This annual event which was brought back by popular demand, and a willingness of players to defend previously gained titles, was well attended by over 30 members, friends and relations. The event, organised by Alan Greggs and Derek Hazlehurst was held at the Spinner and Bergamot and hosted by Warrington Temple Lodge No 6420.
Following on from the success of last year’s competition, the Spinner and Bergamot was again selected as an appropriate location for this year’s event. This typical old English style village public house situated in the village of Comberbach in the heart of the Cheshire countryside, provides an excellent venue for this type of event.
The competition started at 13:00 and commenced with groups of four players, which included combinations of ladies and gentlemen. The event was organised as a ‘round robin’ style competition with semi-professional players joining in with more inexperienced players. There was plenty of coaching going on, most of which was helpful and some a little less so! Much laughter was heard coming from the green and it quickly became apparent that the fun element was just as important as the bowls. This set the scene for the remainder of the day, demonstrating a friendly and supportive family atmosphere.
As the afternoon progressed Alan and Derek were a little concerned as cloud covered over the bright sunlight, but it was only a short spell of cloud passing by and the sun continued to shine. It was said that the sun was stronger later and as early evening approached the very pleasant warm sunshine added to the day’s enjoyment and pleasure. A raffle was also organised along with some side attractions. The event raised over £150 for charity.
Before the final game was played a plentiful, sumptuous buffet was served, which was very well received by all present. The final was played out by two ladies with the highest scores of the day.
Following on from the final, the results were announced and the prizes delivered to the well deserving recipients. The winner was Jean Starkey, the runner-up was Kath Barton (chairman’s wife) and Jan O’Neil won the consolation prize.
After the prize presentations had been made, Alan and Derek thanked everyone for attending and hoped that they had enjoyed the lovely day in pleasant sunshine.