New Indoor Bowls Competition set for success

terri k New Indoor Bowls Competition set for successDru & the TLH National Indoor Mixed Top Club

Peter Thompson, Chief Operating Executive of EIBA visited TLH Leisure Resort on Monday 23rd November with a view to finalising the programme for the new 2010 TLH National Indoor Mixed Top Club.

This new mixed indoor bowling competition was designed by Terri Kennard (Dru) and Dennis Goodley (Acle IBC) and shown to the EIBA as a suggested new competition to compliment the joining of the two associations into one indoor body. The EIBA adopted the idea and advertised the competition to all the indoor bowls clubs in the Country. In its inaugural year the competition has been a great success with 102 entries. 

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indoor bowling arena at TLH

Peter came to TLH to look at the arena and view the Toorak Hotel where the 8 finalist teams will be staying. He was very impressed with TLH and is looking forward to the competition immensely, stating that, this competition could be one of the more popular comps in the whole EIBA programme.

TLH’s Toorak Hotel is offering a bargain price for the weekend of the finals:
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th March 2010
2 nights with dinner, bed and breakfast for £100#

Both the Ladies President, Irene Godrey and the Men’s President John Clipstone will be in attendance supported by EIBA Executive officers.

For the presentations, new and very fashionable trophies, along with cash prizes, are being presented to the winning team, runner up and semi finalists. TLH Leisure Resort works closely with Mick Cook from Torre Trophies to make sure that we have the very latest eye catching glassware to give as prizes.

So good luck to every indoor bowls club still in the competition. The bowls team at TLH will be watching the results as the clubs progress though the rounds towards the finals weekend, and we look forward to welcoming the top 8 teams to TLH in March 2010.

If you would like a brochure showing the facilities at TLH or you would like to talk to Terri Kennard about the competition, or our other bowling holidays  please do not hesitate to call on 01803 400108 

That’s all for now folks
Dru
News at 10am
TLH Clubhouse.

It may not be the Jungle – but TLH goes even Greener!

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New “greener” brochures

As part of it’s Green Tourism campaign this year TLH Leisure Resort has taken a fresh, green look at it’s new 2010 brochure and developed two separate publications to better meet the needs of their guests and the environment.

As almost 65% of guests at the unique resort on the English Riviera have been coming for several years, they know the beautiful leisure and Spa facilities and accommodation very well indeed so don’t need all that information again.  But they are eagerly awaiting the new Escape for a Break Diary, giving them details of all the Special Interest Breaks that have been developed for 2010.Whether it be Entertainment weekends with tributes to legends such as Frank Sinatra, Abba or Tom Jones or an Art holiday, Meet the Gardener or a Blues weekend there really is something for everyone.  Devon cream teas and locally sourced produce and drinks are celebrated on our Foodie breaks and the Off to the Races breaks offer the opportunity to improve your luck at the Exeter,

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Racing at Newton Abbot

Newton Abbot or Taunton racecourse as you will meet up with a tipster prior to the meeting!

Even more Dancing holidays have been included and Learn to Tango is the front-runner in the popularity stakes so far – but Folk Dancing and Scottish Dancing are hard on it’s heels.  And don’t forget that you can actually learn to Bowl on one of our Discover Bowls holidays before you join in on one of our bowls tournaments or Short Mat festivals .

So call us soon on 01803 400500 for your copy of the TLH Leisure Resort 2010 Escape for a Break Diary

Are Doggie Spa breaks in the UK, bad for our health?

Have the UK gone mad with doggie Spa breaks?

We love our dogs in the UK; we buy them all kinds of treats and toys and even check into hotels that cater for them. But, is spending hundred of pounds on our furry friends to our detriment?

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Spa breaks in the UK for Corgis

Do we spend to much on our pets?

Last year we Brits spent more than £2.4 million on our pets, 40% more than we ever did 10 years ago. The experts have even adopted a new term for this phenomenon, they call it ‘fur babying’.

Every year in November Harrods hold a doggie fashion show with pugs and poodles strutting their stuff in Vivienne Westwood couture.

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Doggie fashion show Harrods

Animal trainer Rona Brown, who promotes the event said ‘People like it best when it doesn’t go right,’ she says. ‘We had a pug in a little sailor’s hat that slipped down over its eyes. It sat down and wouldn’t move, and everyone clapped.’

Spa breaks in the UK – for Pugs?

Spa treatments designed for dogs are something else that we Brits are buying into. This little pug is shown indulging in all types of spa treatments like swimming, facials and massaging, and little Mimi does not always look very happy at the prospect.

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Mimi the Pug enjoying her Spa treatment. “My paws are wet”
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Mimi enjoys her spa massage. “Whats that?”
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Mimi the pug gets a facial. “Don’t pull the lips”
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Mimi after her spa “please take me home!”

Is it all about health benefits?

