August Newsletter No.46


Doug Cook Memorial Shield
The Doug Cook Memorial Shield took place 8th July 2017. This is its first year in memory of Doug who has spent many years supporting the junior section coaching our young members. Doug was very keen for the Juniors to play “the game” so they all had to play each other in a singles match consisting of three bowls and three ends, seven games each. The competition was very close throughout and it all came down to the final game. The winner was Elliot Williams aged 11 who kept his nerve under pressure and finished on 26 points followed closely by Lewis Goldup on 24 points. The shield was donated and kindly presented by Doug’s widow Val Cook. Our thanks and our thoughts go out to Val. X

Junior In-House League
The June In-House League was won again by Thomas Russell aged 10. Thomas first won the league in October 2016, again in March 2017 and now in June 2017. This has shown his commitment to the game and his consistent approach. Well done Thomas.

Lorna Goldup – Angel (Tonbridge) I.B.C. – Junior Co-ordinator.

It is lovely to be able to report successes for our players in the world of outdoor bowls.  The winners of the ladies’ county fours this year included two of our current members and a former bar person!
The winners were Dawn Slater (Ladies’ secretary), Heather Young (Competition Secretary) Rachel Banks, who skipped, and Eve Strudwick, not an angel member.
They represented Borough Green BC and, best of all, beat a four that included Sandy Hazell and Wendy King in the final.  This was no mean achievement, as anyone who has ever encountered these formidable players can testify.
The successful four will now all be Kent County badge holders, and won a place in the national finals at Leamington Spa, where they met the best in the country.  Well done, ladies!

It is with sadness that we must report the death of George Milne on 30th July.  George was a very respected member of the club and was President from 2004-2007.

Opal Travel Group Limited are offering a 2-night (3 day) trip to Potters Resort in Norfolk from 12th to 14th January 2018.
The holiday includes:
·       Return coach travel
·       Full board accommodation including midnight feast on Friday and Saturday
·       Departure lunch on Sunday
·       Tickets to all matches from Friday through to Sunday (these are early rounds of the championship)
·       Use of sport and leisure facilities
·       Full evening and daytime entertainments programme
The cost is £224 per person for standard accommodation, £236 per person for bungalow plus accommodation.
Opal tours will offer the above provided that there are at least 10 people wishing to go.  This may have restrictions on single accommodation; wait and see.

If you are interested in the above, please put your name and details on the sheet on the noticeboard.  I expect Opal to ask whether this is viable by the early part of September, so please give it your earliest consideration.

Peter Nicholls
8th August 2017

The Board are pleased to announce that we have two more new sponsors:

Tonbridge Flooring Studio

We thank them for their contribution to club funds.

Entry forms for this competition (closing date 1st September) can be found in the box below.  The competition will be held in the time to connect the Summer and Winter seasons (i.e. commencing mid-September and ending at the end of the month), giving everyone the opportunity to hone their game ready for the new Winter season.  The final will be on Friday 29th September.  The rules for the competition are as for any internal league game, i.e. play for a whole 2½ hour session with 1 shot only for the first end.

Peter Nicholls
for Men’s Competition Secretary

If anyone has (or knows of someone who has) accommodation to let in south Tonbridge (preferably within walking distance of the bowls club) please could they contact Paul behind the bar Click Here


The Summer Committee members are appealing to all bowlers, but especially those who play indoors in the summer in leagues or roll-ups, to sign up for matches on the noticeboard opposite the reception desk.
At the moment we are having to cancel matches because of lack of players, which has a serious negative impact on the club as a whole, losing us income and making things very hard for our excellent caterers. We do not want to lose these fixtures, which generate important income for both.

All summer matches are mixed friendlies, played in greys and are great fun to be a part of.  Car sharing arrangements are made for away matches.  Any roll-up or league player would find them most enjoyable and for outdoor players they provide useful indoor practice ready for the autumn.

July Newsletter No. 45

The club now has some new sponsors.  We would like to thank them all most sincerely for their help and support with our funds.

SH Smart Repairs
Ellis & Co Sales and Lettings
Easyfit Hearing Aids of Tonbridge.

The Board are pleased to announce the appointment of Liz Kemp to the board.

Liz as many of you know runs the Wednesday evening introduction event.  Liz has had a great deal of success in recruiting new members and she will continue with this task and also aid Peter Nicholls to help new members into roll ups, leagues and matches.

