Club News

January 18th, 2020 – Tap Room 19 Visit

Pictures supplied by Chris – click picture to enlarge:

December 15th, 2019 – Club Christmas Party

Pictures supplied by David and Chris – click picture to enlarge:

September 6th to 8th, 2019 – Club Finals

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August 23rd, 2019 – Hosting of ‘Action for Family Carers’

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July 6th-9th, 2019 – Hastings Weekend

Pictures supplied by a few of us – click picture to enlarge:

Click the link below  to see some dancing in the pub after eating at Whites:


May 7th, 2019 – Cub Scout Visit

David’s pictures – click picture to enlarge:



December 16th, 2018 – Annual Christmas Meal at The Lodge

Thanks to Helen and Ian Hennessey for the pictures:

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September 15th, 2018 – Annual Clacton Trip

Thanks to Helen and David for the pictures:

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September 2nd & 9th, 2018 – Finals Day

Thanks to Christabel + JP for the pictures:

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July 15th, 2018 – Friendly at Eltham

Thanks to Helen for the pictures:

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July 7th to 10th, 2018 – Hastings

A few pictures from the Hastings weekend, and yes we did play bowls not just eat and drink!!!

Thanks to Barbara, Helen and David for the pictures:

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May 18th, 2018 – Quiz Time at The Curlew

Thanks to Jamie Williams for the pictures:

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January 13th, 2018 – Sue and Steve Wilson leaving for Spain

Thanks to Lilli for text and pictures:

Sue & Steve Wilson had a leaving party at the Village Hall, as they are off to Spain for six months.
Everyone enjoyed themselves with plenty of dancing and as you can see some dressed up for the Spanish Theme.

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December 17th, 2017 – Annual Christmas Meal at The Lodge

A great night was had by all – a big thanks to Ian C and Ian W for organising the event.

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…and some pictures courtesy of Lilli

 September 16th, 2017 – Clacton Trip

Another successful Clacton Trip organised as usual by our Club Chairman, Chas Porth –  a big thank-you from everyone who went. A few pictures from the day are included below:

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September 10th, 2017 – Finals Day

There were three finals played:

  • Lilli Mint and John Kenton beat Kath Russell and and Ian Hennessey in the Pairs
  • Ian Carter beat Grace Allum in the Champions Manor Plate
  • John Paveley beat John Kenton in the Singles

Pictures below show all four finalists in the Pairs competition and a picture of the eventual winners (Lilli and JK):



August 31st, 2017 – Ladies Singles Final

Well done to both finalists – Helen Williams won this year’s Ladies Singles after narrowly beating Lilli Mint.



September 3rd, 2017 – Marconi Cup Final at RHP

After a close-fought game the Club narrowly lost in this year’s Marconi Cup final to Maldon ‘B’. congratulations are due to all who participated in this year’s games.



December 20th,  2015 – Christmas Meal at The Lodge

A great time was had by all at the well-attended Christmas Meal at The Lodge – see pictures below and the article in the SWF  Focus in early January:

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November 21st,  2015 – Christmas Fayre

It was all smiles for the Club after the Christmas Fayre – money added to Club funds via the popular Tombola and children’s Lucky Dip + loads of interest from SWF people wanting to learn more about the Club. Thanks to all who helped and attended – a real Team SWF Bowls effort!!



November 14th,  2015 – Surprising News about our President

The First Lady and President attended a 1940’s night to raise funds in aid of ‘The Royal British Legion’.  The fancy dress, singalong to music of that era and fun quiz was attended by 130 members. Twenty teams took part in the quiz and the winning trophy and champagne was brought back to South Woodham by  President Lee. I know it’s hard to believe that he won but those of us in the know suspect most of the answers came from from Lilli!

November 3rd,  2015 – AGM

The 2015 AGM was held on November 3rd at Champions Manor – the following members were elected:

Lee Mint  – President

Jasmine Paveley – Hon. Secretary

Ian Carter – Treasurer

Helen Williams – Social Secretary

David Lewis – Membership Secretary

John Paveley – Vice Captain

October 28th,  2015 – New Badge

Agreed design for the new club badge:

















August 30th,  2015 – Finals Day

Despite it being an overcast day, the rain mainly stayed away for the SWF Bowls Club annual Finals Day on Sunday August 30th at the Champions Manor bowls green.  Final matches were played in three club competitions with Lee Mint winning the Plate competition, John Kenton and Ray Dickens winning the Pairs competition and once again Ian Hennessey being crowned club Singles champion.

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August 23rd,  2015 – Marconi Cup Final

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May 3rd,  2015 – OPEN Day

Despite it being a wet and rainy  day SWF Bowls Club went ahead with the annual Open Day on Sunday May 3rd  at the Champions Manor bowls green.  Club members were in attendance and members of the public were welcome to drop in for some basic tuition before trying their hand at bowls. Overall the event was judged to be a great success with several new members being signed up.     Click on individual pictures to enlarge.

