FOND MEMORIES OF MEMBERS WHO ARE NOW PLAYING AT THAT CLUB IN THE SKY, WHERE ALL DRAWS ARE ON THE JACK AND FIRING SHOTS NEVER MISS.
IT IS WITH MUCH REGRET THAT I ADVISE THAT RAY HAZELDEN PASSED AWAY on 23rd March 2022 FOLLOWING AN ACCIDENT IN HIS GARDEN OVER THE WEEKEND.
Ray had been a short mat member since the start of our TBC short mat section in 2010. He had represented our club in the West Kent League for many years.
Of course he had also been an enthusiastic and loyal lawn bowling member at our local club Riverside Tonbridge.
Another lovely and friendly chap is lost to us all.
The funeral has been arranged at the Tunbridge Wells Cemetery Chapel next to the Crematorium at 10am on Tuesday 8th March followed by a cuppa at Tonbridge Bowling Club. Any donations to the Hospice in the Weald.
I very much regret to advise that our dear friend and member Malcolm Copnell passed away this morning the 4th February 2022 after a short illness.
Malcolm a member for 21 years, was a keen and enthusiastic bowler who served on the Management Committee for seven years as Treasurer and had a ten years involvement with the club finances. His annual reports at the AGM cheered us all up with many amusing comments and reflected his sense of humour. I found him to be a great friend and support on the Management Committee, and appreciated especially his thoughtful and fair decisions.
As Captain of a Sevenoaks League or Tuesday triple team he would regularly attend all matches to encourage and support his team members.
I consider that his service to our club was very much appreciated by members and he will be greatly missed by all.
The funeral took place at Tonbridge Methodist Church in Higham Lane on Monday 7th March at 11.15am followed by a family service at the Tunbridge Wells Crematorium.A gathering/wake will then take place at Poult Wood Golf Club from 2.00pm. All welcome.
See service at Tonbridge Methodist Church including wonderful Eulogy from son Pete–
I very much regret to advise that Tony Worboys passed away last Thursday 6th January 2022. Many will remember Tony, a member for just five years who loved his lawn and short mat bowls. A friendly and such a helpful chap who always volunteered to help the Pavilion and Grounds teams in any way he could.
IT IS WITH MUCH REGRET THAT I ADVISE THAT JANET DYAS PASSED AWAY EARLY ON MONDAY THE 6th DECEMBER 2021 IN TONBRIDGE HOUSE CARE HOME. JANET JOINED THE CLUB IN 2011 AND SUPPORTED ALL OF OUR BOWLING AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES- LAWN BOWLS, SHORT MAT BOWLS AND TEN PIN BOWLING SESSIONS. CHAIR OF THE SHORT MAT SECTION IN 2014/5. SHE WILL BE MISSED BY MEMBERS AND HER MANY FRIENDS.
IT IS WITH MUCH REGRET THAT I ADVISE THAT LINDA MANTLE PASSED AWAY ON THE 19TH AUGUST AFTER A LONG ILLNESS.
Linda, a Non-Playing member has supported George at the club for 20 years. She loved the social events especially the Dinner Dances, Elvis evenings, Quizzes, President Matches and Finals days.
I very much regret to advise that ROB SCROBY passed away on Monday 1st February 2021.
Rob was a lovely chap who joined Tonbridge Bowling Club in 2004.
Initially enjoyed the competitive side with a very accurate draw and in recent times
regularly participated in roll ups and was keen on our social functions.
Doug Adams, a member for 26 years passed away on the 2nd August after an accident in the town. He was a tower of strength at the club in the early days at Longmead, having carried out many of the committee functions, including vice-Captain, Captain, Chairman of the Ground & Pavilion Committee for seven years and vice-President since 2009. An enthusiastic bowler, having won various Club competitions. Family funeral will be held on Monday 7th September at the TW Crematorium, with restricted attendees due to the current Covid regulations. He will missed by us all.
Former member Graham Langley passed away on Thursday 16th April 2020 after a long battle with Emphysema. We all send Pauline and her family our sympathy and thoughts at this sad time. Graham joined the Club in 1993 and I remember the afternoon roll ups with the old regulars at the old club with long chats and many cups of tea.
KEN WEBSTER- OCTOBER 2018-
Ken Webster passed away recently aged 88, after a fall at home. He had been a member since 2007, and was an enthusiastic player, until a serious illness in recent years. He remained at the Club as a Non-Playing member and was always keen to hear the news from the Club.
