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POTTERS - Norfolk - East Coast Triples/Pairs 2019  http://www.shortmatnorfolk.couk/information/open-competitions/potters-may-break.html

POTTERS - Norfolk - Potters Cup 2018

TLH Leisure Resort - Torquay -

Potters - Norfolk -

Trouville Hotel - IOW -

Warners Bowls Breaks -

Breakaway Leisure (Bob Weafer)  -

Warman Leisure Holidays (Mel & Barry Dillon) -

Manor House & Ashbury Hotels - Okehampton -

Bells Hotel - Forest of Dean -

Hackness Grange - (near Scarborough) - email Joe Devassey at (01723 882037)



Athena Hotel - Cyprus - Use Internet!!

Lanzarote -

First Choice - Cyprus, Egypt, Spain -





2017 POTTERS EAST COAST TRIPLES & PAIRS - (May1-5). 13 North Yorkshire bowlers travelled to Norfolk to play in the annual East Coast (over 50s) Triples at POTTERS holiday village resort.


An entry of 45 TRIPLES was organised into 3 groups of 11 and 1 group of 12 with all entrants playing all others in their group over 3 days. This gave everyone 10 (or 11) games with a possible 20 (or  22) points up for grabs. All games were over 8 ends. The final positions of our players were as follows.

GREEN GROUP (12) Joyce & Keith Hughes and Derrick Johnson came 5th with 12 points (+6) and Arthur Jackson (playing with Alan & Paula McCallum  of Durham) came 4th with 13 points(+39)

BLUE GROUP (11): David Brown (playing with Neil Morris & D Wallace from ?) came 7th with 10 points (+16)

BLACK GROUP (11): Joan Ramsden & Audrey Craven (playing with Sue Fox from Norfolk) came 7th with 10 points (-7)  and Paul Whitcombe, Thelma & John Price came 4th with 13 points (+44)

RED GROUP (11): Roger Green, John Pennock and Sally Roocroft came 1st with 17 points (+40)


All 4 group winners then played a semi-final in which Roger, John and Sally went down to a Norfolk Triple after which they also lost their 3rd/4th place playoff so finally ended in overall 4th place.  


The optional PAIRS saw an entry of 41 and these were played during the evenings of Tuesday/Wednesday - each game being just 6 ends. David Brown/Roger Green, Joyce & Keith Hughes and Arthur Jackson/Paula Harris (Durham) all failed to make the top 10 but Derrick Johnson/John Poynter(Norfolk) came 10th whilst Paul Whitcombe/Terry Thorpe(?) were in the top 4 so went on to play a semi-final which they lost. However they won their 3rd/4th place playoff so finally ended in overall 3rd place - the best NY performance of the week.


All semi-finalists in both competitions receive holiday vouchers.


The whole week's bowling was organised in exemplary fashion by Teresa and Selwyn Goldsmith of Norfolk and this together with Potters good food (too much??) and evening entertainments made it a break that was enjoyed by all. (See PhotoGallery)    


See also a report on the Norfolk website at’s-week-action-at-potters-resort.html

2016 POTTERS OVER 50's PAIRS and TRIPLES: (May ?) The PAIRS was won by Derrick Johnson from Easingwold who teamed up with Paula McAllum from Durham (a full report appears on the Norfolk website) See PhotoGallery

2015 POTTERS OVER 50's PAIRS and TRIPLES (4th-8th May 2015) - Arthur Jackson (St. Cuthberts) teamed up with Durham bowlers Alan & Paula McAllum and this combination proved a good one leading to wins in both events. Paul Whitcombe (Great Ouseburn) also had a good Pairs result reaching the semi-finals (playing with Norfolk's Terry Thorpe) only to be knocked out by Arthur. Other NY bowlers taking part were John & Thelma Price, Audrey Craven and Joan Ramsden (all from Great Ouseburn)

A full report with photos may be viewed on the Norfolk website at (Also see PhotoGallery)


