Author: Tony Atherton

Opening Day 2018

Opening Day this year is on Saturday 14th April. Fixtures for the season are complete and Handbooks have now been issued.
We have two touring fixtures this year namely Mussellborough BC from Edinburgh on 12th May and Avon Vale BC from Bristol on 28th May.
Our 3rd Open Mixed Pairs Tournament will run from Sunday 22nd July to Sunday 29th July.

Coaching sessions for new and prospective members will begin in early May on Friday evenings from 5pm to 6pm. The start date to be advised shortly.

Best wishes to all members in their various leagues and competitions.

Allan Blackmore

We are very sad to advise the death of Allan Blackmore, a much respected member of Whitchurch Bowls Club.

Allan was widely known within the regional Bowls community being the Honorary Secretary of the County of South Glamorgan Bowling Associaton, a position he undertook with great dedication and also the hard working Manager of the Cardiff Indoor Bowls Club at Sophia Gardens.

Allan bore his illness with considerable bravery and continued in work until a few weeks ago when he was admitted to Velindre Hospital.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Jackie and all the family at this difficult time.

Open Mixed Pairs 2017

The winners of the Sunrise Open Mixed Pairs Tournament were Katie Davies and Christian Eldridge ,  both members of the Whitchurch Club.

The Runners-Up were Olivia Jackson (Whitchurch BC) and her father Steve from Penylan BC.

Despite a somewhat damp week the tournament kept to schedule and was well attended throughout. Well done to all those who took part.


Mixed Triples Champions – 2017

Congratulations to the winning team of Christian Eldridge, Nicola Reynolds and Roy Lewis who are shown lifting the fine Mixed Triples Trophy.

All competitors played a total of 3 x 10 end games before the final which was played in good spirit and was closely fought. Congratulations also to the runners-up Iwan Rogers, Mason Delnevo and Rita Rees.

This all-day event on Sunday 9th July was well  supported and we were lucky with the the weather which was Mediterranean.












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Sporting our new kit on Opening Day 2017

The season got underway on Saturday 15th April in pleasant weather and the Green running very well for the time of year. Well done Andy Temple and his team.

We are grateful to our sponsor James Summers and Son for their generous contribution towards the splendid new shirts and to Karen and Geoff Lewis for arranging to have them available for the start of the season.

Good luck to all the teams in both the Men’s and Ladies sections for a successful 2017 and in particular to Anne Smith in her year as President of the Glamorgan County Womens Bowling Association.

2016 Presentation Night

A good crowd turned out on a cold November night to show support to members who had excelled in the various club competitions and were presented with their trophies by Paul Brain, Men’s Captain and Gaynor Good, Ladies Captain.

After the presentations the evening’s organiser Paul Mitchell compered a version of the popular quiz ‘Who Dares Wins’ which went on and on… but was great fun and involved everyone.

A selection of the 2016 winners are shown below:



Men’s Championship. Geoff Lewis


Ladies Diamond Plate. Joyce Lawrence


Men’s Handicap Cup. Derek Sadler


Ladies Two Wood. Nicola Reynolds

The Official Photographer would like to apologise for the poor quality of the media inserts and blames it on ‘technical issues’ on the night.



















Joe Orr Competition

The Joe Orr is a very popular intra-club competition battled out by the Men’s Section on Thursday evenings throughout the summer months. It is supposed to be fun, a chance to relax among friends…but as ever the competitive spirit is never far away!

Winners this year were the ‘Hip.Who? Ray’ team led by Eric Shipperlee.


Eric Shipperlee, Iwan Rogers, Huw Rees, Ray Price

Eric Shipperlee, Iwan Rogers, Huw Rees, Ray Price.


Whitchurch Pairs Tournament

The annual fixture jointly held by the Whitchurch and Whitchurch Hospital Bowling Clubs took place on Sunday 14th August. The first games began at 9.00am and it was not until early evening that the final was played-out in warm sunshine.

