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Augusts News Update



Sunday 6th August – Championship Cup (Singles Handicap, 12 noon start)

Saturday 12th August – Friendly v Emmanuel Bowling Club (see below for details)

Saturday 19th August – Chairman’s Shield (Pairs to be drawn on the day, 12 noon start)


A friendly match against Emmanuel Bowling Club will take place on Saturday 12th August at the Hesketh Arms green, with refreshments at the Churchtown Conservative Club at the end of the game. The match will start at 1.00pm and anyone interested in taking part should contact Mike Milne (07752352065 / or add their name to the list which is available at the bowling club.


The Southport Federation team completed their 2017 National League fixtures with the July match being against neighbouring Preston.

The home leg took place at Ainsdale Bowling Club and resulted in a 7-5 win. Among the winners for the home side were Mark Wilde and Fergal Wright, who won 21-10 and 21-19 respectively.

The away leg was held on the tricky Lostock Hall Conservative Club green and the Southport team were beaten 9-3. Alistair and Kez Adams, Chris Harding, Mike Milne and Jon Roberts from the Hesketh Arms were all selected to represent Southport at Lostock Hall.

The Southport team has enjoyed a much-improved season, winning all four home games and two overall aggregates. They now await the results of the last round of fixtures in August which will determine the final league placings.


Congratulations to Fergal Wright on winning the LV League’s Individual event, held at Fleetwood Hesketh on the 11th July. On a great night for Hesketh Eagles players, Fergal narrowly defeated Ray Atkinson in the final. Ray had previously overcome John Hughes at the semi-final stage. Nearly 100 players took part in this prestigious event and to have three of our members in the semi-finals was an impressive achievement.


The Hesketh Arms was again strongly represented at the finals night of the LV Pairs competition. Mark Wilde, partnering John Greenwood from Mere Brow, overcame Chris Harding and Mike Milne 21-14 in the final to claim the title. Well done to all the Hesketh Arms players who qualified for the last sixteen of this event.


Congratulations to our new Burscough League team, the Hesketh Vultures, on winning the 3rdDivision championship. Captained by Chris Harding, they have enjoyed an outstanding season, winning all 14 of their league games. This team has attracted several new members to the club and it has been good to see them taking part in the Club’s weekend competitions.


Please note that the green will unavailable for members on the following date due to a private booking :-

Sunday 13th August – 11.00am – 5.00pm (approx.)

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Presidents Day 2017 & Photos

President’s Day 2017
Sunday saw the Club hold it’s 5th annual President’s Day when 29 members competed for the President’s Cup. Sadly, John Stennett, our 2017 President recently passed away but this year’s President’s Day was held as a tribute to John, who had done so much for the Club, much of it behind the scenes. It was pleasing that Sheila Stennett was able to attend to draw the raffle and mark cards. We feel sure that John would be pleased to see the Club continue to be go from strength to strength as he had been instrumental in helping the Club to progress over the last ten years.
The competition itself saw some excellent bowling with Alex Rimmer continuing the form that saw him win the Spring Pairs earlier in the season. He overcame John Catherall (21-6), Peter Smith (21-17) and Richard Rawcliffe (21-16) to reach the semi-final, where his opponent was one of the tournament favourites, Mark Wilde. Mark had beaten fellow Eagle, Mark Rowlinson in the last eight but wasn’t able to overcome Alex, who progressed to the final with a 21-12 win.
In the final, Alex faced two time Coronation Cup winner, Brian Jones. Brian had won three close games to reach the final, his opponents being Jason Chapman (21-17), Chris Harding (21-16) and Dave Bedford (21-16). It was Alex who started off strongly in the final, however, counting four 2s in the first seven ends to establish a 12-5 lead. This lead proved decisive as Brian was unable to significantly close the gap as Alex ran out a 21-11 winner. Congratulations to Alex Rimmer on winning his first Hesketh Arms singles title, having previously been runner-up in this event in 2013.

The plate competition for first round losers was won by Bill Bloor, who defeated Sue Davies 15-9 in the final.

Many thanks to George Hitchmough and his helpers for organising the refreshments and a raffle and to all those who donated cakes and raffle prizes. The sale of refreshments and the raffle resulted in net proceeds of £212.68, which included a donation left to us by John Stennett. Finally, a big thank you to Sheila Stennett for supporting the day in memory of John, who was such a loyal supporter of crown green bowls in Churchtown and is sadly missed by all his bowling friends.


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Vice Presidents Trophy & Prersidents Cup

The Club’s next competition will be the President’s Cup, which will take place this Sunday, 9th July, starting at 12 noon. Please register by 11.45am to ensure that a prompt start can be made.
We hope that as many members as possible will support this event, making it a fitting tribute to our late President, John Stennett.
We will have a Raffle on the day and the donation of any prizes would be welcomed.
Tea and Cakes will be available as refreshments.
All monies raised will go to our club.

Congratulations to Margaret James and Ray Sutton, who came through a field of 18 pairs to win the Vice-Presidents Pairs Trophy on Saturday. This was Margaret’s first tournament win at the Hesketh Arms and Ray’s first since winning the Chairman’s Shield with Margaret Langley in 2013.
Margaret and Ray faced some tough opponents in reaching the final, starting with a close 21-17 victory against Wayne Graham and Steve Lomas in their first game. The 2nd round saw them record a surprisingly comfortable 21-7 win against the fancied pair of Dave Bedford and Alex Rimmer, both former winners of pairs titles at the Hesketh. This was followed by one of the games of day against semi-final opponents Jason Chapman and Chris Harding. At 19-11 to Jason and Chris, it looked as though Margaret and Ray were on their way out of the competition but a 3 at the 18th end, followed by six singles took Margaret and Ray into a 20-19. A single for Jason and Chris made the score all but across but it was Margaret and Ray who won the final end to take them into the final.
Margaret and Ray’s opponents in the final were John Hughes and Pat MacArthur, who had overcome Jim Halsall and Barry McArthur (21-14), Terry Corfield and Joe Parker (21-10), Jeff Brown and Pat Jones (21-16) and in the semi-final, Ken Rimmer and Mavis Thompson (21-13).
In the final, Margaret and Ray were quick to seize the initiative, winning seven out of the first nine ends to establish a commanding 16-7 lead. Although John and Pat rallied to close the gap to 13-17, Margaret and Ray scored a crucial 3 at the 14th end to go within one chalk of victory which they were able to secure at the next end.
A plate competition was held and was won by Kez Adams and Steve Lomas with a 15-6 win against Bill Bloor and Alan Bond in the final.