2019 AGM

The AGM is on Monday 28th October at 7pm.  As usual the bar will be open before then so you can catch up with friends prior to the proceedings.  Below are the Officer’s reports and Minutes from last year for downloading.  In due course I will be adding the Financial Reports and the Agenda.  If anyone has any propositions for the AGM, please pass them to me at least two weeks prior to the meeting.

report 2019 Treasurer



AGM Minutes 18

AGM Reports 201



In lovely sunshine which lasted all weekend, our finals started on Friday evening.  This was specially to accommodate Gill Hunt and Mike Solomon who were both in five finals.  The Veterans Trophy was Gill’s first victory against Steve Bartlett and Mike’s first victory was in the 2-wood singles against Bill Duthie-Jones.

Saturday saw three games in the morning and afternoon.  There were lots of club members there to support the competitors and to enjoy the refreshments available.

The ladies handicapped singles was a nail-biter with Marion Carter victorious against Gill Hunt 21-20.  The ladies drawn triples was won by Joan Smith, Pamela Daters and Delphine Street and the men’s drawn triples saw a good win for Craig Bosher, Fred Pomeroy and Peter Carnell.

Following a jacket potato lunch provided by Pauline and Jean, the afternoon continued with:  Ladies drawn pairs with Cheryl Mackenzie and Jill Willcox victorious against Trish Field and Frances Hewett.  Another very close game was Gill Hunt and Mike Solomon -v- The Tibbles in the mixed pairs with Gill and Mike winning by one shot!  Bob Willcox and Mike Craddock won the Men’s Championship Pairs. After all his efforts preparing the green, our greenkeeper was able to keep an eye on play whilst he dozed in the sun.

Another beautiful day on Sunday saw Gill Hunt and Marion Carter victorious in the Ladies Championship pairs -v- Laura Taylor and Pat Cornick.  Ben Jones eventually won the handicapped singles against Mike Craddock a marathon game!  This year Steve Bartlett won the Junior Cup and Frances Hewett and Mike Solomon battled hard in the Single Sets which went to a three end shoot out with Mike just pipping Frances to the post.

Ploughman’s lunch today provided by Liz, Carol and Margaret.  The afternoon session saw Barry Shortland win the Men’s  singles and the ladies singles saw a reversal of fortunes with Pat Cornick victorious against Gill Hunt.  Alison Tibble and Frances Hewett played the full 21 ends in the 2-wood singles with Alison victorious.  The last game to complete was the Men’s Drawn Pairs with Michael Higman and Mike Solomon victorious.

A brilliant weekend with glorious weather and superb bowling.  Mike and Gill I am sure were exhausted but happy with their wins with 4 out of 5 for Mike and 3 out of 5 for Gill.


Saturday 27th July

The weather couldn’t have been better for our annual charity day.  This year the proceeds were split between the Alzheimer’s Charity and a project for the Club.

9.00 am saw our men’s captain, Paul, in the kitchen preparing the pork for pulled pork rolls.  By 2.00 pm the club had been decorated with pink and turquoise balloons and all the members arrived sporting a great collection of pink and/or turquoise attire ranging from onesies – shorts – bright shirts and lots of pink hats.  Rosemary had organised all the teams, not an easy task, and took charge of organising us all into our rinks, again not easy!  Mike Solomon, our men’s vice captain lead his team to victory following the specific instructions as laid down by Rosemary.  We were lucky this year as our ladies captain and fines master was away at a wedding so we didn’t get fined for our numerous misdemeanors!! 


It was great to see members of our indoor club coming down to watch the fun and enjoy a drink in the sunshine.Following our delicious pulled pork rolls, the huge raffle and auction took place.  At the end of the day we raised just over £700 with donations still coming in as I write this article

As a Club we have had a very successful year so far with the weather being very kind to us and at least 16 new members joining us.  This has been great for our one day competitions where all the new members have been joining in and competing.  We have also managed to reinstate our ladies second County League team.  This included some new members along with established ladies and I am pleased to say they are gelling well and flying the flag for Bridport.




