The Tourists Return

IMG_0166 For the first time since we’ve been touring, we haven’t got a team in the final but we have had a successful and fun week, returning very well fed, entertained and almost bowled out!  (With the London & Southern Counties Challenge Shield tomorrow, and several National comps over the next few days, we have …

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A Mixed Bag Today

The sun has been shining up here at Potters in Hopton-in-Sea – better than yesterday when we arrived in either fog or very thick sea mist! All our teams have played twice and we have had a mixed bag of wins, losses and draws. We’ve met up with familiar faces and struggled to remember names. …

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Hose Pipe Ban Will Stay Until March

Well that’s better news (although slightly surprising after the rain we’ve had this week) than learning about higher taxes and snow coming towards the UK this wekeend.  To be fair that probably doesn’t apply to London and hopefully work affect Strictly Come Dancing in Blackpool! Some good quality bowling in the Nationals this week, but, …

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BBC 100 Years

Amazing to think that the BBC is only 1 year younger than Cambridge Park Bowls Club! This week, it was good to see a review of children’s television shows from when they started and how they can influence children in their early lives. The Wombles of  Wimbledon Common were real eco, recycling warriors!  Did we …

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Club Competition Entry Forms

As promised by Stella Spaulding, Brian Crickmay and Dave Redington (thank you again, all of you), here is the Club Competition entry form in 3 versions!  You can see what it looks like below or click on the download for either the Word or pdf version or Dave is leaving hard copies at the Club …

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Yes to Success!

Well done to all the Egham Trophy players this morning in a successful 88-77 win v Hounslow. Our prize is a tie v Egham on Sunday 30th at 10:00 am. Home and away. Thanks to Karen for keeping the scores on the doors. An important role. Thanks also to those who made the teas and …

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Who Loves a Race Night? You Do! WOW!

Reports from Friday’s night event say it was a success from all different sorts of perspective. The punters, the organisers, the chill maker and her glamorous assisant, the bar girl and the raffle mistress to name but a few! From Ann Macey: “A big thank you to everyone who helped me to raise a massive …

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Tip Re Gas & Electricity Bills

In case you didn’t hear/see it, there was a suggestion which came from a BBC email that everyone should take readings from the gas and electricity meters today and submit to their supplier. This should ensure you should pay today’s rates for gas/electricity used up to the end of today rather than paying 1st October …

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Indoor Fixtures 2022-2023 including The First Friendly of the Indoor Season on Wednesday 5th October!

The current list of indoor fixtures are on the Calendar page – the usual table format is under the first list, which contains our team early National Competition dates. The page will get updated regularly as more fixtures are added. On Wednesday 5th October, we have an away fixture v King George Field in Chessington …

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Weyhey – The Girls Did It!

A fantastic end to the outdoor season with a win for THE GIRLS!  Ah, revenge is sweet. Saturday afternoon went with a swing in glorious September sunshine. We had 33 on the green (Scott kindly came in part way through for Nadine when she was under the weather) A brilliant start for Jacqui, Stella, Sarah …

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Duty and Service

Wow, wasn’t there a lot to take in yesterday and, taking everything into account, the previous 10 days.  The disbelief, the crowds, the flowers, the emotions and The Queue.  There will never be another one like it. Amid the grandeur, it was good to hear that simple services were going on around the country.  Ray …

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Lying in State

Picking up every now and again on the clips of HM Queen Elizabeth’s Coffin lying in state and the long long queues makes me well up every time. Goodness knows how King Charles and the other members of the Royal family are really feeling. What a display of a mark of respect for a remarkable …

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Flag Details

As expected Cambridge Park hoisted their flag to half mast yesterday morning , thanks to Sarah & Norman. It is actually a third rather than a half. This morning the flag was raised to full mast (thanks, Sarah) and will remain so until 13:00 tomorrow, Sunday,  in accordance with government guidelines during an Accession to …

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Club AGM

The AGM for Cambridge Park Bowling & Sports Club Ltd including the Indoor and Outdoor Clubs will be held on Thursday 29th September at 2.00 pm at the Club. We have a brilliant club but it needs your help to spread the tasks that are required to keep it running smoothly, working together to make …

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H M the Queen

What terribly sad news to hear that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth has passed away.  What an amazing life she has led.  You cannot fault her commitment to her duty to the country and its people.   We may not have known her personally, but she has always been there.  For many, she has been the ‘constant’ …

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More National Finals Results

Today Sandra Williamson-Mills played Annalisa from Lincs in the Ladies SIngles Championship.  Annalisa was hot footing from her Fours win on Tuesday and her experience managed to get the win over Sandra.  Annalisa’s run ended in the last 16. On another green, the Paddington chaps were playing the Senior Fours.  They got off to a …

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Competitive Indoor Bowls 2022-2023

We’ve got the dates through for the National Inter Club competitions.  So, if you’re keen to get play in these sorts of matches, get the dates in your diary as well as the afternoon of Saturday 9th October as we’ll have a try out of possible men’s v possible ladies teams. Except for the Top …

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What About a New Hobby?

Channel 4 is starting a four-part series tonight with Alex Brooker as he goes around the country with a ‘mate’ trying out various new hobbies – three per programme.  It should be a lot of fun and Alex is a tough chap – remember the series when he did the training to swim the channel.  …

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Tuesday Afternoon Now Free

Unfortunately there weren’t enough Ladies for the Bishop Duppas match for Tuesday so it has been cancelled. Apologies if you were looking forward to it. This does leave rinks available for those club competitions that need playing!   Tina & Ashley won the Regional Quarter Final yesterday but sadly went down to a strong pair …

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Big Matches for Friday in Cambridgeshire!

Good luck to Tina Cooper and Dave Pitt as they enter into the Regional semi finals (the top 32 in the country) of their respective National Senior Singles representing Middlesex. The neutral green is St Neots, so not exactly close for a band of supporters to go along unfortunately. Tina plays at 10:00 against Cynthia …

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Congratulations Dave Pitt!

