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Autumn All Day 29th Sept   26/9/2019
I have today looked at three seperate weather forecasts for Sunday and they all predict a wet day. I have therefore decided with regret to cancel the competition in time for you to make other arrangements if you need to. If the forecasts are wrong normal Sunday play will take place. Geoff  
Ladder  24/9/2019
Exciting news! John Lambie has beaten Robert to take top spot!
This means that barring a miracle, John will receive the 'Anniversary Bottle of Wine' for being at the top of the ladder on the anniversary of its inception last September. Great timing, John! The second bottle goes to the player who has climbed the most rungs since last year... to be announced on Sunday!
1 John Lambie
2 Robert Williams
3 Paul Lavelle
4 Geoff Cook
5 Brian Russell
6 Janet Sargeant
7 Bernie Hornett
8 Paul Grimsdick
9 Ava Greenwell
10 Jon Newby
11 Maurice Levitt
12 Jean Retallick
13 Mavis Cook
14 Martin Todd
15 Andrew Caldin
16 John (Eric) Oliver
17 Ivan Sargeant
18 Pete Millman
19 John Matthews
20 Martyn Smith
21 David Ansell
22 Eddie Linford
23 Joe Enright
24 Barry Chapman
25 Beryl Matthews
26 Keith Milan
  
Coaching 5th October  22/9/2019
Andrew has advised that he will be taking club members to Ickleford for the coaching course on 5th October at 8.45am and will be stopping after at a country pub close to the venue  
Brickendon Lane Closure  20/9/2019
Just to advise you Brickendon Lane is due to be closed from Monday 23rd September for 5days. The closure is only in place during working hours so should only effect Thursday morning play and an alternative route will be needed. Janet R  
Ladder Latest  16/9/2019
Not much movement recently...Watch out for our latest recruits, Joe and Barry making bids...
1 Robert Williams 
2 John Lambie 
3 Paul Lavelle
4 Geoff Cook 
5 Brian Russell
6 Janet Sargeant
7 Bernie Hornett
8 Paul Grimsdick 
9 Ava Greenwell
10 Jon Newby 
11 Maurice Levitt 
12 Jean Retallick 
13 Mavis Cook 
14 Martin Todd 
15 Andrew Caldin 
16 John (Eric) Oliver 
17 Ivan Sargeant 
18 Pete Millman 
19 John Matthews 
20 Martyn Smith 
21 David Ansell 
22 Eddie Linford 
23 Joe Enright 
24 Barry Chapman
25 Beryl Matthews
26 Keith Milan
  
Autumn All Day 29th Sept 9.30 check in   6/9/2019
I would be grateful if you would let me have your entries, we need to work out the game format and buy prizes. The Farmers Boy unfortunately cannot provide us with lunch but have said they are happy for us to bring our own packed lunches. Another date for youre diaries December 18th Christmas Dinner more details later. Geoff  
Sunday Sept 1st restrictions  31/8/2019
Due to security at the opening of the Brickendon Fete the FB car park will not be opened until 12.00. Due also to the extra strain on the FB staff, coffee cannot be provided.
I am sorry to advise you at such short notice but I personally only learned this afternoon.
(I suggest that players park well down in Fanshaws Lane ignoring the 'road Closed' sign!)All other areas are coned off to prevent traffic blockages during the Brickendon Fete. Fete visitors parking (for the purchase of a £2 programme is available from 11.00am on the far end of the Green).
John  
LADDER  27/8/2019
A flurry of activity this evening at the foot of the ladder...
Things seem to be stagnating on the middle rungs, so come on - get those challenges in!    More....
BRICKENDON FETE Sun 1st Sept  25/8/2019
Club members needed to man the LUCKY HORSESHOE game in 1 hr stints,50% of the proceeds go to BPBC!!! please email me if you can give it some time johnclambie@hotmail.co.uk
P.S. I got my email address wrong in the earlier post.JL
  
Further Ladder  19/8/2019
Sorry, forgot to attach the Ladder!
1 Robert Williams 
2 John Lambie 
3 Paul Lavelle
4 Geoff Cook 
5 Brian Russell
6 Janet Sargeant
7 Bernie Hornett
8 Paul Grimsdick 
9 Ava Greenwell
10 Jon Newby 
11 Maurice Levitt 
12 Jean Retallick 
13 Mavis Cook 
14 Martin Todd 
15 Andrew Caldin 
16 John (Eric) Oliver 
17 Ivan Sargeant 
18 John Matthews 
19 Pete Millman 
20 Martyn Smith 
21 David Ansell 
22 Eddie Linford 
23 Beryl Matthews 
24 Joe Enright
25 Barry Chapman
26 Keith Milan
  
Ladder  19/8/2019
High drama this week!
Keith has again sportingly reverted to the bottom rung, as he is off on safari for a while, and Hughie has withdrawn from the ladder for personal reasons. All we need now is the installation of VAR technology, and we'll be as exciting as the Premier League! Good weather promised for this week, so get those matches organised!
Eric  
Moving with the times  13/8/2019
The website is now much more tablet/ipad and smartphone user-friendly.
If you find any problems please let me know.
All the best,
Dave Axton  
Ladder Latest  12/8/2019
I welcome onto the ladder our two newest club members, Joe Enright and Barry Chapman. It is very good to see you both throwing yourselves in at the deep end! Good luck, and enjoy your ladder matches. There are a few informal rules, which I'm sure you'll pick up as you go along. There are plenty of us to remind you if you put a foot wrong! Even better news is that (at last) I managed to beat Ivan in a close fought but sporting game! Watch out, Andrew, I'm coming after you! Best wishes to all, Eric.
1 Robert Williams
2 Hughie Lambie
3 John Lambie
4 Paul Lavelle
5 Geoff Cook
6 Brian Russell
7 Janet Sargeant
8 Bernie Hornett
9 Paul Grimsdick
10 Ava Greenwell
11 Jon Newby
12 Maurice Levitt
13 Jean Retallick
14 Mavis Cook
15 Martin Todd
16 Andrew Caldin
17 John (Eric) Oliver
18 Ivan Sargeant
19 John Matthews
20 Pete Millman
21 Martyn Smith
22 David Ansell
23 Eddie Linford
24 Beryl Matthews
25 Keith Milan
26 Joe Enright
27 Barry Chapman
  
