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Firstly, I wish you all a Healthy and Happy 2021.

I never expected that I would be your President in 2021 but I look forward to carrying out my duties.

2020 has been a Year that we could never have imagined. Although missing being on the bowling greens, for me it was not being able to meet up with friends not only in Suffolk but around the Counties. Although Newark had to be cancelled, we do have County Indoor Champions who will, I am sure, be able to compete for a National title at some time.

We must look forward and stay positive that 2021 will be a year to remember for all the good things.

We will no doubt see changes, depending on when we are able to get back to some normality, but I am sure that SCWBA will be just as competitive as in previous years.

Whether playing at Club, County or National level I wish you all the Best for 2021.

I take this opportunity to thank all who have been working to get things under way for 2021 at some time in 2021. Our Treasurer, Sue, is moving out of Suffolk - best wishes Sue; you will be missed.

Stay Safe, Stay Positive and look forward to making up for a lost year.

Congratulations to all ladies who have reached the County Semi Finals. I am looking forward to meeting you all at Yoxford on Saturday. Best wishes to all. Good Bowling ,Good Weather most of all enjoy your day.

Barbara Rushbrook

SCWBA President

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Margaret Thorpe, last end, 4 Bowl Senior Singles

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Shirley Plummer and Stella Utteridge, Ladies Pairs

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Margaret Thorpe and Stella Utteridge playing with Shirley Plummer in the 2 Bowl Rinks

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Mixed Rinks, Round 1. Shirley Plummer & Bob Sillett

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Mixed Rinks, Round 2. Shirley Plummer & Bob Sillett

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Mixed Rinks, anxious moments at 11 all in the semi-final

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The Mixed Rinks Winners receive their trophy

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Sue Rochard in the 4 Bowl Singles

EBF & EWBF National Indoor Finals at Newark, 4th – 10th October 2021.

By Sally Smith and Linda Nunn    16/10/21    0 comments

At last, the finals scheduled for April 2020 were able to take place and the opportunity to compete again indoors was much appreciated by the Suffolk ladies and their supporters. Proceedings began for Suffolk when the Executive team members played in the Harry Carver competition and finished joint 7th. Following this, SCWBA ladies competed in six championships, of which two were mixed SCBA competitions. They were keenly supported by President Barbara and other members of the Executive throughout the week.

In the 4 Bowl Singles Sue Rochard came up against an experienced Northants opponent in a long match extending to 25 ends. Sue was comfortably ahead for much of the game, but her opponent took control of the later ends finishing 21-15 ahead.

The 4 Bowl Senior Singles representative for Suffolk was Margaret Thorpe, who had a late bye in round 1 and went on to play a Northants competitor in the second round. The match had the Suffolk supporters on the edge of their seats as the lead regularly swapped between these evenly-matched players. Skilful ends were played by both. Unfortunately for Margaret a close decision at 18-19 resulted in the two shots required to see her opponent go through by 18 shots to 21.

Shirley Plummer and Stella Utteridge had to wait until Thursday for the 2 Bowl Pairs competition to begin and it was to prove a disappointment after the wait as they were unable to find the lines on the edge rink. An early lead against their opponents from Humberside soon evaporated, with the game level at 5 all after 7 ends. Their opponents then pulled steadily away and the final result was a convincing 19-8 win for Humberside.

The 2 Bowl Rinks competition brought Margaret Thorpe, Shirley Plummer and Stella Utteridge up against a strong triple from Durham. The Suffolk players were unable to settle into a rhythm and found their opponents too much of a challenge, losing 5-27 to the eventual losing finalists.

In her third competition, Shirley Plummer partnered Andrew Pulford in the Mixed Pairs, playing again on the difficult rink 1. On a day when they were heavily involved in the Mixed Rinks, it was a challenge for the Suffolk pairing to find their form against the Huntingdonshire team and they went out of the competition 8-21. It is regretted that no photo is available of this match.

