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CLUB COMPETITIONS AND HONOURS 2017

CLUB COMPETITIONS AND HONOURS 2016

Knyveton Gardens Presentation Evening

Friday 21st October 2016

The annual Presentation evening was held at the Elstead Hotel with a superb dinner followed by the 2016 Season Competitions Presentations and then dancing to the Hotels Disco. Some 79 members and their guests attended and enjoyed a very good evening. Our thanks to the staff at the Elstead and our organisers, Tony and Reg Davis, whose adlibbing with the microphone system was an entertaining interlude prior to the presentations.

Club AGM at The Club House

Sunday 27th November 2016

27 members attended the AGM to review the past year and look at the prospects for the 2017 season.

In 2016 the performances unfortunately were not as consistent as hoped in the B&D Saturday Leagues, cumulating in the relegation of the 2nd Team (A) back into the 2nd Section, after only one season in the 1st Section. The 1st Team likewise failed to improve on their 2015 Section 1 third position and finished fourth. Disappointing as the points difference over the top four teams was quite close. However, credit goes to the 3rd Team (B) who, after a slow start, finished third in Section 6. The two promoted teams above them were new to the B & D Leagues this year and basically "1st Teams" of their respective clubs.

Congratulations also to Knyveton T who won Section 2 in the Tuesday night Triples and promoted to Section 1, joining our two top teams there, Knyveton and Knyveton A.

Discussions were held about concerns on the viability of both the bar and café to continue in their present forms. It was agreed by members present that the bar would dispense with the draught beers and sell bottle and can beers. Volunteers for bar duties were still required.

Wendy, the café manageress, had kindly agreed to continue running the café, albeit with only morning openings and closed on Sundays. The Meeting thanked her.

For 2017 the Club membership has reduced giving rise to vacancies for a number of Club Officers. However, members have responded by filling these positions, including the new President Jim Flexman. The one exception was Treasurer and the meeting was finally closed with a request for members to consider this position prior to the Spring Meeting on Sunday 5th March 2017 at 11:00hrs.

Knyveton Gardens Bowling Club AGM at the Clubhouse

Bill Taylor's 100th Birthday Bash

June 2016

Two years ago (2014) the Webb site pictured the “Oldest Bowler in Town”, our own Bill Taylor at 98 years old. The following year (2015) Bill attended the Club for the opening of our refurbished café by the Mayor of Bournemouth, Councillor Chris Mayne. Bill took to the green with the Mayor for a bowling session together with the Club’s youngest player (15 years old) Lewis Brimble. See photographs below.

This year on Sunday 15th May 2016 Bill celebrated his 100th birthday.

In appreciation of both his birthday and continued membership of Knyveton Gardens bowling club a celebration buffet was arranged for Bill on Saturday 14th May 2016. This was held at the club, following the first teams Bournemouth and District First Section win against Fordingbridge BC, when additional members of Knyveton joined Bill and members of his family for the celebration.

Two weeks later, Sunday 29th May 2016, Bill turned out for Knyveton in a friendly against a team from Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, see photograph below, again with Lewis.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND WELL DONE BILL ON YOUR MAGNIFICENT ACHIEVEMENT!

Bill’s celebration photographs.

Mayor of Bournemouth Visit - Knyveton Gardens Bowls Club

Bill Taylor and Lewis Brimble 2015

Bill Taylor, celebrating his 98th birthday.....The Oldest Bowler in Town

Oldest Bowler in Town 2014

Arrival of Bill with Club Members 2016 - Knyveton Gardens Bowls Club

Arrival of Bill with Club Members 2016

Bill Taylor 100 years old! - Knyveton Gardens Bowls Club

Oldest Bowler in Town 2014

Bill in the Bar - Knyveton Gardens Bowls Club

Bill in the Bar

Bill with Club Secretary Tony Davis - Knyveton Gardens Bowls Club

Bill with Club Secretary Tony Davis

The Cards - Knyveton Gardens Bowls Club

The Cards

Bill and granddaughter Julie start the Buffet - Knyveton Gardens Bowls Club

Bill and granddaughter Julie start the Buffet

Lewis Brimble (16 years old) with Bill Taylor (100 years old) Sunday 29th May 2016 - Knyveton Gardens Bowls Club

Lewis Brimble (16 years old) with Bill Taylor (100 years old) Sunday 29th May 2016

Knyveton Gardens Bowls Tour to Torquay

May 2016

Another successful tour was arranged, this time by Club President John Bristow, to Torquay between Monday 25th April and Friday 29th April 2016. We again stayed at the Derwent hotel within the THC complex on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis.

