Presentation Lunch

On a sunny and warm Sunday, 21st October, Merrow’s Presentation Lunch took place at the Guildford Masonic Centre. Sitting on the terrace, you would have been forgiven for thinking that we were in the middle of Summer, not well into Autumn.

There was a good turnout of club members and partners, with proceedings ably managed by David Matthews.

To keep everyone amused, Tony Cekys had created a quiz for the event. Each couple had two sheets of twenty questions, and we all set to work trying to work out the answers. I must say that Tony is a tough quizmaster! The quiz passed a few minutes before we went up for our lunch, which all enjoyed; very tasty. Our thanks go to Vince and the catering team for their cheerful service.

Once we had finished lunch, we moved on to the presentations. The awards are mainly for the club competitions, with a couple of other items that aren’t competitions. The photos below show the winners and runners-up receiving the awards, all presented by our Chairman, David Matthews.

Presentations over, we moved swiftly on to the raffle. All prizes were donated to the lunch by club members, so a big thank-you to all that helped make the raffle a success. Sue Reigate and Lorna Raison had been busy selling tickets to the assembled throng, who studied their numbers closely for that winning ticket. We also had the quiz answers, with prizes for the highest scores. Team Wills and Mead came out on top in the first round, winning some chocolates. The second round was decided on a tie break, with Team Duddy getting the spoils. Great fun.


The prizes await


A fine selection of raffle prizes


Ken, Leslie, Debbie and David consider the quiz


This looks like a rowdy bunch!


John, Sally, Joan and Allen get stuck in to the quiz


Robin discusses one of the questions with Brian and Richard


Would you argue with this man?


Still trying to get those elusive answers. Where was JMW Turner’s house?


Calm down Ken!


Tony Cekys, winner of the Men’s Championship. Runner-up, Bob Carey.


Sally Wills, winner of the Ladies’ Championship


Debbie Ewins, Ladies’ Championship runner-up


Ken Burburry, winner of the Junior Championship


Julian Ellis, Junior Championship runner-up


David Ewins, winner of the 2 Wood Singles. Runner-up, Tony Cekys.


Tony Cekys, winner of the 3 Wood Singles. Runner-up, Bob Carey.



Tony Cekys, winner of the Handicap Singles.


John Wills, overcome at receiving his Handicap Singles runner-up medal


John Wills, winner of the Novices Oliver Cup


Julian Ellis receiving his Novices runner-up medal


Joan Mead and Debbie Ewins, winners of the Ladies Drawn Pairs.


Lesley Burburry and Sally Wills, Ladies Drawn Pairs runners-up


David Ewins and Mark Hosking, winners of the Men’s Drawn Pairs


Allen Mead, Men’s Drawn Pairs runner-up together with Bob Carey, who was unable to attend.


David and Debbie Ewins, winners of the Mixed Pairs


David and Lorna Raison, Mixed Pairs runners-up


David Ewins, winner of the 101 competition. Runner-up, Bob Carey.


Julian Ellis, Most Improved Player award


Tony proudly displays his awards


David Ewins receives a special prize for his work.


A little something for Jean, who is always ready to help with the teas on match days

Len Merritt, who was unable to attend, was recognised for his work on our new equipment shed and sundry other tasks, receiving the Stentiford Shield in his absence.

If you would like a copy of any of the photos, either digitally or printed, please contact David Raison.

Thanks everyone

A big thank you to everyone that helped “put the green to bed”.

We are making great strides towards improving our green and, with members’ help, over the next few months we should really see a great change in the playing surface. If you are able to give up some time to help out, do let David Ewins know.

A special mention for Graham, from Bowls England, who has been advising us on the work programme and also providing some equipment as and when needed. An invaluable resource.


David spreading the top dressing. We used the best part of three tons!


Julian brushing in the grass seed after the second application of top dressing