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OCTOBER NEWSLETTER

HESKETH ARMS BOWLING CLUB 

NEWSLETTER  – OCTOBER 2021 

SOUTHPORT VETERANS’ LEAGUE 

Well done to the Merlins on winning the 2nd Division of the Southport Veterans’ League. They won 12 out of their 16 matches and finished five points clear of second placed Banks ‘B’. Congratulations to captain George Hitchmough and all the players in his team.  

ROUND ROBINS 

Many thanks to Peter and Lynne Smith and George for running the midweek round robins throughout the season. These events provide our members with an opportunity to meet up regularly and socialise with other members of the club. They are popular with new and experienced bowlers alike and bring in much needed additional revenue to help boost club funds. 

CLUB COMPETITIONS 

This year, we again organised a full programme of club competitions for members to take part in, which ran throughout the season, even adding an extra event for 2021. In addition to the five singles competitions already established, we held the inaugural Champion of Champions, when the competition and team merit winners from the previous season competed for the “Blowick Cup”. The first winner was Chris Porter, who completed a hat-trick of singles wins, also winning the Championship Cup and President’s Cup.  

We again held five doubles competitions which were a mixture of random and non-random pairs. Following the introduction of an evening doubles in 2020, we held this on a Saturday evening and it was very successful, attracting 14 pairs. Darren Edgerley proved to be the pairs specialist, winning a hat-trick of doubles titles with three different partners.  

In total, the internal competitions attracted 284 participants, an increase of 9% on last year. Three new winners were added to the Roll of Honour of Hesketh Arms’ club competition winners ; Len Southworth (Rose Bowl), Liam Gregson (Chairman’s Shield) and Roger Van Beever (Last Chance Cup).  

Thank you to all those who continue to support the club’s competitions. We look forward to another successful season in 2022. 

CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS 2022 

We plan to hold the second staging of the Champion of Champions at the beginning of the 2022 season. All the club competition and merit winners from the 2021 season will be invited to take part. The qualifiers are as follows :- 

Kez Adams (Chairman’s Shield ; Vultures Merit)  

Sue Andersen (Ladies’ Championship ; Spring Pairs) 

John Baker (Eagles Merit) 

Dave Bedford (Hobbies Merit) 

Jeff Brown (Sparrowhawks Merit) 

Darren Edgerley (Spring Pairs ; Last Chance Cup ; Floodlit Trophy) 

Liam Gregson (Chairman’s Shield) 

Jim Halsall (Kites Merit ; Owls Merit) 

George Hitchmough (Sparrowhawks Mini-League Merit) 

Phil Kitchen (Falcons Merit) 

Mike Milne (Vice-Presidents Pairs) 

Chris Porter (Championship Cup ; President’s Cup ; Blowick Cup) 

Peter Smith (Ospreys Merit ; Owls Mini-League Merit ; Hawks Merit) 

Len Southworth (Rose Bowl) 

Brian Sutton (Kestrels Merit ; Merlins Merit) 

John Unsworth (Vice-Presidents Pairs) 

Roger Van Beever (Last Chance Cup) 

Fergal Wright (Coronation Cup ; Floodlit Trophy) 

MEMBERSHIP 

After an understandable drop in the Club’s membership in 2020 due to Covid-19, it was pleasing to see the number of paying members joining in 2021 exceed the pre-pandemic figure of 132 of 2019.  

Our total membership at the end of the 2021 season, including life and honorary members, stands at 140. This includes those who joined us after attending the very successful Bowls for Health scheme. We are pleased to welcome them to the Hesketh Arms and thank all those who helped organise and run the sessions.  

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Competition News

FLOODLIT TROPHYSaturday saw the second staging of the Floodlit Trophy, with a good turnout of 14 pairs taking part. The early stages were played using a group format with the winning pair in each of the four groups progressing to the semi-finals. The group winners were Darren Edgerley and Fergal Wright ; Mike Milne and John Unsworth ; Mike Dunlop and Peter Smith and last year’s winners, Phil Richards and Brian Sutton. 
The semi-finals were won by Mike and John and Darren and Fergal and the final was won convincingly by Darren and Fergal 11-3. This was Darren’s third pairs competition win of the season, having previously won the Spring Pairs with Sue Andersen and the Last Chance Cup with Roger Van Beever.