Ken was a very popular, (especially with the ladies), easy going friendly chap who had made many pals during his period at the Club.
He will be missed by all members and his many friends.
PAUL GILES-February 2018
It is with much regret that I advise that Paul Giles passed away suddenly and unexpectantly on the 27th February 2018. Paul joined the club only last year at the BDA open day. He was such an enthusiastic bowler and had entered every competition available for the coming season. He was a keen supporter of the Club and was part of the new grounds team.
HONORARY MEMBER AND PAST PRESIDENT DON CAMPBELL PASSED AWAY ON FRIDAY 2ND FEBRUARY 2018.
Don was a member for 34 years, a keen and competitive bowler, served on the Management Committee for five years before a severe stroke struck him down when working on the old club pavilion at the Angel ground.
Subsequently he was determined to continue with bowls and changed to a left hander and resumed his enthusiastic approach to the sport. During the last 20 years he has supported Joan in her Nationals & Counties and the Club on all important occasions.
He had a wicked sense of humour, was loved by many and always pleased to chat and encourage and support members.
DORIS KENNEDY October 2016
It is with much regret that I advise that Doris Kennedy passed away on the 21st October 2016 in Pembury Hospital after a short illness.
Doris joined the Club in 1987, served on the Ladies Committee for nine years including five years as Ladies Match Secretary and bowling for many years until 2005. After John passed away she moved to a retirement home in Southborough.
Maureen Hockley passed away on 11th April 2016.
Maureen joined the Club in 1989 and was on the Ladies Bowling Committee for 14 years from 1994 through to 2008. During this period she held important posts of Vice-Captain from 1996/8, Ladies Captain from 1999/2000 and Ladies Chairman 2007/8.
She was a friendly, welcoming and helpful lady. Always smiling even during these recent difficult times.
HONORARY MEMBER JOAN HELLYER PASSED AWAY ON 19TH MARCH 2016.
Joan joined the Club in 1989 and during her active playing years won four Ladies County Championships-the Kent Fours in 1989 & 1996, the Kent Triples in 1994 and Kent Pairs in 1997. She was also very successful in our own Club Championships winning 26 Ladies Competitions and the Club Championship in 1992, 1996 and 1997. Joan was Secretary of the Ladies Bowling Committee for 11 years from 1996 to 2006.
ERIC PASSED AWAY ON SATURDAY 6TH FEBRUARY 2016 JUST A COUPLE OF WEEKS BEFORE HIS 95TH BIRTHDAY.
He was a member for 23 years and an enthusistic bowler, winning four club championship competitions in his eighties. A good supporter of bowling and social functions with a wicked sense of humour and endless jokes & quips!
FORMER CAPTAIN, VICE-CAPTAIN, WEDNESDAY CAPTAIN AND SECRETARY OF THE BOWLING COMMITTEE RON CURTIS PASSED AWAY AT PEMBURY HOSPITAL ON THE 18TH SEPTEMBER 2015. A BOWLING MEMBER FOR 18 YEARS AFTER HE GAVE UP HIS BADMINTON WITH ST GREGORYS AND GOLF AT HOLTYE.
HE WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR THE MANY QUIZ EVENINGS HE SO ENJOYED ORGANISING AS WELL AS HIS COMPETITIVE APPROACH TO ALL SPORT.
Ken Passey passed away on 16th August 2015 after a long illness.
Ken joined the Club in 1977 and for some 20 years served on the Bowling and Management Committees. Match Secretary, Honorary Secretary, Captain, Treasurer, Chairman and President are some of the many offices he carried out so successfully.
FORMER CAPTAIN, CHAIRMAN AND PRESIDENT LEN HARRISON PASSED AWAY AT MAIDSTONE HOSPITAL ON THE 31ST MARCH 2014.
LEN JOINED THE CLUB IN 1985 AND FROM 1987 SERVED ON THE MEN’S COMMITTEE, 1988 CLUB CAPTAIN, 1991 & 2011 VICE CAPTAIN, CHAIRMAN IN 1992 AND 2004 /2007, VICE-PRESIDENT 2002/2008 AND PRESIDENT IN 2009/2010.
HE WAS GRANTED HONORARY MEMBERSHIP IN 2008.
