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!


One of our tennis courts will be out of action for a little while!

A large oak tree in a adjacent garden to our club (belonging to one of our long-serving members Val Chicken) fell down of its own accord yesterday and into our tennis courts!
 All the branches had already been trimmed off it some years ago after it became diseased so it was not a particularly pretty sight but it was a well known landmark.
The remains of the tree will be removed in the middle of next week but the court surface has been damaged and so court 6 will not be usable until the surface has been repaired and the artificial grass surface relaid.

The Ember Archives – Bowling at Ember through the years

To round off our archive of Ember photos, we’ve got some bowls games, celebrations, trophies and memories. We hope you’ve enjoyed our trip through our club’s history.
If you have any photos, stories, or just want to tell us about something related to the club, get in touch via our contacts page.