On Sunday 26th September to see the last bowling day of the 2021 season out in style Burnham Hillside BC held a Fun Day with instructions that the dress code was an Hawaiian Theme and all 50 bowlers who played got into the spirit of the occasion. Thankfully even the weather took part with the Sun eventually coming out. The competition was of 3 games of 6 ends with each session being randomly picked positions. Great fun was had by all with lots of laughter and chat. After the game everyone tucked into an excellent buffet generously provided by all the bowlers. This was followed by the club’s President, John Wilson thanking everyone for taking part and gave a special thanks to Nigel Barnes for looking after the bar for the day and to Wendy Parkhouse who works hard in the background making sure the bar money is in order. He then announced the winner on the day who was Christine Reynolds with 15 shots and presented her with a small trophy and a bottle of wine. Sid Curtis then did the raffle draw after which many of the bowlers continued to socialise for a number of hours.
Burnham Carnival Triples Great Success:
In true tradition the 2021 annual Carnival Triples Bowling competition was held on Carnival Day which this year was hosted by Burnham Hillside Bowls Club. This event is open to bowlers from Tillingham, Southminster & Burnham Bowls Clubs and this year 18 teams of triples took part. Due to the number involved two leagues were made up of 10 and 8 teams respectively. Each team played 4 games of 6 ends and half way through they all sat down to a ploughmen’s lunch followed by a selection of sweets, all of which was served up by club volunteers Doreen Jerome, Linda Kettlety, Barry Kettlety & Gill Mortensen with Tony Brock serving behind the bar keeping the liquid refreshments going. As for the tournament this was a great success with everyone enjoying themselves but after a long days play the two winners of each league were announced who then had a play-off to determine the overall winners. It was a close game but the triples team of Val Hyam, Len Hyam & Nigel Barnes, from Burnham Hillside BC won 33/22 with the runners-up being Trevor Robinson, Harry Sheppard from Southminster & George Wears from Burnham Hillside BC. Before the presentations the days organiser Sid Curtis expressed his appreciation to Christine Reynolds, Hazel Bradley & Wendy Parkhouse for their input in helping with the catering, to Terry Sims for looking after the raffle and to all the bowlers present for attending and making the day a great success. The Dengie Hundred BA President Sheila Potten then presented the winners and runners-up with their individual shields and winners shield after which the raffle took place. From all the proceeds taking on the day Burnham Hillside BC will be making a donation to the Carnival Charity Organisation.
BHBC Celebrate Their 90th Anniversary:
2021 was the Burnham Hillside Bowls Clubs 90th year in existence and on Saturday 18th September they celebrated it on two occasions. Firstly they held their traditional end of season inter-club game of the President versus the Captains with each side hoping to win the coverted Arnold Read Trophy. It was very well attended with 56 Burnham bowlers playing over 7 rinks of 21 ends. The occasion was a light hearted affair with plenty of fun during and after the game. The weather was excellent and the Green bowled very well. The scores across the seven rinks varied and individually the Captain’s side won 2 of the 7 rinks but it was the President's side who narrowly won with an overall score of 137/136. Present during the day was Arnold Read's son (Malcolm) and Malcolm's wife (Rachel) and it was Malcom who presented the trophy to the President John Wilson after Malcolm gave his appreciation speech. After the game there was a super buffet with food generously donated by all the bowlers on the day which was suitably washed down with the varied liquid refreshments served by Lorna Harker and other bar helpers. For the 2nd celebration there was an evening dance at the club at which many of the members attended and again there was plenty of buffet food, a special anniversary cake with Len Hyam looking after the liquid refreshments along with some other bar helpers when needed. It was a fantastic evening to celebrate the Club's 90th Anniversary.
Last Friendly of 2021 Season:
Burnham Hillside BC played its last friendly of the 2021 season on Friday 17th September. It was an away game at Southchurch BC and they played over three mixed triples. The Burnham sides found the Green very challenging and did their best on the day but sadly could only manage a win on one of the triples with Southchurch taking the other two. In the end Southchurch won 70/48.
