We are saddened to hear news that after suffering with Cancer for a while, our former member, Chris Alcock, died on November 19th 2020.
Her funeral was held at Marldon Church on December 7th and due to Covid Restrictions limiting the number of people allowed at the funeral the family
are considering holding a memorial service in Marldon Church this summer.
Our Sympathy goes to Mike and her family. May she Rest in Peace.
Chris was a popular, enthusiastic and active member of the club, taking on a number of key roles during her time with us.
She probably also has the best bowling record for a lady bowler at our club and I have listed the roles and achievements I can remember below.
1995-1997 - Ladies Secretary/Delegate
2009-2011 - Fixture Secretary
2013 - Club President
4 x Ladies Singles Champion – 1995, 2008, 2009, 2010. Runner up 2012, 2013
7 x Ladies 2 Wood Champion - 1996, 1999, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012. Runner up 2011
7 x Ladies Handicap Champion – 1999, 2000, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013. Runner up 2012
Awarded County Badge -2012.
Ladies Pairs Winner 2000, 2010, 2013.
Mixed Pairs Winner - 2007.
Partnered Pairs Winner – 2007.
Chris was also in the Winning Ladies Triple on 3 occasions 2000, 2007, 2009 and once runner up (2013) and a Mixed triples winner 2008 & Runner up 2011.
We were saddened to hear of the death in September 2020 of former member Dennis Mountford. Dennis was one of our Founder Directors when we formed the company Marldon Bowls Club Ltd, and he was also our company secretary for a while. His name is to be found on our bowling honours board as he and his wife won the 'Partnered Pairs' competition in the year 2000. R.I.P. Dennis.
All the original fixtures for the 2020 season were cancelled, due to the Coronavirus situation
However, we managed to play a number of replacement fixtures whilst complying with the Covid -19 regulations. These were 4 rink mixed triples events all played at other venues apart from one internal club triples event amongst our own members. We played :-
Monday July 27th 2pm (away) at Paignton/Torbay
Monday August 3rd - Kings BC (Away)
Monday August 24th - Torquay (Away) and
Thursday August 27th - Buckfastleigh (Away) Postponed (rain)
Wednesday September 2nd - Buckfastleigh (Away)
Friday September 18th - Club Triples game (Full members only) (Home)
Our Round Robin 'Covid Aware' singles competition was been completed. It went very well, keeping 24 members bowling at least once a week from June until Early September. The winner was Peter Dunkley, with Bob Tame as runner up. We also had a Silver final between Alan Drayton and Graham Dowell which was won by Graham, and a plate final between Barry Hodges and Paul Stretton won by Paul Stretton
We also had pairs games on a Thursday morning. Players used the telephone booking system to advise if they would be attending and pairs were drawn on the day. The Pairs competition finished with Graham Walton and Colin Whiley being the winners.
We unfortunately had to cancel the 2020 Marldon 4's tournament and a letter was sent to advise all the teams that had entered.
A provisional date of Sunday August 8th, 2021 has been set for next year's event.
The TLH Indoor leagues were almost at the end of the season when it was curtailed due to the 'Lockdown'. The Maple Leafs completed their fixtures and the Buzzards only had one game left, on 31st March 2020. You will find the latest league tables on our results page. Sarah says she will try to finish league later this year, before starting a new season if conditions permit it.
The Winter Short Mat Bowls sessions in the village hall finished early. The last two sessions in March were cancelled. We hoped a new season would start in October 2020, but Covid 19 stopped the village hall from re-opening.
The December social event in the club was Italian Night on Friday December 20th with Italian food available and a quiz. There was a good turnout and everyone enjoyed the evening.
The Christmas meal on Dec 7th at the Paignton Club appears to have been successful, everyone arrived on time and the meals were good. More people than usual stayed afterwards for a dance on the disco floor, but for those who didn't dance there was room to sit and chat. The round tables were a little small for 8 people but I'm sure that will be addressed if we go there again. Don't forget that Fran would like to retire from organising this event in future, so if we have any willing volunteers to take over, please let the committee know.
Trophy Presentation Night took place in the Clubhouse on Friday November 1st 2019 with 2019 President Lynda Taylor presenting the trophies. RNLI representative Lynn Spillett also came along and found us to be a "welcoming, friendly club!". The RNLI was the chosen charity of 2019 President Lynda Taylor, who handed over a cheque for £720.50 plus £29.72 from the collection box.......total £750.22.
The MDL Cup finals were held at Paignton on Saturday 14th September 2019.
In the fours final, supported by a number of Spectators from Marldon, Marldon's team, consisting of John Gibbons, Ed Sosnowski, Tony Mason and Doug Potter took on a team from Bovey Tracey. In a close fought game Marldon were successful, forcing their opponents to concede at 20 ends. The winning rink posed for a photo with the cup after the game.
Or on the Gallery link above to see a few pictures from Captains' day 2019.
The Over 55 league Finals were held on Marldon's green on Wednesday 11th September 2019.
In the Semi-Finals, Brixham St Mary BC took on Brixham BC and were winners, whilst in the other Semi Final Teignmouth Den BC faced Bitton Park with Bitton Park BC being the winners.
In the Final, Brixham St Mary won a close game against Bitton Park, while Brixham took third place by beating Teignmouth Den in the third place playoff game.
Winning team from Brixham St Mary
Runners up from Bitton Park
Third - Brixham B.C.
Fourth - Teignmouth Den B.C.
Also this month Marldon provided a rink for Section 6 of the Minor Men's Coronation Cup 2019, played as a four rink game by all 10 sections of Bowls Devon. The teams representing Section 6 were Brixham St Mary's, Paignton, Paignton Torbay & our very own Marldon and Section 6 won the Coronation Cup @ Bideford Strand on Sunday 18th August.
Players for Marldon were:- Alan Routledge, Doug Potter, Andy Pearson & Barry Hodges.
From 8-30 this morning team's started arriving for this year's open four's competition. All told 24 teams competed for the trophy. At the end of the afternoon the three teams finishing in the prize money were...
3rd place Tug Wilson
First place & the Trophy going to Pam Grant,
2nd place Arthur Conway
On behalf of all teams & members of MBC a big vote of thanks to Carole Page and all who helped with the catering, John Morgan on car park duty, Gordon Page & Barry Hodges for looking after the bar. Paul Stretton for his hard work on the green. The three Colin's Whiley & Colin Cradock for scoring, Colin Mills our umpire. Lastly to the main lady Fran Vallis for her sterling organisation.
Members who deserve a mention. ( I apologise now if I miss any one out ) In no order. Patsy Edwards, Valerie Howe, Theresa Cornelius, Christine Read, Sue Muller, Jane Lake, Maureen Stanley, Dave Alcorn, Ricky Knapp, John Gibbons & June Gibbons, John & Christine Gilbert. Not forgetting Roger from Torquay...
Report from Colin Whiley.