LADDER UPDATE  7/8/2019
Little movement last week, with our chairman, John climbing into the top 3.
If there have been any other changes, I need to know about them, please!
Regards, Eric
1 Robert Williams
2 Hughie Lambie
3 John Lambie
4 Paul Lavelle
5 Geoff Cook
6 Brian Russell
7 Janet Sargeant
8 Bernie Hornett
9 Paul Grimsdick
10 Ava Greenwell
11 Jon Newby
12 Maurice Levitt
13 Jean Retallick
14 Mavis Cook
15 Martin Todd
16 Andrew Caldin
17 Ivan Sargeant
18 John (Eric) Oliver
19 John Matthews
20 Pete Millman
21 Martyn Smith
22 David Ansell
23 Eddie Linford
24 Beryl Matthews
25 Keith Milan
  
Ladder Latest  29/7/2019
Hello All,
Little movement this week... spot the change!
1 Robert Williams
2 Hughie Lambie
3 Paul Lavelle
4 John Lambie
5 Geoff Cook
6 Brian Russell
7 Janet Sargeant
8 Bernie Hornett
9 Paul Grimsdick
10 Ava Greenwell
11 Jon Newby
12 Maurice Levitt
13 Jean Retallick
14 Mavis Cook
15 Martin Todd
16 Andrew Caldin
17 Ivan Sargeant
18 John (Eric) Oliver
19 John Matthews
20 Pete Millman
21 Martyn Smith
22 David Ansell
23 Eddie Linford
24 Beryl Matthews
25 Keith Milan
  
Autumn All Day  26/7/2019
A date for your diary Sunday 29th September an all day competition. The club will ask the Farmers Boy to provide a buffet lunch which the club will pay for. I will ask for entries begining of Sept. Geoff  
LADDER UPDATE  17/7/2019
Apologies for my tardiness. After a flurry of matches on Sunday and yesterday, here is the current Ladder. If I have got anything wrong, please let me know. If anyone can give me a few tips on 'how to beat Ivan', I'll be very grateful.
Best wishes to all,
Eric.
1 Robert Williams
2 Hughie Lambie
3 Paul Lavelle
4 John Lambie
5 Brian Russell
6 Geoff Cook
7 Janet Sargeant
8 Bernie Hornett
9 Paul Grimsdick
10 Ava Greenwell
11 Jon Newby
12 Maurice Levitt
13 Jean Retallick
14 Mavis Cook
15 Martin Todd
16 Andrew Caldin
17 Ivan Sargeant
18 John (Eric) Oliver
19 John Matthews
20 Pete Millman
21 Martyn Smith
22 David Ansell
23 Eddie Linford
24 Beryl Matthews
25 Keith Milan  
LADDER RANT  12/7/2019
Dear Ladder players.
Further to Janet's entirely justifiable reminder about paying for our coffee, here's an unusual rant from me!
It has come to my notice that some ladder players are declining challenges from those below them on the ladder, purely on the grounds that they 'want to play the one above them first'. No names at this stage.
To make the rule absolutely clear... If you have already booked a game and arranged a date with the player above you, then you are quite right tell the person challenging you that. You are NOT allowed to refuse a challenge just because you WANT to play the person above you on the ladder. To decline a challenge on those grounds alone is unsporting and not within the spirit of the competition.
SO, if the person below you challenges you, and you haven't got a game booked with the person above you, you must accept the challenge or give them a walk over. If any of that is not clear to anyone, please speak to me personally and I will explain it in big boy's words of very few syllables, and you wouldn't want that, would you?
Kind regards,
Eric
End of rant!  
Coffee   8/7/2019
It has been brought to my attention and I have been asked to put this on the club noticeboard that not everyone is paying the correct amount for coffee in the Farmers Boy on Sunday and Thursday. The cost for coffee is £1.50 each and the amount of money paid should equal the amount of dirty cups. Apparently we are on our last warning as this has happened previously. If the pub stops providing refreshments then presumably the toilets may not be available either during the morning sessions. The pub provides this service to us out of the goodness of their hearts you can appreciate that they can’t make money out of coffee at £1.50 per cup. Please make sure that you pay the correct amount for your refreshments perhaps somebody can take on the role of ensuring the correct money is collected. Janet R  
LADDER  28/6/2019
No reported movement over the last couple of weeks. Perhaps (with a couple of exceptions) we have reached an almost natural order on the ladder. The only way to climb is to challenge! I am away until 8 July, so please continue play and let me know of any position changes after my return.
Best wishes to all, Eric
1 Robert Williams
2 Hughie Lambie
3 Paul Lavelle
4 Brian Russell
5 John Lambie
6 Geoff Cook
7 Bernie Hornett
8 Janet Sargeant
9 Paul Grimsdick
10 Ava Greenwell
11 Jon Newby
12 Maurice Levitt
13 Jean Retallick
14 Mavis Cook
15 Martin Todd
16 Andrew Caldin
17 Ivan Sargeant
18 John (Eric) Oliver
19 John Matthews
20 Martyn Smith
21 Pete Millman
22 David Ansell
23 Eddie Linford
24 Beryl Matthews
25 Keith Milan
  
Hosted Events  26/6/2019
Last Thursday we hosted Hoddesdon Rotary Club for a very successful evening and I would like to thank JL and Hughie for their help. The Club have asked for another evening later in the year and also next year to play against their Belgium twin town. Geoff   
Ladder Latest  10/6/2019
Some movement this week, most notably Keith Milan, who due unavailability because of holidays, etc. has sportingly reverted to the foot of the ladder. Watch out, Beryl!
1 Robert Williams
2 Hughie Lambie
3 Paul Lavelle
4 Brian Russell
5 John Lambie
6 Geoff Cook
7 Bernie Hornett
8 Janet Sargeant
9 Paul Grimsdick
10 Ava Greenwell
11 Jon Newby
12 Maurice Levitt
13 Jean Retallick
14 Mavis Cook
15 Martin Todd
16 Andrew Caldin
17 Ivan Sargeant
18 John (Eric) Oliver
19 John Matthews
20 Martyn Smith
21 Pete Millman
22 David Ansell
23 Eddie Linford
24 Beryl Matthews
25 Keith Milan
  
monday Ladder update.  3/6/2019
A few changes this week...
1 Robert Williams
2 Hughie Lambie
3 Keith Milan
4 Paul Lavelle
5 Brian Russell
6 John Lambie
7 Geoff Cook
8 Bernie Hornett
9 Paul Grimsdick
10 Janet Sargeant
11 Ava Greenwell
12 Jon Newby
13 Maurice Levitt
14 Jean Retallick
15 Mavis Cook
16 Martin Todd
17 Andrew Caldin
18 Ivan Sargeant
19 John (Eric) Oliver
20 John Matthews
21 Martyn Smith
22 Pete Millman
23 David Ansell
24 Eddie Linford
25 Beryl Matthews
  