I can see why people would consider some of these treatments, if it were for a pet that was ill or old. After all a massage is wonderfully relaxing and eases any one’s aches and pains. Swimming as we all know is a really great exercise and is even recommended by vets in some cases. Mimi looks a little out of her depth in this one (throw her a life belt).

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Mimi has a swim in the spa pool. “Heeeeeeelp!”

Why would we spend our money on doggy pedicures for our poodle or little Chihuahua sized dressing gowns? The sad thing behind this ‘fur babies’ phenomenon is that although we are spending money on our pets, we are desperately neglecting ourselves.

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Paris Hilton’s dogs are accessories

I personally think you should be spending more money on pampering YOU!, I would personally never consider a spa break for my dog or cat, but i’d happily book a whole weekend spa break for myself and a friend. The great thing about pampering ourselves is that it works, we have busy, stress filled lives and we need someone to press the off switch. Lets face it, we don’t spend all day staring at invisible flys on the wall or barking at the neighbours cat, we work in office, run households and hold down high powered jobs.

When we get pampered, it feels like a clean slate, its gives our bodies time to heal and we feel ready to face the world again. A spa make us feel special, less stressed with our pets, our families and much more pleasant to be around. So lets leave the doggles and the cutesy frocks to the Hiltons of this world and enjoy ourselves for once.

My dog would prefer a moldy old tennis ball to a spa treatment any day of the week; I know what i’d prefer.

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Chris B's Weekly Alberts Report

Hello from me – Chris Brimmicombe, Albert’s Bar Supervisor with this weeks update from Alberts Bar – one of Torquay’s top spots for a great night out!

Karaoke Nights
Chris Jackson, Albert’s Bar resident Karaoke man and former front man from Joey and the Lips is with us every Thursday and Saturday from 8.30pm.

Following on from a great few nights of sport on our big screen. Chris Jackson took over the stage to give us another great night of karaoke. This week saw the return of many of our popular locals dropping in for the night to sing one of their favorites. And not to mention a great crowd on holiday who came in and really lit the place up, so a huge shout out to all the crew from Swansea.

Every karaoke night we love to give away prizes in Albert’s and Thursday was no exception Chris gave away three prizes of Complimentary drinks at the bar to these lucky three for there great efforts on the night.

Well done
Liam West from Torquay  for his version of: Funky Town, Sarah from Swansea who sang Hero, and last but not least Chris Davies from Brixham, singing- Mac the Knife

Heading for another great night of karaoke here at Alberts at TLH Leisure Resort, Chris Jackson took over the stage again last Saturday. With a full bar of lots and lots of people wanting to sing, and with a choice of 5000 plus songs we didn’t find it hard to find volunteers to get up and have a go.

Joining us for the night were a great crowd who were staying in the bay having come all the way from Ireland to take part in a darts championship. Having them join us for the night was fantastic, and from me and all the Albert’s crew – good luck for next week when they travel to London for the finals.

Every Saturday we hold our singing competition. This week we had an Oasis round and the three competing were.
- Mike: Don’t look back in anger
-Carol: Wonderwall
-Dennis: Little by Little.

After a very hard decision we announced the winner.  So congratulations Mike who pulled out all the stops to become our Saturday night Champion. Well done.

Next week to kick off the festive season and get in the spirit we will be holding a Christmas Competition from “Jingle Bells” to “Silent night”. Take part and be in with the chance to walk away with a bottle of our rose house wine.

Jonathan Mark
You can catch Jonathan every Friday night at 9.30pm in Albert’s. This week we had a huge crowd from Wales join us for the night – they were fantastic, all up for a laugh giving Albert’s such a buzz. We all hope to see them again. And just a quick well done from me to Jonathan,  who really gave his all and sang his heart out. If you haven’t had chance to see Jonathan yet come down and listen first hand this great voice.

And a few words from Jonathan himself: Last Friday was incredible; to see so many people having fun dancing and singing along makes it such a pleasure for me to perform.  Albert’s is a pub that’s always has such a friendly atmosphere, away from the busy nightclubs where you can really sit, relax and enjoy yourself, with Chris and the team providing a great service behind the bar. Don’t miss out on Friday nights, and I look forward to performing some new songs when I see you next.

Chris B’s Weekly Alberts Report

Hello from me – Chris Brimmicombe, Albert’s Bar Supervisor with this weeks update from Alberts Bar – one of Torquay’s top spots for a great night out!

Karaoke Nights
Chris Jackson, Albert’s Bar resident Karaoke man and former front man from Joey and the Lips is with us every Thursday and Saturday from 8.30pm.

Following on from a great few nights of sport on our big screen. Chris Jackson took over the stage to give us another great night of karaoke. This week saw the return of many of our popular locals dropping in for the night to sing one of their favorites. And not to mention a great crowd on holiday who came in and really lit the place up, so a huge shout out to all the crew from Swansea.

Every karaoke night we love to give away prizes in Albert’s and Thursday was no exception Chris gave away three prizes of Complimentary drinks at the bar to these lucky three for there great efforts on the night.

