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The Club's presentation evening was held on Friday 10th November at the Three Arches, Heathwood Road.

The evening was enjoyed by everyone in a relaxed atmosphere and the prizes were presented by Mrs Jean Coles.

Jean was thanked by the the Club and presented with a lovely bouquet of flowers.


Congratulations to Tom and Maria

on their Wedding Day Friday 14th April


Website Update

To make room for all of the Centenary photos there have been a few changes:

- The New Members page is now located under the Club Information tab

 The Hints & Tips page is now located under the Sponsors & Links tab.



Bespoke bird-houses made to order

by our club member

John Pearce  -  029 20317513


                         Safeguarding & Protection of Children & Vulnerable Adults

 Every club which has a member under the age of 18 must appoint a Child Protection Officer. This person has to hold a 'Disclosure and Barring Certificate' and their name and photograph should be displayed in the club house. The club can contact Mr Peter Brill (01685 371417 / the National Child Protection Officer who will do the necessary paperwork relating to the Disclosure & Barring Certificate.

At present Mr John Hurley has the required qualifications and therefore for the time being will be our Child Protection Officer.

New Club Shirt for 2019

Our Chairman Paul just had to model our new team polo shirt !!!!

        CENTENARY YEAR 2015                                     

 Centenary Dinner 2015:

 Our Centenary Dinner was held on Friday October 30th at our usual venue - The Cardiff Golf Club.

Unfortunately numbers were slightly diminished due to prior arrangements and unforeseen circumstances, but this didn't spoil our enjoyment of a very special evening. Keith had arranged for harpist Rachel Howard to come along to entertain us. She played some beautiful music whilst we all once again enjoyed an excellent meal.

Pam Pearce had made a lovely fruit cake which her friend Carol decorated beautifully with our club badge. Many thanks to both for their hard work.

Speeches were made by our President Keith Wood, Chairman Paul Dinnick and 2015 Captain Lyndon Horton.

Our tea ladies ( T-Team ) were presented with flowers from the club with many thanks for providing teas throughout the season.

Following this, cups were presented to the competition winners by our President's wife Judy Wood. Thanks to the head of the competition committee, David Pickin assisted by Peter Coles, for arranging the trophies at the golf club earlier in the day in order to make sure the presentations went smoothly and everyone received the appropriate cups.

Finally, a special certificate was presented to our longest serving member Reg Jones who twice forgot his whites on our trips to Windsor and Royal Household! His wife Ria said she would frame it and hang it in the hall to remind him NOT to forget them ever again!                                                        



The T-Team Treat:

                                L to R: Judy, Jean, Maureen, Pam, Sandra, Rhia.

By way of a thank you to our tea ladies for their hard work over the course of our 2015 Centenary Celebrations, the management committee decided that they could choose to go for lunch  or dinner on the Club.

The ladies decided to go to Pier 64 on Penarth Marina for lunch and the meal was enjoyed by all.   

Royal Household Bowling Club:

Sunday August 16th was the day we had all been looking forward to. It was the last of our Centenary celebratory matches and we travelled to Windsor Great Park to play against the Royal Household Bowling Club. There was great excitement as we all arrived at our club to meet the coach and begin the day. We boarded the coach, heads were counted and we were all ready to go when a voice piped up '' Oh no, I've forgotten my whites!''. Now I'll mention no names but you all know who it was and we all laughed and thought he was joking because the same thing happened on a previous trip. But he said '' No I really have left them at home !''. Well to cut a long story short, our brilliant driver Dilwyn made a detour through Rhiwbina, (that should give you a clue to his identity) the whites were collected and off we went.

We all managed to get through security at the gate and arrived at the RHBC to be given a very warm welcome by the members. We were then shown into the clubhouse and bar. The room was full of photos and memorabilia and they were only too happy to explain the club's history to us. Our ' T ' team settled in with their glasses of rose wine while we got changed and went on to the green to start the match.

The weather was perfect and we all enjoyed a friendly but competitive match stopping after 10 ends for tea and cake. We won on two rinks, skippered by Alex MacRae and David Wall and the final score was 118 to the RHBC and 95 to us.

After the match we were treated to a lovely salad tea followed by lemon meringue pie and our ladies said how nice it was to be waited on for a change ! Before the speeches began, no less than three of our members were presented with special WB certificates for bowling with the Wrong Bias !!! Oh dear!

But a good souvenir to remember the day ! When the speeches were over there was a raffle with several prizes being won by Fairoak members.

