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Presentation Evening @Berkhamsted Golf Club Saturday 18th November 

75 Members & guests enjoyed our clubs 38th DINNER DANCE PRESENTATION EVENING on Saturday 18th November held at Berkhamsted Golf Club. Along with splendid food we were treated to a ‘The Chase‘ sketch – featuring Kevin (he’s no Bradley Walsh!) Clarke, Chris ‘Mr Captivator‘ Gray, Louis Sear & Keiran Davis; the trophies presentations, a slideshow and music by Paul Batchelor.

Prior to the evening Anne Furlong had informed the Committee that after 30-odd years of being the Club’s principal organiser of this event, she would be handing over the reins to someone younger. Kevin thanked her on behalf of the club and Becky Davis presented her with a bouquet of Flowers to loud applause.

Trophies this year were presented by our President’s wife Jackie Woodhead assisted by Paul & Christine Sims.  Events of the evening were captured on camera primarily by Brian Ralphs and, when necessary, by Tony Smart.

The Club thanks Berkhamsted Golf Club for their excellent facilities & food and our core organisers for all the weeks of hard work making the evening yet another memorable event. 

To view Images from the evening click on the following:  Brian Ralphs photo gallery  {n.b. Please remember to use your browser window’s back arrow to exit Brian’s Gallery.}

We look forward to doing it all again around the same time next year!

Potters @ Hopton, Norfolk: 6th – 10th November – A return visit

34 Members  & friends made a return trip to Potters in Norfolk after a very enjoyable first visit in 2022.  Ostensibly we were there to take part in a bowls tournament, but most took the opportunity to make full use of the all inclusive food and drinks menus and the copious activities available outside the bowls rinks – welly-wanging, archery, pickleball, kurling, quizzes, craft workshops, fitness sessions. different varieties of bingo and the excellent evening showtime entertainment . The team of Janet Hart, Kevin Clarke, Steve Burrell & Colin Shortall reached the Quarter Finals whilst our other four teams were content to enjoy themselves on the blue carpet amongst good company. More information can be seen on our Potters 2023 page by clicking here.

Skittles Evening Friday 20th October

We held a great Skittles Competition in October with 48 players, 3 non-players, 3 members on the bar (who were kept very busy) and 2 organising the buffet supper.

A very competitive evening and lots of fun, the winners were the King Pins.  Highlights of the evening were undoubtedly some members inability to keep the balls on the rink (thereby making sure that the spectators along the rink were kept on their toes) and Eric Lloyd’s ‘fast bowling’ deliveries thudding into the backboard – perhaps he thought it was the cricketing World Cup!

It was great to see the clubhouse buzzing and there’s never a dull moment when our members are letting their hair down!  Brian Ralphs was on hand with his camera, see his images on the Skittles page by CLICKING HERE

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Club Competitions Finals 8th/9th/10th September

The weekend above saw the culmination of our 2023 Club Competitions programme with 17 matches taking place. Owing to the intensive heat on Saturday afternoon, one match was postponed until Monday(11th Sep).  Spectators, enjoying the sunshine more than the players!, were treated to some excellent bowling.

The Finals results and Roll of Honour are available by clicking here.

Congratulations to the Winners; to the Runners Up – Better fortune next time

Watford & District Vets League – Division 1 Champions

Our ‘Red’ Veterans Squad has completed a meteoric rise from joining the Watford & District Veterans League in the bottom division four years ago to become the 2023 Division 1 Champions.

The squad (pictured left) enjoyed a celebratory ‘Fish & Chip’ supper in the Clubhouse on the evening of Friday 15th September, no doubt washed down with a ‘few’ samples of strong beverages!

Congratulations;  we look forward to the title retention in 2024!!!

Upcoming Fixtures

4MXT v KITCHENERS B.C Away 29th July

2023 Season has now finished .

2024 Fixtures will appear here around late March/early April 2024

For some 2023 Match Reports: EITHER click on the team image (left) OR click here.

