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AGM Report

The AGM was very well attended and thank you to all those who did attend, The minutes are being compiled as we speak and we hope to have them available to members soon. 

We have a few changes to report President for this year is Ivan Williamson and Vice President Tom Tink. A few changes on committee and we have a social committee this year also, we therefore hope to hold more socials in the summer season.
 
The Club would like to thank John Stocking for his work as President over the past 9 years, he has made a valuable contribution to the club including much updating of the club facilities, including the bar and Mens changing rooms with his building and decorating skills.
 

AGM Ladies

28 October, 18.30 White Hart

AGM Club

Monday 4 November, 7pm at the Club

We look forward to as many of members attending as possible to have their say about the future of the Club. 

Ampthill & District Local History Society’s monthly lecture on Monday 2 Dec is about Sir Anthony Wingfield’s zoo..... 

Sir Anthony was a founding member and the first President of our Club. This will be a fascinating insight into the history behind the llama on our Club’s badge. The talk is by Janet Tuckett and it starts at 7:45pm in the meeting room at Flitwick Library.  Cost is £3 (on the door) for non-members. Park in Tescos So they can anticipate numbers, please let Alan Plomb know if anyone intends to go. If anyone wants further info about this event or the History Society, contact Alan Plom, or look on their website: www.adalhs.org.uk 

Where did that go....

Can you believe we have come to the end of the season already, it only seems like last week that the season started!  This, our Centenary year, has seen some highs and lows; we have lost several very well respected and long standing members/friends along the way, their absence remains with us and our thoughts are often of them and the times we had with them at the club.  We have had some wonderful Centenary matches, and memorable quiz’s and BBQ’s as well as having a successful season in some of the competitions, and can boast having three of the best Ladies bowlers in Bedfordshire (see the Ladies Captains comments below).  We have enlisted several new members and now have two qualified coaches, we have a new website and Newsletter, so all in all I think it has been a great season.  Well done to all!  On a more personal note, thank you for your kind comments on the Website & Newsletters.  If you have any suggestions on how the Website/Newsletter can improve please do let me know. Of course both of these rely on all members passing on information/photos/results etc, without members input it is difficult to keep to-to-date. So if you do have any news items/results/photos etc that you feel might be appropriate they will be gratefully received.

Successful Presentation Evening...

The Club held its' Annual Presentation Evening on Friday 4 October 2019.  For the first time the Presentation was held at the Bowls Club and what a success it was.  A selection of homemade food was served and enjoyed by all, there was a quiz or two and of course the obligatory Raffle and plenty of banter which made it a very enjoyable evening.  Competition winners were presented with their trophies by the President John Stocking and Ladies Captain Sylvia Stocking.

Competition Winners and Runner Up:

   
WINNERS RUNNERS-UP
TOMKINS CUP MIXED PAIRS  
Caroline and Nicholas Warner-Smith Val Bushnell and Alan Plom
   
CYRIL GOODWIN CUP LADIES PAIRS  
Pat Dobson and Nicolette Wade Christine Newitt and Diane Curtis
   
RAN UNDERWOOD LADIES CLUB LIZ BURNETT TROPHY
Pat Dobson Linda Blore
   
DON ROSS CUP  
Mike Wade Geoff Ashley
   
WINGFIELD CUP MENS PAIRS  
Gary Jones and Les Bunn Mike Wade and John Blore
   
CRAWLEY CUP HANDICAP  
Terry Lynch Alan Plom
   
COOPER CUP GENTS CHAMPION  
Martyn Read Ivan Williamson
   
THURSDAY ROLL UP CUP  
Mike Wade Nicollette Wade
   
NIN AND DON PAVEY SHIELD  
Nicolette Wade, Tom Tink and Les Bunn  
   
JEAN OSBORNE PLATE  
Linda Blore  
   
ALEXSOLDEN SHIELD PLUS 10 AND 13 ENDS WON  
Ladies - Sylv Stocking, Caroline Warner-Smith, Glen Beal and Linda Blore  

 

Congratulations to the Ladies...

Congratulations to Pat Dobson for winning the final in the Over 55’s Singles 21-12, also Glen Beal, Jean Osborn and Pearl Tomkins on winning the County Triples 16-9, they are now the Bedfordshire Champions!

Coaching update...

Martyn and Ivan have completed a number of very successful coaching sessions to new and prospective members.  They have also delivered a session for the residents and staff at the Cheshire Home in Ampthill .  They enjoyed it so much that further sessions  are being planned for October and December.  Many thanks to Dave & Christine Newitt for helping out at the Cheshire Home.

