Thank you to everyone who has contributed to, worked for and played in the 2015 Pro-Am competition, all raising money for the Wombourne High-Fliers. We have had a cracking and highly successful day and the rain even stayed away too!
Starting with the bowling; congratulations to the winners of the Pro-Am Glynn Phillips and Jackie Hinton who won a tense final 21-19 against "the dreamteam" of Ian Bett and Stu Mills.
Now to the fundraising. Special thanks go to Jacky and Les Phillips who threw themselves out of an aeroplane to raise £470; and to Don Waterston who pulled in £440 of sponsor money! When the funds from the day were added in, the total was a stunning £1,500 - and to that we can add £500 of charity match funding courtesy of Lloyds Banking Group (with special thanks to Michelle Bett for arranging this)! A brilliant sum of £2,000!
Another special mention must go to Barbara Hilditch for doing sterling work on the tombola, and to Captain Chris for his brilliant organising, and the bowls committee members for working tirelessly behind the scenes. Fantastic; well bowled everyone and good luck to the High-Fliers!!!!!
Thank you to the many local businesses and shops who donated raffle prizes and to Greene King for some great golfing prizes and Benham for the BMW Weekend. Special thanks to the local businesses who support this event each year generously.
Donations came from:
Tea on the Green, Tiffus, Co-Op, GM Discounts, Spar, Boxleys, Taylors Greengrocers, Beau Hair Salon, Lisa Shepherd, Betty’s Courtyard, Coffee 212, Boots, Halfpenny Vineyard, Ashwood Nurseries, West Midlands Safari Park, Michael Kirk Butchers, Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Friday 3 July 2015; the John Bett Trophy night raising money for Prostate Cancer UK, and another magnificent night at Wombourne Bowls Club! The competition was played in a terrific spirit of camaraderie but that certainly didn't dull the quality of the bowling with some great games to watch at every stage. Last year's runner up Bill Baugh bit the dust in round 1 at the hands of Glynn Phillips, whilst Stu Mills and Stu Thomas put in some great shots to worry Captain Chris and John Melia respectively, albeit to narrowly lose out. Ominously for the rest of the field, the Warr boys, Andy (reigning champion) and Connah were quick to hit top form with Connah in particular catching the eye with some classy play, particularly in seeing off a rejuvenated Ian Bett (it's amazing what a drop of single malt can do!) in the quarter final. The Warr machine rolled on through two great semis with Connah beating John Stokes and Andy squeezing past John Melia to set up a father and son final that would have thrilled John Bett; and when Andy was stopping 2 to Connah's red, white and blues it looked like a changing of the guard was imminent - and yet the old Warr horse Andy did what he does so often to punch through and retain the glass trophy 21-19, his third JB win in all. Well bowled to all, particularly to the champion and the young pretender!
While the action on the green was top-notch, a fantastic fund raising effort was in full swing at the same time; and thanks to the generosity of so many who donated prizes, sold tickets and of course dug deep to support the cause, we are delighted to announce raising a jaw-dropping £862!!!!!!!! Not only that, but thanks again to Lloyd's Banking Group this fabulous sum will rise by £500 to a magnificent £1,362 for Prostate Cancer UK. FANTASTIC!
Special thanks to Quantex Consulting for donating the Club Wembley tickets, won by Shaun Smith; to Michelle Bett for organising the Lloyd' match fund; Karen Bett and Michelle for selling so many tickets; Debbie Tudor and Captain Chris for organising the competition and running it so well; Phil and the bar staff for keeping the refreshments coming; all who donated and put in so much time for this great cause and in memory of a special friend.
Well bowled indeed!
Ladies and Gentlemen of Wombourne, I bring glad tidings! on the 19th June we did the fundraising that we couldn't do the week before (because of the rain) for the Judy Griffiths Breast Cancer charity night and gave everyone the hard sell, drew the raffle, filled football cards and wore pink! The great news is that we smashed last year's total - this year we have raised a tremendous £509 (plus some loose change) which is a fantastic effort! And the good news keeps coming; Lloyd's Banking Group has pledged to match our fund raising and therefore double the overall total to take us past the £1,000 barrier! (Thanks Michelle Bett!)
To all that contributed, be that by donating prizes (and/or cash) purchasing raffle tickets, bowling in the competition, wearing pink and promoting the charity or giving up their time to organise, run it all and pester folks to dig deep - THANK YOU SO MUCH!! And special thanks go to young Poppy and Olivia who were the glamorous assistants drawing the winning numbers out of the hat (or the box!) A brilliant night to round off two very damp nights on the bowling green - boy, has it been worth it!
Well done all - very well bowled!
Sing along then - "We don't care what the weather man said, if the weather man says its raining, you won't hear us complaining...'! Yes - the rain came back to try and spoil our Judy Griffiths Breast Cancer night again but do you know what? Our girls are made of the right stuff and the competition went ahead regardless! A great effort by all those in pink, with special praise for our competing non-bowlers, particularly Michelle Bett who reached the semi-final! The final was a classic battle between two top competitors, with reigning (or should that be "raining"?) champion Vicky Cooper eventually overcoming the tenacious challenge of Alison Morgan to retain the trophy! Well done to all of the ladies - a great effort all round, and a highly enjoyable night; well bowled!
Last night, we remembered our dear friend Judy Griffiths, playing the ladies competition in her name and raising funds for the fight against Breast Cancer. Sixteen ladies, bedecked in pink, took up the challenge on a warm evening. It took some super bowling from Vicky Cooper and Irene Burch to get them them through to the final, where Vicky hit absolute top form just at the right time to take the trophy. Hard luck Irene but congratulations to Vicky; and very well done to everyone who generously contributed to the grand total of £305 raised in the raffle, a sum which we are delighted to say will be matched by Lloyds Bank Group (thanks again to Michelle Bett for arranging this!) ensuring a £610 donation! Thank you to all Club members for your terrific support yet again for this fantastic cause, well bowled all!!
What a night! On Friday 4 July, we held our
annual fund raiser for Prostate Cancer UK in the name of our much-missed friend John Bett. Despite the weather, 18 gentlemen played for the trophy building to a magnificent final between Andy
Warr and Bill Baugh, with Andy eventually
taking the honours 21-19 after top quality bowling from both players; in particular, Andy's last two woods to take the win were exceptional. Our photo shows Ian Bett starting his Dad's final with
Bill and Andy.
As for the fund-raising, thank you to all that contributed to the fabulous total on the night of £703.40, a sum that Lloyds have pledged to match, meaning that your generosity raised in excess of £1400 for the fight against prostate cancer (thank you to them and to Michelle Bett for organising this) in John's name.
Thanks also to Quantex Consulting for the kind donation of the Club Wembley tickets for our auction, to Tony Hilditch for his tremendous support, to all who donated the wonderful array of raffle prizes, to Debbie and Donna for running the competition, to Millie for leading the raffle ticket sales team, to everyone else who helped and to club members for their wonderful generosity. Well bowled all!!