2nd May 2019


The large party of 112 bowlers and friends from Scunthorpe Indoor Bowls Club travelled in two coaches and a number of cars to the Wembley of the bowling world ’Potters Leisure Resort’ in Norfolk. This venue is the home of the televised ‘World Indoor Bowls Championships’ and the large party from the Scunthorpe and Gainsborough area made this Annual trip to relax, enjoy a social break, savour the quality entertainment, the party atmosphere and indulge in the exceptional food.
Everyone soon settled into the holiday spirit created at the complex, taking part in the bowling tournament and the various activities that were available ranging from dancing classes, glass engraving, card making, Archery and Rifle shooting to the more energetic keeping fit, golfing, Segway driving and Swimming. They also enjoyed bingo, dancing and the top West End quality entertainment that was supplied in the Atlas theatre every evening by the talented Potter’s theatre company. Another of the highlights of the week was the Annual celebrity bowling match in which Scunthorpe Indoor Bowls Club’s Dave Batchelor (Co-op Outdoor Club) had the honour of playing in the rink of the world number sixteen ranked and England player Andy Thompson MBE in a match against a rink representing the world number one ranked and England player Gregg Harlow (who was taken ill during the week).
The match produced some quality bowls from all players that took part eventually finishing with a victory for the Andy Thompson quartet in front of a large extremely enthusiastic and vocal audience. The match was followed by the celebrity rinks being presented with their appropriate gifts from the celebrity Andy Thompson MBE. During this five day break the bowlers in the Scunthorpe party took part in an indoor tournament sponsored by ‘Bowls International’ magazine against bowlers from other areas of the country.
It turned out to be an excellent tournament for the Scunthorpe teams with six Scunthorpe quartets of Tom Whiteley, Ron Shucksmith, Dave Copley and Ray Robinson, Alan Rymer, Edna Cook. Jim Roe and John Hopkinson, Phyllis Morris, Sue Wooldridge, Charles Morris and Warwick Wooldridge, Mo Regan, Eleanor Nicholson, Tony Nicholson and Graham Teal, Sheila Betts, Henry Adlard, Ian Jackson and Tony Betts, Shirley Booth, Tony Glover, John Moore and Alex Mullin all reaching the last 16 but it was followed by a little disappointment as three rinks went out of the competition in this round. The three Scunthorpe rinks of Charles Morris, John Hopkinson and Alex Mullin produced some top quality bowls in their appropriate Quarter-Finals but unfortunately the Mullin rink lost whilst the Charles Morris and John Hopkinson rink won their match securing themselves a place in the Semi-Finals.
In their Semi-Final match the Scunthorpe rinks of Charlie Morris and John Hopkinson drew one another and again produced some awesome bowls in an excellent competitive encounter. As the match came to an end it was the Charles Morris quartet that secured the victory by just a single shot on the final end that ended the John Hopkinson’s rink further progress after they had played such an excellent tournament. Scunthorpe’s rink of Phyllis Morris, Sue Wooldridge, Charles Morris and Warwick Wooldridge had produced some excellent form throughout the tournament and had managed to qualify for the final. On the day of departure the Scunthorpe contingent stayed to watch the final of the tournament that turned out to be a hard fought match between the Scunthorpe rink and a rink from Eastbourne. After a display of awesome bowling the Scunthorpe quartet could not quite match the form of the Eastbourne rink that eventually went on to beat the Scunthorpe four to claim the victory.
Following the final Andy Thompson MBE presented the ‘Bowls International’ magazine tournament winners and the Scunthorpe rinks with their appropriate trophies. Then it was off on the long journey back to Scunthorpe for everyone after a superb enjoyable 4 day break in Norfolk that had been successfully organised and run by Scunthorpe’s Ray Robinson with valuable assistance from Eleanor Nicholson, Mo Regan and Paddy Robinson.

  Scunthorpe's Charles & Phyllis Morris, Andy Thompson MBE, Sue & Warwick Wooldridge

General action during Potters Trip, Norfolk

Scunthorpe Indoor Bowls Club’s Annual Presentation Evening took place at the Scunthorpe Indoor Centre and was attended by over 70 members. The Club President Ray Robinson welcomed everyone and then the Club President presented all the Domestic League and Individual Competition winners with their appropriate trophies and prizes.
After the presentations were completed everyone that attended socialised and enjoyed excellent Steak Pie and Peas supplied by ‘Bebe’s Deli’ of Ashby.


