2019 Ladies Friday club night league winner Patsy Hammond (left). The men's winners was Alan Johnson.
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 2019 winners were Patsy Hammond and Alan Jonson.
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.
2021 Winners Steve Andow (left) & Kevin Olley (right)l with Club President, John Wilson presenting Cup.
2021 SPRING PAIRS: On Saturday the 19th June 22 pairs teams from Burnham Hillside Bowls Club played in the club’s annual rescheduled Spring Pairs Competition for the Blay Cup, which was organised by Jeanette Wilson the club’s Competition Secretary. There were two leagues of 12 & 10 teams respectively 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 a bar service was available covered by various bowlers and a self-service tea/coffee and cakes was accessible outside and our thanks goes to Jeanette Wilson, Christine Reynolds and Val Hyam for donating the cakes. Our thanks also to Nigel Barnes for working behind the bar for most of the day and of course to all those other helpers on the day. To decide the eventual winners a final was played by the two winning teams from each of the leagues and in the end Kevin Olley & Steve Andowyam beat Len Shippey & Tony Brock. The Club’s President, John Wilson, presented them all with the appropriate prize monies with the winners also receiving the Blay Cup.
2021 Winners: From Left - Dawn Hood, Val Hyam & Val Stack with Margaret Filtnes daughters presenting Trophy.
2021 TOM FILTNESS TRIPLES: 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.
Group Photo of days players
2021 PRESIDENTS DAY: On Saturday 25th June the Annual Burnham Hillside Bowls Club President's Day took place. The Club's President John Wilson had selected his team of six rinks of various bowlers from BHBC and Southminster Bowls Club, who were Captained by Burnham's Karen Hull. 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 appropriate socialising throughout the games. As part of the day's activities a raffle was held for numerous prizes donated by some of the bowlers. As for the outcome of the game, This year it President John Wilson’s side who won. The BHBC side did manage to win on one of the six rinks but the President put out a very strong side this year so had a convincing over win of 148/84. After the game all the players sat down to an excellent two course meal suitably provided by outside caterers followed by speeches from the two Captains and the President which included a thanks to all the helpers on the day for making it such a successful one.
Winning Trio: From Left - Ron Stanford, Brian Holloway (John Wilson President presenting Cup) & Kevin Olley.
2021 CHARITY DAY:Saturday 10th July saw Burnham Hillside’s BC Annual Charity day take place, organised by Jeanette Wilson with assistance from her husband John. There were 38 players taking part either playing as a triples or a pairs team all matching their skills over four separate games of 7 ends. Before the game started a spider was held with a bottle of Champagne (donated by Steve Andow) for the winner, which was won by Patsy Hammond. A raffle was held for numerous prizes generous donated by each of the players and there were plenty of cakes, made and donated by Wendy Parkhouse, Christine Reynolds and Jeanette Wilson. There was lots of excellent bowling on the day along with a great social atmosphere. It was not until the last game when the winners on the day could be clearly identified. In the end it was Kevin Olley, Brian Holloway and Ron Stanford who were triumphant with the runners up being Wendy Parkhouse and Graeme Smith. The winners were presented with the Charity Cup by the Club’s President John Wilson following which he thanked everyone for taking part and contributing to his charity, The Essex & HertsAir Ambulance, along with thanking all the helpers on the day.
2021 Winners (from left): Val Stack, (Nic Hull presenting Cup) Karen Hull, David Gamble.
2021 SID HULL CUP: 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.
Christine Reynolds (Ladies Captain) presenting the winners prize to John Wilson who stood in for an absent lady.
