Ken Olive and Peter Schofield represented the Chorley group at the recent Regional Bowling tournament held at the Fox Lane Sports Club in Leyland.
The day dawned, very wet and overcast. Undaunted, Ken and Peter, joined by 40 other bowlers from around the province, descended on Leyland. Thankfully the weather improved and by the afternoon the bowlers and spectators enjoyed lovely sunshine.
At 10am the bowlers took to the greens to begin the knockout tournament which continued through the day. The excitement built as the knockout progressed through the various rounds. Peter and Ken both won through to the main competition but Peter was eliminated on the way to the final. Ken fought hard and made the final where he met Colin Wood of the Liverpool group. After a very a hard-fought match, Colin Wood won.
The whole day was an example of freemasonry at its best – an opportunity to make new friends from around the province as well as to renew old friendships. Each match started with a handshake and often with the words ‘good luck’ or ‘enjoy’ and another friendship was forged. Similarly the spectators swapped observations and scores.
Another of the objectives of the bowling tournament is to raise money for charity. The final figure raised has yet to be announced, but the raffle which raised £186 and a cheque for £500 from the Chorley group will certainly swell the coffers.
The day was hosted by Chorley group, whose chairman Peter Lockett said that he was very grateful for all the help both on the day as well as before. He thanked all the green captains, referees, stewards and everyone that had made donations.
The tournament culminated in the presentation ceremony which started with Trevor Barber, secretary of the tournament, introducing the tournament chairman, Harry Cox who thanked all those who had competed and said that despite the weather earlier in the day he hoped everyone had enjoyed it. He went on to say he was delighted that the Assistant Provincial Grand Master Stewart Seddon and the Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Duncan Smith had both attended.
There then followed the presentations.
Stewart Seddon presented the Cowper Trophy and prize of a Masonic Watch and a medal provided by Dr Khine Lynn to winner Colin Wood of the Liverpool Group
Duncan Smith presented the Crewdson Trophy and prize of a Masonic Watch and a medal provided by Dr Khine Lynn to runner-up Ken Olive of the Chorley Group
Stewart Seddon then presented the third prize of Ornate Red Wine Glasses to Shaun Haynes of the North Fylde Group, the fourth prize of Ornate White Wine Glasses to John Gregory of the Warrington Group, the fifth prize of Masonic Cuff Links to Khine Lynn of the South Fylde Group, sixth prize of Masonic Cuff Links to Brian Rigby of the Preston Group, seventh prize of a Touch Operated Table Lamp to Chris Furmston of the Wigan Group, eighth prize of a Touch Operated Table Lamp to Bernard Snape of the Lancaster & District Group.
Duncan Smith presented McGibbon Trophy for Secondary Competition and prize of a bottle of whisky to Cliff Bell of the Preston Group and runner-up prize of a bottle of whisky to John Medcalf of the Ormskirk and Bootle Group
Stewart Seddon then thanked Harry and his team of Len Hart and Trevor Barber and all involved in running the event.
Harry Cox announced that next year the Tournament will again be held at Fox Lane Sports Club on Saturday 18 July 2020 which will be hosted by the Ormskirk and Bootle Group.
The day ended in bright sunshine, contrasting with the heavy rain when everyone arrived. Competitors and spectators set off home to the four corners of our province having had an enjoyable day in each other’s company.