Events – Write Ups and Reviews

2013 VILLAGE GAMES RESULTS for ASHWELLTHORPE

The Ashwellthorpe squad of 38 residents, plus or minus, made their first ever foray into the South Norfolk round of Norfolk’s Village Games on Sunday 9 June held at Framingham Earl Community Sports Centre. Teams were entered of all ages in Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Darts, Football, Rounders, Short Mat Bowls, Table Tennis and Triathlon. The competition was divided into categories of Small Villages, Medium Villages or Large Villages/Market Towns and Ashwellthorpe was one of nine teams in the small village section. After several hours of fierce competition, Ashwellthorpe came a very creditable 5th with 49 points. The winning village team was Aslacton and Great Moulton – who also won in 2012 –  with 84 points followed by The Forncetts with 82 points in second place. Well done the Team! Full results  can be seen on the Village Games Page on www.activenorfolk.org. and, together with photographs, on www.facebook.com/AshwellthorpeVillageGames?ref=stream

QUIZ ‘N’ CHIPS EVENING at ASHWELLTHORPE VILLAGE HALL

Saturday 14 January 2012 – Twelve teams and probably around 72 people pitted wits against each other at this popular quiz night with questions asked by Ray and answers judged by his wife Sue, after careful marking of each team’s answers by a rival team! 100 questions made up the contest, 20 of them being musical memory-teasers, with a total available score of 201. A welcome break to rest the brain cells was taken two-thirds’ way through with the arrival of the fish and chips.

Team names this year were: Absolute Beginners, Blithe Spirits, Hopeful Quizzers, Mixed Bag, Over Sexed and Over Here, Saga Louts, Six Cod and Chips, Table Eight, Triple A’s and the Poorly Rated, Up the Creek with the Dawsons, WRC and another team with a presently forgotten name but who will be given full recognition when memory is revived.

At the end of an evening’s hard work by question-master, judge and contestants, the final scores ranged from 89 to 148 with the Wooden Spoon going to the Hopeful Quizzers. The top three were: Absolute Beginngers on 139; Saga Louts on 145 and winners WRC on 148.

A collection was made for Ray’s 2012 Charity which is STAR THROWERS, a cancer advice, consultation and drop-in centre in Wymondham, and this raised £115.20. The amount raised from ticket sales for Village Hall funds will be posted later on.

STORYTELLING evening on Saturday 25 June 2011

Another evening of storytelling was arranged by Lisa and Julie-Ann of Ashwellthorpe, who are “Heads and Tails”, at The White Horse public house with two new tellers of the long-tales and a return visit from one of the March entertainers. The audience was limited to slightly lower numbers this time so it was still cosy, but not uncomfortable and firstly enjoyed the tales from Ireland of old recounted by Jim Kavanagh. Some of these tall stories were as long and shaggy as an Irish Wolfhound but whether or not we all believed them didn’t matter – they were all funny/sad/meaningful.

After a break, Billy Baxter told some East Anglian yarns from the annals of time, mostly in his very own Fenland Norfolk accent – we could have heard more from him but time went by so quickly. At the very end of the evening, there was a surprise re-appearance by Dave Tonge another local storyteller, known as the Norwich Yarnsmith, who had entertained so well back in March. He didn’t disappoint with his short tales of wisdom or foolishness. A very enjoyable evening.                                       Jennifer Robbie

SHUFFLEBOARD MAY 2011 COMPETITION NIGHT

6 June 2011 – Due to a lack of numbers on the usual last Wednesday of the month, the May Competition Night was postponed until 1 June 2011 when Alan Dawson, Kath Dawson, Shirley Moss, Gordon Robbie, Jennifer Robbie and Christine Wooster turned out to play the usual round robin tournament. The numbers meant singles matches could be fitted into the usual 2-hour slot, always useful for the overall statistics to even out the number of singles and doubles matches played and to give individuals full credit for the points scored in their games. Latest rankings placed Alan on Scratch with the other handicaps being Gordon, Jennifer and Shirley on 7, and Kath and Christine on 10.

Among the early matches played were husband-and-wife confrontations featuring the Dawsons and the Robbies where, coincidentally, the two wives both scored 87 points to defeat their respective husbands. Maybe this put Alan off his usual game and he won only two of his remaining four matches. For Kath, on the other hand, the game against Alan was her only win. Gordon gritted his teeth and managed to make that first game his only defeat. Despite scoring 128 points in one of her games, the highest points’ score on the night, Shirley had only two wins, while Christine scored well in all her games but only managed to win one of them. Jennifer went on from strength to strength after beating hubby to win all five of her matches and be the May victor.

In the rankings, her clean sweep brought Jennifer up from fourth to second but his four wins enabled Gordon to make top spot, displacing Alan down to third, with Shirley in fourth, while Kath and Christine stayed put.

NEXT COMPETITION NIGHT WILL BE ON WEDNESDAY 29 JUNE AT 19.30, when we will hope to see all the usual suspects. Any prospective new members will be very welcome then or at any of our ordinary Wednesday nights at 20.00. Shuffleboard is easy to pick up and it’s fun. Do come along and try it.          Gordon Robbie

Events – Write Ups and Reviews

Official opening of the new play equipment
“The opening of the fully refurbished Knyvett Green Play Area came on Sat 17th Jan 2009 after much hard work from Gary Howard, the Play Area and Amenities Officer of South Norfolk Council, and a lot of hounding from Linda Packer and Marie Weiner, the Friends of the Knyvett Green Play Area.

The equipment was chosen after a ‘wish list’ had been sent to all the children in Ashwellthorpe & Fundenhall, so the present equipment is what the children said they wanted.All the equipment is now fully compliant with European Legislation so all parents/grandparents can be rest assured that their children can play safely.
It was truly wonderful to see all the children there enjoying the new equipment and hopefully many more children will now make more regular use of it.
Our sincere thanks to Amelia Reynolds for giving up her time and performing the opening ceremony.”

Art Group
The Art Group has now closed in Ashwellthorpe Village Hall but would like to thank all who turned out in the awful weather on Monday 28 May 2007 to view their efforts, and even buy some. Sales and donations mean £140 was collected for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. Thanks also to all who helped, Elinor, Ann, Vera, Alan and Keith, to make it another successful and joyous event – Kathleen Dawson

Ashwren Players
The 2010 AGM took place on Thursday 19 August in the Margaret Preston Room of Wreningham Village Hall.
SNOW WHITE – The PANTOMIME
Snow White – The Pantomime took place on Thursday 15, Friday 16 and Saturday 17 April 2010 from 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. with a MATINEE PERFORMANCE on Saturday 17 April at 2.00 p.m.
The 2009 AGM was held in the Main Hall of Wreningham Village Hall on FRIDAY 26 JUNE from 7.30 p.m.

The 2009 pantomime was CINDERELLA and it was performed at Wreningham Village Hall on Thursday 26, Friday 27 and Saturday 28 February 2009 with two performances on Saturday 28th – one being an extra Matinee performance.
A fun filled time for all the family with plenty of laughs and songs – oh yes it was!!!

