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RESULT ; On Thursday Croxley Guild Bowling Club came on their annual friendly, this year at home, on a fine and warm afternoon. At half way all games were fairly level, but there were some big changes in the second half, some to us, and some to them. In the end we won solidly on two, narrowly on one, and lost the other two, but managed an overall win, by 91 - 82. Top Rink was Colin Richards, with Rose Kirby and Michael Facey (28 - 12 ) .

100 Club ; The September draw has been made, as follows ;

£25 Mike Wale £15 Bryan Hedley £10 Linda James

RESULT On Wednesday the Ladies played their last friendly of the season , away at Chesham, on a sunny afternoon, and a good green. We won on two out of three triples, and Top Rink was Denise Rogers, Chris Pound and Lyn Carroll (23-13). However this was not quite enough to cover a pounding on the third rink, where despite some good bowling, their skip was outstanding and it was a masterclass (20-7) to just overtake us into a narrow loss by 46-48.

REMINDER ; The Final Friday evening Roll-up and Baked Potatoes will be this Friday, Sept 13th, and the start is at 5.30 , not 6.00 , so everyone should be there for 5.00 to get names down and finish the Friday-season with a flourish.

Three Counties ; We have received the Final Table for the Three Counties League as per the following links ;

Table of Results ; http://www.CSGbOWLINGCLUB.co.uk/3C Final 2.pdf

Final League Table ; http://www.CSGbOWLINGCLUB.co.uk/3C Final.pdf

RESULT ; It was back to normal on Tuesday with a mixed friendly match away to Stoke Poges. Three triples had a good afternoon, on greens that were heavier than expected (Rain over the last couple days), but still managed wins on all three, with Top Rink Mike Moir, Liz Baldwin and John Anderson (25-12) helping us to a 60-37 final score. A 'mention in despatches ' also to Rose, Lyn and Nick who having lost a 6 early on, clawed back to a 3 on the final end, to win by a single shot.

RESULT ; The 'final final' of the internal competitions to be completed was the Ladies Pairs which had been suspended on Friday due to illness, but was resumed to a conclusion on Tuesday morning. Starting with a deficit of 2-11 after 10 ends, Pam Anderson and Lyn Carroll put in a good come-back to claw their way into the game to a 15-15 position after 17 ends, giving opponents Chris Moir and Liz Baldwin a four-end shoot-out. After 19 ends it was still 16-16, but Chris and Liz re-established their lead with a 3 on end 20, and ran out final winners 22-16. A good mornings bowling from all four players. The winners list has been updated accordingly ;

http://www.CSGbOWLINGCLUB.co.uk/Resultsphotos.pdf

WINNERS !!

Well done to the Ladies who played in the Burnham Plate Final at Iver Heath this morning (Sunday 8th). The match took place alongside the Bucks Plate Men's Final (Newport Pagnell Beat Wingrave) with all clubs enjoying good support and Iver Heath's hospitality.

Flora Alderton, Chris Moir , Hazel Baker and Candi Ivey took on their opponents from Hazells, and went into an early lead on greens that were immaculate and fast, and a 5 early on helped provide a cushion that was never seriously challenged. Hazells came back late on, but were unfortunate on a couple of occasions, holding a few but then knocking the jack away to lose the end, and this proved decisive with our team winning 20-11 with an end to spare.

Captain Pat McKay sends the following message to ALL the ladies who took part in the Burnham Plate this year - "Everyone at Chalfont St Giles Bowling Club is so immensely proud of your achievement, and we hope you enjoyed taking part and continue to do so for many years to come".

Photos will follow when available from the organisers, and there will be a Presentation Lunch on October 23rd at Weston Turville BC when we will be presented with the Plate, (which has "temporarily gone missing !").

FINALS ; DAY 2

The second day's play brought three singles and two triples, all played very competitively, mostly in sunshine, and witnessed by a good proportion of the club members not participating. The first to be decided was the Ladies Singles with Hazel Baker holding off a determined challenge by Candi Ivey, so can we look forward to a repeat performance in the Ladies Champion of Champions next year ? The Mixed Triples was a tight game won by Lyn Carroll with Tim & Liz Baldwin , followed by the Men's Triples won by Callum Kavanagh in his 'maiden' final with Graham Buchanan and Tim Baldwin. The Novice Singles was a battle between Colin Richards and John Anderson, with Colin taking the honours after a good tussle throughout.

The Last final to be decided was the 2-wood Jim West Cup, and this could not have been tighter with Hazel Baker pipping Rose Kirby 21-20 on the final end. The trophy was presented by our visitor, Jim West's son Peter, who joined members in a celebratory drink after another successful Final's weekend. The winners list with photos is on the following link, and copies can be obtained from Roger Darbourne or Tim Baldwin

http://www.CSGbOWLINGCLUB.co.uk/Resultsphotos.pdf

FINALS ; DAY 1

The First day was completed on a cool and blustery day, that ended brighter, but we avoided any rain ! The winners so far can be found on the following Link, but congratulations to the Iveys, in that Candi won the Club Championship and George the Men's, whilst Tim Baldwin partnered Michael Facey to his first Final win. (Well done Michael!) Similarly Anne Pendse was in the winning team in her first full season, partnered by Hazel Baker and Rose Kirby in the Ladies Triples. Mike Alderton & Hazel Baker won the Mixed Pairs Title, and Flora Alderton and Barry Mills cemented their first season as a team, with a win in the Australian pairs. The Ladies Pairs had to be suspended due to illness, and will be completed on a later date. (Get well soon, Lyn)

http://www.CSGbOWLINGCLUB.co.uk/Results Day 1.pdf

RESULT: On Thursday we played Bassetsbury Manor at Home and although the weather stayed nice and cool we lost on 2 triples out of 3 and the match by 39 to 48 shots. Our winning triple was Sue Patey, Bryan Hedley and Colin Richards by 18 to 10.

RESULT ; On Tuesday we visited Court Park for the return friendly, and were able to admire their new clubhouse, on a fine afternoon. Following narrow wins on the last two meetings, we anticipated a good match and so it turned out. Court Park were always ahead, but we gave a good account and kept them in sight until the last few ends when they drew away for a solid win 94 - 69. We managed one win and therefore Top Rink (well done Anne Darbourne Graeme Richards and Hubert Cox 18-14) and were close on three others, but well done to our opponents for a good performance.

FINALS DAY SCHEDULE

Following the completion of the last few semi-finals, and after much tortuous calculation, the schedule has been determined for the finals on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th September, as set out in the following link.

http://www.CSGbOWLINGCLUB.co.uk/Finals Day issue 1.pdf

Good luck to the members involved, particularly those in more than one final. The use of Sunday has been ruled out by the involvement of the Ladies in the Burnham Plate in the morning, with 8 of the 12 finals involving those players in our team. Whilst the Friday finish will almost certainly be after the 18.00 target for the Baked Potato meal, availability will be maintained as advertised, with flexibility for those still involved in the final matches.

