Dennyside

Bowling Association

The Bowlers Who Care

In writing the history of the Dennyside, one is conscious of its unique standing in the annals of our national game of bowls. It is an Association that every member has to be invited to join as a reward for the services he has rendered to the game, either at club, county or national level, for no financial standing can be qualification for membership.

 

Mr Leonard Denny was a stockbroker and a very keen bowler. He was a member of the Cambridge Park Bowling Club and a prominent member of the Middlesex County Association.

 

In 1935 a touring team from South Africa was due in this country, and owing to the tightness of their itinerary they were only able to play a combination of counties. Leonard Denny tried, unsuccessfully, to get them to play his county unofficially. They were unable to do this, but eventually an unofficial game was arranged to be played at Cambridge Park, when Leonard got together a team of internationals whom he called ‘The Rabbits’. The Association still retains the rabbits as the emblem on its badges to the present day.

 

The game against the South Africans was both enjoyable and successful, for Leonard was the perfect host when it came to entertaining. When 1936 came, there was a general desire to arrange a permanent formation of some sort and Leonard agreed to use his name, provided someone else did the work. So it came about that one of Leonard’s best friends (and a keen enthusiast for the formation of a permanent body of bowlers) was appointed Hon. Secretary and Treasurer to carry on the matches. That man was Bill Hawkins, affectionately known as ‘Justice’, a famous High Court Judge of the era.

 

It was now felt that the title of ‘Rabbits’ was inappropriate and so for the first time the name Dennyside Bowling Association came into being. At this period membership was limited to those personally chosen by Leonard Denny. Four games were played each season and many famous teams met and were marvelously entertained.

 

Click on the years below for a general history of recent seasons.

Leonard Denny

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2000

The Annual General Meeting and Dinner was again held at the Connaught Rooms in March with a great many members attending and having a most enjoyable evening. John Cooper of Wiltshire was elected as President, Bernard Loveman of Essex elected as Deputy President and Mike Newth of Sussex as Vice President. Cyril Berry and Roger Carter were again elected as Hon Secretary and Hon Match Secretary respectively. Cyril announced that he would be retiring at the end of the season and the Committee agreed that Roger Carter would be nominated to take over as Hon.Secretary and Treasurer.

 

The Association was pleased to congratulate member John Austin of Oxfordshire on his election as President of the EBA. Congratulations also to Roger Carter from Hertfordshire and our Match Secretary from 1988 on his election to Junior Vice President of the EIBA. Another of our members, Arthur Hockey from Kent, was congratulated on his election as Junior Vice President of the EBA.

 

A total of 17 matches were played during the season including a 12 rink match against the EBA at Worthing Pavilion and new clubs were visited for the first time at Devises, Bletchley St.Martin, Middlesex Vice Presidents at Finchley and Oxfordshire BA. And a total of approximately £18,850 had been raised for the various charities, unfortunately the match against Denham in September had to be cancelled due to the fuel crisis and the problems in getting petrol made travelling almost impossible – the first time in recent memory that we had been unable to honour a fixture.

 

The Association were pleased to welcome David Rhys-Jones of Somerset, Harold Winstone of Oxfordshire, John Snell and David Murley of Wiltshire, Alan Anderson of Buckinghamshire, Jack Smith, Gary Smith and Norman Wright of Kent, Graham Robinson, Edward Crocker and Alan Weeks all of Surrey, Rod Taylor of Sussex, Colin Parsons of Gloucestershire, Ian Morrill from the Isle of Wight, Trevor Knight of Devon, and Roger Hopgood of Essex as new members of the Association. At the present time the Association has members from 17 different Counties and is forever encompassing a greater scope of the country in its scope and reputation.

2001

The Annual General Meeting and Dinner was again held at the Connaught Rooms for the 46th consecutive year and Bernard Loveman of Essex was elected as President, Mike Newth of Sussex elected as Deputy President and Roy Peacock of Cambridgeshire as Vice President. As announced at the previous AGM Cyril Berry retired as Secretary after holding the post for 14 years and was succeeded by Roger Carter of Hertfordshire who had been Match Secretary since 1988. The post of Hon Match Secretary was filled by Past President Vernon Tabiner of Middlesex.

 

18 matches were played over the year raising a total of £32,200 including monies from the Jesse Norris Legacy for the charities nominated by the hosting clubs. New clubs visited this year were Royston in Hertfordshire and Herne Bay in Kent.

