Presidents Message 2019
Dear Fellow Bowlers
I am very proud to be the 104th President of the Kent County Bowling association.
When my dad persuaded me to play for Cliffe Works as it was known then in 1957 I never thought that I would take up bowls let alone become president one day. It is even harder to believe that it is 52 years since I was awarded my county badge.
However two years later I became a member of Cliffe Works Bowls Club and have been playing bowls virtually ever since apart for the 5 years when I was living in the USA. Looking back at when I started, unfortunately there are a lot of clubs I played against then that are no longer in existence, which is a sad position from the bowling point of view. It saddens me that we are still losing clubs each year. Perhaps we should all do more to encourage more people to take up this wonderful sport.
I would like to thank my own club Peninsula Bowls Club for nominating me as junior vice president 3 years ago, and have enjoyed my time as both Junior and Senior Vice President, and I know that I will have several hard acts to follow as county president. I would also like to thank Peter Cooper for his dedication and enthusiasm as the 2018 President.
I do look forward to meeting as many of my fellow bowlers as possible during the year especially at the clubs that have invited the president council to play them.
I look forward to working with both Peter Luckhurst Senior Vice President and Ian King our newly elected Junior Vice President. It goes without saying the support that I will get from the other county officers as well as my own club and family will be greatly appreciated.
I congratulate Gill Bunch on her appointment as the ladies president & I wish her every success for 2019 in both their games and competitions.
I would like to thank all the clubs that have volunteered their greens and facilities for the Middleton Cup, Home Counties League, County friendlies and President and Council games. We must also not forget to thank all the clubs that will be hosting the County and Divisional finals. We do appreciate the enormous amount of unseen work involved by the clubs hosting all these events. Without your support the county would not be able to operate.
I look forward to supporting the County bowlers at Leamington and hopefully the county team in the Middleton Cup & Bolcombe Trophy finals.
My charity this year will be Macmillan cancer support, which I hope you will support.
Finally I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the officers of our county for giving up their free time in order to ensure that bowls in Kent continues to run at such a high standard.