The organisers consulted the weather forecast more times than they can remember in the days leading up to this fundraising event. The games started at 10am but rain was forecast to start at around 11am and just before that time the rain arrived and stayed with us, as on/off drizzle all day. However it was never bad enough to spoil the day.
The players were reminded that the Nutley Bowling Club was celebrating its centenary this year and thanks to the work of the Nutley Historical Society there was a display of photographs and other information on show in the pavilion.
Peter Lambert had organised the 16 teams to play throughout the day on a green that played very well, with covered protection for those waiting to play. Peter aided by Maurice Robinson kept the scores until late in the afternoon when the 3 end final was contested between Felbridge , skipped by Andrew Hathaway and the South Paws skipped by Neil Leversley. Although the South Paws were ahead after 2 ends, the final end saw Felbridge win the day.
After the prizes were handed out by the Chairman Bob Ibbotson, Vivian Woods presented the Trophy to the winners. Her father Alf Sayers had been the greenkeeper for many years at the club and by coincidence, Alf would also have been 100 years old in July this year.
The catering was once again excellent, organised by June Lambert, Liz Lloyd and the catering corps of volunteers. The bar was well stocked, used and organised by Keith Paul. The visitors supported the raffle and the total shots competition very well.
It was a very successful day with very favourable comments about the organisation, the good food, refreshments, the good green as well as the overall friendliness of the club. A fitting tribute to the club celebrating 100 years.
Our thanks go to all those club members who worked in any way either setting up the venue on the Saturday or throughout the day of competition.