Tiptree Jobserve Bowls Club

Club News

2018 Mens Triples Winners
Posted by Dave Cookson on 04 June 2018
The club held the annual running of the Men’s Triples competition on Saturday 2rd June. 18 players entered the competition.The players with the highest handicap were assigned the position of Skip for the event and each Skip drew lots to determine who would make up their team from the remaining entry. Each resulting team then played a game of 6 ends against each of the other teams in the competition. In theory the matches should have been very close. However it soon became apparent that team Hills was going to be the team to beat. The day started of overcast but the sun broke through the clouds as team Hills broke away from the field winning their first 3 matches. After lunch Team Hills continued their form winning their two afternoon remaining matches so taking the title, Team Gooch were runners up with 3 wins. Well done to Paul Hills winning both the Men's and mixed Triples this season.
27/29th May Top Club, Mixed Triples
Posted by Dave Cookson on 29 May 2018
The spring bank holiday weekend was a busy time for members of Tiptree Jobserve Bowls Club. On Saturday a ladies team travelled to West Mersea to play the second round match in this year’s Ladies' Top Club event. The Ladies were unable to overcome West Mersea and a challenging green losing 3 rinks to 1. On Sunday the club held its annual Mixed Triples competition, attracting 21 players which should have been 24 but there was 4 no shows. After many phone calls Jim Bacon stepped in to make the number 21 members, They were drawn into 7 teams, all of whom played 6 matches of 6 ends against each of the other teams. Winners were Paul Hills and his Team of Nancy Powell and Jim Bacon winning 3 and drawing 2. Congratulations to the winners especially Jim Bacon who left his breakfast to make the numbers even.
Ladies Top Club Competition
Posted by Dave Cookson on 21 May 2018
On Saturday 20th Jobserve ladies played the first round of the Top Club Competition against West End Ladies. The formate was a Rink (consisting of 4 players), Triples, Pairs and Singles. After the triples, pairs and single finished the score was 2-1 to West End, the rink still had one end to play with Jobserve 1 point down in the match over all Jobserve needed 2 shots on the last end, Jobserve's Skip Steph Heard had the last bowl to play, she sent down the perfect wood to trail the jack to two waiting jobserve woods to make 2 shots, so winning the match by one point. Great win by the Ladies.
2018 Mixed Fours Competition
Posted by Dave Cookson on 14 May 2018
Sixteen players entered the Mixed 4’s Competition which was held on Sunday 13th May. Teams were drawn by dividing the entry into four groups based on each player’s handicap score, so that each team consisted of one player from each of the 4 groups. This ensured that there was no great disparity in the strength of teams, leading to a closely fought competition. Each team played one game of 7 ends against each of the other teams and fine weather helped turn the event into a most enjoyable occasion.

The result a win for Skip, Judy Bohannon and her team of Dave Cookson, Dave Gooch and Dave Sainty managing to win all of their matches, thereby accruing 6 points.

Congratulations to the winning team and better luck next time to the rest.
New season 2018
Posted by Dave Cookson on 23 April 2018
The opening of the New Season was held on 22nd April in wonderful weather with the temperature 23 degrees.Tiptree bowlers have finally escaped the poor substitute for proper bowling that indoor bowls provides, in favour of the real thing at Warrior’s Rest. In an ad hoc addition to the usual bowling season, the club enjoyed an early start with a St Georges Day Drive, played out by 40 members who just couldn’t wait for the official season to start, the Drive was won by Dave Cookson +23 points 2nd Mike Donovan +15 points. Members were encouraged to abandon the usual bowls dress code in favour of something red. After the bowling the members enjoyed an excellent sausage and mash, apple crumble, followed by cheese and biscuits dinner to complete the proceedings. Many thanks to Paula and her team of Mary and Sue. also a big thank you to Barry Wade head green keeper and his team for producing an excellent green.
Christmas party 2017
Posted by dave cookson on 23 December 2017
another successful night, organised by paula and her team, music by barry which gave the members new hips and knees a good workout
Presentation Evening 2017
Posted by Dave Cookson on 13 November 2017
Another successful evening, held at The Tolleshunt Knights Village Hall. Good meal (could have been more veg, with little more time in the saucepan) great music which tested the knee and hip joints, great raffle, thanks to all those that contributed to the prizes and Chris & Nancy for running the raffle. In all a great night organised by Paula Montgomery and her team WELL DONE.
Finals Weekend 2017
Posted by Paul Collard on 11 September 2017
Tiptree Jobserve Bowls Club enjoyed the culmination of its club competitions on Finals Weekend. Nine separate titles were played for in three sessions over the two days.

Saturday saw the final of the Ladies Pairs, which was won by Heather Shadbolt and Edna Woods (Skip), together with the mixed Two Woods competition, won by Paula Montgomery.

The Sunday morning session comprised the finals of the Ladies Championship, the Over 65’s and the Peter Horlock Shield. Judy Bohannon was once again victorious in the Ladies Championship and Paula Montgomery added to her title haul winning the Over 65’s category. The team of Jim Jeffers, John Wade and David Harrington (Skip) carried off the Peter Horlock Shield.

On Sunday afternoon the remaining four cups were played for and Dennis Poole took the Men’s Handicap title, whilst the Ladies Handicap was won by Judy Bohannon. The Men’s Pairs went to Terry King and David Harrington (Skip). John Clark took the Men’s Championship.

Congratulations to all the winners and commiserations to all the runners-up.
Widdop Cup Success
Posted by Paul Collard on 04 September 2017
Tiptree Jobserve Bowls Club hosted the finals of two prestigious Essex County Bowling Association, Group 2, competitions on Sunday. The Widdop Cup and the Memorial Shield are knockout competitions played for over the course of the season and this year, Bocking BC managed to reach the final of both competitions. Up against them were Courtauld Halstead BC in the Memorial Shield and hosts, Tiptree Jobserve, in the Widdop Cup.
In close fought matches, Bocking BC prevailed in the Memorial Shield competition whilst Tiptree Jobserve managed to prevent Bocking achieving the double with an impressive victory in the Widdop Cup.
Tiptree Jobserve have now won the Widdop Cup four times in the last five years, including winning both titles on the same day in 2013, still the only club to have ever achieved this feat.
The afternoon was completed by all four teams enjoying a splendid meal prepared by the hard working, and much appreciated, ladies of the host club. Well done to all concerned.
John Bohannon Trophy 2017
Posted by Paul Collard on 29 August 2017
The August Bank Holiday was the revised date for holding the 2017 John Bohannon Trophy competition at Tiptree Jobserve Bowls Club.

The competition was set up to celebrate the life of former club member John Bohannon and takes the form of a pairs competition. 24 players registered to play in the event forming 12 pairs which were divided into two leagues of 6. Each team was scheduled to play a game of 5 ends against each of the other teams within its league. The winners of each league would meet in a final of 6 ends. Annoyingly two entrants failed to show up on the day so one of the leagues had to be reduced to five teams.

There was a clear winner of each league, league one being dominated by Graham Heard and Enid Cookson, while league 2 was trounced by Paul Hills and Maureen (Mo) Pettet, both teams winning all of their league games.

