Despite several days of rain, on 10 August we turned out to glorious warm sunshine.
This was a friendly and very social fixture played in good spirits at home to Potten
End over four mixed triples. Amersham managed to win on all four rinks with an overall
score of 81-66. Hilary Fisher played her first match for the club and was part of
the top rink along with David Smith and John Barber.
On 12 August we took on Bassetsbury Manor away in a Three Counties League match.
Unfortunately, the match was reduced to four rinks as our opponents were unable to
field a full side. Fortunes fluctuated as the match progressed, but ultimately both
side won two rinks. However, the match score fell in favour of Amersham 71-66 meaning
that Amersham take 8 league points to 2. Top rink for Amersham was Val Newton, Joy
Spicer, Neal Evison and John Barber.
Unfortunately, we then had a series of matches cancelled for various reasons, some
weather related and some because the opposition could not raise a team.
On 20 August we took on High Wycombe at home in a Three Counties League match this
afternoon. The weather remained fine all apart from the final few minutes. As High
Wycombe are already declared champions of our division in this league with two matches
to spare we knew it would be a challenging encounter. In the end, we won one rink,
drew one and lost three with an overall loss of 78-110. Our one winning rink was
Sheila Barber, John Brooks, David Balderson and Ray Cox.
On a beautiful summer’s afternoon on 26 August, we took on Chess Vale at home in
the Three Counties League. With three ends to go the biggest margin on any rink was
3 so the result remained in the balance until the final end. Unfortunately, shots
slipped away and in the end we drew one rink and lost four with an overall loss of
79-95. Our one drawing rink was John Culley, Pam Hunt, Joy Spicer and Jim Saunders.
As I write this note, we have just completed Finals Weekend and I am sure the results
will appear elsewhere on this website. 27 players took part in 12 finals. Saturday
was a beautiful and at times quite hot day. Unfortunately, Sunday was overcast, quite
breezy, at times a little cold and beset by some drizzle/light rain. However, all
of the finals were completed watched by a good turn out of spectators. Thanks are
due to John, Jim and the rest of the green team for presenting the green to such
an excellent standard despite the recent weather conditions. We also appreciated
John Brooks acting as umpire for the weekend and Jean Oldfield for coordinating provision
of teas and very nice cakes on the Sunday. Many people helped with teas and with
putting out and putting away equipment and all of the players appreciated those who
turned out to provide support and encouragement. Brian Drew very kindly presented
the trophies to all winners. Special mention must be made for Ann Parker who played
in each of the four sessions and won all of her matches. This is quite an achievement
and I need to add that she has a further final to complete - the mixed triples this
Please do not forget that the Champion of Champions match between Jim Saunders and
Ann Parker will be at 2.00pm on Wednesday 12 September.
9 August 2017
I have a bit of catching up to do (again I hear you say).
On 4 July we played a Three Counties League match away to Flackwell Heath It was
a warm sunny day so pleasant conditions. We won the overall match, winning on 4 rinks
and losing on 1 rink. The score was 116 points to Amersham and 79 points to Flackwell
Heath. The overall points therefore were 10 points to us and 2 points to Flackwell
Heath. That made a nice change!. The top rink was John Barber, Eric Sherlock, Gayle
Berrington, and Sheila Barber.
On 7 July we played Wendover away in a Chiltern and Thames match previously postponed
due to rain. This was a glorious summer evening with little breeze.This is always
a challenging contest but the overall result remained in doubt until the very last
end. Unfortunately, we lost two rinks and won one with an overall match score of
50-52 in favour of Wendover. Top rink for Amersham was Sheila Barber, Neal Evison
and John Barber.
On 9 July, a glorious summer’s afternoon with a light breeze at times making it very
pleasant, we played four mixed rinks as a friendly match away to Berkhamsted. The
green was incredibly fast compared to our own and it took a while for us to adapt.
