On Thursday 15th June we played our final game in Northumberland and visited Alnwick B. C.
After a delicious buffet the proceedings started with Adie thanking Margaret and George Batey for all their hard work in organising our three day trip to Northumberland. He then presented them with a beautiful pink rose bush as a thank you from us all.
We all went outside for a photograph and then Vice President Michael Brown formally welcomed us to the green.
The green played beautifully. The weather was perfect. The members of Alnwick were absolutely lovely. How could we not enjoy ourselves – and we did with lots and lots of laughter across the rinks.
After the match we went all went in to the club house for a jolly nice supper finishing up with apple crumble, ice cream and cream.
The wonderful ladies who fed us so well
V.P.Michael then thanked us for coming to visit them. He finished off by letting us know that the Friends had won. He then added ‘If you cannot win be good losers’ Alnwick’s winning rink was Bob Miller, Sylvia Taylor, Russ Dale and Alan Hall.
Captain of the Day Adie Lloyd, who is also the match secretary (I call him the Governor) then thanked Alnwick for letting us help celebrate their 140th anniversary. He also added that it was Maureen Peyton’s birthday but not her 140th. Adie then thanked the Friends who had come from as far away as Portsmouth and ten other counties for coming on this mini tour to Northumberland and making it such a success. Our winning rink consisted of Andy Hunt, Paul Robson, Maureen Aitken and Sue Shrimpton.
Adie finished off by explaining a little bit about the Friends and what we do to support English bowling by raising approximately £35,000 a year. He then handed a certificate to Michael to commemorate our visit.
Captain of the Day Adie presenting VP.Michael with a memento of our visit.
On behalf of all the Friends I would like to thank Adie for all his hard work in arranging these games and the clubs we have visited for making us so welcome. We do appreciate it. It was a very successful tour with us winning all three games. Today’s score 137 – 81.