NEWS - WE PULL A FAST ONE ON OUR HOSTS!
Prince Arthur v RBBG : Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

RBBG make the short journey to Maidstone, to play our first match in the new
indoor season

Tenterden - Friends for 27 Years
Two into Semi-Finals at Gravesham, Marian reaches Final, again

Thanks, Tom, for organizing 'Midwife tour'
Pat S & Maurice are Pairs Champions (Results and Draw)

ASHFORD v RBBG FIXTURE BECOMING A FIRM FAVOURITE
AT LAST - RBBG play v Prince Arthur
RBBG Christmas Lunch, thank you, Bella

RBBG continues its losing run against Mote Park
Penny P, Maurice W and Hans F are champions on Finals Day
Doreen's Day A celebration of Doreen's life whilst being an RBBG member
A Grand Chatham Reunion
Another scorcher at Tenterden

RBBG bowler, Hans Farley, wins the Graveham Cup 2016
also Marian and Maurice reach semi-finals

Lakeside 2016 - our annual holiday, back to Lakeside
Alison battles to set new Kent record
Marden - Eight years on - and still a great fixture

SUMMER COMPETITIONS Isabella Williams for the men, the Ladies Shield (new)
and the John Wadsworth Open

Peter B & Maurice W are crowned Pairs Champions
What a match! Betteshanger v RBBG
Alison is Inspiration - Read how swimming & guide dog, Ed,
changed her life

Our Bowling Group, RBBG, Celebrates 25 Years

Alison's Boys - Nathan and Adam bounce back for more glory
Maurice presents £900 cheque to RNIB

In the news section, you will find reports on matches, any news items about the club, the members and any interesting things we have been getting up to!

  The club has recently 're-branded' and reformed, as RBBG, Rochester Blind Bowling Group, and with our newly adopted shirts, our team members look impressive, as they step onto the green.

  To find a news item, simply scroll up or down the page and click on the underlined link

ROCHESTER BLIND BOWLING GROUP NEWS

2016

Chatham v RBBG

Tenterden v RBBG

STURDEE v RBBG Rain beats us Sturdee

LAKESIDE 2016 RBBG return to Hayling Island for
an early holiday

Hans is Graveham RBBG's best year yet, Champion plus
Champion 2016 two semi-finalists

Record Breaker Alison Breaks Kent record

Goodbye, Doreen RBBG bids farewell to Doreen Warrington

Marden v RBBG 2016 Still a great fixture

Peter & Maurice win Peter and Maurice - a couple of winners,
the Terry Fisher Pairs in the Terry Fisher competition

Mote Park Chilly outdoors, but Mote Park Bowls Club
v RBBG provide a warm welcome

Alison is an Read Alison's story, telling how swimming &
nspiration her guide dog and swimming changed
her life

PAIRS FINAL Peter B & Maurice W are 2016 Champions

BETTESHANGER wHAT A mATCH!
V RBBG

ASHFORD v RBBG 2016 Good day out - Don't ask about the score!

2015

25 Years Anniversary On Friday, October 23rd, 2015, we celebrated
twenty-five years of bowling, in Medway and
Rochester

GUNTON HALL 2015 A Super week at Gunton Park - with just a little
chaos to boot!

Mote Park v RBBG RBBG win on two rinks, but Mote Park
regain the Stan Merricks Shield

Maurice's Jump Maurice completes 12,000 ft parachute jump for
charity (Royal National Institute for the Blind).

FINALS DAY Hans and Peter compete for both trophies

Alison's Boys Alison is so proud of her two sons!

Borstal v RBBG Top Notch Outdoor Finale at Borstall

Hoffman Trophy 2015 Peter B and Thomas R sweep victory

Victoria Park v RBBG Our 25th annual match with VP

Chatham v RBBG Three Cheers as Chatham celebrate 150 years

Tenterden v RBBG RBBG's 25th visit to Tenterden

Gravesham 2015 Rochester 'Rookie' makes it to the the
Gravesham Cup semi-finals

Birchington v RBBG

Sturdee v RBBG

Biddenden v RBBG

Couples 2015 Trudy & Chris march into 2015 Couples Final

We Have a Short Hans wins Halling's Short Mat Singles
Mat Champion title, 2015

Ashford v RBBG Good day out - shame about the score!

Couples 2015 Penny & John topple Couples holders,
Doreen & Hans

Farewell A fond farewell to George

Happy 80th, Peter Open House as Peter Hits the big 8 Zero

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO MEMBERS AND FRIENDS OF RBBG

2014

TRACEY CROUCH Tracey joins RBBG for a game of bowls

BELLA'S SECRET The true story behind our Christmas dinner!

MOTE PARK V RBBG Right to the wire, at Mote Park... Fantastic Day

IAN SCOOPS BRONZE Ian & Iris presented with another award, as their
courtyard garden is judged to be wildlife friendly.

SHERBORNE 2014 A review of RBBG's latest holiday trip, this year
taking us to Sherborne, in the heart of Dorset

David Recovering After the accident David suffered, he is now on the
road to recovery

Countdown Hans took part in a Countdown Tournament, in
Otford, alongside his wife, Evelina. See how the got
on with words and numbers.

