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.
Valerie Hackney (left) the 2017 Open Green winner
2017 OPEN GREEN DAY: Saturday 22nd April saw Burnham's President, Kevin Olley, formally open the start of BHBC 2017 outdoor bowling season with the Annual Open Day Competition, over three separate games of six ends each.The Spider started proceedings, with the winner being Hillary Goddard who won a bottle of whiskey, that had been kindly donated by Sid Curtis. During the day there was the usual supported raffle which, along with the Spider took in around £120 for the club’s funds. All 40 players were pleased to see that the weather was dry, bright but rather chilly towards the end. As always at the beginning of the season, everyone was a little rusty and bowling was hard work. Following the games everyone sat down and feasted on the large buffet generously donated by all those in attendance, along with some drinks and a good chat. When all the scorecards had been checked, Valerie Hackney had won by one point, and was presented with the winner’s cup by the club’s President.It was another successful Open Green Day thanks to all those members who took part or helped out.
2017 Winners Kevin Olley & Neville Evans (Greg Gladden on left)
2017 SPRING PAIRS: On Monday the 1st May 22 pairs teams from Burnham Bowls Club played in the club’s annual Spring Pairs Competition, organised by the club's competition Secretary Jeanette Wilson. There were two leagues of 12 and 10 teams and each team played three games of 8 ends. Plenty of chat and joviality soon took place making this day, as always, successful. During the day the bar was open and a feast of bacon rolls and cakes was served up from the kitchen by Wendy Parkhouse, Janet Johnson and Beryl Gamble. There was also a raffle and overall £262 was raised for the club funds. To decide the eventual winners a final was played by the two winning teams from each of the leagues who were Nigel Barnes & Steve Andow against Kevin Olley & Neville Evans, with the winners being Kevin Olley & Neville Evans who were presented with the Blay Cup by the club’s Chairman, Greg Gladden.
2017 Winners: Tony Burke, Alan Hammond, Len Hyam
2017 TOM FILTNESS TRIPLES: Burnham Hillside BC held its annual internal Tom Filtness Triples Competition on 29th 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 holding up well. As always apart from the competition the day was a great social gathering. All day there was an excellent provision of refreshments including homemade cakes and sumptuous sausage rolls made and provided by Wendy Parkhouse, Janet Johnson and Dawn Hood. The bar was also continually open thanks to Nigel Barnes, 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 Len Hyam, Tony Burke and Alan Hammond who played against Hazel Bradley, Iris Machell and Fred Brownson. The Tom Filtness trophy was presented to the winners by Margaret Filtness.
Group Photo of days players
2017 PRESIDENTS DAY: On Saturday 24th June the Annual BHBC President's Day took place. The Club's President Kevin Olley had selected his team of six rinks of various bowlers from BHBC and other Clubs, Captained by Burnham's Terry Pedrick. They played against a six rink side of BHBC bowlers Captained by Sid Curtis. 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. Also, a bucket raffle took place with half the takings going as prize money (won by Greg Gladden), and the other half (£43) going to the President's charity (Little Heavens Hospice). As for the score, it was the President's side who won with a score of 105/130. After the game all the players and visitors/guest sat down to an excellent two course meal, followed by cheese and biscuits which was organised, prepared and served up by BHBC volunteer helpers Hazel Bradley, Christine Reynolds, Maggie Abbot, Karen Hull & Lynda Evans.
Group Photo of the days players
2017 COACH TRIP TO WHITSTABLE BC: On Thursday 6th July, Burnham Hillside Bowls Club had its annual coach outing and this year it was again to Whitstable Bowls Club. BHBC sent two mixed rinks and four mixed triples of bowlers along with a handful of supporters. After a pleasant journey to Whitstable there was plenty of time for all the Hillsiders to explore the sea front, the town’s high street and to grab a bite to eat before returning to the Clubhouse. The Whitstable BC members were, once again, a welcoming crowd and they provided plenty of hospitality on this hot Thursday afternoon. As for the game, played on a good green, with the mock castle as a picturesque backdrop, it was BHBC who won on 3 of the 6 rinks and an overall win of 111/94, well done. The top scoring BHBC rink, on the day, was Skip. Fred Wallace, Gill Mortensen and Lorna Harker, well bowled you three. After all the speeches, dinner and raffle it was time to board the coach for the journey home. Many thanks must go to Val Hackney for organising the day. Unfortunately Val Hackney had an accident when we arrived back at Burnham by falling off the coach step an broke her hip. She is recovering at the moment and we all wish her speedy recovery.
Winning Trio: From Left - Fred Wallace, Peter Whiting (Kevin Olley Presenting Cup) David Gamble.
2017 CHARITY DAY: Saturday 15th July saw Burnham Hillside’s BC Annual Charity Day take place in aid of the club President’s charity (Little Havens Hospice). An event that was excellently organised by Jeanette Wilson. The first fund raising event was a spider with a bottle of Barcardi (donated by Alan Johnson) for the winner, which was won by Ron Hunter, however Ron gave it back to the club for sale which was then purchased by John Wilson with the proceeds going to the Charity. A raffle was held with the prizes being donated by the members present with our thanks to Betty Whiting for selling the tickets. There was plenty of tea & coffee with donated home made cakes and our thanks goes to Jan & Steve Nicholls for looking after that side of the catering and of course the bar was always open which in the main was looked after by John Wilson which many thirsty tungs were grateful for. At the end of the day a handsome amount of £226.20 was raised for the charity plus whatever the takings were from the bar, so in all in an excellent Charity Day. The main event of course was the bowls itself with eight teams of triples playing over three games of eight ends on our excellent green and thankfully the weather held up. It was very close with no team actually winning all three games but in the end when all the points were added up by our regular expert counter (Terry Sims) the runners-up were Iris Machell, Patsy Hammond and Sid Curtis but the winners, by just one point, were Fred Wallace, Peter Whiting and David Gamble who were presented with the Charity Cup by the Club’s President Kevin Olley.
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.