Response from Director of Public Relations to AGM Notice

On Saturday 14th October, advanced notice of an AGM was issued by the WPA President on this website.

I write to notify members of the following facts;

  1. Paragraph 6 of the Welsh Pétanque Association Constitution, Rules & Discipline (Hereafter “The Constitution”) states; “There shall be an AGM of members in each period of twelve calendar months convened by the EC for the purpose of presenting an Annual Report, Annual Accounts, changes to the Constitution and Rules, for the election of officers, for the determination of fees and subscriptions, and to consider motions, to appoint auditors, and to appoint arbitrators. The AGM must be held within 13 months of the previous AGM.“I respectfully remind Members that the 2017 AGM was held on Wednesday 22nd March 2017 at Caerleon RFC Pétanque Club. The Constitution does not provide any discretion for more than one AGM in a period of twelve calendar months.

     

  2. Paragraph 2.2.1. of The Constitution states; “The AGM shall, subject to Part 1 – Constitution – Clause 6, be held in the month of March or such other month and at such place as the EC (Executive Committee) may from time to time determine.

I confirm to Members that the proposed AGM was called by the President unilaterally and that neither a date, nor a venue has been determined by the Executive Committee.

The proposed AGM, called by the President on Saturday 14th October, is therefore unconstitutional and invalid.

I wish to place on record my disappointment that the President continues to act unilaterally and unconstitutionally and did not answer my telephone call on Saturday evening when I tried to discuss this matter with him to agree a way forward.

Yours sincerely,

Andrew Howard

Director of Public Relations

A Message From The President

I am disappointed that someone using the log in of the League Secretary is interfering with my articles or posts on the WPA website.

It could be anyone doing it but it must be someone who knows the code or password.

I ask the League Secretary to check what has happened to her account and to contact me.

It is sad that someone with access to our website wants to stifle the communications between the WPA’s president and the WPA’s members. I wonder Why?

Dan Murphy,
President

UPDATE – Advance Notice of AGM 2017-18

I refer to Andrew Howard’s post earlier. Constitutionally the AGM can be called at any time within a twelve month period, so it can be brought forward. I have been obliged as President to take this step and give a lead to our Association precisely because the EC is deadlocked. Mr. Howard refuses to accept that this is the best way forward for ALL our members and not just a group with its own agenda. As an Officer of the Association he should be supporting this AGM as the solution and not, yet again blocking it. At the AGM the members, all of them not a self appointed group, will decide all issues.

Dan Murphy, President


This is advance notice that the WPA’s AGM 2017-18 will be brought forward and held on Friday 01st December 2017 at the Cardiff Yacht Club, off Windsor Esplanade, Cardiff, commencing at 7.30 pm.

Formal notices and papers will be available pursuant to the normal timetable to allow members to send nomination forms and resolutions so the usual AGM agenda can be completed.

The following positions are currently vacant:

  • Director of Development
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary

For nominations copies of job descriptions are available on the website, as are downloadable forms or they can be obtained from the WPA’s temporary address.

Please pass this information on to other members.

Members will be aware that this notice and calling of the AGM is necessitated by certain unresolved matters, and to end an impasse in the administration of the WPA’s affairs.

Regards,

Dan Murphy

President.

Advance Notice of AGM 2017-18

This is advance notice that the WPA’s AGM 2017-18 will be brought forward and held on Friday 01st December 2017 at the Cardiff Yacht Club, off Windsor Esplanade, Cardiff, commencing at 7.30 pm.

Formal notices and papers will be available pursuant to the normal timetable to allow members to send nomination forms and resolutions so the usual AGM agenda can be completed.

The following positions are currently vacant:

  • Director of Development
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary

For nominations copies of job descriptions are available on the website, as are downloadable forms or they can be obtained from the WPA’s temporary address.

Please pass this information on to other members.

Members will be aware that this notice and calling of the AGM is necessitated by certain unresolved matters, and to end an impasse in the administration of the WPA’s affairs.    

Regards, 

Dan Murphy

President.

