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30th July 2015


20 Years of Charity Fund Raising


Pembroke 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.


This year, not only were both events blessed by excellent weather but they were also well supported from clubs from all over southern Hampshire.


In the 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.


Sixty 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.



The 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.


24 teams 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.


The final 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.


Earlier 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” badges.


From both events and their upcoming President's Day, Pembroke Gardens are hoping to hand over £300 to the Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association.


20 July 2015


Waverley Festival at County Finals


The 2015 County Finals were a festival for the Southsea Waverley club, as they reached the finals in the Fours, Triples and Pairs. In fact the Pairs & Triples finals were an all Waverley affair – and no one can remember anything similar happening in a long while.


The Pairs final pitched brother against brother as Mike Aldren & Matt Marchant took on Alex Marchant & Mark Griffiths.


And it was the 2014 County Champions (Alex & Mark) 23-20.


Then, in the Fours final in the afternoon, the brothers teamed up with John Biggs & Paul Cooke to take on a four from Cove. Whether their exertions form the morning had an effect, they fell to a 23-18 defeat.


The Triples final, between Mike Aldren, Matt Marchant & Paul Cooke and Jon Leggett, Mark Hammond & John Biggs will be played at a later date.


All of them now go on to Royal Leamington Spa to represent Hampshire in the National Finals.


Here’s how the other East entrants fared:

- In the 4Wood Singles, College Park’s Steve Feilder lost in the Semi-Final, while Denmead’s Roly Bloy lost in the Quarter Final (to the eventual County Champion).


- In the Fours, Waverley’s Rob Moran, Phil Drewball, Tony Ingram & Oliver Mew lost in the Quarter Finals.


- In the 2Wood Singles, Alexandra’s Jamie Cooke & Fareham’s Dorian Bishop both lost in the Semi Finals.



Milton Park Ladies

Mixed Pairs Tournament

In aid of 'The Breast Care Unit' at QA Hospital

Bank Holiday Monday 31st Aug 2015

Start time - 0930

3 Games of 9 ends + Final

Entry Fee is £9 per Team

Food available all day

Closing date for entries 18th July

Proceeds of raffle to charity.

Priory Bowls Club

44th Open Bowls Tournament

In aid of 'The Rainbow Centre - Fareham

Sunday 9th Aug 2015

Start time - 0900

Entry Fee is £10 per four

Refreshments available throughout the day

Please send entry form and remittance to Tournament Secretary (address on form) Donations to the raffle greatly appreciated. ALL profits to charity.

Marchant Completes the Set


Portsmouth has a new England International as, last Sunday at the British Isles Bowls Council Internationals in Scotland, Waverley’s Matthew Marchant was called up from keeping the bench warm to play lead for the misfiring Steve Farish rink in the final game against Wales. Obviously, after removing the splinters, this upgrade did the trick, as they beat Robert Weale’s rink 22-11, part of England’s 34shot victory.


That win completed a clean sweep for England, as the previous day they had beaten Scotland and Ireland to win the Series.


Matt is only the 3rd player from Portsmouth. He follows in the footsteps of Keith Cross (Cosham BC) who played for England between 1937 & 1949 and Harold Sawyer (Copnor BC) who gained his caps in 1974.


In fact, Matt’s cap completed a full set for him, as he had already played for England at Junior level outdoors as well as at Senior & Junior level Indoors. Indeed, he was Captain of England’s Under 25 (Junior) team in his last year of being qualified to play at that level.



Louis gets his Call Up Papers


There was great news for Waverley’s Louis McCubbin who found out this week that he had been selected for England’s Junior team for the Junior International Series, being held at Oxford City & County BC, Oxfordshire on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September.



1st July 2015

Northern Parade Turns Scarlet

Wednesday June 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 delayed.


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 next year.


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 Solent Challenge



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 to 81.



Match Secretary Paul Robson wishes to thank the players from 11 of our clubs who gave us that success.


Unfortunately, the match against Aldershot & District on Sunday 14th June has had to be cancelled, as Aldershot cannot raise a team.






Will visiting teams please be aware that car parking at the Portsmouth Water site is at the front of Office Block as you enter through the West Street gates. If all spaces are full, you should turn immediately left at the mini-roundabout where there are two other large car parks.

Under No Circumstances should you 'double park' anywhere on site as access for Company vehicles - large lorries and vans with trailers - may be required in the event of a water supply emergency.


You will also NOT be permitted to drive through the barrier to park due to security reasons, although the barrier may be raised at the conclusion of the game to exit the site via the Brockhampton Road gate.


This is Portsmouth Water company policy so please do not confront the Security Staff if they ask you to move a vehicle - they are only doing their job.


Thank you for your cooperation.
Ray Hansler,

Secretary Portsmouth Water BC


15th April 2015


Child Protection


Your attention is drawn to the Child Protection Policies now being applied. Please refer to the Child Protection section for details and downloadable forms that must be used.

15th April 2015


Smokers Beware


Bridgemary BC now have designated Smoking Areas which are suitably sign posted.


(...so now you know where to go when you want to let of steam about your skip. Oh and if you only see Grey Smoke rising, they still haven't elected their Captain!)


Leigh Park Bowls Club

50th Anniversary Year

Charity Open Triples Bowls Tournament

Sunday 6th September 2015

In aid of The Rosemary Foundation - Hospice at Home

Limited to 24 Triples - 9.00-10.00 start

P&D 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 here

9 Sept 2014


For those of you with long memories

Have a look at the Hampshire Middleton Cup Team from 1971 and see who you might recognise or remember. Until this year's success, this was the last Hampshire Team to win the coveted trophy - 43 years ago! Pictured are several legendary Portsmouth players who helped make our area great standing shoulder to shoulder with team mates famous and infamous!

Hampshire Team 1971 - Middleton Cup Winners

Back row (l to r): V Bullock, R Lewis, G Smythe, H Sawyer, L R Hall, W Philips, J Latto, H Brown

3rd row: (l to r): G Booth, P Line, D Peddie, M Walton, F Copper, F Taylor, T Wilson, W A Hewitt

2nd row (l to r): K Grout, I Cameron, A Fletcher, F Shell, D Dennis, J Kinnear, L Edwards

Front row (l to r): J Davidson, F Muddiman (Hon Sec), G Crispe (President), H Palmer (S V President), C Neale, R Lott, J R Plomer



A new section in which events and characters will come under scrutiny from our resident 'roving' reporter - DW

Look out! Go there now...

Honours Boards

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 needs your help

Dave Wildman in drag

We are presently trying to capture the history of the P&D by placing on record within this website as much information as possible before it is lost.

If you have anything that might help please let us know.

Things that will be of particular interest are old photos and information to fill gaps on honours boards.

Everything and anything will be gratefully received. Let's list it before we lose it.


A 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.

We 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 general interest.



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