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Opening Day 2024

We opened for the summer as planned on April 21st, a nice sunny Day. Our president Ray O'Brien bowled the first wood before members took to the green for a spider and a quick practice before the Barbecue Lunch which was followed by a game of around 15 ends. A few pictures from the day can be found at this page

Short Mat Bowls

The Short Mat Bowls in the Village Hall finished on Wednesday 27th March 2024. Hopefully it will re-start in October 2024.

Maureen Heath.

We were saddened by the loss of our member, Maureen Heath, who passed away on Feb 28th 2024.

Maureen Heath

A post from Simon Prior & family: It’s with sad and heavy hearts that we have to announce the passing of our dear Mum, Maureen Heath. She passed peacefully at home after losing her battle with cancer.

We would like to thank everyone for their love and support at this time.

The Funeral Service was held at Sacred Heart Church, Cecil Road, Paignton on Monday 25th March at 10am. A good number of our members attended the service and the 'wake' at the Redcliffe Hotel, Paignton to share memories of Maureen.

Since joining the club with her husband, Steve, in 2010, Maureen has always been an active member of the club.

She was Ladies Captain in 2017, 2019 and again in 2022 and 2023.

Her first bowling success came in 2011 in Club Competitions when she was in the winning Ladies Triples team, since then she has been in the winning ladies triple twice more, in 2016 and 2017. In 2013 Maureen and Steve were runners up in the Partnered Pairs and they went on to win this event in 2014 and 2015. Sadly, Steve died in 2018.

Maureen also persuaded her daughter Natalie to try out the game and has had the excitement of seeing Natalie enjoying success at Bowls England National Finals. Our thought are with Natalie and the rest of Maureen's Family.

Maureen in club uniform

Debbie Phillips.

Debbie Phillips

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Debbie Phillips, a good friend of Marldon Bowls Club, who has supported her husband Gerald, (a former member) and her son, James Phillips, the current MDL Singles, Club Handicap and 2 Wood champion.

Debbie's Funeral was held at Torquay Crematorium at 10:30am on Monday March 4th, There was a Wake afterwards, at the Steam Packet Inn, Totnes. Mourners were asked to dress in bright colours.

Margaret Arnold (former member)

I have been advised that a former member, Margaret Arnold, passed away on Jan 1st 2024. I don't know how many of you might remember her. Her funeral was at Marldon Church at 12:00 midday on February 1st 2024.


Christmas Dinner 2023.

Derwent hotel Christmas Party advert

Something a bit different this year but I think those who attended enjoyed it and considered it good value for the money. The 'boys' played the 'girls' in the Bowls match on Monday and the result was close, with 'Girls' winning on one rink and 'Boys' on the other

2023 Christmas Draw & Coffee Morning

16th December, Mulled Wine and Mince Pies were available and the Christmas Draw was done with numerous prizes given out.
Gillian Burchell has donated a number of jigsaws which we would like to sell with proceeds to club funds, they are all in good condition having been made only once by Gill. They are at the club and are £2 each.

Picture of a pile of Jigsaws Picture of a second pile of Jigsaws

Marldon BC Annual General Meeting

Our AGM took place in the village hall on October 14th 2023. The members agreed to the changes to the constitution recommended by the committee, which will result in a smaller Management committee but we still have a number of Officer posts that need to be filled, including Communications Manager. Please speak to the chairman or a committee member if you think you could take on one of these important roles.

Marldon 4's Tournament 2023

Sunday 13th August 2023

Marldon 4s winners

Winners: Pat Phillips, M Symons, G Heaven and T Berry, receving trophy from Marldon President Pat Edwards and Tournament Organiser Anne Clarke

Many thanks to all the players who took part, all the members who volunteered to help us at this event and to Anne & Les Clarke - Tournament Organisers.

Congratulations to
Winners, Pat Phillips Rink from Torbay Country Club,
Runners up, Jane Perrett's Rink from Torquay and
Third Place Pat Hicks rink from Kings BC.

Invitations have been issued for the 2024 event.

