Latest News From Lauro Golf Bowls Club!
League Bowling Starts Again on Friday 22nd October
As some normality returns to our Sport, we finally see League Bowling back on the calendar.
It won't be in the same format as in previous seasons as many of the Clubs are struggling for numbers, post Brexit and with the Covid fears still uppermost in people's minds.
We will have a Triples League with 7 teams of 4 rinks and a Pairs League with 5 teams of 4 rinks.
Details of the schedule can, as always, be found on the Malaga Fab web page HERE
We will keep you up to date with the progress of each Lauro Team on a week by week basis HERE
Malaga Pairs Championships Success For Lauro - 22nd September
Lauro teams did very well in both Ladies and Men's disciplines.
Success in the Men's Pairs saw Paul Hughes and Kevin Westwell beat fellow Club members Ron Jones and Julian Thomas in the Final. An honourable mention, too, to Robert Wright and Jeff Turner who lost in the Semi-Final.
In the Ladies Pairs we had THREE teams in the semi-final. Jenny Parkin and Chrystal Mccallum lost on the last end to eventual Runners Up Carol Wright and Linda Turner, whilst Margaret Woodin had her hopes for success dashed when team mate Heather Mainwaring had to withdraw on the morning of the semi-final.
Linda Jarret, newly arrived from the UK the previous day, found it just too difficult to adjust from the grass greens to our carpet and despite their best efforts they lost to the eventual winners Pat Fisher and Simone Morgan.
For more information check out the Malaga FAB Website
Malaga Provincial Pairs Championships Underway
The first day of the Malaga Provincial Championships Ladies Pairs and Men's Pairs disciplines got underway today, with Lauro well represented in both.
The second round on Monday sees 4 Lauro Teams in the Ladies pairs and 5 in the Men's Pairs. Come along and support them. Matches start at 10.30
2nd Friendly Against La Posada
We travelled to La Posada for the 2nd of the friendly matches against La Posada Bowls Club, hopeful of matching the results from our home game.
With 3 wins and a fighting draw we came away very happy with the result.
Well done to all those who took part in both matches.
Lauro Dominate Mixed Fours
The Malaga Provincial Championships Mixed Fours proveed a happy hunting ground for entrants from the Host Club. With 3 teams in the Semi-Finals giving us both Finalists we were assured to have the winning team. Congratulations to Rob & Carol Wright and Jeff & Linda Turner and commiserations to Runners-Up Joe Stamper, Paul Hughes, Jane Richardson and Kevin Westwell. An honourable mention to the other Semi-Finalists, Ron & Sue Jones, Julian Thomas and Heather Mainwaring.
For more details see the FAB Web site
First Friendly Played Against La Posada - 10th September
We welcomed la Posada Bowls Club for a friendly match on Friday 10t september, playing 4 rinks of Triples.
In an enjoyable encounter lauro managed to win on all 4 rinks. The return match is next Friday.
League Matches are now being Scheduled
At a recent FAB Meeting the Clubs decided that there will definitely be a Tigers Leagues this year. It will start on October 22nd.
It will follow the same format as previous years, 4 teams of triples, playing home and away in two parts, before and after Christmas.
Many of the Clubs were unable to fulfil a Lions League in the old format as they simply don't have enough players available.
Discussions are ongoing about a revamped Lions league with either 8 or 9 players per team, with Clubs who are able to entering 2 teams.
Once decisions are confirmed we will let you know.
Friendly Matches The Club is arranging a couple of friendly matches (home and awau) with La Posada and saydo Bowls Clubs.
We will play La Posada at home on Friday 10th September and away on Friday 17th September.
We are hoping to play Saydo on Friday 25th September and again on friday 2nd October but these are still to be confirmed.
If members are interested in playing please contact Captain Paul Hughes to let him know.
Malaga Provincial Championships -Lauro To Host Pairs and Mixed Fours
With the Bowling calendar finally getting under way as COVID restrictions begin to ease, we have been asked to host 2 of the 4 disciplines inthe Malaga Provincial Championships.