RESULT ; On Saturday, we visited Glory Mill , possibly for the last time, to play a friendly game of four triples. Their green has sadly deteriorated along with their impending closure, but made for an interesting afternoon's bowling. Even the weather contrived to make life difficult with showers affecting the middle of the game, but we nevertheless struggled through to a win by three rinks to one, and 72 shots to 46. Top Chalfont rink was Denise Rogers, Graeme Richards and Rob Kirby (23-9), and we wish Glory Mill all the best for their remaining games, and hope to continue seeing their members at new clubs when their inevitable demise occurs.

NOTICE ; Finals Weekend ; The schedule will be published as soon as the last two semi-finals have been played, with matches played through Friday 6th and Saturday 7th mornings and afternoons. On Friday evening, there will not be a roll-up , but there will be Baked Potatoes from approx. 6 o'clock, so come along and support the club and the players on this culmination of the internal competitions.

The Friday Roll-ups will resume on Friday Sept 13th , but from 5.30, not 6.00, so all arrival and sign-up times etc will be half an hour earlier.

NOTICE ; The nomination sheets for your committee next year is now posted in the clubhouse. All members are asked to consider making this contribution to the running of your club.

Burnham Plate Final ; A reminder of the details regarding this Ladies' match which will be played at Iver Heath on the morning of Sunday 8th September. Follow the link below to details of the team and lunch which follows this event, and if applicable, look for the printed sign-up sheet on the clubhouse boards.

http://www.CSGbOWLINGCLUB.co.uk/Burnham Plate Final.pdf

RESULT ; On Thursday afternoon our ladies played a friendly game at home to Flackwell Heath. This proved to be a close run affair, with Flackwell's two winning rinks just edging it over our one win through Top Rink Sue Patey, Chris Pound and Liz Baldwin (19-7) , to give them a narrow win 42 - 40. It was nevertheless a lovely afternoon, played in a very friendly atmosphere.

NOTICE: Aston Clinton have cancelled the proposed friendly on Sunday the 1st September because of their lack of players. Apologies to all those members who had hoped to play.

RESULT: On Wednesday 28th August we played a Home match against a very Friendly team from Berkhamsted which we won on 4 triples out of 5 and lost by only one shot on the 5th triple. Our top winning triple was Lyn Carroll, Robert Yalden and Allan Rumble by 30 to 7. The total shots were 99 to 65 and the weather cooled down a lot and was much more comfortable to bowl in.

RESULT ; On Tuesday, the Men played the only annual men-only friendly fixture, at home this year, against Amersham. Four triples battled through a particularly hot afternoon, and for most of the match it was heading to two wins each, but a final spurt took the Captains rink from behind to a one-shot victory, giving the team three wins to one, and the overall score to a win by 78-55. The Top rink was Nick Nicholls with Colin Richards and Allan Rumble (32 - 11).

NOTICE ; FINALS WEEKEND ; The competitions organisers wish to advise all finalists, and potential finalists, that the use of Friday 6th September, morning and afternoon, is now being planned, due to the conflict created by the Clubs success in reaching the Burnham plate Final on Sunday morning. Full details will only be possible when all finalists are determined, but anyone with a potential issue in this respect should identify it to the organisers as soon as possible, though the Friday has always been noted in the fixture card as available to be used for just such an eventuality.

On Monday the Annual Jubilee Cup for drawn pairs was played, with Gill Wise and Mike Alderton emerging victorious after a hot but enjoyable days bowling, and received the trophy from Chairman Tim Timberlake. The runners-up were Nick Nicholls and Chris Pound, all as demonstrated in the attached photos;

RESULT : On Sunday morning, we played the Quarter-finals of the Chiltern & Thames league, against Rosedale, at the neutral greens at Ladygate. We have reached the quarters regularly over recent years, and met Rosedale at this stage two years ago, when we came off second best. Regrettably, history repeated itself and we lost 44-71 and wish Rosedale good luck in the semi-finals. The three triples started very differently, with Mike & Flora Alderton with John Anderson getting off to a flyer and getting a good lead, whilst the other two were totally reversed with Rosedale getting commanding leads by half way. The second half brought some levelling out in all three, but Mike's team hung on for a 25-19 win, whilst the other two were out-paced by their opposition. Thanks to Ladygate BC for their hospitality, and 'Well done' to the teams, , but .......better luck next year !

RESULT ; On Saturday afternoon we entertained the Buck V.P s in our annual game, and a lovely warm (some would say hot) afternoon it was. After a slow start, we emerged ahead on 4 triples out of 6, and a win by 125 shots to 98. Our Top Rink was John Pink, Maureen Harding and Mike Wise (31-10). Thanks to all the helpers who provided the Bar, a full Tea and the Raffle, on a very appreciated and successful afternoon.

RESULT: We played a friendly at Home against Wexham on Thursday and they turned out some strong teams but we managed to win 2 triples out of 4. However they won overall by 71 to 61 shots. Our top triple was John Pink, Mike Moir and John Anderson by 22 to 8.

RESULT ; On Tuesday we played a small 3-triple friendly at home to Stoke Poges, but despite our loaning them a player (thanks Denise W) we still managed a win on all three, and by 63 - 29 overall. Our Top Rink was Rose Kirby, Mike Moir and Hubert Cox, and the other surplus applicants had an enjoyable internal triple alongside the match, on a lovely sunny afternoon.

NOTICE ; Having qualified from our division, we now know our quarterfinal opponents in the Chiltern & Thames League, and we will play Rosedale at the neutral venue of Ladygate, on Sunday 25th August. Full team details can be found on the appropriate team-pick tab as usual.

CANCELLATION ; Unfortunately the game planned at home against Harrow on Monday 19th has been cancelled by them due to a shortage of players.

RESULT: Today Saturday 17th August our Burnham Plate ladies won extremely well against a team from Gerrards Cross. Gerrards Cross conceded the game after 16 ends as the score then was 29 to 7 and would be very difficult for them to catch up as we were outplaying them most of the time. The team was Rose Kirby, Chris Moir, Denise Williams and Candi Ivey. Our ladies are now in the final against a team from Hazells. Denise stood in for Hazel who has had to go at short notice to look after her daughter who has given birth to twin girls very early. Good health to them at this difficult time.

REPORT ; On Thursday, 27 members made the trip up to Ye Olde Knowle Bowling Club in Solihull, being one of the southern-most, and oldest, Crown Green Bowling Club. This visit was much anticipated, having been cancelled 12 months ago when the hot summer of 2018 made their sloping greens unplayable. The members of Knowle made us all very welcome, with lots of tuition into the finer differences of Crown Green, and the vagaries of their two greens. Practise in the morning lead to a lovely buffet and drinks at lunchtime . Then some ad-hoc competitions in the afternoon were brought to a conclusion with three Spiders, each for a bottle of wine. (well done Russell P, Dave H and John P) and Tea and Cake to round off the day. It is hoped that a date can be found for Knowle to visit us, and try our form of the game, when members will be able to repay their fine hospitality.

