Author: Dawn Slaughter

Coaching Sessions for New Bowlers Starting at the end of October

Coaching Course for New Bowlers to begin on Saturday 30th October.  The following sessions will be on Sunday 7th November, Saturday 13th November and Saturday 20th November.

Sessions run from 9.30 to 12.00. You will need to attend all four sessions. Please bring bowls shoes or flat soled shoes not worn outside. There is a list in the Club, but you can let me know on or by phone 020 8898 4855.



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 of ladies short for the Yetton v King George Field – both matches on Saturday 23rd at 10.00 am and then we all play again on Saturday 6th in either the second round of these competitions or the Plate.

The Top Club team playing away v Hounslow on Sunday morning is on the board as well as the team playing the mixed friendly v Egham in the afternoon.

There was a good turnout for yesterday afternoon’s roll up.  Two more sessions this Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30 pm then, from next Monday, the leagues will start and we’ll all be playing more often!


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’ gear!

Jacquie Elkin did a whizz of a job organising the event on behalf of the County ladies supported by Liz Dutton, Dee Hardy, and Ann Barrett from the Executive (Kevin & Sally are away).  Thanks to Cathy Taylor the Benevolent Organiser and Marie Curry the 200 Club Organiser too.

Paul Robson, Bowls England President; Dot Stanners, Middlesex Ladies President from 2019; and Brian Hearn, current Middlesex Men’s President, handed out the trophies.

Sandra Williamson-Mills, as 2021 County Champion, spoke on behalf of all the competitors and county supporters.

Mandy Simpson & Angela Martel very efficiently organised the raffle and £400 was raised.

We had a good time but were sorry that not all of the CP members nor all other county members were able to join us.  Photos of all attendees by table are on the Bowls Middlesex FB page.

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 Gym & Dawn last night.

As far as I know, the only other National being played soon is the Mixed Fours where Steve, Tricia, Jean & Norman play John & Amanda Donaghue + 2 on Saturday morning at Cambridge Park.

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 join us, please?  If not, we will probably have to merge the two teams into one which none of us want to do.

An extra set of bowling hands would be welcome on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays too.

If you’re new to Cambridge Park and the indoor leagues, whichever team you are in does not require you to play every single week.  For most that would be too big a commitment.  So, if you’re hesitant about joining on that score, don’t worry.  Having players who are happy to play once or twice each month would be lovely!

Please contact David on

It’s a lovely morning and the bonus of not working is that I can get out for an early  morning walk along the river.  Apologies to those sitting up in bed of a-morning awaiting the day’s posting.   Normal service will be resumed once I start work again.  Just waiting to find out the date … probably after my arm has been used as a pin cushion for many jabs!

Open Evening – Friday 15th October

If you would like to bring any family/friends/neighbours along to the club to ‘have a go’, Friday is a good evening to do it!

There will be members on hand to assist with basic coaching as well as have a bit of fun on the green.

It will start at 6.00 pm and go through to 9.00 pm.  It’s a come-and-go evening.  No one is expected to stay all 3 hours but we wouldn’t stop them!


We’ve added a couple of dates for the diary.  Ange is keen to have a Christmas Lunch/Dinner this year, so this will be in December.  (Eagle-eyed Ray V pointed out that 13th December isn’t a Sunday and we may have finals on 12th.   Thanks, Ray)  We will put a list up on the board when we have worked out the cost.  Numbers will be limited.

On Monday 27th December, Ange will do her “Cottage Pie & Prosecco” Bowls, so watch out for more details about that too.

Our match in the new year v Met Police has been cancelled.   Their captain of 22 years is no longer able to run the team.  No one else has come forward to take over so they fear that the Met Police Bowls team will cease to exist.  That is very sad.  All bowls clubs need volunteers to step up to keep their clubs going.

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

They’re quite short episodes, so good interviews with people in world of bowls and assorted bowls related topics.


While thinking about Bowls England, their individual competition entries e.g. Senior Singles, Senior Pairs and Mixed Competitions will be opening early in November.

Norman needs the forms and fees for the Middlesex Competitons back by 20th October not 10th (apologies for making you all rush!).


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 Monday to Friday at 10.00 am.

Roll ups also this Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30 pm.

On competition news, Peter T & Di S lost by one shot on the final end of their National Mixed Pairs on Saturday at Egham.  Gym & Dawn are playing another Egham pair on Wednesday at CP at 6.30 pm and Steve G & Tricia are playing yet another Egham pair on Thursday at Egham.

Mixed Fours are coming up – when we’ve fixed the date!  Peter T’s four are playing Dawn’s four, so that will be a home fixture.

It’s a gorgeous morning out there, so get out if you can.  Have a coffee sitting in the sunshine and top up your Vitamin D!


Mike Wise – Funeral Details

For those of you who know Ann and Mike Wise who played outdoors at NPL, there was some sad news via John Dilley this morning.

Mike had a fall at the end of August and while in hospital it was found that the cancer already under treatment had spread much more rapidly than anyone had realised.  He spent the last weeks of his life in a hospice – it was obviously a difficult time for the family.

Ann has played indoors at CP for a few years but I’m not sure if Mike ever did.  We are sending our love and thoughts to Ann and family for their loss.

Mike’s funeral is at 12.30 next Thursday, 14th October, at St Mark’s Church, St Mark’s Road, Teddington, quite close to where Mike and Ann lived together.