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HOT SHOTS CLUB | October 2022

We have two great Hot Shots Club stories to bring you this month.

The first is about a team of young bowlers representing a junior academy in the Ray Keen League (run by the Buckinghamshire Bowls Association) who scored a hot shot in their first competitive game of the season!

This is an absolutely amazing achievement, and everyone associated with the academy, managed by Newport Pagnell Bowls Club, is incredibly proud of the youngsters.

A huge congratulations to Ryan Smith (aged 11 with four years of bowling behind him), Abbie Elliott (aged 16 with seven years’ experience) and Danny Murphy (aged 16 who has also been bowling for four years).

Credit must also go to the team’s skip, Jon Elliott (somewhat older at 38!), who used his 10 years’ experience to guide the team to a 36-12 victory.

Added Jon when he told us the story: “And many thanks to all the coaches at Newport Pagnell (plus Ryan’s dad, Gary) who are giving their time and expertise to develop these, and other, academy members into future superstars of the game.”

The second is about Barrow Bowls Club which is fast becoming known as the luckiest hot shot winning club!

Steve Clarke has made five applications on behalf of members in as many weeks.The claims cover nine members (seven pictured here in this supplement) one of whom Pete Mason, who has only been playing a couple of years, has earned a gold badge for three hot shots!

Steve explained: ‘’Barrow Bowls Club is a small provincial bowls club which was formed in 1988. We have about 30-plus members. We are relatively successful locally. We shall win two local (Grimsby) leagues, with a good chance of winning a third, presently lying second waiting on results. We are also into a local cup final and have a county player playing in national finals, as well as many individual county entries.

“The club was on the verge of extinction five years ago, but thanks to the hard work of our chairman John Goodson and his ‘best mate’ Brian Foster (as well as the massive support of the owner of the social club), recruiting players and committee members from the local sports and social club is presently going from strength to strength.

“Our oldest member Norman Bell (94) and his brother Geoff still watch all the games. They played at the club from the beginning, Norman having played for total of 70 years.

“The club is a mixture of locals, incomers, male, female, mature, young, social, serious and competitive players; A club where ‘all’ including away teams find a very friendly and welcoming club atmosphere.”

There have also been hot shots for 99-year-old Norman Tilley at Whitstable BC, while Paul Robert Walker gained his second full house of the season at Airmyn BC – will he get a third and become a gold badge winner?

Kieron Pollock, John Tompkins, Stuart Murray and Tom Walkley had two hot shots in their match at Highworth BC and Emma Price had a hot shot at West Backwell BC having only joined the club at this year’s Bowls England Bowls Big Weekend.

Said Emma: “I only went along because my husband wanted to have a go. I think I was hooked immediately!

”My second competitive game and I had no idea what a hot shot was! I was busy getting the mat and jack ready for the next end.

“I am really enjoying my first season at West Backwell – what a lovely club full of such friendly people.

“Recovering from chronic illness makes it difficult to play and practice as much as I’d like. I can rest in between ends – get fresh air – and get some gentle exercise. I highly recommend it.”

The latest Hot Shot winners…

Kempston Park BC: Lesley Pyke, Christine Greaves

Maiden Erlegh BC: Terry Huggins, Keith Boulter, Trevor Wright, Keith Hawkins

Buckingham West End BC: John Brazier, Joan Brazier, Brenda Hopcraft, Ray East
Denham BC: Bob Deer, Bev O’Hara

Newton BC: Jo Locke, Clive Butcher, Charlie Robinson

Rooks BC: Matt Wilson, Mike Ranson, Jeff Summerhill

Falmouth BC: Christine Williams, Christine Chatterton, Rose Wilshaw, Carol Taylor
Kensey Vale BC: Alex Crighton, Karl Barret, Peter Prynne, Nick Trewin
Trenance BC: Mary Moynihan, Pauline Hill, Jennie Maunder (double hot shot)

