Latest Club News
As many members will be aware the temporary fencing between 'D & C' greens blew over on Sunday morning and I had to rebuild it before the Carols yesterday afternoon. I identified that the base blocks would not support the fence panels unless they were at at a right angle to the fence which made the access path very narrow and caused trip hazards particularly a problem after dark. The reason for the fences is that the contractors have still to rebuild the banks around the greens.
I have met with WDC this afternoon and have established that these works should be complete in the very near future after which a different form of fencing to protect the greens will be constructed on the new banks which will remove the hazards in the walk way.
As a short term solution the gate for access to the clubhouse from Tuesday 10th will be the gate between 'C & B' greens.
I will advise you all again when we will be able to revert to our normal route.
It was lovely seeing so many people at the Carols event yesterday afternoon. Thank you again to those who contributed in any way to the raffle prizes and mince pies.
I thought you would like to know that we raised £200 which will be split between Myton Hospice and the Air Ambulance.
A big thank you goes to Janice and Ray for organising the delicious mulled wine and to Ray for working in the bar.
David and I wish you a really happy and peaceful Christmas and look forward to some more fun events and some good bowling in 2020.
Short Mat Bowling
We are again holding Short Mat bowling sessions in the clubhouse over the winter months.
These are open to all members and also to non-members who would like to give the sport a try.
Sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings at 7pm and Thursday afternoons from at 1:30pm - if for any reason a session cannot take place this will be posted on this website.
If you are not a member just turn up at a session (with a pair of flat shoes/trainers) and introduce yourself to our members and you will be made most welcome.
Alternatively just give us (Jane or David) a call on 07787228545 or 01926 744916.
2019 Club Competition Finals
The finals of all this season's club competitions were played over the weekend of 7th/8th September and the assembled spectators were treated to some excellent bowls to watch in glorious weather.
Twenty-seven members were involved in one or more of the 14 finals, which is a credit to the club.
Very well done to you all and congratulations to everyone who went home with a trophy.
Particular congratulations to Anita Cowdrill and Graham White, our new ladies and men's 4-Wood Singles Champions, the first time that either has won the title.
Photographs of all the competition winners being presented with their trophies can be viewed under the"Gallery" tab on the HOME page.
Improvement works to Victoria Park Bowling Greens
Warwick District Council continue to invest in the bowling greens at Victoria Park, with a programme of works that started in September 2019 and will be completed in June 2021. IdVerde, the company who maintain the greens, have been awarded the contract to carry out the works.
The works will be in 2 parts
2019 – Greens C & D
2020 – Greens A & B
The works will involve the removal of the turf from the greens, removal of excessive thatch and organic material, and the levelling of the playing surface. A new green will then be created by reseeding the greens. At the same time, works will be carried out to the banks and ditches.
Starting in September each year allows the crucial reseeding to happen as early as possible, maximising the growing season for the new greens. This programme should mean that greens are back in use by June the following year.
The greens that are not being upgraded will remain in use for the normal playing season, along with the pavilion and changing rooms etc.
Parking on Archery Road and the Old Tennis Courts will not be affected by the works.
Courier League - RLS 3
Following on from the success of RLS 2 in becoming Champions of Courier League Division 3 the club are very pleased to report that RLS 3 have today been confirmed as Runners Up in the same division.
The club would like to congratulate the team members on their success - Chris Tarrant (captain), Ian Plant, David Turner, Roger Mann, Roger Hampson, Tony Allibone, Mervyn Kimberley, Ron Deavall, Michael Edwards, Roy Sager, John Murray and also those who stood in as replacements during the season - Phil Lennon, Mervyn Taylor, Dave Handy, Keith Young and David Wigman.
Dawn Horne, Jenny Wickens and Janice White - 2019 Ladies County Triples Champions
Congratulations to Dawn, Jenny and Janice who beat Zoe Barnard-Rowland, Wendy Maries and Yvonne Pick from Avenue 19-10 in the final of this years Warwickshire Women's BA Triples competition at a very wet Southam BC on 27th July. Unfortunately, their bid to be the first Warwickshire triple since 1983 to complete a "double", and also win the 2-wood format Benevolent Triples competition failed at the last hurdle when they lost 18-9 in the final to Margaret Grosvenor (Lillington), Joy Cooke (Blossomfield) and Sue Hornsby (Lillington). Many thanks to all those club members who travelled to Southam to support the ladies in all that rain! A photograph of Janice, Jenny and Dawn with their Triples trophy and Benevolent Triples runners-up plate can be viewed under the"Gallery" tab on the HOME page.
Courier League - RLS 2
Following a 4-4 draw against Warwick Boat Club we are pleased to be able to confirm that RLS 2 cannot be caught by any other team in the Courier League Division 3 and as a result have won the divisional championship and are promoted to Division 2 for next years competition.
The club would like to congratulate the team members on their success - David Wigman (captain), Barry Dale, Alan Taylor, Mervyn Taylor, Derek Bolam, Les Caborne, Philip Lennon, Malcolm Otton, Bill Griffin, Dave Handy, Vic Paget, David Whyatt and also those who stood in for one match as replacements during the season - Jean Leyland, Jane Whyatt, Ian Plant and Dave Turner.
RLSBC Win Ivens Cup at 2019 Men's County Finals
Not to be outdone by the ladies, there has also been success for the club at the men’s County finals, played at Avenue BC on 28th July. In the Ivens Cup, the rink of Dick Allibon, Jim Tighe, Graham White and Dick Williams, having qualified for the finals as winners of the South Warwickshire section, faced the Birmingham area winners, Sherwood Park, in the semi-final. Despite being well ahead at one point, an eventually narrow 21-19 win was sufficient to put the four through to the final, to play a team from Coventry Avenue, which had beaten Rugby area winners Thornfield, in their semi-final. In a tense game, a series of singles ensured that we were always just ahead on the scoreboard but a dropped “4” and two dropped “3s” allowed Avenue to keep in touch and with 4 ends to play the lead was just one shot (15-14). However, a strong finish ensured we lifted the trophy for the first time since 1972, with a 23-14 final scoreline, and having only lost 5 ends throughout the whole match. Many congratulations to the team and once again, many thanks to all those club members who came to support the team on the day. A photograph of Dick, Jim, Graham and Dick with the cup can be viewed under the"Gallery" tab on the HOME page.
New members of any age, sex or ability are always welcome to join the club - why not come along to meet us soon!