Once again, the Wigan Group Bowling Finals were carefully arranged to be played at Highfield Bowling Club in “flaming June” and, thankfully, this year the weather was kinder than the last occasion. The rain kept at bay and play began on time, on a fine but cool summer’s afternoon. A sharp wind, however, was cutting across the well prepared green into the faces of the keen spectators. Bowlers are not easily put off and some fine bowling was witnessed by all present.
The final, remarkably, was an all Bryn Lodge affair, with Terry Randall taking on fellow lodge member and friend Henry Hunter, in a final contested within the spirit of brotherly love that characterises this event, eagerly watched by all the other participants. Also looking on were the finalists’ respective wives, Joan and Val, both knowing that a prize was on its way, but neither sure which trophy they wanted to keep clean and polished for the next 12 months.
As it turned out, Terry was the victor and Henry the runner-up. The semi-finals were also a lodge versus lodge affair, with both losing semi-finalists Jim Browning and Denis Brewin, being from Willows Lodge.
The trophies were presented by the President of the Bowling Group, and Group Vice chairman, Geoffrey Porter who, accompanied by his wife Linda, had watched with interest from the start. He warmly thanked all the participants for their attendance and support of the event.
He also thanked Joan Randall and Val Hunter for convincing the brethren to purchase tickets for a raffle. He asked all the brethren present to remember those brethren who were no longer able to attend the event: Gordon Bennett, who used to make the arrangements for the use of the green at the Highfield Bowling Club, Stan Sharrock and Keith Holden, both of whom had also been keen members of the bowling group, and any other member so much missed.
The president made special thanks to Len Hart and the committee not only for their organisation of this event but also for their work throughout the year and to Len’s wife Mary for her involvement too. He was pleased to see Norman Sherrington present to watch the proceedings and praised his work in tending the grounds surrounding the bowling green throughout the year. The bedding out plants were a delight to behold.
It was, again, a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon, with some very good bowling and some extremely closely fought matches.
The Wigan Group Masonic bowling trophy has another name on it – though it’s not the first time has Terry been successful. Well done to Terry Randall again. The winner, runner-up, losing semi-finalists, along with others, will represent the Wigan Group at the West Lancashire Provincial Finals to be held in Barrow in Furness later in the summer.