Season 2017  

     


    The Club Committee are an elected body who serve the club according to the rules and regulations. Current membership is made up of:


    CLUB EXECUTIVE

                                  CLUB PRESIDENT 

                        
       

     



    I joined the club in 1996. I was Captain for six years from 2002 to 2007.



     
     
         
    CLUB TREASURER  COMPANY SECRETARY CLUB SECRETARY

     

     
     

    Rob Murdoch Chris Welch Rory Macdonald
      Not a member of the

    club executive



    Committee Members
     

    Ray Whiting 

    : Committee Member


    I have lived in Olney all my life and
    have been a member of Olney Bowling Club for 17 years.

     I trained and apprenticed at Wolverton Works
    and have spent most of my working life in the building trade.

    Any time I have for relaxation might be spent fishing and I like nothing more than an evening out with my wife Elaine, enjoying a drink and an Indian meal.

    Stuart Thomas


    : Competitions Secretary

    My role as Competitions Secretary involves setting up the various Cub competitions and logging the progress of the various matches. 

    This is a new venture for me and I will be relying on colleagues to help me in this task.

    I am a retired Structural Engineer and married to Anne, with 3 Sons and 3 Grandchildren. .   Read more......  

    Mike Castle 

    : Entertainment Committee Chairman

    I joined Olney Bowling Club in 2001, and have served on the Committee since 2011 


    Jan Goldsmith 

    : House Committee Chairlady

    I am also a member of the Entertainments Committee responsible for the success
    of the social events that we arrange.


    Dave Waddell


    ;Member - Green Sub Committee

    Originally from Glasgow (I still have my accent!), I crossed over Hadrians's Wall in 1988 to join Nissan in Sunderland.  My wife Maureen and I then made the long trek South with Nissan to Olney in 1992.Although my background is in Design Engineering (I was on 'Tomorrows World' with 2 of the products I helped design), I joined Nissan in a Design Administrative function, eventually becoming a Director and then decided to take early retirement at the ripe old age of 55 in 2012.Part of my 'Retirement Plan' was to join the Bowling Club, get myself an Allotment and do all the things that I should have done but didn't and also, most importantly, learn to chill!   read more.......
     

        

      





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    Other People who hold Board recognised positions in the club include:

    Team Captains

    The team captains are responsible for selecting the teams which play in the various inter club games throughout the season and are the folks who have the unenviable job of cajoling the membership to put their names down on the various 'team sheets'.     If you haven't met one of the people below, you are clearly not a member of the club.

     Club Captain
    Derek Helson


      

     

    Ladies Captain
    Wendy Boshi


    I joined the Club in 2013 on moving to the area but started bowling at my previous club since 1999.

    I became a member of the Committee in 2015

     

    I joined the club in 2008 after my arrival here from Zimbabwe (where I had bowled for several years.)

    I became Ladies  Captain in 2013.

         


    Fixture Secretary

    The club has a very packed calendar during the season and this has to be managed extremely carefully to ensure that all games are planned with the minimum of conflict.

    Fixtures Secretary: Sue Rogers 
     
    I joined the club in 2009 and became the Fixtures Secretary in 2013.


     



    Club Coaches

    The club is fortunate to have a team of fully qualified coaches who will be pleased to help members get the most out of their game by identifying weaknesses, bad habits (easily picked up by us all through time) and highlighting areas of an individuals game which needs practice.

    Our coaches are all qualified under the EBCS and are available throughout the season to all members if you wish advice or help with bowling techniques or problems that you feel are developing in your game.   Simply make contact with one of them to arrange a mutually suitable time to meet.

    Not sure who they are?   Meet them at our Coaching Centre.
































     

    Rob Murdoch: Olney Bowling Club Treasurer

    So, yet another exiled Scot makes it to the higher echelons of Olney Bowling Club.

    Despite my accent I was born in my father’s home city of Aberdeen but emigrated south to Devon, the home county of my mother, when I was very very young, where I lived until I went to
    University at Keele in Staffordshire. 

    Through hard work, not necessary of the academic kind I managed the obligatory Desmond (2:2) before moving to London in 1972 to take up employment with, what was then, the Abbey National Building
    Society.

    During my time with them I undertook a number of roles covering Internal Audit, Salaries, Management and Financial Accounting and also somehow found time to qualify as a Certified Accountant. In 1993 my then role relocated to Milton Keynes and the family, my wife Liz and our two daughters, moved from Sussex to Olney.

    I must have been doing something right at Abbey, or maybe they just liked me, as there I remained until being made redundant in 2004 just before Abbey was taken over by Santander. After that I continued to work on short term contracts with a number of local
    companies, latterly at Barclaycard in Northampton, until officially retiring in 2014.
     
