Honiton Bowls Club annual tour - a full report

PUBLISHED: 12:02 11 September 2017 | UPDATED: 12:02 11 September 2017

Honiton bowlers pictured at Bath during the club's annual tour

Honiton bowlers pictured at Bath during the club's annual tour


Thirty of our past, present and some future members packed their suitcases and bowls equipment to go on the club’s annual tour which this year saw us hit the M5 up to Cheltenham for our tour of the Cotswolds, writes David Tooley.

We based ourselves in the four-star Jury’s Inn at Cheltenham just down the road from GCHQ – the Government Communications Headquarters or ‘the doughnut’ as it is known locally!

We played in the centre of Cheltenham against Cheltenham Suffolk Square who beat us soundly by 159 shots to 69 with Honitons only winning rink being that of Barry Adlem, George Hutchinson, Di Hawkins and Ken Clarke After the game we returned to the hotel to lick our wounds and enjoy a drink and a great service from the restaurant staff for dinner which was a feature every night of our stay.

After a great breakfast we headed eastwards with a number of us calling in at Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold before heading up the Fosse Way to play at Moreton-in-Marsh where it was market day.

Here again we suffered defeat, but managed a deficit of just 26 and again winning on one rink by oneshot.

The players this time being David Tooley, Barry Adlem, Yvonne Williams and Brenda Harris who returned to join the tour from Sheffield where she now plays crown green.

Thanks must also go also to our band of cheerleaders, who, after buying multi-coloured fluffy dusters at the market came to spur us on and shock the locals by cheering and waving them through the game!

Wednesday saw us head to the north of the Cotswolds to Chipping Campden which is famous for the start of the Cotswolds Way which extends all the way to Bath, our next opponents and also the Cotswolds Olimpicks(sic) the forerunner of the modern Olympics and features such diverse events as shin kicking, morris dancing and piano smashing!

We managed to build on the previous day’s result by only losing this one by eight shots. We did enjoy success on two rinks, both by a margin of five shots. Well done, to Joyce Granger, Richard Bland, Ian McKenzie and Daphne Courtney and the other rink of Laraine Carless, June Lee, Tony Tooley and Ken Clarke.

Thursday was to see us pack our bags and start to make our way to play at Alexandra Park Bath on the journey back to East Devon.

The club is set high overlooking the whole of Bath in an old Victorian park with what must be the most stunning view from a bowls club.

After enjoying a welcoming buffet lunch on our arrival we managed to keep up our losing streak this time by 41 shots and again having one winning rink being Graham Adlem, Daphne Courtney, Tracy Lambert and Tony Williams.

To console ourselves, a team photo was arranged with the back drop of that stunning view of Bath before yet more hospitality provided by the club of a two-course roast beef meal before we made our way home. We certainly did not go hungry that day!

A thoroughly enjoyable tour despite the results and a whole heap of new friends made.

If you are interested in taking up a new hobby in a friendly, cozy environment, then come along to our Indoor open sessions being held in September. Look for our advert in this week’s Midweek Herald detailing times and contact details.

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