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Opticians bowl over club with support

Posted on Saturday 14th October 2017 at 11:45 pm by SH (Editor)

Photos of Julie Rafferty (Specsavers Bradley Stoke) with members of the bowls club.

Bradley Stoke Bowls Club (BSBC) has received £500-worth of sponsorship from three local Specsavers opticians stores – in Bradley Stoke, Filton and Cribbs Causeway. The money will mainly help pay for the continued development of different bowling opportunities for both new and experienced bowlers. The stores are also donating Specsavers mugs and umbrellas to help keep spectators warm and dry during tournaments.

Store director Ed Stanleigh said:

“We’re delighted to be supporting the Bradley Stoke Bowls Club for their 2017 season. They’ve been part of Bradley Stoke for seven years now, and we’ve been involved right from the beginning. It’s something that’s important to the local community, so we’re very happy to offer our continued support.”

Robert Bertram, chairman of Bradley Stoke Bowls Club, said:

“We’re very grateful to Specsavers for their ongoing support. Their sponsorship will help us with the development of bowls in the Bradley Stoke area and provide additional benefits for players and spectators to relax and enjoy the tournaments and friendly matches.”

The sponsoring Specsavers stores can be found at the Willow Brook Centre (Bradley Stoke), Church View (Filton) and The Mall (Cribbs Causeway).

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Bowls club charity day marks the Queen’s 90th

Posted on Wednesday 13th July 2016 at 11:19 pm by SH (Editor)

Charity Day at Bradley Stoke Bowls Club, on the weekend of The Queen's 90th birthday celebrations.

By Arthur Allen of  Bradley Stoke Bowls Club.

On Sunday 12th June, Bradley Stoke Bowls Club held their annual charity event, this year to support the local West of England MS Therapy Centre (MSTC), based in Wheatfield Drive.

With the event coinciding with the main weekend of the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations, many members chose to wear red, white and blue to mark the royal anniversary.

Graced by the presence of the town mayor, Cllr Elaine Hardwick, her husband Paul and granddaughter Honey, and supported by Emma Samson from the MSTC, events proceeded like clockwork.

Following coffee, and in spite of the damp weather, there followed a short bowling competition for about 50 participants, which was won by Bob Wilkins and Jan Preston.

Next on the bill was an excellent lunch, catered for by Steve Metcaffe (a member of Henleaze Bowling Club), during which the loyal toast was proposed by club president Bill Plank.

The afternoon programme of typical fun bowling games, got off to a good start with a lusty rendering of “Land of Hope and Glory”, led by the newly-formed Bradley Stoke Bowling Ladies Choir! A few kind words from the mayor, and a sunny-faced sky, spurred the members to attempt unusual bowling challenges, such as delivering woods with the unaccustomed hand. This potpourri contest was won by Denise Eland and Sanjay Somaroo. Winners of the spider challenge were Pauline Dent and John Slade.

To round off the day, a delicious cream tea was provided by Pauline Dent and Doreen Pope, spiced with some royal cerebral challenges concocted by quizmaster Brian Newman.

Throughout the day, funds were raised from a tombola, organized by Jean Overton, and a raffle, largely organized in absentia by Pat Wilkins. We thank all those companies in the area who donated generously to the raffle and tombola and all members who supported the day with their time, gifts of prizes and, most importantly, the giving of money to our chosen charity for this year.

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Bowls club AGM sees cheque presented to BRACE

Posted on Friday 30th October 2015 at 7:28 pm by SH (Editor)

Isobel Gelder, of dementia research charity BRACE,  receiving a cheque for £750 from Bradley Stoke Cricket Club captain George Eland.

The AGM of the Bradley Stoke Bowls Club was held at the Baileys Court Activity Centre on Thursday 22nd October, when some sixty members were welcomed by chair Steve Lee.

Prior to events, members stood in silence to respect the memory of Beryl Parsons.

The club captain, George Eland, then presented a cheque for £750 to Isobel Gelder, a representative from the charity BRACE (dedicated to supporting dementia research), who addressed the meeting with a brief outline of what BRACE does and its hopes and aspirations.

Mike Mundy, from the Bradley Stoke Cricket Club, then addressed the members about the 25th anniversary of the cricket club next year.

The secretary Sue Arnold reported, inter alia, that the committee had worked well together and had brought the club forward. Meeting monthly had ensured that all areas were looked at and issues resolved quickly, smoothly and efficiently. The club held a superb Captain’s Charity Day, thanks to all those who organised and ensured everything ran smoothly, yet again through the members generosity a large sum was raised for BRACE. The club website has photographs of that day and of the final weekend. Sue then expressed a big thank you to Mark Arnold for maintaining the website. The club hosted another City & County game, which had gone very well and had received very good feedback about the excellent state of the green.

Reports were received from all other office-bearers, including the treasurer reporting on a generally satisfactory year. The playing record in friendlies and leagues had been satisfactory. Particularly encouraging had been the involvement of new members, 17 of whom took part in a new Novices Cup competition.

This year, several key positions became vacant: viz chair Steve Lee, vice chair Mark Arnold, captain George Eland, competitions secretary Denise Eland, secretary Sue Arnold and raffle organizer Pat Wilkins – all retiring after staunch service to the club. The club president Bill Plank thanked them warmly on behalf of the club, stimulating  prolonged applause from the many members present.

New occupants were voted into most of these positions and some new ones created.

In addition to away days to Bridport and Sidmouth, a short tour  to Torquay is planned for 12th to 16th September 2016.

The next formal meeting of club members is scheduled for 17th March 2016.

Photo: Isobel Gelder, of BRACE, receives a cheque for £750 from cricket club captain George Eland.

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Local bowls club welcomes new members

Posted on Tuesday 24th March 2015 at 6:44 pm by SH (Editor)

A game in progress at Bradley Stoke Bowls Club, Baileys Court, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

A reminder that all members and prospective members of Bradley Stoke Bowls Club are invited to attend the Spring Meeting, to be held in the Orchard room at Baileys Court Activity Centre on Thursday (26th March) at 6.30 pm, when fixture lists will be available and new members welcomed.

George Eland, captain of Bradley Stoke Bowls Club, with wife Denise.

Club Captain George Eland (pictured right, with wife Denise) writes:

I joined Bradley Stoke Bowls Club five years ago, when I retired from my job at Airbus. It has been the perfect solution for me as to what I would do to fill some of my spare time.

I can honestly say that I have enjoyed myself, both in playing bowls and the wonderful family atmosphere found at the club, so much so that I took on the role as Club Captain for the season 2014. I have also been elected in that role for 2015.

Last season, the bowls club made great steps forward in winning the Bristol and District League, and the ladies section finishing runners up in their league, both teams winning promotion to the next level.

2015 promises to be a season to look forward to, with plenty of games to play and ‘away days’ planned for Budleigh Salterton and Reading.

Games are played in a friendly atmosphere at all levels, from beginners to more experienced player, with practice sessions for beginners on Tuesdays throughout the season.

Whether you are an interested beginner or a more experienced player, Bradley Stoke Bowls Club is a great place to play, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

For more information, contact George on 0117 979 0260.

This article originally appeared in the March 2015 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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