Captains' Day 2023

We finished the season in our traditional way with a Captains Day. Some pictures from the day can be seen by clicking here.

Club Competitions 2023

The Finals of the competitions have now all been played and we know all of this year's Champions. Congratulations to them and commiserations to the runners up. Thank you to everyone else who took part either as players or markers, without you there would be no competitions. I hope you will try again next year. Please see the Competitions page for more details of what has been played and who has won this year. The Presentation Night took place in November, when the winners were presented with their trophies, and their names should be on the honours board soon.

The Tickle Trophy was contested on Saturday June 17th and the picture of the winners with their trophy is now on the competitions page.

Devon and Cornwall Police

September 15th 2023 saw the return of a longstanding fixture between Marldon and Devon and Cornwall Police. This was started originally as a charity fixture, to raise funds for the family of a young policeman who was a member at Marldon, who was sadly killed in a motorcycle accident. Although the fixture no longer raises money for the family it still remains a popular fixture and there is a trophy to be won.

To date the Police have won on 9 occasions and Marldon have won on 7, The fixture has been revived this year after a break due to Covid.

Rink 1 Paul S, Craig, Ray O'b and Ed were in a close game until the 13th end where Marldon picked up a 5 to go 7 shots clear. Marldon won 4 more shots on ends 14 to 16 with the Police scoring 5 shots on last two ends. A win for Marldon 21-15.

Richard R, Les C, Martin R and James were up against a rink with a Marldon Member, who is a policeman, playing for the police. Marldon were behind for most of the game and although a 5 on the 13th end brought them within one shot at 15-16, they failed to score on last 5 ends and lost 15-22.

Len, Les, Bob T and Bryan S were having a good game on Rink Three. The shot of the game came on end 10 when Marldon were about to drop 5 shots until Bryan, with the last wood of the end, trailed the jack back to score a 6, an 11 shot turn round that gave Marldon a 14 -4 lead. Marldon continued to score well and won 21-7. The opposition included two Marldon Bowlers who both work for Devon and Cornwall Police.

On rink 4, Gordon, Mick, Dave T and Barry B were tied three times during the game before taking a 6 shot lead when they won ends 13 and 14. The police halved that lead by the end, but Marldon won 14-11.

Rink 5 Dave M, Alan B, Colin C and Allan C fell behind in early stages but had regained the lead by the half way point and remained in front to win 19-14

John Gibbons John Morgan, John Gilbert and Shaun picked up a 4 and a 3 for a 9 shot lead by end 8 and held this lead through a close second part of game, just increasing lead by one as they won 21-11.

Played in a friendly spirit on a nice warm sunny afternoon and followed with a nice sit down two course meal, we look forward to the next game next season.
Overall Score Marldon 111- D&C Police 80, with Marldon winning on five of the six rinks.

Tree-mendous News

A big thank you to Les Hartnell, his son Micheal and 3 club members for helping Les to remove a dangerous tree which had the potential for falling into the car park and probably damage to any cars in the area. Les came up this morning (July 20th), with the team cut the offending tree down, cut up all relevant trunks and removed all of the rubbish. We had a quote for this work and it would have cost the club over £300.

New Soakaway ('Thank you' message)

We recently had a new soakaway constructed by a contractor in the club car park. The contractor had quoted £800 just for the disposal of the waste material spoil from the excavation.
The club has saved this £800 by disposing of this waste ourselves. Les Clarke (organiser) sends sincere heartfelt thanks to our team of volunteers. These were Ed Sosnowski, Les Hartnell, John Morgan, Paul Stretton, John Gibbons (and Les himself), for their hard labour this morning. They shovelled and barrowed a mountain (approximately 6 cubic metres) of spoil out of the car park and onto the compost bank. Les estimated this to be about 9 tons. A final, thank you to Maureen Morgan for keeping the work force topped up with tea and coffee.

Foxlands Trophy

A narrow defeat for Marldon in the Foxlands Trophy Section Final on July 21st. Playing one rink home and away against Babbacombe we won 22-17 on the home rink but lost 11-21 on the away rink, therefore losing overall game by five shots - 33-38. Good luck to Babbacombe, representing Section 6 in the county finals.

