The Carnival Invitation Triples this year was held at Tillingham Bowls Club on Saturday 30th September. As always, this event is well attended and this year was no exception as there were 16 triples teams all aiming to win the Carnival shield. Due to the number of teams there were two leagues of eight in which both leagues had 4 teams from Burnham, 2 from Tillingham and 2 from Southminster. The play was four games of 6 ends with the set-up of a 4321 fixed jack. Half way through the players sat down to a cheese or ham salad prepared and served up by the Tillingham volunteer members. Ther were some close results throughout but in the end, it was a Tillingham and a Burnham team who won their respective leagues. To decide the overall winner a final was held between the Tillingham and Burnham winners which proved to be undecided right up until the last bowl. The Tillingham side were winning with just one bowl to go from Burnham. Christine Reynolds, Burnham's Skip, had to dislodge one of Tillingham's woods in order for them to win the game which she achieved with precision giving Burnham 10 points on the last end and making them the 2023 Carnival Invitation Winners. Well done Christine and well done to Hazel Bradley and Brian Holloway who were presented with the Winners Shield by the DBHA President John Paveley.
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The last games of the Monday Afternoon end of season fixed jack league were played on 25th September. After the games Karen Hull, who has done a sturdy job of organising the leagues, was able to announce the winners of the league. The top spot went to Ron Stanford, Teresa Mielniczek, Neville Evans and Dennis Bonning who were each presented with a small gift generous donated by Karen.
On Saturday 23rd September Burnham Hillside Bowls Club held its end of season internal competition of the President versus the Captains with the winning side claiming the Arnold Read Trophy. It was well attended with 42 Burnham bowlers taking part over 3 rinks of 21 ends and 3 triples of 18 ends. The occasion was a light hearted affair with plenty of fun during and after the game. The weather was good and the Green bowled very well. The scores across the six games varied and individually the Captain’s side won 3 and drew 1 but despite that it was the President's side who narrowly won with an overall score of 105/102. The Club Chairman, Kevin Olley, generously awarded to each player of the highest winning game a monetary gift which happened to be his own triples game with Ron Stanford and Iris Machell. He then expressed his appreciation to all those members involved in making it such a successful day. Present during the day was Arnold Read's son (Malcolm) and Malcolm's wife (Rachel). Malcolm Read then gave his appreciation speech followed by the official presentation of the trophy to the Club's Chairman, Kevin Olley, who was standing in for the club's President, Joy Campbell, who was, unfortunately, unable to attend on the day. During the day a raffle took place which was well subscribed to and 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 various bar members.
Ladies Pairs League - Final Positions:
The ladies Pairs League final positions can now be announced . It had to wait until one of the last games had been played as two teams were fighting for the top spot. In the end it was Patsy Hammond and Sue Rodwell who win the league with 13 points with Shirley Sims and Val Stack being runners-up with 12 points. Well done to both teams.
Burnham Hillside's BC Finals Days Results:
BHBC held their end of season internal Finals during the 15th to 18th September. 18 finalists matched their skills all putting up excellent games watched by supporting BHBC members. Most of the games were very tight results which proved to be good entertainment. There were plenty of sandwiches and cakes throughout the period for the players and on lookers which our thanks goes to Wendy Parkhouse and Trish Hollis for preparing and not forgetting our thanks to all the bar staff.
The results of the Competitions were:
LADIES ROSE BOWL: Dawn Hood 21 / Val Hyam 16 WOOLF HANDICAP: Kevin Olley 21 / Kevin Brown 19 MEN’S CAPTAINS CUP: Kevin Brown 21 / John Wilson 6 LADIES CAPTAINS CUP: Pam Noble 21 / Lynne Parlour 17 RALPH HERRING CUP: Val Hyam 21 / Sid Curtis 16 BILL KING TROPHY: David Gamble 21 / Kevin Brown 13 PARKSTONE TWO WOODS: David Gamble 21 / Kevin Olley 14 MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP: Kevin Brown 21 / Kevin Olley 20 LADIES CHAMPIONSHIP: Hazel Bradley 21 / Val Hyam 12 JOHN DEED PAIRS: Richard English & Kevin Brown 27 / Martin Whitehead & Sid Curtis 16 MIXED PAIRS: Shirley Sims & David Gamble 32 / Patsy Hammond & Nic Hull 15 LADIES HANDICAP: Chris Reynolds 21 / Maggie Foster 16
Pictures below of all the Finals winners and Runners-up:-
Commiseration and Congratulations to Kevin Brown:
Burnham Hillside BC bowler Kevin Brown played in the Final of the Essex County BA Unbadged Singles competition on Sunday 17th September at Braintree BC. His was opponent was Trevor Pearce from Thorpe Bay BC. Edged on by many of the BHBC members Kevin played his best on the day but sadly he could not manage a win. However, for reaching the final Kevin did achieve his goal by being awarded a County badge for his blazer which was an excellent achievement.
