Wraysbury Bowls Club -
LATEST NEWS

(Updated 16/07/2018)

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Our new President
The club is pleased to announce that Glyn Larcombe has agreed to become our President.
It was felt that Glyn was ideal in that he was very much involved in the early days of the club’s existence - being involved in work clearing the land to put in a rink and more especially in the design and building of our clubhouse. 
Glyn is also a well-known figure in our village and said he felt privileged to be asked to be an ambassador for the village bowls club.



Celebrating 20 years 
This year Wraysbury Bowls Club celebrates its 20th anniversary - the club first opened its green in September, 1998.
   The Committee wanted to involve the village and to invite representatives from the various clubs and societies to come along and celebrate with us on Sunday, Sept 2..
However, the village Garden Party at the Grange is being held the day before, and most of Wraysbury will be there.
   So it was decided to mark our anniversary at this event by having a stall and run our roll-up target bowls game for a fun celebration with the community.  We feel that this covers what we want to achieve.
  The Garden Party runs from 2pm – 5pm on Saturday, Sept 1, and we hope that most members will come along and be there to share in our birthday festivities.
  Sunday, Sept 2, will now be a normal roll-up day.

  * Also on Wednesday, August 22, we host Chess Vale  for a 3 x triples friendly at 2.15pm.  
After several years of the Chesham club happy only to play hosts, this year they have decided to sample the delights of our place!



Good away win keeps the men in the promotion hunt
Another fine away performance saw the men to a 51-39 victory against Sunningdale B on Wednesday (Aug 11) and the eight points keeps us in the promotion places.
 
Full match details on the  'KLV League Reports'  Page.



Thrilling 17-18 Winter Cup Final goes to the wire
IN a gripping and entertaining 2017-18 Winter Cup Final, it was
Anne Harrell & Len Carlton who took the honours, beating Julia Cream & Alan Dell 18-17 after a tense last end shoot-out.
Anne & Len (pictured below)  built a commanding 10-2 early lead after eight ends but a brilliant fightback saw Julia & Alan overhaul their opponents 14-10 after 14 and, following close battles towards the close, were holding two shots going into the final end.

After some fine bowling from both pairs, Julia & Alan looked to have clinched it after Len’s effort disturbed the head to give them three shots. But a fantastic do-or-die last bowl from Len cleared out the jack for a dead end.


Again great bowling on the replayed final end and with Anne & Len holding two it looked like it was going into a tie – but Len again produced a killer final wood which rolled in for three and the match.
An appreciative group who supported and watched the final thoroughly enjoyed a thrilling, well-played match and, although a bit later this year, it was well worth the wait!

 Congrats:  Winning finalists Len & Anne shake hands with Julia & Alan at the end of hard fought match.




Chiltern & Thames campaign begins
Not such a good start to this year's campaign in the C&T League, as we could not repeat last season's 71-36 home victory against Stanwell - this time suffering a four-shot reverse in a close contest.
We managed to collect 2 points thanks to Val King, Trevor Dobson and Ivor Davies who won their rink 18-12.   We have time to regroup as our next C&T match is late July away to Rosedale.


Men's winning run comes to an end
The brilliant start to the season by the men's KLV team, winning all four of the opening matches, had to come to an end - and it did, away at Desborough on Friday (June 1), losing 2 rinks to 1.  We slip to 2nd with Windsor & Eton B drawing for 5pts at Sunningdale.

Full match details on the  'KLV League Reports'  Page.



The 2018 season had a sunny start
Our 2018 summer season began on April 15 with our popular in-house tournament -
Inter Club Day, where our players represented the village clubs and societies in a round robin fours team event, with six teams taking part.
This year the winning foursome, representing the Bowls Club, were Val and Colin Lambert, Tony Britton, and Trevor Woodham.  They won four out of their five matches.
  

Three days later, we took a team of 15 for our annual away-day visit to Chess Vale.
The early season friendly hosted by this top club in Chesham was played in blazing sunshine, but unfortunately, we could not repeat our victory their last year, and failed to win a rink, although some were closely contested.
Nonetheless, it was a great day out with a warm welcome from our hosts as usual.


Our first match on grass goes well
The visit to Stanwell for a friendly saw a 58-47 shots win for our three triples, although it was only winning rink of Val Lambert, Mike McLachlan and Andy Doughton that gave us that victory. 
It was another cordial welcome from Stanwell which made the afternoon a very enjoyable one, with the match played in good humour despite the damp conditions.





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A sad farewell to our President Jack Pengelly

Our President Jack Pengelly sadly recently lost his battle with COPD - though several members helped him celebrate his 90th birthday in January.
   Jack is fondly remembered as a leading light in the founding of Wraysbury Bowls Club, of which he was President for the past two years.  He was pleased to remind us just before Christmas that 2018 sees the club’s 20 anniversary and urged us to celebrate it.
 
It was his drive and hard work along with the late Bob Marshall and others that found land in the village for the club to exist and to open its rinks in 1998. 
 
His support and enthusiasm for the bowls club continued after his playing days and he was usually seen on a bench enjoying watching the matches – a picture that will endure long in members’ minds.  RIP.


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  A reminder that there is a  Visitors Book in the clubhouse.   It is the responsibility of any member who brings a guest to complete the visitor book and collect the £3 fee.