Ladder Update.  28/5/2019
Changes at the top this week, as Keith has been indisposed, and has sportingly agreed to drop to rung 3, then play later to try to regain top spot. Well done, Keith!
1 Robert Williams
2 Hughie Lambie
3 Keith Milan
4 Brian Russell
5 Paul Lavelle
6 John Lambie
7 Geoff Cook
8 Bernie Hornett
9 Paul Grimsdick
10 Janet Sargeant
11 Ava Greenwell
12 Jon Newby
13 Maurice Levitt
14 Jean Retallick
15 Mavis Cook
16 Martin Todd
17 Ivan Sargeant
18 Andrew Caldin
19 John (Eric) Oliver
20 John Matthews
21 Martyn Smith
22 Pete Millman
23 David Ansell
24 Eddie Linford
25 Beryl Matthews
  
Ladder Update  21/5/2019
Apologies for this week's update being a day late!
1 Keith Milan
2 Robert Williams
3 Hughie Lambie
4 Brian Russell
5 Paul Lavelle
6 John Lambie
7 Bernie Hornett
8 Geoff Cook
9 Paul Grimsdick
10 Janet Sargeant
11 Ava Greenwell
12 Jon Newby
13 Maurice Levitt
14 Jean Retallick
15 Mavis Cook
16 Martin Todd
17 Ivan Sargeant
18 Andrew Caldin
19 John (Eric) Oliver
20 John Matthews
21 Martyn Smith
22 Pete Millman
23 David Ansell
24 Eddie Linford
25 Beryl Matthews
  
Work party   17/5/2019
A big thank you to all who attended today's work party it is looking really good
bob  
Unusual Mid-week Ladder Update  15/5/2019
First, my sincere and abject apologies to John Matthews, who mysteriously became 'ohn' in the last update. I'll blame my banana fingers on my keyboard, but yes, John, it was actually a ploy to further unnerve you before our match on Thursday... John Lambie continues to make quiet but certain progress!
1 Keith Milan
2 Robert Williams
3 Brian Russell
4 Hughie Lambie
5 Paul Lavelle
6 John Lambie
7 Bernie Hornett
8 Paul Grimsdick
9 Geoff Cook
10 Ava Greenwell
11 Janet Sargeant
12 Jon Newby
13 Maurice Levitt
14 Jean Retallick
15 Mavis Cook
16 Martin Todd
17 Ivan Sargeant
18 Andrew Caldin
19 John Matthews
20 John (Eric) Oliver
21 Martyn Smith
22 Pete Millman
23 David Ansell
24 Eddie Linford
25 Beryl Matthews
Regards, Eric 07890 269673  
Monday Ladder Udate  13/5/2019
A little movement this week.
1 Keith Milan
2 Robert Williams
3 Brian Russell
4 Hughie Lambie
5 Paul Lavelle
6 Bernie Hornett
7 John Lambie
8 Paul Grimsdick
9 Geoff Cook
10 Ava Greenwell
11 Janet Sargeant
12 Jon Newby
13 Maurice Levitt
14 Jean Retallick
15 Mavis Cook
16 Martin Todd
17 Ivan Sargeant
18 Andrew Caldin
19 ohn,
20 John (Eric) Oliver
21 Martyn Smith
22 Pete Millman
23 David Ansell
24 Eddie Linford
25 Beryl Matthews
  
Work party   13/5/2019
There will be a work party on Friday the 17th of May starting around 9.30 to paint the benches and start to install the blind all help welcome Bob
  
Bank Holiday Ladder.  6/5/2019
Quite a bit of movement this week, with Ivan bringing Andrew's winning run to a halt!
1 Keith Milan
2 Robert Williams
3 Brian Russell
4 Hughie Lambie
5 Paul Lavelle
6 Bernie Hornett
7 Paul Grimsdick
8 John Lambie
9 Geoff Cook
10 Ava Greenwell
11 Janet Sargeant
12 Jon Newby
13 Maurice Levitt
14 Jean Retallick
15 Mavis Cook
16 Martin Todd
17 Ivan Sargeant
18 Andrew Caldin
19 John Matthews
20 John (Eric) Oliver
21 Martyn Smith
22 Pete Millman
23 David Ansell
24 Eddie Linford
25 Beryl Matthews
  
Late Ladder  30/4/2019
Apologies for this being a day late... I've been a bit busy!
Eric 07890 269673
1 Keith Milan
2 Brian Russell
3 Robert Williams
4 Hughie Lambie
5 Paul Lavelle
6 Bernie Hornett
7 Paul Grimsdick
8 John Lambie
9 Geoff Cook
10 Ava Greenwell
11 Jon Newby
12 Maurice Levitt
13 Janet Sargeant
14 Jean Retallick
15 Mavis Cook
16 Martin Todd
17 Ivan Sargeant
18 John Matthews
19 John (Eric) Oliver
20 Andrew Caldin
21 Martyn Smith
22 Pete Millman
23 David Ansell
24 Eddie Linford
25 Beryl Matthews
  
Work party   28/4/2019
There will be a work party on Friday 3rd may weather permitting at 9 .30 all welcome Bob  
BankHoliday Ladder Latest  22/4/2019
Firstly, let's all say a big 'Thank You' to Bob, John L, and everyone else who was involved in the erction of our new clubhouse, and kitting it out inside. Well done!
Lots of matches played this week, with some interesting movement. If I've made any errors, I'm sure you'll let me know.
Eric 07890 269673
1 Keith Milan
2 Brian Russell
3 Robert Williams
4 Hughie Lambie
5 Bernie Hornett
6 Paul Lavelle
7 Paul Grimsdick
8 Geoff Cook
9 John Lambie
10 Ava Greenwell
11 Jon Newby
12 Maurice Levitt
13 Janet Sargeant
14 Jean Retallick
15 Mavis Cook
16 Martin Todd
17 Ivan Sargeant
18 John Matthews
19 John (Eric) Oliver
20 Martyn Smith
21 Andrew Caldin
22 Pete Millman
23 David Ansell
24 Eddie Linford
25 Beryl Matthews
  
