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MEN'S COMPETITIONS 2018 & COUNTY LADIES' COMPETITIONS 2018
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News update - 10 September 2018


SADBA Finals Day
The club was well represented in the SADBA finals day held at Potters Bar with participation in four events and Phil Russell attempting a clean sweep of the men’s singles event. First up was the Officers singles final where Phil was up against a strong and experienced bowler from the host club Potters Bar. Phil soon found himself behind after a slow start but soon rallied and it was all square after 10 ends. The game was nip and tuck with Phil’s opponent moving in to a 20-19 lead after some great bowls by both players. In a tremendous last end Phil secured an excellent two to win a great match and lift the trophy.
The Jones Cup final saw the club pitted against Townsend in a two rinks game. The Welwyn four of John Brown, Ian Kilford, Joe Festa and skip Barry Smith enjoyed a nip and tuck battle in a game that was tight all the way through and eventually prevailed by two shots. On the next rink the four of Mike Poole, Jim Summerfield, Kevin Rylett and skip Ian Snook got off to a poor start and never recovered against their in form opponents and were well beaten. The overall score was in favour of our opponents who claimed the Cup. Thanks to all the guys who participated in the Jones Cup this year and we look forward to having another go next year.
After a quick rest, Phil took to the green again for his men’s singles championship final against his opponent from Townsend. Maintaining his excellent form from his first match Phil opened up an early lead and moved in to an 18-10 lead. Despite and excellent fight back fro his opponent Phil secured the shots needed for victory eventually winning 21-15.
Two down and one to go Phil took to the green to contest the Champion of Champions final against his opponent from Hatfield. After a strong start Phil raced into an early lead which he maintained throughout, eventually securing victory with a winning score of 21-8. Congratulations to Phil on his historic treble and thank you to those club members who came along to support on finals day.
Would you believe it!!!!
There were two miscreants this week.......well it has been a long season and the concentration is going. First up is a very experienced bowler who has already made an appearance in the the wrong bias columns this year and sticking to protocol I can’t name him....but I can give you a clue. Arsenal fan, local Welwyn resident, owner of two lovely dogs, surname is the most prevalent in ** ......and one of his famous relatives has the forename initials WH.....any ideas.
The second individual was told by his skip not to show the opposition too much in the trial ends so he didn’t and bowled a reverse swing wrong bias. This person is charming, kind and helpful individual and the rough translation of his forename is ‘handsome by birth’ Loves his cat called Harry and has overcome some big obstacles in his life including being dropped by the manager(one of his best mates) on the eve of a football cup final......he doesn’t like talking about it......any ideas.

.....and finally we are getting near to finals day so please fit in any outstanding matches well before the big weekend.

Kevin Rylett


News update - 3 September 2018


Mens Captain's Day
A really special afternoon with 30 men attending including new bowler John Wood. The match consisted of 5 triples with the Captains taking on the Majors. The Captains secured victory 85-72 in what was a brilliant afternoon of bowls. Jim and participants were hugely grateful to Mary Clements and her band of helpers for the wonderful food provided. The spider was away on vacation so Captain Jim replaced him, wearing protection boots and the winner of the prize was Peter Davies.
Friendly v Biggleswade
An enjoyable afternoon for our travellers to Biggleswade, a club who proved to be wonderful hosts and who looked after us very well. We played 3 triples, played in great spirit and bowls was the winner. Jillian Jennings Jim McKeown and Dave Charlwood lost by 1 shot, 15 - 14. Linda Dawson, Shelia Grimmant and Mike Clements drew 16 - 16 and Kevin O’Hanlon, David Woodman and Royce Venting lost 26 - 11 resulting in an overall victory for the hosts.
National Two Woods at Leamington
Phil Russell travelled to Leamington to contest the National Two Woods competition which attracted all the county champions from across England. Phil's form in his first game was excellent where he was a comfortable winner and he continued in the same vein in round 2 which he also won in style. The round of 16 was next at the end of day one and Phil maintained his good form to secure a place in the quarter finals. The next morning saw Phil matched against the Essex champion in the last 8 who was an excellent bowler with a big reputation. Phil gave it his all but eventually succumbed to a quality bowler who then went on to win the title. Congratulations to Phil on a great run in the competition representing our club and the county with great pride in the nation's top event.
EHBL
The Stags moved in to the last two games of the season level on points with Allenburys at the top of the league. First up was Rosedale where 4 points were secured whilst our competitors at the top of the league managed to grab the full 6 from their encounter. On to the last game and two points behind at the top of the league the lads hit top form against Datchworth and secured 6 points. Our title challengers were playing on the same night and news came through that they had secured 5 points meaning that we had lost out by a single point so our congratulations go to Allenburys. Nevertheless a an excellent and enjoyable year for the Stags, Barry Smith, Phil Russell, Alwyn Challacombe, Ian Kilford, John Brown, Joe Festa and Kevin Rylett and special thanks to Barry for managing the team.
Guess who
Another mystery wrong bias bowler who committed the misdemeanour in the friendly at Biggleswade and needs to cough up for charity. Just one clue this week: the individual who tried the reverse swing delivery has a propensity for the misappropriation of car key keys that belong to other people.....easy innit.
……..and finally don't forget SADBA finals on Saturday at Potters Bar and EHBL finals at Ware on Sunday where the club is represented at both events.
Kevin Rylett


