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April 2024 Newsletter


The first club competition of the season was held on Sunday and despite the windy and showery conditions, 26 members took part in the Spring Pairs. This is a random doubles, with pairings drawn on the day.

In the top half of the draw, Pauline Duncan and Jim Halsall progressed to the semi-finals with wins against Laurie Townson and Darren Vincent (21-16) and Peter Smith and Sue Wignall (21-18). Their opponents in the semi-final were the strongly fancied pair of Sue Davies and Steve McManus, who had reached the last four with two convincing wins. However, it was Pauline and Jim who got to the final with a comfortable 21-9 victory.

The bottom half the draw saw Noel Morgans paired with new member Kevin Wilcox and they reached the final with wins against Dave Bedford and Chrissie McManus (21-16) and in a closely fought semi-final, Mike Milne and Gareth Taylor (21-19).

The final seemed to be going the way of Noel and Kevin, as they led 13-9 and 15-11 but Pauline and Jim had a winning run of 6 ends to take the lead at 19-15 and although they were pegged back to 19-17, they were able to score the two singles required to win 21-19. Congratulations to Pauline on her first competition win at the Hesketh Arms. This was Jim’s fourth pairs win at the Hesketh, having previously won the Spring Pairs in 2020. Well done also to Noel and Kevin on reaching the final.

Runners Up Noel Morgans & Kevin Wilcox
Semi Finalists Steve McManus & Sue Davies

A plate competition was organised for pairs losing their first game and this was won by Chris Harding and Derek Wignall, with a win against Janice Hobson and Kevin Leddy in the final.

Plate Winners Chris Harding & Derek Wignall
Plate Runners Up Kevin Leddy & Janice Hobson

The presentations were made by our new Vice-President, Bill Bloor.

Many thanks to all those who supported this competition. We look forward to another good turnout when we stage the Rose Bowl singles handicap on Sunday 12th May. To enter, please register at the green on the day by 11.45 am for a 12 noon start.


Having gained promotion to Division 5 of the National League for 2024, Southport play their first fixture on Sunday 14th April, when they take on Heywood.

The home leg is being played at Tarleton Bowling Club and the Hesketh Arms will be represented by Kez Adams, Andy Draper and Chris Porter. Travelling to play in the away leg at Hopwood Rec in Heywood will be Darren Edgerley, Mike Milne and Fergal Wright.

The match starts at 2.00pm and spectators will be very welcome.

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The first internal club competition of the season will take place on Sunday 7th April, when we will be playing for the Spring Pairs. This will be a random doubles, with pairings drawn on the day and there will be a plate competition for pairs losing their first game.

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


The fourth staging of the Hesketh Arms’ Champion of Champions will take place on Sunday 5th May, starting at 12 noon. For this event, all the club competition and merit winners from the previous season are invited to take part.

The qualifiers for 2024 are as follows :-

Kez Adams – Spring Pairs ; Floodlit Trophy

Sue Andersen – Spring Pairs

Dave Bedford – Last Chance Cup

Bill Bloor – Falcons Merit ; Merlins Merit ; Hawks Merit

Andy Draper – Vice-Presidents Trophy ; Championship Cup

Darren Edgerley – President’s Cup ; Floodlit Trophy ; Coronation Cup ; Owls Merit ; Vultures Merit

Jim Halsall – Eagles Merit ; Kites Merit ; Ospreys Merit

Alan Hatton – Chairman’s Shield ; Sparrowhawks Merit

John Hughes – Hobbies Merit

Noreen Lewis – Ladies’ Championship ; Buzzards Merit

Steve McManus – Rose Bowl

Graham Meadow – Chairman’s Shield

Mike Milne – Blowick Cup

Brian Sutton – Last Chance Cup ; Kestrels Merit

Fergal Wright – Vice-Presidents Trophy


Sunday 12th May – Rose Bowl – a singles handicap, with a plate event for players losing their first game.

Saturday 18th May – Vice-Presidents Pairs Trophy – this will be a non-random doubles, with no plate.

Saturday 15th June – Ladies’ Championship – ladies’ singles – early stages to be played in a group format.

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 – Floodlit Trophy and Last Chance Cup


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 27th 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.