Yesterday Dave became the 2022 Middlesex Singles Champion. Congratulations! A report from Tony Waller when Dave was 16-8 up. “Pitt puts his first bowl one foot from the jack and follows up with his other three inside it” Oh wouldn’t it be lovely if we could all do that?! At CP, the Springfield match on …

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Mixed Friendlies This Weekend

Good luck to everyone playing today v Springfield and tomorrow v London Civil Service. Some of us are lucky enough to be in Leamington to watch the Commonwealth Games bowls today and cricket in Edgbaston tonight. Looks like it will be another good sunny day for everyone playing and watching! Come on Cambridge Park and …

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The Ladies Did It. They Won!

Well done to all the girls that played in the Top Club tonight v Grovelands. A 3-1 win. Only Dawn failed to win and was outbowled. 9-21. Fantastic win for the Fours 29-9; a tight game for the Triples 14-12; and a comfortable win for the Pairs 24-18. Many thanks to Brentham for hosting us …

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Big Game Tonight – Thursday 38 July

The Ladies are playing Grovelands in the Middlesex Final of National Top Club Competition. A win tonight would put us into the last 32 in the country, which hasn’t happened for a long time. 5.30 pm start at Brentham BC (neutral green). Supporters very welcome but, if you can’t make it, please keep your fingers …

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It Was A Good Day at the Office …

… or rather on the bowls greens! It kicked off with the Middlesex Ladies Fours Final at Bush Hill Park,  Tina, Corale, Nadine & Cathy whooshed off at the start to 13-1 before North London realised they could bowl on this rink and  set to it!  They pulled right back up and towards the end …

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Bowls Greens and Watering

You may not know, but our web host is John Quinn from Bowls Central.  John is a very highly qualified and highly respected green keeper and has an article in Bowls International every month alerting green keepers to what to look out for from ‘localised dry patches’ to ‘wetting agents’ to ‘top soil’, ‘sand’ and …

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Congratulations to Tina!

Tina won her Middlesex Area Senior singles Final 21-11 over Hannah Hollis from Bush Hill Park. This puts her into the Regional Quarter finals v the winner of Essex South on 5th August (venue to be announced) and hopefully off to the National Finals at Leamington Spa Fantastic achievement!

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Friday Once Again!

What an odd week. Temperatures through the roof on Monday and Tuesday down to almost feeling chilly this morning. Still don’t worry, it’s going back up to 23-25 C over the weekend which is very pleasant!   Alas, Sarah & Lucy beat the heat but not the opposition on Wednesday morning. They reported it was …

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Good Luck to Nadine!

Nadine has reached the quarter-final of the Middlesex Ladies Singles and will be playing Sandra Williamson-Mills (Grovelands)  this morning at West Ealing. Other ties are Sue Butcher (West Ealing) v Isobel Morton (Bishop Duppas); Tonia Gann (Brentham) v Kembra Healey (Paddington) and Terri Watkinson (Bush Hill Park) v Kate Tidey (Harefield). the Unbadged Quarter-Finals and …

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Buck Moon

Did anyone see the Buck Moon tonight?  It is supposed to be the night when the stags are roaring and engaging in rutting to gain their superiority in the pack/herd. Another bit of trivia for you! The National Mixed Fours match at West Ealing was a battle and a game of two halves. Paul & …

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Hot, Hot, Hot!

If it wasn’t hot enough yesterday, the temperature is creeping up again today. As a result, the ladies match v Bishop Duppas has been cancelled this afternoon Please ensure you have plenty of water to drink. Your body will absorb it so the usual thought of “Where’s the nearest loo?” when you go out won’t …

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Congratulations to Middlesex!

The Middlesex girls made a good start v Isle of Wight but then the visitors started closing the gap and by about the 14th end, there were only about two shots in it across the board, then all became equal. On 21st end, an unlucky bowl from the opposition knocked their nearest bowl out of …

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Well Done to our Girls!

The day started cloudy but at a pleasant temperature but, by the time we reached Brentham, the sun was out in all its glory and the temperature shot up! A real team effort across the rinks resulted in: Singles – Dawn v Tonia: 21-10 Pairs – Ange & Ann v Mary & Pat: 18-16 (and …

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Saturday 9th July

Congratulations to the Senior Fours – Norman, Steve G, Mike C & Laurence who won their quarter-final match v Brentham last night.  More details on semi-final to follow when known. This morning Steve P has been asked to be at West Ealing at 9:30 for the Unbadged Quarter Finals but we’re not sure who he’s …

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Friday Updates

Firstly congratulations to Sarah & Lucy on their win this week against Elaine & partner from Hurlingham Park. They whizzed off the starting line to 12-0 then the HP duo crawled back up to 13-13. Sarah & Lucy moved into top gear to win 24-14. They now face Hannah & Sue from Bush Hill Park …

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Some More Wins!

On Monday night, Tina & Cathy won their O55’s Middlesex Ladies Pairs v girls from Bishop Duppas by 32-10; Sarah & Jean, who kindly came in for Lucy while she is still recuparating Beat Marion & Carole from Ashfor by 19-12.  Teresa should be playing Ann Bamber in this competition as well, but I haven’t …

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A 2022 Trophy!

Congratulations to our girls – Ann, Jean, Nadine, Sarah, Tina, Tricia, Cathy and Dawn who had a convincing win over North London in the Middlesex Ladies Double Rink Final yesterday. Jean’s opposition got off to a good start being 6-0 up after 4 ends and only scored 3 more shots after that with our girls …

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Friday Night

Along with the Friday Night League and Fish & Chips for those who’ve ordered them, Lucy & Kevin L play Tina & Ashley in the National Mixed Pairs starting around 6.00 pm. That will be a match worth watching! The match will either be on Rink 2 or 4 if the league teams could leave …

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Just Missed Out

Steve & Norman had a really close Senior Pairs at West Ealing. The heads were good and tight. The boys went into the final end just 2 shots down. Norman held shot but Steve couldn’t quite get his bowl to bend enough, neither could John Carey get the weight to remove the bowl. Thus it …

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Men’s Over 55’s Pairs

Steve G & Norman take on John Carey & Scottish Stan in the Middlesex area Semifinal of the National Over 55’s Pairs tonight at West Ealing. Play starts around 6.00 pm. Supporters welcome! On Friday evening, Lucy & Kevin L play Tina & Ashley H in the National Mixed Pairs. The victors play the winners …

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Ann Barrett says “Hello”!