News update - 26 August 2018


Triples Week
The Triples Week semi final played this week threw up yet another matrimonial clash with Carole and David Woodman on opposing teams. After 16 ends Moira McKeown, Carole and Mike Poole were 16 all with Clara Russell, David and Stan Kenworthy, but Stan’s team took the last two ends to secure the win and move into the final. David is currently cooking his own dinner.
EHBL
Ian Snook and evergreen Stan Kenworthy played their EHBL singles semi-final matches at WGC bowls club. In appalling weather conditions both our boys battled to the end, but against two strong opponents their impressive run in the competition came to an end. Congratulations to Ian and Stan for reaching the semi finals and playing some great bowls on the way. The Stags kept their title hopes alive securing 4 points against Rosedale and now move in to the last match of the season against Datchworth being one of three teams who can claim the silverware....exciting eh.
EHBL finals day takes place on Sunday 9th September and we have Phil and Rhianna contesting the mixed pairs final.
SADBA
The much awaited SADBA men's singles semi final between Phil Russell and Joe Festa was played during the week and we were treated to an excellent high quality encounter. The game ebbed and flowed early on with both bowlers delivering some great woods. Joe opened up a narrow lead which he built open to lead 18-13 but Phil fought back to level at 18-18. Joe edged ahead with a 'worldy' of a bowl but Phil responded with a 3 to edge what was a fantastic game 21-18. Congratulations to both players with Phil going on to the final and Joe being able to reflect on a brilliant run in the competition The SADBA finals day will be held at Potters Bar on Saturday 8th September where Phil will be contesting individual finals and the men will be contesting the Jones Cup final, a two rink match, against Townsend. The finals programme of events for the day will be displayed in the clubhouse.
Two Woods Day
An excellent day of competitive bowls with some great bowls and only one short interruption for rain. Thanks to everyone who turned up and to make it a competitive day. When the dust finally settled late afternoon we were left with Jenny Hart and Mary Clements to contest the ladies final and Mike Poole and Phil Russell the men's. Special thanks to Phil for his organisation and to everyone involved in providing an excellent lunch.
Did you know

  • Bowls can be traced back to medieval beginnings

  • Bowls is now played at around 7,200 clubs in Britain

  • Henry VIII was a lawn bowler. However, he banned the game for those who were not wealthy or because "Bowyes, Fletchers, Stringers and Arrowhead makers" were spending more time at recreational events such as bowls instead of practicing their trade. Henry requested that anybody who wished to keep a green pay a fee of 100 pounds.

  • A bowling green has been a permanent fixture at Windsor Castle, with Anne Boleyn a keen bowler, as were the first Princess Elizabeth and Queen Victoria.


  • Enjoy the week's bowls ahead and good luck in your competitions....don't forget the play by dates.....and finally good luck and best wishes to Phil for his trip to Leamington on Tuesday (tomorrow) for his National Two Woods campaign.
    Kevin Rylett


