VIBE AUTUMN 2011 NEWSLETTER
Hello again, from
Miriam and myself, Eric, to all you bowlers and friends out there. Hope you all enjoyed your summer outdoor
season and made some new friends on the green.
Many thanks to you members who have been in touch, as the more
information we are given the easier it is to do the newsletter. Many of you who have computers have told us
you would like to receive the newsletter by email to save paper. Doreen Metcalf is still updating the
membership list as, unfortunately, some of the members have died or are no
longer interested in our association. If
you still get the newsletter in the wrong format just let us know and it will
be corrected. Eric and Judith
Shackleford are still willing to record the newsletter onto tapes, and send
them out to members who prefer this format.
Thanks to both of you for doing the tapes. As some of you know, our association had its
first nationals at
Tournament reports: Tournament results: Obituaries:
News: Indoor singles in
Richard was quick off the ball and sent me his report straight after their tournament.
Wandsworth Weekend Tournament Report
Saturday 2nd July
A pleasantly warm and sunny day in South West London saw Metro Sports win the John Young Ram Brewery Trophy for the first time in five years, but the day didn't start to well for the Metro lads (Eric Gallacher, Gordon Bains, Bill James and Steve Simmons), who surprisingly lost to the hosts Wandsworth for the consecutive year in the first session and then had to rely on the final session results going their way, to clinch the title for the third time in the events history.
Incidentally, in the only game that Metro lost, both sides fielded two B1 players, which certainly can only be a good advert for blind bowlers in an open visually handicapped Tournament.
Merton, despite starting poorly, with a draw and a defeat, managed to regain second spot and lift the Trevor Emmanuel trophy, after winning their last two games. Having won the event for the past three years, Wycombe couldn't make it a quartet of successes, as they suffered two defeats during the day and just scraped third place by one shot and had to settle for the Wandle Trophy (but had they won their final game, they would had pipped Metro to the title on shot difference).
The presentations were carried out by Wandsworth Borough Council's Mayor, Councillor Jane Cooper. Elsie Matthews (Wandsworth) and Peter Johns (Wycombe), won the best Lady and Mens bowlers of the day awards respectively, as nominated by the markers.
In an era of ever increasing economic squeeze and especially in the public sector, continued thanks must go to Wandsworth Borough Council Parks Department for the free use of the green and the erection of the Marquee, where the presentations took place following a high tea, which was sponsored by the Fountain's Group.
Thanks also to Youngs Brewery and the Green family for supporting the Tournament Raffle, which raised £100. We are also indebted to Gail Hepworth (Umpire), all the club markers (Graham Cheetham, John Moran , Mick Taylor and Lionel Cheshire) and to the non-playing members of Wandsworth Blind Bowling Club (Rob Coshell and Micky Gwilliam) who all contributed to the smooth running of the event. Without such generosity and support, the Tournament wouldn't be possible and next year's event will take place on; Saturday 7th July 2012.
Aylesbury 7, Merton 7. Metro 4, Wandsworth 9. Wycombe 7, Metro 9. Aylesbury 2, Wandsworth 11. Wandsworth 5, Wycombe 8. Metro 10, Merton 4. Aylesbury 2, Wycombe 12. Wandsworth 5, Merton 11. Aylesbury 2, Metro 10. Wycombe 3, Merton 8.
ENGLISH NATIONALS AT
The Nationals this
year were held at Beach House Park Worthing for the first time from the 10th
to the 15th of July. It was
nice to have some new bowlers attending the Nationals for their first time, and
pleasing to see some new names on the cups.
As some of you know, this is the bowls venue where Bowls England have
their headquarters and where Tony Allcock, our association’s Patron, works. These are the greens which will be used for
the IBBA World championships in 2013. As
promised by Tony all the greens were in very good condition and extremely nice
to play on. Our association is very
grateful to Bowls England who didn’t charge us for the use of the greens at
NATIONAL OUTDOOR TRIPLES
questionnaire which was sent out, the members decided they would like to have a
3 day midweek tournament this year instead of the usual knock-out format. 10 teams turned up to play six games, two
each day, from the 23rd to the 25th of August at
Leamington Spa. The 10 teams were put
into 2 groups of 5 teams. Each team in
one group had to play the five teams in the other group. At lunch-time on Thursday, after each team
had played 5 games, it was time to work out who had to play again each other in
the last round. The 2 best teams had to
play each other for first and second places, the next 2 best for third and
fourth and so on so each team had a sixth game to play. The National Triples winning team this year
was Colin Moore, Bob Rossiter and Pat Lovell who beat Steve, Cook, John Cock
and Geoff Wherry. Well played all of
you. The committee members have decided
to run the National outdoor triple again at
RESULTS OF SOME TOURNAMENTS
I must thank Gail for sending me the results of the next 3 tournaments. What would we do without the Queen of the flow charts!!
