Crown green event is a triumph

On a sunny Sunday afternoon, the members of Lodge of Triumph No 1061 held their annual Ellis Knight Memorial bowling event on the first class crown green of Kirkham Conservative Club.  2015 is a significant year for the Lodge of Triumph as it celebrates 150 years since its inauguration in 1865.

Pictured left: Alan Dentith (left) gets a playful raised fist from dad Noel, after winning the Ellis Knight Trophy. Pictured right: Rod Evans (left) and Norman Johnson agree as to who’s closer.

Pictured left: Alan Dentith (left) gets a playful raised fist from dad Noel, after winning the Ellis Knight Trophy. Pictured right: Rod Evans (left) and Norman Johnson agree as to who’s closer.

In the event, mixed pairs played two sets each; some players being keen match bowlers, alongside some guests having quite limited bowling experience. The three prizes, given by the master of the lodge John Topping were created especially for the event, being embroidered handkerchiefs featuring the lodge name and number with 150th across the logo.  The handkerchiefs were attached to a bottle of champagne. The three bowling prizes for the event were; best lodge member’s score wins the Ellis Knight Memorial Trophy.

Best non-lodge member’s score (male). Best female score. An impressive final for the best lodge member ensued, which was a highly skilled match between father and son Noel and Alan Dentith, with Alan’s youth triumphing over dad’s experience.

Pictured left: Malcolm Worsley (about to bowl) giving a master class to his fellow players. Pictured right, from left to right, are; Norman Johnson, John Topping, Alan Dentith and Sheila Johnson.

Pictured left: Malcolm Worsley (about to bowl) giving a master class to his fellow players. Pictured right, from left to right, are; Norman Johnson, John Topping, Alan Dentith and Sheila Johnson.

In the final for the best non-lodge member prize were Rod Evans and Norman Johnson, who both played with enthusiasm and good spirit, the winner being Norman Johnson.

A splendid buffet followed the tournament with a raffle that helped swell the coffers. John Topping, in welcoming all the contestants and spectators said: “As master of the lodge it is always a great honour to welcome guests to this special social gathering of the year.  Since 1989 we have raised a substantial amount of charity funds and at this event we have generated £300.

Players and spectators engrossed in a key match being played.

Players and spectators engrossed in a key match being played.

I am grateful, as ever to Ted Rhodes and Graham Smith for their organisation of this year’s Ellis Knight event and to everyone who attended.”