Tuesday 24th June 2014
The ‘Leicester Mercury’ reported on 9th July 2014, ‘Barlestone celebrated their 25th
anniversary with a match against the Friends of Bowls England, captained by Tony Allcock.
Former indoor and outdoor world bowls champion Allcock, from Thurmaston, captained a
team of mixed men and women. The visitors won by three shots in a close game.’
It was an honour to Captain the Friends and to play my opening match of the season (after 8
months) on this occasion. The club had just celebrated its 25th anniversary and as I had left
Leicestershire before the club was formed I had never visited before. There was however, a
quirky experience – although I had never been to Barlestone Club, I had actually played on the
green before!!! The turf was from the former St Margaret’s BC in Leicester and removed in
1968. A former club where both my Mother and Father along with their son, a curly haired
blonde teenager had played many matches!
The sun shone, the club were fantastic in their hospitality and to win the prize for the highest
winning rink was a bonus (thank you the other three players in the rink for doing this!!!)