Bar and Catering Managers

Our Chairman, Howard Burchell, has volunteered to be the Bar Manager this year and his wife Gillian has volunteered to be the Catering Manager. This does not mean they do all the work, they will be organising it, but will still need the help of willing volunteers to man the bar or help with teas during the season. There will be a tea duties rota as usual and all members will be expected to help out on their allocated days.

Gordon and Carole have done these jobs for a few seasons now and I think they have earned their break.

Marldon 4's Invitation Event. (Sunday 7th August)

The event took place on a warm dry day and the £200 prize and Trophy was won by a Team from Paignton Bowls Club, one of who couldn't stay for the photo.

Marldon4s winners

the Runners up were from Paignton Torbay (£120)

Marldon4srunners up

and a team from Kings BC, one of who couldn't stay for the photo, claimed third place (£72).

Marldon4s third

A few Pictures from the day can be viewed here. Marldon 4's 2022

Parking at TLH Complex

The resort has now put in parking meters. Parking meters are now operational in all of the TLH Leisure Resort car-parks and you will be fined if you do not purchase and display a parking ticket.
ANPR cameras will be in continuous use. Parking charges will be active and enforced 24 hours a day.
If you are visiting for 30 minutes or less, maybe when visiting the bowls shop, parking is free. The cost to cover a 2 hour bowling session is likely to be £3.50 per car.

Parking will be free if you are there playing either for or against their touring sides in a match or if you are helping in a tournament. In these instances, you must ensure that you give your car registration number to Reception or a green steward to ensure that you do not get fined.

You will need to pay for parking if you are there for a roll up session or if you are there playing in one of the evening leagues.

President's day, 16th July 2023

A good day was had by all, many thanks to all the members whose hard work made it possible. The event has so far raised around £520 for the Disabled Sailing Association and there may still be some outstanding.

Club Tour

A number of members and friends have been away on the club tour, based in Worcester. They had games at Droitwich Spa, St Dunstan's Worcester, Malvern and on the way home Clevedon Promenade, all played in dry conditions. Unfortunately the game at Gilt EdgeCarpets,Kiddermister had to be called off due to heavy rain, but they entertained us in the clubhouse instead.

Shirley Britton

We regret having to announce that Shirley Britton, a full member for many years, passed away in Hospital on Thursday 29th June 2023. R.I.P Shirley, Our sympathy is extended to husband John, Granddaughter Alyssa and the rest of her family. Shirley's name appears on our honours board in a number of places, as a result of her successes in various club competitions. She also had a county badge.

Shirley's funeral was on the 20th July at 2pm at St Johns Church Totnes. (changed from 1:30pm)

Tim Hext

Sad news, I have heard that former Member and Social Member Tim Hext passed away recently. Members may have seen him last season sitting watching games with his friend Stewart.
R.I.P. Tim, a founder Member of this club. Our condolences to his family.


End of Winter League at TLH

The final league table for the Marldon Teams is accessed via the RESULTS page of this site. The shot differences now include the average differences for the Bye matches.
Thank you all for your continued support of the league.
Kind regards, Sarah

Short Mat Bowls 2022-23

The Short Mat Bowls Sessions in the Village hall finished on Wednesday 29th March, hopefully starting again in October 2023. Further details available from Pam Neale. The shortmat league using the mat in our clubhouse finished this Monday, March 27th and the final league table is on this site. Contact Pam if you would be interested in playing in the League next season.

Committee changes

The Committee have appointed Howard Burchell as Chaiman to replace Barry Bailey who resigned as chairman for personal reasons.

Rule Changes

The committee decided that the duties formerly known as "Green Duties" should now be known as "Cleaning duties", as that title more accurately reflects the tasks involved. Notices have been put up around the clubhouse giving guidelines as to what should be included in the Cleaning Duty and the club rules have been amended to reflect this change.It is important that members check the rota in the Captain's office so they know when it is their turn.

