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Summer News Letter


Many thanks to our President, Sue Davies, for all the work she put into the arrangements for President’s Day. The sale of refreshments on the day and the raffle raised a total of £154.65 which will to go towards club funds. Thank you to all those who supported the day in any way.

The fourth staging of the Challenge Shield friendly took place on Saturday when 16 members represented the Hesketh Arms in the game which took place this year at Emmanuel Bowling Club.

In a close game, the Hesketh Arms took the Shield for the third successive year with a narrow 8-7 victory. Many thanks to the members of Emmanuel Bowling Club for their hospitality on the day.

The home leg of the Southport Federation team’s last game of the season will take place this Sunday, 19th August when the local side take on rivals Ormskirk ‘A’ at the Hesketh Arms in a derby match. Representing the Hesketh Arms will be Chris Porter and Fergal Wright and the support of as many members as possible will be greatly appreciated.

The away leg of this fixture was played on Sunday at Aughton Town Green and was won 7-5 by Ormskirk ‘A’ with a 28 chalk advantage. Seven Hesketh Arms players were representing Southport and there were wins for Kez Adams (21-19), Mike Milne (21-12) and Mark Wilde (21-18).

The next club competition will be held on Saturday 8th September, when members will compete for the Championship Cup (men’s singles) and for the first time, the Ladies’ Championship. The competitions will run simultaneously with a joint plate competition for those who lose their first game.

Please register by 11.45am to allow for a prompt start at 12 noon.

Congratulations to the Vultures on winning the Burscough League’s 2nd Division Cup with a convincing 7-1 victory against Tarleton in the final played at Mawdesley Bowling Club.

This is the team’s third cup win since being formed at the beginning of last season, having also won the 3rd Division in 2017 and this season finishing runners-up in the 2nd Division. Well done to Chris Harding and all the team, who are pictured below after the trophy presentation.

Saturday 8th September Championship Cup
Mens’ Championship (Men’s singles handicap) 12 noon start
Ladies’ Championship (Ladies’ singles handicap) 12 noon start

Sunday 16th September Open Doubles – 10.00 am start

Sunday 23rd September Last Chance Cup (Doubles – pairings to be drawn on the day) 12 noon start

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Presidents Cup

Congratulations to Mark Rowlinson on winning the President’s Cup on Sunday, defeating Chris Harding 21-12 in the final.

Both players had played well all day, with Chris having overcome the holder Alex Rimmer 21-6 in the 1st Round, before defeating Mike Dunlop (21-13), Pat McArthur (21-18) and Tony Wakefield (21-12) to reach the final. Mark had also had a tough route to the final with wins against Brian Jones (21-10), Margaret Langley (21-15), Bill Bloor (21-10) and Graham Meadow (21-17). In the final, Mark continued his fine form with some excellent lead bowls to win the President’s Cup for the second time, having previously won it in 2013.

The President’s Day Plate was won by John Unsworth, with a 15-10 win over Irene Nowell in the final.

Many thanks to all those who attended Sunday’s competition, which attracted 35 competitors. Thanks also to those who helped on the day with the refreshments and the sale of raffle tickets. Also to those who donated prizes. The final figure will be announced in a newsletter to be sent out next week but around £150 was raised for club funds.

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August Newsletter



Members are reminded that the President’s Cup and President’s Day Plate will be played for this Sunday, 5th August. Please arrive by 11.45 am to allow for a prompt start at 12 noon.

It would be nice to see a good turnout to support Sue Davies in her first year as Club President.


This season, we will be holding an Open Doubles for the first time, with the winners receiving the Bernard O’Malley Honorary Vice-President’s Trophy. The competition will take place on Sunday 16th September, with available start times at 10.00 am11.00 am12 noon and 1.00 pm.

The entry fee is £10 per pair, with total prize money of £320.00, to be paid out as follows:-

Winners – £120.00 ; Runners-Up – £60.00 ;

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

Entries should be sent to Mike Milne, 20 Coudray Road, Southport PR9 9NL (07752352065 / ) or Chris Harding (07761733024)


Places are still available for the friendly fixture at Emmanuel Bowling Club on Saturday 11th August (1.00pm start). If interested, please add your name to the list in the Clubhouse or email Mike Milne at Refreshments will be provided after the game.


Congratulations to the Vultures on finishing runners-up in the 2nd Division of the Burscough and Lathom Men’s Bowling League, securing promotion to the top division in only their second season. Captained by Chris Harding, they finished just four points behind Croston Subs and won 12 out of their 14 league games.


Entries are being taken for the following league competitions and they are open to any player who has played in at least one Burscough League match this season :-

League Pairs –                       Qualifying Rounds – Friday 14th September at 6.30 pm

                                                Final Night – Friday 21st September at 6.30 pm

Steve Rimmer Singles –         Qualifying Rounds – Friday 28th September at 6.30 pm

                                                Final Night – Friday 5th October at 6.30 pm

The entry fees are £8 per pair and £4 per player in the singles, plus £1 greenage per person at each visit. If interested, please notify your captain and pass on the appropriate fee before Wednesday 22nd August.


Sunday 5th August                    President’s Cup (Singles handicap) 12 noon start

Saturday 11th August                Friendly at Emmanuel B.C.

Saturday 8th September            Championship Cup (Men’s singles handicap) 12 noon start

& Ladies’ Championship (Ladies’ singles handicap) 12 noon start

Sunday 16th September            Open Doubles (see above for details)

Sunday 23rd September            Last Chance Cup (Doubles – pairings to be drawn on the day) 12 noon start


Please note that the green will be unavailable to members on the following date due to a green booking.

Thursday 9th August – all day up until 5.30pm for a bowling party

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.