A warm welcome
and District Bowls Association
Now that the greens are closed for the winter,
bowlers either go indoors or enter hibernation.
But nowadays there is an alternative to going
Four of the P&D Clubs now have artificial
surfaces so are able to offer all year round
So, if you are interested, here is what
Bedhampton, Cowplain, Portchester and
Waterlooville have to offer.
Bedhampton‘s Winter Season started on 1st
October and runs till 31st March 2016.
They offer a Winter Membership for £40.00 which
entiltles you to play at any time.
Alternatively, you can pay £2.50 (inludes
refreshments) at one of their roll-ups, held on
Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.
- Be there by 9.45am to register, bowling starts
More deatils can be found:
- Either via their web site (www.bedhamptonbowls.co.uk);
- Or you can ring their Club Secretary, Mike
Case, on (023) 9247 5323.
Cowplain‘s Winter Season started on October 1st
and runs till the end of March 2016.
For more info, please see following...
1st October 2015 to
31st March 2016
installation of an all-weather
surface Cowplain Bowling Club is
able to offer the following winter
available at £35
allowing participation in the Club’s
roll-up sessions and other planned
from 10 a.m. to 12
noon on Mondays, Tuesdays and
Saturday mornings commencing on
Monday 5th October.
The sessions will be
open to non-members at a fee of £2
for break time tea/coffee).
However priority when space is
limited will be given to members.
Please contact Alan
Joyner, the Membership Secretary for
further details (tel: 9259 6042)
Portchester‘s Winter Season started on October
1st and runs till the end of March 2016.
For more info, please see following...
BOWLING CLUB WINTER
WINTER MEMBERSHIP FROM 1st
OCTOBER TO MARCH 31st
IS AVAILABLE FOR £45 WITH NO
ADDITIONAL RINK FEES ON OUR ALL
ARE ORGANISED DRIVES ON MONDAY
MORNING 10am – 12noon, TUESDAY,
THURSDAY AND SATURDAY AFTERNOONS AT
1.00 PM AND THE FACILITY CAN BE USED
AT ANY OTHER TIME WITH INDIVIDUAL
KEYS AVAILABLE TO THE CLUB ROOM AT
FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT
OUR MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY, COLIN BABB
ON 01329 845592 OR ALTERNATIVELY
EMAIL US AT
DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE ON OUR OWN
WINTER MEMBERSHIP NUMBERS MAY BE
LIMITED IF OVERSUBSCRIBED.
Waterlooville‘s Winter Season starts on Tuesday
6th October and finishes next April, 2016.
They are open on Tuesday's, Thursday's and
Fridays from 10am to 12-30 lunch time - just
bring your own bowls and bowling shoes.
Cost is £2 per person and ALL are welcome.
For more info. please ring Dave Hills on (023)
23rd Sept 2015
jury were obviously most impressed by the case
Matt put forward as he has been selected for
England‘s Senior Team for the 2016 Home
now, all that Matt needs to remember to do next
Take a sharp HB pencil
Brush up on his adding up skills, remembering
that 10+0 = 10
done Matt from the Officers and players of the
of you who wonder what on earth this reference
to 'case' is all about please see Mr Wildman's
previous report in the 'P&D
News' section -
Marchant Faces Retrial.
13th Sept 2015
Portsmouth & District Champion of Champions 2015
The P&D Champion Of Champions, a
competition for all the P&D Club Singles
Champions, was held last week end, with
the early rounds being played on the
Milton Park greens with the Semi-Finals
and Final being played at Southsea
On the Saturday, of the 15 club
champions who turned up, Lewis Voysey,
Steve Watt, Richard Horler and Jamie
Cooke battled through two rounds each to
reach the Semi-Final stages.
In the first semi, Leigh Park’s Lewis
Voysey took on Priory’s Steve Watt.
After 11ends, both were tied at 10all,
but then Lewis took command, winning the
next 4ends to run out a 21-10 winner.
The second semi, between Fareham’s
Richard Horler and Alexandra’s Jamie
Cooke, was a much tighter affair, taking
25ends to find the winner. It was nip
and tuck between both players as first
one then the other took the lead. At
18all, Jamie then picked up a 2 to stand
20-18 and was lying game until Richard’s
last bowl, which trailed the jack to
give him 3shots and the game.
