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Presidents Day 2020


By SCWBA President    04/04/20    0 comments

Click Here to read a letter from our President about her Presidents Day.


A letter from the Executive Committee


By Anon    03/04/20    0 comments

Click Here to read an important letter, sent by the executive committee, describing County Bowls plans for this season.


Indoor and Outdoor Competitions


By Anon    19/03/20    0 comments

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing conditions, the National Indoor Finals at Newark have been postponed until September

Click Here for a recent statement (18th March) issued by the English Bowling Federation regarding Coronavirus. As soon as the implications of this statement for Suffolk's lady bowlers have been considered by the Executive Committee, further information will be available from the Area Secretaries and on this website.


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Joan Blowers and Carol Pybus, Mixed Pairs Semi-final

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Joan Blowers and David Sewell check the head

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Shirley Plummer and Sally Smith, Mixed Pairs Semi-final

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Shirley Plummer and Joan Blowers, Mixed Pairs Final

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A competitive head, Mixed Pairs Final

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Andrew Pulford and Shirley Plummer, Mixed Pairs Champions

SCBA Indoor Finals – Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th March 2020


By Sally Smith    21/03/20    0 comments

The Suffolk County Bowls Association Indoor Semi-Finals and Finals were played at Ipswich and District Bowls Club. SCWBA players took part in the Mixed Pairs and 2 Bowl Mixed Rinks competitions. Sadly, this Championships proved to be the last for a long while, but provided players and supporters alike with lasting memories during times ahead when competitive bowls will be very restricted.

Mixed Pairs:

The first semi-final was between Joan Blowers and Martin Rumball (substituting for Alan Blowers) and Carol Pybus and David Sewell. The Hengrave pairing led through the whole match despite some closely-contested heads and eventually came out 22-6 winners against Carol and David.

The second semi-final saw reigning champions, Shirley Plummer and Andrew Pulford, drawn against the less experienced pairing of Sally Smith and Phil Smith. Once the Champions got into their stride the result was not in doubt and match concluded 26-5 in their favour.

The final was played on Sunday between Shirley Plummer and Andrew Pulford and Joan Blowers and Martin Rumball. It was a competitive match, with some close ends, but ultimately the defending Champions Andrew and Shirley prevailed. The final score, 23-7, did not represent the quality of the play.

2 Bowl Mixed Rinks:

The initial semi-final saw Joan Blowers, Alan Blowers and Martin Rumball against Carol Pybus, John Sewell and David Sewell. This turned out to be another one-sided match, won 25-5 by Joan, Alan and Martin. The reporter was unable to provide more detail or pictures because of playing at the same time as this match.

The other semi-final was a much more closely-contested match. Shirley Plummer, Bob Sillett and Andrew Pulford were against Jan Truin, Roger Goodchild and David Goodchild. After the initial ends, Shirley’s block appeared to be moving ahead, but 2 shots gained in a tight head with an umpire measure in end 8 brought Jan’s block back into contention, 9-8 down. They took the next two ends to take them ahead to 9-12 at 10 ends. However, Shirley’s block fought back, assisted by another tight measure, to conclude end 12 at 15-12 ahead. The Woodfield block were unable to score again, with the eventual score 21-12 to Shirley, Bob and Andrew.

The final was played between Joan Blowers, Alan Blowers and Martin Rumball and Shirley Plummer, Bob Sillett and Andrew Pulford. After 12 ends Shirley’s block were comfortably ahead at 7-12 and they had a six-shot margin after 17 ends (9-15). The game then took a dramatic turn when Joan’s block scored a 5 in the 18th end. They followed this with 2 shots scored in end 19 to pull up within one point of the leaders (16-17). With time running out, the final end was to be the 20th, which was as close as the later stages of the match. Joan’s block was holding one shot as skip, Martin changed ends with the hope that an extra end would result, but Andrew kept his nerve and concluded the contest by drawing into the head. The resulting close measure and the Championship went to Shirley, Bob and Andrew, 16-18

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2 Bowl Mixed Rinks Semi-Final, tight 8th end Umpire measure

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Bob Sillett and Shirley Plummer wait while Jan Truin and John Sewell discuss the head

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2 Bowl Mixed Rinks Final. Joan Blowers, Martin Rumball, Bob Sillett and Shirley Plummer.

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2 Bowl Mixed Rinks Final. 18th end, Martin measures for five.

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2 Bowl Mixed Rinks Final. Tension mounts in the last end.

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2 Bowl Mixed Rinks Champions. Andrew Pulford, Shirley Plummer and Bob Sillett.


