Thursday 9th September
A difficult and so emotional day for El Cid today. With the bowls at the BBC Masters being stopped during the first session for the tragic announcement that Floyd Williams had passed away this morning. Floyd was part of the Hissing Cid team in the Masters. Our thoughts with all his family and friends but especially with Debbie his wife and Pat his mum. He will be cremated with no ceremony on Saturday with a celebration of his life to be arranged soon. This just a few days after we said farewell to John Dugdale, a true gentleman and Honorary member of El Cid who passed away recently at the age of 92.
However as no doubt Floyd would have wanted the bowls did go on. Both the InCIDentals Trips and Pairs losing their final group games. But Stewart and Yvonne with 3 wins yesterday still making it in to the Semi Final. Sadly losing out in a very high quality game. The InCIDentals coming 3rd in the overall team competition with 21 points. Just 1 point short of the prizes! The winners amounting 25 points over the 4 days. Full list of winners and photos on the BBC website shortly.
Big thanks to the Competition organizers, Petra and staff in the bar and kitchen. It was nice to see Bob and Christine Prince, former El Cid members helping out as well. They now live close to BBC!
Finally a massive thank you to everyone at BBC during the competition today for so many lovely comments about Floyd. He will be missed so much.
Friday 20th August
Captains Charity event. WOW. First of all a very good BBQ served by Ilya and his excellent staff. Then the superb amateur (?!) group The Entertainers. Good range of songs, great presentation and fantastic voices. Some videos and photos posted on the club Facebook page.
Now to the most important bit. The event organized this year by Captain Stewart Beattie along with last year's Captain now President Yvonne Briden. All funds raised going to Jalon Valley Help. So far the event has already raised €1000. Please take a look at the charities Facebook page and website www.jalonvalleyhelp.com for info on their charity shops, how to make donations and of course their contact info if you would like to offer to help. So many people have already been helped by them through difficult times. And of course the charity itself has been hit hard by the pandemic over the last 18 months. Your help and donations needed more than at anytime before.
Back to The Entertainers! Their next show already fully booked but check out the charity website for info on the following one. Judging by the interest shown last night tickets will not be available for long!
A very sad day at El Cid. After 17 years of wonderful, cheerful and friendly service Charlie has decided to leave at the end of this month. The place will just not be the same without her. First and foremost massive thanks to her and best wishes for all she decides to do in the future. After a collection amongst El Cid members a presentation of jewellery and an envelope with contents (!) was made to her by Club President Yvonne Briden during this mornings club session. Happily Charlie says she will he back to see us and is even hoping to try a few games of bowls. We look forward to seeing you again very soon Charlie.
SUCCESS! On a stunning calm and warm sunlit and then moonlit evening El Cid celebrated the completion of this year's Vives Pons and Asociados Club Championships. Club President Yvonne Briden welcoming 60 members and guests plus Salvador and Juanjo from Vives Pons. Then the BBQ. Wow. Thanks so much to Ilya and all involved. Just superb. Then Championship organizer, Match Secretary Paul Trunchion plus Club Captain Stewart Beattie oversaw our sponsors make the presentations to this year's Champions and runners up. Once again the excellent Matt Mason keeping us entertained throughout the evening. Thanks so much also to Kelly, Anita and Emma for their efficient supply of food and drink throughout the evening!
to all the winners and a special mention to Pat Williams so deservedly taking this years Captains trophy for "Most Improved Player"
Hopefully now we can look forward to returning to a "normal" Club Championships next year.
Pictured is Jill Glastonbury, this years Club Champion along with Juanjo and Salvador from our sponsors Vives Pons and Asociados.