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 Campbell 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.
Christine Reynolds (Ladies Captain) giving her speech after the meal.
2019 BURNHAM'S LADIES CAPTAIN'S DAY: After last years very wet Captain's Ladies Day, this year fingers were crossed that the weather would hold up and thankfully it did. Burnham Hillside's Lady Captain , Christine Reynolds, presided over her day which was on Thursday 8th August at which various invited lady bowlers from other clubs attended as well as a number of the Burnham lady bowlers. In all the competition was played over six triples of 3 games of 6 ends each and in each game random positions and teams were picked. Unfortunately due to last minute problems 3 of the ladies could not attend so 3 of the Burnham men bowlers were happy to stand in at the last moment, but for some reason would not adorn a dress, but thanks anyway to David Gamble, Steve Nicholls and Len Shippey.
As is traditional on the Ladies Day it's the turn of the men to pamper the ladies , so a team of men (suitably clad in female hawian aprons, prepared and served up the the two course salad meal and kept the glasses topped up with the wine, generously provided by Christine Reynolds. Our thanks to Alec Campbell, Bob Hollis, John Noble, Tony Burke, Nigel Norfolk, Dennis Bonning & Sid Curtis plus Terry Jerome, who sold the raffle tickets and of course the two bar staff John Wilson and Steve Andow.
Before the game started a spider was held with a bottle of Prosecco for the bowler who had their bowl nearest to the Spider Jack. This year the winner was Anji Gold. As for the Competition there appeared to be lots of chatter going on during play with lots of good bowling. Over the three games each bowler kept their own score and after the final game all the cards were handed to the Club Chairman, Greg Gladden, to determine which player had the highest shots and who had the lowest.
After everyone had feasted on the meal it was time for the Captain (Christine) to give her talk and announce the winner and loser. Firstly though she expressed her appreciation to all the men helpers and the last minute players and to all the ladies in attendance for making her day a great success. When it came to the winner of the competition it turned out to be a double occasion for Anji Gold as not only did she win the Spider but she also had the highest shot count, so Christine was able to present both prizes to Anji. As for the lowest shot count this went to Burnham's Sheila Shuker, who was presented with a gift from Christine. After Christine had finished her speech our President Hazel Bradly thanked Christine for the successful day and her generosity. She then presented Christine with a couple of gifts in recognition of the day and her year as the lady Captain.
2019 BHBC FINALS DAY: Burnham Hillside Bowls Club held their end of season internal Finals on the 14/15th September. 16 finalists matched their skills during what was a dry two days, who were watched by supporting BHBC members. Most of the games were very tight results which proved to be good entertainment. Its organisation was down to the Club’s Competition Secretarys, Jeanette Wilson and Paulette Norfolk with plenty of refreshments throughout the period. Click Here
Joyce & Malcolm Read presenting the Arnold Read Trophy to the President, Hazel Bradley, whose side won on the day.
2019 BHBC PRESIDENT V CAPTAINS DAY: On Saturday 21st September Burnham Hillside BC held its end of season internal game of the President versus the Captains hoping to win the converted Arnold Read Trophy. It was very well attended with 56 Burnham bowlers playing over 7 rinks. The occasion was a light hearted affair with plenty of fun during and after the game. The weather was excellent and the Green bowled very well. The scores across the seven rinks varied and individually the Captain’s side won 4 of the 7 rinks but, for the second year running, it was the President's side who just won with an overall score of 115/102. Present during the day was Arnold Read’s Wife (Joyce) and his son (Malcolm) and his wife (Rachel), and it was Malcom & Joyce who presented the trophy to the President (Hazel Bradley) after Malcolm gave his appreciation speech. After the game there was a super buffet which was tirelessly prepared and served up by Hazel Bradley and Christine Reynolds which was suitably washed down with the varied liquid refreshments served by the various bar staff. It was an excellent day and the club would like to express their many thanks for all those involved and who gave a hand and a big thank you to Malcolm Read who, gave a generous donation to the club.
2019 CARNIVAL TRIPLES: This years Carnival Triples on Saturday 28th September was hosted by Tillingham Bowls Club. It was a great affair with 22 teams in attendance, 11 of them being from Burnham BC. Tillingham organised the day very well and served up a very nice Ploughman's lunch half way through the four round games. There were two leagues of teams so a final was played between the two winners of the leagues for the overall winner. This was between Pam Lacy, Carol Howes (Southminster Bowlers) & Fred Wallace (Burnham Hillside Bowler), against Roger Thurgood, Steve & Derek Saward, all Tillingham bowlers. In the end Pam, Carol & Fred won, so congratulations to them and commiseration to the runners up and well done to Tillingham on a good day.
Winners: From Left - Carol Howes, Pam Lacey & Fred Wallace.with Eddie Barker, DHBA President presenting the trophy.
Runners-up: From Left - Roger Thurgood, Steve Saward & Derek Saward with DHBA President Eddie Barker
Jake Hammond receiving trophy and bottle of whisky as winner on the day from Hazel Bradley (left)& Chris Reynolds (right).
2019 END OF SEASON 4321 GAME: Burnham Hillside BC held a fun day for its last of season game. The order of the day was to be in fancy dress and many of the bowlers got in to the spirit and obliged. Despite the pending damp weather 42 bowlers turned up along with another half a dozen to join in the fun. It was a 4321 contest over three separate games of six ends with a random pick of players for each game. There was lots of fun and chatter during play and thankfully the rain held off. After the game everyone sat down to enjoy the generous selection of food from a buffet table provided by all those present.
Once everyone had feasted a few speeches were made. Firstly Hazel Bradley (President) announced the winner on the day, who was Jake Hammond, who was presented with a hansom trophy and a bottle of whisky by Hazel and Chris Reynolds (the Lady Captain). Chris Reynolds thanked everyone for attending and making the effort to get dressed up and thanked the bar staff. She then did the prize money raffle with the top prize of £40 going to Nigel Norfolk.
Finally in a special speech Sid Curtis, Men's Captain, gave comments of appreciation to the Green team during which he praised the club's Green Keeper, Graham Pinch, for his many years service, a service the club has appreciated and to which end they were extremely pleased to say he had been awarded the Essex County BA Bill Wallis award for outstanding work to bowls over 10 years throughout the Essex County.
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.
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
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.