Saturday 6th January 2018

On Saturday 06/01/18, “Trev’s Match”, the memorial game in memory of Trevor Bishop, was played, with the “home” team triumphing over the “away” team by the small margin of only 16 shots, (162 - 146), in this 8 rinks meal match.  A fine turn out by PARIBC members and supporters ensured a very lively and loud day played out across all rinks, with the noise levels and good natured humorous banter contributing hugely to a very enjoyable day, despite being fleeced of their dosh yet again when they all walked in, by that big eared, non bowler of a bean pole!  Er………excuse me, but that was over £50 I’ll have you know, that has gone into the PARIBC 30th Birthday pot, which a PARIBC member will win next year!  Anyway, the scores on the doors, as if they matter, were as follows, with the “home” team players and scores shown first and the “away” team players and scores shown second.

Rink 1.
Bernie Mercer, Geoff Cooper, Norman Bushell, Barry Tomlin = 20, versus, Jim Masters, Lynn Korff, Allan Buchan, Mo Tipper = 18.

Rink 2.
Derrick Small, Dave Green, Sylvia Day, John Lake = 20, versus, Bill Howlett, Maureen Osborne, Graham Hubbard, Babs Tomlin = 17.

Rink 3.
Pat Carr, Doreen Langley, Brian Rance, Lynette Stock = 15, versus, Dave Clare, Tony Hoy, Pat O’Meara, Mick Day = 24.

Rink 4.
Sue Smith, Sharn Chalkin, Dave Sutherland, Dave Elliott = 12, versus, Irene Ashby, Dan Smith, Tim Fletcher, Dave Hood = 24 (Top away rink).

Rink 5.
Margaret Jordan, Gerry Knight, Arthur Hart, Dot Elliott = 24, versus, Val Cook, Glynis Whatman, Sonia Bignall, Malcolm Clark = 15.

Rink 6.
Lesley Clark, Jean Lacey, Mike Carr, John Langley = 28, versus, Mick Fisher, Barry Bushell, Ron Lawrenson, Dave Cook = 15.

Rink 7.
Christine Heward, Sue Whittaker, Roy Baston, Linda Hoare = 27 (Top home rink), versus, Val Hart, Margaret Head, Vic Jordan, John Mercer = 09.

Rink 8.
Val Green, Tony Jewell, Rose Gibson, Eric Clive = 16, versus, Chris Day, Dennis Booth, Tom Heward, Kevin Edwards = 24.

The loudest and noisiest rink, (or was that just the skips?!), was rink 1, which contained the President, the Club Captain, (and Potters champ) and the Club’s overseas player!  Rink 2 was nip and tuck throughout, but you would expect this with it containing amongst others, The Gnome, The Voice, a Potters champ, a Potters double champ and a man with allegedly the best head of hair this side of the Medway!  At least the New Year’s Eve gold outfit, as worn by the male skip on this rink, was thankfully not on show today!  On rink 3, the club’s Ladies Captain, could not concentrate on her game, as she was constantly being forced, against her will, to watch a video on the phone of the other skip, (another Potters double champ!), involving some other bowls match.  Terrible gamesmanship me thinks!!!  On rink 4, the stand out stars were probably Dan Smith, (Sue’s little boy!) and his good lady Sharn Chalkin, with the latter, by the end, being there or thereabouts on the jack and this was because she was going against the coaching efforts of Miss Smifffffffff herself and that of the Oppo skip, the one man Kent bread making firm, that is Hovis Hood!  Rink 5 was all about age and experience………although not sure if it was more of the former or the latter!  And where on almost every end, once all woods were bowled, Sonia Bignall playing at 3, was seen to be in the bent over measuring stance.  I tell you, that number 3 position gets a bit of a bum rap these days!  Rink 6 was a comfortable victory for the home team, with the away team skip being carried by his team, as he was having problems with his nuts!  That is the problem you sometimes get with squirrels!  A one sided affair panned out on Rink 7, which was all about the beauties and the beasts………and I had better leave that one there!  Finally rink 8 saw yet another couple of Potters double champs playing, who despite their victory today, don’t win an invite back for a free week later in the year!

