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It is a great honour to be elected as your President for 2022.

I thank those of you who have agreed to support me in carrying out my duties throughout the year.

My very best wishes to our county teams, the Harry Carver Indoor Trophy team and all who will represent SCWBA at the National Championships at Newark and Skegness.

As a county Suffolk is held in high regard and I will do all I can to uphold our county’s reputation during my Presidential year.


SCWBA President 2022

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Paula Gooch, Ladies National President, alongside other Ladies and Men’s officials at Newark

National Indoor Championships, Men, Ladies & Mixed Individual Competitions at Newark, April 19-24, Newark Indoor Bowls Club

By Sally Smith    26/04/22    0 comments

The Newark Finals began on Tuesday 19th with competition for the Harry Carver Trophy. Suffolk came 6th overall, an improvement of two places over last time. The ladies playing were: 1st team Paula Gooch Jenny Ronchetti and Pauline Black, who lost 7_8, lost 8_4, won 12_6 and then drew 6_6. Our 2nd team was Linda Nunn Barbara Rushbrook (replaced in the second half by Shirley Plummer) and Margaret Thorpe who lost 10_4, lost 8_4, won 12_5 and then won 26_1.

Individual competitions began for the SCWBA ladies on Wednesday 20th April. The first match for Suffolk was the Ladies Rinks in which Shirley Plummer, Jan Truin and Margaret Thorpe won a close-fought match by 23 shots to 22. A similar match was to follow later in the day in the second round, but sadly the result went against the Suffolk trio this time when they lost by the same one-shot margin, 23-24.

Margaret Thorpe was required to play her third match of the day in the Ladies Singles on Wednesday evening. Unfortunately, the result did not go her way and she went out 12-21 in the first round to the Norfolk competitor.

Also on Wednesday, Shirley Plummer, Andrew Pulford and Bob Sillett were in action in the Mixed Rinks. The defending champions sadly did not find their feet in this match and they went out in the first round 21-10 to Northumberland.

Shirley Plummer and Andrew Pulford were in action again on Thursday afternoon when they had a strong win 26-6 in the Mixed Pairs first round against Lincolnshire. Friday morning saw them in the second round against Norfolk. Sadly, this well-fought match did not end in their favour and they lost by just one shot, 18-19.

The first round of the Ladies Pairs was also on Friday for Shirley Plummer and Margaret Thorpe. They were unable to better their opponents from Northumberland and went out of the competition by 5 shots to 15.

Friday evening saw a change of fortunes for Margaret Thorpe, with a first-round win in the Senior Ladies Singles. Against the North Cambs competitor she had a strong win 21-12. In the second round, played at 12 noon on Saturday, Margaret continued on commanding form and won 21-9 against Humberside. The semi-final, played in the late afternoon, was not to go her way, although Margaret made a determined finish to the game pulling back on her opponent. The eventual result was a loss by 16-21 to the bowler from Hunts.

Overall, the results this year were disappointing, with just one sem-final place, but Suffolk players took part in some close games and the venue at Newark was as welcoming as usual.

Overall, the results this year were disappointing, with just one sem-final place, but Suffolk players took part in some close games and the venue at Newark was as welcoming as usual.

Full results can be found on Newark '22 Ladies (

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The Harry Carver Team: Barbara Rushbrook, Pauline Black, Margaret Thorpe, Jenny Ronchetti, Shirley Plummer and Linda Nunn

Suffolk County Bowls Association Indoor Finals, Ipswich & District BC, 12th -13th March 2022

By Sally Smith    15/04/22    0 comments

The Men’s County Indoor semi-finals and finals involved SCWBA ladies in three events, the Mixed Pairs, the 2 Bowl Mixed Rinks and the Under 25’s.

Mixed Pairs Semi-finals:

Shirley Plummer and Andrew Pulford were drawn against Chloe Coleman and Phil Coleman. The strong pairing of Shirley and Andrew got off to an excellent start with a 4 in the first end and won the next four ends before Chloe and Phil got onto the scoreboard in the 6th end (11-1). Only three more ends were won by the Colemans during the 18 ends played and Shirley and Andrew ultimately won 24 shots to 6 shots.