JWS FINAL Hans beats Penny, bowling in her first final,
to win the John Wadsworth Shield

IWS FINAL Marian beats Chris in final to win the
Isabella Williams Shield

Borstal v RBBG Great way to finish our outdoor season!

Cranborne v RBBG Great day, with Trudy's grandson making his debut
- at 9 Years old!

Catering Chris and Patsy pull out all the stops to provide
Par Excellence a superb lunch, on August 18th

Victoria Park Our trip to victoria Park never fails to delight
v RBBG

Chatham Stellar day at Chatham. Two wins and two defeats.
v RBBG Penny 'ecstatic' after landmark win

TENTERDEN Oour oldest fixture continues to delight
v RBBG

GRAVESHAM 2014 Great day at Gravesham is marred by rain
Marian is crowned Gravesham champion

BIRCHINGTON Top day at Birchington
V RBBG

STURDEE Fine day for match with our Neighbours, Sturdee.
v RBBG

Biddenden A Lovely summer's day, at Biddenden
v RBBG

Marden Season off to a flyer, at Marden
v RBBG

Peter & John Peter B and John R win trophies at Ovingdean, in
Fly RBBG Flag Blind Veterans UK tournaments

Couples Final Doreen and Hans win 2014 Couples competition
Trophies presented, 21-07-2014

Mote Park v RBBG Our regular fixture continues to flourish!

Betteshanger v RBBG Our friends, at Betteshanger, do us proud, as usual

KAB Portrait Exhibition

Couples 2014 Competition starts with a cracker!

Award for Marian Marian is presented with a medal as
Cranborne's 'Most Improved Bowler'

2013

Merry Christmas Mote Park - a great venue for our festive dinner
At Mote Park

Ian Aviole Former RBBG member wins environmental awardt
Wins Award at Tonbridge & Malling ceremony

MEDWAY BEER Our team of investigators makes it fourth annual visit to
FESTIVAL sample the tastes of beers from across the UK

SCULPTURE The Medway Art Group sculpture is dedicated in a service
DEDICATION at Rochester Cathedral - November 6th, 2013

MOTE PARK Our second match, against Mote Park, saw RBBG enjoy
v RBBG the day with our friends at Maidstone's super bowls club

Ashford Our first match at Ashford - a success!
v RBBG

RBBG Tripe to Short Mat hits the spot in Great Yarmouth
Great Yarmouth (Another highly successful trip for RBBG)

Aubrey's Birthday On September 1st, 2013, we accepted the invitation to join
Bash a special celebration, in Bredhurst Village.

Cranborne Cranborne cruise to a convincing victory
v RBBG

Victoria Park A SPECTACULAR DAY AT DEAL
v RBBG

CHATHAM Hot stuff at and from Chatham!
v RBBG

TENTERDEN RBBG travel to Tenterden, but Tenterden was too hot
V RBBG for RBBG!

John Wadsworth First of our shield competitions starts with Lynn v Doreen
Shield 2013 and Trudy v David

Hastings VI RBBG dip a toe in the water at Hastings VI Tournament
Tournament

Hoffman Chris P and Bob M bowl to gloryt in this year's tournament,
Trophy 2013 beating Dave H and Elsie in the final

Quiz Night There had to be a first time - as the RBBG Quiz Team
has to eat humble pie

GRAVESHAM vi RBBG take four bowlers to this popular event for
TOURNAMENT VI bowlers from South-East England

BIRCHINGTON Hans Misses a Crackerjack Day - he takes a day off to meet
v RBBG up with international visitors!

STURDEE A Splendid return to Sturdee Bowls Club ... after an absence
V RBBG in our calendar, RBBG enjoys a good day back!

BIDDENDEN Biddenden Sunday weather jinx cannot spoil our day!
v RBBG

MARDEN 'Marvellous Marden' is the way Brian describes the day
V RBBG as RBBG took on Marden's bowlers

MOTE PARK RBBG make the short trip to Mote Park, in an attempt to
v RBBG capture the Stanley Merricks Challenge Shield

BETTESHANGER RBBG return to Betteshanger to play a match against
v RBBG old friends

The King and I On April 12th, we went to see a musical, 'The King and I', at
the Brook Theatre, in Chatham - and what did we think of it?

Couples Cometition Marian and Chris, both in fine form, defeat Penny and Hans

Dave's Day Dave, the donkey, does his usual best to make
Palm Sunday a great day

River Voice Brian reviews the lunchtime concert, performed by the
River Voice group, on Saturday, March 23rd

100 000 Hits Hans is presented with a Talking Photo Album as our
website passes 100 000 hits!

Happy Birthday, Jean We all wish Jean M many happy returns

    2012

  MOTE PARK  At last, RBBG play the inaugural match against Mote Park -
  v RBBG   see who won the Stan Merricks Challenge Shield 

  'BILLY' RBBG party enjoy 'Billy', the musical, at the Brook, Chatham.
 