    News update - 5 August 2018

    Ladies Captain’s Day - Message from Jenny
    I would like to thank all the ladies for supporting the event and for making it a lovely afternoon of bowls. The matches were well contested and the scores close. The heat meant that we didn’t play the full number of ends but this didn’t detract from what was such an enjoyable afternoon. Thank you to all the men who worked so hard to support us and make it such a wonderful occasion. A big personal thank you for the card and flowers presented to me, a great surprise and I really appreciate your kindness.
    Ladies matches
    The ladies enjoyed a very enjoyable 2 triple match against Northaw and Cuffley winning both triples 23-17 and 16-13 in a very friendly encounter.
    EHBL
    Two games for the Stags this week garnering 10 points out of a possible 12 to move to joint top of the league. Both triples were in excellent form against Ware Malsters with 22-9 and 28-11 victories. Not so good in the game against Hertingfordbury winning one and losing the other but securing 4 points on overall shot difference.
    Ian Snook joined evergreen Stan Kenworthy in the semi-finals of the EHBL singles with an excellent victory over an experienced campaigner.
    SADBA
    Defending champions, Jim Summerfield and Phil Russell moved in to the latter stages of the SADBA men’s pairs with a comfortable win over their opponents but it was curtains for Alex Benton and Kevin Rylett who exited the competition after losing to their opponents from Potters Bar, former champions of the event and last years runners up. There was an all Welwyn tie with Eddie Goodhall and Ian Snook overcoming Keith Phillips and Joe Festa to move into the next round of the competition.
    Turning to SADBA triples Ian Snook, Norman Muller (Chris Read) and Eddie Goodhall marched into the third round with victory over their opponents from Harperbury. Their prize for an excellent victory is another all Welwyn match against Barry Smith, Kevin Rylett and Joe Festa who managed to secure victory against a Townsend triple needing an extra end to do so. Mike Poole, David Woodman and Len Tye put up a great fight against a very experienced triple from Potters Bar but went down narrowly in the end. Joe Festa was a winner in his singles match and joins Phil Russell in the next round.
    Did you know?
    One of our well respected members bowled a wrong bias in a very important match. My admiration and respect for the individual and adherence to the team charter of not naming names means I can't tell you who it was.....but I can give you a couple of clues. This person will always have a welcome in the hillside and they love valleys. They worship Geraint Thomas, love daffodils and eat loads of leeks. Although leeks are high up the menu their favourite meal is cawl (lamb stew) washed down with a pint of Brains Skull Attack. Need more.....married to an excellent bowler, mates with Harry Secombe, favourite Saint is David and his country of birth has more castles per square mile than any other country. There’s lovely boyo!!
    Good luck to everyone in both club and external competitions and remember to play your games by the due date. Finally let’s have a great triples week.....enjoy the games and the craic.
    Kevin Rylett


    News update - 30 July 2018

    Welwyn & District bowls club was represented in three matches at the Herts Bowls Association finals held at Bishops Stortford last weekend. First up was Joe Festa in the unbadged singles final where he was matched against a strong and experienced bowler from Townsend. In appalling weather conditions Joe was unable to match the un-erring accuracy of an opponent on the top of his game and was defeated. Joe had a great run to the final and will certainly benefit from the experience.
    Next to take to the green was Phil Russell playing against an excellent opponent from Baldock in the two-woods final. The weather had improved and bowlers were able to remove their rainwear. Phil got away to an excellent start, building a healthy lead early on and then proceeded to expertly manage the game playing outstanding bowls, eventually winning 16-7 to claim the title.
    After a quick break and a drink, Phil was back on the green in the final of the officer's singles taking on a strong opponent from Royston who had won the title on four previous occasions and was the defending champion. Again Phil got off to a flying start, bowling with great skill and accuracy, maintaining his control to the end eventually winning 21-15 to claim his second victory of what turned out to be a dream day for him . A special word of thanks and appreciation to the many members who turned up in the awful weather conditions to support our finalists which I know was hugely appreciated by Joe and Phil.
    Phil's run of success was not just confined to county finals.. He has bowled his way into the SADBA champion of champions and officers singles finals as well as partnering Rhianna to reach the EHBL mixed pairs semi final and joining forces with Jim Summerville to advance to the next stage of the SADBA pairs competition.
    The club played an enjoyable six triple game against WGC, winning three games but narrowly losing overall 90-95. The Woods had another good win over BSP winning overall by 12 shots and claiming the 6 points on offer. Not so good news in the Jubilee Cup where we lost narrowly on both rinks to Parkside to exit the competition. The men were in action in a county league game against Hatfield winning on both rinks to win by an overall score 41-22 and claim the full 6 points.
    The Stags were in action twice during the week claiming only 2 points from the visit to Whitern but getting the full 6 points away at Bishops Stortford in a match interrupted four times by rain and hailstones eventually finishing in the dark.
    Don't forget to send me brief details of this weeks games/results and I will include in next weeks update. Good luck with club competitions, enjoy your bowling and remember to play by the deadline date.
    Kevin Rylett