The Mixed Fours will take place Sunday 5th - Wednesday 12th September 2021. These will be held in the mornings only and will allow the Club to hold Club Day on Tuesday evening.
The Men's Pairs and Ladies Pairs will take place Sunday 19th - Wednesday 22nd September 2021. These, too, will be held in the mornings only and will allow the Club to hold Club Day on Tuesday evening.
Details of the Malaga Provincial Championships for 2021 can be found on the FAB Web site
Sunday 23rd May 2021, 1.30pm at the Club - Konstanse Christensen Memorial Service
On Sunday afternoon, after the morning bowling session, we are expecting friends of Konstanse from outside of the Bowling Community as well as visitors from other Clubs to join us. Her ashes will be spread in the Club garden and a eulogy given by the local English Vicar.
We hope that you will join us in celebration of her life. (There will be drinks and snacks afterwards.)
Wednesday 19th May - FAB Malaga AGM
As Provincial Headquarters for the Federación Andaluza de Bolos, Lauro will be hosting the Annual General Meeting for the Provincial Delegation.
Open to all Licensed Members of the FAB, regardsless of Club affiliation, the AGM will start at 2.00pm.
Details are on the Club Notice Board
The next social evening is planned for Saturday 29th May
A fun-packed Race Programme is being presented. If you haven't been to one of these before now is the time to try it. A full race card of video recordings of classic races for you to enjoy and take a small flutter on.
The cost is 10€ per person and that includes FREE MONEY to bet with!
All proceeds to Club Funds
Covid protocols will again be inplace so spaces will be limited - book early to avoid disappointment.
Contact jane for details and to make a booking.
Friday 7th May 2021 - Quad Club League
Friday sees the next round of the friendly competition between the participating Clubs.
This round will be Lauro vs La Posada, both home and away.
Wednesday 5th May 2021 - Team Malaga Training Day
As the official HQ for the FAB, Lauro has been chosen to host the training days for the Malaga squad. Because of this the green will be out of commission for the day as the Men's and Ladies Malaga team are put through their paces.
Next Committee Meeting - Tuesday 4th May 2021
The next committee meeting will take after roll-up on Tuesday 4th May. If you have anything you would like discussed please contact a member of the Committee or use the suggestion box.
1st May 2021 - New Committee now in place
Following the recent elections we have the 2021 - 2022 Committee in place as of today.
- Chairman - Ron Jones
- Secretary - Jane Richardson
- Treasurer - Alan Peel
- Competition Secretary - Trevor Burgin
- Bar Manager - Peter Meyerhoff
- Captain - Paul Hughes
- Vice Captain - Tony Frostick
25th April 2021 - Social Evening
Quiz and Pub Games at the "19th End"
On the 1st May there will be a fun night of quiz questions and a chance to try your hand at the traditional pub games - darts, shove ha´penny and bar skittles.
All accompanied by a Pie, Peas and Mashed Potato supper!
Costs 7 euros and places are limited - call Jane to book a table.
COVID restructions are in place.
All proceeds to Club Funds
25th April 2021 - Final of the Maiden Cup
Congratulations to Terry Higgins on winning this year's Maiden Cup.
Commiserations to losing Finalist Ray Gumbly
3rd April 2021 - Lauro Win Tri-Club Triples League
With the season severeley restricted by COVID 19 restrictions, Mijas BC, Saydo BC and Lauro Golf BC agreed toplay a Tri-Club Triples league between themselves on a "whenever we can play" basis.
The format was that each Club would play 3 triples at home and 3 away each round. Each winning rink would receive 2 points, except in the final round when away wins would be worth 4 points.
Held in November, March and April. Lauro Golf BC won 12 out of 18 games to win the Leage comfortably.
Here is our Captain's report after the final round:
Today was the last round of the trips between Lauro, Mijas, Saydo.
