Tuesday September 22nd
Tuesday September 22nd
On a lovely day ‘The Friends’ received a very warm welcome from the Members of White Hill Bowling Club, the Bowls England Club of the Year Runner-Up and holder of the D’Arcy Drayton Cup. Bacon butties were enjoyed at lunchtime where the Club’s Vice President John Foster was the chef.
Tuesday September 8th Herts Bowling Club
Herts (Watford) Bowls Club hosted the Bowls England President’s Team match versus ‘The Friends’ where Sue Sayers, Hertfordshire Bowls Ladies President was Captain for the day. On a fine day the green played well, after both teams had enjoyed an excellent lunch and had a group photograph taken.
After a first class meal Sue Sayers, who is a Member of Herts BC, welcomed the Friends to her Club and made comments about the closely contested match. Mike thanked George, the Herts Bowls Club President for everything his Club had done to make the day such a success – Mike congratulated the caterers and Bar Steward for looking after everybody so well, following which gifts were exchanged and Mike presented a Personal Certificate to Marcia from ‘The Friends’. Mike concluded he speech by proposing a bumper toast to Marcia BE President and all of the BE players.
East Leake Bowls Club, Nottinghamshire, 40th Anniversary 05/09/2015
Every club sets the day out differently, and this day we were charged to find our own lunch. This was no hardship, for East Leake is a lovely village, and just right for exploring and buying food you should not eat for lunch.
The green is situated in a park, with one side next to a big children’s playground, and the other side next to a car park, the village hall and the parish council offices. It is at the tip of Nottinghamshire before you go into Leicestershire. (The village fete was on in the hall and in it was a runner bean at least three foot long.) The weather was sunny, and Captain of the day, Adie Lloyd, ticked our players present, and, when ready, out they went to do their best. However, the home team, which included one of the Nottinghamshire men’s triples, who went to Leamington, played well and we could not match them. At half time we went in for a full salad!
Further sabotage. We all enjoyed it. After, East Leake Captain, Sue Mac.,welcomed us to the club. After the match, Adie made a speech and gave out his coasters to the top rinks. AND there were five big gateau’s and flans AND a huge amount of cheese and biscuits to eat after the match. Perhaps we should not have eaten any lunch? Thank you East Leake for making us so welcome and giving us a thoroughly enjoyable day.
Can we come back one day?
Friday 4th September
We arrived on a fresh chilly morning to a warm welcome by Newark Bowls Club, which is situated near the centre of Newark, a historic and interesting town. First in the program was lunch, a fresh sandwiches and homemade cake buffet, very nice, and tea, coffee, beer and wine. The drinks were served over a small bar at the end of the kitchen. Well wrapped up and with hand warmers we went out to do our best on the Newark green, which is used by Nottinghamshire for their Middleton cup matches. Before the match we played a spider, which raised £50 for the club. The home side were strong, with two rinks from other clubs, so we let them win, very friendly. Back to the socialising and the after match meal, and what a meal. The ladies had made a beef hotpot for each table plus fresh vegetables. There were soon “Olivers” asking for more. Next there was homemade scones with fresh cream and jam, followed by cheese and biscuits. A truly scrumptious meal. Thank you ladies. Captain of the Day, Adie Lloyd made a speech on behalf the Friends thanking Newark Bowls Club for giving us a very lovely day, never mind being beaten in the match. He awarded the highest winning rinks on both sides with his coasters and presented a Friends framed Certificate to the Club. Geoff Wilkinson replied for the club saying how pleased they were to see the Friends from so many different counties (14). He presented Adie with a small gift and told us a story to to make us laugh. Then Maz Gardner (Notts. Ladies IPP) joined in with another story and more laughter. Well it was home time, time to say goodbye to new and old friends and unravel the car park. THANK YOU for Newark Bowls Club for a really special day.
Thursday August 27th
12 rinks spread over two greens at the hallowed turf of Leamington commenced a game between the Friends of English Bowling versus a Presidents select team from Bowls England led by their President Marcia Dunstone. A Massive undertaking.
The game was played in a very variable weather situation, rain one minute and glorious sunshine the next.
The Bowls England team had many stars in their side even Tony Allcock MBE the Chief Executive of Bowls England joined in.
There was so much noise and laughing on the greens that I thought the occupants in the houses alongside the green might complain.
The game finished with a win for Bowls England 213 – 186 winning on nine rinks to three however it was deemed a draw as the friends of English Bowling won on E Green and the Bowls England team on D Green.
There followed a meal at the Royal Navy Club (with much thanks to them) a very enjoyable time with like-minded company.
A really fantastic day, cannot wait until next year when we get the chance to do it all again.
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.