City & Port Bowling Club
David Hinksman - August 2017
For the second season in succession a club visited on the previous season Summer Tour accepted the invitation to play a return game at the City and Port of
This year’s visitors, Bexhill, themselves on a tour, based at Weston-Super-Mare brought six rinks of bowlers to enjoy an afternoon in the sun at Shirehampton and to renew some acquaintances made in East Sussex last summer. It was a very enjoyable afternoon and great to see the whole green in use and full of bowlers.
Two days later, on Monday July 3rd, 43 bowlers and their families set off on the 2017 Summer Tour, based at the Whitehall Hotel in Bournemouth. This was the clubs 12th Summer Tour and a return to Bournemouth for the first time since 2011. Four games were enjoyed in glorious summer weather at Argyll, Broadstone-Wessex, New Milton and Knyveton Gardens. Two of these were won and two were lost, but on tour, results are less important than the pleasure taken from being on the green, with likeminded people and all enjoying the game of bowls. Lis Davies, with help from Bill Hatherall was Tour Leader once again this year following a break through illness in 2016.
The tour was successful and enjoyable, with prizes each day for the best winning rink and a weakest rink medal for the rink losing by the most shots. After the Gala Dinner on the
final evening prizes were presented to the top Man and Top Lady based on shots scored over three games. This year’s winners were Mervyn White and Lin Burand.
Apart from bowling there was plenty of time to explore the area or to make the most of Bournemouth and its splendid beach. For some it was a paddle or even a swim in the sea. The Bournemouth Big Wheel and the Landtrains were an attraction too good to miss for some bowlers and the hotel provided excellent musical entertainment on one evening and a Horse Race night on another - all good fun.
Prior to the tour the men’s League Team had a very successful June winning three successive away games, two at Begbrook and the third at St. Anne’s Park. But further progress in the Gloucester Two Rink ended at Cotswold on June 10th when, despite leading for much of the game and having a winning rink the eventual result was a loss by five shots.
The Ladies progress in the Inter Club, following a great win over Page Park, ended when they met Ardagh on Tuesday June 20th. The away rink drew but the Ardagh came out on top in Shirehampton and won the game overall. Visiting a previously unvisited green always creates a little extra interest and the first ever trip to Banwell on Sunday June 11th was no exception. The green is unique in that it is L Shaped. Until the 1930s it was the site of the village pond and water still flows beneath it, with a pump house in one corner to create the unique shape.
City & Port Bowling Club
David Hinksman - July 2017
There was a notable success for the City and Port Ladies on Saturday May 27th when they beat Page Park in the first round of the Inter Club Competition.
Having lost to Page Park in the Top Club Competition earlier in the month this win was particularly pleasing. The inter club competition is played on one rink home and one rink away simultaneously with the winners being the side with the highest aggregate score over 21 ends. City and Port were victorious on both greens and won overall by 28 shots ---- a very good result. The next round will be against Ardagh on June 20th
The men’s league team has progressed to the second round of the Gloucester Two Rink Competition after round one opponents Dowty Staverton A conceded prior to the game. Round two opponents will be Cotswold --- away, in Stroud, on June 10th.
The club now has thirteen qualified and certificated markers following two markers courses during May. The courses were run at the City and Port of Bristol Green by qualified trainers Don Nunn, Gill Razey and Pat Hayes. Markers are required whenever a singles game is played at the club and now the club has thirteen bowlers qualified to carry out this important duty.
This seasons Open Day, on Saturday June 3rd was re-named Bring a Friend Day, and a few friends of bowlers did come along to try the game of bowls on a glorious sunny afternoon. Amongst them Leon Franklin and Tom Murray who may join later ---- Jan Skelton and Natalie Looker ---- who both did very well and may hopefully be bowlers in the future.
There was plenty of bowling on offer through the afternoon including Australian Pairs ---- lots of walking and a spider when the wood closest to the jack in the middle of the green is all that matters. This year’s winner was ---- Ken Davies.
The afternoon ended with a barbeque --- expertly presented by --- Brian Crawley with a little help from Dee and Flo.
If there is one name in bowling circles synonymous with success in bowling it has to be David Bryant. He has played bowls in many countries and won many things but a lesser known fact about him is that he came to play at the City and Port of Bristol green not long after it opened in 1974. Paul Bywater recalls playing the great man in those early days at the club ---- he offered an apology to Mr.Bryant because the green wasn’t in great shape. The reply ----- it’s the same for both of us!! Paul cannot recall which competition they played or the result but he does remember being impressed by the apology offered by David Bryant --- a great bowler but an even greater gentleman.
If you would like to try bowling please call David Hinksman on 0117 9082713 for more information ---- there are sessions especially for you on Tuesday evenings at 6pm.
City & Port Bowling Club
David Hinksman - June 2017
The 2017 bowling season is now in full swing at the City and Port of Bristol Club. More than a dozen Wednesday and week-end friendly games have already been enjoyed and both Ladies and Gents Bristol and District Leagues are underway. Monday evening Club league started on May 8th and saw wins for last year’s Wooden Spoonists , The Lads as well as the Marvels and Nomads.
Sunday 30th April saw last year’s Ladies Club Champion Dee Crawley take on Ann White of Bristol Arrow in the Champion of Champions Competition. Dee had home green advantage and competed very well in a game that was very close throughout and had a nail-biting finish. The aim of the game was to reach 21 shots before your opponent. With Ann leading 20-19 Dee held two shots in what turned out to be the final end. But with her very last wood of the game Ann took shot to go through by 21 shots to 19. Who says bowling isn’t exciting!!
