Sunday is Fun Day – for all members and guests

This Sunday (19th May), the Bowls section of Ember Sports Club are hosting a Funday from 2-4pm.
All members of the club and their families are invited to come along.
Children are especially welcome. There will be games suitable for all ages with prizes to be won.

Tea and cakes available and the bar will be open.

Please bring cash!

Bowls Finals Weekend Photos

See all the action as it happened in our 2023 photo gallery! Click on the picture or the link below.


Bob Knox 1943 – 2023

Bob joined Ember Sports Club, Croquet Section, in 2003.  This coincided with his retirement from Kidsons Impey (now Baker Tilly) – Chartered Accountants, where he was a partner. 

Bob immediately became a very active member of the club, firstly as an effective low-teen handicap croquet player, lifting internal competition trophies for handicap singles and doubles on many occasions, and being part of the Ember Croquet team, winning the South East Croquet Federation ‘B’ League in 2009 and 2019. 

In true team-player fashion, as well as being handy with a paint brush for croquet sheds, benches, and stop boards maintenance, Bob volunteered his professional accounting, business and administrative skills, and experience to Ember Sports Club.  He was elected Honorary Treasurer in 2004 and served on the Management and Croquet committees right up to his death.  Through his dedication and scrupulous attention to detail Bob kept the Club’s finances in excellent health. 

Bob was a very affable gentleman, warm, friendly, always a spirited presence, bringing energy and enthusiasm to any occasion.  Our condolences go to Bob’s wife Sue, their daughters Katharine and Julie, and family. 

He will be greatly missed by all.

EMBER BOWLS CHARITY DAY – 2.00pm Sunday 1st July – followed by a BBQ

Please support our Charity Day on Saturday 1 July. It will be a 2pm for 2.30pm start with games on the green followed by a BBQ at 4.45pm.

The charity is ‘OASIS’.  Oasis provides vital support to vulnerable families and children in Elmbridge and the surrounding areas.  Its efforts are recognised as having a significant impact on the lives of vulnerable families and children in our local community – a beacon of hope and refuge for those in need.

BBQ tickets should be purchased in advance at £10 per person. Sylvia Jones, Wendy Beaney and Mary/Tony Baker have tickets.

Fun games on the green will start around 2.30pm with a ‘Spider’ followed by different games on the six rinks. It will be a £1 entry per try per game. There will be a prize for the winner of each game. Three woods to be used for each game (except the putting!).

The games are:

Rink 1 – “Target bowls”: target pinned to green with score for each bowl at the end of 3 woods that is in the target.
Rink 2 – “Hit the Jack”: 3 jacks set out on the rink and one point for each jack hit.
Rink 3- “Nearest the Ditch”: send woods towards the ditch and the nearest wood to the ditch wins.
Rink 4 – “Beat the Captain”: try and get a wood nearer the jack than Tony Baker. If you do he will pay £3 each time to the charity and you will enter a ‘final’ for the winner prize.
Rink 5 – “Hit the Teddy”: a Teddy will be on the rink and 1 point for each time you hit it.
Rink 6 – “Target Putting”: a target pinned to green with score for each golf ball in the target (woods not to be used!).

After the games finish at around 4.00pm, ‘finals’ will take place where required for each game followed by the presentation of prizes to the winners. The raffle will also be drawn. There will then be a bbq at about 4.45pm for which you will need to purchase tickets in advance.

The raffle tickets cost £5 per strip. It is best to buy tickets in advance (especially if you cannot attend on the day!) and put your name on each ticket in the book.

Members are reminded please to donate prizes (a box is by the door in the Clubhouse) and we also hope to have some additional prizes from outside the club!

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

Fun Games Day – Croquet

On Sunday 21st May, from 2pm to 4pm, please come along and have a go at some fun croquet games we have devised for you!

Croquet 21 – practice your “hitting-in” abilities by knocking over six targets of increasing distances

Croquet 16 – run a hoop from varying distances to collect points

Racing Croquet – run three hoops and hit the peg as fast as you can

Antarctic Lunch

What a Fantastic Time We All Had At




A Scrumptious 3 course Lunch, together with wind up penguins!

A Fascinating talk on Shackleton with Martin Thomas who shared his experiences of sailing the Southern Ocean and climbing over South Georgia “Following in the Footsteps of Shackleton”

A fitting conclusion to the Social Team’s Tenure.

We wish you all the very best for the future

Jane, Gill, Pat, Nicky, Geraldine, Anne, and recently Christine and Caroline

More Bowls Final Pictures

Some great shots here from bowls member Alan Lindley who had his SLR camera with him on the day. Thanks for sending them for the website Alan!

Click on an image to see in full resolution.

To see all the photos from our finals weekend click here.

Ember Win The Ungless Shield (again!)

Ember ran out as winners of the Peter Ungless Shield in a tight game against Carshalton BC played on the neutral green at Cheam Sports BC on Sunday 21st August. Ember have had some tight games against Carshalton in the past and this was no different with a final score of 37 – 36.

The Peter Ungless Shield is a knock-out competition played between the teams in the Racal-Decca league.

Here we see the victorious team of Linda Pillman, Ken Homewood, Dick Jones, Colin Jones. Jenny Baird, Tony Baker, Lorna Kilpatrick and Sylvia Jones together with Captain Malcolm Baird (with the winner’s shield).

Congratulations to all players, including those who played in the earlier rounds. Now go on and win the League (also again!)

Jubilee Memories

The Jubilee Roll-up was attended by 24 bowlers who were blessed with a sunny day.
They dressed in various forms of red, white & blue with Wendy Beaney winning the prize for the “Best Costume”. The day ended with free slices of cake kindly donated by Debbie Johns.