B4 Pairs Runner up B Rossitter G Hepworth
B3 Pairs Runner up L Faulkner P Davis
B3 Pairs Winner K Brenton C Tirnbull
B2 Pairs Runner up I Rice R Homer
B2 Pairs Winner
B1 Pairs Winner B Gerhardt S Cook
B4 Ladies Runner up A Council
B4 Ladies Winner G Hepworth
B4 Mens Runner up B Rossiter
B4 Mens Winner T Matthews
B3 Mens Runner up K Brenton
B2 Ladies Runner up S Brennan
B2 Ladies Winner M Ryan
B2 Mens Runner up G Wherry
B2 Mens Winner P Lovell
B1 Ladies Runner up M Cusker
B1 Ladies Winner
B1 Mens Runner up
B1 Mens Winner S Cook
Presidents Cup B Walsh
18 – 7
Runners/Up S Hubbard / T Phillips / J Wilson
Winners P Davis / P Lovell
17 – 16
Winner K Brenton
20 – 14
Runner/Up G Wherry
Runner/Up G Baines
Triples Runners/Up John Rix Granville Halford John Palmer
Triples Winners Howard Harrison Keith
B3/4 Pairs Runners/Up Cliff Wright Patrick Lovell
B3/4 Winners Gail Hepworth Alan Lyne
B1/2 Pairs Runners/Up Amit Amin Howard Harrison
B1/2 Pairs Winners Ray Ling Peter George
B4 Runner/Up Gail Hepworth
B4 Winner Alan Lyne
B3 Runner/Up Myrtle Robinson
B3 Winner Cliff Wright
B2 Runner/Up Scott Vallance
B2 Winner Granville Halford
Victrix Ludorum Gail Hepworth
Victor Ludorum Alan Lyne
Earlier in the summer I spoke to Elizabeth Bland on the phone, who told me her husband Ken had passed away earlier in the year. Ken was a helper and a driver at the Leicester Bowls Club where he will be greatly missed. I am pleased to hear that you are still able to go bowling at the club Elizabeth, and I was also pleased to hear that June Herbert is still bowling with you. Our best wishes goes out to both of you.
My thanks goes to Jennie and Geoff Rawlinson for the next article.
Laundon Gray passed away peacefully on 02.09.2011
Laundon was a popular character, well known throughout the area and an avid Rotarian.
Laundon helped to set up the Clevedon Blind Bowling club in 1976 and was a staunch supporter of visually impaired bowls throughout the southwest.
Laundon will be sadly missed by, family, friends and all who knew him.
Rest In Peace Laundon.
I was given the news that Brian
This part of the newsletter is for you members out there to send me any bits of interesting news that you think the other members would like to hear. Miriam told me she had spoken to John Palmer, from the Pennine Bowls Club, who told her he would be getting married next May, and he would like to mention this in the newsletter. We all hope you and Fran have many happy years together.
I did get an interesting email from our willing helper Dave Nicholls with a song attached, telling me about what a certain Scotsman wore under his kilt. Sorry folk, you will just have to guess what that was all about. Perhaps you can get Dave to sing it to you the next time you see him.
We received a letter from our former ENAVHB president Joy Jarvis, who has left our shores for a warmer climate:
A big “Hello” to all my bowling friends back home, and I hope that you are all keeping fit and well. It has been so lovely to have Clive and Bernadette here on holiday quite near – to catch up on all that is going on in our bowls world, and to hear how everyone is.
For myself, I had a nasty trip on the porch steps of
my house in
I joined the bowls club, but can’t play yet (I am right handed), so we’ll just wait and see how it goes.
Pat, Diana and I have met up with Clive and Bernadette a couple of times, and we hope to help them set up a tour to Spain (not with a tour company this time) and it will be lovely to see you all again.
And now a big, big apology to the friends who have written to me – I am ashamed to say the days and months have flown by and I haven’t written to them. I have no excuses – I am sorry and I hope you’ll “let me off”.
My love to everyone of you - Joy
At the forum, held during the nationals at
I have just heard from Eric Shackleford (01278 456 045), and Clive Robinson (his details in contacts at the end) that the Weston tournament in May is on a first come first served basis. The first 72 players to contact them can play, and then they can have some reserves. They are hoping to run a B1 tournament at the same time. The Lauriston hotel, 01934 620 758, has still a few rooms available.