    News update - 24 July 2018

    An excellent week for bowlers from Welwyn & District Bowls Club in county competitions. Club champion Phil Russell reached the finals in two Hertfordshire Bowls competitions. First up was a hard fought 21-14 victory in the county officer’s semi-final against a previous winner and perennial semi-finalist in the competition. This was followed up by a nail biting one shot victory for Phil over the defending champion in the two-woods competition in a game that went to an extra end. Joe Festa completed a great week for the club maintaining his excellent form of late with an strong performance in the county unbadged singles semi-final to secure his place in the final. County finals day will be held at Bishops Stortford Bowls Club on Sunday 29th July.
    The ladies travelled to Hertford for a three triples game against Hertford. In hot sweltering conditions the ladies kept their cool winning all three triples and securing a comfortable victory.
    A mixed week for the Stags in the EHBL triples league. Tuesday night saw the unbeaten Stags travel to BSP but were on the wrong end of the overall result. Despite one triple securing a win the other was defeated by a margin that resulted in a points win of 4-2 for our opponents. The following day the Stags travelled to unbeaten Allenburys who were perched at the top of the league. After a tight start the Welwyn boys found line and length and moved into the lead which was never surrendered. The winning margin in both games was considerable and the Stags were able to pick up the maximum six points.
    The week ended with the quarter final of the Jones Cup, a competition for two rinks of men, one playing at home with the other away. We were drawn against Hemel Hempstead and the boys were keen to reach the semi-final. The home rink of skip Phil Russell, Ian Snook, Jim Summerfield and Mike Poole were in great form and secured a 31-7 victory. The away rink of skip Barry Smith, Kevin Rylett, Ian Kilford and Alwyn Challacombe were in equally good form and secured the away win 23-11 on what was a challenging and entertaining rink. The 54-18 victory sent us through to the next round where we play WGC.
    Good luck to everyone with internal and external competitions and don't forget the deadlines for playing games. I repeat my request for members to send me updates of individual and team performances in external competitions and leagues so we can keep everyone up to date.
    Kevin Rylett


    News update - 14 July 2018

    Another busy week on the green.
    First up was a friendly game against Borehamwood which was a high scoring game with Welwyn coming out on top 96-55. Staying with friendlies the men travelled to Batchwood, St Albans and were on the wrong end of the score line winning only one of four triples. Andrew Beattie, Chris Read and Mike Clements were our winners. The final friendly of the week was an excellent and close fought match when we visited Baldock and narrowly lost by 1 shot overall. Top performers on the day were Alwyn, Rhianna and Kevin R. The fixture was played in great spirit and was followed by an excellent meal and warm speeches in the clubhouse. I made a new friend in Baldock captain Jan who not only bowled well in skipping the Baldock top triple, but also made an excellent speech post game and I promised her a special mention in the match report....there you are Jan I did it.
    The men played a county league game against St Albans winning on both rinks with the overall score of 58-21. Next up was the Stags game against Sele Farm in the East Herts Triples League. Both of the W & D triples fell behind during the first part of the match and the battle was on . The trio of Alwyn, Joe and Barry Smith managed to capture the mat, shorten the jack and won 12 ends on the trot to win comfortably. Phil, Peter Townsend and Ian Kilford could not quite match their opponents and narrowly lost out but we were able to secure 4 of the 6 points on offer.
    Turning to individual competitions Phil Russell moved smoothly into the latter stages of the SADBA Officers singles with the game being played on the evening of England's game against Croatia. Not surprisingly he couldn't get a marker and had to beg Rhianna to help him out. The official crowd for the match was nil, although I understand a dog did wander in at one time.
    Ian Snook and Joe Festa played their last 16 matches in the East Herts Singles and both secured excellent victories to join evergreen Stan Kenworthy in the last 8 of the competition. Snookie was in sublime form against a strong and much respected opponent moving into a 14-2 lead before going on to seal the win. Joe added to his string of impressive singles victories in recent weeks with another accomplished performance.
    Remember to send details of matches to me....friendlies, league matches and individual competitions and I will include in next weeks round up. Good luck in your club competition games and don't forget the [lay by deadlines.
    …….and finally, the writer has had a good week with a couple of good wins but more importantly because of the birth of our 8th grandchild Eoin who is doing well and making himself heard.
    Kevin Rylett


