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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.

CLUB NEWS                             Last updated  TB  22th  June 2018

 NOTE ;  Apologies for a lapse in some entries over the last few days due to the absence of your web-manager ;  The results from the 3C at Amersham and the Burnham Plate at Denham (both understood to have been lost unfortunately) will be posted shortly.  The Trundell result has not yet been advised.  Also the teams for the friendlies next week against Gerrards Cross (All Play)  and Cippenham are both believed to be posted in the clubhouse and will be added to the website shortly.

 RESULT:   Our latest C & T match was today Tuesday 18th June when we played High Wycombe at their green and we won on all 3 triples.The overall score was 51 to 38 and our highest winning triple was Hazel Baker. John Anderson and Mike Alderton by 17 - 11. It was a close game on all the rinks.

RESULT:  We played Chess Vale at Home in the 3 Counties league on Saturday 16th June and beat them on all rinks with our top rink of John Pink, Linda James, Pam Anderson and John Anderson winning by 27 - 9. Our total shot score was 121-67 and we picked up all 12 points.  Chess Vale will be determined to beat us at their ground on the carpet in the return match.  

RESULT:  Hazel Baker and Mike Alderton played their next round in the National pairs against a pair from Gerrards Cross and unfortunately lost.  Hope you have better luck next time. 

RESULTS  ;  The Ladies also played a further round in both the Trundell & Burnham Plate (BP)  on Thursday, and the BP was played in the afternoon, at home against Cippenham.  Despite a good tussle, we lost by 5 shots.  In the evening the Trundell teams were home and away against Iver Heath, and unfortunately both lost  to bring a hiccup to our recent good run of success. The full shot details of both these league games will be included when they are put into the dedicated 'Results' tab on this website.

RESULT ;  There was a friendly visit to Harrow on Thursday,  slightly depleted by the Ladies league games, but we were loaned one player (for whom thanks are due to our hosts). Nevertheless we gave a good account of ourselves , winning on three of the four triples giving an overall victory by 82-65 overall.  Much of this margin was provided the Top Chalfont Rink of Mike Moir, Roger Darbourne and Bob Baker, 30 - 8,   though the other wins were rather closer.

Bucks Plate ;  Following the match between Amersham and Stoke Poges in our group, we know that Chalfont St Giles have topped their division (3), and so are home in the quarters, on Sunday 15th July, to meet the runners up of another division (1), being Newport Pagnell Bowling Club.  Well done to the Bucks plate team, and good luck in the quarter finals.   

RESULT ; The Ladies played a 3- triple friendly away at  Amersham on Wednesday, and found the going a bit tough on a challenging green.  We had one winning rink with  Bobbie Richards, Margaret Timberlake and Liz Baldwin, (16-14) but unfortunately the others slipped to an overall loss by 44-57.  We will have a chance to get our own back  when they come to us in early July.  Well done to everyone for taking defeat with good grace and enjoying a pleasant afternoon's bowling. 

NOTICE   : The Friendly match against Harrow has been selected, (ALL PLAY for those who applied) and is noted on the Mid-week tab.  Apologies for the delay, but there was a danger that this match would need to be cancelled through a poor application due to the Ladies matches in the evening.  Thank you to the late recruits. 

Invitation Mixed Fours Gala;  On Tuesday we held our Main Gala on a cool, but mostly dry day, when the rain was kind enough to drift by as we had lunch !.  After a minutes silence to remember our past President and long-time member Bill Bowler, whose funeral took place today, the 14 teams battled through four sessions of 8 ends. No-one managed four wins,  so it was a tight finish when the points were added up.  Winner by a single point was Glory Mill, with Wendover just making second place on shot-difference over a team from Chesham. 


The 'spider' and cakes donations made £70 for the Iain Rennie Hospice Charity, and "a good time was had by all" , and thanks are due to the ladies in the kitchen, bar and greens support, for making it another successful day. 