The children of Wreningham school were set a competition to produce pictures suitable for inclusion in the programme for this year’s Pantomime “Cinderella”, and certificates for 1st and 2nd in each of 4 age groups were presented at school assembly by Cinderella herself to Erin Walole, Amy Dreager, Eloise Price, Dominic Richardson, Megan Griib, Emily Heath, Milly McAndrew and Tommy Balderstone.

“Bumped Off” – The first performance of the murder mystery play “Bumped Off”took place on Saturday 5th July 2007 at Ashwellthorpe Village Hall, in aid of funds for that village hall. The second performance took place – with a planned change in cast and plot – on Saturday September 6th at Wreningham Village Hall in aid of funds for that hall. The third performance was held in Mulbarton Village Hall on 4th October, in aid of our own funds.

The Annual General meeting was held on Wednesday 16th July 2008
News – 6 April 2008 A small profit was made from Panto 2008 which will go towards the cost of storage for all our equipment. We are currently looking for a large shed either complete with site or to relocate, so if you know of one we would be pleased to hear from you on 01508 488123. The Players are looking to put on a play or similar this year and a pantomime in Spring 2009.
Panto 2008 This February’s production was “Aladdin” – a splendid entertainment.

See pictures in the photo Album. By popular demand and with much hard but, I hope, happy work, Ashwren Players performed “Aladdin” at Wreningham Village Hall from Thursday to Saturday the 14 to 16 February 2008. It was a splendid entertainment and certainly played to a packed house on the Saturday evening; the first-ever Saturday Matinee performance was also a success and I hope the Thursday and Friday evenings were well-attended too.
All the actors, especially the children singing and dancing, and their costumes, made the performance as entertaining and enjoyable as it was and although I probably shouldn’t single one person out, I will. To me the costume and stage presence of the Genie of the Lamp were memorable – lustrous and sumptuous his costume; splendidly lively and innovating his performance.

The proceeds of the Wreningham Witch and Wren Festival of 30 June/1 July 2007 are to be split three-ways, with the Ashwren Players being one of the recipients.
Panto 2007 – “Little Red Hiding Hood – the Panto” was the 2007 production. For write up see Leisure > Events Write Ups etc.; for pictures see Photo Album

Exercise Class
February 2010 – The Exercise Class has now closed at Ashwellthorpe Village Hall. But thanks are due to Sid Weiner for arranging the Class back in December 2008 and keeping it going in Ashwellthorpe for all the participants to get and feel fitter.
January 2010 – The profit made from the Exercise Class, plus a small amount from its contingency reserve, has paid for two picnic tables with benches which have now been placed on the Knyvett Green Play area. for the enjoyment of all villagers.

The Exercise Class instructors have their own website at: www.exercise-referral.co.uk

The Monday exercise trainer, Ben Walker, has completed the gruelling IRONMAN UK Triathlon held in the Bolton area on Sunday 2 August 2009. The event involved a 2.4 miles swim in open water on Rivington Reservoir near Bolton; a 112 miles bike ride and a full 26.2 mile Marathon. Ben’s time was 14hrs. 59mins. 36secs so he was UNDER 15 Hours – excellent – the rest of us can just marvel at such a feat and give him our congratulations. He was raising money through sponsorship for the Alzheimer’s charity.

Shuffleboard Club
A SHUFFLEBOARD RETROSPECTIVE FOR 2010
Well, it’s been another fun year on the Shuffleboard front, with Wednesday nights in the Village Hall providing good sport and good company from 20.00 to 21.30, and the Competition Nights on the last Wednesday of the month from 19.30 to 21.30 adding a bit of spice. The favoured format for general play has been doubles, with occasional triples when the numbers suited, with the intention always being to provide the maximum on-court time for all those present. Competiton nights are played on a round robin basis, with either double or singles matches depending on the numbers present.

The rankings system and the related handicaps have settled down well and have had the hoped for effect of spreading Competition Night wins around a bit. The rankings are based on a combination of the percentage of wins of the Competition Night games played and the average number of points scored per game. In doubles both partners are credited with a win, and each credited with half the points scored. The whole thing is worked out on a computer spreadsheet which Gordon Robbie enjoys updating after each Competition Night to see how the latest results have altered the rankings and handicaps. The top ranked player is off scratch at the next Competition Night with the other handicaps being calculated on the basis of the difference between each player’s ranking figure and the ranking figure for the scratch player.

Competition Night winners over the year have included Annette Bunting, Alan Dawson, Kath Dawson, Jim Marshall, Shirley Moss, Jennifer Robbie, Gordon Robbie, and Christine Wooster, but consistency of results has put Gordon Robbie at the top of the tree at the end of the season with Jennifer Robbie and Alan Dawson in hot pursuit. Rankings, however, are not always an infallible guide to form and on a recent Competition Night Gordon Robbie won not a single game off scratch while Kath Dawson won all of her games off a handicap of 14. Other interesting points emerging from the Rankings calculations are:-
(1) By dint of regular attendance, Kath Dawson has played the highest number of Competition Night games with 116, followed by husband Alan on 103.
(2) Jennifer Robbie has the highest percentage of wins to games played with 60% of wins out of 80 games, followed by Jim Marshall with 58.82% out of 34 games.
(3) Shirley Moss has scored the highest average of points per game with 50.25, just in front of Alan Dawson on 48.37.
Aren’t statistics fascinating!

Next Competition Night will be on Wednesday 26 January at 19.30, kicking off the 2011 competition season, but remember new players are always welcome on any Wednesday evening at 20.00, and the game is very easy to pick up. If you turn up for the first time on a Competition Night you will be offered the incentive of a generous handicap to put you on a level playing field with the old hands. Please come along.

