Another summer season passes with joy and some sadness.

As far as the bowls was concerned in the league fixtures it was a year of consolidation. Most of our teams held their own in their respective divisions.

The one bright note was our weekend Seals team who were quite rightly promoted back to Division 1. This was off set by disappointment from our over 60’s Hurricanes team, they were demoted from the Premiership division. The fi nal game of the season was played late in September in honour of our 2017 President, Gill King. On a pleasant day, with a good turnout the eventual winners of the Presidents Bowl were: Bob Tills, Peter White, Marlene Osborne and Andrew Cooper.

It is with sadness that I report on the passing of Bob Collin, one of the stalwarts of our Bowls Club. Bob, a life member, had been involved with the club for over 30 years. During his time at the club he served on the committee, driving through radical changes that saw the club get a new pavilion. His advice on the maintenance of the green made certain that the club reached EBA, (English Bowls Association) standards and ensured that we always had a good surface to play on.

For many years he was also responsible for formatting and printing much of the clubs correspondence, including the annual club fixture
booklets. In honour of Bob, who was elected three times as the clubs President, there was a Yaxley guard of honour in clubs shirts and Bob Collin blazers at his funeral.

Our sympathy goes out to his wife Rowie, who in turn wishes to thank all those that have contributed in remembrance. A collection totalling so far over £800 will go to support the local Sue Ryder hospice at Thorpe Hall.