2017 Friday club night league winners
Dawn Hood (L) & Sid Curtis (R)
The FRIDAYCLUB NIGHT LEAGUE that is run Friday nights is well attended and is a great opportunity for socialising and getting to know other members. You just have to turn up in order the play. Each week you are randomly selected to play in a team and a position. Everyone keeps their own scores which are then given points that are accumulated throughout the season in a league table. The points system is (2) for an overall win, (1) for a draw, plus 1 point for each end you win. At the end of the season the winners are the man and lady with the highest points. The 2016 winners were Paulette Norfolk and Len Shippey.
To view the 2017 league table with winners Click here.
Len Hyam the 2018 Open Green winner
Hazel Bradley President presenting cup.
2018 OPEN GREEN DAY: Saturday 21st April saw Burnham's Chairman, Greg Gladden, formally open the start of BHBC 2018 outdoor bowling season with the Annual Open Day Competition, over three separate games of six ends each. The day was well attended with 48 bowlers taking part and for once the weather was kind as it was a very pleasant. As always at the beginning of the season, everyone was a little rusty and bowling was hard work and although the Green was looking excellent it needed to bed down after the Winter work so there many short jacks put up. Following the games everyone sat down and feasted on the large buffet generously donated by all those in attendance, along with some drinks (purchased from the bar) and a good laugh and chat. When all the scorecards had been checked there was one clear winner with a plus 30 points, which was Len Hyam and he was presented with the winner’s cup (The Vic Pursley Trophy) by the club’s President Hazel Bradley after which she thanked everyone for their attendance and the buffet donations and for all the helpers on the day.
2018 Winners Margaret Filtness & Len Hyam with Valerie Hackney presenting Cup
2018 SPRING PAIRS: On Monday the 7th May, 24 pairs teams from BHBC played in the Club’s Annual Spring Pairs Competition organised by Jeanette Wilson, the Club’s Competition Secretary. There were two leagues of 12 teams and each team played three games of 8 ends. On the hottest day of the year so far with clear blue skies, plenty of friendly banter was the order of the day making this another successful day. To decide the eventual winners, a final was played by the two winning teams from each of the leagues and the finalists were Sid Curtis and Tony Burke vs Len Hyam and Margaret Filtness. The triumphant winners, who won on the very last end, were Len Hyam and Margaret Filtness who were presented with the Cup by Valerie Hackney. Hazel Bradley, the Club President, then thanked all those present who had been involved in running the day - The “Open All Hours” kitchen, crewed by Wendy Parkhouse and Janet Johnson who welcomed everyone for the early start with refreshments, those bar staff who supplied stronger liquid refreshments from noon, the scorer (Terry Sims), the raffle sellers (Betty Whiting) and not forgetting the players on the day. On the day £160+ was raised for Club’s funds.
BHBC Hosted Dengie vs C&D Match:
As Burnham Hillside’s BC Sid Curtis was this year’s President of the Dengie Hundred BA on Sunday 27th May BHBC hosted the annual match between the DHBA and the Chelmsford & District BA. The game was over 6 mixed rinks and was a great success with the DHBA winning overall 132/91. After the game an excellent meal was provided for all the players and guests by Jeanette Wilson, Karen Hull, Christine Reynolds, Dawn Hood, Patsy Hammond, Paulette Norfolk & Beryl Gamble with bar refreshments being served by Alan Johnson and Derek Herrington. After the meal the DHBA President, along with all the players and supporters expressed their appreciation on its excellence along with their thanks to the bar staff.
