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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