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Old Owens Thai Food 9th-10th July 2020

Old Owens Clubhouse has re-opened and we are currently taking orders for Thai Food with either sit in or take away available for the 9th & 10th July 2020:

Food is available between 5 pm to 9 pm.

Please book early due to demand and limited time slots.

Please email  or call  07766 535567 or 01707 644211 to order and book a time slot or for further information.

Please see MENU and photos below:

Old Owens

Thai FOOD Menu

(Thursday and Friday)

Take Away or Local Delivery
(at Old Owens Sports Ground, Coopers Lane,Northaw, Potters Bar, EN6 4NF)


Prawn Crackers                                                                                £1.50

Crispy Beef Strips or Crispy Pork strips                                          £4.00

Vegetable Spring rolls (3Pieces)/(5Pieces)                                     £4.00/£6.00

Duck Spring Rolls (3 Pieces)/(5Pieces)                                           £4.50/ £6.50

Chicken Satay (3 Pieces)/(5 Pieces)                                                £4.00 /£6.00

Prawns in a crispy pastry (3 Pieces)/(5pieces)                               £4.50/ £6.50

(All Dishes Served With Either Sweet Chilli Sauce, Hot Chilli Sauce, Hoisin Sauce or Peanut Sauce)

Main Course

Thai Green Curry Beef or Chicken served with plain rice               £6.50

Thai Red Curry Beef or Chicken served with plain rice                   £6.50

Owens Special Fried Rice with either Beef, Chicken or Prawns     £6.00

Pad Thai with either Beef, Chicken or Prawns                                 £6.50

Black bean stir fry with either Beef or Chicken & Rice                   £7.00

Rice Dishes

Plain Rice                                                                                             £2.00

Egg Fried Rice                                                                                     £2.50

Menu example photos:

Thai Meal Chicken & RiceThai Meal Beef NoodlesThai Meal Crackers





Thai Meal Platter

OOASC Full Committee meeting 19th February 2020 – Minutes

Old Owen’s Association & Sports Club Limited

Minutes of Full Committee Meeting on Wednesday 19/02/20 at 7.30pm (Ground)


  1. In attendance: I.Breeze(IB), S.Flook(SF), Richard.Hattrell(RH), A.Hunter(AH), P.Kennedy(PK), T.Lane(TL).
    (The meeting welcomed the attendance of Mrs  Anna Welsford, the Alumni Officer at DAOS).
  1. Apologies: Robert Hattrell, PhilRiley, K.Rowswell, V.Tanner, A.Ward, D.Webb, John and Lynn Clarke.
  1. Matters arising from previous minutes:
  • John and Lynn still required to sign the new Contract.
  • Still need to put up warning/responsibility signs in car park (re: thefts from cars). 
  1. Bar, Catering & AOB:

    Written report from John and Lynne Clark in absentia.

  • Bar and Food figures produced for 2019 showed an increase of 2% on 2018.
  • Bar and Food figures for January 2020 showed an increase of 11 % on January 2019.
  • February so far has been a tough month with lots of football matches called off due to storms and rain.
  • Elvis Night (6th March) and Quiz Night (20th March) have been arranged. These have always proved popular.
  • John and Lynn raised the poor condition of the timber extension to the bungalow (damp and mould). IB has arranged for a builder to advise on the costs of either repair or complete dismantling.
  • The electrics in the wooden extension have been made safe by GT Electrics, who are also looking at the power supply to the light at the gateway area. (It was also pointed out that a new gateway notice is needed as the present one is a poor reflection on the Association).
  • There are also five exterior lights on the Clubhouse not working that GT Electrics may be able to assist with.
  1. Finance:
  • No accounts were available to the meeting due to DAOS half-term.
  • RH to contact Mrs Nicki Culhane at DAOS to provide exact figures and circulate.
  • HSBC are making slow progress with arranging for IB to be another signatory on the account (TL to pursue).
  • Also we are still attempting to pay Andrew Ward (Grounds Contractor) monthly via direct debit and this should imminently be active.
  • The Association continues to owe E. Dempsey £1,760 for the Pavilion windows refurbishment.
  1. The Ground:
  • IB reported that the ground itself has been suffering from the wet weather and a couple of football weekends in February have been completely washed out.
  • The mixer unit on the showers has been serviced and an electric shower in the Officials room replaced at a total cost of £300.
  • The catch nets and three of the 6m poles on pitch 1 have snapped and been replaced at a cost of £1,100.
  • A BT Open Reach van backed into the height barrier and we are seeking two quotes from Essendon Forge and Cosmur Ltd to send to the van insurers.
  1. OOASC Membership:
  • Since 01/08/19, £2,400 has been collected for annual memberships. There will be more subscriptions to come before the year end 31/08/20 especially from the Sports Clubs (e.g. OOFC approx. £1,500).
  • There were 13 lapsed members (mainly retirees). AH to try and check, if possible.
  • AH to liaise with Anna to cross reference the OOASC database (names only) for Old Owenians members (i.e. Full & Life) with the Alumni database to try and determine if OOASC members are deceased.
  1. ZOO Club:
  • Balance as at 20/02/2020 is £389.
  • AH handed out Membership Forms to join the Zoo Club (annual membership is £24).
  • The draw was made (aided by Anna) and the two winners were as follows;

            £75 –E.Fosbrook

            £25 – G.Flook

  1. Old Owens Website: 
  • AH stated that the website is running without any problems, is up to date with the relevant information and will be revamped with new images. The privacy settings/cookies policy is to be updated on the website.
  • Statistics for the website as at 20/02/2020 are as follows:

     Last 7 days there were 2,213 visitors with 4,928 visits

           Last 30 days there were 6,624 visitors with 17,516 visits

           Last 365 days there were 39,086 visitors with 150,650 visits.

  1. Privacy policy:
  • AH has been looking at the draft privacy policy documentation provided by Alan Davison. AH advised that the OOASC does not require a Data Protection Officer, but we do need a Data Protection Compliance Manager (volunteer needed), to be compliant with GDPR regulations. AH to send the revised documentation for checking to RH, TL and SF.
  1. OOASC Sports Clubs: 
  • Football section report:

          PK reported that we are running 4 x Saturday teams and 1 x 
          veterans Sunday team and stated the season has been a tough
          one for the teams as a whole. The last football weekend is
          18/19April 2020.

          IB is supporting Ben Rowswell with setting up a junior girls
          Wildcats” section of the Football Club.

  • Cricket section report:

         Well attended winter nets have now commenced at Herts
         University, Hatfield (2nd/3rd XI) and Haileybury School (1st XI). The
         Junior section is netting at Lochinver House School on Monday
         evenings and intend to organize league teams at under 9,11,12’s for
         season 2020. 

         The adult Cricket season commences with friendlies on the 25th
         April (1st XI) and the 2nd May (2nd/3rd XI) with league games starting
         on the 9th May and ending on the 5th September.

         TL advised that Saturday cricket bookings for the ground are 
         completely full (i.e. Old Owens & Finchley 3’s) but is awaiting
         confirmation bookings from Sunday teams. 

  • Affiliated Clubs report:

          Phil Riley in absentia stated that there is nothing significant to
          report with regard to Potters Bar United F.C.

  1. AOB:
  • Charity Commission DBS requirements – Richard H has been in touch with the Commission with regard to their request for DBS checks for the Association (i.e. trustees, committee members, volunteers, staff).  RH is awaiting a reply from the Commission and will advise the Committee when received.
  • Alumni Links – Anna Welsford explained her role at the School and emphasized the importance of forging links with the OOASC and the work she is doing with DAOS past pupils. Anna is keen to incentivise the use of OOASC facilities and to build a relationship and is also looking forward to organising various events, the first of which will be the DAOS Alumni ‘Grand Launch Event’ at the School on the 25th April from 7 pm – 1 am.

         AH advised Anna that the Launch event has been included on the 
         Association website and notices for the event have been sent to Old
         Owenian members from the Association database.

Meeting closed at 9.10 pm.

Next meeting is scheduled for Monday 06/04/20 at 7.30pm (Ground).

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Old Owens Junior Cricket 2019-2020



In May 2019 the junior section was started, taking children as young as four, with coaching sessions taking place every Monday night.

The Mini O’s session ran from 5.30-6.15 pm and was a fun high impact introduction to cricket (4-6 year olds).

The Young O’s session ran from 5.30-6.30 pm and worked on the basics of batting, bowling and fielding and an introduction to playing some fun softball matches at the end of the lessons (6-8 year olds).

The Middle O’s session ran from 6.15-7.45 pm and worked on match play, batting and bowling and fielding, leading to playing both soft and hard ball matches dependent on the child’s confidence (9-11 year olds).

The Giant O’s session ran from 6.30-8 pm and was a combination of both Nets Game Scenarios, Batting Bowling and Fielding Drills and wicket keeping drills for would be keepers. With ‘Hard Ball’ matches against teams in the area also played during this time when available (12-15 year olds).

All sessions are run by our dedicated team of Level 2 coaches assisted by Level 1 “Parent” Coaches.

We will be building sessions up so that we are ready to play in the junior leagues in the season of 2020, but for 2019 there will be plenty of opportunities to play friendly cricket against many teams within the local area.

Junior Contacts: 

Fiona Lane

Debbie Palmer


The Cricket Club was pleased to welcome in 2019 our new Development Officer Jim Clarke ( who will again be administering the Junior Section in 2020.

Please see his Newsletters listed below: 

The Only Way is Owens (TOWIO) Newsletter Issue 1
The Only Way is Owens (TOWIO) Newsletter Issue 2
The Only Way is Owens (TOWIO)’ Newsletter Issue 3
The Only Way is Owens (TOWIO) Newsletter Issue 4
The Only Way is Owens (TOWIO)’ Newsletter Issue 6
The Only Way is Owens (TOWIO)’ Newsletter Issue 7
The Only Way is Owens (TOWIO)’ Newsletter Issue 8


OOASC Full Committee meeting 19th February 2020 – Agenda

There will be a meeting of the Full Committee on Wednesday 19th February 2020 at 7.30pm in the Les Williamson Room at Old Owen’s Sports Ground.


  1. Appointment of person to take minutes for this meeting
  2. Apologies for Absence
  3. Minutes of Meeting on 7th October 2019
  4. Matters arising from the minutes
  1. Bar and Catering (John/Lynn Clark)
  • Managers update
  • Trading accounts (Monthly Sales)
  • Forthcoming events
  • Bungalow Roof repairs
  1. Finance
  • Update (Richard Hattrell)
  1. The Ground
  • Ground update (Tim Lane)
  • Shower Mixer Unit (Ian Breeze)
  • Catch net and poles main pitch (Ian Breeze)
  1. OOASC Membership (Alan Hunter)
  1. Zoo Club (Alan Hunter)
  1. Old Owens Website (Alan Hunter)
  1. OOASC Sports Clubs
  • Owen’s Football Section (Paul Kennedy)
  • Owen’s Cricket Section (Tim Lane)
  • Affiliated Clubs (Phil Riley)
  1. Privacy Policy (Alan Hunter)
  1. AOB
  • Charity Commission DBS checks (Richard Hattrell)
  • Dame Alice Owens School Alumni (Anna Welsford)

 14. Date of next meeting


Dame Alice Owens School Alumni Social Event – 25th April 2020

(Due to the Coronavirus)



SATURDAY 25th APRIL – 7:00pm – 1:00am.


Owens School Gala Dinner

In a beautifully transformed event space, within the most memorable part of the Potters Bar school site, 250 alumni and their guests will get to enjoy a fabulous night of drinking, dining and dancing to celebrate the launch of Owen’s Alumni Members Club.

The evening will commence at 7:00pm with an inclusive Piper Heidsieck champagne reception, sponsored by Orbital Climate Solutions Ltd and live musical entertainment from exceptionally talented alumni, including Hayley Pomfrett. Our official event photographer, Lainey Lovell, will also be on hand to capture the ‘boys’ in black tie and ‘girls’ in their finery.

At 7:30pm guests will be seated for a gourmet, three course dinner created by Executive Chef, Graham Ogden (who has designed menus for HRH Her Majesty The Queen) and auction with guest compère.

At 9:30pm after dinner dancing will commence, with our 24 piece ‘Senior Soul Band’ (who sold out London’s Cadogan Hall in 2015) followed by a live sax’ over a club classics DJ set, featuring alumnus Tyler Rix (who has graced the stage of the famous Birdland Jazz Club in NYC, amongst other top venues across the globe) for those who want to party on a little longer.

Carriages at 1:00am.




