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Short mat bowls

Hi everyone, 

This Autumn we are intending to start a Short Mat Bowls evening at Chideock Village Hall. We have been fortunate to have been given some mats and are now starting to get the equipment together. One problem at the moment is that here is a long lead time for ordering new bowls and I wondered if any halls had any bowls that they no longer used and which they would be willing to part with - for a suitable donation of course. 

Many thanks

Paul Ramsden



Chideock Village Hall



AGM 2017 - at Okeford Fitzpaine Village Hall

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We welcome Tony Gibb of Sixpenny Handley Village Hall to the Committee.

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Subject: Community volunteers opportunity: Big Lunch Extras

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