Tragedy and Comedy at Syston Bowling Club

Members of Syston Bowling Club are still reeling from the deaths of three of their colleagues; Tony Hunt (83), Len Smith (87) and Anita Lowder (74) early in January. Age and illness had caused Len and Tony to retire from the game some time ago but they had remained in touch through the regular programme of social activities organised by the Club.
The sudden and unexpected loss of Anita came as a very deep shock. Club Chairman, Colin Grimes, says: Anita was an example to us all through her total commitment and dedication to the Club over many years. She was always the first to volunteer to help in whatever way she could, often in the face of very difficult domestic and personal circumstances, which she consistently sought to minimise. In spite of these pressures, she never lost her warm smile.
She was a serving member of the Board of Directors of the Club, responsible over the past six years for devising and supervising the close Season programme of social activities. She put her professional catering skills and experience to good use and was a regular in the clubhouse kitchen serving up delicious food to members and visitors alike.
She was President of the Ladies’ Section in 2008, following several years of active service on the Ladies’ Executive Committee, and had been elected to serve as Senior Vice-President for the 2015 Season.
Her wise counsel and selfless commitment to the interests of the Club and its individual Members will be greatly missed as will her even-temper and great sense of humour. She has left a void which will be very difficult to fill.
As a mark of the deep respect and appreciation felt for her contribution to the Club, and to help to sustain her memory, the Men’s Committee have decided to name one of their competition trophies in her honour. With effect from 2015, Members will compete for the Anita Lowder Mixed Pairs Trophy. Her family are being consulted about other ways in which the memory of this extra-ordinary personality can be perpetuated.
A near-capacity clubhouse was treated to a laughter-filled evening on 28th February when the popular TV panel game of ‘Call My Bluff’ was re-created.
A panel of straight-faced, practised presenters of terminological inexactitudes (Pete Murray, Kate Toon, Norma Grimes and Rod Heggs) under the chairmanship of Colin Grimes, did their best to persuade the audience that they were giving the correct definition of a range of unusual words.
The evening’s entertainment was preceded by a supper of lasagne expertly cooked and presented by Janice Wilbourn, Pauline Wright and Jan Holmes.
By the end of the evening a team of ‘Eggheads’ and a team of ‘Lame Ducks’ had been identified and presented with symbolic prizes.
By general consent, the evening had been a great night out with lots of laughs.
The 2015 Season will be launched on Saturday 4th April with the annual Men v Ladies fixture and an Away fixture for the Men’s team at Battram. Spectators are always welcome at the green and clubhouse in Central Park.
The Club is actively seeking to attract new Members young and older, male or female and guarantees a very warm welcome to anyone who drops in to the clubhouse to seek further information. Alternatively, potential recruits can contact Club Secretaries Rob Wilbourn (Men) 01664 424 813 or Valerie Foreman (Ladies) 0116 2609 635 or call in at one of our regular monthly coffee mornings held on the second Saturday of each month starting at 10.30am.
Colin Grimes.