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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Mid Heatwave?

I’m not sure who started this heatwave rumour (Alexa?!) but 12-13 C doesn’t seem that warm up here in Leamington.  How is it in London?  Kevin & Lucy play Ange & Dave at 6.00 pm at Masonians tonight in the Middlesex Mixed Pairs.  Good luck to both pairs. Some good matches in the Under 25 …

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It Was All Down to the Wire!

Ah, so close in the Ladies Top Club yesterday morning. Dawn lost the singles 18-21.  1-0 to Wanstead.  Cathy, Marie, Audrey & Janice were well up in the Fours, so we could count on that one.  1-1.  By the final couple of ends in the Pairs and the Triples, the overall shot score was neck …

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Bank Holiday Sunday

Well the girls are off to Hendon this morning for their Top Club match v Wanstead (representing Essex).  Wish us luck! 10.30 start if anyone wants to come along and support us. I caught a little bit of the Rush for Gold on Channel 4 last night.  Another British husband and wife winning golds in …

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Friday 27th August

We have two interests in the Senior Fours as Trevor, our greenkeeper, is up at Leamington today.  Meanwhile Dave Pitt’s old codgers are from Masonians and don’t play until 9.30 tomorrow morning.  Good luck all you 8 chaps! 10.00 – 12.00 today Friday morning roll up 5.00-ish  Friday night roll up.  Come and meet the …

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Enjoying the Heatwave?

We’re a third of the way through the current heatwave.  Personally, I’m pleased it’s not 30C+!  It’s a good temperature for bowls and it’s not raining, which is a bonus! West Ealing Fours are out at lunchtime today at the National Championships and the Ladies Singles comes down to the winner.  Sandra from Grovelands went …

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Paralympics

Dame Sarah Storey picked up her 15th Olympic Gold Medal this morning pushing her fellow Brit Crystal Lane-Wright into the silver medal position.  15 golds!  No wonder she is the most successful British Olympian.  What an achievement! Channel 4 seem to be screening the Paralympics in the mornings.  It’s a shame that the BBC don’t …

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National Championships

After a grey and cloudy start, it turned out to be a wonderful August afternoon in Leamington Spa yesterday. There are now stands around 2.5 sides of the newly laid A green on which Tony & CHris from Ladygate played their Men’s Pairs.  Unfortunately, despite playing pretty well, Andy Knapper & Scott proved too good …

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Catching Up

Good to catch up with Ann B and Val F yesterday afternoon on their first venture onto the outdoor green this season.  They’re busy ladies!  Val’s bees are doing well so there maybe some local honey on sale a bit later on. In fact, they enjoyed the roll up so much, they’ve signed up for …

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Congratulations to Kevin Keown!

From the Bowls Middlesex post … Today saw MBA play Surrey CBA at Staines BC. An overcast day saw the players finish just before the light drizzle. Surrey finished the game strongly securing a victory by 147-107 (4-1-1 on rinks). Middlesex did have a Top Rink consisting of Keith Urzell (Bishops Duppas), Paul Alderman (Hurlingham …

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A Change is as Good as a Rest

Well, I am being forced into making a change and I desperately do need a rest, not having had a working day off in the last 18 months! Some of you already know that I am being made redundant from my current job at Sunvil.  The travel industry has been hit extremely hard during the …

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Close but No Cigars!

Alas, it was another round of bronze and silver medals yesterday. Ange was beaten in the semi-finals of the Middlesex O55s Singles by Linda Andrews who then went on to lost to Sue Apperly from Bush Hill Park in the final.  Well done, Sue! Kevin, Sarah, Gym & Dawn started very slowly against their North …

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Results and Sunday News

At least my laptop is playing ball this morning.  Yesterday, it wasn’t interested! A clsoe semi-final for our ladies in the Double Rink competition but alas, it was a joint bronze medal.  Ann, Cathy, Marie & Ange lost by a mere 4 shots after 21 ends, whilst Jean, Sarah, Lucy & Dawn somewhow scraped a …

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Double Wins

Well done to the team playing London Welsh and won.  By the sound of it, a good afternoon game of bowls, banter and fun. Well done to Ange who played Ann Bamber in the quarter final of the Middlesex O55 Singles.  She nows goes on to play the winner of Area B in the semi-final …

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The Dragons Are Coming!

Today, we welcome Luigi and his London Welsh team to the club for this afternoon’s match. It is such a popular fixture than we well over-subscribed.  London Welsh will bring 4 triples and we will have 6 triples, so 2 of those will play each other.  That way, it gives almost everyone a game. Triples …

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Top of the Class!

Well done to the girls yesterday for winning their Top Club match v Bush Hill Park by 3-1 (as well as on shots). The morning started with very heavy rain and the start was delayed until 11.00, then 11.30 when we good get on the green which had been fitted with ‘bumper’ mats so as …

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Becoming an Expert on Diving!

Anyone else watching the Olympics at the moment (8.00 am)?  Watching the diving and the battle between Tom Daley and the two Chinese rivals.  I’m studying the splash and helicopter ankles etc. whilst eating watermelon, which seemed appropriate! Tom ended up with a Bronze medal.  He was really, really good, but those two Chinese competitors …

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Two Wins to Report

Laurence & Kevin sneaked in their Whisky Pairs on Tuesday evening.  Not sure who they played but congratulations, anyway. Laurence was awarded his Full County Badge yesterday – well done!  He’ll have to find another Whisky partner next year, as will Kevin as they are now both badged. Last night, a very, very tight game …

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Wednesday 4th August

I had to change my original post from yesterday as it was sitting on my laptop unposted!  Doh! Thanks to Kevin for scooping up a couple more players for the match v Imber Court yesterday afternoon. There was a very good win for Ray, Laurence and Norman, a good win for Laurie and team and …

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Diary for w/c 2nd August

August – another month has flown by in this extraordinary year!  Will the weather be any better than July? Monday League – at 1.45 pm.  George will be bringing his 90th Birthday cake, so do stay and enjoy a piece with a cup of tea or other beverage. Tuesday – Match v Imber Court away …

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Surprise!

