PLEASE REMEMBER, THIS IS YOUR ASSOCIATION, WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT IT WILL CEASE TO EXIST.
21st September 2016 - September started with warm but dull weather when greens were hardly drying from the overnight dew. Consequently, our 1st game of the month, against the ladies of the H&DWBA at Harefield Hospital BC was played on a dampish and sometimes unpredictable green. In the early stages it looked as if this was the year for ladies to regain the Bill Cole Trophy, the prize for winning this game. Even though the weather never brightened the men did, eventually, and they took a grip of the game, winning on 3 of the 5 rinks to register a 29 shot victory. Our top rink was Paul Lewis (Northwood), Les Dearlove (Ladygate), Ricahrd Graham (Northwood) and skipped by Tony Howard (Associate). Our final afternoon game as against Denham on September 10th. This game was sadly reduced to only 10 ends due to persistent rain which seemed to last all day. After another slow start the District eventually found themselves in front on 3 of the 5 rinks when play ended, an advantage of 41 to 33. Our leading rink at this stage was Mike Hulbert and Charlie Lyons (both Mill) being guided by the feminine guile of Yvonne Bradley from Ladygate)
Our final match of the season was the floodlit game at Iver Heath on Monday 19th when even the damp and miserable weather could spoil the pleasure of their excellent green or the lovely fish & chip supper after the game. There was a good result for the district on the green as well, regaining the Iver Heath Challenge Cup by a comfortable 34 shot margin, 110 to 76. Our top rink was Linda Morgan (Ladygate), David Garside (Mill), and Peter Brockett (Ladygate)
As the season ends I am grateful to all the clubs who hosted our matches and to all the players who have helped us complete the planned programme. I think that between us we have gone a long way to restoring the Associations good reputation and we will look to build on this going into 2017.
A good attendance at the AGM on October 20th at 730pm at Ladygate and a willingness to take up any of our vacant positions will put the seal on a successful campaign.
1st September 2016 - August was our busiest month so far but overall a satisfying one for the District. We started off on the 7th taking 5 mixed triples to Stoke Poges BC. We came away with a 101-80 shot victory. Top rink was Eric White (Northwood), Sylvia Harrington (Ladygate) and skip Richard Graham (Northwood). On Thursday 11th August we hosted the QEII Golden Jubilee Trophy event at Ladygate BC. The afternoon was enjoyed by all in good weather on a reasonable green. The winners, Windsor Great Park, were new comers to the event. Our last game of the month, on August 25th, was a visit to Fassnidge for a flood lit game. This was reduced to 5 mixed triples but only because the hosts could not raise sufficient players and we lent them a triple! Fassnidge did not reciprocate the generositiy and we lost 70-103. Our top rink was Malcolm Morgan, Sylvia Harrington (again!) and Peter Brockett, all from Ladygate.
I have been greatly encouraged by the fact that we have fulfilled all our fixtures so far, thanks to those who are applying for games and to those who have come in at shorter notice. Of particular satisfaction is that we are beginning to see players from a wider range of clubs and in this respect I must pay tribute to Northwood for the strength of their support. Perhaps other clubs just need a little more encouragement to support our matches, as well as filling our leagues and competitions. Barry.
7th August 2016 - Summer may be making a come back but our
winning run came to a temporary halt at Wexham on 3rd July. For one
reason or another (that is lack of applications to play) we had to change the
format and could only put out four mixed triples. Fortunately the Wexham club still
welcomed our visit.This was, I
think,the first time that the District have had a match with thembutwe
should continue this fixture if circumstances permit. The green and facilities
were good and the receptionfriendly
making it a very enjoyable day in good weather.
The result was not so enjoyable with 79
shots to Wexham against our 54, a shortfall of 25. We did have a winning rink,
by ten shots, with Malcolm Morgan at lead, Sylvia Harrington two and skip
Stuart Phillips ( all Ladygate).
On the same day Lupton and Pinner clubs
hosted the President's Charity Day, but as I had to take the Wexham game I was
unable to make the usual visits to encourage the players and to thank the
clubs. The report was that everything went reasonably well and that a
significant figure was raised for the charity. Thank you to the two host clubs
and to all who took part in the matches. Next up is the game on 7th August
against Stoke Poges again a first I believe. For this we will have the full
compliment for five mixed triples andI
have advised all those selected to play. Barrie Purdy.
7th June 2016 - Summer arrived on Sunday June 5th as we met at the Lupton Bowls CLub to play invited teams for the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubliee Trophy. Their new groundsman has produced a very good surface which, will currently a bit slow, will improve the more it is played on. The match was closely contested on all 5 rinks but the district came out on top with an overall score of 103-86. Top rink and winners of the match trophies were Mike Hulbert (Mill), Barrie Purdy (President) and Stuart Phillips (Ladygate). The great hope is that we will continue this good start to our outdoor programme having won the first 2 matches.