Seven bowlers from North Yorkshire visited Potters Leisure Resort at the beginning of May 2014 to take part in the East Coast Over 50's Week Competition. Held over four days 20 teams took part in nineteen games. Arthur Jackson teamed up with two Durham County players, Pauline and Mac McCallum; Ben and Christine Atkinson played with Ann Ridge whilst Michael Ridge, David and Sheila Loraine formed the final triple. With one game to go Arthur and David's team were tying on points in second place and were drawn to play each other. David's team took an early lead and never looked back finishing with a comprehensive 11-1 win. This win meant that David's team finished as runners up with 27 points, Arthur in 4th place with 23pts, and Ben's team with 22 pts. (Report from David Loraine 22/5/14)


POTTERS February 2014 - results (courtesy Richard Burgoyne March 4th)

This year's trip to Potters Leisure resort was particularly successful for a number of our local short mat bowlers. A triples team comprising of Andrew Leng (Yedingham Panthers), Jane Render (Crossgates) and Ben Render (Crossgates) won the Triples tournament. They beat the Dumont team 16 -3  who had previously beaten another of our teams comprising of Joanne Senior (Crossgates) Danny Langdon (Church Fenton) and James Clark (North Duffield) in the semi-final. 
The Crossgates annual trip to Potters Leisure resort is open to everyone - bowlers or not and next year will be on the last week in February. Contact Richard for details.


TRIP TO POTTERS - FEBRUARY 2014 - I am organising the annual Scaborough and District trip to Potters Leisure Resort from Monday 24th February to Friday 28th February 2014. The price is £265.00 per person for accommodation [inc. £5.00 cancellation fee] and £35.00 per person [non-refundable] coach travel. The prices includes the following:

If you are interested please contact Richard Burgoyne tel no. 01723 361759 or at 21 Woodland Ravine Scarborough YO12 6TA

I have a brochure if anyone wants to peruse (22nd October 2013)



For the 3rd year in succession, bowlers from North Yorkshire visited Norfolk at the end  of August to take part in the annual Potters Cup weekend. Only 7 made the trip this year - Anne Ridge played with Christine and Ben Atkinson plus Mick Ridge playing with Sheila and David Loraine made up the two triples with Arthur Jackson teaming up with two local players.

In the triples competition of four games of 9 ends David's team won all four games scoring 8 points and a difference of +44 shots putting them through to the semi final. After leading 4-1 they were overhauled by their opponents loosing out 8-5. According to the Norfolk SMBA website "Loraine's triple had displayed excellent form on their first Potters Cup appearance and impressed throughout"

In the pairs competition held on Sunday Arthur Jackson paired with a local bowler also bowled well to finish in the money with a credible 3rd place. No doubt Linda has managed to spend his winnings, having supported him from the sidelines throughout the weekend. 

(Report courtesy David Loraine Sept. 26)

POTTERS LEISURE RESORT - February 25th - March 1st 2013 (Based on a report, courtesy of Dave Herbert - Secretary Church Fenton )

A coach party organised by Anne Ridge (Crossgates) with  players from  Crossgates , Scarborough, and Ryedale were joined by six players from Church Fenton for what has now become an annual trip to Potters Leisure Resort (Norfolk). The main attraction was the Pairs and Triples  competitions organised by Anglia Bowls which attracts teams from all over the country.

The PAIRS competition attracted around 100 entries and was a straight knockout competition. At the last 16 stage North Yorkshire still had four teams in contention. George McDowell and Joanne Senior beat Ben Render and Jamie Smith but then lost to Jayne Rudd and Kevin Pinkawa (Somerset). in the next round Jayne and Kevin then lost to another North Yorkshire pair - Richard Burgoyne & Irene Lamberth from Scarborough. In the Final, Richard and Irene were runners-up to a pair of East Sussex County team players.

In the TRIPLES Competition the entrants were spit into 11 groups of 8 teams each playing 7 matches of  9 ends. The 11 group winners along with the next  best 5 teams all qualified for the knockout stage in which North Yorkshire were again well represented with 6 teams.

At the Semi-Final stage the team of Ben Render, Kevin Pinkawa and Jamie Smith lost out to a local Norfolk team whose skip, according to Ben, was quite outstanding. In  the other Semi-Final  Gordon Raggett, Dave Herbert and Linda Raggett  played  a team from East Sussex which included the finalists from the aforementioned Pairs and won with a score of 14 - 9.