Ladder... Live and Learn  15/4/2019
Having said that I will publish the Ladder Update weekly, on a Monday, I now realise that it ought to be later in the day, to give those who played on a Sunday a chance to let me know their result! So, here is the VERY LATEST! (Hughie now the one to watch...)
1 Robert Williams
2 Keith Milan
3 Brian Russell
4 Bernie Hornett
5 Hughie Lambie
6 Paul Lavelle
7 Paul Grimsdick
8 Geoff Cook
9 John Lambie
10 Ava Greenwell
11 Jon Newby
12 Maurice Levitt
13 Janet Sargeant
14 Jean Retallick
15 Mavis Cook
16 Martin Todd
17 Ivan Sargeant
18 John Matthews
19 John (Eric) Oliver
20 Martyn Smith
21 Pete Millman
22 Andrew Caldin
23 David Ansell
24 Eddie Linford
25 Beryl Matthews

  
Ladder Update  15/4/2019
Some movement last week... there are still issues of members declining games until they have played the person above them. SO... if you are challenged by the player below you, you can ONLY decline if you have already arranged and set a date to play the member above you. It's supposed to be a bit of fun...
1 Robert Williams
2 Keith Milan
3 Brian Russell
4 Bernie Hornett
5 Paul Lavelle
6 Hughie Lambie
7 Paul Grimsdick
8 Geoff Cook
9 John Lambie
10 Ava Greenwell
11 Jon Newby
12 Maurice Levitt
13 Janet Sargeant
14 Jean Retallick
15 Mavis Cook
16 Martin Todd
17 Ivan Sargeant
18 John Matthews
19 John (Eric) Oliver
20 Martyn Smith
21 Pete Millman
22 Andrew Caldin
23 David Ansell
24 Eddie Linford
25 Beryl Matthews
  
SALE OF OLD CLUBHOUSE  10/4/2019
This sale to bpbc members is by highest open bid displayed on the notice board in the New Clubhouse, offers above £20 will close at 12 noon on 18/04/2019.  
My fault...  8/4/2019
My previous ladder was wrong, sorry. Eddie has climbed a rung!
Well don, Eddie, and hard luck, Beryl.
1 Robert Williams
2 Keith Milan
3 Bernie Hornett
4 Brian Russell
5 Paul Lavelle
6 Hughie Lambie
7 Paul Grimsdick
8 Geoff Cook
9 Ava Greenwell
10 John Lambie
11 Jon Newby
12 Maurice Levitt
13 Janet Sargeant
14 Jean Retallick
15 Mavis Cook
16 Martin Todd
17 Ivan Sargeant
18 John Matthews
19 John (Eric) Oliver
20 Martyn Smith
21 Pete Millman
22 Andrew Caldin
23 David Ansell
24 Eddie Linford
25 Beryl Matthews
  
Ladder Update Monday 8 April  8/4/2019
Some movement last week...
The club committee has endorsed my decision to publish the ladder once a week, usually on a Monday, which means that it can only include movement I have been told about by 8am on a Monday morning. The ladder is updated as soon as I am informed, so players can, of course, challenge the next above them immediately, but it will only be published weekly. If you are in doubt, please give me a call. 07890 269673.
Further, I think we need to agree that unless there are special circumstances, after a challenge has been made, the match should be played within 2 weeks, and that it is not in the spirit of the competition for a player to decline a challenge until they have played the person above them, unless such a match has already been arranged.
1 Robert Williams
2 Keith Milan
3 Bernie Hornett
4 Brian Russell
5 Paul Lavelle
6 Hughie Lambie
7 Paul Grimsdick
8 Geoff Cook
9 Ava Greenwell
10 John Lambie
11 Jon Newby
12 Maurice Levitt
13 Janet Sargeant
14 Jean Retallick
15 Mavis Cook
16 Martin Todd
17 Ivan Sargeant
18 John Matthews
19 John (Eric) Oliver
20 Martyn Smith
21 Pete Millman
22 Andrew Caldin
23 David Ansell
24 Beryl Matthews
25 Eddie Linford
Best wishes, Eric  
Work party   3/4/2019
John & myself will be at the piste on Friday 5th about 9.30 to remove the old " club house" & level the base ready for the new one on Wednesday any help most welcome
Bob  
Monday Ladder Update  1/4/2019
Lots of games played last week, (yes, I was beaten again), and some ladder movement. A reminder to all ladder climbers that I only need to be informed of a match result if it means a change of position. Eric
1 Robert Williams
2 Keith Milan
3 Bernie Hornett
4 Paul Lavelle
5 Brian Russell
6 Hughie Lambie
7 Paul Grimsdick
8 Geoff Cook
9 Ava Greenwell
10 John Lambie
11 Jon Newby
12 Maurice Levitt
13 Janet Sargeant
14 Jean Retallick
15 Mavis Cook
16 Martin Todd
17 Ivan Sargeant
18 John Matthews
19 John (Eric) Oliver
20 Martyn Smith
21 Pete Millman
22 Andrew Caldin
23 David Ansell
24 Beryl Matthews
25 Eddie Linford
  
Work party   28/3/2019
Just a reminder there is a work party on Saturday morning starting at 9.30 all welcome Bob  
Ladder Update  25/3/2019
Lots of matches played last week. Thank you to all who are issuing challenges! A new leader emerges... Please let me know if I've got anything wrong!
1 Robert Williams
2 Keith Milan
3 Bernie Hornett
4 Paul Lavelle
5 Brian Russell
6 Hughie Lambie
7 Paul Grimsdick
8 Ava Greenwell
9 Geoff Cook
10 Jon Newby
11 John Lambie
12 Jean Retallick
13 Janet Sargeant
14 Maurice Levitt
15 Martin Todd
16 Mavis Cook
17 Ivan Sargeant
18 John Matthews
19 John (Eric) Oliver
20 Martyn Smith
21 Pete Millman
22 David Ansell
23 Beryl Matthews
24 Andrew Caldin
25 Eddie Linford
  
