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Brimfield and Little Hereford Bowling Club

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Jennie Cole Reports (July 2018)

Brimfield ladies were going all out ...

to win a handful of trophies this weekend at the Bowls Herefordshire Ladies County Finals, especially as this year the Finals were held at their home green, Brimfield & Little Hereford Bowling Club. 

Playing in soaring temperatures the Brimfield ladies almost succeeded, winning four of the six disciplines.  Results are as follows:

Starting as a very close match Jennie Cole (Brimfield) took the Ladies Singles title, beating Kate Williams (Ross) 21 - 15;

Karen Tandler and Barbara Griffiths had a dramatic finish in the Pairs, beating Marcia Gwynne and Jenny Murray (Ross) 22 - 20;

Karen Tandler, Marian Wheatley, Barbara Griffiths and Jennie Cole took both titles in the Fours with a strong win, 25 - 6 in the Fours against Helen Harmes, Teresa Williams, Mary Gardner and Kate Williams (Ross) and retaining their title in the Senior Fours with a 21 - 12 win over their team mates Sheila Bennett, Barbara Beale, Eileen Powell and Liz Smurthwaite (Brimfield)

After a long weekend of bowling, in the last game of the Ladies County Championships the Brimfield team, Karen Tandler, Lynne Allen and Barbara Griffiths  were finally beaten 12 - 23 by Mandy Complin, Jackie Vaughan-Jones and Sandra Pritchard (St Martins). 

Team mates Tracey Powell and Thelma Watts (Leominster) played the only match played with no Brimfield representatives, finishing with a win for Tracey 15 - 8 in the Two wood Singles.

Jennie Cole and Tracey Powell will play each other later in the week in the Final of the Senior Singles to battle out who will represent Herefordshire at the Nationals. Kate Williams will represent Herefordshire in the Junior Singles.

All finalists will go on to represent Herefordshire at the Bowls England National Championships at Royal Leamington Spa in August and we wish them the best of luck at the Nationals.

Twitter Report (February 2018)

Brimfield make it to the Final ...

One of Brimfield's teams once again reached the Final of the Indoor/Outdoor Final 2017/18 at Leominster Indoor Bowling Club.  They came second to St Martins Bowling Club, Hereford in the Final.

Finalists:  Sue Webb, Craig Webb, Howard Turberfield, Jimmy Lindsay, Eileen Powell & Alan Evans

Dave Evans Reports (August 2017)

Jennie Cole made it four in a row ...

 in the Tandler Pairs on a second day of finals at Brimfield and Little Hereford Bowling Club.

Cole, having achieved the Tandler hat trick last year,  teamed up with a new partner, Mike Mallett, this  time around and the pair raced into an 18-1 lead against Lester and Sheila Bennett. Picking up a full house of 8 on the way, Cole and Mallett eased to victory 33-10.

It was a similar story in the Albert Duval, the experienced pairing of Karen Tandler and Helen Skinner taking a commanding 15-2 lead against Sue Webb and Mike Owen. A mini revival kept the game competitive with Tandler and Skinner eventually running out winners 18-7.

The afternoon session  matched Howard Turberfield and Doug Smurthwaite against Mike Owen and Barbara Griffiths in the Barnet Bowl. Played over 11 ends a fast start was essential and it was  Turberfield and Smurthwaite who  raced away to a 12-3 lead before sealing the win 14-4.

It was closer in the eight end Cecil O’Boyle  Plate, Sheila Bennett, Doug Turner and Richard Griffiths triumphing 8-5 against Josie Ward, Cyril Wait and Doug Smurthwaite.

The best was saved for last with a thrilling John Collett triples, the game swinging to and fro right to the end. Doug Turner, Bill Wheatley and Richard Griffiths got the best of the early exchanges but a four with the jack in the ditch put Jim Allen, Howard Turberfield and Jimmy Lindsay right back in it. With the scores tied at 11-11 Griffiths’ team pulled away to win 16-12.

On Sunday (September 17) the club stages its annual captain’s day, followed by a buffet tea.

Dave Evans Reports (August 2017)

Three in a row for ladies’ champion Barbara Griffiths ...

and  a men’s final that went  right down to the wire were amongst the highlights of a finals day played out in glorious sunshine at  Brimfield and Little Hereford Bowling Club.

Griffiths achieved her hat trick against Helen Skinner, fighting back from 5-1 down to win in style 21-9.

