Twenty people turned out to play for the 1st President's Trophies, our first club match of the year. We were blessed with a fine day, not cold and not windy, so we were all in a good mood. Also, we had decided to donate all the playing fees plus any donations to Sports Relief. Members were generous and the total donation was some £230. Some people used the JustGiging Link and did Gift Aid, but others donated cash when they signed to play. Everyone was there in plenty of time, so we started at 11.00 sharp. We played three timed games. Towards the end of the third game the wind got up and came in straight from the Arctic, complete with bits of ice. Fortunately the sleet only lasted for a few seconds, but the rain and wind were jolly cold. However, we all adjourned to our shelter to find out who had won the trophies. They were, for the ladies - Valerie Smith and for the Gents - Chris McGuire. Well done all, and thanks for your donations!
Friday the 13th, an auspicious day to do the job: Adrian had organised a working party to rake the last of the leaves and spread some grit on the pistes. A gratifying 10 people turned out to do the work and at break time we had mulled wine and mince pies to warm us up.
The day dawned clear and bright for our annual 'play and lunch'. Thirtyfour people came along. We played for 2 hours, then everyone adjourned to the Pavilion for lunch - a lovely fish pie with mixed vegetables, followed by 4 glorious puddings for us to choose from. Val and Pat made the pies for us and Julie, Carol, Bridget and Louise made the puddings. We also held our own mini presentation and caught up with Paul Hammond who had won the Memorial Trophy in September. Thank you everyone for coming.
Saturday 16 November saw us at the Holiday Inn in High Wycombe for the annual TVPA Presentation Dinner. The food was not up to much, but we put a brave face on and enjoyed ourselves anyway. Shown below are the awards made to Petanque Wallingford members:
(To see the all the Regional/District line up see the TVPA Website).
Regional Triples Winners - Wendy, Mike M and John P
District Mixed Pairs Plate Winners - Sarah M and Chris S
Midweek League Cup Runners-up - Wallingford Wombats
Regional Mixed Pairs Main Runners-up - Mark and Ava Dowman
Regional Qualifiers 2nd Place - Gerry, Dave C, John P and Chris S
There was no TVPA Sunday League this year, instead the Sunday League was held under the sponsorship of MSB Electrics and the cup was won by PW team Red Kites - reported earlier in the year. Here is a picture of some of the team members.
Well done all, lets hope next year sees PW win lots more!!
Petanque Wallingford has now joined the facebook community. Created for us by Chris Shaw and administrated by John Parsons.
This is a link: (cut and pate into your browser)
Here are some photographs of Mike with other Team GB winners IN THE PETANQUE GROUPS at the Games in Newcastle.
First Day Singles:
Female 60-69 Group. GOLD Patricia Mandall
Male 60-69 Group, BRONZE Mike Marshall.
Second Day Doubles
The two BRONZE doubles medals (Under 30-49 group) – Andrew Hunter left – Michael Molyneux - right
The two BRONZE doubles medals (Under 30 group) – Ikhlaq Ahmed left AND Daniel Chalmers - right
I have just had a look at the World Transplant Games website, and see that Mike received a Bronze in his Petanque Category in the Singles, and Steve and Mike were 5th in the petanque category Doubles (Gold the Thais, Silver the South Africans and Bronze the Spanish and Germans). The Thais took most of the golds in petanque. Well, well done to all, and I hope you had a lovely time.
What with one thing and another, things have got a bit out of hand, so there's some catching up to do.
After Pam's birthday bash we played on Easter Monday – a Melee with an Easter bonnet competition with tea and cakes provided by the members. The best Easter bonnet was worn by Wendy Harris (she had sewn some bunny ears on her cap and a pompom for her tail).
Then in June we played our first dotty trophy match – the singles, which was won by JJ.
In July we held our open day, celebrating the 5th anniversary of our boulodrome. 52 people played and 5 helped prepare the barbecue for lunch. Wendy, Val, Moiya & Sally made food, Pat helped prepare the tables, Gerry did the barbecue. Special thanks to Val who pulled everything together! We had a delicious lunch. Everyone received a badge commemorating our anniversary and we had a very successful day in lovely sunshine.
The winners were:
1st Julie (PW) - 6 wins + 47 she won the dotty cup trophy .
2nd Richard D (PW) – 6 wins + 32
3rd Mark D (PW) – 6 wins + 17
4th Louise (PW) - 5 wins + 45
5th Margie (PW) - 5 wins + 43
6th Frankie (Winnersh) 5 wins + 42
7th Anne Sims (Winnersh) – 5 wins + 19
8th Mal (Winnersh) 5 wins + 16
Then in July we played the final game of the MCB Electrics Sunday League Challenge and had a lovely buffet lunch prepared by Helen and Alex. After lunch Mark presented the cups, and the Red Kites came first having won 7 of the 8 games, followed very closely by Arborfield.
In August and we played the Select Pairs. A very closely contested match played by Steve G & Louise against the KKs (Knacked Kidneys Mike Marshall & John Parsons). JP has only been playing for about 7 months, so a lovely win for him.
