On Tuesday September 5th, players from twelve counties drove down to play at Hagbourne Bowls Club.
Captain Paul greeted us and then went off to ferry players and bowls bags from the village hall to the green.
The buffet table was groaning under the weight of all the food. This was due to the above ladies. The cakes were absolutely delicious. It all looked so good that Ray Keen on arrival could not wait for lunch to be called but dug in filling up his plate.
After feeding our faces we all went out onto the green where Captain Paul officially greeted us.
The green, thanks to Paul and his helpers, looked very good. It was a little heavy to start with but soon speeded up after a few ends.
The weather was quite nice to start with, sunshine and a little cloud and everyone was in their shirt sleeves – shortly afterwards the big black clouds arrived and the rain came down. A mad rush was made to grab the wet weather gear but by the time we all came back onto the rink it had stopped. Typical English Summer day.
Laughter could be heard over the six rinks and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. Despite losing on four rinks – we still had fun.
After the match – we lost – heavily, we had a delicious three course supper.
Paul then thanked us all for coming to help celebrate the club’s 80th Anniversary and informed us that his father and grandfather were founder members. He has only been a member for 40 years.
Captain of the Day Cyndy then thanked the club for inviting us and awarded prizes to the winning rinks from each side. She also handed out wooden spoons to the losing Friends team.
These days do not just happen and a great deal of organization goes into them. So thank you Hagbourne for giving us a lovely day to remember.