A bit late as I mistakenly thought George’s 90th Birthday was coming up on 3rd August.  Wrong!  It was last Wednesday 28th July so belated greetings from all of us and thanks to everyone who signed his card. George’s daughter who lives in the UK (as opposed to his one that lives in California and …

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Olympics News – Badminton

Following yesterday’s post, I had an email from Tony & Shirley O who have been avidly watching the badminton. Toby Penty … “The son of a good friends of ours is competing and having won various rounds was playing against the No: 3 seed on Thursday.  Sadly he was beaten but we are all very …

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Fall Flat Friday

After all the highs of the last few weeks, it was a bit of downer yesterday. However, congratuations to Cathy who had a comfortable win in the Middlesex Champion of Champions. Sadly Laurence lost his Senior Singles and Jacquie, Marie, Janice & Rita McD succumbed to Ashford.  On Sarah, Tricia, Ange & Dawn’s rink, we …

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Olympics

Anybody keeping up with the Olympics?  Team GB are doing well aren’t they? I’m only catching up on the BBC Highlights in the evening.  The two Irish boys whooshed over the line in the rowing or was it sculls?  Brilliant. I confess to not understanding a thing about the sailing.  Maybe Isle of Wight Ron …

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Don’t Tell Me it’s Friday again!

Where are these days and weeks going?!  Another day where rain is forecast this morning, anyway. This morning, there’s the usual roll up 10.00 – 12.00 1.00 pm  Laurence V Attilio C in the Middlesex Area Senior Singles Final at Hampton.  Supporters welcome.  The winner goes through to the Nationals at Leamington, so this is a …

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Oh Dear, Wet Wednesday

The Covid case numbers seem to be coming down again, many countries should be on the amber list allowing us to travel again without having quarantine (providing both doses of vaccine have been received), so we can go back to talking about the weather again ! As per usual when playing competitions v Ashford this …

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TWO Big Matches Today – Tuesday 27th July

11.30 am at Ladygate BC Jean & Nadine play Sue Apperly & partner in the Middlesex Area Final of the National Senior Pairs.  The winning pair go on to represent Middlesex in Leamington in August.  Supporters welcome.  Good luck, girls!   (Apologies I left this match off yesterday’s post.) 2.00 pm at Cambridge Park BC Steve …

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More Wins and This Week’s Diary

Congratulations to Sarah & Lucy who are now in the semi-finals of the MIddlesex Ladies Two Bowl Pairs competition.  They head off to Ashford next Sunday 1st August. Congratulations also to Dave Pitt who is through to the Men’s Championship Final v Glen Adams from Hendon, also next Sunday but at Hendon.  Sunday will see …

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Update on Competitions

It was a comfortable win for Sarah, Tricia, Ange & Dawn in the Middlesex Fours v Carole K and team from Bishop Duppas.  They now play Liz D and her Fordbridge girls on Wednesday 28th at 6.00 pm at Cambridge Park. Today (Sunday), the Middlesex Ladies Two Wood Pairs competitions first rounds are at West …

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Bryan Halliday – Funeral – Updated

BRYAN HALLIDAY Bryan Halliday lost his fight for life on 21 July 2021. Bryan had been an excellent competitive bowler in his own right playing at Masonians outdoors and Hounslow indoors for many years. Ann said it was thought he was her rock but she said it was much deeper than that.  He was her foundations which, …

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It Was a Sad Loss Yesterday

We were really sorry to hear that Bryan Halliday lost his fight for life yesterday. Bryan had been an excellent competitive bowler in his own right playing at Masonians outdoors and Hounslow indoors for many years.  He was a fantastic supporter for Ann, with all her matches and successes, regularly cheering her on in his …

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Weyhey for the Over 60’s!

Another hot day yesterday and another one today.  I hope you’re all keeping cool and drinky plenty of fluids – the non-alcoholic sort! Norman, Jean, Steve, Tricia, Gym, Corale, Brian N and Dawn played in the MIddlesex area semi-final over the Tony Allcock Trophy against Brentham.  The pace of the green was good and, on …

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Two More Wins!

Well done to Jean & Nadine in the MIddlesex Pairs Semi-Final.  From the look of the FB roving reporter’s scores, they were behind the whole game but managed to go into the final at 17-17.  Phew.  Nadine got shot with one of her first three bowls and it stayed there until Jean and Wendy and …

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Yes, It’s hot, hot, HOT!

Firstly, congratulations to Sarah & Lucy for reaching the finals of the Middlesex Ladies O55 Pairs yesterday playing 40 ends 4 shots each in that heat!  Wow.  Not many of us could have done that and still be standing.  They won by 2 shots in the semi-final but lost by 2 shots in the final …

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Best News of the Day …..

Kevin won his Middlesex Singles very comfortably, putting himself into the next round on Monday.  I’ve no idea who he will play as the link to the Middlesex website comps is broken. Tomorrow (Saturday) Kevin is skipping a Home Counties rink v Hampshire.  He has 3 from North Greenwich (his old club) with him including …

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More Wins!

