Getting to the Root of the Problem…

Work started this morning to install an effective root barrier to prevent further damage to the Green from the neighbouring Leylandii hedge. The work will take a couple of days and involves digging a narrow trench, cutting existing roots and installing the barrier to prevent further ingress. Some of the larger roots can be seen laid on the tarpaulin. Afterwards new turf will be laid in readiness for play next season.

Bowls – Newsletter Extract Feb 2020

Diary Dates:

Spring Social Event – Saturday 29th February 2020 at 7.00pm for 7.30pm start

Indoor match at Cambridge Park – Sunday March 22nd at 2 pm

Pre-Season Meeting – Thursday 9th April 2020 at 7.00pm

Green Opens – Saturday 11th April at 2:30pm roll-up


We are still without a Captain for April & September, how about some more volunteers please.

Just to remind you our Captains for the other months are: –

May – Robert Postle, June – Malcolm Baird, July – Colin Jones, August – Andy Hughes

LADIES CAPTAIN                                                                                      ANNA HUGHES

To all the Lady Bowlers.  I think I’ve invited you all to the Pre-Season Lunch. If not, then I’m sorry.  Also, some of you might not have received the e-mail. (Me, computers and technology do not mix). 

Anyway, ALL lady bowlers are invited, so please let me know if you can come ASAP.

The Lunch will be at La Orient on Wednesday 18th March at noon for sit-down at 12.30.  Cost £22. Please make your cheque payable to Anna Hughes, and either send it to 17 Woodside Avenue, Esher, Surrey KT10 8JQ, or leave it on the notice board at the Club.

SPRING SOCIAL EVENT – Saturday 29th February 2020 at 7.00pm for 7.30pm start

To celebrate Leap-Day we will be running a “Games Night” which will include shuffleboard, bagatelle, shove halfpenny and putting.

There will be an element of competition and prizes for the winners. There will also be a 2-course winter warming meal.

All this comes at a giveaway price of £10 per person. We have already had a good response so please book early to avoid disappointment by contacting Ken Homewood. (01483-282384 or If you or your guests have any allergy issues please advise Ken when you contact him.

INDOOR BOWLS                                                                                                              

MOLE VALLEY CUP– Adam has selected teams for our games in the Mole Valley Cup and our first game is on Friday January 31st at 6 pm.

INDOOR MATCH AT CAMBRIDGE PARK SUNDAY MARCH 22nd AT 2 PM –Although still some way off, Adam still needs players to be able to fulfil this our second and last indoor friendly of the winter season.

Anyone who would like to play can sign up on the club’s notice board or contact Adam on 01932 889662 or e mail

BOWLS BUDGETS                                                                                                                             DAVE BARDSLEY

We have had a good year to date due to successful hosting of outside events (NWS finals and Surrey competitions), our own fundraising efforts and reduced expenditure on green and equipment maintenance.  Many thanks are due to the helpers, supporters and attendees at these events and those who give their time to maintain the upkeep of the club.  We anticipate making a good surplus this year and Committee have agreed to use this to offset our depreciation charges in future years’ budgets, thereby reducing pressure on next year’s and future budgets.
Nevertheless the absence of any external hosting of events next year together with general increases in costs has still left us with a potential budget shortfall for next year.  To address this Committee have agreed a modest £1.00 increase in subscriptions for next year to £84.00 (£168.00 including Sports Club subscription) for full members.  New members fees will be discounted to £45.00 (£129) for their first year.  Match fees will also increase to £3, the first increase in several years, to help offset increased catering costs.
Committee is constantly looking for cost savings and other sources of revenue, including sponsorships.  If you are aware of any potential sponsors or advertisers, please let Ken Homewood know.  In the meantime, please join and use it where you can for any internet purchases, including travel and holidays.  The few members who are currently using it raise about £80 for us each year; please join with them.


We have damage to the green caused by the tree roots from a neighbouring garden. We have contacted the neighbour but at the moment we have not had a positive response. We have decided that we have to act as delay will only increase the damage, so work will start in mid-February so that the green will be playable for the beginning of the season.


