Pen Portrait No 12

posted 27 Jun 2016, 02:54 by Stamford Bowls League   [ updated 27 Jun 2016, 03:03 ]


Malcolm first started bowling in his home town of Redcar in 1963 and served his 'apprenticeship' the way that newcomers to the game in those days used to. This meant that he played lead for ten years before he was allowed to even think about playing in any other position. He did eventually move up, through the ranks so to speak, to play skip for a couple years and finally settling back into playing lead, This obviously paid off resulting in him playing a lead for Yorkshire's County first team for over 20 year's and gave him the privilege of playing against most of the top players of that time including the legendary pipe smoking David Bryant, fifteen times world champion Tony Allcock and current England manager John Bell. Malcolm moved from Redcar 15 years ago and played for what was then Belvedere, then Parkway and currently Langtoft Pearl, of which his wife Ann is also an accomplished member and plays at county level. They are also members of Stamford Indoor Bowls Club where Malcolm's successes to date include winning the Men's Pairs, Triples and Fours, the Mixed Fours and the Mixed Pairs.  Malcolm's outdoor achievements over the year's have been even more impressive. He represented Yorkshire 123 times in the Middleton Cup which they won in 1975 and 1979. He was also part of their team which won the Liberty Trophy in 1980, and the team that won the Bournemouth Open Triples in 1984. Malcolm's other impressive successes included representing Yorkshire once in the triples, twice in the singles and four times in the fours at the National Championships at Worthing. One of his proudest moments was to become captain of his beloved Yorkshire's county team in 1995. Since moving south he won the National Federation 2 bowls pairs in 2005 and has also represented Huntingdonshire in the National pairs, triples and fours. Other hobbies include gardening, reading and eating out. 

Pen Portrait No 11

posted 18 May 2016, 06:21 by Stamford Bowls League   [ updated 23 May 2016, 03:16 ]

Margaret Andrews is a member of Barnack Bowls Club and Stamford Indoor Club. Born in North Finchley London she started playing bowls at Barnack in 1999 when she decided that she was too 'old' for squash. Margaret has won numerous trophies outdoors at Barnack including Ladies singles , pairs and triples. Indoors she has reached the semi-final stages of the Lincs Ladies pairs and played in the Ladies fours in the National championships at Newark. She currently plays with Taylor Vectors and plays in any position and at any time when asked (well almost). Her other hobbies include carpet bowls swimming and listening to her husband Tony, who she has been married to for 52 years, playing on his organ, or as he prefers to call it, his keyboard. Before she retired her occupations included stock control, accounts, sales ledger, bought ledger, reception and general dogsbody with companies, the names of which  she prefers not to mention.

Pen Portrait No 10

posted 15 May 2016, 01:22 by Stamford Bowls League   [ updated 15 May 2016, 02:27 ]

SYD FORBES Market Overton Bowls Club
Born in Newleeds near Fraserborough in Aberdeenshire. Syd, now a sprightly 81 year old, travelled south as an eighteen year old to serve his National Service in the RAF at Cottesmore. This was followed by 50 years on the buses which saw him drive coach excursions  all over Europe. During his younger days Syd found time between trips to play football for Market Overton and indoors won cups and trophies at darts and dominoes. He is now the proud President of Market Overton Bowls Club and still keeps active by playing for their Harriers team in the second division of the Stamford and District League. As well, he is heavily involved in the running of the club and currently fills the very important role of Bar Manager.
Syd has sadly lost his wife Jennifer who was the club's secretary for 10 years.

Pen Portrait No 9

posted 2 May 2016, 01:51 by Stamford Bowls League   [ updated 23 Jan 2017, 08:17 ]

BETTY BELL Market Overton Bowls Club (outdoors)  and Stamford Indoor Bowls Club.

Age 79 years young and born in Glentham near Market Rasin Betty was introduced to bowls by a neighbouring farmer and joined Greetham in 1983 and also Stamford indoors when it was first opened 25 years ago.

She is taking a ‘year out’  in 2017, but when at Market Overton, Betty took on multiple roles and was Club Captain, Weekend Friendly's Captain and catering organiser. 

Her finest, of many achievements on the outdoor green, includes winning the Leicestershire County Ladies Pairs Final with Market Overton Club secretary Annette Oliver in 2015.  

Betty is a Qualified level 1 coach and she also ran the ‘Rutland Tourists’ for fourteen years. When she can find time she loves to potter around her garden. Her husband Clarence was also heavily involved with MARKO and in 2016 looked after the green. They have a married daughter and two married grandsons all living Yorkshire.

