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July News Letter

NEWSLETTER  – JULY 2022 

PRESIDENT’S DAY

The next club competition will take place on Sunday 10th July, when we will be playing for the President’s Cup. This will be a singles handicap with a plate competition for players losing in their first game.  

There will be cakes available to purchase on the day and any contributions of cakes would be appreciated. There will also be a raffle and donations of prizes for this will also be gratefully received. All proceeds will go towards club funds.   

Please note that this competition will start at the earlier time of 11.00 am, so please register at the green by 10.45 am so that we can make the draw in time for a prompt start. 

We hope that as many members as possible can attend this event in support of our new Club President, Peter Smith.  

CORONATION CUP UPDATE 

The Coronation Cup has been continuing and at the time of writing there is just one quarter-final game to be played. Details of the finals day for this competition will be posted as soon it has been arranged with the four semi-finalists.  

QUARTER-FINALS – TO BE PLAYED BY SATURDAY 9th JULY

Darren Edgerley 21, Noreen Lewis 8 

Chris Porter 21, Bill Bloor 15 

Mark Rowlinson 21, Roger Van Beever 7  

Jeff Brown (+4) v. Peter Smith (+4) 

Please inform Mike Milne (07752352065 / michaelmilne66@outlook.com) of the result when games have been played.  

SOUTHPORT FEDERATION

The Southport Federation team had an excellent win in their June fixture, winning 22 points to 10 against Eccles.  

The home leg was played at Scarisbrick NSC and Southport won 8-4, which included wins for Hesketh Arms’ players Fergal Wright (21-16) and Andy Draper (21-19). 

The away team travelled to Moorlands Sports and Social Club in Salford and won the aggregate there by a single chalk, with both teams having six winners. Of the Hesketh Arms players in the away side, there were wins for Kez Adams (21-20), Mark Wilde (21-9) and Darren Edgerley (21-14).  

The win takes the team up to third place and they will be looking to continue their good form in the July fixture when they take on Harrogate.  

LV LEAGUE INDIVIDUALS

The LV League is running a singles competition after the completion of the league fixtures. Qualifying rounds will be held on Tuesday 26th July, with the finals night taking place on Tuesday 2nd August. To enter, contact Brian Coleman briancoleman236@gmail.com or speak to your team captain. There will be an entry fee of £2.00 per player.  

BURSCOUGH LEAGUE COMPETITIONS

The Burscough League’s end-of-season competitions will take place on the following dates :- 

LEAGUE PAIRS

Qualifying Rounds – Friday 2nd September at 6.30 pm 

Finals Night – Friday 9th September at 6.30 pm 

The entry fee is £10.00 per pair, plus £1.00 greenage per visit. 

STEVE RIMMER MEMORIAL SINGLES

Qualifying Rounds – Friday 30th September at 6.30 pm 

Finals Night – Friday 7th October at 6.30 pm 

The entry fee is £5 per player, plus £1.00 greenage per visit. 

The closing date for entry into these competitions is Wednesday 17th August 

GREEN BOOKINGS

Please note that the green will be unavailable to members on the following dates due to private bookings :- 

Sunday 24th July  

Sunday 7th August 

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause 

FORTHCOMING CLUB COMPETITION DATES

Dates have now been set for the remaining club competitions and these are all listed below:- 

Sunday 17th July – Championship Cup – men’s singles, played off scratch – no plate (12.00 pm start). 

Saturday 30th July – Ladies’ Championship – singles handicap, with early stages being played in a group format. (12.00 pm start). 

Saturday 20th August – The Last Chance Cup – random pairs with plate, pairings to be drawn on the day (12.00 pm start). 

Sunday 28th August – Chairman’s Shield – non-random doubles – no plate (12.00 pm start). 

Saturday 24th September – Floodlit Trophy – non-random doubles – early stages to be played in a group format (5.00 pm start)  

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News Update

NEWS UPDATE
​CORONATION CUPThe Coronation Cup is now at the quarter-final stage, with one of these matches having already been played. Many thanks to all those participants who have arranged their fixtures in this competition promptly and helped it to run smoothly so far. Players are reminded that the deadline for playing the quarter-finals is SATURDAY 9th JULY. Once the four semi-finalists are known, a finals day will be arranged when both semi-finals and the final will be played. 
QUARTER-FINALS
Darren Edgerley 21, Noreen Lewis 8Bill Bloor (+2) v. Chris Porter (Scratch)Mark Rowlinson (+4) v. Roger Van Beever (+4)Jeff Brown (+4) v. Peter Smith (+4)​Please inform Mike Milne (07752352065 / michaelmilne66@outlook.com) of the result when the games have been played.
SOUTHPORT FEDERATIONThe Southport Federation team play their second National League match of the season this Sunday, 26th June,  when they take on Eccles in a Division 6 fixture. 
The home leg is being held at Scarisbrick NSC, starting at 2.00 pm. Andy Draper, Chris Porter and Fergal Wright from our club will be representing Southport at NSC. Hesketh Arms’ players selected to play in the away leg at Moorlands Sports and Social Club in Salford are Kez Adams, Darren Edgerley, Mike Milne and Mark Wilde. Spectators and markers for the game at Scarisbrick NSC will be very welcome. 
PRESIDENT’S CUP
Members are reminded that the next one-day club competition will be held on Sunday 10th July, when we will be playing for the President’s Cup. This will be a singles handicap with a plate competition for players losing their first game.


