The joy of competitive bowling again

IT was a joyous moment on Thursday (April 29) as Wraysbury played its first competitive match for 18 months due to the pandemic situation.

We hosted Staines BC in a restricted two triples match which was evenly balanced with a rink win each, though Wraysbury edged a 33-30 shots victory. 

The real winner, though, was the ability to be able to meet and play bowls again against another club.

Our fixtures now continue but we do need members to support these matches so please submit your names via the online match entry form which can be found on the members 'entry & booking' page at the bottom of the menu.  Let's enjoy some competitive bowling!

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Our club play is back under Bowls England guidelines allowing limited play and at the moment this means for our green, singles or pairs with four players maximum per rink.
Play is only allowed via our members online booking system (see Booking page in the Menu) –
so there's no turn up and play.

The clubhouse remains closed for general use – except for the toilet.

Players must take responsibility for appropriate sanitising during their session and do remember the distancing rule.

Our Summer competitions, both knockout and league, are planned to go ahead – and are free to enter this year!  Do take the opportunity to get back to bowling by entering.

 

 

New Rink Carpet

We are glad to say we were able to renew our rinks carpet late last year as the old surface was getting very thin and worn.

It was put in by Greengauge who supplied the previous artificial carpet as the committee felt it was best to keep to the type of surface we were all used to.
 

The President’s Cup is awarded to Trevor Dobson

WITH no club competitions taking place during last year due to the pandemic, there were of course no trophy presentations.

However, there was one award which the Committee felt should be given – the President’s Cup (known affectionately as the Claret Jug) for special service to the club.

It was awarded to Trevor Dobson who over many years has generously produced the flower displays that adorn our tubs and hanging baskets around the clubhouse.

This year Trevor went even further and constructed a delightful rockery in place of the old flowerbed in front of the sheds. His horticultural delights are much appreciated.

Trevor received the cup from our President Glyn Larcombe after an introductory speech by Club Captain Alan Dell in a special ceremony in December, which this year had to be made outside the clubhouse instead of at the annual dinner. Trevor was warmly applauded by a small gathering at the occasion.

 

 


 

IN MEMORIAM

The Club sadly lost three of its long-standing members in the early part of this year (2021) –
below we pay tribute to them.

 

    Harold Hutt had just celebrated his 91st birthday but then caught Covid-19 in his care home and died shortly afterwards.

    Harold was a dedicated and active member of Wraysbury Bowls Club since its early days and served on the Committee for 20 years, having been voted on as men’s captain in 2000. In that year appropriately he won the club’s Men’s Singles competition.

    Harold took over as club chairman in 2010 and served in that post until his passing. Typical of him wishing to be fully involved was that for the past few years when feeling the strains of getting older he considered retiring from being chairman – but continued to say… “well, maybe one more year!”

    His chairman’s address at the 2018 AGM perhaps summed up his commitment to the club and the frustrations he felt that his leg problems prevented him playing the sport he loved.

    He said: “I am disappointed that circumstances have meant I’ve not been able to participate playing this year. But I would love to be back on the rink again - I miss bowling and the company!”

    He said that he'd hesitated about standing for the committee again, but decided he would continue as “my roots in bowling go back a long time,” adding that “My father was a bowler at Windsor & Eton and I too played there until Wraysbury Bowls Club opened its doors – so then I was only too happy to come over here.”

 

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Ernie Coleman

    Ernie was one of the club’s founder members who passed away after a long illness.

    Ernie was an active member of the Wraysbury Short Mat Bowls Club and became a key player in getting an outdoor bowls club in the village. He, along with Bob Marshall, helped negotiate with the parish council to find a site for an outdoor rink, which thankfully is where Wraysbury Bowls Club sits today.

    Ernie continued to be heavily involved as the club opened in 1998 and became its first Club Secretary, a post he held for nearly ten years.

    Our condolences go to his wife June and the family. RIP dear Ernie.

 

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Eddie Wisby

    Another popular club member, Eddie also died at the age of 91, having battled a long illness.

    Eddie was a popular player at Wraysbury Bowls Club and made the honours board two years running, when winning the Men's Singles title in 2007 and 2008.

    He was unable to play much in the later years, although he did win the Memorial Pairs Trophy in 2014, with partner Sarah Jane Cole.

 

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Awards at the double

THERE were a few double successes at the 2019 championship awards dinner – led by Val Lambert who picked up the Ladies League and the Knockout trophies.

Trevor Woodham won the Men’s League and the Pairs Knockout with partner Janet Cross, who also doubled up with the Memorial Pairs trophy.  In that her partner Tony Britton also was a winner by collecting the Winter Cup trophy which was won with Gregg Scott.

IT was another champagne year for Val Lambert who had a superb championship double, collecting both Ladies Singles trophies -  the League and the Knockout.

Also, by winning the knockout Val completed a tremendous treble – having gained this title for the previous two years.

Vera Davies was a close Runner-up in the Ladies Singles League in a reverse of last year, when she won it. 
Margaret Perkins was Runner-up in the Ladies knockout competition.

Congratulations to Trevor Woodham in gaining his first club trophies -  and in doing so completed a championship double. 

Trevor won the Men’s Singles League, while Andy Doughton was Runner-up.
Trevor also took the Pairs Knockout trophy, partnered by Janet Cross, with Tony Britton & Howard Brooks the Runners-up.

The Pairs League trophy was won by Sarah Jane Cole & Mike McLachlan.  Runners-up on shot difference were Margaret Perkins & Tony Britton.

The Men’s Singles champion was Derek Spence who beat Runner-up Howard Brooks in the final.

The Memorial Pairs Trophy went to Janet Cross & Tony Britton, while Vera Davies & Ian Smith collected the Runners-up prize.

Tony Britton was on the rostrum again - collecting the Winter Cup with partner Gregg Scott.

Mike McLachlan & Trevor Dobson were Winter Cup Runners-up.

The President’s Cup was awarded to Fred Parsons.

In presenting the ‘Claret Jug’, club captain Alan Dell said that we are recognising Fred’s services not only as Secretary but for his promotion work and managing the club website.

 

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