Just bumped into Ann Barrett at West Ealing enjoying her first trip out at the club for 5 months. She said to say hello to everyone there and wishes everyone well i their remaining comps. If she can get a lift down to the Double Rink Final at West Ealing next Saturday and/or the Walker …

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Well Done, Sarah!

After the County match v Staines last Wednesday, Sarah was awarded her Middlesex Colts’ Badge by Dee Hardy. I believe Sarah gets the full County Badge quite soon. Congratulations, Sarah, you have definitely earned the award. Sarah & Lucy were in action on Sunday morning in the National Ladies Pairs v Tricia & Dawn. It …

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Lights, Cameras, Action … and Water!

Some exciting news! Bowls England will be coming down to the Club tomorrow (Friday) to do some filming. Please could as many of you come down whether you’re playing or just watching. Wear bright casual clothes bearing in mind, it will be very hot. (Swimsuits would be going a bit too far!) Dig out those …

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Club Competitions

In case you hadn’t spotted them yet (although some of you have), the draws for the Club Competitions are up on the noticeboard. Well done to Brian Curwood for all the effort he’s put in to the comps. Please support him by playing your games by the deadlines!   Good to see Roy E & …

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4 out of 16 = 25%

Following the Middlesex Ladies Two-Bowl early rounds yesterday, four of our ‘girls’ have made it through to the final 16 of the competition. Congratulations to Ann H, Audrey, Janice and Dawn who all made it to the next stage on Sunday 3rd July at Hendon. Cathy, Karen & Ange went out in the first round …

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Sunday 12th June Busy!

This morning, several of the girls will be at the Middlesex Two Bowls Singles comp for Areas 3&4 at Hayes B C. At home, starting at 10:00 am, two Mixed Fours will be playing Bishop Duppas the the Tony Alcock Trophy at C P. supporters and spectators welcome at both venues. And finally, Belated Happy …

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Wins All Round!

There were wins for Lucy & Kevin as well as Dawn & Paul C in the National Mixed Pairs and a win for our Ladies in the National Top Club this weekend. Well done! However I think the biggest triumph was the brilliant concert from Buckingham Palace which started with that wonderful tea party with …

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Wednesday 1st June

Pinch, punch, first of the month. White rabbits.  Flamin’ June! Seems to be a pretty chilly and damp start to the month! This afternoon, we take on Staines in another South Middlesex League match.  Thanks to everyone who signed up. Have a great game and  I hope to post very positive news tomorrow!

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Updates!

A good game in the National Mixed Fours last night in pretty heavy rain with a good win for Andy H, Teresa, Ange & Dave P v Sarah, Dawn, Gym & Kevin L. Good luck to them in the next round against Kerry’s team from Ashford. Well done to Norman who yet again was on …

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SML v Hampton.

We drew!  We’ll sort of!  It was 2-2 on rinks but Hampton won the extra points because the overall shot score was 68-66 in their favour! it was a good afternoon albeit in a chilly wind and we were well looked after by Kevin K and his merry men and women!   Norman, Jean, Steve …

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London 100 Mile Bike Ride – Sunday 29th May – One of our Bowlers will be Pedalling!

Good luck to Laurence as he attempts the Ride London-Essex 100 Mile Bike Ride.  The charity for which he is collecting is Prostate Cancer. If you feel you could give Prostate Cancer a bit of a boost and Laurence’s legs a bit of a spur on to complete the course, the link is here https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/2022-ridelondon-8218 …

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Thursday

Another week whizzing by and it’s been busy with one thing and another. Wins in the Ladies Triples for Ann H And Sarah’s teams putting them on opposing sides next Thursday nd June. Both Sarah and Ann’s Fours are through in the Fours having played their ties early.  Fortunately they do not meet each other …

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Mid Surrey BC Centenary

Despite it being their Centenary year, and although it was friendly in the true meaning of the word, we managed to clock up a 2.5-1.5 set win in the R&B League yesterday. Along with their usual warm welcome, we were treated to a selection of songs by members of the London Welsh Male Voice Choir …

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Saturday 21st May

Good luck to Kevin L and the other members of the Middlesex Home Counties team playing this morning at Ladygate v Bucks. Good luck to our team too as we play Mid Surrey away at Old Deer Park in the Richmond & Barnes League this afternoon. The Friday league went well last night and the …

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Congratulations to Audrey!

Well done to Audrey who was presented with her County Badge by Maureen Lawford after the game by Framlingham Castle yesterday. Congratulations also to Christine Macleod from Brentham, who was presented with her Colt’s Badge . Further congratulations to Norman & Steve who won their Senior Men’s Pairs. A good day on all accounts!

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Monday Afternoon Leagues

From David Hale … On Monday 16th May, the Cambridge Park ‘NPL’ afternoon League started. We got off to a good start, with 8 teams from various clubs participating. The weather was largely fine, with just a small interruption for a 5 minute shower. The green played well, particularly for this stage in the season. When …

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Thursday 12th May

Unfortunately our first South Middlesex League match this afternoon had to be cancelled as we didn’t have enough players. Our ladies will be out in force in the first round of the Middlesex Ladies Pairs this afternoon and evening. Good luck and play well. The weather should have been better than it was for the …

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Win, Win, Win!

Second week of the outdoor season and the National Competitions have started already and all against Ashford teams! Wins in the Mixed Pairs for Jean & Norman (23-9); by 4 shots, Ange & Dave P; and Sarah, Gym, Kevin L & Dawn in the Mixed Fours (16-15).  Good luck in the second rounds. With the …

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Warming Up!

Thanks to Mel via Sarah from the coaching course for the warming up and stretching exercises we can all do even before we step on the green. Warm Up and Cool Down__ Exercises Give them a go. If there’s anything you don’t understand, please ask Sarah, Scott or Dave P and they will explain.

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Sunny Saturday!

But don’t be deceived, it’s chilly out there!  If you’re coming to the roll up at 11.00 am this mornng, make sure you’re warm. Traffic around Twickenham will be busy all day as it’s the Army & Navy annual match. This afternoon I’m putting the entries in for the Middlesex Indoor Competitions for 2022/23, so …

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Congratulations to Kevin L!

Congratulations to Kevin Liffen who has been selected for the upcoming Home Counties Middlesex  v Bucks match on 21st May. In 2021 Kevin was selected for his first Home Counties game then tested positive for Covid on the morning of the match, so missed out. We’ve got everything crossed for him this time and wish …

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Ready, Steady ….

Gooooooooo! We have started playing outdoors now with our first match on Sunday 1st May v Masonians at home.  Just need 5 more players.   There are outdoor roll ups today and Friday from 10.00-12.00, Thursday evening at 6.00 pm.  If the traffic from the rugby is putting you off on Saturday afternoon, we can …

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Outdoor Roll Ups

A great time was had by all who came along on Saturday afternoon.  The sun shone down, the birds were singing the green was pretty good once we all got the hang of less green and a lot more weight than indoors!  Good to see Mike C, Ron B & Graham K spectating for all …

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Subscriptions!

I think most of you will have received your subs invoices by now.  If you haven’t please speak to Ange. The best option for paying is direct from your bank account to the Cambridge Bowling & Sports Club bank account.  Details on your invoice.  Use the invoice number as the reference. Second best option is …

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The MCC

Now before all your cricket fans out there get your eyes and ears open and alert, I am in fact referring to Melbourne, Australia, where Steven K started a new job and he and his family moved out there just before hte start of our indoor season. He writes:_ It’s been a Fantastic Summer season. …

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Subscriptions 2022-23

Dear Members, As you are all well aware, the costs of Utility bills are going to increase considerably (50% +!) over the next twelve months. At our last Board meeting (all Board minutes are on the Board site by the rink lights cupboard) we considered a variety of options with regards absorbing these costs. These …

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Outdoor Fixtures

The May match sign up sheets will be on the noticeboard today.   There will also be 25 copies of the Outdoor Fixture list as it stands on 13 April.  Of course, there may be some odd tweaks. If anyone spots anything amiss on the sign up sheets, please let me know! Thanks   PS  The …

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The Weather is Warming Up!

They say it’s going to be 17 C today.  This is good news and means we’re looking forward to starting outdoors.  Hopefully we’ll get the date for when the green opens very soon as we have both friendly and competition matches at the beginning of May and the Friday Leagues will be starting.  Here are …

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Club Winners!

Well done to Kevin and his band of merry men and girls who had a great match with Iver Heath yesterday afternoon.  The CP team came out on top with a 95-59 win. We had a few drop out during the week so, with some of us out at Middlesex Finals and others succumbing to …

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Middlesex Indoor Winners and Runners Up

Congratulations to Ange on a cracking win in the Middlesex Indoor Singles.  She was on fire but alas, Angela Frankland, couldn’t find the green for love nor money and only crept onto the scoreboard when 0-17 down. Congratulations to Dave Pitt who won the Men’s SIngles and went on to win the other three finals …

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Saturday Games

Good luck to everyone playing today, whether it be in the Club match v Iver Heath or in the Middlesex County Indoor Finals.  Enjoy. Oh, and don’t be fooled by the early morning absolutely glorious sunshine.  It’s only 2C at the moment.  Hopefully rising to 10C later on. For those of you and your family …

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Hounslow Chaps through to Semi-Finals

After their warm up against our lads on Monday night (!), Dave Pitt, John Donoghue and Ray SNellings headed off to Nottingham to pay in the final stages of the Over 50’s Triples.  They play a team from Folkestone at 09:30 this morning.  You can watch the live scoring although not the actual match on …

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National O50’s Triples

Well done to Dave Pitt, John Donoghue and Ray Snelling who are in the quarter-finals of the National Over 50’s Triples at Nottingham. They play Riverain at 1:30 today. Although you can’t physically see the game, you can keep an eye on the live scoring on the competition page – Final Stages – of the …

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Pancake Tuesday

Well it’s not really Pancake Tuesday but the boys might be feeling a bit flat following last night’s Middlesex Fours semi-final. It was 8-8 after 8 ends. Then they were 10-14 after 14 ends but Dave P,  John Donaghue, Ray Snelling and Eldred managed to get a couple of 3’s and a 4 and our …

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A Successful First of the Finals Day

Well done to Competition Organiser Ange, for a successful Saturday. Winners so far: Ladies Challenge Cup: Ann Bamber  (Stella Spaulindg Runner-Up) Men’s Challenge Cup:  Andy Hawes  (Steve Harbud Runner-Up) Two Bowl Singles:  Peter Judge  (Dave Pitt Runner-Up) Drawn Mixed Triples:  Ray Verralls, Lucy Horan & Dave Pitt  (Ange Cumine, Scott Cumine & Peter Twells Runners …

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A Boost for Cancer Research

From Ann Macey: To all members who bought raffle tickets, a BIG THANK YOU! We raised £626.00 for Cancer Research. 1st: Hamper:  Eileen Jolliffe 2nd: Bottle Brandy –  Ann Dale 3rd:  Bathroom Hamper – Joan O’Neill and multiple other prize winners! Well done to Peter Twells with his bingo calling and to Ange Banger & …

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Next!

After my exciting trip of reaching the last 16 of the Two Bowls competition, it is time to hand over the West London baton to Dave Pitt, Andy Knott, Ray Snelling and Colin Harman in the Over 60’s Fours in Nottingham. Their first match is at 09:30 this morning and you can watch the live …

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Do Your Bowls Need Stamping?

On Wednesday 20th April, Ange & Jacquie E will be heading off to Pershore with bowls that need date stamping. If you would like them to take your bowls, please leave them at the club just before or just after Easter with your name on.  The list of fees here:- https://www.pershorebc.co.uk/content.asp?id=4 There is the standard …

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World Skating Championships

No, alas, we don’t have any of our members competing in these championships being held in Montpelier! During the Beijing Winter Olympics we posted a photo of Gerry in his speed-skating days.  He met his wife, Doreen, at Richmond Ice Rink where ice dancing was her speciality.  This week would have seen their 70th wedding …

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Sunday Results

Firstly, a belated Happy Birthday to Jean S!  We understand you had a good day with Norman and the family. Yesterday morning, Ange had a great game and won her game comfortably, despite a late surge from Dawn!   Andy and Kevin had a good match in the Men’s Challenge Cup with Andy coming out on …

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Sunday is Here Again!

Another week has gone by and the days are getting longer.  You don’t need to adjust your clocks until next Saturday night/Sunday morning (also Mother’s Day.) Yesterday there were three semi-finals at the club.  Dave P had a slow start against Andy H in the Middlesex Men’s Singles Semi-FInal but eventually came through 21-14. On …

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Action Friday!

As predicted, it was a very tight game between Steve, Tricia, Tina & Mike against Ange, Dawn, Ian & Peter T last night.  The game could have gone either way until Peter T’s four managed to pick up a 5 towards the end of the game, which, as we all know, is really difficult to …

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Competition Updates

Tonight (Thursday) at 5.00 pm sees the Middlesex Mixed Fours Semi-Final between Tina, Mike, Tricia & Steve v Ange, Dawn, Ian & Peter T. Should be a tight game! Andy H plays Dave Pitt in the semi final of the Middlesex Singles – no date advised as yet. Club competitions are nearly all at semi-final …

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A Draw or Maybe a Win!

Well done to everyone who played today. Richmond & Barnes came with two teams from Putney Town, one from Ashford and one from Strawberry Hill. it was a 2-2 draw in rinks , Cambridge Park did have the best overall score. Well done to Karen, Frances, Tony & Dawn for top rink. Our opposition did …

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Curling is Back!

England are playing Norway now (8.00 am) in the Paralympic Curling round robins.  Watch on Channel 4. The schedule for today is here https://www.paralympic.org/beijing-2022/schedule   Para Alpine Skiing, Para Ice Hockey and Para Biathlon complete today’s activities.  

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Eyes Right!

Well sometimes eyes are alright and sometimes they start failing us.  It can happen at any age.  My Mum had glaucoma for many, many years and my Dad had Age-Related Macular Degeneration, whilst I’ve had two cataract operations.  One of my work colleagues has Macular Degeneration but she’s in her 20’s so it’s certainly not …

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The 5C’s

Yet  again there are some interesting articles in Bowls International.  One this month is by John Rednall, as he reviews the World Bowls Indoor Tournament. Confidence Co-ordination Contrlol Courage Composure Do all those equal a 6th C – Champion? It’s best to read the the article yourselves but it talks of having confidence – when …

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RED WEATHER WARNING – BE CAREFUL

The days of hanging a piece of seaweed out of your window to get the weather are long gone.   Thanks to technology including GPS systems, the weather forecasts are now much more reliable. Please don’t go out unless you have to.  Snuggle down with tea, the Olympics and your favourite films.  Of course some will …

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How Good is Your Technique?

I was looking for a workout on YouTube, when this popped up as “recommended for you”.  Although it is ‘old’, it was published in April 2021.  There are some interesting discussions over technique and delivery from David Bryant, Tony Alcock, Andy Thompson, Ellen Falkner and and Amy Monkton.  It’s done in sections, so you don’t …

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Olympics – Curling

If you’re awake now (7;00 am), the GBR Men’s team are playing Switzerland and are 3-1 up so far.  I think both the men’s and ladie’s teams are lying 3rd in their league round robins.  Let’s hope they can capitalise on this and get GBR on the medal table – in whatever colour we can! …

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Good Middlesex Wins!

Congratulations to Peter T, Gym, Bob and Peter J who, in various combinations, won their Middlesex Triples v Hounslow (on the last bowl on the final end – wow!) and in the Fours v Century. Well done, chaps. Keep going so we can report more results like these! Alas, the trio went into second place …

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To Face Mask or Not To Face Mask?

Today’s question!  Wearing a face covering does protect others, that’s a given.  Will you continue to wear yours even when you don’t have to?  TFL and assorted supermarkets don’t seem to be relaxing their rules although I believe Morrisons are.  Would that stop you from shopping there?  We have become so accustomed to wearing a …

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Club News

In my haste to get the post up yesterday before dashing off to work, I forgot to thank Jane behind the bar and Frances, Lucy, Brenda, Bob and the others who helped after the match on Sunday.   Apologies. This week there are assorted club, county and national competition matches going on both at Cambridge Park …

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Farewell to Carol Curwood

Today the family and friends of Carol Curwood will say their sad goodbyes for a wife,  mother, grandmother, great grandmother.  The service will be at Hanworth Crematorium at 10.50 this morning. A tough day for Brian and the family but there will be opportunities to remember the happy times and days of her life afterwards …

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Sunday 23rd January

I hope some of you managed to watch yesterday’s matches from Potters.  The Paul Foster v Wayne Willgress game was brilliant!  Worthy of a final.  Wayne has vocal supporters and they certainly liven the arena up.  No chance of a snooze! ‘Tatty’ Marshall who had comfortably dispatched both Nick Brett and Greg Harlow was on …

