The Dennyside Charity Match

 

The Dennyside Bowling Association brought a team of experienced bowlers to Long Crendon on Monday 14th August to help raise money for Horsewyse, who are based in Long Crendon.

 

The Dennyside Bowling Association for men's outdoor bowls was founded in 1936 by Leonard Denny of the Cambridge Park Bowling Club and a prominent member of Middlesex Bowling Association.

 

Although many things have changed since the early days the general aims remain the same, with the main objective being to help bowling clubs raise monies for local charities and worthy causes. The hosting clubs that invite the Dennyside for a match nominate their chosen charity where we know the money will be well spent.

 

Our chosen charity, Horsewyse, is an equine riding and learning centre with a difference, they are a not-for-profit community interest company established in 2009 and are located at Westfield Farm in Long Crendon. Their facilities include a beautiful new outdoor school, suitable for all disciplines, horse walker, stables and 35 acres of grass paddocks. They have a 5 * riding school licence from Buckinghamshire County Council.

 

They provide sessions with a focus in the provision of equine facilitated learning activities for children, young people and adults with learning, behavioural and physical difficulties.

 

The day itself started with a fantastic buffet lunch, then a 6 Rink bowls match, followed by a 2-course meal of meat pies and vegetables, with various desserts to finish. Speeches were made by Adrian Smith, Long Crendon President, Dee Wise from Horsewyse and presentations were made by Dennyside President Mark Cohen.

 

The day was hugely successful, with raffles, entry fees and other donations raising over £3500 for Horsewyse. A cheque was presented to an emotional Dee Wise.

 

As always there is a huge amount of preparation and organisation to hold an event of this nature, with many contributors too numerous to mention but very special thanks go to Pauline Cherry, Jo Hill, Amanda Johson, Doreen Penn, Jean Webb and Linda Baker for the excellent food, teas, coffees, cakes etc.

 

Also special thanks go to Brian Richardson, former Dennyside President, for arranging the visit.

 

Another wonderful day in Long Crendon’s long history!

 

 

          

 

 

 

     

 

   

 

Bowls England Celebration Match – Thursday 18th August 2022

 

In ideal weather conditions for bowling, Long Crendon welcomed a Bowls England Team to play a Celebration Match to mark the Centenary of the Bowls Club, albeit 1 year late, due to Covid.

 

Included in the Bowls England Team, we were honoured to welcome Terri Keen (President); Deepak Tanna (Senior Vice President) Dave King-Taylor (Junior Vice President); Paul Robson (Immediate Past President) and Marcia Dunstone (Past President).

 

The Bowls England team was made up by players from 11 different counties, so they came from far and wide, with the day being enjoyed by all who took part.

 

The day started with a team photo, followed by a Spider and then the match, which was won by Bowls England 103 shots to 65.

 

After the match we had a traditional Bowls tea salad, followed by Gateaux for dessert, prepared and served by Pauline, Jo and Amanda.

 

Captain Alan Quinnell for LCBC and BE President Terri Keen made speeches after the meal, with Terri presenting the Club with a Bowls England pennant and gifts for the highest winning Rinks and to the kitchen team for all their hard work.

 

As always, it is a great team effort to put on an event like this and it was very much appreciated by the Bowls England Team in attendance, with many great comments about the day and our wonderful Clubhouse facility.

 

Another fantastic day in the long history of Long Crendon Bowls Club.

On a glorious hot summer's day, our annual Gala Day, The Crendon Fours was held on Tuesday 9th August.

 

The 12 teams that entered started bowling at 9.30am and some close matches were played in the 2 Round Robin Leagues. Going into the last round of games, any one of 3 teams from each league was in with a chance of making the Final.

 

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Thame, led by Ray Plested and South Oxford, led by Chris Billingham eventually made it through to the Final, with Thame winning the competition in a close fought final.

 

The presentation to the Finalists, along with Flackwell Heath, who finished third, was made by Tony Durkin (Chairman) and Adrian Smith (President).

 

 

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The games were punctuated by an excellent lunch provided by Pauline Cherry, Jo Hill, Amanda Johnson and Barbara Scott and between the completion of the Round Robin stage and the Final, tea and cakes were served by Doreen and Graham Penn. The raffle prizes were drawn before the Final.