Alec Tandler took his first men’s singles title but it could not have been closer against club chairman, Lester Bennett, Tandler eventually closing out  the game 21-20 after  24 ends. Tandler took an early lead and seemed well in control at 14-5.  But Bennett  picked up 10 shots in  6 ends and a full house of four put him in front  19-18. Tandler kept his nerve and picked up the three shots he needed for the win.

In the Millennium Plate, Dave Evans took an early 8-2  lead against Craig Webb but Webb roared back to take a three shot advantage after 11 ends. Evans stretched away in the second half  of the game, picking up two threes on the way to taking the title 21-13.

In the  prestigious Arthur Edwards singles, open to all members, Helen Skinner was matched against Lester Bennett.  Skinner found  her form in the afternoon  session,  picking up a series of threes and cruising to a 21-11 win, her first win in the competition.

For the first time, crown  matches were played out at the conclusion of the rinks. In the singles,  the club’s greenkeeper Cyril Wait had to work hard against Chris Woodcock, falling 10-5 behind before finding his line and length to take the trophy  21-13.

There was an exciting conclusion to seven hours of bowling in the crown pairs with Doug Turner and Sue Webb battling back to one shot behind Cyril Wait and Alan Chesters. Turner and Webb were trailing all through the game until taking a three on the 23rd end, eventually winning 21-18.

“It’s been a  brilliant day and lovely to see so many members coming out to watch the matches and support the players,” said chairman Bennett.

Another series of finals will be held at the club on Saturday, September 9th, starting at 10 a.m. Anyone interested in finding out more about the club is welcome to attend.

The club’s website address is:

Jennie Cole Reports (November 2016)

Herefordshire Ladies win the National Benevolent Triples Competition 2016.

Skip, Barbara Griffiths, along with team mate Karen Tandler, both from Brimfield and Little Hereford Bowling Club, and Jan Williams, from Hereford Bowling Club, were presented with the Trophy and prize money at the Bowls England Dinner in Coventry on Saturday, November 26th 2016.

Dave Evans Reports (September 2015)

Just champion..

Make mine a double!

The men’s and ladie’s Herefordshire champion of champions are both members of Brimfield and Little Hereford Bowling Club – and delighted fellow players celebrated the good news at their recent Captain’s Day.

“It’s a fantastic achievement for the club and a perfect end to a season which has seen the club go from strength to strength,” said chairman, Lester Bennett.

Barbara, playing at Weobley against club champions from across the county, won a tight quarter final against St Martin’s Ady Poole 21-19, cruised past Cheryl Morgan from Eardisland 21-8 in the semis and went on to win her first champion of champions title 21-18 against Ann Walters from Bodenham.

Ashley, playing at St Martin’s, beat Bob Loveridge (Eastnor) by 21 to 15 in the quarter finals and last year’s winner Alan Rudland from Weobley 21-14 in the semis to set up a mouth-watering encounter with this year’s under-18 England champion, Ledbury’s Tom Holmes.

The match lived up to expectations with Ash taking his third champion of champions title 21-20 on the day before his 27th birthday.

Dave Evans Reports (March 2015)


A local bowling club with “Royal” connections has launched a major recruitment drive as it looks forward to a new season. More members are needed for Brimfield and Little Hereford Bowling Club, which made headlines when players enjoyed a surprise visit and personal handshake from the Queen in the grounds of Windsor Castle during a 25th anniversary tour in 2013. Now the club has extended a “VIP” invitation of its own – with all invited to its recruitment and open day this Sunday (APRIL 12), starting at 2.15 p.m. People will be able to find out more about the club and its many activities as well as trying their hand at rink bowls, said club chairman, Mr Lester Bennett.

“We are always looking to boost membership and the start of a new season is the perfect time to get our message across,” said Lester. “Some members enjoy a friendly rollup once a week whilst others play in competitions at local and national level. We extend a warm welcome to all, whatever their interests or abilities.”

Friendlies against local and touring sides are staged throughout the season, home and away, with weekly Strollers - a more informal get together – one of the club’s most popular fixtures. Recent social events at the sports club in Haynall Lane, Brimfield, have included a New Year Sunday lunch and a skittles supper, with the club’s final day pencilled in for August 22 this year. Around 30 members turned up recently to give the club, green and surroundings its annual “spring clean.”

