Latest Club News........
The Management Committee met this morning to discuss our approach to returning to Bowling in light of further Guidance received from the Sports Governing Bodies. It has been decided that we should hold a limited Green Opening on 24 April commencing at 13:00. This will be in the form of a roll up rather than club competition and will only be available to a limited number of attendees. Members will shortly receive an email with more details around participation and booking.
Now that we have received more details from the Federation League management committee (see below) it is clear that opportunities to bowl in the Leagues will be somewhat limited this season, therefore it has been proposed that we open up a booking system for Roll-ups
to ensure that anyone who wants to play, can, within the restrictions as they stand. 2 hour slots will be available from 12:00 to 18:00 week days and from 10:00 to 20:00 at weekends and can be booked by calling Jean Hayden. It is also proposed to run a Ladder competition throughout the season on the same basis as the one that was run last summer. This will be administered by Iain Selby. More details on both of the above will be sent out by email shortly.
We intend to run Club Competitions this year and entry forms will be available soon and urge all players to enter.
We can also confirm that, Regulations allowing, the Trip to Cromer on 7 August and the Club Tour in late September will still go ahead.
As noted above, it has been advised by the EBF management committee that all league competitions this year will be for 3 rinks of triples only and will be on a "Friendly" basis. i.e No Prizes, Trophies, Promotion or Relegation. The competitions will commence the week beginning May 17 with all fixtures prior to that date being cancelled.
The Bowls England fixtures have already been adjusted to take start date into account. However, we are still waiting for advices as to any change in Match format
Finally from now, please note that dates on the Diary are to be considered advisory and may well be subject to alteration or cancellation at short notice. We will however make every effort to ensure that any changes are notified by email as well as on this website as promptly as possible.
As the Covid situation changes, the Club Committee are constantly reviewing the guidance issued by the Government and Bowls governing bodies. In this regard the Committee will be meeting on 11 April to discuss our approach to returning to Bowls. More news (especially relating to the Green Opening Weekend) will follow after that meeting.
What we can advise at the moment is that the friendly fixtures planned for April 21 and 22 have been cancelled as has the May 16 Open Tournament.
Please keep checking the website which will be updated as soon as new information is received.
Diary and Committee Dates added.
It is with extreme sadness that we have to inform you that Diane Roper has sadly passed away after a short illness.
Diane was not only an excellent bowler but she had a wonderful personality.
Diane and her late husband John joined Sproughton from John Players and soon became good committed members.
supporting all club events.
Diane will be sadly missed and our thoughts and wishes go to the family.
Sadly, we also record the passing of Steve Long and John Barnet who both joined us for the 2020 season following the closure of the Suffolk Police B.C. Regrettably neither Steve or John had the opportunity to represent their new club, however they will be missed by all who knew them.
A belated Happy New Year to all. Hopefully 2021 will be kinder to us all than 2020 was !
Now that Christmas and the New Year are out of the way, and vaccinations proceeding apace our thoughts are turning to the possibility of getting out onto the hallowed greens again. Club Secretary Richard has been hard at work in his home office getting all the registrations and entries in place and we are now in a position to publish the fixture lists for the 2021 season. Obviously things are still not settled but your Committee are doing everything they can to ensure that we are ready to open the Club and start bowling as soon as it is safe to do so. More news will follow in due course, but for now all league fixtures (apart from the BE Mens Triples) can be found on the relevant tabs above.
We hope to see you all again soon ............................
First of all I hope everyone is keeping safe and well in these difficult times.
I'd also like to apologise for the lack of updates on this website, but the change to working from home has not been an easy one.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to guess that the summer was, to all intents, a write off as far as competitive bowls was concerned. However, thanks to Iain Selby and Jean Hayden Sproughton Bowlers were able to compete in a ladder competition. come 21 singles and 11 pairs competed (gently in most cases!) across the few weeks that we were able to bowl. The Play-offs were held on the weekend of 19/20 September with Alan Simmons, in the singles, and Peter Emsden/Alfie Orvis, in the pairs, taking the spoils. Grateful thanks to Iain and Jean for organising and the Greens Team for providing a great surface for all.
There has been a lot of work going on in the background to keep the Club running and no doubt most have seen the regular emails circulated by Richard Gee. Many thanks to Richard for keeping us all informed. More news will follow regarding plans for the coming 2021 season, lets hope we are all able to get back onto the green in the Spring.
Finally, from the Committee and everyone at the Club we wish bowlers everywhere, a Happy and Safe Christmas.
As most will no doubt be aware, both Bowls England and English Bowls Federation have decided to cancel all competitions for the whole of 2020. While Ray and the Greens team will do the minimum required to keep the green in good condition, sadly the Club will be Closed for the foreseeable future.
We will keep everyone informed of developments but in the meantime Please stay Safe.
Last few fixtures added - all now complete.
Indoor News - After an Epic battle Joy Mackie's intrepid indoor team have won ! Despite their best efforts Sproughton's team of outdoor bowlers discovered their touch and subjected Mid-Suffolk to an 84 shots to 81 defeat. Next up is Sole Bay IBC on 22 February at 14:30.
We've now got the majority of Fixtures in and these have been updated. Just Friday's mixed 4's to come.
Welcome to 2020 !
Our next indoor friendly is at Sudbury on 11 January following which is the game at Mid-Suffolk on 1 February at 14:00.
Please note that the Diary has now been updated with a few changes.
After a quiet couple of months the outdoor game is back into focus and fixture lists are starting to be put together starting with the Mens BE Triples which can be found on the Wednesday Tab. More to follow in due course.
We hope everyone enjoyed the Dinner and Dance - Thanks to Bramford Golf Center, JimBob and especially Jean Hayden for making it such a successful evening.
Our next indoor friendly is at Sudbury on 11 January and will be followed by a meal at the Polstead Brewers Arms.
Finally President Joy Mackie, Chairman David Taylor and the Committee wish all members and friends of Sproughton Bolws Club a very Happy, Healthy and Safe 2020 and may all of your woods finish close to the Jack !
Don't forget our first Indoor friendly is at Ipswich & District, Rushmere Road on Saturday 16 November at 14:00
Also coming up................... THE Dinner & Dance at Bramford Golf Center on Saturday November 23
Notes from the AGM:
Both John Thompson and David Biggs have retired from the Committee - Many thanks to both for their Years of Service to the Club. They are replaced by Jenni King and Paul Taylor.