FLOODLIGHT CUP WINNERS 2021
FLOODLIGHT CUP RUNNERS UP 2021

CORONATION CUPThe following day saw the conclusion of the Coronation Cup, which has been played throughout the season. The first semi-final was won by Roy Webster, who came from 20-15 down to edge out Chris Harding 21-20 and the second semi-final was won convincingly by Fergal Wright with a 21-8 win against Brian Sutton. Fergal continued his excellent form in the final, cruising to victory against Roy , the winning score being 21-5. Congratulations to Fergal on winning his second competition of the weekend. 

CORONATION CUP WINNER 2021 FERGAL WRIGHT
CORONATION CUP LAST4

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NEWS UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 2021

HESKETH ARMS BOWLING CLUB 

NEWS UPDATE  – SEPTEMBER 2021 

GREEN CLOSURE

The green will close at 1900hrs on 4th of October 2021 for Winter Maintenance.

FLOODLIT TROPHY 

Members are reminded that the Club’s final internal competition of the season will take place on Saturday 25th September and will start at 5.00pm. Please register by 4.45pm. The early stages of this competition will be played using a group format, guaranteeing every pair a minimum of two or three games. The length of the games will be decided when we know the number of pairs taking part. This is a non-random pairs, so members can choose their own partner for this competition.  

CORONATION CUP 

The semi-finals and final of the Coronation Cup, the early stages of which were played earlier in the season, will be played this coming Sunday, 26th September, starting at 1.00 pm. 

The semi-final matches are :- 

Chris Harding (+2) v. Roy Webster (+4) 

Brian Sutton (+4) v. Fergal Wright (+2) 

SOUTHPORT FEDERATION 

The Southport Federation team completed their 2021 National League fixtures with a convincing 24-8 win against Fylde ‘B’ last Sunday. 

The team had nine winners in the home leg, played at Hesketh Bank Bowling Club. Hesketh Arms’ successful representatives here were Chris Porter (21-16), Kez Adams (21-11) and sharing the sweep, Ali Adams, with an excellent 21-9 win playing at number 12.  

The away team also did well, winning 7-5 at the Marton Institute in Blackpool. Among the winners were Hesketh Arms’ players Ray Atkinson (21-14), Mark Wilde (21-13), Mike Milne (21-16) and sweep winner Darren Edgerley (21-9). Fergal Wright suffered a rare Federation defeat against a strong opponent, just losing 21-16. 

The Southport team has enjoyed an excellent season winning every leg home and away in the three matches they have played. This means they have won Division 7 of the National League, finishing a clear 21 points ahead of second placed Cheshire Parks. They will now be promoted to play in Division 6 for the 2022 season. 

SOCIAL ROUND ROBINS

The last social Round Robin will be held on Friday the 1st of October 2021

END OF SEASON ROUND ROBIN. SATURDAY 2nd of October 11.00am

There will be a end of season round robin on Saturday the 2nd of October, open to ALL members. Please be there at 10.45 to register. £2.00 per entry

Please bring a Sandwich as it could go on a long time.

AWARDS EVENING 2021

We will be holding our annual awards evening in 20th of November 2021 at the Churchtown Conservative Club, St Cuthberts Road, PR9 7NN commencing at 7.30pm

Tickets will be £ 5.00 and will include a finger buffet.

Evening will includes Awards for the 2021 season, a quiz, raffle and Bingo.

We would hope you would support this event.

Green Tidy up and Repair

We will be looking for help during the close season to repair and tidy up the green and surrounds.

We will be sending out email request

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September Newsletter

SOUTHPORT LV LEAGUE 

Congratulations to our teams in the Southport LV League on winning their respective divisions. The Eagles, captained by Chris Harding, retained their Premier Division title, finishing narrowly ahead of Fleetwood Hesketh ‘A’ by five points.  

HESAKET EAGLES TEAM 2021

Jeff Brown’s Falcons team also had an excellent season, repeating their success of 2017 by winning the 1st Division championship. Well done to the players in both teams. 

