News 2020


Bonus Ball Winners for December

05.12 - #18 Mary Buchanan
12.12 - # 59 Jim Adams
19.12 - #23 George Dark
26.12 - #06 Muriel Findlay

The 6 winners of the Christmas Draw receiving £20 each were;
#26 - Mattie McDougall
#43 - John Devlin
#44 - Tom MacDougall
#46 - Gavin Stewart
#52 - Robby Matthews
#55 - Margaret Adams

Bonus Ball Winners for November

44 Tom MacDougall
13 Margaret Rattray
47 Eileen Hermiston
32 Betty Campbell


Normally played as the floodlit event, this year the Davy Leggatt Trophy was held in the afternoon this year . A round-robin contest with six triples taking part, the unbeaten winners were Jimmy Hermiston, Chris Boynes and Peter Gardiner. Congratulations to them on winning the final competition of the season we thought might never happen.


The punultimate competition of an unusual season was the Australian Pairs format Blackadder Pairs. After two groups had played the round robin stage, the final between the group winners was won by Roseanne McRobert and Richie Baird, who beat Robert Christie and Neil Baillie.


The Barhaul Pairs competition was held on a beautiful late September day, beginning in the morning and closing as dusk fell. After three rounds of matches the final came down to a contest between Douglas Craik and Tom MacDougall, and Peter Hobbs and Neil Baillie. Both sets were tightly contested but Douglas and Tom managed to win both on the final end and were deserving winners of the Trophy.

Many thanks to Barhaul for their sponsorship of this competition.

During the afternoon, Hamie McRobert's memorial bench was unveiled in a short ceremony. There are some pictures from the day on the Photos page.



The Nominated Pairs (2 Bowl Pairs) competition took place over the course of this week, and Friday saw a repeat of last year's final with John Devlin and Chris Boynes taking on Sandra Devlin and George Dark. Not only was the line-up the same as last year, but the result was the same too, with Sandra and George retaining their title. Congratulations to them, and commiserations to the runners-up - but Sandra keeps the bragging rights in the Devlin household for another year.



Gents' Medal: Richie Baird 21 v 13 David Campbell

Reid Cup: Neil Baillie 21 v 14 Douglas Craik

President's Cup: Peter Gardiner 21 v 10 Pat Spicer

Pitilie Shield: John Devlin 21 v 8 Stephen Dow


Seniors: Neil Baillie 21 v 16 David Campbell

Black Watch Trophy: Peter Gardiner 21 v 14 Douglas Craik


Ladies Championship: Alison Steele 21 v 13 Roseanne McRobert



The Top Team competition, sponsored by Ray and Diana Taylor, took place on Saturday with four teams of five taking part. After an enjoyable afternoon of bowling the winners were Douglas Craik, Tom MacDougall, Anne Walls, Pat Spicer and Neil Baillie.


The Stewart Triples competition took place on Sunday 30th with seven triples taking part. After two rounds the final came down to a contest between the triples of John Steele, Davy Campbell and Chris Boynes, and Pat Spicer, Alison Steele and John Devlin. In a high-scoring game with some dramatic moments it was Pat, Alison and John who were deserving winners.



The Leszke Trophy singles competition was played as a round robin event with the winners of the four groups going through to the semi-finals, in which Peter Gardiner beat Eric Slorance, and Neil Baillie beat Davy Campbell. The final was a tight affair until the penultimate end when Peter produced a top quality bowl to trail the jack and go from three down to three up. The trophy and prizes were presented by our generous sponsor Willie Leszke.



The Club Pairs, kindly sponsored by Stephen Dow, was played over the course of this week. The semi-finals on the Thursday saw John Steele and Neil Baillie beat Jean Taggart and Gavin Stewart, while on the next rink George Dark and Chris Boynes were beating Tom MacDougall and Douglas Craik. In the final George and Chris took an early lead and held on to it comfortably to run out winners by 21-10. Congratulations to them and commiserations to John on losing his second final in the space of a couple of weeks! - Knocking on the door ...

Pictures on the Photos 2020 page.



The Greenscape Pairs, generously sponsored by our greenkeeper Donny Meldrum took place over this weekend. Some excellent bowling saw the semi-finals won by Richie Baird and Peter Gardiner who beat Jimmy Hermiston and Chris Boynes, and by Eric Slorance and Adam Gallie who beat John Steele and Alison Steele. In the final Eric and Adam built a lead of 13-8 and managed the last few ends very effectively to run out the eventual winners. Congratulations to them. Pictures on the Photos 2020 page courtesy of Pat Spicer.



This week saw the McKinlay 2 Bowls Singles competition culminate in a final between George Dark and Davy Campbell. Davy got off to a good start and a 6-1 lead after the early exchanges, but George recovered well to take the lead and finished with some excellent bowls to see out the game. Montage of pictures on the Photos 2020 page.


The Barnett Trophy mixed pairs competition was played over the week, culminating in a final between Anne Woolley and Neil Baillie, and John and Alison Steele. The previous two rounds were played in very wet conditions, but the final was blessed with better weather, and it was the partnership of Anne and Neil that came out on top.


The green was belatedly opened today by a small number of socially-distanced members led by President Peter Hobbs who spoke of the recent sad loss of Hamie McRobert.