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Burnham Hillside Lift the Writtle Hospital Cup:
As in previous years Burnham Hillside BC, this year, entered the knock-out competition for the Writtle Hospital Cup and as in previous years they managed to reach the final. Their opponents this year were Great Baddow BC. The Final was at Writtle BC and was played over three mixed rinks. Due to the excessive hot weather it was agreed to only play 18 ends instead of the standard 21 ends. On one of the rinks Burnham always had the upper hand but on the 17th end there was a vital moment when Burnham were 7 shots down which if it has stayed like it could have jeopardised the final overall score. However, Burnham's skip, David Gamble, earned himself Burnham's bowler of the day on that rink as he played an excellent shot by taking all 7 shots out and winning the end with one shot to Burnham. On the other two rinks the games were a lot different. In the beginning one rink was 10/0 down after five ends but after another 7 ends the scores were equal 12/12. The result though went to Great Baddow with a score of 18/16. On the third rink, again, initially it favoured the Baddow side but Burnham came back and eventually won 23/19. With an overall winning score of 62/48 Burnham were declared the 2023 Writtle Hospital Cup Winners for the 2nd time in three years.
Result of Last Friendly of the Season:
In the last friendly of the season BHBC had an away game at Southchurch Park BC on Friday 8th September. The game was over three mixed rinks. The scores on all three rinks was close for a good part of the game but sadly in the end Southchurch Park finished in a flurry and eventually managed to win on all three rinks 12/19, 12/16, 14/15. Giving them an overall win of 38/50.
Burnham Win at Wickford BC Friendly:
In the mini heatwave four mixed triples of bowlers from Burnham Hillside visited Wickford Bowls Club for an away friendly. Due to the heat the ends were reduced to 15 instead of the usual 18 and even then there were many flushed faces. As for the game it was equal on winning triples as both clubs won two each but overall Burnham won with a score of 68/48. The individaul scores were 23/7 & 28/6 to Burnham with 16/6 & 19/11 to Wickford.
Burnham Ladies End of Season Friendly Result:
Burnham Hillside ladies played their last 2023 Friendly on Wednesday 6th September at Home. The game was against Tillingham BC ladies and was over two Triples. In one Triples the trio of Burnham ladies did very well and ended up winning 25/11. In the other triples though it was a tighter game which finally ended as a draw of 16/16 but the overall game went to Burnham with a score of 41/27.
Result of Witham Friendly:
For their last summer weekend friendly BHBC visited Witham Bowls Club for a five mixed triples game on Sunday 3rd September. The weather was good and the green run very well. On most of the triples Burnham did well and they eventually manged to win 3 triples 31/3, 27/20 & 28/7, draw on one 16/16 and lost one 10/22. Overall though they comfortably won 112/68.
Success Again for Burnham in the Coronation Plate:
On Saturday 2nd September the Finals Day was held at Chelmsford Bowls Club for the very popular Coronation Shield and Plate competitions. In last year's final the duo of BHBC's David Gamble and Dawn Hood won the Plate Competition and this year it was BHBC's duo of Kevin Brown and Sid Curtis who were hoping to bring the Plate back to Burnham. On the day the semi-finals are played in the morning followed by the finals in the afternoon. In their semi-final Kevin and Sid played a pair from Falcon Bowls Club who they beat 18/12. In the final it was a pair from Chelmsford Bowls Club. The game proved to be a very close one with the lead changing hands quite a few times. Towards the end though Kevin and Sid just kept in front and finally managed to eventually win 22/17 thereby becoming the 2023 Coronation Plate winners and proudly bringing the Plate back to Burnham for another year. Well done Kevin and Sid.
