PARIBC v Swale IBC – Home – Saturday 31/07/21.

For the first home, social match, against another Club side, in nearly a year and a half, PARIBC, welcomed near neighbours Swale IBC, on Saturday 31/07/21, for a triples match, across 7 rinks, winning by 20 shots, 124 – 104.  The scores on the doors were as follows:-

Rink 2 = Dave Bushell, Sue Smith, Dave Cook = WON 15 – 12.

Rink 3 = Val Green, Tim Fletcher, Len Troost = WON 29 – 09 (Top PARIBC rink).

Rink 4 = Val Cook, Glynis Whatman, Dave Sutherland = WON 18 – 13.

Rink 5 = Brenda Troost, Dot Elliott, Mick Smith = WON 21 – 07.

Rink 6 = Andy Walker, Phil Cook, Dave Green = LOST 05 – 22.

Rink 7 = Deidre Williams, Marc Carr, Derrick Small = WON 21 – 20.

Rink 8 = Viv Brightman, Dave Randall, Dave Adams = LOST 15 – 21.

An enjoyable and very social afternoon, was seemingly had by all, in a match that was close throughout.  On rink 2, the bright pink shoed number 2, is looking to change her name to “Dave”, so that she doesn’t feel left out, whilst on rink 3, it was the combined efforts of the vape queen lead and the skip, laid back Len, that led to this rink being top home rink.  The Captain’s rink, rink 4, saw two wrong biases, to top up the fines pot, as Dave Sutherland, was making up for all the wrong biases, that he would have bowled, during lock down!  The two good ladies on rink 5, carried the skip, (no change there then!), to a comfortable win, whilst on rink 6, skip Dave Green, is still in search of a victory, in any sort of match, social, league, roll up, having not had one, since way back in 2017!  Rink 7, left it to the last wood, on the last end, to come from behind to win, without a “Dave” in sight, but plenty of height differential on display and on rink 8, the home side let slip a 10 – 01 lead, to succumb by 6 shots!  Our usual regular lady supporters / tea ladies, were joined this week by Dave Elliott, as all four spent the whole afternoon, chatting away in the restaurant area, as the actual bowls, being played, was forgotten.  Our ex – Chairman, apparently now knows all about the finer points of cooking and cleaning, as well as now being an expert, on the latest summer fashion trends, for the modern, more mature lady, about town!  Thanks to Mike Williams, Gloria Smith and Fran Sutherland for the teas and supply of our new snack packs, (“wot, no yoghurt?”) and thanks also, to Pam Fincher for bar duties.  The only down side, was that all need to remember to help with the clearing up at the end, before rushing out of the doors, to get home.  It can’t be left to the same few people, every time, to do all the work.

Kind regards – An Adam Peaty lookalike………well, from the forehead up, maybe?!  (31/07/21).



Trevor Bishop Memorial Match – Home – Sunday 25/07/21

“Trev’s Match”, the annual memorial game, in memory of Trevor Bishop, was played today, for the fifth time, its normal January slot having been lost, when the Club was closed and in lockdown.  The usual fine turn out of Club members, saw all 8 rinks occupied with triples, along with 3 guests watching from the stands!  Once again, a very social afternoon panned out, with the “home” team, losing to the “away” team, by 36 shots, 110 – 146 and top rink was the away side on rink 8, namely Dave Randall, Tim Fletcher and Patricia Wells.  Scores on the doors were as follows:-

Rink 1 = Phil Stradling, Phil Cook, Sylvia Day, LOST TO Janice Hatcher, Chris Day, Linda Barnett = 13 – 18.

Rink 2 = Val Green, Jean Lacey, Roy Baston, LOST TO Viv Brightman, Dave Green, Norman Bushell = 12 – 18.

Rink 3 = Val Cook, Dave Adams, John Langley, BEAT Gerry Knight, Alex Routen, Dave Risbridger = 15 – 11.

Rink 4 = Brian Viney, Glynis Whatman, John  Hunt, LOST TO Irene Ashby, Diane Horsington, Bob Blood = 16 – 18.

Rink 5 = Dave Elliott, Sue Smith, Dave Cook, LOST TO Dot Elliott, Marc Carr, Patrick O’Meara = 14 – 25.

Rink 6 = Colin Briggs, Maureen Osborne, Dave Sutherland, BEAT Sue Whitaker, Deidre Williams, Eric Clive = 15 – 13.

Rink 7 = Joe Major, Gill Hill, Mick Day, BEAT Patricia Martin, Trevor Hill, Lynette Stock = 15 – 10.

Rink 8 = Margaret King, Dave Bushell, Margaret Head, LOST TO Dave Randall, Tim Fletcher, Patricia Wells = 10 – 33, (TOP RINK).