No increase in Annual membership or Match Fees.
Club Finances Healthy.
New Organisers required for Sunday Tournaments.
The Club League entries will remain unchaqnged from 2019.
Cup Competition entries will also remain unchanged apart from Samford Cup where, due to to problems cuased by playing matches on a Friday, only 1 team will be entered.
Mrs Laws was given Life Membership in recognition of her contribution to the Club and County Bowls over many Year. Congratulation June.
Due to lack of Entries it was agreed that the Tuesday Pairs Tournaments would be discontinued.
Final's Day was a great success with a great turn-out of Club Members both playing and Spectating. As a bonus the promised bad weather held off until the very end of the afternoon.
After some very close matches the Trophy Winners were as follows:
Mens 2 Wood Bill Damant
Ladies 2 Wood Jenni King
Senior Citizens John Thompson
Ladies B.E Julie Spice
Mens B.E Erik Wicko
4 Wood Handicap Erik Wicko
4 Wood EBF Julie Spice
In addition 14 sets competed for the Finals Day Drawn Pairs trophy which was won by Mick Jones and Geoff Spice who overcame Peter Emsden and Bill Damant in the Final. (see Gallery)
Don't forget Finals Day on Sunday 22 September. The Fun will all start at 10:00 with the first round of the Drawn Pairs Please make sure you are at the green at 09:30 (Club Shirts and Whites to be worn by ALL competitors).
The Finals schedule is as follows:
Mens 2 Wood Albert Southgate v Bill Damant
Ladies 2 Wood Joy Mackie v Jenni King
Senior Citizens John Thompson v Ken Laws
Ladies B.E Julie Spice v Anne Jones
Mens B.E David Taylor v Erik Wicko
4 Wood Handicap David Biggs v Erik Wicko
4 Wood EBF Julie Spice v Ken Laws
Despite putting up a spirited fight our B.E Mixed Triples team could not overcome the might of Felixstowe and Suffolk in the play-off Final at Roundwood. Still, it has been a great season for the team.
On a brighter note Julie Spice continued a successful season by winning the Suffolk County B.E Over 55's competition earlier this month.
There are still a few tickets left for the Dinner and Dance on 23 November. If you have expressed an interest please make sure you confirm your requirements with Jean Hayden by the end of Finals Day when any remaining tickets will be released for Members Guests.
There are also still places available for next years Tour to the Isle of Wight from 4th to 12 September. Contact Jean Hayden for more details and to book your place.
This Year's closing drive will be on 29 September starting at 14:00. Please add your name to the list in the Clubhouse or contact Anne Jones if you haven't already entered.
Finally for now: Joy Mackie has booked the first 3 of our Winter Indoor Friendlies. Lists will be in the clubhouse for anyone wishing to take part. They are:
16 November at 14:00 v Ipswich and District
1 December at 14:15 v Colchester (followed by 2 course Roast Dinner)
11 January at 14:30 v Sudbury (Followed by Dinner at the Brewers Arms Polstead)
*****More Great News*****
Sproughton's BE Mixed Triples team led by Julie Spice have reached the play-off finals following a nail biting match against Hadleigh at Marlborough B.C.
After a close fought game it all came down to the last wood on the last end of the last rink to finish when Paul Taylor needed 2 shots to force an extra end shoot out, or 3 to win. The Umpire was called to a very close measure and eventually ruled in favour of a 3 for Sproughton giving us a win by 1 shot overall. Commiserations go to Hadleigh who put up a brave fight in a match that was a great advert for Bowls - competitive but friendly in equal measure.
The Final will be played at Roundwood BC on 31 August starting at 14:00. Once again - all supporters welcome.
Congratulations to Paul Taylor's Federation 2 wood Triples side who have completed a great season by winning Division B. The team won their last 4 matches to take the title by 1.5 points from Kirton.
Congratulations also go to Julie Spice's BE mixed Triples side who won their Division having lost only one match all season. They now play Hadleigh in the play-off Semi Final at Marlborough Bowls Club on Sunday 18 August at 14:00. All support would be welcome.
Well done to Joy Mackie's team who braved gale force winds to overcome Cromer in this year's summer away day. 37 players and guests travelled to Sherringham for a leisurely stroll around this quaint seaside town before moving on to Cromer for our match against 6 rinks of fours. Sproughton took some time to get to grips with the conditions being ahead on only 2 rink 'half time'. Obviously the break did us good as by the end we had turned things round and won 5 rinks to 1 and by over 30 shots. Thanks to Joy for organising and Cromer for their excellent hospitality.
36 club members took part in a drawn pairs tournament for the Presidents Cup, The weather was great and after 3 games of 10 ends, the final was held between Doreen Smith and Ray Ruffles against Kate Sarginson and Stephen Page. After a hard fought game, the eventual winners were Doreen and Ray, but thanks must also go to Kate and Stephen who put up a good fight. The Presidents Cup was presented to Doreen and Ray by Mick Jones.
During the afternoon, Mr.John Hammond, Ambassador for St Elizabeth Hospice attended and after a short speech outlining the role of the many aspects of the Hospice and Staff, and in particular how the hospice relies heavily on donations to maintain its work, because very little help comes from government.The cheque for £870 was then handed over to John from Mick this being the sum raised on Charity Day. Mick then informed the members and their families that an additional £700 of sponsorship was to be forwarded to the Hospice from Gallaghers Insurance (Kates employers) who had agreed to match upto £700 the monies raised on Charity Day. This brings the total monies for the Hospice to a magnificent £1570, which is brilliant. Thanks must go to Kate for applying for this.
Following the presentations, members and families then partook in a great buffet prepared by Ann, Jill, Tania and Teresa.Thanks must also go to June for organising the raffle.
Finally thanks to all members and families who came and made the day a success. (see Gallery)
Well done to Julie, Averill, Deidre and Joy who put up a good show before falling to Lincolnshire at Leamington Spa in the National Fours Finals. Better luck next year ! (see Gallery, with thanks to Mike Ling)
2019 Club Competition Draw updated
Sunday June 30 saw the Club Drawn Pairs played for by 16 sets. The competitors were split over 2 groups and played 3 matches of ten ends each following which the top pair from each group, Julie Spice and Denyse Palmer from Group 1 and Doreen Smith and Di Roper from Group 2, played the final. After 10 ends the Cup was won by Doreen Smith and Di Roper. The Trophy was presented by President Mick Jones (see Gallery)
Posters are now up in the Club House with details of the end of season Dinner and Dance. Menus and Booking Forms are also on the notice board. Numbers are limited so please return to Jean Hayden as soon as possible to avoid disappointed.