The other semi-final, between Jan Truin and Roger Goodchild and June Andrews and Denis Andrews was a similar match. June and Denis went ahead with a three in end 1, but lost the next four ends (9-3). Jan and Roger dominated the game up to the 16th end, with June and Denis only able to win three ends with just one shot on each (18-6). However, June and Denis won three of the last four ends, with the match concluding with a 19-11 win for Jan and Roger after 20 ends.

2 Bowl Mixed Rinks Semi-finals:

The first semi-final was to have been a two-family match between Sally, Phil and Matthew Smith and Chloe, Craig and Phil Coleman, but Craig Coleman was substituted by Jack Carter for this game. The audience were treated to a closely-fought match, with the Coleman triple keeping just ahead until the Smiths edged ahead 9-8 in end 11. However, the Coleman’s triple pulled away again, winning the next three ends, but the 15th end saw the Smiths pull back with 2 shots to bring the score to 11-12. In the 16th end the Smiths were holding three shots when a wick by Phil Coleman from well out to the side ended up right on the jack (to his embarrassment). With his last shot Matthew Smith was able to dislodge the jack, but it went to a Coleman wood. A lead of two for the Coleman’s team was extended to a three-shot win, 11-14 in the 17th end.

The second semi-final involved another family team, Kath, Craig and Daniel Moss against the current EBF National Indoor Champions, Shirley Plummer, Bob Sillett and Andrew Pulford. This skilful match was initially close (4-4 after 5 ends), but a three scored in the 6th end by Shirley, Bob and Andrew was the impetus they needed and they progressed to an eventual 8 shots to 20 win.

Finals Day, Sunday 12th March

Two Bowl Mixed Rinks:

Shirley Plummer, Bob Sillett and Andrew Pulford, the National Champions, were on fine form from the start in the final. The Coleman family now had Craig playing with Chloe and Phil, but the match proved to be one-sided. Despite many close heads, the Colemans didn’t get onto the scoreboard until the 12th end when their opponents had already scored 24. The final score was a well-deserved win for Shirley Plummer, Bob Sillett and Andrew Pulford by 27 shots to 4 after the Coleman’s scored a consolation three in the last end.

Mixed Pairs:

The holders of the Suffolk title, Shirley Plummer and Andrew Pulford proved too strong for their opponents, Jan Truin and Roger Goodchild. They ran out comfortable winners by 25 shots to 9.

Under 25’s Singles:

After a strong semi-final win against Craig Coleman, Joe Sims came up against Craig’s sister, Chloe Coleman in the final. The very confident Joe put in another good performance and never let Chloe get into the game, winning the U 25’s title by 21 shots to 5.

The winners of the Suffolk competitions progress to Newark for the National finals in April.

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Miss Melanie Dyer 10th May 1963 – 8th December 2021

By Ann Simpson    16/03/22    0 comments

Having joined Kessingland BC in 2006, Mel started her bowling career by winning the Novices County Singles competition that September. She quickly set her sights on playing in the County teams and was thrilled when she was selected to play in the Silver Jubilee Vase team in 2010 and then the Donald Steward team in 2019.

After winning the Club 2 bowl singles at Blundeston BC in 2014, Mel went on to win the County Champion of Champions title in 2015 and was delighted to represent Suffolk in this competition at the National Championships at Skegness that year.

She played over 40 outdoor games for Suffolk as well as representing the Suffolk Executive in the Harry Carver Indoor Team Trophy games at Newark. Mel served as Area A Secretary for over 10 years and, following 2 difficult years on and off the green, Mel was overwhelmed to receive the Victrix Ludorum for the achievements of Area A ladies in the County Competitions in 2021.

Mel enjoyed being our Junior President in the 2021 season and took on the role of President Elect for 2022 with great enthusiasm. She was really looking forward to becoming County President for 2023 and had already started making preparations for her President’s Day.

