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Ladies Summer Named Pairs Competition

The Hesketh Arms Bowling Club are hosting a Ladies Summer Named Pairs Competition

on Thursday 22nd June 2023 starting @ 10.00 am.
Cost £6 per pair.

Please contact Debbie Barnes on 07977 629238 or by email

Please make cheques payable to Debbie Barnes and send to 80 Radnor Drive, Churchtown, PR9 9RS

or alternatively pay on the day.

Cash prizes for finalists and semi-finalists.

Tea, Coffee and freshly baked cakes will be available on the day.

The competition is open to all ladies who are members of clubs registered with the Southport and District Ladies Bowling League.

We look forward to welcoming you to play on our green.

Debbie Barnes

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The Club’s first one-day singles competition took place on Sunday and ended with an “all McManus” final. In the top half of the draw, Steve had reached the semi-final with wins against Jeff Brown (21-17), Barry McArthur (21-10) and Alex Rimmer (21-18). His semi-final opponent was Vultures team-mate Andy Draper and Steve just edged it 21-19.
In the bottom half of the draw Chris McManus reached the final with wins against Pauline Lea (21-8), Derek Wignall (21-19) and Peter Smith (21-15).

Chris started off well in the final, scoring three 2s in the first 8 ends to establish a 13-7 lead but Steve won eight out of the next twelve ends, including four 2s, to take the lead at 19-17. Although Chris counted one to close the gap to 18-19, Steve was able to win the the next two ends to win a close final 21-18. Congratulations to Steve on winning a Hesketh Arms’ club competition for the first time and to Chris on reaching the final. 

Runner Up Chris Mcmanus

A plate competition was held and this was won by Laurie Townson who had a 15-10 win in the final against Jeff Brown. 

Runner Up Jeff Brown

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LV Singles

Southport LV Bowls League

 Handicap Singles Competition

The Alan Burgess Trophy

The Quarter-finals saw Darren Edgerley see off the local player John Bardslery 21-11, Sue Davies produced the upset of the round taking out Danny Harding 21-7, John Ashcroft beat David Gibbons Jnr 21-10 and Alistair Adams outplayed David Gordon 21-9. 

In the Semi-finals Darren out stretched and out played Sue, running outy a 21-11 winner and in the other game, Alistair Adams had a battle on his hands. Both Alistair and John played some great bowls. with neither player really gettin on top of their opponent. This Semi-final could have gone either way but it was Alistair who shone through at the end to win 21-19. 

The final between Darren Edgerley and Alistair Adams, carried on where the early games started and produced some excellent bowling. Darren took the early lead at 6-1 and Alistair, despite playing some good bowls, struggled to get that lead back. When the score reached 10-6 Darren found another gear and some great bowls to dominate the rest of the final. Eventually running out as a 21-10 winner. It really was a great final to watch. 

Congratulations to Darren, a worthy Champion, and all the other last eight competitors for producing a great finals day.

Trophies and prizes were presented by League President John Jeff McMillan.

Trophies donated by League Secretary Gary Burgess.

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NEWS UPDATE April 2023



The next club competition at the Hesketh Arms will be held this Sunday, 23rd April, when we will be playing for the Rose Bowl. This is a singles handicap, with a plate competition for those players who lose their first game.  

Please register by 11.45am for a prompt 12.00 noon start. 


The Club’s Open Doubles competition will take place on Saturday 29th April, with the first session starting at 10.00am. 

The competition has a full entry, with bowlers coming from as far afield as Preston, Blackburn, Wigan, Liverpool, Wirral and Sheffield to take part. However, if anyone would like to go on the reserve list, please contact Mike Milne (07752352065) or Chris Harding (07761733024). 

Spectators will be welcome on the day for what should be an excellent day’s bowling. Help with marking and measuring would also be appreciated.  


The third staging of the Hesketh Arms’ Champion of Champions will be held on Sunday 30th April, starting at 12 noon. For this event all the club competition and merit winners from the previous season are invited to take part and the trophy presented to the winner is the “Blowick Cup”, which was previously played for at the old Blowick Hotel Bowling Club.   

The qualifiers for 2023 are as follows :-  

Ali Adams ; Kez Adams ; Debbie Barnes ; Dave Bedford ; Jeff Brown ;  

Terry Corfield ; Andy Draper ; Darren Edgerley ; Jim Halsall ;  

Janice Hobson ; Kevin Leddy ; Pat McArthur ; Mike Milne ;  

Peter Smith ; Laurie Townson ; Tony Wakefield ; Fergal Wright  

Spectators and help with marking and measuring on the day would be welcome.  


Players who have entered the Coronation Cup are reminded that games should be played by the dates shown below. When a game has been played, please notify Mike Milne (07752352065) of the result.

1st Round (to be played by 30th April) 

Chris Porter 21, Noreen Lewis 14

Chris Harding W/O

Mike Milne (+2) v. Alan Hatton (+6)

Peter Smith (+4) v. Mike Burrill (+6)

Laurie Townson (+4) v. Chris Lancaster (+4)

Jeff Brown 21, Gareth Taylor 8

2nd Round (to be played by 31st May) 

Bill Bloor (+4) v. John Townsend (+6)

Kez Adams (+2) v. John McCabe (+6)

Jason Chapman (+4) v. Len Southworth (+2)

Sue Davies (+4) v. George Hitchmough (+4)

Debbie Barnes (+4) v. Darren Edgerley (Scratch)


The Southport Federation team started their season off well with a 17-15 win against a strong Warrington side. In the home match, Southport won 8-4 and there were wins for Chris Porter (21-20), Fergal Wright (21-14) and Ali Adams with a convincing 21-7 victory, which was crucial in helping to win the overall match aggregate. The away leg took place at the Tetley’s Club in Warrington, where Southport had three winners, one of which was Mark Wilde with a score of 21-14.