All too soon it was time to leave and the RHBC members came to the coach to wave us goodbye. A fantastic day was had by all and our driver Dilwyn added to the day by joining in the fun and camaraderie with us all!

It certainly was a day to remember!

The only sad part was that our President Keith Wood and his wife Judy were unable to be with us because Keith was unwell. It wasn't the same without them, they were missed by all of us but they assured us that they were with us in spirit ! Hope you get well soon Keith.

Members of Fairoak Bowling Club celebrating their Centenary at the Royal Household Bowling Club

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Thanks to Dave Roberts son "Dave" for taking photos as well.

If you want a print of this photo or others please let me know.

President's Match:

On Thursday 6th August we had an evening match against CSGBA President's Team and again we were lucky with the weather. Tea was provided before the match by our by wonderful tea ladies followed by the usual speeches. We then continued with the match which was played in good spirit although the result was not in our favour.

                                                                                The ''T'' Team

L to R:  Pam, Jean, Rhia(in the background), Sandra, Judy, Mo.

Welsh Bowling Association Presidents' Match.

We welcomed the Welsh Bowling Presidents' Team to our green on Thursday, June 11th, to play another match in our celebratory series. It was a beautiful summer's day with the temperature soaring to more than 25 degrees. We spent a very enjoyable afternoon of bowls, unfortunately missing out on victory. We played 21 ends before going in to yet another delicious ham and salad tea provided by our ladies. The salad was followed by strawberries and cream, Pam's Welshcakes and cups of tea.

Ken Burton W.B.A. President made a speech and said how pleased they all were to be able to join us and help celebrate our Centenary year. Our Captain Lyndon responded.

When it was all over we helped the ladies by clearing the tables and putting things away while they began the mammoth task of washing up, very ably assisted by Arthur Parker who dried the dishes and who, my wife said, was an absolute star!! So many thanks to Arthur from the girls! 

Also, thanks to Roath Park Ladies for allowing us to use their kitchen again. 

Look at the photos here

Windsor & Eton.

On June 6th we had a great day out when we travelled to Windsor to play our second match against Windsor and Eton Bowling Club.

The coach left Cardiff at about 9.30am and after a short stop at Membury, we arrived at Windsor at about 12.15pm.

Once again the weather was good to us and the sun shone all day.  Someone commented that "the devil looks after his own!"You could also say that "the sun shines on the righteous!" Whichever you prefer!

We were made very welcome by the Windsor team and enjoyed a great match during the afternoon in spite of the fact that they won again! We had half time tea and biscuits and after the match we were given a lovely tea by the Windsor ladies.  Our own ladies headed off into town to have lunch and enjoy their afternoon at the shops etc.

All too soon, it was time to leave for home but the Windsor team said that they hope, as we do, that we will be able to visit again some time in the future.

Thanks to Alun Pryce for taking the photos for me to edit.

Look at the photos here

The Barbarian Bowling Association.

On Sunday May 24th, the first of our celebratory matches for our Centenary year was played at home against the Barbarians Bowls Association under the leadership of the 2015 President Mr Reginald Birmingham. The weather was disappointing to begin with but gradually improved throughout the day to give us a dry and sunny afternoon for the match.

 The final result was a win for Fairoak BC by 98 shots to the Barbarians 90 shots. Fairoak's winning rinks were skippered by P. Wall, R. Jones, D. Roberts and the Barbarians by G. Henderson, R. Davies, A, Jackson

A competitive but friendly game was enjoyed by all and the afternoon concluded with an excellent tea provided by our ladies who never fail us and to whom we are eternally grateful! Following the meal, speeches were made by representatives

from both sides after which, our Captain Lyndon Horton presented a cheque for £100 from Fairoak to the Barbarians as a donation to their chosen charity this year which is  Weston-Super-Mare Hospice.

Thanks to Alun Pryce for taking the photos for me to edit.

Look at the photos here

New Club Competition Rule 2015

Any member not able to complete their match BY THE SET DATE, must contact the competition committee before that date explaining reason for not completing. At the discretion of the competition committee a one week extension may be granted but failure to complete during the extension period would result in REMOVAL from the competition.

Fairoak Bowling Club 1916:

                                Paul Dinnick found this photo and brought it along on opening day. Anyone you recognise !!!!


In order to ENLARGE any of the photos just double clic


Many thanks to Reg Jones for supplying the photo circa September 1978. Do you have old photos of Fairoak Bowling Club ? We're planning an Archive page so please contact Peter Coles (  with any photos, stories or interesting facts about the club for inclusion in the page.

Spot anyone you know ?


 Windsor & Eton - News and photos on the Windsor Photos page.