The final was a close fought encounter with the score being tied at 6 all after the scheduled 6 ends. A deciding 7th end was then played and Team Heard managed to defeat Team Hills in an exciting climax.
Freshman's Cup
Posted by Paul Collard on 06 August 2017
Tiptree Jobserve Bowls Club held the annual running of its Freshman Cup at the weekend. The competition is for members who have not previously won a singles competition at the club.

Ten players were drawn into two leagues of five, and each player played a game of five ends against each of the other players in their league. 2 points were awarded for a win and one for a draw. A clear winner of league B was Steve Toon who won all four of his games, whilst league A finished with two players on 6 points.

The rules of the competition require that in the case of a two players finishing level on points then their aggregate shot difference should be used to decide the winner. It emerged that both Jim Bacon and David Sainty both had a shot difference of plus 11 shots. The rules of the competition further require that such a situation should be decided by the playing of a single, sudden death, knockout end between the two players. Jim Bacon excelled at the challenge with three woods around the jack, but Sainty prevailed with a single wood finishing nearest the jack, thus progressing to the final.

The final was over 6 ends and Sainty took an early lead winning the first two ends by a single shot, but Toon was not to be thwarted and proceeded to take the next four ends, running out a 6-2 winner. Congratulations to Steve and commiserations to the rest.
Men's Triples 2017
Posted by Paul Collard on 04 July 2017
The club held the annual running of the Men’s Triples competition on Sunday 1st July. The players with the highest handicap scores were assigned the position of Skip for the event and each Skip drew lots to determine who would make up their team from the remaining entry. Each resulting team then played a game of 6 ends against each of the other teams in the competition. As chance would have it each team, drawn at random by their Skips, had a combined handicap of 17, so in theory the matches should have been very close. However it soon became apparent that two teams were going to leave the others in their wake with Team Heard winning their first match by 6 shots and Team Hills winning theirs by an unlikely 9.
The afternoon was played in a friendly but competitive spirit and the result of the first round matches was to prove decisive in determining this year’s triples champions. Team Heard were runner’s up with a final shot difference of plus two, but the decisive winners were Team Hills with Paul Hills, Gordon Cairns (2) and Steve Toon (Lead) winning all of their matches and finishing ahead of the field with an impressive 29 shot tally.
President's Day 2017
Posted by Paul Collard on 05 June 2017
President’s Day at Tiptree Jobserve Bowls Club is one of the most eagerly awaited events in the club calendar and was, once again, an occasion not to be missed.

Generous Club President, Ray Powell enlisted the help of his entire family to provide club members with an excellent afternoon of bowling fun, rounded off with a superb tea of homemade quiche salad, and the very best homemade scones ever to have passed the author’s lips, together with champagne laced strawberry jam, and clotted cream. Wow!

The bowling took the form of a drive, where players drew tokens to establish their playing positions in one of ten teams before the start of each game. There were three games each of 6 ends from which aggregate scores were recorded. At the end of the match, Jan Elliott with 19 points won for the Ladies whilst, Roland Shadbolt with 16 points took the spoils for the men. Well done to them both.

The club is indebted to its President and wishes to extend its thanks to Ray and the Powell family for all their hard work and culinary skills in making President’s Day 2017 another memorable day at Tiptree Jobserve Bowls Club.
Press report 29th May 2017 (Mixed Triples)
Posted by Paul Collard on 30 May 2017
The spring bank holiday weekend was a busy time for members of Tiptree Jobserve Bowls Club. On Saturday a men’s team travelled to Elsenham to play a first round match in this year’s Men’s Top Club event. They emulated the success of the Tiptree Ladies Top Club team who won 3-1 against Bocking Alliance BC in the previous weekend’s event. The boys only managed a 2-1 points win but did enough to see themselves safely through to the next round. Well done girls and boys.
On Sunday the club held its annual Mixed Triples competition, attracting 18 players who were drawn into 6 teams, all of whom played a game of 6 ends against each of the other teams. Runners up were the team of Paula Montgomery (Skip), Jack Keyes and Heather Shadbolt, whilst husband Seamus Montgomery led his team of Paul Collard and Enid Cookson to an implacable victory, winning all five of their games and amassing an impressive score of a maximum ten points and an aggregate shot score of plus 36. Congratulations to the winners and commiserations to the rest.
Mixed 4's Competition 2017
Posted by Paul Collard on 15 May 2017
Twenty players entered the Mixed 4’s Competition which was held on Sunday 14th May. Teams were drawn by dividing the entry into four groups based on each player’s handicap score, so that each team consisted of one player from each of the 4 groups. This ensured that there was no great disparity in the strength of teams, leading to a closely fought competition. Each team played one game of 6 ends against each of the other teams and fine weather helped turn the event into a most enjoyable occasion.

The result could not have been closer with Skip, Roy Davidson and his team of Sue Trowles, Joe Coppin and John Daniell’s managing to win two of their matches and drawing a third, thereby accruing 5 points. Three teams won two games each meaning that they were all tied on four points. Based on shots scored two teams were also tied on plus 5, meaning that second place had to be decided on the basis of the aggregate handicap score of each team.

Team Woods, consisting of Edna Woods (Skip), Roy Smith, Dave Sainty and Steph Heard had an aggregate handicap of 20 whilst Team Mold, with Dennis Mold (Skip), Pat Savory, Enid Cookson and David Gooch, had an aggregate of just 17, meaning that Team Mold was declared runner up, with Team Woods in third place.
Congratulations to the winners and better luck next time to the rest.
Sart of the Season 2017
Posted by Paul Collard on 02 May 2017
At last the 2017 outdoor Bowls Season is under way. Tiptree bowlers have finally escaped the poor substitute for proper bowling that indoor bowls provides, in favour of the real thing at Warrior’s Rest. In an ad hoc addition to the usual bowling season, the club enjoyed an early start with a St Georges Day Drive, played out by 40 members who just couldn’t wait for the official season to start. Members were encouraged to abandon the usual bowls dress code in favour of imaginative red and white attire for the event, and prizes went to the best dressed players of the day. Jim Cousins as a Knight Templar and Maureen Pettet as Wenda from Where’s Wally did enough to secure the prizes. Incidentally the bowls competition was won by Roger Edmund, with David Easton winning the fund raising Spider competition. Congratulations to them both. Members enjoyed an excellent pie and mash dinner to complete the proceedings.
The official start of the season was May Day weekend when a drive was held at Warrior’s Rest. On this occasion, David Gooch was the winner in the men’s section, whilst Nancy Powell headed the lady’s entry.
Armistice Cup 2016
Posted by Paul Collard on 22 October 2016
Members of Tiptree Jobserve Bowls Club played their final scheduled match of the 2016 outdoor season on Sunday.
Since 2014, the hundredth anniversary of the start of the Great War, the club has held its final match of the season in commemoration of those who gave their lives for their country. The ground at Warrior’s Rest, where the club is situated, once provided parcels of land for cultivation by returning servicemen to help them rebuild their lives in the village following the conflict. Fittingly, bowlers now play this final match of the season for the Armistice Cup.
On Sunday over 30 members took part in the event which was organised as a drive. Players drew lots before each triples game to determine on which rink they would play, and which position they would play in. The aggregate scores from each individual’s three games were used to calculate the winner. On this occasion, Chris Dickinson emerged as the victor, having accumulated 24 points in her three games. Second place went to Michael Donovan with 22 points followed closely by Steve Toon in third place.
Gala Day 2016
Posted by Paul Collard on 19 September 2016
Tiptree Jobserve Bowls Club held its annual Gala Day event on Saturday. 12 teams, each made up of two Tiptree bowlers and two guests from other clubs, took part in one of the most popular events in the season’s calendar.

