President 2016

I am very honoured to be president of Ards Bowling Club this year.

Our Opening Day for the start of the new outdoor season was Saturday 26th March 2016. There was a very good turnout of members on the day and the weather held up very well.  Congratulations to all the prize winners, it was a very close battle with 7 players in the play off for first prize.  It was a very enjoyable day as I also had a surprise visit from friends from Hillpark Bowling Club in Glasgow.  I would like to thank them for the lovely gifts they presented me with on the day.  I first met the Hillpark bowlers on our Glasgow trip, which is run every other year, in 2004 and I have thoroughly enjoyed the visits to Hillpark over the years.

My wife Ann & I started going to Ards Bowling Club around the late 70s/early 80s just as visitors to the Saturday night functions.  Then after we were married and moved to Newtownards from Killinchy, we started going more frequently to the club on Saturday nights and became social members which in turn got me more involved with the club.

I was asked by the late John Thompson who we sat with on a Saturday night, did I ever think of taking up the bowls? He said to come down on a Sunday morning as some of the boys came down for a throw up.  I did just that the following morning and two of the first people I met were Bruce Martin and Tommy Haggan.  Friendships began and I got hooked on the bowls and soon after that I became a full member and started playing for the club.

I was selected for committee some years later and voted on to the Entertainment Committee and now look after our club entertainment, functions and bookings.  We have a very hard working committee all pulling in the same direction to work for the good of the club and that in turn makes for a strong club.

Ann Dickson receiving flowers from the clubs Hon Secretary Jim Fulton!
I would like to wish all our teams the very best for the incoming season after the very good results we had last year with the mid week and junior teams. Hopefully we can add to it this year.  I would like to also wish our members who are entered into club and external competitions, all the very best for this season.

I would like to wish Mr Francis Mullan, President of the Veterans section and Mrs Nessie Spence, President of the Ladies section, a very successful and enjoyable season.

A big thank you to our match Secretary, Mr David McCloy for all his hard work behind the scenes organising and running the competitions.  Also to Gareth and Bryan for the great job they do with our website and to the Ladies for our catering.  A Final thank you to James, for the hard work he puts in to preparing and maintaining the green each year along with all the other work he attends to around the club.

Have a great season and enjoy your bowls!

Richard Dickson
President 2016

Billy Mc Coo, Ann and Richard
Gareth Mckee, Ann and Richard
John Gibson, Ann and Richard
Will Smyth, Ann and Richard