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Carpet bowlers tournament raises money for the Forget Me Not Dementia appeal

Cockfield Carpet Bowls

Carpet bowlers have helped to raise money for a hospital charity thanks to funds from an annual competition.

The Cockfield Invitation Charity Fours, which was held at the village hall, in February, attracted 20 teams consisting of a total of 80 players.

And as a result of their entry fees and money collected from a raffle, cakes, teas and coffees a total of £1,000 was raised, the first time the event has managed to hit the four-figure mark.

The money has been donated to the My WiSH Charity’s Forget Me Not Dementia appeal to support patients at the West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds.

The competition has been running since 1992 and last year it raised £750 which was donated to the charity’s Every Heart Matters appeal.

It uses a different format to most competitions as a match is decided on the number of ends won and not the number of shots, which leads to a game with slightly different tactics.

The eventual winners were Withersfield, who consisted of

Lin and Tony Cook together with Lisa Edmead and Stuart McNeil, who beat the team from Thurston 4-2, made up of Paul Leech, Sally Bolton, Maria Hagger and Peter Kingsmorth, in the final.

There were initially four groups of five teams with the winners going to the semi-finals.

Withersfield qualified from Group 1, Hundon from Group 2, Thurston Group 3 and Nayland Group 4. Withersfield beat Hundon 4-2 and Thurston won over Nayland by the same score in the two semi-finals.

Each winning team member was presented with a £15 garden voucher and the runners up a bottle of wine each.

Graham Davey, the Cockfield Carpet Bowls chairman, said the tournament was another success and was delighted to have raised £1,000.

He said: “This is thanks to the hard work of club members and partners, they all played their part with setting up the hall, providing 100 lunches, baking cakes supplying trifles making teas, coffees etc throughout the day.

“A special thank you to non bowlers Joan Ball and Jackie Levett. They volunteered to help on the day as we were down on club members for a number of reasons.

“Most of all thank you to all competitors, those who brought draw prizes. And special thanks to Stanningfield for supplying the flooring.

“I must mention June Pettit who brings it all together, it is her baby. Well done June. And a big thanks to those who stayed to watch the semi-finals and final.”

Written by Russell Cook

Pictured is Sally Daniel, appeal manager for My WiSH, with members of the Cockfield Carpet Bowls Club and the cheque for £1,000.


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