When Saturday 25th May finally arrived it was all aboard the Dartline Coach for the Summer Tour, based at the Royal York and Faulkner Hotel in Sidmouth. Built in 1810, the first purpose built hotel in the town and situated close to the sea and the shops; it proved to be an excellent place to base the tour.
Thirty two bowlers and four supporters travelled to the seaside town in East Devon to enjoy not only the seaside but six days of bowling at a different venue each day. The touring party included bowlers and supporters from City and Port of Bristol, Bristol, Severnvale, Henleaze and Bristol Arrow, four of them ‐ Dennis Gazzard, Maureen Bristow, Peter Cornish and Pam Wright ‐ first time tourists with the club.
The first game of the tour was in Sidmouth, not too far from the hotel. This was followed by a visit to Budleigh Salterton, one of the oldest clubs in Devon and known as a games club because they play sports other than bowls. Here, there was the only overall win of the week for the tourists.
Mondays bowling was in Exmouth at the Madeira Club, the largest bowling club in Devon.
On Tuesday there was a shorter journey to Seaton to bowl on a green with sea views and the first cream tea of the week.
On Wednesday, a little further to travel to bowl on a very fine green at Ottery St.Mary, was really very good, and, another cream tea !
Heading towards home on Thursday but still time for another game at Culm Vale, Cullompton and a real feast at the end of another enjoyable game.
As always, there were prizes for the best winning rink each day but also something to be worn around the neck until the following day; this time it was ducks, for the rink losing by the most shots and the ducks did move around quite bit during the week. There was a prize for the top lady and for the top man bowler during the tour. Winners were Ken Davies and Jenny Gardiner.
A very good and enjoyable tour was once again organised by Lis Davies, (her fourteenth), with support from Bill Hatherall and Ken Davies. This was the last tour that Lis will organise but a committee has formed to ensure that the tour will continue next year.
Julie Looker earned a second round game in the Ladies Champion of Champions by beating Lindsay Collin in May. She was drawn at home for her second round game against Christine Batt of Henleaze. It was a well contested game with each player leading at times and both winning a number of successive ends, but Christine eventually drew the decisive shots to win 21‐17.