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April Newsletter 2018

The finals weekend was a great success and there was some great bowling to watch.  Unfortunately the Men’s Singles had to be played ahead of time as one of the finalists, Duncan Hanmore, was skipping a rink in the semi-final and Final of the (National) Liberty Trophy in Nottingham.  Kent won their semi-final convincingly but were narrowly defeated in the final by Lincolnshire.
Our other competitions were fun to watch, although the numbers attending were disappointing compared to “the old days”.  There was a splendid raffle, run by Isabel Manktelow and Diana Morgans, with invaluable help From Paul Buss, which raised exactly £250.00 for much-needed Ladies’ bowling funds.  If you bought tickets, I believe there are still some unclaimed prizes behind the bar.
After all the games, winners and runners-up were presented with their trophies and cash prizes, as were the top two teams in each of the leagues that ran all season.
Congratulations to Tom and Heather Young, the two Competition Secretaries, for all their hard work to make this weekend and all the competitions a great success.
A full table of results is shown below.

Ladies singles Chris Bruce 21 Jackie Clarke 15
Mens singles Duncan Hanmore 21 Howard Dickson 5
Ladies pairs Jean Aldridge 24 Gwen Smithies 14
Angela Cater Chris Spencer
Mens pairs Paul Gent 27 Malcolm Ward 8
Terry London Jim Parker
Ladies triples Maggie Standley Mary London
Dawn Slater 19 Eunice Hargreaves 14
June Hammond Viv Collins
Mens triples Malcolm Yates Jim Parker
Howard Dickson 16 Mike Emery
Dave Corbett John N Clark
Bernard King Paul Carter(extra end) 1set Terry London 1set
Mixed pairs Dave Banfield 26 Sheila Whittingham 17
Viv Collins Jim Parker
Husband & Not Played
Senior citizens Mary London 20 Tom Young 11
Terry London Heather Young

Margaret and I are grateful as ever to the loyal band of helpers who support us on Friday mornings. Although we have fewer disabled bowlers than in the past it is not easy to predict how many will turn up each week unless they ring up and tell us when unable to come. This has led to one or two willing helpers making up the numbers, having kindly taken the trouble of reporting for duty.
That said, if all the players do turn up ( an unusual situation ) we can find ourselves short of helpers to service even the few rinks we regularly use  .Additional volunteers willing to turn up in case they are needed or to be on a reserve list would be therefore most welcome.  There is a list at reception where you can sign up or contact us (Peter or Margaret Swan) directly.  Those who do volunteer find it an enjoyable experience.
An enjoyable 7 – a – side match for the Brian Falloon trophy took place in February. It resulted in a narrow victory for Lorna Goldup’s Juniors.
The question of fitting a motor to one of our five wheelchairs was raised and investigated recently. Although the possibility has not been dismissed there seemed to be no overwhelming case for incurring the considerable expense involved as long as pushers are available. That is currently true of Friday mornings, but it is for the parent club to assess the need there may be among other Angel bowlers.
One firm based in Guiseley has quoted a figure of over £2000 and Remap, who fitted a motor at The Royals some years ago, are no longer able to do this now the item is commercially available.
Our thanks again to the Directors for their support.
Peter & Margaret Swan

Keep an eye on the noticeboard for details of the Summer Competitions – Men’s Singles, Ladies’ Singles, Open Singles, Drawn Pairs, Drawn Triples and for the second year our pairs competition for new bowlers and those bowlers whose name hasn’t yet risen to the top of the pile.  This is the Cyril Stares Trophy named in honour of a much loved and much missed former Captain and Chairman of our Summer Bowling.
You will find the atmosphere of summer bowling – leagues and competitions alike – is a more relaxed and almost light hearted version of those that take place in the winter season.  This is an ideal introduction to competitive bowling for those who have been up till now reluctant to put a toe in the water.
A notice will appear on the Competitions Noticeboard once the finals sheets for the winter competitions have been taken down and there will be entry forms in the box below to be placed once completed in the Competitions box next to the office door.  From the Summer Bowls Committee

A very successful evening for all involved was held on Saturday 7th April when we arrived to a balloon bedecked restaurant decorated in Parkinson’s blue.  We were welcomed by Leigh-Beth Stroud, their Fundraiser for the SE, who opened the proceedings followed swiftly by the Quiz.
Do you know which Roman Emperor completed the building of the Coliseum or the nickname of the Belgian national football team?  Well, we do now.
Heartiest congratulations to Elaine Hockley, daughter of Ernie, who worked so hard to make the evening such a success and raised £1296, plus £100 donation made on the night, making a grand total of £1396 in aid of Parkinson’s UK in memory of her Mother Maureen.