 

Thanks also go to our greenkeeping team of Rob Webb, Dave Lyne and Terry Holt for presenting a green to be proud of and the many helpers to make this a special day for Long Crendon Bowls Club.

 

 

 

Our newly refurbished Clubhouse was officially opened by Carol Evans and family on Saturday 2nd October 2021.


Despite poor weather, many members and family turned up to celebrate a special day in Long Crendon's 100 year history.


After an introductory speech by Club Chairman Tony Durkin, Carol unveiled a plaque in memory of her late husband Mike, who sadly passed away in October 2020.

 

     

Carol unveiling the Plaque                                   Carol and Family

                                                            

Mike's vision and dream were instrumental in getting the project off the ground, meticulously planning the new layout to ensure we had a much needed larger kitchen and enough space in the main room to play short mat bowls. This he achieved.

 

Funding for the project was arranged by Frank Ashurst, with Mike and Carol very kindly donating the cost of the kitchen.


A wonderful buffet was provided during the afternoon by Jo Hill, Amanda Johnson and Pauline Cherry, the bar was open and a short game was organised by John Elmy to 'christen' the new mat.

A great day was had by all who attended to mark a fantastic occasion for Long Crendon Bowls Club. 

 

      

          The New Clubhouse                                Tizzy, Val and Kirsten 'having a go'                    Not a bad head for starters

 

 

 

100th Anniversary Celebration Match v The Friends of English Bowling

Saturday 17th July 2021

 

On a very hot sunny day, Long Crendon Bowls Club welcomed The Friends of English Bowling to help celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Bowls Club.

 

The Friends team came from far and wide, spread over 9 counties, with the day being enjoyed by all who attended.

 

The day started with a team photo and 'Spider', followed by the match itself, which was played in a competitve but very friendly spirit, with Long Crendon winning overall by 109-82 shots, thanks mainly to a score of 26-3 on one rink.

 

We enjoyed a lovely meal after the game, provided by Jo, Amanda and Pauline, followed by ice creams for dessert, which were perfect for the day and greatly appreciated by everyone.

 

Long Crendon were also presented with a plaque by The Friends Captain Cyndy Lee after the meal, to mark the day.

 

Appreciation goes to all of those who helped prepare the Green, the surrounds and those that helped out on the day to show Long Crendon Bowls Club at its best.

 

We also received numerous compliments on our newly refurbished Clubhouse from the Friends team, which was great to hear following the hard work and dedication of a small group of loyal members to bring it all together.

 

The Team Photo

   

 

Investigating the Spider result

 

The Captains of the Day - Cyndy and Alan

 

Presentation of the Plaque

 

The Highest Winning Rink - Sandy, Kevin and Mick

 

The Catering Team - Jo, Amanda and Pauline

 

The pre-match bar men - Tony and Derek

 

 

Bowlers and Villagers alike have now got a vastly improved Clubhouse at the bowls club, thanks to a £50k grant from FCC Communities Foundation.
 
The money has been used to improve the whole of the interior of the Clubhouse and now provides a large function room for bowls activities. It is also available for hire by local groups.
 
With central heating installed as part of the refurbishment, we are able to use the Clubhouse throughout the year, enabling short mat bowls to be played at the Club for the first time during the winter months.
 
Frank Ashurst, Manager of the Long Crendon Centennial Project believes the improved facility will make a huge difference to the village community. He says, “This project provides a real boost to the club which celebrates its centenary this year. It will benefit local community groups in the Long Crendon area which need to hire a large function room. It is fantastic that FCC Communities Foundation has awarded us this money and we are really looking forward to fully using our beautiful Clubhouse over the next few months whilst we celebrate our centennial year”.
 
FCC Communities Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation business that awards grants for community projects through the Landfill Communities Fund.
 
Cheryl Raynor, FCC Communities Foundation’s local grant manager says: “We are delighted to be supporting the Bowls Club to improve a much-loved facility for the local community. The improvements would not have taken place without the help of volunteers who are carrying out key pieces of work”
 
The Clubhouse was originally part of the old Long Crendon School but was taken over by LCBC in 1985 and a number of bowlers remember going to school there before it was closed down.