Monthly Archives: June 2016

Metro Bowlers at the V.I.B.E. Nationals

Metro Bowlers at the V.I.B.E. Nationals
Above:  Eric Gallacher and Amit Amin also lifted the B1 Pairs title.

Metro bowlers acquitted themselves well at the VIBE Nationals, played at Royal Leamington Spa in late June.

Harish V.I.B.E Bowls Nationals 2016

Harish Kumrai (runner-up B2 Pairs) V.I.B.E Bowls Nationals 2016

Eric Gallacher was particularly impressive – becoming B1 Champion for the tenth time since 2001. He and Amit Amin also lifted the B1 Pairs title. There were other good performances from Harish Kumrai (runner-up B2 Pairs), David Mears (B4 Men runner-up) & Maureen Ryan (B2 Ladies’ Runner-up).

 Maureen Ryan (B2 Ladies’ Runner-up)

Steve Simmons added to his haul of B3 Men’s Singles titles with a sixth consecutive victory, giving him a total of 8 wins and 4 runners-up places since 1999 – an impressive record indeed!

Congratulations to all.

Vision Impaired Bowls Tournaments and Competitions 2016

  • 5-9 May Weston-super-Mare Tournament
  • 28th May Braintree Triples Tournament
  • 25th June to 1st of July  Vibe Nationals  Leamington Spa
  • 16-23 July Hastings Tournament
  • 30th July Potters Bar Triples
  • 22-26 August National Triples Worthing
  • 12-16 September UKVIB outdoor Singles Leamington Spa

Want to know more?

If anyone is tempted to join us or just wants to know more about the game, why not get in touch with Eric Gallacher Contact: ericgal@blueyonder.co.uk or call 0208 985 6245

Vorail app – free communication app based on voice messages

Vorail app - free communication app based on voice messages

A free communication app based on voice messages is proving popular with
blind and visually impaired users, and has launched a Kickstarter
crowdfunding campaign to help expand its community.

Users of the Vorail app communicate by recording questions or thoughts as
short voice messages, which are available for other users to listen to and
reply. Users just need to set up a basic profile, without any photos or
images.

One of Vorail’s co-founders, Tom Rosenthal, told e-Access Bulletin that
although the app wasn’t designed specifically for blind and visually
impaired people, most users are from these groups. As a result, the team
behind the app now dedicate resources to making sure it is accessible.
Rosenthal said: “Vorail was designed to create a safer place where we can
see the true nature of others … There’s much more to a person than a
photo or what is revealed in text messages. That’s why we developed
Vorail – the voice is a window to the soul.”

Around 80,000 questions a day are asked on the app, covering a huge range
of topics. Subjects discussed include: Braille and guide dogs; personal
reflections on blindness; requests for relationship advice; and thoughts on
anything from favourite foods to nightclubs.

Some Vorail members use the app for dating, but it is also widely used to
meet new friends or simply connect with others. The user-community features
people who are married, engaged, dating, single and even families,
Rosenthal said. The first Vorail marriage is taking place soon, between two
people who met using the app, one from the UK, the other from the United
States.

Rosenthal said that while social media platforms like Facebook and Snapchat
are useful for networking with existing friends, Vorail allows its
community to meet new people easily. Similarly, while popular meeting and
dating sites are based around users’ photos, “Vorail was designed for
people that want to see beyond the picture … Technology can do better at
helping us find people who we share chemistry with,” Rosenthal said.

Vorail went live at the end of 2015 on Apple’s iOS operating system, and
recently launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to gauge public
interest in expanding to the Android operating system as well.

Download Vorail for free at the Apple iOS App Store:
http://eab.li/1p .

Find out more at Vorail’s Kickstarter page:
http://eab.li/1n .

Website: http://www.vorail.com

original article from the  e-Access Bulletin

Comment on this story at e-Access Bulletin Live:
http://eab.li/1v .

e-Access Bulletin : A Headstar Publication, produced with the support of Thomas Pocklington Trust: http://www.pocklington-trust.org.uk .

Metro Free Tandem Cycling – Velodrome – 21st Aug – book by 15 July!

Free Metro Tandem Cycling
Venue:
We will arrange meet and greet with volunteers at Stratford International station for both events.
Time:
19.00 - 21.00
Phone:
07803 288083
Date:
21st August 2016
Cost:
FREE


To all Metro members, especially those who flagged up tandem riding in our recent club survey.

I am delighted to inform you that in partnership with Wheels for Wellbeing and Lee Valley Regional Park Authority we have booked the outdoor road course on Sunday 7th August from 12:00-16:00.

We plan to have 10 tandems and front riders available from 12:00-14:00 and from 14:00-16:00, therefore 20 members can enjoy cycling around this off road site. We will arrange meet and greet with volunteers at Stratford International station for both events.