6 of our players ie. 2 trips, packed sandwiches, shovels and bobble hats for the long trip up to Saydo.
6 players 2 trips packed their swimming costumes and surfboards and went to the coast at Mijas.
6 players 2 trips stayed at home.
We won 5 out of the 6 games which gave us a clear win of the league. Well done to everyone.
A special thanks to Martin Roper who was reserve and turned up this morning at the Club to make sure everyone was available. This is what a reserve is meant to do, but very few do.
Big thanks Martin.
The leage table can be viewed here: Final Tri club league table.pdf"
28th March - Maidens Cup Starts
Below is the draw for the Preliminary Round for this year's Maiden's Cup.
Wednesday 31st March, 10am for 10,30am start.
Alan v Tom
Dennis v Terry
Richard v Kathy
Dianne v Graham P
Umpire : Ron Jones
Markers : Hazel, Phil, Margaret & Chrystal
Results and future rounds can be found on the Maiden's Cup page: Maiden's Cup
20th March 2021 - Elections of New Committee
As there were only single applicants for all committee positions and no objections, a vote is not necessary.
Therefore, the new committee will take their posts on the 1st May 2021.
Many thanks to the outgoing committee and we look forward to a brighter future and a successful year with the new committee.
Ron Jones - Chairman
Jane Richardson - Club Secretary
Alan Peel - Treasurer
Trevor Burgin - Competition Secretary
Peter Meyerhoff - Bar Manager
Paul Hughes - Captain
Tony Frostick - Vice Captain
12th March 2021 - Markers Course
There will be a Markers on Wednesday 24th March. It is open to all Club members, no matter what your experience.
Whether you are a new bowler or with 20 years experience seeking a refresher on the duties of a marker, this 2 - 3 hours course will instruct and inform you.
If you want to take part, inform Jane as soon as possible.
12th March 2021 - Social Evening
Changes to Season from 2022
At the latest meeting of the FAB Executive Committee, the Clubs decided to change future Bowling seasons to begin January and run through until the end of December each year.
This was partly due to the effects that Brexit may have, now the transition period has come to an end. The rationale behind the decision was that the current system is timed to suit those bowlers who travel back and forward to the UK to spend the summer there. With the new restrictions these bowlers will be restricted in the time they can spend here in Spain, there fore it makes sense to model the playing schedule around the majoirty who will be here full time.
Clubs were asked to find out when their Overseas members would expect so spend their allotted time here and to attempt to be as inclusive as possible when setting up the new season. The suggestion was made to split the season into 4 x 3 monthly "slots", each slot to contyain a "league" at least one Federation tournament and at least one Club "Open".
The Club Representatives were asked to discuss this with their Club members and bring suggestions to the meeting in September, when the 2022 Calendar will be looked at in detail.
It was decided to start the new timings in January 2022 as the Covid restrictions will probably make the remainder of 2021 difficult to assess.
18th October 2020 - Club's Annual General Meeting
This will be held on Sunday at 1.00pm following the morning roll up. Please attend as there will be some important matters to decide. An Agenda has been sent to all members and if you haven't received yours please contact Jane.
16th October 2020 - League Cancelled Until Further Notice
The FAB have announced that several Clubs have decided not to participate in the League at this time due to concerns over mixing in the current Corona virus environment.
This willbe revisited again in the New year should conditions improve. In the meantime Club Captain Paul Hughes has suggested an internal League day should continue on the scheduled Fridays.
Details willbe discussed at the AGM on Sunday 18th October
6th October 2020 - New Covid 19 Protocols Received
Following long discussions between the FAB, Junta de Andalucia and the Minsitry of Health new protocols have finally been agrred for Lawn Bowls.
The FAB Protocols can be seen HERE.
As part of the Junta's protocls every Club has to also produce its own protocols and ours can be viewed HERE.
Every Member is required to sign a form agreeing to follow all protocols if they wish to continue bowling. If you have not already done so, please see Jane for a form to sign as soon as possible.