Many thanks to Bob Baker who made all the arrangements, including a recce visit and all the Knowle members who gave their time and efforts to our visit

CANCELLATION : Unfortunately our annual game with the sight-impaired Chesham Pioneers had to be cancelled on Wednesday due to the persistent rain, which also prevented a few internal competition games taking place.

RESULT ; On Tuesday we visited Pinner, where our record in these friendly games has not been good, and so it turned out again, despite our Top Rink of Colin Richards, Bryan Hedley and Margaret Timberlake, we lost overall by 54 - 88. Maybe we can give them a better game in a few weeks when they comeback to us.

NOTICE: The Bassetsbury Manor match on Saturday 17th August has been cancelled due to unavailability of their players. People will now be able to go to Bletchley to support our ladies team if they wish.

RESULT ;On Monday afternoon, our ladies played a friendly game at home against the Chesham Ladies, and enjoyed a narrow win, by two triples to one, and 45-40 shots overall. Top Rink was Rose Kirby, Captain Pat McKay and Liz Baldwin (18-9).

100 Club ; August Draw; The latest draw produced the following three winners ;

£25 Staff Burbridge , £15 Roy Pound , £10 Darley Dyer.

RESULT; On Sunday we played another Three Counties league game at home against Wexham, and although we started in fine weather, rain was never far away. We started brightly and were ahead on three out of five rinks at tea, but shortly after the resumption, the heavens opened, and despite a few ends completed in terrible conditions, we were unable to complete the match. This was called off by agreement once the minimum ends for a result to be valid, had been completed. The situation had not really changed since tea, and we won by 66-49 overall and by 8 pts to 4, with our Top Rink being Nick Nicholls, Tim Timberlake, Anne Darbourne and Mike Alderton (18-3).

RESULT: On Saturday 10th August we played a friendly against Rickmansworth at their ground and it was more like a football pitch but we managed to win on 2 triples and draw on another to give us a 65 to 55 shots win. Our Top Team was Rose Kirby, Mike Wise and Maureen Harding by 20 to 12.

NOTE ; There are now 5 new friendly mid-week team selections posted on the mid-week page, (Pinner, Pioneers, Harrow, Stoke Poges & Wexham) so please check and then tick as necessary .

RESULT: Today Thursday 8th August we played a 3 Counties match at Home against Flackwell Heath and we had 4 very close rinks all the way but eventually came out the winners on all 4 rinks by 89 to 76. They could only play 4 rinks out of 5 so we won all the 12 points for the game. We had a top rink of Graham Buchanan, Mike Moir, Allan Rumble and Candi Ivey by 22 to 16.

NOTE ; Following identification of some anomalies in club notices, The club dress code has been clarified as per the attached memo,

http://www.CSGbOWLINGCLUB.co.uk/Dress Code 2019.pdf

RESULT ; On Monday afternoon we played the second leg of the Broomwade Cup against Gerrards Cross. Last year we were fortunate to retain the cup after a single shot win away at GX, and a cancelled home leg (due the extremely hot weather in'18), so when we lost away this year (again by a single shot) we knew it would be tight to win the trophy again. …. and so it proved. We played 6 triples, and "Won 3 - Lost 3", so it was down to the wire again. With two ends to go, GX were inching ahead, but a 6 on end 17 from our eventual Top Rink (Colin Richards, Pam Anderson & Candi Ivey 25-8), and a spurt on the final end elsewhere, gave us a 4 shot win 101 - 97, and the retention of the cup by 3 shots overall. It is only fun.... but a cup is a cup !!

RESULT ; On Sunday afternoon we entertained High Wycombe in the home leg of the Three Counties League, and all five rinks were relatively close affairs, with none being won by runaway margins. We had one winning rink, so well done to Rob Kirby, Pam Anderson, Liz Baldwin & Hazel Baker, but unfortunately the others all went down, to an overall score of 76 - 102. It appears that Harefield Hospital are heading to be the League winners, with Wycombe now moving into second spot, when todays 10-2 points win is added to the following table received before todays game.

http://www.CSGbOWLINGCLUB.co.uk/League Status 2.pdf

RESULT ; Congratulations to the Burnham Plate team (of Rose Kirby, Chris Moir, Hazel Baker and Candi Ivey) who played their quarter-final away at Bletchley St Martins on Saturday , and came away with a solid win 24-14. As the game progressed, the result was never really in doubt, and they await the results from the other quarters (being played on Sunday) to find our semi-final opponents. We do, however, know the date and venue, which will be on the morning of 17th August at the neutral green of …. Bletchley St Martin, where our hosts could not have given us a better welcome. !!

Good fortune to have a green where we now have experience, and hopefully will be able to put out the same team. Well done ladies, and good luck in the next round.

NOTE: Please see the changes to Flackwell Heath match on 8th August, under the 'Weekend Matches ' tab. .

RESULT ; On Thursday we played our annual friendly match against Eastcote, and this year it was our turn to host. Unfortunately the game was reduced to four triples by our visitors, but nevertheless we had a good tussle on a rather hot and humid afternoon.

At half way we were well behind, and only winning on one rink, but gradually recovered in the second half, but not quite enough to secure overall victory. We shared the four games 2-2, but lost overall by 68 - 75. Our Top Rink was Dave Harding, Liz Baldwin and John Anderson, (21-17)

Please note that Princes Risborough have cancelled this match on the 3rd August so members are now free to support the Ladies Burnham Plate match at Bletchley if they wish.

The Ladies Invitation Triples Gala took place on Tuesday, and after the forecasts of rain and strong winds, the omens were not good. The Gazebos stayed in their shed but the greens crew mowed and ironed the green, and the other preparations were sorted in the morning between the showers. 14 teams had entered, and all showed up, albeit two of our players being needed to replace some last-minute absentees. This allowed the event to start, in a bit of drizzle but with fingers crossed

The bowling was close, and two sessions were completed despite the rain, though a downpour then drove everyone off the rinks for twenty minutes. Thereafter a curtailed final session was completed to allow all the players to dry out with a well-earned meal. Two teams vied for top spot, and a shot-difference count back was needed to separate Stoke Poges from the eventual winners, a team from Scot Bowling (from near Milton Keynes) by the narrowest of margins. Well done to them, and thanks to all the entrants and helpers on the day, for making it a success despite the conditions.

A pre-session Charity Spider raised £50 + for the Air Ambulance, and well done to winner 'Babs' from Cippenham who won the large bottle of prosecco!

Burnham Plate Quarter-finals ; The team and match details can be found under the Ladies Fixtures Tab of this website . All supporters will be welcome .

RESULT: On a very nice Sunday afternoon we played Wendover in a Friendly match and we won on 4 triples out of 5 by 108 to 69. Our top triple was Hubert Cox, Tim Timberlake and Denise Williams by 34 to7. Everyone was nice and pleasant and it was played in a very friendly way.

RESULT ; When we beat Harefield Hospital away in the Three Counties at the start of the season, we didn't foresee that we would turn out to be the only club to beat them in this competition so far this season, so it was not surprising that they came to us on Saturday with the intention of rectifying that loss. On a drab and drizzly afternoon, we held them in the early ends, and were only a few shots adrift at halfway, but they gradually got the hang of our green, and drew ahead to win comfortably by 112-76, and by 10 league points to 2.