As usual, the entry was divided into two groups of 6 teams and each team played a game of 6 ends against each of the other teams within its group. The rules of the event require that each player within the team plays one game as lead, second, third and skip, then the fifth game can be played with the preferred line-up. This has the effect of levelling out the teams and making the event more competitive. The winners of each group played a final match of 6 ends to determine the 2016 Gala Day Champions.
The two teams reaching the final were The Bulldogs and Team Dulux. The Bulldogs comprised the Tiptree pairing of Paula and Seamus Montgomery, together with guests Di and Roger Turner. Team Dulux consisted of Tiptree players John Daniells and Mike Donovan together with Dunmow players Jeff Daniells and Frank Cottee.

The 6 end final was skipped by John Daniells for Team Dulux and Paula Montgomery for The Bulldogs. Daniells and his team emerged as comfortable winners and collected prize money of £160, whilst the runners up collected a second prize of £40.

2016 Successes
Posted by Paul Collard on 12 September 2016
As the 2016 bowls season approaches its conclusion, the club has been enjoying success in area competitions, and members who reached the climax of the club’s internal competitions played their last matches during Finals Weekend.

For the third time in four seasons, Tiptree Jobserve Bowls Club won the prestigious Widdop Cup, in the final played at Quendon, against Castle Hedingham BC. This follows on from the club winning the Central Midweek Knockout competition for the first time since competing under the Jobserve banner.

Nine club finals were played over the weekend, with the following results:

Men’s Pairs: John Baldwin & David Harrington beat Terry King & Dennis Poole 22 - 17

Over 65’s: Roy Davidson beat Seamus Montgomery 21 - 11

Men’s Handicap: Roy Davidson beat John Baldwin 22 - 7

Peter Horlock Trophy: Paula Montgomery, Seamus Montgomery, and Mary Smith beat Jeff Spencer, David Harrington, and John Clark 24- 16

Ladies Pairs: Doreen Cottee & Jan Elliott beat Rosemary Cousins & Judy Bohannon 23 – 11

Ladies Championship: Judy Bohannon beat Steph Heard 21 – 18

Men’s Championship: Roy Davidson beat John Daniells 21- 11

Ladies Handicap: June Collard beat Edna Woods 21 – 10

2 Woods: John Wade beat Doreen Cottee 15 – 14

Congratulations to all the winners with a special mention to Roy Davidson who won three club titles and also captained the Widdop Cup team. Commiserations to the runners up. Thanks go to Dave Cookson, June Collard, Ena Lorraine, David Gooch, and Mary Smith who acted as markers for the singles games.
Press Report 07/08/2016
Posted by Paul Collard on 07 August 2016
Members of Tiptree Jobserve Bowls Club have been enjoying some impressive results in recent times. Robbie Bacon and David Harrington were selected, along with other Essex club members, to represent Group 2 in the final of the 2016 Wally Ball shield. The Tiptree pair made a significant contribution to the match from which Essex Group 2 emerged as deserved winners, thereby retaining the coveted trophy for another year.
Tiptree’s Judy Bohannon (Skip), Margaret Lawrence and Doreen Cottee became Essex Ladies Triples Champions recently, winning the Essex final by 18 shots to 16 against a triples team from Drums Bowls Club. They will go to represent Essex in the national finals to be held in Leamington later in the month. Go girls!
Judy Bohannon has reached the County Finals of the Essex Champion of Champions, a competition to which she gained entry by becoming Tiptree Jobserve ladies club champion in 2015. Judy saw off strong competition in earlier rounds and won her place in the finals, as area C champion, by beating the Area B representative. Good luck on Finals Day Judy.
On Sunday, the club held its annual Freshman’s Cup competition, which is open to club members who have not previously won a singles title at the club. The competition attracted a field of 14 players who each played 4 games, each of six ends, against their fellow competitors, randomly drawn from a hat at the start of the day. Two players won all of their games and consequently played in a six end final to determine the winner of the Cup. June Collard won the toss and elected to take the mat. She started in fine form and held all four shots at the completion of the first end. Malcolm Easton responded to the electric start by Collard but only managed to secure 2nd wood on end 2. The remainder of the final followed a similar pattern and after 5 ends Collard held an unassailable lead and Easton conceded the final at 10-0. Congratulations June.
Essex County Ladies Fours
Posted by Paul Collard on 13 July 2016
Tiptree Jobserve Bowls Club was proud to host the quarter and semi-final matches of the Essex County Ladies Fours on Sunday. The quarter-finals featured teams from across Essex including Burnham Hillside, Dovercourt, Drums, Falcon, Rainham, Rochford, Runwell Hospital, and Wanstead Central Bowls Clubs.

In contrast to the appalling bowling weather suffered repeatedly in June, the matches were played in near perfect conditions on a green that has survived the climate remarkably well.

Making it through to the semi-finals were Falcon BC who played Rainham BC and Wanstead Central BC who were drawn against the team from Runwell Hospital BC.

In the two hard fought semi-final games, Falcon BC emerged victorious over Rainham BC and Wanstead Central BC took the honours against Runwell Hospital BC.

Congratulations to Falcon and Wanstead Central and good luck in the final to be played on July 23rd at Saffron Walden.
Triples Weekend 2016
Posted by Paul Collard on 28 June 2016
Triples weekend at Tiptree Jobserve Bowls Club saw 10 teams battling for this year’s honours. On Saturday 6 men’s teams, drawn from an entry of 18 players, each played a game of 6 ends against the other 5 teams in the draw. The team of Paul Hills (Skip), Dave Sainty (Lead) and Club President Ray Powell (2) had an excellent day with some impressive bowling which couldn’t be matched by their opponents.

On Sunday it was the turn of the ladies and 12 of their number were drawn into 4 teams for the event. Steph Heard (Skip), Sue Trowles (Lead) and June Collard (2) emerged victorious by a single shot after playing their three games. Congratulations to the winners on both days and commiserations to the gallant losers.
President's Day 2016
Posted by Paul Collard on 28 June 2016
President’s Day at Tiptree Jobserve Bowls Club was an eagerly awaited event where members could show their support for Club President, Ray Powell. Ray works tirelessly around the green for the benefit of all members and the immaculately trimmed hedging at Warrior’s Rest is a testament to his hard and selfless work for the club.

The event was run as a Club Drive where members each played three games of 6 ends, having drawn tokens to dictate their playing position for each game. The afternoon started with a ‘Spider’ where members, ranged around the green, all bowled simultaneously towards a jack placed centrally on the green. Mike Dickinson emerged as the winner with his shot ending up closest to the jack.