    News update - 9 July 2018

    We played our re-arranged friendly fixture against Radlett last week. You will re-call the original game was postponed because of a monsoon...how things have changed. In sweltering conditions we managed a narrow win 62-61 where surviving to the end was the name of the game. Stan Kenworthy hit top form to win his EHBL singles match against a strong opponent and now moves into the last 8 of the competition. Not bad for an old 'un...Stan's words not mine.
    Phil Russell's run in the same competition came to an end losing to his opponent from Rye Park. Phil continues to make progress in both the SADBA singles and officer's singles and finished off his busy week with a great victory in his pool of the Herts Bowls 2 Woods competition. Phil will now play in the semi-final at Hatfield on Thursday 19th July at 6.00pm
    Joe Festa travelled to Watford Bowls club to contest his last 8 match in the Herts Unbadged singles against an opponent tipped to win the competition. The first half of the match was nip and tuck and Joe, supported by his army of 1 (me) was bowling well and matching his opponent. The middle part of the match saw Joe gradually falling behind to stand 11-17 down but aided by a pint of shandy he battled back but at 17-20 all seemed over. We entered what we all thought would be the last end and indeed it was with Joe claiming a magnificent 4 shots to land the match and book his semi final spot against the bowler who defeated Kevin R in the last sixteen. The game will be played at Hatfield on Friday 20th July at 6.00pm.
    The last event to report on is the Gerald Scott Gala which is a keenly contested charitable event held annually. Held at Hatfield in sweltering conditions the event is great fun, with excellent bowls and is also a test of endurance. The team entered under the name of WD40+ and consisted of Barry Smith, Peter Townsend, Kevin Rylett and a guest skip bowler named Chris Sherriff. The 10.30 am start did not put our boys off as we raced to comfortable victories over our opponents in the first two matches. A light lunch...and a drink or two..... set us up for a crunch game against highly regarded opponents who included such dignitaries as Mike Poole and Nigel Woor in their ranks. The Welwyn chaps were magnificent, rising to the occasion and bagging a crucial win to leave us top of the table. A win in the last game would see the trophy back at Welwyn & District having previously won it in 2016. The last game saw us secure the victory we needed and then we knew...….# it's coming home. We were able to make a donation the President's charity with our bounty and you will see from the photo that John Loudon was a happy man after a great event. Thanks to the boys and Chis our magnifico skip.
    Good luck with all your games this week.
    Kevin Rylett


    News update - 22 June 2018

    A week with the green full most evenings with internal and external competitions. Don't forget to check the board to ensure you play your matches by the deadline.
    An excellent week for both the Stags and Bucks in the EHBL Triples league with both sides picking up maximum points in their games. The Bucks beat previously unbeaten Whithern Blue to claim all six points whilst the Stags won the local derby against WGC Lions, winning both triples. Due to illness and international call ups the Stags were a man short for their game but emergency signing Alan 'on the jack' Fitts stepped in and had a great game.
    Phil Russell had a busy week, losing narrowly to a top player in the county singles 21-20 but recovered to win his county officer's singles match to move into the semi-finals of the competition. The following day he beat a strong opponent to move in to the next round of the EHBL singles where he is joined by Joe Festa, Stan Kenworthy and Ian Snook, with Snookie in top form securing his victory.
    Good and bad news in the Herts Unbadged last sixteen. Joe Festa secured a 21-18 victory in a competitive match against his Buntingford opponent and moves in to the quarter finals. Kevin Rylett matched his excellent opponent from Whitehorn shot for shot up to 16-16 but eventually succumbed 21-16 in what was again a competitive encounter.
    Alwyn and Joe exited the county pairs competition, after their excellent run of results, losing to an experienced pair from Oakhill. Alwyn, Val, Jenny Hart and Ian Kilford reached the end of their run in the National mixed fours event bowing out to a formidable four from Baldock.
    The Jubilee Cup campaign is in full swing with Val and Mick Clements skipping their teams to victory over Parkside.....and finally a word of thanks to everyone who volunteers as a marker because without you we would be lost. Special mention for Edddie Goodhall who was on the walk for 32 ends in a singles match between Len Tye and Bob Bennett. Everyone involved is recovering well after the experience.

