This is the July copy of the Club's Newsletter

President, Maurice Costello, writes: I would like to thank everyone for their contributions to the life of the club either as a bowler or a social member. The first big event for me was President’s Day: the drive in the afternoon and the evening’s festivities. The day was very hot and while only 12 bowlers, the competition was enjoyed by all.  Congratulations to our winner Brian Shurmer. Special thanks go to Anthony Foulger for organising the drive. The meal provided by Jenny Labdon was perfect and the entertainment by two very talented young musicians was greatly enjoyed.  I would like to express my thanks to all those who worked so hard to make President’s Day so successful. 

Message from the Chairman: Viv Sword Well we are now into a season which is bringing mixed fortunes for our league teams. I will leave the Captains to elaborate on that, and concentrate on the matter of our sponsorship from The Bell.

For a number of years now, The Bell has been our sponsor.  They paid the lion’s share of the cost of our shirts and jackets when we first moved to club colours, and continued to pay us a significant amount each year.  This year, they were considering ending their sponsorship, but were fortunately persuaded to continue, at least for this year.  The Management at The Bell felt that they were not getting much reciprocal support from the members of this Club, and so I am appealing to you all to make use of the premises when you can – coffee, drinks, meals etc.  I know some of you do indeed go there quite often, and it would be helpful if you make it known that you are a club member.

Finally, a big ‘thank you’ to those members (you know who you are) who go that extra mile to ensure our Club continues to thrive.   

Sandy Sargeant: Club Captain. The season is well under way with some ups and downs.  Anthony is doing very well with the Thursday A team, being top at the moment.  The other leagues are struggling a bit but there’s still time for improvement.  Unfortunately, we lost in the second round of the Junior Cup to Green King by 8 shots. 

The Guinness Cup and Interleague held at the club were a great success with lots of compliments for our green and facilities. The weather has been great for bowling. Let’s hope it continues for the rest of the season. It can never be too hot for me! 

TEAM CAPTAINS’ REPORTS:

Irene Pibworth: Monday Afternoon Bury League: We have got off to a good start to our first season in this League.  We have held our own and last week, 19th June, was our first loss of the season. This was mainly due to the hot weather. Unbeknown to us, we did not realise we could cancel due to the hot weather – Division 1 cancelled all games. I have a great band of people who give their all and I am sure they thoroughly enjoy themselves. I must admit we were very impressed when we took 3 and half points from Greene King out of a maximum of four points. We play Ixworth at home this week and then we start playing the second half of the season. We are sitting comfortably in 5th position with 10 points but this will change as several did not play last Monday. Hopefully we will carry on playing well. Thanks to everyone for being available when needed. I couldn’t do it without your enthusiasm.

Viv Sword: Monday Stowmarket A Team: We are most definitely not having a good season! Sadly, we have managed to win only one game so far – that was against Ixworth who seem to be having an equally awful time! There is no doubt that the opposition in this league is very strong, and we are weakened by the loss of some of our usual bowlers. Nonetheless, we shall continue to fight and, hopefully, improve our position.    

Brian Shurmer: Tuesday Stowmarket A Team: The Tuesday Afternoon A team have not had a great deal of success although we have won home and away matches against Eye. We have all tried our hardest, but it is obvious that so many of the teams we have played against have more experienced bowlers. However, it has been enjoyable and we will endeavour to improve.

Keith Kendrick: Tuesday Stowmarket B Team: The Tuesday Afternoon B team has had a poor start to the season. There doesn’t seem much enthusiasm from players in the club in general to play on a Tuesday afternoon and therefore I only have a maximum of eight players to choose from. This becomes a problem when people are on holiday etc., in fact, this coming week I only have four players from the regular side available. Having said all that in the last two games we have managed to increase our league points by 12, making 19 in total. If we carry on like that, you never know, we might be somewhere near the top by the end of the season. 

Christine Foskett: Area D Triples The season did not get off to a very auspicious start as unfortunately, our first opponents were Ixworth, where the overall score was 66 to us and 97 to them. Our second game against Old Newton boosted my spirits somewhat with an overall score of 84 (us) and 76 (them) with an excellent win on two rinks. Following on with two more defeats against Rookery and West Row our fighting spirit came to the fore in a victory against Combs Ford with a score of 74 shots to 64 seeing us through to the next round of the Triples League Knock Out Cup. Well done to all those concerned.  

We are now exactly halfway through our season, and with the team spirit high I am hopeful that we will pick up enough points to keep us in Division 1.

Margaret Brown: Wednesday Stowmarket Triples We made an excellent start to the season, but unfortunately went downhill after 5 games. Hopefully, we will find form again and achieve some good results for the remainder of the season. 20 players have been used so far, including 2 fresh skips. 

In the Moira Hayward Trophy, we enjoyed a fine afternoon, friendly atmosphere, a nice tea and finished with a deficit of 10 shots which we hope to rectify in the return game. Four of our new bowlers played in this game.

Anthony Foulger: Thursday Bury League A Team Due to numerous reasons I have lost six bowlers from last year’s squad and have had to introduce new bowlers to my team.  Having dropped down to Division 2 we have got off to a promising start. We are at present sitting handsomely on top of the division.

The only blemish in our results was the defeat at St Edmundsbury against their weak second team! I understand the green was rather tricky, fortunately or unfortunately, due to medical reason I had to sit this one out!! However, we redeemed ourselves by taking maximum points away to Elmswell, a feat I can’t ever recall happening.

I started the season with a five - block system resting one block each week. However, having lost a skip this has gone by the wayside. I am now reluctant to rest blocks who have not lost and will attempt to select my strongest team each week. This has obviously disappointed some of my players who have not been picked. Hopefully, barring illnesses and holidays we can get through the season with our present squad.

Barry Pegram: Thursday Bury League B Team  Well team, it’s halfway into the season now and we are doing really well, being way up the league table. Having had four hot shots, as well as lots of four and five shots and a rink of the week with thirty-seven shots. Well done to all the players. This season we have put together some really good blocks. Thanks to all of you for your support and hope that the next half is going to be as good.  Best of luck and enjoy the next games. Thanks again team. 

 

NEW CLUB SHIRTS

Following confirmation of continuing sponsorship from the Bell Inn, a further order for club shirts in the lighter, softer material and different sleeve style, will be placed shortly.  The new shirts will have the sponsor’s logo as before but will have the new club logo featuring the  St.Botolph’s shield.

For more details or to place an order please contact Julia Maycock








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