Harris Park BC: Larry Rumgay, Alan Tassiker, Marian Wedgewood, Jonathan Moffat

Bideford Victoria Park BC: T Pyke, J Gordon, I Mitchell, M Gurney
Culm Vale BC: Paul Bastin, Joe Channer, Anne MacDougall, John Ind
Great Torrington BC: Karen Galloway, Elaine Clements, Christina Payne
Kings BC: Neil Seymour, Richard Hinton, Gary Drysdale, John Boyt
Paignton BC: Sue Thayer Lewis, Sheila Lavender, Sue Summersby, Terry Cairns
Tavistock Sir Francis Drake BC: Brenda Carter, Pauline Anstead, Valerie Blair
Torpoint BC: Viv Avis, Maureen Foulds, Alison Rodwell, Diane Hunt
Stuart Road BC: John Hallett, Hamish Stewart, Petru Grigoroiu, Chris Fenner

Swanage BC: Tony Bell, Tony Perkins

Consett Park BC: Trish Clark, David Harris, Mark Hutchinson, Sue Ramage
Stockton West End BC: Martyn Hayton, Mark Campbell, Ian Serginson

Clacton IBC: Sandra Wood, David Worth, Andy Wood, Don Harrup
Wivenhoe BC: Robert Taylor, Alex Rose, Geoffrey Cook
Woodford BC: Sandy Dron, Alan Blanchford, Colin Peters, Keith Riley

Avonvale BC: Sally Batt, Pete Smith, Roger Batt
Cheltenham Whaddon BC: Tudor Morris, Wendy North, David Simmons
City and Port of Bristol BC: Dee Crawley, Adrian Mace, Carol Green, Brian Crawley
Coleford BC: Craig Dawson, Jenny Owen, Pete Townsend, Norma Butler (pictured)
MidGlos IBC: Carlo Prudenziati, Derek Thorpe, Steve Bluck
Winget BC: Mike Heath, Bert Mathews, Gerry Hartin, Chick Fowler

County BC: Ernie Lamb, Ann Milne
Howard Park BC: Neil Mclean, Lesley McKenzie, Alan Tait
Leigh Park BC: Karen Williams, Jacqui Flynn, Sue Ward, Shirley Ray
Waterside BC: Joshua Hughes, John Lewis-Parkes, James Hughes
Woolston and District BC: Chris Mason, Ian Short, Terry McLoughlin, Howard Owen

Berkhamsted BC: Carole Dunn, Conner Hawkins
Bovingdon BC: Rachel Bafico, Jude Campbell Grieve, Maggie Moore, Debbie Smith
Harlow BC: Joanne Hurley, Marlene Neslen
Hoddesdon and Rye Park BC: Tim Maynard, Barry Osman, Andy Adkins, Bob Hayter
St Ippolyts BC: Kevin Stollery, Deborah Howard, Janet Godfrey, Colin Davidson
Welwyn Garden City BC: Carl Parkhouse, Andy Bradford, Keith Avenell, Stewart Parkhouse

Birchington-on-Sea BC: Christine Rogers, Ray Field, Vic Field
Coney Hall BC: Brian Ede, John Barnes, Bill Mewis
Forest Hill BC: Pat Stark, Ian Skelly
Hesketh Park BC: David Pointer, Stuart Pointer, Paul Challis
Kemsley BC: Angela Nutten, Cheryl Emery, Tracey Stratfull
Thanet BC: Bob Gentry, Graham Palmer
Tonbridge BC: Malcolm Ward, Ronny Rossberg, Colin Smith, Adrian Philpott
Whitstable BC: Penny Smith, Chris Murphy, Maggie Dellard
Whitstable BC: Norman Tilley, Mike Amura, Nelson Hamilton
Woodlands Park BC: Richard Latch, Mick MacFarlane, Elissa Munns, Alan Arlett

Blaby BC: Chetan Vallabh, Mick Hope, Gary Toward
Fosseway BC: Alby George, Tony Thomas, Graham Howell, Dave Yarlett
St Margaret’s Co-operative BC: Keith Breward, Pat Dobson, Mary Linnett

Barrow BC: Elaine Root, Peter Ellerby, John Goodson
Barrow BC: Richard (Dick) Brumpton, Chris Brown, Jeremy Roebuck
Cleethorpes BC: Russell Dent, James Walsham, Simon Dent
Louth and District IBC: Chris Tice, Bob Tice
North Somercotes BC: Michael Norman, Dawn Nicholls, David Harrison

