South Manchester Veterans Bowling Association

Minutes of meetings

Welcome to the web site of the South Manchester Veterans Bowling Association.

We exist to promote Crown Green Bowling,

Our area covers South Manchester, Droylsden, Sale, Stockport, Stretford and Wythenshaw.

See the green finder for a list of clubs and links to maps showing where they are.

We run a mixed league for teams playing on Monday & Friday afternoon, for players over 55.

Currently we have two divisions on a Monday and one on a Friday, eight players per team.

The leagues are decided on aggregate points scored.

We also run knock-out cup competitions for each division, Monday division 1 the Coronation Cup division 2 J Arnett Cup and Friday division 1 the Nuttall Cup.

An individual Merit competition and a pairs competition.

For more details please contact the Admin Secretary by email



South Manchester Veterans Bowling Association

Delegates Meeting 2nd October 2019

KO Cup Competitions


Entries for Merit & Pairs

Missed from Handbook

The return of George

2018 - Coronation Cup

2018 - J Arnett KO Cup Winners

Minutes of Meetings

2018 - Friday Division 1 Winners

2018 - Nuttall Cup Winners

League Pairs

League Merit

Coronation & J Arnett KO Cups

Delegates Meeting 2nd October 2019


Agenda for meeting at Ladybarn 2nd October 2019 at 10.30am.
Presidents address.
Roll Call.
Obituaries.  please inform me asap.
John Speak & Arnold Walker - Didsbury Pk,
Minutes of last meeting 12th June 2019 (Copy on Website).
Minutes of special committee meeting requested at last years AGM.
Secretary's Report. (please return awards no later than this meeting) (please summit Rule amendments etc to me ASAP)
Change of format, cup matches 4 at home 4 away from Levenshulme. 
League games if you only have 7 players no one allowed to play twice you lose the game 21/0. from Levenshulme
Acting Treasurers Report  (suggestion same as last year for prize money).
Match Secretary's Report.
Any Other Business. (please inform me).
Next Meeting - AGM at Longsight CC 1.30pm 20th November 2019


(Friday 27 September 2019)

KO Cup Competitions


PLEASE NOTE FOR EVERY ROUND - All Away teams receive 16 points (can not be shown on website but will be shown in the final scores) plus handicap marks as shown.
All Home teams receive handicap marks as shown on website.
Friday Division Handicap marks will be shown after Friday's matches.
See example Crowcroft v Droylsden in the Coronation Cup (this will be changed after their match is played to the correct result)


(Thursday 15 August 2019)



A sad message received from the family.

It is with deep regret that we have to announce the death of our father, John Speak. Dad had a heart attack last week and was unable to survive and passed away peacefully in the early hours of Saturday morning with his family at his bedside.

We will let you know the funeral arrangements in due course.

Mum is with us all and we are all supporting each other through this sad time.

Regards, Irene, Nicholas, Alison & Paul

Dear all

Just wanted to let you know that our fathers funeral details are as follows,

Monday 8 July at 1pm - Manchester Crematorium (Southern Cemetery) 

Everyone is welcome to come along to say goodbye to a great man.

Many thanks

Nick, Alison & Paul (Speak)

(Monday 24 June 2019)

Entries for Merit & Pairs

              Merit                                 2019                              Pairs

           12th July                             Friday's                       16th August

        Entry fee £ 2                                                             Entry fee £ 2       

Venue for Merit - SWMCC draw will be made from bowlers present at 12 noon.

Venue for Pairs - Longsight draw will be made from bowlers present at 12.30pm            

Crowcroft               Ian Nield                                                      Crowcroft             John Jordan & Bil Jordan

N Etchells               Mike Hannabal                                              Crowcroft             James Collins & John Endsor

Crowcroft               John Endsor                                                  Crowcroft             Jim McGlynn & Tim O'Connell

N Etchells               Chris Cox                                                      Albert Vets           Charlie Martin & Tony Spiers

Albert Vets             Charlie Martin                                                Ladybarn              Ben Scott & Terry Hester

Ladybarn                Ben Scott                                                      Ladybarn              Paul Reeves & Alan Telfer

Ladybarn                Alan Telfer                                                     N Etchells             Bernard Myers & Jean Myers

Ladybarn                Paul Reeves                                                   N Etchells             Chris Cox & Terry Peters