Persons on Cleaning Duties no longer have to put out the kit for games, that is now the responsibility of the players involved in the game.
We have also now numbered the rules and made other minor changes, but the rules on dress code for roll ups will be discussed again at the Spring Meeting.

Social events

We held our Christmas Dinner at Paignton Club as planned on 10th December 2022. Unfortunately the DJ failed to turn up, but Ray O'Brien saved the day with a play list on his phone which we conected to the Club's own sound system. Members will be refunded £2 as a result of the DJ's failure to appear, some members have already donated this refund to the President's Charity.

One 17th December we held our Christmas Hamper draw, with mulled wine and mince pies and no less than four Hampers to be won. Four happy winners need not go shopping for a while.

Coronation Cup

On July 24th, Marldon sent a rink to represent Section 6 in a four rink game against Section 5 in the Coronation Cup. Bob Tame, Barry Hodges, Allan Coombe and Ed Sosnowski were the Marldon team who travelled to Bitton Park for the game. Although we won 18-14, the other Section six rinks were unable to win and the Section 5 rink that won 50-4 made sure of a Section 5 victory. The Marldon team were pleased to win against good players in a combined Newton Abbot - Bitton park team.

2022 Tour & New Fixture

Our tour to Gloucestershire in May 2022 was a success. We played all 5 of the planned games, with rain only affecting us on the first day at Gloucester City BC, the other four games, at Ross on Wye, Barnwood, Tetbury and Heavitree were all played in dry conditions and a fair bit of sunshine. We thank our organiser Pat, Ray for the tour booklets, Brent Williams Coaches and their driver Ben and all five Host Clubs. Extra thanks to Gloucester City Bowls Club and Heavitree BC for providing us with Lunch before the games on our outward and return journeys.

As a result of the tour we now have an additional home fixture on September 21st against Heavitree BC.

Pictures from the tour are at This location

Presidents' Charity 2022

The outgoing President, Colin Cradock, advised us that he had raised a total of £1065 and that his charity would get half of the amount raised with the Club getting the other half. Keith and Sue Hollings accepted a cheque for £532.50 on behalf of the National Coastwatch Institution..

Picture of president presenting a cheque

Club Competitions

The Trophies were presented to the Winners at the Coffee morning on Saturday November 5th 2022. See pictures here

The finals weekend, Sat/Sun 3rd & 4th September, went well with most of the rain holding off until after we had finished, apart from a short shower.
The results have been published on the COMPETITIONS Page

Captains' Day

Captains' day took place on Sunday 25th September 2022 from 10am.
We arrived at 10am to be formed into teams for the new format game introduced by Bowls England known as "Bowls Bash", this was followed by a lunch and a free raffle with lots of prizes. A few members continued with more friendly games of bowls after lunch. We thank all those members who helped to organise and run the event.

MDL Cup Finals

The MDL committee postponed the MDL Finals day which was to have taken place on Saturday September 10th at Marldon B.C. These have now been rescheduled for Saturday May 27th 2023 starting at 10am. Marldon 'A' will be playing in one of the 'fours' semi finals.

Club Sponsors

We gained two new Sponsors this season, they are Churston Exterior Cleaning and G & C Home improvements. We also received ongoing sponsorship from Marldon Service Station (Cox's garage) and Paignton Flat roofing. Please support our sponsors when you can.
We would be pleased to hear from any other companies that may want to sponsor us for 2022 or 2023 season. Further details on the Sponsorship page.

County and National Competitions

Closing date for entries to the 2023 County Competitions has now passed. Please contact Paul to pay your entry fees as soon as possible.

Congratulations and commiserations to Graham Walton, Lee James, Martin Rolfe and Peter Cartwright. They reached the Section 6B final of the County 4's competition but then drew, as opponents in the final, the England Internationals, Louis Ridout, Jamie Walker and Sam Tolchard with A O'Neill, on their own green at Kings, where they proved to be too strong for the Marldon four. Although Marldon lost, the players enjoyed the challenge of playing these very experienced top level players.

