First Inter-Club BBQ for 2018 at Norwich LBC

JUNE 22, 2018

Although the Norwich Lawn Bowling Club will not be hosting a tournament until Monday June 25th’s NorPac mixed triples event, the club members have definitely kept busy.

Many of our bowlers regularly compete in tournaments at other clubs in the region.  In the past week, Norwich teams competed in tournaments in Aylmer and Embro (the Thamesford tournament was unfortunately cancelled).  In each of these tournaments, Norwich teams placed in the top 5.

Lawn bowling in Norwich has always been ore than just tournaments.  Our Tuesday and Thursday jitneys are well attended by club members.  The Thursday jitneys are followed by refreshments and fellowship in the clubhouse and the top bowlers of the night receive prizes that have been donated by local businesses.

In addition to our usual Tuesday and Thursday games, NLBC hosted it’s first Ladie’s Night event on June 15th.  Anyone walking past the greens on Friday evening may have seen a group of women laughing hysterically, standing in a circle around the edge of the green, playing a variation of bowling and just generally having a whole lot of fun.

There is a new codeword amongst the women in attendance.  It will be difficult for any of them to hear the word ‘Ha’ without laughing or at least smiling, and answering with ‘Ha Ha’.

On Tuesday June 19th, Norwich LBC hosted the Thamesford club for a friendly match and barbecue.  Twenty four people from both clubs enjoyed a barbecue dinner with burgers donated by NorPac followed by a 12 end jitney.

Norwich LBC members bowl every Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7pm.  Anyone who is interested in giving it a try is encouraged to come out -visitors are always welcome.  The lawn bowling club is located on Stover Street South, with the entrance off Carman Street.

Looking Ahead to 2018 – on the greens

Your Norwich Lawn Bowling Club executive met today to discuss plans for 2018. A new “learn to bowl” program will be finalized over the winter months complete with an advertising budget to recruit new members, as well as 4 new in club holiday events.

In addition, discussions were held on ideas ranging from a monthly pub night to expanding to include days specific for other activities such as cards etc, even a Norwich Mini putt championship fundraiser.

The executive will next meet on November 30th to view a copy of proposed social activities/dates as well as deliberate on the 2018 budget.

It’s shaping up to be a very ambitious and fun filled season ahead.

Many thanks, Old Theatre Flowers

Looking back 5 months ago today, the Norwich Lawn Bowling Club held it’s first tournament of the season.

It also marked the last time that the “Old Theatre Flowers” mixed pair/women’s pairs would be played in Norwich as the business owners have retired and closed their doors after almost 33 years in business.

The Norwich lawn bowling club would like to thank Don Bruce and Pat McNally for their years of support to the tournament, the club and the community.

We wish them all the best in their retirement.

BBQ and Lawn Bowling – How Good Can It Get?!

Linda Hawken, VP Norwich Lawn Bowling Club

Norwich Packers once again sponsored Norwich Lawn Bowling Club’s annual BBQ tournament on Wednesday August 15th where all the players enjoyed a luncheon BBQ with salads and dessert provided by the club’s members. Once more, 16 teams travelled from across the District to participate, coming from Thamesford, Kitchener, Burlington, St George, Stratford, Pt Dalhousie, Aylmer, Embro, Simcoe and London.
Sisters Diana May and Ruby Withington were on kitchen duty, providing cooling drinks throughout the day while Nev Williams manned the BBQ to provide delicious Norwich Packer burgers. The Drawmaster for the day was President Kathleen Welch.
Three 12-end games were played and two teams won all of them. In first place were Ron Gregory and Deanna Palmer from Thamesford with 45 points; second were Barry Parker of Kitchener (Heritage Greens) and Ruby DuFeu of Burlington with 39 points. Coming in third were Tony Hawken and Marlene Learn of Norwich with two wins and a total of 40 points. Fourth place went to Tilly Mannen and Eleanor McDonnell from St George who had two wins and 38 points. Also with two wins were Peter and Lesley Kurn from Stratford who had 35 points and came fifth. With one win and the high aggregate points was the team of Dave Bell of Pt Dalhousie and Sandy Ronson of London (Fairmont), scoring 38 points.

Ladies Luncheon 2017

Ladies Rule at Norwich Lawn Bowling Club

Report & Photo Credit: Linda Hawken

Well, since the only men present on July 3rd were those in the kitchen, preparing the green or in the office, it’s not surprising that all winners at the Ladies’ Pairs tournament were all ladies. It was hosted by Marie-Jose Vanderhaegen and Oxford InstaShade and welcomed ten teams from Thamesford, Embro, Aylmer, Stratford, St George and of course Norwich.

As usual at this event, a delicious meal (cold cuts thanks to Norwich Packers) was prepared by the ladies of the club and served by Graham Darmon, Henk Couwenberg and Roger Abraham. These men also cleaned up after the meal too! Tony Hawken was the Drawmaster for the day, assisted by Roger Abraham, and did a fine job of getting teams paired up in a timely manner for each of the three 12-end games.

Winning the tournament, with three wins and 48+9 points, was the Thamesford team of Sue Roth and Deanna Palmer. With 2 wins were the following teams: 2nd place – Brenda Darmon and Marilyn Robillard of Norwich (41 points), 3rd place – Roberta Wilson and Corrie Hooghiem of Aylmer (36+5 points) and 4th place – Donna McLellan and Candace Teetzel also of Norwich (33+7 points). With one win and the highest number of aggregate points (32+3), in 5th place were Linda Hawken (Norwich) and Lesley Kurn (Stratford).