 

New members welcomed into the Association this year were Wayne Manley from Berkshire, Roy Sutton from Buckinghamshire and Dennis Grint from Norfolk the current EBA President who took the annual match against the EBA again to Worthing.

2002

The Annual General Meeting held in March at the Connaught Rooms saw the installation of Mike Newth of Sussex as President, Roy Peacock of Cambridgeshire elected as Deputy President and Robert Taylor of Suffolk as Vice President. Mike is a well known funeral director in Sussex and was considering giving business discount vouchers as top rink prizes providing there were used within the year, eventually Mike settled for spoons bearing the Dennyside crest which were very well received by recipients.

 

Mike expressed a desire to take a Dennyside Tour rather further afield and we all travelled with our ladies to the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands for a very pleasant week’s holiday with games of bowls against two of the Jersey clubs to raise over £5,000 for local cancer charities which was widely reported on Jersey Radio and heard by many bowlers on the island.. What we hadn’t realised that Mike had planned to hold his wedding in the Jersey Register Office during our stay and we were all there to act as his witnesses. There was then no escape!

 

This season we managed to raise the sum of £35,350 and without exception all the charities involved were astounded by the amounts presented to them as the very many letters of thanks that we received confirm.

 

Unfortunately we recorded the death of Past President John Cooper of Wiltshire who had had a wonderful year in his term of office in 2000. We also welcomed new members John Hewitt from Lincolnshire, Wayne Manly from Berkshire, Rod Taylor from Sussex and Roy Sutton from Buckinghamshire, Don Fox from Hertfordshire, Terry Motts from Essex, John Tullett and Peter Arnold both from Kent.

 

The Association was very pleased to welcome David Bryant CBE from the Clevedon club in Somerset as a member. We had a match at the Southampton Old Green club which was formed in 1299 and still revived ancient customs of playing in top hat and tails. David was summarily installed as a “Knight of the Green” presided over buy the Town Crier in full regalia.

 

Unfortunately we recorded the death of Past President John Cooper of Wiltshire who had had a wonderful year in his term of office in 2000. We also welcomed new members John Hewitt from Lincolnshire, Wayne Manly from Berkshire, Rod Taylor from Sussex and Roy Sutton from Buckinghamshire, Don Fox from Hertfordshire, Terry Motts from Essex, John Tullett and Peter Arnold both from Kent.

 

At the AGM Roger Carter, our new Secretary, was congratulated on being elected President of the EIBA for the coming season

2003

The Annual General Meeting and Dinner was again held at the Connaught Rooms and Roy Peacock of Cambridgeshire was installed as President of the Association for the coming season with Robert Taylor of Suffolk as Deputy President and John Austin of Oxfordshire as Vice President.

 

During his year of office Roy organised yet another most successful overseas tour, this time to Tenerife in November where two matches were played, one of them being on a football pitch with an artificial surface. These tours are now becoming part of a Dennyside tradition and very much enjoyed by all the tourists. During the year over £31,000 was raised in collections, one of the highlights was a match against the EIBA where Roger Carter was ending his year as England President and over £2,600 was donated to the Willow Foundation set up by ex. Arsenal and International footballer Bob Wilson and his wife Megs.

 

We unfortunately recorded the deaths of Tommy Mines and Len Stibbards (Essex), Doug Stroud and past England, British Isles and World President Norman Thompson of Wiltshire, they will all be sadly missed by members. On the plus side we welcomed new members this year Mike Haigh (Surrey),Les Webb (Gloucestershire), Ian Runeckles and Mick Harman (Buckinghamshire), Mich Rich (Hampshire), Ken Woodcock (Sussex), Alan Chase (Kent), Pat Foley and David Green (Essex) , Jim Goatham, Michael Petersen and John Stacey (Oxfordshire) and Peter Bigley (Cambridgeshire)

2004

Members at the Annual General Meeting and Dinner this year saw Robert Taylor of Suffolk installed as President of the Association and was attended by over 90 members. John Austin from Oxfordshire was installed as Deputy President and Association Secretary Roger Carter of Hertfordshire as Vice President. Unfortunately, later in the year, we had to report the death of Cyril Berry who had not been in the best of health in recent years; Cyril had been a Past President and Secretary of the Association until his retirement in 2001 and a great deal was owed to him for his work for the Association.