We are excited to announce our Sponsors Easyfit Hearing Aids have given us some vouchers exclusive to members and friends of members here at the Angel Indoor Bowls Centre.  The vouchers entitle you to a 7.5% discount.  To view products please log on to  They are a local business based in Tonbridge and offer free consultations.  Please collect these vouchers from the sponsors table outside the office door near the entrance doors.

On 24th of March the Men’s versus Ladies’ Presidents day was enjoyed by all who took part.  The day was held in aid of Kent and Sussex Air Ambulance and raised £217.00, £80 of which was from the donation by Babs Tester of a truly enormous chocolate rabbit, complete with an equally enormous chocolate carrot!.

Thank you to management for letting us have the rinks free of charge and thank you also to all the helpers, players and raffle ticket buyers who helped make the day such a success.

100 CLUB
The majority of renewals are now due and Tony Wheeler will be in touch.

Membership has been dropping recently and income from subscriptions barely covers the prize money. New members are always welcome. New and existing members can have more than one share (two shares doubles your chances of winning)!

We have received an application for a contribution towards additional sets of coaching Bowls (mainly the smaller sizes). If you have, or know someone who has, any size 00, 0 or 1s with a sensible bias (eg Vector or Ace) which are no longer required please let Liz Kemp know.

We are thrilled to have another 5 members throughout May and they are continuing to join in April.

We would like to welcome our new social committee.  If any member would like to volunteer to help run some of our great events please contact Jim Hawkes or let Paul at the bar know and would welcome any new ideas. Thank you to Elizabeth Kemp, Jenny Reynolds, Dave Fenner, and Beverly Bradshaw for getting this committee up and running.

We have some exciting social events being planned by our social committee in the summer.  We have recently sold out of ALL tickets to our trip to Ascot on Tuesday the 19thJune 2018.  Thank you to all those who have supported this event and we wish everyone going a great day at the races.  For all those going we will contact you nearer the time with all your details for the day.

Thank you to the organisers and participants in the quiz night in support of Parkinson’s UK (see separate report).  We are excited to announce will be hosting another Quiz Night on Friday the 18th May 2018 doors open at 7pm for quiz at 7.30pm for teams of up to 6 people. Watch this space for more details and there will be posters in the Club and online for details nearer the time.

Junior Lottery Bonus Ball Winners
10.03.18 Steve and Roz Gaunt. #50
17.03.18 Audrey Martin. #39
24.03.18 Leslie Dixon. #49
31.03.18 Audrey Martin. #39
07.04.18 Steve and Roz Gaunt. #13
Congratulations to all the above winners. Each receiving £40
Win up to £400
The new Junior Lottery Bonus Ball will run for 10 weeks from Saturday 5th May to Saturday 7th July with a weekly prize fund of £40. Please note if the 59 numbers are not filled the prize fund will be reduced pro-rata.
Thank you to those who have already renewed. If you wish to continue with your numbers please place a cheque for £10 in my pigeon hole or transfer £10 via faster payment to Junior Angels IBC 309863 01192930 putting your name and number as the reference.
If you have not yet played and wish to start, a new sheet with available numbers will be on the Junior notice board and on the bar. Payment of £10 can be paid as per the above details.
English Bowls Youth Development Scheme
After the success of our Juniors in February Elliott Williams, Jack Young and Lewis Goldup have been selected to play at the finals in Horsham on 29th April. We wish them luck.
Brian Simmons Skills Competition 2018
After having to reschedule this competition it took place on 24th March 2018. The winner of the U11’s competition was Thomas Russell with an impressive score of 35. This also placed him second overall. The U18’s winner with a score of 41 was Lewis Goldup. Lewis was presented the Brian Simmons Skills Crystal Trophy by Sharon Chalklin who was the founder of this event. They will be presented their individual trophies by the sponsor Brian Simmons in the coming weeks.

