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Marldon BC Spring Meeting

The Spring meeting took place at the Village Hall on Saturday March 12th 2022 and was well attended.

Thurza Alcorn

picture of Thurza Alcorn

We are sad to report that our former member Thurza Alcorn passed away on Friday 25th February 2022. Our thoughts are with Dave and the family.
Thurza's funeral was on Friday March 18th at Torquay Crematorium and this was followed by a wake at the club.

Marldon Bowls Club Christmas Dinner

Saturday December 4th 2021 - The Christmas Dinner at the Paignton Club went well, most people were pleased with the food and the room layout this year, which was an improvement on our last visit two years ago. The Disco managed to get quite a few members up and dancing for most of the evening.

The Venue has been re-booked for December 10th 2022..

Paignton club

Christmas Draw

The Christmas draw winning numbers are shown on the list on the Members only page.

Marldon Bowls Club AGM

The 2021 AGM was held on Saturday October 9th 2021, in the upstairs room at Marldon Village Hall where there was plenty of space to allow for social distancing.

Colin Cradock was presented with Presidential chain of office from outgoing Presidents John and June.

New President poses in chain of office, with outgoing Presidents

Presidents' Charities

John and June thank everyone for their generosity for the 2020-2021 Presidents' Charity. (Ricky Grant Unit, Torbay Hospital). £119 was raised from the 2020 Bring and Buy, £90 has been received in Donations, £106 at the Presidents' coffee morning on Jan 18th 2020 and £200 on Valentines evening (2020). In 2021 we have sold a set of bowls for £40 and collected another £96 from a raffle at the Apple Pie Fair, increasing the total raised to £651. A really good Presidents Day 2021 and Tickle Trophy day raised the final total to £1622.62. A cheque for £1625 was to be sent to the Ricky Grant Unit, Torbay Hospital but at the AGM a member generously agreed to add another £375 to make a grand total of £2000 to be sent to the Hospital.

Terry Grant accepts the cheque on behalf of the Ricky Grant Unit from Outgoing Presidents, John and June Gibbons

Charity Cheque being presented by Presidents

Club Competitions 2021

All our club competitions have now been played and the results are on the Competitions Page. The trophies are now engraved and have been presented to the winners. The players were unable to arrange date for Men's Pairs Final so Ray and Terry had to forfeit the game.

2021 Marldon 4's Tournament - Cancelled

It has been decided that we will be unable to organise a Marldon 4's tournament this season so it has now been cancelled. We are hoping to hold this event in 2022 on Sunday August 7th.

2021 - New Bowls Mats

To help with COVID regulations we decided to buy some more mats. Many thanks to the members that responded to our request for help with the purchase of these mats. If you did not have an opportunity to buy a mat, don't worry we will have more fund raising events later in the season

Former Member Brian Kendall

We have learnt of the recent death of one of our former members, Brian Kendall. Brian and his wife Val were well liked members of our club, who left a few years ago. Our thoughts are with his family. Brian's Funeral was on 26th July 2021 at 2pm at Torquay Crematorium.

Sad loss of two members.

We were extremely saddened to hear that two of our members, Alan Parker and his wife Pauline, both passed away recently.

Alan passed away on Thursday October 7th 2021 in Torquay Hospital where he was being treated in the Covid 19 Ward.
Alan's wife Pauline who was being treated in the same ward passed away on Monday 11th October.

There was a joint funeral for Alan and Pauline at Torquay Crematorium on Tuesday 26th October at 11:15am.

Our sincere condolences go to Alan & Pauline's families.

2021 MDL Cup - Fours

Both Marldon teams lost in the Quarter finals this year.
The semi finals and final were played at Marldon on 11th September. In the Semi Finals TCBC won fairly comfortably against Paignton 'B' winning 34 -8, whilst in the other Semi Final Paignton 'A' played Abbrook Park 'A' winning 25-17 The final, between Paignton 'A' and TCBC 'A', was won by Paignton 'A'.

Winners 4 Paignton bowlers with a cup.

Runners-Up4 TCBC bowlers with a cup.

2021 MDL Cup - Triples

The final was played at Marldon on Sept 11th and was won by Kingsbridge Park with Abbrook park finishing as runners up.