Well done
Liam West from Torquay  for his version of: Funky Town, Sarah from Swansea who sang Hero, and last but not least Chris Davies from Brixham, singing- Mac the Knife

Heading for another great night of karaoke here at Alberts at TLH Leisure Resort, Chris Jackson took over the stage again last Saturday. With a full bar of lots and lots of people wanting to sing, and with a choice of 5000 plus songs we didn’t find it hard to find volunteers to get up and have a go.

Joining us for the night were a great crowd who were staying in the bay having come all the way from Ireland to take part in a darts championship. Having them join us for the night was fantastic, and from me and all the Albert’s crew – good luck for next week when they travel to London for the finals.

Every Saturday we hold our singing competition. This week we had an Oasis round and the three competing were.
- Mike: Don’t look back in anger
-Carol: Wonderwall
-Dennis: Little by Little.

After a very hard decision we announced the winner.  So congratulations Mike who pulled out all the stops to become our Saturday night Champion. Well done.

Next week to kick off the festive season and get in the spirit we will be holding a Christmas Competition from “Jingle Bells” to “Silent night”. Take part and be in with the chance to walk away with a bottle of our rose house wine.

Jonathan Mark
You can catch Jonathan every Friday night at 9.30pm in Albert’s. This week we had a huge crowd from Wales join us for the night – they were fantastic, all up for a laugh giving Albert’s such a buzz. We all hope to see them again. And just a quick well done from me to Jonathan,  who really gave his all and sang his heart out. If you haven’t had chance to see Jonathan yet come down and listen first hand this great voice.

And a few words from Jonathan himself: Last Friday was incredible; to see so many people having fun dancing and singing along makes it such a pleasure for me to perform.  Albert’s is a pub that’s always has such a friendly atmosphere, away from the busy nightclubs where you can really sit, relax and enjoy yourself, with Chris and the team providing a great service behind the bar. Don’t miss out on Friday nights, and I look forward to performing some new songs when I see you next.

What's Dru up to this Winter Season?

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Dru writing her blog

The indoor bowling season at TLH Leisure Resort in Torquay has started, and it always seems to go straight into top gear. Sarah Harris our Bowls Coordinator does a great job keeping her hair a lovely titian colour whilst mine went grey years ago!

I am so pleased to report that the Christmas Short Mat Festival is once again taking off with numbers just as good as ever. The 5 night stay at the Toorak Hotel is packed with fun things to do as well as being a great tournament. The week starts with a mulled wine reception, hosted by the bowls team.  During the week there is a fancy dress competition which is always a very close fought event. From Santa’s Elves to frisky reindeer nearly everyone takes part, and you could win a prize.

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Christmas Fairies!

On presentation evening, which starts off with a glass of bubbly, the players receive all sorts of winners awards, in true Christmas spirit, and await the coveted GOLDEN TURKEY awards. There is a team that comes every year who always win a golden turkey, they call themselves the Turkey Defenders. Incidentally the turkeys are in stock now at the trophy shop and are causing havoc in the stock room – feathers everywhere I understand. We really must sort out a proper breeding programme.

So, short matters, where are you?  Come and join in the fun at TLH – Look at our Bowls Diary for more information on short mat bowling - there’s a whole page dedicated to you.

For long mat bowlers we have the Christmas Club Championship when teams of 4 enter to try to win £700 for their clubs. This, again, is a very popular event on the TLH calendar and is full of Christmas cheer. Its great fun with a Turkey and Tinsel theme as well as loads of bowling.

Weekenders in Torbay has a record number of bowlers this year with our long term friends from Buckfastleigh making a come back. Welcome girls, we’ve missed you.

For full details of all these tournaments and festivals please see calendar on our website

Now Dru Close has been to Wales on the first of the Winter Road Shows and visited Newport IBC with its spectacular ‘blue’ yes, blue carpet. She reports:-

After visiting Newport I visited Heatherton in Tenby, Pembrook, Carmarthen and Llanelli IBC’s where a great deal of interest has been generated for the upcoming Easter Festival.  These road shows are a great way of seeing old friends as well as spreading the word about TLH to the hoards of bowlers in Country -

Factoid – Did you know that there are more people interested in Bowls than football? How about that for a statistic!

Late November, Saturday 28th, I will be travelling around Cornwall on a road show. I’ve made appointments at
Newquay: 9am to 10am
Bodmin: 12 noon to 1pm
Carradon: IBC  2 pm to 3pm.

There are many clubs in Cornwall that tour both in the summer and winter and with rising costs of transport are looking to travel closer to home for their tours. TLH is the ideal venue. So come to TLH – we truly can offer you or your group unlimited choices to suit your individual or club needs.

Have you got anything that really bugs you about bowling?
Do you want to get something about bowling off your chest?
Have you had anything funny happen to you on the green lately?
Have you got any questions that might help you to decide if you want to tour?
You can contact me, Dru Close 01803 400108

Or please – just send me an email.
That’s all folks
Dru Close (on end 8 sometime last week at Torquay United)