Opening Day – Outdoor Season

The Club held its Opening Day for the outdoor season on Saturday 14 April.  Unfortunately, due to the adverse weather over recent months, it was not possible for any play to take place on the Green.  However, the Mayor (Councillor Phillip Sanders) and his Consort (Mrs Jan Smallacombe) attended along with 48 bowlers.  The Mayor, as President of the Club, officially opened  the Green by bowling the first wood of the season.  Following this, a ceremony took place to unveil a wooden bench which had been installed in memory of John Timmins, who sadly died last year, as a tribute to his tremendous support of the Club over many years.  Everyone then retired to the Clubhouse for tea and, despite not being able to play, enjoyed a very pleasant afternoon.

Members of the Club together with the Tavistock Town Mayor and his Consort

The Tavistock Town Mayor, Cllr Philip Sanders, bowling the first wood of the season

Family members of John Timmins along with the Club Chairman, Mike Felles, at the unveiling of the bench in John’s memory

Short Mat Charity Cheque Presentation

Linda Gobby presenting a cheque to Fiona Williams of the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund

At the April Coffee Morning, a cheque for £200 was presented to Fiona Williams, as a representative of the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, by Linda Gobby on behalf of the Short Mat Bowling section. The money had been raised over the past year following the payment of fines every time a bowler’s wood hit the wooden block positioned partway down the mat. Fiona explained the role of the Fund in raising money for research into early detection, new treatments and, ultimately, a cure for pancreatic cancer.

Opening Day – Saturday 14 April

Unfortunately, due to the recent bad weather, it’s not going to be possible to get the Green in the right condition for playing on the Opening Day. However, the event will still take place starting at 2.00pm with the Mayor in attendance to officially start the new outdoor season.  The family of John Timmins will also be in attendance for the dedication of the new bench in his honour.  Tea will be served as usual in what will be a social afternoon at the Club. Members are asked to wear their Club shirts and greys.

Spring Short Mat Tournament


The Club’s Spring Short Mat Tournament was held on Sunday 25 March. Twelve teams took part and the winners were from Crownhill Methodist Short Mat Bowling Club, with the runners-up from St Mary’s Plympton.

Winners Crownhill Methodist SMBC – Bob Clarke, Dot Nunn, Lawie Harrison, Keith Launder -with Brian Lamb & Shirley Blackburn of the Tavistock Club

Runners-up St Mary’s Plympton – Rene Pidden, Ted Lambert, Reg Morgan & Gloria Morgan – together with Brian Lamb & Shirley Blackburn from the Tavistock Club


Quiz Night – Wednesday 14th February

There will be a Quiz Night on Wednesday 14th February commencing at 7.30pm in the Clubhouse. The cost is £5 per person to include a buffet. The first prize is £50 and there will also be prizes for second & third places.   Maximum number in a team is six. All profits to Club funds.  Please put your names on the main Club noticeboard if you would like to come or call Tony Smith. Non Club members are welcome.