We are saddened to hear news that after suffering with Cancer for a while, our former member, Chris Alcock, died on November 19th 2020.
Our Sympathy goes to Mike and her family. May she Rest in Peace.
Chris was a popular, enthusiastic and active member of the club, taking on a number of key roles during her time with us.
She probably also has the best bowling record for a lady bowler at our club and I have listed the roles and achievements I can remember below.
1995-1997 - Ladies Secretary/Delegate
2009-2011 - Fixture Secretary
2013 - Club President
4 x Ladies Singles Champion – 1995, 2008, 2009, 2010. Runner up 2012, 2013
7 x Ladies 2 Wood Champion - 1996, 1999, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012. Runner up 2011
7 x Ladies Handicap Champion – 1999, 2000, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013. Runner up 2012
Awarded County Badge -2012.
Ladies Pairs Winner 2000, 2010, 2013.
Mixed Pairs Winner - 2007.
Partnered Pairs Winner – 2007.
Chris was also in the Winning Ladies Triple on 3 occasions 2000, 2007, 2009 and once runner up (2013) and a Mixed triples winner 2008 & Runner up 2011.
The AGM which was due to be held in October 2020 has been postponed to a provisional date of Saturday March 20th 2021 at 10am in the clubhouse, when the accounts for the 2019/2020 year will be made available to all members. Should any member wish to see a copy of the accounts for last year before that date, please contact our treasurer.
This strange season is now over. Last date for play this season was Saturday September 26th and the green will now be 'put to bed' for the Winter.
Our 'working party' sessions will continue on a Tuesday morning, and more volunteers are always welcome. Now is the season when leaves fall and we need to get rid of them before they become a mushy mess everywhere.
We managed to fit in four friendly games, all away from home, we played the first one at Paignton Torbay on Monday 28th July and the second at Kings on August 3rd. We had two further games at Torquay and Buckfastleigh.
John and June thank everyone for their generosity to date for the Presidents' Charity. (Ricky Grant Unit, Torbay Hospital). £119 has been raised so far from the Bring and Buy, £90 has been received in Donations, £106 at the Presidents' coffee morning on Jan 18th and £200 on Valentines evening, making £515 in total.
Marldon members have entered a team in the Thursday league at TLH. They managed to play three games before the current 'lockdown' started on November 5th, and will hopefully resume later in year. You will find the results/league table via our results page.
Due to the Covid-19 situation Members are not permitted to visit the club unless they are carrying out essential maintenance. Paul, our greenkeeper would be pleased if any member would call him to ask if there is anything they can do to help around the green.
Throughout the government 'lockdown', work which is considered essential continues, with a few willing volunteers attending the Tuesday morning club maintenance (and Pasty eating?) sessions, taking care to 'Socially distance' and wash hands as required. Speak to Paul or Allan if you wish to help. If you cannot manage a Tuesday morning, Paul is quite willing to attend with you on other days where he will find jobs that needs to be done which you can help with.
The Grass around the Marquee, and the hedges continue to grow and need to be kept under control, together with other maintenance work to keep the club in good order.
Paul is continuing to manage the green which is now closed for the season, as the Autumn maintenance program has begun. Paul says "A massive thank you to all concerned in a long, wet but very fruitful day (October 27th) preparing the green for next year, deep scarify x2, seeding and spreading 3 tons of top dressing. Brian, Terry B, Tony T, Ed SOS, Keith, Allan, Les Barry, Ray O, John M. and the 2 guys from D G M. It was a long day but well worth all of the effort from all the guys. Thanks guys greatly appreciated". (See video below) :-
The club and car park was closed from Friday 13th March until Thursday 19th March for Maintenance work at the top gateway. This has resulted in there being a larger hump than usual at top gate so take care if you are driving a vehicle into the club car park.
Regretfully, all social events, including coffee mornings, due to take place at the club in the forseeable future are still cancelled due to current Coronavirus situation.
We are saddened to hear of the death in September 2020 of former member Dennis Mountford. Dennis was one of our Founder Directors when we formed the company Marldon Bowls Club Ltd, and he was also our company secretary for a while. His name is to be found on our bowling honours board as he and his wife won the 'Partnered Pairs' competition in the year 2000. R.I.P. Dennis.
We would like to thank Member Ray Sandercock for the donation of additional security cameras for the club, and a media player.
The committee are keeping in touch with each other by phone and email so feel free to contact them should you deem it necessary. A small number of committee members met on September 29th, and sub-committees are meeting on a regular basis to deal with specific issues. The committee will continue to deal with matters passed to them by phone and will arrange 'mini' committee meetings as required.
We have received sponsorship from Marldon Service Station (Cox's garage), Chris Allen Electrical, Lee Hodges Building Contractor and Paignton Flat roofing and we would be pleased to hear from any other companies that may want to sponsor us for 2020 or 2021 season. Further details on the Sponsorship page.
Message from Barry Bailey, Chairman and Director
"On behalf of myself and my fellow directors, I would like to express our thanks to those members who have paid their subscriptions for this year of whatever amount. I would respectfully ask those who have not paid anything as yet to pay something in order to keep our wonderful bowls club going through these dreadful times! If you wish to send a cheque or make a BACS payment please contact our treasurer Ray O’Brien. Rest assured that once we are back to normality, the directors and committee will ensure that no member will lose out on what they have paid!
I would also like to thank some of our members who are still working tirelessly to keep our club going. The green and surrounds
are still being maintained by our green keeper and our maintenance volunteers, and I am pleased to see that the Government recognises that they are
essential workers and have authority to attend our premises, subject to distancing etc, etc.
A thank you to our treasurer, secretary and communications manager for keeping us all as informed as possible about the situation, and for
continuing to carry out the administration needs of our club.
We will continue to keep you as informed as we can, and I would urge all of you to stay safe and follow Government advice and regulations.
Hope to see all of you in the not too distant future."
Please all support the club wherever possible, this is our amazing club. Let’s maintain it & keep it that way. We haven’t got where we are today by accident.
Page updated 24th November 2020.