day and again blessed with fine weather and £111 was raised by the raffle. The Men’s and Ladies singles competitions continued to be fought with great rivalry and humour.

The Spring Doubles competition which was aimed at being played over a few months often proved difficult for couples to find a suitable date to play although the original aim of club members meeting and getting to know each other did prove successful. This year we are going to use this competition as an early season get together to be played on one day. ( Sunday April 24th 1-30p.m.)

The Knock-Out we have moved to mid-season (Sunday July 3rd 1-30p.m.)

  1. Sponsorship

A special thanks to Michael Hindle of Outdoor Action, King Street, Blackburn who sponsored us last season and has pledged his support for a further season.

For the coming season Edwin Ainsworth Ltd. Funeral Directors Church Bank Street have kindly agreed to also sponsor us.

Furthermore we have agreed to advertise Belgrave Carpets , Bolton Road , Darwen on our literature etc. in return for their support.

These extra funds make a real difference to the continued survival of the club.

  1. Funding

Outside funding has continued to prove difficult due partially to lack of water and toilet facilities. I have managed to get in touch with a Mr. Liam Kilbride of United Utilities who has agreed to help regarding water. He has looked up the lay- out of nearby water pipes and said that water connection would be no problem. However he can only proceed with the consent of the local council authority who own the green and payment for the connection must come from them. I await the council reply! I have also been told that Captia are no longer responsible for collection of rent !

  1. Sunnyhurst Bowling Club Website

At last we are in the process of designing our own website which will hopefully be ready for the start of the season. Many thanks to Dave Shepherd who put me in touch with Web Design By Magic based at the business centre at Ewood Park. The cost being £250 which I felt was within our budget.

I will let everyone know further details once up and running.

One area of concern that came to light at the beginning of last season was that the club was not insured. A lapse seems to have occurred on the death of the previous treasurer with possibly renewals going to her address. We are now insured with the help of Alan Brocklebank through Coversure Insurance Services at a cost of £217-20. I have already put our rental costs on a direct debit and will do the same for the insurance on the next renewal date .

Two successful friendly matches with Whitehall Bowling Club took place and we hope to arrange dates again this year. We had arranged a match against Sunnybank Social Club Haslingden but this had to be cancelled due to the weather.

I will make further reference to green and ground maintenance further down the agenda but I have not retained the services of Green Up who maintained the green. Dave Almond who already cuts the green is going to take over this responsibility.

Many thanks must be given to Dave Almond for his work on the green and general help with the general maintenance of the surroundings. We would be lost without him!

We did have a break in sometime during late October to the wooden hut and several tools were stolen . A new lock has been purchased and wooden panels had to be nailed back on surrounding the green.

I must thank all members for their support throughout this past year and let us hope the weather will smile kindly upon during the coming months.

Finally on Friday 15th April there will be a social and fund raising evening at 85, Earnsdale 7-00p.m. / 11-30p.m. (Tickets £6) to begin the new season.

John Hacking (Chairman)