Ampthill & District Local History Society...

Ampthill & District Local History Society’s monthly lecture on Monday 2 Dec is about Sir Anthony Wingfield’s zoo.....

Sir Anthony was a founding member and the first President of our Club. This will be a fascinating insight into the history behind the llama on our Club’s badge.

The talk is by Janet Tuckett and it starts at 7:45pm in the meeting room at Flitwick Library.  Cost is £3 (on the door) for non-members. Park in Tescos

So they can anticipate numbers, please let Alan Plomb know if anyone intends to go.

If anyone wants further info about this event or the History Society, contact Alan Plom, or look on their website: www.adalhs.org.uk

New Clock...

A new clock has been installed on the  outside wall of the Club, this has been placed in memory of Merv Williamson, a long standing member of the club who passed away in thMay this year, and was donated by his nephew, Ivan, and his wife Elaine.

 

"It's not easy being a Greenkeeper" ....

Click here to read an interesting article by Turf Pro (Turf Pro was established in 1998 and now is distributed to over 7,000 turf care professionals and related supply chain in the UK.  Turf Pro is the only built for purpose weekly digital publication servicing the industry and is edited by Laurence Gale – a respected and well-known figure with groundsmen and the wider industry.  Turf Pro is sister title to Service Dealer giving a unique insight into ground care machinery.)

A word from Martin Harris...

As Captain of Ampthill B. EBL team I would like to thank all the team for there efforts this season. Although we did beat all our adversaries around us at the bottom of Division 4 we were relegated on bowls difference.
 
Congratulations to the C team on their promotion, this means we should be the same Division next term. We can look forward to more home games.
 
Thanks again Martin Harris. 
 

A Red breasted visitor ......

 
We had reports that a robin kept flying in and out of the Clubhouse during one of our recent home games? 
 
It had been nesting above the door to the Gents Changing Room, and we couldn’t understand why it was bringing grubs into the Clubhouse chirping and looking around.
 
It wasn’t until later in the day that one of our members found this little fledgeling cowering behind glasses on the shelf in the Bar (thankfully sober!!).
 
The frightened little robin was lifted out and it flew away (erratically) into the hedge..... we were
worried as we couldn’t find it after, and the parent didn’t either .... it was still hanging around the Clubhouse.
 
However we are pleased to report that they were reunited next day and Mother (or Father?) and Baby are doing fine!

A right royal visit ...

Sunday Express, 21 July - sadly we weren't graced with a visit by Megan or the queen during our visit to this beautiful bowling green on the 10th August!

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We are off to Windsor Great Park ....

On Saturday 10 August 2019 we are travelling to Windsor Great Park to play a special Centenary match against the Royal Household Bowls Club.  We are hoping to re-create the photo taken in 1930, when the Captain would have been J Teasdale and the Vice Captain J E Hedges ....

Thank you from Bowls England President Hazel Marke

Dear John

Just a quick note to say a huge thank you for the wonderful day enjoyed by myself and all the Bowls England Players. It was a very special occasion and we were so grateful to be able to celebrate your Centenary with you and your members.

I am most grateful to you and ask that you also pass on my thanks to your Committee and members involved in organising your special day. These events take a great deal of arranging and it is really appreciated.

My personal thanks to you for the bottle of wine which I will enjoy and drink a toast to your good health. My thanks also for the beautiful glass and scratch card, unfortunately I can't share my winnings on this occasion as nothing matched.

I am most grateful to you and ask that you also pass on my thanks to your Committee and members involved in organising your special day. These events take a great deal of arranging and it is really appreciated.

Lastly, my thanks go to the ladies who provided the delicious buffet and after match meal.

I have attached the poem I produced for your day and hope you liked it, my starting point being the history of your wonderful club.

May I wish you all a successful season and hope that the rest of your centenary goes well.

Very best wishes

Hazel

Bowls England President.

Ampthill BC (Centenary) - Penned by Hazel Marke Bowls England President 2019

Thank you for inviting us to your Centenary day

It’s really great to be able to come and play

The sun is shining, oh what a joy

And your green is great, so you mustn’t be coy.

A century ago the club took shape

A far cry from its original landscape

Land owned by Lord Wingfield I understand was given         

So, his exotic animals away were driven          

Camels, zebras, ostrich and llamas to name but a few

Are now all at home in Whipsnade zoo.

The new green was admired by visiting teams

Skilfully laid lawns, ideal surrounds, oh what a dream

With a membership of just 45 they played so well

With nine successive wins the club certainly did excel.