Suffolk finally found success in the Mixed Rinks. Our triple of Bob Sillett, Shirley Plummer and Andrew Pulford started their Newark National Indoor Finals campaign on Tuesday at 12:30pm. End rinks never favoured at this venue, brought an opening 17-14 victory over a strong Derbyshire trio on rink 1. The prize for victory was a second-round match later that day against our neighbours Norfolk on rink 8. This game was far less tense after a good opening few ends for Suffolk and ended in an 18-12 victory. The following day a 9:30am semi-final, again on rink 8, was played against a strong Durham triple. Bob and Shirley had played a big part in earlier games but Andrew Pulford, the young skip, played some brilliant shots to secure a 19-17 win and a place for Suffolk in the final later that day. The final against Humberside on rink 5 saw Suffolk gain an early advantage and by bowling very well throughout they maintained their lead to gain a glorious victory by 19 shots to 11 and become National Indoor Mixed Rink Champions.

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Champions Bob Sillett, Shirley Plummer and Andrew Pulford with President Barbara Rushbrook and President Elect Jenny Ronchetti

Indoor Competitions 2021/2022.- Closing Date Extension

By Veronica Southey    12/10/21    1 comments

With the return to indoor bowling, Suffolk ladies should consider entering the 4 Bowl Singles, Senior 4 Bowls Singles, 2 Bowl Pairs and 2 Bowl Rinks in the EWBF Indoor Competitions for 2022. The original closing date has been extended to Saturday 6th November, the date of the AGM. Please click Here and Here for entry forms, which are to be returned to Veronica Southey (Information: 07394658898).

Access to Local Grant Funding

By WebsiteCoordinator    14/10/21    0 comments

Clubs in difficulties due to Covid should follow the link in the “Links” section to discover whether local grant funding maybe available to them from Community Action Suffolk. The aim of the Suffolk Community Restart Fund is to enable organisations , like Bowls clubs, to restart previous sporting activities safely and/or to support them to restore former ways of working or to switch to new ways of Covid-secure working. Funding will cover such things as equipment, adaptations or additional staffing to enable an existing/previous activity to resume safely or to launch/develop a new activity/service. This includes funding to ensure such things as coaching qualifications, safeguarding and first aid training are up to date and in place. The grant may also cover funding to support the production of promotional materials, both in hard and electronic formats in order to recruit new members or encourage former members back to clubs. For further information please contact Carol Lukins on 07803 243771 or via email

Report of the SCWBA Novices Competition, held at Saxmundham Bowls Club on Sunday 5th September 2021.

By Sally Smith    11/09/21    0 comments

The nine competitors in the 2021 Novice singles were given a warm welcome by Saxmundham Bowls Club and the weather was warm and sunny too. Four clubs were represented, with entries from: Fiona Cadman from Rookery, Gwen Supple, Linda Jackson and Linda Bond from Wrentham, Jane Sherlock, Rosemarie Hayne, Sue Stannard and Linda Smith from Thorndon and Sue Solomon from Yoxford.

Initially three sessions were played, with six bowlers involved in each session, thus each bowler played two matches, which were each of 10 ends. Three competitors, Fiona Cadman, Linda Jackson and Linda Bond qualified for the semi-finals after winning both their preliminary games, while the fourth semi-finalist, Sue Solomon progressed on shot difference. The semi-finals, which were also played over 10 ends, saw Fiona Cadman (Rookery) and Linda Bond (Wrentham) progress to the final.

The final, a full singles match, resulted in a win for Fiona Cadman by 21 shots to 15. Congratulations are due to both ladies for a very competitive game, which was much appreciated by the large audience. At the end of the competition Fiona was presented with the Novices Cup by President Barbara, who thanked Linda Nunn and all concerned for a very successful day.

Please click Here for a photo gallery of the Novices Competition.

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President Barbara with competitors

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Novices Cup presented to Fiona Cadman

Report on the Skegness EBF National Finals, 2021

By Sally Smith    09/09/21    0 comments

Although SCWBA ladies achieved two Championship wins, the 2021 finals proved disappointing overall, with second round appearances won in only four of the thirteen events in which Suffolk lady bowlers competed. Two further competitors received byes to the second round. It was a matter of regret to the Suffolk bowlers that the greens at Skegness were in such poor condition. Of course, it is the same for all competitors, but the condition of the weed-strewn rinks, coupled with the poor weather, was challenging and detracted from the experience of playing in the National Finals.