The Final was played on the Friday morning with the Church Fenton team seeming to have saved their best performance till last and emerging winners 14 - 7 without having to play the final end and so Gordon, Dave and Linda became the Potters Triples Champions 2013 each collecting a Gold Prize Voucher and continuing the success that North Yorkshire teams have had in the last 4 years. For the Church Fenton team, this success rounded off a very enjoyable break at a fabulous resort. (See PhotoGallery)

BODELWYDDAN CASTLE - February 18th-22nd 2013: (based on information from Derek Beardsley)

A party of North Yorkshire bowlers from Knaresborough, Raskelf and Great Ouseburn joined many others  from across the country including Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Yorkshire, Durham, Flintshire and even one pair from Dundee, at this Warner's resort in North Wales. The event was a Short Mat Bowls break organised by Breakaway Leisure Ltd. In the Singles Pat Beardsley reached the knockout stage losing to the eventual runner-up. In the Triples the twelve in the party narrowly missed out on reaching the knockout stage - two by one shot only. The Pairs competition attracted over 80 bowlers and Pat and Derek Beardsley were the only team in the competition not to lose a match in all stages of the event, including the round robin which was organised in groups of eight teams. Bowling at their best, the couple eventually triumphed to become this years Bodelwyddan Champions.  

The Beardsley's winning ways had started on the first evening when Pat won a one kilogram bag of toffees and chocolates in a "get to know the other bowlers" event (in groups of four playing four end games)! The couple now hope to repeat or improve on their success when they reurn next year. (See PhotoGallery).

POTTERS LEISURE RESORT - August 31- Sept 3 2012

For the second successive year a party of (19) North Yorkshire bowlers made the 200 mile trip to Potters at Hopton-on-sea in Norfolk to take part in the POTTERS CUP. This is an open competition for triples organised by Selwyn & Teresa Goldsmith of Norfolk CSMBA which is now in its 12th year. In all, there were 55 entrants, (predominantly from the East Anglian counties) who all had 4 games of 9 ends played out on 20 mats laid out in the International Arena. Competition was keen but friendly and all knew that to figure in the final playoffs it would probably be necessary to win all 4 games with a good shot difference. By the end of the day only 2 of our teams were undefeated these being Audrey Craven, Joan Ramsden and Jo Hearld who had 3 wins and a draw (against Arthur Jacksons trio) and Morley & Sandra Forrester who were expertly skipped by Ted Redwood from Norfolk's Thorpe Marriott club. There were in total 7 triples on maximum points and after applying "shot difference",  Morley & Sandra were disappointed to find themselves in 5th place so near to a chance of  playing in one of the finals. The top two triples then played a final game for the Cup whilst the two in 3rd and 4th played for the Potters Shield. However our county did clinch the consolation prize for the "most relaxed triple" on the day when John & Thelma Price (playing with Dorothy Muttitt from Thorpe Marriott) were awarded a very nice china bowlers mug for very sportingly allowing all their opponents to beat them.

The next day 60 pairs took place in the optional CASH PAIRS in which all entrants once again had 4 games but with each only lasting for 7 ends. After 3 games only Derek & Pat Beardsley and Roger Green & Rose Haynes from our contingent  were in with a chance being, undefeated at this point.  With a shot difference of +35,  Derek and Pat only needed to win their final game to be almost certain to walk off with the 1st prize of £120 but it was not to be. Rose & Roger had started the day by dropping a 4 on their very first end and had to claw their way back to a narrow win. However in their final game they finished strongly with two 4's to end on maximum points and a shot difference of +22. This was enough to give them 3rd place (the same as last year) and a prize of £40. Ahead of them were 2 Norfolk triples who both ended with +25 shots.

Thus concluded another pleasant break where, when not bowling, our group enjoyed convivial chat, some mickey-taking, ten pin bowling, reasonable food, plenty of wine and the delights of the Potters dancers and singers in the Athena theatre.

See Norfolk CSMBA report and photos at

IRISH NITE - April 13th 2012

Great Ouseburn Village Hall saw around 80 bowlers, friends and family gather for an evening of entertainment provided by the Irish Folk/Rock Band ISHKA together with 4 dancers from the Kevin O'Connor School of Irish Dancers. Pat Jones (NYSMBA Chairman) who had organised the evening (with 'A' team captain Rose Haynes), opened the evening by welcoming everybody and introducing them to David Newsome & Ben Render North Yorkshire's very own WORLD PAIRS CHAMPIONS - a title they recently won at the World Championships in Ballymoney (Ireland). She also congratulated Ben and Jo Newsome who had teamed up, and won, the recent International Open Pairs competition held in Essex over Easter.