Then in the 1930’s the green was extended

Four rinks increased to six, this was always intended

Maintained by the members who work so hard

A sight for all to see, you have my regard.

So, we celebrate today, half way through your year

With so much support, you have no fear

Bowls England’s so proud and with good reason

We all wish you well for the rest of the season.

My thanks to the workers here at the club

For serving up with such wonderful grub

Without these workers, where would we be?

Not able to have, even a cup of tea

So, I would really like to shout aloud

Ampthill Bowls Club you’ve done us proud

A visit from Bowls England...

Beds Times and Citizen article – 11 July 2019

A celebration match to mark the 100th anniversary of the club will take place at 1.30 today (Thursday 11 July 2019).

President Hazel Marke, of Alton Social BC in Hampshire, will bring a 24 strong Bowls England side to the club in Brinsmade Road, Ampthill, to contest a six-rink mixed feature.

The Bowls England side will consist of members of the current Bowls England Presidential team, including senior vice-president Paul Robinson (Hampshire) and junior vice-president Terri Keen (Buckinghamshire).

Marke said: “I am really looking forward to bringing a Bowls England representative side to Ampthill to mark the club’s 100th anniversary. “A celebration match against a Bowls England representative side is an idea way for a club to celebrate their special occasion in style.

“We hope our visit will leave a lasting impression on the club and ensure many new friendships are made both on and off the green.”

John Stocking, president of Ampthill BC, said: “The club is delighted that Bowls England will help s to enjoy our special anniversary with a celebration match.

“We look forward to welcoming president Hazel and her team to Ampthill and hope they relish the occasion as much as we will.”

The club will be presented with a Bowls England pennant to celebrate the occasion, while the best performing rinks for both sides will be awarded a commemorative spoon.

Success all round ...

A very big well done to Ivan and his team for the impressive display at the Ampthill Gala Day.

It was very impressive and attracted quite a few visitors with the possibility that some visitors may well want to join up. Bravo!!

Whilst that activity was taking place, the Club was performing in Round 2 of the Pell Shield, which resulted in a resounding win. Well done to you all and good luck in the next round.

Ampthill Gala Day ...

Ampthill Gala Day follows a great two nights of Music in Ampthill this weekend(5-7 July) with AmptRocks on the Friday and Ampthill Proms on the Saturday.  The music theme continues on Sunday with several acts on in the three stages.  In additional there is a fair for the children, games and events on the cricket pitch and many stall holders dotted around.  It is a fantastic weekend for Ampthill and for the first time this year we are having a stall.  Not only will you be able to have a chat with some of a our members about the club and the game but you will also be able to try your hand at bowls.  We are very excited at being part of this wonderful weekend event in Ampthill.

Successful evening ...

We were very pleased to host an evening of bowls with Ampthill Business Chamber and members of the Council, including our latest recruit the Mayor of Ampthill on Thursday 27 June.  This has become a regular event at the club with everyone looking forward to a friendly and fun evening.  The sun shone for us all, the buffet was very nice and the game of bowls was great fun.  A big thank you to all that organised the event and we look forward to a re-match next year.

Congratulations ......

We are pleased to announce that we now have two qualified Bowls Coaches as members of the Club.  Ivan Williamson and Martyn Read have successfully passed their Level 1 Coaching qualification and are already offering coaching to new members of the club.  Well done to you both!  Coaching is available to new and existing members.  If you are interested in booking a session please do contact Martyn or Ivan.

 

A visit from Windsor Great Park Tourists Bowls Club to help celebrate our Centenary .....

Our visitors arrived at 12.15  after visiting Wrest Park in Silsoe, they had a Buffet lunch prepared by Jean, Patsy Diane and Diane l.  Some of the team then had a tour round the Kings Arms Gardens with Pauline and Sylvia, which helped walk the lunch off before starting the match.

We started the Match at 2.00pm in sunny weather and had an enjoyable afternoon Bowling.  The weather was very kind to us which made it even more pleasant.  Glen and Hayley sold Raffle Tickets during the refreshment break half way throug the game.

At the end of the match we retired to the Club House for the presentations and the raffle  and a drink or two.  The Windsor Great Tourist Bowlers seemed to enjoy themsleves and merrily sang their song before departing.

After our visitors departed the Ampthill Team and family members had a tasty BBQ provided by Ivan and took part in a quiz very ably compared by Colin our Team Captain.

Our top rink was Val Bushnall, Mike Wade, Martyn Read and Goff Holmes.

