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Views from the Head

22 Sept 2014

It’s congratulations to Matt Marchant

Following the England trials last Saturday, Matt has been selected as travelling reserve for England’s Men’s Senior team for the 2015 International Series that will be held in Hamilton, Scotland in June next year.



12 Sept 2014


Midweek Triples Play Offs

Congratulations to College Park Red & Gosport A who have won the Town & District Midweek Leagues respectively.

Both had to do it the hard way by overcoming a 1st leg deficit.

College Park Red beat Vospers Blue by an overall score of 103-96.

Gosport A beat Cowplain by an overall score of 103-84

A full report can be found in the final Views From The Head


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


8th September 2014


2014 P&D Champion of Champions


The P&D Champion of Champions tournament was played over the weekend on the greens at Milton Park, with the champions of 19 P&D Clubs taking part, and Fareham’s Charlie Bailey completed the double of being P&D 2014 Singles Champion as well as retaining his Champion of Champions title after he beat Star & Crescent’s Robbie Dennison 21-7 in the Final.


Pictured Right: Charlie Bailey and Robbie Dennison


In the Semi-Finals, Charlie just got the better of Purbrook Heath’s Tony Wall, 21-20, having to draw shot with his last wood after Tony had removed his 2 counters with his last bowl. Robbie, meanwhile, had a long tussle with Priory’s Steve Smith, coming back from 14-8 down to finally win 21-16.


Marchant to go on trial

Congratulations to Waverley’s Matt Marchant who has been selected to attend the Men's Senior International Trial at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa on Saturday 20th September 2014 following his success in the National Champion of Champions.

Portsmouth's Charlie Bailey and Robbie Dennison

Sunday 31st August 2014

Portsmouth and District Finals day

Finals Day for the 2014 P&D competitions was held a Alexandra Bowling and Social Club at Northern Parade, Hilsea.

In the main everything went pretty well, with the possible exception where usual suspects qualified in more than one discipline and left organisers the headache of planning the order of play around them!

P&D Champions for this year are...


Charlie Bailey (Fareham BC)


Martin Wake and Darren Brown (Vospers BC)

Charlie Bailey (Fareham BC) P&D Singles Champion 2014

Martin Wake and Darren Brown (Vospers BC) P&D Pairs Champions 2014



Steve Feilder, Paul Lawrence, Clive Carter (College Park BC)

Mixed Fours

Pat MacRae and Stella Parish, Mick Malloy, Dave Biggs

Steve Feilder, Paul Lawrence, Clive Carter (College Park BC) P&D Triples Champsions 2014

Pat MacRae and Stella Parish, Mick Malloy, Dave Biggs Portsmouth Mixed Fours Champions 2014


Mixed Triples

Sandra McAfee, Rose Beynon & Jeffrey Hiscox

Mixed Pairs

Carla Woolvin and Martin Wake

Martyn Wake and Carla Woolvin - Portsmouth Mixed Pairs Champions 2014


Over 60's Winner

Brian Carrick (Purbrook Heath BC)

Secretary Singles

Ken Stanbury (Gosport BC)













The Future today...

If the standard of bowls being played by the younger competitors is anything to judge by, the future of Bowls could be very promising indeed. Crowned P&D Under 25's Singles Champion, Alexandra BC's Danny Smith who has already been capped by Hampshire in their U25 Team has added yet another trophy to his collection. In a well fought final Danny emerged victor with a decisive 21-10 result against another super prospect D Palmer from Cowplain.

Under 25 Finalists Danny Smith and D Palmer

U25 Singles Champion 2014

Danny Smith (Alexandra B&SC)






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Danny Smith Portsmouth U25 Bowls Champion 2014

Owing to a possible rules infringement (playing of two reserves when only one is permitted) the anticipated final of Gary Starks (Southsea Waverley BC) against Tom Pullin (Fareham BC) was postponed pending a ruling. If the infringement is upheld then the Starks rink will be DQ'd and the rink skipped by losing semi-finalist Adrian Snook (College Park BC) will be reinstated to play Pullin on a date yet to be announced.

Watch this space!


September 2014

Middleton Cup Special

Read all about Hampshire's victory in the elusive quest for the prestigious Middleton Cup. Here...


21st Aug 2014

Matthew Marchant - 2014 Men’s Champion Of Champions.