Monday Afternoon League Winners:
The special Monday afternoon league run by Karen Hull saw its last league games played on 13th September and after twelve weeks of play by thirteen teams of BHBC bowlers the winning team was Val Hyam, Len Hyam, David Cable and Ron Stanford. Congratulations to them and well done to Karen for organising the league.
Chelmsford & District BA Finals Results:
In the C&D BA Finals on Sunday 12th September BHBC had a team in the Fours Competition who were Steve Andow, Nigel Norfolk, Len Hyam and Kevin Olley. Their opponents were Great Baddow BC. The Burnham team did their best on the day but sadly the Great Baddow side were that much better as they beat the Burnham team. However, in the Officers Singles Cup BHBC's Tony Rowling beat his opponent from Chelmsford BC so well done Tony.
Ladies Home Friendly:
Burnham Hillside Ladies played in a home friendly on Wednesday 8th September against Tillingham BC over two triples. It proved to be a very close game with each side winning one of the triples but when it came down to the overall shots it was the BHBC ladies who were triumphant with a winning score of 38/35.
Home Friendly Against Corringham BC:
Burnham Hillside Bowls Club had a home friendly on Saturday 4th September against Corringham BC over three mixed triples. It was a dry day which eventually turned into a sunny afternoon. The green was bowling well and every one enjoyed the game the mid-match hospitality. The BHBC players did well on all three triples by winning on them all so won the game overall 59/31.
Hatfield Peverel Home Friendly:
On Sunday 5th September BHBC had another friendly at home. This time it was against Hatfield Peverel BC but only over two mixed triples as Hatfield Peverel struggled to get players. It was another very nice day with the Green bowling well and the Burnham bowlers were triumphant again by winning in both triples and had a final winning overall score of 30/19.
Weekend Friendly Results:
Over the weekend of 20th/21st August BHBC had two local friendlies. On Saturday it was a Home game against Maldon BC over three mixed triples. This proved to be a very close game all the way through and after 18 ends Maldon had won two triples and BHBC one but when the shots were added up it turned out to be a draw of 42/42. On the Sunday they had a quick drive to Southminster to play in an away game over 4 mixed triples. This proved to be another tight game. At the end Southminster won 3 triples and drew on one. Southminster just won overall 70/63.
BHBC Remember Their fellow Bowlers:
On Friday 20th August Burnham Hillside Bowls Club held a special remembrance gathering at their club in honour of all their bowling colleagues who had passed away during the Covid -19 Pandemic period. It started with a 2 hour bowls game attended by 36 Burnham bowlers watched by other club and family members of the lost ones. After the game everyone gathered in the Club House to socialise and remember the dearly departed. Before this took place the Club President (John Wilson) addressed those present. He first thanked everyone for attending this special day and then went on to thank the volunteer catering members who prepared the excellent buffet that was laid out, who were: Christine Reynolds and Hazel Bradley ably assisted by Wendy Parkhouse, Shirley Sims and Sid Curtis and then also thanked Len Hyam and the rest of the bar helpers.
John then gave his remembrance speech for the lost colleagues reiterating that this gathering was an opportunity to pass on our last respects which we were unable to do with the Covid-19 Government restrictions in place. He commented on each of those bowlers that has passed away and thanked those family members that had attended. Finally there was a minutes silence for everyone to have their own personal thoughts for the lost colleagues they knew.
RUBY FISHER, FRED WALLACE, DEREK HERRINGTON, MARGARATE FILTNESS, JOHN COLLINS, BERT SAVAGE, DON RODGERS, LINDA CARTER & PAULINE DEED YOU WILL BE REMEMBERED
The excellent buffet prepared by the club's volunteer helpers the cost of which was mainly met by a generous donation in Ruby Fishers will.
BHBC Ladies do Well at Maldon:
On Wednesday 18th August two triples teams of Burnham Hillside lady bowlers took a trip to Maldon Bowls Club to play in a friendly against the Maldon ladies. It turned out to be a very good day for our BHBC players as they won on both rinks with shot scores of 27/12 & 17/15 giving them an overall win of 44/27
Burnham Quartet Reach C&D Finals:
BHBC's Steve Andow, Nigel Norfolk, Len Hyam & Kevin Olley played in the semi finals of the Chelmsford & District BA Fours Competition on Friday 13th August. Their opponents were from Maldon BC and the game was played on a Neutral Green at PML Bowls Club. As expected it proved to be a very close game but the Burnham four just won 21/19. Well done and good luck in the final at Southminster BC.