FLOODLIT TROPHY 

Members are reminded that the Club’s final internal competition of the season will take place on Saturday 25th September and will start at 5.00pm. Please register by 4.45pm. The early stages of this competition will be played using a group format, guaranteeing every pair a minimum of two or three games. The length of the games will be decided when we know the number of pairs taking part. This is a non-random pairs, so members can choose their own partner for this competition.  

CHURCHTOWN CONSERVATIVE CLUB – B.J.P.O’MALLEY PRESIDENT’S TROPHY 

The Churchtown Conservative Club held it’s annual competition for the B.J.P. O’Malley President’s Trophy at the end of last month. Congratulations to one of our members, Alan Lloyd, who won the competition partnered by Mike Stevens. The runners-up, also from our club, were Lynne Smith and John Unsworth. 

CON CLUB WINNERS ALAN LLOYD MIKE STEVENS
CON CLUB RUNNERS UP JOHN UNSWORTH LYNNE SMITH

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OPEN PAIRS COMPETITION

Bernard O’Malley Trophy – Open Pairs
Sunday saw a full entry of 32 pairs take part in the Club’s third open doubles competition, for which the winners are presented with the Bernard O’Malley Honorary Vice-President’s Trophy.
There was local interest all the way through as Jon Roberts, playing with Bill Roddan from the Zetland, reached the final with impressive wins against Steve McManus and Neil Noren (21-18), Noreen Lewis and John Townsend (21-14), Andy Carr and John Longshaw (21-12) and in an epic semi-final, Ian Grady and Tim Hodge of Skem Rebels 21-20.
Jon and Bill’s opponents in the final were Dave and Tracy Charlesworth from Preston and they had to negotiate an even tougher route. In the first round they overcame the fancied local pair of Ray Atkinson and John Baker 21-20, before beating Brian Fairclough and Dave Martindale (21-11), Andy Fleming and Tom Wright (21-15) and in the semi-final, holders Ray Bevington and Paul Clegg 21-13.
The final started off closely with Jon and Bill leading 8-7 after six ends but two successive threes and a two put David and Tracy in control of the match to lead 15-8, eventually taking the title with a 21-11 win. Congratulations to both pairs on producing some excellent performances throughout the competition.
Many thanks to all those who supported the competition and to everyone who helped with marking cards, measuring and calling games on to the green. Special thanks though to referee Graham Pickavance whose help was invaluable in ensuring the smooth running of the competition. The standard of bowling throughout the day was of the highest standard on a tricky, fast running green and was a fitting tribute to our Honorary Vice-President, Mr. Bernard O’Malley. We look forward to running this event again in 2022.

WINNERS Dave and Tracy Charlesworth
RUNNERS UP Jon Roberts, and Bill Roddan
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LAST CHANCE CUP

LAST CHANCE CUP
The Club’s latest internal competition was a random doubles, with pairings drawn on the day. In the top half of the draw, Darren Edgerley and Roger Van Beever progressed to the final with wins against Terry Corfield and Alan Lloyd (21-11), Sue Andersen and Len Southworth (21-17) and in the semi-final, the strong pairing of Bill Bloor and Pat McArthur (21-11).
In the bottom half of the draw, the experienced pairing of Peter Croston and Jim Howard survived close encounters to overcome Jill Lloyd and Peter Smith (21-20) and George Hitchmough and Ray Sutton (21-19). The final was close all the way through and it was hard to pick a winner, with the score after 17 ends being 15-14 to Darren and Roger. However, two 3s in the next three ends saw Darren and Roger secure victory, the final score being 21-17. This was Darren’s second pairs success of the season, having won the Spring Pairs with Sue Andersen but congratulations to Roger on winning his first Hesketh club competition and with it, qualification for the Club’s 2022 Champion of Champions.

2021 WINNERS Rover Van Beever Darren Edgerley


The Plate competition was won by Mike Milne and Norma White, with the runners-up being Debbie Barnes and Dave White.

2 Places are still available in the Open Pairs Competition

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COMPETITION NEWS – AUGUST 2021

COMPETITION NEWS – AUGUST 2021

LAST CHANCE CUP – SUNDAY 22nd AUGUST 

The Club’s next internal competition will take place this coming Sunday, 22nd August, when we will be competing for the Last Chance CupThis will be a random doubles, with pairings drawn on the day. There will be a plate competition for pairs knocked out in their first game. Please register by 11.45am so that the draw can be made in time for a 12 noon start

BERNARD O’MALLEY VICE-PRESIDENTS TROPHY – OPEN DOUBLES 

Places are still available in the Club’s open doubles competition, which will take place on Sunday 5th September. We have so far received entries from a good mix of club members, local bowlers and pairs from areas further afield such as Warrington, Wigan, Liverpool and Preston.  