Work party  21/3/2019
There will be a work party on Saturday 30th of March at around 10 am (new shed base & some painting)
All help will be gratefully received
Bob  
Work party  21/3/2019
There will be a work party on Saturday 30th of March at around 10 am (new shed base & some painting)
All help will be gratefully received
Bob  
Equinox   20/3/2019
😂😂 Glad to see you’re all on the Boule while we’re away...cu soon J & I   
Re. 9.30 start on 24th  20/3/2019
At the risk of being labelled a pedant, I seem to remember that it was agreed at last years AGM that the 9.30am start time would change when British Summer Time resumes. This year, BST starts on 31 March, so why are we changing our start time on 24th?
Looking forward to everyone's comments...
Eric  
Equinox  19/3/2019
Start of play this Sunday morning the 24th March reverts to 09.30, don't be late!  
This week's Ladder  14/3/2019
Not much play over the last couple of weeks, but well done David and hard luck Beryl! Welcome to Andrew Caldin who has stepped onto the bottom rung. Any bets on how long he takes to get to the top?
1 Keith Milan
2 Robert Williams
3 Bernie Hornett
4 Paul Lavelle
5 Brian Russell
6 Paul Grimsdick
7 Hughie Lambie
8 Ava Greenwell
9 Jon Newby
10 Geoff Cook
11 John Lambie
12 Jean Retallick
13 Janet Sargeant
14 Maurice Levitt
15 Martin Todd
16 Mavis Cook
17 Ivan Sargeant
18 John Matthews
19 John (Eric) Oliver
20 Martyn Smith
21 Pete Millman
22 David Ansell
23 Beryl Matthews
24 Eddie Linford
25 Andrew Caldin
  
Minutes AGM 05.03.19  8/3/2019
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AGM  5/3/2019
FINAL CALL
BPBC annual General Meeting Parish Hall 6.45pm prompt.
The meeting will close one hour later.
Please make the effort to attend.
JL
  
Piste Management Vacancy  3/3/2019
I have just heard from Martin Todd, he has decided to resign from the committee and Piste Management at the AGM on Tuesday 5th March. If you wish to be considered for this position please let me know.

I would like to thank Martin on behalf of the club for all his sterling work over the years.

Janet R  
Repeat of Agenda for AGM 5th March 2019  2/3/2019
Agenda for AGM is attached please note that it is 6.30pm for 6.45pm start as we have to vacate the hall for table tennis at 8pm.

Printed copies of the agenda will not be available at the meeting so please print a copy and bring to the AGM. Janet R    More....
Minutes of 2018 AGM  2/3/2019
Minutes of the 2018 AGM are attached. Printed copies will not be available at the meeting so please print out your own copy and bring to the AGM    More....
Ladder  25/2/2019
Some movement last week, with John Matthews beating ME! Ill be back...
1 Keith Milan
2 Robert Williams
3 Bernie Hornett
4 Paul Lavelle
5 Brian Russell
6 Paul Grimsdick
7 Hughie Lambie
8 Ava Greenwell
9 Jon Newby
10 Geoff Cook
11 John Lambie
12 Jean Retallick
13 Janet Sargeant
14 Maurice Levitt
15 Martin Todd
16 Mavis Cook
17 Ivan Sargeant
18 John Matthews
19 John (Eric) Oliver
20 Martyn Smith
21 Pete Millman
22 Beryl Matthews
23 David Ansell
24 Eddie Linford

  
More Ladder Movement  12/2/2019
I'm sorry, but not only was yesterday's weekly update incorrect, but it has already been superseded! (I lost to Mavis AGAIN this morning, so I'm seeking a hit man...) Next update will be next Monday. Eric.
1 Keith Milan
2 Robert Williams
3 Bernie Hornett
4 Paul Lavelle
5 Brian Russell
6 Paul Grimsdick
7 Highie Lambie
8 Ava Greenwell
9 Jon Newby
10 Geoff Cook
11 John Lambie
12 Jean Retallick
13 Janet Sargeant
14 Maurice Levitt
15 Martin Todd
16 Mavis Cook
17 Ivan Sargeant
18 John (Eric) Oliver
19 John Matthews
20 Martyn Smith
21 Pete Millman
22 Beryl Matthews
23 David Ansell
24 Eddie Linford
  
Ladder Update  11/2/2019
Some movement on the ladder last week, despite the ice...
1 Keith Milan
2 Robert Williams
3 Bernie Hornett
4 Paul Lavelle
5 Brian Russell
6 Paul Grimsdick
7 Ava Greenwell
8 Hughie Lambie
9 Jon Newby
10 Geoff Cook
11 John Lambie
12 Jean Retallick
13 Janet Sargeant
14 Maurice Levitt
15 Martin Todd
16 Mavis Cook
17 Ivan Sargeant
18 John (Eric) Oliver
19 John Matthews
20 Martyn Smith
21 Pete Millman
22 Beryl Matthews
23 David Ansell
24 Eddie Linford
  
AGM 5th March 2019  4/2/2019
The AGM will be held on Tuesday 5th March 2019 at 6.45pm in Fanshaws Rooms (village hall) Brickendon Green.

If you have any items you want to be added to the agenda please let me know by Friday .1st March.

The agenda will be on the website so please print off your own copy and bring it to the AGM. Copies will not be available at the meeting. Janet R  
Day off !!!  3/2/2019
Hughie's 08.00am report confirms that the snow from Friday morning is still overlaying both pieste and car park, and it has frozen solid!
No play today.
JL  
Winter Ladder  1/2/2019
More movement this week, amongst the frost and ice!
John Lambie making steady progress... who can stop him? (Come home soon, Geoff)!
1 Keith Milan
2 Robert Williams
3 Bernie Hornett
4 Brian Russell
5 Paul Lavelle
6 Paul Grimsdick
7 Ava Greenwell
8 Hughie Lambie
9 Jon Newby
10 Geoff Cook
11 John Lambie
12 Jean Retallick
13 Janet Sargeant
14 Maurice Levitt
15 Martin Todd
16 Mavis Cook
17 Ivan Sargeant
18 John (Eric) Oliver
19 John Matthews
20 Martyn Smith
21 Pete Millman
22 Beryl Matthews
23 David Ansell
24 Eddie Linford
  
