On Saturday 1st April the Walking Netball group played in their third netball festival. This was held at Chichester University again in the sports dome, such a fantastic facility. This time there were 14 teams entered, this is the most ever for a walking netball tournament which shows the strength of interest in the sport.

We played seven games in total winning 2, drawing 1 and losing 4. On the day our shooting was rather inconsistent, which was a shame as our overall play has improved tremendously in terms of accurate and consistent passing. Our confidence has also grown and we were not so panicked in our first game as last time. We are beginning to react more quickly to situations and control the game more successfully.

In between games I had offered to do some umpiring so was running from umpiring to playing on a couple of occasions. The team/squad consisted of 9 players: Sue, Sarah, Jo, Jackie, Barbara, Mary, Dinah, Jen (our new president and her first tournament) and myself. Also accompanying us were Jan and Elaine who came along to support and be on standby, but ended up being our scorers, team organisers and giving us feedback; they provided much needed help and support. Thank you both.

At the end of the tournament one player from each team was awarded a medal for playing “in the spirit of walking netball”. This went to Barbara.

 I have to say the games were really fast and the standard was extremely high so we have much to be proud of. Thank you so much to all those who played. Everyone had moments of brilliance on court. Thanks again to Elaine and Jan for their much needed support.

Ann McLean

Walking Netball Host

Christmassy Walking Netball!

The walking netball group had our final session before Christmas on 14th December. The session was fun with Christmas hats in abundance and they were actually needed as the sports hall was really cold! However, this did not ‘freeze’ our spirits.

The game was fast and fun and every time a goal was scored the shooter had to change with another player in her team. This meant that everyone played a variety of positions. We all enjoyed the frenzy of changing position and the shooting was really impressive as everyone played shooter at least twice. 

If anyone would like to join us in the New Year and be part of this amazing group please contact us.

We resume again on the 11th January.

Merry Christmas to all in the Bognor Regis Walking Netball Group.🎄

Ann McLean

Netball Host

Christmas Lunch

Twelve members of the eating out group made an early start to the festive season.  We went to the Chichester college 64 Restaurant at the end of November, where we enjoyed the Xmas lunch menu.  It was very festive and lively at the restaurant with at least 3 other big parties.  There was also time for Xmas shopping in Chichester before and after the meal.

Lorraine Stonelake

Christmas Netball Festival

On Sunday 4th December the Walking Netball group took part in a Christmas Netball Festival held at Chichester University. The response to the call of ‘who would like to play?’ was brilliant and we had eleven players on the day, ready to show their skills. We had 9 in our playing squad and had chosen a team name of The Bognor Baubles. Our 2 extra players were, in the end, used by another team as they were short of a player and therefore everyone got a good amount of netball.

We played 4 games overall and embraced the Christmas theme and the ‘let’s have a good time’ ethos. Of the 4 games we won one, but I sincerely felt we were on a par with every team we played. Nerves did get to us in the first game, but after that our improvement was immense.

At the end of each game we had to elect a player from the opposition who ‘embraced the spirit of the day’ and at the end of the morning each team was awarded a medal for their player who embodied that. Jan was our winner! Well done Jan, but the whole team was fantastic.

The team was: Sheila, Jan, Jo, Jack, Jackie, Barbara (our captain), Flo, Sarah and Elaine. Dinah and Mary played for the other team. Players to mention were Sarah who just got better and better throughout the tournament and displayed some fantastic defending skills, Sheila who enjoyed a great game at Wing Attack position, Barbara who was such an encouraging captain, and Jo who worked so hard in every position she played.

Thank you all for playing and making it such an enjoyable Sunday morning.

Ann McLean

Netball host

Walk Group 2022

Our Walk group has just completed its 2nd Day Walk of the year, 9 miles with a hill, picnic and a pub   Setting out from Sullington Church the flat level walk along the northside of the Downs turned into a climb up to the South Downs Way at Chanctonbury Ring, Washington.   The climb did not beat us:   some took it slowly, while the others waited at the top for the stragglers to arrive!    The views were amazing, out to sea and across the Weald to the North Downs.

On the Day walk earlier in the year, again we ventured up on to the South Downs Way. It was a good 7 mile walk passing a dell of snowdrops above Chilgrove, saw glimpses of West Dean Estate’s Monkton House, which has connections to Salvador Dali and surrealism décor, and the deserted medieval village of Monkton.

Our summer evening walks have been popular and taken us on some new walks and some familiar ones.  The walks round Goodwood Racecourse threw in one of those hills we are not so keen on, but Pagham Harbour across to Siddlesham left us with plenty of breath to chatter away and take in the scenery.  

The pub at Charlton, The Fox Goes Free, where the first WI in England met in 2015, featured again after a good walk over Levin Down and an encounter with some feisty cattle!   The Eartham Wood walk, lead by Mandy, explored paths new to many of us.

The summer walks are not over yet.  With plans to walk from Pulborough to Amberly through the Arun Valley, and a final evening walk along the beach at Elmer.

Jan Marsden

For these and more photos click here to see the Walks 2022 page

Walking Netball Festival 13th July 2022

Eight players set off to Worthing for our very first walking netball festival on a very hot day!