Message from the Director of Public Relations

I found it odd that the President chose to post his thoughts on the validity of the recent request for an EGM on this website without consulting me.  I am the Director of Public Relations and an Executive Committee (EC) member of equal standing to the President yet the President sees it fit to post his views without consultation.

I also feel that the President is imposing his view on me without giving me the chance to discuss it with him and put forward my own thoughts.  This is not how the EC should run and I believe it is in everyone’s interests to know how the President has sought to run the WPA following recent events.

I thought therefore that it is only fair and transparent that I post my response to his post as well as my own thoughts on the best way forward for the WPA.  I have also set out why I believe that the President’s conclusion on whether an EGM or AGM is appropriate is wrong. Perhaps then the members can decide which approach they prefer.

This is a long post so I have split it into three sections to make my views as clear as possible, namely:

  1. The effectiveness of the current EC
  2. My proposed way forward
  3. My response to the President

The effectiveness of the current EC

The Constitution states that the EC is the managing body of the WPA.  The EC must be comprised of 5 named positions – the National President, National Secretary, National Treasurer, Director of Development and Director of Public Relations.  For some time now the EC has only been compromised of the National President, Dan Murphy and the Director of Public Relations, myself.

In reality, the President is running the EC on behalf of the WPA without any meaningful recourse to me.  It is entirely unsatisfactory that the President can make unilateral decisions and impose his views on the future of the WPA without challenge or discussion.

I am grateful to the time and commitment that the President has given to the WPA over the years but my view is that he is no longer fit for the role and this is not fair to the members of the WPA.  There have been a number of incidents in recent months that have convinced me that the President must stand aside and allow a full election of the EC to take place at the requested EGM. For him to continue to seek to unilaterally run the WPA is not in the interests of the members. I set these out below and can and will provide evidence in support if required.

  1. The President has made a number of unilateral decisions in relation to EC business without any consultation with the rest of the EC. For example, the President decided unilaterally to postpone a recently called EGM at which a new Secretary was to be elected. The President stated that there was a risk that members might feel aggrieved by the result as due to an ongoing disciplinary process. While this might be a sensible approach, the President’s approach to potential conflicts of interest is not consistent. For example, the President thought it appropriate to appoint Mr and Mrs Milton as the Hearing and Investigation Officer respectively of the recent disciplinary process brought by a member.  The Miltons are members of the same club as the complainant which will inevitably give rise to a potential or perceived conflict of interest. Indeed, at the time when the President decided to postpone the Secretary EGM, Mr Milton sent me a threatening email in which he instructed me to agree to the postponement of the meeting or face disciplinary proceedings. This email was sent to my private email address and could only have been obtained from the President. I twice asked Mr Milton how he acquired my private email address, but wasn’t given the courtesy of a reply.  This was not appropriate and shows how the President is seeking to intimidate those in his way. There is a duty to avoid conflicts during all WPA disciplinary processes.
  2. On Monday 11th September, I attended a meeting with the President to discuss WPA matters at the Cricketers Pub in Pontcanna following the resignation of the Treasurer and Assistant Secretary. I was amazed to see that the President had invited Mr and Mrs Milton to the meeting without asking me. I refused to meet with the President with Mr and Mrs Milton in attendance, (I don’t know them) and they had no mandate to attend a meeting of the EC. At the same meeting we discussed the vacant Treasurer position and the President informed me that he had ‘sounded out’ a suitable Member that we should appoint into the Role. I refused this unconstitutional request.
  1. The President has failed to adhere to the Data Protection Act 1998 when recently sending emails to the WPA members. The disclosure of individual members’ email addresses to other members puts the WPA in clear breach of its data protection obligations and opens up the WPA to the risk of legal action. This is unacceptable and again shows that the President is simply not coping with the administrative burden of seeking to run the WPA on his own.
  2. When the President was first in receipt of the recent EGM request, whilst at the CEP event in Normandy, he left me a voicemail. He described a section of the letter as “b*llocks” and was audibly chastised by his wife in the background for doing so. I find myself agreeing with the President’s wife. The letter is a serious request to address a serious matter. It is signed by a majority of WPA affiliated clubs and it is the EC’s role to take such requests seriously, with respect and in good faith. It is clear to me that the President was against the calling of an EGM from the outset without hearing any comments from me and without considering the issues fully.
  3. The reaction of the President to anything that he does not like or that cuts across his own agenda is often met with a barrage of threatening correspondence and/or threats of legal action. This is not an appropriate way to engage with fellow EC or WPA members. I feel that the President is using convoluted and calculated legal language to put across his version of events or his interpretation of how WPA business should be approached.  His arguments may look reasonable and accurate to the untrained eye, but on deeper analysis, as below, it is clear that his views can lack substance. This is neither helpful nor welcome.

