The Hawthorns Braintree, Essex

Hawthorns Resident Ken Wins Award for Contribution to Bowling From ECBA

All of our residents at The Hawthorns Braintree have led incredible lives and they have some fantastic stories and accolades to share with us.

One of our residents, Ken, won an award for his contribution to bowling in 2016. We asked him a few questions to find out a little bit more about his interest in the sport and how he won the award. See his story, in his own words, below…

On retiring to Monks Eleigh, Suffolk in 1987, we soon settled into village life and became founder members of the carpet bowls club, making good friends who then introduced us to green bowls at Hadleigh Bowls Club. During the next eight years, we enjoyed playing local leagues and club tours to the south coast.

Apart from being Hon. Secretary, I also assisted in green keeping etc. Returning to Essex in 1995 we joined Braintree Bowling Club and was soon involved in various committee positions.

During the next 20 years I was greenkeeper or assistant, and the club was recognised for the quality of playing surface by visiting clubs and the Essex County Bowling Association (E.C.B.A.) who use the rinks for several friendly and competitive matches.

This was recognised at the E.C.B.A. Awards evening in 2016 when I received the County Certificate of Merit for services to bowling.

We all enjoy our sport and the friendship you make, even more so when you meet the sad times, so I am very grateful to bowling for the pleasure it brings.

Thank you for sharing this story with us Ken!

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