By Dawn Slaughter

Saturday 22nd September – Crunch Time 2.00 pm

The day is soon to be here with the final event of the outdoor season on what has been an amazing green, thanks to Trevor our greenkeeper.  It’s so wonderful to be able to bowl not heave!

So, the Ladies are hoping to retain their winning streak over the men as they did at the start of the season.  They have been mentally and physically training themselves for this match with several inspiration emails going back and forth.  Are the men doing the same, I wonder?

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Sunday 26th August – Soggy Annual BBQ, but did it matter ….?

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As you will see from the video (hope it works – thanks Audrey!), no, it didn’t!

Margaret B did a fantastic job co-ordinating the whole event with support team in the kitchen Of Beryl B & SHirley O, Alan B and Brian C out under umbrellas and what-have-you manning the BBQ and Laurence and Dawn provided the indoor games with golfing challenge PuttOut (won by Laurence who donated the prize money to the RNLI); bowling sponge ‘bowls’ into a scoring wedge (no firm results there as it took a while for anyone to score with only 4 bowls – they needed a few goes); and last-man-standing Dan Headland taking the Crazy Golf-Bowls title after a four way play out over one extended hole which took them all six goes before the other three were disqualified for knocking down the hurdle!

Many thanks to everyone who came – all 50+ – and lovely to see lots of generations of the Curwood family including two tinies.

A big, big thank you to Margaret and helpers.  I don’t think she sat down from when she got to the club at 8.30 am to when she left at 7.30 pm.  Absolutely brilliant!  There are a few photos on the Cambridge Park Facebook page.

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A quiet weekend ahead although Cathy T is in the Final of the Middlesex O55 Singles playing Rose M of Rosedale Park at Hayes BC on Sunday.  We wish her the best of luck.

Friday night leagues are on 31st August and 7th September and the Club Finals are over the weekend of 8th/9th September.  Cathy will post the timetable after the last semi-final is played on Monday 4th.

Saturday 25th August – Mixed Friendly v The Royal Household

Although we don’t have the acres of land surrounding our bowls green as the Royal Household has, we do have a great green and everyone who played on Saturday had a good time.  Banter was in full swing across the green but I think George’s rink took first place for being the noisiest!  They were also, unfortunately, up against the RH’s top rink so they did come away with very elegant glasses which is a benefit of being last!

Our top rink was Brenda and Dave S with Brian N who had one of those days where he could have bowled blindfold through his legs backwards and still drawn to the jack! (He also played well in the Drawn Mixed Pairs Club Competition on Monday morning!)

Gerry was Captain of the Day and admitted running to Costco for the sandwiches rather than making them himself.   Dawn made some cakes and there was a very fine fruitcake made by Club Captain Norman which went down a treat.  Jane and Laurence manned the bar and nearly every CP member joined in to clear up and wash up.  A great team event!

Another Handkerchief Required – Allan Farnden

Sadly, Alan lost his health battle on Tuesday 7th August.  The funeral will be on Wednesday 29th August.  11.00 am at Hanworth Crematorium with refreshments afterwards to celebrate his life, share memories and anecdotes and support Val.  (There will be no morning roll up this Wednesday.)

He was such a lovely gentle giant of a man with an impish sense of humour even on the days he was feeling rough.  Val has been a wonderful carer for him and we send her our deepest sympathies and warmest hugs.

A Win then a Loss for our Girls in Leamington

Well done to Jean, Nadine, Ann & Cathy who won the Middlesex Fours to secure a place at the National Championships in Leamington again.

As defending champions, they were the team to beat!  They had a convincing win of 25-8 against Durham B in the first round but, alas, couldn’t quite cut the mustard in round 2 and went out to Suffolk B.  Our other Middlesex Four from West Ealing also suffered the same fate.

Their opponents from last year’s final from Surrey, also went out in the second round.  It’s not ” all on the day” for us club players, it happens to everyone at every level.  Bowls is a good leveller and you have to learn to take defeat on the chin – you will always have more losses than wins!

Sunday 22nd July – Mixed v Mackie Bowls

The weekend ended with all six rinks in use again – shows how good the green really is to take that much play over three swelteringly hot days – when we hosted Mackie Bowls (from Brighton) for their annual away-day match.

