Ringwood Bowling Club

A friendly club on the fringe of the New Forest, close to Bournemouth


All these items of news are displayed in publication date order with the most recent at the top...

Following on from the Ditch Clearing last week, volunteers are now required for the final Hedge Trimming Work Party of the year.

Please come along on Tuesday 15th October from 9.00am and lend a hand.

If you can come along and help or have any queries, please contact Dave Lewis on 07914 622668.


It is with great sadness that I have to report that Dave Smith passed away on on the 26th September after a long period of illness. Dave was a renowned bowler at Ringwood as well as at other clubs and was very active in running affairs at Ringwood, latterly as Secretary and also as 2nd & 3rd Teams Captain. He will be very much missed and our deep condolences go out to Sue and all his family and friends. 

Dave's funeral will take place at Bournemouth Crematorium on Friday 18th October at 11.00am and then afterwards at The London Tavern, Poulner.

I apologise for not posting this news earlier. Internet and phone connection issues, whilst on holiday, haven't helped.



Following the closure of the green this coming Sunday, volunteers are needed for Ditch Clearing on Wednesday 2nd October from 9.00am.

If you can come along and help or have any queries, please contact Dave Lewis on 07914 622668.




For me, the three most significant factors that made it such an enjoyable season are, in no particular order:-

The need to don the wet gear on only a very few occasions during the season.

The magnificent Green prepared and maintained by Paul.

The Camaraderie and Dedication within the Club.

You will most likely have in mind one event that stands out in your memory as the most amazing and/or pleasing happening in bowls during the season. Now, we can't all be in the same place at the same time and so, here is mine.

At the beginning of the season I purchased a set of woods, which were of my preferred size and also a bowls trolley bag. It was only a short time before I took delivery of them that I found out that this was our dear departed Dennis Seymour's bowls kit. I decided, as the woods were of tighter line than mine, not to use Dennis's old red woods on grass and save them for indoors, on carpet. Come early August it was my one and only visit to Braeside to play on their carpet. So, I decided to use the red woods and they played so well that together with Fred Alderman and Barry Vaughan we won our rink 13-8. I was so pleased with the results that it could be, hopefully, that Dennis's accuracy and acumen may have rubbed off on me.



Club Finals Day





Despite the heavy rain in the morning and the odd heavy shower in the afternoon, the Club Finals Day was enjoyed by both players and spectators alike. There were some exciting matches and a very good standard of bowling was maintained during the difficult conditions.

Click on the picture for the gallery of the Club Finalists

Unfortunately, the Men's Singles Final didn't take place. Lee Croad takes the title due to a walkover as, unfortunately, his opponent couldn't take part on the day.

Many thanks to Doug Jones for organising and running the event on the day and also to his helpers.




Earlier in the week on Monday, the Bingo Night was a great success. The well supported event was also attended by the late Dan Davies's family members. After a short speech, Doug Jones revealed Dan's framed cap which now has pride of place in the clubhouse. Well done to Debbie and Frank Senior and Jenny Blake for organising and running the event on the night. 


 Résumé of Ringwood Bowling Club's League Performances in 2019

Click on the coloured Team Names below to see results and final League positions. 

Tuesday afternoons. NFWBA Ladies' 1st Team. The great start to the season, with five wins from the first six games, didn't carry through for the rest of the season. However, a good overall result in the end finishing in 3rd place, only by one point, behind runners-up, New Milton. 

Tuesday afternoons. NFWBA Ladies' 2nd Team. Ending up 3rd from bottom in the League belies the teams performance during the season. Having finished on the same number of points, 35, as three other teams, another five shots in Ringwood's favour would have seen them in 3rd place.  

Tuesday evenings. NFBA Men's 1st Team. Another great year for Ringwood's Top Team. Losing only two matches and drawing one saw the Team crowned Champions, for the second year running, with two matches to be played.

Tuesday evenings. NFBA Men's A Team. It was a tough year for the 'A' Team. Having gained promotion last season, It's straight back down to Division 3 having finished on the bottom of the table.

Thursday afternoons. B&DWBA Ladies' Team. A Great summer for the Ladies. An exciting run-in at the end of the season, winning their last four matches by 20 points to 4, resulted in Promotion to Division 'B' via the Runners-Up position. 

Thursday evenings. NFBA Men's B Team. Likewise for the Men's 'B' Team. Solid performances during the whole season, losing only two matches, secured the Runners-Up position and promotion to Division 3. Next year, we look forward to the Ringwood 'A'  v  Ringwood 'B' and vice versa matches.

Saturday afternoons. B&DBA Men's 1st Team. In their last game, having inflicted the only defeat of the season on the runaway leaders Boscombe Cliff, the scoreline of 10-4 was not quite enough to secure the runners-up position. However, the late run of five wins from the last six matches resulted in 3rd place.

Saturday afternoons. B&DBA Men's A Team. Likewise for the 'A' Team. After a good start, the late rally at the end of the season lifted them into 3rd place which was secured by a good enough performance against Braeside to finish only one point in front of Swanage.

Saturday afternoons. B&DBA Triples B Team. A similar story for the 'B' Team. After a poor start to the season the late rally of six wins in a row, 32 points to 4, enabled the 3rd place finish, one point above Boscombe Cliff 'C'.


Coming Up for the Rest of the Year

Saturday 5th October. Ladies' AGM. 9.30am for 10.00am start.

Friday 25th October. Presentation and Social Night. Conservative Club. 6.30pm for 7.00pm.

Friday 1st November. Club AGM. 6.30pm for 7.00pm.

Thursday  14th November. Ringwood Brewery Guided Tour. 6.30pm.


This is the last regular Weekly Bulletin for this year. However, I will keep you up to date with what's happening within the Club regarding meetings, social events and any newsworthy items that come up.

