Volunteers keep old club afloat

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Alnwick Bowling Club

TWO volunteers stepped forward at the last minute to ensure the future of one of Alnwick’s oldest sports club.

Alnwick Bowling Club, 134 years old, could not attract any officials for the coming season when nominations were requested earlier in the season. But on the night, David Quean stepped forward and said he would be secretary and John Levy said he would take on the role of treasurer.

The positions of president and vice-president remain unfilled.

Retiring secretary Russ Dale told the meeting in his annual report: “During another busy season, the selection committees carried out their difficult task for which we should all be grateful.

“Next season, I will be on the selection committee and once again I would ask that at least one representative from each of our league teams makes time to help with the selection of their own teams.”

In league competitions ,the ladies finished third in the Collins and Shipley League, the men finished second in the North Northumberland League, were relegated to the Second Division of the Clegg League and finished sixth in the 9s League.

The club had another busy but successful year with friendly matches. Overall results: Played 19, won 15, lost four.Two matches were cancelled or rained off.

In the County competitions, congratulations went to L Cook and J Harper, who won the Ladies County Pairs. As usual, club competitions were very well supported and the results are as follows:

Ladies: Alder Cup, I France, Edie Dunn Cup, I France, Lillian Payne Salvers, S Dale and A Daley, Meyer Trophy, M Liddle.

Men: Duke’s Medal, GE Batey, Dick Brown Trophy, runner up to Dukes Medal, J Heron, Graham Cup, RW Turnbull, T Field Trophy, Runner up Graham Cup, G Mills, Willcox Cup, R Topping, Leath Cup, R Givens, Beatty Pairs, J Levy and G Turner.

Mixed: Lindsay Trophy, Y Turner, J Athey and G Turner, Helen Thompson Pairs, M Gardiner and D Miller, TE Hall Triples, D Topping, J Harper and R Topping, K Liddle Jumbles R Wilson, Friday Triples J Watt.

“Our Open Competitions received better support than in previous years and once again our thanks must go to those ladies who work in the kitchen during these competitions and who therefore have been unable to play themselves,” said Mr Dale.

“Special thanks also go to J Heron who provided sponsorship for two of our three Open Competitions, ensuring that the competitions were attractive to entrants from other clubs.”

He thanked all those members who undertook a lot of hard work during the year without which the club could not function.

Officials: Secretary, D Quean, treasurer, John Levy, bar chairman, D Quean, green ranger, G Turner, green keeper R Turnbull. Elected to the committee: B Ripley, V Shepherd, Radcliff, and D Wilkinson.