The AGM for the Ladies bowling section will be held on this Friday evening (20th April) at 7pm.  It is relevant to all ladies who bowl, no matter in what capacity.  Please attend if you can.
The Men’s bowling committee AGM has had to be postponed to the autumn due to the illness of Alec Newberry.  The date will be advised as soon as it is decided.



Dear Members
Some of you may recall that it was agreed at the AGM in 2016 by the members attending that a Club Manager be found for the Club.
Our initial attempt to find one but failed despite enquiries and offers from some members at the AGM none of which materialised.
However as the summer season is now upon us we have decided to try again.
The advertisement has been placed on the notice board and a copy of this is below this announcement.
If anyone is interested or knows of someone or indeed feels that an informal chat might be useful please feel free to speak to any director.

Kind regards
Bernard Buss

                                           VACANCY – CLUB MANAGER

The Angel Indoor Bowls Club based in the centre Tonbridge is looking to recruit a permanent Club Manager.
This is an excellent opportunity to join a first class sporting and social amenity and to play a key role in its successful future development.
We are looking for a flexible and approachable person to act as the face of the organisation and who can provide excellent customer service to our members.
Reporting to the Company Secretary and the Board of Directors (Council of Management) the role will include the following:

•       Provide leadership to all staff directly employed by the Club.
•       Ensure the smooth day to day running and promotion of the Club in accordance with the operating policy set by the Council of Management.
•       Ensure that the premises and facilities are maintained to a high standard on a daily basis and are opened and closed in accordance with the times set by the Council of Management.
•       Ensure that all statutory requirements are adhered to.
•       Ensure the Catering franchise is operated in accordance with the Catering Contract.
•       Oversee all input from Member volunteers including the Green Stewards function in co-operation with the Chief Green Steward.
•       Ensure members to be kept informed of all events and news by way of the Club’s website, social media, newsletter and notice board.
•       Proactively liaise with the Officers of the Bowls Committees to ensure the smooth running of all bowling activities.

The successful candidate must have excellent communication skills and be computer literate.
The candidate must be able to work unsupervised and have a high degree of personal initiative.
Knowledge of bowls and how a bowling club operates is desirable but not essential.
The standard hours of work are 9.00am to 2.00pm Monday to Friday (25 hours per week) although some flexibility for various events may be required.

Please apply in writing together with a detailed CV to the Company Secretary.
Angel Indoor Bowls Club ,Avenue Du Puy, Tonbridge, Kent. TN9 1QH.
Or email

Closing date for applications is 20th April 2018

March Newsletter No. 53

There was a reminder in last month’s newsletter to sign up for Summer bowling.  Personally I find these leagues great fun.  They are all mixed and played in a very friendly and relaxed spirit.  All are welcome, including new bowlers.  The message below is from Ray Ecclestone, representing the Summer committee.

A big ‘Thank You’ to all those members who have already put their names down to play in the Summer Leagues.  To those who are undecided and to those who state
“I prefer to sit in my garden on a sunny day (Tuesday 12 noon – 2.30 pm; Thursday 9.30 am – 12 noon) and enjoying a nice cool drink in the evening (Tuesday 7.30 pm – 10 pm; Thursday 7.30 pm – 10 pm) as according to the daily newspapers the weather will be ideal for watching the grass grow”, may I say
“Pigs can fly!  A great summer is forecast and when that fails to materialise they follow it up with an Indian Summer in September!”
It is better to say therefore
“I think I’ll give my garden a miss on those days and enjoy bowling and meeting other members instead of just my usual roll-up group.”
All members are welcome, especially those currently participating in ‘roll-ups’ who want to gain experience of playing in a League.  Put your name on the list/s on the main noticeboard (by the entrance to the bowling hall) and you will play. It is as simple as that.  The teams are drawn in April and the leagues start at the beginning of May and go on each week until the middle of September. The following four Leagues are available as (mixed) triples: Tuesday 12 noon – 2.30 pm and 7.30 pm – 10 pm. Thursday 9.30 am – 12 noon and 7.30 pm – 10 pm.  Don’t miss out and be left thinking ‘if only I had played’
If you have holidays booked it does not matter.  Sign up and the team captains will work around the dates you give them.  Do not miss out on bowling for the whole Summer season for a few weeks away.