The EC exists to represent the interests of all members and all clubs. We cannot do that as a group of 2 and the President is clearly not achieving this when he chooses to act unilaterally.

My proposed way forward

It is clear to me that the WPA needs an overhaul.  I do not believe that anyone disputes that the best way to approach this is by way of a full and transparent election of all members of the EC.  I urge all members to review my proposed way forward and agree that this will get us to where we need to be. The member clubs and the members must be at the heart of this process and everything else must be put to one side until the process is complete.  My own reasoning for why this is the best way forward is set out below in response to the President’s own interpretation of the EGM request.

  1. The President and the Director of Public Relations must step down with immediate effect.
  2. The business of the WPA must then be entrusted entirely to the Arbitrators.
  3. An EGM must be immediately called for a date and at a location to be agreed. I would suggest a month from today. There must be a facility for members to vote in person or by post as we need the fullest possible turn out to give the new EC the strongest possible mandate to move forward. The Arbitrators shall be in charge of all administration involved in calling the EGM.
  4. Ahead of an EGM, all member clubs must undertake to contact all of their own membership to explain why an EGM has been called and the importance of taking part in the election. The members must feel that they have been informed of all issues appropriately. The Arbitrators shall provide a briefing paper that can be circulated to all clubs for this purpose.
  5. The Arbitrators should invite nominations for all positions on the EC to be voted on at the EGM without delay.

 

My response to the President

I have set out my thoughts directly below each of the President’s arguments as set out in his recent post on the WPA website.

DM “I sincerely believe [Andrew Howard] ought to support the calling of an AGM for the following reasons, and I ask him to do that. With respect, it seems clear that we cannot, in all conscience, as Officers, support something which is so clearly unconstitutional. We both have no choice but to support the only constitutional method open to us, the AGM.”

AH response: I do not agree for the reasons set out below.

DM “The letter contains no resolution, but expresses some purposes of those sending the letter. It is not a constitutionally acceptable request to the EC for the following reasons.”

AH  response: It is important that everyone sees a copy of the letter:

This letter starts with the assertion that the EC of the WPA is no longer effective under the terms of the current WPA Constitution and provides an example of why it cannot operate in practice.  This is a statement of opinion with which I agree. The EC cannot function as just a group of 2 and to do so is contrary to Clause 5.1.1 of the Constitution which requires the 5 named EC roles.  I would further add that the EC is in reality being controlled by the President with no material input from me. My views on whether the current President is up to the job are set out above. The letter then calls for the 2 remaining members of the EC to step down to allow an EGM to take place to allow the election of all positions of the EC. Lastly the letter demands that the nominated arbitrators be allowed to oversee the running of the WPA pending the EGM.

The request was eventually signed by representatives of 9 member clubs of the WPA which represents 60% of the Affiliated Club membership (as listed on the WPA website). Clause 8 states that an EGM can be called “upon a requisition of 5 registered clubs, signed by an officer of each of those organisations”. It is clear therefore that the EGM notice is valid from a “signatories” point of view.

DM “1.         EGM’s (sic) require a resolution on which members can vote, as has been the case in every EGM I have ever attended and as members will also recall recently.”

AH response: I do not agree with this statement. There is nothing in the Constitution that requires a request for an EGM to contain a resolution on which members can vote. In fact, I regard the use of the word “resolution” to be a red herring.  If a “resolution” was such an important factor in the way that the WPA must make decisions then the Constitution should define the term and explain how resolutions need be drafted and tabled. The word “resolution” does not appear in the Constitution. What has happened at previous WPA EGMs does not impact the validity of this notice.  It is valid as a matter of fact. However, it is true that resolutions are a good way of focussing the attention of any general meeting. It gives people an understanding of what it is that they are being asked to consider and vote upon.  In my view, the recent request for an EGM could not be clearer in its scope. It calls for an EGM at which a re-election of the whole EC will take place. There can be no misunderstanding from the members about the purpose of this requested EGM. I have set out above some suggestions on how we can move this forward to a satisfactory conclusion by way of an EGM.

