Jubilant celebrations for Fareham BC’s 50th

11th July, 2024

Fareham Bowling Club continued its 50th Anniversary celebrations by welcoming Bowls England on Tuesday 2nd July 2024.

Tables were dressed and catering got underway at 9am to accommodate the 60 guests and visitors. It was wonderful to see so many members turn up to watch and see many Bowls England participants reacquainted with friends from our Fareham Club.

The Bowls England squad were well represented nationwide and two of their youngest team members were a pleasure to see bowling. After all, Bowls is a sport for all, no matter what age or ability.

David King-Taylor, President of Bowls England and Rosemary Bailey, President of Fareham Bowls Club made their address on the Green before play commenced. Photographs were taken to commemorate the day with plenty of banter as to which team would triumph. Some great relaxed and friendly shots separately and a final shot of both teams together.

 

Members of Fareham BC alongside Bowls England’s team for their Celebration Match.

 

The game got underway with 6 rinks, the usual two up two back trial ends and three’s up was decided by Fareham Club Captain Alan Sharp. 21 ends were the order of the day, this allowed Charlie Bailey to collect the chips order for the day, for our supper in good time. The Lasagne and salad plus the chips prepared by Cyril Friend and his team of helpers was gratefully received by one and all with delicious Chocolate Gateaux or Cheesecake to follow.

Speeches from Rosemary and David concluded the formalities thanking everyone who took part in making the day such a success. A short speech about Friends of English Bowling (FEB) which was formed in 2005 and is one of the biggest supporters of the sport of outdoor bowls in England. Its donation supports the National Championships and Competition events and assists youth development. We are really looking forward to welcoming them to our club in 2025.

Finally, a raffle took place with the prizes fairly evenly shared out with the proceeds going to our president’s charity the RNLI.

A great time was had by all with the scores resulting in an overall win for Fareham by 20 shots. The result wasn’t really that important at the end of the day, it was the fun that everyone had out on the green and the new friends made and a terrific game of Bowls.

 

Report submitted by Alan Sharp, Club Captain of Fareham BC.

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