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

 

 

 

The play-offs for the BBA Ray Keen League were held at Iver Heath on Sunday 19th September.

 

The Long Crendon Evans Above team qualified by winning the Central Section, with a record of 8 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss from our 10 games in Division 1.

 

The team of Alan Quinnell, Barbara Scott, Dave Lyne and Rob Webb were drawn to play The Stony Sparklers in the semi-final, following the Sparklers earlier victory in the Preliminary round.

 

Just after the match started, the heavens opened for 15-20 minutes and gave us all a good soaking but it didn’t deter us, we maintained our performance level and ran out eventual winners 14 – 11.

 

After an extended wait to play the Final against The Gerrards Cross Erasers, the match got underway in thankfully dry conditions. Gerrards Cross got off to a flyer and opened up a 10 – 0 lead after a few ends. With one end to play, we had fought back to trail by just 2 shots. Unfortunately we lost the last end by the narrowest of margins, with the final score a defeat by 14 – 11.

 

We played well against Gerrards Cross, one of the top Clubs in Buckinghamshire and ran them very close and did Long Crendon proud - we will now dust ourselves off and be ready to go again next year.

 

The support of fellow squad members Derek Golden and Tony Scott, plus Amanda Johnson, Pauline Cherry, Sandra Bridges and Jo Hill was much appreciated on a long day.

The Crendon Fours 2021

 

Our Gala Day, The Crendon Fours were held on Tuesday 10th August and as usual 12 teams were entered.

 

Bowling started at 9.30am in overcast conditions but by the afternoon the skies had cleared for perfect bowling weather.

 

Play Gets Under Way

 

 

The round robin series of matches were keenly contested with Mill BC and a combined team from Long Crendon / Flackwell Heath progressing to the Final.

 

The Final was close until Long Crendon / Flackwell Heath produced the perfect End with a Hot Shot, taking the match beyond the reach of Mill BC.

 

The Presentation to the finalists and Bicester, who finished 3rd, was made by President Adrian Smith and Chairman Tony Durkin.

 

The Presentation to the winners Long Crendon / Flackwell Heath

and in front of the competition Sponsors, Lovell Fuels.

 

  

 

Special thanks go to Pauline, Jo and Amanda for the teas and coffees during the morning and for preparing and serving a fantastic lunch, with the obligatory trifles for dessert.

 

Lunch followed by the obligatory Trifle

  

 

An excellent raffle was held immediately after lunch with 50 prizes on offer.

 

 

Just before the Final and third place play-off took place, Linda and her grandson Hunter laid on an afternoon tea with a table full of home-made cakes, kindly donated by members of Long Crendon..

 

As our visitors departed for the day, we received lots of great compliments and comments about the day and our facilities, which made all the hard work by the many helpers during the day, who are too numerous to mention by name, very worthwhile.

 

A great day for Long Crendon Bowls Club. 

 

 

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.
 
 

 
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