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Airdrieonians Win Frank Etherington Memorial Trophy

Sunday 12th August saw the playing of the Frank Etherington Memorial Trophy at Highworth Bowls Club and played with a nod to two of Frank’s passions, namely bowls and soccer. The competition is open to clubs around Swindon and beyond, as well as Highworth’s own social members, and involves teams of four players, named after football clubs and wearing that team’s colours on the green. Whilst the weather could certainly have been much kinder this year it did not prevent the event from being fulfilled and enjoyed.

With ten teams entered, the norm is to see Premier League and local team names listed, but this year it was Airdrieonians, a team comprising of Highworth’s Roy Read, Maggie & John Jordan and Hugh Linning (see picture), that carried off the cup, overcoming Everton (Highworth’s Neil & Christine Biles, Stuart Murray & David Murray) in the final

A really good fun day for all participants with catering provided and cooked by Frank’s family and a big thank you to them for all their efforts in organizing the event.

In the midst of the competition, as well as honouring Frank’s memory, the aim of the Etherington family is to raise money for the Brighter Futures charity. Monies raised this year totalled £400, so a huge thanks to all who contributed.

Wi-Fi is coming to HBC

On Tuesday 15th May, Highworth Bowls Club will be providing unlimited Wi-Fi access to all members who come along to the club with smart phones, tablets or laptops. The system will also provide a Wi-Fi hotspot for visitors to the club.

The club has taken out a two year business broadband contract with XLN Telecom and any feedback members have about the service will be welcomed.

Once installed, the password can be obtained from the bar staff.

Highworth Pigeons fail to land skittles cup

Having fought their way to the All-Pins Consolation Cup final, the Pigeons found the Westcott Falcons just too good for them in a tight final. However, reaching the final was a great achievement for the League C Pigeons and they came very close to toppling this season’s League B champions.

For more information about the Swindon Friday Skittles League, see

Sharland Robins’ skittles hat-trick

Congratulations to Highworth-based Sharland Robins, who  wrapped up their 2017-18 skittles season with a clean-sweep of team titles. Having won the League A title, the Robins then went on to win the finals of the All-Pins and Nomination Cups on successive Fridays.

For more info about the Swindon Friday Skittles League, see

Highworth Pigeons home in on final appearance

Despite trailing from the outset, Highworth Pigeons didn’t get into a flap in their Swindon & District All Pins Consolation Semi-Final  with West End at Queenstown Social last night.

Faced with an eight-point deficit and their last 3 players to play, Highworth couldn’t make any inroads on that deficit during the first round. With West End playing first, the Pigeons always knew what they had to do and were encouraged in the second round to see West End achieve a low scoring 12 between their three players.

Jim, Hill, Hugh Linning and John Jordan, with the pressure on and it all to do, turned in a 21, including a full 9-point haul for Hugh, who went on to have the highest individual aggregate in the Highworth side, to give the Pigeons a one point lead going into the final round.

In the final round, West End’s first two players responded to their team’s change of fortune and amassed 15, only to see their anchor man shoot a single for the second round running. With 16 needed to win, the Pigeons’ response didn’t get off to the best of starts with Jim turning in a two. Hugh then added a seven to leave John Jordan needing to score seven himself. Cometh the hour, cometh the man and John downed 8 pins to give the Pigeons a 199 – 197 overall victory.

The Pigeons can now look forward to the final, which will be held on Friday April 13th. Opponents and venue to be announced.