The home advantage showed and Berkhamsted actually won all four rinks with an overall
On 11 July, a day where the forecast was dreadful and when there had been rain leading
up to the match, we were lucky enough to start the Three Counties League match against
Flackwell Heath early and survive without rain for a considerable part of the afternoon
before the heavens opened. Amersham won on three rinks (one turning from a loss to
a win on the last end) and lost on two rinks but won the match 89-87 picking up 8
league points to Flackwell Heath’s 4.Top rink for Amersham was Sheila Barber, Ian
Hunter, Ken Rye and John Barber.
The match on 13 July at home to Marlow was played in perfect conditions - hot and
sunny but not too hot - and in a very friendly spirit throughout. Amersham won on
3 rinks and lost on one with an overall score of 72-49. Top rink was Dave Edwards,
John Brooks and Ann Parker who won their game 23-9.
On Saturday 15 July we played 4 mixed triples away to Aston Clinton as a friendly
fixture. The weather was warm and calm and the match was played in a good atmosphere.
Amersham won two rinks and lost two but the balance fell in favour of Aston Clinton
58-65. Top rink for Amersham was Linda English, Norman Wilson and John Brooks.
Sunday 16 July the Amersham men visited Long Crendon for the quarter-final of the
Bucks Plate. For much of the match the outcome remained in the balance, but Long
Crendon created a margin towards the end which we could not close. Once again, Amersham
won two rinks and lost two, but the balance favoured Long Crendon 53-70. Top rink
for Amersham was John Culley, John Brooks and John Barber.
On a very humid and overcast afternoon on. 18 July, we turned up to Stoke Poles expecting
to play 4 mixed tripled. Unfortunately the opposition were expecting 3 mixed triples
so after a quick rearrangement we played 4 against 3 on each rink. The green was
challenging with a large number of bare patches and cracked earth resulting in it
being very fast and unpredictable. In addition, no sooner had we started than the
green was shrouded in thick smoke from a fire (or fires) in the vicinity which remained
for the majority of the afternoon. Sheila was delighted to get shot wood on the second
end only to be told that she was paling on rink 2 and she had shot on rink 1. We
won one and lost two with Stoke Poles running out winners 54-51. Top rink for Amersham
was John Culley, Jane Slay, Neal Evison and John Barber. It is great to see Jane
on a winning rink so soon after starting to play competitive matches for the club.
On 20 July, Amersham entertained Gerrards Cross in a men's friendly match. After
recent heavy rain and a wet morning today the green was soft at the outset but speeded
up as it dried during the sunny afternoon. Games against Gerrards Cross are nearly
always close and hotly contested, and this one was no exception. The overall lead
changed hands regularly during the afternoon. At the start of the last end on the
last rink Amersham were leading by one shot; but with one wood left the opposition
were holding a 2-shot lead and a match-winning position; however, with his last wood
Ray Cox found a route into the head which astonished everyone and reduced the Gerrards
Cross lead to one shot and the match tied at 53-53. Although Amersham finished ahead
on 3 of the 4 rinks, a draw overall seemed a fair result for a match played in a
wonderful spirit throughout. Top rink for Amersham was John Culley (yet again), David
Smith and Neil Evison who won their game 16-11.
On Saturday 22 July match we played another Chiltern and Thames fixture at home to
Loudwater. On this occasion we won one rink, drew one and lost one. Unfortunately,
the balance of shots fell to the away team 33-51.Top rink for Amersham was Neal Evison,
Wendy Tindale and John Barber.
On 23 July Amersham played Rickmansworth RBL in a friendly match over four mixed
triples. Honours were even in terms of rinks with both sides winning two, but Amersham
edged the match score 57-53. A pleasant afternoon with a friendly atmosphere and
no rain. Top rink was Keith Leonard, Elizabeth Gillott and Neal Evison.
On a glorious summer’s evening on 25 July, we played away in the Chiltern and Thames
League to Chess Vale over three mixed triples. As always, the home team provided
stiff opposition on their artificial surface.Amersham won one rink and lost two with
an overall match score 46-57 in favour of Chess Vale. Our top rink was Helen Murphy,
Neal Evison and Jim Saunders.