After a buffet style meal, during which all tables were issued with an "Irish Quiz" sheet (complied by Roger Green), the band then took to the stage for the first of their two sets. The bands front man is Sean Conroy, who when not playing with his group in pubs and clubs around the Scarborough area is an excellent Short Mat bowler himself and valued member of the counties 'A' team. After about 30 minutes, a short interval was taken, during which the answers to the Quiz were announced, with a case of 12 bottles of wine going to the winning table and also a free ticket draw was held for a bottle of Irish Whisky and a basket of fruit (provided by Jill Newsome).

The evening then continued with a lengthy 90 minute set interspersed with several dance sets during one of which the 4 girls were joined on the dance floor by Sean himself. Michael Flatley he was not but all enjoyed his gallant efforts. Although the group concentrates on traditional Irish folk music such as "Belfast City" and "Whisky in the Jar" this does not prevent them from performing the odd instrumental number ("Duelling Banjos") and a comedy number ("Sick Note") and towards the end of the evening some straight forward rock n' roll numbers which had many of those present on their feet dancing.

The evening finally concluded around 11.30pm after what was considered a very worthwhile and enjoyable departure from the normal business of the NYSMBA. Well done to ISHKA, the Dancers, the organisers and all who came along to support this venture. 

See PhotoGallery and YOUTUBE    (search NYSMBA)

 POTTERS LEISURE RESORT September 2nd - 5th 2011

After last years  trip to Norfolk (organised by the NYSMBA - see below) a group of 20 North Yorkshire bowlers travelled independently this year to the Potters Leisure resort on the Norfolk coast. The primary objective (apart from having fun) was to take part in the Potters Cup, an annual competition organised by Teresa and Selwyn Goldsmith (of Norfolk CSMBA) now in its 11th year.

On the Saturday, 61 triples took part playing in the main hall on 21 mats with all entrants getting 4 games (9 ends). The top 2 then played in the Final for the Potters Cup with the next 2 playing another (consolation) Final for the Potters Shield. At the end of the day only 5 triples had won all their games and based on shot difference Rose Haynes, Roger Green and Jan McClintock (Norfolk) found themselves in 5th position so were unable to vie for one of the 2 prizes.

On the Sunday, 60 Pairs then took part in the optional Cash Pairs - this time all playing 5 games (7 ends). Rose and Roger were again undefeated, this time ending in 3rd place, just ahead of Jim & Jean Weatherall who ended in 4th. Derek & Pat Beardsley were also undefeated but with 1 draw, including a win over England's David (Minty) Lamb (who they had also beaten the previous day in the Triples with Jean Weatherill).

Thus concluded a successful weekend for the North Yorkshire contingent who also managed to find time to eat three good meals a day, drink many a bottle of wine, enjoy the excellent in-house entertainment and generally have a very good time.

See PhotoGallery and also the Norfolk web site for a fuller report -

2010 Norfolk Weekend September 24th-27th 2010

In September 2007, a party of bowlers from Norfolk visited Yorkshire for a social weekend which included a match against a mixed NYSMBA team at the Galtres Centre (see Warm-up Day 2007/08). This party was made up of bowlers from the “Norfolk Over 60s” – a very active group who over the past 10 years have toured together all over the British Isles as well as abroad to Turkey, Cyprus and Malta. In September 2009, the same group returned for a second visit and another match, this time at the Y&D IBC (see Warm-up Day 2009/10) at the end of which their organiser, Teresa Goldsmith (the wife of Norfolk’s Chairman) repeated her invitation to our county to pay them a return visit. No NYSMBA county side had ever toured before but a canvass of the players present at this second match showed enough support for basic plans to be put into motion. To boost numbers, the trip was opened up to all our clubs and finally, 40 players (with 5 partners) made the trip over the weekend of 24th-27th September. The party included players from 10 of our clubs and with about half never having played at county level before, the accent was to be primarily on a fun weekend with no great expectation of much bowling success.

Bowling took place on all three days and because the venue at Lyng (Norfolks home venue) offered no evening entertainment, two Quizzes and a trip to the Norwich Theatre Royal had been arranged. The results of all these activities were as follows.