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Fellow’s Friday

After the conclusion of the Ladies’ Match Play Championship yesterday with Katherine Rednall coming away with a win over Alison Merrien, it’s the the boys today to play their quarter finals ramping up to the big match on Sunday afternoon. Morning: (from 10:00am) – on the BBC Red Button/Facebook/YouTube Open Singles – Wayne Willgress vs Mervyn King (9) (Quarter-Final (SQF1)) …

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More Bowls on BBC2 Today

There should be a great match on the red button at 10.00 am this morning with Paul Foster MBE plays Katherine Rednall in the Open Singles.  After that, matches and highlights on BBC2 from 1.00 – 5.15 pm. Morning: (from 10:00am) – on the red button/YouTube/Facebook Open Singles – Paul Foster MBE (5) vs Katherine Rednall (Round 2 (16) S19) …

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Win Some, Lose Some

Mixed results so far this weekend. Alas, our chaps didn’t beat Egham in the L&SC Challenge Shield on Friday night but they did come a lot closer than in previous encounters.  There was a good win on Steve G’s rink and Kevin’s were only 3 shots behind at the end having had a neck-and-neck game …

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Sad News for the New Year

We heard that Carol Curwood passed away last week. She was a bowler originally, then after she became ill, was a great supporter of Brian and events at the club and sparkles when she had all her family around her. They will feel her loss with great sadness. Deepest sympathies to Brian, Daniel and all …

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Competitions

It wasn’t a good week for Fours as both Kevin K’s men’s four and Ange’s Ladies’ Four came second in our matches against Dave Pitt and Kylie Jenkin’s teams. The three Ts (Tina, Tricia & Teresa) are battling out their triples against Egham (again!) tonight so we hope they come out on top! Ann B …

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Wrap Up Warm!

It’s very brrrrr out there today. From tomorrow  you will have a bit of an excuse to stay in as the World Indoor Bowls Championships will be screened from Potters on the WIBC Facebook channel.  I haven’t checked but the matches have previously come up on YouTube, so if any of you know this is …

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Assorted News

Competitions are under way again. Dawn started off like a steam train against Doreen H from Egham in the National Over 60’s, then with the surprise, she diverted into the sidings and couldn’t get back on track despite best efforts of the Fat Controller inside her head. Well done to Doreen though. It was a …

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Misly Monday

It is Monday, in case you wondering.  It’s grey.  It’s misly but not that cold.  A good time to get out for a short walk and some fresh air and give the old tv eyes a rest!  It will also get you away from the smell of turkey and that risotto, curry or whatever you’re …

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Shorts and Flip Flops

My neighbour left his flat in shorts and flip flops this morning, whilst his girlfriend was wrapped up to the nines in wooly hat, gloves, scarf, puffa jacket, boots.  I remarked for him, at least, it must be summer ! Today is the pinnacle of shortest daylight hours as, from tomorrow, it starts getting lighter.  …

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Christmas Wishes from West Sussex

Thank you for keeping us in touch with all that’s happening at Cambridge Park. Lovely to see the photo’s of your Christmas Party on Sunday. Unfortunately ours down here has been cancelled for obvious reasons. John & I wish everyone at Cambridge Park, especially those who remember us, a good Christmas a healthy 2022. My …

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Party Time!

Well done to Ange, Scott, Ann & Terry, Jane, Gordon, Jacquie and Marie for all their help at the Christmas Lunch/Party yesterday. The new caterers – Terry (not M!) and Paul – did a great job and the meal was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The atmosphere was jolly and Christmassy and we all felt well …

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WHOOPEE – We Did it!!

What a brilliant effort from everyone today.  Three good wins and the fourth would have got there if they’d had to play the final two ends. The total was 98-54. Top rink 35-9  Tricia, Frances, Ann B & Teresa – wow! The Havering club had 8 rinks and was quite a bit longer than Cambridge …

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Yetton Plate This Morning at 10.00 am

Come along and give our girls some support in the Yetton Plate (3rd round) v Havering.  10.00 am start. Next Saturday (18th), the boys will be out in force v Watford in the London & Southern Counties Challenge Shield.   They would like your support too! Christmas Lunch tomorrow (12th) for those who have booked is …

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Different Topic of Conversation

Christmas movies.  We could look at the best and worst of these.  It’s surely got to be more upbeat than another Christmas talking about covid, government, shopping or even the weather! Whilst ironing, I watched Christmas in Vienna one week and Christmas in Yorkshire last weekend.  Have you seen them?  There seems to be a …

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Saturday 4th December

Two National comps this morning and a club men’s pairs all starting at 10.00 am. There wasn’t a notice up, but if anyone wants to come down for a mixed drive from 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm, you’re very welcome. It’s sunny outside, so a good morning to get some fresh and some extra steps …

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EIBA Update on Face Coverings

We received an email with some updated guidelines from the EIBA, which we will implement at the club. Please could you wear a face covering when entering/moving around/exiting the club.  If you are bowling or drinking/eating, it’s fine to leave the covering off.  This will help all of us help all our members to try …

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Another busy day with Laurence & Peter J on opposing sides (yet again – 4th time in 23 weekends!) in the Men’s Pairs this morning at 10.00 am and Tricia & Teresa play Tina & Dawn in the National Ladies Pairs also at 10.00 am at CP. We play a mixed friendly v London Civil …

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The Icing on the Cake

We did it!  It was a Tournament win for Tina, Mike, Laurence & Dawn at Potters! To be fair, the opposition helped us with one of them being hungover, hwich didn’t help their team spirit, and the two brothers playing at 3 and skip not seeing eye-to-eye on shot choice.  That apart, we played well …

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Tenterhooks!