Despite all the Kent League, the County and the National bowlers on show, the spider comp., before the game, proved that anybody could bowl a lovely wood at a fixed target, as the stars were put to shame, with the winners being Ron Lawrenson, (now on his 18th sets of new woods, in the last 2 years!) and Fran Sutherland, a regular female groupie from the social matches, who has never bowled a wood in her life.  Although she has thrown a wood or two at hubby Dave Sutherland, when he has moaned about not having a nice hat to wear!  The name the bear, (“Brompton”), winner was Christine Heward and this was after a four way draw, with Dan Smith, Tony Jewell and Pat Carr all guessing the same name.  Never was Chairman Dave Elliott under so much pressure to get it right with Grandson, Dan Smith’s name in the hat for the draw.  But the pressure told and he got it “wrong” as he pulled out a delighted Christine Heward’s name from the hat.  I think Grandad might be in the dog house with the rest of the family………although that is normal!  Meanwhile Christine’s hubby Tom Heward, knew that he would be sleeping downstairs on the couch for the next  2 or 3 months, so he was also going to have a word with Mr Elliott!  The fruit and veg winners on each rink were Mo Tipper, John Lake, Brian Rance, Sharn Chalkin, Madge Jordan, Barry Bushell, Madge Head, Kevin Edwards, Shirley Arnold and Janet Small.  Whilst the winner of the guess the number of sweets in the tin was Dave Green, who was spot on with 128.  He couldn’t wait to open the tin and was soon into getting that sugar rush, saying that wife, Val Green, was in for a good night later on, but I think she had other ideas about that!  We won’t mention the wrong biases, suffice to say, Dave Green, Sylvia Day, (Potters double champ?  You are having a laugh!) and Gerry Knight twice, hang your heads in shame!  Huge thanks go to Nicola, Adrian and boys / girls in the kitchen for the superb food and to Katie for doing bar.

When Trevor Bishop was alive, he was very much a club man at heart and putting the Club first was high on his agenda, with matters both on and perhaps even more so, off the green.  As such, his good lady, Sue Smith said she wanted something that would reflect this and felt it appropriate that there be a new trophy to recognise and reward the contribution of a person and  / or persons, for their hard work and efforts in ensuring that the club continues to thrive and prosper both on and off the green.  Thus the “Trevor Bishop Memorial Trophy” is to be an annual award for the Club member of the year.  Each year’s recipient(s), to be decided by the Directors, (taking into account the views of the members), with the trophy to be presented at the AGM each year and the winner and / or winners name(s), will be engraved on the trophy for posterity.  It may mean that the same person and / or persons win it for years in a row, which is not a problem, but equally not to be seen as, “something to be awarded, just because we have another trophy to give away”!  For this first year, it was felt that it was appropriate that Sue Smith should be the inaugural winner and her name, be the first to go on the trophy.  Following a small speech by the Chairman, Dave Elliott, the honour of presenting the trophy, (see pics), was given to Tim Fletcher, (mainly we think, to shut him up from talking, so we could all go home!) and in between the tears of both laughter and sorrow, Miss Smifffffffff, gladly accepted the trophy, (sadly, no kiss for the presenter!) and thanked all who attended today as well as for everybody’s help, comfort and kind words, over the past difficult year.  She said that Trev would be looking down, laughing along with all those at the match that had just gone and wondering what all the fuss was about, but very proud that the members were continuing to support and push the club forward in the right direction!

Kind regards, your correspondent a man who has never been kissed………well you have seen him, so would you?  Exactly!

Pics from the event courtesy of Ms. Smiiffff, and Jean Lacey.



The physical party preparations started early with Dave Hood setting up the electrical connections for the Sound System on Saturday 30th December.  The mental preparations had begun much earlier with Kevin Farrell and John Lake sorting out Quizzes and Bingo.

6pm on New Year's Eve found these stalwarts setting up tables and checking out equipment to ensure that the party ran smoothly.  Malcolm Clark set up the Bar and "aided" in other preparations.

Members began arriving at around 7pm with Linda Hoare and Glynis Whatman setting out donated food on the tables.  Kevin and John welcomed the guests at the door with John selling the Bingo cards. 

By 8pm guests had sorted out their refreshments from the bar, served mainly by Babs Tomlin, started identifying faces on the Picture Quiz, and the evening began with some music and dancing.

After a while John Lake brought out his "infernal machine", the Bingo Callers Cage, tray and, most importantly, Balls.  It needed both John and Kevin to run this "machine" with Kevin turning the ball and John reading out the numbers.  After one or two false starts and dropped balls, the team operation got into full swing and there were 2 games of Bingo with a line and full house on each.  John's number descriptions brought roars of laughter and frequent calls of "what was that number?". 

More dancing followed with John (Travolta) Lake in his gold lame shirt and white trousers encouraging dancers on to the floor.

Later the first of the three Quizzes started with many puzzled faces and calls for repeats of the questions.  While this was going on a "Bus Stop" raffle circulated round the tables.  At the end of the Quiz session the results were given along with the winners of the "Bus Stop" raffle.

The remainder of the evening was dancing to a great variety of tunes with Kevin and John giving out spot prizes for the best "movers".  Kevin and John both joined in enthusiastically dancing and occasionally "singing" . 

Graham Hubbard acted as a DJ with his own selection of songs until after midnight

Shortly before midnight John made a short speech and played a song which remembered those who are no longer with us at Christmas, in memory of friends, family and members lost in the past year.  A very touching moment.

