Clubhouse Refurbishment Update

We are delighted to announce that we shall soon receive a grant under the Members’ Community Allowance funding scheme of Surrey County Council, towards the cost of our new security shutters. This has been made possible by the generous sponsorship of Councillors Peter Szanto and Nick Darby.

Over the coming months, following approval by the recent Management Committee meeting, we shall be implementing this project, together with new flooring and internal doors, as well as considering what additional projects we may be able to undertake, including new seating and lighting.

Management Committee – Newsletter Extract – Feb 2020

CLUBHOUSE REFURBISHMENT                                                                 

Phase 1 has been approved by the Management Committee. Phase 1 includes replacing the carpeted areas in the clubhouse & committee room, replacement of the sliding door to the committee room with glazed French doors, & replacement of the bar shutters with new easy-to-operate motorised ones. The intention is that this work will be completed in readiness for the summer season.

Phase 2 looking at improvements to the furniture & décor is being evaluated and costed for discussion in the next Financial Year.

The CRG is also looking closely at various potential sources of external grants and are hopeful that one grant which is being processed will be available for Phase 1

If you would like to offer any input on the club refurbishment please contact Julian Callow (


A speciality coffee machine has been installed in the clubhouse in response to members’ request. It is £1/cup and there is a cash box with the machine. Enjoy

Coffee Machine


The “Hive” control of the clubhouse heating is working well. Now this is working please DO NOT change the settings on the fan driven radiators.


The website has been updated and it now has a member’s only section which requires a password which is included in the accompanying “E” mail.  You can access the current and previous Newsletters as well as Committee Minutes, Accounts, Rules and Archived Posts.

YOGAThere will be no yoga class at the clubhouse on Friday mornings for the next 3 weeks.  The class will resume (9-10am) on Friday 28th February.


Double yellow lines have been added to Grove Way opposite the entrance to our car park which will overcome the restricted access for emergency vehicles that had been our concern. This request was initiated by us some years ago and by perseverance we have succeeded.  Nick Plaut in particular has been Ember’s driving force.

Club Sign


You will also see that we have had a new sign installed in the car park advertising the club and its facilities. It is part of our drive to raise the club’s profile.



                Michael Reynell, 37 Park Road, East Molesey, KT8 9LD

                Salvatore La Porta, 72 Daybrook Road, Merton Park, London, SW19 3DH

                Both      Proposed by Sue Wells                   Seconded by Robbie Blundell


                Danny Conyngham Proposed by Steve Infield   Seconded by Chris Cutcliffe


John Raeside, our bar manager, is updating the bar cleaning rota for the coming season and needs some additional volunteers. This is a light duty that is not gender discriminatory and is a Sat or Sun morning job on a six-week rota. If you would like to help out please contact John Raeside on 020 8398 6772 or

A GOURMET DINNER AT FAWLTY TOWERS – a homage – Friday 13 and Saturday 14 March This is selling fast, so please see booking details in the Social section if you wish to come.

This, of course, means that rehearsals are taking place in the clubhouse on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays each week with the exception of Wednesday 12th instead of Tuesday 11th February and Wednesday 4th instead of Tuesday 3rd March. Thank you for your co-operation in keeping noise levels down when coming into the clubhouse.

200 Club Draw                                                                                MALCOLM BAIRD

Many thanks to all those who have already contributed to Ember’s 200 Club. Your support is much appreciated. For those who intended to buy some numbers but have not yet got around to it, please do so promptly as the first draw for 2020 is later in February.  Each number that you buy costs just £12 for a whole year and all profits go towards club improvements. I was hoping that we would beat or at least equal last year’s record total of 200 numbers sold but there is still some way to go. With this in mind I have optimistically attached an application form at the end of this Newsletter

The Awesome Foursome Strike Again

The Awesome Foursome (Plus 1)

Having won the Senior 4s Surrey Championship Jackie Cornwell (Lead), Lorna Kilpatrick (2), Mary Green (3) and Sylvia Jones (Skip) went on to the Bowls England National Championships at Leamington Spa.  The ladies were representing and playing as the Surrey team along with their Super-sub, Linda Pillman, who also attended in her rôle as Junior Vice-President of SCWBA (Surrey County Women’s Bowling Association). 

The first round was a tight game until the last few ends when the Awesome Foursome pulled away and beat Dorset 18-9.  A satisfying win, especially as two of the opposing team had just won the National Triples Title. 

In the next round the Ember ladies were against Sussex.  Another very strong team with two players who had just won the National Senior Singles and Senior Pairs Titles.  Our ladies were several shots down during most of this game but clawed back to go into the last end only 2 shots down, eventually losing by just 1 shot on the tightest measure.  Sussex later progressed to the Final but lost to Bedfordshire. 

What a great journey!  Reaching the Last 16 of a National Championship is pretty good!  Congratulations all round.

