december 2019 news

Merry Christmas

Lockswood Bowling Club would like to wish all of our friends  in the

S&D and G&F 

a very Merry Christmas and

a Happy New Year.

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The Southampton and District Bowling Association held their annual "Winter Warmer" at Lockswood Bowling Club on Sunday 15th December.  This year was very special as the Assocition were celebrating their Centenary Year.  A mixed team from the Southampton and District came to play a mixed team from Lockswood.

The recent inclement weather threatened to dampen the day but not the spirit of everyone who attended and the event was well supported by both players and non-players, who mostly turned out in fancy dress in various Christmas guises :-Elves, Santas, Polar Bears, Christmas Puddings, Snowmen and even a Hot Dog! ( because this is traditionally the food of this event).  After a showery and blustery start, the sun came out and the weather stayed dry although  rather cold.

The day began by Jan Collins, Lockswood's President, handing over the green to the President of the Southampton and District, Vic Ameira. It was promptly followed by the raising of the Southampton and District Bowling Association's new flag, to commemorate the founding of the Association in December 1919.




  Vic Ameira, S&D President,  raises the new flag accompanied by

        Walter Metcalf S&D President Elect.  Jan Collins Lockswood President and Adie Booth.


This was followed by a "Spider" in aid of the President's two charities, Save the Children and Help for Heroes.

This was won by Carol Windust who won a bottle of whiskey. The President's charities were well supported and some extra funds were made from various misdemeanors which occurred throughout the afternoon as well as a raffle. 

Traditionally, there is a prize for the best fancy dress costume, which this year was won by " Mrs. Christmas,"  Sylvia Switzer who also won a bottle of whiskey.



















For full gallery of photographs click here.


Games commenced on all six rinks, there was much frivolity and merriment and on some rinks extra Christmas Spirit!  The scores were immaterial as everyone enjoyed the company of the visitors and friends from around the district.

This year, instead of the usual Hot Dogs, the Southampton and District provided, free of charge, lovely pulled pork rolls with apple sauce followed by, home made cakes, which provided a very welcome lunch along with drinks from the bar and a few more Christmas spirits which helped to warm everyone up.  

Many thanks must go to Les Smith for providing the food and to all those who worked in the kitchen and bar to make this a very successful day.

A big thank you to all those who helped to organise the afternoon and many thanks to everyone who supported this celebratory event. Thanks to you all  for making this a very enjoyable start to the Christmas Season.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.


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Photographs courtesy of Rod Maxted.


Just a reminder :-  

The Christmas Draw will take place on Thursday 19th December.

Prizes will be available to collect from the Club from 9.30am on Friday 20th December.

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A Message from your President - Jan Collins

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Autumn Triples 2019

At the beginning of the Autumn Triples, it was decided that it would be rather nice to have a trophy as well as cash for the winners of both the Autumn and Spring Triples.  There are 14 matches played in the Autumn and about 8 matches played in the Spring. It is an opportunity for members to win a trophy and is a great reward for all the hard work and effort which goes into winning the competition over several weeks. Many thanks must go to Rod Maxted for donating these trophies.


                                  Rod Maxted has very kindly  donated two trophies, one for each event.

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Below is a report by John Sherington on the final day of the Autumn Triples 2019.  The first recipients of this trophy are "Tango".  Club Captain Bob Prince presented the trophy to the winners on the day.  The team are 

Mike Coward, Jennifer Ford, Don Moore, Paddy Christopher, Jim Adcock and Ron Tizzard.  Many congratulations to you all!

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For final  results and tables, click here


On behalf of all those who took part in the Autumn Triples, we would like to thank John Sherrington for all his hard work in organising this event and also his team of helpers, who attended every Monday to ensure the smooth running of the event.

Many thanks,

Great job well done!  Which team will be first to win the to win the Spring Triples Trophy?


Photo courtesy of Rod Maxted.

New Almoner

As many of you know, Muriel Goodridge has now stepped down as the Club Almoner.  On behalf of the club we would like to thank Muriel for all her hard work and dedication over many years, to ensuring all those who have been poorly or in need have had the support of all members.

The new Almoner is Jackie Barnes. If you know of anyone in the club who is unwell or in need of support, please inform Jackie by contacting her direct.

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County Competition Reminder 2020

For all those who wish to enter the County Competitions for 2020, you have just two weeks left to enter.  

The closing date is 15th December. 

To sign up to enter, please see the noticeboards in the respective cloakrooms in the clubhouse.

Many thanks