RESULT ; On Monday evening we played the away leg of the Chiltern and Thames League match against Chesham. This turned out to be a closer affair than the home leg, and two of the triples went close, but were won by Chesham, each by 2 shots. However our third triple of Hazel Baker, John Anderson and Mike Alderton, claimed Top Chalfont Rink with a win  by 27 - 10, giving an overall team win by 58 shots to 45.  This gave us 4 points for overall shots, and with 2 points awarded per triple, the overall result was a win by 6 points to 4.  (16 - 4 over the two legs) 

OPEN DAY ;  The Club held its Open Day on Sunday, combined with a Friends and Family invitation, with Fun Games, Coaching and Introductions to the game, the day was supported by many Club Members, a Barbecue and brisk business at the bar on a beautiful hot and sunny afternoon.  With a number of potential new members looking for formal coaching, the day can be regarded as a great success, and thanks to all those who contributed to the planning, and on the day.

Ladies Top Club ; The third round match against Tilehurst B C will be at home on June 23rd, at 10.00, (Greys) and the team has been posted under the ladies Matches.  All supporters on the day will be welcome,  to carry us into further rounds ! 

RESULT ;  Saturday 9th June we played a 3 counties match at home against High Wycombe and we won on 3 rinks out of 5 by 103 - 90 giving us 8 points to 4. Our highest winning rink was Rose Kirby, Maureen Harding, Nick Nicholls and Mike Alderton by 27 - 8. A very nice win in decent weather for us.   

RESULT ; On Thursday evening, our ladies were back to the Trundell & Burnham Plate,  and maintained their winning ways.  In the Trundell against Stoke Poges, although we lost at home (16-19, hard luck , Rose, Gill & Anne), the away team of Denise Rogers, Pam Anderson & Hazel Baker won (15-9) so achieving an overall shots win, and 4 Trundell Points to Stoke Poges' 2.   * Please note that the teams for the Trundell on June 21st & 28th have been  reviewed,  as now on the website.

In the Burnham Plate, our four went away to Iver Heath and came away with a win by 24 -11.  Well done to Flora Alderton, Pat McKay, Maureen Harding and Lyn Carroll

RESULT;  On Thursday afternoon , we plated a friendly fixture against Cippenham, reduced to allow for the ladies matches in the evening, but three triples enjoyed a pleasant match, with two of them being very close.  We won one by a single shot , so Top rink was  Dave Harding, Rose Kirby and Bryan Hedley, but lost another by the same margin, and the last rather more so,  losing overall by 30-45.  We have a number of games against Cippenham, so plenty of chances to reverse our fortunes.

GREAT RESULT ! ;  On Tuesday evening our Ladies played their second round match in their National Top Club competition, at home against local rivals Gerrards Cross. Our opponents came with vocal supporters and a team including International players,  to watch a keenly contested match where we could be considered to be the under-dogs.

The Single finished first, with a hard-fought win (after a tricky spell mid-game) for Hazel Baker 21-16, and after a nail-biting finish in the pairs, Rose Kirby and Candi Ivey squeezed home 17-16. At this stage we were down in the triples and fours and close on overall shot difference, so it was going 'down to the wire', as our opponents and their supporters' over-enthusiasm was matched by our Ladies quieter approach.  The Triple of Flora Alderton, Chris Moir and Lyn Carroll pulled back to 14-14 going into the final end, and held their nerve to win by a single shot to secure a famous team victory 3-1

The Four of Gill Wise, Linda James,  Pat McKay (Team Captain), and Anne Darbourne, had maintained the shot difference within reach, but didn't need to finish and retired to join the whole team in well deserved celebration.  Our next opponents are Tilehurst BC (near Reading)  again at home, on a date to be arranged.  Keep going Ladies ! 

RESULT ; On Tuesday afternoon, the match away against Tring was restricted to four triples in deference to the Ladies Top Club second round in the evening , but nevertheless we had an enjoyable encounter in intermittent sunshine, but on a challenging green, somewhat slower than our own.  We won two and lost two, but with a healthy winning margin from Top Rink Nick Nicholls, Pam Anderson and Tim Baldwin, we won the match overall by 82 shots to 56. 

RESULT ;  On Monday night (June 4th) we started our campaign in the Chiltern & Thames League, with a home match against Chesham.  On a cool and damp evening, the three triples started well, and kept control to a comprehensive win by 67 shots to 29, taking all 10 points. Top Rink was Rose Kirby, Barry Mills and Allan Rumble  (32-4)  whilst the other rinks were closer,  but still this is a good start and we already look forward to the return at Chesham next week.    

Trundell & Burnham Plate ; The teams currently selected for the remaining matches in these two ladies competitions are now on the website.  Apologies for the delay...

