Thursday 11th September 2014
Our Chairman Angela Harris was the Captain of the day for this, the last game of the season.
The ‘Friends’ were delighted to be invited to help Cheltenham Spa celebrate 90 glorious years.
On arrival we were treated to a wonderful buffet.
A most enjoyable game followed, which was won by the visitors.
The Bowls England President, Adie Lloyd, made a most welcome surprise appearance.
A superb meal followed the game.
This has been a very happy and successful year and we are all looking forward to more of the same in 2015.
Tuesday 9th September 2014
It was a perfect day with clear blue skies and one of the most picturesque settings for a bowls club. The club house is the original cow barn, complete with trough which is still in use – only it has been painted and is covered by a cushion and is now used as a seat. (Shirley – did you know!)
The members made us most welcome and we were delighted to be part of their 80th year celebrations. We were greeted with cups of tea, coffee and biscuits. A lovely buffet was served and then the teams were sorted out. As some of our players did not make it they were good enough to lend us two of their ladies. One of our guests was kind enough to play, with borrowed woods and shoes.
We started with a spider which was won by one of the opposition. At half time we had tea and lovely chocolate biscuits and after the game, which was full of laughter, a meal was served. The Friends won the match but had no idea how to win when it came to the raffle.
The only thing that spoilt this wonderful day was the traffic. Our players come from all over the country and the M25 made sure that most of the Friends had a horrendous journey. Four of our players had to give up the struggle and decided to cut their losses and return home. Great shame – Sue, Allan, Les and Ron, you missed out on a special day.
Wednesday 3rd September 2014
On arrival the players together with many Lady guests were provided with a pleasant
On a bright but slightly chilly day the match was played over 7 Rinks and in consequence
provided a very sporting green with a strong B.E. team proving too strong on the day.
After the match the players and guests sat down to a splendid meal enjoyed by all.
President Adie Lloyd welcomed everyone to his own club and presented spoons to the
highest winning rink from both teams who, interestingly, were the two end rinks from
The Friends captain of the day Geoff Hunt congratulated the club, caterers and bar staff
and confirmed how everyone had had a very enjoyable day.
He also presented Rink prizes to the winning Rinks.
Thursday 28th August 2014
The day started with blue skies and a few clouds. At 2.30 the heavens opened and we all thought, ‘Not again – both the B.E. games at Leamington cancelled.’
The AGM was held at 3 pm and when it had finished, much to our delight, so had the rain. We were greeted by a blue cloudless sky. In fact it turned into one of the nicest evenings we have had this year.
Twelve rinks played and lots of laughter was heard across the greens. Geoff Hunt was the captain of the day for the Friends and Michael Jennings was captain of the day for Bowls England.
On rink D the Friends had a good win. Alas, on rink E they did not fare too well and had a bit of a loss. So sorry folks but added together it meant a win for Bowls England
We had another good evening at the Royal Naval Club. Adie, as President of Bowls England, led the top table into dinner past the line of smartly turned out cadets. The Standard was then presented and the buffet meal for over 130 commenced.
Adie welcomed us all and spoke for Bowls England and Geoff spoke on behalf of the Friends.
A raffle took place with the proceeds going to Adie’s charity for the year which is Dorothy House Hospice
Thursday 14th August 2014
‘Friends’ and Bowls England players arrived from all over the country for this eagerly awaited game.
The day started as it meant to continue with heavy downpours. We saw the occasional break in the weather and a patch of blue appeared in the sky – but alas this did not last very long and at five o’clock it was decided to abandon the game.
We made our way over to the Royal Navy Association where we all relaxed over a drink and laugh. Peter McNulty then entertained us with a very difficult quiz. I do not think any of us will be going on Mastermind any time in the near future.
The top table was led into the room past a guard of honour consisting of well turned out cadets. They were then piped in and a lovely ceremony commenced where the Royal Navy standard was presented. The top table looked very impressive with beautiful flowers arranged by the ladies of Leamingon Spa and with the Bowls England flag on one side and the Royal Navy on the other.