Yesterday afternoon, Southsea Waverley’s Matthew Marchant was crowned as the 2014 Men’s Champion Of Champions after two days of singles play on the greens of Royal Leamington Spa.


His quest started on Tuesday when, after beating Tony Waller from Middlesex 21-14 in the last 16, he again met up with John Ottaway from Norfolk, who he had played against in the Middleton Cup Final. This time round, Matt won the Quarter Final match up 21-17.

On Wednesday, Matt then played Ed Morris from Essex. Matt got off to a shaky start, dropping a 4 and a 3 early on. However, he got his mind back on the job and turned the game around to run out a 21-10 victor.


In the final he played Paul Woolford from Kent. A close match ended with Matt running out the victor by 21shots to 14.




2014 P&D Champion of Champions

A reminder to ALL P&D Men's Club Champions that the P&D Champion of Champions tournament will be held at Milton Park over the weekend of September 6th & 7th.

ALL Club Champions MUST be at Milton Park by 9:30am, at the latest, on Saturday 6th to register.


At 9:35, the draw for the tournament will be made and play will commence at 10am.


If you are NOT there by 9:30am, you won't be included the tournament.




(August 2014)

Centenary celebrations in pictures

Star and Copnor have both celebrated their Centenaries this year. Please go to Photo Gallery for pictures taken during each event, plus action photo's kindly supplied by The News.



P&D Men v P&D Ladies

(30th July 2014)


The annual match between the P&D Men & Ladies Associations was played the other week at Purbrook Heath Bowling Club.


Fortunately, the weather wasn’t as oppressive as the last few weeks’ so both teams could enjoy a friendly, well fought battle without having to fight sunstroke.


At the start of the match, both teams were welcomed by Purbrook’s President, Colin Bouncer, who then handed the green over to Ken Graham, P&D President, as this year it was the Men were the hosts.


Ken said a few words of welcome to Ladies President Joan Black (Bridgemary BC) and her Vice President Mary Brumpton (Crofton BC) before battle commenced.


On the green, the P&D acted as perfect gentlemen, especially those on rinks 3, 5 & 6, letting the ladies get closer to the jack before them (they have been severely chastised since!!).


The game was played in the friendliest of spirits, but was fought hard on the President’s rink, bringing the best out of Joan on more than one occasion (see inset - Joan gets shot).

After the game, the ladies of Purbrook put on an excellent spread, enjoyed by all, as was the bar.

During his après-déjeuner speech, Ken had the great pleasure in presenting Purbrook’s Dave Rowe with his P&D Badge, for having played the requisite number of P&D Friendlies.

He also thanked everyone for the support, so far, for his charity - The Air Ambulance Service. To date, the sum of £320 has been raised.

Afterwards, all agreed it had been a great game and a really fun afternoon, just as it should be.




P&D Ladies Team

Presidents Joan Black and Ken Graham                     Dave Rowe being presented with his P&D Blazer Badge



2nd August 2014





Hampshire ended their long wait when, last Saturday, they beat Norfolk (the 2012 champions) by 21shots to win the Middleton Cup, ending a 43 year drought since they last won the cup way back in 1971, when they beat Middlesex. In fact, the last time Hants reached the Final was in 1979, when they finished runners-up.


The final started off in wet conditions and had to be halted after 10ends after the Royal Leamington Spa green became flooded after torrential rain, thunder and lightning.


At that point, Hampshire had built up a 20 shot lead and when play resumed, in much brighter weather, they built on that lead to claim the title 127-106.


In the Semi Finals (played in the morning), Hampshire beat Wiltshire 136-89, while Norfolk defeated Cumbria 119-110.


Hampshire’s team contained these players from P&D clubs:

Matt Marchant (who skipped his rink), Jon Leggett, John Biggs, Mark Griffiths, Louis McCubbin and Mike Aldren (all Southsea Waverley), Jamie Cooke (Alexandra) and Charlie Bailey (Fareham).


Reserve: Alex Marchant (Waverley).


However, there was little time for Hampshire to celebrate, as many of the team had to return back to Southampton for the County Club final the next day.





Leigh Park Charity Triples

Sunday 7th Sept 2014

in aid of The Rosemary Foundation. Numbers strictly limited 24 teams. Start times 9 & 10am.

Prizes for winners and runners up.

Buffet, Bar & Raffle Prizes.

