My name is David Collishaw and I have the honour and privilege of being President for 2017.
One of the main duties for a club president is to raise funds for his or her charity. My nominated charity for this year will be Branksome Park Bowling Club. The main reason I have chosen Branksome as my charity is to help with the purchase of much needed new equipment and improving the green which will benefit both old and new members.
I will be holding several fund raising events over the coming months which I hope you will all support.
Cliff Cover is the organiser for arranging all the Social events.
Most Social events are held on a Friday at the Clubhouse, ending with the Carols' evening in December.
The Social committee consisting of our President Monica Arkley, Jen Cookson, Gill Moxom, Bobbie Cover, Terri Milton, Liz Frew, Roy Trayler and of course Cliff will do their best to entertain you throughout the year. Please remember that we are always ready to listen for any new ideas.
Roger Parnell is the organiser for the golf society which meets monthly outside of the Bowling Season. The Society visits many of local Golf Clubs for friendly but competitive golf.
The 'Spoons' games this year have been ably organised by Margaret Jones.
These are friendly but competitive games as there is the chance to win a Club 'Spoon' or a bottle of wine. They have been played mostly on a Friday afternoon and are open to all players.
The picture shows Dave Banks after being presented with the cup and bottle of champagne by our Sponsor Mel Luter as the overall winner for the season.
Austerity was not in evidence at this year's themed evening as we tried to re-live the good parts of the 1940's.
Ration books and waist lines were forgotten as we dined and wined 'late' (for us) into the evening accompanied by the voices of Vera Lynn and Gracie Fields.
The catering volunteers were up to their usual high standards providing us with a meal of ample portions of Cottage Pie and veg. followed equally large helpings of Apple Pie and Custard.
Following the meal, members of the social performed memorable? sketches and monologues as well as a session of Bingo. The evening was rounded off with a rousing chorus of community singing. Those white cliffs will never be the same again!
The Members enjoyed a lavish traditional Burn's Night Supper on the 25th January consisting of Scotch Broth followed by Haggis Neaps and Tatties, a sweet of homemade trifle, rounded off with oatcakes and cheese. We were fortunate to have the services of Ian Fraser with his pipes to welcome guests and to lead the piping of the Haggis. The speeches and music that followed the meal were traditional but in great humour and well received by the members and guests and most importantly by the Scottish members of the club!
The finals for the Club Competitions for 2016 were held on Saturday10th and Sunday 11th September.
A good crowd of supporters were entertained by some competitive and good spirited bowling over both days. Many thanks to all organisers, markers, umpires, and the kind people who kept us well refreshed.
|Agar||J. Cake||C. Burns|
|Howling Cup||A. Bliss||G. Judd|
|Malcolm Cup||B.Harris||P. Mullender|
|Dawbarn Cup||R. Brown||P. Mullender|
|Sivyer Cup||J. Warby||J. Staddon|
|Mason Cup||G. Cox/P. King||R. Parnell/D. Collishaw|
|Drawn Pairs||D. Collishaw/B. Adams||G. Cox/P. Avern|
|Lola Barker Trophy||H. Jenkins||
|Newman Cup||J. Collishaw||M. Jones|
|Glockner Award||C.Williams||J. Cookson|
|Matthews Bowl||C. Williams/L. Frew||V. Sandell/G. Moxom|
|G.M. Cup||B. Harris/S. Harris||R. Harris/J. Hands|
|Magna Mazda Cup||H. Jenkins||S. Pinson|
|Stevens Cup||R. Parnell||P. Mullender|
Instead of the usual 21 end bowls match against a Vice President team our President Monica decided to mark her special day in a special way!
Each rink was set -up with an array of obstacles to negotiate in order to score points.
In spite of a very gloomy day that turned even wetter as the afternoon progressed we managed to complete a 6-rink round before conditions became too hazardous to continue.
The President's team came home the winners by a short head before we retired into the Clubhouse for a well earned slap up Cream Tea. Yum Yum!
Roger Parnell being presented with his prize by the President as Fantasy Football Winner 2015/2016
|Why am I here!|
|The Moulin Rouge comes to Branksome!|
|Being put through the hoop at Branksome!|