Category Archives: 2019

Friends v. Bowls Wiltshire

Bowls Wiltshire v Friends of English Bowling – 22nd June 2019

The second game of our Wiltshire mini tour was played at Salisbury B.C.   Following coffee and tea for the earliest arrivals, a buffet lunch was provided before the match, which was to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the formation of the unified Bowls Wiltshire.

Although there was some confusion over the start time (not among the Friends), the match finally got under way in brilliant sunshine – perfect conditions for a most enjoyable game.  Three winning rinks each made for claims of a drawn match but the Friends had to be content with coming second, the score being 112-128.  The Captain of the Day, Graham Annetts, presented the top rinks from both sides some summer liquid refreshment, along with small tokens of encouragement for those who fared less well.

Thirteen counties were represented in the Friends team and several Wiltshire members of the Friends played for the opposition. (Cards marked for the second day running!)


Four of the hard working kitchen team: thanks to Sandra, Di, Nancy, Rosie, Anne, Frank & Valerie

A tasty meal, provided by the ladies of the Salisbury Club (thank you ladies) followed and the Friends managed a narrow win in the raffle which completed the day’s proceedings.

It was a great pleasure for the Salisbury Club (who have five members of the Friends amongst their number), to welcome the Friends and Bowls Wiltshire to their club, and a most enjoyable day was had by everyone.   Thanks to Maddie for taking the pictures, and to all the Friends for coming to our club.


Friends v. Downton BC

Downton BC with Friends, looking forward to the game

Downton Bowling Club is the most southern Bowling Club in Wiltshire in beautiful countryside, and where we started our Wiltshire long weekend on Friday 21st June.

Teas and coffees were provided for our players and visitors arriving from eleven different counties, and at 12.30 pm we were treated to a buffet in the bar.  After eating too much (again) we went out to play our match in warm sunny weather…but what was this? some of our members playing for Downton!   (mark their cards)  We are all Friends or friends so no matter.   Anyway we won and so no stewards’ enquiry.

Hard working team : Jenny, Ann, Rosemary, Janet & Barbara


Sandy is busy behind the bar – thank you Sandy!

We sat down in the big room by the bar for our after-match meal,  delicious cottage pie, fruit & ice cream, followed by a generous selection of cheese and biscuits.  Lovely.  Neil Gillespie, Downton ‘s Captain of the day (Bowls Wiltshire Treasurer), made us very welcome.  He mentioned how nice it was for Downton members to meet present and past Bowling Officials from round the country.  Adie Lloyd, our Captain of the day, thanked the Downton members and the Friends for making such an enjoyable day.  He presented top rink prizes to both sides, Kath’s preserves again;   finally ending with a generously prized raffle.

Captains of the Day -Neil Gillespie and Adie Lloyd (presentation of Certificate)

Thank you Downton, thank you ladies for the excellent food, thank you to all the helpers. The day was special.

Friends v. Market Overton 12th June

Market Overton BC and Friends – looking forward to a game without rain

This is like a home from home for some of the Friends’ members.

We were warmly greeted, in dry weather (!), with coffees, teas and biscuits.  What a lovely club this is; a good size clubhouse, a cosy bar and a green which is improving each year, all tucked away in a picturesque village in Leicestershire.

Annette Oliver, Pam Edwards & Ann Cusdin – our hard working caterers!

There was a very ample cheese and pate ploughman’s lunch and soup for us at midday and after we went out to play, in dry weather(!).  “ Play until it rains” was the order of the day and despite the very heavy rain for days, the green played well and we achieved 18 ends in dry weather(!).




Rain clouds ? What rain clouds ?


Our hosts were kind and we won, which was nice after playing indoors in Lincolnshire twice and losing. Tony Allcock was our Captain of the Day and we all celebrated his birthday, his OBE, his civil partnership and his election to Chair of the Kennel Club.  Congratulations Tony.   He thanked the club and all the volunteers, who, he said, could never be thanked enough in any club and he also thanked the Friends, who have taken the association above and beyond his hopes and expectations in 2005.




Hard working and multi-tasking Jeannie Hutton with bar man Sid Forbes

Adie Lloyd presented the club with the Friends’ framed certificate as a memento of our visit.  Thank you, President and Captain Mike, and Annette and all your helpers for a lovely day.  It is right that you cannot thank people enough for their hard work.

We all want to come again and hope to help celebrate your 75th anniversary next year, playing in DRY weather(!).