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 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 an annual award for the Club member(s) of the year.  Each year’s recipient(s), to be decided by the Directors, (taking into account the views of the members) 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” the trophy for years in a row, which is not a problem, but equally it is not to be seen as, “something to be awarded, just because we have another trophy to give away”!  As per usual, Sue felt 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 be very proud that the members were continuing to support and push the Club forward in the right direction, even more so, as we start again, after the recent difficult times we have all been through.

Before this year’s winner was announced, a few people were mentioned in dispatches, for the hard work and effort, they had put in, behind the scenes, which had benefitted the Club greatly, namely our group of ladies / gents, that do the tea runs during the summer season; Glynis Whatman for all her office work, when the Club was without office support, because of the lockdown rules / regs; Mike Williams for his work on all the Covid rules / regs protocols and processes required; Dave Risbridger for his efforts with brush and paint, in both the back and front offices and to Alex Routen, for all the maintenance work he has done internally and externally, around the Club.  All efforts very much appreciated.  The efforts of others, as a whole, was also noted.  This year’s fully deserved winner was Trevor Hill, (see pictures below, with Sue Smith and trophy), for his unstinting efforts and hard work, (in his role as treasurer and beyond), in ensuring that the Club was financially secure, during the 16 or so months of the Club being closed down, due to the world wide Covid pandemic.  The amount of work he did behind the scenes, with all parties, to ensure that bills were paid, savings maintained and as many as possible, grants gained, etc., etc., whilst there was no regular Club income stream, cannot be underestimated.  This coupled with his normal day to day work, as Club treasurer, meant that the Club has come out of these difficult times, in a relatively stable position, which is a result in itself.  He accepted the award in his usual modest way, but thanked those present, for their kind recognition.

The pre – match, melon and pineapple target bowls comp., was not so much vitamin C, but more like, can’t see, as, with only 2 exceptions, none of the 48 bowlers could hit a legal target!  It was won by the combined six players of rink 4, who managed to score a massive 1 point!  Luckily there were more winners in the post – match raffle, that had been organised by Sue Smith, Marc Carr, Dot and Dave Elliott.  This raised £50.00 into the Club coffers and nearly £170.00 to the Prostate Cancer charity, so thank you all for supporting this.  Check with the main office, re – prizes, if you bought a ticket.  No wrong biases were owned up to, or grassed up, so the match fines pot, didn’t benefit this week .

Thanks to Gerry Knight, Phil Stradling and Brian Viney, for coming in at last minute, due to “pinged” drop outs, (see you after isolation!) and many thanks to Gemma and girls, for the lovely meal and to Pam Fincher, for her sterling efforts on bar duty.

Kind regards, a man with no more to say for himself………makes a change! – 26/07/21.


Oyster IBC v PARIBC – Away – Saturday 10/07/21.

In the first social match for over 16 months, PARIBC travelled down to Whitstable, to play Oyster IBC, which was where PARIBC as a Club, had played, (and lost), its last competitive match, (Men’s Kent league), before lockdown started, way back in March 2020.  Today however, PARIBC came away with a victory, by the narrowest of margins, winning by 04 shots, 105 – 109, (winning on 4, out of the 7 rinks).  Scores on the doors were as follows:-

Rink 1 = Deidre Williams, Tim Fletcher, Patricia Wells = WON 23 – 13, (Top PARIBC rink).

Rink 2 = Lina Foster, Dave Adams, Derrick Small  = LOST 10 – 19.

Rink 3 = Patricia Carr, Brian Viney, Patrick O’Meara  = WON 16 – 11.

Rink 4 = Val Green, Phil Cook, Dave Cook = WON 18 – 14.

Rink 5 = Val Cook, Gill Hill, Trevor Hill  = LOST 09 – 21.

Rink 6 = Margaret Laraman, Dave Bushell, Dave Sutherland = WON 21 – 11.

Rink 7 = Viv Brightman, Dave Green, Mick Smith = LOST 12 – 15.

It was a case of how it used to be, as we pitched up at Oyster IBC and were met with the warmest of welcomes.  Their Club has undergone a refurb, looking spick and span, with the main feature being their new green, (which is in fact blue, in colour).  We soon found out that it was heavier than ours and so woods had to be pushed through more, whilst at the same time, you needed to take plenty of green, on the blue, (if that makes sense?), thus testing all our skills, or at times, lack of them!  To confuse things even more, their mats are the same colour as the green, (blue), so we spent the first 10 minutes trying to find the mats on each rink!  With the stand in summer captain, standing down for the day, it was left to the third choice person, (third rate, more like!), to fill the slot as captain for the day.  Luckily the aforementioned worst bowler in the Club, had 2 demon lady bowlers on his rink to carry him, as lead Deidre Williams soon mastered the green / blue, if not the slip sliding mats and skip, Patricia Wells, was drawing to a sixpence.  Both experienced ladies, (note, I did not say old!), played superbly, as the Captain’s rink finished as top PARIBC rink!  Probably the best other performance, came on rink 4 where Val Green, Phil Cook and Dave Cook, (only one chef amongst them!), playing against a strong home rink, turned round a 02 -12 score line at tea, to win, 18 – 14 at the end.  But all rinks contributed, to what turned out to be a great team effort, ensuring an unexpected victory, even more so, after we haven’t played for so long and playing away from home as well.  PARIBC, also did well in the post – match raffle, so all in all, a very good and social day out, enjoyed by all, with the game played in a good spirit, by both sides.

