Penyrheol Bowling Club


Club Tour 2005

This years club tour was centred on Abingdon, Oxfordshire and took place from 29th April until 2nd May 2005. Some 85 club members, long suffering wives, neighbouring club members and friends took part in a very enjoyable tour.
A series of friendly games were played, Saturday included 6 mixed rinks at Abingdon and 6 male rinks at Headington Bowling Clubs whilst the remaining ladies enjoyed a pleasant days shopping and sightseeing in Oxford. Sunday saw a male team of 6 rinks play at East Hagbourne and a mixed 6 rinks play at Didcot, the other ladies in the meantime visited Blenheim Palace. Monday saw the start of the home journey with only 2 short diversions to pick up forgotten property. Our final game was hosted by Westlecott Bowling Club with a sprinkling of players from other local clubs and comprised of 6 male rinks and 6 mixed rinks. Again the ladies enjoyed a shopping expedition into Swindon, no wonder many husbands and partners ended up with empty wallets!
The club had mixed fortunes during these games which may have had something to do with the volume of alcohol consumed the previous night or before and during the games. Irrespective of the results we achieved our aim of playing bowls, making new friends and having a great time.

Our special thanks go to all the clubs and their organisers who helped make this tour a great success, not forgetting of course the vital contribution played by the caterers, greenkeepers and the ever essential bar staff. Finally a big thank you to all the players for turning out, providing us with quality opposition and such a warm welcome.
A special mention must go to Jock and our friends at Westlecott for putting up with all 85 of us 'Welsh gits'. We really appreciated the major effort that went in to putting on such excellent food for such a number. Sorry about the singing, perhaps we should consider introducing a regular choir practice!

As is our custom prizes were presented at dinner for our highest losing rinks. These prizes have to be worn with pride until 12 midnight irrespective of where the evening is spent. We would like you to share in their achievements by showing you the following photograph (Click the thumbnail to enlarge the photo) -

Again many thanks to all of you helped make our tour such a success. Best wishes to you all and we hope to meet you all again in the not too distant future. Diolch yn fawr.