It was an enthralling game to watch for the many who had stayed to support the finalists and enjoy a ‘sun-downer’ or two. Lorraine Rogers and her son Iwan of Whitchurch triumphed over Peter Stewart and Ethan Richards of Whitchurch Hospital in a very sporting match.


Lorraine and Iwan Rogers with the Trophy

Lorraine and Iwan Rogers with the Trophy

Peter Stewart and Ethan Richards - Runners up

Peter Stewart and Ethan Richards – Runners up


Open Mixed Pairs Final

This week-long tournament, sponsored by Sunrise Senior Living, attracted over 40  pairs teams from across the region. It culminated in an exciting day on Sunday 31st July when both the semi-finals and the final itself were closely fought games.

The winners in the end were Mike Prosser and Rhianne Taylor of Ely Valley BC who beat Bob Cummings and Pam Gough of Rhiwbina BC by a single shot.

Mark Prosser and Rhian Taylor

Mike Prosser and Rhianne Taylor

The new Cup, in memory of Jonathan Smith, was presented by his father Bob Smith, the Club President.

This was the inaugural year of the Competition to be held at Whitchurch and thanks go in particular to Paul Mitchell, Geoff Lewis and Mandy Price for their hard work in ensuring that all the necessary arrangements were in place and that the week proved to be such a success.






Doug Scudamore Pairs

The first major tournament of the 2016 season took place on 5th June in pleasant sunny weather. It would be wrong to call Phil and Sam ‘rank outsiders’ but not a lot of money would have been riding on them on the day. Nevertheless they confounded the pundits and their opponents with a textbook display of Pairs bowling.

Phil Nute and Sam Marshall. 2016 Winners

Phil Nute and Sam Marshall. 2016 Winners

The day was very well attended and thanks to all for making this a very enjoyable day. We look forward to many more as the season unfolds.



New ‘Open’ Mixed Pairs Competition – 2016

Whitchurch Bowls is pleased to announce that it will run a Mixed Pairs Competition this summer, open to bowlers from all Clubs in Wales. This Competition has been hosted, successfully, for many years by the Rhiwbina Bowls Club and we are grateful for their assistance in the transfer of venue and to Sunrise Senior Living for their continued support.

The Competition will take place between the 24th – 31st July and entry forms will be available in March.

Finals Day 2015

Finals Day for the 2015 Club Competitions took place in excellent weather on Saturday 19th September. Presentation Evening was held on 14th November, a little later than normal, but was well-attended with over 70 members enjoying a buffet and a ‘jolly’ disco .

The worthy winners and their Silverware are shown below:

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Huw Rees. Handicap Winner

Rob Parsons Men's Champion

Robert Parson’s Men’s Champion

Katie Lewis Ladies Handicap

Katie Lewis Ladies Handicap

Katie Lewis Ladies Champion

Katie Lewis Ladies Champion

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Anne Smith Diamond Plate

Derek Sadler & Katy Lewis - Mixed Pairs

Derek Sadler & Kate Lewis – Mixed Pairs

Alan Blackmore & Andy Lawrence - Men's Pairs

Allan Blackmore & Andy Lawrence – Men’s Pairs

Andrea Willoughby & Rose Mummery - Ladies Pairs

Andrea Willoughby & Rose Mummery – Ladies Pairs

Karen Lewis - Ladies Tyro

Karen Lewis – Ladies Tyro

Andy Lawrence - Men's Tyro

Andy Lawrence – Men’s Tyro

Geoff Lewis Mixed 7-up

Geoff Lewis – 7-up


Whitchurch Pairs Competition

Sunday 20th September was the re-scheduled date for this all-day competition, open to members of the Whitchurch and the Whitchurch Hospital clubs. Played in great spirit by the rival club members, the worthy winners were Huw Rees and Ray Price of Whitchurch BC.


Ray and Hew

Ray and Hew

Runners-up were Graham Codd and Les Haslett from Whitchurch Hospital BC.

Thanks to everyone who took part and for making it such a fun day.