It is slightly concerning that we are still very short of players for the Match at Wexham on July 3rd. There is very little time left to decide whether or not we can fulfill our obligation there. This is the next urgent challenge as we must give adequate notice of any shortfall in order to avoid financial penalities and a set back to our recovery. Please make every effort to make yourselves available for selection and try to recruit more club members to support YOUR association. Car share or lifts can be organised for those in need.
25th May 2016 - Presidents Message - Clubs may have started playing in April but for the Association it was time for the various Competition and League Secretaries to make sure everything was up and running ready for the first results to start coming in. It was perhaps only to be expected that applications for the Districts early matches were on the slow side but with a little encouragement (or arm twisting!) we are confident we can meet out commitments during the Outdoor season.
May has seen an upturn in match applications and although at the initial closing dates we were low on numbers we did eventually have full complements for the first 2 matches and with a couple more names will fill the complement required for the Wexham game. If you become available after the initial closing date or simply forgot to send your availability in in time don't worry, simply ring myself or Alan Shaw and let us know.
It is good to report that we took the required 6 mixed triples to Great Windsor Park and thanks goes to the Lady Companions for helping us achieve this. On a lovely day and on a quickish green it was heartening to report that the District won on all 6 triples with a 40 shot victory margin 117-77, fantastic stuff. Top triples was Bob Parsons (Century), Ken Fletcher (Associate Member) and Ray Bragazza (Lady Companion) who won by 15.
Please keep up the good support for our games so that we can regain our pleasure in representing the Harrow & District Bowling Association. Barrie
17th May 2016 - Sadly Match Secretary Alan Shaw has decided to stand down with immediate effect rather than at the AGM as he reported at the Executive meeting. For the time being all match availability issues should be directed to President Barrie Purdy.
In the mean time we continue to look for a new Match Secretary, if interested please let me know
4th April 2016 - President Barrie reports - "The district has not been active on the bowling side during March but it is the time when we start to think seriously about playing in the great Outdoors. It has not been particularly good weather wise recently, with very low day time temperatures and cold wind, not to mention the rain! So please dream about hard fast greens when your club programmes get underway but be realistic and don't expect them. I was present at the draw for all the 2016 Competitions and was very impressed by the efficient way in which they were made and i can vouch for the absolute fairness of the procedures. There was a good number of entries and i look forward to monitoring peoples progress towards the finals. Just a reminder that our first Outdoor game is at Windsor Great Park on May 15th with a 1500hrs start. This is a lovely picturesque venue and maps etc can be provided if you are unsure of where to go. Please let Alan Shaw have your applications for this match and the 2 others that follow as soon as is possible so that a side can be selected and people notified. It is vital that we send out full teams for all of our games this year. Finally i wish you all a good season of top quality bowling and i look forward to meeting many of you at the Associations matches."
26th February - Barrie's rallying call - "This year is very important for YOUR Association as we seek to restore our reputation and Match Programme. We have started slowly after all mighty Oaks only grow from tiny Acorns ad there are scheduled to be 9 Outdoor games. These matches will mainly be mixed triples and it is vital we fulfill all these fixtures if we want to expand our fixture list in future seasons. To be blunt we need more members applying for games and for those selected to honour their commitment to play. Our summer fixture list is already out so there is no reason why you cannot put these games in your diary now. For my part i will do my best to put out good, balanced teams and that everyone applying will get a fair deal in the selection process. Please do not assume, without checking, that we will have plenty of applicants for any game. If at any stage there are any issues (or complaints) please contact the Secretary Tony or me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and i guarantee a response. I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible during our matches this year, Best WIshes Barrie"
26th February - District rout Ladies! - The Association made a great start to this important year by comfortably winning our only Indoor game. We were able to field a full 5 men's rinks (thanks to Bob Clarke for stepping in at the last minute) in the bi annual match played at Herga IBC. The result was, perhaps, a surprisingly one side 110-69 victory with our top rink being David Poole (Associate), Ron Eden (Ladygate), John Hammond (Associate) and Peter Brockett (Ladygate). The ladies, for their part, will now no doubt be looking for revenge in the Outdoor game, due to be played on September 6th at Harefield BC.
Having fielded a full side for this game President Barrie is hoping for similar support for the 1st Outdoor game on May 15th when we visit the picturesque Great Windsor Park. Applications for this game close April 7th. If you require details of how to get their, fixtures lists or any other info please contact either Barrie or Secretary Tony
23rd June 2015 - Match Secretary Nick Winsor-Gaffney has decided to stand down with immediate effect. As a conseqeunce of this for the time being all Association friendly / representative games are cancelled. As and when a successor is found we will review things. Of course if you are interested in the job please let me know
21st May 2015 - It is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of Past President of the Association Cecil Griffiths. At this sad time we send our condolences to his wife Jean, their family and friends. The funeral will take place on the 2nd June 2015, 1330 at Breakspear for a committal and then 1430 at St Andrews United Reform Church, Bridal Road, Eastcote, you are weclomed at either service or both as you wish. After the service everyone is invited to celebrate Cecil's life in the Chruch Hall. Flowers are welcomed or you can send a donation to the blind veteran's Association or to the Michael Sobell House.