DM “2.         Any resolution must be about something the WPA has the power to do under its constitution:

a) The EGM cannot force the officers to resign if they choose not to. Recently two officers were requested to stand down, which they could have declined to do, but they chose to resign. So there is no effective “vote of confidence” – it is for the Officers personally to decide what they wish to do.”

AH response: the EGM does not seek to force the current EC members to step down. The request for the EGM envisages that the EC members will already have stepped down in anticipation of a full election at the EGM. I agree that this is the most sensible approach.

DM “If they don’t volunteer to resign, the resolution is pointless.”

AH response: I agree. However, I hope that the President does agree to step down to allow a full election at an EGM. It is my intention to step down to allow this process to run its course. For reasons already explained, I feel that the President’s position is untenable. However, if the President feels confident that he is doing a good job then he should feel confident that he is going to be re-elected, should he be re-nominated for the role.

DM “b.         The running of the WPA cannot be handed over to the arbitrators. There is no power to do that.”

AH response: I agree that this is not expressly provided for in the Constitution. However, the EC has to ensure that the WPA is being properly governed.  It is my view that the EC cannot operate by 2 members alone. In any event, the President is seeking to unilaterally run the WPA without any input from me.  The EC cannot be allowed to continue in the sole control of the President. The Constitution allows the Arbitrators to be appointed by the WPA to oversee certain official WPA business.  It must therefore be appropriate for the Arbitrators to be appointed to oversee the period between the current EC members stepping down and the election which is envisaged in this EGM request. If this action requires ratification by members at the EGM then so be it.

DM “It is pointless to hold an EGM to try to do things which cannot be done.”

AH response: It is clear that an EGM can achieve a full re-election of the EC.

DM “These are the reasons an EGM called for the purposes in the letter would be unconstitutional, and any decisions made invalid.”

AH response: I do not agree. Not only would the requested EGM be valid, it would also result in a valid decision.

DM “The letter also accepts that such an EGM would be a first step only, and that it would have to be followed by the calling of another meeting, another EGM, to vote for new officers to fill vacancies but it could not remove any who choose not to resign.”

AH response: I do not agree. As stated above, the EGM request envisages that the EC members will have already resigned ahead of the EGM.  The EGM will deal solely with the full EC election.

DM “It would therefore be pretty pointless, and waste time, when there is a much more effective and constitutional alternative, an AGM, which would allow the Committee to be replaced in an entirely proper, and democratic way, where all our members decide.”

AH response: I do not agree that an EGM would be pointless, a waste of time, ineffective or unconstitutional.  I do agree that an AGM could be an alternative route to a full election but this could only achieve the desired result if every EC position is put up for election. The Constitution states that certain positions are elected in the AGMs of odd years and others in even years.  I understand that the President does not intend to stand down in the event that an AGM is called in place of the requested EGM as it is not the year in which the role of President is due to be re-elected.  An AGM therefore cannot be an alternative unless those present vote on a resolution immediately prior to the election that the Constitution be temporarily amended to facilitate a full election of all EC positions. In any event, an EGM is the best solution as an AGM requires other Constitutional agenda items (such as the approval of the accounts) which would distract from the issue at hand.

DM “The EGM would produce a meeting where there would be likely to be a lot of dissent and argument and frustration, not least for the reasons I gave above. It would only be divisive, at a time when we need to rebuild the WPA.   I sincerely believe an AGM is now the only way forward.”

AH response: It is regrettable that any meeting of WPA members might easily descend into dissent, argument and frustration given the current state of affairs.  However, the calling of an AGM in place of an EGM will not change this fact. I would urge the WPA members and member clubs to consider my proposed way forward and undertake to attend the EGM in good faith with a view to moving forward. We need to work together to rid the WPA of politics, ill-feeling and cliques.  Let’s remember that this game is a hobby underpinned by hard working volunteers and willing members in the sole pursuit of fun, competition and friendship.