On Wednesday nights when we invite those Bowlers who are very new to the sport to come and join with us to have fun bowling for two hours from 7.00 pm until 9.15pm when we stop for a cup of coffee and a chat and hopefully a piece of cake if the Caterers have provided. In the past it has always been known as John Howlett’s evening but this we are adding Ted Dyke’s name to it as he always enjoyed the bowling

Philip Mason

We are sad to announce two deaths this month, both of whom members of longer standing will remember.
John Barden, a former member who lived in Wadhurst, died two weeks ago.

Rose Francis, a former member who moved to Hailsham, died on Wednesday 7th March.

We currently have no funeral details for either.  They will both be remembered by those here who knew them.

On behalf of the Social Committee, Jenny Reynolds wonders if anyone would be interested in setting up a book group , to meet monthly, at the club, over coffee or possibly lunch.
Jenny has experience of liaising with Kent Libraries on a similar venture locally; ordering books, chosen on rota by group members.
Kent Libraries have so far been very supportive of book groups, a service which keeps down the costs to members
Proposed group size; 8 -10.
Please email Jenny on or leave a message in her post box at the club.
Jenny will then organise an initial meeting

We have an exciting visit from Fit Feet Podiatry on Saturday 24th March 2018 from 11.30am – 3pm.  They are advertisers here at the centre and happy to answer any questions you may have regarding anything Podiatry-related.  Alison would love to meet the members so please come down and see her.

We are pleased to announce we have 4 new Members from February who have joined the Club to whom we extend a warm welcome.

Don’t forget to buy your tickets for the Parkinsons UK quiz evening on 7th April.  Tickets are available from the bar or office and cost £8.00 per person to include a fish and chip supper.  Take your seats at 7.30 and the quiz begins at 8.00pm

Brian Falloon Trophy
During the school holidays on February 16th we took part in the Brian Falloon Trophy which takes place between the Juniors and the Disability team. It had not been played for a number of years and both sections were keen to resurrect the competition. Lewis Goldup, Jay Lusher, Ava Williams, Thomas Russell, Owen Goldup, Elliot Williams and Dylan McIlravey played in a mixed game of singles and triples. It was a very exciting morning and fun was had by everyone. The Juniors won overall and was presented the trophy by Peter Swan. For more photos please see the Junior and the Disabled notice board.

English Bowls Youth Development Scheme
This took place over two weekends. The Under 15’s went first on 18th February where Taryn Bulman, Ava Williams and Elliot Williams took part. The following week on 25thFebruary Lewis Goldup and Jack Young represented the club for the Under 18’s competition. They were both very long days consisting of the EBYDS skills in the morning and then round robin singles matches in the afternoon.
Lots of experience was gained and hope they will put their skills to good use for the upcoming Brian Simmons Skills competition to be held on the new date 24th March 2018.

Junior In-House League
In February this in-house competition was won by our relative new-comer Jay Lusher. His trophy will be presented in due course. Well done Jay.

Junior Lottery Bonus Ball
This has been going rather well and I hope to continue this over the summer if I get enough interest. I would like to set it up for ten weeks costing £10, starting Saturday 5thMay to Saturday 7th July. If you would like to keep the same numbers please let me know and leave a cheque in my pigeon hole. You can also pay by “Faster Payment” (a bank transfer) to the following account details Junior Angels IBC Sort Code:-30-98-63 Account No:-01192930 putting your name as the reference. If I have not heard from you by 7th April I will open it up to those on the waiting list. Please note if the 59 numbers are not filled the prize fund will be reduced pro-rata.

The lucky winners so far of £40 each are:
06.01.18 Roz and Steve Gaunt, 13.01.18 Jo Pierce, 20.01.18 Tony Wheeler, 27.01.18 Tim Young, 03.02.18 Peter Harris, 10.02.18 Roz and Steve Gaunt, 17.02.18 Sheila Whittingham, 24.02.18 J & C Gutteridge, 03.03.18 Tony Racher

The AGMs for both bowling committees will be held shortly after Finals Weekend nest month.  The dates are in your fixture list.  If you wish to put forward a proposal it will need to be submitted at least two full weeks before the date of the relevant meeting.