Congratulations to Sarah & Lucy who have reached the semi-finals of the Middlesex Ladies Over 55’s Semi-finals (and hoepfully final) at Bush Hill Park on Saturday morning.  Opponents haven’t been named yet. Many congratulations to Laurence who won the MIddlesex Area Semi Final of the National Singles last night v Phil Sutcliffe from Brentham.  Another …

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Badges and Top Rinks

Well done to Tina C, Ange, Dot S & Mandy on winning top rink for the ‘Johns’ team today and to Ann F, Audrey, Phil & Rita/Jacquie for best rink for the ‘Middlesex’ girls.  After the game the MIddlesex Colts’ and Full County Badges were awarded.  These would have been presented in 2020 if you-know-what …

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Diary w/c 12th July

I don’t believe there’s any football this week.  Shame about the penalties last night.  Had Marcus Rashford scored, I think the other two would have too, but they didn’t and that’s sport for you.  All on the day, the occasion.  Did someone say the World Cup is around the corner? Well done to Novak Djokovic …

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Is It Coming Home?

The hype today will definitely be focussed on tonight’s Euros Final rather than the Wimbledon Men’s Final, I’m sure. Let’s hope the boys win!  Anyone placing bets on the score? If you didn’t watch yesterday’s Ladies Final, it would be worth watching on catch up.  There were some incredible rallies with both girls covering all …

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Saturday 10th July – A Big Day for Some

… for anyone getting married, giving birth, going on holiday OR playing in the Johns’ Trophy or Middleton Cup matches v Kent whether it be the first time or not OR the Club’s South Middlesex League match away to Stanwell! Gordon is match captain for the Club game and has organised the teams with Kevin’s …

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I’m Typing This Very Quietly

… in case you stayed up late to watch the football!  WOW Well done England!  I’m not a footie fan, but that extra time was nail biting.  Thank goodness Harry Kane followed up that penalty shot!  I don’t think I’ve ever seen Gareth Southgate smile so much.  He must be so proud of the whole …

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Rainy Clouds with Silver Linings

Some really good news for Kevin L in that he played in three Home Counties matches in 2019 whilst based at North Greenwich BC, which means he earned his Middlesex County Badge.  However, this  brilliant news was never conveyed to Kevin.  Doh! Thanks to Covid, the communication system also had a year long break and …

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Diary w/c 5th July

On Sunday, there was success for both the Senior Men and Ladies in their respective County semi-finals.  The girls had to play their final in the afternoon and after a slow start, crept up to take an 8-6 lead.  Unfortunately, when the North London girls got the mat, they put up full length jacks and …

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Sunday 4th July

10.00 am   Ladies Senior Fours Semi-Final followed by Final at Hayes BC.  Good luck to Ann, Nadine, Ange & Audrey 10.30 am  Men’s Senior Fours Semi-Final at Hendon BC.  Good luck to Steve, Norman, Gordon & Laurence Match v Brentham cancelled as is Tuesday’s match v North Sheen The ladies had wins in all four …

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Onwards and Upwards

Hard luck to Jean & Norman who lost in their National Mixed Pairs Area semi-final yesterday.  Winners were Rob H & Anna M from Ashford.  They play the winners of Paul C (West Ealing) & Dawn v Paul & Elaine from Hurlingham Park.  That match is at HP on Friday evening. Congratulations to Steve G, …

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South Middlesex League Table

Thanks to Laurie Gasgoine for the league table:- 2021 SOUTH MIDDLESEX B.A. MIXED LEAGUE Team Matches Played W L D Match Win Points Rinks Won Rinks Lost Rinks Drawn Rink Win Points Default Points TOTAL POINTS  Shots For  Shots Against Diff BISHOP DUPPAS 6 3 3 0 6 14 10 0 28 34 430 373 …

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Monday Winning Pairs!

Well done to Steve & Norman on winning their match this morning and to Jean & Nadine on winning their MIddlesex Pairs tonight.  This puts Jean & Nadine into the semi-finals at Hayes on Saturday 4th July.  Timings to be advised. Tomorrow (Tuesday), we have the Senior Fours for the chaps after Norman & Jean …

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Gardens

Janice M had an Open Garden yesterday afternoon assisted by Marie.  I hope they had lots of visitors and it must have been a relief to finish before that deluge of wet stuff dropped out of the sky in the early evening.  Gee whizz, there was a lot of water in a very short space …

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Sunday 27th June

No club match today but Ange & Tina are playing Sarah & Lucy in the Senior Pairs at midday.  It should be a very close game.  All four girls have been playing really well. Jean, Nadine, Ann, Cathy & Dawn are all heading off to Banbury in search of cakes.  No, we’re not really.  Last …

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Saturday 26th June

Firstly, congratulations to the ‘old boys’ for their win against Hampton last night.  It was a good match and the heads were all pretty good.  Fractions and angles! Good to see Brian C with his family playing too.  Dan doesn’t seem to have lost his touch since he moved to North Devon!  Bowls and golf …

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More Results!

Well done to Steve, Norman & Kevin who won their delayed Middlesex Triples yesterday afternoon v Hampton.  The play date was last Friday and, if you can remember that far back, it was a completely wash out of a day!  They now play Laurie Gasgoine’s triple at Bishop Duppas on 5th July or earlier? Talking …

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Will it be Wet Monday?

