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Friends v West Ealing

On a very overcast and weather threatening day a team from the Friends met up at West Ealing Bowls Club on Tuesday 7th June to a really warm welcome from the club and its members .

The play on the green was lively and noisy and great friendships were made. The green played very well and kept us all enthralled.

The Friends put up a very good performance but ended up losing by 12 shots mainly caused by one rink losing by 20 shots. (mine!!)

Great speeches after the game and some usual banter there was even a risqué joke, which was enjoyed by all present.

To sum up great company and really interesting bowls, a bowls club I for one would gladly visit again.

Friends v Suffolk Bowls (BE)

What a day at Hopton Bowls Club in Suffolk playing against a County Presidents team to help celebrate Bowls Suffolk 80th Anniversary. The day started off fine with the possibility of showers but as the day progressed we realised that the weather forecasters had got it wrong and the rain was here to stay.

A very competitive game ensued with many of the Friends team reacquainting themselves with their many friends in the Suffolk team.

Even the weather could not dampens the players spirits during the game, we lost overall but what a great day.

After the meal Suffolk President Stuart Pope gave us a potted history of their organisation and the speeches were rounded with Chris Leakes giving a talk about the Friends of English Bowls and its inception.

A great day was had by all.

Friends vs Chesham Ladies BC (Buckinghamshire)

A very happy day was had at Chesham Bowling Club to celebrate 50 years of women member’s playing bowls.

A game on a cloudy but dry day was enjoyed by The Friends of English Bowls.

A lot of coming and going shouts of glee and sometimes disaster!! yet a meter from rink3 was a duck sat in the flower bed under a plant on a clutch of eggs totally oblivious of the special day.

The top rinks enjoyed colourful windmills with note pads for the lowest rinks so notes could be made to improve their game! A picture certificate to record the day was presented to the Lady Captain AS WELL as a big thank you to the club for an excellent meal and all the hard work behind the scenes that had gone into putting on the day.

Bowlers had come to support the Friends team from as far as Cornwall and Yorkshire to name just 2 counties represented.

Friends vs Welwyn & District BC (Hertfordshire)

Welwyn & Dist Group


A lovely sunny day greeted us at Welwyn and District Bowls club who were celebrating their 50th Anniversary. The Bowls England Senior Vice president Michael Jennings also came along.

We were greeted with a superb lunch that consisted of so much food many players were unable to move having eaten so much.

There was a spider to start off the bowling session won by Graham Annetts from Wiltshire.IMG_5824

The Captain of the day for Welwyn and District was our very own Membership Secretary Mike Poole. The game was played on one of the best greens that I have played on this year a really great surface that any bowls club would be proud of, many found the pace too fast for them at the start but soon found their skill overcame any difficulty. There was great spirit on the green during the game, playing in a very warm sunshine with a little breeze which kept us all cool. Lots of fun was had by all and the game was won by the Friends.



There was a very good raffle with numerous prizes and combined with the spider a total of £320 was made for the Parkinson’s charity.

We were then entertained to a 3 course meal cooked by the club President Chris Sherriff which found those who were able to walk after lunch were unable to walk after this wonderful meal.


After the meal the Captain of the Day John Thompson presented the club with a plaque to be displayed in the clubhouse to remind all those attending what a superb game it was.


Friends vs Ambleside BC (Nuneaton)

What started off as a very wet day turned in to a sunny though very cold afternoon for our first game of the season, the Friends team included the President of Bowls England Marcia Dunstone, the Senior Vice President Michael Jennings and the Chief Executive from Bowls England Tony Allcock M.B.E.

The friends were very happy to be invited to assist Ambleside Bowls Club celebrate their 25th Anniversary.

Tea and scrumptious cakes were presented on arrival along with  a very warm welcome.

The game was played in very windy, cold yet sunny conditions but at least the weather did stay dry. There was much banter on the green lots of laughter and even some great bowling. Which ended in a win for the Friends.

After the game a superb meal was had by all and a cake baked especially for this occasion was cut by the founder members who played in the game. After the meal the Captain of the day, Tony Allcock M.B.E. presented the club with a plaque to remember the game.

All in all a fantastic day for all concerned.