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Team Selection
For the first combination league match of the season, the selectors were faced with an overload of players available to choose from. (If only it could be like this every week throughout the season). Obviously, with only 1 match next week & only 12 places up for grabs some players will unfortunately miss out and be disappointed. For those players that weren’t selected, you can be assured that they will be playing in the next  match.
Therefore, the team selected for the Combination Division 2 match against Rowner (Home) on Wednesday 24th April starting at 6.00 pm is:

Rink 1


Rink 2


Rink 3



S Greenwood



M Ward



T Portch


T Nutland



R Cunnington



R Wallbridge


A New



G Dyer



S Sprake


R Dennison



R Lewsley



R Durham


 C Lihou


B Weaver

Wed 17 Apr 24
Priory Friendly Result
It was a good first outing for the club this morning on a green that lived up to it's reputation! Although we lost the match 56-58 it was the ideal type of green that we have to conquer in the forthcoming season if we want to achieve our main aim of promotion back to the 2nd division. We won on 2-rinks with Steve Sprake (20-10) & Russell Durham / Bob Weaver (19-16).  Unfortunately, Russell had to retire with a bad back due to the heaviness of the green. Our losing rinks were Alan New (9-16) & Geoff Dyer (8-16)
Sun 14 Apr 24
Friendly v Priory
Just a reminder that tomorrow (Sunday) is the friendly against Priory (A) starting at 10.30. Unfortunately we are a couple of players short for a full team - hope this is not a taste of things to come. However, the team selected is:
Rink 1: Stephen Greenwood, Peter Willis, Paul Willoughby & Geoff Dyer, Rink 2: Paul Wright, Bob Weaver & Russell Durham, Rink 3: Tony Portch, Ted Nutland, Robbie Dennison & Alan New, Rink 4: Robin Philbrick, Colin Lihou & Steve Sprake.
Rowland Cup
In the 1st Round of the Rowland Cup, we are lucky enough to be given a bye.
Sat 13 Apr 24
Bowls Hampshire Competitions
The draws for the 2024 County Competitions have been made.  The relevant web page has been updated to show those matches related to our players.
Half Yearly Meeting
I will shortly be issuing paperwork relevant for the Half Yearly Meeting scheduled for Thursday 21st March 24 starting at 7.15 pm at the Waverley Club. There are some members who have outstanding 2023 payments for P&D and Club Singles Competitions.  You will find these have been added to your 2024 membership fees.
Wed 6 Mar 24
Portsmouth & District BA Latest
Following the Portsmouth & District BA AGM on Thursday, the following Rules Amendments were made:
a).  All League, combination and relevant competition games (ends not shots) to be played over 18 ends.
b).  If there are less than 21 teams declared to play in following season at the time of decision (31st October) then leagues will consist of 10 teams each.
c).  In leagues of less than 8 teams then there will be a 1 up (promotion) and 1 down (relegation) scenario plus a playoff over 2 legs between the second bottom team in the higher league and the second top team in the lower league.
d).  Players skipping in combination games to be disallowed after they’ve skipped 3 times in league team rather than the 5 as it is now.
Opening of the Green
The opening of the green will be on Sunday 7th April
Waverley Fees
At the Waverley BC AGM the 2024 membership fees was discussed and a proposal to increase them was thought necessary.  The following increase was agreed to put up the fees by £5.00 per person.  The Star & Crescent committee have agreed to pay this increase out of the club's current account for each member this year.
Sat 10 Feb 24
Keith Rodgers
Sadly, another one of our old members has passed away.  Past president  Keith Rodgers died on 7th January at QA Hospital at the age of 95.  The funeral was yesterday which I attended on behalf of the club. Apologies for not letting anyone know previous but the family had not notified the club and I was fully unaware of the situation until I read it in "The News" obituary column.
Wed 7 Feb 24
Half Yearly Meeting
The Star & Crescent Half Yearly Meeting has been arranged for Thursday 21st March 7.15pm at the Waverley Club.
Tues 30 Jan 24
Following Simon Filippi's departure, the vacancies on the Committee have been filled as follows:  Colin Lihou will now undertake the posts of Club Competition Secretary as well as being the Safeguarding Officer whilst myself will be the club's Bowls Hampshire & Portsmouth & District BA representative.
Mon 29 Jan 24
Conformation is given that Mick Dunnington's funeral will be on Friday 26th January at 2.30 pm Portchester Crematorium with the wake following at the Victory Indoor Bowls Club.
Unfortunately, Simon Filippi has decided to seek pastures new and has now left the club.  Although it is very disappointing news for the club, we wish Simon all the best with his new club Waverley (surprise surprise!) and thank him for all he has done for the club since he joined.  Consequently, this now means that there are vacancies on our Committee which needs to be filled: Club Competition Secretary and Bowls Hampshire & Portsmouth & District BA representative.  If you feel that you would want to fill either post please let me know. Simon was also our nominated Safeguarding Officer which is mandatory for every club; this also needs to be filled.
Sun 14 Jan 24
Mick Dunnington
It is with great sadness to inform you that one of our old members, Mick Dunnington, passed away on Boxing Day following a car crash.  I will let you know funeral arrangements when known.
2024 County Competitions
Could I remind you that the closing date for entries to the 2024 County Competitions is 31st January 2024.  So far I have received very little number of entries.
Posted Saturday 30 Dec 23
2024 League & Combination Draft Fixtures
The draft league fixtures for next season are shown on the relevant pages on this website. Once again the League team has a belated start to their Division 3 season when they entertain Gas Social on Friday 10th May. The Combination side have an earlier start in the revamped Combination Division 2. They also start with a home match with Rowner as their opposition on Wednesday 24th April.
Posted Saturday 9 Dec 23
I would like to thank the 12 members who attended the AGM last week in what was a very disappointing turnout; the lowest number recorded for a very long time. Also, thanks are given to President John for buying the drinks for those members present which was much appreciated.
For those members that were unable to attend here is a brief recap of the relevant matters discussed:
Obituaries: Paul Whiffin & Ron Manning.

