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Bowls Group Annual Tour

Bowls Group

Amwell Rotary Club has a very active bowls section with members playing both indoor and outdoor roll-ups and matches.

We play in the East Herts League during the summer with games played on the Allenburys green in Ware. In winter we play indoors at The Cheshunt Club.

Bowls Tour d’Amwell 2017

Thanks to Amwell member Vic for the following report

Since this is the first bowls tour I have been able to take part in, Ken has asked me to give a few “new boy” impressions.

On Tuesday 19th September, we travelled to Sussex in three cars, our first stop being at Storrington (where incidentally I was first married by the White Friars of Saint Norbert back in 1963). After a pleasant lunch in “The Moon” we visited the Storrington Bowls Club, a very genteel club when compared with our local lads! We acquitted ourselves, shall we say, “honourably”, winning on one rink and losing closely on the other two. Moving on to Worthing, we checked in at The Burlington Hotel - pleasant enough, with a sea view if you stood on a chair and stretched your neck from the corner of your window. But we decided not to eat there, instead finding an excellent Chinese restaurant just next door where we spent a pleasant evening of fellowship.

Wednesday dawned not so bright and we drove out to Southwick, where we began our second encounter with the promise that the weather would improve as the day drew on. Alas, ‘twas not to be! We were rained off after 6 ends with the score delicately poised, winning on one rink, losing on the second and tied on the third. The rain was persistent and heavy, so the host club laid on a quiz to pass the time until the excellent sandwich lunch provided by our hosts.

Wednesday afternoon turned out lovely! We moved on to Lancing Bowls Club – a very pleasant green and with warm sunshine. This did not prevent us from being beaten two rinks to one, but once again, I felt we acquitted ourselves without disgrace.

In the evening, we called in at an Italian restaurant recommended to us by one of our opponents and once again we were not disappointed. The meal was as excellent as it was different from the Chinese – two good meals at very reasonable prices compared with Hertford standards.

The Group at Worthing
Goodbye Worthing!

On Thursday morning, after a leisurely breakfast, we left Worthing for Tarring, just up the road – although the road seemed to be a bit longer for one of our three cars! This is a very pleasant green in the grounds of the old priory. The home team were full of bonhomie, recalling last year’s fixture, when as I understand it, they defeated us fairly decisively. The smiles tended to wear off a bit as we established a dominant position and we finished our last match with a 2-1 win. The hosts provided us with a ploughman’s, after which we made good time home before the rush hour.

In summary, a very enjoyable few days of good fellowship, with good food and reasonable accommodation. The teams we visited were all very pleasant company and they all hoped that we would visit them again – at least, that’s what they said! Thanks to Ken and Alan for their first class organisational skills. I shall certainly look forward to another tour next year.

One intriguing item noticed on a club notice board (Southwick, I think) – Bowls by Candlelight!

The 2017 District 1260 Indoor Bowls Competition

10 teams from Amwell, Luton Chiltern, Chesham and St Albans competed for the championship at Luton Indoor Bowls Centre on Thursday 27th April.

A league competition saw each team play four matches each of 6 ends, after which a final was played between the two leading teams. A huge well done to our very own Amwell B team, consisting of Paul Gatland, Alan Phelps and Graham Boxall who eventually emerged as the winners!

The photo shows the presentation of the trophy by 2016 - 2017 District Governor Chalmers Cursley.

Thanks are due to Mick Lord of the Luton Chiltern Club for organising an excellent event.

2017 District 1260 Indoor Bowls competition winners