Budleigh Bowlers enjoy Opening Day celebrations

Tony Mackness & Fiona Bolt

Tony Mackness & Fiona Bolt - Credit: Budleigh Bowls Club

The new outdoor season is underway at Budleigh Salterton Bowls Club and a new era has begun behind the scenes. 

David Roberts and Paul Griffin, the Outdoor and Indoor Secretaries have decided to stand-down after five years in their respective roles and Tony Mackness has been elected as the Club Captain with immediate effect.  

Tony joined the Club just prior to the first outbreak of Covid and has quickly established himself as an active member of the Club, playing in many internal and external fixtures.  

Tony said: “It is a privilege to be leading such a long-established prestigious Club and I look forward to working with the Committee to further develop the Club.  

Tony is pictured with Fiona Bolt of Cameron Jones Financial Management, whose company is a major sponsor of the Club. 

As we move into the outdoor season and bowlers get ready for the thrill of competing on those balmy summer afternoons, Budleigh Bowling Club held their Opening Day, which was attended by 40 Members and friends.  

The first Competition was a fun event called ‘The Spider’, a traditional opening to the outdoor season enjoyed by clubs across the country.  

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The Jack is placed in the centre of the Rinks and the bowlers place themselves around the perimeter of the Rinks and all release their Woods at the same time. The bowler whose Wood was closest was Penny Weeks. The funds raised from the competition have been donated to the local branch of Hospiscare. 

This was followed by a Round Robin competition, whereby each team of three players played all the other teams and after a close-fought competition, the winners were the team of Brian Membury, Annie Clarke and John Sheppard. In second place were Marilyn Jackson, Robin Grenyer and Nick Jones.  

Tony would like to thank all the Members who helped to make the day so successful with special thanks to Mo Bond and Joan Shaw for organising the tea and cakes and to Peter Foreman who assisted with the smooth running of the day. 

Here’s to a great summer of bowls.   

Penny Weeks and Fiona Bolt

Penny Weeks and Fiona Bolt - Credit: Budleigh Bowls Club

The Spider competition

The Spider competition - Credit: Budleigh Bowls Club

Robin Grenyer, Marilyn Jackson and Nick Jones with Tony Mackness

Robin Grenyer, Marilyn Jackson and Nick Jones with Tony Mackness - Credit: Budleigh Bowls Club

John Sheppard, Annie Clarke and Brian Membery with Tony Mackness

John Sheppard, Annie Clarke and Brian Membery with Tony Mackness - Credit: Budleigh Bowls Club