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IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ! CLOSURE OF BALAIA BOWLING GREEN

THE  BOWLING GREEN AT BALAIA IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED

THE CLUB HAS RELOCATED TO VALVERDE BC NEAR ALMANCIL AND WILL SHARE WITH THEM
Rollup days and times until further notice will be MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS AND FRIDAYS meet at 10.00 for 10.30 start
THE VALVERDE GREEN WILL BE CLOSED FROM 1st JULY TO 14th JULY INCLUSIVE. RE-OPENS MONDAY 16th JULY
IT WILL ALSO BE CLOSED DURING AUGUST


FOR VALVERDE BC LOCATION MAP ETC PLEASE CLICK OR TAP
HERE

ALL PAYMENTS MUST BE IN CASH, ON THE DAY.
NEW TARIFF BELOW. SHOE HIRE  IS NOT AVAILABLE AT VALVERDE.

Balaia Bowls Club Competitions 2023 - 2024

Matches, results and other information here.

Alison Wooding retained the singles title, with Brian Denyer the runner-up.
Alan Camplin Smith and Tom Allen won the men's pairs.
The final game in the mixed pairs was played on 7th May. Victory for Brian Denyer and Jill Dunkey took them to top spot on shots difference over Janice Hartley and Gary Chadwick

Bowls Algarve Winter League 2023 - 2024

The final game of the winter season on March 16th resulted in a win for Balaia and the four points needed to finish 8th in the table.

Fixtures, results and league table here.

Bowls Algarve Summer League Cup 2024

The Summer League Cup runs from 2nd May to 27th June with most games being played on THURSDAY MORNINGS.

Balaia fixtures and results here.

FUNDRAISING AND CHARITIES

NEW PLAYING TARIFF AT VALVERDE

It was agreed at a meeting between the two committees that playing fees for Balaia Bowls Club members will, with immediate effect, fall into line with those paid by members of Valverde BC.

Pay as you go - €85 a year plus €8 per game. Three months, including all match fees, €175; six months €270; Annual €420. VISITORS to the club will pay €12 per match. All payments MUST be in cash, on the day.

Memberships will have the added benefit to Balaia members of membership of Valverde BC with all rights and privileges included. As a Valverde member, you will be eligible to enter their competitions.


SOME GENERAL NEWS UPDATES May 5th

Club Competitions -The season 2023 - 2024 competitions have new been concluded. A presentation and awards event will be arranged in due course. Our competitions for seasopn 2024 - 2025 will run concurrently with the Bowls Algarve winter league, i.e. from mid October until mid - March.

Club Memberships - thanks to those who have already signed up and paid for full membership. We remind you that all memberships lapsed with the new financial year that started on 1st April. If you wish to renew or apply for a full or social membership, please speak with a Committee Member and have the €10 (full) or €5 (social) in your hand. Purely social members cannot play in leagues and club competitions.

Touring Teams - we have been playing a lot of games against various touring teams. Sometimes we are mixed in with Valverde BC members, sometimes we have been fours or triples entirely of Balaia members. The final game was on Friday 26th April. The outcome was a win for Bowls Algarve. Here we are with the trophy! Click or tap to see it in the full size.

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Bowls Algarve Winter League - a recent meeting of Bowls Algarve, our governing body, has made certain decisions regarding the winter league. The only ones to really concern member are (1) that season 2024 - 2025 winter league matches will normally start at 1030am, not 1100am as previously and that (2) the match fee for visitors will remain at €8. We are intending to hold a club event (which will involve playing bowls!) for ALL those who sign up for the winter league. This will be a week or two before it starts, probably therefore early in October. Watch out for that one.


BALAIA BOWLING GREEN IS NOW A PUTTING GREEN

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Picture taken April 8th - click or tap to see full size


BALAIA BOWLING GREEN TUESDAY 12th FEBRUARY 2024

These pictures were taken this morning, before the Committee Meeting. It's a public holiday today, so no-one was working. I was able to get a better look than before. It is clear now that what is being built between the green and the big white wall of the building behind is a turning circle for cars and a little lay-by for perhaps two or three parking spaces. A fire hydrant has appeared on one corner of the green where the water pumping mechanism once stood. This work has cut away another corner of the green, which was not expected. That whole work area is very close to what would be the edge of the green. The trench along the side has been filled, but there are all sorts of pipes and cables laying around. The good news is that the grass is still being cut - you will see the mower in a couple of the pictures.  Elsewhere, construction of the roads on either side of the driving range continues.

To see a larger version of the pictures, please click or tap. The situation was discussed in Committee. All members have been sent the notes of the meeting.

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BOWLS ALGARVE INTER-CLUB OPEN PAIRS RESULT

Monday 5th February - Frances and Jill, defending their title, reached this season's semi final with a 21 - 11 win over Susan Kinane and Greer Hogg from Floresta.
They were defeated in the semi-final 23- 10 by Nick Gooch and Mark Richards of Pedras BC.


Balaia Bowls Club Christmas lunch 22nd December 2023

An excellent gathering, enjoyed by all, at Restaurante O Lavrador near Boliqueime. A raffle raised €210 for our charity, the Albufeira Food Bank. Click or tap a picture to see a larger size.
That concluded our activities for 2023. The bowling season resumes on 3rd January 2024.

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Balaia Bowls Club Christmas rollup Thursday 21st December 2023 - and the green that same day.

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click or tap for a larger size - we were at Valverde as our green remains closed

Not all members could be present. Afterwards we repaired to the Balaia clubhouse for a drink.

Whose jumper is the best?

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click or tap to see a larger size.
The shed has gone and the first excavations between the green and the wall of the adjacent property are under way.
The grass is still being cut, a good sign.

Last year's news and events here.
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