Welcome to the Website for Clockhouse (Upminster) Bowling Club
The Club welcomes new members, either existing bowlers or beginners. Our green is situated in Clockhouse Gardens, St Marys Lane, Upminster, close to Waitrose, in delightful surroundings. We play in competitive leagues for both men and ladies. There are also friendly matches with other local Clubs and, if you so wish, just some social bowling. We are a friendly social Club and run several social events throughout the year.
Club Finals Weekend - Saturday 7th-Sunday 8th September
Saturday saw some excellent games with some very close matches particularly in the afternoon where all three games went to the last ends. In the mornings Men's Novices event John Carter had to fight a comeback from Jim Busby, one of this year's new bowlers, while Margaret Tinton snatched the Ladies Fixed Jack title by 2 points from the current holder, Sandra Ringshaw.
Saturday afternoon saw Beverley Plank returning to the green, following her Ladies Handicap defeat by Michelle Carlin in the morning, competing for the Ladies Rose Bowl and recording a 21-20 win against Debbie Walmsley.
The Mixed Pairs saw Pat Flood and Ken Smith looking like the winners, until 7 shots on one end brought Jan and Roger Tallentire back to level terms and go on to win 22-20. Derek Churchill went one better than last year to beat Charles Rolph in the Men's Veterans.
Sunday morning saw Doug Baxter and Roger Tallentire defeat last years winners Terry Robson and Mike Long in the Men's Pairs. Derek Churchill took his second title of the weekend in the Men's Handicap against Peter Lowe, while Sandra Ringshaw, partnered by Barbara Williams got revenge over Margaret Tinton, partnered by Jan Tallentire, in the Ladies Pairs.
Sunday afternoon, as always, the Ladies and Men's Singles events took centre stage, along with the Men's Fixed Jack where Mike Long retained his title, beating Geoff Carvosso. The Men's Championship title was retained by Doug Baxter with a 21-15 win over Peter Lowe, who was contesting his third final of the weekend. The big surprise saw Beverley Plank, in her third final this weekend, defeating Rebecca Smith, the Championship holder for the last six years, 21-9 with some very consistent bowling.
On Sunday 18th at 9.30am Hayley and Jasmine played the Buckinghamshire pair, Abby Elliott and Megan Higgins, in the Quarter-Final and won 19-13. They then played the Semi-Final against the Devon pair from the strong Kings Club, Emma Cooper and Harriet Stevens. In a closely fought game it was all square at 14-14 after 16 ends. With 1 shot on each of the last 2 ends the Essex girls sealed the game to give them a Final tie against the holders of the title, Devon Cooper and Rachel Tremlett from the Baldock Town Club in Hertfordshire who had a comfortable 22-6 win over Hampshire.
In the Final Hayley and Jasmine had the bit between their teeth and stormed to a 12-0 lead after 5 ends, they scored well and after 13 ends had a comfortable lead of 23-5. This was enough to take the title from the current holders.
In the singles, it was nip and tuck to 16-16, before Peter Lowe was beaten to the post over the last 3 ends. Doug Baxter and Roger Tallentire lost their unbeaten record, going down 13-19. The triples of Terry Robson, Ray Walker and Mike Long lost 8-19 to the strong Romford side led by the very experienced Frankie Abbott. The one Clockhouse success was in the rink, where the team of Derek Churchill, Malcolm Tidbury, Bob Pearce & Geoff Carvosso held on firmly against a very strong side to win 23-20.
On shot difference, the final score was Romford 79 - Clockhouse 60. A great all round effort.
Ladies Albert Crabb Competition (Double Rink) - Tuesday 30th July
On Tuesday evening Clockhouse Ladies won their Albert Crabb Semi-Final match against Castle Point of Thundersley. Both teams had convincing wins, battling against the light, wind and rain to win by an overall total of 24 shots.
This now takes them to the County Final on Saturday 24th August at Chelmsford BC with a 1.30pm start.
This is a fantastic result for the Clockhouse Ladies following the Top Club Trophy win on Saturday and a big achievement for one club during a single season.
Roger Burton Semi-Final - Sunday 28th July 2019
Not to be overshadowed by Clockhouse Ladies achievements, on Sunday morning the men played in the Roger Burton Semi-Final against Haynes Park.
The competition combining Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours with the result based entirely on total shots. The Singles and Fours were at home and the Pairs and Triples played away. The home matches finished with a 13 shot deficit, 6 in the Singles and 7 in the Fours, but was counteracted by an excellent 14 shot win by Terry Robson, Ray Walker and Mike Long in the Triples, leaving Clockhouse just a 1 shot lead. The ongoing Pairs match of Doug Baxter and Roger Tallentire against Joe Blackhall and Graham Killington reached the final end with Clockhouse just 1 shot up and in a nail biting finish, 2 lead woods from Doug, protected by a run of blockers from Roger, ensured a 2 shot win.
The performance of the day was achieved by Peter Lowe in the Singles, who came back from 2-18 down after 14 ends to one of the opposition stars, Eddie Fancourt, to be defeated only by 6 shots at 15-21. An amazing recovery, which set the seal for eventual success. So an overall 3 shot win takes the Clockhouse men to the Final at Brentwood on Saturday 17th August.
