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Week ending 17th September 2011:

The last week of matches for Winscombe finished with the Clubs' Championship Finals .


.Mike Adams is the Mens Champion again beating Robin Lowman in a close final.In the Pairs Mike won again with Tommy Ellis . Two Wood was won by Tony Watts and the Novices (Fred Anthony) by Rob Sapsford . Full results on Competitions Page

Earlier in the week the men played Notts County Tourists in their 79th annual visit to Winscombe . This fixture started before World War 2 and apart from 2 years during the war men from Notts County have played a number of local sides . In this years match Winscombe gave Mike Nash a win in his last game as Men's Captain by 48 shots. In other games Winscombe won by 7 shots in a Mixed game against Chertsey tourists and lost in the last Over 60's League fixture at Clarence. The Ladies captained by Rowena Keane won in their last fixture against Wrington.


The Winning Winscombe Over 60's Cup Team 2011

From the left:
A Kyprianides,W Ainsworth,T Ellis,M Hunt,M Hunter,A Adams,L Collier,J Sprouting(reserve),K Whatling,L Baldwin(capt),G Lloyd,A Watts,A Dudley, G Neville,R Lowman,M Roberts, G Tofte,M Nash,R Wootten

w/e 10th September:

The Over 60's won the Knockout Cup for the 2nd successive year at Ashcombe beating St Andrews by no less than 49 shots. On a dull but thankful rain free afternoon the match was never in doubt .After just 4 ends Winscombe shot into a 10 shot lead and built steadily on it to be leading by 40 shots after 10 ends.
This more than compensated for Winscombe's loss last week at St Andrews in the league.
Chairman of the Weston & District Over 60's League this year is Wilf Ainsworth who was the Winscombe winning captain last year.

Wilf had the honour of presenting the Cup to Les Baldwin this year's Captain. A great end to Winscombe's season .

President John Baker who has not enjoyed the best of health this year was delighted with the Club's success and sent his heartiest congratulations to the team .
In other matches this week Winscombe lost narrowly to a Tourist side from Rhiwbina and won in a Triples match at Clevedon Prom.
Winscombe Ladies played the second leg of the Iris Owen Trophy chasing an 8 shot deficit from the first match at St Andrews. After 10 ends Winscombe were 11 shots up and had a winning lead across the 2 legs. However, Captain Mavis Adams and Angela Ainsworths rinks lost 26 shots over the last 8 ends to hand victory back to St Andrews. Sarah Lowman with Lorna Whatling and Lesley Fredersdorff were the only Winscombe winning rink by just 1 shot. Well done St Andrews.

Greenkeepers 2 Wood Competition: Greenkeeper Westlake 's Club 2 Wood Competition took place on Saturday afternoon. 12 Pairs competed against each other in short 8 end games and the winning 2 pairs fought it out in a 10 end final.The winners were Ron Wootten and Paul Hopes who beat Robin Lowman and late substitute John Vincent.

w/e 3rd September : In the Somerset County League Division 1 North Winscombe A finished the season in fine form winning their last two matches to snatch second place in the league on shot difference. It was a very close finish with Portishead RBL,Congresbury,West Backwell,Isle of Wedmore and Clevedon all in contention. Unfortunately this year only one team is promoted from this league. Winscombe B Team finished in 6th place in Division 2 North.
In the over 60's Triples league Winscombe lost at St Andrews but meet them again in the final of the Knockout Cup at Ashcombe on Tuesday.

The ladies lost in the North Somerset Triples League against Portishead RBLand in a Friendly at Yatton..