Please note that the green will be unavailable for use by members on the following dates due to private events or competitions. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thursday 22nd June – all day until 6.00pm

Sunday 9th July – all day until 6.00pm

Sunday 6th August – all day until 6.00pm

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The first club competition of the season was played on Saturday in fine weather, when members competed for the Spring Pairs Trophy.

This is a random doubles and some strong pairings were drawn out. In the top half of the draw, Kez Adams and Sue Andersen were paired together and reached the final with wins against Sue Davies and Chris Harding (21-16), George Hitchmough and Pat McArthur (21-15) and in the semi-final, Debbie Barnes and Chris McManus (21-16).

Kez and Sue’s opponents in the final were Keith Maiden and Dave White and it was Kez and Sue who ran out comfortable 21-7 winners. Congratulations to Kez and Sue, who between them have won numerous pairs competitions at the Hesketh Arms. This was the fourth time in six years that Sue has won the Spring Pairs and Kez retained the title he won last season with Janice Hobson.


The Plate competition was won by Darren Edgerley and Jill Lloyd, with a 15-7 win in the final against Bill Bloor and Noreen Lewis.



The next club competition at the Hesketh Arms will be the Rose Bowl singles handicap with a plate competition for those players who lose their first game. This will be held on Sunday 23rd April.

Please register by 11.45am for a prompt 12.00 noon start.


The Southport Federation team start their 2023 season this Sunday 16th April when they take on Warrington in a National League Division 6 fixture.

The home leg is being played at Hesketh Bank Bowling Club and the Hesketh Arms will be represented by Ali Adams, Kez Adams, Chris Porter and Fergal Wright.

Hesketh Arms players selected to play away at the Tetley Club in Warrington are Darren Edgerley, Mike Milne and Mark Wilde.

The games start at 2.00pm and spectators will be very welcome.

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April Newsletter



The popular Tuesday and Friday Round Robins will continue in 2023.  Hosted by Peter and Lynne Smith, these sessions are an ideal way of meeting other members of the club. Bowlers of any standard, both experienced players and those new to the game, are very welcome to take part.

The first Round Robin of the season will take place on Tuesday 4th April. Please arrive for registration by 9.45am to enable a prompt 10.00am start.


Entries are now being taken for the Club’s Open Doubles competition. The Bernard O’Malley Vice-President’s Trophy will take place on Saturday 29th April

The fee is £10 per pair with starting times at 10.00 am, 10.45 am, 11.30 am and 12.15 pm. 

The competition is again being sponsored by the Birkdale Insurance Group and total prize money will be £540.00, paid out as follows :-

Winners – £200.00 ; Runners-Up – £100.00

Semi-Finalists – £60.00 ; Quarter-Finalists – £30.00

To enter please contact Chris Harding (07761733024) or Mike Milne (07752352065 / )

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


The first one-day club competition of the season will take place on Saturday 8th April, when we will be playing for the Spring Pairs Trophy. This will be a random doubles, with pairings being drawn on the day. Please register by 11.45 am for a 12.00 pm start.


Members are reminded that subscriptions should be paid as soon as possible. The rates for the 2023 season are as follows :-

Membership subscription – £30.00

Team Players’ subscription – £45.00

The basic membership subscription is £30.00. Members playing for one or more of our league teams pay an additional £15.00 i.e. £45.00 in total.

Payment can be made online directly to the Club’s bank account :

Sort Code : 30 97 88   Account Number : 01007849

If paying by bank transfer, please notify Mike Milne by text (07752352065) or email (

Alternatively, subscriptions can be sent to Mike Milne (Treasurer) at the following address :-

Mike Milne, 20 Coudray Road, Southport PR9 9NL


Sunday 23rd April – Rose Bowl – singles handicap with plate (12.00 pm start)

Sunday 30th April  Blowick Cup Champion of Champions – invitation singles (12.00 pm start)

Saturday 27th May – Vice-Presidents Trophy – non-random pairs – no plate (12.00 pm start)

Saturday 17th June – Ladies’ Championship – ladies’ singles (12.00 pm start)

Sunday 25th June – Championship Cup – men’s scratch singles, no plate (12.00 pm start)

Sunday 16th July – President’s Cup – singles handicap with plate (11.00 am start)

Sunday 30th July – Chairman’s Shield – non-random doubles – no plate (12.00 start)

TBC – Floodlit Trophy – non-random doubles

TBC – Last Chance Cup – random doubles with plate


Thanks to everyone who responded with suggestions.

The job has now been completed and we have 2 Electricians on file to contact for future requirements.


Congratulations to SUE DAVIES and DEBBIE BARNES on winning the Ladies Plate Doubles at the recent Blackpool Spring Bowls Festival.

The prize was presented by Brian Duncan Multiple Waterloo Champion of yesteryear.