FROM 10.30 – 3 .00pm

Bridport Bowling Club is having their taster day for this season.  Please encourage friends and families to attend to help keep our membership buoyant.

For those of you perusing our website, bowling is a great way to meet new people, socialise and keep fit.  Our clubhouse boasts a well stocked bar, large roomy kitchen and space to seat 70 for sit down meals.  We have visitors from all over Dorset and our touring friends come from far afield.  It is great to be outdoors enjoying good company and playing a great sport.  DO COME ALONG AND HAVE A GO.



Presentation Evening

Friday 9th November 2018

Lots of changes this year with a change of date, venue and caterer.  

It was agreed  to hold our annual presentation in the Clubhouse with the Club benefitting from the profits from the bar.  The tables were expertly laid up for 60 by Marion and Gill, ably assisted by John and Peter.  All the place names had been beautifully hand written by Liz and once the flowers were in place we were ready to go, with a lot more room than anyone had expected.  

The weather that evening, as predicted, was wild, wet and windy but once inside with the curtains drawn we were all cosy and judging by the volume of chatter and laughter, everyone was enjoying themselves.


The homemade spread  provided by Mandy of Simply Delicious was very much enjoyed.

Roy Lidington was going to be our guest speaker but with so many problems associated with moving house, he was unable to attend.  A great shame as it would have been a wonderful chance for many of the members to wish him a fond farewell.  Our President presented the cups to all the winners with our resident “David Bailey”, Mike Smith, taking the photos.  We even had an air kiss from Chris to a virtual Pamela caught on film.

Well done to all those winners and to everyone who took part.  Your competition secretaries are looking for lots more entries next year.

This is not the last event of the year with a Festive Music Quiz coming up for Friday 7th December.  There are posters and sign up sheets at both the indoor and outdoor clubs so do come along and enjoy a festive get together


A further selection of lovely photos will be coming to our Gallery Page shortly.

Car Boot Fund

Photo of Lucky Recipients of Funds From the Bridport Car Boot Fund


Bob and Laura attended the celebration tea where several of the local organisations gathered together to collect their certificates and tell everyone a little about their respective clubs or organisations and how the funds received would help.

This funding was organised and distributed by West Dorset District Council but with the unification of local councils, it is hoped that Bridport Town Council will continue with this very important funding stream.

It was a very interesting afternoon hearing all the good works going on within the community.  The attached photo shows a happy group of people with their certificates albeit rather windswept!



Monday 29th October at 7.00 pm

Please note the above date for your diaries.  The bar will be open earlier so you will have the opportunity to chat and catch up with friends.

Below is a link to all the officers reports for you to read and/or print as you wish.  The agenda will follow.

AGM minutes 17



treasure’s report

bowls balance sheet

Officers Reports 2018

agm AGENDA 2018


Bridport Finals Weekend was really well supported by members who were excellently catered for by Marion with jacket potatoes on the Saturday and hot pork rolls on the Sunday, together with a large selection of home-made cakes which had completely disappeared by Sunday afternoon. Lots of members attended together with our friends from the Indoor Club who enjoyed socialising and enjoyed the bowling.

The weather was kind to us with a beautiful day on Saturday and a rather dull day on Sunday but the rain held off.

I won’t mention all the competitions as I am sure to forget someone but there were some hard fought competitions and some brilliant bowling.

The ladies two-wood singles took all 21 ends to decide with Laura holding the two shots she needed to win the title when Frances came through with her last bowl to take the jack ad the game. The championship singles was equally closely fought with Gill Hunt and Frances Hewett battling it out until eventually Gill came out the winner. Gill had a really busy weekend winning three out of her four finals.

For the men, Chris Thorne was extremely busy playing mixed pairs, handicapped singles, championship singles and drawn triples and again won three out of four disciplines, losing only in the mixed pairs to Ali and Paul Tibble.

Mike Solomon played Chris in the championship singles and put up a spirited fight but succumbed in the end. Mike Smith played Ben Jones in the 2-wood singles and eventually came out the winner.

Many thanks to Brian Rumble for putting out the rinks, Bob Taylor for umpiring all weekend and especially to the competition secretaries for their organisation of the whole weekend.