Ladies and Gentlemen,
Thank you for the honour you have given me in being the first Men’s President of Bowls Northamptonshire, an ambition I have held since Fred Mason handed me my County Badge in 1972. Thank you to my own Club, Wellingborough, for proposing me.
This year is one of great change for bowls in Northamptonshire, with the Unification of our two Associations. I would like to thank the Steering Group for all their hard work in bringing together the two sets of rules and procedures and producing the new Constitution. I am sure that the transition will go smoothly and whilst administrators at both County level and in our Clubs may notice some changes, nothing has changed on the green and the idea of getting close to the jack remains the same.
We can this year, celebrate having the Bowls England President within Northamptonshire and I am sure you will all join me in congratulating Stuart Lake on achieving this honour, and wishing him an enjoyable and successful year.
I have been playing our sport in Northamptonshire for 47 years and there are still 15 of our 50+ clubs that I have neither visited nor played against. If I can put this right during my term of office I would like to do so. I will be contacting these Clubs and if there is an occasion you could invite me to, I will try to attend.
Over the last 15 years I have watched our Under 25 side develop into an excellent team of young bowlers, with some exceptional individual players, who are now proving themselves at County and National levels. I would like to give a vote of thanks to the parents of these young players for the help and support you give to the Under 25 team.
May I close in wishing every member of Bowls Northamptonshire, a successful and healthy season, but most importantly, an enjoyable one.
Men’s President 2012
Men’s President’s Charity
John Chester has chosen as his charity for the year, the very worthy cause of ‘Niamh Curry’ 5 years old daughter of Wellingborough BC member Chris Curry. She is battling a rare form of cancer called Neuroblastoma, and after much treatment in the UK her family has been informed that the only chance for her is life saving treatment in America which costs £450,000 therefore a fund has been set up which, in a relatively short time, has raised over £100,000. Niamh is an amazing little girl, always smiling despite so many hospital visits which have included extensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy, plus an operation to remove the tumour on her adrenal gland.
John Chester hopes to do what he can to raise funds during his year and asks that you will feel able to help.
One can give online by visiting:- http://www.justgiving.com/NiamhsNextStep
Her own story may be found on her website:- http://www.niamhsnextstep.com/our-story.html