Please note that this competition will start at the earlier time of 11.00 am, so please register at the green by 10.45 am so that we can make the draw in time for a prompt start.

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June 2022 Newsletter

WORKING PARTY – THURSDAY  

Members are reminded that help is required at the green this coming Thursday, 9th June 10.00 am. This is to deal with the cuttings from the tree pruning, kindly undertaken by Roger Van Beever. Any assistance with this task would be greatly appreciated.  

PRESIDENT’S DAY 

The next club competition will take place on Sunday 10th July, when we will be playing for the President’s Cup. This will be a singles handicap with a plate competition for players losing in their first game.  

Please note that this competition will start at the earlier time of 11.00 am, so please register at the green by 10.45 am so that we can make the draw in time for a prompt start. 

CORONATION CUP UPDATE 

The Coronation Cup has continued to progress and the results of games played since the last update are as follows :- 

Noreen Lewis 21, Laurie Townson 18 

Chris Porter 21, Terry Corfield 12 

Peter Smith 21, Chris Lancaster 15 

2ND ROUND FIXTURES – TO BE PLAYED BY SUNDAY 12th JUNE 

Roger Van Beever (+4) v. John Hughes (+4) 

Jeff Brown (+4) v. Len Southworth (+2) 

QUARTER-FINAL FIXTURES – TO BE PLAYED BY SATURDAY 9th JULY 

Noreen Lewis (+6) v. Darren Edgerley (+4) 

Bill Bloor (+2) v. Chris Porter (Scratch) 

Mark Rowlinson (+4) v. Roger Van Beever (+4) OR John Hughes (+4) 

Jeff Brown (+4) OR Len Southworth (+2) v. Peter Smith (+4) 

Please inform Mike Milne (07752352065 / michaelmilne66@outlook.com) of the result when games have been played.  

LANCASHIRE COUNTY 

Congratulations to Vultures player Liam Gregson on being selected to play for Lancashire in their June BCGBA County Championship fixture against North Midlands. Liam played in the home leg, which was held at Bellingham Bowling Club in Wigan and won his game 21-13.  

SOUTHPORT FEDERATION 

Although the Southport team did not have a league fixture in May, they did take part in the deferred Champion of Champions event, held over from 2021, which they had qualified for by winning their division last season.  

They were placed in a group with Preston and Leeds, with the games being played at Tarleton Bowling Club. This competition is for teams of eight and Kez Adams, Andy Draper, Darren Edgerley, Chris Porter and Fergal Wright from the Hesketh Arms all took part. The first game against Preston resulted in a 6-2 defeat, despite a 21-18 win for Fergal. In the second game, against last season’s 1st Division Champions, Southport narrowly lost by 11 chalks against a strong Leeds side. Leeds went through to the final where they were defeated by just two chalks against South Lancashire.  

The team’s next league fixture will take place on Sunday 26th June, when they take on Eccles. Details of the team selection and venues will be posted nearer the time.  

GREEN BOOKINGS 

Please note that the green will be unavailable to members on the following dates due to private bookings :- 

Saturday 18th June  

Sunday 24th July  

Sunday 7th August 

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause 

FORTHCOMING COMPETITION DATES 

Sunday 17th July – Championship Cup – men’s singles, played off scratch – no plate (12.00pm start). 

Saturday 30th July – Ladies’ Championship – singles handicap, with early stages being played in a group format. (12.00 pm start). 

Dates for our remaining club and open competitions will be posted as soon as possible. 

In addition to the competitions already advertised, the Chairman’s ShieldFloodlit Trophy and Last Chance Cup will be held in August / September. 

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HELP REQUIRED

HELP REQUIRED.

If you have been to the green recently you will have noticed that some of the trees have been pruned, Thanks to Roger VanBeever for doing this.

WE NOW NEED TO DEAL WITH THE CUTTINGS

WE NEED YOUR HEKP ON THURSDAY 9th of JUNE FROM 10pm onwards to help Chip the cutting and spread around the surrounds.

PLEASE COME DOWN IF YOU CAN.