Singles Competitions: Chloe Coleman (Waldringfield) competed in the second round of the Two Wood Singles after a first round bye, but was overcome 21-14 by the Humberside competitor. Gillian Lamprey (Lowestoft Railway) was defeated 21-11 by the strong Cleveland bowler in the second round of the Four Wood Singles, having won 21-15 against the North Cambridgeshire. bowler in the first round. The Senior Singles competition went much better for Gillian, who triumphed 21-16 against Durham in the final. Her first-round match, won 21-18 against the Northumberland representative, proved to be the closest, with wins 21-7 and 21-9 achieved in the second round and semi-final respectively. In the Secretaries Singles Margie Robinson (Yoxford) overcame the Northants player by 21 shots to 18 in a hard fought first round match, but was unable to progress beyond the second round, losing 21-15 to Humberside. Christine Woollard (Hadleigh), with a bye to the second round in the Champion of Champions, had to wait until Friday for her first match. Unfortunately, the eventual Champion from Nottinghamshire was strong opposition, and Christine went out 11-21. Beth Topping (Thurlton) in the Under 25 played a competitive match against the eventual losing finalist from Lincolnshire, but went out 16-21 in the first round.

Pairs Competitions: The Pairs competition proved a disappointment for Marlene McGee and Diane Painter (Lowestoft Railway), who were defeated 7-22 by a strong Norfolk pairing in the first round. The Senior Pairs provided a much closer first round match, with Diane Miller and Christine Woollard (Hadleigh) losing to Northumberland by four shots (15-19). Georgie Marwood and Craig Parfitt (Thurlton) had an even closer match in the Mixed Pairs first round, losing by just one shot (17-18) to the eventual Champions, Derbyshire. Georgie had also had an earlier disappointment while playing for Thurlton against Jarrow Borough in the final of the Durham Centenary, won by Jarrow on the first Saturday of the National Finals. In the Senior Mixed Pairs, Linda and Michael Nunn (Waldringfield) played strongly through the rounds, with a win 21-11 against Northumberland followed by a 24-9 win over Humberside. The final against North Essex was closely contested throughout the match, with the lead changing regularly. Going into the 20th end the Suffolk pair were one shot ahead, but played a dramatic end in which Linda’s second bowl came in to gain a fourth shot which secured their Championship win by 18 shots to 13.

Rinks: The Two Bowl Rinks was affected by Covid, with Jenny Ronchetti unable to compete. Her place, playing with Pat Jennings and Ann Lilley, was taken by Chris Chambers, but the Ixworth triple were unable to settle into the match and went out 7-29 to Cleveland, the eventual losing finalists. The Three Bowl Rinks also proved to be a difficult match in which Shirley Plummer, Jill Lambert and Chloe Webb (Rookery) were unable to play consistently, losing 11-19 to Norfolk, who went on to play in the final. The Mixed Rinks was also a disappointment to Shirley Plummer, competing with Rookery players Paul Bugg and David Brown. In Skegness they were unable to recreate their strong performances from the SCBA finals and were defeated 16-21 by Huntingdonshire.

Photographs of the Championships may be seen Here

EBF & EWBF National Championships 2021, Skegness 21st August to 28th August

By Sally Smith    02/09/21    0 comments

Congratulations to SCWBA’s two new National Champions!

Gill Lamprey, Lowestoft Railway, played strongly throughout the Championships and secured victory 21-16 in the final of the Senior Singles. Gill also reached the second round of the 4 Bowl Singles.

Partnering husband Michael, Linda Nunn of Waldringfield followed a confident route towards the final of the Senior Mixed Pairs. The Championship was secured in style 17-13, by finishing with a four in the twentieth end to conclude a tightly-fought match.

The full results for SCWBA players at Skegness can be seen by selecting Competitions/National Finals.

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2021 S C W B A luncheon menu

By WebsiteCoordinator    17/08/21    0 comments

The menu for the luncheon, which is at Bramford Golf Centre, Loraine Way, Bramford, Ipswich IP8 4JS, can be found Here

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SCWBA Friendly v. Norfolk at Acle St Edmunds Bowls Club on Wednesday 11th August 2021

By Sally Smith    12/08/21    0 comments

The friendly against Norfolk at Acle on 11th August marked the first SCWBA County match since 2019. Played on a rare hot, sunny, day the event proved to be an enjoyable return to inter-county competition. The Suffolk side, including many players keen to gain experience at this level, gave a good account of themselves, achieving wins on two rinks, with one drawn. However, the overall score resulted in a win for Norfolk by 142 shots to 117.

