Welcome to the  Chalfont St Giles Bowling Club website

The club is affiliated to Bowls England, and operates Lawn Bowls throughout the summer, and compete in all County competitions, Thames Valley League and local friendlies. We also organise short-mat bowls and social events in the winter. 

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 CLUB NEWS                                  Last updated ;  TB 13th Oct 2017

100 Club ; The draw for October has taken place and the lucky winners are as below ; 

        £25 ;   James Batkins,    £15 ; Joyce Cripps,      £10  ; Robin Newman 

 Wednesday Socials;  Members should have been advised by Email, but due to a local funeral affecting many older members, the first social morning has been deferred by a week to October 25th. The format, for anyone who hasn't been before, is tea/coffee on arrival at 10-10.30, an assortment of games (card games, board games etc) before a light lunch of soup, bread and a pudding, followed by more games during the afternoon. The day ends with tea and cakes. The cost is £3. If games are not your thing, the day is also a good opportunity to have a good chat and generally catch up with other members.

If you are planning to come Shirley would appreciate a phone call (01494 872845) so she has some idea of numbers for catering purposes.

 Notices ;  We have been advised by the County Organisers of the Death of Denis Ward of Gerrards Cross, who might have been known to members.  His funeral is on Friday 27th October, at 11:45am at Amersham Crematorium. Refreshments at GXBC after. The death of another county player, Arthur Frederick of Wendover has also been advised, but his funeral will be on the Isle of Wight.

 RESULT    Our first indoor game of the season was a friendly against Handy Cross and we only managed one winning rink to three, and lost by 49 to 86. Our top rink was Rose Kirby, Graham Buchanan, Bob Baker and John Anderson by 14 to 12. We hope to do better  next match.

RESULT Our last outdoor game of the season was a friendly away at Hazells. The weather was not too good to us as it started to rain halfway but did stop after 15 minutes and the ground was heavy going. The score was 76 to 121 and we won on 2 triples out of 6,top rink going to Flora Alderton, Denise Rogers and Mike Alderton by 21 - 14. In spite of the weather and loss we all seemed to enjoy the game and company.

David Coode: an update on funeral arrangements

This will be on Monday October 9th at 11.30am at Amersham Crematorium. There will be refreshments (nibbles) afterwards at David's house, 7 Parkside, Lower Road, Gerrards Cross SL9 8LD. The family would like some idea of numbers for catering purposes so, if you are planning to go back to the house, please would you let Anne know as soon as possible.

 A few dates for your diary and other things!

Firstly, the winter games/lunch days will be starting on Wednesday October18th. Shirley Taylor is again organising the event so please come along and enjoy yourselves.  Please mention it to any of your friends who do not have email access.
The Christmas card exchange and social morning get-together will be on Saturday December 16th.
Secondly, the lists for entry to next year's County competitions are on the notice board at the club. If you want to enter, the closing date is in November so please let Tim Baldwin know in good time. The closing date for the National competitions is later but again please let him know.
And thirdly, there are still a few days before the nominations list for Committee positions closes. We are still looking for a Social Secretary and, while we do have potential candidates for Treasurer and Midweek Captain, other nominations would not go amiss!

 RESULT ; Our last mid-week friendly was away at Kitcheners, where despite a sunny day, the green was particularly slow, and we went down by 44-76. We had one winning rink, with Michael Facey, Chris Moir and Mick Lane, and everyone enjoyed their game.  Kitcheners noted that this was the last match on their green which is to be dug up and re-laid over the winter, all arranged through their landlords,  Berkamsted School.  We look forward to a new experience next year ! 

BBA Competitions ;  This is just a reminder that entries to the BBA County competitions need to be submitted in early November, so please notify Tim B or add your names to the notices in the clubhouse as soon as possible if you are interested.  The Last chance will be at the AGM, but will you remember ?  Do it NOW ...

David Coode 1935 - 2017

It is with great regret, we have to inform members of the death of David Coode, who has been a long standing member of this Club.  Our thoughts are with his family.  David passed away this morning (Wednesday) and further details of his funeral will be notified to members in due course. 

The end of the home season was celebrated with the Captain v President annual game, with Captain Mike Alderton standing down after 10 years with a narrow win, on his birthday, over the team led by President Staff Burbridge 

The weather was sunny, and a great time was had by all.  Now it is only a couple of away friendlies to go, and then many members move over to Short Mat in the village Memorial Hall (for details see the dedicated tab on this site) or the indoor season with one of the local indoor clubs.  Well done to all members on a successful season, and see you all at the AGM and the Presentation Dinner.