The Knyveton Gardens touring bowling party played three games against local clubs (within walking distance of the hotel) and won all three!

Tuesday 26th April 2016
Victoria BC 74

Wednesday 27th April 2016
Torquay BC 81

Thursday 28th April 2016
Kings BC 79


Knyveton BC 106


Knyveton BC 98


Knyveton BC 89

The weather was (again) very kind to us and only on Thursday afternoon playing at Kings BC did we experience rain showers during the game. However, with low daily temperatures warm layers of clothing were required on quite exposed greens, literally over the road from the Torquay beaches.

The President, being a great hat supporter, provided all the Knyveton bowlers with a straw Trilby to be worn while in bowling uniform. Unfortunately, the one size fits all meant that in the blustery conditions spectators were often seeing players chasing blown hats across the green. The rule was subsequently relaxed for in play time, and much appreciated.

As with the previous tour this one was fun packed, with all the clubs visited providing excellent hospitality and friendly (but serious) competition. The Knyveton tour party members playing their part, senior citizens acting like youngsters could not be better. To accompany the above Trilbies there were Bowler’s for the losing rink, prizes for the top rink and many fines for the most insignificant of infractions. However, it was successful, particularly for this year’s President’s charity, the local MacMillan Nurses.

The Hotel was very helpful throughout the Tour with great food, so thanks to them. Also, thank you to all of the Tour party for their commitment to the tour and a big vote of thanks to the Club President John Bristow, for organizing all details on the tour, even room selection. Well done John.

Tour to Torquay 2016 - Knyveton Gardens Bowls Club

Tuesday 26th - Victoria Park.

Tour to Torquay 2016 - Knyveton Gardens Bowls Club

Beautiful gardens in front of green.

Tour to Torquay 2016 - Knyveton Gardens Bowls Club

Victoria Park - trying to secure Hats.

Tour to Torquay 2016 - Knyveton Gardens Bowls Club

Enjoyable company and tea after game.

Tour to Torquay 2016 - Knyveton Gardens Bowls Club

President and Victoria BC Star.

Tour to Torquay 2016 - Knyveton Gardens Bowls Club

Manchester City v Real Madrid.

Tour to Torquay 2016 - Knyveton Gardens Bowls Club

Wednesday 27th lunch time!

Tour to Torquay 2016 - Knyveton Gardens Bowls Club

Pre match - Hotel departure.

Tour to Torquay 2016 - Knyveton Gardens Bowls Club

14:00hrs. - The Squad.

Tour to Torquay 2016 - Knyveton Gardens Bowls Club

Sunny afternoon of action.

Tour to Torquay 2016 - Knyveton Gardens Bowls Club

Worth the effort.

Tour to Torquay 2016 - Knyveton Gardens Bowls Club

Good green, good win.

Tour to Torquay 2016 - Knyveton Gardens Bowls Club

The President's speech.

Tour to Torquay 2016 - Knyveton Gardens Bowls Club

Knyveton rink results.

Tour to Torquay 2016 - Knyveton Gardens Bowls Club

Losing rink.

Tour to Torquay 2016 - Knyveton Gardens Bowls Club

Top rink (well half of it!).

Tour to Torquay 2016 - Knyveton Gardens Bowls Club

Pre Final game evening tactical briefing.

Tour to Torquay 2016 - Knyveton Gardens Bowls Club

Thursday 28th Kings BC the first deliveries.

Tour to Torquay 2016 - Knyveton Gardens Bowls Club

A superb back drop to bowling.

Tour to Torquay 2016 - Knyveton Gardens Bowls Club

The jack has moved!

Tour to Torquay 2016 - Knyveton Gardens Bowls Club

The after match joke challenge begins!

Tour to Torquay 2016 - Knyveton Gardens Bowls Club

Everyone joined in.

Club Scrabble Night

June 2015

Quiz Night on 7th June 2014 at Knyveton Gardens Bowling Club

May 2015

Waiting for the Green to open

Waiting for the Green to open - Knyveton Gardens Bowls Club