w/e 27th August:
This week saw Winscombe play Burnham on Sea twice in 2 days. The first match was in the Weston and Districy Over 60's League and in a close game Winscombe played well to win by 6 shots and gain 14 points.
On Wednesday the two teams met again this time in the semi final of the Weston & District Over 60's Knockout Cup. After 9 ends Burnham were winning on 4 rinks and by 17 shots. Then there was a torrential downpour and play was suspended for about 15 minutes as the green had flooded. When play restarted there was a dramatic turnaround by Winscombe . All rinks started making inroads into the Burnham lead and soon it was clear that Winscombe were ahead.The rinks of Les Baldwin, Tony Watts and Tommy Ellis were particularly productive winning the last 9 ends by 37 shots between them. Overall Winscombe won by 22 shots and will play either Clevedon or St Andrews in the final at Ashcombe on Tuesday 6th September.
A friendly 4 rink game at Street saw Winscombe soundly beaten by a strong Street team.
In the County Leagues Winscombe B had a narrow defeat at Ashcombe which gave Ashcombe promotion to Division 1 North. The A Team were at Yatton and succeeded in winning to get 10 points an ensure they stay in Division 1 North,

WINSCOMBE FLOODLIGHT TOURNAMENT - results on Tournaments page

w/e 20th August:

Winscombe won both matches against Clevedon this week. The first match was a Weston and District Over 60's game which Winscombe won by 3 rinks to 2 with 1 drawn and by 11 shots. The match later in the week was a friendly which Winscombe won by 9 shots.
 In the county league only the B team were playing this week against Chew Stoke B. Against the play and thanks to some very lucky wicks Chew Stoke came away with a win and 10 points to Winscombe's 2.
At Wrington a mixed Winscombe team failed to master the artificial surface and were soundly thrashed .
The Ladies lost both their North Somerset Triples League games. Long Ashton reversing the result on their green and Portishead winning by 16 shots.

w/e 13th August : Winscombe won both their friendly matches at home this week. Both matches were triples and whilst the rinks were shared with Bath Winscombe won by 44 shots. The match against Wyrral park was much closer with Winscombe only winning on 2 rinks but managed to reverse the result at Wyrral earlier in the season winning by 3 shots.

The Over 60s match at Wedmore resulted in a win for Wedmore which was some consolation for them losing to Winscombe in both league matches last week.
In the Somerset County League this week both team lost. The B team were at home to the league leaders Bristol. Games were very close on 2 rinks with Ken Whatling's rink losing by 2 shots on the last end and Graham Nevilles' by 1 shot. Bristol finished up winning on all 3 rinks..

w/e 6th August: Winscombe's winning run continued when they defeated Madeira Bowling Club (Exemouth) in the annual Stewart Trophy Match. This is an unusual match as it is a Triples game played over 21 ends for an ink stand donated by a former Winscombe player who went to live and play for the Madeira Club in Exemouth.Winscombe won 4 rinks to 2 and by 17 shots.

In the Somerset League this week both Winscombe teams played Isle of Wedmore. One at home and one away. The A Team were at home and trounced top of the league Isle of Wedmore by winning on all 3 rinks to secure maximum points. At Wedmore the B Team had a much tighter game eventually winning on 2 rinks to 1 and by 4 shots to take 10 points to Wedmore's 2.

In the WSM Over 60s League Winscombe had 2 matches this week . Against Clarence at home Winscombe won by 67 shots and won on all rinks but one which was drawn. Winscombe 19 points to Clarence 1 point. Away at Victoria it was a very close game with the rinks being shared 3 wins each . However, Victoria won overall by 9 shots. Victoria 14 points to Winscombe 6 points.

The Mixed Triples match at Burnham on Sea resulted in an overwhelming win for Winscombe by 49 shots.

Ladies : Winscombe Ladies won at Long Ashton by 2 shots thanks to an impressive win by Trixie Miles,Eve Watts and Angela Ainsworth and a close match on captain Mavis Adams' rink were they lost by just 1 shot.

w/e 30th July: The best week of the season so far for Winscombe . The highlights were winning at Banwell to retain the Parrott Shield and beating Clarence in the Over 60's Cup to move one step closer to retaining this trophy too. Winscombe also beat Victoria at home to counter Victoria's win at Weston super Mare earlier in the season.
In the League matches on Saturday Winscombe A Team lost by 13 shots to Chew Stoke A , only Tommy Ellis's rink winning to secure 2 points.The B Team were also at home against Congresbury B and secured 8 points by winning by 7 shots thanks to the rink skipped by Graham Neville who achieved a 13 shot win.

