Friends v Bowls England at Broadway B.C.

By | September 14, 2017

Friends of English Bowling v Bowls England. Tuesday September 12th 2017. 

The Annual ‘Friends’ v Bowls England Match (Captained by President Viv), took place on a sunny autumnal day at Broadway Bowling Club situated in the beautiful Cotswold Village after which the club is named. 

I believe this club is unique as it is the only club to my knowledge which is approached by driving through a Hunt  stables before arriving at the club car park! The scenery surrounding the green leaves visitors under no illusion that the Cotswolds is one of England’s prized  jewels. 

The club, approaching its centenary in 2019,  warmly welcomed everyone and it was clear from the outset that the green would be a joy to play on; and it was! The ‘Friends’ won the match by three shots and once again retained  the perpetual ‘Ian Woodcock Memorial’ Claret Jug. 

Several non playing visitors enjoyed the shops and tourist attractions of this quintessential village and I suspect that they  were several £’s lighter on their return to the bowling club!

Our hosts entertained us all  to a much welcomed snack lunch on arrival and afterwards served a super three course hot meal for the assembled company. 

The day was a most enjoyable one and I was delighted to Captain ‘The Friends ‘ at Broadway which is where I once lived and was once a club member some 20 years ago. During this short period I enjoyed several games with my late Father on this beautiful green and where a BBC documentary was filmed after I won  the World Singles for the first time. 

Everyone enjoyed their day in Broadway and the friendly match and the fabulous atmosphere which prevailed  is indicative of what our sport is all about! 

Tony Allcock MBE