2018 Winners: Kevin Olley, Janet Johnson & John Greenane with Margaret Filtnes (2nd from left) presenting Trophy.
2018 TOM FILTNESS TRIPLES: Burnham Hillside BC held its annual internal Tom Filtness Triples Competition this May Bank Holiday Monday run by the club’s Competition Secretary Jeanette Wilson and ably supported by her husband John. 16 teams played through the day across 3 separate games of 8 ends over two leagues with the weather being absolutely brilliant and the Green bowling the best it has been so far. As always, apart from the competition, the day was a great social gathering. All day there was an excellent provision of refreshments including donated homemade cakes and sumptuous sausage rolls cooked and provided by Dawn Hood and Beryl Gamble. The bar was also continually open thanks to John Nixon and other supporting bar staff. Betty Whiting sold the raffle tickets and Terry Sims did the calculations for all the scoring of the games. The eventual winners of each league played in a finals play-off. The final winning team was Kevin Olley, Janet Johnson and John Greenane who played against Betty Bradshaw, Paulette Norfolk and Sid Curtis. The Tom Filtness trophy was presented to the winners by Margaret Filtness.
Group Photo of days players
2018 PRESIDENTS DAY: On Saturday 23rd June the Annual BHBC President's Day took place. The Club's President Hazel Bradley had selected her team of six rinks of various bowlers from BHBC and other Clubs, Captained by Burnham's Greg Gladden. They played against a six rink side of 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 was lots of laughing, joking and socialising throughout the games, which is what the day was all about. As part of the day's activities a raffle was held for numerous prizes donated by some of the bowlers the takings of which went to the club's funds. One of the prizes, a bottle of whisky won by John Greenane, was auction by him which went to John Wilson for £16 which was then donated to the Presidents Charity (Essex Air Ambulance). Also, a spider was held for a bottle of Tia Maria with David Gamble taking the spoils by having a nearest bowl to the spider. As for the outcome of the game, it was the President's side who won with a score of 129/106. After the game all the players and twelve visitors/guest sat down to a two course meal provided by outside caterers followed by speeches from the two Captains and the President which included a thanks to Steve Andow and Derek Herrington for helping at the bar during the game and Maggie Abbot and Eddie Bradley for selling the raffle tickets.
Winning Trio: From Left - Lorna Harker, (Hazel Bradley Presenting Cup), Patsy Hammond & Kevin Olley.
2018 CHARITY DAY: Saturday 14th July saw Burnham Hillside’s BC Annual Charity day take place, organised by Jeanette Wilson, where 12 triples teams of BHBC bowlers matched their skills over three separate games of 8 ends. Before the game started a spider was held with a bottle of whisky (donated by Greg Gladden) for the winner, which was won by Jill Willsher. The usual raffle took place, with our thanks to Betty Whiting, and there were plenty of refreshments being served all day from the kitchen by Doreen Jerome & Pam Noble, and not forgetting the bar volunteers who kept everyones liquids topped up on what was a very hot day.
There was plenty of excellent bowling along with a great social atmosphere. Going into the last game three teams had a chance of being top scorer. In the end the triumphant team were Lorna Harker, Patsy Hammond and Kevin Olley with the runners-up being Ron Hunter, Bob Hollis and Gill Mortensen. The winners were presented with the Charity Cup by the Club’s President Hazel Bradley following which she thanked everyone for taking part and contributing to her charity, The Essex Air Ambulance Service, along with thanking all the helpers on the day.
Triples winners.From Left - Val Hyam, Joy Campbell & Trish Hollis with Nicola Adams, Coop Rep. presenting trophy and prize money
With the 2018 Dengie Hundred Bowling Association President’s post being held by a Burnham Hillside BC member, Sid Curtis, this year’s DHBA Ladies Invitation Triples was hosted by BHBC. There were twelve teams who played four games each over 6 ends. Before the game started the BHBC President, Hazel Bradley, handed the Green over to the Dengie President then the Dengie Competition Secretary, Jeanette Wilson, welcomed everyone and confirmed the days procedures. It was a very hot day but thankfully there was plenty of time for comfort breaks in between. Throughout the day there were plenty of close matches and as always lots of social chatter. Refreshments were in abundance and with masses of homemade cakes made by Trish Hollis and Val Hyam. Thanks were given to all the Burnham volunteer, Jill Willsher, Graham Smith, Doreen & Terry Jerome, Derek Herrington, Ron Hunter, Steve Andow and Bob Hollis. It was a close finish leading into the last games to see who won with both the top two teams holding the same points who happen to be playing each other. In the end their game was a draw so it came down to shot difference and just by 5 shots the winning team was Joy Campbell, Val Hyam and Trish Hollis from Burnham Hillside BC. The Trophy along with £150 was presented to the winners by Nicola Adams, a representative from the days sponsor (Coop Funeral Servicers) who also presented the runners-up, Pat Bidford & Pat Ankers (both Rayleigh BC) & Karen Hull (BHBC) with £60.