Members need to be over the age of 16yrs and  / or Minimum height 5ft or 153cm as there are only adult size tandems for this event.

Please fill in this form – Download here: Metro Cycling & Tandem Form  and Email to Roy Smith By the 15th July to register your interest.

Parents, partners and volunteers are also welcome and they will be able to use bikes and helmets on the day, Children must be aged 10yrs or over to cycle and have taken Bikeability level 2 or equivalent, as they will sharing the road track with the tandems and other riders. I hope the weather is fine so we can enjoy a picnic outdoors in the surrounding area.

VELODROME on the Sunday 21st August

We have also booked the Velodrome along with 7 specialist bikes and front riders for a 2 hour session on Sunday 21st August from 19:00-21:00. Again 14 members will be able to take part at this event as they will be split into 2 groups. Must be aged 16yrs and  / or Minimum height 5ft or 153cm as there are only adult size tandems

More information will be sent out to all those interested in taking part. This will be on a first come first serve basis. The closing date will be Friday 15th July.

Please contact Email: Roy Smith or call 07803 288083  By the 15th July to register your interest.

Metro Free Tandem Cycling – 7th Aug – book by 15 July!

Free Metro Tandem Cycling
Venue:
outdoor road course -We will arrange meet and greet with volunteers at Stratford International station for both events.
Time:
12.00 noon - 16.00
Phone:
07803 288083
Date:
07th August 2016
Cost:
FREE


To all Metro members, especially those who flagged up tandem riding in our recent club survey.

I am delighted to inform you that in partnership with Wheels for Wellbeing and Lee Valley Regional Park Authority we have booked the outdoor road course on Sunday 7th August from 12:00-16:00.

We plan to have 10 tandems and front riders available from 12:00-14:00 and from 14:00-16:00, therefore 20 members can enjoy cycling around this off road site. We will arrange meet and greet with volunteers at Stratford International station for both events.

Members need to be over the age of 16yrs and  / or Minimum height 5ft or 153cm as there are only adult size tandems for this event.

Please fill in this form – Download here: Metro Cycling & Tandem Form  and Email to Roy Smith By the 15th July to register your interest.

Parents, partners and volunteers are also welcome and they will be able to use bikes and helmets on the day, Children must be aged 10yrs or over to cycle and have taken Bikeability level 2 or equivalent, as they will sharing the road track with the tandems and other riders. I hope the weather is fine so we can enjoy a picnic outdoors in the surrounding area.

VELODROME on the Sunday 21st August

We have also booked the Velodrome along with 7 specialist bikes and front riders for a 2 hour session on Sunday 21st August from 19:00-21:00. Again 14 members will be able to take part at this event as they will be split into 2 groups. Must be aged 16yrs and  / or Minimum height 5ft or 153cm as there are only adult size tandems

More information will be sent out to all those interested in taking part. This will be on a first come first serve basis. The closing date will be Friday 15th July.

Please contact Email: Roy Smith or call 07803 288083  By the 15th July to register your interest.

Metro Free Tandem Cycling – 20 places book by 15 July!

Free Metro Tandem Cycling

To all Metro members, especially those who flagged up tandem riding in our recent club survey.

I am delighted to inform you that in partnership with Wheels for Wellbeing and Lee Valley Regional Park Authority we have booked the outdoor road course on Sunday 7th August from 12:00-16:00.

We plan to have 10 tandems and front riders available from 12:00-14:00 and from 14:00-16:00, therefore 20 members can enjoy cycling around this off road site. We will arrange meet and greet with volunteers at Stratford International station for both events.

Members need to be over the age of 16yrs and  / or Minimum height 5ft or 153cm as there are only adult size tandems for this event.

Please fill in this form – Download here: Metro Cycling & Tandem Form  and Email to Roy Smith By the 15th July to register your interest.

Parents, partners and volunteers are also welcome and they will be able to use bikes and helmets on the day, Children must be aged 10yrs or over to cycle and have taken Bikeability level 2 or equivalent, as they will sharing the road track with the tandems and other riders. I hope the weather is fine so we can enjoy a picnic outdoors in the surrounding area.

VELODROME on the Sunday 21st August

We have also booked the Velodrome along with 7 specialist bikes and front riders for a 2 hour session on Sunday 21st August from 19:00-21:00. Again 14 members will be able to take part at this event as they will be split into 2 groups. Must be aged 16yrs and  / or Minimum height 5ft or 153cm as there are only adult size tandems

More information will be sent out to all those interested in taking part. This will be on a first come first serve basis. The closing date will be Friday 15th July.

Please contact Email: Roy Smith or call 07803 288083  By the 15th July to register your interest.