Adie presenting President Mike Parkes with Certificate

Friends v. Hykeham BC 11th June

Hykeham & Friends standing proud before the game on blue ‘turf’

Another day of torrential rain in Lincolnshire and our game at Hykeham BC was in jeopardy, however with his magic touch Adie Lloyd cleverly negotiated with Lincoln & District Indoor Bowling Club and for the second day running The Friends played their game in the dry!    We were initially met at Hykeham’s clubhouse and were welcomed with a warm drink before we moved on to the indoor venue.   Whilst the Friends’ performance improved from yesterday, we were still out-manoeuvred by Hykeham our hosts,  who had a convincing win, captained by Ernie Broughton.

The Kitchen Team (l-r) June, Jenny, Helena, Toby, Sue & Sandra. Thank you !

It was still raining as we made our way back to their clubhouse after the game, but the fellowship as always after a game was second to none, and we tucked into our tea provided by June, Jenny, Helena, Toby, Sue and Sandra.

Hykeham’s Captain Ernie Broughton





The Chairman of the club, John Wilcock addressed the players, warmly welcoming Friends of English Bowling and apologising for the dreadful weather we were experiencing in Lincolnshire!  Adie Lloyd, our Captain of the day, in his reply thanked the club for their hospitality and was pleased to congratulate Hykeham’s highest rink –  Billy Cook, Nick Daniels, John Scholey & Jeff Barlow.



Adie presenting Chairman John with a reminder of our day together

Adie went on to present John with a framed certificate in celebration of our day together.

It was still raining when we all left the clubhouse…..  we really must come back and see Lincolnshire in the sunshine!

Friends v. Horncastle BC – 10th June

Horncastle BC & Friends pre-match line up – in the dry!

Well, what could have been a disaster turned out well.   The rain was unforgiving and meant an outdoor game would be impossible.   We were so lucky to have the facilities of Horncastle & District Indoor Bowls Club to save the day.   Whilst a good many of us had not played indoors we were all more than happy to ‘have a go’.

Thank you (l-r) Tricia Rapley, Tricia Sholey, Darryl White, Lyn Gospel for a lovely lunch


After journeying in the rain what could be more inviting than a warm welcome, a warm clubhouse, a fantastic lunch – laid on by Tricia Rapley, Tricia Scholey, Darryl White and Lyn Gospel… so much appreciated.  And lets not forget John Scholey the ever important Bar Manager and Captain of Horncastle BC.



Multi-tasking John Scholey – Captain of Horncastle BC and ever important Bar Manager

President George Lancaster welcomed us all and handed over to the two Captains –  John Scholey, and Captain for the day for Friends – Carolyn Hunt.

The players were awarded with a magnificent carvery meal following the game which of course went a long way to healing the wounds from the beating the Friends took from their opponents!   The Friends were unable to out-perform on any of the 5 rinks.  Horncastle were the outright victors, helped in no small way by their highest winning rink – David Pill, Tony Kirby, Norman Burton and Ted Tasker.  It is traditional for Friends to recognise both side’s achievements and it was therefore only correct for Captain Carolyn to award her own teammates for the best scoring losers!  Her teammates were Richard Pearce, John Timms and skipped by Marcia Dunstone.

Carolyn brought the formalities to a close with a final presentation to President George Lancaster of a framed certificate to denote our day shared with Horncastle BC.   Although not the day originally planned, a good day with good friends.

Captain of the Day, Carolyn Hunt with George Lancaster, President Horncastle BC



Friends play Staines BC 21st May 2019

Staines BC and Friends line up for the pre-match photo-call

Today we commenced our programme of matches for the 2019 season.   On a wonderful sunny day we were royally entertained by our hosts Staines Bowls Club who are celebrating their Centenary this year.

It was a great afternoon of bowling enjoyed by all, and played in a competitive spirit, but in the relaxed social atmosphere that is a hallmark of these celebratory matches, with many new friends being made. The score was irrelevant although FOEB scored a few more than our hosts.  The best performing rink for Staines was Jane Billins, Alan Little, Roy Holdaway and captain Eric Moore who were playing against our Chairman’s rink.  FOEB’s best rink was Graham Searle, Pauline Biddlecombe, Jan Hunt and Spencer Kerley.  FOEB Captain for the day David Wederell congratulated the club on its historic milestone and wished them a happy and successful season, and a bright future so we could all come back in 2044 for the 125th!