Top Club Victory for Clockhouse Ladies
County Top Club Final - Saturday 27th July 2019
Clockhouse Ladies had the short trip to Aveley on Saturday afternoon to contest the Final of the County Top Club Competition against Buckhurst Hill. With the weather unpredictable, wet gear was on the packing list, however this did not deter the dedicated band of supporters who have followed the Ladies through this years successful run. During the morning session Buckhurst Hill had won the County Fours Final, so their players where in fine form and their supporters were in fine voice.
The same Clockhouse team who have played in all rounds got off to a favourable start with Hayley Kenny taking a commanding lead in the Singles and Margaret Tinton and Rebecca Smith leading 17-3 after 11 ends in the Pairs. The triples were only 6 shots down and the fours were fairly evenly matched at the same stage. Looking promising for Clockhouse, the rain came and a nail biting finish was to follow. The rain and subsequently the change in the green seemed to benefit Buckhurst Hill.
Hayley completed her excellent Singles win 21-10, giving the rest an 11 shot cushion. The Triples of Patricia Heather, Sandra Ringshaw and Stella Briton struggled with a 12-25 loss with the Fours of Val Hayes, Debbie Walmsley, Michelle Carlin and Hazel Pudney losing 14-19. This left the Pairs needing to win by 8 shots, and after a Buckhurst Hill comeback, Margaret and Rebecca came up trumps winning 24-11, making it a draw on rinks with total shots of 71-65, the overall difference of 6 shots meant victory for Clockhouse.
Clockhouse will lift the coveted Trophy at the County Luncheon being held on Wednesday 23rd October at Stockbrook Manor, Billericay.
This result makes them the Area 'A' winners and they now meet Castle Point BC in the County Semi-Final on Tuesday 30th July with a home and away start at 6.00pm.
Ladies County Pairs Finals - 21st July 2019
Hayley Kenny and Rebecca Smith lost their County Pairs semi-final match at Great Baddow on Sunday 21st July against Arclight BC. In the afternoon they fought Emma and Elaine Score from Springhouse BC to a nail biting 16-15 win on the last end in the 3rd place playoff to book another trip to Leamington for the National Pairs Championships as well as the Fours which they secured the day before. The National Pairs Championships take place between 14th and 17th August.
Ladies Top Club - Saturday 29th June
On Saturday 29th June, the hottest day of the year so far and in temperatures reaching 30 degrees or more Clockhouse Ladies battled their way through the Area Final of the County Top Club competition, beating arch rivals Aveley on three out of four rinks and by 16 shots overall to earn themselves a place in the Semi-Final against Thorpe-le-Soken at Stock and Buttsbury Bowling Club on Sunday 7th July commencing at 10.30am.
Singles player Hayley Kenny won 21-20, the pairs, Margaret Tinton and Rebecca Smith won 17-15, the triples, Patricia Heather, Sandra Ringshaw and Stella Briton lost 14-16 and the fours team of Val Hayes, Debbie Walmsley, Michelle Carlin and Hazel Pudney won 25-10.
County Top Club 2nd Round - Saturday 15th June
Clockhouse Ladies played their second round match in the County Top Club competition away to Rainham on a fairly heavy green and had excellent wins across all 4 disciplines.
Hayley Kenny won her singles 21-14, Margaret Tinton and Rebecca Smith won their pairs 24-6, Patricia Heather, Sandra Ringshaw and Stella Briton had a convincing 49-2 triples win with Val Hayes, Debbie Walmsley, Michelle Carlin and Hazel Pudney winning their Fours 13-11.
A total of 107-33 making a winning shot difference of 74 overall. A great result.
Round 3, held on a neutral green, is against Aveley BC, who beat Elm Park in the second round, and will be played at Haynes Park on Saturday 29th June 10.30am start.
Albert Crabb 1st Round - Tuesday 11th June
The Ladies played their first round in this competition on Tuesday night with a comprehensive win over Haynes Park. The home team of Hayley, Val Hayes, Michelle and Becky won 22-16 and the away team Patricia, Sandra, Stella and Hazel won 28-12, a shot total of 50-28 making a difference of 22 overall.
Sunday 16th September - ECBA Group 4 Finals at Kings Chase
Saturday 25th August - Essex County Unfinished Finals
Clockhouse were represented at the Essex County Unfinished Finals on Saturday by Rebecca Smith in the Champion of Champions and by Hayley Kenny in the Unbadged Singles.
Friday 17th August - Ladies Day
Saturday 28th September
1.30pm for 2pm start
Fancy Dress Drive
This is open to everyone,
a small buffet included to wind up the season.
Fancy Dress is optional and Dress Code is casual.
Just turn up on the day,
lots of photos, lots of fun!!
Saturday 12th October 2019
Note: This is a change of date from that shown in the handbook
Saturday 12th October
Clockhouse social committee presents
A long established Shadows Tribute Band playing hits from the 50's, 60's and vocal Rock 'n' Roll music.
£20 per person inc. ploughmans
At All Saints Church
Ardleigh Green Rd. Hornchurch
(Entry by Ticket Only!!!)
TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM SOCIAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Presentation Lunch 2019
Sunday 20th October
Once again we look forward to our end of season Presentation lunch at Orsett Hall.
The price this year is £22 per person this includes 3 course meal, tea/coffee, tip to Orsett Hall Staff.
The maximum number is 90. Members can bring along 1 guest.
See emails for further details of payment arrangements.
Sunday 1st December
Mulled Wine and Mince Pies
(In aid of Essex Air Ambulance)
Tuesday 3rd December
Ladies Christmas Lunch
Contact Val Nice for further details.
Other upcoming events include: