Feniton Bowls Club
The new outdoor season at Feniton started on Sunday 23rd April when the Rev Cate Edmonds blessed the green and the Club President, Richard North, bowled the first wood. Everyone then got involved in bowling a 'spider' with the closest bowl being that of Roger Clarke. The following game was curtailed at 16 ends due to inclement weather but that gave us all more time for tea and a chance to catch up with friends. A lot of hard work had gone into preparation this year as, thanks to a grant from Viridor Credits, new ditch lining units have been fitted to replace the old wooden back boards which had worn out. We are grateful to Viridor for their financial assistance and their plaque was unveiled at our Open evening and barbecue on Friday 12th May 2017. Seven potential new bowlers came along to try the game for the first time and it is hoped that some of them will come along to the free coaching sessions which are due to start shortly. Of these one new member has joined to date having completed his introductory coaching sessions.
The first of the club competitions, the two bowl singles, has been played with the winners being Judy Smith (Ladies) and Roy Lovering (Men).
On Saturday 2nd June the club hosted the Middleton Cup game between Dorset and Cornwall. This was a very close encounter with Dorset coming out on top by 116 shots to 115.
The club has completed the various County Club Competitions with the men losing in the Section Final to Madeira in the Foxlands Trophy and finishing third in the County Trophy. The Men's Over 60 A team managed to retain their place in Division 2 whilst the B Team ended up 4th in Division 5. The club also finished at the top of the East of Exe Mixed League. The finals of the club competitions took place during the weekend of the 9th/10th September and photos of some of the winners are pictured in the gallery receiving their trophies at the Annual Presentation at the Otter Inn.
Four Feniton ladies, Judy Smith, Avril Coyne, Di Phillips and Ruby Veitch were among the representatives of Section Three who won the Devon Jubilee Trophy.
The Closing Drive for the season was staged on Sunday 24th September and was combined with President's Day which had been postponed due to rain earlier in the season. The spider was won by Roger Clarke and the winning rink on the day consisted of Bill and Di Bowden with Roy Lovering. At the conclusion the Club Captain, Graham Phillips, thanked the retiring President, Richard North for a very successful three years in office.
The Winter programme of activities is well under way including Skittles, Pool and short mat bowls and these are interspersed with breakfasts, lunches and other evening functions.