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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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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


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. 

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GREEN UPDATE 10th May 2024

Green Update  10th May

To The Hesketh Arms BC Committee and Members

I hope this update finds you all well and that you find them informative and useful in getting a understanding of what I am up to and why on the green.

Plenty of bowling has taken place since my last communication and from what I am hearing the green is playing well and we have had lots of positive praise from members and visitors alike. 

I have just returned from cutting the green and I feel its in a very good place. Grass species are good with a little bit of the nasty stuff (POA)still  about, I will attack this with the verticutter in the next 10 days. It had a feed 2 weeks ago with a magic mixture and the grass has responded well to it. Some of you may have noticed the green went black soon after I had sprayed it, this is down to the iron in the mixture and nothing to worry about, although I still have a little panic when I go back a day later and see it so dark….ill get use to it one day!!!

We had some tests done on the green yesterday (9th May) and the results are promising, the green is no longer hydrophobic (repels water) which is great news. The results did also flag up that the moisture is a little lower than ideal but nothing to worry about… yet!!!! I have some videos on my phone of the hydrophobic test taking place so if anyone would like to see it just ask me if you see me .

So, the bare areas….after a meeting with the committee is was agreed I would take some more drastic steps, I would imagine bowlers are avoiding the two areas so starting this weekend I will be doing a soil transfer.  This will involve me taking cores out and replacing it with fresh new soil and also seed, the area will be levelled off and a germination sheet placed over the pegged now flush to the ground.  I will remove the sheet for league matches but if it could stay in place for leisure bowling that would be a great help.

Once again thanks for reading, I will do another update in a couple of weeks which will focus on watering and bowling greens and dispel some myths about watering and green pace!

Happy Bowling

Thanks, Andy

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Congratulations to Brian Sutton on winning the Club’s Champion of Champions competition on Sunday, defeating Andy Draper 21-19 in a closely contested


Runner up Andy Draper

The trophy awarded for this was originally played for at the old Blowick Hotel Bowling Club, so represents an interesting piece of Southport’s bowling history. The players invited to take part in the “Blowick Cup” are winners of our club competitions and team merits from the previous season. Brian had qualified by winning the Last Chance Cup and the team merit for the Kestrels, whilst Andy had also double qualified by winning the Vice-Presidents Pairs and Championship Cup. 
Many thanks to everyone who supported this event, including those who came along to watch and helped out with marking and measuring. 
ROSE BOWLThe next club competition will take place this coming Sunday, 12th May, when we will be playing for the Rose Bowl. This is a singles handicap, open to all members of the club. There will be a plate competition for anyone who loses their first game, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to play two games. 
To enter, please register at the green by 11.45 am, to enable us to make the draw in time for a prompt 12 noon start. VICE-PRESIDENTS PAIRS TROPHYPlease note that the Vice-Presidents Pairs competition, due to be played on Saturday 18th May, has been postponed due to work being carried out at the club over the course of that weekend. This competition will be re-scheduled to be played in either August or September.


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 – Vice-President Pairs ; Floodlit Trophy ; Last Chance Cup

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The fourth staging of the Hesketh Arms’ Champion of Champions will take place this coming Sunday, 5th May. 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. Please register at the green by 11.45 am, for a 12.00 noon start.

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


Entries are now being taken for the LV League Pairs competition. Qualifying rounds will take place on Tuesday 14th May at various greens with a 6.30 pm start. The finals day is at Scarisbrick Bowling Club (Falkland Road) on Sunday 19th May, starting at 1.00 pm. There is an entry fee of £6.00 per pair and if you wish to enter, please let us know as soon as possible.


As he was unfortunately unable to attend the Club’s Awards Night in March, Jeff Brown was recently presented with his Club Member of the Year award for 2023 at the green by committee member and former President, Peter Smith.