Seaton BC ladies celebrate 60th anniversary

PUBLISHED: 10:00 29 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:53 15 June 2010

Seaton BC's celebrating ladies

Seaton BC's celebrating ladies

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Seaton Bowls Club ladies' section celebrated its 60th birthday last Wednesday. The weather smiled down on all the lady bowlers who took part, making it a very pleasant afternoon.

Seaton Bowls Club ladies' section celebrated its 60th birthday last Wednesday. The weather smiled down on all the lady bowlers who took part, making it a very pleasant afternoon. The event began with a drive over 12 ends, and finished with target bowls, which was great fun. Each member contributed to the tea, and the club's president, Rhonda Follenfant, gave a very moving speech about Seaton's ladies' section and welcomed the retired bowlers who came along, saying how honoured the club was with their presence, and thanked Kate Knott for making the birthday cake and Betty Powell for decorating it so beautifully. The ladies were divided into two teams. the captain's and vice captain's. The final result was a win the the vice captain's team by seven shots. Joan Miles for the vice captain won with +16, the top captain's team member being Jill Richards with +15. Both were given a bottle of wine. Two ladies, one from each team who finished with -13 and -15, were given a bar of chocolate, so it was well worth losing!! Barbara Thompson won the target bowls, scoring the highest you can get with one bowl - 10 points, well done.On Wednesday morning Don Yaxley and Angie Mayhew played in the County mixed pairs against Martin and Lyn Eveleigh from Feniton and won 23-19, congratulations.On Wednesday afternoon the men's over-60's triples team went to Tiverton Park BC. On this occasion Seaton lost for the first time in this competition. One rink lost by eight shots the other by nine. Better luck in the next match. On Tuesday, six DCLBA Presidents' teams played against six mixed Seaton teams. The afternoon began with a spider, which raised £53 for the President's chosen charity - Exeter Hospice. Ann Wright won the spider and had a bottle of wine for her efforts. A wonderful afternoon of bowls followed. Half way Seaton provided a delicious tea and would like to thank everyone who made cakes or sandwiches. After the match Julie Grant, the DCLBA President, gave a fine speech and presented picture frames to the two winning rinks, one for the president's team and one for the best Seaton team. For the two teams who had the lowest score, she gave each lady a wooden spoon dressed in a duster and hand warmers for the gentlemen of Seaton. The final score was a win for Seaton 134-108. Seaton's highest rink was Betty Powell, Jenny Wilde, David Ford and skip Sue Rutter, the ladies' captain, who played superb bowls all afternoon finishing with a score of 28-8. (Incidentally Sue's team played against Julie Grant's team the County President, but don't tell anyone she lost!) Julie presented a photo frame for the club, engraved 'Seaton Ladies' 60th Anniversary 2008, presented by Julie Grant President DCLBA'. The club would like to thank her most sincerely for such a lovely gift.In the evening Seaton men played in the County Trophy against Budleigh Salterton. Two teams played away and two at home. Seaton won overall by 3 rinks to 1 with a final score of 84-65, Well done gentlemen. On Sunday it was the DCBA Centenary Celebration which was held at Topsham BC. All 110 clubs in Devon were invited to send a representative and Don Yaxley, the men's vice captain, attended on behalf of Seaton, at what was a unique occasion. Bowls drives were played in the morning and afternoon in glorious sunshine, split by a snack lunch. After the activities on the green, a superb three course meal was provided. The county president, Alan Mann, spoke of the great achievements of bowls in Devon over the past 100 years, before presenting each delegate with a set of commemorative cuff links and a tie clip. At home on Sunday, five mixed rinks played against Uffculme who won 122-77. Seaton lost on three rinks and won on two. Seaton's best team was Jeremy Allison, Shirley Parkhouse, Michael Follenfant and skip Barbara Smith 20-13.At the start of another hectic week for the club, Saturday, May 17, saw four mixed rinks go to Bradninch, and win 99-78. Seaton's best team was Ron Rowley, Jenny Wilde, David Ford and skip Rhonda Follenfant. The club would like to thank Bradninch for their friendly welcome.l At home on Saturday, Roger Woolland played in his second round of the Champion of Champions competition. In his first round he played P Compton from Chardstock, winning 21-15. On Saturday he played R Paxton from Exonia, who is ranked 12th in the world, and won again, this time by a tremendous 21-1. The club is very proud of Roger and wish him every success as he goes on to play in further rounds.

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