 RESULT ; On Saturday we played out last home game of the season, a friendly encounter with Herts B C, on a warm and sunny afternoon.  Although some of the games were a little one-sided (both ways) there was healthy banter and the games were played out in good spirit to a comfortable Chalfont win , 90-65.  We won on four of the five triples, with top Rink going to  (yawn), Mike Alderton with Staff Burbridge and Linda James (24-4).

INDOOR GAMES ;  The sign-up sheets for the four indoor matches arranged for Club members to play against Indoor Bowling Clubs as noted in the fixture card, are posted in the clubhouse.  Please sign up in the next few days of the summer season, or contact Mike, John or Tim with your availability.

Winter Socials ;  Shirley is prepared to hold the regular monthly socials and games days in the clubhouse on the third Wednesday of the month as usual, starting on 18th October. Also please reserve the 16th December for the pre-Christmas card-exchange and social morning in your diaries.  More details in due course. 

RESULT ;  On Thursday, we played our return home friendly with Pinner Bowls Club.  Following many substitutions, we had managed to establish an internal triple to play alongside, but then a  communications cock-up caused our efforts to have a sixth match triple foundered. However, thanks to the three players who volunteered to stand down on the day. In the event they probably made a wise decision, as the drizzle became persistent, and after 6-8 ends, we took an early tea, and never went out again. We had been leading 39-26, but called it an honourable draw, with both teams losing to the weather!  

NOTICE ;  Saturday game v Herts ;  This team is now picked, so please refer to the appropriate page in the 'Weekend Match' tab.  Apologies for the delay.

RESULT ;  In our game on Wednesday against Tring, we played 6 triples, and won three and lost three.  Fortunately the overall result was a win by 102 shots to 84, mostly down to two teams who were vying for Top Rink.  Both had shot differences of 18, and both won 13 ends to 5, so 'Captains Choice' went to John and Pam Anderson with Rose Kirby, over  Tim Baldwin, Graham Buchanan & Bobbie Richards.  

HELP !! ;    The final weekend match (30/9)  against Hazells still needs a few names to make up the team, but  the final midweek game against Kitcheners  (Thurs 28/9)  has been reduced to four triples and the teams are now selected.

CAPTAIN'S v PRESIDENT's teams ;  The members who signed up for this annual encounter have been divided up as per the link below, though the composition of each rink will be advised in due course ; 

 http://www.CSGbOWLINGCLUB.co.uk/C v P teams.pdf

Meanwhile anyone finding themselves unable to play , or if there are any other members wishing to take part in this fun afternoon, please advise the Captain or President as soon as possible.  As an incentive please note that the first drink after the game will be 'on the house', courtesy of the Captain & President!!      Cheers !!

RESULT ;  There was no game on Saturday, but on Sunday we played a friendly at home against Cippenham.  This was reduced to 5 triples at our opponents request and thanks to all the members affected by the change , which introduced an internal pairs game to give everyone an outing.   The match was a comfortable win, played in great spirit, winning on 4 of the 5 greens, with Top Rink, Rob Kirby, Denise Rogers and Hazel Baker leading the way (29-7) to an overall score of 111 - 58. 

CONGRATULATIONS ; Well done to the 18 players who turned up for the final Friday roll-up on Friday 15th, and brought these weekly social gatherings to an end with the last triples in the damp and gathering gloom , and for the end of the Baked Potatoes  for the season!  This allowed Graham Buchanan (thanks for all the organising again this year) to determine the winner of the Fearnley Cup for the best average Friday night results over the season....

In 3rd place was Denise Williams....  and in 2nd Place was Morgan Kavanagh ...

& the Winner was ... (drum roll ).. Robert Yalden , who was duly presented with the cup.

Well done Robert.! 

RESULT ;  On Thursday we played our annual game against Croxley Guild, and this year we were the hosts. Despite a little rain at the start, the sun came out, and we enjoyed a good game, albeit a losing one.  Overall we lost by 75 to 104 but had top rink of Michael Facey, Lyn Carroll and Rob Kirby who won by 21 to 10. 

RESULT ; The Ladies played their last friendly of the season, away against Chesham on Wednesday, and despite the showery and chill conditions, managed to maintain their 100%  friendly record with a win by 50 shots to 31, thanks in large part by Top Rink Flora Alderton, Chris Moir and Denise Williams, (22-5).

RESULT ;  Following the Finals  Weekend, on Tuesday (12/9) normal service was resumed with a friendly match agaist Stoke Poges. This was a three-triple game, and we won  convincingly by 77-37. Top Rink was Flora Alderton, Graham Buchanan and Tim Baldwin, but we also won the other two games, one of them involving a recovery from 6-14 down to 20-17 up. The match was played in good spirit despite the showery conditions, and thanks also to the 6 reserves who played an internal game alongside. 

