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Thanks and Middlesex – Men’s Competition Draws

Thanks to everyone who came along yesterday morning and did their bit to help out.

If I can remember everyone, there was Margaret B, Graham D, Beryl B, Norman, Sarah H,

Terry & Ann M, Gordon, Ange, Scott, Gym,

Shirley & Tony O, Brian N, Brian C, Derek R, Peter & Gill C, Peter A, Barry and Gerry.



Good to see Kevin, K, John E, Frances & Bob, Colin H, Alan B who were collecting their bowls ready for the outdoor seasons at Hampton, Strawberry Hill and Teddington.  Also good to have a brief catch up with Dave & Brenda S.

Thanks to Gordon and Jane for serving the drinks.

It was so much fun, we can repeat it all tomorrow (Friday)!  10.00 – 12.00 pm with drinks to purchase afterwards – bring your Membership Card, Debit or Credit card to pay.

The outdoor online rink booking system is now LIVE!  David H has been liaising with our web host to get us up and running and adding the indoor rink booking when pairs and triples play is allowed.

If you’re intending to come to the Monday, Wednesday & Friday morning roll ups, there is a maximum of 24 allowed on the green until we get to Roadmap Step 3, when hopefully we can have 48 on there!  David H has blocked booked these sessions for the roll-ups.


The Middlesex Men’s and Mixed Draws are now available on – click on the link on their home page

The National Competition draws have been published for almost everything now on


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 have been tucked away in the shed for six months.  Hand sanitiser available, but you might want to bring hand cream.  If you like a mid-morning coffee/tea, please bring a vacuum flask. If you can hang on until midday  Jane will serve drinks to your outside tables, so you’ll need your Membership Card and/or Credit/Debit card for payment.  We will repeat the process on Friday!

Membership Application Forms will be on hand.

I know a few of you who wanted to come are unable for various reasons, so we wish you well.

See some of you later.


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 at another club, it would be a good chance ot collect your bowls either tomorrow or Friday between 10.00 am and 1.30 pm as there will definitely be people at the club.  If you have indoor members who do not have internet access, perhaps you could pass this message on,please?  Thanks

Bowls England posted another missive on their Facebook page

Following the publication our Return to Play Guidance, we’ve produced the following answers to your queries:
We hope this clears up any queries you have about getting back on the greens! #BackToBowls


Monday 12th April – Step 2 of More Freedom

It’s snowing!  So if you’re heading out for coffee, the pub for a drink or a meal, make sure you’ve got plenty of layers on.

If you’re heading to the shops, hairdresser, beauty parlour, gym, swimming pool (brrrr), remember to keep your distancing up and wash your hands as soon as you get home.

We’ve made it through this far.  Let’s keep going and be sensible!

I sound like my mother!  I might even sound like your mother, if not the Prime Minister!

Have a good Monday!

Are you Suffering from Brain Fog?

Brain fog seems to be happening to lots of people.  It’s a symptom of pregnancy, not that I think that affects any of our members!  It’s a symptom of post Covid,  which I hope isn’t the case for you.  Maybe it’s a symptom of the last weird and not-so-wonderful year with all the lockdowns, restrictions, the stopping, the starting, etc. etc.

Then there’s getting older and we forget where we put our glasses, our keys, the birthday card – carefully chosen then tucked away until the right time – and also where did we park the car at the supermarket?!

Well, we think one of you may have forgotten that you parked at the Club last Sunday and have forgotten.  You may have reported the car stolen (oops) or worse, you may have parked the car and then been taken ill.  We really hope that isn’t the case.

So this little chap is still parked at the club.  It has a Cambridge Park Bowls Club sticker inside the windscreen but it is not on our database.  If it is yours, please could you collect it and let us know so that we can add the registration alongside your membership.


Looking at the photos reminds me that my car needs a wash too!

