Newsletter No.31 ~ 13th May 2021
It’s been a long time since the last club newsletter so as life hopefully returns to some
sort of normality, here’s an update on what is happening at the club.
Although there is to be a relaxation of restrictions as from next week, we still feel we
cannot open the cabin, and ask that you continue to bring your own refreshments to
club sessions. Because of this we are still not requiring you to pay £1 per session, but
your voluntary contributions are most welcome. Thankfully we have been able to
recover some of our lost income through your generosity, and I hope you will
continue to support the club in this way. Please remember that we must abide by the
rules, so the one-way system is still in operation, no crowding on the deck and respect
other people’s space.
Six new members have joined the club in recent weeks – Chris Brown, Malcolm
Dowsett, Jackie Rischer, Andy & Janet Sherwood and Robin Winter. Welcome all.
Paul Bult has now joined the Committee, and following Peter Newton’s resignation
as Treasurer, Margaret Newberry has come back on Committee and has agreed to
take on that role. Tony Vanns has also been appointed to the role of Vice-Chair. Many
thanks to Margaret and Tony, and to Peter for his contribution to the work of the
Thank you to all who helped to carry out some maintenance on the pistes last week.
They are looking better. Although we are hoping that our weedkilling programme will
be carried out shortly, please take a moment when playing and pull out a weed or two
where you can. It all helps to make the site look more presentable.
On the playing side of things, the Thursday Pairs League will commence in the
coming weeks. We have entered two teams – Riders and Reivers – both placed in
Division One – and those folks who registered an interest in playing will be called
upon over the season as games progress.
Good luck to all club members playing in the Mercia Champion of Champions
Singles, Shooting and Doubles competitions this weekend, and in the first round of
the Inter-Regional Qualifying Competition the following Sunday. We intend to enter
the Eurocup competition again, but still have to play our final game in last year’s
competition in August. Look out for details, but remember this and some other
competitions are only open to Pètanque England licence holders, so perhaps think
about improving your skills by getting a licence and joining in.
Thinking about our competitive edge, we are going to trial a slightly different
arrangement for our Sunday afternoon sessions, when on the first and third Sundays
in the month, we will offer the chance for some coaching, to commence after the
afternoon tea-break. This will stand the club in good stead, and will help players to
improve their game and tactical awareness. We are fortunate that Paul Bult is a
qualified regional coach, and has offered to help with this initiative. Of course, if you
don’t want to take up this offer on those days, normal social play can carry on as
The Home Nations qualifying competition is not taking place this year, as has been
the case at the club for the last few years, but Mercia Region have asked us to host
their International Women’s Day Doubles Qualifying competition on 17th July.
Our own Open Weekend will take place on Saturday 3rd July for the Doubles
Competition, and in a new venture we will be running a Triples competition on
Sunday 4th July, Flyers and entry forms will be going out this weekend, and these are
Open Competitions for anyone to enter, and you do not have to be a PE licence
However, for club members only, we have pencilled in Sunday 27th June for a club
melee, and Sunday 8th August for a “pick’n’mix” competition in which players will
be allocated to teams by a random draw at the start of play, and stay in those teams all day – more details to follow.
A lot to take in but hopefully more regular newsletters will keep you in the picture
about what’s happening. Enjoy your game, and stay safe !
Newsletter No.30 ~ 2nd November 2020
Disappointing news to open with, although hardly a surprise. As the country goes into a second lockdown as from Thursday 5th November, reluctantly the club will close following the session on Tuesday 3rd November. We will review when we can re-open, hopefully early in December, depending on the Covid 19 situation pertaining at that time. Please do not attend the club during the lockdown.
On 11th October, four players from our club took part in the Pétanque England National Mixed Doubles at Gravesend. Wayne Marshall, together with Di Smith; Soeli Leverett, with Steve Slade; and Keir Gale and Jill Butt fared well in the face of stiff competition. A week later, eight players from our club took up an invitation from Worksop Arena to play in a three way match with them and players from Mansfield. Nottingham came first overall, with Bill Spencer and Jill Butt second in the pairings. It was really good to be playing competitively again and we hopefully can host a return fixture sometime. Incidentally, a warm welcome to Soeli, our newest and youngest member, who has recently moved to Nottingham for university.
