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28th September 2023 – Club Meeting – Speaker, Mr Bobby Sanyal, who gave a talk entitled ‘The Rise and Fall of Napoleon Bonaparte’.

Bobby explained that Napoleon was born in Corsica on 15 August 1769. After military school he joined the army and, following the outbreak of the French Revolution, he rapidly rose through the ranks. By 1796 he was commander of the French army and achieved hero status by conquering Ottoman-ruled Egypt in 1798. In 1800 Napoleon defeated the Austrians thus establishing France’s power over continental Europe. After becoming Emperor in 1804 Napoleon beat the Austro-Russian forces in 1805, followed by victory over the Prussians in 1806 and the Russians in 1807. However, after the disastrous Russian campaign he was exiled to Elba in 1814. In February 1815 Napoleon escaped and once again prepared for war. His renewed attempt to dominate Europe failed and he finally surrendered to the British after the French defeat at Waterloo on 18 June 1815. This time he was exiled 5000 miles away from Europe on the island of St Helena, where he lived until his death on 5 May 1821.

25th September 2023 – Bowls – Individual Handicap

The Individual Handicap was postponed from the original date due to heavy rain. The re-arranged date unfortunately had some players missing due to their previous commitments. However 7 players competed with Ken Ackroyd coming out the eventual winner. Ken met Neil Stott in the Final which Ken won by 11 points to 8. Picture shows Ken receiving the trophy from Club Captain Roger Collins.

21st September 2023 – Walk – Mobberley

Todays walk commenced from the Roebuck Inn/Bulls Head carpark. The 4.75 mile walk was blessed with brilliant weather and went across footpaths to the Church Inn via St Wilfred’s Church and back to the pub car park. An extremely good lunch was enjoyed at the Bulls Head pub.

19th September 2023 – Visit to the RHS Gardens at Worsley

The visit to RHS Bridgewater was organised by John and Kay Patterson. The historic 154 acre Worsley New Hall Estate is being transformed by the Royal Horticultural Society into a show garden. It is one of the largest gardening projects in Europe. It rained heavily on the day of our visit and continuously throughout. Despite the weather the two enthusiastic and well-informed guides made sure their programme was completed. It was a great outing despite the rain.

13th September 2023 – Club Meeting – Speaker, John Miller, who gave a talk entitled ‘The Show Must Go On’.

John had previously given a talk about his career as a producer at the BBC before changing his role to project managing exhibitions. In 1993 John continued this work as a freelance organising outdoor events such as Gardeners Question Time, CBBC’s Big Bash, Match of the Day Show, Car of the Year Show, Mega Mela, Tomorrows World amongst others culminating in 2000/2001 helping to organise the round the world sailing race, BT Global Challenge.

6th September 2023 – Bowls – Knutsford Rex v Lymm Probus

On what was the hottest afternoon of the year, despite it being September, Rex welcomed their opponents for the day Lymm Probus. Lymm always field a strong field and the match was competitive maintaining a friendly atmosphere. There was no doubt that the heat was affecting players of both sides but the game continued to a conclusion. As the score of 76 points to 61 in favour of Lymm was announced nobody could really argue with the visitors victory. This is only the third defeat of the season by Rex so all players should remain positive.

2nd September 2023 – Re-Fresh Knutsford

David Howard and John Beaumont doing their “Sales” pitch.

The ‘ReFresh Knutsford’ exhibition was the third time it has taken place but that this was the first time Knutsford Rex had participated. Participation in the event was most worthwhile to enable the Club to raise its profile in the community. All those who attended recommended to be involved next year.