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Potters Tour Review – at last!

Wow, what a week we had!  For the third year running, we’ve had a team in the Finals – Ann H, Dave Pitt, Roy B & Terry Pugh – although three of Ann’s team did come under the Cambridge Park “& Friends” mantle!  Theyw ere up against an incredibly strong team in the final from Erewash skippered by young international Russ Robinson.

But that wasn’t our only success ….. Bob & Frances D accompanied by their Bishop Duppas team members Carole & Ray K beat the Disability Bowls England that whopped Mike, Tina, Laurence & Dawn last year.  Bob played a shot you can only dream of on the final end to force the extra end.  Well, blow me down, but he only went and did it again with his final bowl and the DBE skip just pulled up short.  After a short Christmas Dinner where they didn’t want to over indulge, they went on to play the semi-final but couldn’t quite pull it together.  Still, it was a fantastic effort.

For the rest of us, we had a couple of teams that unfortunately didn’t win any of their matches then all the others won one, two or three out of the four matches.  It was all good fun and the international and bowlers’ bar greens play differently.  Quite a lot was down to finding the green quicker than your opponents.

Off the green, Laurence donned is Extra Curricular Activity Capt and organised Table Tennis, Table Football and Indoor Kurling competitions.

In a repeat of last year’s final, the outcome changed and John D (who came prepard with his 50 year old bat!) managed to beat Dave P.

Other winners were Laurecne & Wilma in the Table Football and Dave P & Terry P in the main Jurling Competition with Joan & Bernard winning the Plate competition in fine fashion!

Random photos below – but have run out of time again, so I’m afraid they’re a bit haphazaard!



Derek James RIP

We were very sorry to learn of the passing of Derek James last week at the grand old age of 95!

Derek had been a club member for many many years and a bowler of some standing who passed on his knowledge to new bowlers when starting out.

Over the last few years, he hadn’t been able to bowl but regularly delivered plants and seedlings he had grown with green fingers and love, donations for which went to the club.  A kind and generous man who will be missed by many.

Condolences to his son Graham and family

Funeral details will be posted when known.

Donations to Charity in Memory of Rita Wadge

Sharon, Rita’s daughter, has requested donations in memory of Rita can be given to either/both …

‘Pelion Animal Welfare Society’ – a charity that feeds, neuters and re-homes desperate Greek stray cats and dogs – Any cheques should be made payable to ‘Pelion Animal Welfare Society’. Or to ‘St Mungo’s’ – who are a charity for homeless people – Any cheques should be made payable to ‘St Mungo’s’. Both of these charities are small and do incredible work and we know Mum would have approved.

People just need to go to and then click the Online Donations button – top left. Then type in ‘Rita Wadge’ and choose which charity they want.

For those who do not wish to donate online, there will a collecting box at the crematorium or donations can be sent to the funeral directors c/o Yvonne Fernandez, Lodge Brothers and Keates, 49 High Street, Hampton Hill TW12 1NH. Tel: 0208 941 4022

Although Rita loved flowers, the family have requested that they are left growing in gardens rather than fading away at the Crematorium.

Thank you.


Christmas Coffee Morning – Results!

Ann and Val who organised the early Christmas Coffee Morning would like to thank everyone who came along and help raise £143.75 for Club Funds.


Congratulations to Hannah Brown who correctly guessed the weight of the cake at 3lbs 5oz and Shirley Callagham who correctly guessed there were 75 sweets in the jar.


Next Social Function is the Christmas Party on Sunday 15th December 2.00 pm – 7.00 pm (approx).  Tickets £10 per person includes buffet and games with prizes!  Sign up sheet at the bar.  Tickets available soon.


Farewell and RIP Rita Wadge – with Funeral Details

Rita with Gerry and friends from the Men v Ladies indoor match in 2017

It was with great sadness that we learned of Rita’s passing suddenly on Tuesday 12th November at the care home in Kent.

Rita had been a longtime member of Cambridge Park playing the highly important role of lead in many national competitions as well as for the County and club.

She was lively with a great sense of humour with a love of life, bowls, dancing and animals .. and Gerry, of course!

She became increasingly frail and had to give up bowling at the beginning of the 2018/19 indoor season but managed to come and watch on a few occasions.  At the end of the summer this year, she moved to a care home in Kent to be nearer her daughter.  She was torn between staying in St Margarets near Gerry and her friends but was unable to cope on living on her own and was happy and well looked after in the care home.

Gerry surprised her a few weeks ago when he turned up beside her as she dozed.  She was certainly surprised and delighted to see him and they were able to go out for lunch on two days.  They rang me from the home and she said she was so pleased to see him and hear all the news from the club and how well everyone was doing.

Her death came unexpectedly but it was a release for Rita who was struggling with a variety of medical issues .  As we all know, she was fiercely independent, so it made it tough for her to have to be dependent on others to help her with everything.

It was the end of the chapter of her long and full life and our deepest sympathies go out to Sharon, her daughter, and family, and of course her long time companion Gerry.  Sending all of them a big hug with positive thoughts of love and support from everyone at Cambridge Park.

Rita’s funeral will be at Mortlake Crematorium as she requested at 12.40 pm on Thursday 5th December and afterwards at Cambridge Park with a chance to share memories.  Please let Jane know if you would like to come along so we can have an idea of numbers for catering.

Cards can be sent to Sharon Huyshe, Rita’s daughter, c/o Cambridge Park BC, Cambridge Park, TW1 2PG

Rita in Action on the Green

Thursday 7th November – Outdoor Section AGM at 7.00 pm – REMINDER!

The Outdoor section has its AGM tonight


  1. Opening Remarks
  2. Apologies for Absence
  3. Minutes of 2018 AGM and Matters Arising
  4. Treasurer’s Report
  5. Fixtures/Matches Report – Review of the Season and Planning for 2020
  6. Friday Leagues – Review of the Season and Planning for 2020
  7. Competition Secretary’s Report – Review of the Season and Planning for 2020
  8. Regional Leagues
  9. Update on the Green
  10. Retirement of Officers
  11. Election of Officers


At the County match v Kent on Wednesday 23rd October, Norman Chart was awareded his full Middlesex County IBA badge.  A Great achievement and very well deserved!


Norman’s former outdoor club, Chertsey, had better watchout in our indoor match with them on Saturday.  He’ll be on a high!  It also means, we’d better put some Jaffa Cakes out for half time!