Four players, Terry Mathews, Paul Hawkes, Paul Davis and Scott Vallance,
have been picked to play in the DBE Masters in
The committee has selected the
B1s Shane Stancombe, Christine Newcombe, George Philips and Amit Amin.
B2s Nancy Cheeseman, Maureen Ryan, Pat Lovell and Ron Homer.
B3s Myrtle Robinson, June Holroyd, Keith Brenton and Chris Turnbull.
B4s Gail Hepworth, Ann Council, Terry Mathews and Bob Rossiter.
It’s nice to see some new bowlers getting into the
SUMMARY OF MINUTES OF COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Since our last newsletter, the committee has met four times
10.07.11 The details for the presentation evening were discussed, Ann Kelly and Tony Allcock were invited to hand out the trophies.
It was decided to sell the sew- on badges for £5 each. The ties cost £15.00, the lapel badges £1.50 each. There are also 150 small badges with the rose and VIBE logo, produced by Bowls England, as a fundraiser for the 2013 World Bowls.
14.07.11 The forum at Worthing Nationals. About 40 members present. A card was read out from Bernard Gladwin, who wished us all success for the tournament, this was the first National he had missed since 1980!
There were 4 proposals, which were read out, discussed and voted on.
Proposal 1, from Dennis Pressley and Barry Walsh: Can a pool of coach/ helpers be created around the country for our bowlers?
It was decided to
put in a request for helpers in our newsletter, and to ask Bowls England to do
the same. Barry would contact the secretaries of clubs in the
Proposal 2, from Steve Simmons and Maureen Ryan: Where will the Nationals be played in 2013, and in which month?
Proposal 3, by Gail Hepworth and Terry Mathews: No toilet breaks allowed 20 minutes before
the end of the game, as per IBBA, IBD and
The rule was to stop players to waste time when they are winning. It was decided to put this proposal to the membership to see if they want it in the rules.
Proposal 4, by George Simmons and Gail Hepworth: Do we follow the IBBA rule that B4s are capped at 6 over 24?
At the moment, in
The proposal will be put to the vote by the membership. Keith Brenton will keep us informed of what other countries decide to do with this proposal.
22.08.11 The proposals, put forward during the forum, were discussed, Keith would take matters up with Tony Allcock of Bowls England. Also, the need for a new constitution has become rather pressing.
A discussion took place on how many coach/helpers are allowed for a triples team, the rules state clearly that 1 coach/helper is allowed on the green at one time and all should abide by that rule.
The Nationals were evaluated, it was agreed that the venue was good, but the toilets were too far away and the catering facilities on site were too slow. The presentation evening was not a success, the food and music were dreadful, with no atmosphere. The tables were dangerously close.
The markers and umpires were great, but we could have done with more helpers
The membership list was in the process of being updated, Doreen Metcalf was working on it.
encouraged the association to do more fundraising. Eric pointed out that
08.10.11 A First Aid kit will be bought to have with us at all tournaments.
All players and
helpers/coaches going to
Terry Mathews and Paul Hawkes volunteered to
attend the DBE Masters Tournament in November in
Triples was evaluated, a different format might be held next year. Next year’s
Outdoor Triples tournament will start on the 21st of August, and it
was decided to have the play offs for the World Bowls also in
As voted for by the members at
the last AGM in Preston, the next AGM will be held in Peterborough. I have booked a room at the Westgate church a
short walk from
Opposite the central bus station.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
2011 UK V.I.B. Indoor singles in
2011 DBE Masters in
3-4 March 2012
31 March and 1st
April 2012 Joan Howard Triples in
April AGM in
3-6 May 2012 Weston singles tournament.
8-13 July 2012
English Nationals at
15-20 July 2012
Open tournament at
19-20 August 2012 play offs for the World Bowls Leamington
21-23 August 2012
English National Triples Tournament at
2-7 September 2012
Bowls tournament in
DETAILS OF COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Keith Brenton chairman, 0191 477 7755 07968 254 441
Gail Hepworth vice chair, 01502 514 700
Steve Simmons treasurer, 0208 857 9283, WORK 0208 816 1174
5 Alice Thompson
Eric Gallacher secretary and newsletter editor, 0208 985 6245
Doreen Metcalf membership secretary, 07770 376 144
email@example.com (please note underscore between d and m)
Clive Robinson, 01934 647 967 07891 708 994.
In charge of our stock and equipment.
George Simmons president, sight certificate officer, 07984 855 133
Paul Hawkes, 0208 531 2112
Terry Mathews, 01935 431 728.