By popular demand and a willingness of players to defend previously gained titles, almost 30 members, friends and relations attended a friendly bowling main at the Spinner and Bergamot, hosted by members of 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 1pm and commenced with groups of four players, which included any combination of ladies and gentlemen. The event was organised as a ‘two blocks each’ – 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.
Organiser of the event Alan Greggs was a little concerned at the start of the event due to slightly overcast skies and the possibility of light rain being forecast. However, the weather slowly improved throughout the afternoon and as early evening approached, very pleasant warm sunshine added to the day’s enjoyment and pleasure.
Several side attractions were available for the people who were either not playing or were not on the green at the time. At approximately 5pm all the players had either played with or against all others and the winners identified. Four prizes were available being the highest score for a lady and a gentleman, with consolation prizes again for a lady and for a gentleman.
Kath Barton (group chairman’s lady), was the highest scoring lady, who was highly delighted to receive the prize. John Davies (last year’s winner), winning for the second time, defended his title very well saying: “It wasn’t any easier than last year”, and at the start of the competition he was heard to say that he thought it was going to be difficult to hold onto his title. Nadya Leandro was pleased to receive the consolation prize for the ladies saying she had never played bowls before but had really enjoyed the game. David Whitmore was a little disappointed to gain the ‘wooden spoon prize’ for the gentlemen, but had enjoyed the game and the usual friendly banter.
Following on from the prize presentation which was undertaken by Alan Greggs, a buffet was served. Most people were sitting outside enjoying the warm summer evening with their food and a pleasant relaxing atmosphere with the odd drink or two. The event raised £140 for charity.