On Sunday 30 July we had a Three Counties League match away to High Wycombe who are
currently heading the league by a good margin. We were holding our own for an extended
period and with about 5 ends to go looked as though we might even sneak a win on
three rinks out of five. Sadly, we then hit a bad patch and regretfully the home
side found a winning streak, turning the match around and winning on all five rinks.
The final result was Amersham 77 High Wycombe 117.
On Tuesday 1 August, Amersham entertained Fassnidge in a friendly match over four
mixed triples. Although Amersham won 3 and lost 1 triple the overall match score
meant honours were divided 63-63’ Top rink for Amersham was
Keith Leonard, Gayle Berrington and David Smith.
On a very sunny afternoon on Saturday 5 August, we avoided the threat of thunder
and lightning and had a very enjoyable game away to Rickmansworth over five mixed
triples. Unfortunately one Amersham player got lost on the way to the green and Rickmansworth
very kindly lent us someone who was due to do teas. Amersham won two rinks and lost
three, but after a recount (!!) we found that Amersham won the match by 1 shot 75-74. Top
rink for Amersham was Valerie Garrood, John Brooks and Ray Cox.
Bonanza Day was Sunday 6 August and a good time was had by all. The weather was very
kind and we all played 3 rounds of 7 ends each. Theme of the day was silly hats with
the judges deciding that Diana Bassett’s decorated fluorescent orange road cone was
the best entry. Overall winners were Wendy Tindale and David Balderson with a score
On 8 August we played Chess Vale at home over three mixed triples in a Chiltern and
Thames League match postponed from the previous Wednesday due to inclement weather.
Despite heavy rain the day before the green held up well. Amersham won on two rinks
and lost on one with an overall match score of 58-43 in our favour. This means Amersham
gain 8 league points to Chess Vale’s 2.Top rink for Amersham was Elizabeth Gillott,
David Smith and John Barber.
I have an apology to make (not another one I hear you say). In my last report, rapidly
put together after a break for various reasons, I undersold the Amersham team performance.
On 24 June against Loudwater we won one rink, our one winning rink was Meg Wilson,
Ian Lee and David Smith. I am encouraged that sufficient people read the blog to
spot the (deliberate) errors!
Due to holiday and family commitments I have been a little out of touch for a while
so I am just catching up and there are quite few games to cover.
As runners up in the Bucks Plate last season we were hoping for great things this
season but a narrow defeat against Bassetsbury Manor in the first round didn’t go
as well as we would have expected so everything rested on our second round game against
Blackwell Heath. We won three triples of of four with a winning overall score of
69-43 which now places us in the quarter finals against Long Crendon. Top rink was
Norman Wilson, Ken Rye and David Balderson.
On Sunday 18 June we played Hemel Hempstead in a friendly match at home over 4 mixed
triples. Both sides won two rinks but the match score fell in our favour by just
2 shots. Top rink was Bernard Fletcher, Diana Bassett and Howard Brown.
We then played a series of league matches:
On Monday 19 June we played a Chiltern and Thames league match away to Gerrards Cross.
Always strong opponents, particularly at home this is always a challenging fixture.
However, winning one triple, drawing one and losing one with an overall winning score
of 53-45 provided an excellent victory. Top rink was
Colin Wills, Ian Lee and Anne Begley.
On Tuesday 20 June we played a Three Counties league match at home to Chalfont St
Giles. We won 3 rinks and lost 2 with a winning score of 105-81 with top rink Ian
Hunter, Norman Wilson, Wendy tingle and Eric Sherlock.
On Saturday 24 June we played a Chiltern and Thames league match away to Loudwater,
but unfortunately lost on ll three triples with the match score 35-52.
Regretfully the return match to Chalfont St Giles in the Three Counties league on
27 June saw them wreak their revenge with a 116-68 victory. We did have one winning
rink: Sheila Barber, Gayle Berrington, Elizabeth Gillott and John Barber.
The bad run continued against Court Park at home on 28 June over 4 mixed triples.
