2019 CENTENARY TOUR TO SCOTLAND
As we will soon be turning our minds to bowling outdoor in the summer, I thought this would be the appropriate time to give you an update on arrangements for our Centenary tour to Stirling.
Accommodation has been confirmed at the King Robert Hotel, Glasgow Road, Whins of Milton, Stirling FK7 0LJ, Tele: 01786 811666. The hotel is situated on the site of the Battle of Bannockburn on the outskirts of historic Stirling. There are 52 en-suite bedrooms equipped with all the necessary modern amenities from flat-screen TVs to free Wi-Fi, which is available throughout the hotel. There is adequate parking for members cars.
The cost will be 450 pounds per person for those sharing rooms or 590 pounds for those who have requested a single room. The cost includes bed & breakfast each day with dinner on the day of arrival and on the final evening when we will have an end of tour dinner. Also included will be coach travel and match fees. Lunches are not included nor are any evening meals you may require although most of the clubs will provide meals/light snacks after the matches.
The following matches have been provisionally arranged:
Sun 30th June v Cardonald B.C., Glasgow, six rinks men and three ladies' triples at 2.00 pm.
Mon 1st July v Auchterarder BC, Perthshire, 6 rinks men and three ladies' triples at Blackford BC, at 2.00pm
Tue 2nd July v Denny BC. Falkirk, Stirlingshire, 6 rinks men at 6.30 pm. Wed 3rd July v Kirkintilloch & District BA, Stirlingshire, 6 rinks men at Campsie BC. 2.00 pm.
Thu 4th July v Dudhope BC, Dundee, Angus, 6 rinks men and three ladies' triples at 6.30 pm.
Fri 5th July v Abbeyview BC, Dunfermline, Fife, 6 rinks men at 2.00 pm.
We will travel to each match by coach and I am in the process of receiving quotes for the week. Further details including Tour Itinerary and team selection for matches will be sent a week or ten days before the tour.
Traditionally, we attend the Sunday morning service at the local Church of Scotland but as we will need to leave the hotel around 12.00 noon for the match at Cardonald in Glasgow, it may not be possible. I will look at possible alternatives.
I will be happy to receive payment/part payment whenever you feel able to make it, but I expect that full payment will need to be made six weeks before the start of the tour (18th May 2019).
If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
All we need now is some good Scottish weather during the tour week.
With Best Wishes
To celebrate the Associations Centenary a special Luncheon will be held on Sunday 1st December 2019 at the Herts Club, Bellmount Wood Avenue, Watford, WD17 3BT at 12.00 for 12.30 pm.
All members and partners are invited to attend this special event. The cost per person will be in the region of twenty five pounds
The President and Officers hope you will support this historical event when we will be joined by Presidents of Bowls England, the E.I.B.A., Kindred Associations and special guest Andy Thompson who will propose the toast to the Association.
Depending on numbers, it may be possible to include family and friends but until we have an idea of numbers attending, we will for the time being limit attendance to members and partners.
If you would like to attend, please contact Jim Lumsden by the end of March 2019. This will enable arrangements to be made with the club and caterers.
It is planned to have a three-course meal followed by coffee and mints.
Payment can be made closer to the date.
CENTENARY YEAR OUTLINE PLAN
London Scottish Bowling Association was formed on 2nd December 1919 at the Royal Corporation Hall in London.
At a meeting of the Centenary Committee held on Friday 9th March 2018, the following outline programme was agreed for approval.
A Centenary Luncheon to be held at the Herts Club, Watford on Sunday 1st December 2019 to commemorate the formation of the Association. Members and Partners to be invited to attend together with invited guests whose Associations/clubs has a long involvement with LSBA.
Invited guest to include; The President of Bowls England, The President of the English Bowling Association, The Presidents of London Irish BA, London Welsh BA, and the President of Bellingham BC. (the club where the idea of a London Scottish BA was first conceived).
It is proposed to invite Andy Thomson who was born in Fife and represented Scotland before deciding to move and play for England. Andy was a member of the Association and played for our Association before playing for England.
