Friends from eight counties converged on the Somerset town of Wellington for the third match of the mini tour to the West Country.
Some members were on their way home from Devon and Cornwall, others travelled down in brilliant sunshine to play in the delightful surroundings of the Wellington Club. When the satnav instructed us to turn right at the Iron Duke pub in the High Street, we certainly knew who the town was named after!
We were met by the Club President Gill and Captain of the Day Ian, and treated to a fine buffet lunch before preparing for battle. On a perfect summer afternoon, no one complained of being cold, and the bar, ice cream sellers and the cold water tap all did a roaring trade.
The facilities at this thriving club are excellent and the match was played in a great spirit, with the Friends managing to score more shots than the opposition, although some creative mathematics by the Friend’s Captain saw the result declared a draw. One or two of the team suffered a little in the heat, and we were grateful to super-sub Kath for stepping in when the going got tough.
The rink of Diane Thompson, Richard Peyton, Sue Skerry and Andy Hunt took the highest rink honours for the Friends, with Eileen, Dennis, Phil and Thelma doing likewise for Wellington.
The final score of 114 – 70 rather flattered the visitors, but the real winner was the great spirit in which the match was played.
After a short break to enable everyone to cool down after their exertions, the ladies of the club provided us with an excellent meal featuring wonderful apple pie with custard and cream!
Thanks to Julia Stanton (Amy Walter’s Mum) for asking Adie to bring the Friends to Wellington, to everyone at the club for making us so welcome and the weather for enabling us to enjoy a lovely afternoon.