Thursday 19th September 2013
Both teams made their way to Kidlington on a wet cold day. Summer seemed to have deserted us. Kidlington Bowls Club made us all welcome with a set ham salad lunch provided by the Vice presidents.
All the players went out in warm and waterproof kit to find the afternoon slowly turning into a sunny day and a pleasure to be bowling. Some say it was a draw, because each side won three rinks, but the Friends had more shots so we counted it as a win.
The club produced a roast beef meal, followed by chocolate gateau and cheese and biscuits after the match. No chance of going home hungry. Adie Lloyd and John O’Shea gave short speeches and gave out presents, and a raffle concluded a day of celebration for the Oxfordshire VP’s Fiftieth Anniversary. Best wishes for the next fifty years.
Thank you Kidlington BC for the use of your club and your hard work.
This was the Friends last match of the season. Thank you everybody for your support and your infectious enjoyment. Winter well.
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.
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
Tuesday 9th July 2013
The Club had great pleasure in the Friends agreeing to join it in its celebrations of its Golden Jubilee. It could not have been a better day in all respects, the camaraderie was obvious and the banter infectious. The perfect illustration of the fun of bowling.
The Club reported that it was a memorable day and its members thanked the Friends for the gifts that marked the occasion.
The Friends Captain of the Day Marcia Pearce was thanked for her post match kind words. She spoke so well and her humour was much appreciated.
It was a long way for the Friends players to travel and the Scole club members hoped that they were as thrilled by the day as they were.
The Scole Club wished every success to Adie Lloyd for arranging the game and to all the Friends.
Sunday 23rd June 2013
We came eventually past the entrance to Warwick Castle, down a cobbled street surrounded by very old houses, to be ushered through a small arch in the buildings to find a car park specially reserved for us by the green. The green is set in idyllic surroundings, river, castle, club house and tennis courts.
We were all warmly welcomed and wanted for nothing, except not to have heavy rain when one rink was still on the green.
In the lovely club house was a notice board with details of the Friends and photographs of the Committee, and details of the Club. It was very impressive.
The lunch buffet made you want to be greedy and the after match meal was delicious. At the meal we were joined by the Club President and Club Captain, who explained about the Club sections, the Boat Club being 152 years old and the Bowls 111 years old.
Rosemary Ellman-Brown, Bowls England President and Captain of the Day thanked the Club for a superb day and Kath Lloyd gave a short explanation of the history and purpose of the Friends. Warwick Councillor Rose, who also came for the day explained how much Warwick and Leamington Spa were looking forward to 2014 when Bowls England Headquarters, Championships and Internationals will be settled at Leamington Spa. We thank her for the help being given to Bowls England.
We won the match, had a special day and it was hard to leave.
NB – All of the present Bowls England Presidential team attended this day. This was a first for the Friends.
Thank you to all of the Friends who came and a big thank you to Warwick Boat Club, Bowls Section.