Congratulations to Ann H on her Senior Singles win.  This puts Ann into the Area Final.  She has to play Wanda  from North London.  This match will be on a neutral green, so we will try and find out when and where for you! Unfortunately Cathy didn’t make the Championship Final when she lost to …

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Sunday 20th June – Good Luck!

Firstly good luck to Cathy who is playing in the semi-finals of the Middlesex Singles Championship at Holtwhites this morning.  Hopefully she will also be playing this afternoon in the final. Good luck to Ann H in the Senior SIngles at CP this morning v Marion Bushnell – postponed after Friday’s deluge! And good luck …

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The News that Keeps Giving!

As hinted on Tuesday, Audrey was indeed knocking on the Middlesex Colts’ Badge door and it has been opened, confirming that she had accumulated enough points over the years up to 2019 to receive her badge at a special County game on 14th July at Fordbridge Park.  Congratulations to another ‘Red Coat’!   Good luck …

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Exciting News for Sarah!

…… for Sarah and her team mates and her club mates too! With a nudge from Ange this morning to check the Middlesex Handbook and following confirmation from Jacquie E; by reaching the Final of the MIddlesex Triples yesterday, Sarah has won her Middlesex Colts’ Badge!  At the end of the season, all those who …

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More Wins and Commiserations

Congratulations to Corale & Tony Hartland for their +13 win in the club’s Carter Cup Competition.  They narrowly beat Bernard & Kevin L who had +12.  Thanks to Laurence for organising then re-organising into pairs after a couple of drop outs in the morning.  Thanks to Ann M for preparing a very welcome Ploughman’s meal …

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Well Done!

Both our Triples won yesterday v Staines.  Congratulations to them and also to Kevin L, who won his Middlesex Unbadged Singles match (he kept that one quiet!).  Next round for Kevin is next Thursday, time tbc. Good luck to Jean v Tina, Cathy v Dawn in the Singles Championships and Norman & Steve G who …

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Competition Updates

Well done to everyone who played today. It was wins for Laurence & Kevin in the Whisky Pairs, Cathy in the Champion of Champions; and Sarah, Ange & Dawn in the Triples. Jean plays Tina Cooper at Bishop Duppas at 2.00 pm on Friday.  Steve and Norman are back on the green at 4.00 pm …

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Whisky Wednesday – Update

If I’ve got this right, Norman & Steve take on Laurence & Kevin in the Middlesex Whisky Pairs this afternoon at MIDDAY, not 2.00 pm. As this particular competition doesn’t result in a National, the format should be 21 ends and 4 bowls each.  This is luxury compared to the other pairs competitions which are …

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Updates!

There were wins for Jean, Cathy & Dawn in the Middlesex Championships and Laurence & Gordon (on the 19th end – wow!) in the Senior Pairs!  Well done to all. The nexxt round of the MIddlesex Singles is on Friday, when Jean will play Tina away at Bishop Duppas and Dawn will play Cathy at …

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Diary for w/c 6th June

Sunday 6th June – Ladies Two Bowl Singles – Dawn lost in the first round.  Audrey, Ange and Marie lost in the second round and Ann lost on the last end in the third round .. to Tina C, so for the first time in many years, Cambridge Park won’t be in the quarter-finals of …

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Gold Stars to the Red Shirts!

We had a great day at the Johns Trophy & Walker Cup trials. Trevor cut the green early this morning and Terry set it up for us.  Top dogs were definitely Norman and Sarah who did a brilliant job with making cups of tea/coffee, sorting out the food, clearing up and washing up and being …

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Congratulations!

The sun beat down upon us yesterday at the Middlesex  v Bedfordshire match.  It was only 3 rinks but it was brilliant to get out on the green with friends from the other side of MIddlesex for the first time since summer 2019. Everyone enjoyed the bowls and the hospitality provided by Bush Hill Park …

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Well Done Gals and Commiserations Guys!

Well done to Nadine, Cathy & Ann who beat the Staines’ triple and to Sarah, Ange & Dawn winning their triples against Fordbridge Park.  They are now both through to the quarter-finals next Wednesday, 9th at 6.00 pm …. playing each other. Oh drat.  No pressure then! Commiserations to Laurence and Kevin who played their …

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Indoor Roll Ups

As I gather some of you may have not realised, the indoor section is open again with regular roll ups 10.00-12.00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays being run by Wilma. At the moment, play is limited to 6 per rink and I’m sure you’re all familiar with the hand sanitising, equipment disinfecting and social distancing! The …

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Open Day Today

Fancy  a roll up?  Have a family member or neighbour with nothing planned today?  Then pop down to the Club between 10.00 am and 6.00 pm Ange, Scott and co will be welcoming you with open arms and a chance to learn some new skills Jane will have the bar open from 11.30 am, so …

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Good Luck to the Team Today!

Match v Hurlingham Park this afternoon at 2.30 pm at Cambridge Park. Will the weather hold?  Well, if this morning’s clouds blow over, it’s supposed to be better later and then from tomorrow, I think the 7th wettest May on record will just about be over!  I guess we’re lucky as it’s been the worst …

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Happy Centenary and Many Birthdays!

Looking forward to a wet and windswept Centenary match this afternoon at 2.30 pm!  We will laugh at it no doubt! It’s also a big weekend for birthdays with Val F, Ann H, Ray V and Ange (and her twin sister, Susie, of course!  We hope you have time to celebrate with your families and …

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It Was a Win All Round!

