No 2

 20 Pretoria St, Lower Hutt 

Pleasant weather and excellent attendance guaranteed a successful Opening Day for the summer season. Club Captain Lloyd and President Peter both welcomed us all and wished us an enjoyable and successful season of bowling. The youngest bowler, Richard Hocking, was then invited to put up the first jack and Life Member, Lex Parsons, delivered the first bowl after which a couple of hours bowling followed. Members then retired to the mother club where they socialised and had a light meal. Thank you to all who helped start the season off in such a welcoming manner.

''To be the best you have to work the hardest''  - Lydia Ko (NZ’s 15 year old golf sensation) lists this as her best tip.
Club Championship Fours for both men and women begin in less than a fortnight. Practice will not guarantee a win but it improves your skills, sharpens you up, shows that you are committed and that you are doing all you can to help others in your team. To be the best you have to work the hardest.


I've learned that, no matter what happens, how bad it seems today,
life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles four things:
a rainy day, the elderly, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.  

I've learned that making a 'living'
is not the same thing as making a 'life.'

I have put a link at the top of this page called "Centre Events"
If you click on to it you can see all the events which the HB Centre is staging this season
Mondays 9.30 - 11.30

WILMA ENNOR will be available on Mondays for new bowlers and anyone else who would like to see her.
If you are working, or if this time is not convenient, Wilma will make Saturday morning available - but please phone her first.

Wednesday  9.30 +
JOHN CALNAN, COLLEEN McLAUGHLIN, JOHN McLAUGHLIN - will be available every Wednesday commencing this week.
All you have to do is turn up.


Melamine - is used to make lawn bowls
Composed of nitrogen, carbon and hydrogen, melamine was invented in the 1830s by a German scientist and came into fashion as a material used to make plastics and laminates in the late 1930s. When combined with formaldehyde and exposed to extreme heat, melamine creates a mouldable material that, when cooled, is virtually unbreakable.

Here is a short 3 minute video which shows how bowls are made … great viewing

Click the link


The bowls some people use have the letters XH next to the number.

  • Do you know what “XH” stands for?
  • There are two bowl sizes smaller than size 1. Do you know what they are called?
  • What is the largest bowl size?

XH means “extra heavy”
Sizes are: 00, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Bowls range in size from size 00 (smallest) to size 7, and there will be a size that is correct for your hand.  It is very important that a bowls fits snugly within the palm of your hand using your preferred grip. They can be either medium or heavy in weight, they can be regular or slim in their diameter.  All of these variables combine to make your choice of bowl crucial to your future success.

There must be a minimum of 2m between the ditch and the mat - but is it between the ditch and the FRONT EDGE of the mat, or the ditch and the REAR EDGE of the mat?  

LAW 19 Placing the mat
Before the start of play in each end, the player to play first should place the centre line of the mat lengthwise along the centre line of the rink, with the mat line (see below for meaning) at least 2 metres from the rear ditch and at least 25 metres from the front ditch.

If, before the jack has been delivered, a player or the marker finds that the mat has not been placed as described above, the player to play first should correctly position the mat.

If, after the jack has been delivered but before the first bowl is delivered, a player or the marker finds that the mat line has not been positioned within the distances described, the opposing player should place the mat correctly and re-deliver the jack, making sure that it is centred, but the opposing player should not play first.

Mat line means the edge of the mat nearest to the front ditch.  All measurements involving the mat and a jack or a bowl will be taken from the centre of the mat line.


Bowlers should start and finish a game with a handshake


This is the story of the blonde flying in a two-seater airplane with just the pilot.
He has a heart attack and dies. She, frantic, calls out a May Day.
"May Day! May Day! Help me! Help me! My pilot had a heart attack and is dead. And I don't know how to fly. Help me! Please help me!"
She hears a voice over the radio saying: "This is Napier Air Traffic Control and I hear you loud and clear. I will talk you through this and get back on the ground. I've had a lot of experience with this kind of problem. Now just take a deep breath. Everything will be fine!
Now give me your height and position"
She says, "I'm 5'4" and I support Winston Peters."
"O.K." says the voice on the radio....
"Repeat after me:
Our Father. .
Who art in Heaven. . . .."

Three "wise' men New Chums - Ian, Laurel, Warren, Raewyn, Terry, Olive, Bert, Ivan, Mike, Russell, Les
(Thank you Jack Budge - a source of wisdom)
Just imagine....
If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in Air New Zealand one year ago, you would have $49.00 today.
If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in the AA one year ago, you would have $33.00 today.
If you had purchased $1,000 of shares in Canterbury Finance one year ago, you would have $0.00 today.

But, if you had purchased $1,000 worth of beer one year ago, drank all the beer, then turned in the aluminium cans for recycling refund,
you would have received $214.00..


John will be down at the club each morning 9.30 - 10.30
to see or help anyone with the "skills test".

       You only have to see John once - the rest you do on your own.  

This event parallels the men’s Gardner Shield. Commences on 15th October
Other dates are 29/10, 12/11, 19/11, 26/11, 3/12. 10/12
Please nominate the position(s) you wish to play in. You can phone Colleen, send an email or fill in the form down at the club house. You will be asked to do some skills exercises before the two teams are chosen

A father put his three year old daughter to bed, told her a story and listened to her prayers which ended by saying, "God bless Mummy, God bless Daddy, God bless Grandma and good-bye Grandpa."

The father asked, 'Why did you say good-bye Grandpa?'

The little girl said, "I don't know Daddy, it just seemed like the thing to do."

The next day grandpa died. The father thought it was a strange coincidence.

A few months later the father put the girl to bed and listened to her prayers which went like this, "God bless Mummy, God Bless Daddy and good-bye Grandma."

The next day the grandmother died. "Holy crap" thought the father, "this kid is in contact with the other side."

Several weeks later when the girl was going to bed the dad heard her say, "God bless Mummy and good-bye Daddy."

He practically went into shock. He couldn't sleep all night and got up at the crack of dawn to go to his office. He was nervous as a cat all day, had lunch and watched the clock. He figured if he could get by until midnight he would be okay. He felt safe in the office, so instead of going home at the end of the day he stayed there, drinking coffee, looking at his watch and jumping at every sound. Finally midnight arrived; he breathed a sigh of relief and went home.

When he got home his wife said, "I've never seen you work so late. What's the matter?"

He said, "I don't want to talk about it, I've just spent the worst day of my life."

She said, "You think you had a bad day, you'll never believe what happened to me. This morning my golf pro dropped dead in the middle of my lesson!"


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