News from the latest Committee Meeting - Draw for the Club Competitions is now on the notice board. Would all players please ensure that games are played by the date given - Trip to Cromer is confirmed for 10 August. Details will be confirmed in due course - President Mick Jones would like to thank all Club Members for their support on Charity Day which realised around £ 850 - Posters giving details of the Annual Dinner Dance will be on the notice boards from Sunday 30 June. Numbers are limited so make sure you reserve your tickets as soon as possible - Congratulations to the Club's BE Ladies 4's squad of Julie Spice, Averill Kirkman, Deidre Ruffles, Joy Mackie and Anne Jones who have reached the County Finals and as a result will represent Suffolk at the National Finals in Leamington Spa in early August.
Well done to the Senior Cup team for their victory last weekend, the next round is against Marlborough (away) on Friday 24 May, all support would be welcome.
If you are at a loose end on Saturday 25 May, come down to Sproughton and watch some high level bowls. We are hosting the County 2 wood singles competition starting at 09:30. Teas and Coffee's will be available all day and the bar will be open from around 11:00.
There will also be Norton Cup action on Sunday 26 May against Margaret Catchpole with one set at home and one away starting at 14:00. All support would be appreciated.
On a cold and blustery, but thankfully dry, afternoon we hosted Bramford in the Annual Peter Taylor Cup match. Played over 6 rinks of 2 wood triples Sproughton wrestled the cup away from Bramford in a close fought tussle which up until the last 2 or 3 ends could have gone either way. Sproughton won on 4 rinks (2 of them by just one shot), drew on 1 and lost on 1 to take the match by 21 shots. As ever the game was played in a friendly but competitive spirit. The Cup was presented to Club Captain June Laws by Bramford President Peter Dodds (see Gallery).
A couple of reminders from the Committee meeting this morning:
1) There is still time to enter the Club Competitions - please get your forms and entry fees to Anne Jones as soon as possible.
2) Don't forget, the Club runs open tournaments on several Sundays and Tuesdays during the Season. The Tuesday Pairs start at 13:00 on 21 May, 25 June, 23 July, 6 August and 10 September, are open to bowlers from all Clubs and could benefit from more entries. Come along and give it a go ! Please let Roy Collett, Julie Spic@ or any Committee member know if you would like to enter. Or email for more details.
3) The coach for the match at Cromer on 10 August has now been booked and Joy Mackie is now looking for a suitable venue to stop for a meal on the way back. If you would like to join the trip and/or can recommend a suitable Pub please contact Joy as soon as possible.
Despite the weather taking a turn for the worse Sproughton's intrepid bowlers took to the green on Sunday to contest the Club Blocks competition. Played in 2 groups of 3 10 end games for Drawn Triples, the top teams from each Group played the final again over 10 ends. The Team of Geoff Spice, Iain Selby and Averill Kirkman lifted the trophy after a close fought game against Julie Spice, Joy Mackie and Ken Laws/Mike Snell. The Trophy was presented by President Mick Jones (photo in Gallery). Thanks to Colin Wright for organising and score keeping.
At the AGM it was agreed by all present that we would enter the same leagues as 2018 despite concerns that playing numbers were reduced. Captains made it clear that in order for this to work everyone must commit to playing the maximum number of games possible. Now that the league season is just about to begin it is imperative that everyone makes themselves available for all games. Please make every effort to do so.
At last, we are able to get out on the green and get rid of some of that winter rust ! As can be expected at this time of year, The Green opening and Sheila Herring Competition saw pretty much all 4 seasons in a matter of hours ! 40 intrepid bowlers plus several less hardy souls gathered to witness President Mick Jones open the green in bright sunshine, which once the snow/sleet/hail had stopped was followed by 3 games of 8 ends to determine the destination of the first silverware of the year. With the green running very well for the time of year the competition was won, for the second year running, by Mike Austin with Deidre Ruffles and Mike Snell sharing Runners Up spot. Photo's added in 2019 Gallery
Team sheets are already appearing on the notice boards for the start of the league season, so please take some time to let your Captains know of your availability.
Great night last night at the pre season Social. Many thanks to David and Claire Taylor for laying on a superb buffet and Anne Jones for the quiz.
Don't forget , our next social Evening is on Friday 29 March. There will be a buffet (2.00 per head) and a raffle (please bring a prize) as well as a quiz.
We have decided to run another taster session for prospective new Bowlers on Sunday 28 April from 10:00 to 12:00 (before Club Blocks) please bring your friends. No special equipment required just some flat shoes.
Our away day friendly this year will be Away at Cromer Bowls Club. Your Committee are in the process of planning a full days outing. More details to follow.
All League Fixtures are now up to date.
20 January 2019
Welcome back to the land of Sproughton Bowls Club and apologies for the lack of news over the last 3 months or so. Family commitments and laptop issues have both conspired against the smooth running of the website. Hopefully we are now back on track to keep everyone up to date with what's happening in and around our Club.
As a starter, the Diary dates have been updated with what we know at the moment for the coming year, keep a look out for additions and amendments as we get more plans in place.
We also now have a full and (hopefully correct) set of BE fixtures for 2019 and these have now been added. EBF fixtures will be added when they are published.
As we are sure most of you know (or could have guessed) Finals Day morning was one of the wettest we have had for some weeks and the decision was taken to abandon the day and play the finals during the course of the following week. Congratulations to Erik Wicko, Roy Collett, Julie Spice, Jenny King and David Taylor who were all victorious during the week. Full results are updated on the Competitions tab. Unfortunately this means that the Finals Day Pairs competition was also cancelled.
There are still some tickets left for the Dinner and Dance on Saturday 17 November at the Bramford Golf Centre. Please speak to Jean or Julie to book your place. Full Details and menu choices are under Dates & Events or by clicking on this link
Don't forget the AGM on Tuesday October 23 at 19:00. This is your Club and the chance to have input into how it runs.
We are now getting to the sharp end of the season with just 2 events to be completed before greens are put to bed for the winter.
