Sunday 17th July 2016 saw the annual Bowling Competition between Brethren representing Middleton and Shaw Masonic Halls at Coalshaw Green Park in Chadderton, organised by WBro Eddie Baines.
For many years Shaw had held the cup but last year Middleton were victorious so this time they entered the competition under the captaincy of WBro Colin Heywood very keen to retain it.
Sadly, one of the stalwarts of the competition, WBro Tom Jardine had passed away recently, so before the start of play, WBro Les Taylor the Oldham District Chairman invited the players to join him on the bowling green for a moments silence in honour of Tom.
It was a closely fought contest but eventually WBro Colin Heywood and WBro Alf Shaw triumphed over WBro Peter Clegg and WBro Keith Buckley and retained the cup for Middleton
During the afternoon the players, families and spectators enjoyed fine weather with burgers and hotdogs donated and cooked by WBro Nigel Gibson and his wife.
At the end of the event, WBro Eddie Baines thanked all for attending and the presented £150 being the proceeds of a raffle and food sales to ‘The Friends of Coalshaw Green’ who allowed us to use their facilities.
Photos show the players observing a minutes silence, players in action, Nigel and Mrs Gibson and WBro Les Taylor presenting the Cup to WBros Colin Heywood and Alf Shaw
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