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News Update July 2024

NEWS UPDATE

CHAIRMAN’S SHIELD

Congratulations to Chrissie and Steve McManus on winning the Chairman’s Shield with a 15-8 win against Andy Draper and Alex Rimmer in the final. This competition was played using a group format, ensuring that everyone got a minimum of two or three games. The group runners-up were Debbie Barnes and Peter Croston and Jim Halsall and Brian Sutton. Well done to Chrissie in particular on winning her first Hesketh Arms’ club competition. 

Thank you to our Vice-President, Bill Bloor, who was on hand to present the prizes. 

LADIES’ DOUBLES

A full compliment of 32 pairs entered our now annual Hesketh Arms Summer Pairs Competition for the members of clubs who are in the Southport and District Ladies’ Bowling League.

Thank you to team captain Debbie Barnes, who along with Noreen organised the registration, order of play and rallied the Buzzards team into tidying the green, baking cakes & contributing generously to the raffle 

We appreciated the support of the men who came, especially Brian Sutton for being Ernie the milkman!!! Also, Sue Davies for the extra support & new member Louise for arranging the sunny day.

Massive thanks to social members Shirley & Joyce who kept the tea flowing in the morning & Olive who once again exceeded our expectations selling raffle tickets

As to the bowling it was once again a challenging green & everyone was kept busy picking the bowls up out of the gully. Disappointingly due to long games we ran out of time to play to the final & it was agreed that all semi-finalists would share the prize money. We will re-think & would welcome suggestions for how we can speed up the games for next year, although it did not spoil anyone’s enjoyment as everyone complimented us on how well organised the event was & how much they enjoyed the day.

A big thank you to all who participated & supported  us on the day & once again – thanks to the Buzzard team for show casing the club to a high standard & working hard.

Semi-Finalists

Ann Hall & Tess Newton

Paula Flaherty & Lynn Clinton

Elaine Johnston & Tina Walmsley

Debbie Herold & Carol Wilson

On behalf of the Committee :- 

Further to the report above, the Club Committee would like to thank Debbie, the Buzzards players and all the other volunteers who helped make the day of this competition such a great success. The proceeds of the day contributed a superb £250.00 towards club funds. Many thanks to all involved. 

SOUTHPORT FEDERATION

This coming Sunday, 14th July, Southport take on Doncaster in their third National League fixture of the season. The home leg is being held at Scarisbrick NSC and Andy Draper, Chris Porter, Mark Wilde and Fergal Wright have all been selected to play. The away team will be travelling to Tickhill Bowling Club and the Hesketh Arms will be represented by Kez Adams, Darren Edgerley and Mike Milne. Both legs will start at 2.00 pm and spectators will be very welcome to come along and support the team in a match crucial to Southport’s chances of gaining promotion to the 4th Division. 

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

We were pleased to host the Churchtown Conservative Club’s annual pairs tournament last weekend. Several of our own members took part in the random-doubles competition. The runners-up were George Hitchmough and John Charman but the winners were Noel Morgans and Mick White. 

CLUB COMPETITIONS

The next club competition will be the CORONATION CUP which will be held on Sunday 28th July. This will be a singles handicap and a plate competition will be organised for players losing their first game. To enter, please register at the green by 11.45 am for a prompt 12.00 noon start.

There are still a few club competitions yet to be played and dates for these will be notified as soon as they are available. 

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CLOSURE OF THE HESKETH ARMS PUB AND CAR PARK

CLOSURE OF THE HESKETH ARMS PUB AND CAR PARK

The Pub and car park will be closed from Monday the 8th of July until Monday the 5th of August.

Access to the Hesketh Arms Bowling club will only be available from the services gate on Botanic Road during this closure.

Please be aware that parking may be limited close to the green.

The gate will be locked with a combination lock. (Code Same a Clubhouse Door KEYSAFE)

 Please ensure the gate is locked when

leaving the green.

