The sun shone on Brentwood ladies for their annual gala day on Wednesday 6th August when bowlers from across the county competed for cash prizes.
Torrential overnight rain threatened to scupper the fundraising event but at the last minute, the clouds made way for brilliant sunshine and the 24 teams were able to enjoy a superb competition.
Each team played four games of triples with a break for lunch prepared by host club volunteers who also served refreshments including home-made cakes throughout the day. Volunteers included Kate Davies, Kath Jolly, Joan Stevenson, Marion Lofts, Marje Shute, Barbara Morrish and Rose Collins.
Richard Rose was scorer, ably assisted by Ron Jolly, Brenda Watson and Barbara Morrish ran the raffles, Marina Thorne organised the tombola, Ann Rose was in charge of the book stall, and John Howard and Les Powell sold tickets for the pot of gold.
Marion Lofts donated a hamper and Richard Rose gave a bottle of whisky to raffle, Marje Shute created flower arrangements for the tables and a large floral display to raffle, and Ann Betts provided a rich fruit cake for a ‘guess the weight’ competition.
The day culminated with ladies’ captain Margaret Rayment announcing that Runwell 1 were winners of the bowls competition, with Liberty 2 second and South Benfleet and Canvey third.
Pam Scruby from South Benfleet and Canvey won the cake with a guess of 6lbs 7oz which was one and a half ounces over the actual weight. Ann Betts won the £45 pot of gold, Maureen Jaycock took home the flower display and Doreen Goodwin got the hamper.
And Marina Thorne – renowned for failing to win a raffle – had a change of luck and went home with a box of cosmetics.
Runwell 1 – 56, Liberty of Havering 2 – 52, South Benfleet and Canvey 1 – 45, Haynes Park 1 – 43, Warley Hill, South Benfleet and Canvey 2 – 42, Liberty of Havering 1, Runwell 2 – 34, Rainham 2, Kings Chase 2, Liberty of Havering 3 – 33, Haynes Park 2, Kings Chase 1, Clockhouse – 32, Harold Hill, Hainault – 31, Rainham 1 – 30, Central Essex 2 – 27, Gidea Park – 23, Billericay – 22, Chadwell St Mary – 20, Clacton – 17, Murrayfield – 15, Central Essex 1 – 9.