Sidmouth bowlers enjoy two days of sunshine, fun and plenty of exceptional bowling

PUBLISHED: 08:41 09 September 2020 | UPDATED: 08:41 09 September 2020

Sidmouth Bowls Club members at the club's Fun Day. Picture; CAROL SMITH

Sidmouth Bowls Club members at the club's Fun Day. Picture; CAROL SMITH

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Sidmouth Bowls Club’s two Fun Days certainly proved to be just that – lots of fun being had by all, writes Carol Smith.

Sidmouth Bowls Club members Carol and David enjoying their picnic. Picture: CAROL SMITHSidmouth Bowls Club members Carol and David enjoying their picnic. Picture: CAROL SMITH

Each of the two days had over 30 bowlers taking part and, although the weather forecast suggested otherwise, Friday’s action was blessed with plenty of glorious sunshine.

What’s more, in keeping with the superb weather, the atmosphere was wonderful – a real mix of laughter, great humour, plenty of banter – oh yes, and some jolly fine bowling too!

On Friday, it was the three-wood pairs, round-robin competition.

The format for this particular event was to play six ends against one pair then to move on to play against another pair, and so on, until five sessions had been completed.

Sidmouth Bowls Club members John and Anita enjoying their picnic. CAROL SMITHSidmouth Bowls Club members John and Anita enjoying their picnic. CAROL SMITH

After three sessions, everyone stopped for their picnic lunch.

Kevin was on the bar, taking orders from the front door, which we all thank him for.

There were not many spectators, a sad refection on these troubled times amidst the Coronavirus pandemic.

However, we did have a visit from one particular ‘feathered’ friend, though, on this occasion – when isn’t it – the young seagull was clearly far mor interested in our picnic than the quality of the bowling.

Sidmouth Bowls Club Fun Day Saturday winners Allan Davis, Janet Thompson and Chris Ward. CAROL SMITHSidmouth Bowls Club Fun Day Saturday winners Allan Davis, Janet Thompson and Chris Ward. CAROL SMITH

After lunch, two more sessions were played then the scores were totted up to determine the winners.

So, very well done, to Liz Boyle and Ray Tallent who took the honours with a great score of 20 points.

Saturday continued on the same ‘round-robin’ theme, but this time it was a two-wood triples game.

Once again, we enjoyed a right royal mix of good weather, laughter and some exceptional bowling.

Ann checking Phil's measuring at the Sidmouth Bowls Club Fun day. Picture; CAROL SMITHAnn checking Phil's measuring at the Sidmouth Bowls Club Fun day. Picture; CAROL SMITH

This time we did draw a good number of spectators – and yes, that seagull was back to try again!

Though he clearly soon realised there was no chance of being fed and so eventually flew off.

Back to the bowling, and this time, when the scores were all totted up, the winning one was an incredible score of 39!

Take a bow, Allan Davis, Janet Thomson and Chris Ward – that was a highly impressive return.

Sidmouth Bowls Club Fun Day Friday winners Liz Boyle and Ray Tallent. Picture; CAROL SMITHSidmouth Bowls Club Fun Day Friday winners Liz Boyle and Ray Tallent. Picture; CAROL SMITH

Well done, to all those who participated and a very special round of thanks to John Mason and David Timms who organised it all.

Setting up and running such events really is not easy and takes some doing in these difficult pandemic times we are all experiencing.

Jill and Ann enjoying their picnic at the Fun Day. Picture: CAROL SMITHJill and Ann enjoying their picnic at the Fun Day. Picture: CAROL SMITH

Elaine checking David's measuringat the Sidmouth Bowls Club Fun Day. Picture; CAROL SMITHElaine checking David's measuringat the Sidmouth Bowls Club Fun Day. Picture; CAROL SMITH


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