As you will know, our Firecracker Triples had to become a doubles event because of Covid restrictions on numbers, but it did take place on 31st October despite bad weather during the day. Fourteen pairs took part, with Julie Bridges and Roy Eyre finishing third, Christian Seville and Chris Brown second, and Jill Butt and Keir Gale finishing first. All had five wins on the day, with the placings decided on points difference. Well done to all who took part and thanks to those members who prepared the pistes for the day, to Elaine and Carol for keeping us supplied with tea and coffee and for scoring, and to Bryan Hodges for organising the day.
Looking further ahead, our Annual General Meeting will take place in January – somehow – and again subject to the state of the pandemic, Pétanque England will be hosting the Home Nations Qualifiers here on 9th May, with another event taking place on Saturday 8th May, details of which have yet to be finalised.
Hoping to see you all again soon – and in the meantime stay safe !
Nottingham City Petanque Club
Newsletter No.29 ~ 23rd September 2020
It has been a while since our last newsletter but better late than never. Although things might change in the coming weeks, at the moment we are able to enjoy our regular club sessions, now that the club has been made Covid secure and has a risk assessment in place. However, we all still need to be vigilant and keep to the rules. That means social distancing, keeping to the one way system outside the cabin, use the hand sanitising gel when you arrive, and sign in so we can track and trace should the need arrive. It goes without saying that you should not attend if you have any Coronavirus symptoms.
I am delighted that some new members have joined us so it’s a warm welcome to Ashley Wilson, Peter Seyfang, Mo Mountain, Alan McCormack and Jill Butt
On the playing side some competitions are underway. Wayne and I (together with Steve Harrington) came joint first at the Ravenshead invitation triples on 13th September, and Wayne and Keir both played in the Petanque England singles and doubles competitions at Gravesend on the weekend of 20th/21st September, and both did very well against some stiff opposition.
Our Firecracker event this year has been switched to a doubles event, and moved to Saturday 31st October, so as to leave Sunday free for normal social play. We can only have 30 people on site so entry has had to be restricted to the first fourteen pairs who registered and paid the entry fee, and not surprisingly, we had a full entry very quickly. I am afraid no spectators will be allowed.
There is a men’s doubles event at Rainworth the following weekend, November 8th, and players from Nottingham will be competing.
Thanks to Keir who produced our Risk Assessment, and to all those who helped lay the topping on Terrain 2 back in the summer. I think all will agree it has made the terrain very different and very challenging ! Also a thank you to Elaine and Carol for cleaning the toilets in the pavilion for us – a very important and necessary service at this time.
Stay safe, and enjoy your games.
Newsletter No.28 ~ 23rd July 2020
Although the world has hardly returned to ‘normal’, at least we are able to play petanque again. Opening the club up for Sunday afternoon and Thursday mornings has gone well, and there seems no reason now why we cannot open the club again on Tuesday evenings. So from now on, we will open at 2.00pm Sundays, 7.00pm Tuesdays and 10.00am on Thursdays.
We still cannot open the cabin so please continue to bring your own refreshments, and remember we do have to keep to the rules regarding hygiene and social distancing. Please no crowding together on the deck, don’t crowd around the head when playing, use your own boules and jack, and keep your own scores. Keep to the two metre distance and leave a lane free between games. The ladies toilets will be available with the key, but not left open, and you must clean down surfaces after use, as well as sanitising your hands.
Those of you who have been to the club this week will be aware that we have brought in topping for Terrain 2. Thanks to those who helped with this task – Bryan, Kevin, Keir, Peter N, Margaret, Ray, Tony and of course Elaine who kept us supplied with drinks and biscuits ! The surface is granite, and we have a supply stored in the corner for future use. It is thick at the moment, and it needs to bed down, so we will play on it whenever we can and review if any further work needs to be done later.
A big thank you to Keir for organising the Lockdown Cup Singles competition. This was well patronised and the final was evenly contested by Peter Newton and Wayne Marshall. Up to that point Peter had not lost a match, and Wayne had only lost one. The first match was won by Wayne, meaning one loss each and the need for another match, which Peter won, so ending up as Champion. Well done Peter, and indeed to all who took part.
Petanque England continue to issue guidance as to how clubs should deal with coming out of lockdown, and of course we will be guided by that. Before we are allowed to host a competition, which currently can involve no more than thirty people, a full Covid-19 risk assessment would be needed, Some competitions seem to be starting up around the country, and we are hopeful that our Firecracker event in November will be able to go ahead. Watch this space.
In the meantime, stay safe and enjoy your games !