Email from the Hon Secretary

Dear Member,
The Annual General Meeting of the Association will be held at the Herts Bowling Club on Monday 26th November 2017 at 7.15 pm.
It was agreed by Council at a previous meeting, that the AGM papers be sent by email to those members who have email addresses. This is being done to save the cost of paper, printing, envelopes and stamps. If you would prefer a hard copy of the documents, please contact me and I will arrange to have copies sent to you by post.
Please find attached, a letter calling the AGM, together with the agenda and minutes of last year's meeting.
We need a minimum of twelve members to proceed with the business of the meeting so I appeal to those who live within reasonable travelling distance of the Herts Club, to attend and show your support for the Association.
With best wishes.
Jim Lumsden Secretary

Notice of the Annual General Meeting

1 November 2018
Dear Fellow Scot,
In accordance with the Constitution & Rules, notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the London Scottish Bowling Association will be held at the Herts Bowling Club, Bellmount Wood Avenue, Watford, Herts, WD1 3BT on Monday 26th November 2018 at 7.15. pm
Please find enclosed the agenda for the meeting together with minutes of the last AGM held at the Herts Club, Watford on Monday 27th November 2017.
Copies of the Secretary & Treasurers Reports and the Annual Accounts will be provided at the meeting.
There is a vacancy for a Council Member and I would be pleased to hear from you if you would be interested in joining the Council.
Please remember we need a minimum of 12 members present to hold the Annual General Meeting so I appeal to those who live within reasonable travelling distance to attend the meeting and support the Association.
I sincerely look forward to seeing you.
Best wishes
Jim Lumsden
Honorary Secretary

Please note that the Minutes of the last AGM have not been posted on the Website.


1. The Secretary to read the Notice convening the meeting.
2. The President to open the Meeting.
3. Apologies for absence.
4. Minutes of the AGM held on Monday 27 November 2017.
5. Matters arising from the Minutes not covered by the Agenda.
6. Secretary's Report.
7. Treasurer's Report & Statement of Accounts.
8. Donation to Herts Bowling Club.
9. Propose a vote of thanks to serving and retiring Officers.
10. Elect the President and Officers for the year 2018/2019.
a. President ~ Bob Alexander
b. Senior Vice-President ~ Eric Finestone
c. Junior Vice-President ~ Ian Gillies
d. Honorary Secretary ~ Jim Lumsden
e. Honorary Treasurer ~ Jim Lumsden
f. Outdoor Match Secretary ~ Alan Bennet
g. Indoor Match Secretary ~ Bill Dickie
h. Tours Organiser ~ Jim Lumsden
i. Publicity Officer ~ Ian Gillies
11. Elect Council members.
12. Appoint an Accounts Examiner
13. Any Other Business
Change to Rules & Constitution:
A proposal to change rule 7 to include all Past Presidents as members of Council will be put to the meeting.
14. Proposed dates of Council meetings and A.G.M. for 2019
Monday 11th March 2019 Council Meeting
Monday 9th September 2019 Council Meeting
Monday 26th November 2019 Annual General Meeting
Sunday 1st December 2019 Centenary Luncheon
15. The Chairman to close the meeting.

Bob Guthrie Funeral Arrangements
Bob's Funeral will be held at Easthampstead Park Crematorium, South Road, Bracknell, Wokingham RG40 3DW on Friday 26th October at 10:30am Afterwards at the: Golden Retriever Pub and Restaurant Nine Mile Ride Bracknell RG40 3DR

Bob Guthrie Obituary
Past President Bob Guthrie died in hospital on Sunday 30th September 2018. He was admitted to hospital the week before with suspected pneumonia and died early on Sunday morning. Bob joined the Association in 1991 and served on the Council on two separate occasions. He was born in Kirkcudbright and joined the army aged 19 where he served for 26 years reaching the rank of Warrant Officer. He took up bowling when he left the army in 1986. He played his bowls at Cove Bowls Club and indoor at Camberley IBC. He was elected President of the Association in 2015 a position he was very proud to hold. Many will remember his tour to Dumfries during his year as President and the pride he displayed when visiting his home club in Kirkcudbright. Bob was a real character and will be missed by many. Details of the funeral will be circulated when known. We offer our sincere condolences to Bob"s wife Daphne and family.

Michael Patey Obituary
Michael Patey died on Monday 24th September following a lengthy battle with cancer. Although Michael was aware his condition was terminal, he kept a very positive outlook and was very strong for a number of months resisting the effects of his illness. He died in Woking Hospice where he had been looked after for the last week or ten days. Michael joined the Association in 2005. He was a member at Knaphill Bowls Club, a Past President of West Surrey Bowling Association and Midweek League Secretary of that Association. The funeral will be held at Woking Crematorium (GU21 8TJ) on Wednesday 17th October 2018 at 1.15 p.m. Then afterwards at Chobham Golf Club (GU21 2TZ). We offer our sincere condolences to Michael's wife Sue and family.

