Wednesday 4th September 2013
We travelled down to Sussex to play the Bowls England President’s team for the cut glass Claret Jug, presented by President Ian Woodcock in 2006 for this yearly occasion.
Popes Mead Bowls Club has good facilities, green and refreshments, and on a bright sunny day they made all welcome despite most of us not knowing who was playing for President Rosemary and who was playing for the Friends.
Eventually all was settled, but what is this, but due to a hiccup in the proceedings, the Friends had no Captain of the Day and their Match Secretary, who is playing for Bowls England is asking the Friends Treasurer to do the job again. Was it National Groundhog Day again?
We had a super day and Kath Lloyd, having been with President Rosemary during most of her President’s bowling season, really enjoyed being her opposite number, sitting beside her at the after match meal.
The Friends like to give the Bowls England President a small present at this particular match. The fun part was four tins of Guinness, a favourite tipple of the President and the momento part was a Crawley Bowls spoon, presented in a hand crafted card adorned with Friends bowls stickers.
Thank you Popes Mead Bowls Club for the use of your bowls club and your lovely food.
Sorry Bowls England, the Friends won again and retained the Claret Jug.
Saturday 31st August 2013
vs Berkhamstead BC – Runner Up Club of the Year 2012.
1066 and all that – Berkhampstead was where the Normans finished their invasion having encircled London. It is a lovely town in Hertfordshire with a castle, a river, a canal and a bowls club. You cross the canal from the main street and wend your way through the park and try to get parked; if only you could park one car on top of the other, but with the home bowlers’ help we all managed. On entry to the club’s grounds there was a lovely colourful flower bed in front of us and on turning the corner to the front of the club we saw sets of tables and chairs with purple cushions and purple umbrellas. A very welcome surprise made great use of on a hot sunny day.
After a ploughman’s lunch, the match was started and thoroughly enjoyed by both sides, especially if the skip could not be heard because of a train going by. Then there was a delicious meal of a homemade chicken pie followed by very generous helpings of strawberry meringue.
Thank you Ann and all your helpers. Non playing Captain of the Day, Kath Lloyd presented chocolates to the highest rinks, and a glass plaque to the Club’s President to commemorate the day and the club being Bowls England Runner Up Club of the Year 2012.
Congratulations Berkhampstead Bowls Club, you well deserved your award.
Winners of the Friends of English Bowling sponsored competitions from the National Finals held at Leamington Spa and Worthing in 2013.
||Walker Cup (Women’s County Two Fours) Winners
||John’s Trophy (Women’s Inter County Championship) Winners
||Women’s Triples Championship Winners
||Men’s Junior Singles Winner
Northamptonshire West End BC
||Men’s Triples Winners
Mike Poole, FEB Membership Secretary reaches the Semi-Finals of the Bowls England National 55 and Over Pairs Competition with his partner, Chris Sherriff at Worthing. Well done to you both..
Mike Poole, FEB Membership Secretary
The winner of the National Junior Singles Championship 2013 at Worthing was Jamie Walker of Northampton West End BC, here pictured being presented with the trophy by Mike Poole, Membership Secretary of the Friends of English Bowling.
Thursday 22nd August 2013
The great and the good, the givers, the takers and the candlestick makers gathered for the last Friends game against a Bowls England Select Team at Worthing.
No players in the Bowls England Championships had played harder than these adversaries playing late on greens C and D. Things in life are often bitter-sweet, and this was one of them ; a good match saying goodbye to Worthing.
After the game we went as usual to Field Place, a venue that has always given us a good meal enjoyed by us all. Chris Smith ran and organized the raffle and friend of Friends, Jenny drew the winning tickets. The raffle made £564 for the Friends. Well done Chris, and thank you to all participants.
By the way, the Friends won the match.
Wednesday 24th July 2013
The Friends played an all stars team of women bowlers from the Buckinghamshire Bowling Association to celebrate 60 years of women’s bowling in Buckinghamshire.
80 years ago, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire united to form a County Association but 20 years later there were enough clubs in Buckinghamshire to form their own Association.
The game was well fought and at one stage there was only a 2 shots difference in the match, but the Friends pulled out the stops and eventually they won by 126 shots to 108 shots.
We were well looked after by the President’s club, Wendover & Chiltern Hills BC who supplied an excellent buffet and evening meal.
The President, Thelma Leslie, gave a resume of the history of women’s bowling in Buckinghamshire in her speech after the match.
An excellent day enjoyed by all.
Thursday 18th July 2013
From all different counties,we gathered on a hot sunny day at Bredon Bowls Club to celebrate their 50th Anniversary. What a super club. A new clubhouse and surrounding improvements set next to other sports grounds in a country village.
The contest was hard fought, recounts done and the Friends by one shot managed to win.
Mike Poole, Membership Secretary and Captain for the Day thanked the home members for inviting us to their celebrations. We hope to meet them again in 10 years time for their 60th Anniversary.
The refreshments, buffet lunch, match drinks and the after the match meal were done by just two ladies. That is right, just two. Very well done for lovely food.
Thank you Bredon for a lovely day. May you go from strength to strength in the next 50 years