On Sunday 16 September Ray Ruffles' Mens EBA squad take on IBC in the Semi-Final of the County Millennium Trophy. The match starts at 10:00 at Ipswich and District BC (Rushmere Road). All support would be welcome.No matter what the outcome, stay on and watch the Final which will follow at 14:00.
Don't forget Finals Day and Green Closing on Sunday 23 September - come along, there will be be plenty of great Bowls to watch.
The Congratulations bit !
Firstly - To Anne Jones and her EBF Triples team who have been promoted for the second year running and will now play in A Division
next season. Well Done all.
Secondly - To John Tyler and his "Stan Wright" squad who have repeated last year's Final victory, this time over Hadleigh by 80 shots to 60 to retain the Cup. A brilliant result at Marlborough Bowls Club - well done to the whole squad - a fitting sign off for John and Lesley who are taking some time away from Bowls to travel.
Still more great news from Sproughton !
Ray Ruffles Millenneum Trophy team finally played their quarter final match at Hadleigh. After many attempts to arrange the game and then for the last effort to be called off due to the rain Sproughton pulled off an amazing 3 -2 victory. In a match watched by a large crowd of supporters from both Clubs, and in the gathering darkness, the result was finally decided by the last wood of the last end of the last game, when the Hadleigh Skip failed to dislodge the shot wood of Paul Taylor and Michael Austin. The Semi-Final and Final will both be played on September16. Well done all !
Well done also to President June Laws who's Presidents day raised some £ 1,400 for Help for Heroes. The Pairs Competition for the Presidents Cup was won by Di Roper and Julie Spice who beat David Taylor and Lesley Tyler in a keenly contested Final. Many thanks to all who participated in the day, especially to all those who helped make it such a success.
More great news for Sproughton !
Ken Lucas' Samford Reds who overcame Kesgrave Blues 86 shots to 84 to reach the Semi-Final of the Samford Knock Out Cup.
John Tyler's Stan Wright squad who beat Margaret Catchpole 90 shots to 63 to reach the Final for the second year running.
Watch this space for dates, times and venues for the above games.
Rink of the Week for this week once again comes from the Sproughton Reds team, this time it was Steven Page, Avril Kirkman and Evelyn Lucas who scoop the honours with a 37 shots to 4 victory at Norbridge. A truly remarkable scoreline.
Now that the Editor's holiday season is at an end we'll try to catch up on all the news from the last 4 weeks beginning with County Competition Success for Julie Spice who is 2018 BE 4 wood Singles Champion and now goes on the represent Suffolk in the National Finals at Leamington Spa on 9/10 August. Julie also reached the BE Mixed Pairs Semi Final with Adrian Beacroft and the EBF 2 wood Final but was forced to withdraw from the latter due to a clash of times with the former which the EBF Competition organisers refused to assist in resolving.
In the Club County Competitions John Tylers Stan Wright Cup squad, who are defending Champions, have now reached the Semi-Final and play Margaret Catchpole (2 rinks at home and 2 away) in Saturday 4 August starting at 14:00. All support would be appreciated at both venues. Ray Ruffles Men's Millenniem Cup squad have reached the Quarter Final stage and will play Hadleigh at Hadleigh on Thursday 9 August at 18:30, again all support would be appreciated.
On the league front it's safe to say that in most leagues this has been a challenging season with most teams trying to consolidate after promotions last year. This has proved to be a tough ask for some especially with several players being unavailable through long term illness (we wish everyone well for speedy recoveries). The pick this year are Anne Jones' EBF 3 wood Triples team who are in a strong second place in Division B and closing in on Promotion for the second year running.
Rinks of the Week
6 July - Samford Reds v Waldringfield - Steven Page, Mike Austin & Geoff Pratt 33 shots to 8
13 July - Samford Reds v Bredfield - Kath Caley, Iain Selby & Peter Emsden 26 shots to 11
20 July - Ipswich & District 3 wood Triples A Team v Hadleigh - Di Roper, Anne Jones & Gary Burton 24 shots to 7
27 July - BE Mixed Triples v Ipswich & District - Roy Collett, Sheila Wright & Ray Ruffles 27 shots to 10
Once again quite a successful week for Sproughton league teams with the Weeks Rink of the Week again coming from Ken Lucas' . Samford Reds. This time it was Di Roper, Tony Caley and Evelyn Lucas who took the honours with a 29 shots to 11 win.
An even better week this week with 7 wins from the 10 matches played, once again both Samford teams winning. In the Cups The Stan Wright team progressed to the 1/4 finals with a win over Holbrook, but unfortunately the Junior Cup side fell at the area Semi Final stage losing away at California. The next round of the Norton Cup is on Sunday this week with 2 rinks at Boxford and 2 at home starting at 14:00.
This weeks Rink of the Week playing for Ken Lucas' Samford Reds was Maggie Fisk, Joy Mackie and Iain Selby who ran up a score of 37 shots to 12.
A better week in the leagues this week with half of the matches being won by Sproughton. Well do to both Samford teams who recorded big wins. This weeks Rink of the Week were on from for Bill Wedgewood's Samford Blues - Albert Southgate, Denyse Palmer and Bob Jones romping to a 31 shots to 8 win.
What a great day it was yesterday. President June's charity day in aid of Help For Heroes was not only blessed with perfect weather but HM The Queen even arranged a fly past which was rounded off by the Red Arrows! 15 sets of bowlers contributed to a very successful day both on and off the beautifully prepared green. The Tournament was won by Rachel Barber & Jean Taylor who overcame Paul and Isabelle Morey in the Final, Third place was taken by Joy Mackie and Les Smith who beat Albert Southgate and John Mott in the play off. (Pictures added to 2018 Gallery)
As part of the day, an excellent lunch was served by June and her catering team and a raffle was run with a huge number of prizes all generously donated by bowlers and local sponsors. On behalf of June and Help For Heroes we'd like to say a massive thanks to everyone who helped with organising and on the day which raised a massive £ 1,456
This weeks Rink of the Week were David Taylor, Jean Hayden and Adrian Beecroft who ran up a 27 shots to 8 win in the Div C BE match at Home to Ipswich & District.
