National Bowls award for Wedmore bowler

David Wederell.

David Wederell. - Credit: Archant

Isle of bowler David Wederell has been presented with a prestigious Bowls England award.

WEDMORE bowler David Wederell has been presented with a prestigious Bowls England award.

David was presented with the Certificate of Merit by senior vice-president Michael Jennings at the county luncheon and presentation at Batch Hotel, Lympsham.

David was introduced to bowls in 1986 when plans were being drawn up in his village of Wedmore to form a new outdoor club and build a green. Although not holding any active position within the club at present, David has served on its management committee and held the positions of competition secretary, captain (twice), chairman and president and was also made a life member.

David was encouraged to get involved with the county by former county secretary Mike Martin when they were both working with Sun Life (later Axa) in Bristol. David soon became competition secretary (1995-1997) and in 1998 succeeded Harold Fry as match secetary. David became county president in 2002.


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Still keen to be involved in the county scene, David took on the position of secretary of the Patrons Association from 2005-2007. David became chairman of that association in 2008 and then again in 2015.

Upon unification of the two gender associations in 2010, David was elected to the new board as match secretary responsible for both men’s and ladies’ match administration.

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He relinquished that role in 2014, but remains on the board of SBA responsible for the website, the archives and all the jobs nodoby else wants to do, hence his present parliamentary title of board member without portfolio.

ST ANDREWS made easy work of their Over-60s double rink encounter with Taunton Deane B.

At home, Phil Villis was in imperious form, whil the visitors were unable to master the carpet which had been stretched the previous day. At Taunton, skip Barrie Forse was delighted with a fine team performance as his rink also won.

St Andrews 46, Taunton Deane 19: B Reeves, G Webber, M Campbell, B Forse 20-13; K Uglow, G Webber, G Millard, P Villis, D Bailey 26-6.

Taunton Deane provided the opposition again in the Yetton Trophy and gained their revenge by the narrowest of margins.

Accomplished bowling from Imogen Cracknell, Jackie Ware and Ann Campbell at Taunton Deane kept Saints in the match, but a magnificent effort from Carolina Venn, Frid Allen, Audrey Powell and Monica Pattenden fell short of an improbable victory.

St Andrews 80, Taunton Deane 81: C Venn, F Allen, A Powell, M Pattenden 33-11; C Riley, M Wride, B Goddard, M Favis 16-26; M Millard, M McMillan, J Smith, A Campbell 15-26; I Cracknell, M Frost, S Sinclair, J Ware 16-18.

In the second round of the Egham Trophy, Mo Millard, Ann Campbell, George Guest and skip Don Bailey, were in scintillating form after their long journey to Minehead.

The margin of their win set up the tie for St Andrews and that advantage was reinforced by a fine display of bowling from Phil Villis and his rink at home.

St Andrews 83, Minehead 65: C Venn, A Powell, W Harrison, P Villis 27-9; R McMillan, J Pitman, M Campbell, S Davies 12-15; M Millard, A Campbell, G Guest, D Bailey 25-13; I Cracknell, P Barnbrook, D Johnson, B Forse 19-28.

In a mixed friendly at Puriton, the Saints found the bowling surface a little hard to handle and the hosts enjoyed an 18-shot victory.

Puriton 53, St Andrews 35: R Smith, D Baker, D Favis, M Favis 12-30; G Williams, R Morgan, B Ennis, R Gill 23-23.

WOODSPRING Indoor Bowls Club played their second game in the Weston Mixed League and were successful against Victoria.

The two home teams won handsomely, rink one by 12 and rink two by 16. Unfortunately, both away teams lost, but overall Woodspring won by seven shots. Woodspring 60, Victoria 53: S Noyes, R Nock, S Collard, P Lewis 23-7; J Watson, N Urch, T Miles, G Sansam 21-9; C Webb, J Beat, J McKenzie, B Hadley 7-23; G Tucker, S Ash, C Hedges, S Hedges 9-14.

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