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August 2022 News

(A nod to George Benson's Never Give Up On A Good Thing)

"Never give up, Never give up, Never give up, on a good wood!"

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Last game of the month, last game of the season, last end of the match, last wood of the game ............FINALLY! A shot  wood and, on the score board at Mayfield Park! What, no ends left?  Practice obviously makes perfect!

Better luck next yeargirls.

31/08/22. Photographs courtesy of Sylvia Switzer.

31/08/22. Photograph courtesy of Sylvia Switzer.

Two Woods Eleven Ends

The Two Woods Eleven Ends Competition took place on Bank Holiday Monday.  It was well attended and the weather was perfect.

The final took place in the afternoon between

Coleen Money and Rob White.


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The atmosphere was happy,  relaxed and enjoyed by all.

Rod Maxted would like to thank all those who entered the competition and offered their support and all those who helped to organise this event on his behalf.

Thanks also to Rod who administered the event to make sure that the competition could go ahead.

For full results clock on the button below.


31/08/22. Photographs courtesy of Sylvia Switzer.

Dear Ladies,

The Ladies' Evenings will be starting soon. the first one being on Friday 30th September.  These fun and informal evenings are a great way to catch up with friends and may be have a drink or two.  Please make a note of the dates in your diaries and hope to see you there!

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28/08/22. On behalf of Maxeen.


Two of our handsome Lockswood Bowlers September 1970

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Another good looking lad who plays in the Men's Team!

Looks like he began bowling early!



Southampton and District Men's Leagues.


The Men's Leagues are now complete for the 2022 Season.


































Gosport and Fareham Leagues.

The Gosport and Fareham Leagues are also complete for the 2022 Season.

Division 1. -

The Red and Gold Teams both played in this division. They had a mixed season with the Golds finishing in sixth place on 82 points ensuring that they stay up in this division next season.  Unfortunately, the Red Team just missed out staying up and finished eighth on 80 points. They will be playing in Division 2 next year.

Division 2. -

The Green Team played in Division 2 this season and struggled at times to field a full team! This was frustrating for the Captain and consequently contributed to the team finishing at the bottom of the League.  This also means they will be relegated next year and will play in Division 3.

Southampton Women's Bowling Leagues

The Rinks League. - 

The ladies have had a difficult year with trying to field consistent teams .  Players have not always been available to play and matches have have been postponed due to the exceptionally hot weather.  These issues have contributed towards poorer results and the girls have had to work hard to  stay off the bottom of the League Table.  There is still one more match to play before the final league positions are completed.

The Triples League. -

The Lockswood Triples Team have faired slightly better and have experienced fewer issues, apart

from postponed matches due to heat.  This league will be late in completing, as their final match

will take place at home on the 8th September.


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Getting to Know You!


Getting to Know You!

A chance to match people with faces, find out about the club background, how the bowls world works or, just friendly chatter and laughter about anything and everything.


So, Lockswood Members....

Come and Join Us for the first of our new Social Events to be held on Friday Evenings at the clubhouse. Designed for members to get to know each other and make new friends.  

The bar will be open so, take the opportunity to come along and enjoy a chat, a glass of wine, a pint, or

tea or coffee.

The first one will be held on Friday 9th September at 7pm.

Hope to meet you there!



Sadly, the Shuffleboard Evening scheduled for Tuesday 6th September has had to be cancelled due to a lack of numbers for this event.

Apologies for any inconvenienced caused. Any money already paid will be reimbursed in due course.


2 WOODS 11 ENDS 2022 

The Draw and Instructions for the Two Woods Eleven Ends Competition, to be held on Monday 29th August, is now available to view by clicking on the button below, or, by visiting the Competition page.



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The Bowls Hampshire Dolly Gore Competition was held at Banister Park last Friday.  This is an annual competition held at the end of the season between teams from the North, South, East and West of the County.  Lockswood ladies put a Rinks team forward, Jackie Barnes, Maxeen Fletcher, Sue Coates and Sylvia Switzer, to play for the South.

During the day, the South play against one other Area Team and then a different Area Team in the afternoon.  All shots are totalled for the finishing positions.

Unfortunately, the South was not quite so successful this year, finishing in fourth position.

Teams from the North of the County were the winners.  Congratulations to them and well done to all the teams that took part.



This Trophy is contested each year at the end of the Men's League Season.

Four teams of Rinks play, two teams AWAY and two teams at Home, simultaneously on the same evening.

On Thursday 18th August, Lockswood's Men's Team played Follands.

After a great result, Lockswood won three rinks out of four giving an overall score of 61 shots to 50.

They are now through to the Semi - Final where they will meet the Sports Centre next Tuesday 23rd August. 

So, come along, offer your support and learn how the competition works.

Good luck boys!

19/08/22. Information courtesy of Brian Ford.


Congratulations to Lockswood's Men's Combination Triples Team.  They have won the League !

The Men's Triples Team top the Southampton and District Division One League and are the Champions for 2022.  They finished the season two and a half points clear of Hedge End  who finished in second place.