Well done to everyone who contributed to the Middlesex Bannerette from Terry & Ann, Ange & Scott, Norman, Gordon, Sarah, Audrey, Jane for their pre-match work to everyone who played and those brave spectators who stayed to the end, despite the drop in temperature to the samosa and pakora donation from Lynde House.  On top …

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Updated – Bowls England Guidance from 17th May

Bowls England is delighted to publish our latest guidance for Return To Play, following today’s (Monday 10 May) confirmation from the Prime Minister regarding a further easing of restrictions from next week. From Monday 17 May, England will enter Step 3 of the Government’s roadmap, and this is now reflected in our latest guidance. The …

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Windsor & Eton Match

Despite the torrential downpour yesterday morning, it was agreed the game would go ahead.  George thought it might help in slowing their green down a bit!  In fact the green looked lovely and the pace was perfect, although that doesn’t mean we all played perfect shots every time! Audrey had a marathon and a half’s …

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Damp Squid

I was hoping to report of a friendly match with a win for Cambridge Park this morning.  However, even though the fixture was confirmed by Sunbury, it did not make their fixture list.  Oh!  We’ve all made mistakes. Still, it was a good job it was the fixture was scheduled for home as our team …

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Thursday 6th May v Sunbury – Home

In case I haven’t posted this on here already, the teams are: Brian C, Nadine & skip Norman Janice, Marie & skip George Joan, Gordon & skip Richard H Audrey, Margaret & skip David H Reserves;   Ray V and Tricia (who will both be playing in Saturday’s game) Captain:  Norman 2.30 pm start.  Greys.  Come …

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Gardening and Plant Donations

We were fortunate enough to have a visit from Mr Squires or Squires Garden Centre yesterday.  They are going to give us two or three rhododendrons to plant as a reminiscence of the garden surrounding the bowls green back in 1921, which is lovely. He thought the whole outside area a real treasure and had …

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Wrap Up!

Well that wind was blowing a hooley last night.  I wouldn’t have liked to be having dinner or a drink even in a pub garden at 9.00 pm!  It’s not surprise that the hospitality industry is asking that indoor dining be opened earlier than 17th May!  However, it might be a lot warmer by then …

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Roll Up, Roll Up!

A few roll ups including this morning Friday – from 10.00 am – 12.00 pm with bar open for outside drinks Tomorrow, Saturday, from 2.00 – 4.00 pm Monday 10.00 am – 12.00 pm as usual even though it’s Bank Holiday For all the above, the maximum of 24 on the green applies.  After 17th …

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Membership Forms – A Nudge!

Morning! Just a reminder that Membership Forms are available to download here 210402 – CP Membership Application 2021-2022 – Rev.1 or a paper version can be collected from the round table in the Clubhouse.  They need to be completed and given to Ange or put in the C pigeon hole.  Ange will then issue your …

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Midweek

Well we’ve been back on the green a few days now.  Are you enjoying it?  How are your muscles?  I hope they’re not aching too much! The green was playing very well on Saturday – more like the speed of an end May green.  Maybe this will encourage a few indoor bowlers to come and …

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Five Months More ….

Don’t worry, I won’t be ruining another song – if there is one called Five Months More! If we’re playing from now until the end of September, that means 5 months of outdoor bowling.  Let’s hope that North East wind disappears soon! Now, HUGE apologies to Ann M, who organised a raffle on Saturday and …

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What a Great Start to the Centenary Season!

There was sun!  There was warmth!  There were bowlers!  There was banter!  There was outdoor hospitality!  There was a Birthday! And, most importantly, we were with friends! Well done to everyone who helped get the club ready from digging, washing, polishing, gardening, de-mossing, leaf clearing and to those working yesterday – Ange & Scott, Gordon, …

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One Day More

One day more Another day, another destiny This never-ending road to bowling green These members who seem to know my fate Will surely come a second date One day more Will you take your place with me? The time is soon One day more  One day to a new bowls season Raise the flag of …

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Flagging it up!

Does anyone remember when we last used the Cambridge Park flag?  Gordon found the bunting but he and others have drawn a blank on the flag when they looked yesterday.  It must be hiding somewhere. The County websites have been updated this week, so if you’re looking for more information, please head over to  http://www.middlesexcba.co.uk/ …

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Updates

I don’t know how many of you caught HRH Prince Philip’s funeral on television yesterday.  I managed to park the car for the 1 minute silence and then watched a bit on my phone before going home to watch on catch up.  I thought it was a very moving occasion and Prince Philip had done …

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Working Party Wednesday!

The sun is shining but it’s still cold, so make sure you have plenty of layers you can take on and off depending on whether you’re lugging mats or cleaning tables etc. in groups of six.  10.00 am – 12.00 pm.  Bring rubber gloves and/or gardening gloves or whatever you need to handle things that …

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Sunshine!

Lovely morning although chilly at 0C.  For all those gardeners, don’t plant out your seedlings yet.  The weather girl said there would still be overnight frosts/low temperatures.  If you’re coming to join the working parties tomorrow, please make sure you’re warm enough and bring rubber and/or gardening gloves! If you’re reading this and play outdoors …

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Friday Snippets

Good to see the Isleworth contingent getting the daily exercise along the towpath in the cold yesterday! A few snippets fowarded from Steve G which I hope make you smile on this sunny (and chilly again) Friday!  Thanks, Steve. Put chocolate at the top of your list today.  That way, at least you’ll get one …

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Chivalry is Not Dead!

