A Recent Message from Past President Rosemary Gyford
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.
President SCWBA 2019.
NATIONAL INDOOR COMPETITIONS 2019/2020
Details of the draws and finals can be found in the Indoor section of the Competitions menu
SCWBA County Presentation and Luncheon
By Sally Smith 25/10/19 1 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
The following documents refering to the AGM are available
Novice Singles Competition, Sunday 1st September at Norbridge Bowls Club
By Jane Pitcher 17/09/19 1 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.
Winner, Debbie Tait
Mixed fortunes for SCWBA Bowlers at Skegness National Finals
In 2018 Suffolk won the Victorix Ludorum for the most points accumulated in the National Finals week, but 2019 was to prove quite a challenge for Suffolk to repeat that success, with competition at this level being a new experience for some of our bowlers.
The Suffolk Silver Jubilee Vase Trophy team, runners up at the National Finals in 2018, were delighted to again qualify for Skegness. Their determination to win was rewarded by a 110 shots to 100 triumph against Humberside. The thimbles for the top winning rink score (29-17) were awarded to Tracy Webb (Walsham le Willows BC), Lesley Alexander (Sole Bay BC) and Rosemary Gyford (Fressingfield BC).The following day, the Donald Steward Trophy team also found themselves against Humberside. Sadly, although they were in the lead with 5 ends to go, they were unable to sustain pressure on their opponents in the later stages of the game and lost by just 6 shots overall (93-99). The thimbles were won by Margie Robinson (Yoxford BC), Pat Jennings (Ixworth BC) and Elaine Felgate (Dennington BC) with a pleasing 27-14 win.
After the initial success of the Silver Jubilee Vase Trophy team, the following days proved a disappointment, with many of our bowlers unable to progress beyond their initial matches. Sadly, there was to be no Suffolk representation in the semi-finals this year. However, the Championships did produce some notable performances, competitive matches and enjoyable experiences. Gillian Lamprey (Lowestoft Railway BC), moved into the second round in the Senior Singles with a one-shot win over the N. Cambs representative, but was subsequently defeated 14-21 by Derbyshire. Ann Lilley (Ixworth BC) had a decisive 21-6 win against N. Cambs in the first round of the Champion of Champions competition. In the next round she played against a very respected player from Cleveland, ultimately losing 21-17 in a close match. In the Mixed Pairs, Tracey and Carl Johnson (Borough of Eye BC) had a confident win (17-12) in the first round, but lost to the Hunts pair 14-21 in the second round. Perhaps the most competitive games were played by Carol Kelly, Barbara Gynn and Jan Truin (Woodfield BC) in the 3 Bowl Rinks. In a very skilful first round match they beat the Hunts triple by 19 shots to 16. In the second round they were up against Norfolk and again produced some excellent play, but lost 15-17 after an extra end.
Those losing in the first round included Shirley Plummer, playing with Paul Bugg and David Brown (Rookery BC), in the 2 Bowl Mixed Rinks. This closely-contested match ended 18-19 after an extra end. In the Senior Mixed Pairs June Alderton and Tony Leftley lost by just one shot (14-15) to the Durham pairing. Suffolk was represented in the Senior Pairs by Diane Miller and Christine Woollard (Hadleigh BC), who played a competitive match, but went down 19-21 to Hunts.
Full results can be found Here
Further Pictures are available Here.
Indoors Competitions 2019/2020
Entry forms for the 2019/2020 Indoor Competitions can be found Here
Area C v Area D last end measure
Area C v Area D
The Area D team with Area Secretary, Mrs Jo Whatling.
Area D Win the Ellen Matthews Trophy
By Sally Smith 14/08/19 1 comments
The Ellen Matthews Trophy finals were held this year at Fressingfield Bowls Club on Sunday 11th August. The extreme gales of the previous day had moderated, with conditions blustery but dry. The 3rd-4th place play-off match between Area A and Area B was played in the morning, with Area B coming out the winners.