Sid Curtis & Kevin Brown Proudly being presented with the Coronation Plate by Chelmsford's President and the days Sponsor Paul Harrison.
President's Charity Day:
Bank Holiday Monday 28th August saw Burnham Hillside’s BC Annual Charity Day take place organised by Eleanor Bridge and assisted by Sid Curtis. On a glorious sunny day 36 players took part in 12 triples teams all matching their skills over four separate games of 6 ends. Before the game started a spider was held for a bottle of Gin (donated by John Wilson) for the winner, which turned out to be Gill Mortensen. A raffle was held for numerous prizes generous donated by many of the players and refreshments were served up by Len Shippey with Brian Holloway and Tony Brock looking after the bar. There was lots of excellent bowling on the day along with a great social atmosphere and it was not until the last game, after the official scorer Terry Sims, had calculated the results the positions could be declared. In the end the runners-up were Pat Short, Paulette Norfolk & Val Hyam with the winners being Jeanette Wilson, Peter Cox and Sid Curtis. The winners were presented with the Charity Cup by the Club’s President Joy Campbell following which she thanked everyone for taking part and contributing to her charities, Macmillan Nurses and Royal National Lifeboat Institution Pictures by Ed. Sid Curtis
Dengie Finals Results:
The Dengie Finals were held at Southminster Bowls Club on Saturday 26th August. There was some very close games amongst the finalists with some of the honours going to all three Dengie clubs. The results were as follows:
Singles - John Strange Tillingham beat David Gamble Burnham Hillside 21/12
Pairs - Val & Len Hyam Burnham Hillside beat Kevin Olley and John Wilson Burnham Hillside 24/12
Triples Knock-out - Jodie Waumsley, Ray Kempen & Paul Halford beat Val Hyam, Len Hyam & Nigel Barnes 18/3 Triples league Final - Kevin Brown Sid Curtis & Kevin Olley beat Bob Hollis (Burnham Hillside), John Paveley (Southminster) & Steve Thrumble (Tillingham) 18/13.
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DHBA Ladies Invitation Triples:
The Dengie Hundred Bowling Association Ladies Invitation Triples was held on Sunday 13th August at Southminster BC in which BHBC had four teams entered. Each team played four games of six ends. In the end it was a clean sweep for the Burnham ladies. The competition winners were Hazel Bradley, Jeanette Wilson & Dawn Hood with Val Hyam, Karen Hull & Paulette Norfolk coming runners up and in third place were Pam Noble, Lynne Parlour & Linda Kettlety.
Winners from left - Dawn Hood, Jeanette Wilson & Hazel Bradley with DHBA President John Paveley.
Runners-up from left - Val Hyam, Paulette Norfolk & Karen Hull with John Paveley DHBA President.
Third Place from left - Pam Noble, Lynne Parlour & Linda kettlety with John Pavely DHBA President.
Great BHBC Lady Captains Day:
The 2023 Burnham Hillside BC Ladies Captain's Day was held on Thursday 10th August. Sadly, the lady Captain Trish Hollis was unable to be there due to ill health but Hazel Bradley the Vice Lady Captain stood in for Trish. There were 32 lady bowlers plus BHBC's Steve Nicholls and Steve Andow who kindly agreed to play to even the numbers up. The weather was excellent. They played three games of six ends and each game was a random selection of teams. There was a variety of bowling and lots of chatting going on all afternoon! Before the games started a Spider was run for a bottle of baileys donated by Sid Curtis which was won by Maggie Abbott. An excellent raffle was held with numerous prizes generously donated by the attending bowlers. After the games everyone sat down to a two-course salad meal, prepared and served up by six of Burnham's volunteer men bowlers (Sid Curtis, Dennis Bonning, John Noble, Peter Cox, Bob Hollis & Terry Jerome) who were looking very smart in white shirts bow ties and black trousers. The bar was looked after by Brian Hollow and Tony Rowling with Terry Sims looking after selling the raffle tickets . When the score cards were checked there was one clear winner which was Dawn Hood who was presented with a bottle of whisky by Hazel Bradley. Hazel also presented gifts to all the men volunteer workers along with Flowers to Christine Reynolds for helping on the day and finally asking Bob Hollis to take a special pot plant to Trish Hollis from all the ladies to wish her a speedy recovery.