In the main event, Terry King accumulated the highest number of points in the men’s section, whilst, Nancy Powell, wife of the President, came top of the ladies. Congratulations to them both.

Following the game the President hosted an outstanding tea for participants, which had been superbly prepared by the entire Powell family. An extensive collection of fabulous homemade cakes and sandwiches, of the very finest quality, were superbly presented and the uninformed passer-by might have thought they had chanced upon a Royal Garden Party.

A raffle, with prizes gifted by the host, raised a significant cash sum for the President’s nominated charity, Little Havens Children’s Hospice.

It was a special day in the life of Tiptree Jobserve Bowls Club and thanks go to President Ray Powell, Nancy Powell and the entire Powell clan for their hospitality.
Johns Trophy at Tiptree
Posted by Paul Collard on 07 June 2016
Tiptree bowlers, Judy Bohannon and Margaret Lawrence helped Essex to a three shot win over Cambridgeshire at the weekend.

Tiptree Jobserve Bowls Club was proud to host the prestigious National Inter-Counties Johns Trophy match, which saw the Essex ladies score the narrow 3 shot victory over their Cambridgeshire rivals.

48 bowlers, including three times, and reigning, Indoor Bowls World Champion, Ellen Faulkner played an extremely hard fought match in near perfect conditions at Warrior’s Rest on Saturday.

Head greenkeeper Barry Wade and a small team of helpers had meticulously prepared the green to ensure the best possible bowling conditions for the two visiting teams. A corresponding team of Tiptree ladies worked tirelessly all day preparing and serving an excellent meal at the completion of the match. A total of 69 players and officials enjoyed the Club’s hospitality which was a magnificent effort by the volunteers.

The day was hard work, but an outstanding success for Tiptree Jobserve Bowls Club as well as for the Essex ladies who continue to impress, well done and thanks go to all who made it a great day.
First Class!
Posted by Paul Collard on 11 May 2016
Following last week’s independent Green Testing at Warrior’s Rest, when all 36 Tiptree rinks passed testing and inspection for County matches, Tiptree Jobserve Bowls Club hosted its first inter-club friendly match of the year on Saturday.
15 players representing Colchester Royal Mail formed 5 triples teams to take on their Tiptree hosts in the customary first friendly fixture of the 2016 outdoor season. Fine weather accompanied the event which, as usual, was played out in a cordial spirit of fun and friendship. The result was almost incidental to a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon in the sun, but for the record, Tiptree saw off the visitors with a 90 shot to 86 shot victory. The most notable win for the home side was posted by the team of John Clark, Steph Heard and Joe Coppin (Skip) who managed to run away with a 10 shot victory over their beleaguered opposition. Congratulations Tiptree, a great start to the season.
In a bid to attract new members, Tiptree Bowls Club is hosting an open weekend on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May. Potential new bowlers are invited to try their hand at this most captivating of games. Simply turn up at Warrior’s Rest, with a pair of flat shoes, sometime between the hours of 11.00 and 4.00, on either day, and club members will be on hand to introduce you to the basics of the game. All necessary equipment will be loaned, free of charge, and you will be sure to enjoy an insight into a new pastime.
And We're Off
Posted by Paul Collard on 27 April 2016
According to the calendar winter should be over and warmer weather should herald the start of another outdoor bowls season. The Tiptree Jobserve Bowls Club programme showed that on Sunday 24th April a Club Drive would get the season off to a friendly start, however somebody appears to have neglected to inform the Weather Gods. In near arctic conditions, 35 intrepid souls braved the elements when they could have been at home, in the warm, watching Arsenal struggle to overcome Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
Despite the inclement conditions it was good to dust off our equipment and try to remember how to deliver our bowls so that they would end up somewhere close to the jack. Ray Powell and Dave Pratt managed the task better than most and they shared the honours from the male contingent, whilst Margaret Lawrence did equally well in the Ladies section.
So the season is under way, let’s just hope that the weather hurries up and gets a little more compatible with outdoor bowling.
Tiptree Jobserve Website is Buzzing!
Posted by Paul Collard on 18 April 2016
In the four months since counting commenced in the middle of January 2016, the club's website has received over 7 thousand hits. The count only reflects the number of initial entries into the site and does not take account of how many pages are viewed, which would obviously be considerably more. This suggests that it is a good place to advertise locally.

For more information about securing one of the remaining advertising slots, with a link to your own website, just contact us via the 'Contact Us' button on the Homepage.
Warrior's Rest Improvements
Posted by Paul Collard on 16 April 2016
At the end of the 2015 bowls season a dedicated team of club members, led by greenkeeper Barry Wade, set about a program of major improvement works at Warrior’s Rest bowls green, the home of Tiptree Jobserve Bowls Club.
The green has been in use since it was opened in 1970 and has seen many thousands of games, and whilst the playing surface is amongst the best in the county, the surrounding paving, banks and ditches had deteriorated badly. Quotes to restore the ground to its former condition proved unaffordable, so if the work was to be carried out at all, it would need to be done by volunteers.
With each side of the green bordered by about 60m² of paving this would prove to be a major undertaking. A concrete bounding strip, about 160 metres long and 75mm thick, had to be broken out and removed from site before a new bank could be constructed from timber sleepers. The adjacent paving slabs were also lifted, the ground levelled and the slabs re-laid.

The work is now complete and club members will see a spectacular improvement to the ground when they return to Warrior’s Rest for the start of the new season at the end of April.

Major Improvements to Facilities
Posted by Paul Collard on 15 January 2016
A major program of work is being undertaken to improve the bowls green at Warrior's Rest. Since the end of the 2015 season a dedicated group of members, led by Barry Wade, has sought to carry out major improvement works to the banks and surrounding paving to the green. The existing wood facing to the banks, which has been showing marked signs of deterioration, has all been removed, the bank dug out and subsequently rebuilt. Work to re-lay the surrounding paving is well under way and it is anticipated that the whole exercise will be complete before the start of the 2016 season in April.

The club owes a huge debt of gratitude to all members who have given freely of their time and energy to undertake what is a major piece of improvement work. Along with substantial improvements to the green itself over the past two seasons, this will stand the club in good stead for the years ahead as it seeks to become one of the leading bowls clubs Essex
Armistice Cup 2015
Posted by Paul Collard on 28 September 2015
On Sunday, bowlers completed the 2015 outdoor bowls season by playing for the Armistice Cup. It was only the second time that the Armistice Cup competition had been held, following the donation of the Cup in 2014 by Jonathan Dalton. Chairman of Tiptree Youth Football Club, Jonathan kindly donated the Cup to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, in recognition of the important role that Warrior’s Rest had played following the repatriation of WWI armed forces.
The weather was perfect for the end of season match, and the green was in superb condition, as it has remained throughout the season, thanks to the hard work and dedication of the maintenance team, headed by, Barry Wade. In 2014 the Cup was won by Paula Montgomery, and this year, so as not to be outdone, the winner was husband Seamus. Congratulations to him, Steph Heard in second place and Joe Coppin in third.
Gala Day Sponsors 2015
Posted by Paul Collaed on 21 September 2015
Wilkin and Sons
Road Star
Tiptree Computers
Russels Optician
The Cheap Shop
Premier Pictures
Dilly's Flowers
Lloyds Bank
Tiptree Building Supplies
Don Tyler Opticians
Tiptree Jewellers
Hair Couture
Cute Couture
Tiptree Tan and Beauty
Five 2 One
Ship Public House
New Times
Tom's Farm Shop
The Factory Shop
The Offie
Bonnie Blue Public House
Tiptree Pharmacy
Tiptree Dry Cleaners
Bairstow Eves
Tower Pets
Barclays bank
Hyde Hall
Foulkes Electrical
Robbie Cowling