The Scunthorpe Indoor Club’s Annual General Meeting was held at the Carlton Street Indoor Centre. The current President Ray Robinson welcomed everyone to the meeting and then proceeded to thank the Secretary, the Management team, Stewards and all the people that make an exceptional and valuable contribution towards the running of the Club and the provision of a full season’s enjoyable bowling for all its members.
Various reports were then presented to the meeting that included a Treasurer’s report during which the Club’s Annual balance sheet was discussed. After the reports the election of the various officers took place and this was followed by a special presentation by the President Ray Robinson of Honorary Memberships to Mr Derek and Mrs Janet Grimbleby in recognition of their years of dedicated service to the Indoor Club since its inception in 1977.
Then the President closed the meeting by thanking the members for their attendance and wished them all an enjoyable and successful outdoor and 2019/20 indoor season.


Scunthorpe’s Jenny Rowe, Eleanor Nicholson, Pat Kelly and Joan Bolton played at Boston Indoor Bowls Club in the Lincolnshire Indoor Bowls Association County Finals of the individual knockout competitions.
In the Ladies Rinks Final they played against a four from Lincoln I.B.C and produced some exceptional form that dominated the encounter to finish winning by 24 to 6 shots securing them the Lincolnshire Indoor Bowls Association County Ladies Rinks Champions.
In the Men’s Triples the Scunthorpe rink of Alex Mullin, Neil Poole and Phil Parker played their final against a strong rink from Spalding that included M. Wyers, M. Spencer and G. Smith. After a close intense battle they finally lost by 18 to 17 shots to the Spalding rink.  Well Done to all.

Jenny Rowe, Pat Kelly, Joan Bolton, Eleanor Nicholson

Graham Teal (Open Over 60's Singles winner)


The Indoor Summer Australian Pairs league will start on Tuesday 7th May 2019 and the Summer Triples league on Thursday 9th May 2019 and then will run every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings until early August commencing at 10.30am.


Many dedicated greenkeepers have been working on their greens throughout the autumn and winter months and are now ready for the start of the new season. This preparation will have included moss and disease eradication, fertilising and regular scarifying to reduce thatch and speed up the playing surface.
On most of our greens this work is carried out by the greenkeeper and club members that volunteer to help who are so important to every Club. So we now should be ready for the off although a number of greens have still not fully recovered from the intense hot dry Summer of 2018 and let us all hope for some real summer weather again.
The comprehensive fixture programme starts on Tuesday the 1st May 2019 with a series of league matches taking place.


Will all Clubs please note that all Scunthorpe and District Outdoor League completed results sheets, Competition Entry Forms and articles for the Scunthorpe Telegraph should be sent to the League’s Results and Competitions Secretary (Ray Robinson), or posted in the letterbox in the single brown wooden doorway partway along the front wall of the Scunthorpe Indoor Bowling Centre.  (Note: NOT THE MAIN GLASS DOORS).
All results sheets taken to the Indoor Centre must be posted in the single brown wooden doorway post box by 12.00 noon on Saturdays for publication in the following Thursday’s Scunthorpe Telegraph.
Please Note:  The SEVEN day rule applies as per 13b in the Scunthorpe & District Bowls League Constitution. All CANCELLATIONS and REARRANGEMENTS must be notified to the League’s Results Secretary (Ray Robinson) immediately.              

Josey Rayner, Club President Ray Robinson, Rita Davey, Pat Kelly (Ladies Triples Winners)

  General action in Potters Quarter Finals


It’s time again for the Annual Scunthorpe & District Bowls League outdoor match featuring last Seasons Division One winners Cemetery Road playing a team consisting of 5 rinks from each of the other Division’s winning/runner’s up teams and a rink representing the League’s Management team.
The game will be held at the Railway Sports green on Sunday 6th May 2019 at 12.15pm for a 1.00pm start. The ‘Rest Team’ rinks will be formed from Epworth B.C, Belton B.C, Rose Leisure B.C, Shires B.C (Ladies) and the League Management (L. Salmon, V. Blackwell, R. Robinson) and the dress code will be Greys and Whites but Club Shirts may be worn provided each member of the rink wears the same.


The Scunthorpe & District Bowls League Individual Knockout Competition’s CLOSING DATE for entries is SUNDAY 19th May 2019.
All Entry Forms must be completed and submitted to the League’s Competitions Secretary – Ray Robinson by the above Closing Day.

Andy Thompson MBE with Dave Batchelor (Scunthorpe)

 Mike Parsons at Potters

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