Tuesday 13th June saw the next step in the continuing story of the clubs centenary celebrations with a match against Bowls England. Visitors to the club came from far and wide to help the club enjoy the anniversary and were met by President Rosemary, club captains Sheila Garlick and Dave Greenwood along with their respective vice-captains Bev Lilley and Tom Mullins. All the visiting players were presidents or past presidents and officials of their respective counties. We had travellers from Wales, the South East, the West Country, the Midlands and as far north as the Lancashire dales and the Yorkshire borders.
The proceedings started with a buffet, drinks and a lot of conversation followed by a photo call where both teams were pictured separately and then together standing behind the figure 100 formed from several sets of bowls.
The game itself was extremely competitive with a convincing win for Bowls England by 122 shots to 189. After a good meal and a drink or two the presentations proceeded with an opening address from President Rosemary welcoming our guests and relating the history of the Moonrakers legend and the development of Devizes Bowls Club. Presentations were made to winning rinks from both greens, however, there wasn’t one on the bottom green so the honours went to the least losing rink of Keith Scrannage, Kiwi, John Scoffield and Marguerite Alexander. This was rather fitting as Kiwi, though a member of the club, was a guest of honour representing match sponsors Renelec. Congratulations to the winning rink on the top green of Rose Merritt, Dave Russell, Patricia Reeves and Gerald Webb. Gifts were also presented to the Bowls England President and captain of the day Babs Salter.
It was then the turn of Bowls England President Viv Thomlinson to respond, she spoke of the work done on these special occasions in helping clubs with special celebrations to enjoy such occasions and further promote the sport we all love. Presentations and thanks were made to the club, the bar staff and the kitchen staff and servers before a toast was made to the club.
An additional presentation took place where Bowls England paid tribute to the hard work, enthusiasm and sporting achievements of our own Sue Ochyra ending with a Certificate of merit being given to Simon, Sue’s son who gratefully accepted it on behalf of the family.
Rink 1: Michael Alexander, Izzy Scoffield, Chris Merrifield and Sheila Garlick 8-22.
Rink 2: Rose Merritt, Dave Russell, Patricia Reeves and Gerald Webb 24-16.
Rink 3: Harry Garlick, Will Wrobel, Sue Long and Bev Lilley 19-15.
Rink 4: Marie Greenwood, Phil Cave, Rose Keen and Colin Little 14-32.
Rink 1: Ellen Stiles, Ken Oliver, Les Russell and Dave Greenwood 17-27.
Rink 2: Pat Miller, Debbie Greenwood, Tom Mullins and Wendy Gaisford 9-30.
Rink 3: Keith Scrannage, Kiwi, John Scoffield and Marguerite Alexander 12-17.
Rink 4: Joyce Little, Roy Chumbley, Julie Romijn and Trefor Jones 19-30.