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Dragon Draw (Outdoor Season).

Congratulations to the following members who were successful in the first Dragon Draw 2019/20

First Prize £40 Carol Atkinson.

Second Prize £30 Peter Irons.

Third Prize £20 Mark Spacey.

Fourth Prize £10 Terry Davies.

The next draw will take place during the indoor season.

Guinness Trophy Selection

The Guinness Trophy team to play at Sutton on Sunday 15th September is in the members section of this website

Carys

Guide Dogs for the Blind have confirmed the name Carys for the dog named by the Association. there is a lovely picture of Carys in the Gallery.

Success at Leamington

Congratulations to Mike Blizzard who was part of the Thatcham Bowls Club rink representing the Royal county of Berkshire that won the Nations Senior Fours Title at Leamington on the 8th August 2019. They beat a 4 from Chester Road representing Worcestshire in the final 19 shots to 12. Earlier in the day they had beaten a Hampshire 4 in the semifinal by 14 shots to 13. They picked up 3 shots on the last two ends to get the win. Very well done to Mike and his 3 mates. Pictures in the gallery.

In addition they will represent England in the British Isles competition against Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Jersey and Guernsey next year on June 25th and 26th, 2020 in Llandrindod Wells, Powys, Wales.

Been in Leamington

Congratulations to Stuart Phillips and his 3 colleagues from Ladygate who were in the Middlesex County Finals and qualified for the National finals at Leamington. His first match was on Sunday 18th August at 2 pm against Hampshire A. Stuart and his colleagues won 3 matches before losing in the last 16 round. Well done.

Congratulations to Rhys Lee, son of Diane and Peter Lee, who wa in the Buckinhamshire Triples final with his two colleagues from Bletchley Town. The trio went to Leamington as County Champions and played Gloucestshire A on Wendnesday the 21st of August

In his second trip to Leamington Rhys played Dorset B on Thursday the 29th of August.

Congratulations to Pam Stuttard who went Leamington on the 14th August in the Ladies pairs. Pam and her partner won their first game but unfortunately lost their second.

At Llandrindod

In addition to Mike and his merry men next yeat. John Williams represented Ceridigion in the Wales Bowling Associaition Veteran Pairs finals. Congratulations and well done John. Llongyfyrchiadau. Those of us on the Swansea tour will remember John playing for the Association in the first Swansea game.

John and his partner did very well getting to the final winning 3 matches. Unfortunately they lost the final to a Mid Glamorgan pair. Runners up in the National Championship. Da Iawn John.

Members in opposition

On Saturday the 18th of July the Royal County of Berkshire hosted Middlesex in the Southern Counties League. Mike Blizzard was playing for Berksire and Stuart Phillips for Middlesex. Mike went away bragging. Look in the gallery.

Presentation to Guide Dogs for the Blind

The presntation of the cheque for Andrew Thomas’s charity took place at the Harperbury match on Saturday the 27th of July. The total sum raised was £2,701.37p. Photographs in the gallery.

Congratulations

Congratulations to Linda Murray who played in the Middlesex County Ladies unbadged final.

Match cancellation

The match against Basingstoke Bowls Club on Saturday 6th July was cancelled by them as they could only raise 7 players

Indoor fixtures 2019/20

The indoor fixtures for the coming season have been confirmed. Please check your email to note dates for your diary. They have been added to the relevant sections of the website later. Nominations received are listed in the Members Section.

Annual General Meeting
The AGM was held Sunday (7th April) at the Mid Surrey Bowls Club. Many thanks to Mid Surrey for hosting our meeting. The minutes of the meeting, revised constitution and committee names are in the members area.

Best wishes
The London Welsh Bowling Association extends its warmest wishes to the Welsh Rugby Team for the Rugby Worls cup in Japan. Best of luck to Alun Wyn and his teammates.
Camp lawn ardderchog

Additional Congratulations to Alun Wyn Jones on being named as Player of the tournament and resigning his contract to continue to play for the Ospreys nd Wales.

Wales in London - Cymru yn Llundain have a series of dinners with guest speakers, usually from Wales. The topics are relevant to Wales. Please go to http://www.walesinlondon.com/home/27 for full details and of other events they run.

London Welsh Rugby Club Choir Events

Details of concerts can be found on www.lwrcc.uk.

Membership
At the AGM in April 2017 the Association opened its membership to include all bowlers born in Wales, of Welsh descent or with a Welsh Affiliation.  In the two years since then our membership has risen to 131 including 31 Lady members.

Outdoor Bowls Tour
The 2019 outdoor bowls tour took place from Monday the 29th of April until Friday the 3rd of May.  There were 4 games against teams from the Monmouthshire Valleys.  There was a Presidents dinner on the Thursday evening. See tour report in the members section.

Dragon 100 Draw

Applications now open for the 2019/20 season draw entries £10.00 available from the Treasurer/Assistant Treasurer. Dragon draw tickets can be purchased along side annual membership (see details below).

The next draw will take place at the Presidents Club, Howard Park, on the 31st of August.

Congratulations to
Keith Sawdon – President of the Royal County of Berkshire Bowling Association
Jenny Fox – President of the Harrow and District Womens Bowling Association
Ray Cottrell – Senior Vice President of Bowls Bedfordshire

Membership renewal
David Lloyd, our Treasurer has emailed or posted membership renewal requests to everybody. The majority of members have renewed but there are a few agging behind.

Members may purchase their Dragon Draw entries at the same time so that only one bank transfer/cheque is required.

Outdoor games
This year the season started differently.   Instead of our traditional game with Chesham we went on a Monmouthshire Valleys tour.  The first normal outdoor game of the season was against Cippenham on Sunday 12th of May.  The Chesham game is now on Sunday May 26th.  Hopefully it will be a little bit warmer than the 3º of last year.

Waterproof jackets and sunshades
A bit damp in your showerproof jackets then don’t worry waterproof jackets are available.  They won’t be needed on the tour to the Monmouthshire Valleys as the sun always shines in Wales.  David has sorted the sun problem as sun visors are also available.  The waterproof jackets are the same pattern as the showerproof ones.

President’s welcome message

As the incoming President of the London Welsh Bowling Association I very much look forward to the coming season with great anticipation. We are playing 23 outdoor  and around 14 indoor fixtures in the coming season. This includes our Pre Season Tour to Monmouthshire Valleys.

London Welsh has 125 members of the Association which includes over 30 ladies. Our Association continues to thrive in particular the social friendships and great welcome received at our matches. I continue to hear from members how much they enjoy playing for London Welsh which is the heart of our Association.

New Members are very welcome to join the Association having either Welsh ancestry or a Welsh affiliation. An application form and details can be downloaded from the web site at lwba.co.uk or can be obtained at matches.

To ensure we continue to thrive as an Association I ask our members to accept invitations to play in as many matches as possible. 

We also value the contribution of past players who have retained their membership to keep in contact with the Association with our web site on lwba.co.uk used to provide valuable updated news and information.

I wish everybody an enjoyable and successful year to all our current members and a great welcome to new members during the 2019 Outdoor Season and 2019/20 indoor season.

Best wishes

David Lloyd
President
London Welsh Bowling Association