The 2018 Outdoor Mini Internationals

16th September 2018
The 2018 Outdoor Mini International was held at Sutton Bowls Club where the four home nations met once again to contest the 57th year of the Edward Guinness Trophy presented by Edward Guinness in 1961 for play between the Irish, Scottish Welsh and English Associations. On a grey Sunday morning, the players arrived for the normal cooked breakfast before the draw was made for the morning play. The Scots drew the English on the top green while the Irish drew the Welsh on the bottom Green. The Scots against the English was a very close fought match with only a few shots separating the teams, however, at the end it was the English who prevailed by just 10 shots. In the other match, the strong Irish team were too much for the Welsh to handle and won by a good margin to confirm their place in the afternoon final against the English. In the afternoon final played in warm sunshine, the Irish overcame the English to lift the trophy once again while the Scots just kept ahead of the Welsh, winning by a margin of 10 shots to finish in third place. The Trophy was presented by Sir Edward Guinness who in his 95th Year joined the players and officials for an excellent dinner provided by the host Club. Well done to all who took part.

Camberley BC

5th August 2018
The Camberley match was to celebrate the Camberley 90th Anniversary

London Irish BA

29th July 2018
The London Irish match was played indoors at the Herts Club due to inclement weather. Kennedy Brown and Alan Bennet played as guests for the London Irish BA to ensure that both Associations could raise six triples.

West Surrey BA

13th March 2018
The match against the West Surrey BA was cancelled due to the adverse weather (snow)


12 March 2018
Dear Member,
The funeral of Jack Conley will be held on Tuesday 27th March at Markeaton Crematorium, Markeaton Lane, Derby, DE22 4NH at 12.00 noon.
V The funeral service will be followed by a reception at the Royal Oak Pub, 55 Green Lane, Ockbrook, Derby, D72 3SE.
I hope those members who can make it, will join me in attending the funeral, say our last farewells to Jack and pay our respects to Eric, Irene and their family on their sad loss
Eric has asked me to provide him with numbers attending from the London Scottish. If you are able to attend, I would be grateful if you could let me know by return.
Kind regards


1 March 2018
Dear Member,
Please find enclosed the following documents for your information and consideration:
1) A letter from John Brechin, our new President;
2) The Association Year Book for 2018;
3) A match nomination form to be completed and returned to the Match Secretary; It would be very helpful if you could return the reply slip as early as possible to enable arrangements to be finalised in good time for the matches;
4) 2019 Centenary tour form.
Unfortunately, due to the number of matches cancelled last season because we were unable to field teams, the Council decided to reduce the number of fixtures for 2018 to twelve plus the Mini International. We hope there will be more support for these matches. We cannot continue to cancel matches, or we will lose the fixtures.
We have dropped the President v Vice Presidents match for this year due to lack of support for last years's match. So, the outdoor season gets underway on Saturday 2nd June with a match against the Royal Household BC who are celebrating their Centenary in 2018/2019. We hope there will be a good turnout to support our new President John in his first outdoor match.
Last year a letter was sent asking members to indicate interest for the Centenary tour to Stirlingshire in June 2019. Some 28 members responded. If you would like to attend, please complete the enclosed tour application form, and return it to me with a deposit of 50 pounds by 30th April 2018 to confirm your place(s). Partners and friends are very welcome and if we have enough ladies in the party, matches will include ladies rinks.
Can I remind members that annual subscriptions for 2018 were due for renewal on 1 October 2017. If your subscription is outstanding, we would appreciate early payment. The financial wellbeing of the association is dependent on members’ subscriptions. Please save me having to send out reminder letters/emails to chase payment.

Best wishes and good bowling in 2018


26 February 2018
Dear Member
I am sad to report the death of Jack Conley who died in hospital on Thursday 22nd February 2018 following a period of illness.
Jack joined the Association with his son Eric in 1989. He and Eric thought nothing of driving miles from Derbyshire to support the Association in friendlies, competitions and the Mini Internationals. He was a member of Long Eaton Town Bowls Club and Erewash IBC, in Derby.
Unfortunately Jack's health failed in recent years and he was unable to bowl, however he often travelled to matches with Eric and Irene to watch the game and meet old bowling friends.
We will miss Jack and offer Eric, Irene and the family our deepest sympathy on their sad loss
Details of the funeral are not yet known but Eric will advise when he has finalised the arrangements.
I hope those members who remember Jack will join me at the funeral to show our respects and to offer our condolences to Eric, Irene and their family.
Kindest regards

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