April Newsletter

Hi everyone,

I hope you found the http://cacssa.co.uk/2017/08/09/february-newsletter/ useful, and that you are making the most of your CSSC membership?

This newsletter will cover the following:

  1. Daytrips and taster days that have recently taken place or are due to take place;
  2. CACSSA AGM and nominations for the Management Committee;
  3. CACSSA staff changes;
  4. CSSC Merit Award for Charlie Mills;
  5. Further information on CACSSA Sports clubs.

Daytrips and taster days

I hope you will have seen the following daytrips and taster days advertised via the CSSC newsletter, or on the CSSC website or the CACSSA what’s on page:

Events that have recently taken place from the Gloucestershire area/ or dates for entries that have now closed:

  • Daytrip to London on 12th April (this trip gave individuals the opportunity to use their CSSC membership to gain free entry to London attractions such as the Tower of London – future dates to London will be scheduled).
  • Warner Bros Studio Tour (the making of Harry Potter) – 10 June 2017 (date for entries has now closed).

Future events in/from the Gloucestershire area:

  • Intro to wine, lunch and champagne – Cheltenham (13th May 2017)
  • Go Ape Forest Segway – Forest of Dean (14th May 2017)
  • Go Ape Tree Top Adventure – Forest of Dean (15th July 2017)
  • Horse Racing Stable Tour – Cheltenham (4th November 2017)
  • Yo Sushi School – Cheltenham (date to be confirmed).

These trips can be booked with the Taster Day Events Team.  Also, If you are interested in trying out a new sport, fancy a day out with the family you may wish to look at the national taster day programme.

CACSSA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and nominations for the Management Committee

The date of the next CACSSA AGM will be Monday 12th June. The meeting start at 7.30pm at the clubhouse, and it would be lovely to see as many members as possible attending.

We are also looking for nominations for positions on the Management Committee. If you are interested in joining the Management Committee, please email Alan Brown (skepcott1@gmail.com).

CACSSA Staff Changes

Neville Thomas has recently taken over the role of Manager of CACSSA from Hugh Barton. We would like to welcome Neville to the role, and to thank Hugh for the service he provided over the years. We would also like to wish Hugh all the best in his retirement.


We would like to extend our congratulations to Charlie Mills on receipt of his CSSC merit award. The award will be presented to Charlie by a member of the CSSC Head Office Team at the AGM, so come along and give Charlie support.

Further information on CACSSA sporting activities

Ladies Football

Cheltenham Civil Service Ladies Football team are looking for players for the 2017-18 season. They play in the South West Women’s Football League Eastern division on Sunday afternoons. The home pitch is at the Civil Service Club on Tewkesbury Road. Training for the ladies football team will start in July/August. If you are interested in joining the team, or require further information, please contact Ian Churchley on 07723 544355 or Alan Wakefield on 07428 116326.

Cotswold Civil Service Sailing Club

The Cotswold Civil Service Sailing Club organises participation in two races per year (June and September). The Inter Departmental Offshore Regatta(IDOR) which is organised by the Civil Service Sailing Association (CSSA) and the National Crime Agency (NCA) invitational regatta.

Each year, there has also been a combined taster day for people that want to try big boat sailing and training for the racing crew (the event usually consists of collecting the yachts from the Hamble at 1600. Then a short sail/motor to Cowes on the first evening where dinner is organised in one of the Cowes yacht clubs. The next day (depending on the weather) a sail in the Solent and anchor for lunch returning to the Hamble by 1600).

Costs are £170/person for five days racing or £70/person long weekend in Hamble

If you are interested in joining the sailing club or require further information, please email  Paul Yabsley (sailing@cacssa.co.uk).

Rugby at CACSSA – Cheltenham Civil Service RFC

The club currently runs four sides, first team competing in the South West Gloucester two division, second team competing in the Gloucester Merit League, the third side is for Vets (over 35) who play about four-five games per season currently. Our fourth side is a ladies team.

The second team is more of a social rugby level and gives opportunity for all levels of playing ability to participate. We have an age range from 18 up to nearly 70 (three guys over 60 currently still playing regularly). first and second teams play most Saturday’s through the season which runs from September to April. The ladies team play on Sunday’s throughout the season. We train twice a week Tuesday/Thursday 7pm till 8:30pm at CACSSA.