SWMCC                  Steve Price -3                                                N Etchells             Peter Bradford & Joe Hardie

SWMCC                  Mike Ellis -3                                                   N Etchells             Mike Hannibal & Roger Bestwick

Didsbury                Keith Bradbury                                               N Etchells              Paul Machin & Brian Machin

Didsbury                Barry Palin

Didsbury                Peter Sloan

Didsbury                David Clark

SWMCC                  Paul Mottram  -3


SMVBA Merit was played at SWMCC on Friday 12th July starting at 12.15pm. Ray Langton did the draw from those

present at 12 noon. All matches were played during a pleasent summer afternoon, with very good bowling to entertain.


Paul Reeves Ladybarn 21 21 21 20
Chris Cox N Etchells 9      
Peter Sloan Didsbury Pk 15      
Ian Nield Crowcroft 21 7    
Alan Telfer Ladybarn 21 21 9  
Paul Mottram  -3 SWMCC 19      
Steve Price  -3 SWMCC 21 9    
Barry Palin Didsbury Pk 18      
Ben Scott Ladybarn   21 21 21
Mike Hannibal N Etchells   12    
David Clarke Didsbury   21 11  
Mike Ellis  -3 SWMCC   17    


SMVBA Pairs was played at Longsight CC on Friday 16th August starting at 1.45pm. Bill Greenlee did the draw from

those present at 12.30pm. All matches were played during a wet afternoon, with good bowling on a good running green.


Peter Radford & Joe Hardie N Etchells   10    
Chris Cox & Terry Peters Ladybarn   21 21 18
John Jordan & Bill Jordan  -3 Crowcroft   21 1  
Dave Clark & Brian Palin Didsbury Pk   14    
Paul Reeves & Alan Telfer Ladybarn   21 21 21
George Wood & John Endsor  -3 Crowcroft   9    
Ben Scott & Terry Hester Ladybarn   21 18  
Mike Hanibal & Roger Bestwick N Etchells   5    




(Monday 17 June 2019)

Missed from Handbook

Apology for missing entry in Handbook

Droylsdeh Park

Cemetery Road Droylsden  M43 6QN

Sec Mr G Fairclough  email 

0161 370 3541 / 07789 737 722

Captain  Mr B Ridsdale  07835 712 953


Rule Correction To Handbook For KO Cup Matches


3.2       All matches shall be played on the match green of the club first drawn in the draw.

3.4      To be eligible to play for any one team club members must have played in 4 of their teams league matches. Players may play for only one team in ether of the Monday Cups and one team in the Friday Cup.


Club information surplied correction

Houldsworth Pk

Captain  Mr H Kelly  07774 573 666


Debdale Pk

Captain A  Mr R Pope  07757 623 709



Secretary  -  Mr J O'Neill  0161 376 2738 / 07939 699 483

Captain Monday Mr B Goodwin  07930 142 755 -  Friday Mr R Gardner  0161 286 3292


(Friday 19 April 2019)

The return of George


Yes it is me,back from the dark places, not fully fit. so I will not be bowling for a good number of weeks, but I am able to deal with all the admin.
Must put my thanks on record for the help received from Roger.
Handbooks are now ready 10 per team and to be collected from my daughters on Sunday around 11am please remember it is Mothers Sunday and she as helped set up the C&G which needed there handbook distribution and as soon as I was allowed I started the SMVBA final set up, hence the delay.
She will also distribute match sheets, but could run out as figures are unknown
No special arrangements over the return of completed Match Sheets (old or other leagues) this season, all that I request is that I can read them and transfer the information to form correct Records. You can send them to my home I have a daily some days more often family service from home to wherever I may be, Email direct to me which is the fastest or any other means as long as i can read them it will be accepted by me.
Please Note - Longford withdrew there Friday team days after the fixtures were posted on the Website, i was hopping to fill it but have been unable to, owing to my absence.


(Saturday 30 March 2019)

2018 - Coronation Cup

                   Coronation Cup - 2018

                Winners -  Levenshulme


(Wednesday 10 October 2018)

2018 - J Arnett KO Cup Winners


                                       2018 - Winners Northenden Social

(Tuesday 02 October 2018)

Minutes of Meetings

South Manchester Veteran’s Bowling Association


Committee Meeting Wednesday 3rd July 2018 – 10.30am Northen Etchells

Agenda: 1) The meeting had been called to resolve issues arising from the 2018 AGM – no balance sheet, £100 not accounted for and the expenses for Secretary and Treasurer.