RESULT ; On Sunday we played a further Three Counties League game, at home  against Wexham.  On a very hot afternoon, the games were all very tightly contested, and with four ends to go, we were leading on three rinks and narrowly ahead on shots.  However our opponents rallied and were then leading on four rinks until a late spurt from Hazel Baker's team pulled them back to a second win, but not quite enough to take Top Chalfont Rink from Maureen Harding, Colin Richards, Bob Baker and Candi Ivey, though both of our wins were 17-14.  Unfortunately losing the other three rinks cost us the match overall, which was 87-100 overall and 8 points to Wexham, and 4 points to Chalfont. 

RESULT ; Mike Alderton played a further round in the Men's  "Champion of Champions", but was unfortunately drawn to play the Slough  Club Champion on their  artificial surface,  which proved too great a home advantage, with Mike losing heavily and going out of the competition.

NOTICE ;  There has been a notice on the board for a few weeks, advertising the autumn trip to Bournemouth in the "Turkey and Tinsel" format, which Rose Kirby has been running for the last few years. If you are interested, please sign up as soon as possible, to give Rose a good idea of numbers when negotiating the deal with the Hotel.

Ladies v Gents ;  This annual club event was held on 2nd June, and following a close win for the men last year, it was another close finish, typified by the Captains' rink.  On the final end, Morgan Kavanagh put the jack in the ditch to give the men a 6 shot possibility, only to be trumped by Pat McKay with a shot within inches of the ditch  and when Mike Alderton's reply was knocked out by Skip Hazel Baker,  it was all over, contributing to a win for the Ladies, by 112 - 104.  

  Thanks also to the men who adopted a feminine guise for the day. " Michaela" Facey, and  "Staffanie" Burbridge, who has turned out for the ladies so many times now, people are beginning to talk !. 

ALSO,  please note that the Ladies Top Club  second round against GX will be on this Tuesday evening, and all those selected should have been informed. Good Luck ladies ! 

RESULT ;  The Ladies fared rather well on Thursday evening, when we played Burnham (home and away) in the Trundell, and Denham (home) in the Burnham Plate. 

Although we lost narrowly away at Burnham (13-15), our home trio of Margaret Timberlake Anne Darbourne and Candi Ivey won emphatically at home (22-7) for an overall win and 4 Trundell points to Burnham's 2.  (oops , not 21-17 as erroneously noted last night!) 

The Ladies' four in the Burnham Plate were at home, and despite a brief interruption for rain at the start, steadily pulled away for a 21- 12 win . Well done to Flora Alderton, Lyn Carroll, Liz Baldwin and Maureen Harding.  

RESULT ; The Men played a further game in the Thames Valley League on Wednesday, home and away against Richings Park.  The home scores were not encouraging, and the away scores were no better, as we lost on all rinks, and 43-99 overall.  The TVL is again not proving to be a happy hunting ground this year! 

What a difference a day makes ;  Unfortunately the weather broke on Tuesday, and the storm caused the cancellation of the home game against Aston Clinton. Let us hope we get to play the return away in September.

Unfortuately the match against Princes Risborough on Thursday has also been cancelled, this time by our opposition who couldn't raise a team. Apologies to all concerned. 

RESULT ;  Hazel followed up her Champion of Chmpions win, with another in the County Mixed Pairs, joining Mike Alderton against a pair from Iver Heath, and winning by 29 shots to 12.  

RESULT ; On a better note, the weather helped Hazel Baker to win her first Champion of Champions round on Tuesday, beating Jean Grimshaw at Burnham on a green slowed by the rain, making long jacks more difficult,  allowing her to win 22-3  after 9 ends.  Good luck in the next round.   

SPRING PLATE ; On a very warm Bank Holiday Afternoon,  club members contested the annual Spring Plate for drawn triples, and a very close result it was!  After the three sessions, two teams shared top spot, on 30 points and a play-off  between Mike Alderton, Linda James & Pam Anderson, and Tony Batkins Chris Pound and Rose Kirby was 1-1 after two ends, but won by Tony and his team on the deciding end.

The trophy was awarded by President Staff Burbridge, and thanks to Maureen B for the organisation. 


