15th September 2019

Report of the Mini Internationals

In the morning semi final against the Welsh, the Scots had a good win by 124 to 100 shots.
Three wining and three losing rinks.
The Irish overwhelmed the English in the other match.
In the afternoon final the Scots started strongly and were 28 shots up after 11 ends, it looked as if the Scots would win both the indoor and outdoor Minis in their Centenary year.
However, on an extremely warm afternoon it looked as if they ran out of energy as the Irish fought back strongly to level the match with three ends to go and overtook the Scots, winning by a margin of nine shots.
What turned out to be an encouraging start, ended in disappointment.
However, both matches were played in the right spirit and as usual ended with good food, good company and the usual camaraderie at the end of the day.
Congratulations to the Irish.

16th July 2019

Report of the match against Bowls England

The match was played on a beautiful summers day on an excellent green which clearly suited the London Scottish Bowlers who won well on three rinks, drew on two and lost only one.
The match score was 118 to London Scottish and 89 for Bowls England.
The Bowls England players and guests along with the LSBA Officers met for an early buffet lunch followed by a group photograph

The following press release was sent to local press and with photograph and will hopefully appear in the local Watford press.

President Bob Alexander of the London Scottish Bowling Association,added that the Association is delighted that Bowls England will help us enjoy our 100th anniversary with a celebration match.
Although the Association was not founded until 1919, Scots bowlers in London met annually on the green to compete for the Rosebery Cup. This competition had been started in 1912 when an eminent Scottish Bowler induced his great friend, Lord Rosebery, to present to the E.B.A., a handsome silver cup for an annual bowls match between English and Scottish members of the Clubs under the jurisdiction of the E.B.A. and functioning within a radius of fifteen miles of Charing Cross.
This led to the formation of London Scottish Bowling Association in 1919. We had the pleasure of playing the E.B.A. on our 75th anniversary in 1994. We welcome Bowls England President Hazel Marke and her team in this our 100th year to Herts Bowling Club and hope they enjoyed the occasion as much as we did
Three of our Past Presidents, Bob Alexander, Jim Lumsden, Kennedy Brown, had also played in the 75th Anniversary match against Bowls England in 1994.

14th April 2019

Indoor Mini Internationals

Victory for the Scots in the Centenary Year

In the Indoor Mini International, played at Riverain Indoor Bowls Club on Sunday 14th April, London Scottish Bowling Association pulled off a historic victory in our centenary year by beating the London Welsh by eight shots in the morning Semi Final 79 shots to 71 and continued that good form to beat the London Irish in a nail-biting finish in the afternoon final by just one shot (73~72).
The Semi-Final against London Welsh was a close fought match with each side winning on two rinks and losing on two. At five ends the Scots had a ten shot lead (22-12), at 10 ends an eleven shot lead (40-29), at 15 ends the lead had extended to 18 (60-42) before the Welsh made a bit of a comeback to reduce the overall lead at the end of the match to eight shots (79-71).
In the afternoon final against London Irish the match went all the way to the last shot on the last end. At five ends the Irish led by 2 shots (18-20), at ten ends there was a three shot difference in favour of the Irish (38-41), by the fifteenth end the Scots had rallied and took a lead of nine shots (62-53),the Irish then rallied and pulled the score back to nine shots on the twentieth end (73-64) and picked up 8 shots in the final end to leave the Scots with a one shot victory.
A great day was had by all and after the match at the evening meal, the Irish graciously congratulated the Scots in reaching a landmark 100 years as an Association and proposed a toast to the Association on their achievement and for the victory in the competition in their Centenary year. In his reply, Bob Alexander President of London Scottish thanked all those who had taken part in this years event. He particularly mentioned the London Irish for their work in arranging the event and officiating on the day. Thanks were also extended to the host club Riverain for providing their facilities and for the excellent meals served throughout the day.
The Guinness Salver was then presented to the winning President by President Frank Oliver of the London Irish who again paid tribute to the Scots achievement in reaching 100 years. as an Association and wished the Association good bowling as it moved into it’s second century.
Well done to all those who took part. We now look forward to repeating the good form in the outdoor Mini International to be held at Sutton Bowls Club in September.
Come on ye Scots!!

13th March 2019

Key Dates for your Daiary

Monday 11 March 2019 Council Meeitng
Monday 9 September 2019 Council Meeting
Monday 25 November 2019 Annual General Meeting
Sunday 1 December 2019 Centenary Luncheon

1st March 2019

Message from Jim Lumsden
Hon Secretary & Hon Treasurer

Dear Member,
As you are aware the Association celebrates its 100 years anniversary this year and a full programme of activities has been arranged including special Centenary celebration matches against: The Royal Household B.C, Bowls England, Bellingham B.C. where our Association was founded, Linslade B.C. the Presidents club who boast 4 Past Presidents of the Association and St Albans Townsend who, like us, will celebrate their Centenary year this year.
We have a tour to Stirling from 29th June ~ 6th July and arrangements are at an advanced stage. Some 44 members and partners will attend, and we look forward to a special week.
Arrangements are in hand for a Centenary Lunch to be held at the Herts Club on Sunday 1st December 2019 almost exactly 100 years since the formation of the Association. The President and Officers hope you will support this event as we will be inviting special guests to help us celebrate this special year. Please advise me if you are interested in attending the lunch. Initially, attendance will be limited to members and wives/partners, but should there be availability, that may increase to include family and friends.
Can I remind members that annual subscriptions for 2019 were due for renewal on 1 October 2018. 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 2019.
Jim Lumsden

3rd January 2019

Message from Bob Alexander
President 2019 in London Scottish Centenary Year

Happy New Year to you all.

I feel very honoured and privileged to be your President in what I am sure will be a very hectic and exciting year for London Scottish
It is a wonderful achievement for an Association like ours to have carried on for 100 years and this is of course due in a great part to the hard work and commitment of the Officers who have served us so well through the years.
We owe a very special vote of thanks to our current Secretary/ Treasurer Jim Lumsden who has put in a tremendous amount of work on our behalf over the last couple of years in particular to ensure our Centenary year will be a success. Thank you Jim!
We have a varied and challenging fixture list for the year.
I hope you will put your names down for as many games as you can and try and put our hard working Match Secretaries in the position of having too many names for games rather than their having to chase around every week to make up the numbers as has been the case in recent years.
Please don't be too disappointed if you don't get picked for every game for which you nominate.
We are also very much looking forward to our bi-annual tour to Scotland which this year will be based in Bannockburn. Again we must thank Jim Lumsden for his efforts in organising the tour which has been very well supported and I am sure will be a great success.
I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on the green throughout 2019.
Yours aye
Bob Alexander

1st January 2019

Change to the Constitution

The following change to the Rules & Constitution was approved at the AGM.
"The Council of the Association shall consist of the Officers, Past Presidents and three Council Members.
At each Annual General Meeting, Council Members other than Past Presidents, who have served three consecutive years, should retire and these members shall not be eligible for re`electon within twelve months"

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