Thorncliffe Bowling Club News
Thorncliffe Bowling Club Lottery Bonus Ball Draw 26th January 2019
In a bid to improve Club funds Thorncliffe Bowling Club runs a Lottery Bonus Ball Draw for members.

Each person in the draw pays £2.00 per month of which £1.00 goes to the club, and £1.00 into the draw. Each person paying into the draw will be given a number between 1 - 59 (only 59 numbers in the lottery draw). The National Lottery Lotto Bonus Ball drawn on the last Saturday in the month will be the winning number. If no one has the number (if we do not sell all 59 numbers) it will roll over to the next draw.

The first Draw for 2019 was on 29th December 2018, the winning number was 45, and the winner of £59 is Jeff Ali.

In 2018 the draws were as follows;
29th December 2018, the winning number was 28, and the winner of £59 was John De Cann.
24th November 2018, the winning number was 10, and the winner of £59 was Brian Childs.
27th October 2018, the winning number was 56, and the winner of £59 was Neil Cockshaw.
29th September 2018,the winning number was 29, and the winner of £59 was Christine Cooke.
25th August 2018, the winning number was 48, and the winner of £59 was Judith Thompson.
28th July 2018, the winning number was 10, and the winner of £59 was Brian Childs.
30th June 2018, the winning number was 50, and the winner of £59 was Frances Parratt.
26th May 2018, the winning number was 3, and the winner of £59 was Bob Thompson.
28th April 2018, the winning number was 20, and the winner of £59 was Ann Hartley
31st March 2018, the winning number was 39, and the winner of £59 was Rebecca Thompson.
24th February 2018, the winning number was 7, and the winner of £59 was June Lawson.
27th January 2018, the winning number was 16, and the winner of £57 was Barry Clinton.
Posted on 28 Jan 2019 by Webmaster
Macmillan - World's Biggest Coffee Morning
The World's Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 28th September is Macmillan's biggest fundraising event for people facing cancer. Macmillan ask people all over the UK to host their own Coffee Mornings and donations on the day are made to Macmillan. Last year alone they raised over £27 million and together we can make this another successful year.

Having a Coffee Morning is the perfect chance to catch up over a cuppa and a slice of something delicious for a great cause.

One in two of us will face cancer, and the money we raise at our Coffee Morning will help Macmillan make sure no one has to face it alone.

Thorncliffe member, Sue Pass says "This year our Coffee Morning was again held at Chapeltown Library on the morning of Friday 28th September. A massive thank you to all for raising £736.60

For more details visit www.
Posted on 14 Oct 2018 by Webmaster
Thorncliffe's New Lady Champion
It seemed like another ordinary day when I received a call from one of our Thorncliffe members. "Have I got some extraordinary news" he said. "Go on then, surprise me" I replied. But I was not only surprised when he gave me the news, I was genuinely pleased. On Wednesday 1st August 2018 (Yorkshire Day) Thorncliffe member Joan Ramage had WON the Sheffield & District Parks Bowling Association Lady Veterans Individual Merit for 2018.
Joan qualified from the Lady Veterans qualifiers round on the Monday, and on the Wednesday beat Jane Richardson (Crooksmoor B.C.) in the quarter final, beating Janette Tizzard (Meersbrook Park B.C.) in the semi-final, and success came in the final by beating Sue Hill (Meersbrook B.C.).
Just for good measure the following day Joan reached the semi-final of the Ladies Individual Merit, and so received yet another prize!
Joan said "It feels marvellous to win at last"
Joan is a modest person off the green, but on the green transforms into a totally focussed player, always looking to win. 2018 marks the year when she is recognised as the best Lady Veteran player in Sheffield.
Posted on 03 Aug 2018 by Webmaster
Thorncliffe bags £1,000 from Tesco’s community grant scheme
Lynn Duncombe, the Funding Officer for Thorncliffe Bowling Club, is delighted to announce the club has bagged £1,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme.
Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £52 million to over 16,000 local community projects.
Posted on 19 May 2018 by Webmaster
Sponsors support Thorncliffe Bowling Club
Lynn Duncombe continues to have success on the funding front. Our friends at Lishmans LLP, Accountants and Business advisors based at Chapeltown, Sheffield, have repeated their 2017 support of Thorncliffe Bowling Club with a generous £100 donation. Lishman's have also provided professional support for Thorncliffe Community Sports over the last four years.

And now we have some support with a difference. Percol Coffee, a Fairtrade company based in London, have kindly donated some coffee bags. Now I don't know about you but I had to find out what on earth coffee bags are. I felt slightly foolish when Lynn patiently explained they are like tea bags, but contain real coffee. Obvious!

