Wexham Bowls Club Charity Day
Wexham Bowls Club organise this enjoyable occasion at the end of each bowls season, and the proceeds go to a charity chosen by the winning bowler. In support of this charity event the Independent Parish Council provided a trophy during 2006 which was presented by our Chairman or Vice-Chairman to the annual winner to mark their achievement on the day.
Cash is raised by donations, game fees and a raffle, and also by a system of fines that are levied upon the players for various 'offences'. Examples of such offences include late arrival, inappropriate behaviour or flippant comments between team members, breaches of the rules or dress code, arguing with the captain or other Club officials, and bad language. Penalties will be imposed for wearing items of clothing that are not white, or neglecting to wear a Club tie, and a player was even once fined for swearing at a persistent wasp!!
The key priority is to have fun... and pay the consequences later!
The 2015 winners trophy was presented to John Wooster on 11th July. Over £400 was raised for the Audiology Department at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital.
Everyone had a very pleasant day followed by an evening BBQ party.
Well done to John and all the people who volunteered their time to make the event a success.
John Whitehead was the winner of the 2014 Charity Day and £535 was donated to Great Ormond Street Hospital. No photo was available.
Former Chairman of both the Parish Council and the Bowls Club, Henry Egan, presented the 2013 trophy to winner Dawn Anderson on the 6th July. The charity fund was not supported by a contribution from the Labour-controlled Parish Council, but the total of £541 raised by the Club was donated to the Salvation Army.
The 2012 charity day took place on the 27th August and Councillor Carl Egan presented the trophy to winner Clive Miskin. The Parish Council donated £50 as usual and the total sum raised was £640. Clive chose the Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust as this year's recipient of the proceeds, which was applauded as a popular choice by all present.
During his speech Councillor Egan commented that this annual tradition of presenting a trophy on behalf of the Parish Council had commenced whilst his father (retired Councillor Henry Egan) had been Chairman, and that he was now very happy to have the honour of doing so as the current Chairman.
Councillor Egan was thanked for attending the event and the Clerk, Dianne Egan, was also thanked for joining him to capture the photographs. The second picture here was taken on the club's terrace at dusk with their Chairman, Clive Northover.
This year's trophy was presented by the Chairman to Bill Randall, pictured right. The sum of £50 was donated by the Parish Council in support of the winners chosen charity - Children with Leukaemia - for which a total of £568 was raised.
Roy Cleaver received the trophy from our Vice-Chairman, Councillor Robert Aldridge, in September 2010 but no suitable photograph of the event could be obtained. A donation of £50 was contributed by the Parish Council, and the charity chosen by the winning bowler to receive this year's proceeds of £600 was the Cystic Fibrosis Society.
In September 2009 the trophy was presented by Councillor Dave Davies (Chairman) to Dawn Anderson, pictured left. The sum of £50 was donated to the charity fund on behalf of the Parish Council.
The recipient of the trophy on this occasion was Mike Shelley (aka 'Spike') and it was presented by Councillor Dave Davies. Unfortunately no photographs were available to mark the event.
The winner of the 2007 Charity Cup was Jim Child, who is photographed here receiving the trophy from Councillor Robert Aldridge. The amount raised during the day is doubled by the Bowls Club, and this made a grand total of £500 for Jim's chosen charity.
(2007 photograph courtesy of Jamie Paterson)
The winner in September 2006 was John King, Club Coach and Vice-Captain, who is photographed here receiving the trophy from Councillor Dave Davies.
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