For extended information, or to discuss sponsorship opportunities and auction donations, please get in touch with our Alumni Relations Manager, Anna Welsford at or 01707 643441 EXT. 335 

or connect with us on socials: 
@OldOwenians  (Instagram)
@StriveWithAWill /Old Owenians  (Facebook)
@DAOS Alumni (Twitter) 



Old Owen’s Quiz Night – Friday 20th March 2020

(Due to the Coronavirus)


(Our very popular regular quiz night back by public demand)

Friday 20th March 2020

7.30 for 8.00 pm Start

Maximum of 8 persons per team

£10 a ticket includes food
and spot prizes throughout the night


For further information call 01707 644211 or 07766 535567 or email
 speak to the Bar staff

Alvin as Elvis

ALVIN as Elvis – Friday 6th March 2020

‘ALVIN as ELVIS’ night on Friday 6th March 2020 
at Old Owens Sports Ground
Coopers Lane, EN6 4NF. 

Always a fantastic night of entertainment

** £20 a ticket ** 
(includes Lasagna with Mixed Salad supper)
(A Vegetarian option is available)

Food at 8 pm & Show starts at 9 pm till late


For further information call 01707 644211 or 07766 535567 or email
 speak to the Bar staff

OOCC Winter Nets January 2020





Starts Thursday 23rd January 2019
from 8.00 pm to 9.00 pm
(2nd & 3rd team players only)

New members are most welcome and for further information please contact Andy Battersby (2nd XI Team Captain) on 07780 611403 or Ian Tyler (3rd  XI Team Captain) on 07826 896005.

OOCC Spring General Meeting 26th March 2019 – Minutes

Old Owens Cricket Club Spring General Meeting 26 March 2019 – Minutes held at Old Owens Sports Club.

Start Time: 7.15pm






Welcome, attendance and apologies

Ricci Acchilini, Robin Gupta, Gavin Flook, Alan Hunter, Richard Baker, Emma Fazakerley, Kishan Changlani, Jim Clark, Rory Allan, Ralph Lane, Mark McKinstry, Lewis Hollett, Nama Paropkari, Mick Bungey, Chris Whitworth, Robert Sibley

Attendees:  Tim Lane, Shaun Flook, Brad Lane, Fiona Lane, Sharon Martin, Debbie Palmer, Ian Tyler, Tony Palmer, John Nelson, Ken Rowswell, Chris Palmer,




Matters arising from Annual General Meeting

  • chasing up on non-payers – 3’s had some success

  • lunch & tea catering at home sorted

    evening with a Prem umpire  – didn’t happen but Brad to gauge the need, will probably discuss laws etc with team after a well attended net


Brad to ensure 1’s fully abreast of laws, regs and etiquettes in Championship


Feedback from League AGM

All proposed changes were voted as to our preferences. 2’s and 3’s will start at 1.00pm and play 90 overs, 1’s play half 50/50’s (coloured clothing and pink balls) and half 120 over games (Special Dukes balls), wide rule did not change at any level and in lower divisions remains a gentleman’s agreement between captains (we will put indicative lines down), 1’s when playing away do not pay for teas




Accounts & Finances

  • Bakes gave apologies but provided the accounts, which were available to view but were not circulated prior to the meeting due to a problem sending emails from Play Cricket

  • Subs agreed at £100 or £50 (unemployed/young people).

  • We have £6170 in the account – committed to £5000 spend on junior cricket this year, so we are committed to raising £5000. VP letter has been sent to VP’s and in turn will be sent to all members offering opportunities to sponsor BBQ’s, balls, whole match day. Not getting an overseas player in the form of Dan St Clair.

  • The accounts were approved by the meeting and those present thanked Bakes in his absence.




Captain’s updates

  • Brad – Nets been well attended, at least one new recruit from the Uni, one from Langford, one more from Haileybury, potential for some strong players for 2’s as 1’s squad should be a bit deeper, though no overseas.

  • Nothing from 2’s – Bats is captain and Naman Parapkari is vice captain

3’s – nothing to report – Ian pleased with what he heard about the higher 11’s and juniors





Junior Cricket

  • Jim Clarke, our Cricket Development Officer has been in to 13 schools and soon to start cricket days in some schools. Being paid £450 a month

  • 29 April = Junior Registration Day

  • Monday evenings will be juniors evening

  • Information on brilliant (thanks to Jordan Carter and Inner Media) new website as well as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

  • All members should read The Only Way Is Owens (TOWIO)

    There have been several well attended meetings about junior section and if anyone wants notes or more information they can contact Shaun





Welfare Officer update

  • Sharon not yet able to approve online verification but has requested access and a list of online verifiers – SM will be here on juniors registration day (29 April)

