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Lindley Bowling Club Newsletter No.9 July/Aug 2019

The President Reflects.

I would like to explain the journey that I and the Committee have been on over the past 18 months, since being elected President.

The current committee inherited an environment of low / incremental change. However, due to the club’s worsening financial position and outstanding legal obligations there was a need to make a step change in these and other aspects of the club’s operations.

Although some of the drive for change has come from within the committee, some has also come from outside of our control. This has, at times, over-stretched the committee.This feeling has, we believe, indirectly and certainly unintentionally been transferred to members. We seek to assure you that this step change is being managed and by 2020 we expect to return to a lower change environment as improvements are successfully implemented.

Finances are being actively monitored and systems established to prevent slippage across a range of club responsibilities.We have plans for further refurbishments of the clubhouse, which though delayed, will take place as finances allow. So we can look forward to our friendly and inclusive club continuing to deliver its main Objective:

“The club aims to promote the sport of Crown Green Bowling and engage in social intercourse for its members”.

We thank members for their support and hope that you can better understand what has been happening.

Lorna Briggs

Club Strategy

1. Bungalow

The bungalow’s refurbishment was successfully project managed by Ken Ellis in only five weeks, coming in on budget.

Martin Thornton Estate Agents are now actively marketing the property, at an increased rental, whilst ongoing management will be brought in-house to save the management fee.

2. Clubhouse

New blinds have arrived for the clubhouse and will be fitted shortly.

The costs of further refurbishment are being gathered, with a decision on both the extent and timing being made shortly.

3. Community Links

3.1 Meeting our Councillors

Lindley Bowling Club has been working with Cllr Burke for the last 3 years, primarily in support of our Schools Challenge Cup and our presence at the Lindley Carnival (see later).

We meet up from time to time and currently he is helping the club to have a sign erected at the top of Daisy Lea Lane, to make our club a little more visible.

We intend to continue to meet whenever the need arises and in June Lorna met with three of the local Liberal Democratic councillors, who are in full support of our community activities. 

L to R: Richard Eastwood, Lorna Briggs (President), Anthony Smith and Cahal Burke

3.2 Lindley Carnival

This was the 3rd year we had a stall at the carnival. It was a lovely sunny day and lots of people came and participated. We raised £195 on the tombola, handed out promotional leaflets and spoke to people about adult and junior membership. Thanks to all those that helped either on the day or by donating prizes (see Appendix).

Velma Henderson prepares for the tombola onslaughtFrog-in-the-Bog, run by June and Tony Taylor

4. Members’ Autumn Meeting

In 2019 members were invited through an on-line survey and members’ meeting to help shape the direction the club takes in the medium and longer term. Members will once again be invited to a meeting this autumn, to hear more about the progress we have made and to help further shape our future.

The Committee have been reviewing the potential risks to the club and currently Committee Succession** is believed to be edging out Financial Security as the number one risk. These topics will certainly be part of our meeting agenda.

** Alan Dutton is now the fifth Committee member to give notice he will be standing down at the end of March. As this leaves only four on the Committee, without a fresh injection of Committee members the club will be unable to function. Yes I hear many of you say, some-one will always come along at the last minute and it is hoped you are right. But is this the way to run a club? Please help by getting in touch if you wish to find out more about what Committee membership entails.

125th Anniversary Celebrations

To celebrate this significant milestone in the club’s history, a Celebration Dinner has been organised for Friday 11th October at YMCA, Laund Hill (dress smart casual). If you are considering joining us but yet to buy a ticket, please do so now. Perhaps you are thinking of bringing family and friends, alternatively you may wish to celebrate with a “team” table.

Whatever your preference, PLEASE do not leave it to the last minute, as the organisers must confirm numbers to the venue soon and pay the deposit.

Tickets, which include a three course meal (choice) prepared by Andrew Bradley former owner of Bradley’s, are priced at £25 and can be ordered from Lorna Briggs at lornajbriggs@btinternet.com or Velma Henderson at velmahenderson@gmail.com

Bowling Update

1. George Wins the Huddersfield Merit

The club is delighted George Turton won the Huddersfield Merit on Sunday 14 July. George overcame stiff opposition in the preliminary round as well as the final day where he defeated two county bowlers in the semi-final and final.

George is the youngest bowler to hold this honour in its long history and it is also a first for our club. Below is George on the Golcar Lib. green with the trophy, which is now proudly displayed in the club's trophy cabinet.

Over the past month there have been a number of notable event on our green. Here is a roundup of what happened.

2. £2000 Competition – 26 July

A large crowd witnessed a superb exhibition of corner bowling at Lindley Bowling club when Graeme Wilson won their £2000 competition for the third year running. He beat Ian Booth 21-3 to take home the winners £600 prize. On his way to victory he beat Ben Gloag 21-11 before winning a tense game against county colleague Ashley Daykin 21-18.

Booth had a 21-17 win against Mark Regan followed by a 21-14 success against Terry Brook.

Scores: Wilson 21 Gloag 13, Daykin 21 Gareth Gwilliam 17, Brook 21 Andrew Sykes 17, Booth 21 Regan 17. Semi-final: Wilson 21 Daykin 18, Booth 21 Brook 14.

The Finalists L to R: Gareth Gwilliam (Manchester), Ian Booth (Lower Hopton), Mark Reagan (Brighouse), Terry Brook (Crosland Moor), John Allen (LBC),Ashley Daykin (Thongsbridge), Andrew Sykes (Thongsbridge), Ben Gloag (Manchester) & Graeme Wilson (Elland WMC)

Lorna Briggs, President, thanked John Allen for organising the competition and local company Gardinia Windows for their generous sponsorship.

