A Night to Remember (featuring a Leopard, a nonagenarian and a gender dispute.)

Ember Bowls Club’s normal Monday Club Night was interrupted by the President of Surrey County Bowls Association together with his Vice-President, Secretary and Match Secretary who came to present our Chairman Ken Homewood with the prestigious Surrey County Leopard Award. This award is made by the County Association to recognise long and distinguished service by a club member in the service of their Club. Surrey President, Brian Shellard, cited Ken’s service as Captain, two spells as Chairman totalling 13 years, organising many social events and his running of the Evening league, particularly with its role in developing bowlers. Congratulations Ken.

You might remember that in 2016 Jerry Ingham was also awarded his Leopard Badge. So, not to be outdone, this occasion also marked Jerry’s 90th birthday. A card signed by club members was presented to him by fellow leopard, Ken Homewood. Happy Birthday Jerry

This was not an ordinary club night as it marked the annual Gentlemen vs. Ladies grudge match. This year the respective captains were Mary and Tony Baker so it was something of a domestic dispute. The Gentlemen ran out as winners (74-49) and Tony gracefully accepted the trophy from Mary… Congratulations Tony

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