Despite the overall deficit, with four ends to go we were still winning on three rinks out of five , but two of these succumbed to leave a single (and therefore Top ) Winning rink, with Chris Moir, Mike Wise, Colin Richards and Nick Nicholls (19-14)

Champion of Champions ; Hazel Bakers run in this national competition came to an end at the County-level final, played on Thursday at neutral Chesham. She was beaten 21-13 by Theresa Newman from Hazells BC, but gave her a good game, and wishes to thank the 20 or so supporters who went along. The event was recorded with this photo of the finalists with the neutral marker and the President of the County Association.

NOTICE ; Thursday is expected to be the hottest of the year so far, and following some expressions of concern from players on both sides, the friendly game planned for that day away against Wexham, has been called off whilst an alternative date can be organised.

Emsmorn Bowling Shop ; After a few years of on-off rumours, we have been advised that the shop in Chesham has at last closed its doors, and attach this advice as received from them. http://www.CSGbOWLINGCLUB.co.uk/emsmorn.pdf

RESULT ; Our campaign in the Chiltern and Thames League group stage ended on Monday night at Marlow , where we were unfortunately out-gunned on all three triples. Losing our last two games has opened up the top of the table, and we await the final computations to see if we have made the quarterfinals.

NOTE ; The Ladies match against Gerrards Cross, scheduled for Wednesday 24th July, has been cancelled by our opponents who cannot raise a team, though a re-scheduling will be looked into, for later in the season. Team players should have been notified.

RESULT ; The Three Counties League games continue, and on Sunday we visited Chess Vale for our annual experience on their artificial surface. This year we were not disgraced, and gave them a good contest. At half way we were marginally in front, and at 19 ends the overall shots were too close to call. In the end we won two rinks (Top Rink was Rob Kirby with Mike Moir, Anne Darbourne and Graeme Richards), and despite the Captains Rink going to the last end, fell short on the other three, to lose by 91 - 101 and 4 pts to 6. Having won 10-2 in the home leg, we can console ourselves that we were 14 - 8 winners overall, and the sun shone on both games !!

Burnham Plate ; Quarter-finals ; The ladies will play their game away against Bletchley on 3rd August at 10.00 am. The team will be Rose Kirby, Chris Moir, Candi Ivey and Hazel Baker, with reserve Denise Williams, and any supporters will be welcome. Bletchley are providing a light lunch to the team and a few close supporters, but others should be prepared with sandwiches, and/or to get back for the home match against Princes Risborough that afternoon. Good Luck ladies !

RESULT: Our latest C&T match against Chesham away was not a very good result for us as we lost on all 3 triples giving us 0 points. Our nearest triple after a lot of effort was Rob Kirby, Pam Anderson and John Anderson who only lost by 16 to 18 shots.

100 Club ; The draw for the July winners had a family feel, with Winner Sophie Gordon (Batkins Family) and third place Leo Bryant (Williams Family), split by Mick Lane with second prize.

RESULT ; On Tuesday afternoon, we visited Ladygate for a friendly , and on a lovely, if rather hot afternoon, enjoyed a fine tussle in good company. At half way we were lagging behind by 5 shots, and losing on three out of five rinks , but a cup of tea and a doughnut worked wonders, and we recovered to win on 4 rinks, and overall by 88 -76, Top Chalfont Rink was Hubert Cox with Liz and Tim Baldwin.

Meanwhile …. A Chalfont team of Rose Kirby, Chris Moir and Candi Ivey played in the Wendover Gala, and on " a great day, well organised and with great food" , they won the event by 2 shots. Well done Ladies !

RESULT ; The Chiltern & Thames League entered the final lap on Monday with the first of two games against Marlow. The home leg was played on a fine evening, albeit into the sun on the west-facing ends, and although two triples had shaky starts, (one losing a 7 on the third end) , by the end we were comfortable winners on two rinks, and managed a shot on the final end to get a draw on the other. Well done to Top Rink Hubert Cox, Denise Williams & Rob Kirby (28-2) and an overall win by 63 - 35 and a 9pts - 1 points score. Things are looking good for a quarter-final place, but two games to go to ensure we end up at the top of our division.

NEWS ; Burnham Plate ; The latest table is on the following link, showing we are in second place and can realistically only be caught if Loudwater beat Amersham by 19 shots in the last game of the division. If we were to finish second, we play Bletchley St Martins away on Aug 4th. Fingers Crossed !

http://www.CSGbOWLINGCLUB.co.uk/Burnham Plate15.7.19.pdf

RESULT ; On Saturday we took a rest from the competition leagues and played a friendly game of 5 triples, away at Stoke Poges. Unfortunately our opponents were on good form and gave us a hard time, winning well on three rinks to ensure an SP win by 94-63 . However we managed a win with Top Chalfont Rink Margaret Timberlake, Hubert Cox and Liz Baldwin (20-10) and after a tight match that see-sawed all afternoon the Captains rink managed a draw 17-17.

RESULT ; The final game in our Ladies' Burnham Plate campaign was played on Thursday evening at Denham, where our team of Rose Kirby, Maggie Pipe, Chris Moir and Candi Ivey managed a good win by 26-17, despite a mid-game wobble, to give us 2 more points and a total of 8. The following link shows the division table before this game, and with GX playing Iver Heath of Friday (today) there is a good chance of us finishing second. Fingers Crossed and watch this space.

http://www.CSGbOWLINGCLUB.co.uk/burnham plate July 12.pdf

UPDATE ; Three Counties League ; The current issue of the League standings can be found on the following link ;

http://www.CSGbOWLINGCLUB.co.uk/3C 3.pdf

NOTICE ; Hazel Baker will play her Bucks/Oxon Final game in the National Ladies Champion of Champions competition, on the neutral green at Chesham, on Thursday 25th July at 6.00pm, when any supporters will be welcome. (No mass-transport needed this time!)

Chiltern & Thames League ; On Tuesday we played the away game against Glory Mill, who fielded a full team against us, and gave us a very close contest. Their green is a challenging mix of slopes and bare patches, not surprising given their imminent likelihood of closure, but an interesting experience none the less.

The first match to finish managed to lose a three on the last end, but still scrape a single shot victory. Then the second triple managed to win their last end, to reduce a loss to eight shots. (7 down at this stage) .

Mike and Flora Alderton, with Denise Rogers were the last to finish. Their game had been close throughout, but a four on end 17 saw them pull ahead to a 7 shot lead with one end to go. (Overall all square!) We drew an early shot wood, which managed to survive the rest of the deliveries to give Mike and his team the single-shot win, Top Rink, and Chalfont a win by 44-43. This gave us 8 points to 2, putting us top of our division with three games to play.