Pen Portrait No 8

posted 2 May 2016, 01:49 by Stamford Bowls League   [ updated 4 May 2016, 04:19 ]

LUCY COOK  who was born in Nottingham is a member of both Carlby and Castle Spalding.
At Carlby she often partners her mother and father in the Stamford Outdoor Bowls League, and the person who influenced her the most into playing was her grandma Iris Clark who has bowled at Carlby for many years.
Since she started playing in 2005 twenty three years old Lucy has won numerous trophies including indoors: Lincolnshire under 25 singles and was member of the youngest ever National Fours winners and member of National winning  top club team. Outdoors she has been EBF Northants Champion of Champions singles winner, EBF under 25 mixed pairs winner and twice the EBA Lincolnshire County under 25 pairs winner. Lucy currently plays with Aero size 1 heavy woods. 
Her other hobbies are going to the gym, reading, writing, music and supporting Arsenal. She also finds time to work as a laundry  operative and is a part time student studying English literature and creative writing.


Pen Portrait No 7

posted 2 May 2016, 00:59 by Stamford Bowls League   [ updated 12 Aug 2019, 01:32 ]

ALAN RICE Barnack  ( outdoors) and Stamford Indoor Bowls Club
Born in Leicester and  86 years young, Alan comes from a sporting family background where his mother played hockey, tennis and badminton and his father hockey and badminton. Over the years Alan has been involved in various sports including rugby, tennis, badminton, darts, billiards and most successfully cricket at which he played as a fast bowler for Leicestershire. One of his proudest moments was playing against a Middlesex side at Lords which included the highly talented Compton brothers Denis and Leslie. After moving to Peterborough fifty one years ago he played for Burghley Park Cricket Club where he later became groundsman. Alan served in the East Surrey and Royal West Kent's Regiments and finished up as part of the British Military Mission in Greece training Greek Officers. His civilian occupation was as an Insurance Inspector for Sun Alliance both in Leicester and Peterborough. Alan lives in Barnack and is proud to be one of the founder members of the bowls club when it was launched twenty five years ago. He plays for them , mainly as skip in their team which plays in the second division of the Stamford & Distict Bowls League. He has become an oustanding player at the club winning countless trophies with his Greenmaster size five woods which he has used since he first started playing. Alan also plays at Stamford Idoor Bowls Club during the winter.

Pen Portrait No 6

posted 18 Apr 2016, 07:29 by Stamford Bowls League   [ updated 18 Apr 2016, 15:32 ]

LEN MARSHALL JNR  Stamford Town Bowls Club and Stamford Indoor Bowls Club

Born in January 1946 and travelled around with his family wherever his father was posted in the RAF.
Len was influenced into bowls in 2006 by his father who was 85 years old and still playing well at the Stamford Town Club. Since Len joined, he has taken on the role of Chairman which he is very proud to hold, and another great honour for him was to be President of the Stamford and District Bowls League in 2015.
On the playing side Len has won various trophies including the club open pairs and men's singles two woods and he hopes to emulate the many successes his father has had before him. He plays for the clubs A team in division three of the Stamford League where his favourite position is lead, but always seem to finish up playing skip because no one else wants to. Outdoors Len plays with the Henselite's his father used and indoors Taylor Vectors where the team he captains on a Wednesday afternoon has this year won promotion to the first division. Before bowls Len played cricket and rugby and he is still an ardent follower of Leicester Tigers. Before retiring, Len's occupation started off as an instrument fitter in the RAF graduating to flying Hercules transport aircraft all over the globe. His last VIP flight was taking Maggie Thatcher to Strasbourg. Since retiring, as well as taking up bowls, Len's interests have been heavily involved with the Parochial Church Council and as a member of the Independant Monitoring Board at Ashwell Prison. His wife Jan is also an accomplished bowler, being a Ladies Club Champion a couple of year's ago. Len is also encouraging his eight year old grandson to progress with his interest in bowls and carry on the family tradition.