Only 5 games this week with the 4 league fixtures producing 1 win and 3 defeats. But the best news came from the Junior Cup where John Tyler's team traveled to Debenham and won on all four rinks to reach the Area Semi Final. This will be played against California away on Friday 22 June starting at 18:30. All supporters welcome.
This weeks Rink of the Week were Deirdre Ruffles, Anne Jones and Geoff Spice who won their rink 24 shots 8 in the BE Triples Div C match at Roundwood.
The Draw sheets for the Club Competitions are now on the notice board in the Clubhouse details will be posted here in due course.
4 Wins and 5 defeats from our League fixtures this week, but much better news on the Junior Cup front with John Tyler's team beating Hadleigh by 5 shots in their first match (it was this match the produced last weeks Rink of the Week with Lesley Tyler, Ann Craigie and Erik Wicko winning 25 shots to 9) and then following that with a win over IBC this Friday to set up the next round away to Debenham on 1 June. This week's Rink of the Week also came from the Junior Cup - Sheila Pratt, Ray Ruffles and Geoff Pratt winning by 34 shots to 11.
Not quite such a successful week on the greens this week with 2 wins and 5 defeats. This weeks Rink of the Week comes from the Ipswich and District Division D match at home to Stone Lodge with Colin Martin, Mick King and Colin Skerrett winning by 31 shots to 8. Well done to them.
Notes from this months Committee meeting:
*** IMPORTANT *** - It can't have escaped anyone's notice that there is a huge Data Protection drive going on brought about by some EU legislation. We at the Bowls Club are not exempt and we need to have consent for us to hold and use everyone's details digitally. For example Names, Addresses, Phone Numbers, Photographs etc. We must have this in place by 25 May at the latest. Please therefore make arrangements to sign the list in the folder at the Clubhouse to indicate your acceptance. Please let David Biggs or Richard Gee know as soon as possible if you have any objections.
Norfolk Weekend - Due to a change in financial arrangements by the Hotel we now need to pay for the booked accommodation before arrival. Please make payment of £ 55 to John Thompson by mid-July.
Club Competitions - The closing date for Club Competitions has been extended to 31 May. Entries are very slow this year so please get your forms back to Anne Jones as soon as possible.
Green Preparation - If anyone has a Competition Match booked please ensure it is added to the Green Usage Planner on the wall next to the team sheets as soon as possible so that the Greens Team can ensure the surface is in the best condition possible. If you have a last minute request please call Ray Ruffles who will do his best to assist.
After the sun and warmth of opening weekend we reverted to true eaarly season bowling weather with torrential rain on Monday leading to all games being called off. Keep an eye out for the rearranged dates as they come through. The weeks remaining fixtures were all played with 3 wins, a draw and 3 defeats the final tally.
Our first Rink of the week came from the 3 wood triples match against Kesgrave on Wednesday with Julie Spice, Albert Southgate and Mick Jones running up a 41 shots to 2 victory. Well done!
Well didn't the weather treat us well for the opening weekend. Clear blue skies, bright sunshine and unseasonably high temperatures. The clubhouse, green and surrounds all looked fantastic thanks to all of the hard work put in over the winter by a large team of volunteers. Our thanks to everyone involved. Over 40 members turned out to watch Club President June Laws deliver the first wood and then to take part in the Sheila Herring Trophy Drive which was won by Mike Austin with Roy Collett taking the Runners-up spot. As is tradition Sunday saw another large turn out for the Club Blocks competition which was won by Jean Hayden, Di Roper and Ed Palmer who overcame Iain Selby Julie Spice and Roger French in a closely fought final that needed an extra end to separate the teams. (See Photo's in the Gallery)
Having basked in the summer weather for opening weekend, our pre-season friendlies on Tuesday against Copdock & Washbrook and Thursday against East Bergholt were played in weather that reverted to the usual early season sort - grey, wet and distinctly cool. Nevertheless, the teams for both evenings were over subscribed, and both games were enjoyed by all.
Just 10 days to go until the Green Opening and Opening Drive so time to get those woods polished ! The Opening drive will start at 14:00 on Saturday 21st followed by the Club Blocks Competition on Sunday 22nd, please be at the Club by 11:30 for a 12:00 start.
Bowling is preceded by a training session in use of the defibrillator on Friday evening 20th at 19:00. Please try to attend as the more people who know how to use this valuable piece of life saving equipment the better.
We still need more entries for the Sunday and Tuesday open tournaments. Dates are elsewhere on the website, please let Mick Jones know if you would like to enter.
Sproughton bowlers News - Several Sproughton bowlers play indoors during the winter and we'd like to congratulate the following on their indoor achievements to date:
Julie Spice - Quater Finalist in National 4's and over 50's Triples, County Champion in 2 Wood pairs and Runner-up in Singles and 4's
Joy Mackie - County Runner-up in Triples
Adrian Beecroft - County Semi-Finalist in Mens Pairs and 4's (semi finals to be played on 21 April with finals on 22 April) and Semi-Finalist in Mixed Pairs
Congratulations to Sproughton Bowlers Julie Spice (Singles/4's/2 Wood Pairs), Joy Mackie (Singles/Triples) & Adrian Beecroft (Mixed Triples) who have all made it through to the County Indoor Semi Finals weekend at Sudbury on 17/18 March.
John Tyler will be running a coaching session at the club on Monday 23 April from 18:00
Please note that the planned Friendly against Woodbridge on Wednesday 25 April has regrettably now been postponed. Hopefully this match will be re-arranged for the end of the season.
Ray Ruffles will now be Captaining the BE Mens Triples Team on Wednesday Evenings
Advance notice - This year the end of Season Dinner Dance will be held on Saturday 17 November at Suffolk Golf Center (Bramford). Full details to be confirmed in due course.
Great News - Sproughton's 2 wood Triples Bowlers came home from the Federation Dinner on Saturday Night laden with Silverware !
Not only were we presented with the Cups for winning Divisions C and G, but John Tyler's A team were also awarded the Denny (Victor Ludorum) Trophy for achieving the best record in the whole of the 2 wood League.
DON'T FORGET - Friday 9 Feb is Subs Night. Treasurer Jean Hayden will be happy to relieve you or your 2018 Subs from 19:00 at the Clubhouse. You will also be able to record your entries for the Opening Drive and Club Blocks competitions taking place on the weekend of 21 and 22 April
Remaining Samford League Fixtures now added.
All fixtures now added except Samford League which have not been published to date.