“We are all set for the new season now and looking forward to welcoming some new faces," said Lester. More information on the club is available at

Kington Shield Winners collect their trophy at the Annual County Presentation Lunch, with Marcia Dunstone, Bowls England SVP and Jan Williams, County President

Dave Evans Reports (August 2014)

Brimfield & Little Hereford Club Finals 2014

Ashley Edwards made it six of the best after winning the men’s singles title during a finals weekend at Brimfield and Little Hereford bowls club which saw eight trophies up for grabs over three days.

Young gun Ashley, 25,  eased past Doug Turner 21-8 to claim his sixth singles title with Karen Tandler, a quarter finalist at this year’s national championships, taking the ladies’ singles cup.

It was one of four trophies for Ashley with 16-year-old Adam Walker also on the winning side in two competitions.

Doug got off to a dream start in the men’s singles, leading 6-0 after two ends. But it was all one way traffic when Ashley found his weight and 10 winning ends in a row saw off the challenger.

Karen was on top form in the singles, bowling a lovely line and length against Jill Turberfield to come home 21-2.

Ash teamed up with Jennie Cole in the Tandler Mixed Pairs and they  cruised to a comfortable 23-11 victory against Howard and Jill Turberfield.

Playing with Josie Ward and Barbara Woodcock Ashley made it a hat trick in the John Collett triples, a series of fours seeing off Jill Turberfield and Lester and Sheila Bennett 23-5.

Tightest finish of the weekend came in the Barnet Bowl  with Howard Turberfield and Maureen Owen staging a spirited comeback before losing out by one shot, 10-9,  to dynamic duo Ashley and Adams

The Millennium Plate also looked like a close one tied at 10 all but  Lester Bennett then moved through the gears, taking the game 21-11 against Mike Mallett.

Adam was also on the winning side in the Cecil O’Boyle Plate, teaming up with Barbara Griffiths and D.Barbara Griffiths  to beat Geoff Humphries, Sylvia Mallett and Liz Smurthwaite  , his side picking up four shots on the last end to win 10-7.

In the weekend’s final game Mike Owen and Doug Turner defeated Dave Evans and John Wall 14-8 in the Albert Duval two wood pairs.

“This is the first time we have staged the finals over three days and it has proved a success, with plenty of people, more than last year,  turning up to watch,” said club captain, Doug Smurthwaite.

“With only a couple of games going on at any one time members and friends have been able to follow all the action more easily,” he added.

Dave Evans Reports (July 2013)

Windsor Tour meet the Queen...

The Queen dropped by at the wheel of her car to shake everyone’s hand,  discuss the cricket and pose for photographs when Brimfield and Little Hereford bowlers played in the grounds of Windsor Castle. 

“It was a total surprise,  an incredible day,” said Brimfield captain, Doug Smurthwaite. 

Brimfield were playing the Royal Household, the highlight of the club’s 25th anniversary tour and  minutes before play was due to start on Sunday (July 14) the Household’s captain, Graham Crisp,  announced that  a very special neighbour would be calling in.

“I told her that England had just beaten Australia in the first Ashes test and she gave a huge smile and what looked like a little fist pump,” said club member Jim Allen. 

As Brimfield players lined up Her Majesty strolled past, chatting to members and treating all to a Royal handshake.  ''It was a lovely moment, one to treasure,” said club secretary,  Jill Turberfield.  “I  mentioned that she was expecting a happy event very soon and she just smiled.” 

The last to greet the Queen, resplendent in a lilac dress,  was 80-year-old Maurice Bassett,  one of the club’s longest standing members.  “We  had a nice chat,” he said. “She asked me how long I had been playing.”  The Queen watched a few ends of bowls before spurning the offer of a back seat and driving herself the short distance back to Windsor Castle.  ''It is comparatively rare for Her Majesty to pay a visit,” said Mr Crisp. “Our last visit was in 2007 so Brimfield should feel very honoured.'' 

“It’s certainly a fitting way for the club to celebrate its 25th anniversary.”  An official photograph of the Queen with both teams will now take pride of place at the club.

Dave Evans Reports (17 May 2013)

The two flat rink teams will now play each in the county finals, which are being held at Brimfield this year, and under the rules both finalists progress to the national championships in the summer.

"It's a great achievement for us so early in the season. The draw was kind, keeping us apart, and it's lovely that the final will be played out at our club," said Brimfield's chairman and county ladies' president, Jennie Cole.

Barbara Griffiths, Karen Tandler, Marie Wall and Lynne Allen  defeated Leominster in the county semi with Jennie Cole, Josie Ward, Helen Skinner and reserve Barbara D. Griffiths (replacing Marion Wheatley)  marching on after beating a team from Ross in the other semi.