Friendly Result Against Thorpe Bay BC:
On Saturday 14th August BHBC played a home friendly against Thorpe Bay BC. There were four games of mixed fours and triples. The Green bowled well which many of the Thorpe Bay bowlers complemented on. After 18 ends BHBC had won 3 of the four games and when all the shots were added together BHBC won 69/54.
Burnham Pair Go Out In C&D Semi Final:
David Gamble and Steve Nicholls from the Burnham Hillside BC played in the semi final of the Chelmsford & District BA Pairs Competition on 9th August on a neutral Green at the Falcon BC. Their opponents were from Stock. Sadly the weather was not the best for bowling as it was raining for a good part of the game. Their opponents though were too good for David and Steve as they lost to them 21/8.
Friendly Against Southend BC Cancelled:
12 mixed bowlers from Burnham Hillside BC were all ready to drive over to Southend BC to play in a friendly over 4 Triples. Sadly the weather was very wet before the scheduled start so Southend BC decided to call it a day and cancelled the game.
Tony Rowling Reaches Final of Officers Cup:
BHBC's Tony Rowling played in the Semi-Final of Chelmsford & District Offers Cup against Eddie Barker from Southminster. It was played on a neutral ground at Tillingham BC. Tony Won 21/15 and will now play in the Final on 12th September at Southminster BC.
Not a Good Day at Witham Bowls Club!:
Sunday 8th August saw six mixed triples from BHBC take a trip over to Witham BC to play in a friendly. Despite the threatened bad weather it stayed dry and as always there was a good social atmosphere. It was a mixed result with BHBC winning two triples, Witham winning 3 and 1 draw. Sadly though Witham's winning rinks had high shot scores so it was Witham who won overall 121/76.
Burnham Duo Go Out of Plate Cup:
Burnham's Dennis Bonning and John Wilson had a trip to Chelmsford BC to play in the first round of the Plate Pairs Competition on Wednesday 4th August. Sadly despite their best efforts on the day they lost to the Chemlsford pair 21/17.
Coronation Pairs Result:
Dawn Hood & David Gamble from BHBC played in the 2nd round of the Coronation Pairs Competition away against a duo from Maldon BC on Friday 6th August. It was a very close game but the end it was the Maldon side who were triumphant with a win of 19/15.
ECBA Group 3 Retain the Ashford Cup:
The final of Essex County BA Ashford Cup was held on 1st August at Dunmow BC. The game over six rinks was between Group 3 (the holders for the last two playing years) and Group 6. It was a very close game as after 21 ends both sides had won three games each and when all the shots were then counted up that too was a draw. To decide on the winners all the rinks had to play one more end with the average shots being taken into account. In the end it was Group 3 who were triumphant with a 9/5 win. Group 3 therefore retain the Cup for the third time. Good news for Burnham bowlers was that our club Captain, Sid Curtis, was playing for Group 3. Well done Sid.
Away Friendly Result:
Four mixed triples of BHBC bowlers took a trip to Bantham & Ongar's Bowls Club to play in a friendly game. B&O's surface is artificial so the Burnham bowlers had to get used to bowling a different surface. Sadly the afternoon was marred a little as it rained so they all decided to stop playing and have refreshments in the clubhouse a little early. The scores when they did finish was 47 to BHBC and 41 to B&O.
BHBC Reach Semi of Writtle Cup
Burnham Hillside Bowls Club played a quarter finals home game over three mixed rinks against Billericay BC on Friday evening the 30th July in the Writtle Hospital Cup. On two of the rinks it was a close game that finished up with one being a draw of 14/14 and the other just won 18/16 but on the third rink the Burnham foursome did well and won 22/8. With the overall score deciding the winners BHBC clearly came out on top 54/38. They now go on to the semi finals to play away against The Falcon BC.