The trophy match was between Area C and Area D, a re-match of last year’s final. This year the tables were turned with a convincing win by Area D, 123 shots to 78. There were good wins on four rinks, with one drawn. The winners of the thimbles for Area D were Shirley White (Walsham-le-Willows BC), Celia Gordon (Tuddenham BC) and Sue Chapman (Thorndon BC), with a 26-12 win. The best rink thimbles for Area C went to Jean Hughes, Linda Fairs and Sally Fisher (23-17).
Jo Whatling, Area D Secretary, receiving the trophy from President Rosemary Gyford
Windy conditions in the Area A v Area B match
Area A v Area B
National Finals 2019 (Advance Notice)
Details of Ladies involvement in the National Finals 2019 at Skegness can be found Here
Lucy Ratcliffe and Tracey Johnson, Mixed Pairs Final
June Alderton and Gill Lamprey, Senior Mixed Pairs Final
Emma Euston and Shirley Plummer, Mixed Rinks Final
SCBA Finals, 20th & 21st July 2019, at Yoxford Bowls Club
By Sally Smith 27/07/19 1 comments
The men’s County semi-finals and finals were hosted by Yoxford BC. An exciting weekend of bowls included SCWBA ladies in three of the events. Sunday 21st July saw three finals with lady players. Tracey Johnson and C. Johnson (BofE) were against Lucy Ratcliffe and pairs partner R. Prentice (Bram) in the Mixed Pairs final, with the Borough of Eye pair victorious in a close game by 22 to 18.
In the final of the Senior Mixed Pairs June Alderton and pairs partner T. Leftley (S&D) won 14-11 in another tight game, against Gill Lampray and P. Webber (LR).
In the Mixed Rinks final there was an even narrower score line, with Shirley Plummer, P. Bugg and D. Brown (Rook) sealing a 20 shots to 18 win in the last end against J. Sims, Emma Euston and M. Euston (Norb).
2 Bowl Singles: Margie Robinson v Sheree Kemp
4 Bowl Singles: Angela Mondon v Andrea Dickinson
Senior Singles: Gillian Lamprey v Sandy Sargeant
Champion of Champions: Ann Lilley v Tanya Saunders
SCWBA Winners 2019, with President Rosemary Gyford
Suffolk County Women’s Bowls Association (SCWBA) Finals.
By Sally Smith 11/07/19 1 comments
Suffolk County Women’s Bowls Association (SCWBA) Finals were played on 6th and 7th July at Ipswich and District Bowls Club. The semi-finals on Saturday saw some closely-contested games, particularly the 4 Bowl Singles, each won 21-19. The Pairs, Senior Pairs and Senior Singles each had one very close semi-final and the two Champion of Champions matches were close, separated by just one and two shots respectively.
The high-quality play continued into the finals held on Sunday. The 2 Bowl Singles was won by Margie Robinson (Yoxford BC), 21-20 and the Senior Singles saw Gillian Lamprey (Lowestoft Railway BC) win 21-19. Margie Robinson went on to win the Secretaries Singles 21-18 and there was also a second title for Gillian Lamprey, playing with Pauline Anderson in the Pairs, with a 18-9 win.
The Champion of Champion Singles was closely fought, resulting in a win 21-17 for Ann Lilley (Ixworth BC). Angela Mondon (Old Newton BC) dominated the 4 Bowl Singles, with a 21-9 win and the Under 25 Singles was won confidently by Ellie Last (Marlborough BC) 21-7. The Senior Pairs competition saw a comfortable win 19-14 for Diane Miller and Christine Woollard (Hadleigh BC). The day came to a close with the 2 Bowl Rinks and 3 Bowl Rinks. The 2 Bowl Rinks resulted in an easy win for Shirley Plummer, Jill Lambert and Ann Baison (Rookery BC) 29-12 and the 3 Bowl Rinks was won in a closer game, 22-11, by Carol Kelly, Barbara Gynn and Jan Truin (Woodfield BC).
The Victorix Ludorum cup for the most points was won by Area D (West Suffolk). The winners of the County titles will go forward to represent Suffolk in the National Finals in Skegness in August.