Friday “Fun Bowls” – The weekend started with an informal evening of triples with a special scoring system that only rewarded the 2 closest bowls but penalised anyone who hit the block, went off the mat or bowled too short or too long. After 4 ends all teams moved on to meet another triple and scores were accumulated. After 16 ends the “top dogs” were Robert Harris, Pat Jones and Joan Ramsden (23 points or thereabouts) whilst bringing up the rear were Ken Thompson, Jim Weatherill and Maurice Woodhouse (with around -6 points). The winners and losers all received “fun” trophies. 

Saturday versus the Norfolk Over 60s. After a welcome speech from Teresa Goldsmith and a reply from Pat Jones (our Vice Chairman) gifts were exchanged by all 38 players before the match got under way. The format was 6 Triples (10 ends) and 10 Pairs (15 ends) with games played over 6 sessions on 8 mats and everyone having 3 games. Although the Norfolk team only had 3 of their county team players on their side, they regularly meet and play together and so gave the Yorkshire “tourists” a tough time winning the day by 61-35 (586-471). The award for our “Best Triple” went to Rose Haynes, Eli Beardmore and Jean Smallwood who won all 3 of their games although Marion Rowbotham, Jo Hearld and Graham Davies were also undefeated with 2 wins and a draw. There were no undefeated Pairs but the “Best Pair” were Derek & Pat Beardsley who were the only couple to win 2 games. All 5 received “Star” trophies.

In the evening after dinner, most of the group got together in the bar to take part in a Quiz which consisted of 8 rounds of 10 themed general knowledge questions. The “Brains” of the night turned out to be Rose, Paul and  Lesley & John Bailey (guests who had joined us for the evening) who each received a bottle of wine and a £10 M&S voucher whilst the “Dunces” were Jim, Pat, Marion and Freda who had to make do with a Yorkshire Tea mug and drying up cloth each!  

Sunday versus the Norfolk County teams. After a “welcome” from the Norfolk Chairman, Selwyn Goldsmith, the Norfolk Team Manager, Lianne Mills exchanged commemorative plaques with Pat Jones. The Yorkshire “tourists” had been organised into two teams nominally called ‘Premier’ and ‘A’ (to match Norfolk’s nomenclature). No attempt had been made to concentrate all the experienced players into the ‘Premier’ team as this would have left the ‘A’ team considerably under strength. Indeed, most players in both teams found themselves playing alongside unfamiliar colleagues and often in unfamiliar disciplines. A defeat for both our teams was therefore quite predictable but nevertheless the day gave everyone a great bowling experience against excellent opposition which included 3 players who are in the current England National squad. Our ‘Premier’ team lost by 5-35 (127-197) and our ‘A’ team by 12-28 (137-207). In the ‘A’ team, Jim Adams and Pat Jones (Pairs) were the only players to remain undefeated whilst in the ‘Premier’ both Rose Haynes and Paul Williamson clocked up convincing wins against former England Manager John Turner. However it was Paul who ended with a slightly better shot difference and, along with Jim & Pat, were awarded an “Oscar” for producing the best performances of the day.   

After an early dinner, a short coach trip landed the “tourists” party at the Theatre Royal in Norwich for a performance of the musical revue “That’ll Be The Day” - a fabulous show now in its 25th anniversary year and a celebration of the hits of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. The talented group of performers not only brought back many musical memories of our younger years but also performed some hilarious sketches which had the group crying in their seats. It was generally agreed that this was a great conclusion to a very enjoyable weekend.

Monday Finally, before departing for home, the final prize was awarded to the winners of the “Rogues Gallery” photo Quiz which consisted of a set of early photos sent in by many of those taking part in the trip. This provided a final piece of hilarity especially for those who had mistakenly identified the Queen as Joan Ramsden and an early photo of Jim Weatherill as Rose Haynes, Pat Beardsley and by 3 as Marion Rowbotham. Nice hairstyle Jim! Of the 22 photos, 11 were correctly identified by Derek and Pat Beardsley who went home with a Yorkshire Tea Caddy and a £10 M&S voucher apiece as a reward for their efforts.

