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CLUB FOLKESTONE TOUR 2019

CLUB FOLKESTONE TOUR 2019

Club Outdoor Tour 2019 Summary
This report starts with an apology from Mike Minshull as the organiser of the tour being my first attempt at it I failed to keep the score cards from the games we played, so cannot give the exact results from each of the games, what I can do is say that we played four Clubs while we were away and we won two and lost two. Having said that I will start by saying we left the Club at 10.00am on Monday 2 September a group of 42 people (29 players,12 supporters and Steve the coach driver) the weather was fine, but my day did not start well as I got the very first fine for putting Bernard in the luggage space on the coach again being new to this organising I did not know that Bernard always travels on the dashboard of the coach, I did retrieve him and place him in his rightful place.


The journey from the Club to Burchanger services passed off with no more hiccups, we stopped at the services for about 1 hour and had lunch, next stop was our hotel on this tour we did not have the usual stop over as we were told there was enough to see when we got to Folkestone. We check in to the hotel and before dinner some of the group had a wander along the seafront which I found to be very pleasant as the weather was very good. After our evening meal Jenny Moon and Ann Bayes (our fines officers) announced who had been fined that day me been one of them.


The following day after breakfast the coach took all but 2 of our group to Dungeness for our ride on the New Romney steam railway after a drink and something to eat in the café the train arrive which we all boarded to travel back to Hythe at New Romney they changed the engine from diesel to steam and we continued our journey to Hythe where the coach was waiting to take us back to the hotel to change ready for our first match at New Romney Bowls Club.
We arrived at New Romney Bowls Club for our first match and got a very warm welcome from the members of the Club (which I might add we got from all the clubs we played at) the match was played in very good spirit this was one of the Clubs we lost the score was Connaught 105 shots New Romney 128 Shots, after a very enjoyable match we travelled back to the hotel. We had are evening meal and then came the files Jenny and Ann made it enjoyable and fun.
The following day the weather was not so good it was raining, after breakfast some of the group boarded the coach and of to the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial, at Capel-le-Ferne the rain did not deter people from venturing outside to see the replicas of a Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire and the Christopher Foxley-Norris Memorial Wall, I must admit I stayed inside and had a coffee and piec e of cake in the café upstairs.
Having had a good trip to the memorial we travelled back to the hotel to get ready for our next match, we set off to Lyminge Bowls Club and yet again we got a very warm welcome this was one of the games we won, surprisingly I do know the score at this club Connaught 123 shots to Lyminge 105 shots.


The next day Thursday after breakfast we travelled to Canterbury and had about 2 to 3 hours to take in the sights of Canterbury City we had a good look around that beautiful city having first had a cream tea in a delightful café walking around we kept meeting up with other members of our group who all seem to be enjoying themselves, after we to went back to the coach station to get the coach to travel to Canterbury Bowls Club which was our 3rd match of the tour this is one of the games we lost Connaught 95 Canterbury 119, the green we played on I was told was the green all the county games are played on. Again, at this club we got the usual very warm welcome that we were getting use to the match all though we lost was played in very good spirit. After a little socializing with the opposition we got back on the coach to go back to our hotel after dinner we yet again had the fines meeting after the fines where dished out we retired to the lounge bar of the hotel where Jenny and Ann had arranged for us to have a raffle in aid of our charity but this was no ordinary raffle, the prizes were somewhat unusual to say the least when the winner unwrapped their prize they had to either use it or wear it, the prizes consisted of funny face masks, rude head bands, fuzzy topped pens, a clip-on tail and a bottle of grape juice from the film Frozen to name just a few (I was surprised to hear that the girls had purchased the prizes with their own money, all the money collected from the raffle was donated to the charity. Later on Michael Botley did a quiz which was very entertaining each person paid £1 to play the quiz half the money was to go to the winners and the other half to the charity but the winners did donate their winnings to the charity, the total amount of money raised for the charity was £220 which was a great amount of money which will be donated to the East Anglian Air Ambulance.


Friday was the next day the tour was nearly over we had breakfast boarded the coach once more this time for a trip to Rochester town where once again we had a chance to have a walk around the town, Rochester has a Dickens connection and a lot of the shops are named after Dickens characters, at the risk of sounding boring again in Rochester I had another cream tea (I do like my cream teas), our next and final match was at Sevenoaks Bowls Club which I am pleased to say we won by 3 shots I don’t have the exact score for this game, after the game we had a great lunch and a few drinks with the Sevenoaks team before we once again boarded the coach for the journey home. I would like to think everybody who went on this tour had a great time and I look forward to the next one.

 

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