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October Newsletter



The committee would like to thank all members for their support during the last 4 months in supporting the club competitions, supporting our efforts to comply with Covid 9 regulations, supporting our request for donations to purchase new equipment and most of all supporting us by renewing your membership.

We will be holding a committee meeting to discuss the last season and if you have any comments or suggestions we would welcome them. I know some members would prefer random pairs and we will take this into consideration. We tried a new floodlights competition on the last Friday evening of the season and we would welcome your comments on this.

The green will require some over winter work and we would hope you can help as and when we get to schedule the required work.

It is still unknown on how the next season will be but we are all hoping we can get back to as near normal as possible. We would hope that league bowlers who did not join this season will choose to join in 2021.

We are considering 2 new teams for 2021, 1 in the Maghull Monday evening league and 1 in the Ormskirk Tuesday evening league. Once we have these confirmed we will be looking for players.


The Team Challenge concluded on Monday 28th September with the following results:-

Hurricanes 5, Blizzard 0

Thunder 4, Tempest 1


Hurricanes 14 points

Thunder 8 points

Tempest 5 points

Blizzard 3 points


Congratulations to Terry Corfield and Tony Wakefield on winning the Conservative Club’s B.J.P.O’Malley President’s Trophy, defeating Chris Harding and Chris Heron 21-17 in a well-contested final.


The popular midweek round robins were able to start at the end of July and members have enjoyed two months of social bowling. The Committee wish to thank Peter and Lynne Smith for all the work they put into running these sessions and to all the members who have supported them. As well as providing our members with the opportunity to meet up with others on a regular basis, the round robins also contribute a source of additional revenue towards club funds. This is especially appreciated during what has been a difficult year.


Thanks once again to all those members who contributed to the Sponsor a Spike campaign. The final total raised was £604, which covers half the cost of the Sorrell Roller. Graham has been making good use of this new piece of equipment and we believe the benefits to the green can already be seen.


The Club was pleased to enter four teams into the Maghull Mini League, which was able to start at the beginning of August. The format was for teams of four placed in divisions of seven or eight teams, playing Mondays and Wednesdays over seven weeks. Our teams were the Hurricanes in the 1st Division; Thunder and Blizzard were placed in Division 2 and Tempest competed in Division 3. Many thanks to Mike Milne, Roger Van Beever, Sue Davies and Jason Chapman for taking on the task of captaining these teams.

Congratulations to Tempest, captained by Jason Chapman, on winning the 3rd Division by 10 clear points and losing just one of their fourteen fixtures. There were several impressive individual records in this team, including 9 wins out of twelve for Mark Rowlinson and 10 wins by Terry Corfield but top block was Graham Meadow with an unbeaten record of 11 wins in 11 games. In the 1st Division, the Hurricanes competed well to finish in 3rd position, just 3.5 points behind 2nd placed Brownmoor Brooke ‘A’. The Hurricanes’ top player was Chris Porter, with an outstanding record of 12 wins out of 13 games played. This was also the best record in the division.

Roger Van Beever’s Thunder finished the season in a creditable 4th place, competing against some tough opposition in the 2nd Division. Top block for Thunder was Brian Sutton, with 7 wins.

The highlight of the season for Blizzard was a convincing 4-1 victory over Thunder early in the season. Wins after that proved elusive in what was a competitive division, despite plenty of close games finishing with two winners for each side. The best player for Blizzard was George Hitchmough with five wins.

The full league tables can be seen using the following link: -


In all, 28 members represented the Club in the Maghull Mini League in what was a welcome opportunity to experience some competitive bowling. Some new greens were visited in a well-run and enjoyable competition. Thank you to all those members who supported the venture and to the Maghull League for their excellent organisation.

Floodlights Cup Friday 2nd October

A total of 9 pairs entered our first Floodlight competition.

Because of Covid 9 restrictions we had to finish the games by 10pm so it was decided to run a mini league format of 3 pairs per group, playing to 11 points. The winners of each group and the best runner up would proceed to the semi-finals.

After some very close semi-finals the eventual finalists were Jim Hallsall and Dave Bannister playing Brian Sutton and Phil Richards.

Brian & Phil played well to win the competition, this being Phil’s first competition win.


It was good to see some new players entering a completion and we will be looking to put this competition into our schedule of competitions for 2021.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mike Milne for running our competitions and also the competition booking system which worked very well.

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Competitions Update

Congratulations to Jason Chapman and Chris Porter on winning the Last Chance Cup on Sunday, defeating Kez Adams and Fergal Wright 21-11 in the final. Jason and Chris had reached the final with wins against Sue White and Sue Wignall (21-10), Wayne Graham and Norma White (21-11) and Terry Corfield and Noel Morgans (21-15). Kez and Fergal had wins against Lynn Burrow (21-18), John McCabe and Mark Rowlinson (21-11) and last week’s Vice-Presidents Pairs winners, Chris Harding and Jon Roberts (21-10). This was Chris’s second competition win of the season, having won the President’s Cup singles and Jason’s third success in club pairs competitions.