Gordon Robbie

SHUFFLEBOARD COMPETITION NIGHT
OCTOBER 2010
Present and correct for Competition Night on Wednesday 27 0ctober were Annette Bunting, Kath Dawson, Gordon Robbie, Jennifer Robbie and Christine Wooster, with some regulars indisposed or on holiday. The numbers indicated singles matches could be fitted into the usual 2-hour slot, always useful for the overall statistics to even out the number of singles and doubles matches played and to give individuals full credit for the points scored in their games. Latest rankings placed Gordon on scratch with the other handicaps being Jennifer on 7, Annette on 10, Kath on 14 and Christine on 16.
It’s just as well nobody was making book on the night’s results, because very little went according to form. Gordon, off scratch, didn’t win a single game and in one of his games scored -2 (yes, minus 2 – one of shuffleboard’s quirks is that you can lose points as well as score them), losing that game to his opponent’s not-much-better score of 8. At the opposite end of the spectrum, Kath, off 14, came top of the heap by winning all her games and scored an average of 84 points per game. Second was Christine with 3 wins, followed by Jennifer with 2 – though Jennifer had the evening’s highest single game score of 111 points.
Despite scoring respectably, Annette won only 1 of her 4 games. The upshot of all this was that Jennifer did just enough to knock Gordon off the top of the rankings, and all the others improved their handicaps. It will be interesting to see if the form book is followed more closely at the NEXT COMPETITION NIGHT ON WEDNESDAY, 24 NOVEMBER. Remember, it’s a 19.30 start – looking forward to see you then.
Gordon Robbie
SHUFFLEBOARD COMPETITION NIGHT
JUNE 2010
On parade for Competition Night on Wednesday 30 June were Kath Dawson, Alan Dawson, Shirley Moss, Gordon Robbie, Jennifer Robbie and Christine Wooster. The numbers indicated singles matches could be fitted into the usual 2-hour slot, always useful for the overall statistics to even out the number of singles and doubles matches played and to give individuals full credit for the points scored in their games. Latest rankings meant Gordon played off scratch with the other handicaps being Jennifer off 8, Kath, Alan and Shirley each off 10, and Christine off 17.
Despite making high scores in a couple of her games, Kath lost all her matches. Gordon won two of his encounters but scored fewer points than Kath overall. Christine also won only two of her five matches but had the evening’s highest total of points scored – there’s no justice! Alan and Shirley each had 3 wins, but Jennifer won all of her matches to be the night’s winner, although she had only the third highest points total. The rankings, however, are based on a combination of the percentage wins or draws to total games played, and the average number of points scored per game, so that both wins and points contribute to placings.
After working out the mathematics, Gordon had done just enough to stay at the top of the table and will be off scratch again at the next Competition night on Wednesday 28 July (19.30 start). Jennifer had come up to second place and her handicap improved from 8 to 7. Shirley, too, had moved up with a 2-point drop in handicap to 8. Alan and Kath stayed on 10, but Christine, thanks to her good points score, brought her handicap down by 1 to 16
Honestly, Shuffleboard Competition Nights are more fun than a World Cup Final – and without all the physical violence. So do come along to the Village Hall on the last Wednesday of the month and join in – and, I promise, no vuvuzelas!. Competition nights start at 19.30 to get the maximum number of games in. On other Wednesdays we start at 20.00, so that you don’t need to rush your evening meal. If you have been before but not for a while, we would be delighted to see you again. If you are starting from scratch, you will be equally welcome. Hope to see you next Wednesday.
Gordon Robbie

SHUFFLEBOARD COMPETITION NIGHT – OCTOBER 2010
Present and correct for Competition Night on Wednesday 27 0ctober were Annette Bunting, Kath Dawson, Gordon Robbie, Jennifer Robbie and Christine Wooster, with some regulars indisposed or on holiday. The numbers indicated singles matches could be fitted into the usual 2-hour slot, always useful for the overall statistics to even out the number of singles and doubles matches played and to give individuals full credit for the points scored in their games. Latest rankings placed Gordon on scratch with the other handicaps being Jennifer on 7, Annette on 10, Kath on 14 and Christine on 16.
It’s just as well nobody was making book on the night’s results, because very little went according to form. Gordon, off scratch, didn’t win a single game and in one of his games scored -2 (yes, minus 2 – one of shuffleboard’s quirks is that you can lose points as well as score them), losing that game to his opponent’s not-much-better score of 8. At the opposite end of the spectrum, Kath, off 14, came top of the heap by winning all her games and scored an average of 84 points per game. Second was Christine with 3 wins, followed by Jennifer with 2 – though Jennifer had the evening’s highest single game score of 111 points. Despite scoring respectably, Annette won only 1 of her 4 games.
The upshot of all this was that Jennifer did just enough to knock Gordon off the top of the rankings, and all the others improved their handicaps. It will be interesting to see if the form book is followed more closely at the NEXT COMPETITION NIGHT ON WEDNESDAY, 24 NOVEMBER. Remember, it’s a 19.30 start – looking forward to see you then.
Gordon Robbie

SHUFFLEBOARD COMPETITION NIGHT – 26 May 2010
On parade for the Shuffleboard Club Competition Night on 26 May were Annette Bunting; Kath and Alan Dawson; Lynda and Jim Marshall; Shirley Moss; Jennifer and Gordon Robbie; and Christine Wooster. Since only 6 teams can be accommodated in our usual 2 hours of play, the numbers present dictated doubles play and the teams drawn out of the hat were: Kath and Lynda (Team Handicap 26) Shirley and Alan (15) Christine and Gordon (16) Annette and Jim (22). Jennifer volunteered to be match organiser and scorer.
Going by the form book, Shirley and Alan looked like a formidable combination but they failed to score a win on the evening despite making 87 points in their game against Christine and Gordon, who pipped them to the post with 92 for their solitary victory. Kath and Lynda won two out of their three matches but clear winners on the night were Annette and Jim who won all their games.
When the evening’s scores were worked into the rankings, Gordon stayed top and will be playing off Scratch on the next Competition Night on 30 June. Jennifer’s place was unchanged to keep her at 8 and she was joined by Jim on that mark. Alan dropped a few places and will be off 10 alongside Shirley and Kath, with Annette on 14, Lynda on 16 and Christine on 17.
With lighter evenings and holidays, numbers attending have dropped off and it would be good to see new faces. So if you haven’t tried Shuffleboard, do come along any Wednesday at 7.30 p.m. and give it a go. Enjoyment guaranteed.
Gordon Robbie

SHUFFLEBOARD COMPETITION NIGHT – 31 March 2010
The gladiators entering the arena for the March Competition Night included Annette Bunting; Kath Dawson; Alan Dawson; Gordon Robbie; Lynda Marshall; Jim Marshall; Shirley Moss; and Christine Wooster. Jennifer Robbie again bravely volunteered to organise the matches and keep the scores, leaving eight competitors. Since our 2-hour slot can’t accommodate a round robin competition for more than 6 teams, this meant playing doubles matches rather than singles. The pairings drawn out of the hat, with their combined handicaps, were Jim and Annette, 24; Gordon and Shirley, 8; Christine and Kath, 26; and Lynda and Alan, 22.
For once the form book told the story, and the shortest handicap team ran out top of the field, winning all their matches and scoring the highest number of points over the evening. Of the other three teams, all fairly even on handicap, Jim and Annette came second with two wins, Christine and Kath had one victory, and Lynda and Alan scored a duck, although they only lost narrowly to the longer handicap team of Christine and Kath. These results put Gordon top of the rankings, making him scratch man for the next Competition Night, closely followed by Shirley and Alan, Jennifer and John Doughty are also in the top group but based on earlier rather than on recent scores.
As promised in my last report, I have worked out alternative rankings based on different criteria from the main overall figures, which take into account both singles and doubles results and points scored as well as wins. As I suspected, this produces rather different results. Alan Dawson has the best singles record, followed closely by John Doughty and Shirley Moss, while I am down in fifth place. The top three in the doubles table are John Doughty, Paul Bunting and Jim Marshall. On games won, John Doughty is again top of the heap in front of me and Jennifer Robbie. The winner on points, though, is Shirley Moss, trailed by me and Alan Dawson. The overall figures will continue to be used for determining the handicaps, but I intend from time to time to produce the tables based on doubles/singles/wins/points again just for fun. Aren’t statistics wonderful!
Next Competition Night is on Wednesday 28 April. Join us then for a night of cutthroat competition – and a bit of a laugh.
Gordon Robbie