Many thanks to those who served at the Bar during the day and every one who helped to make it a nice day and evening.

A Sad Farewell to one of our own ...

Yesterday (31/5/2019) we said goodbye to Merv Williamson - a well-respected and good friend of many people in Ampthill (and way beyond). The packed St. Andrews Church heard an amusing personal tribute by Rev Trodden who gave some examples of Merv’s sense of humour and loyal duty to the church. This included dealing with the plumbing and heating in the church and rectory - a service he provided to many homes in the Town. In a moving tribute by Paul Andrews on behalf of Ampthill Bowls Club, we heard how Merv was also a loyal member and ‘doer’ for the Club for 27 years. Always a popular skip with his team mates and the ‘opposition’ - many Clubs were represented at his funeral too. He played his last game just a couple of months ago and in his honour, the Club’s Centenary display is still in the Ampthill Micro Museum (above Ampthill Fireplaces), for just a few more days.  Sadly Merv won’t be playing in any of our Special Centenary matches this year. He would have enjoyed these special social occasions so much, but he will be with us in spirit. [Probably a double whisky!] Our thoughts are with Sylv and their family (including his nephew and fellow bowler Ivan Williamson ). RIP Merv.

 

We are through to Quarter Finals of the County Fours .....

Well done to I Burnage (skip), I Williamson (lead), C Lambourne (2), and Captain G Holmes (3), who went through to the Quarter Finals of the County Fours Competition. To be played on Fathers Day 16th June Venue tbc.  

Sad News ...

Very sadly Merv Williamson, a long standing and valued member of Ampthill Bowls Club sadly passed away on 9 May 2019 surrounded by his family.  All at the club and all who knew him send their deepest condolences to his wife and family. Merv will be greatly missed, a true gentleman.  Aswell as playing bowls for Ampthill his contribution to the up-keep and maintenance of the club was huge and something he was passionate about (you either did it Merv's way or the wrong way!! ps just ask Colin Beal!).  

The funeral will take place on Friday, 31st May 2:30pm at St Andrews Church, Ampthill and the wake after at Wingfield Club Ampthill.

BOWLS ENGLAND URGES PLAYERS TO STAY ‘SUN SAFE’ THIS SUMMER

Stay safe in the sun this summer – that’s the message from Bowls England as clubs across the country open their doors for the start of the 2019 season.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, with a particularly sharp rise in the number of cases since the 1970s.

Sports and hobbies that see people outside in the sun tend to increase the risk of excessive sun exposure, which can cause premature skin ageing, sun damage and skin cancer.

The good news is that skin cancer is largely preventable, and with proper practices can be detected early and successfully treated.

Tony Allcock MBE, Bowls England Chief Executive, said: “A typical British summer doesn’t always give us the weather and glorious sunshine that perhaps we’d hope for. It can therefore be easy to overlook the need for sun protection in England. If you’re going to be outside playing bowls this summer, it’s important to remember to protect yourself from the sun. In an ideal world, you should avoid being outside between 11am and 3pm on days when the UV forecast is high. If that’s not feasible, then make sure you have plenty of sun protection.”

The British Association of Dermatologists, which will run its annual Sun Awareness Week from 6th to 12th May, advises making use of shade and protective clothing such as hats and sunglasses, with sunscreen used to supplement this. It advises choosing one with an SPF 30 or above, with a minimum 4-star UVA protection rating.

Although prevention is better than a cure, knowing how to spot signs of skin cancer is essential for effective treatment. The best way to check for skin cancer is to carry out regular skin examinations, ideally once a month. Early detection can help to reduce the risk of developing a larger, more serious skin cancer that may need extensive surgery or treatment.

The British Association of Dermatologists advises that you should be looking for:

• New skin lumps, spots, ulcers, scaly patches or moles that weren’t there before
• Marks (including moles) on the skin that have changed shape, colour, texture or size
• Sores that do not heal
• Any areas on the skin that are itchy, painful or bleed

If there are moles that you want to keep an eye on then it’s a good idea to take a picture of them, preferably with something, such as a coin, for scale. This will be a good reference point so that you can easily tell if there have been any changes. If in doubt, get it checked out by your GP.

Ampthill Business Chamber Quiz Night

The Bowls club entered 3 teams into the Ampthill Business Chamber Quiz night on 2 May at the Wingfield Club.  It was a fun night and indeed a very successful one as we came first and second!  Many thanks to the Chamber for hosting the evening and inviting us.  The winning team received £100 but they donated £40 back to the Chamber to give to their nominated cause which was the Redborne School Young Enterprise programme.  How would you have done (without using google!), here are three of the questions:

Who was Desmond Deckers backing band in the 70's?