Last Chance Cup Runners up :- Fergal Wright Kez Adams

A plate competition was run for those defeated in their first game and this was won by Janice Hobson and Derek Wignall with a narrow 11-10 win in the final against Barry and Pat McArthur.

Last Chance plate Winners Janice Hobson Derek Wignall

The Club will stage an end of season pairs competition this Friday, 2nd October, starting at 6.30 pm prompt. The pairs so far entered are listed below. If you wish to play, please notify Mike Milne (07752352065 /
Kez Adams & Dave Bannister ; Jason Chapman & Chris Porter ;Sue Davies & Tony Wakefield ; George Hitchmough & Peter Smith ;Janice Hobson & Derek Wignall ; Graham Meadow & Mark Rowlinson ;Mike Milne & John Unsworth ; Dave & Sue White
Latest results in the Team Challenge were as follows  : – 
Hurricanes 4, Thunder 1Tempest 4, Blizzard 1
TABLEHurricanes 9 pts (+54)Tempest 4 pts (-23)Thunder 4 pts (-26)Blizzard 3 pts (-5)
The final fixtures will take place tonight 27/9/20 , 6.30 pm start : –   Blizzard v. HurricanesTempest v. Thunder
The green will close after next weekend to enable the annual maintenance work to take place but will be available for bookings up to and including Sunday 4th October. Many thanks to George for his work in setting up and running the online booking system. The system has worked well and it has been pleasing to see the green so well used by members once we were allowed to re-open at the end of May.

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September News Letter


A full entry of 15 pairs took part in the Vice-Presidents Pairs on Saturday and after some close games in the early stages of the competition, which saw some strong pairings eliminated, the semi-finals saw victories for Laurie Townson and Roger Van Beever against John Hughes and John McCabe (21-14) and Chris Harding and Jon Roberts over Mike Milne and Alex Rimmer (21-16).

As mentioned last week, we have witnessed some very close finals this season and this was no exception. The early stages of the final were extremely one-sided however, as Laurie and Roger won eight out of the first eleven ends to surge into a commanding 19-7 lead. The 12th end saw Chris and Jon score four to give them a glimmer of hope and with Jon taking the block and playing a tricky mark across the middle of the green, they chipped away at the lead with ones and twos, eventually running out with a fourteen break to win the game 21-19. Congratulations to Jon on his first Hesketh Arms competition win and to Chris on his first pairs success. Commiserations to Laurie and Roger on just missing out after a fine run to reach the final.

Vice Presidents Pairs Runners Up Roger Vanbeever Laurie Townson


Entries for the Last Chance Cup are listed below. The competition is full, with a reserve list, so if you are on the list and unable to play, please inform Mike Milne as soon as possible (07752352065 / so that a reserve pair can be notified.

Kez Adams & Fergal Wright ; Sue Andersen & George Hitchmough ; Lynn Burrow & Mike Milne ; 

Jason Chapman & Chris Porter ; Terry Corfield & Noel Morgans ; Sue Davies & Tony Wakefield ; 

Wayne Graham & Norma White ; Chris Harding & Jon Roberts ; Janice Hobson & Derek Wignall ;

John Hughes & John McCabe ; Alan & Jill Lloyd ; Barry & Pat McArthur ;

Peter Smith & John Unsworth ; Laurie Townson & Roger Van Beever ; Sue White & Sue Wignall.


The Team Challenge got under way last week and the results from week 1 were as follows :-   

Hurricanes 5, Tempest 0

Thunder 3, Blizzard 2

Fixtures for Thursday 24th September, 6.30 pm start :- 

Hurricanes v. Thunder

Blizzard v. Tempest

FLOODLIGHT PAIRS COMPETITION. Friday 2nd of October 6:30pm start.

Non Random pairs please contact Mike Milne as soon as possible (07752352065 / to register your interest.

This is the very last competition of the season, limited to 15 pairs.

If the floodlight competition is successful we will include it in next year’s completions.

Following the latest Government Restrictions coming into force on 22nd of September 2020, The following information has been copied from the HM Gov web site (

The guidance still allows our bowling club to carry on with the green bookings system and competitions.

We must strictly adhere to groups no larger than 6 and a total number in the confines of the green at any one time of 30. This will limit any spectators at the bowling competitions and if we have 30 playing members there will be no room for spectators.

We have to take this matter seriously and we would ask you to support us in following the guidance.

