Derek and Pam Shemmings were talking
the other day, (they still do occasionally) and came
up with the idea that it would be nice to meet up
with all bowlers who had been playing here from
1990. This was duly held last Thursday 7th
January at Miraflores Bowls Club. As you can imagine
there was much talk of “ do you remember when” and
many, many reminiscences which accounted for many
tales of daring do. 30 “old” bowlers turned up, not
as many as hoped but some couldn’t make it for a
variety of reasons, (some were not with us anymore,
others sick and the rain put paid to the rest).
Derek had asked some of us to bring
pictures of “all our yesterdays” and these caused a
certain amount of merriment. Whoever would have
believed that Don Fisher was ever that young and
Derek Shemmings used to be good looking! Daphne
Steel was a young slender bowler when she won her
first prize as one of the photographs shows, not a
great deal of difference to now. Denis Taylor was
still as slender as ever,(he told me quietly that
Jean does not feed him well). Young Geoff Land was
there of course, Derek didn’t invite him but he
turned up anyway, with his young bride Doreen.
John Young came out of retirement and
almost had a drink and he and Don talked long about
their past association during the earlier years of
bowls on the coast. It was also nice to see Edwin
Hewitt who doesn’t bowl now but was in fine form.
Pam showed some films ( we wont mention the blue one
Derek) of Miraflores opening, as well as the 1995
open held at Miraflores and whilst this was in
progress served a variety of snacks and mucho red
wine, very nice. There was a draw for a prize (
there was no bowling due to the weather and
conversation) and the winning triple, Christine
Sims, Pam Cole and Dorothy Nuttall and were
presented with a fantastic mug each. As Derek said,
we used to be proud to play for cups in those days.
I want to make special mention here of one ex bowler who did
arrive. Joe Savignon, is now 93 and is still talking very fondly of when Mijas
opened, he was one of 4 people who opened it, and the opening of the Mijas Hotel
bowls opening, this one no longer exists) but it was great to see him there. For
those who do not know Mijas was opened by Joe, Ramon Haba, Joan and Geoff
Whitton. By the way, the youngest bowler present was Diane Chambers, who
produced a note from her Mum, allowing her to stay out until 6 o’clock!
Derek spoke then as to why he had arranged this and Don Fisher
replied for the guests. As was said, a New Year wish was that bowls could get
back the spirit, enthusiasm and support from all clubs which existed in the
times which we were celebrating.
Attended by :-
Dave and Marion Jones
Dennis and Jean Taylor
Derek and Pam Shemmings
Don and Pat Fisher
Geoff and Doreen Land
Joe and Yvonne Savignon
John and Pat Young
Pam and Ron Cole
Pam and Ron Dunn
John Carr, webmaster of
www.bowlinginspain.com, collected volumes of vintage
photos from a number of attendees and promised to
publish a selection on the “Memory Lane” section of
the website. Watch that space!
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The Ladies Singles Final saw the only member from Mijas showing
the flag for the Club. Lynda Hall from Mijas tried to put up a good fight
against Mary Detheridge from Superbowl , but was beaten by an on form Mary who
won by 21 shots to 14.