A most enjoyable buffet meal for 120 was then quickly served followed by speeches from Senior Vice President Marcia Pearce and the ‘Friends’ chairman Angela Harris.
A raffle took place which raised £332 for President Adie’s charity which is Dorothy House Hospice.
Hung out to dry
‘Friends and Bowls England’ enjoying a friendly drink
Wednesday 30th July 2014
Another great day at Berkhamsted Bowls Club.
It was their second consecutive year as Runner Up as Bowls England’s Club of the Year and so our second visit.
They looked after us extremely well and made sure we all had a parking space, despite the problems they now have with parking.
The lunch was good and the main dinner of chicken was excellent.
Their green was good and fast and the Friends managed to win the game by 129 shots to 102 shots. Our winning rink was Margaret Morris, Allan Sayers, Philip Havord and was skipped by Michael White. They won by 28 shots to 13 shots.
After the meal, Barry Donovan the Captain of the day thanked the Club for its excellent support and congratulated it for its second year as Runner Up as Bowls England’s Club of the Year. He presented the President Trev with an award from the Friends in recognition of their award.
Another great day at Berkhamsted Bowls Club.
Monday 28th July 2014
Friends from many counties met at Thame BC as part of their 90th Anniversary Celebrations this year.
After a pleasant lunch prepared by club members, Captain of the Day, Marcia Pearce and the FoEB team were warmly welcomed on the green by Club President Hazel Westcott and Men’s Captain Vic Brooks.
Once the teams were announced the players made their way to the rinks and introduced themselves. It wasn’t long before the usual banter between bowlers started and sounds of laughter heard. Both sides seemed to be enjoying themselves and the scores for both on all 6 rinks were very close. However as the game progressed the Friends started to get ahead on 2 rinks and in spite of a spirited comeback by Thame bowlers on the Captains’ rink the Friends side skipped by Martin Salter kept ahead. Not by enough however to get Top Rink. This was awarded to Graham Rogers from Berks, Carolyn Hunt, Ray Keen (Bucks County President) & skipped by Kay Kerley (2004 EWBA President). The result of the match was a win for the Friends (135-102).
After a few spats of rain before the game started the threatening clouds retreated and the sun appeared through the clouds. After the end of the game we adjourned to the 22nd End. Adie & Kath Lloyd arrived to cheers before a most enjoyable meal was served by the club members.
Men’s Captain kept us amused with his speech as well as sharing their plans for the future. He gave a gift to each of the FoEB players as a memento of the day. Marcia responded with thanks to all the club for their hospitality, gave top rink prizes for both sides and small gifts to the kitchen workers, followed by a presentation to Captain Vic of a Framed Certificate from FoEB as a reminder of our visit. We look forward to being invited again when they get their new clubhouse..
Friends v. Thame – the two teams celebrating 90 years of bowling
The ladies who fed us so well
Friends enjoying their lunch at Thame
The bar staff at work
Wednesday 23rd July 2014
The day started as it meant to continue, very hot, a few clouds and high humidity. We were met by a very nice gentleman in the car park who showed us where to leave the cars. He had spent the morning preparing the green, which looked and played beautifully.
We were greeted with cups of tea on arrival. Very welcome when you have travelled a long way. There were players from eleven counties playing for the Friends.
We had an excellent buffet lunch prepared by Janet and her helpers. Including some wonderful, home-made, cup-cakes.
Norman (the greenkeeper and car park attendant) was now dressed in his blazer and chain of office as the club President. He handed over the green and then rushed off and changed as he was to become our sub (one of our players did not show). A man of many talents.
The game was full of fun and laughter could be heard on all the rinks. We played a full game and when it finished we were all ready to go inside for a sit down and a cooling off.
We sat down to a five star meal, once again prepared by Janet and her helpers. Presents were exchanged, top rinks given prizes and amusing speeches given by both sides.
So ended a wonderful day, celebrating the centenary of the Buckinghamshire Bowls Association, with lovely people at a superb venue, which was greatly enjoyed by all. What a shame we lost by 5 shots.