Maidstone & District Bowling Association Finals Day
Marden hosted this event on Sunday 5th September in glorious autumn sunshine. The green looked and played well and our ladies provided refreshments throughout the day and jenny manned the bar, as normal.
Marden and Bearsted shared the competitions between them with the following results:
Men’s Singles was won by Robert Thew and the runner up was Craig Rimmington. Both bowlers were from Marden BC.
The Men’s Pairs was won by Robert Thew and Bob Dibley of Marden, with Robert Ferguson and Ian Parkes the runners up from Bearsted.
The Men’s Triples was won by Peter Collins, Robert Thew and Michael Doorey of Marden, with Michael Coleman, Alan Williams and Keith Jones the runners up from Loose.
The Men’s Fours was won by Michael Palmby, Andy Tree, Ian Parkes and Dan Stearn from Bearsted with Peter Collins, John Gardener, Stewart Knight and Michael Doorey the runners up from Marden.
The Mixed Triples was won by Robert Ferguson, Sandra and Ian Parkes from Bearsted with Freddy Slade, Barry Skates and Doreen Easterby the runners up from Ditton.
In the Men’s Over 60 Singles, Anthony Baines of Bearsted beat Freddy Slade from Ditton.
In the Men’s Over 60 Pairs, Maurice Goldacre and Andy Tree of Bearsted beat Mick Collins and Bob Dibley from Marden.
The Bert Wright Cup was contested by Marden and Bearsted with Marden coming out on top.
Previously the League had been won by Marden with Maidstone runners up, and the Bossom Cup had been won by Loose Ladies.
Pictures of the winners are shown in the Photo Gallery page.
Eventually we were able to celebrate our 50th Anniversary on Wednesday 11th August on a day with warm temperatures and sunny skies. The original date of Monday 12th July had to be postponed due to continuing Covid restrictions, but eventually we made it.
Marden members were joined by many local residents with connections to past members who had played such a great part in the founding of the club. There were also representatives from the Kent County Bowling Association, and clubs with whom we have long standing connections. There were also past officers of the club who, in one case had travelled from Herefordshire to join us for the occasion.
In all there were about 100 people present and they were served with wine on arrival and at 1.00pm the buffet was served. After the buffet, President Mick Collins, formally welcomed our guests and there were replies from local resident, Mr. Robin Judd and Kent County Bowling Association Past President Mr. Geoff Chapman. Finally the anniversary cake was cut by International bowler Mrs. Sandy Hazell. Philip Butler had provided sound equipment and kindly acted as MC for the afternoon.
Before guest left the club they were given a copy of the anniversary book ‘From Beer, Bandits, Hard Work and a Lottery Grant’, which outlines the clubs history from the initial concept way back in 1964.
With the conclusion of formalities, Marden members took part in a short competition organised by Del Davies. The eventual winners were John Miles, Tony Brooks and Martin Mapp who overcame Ray Niblock, Carl Bingley and Craig Rimmington in the final.
Pictures are shown in Photo Gallery