RESULT ;  On Saturday we played Harefield Hospital at home in the Three Counties League, in a very warm and close atmosphere, and an extremely close game it turned out to be.  At half time (10 ends) we were down in three out of five rinks, and by 34-52 overall.  However 'it all changed after tea' , and although one winning rink slipped to a narrow loss, other losing rinks recovered to give us three wins and 6 points, subject to the overall shot count. With one end to play on the final (losing) rink we were only 1 shot ahead, but thankfully this team also rallied for a three,  to give us an overall win by 102-98, and the final 2 points for 8-4 overall.  Top Chalfont rink was Chris Moir, John Pink. Bryan Hedley and Tony Batkins.

Bill Bowler ;  Bill's funeral is to be on June 12th, at 12.15 in the large chapel at Amersham Crematorium, and afterwards at The Chalfont St Peter Community Centre.  

RESULT ; On Thursday we played the second of our round-robin games in the Bucks Plate,  against Stoke Poges and in a game that was very tight all round, we managed to win two and lose two triples, and then draw the shot-count, to produce a Tie , with points shared 7-7.   After our 10-4 win against Amersham, this means we are definitely into the quarterfinals, but await the Amersham-Stoke Poges game to see whether we progress as winners or runners-up. 

RESULT;  We host an annual friendly against the Harrow & District team, and this year the game was on May 22nd.  The match as a close one, and we managed to win on three of the 5 triples, with Top Chalfont Rink being Tim Timberlake, Colin Richards and Hubert Cox (21-13).  However the scores on the other two games were rather heavy defeats, allowing Harrow to take the overall result by 91 - 79.    

NOTICE ;  Cancellations ;  Unfortunately the Desborough game on Sunday 27th,  has had to be cancelled as we have too few names to make a team. This is possibly due to being in the middle of the Bank Holiday Weekend, which could be avoided in future (?) but in any case we will need to review whether this fixture is popular enough to retain? 

ALSO,  we have been notified that Cippenham have withdrawn from the TVL league so our men's game on 25th July can be removed from your diaries. 

Note ;     The draws for the 5 Singles, the 4 Pairs, and the 3 Triples  Competitions can now be found under the 'Competitions 2018' tab of this website ; Remember that other than the Men's & Ladies' Triples (on Triples Weekend), the first named player is responsible for offering dates and where necessary, providing a marker

RESULT ; On Monday the men played in the Top Club competition against Marlow, and unfortunately failed to match the recent success of the Ladies in their equivalent competition.  The two-wood and four-wood singles were competitive, but naturally resolved early, both in Marlow's favour.  Despite leading 18-13 in the triples (well done Graham B, Barry M, and John Anderson) and being close in the pairs, once we had lost convincingly in the fours, the match was over and we all retired for a few drinks on a fine warm evening. Marlow were the better team on the day, and we wish them well in the rest of the competition.

Meanwhile the Ladies now know that they meet Gerrards Cross in the next round of their Top Club, date to be determined.

RESULT;   At the weekend there was a memorable event took place in Windsor!   Forget the wedding which caused us to cancel the match against Cippenham on Saturday, but remember the Chalfont  match away to Windsor Great Park on Sunday.  Thanks to our hosts for setting up 4 rinks and 2 triples to accommodate an over-subscription for this popular venue,  and apologies to them for winning on all but one of them, and by 114 - 93 overall.  Top Chalfont Rink was Maggy Read, Linda James and Bryan Hedley with Tim Baldwin  in a 26 -12 win.  Thanks also to our hosts them for a fine tea in their pavilion, despite the fines awarded by their Captain in aid of their Charity.

County Mixed Pairs ;  Mike Alderton and Hazel Baker played their first game in this competition on Friday, winning at home over Lyn and John Mockett from Iver Heath. Mike and Hazel took an early lead, but after that it was nip and tuck, but they held on to win 17 - 13.  

Some Very Sad News ;

This is, unfortunately, to bring you the  news that Bill Bowler died suddenly overnight (May 18th), apparently in his sleep. 

Bill was one of the longest-standing members of the Club, not quite a founder member but joined 40 years ago with his wife Jean, and has had a very long history of membership. He was Chairman for several years and then President, but also served the Club in many other ways, including as green-keeper.

His practicality and creative approach to solving problems were invaluable. He was definitely one of the old school and he will be sorely missed.

Details of funeral arrangements will be passed on as soon as we have any information.  Meanwhile our heart-felt sympathy and condolences go to his family, and to member Pat McKay, Bill's friend of many years.




All the reports for 2018  pre- May 23rd are now archived in the 'archive' pages of this website