As the league reaches the last few matches, the organisers have issued their latest 'current results' and League Table (not including tonight's) which can be found in the following links ;

Results http://www.CSGbOWLINGCLUB.co.uk/CandT8Jul.pdf

Table http://www.CSGbOWLINGCLUB.co.uk/CandTresultsstatus8July.pdf

RESULT ; The Ladies played their counterparts from Amersham on Monday afternoon, and whilst it was a 'friendly' match, the score-line of 81-32 indicates a solid win. Nevertheless everyone enjoyed a pleasant afternoon, and sociable tea and cake afterwards, not least the Chalfont Top Rink of Rose Kirby, Maggy Pipe & Chris Moir!

WELL DONE HAZEL ; Hazel Baker played her 'Champion of Champions' county semi-final today (Friday) at Banbury Central Bowls Club, against their champion lady, Caroline Campion.. A group from the club went along to watch the game, and Hazel wishes to thank them all for their effort and support. It all looked to have been a disappointing journey, when the home player went into a 10-2 lead, and after 14 ends she had moved to 15- 5. However the tide turned a little and end-by-end Hazel clawed back to 17 -17, then 18-18. Caroline went to 19-18, but then Hazel found herself holding 2, with a final wood capable of winning the match, and got it into the count for a notable victory and a place in the county Final. Her final opponent will be the representative from Hazells, and possibly the game will be at home, or at worst on a neutral ground. Further details will be published when known.

RESULT ; In the evening on Thursday, our ladies played the home tie in the Burnham Plate, against Iver Heath. After a slow start, our team of Lyn Carroll, Maureen Harding, Denise Williams and Candi Ivey caught up with our visitors by half way, and edged into a lead which they held to complete an overall score of 17-15 and a good win against one of the main contenders for the division title. Well done , Ladies.

RESULT ; On Thursday afternoon, in glorious sunshine, we played our return (away) leg of the Chiltern & Thames games against High Wycombe. Having won 10-0 at home, the 'bar of expectation' was set high, but the three triples did not disappoint, winning all three again, by a shot margin of 57-46 and 10-0 points overall. The Captains rink won by a shot on the last end, but Top Rink went to Rose Kirby, Liz Baldwin & Tim Baldwin (17-11).

IMPORTANT NOTICE ; A revised date for your diaries ; The End-of Season Presentation Dinner date has had to be amended from that shown in your fixture cards to Friday 22nd November . The venue will be as last year at Oakland Park golf club, and further details will issued in due course. Apologies for any inconvenience.

RESULT ; On Tuesday evening we played a further game in the Chiltern & Thames league, at home against Glory Mill . This league is for three mixed triples, and unfortunately our opponents were unable to field three ladies, (one per triple) so had to waive the 2 points for this all-male triple, and also the 4 points for overall result. In this situation , the only points being played for were those for the two remaining valid matches, where the results were one win, and one loss. Therefore we were deemed to have won 8 points to 2, and our Top (and only winning) Rink was Maureen Harding with George and Candi Ivey. An unsatisfying win, and we hope that Glory Mill will be able to field a full side in the away match next week for a more representative contest.

RESULT ; On Monday we played a friendly at home against Loudwater, and enjoyed a healthy win by 96 - 46. We had two rinks vying for top spot, so lets name both of them. Well done to Liz Baldwin, Allan Rumble & Denise Rogers, and equally to Sue Patey, Hubert Cox and John Pink.

NOTE ; Next Weekend July 6-7, is Triples Weekend. Please ensure that you know your drawn partners to agree your team positions, and all first round (quarter-finals) matches in both Men's & Ladies competitions will start at 14.00 on the Saturday, with the Semi-finals being from 14.00 on the Sunday . Dress is GREYS, and rinks will be drawn on the day.

RESULT ; On Saturday, we played Windsor & Eton in a friendly, being our turn to host this annual alternating event . As ever, the match proved to be well fought in a good atmosphere, despite it being the hottest day of the year so far. We won 3 of the six triples, (losing the other three), but crawled over the line with a 2-shot win, and Top-Rink honours going to Flora Alderton with Liz & Tim Baldwin ((27-14)

NOTICE: We have had to cancel the Rickmansworth BL game on Sunday due to lack of support.

RESULT: On Tuesday afternoon we played a Home 3 Counties match against Amersham and won by 4 rinks to 1 scoring 107 shots to 82. this giving us 10 points to 2. Our top rink was Denise Rogers, Martin Cripps, Nick Nicholls and Mike Alderton by 28 to 13.

NOTICE : A message from Maureen Burbridge. Once again we have had to cancel a proposed fixture - Cippenham away on 27th June - due to insufficient players. I feel this is due to members concentrating more on their own competitions rather than supporting club fixtures. Please can I ask that members make a point of supporting our club fixtures as there is still plenty of time before competition deadlines. This will save us the embarrassment of having to cancel future matches.

RESULT: Monday 24th June we played the first of the 2 Gerrards Cross matches for the Broome Wade trophy and although we put up a good fight we lost by 89 to 92 shots. Our top triple was Flora Alderton, Hubert Cox and Nick Nicholls by 22-16. Hopefully we will beat them on the return game in August.

RESULT: Today Sunday 23rd June we played a 3 counties game at Bassetsbury Manor and although we could only put in 4 rinks we won on 3 and drew on the 4th. The score being 93 to 56 giving us 9 points to their 3. Our top rink was Maggie Pipe, Anne Darbourne , Bob Baker and Mike Alderton by 28 to 8.

RESULT: We played Denham on Sat 22 June in a friendly match at home and won by 3 rinks to 2 and by 91 to 82 shots. It was a very nice warm afternoon for a change and our top triple was Maggie Pipe. Colin Richards and John Anderson by 27 to 5.

RESULT ; The Ladies played their latest Burnham Plate game on Thursday evening, against the ladies from Loudwater. Last year we were in different divisions, and met in the quarter-finals where we narrowly lost to them, and unfortunately the result this year was the same. Despite a last-minute push, our team of Maggie Pipe, Margaret Timberlake, Denise Williams and Candi Ivey went down 18-21. Hard Luck ladies, and better luck against Iver Heath in two weeks time.

RESULT ; On Wednesday we played our first Three Counties game away against Amersham, and despite the persistent rain, and losing on two of the five rinks, we managed to win the other three, and the match overall. The score was 107 to 91 giving us 8 points to 2 and our top rink was Rose Kirby, Sue Patey, Allan Rumble and Hazel Baker by 29 - 11.

NOTICE: We need more players for our 3 Counties matches against both Amersham on Tuesday the 25th June and Bassetsbury on Sunday the 23rd June. Please contact John if you can help or we will be giving points away in this league.

RESULT: Also on Mon 17th June we played a C&T match at home against High Wycombe and won on all 3 triples, and by 55 shots to 41, winning all 10 points. Our top triple was Rose Kirby, Liz Baldwin and Nick Nicholls (19 - 12).

RESULT: Hazel Baker played her next 'Ladies Champion of Champions' match on Mon 17th June, away against her Bassetsbury opponent (Jane Mayall) and came back a good winner. She is now through to the area semi-final stage against either an opponent from Oxford or Banbury. Really well done.

