Madeira Christmas Party was a fine affair.

PUBLISHED: 09:23 23 December 2009 | UPDATED: 12:30 10 June 2010

THIS is the time of the year when more of the social side of the club rather than the bowling side shows through, writes Ron Stares.

THIS is the time of the year when more of the social side of the club rather than the bowling side shows through, writes Ron Stares.

There was just the one game to report on played last week.

It was a Ladies Triples game against Padbrook Park, played up in Mid Devon.

The Madeira Ladies managed to draw on one rink, but it has to be said that the home team were in very good form and won the game by 58-40 (19+). The one rink that drew was skipped by Jacky Howle, supported by Elizabeth Haynes and Barbara Williams, their score was 18 each.

The only other bowling contested in the past week was the closing stages of the Christmas Mixed Triples.

The first semi-final saw the trio of Lin Halpin, Keith Ewins and Jim Bradford win through their match 2-1.

In the second semi-final Pat Harris, Len Worsfold and Bob Finch managed to see off Roy Bateman, Mavis Mears and Cliff Skinner 2-0.

The final was very close, so close indeed that a shoot-out was required to determine a victor.

It was Jim Bradford's team that prevailed!

Now news of the Social side of the club, a very strong feature of all things Madeira Bowling Club.

Early on Saturday evening, before the Christmas Party moved into full swing, there was a Christmas Party Triples competition which was won by Mick Powell, Peter Perks and Marie Killoran.

The Christmas party was held in the Magnolia Room where the entertainment was provided by two members, John Relph and Vic Doidge.

A running buffet was provided by the members and enjoyed by all present, finishing with Festive Carols and the climax to a wonderful evening was the annual Christmas Draw.

May I close this report by extending seasons wishes both for a very happy Christmas and a very happy and healthy New Year to all the many friends of Madeira Bowling Club.

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