SHUFFLEBOARD COMPETITION NIGHTS – 27 January & 24 February 2010
Those turning out for the first Competition Night of 2010 on January 27 included Annette Bunting; Kath Dawson; Alan Dawson; Gordon Robbie; Shirley Moss; and Christine Wooster. Jennifer Robbie volunteered to organise the matches and keep the scores, leaving six competitors to play singles. The rankings after the last 2009 Competition Night in November conferred handicaps of Annette – 14; Kath – 8; Alan – 8; Gordon – 7; Shirley – 10; Christine – 17.
Scoring on the night was remarkably good. In one match, Gordon scored 119 points, only to be beaten by Shirley with 123. The highest score of the evening was recorded by Annette with 127 points in her game with Kath. Having said that, the overall winner on the evening was Alan who came out on top in four of his five games, followed by Shirley and Gordon with three wins, Chris and Annette with two, and an under-the-weather and off-form Kath who scored only one.
Ten members were on parade for the next Competition Night on 24 February, including Annette Bunting; Paul Bunting; Alan Dawson; Kath Dawson; Jim Marshall; Lynda Marshall; Shirley Moss; Gordon Robbie; Jennifer Robbie; and Christine Wooster. The format of play was therefore doubles and a draw produced the following five teams and combined team handicaps – Paul and Annette – 10; Christine and Gordon – 18; Jennifer and Shirley – 16; Kath and Alan – 15; and Jim and Lynda – 26. By a quirk of fate, three of the four married couples present were drawn to play with each other, without, one hopes, any subsequent marital discord.
As it turns out, the victors were the only all-woman team of Jennifer and Shirley who won all four of their matches. Tying for second place were Christine and Gordon, and Jim and Lynda who each won two of their matches. Bringing up the rear with one win each were Kath and Alan, and Paul and Annette. Paul had played in only one previous Competition Night, when he had won all his matches, but his resultant scratch handicap had done him no favours on his second appearance. Taking these latest results into account in the Shuffleboard Statistics now saw Paul in a more realistic seventh place playing off eight. Gordon Robbie came out at the top of the tree and will play off scratch for the March Competition Night. John Doughty had yet to play in a 2010 competition but was still in second place off 7, alongside Alan Dawson, closely followed by Jennifer Robbie and Shirley Moss on 8. Shirley’s game seems to be improving from week to week and she has risen steadily up the Rankings.
Currently, the Rankings are based on overall performance in both doubles and singles matches, taking into account both match wins and points scored – for doubles, each player is credited with half the points scored by their team. An interesting statistical exercise which I hope to carry out shortly will be to analyse the doubles and singles results separately, and games won separately from points scored to see if that produces a different sort of picture compared with the overall figures. Watch this space.
The next Competition Night will be on Wednesday 31 March, See you then.
Gordon Robbie

SHUFFLEBOARD COMPETITION NIGHT – 25 NOVEMBER 2009
There was a good turnout for the November Competition night, when those present agreed that this would be the last Competition Night for 2009, so that some seasonal festivities could be enjoyed at the last meeting of the year on Wednesday 30 December. Those present included Annette Bunting; Kath Dawson; Alan Dawson; John Doughty; Lynda Marshall; Jim Marshall; Gordon Robbie; Jennifer Robbie; Shirley Moss; and Christine Wooster. This number meant doubles would be the playing format for the evening, and the pairings drawn out of the hat, with their team handicaps, were Alan and Jennifer, 15; Gordon and Kath, 15; Jim and John, 17; Shirley and Christine, 27; Lynda and Annette, 34.
Early results indicated the way things were going to go when both the short handicap teams lost their opening matches, and they didn’t fare much better as the evening progressed, each winning only 1 of their 4 matches. Shirley and Christine had a middling evening, ending up with 2 wins to their credit. With Jim and John and Lynda and Annette each triumphing in 3 of their matches, points scored settled the overall winners with honours going to Lynda and Annette who chalked up 333 points over their 4 matches against the other pair’s 256. This left Paul Bunting still top of the rankings having won all of his 3 games played, but John Doughty came up into a strong second place, knocking Gordon Robbie down to third in front of Alan Dawson in fourth. Jim Marshall has gained one place, Shirley Moss and Annette Bunting remain middle of the table, but Lynda Marshall has jumped three places to overtake Christine Wooster and come up behind Annette.
Looking back over the 2009 Competition Nights at both singles and doubles results together, Annette Bunting, Paul Bunting, Alan Dawson, John Doughty and Marie Weiner have all been winners, while Kath Dawson, Lynda Marshall, Shirley Moss, Jennifer Robbie and Gordon Robbie have each won twice, so the handicap system is having the desired effect of spreading things round a bit.
Handicaps are awarded according to the positions in the rankings, with the top ranked player playing off scratch. The ranking positions are derived by calculating the number of games won as a percentage of games played and the average points scored per game played. Since the bigger the better applies to both these statistics, they are then added together to produce the final ranking figure. Looking behind the finals rankings, however, gives some interesting insights.
By dint of being the most regular attender, Kath Dawson has played the highest number of competition games with a total of 72, a winning percentage of 51.39% and an average point score of 42.39, putting her 6th in the latest rankings. By contrast, Paul Bunting has played only 3 games but has 100% wins and an average point score of 43.33, which put him at the top of the table. Shirley Moss has the highest average points score of 45.76 in 9th position, while John Doughty, in second place, has a points average of 39.97, lower than the 4 players ranked behind him. That’s just the way the statistical cookie crumbles!
Normal Shuffleboard nights will continue through December, but there will be no meeting on 23 December so that Christmas preparations can continue uninterrupted. The first meeting of 2010 will be on Wednesday 6 January, and the next Competition Night will be on Wednesday 27 January. A Happy Christmas and a guid New Year tae een and a’.
Gordon Robbie

SHUFFLEBOARD COMPETITION NIGHTS 30 SEPTEMBER & 4 NOVEMBER 2009
Those present on the 30 September Competition Night included Annette Bunting; Paul Bunting; Kath Dawson; Alan Dawson; Gordon Robbie; Jennifer Robbie; Marie Weiner; and Sid Weiner. As a first- timer, Paul was allotted a handicap of 21, which, with the benefit of hindsight, was probably rather over generous. Doubles were played and Paul was drawn to play with Kath giving their pairing the night’s longest handicap of 31. They made the most of their good fortune and went on to win all their matches and take the night’s prize. Sid and Jennifer suffered from being on the shortest handicap of only 8 and didn’t win a match, with Annette and Gordon faring little better with only one victory. Marie and Alan won two of their ties.
With only 3 games played, all of which he won, Paul inevitably came out top of the revised rankings, and Jennifer dropped back into fourth place; but with Paul not present on 4 November (a week late because of holidays again!) and Jennifer volunteering to opt out and act as scorekeeper, these changes didn’t affect play. The November contenders, then, were Kath Dawson; Alan Dawson; John Doughty; Shirley Moss; Gordon Robbie; and Christine Wooster. For a change, the numbers allowed singles to be played, so that individuals enjoyed maximum ranking benefits – or otherwise – from their efforts on the night. Alan, Gordon and John were all playing off 7, Kath off 8, Shirley off 10 and Christine off 16. Gordon came out top, winning 4 out of his 5 matches, Kath and John each won 3, Shirley and Alan had 2 victories each, and Christine had 1.
With no change to his 100% record, Paul stayed top of the rankings. Gordon stepped up to second pursued by John in third place. Alan dropped to fourth, but Kath came up right behind him with a move from seventh up to fifth. Not having had a chance to improve her results, Jennifer fell back to sixth. Shirley improved her figures but stayed in the same place in the table, while Christine moved up one.
The next Competition Night will be on Wednesday 25 November, See you then.
Gordon Robbie