The usual choruses of "Auld Lang Syne" were sung at midnight with New Year greetings between all present.

An excellent evening thanks to our Hosts, Kevin and John.

Many thanks to all who helped during the evening and in particular Kevin Farrell, John Lake, Dave Hood, Graham Hubbard, Linda Hoare, Glynis Whatman and Babs Tomlin for finishing up the bar.

Pics from the evening

Video of the DJ's


              Bingo Callers Extraordinaire

















John (Travolta) Lake




Sat 30/12/17 - Post Chrimbo triples fun day bash.

 All you want during the festive Chrimbo period is a lazy afternoon, where you can just relax with friends, have some food and drink and enjoy a leisurely bowl and don’t have to think too much.  Unfortunately, with the non bowling entity that is Mr Fletcher organizing the afternoon, then this was never going to happen!  After the initial 4 hour introduction to the rules, followed by the 45 minute question and answer session, the 16 teams of triples were eventually allowed to battle it out on the green.  Thankfully the “simple” rules weren’t that complicated and the afternoon of 18 ends was split into a round robin competition of 6 different sections of various bowls formats; normal bowls, behind the jack to score, target mat, no jacks, 2 jacks and single woods all counting.

 Hopefully, judging by the amount of noise and laughter that was heard all afternoon, then all who turned up enjoyed themselves, (eventually), with perhaps the loudest and most vocal triple, not surprisingly, being that of Danny Cox, John Lake and Kevin Farrell, so no change there then!  And by the way, how is that man Mr Farrell still allowed to be on the Kent trust - a - trader list?!  Special note and thanks goes to the all female triple of Mary Barnes, Sandi Lovelock and Viv Webb.  These 3 lovely ladies usually just roll up on a Saturday morning, but were coerced into playing, (probably against their better wishes, ho, hol), but seemed to enjoy it and even beat more established long standing bowlers on a couple of sections.  Now then ladies, next step is the weekend social matches, so get your names up!

 What was noticeable was that even the most accomplished of bowlers, be they County, National or even Potters champions, couldn’t hit a massive target mat, let alone bowl a jack in a straight and legal line, (so there might be hope for me yet!).  And despite the various formats, there was only one wrong bias all afternoon, but that was from the usual source, i.e. Dave Sutherland, so that new hat for Chrimbo, having no effect whatsoever!  But what was good to see, was that each of the 6 sections were won by 6 different teams

The overall winners of the afternoon were the triple of Vic and Madge Jordan and Glynis Whatman, as they won 5 of their 6 matches.  Not surprising really, when the 2 ladies in their team comprised Madge, the Cliffe BC ladies champion for the past 73 years and Glynis, now sporting a new hairstyle, so much so, that many thought it was not Glynis herself!  Apparently Vic was just in the team to give it some male balance, whilst being shouted at quite a bit by the ladies!  The runners up were the triple of Roy Baston, Jean Lacey and Christine Heward, (luckily for them, Roy remembered to bring Jean today!), who won 4, drew 1 and lost 1 match.  But it came down to countback on shot difference from the normal bowls section, as they pipped the triple of Arthur and Val Hart and Bob Louden, by just 1 shot!  Meanwhile the guess the weight of the cake was won by Rose Gibson and the guess the sweets in the tin was won by Dave Elliott.  Well done to all those who won in the fruit raffle, (who knew that Sonia Bignall likes a big spud?!) and all those who won in the wrapped raffle and finally, well done to Joe Major, who was the winner of the brand new car and it’s cash equivalent.

Huge thanks go to Dot and Dave Elliott, Lesley and Malcolm Clark, Sue Smith, (lovely pair of pumps!), Janet Small and Joy Cox, for all their hard work on the day, which ensured events off the green, progressed very smoothly and thanks also to all who brought along food and nibbles, much appreciated.  Also thanks to Lynette Stock and Jackie Spice for the use of a extra target mat.  However the biggest thanks goes to the 48 players, as well as Irene Ashby and Patrick O’Meara, who turned up, because no matter how much work and effort goes into organizing and sorting the day out, without people actually signing up to support the day, then these events are non starters.  Thus, on a day when the club would have otherwise been closed, it profited to the tune of about £200 and over £20 went onto the PARIBC 30th Birthday pot, a pot which a PARIBC member will win come 2019.

All the very best to one and all for the new Year - Up the Arthur!

Kind regards, your correspondent, spending the new year, like the old year, sitting under his leaking roof with a big bucket!



Now for some some pictures from the event.  Send more if you have them.







This event raised over £500 and the Christams Raffle was drawn on Friday 15th December.

Very many thanks to all the members who helped and to those who turned up in support, particularly Father Christmas!

Below are some of the photos from the event which took place while the regular Boccia session was being played.












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