After a suitable break to allow Richard
to recover, the final took place. After
a cagey start, Lewis appeared to take
control as he built up a 16-10 lead at
However, Richard fought back to pick up
7 shots on the next 2ends. They then
traded blows until Lewis stood 19-18 up
at 22 ends. On the 23rd,
Lewis held two good shots to lie game
until Richard’s 3rd bowl
which, under extreme pressure, played
onto the shot bowl and moved it enough
to require a measure, which Richard won
to tie the game at 19all.
Then, with his last bowl on the next
end, Richard not only trailed the jack
to leave him holding the two he required
for game but also into a spot on the
green that Lewis felt he had to play a
weighted wood to save the match. His
attempt failed and Richard, after 49ends
of tight bowls, took the trophy.
Champion Richard Horler (left) with
Lewis Voysey >
7th Sept 2015
P&D Competition winners 2015
The August Bank Holiday weekend
always stages the Semi-Finals
and Finals of the P&D
Competitions. The weekend is
always a fraught one for the P&D
Competitions Secretary, as there
always seems to be players who
have reached this stage in more
than one competition. This year
was no exception with more than
one competitor in multiple
events. Also, as has always been
the case this year, competitors
had to deal with bad weather on
the Saturday afternoon during
the semi’s at Milton Park.
Fortunately, the finals at
Alexandra BC were blessed with
This year's final was between Fareham’s
Charlie Bailey (last year’s
champion) and Alexandra’s Jamie
After racing into a 13-3
lead, Jamie was pegged back by
Charlie to stand 18-14 up after
20 ends. However a single and
then a two saw Jamie over the
line to become the 2015 P&D
Men’s Singles Champion.
In the Semi’s, Jamie beat
Lee-On-Solent’s Phil Sanders
21-9, while Charlie beat
Gosport’s Dave Blackledge 21-10.
Final: Jamie Cooke bt Charlie
P&D President Les Pyecroft OBE
presents Jamie with the Trophy >
The final of P&D stars of the
future was a repeat of last
year, as Alexandra’s Danny Smith
(left) took on Cowplain’s Dan Palmer.
The result was as last year as
Danny’s greater experience
enabled him to run out a
comfortable 21-4 winner.
This match was the start of a
busy day for Danny as he was
also involved in the Men’s Fours
and Mixed Pairs Finals.
The final saw College Park’s
Steve Feilder (right) take on
Lee-On-Solent’s Phil Sanders.
After 8 ends, the players were
tied at 5all but then Steve put
in a run of 10shots on the next
4ends to take a firm grip on the
game, finally winning 21-11.In the Semi’s, Steve beat
Lee-On-Solent’s Jeff Passmore
21-13, while Phil beat Fareham’s
Cyril Friend 21-18.
The second running of the Ivan
Robb Memorial Trophy for P&D
Club Secretaries and Treasurers
saw Copnor’s Dave Powe (right) take on
Alexandra’s Alan Sprake. It was
a tight battle for 18ends, by
when Alan was just in the lead
15-14. However, Dave then took
control on the next four ends to
run out a 21-17 winner.
In the Semi’s, Dave had a
walkover, as Gosport’s Ken
Mogridge had to pull out due to
injury, while Alan had a long
battle against Star & Crescent’s
Robbie Denninson, finally
winning 21-15 after 29ends.
The final was between Cowplain’s
George Abraham & David Plowright
and Waverley’s Ian McKenzie &
Mark Howe. After 14ends, the
Waverley boys had pulled into a
16-10 lead, but 5ends later, the
Cowplain combo had turned it
around to be leading 21-16, a
lead they hung on to finishing
In the Semi’s, the Cowplain duo
saw of Milton Park’s Andy McKain
& Reid Wilcockson 26-7, while
the Waverly lads beat
Waterlooville’s Stan Holdsworth
& Derek Holt 21-13.
Runner's up -
The final was between
Alexandra’s Marty Wake, Tom
Suthers & Ian Rixon and
Lee-On-Solent’s Dave Heather,
Jeff Passmore & Graham Olden.
The Alex trio got off to a quick
start to be 9-3 up after 5ends.
