"I am a Norfolk man and Glory in being so." Horatio Nelson

Norfolk Over 60's success in North Yorks

Norfolk Over 60’s travelled to North Yorkshire for a weekend of bowls hosted by North Yorkshire “A” Team Captain Arthur Jackson at the Galtres Centre in Easingwold. Setting out from Norwich by coach early on Friday morning the team made a breakfast stop at the Farm Café in Lincolnshire. They then headed to Knaresborough for a couple of hours break but on arrival in the car park they were greeted by a heavy rain shower but this quickly died away to be replaced by the now familiar sunshine. Many bowlers then found their way to Wetherspoon’s Crown Inn where the “Fish Friday” menu proved popular. There was still time for some to walk to Knaresborough Castle, once a mighty stronghold of medieval kings with its awe-inspiring views over the River Nidd, or take a gentle waterside walk. As always there were those keen to see the famous ravens of Knaresborough near the castle. It was then straight to the Burn Hall Hotel in Huby for a welcome cup of tea or coffee in reception while room keys were distributed. After an excellent dinner most sat around consuming the odd glass or two of wine or beer and relaxing after a day on the road. Saturday morning after breakfast it was off to the excellent Galtres Centre in Easingwold to play the first leg of the challenge match Norfolk Over 60’s Organiser Teresa Goldsmith had arranged against an Arthur Jackson Select Team that included mainly North Yorks bowlers but with a sprinkling of Durham bowlers. Eight mats were in use, four green and four blue Verdes, which provided a welcome fast surface. Norfolk Over 60’s played solidly throughout with Sheila Redwood, David Knights & Robin Amos returning four straight wins of 12-6, 6-4, 9-8 & 12-6 for a maximum eight points. Gill Coleman, Jill Davidson & Trish Taylor were also unbeaten on seven points with wins of 10-4, 4-3, 6-5 and a 4-4 draw. Four Norfolk triples scored six points from eight winning three games each and losing one. They were Billie Barker, David Chadwick & Melvin Barker, Elaine Oatway, Trevor Pinchen & Bob Oatway, Di Quadling, Morris Taylor & Terry Newby and Jenny Walker, Tony Oram & Peter Walker. The match finished with Norfolk winning by 69-59 on points and 423 shots against 359. The Norfolk side were joined in the evening by Arthur & Linda at the Burn Hall Hotel for dinner where again the lovely weather made it possible to sit outside enjoying after dinner drinks. On Sunday it was a fun day of bowls arranged by Arthur Jackson. Triples were changed for every game with all players appearing in lead, two and skip positions over their four games each. “Shots for” were added up for each individual player with a prize presented to the top Norfolk bowler and the top Arthur Jackson Select bowler. At the end of an enjoyable day David Quadling came top of the Norfolk bowlers while Michael Mann was the top Arthur Jackson Select bowler. After another great weekend in North Yorks bowlers boarded the coach on Monday morning for the trip home via York where they disembarked to enjoy three hours in this lovely and historic city. On leaving York it was time to head home to Norwich with just a short stop at the Farm Café in Lincolnshire. Once again it was a great long weekend of bowls and social activity for Teresa’s Norfolk Over 60’s Squad with several even suggesting that next time they extend it to a four night break! 

Norfolk Over 60s RS50

Norfolk Over 60's ready for action!

Boarding from hotel 20

Time to board the coach to Easingwold

Teresa Arthur opening 20

Team bossesTeresa Goldsmith & Arthur Jackson

RobinSheilaDavid 10

Robin Amos, Sheila Redwood & David Knights - Maximum points

David Quadling Arthur 20

Sunday winner David Quadling of Norfolk Over 60's with Arthur Jackson

Michael Mann Arthur 20

Sunday winner Michael Mann of Arthur Jackson Select

Raffle Time 30

Raffle time

Michael Terry 20

Mike Greenacre & Terry Newby in good spirits at hotel

Morris David 20

Morris Taylor says "it's your round" David Blundell

Teresa David 30

Teresa and her brother David

Janet Kerry 12

Janet & Kerry

Sue Newby 20

Sue Newby

ValTeresa 20

Val & Teresa on the wine again!

GillianRobin Teresa 20

Gillian, Robin & Teresa in Knaresborough

Tidd 20

Veiw over the Tidd in Knaresborough

Raven 20

Always waiting to welcome visitors to Knaresborough 

Minster 20

A visit to York on the way back to Norfolk