Last season our first team won the Cheltenham Combination Minor Cup, the South West Gloucester Division three league cup and promotion to Division two having come second in our league.

Cost for annual membership of the rugby club is £25 for CSSC members, match day subs which contribute to food costs at home games and pitch rent at away games is £5 per match. Social membership is also available but at the same membership cost.

New players whether, experienced, returning to the game or new to rugby are all welcome. If you are interested in joining the team or require further information, please email the CCS RFC – Vice Chairman  Alex Richardson (alexrichardson1@btconnect.com).

Cheltenham Area Civil Service Bowls Club

Cheltenham Area Civil Service Bowls Club has around 20 active members who take part in a variety of events. There’s competition for those who like that sort of thing ranging from our own area events right up to National and Civil Service “International” level. In fact two of our members, Bill Notman & Campbell McColl (both Scots!), represented England at last year’s Civil Service Bowls International at Eastbourne and together with a colleague from Winchester won the British Isles Triples. It isn’t all about competition however and for those who just prefer the social aspect of bowls there is a really good friendly match programme which takes place May through September arranged by the English Civil Service Bowling Association (ECSBA). ECSBA games are generally against other like-minded Associations including Gloucestershire and the Welsh & Scottish Civil Service.

If the idea of playing bowls tickles your fancy but you don’t know where to start, or you’d like to know a bit more about the game, then please either attend come along to the open day on 6th May or get in touch email Campbell McColl (bowls@cacssa.co.uk).

Cricket club

We have three Saturday League sides which play league cricket between May & August inclusive. We also enter a T20 competition on Tuesday Evenings as well as a County Cup competition on Sundays. We have friendly cricket as well as youth sides who play matches on a Friday evening and Sunday morning and play Indoor cricket during the winter, and enter three sides into the local Indoor leagues.

Annual Subscriptions are £30.00 for adults and £10.00 for Juniors/Students. All our members are registered with CSSC . Match fees are £7 per game, but that includes a tea fee which is eaten after the first innings.

On Sunday 19 February the cricket club played Bridgwater in the national indoor competition. We won the cup in 2016 which enabled us to represent Gloucestershire at the national stage.

In terms of success last season;

1st XI – Retained their status in the West of England Premier League in only their 2nd season at this level.

2nd XI – Won promotion into Division four of the Gloucestershire County Cricket League

T20 Competition – We were runners up to Cheltenham CC in a two day final.

Curtis Bennett Competition – We won the national civil service cricket competition for the 3rd year out of four, after scoring a club record score in competitive matches of 330-4 in 40 overs.

Indoor Cricket – Runners up in the cup competition, losing to Stroud in the final off the final ball.

If you are interested in joining the Cricket Club please contact Craig Baker at: 07837344702 or crogins@hotmail.co.uk.


The squash section is open to all standards from beginner to elite. We currently have three teams in the Glos County Squash league and run a monthly box league system where members compete against each other. There are currently six leagues each with four players.

Three tournaments are held throughout the year; the main club championships, a handicap knockout and a doubles tournament. There are also ‘club nights’, where any member can turn up and play in a round robin style format.

Every year in February we arrange a trip to Manchester to watch the professionals show us how it’s done in the National Championships at the squash arena.

It’s £50 per annum to join the squash section and the lights for a 50 minute court session cost £2.

Courts are booked electronically via an interactive website.

If you’d like to join please email duncanbrownlie@sky.com.


The Skittles Club is always interested to see new teams entering the league. Each team comprises 9 players, plus reserves, and matches are played at the clubhouse on Tuesdays & Wednesdays with occasional Mondays & Thursdays.

Teams play in two League competitions (Winter & Summer) and, following the Winter League, in a Knock-out competition for the President’s Shield. On Finals Night trophies are presented to various Winners for both Team and Individual achievements. The Summer League also has its Finals Night. Both are enjoyed immensely.

In addition, we hold competitions for Individuals, one to decide the Player of the Year, another for the Tony Clay Memorial Shield and a competition for Mixed Pairs (Lady and Gent play alternately for a combined score).

For more information about joining a team or entering a new team in the league, contact Reg Rowley at regrowley@yahoo.com or 01242 692200.