News and Events
The club celebrates its 90th anniversary this season since its formation in 1927.
To commemorate this event, a fun day was held on Sunday afternoon when around
40 members turned up in fancy dress and took part in a fun & games day.

Sunday 23rd July 2017
Kings Bowling Club Report 21-08-2017

Kings made history yet again, when they became the only club side to ever win the Men's National Double
Fours Championship
in successive years. Having won the title exactly 12 months ago, they returned to
Leamington
to defend their crown. In the Quarter final, they faced Chatham (Kent) and a strong start set
them on the way to a convincing 31 shot victory. This set up a semi-final clash with local favourites
Avenue (Warwicks)
which provided an altogether different proposition. A close contest saw the match
all square at 16 ends until a devastating passage of scoring saw Kings outscore their opponents 21 shots
to 2 over the final 5 ends to secure a place in the final against Poplar (Middx). 
Again, they found themselves in a tight match and at 17 ends held a slender 2 shot lead. As in the previous
round they dug deep and called upon all their reserves to finish strongly over the closing stages to run out
8 shot victors.
Q/F bt Chatham (Kent) 51-20
Phil Hackett, Adrian O'Neill, Harry Goodwin & Sam Tolchard Won 27-9
Rob Honeywell, Matt Bass, Louis Ridout & Jamie Chestney Won 24-11

S/F bt Avenue (Warwick) 57-38
Phil Hackett, Adrian O'Neill, Harry Goodwin & Sam Tolchard Lost 20-27
Rob Honeywell, Matt Bass, Louis Ridout & Jamie Chestney Won 37-11
All square at 16 ends. Devastating final 5 ends. Outscored opponents 21-2.

Final bt Poplar (Middx) 39-31
Phil Hackett, Adrian O'Neill, Harry Goodwin & Sam Tolchard Won 20-13
Rob Honeywell, Matt Bass, Louis Ridout & Jamie Chestney Won 19-18
+ 2 after 17 ends. 9-2 over last 5 ends.

Earlier in the week, Sophie Tolchard, Lorraine Hackett & Natalie Chestney's reign as holders of the
National Triples
title came to an end following a 20-23 defeat in the round of last 16 to a team from
Milton Regis, Kent
. There was further disappointment for Sophie in the 2-Wood Singles when
losing 10-16 to fellow England colleague Jamie-Lea Winch in the final.

The Ladies booked their place in the finals of the National Top Club next month with a comfortable 4-0
victory over Broadway B.C (Worcs). They now await their male colleagues to hopefully join them.
(Singles) Sophie Tolchard Won 21-7
(Pairs) Kelly Atkinson & Natalie Chestney Won 21-12
(Triples) Sarah Ashton, Ruth Rogers & Lorraine Hackett Won 30-13
(Fours) Lauren Hackett, Charlotte Aspinall, Jan Boyt & Sue Bywaters Won 15-11

Meanwhile, back home in Torquay, the Men's 'A' team took to the green for their penultimate MDL
fixture against Bitton Park. Deprived of those 'A' team players involved at Leamington meant 10 'B'
team players were drafted into the side. However, this seemingly did not present an obstacle, with
the side winning on all rinks and picking up 14 points. This win propelled Kings to the top of the
Premier division, albeit briefly, with a 2 point lead with 1 match to play. However, second placed
Shaldon with 2 games in hand look odds on to win the league.  
MDL 'A' v Bitton Park Won 89-56 (14-0) pts
Bill Turner, Rusty Hext, Dave Rogers & Dom Wittwer Won 20-17
Rene Llimos, Dave Walker, Mark Hopkins & Sean Howard Won 18-14
John Williamson, Martin Harman, John Boyt & Graham Walton Won 22-12
Jeff Tolchard, Clive Asbury, Paul Creed & Kieran Kniveton Won 29-13

The MDL 'B' side lost to promotion-chasing Brixham for the second time in a week following a 3-11 points
away defeat.