DM “For all these reasons I believe that the officers are honour bound to call an AGM. I am sure that that is also the opinion of many members who wish to make changes but in the proper way.”

AH response: I do not agree for the reasons set out above.  There is a clear desire and need to make changes. These changes should happen by way of an EGM.

DM “With respect, it seems clear that we cannot, in all conscience, as Officers, support something which is so clearly unconstitutional. Both officers have no choice but to support the only constitutional method open to us, the AGM, and so I expect Andrew to support that.”

AH response: I do not support the calling of an AGM unless the President agrees that all EC positions be put up for election.  An EGM is a proper and constitutionally sound way to proceed.

Andrew Howard

Director of Public Relations

The 2017 Congress of the CEP

I attended the recent Annual Congress of the CEP which took place in France during the Mens European Championships, to represent the WPA 

Chairing the Congress was Mike Pegg, as President of the CEP.  Tony Smith from Wales was there as Treasurer of the CEP. It was held in a large auditorium with around 24 countries’ representatives present.

Various reports were made by Committee members and the meeting finished with the draw for the first round of the precision shooting championships. The meeting took several hours. This note to members is a brief round up of the main points of the CEP Congress and some brief commentary..

1.         In Europe there are now 41 national petanque federations, including four which were accepted at the Congress, namely Armenia, Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia, the largest number ever. The CEP is keen to add more countries from Eastern Europe.

This will intensify the pressure on all countries as the Mens’ European Championships is used to find the top 24 or so National teams from Europe to be invited in the following year to the World Championships.

In future years, if the sport is an Olympic sport, the same ranking system might be used if there is, as in the Petanque World Championships, a limit on the total number teams taking part. It is also possible that the places allocated to European federations may be reduced from 24 in the future.

 

2.         The CEP’s permanent headquarters is now in Luxembourg. It had to adopt a new constitution, compliant with Luxembourg law, but that has also given it access to some money, available to sports bodies in Luxembourg. 

Its offices are in a government building, and it is close to a bouladrome. It is planning to offer it as an international centre of excellence for coaches, umpires and players to go to.

 

3.         It was explained by the CEP Secretary that there had been too many events at the end of last season, all at the same time, and this will not be allowed to happen again.

 

4.         The CEP committee has been reorganised with a Board member or Director responsible for group reports on areas of activity.

 

5.         There was a CEP Auditor’s report from Colin Stewart, known to all from his role in the SPA, as a talented Scottish player, and also taking part as a player in these Championships – a man of many parts and skills!

There was a discussion of the finances of the CEP, including arrangements for paying a contribution to certain officials of 500 euros from an outside body which was matched by the CEP.

The discussion also took in the projected cost of providing the courses at the proposed centre of excellence. The treasurer’s view was that without an increase in CEP membership fees there was a risk that the courses would not be able to cover their costs and might have to be abandoned, so the Congress agreed to a small increase in membership fees.

 

6.         The question of eligibility to play for a country was also raised. After a fairly loud and robust debate, in several languages, often at the same time, it was agreed, but not unanimously, to adopt the CEP’s proposal. That was to include as CEP rules of its competitions the relevant rules set by the Olympic Committee. These rules are based on as it were “eligibility by passport”.    

It was identified by a number of the smaller countries such as San Marino and Andorra, as causing them major problems because the majority of their populations don’t hold the passport of their place of residence, but want to play for those countries.

It may also cause problems which will need to be addressed by the Home Nations, because the three countries have only one passport, a GB passport. The new rule has implications for the eligibility to play rules for each of the nations.

It does also for Jersey and the other Channel Islands, which have their own different version of the “GB” passport.

I asked that the position of the Home Nations countries be explicitly referred to in the new CEP rules, and I was assured it would be. The Jersey representative asked for the same treatment. Special arrangements will also be needed for Andorra and San Marino. I believe there is already in place a special arrangement for Monaco.