8.00am inspection  31/1/2019
Hughie L reports that, whilst the playing surface is covered in Tuesday's snow, the carpark gravel is not and that the equivalent of 4 'pistes' are free to play on! Those members intending to play are advised to dress appropriately for cold weather!
JL  
Snow covered piste  30/1/2019
The temperature is too low for the snow cover to disappear over night. So I fear that play will not be possible tomorrow.
JL  
Thursday snow boule  24/1/2019
The piste displays large areas without residual snow, so games can be played. A bag of salt is available to treat paths and woodwork.
Those with thermal layers and gloves could enjoy a bracing game or two at 10.00; see you there!!!
JL  
Ladder  21/1/2019
More movement on Sunday, with Hughie climbing. As the Ladder Competition is so active, I have decided that from now on although I will update the ladder immediately when I am notified that a player has climbed a rung, I will only send out an update message once a week, probably on a Monday. I'm sure you're all as fed up with receiving so many messages as I am with writing them! Any objections?
1 Keith Milan
2 Robert Williams
3 Bernie Hornett
4 Brian Russell
5 Paul Lavelle
6 Paul Grimsdick
7 Ava Greenwell
8 Hughie Lambie
9 Jon Newby
10 Geoff Cook
11 Jean Retallick
12 Janet Sargeant
13 Maurice Levitt
14 John Lambie
15 Martin Todd
16 Mavis Cook
17 Ivan Sargeant
18 John (Eric) Oliver
19 John Matthews
20 Martyn Smith
21 Pete Millman
22 Beryl Matthews
23 David Ansell
24 Eddie Linford
  
They Just Can't Stop Playing!  18/1/2019
Bernie and Pete M have both made progress this week... Still a long way to go to your rightful position, Pete!
1 Keith Milan
2 Robert Williams
3 Bernie Hornett
4 Brian Russell
5 Paul Lavelle
6 Paul Grimsdick
7 Ava Greenwell
8 John Newby
9 Geoff Cook
10 Hughie Lambie
11 Jean Retallick
12 Janet Sargeant
13 Maurice Levitt
14 John Lambie
15 Martin Todd
16 Mavis Cook
17 Ivan Sargeant
18 John (Eric) Oliver
19 John Matthews
20 Martyn Smith
21 Pete Millman
22 Beryl Matthews
23 David Ansell
24 Eddie Linford
Regards to all,
Eric  
More Ladder News!  8/1/2019
Robert beat Brian today, to climb to rung number 2... watch out, Keith!
1 Keith Milan
2 Robert Williams
3 Brian Russell
4 Bernie Hornett
5 Paul Grimsdick
6 Paul Lavelle
7 Ava Greenwell
8 John Newby
9 Geoff Cook
10 Hughie Lambie
11 Jean Retallick
12 Janet Sargeant
13 Maurice Levitt
14 Martin Todd
15 John Lambie
16 Mavis Cook
17 Ivan Sargeant
18 John (Eric) Oliver
19 John Matthews
20 Martyn Smith
21 Beryl Matthews
22 Pete Millman
23 David Ansell
24 Eddie Linford
  
Further Ladder Update!  6/1/2019
More movement on the ladder this morning. Well done, John Lambie and Hughie Lambie for climbing a rung each! As Janet and Ivan Sargeant are likely to be away for some time, players immediately beneath them may now challenge the players above Janet and Ivan. This will keep the ladder 'live' while they are away. Enjoy your sunshine, Janet and Ivan!
1 Keith Milan
2 Brian Russell
3 Robert Williams
4 Paul Grimsdick
5 Bernie Hornett
6 Paul Lavelle
7 Ava Greenwell
8 John Newby
9 Geoff Cook
10 Hughie Lambie
11 Jean Retallick
12 Janet Sargeant
13 Maurice Levitt
14 Martin Todd
15 John Lambie
16 Mavis Cook
17 Ivan Sargeant
18 John (Eric) Oliver
19 John Matthews
20 Martyn Smith
21 Beryl Matthews
22 Pete Millman
23 David Ansell
24 Eddie Linford
  
Ladder Update  3/1/2019
Pete Millman continues his inexorable rise, having beaten David Ansell in a Ladder match. He's now only 3 rungs from the bottom! Watch out, Beryl!
1 Keith Milan
2 Brian Russell
3 Robert Williams
4 Paul Grimsdick
5 Bernie Hornett
6 Paul Lavelle
7 Ava Greenwell
8 John Newby
9 Geoff Cook
10 Jean Retallick
11 Hughie Lambie
12 Janet Sargeant
13 Maurice Levitt
14 Martin Todd
15 Mavis Cook
16 John Lambie
17 Ivan Sargeant
18 John (Eric) Oliver
19 John Matthews
20 Martyn Smith
21 Beryl Matthews
22 Pete Millman
23 David Ansell 24 Eddie Linford
  
Petanque England Licence  28/12/2018
You should all have had your email telling you that licences need to be renewed on 1st January 2019. I have just done mine the cost is £26. They give you a link to access your account, once you have paid for your licence if you go back to your online account via their link and click on membership card you can upload your photo and print your membership card immediately. Can you all please let me know for the club records when you have renewed your licence. Janet R  
Merry Christmas   22/12/2018
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all members and their families.

Janet R  
Diary: AGM 5 March 2019 in Hall 18.30   12/12/2018
The Club Christmas Dinner was held last night, Thanks to Geoff Cook for the organisation!
If you have any items to be considered at the agm please let Janet have them.
Happy Christmas
JL  
Christmas Dinner December 11th  8/12/2018
Hi Folks Tuesday night 7pm for 7.30 sit down, please note all the food and drinks will have been prepaid so do not put anything on the tab. Looking forward to a good evening see you all there. Geoff  
Christmas Dinner December 11th  29/11/2018
If there is anyone else who wishes to come to the dinner and who hasn't booked in,PLEASE let me know. Geoff  
Ladder Latest  21/11/2018
Please see below the current Ladder positions, which changed again yesterday, when Paul Lavelle climbed above Ava.
I'm really pleased that even now that the weather is colder, ladder matches are being played.
Regards to all, 'New Knee' Eric.
1 Keith Milan
2 Brian Russell
3 Robert Williams
4 Paul Grimsdick
5 Bernie Hornett
6 Paul Lavelle
7 Ava Greenwell
8 John Newby
9 Jean Retallick
10 Geoff Cook
11 Hughie Lambie
12 Janet Sargeant
13 Maurice Levitt
14 Martin Todd
15 Mavis Cook
16 John Lambie
17 Ivan Sargeant
18 John (Eric) Oliver
19 John Matthews
20 Martyn Smith
21 Beryl Matthews
22 David Ansell
23 Eddie Linford
24 Pete Millman
  