Mixed Results in C&D Pairs Comp:
Thursday 29th July was the fixed date for the Chelmsford & District BA Quarter Finals for the men's pairs competition. This year BHBC players had done well as we had three pairs playing. In home games David Gamble & Steve Nicholls played against a duo from Stock. It was a close game but David and Steve Won 18/17. Also at home were Nigel Barnes and Tony Rowling playing against a duo from Chelmsford who out-bowled the Burnham duo and so lost in the end 6/24. The third Burnham Pair , Steve Andow and Kevin Olley were away playing at Chelmsford. Sadly this turned out to be the end of their progress as they lost 21/13. So we now wish David and Steve good luck in the semi-finals.
Southend & District BA Result:
BHBC's annual friendly against Southend & District Bowling Association took place on Thursday 29th July at the Burnham Hillside Bowls Club. The game was over 5 Triples. The BHBC bowlers did their best on the day but the opposition played very well and eventually won all five triples. The final aggregate score was 72 to BHBC and 101 to Southend & District.
Good Result in C&D Fours Quarter Final:
A Burnham Hillside BC rink team of Steve Andow, Nigel Norfolk, Len Hyam and Kevin Olley played in a Quarter Final of the Chelmsford & District BA Fours Competition on Monday 26th July at Burnham Hillside Bowls Club. Their opponents were a team from Lionmede BC. The Burnham four played well and were in command of the game all the way through and eventually won 24/14. They now go into the semi finals and will play a team from Maldon, which will be on a neutral Green.
Sid Hull Cup a Great Success:
On Sunday 25th July Burnham Hillside Bowls Club run its internal annual Sid Hull Cup Competition for it members. In all there were 42 bowlers making up 14 teams of Triples that played over three games of eight ends. Thankfully the promised wet weather did not appear which made the day that much more enjoyable. The day started with a spider with the prize of a bottle of Whisky (donated by Mr J Wilson) which was won by Sid Curtis. Throughout the day there was plenty of tea/Coffee available with wonderful cakes generously made and donated by Jeanette Wilson, Wendy Parkhouse and Christine Reynolds. As always the club bar was on tap with a number of the volunteer bar helpers serving the drinks. There was some hot competition among the teams and when all the final scores were added up it was a very close result. There were two runners-up who were: Eleanor Bridge, Nigel Norfolk & Nic Hull and Wendy Parkhouse, Jeanette Wilson & Sid Curtis who both finished with 45 points but the winners by half a point were Val Stack, Karen Hull & David Gamble. The winners were presented with the Sid Hull Cup by Nic Hull.
Coronation Pairs Result:
A Burnham Hillside duo of Dawn Hood and David Gamble played a home game in the first round of the Coronation Pairs Competition on Saturday 24th July against a pairs team from the Falcon BC. Dawn & David played well and came away with a good win of 27/16 and now move on to the 2nd round.
Burnham Golf Club Players Try Their Hands at Bowls:
The regular annual event of Burnham Golf Club Players attending the Burnham Hillside Bowls Club took place on Friday evening the 23rd July. 24 Golfers and 24 Burnham Bowlers played in a socially friendly game over six rinks. All the players were combined with two Golfers and two Bowlers in each rink team playing over 14 ends. As always this proved to be a wonderful evening of bowls and socializing afterwards. Although everyone who bowled was a winner Nic Hull, who organised the golfers for the day, presented the highest shot winning team with a bottle of wine each who were: Lynne Parlour, P Greenaway, Jeanette Wilson & John Noble. a raffle was held and after the game everyone munched away on a hot sausage & onion rolls prepared by Christine Reynolds and Hazel Bradley and of course there were plenty of drinks flowing with Nigel Barnes behind the bar. Many thanks to all those individuals who helped to make this a very successful evening.
Burnham's C&D Mixed Pairs Holders Go Out In Quarter Finals:
Dawn Hood and Len Hyam, holders of the Chelmsford & District BA mixed Pairs Cup for the last two years it was held played away at Stock BC in the quarter finals of this competition. It was a very tight and lengthy game which came down to the last few ends to see who was going to win. In the end it was the Stock BC duo who just won 18/16. Hard luck to Dawn & Len but well done for winning it in 2018/ & 19.
