HAVERFORDWEST 

HAVERFORDWEST 

BOWLING CLUB

The Parade, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1PC

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Obituaries 2013

Eileen Hughes - January 2013

 

Eileen Hughes wife of Marley Hughes passed away suddenly on Christmas Day at Withybush hospital. Eileen was a keen follower of bowls and no mean player herself.

She will be sadly missed, a lovely lady who was very knowledgeably about bowls, and a keen supporter of Marley, she seldom missed any of his matches.

 

Peter Howells - 15th January 2013

 

It is with deep regret that we record the death of Peter Howells who epitomised Haverfordwest Bowling Club. Peter was the backbone of the Club and will be sorely missed not only at a local level but throughout the whole bowling community in the UK.

Peter died suddenly at home on the morning of Tuesday 15th January in the arms of his beloved wife Win. All our thoughts and sympathy are with Win at this tragic time . It is a great shock to us all!!

TRIBUTE TO PETER HOWELLS CLUBMAN AND INTERNATIONAL BOWLER.

 

The local community and the sport of bowls mourn the sad and sudden death of Peter Howells the longest serving playing member of Haverfordwest Bowlers Club. Well known and respected throughout bowling circles in Wales Peter, aged 65, joined Haverfordwest Bowls Club as a 16 year old teenager when the sport was viewed largely as “an old man’s game”. Peter’s playing achievements and contribution to the management of the club soon dispelled that point of view.

 

From the late 1960’s to recent years his playing achievements in top tournaments were numerous: He was a regular first team Club and Pembroke County outdoor player winning 17 County Championship titles (2 singles; 7 pairs; 7 rinks; and 1 Mixed Pairs- with wife Win); 3 Welsh outdoor championships(1 Pairs & 2 Rinks); and a British Isles Pairs Championship 1994 and Rinks runners up title 1996. He also achieved indoor success at all levels and was awarded international indoor honours in 1998. Additionally, as a member of the Civil Service Bowling Association he won national and British championship Single, Pairs,Triples and Rinks titles - the last British title with the Pembrokeshire Rinks team in Belfast 2003. He was made a Life Member of the national Civil Service Bowling Association in 1996 and was a long serving President of the Pembrokeshire Civil Service Bowling Association.

 

Peter’s enthusiasm for the game whether as a player or “spectator” was boundless. He would readily give of his time and experience to assist, coach and advise new and younger bowlers. His weekly column on the Pembrokeshire bowls scene for the local newspaper the “Mercury” was eagerly anticipated for its analysis, wit and characterization. As recently as last Saturday he watched the Pembrokeshire indoor team at the Meads in a match against Bro Myrddin applauding good play but letting players know in no uncertain terms when they were performing below standard.

 

Peter was immensely proud of his Club and his contribution to its development and management cannot be understated. He was a genuine Club member giving readily of his time in all aspects of club life. He served as a general Committee member, barman, Captain, Secretary, Team Manager, and Trustee and was honoured with a life membership. Together with others, Peter helped build up the Club to its modern day success. Whether helping to organise social or fund raising events Peter always played a leading role. And to many, especially social members on Friday bingo night, Peter was the welcoming face and voice of the Club. In every sense of the word the Club and bowls community has lost a true champion. There is a common saying that no-one is irreplaceable - but Peter is one hell of an act to follow and will be sadly missed.

 

Our sympathy is extended to his beloved wife Win and the families. God bless Peter.

 

Mike Richards OBE

 

Kevin Lacey - 20th January 2013

 

More bad news, 2013 has not started well at all. Kevin Lacey whose wife Olwen passed away 18 months ago, has also died. Kevin who has not been too well for sometime, died peacefully at “Torestin” care home Tiers Cross on Wednesday 20th. January 2013.

Kevin an ex naval man was quite a character and will be sadly missed by all at the club. Though since Olwen died his appearances at the club have not been as regular as they used to be, he was still remembered with great affection.

A good bowler in his day both for the club and in the Civil Service winning quite a few trophies and honours. Remembered fondly in the later years as the “Umpire” at all the club competitions, always the gentleman always immaculately dressed. Kevin will be missed but fondly remembered.

 

Les Davies - 12th March 2013

 

Les Davies of Pembroke Dock bowling club sadly passed away this morning, Tuesday 12th. March 2013. Leslie who had been ill for some months finally succumbed to his illness at his home in Pembroke Dock.

Les, who along with his wife Diana, was Pembroke Dock bowls club, will be irreplaceable.

All his many friends at Haverfordwest  bowling club send their heartfelt sympathy to Diana and all the family on this saddest of occasions.

A wonderful bowler, a great sportsman, a lovely man, who will be remembered always with great affection, God bless you Les.