   BORSTAL  Nor that's the way to finish our season! Another great day
  V RBBG  with friends at Borstal

  CRANBORNE  Great Holiday Spirit, at Cranborne, as the two teams meet
  v RBBG   in 'Local Derby'

  WOKING TRIPLES  A very good day, but not a GREAT one!
  2012

  Aubrey Belsom at 80 Aubrey was 80 years old, on Saturday, August 18th. He and his
  wife, Doreen, invited members of Cranborne and RBBG, to
  celebrate his birthday. In the afternoon, there was a bowls drive,
  (Won by: Ladies: Doreen Warrington, 20 points, and Men: Hans
  Farley, 26 points). Doreen prepared buffet and Keith provided
  entertainment, on keyboards. See full article

  VICTORIA PARK   If it's August ... then it's Victoria Park!
  v RBBG

  CHATHAM   Blue sky, perfect green - can this be real - at Chatham!
  v RBBG

  TENTERDEN  Rain cannot spoil our day, at Tenterden!
  v RBBG

  HAYLING  Our 3rd bowling weekend with Cranborne is a success,
  ISLAND 2012  despite some weather features!

  GRAVESHAM VI   Four RBBG members r each semi-finals - and two make it
  TOURNAMENT 2012  to the finals!

  BIRCHINGTON  Birchington Bowling Club does us proud, as we
  V RBBG   meet up for our annual match

  MARDEN  Season bursts into life at Marden!
  V RBBG 

  HAPPY  RBBG join with Penny, as she celebrated a special birthday.
  BIRTHDAY  

  DAVE IS STAR  Dave the Donkey was star, on Palm Sunday

  BETTESHANGER  Truly, a great day with old friends, as we travelled down to Deal
   v RBBG   for our first match of 2012

  HAPPY WEDDING  A great occasion, as Doreen and Aubrey celebrated their
  ANNIVERSARY  special day with a fund-raising bonanza!

  COUPLES 2012  Hetty S and David N clinch the title at the very last end!

  2011

  FIRST CHRISTMAS Pat booked a party of us into an early Christmas dinner, to get
  DINNER us into the festive spirit!

  RBBG KO'd  Were we robbed at the Rainham Neighbourhood Watch
  in EXTRA TIME  Quiz? Find out in this report!

  RBBG   Our Quiz Team, went to Sevenoaks to defend our title of
  Quiz Team  Inter Club Champions

  Farewell   Members of RBBG attended the funeral of Stanley Merricks
  to Stan  at Vinters Park Crematorium

  RBBG v   A great day, with our new friends from North West Surrey
  NWSVIBG  Visually Impaired Bowling Group

  August Bank  Brian M writes of a great day, at this autumn's Drive and quiz.
  Holiday, 2011  Who won the drive - and who were the quiz champions?

  Cranborne  This Was the RBBG That Stan Loved - reports Brian M, as we
  v RBBG  take on our friends at Cranborne

  NWSVI  RBBG take part in their first VI tournament, in Woking, Surrey.
  TRIPLES  Brian M reports on our baptism into the competition.

  BEXLEY  At last, RBBG make the journey to Danson Park, for a return
  v RBBG  match against Bexley Blind Bowling Group

  VICTORIA Victoria Park turn up trumps, again!
  V RBBG

  HAYLING '11  Read about our 2011 trip to Hayling Island, where Pete B and
  Bob F stormed to victory.

  CHATHAM  RBBG put up a strong fight, against Chatham Bowls Club,
  v RBBG   on Monday, July 25th, 2011.

  CLIFFE CHARITY  A great success, as an event, and for RBBG bowlers!
  TOURNAMENT 

  TENTERDEN   "I thought the sun always shone, in Tenterden,"
  V RBBG   ..... writes Brian M

  Gravesham  A Tough Day at this great tournament - writes Brian M -
  2011   RBBG bowlers toil in the July sunshine.

  Biddenden   A minor miracle, as our match gets the go ahead - despite
  v RBBG  the dreadful weather.

  Birchington  Gales - of laughter - at Birchington. RBBG win on two rinks and
  v RBBG  lose on two ... on a blustery June afternoon

  Cranborne  Cranborne's May Drive & Quiz a 'Great success' - says Graham,
  Drve & Quiz  the club captai.

  MARDEN  Our first outdoor match, of 2011, in the beautiful Kent village
  IN MAY  of Marden

  Betteshanger  NEARLY A CLEAN SWEEP FOR RBBG, AT BETTESHANGER -
  v RBBG  (well, in the raffle, at least)! See match repor here

  ELEMENT  Brian, Chris and Hans appearing in this opera, at Slip 3, in the
  BEYOND  Chatham Historic Dockyards - on
  GRAVITY  Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

  ON THE GREENS  Summer is a'coming - RBBG are rolling out the woods on grass,
  again. See our fixtures list!

  COUPLES  Marian and Terry retain Couples title after beating Trudy and Bill

  If you are looking for articles from last year (or earlier), then click on Old News.

  Already, there is plenty that we can look forward to, including a delayed Christmas Dinner.

  Our summer fixtures have been arranged, and you can see them online, as well as
  in our calendar.

  Watch this space for more RBBG news, as it happens.