Lyme's Cap'n Parsons signs off

PUBLISHED: 10:00 01 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:24 15 June 2010

Lovely Lyme 'ladies' - Barry Rattenbury, Ben Stephens and Brian Parsons.

Lovely Lyme 'ladies' - Barry Rattenbury, Ben Stephens and Brian Parsons.

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This is the final rendering for this season, as the club had its last game on Saturday, writes Paul Moffitt.

This is the final rendering for this season, as the club had its last game on Saturday.Only one friendly was played this week, when four intrepid rinks journeyed to Pirrie Park, Southampton. Not only did it manage to rain throughout the game - not a drop in Lyme - but we were well beaten to boot.Following the highly successful Ladies v Gentlemen last weekend, this weekend saw the turn of The President's squad v The Captain's squad, which is the traditional curtain closer for the season. What a close affair this was and, despite numerous recounts by President Reg Winterborne, Brian Parsons' Captain's team came home by the odd shot.After the game, a splendid meal was put on in the clubhouse, for some 60 odd members, supplied by the president and captain. In attendance was the Mayor Sally Holman, her Mayoress Jane Whittington and Councillor Stan Williams. After the meal President Reg thanked all those people who help throughout the year to make the club run so well, and a special tribute was paid to captain Brian Parsons who is standing down after three superlative years in the job. Reg made presentations to the ladies, Margaret Bartlett, Sue Rowe, Diana Courtenay-Smith and Jan Parsons, who had worked so hard in the kitchen preparing the food. Flowers were presented to Chris Barber and Jean Perry who had spent a lot of time getting the club ready for the evening. Reg went on to note what a successful year the club has had at different levels of competition. On a very positive note, Reg stated that while many clubs were struggling with numbers, Lyme was in fact increasing theirs. He felt that the very friendly and accommodating atmosphere generated by the club's members was a big factor in its success.In an emotional speech from captain Brian Parsons, he thanked everyone who had helped make his job so pleasurable during the last three years. Brian, it has been a pleasure to help you.By popular request, and the generosity of Brian, members were entertained in the evening by Ned and the Turmites.Friendly - Lyme 61, Pirrie Park 93: S Wood, D Courtenay-Smith, R Winterborne, P Moffitt 11-24; M Bartlett, J Moffitt, D Wood, D Meylan 14-28; B Downes, J Moseley, N Stephens, Chris Barber 18-25; A Lole, P Stephens, J Parsons, Chas Barber 18-16.That's it folks for 2008, thanks for reading and I'll rejoin you at the end of April 2009.

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