BOWLS: New county president takes chain of office

Brian Mace-Humphries and Graham O'Donohue
Brian Mace-Humphries and Graham O'Donohue

By Alan Jackson

President Brian Mace Humphries (Grange) on the left and Immediate Past President Graham O’Donohue (Wolvey) on the right.

Warwickshire County Bowls Association held their AGM at Highway BC. Outgoing President Graham O’Donohue (Wolvey) thanked both the members and Executive for their support during the year and was happy to announce he had raised over £1,000 for the Mercia Therapy Centre but the final amount will be announced at the County Lunch. He then passed the chain of office on to Grange’s Brian Mace Humphries who informed the delegation that his charities would be the Salvation Army and Prostrate Cancer UK.

Clive Faulkner (Norgren) stepped up to Senior Vice President while the position of Junior Vice President will be filled at a later date. Secretary Arnold Goad (Southam) announced that this would be his last season in the position, this being his 20th year as secretary.

Two new positions were created to reflect the growing need within bowls. Mal Raper (Stoke) was appointed as the new Development Officer, a position aimed at helping to promote and assist with developing bowls within the County, including advising on ways to help recruit and retain bowlers to the sport. With an ever aging membership the County has created the position of Welfare Officer who will help provide support and assistance for the welfare of bowlers and their families, Stratford’s Derek Williams was appointed to this role.

Other officers re-elected were Treasurer Michael Jackson (Three Spires), Match Secretary Graham Taylor (Stoke), Competition Secretary Robert Maries (Fenny Compton), Greens Administrator Idris Elms (Avenue Leamington) and Publicity Officer Alan Jackson (Three Spires). The positions of Assistant Secretary and County Coach will be appointed at a later date.

After a succesful season the Senior Team remains under the control of Co-Managers Jim Freeman (Kings Heath) and Francis Fletcher (Sherwood Park) while the Junior Team Manager Andy Smith (Avenue Leamington) retains his position. The various Area Representatives remain with same; Birmingham - Bob Morris (Blossomfield) and Bob Smith (Sherwood Park). Coventry - Boris Boulstridge (Nuneaton), Len Faulconbridge (Wolvey) and Steve Taylor (Avenue Coventry). Rugby - Dave Cooke (Southam) and Roger Sirett (Grange). South Warwickshire - Roger Powell (Bidford), Derek Wattison (Stratford) and Mike Brayne (Royal Leamington Spa).

Graham Ashby (Avenue Coventry) was awarded Honorary Life Membership in recognition of his numerous achievements in bowls, including winning six County Championships, five County Pairs, three County Triples and three County Fours. In National Competitions he has won the Pairs and Top Club, been runner up in the Champion of Champions, Championship and Triples. He was runner up in the British Isle Pairs with his father and named Bowler of the Year in 1999. The presentation will be at the County Lunch.