A coach party from Brentwood Bowling Club visited historic Henley-on-Thames on Saturday 7th September to see the sights and play their first ever friendly against the local bowls club.
The party included 29 bowlers and 15 non-bowlers who made the most of the visit by sampling some of the Oxfordshire town’s coffee shops and restaurants, and taking time out for retail therapy.
Bowling got underway on six rinks in the afternoon with five Brentwood players helping to make up numbers for the host club.
At an after-match meal, the home captain Richard Kingston welcomed the visitors and said: “We have been extremely fortunate with the weather and we have been extremely fortunate in having such a lovely group of people coming here today.” He revealed that Brentwood had won the day 119 – 97, with wins on five rinks.
Brentwood captain Richard Rose thanked him for the welcome, adding: “It’s been a great day and we have really enjoyed ourselves.”
Both captains thanked Brentwood ladies’ captain Margaret Rayment for her tremendous efforts in organising the visit.
Players on Brentwood’s winning rink – Marina Thorne, Charles Thorne, Julie Dixon and skip Steve Shute – received Bomber Command commemorative mugs from their captain.
Brentwood’s Patrick Miller played for Henley and was presented with a small gift for being on the home club’s top rink. He had secretly hoped to win an alarm clock but was delighted to receive instead a letter opener presented by the Henley captain.
Brentwood Teams: Marina Thorne, Charles Thorne, Julie Dixon, skip Steve Shute; Brenda Watson, Marje Shute, Cliff Jaycock, skip Byron Davies; Kath Jolly, Les Powell, Pam Baker, skip Richard Rose; Ken Collins, Rose Collins, Brian Martin, skip Maureen Jaycock; Ian Watson, Sue Hickman, Geoff Byatt, skip Fred Wasmuth; Gordon Jary, Trish Ould, Barbara Morrish, skip Ron Jolly.
Brentwood players on loan: Marion Lofts, Margaret Rayment, Patrick Miller, Ann Betts and Ron Lofts.
Red Letter Day for Fred
The smile has returned to the face of vice-captain Fred Wasmuth after a visit from his postman bearing a large envelope. The package contained his treasured red jumper which he lost in Henley … somewhere between a local hostelry and the bowls club!
He called Henley captain Richard Kingston who tracked the missing garment and popped it in the post. Fred said: “What a first class fellow!”