Thus ended the first NYSMBA tour, but will it be the last?   (See our PhotoGallery )   

2005 Bodelwyddan - Only 7 of our bowlers took part this year. In the Singles the best performance was by George Cook (Bilsdale) who reached the last 16. George and wife Nancy also reached the last 16 in the Pairs whilst Eli Beardmore (Hambleton) playing with an unknown partner made it to the Quarter Finals. In the Triples, Pat & Brian Bennett with Margaret Mellors (Hambleton) were unable to match their success in previous years but still made it to the last 16 whilst Eli (with two unknown players one of which had represented Wales) again reached the Quarter Finals.  

2004 Potters - Three of our bowlers joined a large party from Surrey organised by "Bushells Bowls Breaks" to try out the Short Mat break at Potters Leisure Resort (with bowls organised by Anglia Bowls). The Pairs competition, with 114 entries, was played on a straight knockout basis over 10 ends. Roger Green teamed up with Bryan Fielder (Phoenix Nomads)) and had a good run in which they reached the Semi-Finals before succumbing in a scrappy game to the eventual winners. In the Triples, the 102 entrants played in 12 round robin groups of eight over 9 ends. Roger, this time playing with George Gray and Irene English from Cumbria were one of only three teams to win all seven of their matches to reach the last 16 when they failed to come to terms with a fast mat and were knocked out.

2004 Bodelwyddan - Our party this year comprised 32 bowlers.

In the Pairs there were 84 entrants organised in twelve round robin groups of seven. Two of our Pairs - David and Sheila Loraine (Barn) and David and Margaret Moore (Hambleton) came first and second respectively in their groups to reach the KO stage where they then found their first opponents too strong for them. 

The Triples had 52 entrants organised in round robin groups of four after which five of our trios qualified for the knockout stages. Of these, three reached the quarter finals. These were Josie and Roland Kendal from Barn (playing with a.n.other from Norfolk), David and Sheila Loraine with Jean Crowther also from Barn and Brian and Pat Bennett with Margaret Mellors from Hambleton. Unfortunately Davids trio and Brians trio were drawn to play each other in what turned out to be a close and exciting match in which Brian trailed the jack with his last wood to pick up 3 shots and force an extra end. In this Brians triple scored a single shot which enabled them to play in the Semi-Final (one step better than last year) where they  went down to the eventual winners.

For the Singles there were 78 entries and these were organised in groups of three. Bill Carter (Barn), George Cook and Nancy Cook (Bilsdale) and Barry Dixon (Bilsdale) all went into the knockout but fell to strong opposition. This discipline was won by Derek Grey from Durham for the third consecutive year.      

2003 Bodelwyddan - A party of over 40 bowlers from several clubs across our county took part in this years holiday Tournament at this popular location organised by "Short Mat Leisure Breaks". Competitions took place in Singles, Pairs Triples and players from our group featured well in all disciplines.

In the Pairs there were 104 entries (13 groups of 8) with each pair having seven round robin games. The winners and runners up in each group, together with the next best six from across all groups then went forward as the top 32 into the knockout stages. All games were fixed at 10 ends. Roger Green (Great Ouseburn) playing with Ron Casson (Barn) reached the Quarter finals whilst David and Sheila Loraine (Barn) went one better reaching the Semi-Final.

In the Triples there were 68 entries (17 groups of 4) with each triple having three round robin games. Winners and runners up qualified to progress to the knockout stages, although four of these qualifiers first played in a preliminary round to reduce the numbers to 32. All games were fixed at 8 ends. Our best triple was Pat and Brian Bennett with Margaret Mellors (Hambleton) who repeated their last years success by once again reaching the Quarter Finals.

The Singles were played over 10 ends but with only two woods. There were 96 entrants (32 groups of 3) with only the group winners progressing to the knockout stages. Our best two, Roger Green (Great Ouseburn) and Danny Brown (Hambleton) were unfortunate to be drawn against one another in the Quarter Finals with Roger going on to defeat in the Semi-Finals by a single shot.

The final Singles winner was Derek Gray (Durham) who beat David Robbins (Northants). In the Pairs, Neville & Val Ruff (Pembroke) beat Geoff & Diana Payne (Staffs). The Triples was an all West Midlands affair with  Lee Lowry, Gladys Miles and Alison Sollis going down to Rob Ridings, Keith Allders and Debbie Sollis. (Rob and Keith are both members of the England squad).