Singles Knockout  19/11/2018
I am sure you would all like to congratulate Peter Millman on becoming 2018 Club Champion by winning the final of the Singles Knockout. Well done Pete maybe there is something in this Vegan thing!  
Christmas Dinner December 11th  19/11/2018
Hi everybody I am home again now so some time now before Dec 1st I would be pleased to receive your choices of food and wine and YOUR MONEY. The soup is brocolli and stilton. Geoff  
More Ladder movement!  15/11/2018
Congratulations to Robert, who has now climbed to rung 3 on the ladder!
Watch out, Brian!
(your positions before this match are on the board in the back of the clubhouse. Updated version will appear there soon.  
Successful Work Party  7/11/2018
6 stalwarts, Martin, Robert, Peter, Paul, Eric(John), and John L, installed 4 oak replacement sleepers and painted all the woodwork surrounds and posts.
Job well done!!!  
Work party   7/11/2018
The weather is likely to hold off until about 1pm so the sleeper laying can proceed. Painting is also possible as the paint is water based so See you at 09.30 or soon after!  
WORK PARTY 09.30 WED 7 NOV (reminder)  5/11/2018
There is a full painting job to be done so 'many hands would make light work', paint and brushes are provided, bring plastic gloves if you have some.

We have 4 new oak sleepers to replace the rotten ones. Lads(persons) with a civil engineering bent are needed to help install them under the supervision of terrain manager Martin Todd.
The start is 09.30 but if you are delayed come later.
Martin & John
  
Ladder Latest  30/10/2018
We have a leader! Congratulations to Keith Milan, who has battled his way to the top of the ladder.
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SUNDAY PLAY NOW STARTS AT 10.00  26/10/2018
Clocks 'fall' back on Saturday night and true to your AGM decision play will start at the later time until they 'spring' forward in March.  
Work party Wed 7 Nov 09.30  23/10/2018
The date is confirmed. There are 5 sleepers to replace and the whole surround etc to paint.
ring me if you can help 01992 511497 Martin  
Ladder Competition  21/10/2018
Apologies for previous poor messages.
It's great to see challenges being made in the Ladder Competition. Here is the list of positions from 1pm today.
2 Brian Russell/Keith Milan
3 Paul Grimsdick
4 Robert Williams
5 Bernie Hornett
6 Ava Greenwell
7 Jon Newby
8 Paul Lavelle
9 Jean Retallick
10 Geoff Cook
11 Hughie Lambie
12 Janet Sargeant
13 Maurice Levitt
14 Martin Todd
15 Mavis Cook
16 John Lambie
17 Ivan Sargeant
18 John (Eric) Oliver
19 John Matthews
20 Martyn Smith
21 Beryl Matthews
22 David Ansell
23 Eddie Linford
24 Pete Millman
  
Work Party Wed 7 and or Sat 10 Nov  19/10/2018
Several sleeper surround sections are rotting and need to be replaced. The remaining surround, and the new sleepers, need to be painted and the top surfaced with anti slip paint before the winter.
If you can help with either task on either day please ring me 01992 511497 Martin Todd
  
Hurrah! Movement on the ladder!  15/10/2018
Just to let everyone in the ladder competition know that Maurice hasnow climbed to 13th, after beating Martin Todd 13-8, and is now hot on the heels of Janet Sargeant. I won't send or print another copy of the ladder untio there is more movement, so GET CHALLENGING!
Regards,
John (Eric) Oliver  
Christmas Dinner December 11th  8/10/2018
I am very pleased to tell you that the Farmers Boy have agreed to host our Christmas Dinner for £25 the same price as last year and the club will pay for a half bottle of house wine per person or soft drinks.Starter choices are Soup or Pate, mains Roast Turkey or Veg Wellington, sweets Christmas Pudding or Fresh Fruit Salad. I am going away soon but will be back Nov 20th, will you please put your names and choices of food and drink on an envelope with the cash and let me have them before Dec 1st.Last year's event was a great success I hope you will all come again this year. Geoff   
Ladder Competition  28/9/2018
It appears that the main text of my message yesterday does not appear on the E mail notification, so here it is again. Apologies if you've already read it.
When playing a LADDER MATCH, please arrange to play OUTSIDE our normal social sessions, held on a Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. If members have difficulty in arranging a match at other times, perhaps their ladder match could be played before or after one of our social sessions. This will avoid spoiling our social sessions, which really ought to be for the enjoyment of everyone on the piste, rather than causing division between social and match players. I'm sure the rules for our ladder competition will evolve, so if anyone has comments or suggestions, I want to hear them, please. Thank you all for your support. Remember, it is about friendly enjoyment. (Except in my case, because I've just been beaten by Ivan, who I challenged straight after the draw... GRRR)! Joint second to play to establish 'Top Rung'.
A regularly updated hard copy of the ladder will appear in the clubhouse.
Results and comments etc. to me on 07890 269673 or email
johnoliver999@hotmail.com
Regards, Eric   
Ladder Draw  27/9/2018
Please see LADDER starting places below.
IMPORTANT ---
When playing a LADDER MATCH, please arrange to play OUTSIDE our normal social sessions, held on a Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. If members have difficulty in arranging a match at other times, perhaps their ladder match could be played before or after one of our social sessions. This will avoid spoiling our social sessions, which really ought to be for the enjoyment of everyone on the piste, rather than causing division between social and match players. I'm sure the rules for our ladder competition will evolve, so if anyone has comments or suggestions, I want to hear them, please. Thank you all for your support. Remember, it is about friendly enjoyment. (Except in my case, because I've just been beaten by Ivan, who I challenged straight after the draw... GRRR)! Joint second to play to establish 'Top Rung'.
A regularly updated hard copy of the ladder will appear in the clubhouse.
Results and comments etc. to me on 07890 269673 or email
johnoliver999@hotmail.com
Regards, Eric    More....
Deliberate Mistake!  26/9/2018
The Ladder draw will take place tomorrow morning during tea break, NOT after the 'evenings play' as stated in my last message. I am highly surprised that none of you pedants pointed out that we don't meet on a Thursday evening.... Eric.  
Re The New Rules and Ladder  25/9/2018
Well said Geoff! I agree.
The Ladder competition draw for starting places will be made after Thursday evening's play. (In the pub). Any lat minute entries to me asap please. Eric.  
The new Rules  25/9/2018
The whole essence of Boules is that it is a simple game to be played on almost any surface. Trying to make it an Olympic sport has brought about a new set of complicated rules. DO we need them for our social games or even our league matches, I don't think so in five years of playing in club matches I have never heard a row over rules and very, very, rarely does anybody cheat. Lets play our KO our Ladder and our social games as we always have as Boules was meant to be. Geoff   
Autumn Tournament September 23rd  21/9/2018
I am so sorry but the weather forecast for Sunday is so bad we have no option but to cancel the Autumn Tournament. The Farmers Boy have been very good and accepted our cancellation of the food.We will see if we can arrange something for early October before it gets too cold. Geoff   
Autumn Tournament September 23rd  20/9/2018
Check in 9.30am for 10.00am start,sandwich lunch on the club,don't forget to bring a chair and maybe a brolly, but fingers crossed. Geoff  
Ladder Competition  20/9/2018
Thank you to the 24 members who have entered the Ladder Competition. we will draw for starting positions on Sunday at the autumn tournament. Have a look at the longer message below, please. Eric    More....
Autumn Tournament September 23rd  13/9/2018
I now have 20 people who want to play,if anybody else wants to play please let me know as I need numbers for lunch. Geoff  
Farmers Boy New Gate  7/9/2018
Mitch has advised us that a new car park gate will be installed week commencing 10th September and it will be chained up every night. The code will be the same as our boule club padlock on the shed so the gate can be opened when needed. If you need to know the code for the padlock please contact me. Janet R  
Coaching and Training 8th September 2018  4/9/2018
Coaching and training will be given at Ickleford Sports Ground on Saturday 8th September 2018, with England’s top player Sean Pendergast and a few others this Saturday morning. Andrew will be attending , the fee is £2 coaching from 10am until 12 noon. Andrew can assist by taking a few members of the club in his car from the Farmers Boy car park at 9am. Please let Andrew know ASAP if you would like to attend. Andrew 07711 063370  
Autumn Tournament September 23rd  4/9/2018
Our last all day meeting of the year check in 9.30am for 10.00am start,the club will provide a cold buffet lunch so I do need numbers please. Email me or let me know at the club if you intend to play,fingers crossed for the weather to last. Geoff geoff.cook11@btinternet.com