Gala Day 2015
Posted by Paul Collard on 21 September 2015
12 teams, each comprising two Tiptree bowlers and 2 invited guests, competed for prize money totalling over £300. The entry was divided into 2 groups of 6 teams, each of which played a game of 6 ends against each of the other teams within its group. In keeping with Tiptree Gala Day tradition, each player was required to assume a different playing role within his or her team for each of the first 4 games. In the 5th game teams could select their favoured line-up. The winning team from each group would play against each other in the final for the 1st prize of £160 and a 2nd prize of £50, generously donated by Tiptree Pharmacy.
The day started with a breakfast of bacon rolls and coffee followed by a Spider, sponsored by members, Jeff Spencer and, Kevin Cornwell, with the prize of £40 going to guest bowler, Shirley Mills.
The first 3 rounds of play followed, before a superb BBQ lunch, cooked by volunteer chef, Colin Woods, assisted by his family, together with a fine salad buffet and gateau, brilliantly prepared by Vanessa Wade. Players were able to relax, socialize and enjoy the excellent lunch before playing the final 2 rounds of matches. A Heads and Tails quiz held at the conclusion of the lunch break was won by member, Mike Dickinson, who won £40. A draw for a bottle of Bell’s Whisky, donated by member David Harrington, was won by member, John Elliott.
After the final 2 rounds of play, the winners of the 2 groups emerged as Team D, (Ena Lorraine, Judy Bohannon, Sue McKay, John McKay), and Team J (Kevin Cornwell, Rob Bacon, Luke Banks, Shaun Wilson), who contested a closely fought, 6 end final. Team D managed to secure victory by just 2 shots to take the top prize.
A fish and chip supper supplied by, Bill’s Plaice, was followed by an auction of goods and vouchers, generously donated by club members, guests, and the Tiptree business community. The auction raised over £450 for club funds.
For a full list of commercial sponsors see the news item 'Sponsors'.
Finals Weekend
Posted by Paul Collard on 07 September 2015
An emotional, Dave Cookson celebrated a magnificent victory in the Tiptree Jobserve Bowls Club Men’s Championship Final at the weekend. True to form, Graham Heard sped into what appeared to be an unassailable lead before Cookson started to pare back the shot difference. With Heard already having won the Handicap title against the same opponent earlier in the day, it appeared to the assembled crowd that a repeat performance was on the cards. However, with Heard requiring only two shots for victory, Cookson put together a string of winning ends, culminating at 17-19 with a four shot winning salvo to take the title 21-19. Cookson dedicated his improbable success to his late father, who's inherited woods he had played with, saying “That’s one for the old man”.
The full results are:
Men’s Championship Dave Cookson bt Graham Heard
Ladys’ Championship Judy Bohannon bt Steph Heard
Men’s Pairs Graham Heard & Gordon Cairns bt George Cottee & Jeff Spencer
Ladys’ Pairs Paula Montgomery & Jan Ellliott bt Steph Heard & Ena Lorraine
Men’s Handicap Graham Heard bt Dave Cookson
Ladys’ Handicap Doreen Cottee bt Rosemary Cousins
Two Woods George Cottee bt John Baldwin
Over 65’s Roy Davidson bt Margaret Lawrence
Peter Horlock Trophy George Cottee, Ena Lorraine & John Manners bt Doreen Cottee, David Gooch & Heather Shadbolt
Thanks to fine weather a fantastic weekend of bowling was enjoyed by both members and non members.
Widdop Cup Success
Posted by Paul Collard on 30 August 2015
On Sunday 30th August, Tiptree Jobserve Bowls Club, players and supporters, travelled to the neutral Silver End bowls green, to play in this year’s Widdop Cup final, against Braintree BC.
This year, Braintree BC has emulated Tiptree’s 2013 achievement of reaching both the Widdop Cup and the Memorial Shield finals, which are always played concurrently at the same venue. Quendon BC was the remaining finalist.
Tiptree was keen to prevent Braintree BC from winning both finals, which would spoil Tiptree’s unique achievement of winning both titles on the same day, as they did in 2013.
As the supporters shivered in an unseasonal chill breeze, Tiptree’s squad of 8 players and one reserve, Jim Cousins, started on their relentless quest to restore the Widdop Cup to the Tiptree Jobserve trophy cabinet.
The rink of Kevin Cornwell (Skip), John Daniells, Gordon Cairns, and Graham Heard quickly got into their stride and established a commanding lead over their Braintree opposition, while the rink of Roy Davidson (Skip), Robbie Bacon, Seamus Montgomery, and Paul Hills struggled to keep pace, and trailed significantly at the halfway point. The second half of the match saw resurgence on the Davidson rink, and a spectacular shot by the skip, turning a deficit of two shots into a gain of four shots, spelled the decline of the Braintree challenge as the match approached its conclusion.
Tiptree ran out convincing winners on both rinks, with Cornwell presiding over a massive 32-8 rout on his rink, and the Davidson rink eventually securing a 19-14 victory. Congratulations to Tiptree Jobserve Bowls Club as the proud winners of the 2015 Widdop Cup.
Press Report 31/5/2015
Posted by Paul Collard on 01 June 2015
Tiptree Jobserve Bowls Club had a busy weekend, playing first an away friendly against Rayleigh BC on Saturday, and then holding its annual mixed triples competition on Sunday at Warriors Rest.

A squad of 21 players made the journey to Rayleigh, forming three teams of four, and three triples teams. Two of the Tiptree rinks of four and two of the Tiptree triples teams each won their respective matches, and once again Tiptree strode to an imperious overall points victory over their very generous and very excellent hosts. The final scores were Tiptree 116 Rayleigh 72. This was a particularly impressive performance, especially since Tiptree fielded a number of new bowlers in their squad.