For full results select: Competitions/ County Finals
3 Bowl Rinks: Carol Kelley, Barbara Gynn and Jan Truin v Sue Hender, Emma Euston & Julie Curl
Under 25 Singles: Ellie Last v Chloe Webb
Secretaries Singles: Margie Robinson v Celia Gordon
Pairs: Pauline Anderson & Gillian Lamprey v Sue Hender & Emma Euston
Senior Pairs: Diane Miller & Christine Woollard v Jenny Bugg & Sue Deeves
2 Bowl Rinks: Shirley Plummer, Jill Lambert & Ann Baison v Jo Handley, Pauline Llewellyn & Jackie Whitlock
Area Finals and County Finals
Details of the events can be found in the Area Finals and County Finals sections of the Competitions menu
Silver Jubilee Vase Team 2019 with Sadie Church our President Elect.
Silver Jubilee Vase Team 2019 with Carole Swan, National President and Sadie Church, Suffolk President Elect
Suffolk v. Northants. Silver Jubilee Vase Match, Wednesday 3rd July at St Botolphs BC.
By Sally Smith 06//07/19 1 comments
At the start of this afternoon’s match, the Suffolk ladies knew that a four rink win against Northamptonshire (16 points to 2) would take them above Norfolk in the Silver Jubilee Vase (South) competition, with Norfolk having played all their games. Suffolk made a nervy start to the match, with Northants ahead on four rinks around the middle of the game., However, Suffolk fought back as the game progressed, possibly spurred on by the arrival of Carole Swan, National President. Carole and the Suffolk supporters were treated to a superb comeback by the Suffolk team and saw Jan Truin’s block draw level with two ends to go. After one Suffolk block had lost, a win on this rink would secure the one point needed to go ahead of Norfolk. The tension increased when they drew level with a two in the 24th end. Happily, they were able to seal it in the last end, eventually winning 27-26. The thimbles were won by Pam Ward, Paula Gooch and Angela Mondon, whose rink won by 33-12.
After the match Carole Swan joined the team photograph and we were delighted that she was able to stay to enjoy a meal with the teams. With Huntingdonshire due to play Northamptonshire on 10th July, there is still an anxious wait to establish whether the ladies will be representing the Southern area at Skegness, but hopes are high.
SCWBA County Competitions, Area D Finals, Sunday 30th June 2019
By Sally Smith 03/07/19 1 comments
The West Suffolk area ladies finals were hosted in brilliant sunshine by St Botolph’s Club, Botesdale. The close fought two wood and four wood singles matches were won by Sheree Kemp (Thorndon BC) and Angela Mondon (Old Newton BC) respectively. Sandy Sargeant (St Botolph’s BC) won the Senior Singles in another close game, Ann Lilley (Ixworth BC) won the Champion of Champions and Celia Gordon (Tuddenham BC) won the Secretaries Singles. Shirley Plummer and Ann Baison (Rookery BC) were winners in the Pairs and a close match in the Senior Pairs was won by Jenny Bugg and Sue Deeves (Old Newton BC). In the 2 wood triples Rookery BC players, Shirley Plummer, Jill Lambert and Ann Baison had a comfortable win and Carol Kelly, Barbara Gynn and Jan Truin (Woodfield BC) won the 3 wood triples. The Under 25 Singles was closely contested, won by Chloe Webb (Walsham Le Willows BC).
The winners go forward to the County Semi-Finals and Finals on 6th and 7th July at Ipswich Bowls Club. For full results see “Competitions/Area Finals”.
Andrea Dickinson 4 wood singles winner
Christine Woollard Secretaries singles winner
Diane Miller and Christine Woollard Senior Pairs winners
Edith Roberts Champion of Champion winner
Area C Finals 2019
By Ann Simpson 04/07/19 1 comments
Area C had a good day at Bramford on Sunday 30th June playing our Area Finals. The weather was hot but fortunately there was a bit of a breeze which helped the bowlers. Huge thanks to those bowlers who were in more than one competition, especially Sue Hender who was through in four! Bramford’s green was in superb condition. Thanks go to Jason Smith the Green keeper for all his hard work. Many thanks go to Barbara Rushbrook for umpiring for the day and helping me to ensure the players were on the green on time. Thanks also to my markers Joe Sims, Ken Laws, Helen Swift and Sally Fisher. Also many thanks to Joyce and her team for working hard in the kitchen. Good luck ladies at the County Semi-finals on Saturday at Ipswich and District BC.