Bernard Buss


Dear Members
Please see below the membership subscriptions for 2017/18.
The Board have kept the increase as low as possible.
Please ensure that all subscriptions are paid promptly.
We would remind members that anyone who has not paid by 18th October will not be entitled to play.
Membership Subscriptions for 2017/18
Annual Membership Fees £
Honorary 0.00
Full 87.50
Social – Non -playing 30.00
Social – Summer Bowling 35.00
Junior 19.00
Disabled 28.00
Rink Fees
There will be no increase in Rink Fees but we are unlikely to keep to no increase beyond this season.
Kind regards
Bernard Buss

While we are on the subject of membership fees, let me remind you that we are in need of several more people to sign up as Green Stewards.  The duties are certainly not arduous and training is given.  A Steward does one session at the same time every week, four weeks on and four weeks off throughout the main season September to April.  For this you receive a £60.00, yes £60.00 discount on your membership fee.  Personally I enjoy my sessions as it is a chance to meet more members and give something back to the club.  If you are interested, please contact Jim Hawkes, Chief Green Steward, on 01732 362407 or 07888 762832.

It is with great sadness that we must report the deaths of Peter Hoff and Larry Cox, both of whom will be greatly missed.

We have also been informed of the death of Peter Dickenson (husband of Jill), who was a member at Sevenoaks and was well known to many Angel members.

Up to now the seats provided in the bowls hall have been free on a first come first served basis.  The board have been made aware that this can mean that players on a rink may be unable to rest when they are not bowling due to the seats being occupied by visitors.
The board have therefore decided to designate the seats at each end of each rink to be for the sole use of players on that rink.  Any visitors who wish to watch can do so either from the seats down the sides of the bowling hall or from seats in the bar area.
Notices to this effect will be placed on each rink to remind people of this rule, which the board hopes does not unduly inconvenience anyone nor detract from enjoyment of playing or watching a game of bowls.
Peter Nicholls

The competition sheets are on the noticeboard and we can look forward to some good, close games in the coming weeks.  Please make a note of the closing dates per round as these are generous but set in stone so beware!  The summer leagues are well under way and have thrown up some interesting results.

There has been some criticism from those who believe our league teams and our competition pairs or triples may be unevenly matched.  We would therefore suggest that our critics might like to attend our Summer AGM in October and volunteer to join our committee and help us with the task of organising these summer events – not an easy task.
Edna/Brian Partridge
Joint Competition Secretary

I think members should be made aware of an internet scam going the rounds at the moment. A friend of mine was contacted supposedly from HMRC saying she was entitled to a tax rebate of £280 and needed to give details of her bank account! HMRC say they never issue rebates or contact people by email.
Coincidently, there was an article in the Courier (30/6) regarding internet fraud which mentioned that only up to 15% of cases are reported. They advise to contact Citizens Advice consumer service 03454 04 05 06 who can advise Trading Standards, or report to Action Fraud 0300 123 2040 or Visit
Peter Lillie

Editor’s note: If you receive an email that you are doubtful about, before opening it Google for instance “HMRC scam” and you will see if it has been reported as a scam.  Most such scams have been reported. Emails from PayPal for instance will always address you by name and not by your email address.

Whilst chatting to Eric Thomas, a member of long standing, last week, I discovered that he has the unusual distinction of having been awarded the Legion of Honour.  I quote from his citation:

“I have the pleasure of informing you that the President of the Republic has appointed you to the rank of Chevalier in the Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur.

I offer you my warmest congratulations on this high honour in recognition of your acknowledged military engagement and your steadfast involvement in the Liberation of France during the Second World War.

As we contemplate this Europe of peace, we must never forget heroes like you, who came from Britain and the Commonwealth to begin the liberation of Europe by liberating France.  We owe our freedom and security to your dedication, because you were ready to risk your life.” The citation continues and is signed by the French Ambassador to London.

Eric also showed me the medal of the order itself, which is a beautiful object in its own right.

Eric believes that at 93, he may be the oldest bowling member in the club.  Does anyone know different, or have any other interesting information to offer about our members?

And finally…
Please submit any funnies, jokes, cartoons or any other items to the Editor, Gwen Smithies, click here or via the pigeonholes under “S”.