The Fixtures for 2018 are now being distributed and the ones we have are now uploaded. More to follow soon.....
If you haven't completed the survey mentioned below please do so as soon as possible. Thanks
Following our meeting earlier this month, your Committee are looking to the 2018 end of season function (it's never too early to plan these things!) As part of the planning all Club members will shortly be receiving a survey either by Email or as a paper copy enclosed in the information packs being posted soon. The email version contains a link to an on-line survey so doesn't even need to be returned. We would ask everyone to respond to the survey as soon as possible but at the latest by the end of January. Many thanks in advance.
Wishing everyone a Happy, Safe and Prosperous New Year.
2018 Dates for your Diaries have now been updated. Please note the following:
13 January - Indoor v Sudbury at 14:00 followed by a meal at The Brewers Arms, Polstead.
3 February - Indoor v Mid-Suffolk at 14:00 (please let Joy Mackie know if you would like to play.
9 February - Subs Night
Please also note that Sproughton will be hosting various County Area Finals this year. This a great honour for the Club and testament to the high quality of our green. Congratulations to Ray and the Greens Team.
Club Competition Winners updated - Congratulations to all Winners. (pix to follow)
All League Results and Final Standings now updated in the League Fixtures & Results tab.
The Tourists are back - A great tour to Weymouth enjoyed by 29 members and guests with matches against Weymouth & Melcombe, Bridport and Wellworthy, and guest appearances for Weymouth & Melcombe against Leicester City Tourists. Trips to the Bournemouth Airshow, Lyme Regis, Lulworth Cove, Dorchester, Swanage and Chichester. Many thanks to John Thompson for his hard work in organising the Tour and everyone who came a long and made it such a success. Photo's added in the Gallery (if anyone has additional pix please email them to the website email address for inclusion).
More Congratulations ....................................
To Jenny King who only started bowling, and joined the Club, after our recruitment day this time last year. Jenny played in the Suffolk County Novices Tournament recently and reached the Final being narrowly defeated after a close match. Well done Jenny.
The Ladies of Sproughton are celebrating winning the Ipswich area C "Victrix Ludorum Cup" which is awarded to the Club achieving most points in EBF County Competitions. Congratulations to all.
Wow pt II - Just like London Buses ! - when we thought it couldn't get better than the 4's Final on Saturday, John Tyler's Stan Wright squad have added more silverware to the groaning shelves at the Sproughton Pavillion. At a sunny and very hot Copdock and in front of a large crowd of Sproughton supporters the Cup was secured with one end still to play on the final rink. Well done to everyone in the squad and thanks to everyone who turned out to support.
Wow - the 2017 Bowls season just keeps getting better ! Having gone through the regular league season unbeaten and then beating Holywells BC in the semi-final Sproughton's Mixed 4's team have now finished the season on a high. After 21 tense ends, especially the last 3 or 4 Kate's team kept their nerve to fight off a determined late challenge from a very strong Ipswich & District to win the Cup by 2 shots. Congratulations to the whole team.
Now for the Stan Wright Cup ! Come along and support the team at Copdock on Monday at 14:00.
Congratulations to Kate Sarginson and her Mixed 4's team who have reached the play-off final after a convincing win over Holywells BC at Margaret Catchpole yesterday. Well done everyone and thanks to all those who came along to support.
The Final will be held on Saturday 26 August at Roundwood BC.
Mixed 4's League play-off semi Final at Margaret Catchpole Saturday 19th August at 14:00.
Stan Wright Cup Final at Copdock Bowls Club on Monday 28th August at 14:30
Please come along and support your club.
Also note that there are lists on the boards at the Club for:
the Friendly against William Browns followed by Fish & Chips at Sproughton on Saturday 9 September and
the Final Day Drawn Pairs and Trophy Presentations on Sunday 24 September. The Draw will take place at 10:30 for an 11:00 start. Please note that this competition will be played in Whites.
John Thompson's travelling team have returned from Wymondham Dell after their annual pilgrimage to Norfolk. This time ably Captained by Ray Ruffles (if not on the green certainly off it!) in Johns absence, the team performed extremely well and ran out winners by 144 shots to 106 having taken 4 rinks out of the six playing. The match, which as always was played in the best of spirits, was followed by an excellent Roast dinner. Thanks to all who played and everyone at Wymondham for a hugely enjoyable day out, we look forward to a repeat next year.
Everyone in attendance would also like to thank John for organising the trip and wish him a speedy recovery.
Great News - Congratulations to John Tyler's "Stan Wright" squad who, last night, played their semi-final match against Norbridge. Contested over two rinks away and two at home Sproughton were victorious by 9 shots on aggregate. Well done all. The Final will be played at Copdock B.C. on Bank Holiday Monday, 28 August.
Commiserations to Iain Selby's EBF Team who missed out by just 1 shot in their last game against Promotion rivals Ipswich Bowls Club in Division D. Needing a 5 - 2 win they drew 73 - 73 and 3.5 points each. Very hard luck, but a great season none the less.
Thanks to everyone who attended Presidents Day. 44 Players competed over 3 rounds of 10 end matches with the top pairs in each group - Tony Caley and Michael King from Group 2 and Kath Caley and Geoff Spice from Group 1 playing a 10 end final for the Fincham Cup. The final was very closely contested with Kath and Geoff taking the honours by 4 shots.
Before presenting the Trophy, Kate Sarginson revealed that her Presidents Year charity, The St Elizabeth Hospice will receive a cheque for just over £ 1,700 raised during the season Congratulations Kate and well done to everyone who contribute.
STOP PRESS - NEWS JUST IN - The Mixed 4's Play-off Semi Final will be against Holywells BC at Margaret Catchpole on Saturday August 19 starting at 14:00. Please note this match will be played in Whites
Congratulations to Kate Sarginson and her intrepid Mixed 4's team who tonight achieved a clean sweep of their division by beating Woodbridge 3.5 to 1.5. They have completed the "regular" season with the fantastic stats of Played 10, Won 10, Lost 0, Points For 39.5, Points against 10.5. Well done everyone involved. Now for the play-off's................
Disappointingly (although I guess unsurprisingly) Framlingham have now cancelled both of our Monday evening BE Mixed Triples Div C fixtures including the twice rearranged Home game from the 6 June. These matches will not now be re-scheduled.
