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'The Dude' steals the show at Harperbury Christmas Quiz

Club members and their guests dressed in an array of Christmas jumpers, hats, earings, headbands and even socks took part in the annual Christmas Quiz for Charity.

The Dude made a guest appearance and acted out various activities with club members to help the teams score points

The quiz was won Ken, Jan, Tony and their guests team 'seven up' and as winners decided to donate the £450 raised to their charity, the Peace Hospice at Watford.


Winning team 'Seven-Up' with 'The Dude'

Harperbury's Champions for 2019 are Crowned

The 2019 season is complete and the winners of our various competitions are known.

The Club Singles Champion is Keith Fennell who beat Tim Anstey in a tight final by 3 shots.  Tim was the most unfortunate bowler, losing his other 3 finals to John Allen in the 2 Wood Singles also by 3 shots; in the Men’s Kelly to Kevin Speck and in the Club Pairs with Mark Spacey to Les Roberts and Jan Taylor.

Elsewhere Sue Swain won the Ladies Kelly with an emphatic win over Jan whilst husband and wife team of Les and Sheila Roberts had a decisive win over daughter Debbie Trollop who was partnered with Mark Spacey in the Holgate Fixed Jack competition.  Sue Allen and Allen Nicklen triumphed over Ivy Fennell and Michael Langley in the Mixed Pairs.  Dave Leggett completed the finals with a big win over Rob Martindale in the Butler Handicap.

The Tuesday Evening League concluded in September with Graham Downe retaining his title from 2018 with Alan Burnett runner up.

We had some great competitions in 2019; well done to everyone who took part and congratulations to our winner.  They will receive their prizes or medals at the presentation night in December.  Tickets are still available from Debbie.  The results sheets are in the Competitions section of this site and there are pictures of our winners in the Gallery.  Finally, the clubs thanks go to Aaron, Competition Secretary assisted by Michael and Tim and Peter for their work organising the competitions and recording the results.

Walking With Jan

Geoff Carr writes

Thanks to Ness, who took a load of photos on our Super trip out last Friday around Redbourn. (Pictures in the Gallery)

And, after a 5 mile walk across ploughed fields & down Dale, we lunched at the Hollybush in Redbourn


The Weather was Good

The Food was Good

The Beer was Good

& The company was Good   ... A great time was had by all

Thanks to Jan for organising it all.

Whist Has Restarted

Now that the Bowls season has officially finsihed it is time for whist to take the forefront in the clubhouse.

Whist is plaid every Thursday throughout the winter at 6.45pm for 7.00.  The games are light hearted and fun and open to bowling and associate members of the club alike. 

Harperbury Golf Society

Following another successful golf outing to The Shire golf club for 9 holes and a scrummy lunch we are hoping the next one will be in September at Aldenham if anyone else wants to join us let one of us know. The day was won by Ken K with John A in 2nd place.

Martin Daly Gala brings bowlers from all over the county to Harperbury.

24 teams competed over 28 ends of triples bowls, spread out over 4 games at Harperbury’s Martin Daly Gala 2019. Despite the heavy rain in the lead up to the Gala, Les Roberts’ green was in perfect condition for some hard fought matches.

Shenley Bowlers captained by Michael Langley won by 1 shot from Dave Dobson’s team, Bushey Beaux with Sue Swain’s Harperbury B team taking 3rd prize.

A wonderful lunch was supplied by Sheila Roberts and her catering team with a spider un in aid of Harperbury captain Sue Allen’s charity.  The day was capped off with a raffle with nearly everyone going home with a prize.

Click here for the final results table and click here for pictures of the gala in our gallery.


2019 Martin Daly Gala 1st, 2nd & 3rd placed teams and spider winner.

£500 raised for the Bill Thorne Charity

Harperbury’s annual charity fund raising competition raised over £500 in aid of the Bill Thorne Charity which this year went to the Rene Grove Hospice.  Bill was a former member of Harperbury and Sheila his wife brings along numerous members of their family to play a fun day of bowls alongside Harperbury members.

The triples competition was won by Keith and Ivy Fennel and Gill Ditchman with runners up Tim and Barbara Anstey with John Webster.  There was a prize for the best Thorne family triple and a member of the family took away the bottle of scotch for winning the spider.

A huge raffle with lots of prizes a fish and chips lunch and some scrummy cakes made the day great fun.  Thanks to Sheila and her family for organising the day alongside Dave Trollop and Peter Carvin.

Pictures of the event are in the Gallery.

Harperbury Hosts London Welsh Presentation

Harperbury member and immediate past president of London Welsh Bowls Association Andy Thomas presented a cheque for £2,700 to the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association prior to the recently friendly match between the two clubs.  

Andy used aggressive fining techniques during his presidency for minor misdemeanours by London Welsh members, such as wrong bias; getting a toucher (or not getting a toucher - a guarnteed money spinner) and infringements of the strict London Welsh dress code to raise a fantastic total.  A proud Andy said that he was especially pleased that the sum raised would go to Guide Dogs in the local area.

The game was played in great spirit and concluded with an excellent meal and a traditional Welsh sing song.  More pictures in the Gallery

Sue Allen, the 2019 Captain thanks everyone for their contributions to her Charity in 2019 which raised £750 for the National Brain Appeal.


In 2018 the Captains Charity was The Sick Childrens Charity Trust which provides accommodation in hospitals for parents whose children are patients in the hospital and club raised £1,100 for this good cause.

Sue Allen, the 2019 Captain has chose as her Captains Charity the:-

The National Brain Appeal









The National Brain Appeal raises money to fund advances in neurology and neuro surgery. One in six people in the UK are affected by a neurological disorder. This includes brain injuries, stroke, epilepsy, brain tumour, dementia, parkinsons, migrains and multiple sclerosis. That is more than those affected by cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

The charity funds pioneering research, the training of tomorrows clinicians, and help to provide access to the best technology for expert diagnosis and treatments.

Thanks to people who have supported the charity the National Brain Appeal have been able to fund projects enabling:

  • Greater success in surgery thanks to new operating theatres and scanners

  • Increased longevity and quality of life for those with neuromuscular conditions as a result of clinical research.

  • Improved prospects for those with brain cancer thanks to the UK’s first dedicated brain tumour ward, and access to the latest clinical trials

  • Better recovery for those affected by stroke, as a result of cutting-edge equipment in the neuro-rehab unit.

For more information and an opportunity to donate to the National Brain Appeal, visit their website by clicking the button below.

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