As mentioned, I was stewarding at a vaccination centre yesterday – missed Terry M who was getting jabbed in the morning.  It wasn’t exactly busy.  Some people turned up at about 3 pm looking for any spare so they could be inoculated.  One of the ladies in charge of the centre told them to go …

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Blame it on the Media!

So, late again today with this post. I received an email from the Chairman at 6.45 am saying Channel 5 were coming into the office this morning to do an interview regarding the latest news on “Don’t book a summer holiday abroad yet” that came out in the PM’s news briefing yesterday. I had intended …

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Lots of Singing

I hope you had a good Easter Sunday.  I was prepared for the cold weather that I thought was forecast.  Wrong! Anyway, I was down at the club having a wrestle with some of the ivy which had cemented itself into the ground across the flowerbed.  It was surprisingly warm so I took a few …

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Aitchoo, Aitchoo, Aitchoo!

I hope you all enjoyed yesterday’s lovely weather.  What a treat! On the downside, if you have been sneezing more than you thought you ought to, you could be suffering from pollen from the birch trees. Think it’s getting chiller over the weekend, so get out today if you can.  Richmond Terrace was pretty busy …

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Canadian Bowler Interviews

This interview with Katherine Rednall came up on one of the Facebook groups and it’s worth a listen.  They have interviewed other bowlers around the world, so if you’re looking for something different to occupy the odd half hour, look up The Canadian Bowler Interview on YouTube and select a couple to listen to.

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Tick Tock, Tick Tock – 6 Days to Step 1 Part 2

A few updates from the Government, but we still have to wait for Bowls England for further guidance .  Selected highlights below, but you can read the full article on https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-grassroots-sports-guidance-for-the-public-and-sport-providers?fbclid=IwAR1VTln7xncXYCoodevT0jj6zdj9U5k15PtJ_Uuhr53Rr6zMYj6_YQTz33U Coronavirus (COVID-19): grassroots sports guidance for the public and sport providers This guidance sets out information for the public and sport providers on how …

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“Ain’t it a glorious day ….”

“Bright as a morning in May. I wish that I could fly. ‘ave you ever the grass so green or a bluer sky? Oh, it’s a jolly ‘oliday with Margaret/Beryl/Jims/Gerry/Norman/Nadine/Anns/Terry/Ange/Sarah/Lucy/Peters/Richards/Kevins/Mikes/Jeans/Rons/Archie/Ians/Gym/Gordon/Laurence/Steves/Tricia/Barry/Teresa/Tina/Jonathan/Johns/Brendas/Eileens/Val/Brians/Daves/Davids/Bobs/Frances/Gill/anyone and everyone ! OK, so it’s not a holiday with Mary Poppins and Bert, just another day in lockdown but one much nearer freedom and …

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CENSUS DAY!

But first, belated Happy Birthday greetings to Jean S for yesterday.  The little bird got delayed!  It looks as if you were well looked after and spoiled by all the family.  Hopefully it was your only birthday in lockdown. This is just a reminder to complete your Census Day form online or by paper and …

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Assorted News

Heard from Gerry yesterday (who, like most of us, is itching for warmer weather!) who was walking in the Woodlands Garden in Bushy Park where he bumped into Mike Brown who works there and both chaps are well. Isle of Wight Ron has finished his sessions of treatment and is hoping to get down to …

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No SkyLarking Around !

I picked this up from the St Margaret’s e-newsletter yesterday regarding our job in protecting Skylarks in Richmond Park Please feel free to forward to any of your friends who might walk in Richmond Park and not pick this up anywhere else. How strange that skylarks nest on the ground!

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Centenary Polo Shirts and Fleeces

Norman is taking orders for Club Centenary Polo Shirts and Fleeces. They’re a very nice quality and you’ll look great when out with friends – when we’re allowed out/in with friends!   If you’re on Facebook, you can go to the Cambridge Park page and see the video of Norman modelling the shirt and the …

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International Women’s Day

I think it’s also numerous other special days, including the one where the children go back to school. Raise a mug, cup, glass or whatever to all the women you know but don’t forget all those who support us women, be it girl friends, partners, spouses, brothers, Dads etc. If  you want to learn more …

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Update from Bowls England

UPDATE | 2021 SEASON PLANNING 5th March, 2021 by Matt Wordingham Following last Saturday’s meeting and two further consultation sessions with our county colleagues, we wanted to provide an update to our bowls community on plans for the 2021 season. Our overriding objective remains leading the sport’s return to play and helping provide an environment where all …

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EIBA Competition Entries 2021

The link should take you to the EIBA Competition Form for next indoor season. Named Entrant Competition Entry Form A Inc International All entries submitted for 2020/21 are being carried over, so you only need to complete a form for changes or new entries. The Middlesex Indoor competition entry fees were re-imbursed, so there will …

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News from the Towpath!

Bumped into Terry and Ann yesterday.  Terry said he hadn’t yet been over run with volunteers for ditch cleaning/clearing and rubber cleaning yet … but he would like some help as he’s cracked some ribs following slipping down a slope in Kingston.  If any of you have cracked or broken ribs, you will know how …

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Writer’s Block

It happens to most authors and I guess bloggers just the same, so apologies there wasn’t a post yesterday. The bowls’ news is centred on the Commonwealth Games in 2022 at Leamington and this year’s Nationals with a few things to be resolved by Bowls England in discussion with the County Secretaries. Closer to home, …

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EIBA Update

We will open indoors as soon as we can but here are the latest EIBA Guidelines. ROADMAP OUT OF LOCKDOWN HOW INDOOR BOWLS IS AFFECTED Following the Prime Minister’s Statement to Parliament this week on how the Government propose to ease lockdown restrictions and offer the Country a route back to a more normal life, …

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Sausage Bap Recommendation

The Maceys have reported that the cafe roughly where Richmond Ice Rink stood is indeed open and can recommend their sausage baps. More news as the duvets were discarded, the fleeces and jackets adorned as many of you stepped out in yesterday’s sunshine. Nadine reported that having seen no one for ages, she passed Beryl, …

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Happy Birthday, Di S!