Well done to the whole team, a great season.

A good job, well done!



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One of our dedicated volunteers who sweep and maintain  the green, and our lovely gardens on Tuesday mornings.

John Sherrington sweeping the green in the rain today!

16/08/22. Photograph courtesy of Colin Mottram

Hottest Finals Days Ever at Lockswood!

Final's Weekend 2022 was held at Lockswood on Saturday 13th  and Sunday 14th August.

The weather was unprecedented with temperatures in the thirties!  For this reason the format was changed this year with matches being held (as for the Commonwealth Games) at 8.30am and 4pm or 5.30pm.  This meant that players and supporters had to be up early or visit later in the day in order to catch the action.

Saturday began with the Willcocks Cup, a singles match between Neil and Maxeen Fletcher.  Family rivalry was good hearted and was followed intently by the spectators for any signs of a falling out!  Luckily, this did not happen and Neil came through to take the cup.


Taking place at the same time was the Jubilee Triples  Dilys Lillywhite, Adrian Dadd and Don Moore versus Sue Coates, Alan Jackson and Stewart McCabe.  After a very close match, Stewart's team took the title.

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At 5.30pm, Neil was back to take on John Beaumont for the President's Cup.

Neil had an excellent day. 

After another  good match he took the President's Cup , two wins in a day!

Congratulations Neil.

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Sunday began early and marginally cooler, with the Ladies' and Men's Singles matches.

The Ladies' Singles was between Maxeen Fletcher and Carol Windust.  Maxeen began very well and made it difficult for Carol to get anywhere near the jack, making her play a variety of shots to hang in the game.  However, at 16 - 3  down Carol began to pull back winning more ends and managing to claw  her way back to make the score 18 -14 to Maxeen.  Despite Carol's best efforts, it was not to be her day and Maxeen came through to win 21 - 15!.  It was a very enjoyable match to watch and play in. This was the competition that Maxeen had always wanted to win and she is now the Ladies' Champion.  Well done Maxeen a well deserved winner!

The Men's Pairs was contested by Neil Fletcher and Alan Jackson. It was a third final for Neil and  second for Alan. This match was also quite close  but,  this time the winner was Alan who won by 21 shots to 14 and is now the Men's Singles Champion for 2022! Congratulations Alan.


4 o'clock  saw the start of the Men's Pairs, Walter Metcalfe and Alan Jackson versus Nigel Harvey and Don Moore. This was also a good game  to watch and was finally won by Walter and Alan.

The match of the weekend however, was the Ladies' Pairs.  Vi Oliver and Maxeen Fletcher played Sue Coates and Sylvia Switzer. This match was an EPIC!

It began at 5.30pm and was extremely close, so close, that at around 8.30pm the match was still being played!  Eventually, it became too dark to see and the match had to be carried over  night to be continued on Monday morning!  At this point Sue and Sylvia were 21 - 20 down.

At 8.30 am on Monday the match was resumed and after twenty ends the score was 23 - 23!

So, it eventually came down to the last end.  Sue and Sylvia were holding three shots and Maxeen, with one wood left, needed to get one shot to win.  After considering her options at the head, she was unable to find a path to the jack.  This meant that Sylvia and Sue took the match 26 - 23 after four hours and ten minutes of play!  The match was a credit to our ladies' bowling, and despite Maxeen and Vi losing, they were all winners in this match.  Well done ladies! A great game to watch.


Thank you to all the competitors who took part in all the competitions throughout the Season and Congratulations to all the Finalists and Winners.

Many thanks to all those who came along to support the finalists at different start times this year in our exceptional weather.  You were privileged to watch some very fine bowling.

Thanks to Bob Prince - Club Captain, Joan Barton - Club President, for umpiring, and to all those who marked for the singles games.

The biggest " thank you" however, must go to Rod Maxted our Competitions Secretary, who collated and organised all the competitions throughout the Summer, but who was unable to be with us on the day.  We missed you Rod and all send you our best wishes.

To view more photographs of the day please click on the trophy below.

15/08/22. Photos courtesy of Carol Windust and Sylvia Switzer.

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Please find below under Summer Competitions, an updated version of the Schedules for our two FINALS DAYS.  These now show start times for the matches.

Please come along to support the finalists and celebrate their achievements.

Thank you.


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What a great job Bob and his willing team of helpers has done!

The Maintenance Shed, Sherbourne and all the benches around the green have been given new coats of paint.

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It has been a hot job for the painters,

but they have overcome the heat 

by working at cooler times during the day, to get the job done.

Despite all the hot weather the gardens still look immaculate.

The newly painted sheds and benches enhance the gardens even more.

I'm sure everyone will agree when they see them.

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A big "Thank You" to Bob Prince and all those who worked hard in the heatwave to get the sheds and furniture painted.

They really do look very smart!

Our gardens will continue to receive high praise from members and visitors to the club.

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The latest updates for the Club Competitions are now available to view on  the relevant competition pages.




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