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Gerald Chilvers - Rest in Peace

The NCSMBA is saddened to learn that Gerald Chilvers passed away this morning at Olive House in Newton Flotman. Since the demise of Kirby Bedon SMBC Gerald had played for Hempnall until his illness made it impossible to continue. But it will be the many years he played for Kirby Bedon that he will be best remembered for by so many in the sport. Gerald was a founder member of Kirby Bedon in the late 1980s and played for them until the club was disbanded. During his time at the club he won the Norfolk County Fours title three times in 2003/04, 2011/12 & 2013/14 and was runner-up in 2009/10. He also reached the final of the Norfolk County Triples in 2009/10. For several years he captained Kirby Bedon “B” in the NCSMBA Summer League as well as serving on the club’s Selection Committee for the winter seasons. He won many honours while playing for Kirby Bedon, initially in the City League and then in the Bure League and the Tens League. During a golden period for the club he was an important player for the team as they won a long list of league titles as well as lifting the Norwich Cup, Bure Cup and Norfolk County Cup. He also represented both Norfolk and Norfolk Over 60’s on many occasions including on trips abroad to Cyprus among other destinations. Gerald was a real character and for a while was referred to as “True Grit” at the club after being featured in the local press when he was worked treating the roads during icy conditions each winter. Those who went on Norfolk Over 60’s first trip to Cyprus will always remember the excursion to the winery where Gerald’s enthusiasm in encouraging his fellow bowlers to partake in the ample consumption of the samples of wine left many in a very relaxed mood for the remainder of the day. As a fellow founding member of Kirby Bedon SMBC I know the sorrow that Gerald’s passing will bring to all who played with him and against him. It is a great personal regret that during my recent illness it was impossible to visit Gerald during his final days and a great pity that in these terrible times bowlers will not be able to attend his funeral. He will not be forgotten. Teresa and I will certainly not forget the great times we shared including the late nights at Bramerton Woods End after club nights on Fridays with other Kirby friends. Condolences to Bernie, as well as Gerald’s friends and family at this sad time. Rest in Peace Gerald.

Written by Selwyn Goldsmith NCSMBA Chairman and former Chairman of Kirby Bedon SMBC

Gerald Chilvers

  Gerald Chilvers