A date for your diary Christmas Dinner, Teusday December 11th 7.30pm for 8pm sit down.   
NEW! LADDER COMPETITION  29/8/2018
LADDER COMPETITION

With Geoff's (Compeition Secretary) blessing, I will be happy to organise and admimistrate a LADDER competition for our club.

A 'ladder' competition is purely for fun, but provides a competetive element throughout the year. It is a very social, easygoing type of competition which any member can enter at any time (and leave at any time).

I intend to use the result of our knockout competition (if the players want to join the ladder) as a rough starting point, with the 'best' players at the bottom, so that they must challenge others and win, in order to climb the ladder. All other places above the bottom five or six will be drawn out of the hat. This system will encourage more matches for everyone, as 'good' players will need to make more challenges in order to achieve their natural position higher up the ladder.
In theory, after a few months, the ladder should settle into a natural and fair ranking system.

Once the ladder is established, anyone can challenge the person directly above them on the ladder to a singles match, normally to be played within 3 weeks of the challenge being issued. If the challenger wins, he or she goes to one place above the person they beat. So, if the top of the ladder is;

1 Alan
2 Tom
3 Susan
4 Mary

Susan can only challenge Tom. If she beats him, she goes to second place...

1 Alan
2 Susan
3 Tom
4 Mary,
and Tom becomes third, above Mary. So now, Susan can challenge Alan, and of course, Tom can challenge Susan to try to regain his rung on the ladder. Mary can now challenge Tom... Easy! The only person who can't challenge anyone is the player at the top of the ladder. If the challenger loses, the ladder positions don't change.

After the ladder is established, anyone can join it, but must start at the bottom.

There might have be a few other rules to avoid dispute, but we'll see how the competition evolves. Any suggestions to improve it will be welcomed. It is intended to be FRIENDLY and INFORMAL!

The really important bit is to send me the result of your match, so that I can update the ladder and publish it on the club website.

The ladder would run continuously, free of charge and NO PRIZES.... (but we might congratulate the 'Top of the Ladder' with a bottle of something once a year).

If you would like to join the ladder from its inception, please send me a message on my personal email, johnoliver999@hotmail.com
or give me a call on 07890 269673.
Don't try to reply on here!

Best wishes,

John Oliver (Eric).
  
Singles Knockout  22/8/2018
We made the draw last night at the FB for the semi finals,Jean will play Pete and Paul will play Andrew.Just a reminder September 23rd our Autumn all day I will be asking for entries soon. Geoff  
Singles Knockout  20/8/2018
We have now reached the semi-final stage but because of the number of entrants we have only have three players. We will therefore include the winner Pete Millman of the first round losers and tomorrow evening the 21st make the draw for the semi-finals. Geoff  
Memorial Day 29th July  15/7/2018
Memorial Day is cancelled due to lack of support. Geoff  
Memorial Day 29th July  9/7/2018
I would be grateful if you could let me know as soon as possible if you intend to play, to help Janet organize the play and me to organize the food. Geoff  
Away Day July 5th  2/7/2018
It is always fun and a challenge to play on a new piste so let's have a good turnout on Thursday. Meet at 10.00am at Letchworth Family Golf Course, Maurice has kindly offered to take people from FB but if anybody else needs a lift ring me on 01992464347. Geoff  
Away Day July 5th  19/6/2018
I have now been told that there will be a charge of two pounds per person for the use of the piste, I think this is quite fair it is the same as what we charge our visitors. Geoff   
Away Day July 5th  15/6/2018
Keith has organised a boules morning at Letchworth golf club on July 5th. They have an excellent piste which we can use for free, there is a cafe where we can obtain coffee when we arrive and a snack or cooked lunch after we have played.We would meet at 10.00am,they have a website with pictures of the club and piste,www.letchworthfamilygolf.co.uk.Let me know if you are coming Geoff  
New play registration system  1/6/2018
Starting on SUNDAY June 3rd the old play attendance sheets are obsolete. This is because all members and visiting players are now insured by the BPBC insurance scheme for playing Petanque at home and our members for away also.
The new PLAY REGISTRATION LOG BOOK requires only your initials in capitals in a small box on the line opposite the day's date.
Of course you have to pay as usual!
John L
  

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