Author: Dawn Slaughter

And your New Club Champions are ……

Gordon MacLeod and Ange Cumine!  Huge Congratulatiosn!

The finals were worthy of such with plenty of banter amongst the men and serious concentration with the girls.

Peter Chapman had a good win over Brian Noel and Gordon over Brian Curwood in the men’s semi-finals and Ange had a comfortable win over Audrey and Dawn scraped through v Stella Spaulding.

In the Ladies’ final, Dawn took a strong lead playing short jacks, then went off the boil as Ange came into her own with long jacks, so from being 3-16 down, Ange had a great come back to win 21-16.

There seemed to be a of antics on the next door rink with Peter lying on the mat at one point and a crowd hanging over the ditch to see who was holding.  Anyway, Gordon came through as the winner and it was a good match enjoyed by all.

Thanks to Laurence for organising the competition, to Margaret for setting the rinks out, to Roy, Terry, Richard H and Laurence for marking and to Jane behind the bar, and Gym on his gardening watering stint!

It was good to see so many people watching and applauding where appropriate and enjoying the occasion and finally, thank you to the sun, which came out and stayed out, making playing and spectating much more enjoyable!

Across the county, Lucy & Kevin won their quarter final 21-20 and Mike & Tina won theirs 21-19 (on the last end apparently).  Great news but then they had to play each other and Mike & Tina secured their place in the Middlesex Mixed Pairs Final on Saturday 25th September.  They play Tony Waller (Ladygate) & Rose Mayo (Rosedale Park).  Good luck to them.

Dave Pitt was pon fairly even scores at 5 ends v Roy Spencer in the Thames Valley Pairs final.  I haven’t had the result yet.


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 from Hurlingham Park.  Elaine then went on to lose the final v Hannah Hollis of Bush Hill Park, who has had a tremendous season.

Today sees the Club Singles Semi-finals and final, the former starting at 10.00 am and the latter around 1.00 pm.   If you are coming to support, you will be able to get a drink but the bar is mainly in the kitchen as the original bar area is under refurbishment.  There will be some cake if you want just tea and cake but no ‘lunch’.

Stella S, Audrey, Ange & Dawn in the Ladies semis and Brian C, Brian N, Peter C & Gordon in the Men’s.

Further afield, Lucy & Kevin and Tina & Mike C are playing in the quarter finals of the Middlesex Mixed Pairs  at Wealdstone – not against each other.  We would, of course, like them only to meet in the final!

Later this afternoon, Dave P has a Thames Valley final.  I’ve now got so confused with all the area competitions, I cannot remember what he is playing!

Anyway, good luck to all our members wherever they are playing today.  Weather is good too and the greens should be running smoothly.

Hope to see some of you later.

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 or N Klimentjeva (apologies, I’m not sure who she is and don’t have my book with me)  Good luck Cathy!

2.30 pm Roll up.  It may be another informal men v ladies, depending on numbers.  We’ll see.  This is probably the last weekend roll up outdoors this season.  We have matches on 18th & 19th and then the final REAL Men v Ladies on 25th September!


10.00 am Club Singles Semi-Finals

10.00 am  Lucy & Kevin play Ann Bell & Steve Skinner from Ladygate and Tina & Mike Cooper play Glen & Sue Adams in the quarter-finals of the Middlesex Mixed Pairs at Wealdstone.  Good luck to both ‘our’ pairs!

1.00 pm Club Singles Final

2.00 pm ish – Middlesex Mixed Pairs Semi-Finals  (Final on 25th September)


The bar at the Club is undergoing renovations.  It will be open at the normal times, but please excuse the inconvenience.

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Water, Water Everywhere …..

Taking a day off from bowls!

There was a long article in the Saturday Times regarding the amount of water we use, leading to where we can reduce our water consumption in the homes on ourselves to become more eco and planet friendly.

My Granny used to bath once a week and she and my Mum were fond of ‘flannel’ washes at the sink.  I did not like those!  However, it is suggested we return to this as it only uses about 2 litres of water compared to 20+ litres using the shower – and don’t use the shower for more than 2 minutes!

Baths should be kept for special occasions (birthdays?!).  I’m sure the Body Shop, Lush etc etc will be really pleased about that suggestion.

After 6 weeks of not washing your hair, the natural oils will clean and condition it.  One of my colleagues who is an avid outdoor girl going rock climbing every weekend up in Scotland stopped washing her hair during lockdown.  The photos she shared after 6+ weeks show really glossy, curly locks.  Maybe lockdown was a very good time to start unwashing?  It’s not something I want to try though.

Only wash towels and sheets every fortnight or longer – turn bottom sheet over. Have an extra sheet between the duvet and your body, so you don’t need to wash the duvet cover so often.  I thought I was being slovenly washing bedding and towels every fortnight – polishing my halo a little bit now.

Wash no more than 20 items of clothing a month.  What?  The Eco expert obviously never plays any sport.  I would beg people to wash clothes they’ve sweated in after every use!  My halo is falling down now.  The suggestion is to sponge them down or air them.

Don’t rinse food off plates etc before putting in the dishwasher.  Hmm.  Who wants to scrape dirty scraps out of the filter?  Probably better to use the sink and forget the dishwasher altogether.  At least that gets round someone having to empty it!  (It’s one job I won’t miss when I leave my job at the end of the month!)

Wipe round pans you’ve used for boiling an egg or pasta.  It doesn’t need a full wash.

Use a mop and bucket to wash your floors, then recycle the water in the garden (not the bathtub!)

And, finally, “If it’s yellow, let it mellow.  If it’s brown, flush it down.”  Oh I remember my uncle, Elwyn Duncan, quoting that one.  Apparently we could be using up to 13 litres of drinkable water every time we flush the loo.  Dual flush loos use much less – around 4-6 litres.

The writer didn’t mention water butts.  That’s a good way of recycling rain water.

Looking through all of those suggestions, maybe our grandparents and parents were being really eco-friendly, but not realising it.  We all welcomed washing machines, power showers, hoovers, bath gels, cleaning wipes etc. – especially us girls, so we didn’t have to spend 60-70% of the week doing housework in some form or other.  The innovations also gave us more opportunities to go out and work and become more independent.

I have moved to using ‘bamboo’ cloths instead of cotton wool pads for removing make up at night.  The cloths still need to be washed thoroughly after use.  How does that balance between the plastic in cotton wool pads and the amount of water and soap to clean the cloth?

Have we gone too far now?  What do you remember from your youth regarding water and what are you doing now that helps save the planet?  Any suggestions are good.  You might be doing something that we haven’t thought of but could be really useful.


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 good to see the green covered with bowlers.

Although it was a win to Cambridge Park (we’re disallowing LW’s President said they were playing to Euro rules so their score should be doubled for an away match!), the London Welsh came into their own post match.  Badges were awarded and penalty fines with our own indoor members – Carole Atkinson (LW Vice President) and  Luigi Fulgoni coming out with the heaviest fines (of course!).


I hope one of the above link works for you – it should download the file.  Full version on the Cambridge Park Facebook page.


On a final note, Sarah, Lucy, Tricia, Tina and Dawn’s win over Gym, Steve G, Kevin, Laurie and Mike on Saturday was very legitimate, despite Norman’s protestations!   Our only apology was that we just didn’t appear to be able to produce the same quality of play in our respective teams yesterday!