Glorious weather for Ashcombe Park’s opening president’s day

PUBLISHED: 14:12 21 April 2017 | UPDATED: 14:12 21 April 2017

Winscombe Bowls Club.

Winscombe Bowls Club.


Ashcombe Park enjoyed glorious weather for its president’s opening day.

Ashcombe Park Bowling Club held their president’s opening day in what can only be described as glorious summer weather.

Following the raising of the club’s flag by this year’s president, Ben Benstead, the bowling started with the traditional spider where all bowlers bowl one wood, all at the same time, to try to get as close as possible to the jack’s starting point.

The winner this year was Derek Cardy, who kindly donated his prize to a raffle to be held in aid of this year’s captain’s charity, Great Western Air Ambulance.

The spider was followed by the more serious opening day umbrella, in which 78 of the club’s members took part, and which was eventually won by the team of Mavis Main, Ted Roberts and Ken Davies.

After the game, all adjourned to the clubhouse where president Ben formally welcomed all life members, members and social members and wished them every success for the coming season and thanked all those who had assisted in making the opening day a success.

With the formalities concluded, the members enjoyed a meal arranged by hospitality co-ordinator, Martin Paterson.

Bowls is a sport for all ages and abilities and on May 8, starting at 10am, Ashcombe will be holding an open day for anyone wanting to give it a try.

Alternatively, anyone interested is welcome to turn up for the regular coaching sessions held each Wednesday and Saturday between 10am and noon. Ashcombe offers all potential new members six weeks of free coaching.

Information about the club can be found at

Victoria Bowling Club opened their outdoor bowling season with the traditional president’s day with a president’s select playing against a captain’s select.

The day was good for bowling with the benefit of a superbly maintained green. The president’s team maintained a small lead during what was a close and competitive game with the biggest rink margin being seven shots and the president’s rink of Martin Payne, Roy Bromet, Alan Shattock and Alan Yeates won the best winning rink and the rink of Terry Gilbert, Harrison Whyte, Brian Pocock and Colin Gazzard with a six-shot winning margin were the victors for the captain’s team.

Retiring to the clubhouse after the game, the members and guests enjoyed a lavish three-course meal prepared by the ladies and during his opening speech, club president Stuart Evans paid tribute to the ladies’ catering team and all the members of the club who had given their time to prepare the club for the new season.

The president paid special tribute to the quality of the bowling green which had ensured an excellent game and a win for his team and was also able to announce that Somerset County would again be using Victoria as its preferred green.

Opening days will be held this weekend and on May 6-7, between 10am and noon. A warm welcome awaits anyone interested in experiencing the game of lawn bowls, equipment and coaching support will be available.

Clarence Ladies opened their new outdoor bowling season with what, under normal circumstances, would have been the usual annual affair, except that this year it was different.

This year’s opener was attended by visitors from Wessex, Ashcombe Park, St Andrews and Victoria Ladies, but, more importantly, it is the first year that Clarence Ladies will play as part of Clarence Bowling Club, having merged with the men’s club on April 1.

Current ladies’ president, Jo Mannion, said that she was proud to be president of a club that celebrated 90 years of bowling last year and is now looking forward to their future as part of the new mixed club.

Wessex president Mary Davis opened the new season by raising the flag and welcoming guests, including Somerset County president Trudy Bishop and senior vice-president Hilary Leeman.

Other guests included representatives from Clarence Bowling Club and other local clubs. A spider was played and also a yard stick bowls drive. Following a delicious meal, president Mary presented prizes to the winners.

Hannah Frye (Victoria) won the spider, Averill Goacher (Ashcombe) won the bowls drive and Angela Powell (Wessex) won the consolation prize.

Wessex Ladies would like to welcome anyone interested in learning the game of bowls. Coaching is available. For information please telephone 01934 622841.

Winscombe Bowling Club opened their new season with a traditional mixed match - the president’s team against a captain’s side.

Before the game, there was a spider in aid of Educate the Kids Charity in Kenya. The club sponsors a little girl’s schooling and food at a school just outside Mombasa.

There was a twist in this year’s proceedings as for the first time Winscombe has a lady president. It is traditional for the president’s spouse to bowl the first bowl of the new season. So this year the honour fell to Paul Fredersdorff, the husband of Lesley. They were watched by club captain Malcolm Dorrington and ladies’ captain Sheila Nash.

After the game, the president entertained members to an excellent supper and welcomed members to the new season. There was a special presentation to Lew Collier, our greenkeeper, over-60s captain, vice-captain, ex-club captain and president. He received a life membership in recognition of the many hours of service he has given to the club.

Andrew Owens of St Andrews beat the world number 13 as he reached the quarter-finals of the Open Singles Circuit Dolphin Indoor Singles at Poole over Easter.

Owens, a former national outdoor two-wood singles champion, had a narrow victory in the first round, before taking on Mark Royal (Risbygate), a competitor in January’s World Indoor Championships at Potters Leisure Resort.

The Weston player won the first set 6-1, lost the second 4-5, and edged home 2-1 in a tie-break for a shock win. A further victory saw him into the quarter-finals, in which he lost to Swale’s Perry Martin, the eventual champion.

Just after Christmas, Owens and clubmate Barrie Forse won the circuit’s Open Double Threes at Poole.

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