 

Mrs Mollie Isherwood - 13th March 2013

 

With the death of Mrs Mollie Isherwood being reported last Wednesday, 13th March, the Club has lost another long standing member and indeed, at 97 years old, also it’s oldest.

Mollie was certainly one of the characters of the Club who came into her own after the untimely death of husband Allan who was Club Secretary for many years, behind the benign and soft exterior was a formidable lady with a sharp wit and astute mind. She always got fully involved in organising the annual Allan Isherwood Shield, insisting on getting the booby prizes (usually wooden spoons) and presenting the winners with their awards accompanied with a joke and occasionally a short poem.

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When she was finally prevented from driving her Car in her late eighties, not to be beaten, she was soon seen around town on a mobility scooter; that exemplified the positive nature with which she approached life. As a past President of the West Wales Ladies Bowling Association she was still keen enough to attend the annual luncheon for past Presidents on the 1st March this year, an outing she thoroughly enjoyed – another example of her indomitable nature. Although absent from the Club for a few years now Mollie will be missed by those who were fortunate enough to have met her during her bowling years and will have many fond memories of an extraordinary Lady.

Hugh Morgan - Wednesday 20th March 2013

 

Hugh Morgan long standing and popular club member passed away Wednesday 20th March 2013.

Hugh had not been well for some time and had not played bowls for a number of years. A quiet thoughtful man with a lovely sense of humour  who would do anything to help people, well respected through out the County he was a true gentleman. He will be sadly missed by the club and all who knew him.

Our thoughts go out to his wife and family at this sad time.

 

Peter Lewis - April 2013

 

Sad to report that Peter Lewis “ Beryl’s husband” from Saundersfoot, has passed away. He was Beryl's staunchest supporter and was well known at all the clubs where she played. A keen photographer he was always taking films and photographs of Beryl for his records. He was always keenly interested on how Beryl had played and the results of her various matches and competitions. If Beryl was at the club you could be sure that Peter was somewhere near. He will definitely be missed by us all. Our thoughts go out to Beryl and the family on this sad occasion.

 

Pam Fenwick - Wednesday 10th April 2013

 

Regrettably Pam succumbed to her long illness and passed away Wednesday 10th April 2013. She was full of fun at the club, but unfortunately was unable to join us during the last two years. But all who remember her will miss her banter and high jinks on the green and in the club house.

All our thoughts go out to Pam’s family at this time.

 

Steve Davies - June 2013

 

Sad to report the passing of Steve Davies, a good bowler, a nice man and good friend, PD has been hit hard yet again. Steve finally lost his battle after a valiant effort in which he never gave up, on Sunday 9th. June at Withybush Hospital Haverfordwest.

Steve was a friend to many, good company on and off the green, a keen sailor and a shipmate who will be sadly missed.

Our thoughts are with his wife Margaret and his family on this sad occasion.

 

Fred Marshall - 22nd September 2013

 

Sad to announce the passing of Fred Marshall who died at Withybush General Hospital on 22nd September. Fred who was 97 years old when he died was a man of many talents. Apart from being a good bowler he was a wonderful dancer and on the bowling club tours to Torquay was in great demand teaching the young lady bowlers how to dance. In his younger days he also a good footballer and played for Manchester City amongst other clubs.

Unfortunately Fred was a rare visitor to the club during the last eight years or so but he will be fondly remembered by all who knew him. A gentleman of the old school whose memory lives on.

 

Rhiannon Webb - December 2013

 

Sad to report the death of Rhiannon at her home on New Years Eve. Her husband Barrie was at her bedside and is utterly devastated at this tragic occurrence. Rhiannon was diagnosed with Parkinson's some 15 years ago and the disease has gradually taken it’s toll.

 

Rhiannon was the life and soul of the club. Ladies Captain and one of the “Bingo Belles” who along with Win hosted the Friday night Bingo sessions at the club for many years. Full of fun she epitomised the spirit of the club and she has been sadly missed these last 5 years due to her illness.

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Even so it is the saddest of occasions  and a great loss to the Club. 2013 has not been a good year. Starting with the loss of Peter and finishing with the loss of Rhiannon let us hope that 2014 is better.

 

B & R tours to Torquay in January/ February used to be one of the highlights of the bowling club. For over 15 years Barrie and Rhiannon organised and ran these bowling trips so successfully that they were the envy of all Pembrokeshire’s bowling clubs.

 

Her time as Ladies Captain of the club was marked by various events that raised the benchmark of what a bowling club could and should achieve. We all reminisce about the fancy dress competitions the Ladies organised amongst themselves.  Rhiannon was one of the driving forces at the heart of the club. She will always be remembered fondly and her presence sorely missed.

 

Our hearts go out to Barrie who looked after Rhiannon so steadfastly during her long illness also to Win her oldest friend and fellow “Bingo Belle”.