Sad farewell to Fred Lawrence

Wednesdays Men’s Over-60s game was postponed as it was the occasion of the funeral of Fred Lawrence a past member of the club who continued bowling after the age of 90, writes Penny Gale.

He was a member for nearly 30 years and was a very keen bowler. He played a major part in the small labour force in 1986-1988 that rebuilt the clubhouse and changing rooms. He could always be relied upon to turn out for any match, whether it was a County Trophy or a friendly game. His dry sense of humour was ever present and his quiet disposition made him an excellent team player on and off the green. He is sadly missed by those in the club who played and worked with him.

Hemyock bowlers enjoyed their game on Tuesday last when they visited Wellington Bowling Club.

It was cloudy day with a few spells of light, rain but the play was not interrupted. The game consisted of three men’s rinks and two ladies Triples. The men won two rinks and drew the third, while the women won both their triples.

Wellington provided their visitors with a splendid tea at half time.

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Men: Skip M Dear, J Gale, T Fisher, B Hamilton 15-15; Skip K James, D Prettejohn, C Clark, J Heath 17-16; Skip B Whitear, M Laughtan, D Trott, T Butler 27-8.

Ladies’: Skip S Phillips, E Whitear, C Hamilton 19-14;Skip F Chown, S Featherstone, B Heaton 17-15.

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Ladies President’s Trophy match was played at home against Cullompton: Skip C Cridland, E Whitear and S Featherstone. Hemyock’s scores included two fives and three fours and they were 28-8 at the 13th end. Cullompton then went on to score three singles and a five to finish Hemyock 29-16. Skip S Phillips, F Chown, B Heaton. The score after 12 ends was Hemyock three to Cullompton 20. Things did not look good. However, Hemyock rallied to win all the subsequent ends to finish two down at 18-20. An overall win of 47-36.

The Friday club night is being well supported. The Umbrella competition was played with 15 members taking part. Ten ends were played before retiring to the clubhouse where some enjoyed the home prepared food that was available. There was a convivial atmosphere and a buzz of conversation.


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