At the close of the game SCWBA President Barbara Rushbrook gave thanks to all involved in organising the event. Suffolk’s winning rink was Liz Radford, Rochelle Dryburgh and Christine Woollard with a win by 28 shots to 14 over their Norfolk opponents.

Report on SCWBA Players Results in the Mixed Events at the SCBA Finals, 24th/25th July 2021

By Sally Smith    09/08/21    0 comments

The Men’s County Finals played at Thurlton BC involved lady bowlers in the Mixed Pairs, the Senior Mixed Pairs, the Mixed Rinks and the U 25’s Open Pairs.

In the Mixed Pairs semi-final, Georgie Marwood and Craig Parfitt (Thurlton) had a competitive game against Eliza and Kelvyn Earthroll (Ipswich BC), coming out the winners by 18 shots to 13. In the second semi-final Shirley Plummer and David Brown (Rookery) had a comfortable win 23-8 against Liz De Vere Packford and Ian Parker (Peasenhall & Sibton). The final, played on 25th July, saw a high level of skill, resulting in a win for Georgie and Craig by 20 shots to 11.

The first Senior mixed Pairs semi-final was played between Linda and Michael Nunn (Waldringfield) and Pat Jennings and Peter Stammers (Ixworth). Linda and Michael had a well-contested win 20-15. In the other semi-final Joy Mackie (Sproughton) and Leslie Smith (Bramford) outplayed Pam McCloud and Bernie Earles (Lowestoft Railway), winning 25-5. Linda and Michael Nunn’s form was carried forward to the Sunday final, where they won comfortably by 18-10 against Joy and Les.

In the Mixed Rinks, Shirley Plummer (Rookery), with Paul Bugg and David Brown contributed strongly to the defeat of Ivan Parnell, Eliza Earthroll and Kelvyn Earthroll by 22-8 in their semi-final. In the final against Julie Filby, Shaun Snowdon and Mike Topping (Thurlton), who had won their semi-final 19-10 against Jackie Whitlock, Phil Quilliam and Kevin Culley (Otley), the Rookery triple forged ahead in the final to a win by 21 shots to 9.

The Under 25’s Open Pairs competition included just one lady bowler. In her semi-final, teamed with Craig Coleman, Chloe Coleman (Waldringfield) had an excellent win 18 shots to 6 over Joe Catterwell and Matthew Catterwell (Hengrave). Unfortunately the final, against the winners of the other semi-final, Ryan Hard (Ipswich BC) and Joe Sims (Norbridge), proved a greater challenge and Chloe and Craig lost by 9 shots to 23.

Suffolk County Women’s Bowls Association Bowls County Finals 2021

By Sally Smith    16/07/21    0 comments

Winners from four Suffolk area finals went forward to contest the Suffolk County Women’s Bowls Association Finals at Yoxford Bowls Club on the weekend of 10th-11th July. The majority matches on semi-final day, Saturday 10th, were played in rain, but the bowlers did not let the conditions dampen their spirits and a high level of skill entertained the appreciative band of supporters.

Dominant performances by Georgie Marwood (Thurlton) against Ann Lilley (Ixworth) and Chloe Coleman (Waldringfield) against Debbie Allum (California) in the 2 bowl singles and Gillian Lamprey (Lowestoft Railway) versus Jackie Whitlock (Otley) and Angela Mondon (Old Newton) against Maria Brooks (California) in the 4 bowl singles saw them to progress comfortably to their respective finals. The Senior Singles semi-finals set up a final between Margie Robinson (Yoxford), who won against Pauline Black (Hadleigh) and Gillian Lamprey who defeated Christine Aldous (Thorndon). In the Champion of Champions, Liz Radford (Brandon) had an accomplished win over Jean Batley (Kessingland), but the other semi-final was a close match in which Christine Woollard (Hadleigh) eventually overcame Linda Nunn (Waldringfield). The Secretaries Singles semi-finals saw well-contested matches in which Sue Hender (Norbridge) won against Shirley Upton (Lowestoft Railway) and Margie Robinson (Yoxford) had a win against Gillian Saunders (Risbygate). The Under 25’s Singles required only one semi-final, in which Chloe Webb (Rookery) defeated Kylie Smith (Waldringfield).