The later start times are now full but there are slots free at 10.00am and 10.45am. The entry fee is £10 per pair and to enter please contact Chris Harding (07761733024) or Mike Milne (07752352065 / michaelmilne66@outlook.com ) 

Total prize money will be £320, paid out as follows :- 

Winners – £120.00 ; Runners-Up – £60.00 

Semi-Finalists – £30.00 ; Quarter-Finalists – £20.00 

All games will be 21 up, with 3 on the card. 

FLOODLIT TROPHY 

Saturday 25th September – The Floodlit Trophy (5.00pm start) – non-random doubles with the early stages played in a group format. 

Last year we tried an evening doubles competition as an alternative to our existing events. This season, we will hold the Floodlit Trophy on Saturday 25th September, starting at 5.00pm. This will be a non-random pairs, with the early stages being played in a group format, ensuring that all pairs will get more than more than one game. Please register by 4.45 pm so that the draw can be made in time to allow for a prompt start. 

GREEN BOOKING  

Saturday 28th August – The Churchtown Conservative Club’s B.J.P.O’Malley President’s Trophy – this competition is now full but please enquire at the Conservative Club if you are a member of that club and wish to be added to the reserve list.  

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NEWSLETTER – AUGUST 2021

HESKETH ARMS BOWLING CLUB 

NEWSLETTER  – AUGUST 2021 

BURSCOUGH LEAGUE PRESIDENT’S DAY 

On Saturday 31st July, the Club was proud to host the Burscough League President’s Day. The Presidency of this league is held by each club in turn on a rota basis and this was the first time the Hesketh Arms has had the honour of holding this position. Our nomination as President was Chris Harding, who has played in the league for over thirty years.  

In total, 32 players from clubs throughout the league and guests of the President took part in the competition which was won by Brian Coleman from Fleetwood Hesketh, defeating our own Steve McManus in the final.  

Many thanks to all those who supported this event by taking part, spectating, marking and measuring but in particular to the following :- 

The Churchtown Conservative Club for allowing us to use their facilities for the serving of the buffet. 

Brian Whitley of the Conservative Club for his help in preparing the tea. 

The bar staff of the Conservative Club. 

George Hitchmough for his work in planning and organising the event. 

Sue Davies and Lynne Smith for their help with refreshments on the day. 

Jon Roberts for his assistance with the catering and selling raffle tickets. 

Graham Meadow for his work in preparing the green. 

Finally, to Keith Robinson and David Taylor from the Burscough League for their work in running the competition on the day. 

Keith Robinson (League Secretary), Brian Coleman (Winner), Steve McManus (Runner-Up) and League President, Chris Harding
Winner BRIAN COLEMAN & Burscough League President CHRIS HARDING

BERNARD O’MALLEY VICE-PRESIDENTS TROPHY – OPEN DOUBLES 

Entries are still being taken for the Club’s Open Doubles competition. The Bernard O’Malley Vice-President’s Trophy, which is held in honour of our generous Honorary Vice-President, will take place on Sunday 5th September. The entry fee is £10 per pair with starting times at 10.00 am, 10.45 am, 11.30 am and 12.15 pm. The 11.30 start time is now full but places remain available at 10.00 am, 10.45 am and 12.15 pm. 

Total prize money will be £320, paid out as follows :- 

Winners – £120.00 ; Runners-Up – £60.00 

Semi-Finalists – £30.00 ; Quarter-Finalists – £20.00 

To enter please contact Chris Harding (07761733024) or Mike Milne (07752352065 / michaelmilne66@outlook.com ) 

All games will be 21 up, with 3 on the card. 

SOUTHPORT FEDERATION 

The Southport Federation team’s July fixture resulted in a convincing 26 points to 6 victory over Cheshire Parks. 

