Mike Whitehill Remembered



It is with great sadness that we record the passing of Mike Whitehill, a long standing member of the club.

He died peacefully on 9th June after a short illness. Mike will be missed by all who knew him for his infectious humour, his enthusiasm, and his devotion to the wellbeing of the club.

He was a good player, being a strong member of the Air Hostess 5 team which worked its way up the regional petanque league to winning it in 2011.

Mike also did lots of the behind the scenes work for the club without asking for any recognition. He helped to organise competitions, he did the raffles, he sorted the finances, he liaised with the pub and he generally kept us going in a good direction.

Mike led the way in showing us how to always play petanque for pleasure. Whenever things threatened to get too tense he was there to bring a touch of humour and common sense to the proceedings. He charmed colleagues and opponents alike, forming friendships which lasted through many years of playing the game over the whole region.

He was instrumental in giving the Air Hostess Petanque Club the reputation of being the friendliest and most hospitable club in the league.

Even though he gave up playing a few years ago, Mike kept up his links to the Air Hostess and we all owe him a debt for getting the Club established into its current good place.

We will miss him.



Knockout Cup 2018

All the teams competing in the Thursday Petanque League are entered into the “Knockout Cup”. This competition is run throughout the season with the final being played after the last league game of the year has been played. All the defeated teams of the first round are entered into the “Knockout Plate” competition, the final of which again is held at the end of the season

Click link below for Fixtures & Results schedule

Knockout Cup Fixtures 2018

Open Triples Competition Shield 2018

The Open Triples Competition Shield was presented to the Air Hostess Pétanque Club by Youngers Brewery in 1993. Due to the popularity of the competition the trophy was enlarged in 2007 to accommodate further annual records of the winning teams.

Mayday Bank Holiday Open Triples Competition  – Monday 7th May 2018

After the disappointment of the monsoon struck  Easter Monday cancellation, the weather for our re-scheduled annual event was perfect, with a full house of nationwide pétanque players enjoying a cloudless sky on a day which in effect  became the warmest Mayday Bank Holiday on record.

Twenty teams took part with play being split into three rounds before lunch and two in the afternoon. To enable the timetable to be successful the maximum playing time for each round was limited to one hour.

The   Kestrels  from Ravenshead started brightly against Carol’s  Olly  from Nutbrook. as did Phil’s  Foxy Gunners  who scraped a one point win against Stone’s much fancied  J.S.L.  The local team  R.R.S. had a couple of close encounters but were still unscathed by lunchtime. Teams  Nick North  and Robbie also managed to get to the barbecue break with 3 wins.  Barrie’s  Nutbrook team were on a bit of a rollercoaster as were Red Lion’s  Paul, Darren & Kate.  Andrew’s  R.A.W. cooked Nutbrook’s  Scrambled Eggs in the first round but were then  Exiled by Di, Wayne & Adie.  Another Nottingham City team  K.P.Nuts  had nail biting games prior to a well received lunch supplied by the pub.

The afternoon session saw the holders of the trophy J.S.S. win both rounds, with  Saturday Trip Jim’s Red Lion,  Kevin’s  The Shadows,  Ginny’s  9-1 Down,  and John’s  Killarney  teams all having mixed fortunes with locals S.A.K. missing out on two very close games.

At the end of the day the scoreboard revealed that four teams had won 4 out of 5 games and two teams had a full house.  In 3rd. place  with 4 wins, were The Shadows from Nottingham City, having the greatest points difference.

With five wins  and a points difference of +16,  the Runners-Up spot  was taken by the  Nick North team from Mansfield.

Congratulations and the Trophy go to ROBBIE’S team from the Red Lion having 5 wins with a points difference of +41 .

Peter presented bottles of wine to Third place, cash envelopes and wine to Runners-Up and the A.H.P.C.’s  Youngers Shield,  cash envelopes,  individual trophies and wine to the Winners.

Thanks go to all those players and supporters present and to club members  involved in setting up the pistes with Jean running the front office. Thanks also to the landlady of “The Air Hostess” and her catering staff for providing refreshments and food throughout the day.   The club would like to express it’s appreciation to Peter for organising a very enjoyable friendly event which was enhanced by the fantastic weather.   We look forward to welcoming everyone back again next year if not before, don’t forget that anyone wanting to have a casual game is very welcome to come to our club evenings on Mondays from 7.30pm.

Pre-season friendly with Nutbrook Pétanque Club

On Thursday 12th April we organised a friendly game against Nutbrook Pétanque Club.  The opposition was keen to give their new members some invaluable experience in playing under match conditions and we were all in need of loosening our limbs in preparation for the upcoming Thursday League season.  It was good to see five pairs from each side pitting their wits against each other over two games, with a little help from a couple of family members on the Air Hostess team.

Under the watchful eye of Phil Allen, the Nutbrook players gave a good account of themselves and, equally importantly, there was a very convivial atmosphere which allowed everybody to enjoy the evening, which finished with a lot of players from both sides having a drink and a chat in the bar.

For the record, we won 7-3 and Malcolm and Chris came within a few minutes of breaking the record for the slowest ever game.

Many thanks to all who attended and to Phil for organising the Nutbrook team, not forgetting Andrew’s smooth running of the whole event.

Singles Champion Trophy 2018

The competition for the “Singles Champion Trophy” is held yearly within the Club  and will be contested by club members.

The club’s 2018 singles competition will take place in July. The proposed format involves members playing 7 games of 15 minutes duration