March 2015 – New Badge Expected Soon

The Committee are designing a new badge for the Club and news of the final version is expected very soon – see below some of the designs created by David in October 2014:


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March 2015 – First win of the season in Indoor/Outdoor League

It was worth waiting for! At long last the club registered its first win of the season against Writtle BC. Ian Hennessey’s ‘Silver Surfers’ comprising Grace Allum, Dudley Joyce and Ian Carter won by 10 shots. On the other rink Lee Mint’s ‘Young Fledglings’ comprising Tom and Kath Russell  withh John Kenton won by 9 shots. This win gives us 8 points (10 total) and moves us up two place from the bottom of the league table.

February 2015 – Jamie has created a new Club Facebook page

The new social media page can be viewed here –

Also, don’t forget to follow the Club on Twitter – @SWFBOWLS

January 2015 –Club Treasurer Lee Mint appeals to the Town Clerk   

Dear Derek,


I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and all the Town Council staff a Happy New Year.


2014 was another very successful year for the Club and we were presented with some more trophies but, as you are aware, we have nowhere to display them. The Bowls Club are looking for your assistance in finding a small space at Champions Manor Hall for a trophy cabinet to be sited. The Bowls Club will make arrangements for a suitable cabinet to be made if space is provided. In support of our request I have attached ‘A New Year’s Tale’.


I look forward to hearing from you in the near future with a positive response.



Yours sincerely,



Lee Mint

Club Treasurer


A New Year’s Tale


“Once upon a time in days of old there lived a big bad character called Baron Elmwood who resided in the village of South Woodham Ferrers. One day Baron Elmwood decided to try and sell off the local school’s crown jewels which would result in a new housing estate being built on the school land. However, Baron Elmwood was totally unaware that, about that time, the Good Fairy Lilli (who knew everything) was delivering ‘meals on wheels’ to a poor Old Lady of the village. While she was dishing up a scrumptious dessert the Good Fairy Lilli told the Old Lady exactly what Baron Elmwood was trying to do – the Old Lady replied “fear not Good Fairy Lilli, he cannot do such a thing because there is a covenant on that very plot of land, and it states that it must be used for the good of the villagers”.

Later that same day the Good Fairy Lilli told her best friend, the handsome Prince Lee (village philosopher and all-round good egg), about her chat with the Old Lady. After much thought Prince Lee retired to bed where he fell into a deep sleep – he dreamt that one day a magnificent Manor Hall would be built on the old school land and it would be champion. He saw that Champions Manor Hall was to be a place of merriment for all villagers including the Elders who would occupy the upper floors. Adjacent to the hall he could see men and womenfolk in white and grey celebrating on the bowling green as their prowess at bowls gained them much success. As his dream developed Prince Lee saw the bowlers proudly place their trophies in a cabinet at Champions Manor Hall – the space for the cabinet (built by Elves from the Bowls Club) having been provided by the good Elders of the village.


Please make this fairy tale come true and find a little space in your Manor Hall for a trophy cabinet for the village Bowls Club, which so easily could have been a housing estate if the ‘Good Fairy Lilli’ was not caring for the poor folk of the village that day.”



Written by the now old and ugly Prince Lee, SWFBC Treasurer.




January 2015 – A few words from Club Treasurer Lee Mint


I would like to thank all those members that contributed towards the gift vouchers that were presented to me by John Kenton our ex Club Chairman. It is not very often that I am lost for words, but the surprise gift that was given at this year’s Christmas Dinner left me almost speechless. I was trying to say to John that this must be ‘the John and Lee mutual admiration society’ after awarding him the ‘Club Member of the year’ trophy, but the words would not come out properly.

I suppose there has been a couple of highlights since becoming Club Treasurer one is obtaining the £800 pound grant every year towards the cost of the room bookings, and also the ‘Bowlers Club Draw’. All the clubs in England can participate and during the five years that we were involved with the help of both our ex Chairmen Pat Glassock and John Kenton and members, we managed to win on 3 occasions and came second twice giving the club a revenue of over £8,000 pounds.

A lot of changes have occurred since I joined the committee, our chairman in those days was Jim Barnett supported by Chris Gold, Derrick Bolton, Mick Moyse and Ken Story, and it looks like I am the last man standing!

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy New Year and let’s hope that the club has another very successful season.

Regards Lee


December  2014 – Lee and Lilli at Potters

After winning a Bowls competition at Potters in 2013, Lee and Lilli Mint returned in December to compete in the Champion of Champions competition. After winning three games out of three, Lee and Lilli narrowly missed going forward to the semi-finals after losing a shot on the last end – getting this far was a major achievement given that there were thirty-seven teams competing.


November  2014 – New President Albert  Leddra

Before retirement Albert was a very successful businessman as well as being a founder member of the Club in 1998. He very quickly became an expert on artificial greens after volunteering to be the Club’s first greenkeeper. Everyone at the Club wishes Albert a very long and happy reign as President.


Albert Leddra - President

Albert Leddra – President

November 15th, 2014 – Quiz Night

Another successful Quiz Night was held in the Village Hall – all organized by Roger. The eventual winners were 1st Knobs & Knockers (Chairman Charles and friends) with runners-up being Seven Minus One (Sylvia and her friends). See below for pictures of both teams.