Category Archives: 2014

Report from Tony Allcock on the Barlestone Game

Tuesday 24th June 2014

The ‘Leicester Mercury’ reported on 9th July 2014, ‘Barlestone celebrated their 25th
anniversary with a match against the Friends of Bowls England, captained by Tony Allcock.
Former indoor and outdoor world bowls champion Allcock, from Thurmaston, captained a
team of mixed men and women. The visitors won by three shots in a close game.’

It was an honour to Captain the Friends and to play my opening match of the season (after 8
months) on this occasion. The club had just celebrated its 25th anniversary and as I had left
Leicestershire before the club was formed I had never visited before. There was however, a
quirky experience – although I had never been to Barlestone Club, I had actually played on the
green before!!! The turf was from the former St Margaret’s BC in Leicester and removed in
1968. A former club where both my Mother and Father along with their son, a curly haired
blonde teenager had played many matches!

The sun shone, the club were fantastic in their hospitality and to win the prize for the highest
winning rink was a bonus (thank you the other three players in the rink for doing this!!!)

Friends vs Wilton Bowls Club

Thursday 19th  June 2014

We arrived on a warm sunny day at Wilton Bowls Club  and went on to Wilton Retail Park behind the club to find our lunch. Then duly refreshed we started the match. The green was quick and, with much laughter, the lead was fought for.

After the game we  had a lovely salad and the speeches were made.

Kath Lloyd was captain for the day for Friends, and explained that Geoff and Dawn Toomer, who are both captains at Wilton, are great long time friends of Adie and Kath and hence the friendly match.

Geoff gave Adie the proceeds of a spider, £50, for Adie’s charity of the year, Dorothy House Hospice. Thank you everybody.

Thank you to Margaret Morris of Oxford and Eileen Rowden of Leicester for finding time in their presidential year to support us. Thank you to Wilton BC for giving us a lovely day. ( The day was also Geoff and Dawn’s wedding anniversary.)

Oh yes, we won 124 to 120

Friends vs Biggleswade Town B.C.

12th June 2014

We had a wonderful day at BTBC. The weather was first class and also the hospitality we received from the Members.

Tom Matthews from Essex did not arrive, but telephoned to say he was stuck on the M11 in 9 miles of traffic caused by a bus that was gutted by fire. As he did not clear the jam until after our match had started he abandoned his journey to Biggleswade. Fortunately the Club’s President Jean Cooper was free to play for us and slipped into my rink as three and I moved to skip.

An excellent luncheon was provided for all the visitors and a three course after match meal. The contractor maintained green was good and ran well. The Friends won by 16 shots – 127 for 111 against. Pens were presented to the 24 BBC players.

After the meal, Jean Cooper the BTBC President presented the history of the Club following which Dave Perryman covered the match result. I then thanked the Club for inviting ‘The Friends’, explained that I was also celebrating my 60th anniversary of starting my working life in Biggleswade. I gave my memories of Biggleswade in 1954 when I started my Banking career at Lloyds Bank Biggleswade and my mother and father’s involvement in Bedfordshire bowls.

A Draw followed with the proceeds going to the local hospice.

Mike Poole

Friends vs Bowls Wiltshire Men

Tuesday 3rd June 2014
at North Wilts B.C.

Friends travelled to North Wilts B.C. for a match to celebrate the Wiltshire County 100th Anniversary.

After a very nice lunch a friendly and competitive match was played on a day mixing sunshine and drizzle with the Friends eventually winning a close match.

County President Dave Richards welcomed all the Friends and presented them with an 100th Anniversary booklet on the history of the County. He then presented a 100th Anniversary plaque to the captain of the Friends.

Friends Captain of the day Geoff Hunt thanked the President and the Club for their generous hospitality and congratulated the caterers for a wonderful meal. He then related two separate versions of ‘ The Moonrakers Story ‘ which he had taken from the Wiltshire History of the County.

He related that the match was unique in that there was a Wiltshire man President of Bowls England and the match was being played at his own club to celebrate the Wiltshire Centenary. He later presented the Anniversary plaque to President Adie Lloyd to hang in the club.