Communication has always been the lifeblood of Christchurch Petanque . Following on from the 'phone tree' where each committee member was responsible for an alpahabetic part of the member list, to newsletters and eventually to both a regular Club magazine and a website.
Being simple souls at heart it was thought having a noticeboard would solve most communication issues but this was not the case. David Clarkson volunteered to produce an A4 format newsletter and the first edition hit the piste in May 1997. It featured match reports, future events and tournaments, articles from members on their Petanque experiences and photos. A competition was held to name the publication and Eric Gamble's 'Le Bouletin' was the winner. David Clarkson's final edition was May 1999.
Dafyd Smith became editor he continued the same mix of articles but changed the format to the present magazine style and continued until September 2001. Jeanette Brittan subsequently accepted the editorial challenge and with the help of daughter Catherine and husband Guy, continued the fine tradition. They had little experience with magazine production and they are to be congratulated on producing such an interesting magazine.
All the editors had a common refrain 'Everybody enjoys reading the magazine but nobody wants to contribute'. Only on magazine day is it quiet at afternoon tea as members are engrossed in 'their mag'.
When members travel to tournaments, they usually take a supply of back issues. Some people even offer to pay for them! The editors have received very positive letters of appreciation from some of the smaller clubs in the South Island who all receive copies. They enjoy the articles and often it is the only information they receive about Petanque in New Zealand.