Kings involvement in the men's Foxlands came to an unfortunate end at the quarter-final stage against
Shaldon
. Played in near darkness at the end, the game was on a knife edge when the result came through
that the away rink had lost by 11. Playing their last end at home, Kings held a match-winning lie until,
according to official sources, the opposing skip benefited from an outrageous wick to snatch victory from
the jaws of defeat.
Mark Hopkins, Sean Howard, Kieran Kniveton & Harry Goodwin (H) Won +10
Jeff Tolchard, Dave Rogers, Phil Hackett & Griff Sanders (A) Lost -11

The Ladies 'B' team found table-topping Torquay 'B' too hot to handle in their latest league match.
SDLBL 'B' v Torquay Lost 38-56 (2-8 pts)
Ann Llimos, Jan Walker & Pat Hicks Won 18-14
Joy Praill, Ricci Creed & Lyn Baker Lost 10-18
Zara Clench, Kay Parkinson & Jan Williamson Lost 10-24

There were highs and lows for the Over 55's in the 'Y' division. A maximum points victory at the home of
Shaldon was followed 2 days later by a 24 shot beating in a re-arranged fixture against Bitton Park.
Over 55's 'Y' v Bitton Park Lost 22-46 (0-8 pts)
John Williamson, Martin Harman & Paul Creed Lost 8-22
Bill Turner, Rene Llimos & Terry Chandler Lost 14-24

Over 55's 'Y' div v Shaldon Won 39-19 (8-0 pts)
Bill Turner, Rene Llimos & Terry Chandler Won 19-10
John Williamson, Martin Harman & Paul Creed Won 20-9

RMT v Totnes Won 57-37 (10-0 pts)
Sue Jones, Colin Praill & Dave Artz Won 17-12
Rose Mahoney, Sandy Jones & Alan Yeo Won 20-11
Dave Gilbey, Terry Gale & Joy Praill Won 20-14
King Bowling Club needs your Vote

Kings Bowling Club applied to the One Family Foundation for a Community grant of up to £25,000
to help fund the changes that we have long waited for in our club hut. Being awarded the grant depends on
getting the highest number of votes and that is where we need your help. For those of you on Facebook,
you will hopefully have seen our posts asking you to vote, but for those of you who are not, please take
2 minutes of your time to vote for our club using the link below.

https://foundation.onefamily.com/projects/enabling-access-and-inclusion-at-kings-bowls-club/

You can read about the project and what we hope to achieve and then vote. There is a short registration
process involved, but please do encourage your friends and family to also vote.

Voting opened 9th August and closes on the 6th September.

Lets make the clubhouse befitting of the great club we are.

Enabling access and inclusion at Kings Bowls Club (Devon)
Kings Bowls Club is wishing to bring the sport of bowls to all, but their current facilities make it difficult for
this to be achieved. The funding will enable members, their families and the wider community to not only have
the opportunity to take part in the sport, but also enjoy the social networks and support that a bowls club offers.

Our goals:
To enable people of all abilities to be able to enjoy the sport of bowls by providing facilities for disabled people which includes a toilet, access ramp and level access to the changing areas. To ensure that the kitchen facilities
meet current Food Hygiene standards with the creation of separate food preparation areas, separate wash hand basin and better cooking facilities. To be able to cater more effectively at events to provide a more social and enjoyable atmosphere. Kings Bowls Club has a good social atmosphere, but the bar facilities mean that this is currently limited.

How we will achieve our goals
It will help us to make Bowls a Sport for all by allowing us to fund the essential reconfiguration of the club house to provide facilities suitable for the 21st Century. We have held many successful open days to attract members, but our limited facilities make it difficult to encourage people from all sectors of the Community to try our sport.

Where the money will go
All members of the community will be able to access our facilities, whether it be by having wheelchair friendly access and facilities or by having somewhere welcoming to use for community groups and social events. The improved kitchen and bar area will enable us to cater more effectively for groups of people.
Thank You