Linda Kettlety receieving Lady winners cup fron President John Wlson.
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 2022 winners were Linda Kettlety and Len Shippey.
GREAT ACHIEVEMENT FOR BURNHAM HILLSIDE BC INDOOR (A) SQUAD: With the Winter indoor bowling competitions coming to an end many Burnham Hillside Bowls Club outside bowlers are looking forward to the outdoors summer bowling season which starts on 22nd April for the BHBC bowlers. Before then though a squad of BHBC bowlers had a finals competition to determine their overall position in the Jacks Indoor/Outdoor leagues. The squad in question was the ‘A’ team who managed to reach the runner-up position in their league which qualified them to take part in the play-off for 3rd/4th overall position. This took place on Saturday 15th April. Two rinks of four played over 21 ends. Their opponents were Wickford BC who were the runners-up in their league. On both rinks BHBC’s teams played very well and eventually won on both rinks with scores of 26/22 and 31/14 giving them overall 3rd spot. After the game Burnham were presented with the 3rd place prize money. It was an excellent achievement for BHBC’s ‘A’ team.
David Gamble the 2023 Open Green winner with
President Joy Campbell presenting the cup.
2023 OPEN GREEN DAY: Saturday 23nd April saw the start of outdoor bowling season for the Burnham Hillside Bowls Club. Before the games got underway the club was honoured to have present Mark Royal (an English international lawn and indoor bowler who has been in the top 16 of the World Bowls Tour Rankings since 2003) to officially open the Green and bowl the first official bowl. The day was well attended with 65 members present of which 56 bowlers took part in the day’s games. In addition, Mark Royal was also selling bowls gear for any bowlers who needed to top up their bowling equipment. The Green was looking excellent and bowled well after the Winter work. Before the games started a Spider was held with the nearest bowl to the spider being David Gamble, who won a bottle of Whisky, which was generously donated by Sheila Shuker and David very kindly returned the whisky to be used in another event. The days competition was three separate games of eight ends which lasted approximately 3 hours overall. When all the scorecards had been checked it was a close finish. Kevin Olley had 33 shots for runner-up place but it was David Gamble making a day of it by winning with 35 shots. He was presented with the winner’s cup (The Vic Pursley Trophy) by the club’s President Joy Campbell after which she thanked all those people involved in organising and helping on the day and thanked everyone for their attendance. As part of the enjoyable day everyone sat down and feasted on the large buffet generously donated by all those in attendance and it was Wendy Parkhouse who tirelessly looked after the bar providing the liquid refreshments along with some help from other volunteer bar members. All of which added to a great Open Day.
2023 Winners Paulette Norfolk & David Gamble with Club President, Joy Campbell presenting Cup.
2023 SPRING PAIRS: On Monday the 1st 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 & Eleanor Bridge the club’s Competition Secretary’s. There were two leagues of 12 teams respectively and each team played four games of 8 ends. Plenty of chat and joviality took place making this day, as always, successful. During the day a bar service was available covered by various bowlers who we thank along Beryl Gamble, Pat Short and Balinder Brown who kept a constant flow of tea/coffee and homemade cakes on the go. Our thanks also to Jeanette Wilson for making and donating all the cakes. Also, thanks of course to all those other helpers on the day. To decide the eventual winners a final was played between the two winning teams from each of the leagues and in the end David Gamble & Paulette Norfolk beat Nigel Barnes & Shirley Sims 12/3. Each of the finalist were presented with a monitory award and the winners were also presented with the Blay Cup by the club’s President, Joy Campbell.
Joy Campbell, Club President, Presenting Shirley Sims with the prize for being the overall bowls winner on the day.
KING CHARLES III CORONATION WEEKEND: Burnham Hillside Bowls Club like millions of other people celebrated the Coronation weekend of King Charles III. On Coronation Day they held an evening dance that was well attended by members and friends that turned out to be an excellent time of celebration. On the Coronation Bank Holiday Monday, they held a Red, White and Blue themed bowls game at which 39 bowlers turned up to play along with a number of onlookers. Before the game started a spider was held for a bottle of whisky, donated by David Gamble, which was won by Ron Stanford. The bowls game was an individual event of three games of six ends with each game giving the players randomly selected teams and positions with the individual winner being the one with the highest aggregate score from the three games. After checking all the score cards the final winner turned out to be Shirley Sims who had 16 shots. Shirley was presented with a monitory prize, donated by the men’s Captain Sid Curtis, by the Club’s President Joy Campbell. After the game everyone sat down to enjoy a buffet generous donated by all those in attendance when they had a good enjoyable social chat. Our thanks go to all those people who supported and organised the day and to the ladies who helped to clean up the dishes and Wendy Parkhouse for looking after the bar for most of the day along with other bar staff that helped out.