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Vice Presidents Pairs

VICE-PRESIDENTS PAIRS

There was a good turnout of 34 members for the Vice-Presidents Pairs at the weekend, which saw Kez Adams and Fergal Wright continue their good form to take the title. They had reached the semi-final with wins against Pat Lough and Roger Van Beever (21-6) and John Hughes and John McCabe (21-13). Their semi-final against Ali Adams and Steve McManus proved to be one of the games of the day as both pairs produced some high-quality bowling. In a close match, Kez and Fergal narrowly won through to the final with a 21-18 win.

In the bottom half of the draw, Andy Draper and Kevin Leddy reached the semi-final with wins against George Hitchmough and Peter Smith (21-5) and Mike Milne and John Unsworth (21-15). Their semi-final opponents were Debbie Barnes and Pat McArthur, who had two good wins to reach this stage. This was another close match with Andy and Kevin surviving a scare to win through 21-17. 

In the final, Andy and Kevin started strongly and a 3 at the second end helped them into an 8-3 lead. From here though, Kez and Fergal put a run together to win the next nine ends, including a four at the tenth end to take a commanding 18-8 lead. Although Andy and Kevin hit back with a 3 and two singles to narrow the gap to 13-18, three chalks in the next two ends saw Kez and Fergal claim victory.

Congratulations to all four finalists on excellent performances throughout the day. This was Kez’s second Hesketh competition win of the season, having won the Spring Pairs with Janice Hobson. For Fergal, it was also his second win of the season, having won the Club’s Champion of Champions event.

Many thanks to our Vice-President, John Unsworth, who presented the trophy and prize money to the successful players. 

Runners Up Kevin Leddy & Andy Draper

Semi Finalist Ali Adams & Steve McManus

Semi Finalist Debbie Barnes & Pat MacArthur

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News Update

VICE-PRESIDENTS PAIRS TROPHY

The next club competition will be the Vice-Presidents Pairs Trophy, which will take place this weekend on Sunday 29th May. This is a non-random doubles, so members can choose their own partner and enter as a pair. Please report to the green by 11.45 am for a 12 noon start. 

Please note that for our non-random doubles competitions, there will be no plate and there will be a maximum of four games on the green at any time. 

CORONATION CUP UPDATE

The Coronation Cup, which is being played throughout the season, has now reached the Second Round stage and results and fixtures are as follows : –

2nd Round Results

Darren Edgerley 21, Mike Milne 14

Bill Bloor 21, Dave White 9

Mark Rowlinson 21, Pat McArthur 20

2nd Round Fixtures – to be played by Sunday 12th June

Noreen Lewis (+6) v. Laurie Townson (+4)

Chris Porter (Scratch) v. Terry Corfield (+2)

Roger Van Beever (+4) v. John Hughes (+4)

Jeff Brown (+4) v. Len Southworth (+2)

Peter Smith (+4) v. Chris Lancaster (+4)

Please inform Mike Milne (07752352065 / michaelmilne66@outlook.com) of the result when games have been played. 

LV PAIRS – TUESDAY 31ST MAY

The finals of the LV League Pairs competition will be held at the Hesketh Arms next Tuesday, 31st May. Play starts at 6.30pm and spectators will be welcome for should be an entertaining evening of bowling. 

Any help with marking and measuring would be greatly appreciated. 

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Rose Bowl

ROSE BOWL

Congratulations to Darren Edgerley on winning the Rose Bowl, defeating Fergal Wright in a repeat of the Open Singles final played at the end of April. Darren reached the final with wins against Roger Van Beever (21-15), Peter Croston (21-14), Jeff Brown (21-18) and Keith Maiden (21-15). Keith had enjoyed a good run to the semi-final with excellent wins against John Townsend (21-17), Derek Wignall (21-14) and Janice Hobson (21-18). 


In the bottom half of the draw, Fergal reached the final with wins against Peter Smith (21-16), Mark Rowlinson (21-7) and in the semi-final, Andy Draper (21-17). It was Fergal who got off to the better start in the final, winning five of the first seven ends to lead 10-6, having had to concede a handicap of two chalks. Darren fought back to win the next five ends to lead 13-10 and although Fergal took the lead again at 15-13, Darren was able to win seven consecutive ends to win the final 21-15. This is the second time Darren has won the Rose Bowl, having previously done so in 2011.

Rose Bowl 2022 WINNER Darren Edgerley

Runner up Fergal Wright

Semi Finalists:-

Keith Maiden

Andy Draper


A plate competition was held for those losing in their first game and this was won by George Hitchmough, who narrowly overcame Dave White 15-14 in the final. 

WINNER Plate Competition George Hitchmough

Runner Up Plate Dave White

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May Newsletter

NEWSLETTER – MAY 2022

ROSE BOWL 

The next club competition will take place on Sunday 15th May, when we will be playing for the Rose Bowl. This is a singles handicap with a plate competition for players losing in their first game. 