    I joined Olney Bowling club in 2014, never having played bowls before. I’m not sure I am playing any better now than when I started out but I enjoy the game and particularly the Olney Club which I have found to be very welcoming and friendly. When not bowling I enjoy travelling, reading and am an avid armchair sports fan. I played rugby and cricket in my youth and having been brought up in Devon I am a Grecian and not a Cobbler and a Chief and definitely not a Saint..    
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    Rory MacDonald: Olney Bowling Club Secretary


    Born in Edinburgh I decamped with my family to the land of the Sassenachs at the tender age of two. Eventually settling in Bromley.

    My father, a Harley Street dental Surgeon, decided that my education should take place at boarding schools. I must have been an obnoxious kid!

    During my time at school I began playing Rugby Union. I continued after leaving school, playing for Harlequins, London Scottish & Richmond.

    In 1966 I began a course in Hotel Keeping and Catering. During this period I worked as a chef at Claridges Hotel, and a waiter at The Connaught Hotel.

     My studies completed I worked as the Services Manager for Ring & Brymer. A company responsible for the outdoor catering at most of the racecourses in the south of England. Including Kempton Park, Epsom, Ascot & Newmarket.  

    In 1973 I joined Henneky Inns as a relief hotel manager. It was during this period that an old school friend drew my attention to the airline business, so I applied to BOAC for the position of an airline steward with the intention of travelling the world for a couple of years before returning to the hotel industry. In 2004 I retired at the age of 55 from British Airways as a Flight Purser!

    One of the things I am most proud of is my involvement with the Dreamflight Charity, started by a group of B A cabin crew.  The charity sends 200 seriously ill children to Florida each year.  For the first five years I was the fundraising co-ordinator for the charity and also went on the trips. For six years I organised Celebrity-Ams at Moor Park Golf Club and these events helped to spread the name of Dreamflight through the comedians, sports and film personalities that attended the events.  A fantastic sum of nearly £150,000 was generated from these events. To this day I am still involved in fund-raising for Dreamflight.

     I have been a keen golfer since my early 20's and during my time with BA would organise their Golf Society.

    In 2011 I became a member of Olney Bowling Club and have been hooked ever since!

    My interests include Theatre, Reading, Going on as many holidays as I can afford and Cruising (on boats)!  Read less.......

     


















    Dave Waddell

    Originally from Glasgow (I still have my accent!), I crossed over Hadrians's Wall in 1988 to join Nissan in Sunderland.  My wife Maureen and I then made the long trek South with Nissan to Olney in 1992.


    Although my background is in Design Engineering (I was on 'Tomorrows World' with 2 of the products I helped design), I joined Nissan in a Design Administrative function, eventually becoming a Director and then decided to take early retirement at the ripe old age of 55 in 2012.

    Part of my 'Retirement Plan' was to join the Bowling Club, get myself an Allotment and do all the things that I should have done but didn't and also, most importantly, learn to chill!

    In addition to Bowling, I've now taken up Table Tennis, using the Bowling Club facility during the Winter.   Having not played since I was a teenager, I was pleasantly surprised to come second equal in the league in my first year, but the others are now learning to play against me and I'll be extremely lucky to be in second place this year.

    My other hobbies include photography, art and wine making (I grow my own grapes).   I'm very fortunate to have had photographs selected for the 2015 and 2016 Olney Calendars.

    Coming from Glasgow, I am a very keen football fan.  My team's colours are Red, White and Blue, however the other team from Glasgow have Green, White and Gold as their colours.  The same colours as Olney Bowling club!  I decided that the only way I could change that was to join the Committee, as wearing a green jacket would bring me out in a severe rash!

    I currently have no direct responsibilities but will be providing support to the Entertainmrnt Committee.  A job I am very pleased to undertake as Maureen and I have really enjoyed the social activities. Read Less..........



















    Stuart Thomas : Competitions Secretary

    My role as Competitions Secretary involves setting up the various Cub competitions and logging the progress of the various matches. 


    This is a new venture for me and I will be relying on colleagues to help me in this task.

    I am a retired Structural Engineer and married to Anne, with 3 Sons and 3 Grandchildren. 

    We moved to Olney 1964 and both joined the Club in 2012.When not too involved in a DIY project we love spending time travelling on our narrow boat "Wineberry" moored on the Grand Union Canal near Weedon.

    We are also fond of eating out and enjoy a wide variety of cuisines.In my youth I played a variety of sports including rugby, cricket & squash. 

    As well as bowling I also play in our winter table tennis league. Not very well I might add!

    I am also involved in "Operation Christmas Child". Helping to send thousands of shoeboxes filled withgifts to disadvantaged children all over the world in time for Christmas.   Read less..........