2018 Friday club night league winners Alan Johnson (L) & Janet Johnson (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 2018 winners were Janet Johnson and Alan Jonson.
To view the 2018 league table with winners Click here.
Nigel Barnes the 2019 Open Green winner
Hazel Bradley President presenting cup.
2019 OPEN GREEN DAY: Saturday 13th April saw Burnham's President, Hazel Bradley, formally open the start of BHBC 2019 outdoor bowling season with the Annual Open Day Competition, which was over three separate games of six ends each. The day was well attended with 55 bowlers taking part. In addition, this year, Mark Royal was in attendance selling bowls gear for any bowlers who needed to top up their bowling equipment. The weather was kind in that it was dry and bright although a little chilly. 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 were many short jacks put up. Before the game started a Spider was held with the nearest bowl to the spider being David Gambles, who won a bottle of Whisky, which was generously donated by Sheila Shuker. 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. After everyone had feasted the raffle draw took place. David Gamble kindly donated his Spider Whisky for auction so that the proceeds could go to the President's Charity (the local Alzheimers Society), which was bought by Sid Curtis. When all the scorecards had been checked it was a close finish for the winner but just getting there by one point more was Nigel Barnes with plus 28 points. 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.
2019 Winners Joy (left) & Alec Campbell with Club President, Hazel Bradley presenting Cup.
2019 SPRING PAIRS: On Monday the 6th 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 & Paulette Norfolk the club’s Competition Secretarys. There were two leagues of 12 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 covered by various bowlers and a feast of bacon rolls and cakes was served up from the kitchen by Doreen Jerome & Pam Noble and there was the usual raffle with Betty Whiting selling lots of tickets which all raised funds for the club. To decide the eventual winners a final was played by the two winning teams from each of the leagues and in the end Joy & Alec Campbellyam beat Tony Burke & Sid Curtis. The Club’s President, Hazel Bradley, presented them all with the appropriate prize monies with the winners also receiving the Blay Cup.
2019 Winners: From Left - Brian Patten, Alan Johnson & David Gamble with Margaret Filtnes (2nd from right) presenting Trophy.
2019 TOM FILTNESS TRIPLES: Burnham Hillside BC held its annual internal Tom Filtness Triples Competition this May Bank Holiday Monday 27th May run by the Club’s Competition secretaries Jeanette Wilson and Paulette Norfolk. 18 triples 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 provided by members and sumptuous sausage rolls made and provided by Wendy Parkhouse & Janet Johnson. The bar was also continually open thanks to various 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 David Gamble, Alan Johnson and Brian Patten who played against Joy Campbell, Tina Wallace and Tony Burke. The Tom Filtness trophy was presented to the winners by Margaret Filtness.
Group Photo of days players
2019 PRESIDENTS DAY: On Saturday 22nd June the Annual BHBC President's Day took place. The Club's President Hazel Bradley had selected her team of five rinks of various bowlers from BHBC and other Clubs, Captained by Burnham's Greg Gladden. They played against a five 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. Also, a spider was held for a bottle of Vodka with Neville Evans taking the spoils by having a nearest bowl to the spider. Neville then generously put it up to auction for the President Charity (Bahamas Society) which was purchased by Alfie Burton from Tillingham BC for £12. As for the outcome of the game, it was the BHBC side who won with a score of 97/87. After the game all the players and seven visitors/guest sat down to an excellent two course meal provided by Club members Christine Reynolds, Janet Johnson, Karen Hull, Pam Noble and Dorren Jerome followed by speeches from the two Captains and the President which included a thanks to the kitchen volunteers and Alan Johnson and Tony Brock for looking after the bar all day.
Winning Trio: From Left - John Greenane, Sid Curtis * John Nixon with President Hazel Bradley.
2019 CHARITY DAY: Saturday 13th July saw Burnham Hillside’s BC Annual Charity day take place, organised by Jeanette Wilson & Paulette Norfolk, 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 spirits (donated by Margaret Filtness) for the winner, which was won by Ron Stanford. The usual raffle took place, with our thanks to Betty Whiting, and there were plenty of refreshments with hot dogs being served all day from the kitchen by Karen Hull, Pat Spraggon, Lynne Parlour and Diana Selbie, along with home made cakes from some members and not forgetting the bar volunteers who kept everyone's liquids topped up.
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 John Greenane, John Nixon & Sid Curtis with the runners-up being Steve Nicholls, Martin Whitehead & Bob Hollis. 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 Alzheimers Society, along with thanking all the helpers on the day.
2019 C&D BA Past Presidents Day:Burnham Hillside hosted the Chelmsford & District BA Past Presidents game on Sunday 28th July. It was over 4 rinks with the Past Presidents team playing against C&D Association members. Tony Rowling who was the C&D President four years ago and is a Burnham Hillside member, was the Captain of the Past Presidents side. All four rinks bowled well and in the end the C&D Association side just won by 7 shots. After the game an excellent two course meal was served up followed by Cheese and biscuits, all prepared and organised by Christine Reynolds, Hazel Bradley, Marilyn Rowling, Jeanette Wilson & Beryl Gamble. Following the meal the various speeches were made and thanks were given to the Christine and her team and the bar staff, Lorna Harker and Derek Herrington.
