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LEAMINGTON 2018 – page 2

Kings BC from Devon became the undisputed number one in England after winning the Men’s and Women’s National Top Club Competitions at Leamington on Sunday 16th September 2018

Kings BC Top Club Winners 2018

All together now ! Kings Bowling Club – Winners of both the Men’s & Ladies Top Club 2018


Amy Rose Bowl 2018

Congratulations Wiltshire who secured maiden Amy Rose Bowl Triumph

Tony Allcock Trophy 2018

Banbury Central secure the Tony Allcock Trophy – many congratulations

White Rose Trophy

Northamptonshire – pround winners of the White Rose Trophy

Andrew Broad of Cornwall is the Champion of Champions. Congratulations

Lancashire – the winners of the Balcomb Trophy

Edward Morris of Essex – the winner of the Two-Wood Singles

Gordon Williams from Suffolk the proud winner of the Senior Singles

Denise and Martin Butchers from the Isle of Wight – the winners of the Mixed Pairs

LEAMINGTON 2018 – page 1

Once again it is time for the Nationals at Leamington Spa.  Apart from the first aid tent we also support quite a few of the competitions.  Bob Saunders is good enough to let me choose the pictures I want to put on the site, for which I am very grateful.

Always in attendance is Martin, our onsite Medical Team and this year he has the lovely Sally to assist.  Hopefully they will not be needed and can have a restful few weeks.

On the first weekend the Middleton Cup and the John’s Trophy take place and Geoff Hunt (the Chairman of Friends) and his lovely wife Jan presented the cheques to the winners.


Leicestershire – the winners of the Middleton Cup who beat Devon in the finals

The Ladies from Surrey have once again won the John’s Trophy

The Family Pairs was won by father and son, Mark and Andrew Smith




The winners of the Senior 4s. Royal Wootton Bassett. It was so nice to see them win as earlier in the year the Friends had joined them to celebrate 90 glorious years.

Amy Gowshall – the winner of the National Two Wood championship

Paul Comley and Colin Whitehead from Oxfordshire. Winners of the Senior Pairs

Sussex – the winners of the Walker Cup


The Friends v Cambridge Park B.C.

Cambridge Park B.C. and their guests line up with the Friends before the match

What a lovely day yesterday at Cambridge Park. The Friends from ten Counties had travelled to play in the match and received a very warm welcome from captain Norman and President Nadine – too warm for some!

It was particularly pleasing for Jane and I to meet so many of our old clubmates. Thanks to FEB for asking me to be çaptain of the day.

Kim with her three helpers who fed us so well

Brilliant atmosphere throughout the game which we managed to lose by 9 shots 92 – 101.
Green bowled very well, on rink 5 anyway with Margaret Morris, Alan Parish helping Jane Taylor and I get top rink.
Top rink for Cambridge Park was Bernard Chapman, Coral Canard, Nadine Mullins and Jean Staples.

Nice to see so many of the club’s top players in a mistake week friendly.

Jane (don’t take my photo), who looked after our thirsty needs all day. Before and long after the match.

Captain Maurice presenting Captain Norman with a certificate to commemorate the day

The Friends v Ashford B.C.

Ashford, their guest teams and the Friends smile for the camera

Another sunny and hot day to enjoy.  We arrived at Ashford to be greeted by President Marion Bushnell and a banquet layout for our lunch.  Thank you it was all very much appreciatedby all the Friends.  Some had travelled some distances to Ashford from 12 Counties namely; Beds, Berks, Bucks, Essex, Hampshire, Herts., Kent, Northants, Oxon, Somerset, Surrey and Wiltshire.  Once refreshed and with the arrival of the club bowlers we made our way to the green. Bowls were grabbed from around the rinks to make a very large and colourful 100, and then we all posed behind them for the cameras.  Rinks were announced and before the start of the game we spread around the green, one foot in the ditch for the charity spider in aid of Diabetes UK.  The winner was the Ashford Club Champion, Colin Staples, whose father before him had been Club Champion (now it gets spooky) and his father before him had been a Founder Member and yes you’ve guessed it, had also been Club Champion.  This wasn’t the first time he’d won the spider either – he’d achieved that at the Bowls England game too.  Granddad must have been guiding the bowl!