100 Club ; The September draw was made over the weekend, with the following lucky winners coming out of the 'hat' ;
£25 Chris Pound ;   £15  Maureen Burbridge  ;  £10  Rachel Gelder 

FINALS NEWS;  ( Day 3)  the last four Finals were played out on Sunday, with the Ladies Triples (The Kernow Cup)  and Gents Triples (The Coombes Cup) in the morning.  The Ladies game gave Hazel Baker her 5th success, in a good team effort with Chris Pound & Joyce Cripps, over Flora Alderton, Pam Anderson & Maureen Harding.

Meanwhile the Mens game was won by  Roger Darbourne, Joe Jaquest & Allan Rumble, in a close game over Bob Baker, Graham Buchanan & Mick Lane.

In the afternoon, Hazel Baker completed a full set of victories, winning the Club Championship (The Weatherley)  overcoming a brave effort by John Pink, who fell short in a late rally to lose 13-21.   Well done Hazel, in completing the weekend unbeaten. !


The last game of the weekend , played in increasingly foul conditions, was the Australian Pairs, (The Clare Cup) between Tim & Liz Baldwin and Lyn Carroll with Graham Buchanan.  This game provided one of the closest games of the weekend, and much excitement in the (dry) clubhouse  watching the ebb & flow in the drizzle and rain outside.  Tim & Liz went 5-0 up to 5-9 down, to 21-11 up, to 21-22 down, before scrambling the last two ends to win 24-22. 

Well done to all four players in bringing the Finals Weekend to a suitably fun climax, and thanks to Bob Baker and all his helpers for the organisation and resolution of all those little dramas along the way. 

 For full list of the results ; follow this link ;  

http://www.CSGbOWLINGCLUB.co.uk/Finals Results 2017.pdf  

For the results, WITH PHOTOS of the finalists , follow this second link; 

http://www.CSGbOWLINGCLUB.co.uk/Finalist Photos 2017.pdf

FINALS NEWS  ;  (Day 2)  The run of success for Hazel Baker continued on Saturday with three more wins.

In the 2-wood singles, (The Jim West) after a close early tussle, she pulled away to beat Rose Kirby 22-10, and then in the Ladies Singles (The Rosella Cup) it was a similar pattern, with a strong finish to beat Candi Ivey 21-10. 

Meanwhile, Club Captain Mike Alderton was playing in the Mens Final (the Saab) beating Barry Mills, who provided some good opposition before Mike also pulled away to win 21-11.

Mike and Hazel were then joined forces to play the Mixed pairs (the Roff)  against George and Candi Ivey. The pattern continued with these finely matched pairs getting to 12-12 before Mike and Hazel won a 5 shot end, to assist them to another victory.

The Mens Pairs (The Wellings) was rather more one-sided with Ian McLeod and  Joe Jaquest  overcoming John Pink and Robert Yalden 23-7.  Joe has really mastered his extension arm, using it to very good effect this afternoon.

The Ladies Pairs (Punter) was won by Joyce Cripps and Rose Kirby, after a spirited contest with Linda James and Liz Baldwin, where Rose, habitually a lead, proved equally effective as Skip, in winning 24-11.

Finally Barry Mills came back from his Saab defeat to win the Novice singles (the Cox shield) 21-14  against an unlucky John Pink who came close, but will have to await his second chance in the Club Championship (the Weatherley) on Sunday

FINALS NEWS ;  (Day 1) The first final was completed on Friday afternoon, when Linda James, Morgan Kavanah and Hazel Baker made it three wins in three years in the mixed triples, coming back from a poor start to beat Bobbie and Colin Richards and Chris Pound.  Despite the forecast, the weather held up on a bright afternoon, with rain only arriving later in the evening, and fingers are crossed for the same over the next two days.

STOP PRESS :  In view of the weather forecast , and because it was to have been the finale to the Friday-night roll-ups,  this evenings Roll-up session has been cancelled and the finale postponed to next Friday. This does not affect the Finals programme, which remains as advertised.  Please support the first final this afternoon, showers or no showers.!!

NOTICE ;  The entry forms for County Men & Ladies Competitions have been received and are posted in the Clubhouse. If you are interested in entering any of these competitions, please fill in your names, or contact Tim Baldwin to discuss. 
The submission DEADLINE is Nov 17th, but I will submit at the END OF OCTOBER, to cover our Top Club, Champion of Champions, and Bucks Plate entries. 
The Trundell & Burnham Plate competitions are under further discussion.

RESULT ;  A new opponent this season is Rosedale Park, and after the scheduled mixed friendly was cancelled by the weather back in May, it was re-arranged for Wednesday, Sept 6th, when three triples played away at their greens in Hayes.  Well done to our Top Rink, Rose Kirby, George Ivey & Pat McKay, leading us to an overall win by 56 - 43.

