Local bowls clubs hold their opening days ahead of another busy summer on the greens

By Zoë Uglow in Bowls

Bude Bowling Club

BUDE Bowling Club held their opening day of the new season last Saturday (April 15) in perfect conditions.

Played in sunshine but with a cool wind, secretary Richard March introduced Kathy Smeeth, a director of the Budehaven Recreation Ground Company, who said the green looked in good condition and thanked the green keeper for all his hard work.

She wished the club well and handed the green over to president Sue Plumstead who thanked Kathy, agreeing that the green was looking in wonderful condition. Sue welcomed everyone and said how good it was to see the new members there.

The first wood of the 2017 season was delivered by Colin Gardiner who is a life member of the club.

The afternoon began with a spider, which was won by Tricia Dixon and was followed by eighteen ends of bowling.

Afterwards, members joined together in the pavilion for a wonderful faith tea.

Sue thanked everyone for providing the tea and those who had worked in the kitchen. She said how well the green had played and thanked green keeper Andrew Wise for the work he had done. She looked forward to meeting everyone on the green throughout the season.

Dunheved Bowling Club

ON EASTER Saturday (April 15), Dunheved Bowling Club’s green for the 2017 season was opened by the mayor of Launceston, Brian Hogan.

On what was a chilly afternoon it was decided not to have a roll up allowing the green a few more days to recover after extensive work carried out during the close season,

Following the opening, around 40 people stayed for a cup of tea and biscuits. President Brian Keighley thanked everyone involved during the close season for all the hard work done and explained the reason why the need to run only two teams this year.

He then passed over to the senior vice-president of Bowls Cornwall, Peter Prynne.

Mr Prynne presented a badge to B Davey who reached the over 80s club and wished him many more happy years of bowling.

The Friday night winner was Ron Gribble and runner-up G Ruby while the Tuesday afternoon winner was B Chanter and runner-up J Prynne.

Peter wished everyone a good season and would continue to be available to play in most of the league games. He reminded everyone of the coffee morning the following Saturday and that subs were due.

A very happy treasurer was happy to assist.

Stratton Bowling Club

STRATTON?Bowling Club opened their 2017 season on Saturday, April 8 in glorious sunshine.

Before a ball was bowled, the club paid their respects to three club members who had passed away in the last year, Bob Carroll, Jim Whittaker and Kathy Trenchard.

Community and events fundraiser for North Devon Hospice, Claire Sherwood, bowled the first wood of the new season.

The North Devon Hospice’s Long House Outreach centre in Holsworthy is the club’s nominated charity for the forthcoming season.

Throughout the afternoon there were a few competitions with the winners being Elizabeth Hooker (Spider) and David Hooker via countback in the Afternoon Drive.

The winter short mat bowls winners were presented with their trophies by club president Ann Maynard. They were: Ann Morris, Mary Jolliffe and Ron Jolliffe (Afternoon Triples), Ann and Gerald Maynard (Evening Pairs) and Gerald Maynard (Singles).

However, the best news was that over £100 was raised for the Long House on the first day.

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