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Cornwall winter boules tour - venue no 2

Next Sunday, 20 January, sees round 2 of the Cornwall winter boules safari. This time we will be playing on the car parks at the Bike Chain cafe at Bissoe, on the coast to coast Mineral Tramway.

This is a doubles competition of three rounds, open to all. Registration 10.45-11.00, start of play 11.00.

To find the venue, take the Bissoe exit from the Devoran roundabout on the A39 Truro - Falmouth road. Follow this road for about 2 miles, following the Bike Chain signs.

Or, coming from the west, pass through Chacewater and turn right up Kerley Hill after the King's Head pub. Go right at a cross-roads (signed Falmouth). After a couple of miles, turn right at a T-junction and follow the Bike Chain signs. For those with a satnav, the postcode is TR4 8QZ.

Thanks to Pete English for organising the venue.

The cafe does a variety of meals, snacks and other refreshments: we can thank them for use of their facilities by giving them some custom.

For more information see the Bike Chain website

Look forward to seeing you.


Club coach course at Isca

Colin 'Boot' Booth, Mark Hypponen and Graeme Kirkham of Kernow Petanque took part in the first session of a course for players aiming to qualify as Petanque England club coaches, held at the Isca Centre, Exeter, on Sunday 13 January. Other participants came from Devon and Great Western regions and the day was led by Chris Garratt, the Great Western regional coach.

The course is aimed at giving participants a good grasp of the essentials for club coaching, including advising new players on basic elements such as choice of boules, proper grip and throwing styles, safety, introductory tactics and the history of the sport.

On the grey and drizzly Isca terrain. the prospective coaches tried a variety of exercises which can be used to to encourage new players to develop their playing abilities. They also observed each other pointing and shooting to develop skills in analysing players' technique and so devise appropriate coaching.

Examinations for the club coach qualification will be held at Isca on 31 March, with participants taking a written paper, showing their ability to demonstrate pointing and shooting techniques to new players and observing and analysing 'guinea pigs'. Wish us luck!

Many thanks to Chris Garratt for leading the course, and to Thierry Hacq, Devon regional coach, for support during the day.


Season's greetings from Kernow Petanque

Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2019 to petanque players in Cornwall . . . and everywhere.



Happy New Year!

2019 began well with a couple of games at Tregony on New Year's Day: good to be out throwing boules again after the festive break! And there were both Prosecco and doughnuts to help the games along!

Petanque England and regional subscriptions for 2019 are now due, with a new improved online membership system to make it easy. Individuals who were members in 2018 will have received an email from Petanque England with a link to the relevant web page: you can sign up, amend your details and pay your 2019 subscription by card.

You will also be able to upload a licence photograph and print your own licence.

The process for transferring between clubs has been considerably simplified: if you want to change clubs please contact our Membership Secretary, Susan Williamson.

The new system doesn't appear to be ready to take new memberships (as against renewals) yet, but presumably will do shortly.

Club registrations can also be completed online.

The next Cornwall petanque event will be round 2 of the winter boules safari, which will take place on Sunday 20 January at the Mineral Tramways car park at Bissoe, next to the Bike Chain cafe (TR4 8QZ), starting at 11.00. This is three games of doubles, open to all. More details nearer the date.


Chilly Santa Shoot

Ten hardy souls braved the cold wind and occasional showers for the annual Cornwall Santa Shoot melée at the Star Inn on Sunday, 9 December. Hot soup from landlord Mark helped keep out the chill and mince pies brought a hint of the season.

The overall winner from the four timed games was Pete English, with four wins.

Runners-up were Andrew Jarvis and Lena Daddow, both with three wins. Dominic Ellwanger also had three wins but missed out on the prizes by one point!

That's it for this year's calendar: hope to see you in 2019.


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