Welcome to Warwickshire Women's Bowling Association
August 1st Missive.
We move along with this extraordinary year, a Presidential year like no other, passing dates in our diary of County Finals, President’s day, The Nationals & so forth but no – there but merely to be rubbed or crossed out.
I do hope that those of you who feel able are out supporting your clubs, entering as much as you can & keeping the spirit of our wonderful game.
We have had sadnesses along the way, challenges & amusement but be assured that your Officers are working hard on your behalf & are now, with the 2021 Schedule all but finalised we look forward to filling some obvious gaps in duties, taking delivery of our new strip & hoping for lots of entries for next year’s competitions.
Although Avon Valley members are busy preparing their Club to cater safely for the indoor season we have now heard that the Indoor County has cancelled all its games for the 2020/21 season so we will not be holding a Christmas match this year.
We are still hopeful for the AGM to be held in real life rather than virtually. Also Stratford BC is hoping to have an afternoon picnic around the green when the President will present certificates to the Lockdown Competition winners!
I send you all my very best wishes, please keep fit & well for our 2021 Season when I hope that we will come out of our blocks up & running!
Remembering my Mantra: Upwards & Onwards……
President Mary & your Officers.
The Warwickshire County Officers and players were greatly saddened at the loss of Barbara Harsant on Monday 10 August. Her personality and cheeky smile made her popular with everyone and she will be sorely missed. County President in 1999 and again in 2012 whilst a member of Solihull Municipal Bowling Club, Barbara was always ready to encourage and support with the County win against Devon in the National Finals of the Johns Trophy undoubtedly being one of the highlights of her bowling career. Fellow team member, Di Medhurst, reminisces:
"I had the pleasure of playing on the same rink as Barbara in the National Finals of the Johns Trophy at Leamington in August 2002 - almost 18 years from today's date. As she played number 2 and I played lead we were there together in the thick of it, encouraging and supporting one another, trying to build a good head for our back end players. I remember our supporters sitting on the stands at the end of our rink armed with klaxons and wearing WWBA hats!! However the most prominent memory was that each time Barbara delivered a wood they burst into song with Ba-Ba- Ba- Bar-Barbara Ann, to the tune of the Beach Boys single - Barbara Ann - what a memory!!"
Just one of many memories we all have of a fun loving member of our team.
A number of officers from the WWBA, representing the County, formed a socially distanced guard of honour as Barbara’s procession left Solihull Municipal Bowls Club. Our mascot, Warwick, whom Barbara was really fond of, also came along. He had accompanied Barbara and the County Ladies up and down the country on numerous occasions, supporting us through the good times....oh and on some occasions the not so good times.
Barbara did not want flowers but donations to Marie Curie Solihull.
Congratulations go to the August winners of the 100+ Club:
August 1st prize - Graham Taylor
August 2nd prize - Jane Chedgzoy
August 3rd prize - Jenny Corn
Elaine Taylor would like to thank everyone who sent messages of condolence, cards and flowers following Graham's passing. She, and her family, are very appreciative of all your kindness at this sad time.