24th July - Handicap Singles Competition Underway
The final Club competition of a long, drawn out season, the Handicap SinglesCompetition has finally gotten underway.
Congratulations to Kevin Westwell on his deserved win over Ron Passinghaman in the Final.
For more details click HERE
9th June - Drawn Pairs Competition Underway
With the green now allowed to hold more people, the Drawn Pairs Competition has gotten underway.
Congratulations to Kevin Westwell and Kristina Williams on their deserved win over Graham Pywell and Brian Freeman in the Final.
For more details click HERE
7th June - Phase 3 is Introduced
The government has announced that we will enter Phase 3 as of Monday 8th June.
This will be the final Phase before the return to what is being called “the new normal”.
Whilst the National government has set the protocols for Phase 3, they have also devolved power to the Regional governments to decide when and how Phase 3 develops and ends.
Once again there seems to be a difference between sports facilities and other facilities and there is little change to the protocols that affect us in Phase 3.
Here is what I have received so far as explicit instructions:
• Booking no longer necessary – however records of attendance must continue to be maintained.
• 50% use of the green surface up to a maximum of 20 players
(effectively we can use a maximum of 4 rinks)
• face mask not mandatory if the distance of 2 meters is maintained – for those over 70 their use is recommended at all times.
• spectators 1 every 20 meters
• Club bar remains closed, drinks must be brought from home
Effectively the rest of the protocols remain in force from Phase 2.
However, we are in a very fluid situation. The Junta de Andalucia has requested permission to allow travel between provinces.
The FAB has submitted a draft proposal to the FEB to present to the CSD. Hopefully this will allow decisions to be made at a regional level very soon.
The primary concern is that in Lawn Bowls the majority of our members are in the High Risk age bracket which the government continues to try to protect more vigorously than the general population. This may mean that restrictions for our Sport remain tighter for longer.
Her death came suddenly after recently being diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus.
She passed quietly in her sleep this evening, falling into a coma from which she never awoke.
Konstanse will be greatly missed.
A long time member of the Club, Konstanse's infectious laughter and bubbly personality sheathed a no-nonsense attitude to her bowling.
A stickler for etiquette and good manners on the green, Kontanse was quick to lend a helping hand to new bowlers and guide them in their fledgling bowling path.
She had a long list of bowling success, winning the Malaga Ladies Triples twice and several Club competitions. Only this season she was part of the winning Drawn Triples team.
She was a proud member of the Malaga Ladies squad.
Her name will long be remembered with affection thanks to the path she was instrumental in having constructed at the end of rink one and which was officially named "Konstanse's Back Passage"
Rest in peace Konstanse, your memory will always bring joy.
Club Re-Opens Under Phase 1 - Tuesday 19th May
Following the announcement that Malaga Province has finally been permitted to move to Phase 1 on the de-escalation, the Club can re-open.
There are a lot of restrictions and an email has been sent to all Club Members listing just what we can and cannot do while visiting the Club.
- 1. The Club will be open for Club days, at Summer opening times. On Sundays we have added a second session. (Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 for 10:00 start and 17.30 for 18.00)
- 2. There will be a maximum of TEN bowlers allowed for each session.
- 3. All bowlers must be Club Members and must have a valid Federation Licence and carry it with them at all times. The new licences are currently at the Club for your collection.
- 4. A Booking system has been introduced. Please call Jane Richardson on 633 495 214 to book a place in a session. You may book for two session per day but if you have booked on one session, priority for the second session will be for those who did not play in the first session. You may book for multiple sessions at a time. Please do not book if you are unsure whether you can make a session. Think of your fellow Members.
- 5. On arrival at the Club face masks are mandatory before and after a game.
- 6. On arrival at the Club you must sanitise your hands. Hand Sanitiser is available just inside the Club gates and in several places around the Club.
- 7. On arrival at the Club, you must put your name and contact details in the Register, along with the date and time of your visit.