Something for the Weekend? Try a Festival of Bowling.

Ember is hosting the finals of the North West Surrey Bowls Association competitions on Bank Holiday Sunday.  Come along and see the best bowlers in the area competing at the highest level. 

If you are a new bowler, or even a non-bowler, this is the occasion to look and learn and enjoy the spirit of competition.  More experienced bowlers can re-new acquaintances and, maybe, pick up a few tips.

Competitions begins at 9.30am and continues until the evening with 14 matches in the programme.  Food and refreshments will be available throughout the day.

Ember BC feature in the Ladies League semi-final at 9.30am and will hopefully progress to the final at 2.00pm.  They will be followed by Jackie Cornwell & Mike Cutts defending their mixed pairs championship at 4.00pm.


Come down to the Ember Open Day!

Games for all Generations! Try BOWLS, CROQUET, TENNIS & Meet the Drama Section.

Afternoon Tea / Cash Bar available and reduced membership fee available for new members until 12 May 2019.

Main entrance and car park next to 2 Grove Way, Esher KT10 8HL

Ember vs.Cambridge Park

Ember played an Indoor match against Cambridge Park IBC over the weekend. Less than half the Ember team are regular indoor bowlers yet we put up a spirited fight in getting a 2-2 draw in rinks and losing overall narrowly by 65-57. Chris Axton, making his indoor debut, performed admirably and we were lent 2 members of the Nottage family by the opposition for the day, which helped our cause.
The team all encountered massive traffic delays in getting there meaning the start was delayed by half an hour. Nevertheless we enjoyed a good match and a hearty meal afterwards with our opponents who provided great hospitality on the day.

Down by the seaside, sifting sand…

A lovely daytrip down to the seaside for Ember Bowls Section! We visited our friends at Eastbourne Bowling Club and (unlike last year) the weather held and made for a glorious day.

JG's External Competitions Report #2

John Garland writes:
Congratulations to Linda Pillman who has returned to the Surrey Johns team after two matches as a travelling reserve.. 
Our ladies have had a successful season in the County Championships and we still have 2 entries left in the competitions –
Jackie Cornwell & Mary Green play their quarter final match against a pair from Milford this evening at Horley and Jackie is still in the 4 Wood Singles where she plays Johns skip Margaret Smith at Sutton, her home green.
In the Fours both of our teams lost in the last 32 and in the Triples Jenny, Val & Linda lost in a very close match to our other triple Jackie, Mary and Sylvia who were defeated in the last 16. We almost managed to get a quarter finalist in the Pairs but both Lorna and Val & Jenny and Linda lost in the last 16.
Unfortunately our entrants in both the Champion of Champions Singles and the Officers Cup have been beaten. 
Ray Croucher lost in the last 64 at West Wimbledon. in the Champion of Champions Singles. 
Since the last report we have had a 10-0 win against Sutton, an 8-2 win against Chessington which included a 42-6 victory on one of the rinks and an 8-2 defeat against Cheam leaving us in a mid table position. 
After 2 wins and 2 losses we welcomed our neighbours Esher and they started well and built up an early lead of 10 shots but we rallied well and won the match 46-35 with both rinks being successful, 25-18 and 21-17. 
After losing our first three matches we have won the last three, 21-11 at Sunbury, 19-14 on an excellent rink at West Byfleet and 15-11 at home v Knaphill.

There are two leagues based on location and our ladies are currently top of their league with four wins and a draw away at Oxshott who are likely to be the main opposition in their league. Oatlands Park lead the other league and the two league winners play each other for the trophy on the NWS Finals Day at Chertsey on Sunday 26 August. 
We are still represented in all nine of the NWS Individual competitions that we entered –
Men’ Pairs: Dave & Dick are into the last 16 (L16)
Men’s Triples: Dave, John C and Dick are in the Quarter Finals (QF)
Ladies Singles: Both Linda and Jackie are in the QF
Ladies Pairs: Both Jackie & Linda and Lorna & Mary are in the L16.
Ladies Triples: In a small draw both our triples have a bye into the QF.
Mixed Pairs: Dave & Linda and Jackie & Mike have reached the L16.
Mixed Triples: Both Jackie, John G and Mike & Dave, Linda and Dick are in the L16.
Mixed Fours: Both our teams are in the QF.
Aussie Pairs: We are down to just John G and Linda who play at Oxshott in the L16. 
We have four triples entered – best of luck to all of them. 
We lost in a close match 21-24 at Cuddington. 
Details of our first match in this knockout competition are awaited.

I Read The News today, oh Boy…

Ember Sports Club are featured in this month’s ‘About Thames Ditton’ magazine – read all about our upcoming open day!


National Croquet Day – May 13th

Come down to Ember Sports Club on the 13th May to try out the historic game of Croquet. We have a team of experienced players able to help and show you the ropes – no experience necessary!
Save the date!