The first jack of the season was cast by the club's senior member Jean Taggart. See the Photos 2020 page.



A Message from the President, Peter Hobbs

Posted 28th May 2020

Hi All


You are no doubt all aware that the First Minister said that subject to confirmation on Thursday, 28th May, bowling greens may at the discretion of each club Committee reopen from 29th May subject to a number of restrictions.  Our Committee has met, discussed the matter, and decided to open the green on Saturday morning, 30th May at 10.00am.


This is a welcome return of our sport but I regret that it will not be bowling as we know it. Copies of the Guidance to Clubs and Members together with FAQs are available here. Basically we will only be able to use three rinks during any one session i.e. rinks 1, 3 and 5 or 2, 4 and 6 and to ensure adherence please note in the diary in the pavilion the time when you hope to play;  a maximum of four people per rink ensuring social distance; no competitive games to be played either internally or against external opposition; half hour gap between session to enable all items touched eg mats, jacks, bowls to be sanitised before reuse and the safe departure and arrival of bowlers; clubhouse including bar facilities and toilets should remain closed. Full details are contained in these documents. The Committee realise that these are not ideal rules under which to play bowls but they at least allow us, or following the exact letter of the “Guidance”, some of us back onto the green!  


Keep safe

Peter Hobbs


Coronavirus Update - a message from the President

21st May 2020

I am sure most of you will be aware that the First Minister told the Scottish Parliament today that she hopes to be able to begin easing lockdown restrictions from the end of next week. It was great to hear that bowls is one of the outdoor recreations that will be included in the first phase when it goes ahead. The Committee will have a virtual on line meeting next week to firm up on the arrangements and requirements for the green opening that were discussed at our meeting last week. When it is known for certain when play can begin the detailed arrangements will be circulated to members.

Unfortunately one thing that will not be available for use from the opening is the clubhouse. This is a great pity because it is now looking tremendous after its facelift and alterations with much improved facilities and heating.

From a financial perspective the club is secure for the future thanks to a grant received from P&K and also the payment of subscriptions. Around 98% of playing members have paid and this shows a tremendous level of commitment by the membership to the future existence of the club. To the remaining 2% please be aware that use of the green will only be open to members and anyone unpaid by 1st June is in terms of the Constitution no longer a member.

I hope to be able to circulate the opening and playing arrangements to all members in the very near future.

Keep safe

Peter Hobbs


Coronavirus Update - a message from the President, Peter Hobbs

25th March 2020


Dear Member
After discussion with Committee Members the following sets out the actions we have decided to take to deal with the current unprecedented situation and ask for your help and support at this difficult time.

Main Clubhouse.


I was hoping that the clubhouse could remain open and the green possibly available for informal use however the announcements yesterday by the UK and Scottish Governments preclude this so with immediate effect the clubhouse will be closed for all activities.  A full stock take will be taken and held by the committee.  Any violation of the bar closure could jeopardize our drinks licence, which would devastate the club's future. 
Opening of the green


This will be delayed until the “lockdown”restrictions are lifted as gatherings outdoors are currently forbidden. 


No doubt you are aware that all Bowls Scotland and Perthshire competitions are cancelled already.  Similarly at a local level, Hat Night, the Try Bowls, Mens Outing etc and all club competitions are cancelled until further notice. Friendlies for the early part of the season have been cancelled and we must await events to see if any towards the end of the season can take place. 


This is a very difficult area of discussion and as such I propose; There will no charge for Social members, and if any have already paid they will be reimbursed.  Full members, these are difficult times and it is likely that at the very best we will only see half of the season available for any play. The club is still required to pay for energy, water, cutting of the green etc, these do not come cheap and are in excess of £12,000 per year. I cannot insist that in these difficult times every member should pay their membership fee which was set at £80 at the AGM. All I will ask is that every member looks at their own circumstances and contributes accordingly and any additional donations will be most welcome. Any shortfall between income and expenditure will require to be made up from reserves if we are to survive until another year. It should be remembered that anyone not paying the subscription will have to reapply for membership the following year and maybe faced with a joining fee as well as a subscription to help replenish club funds. Subscriptions should be paid as soon as possible by BACS to Account No 00101485, Sort Code 80-05-22 with your name in the details or if this is not possible by cheque to the Treasurers home address 23A Dunkeld Street, Aberfeldy PH15 2AA. 
I hope that this virus will at some stage be beaten and that the Club can reopen and return to normality. Until then please keep safe and think of how you can prevent this horrible virus from spreading.
Peter Hobbs

Presentation Night 14th March 2020

The Presentation Night for trophies won in the 2019 season was held on 14th March. It was held over from last year because of the refurbishment of the clubhouse. A montage of the prize winners receiving the trophies from President Peter Hobbs can be seen on the Photos 2020 page.


Aberfeldy Bowling Club AGM and Prize Giving

The Annual General Meeting of the Aberfeldy Bowling Club will be held in the Clubhouse on Sunday 23rd February 2020 commencing at 2.00pm.

Papers can be downloaded from the links below.


Minutes of the 2019 AGM

The Prize Giving will take place in the Clubhouse on Saturday 14th March at 7.00pm. If you intend to be present at the Prize Giving please advise me at the AGM or before the 4th March to enable the necessary arrangements to be made.

J Adams