Deepest Condolences to H.M. The Queen

Such sad news this morning that the 99 year old HRH Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh has passed away.  To lose a spouse after 73 years of marriage would be heartbreaking for anyone and our thoughts go to Her Majesty, The Queen and the others in the Royal Family.  She always spoke of him as her ‘rock’ who has been with her from the early death of her father announced when she and Philip were on Royal Duty in Kenya right through the whole of her reign by her side supporting her.   He had a very hard task as the Queen’s Consort and carried it through with great dignity and a lively sense of humour, by all the reports.  I’m sure that has been an essential quality!

Losing a spouse, partner, father, grandfather, great grandfather whatever their age or your age is tough.  It is something thousands of families have had to cope with this during the last 12 months and we spare thoughts for them too as many of them will be heading towards the ‘first’ anniversary which brings back the grief, emotion, sadness, good times, hard times and memories so powerfully that it physically hurts.

The BBC have been running programmes across all their radio stations which have brought to the fore all the things Prince Philip has been involved with or encouraged.  He was obviously an intelligent man and was interested in all sorts of things which will no doubt come out in more detail over the next few weeks.

I didn’t realise the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme had been running since 1956.  Did any of you do this?

If you have any memories, please share them with us.

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 thing done.

Remember back when we used to eat cake after someone blew all over it?  Man, we were wild!

It was a quiet Monday morning in September 2053 when John awoke with need to go to the bathroom.  To John this wasn’t just any ordinary day.  This was the day he would open the last package of toilet paper his parents bought in the year 2020.

And one to remember when the team put up Cathy’s Cottage ….

We can’t eat inside.  But we can eat outside.  But it’s cold, so we set up outside as inside.  It’s fine because it’s outside inside.

(Sounds a bit like the definition of cricket that has been circulating and appearing on tea towels for years!)

































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 away as it was too cold to wait outside and to come back nearer 7 pm when there might be some spare.  (There’s never more than 5 in any day)

Four of them returned at 6 pm.  Having stood there for over 5 hours, I can confirm it was pretty cold inside the building not just outside!  They were allowed to wait inside and there was a lot of action at 7 pm as the staff were getting ready to pack up.  3 vaccines left.  4 waiting.  The lady in charge explained there were only 3 vaccines.

The three men who were first to get there lined up.  The third – a youngish man who reminded me of my eldest son – was waiting near me to register.  I said “That was tough.  Only 3 vaccines for 4 people”  He said “Should I have let the girl have it?”  I just smiled and said “It depends on how chilvarous you feel.”  Without hesitation, he said “She should have it.” and went back before she left the building and told her she could go instead of him.

For someone who had waited so long in the cold, it was a truly selfless act.  The centre promised if there was spare tonight, he would be first in line, so it was great that his action had been recognised.

If the vaccination after effects went the sam way as with many of us, he will feel a lot better this morning than she will!

Another thing, his parents would have been very proud of his selfless action so well done that lad, whoever you are!

This Time Next Wednesday ….

… maybe most of you will still be in bed but as you move into consciousness from your sleep, you’ll be thinking about getting ready for joining a working party down at the Club.  At least I think that’s what you will be doing!

It’s bloomin’ cold this morning so I hope it’s a bit better next week.  However, the sun is shining today which is a good tonic, so wrap up warm and get out in the fresh air.  Apart from improving your mental wellbeing, it will help you adjust to re-joining the outside world and seeing people, albeit from a safe distance.  In Richmond yesterday lunchtime, quite a few shops had staff in as they start to get ready for next Monday’s opening.  It must feel so exciting anticipating real live customers in your shops again.  Good luck to all high street retailers and bowls shop owners!

When you go out, are you the one that makes the wide curve to avoid others or do you just be assertive and keep going?  Do you hold your breath when you pass someone coming the other way towards you and for at least 2m after they’ve passed?  I’ve found myself doing that!  People are still smiling at each other and passing the odd “good morning” comment and that’s such a good thing.  The pandemic has brought out some really good human qualities, despite the devastating effects and trauma it has left with thousands of families.

I’m stewarding at the vaccination centre at Brentford Fountain Leisure Centre this afternoon, which is a new venue for me.  My previous sessions have been in Ealing which have been good fun so I hope this is the same.  I have enough clothes to represent a hi-viz Michelin man, in case I’m positioned outdoors!