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March 2017 Newsletter


Congratulations to Jane Cogle, Kim Hanmore and Sam Allcorn, who have won through to the National Finals of the Ladies’ National Triples to be held at Melton Mowbray later this month.  To get there they defeated last year’s winners; Sandy Hazell, Wendy King and Paige Dennis. This is the first time Sam has got through to the National finals and, as you can see from her picture on Facebook with Wendy King, she is absolutely delighted!

The triple is now in the last sixteen in the country and will be playing their first round at 9.30 on 27th of March.  You can follow their progress in real time on the EIBA website.

Jackie Clarke, Gwen Smithies and Diana Morgans are in the area final of the County triples at Bromley this week.

The ladies’ section is also doing very well in the Kent league and is currently holding second place.

Duncan Hanmore is also doing outstandingly well this season and is through to the National Finals in the Men’s Pairs with Graham Standley, after beating Roger Kendrick and Perry Martin.  They will be playing at Melton Mowbray on the 29th and 30th of March.

Other National competitions to be played in the next few days have reached the area final stage and include the fours (Peter Harris, Terry London, Graham Standley and Duncan Hanmore) at Ashford against a four from Folkestone, triples (Peter Harris, Graham Standley and Duncan Hanmore) also against Folkestone, over 50s triples (Terry London, Graham Standley and Duncan Hanmore) against Mote Park at Ashford and singles Duncan Hanmore against Mickey Fisher from Folkestone at Ashford.

Other teams are in the later stages of County competitions at the time of writing, Including Graham and Maggie Standley in the area final of the Family pairs in which they will play Lewis and Wendy King.

My apologies if I have missed out on other important bowling news but I can only publish what I am sent!


The smooth running of the club and its bowling sessions relies on Green Stewards.  These are the volunteers who sit at reception.  It is not an arduous task but, at the moment, we are short of numbers.  Anyone volunteering would only be asked to do a two-and-a-half-hour session at the same time every week on a “four weeks on, four weeks off” basis, from September to April.  For this light duty you get a reduction in your full membership fee of approximately two-thirds. Training is given.

We need volunteers to act as Green Stewards to cover the present vacancies, which are as follows:

Rota 1.  Monday 2pm to 4.30 pm, Monday 4.30pm to 7pm, Tuesday 7pm to 9pm, Thursday 4.30pm to 7pm, Saturday 4.30pm to 7pm and Saturday 7pm to 9pm

Rota 2.  Wednesday 9am to 11.30am, Thursday 4.30pm to 7pm, Thursday 7pm to 9pm, Saturday 7pm to 9pm and Sunday 9am to 11.30am

Potential candidates can obtain more information about the job and the benefits from Jim Hawkes on 01732 362407

For the Ladies’ President versus Men’s President friendly match on Saturday 25th of March the board of management has agreed to waive their charge for the use of the green so all funds raised will go to the chosen charity of Kent Air Ambulance.  This includes proceeds for the raffle so please give generously.


This month we are addressing the issue of courtesy to other bowlers, which several members have mentioned is a matter that they feel needs addressing.

Walking up before another player’s bowl has not yet come to rest does not allow that player to see the outcome of their shot and breaks their concentration.   Similarly it is distracting if a player on your rink, or an adjacent rink, walks up the green for a way after bowling, before returning to the mat. It is especially irritating when a bowler on an adjacent rink wanders over on to yours, in order to see their bowl go into their head.

Once a bowl by team A has come to rest, the mat and the green “belongs” to team B and whoever is in the head from team A should not walk forward to examine the head or comment on the last bowl.

It is courteous for all six players at the head end to help kick back the woods after the score has been agreed.  To speed the game along, however, the lead of the team that won the end may break off from this duty early to get the mat down and prepare to deliver the jack.  The skip who bowled first may also pick up the mat after their opponent’s last bowl and return it to the bank ready for the next end.


