Welcome to Warwickshire Women's Bowling Association
First, a very big thank you to Di Medhurst for being our President during 2016 – a very good job done and I have certainly got a hard act to follow, but I will do my best.
Secondly, hello one and all, I wish you a very warm welcome to the 2017 season with me, Chris Ward, leading the troops – in the right direction, I hope! I wish you all good health and happy bowling.
I start my Presidency with the Christmas match ie the indoor County ladies against the outdoor County ladies. Please wear a funny Santa’s hat – there will be a prize for the best one (mine of course!). It should be a good match with plenty of laughter, yes, laughter will be the order of the day. I hope it will be enjoyed by all.
Di Green has done a gallant job organising the County comps for 2017. She has had quite a task on her hands – Bowls England are using some of the rinks at the same time as our County comps, thus making her short of rinks. She has done her very best to accommodate us, but if you have any worries, please speak to her, or me, and we will do our level best to sort out any problems you may have.
My charity is “Myton at Home”, chosen because of the care and kindness a very close friend of mine received during his illness, enabling him to be at home with his wife and family.
I wish you all a very Happy and Healthy Christmas and I’m looking forward to being with you all during 2017.
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It was with considerable sadness that the County learned that Joan Duffield had passed away. A Founder Member of GEC Bowling Club since its formation in 1975 Joan was totally committed to her sport and played regularly until ill health forced her to give up in 2004. She was Club Champion twice, 2-wood winner 4 times, Pairs winner 3 times, and Triples winner twice.
She was also Club Captain in 1984,1992, & 1996.
County Fours Winner in 1882 & 1888 and Fours Finalist in 1989 &1996 she was awarded her County Badge in 1988.
Indoors she played for Rugby Thornfield over the same period and won many club competitions including the Mr. & Mrs. competition with husband Ken, and also reached the area final of the National Competitions on several occasions.
Before receiving her Indoor County Badge she was Runner-up in the Unbadged Pairs and also played in the Yetton final at Darlington in 1994 when Boston beat Thornfield by 6 shots (87 – 93), as well as reaching an England final twice.
A Celebration of her Life will be held on Monday 5 December at 12 noon at Yelvertoft Congregational Church, High St, Yelvertoft, Northampton NN6 7LQ
Annual General Meeting
As Di Medhurst steps down and Chris Ward picks up the reins there was still one more important duty for Di to perform and that was to present a cheque for a massive £2,992.22 to Felicity Stratton and Guide Dog 'Ivy' who were pleased to represent the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. By raising over £2,500 Di was also able to name a dog and Tammy will be one of the new puppies. Di went on to say "I would like everyone to know how proud I am of our ladies and their achievements in the Middle England League and the Johns Trophy, as well as the considerable achievements of our younger players and those who represented us in the Nationals." She finished by thanking everyone for a fabulous year and for their support, with particular thanks to Stoke Bowling Club.
Chris Cooke (Southam) was welcomed as Junior Vice-President to join Joy Cooke (Blossomfield) as Senior Vice-President and the rest of the Executive team.