The Pairs and Senior Pairs saw the Thorndon pairing of Margaret Thorpe and Christine Aldous involved in the semi-finals of both events. In the Pairs they had a 2-shot win over Sonia Collard and Donna Mills (Stone Lodge), with the other semi-final resulting a one-shot win for Marlene McGee and Diana Painter (Lowestoft Railway) over Valerie Holt and Mary Gillam (Melton). In the Senior Pairs the Thorndon ladies lost by three shots to Viv Sheppard and Maggie Page (Woodbridge). The second semi-final in this competition was a tight game won by one shot by Diana Miller and Christine Woollard (Hadleigh) against Nora Rutherford and Barbara Taylor (Kessingland).

The 2 Bowl Rinks saw a close semi-final in which Jenny Roncetti, Pat Jennings and Ann Lilley (Ixworth) defeated Lorraine Huggins, Sue Hender and Julie Curl (Norbridge) by just one shot, while the other semi-final resulted in a confident win for Jean Batley Nora Rutherford and Barbara Taylor (Kessingland) against substitute Adrianne Earye, Beryl Gilder and Shirley Page from Framlingham Castle.

The sun came out on Sunday 11th July for the semi-final winners to play their finals. In the 2 Bowl Singles, Chloe Coleman (Waldringfield) played consistently with accuracy to win against Georgie Marwood (Thurlton) by 21 shots to 11. In-form Gillian Lamprey (Lowestoft Railway), who won through to three finals, overcame Angela Mondon (Old Newton) with a 21-9 win in the 4 Bowl Singles. Gillian also competed in the Senior Singles against Margie Robinson (Yoxford), coming away at the end of a hard-fought match with a win by 21 shots to 18. In the Champion of Champions final Liz Radford (Brandon) lost out to the experience of Christine Woollard (Hadleigh), by 10 shots to 21. The Secretaries Singles final was contended by Sue Hender (Norbridge) against Margie Robinson (Yoxford). Margie played steadily to win on her home green, 21-8. In the Under 25’s Singles both players had difficulty finding the green, but Beth Topping (Thurlton) achieved a 21-8 win against Chloe Webb (Rookery).

The Pairs Final was played confidently by Marlene McGee and Diana Painter (Lowestoft Railway), resulting in a 22 shots to 12 win over Margaret Thorpe and Christine Aldous (Thorndon). Christine Woollard and Diane Miller (Hadleigh) gained a Championship win in the Senior Pairs with a well-played match against Viv Sheppard and Maggie Page (Woodbridge), finishing 25-12 ahead.

In the 2 Bowl Rinks Jenny Ronchetti, Pat Jennings and Ann Lilley (Ixworth) met strong opponents Jean Batley, Nora Rutherford and Barbara Taylor (Kessingland). The match was level 12-12 with three ends left to play, but, helped by a three in the 19th end, the Ixworth ladies forged ahead to finish 18-12 winners.

The 3 bowl Rinks championship proved to be a nail-biting finale to the weekend’s bowls. Shirley Plummer, Chloe Webb and Jill Lambert from Rookery were against Gillian Lamprey, Pauline Anderson and Glenis Harvey from Lowestoft Railway. An early lead taken by the Rookery ladies was gradually eroded and the later stages of the match were characterised by very skilful play on both sides, with the game level at the 18th end. In the resulting extra end the Rookery team kept their nerve and achieved three-shots to win 18-15.

Outstanding play by two competitors in the 2021 SCWBA finals, resulted in winning two Suffolk Championships each. Gillian Lamprey of Lowestoft Railway won the 4 Bowl Singles and Senior Singles and was also a losing finalist in the 3 Bowl Rinks. Christine Woollard of Hadleigh won both the Champion of Champions and Senior Pairs Championships.

Other notable performances were achieved on Finals Day by Margie Robinson of Yoxford, winner of the Secretaries Singles and losing finalist in the Senior Singles and by Chloe Webb, member of the winning 3 Bowl Rinks team from Rookery, also runner up in the Under 25’s competition.

The Victrix Ludorum was achieved by Area A. The County Champions from the SCWBA Finals will represent Suffolk in the National Bowls Finals in Skegness in late August.

Pictures from the Finals can be found Here

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