We lost 3 and won 1 with an overall match score of 58-78. The only winning rink was
Meg Wilson, Linda English and John Barber.
However, there was better news on Saturday 1 July. We played a Three Counties league
fixture at home against Wexham. We won three rinks and lost two, but on shots the
game was won by a significant margin 117-85. This is a very good result against this
opposition. Top rink (by 1 shot) was Keith Leonard, Pam Hunt, David Smith and Neal
11 June 2017
On Sunday 4 June Amersham ladies played a Top Club match away to Chesham. Despite
both teams winning two disciplines Chesham ran out winners 71-84. It was a significant
achievement to push Chesham this close and the ladies should be congratulated on
That same afternoon, we played a three Counties League match away to Chess Vale on
their all-weather surface. Home advantage told with Chess Vale winning on all five
On Thursday 8 June Amersham Ladies won their Burnham Plate match away to Wing 23-15.
This was closely followed on Saturday 10 June by a home match against Wendover played
in bright, dry conditions over five mixed triples. Amersham won 2 and lost three
with the final score 76-87 in favour of Wendover. Amersham's top rink was Margaret
Stickland, Ian Hunter and Peter Bray.
On Sunday 11 June we played a Three Counties League fixture away to Wexham over five
mixed rinks. Although quite windy the weather remained dry, but Amersham managed
to win one rink to Wexham's four. The score was 87-99 in favour of Wexham. Top rink
for Amersham was Sheila Barber, Norman Wilson, David Smith and David Balderson. Ray
Cox suggested that had the match gone to another ten ends he would have won!! Jim
Saunders rink was very unlucky - holding 1 or possibly 2 on the last end which would
have drawn or won the match (having started 1 down), a poor shot by the Wexham skip
took a massive deflection (or wick) to win the end and the match.
3 June 2017
I have to start this blog with an apology. Ian Lee has proved that he does read this
blog as he raised a complaint about my report of the Aylesbury Town match. Apparently,
I declared the top rink incorrectly. You will guess why Ian spotted this mistake
when I tell you that the top rink should have read Jenny Brooks, Ian Lee and Ann
There has been a bit of a gap since my last blog so I regret that I need to cover
quite a lot of results in one go. It has been quite an intensive time of the season.
On a warm and quite sunny afternoon we played a friendly match away to Marlow on
Tuesday 16 May over four mixed triples. We won one and lost three triples with an
overall match score of Amersham 63 - Marlow 77. Our one winning rink was really quite
convincing at 32-10 and consisted of Jenny Brooks, Alan Ballard and Norman Wilson.
Sadly, our other three rinks could not hold the position sufficiently to maintain
a wnning margin.
We then had two fixtures cancelled, one a friendly away to Tring due to adverse weather
and the second a national Two Fours men's match with Bassetsbury Manor as they were
unable to raise a team.
Still stinging somewhat from a heavy Three Counties League match loss to Harefield,
we played the next round of the competition at home to Bassetsbury Manor. Sadly,
our opponents could only field 4 rinks out of five, conceding on one. This was a
very strong performance by Amersham winning three rinks and drawing one taking the
match 74-55 and also taking 11 league points out of 12. Top rink was John Culley,
Margaret Sherlock, Pat Barnard and David Balderson.
On 21 May we held the annual Captains Day event which as always was a competitive
and lively. As it turned out the men won three rinks and the ladies won three rinks.
Before we started it was suggested by some of the ladies that the men should concede
5 points on each rink - had that happened the overall result would have been a draw
117-117!! Top rink for the men was Graham Morris, Norman Wilson and Peter Bray and
for the ladies Val Newton, Pam Hunt and Pat Barnard.
On Tuesday 23 May a home match was played against Kitcheners over four mixed triples. Against
a forecast of sunshine, the match started in fine drizzle, and a cool breeze under
heavy cloud. However, the weather improved as the afternoon progressed. Although
each side won two rinks, the balance of shots fell to Kitcheners 62-81. The Amersham
top rink was John Culley, Meg Wilson and David Balderson.
