The Friends and Worcester Bowls Club – still friends after the game
On Wednesday 2nd August The Friends had the honour to visit Worcester B.C. to help them celebrate their 150th Anniversary.
As the players arrived at the club the weather was not kind and it was drizzling with rain and not very warm.
After a nice lunch the teams took to the green carrying waterproofs but in the event these were not necessary and it turned into a very pleasant afternoon.
It was a very competitive and friendly match with close games across most rinks with the green playing well. The Friends just shaded the final result but it was later agreed to call the match a draw as it ended 3 rinks each.
Sheila and Jan – the smiley ladies who provided us with a buffet lunch and supper
After another pleasant meal and with President Ian Hunt coping with the bar, Club Captain Arthur Jackson welcomed The Friends team and explained more about the celebrations that had already taken place. He introduced members of the club including wife Jan Jackson dealing with the catering and presented Rink winners with a towel celebrating the Anniversary.
In reply Friends Captain for the day Geoff Hunt confirmed the honour to bring a team for the celebration. It was a remarkable achievement 150 years, founded 1867, when Queen Victoria still had 34 yrs of her Reign outstanding.
He tried to imagine back to those days and all the old photographs we had seen of gentlemen wearing winged collars and bowler hats, But we had to remember that they were the champions of their day and their names were on the Winners Boards.
He reminisced that Worcester B.C were one of the 6 clubs who founded Worcestershire County Association in 1930 when the club was already 63 yrs old. The Inaugural Meeting had been held at Worcester B. C at this ground in the old pavilion which had been on the other side of the green.
He then explained a little about the history of The Friends and introduced the 5 Committee members at the game and that players had travelled from 11 different counties to be present.
He thanked the Catering and Bar for the Day and finally presented Captain Arthur with a framed Certificate celebrating the day.
Captain Arthur, Captain of the Day Geoff and President Ian
We all then departed for home after a very successful day, just as the rain began to fall.
Three old friends who insisted on having their picture taken and added to the report