SHUFFLEBOARD COMPETITION NIGHT – MAY 2009
Competition Night in May fell on Wednesday the 27th, and the fact that date coincided with the Champions’ League Final in Rome live on TV may have contributed to the reduced numbers, with only Annette Bunting, Kath Dawson, Shirley Moss, Jennifer Robbie and Gordon Robbie turning out. The good news, however, was that this meant that we had time to play singles, a real test of individual worth, and an interesting change from the doubles matches of recent competition nights.
A significant threat to marital harmony was Gordon’s defeat by Jennifer in their first match, which turned out to be crucial, with Jennifer going on to win a total of three of her four matches to be the evening’s overall victor, while Gordon only managed two wins and a tie to put him in second place. Kath and Shirley scored two wins each to tie for third place, while Annette only chalked up a tie with Gordon. With Alan Dawson not playing, this puts Jennifer back at the top of the Rankings for next time.
Interestingly, however, although Jennifer came out on top in terms of matches won, the highest points scorer on the night, off a handicap of 14, was Shirley with a total of 287 (including one game of 100 points) against Jennifer’s 214, while Annette, having notched up only 1 tie, also scored 214 points. Aren’t statistics fun!
Gordon Robbie

SHUFFLEBOARD COMPETITION NIGHT – APRIL 2009
On parade for Competition Night on Wednesday 29 April were Annette Bunting; Kath Dawson; Alan Dawson; John Doughty; Lynda Marshal; Jim Marshal; Shirley Moss; Gordon Robbie; and Jennifer Robbie. The numbers indicated doubles matches and the teams drawn out of the hat were Lynda and Shirley; Jim and Kath; Alan and John; Annette and Jennifer with combined team handicaps of 30, 18, 15, and 8 respectively. Gordon was once again the odd man out with the job of organising the matches, seeing fair play and keeping the scores.
With Alan making a welcome return to form after his blank score sheet at the March Competition Night, he and John had a good evening and came out as overall winners, though they were held to a draw by the long handicappers, Lynda and Shirley, who came second on the night. The other teams finished level in equal third place with one victory each, so nobody suffered a duck.
These results meant that Alan returned once again to the top of the rankings, with Jennifer just narrowly falling back into second place. John improved his ranking figures but remained in third place. Annette dropped a couple of places, as did Jim, with the others holding their positions. As more matches are played and more statistics are loaded into the rankings, the likely front runners are easier to pick out, but there is not much in it and a particularly bad or good evening can upset the form book. The women players claim the men are more aggressively competitive but the rankings don’t provide evidence to support that and a certain women player (I can say no more) has acquired a reputation for viciously destructive shots when the chips are down and the end is going against her! But it’s all good clean fun, involving a modicum of skill, a lot of luck, and much laughter. If you haven’t tried it yet, please do come along any Wednesday at 20.00. You will probably enjoy it and new faces will always be welcomed.
The next Competition Night will be Wednesday 27 May. See you then.
Gordon Robbie

Shuffleboard Club
COMPETITION NIGHT – MARCH 2009
The 25th of March saw Competition Night come round again, with a good crowd of the usual suspects turning out for their monthly adrenalin rush. Those present included Annette Bunting; Kath Dawson; Alan Dawson; Lynda Marshal; Jim Marshal; Shirley Moss; Gordon Robbie; Jennifer Robbie; and Christine Wooster. The numbers dictated playing doubles so that the competition matches could all be played in the usual 2-hour time slot and the draw for pairings came out as Jim and Christine; Alan and Lynda; Shirley and Annette; Kath and Jennifer, playing off combined team handicaps of 48, 7, 29 and 24 respectively. Gordon volunteered to organise the matches and keep the scores on the doors.
As luck would have it, the two players at the top of the rankings, Alan and Lynda, were drawn together and the number of points they were giving away on handicap to all the other teams proved too big a burden, with the result that they lost all their matches. Indeed, Alan didn’t win any of his informal games later in the evening either, but he was still smiling bravely at the close of play! Shirley and Annette made the second highest point score of the evening in one of their matches, but that was the only game they won. This left everything to play for in the last match of the competition between Jim and Christine and Kath and Jen with each team having 2 victories behind them. Kath and Jen held their nerve and had the highest points score of the evening to overcome the considerable handicap difference and take the prize. In addition to the usual prize of a free night’s play, the Dawsons had donated a couple of discount vouchers for meals at the Queen’s Head in Hethersett (for which many thanks), so it is pleasing to report that the competition organiser helped Jennifer enjoy her prize.
The evening’s results had the effect of dropping Alan from the top of the rankings, but only down to second place, while Jennifer’s victory brought her up into the top slot. Lynda, with a much shorter competition record, suffered more dramatically from a blank evening and fell from second place down to mid table. Most other rank scores improved but without much alteration to placings, so there is now a big group of player on handicaps of 7 or 8 chasing Jennifer off scratch. The next Competition Night on Wednesday 29 April will no doubt write another exciting chapter in the annals of the Club.
Gordon Robbie

COMPETITION NIGHT – FEBRUARY 2009
The last Wednesday of February fell on the 25th, and those present for the monthly examination of skill and nerve included Kath Dawson; Alan Dawson; John Doughty; Lynda Marshal; Jim Marshal; Shirley Moss; Gordon Robbie; Jennifer Robbie; Marie Weiner; and Sid Weiner. Teams out of the hat were John and Alan; Lynda and Marie; Jennifer and Jim; Kath and Sid; and Gordon and Shirley.
Based on the January rankings, Jennifer and Jim seemed to be the form horses, with John and Alan running a close second. Gordon and Shirley looked a good each-way bet, with Lynda and Marie and Kath and Sid as long odds possibilities, playing off combined handicaps of 42 and 40 respectively. In an interesting evening’s play, no team won all their games and nobody was whitewashed, so the handicapping system seems to be working as it should to even out the results achieved.
As it happened, a brave punter might have made a killing on an outsider, because Lynda and Marie won 3 out of their 4 games, scoring 357 points in the process, just a short head in front of Kath and Sid who also won 3 games but made only 307 points. In third place were John and Alan, while the favourites, Jennifer and Jim, tied with the each-way tip, Gordon and Shirley, with only 1 win apiece. Working out the resulting performance statistics puts Alan Dawson back at the top of the rankings, with a dark horse in the shape of Lynda Marshal coming up on the rails into second place, while the previous top-ranker, Jim Marshall, falls back to the middle of the table. It will all be to play for again at the next Competition Night on Wednesday 25 March.
It is worth reporting that at the club night on 11 March an end was played which resulted in all 8 disks scoring. The players involved were Lynda Marshal and Gordon Robbie, scoring 28 points each and a total of 56 points for the end. That is certainly a Club record, and we may have to contact the Guinness Book of Records.