2021 BURNHAM'S LADIES CAPTAIN'S DAY:The 2021 Burnham Hillside BC Ladies Captain's (Christine Reynolds) Day was held on Thursday 12th August with 36 bowlers of invited guests, Burnham bowlers and the Club's President (John Wilson) as a late substitute. The days games consisted of 3 sessions of 6 ends with randomly selected positions per game. There was a variety of bowling and lots of chatting going on all day! Before the games started a Spider was run with the bottle of Whisky (donated by the men's Club Captain (Sid Curtis) which was won by Shirley Sims. An excellent raffle was held with numerous prizes generously donated by the attending bowlers. After the games everyone sat down to a three course salad meal, prepared and served up by some of Burnham's volunteer men bowlers (Sid Curtis, Dennis Bonning, John Noble, Peter Cox, John Nixon & John Greenane, with assistance from Terry Jerome). Tony Rowling Served up complementary drinks as bowlers arrived and assisted Steve Andow behind the bar. The winning bowler turned out to be John Wilson, who was presented with a gift by Christine Reynolds who then presented gifts to the player with the lowest score, which was Doreen Jerome and all the men volunteers workers. The President then presented the Lady Captain with a bouquet of flowers.
On Friday 20th August Burnham Hillside Bowls Club held a special remembrance gathering at their club in honour of all their bowling colleagues who had passed away during the Covid -19 Pandemic period. It started with a 2 hour bowls game attended by 36 Burnham bowlers watched by other club and family members of the lost ones. After the game everyone gathered in the Club House to socialise and remember the dearly departed. Before this took place the Club President (John Wilson) addressed those present. He first thanked everyone for attending this special day and then went on to thank the volunteer catering members who prepared the excellent buffet that was laid out, who were: Christine Reynolds and Hazel Bradley ably assisted by Wendy Parkhouse, Shirley Sims and Sid Curtis and then also thanked Len Hyam and the rest of the bar helpers.
John then gave his remembrance speech for the lost colleagues reiterating that this gathering was an opportunity to pass on our last respects which we were unable to do with the Covid-19 Government restrictions in place. He commented on each of those bowlers that has passed away and thanked those family members that had attended. Finally there was a minutes silence for everyone to have their own personal thoughts for the lost colleagues they knew.
RUBY FISHER, FRED WALLACE, DEREK HERRINGTON, MARGARATE FILTNESS, JOHN COLLINS, BERT SAVAGE, DON RODGERS, LINDA CARTER & PAULINE DEED YOU WILL BE REMEMBERED
2021 BHBC FINALS DAY: BHBC held their end of season internal Finals during the 8th to 12th September. 18 finalists matched their skills all putting up excellent games 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 Secretary, Jeanette Wilson and her helpers which included plenty of refreshments throughout the period. Click Here to see results
Malcolm Read presenting the Arnold Read Trophy to the President, John Wilson whose side won on the day.
2021 BHBC PRESIDENT V CAPTAINS DAY: 2021 was the Burnham Hillside Bowls Clubs 90th year in existence and on Saturday 18th September they celebrated it on two occasions. Firstly they held their traditional end of season inter-club game of the President versus the Captains with each side hoping to win the coverted Arnold Read Trophy. It was very well attended with 56 Burnham bowlers playing over 7 rinks of 21 ends. 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 2 of the 7 rinks but it was the President's side who narrowly won with an overall score of 137/136. Present during the day was Arnold Read's son (Malcolm) and Malcolm's wife (Rachel) and it was Malcom who presented the trophy to the President John Wilson after Malcolm gave his appreciation speech. After the game there was a super buffet with food generously donated by all the bowlers on the day which was suitably washed down with the varied liquid refreshments served by Lorna Harker and other bar helpers. For the 2nd celebration there was an evening dance at the club at which many of the members attended and again there was plenty of buffet food, a special anniversary cake with Len Hyam looking after the liquid refreshments along with some other bar helpers when needed. It was a fantastic evening to celebrate the Club's 90th Anniversary.
2021 CARNIVAL TRIPLES: In true tradition the 2021 annual Carnival Triples Bowling competition was held on Carnival Day which this year was hosted by Burnham Hillside Bowls Club. 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 selection of sweets, all of which was served up by club volunteers Doreen Jerome, Linda Kettlety, Barry Kettlety & Gill Mortensen with Tony Brock serving behind the bar keeping the liquid refreshments going. 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 Val Hyam, Len Hyam & Nigel Barnes, from Burnham Hillside BC won 33/22 with the runners-up being Trevor Robinson, Harry Sheppard from Southminster & George Wears from Burnham Hillside BC. Before the presentations the days organiser Sid Curtis expressed his appreciation to Christine Reynolds, Hazel Bradley & Wendy Parkhouse for their input in helping with the catering, to Terry Sims for looking after the raffle and to all the bowlers present for attending and making the day a great success. The Dengie Hundred BA President Sheila Potten then presented the winners and runners-up with their individual shields and winners shield after which the raffle took place. From all the proceeds taking on the day Burnham Hillside BC will be making a donation to the Carnival Charity Organisation.
