It is with great sadness that we learned John Goddard passed away on 21st January. Both he and Jill had been longtime members of the club supporting the bowling and social nights – they were great quizzers! John supported Jill’s valuable work for the RNLI.
In recent years he had been diagnosed with cancer but his strength and positive attitude was a credit to his desire to carry on living despite the poor prognosis.
John was a pretty decent bowler indeed, and although he had to give up in 2019, he still had a good result for his team at the Skittles evening in October! He and Jill came to the Christmas Party at the club and spent time with their bowls’ friends. John said he had no complaints – he’d had a very good life, a wonderful family and experienced a long and enjoyable retirement . He said his only regret was that he would leave Jill behind.
Our deepest sympathies go to Jill who looked after John until it was time for him to join our other friends in the Great Bowls Club in the Sky.
After a fantastic win on Saturday 11th v Herga by 71-70, the men are now faced with Whiteknights in the next round on Saturday 25th January at 10.00 am – two rinks home and two away. Whiteknights have some internationals in their club so they maybe playing. Our chaps will have their work cut out even if the international stars don’t play! However, on paper, I doubt we would have been expected to beat Herga, so you never know what may happen!
Please come along to either venue to support the team.
As a result, Ange has kindly moved the Club Triples Competition to Saturday 15th February which is a clear date as the Egham U25s & Friends had to cancel their fixture.
Despite the away teams losing v Herga, it just shows that every single shot counts. Norman’s team picked up a few shots in the last couple of ends and Peter managed an incredible shot on the final end when they were four down and he connected perfectly with the jack taking it back for shot. The Herga skipped try to remove Peter’s bowl but took his own back bowls out leaving CP with 2 shots. Needless to say, the boys were over the moon with the result, having been completely whopped by Herga in the Denny Cup in 2018.
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!
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.
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 – http://www.paws-peliongreece.com. Any cheques should be made payable to ‘Pelion Animal Welfare Society’. Or to ‘St Mungo’s’ – who are a charity for homeless people – https://www.mungos.org. 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 https://www.lodgebros.co.uk 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.
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