Kate Sarginson's Mixed 4's team who won their 9th consecutive match to confirm that they are Champions of their division. One more league match remains on 28 July (come along to congratulate them and enjoy the evening) and then the play-offs. More details to follow.
Bill Wedgewood's Samford Blues team who travelled to Ipswich Hospitals in the Cup and won by 75 shots to 72.
Commiserations to Ken Lucas' Samford Reds team who were also drawn away to Norbridge, also in the Cup, but went down 69 shots to 83.
As most will already know, Margaret Garnham sadly passed away on 28 June. Margaret was a member of the Bowls club for in excess of 40 years and, as Chair, was instrumental in the building of the magnificent Clubhouse we all use today. She was also a staunch supporter of all of the Club's activities and ran the Tuesday Pairs Tournaments for many years. She will be sadly missed by all.
Her funeral will take place at Bramford Church on Friday August 4 at 10:30 am.
Congratulations to the Stan Wright A Team, who beat California on Thursday Evening - a great win. The team are now through to the semi-Final and will play Norbridge for a place in the Final.
Please note the following dates for Competitions:
Reds Away to Norbridge Friday 21 July
Blues Away to Ipswich Hospitals Friday 21 July
Stan Wright Cup (2 rinks at home, 2 away) V California Thursday 13 July
Marie Curie Charity Cup Home to Bramford Sunday 30 July (13:00 start)
Charity Day News - Prersident Kate can now confirm that a total of £ 730 was raised for her charity, St Elizabeth's Hospice. Many thanks to all who played and/or contributed and to everyone who worked so hard behind the scenes to make the day a success.
Please note that the BE Mixed Triples Game at Home to Framlingham which was postponed to this Thursday 6 July from 5 June as the visitors could not raise a team, has been postponed again as they couldn't get a team for this match either !
The rearranged date will be notified as soon as possible.
Draw for 2017 Club Competitions added under "Competitions" tab
Congratulations to Iain Selby and Kate Sarginson who triumphed over John Mott and Julie Spice in the Final of the Club Drawn Pairs on Sunday.
Well done to all involved in the Presidents Charity Day which raised in excess of £ 500 for Kate Sarginson's Charity of the Year The St Elizabeth's Hospice.
Finally for now - for the first time in many years Sproughton entered a team in the Ladies Top Team competition where they came up against a very strong Borough of Eye team who used their home advantage to go through to the next round. A great effort by the Ladies who made the home side work very hard for their victory.
News from your Committee
Regrettably due to unforseen circumstances John Thompson is looking for one or two more people to join the tour to Weymouth departing 30 August and returning 7 September. Please contact John as soon as possible if you would like to join us.
Norbridge have now withdrawn from the Friday mixed 4's league.
The draws for all Club Competitions have now been made and will be available in the clubhouse and on this website soon. Don't forget that the Drawn Pairs competition will be played on 18 June, so if you have entered please check the noticeboard for details.
Congratulations to the following who have been selected to represent Suffolk in National Inter-County Competitions this season:
Ann Craigie - Suffolk EBF "Vase" Team
Adrian Beecroft - Suffolk BE "Middleton Cup" Team
Julie Spice - Suffolk BE "Johns Trophy" Team
Good luck all.
******* Please note Monday's BE Triples game against Framlingham at Home has been postponed as the opposition cannot field a team. The new date will be on the fixture list as soon as possible.
Commiserations to the Junior Cup team who went down 81 shots to 95 against Norbridge.
Stan Wright Cup result - Sproughton 'A' 92 Sproughton 'B' 45 - well done to the A Team
The Junior Cup team will be playing the next round of the competition against Norbridge at Sproughton on Friday 2 June at 18:30. All support would be welcome.
************** Breaking News ****************
The Junior Cup team win away again. This time at neighbours Bramford by 91 shots to 65. We are now through to the area semi finals which will be played next Friday 2 June. Watch this space for details.
2 Diary Dates - Iain Selby's Sproughton B team away fixture against Bramford has been switched to Thursday 8 June
The next round of the Junior Cup will be away to Bramford on Friday 26 May
****** Stop Press News ******
The Junior Cup team win away at California by 80 shots to 74
Just a few reminders of upcoming events:
Junior Cup Away to California on Friday 19 May
Norton Cup v Felixstowe 28 May
Millennium Cup Away v Felixstowe 3 June
Advance notice - Tickets for the Dinner and Dance are selling fast so don't delay - reserve yours ASAP as we only have a limited number of places. Talk to Julie, Jean or Kate to avoid disappointment.
Cup News - Sproughton's A and B Teams will play each other in the first round of the Stan Wright Cup on Tuesday May 30 at 18:30 - all spectators welcome for what should be an interesting match.
Anne Jones is looking for more entries for the Club Drawn Pairs competition which will be played on June 18. Please contact Anne direct or email the website email address as soon as possible.
Would all Ladies please complete and return the "Top Team" availability questionnaire and return it to Julie as soon as possible in order that the team can be finalised.
Note that Ipswich & District have withdrawn their team from Division D of the Ipswich & District League on Thursdays.
Photo's added to 2017 Gallery
As the wind, rain and cold weather continues two bright moments to celebrate already !
Sproughton have won back the Peter Taylor Cup which spent 2016 in the hands of Bramford. This annual competition took place at Bramford but the Sproughton team triumphed by 14 shots across the format. Well done everyone and thanks to Bramford for a great competition.
Advance news - The end of Season Dinner Dance tickets are already on sale priced at £ 25 per person to include Live music from "Talk of the Town". Tickets are available from Julie, Kate or Jean or email the website to reserve yours. Don't leave it too long though as we have limited numbers of which 1/3rd have already been sold !
Please could all team Captains email results to the website email address, text to Geoff or leave a score card showing rink score and aggregate shot score in the clubhouse in order that all club members can keep up to date with progress.
Well, the season is now underway with the green opened by President Kate Sarginson, the first two competitions played, two friendlies, rain, wind and cold !
Opening weekend included Club President Kate Sarginson bowling the first wood on Saturday 22 April followed by 42 players competing in a drive for the Sheila Herring Trophy which was won by Hilary Crick. On Sunday the focus was on the Club Blocks competition with Di Roper, Tony Caley and Iain Selby victorious over Joy Mackie, Albert Southgate and Tom Dale in the final.
