On Thursday June 23rd the Friends visited Harrogate Bowling Club to play our third and final game in Yorkshire.
It was a very warm day with not too much sunshine. Perfect bowling weather. We were warmly greeted with cups of tea on arrival and this was followed by a lovely buffet lunch.
We were delighted to be invited to help celebrate the 85th birthday of the club which is set in stunning Valley Gardens.
President Muriel Hawley welcomed us to the club as did Sue Wallace, the captain for the day.
A most enjoyable game took place with lots of laughter on every rink. Lots of new friends were made and it was good to catch up with old ones.
We southerners are used to much faster rinks but over the three games we had obviously built up our muscles as we managed a win for the first time in Yorkshire.
A delicious meal, cooked by Joan, was served, aided by her helpers.
A certificate was then presented to the club to commemorate our visit
Days like this do not just happen and a lot of work and organization goes into them. Cyndy Lee, captain for the day, thanked everyone concerned for such a splendid day. Thanks were also given to Adie and Kath for arranging such a superb mini tour to Yorkshire.
Can we do it again next year please.
The second of three matches in Yorkshire was played today at Northallerton Bowling Club, who proved wonderful hosts. The Friends were welcomed with an excellent buffet lunch before the game, complete with jelly and ice cream, the green was in excellent condition and the weather just about perfect for bowls.
Regrettably the Yorkshire team had not understood the meaning of the word friendly, and proceeded to win on five rinks with a score of 126 – 89! The Friends rink skipped by Terry James were our only winners and then only by one shot!
The ladies of the Northallerton club served both teams with a hot meal after the game, including pie and mushy peas, and this rounded off a day memorable for everything except the result!
Members of the Friends from twelve different counties played in this game, and all enjoyed the hospitality shown to us by the Northallerton Bowling Club.
The Yorkshire B.A. generously donated half of the raffle proceeds to the Friends.
On arrival we were greeted with a cup of tea by our friend, the lovely Marianne
The first of the three Matches in Yorkshire was held at York R I bowls club against a York and District B A team led by their President John McCarthy.
In perfect weather conditions and on a beautifully maintained green, we enjoyed a close game which resulted in a win for York by 120 – 117 shots. 9 counties were represented in the Friend’s team and it was a chance to renew old acquaintances and meet new friends.
The ladies of the club provided us with a good buffet lunch and an excellent hot meal after the match and the club generously donated half the proceeds of the raffle and spider to the Friends.
It was a day much enjoyed by all who took part.
On a very overcast and weather threatening day a team from the Friends met up at West Ealing Bowls Club on Tuesday 7th June to a really warm welcome from the club and its members .
The play on the green was lively and noisy and great friendships were made. The green played very well and kept us all enthralled.
The Friends put up a very good performance but ended up losing by 12 shots mainly caused by one rink losing by 20 shots. (mine!!)
Great speeches after the game and some usual banter there was even a risqué joke, which was enjoyed by all present.
To sum up great company and really interesting bowls, a bowls club I for one would gladly visit again.
Thringstone, Leicestershire. 24/05/2016
We all knew there was no lunch to be had at Thringstone Bowling Club, but it did not stop the club supplying plenty of hot drinks , biscuits and crisps for us; lovely.
The day was fine and we had the match to look forward to. The captain of the day was himself, our Match Secretary, Adie, and as usual he had it all under control, but could he get the Friends to win, no.
The Friends played well and made friends, the most important thing, but the team against us was too strong. This did not stop us from enjoying the day at a club that came from coal mining days in Leicestershire. The club has a good social room and bar where we had our after match meal. A help yourself to a proper quiche, pie, meat, cheese salad with plenty of hot potatoes and buttered bread. Captain of the day, Adie cornered the top rinks giving them prizes and then presented the club with a framed certificate of our visit for the day.
Our thanks go to Mick Carrington, who organised the club for our visit and to all his helpers, who made it such a success and those who made it an excellent draw. All good wishes to their thriving junior section and all the members of their club.
On Monday 23rd May the Friends had their first game of the season against Hinckley Bowls Club.
We were made extremely welcome by all the members. The weather was kind to us and it did not rain. In fact the sun shone for most of the time.
The President & Hon. Secretary Frank Barrett, greeting Match Secretary Adie Lloyd.
The chef, Darrell, made us a wonderful meal of stewed steak, vegetables and dumplings. Most of us had seconds – some even had thirds.
Darrell – the man who gave us a wonderful meal
Friends from all over the country came to play and I am sure they were all delighted to have been there.
Captain of the day was Tony Allcock and he made a very nice speech at the end of the meal letting everyone know how much the Friends did for bowls.
You could say that it was a draw as we won three games each. But honesty prevails and I have to admit that Hinckley won on shot difference.
Our grateful thanks to Frank Barrett for organizing such a splendid day for the Friends.
If the rest of the games this season are as much fun as this one then we are in for a great 2016.