2023 Winners: From Left Bob Hollis, Joy Campbell Club President presenting Shield, Iris Machel & Karen Hull.
2023 TOM FILTNESS TRIPLES: Burnham Hillside BC held its annual internal Tom Filtness Competition on Saturday 27th May run by the Club’s Competition Secretary Eleanor Bridge and added by Sid Curtis. 14 triples teams played through the day across 4 separate games of 6 ends with the weather holding up well. The day started off with a Spider which was won by Karen Hull who was presented with a bottle of spirit, donated by Terry Sims who also sold the raffle tickets and did the calculations for all the scoring of the games. Bar helpers Eleanor Bridge, Wendy Parkhouse and a few other volunteers supplied liquid refreshments and Belinda Brown worked in the kitchen providing tea/coffee and Biscuits. It was a great day with lots of bowling and social chatting taking place on the Green and throughout the period. After the games a raffle draw took place and the eventual winners of the Tom Filtness competition was announced who were Karen Hull, Iris Machal & Bob Hollis who were presented with the Tom Filtness Shield by the Club President Joy Campbell. There were two runners up teams on the day Gill Mortensen, Peter Cox & Dennis Bonning along with Terry Jerome, Steve Nicholls & John Wilson.
Group Photo of days players
2023 PRESIDENTS DAY: On Saturday 24th June the Annual Burnham Hillside Bowls Club President's Day took place. The Club's President Joy Campbell had selected her team of seven rinks of various bowlers from BHBC plus a few special friends, with Burnham’s Kevin Olley as her Captain. They played against a seven rink side of other 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 were lots of laughing, joking and appropriate socialising throughout the games. As part of the day's activities a spider took place for a bottle of whisky which Len Shippey won. There was also a raffle, with a vast number of prizes donated by many of the bowlers were up for grabs and there were also numerous side games of guessing weights or numbers etc. As for the outcome of the game, the President’s side won. The BHBC side did manage to win on three of the seven rinks and overall, they did very well by just losing 123/113. After the game all the players sat down to an excellent three course buffet meal provided by BHBC volunteer members Hazel Bradley, Christine Reynolds, Belinda Brown, Maggie Abbott and Devina Osbourne, which was followed by speeches from the two Captains and the President that included a thanks to all the helpers on the day for making it such a successful one and to Martin Whitehead who served behind the bar all day and to other bar volunteers who helped out.
2023 Winners (from right): Mick Clark, Teresa Cox, Hazel Bradley & Wendy Parkhouse with Shiela Shuker Presenter of the cup and Joy Campbell club President.
2023 SID HULL CUP: On Sunday 13rd July Burnham Hillside Bowls Club had its internal annual Sid Hull Cup Competition for its members which was organised by Eleanor Bridge & Sid Curtis. In all there were 48 bowlers making up 12 teams of fours that played over four games of six ends. The weather was idea and made the day that much more enjoyable. Throughout the day there was plenty of tea/coffee available served up by Ken Neale, Beryl Gamble & Tina Wallace. As always, the club bar was on tap with Martin Whitehead, Wendy Parkhouse and 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 the runners up were Jan Johnson, Terry Parlour, Patsy Hammond & John Noble but the clear winners were Wendy Parkhouse, Teresa Cox, Mick Clark & Hazel Bradley. The winners were presented with the Sid Hull Cup by Sid Hull’s daughter Sheila Shuker.
Hazel Bradley (Vice Ladies Captain) presenting the winners prize to Dawn Hood.
2023 BURNHAM'S LADIES CAPTAIN'S DAY: The 2023 Burnham Hillside BC Ladies Captain's Day was held on Thursday 10th August. Sadly, the lady Captain Trish Hollis was unable to be there due to ill health but Hazel Bradley the Vice Lady Captain stood in for Trish. There were 32 lady bowlers plus BHBC's Steve Nicholls and Steve Andow who kindly agreed to play to even the numbers up. The weather was excellent. They played three games of six ends and each game was a random selection of teams. There was a variety of bowling and lots of chatting going on all afternoon! Before the games started a Spider was run for a bottle of baileys donated by Sid Curtis which was won by Maggie Abbott. An excellent raffle was held with numerous prizes generously donated by the attending bowlers. After the games everyone sat down to a two-course salad meal, prepared and served up by six of Burnham's volunteer men bowlers (Sid Curtis, Dennis Bonning, John Noble, Peter Cox, Bob Hollis & Terry Jerome) who were looking very smart in white shirts bow ties and black trousers. The bar was looked after by Brian Hollow and Tony Rowling with Terry Sims looking after selling the raffle tickets . When the score cards were checked there was one clear winner which was Dawn Hood who was presented with a bottle of whisky by Hazel Bradley. Hazel also presented gifts to all the men volunteer workers along with Flowers to Christine Reynolds for helping on the day and finally asking Bob Hollis to take a special pot plant to Trish Hollis from all the ladies to wish her a speedy recovery.