Ellie Last Under 25's winner
Maria Brooks 2 wood singles
Sue Hender and Emma Euston Pairs winners
Sue Hender Emma Euston and Julie Curl 3 wood Triples winners
President’s Day, Borough of Eye Bowls Club, Saturday 15th June 2019
By Sally Smith 23/06/19 1 comments
The Suffolk County Women’s Bowls Association President, Mrs Rosemary Gyford, welcomed a crowd of Suffolk’s lady bowlers (and a few select men) to celebrate her President’s Day and to mark the Diamond Jubilee of the SCWBA (1959-2019). As befits such an important occasion, the weather was on our side, with threatening shower clouds passing over without dampening our spirits.
An interesting display of the 60 years history of the SCWBA was a focus of attention on arrival, while refreshments were enjoyed. The afternoon’s bowling commenced with an unusual spider. Umpire, Mike Nunn, made a pyramid of cotts in the centre of the green. We then had a countdown to bowl at these, not knowing until afterwards that only two of the cotts were winners. This disappointed Ann Lilley, who was nearest, but was not near a winning cott. The two winners were Jenny Ronchetti and Keith Crabbe, SCBA Deputy President Elect.
The match players then took their places for the competition between the President’s team and the President Elect’s team. Unusually, after 10 ends there was a break for tea and cake. Although some bowlers commented that being full of cream scones and cake did not help their performance, it was a very pleasant interlude. The match then continued to a conclusion at 21 ends, by which time the green was bathed in sunshine. As is the custom, even though the total number of shots scored by each team may suggest otherwise, the match was won by the President’s team. Rosemary, Elaine Felgate and Margie Robinson were the President's winning rink and the highest winning rink for the President Elect’s team was Mel Cole, Linda Nunn and Pat Jennings,
The Borough of Eye Club provided an excellent after match meal, enjoyed by all. Afterwards Rosemary made a short address. Linda Nunn, (standing in for President Elect Sadie Church) awarded the trophy to the “President’s” team. There were prizes for the winning rinks and a lovely floral display and garden vouchers were presented to Rosemary from the Suffolk lady bowlers.
The proceedings finished with a raffle, which took quite a while as there had been so many generous donations. A total of £240 approx. was raised. Gifts made to Rosemary’s chosen charities, St Elizabeth’s Hospice and the East Anglian Children’s Hospice totalled £440.
To close the proceedings, two celebration cakes (one fruitcake, the other sponge) were cut and distributed. A fitting end to an excellent occasion.
Later a note of thanks was received from Rosemary.
Note of Thanks.
Just to say a big thank you to all of those who helped to make President’s Day such an enjoyable event.
My, thanks to all of those who helped me to prepare for the day and those who helped in so many ways on Saturday.
To all our bowlers past and present for making the effort to take part.
It is always a great pleasure to see people catching up with friends and renewing old acquaintances.
Thank you also to SCWBA for the beautiful flowers that were presented to me at the end of the meal. They are truly magnificent.
Thanks also for the Garden Vouchers I received; I will look forward to purchasing something that will be a permanent reminder of such a magical day.
This was the start of the Associations Diamond Jubilee celebrations. .
This year we were celebrating the three competitions that were first contested in 1959, The 2 Wood Singles, The Pairs Trophy and the 2 Wood Rinks.
It was good to see past and current winners of these three competitions with us on our special day and to recognize their achievements. I am sure that there will be many more successes for Suffolk in the coming years.
Finally thank you so much for all the cards and good wishes and for your generous donations to my chosen charities.
The final total was £440 which I spit equally between East Anglian Children’s Hospice and St Elizabeth’s Hospice.
Well done, your generosity is really appreciated.
I look forward to seeing many of you again this season and to supporting our County Champions when they reach Skegness.
Very best wishes Rosemary
Images from the Ellen Matthews v Marie Denny Charity match April 2019
By Anon 03/07/19 1 comments