Indoor Friendly against the Isle of Wight Community Club Indoor Bowls Section, February 2020

Some of the Ventnor players rolling-up before the start of the game.

Indoor Friendly against the “Isle of Wight Community Club Indoor Bowls Club” Saturday, February 29th 2020


This is the third time we have played this fixture and it has now become an established feature of our winter indoor programme of events. Sixteen mixed players from Ventnor took on a representative team from the host club in their excellent indoor facility at Cowes.

As you would expect, not being used to the speed of the host’s carpet, the Ventnor players, despite the practice session before the start of the match, struggled to find line and length. The experience of the home team began to show on rinks 3 and 4 (skipped by John Walker and Colin Beavis) from a very early stage, and it was becoming clear that Ventnor were going to do badly on those two rinks. However, the other two rinks did much better with rink 1 (skipped by John Hawkes) leading from start to finish. Rink 2 (skipped by Sheila Arnott) were unlucky to lose on the very last end, having been in the lead the whole time until then. The final match score was 73 to 46 in favour of the hosts, which was disappointing for Ventnor, as we had only lost by 8 shots the previous year.

As has been said many times (especially when you lose!) it’s not the result that matters but the taking-part. Everyone had a great time – the experience is invaluable to all players, especially the newer members who have only ever been used to our own carpet at Ventnor. Club President, John Walker, was in charge of the afternoon and thanks must go to Liz Pearce for making all the arrangements prior to the game.

Indoor Friendly against the Isle of Wight Indoor Bowling Club January 2020

Ventnor Vice-Captain, Liz Pearce, with "the Welcomes" Captain-of-the-day Roy Jemson, at the start of the afternoon.


On Sunday, January 19th, for the seventh year running, twenty-four Ventnor bowlers (and supporters), travelled to Westridge to play the annual indoor match against the “Isle of Wight Indoor Bowls Club” - this year playing as the “WELCOMES”.

     Needless to say, we did not win (surprise, surprise!). The winning margin for the hosts this year was 73 shots, which is not our “best defeat”, but by no means our worst! (in previous years the winning margins have been 62, 66, 97, 100, 72 and 35 - an average of 72). Ventnor lost on all six rinks, with the two “best losing rinks” skipped by John Walker and Mark Morris, who both lost by just 4 shots.


After the game, all the players and guests enjoyed the usual two-course roast dinner (superbly prepared by stand-in chef, Bernie Allen) during which the Ventnor President, John Walker, thanked the IWIBC Captain-of-the-day, Roy Jemson, for the hospitality and welcome that we were given. We are all grateful to our Club Vice-Captain, Liz Pearce for making the arrangements at our end, for what turned out to be another “interesting” and enjoyable afternoon.



Ventnor Bowling Club was well represented by current and former members, at the funeral of Charlie Lacey at St James’s Church East Cowes, on Friday December 27th 2019.   Charlie died peacefully at his home in East Cowes on December 8th.  He would have been eighty-four on Christmas day.

Charlie was Club President in 2009 and Club Treasurer in 2010. He was well-liked and respected by everyone he came into contact with. He will be remembered for many things, especially his sense of humour and cheerfulness.

During the year of his presidency, he undertook to re-vamp the men's changing room, creating a much more efficient use of the available space which included 21 large, purpose-built lockers. Every time we use that changing room now, we will think of Charlie.

          His other legacy (ironically) is the "in Memoriam" board on the clubhouse wall, listing club members who had passed away.  Charlie's name will now be on that board - a fitting reminder to current members, of someone who gave so much to Ventnor Bowling Club.

Finally, if you ask any member who was at the Club in 2009, what they most remember about that year's President's Day, they will, almost invariably, say "The HOG ROAST"!  Charlie provided a mouth-watering hog roast for all those who had supported his "Day" and it will never be forgotten!

The service of thanksgiving at the church was followed by a private cremation at Whippingham. Everyone then gathered at the Lakeside Hotel at Wootton Bridge for refreshments and reminiscences.

Annual Dinner and Presentation Evening - November 16th 2019


Last Saturday, November 16th, immediate Past President, Elsie Booth, welcomed fifty-five members and guests to this year’s Dinner & Presentation Evening, held, for the second year, at the Mill Bay Inn on Ventnor Esplanade.

After an excellent meal, both the indoor and outdoor trophies were presented to the winners by Past President Elsie.

In addition to the known award winners, the Club Captains select a player of each gender who, in their opinion, has improved the most over the previous year.  This year’s winners are Bette Wearing and John Ashpole – congratulations to them both.For a comprehensive list of all of this year’s award winners, please visit our website: and click on “Club Honours”.


Annual General Meeting November 2019



Ventnor Bowling Club took place on

Saturday, November 2nd 2019

in the Clubhouse in Mitchell Avenue.