It was classed as a fun event based around the countries of the Commonwealth Games. We were lucky enough to be England and dressed in red and white. Tutus were the order of the day plus face painting, red flags in tape on our shirts and some natty headbands. I have to say we looked pretty amazing.

The day was organised with fun in mind and we played three games and took part in the shooting and passing activities which gave us some new activities to take back to the group.

Although the game scores were not recorded you couldn’t stop teams from knowing whether they won or lost. Our first game was against ‘Malawi’, and although the organisers had said we should take it easy and slow the games down, this was not the case as everyone was competitive. They were a very good team and we were understandably nervous and only lost by the narrowest of margins. Our second game was against ‘New Zealand’ and we were starting to be more confident and managed to win by the narrowest of margins! Our third and final game was against ‘Scotland’ and it was this game where we came into our own displaying some great passing and shooting. In between the games we had fun activities. We became very adept at the passing activities but not so good on the shooting activities.

All in all we had an amazing day and Jan especially made one new friend! One of our players of the day has to go to Elaine who proved to be so good at shooting on the day. Having said that all the players played their hearts out and we worked so well together. The team was: Sheila, Dinah, Sue, Elaine, Jan, Jack, Mary and myself. We are certainly up for the next one! Thanks to everyone for a memorable day.

Ann McLean

Walking Netball Host

Walking Netball update

As we come to our Easter break the walking netball group has again achieved so much. We have consistently had 12 players or more to each session. We do a warm up, usually something fun or silly!, followed by a drill of some sort to improve our skills, then into a game playing for about 40 minutes.

The players have no time to rest on their laurels! Players have greatly improved their awareness, tactics, and knowledge of the rules. We feel we are a force to be reckoned with now.

If you are interested in joining us, please contact either Ann McLean or Sue Gooch direct, or go to the Contact page and your enquiry will be forwarded to us. The group has now reached the optimum number of players and a waiting list is in place for anyone wishing to join the group.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve played netball before or not. We play on Wednesday’s between 6-7pm at the Arena Leisure Centre.

Everyone is now looking forward to playing outside after Easter.

Happy Easter everyone 🐣

Ann McLean (WN Host)

Jolly Christmas Netball!

On the 15th December the walking netball group had their final session before the Christmas break. Tinsel and Santa hats were the order of the day and we all had an enjoyable session to finish the year (and what a year!).

The group is going from strength to strength with numbers slowly creeping up. The overall standard of play has greatly improved and players have a greater understanding of the rules. The shooting has been really impressive and everyone has been successful in scoring goals. The joy on their face when a goal is scored is amazing!

The game is always good natured and fun and I’ve immensely enjoyed the group who are full of energy and humour. Thank you all for making it all happen. We look forward to the new year with enthusiasm. Special thanks go to Sue G who does all the boring stuff like collecting money and booking the venue, and also to Manuela who religiously washes the bibs each week and brings to extra balls to the sessions. Thank you so much.

If anyone would like to join us we start again on the 12th January 2022, 6-7pm at Arena Centre, Westloats Lane PO21 5JD, so come along!

Ann McLean. (Walking Netball Host)

Walk Group Report

2021 – 1,000 mile walk challenge for mind, body, and Sage House Dementia Support Unit

If only we could measure chatter and laughter, or even those amazing views, or the joy from local knowledge researched and shared by our walk leaders.   We would have been to the moon and back – 477,910 miles!

Despite the challenges of organising 3 separate covid-safe groups for each walk, chilly weather, discrepancies in the mileage count, and eating shortbread for fear of offending, we have thoroughly enjoyed ourselves since the start of our 2021 – 1,000 mile walk.   It has kept us connected through lock down, and helped us focus on getting through these strange and isolating times.

We have felt privileged to enjoy our coast and countryside in such good company, whilst exercising and exploring areas some of us did not know were there!   We have learnt about our local history, and wildlife – and even about Jan’s family, as one of our few Bognor born and bred members!

To date, 20 of our members have completed 6 walks, some on all the walks and some walking when they can.  We have collectively walked 306.25 miles – the miles for each walk are multiplied by the number of walkers.    We are well on our way to the 1,000 mile target by our Annual Meeting in October.

During the summer, strolls, short walks and day long walks will be introduced into the programme, so that as many members of our WI as possible can be involved, if they want to.   Another way to get on board is to sponsor the walkers and details about that are in The Buzz.  All donations will go to Sage House Dementia  Support Unit at Tangmere.

Dementia Week 17 – 24 May

For these and more 1000 mile walk photos click here.

words & photos: Jan Marsden

The Return of the Upcycling Group

Lockdown thwarted the newly formed Upcycling Group, led by the lovely Sarah, after only one project. But we are WI and will not be kept down. Keeping to the “Group of 6” restriction, the group returned with a project to up-cycle jam jars into candle holders.

Sarah patiently led us through the process and we all got to try a glue gun….the glue is hot. In addition to bringing home some beautifully crafted candle holders it was an opportunity to catch up, chat and have a laugh. Such a tonic for your mental health in these surreal times.

Coming next…..a festive wreath.

Sue Harris