Markers Course

The club is looking at the probability of holding a markers course during the 2019 season here at Devizes. With that in mind enquiries have been made regarding the minimum number required for a course to be viable and we are informed that the magic number is 30 for viability and max 32 for practicality.

The committee recognises that reaching that number is something of a tall order but Bowls Wiltshire indicate that they will advertise the event across Wiltshire with a view to topping up the numbers from other clubs. It would be great if we could reach 10 or more volunteers.

To those of you who were listed on the website as qualified please be aware that the three-year certification came to an end on the 31st December 2018 so you are no longer qualified.

The course is a one-day event and costs approx. £10 per person. The bowls committee would consider canvasing the management committee with a view to seeking full refunds for all who volunteer to take this qualification.

If you wish to enrol or have any questions please refer them to our development officer Mike Mitcham ( email hidden; JavaScript is required ) or coaching co-ordinator Jenny Coates ( email hidden; JavaScript is required ).

Wiltshire Ladies

Many congratulations to the Ladies of Bowls Wiltshire Johns Trophy Team who, following a magnificent win over the highly rated Devon team, qualified for the national semi-finals to be held at Royal Leamington Spa on Saturday August 4th. We are very proud to say that the team includes our very own Ladies Captain Bev Lilley. Well done the ladies, well done Bev.

Should anyone wish to go and see them please refer to my email announcing that there is a coach organised by Bowls Wiltshire Ladies starting from Melksham.

Dave Greenwood

Chelsea Pensioners Trip

 

On Wednesday 20th June 2018, a group of Devizes bowlers and visitors, went to London to plays bowls against the Chelsea Pensioners at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea.

We were given a very warm welcome, had an interesting but enjoyable game followed by an excellent tea in the Great Hall. The weather was perfect and a great day was had by all.

Captain Bev

 

Weymouth Tour May 2018

On the week-end of 11th, 12th and 13th May, a number of Devizes bowlers undertook a mini-tour to the south coast playing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Blandford Forum, Weymouth (Greenhill) and Swanage respectively whilst staying for two nights at the Royal Hotel on Weymouth sea front.
Bowling wise the tour had limited success with a record of two losses and one win. However, socially the tour was a resounding success with the weather improving each day, the hotel food and service exceptional and good company all week end with plenty of excellent banter both on and off the rinks.

At Blandford we suffered heavy losses on most rinks with Colin Littles rink achieving the least loss with a score of 17-19 his team being Jeff Whiting, Peter Diwell and Geoff Woollan.
At Greenhill we faired much better winning on three rinks and losing on three but gaining the overall aggregate win. Top rink was Michael Alexander, Rachel Whiting, Simon Northway and Dave Greenwood with a great score of 34-14.
Sunday on the tricky rinks at Swanage we lost on five rinks and won on just the one captained by Steve Mulligan and a team of Pat Cartwright, Richard Bradfield and Angela Roberts who registered a score of 23-16.

There was another success indicating that Devizes bowlers as well as being good on the greens are also knowledgeable as the team were successful in winning the hotels Saturday night quiz organised in the bar.

Special thanks were recorded to those who organised the events and also to Geoff Woollan and Terry Miles who did day trips, Geoff to Blandford Forum and Terry to Swanage, to help make up the numbers where we were short of players.

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Bowls Wiltshire Mixed

Sunday 27th August saw the next “Big Game” of our continuing centenary celebrations when we welcomed a mixed team from Bowls Wiltshire. Guests were welcomed on arrival by the club President, Captains and Vice-captains and this concept of meet and greet has been warmly received by all our visitors.

The game, originally set for 6 Rinks became so popular with the Bowls Wiltshire players that in the end we played over 10 rinks instead. The game was extremely competitive but in a friendly manner, however with the strength of our team drawn from those who signed up to play being somewhat weaker than a group of 40 of Wiltshire’s finest the final result was inevitable and almost
un-publishable.

At the after match socialising, a good meal and a few drinks were enjoyed by all, followed by speeches from our Captains and the Bowls Wiltshire lady Chair and Captain for the day June Corbett. After all the usual list of thanks BW captain proceeded to bring about a series of comical episodes by raising funds for the Air Ambulance by way of individual fines of £1.00 for the craziest of reasons like incorrect actions on the greens, arriving in the wrong coloured shirt, trying to pinch her donations basket when clearing the tables after the meal ect.

Below is an extract from June Corbets report on the Bowls Wiltshire Website.

“A Bowls Wiltshire mixed team of 10 rinks travelled to Devizes on 27th August for a match as part of the Devizes Centenary celebrations. It was a lovely hot sunny day, the bowling was good and the banter between the two teams helped to make the occasion special.
A much appreciated cooked meal was provided. Presentations were made and both Captains made the point that the result was not so important but more for the participation and enjoyment experienced by all, (however for those who like to know BW did win).
As usual fines were imposed and a very generous £80.13 was raised for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance. BW Chair June thanked everyone for their support throughout the year. As a final note all monies collected from the four 2017 BW Mixed games raised a very creditable £217.80 which has been forwarded on to the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Charity Appeal.”