Nottingham City Pétanque Club Newsletter No.39 ~ 25th March 2022
Spring is springing so do come on down to the terrains to enjoy playing without the need for half a dozen layers of clothing (hopefully !) Please remember that as the clocks go forward this weekend, Sunday sessions revert to a 2.00pm start. Of course, if you have a gate key (available for a £5 deposit), you can always come down earlier for a spot of practice. It's been a busy few weeks since the last newsletter in terms of the competitions taking place. Well done to all from the club who braved horrible weather at the Ravenshead Tropical (ha-ha !) Triples – won by Peter Newton - and at the Leicester Over 50’s Triples a couple of weeks later. However, the traditional Nutbrook Ice Breaker was anything but, with players enjoying glorious sunshine for a good day out. On 6th March the club hosted the Final round in the Mercia Winter League. Going into this at the top of the league we had high hopes, but our aspirations were dashed at the last hurdle, losing our final three games to Bourne Abbots, who won the competition, and dropping us into third behind Chesterfield. Congratulations to Jill Butt who came third in the Regional International Women’s Day Doubles at Ravenshead and so goes forward to the finals at Whitnash later in the year. Also well done to Wayne Marshall who is also through to the finals of the Over 50’s Triples. The Thursday Fours league starts next week (31st March) when our two club teams – Reivers (the current champions) play Riders. After that, it’s a game every Thursday evening until August ! Also starting soon is the Mercia Monday Night Triples league, and we anticipate hosting the first round on 25th April. Entries will be going out soon for our Nottingham Open Doubles in July – it would be good for as many of our club players as possible to put in an entry. If you do not enter, you can still support the club by volunteering to help out at any of the big competitions which we will be hosting this year. That will be particularly true of the Home Nations Qualifiers which we will host on 15th May, when players from around the country will compete to represent England later in the year. We need people to help with catering and marshalling on the day, and with site preparation beforehand. Good luck to all our club players who shortly begin the process of qualifying for the Inter Regional Finals, this year being held in Lowestoft in September. The first qualifier takes place at Chesterfield on 10th April. You will have seen our new banner at the club, aimed at catching the eye of folks passing by. We hope to have some more promotional material out soon, but do keep spreading the word to friends and family and encourage new players to come and have a go. Finally. a warm welcome to those new members who have joined the club in the last few weeks. Enjoy your games !
Newsletter No.37 ~ 11th January 2022Happy New Year
I do hope everyone had a happy and healthy Christmas and New Year break. Welcome back to the club for the 2022 season, and let’s hope it’s a better one than the last couple of years. Covid is still around so please continue to respect other players by having regular tests, stay away if you have any symptoms, keeping your distance where possible and using the hand sanitiser available at the club.
Thank you to all those players who have re-joined the club, and a reminder to those that haven’t that there is still an invitation open to you to join again.
Preparations are in hand for our AGM on Monday 24th January, at 7-30pm at the Balfour Club in Arnold. The agenda papers will be going out shortly, and of course you are encouraged to attend.
A reminder also that the AGM for the Mercia region takes place on Friday 21st January, staring at 7.00pm. This is to be held on-line, and you will have been sent an email with the link to join in.
The final round of the Winter League which was to have taken place this month at the club has now been moved to 6th March. We are also awaiting a date for the next round of the Eurocup where we are drawn to play Leicester away. We will be putting in some practice sessions for the teams in the coming weeks.
Pétanque England and Mercia are both in the process of finalising the national and regional calendars for the year, and once these are published we can finalise our club calendar. We have already pencilled in 2nd July for the Nottingham Open Doubles, and 6th November for the Firecracker Triples. We hope to be able to host a number of national and regional competitions throughout the year, as well as running events just for club members.
Happy pétanquing !!