2) Outstanding fixtures.

3) Disciplinary action against Chris Cox & Ray Langton, (deferred to AGM)

Present: Roger Bestwick – President, George Wood – Secretary & Match Secretary, Eric Pentland – Former Treasurer, Tom Gerrard, Ken Scott, Ray Langton had resigned from the committee.

1)    Eric Pentland pointed out that he could not do the balance sheet before he went on holiday as the secretary was holding £2 which needed banking, also he had tried to contact him a number of times and could not.

The £100 after discussion, had been paid to Whalley Marshall Former President for Thorphy(s).

The £50 expenses paid to both the Secretary and Treasurer had been passed a number of years ago at an AGM (no minutes are available, (anybody with any minutes of meeting before 2017 AGM please contact the Secretary). Eric Pentland thought the Secretary should also pay out of his expenses for our Website which an invoice had been passed to him for settlement (along with handbooks, minutes, phone calls and all general expenses should come out of his £50 expenses). The Secretary considered that this was no longer realistic and should be replaced by a system where expenses were paid from SMVBA funds by the Treasurer against invoices or receipts for appropriate expenditures. It was agreed to adopt this system subject to confirmation at the 2019 AGM. Proposed by G Wood Secretary and seconded by K Scott to be placed on the AGM Agenda. It was further decided that Handbooks were not necessary as all information can be obtained on the Website, The Secretary agreed that he would try and get ours to contain the information like the Cheadle and Gatley.

Roger Bestwick pointed out that 3 people had been involved in collecting league fees with nobody knowing the whole story. After detailed discussion agreement was reached as follows: 1) Eric Pentland would retire. The meeting expressed thanks to him for his contribution over the years. 2) Only himself and Eric could operate the SMVBA bank account, so he would take on Acting Treasurer till the AGM. A new Treasurer would be appointed at the AGM. It would also be necessary to appoint one or two auditors before the AGM.

2)    The outstanding fixtures were in the process of being rearranged.

The President closed the meeting at 11.20am with best wishes for a good afternoon’s bowling.





(Sunday 09 September 2018)

2018 - Friday Division 1 Winners


                                        2018 Winners - Northen Etchells "B"

       Peter Bradford, Dave Thorneycroft, Terry Peters, Chris Cox, Reg Fletcher, Mike Hannibal

                        Mark Boland, Joe Hardie, Roger Bestwick, Dave Vaughan capt


(Wednesday 05 September 2018)

2018 - Nuttall Cup Winners


                                          2018 - Winners  Northen Etchells "B"

       Mike Hannibal, Joe Hardie, Mark Boland, Peter Bradford, Dave Thorneycroft, Reg Fletcher,

                       Chris Cox, Terry Peters, Roger Bestwick, Dave Vaughan capt


(Wednesday 05 September 2018)

League Pairs

The League Pairs held on Longsight CC ( the new home of Crowcroft Park Veteran's

on Friday 7th September at 11am and played to a finish.

Northen Etchells   Bernard Myers & Jean Myers 6      
Northen Etchells   Mke Hannibal Roger Bestwick 21 8    
Northen Etchells   Mike Bolan Chris Cox 15      
Debdale Park   Phil Rudkin & Fred Taylor 21 21 9  
Northen Etchells   Joe Hardie & Peter Bradford   21 21 14
Ladybarn Park   Danny Griffin & Nick Doherty   13    
Ladybarn Park   Ben Scott & Terry Hester   21 21 21
West Heaton   Derek Bond Clive Toon   10    
Ladybarn Park   Alan Telfer & Colin Tindell   21 6  
Parkville   Dave Fallows & Ian Fallows   6    


           Winners 2018 - The Jim Barrie Pairs

              Terry Hester & Ben Scott (Ladybarn)

(Tuesday 28 August 2018)

League Merit

The League Merit that was planned for the 31st August has been changed to the 21st September.

Listed players please confirm to me (George Wood details in handbook) that you still wish to play

on the new date.

If you want to be included and not shown below, you can still enter, please contact me.