RESULT ; On Saturday, we returned to the fray in the Three Counties League, and following defeats to Wexham and High Wycombe, we needed a good win against our visitors, Chess Vale. The rain affected our early ends, but cleared away to a pleasant sunny conclusion , and the desired win, by 129 - 73, four rinks to one, & 10 points to 2. Top Rink was Mike Alderton, with Chris Moir, Hubert Cox and Nick Nicholls (31-11).

It won't be so straight-forward in the return match on their artificial surface !

The latest status issued by the Three Counties League (to June 11th) can be found on the following links ; Results ; http://www.CSGbOWLINGCLUB.co.uk/3C 2.pdf

Standings ; http://www.CSGbOWLINGCLUB.co.uk/3C 2019 print 2.pdf

RESULT: Thursday 13th June was also a busy night as Mike Alderton played his Men's Champions match against opposition from Iver Heath and unfortunately lost.

RESULT ; On Thursday the Ladies played in the Burnham Plate, this time against Gerrards Cross, and on a cold, dismal, but dry evening, had a good win by 26 - 13. The Team was Rose Kirby, Hazel Baker, Anne Darbourne and Candi Ivey

RESULT: Also on Wed 12th June the men played in their final Bucks Cup match and managed to win both triples at Home but lost both away. The score was 54 to 72 and we won 4 points to 8. Top triple was Rob Kirby, John Anderson and Mike Alderton.

RESULT ; Meanwhile, Hazel Baker managed to complete her Champion of Champions game against Denise Newton of Richings Park, with a 21-16 win to take her into the Area Quarter finals, where she will meet either the representative from Wycombe or Bassetsbury, who are still to play.

RESULT: On Wed 12th June the Ladies played at Amersham in the pouring rain and had to stop after 10 ends but they were winning 31 to 23 so called it a win. The winning triple was Margaret Timberlake, Jane Slay ( Amersham loan) and Lyn Carroll by 16 to 2.

The Club's Mixed Gala was held on Tuesday June 11th. After a day of crossed fingers with the rain on Monday, Tuesday proved grey and overcast, but DRY, and so the event went off as planned. With the help of the kitchen crew headed by Maureen Harding, Liz Baldwin and Lyn Carroll, the welcoming bacon baps by Mike & Flora Alderton, the Bar manned by Rob Kirby & Dave Harding and Shirley Taylor on the raffle, all made the effort by the greens group and the morning helpers setting up the day, worthwhile.

The Spider raised £50+ for the Air Ambulance, and was won by Dave Bailey of Chesham, and the Raffle raised funds for the club. 14 teams , including new visitors from the Met Police (Watford), and from Scots Bowls Club (Luton) played four sessions, and by the last session, it was between three or four teams with a chance to win. Buckingham West End made a gallant final effort to catch and see off front runners Long Crendon, but it was not enough to beat the consistently high scoring of the Scots Bowls team, who finished two points ahead of them. Well done to all the helpers and players to make this such a successful annual event.

NOTICE ; Schools visits. Please open the following link to view information on a new initiative to raise our profile and potentially encourage new membership in due course.

http://www.CSGbOWLINGCLUB.co.uk/Schools visits.pdf

100 Club ; The June Draw has been made and the lucky winners are ;-

Bill Paterson (£25), Bobbie Richards (£15) and Maureen Burbridge (£10)

The Chiltern & Thames league match away against Chesham on Monday evening was CALLED OFF due to the rain . Re-arrangements to be advised in due course.

RESULT ; At the end of a week with a match every day, we played our three Counties game away to High Wycombe. This is always a tricky venue and this year proved no exception. The rain had cleared but the wind proved a factor as we enjoyed a fine afternoons bowling. With a few ends to go, we were in with a chance on three rinks out of five, but in the end we only recorded one win, so well done to Top Rink Rose Kirby, Linda James, Nick Nicholls & Mike Alderton (17-13). Hard Luck to the teams skipped by Tim Baldwin & Rob Kirby who came close, but the final overall score of 65 - 98 gave Wycombe a 10-2 points victory. …. At least we won the Raffle (about 5-3) !

RESULT ; The Ladies played their Top Club match away against Iver Heath on Friday Evening, fortunately avoiding the rain that had threatened all afternoon, but unfortunately meeting a team on form. Hazel Baker matched her opponent in the Singles most of the way before going down 16-21, whist the Pairs were 'nip and tuck' all the way, ending in a 18-18 draw. (well done Rose Kirby and Denise Williams).

The Triples battled to the end, to a creditable 16-20 score-line, but the Four were unable to keep up with their opponents, which ended 7-28 after 20 ends when the match had been lost. (half a point to three and a half). Hard luck, but well played !.

NOTE; The Ladies team on June 12th v Amersham has now been posted , and thanks to Amersham for a loan of our missing 9th player.

RESULT ; On Thursday Evening, our ladies played their second game in the Burnham Plate, away against Stoke Poges. Flora Alderton, Maureen Harding, Lyn Carroll and Liz Baldwin achieved a comfortable win by 30-10, in a game played in good spirit by all the players.

RESULT ; We play Cippenham four times in friendlies each season (two at weekends, and two mid-week), and on Thursday afternoon we played the first mid-week game at home. The sun shone and the green played well, and so did our players, winning three close triples out of four, (hard luck Rob Kirby's team) and by 72-62 overall.

Top Rink was Hubert Cox, Colin Richards & John Anderson, and well done to everyone for an enjoyable afternoon.

RESULT ; On Wednesday, we played Chesham again, this time in the men's Bucks Cup. Unfortunately we met our match at this higher level, losing all four triples (two each H&A) and all points. The overall score of 34-67, tells the story, but hard luck to Graham Buchanan, Roger Darbourne and Tim Baldwin, playing away, who kept within a single shot to the final end, only losing a 4 at the death. The games at Chesham were suspended briefly due to heavy rain, though the home games got away with it.

NOTICE ; a number of members have already been to Spain and Portugal with Allan Rumble's "Chiltern Tourers", and next years trip in April 2020 is being organised. If you want further details, or to join this group next year, please see the details in the link below, and contact Allan as soon as possible.

http://www.CSGbOWLINGCLUB.co.uk/Chiltern Tourers 2020.pdf

RESULT : On Tuesday we entertained Tring to a friendly game at home, though the weather was less than friendly, with a damp start and delayed resumption after tea. However the rain cleared and the game was still completed to a competitive finish, with two wins apiece, and one drawn triple, giving a close result of 81-75 in our favour. The win was due in no small part to our winning rink, Bobbie Richards, Nick Nicholls and Chris Moir, with an emphatic 26-6.

RESULT ; What a difference a day makes! On Monday evening we played our first match in the Chiltern & Thames League, at home against Chesham, and we managed to dispel the gloom from Sunday with a good win on two out of three triples and by 49-45 overall. League points were 8-2, and Top Chalfont Rink* was Denise Williams, John Anderson & Mike Alderton. (* Apologies for Top Rink mis-information posted here last night!) We can now look forward to the away leg, next week.