It will be interesting to see what is produced, and it will affect us in Wales. It is a decision which is entirely understandable, and it is difficult to see what else the CEP might have proposed, but it means that the Home Nations will need to meet to discuss the wider implications.

Each of the Home Nations, including Wales, will now need to consider the implications for their own rules of eligibility in the new context. Members may recall this was a subject that I kicked off a discussion about at a recent general meeting held in Caerleon.  We now need to develop that discussion.

 

7.         The CEP Board under its newly drawn constitution announced that in future the CEP Congress will no longer take place at an annual European Championships, but in Luxembourg, and probably over a 2/3 day period, over a weekend, at the start of the season. Presidents of federations will be expected to attend that, and not the European Championships.  Federations will of course have to meet the cost, but the CEP will put together a package.

 

8.         CESB. This new body covers or is intended to cover ball sports in Europe, and Mike Pegg was congratulated on his appointment as its President.

 

9.         Future events were mentioned. These included events which are set to take place and others which will not take place if no federation offers to host them.

 

The 2018 Ladies European Championships will be held at Palavas-les-flots, just south of Montpellier in France, on the coast. The 2019 European Veterans will be at Albena in Bulgaria on the Black Sea Coast, in mid September, with the European Mens Triples at the same place in the following week. 

Currently there are no hosts for the other events.

 

Dan Murphy.

President WPA.

UPDATE OF VENUE – Pentwyn Doubles – Sunday 15th October 2017

Come along for a fun Sunday of boule the weekend after next, where Phil will be hosting a friendly doubles competition. (UPDATED TO MONKSTONE PETANQUE CLUB, PEN-Y-LAN DUE TO HIGH INTEREST) 

Registration is at 9:30am with a plan to kick-off at 10am.

The entry-fee is £10 per team and the number of teams will be limited to 16, so sign-up quickly!

Please text / phone Phil Bradshaw on 07834358873 to enter your team.

Future of the WPA. Reply to a Question.

I received an email from a member, who had copied it to 8 or 9 other members, concerning the request for an EGM, and I also received an email from Andrew Howard about it.

I spoke to the person who had emailed me, and we had a frank discussion. I have also emailed those shown on his email and also Andrew, to give the reasons for calling an AGM and not an EGM. I would like all members to be aware of this.  

First, I would like to correct any misunderstanding.   I did not in my article intend to imply that Andrew had agreed with me, as yet, about how we do this, only that I believed he too wished to rebuild the Executive Committee.

I sincerely believe he ought to support the calling of an AGM for the following reasons, and I ask him to do that. With respect, it seems clear that we cannot, in all conscience, as Officers, support something which is so clearly unconstitutional. We both have no choice but to support the only constitutional method open to us, the AGM.

The letter contains no resolution, but expresses some purposes of those sending the letter. It is not a constitutionally acceptable request to the EC for the following reasons.

1.         EGM’s require a resolution on which members can vote, as has been the case in every EGM I have ever attended and as members will also recall recently.

2.         Any resolution must be about something the WPA has the power to do under its constitution:

a.         The EGM cannot force the officers to resign if they choose not to. Recently two officers were requested to stand down, which they could have declined to do, but they chose to resign. So there is no effective “vote of confidence” – it is for the Officers personally to decide what they wish to do.

If they don’t volunteer to resign, the resolution is pointless.

b.         The running of the WPA cannot be handed over to the arbitrators. There is no power to do that.

It is pointless to hold an EGM to try to do things which cannot be done.

These are the reasons an EGM called for the purposes in the letter would be unconstitutional, and any decisions made invalid.

The letter also accepts that such an EGM would be a first step only, and that it would have to be followed by the calling of another meeting, another EGM, to vote for new officers to fill vacancies but it could not remove any who choose not to resign.

It would therefore be pretty pointless, and waste time, when there is a much more effective and constitutional alternative, an AGM, which would allow the Committee to be replaced in an entirely proper, and democratic way, where all our members decide. 

The EGM would produce a meeting where there would be likely to be a lot of dissent and argument and frustration, not least for the reasons I gave above. It would only be divisive, at a time when we need to rebuild the WPA.   I sincerely believe an AGM is now the only way forward. 