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News - 2011

90th Anniversary Celebration


Over 80 members and guests packed into the Pavilion to celebrate the first 90 years of Winscombe Bowling Club's History.
A display of old and new photographs were on display and members were invited to match names to faces.A set of bowls used on the opening day were on display together with an even older set of hand turned wooden bowls. The original scythe used to cut the green and the old hand pushed lawn mower were also exhibited. The opportunity was also taken for Sue Caddy to officially present the beautiful new Trophy Cabinet to the Club in memory of her husband Don Caddy who was the Hon Club Secretary 2005 -6. Following a buffet supper and cutting the anniversary cake by President John Baker there was a short quiz. Everyone agreed an excellent night.


The 2nd leg of this annual derby match between local friends and rivals Banwell and Winscombe took place on Tuesday evening. Unlike the 1st leg at Winscombe it was played on a beautiful evening. Winners of the match are the team with the most shots across the 2 legs. Winscombe had lost in the rain at home by 17 shots in the 1st leg at home and therefore started 17 shots behind. It was a close game . Spectatators and supporters of each side kept a careful check of the overall shot difference and not until the last few ends was it clear that Winscombe were slightly ahead overall.In the end Winscombe were 24 shots up on the night just 7shots ahead . Not one Winscombe rink had lost - won 5 drew 1. The Parrott Shield was returned to Winscombe.
Unashamedly nicked from Banwell site :

Parrott Shield goes back to Winscombe for a second year

Banwell's quest to bring the Parrott Shield back to the Pond fell by the wayside for a second year.
On a warm and and pleasant summer's evening, Winscombe proved to be the stronger team on the night- The game started with Banwell 17 shots ahead from the first game, and up until the 12th end there was nothing in it. But Winscombe pulled ahead to win the game by 7 shots overall. Congratulations to Winscombe - and Banwell? Well we shall regroup for next year's battle, hoping to prevent the hat trick

Result: Banwell 113 shots (includes the 17 shots from the first game) - Winscombe 120 shots

Rink 1

J Smith
M Roberts
R Wootten
T Ellis

Won 15 shots to 14

Rink 2

P Hopes
W Ainsworth
R Feltham

Won 20 shots to 17

Rink 3

M Dorrington
G Tofte
M Hunt
S Eastment

Won 20 shots to 19

Rink 4

G Lloyd
M Hunter
L Baldwin
M Adams

Won 24 shots to 12

Rink 5

B Paul
J Sprouting
A Kypriandes
A Dudley

Won 23 shots to16

Rink 6

K Whatling
L Collier
M Nash
A Watts

Drew 17 shots each

Dates for your Diary: If your not playing why not come and support . Bar will be open !

22 August - 16th September 2011 Floodlight Tournament

TEAMS FOR INDOOR LEAGUE -Thursdays at St Andrews

Team 1 Stoats     : J Vincent, G Earthy, G Neville
Team 2 Hares      : C Bailey, P Fredersdorff, A Dudley
Team 3 Minks     : D Owen, R Knight, R Wootten
Team 4 Badgers  : A Brand, J Smith, A Watts
Team 5 Foxes     : D Beaverstock, M Nash,M Hunt
Team 6 Otters     : K Whatling, W Ainsworth, J Baker
Team 7 Squirrels : R Weller, B Prince, M Adams



21st April - Indoor Thursday and Saturday Teams Dinner at Mooseheart

The annual end of season dinner was held at The Mooseheart on Thursday evening where The Squirrels skipped by Mike Adams with Colin Bailey and Wilf Ainsworth were the Top Team.

John Smith took the opportunity to make The Lewis Awards which unfortunately could not be presented at the cancelled Christmas party.

Recipients were :
Mike Nash ,Ronnie Wootten
Wilf Ainsworth and Mavis Adams




giftGraham Neville announced he wished to stand down after organising
the Thursday Indoor League for 10 years and requested contact
from anyone willing to takeover this important role .
Everyone sent Best Wishes for a speedy recovery to both Colin Westlake
and John Baker.
Brian Prince presented Graham with a small gift from members
in appreciation of his organizing skills.