 

The funds in the legacy left to the Association by Past President Jesse Norris was now exhausted but nevertheless over £29,000 was raised for the various charities over the year. Roy Peacock again organised another excellent tour, this time to the island of Guernsey in the Channel Islands in September.

 

We had a number of vacancies for new members and these were filled by Adie Lloyd, John Wilks and Howard Brewer from Wiltshire, Brian Bird (Essex), Colin Dunstone and Philip Clewes Garner (Hertfordshire), Dennis Abbott (Surrey),  Alan Hunt (Oxfordshire), Tommy Lawford (Middx) and Jeff Applegate (Buckinghamshire) were welcomed into the Association

2005

The President elected at the Annual General Meeting this season was John Austin from Oxfordshire with Roger Carter the Association Secretary as his Deputy President. Frank Maynard of Hertfordshire was also installed as a Life Member of the Association as he had been a member since 1978 was now approaching his late 80’s and deemed very worthy of being granted this honour.  The deaths were reported during the season of Past Presidents Robert Taylor and Gordon Lord, Geoff Gunary, and Phil Burbidge.

 

John had a most novel way of parting bowlers from their money with his “bottle auctions” and a record of over £41,000 was raised during the year. We had a change of venue for the annual match against the EBA this year when the EBA President took us to his home club at Hewell in Worcestershire. We welcomed Alan Cadoret from Le Creux BC in Jersey into membership of the Association and he received his members badge at this match.

 

Members had a very successful tour to the delightful island of Cyprus in November organised most expertly once again by Roy Peacock. We were upgraded at the last moment to the 5 star Athena Royal Hotel in Paphos where all the facilities could not be faulted. The Committee agreed to setting up “Non Active Members” list as recommended by the Secretary for bowlers no longer playing bowls but wishing to remain members of the Association; this allowed vacancies for new playing members to be invited to join the Association and Max Hart (Gloucs), Jimmy Nuthall (Surrey), Derek Francis (Wilts), Ian Cox, Colin Ware and Arthur Kempthorne (Bucks), Brian Tarrel (Essex), Mike Poole and Richard Lush (Herts) Chris Smith and Trevor Costall (Nottinghamshire), Charles Sharp and Chris Leake (Suffolk). The Association now had members currently representing 23 Counties plus Scotland, Jersey and New Zealand.

2006

The Annual General Meeting and Dinner was again held at the Connaught Rooms for the 51st consecutive year and again the dinner was well attended with over 90 members being present. The Association Secretary, Roger Carter of Hertfordshire was elected President of the Association for the coming season with Peter Astall (Oxfordshire) elected as Deputy President and Mike Bolton of Surrey as Vice President.

 

Unfortunately Vernon Tabiner had been forced to retire as Match Secretary during the previous season due to failing eyesight and medical problems and Peter Astall of Oxfordshire was elected to succeed him as Match Secretary. A most excellent season was held and 18 matches were played where almost £43,000 was raised, the highlights of the year were the matches at Princes Risborough BC, the President’s club at Hatfield BC and also a superb tour in September where the Association returned to Jersey in the Channel Islands which included a trip to the French port of St.Malo and were again made most welcome. The Association also had an enjoyable weekend mini-tour to Yorkshire for a match against the EBA at the President’s club at Kingston BC.

 

We had the very sad loss this year of Past President Cecil Crawford (President 1985) who passed away at the age of 96 and also Barney Fernandes of Wiltshire who was undoubtedly one of the very best bowling coaches in the country. New members invited into the Association this year were Ian Woodcock from Yorkshire, Dave Hendry, Brian Houghton and Norman Kingsbury from Hertfordshire, Don Dorling from Middlesex, Peter Phelps from Oxfordshire, Cecil Pocock from Surrey, George Willmott from Northamptonshire, Phil Cole from Essex and Frank Young from the Royal County of Berkshire.