For all these reasons I believe that the officers are honour bound to call an AGM. I am sure that that is also the opinion of many members who wish to make changes but in the proper way. 

With respect, it seems clear that we cannot, in all conscience, as Officers, support something which is so clearly unconstitutional. Both officers have no choice but to support the only constitutional method open to us, the AGM, and so I expect Andrew to support that.

Regards,

Dan Murphy

President

The Jersey Petanque Club Open Doubles 2018

SATURDAY May 5th  & SUNDAY May 6th

With a Welcome and Briefing Meeting on the evening of FRIDAY May 4th

THE JERSEY PETANQUE CLU

B’S 31st  OPEN DOUBLES

And on MONDAY May 7th

THE CARREFOUR PETANQUE CLUB OPEN TRIPLES 2018

So what’s happening?

The timetable and format will be much the same as last year. Following many favourable comments, we have decided to keep things the same. Please do remember the JPC Open Doubles is two-day competition and teams “cannot” drop out after the first day as it upsets the whole organisation.

Friday May 4th A vin d’ honour will be held at our clubhouse where, over a glass of wine and a light bite we can meet and go through the weekend’s programme followed by the draw. A chance to renew old friendships and meet new competitors. We will start at about 6.00pm with refreshments and the briefing at  6. 30pm.This should enable everyone to get away in time for dinner-and an early night. No need to book -just turn up.

Saturday May 5th   Play will start on Saturday morning The competition will be “a Snake” and during the day each team will play 6 other teams.

Refreshments will be on sale on both days but as we do not have a licence to sell alcohol you are welcome to bring your own, but alcohol is not permitted on the terrains and walkways.

At the end of the day we will collate the results into 4 groups. The top quarter to the Main, the second to the Plate

, the third to Consolage 1 and those who have not had the best of days to Consolage 2.

Sunday May 6th   Each team will play 3 games within their group and the top 4 teams will then go on to play for first, second, and equal third. Played in this way it does mean all the eliminated teams will

be able to watch the finals and we hope play will finish by 5 o’clock.  This will be followed by the presentations and celebrated w

ith a glass and some nibbles.

Monday May 7th  (the Bank Holiday)Play moves to our neighbours- The Carrefour Petanque Club where the competition is a triples format.

 

How do we get to Jersey and find Accommodation?

 There are frequent flights from many UK airports to Jersey with a fast car ferry from Poole and a traditio

nal ferry from Portsmouth. The island has an excellent range of hotels and guesthouses. Or contact Kim Stent(enquiries [at] iowtours [dot] com  or 01983405116 or by post at IOW Tours Ltd., 3 New Rd., Sandown Isle of Wight PO36JN) who will be happy to arrange both transport and accommodation).

 Refreshments

 At JPC we will have a range of hot and cold drinks, crisps, chocolates etc as well as soup, sandwic

hes or rolls and a massive selection of homemade cakes.

Is there a Dinner?

There is no official dinner but Jersey boasts a very wide range of excellent eateries-you’ll be spoiled for choice  

Do we need a licence?

No licences are required to enter our competitions and play is governed by ‘The Official Rules of the Game of Petanque’.  The rulings of the Umpire and ‘Disputes Committee’ are final and enforced within five minutes.  An official interpreter will be involved should the dispute involve a foreign team. 

If we arrive early what else is there to do?

Jersey is only a small island but there is so much to do – exploring beaches, cliffs and country lanes as well as VAT free shopping. You can contact Visit Jersey on info [at] jersey [dot] com or 01534 448877 for further information.

The JPC meets on Wednesday at 2.00 pm and we will be only too pleased to see

 you there for a friendly game

What Next?

If you are interested and want the full programme as soon as it is published please contact Peter Bastion who will be co-ordinating the entries. He will ensure that a form is sent and at the same time will be more than happy to help in any way he can should you have any queries. (Should the phone be answered by Peter’s wife-June- she is also one of our members) His contact is

 Rookwood Cottage,

 La Rue des Champs

St. Brelade,

Jersey JE3 8EJ                                                            

Telephone: 01534 743828                                                       

E-mail: peterbastion1 [at] gmail [dot] com  

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