1.  The following items were proposed by P&D and will be voted by all clubs at the P&D AGM in January.  

a).  League stays at 3 divisions but with 1 up / 1 down and a play-off between second top and second bottom. (This means we would be in Division 3 with Cosham Park, Gas Social, Naismith,  Pembroke Gardens, Purbrook Heath & Waterlooville).

b).  Matches to be played over 18 ends.  Star will support this proposal

c). Combination League format next season is to change to three divisions of 9, 9 and 10. (This would mean that our Combination team would be in Division 2 with Bedhampton, Leigh Park Red, Milton Park Black, Milton Park Red, Naismith, Priory Silver,  Rowner, & Waverley Red).

d).  Combination matches will be played over 18 ends

e).  As soon as first team/league player skips in the league he will not be permitted to skip for a combination team (this being a change to the current 5 match rule).  Star will vote against this proposal.

2.  If the P&D League stay at three divisions then that leaves more Monday nights free so the Rowland Cup could be delayed to July.
Bowls Hampshire

County Competition Entry Forms are available with closing date of 31st January 2024. Entry fee are as last year - £4 per person per entry. There is a proposal to Play men's pairs & senior fours County competitions on a fixed day. Men's pairs to be played on a Tuesday, in the same week that the County Club is held & men's Senior Fours to be played on a Monday.

Next season Bowls England is increasing their Affiliation fee for bowlers from £5.00 to £7.00 which is the first rise in over 10 years. To compensate for any other additional costs that may arise, it was proposed and carried that our membership fees should be increased from £15.00 to £20.00.
It was widely thought the club should increase efforts to attract more new members e.g. produce flyers and better use of Facebook.
Members were very keen to resurrect the club pairs competition next season possibly before the season starts in earnest.

Presentation of Trophies:

Club Singles Champion -  Geoff Dyer
Club Singles Runner-Up - Bob Weaver
Handicap Singles Champion - Richard Cunnington
Handicap Singles Runner-Up - Colin Lihou
Committee elected for 2023 / 2024 is:
President:  Colin Lihou
Past President:  John Bell
Hon Secretary:  Robbie Dennison
Hon Treasurer:  Derek Boulter
Team Selection Committee: “A” Team Captain - Steve Sprake, “B” Team Captain - Alan New & 3rd Member - Robbie Dennison
Club Competition Secretary:  Simon Filippi
Bowls Hampshire and P&D Rep:  Simon Filippi
Finance Examiner:  Geoff Dyer
Posted Monday 20/11/23
Paul Whiffin
The funeral arrangements for Paul can now be confirmed. Paul's funeral is on Monday 13th November 12.30 pm at Kingston Cemetery Chapel followed by the wake at "The Good Companions" public house.
Posted Wednesday 8/11/23
AGM Paperwork
You should all have received the AGM paperwork via my email yesterday.  Please could you let me know if you didn't receive it or if you need a paper copy
Paul Whiffin
It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that one of our longest serving members, Paul Whiffin, passed away earlier this week. Paul's funeral is on Monday 13th November 1.30 pm at Kingston Cemetery and afterwards at the Waverley.
Posted Sunday 5/11/23
Annual General Meeting
The club's Annual General Meeting has been scheduled for Thursday 16th November at the Waverley BC starting at 7.00 pm. It is hoped to see as many members there as possible.  I will be e-mailing the relevant paperwork for the AGM to you all a bit nearer to the date.
Outstanding Costs
I was reminded by the Treasurer that we still need to collect the entrance money from those players who participated in the P&D and Club Singles competitions.  With that in mind, I will shortly be issuing the necessary paperwork for settlement of payment which ideally could be collected at the AGM or sooner if you prefer.
Posted Tuesday 10/10/23



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