On Sunday, 27 players were drawn into 9 mixed triples teams, each playing 6 games, each of 6 ends. The event commenced at 10:00am and concluded, after a full day’s play, at around 5:00pm. Eventual winners were the team of Paul ‘Lucky Hat’ Hills (Skip), Joe Coppin (2) and June Collard (Lead), having won 5 of their 6 matches. Congratulations to the winners and commiserations to the rest, better luck next year.
Mixed Fours Competition
Posted by Paul Collard on 10 May 2015
Just 16 players took part in the club's Mixed Fours competition at Warrior's Rest on Sunday 10th May. Given the unusually short list of entrants, it was decided to play games of 9 ends, instead of the normal 6. Each team of four would play against each of the other three teams, with two points awarded for a win, one for a draw and one point for each end won.
Congratulations go to the team of Dennis Mold (Skip), Steph Heard (3), Rosemary Cousins (2), and Gordon Cairns (Lead) who took the title of 2015 Mixed Fours Winners. In second place came Doreen Cottee's squad of John Wade (3), Joe Coppin (2) and Jim Cousins (Lead).
Thanks go to Dennis Mold who took charge of the event, and to all those who took part. A good day was had by all.
Start of 2015 Season Presss Report
Posted by Paul Collard on 03 May 2015
Tiptree Jobserve Bowls Club kicked off the new season with a club drive on Sunday 26th of April, when members shook off the winter cobwebs, dusted off their woods, and tried to remember what to do with them on the green. For those who had misspent the winter enjoying the indoor version of the game, the heavy outdoor surface took time to get to grips with, and many a wood ended its journey woefully short of its intended destination. However persistence paid off and by the end of the afternoon the jacks were being rattled about once again. Some things rarely change, and once again, Margaret Lawrence contrived to accumulate more points than the rest of the contenders and emerged as the worthy winner.
On Saturday 2nd May the club hosted the first of this season’s friendly fixtures against Royal Mail (Colchester), with 6 teams of mixed triples from each club doing battle in a hard fought but pleasant match, which was followed by tea and biscuits. The Tiptree team came out on top on the green, as they did, coincidentally, in the tea time raffle, when the host members were embarrassed to walk off with every prize on offer.
In a bid to attract new members, Tiptree village is being leafleted with flyers inviting people to come and try their hands at one of the oldest games on record, and which is still enjoyed by players of all ages. The flyers announce that the club is to hold a Play Bowls Fun Day on Saturday 16th May from 10.00am until 5.00pm. at its green at Warrior’s Rest, Maypole Road. The event will be opened by the Mayor of Colchester, and refreshments will be available in the newly refurbished club house all day. A second Fun Day will be held on Sunday 17th May, during the same opening times. If you would like to have a go, then entry is free on both days and you just need to bring a pair of flat shoes. All other equipment will be provided.
Further Play Bowls 4 Fun sessions will be held on 18/21/25/29 May between the hours of 6pm-9pm. All are welcome.
Falcon Friendly - Press Report
Posted by Paul Collard on 20 October 2014
On Saturday, twenty members travelled to the mighty Falcon Indoor Bowls Club, Chelmsford, to take part in a friendly match against their hosts. It was the second indoor friendly of the closed outdoor season for the Tiptree players, who soon managed to pick up the pace of the lightning indoor surface. After ten ends the match stood at 58 shots to 37 in favour of the visitors, when play was halted for liquid refreshments and chocolates, a move presumably designed to bolster the energy levels of the flagging home side. The ploy had little or no impact on the outcome, and the visitors ran away winners by 102 shots to 73. Well done Tiptree!
Armistice Cup
Posted by Paul Collard on 29 September 2014
In this, the centennial anniversary year of the outbreak of the Great War, Tiptree Parish Council has instigated a number of events and activities to commemorate this tragic episode in our history.

In 1918, Capt. J E C Eaton of Messing, offered up land off Maypole Road, Tiptree to be rented by returning Tiptree ex-servicemen for use as smallholdings. He named the land Warrior’s Rest. Subsequently the land fell into the ownership of Colchester Borough Council and is now leased to Tiptree Jobserve Sports and Social Club and used for various sporting activities, including clay pigeon shooting, football and lawn bowls.

On account of its association with the 1914-18 war, the Parish Council requested that the Sports & Social Club put on some kind of event to mark the anniversary. Jonathan Dalton, chairman of Tiptree Jobserve FC, generously donated two cups, to be known as Armistice Cups and played for by the footballers and bowlers in separate competitions.

On Sunday the bowls club held its first running of the Armistice Cup competition, in the form of a drive. 37 players took part and the eventual winner was declared as Paula Montgomery. The event also marked the end of the 2014 outdoor bowls season, which has been yet another successful year for the club.
Gala Day Success
Posted by Paul Collard on 15 September 2014
On Saturday 13th September, Tiptree Jobserve Bowls Club held its annual Gala Day for 2014.
The basis of the day is that twelve teams, each consisting of two Tiptree players and two invited guests, are divided into two groups. The teams play five games, each of six ends, against the other teams within their group. The winners of each group progress to the final.
The day started with players arriving at 09:30 to freshly barbequed bacon rolls accompanied by tea or coffee. Play commenced at precisely 10:30, with subsequent games starting at 11:30 and 12:30, before breaking for lunch. A superb barbeque was prepared for all, by a team led by Vanessa Wade, with chef, Colin Woods and his family, and Sue Easton, to whom we are deeply indebted. Two further sets of games were played after lunch.
With ten points for a win, five for a draw, and a point for every end won, the teams led by Kevin Cornwell from Group 1and Dave Walton from Group 2 emerged as clear finalists.
A closely fought final, again over 6 ends, was the climax of the day, and after a truly magnificent performance throughout the whole event, the unbeaten team of Dave Walton (Tiptree), John Wade (Tiptree) Laurie Ryan (Witham BC) and Norman Kneale (Herne Bay BC) were deserved winners of the £160 first prize.
An excellent fish and chip supper, supplied by Bill’s Plaice, was enjoyed by all. This was followed by an auction of goods, including generous donations from Tiptree Tesco, Asda and Iceland, with auctioneer Kevin Cornwell and his brilliant assistant, Roy Davidson. The proceeds made a valuable contribution to club funds.
Thanks go to all who took part in, donated to, and organised the event, which ran like clockwork, a fantastic achievement.
CMBL Finals Day
Posted by Paul Collard on 03 September 2014
A throng of Tiptree Jobserve bowlers travelled to Chelmsford on Saturday to support their Tiptree colleagues as they played for honours in this year’s Central Midweek League finals.
George Cottee was first to play in his singles final against Martin Law of Braintree BC at the Falcon green. Cottee started well and led 7-6 before being overhauled as he strived in vain to stay with Law.
Next up were Kevin Cornwell and Roy Davidson, who had made it through to the CMBL Pairs final. Again the Tiptree players got off to a great start, and built a commanding lead before Mr & Mrs Hart, their Stock and Buttsbury opposition, got into their stride and caught the Tiptree pair at 17 shots each. Unfortunately the momentum was with the husband and wife team, and the Tiptree pair was unable to fend off their irresistible challenge.
On Sunday morning, Margaret Lawrence played her County Champion of Champions semi-final match against Rebecca Smith of Clockhouse BC. Lawrence managed to get through to the final against Maureen Norgate of Wanstead Central BC, which was held in the afternoon. Again, the Tiptree player fell at the final hurdle, and was runner up in this year’s competition.
Tiptree can be proud of its four finalists this weekend who only just failed to claim the titles. Well done Tiptree, better luck next time.
Tiptree Winners
Posted by Paul Collard on 03 September 2014
Tiptree Jobserve Bowls Club Report 1st September 2014