Ladies lose Out In ECWBA Albert Crabb:
Eight Burnham Hillside ladies played in the first round for the Essex County Women's BA Albert Crabb knock-out competition on Thursday 22nd July. The game, over two rinks with one rink at each team's venue, was against the White Hall BC. The Burnham ladies played the best they could on the day but sadly the White Hall players were better and won on both rinks 22/13 & 24/12, giving them an overall winning score of 46/25. Better luck next years Burnham Ladies.
Chelmsford Home Friendly Result:
Chelmsford Bowls Club visited Burnham Hillside on Saturday 17th July to play in a friendly of 4 mixed triples. The weather was glorious and the Green bowled exceptionally well which most of the Chelmsford bowlers found to their liking! All teams played well but in the end the Chelmsford side was triumphant as they won three of the triples and ended with an overall winning score of 58/65.
Photos from Charity Day:
John Wilson's President's Day Great Success:
ECBA Double Fours Result: As in previous years, this year BHBC entered two teams for the Essex County Double Fours knock-out competition and this year the two teams were drawn against each other in the first round of the competition, which of course had two advantages, (1) at least one team would move forward to the 2nd round and (2) everyone played at Burnham Hillside Bowls Club! The actual game took place on Saturday 12th June, which started at 10.00am. It proved to be an excellent and very tight game on both rinks. For a good part of the games the 'B' team had their noses in front on both rinks but towards the later stages the 'A' team picked up and in the end the 'A' team won on both rinks with scores of 21/17 & 20/19, giving them a very marginal 5 shot win overall. Well done to all the players. The 'A' team now move on to the 2nd round against Buckhurst Hill BC.
2021 Tom Filtness Club Competition Result:
Burnham Hillside BC held its annual internal Tom Filtness Competition this May Bank Holiday Monday 31th May run by the Club’s Competition secretary Jeanette Wilson aided by her husband John Wilson. 12 triples teams played through the day across 4 separate games of 6 ends with the weather holding up well. In order to comply with Covid-19 requirements refreshments were provided outside which included homemade cakes, made by Jeanette Wilson and Christine Reynolds, and the bar was open with a waitress/waiter service being provided but despite these restrictions being in place all those in attendance were clearly happy to be back bowling in one of the club’s competitions and the Club’s appreciation goes to all those involved in it preparations and running of it.
The day started off with a Spider which was won by Christine Reynolds who was presented with a bottle of Southern Comfort Lime, donated by Steve Andow. Sid Curtis sold the raffle tickets and Terry Sims did the calculations for all the scoring of the games. The eventual winners on the day were Val Hyam, Val Stack and Dawn Hood.
In past years Tom Filtness’s wife Margaret presented the Shield to the winners but sadly Margaret passed away in 2020 but in her honour her two daughters (Julie Ward and Helen Doe) presented the winner’s Shield.
(Photos below taken by Sid Curtis)
Something to Remember The Year By:
With no competitions taking place this year we could not let the year go by without having some form of group photo to mark these unprecedented times and to express a big thank you to Sid & Christine in organising the arrangements to allow the bowlers below the opportunity to start to bowl again following the relaxation of social distancing. It has meant so much to many of our members.
What a Big improvement the new carpet tiles make!
Well, here's a view of the Burnham Green that you don't often see!
If you click on the image you will see a larger copy.
Beginner's Guide to Bowls - Link:
A new link has been put on the Link page above directing you to a website that has a comprehensive Beginners Guide to Bowling. Take a look it's pretty good.....
Next BHBC Committee Meeting
18 October 2021 11.00am
Team Selections Made
"FRIDAY NIGHTS" IS CLUB NIGHT IN THE CLUBHOUSE COME DOWN FOR A SOCIAL EVENING STARTING TIMES 7.00PM IN THE WINTER & 6.00PM IN THE SUMMER
THE BAR WILL BE OPEN
DEPENDING ON THE TIME OF THE YEAR PLAY INDOOR/OUTDOOR BOWLS, CARDS OR DO A JIGSAW PUZZLE- OR JUST SOCIALISE AND HAVE A DRINK AND A CHAT.
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