The season finished at Keynsham Bowls Club on the last Sunday afternoon in September when over 50 members gathered for the final roll up of the season.

This was followed by a fish and chip supper in the clubhouse when nearly 80 folk enjoyed food provided by the Keynsham Fish Bar.

Each year members raise money for a charity chosen at the start of the season by the ladies and gents captains. In the summer a charity BBQ was held and as is usual when the men go on their close season tour they take the pig with them.

This is a large collection box which is placed at the end of the rinks during matches and players both tourist and host clubs are asked to chip in to boost the funds.

The charity chosen this year was the Jessie May Trust based in Kingswood which provides hospice at home care for terminally ill children in Bristol and the surrounding area.

Our picture shows the captains, Ann Newbery and Beresford Parker handing over a cheque for £1,200.00 to Helen Mackie the Community and Events Officer at Jessie May.

In the background are the well fed club members!


“Pam and Bob Edged Out” On the first Sunday in September, husband and wife Bob and Pam Edge played in the Ladies and Gents Championship at the clubs Finals Day at Keynsham Bowling Club. Bob lost by 19 shots to 21 in a closely fought match with Paul Harsant whilst Pam lost by 15 shots to 21 against the defending champion Marlene Tidy.

Our photograph shows Marlene and Paul receiving their trophies from the Club’s Vice-President Margaret Church. As Marlene is one of the shortest ladies in the club and Paul one of the tallest men, Marlene insisted that Paul knelt to allow the photo to be taken!

A further 12 trophies were contested in a day of enjoyable bowling for both players and those watching. The previous week the men had played in their final fixtures in the Thursday night Bristol & District League. The A team finished 4th in division 2, the B team 8th in division 3 and the C team 7th in division 4 which means all three teams will be competing in the same divisions next season.

Unfortunately it was a different tale in the Saturday North Somerset League where the A team finished bottom of Premier 2 and were relegated to the East 1 division where they will join the B team next season, who finished in 9th position. Had the C team who played in East 2 picked up a few more points they would have been promoted and would have been in the same division next season as the A and B teams.

Our ladies team playing in the North Somerset League ended the season in pole position and were declared the champions. Well done the ladies in showing the men how to bowl as well as preparing teas!

On the last Sunday in August the club was due to play host to a touring side from Crediton in Devon but unfortunately the weather wiped out any chance of playing bowls.

During the month the club hosted the Somerset County Finals Day. Many clubs were represented from all parts of the County playing in finals from singles, doubles, triples and fours in men’s, ladies’ and mixed formats. At all times during the day there were at least 120 players and spectators who enjoyed some outstanding matches.

Last year the club entertained a touring side from Winchmore Hill in north London and so this year a coach load set out from Keynsham to travel to London for a return game. With the travelling involved it was a long day but the bowling and the hospitality were good and the day was enjoyed by all.

The final club competition of the season took place when ladies and gents competed for the Hazel Waldon Triples Cup in memory of a previous Vice President. After a full day of bowling the winners were Lynne Pearce, Pete Gibson and Carm Riccio.

A Monday evening is the members night when anyone can turn up for a friendly roll up. Over an 18 week period points are awarded to the three highest scoring sides each week and at the end of the season the ladies champion was Lindsay Allen and the gents Mike Lambern.

Another season draws to a close as members prepare to pack away their woods until next April. Some however will bowl indoors, whilst others might try their hand at skittles but for most the next six months cannot pass quickly enough.


As the end of the bowling season approaches the activity on the green at Keynsham Bowling Club becomes even more intense.

In addition to the league and friendly matches being played, plus the club competitions, there have been a number of “one off” fixtures.

At the start of the month was the annual fixture against the local rivals from Frys playing for the Alsop Trophy which Keynsham lost by 77 shots to 66. We look forward to gaining our revenge in a year’s time!

This was followed by a club competition the Tom Pells Cup, played between mixed teams of four for a trophy given in memory of Tom by his widow Lyn. The picture shows the winning team, Tony Bevan, Graham Cavill, Jan Iles and Lyn Dorey receiving the cup from Lyn’s granddaughters, Jessica, Stella and Hattie.

Another Sunday was taken up with the club hosting two semi-finals, firstly the Wedmore Plate when Weston Bath comfortably beat Yatton, followed in the afternoon when Bristol closely defeated Bath in the Turnbull Cup.

A fixture that club members look forward to is the match between the ladies and gents of the club and the fact that six rinks are played necessitating twenty four ladies shows the depth of club membership. Whilst the men won it would be inappropriate for me to quote the final score, but the ladies look forward to an improved performance next year. As is traditional on this occasion the gents relieved the ladies of the catering duties for the day and treated everyone to a fine tea.

Towards the end of the month the club hosted the ladies county fixture between Somerset and Berkshire when the home side won five of the six rinks with the shots totalling 133 to 106.

The recent change in weather has resulted in the green receiving a good watering and it promises to bowl well for the last month of the season.

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