Jubilee celebrations for the Ottery bowlers

Jubilee for Ottery bowls

Jubilee for Ottery bowls - Credit: Ottery Bowls Club

Suddenly it was Platinum Jubilee weekend, when the whole of the country joined in the festivities to celebrate 70 years of the Queen’s reign.

Not to be outdone, Ottery St Mary Bowling Club decided to forsake the traditional whites and club colours and change the dress code. After much discussion, it was agreed that Red, White and Blue would be suitable!  

As can be seen from the attached pictures, everyone entered into the spirit of the day. It was a special treat to enjoy the company of our oldest club member, Ken Pollitt. who is now 99. Although his playing days are long over, it was a real pleasure for him to come out, be treated like royalty, and to meet old friends.  

A round robin tournament was well organised by Club captain Mike Kelsey, ably assisted by his wife Marion, who is Ladies Captain. New playing conditions were introduced, which produced no end of confusion and hilarity! 

Over 40 members took part in the day, and they were treated to a high tea at half time. The efforts of the catering team were greatly appreciated to the extent that no-one wanted to return to the green for the second half.  

Perhaps the words of a small child who ate too much at a Sunday School Tea Party resonate when he was heard to say ”Pick me up or put me down, but don’t bend I!” 

Eventually, the matches finished and the winners proved to be Tony and Dot Luff, together with Ron Spedding. The Queen was duly toasted by all the players, and everyone agreed that the festivities had been thoroughly enjoyed, but the real winner on the day was the game of bowls. 

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Since my last report, Ottery St Mary Bowls Club has continued with its series of friendly matches against local clubs, playing against Chagford away and welcoming both Severalls Jubilee and Topsham to Strawberry Lane.  

Severalls made the trip from Chard, only to be beaten by the home team. Next year is their jubilee year and it is hoped that the return visit will bring a similar result. 

Carol Keating, who tried not to be too audacious

Carol Keating, who tried not to be too audacious - Credit: Ottery Bowls Club

Fenella Griggs, who decorated her own hat

Fenella Griggs, who decorated her own hat - Credit: Ottery Bowls Club