Thank you Percol.
Posted on 12 Apr 2018 by Webmaster
Thorncliffe receives new Defibrillator
What have Steve Beatson, Keith Booth, Lynn Duncombe, Ian Hague, Ann Hartley, Robert Hartley, John Sage, Judith Thompson, and Kerry Wragg got in common - other than a love of crown green bowls? Well, back on 4th October last year, they were all present and correct at The Staindrop Lodge Hotel, and slightly apprehensive. They had volunteered for training to be carried out by the NHS Yorkshire Ambulance Service. All the volunteers passed their training for AED & BLS (Automated External Defibrillator & Basic Life Support), and all the certificates have now been issued.

The training was a condition of a deal offered by the Westfield Health Charitable Trust for local sporting organisations that, on condition of satisfactorily completing training by Yorkshire Ambulance, at a cost of £400, they would provide, FREE, a defibrillator for the club. Thorncliffe Bowling Club's Funding Co-ordinator, Lynn Duncombe, was successful in securing a grant from the National Lottery Awards for All to cover all the cost of the training.

Thorncliffe Chairman, Ian Hague, said "It's tremendous that we now have on site an appliance that can literally mean the difference between life and death, and I sincerely wish that we are never called upon to use it. Knowing it is there, and that we are likely to have trained personnel close at hand to use it, is very reassuring"
Posted on 27 Mar 2018 by Webmaster
Two Words - Sign Here
Only two words, but at Staindrop Lodge Hotel on Monday evening 19th March 2018, two of the Trustees, Graham Elliott and Steve Beatson, of Thorncliffe Community Sports (TCS), did just that, they signed on the dotted line. The documents in question detailed a 25 year lease for property and land at Thorncliffe comprising the Tennis Courts, Bowling Greens and the old disused Tennis Courts. It had been a long time coming!

By May 2010 the Northern Community Assembly was beginning to formulate a Community Sports Park Masterplan. A presentation to the community was made in September 2011. By February 2013 we had the first constitution for Thorncliffe Sports & Community Development Group. Thorncliffe Community Sports, as it became known, was incorporated 2 September 2014, and also registered as a charity.

What happens next?

Sheffield City Council now need to countersign the lease, and then at long last, the TCS Playing Committee can meet and help the TCS trustees determine the priorities and goals for the future.
Posted on 24 Mar 2018 by Webmaster
Banish those winter blues! It's nearly opening time!
Is it me, or did this last winter seem particularly long, wet and gloomy? And the recent heavy snows seemed to be particularly ironic, occurring after the first day of spring!
Well this is a reminder that our greens are still due to open on Wednesday 28th March. The first league fixtures are set for Monday 9th April. So, this may be a timely reminder to all our members to make sure that you have paid your club membership for the 2018 season.
Posted on 21 Mar 2018 by Webmaster
Thorncliffe Bowling Club Lottery Bonus Ball
Brief notice from the Lottery Secretary, Sue Pass, to all members that we have two numbers not taken up for January. The numbers are 11 and 17. The cost is £12.00 each. According to the Thorncliffe Bowling Club Lottery rules if the numbers are not taken, and they are drawn out, it will roll over to the next month.
So, if you are interested please get in touch with Sue.
Posted on 21 Jan 2018 by Webmaster
Thorncliffe ex-member dies in M1 crash
Elizabeth Harrison, 86, of Roper Lane, Thurgoland, was a rear seat passenger in a Nissan Qashqai involved in a collision on the southbound carriageway at around 2:15pm on Saturday, 30th December. The incident occurred between junction 29 for Chesterfield and junction 28 for Alfreton.

Elizabeth was taken to Sheffield's Northern General Hospital by Air Ambulance, but sadly died in hospital.

A 90-year-old passenger in the same vehicle, believed to be her husband, Roy, who was transported by road ambulance, remains there in a critical condition.

It is understood one of the couple's children had been on a visit to the UK from their home in Spain for the festive period, with the couple travelling to see another of their children when the collision occurred.

Elizabeth was probably better know to Thorncliffe members as Betty, and was a member until 2015.

Anyone with information should send Derbyshire police a message online by visiting You can also call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

I am sure that all Thorncliffe members would like to extend their condolences and sympathies to Betty's family.
Posted on 06 Jan 2018 by Webmaster
Macmillan - World's Biggest Coffee Morning
Coffee Morning is a great excuse to get your friends together for coffee and cake, and raise money for a good cause. There are now 2.5 million people in the UK living with cancer. By 2030, it will be 4 million people, and we want to be there for them all. One in three of us will get cancer, and it will be one of the toughest things we'll ever have to face. Macmillan's goal is to make sure no one faces cancer alone. The money raised at Coffee Mornings will make sure no one has to face it alone.
It's Macmillan's biggest fundraising event, where they ask people across the UK to hold a coffee morning and raise money for people living with cancer. In 2016, 154,000 people signed up, raising a record £29.5 million.
Cancer is the toughest fight most of us will ever face. And as treatments improve, more and more people are living with cancer in their daily lives. The money raised at Coffee Morning will help make sure no one has to face cancer without support, from the moment they are diagnosed, through treatment and beyond.

