Saturday Feb 24th West Heaton hosted a very successful charity night for the Christie. Organised by Andy & Sue Rayner and hosted by current president Matt Jackson a fantastic £1696.15 was raised. It was great to see the club full with over 100 people in attendance who all enjoyed a night of live music and fun games. Thanks to all who donated to the raffle, came on the night or donated. Thanks to the Reactions, Mike Healey and Mark Smith who performed and gave there time for free for the evening. Also to Sue and Catie Rayner and all helpers in the kitchen who provided a fantastic supper during the evening. Pictured organiser Andy Rayner and president Matt Jackson with the cheque.
The path, which leads to Leegate Road was lumpy and bumpy. There is now a brand-new surface making it easier for Club members to walk or cycle.
It was glorious weather for the Club’s Opening Day. Matt Jackson followed tradition as the new President serving the first ball to mark the official opening of the season. This year was special because it was his father, Peter, who was on the other side of the net. Peter was Club President in 1992. Matt also moved to the other side of the pavilion to open the bowling green with the Oundle Woods.
Good luck to Matt and Fiona for their forthcoming year.
Louise Jordan provided an excellent, moving performance of songs from No Petticoats Here. Her project tells the stories of remarkable women of the First World War through song.
The enthusiasm for her research was compelling as she told the stories of brave women through her songwriting, composition and performance.
It was a unique, emotional night.
Club Mirror, the organisers of these annual, national awards, is a journal aimed at licenced clubs. We were one of six finalists in the Bowls Club of the Year & Tennis Club of the Year categories. Unfortunately we did not win either category but West Heaton’s President Andrew and Vice President Matt along with their wives Jo & Fiona, enjoyed a fantastic meal and presentation ceremony at the Palace Hotel in Manchester. The evening was hosted by local BBC sports presenter, Sally Nugent and attended by over 600 club representatives from all over the country.
West Heaton has hosted a series of highly prestigious bowling competitions this summer. Some of the country’s top bowlers have competed on eight days for prizes sponsored by Thwaites Brewery, Osprey Water Management and Country Garden Roses of Shrewsbury. Club members have organised the events and provided much-appreciated refreshments. Winner Jackie Owen is presented with her prize by West Heaton President Andrew Taylor.