2019 Winners (from left): Sheila Shuker presenting Cup - Graeme Smith, Lorna Harker, Kevin Olley.
2019 SID HULL CUP: On Sunday 4th August Burnham Bowls Club ran its internal annual Sid Hull Cup Competition for it members, organised by Jeanette Wilson and Paulette Norfolk. In all there were 36 bowlers making up 12 teams of triples that played over three games of eight ends. The day started with a spider with a donated bottle of Whisky as the prize, which was won by Graeme Smith. There was some hot competition among the teams but clearly everyone was having an enjoyable day. Throughout the day there was plenty of hot and cold refreshments available, served up by Dawn Hood and Jeanette Wilson, as well as liquid refreshments from the bar staff and the usual raffle took place with Betty Whiting selling the tickets. In the end there had to be one winning team and once all the final scores were added up the club President (Hazel Bradley) was able to announce that the winning team was Graeme Smith, Lorna Harker & Kevin Olley with the runners-up being Martin Whitehead, Jan Johnson & Len Hyam. The winners were presented with the Sid Hull Cup by Sheila Shuker.
Hazel Bradley (Ladies Captain) giving her speech after the meal.
2018 BURNHAM'S LADIES CAPTAIN'S DAY: The Annual Burnham Hillside Ladies Day was due to take place on Thursday 9th August 2018 but the constant rain put paid to the event without a wood being bowled down the green. Over 40 ladies attended the day, from invited clubs along with our own BHBC ladies. As the bowls was curtailed, a friendly quiz was quickly organised, with many thanks to Joy Campbell, whilst the spuds were cooking in a hastily revamped schedule.
Thanks to all the following who made the day a success: “The Burnham Chippendale Silver Service” of Alec Campbell, Bob Hollis, Sid Curtis, Nigel Norfolk, John Noble, Terry Jerome and David Crouch, who helped put together and serve an excellent 2 course meal with wine. They were all sporting clean white shirts and bow ties, very tidy gents. Liquid refreshments were supplied by barmen John Wilson and Steve Andow. Greg Gladden, Burnham’s Chairman, started the speeches by thanking Hazel Bradley, Burnham's President and Ladies Captain, for organising this Ladies Day. He then read out a poem (about getting old) that brought much laughter and amusement to all those present. Hazel, then thanked all of the men volunteers and presented them with a bottle of wine for helping out on the day. Christine Reynolds,from BHBC, was presented with a gift by Hazel for the most memorable moment on the green this season so far, for forgetting her modesty after a bee found it’s way into her trousers recently. There was a large raffle with prizes, kindly donated by many of those attending on the day, that raised over £200 for Club funds, thank you all.
DENGIE HUNDRED BOWLING ASSOCIATION FINALS 2018: The DHBA Finals was hosted at the Burnham BC this year on Saturday/Sunday 25th/26th August and was formally opened by the DHBA President, Sid Curtis. The day was well attended with refreshments available and being served up by Jeanette Wilson & Dawn Hood, as well as the bar being covered by John Wilson & Steve Andow & Nigel Barnes. A raffle was held which made a suitable profit for the DHBA funds. There was plenty of excellent bowling and some tight games. Sadly the weather did mar one of the games when it continually rained. After each game the DHBA President presented the winners’s cups. The results of the finals were: Singles winner: Mr S Bouttell - runner-up: Mr T Everett Pairs winners: Mr R Kempen & Mr J Manning - runners-up: Mr T Everett & Mr K Burridge Triples knock-out winners: Mr T Everett, Mr R Kempen & Mr T Robinson - runners-up: Mrs I Gee, Mrs S Sims & Mrs V Sutton Triples league finals winners and Diamond league winners: Mr W Wright, Mr J Manning, Mr M Barre & Mrs G Barre Triples league finals runners-up and Hearts league winners: Mr C Palfry, Mr P Bennett, Mr R Thurgood & Ms N Adams.
BHBC FINALS DAY - 2018: Burnham Hillside Bowls Club held their end of season internal Finals on the 15/16/17th September. 14 finalists matched their skills during what was a dry three days, who were watched by supporting BHBC members. Most of the games werer very tight results which proved to be good entertainment. Its organisation was down to the Club’s Competition Secretary, Jeanette Wilson and her helpers which included plenty of refreshments throughout the period.
Malcolm Read presenting the Arnold Read Trophy to the President, Hazel Bradley, whose side won on the day.
