October Newsletter No.48


See advertisement in the Social Diary page.

For the Cockney Night, advertised in the Social Diary page, you can now choose to have fish and chips (or quiche).  Do book soon.  Members who have seen this performer elsewhere say he is excellent.  Even the tone deaf can join in the sing-song!


We had a good and very successful summer bowling season but, now that we can look back on it all, there are things we could have done better.  You may agree!

The Summer AGM will be held at the Club on Monday 23rd October at 10.30 a.m.  Please come along and let us know what you think of our efforts.  In particular, volunteers to serve on the Summer Committee would find a very warm welcome.

We have noticed in recent years that numbers generally are falling, people are not willing to drive to places like Adur and Oyster and other away fixtures, and it is becoming difficult to find opponents for matches with a meal provided at the end of the day.  It looks as though we are going to have to make some very difficult decisions.  Will you help us?

From the Summer Bowls Committee


As organizers of the Friday morning sessions for physically disabled bowlers we are sorry that several of our regulars in the past have had to give up recently. If anyone who struggles to bowl without assistance would like to give Friday mornings (9.30 – 12.00) a try please Click Here and arrange to come down for a taster session.

Peter & Margaret Swan

These sessions are very much enjoyed by everyone who takes part in them.  If you have had to give up bowling because of any physical limitation which means you need support, why not give it a try?  If you are ”fit” and would like to be involved, please contact Peter and Margaret as extra assistance is always welcome.

In-House League
The Juniors have been working hard to win the trophy this term. It finished with joint winners-Elliot Williams aged 11 and Lewis Goldup aged 15.
Highest number of touchers was won by Thomas Russell and Lewis Goldup, and our “Jack Judgement” was also won by Lewis.

Recycling of unwanted trophies.
We recycle old trophies that are no longer wanted. If you have any that are in reasonable condition that we can update by putting on a new plaque and/or trophy centre they would be very welcome. Please hand in at reception so that we can continue to encourage the Juniors by rewarding their hard work and achievements. Many thanks.
Ashford Triples 07/10/2017
Jay Lusher, Jack Young and Lewis Goldup took part in this very long day of round robin matches against 7 other clubs (12 other teams). They played 5 matches of 55 minutes each. By lunchtime they were in third position after drawing one and winner the next two. They were very pleased when they won their match against Swale whose team consisted of two current England players. This really had their confidence soaring. It was also was Jay’s very first match and the team bonded really well, showing their comradery throughout. It was a pleasure to watch them all play.
The day finished with them coming seventh out of thirteen. I was proud of them all. Well done.


Many thanks to all our cakemakers, those who made donations to and bought items from our bring and buy stall and those who drank coffee and nibbled cupcakes on Friday 29th September in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.  We made a whopping £800.25 which included money raised at Tonbridge outdoors in their coffee morning and the sale of a picture which now resides over the mantelpiece of a certain Tonbridge residence.

Thanks to all our helpers – too many to mention in case someone is forgotten –  to Ed for getting our tables ready before we started, and thanks also to Management who allowed the money raised from sales of coffee on that day to go to this very worthy charity.

A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY  –  MONDAY 23 OCTOBER 2017 at 10.30 a.m. when we will hold our Summer Bowling Annual General Meeting.

We have struggled this summer with falling numbers – this seems to be affecting not only our Club but others we have played against and talked to this summer – and with not being able to persuade enough drivers to travel to far flung locations as Southwick and Whitstable, even Gillingham is a “no, no” for many.  Any ideas you may have that may help us decide on next year’s programme may well be something your Committee haven’t already thought of.

Come along and join us – we’ll even throw in a free cup of coffee to those who do so.  (Sorry, Treasurer!)

All the best,  Edna

Summer Club Finals

The Summer Club Finals were held on Saturday 23 September.  In the morning, the Triples winners were Neil Ramage, Matt Sellen and Keith Tickner while Peter Nicholls beat Isabel Manktelow in a closely matched final of the Mixed Singles.


In the afternoon, Babs Tester won the Ladies Singles, Matt Sellen won the Men’s Singles, while Peter Nicholls and Alec Newberry won the Pairs competition.  Our latest competition – the Cyril Stares Trophy for new bowlers and those who have never won a bowls trophy – was won by Jon Gage and Arthur Sellen while Ray Ecclestone and Sue Sellen were the unlucky losers.  Cyril’s daughter Jackie provided the winners with shields and these were presented by two great grandchildren of Cyril and Et.