Yes, we know it is barely Spring yet but we are busy thinking of and making plans for the Club’s Summer bowling!  From early March, you will see on the Angel Leagues noticeboard (next to the swing doors into the bowls hall) the sheets for you to enter your name for the four planned summer leagues.  The times will be 12 noon and 7.30 p.m. on Tuesdays and 9.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. on Thursdays.  The league games will begin on Tuesday 2nd May and the closing date for entries is Friday 31st March.

Normally due to the low numbers, we are unable to allow husbands and wives to play in the same League team but if you indicate this on the list (under the ”Linked with” column) we will ask the team captains to do their best to ensure husbands and wives play on the same dates.  It isn’t always possible but we will do our best.

So if you would care to join us for a friendly, relaxed yet competitive game of bowls on a Tuesday or a Thursday during the summer months, please place your name on the lists and we will look forward to seeing you.

From your Summer Bowls Committee

PS   Keep an eye also on the noticeboard ready for details of the Summer Competitions to be announced including a new competition to be held in memory of our much-missed Cyril Stares.

100 CLUB
The 100 Club is open to those who do not yet take part.  The fee to join is £12 with, as you can see in the menu above, the chances to win generous cash prizes.  See Bob Bowlby for an entry form.

As many of you will know, Jackie Clarke has been organising an annual bowling holiday to Torquay in March for the last 18 years.  This year was absolutely the last she will run, though the trip has now been taken over by Frank Lay.  The trip has been enjoyed by many Angel bowlers over the years and I am sure they will want to join with me in thanking Jackie for all she has done.  Below is a brief message from Jackie herself.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all participants for making it another successful trip. I would like to thank John Gunson for doing all the scoring, and special thanks to Teresa and Peter Granville for choosing the prizes, a very time consuming task.

As you know, Frank Lay is taking over the organisation for next year, so I do hope that you will give him any help that he needs.CLICK HERE  to contact Frank.

Many thanks for your gift and beautiful card, which I will cherish.
All good wishes
Jackie Clarke


Those of you who watched Countdown on the 13th March may have recognised a familiar face.  It was an extremely disappointing performance but at least the club got a mention on national television…

And finally…
From A. Littlemore-Green
Dear Sir
I am writing in the hope that a reader of this newsletter may be able to furnish me with an explanation.  Ever since my first bowling lesson, not at this club, I have been puzzled by some of the terminology used in bowling.  For instance my instructor was calling to me “More Green, More Green”.  Since my name is Littlemore-Green, I thought he was merely indicating it was my turn to play and it was not for some time that I understood he was telling me to bowl out at a wider angle.  Why on earth did he not say so?

I now understand what a wrong bias is, but I still do not understand the references to large gins-and-tonic that go on when I bowl one.  Also, what is a pineapple?  I don’t think it has anything to do with the catering, as I thought at first.

Now I have come across another term I am not familiar with.  Recently at the end of a mixed match, my skip said to his opposite number, unaware that I was in earshot, “I have never played with such a plonker in all my days”.  It was said with such a tone of wonderment that I am sure it was high praise indeed.  Can any member enlighten me as to the meaning?

Yours faithfully,


Remember all contributions of interest to our membership are welcome in this newsletter.
Contact me in person at the club, or via the pigeonholes under “S”, or send an email  to me by CLICKING HERE .  The deadline for contributions for the next issue is 10th April.

Looking forward to hearing from you,
Gwen Smithies

Summer Leagues

You will see on the Angel Leagues noticeboard (next to the swing doors into the Bowls Hall) that the lists are up for our Summer Leagues. We do realise that it isn’t yet Spring but Summer won’t be far behind and we need to know if you are interested in playing in our Leagues during the Summer months. Our Leagues will be on Tuesdays from 12 noon to 2.30 p.m. and from 7.30 to 10 p.m. and on Thursdays from 9.30 a.m. to noon and from 7.30 to 10 p.m. Closing date for the lists is Friday 31st March and we will start our first games on Tuesday 2nd May. Further details of matches, special events and competitions will follow.

Keep an eye on the noticeboards for news of a competition in memory of Cyril Stares, a keen bowler and supporter of our Summer events.

From the Summer Bowls Committee