Ashley Ewards & Jennie Cole

Tandler Pairs

Mixed Doubles Winners 2014

Karen Tandler

Ladies Singles Winner 2014

with Club Chairman,

Howard Turberfield

Mens Singles Winner 2014

Ashley Edwards

with Howard Turberfield

Club Chairman

Jennie Cole and Helen Skinner

Mike Owen with Ashley Edwards

Dave Evans Reports (April 2013):

Brimfield went down fighting four games to six against Bylet in the Flowfit Ludlow Bowls League.  Newcomer Marion Wheatley got the home side off to a flying start, beating Georgina Marsh 21-10 and veteran Cyril Edwards won to 15 against Ruth Garbett.  With Bylet showing good early season form Brimfield needed to win the last three to bring the match level.  Captain Dave Evans picked up the coppers with a 21-7 win against Terry Hammond and Ashley Edwards defeated George Eddowes 21-12 but Bylet skip Irene Wood sealed the win 21-7 against Cyril Wait.  Other results: Doug Turner 14, George Marsh 21; Dorothy Crew 15, Barbara Booth 21; Adam Walker 11, Les Bromley 21; Mick Ingram 15, Barbara Eddowes 21; Jennie Cole 10, Fiona Hammond 21.

Dave Evans report (Septembe 2012):

Nine finals staged over 12 hours with a barbecue and bunting to round it all off – Brimfield and Little Hereford Bowling Club celebrated one of their most successful ever seasons in style.  Two of the club’s county champions, Jennie Cole and Helen Skinner, were first on the green in the Arthur Edwards club singles, and Jennie – a quarter finalist in the nationals this year – took the game 21-2. 

Brimfield’s ladies have an enviable record in county competitions this year and a member of the latest winning team – in the Kington Shield – was next up in the Millennium Plate.  Dorothy Crew pulled away to 14-6 against club veteran Cyril Edwards and eventually came home 21-9. 

A marathon matchup in the 21 ends Tandler mixed pairs saw Jennie Cole and Richard Arrowsmith up against Helen Skinner and Cyril Wait, with Helen and Cyril edging it 13-11 after 14 ends.  With a live jack in the ditch on the 15th end Jennie and Richard struck back with six shots to go 17-13 up. They stretched their lead to nine and despite a fight back were the eventual winners 22-18 after a three hour game! 

One of the tightest games of the day matched Ashley Edwards and John Wall against Dave Evans and Richard Griffiths in the two woods Albert Duval.  Ash and John took a four to bring the game back to 11 across with two ends to play.  But having led from the start Dave and Richard hit straight back with a three and it proved good enough for the game, which finished 14-13. 

With a decent crowd turning up for the afternoon session it was straight on to the men’s and ladie’s singles, Ashley Edwards first up against last year’s champion Doug Turner. Ashley, a county triples champion this season, took an early lead and five shots in two ends saw him home 21-13.  It was a much closer affair when Helen Skinner and Jennie Cole met again in the  ladies’ final,  Jennie bagging her second singles title of the day 21-11. 

Dave Evans and Dorothy Crew teamed up in the Barnett Bowl and after falling 6-2 behind staged a rousing finish to tie the match seven all with a three on the last end. With the game moving on to a “sudden death” extra end Barbara Griffiths and Richard Arrowsmith  sealed proceedings 9-7.  Ashley Edwards, his grandad Cyril Edwards and Josie Jordan looked down and out 7-1 down with two ends to play in the Cecil O’Boyle but a stunning three and four saw them home 8-7 against Mike Owen, Adam Walker and Richard Arrowsmith. 

With the floodlights on there was just one match left, Richard Arrowsmith, Ashley Edwards and Helen Skinner beating Dave Evans, Cyril Edwards and Hubert Wall 28-12 in the John Collett Trophy.

“It’s been a brilliant day,” said club chairman, Jennie Cole. “We wanted to make this a celebration of the club’s achievements this season and it’s great to see so many people turning out to support us.”

Other  trophies this season have gone to the Old Bill for winning the Harry Millichamp Memorial Club and to the Nashvilles for winning the Roebuck Knockout Cup. Congratulations to Bill and Marian Wheatley, Doug Turner, Barbara Griffiths, Jennifer Kelley, Geoff Mytton, Maureen Robinson, Dorothy Crew and Robert   Smith.