    Kevin Rylett


    Results round up - 18 June 2018

    Another set of excellent results to report on.
    Joe and Alwyn were successful in the county pairs at Barnet Valley bowls club and move through to 4th round of the competition. Not to sure what the score was but Alwyn estimated it was 25-19. Phil and Rhianna progressed to the next stage of the EHBL mixed pairs following a comprehensive win over a pair from Bengeo.
    Good news from the ladies county pairs with Val and Pip beating a strong pair from Harpenden 22-18 to progress to the 3rd round of the competition. This followed a magnificent 1st round win at Potters Bar 41-11.
    Turning to National events the mixed four of Val, Alwyn, Ian Kilford and Jenny Hart moved into the second round of the mixed fours beating their opponents from Whit Hern 23-14.
    The good news continued with an outstanding 32-15 victory in the first round of the senior women’s fours for Val, Mary Clements, Jenny Hart and Gill Reynolds against a strong Potters Bar team.
    On the downside the men made an early exit from the Herts club competition which is contested over three rinks. Our opponents from Potters Bar were better on the night and won by 2 rinks to 1 and by 12 shots overall. A disappointing result from which we need to bounce back. Important games to be played this week including men’s and women’s county singles, county pairs, Unbadged men’s singles, SADBA matches and Ransom Cup so good luck to everyone involved......results update later in the week.
    Kevin Rylett


    Results round up - 15 June 2018

    A good week for our bowlers in external competitions this week. Congratulations to Val Challacombe and Rhianna Russell who progressed to the County singles third round with impressive victories over strong opposition.
    A good week for our bowlers in external competitions this week.
    Congratulations to Val Challacombe and Rhianna Russell who progressed to the County singles third round with impressive victories over strong opposition.
    Phil Russell opened his campaign in the SADBA singles with a win and followed this up with an excellent victory in the County singles to reach the fourth round.
    Joe Festa has had a good week securing his place in the third round of the EHBL singles by winning his match in great style with 15 touchers ( I know because I was marking and I counted them) The following night Joe secured victory in the County Unbadged singles and is joined in the last 16 of the competition by Kevin Rylett.....they will avoid each other in the next round.
    Well done to Jim Summerfield and Norman Muller who kicked off their campaigns in the SADBA competitions with good wins.
    Kevin Rylett


    Top Club - 10 June 2018

    Welwyn and District travelled to Potters Bar on Sunday morning for a Top Club match consisting of 2 wood singles, 4 wood singles, pairs, triples and fours.
    First game to finish was the two woods won by Mike Poole bowling an excellent line and length and giving the team that very welcome first point. John Brown competed in the four wood singles and matched his opponent shot for shot over the first half of the game. The close contest continued as the match progressed but John’s opponent hit a purple patch and pulled away to secure victory in a hard fought match to level the overall match score.
    The Pairs team of the Ians, Whitcombe and Kilford put up a brilliant fight against the very experienced PB pair and kept the result in doubt up until the last couple of ends where PB secured the win to take the lead in the overall match score. The four of Keith Phillips, Kevin O’Hanlon, Joe Festa and skip Ian Snook were in command from the beginning and led from the first bowl to secure a fine win to level the overall score at 2-2 to keep the match alive.
    The triple of Alwyn, Kevin and skip Phil started very well to lead 6-0 but found themselves 6 shots down with 3 ends to play. Key to pulling back the deficit was getting hold of the mat which was accomplished on the fifteenth end. The mat was brought up and thanks to bowls in the head and imperious skipping from Phil we entered the last end all square. The shot wood changed a couple of times before Phil capped a great performance with the winning shot meaning an overall 3-2 win for Welwyn.
    Thanks to all our lads for a brilliant team effort and to the PB team for a great match.
    Kevin Rylett


    Breakfast Bowls and Green Opens, 21 April 2018

    The 2018 bowling season opened on Saturday at Welwyn and District Bowls Club when the club president, Jillian Jennings, bowled the first wood and formally declared the green “Open”. Members were then able to make the most of the wonderful weather with a series of impromptu “roll ups” on the green.
    Prior to this members had enjoyed a “Full English Breakfast” in the club house, prepared by Malcolm Marvell and his small team of helpers. To round off the breakfast members heard a short talk given by John Beech and Eric Walsby from the Welwyn Garden City Centenary Foundation on the hopes and plans for celebrating the 100th anniversary of Welwyn Garden City in 2020.
    The event was also attended by the Chairman of the Welwyn Parish Council and by representatives of several local businesses who have supported the club as sponsors.