7th April 2013 - President Arthur Charlwood led from the front as the district won their final Indoor game of the season as they beat Oxford City and County BC 107-106 in a nail biting finish. Arthur was joined in the top rink by Stuart Phillips, Geoff Roberts and Tony Howard, all Associate members. Worth noting, amongst increasing complaints about the Executives decsion to drop games, was the make up of yesterday side. Originally scheduled as 6 mens rinks the game had to be converted to mixed due to lack of support, of the 24 who eventually travelled 8 were lady companions, 9 were Assocaite members, meaning the Associations clubs actually onlt contributed 7 players to a fixture that is played on a lovely green in a pleasant venue and is followed by food from one of the best catering franchises around! Food for thought
21st February 2013 - Today saw the district lose narrowly, 96-98, to Fassnidge Bowls CLub in a match that went right down to the final wood. Top triple for the Association was Sylvia Harrington, Jim Price and Tony Waller who won by 8. Next up for the Association is the all important tie against the Ladies!
8th February 2013 - Wednesday saw the district make their annual trip to Egham for a friendly match. Egham remain one of the strongest clubs in the country at Competition level with their Doreen Hankin having just won the National Champion of Champions title. Even at friendly level Egham are a very good side as they demonstrated by beating the District on all 6 triples. Losing players, due to ill health, in the days before the game did not help but it remains a mystery why the district cannot raise more than 16 players for what is a good afternoon at at a nice venue. Anyway thanks must go to the hosts clubs Dennis Ayton and Len Best who played for the District although they were powerless to prevent a thumping 161-61 defeat!! Top of the losers was Alan Brumham, Ken Fletcher and Brenda Connor who held their opposition to a 5 shot margin 15-20.
24th October 2012 - Yesterday the district played their first game of the new Indoor campaign and under our new President Arthur Charlwood of Stanmore BC. Played at Herga we took on the Indoor County in a friendly game and oh so nearly beat them! 4 winning rinks could not prevent a 117-119 defeat as one of our rinks took a 8-35 pounding! Top rink was David Poole (Ladygate), Eric Whittington (Northwood), Lyndsey Weller (wealdstone) and Vic Tompkins (Ladygate) who won 25-14. After the match Ted Fielder (Century) was presented with his Blazer badge. Next game is this Saturday when we take on Iver Heath at Herts IBC
29th September - President's Last Post.
My bowling year as District Preisdent is now over and i have many good things to look back on, including the generosity shown, week in and week out, in giving to my charity for the year, which all told raised in excess of £2000. There were of course some not so good times for instance the dreadful losing streak at the start which was some what compensated for by victories in 12 out of the last 17 games.
At the beginning of the season I did warn of my intention to share the President's rink with as many skips as possible. As it turned out I played in every game Indoor or Out and of the 26 Outdoor matches I had 25 different skips who shared the glory or honourable defeat.
Finally a warm thank you to every one who has supported me on the green throughout my year of office, whether or not you have been amongst those top rink heroes whose names have appeared in my reports.
Gratefully Yours - Barrie Purdy
19th September 2011 - District 89 - Iver Heath 100
The final, floodlit match saw the President's end of term hopes fade under the darkening sky. The conditions were good, the opposition well know to us, and everything promised a relaxed and friendly game of 6 triples. And that was how it turned out, with the district aquitting themselves well, winning on two rinks, drawing on 2 and losing by a meagre 11 shots. The bonus was the fish and chip supper that followed the game. The result was a great improvement over the match in May which was surrendered by 42 shots and perhaps we can even get revenge in our Indoor game in October. The top triple was Tony Waller and Rex Cox (Ladygate) and Liz Fraser (lady Companion)
7th September 2011 - District 119 - Tring 104
At the request of the host club it was agreed to play 6 mixed rinks instead of the triples shown on the fixture sheet. This was on the basis that we had surplus applications but as usual a spate of with drawals meant that we still ended up short and had to borrow a Lady player from the host club to make up the numbers. The weather en route was not promising but the worst aspect was the strong cold win that blew through out the afternoon. Never the less it was a lose game overall with the district recording yet another win, the 6th on the trot for the benefit of those who think we never win a game! Brenda Connor (Lady Companion) skipped the top rink with Ken Fletcher (Associate), Lynsday Weller (Wealdstone) and Frank Luxton (West Harrow).
The final Outdoor game for 2011 is on Monday 19th September at Iver Heath and will be played in greys under flood lights.