The Solent men then pulled it
back to be only 9-10 down after
11ends. However, Alex took
control and ran out 19-11
In the Semi’s, Alex defeated
Leigh Park’s Lewis Voysey,
Nathan Hanley & John Hitchins
17-12, while the LOS trio beat
another Alexandra trio of Danny
Smith, Jamie Cooke & Carl
The final was between
Alexandra’s Carl Baggott, Jamie
Cooke, Marty Wake & Danny Smith
and Waverley’s Oliver Mew, Tony
Ingram, Phill Drewball & Rob
A tight start saw the
Alex quartet lead 5-4 after
7ends but, from that point, the
Alex Four took control and ran
out 23-13 victors.
In the Semi’s, the Alex quartet
saw of Waterlooville’s Derek
Holt, Barry Tovey, Keith Warren
and Brian LeMarquer 33-8.
Meanwhile the Waverly lads won
6shots on the last 3ends to beat
College Parks’ Steve Feilder,
Paul Lawrence, Clive Carter &
Mal Rimmer 16-14.
The final was between Cowplain’s
Hazel Joyner & David Palmer
(pictured right) and
Alexandra’s Danny Smith & Leslie Somersgill.
By this time fatigue
was having its effects on Danny,
playing his 3rd match of the day
(and 7th of the weekend) as he
and Leslie could do little to
halt Hazel & David picking up
the shots, with the Cowplain duo
finally winning 26-8.
In the Semi’s, the Alex pairing
had beaten Milton’s Andy McKain
& Fareham’s Linda Maple 27-11,
while in an intra-club fight,
Hazel & David saw off fellow
Cowplain members Honor & David
The final was between Fareham’s
Tom & Sandy Pullin with her twin
sister Carol (picture left) and Bedhampton’s
Tracey & Andrew Hibberd with
A cagey start saw
the Pullin ensemble just in the
lead 7-6 after 8ends. At that
point, their greater experience
saw them stretch out their lead
to finally win 22-9.
In the Semi’s, the Fareham trio
had beaten Cowplain’s Diana
Cooper and Honor & David
Plowright 18-16, whilst the
Bedhampton trio had beaten
another Cowplain trio of Hazel
Joyner, David Luffman & David
The final was between Milton
Parkites, as Priory’s Martin
Eggleton & Peter Alcock together
with Milton Park Ladies’ Rose
Rogers & Mo Wright (pictured
right) took on
Milton Park’s Mick Molloy & Dave
Biggs and their Milton Park
Ladies contingent of Annie Biggs
and Stella Parish.
start saw the Eggleton quartet
lead 9-7 after 9ends. They then
picked up 10shots over the next
5 ends to lead 19-10 and didn’t
let their opposition back in,
finally winning 23-12.
In the Semi’s, the Eggleton
quartet had beaten Cowplain’s
Pam Lambshead, Betty & Bryan
Horn and David Palmer 32-7,
while the Molloy four beat
Fareham’s Paul Nicholls & Daphne
Nicholls and Graham & Alison
7th Sept 2015
to Fareham's Richard Horler for winning the 2015
Champion of Champions Tournament.
also go to Martin Wake (Big Din) from Alex BC
and Gary 'Whoooo?' Starks (Whooo Din) from
Waverley BC for winning the 2015 Worthing Open
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25 Aug 2015
the extremely inclement weather for the
last fortnight, together with many
extremely important games still to be
played, the League & Combination season
has been extended into September to give
clubs impacted the time to play their
games on a weekend date.
30th July 2015
20 Years of
Charity Fund Raising
Gardens BC has been raising funds for
charity for the last 20 years by running
two Bowls Tournaments; an Open Fours and
a Ladies v Men Triples.
year, not only were both events blessed
by excellent weather but they were also
well supported from clubs from all over
Open Fours, a special presentation
was made to the “Cosham Four”, four from
Cosham Park BC, led by Dave Hammond, who
have taken part in every Tournament
since the first one in 1995.
four players competed in four
preliminary games of six ends to
determine the finalists, which was
between Jim Anderson, Malcolm Jones,
Terry Hayward and Mike Hatchard (from
Gas Social Bowling) and Robert &
Margaret Hutchinson and Jean & Brian
Clasby (from Petersfield BC). And it was
the defending champions from Petersfield
who won, collecting £120 and a new
trophy, introduced for the first time
this year to mark the 20th
anniversary of the Tournament.