- 8. The Club House will not be open. You may retrieve your bowls equipment if it has been stored there but it should be taken home with you after use.
- 9. Drinks and refreshments will not be available. You may bring your own but must take your empties away with you afterwards.
- 10. Socialising before and after games must observe Social Distancing regulations (i.e. outside on the terrace, 2m between people.) and limited time.
- 11. Bowls bags and personal equipment may not be touched or shared by anyone other than its owner.
- 12. Do not share water bottles or the like.
- 13. Mats, Jacks and other bowls equipment to be disinfected at the start of each day and at the end of each session.
- 14. The jack should be wiped with a disinfecting cloth every two ends.
Players should use hand sanitiser frequently throughout the game. (You may find it easier to bring your own sanitiser)
- 15. There will be a maximum of FOUR bowlers per rink.
- 16. Players must maintain a 2m distance at all times.
- 17. When changing ends walk on the right hand side, 1m from the centre line , in single file at 2m distance.
- 18. Masks are not required whilst actually playing.
- 19. After your session, please wipe down the tables, chairs where you were sitting, wipe down the Mats and return the Jack to the bucket of disinfectant.
- 20. Should you use the toilets, please use the disinfectant wipes to clean the seat, wash taps etc. and door handles after use.
TEMPORARY CLUB CLOSURE - 14th March
In a rapidly developing situation the President of Spain today announced emergency measure to try to counter the Corona Virus.
As of today, freedom of movement will be severely restricted with citizens required to stay at home for the next 15 days.
All Bars, Restaurants, Municipal buildings, Sports venues, Beaches, Water Sports sites and public gatherings will be closed as of 17.00 today.
In compliance with that decree the Committee met today (14th March) and agreed that we had a duty of care to our Club Members, most of whom are in the "high risk" group.
As a result it was decided that the Club will be closed with immediate effect until at least the 29th March.
Mac Roberts Trophy
Congratulations to this year's Winner: Kevin Westwell
Sponsored by Malcolm Roberts, this 2 Bowl Singles is one of the two competitions which utilise the Club's handicaps.
Details of the Competition can be found Here
League Season Finishes.
Lions and Bobcats both take 2nd place in their leagues
After a tough camapign both the Lions and Bobcats were able to take second place in their respective leagues. Well done to everyone who took part in their successes.
Our injury ravaged Tigers team struggled as expected and ended up a lowly 5th. Next season will, hopefully, see them challenging for the top spot once more.
Club Singles Championships.
Congratulations to this year's Winners: Ron Jones and Jane Richardson
Malaga Ladies 2 Bowl Pairs.
Sue and Jenny
For more details see the Malaga FAB Website report Here
Malaga Men's 2 Bowl Pairs.
Congratulations to Julian Thomas and Ron Jones for being runners-up in the Malaga 2 Bowls Pairs Competitions on 29th January.
For more details see the Malaga FAB Website report Here
Club Drawn Triples.
Congratulations to this year's Winners: Ron J, Konstanse and Chrystal
The Triples will be drawn on Sunday 5th and the first round will be played on Monday 6th January. The web page with results round by round can be seen Here
Merry Christmas to All our Members and Visitors
Congratulations to this year's Winner: Martin
A recently introduced Competition for those Club Members who have not won any other Club Competition. Although initially meant for new bowlers, it is also open to new members and those longer serving members who have yet to win a Club Competition. The web page with results round by round can be seen Here
Congratulations to this year's Winners: Gordon & Kristina
This year the first Club Competition of the Season is the Australian Pairs. The draw for teams was made Tuesday 10th and the competition runs on 11th and 12th. The web page with results round by round can be seen Here
Club Competitions Due to Start Soon.
Competition Secretary Trevor Burgin is preparing to announce the schedule for this season's Club Competitions.
Information about the Competitions can be found Here and the page will be updated to include dates and details of the competitions as they are received.
League Season Gets Under Way.
