Presidents Day

Sunday afternoon saw the innovation of President’s Day, Captain’s Day and Awards Night all wrapped into one event and what an excellent afternoon and evening it was, enjoyed by all those playing, partners watching and many visiting past senior members coming along to join in the occasion.
The game was played as one rink and ten triples indicating the excellent support for this event. The game was played as a President’s team v a Captain’s team with the result of a win for the President by 200 to 162. Before the start of the meal President Rosemary asked those in attendance to stand for grace and hold one minutes silence in memory of David Basher who only last week passed away.
Top rink prizes were presented to Mike Mitcham, Mike Alexander and Will Ilott for the Presidents team and Simon Northway, Ingrid Thorogood and Denise Howard for the Captains team.
As is traditional the Ladies Vice-Captain gave a vote of thanks to Bev Lilley for the hard work she had carried out in what was a particularly difficult year, there having been no full-time men’s captain to assist. Ellen indicated that she had given Bev a new nickname of “beaver” because they are known to work tirelessly until they achieve a result. During the year Bev had also developed a new saying which Ellen hoped to adopt and that was “Don’t worry about it”.
During the speech it was mentioned that Bev had a liking for all thinks pink and fluffy and then a gift from all the ladies of the club was presented to the captain by young Marissa Ambridge, suitably attired in a fluffy pink flamingo outfit (see photograph).
Captain Bev then responded with the usual thanks to the many that had supported her in this unusual year. Many events had taken place that were a credit to the club even though it was hard for the men’s leagues with no captain and support unusually low for leagues.
Specific thanks and congratulations went to Richard Bradfield for starting the ball rolling for what turned out to be a very enjoyable and successful tour to Weymouth, to Lynn Hicks for reaching the semi-finals of the Bowls Wiltshire Ladies unbadged two wood competition, to Gerald Webb, Trefor Jones and Keith Scrannage in reaching the finals of the Bowls Wiltshire over 60’s triples. Bev herself had the fortune to play in the very successful Bowls Wiltshire Ladies Johns Trophy team who for the first time in many years reached the finals at Leamington and came out on top as winners.
Next Bev carried out the traditional presentation of gifts to all who had worked hard and given her and the club assistance during the year.
With phase one of the event now completed we moved on to phase two, the President’s address.
President Rosemary fully endorsed the captain’s comments regarding the help received and went on to remind members that we are a self-help club and without help we cannot run and included an appeal for all who could to offer help wherever they could. Rosemary paid tribute to the ladies who had provided a wonderful meal for the celebrations and for the support from the voluntary bar staff and expressed very grateful thanks to the large number of past members who had chosen to support her by attending the afternoon. It is always a delight to see everyone and renew acquaintances.
Phase three was the presentation of trophies to the winners and runners up of this year’s club competitions. Even though a lot of members in attendance did not have trophies to collect all stayed on to applaud those who did and the President thanked everyone for doing so and finally paid tribute to Sheila Garlick who, ably assisted by Ray Ward had done her usual excellent job of preparing all the trophies for the night, on top of organising the whole of the competition events throughout the season.
With this the President coupled with the Captain wished everyone a safe trip home, wishing them well over the winter and expressing the hope that all would support winter social events and return, refreshed, for next season.

Mid-Wilts “A” v Bradford on Avon

Not the best of results for last game of the Mid-Wilts season for the “A” team as they lost 12points to 2 against Bradford on Avon

Rink 1: A Sims, D Poole and C Merrifield lost 9 – 18

Rink 2: S Northway, G Woollan and M Mitcham lost 8 – 26

Rink 3: S Brooks, B Howard and B Budden lost 13 – 25

Rink 4: D Tucker, K Roberts and T Mullins won 18 – 17

Final Score:
Devizes “A” 48 and Bradford on Avon 76.

Now the team await the final results in the hope that they stay in Division 2 for the 2019 season

Mike Mitcham
Team Captain

Bowls Committee Vacancies


Each year every member of the bowls committee has to stand for re-election if they so wish. This year several have decided not to continue, so nominations will be needed in time for the annual bowls meeting on the 4th November.