Mel had a great passion for bowls. She brought many new bowlers, both young and old, into the sport. In her role as Secretary for Area A, she successfully encouraged ladies to take part in the Novices singles competition and the Ellen Matthews Team Trophy matches, supporting and praising them in her own special way throughout.

Very much a people person, fellow bowlers mattered to Mel. She got on with everyone and would do anything she could for them. She was never backward in coming forward and was happy to stand up and let her views be known. Cheerful and positive no matter what life threw at her, Mel had an amazing zest for life and for helping others. Nothing ever appeared to be too much trouble for Mel, no problem was too big to solve. She was always happy to go the extra mile to find a solution to a problem.

Mel will be greatly missed by us all.

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Pauline Black (Junior President), Ann Craigie (President Elect) and Jenny Ronchetti (President)

SCWBA Indoor Championships, held Saturday 26th February 2022

By Sally Smith    07/03/22    0 comments

The 2022 Championships Finals proved to be a triumph for Margaret Thorpe of Thorndon Bowls Club and Diss. Having reached every final, Margaret maintained an excellent standard of play throughout the day, assisted by Shirley Plummer and Jan Truin, to win all four Suffolk titles.

Hosted by Meadlands Bowls Club, the SCWBA 2022 Indoor Finals Day was opened by President Jenny Ronchetti. Flanked by Ann Craigie, Pauline Black, Veronica Southey, event organiser, and Linda Nunn, Jenny welcomed Keith Crabbe, Suffolk Men’s County President. Also assisting on the day were Umpire Mike Nunn and Ann Simpson who organised the refreshments. We were all pleased to welcome Immediate Past President, Barbara Rushbrook.

4 Bowl Singles

Margaret Thorpe was matched against defending Champion Sue Bryenton-Rochard in the first final of the day. This proved to be a very tight game with close heads. After an hour’s play the score was 8-8 with 10 ends played. In the 12th end the audience were on the edges of their seats when Margaret at three shots down took the shot with her last wood. However, Sue gradually pulled ahead and was 3 shots up at 14-11 after 18 ends. Margaret responded strongly and picked up a 3 to take her to a lead of 19-15, but she was certainly not allowed an easy win. With Margaret seeking to close out the game, a measure gave the shot to Sue bringing the score to 20-18. The game was finally won by Margaret in the next end with a superb second wood coming in just behind the jack. A 26-end marathon!

Senior Singles

The Senior Singles was a re-match of the 4 bowl singles. Margaret set off at a brisk pace, winning the first three ends, but Sue fought back in the 4th end, taking the jack clear of Margaret’s two shots, finishing with two shots herself. In the 6th end the lead changed three times, but Margaret finished with one shot, improving her score to 8-2. In the 9th end Margaret scored three, but Sue replied with a two in the 10th (12-5). However, the pattern of the game was becoming weighted in Margaret’s favour. In the 16th end, with Margaret requiring two, Sue initially held shot, but the jack was taken by Margaret to hold two. Despite a good try, Sue’s weighted shot was unable to change the result (21-7).

Two Bowl Pairs

Janice Brackenbury was joined in the final by Ann Craigie, playing in place of Pauline Wright, against Shirley Plummer and Margaret Thorpe. The match was closely-contested in the early ends, with the 7th end score at 5-4 in favour of Janice and Ann. However, Shirley and Margaret then increased their pressure and won three ends in a row, adding 9 shots to put them firmly ahead at 13-5. As the match progressed the accuracy of Shirley and Margaret headed them towards a win, but Janice and Ann continued to play their shots well and a competitive shot from Janice in the 17th end reduced a count of four to two. At the 18th end Shirley and Margaret finished off with two shots, the match ending at 22-7.

