Category Archives: 2015

Friends v St Albans and District B.A.

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FoEB played St Albans & District Ladies on Wednesday 29th July on a sunny afternoon at Shire Park BC.  The club is in Tewin, a lovely village near Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.  The Celebratory occasion for the ladies led by their President Sylvia Pullen was their 40th Anniversary. This was a particularly special event for me as Captain of the Day.  I have known Sylvia and many of the St Albans ladies for many years as county players and the Association is a sister one to my own Watford & District Ladies BA in Hertfordshire, so I was delighted to be a part of their celebrations.  Shire Park is well known for its hospitality and didn’t disappoint on this occasion either. Club Captain Anne Gunn welcomed us onto the green and handed it over to President Sylvia.  A lot of laughter and banter on the rinks so I think everyone enjoyed themselves in the sunshine. The Friends won 127 – 95 and we had a top rink of Pam Cavill, Maddie McConomy, Mick Skerry and Richard Somerton. Eight counties were represented in the Friends’ team.  Thanks to all who attended and to Shire Park for their hospitality.


Friends v Bitton Park B.C.

Bitton Park B.C. Tuesday July 14th 2015

The second day of our sojourn to Devon. Very enjoyable.
Have you ever been to Bitton Park? It has a lovely setting uphill in a park
surrounded (not too close) by lovely trees and with a view looking over
the Teign Estuary and the bridge to Shaldon.
The welcome was good and lunch was tasty, fresh, plentiful and enjoyed by
the travellers. We met old friends and started being introduced to new friends.
Di Vodden, Bitton President and Adie Lloyd, Friends Captain of the Day
made short speeches on the green, the Friends gave out our celebratory pens
and play commenced. We had grey skies, but apart from a few spits we had no rain,
and it was warm.
At the finish of the game we were treated to an ample ham salad and new potatoes,
followed by fruit meringues with clotted cream.
Concluding speeches were given by Di, thanking us for coming, and by Adie, thanking them
for having us on their special day and congratulating Bitton on their 75th Anniversary.
Top rinks were called out and Adie gave out prizes. Bet you cannot guess what?………..
Hole punches. Knew you would not do it!
Thank you Bitton Park for a smashing day. Good luck with your bowling and your club.
We won over all but it was three rinks a side.


Friends v Newton Abbot B.C.

Newton Abbot.  Monday July 13th 2015
Friends from seven counties made their way to Devon for the first of two games on a “mini tour” to a beautiful part of the country.
Although it proved much easier to find the park that contained Newton Abbot BC than find a park for the car, we were warmly welcomed by Club President Ken and Captain of the Day David.
The club has excellent facilities and an enthusiastic membership, and an entertaining game was enjoyed by both teams, especially the Friends who managed to win by four rinks to two and overall by 32 shots. We all enjoyed the meal laid on by the Newton Abbot catering team and celebrated our win with the help of the bar staff!
A number of the Friends stayed overnight before the game in Teignmouth, and took the opportunity to explore Dawlish and Teignmouth after breakfast.
Thanks to Adie for arranging two games on successive days which made the trip to Devon worthwhile and most enjoyable.

Friends v Waddesdon B. C.

Waddesdon B.C.  Tuesday 23rd June 2015

The Teams

The Friends visited Waddesdon B.C. to help celebrate their 90th Anniversary.

The club is in the grounds of Waddesdon Manor set in rolling hills and woods and was a perfect setting with bright sunshine throughout the afternoon.

The green bowled perfectly and was a lovely pace.

Captain of the day Geoff Hunt and the Friends team were welcomed onto the green by club captain Dave Oxley and it was agreed to have a Spider before the match started and £35 was raised which the club donated to the Friends.

The Captains

Spider Losers

A very enjoyable and competitive match followed.

After a very nice tea Captain Dave welcomed the visitors and also explained his charity  ‘ Dreamflight ‘ to provide trips to Florida for permanently disabled children.

In reply Geoff explained the functions of the Friends and their support to outdoor bowling and also the exclusive benefits to individual Friends members.

He congratulated the club on its setting and the caterers and greenkeeper.

The Caterers

He then presented a framed certificate in recognition of their visit for their celebration.


Finally the Friends requested that the ‘ Spider Money’ should be given to the Childrens Charity.  Individual members of the Friends then made a personal donation to such a good cause.

Committee member Cyndy Lee, resting for the day took photographs to remember what was a lovely day

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.