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JULY NEWSLETTER

JULY NEWSLETTERPRESIDENT’S CUP

The President’s Cup was held last weekend and was won by Steve McManus in a close final against Peter Croston. There were never more than two or three chalks in the match and although it was Peter who led out at 19 across, Steve was able to claim a double to win the game 21-19. The losing semi-finalists were Laurie Townson and John Unsworth. 

WINNER Steve mcManus
Runner Up Peter Croston


The plate was won by Darren Edgerley with a 15-10 win against Mark Rowlinson in the final.

Plate winner Darren Edgerley
Plate Runner Mark Rowlinson


Our President for 2024, John Unsworth, presented the prizes at the end of the afternoon and many thanks to John for providing cakes.
CHAIRMAN’S SHIELDThe next club competition will be the

 Chairman’s Shield, which will take place this Sunday, 7th July, starting at 12.00 noon.

 To enter, please register at the green by 11.45 am.

This competition is a non-random pairs in which you can choose your own partner. Pairings will be handicapped by their combined individual handicaps being added together and being divided by two. 


GREEN BOOKING

Members are reminded that the green will be unavailable on Saturday 6th July, as the green has been booked by Churchtown Conservative Club for their annual B.J.P. O’Malley President’s Trophy. Anyone who is a member of the Conservative Club is encouraged to support this event. Further details can be obtained from the Conservative Club. 

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CHAMPIONSHIP CUP

CHAMPIONSHIP CUPCongratulations to Andy Draper on retaining the Championship Cup, winning the title against Steve McManus in a high quality final. 
Andy and Steve had reached the final by overcoming Bill Bloor and Chris Harding respectively in the semi-finals. Steve started strongly in the final and appeared to be the favourite when leading 12-7 and playing well. At this point, however, Andy won five ends to take the lead at 14-12 and although Steve drew level at 15 across, Andy continued to play some excellent bowls to take the match 21-17.

Winner Andy Draper
Runner Up Steve McManus
S Finalist Chris Harding
S Finalist Bill Bloor


The next club competition will be this coming Sunday, 30th June, when we will be playing for the President’s Cup. There will be a plate competition for players losing their first game

.PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS COMPETITON WILL START AT THE EARLIER TIME OF 11.00 AM – TO ENTER, PLEASE REGISTER AT THE GREEN BY 10.45 AM

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NEWS UPDATE

NEWS UPDATE

LADIES’ CHAMPIONSHIP – POSTPONED

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LADIES’ CHAMPIONSHIP, SCHEDULED FOR THIS COMING SATURDAY, HAS REGRETTABLY HAD TO BE POSTPONED. THIS IS DUE TO THE DATE CLASHING WITH HOLIDAYS AND OTHER EVENTS. WE WILL TRY AND FIND A NEW DATE FOR THIS COMPETITION LATER IN THE SEASON AND APOLOGISE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED.

CHAMPIONSHIP CUP – MEN’S SINGLES

The next club competition will take place on Sunday, 23rd June, when we will play for the Championship Cup. This is a men’s singles, played off scratch with no plate.

To enter, please register at the green by 11.45 am, in time for a prompt 12 noon start. 

SOUTHPORT FEDERATION

The Southport Federation team played their latest National League fixture on Sunday, when they took on Menai. Despite narrowly losing the home leg at Hesketh Bank, they won the overall match 19-13, the first time they have beaten their Welsh rivals. The winners at Hesketh Bank included Kez Adams and Chris Porter, both winning their games 21-15. The away travelled to Llanfairpwllgwyngyll on Anglesey and came away with an impressive 8 winners, which included Andy Draper (21-13) and Mike Milne (21-12).

The next Federation match will take place in July, when Southport take on Doncaster. Further details of the venue and team selections will be notified nearer the time.

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NEWSLETTER – JUNE 2024

NEWSLETTER – JUNE 2024

SOUTHPORT LV LEAGUE PRESIDENT’S DAY

Saturday saw the Club hosting the Southport LV League President’s Day and congratulations go to Steve McManus who won the competition, defeating Mike Whiteley from Tarleton Bowling Club in the final.