Bessingby Park BC: Peter Ashford, Brian Jeffrey, Steve Breed
Staines BC: Graeme Hinton, Wendy Ridley

Caister BC: Bernard Taffs, Richard Myhill, Derek Carter
Caister BC: Ian Southam, Derek Carter, Keith Pawsey

Earls Barton BC: Martyn Fearn, Neil Gould

Gosforth and Coxlodge BC: Tom Holliday Jnr, Jimmy Anderson, Tony Heron

Ordsall BC: Alan Reaney, Paul Walker, Graham Barnish

Prattens BC: Sue Fear, Rob Fear, Margaret Harvey, Chris Barnes
Purnell BC: Sue Trims, Sue Mathison, Viv Beech, Trevor Gardiner
Victoria BC: Hannah Frye, Pete Sloman
West Backwell BC: Emma Price, Jude Harvey, May Vivian

Felixstowe and Suffolk BC: Tom Warren, Charlie Beeton

Carshalton BC: Jan Reynolds, Tony Reynolds
Cheam BC: Keith Atkins, John Parsons, Marco Naayem, Aaron Harding
Mychett BC: David Jacobs, Charlie Pearson, Bob Allen, David Muffett
Purley BC: Andrew Stanley, Bob Jenkin, Paul Dobbs
Sutton BC: Sue Cooper, Dorothy Roberts, Graeme Cupit, Martin Harbottle
Wallington BC: Viv Fowlie, Marie Barthrop, Tony Ward, Nick Stevens
West End BC: Jan Fernandez, Pauline Collins, Jan Bonny

Newick BC: Marion Jones, Brian Jones, Dave Dawson
Parade BC: John Phillips, Ricky Weston, Gill Waters, Lorraine Phillips
Ringmer BC: Sue Braat, Jackie Ward, Lynn Mardell
The Drive BC: Paul Thurston, Peter Meyrick, Maria Sanders
Witterings and District BC: Ron Prior, Gordon Silva, Gwilym Morgan, Derek Leach

Avon BC: Colin Jarvis, Les Anscombe
Oakfield BC: Barry Sheasby, Joan Nicholson, Beryl Cooke, Gary Tubb

Box BC: Mary Newman, Carol Massey, Carol Grenfell, Michele Williams
Chippenham Park: George Gray, Tony Bromilow, Craig Chard, Gerry Tinson
Highworth BC: Kieron Pollock, John Tompkins, Stuart Murray, Tom Walkley

Airmyn Bowls Association: ‘Gig’ Hill, Paul Robert Walker
Stamford Bridge BC: Neil Dobbs, Mal Cook, Colin Russell, René Ramon

CI Knock BC: Aiden Donegan, Jim Donaldson, Cecil Magill, Tony Wilson
CI Knock BC: Jeff Raine, Cecil Magill, Brian Morrow, Tony Wilson
Kenilworth BC: Graham Walsh, Paul Griffin, Trevor Peare, Ron Hanlon
Mossley BC: Evelyn Logan, Marie Franklin, Linda Culbert, Heather Kelly
Pickie BC: David McDowall, John McCahon, Ryan Irwin, Paul Canning

Thornton BC: Eileen Marshall, Joyce Clark

Bedwellty Park BC: Warren Harris, Jack Jones, Andrew Pearce, John Thomas
Bridgend Municipal BC: Helen Edwards, Jan Williams, Julia Rawlins, Mary Rundle
Cardiff Chameleons BC: Garon Owen, Sean Thackwray
Dinas Powys BC: D Lougher, D Letts, W Williams, M Ackland
Merthyr West End BC: Talan Gunter, Albert Jenkins, Rhys Davies, Albert Moule
Rhiwbina Ladies BC: June Carlston, Lynne Thomas, Margaret Sheppard, Gloria Bird
Rhondda IBC: Stephen Cavill, Derek Davies, Lyn Boardman, Margaret Smith
Ynysddu BC: Terrine Lane, Jackie Jones, Jean Kimberley, Heather Collins

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