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Life membership for ex-treasurer Brian Edwards

posted 7 Oct 2018, 04:19 by Stamford Indoor Bowls   [ updated 12 Oct 2018, 07:31 by Keith Rippin ]
Outgoing presidents Kevin Vinter and Rosemary Roberts (left) with incoming Shirley Suffling and Arthur Lonslow.

FORMER treasurer Brian Edwards was recognised for his outstanding service to Stamford Indoor Bowls Club, by being awarded life membership at Saturday's annual presentations.

The 80-year-old Bourne resident, who is recovering from heart surgery, took over the role in 2006 and helped steer the club into its current healthy state as one of the county's leading indoor clubs, completely staffed by volunteers with a membership approaching 600.

The citation, presented by chairman Keith Rippin (pictured with Mr Edwards) to the Runcorn born former management accountant, reflected his "dedication and outstanding service to the sport of bowls and to the club over many years."

Mr Edwards has been succeeded as treasurer by Gary Oliver.

Mr Rippin was also praised by outgoing president Kevin Vinter, for the hours each week he spends administering the club, together with other volunteers, on behalf of the membership. He also thanked all those who had supported him during his year of office, especially offering their good wishes during his own period of ill-health.

Together with lady president Rosemary Roberts, the pair were succeeded by Arthur Lonslow and Shirley Suffling.

The evening was an opportunity to recognise the winners of club winter and summer domestic leagues as well as club competitions.

Among them were 10-year-old Owen Aspinall, whom together with his father Wayne won both the Sunday morning pairs (with John and Helen Holroyd) and the Friday men's triples (with Chris Ballard, Alan Barnes and Bob Warters).

Neither club singles champions Stephen Harris and Joan
Robinson were able to attend - Harris competing in the Lincoln Open singles where he reached the quarter-finals - but among those collecting multi silverware were Paul Galloway and Mark Hebden (pictured right and left respectively) - surprise but worthy winners of the men's pairs championship.

Elsewhere mixed pairs partners Christine Ford and Martyn Dolby picked up six titles between them.

The full list of league and individual competitions appear elsewhere on the website.

Club finals winners

Men's: Singles - S Harris; over 60 singles - P Edwards; pairs - P Galloway & M Hebden; triples - A Warrington, D Earl, M Dolby; fours -  A Romaine, D Want, P Edwards, P Bailey; mixed pairs - C Ford & M Dolby; mixed rinks - S Harris, P Jones, C Ford, M Dolby.

Women's: singles - J Robinson; pairs - S Suffling & C Ford; triples - J Want, G Edwards, D Mackie; fours - E Wallace, M Andrews, P Birch, G Edwards. Under 25 singles - H Holroyd.

Winter leagues: Sunday am pairs - Wayne's World; Monday Triples Divison 1- Maltesers; Div 2 - Park Farm; Div 3 - Fitzwills. Monday evening fours - If Only. Tuesday pm women's triples - Imps; Tuesday night fours - No Quarter. Wednesday pm triples div 1 - Outcasts; Div 2 - Pick & Mix; Wednesday evening triples Div 1 - Googlie Bears; Div 2 - Tipple triple. Thursday pm triples - Maltesers; Thursday evening fours - Chippies. Friday am pairs Div 1 - Brunnians; Div 2 - Ravens; Friday pm triples Div 1 - Shakers; Div 2 - Eagles; Friday evening men's triples - Owen's Army.

Owen Aspinall with fellow Sunday morning pairs winners, his dad Wayne, and Helen and John Holroyd.

Summer Leagues:Monday evening triples - Alpha; Tuesday noon pairs - Tulips; Wednesday am triples Div 1 -
 Wakes; Div 2 - Strikers; Friday evening triples - Daimler. KO Cup - R Graham & L Allen.


Stamford 's mixed team, aiming to regain promotion back to the first division of the Lincolnshire League, began in positive fashion with a 29-shot defeat of Grantham, picking up 15 of the 18 points at stake.

Top rink belonged to newly appointed Stamford Presidents Arthur Lonslow and Shirley Suffling, sandwiched between Margaret and Derek King and transforming a slender 13-10 lead into a 35-12 triumph in just eight ends.

There were also comprehensive wins for skips Ally McNaughton (27-10) and Dick Ford, who recovered from a 9-12 deficit to claim a four-shot victory.

Result (Stamford names only):

Lincolnshire Mixed League second division: Stamford 111 (15 pts) Grantham 88 (3).
J Lonslow, T Mackie, D Mackie, K Rippin lost 14-29; M King, A Lonslow, S Suffling, D King won 35-12; M Andrews, Mick Smith, C Ford, A McNaughton won 27-10; E Wallace, M Wallace, S Moir, D Ford won 20-16; J Brennan, C Warters, J Little, B Warters drew 15-15.


Six Stamford youngsters have reached the next round of the national Under 25 Inter-Club Double Rink, with a narrow two shot overall defeat of local rivals Boston on aggregate in this home and away competition.

Playing at Stamford, Owen Aspinall, Jay Travis-Jenner and Katie Bailey beat a rink skipped by Liam Reeson, establishing an early 9-2 lead then adding six shots in three ends to head in to the 16th end to 18-11 up.

They dropped three shots in the last two ends but it was enough to take the tie overall 31-29 with James Hebden, Louise Harris and Helen Holroyd restricting Boston to just a two shot deficit (13-15) despite conceding eight shots in the last six ends.

Their next opponents will be Spalding, who last year reached the semi-finals.