Welcome to Warwickshire Women's Bowling Association
I would like to thank all of those who came to Princethorpe & all who donated to the cause: Mary’s Meals. As Lynne has reported below, we had a wonderful time, Princethorpe pulled out all the stops for us. Our next outing is on 1 February 2020 – there are a few tickets still available.
I look forward to a very full year, lots of successes but overall great camaraderie & fun. We will all be trying our hardest & encouraging each & everyone on to greater heights. ‘Upwards & Onwards’ - I know we can do it!!
I take this moment to wish you & your families a Very Happy Christmas & a Peaceful 2020.
Mary E Wheildon WWBA
The Visually Impaired Bowls England National Outdoor Championships will be held at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa, from 21st to 26th June 2020.
VISIT TO PRINCETHORPE – SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2019
Thank you to everyone who attended the first of President Mary’s ‘Winter’ outings on Saturday 30 November when we visited Princethorpe College – the weather couldn’t have been better - and we were given an excellent presentation and tour by Alex Darkes – Foundation Assistant Head – Development, and the school Archivist, Janette Ratcliffe The tour explored the fascinating story of the school, its architecture, its pupils, religious communities, staff and friends over a period spanning nearly two centuries.
In addition to our President being a former pupil at the school, we were also joined by a few other former pupils & parents which really enhanced the visit.
More importantly, the visit raised £200 with ticket sales and donations which is a great start to the President’s Charity of the Year, Mary’s Meals. With gift aid added to the £13.90 this will feed 17 for a year in education – so a very worthwhile outing indeed.
We are already looking forward to the next visit on 1 February to the James Butler’s Sculpture Gallery.
Report by Lynne Innes.
Annual General Meeting 2019
Before Chris Cooke stepped down as President and handed over the Chain of Office to Mary Wheildon she thanked everyone for a superb year with lots of fun and camaraderie. She was delighted to hand a cheque for £2,100 to her niece as Trustee of the Ups of Downs. Formed in 2006 and based in Royal Leamington Spa, The Ups of Downs works with more than 70 children and young people with Down syndrome, running weekly groups for members from birth through to teenagers. She thanked the members of Southam Bowling Club for all their hard work to ensure her year was a success and wished Mary every success in her year.
Chris also took the opportunity to thank Ann Doherty, County Secretary, for all her help and support over her year and wished her a happy retirement.
Mary thanked Warwick Boat Club for their support and was thrilled when Trish Jarvis (Wolvey) presented her with a beautifully embroidered County Banner for display at matches. A visit to meet James Butler, the sculptor, at his gallery on 1 February will be the second event organised to raise money for her charity, Mary's Meals, where she explained that “£13.90 feeds a child in school in the poorest of countries over 4 continents. Nkhwazi village primary school in Malawi is one such school and if they have a flat dirt area we may be able to send some woods etc. out to get the staff and helpers, as well as the children, playing bowls!” More information on Mary’s Meals can be found at President's Charity.
Heather Mills (Grange Ladies) was welcomed as County Secretary along with Donna Kerr (Lillington) – Junior Vice President who join Debbie Bloxham as Senior Vice President and the rest of the Executive Team.