Winning Trio: From Left - Peter Cox, Jeanette Wilson ( President Joy Cambell presenting Cup) & Sid Curtis
2023 CHARITY DAY: Bank Holiday Monday 28th August saw Burnham Hillside’s BC Annual Charity Day take place organised by Eleanor Bridge and assisted by Sid Curtis. On a glorious sunny day 36 players took part in 12 triples teams all matching their skills over four separate games of 6 ends. Before the game started a spider was held for a bottle of Gin (donated by John Wilson) for the winner, which turned out to be Gill Mortensen. A raffle was held for numerous prizes generous donated by many of the players and refreshments were served up by Len Shippey with Brian Holloway and Tony Brock looking after the bar. There was lots of excellent bowling on the day along with a great social atmosphere and it was not until the last game, after the official scorer Terry Sims, had calculated the results the positions could be declared. In the end the runners-up were Pat Short, Paulette Norfolk & Val Hyam with the winners being Jeanette Wilson, Peter Cox and Sid Curtis. The winners were presented with the Charity Cup by the Club’s President Joy Campbell following which she thanked everyone for taking part and contributing to her charities, Macmillan Nurses and Royal National Lifeboat Institution
2023 BHBC FINALS DAY: BHBC held their end of season internal Finals during the 15th to 18th 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. There were plenty of sandwiches and cakes throughout the period for the players and on lookers which our thanks goes to Wendy Parkhouse and Trish Hollis for preparing and not forgetting our thanks to all the bar staff.
Malcolm Read presenting the Arnold Read Trophy to the Chairman, Kevin Olley whose side won on the day.
2023 BHBC PRESIDENT V CAPTAINS DAY: On Saturday 23rd September Burnham Hillside Bowls Club held its end of season internal competition of the President versus the Captains with the winning side claiming the Arnold Read Trophy. It was well attended with 42 Burnham bowlers taking part over 3 rinks of 21 ends and 3 triples of 18 ends. The occasion was a light hearted affair with plenty of fun during and after the game. The weather was good and the Green bowled very well. The scores across the six games varied and individually the Captain’s side won 3 and drew 1 but despite that it was the President's side who narrowly won with an overall score of 105/102. The Club Chairman, Kevin Olley, generously awarded to each player of the highest winning game a monetary gift which happened to be his own triples game with Ron Stanford and Iris Machell. He then expressed his appreciation to all those members involved in making it such a successful day. Present during the day was Arnold Read's son (Malcolm) and Malcolm's wife (Rachel). Malcolm Read then gave his appreciation speech followed by the official presentation of the trophy to the Club's Chairman, Kevin Olley, who was standing in for the club's President, Joy Campbell, who was, unfortunately, unable to attend on the day. During the day a raffle took place which was well subscribed to and 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 various bar members.
Joy Campbell (President) presenting Fun Day Trophy to the winner Sid Curtis.
2023 END OF SEASON FUN DAY: On Sunday 1st October to see the last bowling day of the outdoor 2023 season out in style Burnham Hillside BC held a Fun Day with instructions that the dress code was to be Pop Artists, and the majority of the 30 bowlers who played got into the spirit of the occasion. Thankfully even the weather took part as it was a warm and pleasant afternoon. The competition ended up being two games of 8 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, Joy Campbell thanking everyone for taking part and gave a special thanks to Lorna Harker, Johns Wilson & Tony Brock for looking after the bar for the afternoon. She then announced the winner on the day which turned out to be the club Captain, Sid Curtis, who Joy presented the Fun Day trophy to.
C&D BA 2022 Presentation Dinner:
The Chelmsford & District BA 2022 Presentation Dinner was held on Sunday 30th October and our Men's Captain Sid and Ladies Vice Captain Hazel were in attendance to receive the Winners and Runners-up cups and medals. See pictures below.
Hazel Bradley recieving runners-up medals on behalf of Joy Campbell & Val Hyam for the Ladies Pairs.
Sid Curtis receiving winners cup and medals on behalf of the Burnham 'A' team for winning the 2nd Division.
Sid Curtis & Hazel Bradley receiving the winners cup and medals on behalf of the Burnham 'B' team for winning the 4th Division.
Members having a good chat after their meal. Click on the image to see more photos of the night.
DINNER, DANCE AND PRESENTATION NIGHT 2022: Burnham Hillside BC held its annual Dinner, Presentation and Dance night on Friday 4th November at the Corinthian Yacht Club. It was a very enjoyable evening with 54 people in attendance. The evening started with a very nice three course meal. This was then followed with a brief speech from the BHBC President John Wilson which included welcoming the guests and visitors. Jeanette Wilson then ran the presentation of all the club trophies won over the year with John Wilson Presenting them to those winners in attendance. The Club person of the year award went to Dawn Hood who sadly was unable to attend due to illness on the day. The evening then finished off with dancing until 12.00pm. A big thank you to everyone who attended. It was a great night.