News Letter No 5 - Summer 1956
The Bank Bowling Team had a very short fixture list last Season - two games, and both were lost. Not a very creditable achievement; nevertheless, our performance on the Green - or was it off? - was sufficient to prompt our good friends at the Brecon Club at Handsworth to renew their invitation for this year, and we are to meet them again on 20th June and 11th July.
There may be many bowlers on the Staff who have not yet experienced the delightful hospitality of the Brecon Club. Will they please come along and lend their assistance towards scoring a few winning shots against our very skilful opponents - with this support we should also be able to accept one or two more invitations from other Clubs who would be happy to meet us. In any event we must certainly try to make a closer fight of the Brecon games this year and at least get within thinking distance of recovering the Cup which they have held for the last two years.
Those who have played previously will not require any persuasion to reserve the dates for these two matches, and we shall look forward to meeting again our retired colleagues. Messrs. Martin, Neighbour and Viney. If we all get a little quiet practice in, we should do quite well. Non-playing visitors are always welcome and we can promise them a very pleasant evening.
A feature of these matches which is always so delightful is that the Brecon members appear to be so pleased to meet us that their hospitality and welcome is just as warm each year - in spite of the fact that they generally have to provide us with woods and what not, and indeed, sometimes have to lend us the odd player to make up our team into the bargain. They make us feel that they are pleased to meet us individually as well as a team, and we are all very grateful to them. Perhaps one of these years we shall be able to put up a strong enough team to beat them and so regain the Cup which they have now held for the last four years - the support of one or two more players from the Staff would be a great help.
Our three members who are retired - Teddy Viney, Joe Martin and Ernest Neighbour - look as fit and as young as ever and it is a real pleasure to have their support on these occasions. Unfortunately Teddy Viney was prevented from playing in the second game owing to a touch of sciatica - we missed him very much - and we are glad to hear that he is now better. All three afford visible proof for the claim that there is no better game than bowls for keeping fit.
News Letter No 14 - Autumn 1958
There is not very much to be said about our bowling activities this season except to record that again we had two enjoyable games against our old friends at the Brecon Club.
We lost the first match by a rather wide margin but succeeded on WINNING THE SECOND after a much closer struggle. Although the spirit of good fellowship in which these games are played is more important than the result, it was, nevertheless, quite a pleasant change to find ourselves on the winning side, particularly as we had for our captain for the occasion Ernest Neighbour.
On the aggregate result, however, the Brecon Club retained the Cup, but they assure us they are looking after it very well and, in fact, have had it replaced twice which seems to suggest that they have had it in their custody long enough. It seems difficult, for one reason and another, always to field our strongest team, but we were very glad to welcome one or two new-comers to our side who showed great form; this gives us every encouragement for next season.
Joe Martin, Teddy Viney and Ernest Neighbour are in excellent health and say with great emphasis how much they look to these all too infrequent opportunities to meet their old colleagues.