President Marion and Captain of the Day Marcia Dunstone, share a joke on the green

















Two clubs, Egham & Staines had provided a guest rink each and they played in their club colours.  Staines bowling club are looking forward to their 100th Anniversary next year so an invite to the Friends for a match may well be on its way.

After the downpours of the weekend even the home players were struggling to get up the green.  President Marion had decided on a game starting with trial ends and then playing 18 ends.  There was the usual banter and joking across the green typical of our games.  It’s nice to get the win but it’s really all about enjoying the day and leaving your hosts feeling that all their efforts have been worthwhile.

The wonderful ladies who worked so hard and also played in the match

Marion disappeared after 10 ends to supervise the meal preparation and we continued with her replacement to a well deserved draw.   The results were 2 wins and a draw to us and 3 wins and a draw to Ashford.  President Marion claimed the win from that score line but I did point out if we adopted MC or JT scoring she had to give us another 10 points for the overall score so the Friends actually claimed the win.  Marion gave a very good resume of the Club’s history reading out snippets from a book produced for their 50th Anniversary.  The Club Champion turned out to be Marion’s cousin and her mother and aunt had both been County bowlers in their time.  Over the years the Club had provided 5 or 6 Middlesex Presidents including Marion, who subsequently went on to be National President in 2003 and has been the Sponsor of the Women’s Junior Pairs since 2004. It had been a splendid day for all of us, ending with lots of raffle prizes and a journey home.  Not so for our host.  Marion and partner Carole, after being on their feet all day, were going to the green to play a District Pairs…. Totally barmy!
ps. They won 20-15 and finished in the dark.

Captain of the Day Marcia presenting a memento of the day to President Marion

Match Result was FEB 106 and Ashford 97.
Staines four was their top rink and ours was Gordon Newman, Cyndy Lee, Michael Morris and Mick Skerry.


Marcia Dunstone

The Friends v Bradwell B.C.

The teams from Bradwell B.C. and the Friends

On Sunday July 29th, Friends from nine counties, including Somerset and the Isle of Wight descended on Bradwell Bowls Club to help them celebrate their 40th Anniversary.

The celebration cake which tasted delicious

We were greeted with cups of tea or coffee and a sumptuous buffet supplied by the President Bob Borg and the lady in charge of catering for the day, Cheryl.  Also available was the bar which was manned all day by D.J.

D.J. – who tended the bar from 11.30 until 19.30 to make sure we were well watered

The weather forecast was not very promising with a 60% chance of precipitation.  Delighted to say that we only had a few very light showers which did not spoil the game.  In fact if was lovely bowling out of the oppressive heat that we have been having lately.

After the formal greeting by President Bob (who then left the green to continue peeling the potatoes) a group photo was taken and then a spider took place, the proceeds of which went to the Moles.

President Bob Borg and Captain Dave greet the Friends on the green

The game then took place.  There was lots of laughter across the green and good and bad bowls played by all.  Unfortunately for the Friends we had more bad than good and Bradwell beat us by 14 shots.

Back in the clubhouse we were served with a magnificent hot, home made meal, including home made coconut cheese cake for dessert.

The raffle then took place and there were lots of super prizes won by members of both clubs.  The proceeds of which went to the clubs charity which this year is Starlight.

Captain Dave then made a short speech and told us a little about the club and how it started.  He also introduced us to one of the founding members.

Captain Cyndy then replied and told everyone a little about the Friends.  Top rink prizes were then presented to both sides and also to the losers.

Captain of the Day Cyndy Lee presents Captain Dave Hardway with a moment of the happy day

These days do not just happen and a lot of work and planning goes into them.  Thank you Bradwell, to the catering ladies (and Bob) to the bar man, a special big thank you to the green keeper Paul and to all your members for making this such a special day.

At the end of the day Cheryl has a well earned glass of wine together with Charmain