All three Leagues are now fully under way. In the Tigers the team is doing well and is 8 points ahead of the same games last year, despite only winning one of the first three games. Close defeats to Santa Maria (Home) and Benavista (Away) and a win against Miraflores (Away) - a match we lost last year - sees our Tigers team looking to climb the table in the next few matches.
In the Lions League, two superb 10-0 victories and a close 3-7 away defeat to Santa Maria keeps us in second place, just 2 points behind the league leaders.
In the newly formed Jaguars league our Bobcats team is performng even better than expected. With only 8 points at stake each week they have won both of their opening fixtures - including a very impresive 7-1 victory over title favourites Santa Maria to put them top of the league by 4 points.
For full results see the Malaga Web site where all results and the latest tables are updated each Saturday.
2nd Oct 2019 - The Lauro Festival A Huge Success.
Traditionally the first Club event of the season, the Lauro Festival attracts a good crowd of competitive bowlers. With sponsorship from Seviour Insurance and Liberty Seguros the disciplines include Open Pairs. Open Triples and Open Fours.
For more information and a report see the Lauro Festival webpages Lauro Festival
2nd Oct 2019 - October Visiting Teams Make for a Busy Week
This week sees the start of a hectic few days for Club Members as we welcome visitors from around the UK. October Visiting teams
29th Sept 2019 - Andalucian's Once Again Bring Success to Lauro Bowlers
Congratulations to Kevin Westwell for his stunning vistory in this year's Andalucian Championships. Kevin has a reputation as a specialist Singles player and proved it once again with a 21-2 victory against Santa Maria's Craig Lewis - no slouch in the Singles game himself.
Elsewhere in the Championships saw Julian Thomas win his THIRD Mixed Fours Title - with three different teams. Congratulations to him and his Santa Maria Team mates.
In the Men's Pairs we were unlucky not to be celebrating another title whenKevin Westwell and last year's Singles Champion Marcus Smith took the Final game to TWO extra ends before losing to a Craig Lewis and Phil Baldry 15-16. Very well done to both our players.
For more information and a full list of results see the Malaga FAB website:Andalucian's
19 Sept 2019 - 24 Hour Bowls Marathon raises 2300€
Despite having to be delayed following the unprecedented storms and flooding overnight the 24 Hour Bowls Marathon went ahead the following day.
6 Club Members bowled in 12 two hour Triples games against teams of mixed abitlity, including golfers, other club members and teams from other bowls Clubs. Remarkably they played 12, won 10, drew one and only lost one in a gruelling test of stamina and skill. More details and photos 24 Hours Marathon
11th Sept 2019 - Malaga Summer Championships A Big Hit for Lauro Bowlers
The Summer Championships were held at Mijas LBC this year and the change of venue brought more success to Lauro bowlers.
In the Open Pairs we saw Paul Hughes and Kevin Westwell romp through all opposition with barely a ripple, scoring good wins in all of their matches, taking the Trophy with a typical 21-10 victory. Congratulations to both players.
In the Mixed Fours Ron Jones , Tony Barnes, Julian Thomas and Sue Jones won thruogh to the Final with comparative ease only to have Sue drop out when thier dog Buddy had to be taken to the Vet after suffering an injury. (Don't worry, he is now fine and recovering well) Fortunately they were able to enlist the aid of Jane Richardson for the Final itself, as she hadn't played in the discipline before. The slightly revamped line up still proved too much for their home club opposition and they romped to a 20-7 victory. Congratulations to all 5 of the Mixed Fours team.
A special mention to Hazel Guttridge who reached the Final of the Ladies Singles. Hazel played really well, taking a healthy lead and looking safe before a superb comeback from Marie Carmen Foletti saw her just pipped at the post. Hazel was holding two bowls for game before the final bowl of Marie Carmen trailed the jack back to her waiting bowls to pick up the three shots she needed to win. Congratulations to Hazel for gettng to the Final.
For more information see the Malaga FAB website Summer Championships