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SPROUGHTON BOWLS CLUB With the season well under way the green is bowling really well and has been complemented by several visiting teams during league matches. Once again grateful thanks go to Ray Ruffles and his team who work long hours throughout the year.

The start of the outdoor season started on April 21 in lovely warm sunny weather. The club looked pristine as much work had been done during the close season. The portakabin and surrounding fences had been painted and creosoted, not a small job by any means. The green bowled brilliantly for the first turn-out of the season. This is all down to the hard work carried out by Jason Smith and Chris Illman. Thanks should also go to Allen Davey, Les Smith, Peter Dodds, Colin Mortimer and Mel Driver who assisted with painting and jobs on the green. Well done everybody. Apologies if I have missed anyone out. Peter Dodds, our president this year, bowled the first wood to the cheers of the members. We had 36 players who bowled in the drawn club triples, which consisted of four games of six ends. The two sets with the highest scores were Steve Zarkos/Nigel Page/Arthur Lockwood, and Jean Taylor/Richard Hughes/Tony Turner. They will play for the trophy at club finals later in the year. Thanks to Bridget for keeping the scores on the day. Our first ‘friendly’ of the season, the Peter Taylor Cup, was played on May 5. Although cold, the rain held off and the game was played in good spirits. There were four rinks that were very close throughout, one won, one drew and the other two lost by only one shot each, but unfortunately we lost overall by 21 shots. After the game we retired to the clubhouse for a welcome cup of tea/coffee or something stronger! Well done Sproughton – we will try harder next year! Finally, it is with much sadness that I have to report that our groundsman of almost 20 years, Peter Smith, passed away on May 2. He was the last of the founding members of the club, which was formed in 1977. He was also an excellent bowler, being one of the top five in the club, who also made it to county finals stages.

Club members have already contested two competitions with Mike Austin taking the Sheila Herring Trophy which was contested as part of the green opening day. The trophy was presented to Mike by 2019 Club President Mick Jones. This was followed at the end of April by the Club Blocks Tournament for the S G Mee Cup which Mick is pictured presenting to the winning team of Iain Selby, Geoff Spice and Averill Kirkman. Finally, during the early May Bank Holiday, Bramford Bowls Club visited Sproughton to play the annual Peter Taylor Cup match. Played over six rinks of triples, the match was keenly contested and with three ends to go could have gone either way. However, Sproughton were determined to regain the trophy and finally ran out winners by 21 shots. Peter Dodds, president of Bramford Bowls Club, is pictured presenting the cup to our captain, June Laws. Thanks to all players and supporters of both clubs who made the afternoon extremely enjoyable. We still have places available for our Tuesday and Sunday Open Tournaments, details of which can be found at:

He has certainly left a lasting legacy for the club as, because of his efforts, hard work and knowledge gained throughout his time as groundsman, he has produced a green that any club would be extremely proud of. I know I’m biased but I’m sure that this is amongst the best, if not the best, playing surface in the county. Well done Peter.

If you are interested in entering any of these please contact club secretary Richard Gee or email the club. Contact details can also be found on the website.

Mary Saunders


SOMERSHAM CARPET BOWLS CLUB We are a friendly club that competes in the Suffolk Carpet Bowls Association winter and summer leagues. The club meets each Tuesday evening at Somersham Village Hall at 7.30pm where we hold practise and club competitions if there are no league fixtures. We welcome any new members and provide all equipment and tuition free of charge. This is an inexpensive sport open to all age groups and abilities.

Geoff Spice

We meet each Wednesday evening at Loraine Victory Hall at 7.30pm, except when we have an away match. We have a good membership and a happy club. We had a good winter season and finished third in league two. We have a couple of social events, one in summer and a meal usually in January. Last summer we had a lovely afternoon and tea at Bramford Golf Club and we are doing the same this year. In January this year we had a lovely meal at the Best Western at Copdock. Some members do outside competitions and four members go to Potters to compete in November where we won the fours competition last year. Four members also won a competition at Harkstead this year.

Are you interested in trying this out? If you are, contact Richard for more details: 01473 832711


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In Touch News with Bramford June 2019  

In Touch News with Bramford June 2019