2017 SID HULL FOURS CUP: On Sunday 6th August Burnham Bowls Club ran its internal annual Sid Hull Cup Competition for it members, organised by Jeanette Wilson with able bodied assistance from her hubby John Wilson and not forgetting Steve Andow the provider of a lot of the printed matter.
In all there were 40 bowlers making up 10 teams of fours that played over three games of eight ends. The day started with a spider with the prize of a bottle of Whisky (donated by Mr & Mrs Wilson) which was won by Paulette Norfolk. Throughout the day there was plenty of refreshments served up by Wendy Parkhouse, Janet Johnson & Jan Nicholls, along with Terry Pedrick serving at the bar plus Betty Whiting was selling raffle tickets, all of which raised around £240 funds for the club. There was some hot competition among the teams but clearly everyone was having an enjoyable day. In the end though there had to be one winner and once all the final scores were added up our President was able to announce that the winning team was Iris Gee, Barbara Hunter, Patsy Hammond and David Gamble with the runners-up being John Greenane, Jacqui Cook, Steve Andow and Kevin Olley. The winners were presented with the Sid Hull Cup by Karen Hull.
Hazel Bradley (Ladies Captain) presenting Joan Barret from Witham with winners prize.
BURNHAM'S LADIES CAPTAIN'S DAY 2017: The 2017 Burnham Hillside BC Ladies Captain's Day (Hazel Bradley) was held on Wednesday 16th August and was a great success. In all there were 44 lady bowlers from invited clubs and numerous Burnham members along with 8 visitors. The days games consisted of 3 sessions of 6 ends and in each game everyone randomly selected their position and I think it's fair to say that there was a variety of bowling and lots of chatting going on all day! Before the game started a Spider was run with the bottle of Whisky (donated by Greg Gladden) going to Joan Barret from Witham. There was also a raffle with prizes generously donated by some of the attending bowlers . Once all the games had finished it was just a question of announcing the winner with the highest shot count. Not before though everyone sat down to a very nice salad meal followed by a sweet, served up by some of Burnham's volunteer men bowlers (John Greenane, Dennis Bonning, Tony Burke, Ivan Cowburn, Fred Wallace, Len Shippey & Sid Curtis), who were sporting ladies wigs for the occasion. There was plenty of liquid refreshments served up by the volunteer barmen (John Wilson & Alan Johnson). The winner turned out to be Cherry, from Danbury BC, who was presented with a gift by BHBC Ladies Captain Hazel Bradley. Normally there is also a gift to the bowler with the lowest score but this year it went to the most unreadable score card which was Burnham's very own Jacqui Cook
DENGIE HUNDRED BOWLING ASSOCIATION FINALS 2017: The DHBA Finals was hosted at the Tilingham BC this year and was formally opened by the DHBA President, Peter Gaywood. Click here to see the list of results.
BHBC FINALS DAY - 2017: On Saturday 16th September and Sunday 17th September, the Burnham Hillside Bowls Club Finals were held. Saturday the weather was overcast with sunny spells but chilly late on. Sunday the weather was again overcast but a bit warmer. There was lots of excellent bowling and some very close finishes to keep the onlookers interested. The weekend was a great success and our congratulations go to all the winners and commiserations to all of the runners-up. A word of thanks must go to Jeanette Wilson, our Competition Secretary, for organising these finals, and anyone else who helped over the weekend, you know who you are.
