Newsletter 26-04-20

Good Afternoon,

And we are still at home!! And sadly, I think we will be for a little while longer!

I hope everyone is well and keeping busy. I’ll never spend so much time in my garden again, unless we are still here next year!! We are waiting for a weed to come up and we pounce!!!

Our usual huge thanks to all those who are making their way down to our green and doing such a tremendous job!! I’m off for a walk later so I’ll be able to see for myself!! THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU !!!

Sylvia continues to walk, skip and hula hoop every morning, and has raised £380 for the Hospice so far. She walks in memory of Fred Blackwell’s daughter Mez, as she has done for several years. Thank you to those who have donated to this amazing charity. If you would like to see how Sylvia is progressing, click on this link :


I have potted up over 200 plants and I am delighted to say I’ve got orders for over 100! They are still in the greenhouse, but can be collected from Monday onwards. They are 50p each and all the money is going to SMILE, a charity we have been supporting for 10 years.

The plants have not been hardened off yet, but if you have a greenhouse or conservatory, you can put them there for a few more days. I normally plant mine out from the middle of May. It’s the frost we have to be wary of!

Like most plants, particularly cucumbers, courgettes and squash plants, we have an ENEMY in SLUGS !! I hope you have some slug pellets.

What I am suggesting is that you please phone me, (07890265946) and let me know when you would like to collect them. Please give me an hour to sort them out, label them and put them on the drive for you. I do not have any spare trays or boxes, so you will need to bring something to put the pots in. I am happy for you to put money in a tin that I will leave out for you. If you would sooner pay online, when you phone I’ll give you my bank details.

The plants look very healthy, but I do sing to them and tell them the occasional joke!! Seriously though, if you have any mishaps I can try to replace them!!

The cherry tomatoes sold instantly, but for your information I do have the following plants left …

Moneymaker …..38, Alicante …..32, Apricot Dream ….. 3, Zlatava …..11 and Yellow Perfection …..15

Zucchini …..1, Romanesco …..4, Sunstripe …..5 and Squash …..2

Peppers and chillis will be another few weeks.

If you have any space in your beautiful garden, all you need is a few feet of soil, a few canes and you will be surprised how easy it is to grow tomatoes !!


Wow! Sorry that seemed long winded!!

Any news? Gossip?

Tony Downs is chasing us for our indoor bowls entries for this winter. I will chase up my teams soon. Wouldn’t it be great if we could play this winter??? Wouldn’t it be great if Steve could buy me, Robbie and Pie a beer!!!! I can’t wait to buy the boys a beer!!!

Any recommendations for T.V. or films??  I don’t seem to watch anything except EMMERDALE!!!! We take in turns choosing films. Sylv chose Stan and Ollie last night and fell asleep at 9.15 !!! Must be my company??

Not much alcohol, just a bar of chocolate each night, I had a tube of smarties last night. Robbie is into kit-kats!! Think we are having a cream tea this Sunday for a treat …. think Robbie is calling around to collect a scone or two!!!

Stay safe

Latest Newsletter

Good Afternoon,

I hope you are all well and preparing for another 3 weeks of gardening, watching westerns and old war films, playing games on your I-pad, talking to your other half, (my wife has just told me her job at Woolworths has ended!!), reading, painting , planning what to have for tea, phoning your friends, receiving and sending funny/rude jokes and taking up new hobbies!!!!

WHEN this is all over, I wonder how many of us will have new hobbies??

I’m thinking about taking up bowls ??? Yes, right, who was the first to say “You’ve never played before!!!” My money is on Merv! or Pie? or John Hall??

I expect a lot of you have got into quite a routine by now.  I can’t believe it’s so difficult to stay at home and do what you want!!

Anyway, please find an attached list of plants that I have potted up, and will be ready for collection in about 2 weeks. If you would like any, please phone me on 293867 or 07890265946, text me or e-mail me with your order. All the money goes to Sylvia’s SMILE CHARITY. WE can sort the payment out later. Obviously online payment would be easier, but I will accept cash as long as you have put it through the washing machine!!

When they are ready I’ll let you know, so your phone number would be handy!! I’ll leave the pots on my drive, labelling your pots. You’ll need a box or tray to put them in.


Please if possible can I have them back one day. I’ve potted up over 200 plants!!

Any other news?

I hope you are all well and keeping busy. We seem to watch a film every other evening, Last week we watched “One Man two Guvnors” on Netflix and also “Kon Tikt”. The National Theatre at Home is showing one production a week, and this week it’s Treasure Island. It’s free and well worth a look. 

Can you recommend any films or boxsets? 


Newsletter from Graham

Good Afternoon,

I hope you are all well and coping in these difficult, unreal times. I hope you’re OK with food and supplies generally. I’m certainly impressed with the food delivered by Rosalies!! Let’s keep talking to each other, and if anyone needs help, you must ask. We are all in this together!!