Centenary Match Programme to include matches with Bowls England, The English Civil Service, The Royal Household BC, London Irish, London Welsh, Bellingham BC, Surrey CBA, Bowls Hampshire, West Surrey BA, St Albans & Dist. BA, Linslade BC. (who have provided four Presidents for the Association).
The Indoor programme will include a match with the English Indoor Bowling Association.
A Centenary Tour will be based in Stirling at the King Robert Hotel, Bannockburn from 29th June - 6th July 2019. There will be six matches for men plus 3 Ladies Matches.
To date there are 44 tourists in the party. The biggest number of tourists for some years.
Centenary Badges and other Mementos It is proposed to have a special lapel badge struck based on the design of the first LSBA badge worn by Association members with centenary 1919-2019 on the bottom section.
Other items will include, a Centenary History Booklet, Bannerettes, Glencairn Glasses with Centenary 1919-2019 engraved, Miniature Whisky with LSBA Centenary Labels.
The Centenary Year will run from 1 January until 31 December 2019. It is quite a feat in these days for an Association such as ours to achieve 100 years and we hope the members will fully support our celebratory activities.
CENTENARY TOUR LATEST FROM JIM LUMSDEN TOUR ORGANISER
The closing date (30th April 2018) for places on the Centenary Tour has passed and I am happy to report that we have 45 tourists who will make the journey to Stirling in June/July 2019.
However, having confirmed that we have sufficient numbers to justify running the tour, contact was made with the King Robert Hotel in Bannockburn to book rooms from Saturday 22nd until Saturday 29th June 2019. Unfortunately, the hotel was unable to accommodate our party that week due to other events. However, they can accommodate the party the following week, from Saturday 29th June until Saturday 6th July 2019.
This obviously presented a problem. The first reaction was to search for other hotels in the area, but this proved more difficult than expected, most of the hotels in our price range are either fully booked or cannot take our size of party, so that left the following options, move to another location, or change the date to the following week when the King Robert is available. After discussion with the President elect for the Centenary year it was decided to change the date and hope this would not result in any withdrawals. Fortunately, only two withdrew.
The cost per person for those sharing a twin room will be £450.00 however, for those wishing to book a single room there will be an additional charge of £20.00 per night.
Bowls Scotland has given permission for us to tour in Scotland and contact has been made with the appropriate District Secretaries to arrange matches.
Further details will be provided when clubs have confirmed invitations to play.
CENTENARY TOUR UPDATE FROM JIM LUMSDEN TOUR ORGANISER
I am pleased to report that the response for the LSBA Tour which will take place from 22-29th June 2019 has been positive and to date we have a total of 37 tourists who have paid a £50.00 deposit to confirm their place.
The tour party will be based at the King Robert Hotel, Bannockburn, Stirlingshire, and we will play six men’s matches and three ladies matches during the week. The cost will be circa £450.00 per person and this is fully inclusive of hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis plus an evening dinner on the day of arrival, and an end of tour dinner on the last night; match fees are also included and the cost of a coach to transport us to and from the matches is also included.
The closing date for applications is the 30th April 2018. We still have a few places available if you would like to join us on this special occasion, we will only have one Centenary tour in our lifetime, so this will be your only chance to take part in what should be a most enjoyable week in the company of other members and their guests.
If you would like to join the group, please let me know by return and I will send you the necessary paperwork.
NEWS OF THE CENTENARY TOUR
We look forward to 2019 when we celebrate our Centenary year Tour. Senior Vice President Bob Alexander will be looking for your support on this momentous occasion for the Association.
Stirlingshire will be our base and it is hoped to play matches against Counties where we have toured during our long history of touring in the Homeland.
It is too early to give a definitive cost, but as a guide it is expected to be in the region of £450/500 per person.
This will include accomodation, breakfast, coach for match travel, dinner on arrival, end of tour dinner and all meals and green fees.
If you are interested in joining in this special occasion please advise the Hon Secretary as soon as possible.
It is hoped as many as possible will come on the tour but an absolute minimum of 24 bowlers will be required to make the tour viable and probably 30 bowlers to enable members to have a day's rest.
Those who have toured before know what an enjoyable time is had and those who have not have clearly missed out.If your still not sure ask any of the tourists for their views.