... meanwhile that Wednesday, two rinks of members played in the Chess Vale Gala, one each in the two groups playing 4 sessions of 8 ends. When the first group had completed their four games, the 'Chalfont 2' Team of Denise Rogers*, Liz Baldwin, Pam Anderson and Tim Baldwin had three wins and a draw and were 'leaders in the clubhouse', to await the scores from the second group.  Chalfont's other team lead by Mike Alderton did well with three wins out of four, but only three other teams were capable of overtaking Chalfont 2.  Stoke Poges lead the field until they lost their first four ends to Chesham, who then faltered themselves  by letting SP win one end back. This left only Waddesdon in a winnable position, and indeed, they were leading with one final bowl to be delivered by their opposition, who managed to come in to take a single shot to deny them the point they needed.  Well done Chalfont 2, for winning the ChessVale Gala !! 

* apologies Denise, for an earlier temporary typo! 

ALSO....Chesham Ladies Gala was on Monday and the Chalfont trio of Rose Kirby. Maureen Harding and Candi Ivey  managed a very creditable 2nd Place out of 24. Well done, and a note to all members, - please pass any other significant gala information back to TB, for a mention in this website.

FINALS SCHEDULE; The Schedule for the three days of 8th-9th-10th September has now been determined, and can be found on the competitions page of this website, and shortly on the Clubhouse wall. All finalists - please ensure that you know your slot, and have read the pre-amble notes from the Competition organiser.   Good Luck !!

RESULT ;  Our end-of-season friendlies continued on Tuesday with a home fixture against Court Park.  This match was reduced to four triples to assist our opponents, and on  the day we also loaned them a player (..thanks Bobbie). We lost two of these, but won the others by sufficient margin to win the match overall, 74-59.  This was in no small part due to our Top Rink Rose Kirby, Dave Harding and George Ivey  (25-6). 

On Monday a good number of members (16) enjoyed a JOLLY DAY OUT in Windsor.  Our coach dropped us in the centre of town (eventually....when the driver was persuaded to ignore the sat-nav and listened to us!). Some then enjoyed an open-top bus ride around the town whilst others preferred a retail experience, coffee shops or a walk by the river, all meeting at the Pub for a finger-buffet lunch.  This was close to the ferry stage where we caught a shuttle to Windsor Racecourse for the afternoon, allowing some members to cover their betting costs, ... but most didn't !  Thanks to Bob Baker for splendid organisation and a great day out for all concerned. 

RESULT: We played Aston Clinton at home today Sunday 3rd Sept and we had close games on 3 rinks which we lost and a good win on the 4th triple by 27 to 10 which enabled us to win overall by 65 to 62 shots. Our winning triple was Mike Wise, Graham Buchanan and Rob Kirby. The weather was drizzle and dull all afternoon but that did not stop our enjoyment of the game.

RESULT: On Saturday 2nd Sept we played a friendly at Glory Mill  and the rinks were 2 to us and 2 to them but the overall score was to our benefit by 65 to 60, very close, but still a win ! We had a top triple of Flora Alderton, Denise Rogers and Mike Alderton, 25 to 8 shots. 

RESULT ;  On Thursday, the Ladies played their match against Flackwell Heath, (which had been added to the fixture list after the cards had been printed ), and achieved another win,  to maintain their 100%  record in their friendlies, by  63 shots to 41.  Our Top Rink was Gill Wise, Joyce Cripps and Maureen Harding. 

NOTICE:   This is to advise that the Berkhamsted match has been cancelled due to bad weather.

RESULT ;  Apart from the Bucks Plate and TVL league earlier in the season, the club only plays one men-only friendly match, against Amersham. This year it was our turn to host the game, which was played on Tuesday 28th Aug.  Four triples battled out a close encounter, and after being down at half-way, and up after 12 ends , after 14 ends it was 50-50 shots. However we rallied over the final ends to win three out of four greens, and by 69-62 overall. This was due to our Top Rink (Rob Kirby, John Anderson & Tim Baldwin, 22-13)  and to a last-minute rally by the fourth and  losing green (11-22) , who scored 7 of their shots in the last three ends to give us our winning margin.At least we can say that the men have been unbeaten in their friendly games this season!

Jubilee Cup ;  On Bank Holiday Monday club members played for the Jubilee Cup, a drawn mixed 3 wood pairs event, played in two groups of 3 8-end matches, with a final between the group winners. Played on one of the hottest days of the year there was a good turnout of players and supporters, with a Barbecue for members and guests, including some from the Parish Council,  to round off the day. 
The bowling final was between Rose Kirby and Mike Wise, against Lyn Carroll with Nick Nicholls,  with Rose and Mike carrying off the trophy after a close contest. 

All earlier reports are now archived in the 'archive' pages of this website