Club gives £800 to Dementia Alliance
WHILST we are in a period of non-activity on the bowling green, a lot is happening behind the scenes at Keynsham Bowls Club.
At the start of each season the ladies and gents nominate a charity for the club to support and this year it was the Keynsham and Saltford Dementia Action Alliance.
The local group provides support to sufferers and their carers and is working on making our two towns as dementia-friendly as possible.
Our photograph shows the captains, Mo Dickinson and Carm Riccio, presenting a cheque for £800 to the local treasurer and secretary, Mike and Merrial Knight, at the club’s monthly coffee morning.
Later in the month the annual presentation lunch took place at Knowle Golf Club, when 90 members sat down to a superb meal. Trophies were presented to the winners of the various competitions which had taken place both on Finals Day and throughout the season.
The accolade of the “most successful lady competitor” went to one of our relatively new members, Sally Difazio, who was involved in three single finals, winning two, plus being a member of the winning team in a triples competition.
The equivalent men’s title went to Peter Iles, who bagged three wins and runners-up spot, just managing to overshadow his wife Jan’s haul of one win and three runners-up.
Four of our ladies - Marlene Tidey, Lesley Portch, Pam Edge and Sue Mounty - whilst playing for their team Route 66 in the indoor league at the Bristol Bowling Centre, achieved a “hotshot”. This occurs when all of the eight woods bowled by one team finish closer to the jack than the nearest wood of the opposition.
The club’s annual general meeting took place in the Clubhouse, when about 80 members attended to hear the various reports and to fill the positions for the following year. Following a vote, John Nix, a long-standing member, was elected the club’s new president, with Margaret Church as vice-president.
The principal officers were all re-elected - Barrie Davies as chairman, David Hockney as secretary and Roger Price as treasurer. Other positions, too numerous to mention but essential in maintaining the life of a thriving bowling club, were also filled.
On the playing side, Carm Riccio continued as the men’s captain whilst Ann Newbery took over the role of ladies’ captain from Mo Dickinson, and the captain’s positions of the various league teams were also filled.