The Management Committee for  2019/2020 is as follows:-

President – John Walker        

Vice President – Moira Steven

Secretary – John Hawkes    

Assistant Secretary – Angela West

Treasurer – Derek Venier

Club Captain – John Milmoe     

Club Vice-Captain – Liz Pearce

Bar Manager – David Hunt      

Catering Manager – Carol Venier

Maintenance Officer – Geoff Holmes     

Grounds Liaison Officer – Roger Smith

Website Administrator – Colin Beavis   

Safeguarding – Elsie & Roger Booth

Committee Members:- Mark Morris & Sheila Arnott                                   



During the last few months the bar has undergone a complete internal re-design and an external face-lift.


ot starting until after Christmas, Derek Venier and Roger Smith have dedicated hours of their own time to upgrade the Bar and bring it into the 21st century.  It has been completely re-designed on the inside to give more room for the bar staff and now has two new cooler cabinets, providing nearly four times the number of cold shelves than were there before. All-new LED lighting, both on the inside and the outside, enables the new bar to be seen in all its glory.

Everyone at the Club is in Derek’s and Roger’s debt for their fantastic effort, giving us a bar to be proud of.

Annual Indoor Friendly against the Isle of Wight Community Club Indoor Bowls Club

A mixed team of sixteen from Ventnor played a representative team from the host club in their excellent indoor facility at Cowes.


he Ventnor players made a slow start and, despite the practice session before the start of the match, the experience of the home team, playing on their own familiar carpet, began to show through. At the half-way stage, of the 18 ends, things did not look good for Ventnor who were losing heavily on all 4 rinks (19-53).

After a short break for tea and biscuits, the visitors staged a remarkable come-back, reducing the deficit to just 8 shots, with wins on two of the four rinks! If we had played the full 21 ends who knows what might have happened?? This is the second year we have played this event and an amazing result, since we were comprehensively thrashed last year.

Arrangements at our end were made by Club Captain, Liz Pearce.

Annual Indoor Bowls Match v. IWIBC on Sunday January 6th 2019



     Even though we have now got used to our new carpet at Ventnor, the speed of their carpet is still much greater, and consequently still takes a while to get accustomed to. As can be seen from the picture of the final scoreboard (above), we did not win…………..(surprise, surprise!).       The winning margin for the hosts this year was 62 shots, which is not our best “defeat”, but by no means our worst! (in previous years the winning margins have been 66, 97, 100, 72 and 35 - an average of 74). This year, Ventnor again won on two of the six rinks, with John Walker and Barry Dominey being the victorious skips.


After the game, all the players and guests enjoyed the usual two-course roast dinner during which the Ventnor President, Elsie Booth, thanked the IWIBC Captain-of-the-day, Annie Morris, for the hospitality and welcome that we were given. We are all grateful to our Club Captain, Liz Pierce for making the arrangements at our end for what turned out to be another “interesting” and enjoyable afternoon.

Charity Match Perks v Crab & Lobster

Some of the players "warming up".

AFTER SEVERAL YEARS of friendly rivalry on the cricket field at Steephill, Ventnor Bowling Club was pleased to welcome these two local pub sides to Mitchell Avenue, for an evening of a more sedate and less-strenuous sport!
The fierce competition was still the same, only the name of the game had changed, and being a mixed sport, the ladies were able to join in as well as the men.
We were lucky with the weather as the threatening dark clouds and the distant rumbles of thunder stayed away, and we were able to complete the scheduled sixteen ends in the dry.
The format was teams of four made up of three members from each pub and one member of the bowling club to give guidance when needed. With SIX rinks in use, this meant that a total of 48 players were on the green at the same time.
The scores on five of the six rinks were close, with no more than three shots between the sides, but one rink bucked the trend by winning by 9 shots! This was the top rink for “Perks” consisting of Steve, Al, Jan and Sid Lines (Bowling Club), who won 17-8. Top rink for the Crab & Lobster was Don, Betty, Dave and Richard Wyatt (from the Club), with a score of 18-15.
The overall match result was Perks 81 shots and Crab & Lobster 75 shots – well done everyone who took part. After (and during!) the game most players (as you would expect) took advantage of the bar facilities.
A raffle, which raised £100 for P.A.T.C.H., was run by Susan Heaton-Watts and the whole evening was brilliantly organised by Club Captain – John Milmoe.

Death of Roy Dicker

President Roy in 2006


Roy was a former President and Club Captain but, most importantly of all, he was a friend to all bowlers who had the pleasure of playing with him and against him. He devoted a substantial part of his life to Ventnor Bowling Club and he will be sorely missed at Mitchell Avenue, and around the Island.

The funeral will be held on Friday, January 19th at the Isle of Wight Crematorium at 12 o’clock for family and close friends, followed by a memorial service at St. Catherine’s Church at 2.30pm.  Heather would like to invite everyone to the Bowling Club after the service, for food and drinks.

For those who wish to pay their respects privately, the coffin will be at the house, 12, Spring Gardens, Ventnor, PO38 1QX, during the afternoon of the 18th






Video of Ventnor and the Bowling Club taken from the air.

This video of the Club and the surrounding parts of the town were taken with a drone, and very kindly donated and added to our website by 15-year old Ethan Wilson - Keith Bishop's grandson.