Tim has a spreadsheet of all who have been checked and need checks etc



SM to send out guidance & arrange to be accessible for all who need checking


Facilities and Grounds update

  • Ward Amenities started November 2018 – Edward Clarke (golf green-keeping experience) now employed by Ward and lives onsite, to be mentored by Rick Martin

  • Groundforce weekend is 20/21 April (with 27/28 if necessary)

  • Tim has taken delivery of a load of timber for the wooden sightscreens, which need to be painted etc this Saturday morning

  • New accessories for covers ordered

  • Football goals coming down on 15 April (Ralph coordinating)

  • With a £1000 grant from the Cricket World Cup Club fund we have extended the wi-fi, bought a printer/scanner and a laminator

  • Ground hire – Saturdays on pitch 2 when 3’s away will beFinchley 3’s, on Sundays Finchley Ladies will be on pitch 1, on Sundays pitch will be used by Archway Ladder and Rosslyn most Sundays, County Seniors playing again midweek and we are considering hosting County juniors.

Men’s toilets – was discussed at our AGM. No positive news. Budget  was £5000, quotes have been £18-20,000 so far, Tim has asked about the Association bond being drawn down but this has been decided against

 Tim Lane

 Duckworth Lewis display – slots to be created (Tim)


Tour update

Sunday 26 to Tuesday 28 May. Hotel all booked. Around 20 in the tour party, including ample players for 2 fixtures. However, we have not yet got a fixture for the Sunday (Reepham is the Monday). Intention is to play golf Tuesday.


 Brad trying Saffron Walden,

Shaun trying all and sundry


Fixture card

  • League starting 1 week later this year, on 11 May, ends 7 September

  • 27 April – 1’s home vs Cockfosters, rest of club intra club on pitch 2

  • 4 May – 1’s in T20, rest of club home vs Harpenden XI (thanks to Alan Hunter)

  • 19 May – Club Day – open day

  • Ralph has again offered to arrange a fixture vs the school

Naman has offered to try to arrange some Sunday matches if there is demand


Ralph/Fiona to have card printed off (and update VP’s list)


Fund Raising / Social Events

  • Quiz night Friday 10 May arranged by Emma and Katie – £5 per person (£10 inc food), teams of 6, looking for 10 teams, bring friends and family, prizes

  • Family Activity Day – July or August Sunday

  • Inaugural Fantasy Cricket League – £20 per team, prizes, all funds to juniors

  • Tim has made connections with the Owens Parents Association and sponsored a race in a pending race night on behalf of the Junior section

Robin Gupta has kindly agreed to sponsor an entire match day (per Tim’s letter to VP’s mentioned above)


All to come to quiz and arrange teams

Chris Whitworth to deliver Fantasy League


Cricket World Cup Club Weekend

  • Should happen during World Cup (30 May to 14 July) with 7-9 June recommended nationally

    Maybe amalgamate with Family Activity Day – ask Jamie George if Saracens can arrange a 6 a side on a Friday?


 Shaun to coordinate


Any Other Business

  • VP lunch 5 April at The Mercer on Threadneedle Street – thanks to Mark McKinstry for arranging again

  • 100th anniversary in 2024 – plans already started, with Lisa Takahashi (Keith Freeman’s daughter) having agreed to paint the ground which will be available to buy as a print, Rob Sibley has agreed in principle to arrange a tour of the West Indies, a 2024 Committee will be set up in due course

  • Ian Tyler agreed to arrange a midweek game

Ken Rowswell proposed that player promotion and being dropped is confirmed verbally rather than via text / WhatsApp etc – the meeting agreed with this


Ian to arrange midweek game

Shaun to inform absent captains and vices about etiquette for moving players up & down XI’s

Old Owens F.C. Vets Fixtures – 22nd March 2020


OLD OWEN’S VETS are back and will play in the Veterans Division of the Southern Amateur Sunday League for season 2018-19 which commences on the 15th September 2019. 

The Vets fixture for this Sunday 22nd March 2020 is as follows:


The Vets result for last Sunday 15th March 2020 was as follows:

OOFC Vets won 6-3 v Crouch End Vampires Vets (Home)(League) k.o. 10.30 

For fixtures, results and League table for Season 2019-2020, click the following link Southern Amateur Sunday Vets League.

Click link OLD OWEN’S FOOTBALL VETS RESULTS for the results for Season 2019-2020.