Happy Birthday, Di! We hope you have a good day – the sun has come out for you. We hope there is tea and cake lined up, if not jelly and ice cream! Looking forward to seeing you and Dick back at the club when we’re allowed groups of 6 at the end of March. …

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New Lidl in East Twickenham

For those of you who like Lidl or are curious, the new one in East Twickenham, between the club and Richmond Bridge, opens today.  The Deer Park Primary School are moving into the two floors above it.   The store includes a bakery (yummy), toilets (good news) and ample parking – although that might not be …

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Bowls England Announcement Regarding 2021 Season

BOWLS ENGLAND LOOKS FORWARD TO START OF 2021 OUTDOOR SEASON 22nd February, 2021 by Matt Wordingham Today’s roadmap for the easing of lockdown restrictions enables Bowls England, counties and affiliated clubs to prepare with confidence for the 2021 outdoor season.  The Prime Minister’s announcement confirmed that outdoor affiliated bowls clubs will be able to open from 29 …

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Spring is on the Way

Well the temperature has certainly risen – 10C at the moment and going up to 14C!  It’s a shame the sun isn’t out but maybe that will come later. Not a lot to report today except the news that family maybe able to make visits to care homes and hold hands with their loved ones …

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Wet and Warm-ish

It’s going up to 17-18 C at the weekend.  That’ll almost be shorts weather.  Probably a good time to go and survery the ravages of winter on the gardens and see what needs digging up and check on the spring flowers about to show their colours.  Really looking forward to that. Meanwhile today it just …

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Are you Tossing Up Today?!

Shrove Tuesday.  How did that come round so quickly? I made American Pancakes from “Nigella Bites”.  Sometimes, I have bacon and maple syrup on them but today it’s blueberries, raspberries and Greek yogurt (other yogurts are available). We used to go to the dentist in Dorking (a squash plyaing friend started his practice there) and …

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Park Lane Stables, Teddington

Think we’d better gloss over this morning’s cricket.  What happened?  Over confidence? Wales had a great win yesterday which will mean Ian and Luigi will be very happy today but the Scottish contingent will feel robbed. England, however, bounced back with extra verve with their 41-18 win over Italy.  Keep it up lads! The Australian …

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Good Luck!

Mike & Tina are moving house today.  It’s not raining and it’s not windy which is a plus but it’s not shorts weather either.  We wish them good luck today and hope they’ll be very happy in their new home – still in Middlesex, so great for bowling! An email from Ann D yesterday confirmed …

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Forgot to Mention the Rugby!

The English supporters won’t have minded that I forgot about the rugby yesterday.  However, our Scottish contingent must have been leaping up and down with their earned win at Twickenham. On the plus side, the England supporters would have been over the moon with the cricket yesterday and a double century for Joe Root and …

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Anyone for Tennis?

Apart from a lot of live bowls from Australia which you can find via YouTube and Facebook, the Australian Open Tennis starts this weekend, but Brenda D has said that the ATP warm up tournament in Melbourne is also viewable online.  If you have Amazon Prime Video,  go to Sports and you can watch it …

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Good Newsy Update from Kevin K

Kevin emailed yesterday.  You will remember that he spent nearly a fortnight in hospital battling Covid. Dawn, I don’t know if you read or viewed the article on the use of Oximeters for monitoring the %age of oxygen in your blood last Wednesday on the BBC. Well when I was discharged from hospital, 2 weeks …

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Today’s World Bowls

A bit late as my pc wasn’t playing ball or bowls! Wayne Wilgress (Eng) and Michael Stepney (Scotland) are now in play just into final end of first set At 2.00 pm Paul Foster MBE (Scotland) plays Sam Barkley (Ireland – I think!) at 3.45 pm Stewart Anderson (Scotland) v Andrew Walters (Eng) – Andrew …

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Monday Again!

Seventh Day of this lockdown.  Can’t believe we haven’t completed a full week yet.  If the November lockdown dragged, this one might drag more … unless we find some things to do.  Keep watching the World Bowls Championships on Facebook or YouTube – they’re only17 days in total and that’ll be it for another year, …

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World Bowls Championships Start This Morning – Friday 8th

You can watch it on YouTube (as well as all the previous years’ matches)  https://www.youtube.com/user/WorldBowlsTour or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/worldbowlstour or on the wearejustapp.co.uk on your smart phone if you have one. A few changes to the line up but the Open Pairs starts at 10.00 am today Match 1st Round                                                                                             Quarter Finals …

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It’s Good to Laugh!

Courtesy of one of Isle of Wight Ron’s friends…. SERIOUS LOCK DOWN ADVICE Everyone PLEASE be careful because people are going crazy from being locked down at home! I was just talking about this with the microwave and the toaster while drinking my tea, and we all agreed that things are getting bad. I didn’t …

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On a Positive Note

This National Lockdown may mean we cannot open for bowls for a few weeks but, in the long run, we should be safer as more vaccinations will be done during this time.  Gerry is still on for his second jab soon.   Hooray! (I looked online and there are now more than 12 million ahead of …

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Clinging on to Christmas?