4th September - Match versus Denham cancelled by Host Club
28th August 2011 - District 104 - Broomwade 82
The District were only able to field five rinks instead of the scheduled 6 for this fixutre. This is a club situated in the leafy Hughenden Park Estate and as the only entrance board faces traffic comng from the opposite direction we did well to assemble a side in time for the start of the game as for the second year running half the side visited the manor house first!! The green was very damp and heavy but winning on 4 rinks gave the district a comfortable win. Three rinks tied on shot difference (Even if the Preisdent initially only spotted 2 of them) and it was the third, missed rink, that ultimately claimed top rink on count back. They were Albie Moore and Alan Shaw (Associate Members), Patricia Blanchard (lady Companion) and Mike Waterford (West Harrow)
25th August 2011 - District 93 - Fassnidge 83
This was a floodlit match of five mixed triples. It is one of the few matches where the number of applications greatly out number the number of places available to play. This is partly due to the novelty of playing under lights and partly due to the attraction of this well run club combined with the after match supper and the quality of the green. Though still new, and despite the dampness of the recent weather, it was a pleasure to play on. At the very least it allowed the District players to show their worth and secure another win. Top triple was Brenda Connor (lady Companion), Clem Bradley (Ladygate) and Mike Waterford (West Harrow)
20th Aug 11 - District 124 - Aston Clinton 63
The weather did not seem to promising travelling along the A41 and thoughts of Thursdays deluge began to cast a cloud (literally) over this game. In the event only a few spots fell at Aston Clinton and in the end it was a pleasantly warm day. The club is in a lovely setting, soon to be ruined by nearby house building, with a friendly crowd and a decent green. Perhaps Thursday's enforced rest did some good because the district drew on one rink and WON on the other 5. Top triple was skipped by John Hammond, with Arthur Charlwood and Bob Parsons.
18-Aug-11 QE II Trophy at Ladygate
Hours of meticulous preparation and organisation came to nought when the weather turned against us. A dry morning allowed the Ladygate staff to prepare the green, but at about 12.30pm, the heavens opened and stayed that way for the rest of the afternoon and into the evening. After consultation it was decided that the game could not proceed. The caterers having agreed to bring the time of the dinner forward all the participants graciously agreed to stay on. There was a very friendly atmosphere in spite of everything and it did not feel that the day was entirely wasted. The President was particularly gratified with the co-operation and tolerance shown by all. He was especially delighted that there was such a generous response to his charity appeal, the contributions to the "spider" (cancelled, but no call for refunds) and the raffle bringing in £304.
It was agreed that invitations would go out to the same clubs and associations so we look forward to seeing Chesham, Iver Heath, Wokingham, London Irish, London Scottish, London Welsh, and of course Ladygate, on a sunny August day in 2012.
10 August 2011 District 54 shots - Ladygate 52 shots
This was a three rink Bannerette game requested by the Presidentís home club, played over 18 ends. In the interests of neutrality he had intended to rest, and accordingly Vice President Mike Waterford was asked to take the game as Captain of the day (even though in the event Barrie was brought in as the last available reserve!). It was very friendly, if somewhat noisy, on the green and the close result in the Districtís favour a satisfactory conclusion. Ladygate already have a framed bannerette from the past so no complaints at not getting another. The host club put on a splendid buffet supper to round off a very pleasant evening. Top rink was Len Bartlett, Jim Price, Ray Phillips (All Associates) and Tony Covey (Ladygate).
7 August 2011 District 145 shots - Arundel 132 shots
Despite the threat of rain on the way down we enjoyed a bright, if windy, day in this historic town. We were welcomed with a selection of rolls and coffee/tea or something stronger from the bar all at reasonable prices. They had had heavy rain in the morning of the match and consequently the green was rather soggy and a bit slow. Nevertheless we enjoyed a friendly game and a good dinner afterwards. It was also another win for the District. The President, thanking Arundel for lending us three players, presented a Bannerette to the opposing Captain in recognition of hosting a fine fixture. Tony Waller (Ladygate), skipped the top rink for the District, with Jim Price (Associate), guest player Graham and Bob Dennis (Century).
3 August 2011 District 43 shots - Royal Hospital Chelsea 72 shots
From a bowling point of view this was a disaster. Either by misinformation or misunderstanding, the President understood that we would be faced by elderly gentlemen scarcely able to walk the length of the green. Accordingly he gave instructions on the coach to avoid long jacks or firing into the head. In the event despite their modest claim to always finish in the top two, the sprightly warriors of the RHC played as well as many of our opponents and gave us something of a drubbing. The top rink (obviously disobeying orders) was Mike Taylor (Harrow Weald, skip), Chris Attree (Lady Companion), Corisande Mason (?) and Alan Cushnir (Woodcock Park)
31 July 2011 District 147 shots - Worthing Pavilion 142 shots
After a last minute withdrawal we managed to take seven mixed rinks to fulfil this already reduced fixture. It was close fellowship in the 32 seater but the journey was trouble free and quick and at least the coach could get into the club car park. In the hot, cloudless conditions the greens played very fast- there was a view that they were faster than Herga indoors! It was no surprise, perhaps, then to see several District rinks well behind for the first few ends. However a bit of concentration and a determined come back ensured success.Len Bartlett (Associate) skipped the top rink with Alan Young (Eastcote), Eunice Chater (Lady Companion) and Tony Covey (Ladygate).
