Events for 2017
Dates For Members Diaries
Please note that events, dates, information etc are liable to change.
(Revised information will be provided as and when finalised)
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50th ANNIVERSARY DINNER DANCE
1st APRIL 2017
Distinguished guests joined members, partners and friends to celebrate a milestone in Auriol Bowling Club’s history – its 50th year. Amongst the guests at Kingswood Golf and Country Club on 1 April were the Mayor of Epsom and Ewell – and Auriol club member – George Crawford QPM, who entertained the audience, recounting memories of his youth and how his father introduced him to bowls, which he not only continues to play, but has incorporated friendly matches between Surrey clubs in support of his chosen charity Macmillan Cancer Support.
The Mayor also presented original founder member – and still active Auriol bowler – Lionel Sellers with a celebratory pennant in thanks for his long-time support of the club. In response, Lionel thanked the Mayor and the club, and gave an amusing off-the-cuff speech, highlighting the merger in 2011 of the hitherto separate men’s and ladies’ sections as perhaps the most significant improvement in the club’s history.
Shan Maylin, President of the Surrey County Women’s Bowling Association, spoke of the bowling accomplishments of past women members of Auriol, including Winnie Stevenson (formerly Say) who was a Surrey County champion, represented Surrey in County matches, and went on to play in international matches. Shan encouraged current members to use her example and aim high.
President of the Surrey County Bowling Association Derek Harvey congratulated the work of bowls clubs in the Surrey area, stating that 600 new members had been enlisted in the past year, and encouraged the club to keep up its recruitment efforts. He said that several clubs were now working with schools creating tournaments to encourage younger people into the sport, but urged the club to work hard on recruiting those aged 50-plus.
Guests then enjoyed the personal attention of Kingswood’s staff serving such dishes as crayfish Caesar salad, slow braised rump of lamb, and its signature dish, gala baked Alaska complete with fireworks as a table centrepiece.
A busy dance floor showed guests enjoying DJ entertainment until the late hours. Good fun was had by all, with many looking forward to the Centenary celebrations in 2067!
A really good crowd of around 50 members and guests enjoyed an excellent fish and chip supper on Saturday 12 August. The meal was provided by Freshfry, the top local 'chippie', to their usual high standards, and the accompanying strawberries & cream dessert was produced by the club's catering team.
Before the meal, though, there was the little matter of a Drive, with six teams each of four players competing over five round-robin rounds. When it was over, Team C, led by Rosemary Wilman, supported by John Williams, David Regan & Chris Ballard, emerged as top team.
Our thanks to the Catering Team, led by Shirley Tracey, and to the organisers of the Drive and of the overall day, led by Geoff Izzard.
BBQ and Fun Day
The combined BBQ and Fun Day which took place on Sunday 30 July (postponed from 11 June) was described by those who attended as "the best ever". In perfect weather - bright, dry and sunny but not too hot - the day kicked off with a series of 'fun' games, including only being allowed to bowl back-hand, or only left-handed. For some members, the differences it made from their normal play was almost imperceptible! Turning to the BBQ itself, for the first time in several years the catering and cooking was run entirely by club members, and the general verdict was that it "couldn't be faulted". Members lent their own BBQs, and a crack team of cooks, comprising Brian Gee, Chris Mead and Frank Grigor, produced a non-stop stream of expertly grilled meats to feed the 56 club members and their guests who came along to the event. Side dishes, salads and desserts were prepared and provided by the club's Catering Team, and the whole event benefitted from the guiding hands of Geoff Izzard, Doreen Weight and Dave Leamer. A healthy profit was made from the raffle, match fees and the lunch cost, which will help boost the club funds. On behalf of all the members, we pass on our heartfelt thanks to all those involved in organising and running this brilliantly successful event.
Torquay Bowls Trip
The annual tour to Torquay will take place this year from October 1st to October 6th. The package includes B&B plus evening meal, 2 hours bowling against local/touring clubs daily; however, some may just wish to relax after a busy outdoor season. There are still places available, so if you are interested please contact Vic Saunders for details on 0208 224 3661.
Purposeful Practice sessions are being held on Mondays from 4.00-5.00. More information from Chris Ballard.
On Saturday 2 September in Auriol Park, starting at 11.00.
On Sunday 3 September, starting at 10.30; Reserve Finals Day on Monday 4 September starting at 11.00.
On Saturday 23 September our annual presentation of trophies to the club competition champions and finalists took place at King Georges Field Indoor Bowling Club, where around 50 members enjoyed a 3-course meal prepared and served by Carolyn and her team from Love Your Greens, with live music provided by our very own James Rayne in his Swinging Sixties duo. A good time was had by all, and particular thanks for organising the event go to Chris Ballard, Shirley Tracey and Dave Rich. See Results for 2017 for details of club champions.
On Saturday 25 November starting at 10.30. See Notices nearer the date.
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