2007

The Annual Dinner and AGM was once again held at the Connaught Rooms in March and, as usual, a great success with almost 90 members attending. Peter Astall of Oxfordshire was installed as President whilst also carrying out his duties as Match Secretary, Mike Bolton of Surrey as Deputy President and Reg Baines of Hertfordshire as Vice President. This was the year of the inauguration of Bowls England and we would congratulate one of our members, Peter Arnold from Kent on having a most successful year as President of the former EBA and another Dennyside member, Cliff Waterman of Suffolk, on his installation as the first President of Bowls England

 

We would like to congratulate two of our members, Eric Smith and Peter McGuinness, on reaching the final of the National Pairs Championship at Worthing. It was an excellent match with a most exciting finish being decided on the very last end which was replayed three times and we would compliment their opponents Gordon Charlton and Colin Goldsmith from Kent who managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

 

We welcomed a number of new members into the Association this year Reg Sigsworth, John Lison and Ernie Douglass (Yorkshire), Barry Stevens and Phil Havord (Hertfordshire), Bob Kirton (Hampshire), David Cutler (Devon), Mike Andrew, David Bullock and John O’Shea (Oxfordshire), Trevor Pocock (Surrey), Brian Lee (Sussex), Ralph Dearman (Essex) and Roy Rodgers (Bucks).

 

Again we had an outstanding year with great support from the clubs we visited and the collections that were made for their charities. This year we raised a magnificent total of £27,067 We had some most memorable matches visiting some regular favourites and also new fixtures against Hertfordshire BA and Kidlington. We had an excellent weekend visiting Sir Francis Drake BC in Plymouth. In July the President’s Tour visited Northumberland with matches against the Northern Counties BA and Northumberland BA and wonderful fellowship. The tour was once again organised most expertly by Roy Peacock. We had matches against the Northern Counties BA and Northumberland BA and were royally entertained raising almost £4,000 for the St.Oswalds and North Northumberland Hospice.

2008

The Annual Dinner and AGM was once again held at the Connaught Rooms in March with a welcomed change of menu. Mike Bolton of Surrey was installed as President, Reg Baines of Hertfordshire as Deputy President and Brian Richardson of Buckinghamshire as Vice President.

 

Unfortunately a number of our members and several Past Presidents died during the year, Ellis Halfacre (Berkshire & Past President 1981), Ted Hill (Berkshire), Lou Huggins (Kent & Past President 1996), Philip King (Cambridgeshire), Frank Maynard (Hertfordshire & Life Member), Bill Rayment (Middlesex & Past President 1988), Don Stanley (Surrey & Past President 1992), Vernon Tabiner (Middlesex, Past President 1995 and Past Match Secretary) and Doug Lilley (Suffolk).  We had a number of vacancies and welcomed as new members into the Association: Norman Farrow, Bill Vincent, Keith Hawes & Kirk Smith (Buckinghamshire) Lindsay Warner (Middlesex), Nigel Woor and Graham Marriner (Hertfordshire), Randolph Ford & Terry Swift (Suffolk), David Northrop (Cambridgeshire) and Ken Bray (Wiltshire).

 

Again we had an outstanding year with great support from the clubs we visited and raised a magnificent total of £39,046 We had new fixtures against Hopton BC in Suffolk and also Gloucestershire BA at Frampton-on-Severn BC. and to our great surprise, winning rather more matches than we lost. The match against Hopton was well supported with a visit to the only English Whiskey Distillery together with a magnificent raffle all superbly organised by Chris Leake the current Eastern Counties BA President raising over £4,000 for the Quidenham Children’s Hospice.

 

In April we had a magnificent tour to Cyprus staying again at the magnificent Athena Royal Beach Hotel in Paphos, played a few games of bowls against the Cyprus National Team, Aphrodite BC, Louis Paethon BC, Aliathon BC and Coral Bay BC.

2009

The Annual Dinner and AGM was once again held at the Connaught Rooms in March with Reg Baines of Hertfordshire being installed as President, Brian Richardson of Buckinghamshire as Deputy President and Barry Donovan of Essex as Vice President.

 

Again we had to report the deaths of some of our very long serving members during the year, Alan Lynn (Oxfordshire), Doug Stephen (Suffolk), Don Monck (Gloucestershire) and Peter Jacob (Middlesex). We welcomed a number of new members into the Association this year

Barry Wheeler (Wiltshire, Alan Ley and Jim Warland both from Oxfordshire, Brian Baker, Peter Duncan and Tom Singleton (Surrey), Dennis Cousins (Norfolk) Ray Cottrell (Hertfordshire, Dudley Page and Peter Cottee (Suffolk), Ray Keen and Richard Redding both from Buckinghamshire, Graham Clark from Huntingdon and John Durston from Somerset. Among the new members was Dennis Cousins from Norfolk and we would congratulate him on having a most successful year as the 2009 President of Bowls England. We also congratulated others of our members, Chris Smith of Nottinghamshire to become Bowls England President elect for 2010 and also Lindsay Warner of Middlesex having been elected Men’s Junior Vice President of the English Indoor Bowling Association Ltd.