A great fun day. Come along and join in!

Leigh Park Charity Triples Bowls Tournament entry form


29th July 2014


Bowls England Competitions Update

Congratulations go to the following for reaching the National Finals, which are all being played at Royal Leamington Spa:


- Martin Wake (Vospers) (DIN) and Carla Woolvin (Milton Park Ladies) (Mrs DIN) in the Mixed Pairs. An excellent result, as this is only the 2nd year Carla has been playing outdoors.


The Finals are being held on the 22nd-24th August.


- Fareham BC, who beat Greenhill BC, Weymouth 42-34 in the Tony Allcock Trophy. Their finals are being played on August 30th & 31st. For those who don’t know, the Tony Allcock Trophy is played by 2 Mixed Rinks (2 Men, 2 Ladies) who must all be aged 60 or over (I ask you, getting a lady to tell you her age!!)




- Southsea Waverley have reached the Regional Finals of the Men’s Two Rink by defeating old rivals Boscombe Cliff (Bournemouth) 44-36 in the Area Final. So, they are only 1game away from the National Finals.

- Fareham have reached National Area Final of the Men’s Top Club, where they will be playing..…Boscombe Cliff.




26th July 2014




The P&D Copnor Centenary match was played yesterday at Swordsands and enjoyed by all involved. Complimentary choc ices were kindly distributed by the Ladies of Copnor during the match to combat the heat and a very nice buffet tea served after the game.


Copnor exceeded their charity fund raising for The Rowans Hospice so now hope to raise £600+ by the end of their friendly match season. Congratulations to them and thanks to all the P&D players for making the event such a success.


P&D blazer badges were awarded to Roger Shergold & Ken Knott for achieving and now exceeding the number of appearances required. Well done.


Paul Robson, P&D Match Secretary.

19 July 2014




Congratulations to Waverley’s Barry Starks and Alex Marchant & Mark Griffiths who are, respectively, the 2014 Hampshire County Singles and Pairs Champions.


They now go on, as Hampshire's representatives, to the National Finals, which this year are being staged at the new home of Bowls England – Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa, after its many years at Worthing’s Beech House Gardens.


The National Finals are being held between Saturday 2nd August and Sunday 31st August.


Barry beat Chris Cranham, from Cove BC 21-10 in the final, having earlier beaten players from Cove and Fleming Park.


Alex and Mark beat Kevin Philip and Chris Daniels from Boscombe Cliff 26-8, having earlier in the week defeated pairs from Eastleigh Rail and Aldershot Traction.


This is how our other competitors got on in the County Finals:



Steve Fielder (College Park) lost in the Quarter Finals to Boscombe Cliff.



Matt Marchant and Mike Aldrin (Waverley) lost in the Quarter Finals to Cove.



Both the Waverley Triples (Mike Aldrin, Matt Marchant & Paul Cooke, Dave Watts, Graham Guy & Barry Starks) lost in the Quarter Finals to Boscombe Cliff triples, who both subsequently went on to reach the final.



The Priory quartet (of Jerry Hardy, Arthur Newland, Mick Jinman and Tony Kneller) lost in the Quarter Finals to Boscombe Cliff.


The Waverley quartet (of Louis McCubbin, Dave Watts, Graham Guy and Barry Starks) lost in the Semi Finals to Fleming Park.


Two Wood Singles

Jamie Cooke (Alexandra) and Dave Turner (Lee-On-Solent) both lost in the Quarter Finals.


NOTE: The Two Wood Triples finals are being played at a later date at a venue yet to be confirmed, but will be in the Northern District.



15th July 2014



Ladies successfully defend their title in Annual Tournament

(from roving reporter - Trevor Watkins)


The annual Pembroke Gardens Open Triples, a Ladies v Gentlemen bowls tournament, took place at Pembroke Gardens Bowling Club in Old Portsmouth, Hampshire on Saturday 12th July 2014.


Played in hot sunshine, the event started at 9:30am with the final finishing at 6:30pm. Fortunately, the bowlers and spectators were able to keep cool thanks to the sea breeze, not to mention two large gazebos. They were also helped by the refreshments and drinks that were available all day.


24 teams from all over southern Hampshire took part, split into 4 sections of Men and Ladies teams. The format of the tournament is five group games, followed by the Section finals, then the Grand Final.