On 25 May, an evening which started in hot sunshine and finished 3 hours later when
it was distinctly cooler, Amersham took on Wendover in the season's first C&T league
game and came second to 3 strong Wendover rinks. Although the rink of Sheila Barber,
Ken Rye and John Barbet were leading after the penultimate shot on the last end,
Wendover's skip turned the result around with his last shot. After an enjoyable game
played in very good spirit Amersham lost on all 3 rinks with an overall score of
On 28 May we faced the return leg of the Three Counties League to Harefield. Not
surprisingly the opposition turned out to be very strong once again and the match
was lost 50-95. However we did manage a draw on one rink which was John Culley, Diana
Bassett, Ray Cox and Anne Begley. As Anne was only called in to play on the morning
of the match we are grateful to her in more ways than one!!
On 30 May we had another challenging match at home in the C&T (Chiltern and Thames
League) to Gerrards Cross. We lost on two rinks and won on one with the final score
being 36-69 in favour of Gerrards Cross. Our top rink was Colin Wills, Elizabeth
Gillott and Jim Saunders.
After last year's success where the Amersham men were runners up in the Bucks Plate,
we kicked off the competition this season with a fixture against Bassestsbury Manor
on 31 May. We won two triples and lost two but the final result was a 61-65 loss.
Top rink was Neal Evison, Eric Sherlock and Howard Brown.
Finally for this report, Amersham men entered two national competitions this year
and played Marlow away in both. On Friday 2 June Amersham beat Marlow in the Two
Fours 51-29. One rink was drawn but the top rink with a score of 32-10 was John Culley,
Peter Bray, Neal Evison and John Barber. On Saturday 3 June, Marlow manged to get
their revenge in the Top Club. Played over 5 'dsciplines' (2 wood singles, 4 wood
singles, pair, triple and rink), Marlow won 3-2. Top rink for Amersham was Peter
Bray and Jm Saunders.
'You will notice if you read this blog from the start of the season that John Culley's
name appears on a regular basis on the top rink. In the last two or three matches
John as lead has played such an important part in putting the opposition on the back
foot by regularly putting the majority of his woods very close to the jack. Any skip
will tell you that a consistently accurate lead is worth their weight in gold. Keep
it up John!!!'
14 May 2017
This has been quite a busy week.
A game away to Hazells (in Aylesbury) is always a significant challenge, but the
mixed team came up trumps on 11 May in warm sunshine winning 84-77. Interestingly,
we lost on three rinks and won on two with our top rink being Ian Hunter, Pat Barnard
and Ken Rye.
This was closely followed by another away fixture to Aylesbury Town on Saturday 13
May. Again in sunny weather, the team came of the blocks fighting and shot into a
45-22 lead, ahead on all four rinks. Unfortunately, the old adage about a game of
two halves haunted us and the match was eventually lost by a small margin 65-68.
Top rink for Amersham was John Culley, Pat Barnard and Peter Bray.
On Sunday 14 May we faced one of the stiffest challenges of the season, a Three Counties
League match at home to Harefield (who won the league last year) over 5 mixed rinks.
At one point just after the tea break, Amersham were leading on three rinks and losing
on two, but you can never under-estimate Harefield and in the end we suffered a resounding
loss 62-134 with our one winning rink consisting of Linda English, Wendy Tindale,
John Brooks and Jim Saunders.
7 May 2017
The Ladies team had contrasting results on 2 and 4 May. In the former they played
at Home to Princes Risborough winning 51-47. Top rink was Linda English, Gayle Berrington
and Diana Bassett. In the latter they lost away to Gerrards Cross 31-64 losing on
all three rinks.
On a gloriously warm and sunny afternoon at Hemel Hempstead the mixed team managed
to win two triples and lose to, but unfortunately the balance fell against us and
the score was Amersham 57 - Hemel Hempstead 62.This was Norman's 85th birthday and
fortunately he was on a winning rink. However, top rink was Sheila Barber, John Brooks
and John Barber.