 

The President’s tour this year was to Portugal in October staying at the magnificent Ampalius Hotel in Vilamoura a stones throw from the marina and overlooking the beach. We played a couple of matches at the Vilamoura club and enjoyed wonderful friendship and fellowship in the company of Amadeu and his charming wife Jan. We were royally entertained and raised just under £1,400 for their local hospice and Children in Need. This year we raised a magnificent total of £30,514 We had some most memorable matches with new fixtures against Borough of Eye BC in Suffolk and Irchester BC in Northamptonshire. In June we had a weekend in Yorkshire with matches against Yorkshire CBA and Borough Park Redcar BC. The match against Hopton was well supported with a visit to the Dads Army Museum in Thetford, many of our members remember those days well although we did not recognise them on the film.

2010

The Annual Dinner and AGM was held at the Connaught Rooms in March and, as usual, was a great success despite increased prices with almost 80 members attending. Brian Richardson of Buckinghamshire was installed as President, Barry Donovan of Essex as Deputy President and Frank Shaw of the Royal County of Berkshire as Vice President.

 

We would congratulate member Chris Smith of Nottinghamshire on having a most successful year as the 2010 President of Bowls England and also Lindsay Warner of Middlesex having been elected Men’s Senior Vice President of the English Indoor Bowling Association Ltd.

 

President Brian Richardson of the Princes Risborough Club carried out his duties most successfully including a wonderful tour to Jersey in July, unfortunately a possible tour to Israel in October did not materialise. Again we had an outstanding year with great support from the clubs we visited and the collections that were made for their charities. This year we raised a magnificent total of £41,582 and we have received many letters of thanks from the various charities involved. We had some most memorable matches including a match against Chris Smith’s Bowls England team in. In July we returned to Jersey and the Merton Hotel for a superb week with over 60 tourists and matches against Jersey Bowling Club and Alan Cadoret’s Les Creux Club

 

The new members invited into the Association this year were: Michael Cavill and Tony Powell from Buckinghamshire, Ken Playle and Dave Cook from Essex, Barry Dillon and Graham Rogers from the Royal County of Berkshire, Sandy Gray from Lincolnshire and Geoff Day from Cambridgeshire.

2011

2011 was the 75th Anniversary of the Association which was initially formed in 1936; we produced special badges for the year that were given to all members and to all the hosting club members in the matches this year.

 

We were very saddened to report the death of Eric Smith the year. Eric was one of our longest serving members, joined Dennyside in 1979 and having been elected President in 1994. Eric fought a long battle with leukemia over recent years. One of Eric’s proudest moments was when his son, Kirk, was elected a member and so the Smith clan continues.

 

Over the past few years the Connaught Room in London due to a change of ownership had been having huge increases in charges so after much deliberation 2011 AGM and Members Dinner was held at the Bellhouse Hotel in Beaconsfield where some members could stay overnight if they so wished and also take their wives and make a weekend of it. This resulted in a most successful event attended by over 70 members and a separate dinner was laid on in the restaurant for over 20 wives that accompanied their husbands. By tradition the Dennyside dinner it is always an excellent evening with a superb 6 course dinner, very short speeches and an even shorter AGM. At the Meeting Barry Donovan of Essex was installed as President, Frank Shaw of the Royal County of Berkshire as Deputy President and Don Fox of Hertfordshire as Vice President It was reported that this year we raised a magnificent total of £33,927 with great support from the clubs we visited.

 

The new members invited into the Association this year were: Bill Bateman, Mark Cohen, Chris Partridge and George Godbold from Essex, Nigel Sutcliffe from the Royal County of Berkshire, Edward Dear from Surrey, Kenny Allen from Middlesex, Ross Wheeler from Wiltshire and Les Parnell from Northumberland. We also congratulated member Lindsay Warner of Middlesex having been elected Men’s President of the English Indoor Bowling Association.

 

As we have said on many occasions before the Dennyside tours are not just about playing bowls but having a holiday in the most convivial of company.

2012

After the success the previous year the venue for the 2012 AGM and Members Dinner was the Bellhouse Hotel in Beaconsfield, this resulted in a most successful event attended by over 70 members. At the Annual General Meeting Frank Shaw of the Royal County of Berkshire was installed as President, Don Fox of Hertfordshire as Deputy President and Lawrie Smethurst of Buckinghamshire as Vice President.

