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Captain's Day, Saturday 16th September 2023

It was a dreary day with rain in the air, but all arrived on time, ready to play in the final match of the season.


Sad News

It was a sad start to proceedings, as Captain Hilary gave the news that Bea Butcher, one of our lady members, had passed away peacefully that morning in the hospice, after a short illness. A minute's silence was held in her honour.


Following the Spider - with the whisky won by Rob Saddler - the obligatory club photo and the announcement of who was playing who, Captain's teams versus Vice-captain's teams got under way.



The Match

The green was full, with 2 triples games and 4 rinks. It was a good-natured affair, peppered with rain showers, wrong bias and shouts from the skips on every rink.


Suffice to say, the Vice-Captain won - apparently an ongoing trend on successive Captain's Days.


Tea and Speeches

We all retired, damp but happy, to the clubhouse for drinks.

The tables looked fabulous, laid out with flowers and all manner of delicious morsels. The meal was fantastic, and followed by a huge chunk of pineapple upside-down cake with cream, as well as cheese and biscuits. Yum!


Thanks Vicky and helpers for a fantastic tea.


Well done Hilary and Vicky!

Hilary gave his last speech as captain. It was full of thank you messages and gifts.

He recalled memories of the season just ended, including the ups and downs of the league teams. He finished with a joke that had everyone laughing loudly, then handed over to Chris W who took on the challenge of captain for the coming season.


Thanks from all, Hilary, for a great year.


It was a bittersweet afternoon. There was a feeling of regret as the season ended, but, hopefully, we are all looking forward to next year, and doing it all over again!




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