The doubles match was played on the last Wednesday of July – The semi finals had Chris S & Sarah playing against Wendy & Peter S. I very exciting game, with Chris and Sarah beating Wendy and Peter with the last boule! Debbie and Paul Hammond (who have been playing for about 10 months had made it to the finals, but it was decided to play that match on Sunday 17th August because by now it was dark and late (10.15) and most people had left . So Paul & Debbie and Chris & Sarah played the final on a lovely sunny Sunday morning. Chris & Sarah won.
Now we have the triples, Over 70s and Memorial Trophy to play for and that will conclude our competitions for the year. Play will continue as usual, ready for our annual club lunch on 25th November, play on Boxing Day and New years Day and it all begins again!
On the Regional side:
Congratulations to three of our Red Kites (Wendy H, Mike M and John P) who won the Regional Triples on the 23rd June, beating Paul and Dean Webb and Bob Boothman on the way as well as players of the like of Eric Hanlon, Alun Jones, Amrit Seetana and Snowy (peter Miles). Commiserations to the other three from the Red Kites – Moiya, Thérèse and Gerry who only won one game – their first, strangely against the eventual winners who won every subsequent game. Moiya and the Lewises went on to lose every subsequent game! Such is life.
Dear Therese, Loren and Gerry,
I have kept this a secret from you all, until now, hoping it would come as a nice surprise if you won! I tried to get the recognition for your fantastic efforts in building such a great club that has provided so many benefits for so many people.
I submitted the entry on 31st January. I rang the Town Hall yesterday and was told that the award went to Wallingford Volunteers, no doubt a worthy winner.
However, although winning would have been great, not winning does not diminish your achievements and the appreciation of all members of these achievements.
High Steward of Wallingford's Community Award – Call for nominations
The High Steward of Wallingford, Ken Lester, is delighted to announce the launch of this new award to recognise the outstanding contribution made by an individual or an organisation in establishing, maintaining and promoting the highest standards of community service in Wallingford.
The individual or organisation must able to demonstrate that they have made an outstanding contribution which benefits residents and the community of Wallingford. They needn't themselves live or be based in Wallingford, but the benefit from their work should be shown for a sustained period in the town. Nominations should describe how the nominee has addressed values such as (but not exclusively), helping the disadvantaged, promoting inclusivity and participation in community life, and supporting Wallingford as a town which encourages vibrant community activities. Nominations should, as far as possible be from a member of the public independent of the person/organisation being nominated, but where this is not practicable, the person making the nomination must make clear the relationship to the nominee. Self-nomination is not allowed. A nomination statement should be no longer than 500 words and may contain referees. Where referees are included it is the responsibility of the person making the nomination to ensure that permission has been obtained from the referees for them to be contacted by the High Steward.
I would like to nominate Petanque Wallingford for the High Steward of Wallingford’s Community Award.
Started in 2012 on a space in the car park at the Wallingford Sports Park, Petanque Wallingford is now a thriving progressive club, that boasts one of the best Petanque terrains in the country.
In the light of the current Government initiatives to change the future direction of healthcare in the country, clubs such as ours are already offering the benefits of mental and physical wellbeing to our members and visitors. (See a picture below of the piste in use!)
Anyone and everyone is welcome to come along to one or all of the 5 weekly sessions where helpful coaching is often available or to join in the games.
Members pay £60 per annum for unlimited access and visitors pay £2 per visit, however, under a proposed system of social/community prescribing a club like ours has a lot to offer.
In addition to the regular sessions, the club has a busy programme of social and match-play activities. The club is active in the Thames Valley Petanque League, which provides many opportunities for inter-club and individual competition. There are also member competitions and melees (where members change partners for each game in friendly competition) often followed by a shared lunch in the Sports Park Pavillion.
Our facilities are available to other local organisations, these have included local companies, Style Acre and the U3A.
The combination of all these activities make the Petanque Wallingford club probably the most accessible and busiest club on the Wallingford Sports Park.
Almost everyone who joins the club is a novice. The game has a low threshold of skill enabling players to gain significant enjoyment at an early stage of their development with no outlay on equipment as boules are always at hand. However, as with any sport those who wish to invest their time and energy can reach high levels of play – we have a dedicated member who having started playing only three years ago has now played for England! We also have the Petanque Captain of the World Transplant Games as a member.
Our members range in age from 9 to 90 with the majority in the 50 to 75 age range, increasing the number of members in younger age brackets is an aim of the club.
The friendly, welcoming ethos of the club has provided an important social support to many local people.
The club would not exist today without the exhaustive efforts of the three founding members – Loren, Therese and Gerry. These three with the help of other members have transformed what was a car park piste into a magnificent 11 piste club on two separate surfaces complete with a superb shelter and floodlights for evening play. (See a picture of our shelter below).
I wholeheartedly commend the club and its leading members for building and maintaining a wonderful facility available for the people of Wallingford and surrounding areas.
The club is deserving of recognition for past achievements and a very bright future.
Petanque Wallingford Member
John Atkins, Chairman of The Wallingford Sports Trust
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