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News Update July 2024



Congratulations to Chrissie and Steve McManus on winning the Chairman’s Shield with a 15-8 win against Andy Draper and Alex Rimmer in the final. This competition was played using a group format, ensuring that everyone got a minimum of two or three games. The group runners-up were Debbie Barnes and Peter Croston and Jim Halsall and Brian Sutton. Well done to Chrissie in particular on winning her first Hesketh Arms’ club competition. 

Thank you to our Vice-President, Bill Bloor, who was on hand to present the prizes. 


A full compliment of 32 pairs entered our now annual Hesketh Arms Summer Pairs Competition for the members of clubs who are in the Southport and District Ladies’ Bowling League.

Thank you to team captain Debbie Barnes, who along with Noreen organised the registration, order of play and rallied the Buzzards team into tidying the green, baking cakes & contributing generously to the raffle 

We appreciated the support of the men who came, especially Brian Sutton for being Ernie the milkman!!! Also, Sue Davies for the extra support & new member Louise for arranging the sunny day.

Massive thanks to social members Shirley & Joyce who kept the tea flowing in the morning & Olive who once again exceeded our expectations selling raffle tickets

As to the bowling it was once again a challenging green & everyone was kept busy picking the bowls up out of the gully. Disappointingly due to long games we ran out of time to play to the final & it was agreed that all semi-finalists would share the prize money. We will re-think & would welcome suggestions for how we can speed up the games for next year, although it did not spoil anyone’s enjoyment as everyone complimented us on how well organised the event was & how much they enjoyed the day.

A big thank you to all who participated & supported  us on the day & once again – thanks to the Buzzard team for show casing the club to a high standard & working hard.


Ann Hall & Tess Newton

Paula Flaherty & Lynn Clinton

Elaine Johnston & Tina Walmsley

Debbie Herold & Carol Wilson

On behalf of the Committee :- 

Further to the report above, the Club Committee would like to thank Debbie, the Buzzards players and all the other volunteers who helped make the day of this competition such a great success. The proceeds of the day contributed a superb £250.00 towards club funds. Many thanks to all involved. 


This coming Sunday, 14th July, Southport take on Doncaster in their third National League fixture of the season. The home leg is being held at Scarisbrick NSC and Andy Draper, Chris Porter, Mark Wilde and Fergal Wright have all been selected to play. The away team will be travelling to Tickhill Bowling Club and the Hesketh Arms will be represented by Kez Adams, Darren Edgerley and Mike Milne. Both legs will start at 2.00 pm and spectators will be very welcome to come along and support the team in a match crucial to Southport’s chances of gaining promotion to the 4th Division. 


We were pleased to host the Churchtown Conservative Club’s annual pairs tournament last weekend. Several of our own members took part in the random-doubles competition. The runners-up were George Hitchmough and John Charman but the winners were Noel Morgans and Mick White. 


The next club competition will be the CORONATION CUP which will be held on Sunday 28th July. This will be a singles handicap and a plate competition will be organised for players losing their first game. To enter, please register at the green by 11.45 am for a prompt 12.00 noon start.

There are still a few club competitions yet to be played and dates for these will be notified as soon as they are available. 

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The Pub and car park will be closed from Monday the 8th of July until Monday the 5th of August.

Access to the Hesketh Arms Bowling club will only be available from the services gate on Botanic Road during this closure.

Please be aware that parking may be limited close to the green.

The gate will be locked with a combination lock. (Code Same a Clubhouse Door KEYSAFE)

 Please ensure the gate is locked when

leaving the green.

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The President’s Cup was held last weekend and was won by Steve McManus in a close final against Peter Croston. There were never more than two or three chalks in the match and although it was Peter who led out at 19 across, Steve was able to claim a double to win the game 21-19. The losing semi-finalists were Laurie Townson and John Unsworth. 

WINNER Steve mcManus
Runner Up Peter Croston

The plate was won by Darren Edgerley with a 15-10 win against Mark Rowlinson in the final.

Plate winner Darren Edgerley
Plate Runner Mark Rowlinson

Our President for 2024, John Unsworth, presented the prizes at the end of the afternoon and many thanks to John for providing cakes.
CHAIRMAN’S SHIELDThe next club competition will be the

 Chairman’s Shield, which will take place this Sunday, 7th July, starting at 12.00 noon.

 To enter, please register at the green by 11.45 am.

This competition is a non-random pairs in which you can choose your own partner. Pairings will be handicapped by their combined individual handicaps being added together and being divided by two. 


Members are reminded that the green will be unavailable on Saturday 6th July, as the green has been booked by Churchtown Conservative Club for their annual B.J.P. O’Malley President’s Trophy. Anyone who is a member of the Conservative Club is encouraged to support this event. Further details can be obtained from the Conservative Club.