In the same timescale we had the second Spoon Drive on 1 May whwere Eric Sherlock
won overall just pippng John Barber by one shot and preventing John from winning
two in a row.
On Friday 5 May, we enjoyed a social evening with a quiz by quiz evening hosted by
Neal Evison. The Social Committee did an excellent job and he shepherd's pie was
well received. Many thanks to the committee and to Neal for excellent entertainment
and it was good to see an encouraging turn out.
20 April 2017
The first match of the season on 19 April was home to Masonic over five mixed triples.
Amersham managed to run out with a healthy victory 83-73. Top rink consisted of Robin
Eddy, Joy Spicer and Neal Evison.
The following day 20 April, the Men took on the Ladies and it was wonderful to see
20 on each side keenly contesting the match. On this occasion the men were winners
96-61. I hesitate to say that one of the men did not record the event in his diary
so I am sure there will be opportunities for me to remind him during the season!
On Thursday 25 April, the Wally Theobald trophy was contested as mixed pairs over
four rounds. Ultimate winners were Ian Lee and Linda English. In the very first round
I sent my final wood down the rink and Jenniffer got quite excited and declared I
had just taken shot. Unfortunately, closer analysis revealed that in fact my wood
had rested next to one of John Barber's fluorescent orange woods rather than the
Then, on quite a cold and at times damp afternoon on 27 April a match was played
away to Bassetsbury over five mixed triples. The good start to the season continued
with Amersham winning rather convincingly 94-53 with top rink Keith Leonard, Meg
WIlson and John Barber.
Finally, on a cool Sunday afternoon in Hillingdon, we played a match away to Court
Park over 4 mixed triples. Despite leading at tea, the position gradually reversed
and the fnal result was eventually Amersham 68 Court Park 73. We had two top rinks
both winning by 6 shots: Jean Anderson, Norman Wilson and John Barber along with
Peter Bray, John Brooks and Ann Parker. On my own rink (with John Culley and ELizabeth
Gillott) things didn't go well early on and after 7 ends our score was 0-17. As might
be imagined this did prompt one or two less than complimentary comments from certain
members of the team. However, determined efforts turned the tide and by the end each
triple had won 9 ends. Sadly, although we were delighted with our attempt to correct
the position we finished up 1 shot short at 18-19, but it was a very enjoyable second
16 April 2017
Hello everyone and welcome back to the new season.
We start on a number of really high notes:
1. The lease is signed and complete so we now have the base upon which to move forward
2. The toilet(s) and wash basins in the clubhouse have been completely refurbished
so we no longer need to be embarrassed about the facilities we have to offer in this
respect. Thanks are due in particular to John Barber, Sheila Barber, John Brooks
and Jim Saunders for the many hours of work they have put into producing a truly
3.The green is in immaculate condition and playing superbly. Many thanks to John
Brooks, Jim Saunders and their team of helpers.
4. The green surrounds and paving slabs are in excellent condition due to some intensive
work by Colin Wills and his team of helpers for which we are very grateful.
Yesterday (Saturday) kicked off with the opening event of the season, a Spoon Drive.
The weather was glorious (slightly against predictions) and with an excellent turn
out of 34 members a good time was had by all. Our illustrious chairman showed off
his new fluorescent orange bowls that dazzled everyone in the sunlight and, with
indications that he must have been practising in advance, he walked off with the
prize! I had advised my wife that I was going to win something this season, but I
wasn't expecting to achieve my goal this early, taking home the wooden spoon! At
least it doesn't need polishing. Anything else will be an anticliimax now.
We currently have an excellent number (40) for the Men v Ladies on Thursday this
week and the weather prediction is fiine. Somewhat embarrassingly, I will not be
around as we have a family stay in Chester coming up, but I do hope the event is
If anyone would like to improve their game do contact one of our coaches: John Barber,
John Brooks, Brian Spicer and Brian Drew. They will be glad to help.
As always, the club is always looking for new blood so if you hear of anyone interested
in playing bowls or interested in transferring from another club please do encourage
them to contact us.
I look forward to seeing all of you as the season progresses.