BHBC PRESIDENT V CAPTAINS CHARITY DAY- 2017: On Saturday 23rd September Burnham Hillside BC held its end of season internal game of the President versus the Captains. It was well attended with 45 Burnham bowlers playing over 6 rinks. The occasion was a light hearted affair with plenty of fun during and after the game. The weather held out and the Green bowled well. The Captain’s teams did there best but on most of the rinks the President’s teams kept a good lead. When all the score cards were added up the President's side managed a comfortable overall win of 123/87. After the game there was a super buffet generously provide by all the bowlers. Raffle tickets were on sale and as a thank you to all the bowlers on the day they received one free ticket. After the game the club’s President, Kevin Olley thanked everyone for their attendance on the day and Tony Brock for serving behind the bar. He than thanked all members for their support throughout the year.
Jeanette Wilson (left) presenting trophies to winners from left Kevin Burridge, Paul Hovland & Ray Kempen.
CARNIVAL TRIPLES 2017:On the last day of the 2017 outdoor bowling season Burnham Hillside Bowls hosted the annual Carnival Triples Bowls Tournament. 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 gateaux and cream sweet, which was prepared by a number of Burnham Hillside volunteers. During the day the club bar served up liquid refreshments, again by Burnham Hillside Voluteers. Whilst play was going on the Carnival Queen Leonioe Hunt and her two Princesses, Raya Mannering and Grace Elwell visited the club with their collection bucket. In the charity spirit of the Carnival a raffle was held with all proceeds going to the Carnival along with half the takings from a bucket raffle plus each player paid an extra £1 in their entry fee which goes to the Carnival. All in all nearly £300 was donated. 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 Kevin Burridge, Ray Kempen & Paul Hoveland, from Southminster BC won with the runners-up being Val Hyam, Len Hyam & Pete Perrin from Burnham Hillside BC, who were then all presented with the appropriate winners and runners-up shields by the days organiser, BHBC’s Jeannette Wilson.
Cups & Trophys to be presented on the night. Click on the image to see more photos of the night.
DINNER, DANCE AND PRESENTATION NIGHT 2017: The 2017 BHBC Dinner & Dance Presentation night was held in BHBC's club house on Saturday 11th November and what an excellent affair it was. 59 members, visitors and guests were present including Bill Wright (Chelmsford & District BA President) with his partner Mavis Gardiner, Sid Curtis (Dengie Hundred BA President), Pauline Keppel (President of Southminster BC) accompanied by Pam (Southminster BC) and Anna Wallis de Garay (President of Tillingham BC) accompanied with Alby Evans (Tillinham BC). The evening started with an excellent three course meal, provided by new outside caterers. This was swiftly followed by speeches and toasts from Kevin Olley (BHBC President) Bill Wright, Hazel Bradley (BHBC Ladies Captain) and Sid Curtis. At the end of Kevin Olley's speech he announced this years Club Person of the year award which went to Steve Andow. Once all the speeches were over the main event of the presentations of the various cups and trophys won during the 2017 summer season took place with Jeanette Wilson (BHBC's Competition Secretary) presiding, with BHBC's President (Kevin Olley) presenting the awards. With all the officialdom out of the way everyone could then relax take their coats off and get down to dancing the rest of the evening away to the excellent music of played by Eclipse.
Burnham Lose Out to Potters Bar BC for the IOG National Green Team of the Year Award:
Sid, Graham and Tony represented BHBC at the 2017 Institute of Groundsmans (IOG) annual national awards presentation night at the Birmingham Motor Cycle Centre. For the second year running Burnham's Green Team were short listed as one of two bowls clubs for the Green Team of the Year Award. Being triumphant last year they were hoping to retain this prestigious award but sadly their opponents (Potters Bar BC) took the honours. They were all disappointed but all agreed that it was good to see another club win which they hoped would encourage other clubs to apply next year.
Our commiserations to all of our Green Team but everyone in the club knows how much work you put into the Green and you will always be the number one team at Burnham.