Final C&D League Game Results:
Wednesday 9th August saw the last Chelmsford & District league games take place for BHBC's 'A' & 'B' teams. Both teams were playing at home. The 'A' team were against Great Baddow 'A' who have been playing well throughout the season. The Burnham side did their best but, in the end, Great Baddow won two of the rinks 23/6, 25/13 and the overall shot difference of 67/44 giving them 8 league points with Burnham taking 2 league points with their rink win of 25/19. It was the same story for Burnham's 'B' team. Their opponents were Chelmsford 'B' who managed to win 2 rinks 25/14, 32/21 and the overall score of 71/50 giving them 8 league points with Burnham 'B' taking 2 league points from their 15/14 rink win. It has been a tough season for both of Burnham's 'A' & 'B' teams with mixed results but I am sure next year we will be there showing improvements in our games. Our thanks to all the players that took part throughout the season. Also thank you to all the caterers and bar members who provided us with the food and drinks at our home games.
Monday Afternoon League Final Results:
The Summer Monday afternoon league teams played their last games on 31st July and after 11 weeks of games for the 12 teams the winners this year were Team 1 consisting of Karen Hull, Nic Hull, Richard English and Nigel Barnes. Congratulations to them and thank you to all the players that took part with a special thanks to Karen Hull who organised the leagues. Click here to see the final league positions.
ECBA Ashford Cup Result: The Essex County BA Ashford Cup final was played on Sunday 30th July at Braintree Bowls Club. The final was between groups 3 & 4. Burnham Hillside Bowls Club is in the group 3 area and they were privileged to have three of their bowlers playing for group 3 on the day who were David Gamble, Kevin Brown and Sid Curtis. The game was over six rinks and initially the winners are decided on the number of rinks won but if it's 3/3 then the overall shots are taken into account. On this occasion though it was a clear win for group 3 as they won 5 of the rinks and therefore became the 2023 Ashford Cup Winner.
Sid Hull Cup a Great Success:
On Sunday 23rd July Burnham Hillside Bowls Club had its internal annual Sid Hull Cup Competition for its members which was organised by Eleanor Bridge & Sid Curtis. In all there were 48 bowlers making up 12 teams of fours that played over four games of six ends. The weather was idea and made the day that much more enjoyable. Throughout the day there was plenty of tea/coffee available served up by Ken Neale, Beryl Gamble & Tina Wallace. As always, the club bar was on tap with Martin Whitehead, Wendy Parkhouse and a number of the volunteer bar helpers serving the drinks and we can't forget Terry Sims who sold the raffle tickets and did the all important totting up of each teams scores. There was some hot competition among the teams and when all the final scores were added up the runners up were Jan Johnson, Terry Parlour, Patsy Hammond & John Noble but the clear winners were Wendy Parkhouse, Teresa Cox, Mick Clark & Hazel Bradley. The winners were presented with the Sid Hull Cup by Sid Hull’s daughter Sheila Shuker.
Super President's Day:
On Saturday 24th June the Annual Burnham Hillside Bowls Club President's Day took place. The Club's President Joy Campbell had selected her team of seven rinks of various bowlers from BHBC plus a few special friends, with Burnham’s Kevin Olley as her Captain. They played against a seven rink side of other BHBC bowlers Captained by Sid Curtis. The Green and weather were excellent and some of the bowling wasn't bad either! This event was well attended and great enjoyment was had by all. There were lots of laughing, joking and appropriate socialising throughout the games. As part of the day's activities a spider took place for a bottle of whisky which Len Shippey won. There was also a raffle, with a vast number of prizes donated by many of the bowlers were up for grabs and there were also numerous side games of guessing weights or numbers etc. As for the outcome of the game, the President’s side won. The BHBC side did manage to win on three of the seven rinks and overall, they did very well by just losing 123/113. After the game all the players sat down to an excellent three course buffet meal provided by BHBC volunteer members Hazel Bradley, Christine Reynolds, Belinda Brown, Maggie Abbott and Devina Osbourne, which was followed by speeches from the two Captains and the President that included a thanks to all the helpers on the day for making it such a successful one and to Martin Whitehead who served behind the bar all day and to other bar volunteers who helped out.