And another beautiful day, and we are all doing as we are told and staying indoors! I bet you all our gardens have never looked so good and I am so advanced with my vegetables this year.

As usual I will be selling tomato plants, courgettes plants, pepper plants, chilli plants and cucumber plants. They are all 50p each and all the money goes to Sylvia ‘s SMILE CHARITY. I’ve already potted up over 60 plants, with many more to do. Next week I’ll be able to send you a list of all the plants for sale, and how many I have. It will then have to be a first come first served.

Obviously we will need to work out the best way you can get them? You’ll probably need to collect them from my drive whilst exercising or doing a shop!   Also, if possible, payment online would be the easiest method.

                                                  I WILL KEEP YOU INFORMED NEXT WEEK.

A big THANK YOU to Brian Knowles!!!  Brian walks down to our Green every day as his exercise. He has been weeding, mowing and generally keeping the place tidy! This is a great thing for the Club, so when we are eventually allowed out to play, things will be in good order!! Thanks also to Merv and Steve Morris who have cut the green this week.

Any other news? Sylvia has cut my hair again!! Only a trim this time! Sorry Pie, but I had a magners and ice last night! 26 days alcohol free was good, but it’s not the right time to take away all our treats!!!

Sylvia is doing her daily Walk the Wight! Once again THANK YOU to all those who donated to such a worthwhile cause.

Message from Sylvia

Hi Bowlers, 

Thank you for your support in donating money to my Just Giving page for Walk The Wight. It’s really kind of you. I always aim to get £100 every year and we’re there already!

I’ve made a poster for Mez, to go on my t-shirt and I’ll get G to take a photo of me today so you’ll be able to see the poster. 

I hope you’re all ok and managing alright. When this is all over, I’ll make a cream tea for you wonderful bowlers!

See you all one day. 

Until then, hugs to you all, 

Sylvia x

Message from the President

Dear Membership,

                                We are now all experiencing unprecedented times which are going to be hard to manage, but we are a strong Club with a fighting attitude and will come out of this period with an even greater togetherness. Yes it is a huge disappointment to have lost this Season but life is more important. I am sure with the Committee we have, they will always be working for your interest at heart.

                                If anyone has a problem, please do not hesitate in contacting either Brian Knowles or Myself and we will endeavor to assist you in any way we can.

                                I wish you all good health, stick to the guidelines and remember there is always a tomorrow.



Cowes Medina Bowling Club

Invites you to our Open Day on

Sunday 17th May 2020

10 am – 12 noon  and 2pm – 4pm

Northwood House Grounds, Northwood Park, Cowes

Come along and “have a go”,  try your hand at green bowls. It’s good for fresh air, exercise and meeting new people, fun and active.  All ages and abilities welcome. No previous experience necessary.

Please bring flat smooth soled shoes to wear on the green.

Further information:  Tel: 07340 618998

Many Thanks

Race Night – The Result!!!!

Good afternoon,

I hope you are all warm, dry and safe on yet another stormy day!!

THANK YOU to everyone who attended our Race Night yesterday.

A few important THANK YOUS ….

To Cowes Community Club for the use of their facilities.

To John for opening up the kitchen. The cheeseburger and chips was lovely jubbly!!

To Chris Pryce for the use the Probus Club’s projector.

To Robbie for helping us set up the equipment

To Phil Smith for purchasing the wine that was given out to all those who “bought” a horse in our auction race.

To Greg and Steve for running the whole evening. This took a lot of organising!!  WELL DONE!!

To Greg’s daughter Lynne and granddaughter Zara, for taking our money and handing out the WINNINGS!!

We had a record attendance of over 50 people! It was a fun evening, everyone seemed to have a good time and some people won!!

I am delighted to announce that after expenses of £35, we made an overall profit of £402 !!! This money will be spent on our Club. 

If you were unable to join us last night, we will make this an annual event, so come along and join us next February 2021!!


Thank you once again, and I look forward to seeing you bowling outdoors when the weather improves!!


Race Night

Race Night on Friday

Yet another reminder about our RACE NIGHT ON FRIDAY 28 FEBRUARY at the IOW Community Club. The races start at 8pm so it would help if you are there by 7.45pm so that Graham, Greg and Steve can explain how the evening will run.

          John will be in the kitchen between 6.30pm and 7.30pm with his usual choice of menu available for those of you who cannot be bothered to cook!

          Please feel free to bring as many friends as you want – half the money ‘invested’ is given out in winnings and the other half goes to club funds, plus you will be able to ‘buy your own racehorse’ in the final event of the night! 

          This will be our first social before the outdoor season so please make every effort to come along and meet up with everyone again to catch up on the gossip.


Belated Christmas and New Year Wishes to all our Bowling Community from all at Cowes Medina Bowling Club