There is an old saying which states ‘there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather’ and that was certainly the case for those Masons who took part in the group round of the 2019 Provincial Bowling Tournament at Roebuck Bowling Club, Bilsborrow. The afternoon started with inclement weather but ended in glorious sunshine, which only added to an already enjoyable round of bowling.
This bowling event had its best attendance since 2015 and therefore quite naturally the competition for first place was intense. The eventual group round winner was David Cryer of Emblem Lodge No 6727 in the Blackpool Group, who beat David Sawyer of Great Eccleston Lodge No 8895 in the final round.
The competition for the ’11 up plate’, was played out between Bernard Snape of St Michaels on Wyre Lodge No 8348 and Scott Devine of Great Eccleston Lodge, with the eventual winner being Bernard.
In a competition specifically for masters in office, the final between Raymond Firth of Aegis Lodge No 9115 and James Hughes of St Michaels on Wyre Lodge, saw Raymond coming out on top and winning the Lancaster and District Masonic Group Masters Bowling Cup.
Presenting the trophies was the Lancaster and District Group Vice Chairman Scott Devine, who enthusiastically thanked all the participants for their attendance and support of the event, but made particular mention of David Christopherson, the group bowling representative, for his work in organising the event. Scott also maintained the tradition established by Jim Wilson, by once again drawing his own ticket to win the malt whisky! The raffle raised £50 for charity
Article by Paul Thompson.
Photographs courtesy of David Christopherson.