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Jenny Ronchetti, Barbara Rushbrook, Veronica Southey and Linda Nunn open the Championships

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Pauline Wright and Shirley Plummer in the 2 Bowl Pairs

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Jan Truin and Sue Rochard in the 4 Bowl Singles

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The crucial measure goes to Sue, 4 Bowl, Singles

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Sue Rochard and Margaret Thorpe in action, 4 Bowl Senior Singles

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Margaret Thorpe, Shirley Plummer, Marie Spink and Sue Rochard, 2 Bowl Triples

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Against the run of play, a 5 is scored, end 17 in the 2 Bowl Triples

SCWBA Indoor Championships 2020


By Sally Smith    07/03/20    0 comments

The finals of the Suffolk Womens Bowls Association indoor competitions 2019-20 were held on Saturday 29th February at Meadlands Bowls Club in Stowmarket.

The proceedings were opened by President Barbara Rushbrook, accompanied by President Elect Jenny Ronchetti, Chairman Linda Nunn and Indoor Coordinator Veronica Southey. Play began with the four wood singles, contested by Jan Truin and Sue Rochard and the Pairs, between Pauline Wright playing with substitute, Janice Brackenbury and Shirley Plummer with Stella Utteridge.

4 wood Singles

The match was initially dominated by Jan Truin, while Sue Rochard struggled to find the weight on the slow-paced surface. Jan was close to victory at 19-12 up when Sue stepped up her play. At 20-14 the game took a dramatic turn when Jan thought she had done enough to secure victory, but a close measure revealed that Sue had taken the end. Despite her obvious disappointment, Jan continued to apply pressure, but was unable to prevent Sue progressing by single shots to 20-17. A two-shot end took Sue to 20-19, but two further ends were needed for Sue to bring the score to 20-21 and retain the County title.

2 wood Pairs

The Pairs final proved to be a very well contested game, in which the less-experienced Brandon pairing of Pauline Wright and Janice Brackenbury did well to keep in contention throughout the match. Although never ahead in the match, Pauline and Janice pulled up to 13-15 after 17 ends. However, Shirley Plummer and Stella Utteridge continued their accurate play in the closing ends and Janice’s superb shot onto the jack in the last end was too late to make a difference. Shirley and Stella won the County Championship 14-19.

4 wood Senior Singles

The next session saw Sue Rochard playing again, this time against defending champion Margaret Thorpe. The early ends of the match predominantly went to Margaret, but Sue started to play more confidently and pulled back to 11-13. However, Margaret’s accurate play prevailed in the final ends and she won the Championship 11-21.

2 wood Triples

The finals day finished off with Shirley Plummer, Margaret Thorpe and Stella Utteridge matched against Marie Spink, Sue Rochard and Mel Dyer. Steady play by Stella’s block took them into a commanding lead 22-6 after 17 ends. Just as the audience were thinking that the last end was in progress, an effective fire from Marie aided Sue’s block towards a 5 shot score and the match continued! In the 19th end Marie, Sue and Mel gained another shot, but the Championship was sealed in the 20th end with a win 24-12 by Shirley, Margaret and Stella.

A welcome to the Championships was extended to the Suffolk County Bowls Association President, Neil Parfitt by Barbara Rushbrook, SCWBA President. It was good to see that a number of entries for the competitions had come from bowlers who had not previously entered these Championships. More newcomers are encouraged to enter the 2020-21 competitions. The runners-up and winners were congratulated by our President Barbara Rushbrook, with Jenny Ronchetti and Linda Nunn. Trophies were presented by Barbara to Margaret Thorpe, Stella Utteridge, Shirley Plummer and Sue Rochard. The winning bowlers will represent Suffolk at the Newark Finals from Tuesday 23rd until Sunday 28th April.

The new blue County blazer was on display at the Championships. The blue blazers will be part of the county dress for our Donald Steward and Silver Jubilee Vase teams this season. The SCWBA is grateful to Meadlands Bowls Club for the use of their facilities.

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Barbara Rushbrook presents Sue Rochard with her trophy and certificate as 2 Bowl Singles Champion

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County Champions, Margaret Thorpe, Stella Utteridge, Sue Rochard and Shirley Plummer with Barbara Rushbrook

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4 Bowl Singles Champion, Sue Rochard

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4 Bowl Senior Singles Champion, Margaret Thorpe

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2 Bowl pairs Champions, Stella Utteridge and Shirley Plummer

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2 Bowl pairs Champions, Stella Utteridge and Shirley Plummer

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The New SCWBA Blazer


Indoor Competitions


By Anon    29/02/20    0 comments

SCWBA Indoor Finals 2020

Saturday 29th February 2020 at Meadlands Bowls Club at 9.50am

The draw in Competitions - Indoor is up to date with the final results


A Recent Message from Past President Rosemary Gyford


By Rosemary Gyford    01/12/19    0 comments

Dear All,

I have finally made the time to write to you and send a belated thank you for the lovely gift presented to me at the recent AGM.

