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Aberdeen Bowling Club

Founded 1883

Update – 27 July 2023

Good evening

I hope this news update finds you well. With the lovey summer weather of late it has been great to see some of you at the green to enjoying a few ends of bowls.
The first rounds of our club competitions have now all been completed. Congratulations to those who have made it through to the next rounds. Please check the dates and make sure you organise games before the deadlines so that we can keep on schedule for subsequent rounds and finals.

As ever the bowling calendar has been exceptionally busy of late with the National Bowls Scotland at Ayr this week. Our district 4 finalists have done well at Ayr with several of our players reaching the finals.
The ladies had a very successful Florence Pirie Quaich day on 22 July. It was lovely that Alison was able to come along and present the trophy on behalf of her mother. Congratulations to the runners up this year – Doreen Adie and Moira Keay and the winners Susan Martin and Karen Cable. There was some great bowls played and we enjoyed our pies and beans at lunchtime.
The Friday Night Triples are now at a close with only the finals to be played in August. Unfortunately we did not make the finals this year but Aberdeen B did very well coming second to Polmuir in their section. The last game of the ADLBA league is on Tuesday – our ladies have played very well in the league. The last game of the Scott Pairs/Simpson Triples will be played on Monday. Good luck to all involved.
Our ladies are playing in in the KO Charity Triples and the Top Ten Triples this week so we wish them all the best in their games.
The gents continue to play some great bowls in their seniors league and are enjoying the experience of playing against different clubs.

We have our Saturday Friendly against Balgownie at Aberdeen tomorrow 29 July. We look forward to seeing our teams as follows:-

The Carlton Trophy is next weekend with the first round on Saturday 5 August and the finals on Sunday 6 August. We are still looking for members (especially gents) to sign up for this competition, which is always a great event. So far we have the following names – if you haven’t signed up yet please do as it is a great experience to join in competitions like this where it is all good fun and no pressure!

We have continued to engage with the wider community to promote our club. We have two groups hoping to use our facilities in the near future, so hopefully we will entice some new members to join our club. Please encourage any groups you know of that would enjoy a game of bowls and let us know so that we can arrange a fun event for them. It is always good to introduce people to the game and give them the opportunity to try bowls in a relaxed, friendly and fun setting.

We are looking for three teams for the Dunnottar Cup on Tuesday 15 August at 12.15 pm. We managed to reach the semi finals last year so hopefully we will manage to do one better this year. The sign up sheet is on the notice board at the club.

You will have noticed the beautiful fresh paintwork on the woodwork around the guttering and the lovely fresh paint on the back wall. We owe a huge thank you to Grant Cable for the painting of the clubhouse and to George Lawrence for the back wall. We really do appreciate the time, effort and hard work that go into the upkeep of our clubhouse and the grounds.

We have a Spot the Jack fund-raiser at the club – £1 per square. The winner will receive half the takings so please have a go. Remaining money will go into club funds. We will announce our 50/50 Club winners for July at the end of tomorrow’s friendly. Good luck!

It is with great sadness that I must inform you of the news that James (Jim) Bonner a former and much valued member of our Club has passed away. Jim joined our club in 1998. He was a great bowler and was very involved in all aspects of the club. Jim became President in 2002 and did a tremendous job in his role. He was a member of the match committee for many years. He cherished all the friendships he had with members of the club and bowled right up until COVID hit. Jim, his wife Maureen, his brother-in-law and sister –in-law were all members of the club and very much enjoyed the many functions and social occasions.
Jim’s funeral will be held at Hazlehead Crematorium East Chapel at 2.30pm on Thursday 3 August. Our thoughts are with Maureen and her family at this time. Family flowers only please.

Kind regards

President Karen
and the Committee of Aberdeen Bowling Club

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