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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.

Sunday 15th July – Time to Say Goodbye … to Rita Fenton

We received the sad news that Rita Fenton passed away this morning.  She had been unwell for quite a while and, although she had hoped to bowl indoors again this season, just wasn’t able to make it.

Rita & Martin devoted many, many hours to the club in a multitude of capacities.  They were always very encouraging to new club members and bowlers and personally I learned a lot from them.

Another long term devoted Club member who held various committee positions was Jean Jacobs and she too has concluded her earthly life.  I hope the bowls club in the sky has welcomed this new Ladies’ Pairs with as much as love as they gave and shared here.

Our thoughts, sympathies and love to Martin Fenton and family as well as both Jean’s daughter and family.


Jean’s funeral is on 23rd July.  Details for Rita will be posted soon.

Update from The British Isles Championship in Belfast

Ann, Jean, Nadine and Cathy headed off to Heathrow armed with England uniforms and warmish clothes having seen the Belfast weather forecast!)  and joined the other members of the England squad for the British Isles Championship. 180615 - CP Girls 180615 - England BI Squad  The uniforms look great!

Our girls had a good win in the Preliminary round on Friday morning against Scotland as did the Pairs and the Triples.  Unfortunately England lost their opening Singles and Senior Fours’ matches at lunchtime

Later in the afternoon, the Pairs and Triples teams won their matches putting them into the Finals on Saturday 16th June.  Our girls had a good close fight v Jersey but lost by a mere 4 shots.  A great effort and what an achievement for their CV’s – Played for England and won a match!  Not many bowlers anywhere in the country can claim that!

So, on Sunday they will be returning home and can hold their heads up high.  Well done Ann, Jean, Nadine & Cathy.  We’re very proud of you!

For those who knew Brian Lawton

We learned sadly that Brian Lawton lost his battle with cancer last week.  ‘Mr Mid-Surrey’ and long term member of Richmond IBC fought the disease every step of the way and on courageousness, grit, determination and cheerfulness, he conquered it hands down.  Unfortunately the beast of disease finally caught him.

His funeral will be at Mortlake Crematorium on Tuesday 12th June at 3.20 pm and afterwards at Mid Surrey BC.

We send deepest sympathies to his family and friends and fellow bowlers.  He will be sadly missed by all.

County & National Competitions – Results so far ….

Nadine, Ann H, Jean S & Rita McD are through to the semi-final of the ‘Old Girl’s Fours’ (they’re terminology!) playing North London at Cambridge Park on Friday 8th afternoon.

Ann H, Nadine, Jean S & Cathy are through to the quarter finals of the Middlesex Fours – playing at Bounds Green on Saturday 9th June.

Nadine, Joan O’N & Rita McD are playing Eileen L from Sunbury in 5th round of the Triples on Thursday 7th at CP.

Norman & Laurence are playing Steve G & Mike C in next round of National Men’s Pairs (date to be fixed)

Norman, Laurence, Jean & Dawn are playing next round of National Mixed Fours on Thursday 7th at CP at 6.00 pm againt Steve G, Tricia, Mike & Tina C

Laurence & Dawn are playing Ashley & Wendy from Ashford in National Mixed Pairs at lunchtime on 18th June at Ashford

Cathy & Dawn are playing in National Champion of Champions on Monday 4th at CP at 5.30 pm

Audrey & Dawn are through to last 16 of County 2-Bowl Singles – to be played at Brentham at 10.00 am on Sunday 10th

The Tony Alcock Mixed Double Rink is against Bracknell away on Wednesday 6th at 6.00 pm – it’ll be a tough match!  Norman, Laurence, Brian C, Terry, Jean, Nadine, Ann and Dawn make up the teams.


Middlesex Ladies’ Pairs are in early stages and Singles haven’t started yet but, on the whole, a pretty good start to the Competitions.

The Fab Four Represent Middlesex in the Walker Cup! Updated 25th June

Congratulations to Nadine, Ann, Jean & Cathy who have been selected to represent Middlesex in the same team for the Walker Cup match v Sussex at Worthing Pavilion on 24th June.  Although all four have played regularly in the Walker Cup, they have never been selected as one complete rink.  They represent England the week before in the British Isles Championships in Belfast where they won their first match against Scotland but couldn’t quite topple Jersey in the semi-final.

The other Middlesex rink is Janine (West Ealing); Sue H (Bishop Duppas); Rose (Rosedale) and Kay S from Hurlingham Park.  Congratulations to them plus Jacquie E (NPL), Terri W (Broomfield) as travelling reserves and Wendy B (Ashford) and Marie C (NPL) as non-travelling reserves.

At the Walker Cup in Worthing on Sunday 24th June, the sun was blaring down on the rink and spectators spread themselves around in the shade and behind the green in the sun (see Monday’s pink skin – oops – must remember to top up suncream during the day!)

It was an eagerly awaited match but one which we knew was going to be tough.  The CP girls had a good start but dropped a 5 into the second half which left them playing catch up and trying to claw shots back.  Meanwhile on the other Middlesex rink, our team was struggling to pull it together and build the head to give Kay and Rose, a better shot selection.  They were well behind at half time but managed to get back to within 2 shots at the final end.  They didn’t quite get the measure for 2nd as that would have been wonderful!

The Sussex team played very well with their front end girls finding form for the last 6 or 7 ends.  When our CP girls went into the 21st end, they were 7 shots down overall.  As mentioned Kay’s rink managed to score one.

Ann had an impossible shot with a gap of about 2″ (OK I’m exaggerating but it could have been no more than 6″) in which to connect with the jack.  How she held her nerve, I do not know, but it was the perfect shot trailing the jack back.  6! And a measure for 7!  Again the tape didn’t quite go long enough so the match was tied.  Having accomplished all that, the girls then had to pull out all the stops for the extra end.  Cathy had one jack high, one behind.  Nadine went in for shot and Jean just had to play position shots as we were holding 2.  Ann’s first bowl rolled in for shot. 3!!  The Sussex skip was flapping about the shot and boy, oh boy, it was a huge shot for her final bowl and the fate of the two teams was hanging on her young shoulders.  You could have heard a pin drop as it sped up the green.  The line was looking good, the weight over the draw but, as luck would have it for her, she slipped a Sussex bowl just a few inches to the side of the jack.  This straightened her bowl up enough to carry the jack through to the back.  How it missed everything else defeats me and I was watching it closely!  So, it was a win for Sussex.

All the Middlesex girls put their heart and soul and effort into scoring as many shots as possible.  They were a credit to the team and despite putting on a brave face, were devastated to be so close to the win.  The closest for some years in that competition.

Well done all of you.  Well done especially to Ann H.  She is a great player indeed!

Indoor Section AGM – New Committee for 2018-19

Following a good AGM last night, the following were elected as the new committee for next season:-

Chairman –  Peter Twells

Hon. Sec – Dawn Slaughter (pro tem)

Hon. Treasurer – Bob Donohue

Fixture Secretary – Ray Purdey

League Secretary – David Hale

Competitions Secretary – Ange Cumine

National Competitions Secretary – Dawn Slaughter

Men’s Captain – Laurence Gatfield

Men’s Vice Captain – Kevin Keown

Ladies Captain – Dawn Slaughter

Ladies’ Vice Captain – Amanda Miltenburg

Thank you to everyone who came along and for your continued support