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The Gaddesden Society Bowls & Croquet Club

Bowls & Croquet Club 



Looking back on the 2018 season we have been rather more successful than in previous years with a total of seven wins in our 11 friendly matches against local teams - with notable successes against Berkhamsted, Kitcheners and Potten End.


Our Beer & Bowls and Tea & Bowls sessions were well supported by the village and we plan to run these again next year so that more of you can have a go at bowling. In September we welcomed the Brownies who enjoyed a fun round robin tournament - these budding bowlers proving that bowls is a game for all ages.


Our Annual Presentation Dinner at Ashridge Golf Club at the end of November was well attended and trophies distributed for another year. Among the winners were Mark Woods (Men’s Singles); Anne Isherwood (Ladies’ Singles); Marika Woods and Ray Timberlake (Mixed Pairs); Sheila Kellaway (Dot Nash Trophy) and Ron Davies-Jones (Ted Bolton Trophy). After running neck and neck in the early rounds of the Schneiders Cup Competition (Men v Ladies) the men romped away in the singles round to take the trophy for the third year in succession.


Two of our members are taking an advanced coaching course over the winter so we are looking forward to benefitting from their knowledge in 2019.


Our green stood up well to the (unusually) hot, dry summer months but work on the green and clubhouse continues throughout the winter.


Just because it’s winter and the green is undergoing maintenance it doesn’t mean we are not bowling. A number of us bowl indoors at the Herts Club in Watford, others at Aylesbury and some play carpet bowls in Studham – all to keep the muscle memory ready for the next outdoor season.

Anne Isherwood



The damage inflicted on the bowls green continued to affect our games through the summer.


The balls, whose progress could usually be finely judged, took only the slightest of taps to head off into the blue yonder, challenging us to new skills in mallet control.


The weather continued to be balmy, so we enjoyed the close of the season, and 16 of us took part in the annual Gnome competition. This is a round robin where all players compete in at least six games. The winners, Paul Coleman and Roger Clark are pictured with their trophies.


After the season end, we continue to meet for coffee and possibly a game of rough croquet on the field outside the clubhouse. As the grass is rough, the final resting place of each ball is much more unpredictable than usual. The picture shows Richard and Jane Tilley enjoying these delights! Come and try out this winter diversion on the last Sunday in the month for November, January and February.

Bill Newberry

How to get in touch…

Gaddesden Society President
Trevor Fernandes 01442 843498

Gaddesden Society Honorary Secretary
Mandy Haynes 01442 842496

Gaddesden Society Treasurer
Phil Heaphy 01442 842283
[email protected]

Diary Editorial Team

Phil and Rachael Heaphy 01442 842 283 [email protected]

Matt Laver
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Genny Snowdon 01442 843834

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