Winners: From Left - Nigel Barnes. Len Hyam, DHBA President Sheila Potten presenting trophy and Val Hyam.
Runners-up: From Left - George Wears, DHBA President Sheila Potten presenting trophys, , Harry Sheppard, Trevor Rebinson.
Christine Reynolds receiving trophy and bottle of wine as winner on the day from John Wilson President.
2021 END OF SEASON FUN DAY:On Sunday 26th September to see the last bowling day of the 2021 season out in style Burnham Hillside BC held a Fun Day with instructions that the dress code was an Hawaiian Theme and all 50 bowlers who played got into the spirit of the occasion. Thankfully even the weather took part with the Sun eventually coming out. The competition was of 3 games of 6 ends with each session being randomly picked positions. Great fun was had by all with lots of laughter and chat. After the game everyone tucked into an excellent buffet generously provided by all the bowlers. This was followed by the club’s President, John Wilson thanking everyone for taking part and gave a special thanks to Nigel Barnes for looking after the bar for the day and to Wendy Parkhouse who works hard in the background making sure the bar money is in order. He then announced the winner on the day who was Christine Reynolds with 15 shots and presented her with a small trophy and a bottle of wine. Sid Curtis then did the raffle draw after which many of the bowlers continued to socialise for a number of hours.
THE CHELMSFORD & DISTRICT BA held its annual Presentation Dinner on Sunday 27th October at the Little Channels Golf Club in Chelmsford and with the success in the mixed pairs and division 2 of the Wednesday night league Burnham bowlers were in attendance to collect their awards. Len Hyam & Dawn Hood were triumphant in retaining 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 Kevin Olley, the Captain of the Wednesday league 'A' team received the Division 2 winners cup and medals on behalf of the 'A' team squad along with receiving his own runners-up medal for the singles Champions of Champions comp.
Len Hyam & Dawn Hood Receiving C&D 2019 Mixed Pairs Cup.
Kevin Olley receiving League two winners Cup for 2019 C&D Wednesday Night League on behalf of BHBC 'A' Team
Kevn Olley recieving the runners-up medal for the singles Champion of Champions comp.
GRAHAM PROUDLY RECEIVES HIS MERIT AWARD:
At the Essex County BA's Annual Dinner & Presentation, held on Sunday 3rd November, Burnham Hillside's Graham Pinch received the ECBA Bill Wallis Merit Certificate for outstanding work to bowls over 10 years throughout the Essex County. Graham was very honoured to have been nominated by his club for this award and delighted to have been awarded it. I am sure all the Burnham Hillside members agree that it was a long overdue recognition for Graham's tireless dedication to the club and bowls?
Cups & Trophys to be presented on the night. Click on the image to see more photos of the night.
DINNER, DANCE AND PRESENTATION NIGHT 2019: Burnham Hillside's 2019 Dinner, Presentation & Dance night went off very well. There were 54 members, guests and visitors present and what a handsome lot of people they were. The night started on a sad note with a minutes silence for Tony Burke who unexpectedly passed away the day before. Following Grace, everyone tucked into the three course meal. The obligatory speeches and toasts then followed which included a very good speech from this year's President Hazel Bradley in which she expressed her satisfaction to not only see the club doing well for members but also its excellent well being. The final part of her speech was to present the Club Person of the Year Ward, which went to Christine Reynolds, who was utterly surprised and emotionally overjoyed.
The award presentations then followed, managed by Jeanette Wilson & Paulette Norfolk after which the tables were moved to the side to make room for a dance area and then for the next four hours there was plenty of dancing that took place with a small break to run the raffle for the numerous prizes, many of which brought by those in attendance.
Our thanks to all those who attended and to the bar staff who tirelessly kept the liquid refreshments going.