Ladies v Men Triples event was an
exciting affair as the Final had to go
to an extra end, while a play-off was
needed to determine who went through
from the Men.
took part, competing in five preliminary
games before a play off to determine
which teams went through to the final.
And it took a “sudden death” end to
decide the Men’s champions.
was between Gas Social’s Les Wilson,
Derek and Ron Langford, against the
Fareham twins of Sandy & Carol Pullin
together with Milton Ladies Rose Rogers.
It took an extra end to sort them out,
with the Men finally outlasting the
Ladies to win the trophy and £90.
in the day, the ladies’ team skipped by
Val Pearce, Liz Pescops and Pat McRae
had scored the maximum of 9shots on one
end to earn themselves “Hot Shot”
and their upcoming
President's Day, Pembroke Gardens are
£300 to the Portsmouth Down Syndrome
1st July 2015
Northern Parade Turns
17th saw Northern Parade take on
a distinct Scarlet hue as
Alexandra BSC played hosts to
the Chelsea Pensioners Bowls
team. The Pensioners Bowls Club
is a mixed team, as there are
many female pensioners and Alex
have a history of playing the
Pensioners, with the last time
being in 2008.
The Pensioners emerged from
their coach resplendent in their
scarlet uniforms to be greeted
by Ken Graham, Alexandra's
President, together with many
ABSC members. In fact, there was
a surprise for Ken as he met an
old friend from year's past who
was brought up in Bedhampton.
Reminiscences abounded, so much
so that the game was nearly
When they were parted, both
teams changed in order for
battle to commence on the green.
An excellent match was enjoyed
by all and was topped by the
post match celebrations, led by
one of the Chelsea ladies
serenading President Ken with
everyone joining in the chorus
to "I'll be your Sweetheart".
It was obvious everyone enjoyed
themselves as Alex have been
invited to play the Pensioners
at their Royal Hospital home
As to the result, well in the
words of Ken Graham "The score
doesn't matter. It's the
camaraderie on the green we have
enjoyed and the new friends we
have made that counts".
12th June 2015
P&D Win Inaugural
The first game for the
new, annual “Solent Challenge” trophy
for games between the P&D and
Southampton & District BA saw a triumph
for the P&D as they beat Soton 130 shots
Match Secretary Paul
Robson wishes to thank the players from
11 of our clubs who gave us that
Unfortunately, the match
against Aldershot & District on Sunday
14th June has had to be cancelled, as
Aldershot cannot raise a team.
15th April 2015
Your attention is
drawn to the Child Protection Policies now being
applied. Please refer to the
Protection section for details and
downloadable forms that must be used.
Friendly Fixtures for 2015
For those of you who would
like to take part in our friendly matches, start getting
your diaries up to date
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in which events and characters will come under scrutiny
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In keeping with the P&D's attempt
to make a record of the history of Bowls and Bowlers in
Portsmouth photographs are being added to the various honours
boards as and when they become available. It is hoped this will
capture memorabilia before it is lost to time and give everybody
a chance to put faces to the many names who have achieved
success in the sport. It can be nice to see faces of long lost
friends and adversaries.
If you have photographs of any
individual or team that have been honoured please let the
Secretary borrow them so they may be copied and posted. Unless
we make the effort now we may never get the chance again.
But please don't stop there. If
you have photos of your club, its teams, the members or any
events that might make interesting viewing we can add these to
our photo gallery.
Let's not lose our history and
heritage. Many thanks in anticipation.
the P&D by
before it is
If you have
let us know.
will be of
to fill gaps
it before we
Big thank you
Our appreciation to everybody
who has contributed in our quest
to fill in the missing
information on Honours Boards.
Please keep it coming and we
will eventually compile a
complete record of all those who
are worthy to call themselves
winners in this great district.
hope you find discovery of
historical 'artefacts' relating
to the P&D interesting.
Members of the P&D are
actively encouraged to
submit reports and
photos of their matches,
club activities or any
articles that might be
considered amusing or of