Many thanks to the Committee of the Hesketh Arms Bowling Club for their help and support in hosting the event and to our greenkeeper Andy Bate for preparing an excellent playing surface.

Thanks also to Lynne Smith who served tea and coffee during the day and to all those who helped with marking cards and measuring.

A special thank you must go to the Committee of the Churchtown Conservative Club for allowing us to use their facilities and especially to Eric Morris and Alan and Jill Lloyd for their work on the day.

Finally, well done to Gary Burgess, Emma Burgess and Mark Eustace on another well run and successful event.

SOUTHPORT LV LEAGUE PAIRS

Well done to Darren Edgerley and Steve McManus on reaching the final of the LV Pairs competition, losing out to Danny Harding and Chris Willan on finals day, which was held at Scarisbrick Bowling Club.

SOUTHPORT FEDERATION

Southport’s next National League fixture will take place this coming Sunday, 9th June when they take on Menai. The home leg is being held at Hesketh Bank Bowling Club and the Hesketh Arms will be represented by Kez Adams, Darren Edgerley, Chris Porter and Fergal Wright. Andy Draper and Mike Milne have been selected to play in the away leg. Play will start at 2.00 pm and spectators will be very welcome.

CLUB COMPETITIONS

The next internal competition will be the Ladies’ Championship, which will take place on Saturday 15th June, starting at 12.00 pmTo enter, please register at the green by 11.45 am.

Dates for further club competitions are as follows :-

Sunday 23rd June – Championship Cup – men’s singles, played of scratch with no plate.

Sunday 30th June – President’s Cup – singles handicap with plate.

Sunday 7th July – Chairman’s Shield – non-random doubles with no plate.

Sunday 28th July – Coronation Cup – singles handicap with plate.

To be confirmed – Vice-Presidents Pairs ; Floodlit Trophy ; Last Chance 

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Our Ladies team “Hesketh Buzzards”

Our Ladies team “Hesketh Buzzards” are hosting a Pairs Competition for Lady bowlers from the Southport Ladies League.

The event will take place on Thursday the 20th of June, commencing 10.30am.

The team are looking for volunteers to assist with serving Tea, Coffee and Cakes,

If you can assist please contract Debbie Barnes or Noreen Lewis

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SOUTHPORT LV LEAGUE PRESIDENT’S DAY – SATURDAY 1st JUNE

On Saturday 1st June, the Club will be hosting the LV League President’s Day for 2024. The green will therefore be unavailable for members’ use until early evening.

The event will commence at 10.00 am and the competition will feature representatives from each club in the LV League. Spectators will be very welcome to come along and watch what should be an entertaining day of bowling. 

It would be appreciated if any of our members could help on the day with marking cards and measuring. There will also be a raffle and any donations of prizes would be gratefully received. 

Many thanks,

Mike Milne 

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Rose Bowl 2024

ROSE BOWLThe Club’s first internal singles competition of the season took place on Sunday and was won by Steve McManus, retaining the title he won last year.
Steve reached the final with comfortable wins against Peter Smith (21-14), Peter Croston (21-8) and Mark Rowlinson (21-12). His opponent in the final was Vultures team mate Mark Wilde, who had reached this stage by overcoming Alan Hatton (21-12), John Townsend (21-20) and in the semi-final, Kez Adams (21-15). As a previous winner, Steve had to concede a handicap of two but got off to a flying start in the final, winning the first seven ends to lead 10-4. Although Mark fought back with three twos in six ends, Steve was able to maintain his lead, eventually winning 21-13. Congratulations to both finalists on producing some excellent bowling throughout the competition. 

Winner 2024 Steve McManus
Runner Up Mark Wilde


A Plate competition was held and this was won by Alan Hatton, with a 15-9 win in the final against Peter Smith. 

Plate Winer Alan Hatton
Runner Up Plate Pete Smith


IMPORTANT NOTICE

Members are reminded that the Vice-Presidents Pairs, scheduled for this coming Saturday, has been postponed due to work being carried out at the Club. A new date will be arranged for later in the season.