BHBC PRESIDENT V CAPTAINS CHARITY DAY- 2018: On Saturday 22nd September Burnham Hillside BC held its end of season internal game of the President versus the Captains. It was well attended with 36 Burnham bowlers playing over 6 triples. The occasion was a light hearted affair with plenty of fun during and after the game. The weather was a little damp but the Green held up well, not like the players though who decided only to bowl 12 ends instead of 18, as it was too wet. The scores across the six triples varied but when all the score cards were added up it was the President's side who just won with an overall score of 66/62. This year was an inaugural game for the Arnold Read Trophy. Arnold passed away during the year and in remembrance it was decided to acquire a trophy from the generous donation Arnold Read’s family gave the club and it was pleasing to see Arnolds family present on the day with his son Malcolm presenting the Arnold Read Trophy to the President, Hazel Bradley, for the President’s winning team. After the game there was a super buffet generously provided by all the bowlers. To thank all the players a free raffle took place and during her speech Hazel Bradley thanked Derek Herrington for serving behind the bar and everyone for their attendance on the day.
Sid Curtis (DHBA President) presenting trophies to winners from left Val Hyam, Nigel Barnes & Len Hyam.
CARNIVAL TRIPLES 2018: The annual Carnival Triples Tournament, held on the Burnham-on-Crouch Carnival Day (29/09/2018), was hosted this year by the Southminster Bowls Club. Open to bowlers from Tillingham, Southminster & Burnham Bowls Clubs, it is a popular event and this year 20 teams of triples took part. Due to the number involved two leagues were made up of 10 teams in each. Each team played 3 games of 7 ends and between the breaks they all sat down to a ploughmen’s lunch followed by sweet and liquid refreshments were available throughout the day, all provided by a number of the Southminster club volunteers. Whilst play was going on the Carnival Queen and her two Princesses visited the club with their collection bucket. As for the tournament this was a great success with everyone enjoying themselves along with the weather being perfect for the day. After a long days play though the two winners of each league were announced who then had a play-off to determine the overall winners. The Burnham team of Val Hyam, Len Hyam & Nigel Barnes started well and never looked back so won well in the end by beating a Tillingham team of Nicky Adams, Peter Bennett and Roger Thurgood. Both teams were then presented with the appropriate winners and runners-up shields by the President of the Dengie Hundred Bowling Association, Sid Curtis.
Len Hyam & Dawn Hood Receiving C&D 2018 Mixed Pairs Cup.
John Wilson Receiving League Five winners Cup for 2018 C&D Wednesday Night League on behalf of BHBC 'C' Team
The Chelmsford & District BA held its annual Presentation Dinner on Sunday 28th October at the Little Channels Golf Club in Chelmsford and with the success in the mixed pairs and division five of the Wednesday night league Burnham bowlers were in attendance to collect their awards. Len Hyam & Dawn Hood were triumphant in the mixed pairs competition and were all smiles when they received the cup with their individual medals from the C&D President and his wife and John Wilson, the Captain of the Wednesday league 'C' team received the Division five winners cup and medals on behalf of the 'C' team squad.
Cups & Trophys to be presented on the night. Click on the image to see more photos of the night.
DINNER, DANCE AND PRESENTATION NIGHT 2018:On the evening of 10th November, in the Clubhouse, 54 members, visitors and guests attended “The Annual Presentation Dinner Dance” on a rainy Saturday evening. After the three course meal, provided by outside caterers, various speeches and toasts were made from our Club committee and visiting guests.
Graham Pinch and Sid Curtis were congratulated on being asked to do a 20 minute presentation on “Maintaining The Green On A budget” at the recent National Saltex Exhibition in Birmingham. After the speeches had finished, ‘The Olley Trophy’ (for the Club Person of the year) was presented to Jeanette Wilson, our competition secretary, by Hazel Bradley.
Jeanette Wilson then gave out winners and runners-up trophies for season 2018. Around £335 went to various charities, from those winners and runners-up who did not want to receive their glass trophy.
“Eclipse”, a brilliant singing duo, got everyone up dancing, until carriages at midnight.
Many thanks to all those people, you know who you are, who had contributed to make this evening go so well.
Special thanks to Derek and Nigel for manning the bar before everyone sat down to eat and to Steve, John Wilson & John Nixon for keeping the liquids flowing after the meal.
Once again it was a great evening.
Burnham Hillside Green Team Gave Talk at National Saltex Exhibition:
The Institute of Grounds Maintenance (IOG) asked Burnham Hillside BC if their Green Team would be prepared to give a talk at one of their Learning theatres which were to be part of the annual Saltex two day exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham. The subject was to be maintaining a Green on a budget. Graham Pinch and Sid Curtis, although somewhat hesitant, considered it a great honour for the club to be asked so agreed to have a go. The exhibition was on 31st Oct & 1st Nov and Graham's and Sid's slot was at 10.40 on 1st November. When the big moment came they did the club proud and as can be seen from the photo's below they even looked as though they had been doing it for years! The talk was well received and afterwards some Q&A took place. WELL DONE TO GRAHAM & SID.