RESULT ; On Sunday, (2nd June) we played Wexham away, in the first leg of the Three Counties League. It is not often that we are involved in a 12-0 whitewash, but unfortunately we were on the receiving end of one on this occasion. Wexham were very consistent, on their apparently inconsistent green !. They coped better with the variations in pace and line, though we had one rink that was only beaten by a single shot, so due respect to Graham Buchanan, Mike Moir, Anne Darbourne & Rob Kirby who lost a high-scoring exchange 24-25. Otherwise the overall score of 73-134., is best forgotten..... so we move on to the next encounter.!

RESULT ; The Annual Ladies v Gents was played on Saturday June 1st, slightly reduced in numbers due to the heavy programme next week. Despite a few loans to the ladies (thanks to John/Joanna, Nick / Nicola and Brian / Bryony) the Gents managed two wins to one, and 62-39 overall. A bit of research is needed to see whether this is a break from recent trends, which memory says favours the Ladies !

REMINDER ; The Recruitment Fun day & Friends & Family invitation is not far away, to be held on Sunday June 9th. All members are urged to support the club on this day, Bring your friends or come and play some demonstrations etc with our visitors.

RESULT ; Our Ladies played the first game in the Burnham Plate on Thursday Evening, and what a swinging game. After 13 ends we were winning by 14 - 5, but then an Amersham resurgence took the next 6 ends, and our 3 shot win on the final end was not quite enough , as we lost by a single shot, 17-18. Hard Luck ladies !

RESULT: We played at Princes Risborough on Thursday and had mixed fortunes. We won on 2 triples out of 4 but lost by 62 to 72 shots overall. Out top rink was Rose Kirby, Graham Buchanan and John Anderson by 20 to 15.

Friday June 7th ; There will be a roll-up, but apologies, there will be NO FOOD , as the Ladies are away at Iver Heath, playing the first round of the Top Club competition. * (apologies for the earlier typo showing June 33rd !)

The 10-lady Top Club team selection is on the page for Ladies Matches, and any further members travelling to Iver Heath to support the ladies, will be appreciated.

The Spring Plate ; On Bank Holiday Monday, the club played the annual drawn Triples competition for the Spring Plate, though on closer inspection of the trophy, we realise it should be the Spring Shield !!

Played on a fine afternoon with plenty of sunshine , the teams played three sessions of 8 ends to establish two teams with three wins, to play a Final of 6 ends, watched by the rest of the participants.

Although Lyn Carroll with Chris Moir and Sue Patey put up a good fight, the winners by 7-5 were Club Captain John Anderson, with Bobbie Richards and Denise Williams.

Finally, Thanks to Graham Buchanan for the arrangements, and Maureen Burbridge for organising the Tea !

NOTICE: A request to all players to please put their names down for matches and also we need more Players for the Ladies & Gents match on the 1st June.

RESULT: Our 3 Counties match on Sat 25th May was Away to Harefield Hospital and we won on 2 rinks, lost on 2 rinks and drew on the other one giving us an overall score of 100 to 95 and 7 points to 5. The winning rinks were very close winning by 8 shots each and 12 ends each and had to be decided by the last 10 ends played. The winners were Chris and Mike Moir and Candi and George Ivey with Rose Kirby, Bob Baker, Barry Mills and Mike Alderton being runners up. A good effort from everyone to give us a win at Harefield.

The status of the 3C League, up to but not including the Harefield game, is on the following link. http://www.CSGbOWLINGCLUB.co.uk/3C 2019 print 1.pdf

NOTICE: Can everyone check their emails for the amendments to the fixtures lists as some matches have changed locations,

NOTICE: The 100 club draw this month was won by John Pink, Colin Richards and Shirley Taylor.

RESULT: We played another friendly on Sunday against Windsor Great Park and unfortunately lost by 97 to 109 shots overall. It was a very nice afternoon and everyone was friendly. We won 2 triples, drew 2 triples and lost 2 triples and we had a highest winning rink of Chris Moir. Roger Darbourne and Dave Harding who won 19 to 12.

RESULT: We played a friendly match Away to Cippenham on Saturday 18th May and we came out the winners by 5 triples to 1 winning by 129 to 65. Our Top rink was Chris Moir, Lyn Carroll and Mike Alderton by 22 to 4. Well done to all who played.

CANCELLATION: The match against Desborough has been called off as they cannot get a team to play us.

RESULT: On Thursday we played a friendly away against Herts and won 4 out of 5 triples by 103 to 64 shots. Our highest winning rink was Denise Rogers, Bryan Hedley and Hazel Baker winning 27 to 9.

RESULT: Wednesday was not a good day for us in the Bucks Cup against Chess Vale. we won one rink at home and lost the other three rinks with a points score of 2 for us and 10 for ChessVale. Our winning rink was Graham Buchanan, Nick Nicholls and Tony Batkins by 21 - 12.

NOTICE: Hazel Baker and Mike Alderton played a county game against a pair from Iver Heath and although they were doing well they lost 15 to 18. A good attempt by them and well done for giving it a go.

RESULT: On Tuesday 14th may we hosted a friendly game against Ladygate in lovely sunshine and we again came out the winners even though we had to loan them a player and go down to a pairs on one rink. The score was 95 to 64 with us winning 4 out of the 5 games. Our highest rink was George Ivey, Lyn Carroll and Dave Harding by 27 to 4.

RESULT: We had a busy weekend and had mixed fortunes in the games. Our 3 Counties game Away to Flackwell Heath was a success winning 3 rinks to 2 giving us 8 points to 4, and 101 to 93 overall. Our highest winning rink was Chris Moir,Linda James, Bob Baker and Nick Nicholls by 32 to 7 shots. The Home game on Sunday against Long Crendon was not so good and we lost on all triples except for a drawn one consisting of Rose Kirby, Mike Wise and George Ivey who scored 12 all. Well done to everyone who played.

CONGRATULATIONS ; The winner of the Rosella is entered into the following years' Ladies 'Champion of Champions' competition , and Hazel Baker has opened her account this year, with a win over her opposite number from Iver Heath, winning 21-16 to progress to the next round. Well Done !

FIXTURE AMENDMENTS; Members will have noticed a couple of changes to details in recent fixtures, which has caused a review of the card, and a glitch has been discovered whereby some Home/Away details are incorrect. The following links will show the corrected details for May & June, and the rest of the calendar will be revised shortly.

http://www.CSGbOWLINGCLUB.co.uk/FixturesMayJune.pdf

RESULT ; Following last years success in the Bucks Plate, we had won our division and gained promotion to the Bucks Cup. The competition is fiercer in this higher echelon, and we approached our first match against Marlow on Wednesday evening with some concerns, not helped by the light rain which got worse as the evening went on. With two triples at home, and two away, we managed to exceed our expectations with one win out of 2 at both ends of the fixture, but lost on overall score, by 67 - 75. Well done to the winning teams of Henry Bell, George Ivey and Tim Baldwin (22-16 at Home) and Graham Buchanan, Nick Nicholls and Tony Batkins (22-18 Away) who secured 4 points to Marlow's 10.