Gordon Robbie

JANUARY 2009 – COMPETITION NIGHT
The first Competition Night for 2009 was held on Wednesday 28 January. With several of the regulars having other engagements that night, 6 members played singles (handicaps in brackets) – Kath Dawson(16), Shirley Moss(32), Gordon Robbie(15), Marie Weiner(32), Sid Weiner(14) and Christine Wooster(28) – with Jennifer Robbie organising the matches and keeping scores.
Kath and Christine each won only one of their 5 matches, despite scoring reasonably well – Christine scored 108 points in one match only to lose it to Shirley’s 120. The Weiners were even-steven with 2 wins each, although, as it happens, Sid did beat Marie 66-57. Gordon struggled to rack up any particularly good scores but did scrape home in 4 of his games, losing only to Shirley, the night’s winner with a clean sweep in all her matches and three scores of 100+.
Those results brought Shirley 4 places up the Rankings table and put Gordon in 4th place from his previous 7th, but Jim Marshall remains a clear 1st, pursued by Alan Dawson and Jennifer Robbie, although none of these three played in this month’s competition. It will be interesting to see what happens next month – Competition Night will be Wednesday 25 February. Hope you can make it!
Gordon Robbie

2008 END-OF-YEAR REPORT
The last Competition Night for 2008 was held on Wednesday 26 November, and the 2008 season finished strongly with 10 members competing:- Annette Bunting; Kath Dawson; Alan Dawson; John Doughty; Lynda Marshal; Jim Marshal; Shirley Moss; Jennifer Robbie; Gordon Robbie; and Christine Wooster. Doubles were the order of the day, and the pairings that were drawn out of the hat were:- Kath & Christine; Alan & Lynda; Gordon & John; Jim & Annette; Jennifer & Shirley. Since September, handicaps have been allocated on the basis of previous results and the team handicaps on the night were 47, 33, 15, 40 and 28 respectively.
With Jennifer playing off scratch, she and Shirley had an uphill struggle against the longer handicap teams and won only 1 of their matches. Gordon and John, playing off the shortest handicap of 15, also had an uphill struggle but won 2 matches, as did Alan and Lynda and Kath and Christine, with the latter coming out in front on points scored helped by the night’s longest handicap of 47. The winners overall, however, with 3 victories were Jim and Annette, perhaps partly because of Jim’s generous handicap based on only one previous set of results – but adjustments will be made for next year!
It’s been a good year overall with ordinary club nights as well as Competition Nights being generally well supported and much enjoyed. In terms of the monthly competitions, the practice of drawing pairings out of the hat each night and the introduction of rankings and handicaps has spread success around a bit. Top of the rankings at the end of 2008 are Jim Marshal (though that may alter when he plays off scratch at the first 2009 Competition Night), with Alan Dawson and Jennifer Robbie in hot pursuit.
Remember, Shuffleboard is played regularly in Ashwellthorpe Village Hall on most Wednesdays from 19.30 to 21.30, £2.00 a head, all welcome. Hope to see some new faces – and all the old ones – in 2009.
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to one and all.
Gordon Robbie
OCTOBER COMPETITION NIGHT
Competition night in October fell on Wednesday the 29th. Ten members were on parade including Annette Bunting; Kath Dawson; Alan Dawson; John Doughty; Mark Linsdell; Shirley Moss; Lin Packer; Gordon Robbie; Jennifer Robbie; and Christine Wooster. Luck of the draw came up with the following pairings – John and Annette; Alan and Shirley; Jennifer and Lin; Mark and Kath; and Gordon and Christine.
The longest handicappers were Mark and Kath on a combined figure of 53, with Gordon and Christine next up 44, while the short figure couple were Alan (off scratch) and Shirley on 24. As it happened, Alan and Shirley didn’t win any of their matches despite heading the form book, though they gave Gordon and Christine a run for their money, losing by only 5 points in the last match of the evening. Jennifer and Lin, Mark and Kath, and Gordon and Christine all won 2 of their 4 matches for 4 match points each, but winners on the night, having swept the board by winning all their matches for 8 match points, were John and Annette, playing off a combined handicap of 36. Congratulations!
The next Competition Night will be on Wednesday 26 November. Given how Wednesdays fall in December, this will be the last Competition Night of 2008, so come along and take a last chance to get your name moved up the rankings. The last Club night of the year will be on Wednesday December 17, and then we will be open for business as usual again on Wednesday 7 January 2009. Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun!
Gordon Robbie
SEPTEMBER COMPETITION NIGHT
The last Wednesday of September fell on the 24th, and those present for the monthly examination of skill and nerve included Annette Bunting; Kath Dawson; Alan Dawson; John Doughty; Shirley Moss; Gordon Robbie; Jennifer Robbie; and Christine Wooster. Teams out of the hat were Shirley and Christine; John and Gordon; Alan and Jennifer; and Kath and Annette.
A new ingredient was thrown into the mix when Gordon Robbie announced that he had devised a handicap system based on the competition results to date. As in golf, the handicaps are intended to level out the field of play and give the back markers a more competitive edge against the front runners. Unlike golf, though, where the handicap is subtracted from the score at the end of a round, the shuffleboard handicaps are added to the score and put up on the scoreboard before play commences. For doubles, the handicaps of the two players are simply added together. Alan Dawson had the best competition results to date and so he was off scratch with a handicap of 0, with others then ranging from 7 up to 28.
As luck would have it, the two players with the longest handicaps, Shirley on 24 and Christine on 28, were drawn in the same team, as were the two lowest handicap players, Alan on 0 and Jennifer on 7. This meant that when these two teams met, Shirley and Christine had a starting lead of 45 points, giving Alan and Jennifer a mountain to climb just to draw level. In the event, they didn’t quite make it and lost the game by 12 points.
Overall, Kath and Annette, without playing at all badly, didn’t win any of their games, while the three other teams each won two games, which meant that the actual points scored had to be totalled to determine the winner. Thanks to a marvellous score of 143 points in their last game, Shirley and Christine came out on top, thus vindicating the handicap system by bringing the former runners-up to the front of the field. It will be interesting to see what effect the September results have on the handicap table!
The next competition night will be on Wednesday 29 October. See you then.
Gordon Robbie

AUGUST COMPETITION NIGHT
This fell on Wednesday 27th August, and throwing their hats into the ring were Anne Banks; Annette Bunting; Kath Dawson; Alan Dawson; John Doughty; Shirley Moss; Lin Packer; Kelvin Packer; Gordon Robbie; and Christine Wooster, with Jennifer Robbie keeping order and the scores. Doubles were the order of the day and the teams drawn out of the hat were John and Alan; Shirley and Kelvin; Anne and Lin (sisters!); Annette and Kathleen; Christine and Gordon.
Anne and Lin had an unfortunate evening and wound up without a point to their name, though, to be fair, Anne was having her first essay at the game. Shirley and Kelvin won only one game for 2 points and must have considered themselves unlucky when they lost by a single point, 91-92, in the evening’s highest scoring game. A slow start saw Christine and Gordon loose their first two games, but they finished strongly to win their last two for 4 points. John and Alan, probably the bookies’ favourites on the night, lost only one game to score 6 points, but the untouchables were Annette and Kath, winning all their games for a maximum 8 points. You can’t do better than that!
Next Competition Night will be on Wednesday 24 September. Note your diary NOW.
Gordon Robbie

