Many of us newer club members will only know John and his wife Shirley from meeting him at the coffee mornings and other social events such as the recent Presentation Evening and Race Night. However, John's membership of the club dates back more than 60 years, and he has played a significant part in making the club what it is today. John was Club Captain in 1963 and again in 1969, and he was also Club President twice, 1983-84 and 1989-90 and was made a life member of the club in 1997. John was also instrumental in the erection of the current club house and played a major part in securing the financing for the later extension which comprises the Men's changing room and facilities.
As well as John's many honours at Alderbury (at least 17 entries on the Honours board), he has also been successful at both County and National level, having played for many years in the Bowls England Touring Team and still plays today in a touring team raising money for charity, and the occasional friendly match at our own club.
Alderbury v Wiltshire Touring Side
A message from our President
I want to thank all the members who participated in yesterday’s friendly match forJohn Snell against the Wiltshire Touring Team. It was, in my opinion, an exceptional event and blessed with outstanding weather. It was so lovely to see players in their whites enjoying the day, and for some, a win against some of the most experienced gentlemen players in the county.
But none of this would have been possible without the superb efforts of Margaret Sweetman and her team of wonderful ladies who made sandwiches, and for some others who spent the morning scraping new potatoes and for the rest of the day preparing food for the afternoon meal. It is because of them that the day was so successful. That said, I would also like to thank Stuart Sweetman who supported Margaret in every aspect of making the day successful.
I had many comments about how exceptional the food was, especially the desserts. I heard too that we are a great host club and I have to say I concur whole heartedly. One gentleman said to me that he had never been looked after so well - not even at home!
It was extremely hard work especially in the kitchen in that very hot weather but as always every member pulled out all the stops to make our guests welcome.
Also to Colin, who stayed all day running the bar. Colin did an excellent job keeping us refreshed throughout the day and made sure at the end of the game the drinks we ordered were ready for all of us very thirsty people to drink.
A big thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Thank you to our Club Member, Chris Caryer and Howard from the Wiltshire Touring Side for photographs.
Future Diary Dates 2023
Skittle Evenings are back, starting on Tuesday
We have decided to trial running two skittles evenings a month, on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month starting on 10th October at 6.30pm, so see you there.
Christmas Draw & Presentation Evening
Friday 15th December at 7.00pm