Thanks to our usual 3 “groupies” and long standing / suffering, (*delete as appropriate!), supporters, namely Fran Sutherland, Gloria Smith and Janet Small, for their valued support.  Especially the latter, who all afternoon, was imitating a smoke detector, that needs its battery replacing, as she was beeping away every minute or so!  And huge thanks to all those who drove and gave lifts to / from Whitstable, very much appreciated.

Kind regards, an undefeated Captain, now retired and filling in his Oyster IBC membership application form! – 12/07/21.


Vic Ashby Memorial match – Home – Sunday 11/07/21 – “Just another yard!”

With this memorial match having not been played since 2018, for one reason or another, a noisy encounter, took place today, across 6 rinks, in remembrance of Vic Ashby, with the “home” team, beating the “away” team, by 18 shots, winning by 107 shots – 89 shots, across 6 rinks.  Top rink was the home side on rink 2, namely Deidre Williams, Alex Routen and Mick Day and their three names will be added to the plaque, on Vic’s bench, at the far end of the Club.  Scores on the doors were as follows:-

Rink 2 = Deidre Williams, Alex Routen, Mick Day BEAT Sue Whitaker, Patricia Wells, Patrick O’Meara = 26 – 11, (TOP RINK).

Rink 3 = Patricia Martin, Trevor Hill, Derrick Small BEAT Nicky Gausby, Gill Hill, Dave Cook = 19 – 17.

Rink 4 = Dave Elliott / Ted Shoot, Maureen Osborne, Dave Sutherland LOST TO Irene Ashby, Glynis Whatman, Mick Smith = 12 – 15

Rink 5 = Margaret Laraman, Sue Smith, Eric Clive BEAT Lina Foster, Marc Carr, Madge Head = 18 – 14.

Rink 6 = Val Cook, Jean Lacey, Tom Heward BEAT Christine Heward, Tim Fletcher, Roy Baston = 21 – 16

Rink 7 = Dave Randall, Diane Horsington, Sylvia Day LOST TO Chris Day, Pam Fincher, John Hunt = 11 – 16.

From the off, Irene Ashby, had wanted a day of laughter and noise and that is certainly what she got, especially from the rink she was on, the Captain’s rink, rink 4, where enough hot air was expanded, to have climate change scientists getting extremely worried, as the chat never stopped, with all 7 players, hardly stopping to draw breath in the conversation, let alone trying to draw a shot wood!  Elsewhere, comeback kid, Dave Cook, was at it again.  17 – 03 down at tea, on rink 3, he and his team clawed it back, to only lose by 2 shots at the end and equally, Madge Head and her team, on rink 5, were also on the hurry up, being 15 – 04 down at tea and only succumbing by 4 shots, at the end of the match.  The winner of the pre – match spider was Maureen Osborne and the runner up was in fact Marc Carr and not Patrick O’Meara, as announced.  So huge apologies to Marc and the sardines are in the post!  As the lovely Margaret Laraman says, it must be the organiser’s cataracts!  The post – match meal, was the first by the new Club caterers and Gemma and her gang, served us up an excellent 2 course meal, which went down well with all, from what I saw.  Following on from this, Irene showed us her technology skills, as the song “Three Lions” was eventually played and handed out the prizes, before the raffle was drawn and everyone rushed out the door, to get home to see Italy beat England, as predicted, by one man in the Club, who was promptly sent to Coventry and other places, that are far to rude to mention here!  The fines for the 5 wrong biases, done throughout the afternoon, were duly paid and the monies have gone into the pot.

Thanks to Gemma and girls, for the lovely meal and to Sue Smith and Marc Carr for their sterling efforts on bar duty, done at the last minute, and to the band of supporters who assisted, as the game drew to a close, namely Fran Sutherland, Gloria Smith, Janet Small, Dorothy Elliott and Kath Day.  Thanks also to Ted Shoot for standing in and coming down to play as required, much appreciated.

Kind regards, a man, off to enjoy his pasta and meatballs! – 12/07/21.


Many thanks to all those who took part in the two Euro’s footy sweepstake comps. and congrats to the various winners. The main big monetary winners were Janice Hatcher, Gloria Smith, Janet Small and Patricia Wells.  Enjoy spending your life changing winnings ladies! – 12/07/21.


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