Winners3 Kingsbridge bowlers with a cup

Runners-up.3 Abbrook park bowlers with a cup

The Bowls Big Weekend

A lady bowling a wood

The EBA advertised nationally to try to attract new players into the game, and we joined in by advertising and hosting three open sessions, on May 29th, 30th and 31st from 10am until noon. Due to the Covid Restriction we asked people to pre-book, and a few people did this and arrived to try the game.

We have recruited a few new members as a result of this weekend.

2021 MDL Cup - Pairs event.

The finals of this event on Saturday September 11th was a contest betweeen R Levy and B Bond of Babbacombe and our own players, Colin Whiley and Graham Walton representing Marldon. Although the Babbacombe pair had the edge for much of the game the Marldon players never gave up and only lost by five shots. The final score was 20-15 to Babbacombe.

Winners: two Babbacombe bowlers with a cup

Runners-up:two Marldon bowlers

2021 MDL Cup - Singles event.

This was a walkover for Kingsbridge Park (D Hurrell) as the opponent had to withdraw due to injury.

Tickle Trophy

The Tickle Trophy was contested on Sunday 3rd October, and was won by Ray O'Brien, Colin Whiley, Mike Thomas and Ed Sosnowski. After the completion of the Tickle Trophy, the presentation of trophies to the winners of this year's Club Competitions was done, and a good turn-out meant that we managed to present almost all of the trophies to the Winners. We also had a nice ploughmans lunch after the game.

Tickle Trophy Winners:

4 bowlers with a trophy


County and National Competitions 2022

Notices have been posted in the changing rooms for entries for County Major and Minor Competitions for 2022. The closing date for entries has now passed. Good luck to anyone who has entered.

Rule changes

The committee have agreed an amendment to a couple of the Club rules. Whereas you were not allowed to roll up while a game was in progress in the green, this was considered excessively harsh if the game was only a two rink 'over 55' league game or a three rink game. The new ruling is that you are allowed to roll up/practice when a club game is in progress if you can leave a spare rink between you and the game. (whether this is possible will depend on which rinks the game is using.)
The other change is to remove the reference to a fee of £3 for Social members and Guests who wish to use the green for a roll up. The current fee is £3 (payable to committee person on duty, or honesty box in Captain's office) but we have taken the amount out of the rules so the committee can change the fees at any time, without having to update and reprint the rules each time they do so.

Chris Alcock

Picture of Chris Alcock

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.

Officer Roles – Chris Alcock
  • 1995-1997 - Ladies Secretary/Delegate

  • 2009-2011 - Fixture Secretary

  • 2013 - Club President

Bowling Honours
  • 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.

Dennis Mountford

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.

2020 Fixtures

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)

Other 2020 Bowling events

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.

2020 Marldon 4's Tournament 2020

We unfortunately had to cancel the 2020 Marldon 4's tournament and a letter was sent to advise all the teams that had entered.

Enhanced Security for Club

CCTV notice

We would like to thank Member Ray Sandercock for the donation of additional security cameras for the club, and a media player.

TLH winter Indoor league 2020/21

Marldon members entered a team in the Thursday league at TLH. They managed to play three games before the last 'lockdown', but it looks unlikely that the season will resume. You will find the results/league table via our results page.

TLH winter Indoor Leagues 2019/20

The TLH Indoor leagues were almost at the end of the season when it was curtailed due to the first '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. The tops teams did bring the league to a conclusion later in the year, but everyone else's fixtures were cancelled.

2019/2020 Short Mat Season

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.

December 2019

Italian Night

italian flag

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.

Christmas Meal 2019

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.

November 2019

Trophy Presentation Night

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 £750.22.

Sept 2019 - MDL Cup Finals

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.

picture of winners


September 2019 - Captains' Day 2019

For pictures from Captains' Day 2019, click on the poster.

Or on the Gallery link above to see a few pictures from Captains' day 2019.

September 2019 - Over 55 league Finals

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.

O55 winners

O55 winners

Winning team from Brixham St Mary

O55 Runners Up

O55 Runners up

Runners up from Bitton Park

September 2019 - Over 55 league Finals

Over 55 - Third Place

Third - Brixham B.C.

Over 55-Fourth Place

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.

August 2019

MARLDON OPEN 4'S 2019 (Sunday 4th August)

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...

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3rd place Tug Wilson


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First place & the Trophy going to Pam Grant,

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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.

Thank you

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.