It has been another busy week for members of Tiptree Jobserve Bowls Club. On Tuesday and Wednesday, members played the last two rounds in this year’s Peter Horlock Cup, to determine which triples teams would go through to the final. The finalist’s teams eventually emerged as those skipped by George Cottee and Kevin Cornwell. Good luck to both teams in this year’s final.
On Thursday, Tiptree sent a squad of 12 players to Courtauld Halstead to play a rare midweek friendly triples match. As always between these two clubs, the match was a close run thing, each team winning on two rinks. The overall shot total ended up in Tiptree’s favour, at 60 shots to 59. Well done Tiptree.
On Saturday the club had its finals day, and the results are as follows:
Men’s Championship Winner: David Harrington. Runner Up: Kevin Cornwell
Ladies Championship Winner: Doreen Cottee. Runner Up: Edna Woods
Men’s Handicap Winner: David Harrington Runner Up: Roy Davidson
Ladies Handicap Winner: Doreen Cottee. Runner Up: Nancy Powell
Two Woods Singles Winner: Paul Hills. Runner Up: Judy Bohannon
Men’s Pairs Winners: Pat Mackshea & Jeff Spencer. Runners Up: John Daniells & John McKie
Over 65’s: Winner: Margaret Lawrence. Runner Up: John Wade
Ladies Pairs: yet to be played.
Congratulations to all the winners, better luck next year to the runners up.
On Sunday, Tiptree travelled to Saffron Walden to play in this year’s final of the Memorial Shield. The competition is played to commemorate the lives of bowlers who have passed away in the previous year, and this was particularly poignant for Tiptree this year, as we commemorate the lives of two treasured members of our club, George Lawrence and Eric Munt, who are sadly no longer with us. Tiptree managed to retain the shield which we won in 2013. An excellent result Tiptree.
Gala Day
Posted by Paul Collard on 08 July 2014
To be held on Saturday 13th September. Teams of four, comprising two Tiptree players and two guests are invited to submit their entry forms, together with the entry fee of £44, to the club captains as soon as possible. If you want to play but don't know any external players, then let us know and we'll try to help. Hurry though, spaces are running out.
Tiptree V Southend BC Press Report
Posted by Paul Collard on 09 June 2014
Contrary to popular belief, bowlers practice their sport, regardless of the prevailing weather conditions, but the game is at its best when the green is baked hard and the sun is on the players’ backs. Now that summer appears to have arrived, bowling has, once again, become an idyllic pastime and at the weekend, Tiptree hosted a friendly match against the good people from Southend-on-Sea Bowls Club, in near perfect conditions.
It is fair to say that the annual meeting of the two clubs is one of the highlights of Tiptree’s calendar and the matches are always keenly fought, whilst both sides pretend that it doesn’t matter who wins or loses, as the occasions are primarily social ones.
As it happens both teams won on three rinks this year, but the overall points tally revealed that the home side accumulated a total of 6 more points than the visitors, so in reality, another fine win for Tiptree.
More Club Successes
Posted by Paul Collard on 02 June 2014
2014 Mixed Triples Winners

Club Report 1st June 2014

The extraordinary run of success of the Tiptree Jobserve Ladies, continued at the weekend as the ladies won yet another Top Club fixture against the strong opposition of Danbury B C.
Margaret Lawrence led the way in her singles game, winning by the impressive margin of 21 shots to 12. The team of four were in such a commanding position after 17 ends at 33 shots to 12, and with other games going towards the Tiptree side, that the home side conceded the match and Tiptree ladies continue their unbeaten run.

Ex Club President, Simon Bellotti, was presented with his Essex County Badge last week, after playing for his county over the past four years. He joins the ranks of Tiptree bowlers who have reached the elevated status of being recognised as a County Player.

On Saturday, Tiptree entertained visitors Rayleigh BC in a friendly triples match, in which the home team contrived to win on all six rinks. The important element of the afternoon was the great spirit in which the match was played, with thanks going to Carole & Dennis Mold for their superb catering efforts in providing a very welcome tea to all concerned.

On Sunday the club played its annual mixed triples competition, where club players are drawn into triples teams with broadly similar handicap aggregates. Each of seven teams played six games of 5 ends each, against each of the other teams. Clear winners were Judy Bohannon (Skip), Paul Collard (2) and John Elliott (Lead), who won all of their 6 games. In second place, George Cottee (Skip), Paula Montgomery (2) and Roy Cottee (Lead), won 4 of their 6 games.
More Top Club Success
Posted by Paul Collard on 27 May 2014
Tiptree Jobserve Bowls Club Report 26th May 2014

Tiptree Jobserve Bowls Club sent a squad of eleven players to Quendon on Saturday to do battle in the 2014 Men’s Top Club competition. The format of the competition results in a match consisting of Four Woods Singles game, a Two Wood Singles game, a Pairs game, a Triples Game and a Fours Game. A single point is awarded to the winning club in each of the 5 games. Tiptree contrived to lose the Four Wood Singles and the Fours Game, but did enough to win the other three games and claim overall victory. Tiptree will progress to the second round.

A scheduled friendly match against Dovercourt BC on Sunday had to be cancelled as the opposition failed to produce a team.

On Monday, showery weather failed to dampen the spirits of our bowlers who turned up to play in a club drive. Players picked tokens at the start of each of three games of six ends, to determine the rink they would play on and their position within their team. David Cookson emerged from the afternoon’s proceedings with an unassailable 28 shots in his favour, while in second spot came Pat Mackshea with 23 shots.
Top Club Success
Posted by Paul Collard on 18 May 2014
Tiptree ladies, proud winners of the 2013 Essex Ladies Top Club competition, played Arclight Bowls Club of Colchester on Saturday, in the first round of the 2014 competition, in defence of their title.
The format of the match consists of a rink of four, a triples, a pairs and a singles game. Arclight fielded two international players in their triples team, and unsurprisingly they recorded a win against the Tiptree triples team of Nancy Powell, Ena Lorraine and Doreen Cottee, despite some excellent bowling from the home team.
It was a different story on the other three rinks, with home player, Margaret Lawrence leading the way in her singles match, which she won convincingly, 21-5.
The Tiptree pairs team, of Joyce Helps and Edna Woods, won 25-15, while the Tiptree rink of Jan Elliott, June Collard, Pauline Montgomery and Judy Bohannon won 19-15.
The end result is that Tiptree won on three rinks and lost on the fourth, and so continue their unbeaten run into the second round, to be held on 31st May, away to Danbury Bowls Club.
While the Top Club Competition was still in full swing the club was also hosting an open weekend at Warriors Rest, for aspiring bowlers to come and try their hands at the sport. About 15 individuals visited over the weekend, and it is hoped that at least some of them will have been bitten by the bowing bug, and will be back for more.
West Mersea Friendly and Mixed Fours Competition
Posted by Paul Collard on 17 May 2014
The Club entertained visitors, West Mersea Bowls Club on Saturday 10th May 2014, in a rain interrupted friendly triples match, that saw the visitors romp to an impressive victory of 77 shots to 62. Only the home rink of Roy Cottee (Lead ) Paul Collard (2) and Doreen Cottee (Skip) showed any sign of resistance, winning as they did by 25 shots to 8.
On Sunday the club held its annual mixed fours competition in typical, early season, rain dampened conditions. Six teams played 5 games of 5 ends each to establish the 2014 mixed fours club champions. On this occasion the squad of Stephanie Heard (Lead), Mike Dickinson (2), Joe Coppin (3), and Judy Bohannon (Skip), emerged victorious, with four wins from their five matches, while Paul Collard (Lead), Carol Mold (2), Ena Lorraine (3), and Margaret Lawrence (Skip), were runners up with three wins and a draw.
First Friendly of 2014
Posted by Paul Collard on 04 May 2014
Tiptree Jobserve Bowls Club Report 4th May 2014
Tiptree Jobserve Bowls Club played its first friendly match of the 2014 season, away to Royal Mail Woods, (Colchester) at the weekend. As usual, the triples fixture, played on six rinks, developed into a closely fought battle for superiority. Royal Mail Woods took a four shot lead into the 18th and final set of ends. With five of the rinks having completed the 18th end the scores were all square and the result would depend on the final end being played on rink 2. Tiptree skip, Roy Davidson, ably assisted by Lead,Chris Dickinson and Number 2, Ena Lorraine, played a brilliant end after the opposition put up the longest jack of the afternoon. The tactic backfired on the hosts, who conspicuously failed to trouble the jack with any of their nine woods, leaving Tiptree to make some first class deliveries and pick up three shots to win the match by 94 to 97 points. Our thanks go to our hosts for the kind hospitality shown to us during the afternoon, and we look forward to future encounters.
Start of a new season
Posted by Paul Collard on 28 April 2014
Tiptree Jobserve Bowls Club press report 27/04/2014