23 July 2011 District 111 shots - Stoke Poges 123 shots.
With Apologies to Lindsay Weller for the delay in reproducing on line.
This was an enjoyable visit to a small but friendly club which makes the most of limited facilities to ensure teams are well looked after. The only drawback, one over which the club has no control, is the outrageous price at the bar in the adjacent Polish club. The weather was perfect and though the green was a bit tricky it all made for a good afternoonís bowling. Apart from the score that is, but the margin was low and only one rink suffered a double-digit loss with two winning their games. Due to a no-show we were obliged to borrow a player from the home side but perhaps (?) this helped the top rink skipped by Rod Fraser (Wealdstone), Ann Bell (L.C.), LINDSAY WELLER (Wealdstone) and Charlie (guest substitute).
1st August 2011 - District 123 Bucks HCVPBA 108 - played at Iver Heath BC
The start was briefly delayed because of lost bowlers, this time belonging to the opposition! To fill the waiting time a spider was arranged, the prize brought from the host club and the net proceeds going to the Presidents Charity. No arrangements had been made for a raffle due to a mix up over which Association was the Home team, H&D as it turned out, and Alan behind the bar made all the arrangements at a very acceptable price bringing a further generous donation to the Charity. It was a particular pleasure to see the host club President, although not playing, remain through out the whole proceedings. Iver Heath is a well run and hospitable club, the weather was good and the green in perfect condition. All told it felt like a special match. The icing on the cake was a win for the district. Top rink was Arthur Charlwood (Stanmore), Robbie Anderson (Mill), Eric Whittington (Century) and Carol Bartlett (Lady Comppanion)
17th July 2011 - District 112 - Princes Risborough 109 - played at Risborough
A shortage of lady applicants meant that the format had to be changed, with the agreement of the opposing Captain, from 4+2 rinks to 6 mixed rinks. Even then we had to borrow a player from the home side. Perhaps this local knowledge helped towards a 4th win of the season. Recent visits to Risborough have been memorable for tremendous rain storms and it seemed before the start time that this would again spoil the day. However, only one brief stoppage interupted play and the green quite easily coped with the conditions. The District also adapted well and maintained their game to win in a very close finish. Top rink was Arthur Charlwood (Stanmore), Steve Skinner (Ladygate), Brian Goodley (Associate) and Marjorie Cox (Lady Companion)
13th July 2011 - District 112 - Chalfont St Giles 94 - played at Chalfont.
It must be the long distance travel, which brings on the tiredness and dropped shots towards the end of the game? Today a short hop over the Buckinghamshire boundary and the momentum was maintained through out the game leading to yet another victory. The Chalfont green is tucked away on the edge of town giving it a quiet, peaceful atmosphere with a splendid clubhouse, a reasonable green and hospitable membership. Even the weather stayed kind. Top triple for the district was John Jackson (Ladygate) with Patrcia Blanchard (Lady Companions) and Alan Cook (Northwood)
9th July 2011 - District 112 - Wendover 127 - played at Wendover
The fixture Secretary needed to bring in nine players in order to make the full 6 mixed rinks for this match. Surely it can be better supported than that for the remainder of the season, and perhaps beyond. Please advise Alan Shaw of availabilty, even if it is after the selection date as he would love to be able to select from a pool of available resources. On the day the weather was good, the green played well and the game made for an enjoyable afternoon. Pity therefore that we lost, even if it was by only a small margin. The only consolation was that the District's players made a clean sweep of the raffle prizes! We had 3 winning rinks, the best of which was skipped by Albie Moore (Associate) with David Poole (Ladygate), Patricia Blanchard (Lady Companion) and Frank Luxton (West Harrow)
4th July 2011 - District 108 - Chesham 118 (adjusted) - played at Chesham
Two factors may have influenced the outcome of this game which halted our 2 game winning streak. The first was that the home side played a triple against our rink and the 25% rule may not have been sufficient punishment but more likely was that one rink suffered (or should that be surrendered?) an 8 shot hot shot loss - and still ended up winning. The names of the full house droppers are not being disclosed but news will no doubt spread! William (call me Clem) Bradley (Ladygate) was playing his first game for the district and it was also the first apperance for the Lady Companions of Yvonne Bradley and Ann Taylor. Our top rink was again skipped by Peter Brockett (Ladygate) with Yvonne Bradley, Eric Whittington (Pinner) and Mike Waterford (West Harrow)
2nd July 2011 - District 121 - Wokingham 105 - played at Wokingham
Back to back wins for the district to mark this brand new fixture. Travelling time of less than an hour, an impressive club house, good green and a very welcoming membership should make this a popular venue. A last minute health related withdrawal meant that we had to borrow one of Wokingham's lady players, who as it turned out was previously at Ladygate and knew a number of our players. The district lost on only two rinks, winning the other 4 with the best being Len Bartlett (Associate), Steve Skinner (Ladygate), Alan Young (Eastcote) and Mrs Pat Roberts (Associate).