  Ladybarn confirmed Benny Scott  
    confirmed Alan Telfer  
    confirmed Ray Langton  
    confirmed Nick Doherty  
  West Heaton confirmed Derek Bond  
  Northen Etchells confirmed Joe Hardie  
    confirmed Chris Cox  
    confirmed  Mark  Boland  
  Didsbury Pk confirmed David Clark  
    confirmed Keith Bradbury  
    confirmed Ian Smith  
  Debdale confirmed Phil Rudkin  
  Highbank confirmed Brenda Thompson  
  Albert Vets confirmed Geoff Fletcher  
    confirmed Charlie Martin  
    confirmed Frank Warburton  
    confirmed Peter Gibson  
  A E U confirmed Dave Rayner  


  Chris Cox Northen  Etchells 21 18      
  Keith Bradbury Didsbury Park 13        
  Joe Hardie Northen Etchells 16        
  Benny Scott Ladybarn 21 21 21 21  
  Alan Telfer Ladybarn 21 13 18    
  Frank Warburton Albert Vets 11        
  Pete Gibson Albert Vets   0      
  Phil Rudkin Debdale Park   21 21 17  
  Nick Doherty Ladybarn   13      
  Mark Boland Northen Etchells   7      
  David Clark Didsbury Park   21 8    

The Presedents Cup was won by Ben Scott of Ladybarn on a very wet Friday.

                                 2018 - Finalists


             Runner-up Phil Rudkin  -  Winner Ben Scott


(Monday 27 August 2018)

Coronation & J Arnett KO Cups

Venues for the Semi Finals of both competitions:-

Coronation Cup -  Selected greens are Northen Etchells  &  Ashton

J Arnett Cup  -  Selected greens are SWMCC  &  Highbank

Above venues have all been confirmed.

The Final of both competitions will be at Longsight CC the new home 

of Crowcroft Park Vets on Monday 1st October start at 1pm


  Monday 27 August Monday 10 September     Monday 27 August Monday 10 September  
  Prelim Round 1     Prelim Round 1  
  A E U (Scr)       HIGHBANK    
  V BURNAGE (21)  142   V HIGHBANK (21)   96
  BURNAGE (21)  V   v   LONGFORD V    v
  DEBDALE (13)    DEBDALE (13) 163   ALBERT VETS ALBERT VETS (22)  163
  155 V 136 @     V  @  
  HEALD GREEN (12)                             CROWCROFT / LONGSIGHT confirmed   CROWCROFT A E U confirmed
    LADYBARN (7)  148     LADYBARN A (24) 137 
    V    v     V    v
    LEVENSHULME (22)  155     NORTHENDEN (21) 160
    N ETCHELLS confirmed    
    LONGFORD (30)  138     ASHTON (Scr) 166 
    V    v     V    v
    N ETCHELL (9)  141     ASHTON A (34) 157 
    @       @  
    NORTHENDEN confirmed     ASHTON No 2 Green confirmed
    S W M C C (30)  143     N ETCHELLS A (34)  196
    V    v     V    v
    WEST HEATON (23)  167     DEBDALE A (21)  149
    @       @  
    LADYBARN confirmed     CROWCROFT / LONGSIGHT confirmed
  24th September   Coronation Cup   Semi-final    
  Debdale  13 v Levenshulme  22 @ Northen Etchells  151 v 175  
  Northern Etchells  9 v West Heaton  23 @ Ashton N Etchells won by walkover
  24th September   J Arnett Cup   Semi- final    
  Albert Vets  22 v Northenden  21 @ S W M C C 131 - 153  
  Ashton  Scr v Northen Etchells  34 @ Highbank 168 -159  
  1st October   Coronation Cup   Final 1pm Start  
   Levenshulme  22 v Northen Etchells  9 @ Longsight CC 157 v 154  
  1st October    J Arnett Cup   Final 1pm Start  
  Northenden  21 v Ashton  Scr @ Longsight CC 150 v 139   

Would last years winners please return cups to me before the final day or to Longsight CC on the day. THANKS

Good Luck, Have a great afternoon to all competing teams, George

The above details are correct as the 1st October.

Refeshments ie tea and biscuit a charge of 20p under league rules is allowed, but I suggest that a small football card would off set the cost better.


(Monday 27 August 2018)