Who won the Olympic Mens Figure Skating Gold Medal in 1980?

Which country, apart from South Africa, has Afrikaans as there first language?

And we are off.....

We played our first match of the season on Saturday 20 April, and the first in our 100th year.  Whilst we didn't win the match against Olney we did have these fabulous aerial photos taken:

    

 

Roll up, Roll Up .......

The new season is about to start, come down to the club on 6th April to try your hand at bowls and see for yourself how enjoyable the game can be.  Existing members will be on hand to help explain the game and answer any questions you might have.  The club will be open from 2pm onwards and the bar will also be open.

The 6th April is also signing up day for existing members to renew their membership to the club.

We are now exhibiting at Ampthill Micro Museum

We are pleased to announce that the Ampthill Bowls Centenary exhibition is now open for viewing at the Ampthill Micro Museum, which is located above the 'Ampthill Fireplaces' shop in Ampthill Town Centre. We would like to extend our thanks to Alan Plom, one of our Club members, for putting such an informative exhibtiion together. The exhibition will be on show for a month.

     

Hot News: We are through to the Indoor County Triples Final

Well done to Les Bunn, Terry Lynch and Goff Holmes for reaching the Indoor County Final.  We look forward to you bringing the Cup home to Ampthill Bowls Club.  Wishing you every success and good luck with your games.

Ampthill Bowls Club bring home the Tompkins Cup!

Ampthill won our annual ‘Tri-Club’ indoor competition against Maulden and Flitwick, held on Saturday 23 February at Bedford Borough BC.  Played as ever with good spirit, friendly local rivalry (and  plenty of inter-Team banter!) a good time was had by all.

         

Last year’s winning Captain Steve Jennings (Maulden) hands over the trophy to Ampthill Skip Colin Beal and Colin making his speech. 

Ampthill Bowls Club - Centenary 2019

The Club is very proudly commemorating its Centenary in 2019.  In recognition of this a number of special matches have been organised in addition to the normal fixtures.

Match 1    Tuesday 30th April        v     Bowls Bedfordshire - 18.00hrs
Match 2    Monday  27th May        v     Windsor Great Park Tourists - 14.00hrs  (Bank Holiday)
Match 3    Thursday 13th June      v     Beds VPS - 14.30hrs
Match 4    Thursday 11th July       v     Bowls England - 13.30hrs
Match 5    Saturday 10th Aug       v     Windsor Royal Household - 14.30hrs
(This match is away at Windsor Castle and there will be coach transport available)
Match 6    Sunday 1st Sept           v      EBL - 18.00hrs
         
All games will be mixed

COMPETITION WINNERS AND RUNNERS-UP 2018

WINNERS

RAN UNDERWOOD CUP

Linda Blore

CYRIL GOODWIN CUP

Caroline Warner-Smith & Linda Blore                                                        

JEAN OSBORN PLATE

Pearl Tomkins

DON ROSS CUP

Brian Melville

CRAWLEY CUP

Alan Plom

WINGFIELD CUP

Nicholas Warner-Smith & Goff Holmes

TOMKINS CUP

Pearl Tomkins & Terry Lynch

COOPER CUP

Terry Lynch

NIN & DON PAVEY SHIELD

Sylvia Stocking & Mervyn Williamson

ALEX SOLDEN SHIELD

Diane Curtis, Mary Whitbread, Jean Osborn & Pat Dobson

 

RUNNERS UP

LIZ BURNETT TROPHY

Pearl Tomkins

CYRIL GOODWIN CUP

Nicolette Wade & Sylvia Stocking

JEAN OSBORN PLATE

Nicolette Wade

DON ROSS CUP

Tom Tink

CRAWLEY CUP

John Stocking

WINGFIELD CUP

Brian Melville & John Blore

TOMKINS CUP

Sylvia & John Stocking

COOPER CUP

Goff Holmes

NIN & DON PAVEY SHIELD

Mark Stebbings & Linda Blore

 

 

Our Mens Team at Leamington 2017

 

Ladies Singles 2018 at Leamington bringing home the cup

         

     

Rotary Club Christmas Appeal 2018

Ampthill Bowls Club donned their Santa hats to help collect donations for the Ampthill Rotary Club Santa collection at Tesco before Christmas and would like to thank all who donated.


Santa plays bowls you know!