It was a win for Cambridge Park across the rinks with some sneaking up on their opponents like tortoises crossing the winning line.  There’s nothing wrong with a slow start as long as you don’t leave it too late to catch up!

Some of the non-playing supporters took themselves off down the river – a good place to be in those temperatures while the others enjoyed a cool drink and watching others exert themselves!  It was a lovely afternoon with friendly banter up and down the rinks and only the odd grump – put it down to the heat!

Norman was allowed out of the kitchen and I’m not sure how Kim, Martin,  Kerry, Ellie  and Sam managed to produce dinner for 70 in there without wearing swimming costumes!  Thank you to them and to Dawn, Laurence and Ann behind the bar.

Our next 6-rinker is Thursday 2nd August when the Friends of English Bowling come for a long-planned match.  We’re looking forward to taking them on, although they are a formidable side!

What a Middlesex Weekend that was!

It all started on Friday when the Middlesex Ladies took on Surrey across all 6 rinks.  The groundsman assisted with extra watering from Jane, Terry & Laurence during the previous fortnight, had the green in a fantastic condition with 90% grass visible and only the odd patch of brown.

There were up and down scores across the rinks and Middlesex lost by just one single shot overall.  Margaret, Sheila and Audrey served all the players and officials with teas/coffees on arrival; Kim, Martin, Kerry & Ellie served an excellent meal and Jane and Ann were keeping everyone hydrated with soft and alcoholic drinks from behind the bar.

On Saturday, with the sun blazing down on the green, the Middlesex Ladies had their Finals Day for all the National Competitions.  Although the majority of the finalists in the various disciplines would be heading off to represent the county at the National Championships in Leamington next month, the winners and runners up of the Unbadged Singles and the runners up in the Senior Fours have to be satisfied with County glory!  That’s pretty good in itself!

Singles Championship – Sue B beat Janine – both from West Ealing

Unbadged Singles – Karen Ryan (West Ealing) beat Carol Daines (Ashford)

2 Bowl Singles – Jane P (Broomfield) beat Frankie C (Brentham)

Pairs – Sue B & Megan H beat Janine and Lu – all from West Ealing

Triples – Birthday girl Sue A, Maureen & Sarah from Holtwhites beat Mandy, Angela and Cynthia from Ladygate

Senior Fours – Phil, Elaine, (apologies)   & Kay S from Hurlingham Park beat Wanda, Jo, and (apologies again)  from North London

and last, but not least – the Cambridge Park – Cathy, Nadine, Jean & Ann beat Sue, Lu, Janine and Karen from West Ealing in the not-so-old-girls Fours!

Sarah H had kindly provided Norman with a pinny, oven gloves etc and he cut a dash in the kitchen preparing Ploughman’s Lunches.  Sheila M, Audrey were serving teas/coffees/cake all day and both looked exhausted by the end of the day.  Beryl B assisted Sheila & Audrey in the morning and Rita McD and Sarah H volunteered to help and were roped in for later in the afternoon.  Jane and Ann did a great job behind the bar too.  Laurence & Dawn marked two of the finals as their contribution.

It was lovely that so many people came to support their teams then stayed to enjoy most of the singles’matches before heading off home.  Thank you.

Thanks also to the Middlesex Executive who, without a specific Competition Secretary, all joined forces to run the competitions throughout the season and did all the admin on Finals Day.  On top of all their other committee tasks, they did a grand job and all of us players are very grateful to their diligence and commitment to the County on our behalf the whole year round.

Funeral Details – Rita Fenton, Jean Jacobs, Joe Liddlle

Oh dear, not a good time for friends and families of these three longstanding members.  I’m sorry but I thought it better to put details in one post in order.

Joe Liddlle – Tuesday 24th July at 11.20 am at Hanworth Crematorium with refreshments afterwards at Hampton Bowling Club, where Joe played his outdoor bowls.  Please let Jane W know if you wish to go to refreshments as she will pass the details on.

Jean Jacobs – Tuesday 24th July 1.00 pm at Hanworth Crematorium – for those going for refreshments – please let Jane W know and she will pass details to the family.

Rita Fenton – Wednesday 1st August at 11.20 am at Hanworth Crematorium and afterwards at Cambridge Park BC.  Please let Jane know if you wish to attend

That’s a very sad list of diary dates.  Apologies.