The home leg took place at Scarisbrick NSC, with Southport having 9 winners and winning the aggregate by 76 chalks. Of the Hesketh Arms players, there were wins for Mike Milne (21-6), Mark Wilde (21-8), Fergal Wright (21-9), Ali Adams (21-13) and Chris Porter (21-13).  

The away team travelled to Woodley Sports in Stockport and came away with an impressive 9-3 win, the best away performance in the history of the Southport Federation. Our two representatives in the away side both had good wins, Ray Atkinson winning 21-19 and Darren Edgerley sharing the sweep with a 21-8 success.  

The team’s final fixture takes place in September when they play Fylde ‘B’ and they will be looking to continue their good form and clinch first place in Division 7 of the National League. 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 

Sunday 22nd August – The Last Chance Cup (12.00pm start) – random doubles with plate. 

Saturday 25th September – The Floodlit Trophy (5.00pm start) – non-random doubles with the early stages played in a group format. 

GREEN BOOKINGS 

Saturday 28th August – The Churchtown Conservative Club’s B.J.P.O’Malley President’s Trophy – random pairs competition open to any member of the Conservative Club. 

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NEWSLETTER SUMMER 2021

NEWSLETTER – SUMMER 2021

BERNARD O’MALLEY VICE-PRESIDENTS TROPHY – OPEN DOUBLES

Entries are now being taken for the Club’s Open Doubles competition. The Bernard O’Malley Vice-President’s Trophy, which is held in honour of our generous Honorary Vice-President, will take place on Sunday 5th September. The fee is £10 per pair with starting times at 10.00 am, 10.45 am, 11.30 am and 12.15 pm. Total prize money will be £320, paid out as follows :-

Winners – £120.00 ; Runners-Up – £60.00

Semi-Finalists – £30.00 ; Quarter-Finalists – £20.00

To enter please contact Chris Harding (07761733024) or Mike Milne (07752352065 / michaelmilne66@outlook.com )

All games will be 21 up, with 3 on the card.

LV LEAGUE COMPETITIONS

The Southport LV League will be running two competitions once the regular season fixtures have been completed.

Tuesdays 24th and 31st August – LV Individuals

Entries received from our members so far :-

Ali Adams ; Kez Adams ; Terry Corfield ; Darren Edgerley ;

John Hughes ; Kevin Leddy ; Len Southworth ; Roger Van Beever

Tuesdays 14th and 21st September – LV Pairs

Entries received from our members so far :

Ray Atkinson & John Baker ;  Jeff Brown & Roger Van Beever ;

Darren Edgerley & John Hughes ; Chris Harding & Mike Milne ;

Kevin Leddy & Len Southworth

Both these competitions are open to any player who has played at least one game in the LV League this season. If anyone else would like to enter, please inform your LV League team captain or email Brian Coleman briancoleman236@gmail.com  

SPRING PAIRS PLATE

Congratulations to George Hitchmough and Noel Morgans on winning the re-arranged Spring Pairs Plate final with a 21-20 win against Sue Davies and Chris Harding.

PLATE WINNERS NOEL MORGANS & GEORGE HITCHMOUGH

SOUTHPORT FEDERATION

The Southport Federation team’s next match takes place on Sunday 25th July when the opponents will be Cheshire Parks.

The home leg is being held at Scarisbrick NSC (Bullens Lane) and will start at 2.00 pm. The Hesketh Arms will be represented here by Ali Adams, Kez Adams, Mike Milne, Chris Porter, Mark Wilde and Fergal Wright. Any support will be very welcome.

The away team will be travelling to the Woodley Sports Club in Stockport and will include Ray Atkinson and Darren Edgerley.

BURSCOUGH LEAGUE PRESIDENT’S DAY

On Saturday 31st July, we will be hosting the Burscough League President’s Day, with this year’s President being Chris Harding. The event starts at 12.00 pm and any help on the day with marking and measuring would be greatly appreciated. Also, any donations of raffle prizes will be very welcome.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Sunday 22nd August – The Last Chance Cup (12.00pm start) – random doubles with plate.

Saturday 25th September – The Floodlit Trophy (5.00pm start) – non-random doubles with the early stages played in a group format.

GREEN BOOKINGS

Saturday 31st July – Burscough League President’s Day – spectators welcome.