We also played two friendlies during the week - the first at Home to Woodbridge in our annual match for the Roy Mills Cup . After an enjoyable match played on a Sunny but Cold evening Sproughton retained the cup by 66 shots to 31. We then moved on to East Bergholt on a cold and drizzly evening, but once again Sproughton ran out winners by 91 shots to 85 after a keenly contested match. Thanks to East Bergholt for their hospitality. (Photo's to follow soon)
Attention now turns to the seasons League and Cup programme. See the Fixtures and Results tab for more details.
Our Millennium Trophy match away to Felixstowe has been arranged for 14:00 on Saturday June 3.
Don't forget, this weekend is season opening with an opening drive on Saturday following the opening of the green by Club President Kater Sarginson at 14:00, then on Sunday we have the Club Blocks competition from 10:00.
Congratulations to Joy Mackie who has won the Suffolk County Ladies 4 wood singles Indoor Championship.
Calling all Bowlers..............
To prepare the green for our Opening day on 22 April, the Greens Team are holding Working Morning on Saturday 15 April from 09:00. Please come along and help put the final touches to what is one of the best Greens and surrounds in Suffolk.
League Fixtures have now been added.
News from the latest Committee meeting
Our friendly against Wymondham Dell on August 13 is confirmed. A coach will be run and the match will be followed by dinner.
Pre season matches are confirmed details added to the Diary page.
Please return entry forms for the Sunday Open Tournaments as soon as possible to guarantee entry.
Entries are invited for the Club Blocks competition on April 23. Please advise Comp Secretary Anne Jones know if you intend to enter as soon as possible.
Please also return your entry forms for Club Competitions as soon as possible.
An evening has been arranged for refresher Defibrillator training on Friday April 28 at 19:00. We'd like to seer as many people as possible who would be able to use this valuable piece of equipment should the need arise.
John Thompson confirmed that the Weymouth Tour will go ahead although there is room for 3 or 4 more people should anyone else like to go. Please let John know as soon as possible.
Ken Lucas' Ipswich and District League team (B Team) have been promoted to Division D so will be playing their matches on Tuesday Evenings not Thursdays.
After the Christmas and New Year break our Indoor adventures continued at Sudbury where 4 rinks of 2 wood fours were keenly (if not closely) contested with our hosts running out 78-55 winners. The gallant Sproughton bowlers then retired to the Brewers Arms at Polstead for a most enjoyable meal. Following this match we traveled to Stowmarket for a match against Mid-Suffolk and, although this time the format was 5 rinks of 3 wood triples, the result was very similar with the hosts winning 80 shots to 55. Once again a most enjoyable and friendly afternoon's bowling.Thanks to Joy Mackie for organising both matches. Our final Indoor friendly of the winter is against Sole Bay B.C at Southwold on 18 February. This time the match will be followed by a Fish and Chips dinner.
Finally - don't forget - subs night is next Friday 10 February from 19:00.
********** TOUR NEWS ************
John Thompson still has spaces on this Summer's tour to Weymouth. Ideally, to make the tour a viable prospect, he would like Four or more additional people to join the trip which departs Suffolk on 30 August for 8 nights. Please contact John either via the club email (Sproughtonbowlsclub@outlook.com) or direct at by Friday 10 February.
(Very) Advanced Notice !
The 2017 Annual Dinner and Dance will be held at the Ipswich Hotel, Copdock on Saturday 25 November.
There will be a 3 course meal and dancing to a live band. Tickets will be £ 25 and rooms will be available for anyone who wishes to stay over. Please make a note in your diaries now as this is bound to be a popular event. More news to follow.
Wishing everyone a Happy, Safe, Prosperous, and Successful bowling year in 2017.
News from Indoors:
"Mackie's Marauders" Sproughton's Indoor bowlers have played their first 2 indoor friendlies of the Winter. The first, At Ipswich Indoor proved to be a bit of a lesson for us, but it was a very enjoyable afternoon and the bowling was probably better than the final score suggested. After the warm up at Rushmere Road, we then moved to Colchester on 4 December for a match played over 6 rinks of Triples. Sproughton preceeded this with Christmas Dinner which, speaking from personal experience, made the first few ends of the match a touch lethargic ! At the half way stage we were one shot ahead, but as often happens the break seemed to help the home team more than us (something in the tea ?) and by the end of the 18 end match Colchester had secured a 97 shots to 95 victory. The good news is that looking at my notes from last year, we have improved our losing margin from 4 shots to 2 ! Many thanks again to Colchester Indoor Bowls Club for laying on an excellent Lunch and an enjoyable, friendly match.
Our next match is at Sudbury on 14 January.
New Committee Elected - Committee members can be found on the Our Club tab
2017 Captains Elected
Club Captain June Laws Elected
The Club will enter teams in Junior, Milleneum, Samford and Stan Wright (2 teams) Cups.
We will enter the same Leagues as 2016.
The format of Club Competitions will change in an attempt to encourage more players to enter. For 2017 Finals Day will be replaced by a tournament following which Club Competition Trophies will be presented. The Club pairs competition will also be played, at least up to and including the Semi Finals depending on the number of entries, on one day.
Mr G Bird and Mr C Wright were elected Life Members.
Club President Kate Sarginson announced thet Her charity for 2017 will be The St Elizabeth's Hospice.
2017 Open Tournament dates added
2017 Committee meeting dates added
2017 Diary dates added
News from the AGM to follow, but in the meantime this winter's Indoor friendly fixtures have been added to Diary Dates under the Dates and Events tab
Finals Day presentation Photo's added (with thanks to Mick Jones)
Don't forget, Your Club's AGM will be held on 25 October at 19:00. Lists will also be available for the winter indoor friendlies.
Also the end of season Dinner and Dance at The Cedars is on 19 November. Don't forget to pre-order your meal choices.
Congratulations to all the Winners and Runners-up in the Club Competitions (details under the Competitions tab on this site)
The "Have a go" afternoon held on September 17 was extremely successful with 15 interested people turning up to try their hand. Thanks also to all the Club Members who came along to Assist, Coach, Encourage and tell more about our Club.
******* Open Afternoon 17 September 14:00 to 16:00 ********
Please come along and bring a friend.
Don't forget our Open afternoon on 17 September 14:00 to 16:00 come along and try your hand.
Final League positions added under League Fixtures and Results tab.