I am pleased to say that the print of Aldburgh is now adorning one of the walls in the lounge of our new home. Although it is only just over two weeks since we moved, we are settling in well. The house is 95% straight, thanks in no small part to our newly found “handyman” how did we ever manage without him. We have blinds being fitted next week to the windows that remain blank so I think that will be the time when things really come together.

Anyway enough of my ramblings you have endured them for the past two years.

I just wanted to say that I will miss you all absolutely loads and thank you all for your friendship and support during my bowling years in Suffolk. I am so pleased that I took the plunge and went along for a trial for the teams which lead me to becoming your President. I had the most marvellous time in the run up to and the two years that I was your President. All those games, good and not so good will live long in my memory and whilst, at this moment in time, I am not sure whether I will join a club in Derbyshire, I dearly hope that I will continue to bowl and I hope to see many of you again in the future.

Thank you all for everything and I wish your new President Barbara the very best in her year of office, I will be keeping a close eye on results and expect to see Suffolk represented in Skegness next year.

Very best wishes to you all and to SCWBA.

Rosemary Gyford

President SCWBA 2019.

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SCWBA County Presentation and Luncheon


By Sally Smith    25/10/19    0 comments

A happy crowd of SCWBA members, with a few male guests, bowled up to the Ufford Park Hotel on Saturday 19th October to celebrate the 2018-19 season. An excellent luncheon was enjoyed, after which the winners of the County Indoor and Outdoor Competitions were presented with their trophies. This relaxed and pleasant event concluded with an enormous raffle of generously donated prizes.

For the addresses after the meal we heard first from Barrie Davis, the President of the SCBA. Barrie paid tribute to the assistance of his wife, Mary, the SCWBA Match Secretary, congratulated our lady bowlers and toasted the SCWBA on our 60th anniversary. Our outgoing President, Rosemary Gyford, responded with an interesting and entertaining review of the year. Sadly, this season was not as successful as our exceptional season last year, but we can particularly celebrate the Silver Jubilee Vase win at Skegness and that the Donald Steward team did well to reach the final. Rosemary’s personal highlight was winning the Silver Jubilee Vase with her team. She passed our best wishes to Sadie Church, who was to have been our President next year, but for the time being has had to stand down due to ill health. Our guests were toasted by Paula Gooch, who was also a member of the winning Silver Jubilee Vase Team and is the EWBF Junior Deputy President. The SCWBA is grateful that Rosemary agreed to continue as President for a second year and the members wish her well for her impending move to Derbyshire with her partner Martin Hewat.

The trophies were presented by Rosemary with the able assistance of Jane Pitcher, the County Finals Coordinator. Most County Outdoor and Indoor winners were at the luncheon to receive their awards, although just a few were unable to make it to the event. There were gifts for members of the two County Teams and their captains, Jo Whatling and Mary Davis. Gifts were also given to the County Selectors, Ann Meadows, Valerie Pryke, June Laws and Vivien Nunn. The final award was the Ellen Matthews Trophy, presented to Area D Secretary, Jo Whatling, on behalf of her team. Rosemary thanked Jane Pitcher for her excellent organisation during the year.

The raffle, organised by Pam Kemp and Veronica Southey raised £389 for SCWBA funds.

Pictures of the winners with their trophies and other pics from the luncheon can be found by clicking on the following Link


SCWBA AGM 2019


By Anon    01/10/19    0 comments

The following documents referring to the AGM are available

Letter re, AGM to Secretaries

SCWBA AGM Agenda 2019

SCWBA AGM Minutes 2018

Amendment to the National Rules, September 2019


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Novice Singles Competition, Sunday 1st September at Norbridge Bowls Club


By Jane Pitcher    17/09/19    0 comments

Some fantastic bowls was played by ladies who had only been playing some 5 to 6 months. A good time was had by all on a warm, sunny day with a lovely lunch of rolls, cheese scones, sponges and fruit cake and the odd mug of coffee or tea.

Those taking part were:
Diane Lewis, Lorraine Huggins (Runner up), Laura Green (mother to Chelsea), Cathy Saunders, Debbie Tait (Winner), Chelsea Green (9yrs old), Linda Pepper and Dawn Brooks.

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