JULY COMPETITION NIGHT
The July Competition Night was held on Wednesday 30th with 9 present, namely:-Annette Bunting; Kath Dawson; Alan Dawson; John Doughty; Shirley Moss; Gordon Robbie; Mark Linsdell; and Christine Wooster, with Jennifer Robbie organising things and keeping the scores on the doors.
Numbers and time constraints dictated that doubles be played, and the pairings that were drawn out of the hat were:- Gordon and Alan; John and Annette; Christine and Mark; Shirley and Kath.
Once again, nobody had it all their own way and all the teams won at least one of their matches, with nobody winning all three. On match points (2 for a win, 1 for a draw and 0 for a loss) Gordon and Alan tied with John and Annette on 4 points. That meant points scored in each game being totted up to resolve the situation. By a stroke of good fortune, combined, no doubt, with a little talent, Gordon and Alan had scored 119 points in their last game and this exceptional score secured their victory on the night.
Looking at results since the first Competition Night in February, I find that Alan has been on the winning team every time we played doubles, but has fared less well on the 2 occasions we played singles, when the winners were John and Jennifer. I’m sure there are all sorts of other interesting facts I can dig out, and I will aim to produce a rigorous statistical analysis at the end of the year. The next monthly competition night will be on Wednesday 27 August. Hope to see you then.
Gordon Robbie

JUNE COMPETITION NIGHT
The June Competition Night on Wednesday 25th marked the Shuffleboard Club’s first anniversary and, in view of this special occasion, there was a cup, kindly donated by Kath Dawson, and £5 to be won. The highly competitive field included:-Annette Bunting; Kath Dawson; Alan Dawson; John Doughty; Lin Packer; Jennifer Robbie; Marie Weiner; and Christine Wooster, with Gordon Robbie doing the administration and generally keeping order.
The regular 2-hour slot sets a limit on the number of matches that can be played, so doubles was the order of the day. The pairings drawn out of the hat were:- Marie and Jennifer; Alan and Annette; John and Christine; and Kath and Linda.
Competition was fierce and scoring was tight, with teams in 2 of the matches being separated by only 1 point, with the largest winning margin a modest 28. All the teams won at least one of their 3 matches, but 2 teams won 2 matches to give them 4 match points each. The tie was resolved by a count of the actual game points scored, and Alan and Annette ran out the winners with 145 points to the 135 of Marie and Jennifer. So congratulations to Alan and Annette who each won a fiver and are joint holders of the Dawson Cup until it is played for again in June 2009.
Looking less far ahead, the next monthly competition night will be on Wednesday 30 July. Hope to see you then.
Gordon Robbie

APRIL/MAY COMPETITION NIGHTS
Since I filed my last report, the Shuffleboard Club has held another two Competition Nights on the last Wednesdays in April and May, which, with the increasing organisational experience, ran with the efficiency of a well-oiled machine.
On 30 April, the field comprised:-Annette Bunting; Kath Dawson; Alan Dawson; John Doughty; Shirley Moss; Jennifer Robbie; Gordon Robbie; and Christine Wooster.
Given the numbers, the matches were played as doubles and the 4 teams drawn out of the hat were – John and Christine; Shirley and Jennifer; Alan and Gordon; and Annette and Kath. The highest score of the evening was 89 points scored by Shirley and Jennifer against the 56 points of Annette and Kath. At the other end of the spectrum John and Christine had the misfortune to score only -1 (yes, minus one. Shuffleboard can be a cruel game!) in their game with Alan and Gordon, who ran out the evening’s overall winners with 6 match points to Shirley and Jennifer’s 4. John and Christine won only one of their matches to score 2 points, while Annette and Kath drew a blank despite scoring quite well in their 3 games.
On Wednesday 28 May, it was decided to play singles with 6 players, including:- Kath Dawson; Alan Dawson; Shirley Moss; Jennifer Robbie; Gordon Robbie; and Christine Wooster
Although a game according to the Rules is the first to 75 points, it can often take a long time to get there, given Shuffleboard’s opportunities for spoiling play and negative scores, Accordingly, the Club plays 8-end games so that everybody is getting about the same time on court with not too much waiting time; which explains why Alan had scores in 2 games of 118 and 135 points. On that form, he might have emerged the May winner, had he not lost the evening’s lowest scoring game by only 11 points to Jennifer’s 12. Jennifer, despite that low score and narrow winning margin, won all her other games as well to give her victory on the night with a perfect 10 match points to Alan’s 8. Kath, Shirley and Gordon wound up with 4 match points each but Christine scored a duck. And a good time was had by all!
Next Competition Night will be on Wednesday 25 June. Since it’s the Club’s first anniversary, the winner will be awarded a cup and a fiver. Hope to see you then.
Gordon Robbie

NEWS FROM 26 MARCH 2008 – 2ND COMPETITION NIGHT
The Shuffleboard Club held its second monthly competition night on Wednesday 26 March in the Village Hall. Competing on the night were:-
Alan Dawson; Kath Dawson; John Doughty; Jennifer Robbie; Lin Packer; and Kelvin Packer.
With only 6 competitors, it was decided to play singles. Everyone playing everybody else once over 8 ends meant 15 matches to play, which filled up our usual 2-hour slot comfortably. As before, my non-playing role was as match referee and scorer. League points were allocated on the usual 2 for a win and 1 for a draw, with a tally also kept of the actual game points scored to resolve a league points tie at the end of the evening.
The form book was confounded by Kelvin Packer, who was in the winning team at the February competition night, coming tail of the field with only 2 points scored, from one win against Lin. Coincidence, or was Lin feeling sorry for him?. Lin Packer herself was next up with 3 points, her odd point coming from a tie with John Doughty. On 6 points were Alan Dawson, Kath Dawson and Jennifer Robbie, but clear winner on the night with 7 points was John Doughty.
As it turned out, even though he although he only had 3 wins to John’s 3 wins and a draw, Alan Dawson actually scored the most points over the evening, with a total of 311 to John’s 281, largely because one of John’s wins was in a very low-scoring game which he won with only 18 points to his opponent’s – 5. All this goes to show that Shuffleboard has one of the major ingredients for any popular sport – the production of statistics! And the more competition nights we have, the more statistics I will be able to produce. Nice!
The next competition night will be Wednesday 30 April, starting at 19.30 with the usual charge of £2 per head. 15 Matches are the most we can comfortably fit in to our 2-hour slot, so numbers on the evening will dictate whether we play doubles or singles, but, either way, the more the merrier. See you then.
Gordon Robbie

