Penyrheol Bowling Club
This year saw 85 members, wives, partners and friends touring North Devon from 28th April until the 1st May. The tour was centred
on the Durrant Park Hotel, Bideford and had the same format as previous years, namely, bowlers would play a series of friendly games in the area whilst
their wives/partners and non bowlers would enjoy the surrounding amenities and sites.
Some excellent evening entertainment was laid on by the hotel and this was enjoyed by the majority of tourers although some preferred to explore the local pubs, clubs and restaurants.
On saturday games were played at the United Services BC, Barnstable (6 mixed rinks) and at Braunton BC (6 mens rinks),
the ladies and other non players spending the afternoon in Ilfracombe. Sunday saw 5 mens rinks playing at Bideford Strand BC and
5 mixed rinks playing at Victoria Park BC, Bideford. Non bowlers had the opportunity to shop at Atlantic Village followed by a trip
to the beautiful village of Clovelly.
On Monday we started our return journey calling at Weston Super Mare to complete the tour. Here our hosts accomodated games against
6 mixed and 6 mens rinks. Following the games the entire touring party enjoyed an excellent buffet and the club facilities before
finishing our homeward journey.
It is our custom, on tour, to recognise the days losing rinks with some light hearted ritual humiliation, the following photographs record those events and the unfortunate rinks who had to wear their trophies all night, relinquishing them only at 12 midnight.
Again it proved to be a very enjoyable tour. The resuts of all the games were mixed but what was important was the spirit in which they were played and the friends that were made on the days. Our grateful thanks go to all the clubs who accomodated us and to their members for turning out and giving us some quality opposition. Also for all their hospitality and warm friendly welcomes. Not forgetting all the ladies and occasional gentleman in the background who provided the refreshments and tended the bars that were much appreciated. Also a big thank you to our own club officials who spent many an hour carrying out the research, organising fixtures and the whole host of other things necessary in organising the tour. Your hard work is much appreciated, without you there would probably not be a tour.
So again many thanks to all of you in the host clubs who 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.