Congratulations also to Graham Walton and Lee James on reaching the Semi Final of Devon Section 6B Pairs competition. In the Semi Final, on Monday 6th June, they played last year's Devon Champions and National Finals runners up, Sam Tolchard and Louis Ridout at Marldon. A good crowd of supporters came along to watch the game. Graham and Lee put up a good show, taking the lead early on in the game, before the England international pair caught up and built up a small lead which they held to the end. Final Score Lee/Graham 11 - Louis/Sam 17.

Graham with Peter Dunkley are also reached the county semi-final of the National Family Pairs event before losing to a Pair from Shaldon.

Social Events

On Sunday July 3rd from 1pm, we held our President's Day which included fun games (Nearest the ditch), a bowls game and a Barbecue from around 4pm.

Colin sent this message:- "What an excellent day was had by all at the President's day and special thanks for Colin W organising the bowls, the catering team lead by Barbara James, Gordon for the Bar and Sally for doing the raffle. A superb day and to thank all who attended. And we raised £370 a fantastic sum and a special thank you from President Colin C".

I will try to add pictures to this site later.

For HRH the Queen's Jubilee Weekend, a few members came along to Colin Cradock's President's Fun Day on Saturday 4th June. Mostly dressed in Red White and Blue, the members brought a picnic along and after the picnic, 16 players, including four new members, joined in with a short game of bowls. Despite a relatively small attendance, a table top sale and raffle raised over £80, split between the president's charity and club funds. Colin thanked everyone who came along to support the event.
There are plans for a social event near end of August, but nothing definite yet.

Marldon BC Spring Meeting

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

Opening day 2022

We opened the green for the 2022 season on Wednesday April 20th at 2pm, with the President bowling the first wood, This was followed by a spider, a game and a burger in a bun.

Jan O'Leary

Sad news just before Christmas 2022 as we heard that Shaun O'Leary's wife, Jan O'Leary, passed away on Monday December 19th at Torquay Hospital. Jan was a great supporter of Shaun and Marldon Bowls club, and before being confined to a wheelchair could always be relied upon to help out with Teas at short notice if we found ourselves short of a volunteer. Our sympathy goes to Shaun.

Jan had a private cremation. There was a gathering of the family and friends, including our members. for her interment at Torquay Woodland Burial Site, in Conqueror Wood, at 10am on Saturday 28th January 2023.

Following the Interment, friends were invited to join Shaun for a gathering at Marldon Bowls Club where food and drink was available.

Picture of Jan O'Leary with Pam Hills on green

Although she wasn't a bowler, Jan (on right) did have a go on special occasions such as this Captain's day in 2013 (with Pam Hills).

Sonia Barrington

Long standing members may remember Sonia Barrington, a former member who passed away on Friday December 9th at a care home in Exmouth. A notice was posted in the local paper stating that Sonia's funeral was on 30th December at Southfield Methodist Church Paignton.

Pat Grice

We were saddened to hear of the death in July 2022 of Life Member, Pat Grice. Pat was a true lady who was a founder member and the first secretary of MBC. Without Pat and a few others of her generation, MBC would not exist. She was the life and soul of the club in the early days, supported everything and ran numerous jumble sales to raise funds for the green which we did not have at the time. A debt of gratitude is owed to her. May she never be forgotten.

Pat Grice delivering first wood of season

Chris Lockyer

Portrait of Chris Lockyer

Sadly, our former member Chris Lockyer passed away on September 18th 2022. His funeral will be held at Torquay Crematorium at 3:30pm on Friday 28th October, followed by a gathering at the Willow Tree on the Willows Estate. Our condolences to Sue.

Colin Vallis

Portrait of Colin Vallis

We regret to have to announce the passing of a long serving member of our club, Colin Vallis, on June 28th 2022.

Fran thanks everyone for their messages & condolences at this sad time.
Colin’s funeral took place at The Co-op Funeral Service, Paignton on Friday 15th July with a wake afterwards at Livermead House, Torquay. Many members attended both events.

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.


2021 Marldon Bowls Club Christmas Dinner

Saturday December 4th- 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.