Trevor Scanlon and David Hinksman played Colin Henry and Alan Ball of Bristol Bowling Club in the City and County Pairs on Tuesday May 2nd --- also at the City and Port Green. The visitors played very well and were quickly into a healthy lead. Although the host pair won a number of ends the shot count was insufficient and the visitors ran out comfortable winners over the 21 ends played.
Saturday May 6th saw ten City and Port of Bristol Ladies at Page Park playing the Top Club Competition. This is a competition in which fours, triples, pairs and singles are played simultaneously. City and Port put in a very good performance against strong opposition but were not able to come away with a victory.
More successful for the Ladies was the first league game of the season, away at Olveston on Wednesday May 3rd. Against formidable opposition they managed a win on one rink of the two played and returned home with a very good two points.
The men’s league campaign did not start well, losing the first game at home to St.Annes Park on Thursday April 27th. But --- seven days later there was a change of fortune when they recorded a resounding win over Greenbank B, at Greenbank. Winning on two of the three rinks and the game overall gave City and Port 8 of the 10 points available for a league game.
Planning well ahead ----- the 2018 Summer Tour will be on the Isle of Wight in July.
Tuesday evenings for new bowlers has been running since April and there has been some interest, with at least one new member looking likely. Saturday June 3rd is open day, commencing at 2.30pm. All existing members are being asked to bring a relative, friend or neighbour to try the game of bowls. Like the Tuesday evening sessions this will be free of charge with all equipment provided.
For more information please call David Hinksman on 0117 9082713.
City & Port Bowling Club
David Hinksman - May 2017
After much preparation requiring many hours of work ----- and the arrival of a clock ---- the green opened for bowling on Monday April 10th. There is much to look forward to this season with over fifty friendly games to be enjoyed, the summer tour, club league, club competitions and involvement in leagues and county competitions for individuals and teams.
The ladies will take part in both the Top Club and Inter Club Competitions once again this season. Dee Crawley is the clubs representative in the ladies Champion of Champions and John Conroy is the men’s representative. Winning the respective ladies and gent’s singles titles at last season’s finals decided who represents the club in this season’s prestigious Champion of Champion competition. This will be a first appearance for both bowlers.
The men’s league team will play Dowty Staverton A at home in the preliminary round of the Gloucestershire Two Rink Competition in May.
David Hinksman and Trevor Scanlon will play Eddie Rockey and Alan Ball of Bristol Bowls Club at home in the preliminary round of the City and County Pairs Competition on May 2nd.
One friendly fixture of particular interest is the one at home to Bexhill on July 1st. Bexhill was one of the venues enjoyed on last Summers Tour based at Eastbourne and Bexhill accepted the invitation of return fixture this season.
Try Bowling sessions will once again run on Tuesday evenings commencing at 6pm this season. If you haven’t bowled before but would like to try ---- then this is for you. Just come along to the green, wearing flat soled shoes and bowl ---- it’s as easy as that. All equipment is supplied and experienced bowlers are there to give help and advice. There is no charge and no commitment. You can have up to three sessions before deciding if bowling is for you. Bowling provides healthy outdoor activity and the chance to meet lots of people. For more information about try bowling or the club in general please call David Hinksman on 0117 9082713.
City & Port Bowling Club
David Hinksman - April 2017
Time is fast approaching for woods to be polished, shoes cleaned and to don the club shirt again ----- the long awaited new bowling season starts at Wrington on Wednesday 12th April.
Give it a try
If you have not tried bowling before but would like to, then Tuesday evenings at the green throughout the season are just made for you. They are completely free of charge, all equipment is supplied and there are experienced bowlers on hand to give you help and advice. You can have up to three sessions without commitment, to see if bowling on a green is your game. It is a healthy outdoor activity, providing exercise, a worthwhile interest, the chance to meet people and make new friends. For further information please call David Hinksman on 0117 9082713.
The club has remained active during the close season, with a monthly Sunday social event, indoor bowls matches against local clubs and a Winter Bowling Break in Torquay at the end of January.
There was an excellent general knowledge quiz, devised and presented by Gordon Dimond on Sunday 12th February. A very wide range of questions were asked to test the twenty or so bowlers, family and friends who formed teams of four to compete for top spot. At the end of what was a very enjoyable evening the aptly named ‘A Team’ comprising Trevor Scanlon, Brian Crawley, Dee Crawley and David Hinksman were declared the winners.
The final indoor bowls match of the winter series was played on Saturday March 4th against Severnvale at the City and County Arena. A very enjoyable afternoons bowling ended with City and Port in front by 52 shots to 36.
Roy Whitfield, a bowler since 1982 and Club President from 2010 until 2012 passed away toward the end of February. Roy was a prominent member of the club, bowling numerous friendly and competitive games over many years. He bowled initially for Graded Grains and then for The Lads for fourteen years in the club league. As well as bowling, Roy took pride in the flowers and plants around the green. He enjoyed bowling indoors as well as on the green but retired completely from bowling three years ago. Roy’s wife Irene was also a keen and well known member of the club for many years and she has continued to bowl indoors since retiring from the green.
The coming season
There is much to look forward to in the coming season including the Summer Tour, this year based at Bournemouth in July. Mixed friendly games will be enjoyed most Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays with Monday evenings dedicated to the Club League and Club Cup. The Ladies League Team will be looking forward to another successful season whilst the men will be looking for promotion to Division Three. There will be ladies only friendly games once again on some Thursdays. In addition, the club competitions will begin in May and end with finals days in September.