Closed season on the bowling green
Whilst it is the closed season on the bowling green in Keynsham Park many members of Keynsham Bowling Club “keep their eye in” by playing indoors.
On a Monday morning, 16 journey to the Purnells Club at Paulton to play, whilst on a Thursday up to 30 members drive to the North Wiltshire Bowling Club at Chippenham. The two hour bowling session there is followed by anything from a bacon sandwich to a full cooked breakfast. About 15 other members have joined the Bristol Indoor Bowls Club at Ashton and play there at different times of the week. Whilst playing indoors is very different to the outside game it does keep activity levels up during the winter months. Our picture shows the Purnells group gathered on the rink.
KBC's Xmas Party 2016
Members of Keynsham Bowling Club gathered at Keynsham Rugby Club to hold the Annual Presentation Lunch. Over 30 trophies were presented to members who had won various Club competitions during the season. At this time during the close season the existing Club Captains hand over the responsibility to their successors. The men’s retiring Captain was Bob Edge whose place will be taken next season by Beresford Parker. The captaincy of the Ladies team remains in the capable hands of Mo Dickinson. The Captains announced that their charity for next season would be the local Scout Group.
Bowls in the park
Bowling in Keynsham Park continues unabated with the final league matches being played, and club members being knocked out of various club competitions as we head towards finals day. Whilst this has been happening two special fixtures have taken place. At the start of August Somerset played host to Middlesex in the annually contested Jack See Trophy. Bowling of the highest standard was on view as Middlesex came out on top by 6 shots. On a very hot day in the middle of the month the annual fixture between the club’s ladies and gents took place. As ever the ladies were not prepared to “give an inch” and a highly competitive game took place. To be fair to all concerned the result can be best described as close. At the end of the match the gents entertained the ladies – and themselves- to a high tea. As one of our gents put it “it is our turn to pamper the ladies”. The Club has recently taken delivery of three Arbours as a result of a generous legacy from one of its recently deceased lady members Lillian Williams. These are positioned in the corners of the club, and our picture shows the lady and gents captains, Mo Dickinson and Bob Edge, sitting in them surrounded by the two teams.