Watford & District Bowls Association – Our 2023 Finalists

Congratulations to: Kay Lingwood, Sarah Marshall & Jackie Cormack on winning the W&D Ladies BA 2-wood Triples competition against Herts BC at Kings Langley BC on Sat 26th August. Congratulations to Kevin Clarke  who, on the same day, defeated Jerry Rumball (Garston) to win the W&DBA 2-wood Singles competition at Mill End BC. Commiserations to: Keiran Davis who finished Runner Up to Toby Bunting (Hemel Hemp B.C) in the W&DBA U18 Singles competition, also at Mill End BC, and to our Ladies who were Runners Up to Kings Langley BC  in the W&D Ladies Jubilee Trophy on Tuesday 22nd August at Bushey BC.  A great effort!

Herts BA Johns & Middleton Cup News

Congratulations to Kay Lingwood & Marcia Dunstone on their Selection for the Herts BA Johns Cup squad this season. They were members of the winning Hertfordshsire team against Bedfordshire on Saturday June 3rd at Shire Park BC, Tewin. Congratulations also to Chris Gray for his selection for the Herts BA Middleton Cup squad this season; He has been selected for the upcoming match against Northamptonshire on 10th June at Royston BC.

World Blind Bowling Championships – Our Sarah Marshall (with her Director Linda Ralphs) is the Ladies B2 Singles WORLD CHAMPION!!!!

     

Click on either image above for a larger version.  Our members, Sarah Marshall and her Director Linda Ralphs, are part of the England team competing in the World Blind Bowling Championships being held at the Club Tweed Bowling Club, on the Gold Coast, Australia.  This competition runs until March 16th;  Sarah is in Category B2 and  is now WORLD CHAMPION!!!  They areOur Golden Girls on the Gold Coast!’

Huge congrats to her and all of ‘Team Sarah’ from everyone at Berkhamsted. We are extremely proud of you and look forward to celebrating with you when you arrive home.

With her partner Ron Homer, Sarah also won the Bronze medal for England in the B2 Mixed Pairs Competition. 

You can see the results to date by clicking here.  There was live streaming of this competition between March 12 & March 15 provided by the Gold Coast Tweed District Bowling Association (https://gctbowls.org.au/) and Sarah’s final singles game was streamed live in the early hours of Wednesday 15th March on Facebook.com/goldcoasttweedbowls and on their web-site www.gctbowls.org.au/live-streaming.

Brian Ralphs was extremely busy with his camera during this competition; you can view his album of 184 images by clicking here (Remember to use your web browsers return button to exit his album!)

Our Annual Mixed Triples Gala – Bank Holiday: 29th May 2023

The maximum number of teams, 28, came to enjoy a competitive but friendly day. Thanks to them for a successful day.

The three teams scoring the most points (with the 2nd & 3rd teams being separated by Shot difference) were:

1st: Gerrards Happy (Gerrards Cross BC) 38 Pts;

2nd: Jane’s Boys (Townsend BC) 36 Pts – Shot difference 25

3rd: Keen on the Green (Herts BC)  36 Pts – Shot difference 23

Congratulations to them, better luck next time to the rest!  More details including results and a link to an album of images taken during the day can be found on our Gala 2023 page by clicking here.

100 Club Draw –  November 2023

1st prize –  Stuart Garwood (66); 

2nd prize – Liz Temple (24); 

3rd prize – Ken Maynard (76); 

 ***Congratulations to the three lucky members***

One ticket costs £12 for the year, i.e. £1 a month, and your collective participation raises approximately £1,000 each year for club funds, while the other half is paid out in prize money.  Further info, or to purchase extra tickets please contact Jackie Healy (07752 479336).

Bowls England –  Keep up to date

Information on Bowls England activities and initiatives can be obtained from their web site www.bowlsengland.com or by subscribing to their YouTube channel which they have launched as part of its commitment to inform and entertain its members. This provides Bowls England with a ‘one-stop shop’ for all its multimedia content where you will find the ‘Extra End’ Podcast, ‘Keep Active’ videos and other audio-visual content.

To view this channel,  or to subscribe to receive notification when any new content is uploaded, click on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjtPZ9KqcGZA1L0fHqxfMeg

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