Another win for Joan, Bernard, Stella & Barry this morning as well as Harry, Bob, Frances & Frances and Andy, Patsy, Carole & Jim. Brilliant stuff. Kevin, Scott, Carole & Ray K lost by 1 shot (yet again) but considering they were 2-9 down and only lost 9-10, that was Ana amazing comeback!  Shame the …

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News from Norfolk

Firstly everyone arrived safely yesterday, so all good in that front. Secondly, the bowls tournament has been fun. We have all played 2 rounds of our leagues and have had many tight games. Good wins today for Dave P, Ann H, Ange and Ann; Sarah, Dee Hardy ( who didn’t know when she was playing …

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Results

Well done to Peter J who crept up from behind and just overtook Laurence in the semi-final to win 21-19.  There were some great bowls going up the green. Well done to the 3 T’s , Tina, Tricia & Teresa who beat the SAD team (Sarah, Ange & Dawn) in the National Triples this morning.  …

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Sunday 21st November

Busy morning, this morning. Coaching at 9.30 am; at 10.00 am Peter J v Laurence G – 2020 semifinal of Men’s Championship; Tina, Tricia & Teresa v Ange, Sarah & Dawn in National Triples. Roll up – 2.00 – 4.00 pm this afternoon. For those going to Potters tomorrow who want to leave their luggage …

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Hump Day for Everyone?

Wednesday, regarded as the midpoint of a typical working week. “it’s hump day and perhaps the toughest day of the week for you” Is Wednesday classed as a hump day if you don’t work – either as a retired person or otherwise? How do you break up your week?  Is Thursday your mid-week day?  It …

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On to Weekend Wins

Congratulations to Peter Twells, who won the 2020 club semi-finals of the Two Bowl Singles 21-20 v Roy Ebinezar and Peter Judge who beat Laurence 21-19.  Both matches went to 31/32 ends, so you can tell how close they were.  The markers went home exhausted! On the National comps, Tina & Dawn managed to beat Ann …

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Sad Losses

At the end of Remembrance Sunday, it seems an appropriate time to send our deepest sympathies to Ron Leftley, on the passing of his wife Marion; and Estelle Baker, who sadly lost husband David . It’s especially heartbreaking losing a partner/spouse after so many years together and our thoughts go out to them and their …

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Saturday 13th November

Coaching this morning at 9.30 am for those attending.  I am sure you are all benefiting from the knowledge and expertise being passed on and the practising. Today it’s the Middlesex County Indoor Bowling Assocation Finals for 2020 competitions.  I wonder why they haven’t been played before?! At 10.00 am  Ange is taking on Angela …

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In the Blink of an Eye

… that 15 minutes between 7.00 and 7.15 am goes whizzing by and there isn’t enough time to post anything on here! The bar is up and running again. Do admire the flooring! Men’s 2020 club semi-final of two bowl singles tonight between Peter T and Roy E There will be coaching at 9.30 am …

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Monday 8th November

A bright and chilly start welcomes you this morning …. if you haven’t ventured out yet. The National Ladies Pairs yesterday morning proved to be a very good game as predicted.  Sarah & Lucy continued their run of outdoor pairs wins on the indoor green but it wasn’t without a fight by Ange & Jean.  …

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Sunday Morning

Another bright morning.  Chilly, but then that could be expected in November. Coaching this morning from 9.30 am for new bowlers. At 10.00 am, there’s a National Ladies Pairs with Sarah & Lucy playing Ange & Jean.  It’ll be a good close match, so do pop in if you’re around about the Cambridge Park area. …

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A Good Win!

Lovely morning from the start today.  Hooray! The teams had a very good match yesterday afternoon v Shopland Select with fund raising for their local charity for the viusally impaired.   Hefty wins on 3 rinks led Ken Shopland to say they had enjoyed “the lesson they had been given” and “we’ll be taking those lessons …

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Busy Few Days Coming Up

Thursday morning roll up and Thursday afternoon league today. Tomorrow there’s the morning roll up, then QUIZ NIGHT!  6.30 pm start.  Have you booked your tickets yet? On Saturday morning, the first of the coaching sessions for new bowlers starts at 9.30 am.  In the afternoon, we play Chertsey in a mixed friendly.  I have …

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Tuesday

I hope everyone enjoyed their first outing in the leagues last night.  David is not around this week, but hopes to be down next week to see how you’re all getting on. We heard last night that, unfortunately, one of our opponents on Sunday tested positive for Covid.  We hope he does not feel too …

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Alas, It was Not to Be.

Very good wins for Steve, Norman, Jean & Tricia at Camberley and Sarah, Lucy, Kevin & Peter at home.  Unfortunately, their good scores couldn’t balance us the other two rinks this morning.  Good luck to Camberley in the next round. The Men’s Denny Cup team is up on the noticeboard, but we’re still a couple …

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Middlesex Ladies Luncheon

A few snaps from the lunch.  In addition to the runners’ ups trophies and the Top Club winners’ trophies, we also had 200 club winners in TIna Cooper and Joan O’Neil and a few raffle prize winners between us. A good afternoon seeing all our ‘outdoor’ friends again.  We were hardly recognisable out of bowls’ …

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A Mixed Pairs Win!

