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Rainhill Bowling Club

Jimmy Forester

Jimmy was a dedicated family man who loved Crown Green Bowling. He played bowls for the Smithy Manor Bowling Club for many years until the green was closed and he transferred to Bold Bowling Club. His round pegs were second to none and he was a very successful bowler in all the leagues he bowled in. He was an excellent Captain in the Newton night league and guided his team to the A Division.

More recently, in 2019,  Jimmy joined Rainhill Recreation Bowls section and played for the A Team. Sadly, his health started to deteriorate and he was not able to contribute as he would have wished but he would always be in attendance to support the Team. Jimmy’s wish was to leave a legacy to the Bowls section and his family have made a generous donation for which we are very grateful.

Mike Pickett

It is with great sadness that I have announce that Mike Pickett, a prominent member of the bowls section, passed away suddenly at home yesterday (27th)

Mike served as secretary of the section for number of years and represented the bowling club in all local leagues to a high standard.

He will be sadly missed not only with our members but also in the local bowling community were he was well respected.

RIP Mike

Widnes Kingsway indoor league 2019/2020

The mixed team captained by Reg Michell in Division 2 had a successful season finishing 3rd just missing out by 2 points from promotion to the 1st division

Reg has already re entered a team for the next season hoping to make the final jump into the top Division.

Coronavirus Poem (Liverpool Echo)

Rainhill Recreation Club member Peter Jaundrill put pen to paper and composed this poem, which the Liverpool Echo has published. Bravo, Peter!

The world is in such crisis due to COVID-19
and all our lives have had to change in a way we’ve never seen
This virus has claimed so many lives, sadness fills the air,
and we’re told this trend will continue for a big part of the year
But although most news is bad just now, causing so much pain,
keep in mind one certain thing; good times will be back again
Until then follow best advice, stay safe and you will see,
the return of what we hold so precious; Life as it used to be

A Message to Bowling Members

Dear Bowler,

I am contacting you regarding this season’s fees. The vast majority of bowlers have already paid their subscription. Currently we are not able to bowl although I am sure we are all hoping that this will change in the not too distant future. It is however not feasible to look at returning the fees you have paid. The Bowls Section will need to pay our usual annual payment for each bowler’s membership of the Recreation Club to help to fund the ongoing expenses that the Club has, e.g. the payment of wages and the maintenance and day to day running of the Clubhouse. Our own section also has some ongoing expenses e.g. for the upkeep of the green.

If you have not paid this year’s subscription and would like to do so please contact Jeff Hext to arrange this. His phone number is 0151 430 6864 and his email address is

Next season, as a recompense for the lack of bowls this year, Committee will consider the possibility of a one off adjustment to the £30 subscription, for those of you who have paid this year’s full fee.

Margaret Hughes, Secretary

Rainhill Bowls Section AGM Report

The Bowls section MEMBERSHIP currently stands at 101 but will drop a little as some members do not renew their membership for this coming season. There has however been a significant rise in our numbers with the addition of 25 new members who decided to move as a team from the Brown Edge to Rainhill. They have been renamed the Rainhill Bar Team and add another 2 teams to our existing 10. This arrangement has been agreed on a 12 month trial basis which will allow the opportunity for any necessary adjustments to be made. There may well be some challenges in sorting out fixtures etc but I am sure we can resolve these and welcome 2 new teams which bowl to a very high standard.

The ST HELENS PENSIONERS B TEAM, captained by David Dale, had an excellent season, winning 17 of their 20 matches. They finished top of their league and gained promotion to the 3rd division. The RAINHILL LADIES TEAM also had an excellent season not losing any of their games. They finished first in their division and gained promotion to the 1st division.

We again held 2 QUIZZES to raise funds for the bowls section. The first on 29th November was attended by 60 bowlers and their family and friends and the second on 13th March was enjoyed by over 70 people. We made just over £500 in total at the 2 quizzes, a good profit which helps to keep our subs at the current level.
Our second annual FUN DAY on 17th August was organised again by Mal Steward and went very well. The BBQ and the fun bowls proved to be very popular, although I don’t think our bowling around the various obstacles had improved very much in the past year, mine certainly hadn’t.

Our PRIZE PRESENTATION EVENING went ahead this year although only 44 people attended. Those who did attend all agreed that the entertainment was excellent and it was a very enjoyable night. We are booking the same duo again for this seasons PPE so hopefully more of our bowlers and their family and friends will come along.

The section are participating in the BOWLS FOR HEALTH scheme run by Danny Woodworth at Merseyside Sports Partnership .They work with the Education and Health services with the aim of encouraging service users to be more active. Danny helped us to recruit potential new bowlers and we will be starting a 6 to 8 week training course on Saturday 28th March. The scheme has been run in Liverpool and Sefton and it has demonstrated the health benefits for the participants.

We are currently promoting ADVERTISING AROUND THE GREEN. Signs of 8’x3’, designed by the advertiser are made at a cost of £24 plus £50 per annum to display, if anyone is interested or you know anyone please let us know.

Finally I would like to thank ERIC DAVIES for all the maintenance and improvement work he undertakes around the green and the Club area. Last but certainly not least thanks go to RIBBIE for his excellent maintenance of our green which is the envy of many other bowls teams

Margaret Hughes

Unfortunately since this report was prepared the AGM has had to be postponed due to coronavirus. All bowls matches and competitions have also been cancelled and the Bowls For Health training was unable to go ahead. Once life starts to get back to normal we will set new dates for the training.