Strict social distancing and personal hygiene guidance should be followed at all times.

( North West of England: local restrictions

Taken from the above website

“Team sport and physical activity

You can continue to take part in organised sporting or licensed physical activity in groups of more than 6. This can be in any public place – indoors or outdoors – but not in a private outdoor space like a garden or inside a private home. These activities either need to be organised by a national governing body, club, registered instructor/coach, business or charity, and/or involve someone who has received an official licence to use equipment relevant to the activity. In all cases, the organiser must conduct a risk assessment and ensure compliance with COVID-19 secure guidance.”

The green will remain open until 7pm on SUNDAY 4th of October, when the green will close for winter maintenance.

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Competitions Update & News


The Club’s busy programme of competitions continued on Sunday when members played in the final singles handicaps of the season, the Championship Cup and the Ladies’ Championship.

The Ladies’ Championship was won by Pat McArthur, who defended the title she won last year. Pat had a tough route to the final but had good wins against Sue Andersen (21-16) and Sue Davies (21-11). Pat’s opponent in the final was Wendy McLoughlin, who also had excellent wins against Janice Hobson (21-20) and Norma White (21-15). The final was closely fought in the early stages and Wendy led 12-10 after eleven ends but Pat was able to win seven out of the next eight ends to take the title with a 21-13 win. Congratulations to Pat on winning this competition for the second year running and also to Wendy on reaching her first club final.

Ladies Chapionship Winner PAT McARTHUR
Ladies Chapionship Runner Up Wendy McLoughlin

The men’s Championship Cup final was contested between Kez Adams and Fergal Wright, who had enjoyed comfortable semi-final wins against Chris Harding and Dave White respectively. We have seen some close finals at the club this season and this was again a hard fought encounter, with no more than a couple of chalks in it for most of the game but it was Kez who edged home 21-19 to deservedly win his first Hesketh Arms club competition. Well done to both Kez and Fergal for providing a fitting end to the competition.

Mens Chapuonship Winner KEZ ADAMS
Mens Chapionship Runner Up Fergal Wright

Many thanks to Norma White who provided two home baked apple cakes which were delicious and enjoyed by all.


The season continues with pairs competitions over the next two weekends. Both are limited to fifteen pairs in order to comply with the Covid-19 restrictions and there is just one place left in each competition. If you are not on the lists below and wish to take the final place in either event, please contact Mike Milne as soon as possible ( / 07752352065)


Kez Adams & Fergal Wright ; Jason Chapman & Chris Porter ; Terry Corfield & Peter Jozwik ;

Wayne Graham & Janice Hobson ; George Hitchmough & Mark Wilde ; Jim Halsall & Tony Wakefield ;

Chris Harding & Jon Roberts ; John Hughes & John McCabe ; Kevin McCormack &  Noel Morgans ;

Barry & Pat McArthur ; Mike Milne & Alex Rimmer ; Peter Smith & John Unsworth ;

Laurie Townson & Roger Van Beever ; Sue White & Sue Wignall


Kez Adams & Fergal Wright ; Lynn Burrow & Mike Milne ; Jason Chapman & Chris Porter ;

Terry Corfield & Noel Morgans ; Sue Davies & Tony Wakefield ; Wayne Graham & Norma White ;

Chris Harding & Jon Roberts ; Janice Hobson & Derek Wignall ; John Hughes & John McCabe ;

Alan & Jill Lloyd ; Barry & Pat McArthur ; Peter Smith & John Unsworth ;

Laurie Townson & Roger Van Beever ; Sue White & Sue Wignall. George Hitchmough & Sue Andersen


The Club’s internal team challenge starts this week with the following fixtures.

Thursday 17th September

Blizzard v Thunder

Friday 18th September

Hurricanes v Tempest


1.     Matches to commence at 6.30pm.

2.     Open practice from 6.00pm

3.     Matches to be played using the format of the Maghull Mini-League. 1 point per individual winner and 1 point for the aggregate. If teams are tied on the same number of points in the league table, the number of individual winners would be the deciding criteria. If still tied, the team with the best overall aggregate would be placed higher.

4.     Hurricanes to concede a handicap of ten chalks on the aggregate v. the other three teams, which will all play each other off scratch.

5.     Teams to be made up of players registered in the Maghull Mini-League but if short, any member of the club can be used. They would then be considered  a registered player for that team and cannot then play for one of the other three teams.

6.     If both captains agree, a match can be re-arranged for another night but please inform George or Mike. We need to know for recording green usage and for our locking up rota.

7.     Match results to be sent to Mike Milne (

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Covid 19 Guidence Update

Following the latest Government guidance regarding Outdoor meeting of groups and the clarification from Sport England and UK Bowls.

