What a fantastic fund raising day today at Swindon Bowls club who hosted a bowls match between The Dennyside Bowls Association and the John Austin invitation team, in aid of Swindon guide dogs for the blind. From donations and raffles £2,700 was raised. Players travelled from far afield from 14 counties including Nottinghamshire, Suffolk, Cornwall plus of course members from Swindon BC and other local clubs.
A big thank you to Alison White, Sandra Porte, Susan Herridge, Jean McCaffrey and Julie Watson for the catering plus June Johns for running the bar and Pam Wheeler for the raffle.
Swindon Bowls Club have once again hosted an event with students from St Joseph’s School.
In the morning of Tuesday 18th July, we had 22 students and in the afternoon 28, plus 3 members of staff during each session.
Both the students and staff enjoyed themselves immensely.
Carl and I wish to thank Cathleen Goddard, Terry Baker and Den Blaxhall for their assistance, without which we would not have been able to manage.
Below, is an inclusion for the School’s Newsletter and some photos.
“Thanks to our friends at Swindon Bowls Club for hosting us during the Activities Week. Students received instruction on the fine art of lawn bowls. We all had a wonderful time learning a new sport and we look forward to working with them again in the future”.
Congratulations to our very own Howard Pryse for being awarded Bowls England Life Membership.
This prestigious award is in recognition of Howard’s outstanding services to the sport at Club, County and National level.
Full details of this award are on the Club noticeboard.
On the 10th of September 2016, Geoff Porte beat Tom Pittuck in the finals held at Devizes, to become Bowls Wiltshire Champion of Champions.
On 19th of November, Geoff was honoured at the County Dinner in Melksham, where he received his impressive trophy from Bowls Wiltshire County President Mr Peter Sanders, ably supported by members of Swindon Bowls Club.
Well done Geoff, we are all so proud of your achievement.
Entry sheets for the 2017 Bowls Wiltshire Competitions are now on display in the men’s changing room.
Closing dates for entry is as follows:
2 Wood Singles, 4 Wood Singles, Pairs, Triples, Fours and Seniors Fours (over 55s) is 30th November 2016.
Unbadged Singles and Over 60s Triples is 31st December 2016.
All members are actively encouraged to represent our club and participate in these competitions.
A note for your diary.
Cards Evenings are now taking place on Thursday evenings and will run throughout the winter until the opening of the green in April 2020
Why not come along and enjoy a relaxed and pleasant evening of cards, join in the current games, or learn some new ones.
The evening runs from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm and all members are welcome.
For more information please contact Bill Pearce on 01793 870175
Our very own Geoff Porte beat Tom Pittuck 21-14 to become the 2016 men’s Champion of Champions at the Bowls Wiltshire Finals in Devizes on Saturday 10th September.
It was a remarkable achievement and our sincere congratulations go to Geoff on his superb win.
Pictured below is Geoff receiving his trophy from Peter Sanders, Bowls Wiltshire County President
Geoff will be presented with his trophy at the County Dinner in Melksham on Saturday 19th November and it would be fantastic if as many members as possible are there to support him.
There is an attendance sheet on the noticeboard in the Club with the menu choice for the evening. The cost is £20 per head, starting at 7.00pm.
The deadline for collecting names for this event is 20th October and, depending on numbers wishing to attend, we may be able to get subsidised travelling expenses.
So anyone wishing to share the celebrations with Geoff, please add your name to the list as quickly as possible.