At the end of a busy morning at today's Annual General Meeting of Somerset Bowls Association, Chairman John Durston was delighted to award Life Membership of the association to a very proud, but equally unsuspecting, Reg Birmingham (Winscombe BC). John described Reg's long and distinguished bowling career, including an extended spell as a member of [...]
Somerset's Ilminster Bowling Club are in receipt of not One but Two Prestigious awards made annually to amateur Sports Clubs. Firstly, following selection as runner-up in 2017, Ilminster go one better this year to be awarded the Bowls England 'Club of the Year' for 2018. The prestigious title, generously supported by Drakes Pride, is awarded [...]
We are advised that today and probably for the rest of the week, the Scottish International Open Championships are televised on BBC 2 Scotland, which may be viewed locally on Sky channel 970 (and possible other service providers too). Thanks to David Bendall for the advice.
The Batch Country House Hotel was again full to capacity when 327 Somerset bowlers and their guests assembled for the 2018 SBA Presentation Lunch. After a superb meal we were addressed by Somerset Presidents Paul and Hilary, and the principal guest - Viv Tomlinson, the Immediate Past President of Bowls England. After expressing her delight [...]
More sad news from Purnell Bowling Club - we hear of the passing of Dave Godfrey. Funeral arrangements to follow.
We are advised of the sad passing on November 2nd 2018 of Graham Gullick of Purnell Bowling Club. Graham's funeral will take place at Haycombe Crematorium, Bath, on Friday 16th November at 10.45 am, and afterwards at The Somerset Wagon, Chilcompton. No flowers, but if desired, donations may be made to Mesothelioma Research and Dorothy [...]
We are advised that John Lewis, who played bowls at Shepton Mallet BC and also played for Somerset for several years, passed peacefully away on the 11th of October last, aged 96. John's cremation is at Haycombe Crematorium at 1 pm on the 29th October 2018.
With sadness we report that Ray Stokes (Weston (Bath) BC has died. Joining the club in 1967 he subsequently was made a Life Member and was a former Club President.
We are saddened to advise of the death of Keith Down who played at Prattens Bowls Club and was also a Somerset County player. His funeral is on Monday 8th October at St Johns Church, Midsomer Norton at 10 am.
We are advised that Alec Parkin, a member of Fosseway BC and also a County Umpire for many years, passed away peacefully today at Pondsmead Nursing Home. We have no further details at this time.
From Joan Rixson - Acting Team Manager, John's Trophy: Have you ever considered putting your name forward for a trial for the John’s Trophy squad? There is no bar on age and you do not have to be a badged player. Trials and matches are held at weekends so working ladies and students can apply. [...]
Note that on 25 July 2018 all clubs were sent, under cover of Secretary's Circular 2018 - No7, the application forms for Middleton Cup and Johns Trophy Trials. Please ensure that the circular and the forms are displayed within your club and that players are encouraged to submit their application for trial as soon as [...]
To the Amy Rose team, manager and supporters. Thank you to the Amy Rose team for the kind gesture to us with the flowers, wine and card. It was a lovely surprise. Although we did not do as well as expected you are all a wonderful bunch. I would like to thank Celia and Tony [...]
I would like to say a big THANK YOU to all the ladies and girls who came to Leamington this year to represent our great association. Some tricky greens and first-time nerves caused a few heart-aches but you all played your best and I was so proud of what you achieved. Everybody wants to win, [...]
Following our earlier report from Our Man at Leamington, we are delighted to confirm that Neil Williams and Sam Steel from Watchet BC are the 2018 Bowls England Men's Pairs Champions. They defeated Mark Jones and Mark Dunne from West End BC, Surrey in this afternoon’s final at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa. Both pairs [...]