...but earlier it had rained! CANCELLATION ; Unfortunately the overnight rain, and continuing heavy rain and hail showers were enough to cancel the friendly game planned for Wednesday against Kings Langley.

APOLOGIES ; On Tuesday, the friendly game against Rosedale was subject to the error all captains fear, with each club thinking the match was at their home. ! Lessons will be learnt, and our players enjoyed a good practise session, once it was realised that our opponents weren't coming. The fixture card appears to have suffered some gremlins, and will be double re-checked and any amendments notified in due course.

RESULT ; On Saturday 4th May we played a friendly against Hazells at home but suffered a defeat by 80 to 128 winning only one triple. This was therefore our Top Rink, with Maggie Pipe, Bob Baker and John Pink who won 20 to 18. The weather was very variable with us having to stop because of the heavy hailstones, whilst generally it was raining and cold, but then the sun came out. !

WELL DONE to the Greens Team, for getting the green to a good state and full 'starring' by the County starring team, following their visit last week. The following link gives the full results for the clubs in our division.

http://www.CSGbOWLINGCLUB.co.uk/Starring report.pdf

Chiltern Tourers ; A number of our members joined Allan Rumble again this year, on his trip to Spain to play a few local clubs there. A report on the trip and a few group photos, can be found on this site under "Winter Bowling & Chiltern Tourers". If any of these travellers have further photos to illustrate this trip, please pass them to Tim Baldwin, otherwise …."what else happened in Spain will stay in Spain "

Competitions ; The 2019 Draws have taken place and are posted in the clubhouse, and can be found on the appropriate page of this website ; All players are urged to get their early games organised, especially using the free week in the May Calendar to get the competitions underway.

RESULT ; On Wednesday 1st May , we played a friendly at home against Glory Mill, and after a mix-up on the number of triples due to be played had been sorted out, three Triples enjoyed a good afternoon's bowling. We managed two wins out of three, with Top Rink going to Candi Ivey, with Rob Kirby and Lyn Carroll (30-10), giving us an overall win by 64 -43. We always enjoy playing this small club, and news that they are under notice of possible closure in the next couple of years is unfortunate. However we look forward to further encounters this year, in the C&T league and another weekend friendly.

RESULT ; On Tuesday , our first midweek friendly was against Court Park, on a fine warm afternoon, giving everyone a fine chance to consolidate their start to the season. At half-way the score was close, but leaning towards our visitors, but after tea we edged ahead to an overall win by 81-76. Top Rink was Rob Kirby, with Staff Burbridge and Chris Moir (25-11), but also notable was the recovery from 2-10 to 15-15 by Graham Buchanan, Mick Lane and Mike Wise. We look forward to our return game , when Court Park, currently having to all their matches play away till June, will have their new Clubhouse open.

NOTICE ; Apologies to the Ladies hoping to play, but Denham have called off the friendly game on May 2nd, through lack of players.

100 Club ; The winners in the April Draw were

£25 Roy Pound , £15 Oakley Dyer, £10 Ivy Eyres

RESULT ; The second match of the weekend was more enjoyable on a brighter Sunday afternoon, but unfortunately, less successful. We played at home in a friendly against Stoke Poges, and started encouragingly, being 11-6 up overall after 3 ends. The run-in to the tea break saw a resurgence by our opponents, who led 34-29 at the break. The second half was close on all rinks, though Stoke Poges ran away at the end, winning by 69 - 48. Our closest result was by Tony Batkins, with Chris Moir and Colin Richards (14-15) , who were deemed to be our Top Rink, despite losing a 7 at half way.

RESULT ; The first match of the season was a friendly at home against Rickmansworth British Legion, and was a win by 74 - 58, helped by our Top Rink of Chris Moir, Hubert Cox and Captain-of-the-Day George Ivey who won 35-8 against an opposing Captain who was supporting two new bowlers. Well done to both teams for playing on a cold day with windy conditions. Lets hope the weather improves in the coming weeks.

NOTE ; The team selections for the matches in early May can be found on the three tabs above, for mid-week, week-end or Ladies matches.

The first Friday roll up WITH BAKED POTATOES was on Friday 26th, and a hardy 12 players risked the wet forecast and got away with it. Hopefully when the group currently touring with Allan Rumble in Spain bring back some sunshine, numbers will improve.

NB ; following reaction to suggestions at the pre-season meeting to amend the approach to the Fearnley Cup, it has been decided to retain the format of recent years, so everything on the Friday roll-up will remain unchanged.

NOTICE ; The teams for the first weekend matches are posted on the appropriate page of this website ; Note that the Sunday match has ben reduced to 4 triples by our visitors (Stoke Poges) but those players affected by this reduction have been notified, and the teams adjusted accordingly

The Greens are Open !!

As announced at the pre-season meeting, the greens are available for practise and self-organised roll-ups over the Easter Weekend, from Thursday afternoon.

The weather is improving, and all members are encouraged to get back into shape in the run-in to the first Friday night roll-up on the 26th, and the first matches over the 27th-28th. The Teams for these early matches HAVE BEEN POSTED, so watch out and tick your names as usual.

and so ...............Good luck for the new season!

Obituary ; We are very sad to report the death of our member Robin Newman, who died on Tuesday after suffering for some months with Motor Neurone Disease.

His funeral will be held on Friday 12th April 10.30 am at St Michael's Church Grenfell Road, Beaconsfield HP9 2BP. After the service his burial will be a family only affair - but , after that, anyone who would like to join the family for a drink / refreshments at The Chequers Inn, Wooburn Green will be very welcome. No flowers please but any donations to the Motor Neurone Disease charity will be much appreciated.

Pre-season Meeting ; The EGM on Sunday March 24th, with the informal pre-season meeting that followed, was well attended, with everyone looking forward to the new season. The proposal which necessitated the EGM, that members be offered the opportunity to pay £30 'up front' in lieu of match fees, was passed with a strong majority, and most members have already taken advantage of the stream-lining initiative.

The Chairman, Tim Timberlake, updated members on various items of news, including the installation of the new water tank, the ongoing discussions with the PC on Lease, Water Supply and Access issues.

The Clubhouse spring clean will be on April 4th, and members were asked to let Mike Alderton know if they intend to come ….. the more the merrier !

The Greens should be open for Thursday April 18th, allowing members plenty of roll-up practice over the Easter break. The First formal Friday roll-up (with food) will be on April 26th, ahead of the first match on the 27th (v Rickmansworth British Legion). Team selection sheets have been posted, so get those names down for the Captains choice !

It was noted that the Fearnley Cup will still be awarded at the end of the season, but will be based on 'The Most Improved Player', rather than solely on the Friday evening results. This will allow informal coaching on Friday nights where requested. ** see a later amendment to this suggestion, added on 26th April above .

The Competition entries are now open, and the draw will take place as advertised, but will not involve a fully open forum, ( which has not been wholly successful in recent years) but will be posted after a draw by the comp's organisers (Graham Buchanan and Mike Alderton) and assisted by two independent 'scrutineers' , who will be selected from the volunteers who identified themselves at the meeting.