GSMBA has awoken
Well it does seem that the County has been in a deep sleep for the past fifteen months. We did have a sort of AGM last year (2020) when we voted in a new Competitions Secretary (Paul Murphy) and a new Premier Team Captain (Ollie Hipkiss). In June this year the Chaiman, Secretary and A Team Captain stood down prompting a co-option process to find replacements. Two of those three positions have now been filled uncontested by Andy Todd as Secretary and Chris Evans as A Team Captain. The Chairman's position is contested between Ryan Knight and David Bubb. The vote concludes on 13th July when we will know who our new Chairman will be. These position like all others will come up for re-election at our next AGM which, subject to government COVID restrictions, will hopefully be around September/October.
Gwen Wheeler With sadness I reported the passing of Gwen, she passed away on 9 August after an extremely brave fight against cancer. Gwen's funeral took place on 26th August at St John the Baptist Church, France Lynch. Tony is sorry that he could not invite more of you due to the limitations placed on us by the COVID 19 restrictions. Tony thanks all those who were able to attend and also thanks to everyone who gave donations which amounted to £750 to Cancer Research UK. Gwen was a popular and respected short mat player and was Treasurer of the GSMBA for over 18 years. She will be sadly missed. Re-arranged AGM
Due to the COVID 19 situation this years AGM will be by proxy as agreed by 13 out of the 20 registered clubs. (3 against, 4 non-reply) The proxy AGM of the Gloucestershire SMBA will be held on Friday 4th September 2020. The annual presentation will be limited to announcing the prize winners and trophies will be engraved as usual and independently delivered to the recipients when possible. All data including written officer reports, proposals, nominations and questions from the clubs will be delivered to all club secretaries by 7th August 2020 together with the formal agenda. Accompanying the agenda will be a voting sheet with room for each club to enter two votes for each agenda item requiring it. Questions relating to the proposals may be submitted up to two weeks prior to the AGM date leaving time for replies. The voting sheets, duly signed off by a club officer, should be returned to the County Secretary by no later than 7th September to be counted. (Email returns please) The voting sheet will include a section for comments etc if the club wish to make them. The AGM will be deemed complete after the 7th September and when any questions posed have been answered. The minutes will be raised as soon after the meeting date as possible, a summary of voting etc will be published within a week of the AGM completion. County Pairs 2019
Our Pairs competition was played Saturday 4 January 2020 and the winners were Saul Featherstone and Steve Holdsworth (Gloster Knights) and the runners up were Ryan Knight, Ollie Hipkiss (Gloster Knights). County Fours 2019
Our Fours competition was played Saturday 21 December and the winners were Ryan Knight, Ollie Hipkiss, Saul Featherstone and Steve Holdsworth (Gloster Knights) and the runners up were Jill Heatherington, Carole Preece, Stewart Minchew and Paul Murphy (Tewkesbury BC). County Triples 2019
Our County Triples competition was played Sunday 22 December and the winners were Saul Featherstone, Jo Featherstone and Adrian Attrill (Gloster Knights) and the runners up were Carole Preece, Stewart Minchew and Paul Murphy (Tewkesbury BC). County Over 55 Pairs 2019
Our County Singles competition was played today (19 October) and the winner was Derek Wilson, Tewkesbury BC and the runner up was Steven Holdsworth, Gloster Knights. Well done both, see photo.
With sadness I have to report the passing of Pam Farley who finally lost her battle with cancer on 2nd October, she will be sadly missed by all. Her funeral will be at Gloucester Crematorium on Friday 25th October at 10am Our Ladies v Avon Ladies
Well done our ladies, winning the home match at Churchdown against the Avon ladies and with a valiant effort just being beaten in the return match at Bristol IBC. Veronica wishes to thank you all for your effort and support in both matches. Ladies Charity Triples Competition
The ladies charity triples took place at Waterwells Sport Centre and raised the magnificent sum of £1000 for the Cheltenham Oncology Unit. Prizes and medals were donated by Pam Farley. Although intended to be a ladies competition there was also two rinks of men's teams. The winners were Kington Langley (ladies) and Ross-on-Wye (men) with Winterbourne ladies and men as runners up. A big thankyou to Teresa and all her helpers for a great days bowling. TLH Top Club Winners
Gloster Knights have again won the TLH Top Club competition played 4th & 5th May. Well done to all in beating Dorset in the final 6-3. See pic. Ladies Charity Triples Competition
On May 25th Kingsway SMBC are holding a ladies triples competition to raise funds for the Cheltenham Oncology Unit. All clubs are invited to put in a triple to play with 3 woods each. Cost will be £18 per team, bacon butties and general refreshments will be available during the day. Contact Teresa Bruton, Tel: 07545 706542 for further details.
Another win for Gloucestershire
Well done to Gloster Knights who, after a hard fought battle with Woolhope, have won this years LEH competition by 17 shots.
Thank you to everyone who played this past season in the county A team. I know that everyone who played enjoyed doing so and I appreciate the part played by people who came in at the last minute because of someone being ill and so there was always a full team on the day. We did not win them all but getting to the semi-final of the plate knockout and only losing by 22 points to 18 against Dorset was very good. The most frustrating result of the whole season was losing to Hereford by a single shot on the very last end and very last bowl of our final match to put them a single point above us in the ICC league table. Thank you all again, you did me and the county proud. David Bubb County 4's and Mixed 4's Championships/National Qualifiers 26/27 January
Congratulations go to Lye Taylor, Pauline Turner, Steven Holdsworth and Bryan Taylor winners of the mixed 4's and Tom Clough, Saul Featherstone, Jack and Ryan Knight winners of the 4's. Runners-up were Barbara Bubb, Lynn Williams, David Bubb and Chris Rudderham (mixed 4's) and Pauline Schofield, Rose Wilson, Derek Wilson and Dave Moss (4's). AGM 2019
The date of this years AGM has been set at 26th April. The venue will be the purple room at Churchdown CC, start time 7:30 pm. Can all winners/runners up holding county trophies please return them so that they can have the engraving updated.
Obituary - Ray Ball UPDATE
It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of Ray Ball on Thursday 17 January. Ray was a talented green and short mat bowler but had not played out doors for a couple of years. He belonged to Wotton Hall SMBC for many years but latterly he played for Tewkesbury BC and Woodmancote SMBC. His funeral will be at 11 am on Friday 15th Feb at Cheltenham Crematorium.
County Triples Championships/National Qualifiers 5 January
Congratulations go to Gill Johnson, Carole Preece and Stewart Minchew against some very stiff opposition won the Triples. Runners-up (also from Tewkesbury BC) were Rose & Derek Wilson and Dave Moss who just missed out on the title due to a last minute fantastic left handed final wood from Stewart. Well done to both teams and once again a well organised and run event care of David, Barbara and Clive. County Pairs Championships/National Qualifiers
Congratulations go to Ryan Knight and Ollie Hipkiss who were winners of the Pairs and to the runners-up Jo Lau and Saul Featherstone (both from Gloster Knights), held at Churchdown CC on 24 November. Once again a well organised and run event care of David and Clive. County Over 55 Pairs Championships/National Qualifiers
Congratulations go to Stewart Minchew & Tony Wheeler who were winners of the Over 55 Pairs and to the runners-up Adrian Attrill & Bob Wood, held at Churchdown CC on 3 November. Once again a well organised and run event care of David and Clive despite some last minute drop outs.