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A personal view

Friday – 46 tourists, comprising 32 bowlers and including few newbies boarded the coach for our weekend over the Severn. Everybody was in high spirits as Lisa drove us to Whitland Bowls Club and after several attempts somehow managed to get the coach through their narrow entrance gate. A hot sunny day with a nice buffet provided prior to playing a pleasant friendly game against a team containing some young players. Moment of the day was Len putting his stickers on incorrectly and delivering 3 wrong bias woods – much to the amusement of the other Cam bowlers, Dot, Pauline and Dick. I played 3 to Sandra and we won so I finally broke my tour losing rink streak. A good win with Captain Ian skipping the highest winning rink and getting so excited he was physically ill. Afterwards we headed off to the Imperial Hotel in Tenby and a rather laid back evening meal. A lively resort and many tourists ended up at the nearby “Crown” which had a live entertainer supported by several merry locals. A comfortable mattress, soothing sea swell and a trickle shower. Violent storm overnight but I did not open my eyes.

Saturday - Last on the coach, I reckon Roger must have brought an alarm clock, and early away, with intermittent rain, to Fishguard and Goodwick. I was Captain for this game, memorable for the gale force wind. We only played 18 ends as it was chilly and rain threatened. An entertaining post match drink and I told a rather risqué joke. We lost the match but hopefully won the post-match banter. Back at the Hotel, Bob the butt of my joke got his revenge by making the lift overload so I had to use the stairs to the 4th floor. Saturday evening in central Tenby is a bit like the Wild West. Clarence and Dennis gave the pudding a miss to get in the “Crown” for a free pint but it was too full so they went elsewhere. Roger, Linda, Colin, Thelma, Len, Dot, Pauline and Dick (sounds a bit Enid Blyton!) went back to their roots and discovered a Working Men’s Club where they could indulge in cocktails and nibbles!

Sunday – Fine weather and the morning was spent  exploring Tenby – cannons circling the statue of Prince Albert, the harbour and the Lifeboat Station with big jellyfish and an amazing tidal movement. A slow trip on the coach; a traffic incident meant we had difficulty crossing the bridge but Lisa did brilliantly to get us to Neyland BC  only about 15 minutes late. More Welsh than the other venues, Pauline and Tony played for them with 2 triple rinks. It was a very entertaining match played in great spirit on a good green. We won and Captain Ian was well chuffed but at least he didn’t throw up this time! Lisa went wrong on the return journey leaving a few of us cross-legged. Fancy dress for the evening meal with some surprising secrets revealed. Apparently, Peter likes to cross-dress (call me Jill), Val and Mary do the street corner thing, Sandra is into animals and Marion plus stick was a bit dominatrix with her flock of sheep, Nick, Fay and Greg.  Jan looked splendid as Snow White. Marion won the ladies prize for her Little Bo Peep and Jeff took the male prize for his Jack Sparrow costume. In recognition of my risqué joke Phil awarded me a present (Katie, you naughty lady!) of a pair of cerise frilly panties, which actually do fit quite well and are definitely my colour!

Monday – A big gull came to have a look at our room through the window this morning. We said goodbye to Tenby and headed off to Porthcawl. A cloudy day but the weather held. We had just under 2 hours to sample Porthcawl which seemed a bit tawdry and makes Weston look really posh. The public toilets were 50’s period and where were the grassy bits? A sign said bathing was dangerous but it looked far more dangerous trying to reach the water across the rocks and concrete! The warm welsh cakes were nice though, as was the display of art by local artists. Met Phil in the high street waiting for Viv, Tracy got a picture of Roger walking by stuffing a pasty, and then we met Phil once more – again waiting for Viv. Onward to the Prince of Wales BC, an interesting bowls venue located in the grounds of a Freemasons Care Home. I played with Captain Sandra who had a terrific game. Dennis led and remained unbeaten on tour. Val pipped us for the highest winning rink and Phil had a huge loss. Unfortunately, Tony was taken poorly but subsequently recovered.

So, we won 2 and lost 2 and had a great tour yet again. Everybody enjoyed our weekend and once again our thanks to Roger, Linda, Phil and Viv for all their hard work in organising another successful event.

A Wales  

Churchdown Bowls Tour to Tenby 2017