The tournament also proved the ideal day for the Ladies section to preview their new red jackets that have been kindly sponsored by The Principality Building Society.

The Ladies in red

The Ladies in red












Alliance Captain’s Day

Lance Price, Alliance Captain, arranged a fun-filled afternoon on 1st September which included a tremendous meal kindly prepared by Mandy aka Mrs Price.  On a pleasant afternoon a very motley crew, some of whom had remembered to come in fancy dress also enjoyed some novelty bowling, a quiz and in some cases a wee too much whisky.

Alan Beech welcomes a distinguished visitor from the Middle East

Alan Beech welcomes a distinguished visitor from the Middle East


On the green Brian Brown won the ‘Spider’ and was also Skip of the winning team on the day thus being showered with even more prize money. John Cummings was fined and will be reported to the Committee for parking his camel on the green.

Brent, in Cardiff's new away strip is reluctant to take to the green

Brent Evans, in Cardiff’s new away strip , is reluctant to take to the green


Although the Alliance games are always played to win, it is essentially a relaxed afternoon with good camaraderie and a chance for either a reflective pint at the end of the game or a lemonade and a game of pool for the younger members.


The Alliance squad in all it's glory

The Alliance squad in all it’s glory

Lance gave a little speech and told his one joke that we all thought was highly amusing…once again.

Second helpings for all!

Second helpings for all!




2015 Ladies Charity Fours

On Sunday 9th August over £1300 was raised for the Lady Captain’s chosen charity, The Velindre Hospital.

More than 112 Ladies from Cardiff and beyond took part through the day. The Rosebowl Trophy, in memory of Mary and Brian Murphy two loyal members of the Club, was presented to the winning team from Cardiff BC who triumphed over Prince of Wales BC, Porthcawl in the final.

Cardiff Ladies - Worthy Winners

Cardiff Ladies – Worthy Winners


Runners-up. Prince of Wales, Porthcawl

Runners-up. Prince of Wales, Porthcawl


Many thanks to members from the Ladies Section who provided an excellent lunch and tea and to the many others who helped particularly the men who ‘volunteered’ to help serving meals, manning the bar, running the raffle and keeping score.

The Club is grateful to all the loyal supporters of this event which is in its 15th year.

Tridwr BC  took third place

Tridwr BC took third place

Ladies County President Slyvia Hills with Jean Rogers Barry) and May Savage Cardiff)

Ladies County President Sylvia Hills with Jean Rogers (Barry) and May Savage (Cardiff)


Penylan "Poppies" Team

Penylan “Poppies” Team  enjoying lunch

Kay Bassett, Gaynor Good, Mandy Price, Rosemarie Mummery

Whitchurch Team:  Kay Bassett, Gaynor Good, Mandy Price, Rosemarie Mummery


Lady Captain Katie Lewis with Club President Bob Smith

Lady Captain Katie Lewis with Club President Bob Smith


A few of the helpers

Thanks to the helpers;  amongst whom were Rhoda, Dave, Brent and Eric

Whitchurch Mixed Triples – 2015

Sunday 2nd August

On one of the finest of summer days the day-long Triples Competition was a keenly fought, yet friendly tournament which was won by the outstanding team of Bob Smith, Myrtle Beech and Sam Marshall.

Triples Winners 2015

Club President Bob Smith, Myrtle Beech and Sam Marshall with the Jubilee Trophy.


The gallant runners-up were only beaten on the final end but nevertheless managed to keep a brave face in the knowledge that the next stop was the bar.

Eric Shipperlee, Huw Rees and Karen Lewis

Eric Shipperlee, Huw Rees and Karen Lewis


A few more images of the day hopefully provide a flavour of the proceedings and some of the ‘usual suspects’.

Geoff Lewis saves the competitors by holding up the roof

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"For those of you who don't know me my name is Bob Smith."

“For those of you who don’t know me my name is Bob Smith”

Keren's woods Triples 2015

Karen Lewis showing off again.