Please register at the green by 11.45 am so that we can make the draw in time for a prompt 12.00 pm start. 

CORONATION CUP UPDATE 

The Coronation Cup has been progressing and results received since the last update are :- 

Noreen Lewis 21, Chris Harding 18 

Mike Milne 21, Alan Hatton 14 

Dave White 21, John Townsend 14 

Mark Rowlinson 21, Graham Meadow 19 

Due to illness and other issues, the deadline for playing 1st Round games was extended to Sunday 8th May. Games in the 2nd Round, now to be played by Sunday 12th June, are as follows :- 

Noreen Lewis (+6) v. Brian Sutton (+4) or Laurie Townson (+4) 

Mike Milne (+2) v. Darren Edgerley (+4) 

Dave White (+4) v. Bill Bloor (+2) 

Chris Porter (Scratch) or John McCabe (+4) v. Terry Corfield (+2) or John Unsworth (+4) 

Mark Rowlinson (+4) v. Pat McArthur (+2) 

Roger Van Beever (+4) v. John Hughes (+4) 

Jeff Brown (+4) v. Len Southworth (+2) 

Peter Smith (+4) v. Chris Lancaster (+4) 

Please inform Mike Milne (07752352065 / michaelmilne66@outlook.com) of the result when games have been played.  

SOUTHPORT FEDERATION 

The Southport Federation team started their season at the end of April when they took on Clwyd Dragons in Division 6 of the National League. 

The home leg was played at Hesketh Bank and the team had a good 7-5 win against a strong Clwyd team. Among the winners were Chris Porter (21-19) and, winning the sweep, Kez Adams (21-9). 

The away team travelled to North Wales, where they went down to a 9-3 defeat on the tricky green at Abergele Bowling Club. The three winners were kitty winner Darren Edgerley (21-9), Mark Wilde (21-10) and Chris Harding (21-16). 

The result over the two legs was a 20-12 win for Clwyd Dragons. The team’s next National League fixture will be in June when they take on Eccles. 

GREEN BOOKINGS 

Please note that the green will be unavailable to members on the following dates due to private bookings :- 

Saturday 18th June  

Sunday 24th July  

Sunday 7th August  

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause 

FORTHCOMING COMPETITION DATES 

Sunday 29th May – Vice-Presidents Pairs Trophy – non-random doubles, enter as a pair. No plate. (12.00 pm start).  

Sunday 10th July – President’s Cup – singles handicap, with plate (start time TBC) 

Sunday 17th July – Championship Cup – men’s singles, played off scratch – no plate (12.00pm start). 

Saturday 30th July – Ladies’ Championship – singles handicap, with early stages being played in a group format. (12.00 pm start). 

Dates for our remaining club and open competitions will be posted as soon as possible. 

In addition to the competitions already advertised, the Chairman’s ShieldFloodlit Trophy and Last Chance Cup will be held in August / September. 

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Blowick Cup Champion of Champions

CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS

The Club’s busy Bank Holiday weekend continued on Sunday when the second staging of our Champion of Champions took place. This is an invitational singles event for  members who won a club competition or team merit the previous season. The trophy played for is the “Blowick Cup”, previously played for at the old Blowick Hotel Bowling Club. 

Reigning champion Chris Porter was determined to retain the title and played well to reach the final with wins against Jim Halsall (21-20), Roger Van Beever (21-15) and Dave Bedford (21-11). His opponent in the final was the previous day’s Open Singles finalist, Fergal Wright, who had wins against Mike Milne (21-17), Phil Kitchen (21-12) and Peter Smith (21-17).

Chris started strongly in the final and scored three 2s in the first seven ends to open up an 8-2 lead. Chris kept the advantage and led 13-10 but Fergal kept chipping away with singles to lead 19-18. A double for Chris made him favourite at 20-19 but Fergal was able to count the two singles required to win an excellent final 21-20. 

WINNER Fergal Wright

Many thanks to this year’s new Club President, Peter Smith, who was on hand to present the trophy and prize money.

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OPEN SINGLES

OPEN SINGLES 2022Saturday saw a full field of 32 players competing for the Club’s 2022 Open Singles title, this year generously sponsored by the Birkdale Insurance Group and we thank them for their support. The increased prize money on offer attracted a good field, with some of the top bowlers in the area taking part.
Despite the quality of the opposition, the final turned out to be a battle between two of our own members, as Darren Edgerley took on Fergal Wright for the £200 first prize. In a close final, Darren came out on top, the final score being 21-17. Congratulations to both on excellent performances throughout the day.

WINNER 2022 DARREN EDGERLEY
RUNNER UP 2022 FERGAL WRIGHT


Many thanks to all those who supported the event on the day and helped out with marking and measuring. In particular, special thanks to Lynne Smith, Lynn Burrow and Sue Wignall for their work in providing refreshments.