16th April 2020 -our first professional cut of the season- with straight lines

Our big challenge is to start with a damaged and worn green at the end of
September and to produce a green suitable for bowling for league and county
play by the beginning of May despite what the autumn and winter weather
and any turf disease has thrown at you. After this year’s rain and winds and
previous years “beast from the east” it is always something different.
This year brings a virus that has brought the whole world to a standstill with
nobody quite sure what the future brings but a future will come and we need
to be ready for it. I fully realise that there are much more important things that
preparing turf for sporting activities but in the context of the future enjoyment
and fitness of thousands of people it has a place in the life of many.
The challenge now then is to produce a surface for some unknown date in the
future whilst being aware of the financial constraints of many clubs and also
being aware of the governments social distancing rules. Much
advice/recommendations have been issued by golfing associations and I have
spoken to a groundsman at a cricket venue and of course I have been scouring
the UK for any information specific to bowling greens including Bowls England,
Bowls Scotland, Bowls Wales, Bowls Central, our fertiliser supplier, Alan Pearce
and others in the county. As with most expert opinion everyone is not in total
agreement for example for height of cut varies from 5.00mm to 12.00mm and
most figures in between.
Based on a full assessment of the advice, the budget available and the
personnel able to work either individually or in very small groups every
greenkeeper will have to make the best decisions for the health of the
members and the club.

March 2020 Bowling Green Update

What would I give for a succession of a few dry days. This has been my worse
year as far as getting on the green to do some work, with wet windy weather
and the green being so low lying, fields around flooded and not too cold to
deter the moss growing. It is imperative that we can start doing some work
over the next three weeks to give us a chance of being ready for the 11th April.
The green always requires aeration not only to assist drainage but to get vital
oxygen into the root zone. We also need to remove the moss to give room for
the fine grasses to grow with the assistance of higher soil temperatures (above
10 C) and a quantity of low nitrogen fertiliser. This year we are using an organic
fertiliser at this time of year.
If the weather plays ball the green team are ready to act.
There is always work to do around the green, cutting the surrounding grass,
trimming the hedges so volunteers are more than welcome.

Cornwall Hospice Care Charity Day

BOWLERS RAISE £ 1,241.75p For Cornwall Hospice Care.

The annual charity day in aid of the Cornwall Hospice, organised by Jimmy Rule, raised the sum of £ 1241.75p. Twenty Four teams took part and winners of the trophy were Peter Talling, Pat Talling & Clive Edwards.

The presentation of the cheque by Jimmy Rule to the Hospice Representative Jane Appleton took place at the club with several members in attendance.



The club had a fairly average season in the East Cornwall Bowling League Triples. Torpoint Bowls Club were the League winners in their first year in the ECBL.

After bumping along for most of the season in the bottom two places in the League, a number of games in quick succession at the end of the season saw us eventually finish in 6th place overall. 

However, Lostwithiel have traditionally used the ECBL competition as an opportunity to give games to all players and especially to give new members a taste of a league competition to give them experience for the following season.

With that in mind, we used 30 different players over the course of the season. 

Of the 16 games played, we won 6, drew 1 and lost 9, scoring 52.5 points. Congratulations to Ian Burnard who was our most prolific player. Ian played in 14 games and was on the losing triple just once.

The task of the ECBL selector is sometimes a challenging one – there were a couple of occasions where I was seriously worried that we were not going to be able to field a full compliment of players for a match. I’m pleased to report that we came up short only once – and that was due to a mix-up with dates rather than an availability issue.

I must register my thanks for the overwhelming support I have received in my first year as ECBL selector and my gratitude to the hardcore of players who I could nearly always rely on if I was struggling to field a full team.

Here’s to a successful 2020 ECBL season.

Bertie and Bertha

Approx. 15 years ago Rosie Smith from the club started the Berta and Bertha competition. The prize for the winner then was a bar of chocolate.  

She then not only knitted the two dolls which are played for today but she also slaved away in the kitchen cooking a roast meal. A major fund raiser for the club at this time.

This years event attracted 22 players and even allowing for the sometimes heavy showers the afternoon went off well with everyone having an enjoyable afternoons play followed by a faith tea. 

Badger thanked all who attended and presented the the Bertie & Bertha awards to the winners.




Badger -11 Annie Singer -7
Chris Dimond 4 Penny Philp -10
Dave Burrough 13 Mary Wallace -2
Ben Purser 2 Janet Dimond -11
Brian Philp -1 Mo Berryman -3
Chris Smith 6 Karin Henderson 3
Brian Smith 3 Michelle Baptiste 16
John Berryman 1 Jacky Lambden 2
Morley Tubb -7 Rene Sweet -9
Mike Houlihan 14
Simon Barker -3
Chris Dunn -1
Tim Carr -7

Badger thanked all who attended and presented the Bertie & Bertha awards to the winners (plus the booby prize to the loser – himself).

The winners of the 2019 Bertie and Bertha competition Michelle Baptise and Mike Houihan
Booby winner of the Bertie & Bertha competition 2019 was Peter (The Badger) Brock.




Castle Carey Tour


On the 9th August we had the pleasure of hosting the Castle Cary touring bowls team for a match and supper.  Although the weather was against us, we were able to play for a while before enjoying a splendid buffet provided, in the main, by club members.

Special thanks go to Carol Williams who organised the event with Castle Cary, our bartenders Rob and John and the catering team.  Our thanks also go to the Ukulele players and songsters who provided entertainment. It was an evening to remember!

Mens Top Team

Lostwithiel Top Team Finalist put on a battling performance against a very strong opponent in Stratton Bowls Club,the final result 4-1 to Stratton,special mention of the Triples of Jimmy Rule Barry Bowe & Skip Ian Burnard on their great win.
Well done to all who took part and a special thankyou to all those who turned up to support.


Congratulations to Jackie and Julia for being awarded their Cornwall County badges.

Julia was selected to play in the County Johns Trophy team for the 2019 season and was presented with the Johns Trophy badge by Bowls Cornwall president Jennie Maunder.

Benevolent Pairs

Badger & Ian Burnard have successfully won through to the Group Semi final of The Benevolent Pairs after a nail biting final end it was standing at 19 – 17 to the opposition but with Ian bowling his last wood he perfectly removed their nearest wood thus picking up 3 winning shots