28th June 2011 - District Men 121 - District Ladies 95 - Played at Ladygate for the Bill Cole Memorial Trophy
Heavy rain, thunder and lightning greeted the District's Mens and Ladies teams who, from the comfort of the club watched the President cum greenkeeper lay out the protective sheets! The game went ahead without to much delay and the weather improved to be a pleasant, if occasionally threatening, warm afternoon. It was, as usual, a keenly contested game, WON, yes WON by the men to reclaim rights to the Trophy surrendered in the Indoor leg in March. Playing his first game for the district was Mike Taylor of Harrow Weald. Top rink for the men was Peter Brockett (Ladygate), Ken Fletcher (Associate), Mike Waterford (West Harrow) and Bob Parsons (Harrow).
26th June 2011 - District 104 - Windsor Great Park 127 - played at the Great Park
This relatively near fixture (assuming you can find the park gate!) is in beautiful surroundings and with the chance of seeing the quality passing by, should attract a strong level of support. However with a number of cry offs for health reasons it was neccesary to accept two guest players offered by the host club. The weather and the opposition proved to be to hot for the District to handle, going down by 23 shots. The top rink was skipped by Alan Shaw (Associate) with Geoff Roberts (Associate), Chris Attree (Lady Companion) and Ray Phillips (Associate)
19th June 2011 - District 95 - Thame 109 - The Les Peake and Kath Lester Trophy game played at Thame BC
This is one of the more pleasant clubs to visit despite having to cross the County borders yet again. Due to sickness we had to reduce this match to five mixed rinks. After the heavy rain of the previous day this match was played in warm sunshine, on a good but challenging green and with friendly opponents. Unfortunately this friendship did not extend onto the green although the close result, with 2 winning rinks and one only beaten by a single shot was a creditable even if it did extend your Presidents 100% losing start! Top rink for the district was John Hammond (Wealdstone), Ken Fletcher and Stuart Phillips (Associates) and Peggy Charlwood (Lady Companion).
16th June 2011 - District 108 - MCHVPBA 136 - trophy game played at Ladygate BC
It rained for 4 hours during the morning but thankfully it had cleared by the 1400 start. Conditions underfoot were a little bit soggy but improved as the match was played in the pleasantly warm weather. Despite fielding a relatively strong side the District could not cope with the overall quality of the Vice Presidents winning on only 2 of the 6 rinks. The top rink for the district, on count back was skipped by Albie Moore (Associate), with Alan Newman and Barrie Purdy (Ladygate) and Ray Phillips (Associate)
11th June 2011 - District 110 - Windsor and Eton 111 - played at Windsor and Eton
NEARLY! Even the opposing Captain was surprised when the cards for the 6 mixed rinks were totalled. It would be unfair to put the blame on any one rink as a careless moment at any time can give away a single shot. Hence no names etc for those who dropped a 5 on the last end!. Apart from the final score the district had a much better game winning on three rinks and drawing on one (the aforementioned droppers of a 5!) Top rink, all Ladygate members, were Peter Lavender, Steve Skinner, Audrey Lavender and President Barrie Purdy.
7th June 2011 - District 76 - Waddesdon Manner 120 - played at Waddesdon Manor
It is a fair distance to travel but this green is situated in a lovely park adjoining the manor. Perhaps the rigours of the journey and the idyllic setting distracted our players from the job of winning. True to form the Waddeson rain came on full force at the end but only a couple of rinks were still playing and there seemed to be little sympathy for their slow play! Of the 5 mixed rinks we had success on only 1 which was Tony Waller, Anesia Skinner, Barrie Purdy (all Ladygate) and Ray Phillips (Associate) who won 21-15.
5th June 2011 - District 79 - Harrow 121 - Played at Harrow for the Mayor's trophy.
This was not a good day to challenge for the trophy as representatives of the Mayor of Harrow, and perhaps it is no bad thing if the rumours are true and the fixture is being phased out. On a difficult green and in indifferent weather the district were no match for the host side, losing on 5 of the 6 mixed triples with the other being tied. It did not help that over the last 3 ends the district in aggregate dropped 28 shots. The best rink for us was Bryn Grewcock (Lupton), Kris Beejay and Mike Waterford (West Harrow / Senior Deputy) who draw 17 all.
31st May 2011 -District 81 - Ladygate 107 - played at Ladygate
It is unusual to see that a District side included only one Ladygate player - the President! We won on 2 of the 5 mixed rinks and given the strength in depth of the opposition, playing on their own patch, the overall result was not to disappointing. As usual the friendly atmosphere amongst the players who know each other only to well, plus the bar and dinner afterwards made for a very enjoyable day. Top rink for the District was Brenda Connor (lady Companion), Alan Brumham (Northwood) Eric Whittington (Century) and Mike Waterford (West Harrow / Senior Deputy) who won 27-10.