An additional £125 was awarded to the competitor with the biggest break during the competition and this was shared by Wilson, Regan and Gary Siswick who all had runs of 15.

Picture shows Graeme Wilson with Dawn Crum, daughter of Gardinia owner, along with general manager Alan Hinchliffe who presented the prizes.

3. Yorkshire County Match

For the first time in the club’s long history, a men’s county match was played on our green (the first Ladies one was held in 2018) in front of a very large crowd. Yorkshire defeated North Lancashire & Fylde by 226 points to 200 points, but surprisingly only winning 5 of the 12 matches after two weeks of practice on our green (it’s not just our members who find our green tricky).

Ideal weather resulted in a bumper crowd which in turn led to a handsome profit (details on notice board) as well as enhancing the club’s reputation.

Steven Haigh, Yorkshire County Competition Secretary, gave the following feedback:

“I can personally say on behalf of Yorkshire, that the day ran smoothly effectively and efficiently from start to finish, if you can personally thank all the volunteers for their efforts, it greatly showed the enthusiasm they have for the club and the willingness they want it to succeed and move not only onwards but upwards also.

You certainly put yourself on the County map of bowling greens, all the comments I got from the opposition also was all of the condition of the green and the surroundings.”

Ashely Dakin (Yorkshire) bowling against T Barnett in the final pairing, with the Yorkshire flag proudly flying.

3. Schools Cup

This year Lindley Junior School won the cup for the first time, defeating Moorlands Primary, the winner for the previous two years, by a convincing margin. Cllr Burke once again made the presentations.

Thanks go to the volunteers who helped run the after schools club and to Cllr. Burke for funding the new sets of junior bowls and medals. We look forward to next year.

Cllr. Burke & Lorna Briggs with the children from Lindley Junior School and Moorlands Primary.

Thanks to the many volunteers who have helped make these and other events possible.

Looking forward:

HDVBA KO Final – Thurs.5 Sept.

The competition to find Huddersfield Vets’ champions, sponsored by Deborah and David Little of Travel Counsellors on our behalf, will once again be decided on our green. (New Mill A play Brockholes A and Golcar Lib A play Lockwood Con A in the semi-final).

Champion of Champions – Sun 6 Oct.

With George winning the Huddersfield Merit (see earlier), this automatically enters him into the season finale bowling event. As members cannot bowl on their own green, unfortunately we will now have to wait another year to host this event.


We are pleased to see the return of a snooker league team to the club this year, the season running mid-September to March on Thursday evenings.

Grahame Tansey is also planning to run a Black Russian Billiards competition in the autumn.

Social Events Calendar

Almost Yorkshire Day (28 July)

Not even the inclement weather could dampen the spirits at this social event, with a delicious two course meal complimenting the bowling.

On the winning rostrum were 1st Jean Dawe, 2nd Mike Dawn & 3rd Rob Porter.

Ladies Day

Due to the unavailability of the Lindley Lib Ladies on the 11th August, the event will now take place on Sun 8th September at our club. See notice board for further details.

Member and Guest

Our next scheduled event will be on the bank holiday Sunday (25 August), when George Turton is hosting the Member and Guest Competition. If you do not have a guest then George can pair you up with one. Simply add your name(s) to the notice board list.

New Faces

Please welcome Lynne Nichols and Paul Gardner, who joined in July.

There have been 10 new members since April & 15 since the start of 2019.

100 CLUB

Congratulations to the Glynis Philbin our July winner.

You may have noticed that 2 of the first 4 draws have been won by Committee members. One way of increasing your odds next year is to buy more tickets, or perhaps……

Sponsor’s Section

The club has secured an 18 month sponsorship deal with E-CLIPSE Plumbing & Heating Ltd. John and Dale have made a grand job of installing a new kitchen and bathroom in our bungalow. So if you, your family or friends are thinking of freshening up your dwelling, why not contact them for a quote.

Their details can be found on their advertising banner in the car park or email: e-clipseltd@outlook.com

If you wish to use any of our sponsors’ services, their contact details can be found on the advertising banners at the club, or by emailing the club for details.

Volunteers for the Bar

The committee would like to ask all members if they feel that they could help with the running of the bar. We believe that a team of no more than six people with one person being in charge of the rotas and ordering would be ample. It is of course only busy for the six months in summer with the other six months only open about twice a week on average. If you feel you could help please contact Ken Ellis in the first instance and if there are sufficient volunteers he will organise a meeting to discuss things further.

Happy Birthday George

We would like to congratulate George Banks, a Trustee and Honorary Member, who will be 90 years young on the 8th September. These days George is an active social snooker player and runs the U3A art class at our club throughout the winter (and welcomes new members).

We hope that you have found this newsletter interesting and informative. If you would like to contribute to future publications, please forward your suggestions to lbc1894@outlook.com

Further details of green availability, social events and more can be found on our website at: http://www.lindleybowlingclub.co.uk


Lindley Carnival Donations

We would like to thank all members who donated prizes for the tombola, as well as those shops in Lidget Street:

The Children's book shop


Dress 4less

Pure Boutique

Doors of Lindley

Slams News


Cllr. Burke & the Lindley Community Group refunded our stall fee as well as giving free advertising space in the carnival brochure.

Lindley Bowling Club Newsletter No.8 June 2019