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Tavistock BC – Game 3

Wednesday 18th May –  Sir Frances Drake  Bowls Club, Tavistock

Visiting Devon is always a pleasure, today was no exception and across Dartmoor to Tavistock was beautiful. We were early enough to delve into the pannier market and buy some treasures When we arrived at the bowls club, members were there to welcome us into the clubhouse extension,  which our Adie officially opened in 2014.

Ready to Play

Unfortunately just as we started to bowl the rain began and it rained on and off all of the game until it became heavy at 16 ends,  which ended the match.  However,  cold players sat down to a hot meal of slow cooked chicken with seconds, and a lovely choice of sweets with seconds also.  The club members did us proud.

The club Chair, Sue welcomed us  and thanked Adie for bringing a team back after his promise of 8 years ago to do so, and that it was so nice to see our members Aileen, President of Devon this year and Bill, JVP of Devon this year. Club Captain,Valerie, also welcomed us and thanked her members for all their help in the preparations for the day. Adie, our captain of the day, replied that it was always an absolute delight coming to Tavistock and how good it was to see two disabled players joining in.  He presented miniature bottles of preserves to the highest rinks on both sides.

The result of the match……..we were very friendly Friends losing 50 shots to 62 shots.

Thank you for such a lovely day. Can we come every year?

Plymouth Sir Francis Drake BC – Game 2

Tuesday May 17th   FoEB v Plymouth (Sir Francis Drake) BC

Ready for the game and dressed for the weather

Oh dear, the weather wasn’t looking so good, and it certainly proved not to be during the afternoon! 

The warm welcome we all received was not matched by the weather.   Our wets were donned and we began the game in the hope the rain would ease up but unfortunately it got worse.   The greenkeeper, Sam Allen, was concerned for the green, and a buffet lunch and a warm clubhouse decided the two captains to call a halt at 10 ends.

Bar Manager Andy Pater

Members from 10 different counties represented The Friends and were delighted to be invited to play at Plymouth St Francis Drake Bowls Club as part of their celebrations for reaching 100 years at their Whiteford Road site, and the club had great plans for the following weekend…  we do hope the weather improves.

With the bountiful buffet eaten prematurely and the two Captains having said their piece, we were able to return to the green and manage another 8 ends, mostly in the sunshine!!   This certainly called for a drink, and we all resumed to the clubhouse full of chatter…   Captain for the day for Friends, Carolyn Hunt, was finally able to present gifts to the highest winning rink for both sides, which just happened to be her and Captain Paul’s players with a 19-19 draw.  Overall Friends were beaten by 22 shots –  Ooops!

Paul receiving momento from Friends Cptn for the day, Carolyn


A certificate for the club was presented to Captain Paul Chudley to remember our time with them.

It might have been awful weather, but it certainly didn’t stop us all enjoying the afternoon, and the great company.  

Thank you Plymouth SFD Bowls Club.






Sawbridgeworth BC – Game 1

Sunday 8th May

Friends v Disability Bowls England and Chelsea Pensioners

A magnificent line-up

The Friends arrived early at Sawbridgeworth Bowls Club for our first committee meeting, this time face-to-face and not on-line, as we have been doing for some time. 

The happy workers – Thank you (l-r) Joan, Barbara, Natalie, Sue, Brenda and Dean at the back

The club made us very welcome, providing drinks and biscuits, and we finished our meeting as the DBE players arrived at lunch time, when the bar opened and freshly made rolls could be bought.

Shortly after this some of the Royal Chelsea Pensioners came in their own bus to join in with us.  Photos were taken of us all, the Chelsea Pensioners in their red coats, by many people including Steve Watson, DBE Chair for Bowls International.

Then the necessary cup of tea, the sorting of the rinks, and the match commenced in bright sunshine. 


We think the Friends won, but with 3 sides playing 1 match the scores were mixed.  However top rink and top score prizes of home-made preserves were given out by Kath, Friends’ chair and Captain of the Day.  Speeches were made by Kath, Paul, DBE’s Captain, Ron on behalf of the Chelsea pensioners, and Bob, President of Sawbridgeworth BC.

Elvis popped in – here he is posing with Doris

A lovely day.  Well done and thank you Sawbridgeworth BC for hosting us all, providing us with good food and drink. Highly recommended club, green and company.

A final thought between FEB and DBE.   Let’s make this an annual fixture organised alternately by FEB and DBE.

FEB’s turn next year.