21st May 2011 - District 102 - Iver Heath 144 - played at Iver Heath for the challenge trophy.
No excuses this time about a difficult green when we visited this first class club. A shortage of lady applicants meant that their two rinks had to be supplemented with male players and both suffered only narrow losses. Despite trying to put out a balanced team the opposition were too strong all round and although we did win on 2 rinks, two others had a particularly bad time which made the overall score look worse than perhaps we deserved. Regrettably we had to surrender the challenge Trophy as we only had a narrow 5 shot lead to defend from the Indoor leg. Top rink was Arthur Charlwood (Stanmore), Bryn Grewcock (Lupton), Frank Luxton (West Harrow) and David Poole (Ladygate)
14th May 2011 - District 87 - Long Crendon 159 - played at Long Crendon
Not a good start to the campaign in this lovely rural setting. Perhaps it was too early in the season for the District's players to adapt to a difficult green and the result was, unusually, a loss on all 6 rinks. The rain that fell during the last few ends was perhaps a fitting conclusion to the game. Our closest rink was Alan Shaw (Associate / Match Sec), Mary Jutsum and Don Cull (Ladygate) and Alan Brumham (Northwood)
13th April - District 81 - Oxford City and County 175 - played at City and County
The Indoor season ended on what had become a usual low note in recent matches. District players were not in-spired by their visit to the dreaming city and once again enthusiasm and effort were not sufficient to complete against a strong Indoor club. This was a 4 rinks men and 2 rinks ladies game but the men fared no better than the ladies and all 6 rinks lost, the first time we have not succeded on at least one rink this season. The closest finish, with minus 7 shots, was skipped by Dennis Parker, with Bryn grewcock, Brian Lawes and Anisea Skinner.
The President has, more or less, enjoyed the challenges of the Indoor season and is grateful to all those who have turned out to represent the Association. We can now enjoy a brief interlude and hopefllu then embark on a more successful Outdoor season which starts on May 14th with a visit to Long Crendon. The Match Secretary, Alan Shaw, would welcome more applications for games, even late requests help as they create a reserves list which more often than not is required!
30th March 2011 - District 82 - Foxhill 153 - played at Foxhill.
Despite a quick return to Aylesbury for this mixed game the Dsitrict had clearly not learned enough about the relatively slow green to benefit against a strong club side. The pattern was similar to the earlier game and the result pretty much the same. With, again, only one winning rink, but with this time only one other rink within touching distance, came the inevitable heavy defeat.
The winning rink, by one shot, was Celia Shaw, Brenda Peake, Brian Clarke and Mike Hulbert.
Fortunately Harrow and District players are a cheerful lot and take their losses in a good spirit and despite inevitable changes to the original selections, we manage to find sufficient numbers to fulfil our commitments. Our final game of the Indoor season is at Oxford on Sunday April 10th, can we finish on a high?
27th March 2011 - District 87 - London Irish 152 - played at Foxhill IBC
A very dismal picture as the poor run of results continued in the second of our "international" matches. Again it seemed at one time in the game that the district would at least go down to an honourable defeat, but the Irsh were determined to press home every advantage. Although we had only 1 winning rink, three others were quite close, despite the Irish running out easy winners on total shots.
The winning rink for the district was Dennis Parker at Skip, Rex Cox, Don Cull and Mike Waterford who won 18-15.
20th March 2011 - District 102 - London Scottish 120 - played at Herts IBC
There was a delayed start due to having to wait for the Herts County finals programme to be completed, with the subsequent time pressure to get the game finished. The District with, as usual, changes to the original selection did well against a strong visiting team winning on three rinks and keeping the overall loss to a reasonable figure. At the tea break we were actually in the lead by one shot and kept within touching distance for a while until the position deteriorated in the final quarter of the game.
The top rink was skip Dennis Parker and David Poole (Ladygate), Lindsay Weller (Wealdstone) amd Brian Goodley (Associate) who won 27-15.
17th March 2011 - District 128 - H&DWBA 158 - played at Herga IBC
The President suggested that it was a noble gesture to allow defeat in the Indoor leg of the Bill Cole Trophy but in truth we were beatne by a stronger, and more determined side. At Various points in the game the deficit was in single figures but after the tea break the gap grew ever wider. The district must do better in the summer game!
Brian Goodley was playing his first match for the district and Reg Cook (Ruislip) was awarded his blazer badge having played in the requisite number of games. The top winning rink for us was skipped by Brian Johns (Associate) with Richard Graham (?), Barrie Purdy (Ladygate / President) and Bob Parsons (Harrow) who won 21-14
2nd March 2011 - District 105 - Herts County 154 - Played at Herts IBC on 26th Feb
The District faced a strong County side that included a number of players playing on their home green. As we broke off for tea, with a little under half the game completed, the scores stood at 51 shots each. However we lost concentration somewhat, gradually losing ground and although 4 rinks showed an aggregate deficit of only 3 shots, the other 2 were up against strong rinks and did well to hold on as close as they did.