Following the most successful season in the Club’s history, Tiptree Jobserve Bowls Club met at Warrior’s Rest on Sunday, to get the 2014 season under way.

37 players took part in a Club Drive, designed to shake off the cobwebs of bowling inactivity accumulated since last September. Some players have kept their hands in by playing indoor bowls
at various indoor clubs during the winter, but all would agree that there is no substitute for the real thing.

Players drew tokens to determine in which position they would play, during each of four games of five ends. After each game players recorded their winning or losing shot margins and these were aggregated after the four games, to determine the overall winners. The ladies member finishing with the highest total score was Jan Elliott, while the men were shown the way by veteran Fred ‘It’s only a game’ Dover. Congratulations go to them both.

One of the Club’s qualified coaches, Ena Lorraine, took time out to coach some potential new members on a spare rink during the afternoon.

The club is always keen to attract new members and if you would like to join, or just find out more about our activities, then we would love to hear from you. To learn more, or get in touch, you can visit the club’s new website at www.tiptreebowls.co.uk and click on the Contact Us button in the menu. An ‘Open’ weekend will be held on 17th & 18th May so why not come along and have a go?
North West Essex Men's Triples League B Champions 2013
Posted by Paul Collard on 27 January 2014
Tiptree continued its brilliantly successful season, capping it by winning Section 1 of the Division B Championship, and going on to beat section 2 champions, Steeple Bumpstead, in the Championship Final.
Four Shades of Grey
Posted by Paul Collard on 14 January 2014
The Club held its annual Gala Day on Saturday, and 12 teams, each consisting of two Tiptree players and two invited guests, competed for the winner’s prize money of £160.
The entry was divided into 2 groups of 6 teams, and each team played a game of 6 ends against each of the teams in their group. The winners of each group played each other in a thrilling final. Team H, The Darcy Spicers, of Doreen Cottee, George Cottee, Alan Finch, and Nell Curnick got off to a good start and led 6-0 after 4 ends. Team B, Four Shades of Grey, with John Daniells, Dave Cookson, Jeff Daniels and John Pitkethly, were not about to give up without a fight, and contrived to pick up five shots in the fifth end, to trail 6-5 with one end to play.
Four Shades of Grey, held their nerve and managed to pick up more shots on the last end to pull off a most unlikely victory. Congratulations go to Four Shades of Grey for such an impressive comeback.
Thanks go to Simon Bellotti and his family for organising and hosting another excellent Gala Day, which was enjoyed by all who took part.
On Sunday, the last of the Club Finals, was played at Warrior’s rest, between John Baldwin and Trevor Gosling (Skip) who played John McKie and Paul Hills (Skip), for the title of Men’s Pairs Winners 2013. Mckie and Hills played an excellent match which was closer than the score line might suggest, running out 21-10 winners.
Outstanding Weekend
Posted by Paul Collard on 14 January 2014
Tiptree Jobserve Bowls Club has had its finest weekend in the club’s history. On Saturday, eleven ladies, including travelling reserve, June Collard, represented the club in the Essex County Bowling Association’s Top Club semi-final, played at Liberty of Havering Bowling Club.
Each round of the competition consists of four games, played concurrently. In the semi-final, a singles game of 21 ends was won, 16-21 by Tiptree bowler, Margaret Lawrence. The pairs game ended in a narrow defeat of 27-23, for Tiptree Ladies Captain, Edna Woods and Joyce Helps. The triples team of, Steph Heard, Ena Lorraine and Doreen Cottee won brilliantly, 12-24, and the rink of Jan Elliott, Rosemary Cousins, Paula Montgomery and Judy Bohannon, lost by a single shot. The net result was a fine win by 12 shots against Clockhouse (Upminster) Bowling Club, who are apparently unfamiliar with defeat. The club will proceed to the final, to be played at Mersea Island Bowls Club on 10th September, against Greenways Ladies Bowling Club, of Southend. Congratulations for a fine win goes to the Tiptree Ladies.
On Sunday it was the turn of the men. Tiptree played in the final of both the Widdop Cup and the Memorial Shield, at the host green of Bocking Alliance Bowling Club. The Widdop cup team of Roy Davidson, Graham Heard, Paul Hills, Kevin Cornwell (Capt.), Barry Wade, John Daniells, Simon Bellotti and Pat Mackshea, with travelling reserve Jim Cousins, impressively beat their opponents, Bocking Alliance Bowling Club by 7 shots on their own green.
The Memorial Shield team of John Baldwin, Roy Cottee, Joe Coppin, George Lawrence, Paul Collard, David Gooch, Gordon Bazley and Seamus Montgomery, also went on to win their match against last year’s winners, Braintree Bowling Club, by 5 shots.
Congratulations on a truly outstanding performance by the men of Tiptree, to win both the Widdop Cup and the Memorial Shield on the same day, the first time that a single club has ever won both titles in the same year.
Top Club 2013
Posted by Paul Collard on 14 January 2014
Tiptree Jobserve ladies played Greenways Ladies BC, of Southend, in the final of the Essex wide Top Club competition. The game was very well hosted by Mersea Island BC as the neutral venue.
The format of the competition requires a singles, a pairs, a triples and a rink of four to play concurrently. Margaret Lawrence won the singles match for Tiptree, 21-12, Tiptree’s Ladies Captain Edna Woods and Joyce Helps won the pairs match by a single shot, Steph Heard, Ena Lorraine and Doreen Cottee emphatically won the triples match for Tiptree 21-7 and the rink of four, featuring for Tiptree, Jan Elliott, Rosemary Cousins, Paula Montgomery, and Judy Bohannon (Skip), was narrowly beaten by a single shot. The overall result was a points victory of 6-2 by Tiptree ladies, who won the prestigious title of Top Club 2013.