Have a Good Winter and see you next Summer.




President's Charity Day

Our President, Sharon, hosted her Charity Day event today on a wonderfully warm Sunday afternoon.

After a warm welcome and group photos, four rinks of Triples were contested between the Ladies and a Men's Top Team.

The friendly matches were played competitively but in good spirit and at the end the Men were victorious, winning all four rinks and by 98 shots to 64.

After the matches, a sumptuous meal, supplied by the Ladies, was enjoyed by all and was followed by the raffle and short speeches from President Sharon and Club Captain Derrick.

A total of £211 was raised on the day for Sharon's chosen Charity, 'Cash for Kids'.

Well done Sharon and the Ladies for a wonderful afternoon of Bowls.

Click on the Photo to view the two picture Gallery



Battling illness, Lee Croad put up a sterling effort in his encounter with Chris Daniels (Boscombe Cliff)  for the B&DBA Champion of Champions Trophy. Unfortunately, he lost the early morning match 21-9 but he hopes to be fully fit for next Sunday's Men's Singles Final against John Thomas.





The Autumn Triples Final was held over 16 ends in the late afternoon of Thursday. After a good start, Chris, Denis and Brian got stuck on 6 shots which allowed Eileen, Fred and Sharon to forge ahead. Their late rally however, was not quite enough to get them back into contention and the final score was 20-13.

Pictured from left to right are the winners Eileen Clarke, Fred Alderman and Sharon Vardell then runners-up Brian Harrington, Chris Dalrymple and Denis Carr. Well done to all who took part in the competition. Also, a big thank you to Doug Jones who organised and ran the event.










Friday saw the last round of Aussie Pairs matches.

The winners are Brian Harrington and Denis Carr

Well done chaps.















Earlier in the week, on Monday, in the pouring rain at Southbourne, Sharon Varndell won the B&DWBA Lilian Lynex Trophy. The tightly contested match against June Farrer of Braeside ended in a draw. On the extra end Sharon gave up the mat and didn't need to bowl her last wood and it ended 15-14. Well done Sharon.




At last, pictures are now in of the Winners of the Lester Brunt Triples Tournament played on September 1st. The team comprising Steve Van Wyk, Derrick Fulker and Helen Blackiston won the Trophy, defeating a Bournemouth team 10-4. Our other team, comprising Fred Alderman, Doug Jones and Barry Vaughan also did well, reaching the semifinal stage. Well Done Ringwood.

Click on the Photo to view the two picture Gallery










Ringwood Bowling Club - KO Competition Finalists - 2019


Coming Up Next Week

Monday 16th September. Bingo Night and Presentation of Dan Davies's Framed Cap. 6.30 for 7.00pm.

Sunday 22nd September. Club Finals Day. 10.00am start.











Congratulations to Peter Ward who yesterday became the Bowls Hampshire Mens 2 Wood Singles Champion for the second year running.

The Final, played at Atherley, took place in the morning and Pete defeated Simon Doig of Fleming Park by 15 shots to 13.

Well Done Pete.









 What a Great Week for the Ladies.

On Monday at the 2nd Day of the NFWBA Finals held at Waterside, Sharon Varndell defeated Dorothy Bond (Brockenhurst) 14-11 in the Two Wood Singles. Then later in the Acorn Singles Sharon lost to Helen Blackiston, 21-14. 

On Tuesday, Ringwood ladies WON the NFWBA Club Championships. Also held at Waterside, Sharon Varndell won the Singles, Jenny Blake and Helen Blackiston won the Pairs and Debbie Senior, Sue Wyatt and Mavis Hammond won the Triples. 
Well Done Ladies


And Today



 At Lyndhurst, Ringwood's 1st Team won the NFBA President's Trophy for the second year in succession.

On a tricky surface, a tough battle was fought against the Braeside 'A' team with rink leads swapping hands regularly.

However, as the 15 ends match went into it's later phase, Ringwood gradually took control and at the end all rinks were won for a total shots score of 76 to 47.

Well Done Lads









Overall last week, 4 League matches were played, Ringwood won 3 and Drew 1.

Click on the coloured Team Names below to see the latest results and League positions.

Thursday 5th September. B&DWBA Ladies' Team at Home versus Blandford. A great 4-2 win against top of the table Blandford, keeps Ringwood in second place and promotion to Division 'B' next season.

Saturday 7th September. B&DBA Men's 1st Team at Home versus Boscombe Cliff. Ringwood inflicted the first defeat of the season on Boscombe Cliff with a good 10-4 win. Shots were 85-71. Despite this win, Ringwood finish in third place due to a 14-0 win by Knyveton Gardens. 

Saturday 7th September. B&DBA Men's A Team Away versus Boscombe Cliff A. A tough, tight match at The Cliff resulted in a draw 79-79 in shots. However, by winning three rinks, Ringwood won on points 5-9 and lifted them two places to finish 3rd in Section 4.

Saturday 7th September. B&DBA Triples B Team at Home versus Electric B. A very close match ended with victory for Ringwood by two shots, 37-35. The 4-2 win keeps the B Team in 3rd place in Section 3.


Ringwood Bowling Club - KO Competition Finalists - 2019

B&DWBA Lilian Lynex Trophy: Sharon Varndell v June Farrer (Braeside) at Southbourne on Monday 9th September at 2.00pm.

B&DBA Champion of Champions: Lee Croad v Chris Daniels (Boscombe Cliff) at Richmond Park on Sunday 15th September at 10.00am.


Coming Up Next Week

Thursday 12th September. Autumn Triples Final. 5.00pm start.

Sunday 15th September. B&DBA Finals Day at Richmond Park. 10.00am start.


You can read the latest Green-Keepers report from Paul by Clicking Here.