Top rink was Arthur Charlwood at Skip, Alan Newman, Eric Whittington and David Poole. The District now have a short break before taking on the ladies in the Indoor half of the Bill Cole Challenge Trophy.
16th Feb 2011 - District 124 - Fassnidge BC 92 (played at Herts IBC) - Having made a good start the District held their advantage throughout the match, winning on 5 triples with only the President, in a generous mood, letting the side down. The top triple was Audrey Lavender, Robbie Anderson and Peter Lavender. Next week's match against Herts County could prove more difficult!
2nd Feb 2011 - District open year with win - District 142 - Desborough 123 - Our first fixture at this club, by coach, proved to be a good start to 2011. A good opening but a drop in form towards the half time tea break did not bode well for the district. However continuing the pattern of earlier matches, a strong recovery saw us safely through, thanks in particular to big wins on two rinks. Top rink was skipped by Len Glynn, with Brenda Connor, Robbie Anderson and Mike Fanning
1st Feb 2011 - Missing Reports (First Batch, apologies for delay in posting)
16th December 2010 - District win Hamilton Cup - District 125 - MCHVPBA 117
This was the first trophy game of the Indoor season and the district regained the Hamilton Cup with a narrow but well deserved victory. It was the proverbial game of two halves, at one stage the District were 30 shots to the good but half a dozen ends later the scores were level. Never the less the recently seen resilience continured and a revival saw the district home. Ricahrd Graham was playing his first game for us. The top rink was skipped by Jim Price (again!) with Bob Dennis, Mike Hulbert and John Jackson.
11th Dec 2010 - Bad Day all Round - District 97 - Watford 112 (Match played at Herts) - A bad day at the Office for the President who arrived at the venue without the black case! Borrowed scorecards and a phone call home for the selection list resolved the position and the game got under way only slightly late after those who set out for Garston re programmed their Sat Nav's for the right destination.
After an even start the district fell way behind but recovered to finish only 15 shots adrift. Is this more evidence that we get stronger as the game progresses? If so perhaps 4 trial ends should be arranged. The top rink was skipped by Jim Price, with Mike Fanning, Christine Maghie and Ray Phillips. Ray's son Stuart played his first game for the district and seemed keen to play more. A pleasant afternoon's bowling was concluded with another good dinner served by the resident cook.
26th October 2010 - County end District run - District 100 - Middx County Indoor Bowling Association 116 - This was a match when some seemed to have travelling difficulties and coupled with selection problems the game was redcued to 6 triples. The County score was enhanced by a substitute, who had come to support the district, well done Robbie for your foresight! Considering the strength of the opposition this was a satisfactory result for us, winning on 2 rinks and not being overwhelmed on the others. Top triple was Mike Waterford, Eric Whittington and Tony Howard
23rd October 2010 - District at the double - District 125 - Iver Heath 120 (match played at Herts) - The final scorecards showed 125 shits each but the District just scraped a win by claiming the 25% deduction on the opposition rink playing with just 3 men. As this was the first leg of a double challenge game the President felt the need to carry even this small advantage into the return Outdoor game played on Iver Heaths home turf! Iver Heath very generously donated the proceeds of their raffle to the Presidents Charity, a lovely gesture. Top rink was Ray Phillips, Robbie Anderson, Jim Price and Alan Shaw.
17th October 2010 - District on the Board - District 117 - Wendover 102 (Played at Foxhill) - The green this week was more suited to the District who won on 4 rinks. Sick Notes seemed to be the order of the day as Wendover had to field 2 triples (the District score was still higher before their 25% deductions!) and the President had a frantic morning search for 2 substitutes. Welcome to Ted Fielder who played his first District game. Top Rink was Celia Shaw, Peter and Audrey Lavender and Bob Parsons.
28th Nov - The weather outside was distinctly chilly and the district made a disastrous start being 11 shots down after the first end and 19 down at 5. However, once warmed up we clawed our way back into the game. It was encouraging to see the momentum maintained to finish on top. The top rink was skipped by Peter Lavender, with David Poole, Pat Price and Bob Dennis and they finished 19 shots in front of their opponents. Playing their first game for the district were Brian and Sue Lawes. Once again the host Captain generously allowed the District's President to collect for his charity in preference to his own.
9th October - Match Report Versus Egham H&D 71 Egham 184. A warm welcome to the club but a roasting on the green, was not the most auspicious start for the New President Barrie Purdy. The only winning rink was that skipped by Peter Lavender, with Lindsay Weller and two players kindly loaned to us by Egham. The ladies in particular suffered at the hands of the top bowlers fielded by the host club. An overall defeat at this stage of the season was perhaps not entirely unexpected against such a formidable club, although the margin was rather dispiriting. Next up a trip to Foxhill to play Wendover on 17th October