Listening to  Good Morning Sunday today and thir theme was Clinging on to Christmas. Some people have Christmas presents under the tree awaiting the day that the family can come round again be it Easter or August.  Although it’s not twelfth night yet, many are leaving the decorations up for another couple of months to …

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2021 Let’s Go!

A new day, a new chapter, a new year.  We’re moving forward. Time for fresh air! … And that is just what Sarah (camera woman), Lucy and Merve (now undisguised as Olive) did!           Anyone like to share their New Year’s Resolutions?  Real and ‘pie-in-the-sky’ resolutions accepted!

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Tidying Up 2020

Well, what a year!  It’s probably one that none of us would like to see repeated in our lifetime.  It all started so promising then March arrived and the invisible virus that had been lurking under cover suddenly turned the  world upside down. On the positive side, people looked out for their neighbours, their family …

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Was it Crackers?

2020 Christmas Day ticked off the list as another unusual ‘event’ day this year.  On the plus side, having been out walking both yesterday and this morning, there was considerable lack of cans, bottles, glasses, party streamers etc on the paths, so that was good. Andy Knott, who will be familiar to some of you, …

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Christmas Greetings

Ann & Terry Macey would like to send best wishes for a Happy Christmas and the New Year to all the Club members.  Ann also added that she will be having a big fund-raising raffle in 2021, so if you have duplicate Christmas gifts or ones you won’t use, please hang on to them and …

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Emails and Carols

Whilst the hunt is on for those mischievous reindeers, I wanted to say thank you for all the emails that have been received. The Club has stayed open for play as much as possible, thanks to the drive of the Board directed by Ange’s healthcare professionalism with preparing and submitting the Risk Assessments with great …

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Christmas Jumper Day!

Today, Friday 11th December is Christmas Jumper Day in aid of Save the Children.  Several people across the country are seen in festive attire to have fun whilst raising funds for children who need help in the way of food, clothing, home etc. Peter & Gill Chapman are also fund-raising for Cancer Research.  A video …

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Well Booked!

Great to see that rink bookings started flooding in yesterday with Richard D being the first kid off the block this afternoon and Peter J bringing up the rear tonight! Thank you.  We are so pleased to be open again and your support through booking and playing is good all round.  If you need rink …

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Day 28 – National Lockdown Countdown!

I thought it would look better if we counted down the days rather go upwards this time. I have copied this from the TOG’s (Terry Wogan’s Geezers & Gals) Forever Group Facebook page (permission was given) … Pooh woke up that morning, and, for reasons that he didn’t entirely understand, couldn’t stop the tears from …

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Day 17 – Tier 2 – EIBA Statement

COVID-19 National Lockdown Statement Following the Government’s announcement on Saturday 31st October, it is with regret that all Indoor Bowls Clubs will have to close from 00.01 on Thursday 5th November 2020.This will mean that Clubs’ last permitted sessions will be the evening of Wednesday 4th November. The National Lockdown will be in place until …

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Day 13 – Tier 2

Bit late with today’s post.  Sorry if you’ve been eagerly awaiting something highly interesting! We’re going to move to using all four rinks – hopefully from Sunday.  I’m awaiting to hear back from David H and our web host – the wonderful man who has been accommodating all our rink booking needs over the last …

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Day 12 – Tier 2

As no one is admitting to an electric blanket, I’ll go back to bowls.  Namely the English Bowls Coaching Coaching Scheme Handbook from 1980. The Shots of the Game The draw shot has a numer of valutaionts – position; trail; rest; block; yard-on; wick  (Apparently you don’t admit to playing a ‘fluke’ shot but just …

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Day 11 – Tier 2

Update on George H.  He’s still in West Middlesex, but alas no visitors allowed apart from his daughter.  Please send him some positive thoughts. Yesterday’s breakfast radio show was talking about electric blankets.  Have you got one?  Do you used to have one and don’t bother now?  Are hot water bottles more your thing? As …

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Day 6 – Tier 2

Sarah H has discovered this year’s Lonely Planet Guides.   Full of informative and rewarding information for all. Once you’ve finished those, she also recommends The Snow Child by Eowtn Ivey, The Midnight Library by Matt Haig and The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes.  Thanks, Sarah Having looked at the outside edge of my jigsaw …

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Day 3 – Tier 2

Having put heads together and taking some advice, we hope to have an update on playing indoors in the next couple of days.  Fingers crossed. I was reading on a post on Worldwide Facebook page, that there are bowlers out there living in a Tier 2 area who cannot bowl because their club is in …

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Day 2 of Tier 2

Bedding in the washing machine, an hour’s walk done, and what next?  Dusting?  Hoovering? Baking? Singing? Reading?  Listening to the radio?  Plenty of choice of course.  Even if we don’t want to do any of those things, we can still count our blessings on what we have and still can do. If you live on …

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Change in Procedure!

Having tried to work out the sign in and vouchers, the first go has appeared clumsy, so a small change. When you arrive at the club (wearing your face protection of course), please sign in at the NHS Trace & Test QR code if you have the facility to do so. Sanitise your hands as …

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Keep Behaving!

Local colleges and schools are back so reported cases of the virus have gone up in Richmond borough this week. Keep doing what you’re doing – wearing your face coverings when you should both coming in and out of the club and in shops, on transport etc. ; washing your hands frequently or using sanitising …

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