In order to help you decide if you would like to help in some capacity, click the link Job Descriptions all to see the job descriptions for all of the current positions on the committee.

Should you be interested please contact any current committee member and you will be invited to a meeting to see how the organisation works to help you make your final decision to join us.

We look forward to talking to you

Dave Greenwood
Bowls committee secretary
August 2018

Mid-Wilts “A” Triples.

Another good win for “A” team at North Wilts against their “B” team on their home green. Devizes came through with 10 points to 4 win.

Individual results were:
Rink 1: S Brooks, C Holt and B Budden 10 – 22
Rink 2: G Woollan, C Smith and M Mitcham 27 – 15
Rink 3: B Reeves, D Poole and C Merrifield. 17 – 21
Rink 4: D Tucker, K Roberts and T Mullins 32 – 6.75

The home team on rink 4 only had 2 players playing against the Devizes triple and therefore had to forfeit 25% of their shot score.

Shot totals were 86 to 64.75

Mike Mitcham
Team Leader.

Mid Wilts Triples League

The local battle between the “A” and “B” Mid-Wilts teams took place on Thursday 9th August and on this occasion,  it was the “A” team that won the day

it has to be said that the whole game was played very competitively but with great humour across all rinks.

Rink 2: D Tucker, K Roberts and T Mullins           17-15   M Alexander, R Bradfield and D Keen.

Rink 3: S Brooks, C Holt and B Budden               27- 9     K Hannam, B Fox and T Miles.

Rink 4: D Russell, G Woollan and M Mitcham      19 -13    S Brown, P Coombs and D Ryde-Rogers

Rink 5: S Northway, K Curtis and B Howard       15 – 22   P Romijn, W Wrobel and D Greenwood,

Result:  78 shots to 59   and   12 points to 2

Well done the “A” team, next battle the Peter Bradbury Trophy match!

Mid-Wilts “A” v Chippenham Park “A”

A much improved performance gave the “A” team a much better result than the previous two weeks but only just, loosing overall by 9 points to 5 and a shot count of 70-73 in favour of Chippenham park A.

The captain won a close game on his rink, Bob Budden won on his and Chris Merrifield drew but the fourth rink went down quite heavily.


Dave Russell, Geoff Woollan and Mike Mitcham won 18-16
Steve Brooks, Colin Smith and Bob Budden won 23-11
Don Tucker, K.Roberts and Chris Merrifield drew 18-18
Simon Northway, Ken Curtis and Duncan Poole lost 11- 28

Mike Mitcham
Team Captain

Mid Wilts “A” v Warminster

Again not a good night for the Mid-Wilts “A” team when they played away at Warminster who are top of the league.
The green bowled well and had more grass on it than some, it was bit slow and this is where some of our players struggled.

Rink 2: D Tucker, K Roberts and C Merrifield won 18-13
Rink 3: S Brooks, C Holt and B Budden Drew 13-13
Rink 4: B Reeves, M Mitcham and C Smith lost 8-23
Rink 5: S Rutherford, K Curtis and D Poole lost 9-29

Totals: 48 shots to 78 = 3 points to 11

County Mixed Double Rink

Today, Sunday 22nd July, Devizes played a home and away mixed double rink against Salisbury Bowls Club. The home rink was skipped by Bev Lilley with Marguerite Alexander three, Dave Greenwood two and Les Griffin as lead whilst the away foursome was skipped by Peter Fielding with Sheila Garlick three, Dave Keen two and Marie Greenwood as lead.

The match was very even at home for the first few ends then Devizes took a lead and remained in front for the whole game often thanks to some magnificent bowling by ladies captain Bev eventually winning 22-12.

Meanwhile at Salisbury Devizes were winning easily at first  then had a lean spell in the middle enabling Salisbury back into the game coming within two shots of catching up, Devizes then managed to seal the game by scoring a six almost at the end of the match.

The final score at Salisbury was 27-17 making an overall win of 49-29 taking Devizes into the semi-finals against either Highworth or Chippenham Town..

Dave Greenwood