Thorncliffe member, Sue Pass says "This year the Coffee Morning was again held at Chapeltown Library on Friday 29th September, from 10:00 a.m until 12 noon. In 2016 we raised £711.

We had a fantastic result on Friday, with lot's of our bowling club members braving terrible weather. A very big thank you from myself for all their support. The total raised was £824.25. This amount includes all crafts I have sold over tbe passed few months which raised a total of £435.90. Totally amazing I cannot thank them enough."

For more details visit www.
Posted on 01 Oct 2017 by Webmaster
New Team Shelter
Thorncliffe Bowling Club want to raise money towards their latest project, another Team Shelter for the lower green, with an expected cost of just under £6,000. Foundations are complete and the shelter is due to be erected by 25th May.

In March this year Lynn Duncombe agreed to take on the role of securing funding and started visiting businesses in Chapeltown and High Green, hoping to persuade them to advertise their business at the green, and support the club financially at the same time.

Lynn wasn't having much luck until she decided to try Lishmans LLP (accountants to Thorncliffe Community Sports, and formerly known as Eura Audit UK), a long established business in Chapeltown. They weren't interested in advertising, but wanted to support the local community and very generously donated £100.

She then heard from the Active Chiropractic Clinic on Loundside, who she had visited two weeks previously, and who were interested in advertising. She had discussions with their Practice Manager, Shellie Fleming, about the size and design of banner, and two weeks later their Directors Drs Claudia D'Aloia and Kerrie Fleming came up to the green, and we fixed their banner to the railings behind the bottom green. They were very happy with the outcome and donated £150 for the advertising space.

Lynn is continuing to look for more advertising, and would be grateful if anyone knows of a business who would be interested.

She has also applied to Tesco Foundation (the carrier bag scheme) for a grant to help towards the shelter cost. The application has been accepted so far, as a scheme they would be interested in supporting, but is now awaiting the full Foundation Panel approval.
Posted on 20 May 2017 by Webmaster
Open Day Sunday 9th April
Glorious sunshine met our members and South Yorkshire coaches on Open Day. There was a good turnout of members and some people who had never bowled before came to take advantage of learning to bowl with the coaches. The ladies once again providing an excellent range of cakes and serving teas and coffees to the thirsty.

Members will recall that Robert Mallekin was at our AGM last year to help promote our membership drive by providing different games and a cash incentive. He, along with Alan Tizzard and Alan’s wife set up a course on the top green. Thorncliffe Membership Secretary John De Cann said "I know that many members took advantage of the coaches being there by going round the course and having their bowling faults corrected. Some of us actually wondered how we had managed to play so well before with such bad techniques!"

The club received £50 from SYCCGBA for hosting the event and will receive another £250 on completion of a further 10 one hour coaching sessions with those non members who turned up on the day. These sessions have to be completed by the end of April. Membership Secretary, John De Cann, was delighted that four of those bowling for the first time said they would return on the following Tuesday.

A colourful greeting.
Something sharp with something on the edge.
A sport where you find the opposite of fairness.

John was asked by Secretary Fran Parratt to see if he could get the Open Day promoted on Radio Sheffield. I don’t know if anyone listens to Radio Sheffield on a Sunday morning but there is a programme from ten to one o’clock in the afternoon called ‘Clueless’ where the public phone in to answer cryptic clues and guide a presenter to various places in South Yorkshire. John managed to get the club on the Radio when presenter Kat Harbourne arrived at the greens shortly before eleven. He presented her with the next clue which took her to Hillsborough. We gave her a slice of chocolate cake and a cup of tea. She said, on air, that the cake was delicious.

Above is the clue which got the radio car to our greens. For those struggling with it –

A colourful greeting …… Hi green.
Something sharp with something on the edge …… Sharp = thorn, on the edge = cliff.
A sport where you find the opposite of fairness …… Opposite of fairness = biased.
The public got the opposite of fairness as foul so the team went first to the Leisure Centre and then to the football pitches before finding us. We also managed to get a plug in for Millhouses Open Day on Sunday 23rd April.
Posted on 23 Apr 2017 by Webmaster
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