However, this year a sudden-death single end was needed to separate the teams of David Brookes (Pembroke Gardens BC) and Dave Heather (Lee-On-The-Solent BC), as both teams had finished with the same number of points and shot difference from the group games.

It was Dave Heather’s team that went through to the Mens play-off, where they beat Terry Williams’ team from Gas Social Bowls Club, who, until then, had not lost a game all day!


The Ladies group final was between last year’s winner Caroline Cuerden (Moneyfields Ladies BC) and Mollie Hoxey (Pembroke Ladies BC), with the defending champions going through again.


Pembroke Gardens Open Bowls Triples finalists 2014

(l to r) Runners Up - Graham Olden, Peter Gentry and Dave Heather (Lee on the Solent Bowling Club) .
Winners - Sue Jackson, Lynda Field and Caroline Cuerdin (Moneyfields Bowling Club).


In a superb final, watched by a good crowd of spectators, the ladies (Caroline Cuerdin, Linda Field and Sue Jackson) beat the men (Dave Heather, Graham Olden and Peter Gentry) 9 – 3 over seven ends of close bowls.


Said victorious skip Caroline Cuerden (whose team picked up £90) - “I look forward to coming back next year for Pembroke’s 20th Anniversary Open Competition and make it three wins in a row”. She also thanked the organisers for running the tournament, as well as the excellent facilities.


Many thanks to everyone who supported the day, which helped raise £150 for a local charity - The Portsmouth Deaf Club.




13 July 2014


Commemorative Plaque for Ivan and Beryl Robb


Saturday, July 5th saw the unveiling of the Ivan & Beryl Robb Memorial at Cosham Bowls Club.

In memory of Ivan and Beryl Robb - Cosham Bowls Club


Many of Ivan and Beryl's friends and bowling colleagues gathered to witness the unveiling and then play in a commemorative game of bowls.


In a simple ceremony, Ken Graham, President of the P&D, spoke a few words of tribute to Ivan and Beryl, followed by the unveiling of the plaque by Mrs Rose Robinson, President of the Cosham Bowling Club, assisted by Ken and Mel Dunbar, Cosham Men's Captain.


After the game, everyone partook of an excellent tea supplied by the ladies of Cosham BC.



Tree and memorial plaque at Cosham Bowls Club for Ivan and Beryl Robb - July 2014

Ken Graham, P&D President, Mrs Rose Robinson, Cosham BC President, Mel Dunbar, Cosham Men’s Captain




Van Robb's mates make use of the new bench dedicated to his memory - July 2014

Friends of Ivan and Beryl Robb during the unveiling of the memorial plaque, tree and bench at Cosham Bowls Club - July 2014


It was, as everyone agreed, a fitting tribute to a sadly missed stalwart of the Cosham Bowling Association

and Portsmouth and District Bowling Association.


30th June 2014


P&D Friendly @ Kingsclere BC.


Another amazing day at an amazing bowls club.


On the trip up we hit a storm of biblical proportions, but as usual wherever we go the sun shines on the P&D!


We were warmly greeted by Kingsclere President Jill Chapple and her fellow bowlers. At the start of the game we had some slight rain, but after 6 ends, it eased and the sun came out!!


SVP Les Pycroft OBE nearly led his team to victory, but we fell short by 4 shots.


Kingsclere Bowling Club blazer badge

A big thank you to the following clubs who supplied players, Milton Par, Southsea Waverley, Alexandra, Cosham, Lee-on-Solent, Bridgemary, Pembroke Gardens and Eastney.


I have been coming to Kingsclere for a lot longer than I wish to remember, and again was not disappointed by the friendliness and bon homie we were accorded by Kingsclere BC.


Next year’s trip has already been booked.


Peter King - Secretary



The annual Open Fours bowls tournament took place at Pembroke Gardens Bowling Club in Old Portsmouth, Hampshire on Saturday 14 June 2014, with over 100 people enjoying the excellent bowling, good weather and all-day refreshments.

20 teams from all over southern Hampshire took part, competing in five preliminary games to determine the semi-finalists.


The final, over 7 ends, was between Tom Edgeller (Tom, Ted Nown, Tom Suthers and Gary Farmer) against Dave Watts (Dave, Paul Porter, John Peacham and Martyn Wake).


