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.
Coronation Pairs Result:
Burnham's John Wilson and Dennis Bonning played in the first Round of the Coronation Pairs on Thursday 15th July. It was an away game against a duo at Chelmsford BC. John and Dennis did their best on the day but sadly lost 23/20. Hard luck lads, better try next year, but good luck in the Plate comp.
BHBC had an away friendly on Thursday 16th July at Great Wakering BC. It was over three Triples games of mixed bowlers. It was a challenging game as the Green was heavy to bowl on but the Burnham bowlers did well by winning two of the triples and came away with an overall win of 55/34. Well done to all the bowlers.
Ladies ECWBA Pairs Result:
Dawn Hood and Jeanette Wilson paid a visit to Writtle Bowls Club to play in the Essex County Womens BA Pairs Competition on Monday 12th July against a Writtle Duo. Dawn and Jeanette put up a good fight but sadly lost 13/18. Better luck next year ladies
Photos from Charity Day:
David Gamble and Steve Nicholls had a home game in the C&D pairs competition on Friday 9th July. They a played a duo from Writtle BC. It was a very tight game and went right up to the last end. In the end though David and Steve were triumphant with a win of 21/20. They now go on the the quarter finals. Good luck to both of them.
In the Coronation Pairs Steve Andow and Sid Curtis paid a visit to Maldon BC on Friday 9th July. Sadly they were not as successful as they lost 26/13.
Ladies Have a Good Win at Southminster:
Six Burnham Hillside BC ladies had a trip to Southminster Bowls Club to play in a freindly over two triples on Wednesday 7th July. Both the Burnham triples did well with wins of 15/11 and 30/9. Well done ladies.
Len & Dawn Fight to Retain Title:
Len Hyam and Dawn Hood, current holders of the C&D Mixed Pairs Cup, had a trip to Stock & Buttsbury BC on Friday 1st July to start their fight to retain their title. The game was the second round and they came away with a win of 21/6. Well done Len & Dawn.
Coronation Pairs result:
On Saturday 3rd July Len Hyam and Brian Holloway paid a visit to Writtle Bowls Club to play in the preliminary round of the Coronation Pairs Competition. Both players tried heir best but sadly were just beaten 17/14.Good try lads.
C&D Competition Results:
On Friday 2nd July Burnham's Nigel Barnes and Tony Rowlings had a trip to Writtle Bowls Club to play in the third round of the C&D Pairs Competition and came away with a win of 21/10. Saturday 3rd July saw two Burnham Hillside teams play in Chelmsford & District Competitions. At Home a rink team of Steve Nicholls, David Gamble, Dennis Bonning and Sid Curtis played an excellent team from Writtle in the first round of the Fours.Sadly it was not a good day for the Burnham lads as they lost 32/7. In the other game it was a triples team of Steve Andow, Nigel Barnes and Kevin Olley who visited Stock & Buttsbury BC for their second round game. This was a much closer game but in the end just lost out by losing 13/10.
BHBC Go Out in 2nd Round of Double Fours:
BHBC’s ‘A’ team played in the 2nd round of the Essex County Double Fours on Sunday 27th against Buckhurst Hill Bowls Club. Two teams of four players played at each club with the winner being the club with the highest aggregate score. Sadly BHBC were not successful as they lost to Buckhurst Hill 43/16.
First Home Friendly Since Covid Restrictions:
BHBC had its first home friendly on Sunday 27th June since Covid restrictions were introduce. They played against RHP BC over three mixed triples which Burnham won with an overall score of 63/28.
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.
Group 3 Reach the Ashford Cup Final:
Essex County Bowling Association Group 3 has successfully reached the Ashford Cup Final for the 2021 season. Group 3, who are the current holders of the Ashford Cup, played three consecutive games over three Sundays against Groups 4, 8 & 9 and finally ended up top of the 'A' league with 24 out of a possible 36 points. The Final will now take place on Sunday 1st August at Dunmow BC at 10.am against the 'B ' league winners , Group 6.
BHBC are proud to say that two of our club's bowlers, Neville Evans and Sid Curtis, who are part of the Group 3 Ashford Cup squad, played their part in this great achievement. We are sure that you wish them both and the whole of Group 3, the best of luck in the Final?
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)
Result of First Friendly of the 2021 Season:
After many, many months of non friendlies, due to Covid-19 restrictions, Burnham Hillside Bowls Club played its first friendly on Saturday 29th May 2021. The game was away at Ingatestone BC played over four mixed triples. The weather was very sunny which added to a good game. The Green was a little heavy but the Burnham bowlers did well by winning three of the four Triples and had an overall winning score of 76/58.
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
19 July 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.
Click here if you want to see previous photos displayed on this Web page over the last year.