LEN WAS HEAVILY INVOLVED WITH THE LEGAL NEGOTIATIONS WITH TMBC AT THE TIME OF OUR MOVE FROM CENTRAL TONBRIDGE TO THE LONGMEAD SITE.
HE WAS AN ENTHUSIASTIC BOWLER REPRESENTING THE CLUB IN VARIOUS COMPETITIONS AND ALWAYS REMEMBERED HIS EARLY DAYS WHEN TONBRIDGE HAD THREE TEAMS IN THE FIRST DIVISION OF THE SEVENOAKS & DISTRICT LEAGUE.
KNOWN TO ALL AS “SILVERS”, PRESIDENT JOHN PASSED AWAY PEACEFULLY IN HIS SLEEP ON THE 16TH JULY 2013. THE PREVIOUS EVENING HE HAD SUPPORTED OUR BERT COX TEAM AT TOWNSEND HOOK.
JOHN JOINED THE CLUB IN 1991 AND FROM THE FOLLOWING YEAR SERVED A DECADE AS WEDNESDAY CAPTAIN, VICE-CAPTAIN AND CAPTAIN. HE WAS AN ENTHUSIASTIC BOWLER REPRESENTING THE CLUB IN VARIOUS COMPETITIONS AND IN RECENT YEARS REGULARLY SUPPORTED THE MEN’S LEAGUE TEAM MATCHES.
HE WAS GRANTED HONORARY MEMBERSHIP IN 2010 AND HAD BEEN PRESIDENT FOR THREE YEARS.
Bill Kemsley passed away on Sunday 1st April 2012, after an accident at his daughters home. He had only joined the Club in 2008, but was an enthusiastic member, supporting both the matches and competitions, as well as joining in many of the social functions. Bill was a very popular, easygoing friendly chap who had made many pals during his relatively short period at the Club.
PETER EDWARDS- JANUARY 2012
Peter Edwards passed away at the Hospice in the Weald, on Friday 13th January 2012, after a brave battle against cancer. He had been a member since 1985 and for many years was the Club “chippy”, working on many projects with the Ground & Pavilion Committee.
He was a great supporter of the Club, participating in League and Friendly Matches as well as County & Club Competitions. A formidable bowler, only last Summer he had great pleasure in destroying the Club Secretary in the Club Two Wood Championship! Peter was a very popular, easygoing but hardworking member of the Club and will be missed by all members.
Our former Captain, Tony Hollands passed away on the 14th July 2011 after a long and brave battle against cancer He had been a member since 1993, and during his time at the Club had served on the Pavilion & Ground Committee, was Wednesday Captain in recent years and served as Club Captain during our Centenary celebrations. A great supporter of the Club not only in Club matches, the Millennium & Sevenoaks Leagues but also the various social occasions, barbecues and Ladies days.
Our Captain, Bryan Falloon passed away suddenly on the 31st January 2009. He had been a member since 1999, and during his time at the Club had been Competition Secretary and Wednesday Captain for some five years and President of the Sevenoaks & District League. A very keen bowler with strong views on the development of the game, he was also an enthusiastic indoor bowler at the Angels IBC and Treasurer of the Tunbridge Wells autumn lawn bowling tour. Bryan had recently qualified as an Umpire and will be missed by members and his many friends.
Mike McGuire passed away suddenly on the 11th June 2010. He had been a member since 1994, and during his time at the Club had been both vice-Captain & Captain.
A very keen and aggressive bowler, he won both the Club Men’s Handicap and Men’s Pairs competitions last year.
Our longest serving member, Vice-President Harry Abraham passed away on Friday 24th October 2008.
Harry originally joined the Club in 1962 and after a short spell at Tunbridge Wells Bowls Club in the mid sixties rejoined in 1979.
He carried out many tasks including Captain, Chairman and President. Harry had just celebrated his 90th birthday and will be missed by all of his many friends. A minutes silence was held at the Annual Dinner Dance in his memory.
Jeff Joyce, a member for 25 years passed away suddenly on the 8th October 2006.
He was a tower of strength at the club, having carried out many of the committee functions, including Treasurer, vice -Captain, Captain, Chairman of the men’s bowling committee and President. An enthusiastic bowler, having won the Two Wood, Handicap & Club Championships.
Jeff started the Club web-site project, but this was only in its formative stage when he died. This TBC web-site has been continued & expanded in his memory.