2 Bowl Rinks

The last final of the day saw Paula Gooch, Lesley Alexander and Sue Bryenton-Rochard against Shirley Plummer, Jan Truin and Margaret Thorpe. The first four ends were very close (2-2), but a measure for four jump-started the game in the 5th end in favour of Shirley, Jan and Margaret. In the next end Margaret’s triple were holding three, which was reduced to two by Sue, but losing 6 shots in two ends was beginning to look a problem. In the 7th end Sue’s triple were holding, but Margaret reduced their lead, only to have Sue play an excellent attacking shot to take the jack across to the right place and a four was scored. Back into the game, only two shots down (6-8). Sadly, their optimism was short-lived as Shirley, Jan and Margaret scored a three in the next end and also won the next two. The score at 10 ends was then 6-14 and the one shot gained in the 11th end by Sue’s triple was to be their last. The game finished at 14 ends with Shirley, Jan and Margaret gaining a 7-22 victory.

The day closed with thanks from President Jenny Ronchetti to all those who made the finals such a success, particularly the SCWBA Indoor Competitions Secretary, Veronica Southey. Jenny then presented the winner’s trophies, with special praise for Margaret Thorpe’s magnificent contribution to the day in securing four County titles.

A gallery of Photographs from the Finals is available Here

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2021-2022 Indoor Finals Program

By WebsiteCoordinator    21/02/22    0 comments

The Program for the 2021/2022 Indoor Finals is available Here

The 2022 Competition Draws

By WebsiteCoordinator    11/12/21    0 comments

The draws for the 2022 (Ladies Only) outdoor competitions are now available under 'Competitions'. Mixed events will be added when they are published by the SCBA.

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New National President inaugurated at National AGM 2021

By Linda Nunn    22/11/21    0 comments

Members of the SCWBA Executive attended the EBF & EWBF National AGM at Grantham on Sat Nov 20th where Paula Gooch from Halesworth Bowls Club became EWBF National President for 2022. Paula served as SCWBA County President in 2009. We all wish her an enjoyable and successful year as she carries out her Presidential duties.

2021/2022 Indoor Draw

By WebsiteCoordinator    14/11/21    0 comments

The draw for the 2021/2022 Indoors competitions can be found Here and Here.

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SCWBA County Presentation and Luncheon, 23rd October 2021

By Sally Smith    01/11/21    0 comments

SCWBA members met at the Bramford Golf Centre on Saturday 23rd October for the annual luncheon and presentation of outdoor and indoor trophies and awards. After missing last year’s event due to the pandemic, it was especially pleasant to be able to gather together again. The Suffolk ladies were delighted to be joined by EWBF President, Mrs Gill Bush and her husband. President Barbara Rushbrook, accompanied on the top table by her sister, proposed the toast to the Queen. SCBA President Neil Parfitt proposed the toast to the SCWBA and Jenny Ronchetti, SCBWA President Elect proposed the toast to the guests.

President Neil brought the Victor Ludorum trophy from the Skegness finals to show to the SCWBA. He acknowledged the vital role of a lady player (Linda Nunn, Senior Mixed Pairs Champion with husband, Mike) in winning this trophy – without their win Suffolk would not have been successful. President Barbara spoke to us about her history in the game of bowls. She showed us a tiny trophy, greatly treasured as her first award, and told us the history of the small bear that we have come to know so well. Barbara was awarded the trophy as a member of the winning Silver Jubilee Vase team, having been asked to play for the first time in the team as reserve at short notice for the final. The bear was with her for the final, accompanied her to all following competitions and supports her to this day. President Elect Jenny passed on her memories of the recent Indoor Finals at Newark, postponed for such a long time, and looked forward to her Presidential year. National President Gill also referred to her time at Newark. Primarily an outdoor player, she rarely plays indoors, but agreed to join the North Essex Harry Carver team. She was then approached to stand in to play the Ladies Pairs with Eileen Parker, in which they managed a close match against the eventual champions Derbyshire.

The trophies and awards to runners-up were then presented with a lot of light-hearted banter in the process. The successful luncheon closed with a raffle of many generously-donated prizes, which raised £287 for the SCWBA.

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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

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