Pen Portrait No 5

posted 16 Apr 2016, 02:49 by Stamford Bowls League   [ updated 16 Apr 2016, 03:57 ]

ANN HOLMES Stamford Town Bowls Club and Stamford Indoor Bowls Club

Ann was born in 1946 ( we don't believe it  ! ) and was brought up in Corby. After leaving Samuel Lloyds Secondary School at 15 years of age  her first job was at Boots the Chemist. In 1969 she married Les and after living in Peterborough they bought a house in Stamford in 1972 where they brought up their two children Sharon and Steven. They now have three grandchildren, three girls and a boy. Ann worked at Central Wool Growers for nine years which is where Derek Needham, who is secretary of Blackstones Bowls Club, got her interested in bowls. She started her bowling career outdoors at Easton on the Hill and Casterton indoors where she was Secretary and also looked after the fixtures. When the Easton club folded she moved to Stamford indoors and also outdoors were she is their A team captain and also club competetition secretary. She had a very good season last year, winning both the club' lady's singles and over 60's competitions. Her success spread to even greater heights indoors where with Richard she reached the national finals at Newark. Also she won the indoor club triples with Richard and Derek King. She must have inherited some of her skill from her mother who also had been a bowler. Indeed, Ann started playing with her mother's, now very old, Henselite's but has since upgraded to Taylor Vectors. Ann's other main interest is anything to do with musicals and travels far and wide to see stage musicals and bands including one of her favourite The Eagles.

Pen Portrait No 4

posted 4 Oct 2014, 04:53 by Stamford Bowls League   [ updated 4 Oct 2014, 11:24 ]

Adam Warrington - Blackstones Bowls Club & Stamford Indoor Bowls Club
Adam's first taste of bowls was during a school activity in the Spring of 1995 where they could select different subjects to try and he and his brother Andrew chose bowls at the Stamford Indoor Bowls Club. He enjoyed the experience and signed up for coaching lessons at the club for the following season. His schoolteacher also put him in touch with an experienced player,Tony Earl ,who played outdoors at the Blackstones Club in Stamford. Tony generously gave up his time every Sunday morning during the summer of 1996 to teach Adam and Andrew the outdoor game. At the start of the 1997 season they joined the Blackstones Club where Adam has played in their C team every year since. During this time  they have won the Stamford & District Bowl's League's first division eight times  and Adam has been their captain  since 2007.
Adam first entered county competitions in 2001 and a year later won the Northants Bowls Federation 2 bowls triples playing with his brother Andrew and Tom Polkey. Since then he has also won the folllowing county and national titles:
NBF County (Outdoor)
2013 2 bowl triples with Martyn Dolby and Jonathan Earl
2003 & 2005 under 25 singles
2009,10,11,12 2 bowl singles
2010,11,12 Champion of Champions singles
2013 2 bowl pairs with Martyn Dolby
EBF National titles (Outdoors)
2009, 12  2 bowl singles
2013 2 bowl triples with Martyn Dolby and Jonathan Earl
Lincolnshire EBA County (Outdoor)
2005 under 25 singles
2012 3 bowl triples (runners up) with Martyn Dolby and Jonathan Earl
2014 partnered Stephen Harris ,Martyn Dolby and Jonathan Earl to win the Blackstones Club
the title of Lincolnshire County fours champions for the first time in the club's history.
NBF County titles (Indoors)
2012 2 bowl pairs with Martyn Dolby 
2012 2 bowls triples with Martyn Dolby and Paul Bailey
EBF National Titles (Indoors)
2012 2 bowls triples with Martyn Dolby and Paul Bailey
An impressive amount of success in the relatively short period of time since Adam started playing
under the guidance of Tony Earl without whom,says Adam, he wouldn't have achieved what he
has in the game so far.   

Pen Portrait No 3

posted 3 May 2014, 03:32 by Stamford Bowls League   [ updated 12 Apr 2016, 00:41 ]


Glenys admits to being born in 1944 (she never looks that old) and has lived in Ketton all her life - a Ketton gel through and through ! Her first school was Ketton Primary and then at eleven years old she went to Ketton Community College. She left at fifteen and took an apprenticeship in the dressmaking department at Furley & Hassans in Oakham.

That’s where she met her husband to be Peter, not in the dressmaking department, he was employed at that time in the Gents Outfitters Department. She must have said “I’m free” because they got married in 1970 and ran the village shop in Ketton for twenty years.

Glenys started to play at Ketton Bowls Club in 1979 at the relatively young age of thirty five, so in those days it perhaps wasn’t an old persons game. She was first selected to play for Northants County in 1989 and from then on played for them many times including in finals at Skegness. The most notable was beating Nottinghamshire in the Donald Stewart final in 1994 and she was in the Northants County triples team that were runners up to Suffolk in 2003. Glenys was very proud to be President of the Stamford & District Bowls League in 2004 and has been secretary of the Ketton Bowls Club for the last ten years. She also plays an active role in the running of the Stamford Indoor Bowls Centre where among other things she has been Ladies Captain since 1992, that alone is quite an achievement in itself. Long may she continue to reign !

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