Have you forgotten that Sylvia has name badges available £2 pin badge, £2.50 magnetic badge, white writing on green?  Order yours now (you only have to remember your own name at this stage!) from Sylvia:  01932 788701 or


Sweatshirts are still available lovingly embroidered with the Club badge and maybe also your name?  The costs range from just £22 – £25 approx.  Badge only, to sew onto existing clothing, is available for £4.  If you would like to place an order, or arrange to see the samples, please contact Sylvia 01932 788701 or

Pre-Season Ladies Lunch

Ladies, clear your diaries for Wednesday 18th March.
Captain Anna Hughes invites you to join her and your fellow lady bowlers, old and new, at La Orient, Esher, for the traditional pre-season lunch. Get there for midday to sit at 12:30pm. More details from Anna or in our newsletter.

The Awesome Foursome (+2) Get Their Rewards

Some pictures from the SCWBA Presentation Dinner where our ladies collected their trophies.

Ember’s prize winners were:
The Awesome Foursome, Jackie, Lorna, Mary and Sylvia (with super-sub Linda) in the Senior Fours
Jenny, Lorna and Linda in the Benevolent 2 Wood Trips and
Linda won the County’s Officers Cup

Congratulations ladies.

Lorna, Linda & Jenny (2-wood Triples)

Jackie, Lorna, Mary, Linda & Sylvia (Senior 4’s)

Linda (Officers Cup)

Autumn Bowls Green Work

The autumn work on the green has been completed and our resident greenskeeper Mike Cutts has asked me to send out a thank you to all those who helped. I have attached a few photos which shows members hard at work.

Maintenance of the green is a year-round job and Mike is always looking for volunteers who would be available on the odd day out of season when he has a major task on hand. It would also be useful if we had more people trained to use some of the new machines. So, if you are interested please contact Mike on

Thanks once again for your efforts in September. For those who missed out, there will be opportunities in the spring and again next September.

Bowls Finals Weekend – The Results

The smiling, happy faces of our winners.

The Finals Weekend Winners

If you want to see the full results click on our Finals website page

Bowls Finals – Saturday's Results

Congratulations to today’s winners.

There’s more tomorrow with 5 games in the morning and the Championships in the afternoon.  Join in the fun and support your fellow Club members.

09:30Rink 2Men’s Drawn Pairs HandicapColin Jones
Ron Hadingham



Ken Homewood
Nick Burges
09:30Rink 3Men’s Pairs ChampionshipDave Bardsley
Dick Jones



Mike Cutts
Malcolm Baird
10:00Rink 4 Ladies’ Pairs ChampionshipWendy Beaney
Val Chicken



Aneta Thompson
Jenny Baird
 Lunch Interval (self-catering)
14:30Rink 1Open Drawn Pairs HandicapRon Hadingham
Tony Bettsworth



Ann Gregg
Mike Cutts
15:00Rink 4Open Two-Wood Championship
Marker: Jenny Baird
Jackie Cornwell



Linda Pillman
14:30Rink 5Non-Winners Championship
Marker: Adam Willson
Ian Harris



Chris Axton
15:00Rink 6Ladies’ Singles Handicap
Marker: Pat O’Hagan
Wendy Beaney



Val Chicken


A Grand Day in the Sunshine


Congratulations to our ladies, Val Chicken, Mary Green, Lorna Kilpatrick & Jenny Baird who won the Ladies League final in the North West Surrey BA’s finals held at Ember on Sunday. They had to play 2 games in full sun and heat,  which was an achievement in its own right.

Commiserations to Jackie Cornwell & Mike Cutts who lost in the Mixed Pairs final to a very strong Egham pair.

Chairman Ken Homewood expressed a BIG thank you to all the volunteers who contributed to the success ofthe Finals.  Although too numerous to mention individually he made special mention of one person, Pat Cooke who masterminded the catering and provided a day long gastronomical treat.  Thanks, must also be said to Sylvia Jones, who umpired ALL day in the heat.

Thanks to everyone who supported the club on the day, and before the day, in making it a great success.  Here are a few photos from the day.

Ken hands the Green over to Robin Fudge & Anna Mayes of NWS BA

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.