Internal Tom Filtness Competition Day:
Burnham Hillside BC held its annual internal Tom Filtness Competition on Saturday 27th May run by the Club’s Competition Secretary Eleanor Bridge and aided by Sid Curtis. 14 triples teams played through the day across 4 separate games of 6 ends with the weather holding up well. The day started off with a Spider which was won by Karen Hull who was presented with a bottle of spirit, donated by Terry Sims who also sold the raffle tickets and did the calculations for all the scoring of the games. Bar helpers Eleanor Bridge, Wendy Parkhouse and a few other volunteers supplied liquid refreshments and Belinda Brown worked in the kitchen providing tea/coffee and biscuits. It was a great day with lots of bowling and social chatting taking place on the green and throughout the day. After the games a raffle draw took place and the eventual winners of the Tom Filtness competition were announced and Karen Hull, Iris Macell & Bob Hollis and they were presented with the Tom Filtness Shield by the Club President Joy Campbell. There were two runners up teams on the day Gill Mortensen, Peter Cox & Dennis Bonning along with Terry Jerome, Steve Nicholls & John Wilson.
(Enjoy the photos taken by Sid Curtis)
2023 Spring Pairs Results:
On Monday the 1st May 24 pairs teams from Burnham Hillside Bowls Club played in the club’s annual Spring Pairs Competition for the Blay Cup, which was organised by Jeanette Wilson & Eleanor Bridge the club’s Competition Secretary’s. There were two leagues of 12 teams respectively and each team played four games of 8 ends. Plenty of chat and joviality took place making this day, as always, successful. During the day a bar service was available covered by various bowlers who we thank along Beryl Gamble, Pat Short and Balinder Brown who kept a constant flow of tea/coffee and homemade cakes on the go. Our thanks also to Jeanette Wilson for making and donating all the cakes. Also, thanks of course to all those other helpers on the day.
To decide the eventual winners a final was played between the two winning teams from each of the leagues and in the end David Gamble & Paulette Norfolkyam beat Nigel Barnes & Shirley Sims 12/3. Each of the finalist were presented with a monitory award and the winners were also presented with the Blay Cup by the club’s President, Joy Campbell.
(Pictures by Sid Curtis & Steve Nicholls)
Burnham Hillside Bowls Club 2023 Outdoor Open Green Day
Saturday 23nd April saw the start of outdoor bowling season for the Burnham Hillside Bowls Club. Before the games got underway the club was honoured to have present Mark Royal (an English international lawn and indoor bowler who has been in the top 16 of the World Bowls Tour Rankings since 2003) to officially open the Green and bowl the first official bowl.
The day was well attended with 65 members present of which 56 bowlers took part in the day’s games. In addition, Mark Royal was also selling bowls gear for any bowlers who needed to top up their bowling equipment. The Green was looking excellent and bowled well after the Winter work.
Before the games started a Spider was held with the nearest bowl to the spider being David Gamble, who won a bottle of Whisky, which was generously donated by Sheila Shuker and David very kindly returned the whisky to be used in another event. The days competition was three separate games of eight ends which lasted approximately 3 hours overall.
When all the scorecards had been checked it was a close finish. Kevin Olley had 33 shots for runner-up place but it was David Gamble making a day of it by winning with 35 shots. He was presented with the winner’s cup (The Vic Pursley Trophy) by the club’s President Joy Campbell after which she thanked all those people involved in organising and helping on the day and thanked everyone for their attendance.
As part of the enjoyable day everyone sat down and feasted on the large buffet generously donated by all those in attendance and it was Wendy Parkhouse who tirelessly looked after the bar providing the liquid refreshments along with some help from other volunteer bar members. All of which added to a great Open Day.
Well, here's a view of the Burnham Green that you don't often see!
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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
9th Oct. 2023 11.00am
"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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