MONTHLY COMPETITION NIGHTS
1. The Shuffleboard Club will hold its monthly competiton nights on the last Wednesday of every month. The charge will be the usual £2.00 per head.
2. The format of the evening is intended to keep things simple, informal and self-contained. Anyone wanting to play can just turn up without any need to make any prior arrangements. As players arrive, their names will be put in the hat, and when everybody has arrived, the competition draw will be made.
3. If there are 8 or more players, then the names will be drawn in pairs and the matches will be doubles. The order in which pairs are drawn will also determine the order of the initial matches. In the event of there being an odd number, I will drop out and concentrate on running the event and keeping scores.
4. If there are fewer than 8 players, then the matches will be played as singles, and the draw will just determine the initial order of play.
5. The competition will be on a league or round robin basis, i.e. everybody will play everybody else once. Each match will be played over our usual 8 ends. The winners of each match will score 2 points, with each team or player taking 1 point in the event of a tie. The actual scores in each match will also be recorded.
6. The team, or player, with the greatest number of league points at the end of the evening will be declared the Competition Night Winner. In the event of there being a tie on league points, then the winner will be the team with the greatest number of points scored in all their matches.
7. The prize will be a refund of the evening’s charge of £2 to the winning player or players (This is just for starters to see how it goes – if the Competition Night looks like being popular, more substantial rewards can be offered.).
Gordon Robbie

NEWS FROM 6 FEBRUARY 2008
At the end of November 2007, questionnaires were given to all 18 Shuffleboard Club members and there was a 100% response.
To the question of keeping a “contingency fund” for the purpose of purchasing new equipment/replacement etc., there were 17 in favour with a further 1 defining a requirement for a “surplus” to be used for this purpose.
To the question of how much this “contingency fund” should be, there was 1 choice for £100 to £150; 4 for £100; 3 for £50; 1 for £15. The other 9 members did not choose a specific amount
To the question of whether the fee should be lowered and to how much – 12 voted for a lower fee and 6 said it should not be lowered. Of the 12 who voted to lower the fee, 10 wanted £2 per two-hour session; with 2 others suggesting £1.50 to £2.00.
To the question of whether surplus funds, if any – in excess of the hall hire fees and contingency fund – could be donated to the Village Hall and/or to other charities, 12 voted for the Village Hall only with 4 others in favour of the VH or other charity, 1 in favour of neither and 1 unclear.
To the question of competition, and bearing in mind some of you voted for more than one option, 16 wanted competition of some kind with 8 opting for once a month and 8 opting for year end; 3 for once a quarter and 2 for once every six months. 11 would like competition against other local clubs if any exist.
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Village Hall rent for the 2 hours is £12.00 so at present we need 5 people to break even – since we started on 4 July 2007, there has been only one session where a loss was made with three other sessions where a minimum 50p profit was made. The Hall rent is paid when billed by the Village Hall Committee at the end of each quarter but the £12 is put aside immediately after each evening’s hire in readiness for the Bill. All rent has been paid up to and including the quarter ended 31 December 2007. The rent due at 31 March 2008, a 12 week hire period, will be £144. As at 31 January 2008, there is already a surplus (or contingency fund) of £80 over the 4 weeks rent due up to that date.
It seems therefore that the Session fee can be lowered to £2.00 per two-hour club meeting as from 6 February 2008; this will mean that 6 players are required to break even each Wednesday; that the above surplus should be allowed to rise to £100; and that any amount over £100 in hand at the end of a quarter, after the payment of the Village Hall rent, should be donated to Village Hall funds.
Regarding competition – there are no other local clubs at the moment but we can monitor that situation. As regards competition nights at the club, this will be looked at with the possibility of something at the end of this month to see how it goes.
Jennifer Robbie

Women’s Institute
2010 – The charity of interest to our WI in 2010 was St John’s Ambulance and speakers from St John’s were booked for our January 2010 meeting which, unfortunately, had to be cancelled because of the snow.
The 2010 Programme was:

12 January Mr & Mrs Kenniston “St John’s Ambulance” – Competition Handmade Card

9 February Bring and Buy
9 March Visit to the Specsavers Factory
10 March Kett Group Meeting Alan Smith on “Flower Arranging” Competition – 1 Stemmed Flower
16 March Birthday Party
13 April Mr Bob McClenning “Isambard Kingdom Brunel”
11 May Discussion of Resolutions for National Federation of WIs AGM and Social Evening – Competition Most 4 letter words from the word RESOLUTIONS
8 June Mrs C Humphries “Tears and Laughter tracing her FamilyTree” – Competition Victorian Photograph
13 July Summer Party
10 August Mr Monaghan “My Life in Crime” – Competition Article made of Wood
14 September Mrs J Marriage “Penal Colony to Tourist Destination” Competition – Prettiest Single Rose
12 October Mrs Michelle Harrison “Sussex Farmhouse Foods” – Competition Prettiest Cake Knife
13 October Kett Group Meeting “Archives” – Competition Relic from the Past
9 November Annual General Meeting – Competition Favourite Quotation
14 December Christmas Party
The charity of interest to our WI in 2010 is St John’s Ambulance and speakers from St John’s were booked for our January 2010 meeting which, unfortunately, had to be cancelled because of the snow.

2009 – The charity of interest to our WI in 2009 was the Norfolk Wildlife Trust which owns and looks after several sites in Norfolk, including Ashwellthorpe Lower Wood.

2008 – The 2008 charity of interest was PACT – the People for Animal Care Trust, an animal sanctuary covering Norfolk and North Suffolk which undertakes the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of all animals. It is based at River Farm, Woodrising, near Hingham. Mr G Rockingham of PACT attended the meeting on 8 January 2008 to tell us more.

The East Coast Truckers Charity was Wreningham & District W.I.’s charity of interest during 2007. These are the Truckers who organise various events to raise so much money to help children and their families. They also organise the famous Children’s Convoy held every year during the August Bank Holiday; this year’s event taking place last Sunday, the 26th. Some 84 trucks, with excited children as passengers, progressed in convoy from County Hall in Norwich to the seafront in Great Yarmouth. The children then went on to spend the afternoon on the various rides at Pleasurewood Hills – all on a perfect summer’s day.

GIGS
March 2008 – Spikedrivers Concert
The following is a report by Brian Mondin the organiser of the concert
I first heard the Spikedrivers approximately two years ago at the Assembly Rooms in Norwich and was so taken with their music that I bought two CD’s (even though it was not a buy one get one free offer). I then went to see them again in Cromer and then a third time in Billericay in Essex. I had by this time decided that they would be an ideal band to appear in Ashwellthorpe at our third gig to raise money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, as not only did they sound good, but they also looked good which I thought would come over well in our small traditional style hall. The band comprises Ben Tyzack from Charleston, South Carolina, on lead guitar, vocals and harmonica, Constance Redgrave from Hollywood, California, on bass guitar vocals and percussion, and Maurice McElroy from Belfast, Northern Ireland on drums, vocals and percussion.
The Spikedrivers eventually appeared in Ashwellthorpe on Saturday 1st March in front of a packed hall (nobody failed to turn up, although one or two people had difficulty finding the hall) who enthusiastically received each song and at conclusion of the encore in which the audience were invited to “shake with the band” gave the Spikedrivers a standing ovation. The evenings commenced with a great solo guitar performance by Dean Powell who played for about half an hour. He was also invited to play with the Spikedrivers on two numbers in the second set. The evening was greatly enjoyed by both performers and audience alike and raised £456.13 for the Air Ambulance. With very many thanks to everyone who made cakes, gave raffle prizes and/or helped on the night, particularly those who were ‘roped in’ at the last minute.
You can see more about the group on their website www.spikedrivers.net
Some pictures of the concert are on the Photo Album.