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Hutton Poplars Bowling Club

Your questions answered     A guide for new members

1. When can I receive coaching?

Coaching is available from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm most Tuesdays throughout the season weather permitting. Check the notice board in the lodge lobby for dates.

2. When can I use the green for practice?

As a fully paid-up member you can use the green at any time during the season and during the designated daily sessions if there is a free rink. Except for the first session on Monday and the last session on Sunday, the green is open daily from 10.30am to 1.30 pm,2.00 pm to 5pm and 6pm to 9pm , a total of 19 sessions per week.

3. Why do I need to book a rink?

You will often find a free rink for a roll-up when you arrive at the green. In busy times and definitely if you have arranged a competition match you should book a rink. There are rink-booking forms in the Lodge foyer. Ask any club member for advice if you need it. Always check your fixture book to ascertain if there is a home match scheduled for when you want to use the green.

4. What should I wear?

As a new member, the club would not expect you to immediately buy all the necessary clothing. Initially, try to wear flat casual shoes/trainers, grey trousers/skirt, white shirt/blouse. Eventually, you will need the correct clothing for club events, friendly matches and possibly league games.

5. When will I need to buy a set of bowls?

We would advise you not to buy expensive equipment until you are sure that bowling is for you. The club has a limited number of bowls sets for new members to use whilst learning during which time you can look round for good second-hand sets.

6.What should I do if the green is wet?

If the green keeper has already decided that the green is unplayable he will leave a notice to that effect by the pavilion. This should be adhered to as the last thing the club wants is a damaged green. If there is no notice board and, in your opinion, the green is playable with care, be sure to play with wet mats. These are large green sheets kept folded in the pavilion. Learn from existing members how to put these out correctly.

7. What opportunities will I have to bowl competitively?

You will see from your fixture book that we play in 3 leagues: Brentwood (mens triples), Basildon (mixed triples) and Warley Woods (ladies triples). We also have friendly matches against other clubs throughout the season. On the domestic front we have a variety of club competitions culminating on finals day in September.

There are several light-hearted bowling events, namely Mixed Drive, Captains Day, Memorial Trophy, Presidents Day and the Denis Wilson Cup. Most of these conclude with a cooked meal in the Lodge. These events are fun and are a good way to get to know other members. The club also runs a members team league on Thursday club nights. Check your fixture book and club notice boards for news of all these events.

8. How will I be kept informed of club events, matches and other activities?

Firstly, your fixture book contains all the dates for scheduled league and friendly matches as well as club and league events throughout the year. Secondly, you need to regularly view the notice boards in the Lodge lobby. Here you will find all the information you need about friendly matches and club events together with league news and team selections. Finally, feel free to ask other club members for further clarification - they will always be pleased to help.

9. How do we keep in touch during the close season?

There are a number of ways for members to maintain contact during the winter months as itemised in the fixture book: (a) We have a small winter indoor bowling programme (b) Dennis and Maureen Ray currently organise a monthly Social Evening in the Lodge (c) other events which bring members together are the A.G.M., quiz night, presentation lunch and our pre-season Spring gathering

10. Who is responsible for the day to day running of the club?

A committee is elected each year at the A.G.M. held in November - see fixture book for current committee members, officers and post holders. The committee is responsible for the running of the club, making decisions on behalf of the members and for the benefit of the club. On occasions, small working parties are formed to perform tasks and individuals with particular expertise volunteer their services. In recent years members have redecorated the lounge, refurbished the pavilion, cleaned, cooked, barbequed, constructed benches and involved themselves in many other tasks for the benefit of Hutton Poplars Bowling Club and its members.

11. When might I be considered for selection to play in an inter-club match?

We recommend that new bowlers who make good progress in their coaching sessions, first participate in the club events and attend Thursday club nights where they can benefit from the friendly match experience and get to know other members.

Your coach will regularly discuss your progress and will advise you when to consider playing in an inter-club friendly match. The club captains select the teams for these games.

League teams are managed by league delegates who will be kept informed by the coaches of emerging new talent!

12. Where can I get a copy of the rules of the game?

You will learn many of the rules and the etiquette of Lawn Green Bowls in your regular coaching sessions. Two booklets are recommended, however:

(a) Laws of the Sport of Bowls £3.15

(b) Guidance for New Bowlers £ 2.15

These can be obtained online from Bowls England or through Alan Sier who will be able to claim a discounted price if enough booklets are required.