 

Frank carried out his duties as President most successfully with a touch of Irish humour and we had a number of extremely enjoyable matches including a short weekend tour to Yorkshire and a wonderful tour to Cyprus in October with 60 tourists. Having left the UK in wet and miserable conditions we arrived in Cyprus where the weather was very hot, sunny and magnificent. As is the norm we only played 3 games of bowls in our 10 day stay and had a most enjoyable time with our wives and supporters. As we have said on many occasions before, the Dennyside tours are not just about playing bowls but having a holiday in the most convivial of company.

 

Again we had an outstanding year with great support from the clubs we visited and the collections that were made for their charities. This year we raised a magnificent total of £36,451 and we have received many letters of thanks from the various charities involved.  We included a match against the English Indoor Bowling Association where member Lindsay Warner of Middlesex was the current President and his charity was “Help for Heroes” where his son is a serving officer. Another highlight was the match against Denham BC where the charity was the South Bucks Riding for Disabled and their representative, complete with gold medals, was Sophie Christianson a triple gold medal winner in the recent 2012 Paralympics

 

Unfortunately we reported the deaths of some of our very long serving Past Presidents and other members during the year. Our Match Secretary and 2003 President, Peter Astall of Oxfordshire passed away in October after a long struggle with cancer. Earlier in the year we also lost Des Williams – 1999 President from Woodford BC and Essex BA, one of our oldest members John Heavens from Denham and President in 1997, and sadly Mike Bolton President in 2008 a member from Mid Surrey BC.

 

As we now had a few vacancies for new members we welcomed the following new members into the Association – Terry Smith, Tony Ellis and John Butterworth all from Essex, John Lee from Hertfordshire, George Henderson from Wiltshire, Terry Foote from Surrey, Michael Legget, George Milligan, Ian Dudley, Bob Doddington and Les Richardson all from Buckinghamshire, Michael Collington from Nottinghamshire, Tony Taylor from Cambridgeshire, Mike Jennings from Cornwall, and Stewart Wright and Geoffrey Young from Berkshire.

2013

The Annual Members Dinner was again held at the Bellhouse Hotel in Beaconsfield, in March which resulted in a most successful event attended by over 75 members; a separate dinner was held in the restaurant for the wives accompanying their husbands and a number of members stayed over the weekend at the hotel making it a very social occasion. Unfortunately President Frank Shaw was unable to attend as he was in hospital and in his absence the Annual General Meeting was chaired by the Immediate Past President Barry Donovan. Don Fox of Hertfordshire was installed as President, Lawrie Smethurst of Buckinghamshire as Deputy President and Brian Tarrel of Essex as Vice President. Nigel Woor of Hertfordshire was elected as the new Match Secretary for the Association. The Association was pleased to elect as Life Members Roy Akers of Kent, Luke Berriman of Essex, Bill Church and Dave Richardson both of Buckinghamshire; all of these gentlemen, although not now bowling regularly, had been members of the Association for a great many years and made a considerable contribution to the well being of the Dennyside.

 

The new President for 2013 was Don Fox from the Bishop’s Stortford club in Hertfordshire. Don carried out his duties as President most successfully and we had a number of extremely enjoyable matches including a short weekend tour to Somerset playing at Yatton and Winscombe and a wonderful tour to Vilamoura in October with 60 tourists. The weather in Portugal was delightfully hot and sunny and we had a most enjoyable time with our wives and supporters. Don, or otherwise known as “Elvis”, on most occasions sang to the club ladies helping at the matches from his repertoire and also entertained us royally as befits “The King” on our various tours. As a “Top Rink Prize” Don presented players with a unique Dennyside watch and members were fined if they appeared at matches without sporting their watches.

 

Again we had an outstanding year with great support from the clubs we visited and the collections that were made for their charities. This year we raised a magnificent total of £38,854 and we have received many letters of thanks from the various charities involved. Following the recent deaths of Past Presidents Mike Bolton and Peter Astall we were delighted to learn that both gentlemen had left us legacies in their wills and it was agreed with their widows that a sum of money would be donated in their memory at all matches in the foreseeable future to the charities supported on those occasions.

 

As we now had a few vacancies for new members we welcomed the following new members into the Association; John Ottoway from Norfolk, Stuart Lake from Northamptonshire, John Holland from Buckinghamshire and Tony Backerer-Holst from Oxfordshire.

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