Well done to Tricia & Steve who conquered their Egham opponents this evening in hte National Mixed Pairs and hard luck to Teresa & Barry who gave Barry & Kylie a good run for their money at Cambridge Park but came in second.  Tricia & Steve now play Yasmina Hasan & Martin Payne, who defeated …

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Mid Week Leagues

David Hale is beavering away on his computer and on the phone compiling league formats and seeing which teams will be in full swing by Monday 25th and which teams are lagging behind! We could do with another 6 players to be spread over the Monday league teams.  Can anyone put their hand up to …

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Bowls England Podcasts

For those of you who are interested, Bowls England have been producing “The Extra End” podcast.  There are several episodes which you can dip in and out of. Find them on https://www.bowlsengland.com/podcast/ They’re quite short episodes, so good interviews with people in world of bowls and assorted bowls related topics.   While thinking about Bowls …

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Weekend and Other News

Great turnout on Saturday afternoon – a full house +1!  We’ll have another roll up this coming Saturday at 2.00 pm.  (Indoor times are on the hour, unlike outdoors, except for the evening session which starts at 6.30 pm to allow those working an extra 30 mins to get to leagues) Usual morming roll ups …

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Cloudy Friday

Great to see so many names up for tomorrow afternoon. please could you bring your diaries as we have games at King George Field on Wednesday 20th and Egham on Sunday 24th with only a handful of names on the sheet. Both have meals provided afterwards so no cooking or washing up but of course …

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AGM Minutes and Notes

The Minutes from the AGM are in the Members’ section of the website. You might be pleased to know that following an interview at Ashford Hospital on Tuesday, I have been offered a job.  Hooray!  As this is now fixed, I offered to re-stand as Indoor Captain.  This is reflected in the Minutes. Other news:- …

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Monday Again!

Well that weekend went by quickly.  We had a very good turn out of 21 on Saturday afternoon at the roll up.  It was good to see new members, new-to-indoor-bowls members and one brand new to bowls altogether! Thanks to Kevin K for organising the 6 x triples and to Stella K who helped Shaf, …

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Saturday Blues?

Surely not! It’s on the chilly side of ok out there and it’s not raining. You can come for a roll up this afternoon at 2.00 pm  followed by tea and shop bought cakes (sorry, lost my enthusiasm of being in the kitchen). Have you been or booked to see the 007 film yet?  Any …

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WET!

Take an  umbrella when you go out! Morning roll up at 10.00 this morning.  If you can get there by bus or you have petrol, go and enjoy yourself on the indoor green, or just go for a social chat.  Bar will be open from 11.30 am.  I wasn’t there yesterday, but hopefully the refurbishments …

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The Day is Here!

Good luck to everyone playing this afternoon and good luck to Jane, Ann M, Beryl and others looking after you all. 16C but muggy out there at the moment.  Temperature going up to 20C and no rain forecast – according to Alexa, but we know she doesn’t always get it right! Please send your match …

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Friday Again

Only another week before September ends.  It’s scary how this year has flown by and we’re just one match away outdoors before the green gets put to bed.  Indoor bowls has been open for quite a while but I believe the morning roll up sessions will start in earnest next week. The bar is coming …

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More Finals!

Spotted on Facebook that Richard Duke is playing Trevor Grover in the FIrestone Final on Saturday.  I’m sure Richard is hoping for a win as Trevor and his partner beat Richard in the semi-final of the Men’s Pairs. Dave Pitt plays Kai Matthews (who beat Kevin Keown in the semi-final) in the Gillette Cup tomorrow …

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Bowls England Plans for 2022

PLANS FOR 2022 DOMESTIC SEASON ANNOUNCED 15th September, 2021 by The Communication Team We are delighted to have been able to deliver a full season of domestic competitive events in 2021, culminating in our National Finals in Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa.  The season provided a number of challenges as we sought to enable all bowlers to …

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Flags at the Ready?

Only 13 or so hours before the Chelsea Pensioners arrive at the Club in their uniforms.  I feel we should be waving union flags and singing Land of Hope and Glory or something! Gerry kindly contacted the Richmond & Twickenham Times and I emailed my contact at the South West Londoner paper.  Whether or not …

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Club Singles Finals et al

Firstly, hard luck to Kevin & Laurence losing their last 16 match v Richard & Rob Hackwell.  It was nip and tuck for a while, but the Ashford father and son moved ahead in the last 4-5 ends. Secondly, commiserations to Cathy who lost the semi final of the Middlesex Champion of Champions to Elaine …

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Coming Up – Updated

Today, Friday. Morning roll up at 10.00 am Evening roll up at 5.00 pm 5,00? – Stella S v Cathy T – Quarter final of Club Singles Tomorrow, Saturday 10.00 am at West Ealing – Cathy plays Elaine from Hurlingham Park in the Middlesex Champion of Champions semi-final.  Final in the afternoon against either Hannah …

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EIBA Survey

Similar to Bowls England, the EIBA are looking at ways to promote our sport and encourage more people to play; coach/be coached; play club leagues or games; and/or play competitively. Please complete the survey.  It’s really important for the sport going forward at every level. RETURNING TO INDOOR BOWLS SURVEY The EIBA want to ensure …

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London Welsh Did Not Disappoint!

What a fun afternoon from start to finish!  The weather was absolutely perfect for bowling.  The green was a good pace.  The banter within rinks and across rinks was special! London Welsh decided that to make it more of a centenary game for us, they gathered together 5 rinks to play and it was so …

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Diary Dates

Wednesday 8th September – South Middlesex League v Staines Away at 2.30 pm – we need a few more names, please Sunday 12th September – Club Semi-finals and finals of the Mens & Ladies Singles Championships. Wednesday 15th September – Mixed Friendly v Chelsea Pensioners – Home at 2.30 pm Saturday 18th September – Mixed …

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Middlesex Mixed Successes

Ann Halliday started her challenge in cold, but not windy, Leamington weather.  By the time she’d finished, nearly 2.5 hours later, she was warm and the crowd were chilled to the bone!  A great effort to reach the Senior Singles after the very difficult year she has had. Ann went from being behind, then catching …

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Go, Ann, Go!

A few ups (wins) and downs (losses) with the Middlesex players at Leamington but none have disgraced themselves with their play.  We’ve had tough draws as have had many people but bowls is winning. Tina went out to Stef Branfield after putting up a great fight.  Stef won the Singles title just a few days …

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EIBA Indoor Competitions 2021-2022

With temperatures dropping the nights beginning to get dark by 8.30 pm *sob*, the indoor season is coming towards us at the end of September. The draws for the club and individual competitions are now available on the EIBA website http://www.eiba.co.uk/bss/competitions_list.php We are in Area C for the club competitions and Area 11 for individual …

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