In a reversal of last year’s result, Tom Edgeller merry band ran out the victors after a well-contested match.


The event was well supported and funds were raised for a local charity supporting deaf children.


Trevor Watkins

Tournament Secretary, Pembroke Gardens Bowling Club



The P&D needs your help.


The P&D Match Secretary, Paul Robson has worked his socks off arranging 11 friendlies for the 2014


We have just played our second match with full a team (with much coercion), but we come to the third match (June 8th) and we have had to cancel due to a very poor response.


This game was versus the Southampton & District and would have been the start of the Annual Solent Challenge. We even bought a lovely trophy.



The P&D have over 1300 playing members, and we still can’t get 24 players!!!!


We still have another 8 matches to fulfill (5 in Portsmouth and 3 coach trips), please help.


If clubs can supply a rink all the better, but individuals are most welcome.


All the remaining games can be found on page 22 of 2014 P&D Handbook and are also listed on the P&D Friendlies page, which can be easily accessed via the "Popular Links" section above this plea.

But to help you all, these are the remaining matches:

Kingsclere (A) June 28, Star & Crescent (A) July 6, Copnor (A) July 23, P&D Ladies (Purbrook) July 30, Alexandra (H) Aug 10, Marlow (A) Aug 17, Northants (H) Aug 27, Bournemouth (A) Sept 14.


The Home games are played at Alexandra BC.


If you are interested please let Paul Robson know a.s.a.p.

You can either ring him on (023) 9236 8693
or EMAIL via

or make use of the form that can be found on the Friendlies section page.


Please support the P&D and help Paul in all his efforts.


Peter King

P&D Secretary


Some reminders

1) The P&D Constitution and Competition, League & Midweek League Rules have been updated to reflect the changes agreed at the 2014 AGM.
To view, follow the "Rules" link from our Home page and they will be in this year's Manual.

2) Sadly, we lost Post Office BC during the winter. Their members voted to disband in November.

3) However, the good news is that Portchester BC have returned to the fold. They will be playing in the West Division of the Midweek League.

And there's more....

Rumours have been heard that Rowner Bowls Club (see picture further down this page) have been approached with a view to 'Twinning' by Hambledon Village who themselves have recently twinned with Bruges and Venice.

P&D 2014 AGM

A brief note to inform you all of what was agreed at the 2014 P&D AGM.

As you'll see from an earlier posting, Ken Graham has now taken over the reins as P&D President (as he was getting bored no longer being County President and needed something to keep him busy!!)

Les is now our Senior Vice President and we were all pleased that John Pearson from Alexandra agreed to become our Junior Vice President (obviously his term in office back in 2011 hadn't put him off!!)

Paul Robson was formally voted in to replace Jim Bartlett as our Match Secretary. Jim will be missed, but we know that Paul will do an excellent job in stepping into his shoes - in fact he has already set up our fixtures for the forthcoming season.

After 3 years in the role, John Ralphs stood down as our Midweek League Secretary. Ken Graham paid tribute to all his hard work he performed during his term of office.

To replace him, Martyn Reynolds of Star & Crescent stepped forward. So please all give him your support in his 1st year.

Changes were also agreed to the P&D Constitution, Competition, League & Midweek Rules. The new rules will appear soon on the website with changes marked.

The following items were also agreed:


1) Capitation Fees were set at £1.50, 0.75p for Juniors (under 18)

2) P&D Competition forms are now to be sent to Treasurer with the full entry fees.
(No pay No play.)

3) To replace the old County Secretary's Singles (which Bowls Hampshire dropped), there will now be a P&D Club Secretary Singles, open to each club's Secretary or Treasurer, Male or Female.

There is No entry fee for this competition.

4) P&D Friendly matches.

a) There is a new form to nominate players for each P&D Friendly game and it doesn't have to be a complete rink that is put forward. This will be available on the P&D Website for downloading as well as being sent to all Club Secretary's.

b) The following Price structure was agreed:

- For Away matches where a Coach is being used, then costs will be £15 for players and £12 for guests (which includes after match meal).

- For Away matches where travel is by car, then each passenger should pay the driver £5 to cover his/her costs. In addition, there will be a match fee (including cost of the after game meal).

- For all Home matches, the fee will be set to cover costs (i.e. match fee and after game meal).


NOTE: The match and meal costs will be sent out to each club when player nominations are asked for.



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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