We must adhere to the group of 6 guidance but we will still be allowed to bowl in our club if we follow Covid guidance on cleaning AND SOCIAL DISTANCING.

We should  be able to complete our Competitions and Round Robins and Maghull league mini League bowling.

Bowls England

Riverside House
Milverton Hill
Royal Leamington Spa
CV32 5HZ

Telephone: 01926 334609


10th September, 2020 by Matt Wordingham

Further to yesterday’s statement, we are delighted to confirm that our clubs can continue to offer organised bowling activity in a Covid-safe manner.

Sport England has announced, following clarification from Government, that people can continue to take part in organised outdoor sports when restrictions on social gatherings are introduced from Monday 14th September.

With the end of the season fast-approaching for the majority of our clubs, we trust players will continue to enjoy our sport in a socially-distant manner, particularly if wishing to play fours at this time.

We also encourage clubs to take this final opportunity to introduce new people to our sport through our ‘Let’s Roll’ initiative, which has already seen nearly 1,000 individuals sign up for a free trial session at their local club, and the Great British Week of Sport (Saturday 19th September to Sunday 27th September).

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Club Competitions up Date

Club Non Random Doubles.

Congratulations to Sue Andersen and Jim Hallsall on winning the club doubles on Sunday.

Sue & Jim reached the finals by overcoming Graham Meadow & John Unsworth 21:12, John Hughes & John McCabe 21:11, Terry Corfield & Noel Morgans 21:12

Their opponents George Hitchmough & Pete Smith reached the final by overcoming Roger VanBeever & Laurie Townson 21:13. Brian Sutton & Alec Rimmer 21:13

The final was a one sided affair with Jim & Sue dominating getting three 3s and a 4 to establish a game winning lead finally winning 21:9

This was Jims’ second competition win of the season with Sue adding this to her winning of this event in 2018 with Ken Rimmer.

Club Non random Doubles winners SUE ANDERSEN JIM HALLSALL
Club Non Random Doubles Runners Up George Hitchmough Pete Smith

Consolation Competition.

Time was found to run a consolation competition with 7 pairs entering. The eventual winners were Derrek Wignall & Janice Hobson who overcome Pat & Barry McArthur in a closely fought final 17:12

Consolation Winners Derek Wignall Janice Hobson
Consolation Runners Up Pat & Barry McArthur


Next Sunday, 13th September sees the staging of the Championship Cup (men’s singles) and Ladies’ Championship, starting at 12 noon prompt. Please report by 11.45 am to allow time for the draw to be made. There are still place available in these competitions. The names already booked in can be seen below. If you are not on the list and wish to play, please contact Mike Milne asap (07752352065 / ). Due to current restrictions, there is still a limit of 30 participants.


Jason Chapman, Terry Corfield, Peter Croston, Chris Harding,

George Hitchmough, John McCabe, Mike Milne, Noel Morgans,

Alex Rimmer, Len Southworth, Ray Sutton, Roger Van Beever,

Tony Wakefield, Dave White, Derek Wignall, Fergal Wright


Sue Davies, Janice Hobson, Pat McArthur,

Wendy McLoughlin, Sue White, Sue Wignall

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Congratulations to Chris Porter on winning the President’s Cup at the weekend, narrowly defeating Jim Halsall 21-20 in another closely fought final. Chris had appeared to be on course for a comfortable win as he led 18-12 but Jim won six consecutive ends to take the lead at 20-18. However, Chris was able to secure the three chalks required to take the title. This was Chris’s first club competition win at the Hesketh since winning the Championship Cup in 1988.

Mike Milne Semi-Finalist
Fergal Wright Semi-Finalist

There are still vacancies for the next club competition, which is a non-random doubles , to be held on Sunday 6th September. Please report by 11.45 am for a 12 noon start. The pairings entered so far can be seen below. If any pairs would like to be added to the list, please contact Mike Milne (07752352065 /
Terry Corfield & Noel MorgansWayne Graham & Norma WhiteGeorge Hitchmough & Peter SmithJanice Hobson & Derek WignallJohn Hughes & John McCabeBarry & Pat McArthurGraham Meadow & John UnsworthAlex Rimmer & Brian SuttonLaurie Townson & Roger Van BeeverSue White & Sue Wignall
Names are also being taken for the Championship Cup (men’s singles handicap) and the Ladies’ Championship, which will be held on Sunday 13th September, 12 noon start. To enter, please contact Mike Milne (07752352065 /

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Sponsor a Spike

The committee would like to thank all members who donated to our “Sponsor a Spike” appeal.

We received just over £500 towards the purchase of the Sorrel Roller.

The equipment will be used to maintain the green to the high standards you have come to expect.

Thank you all