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Vets Teams News

Updated 25th May 

The Vets league Fraser Huyton pairs comp. finals were played last Friday 24th May on Tonge Park on an overcast day.

All 3 of Astley Bridges' pairs had got through to this final day with two of them competing in the final round.

In all the matches we saw very good bowling in a relaxed atmosphere and a good green - so thank you Tonge Park and also Clive Fenn for organising the comp.

The final 2 pairs were Barry Trevitt/Mick Fletcher  and Johnny Mort/Mark Bradshaw, with eventual winners being Johnny and Mark.

Well done to them for bringing the vets pairs cup back to Astley Bridge.


The photos below show all 4 finalists  with their trophies.



27th January 2024 - committee

Bolton Vets league - Vets AGM meeting this week was uncontrolled now that Clive Fenn was not there.

The chairman didn't turn up till meeting was nearly over, and with everyone talking throughout , nobody could hear properly.

The following were the main points: - Vets season starts on April 9th. 

- No news on council fees but they have a meeting on Feb 24.

-Vets starting age lowered to 58.

- In all probability the vets league could lose Bet Fred sponsorship which would leave the Vets with a £600 deficit. 

9th November 2023 - kev

hi Everyone 

The vets presentation night was last night at the Railway Club Great Lever.

The turnout was less than normal - maybe due to the 8pm start [ as the club is used as a school during the day temporarily].

Although our club won a number of trophies and cups we only had 3 club members turn up - that's a poor showing - say no more.

On a happier note our trophies and cups were won as follows:

Vets A team won the league champions cup - see Barrie Howarth [captain] below.

Vets A team won the runner up trophy for the A section knockout cup - see Barrie Howarth [captain] again below.

Kevan Latham received the Betfred knockout competition singles cup - see below.

Johnny Mort received the A section Merit knockout singles trophy - see below

Well done to our club/team players for another successful bowling season.


updated 31st January 2023 - committee

The Vets League AGM – Thursday, 26th January 2023 – at The Railway at 13:30 did not result in any changes to last years format of teams/players/age limits etc.

Thanks to our team captains/secretaries for attending.

posted 1st December 2022 - kev

Below are photos of the vets presentation on 30th November at The Railway Club

For all the results please click 'here' to go to the vets league link

with Astley bridge team/members being mentioned 11 times

vets team players with a table of trophies

from left Mick Fletcher/Dave Cardwell/Gordon Butler/Johnny Mort/Barry Winrow/Joe Council/Kevan Latham taking photo

vets team players with a table of trophies - again

from left Barrie Howarth/Joe Council/ Mick Fletcher/Dave Cardwell/Gordon Butler/Johnny Mort 

Ray Forrest with pairs/mixed trophies

Table of trophies for presentation and Clive Fenn

updated 20th September 2022 - kev

Well done to our Vets 'A' Team for becoming Bolton Parks Veteran League section 'A' champions 2022

posted 12th September

Well done to our club members :

John Mort for winning The Vets League 'A' section averages [ with Gordon Butler 2nd ]

and  Kevan Latham for winning Conny League section B averages - another 2 Astley bridge trophies .

updated 3rd October 2022 - kev


- The finals were held on 2nd September at Tonge park .

The finalists were as follows:

Alan Foster, Michael Hilton, John Mort, Clive Fenn, Ray Forrest, Kevan Latham, Mike Bailey and Ray Ankers

The Trophy was won by Kevan and so it is back at Astley Bridge Park again.




updated 7th July 2022 - kev

The vets 'Fraser Huyton Pairs Cup Competition'  was well represented by our club members - with 5 pairs reaching the finals day on 23rd May.

The winning pair were Ray Forrest (Astley Bridge vets) and John Wolfendale (Haslam park vets) with Mick Fletcher and Barry Trevitt (both Astley Bridge vets ) as runners up .

Well done as the finalists were a strong line up.

updated 24th August 2021- kev

Vets League Section A cup winners Astley Bridge A team beat Haslam Park by 2 points after giving 20 points start - pictured here on Moss Bank Park (top green) Thursday 19th August.

The match was played on a poor green after raining all morning.

A nip and tuck match was only decided in the last game after Astley Bridge reached 10 points after being 10 to 4 down.

Well done to our A team for another cup in the trophy cabinet and a big thank you to Barrie Howarth for running the team during this difficult year.


posted 27-April 2021 - kev

A pre-season friendly was organised on Tuesday 27th april between Astley bridge B and C vets.

Although the weather was occasionally drizzley - (after 3 weeks of sun - sods law) there was an upbeat mood - back to bowls - with maximum 4 blocks on the green.

Everyone was looking forward to playing as a team on the bowling green - despite the aches and pains of 18 months layoff and arthritis creeping in.

The match was won by the 'B' team and the photo below shows the two teams battling it out .

Looks like we have a good start to our season in the vets league - thanks to Norman Jones/Barry Winrow for organising it.

updated 12th April 2021

Here is a photo from november 2019 showing all the cups our club A team and club members accumulated - 'come on the Bridge' for 2021 - just let us loose on those greens.

picture posted 7th November 2019 - kev  

Vets Presentation at 'The Railway' yesterday with cups

for the 'A' team in winning Vets league section 'A'

for John winning the A section merits

for Gordon +John in winning 'Betfred Pairs'

for Kevan in winning 'Betfred singles' knockout comp.

-well done - another good year for Astley Bridge Park bowling club.

posted 2nd October 2019 - kev

Vets ''Champions v Rest”was Thursday 26th at Moss Bank pk .

Our 'A' team finished up winning by 5 points

Bowling was good despite a heavy green. The weather stayed reasonably pleasant even though there was a rain forecast.

What a good last match - John Mort came on last with A team leading by 3 points and John did the business in a thrilling game - corner to corner winning 15-13 - well done John.

see photos below of line-up of last few matches.

updated 5th September - kev    

Section A champions 2019   

-Top photo -last match

Centre stage on top photo is our 'one and only' John Mort the 2019 section A averages winner .

updated 19th September - kev

Astley Bridge park Vets 'C ' team lost to Great Lever in the B section Cup Final (Norman Little memorial Trophy) yesterday at Merehall Park. - it was a lovely day and the competition was keen as mustard .

Astley bridge had a good strong team out on the day and it turned out to be a good match with some exciting ends - but Great Lever were just too good on the day - hard luck lads !! - maybe next year ?

photo - The team relaxing in the sun at the start of the match

posted 19th July

The BETFRED vets singles final

on Monday 15th July 2019 at Great Lever Park was won by Kevan - another cup for Astley Bridge Bowlers.

The last 16 from last week's preliminary round was played on a good green in very hot weather.

All matches were good and competitive.


Vets Betfred pairs competition final

-was held on Tonge Park in May and was won by our  Astley Bridge Park players - Gordon Butler and John Mort - well done - keeping the flag flying for the club.

Lovely sunny day and competitive opposition.


For other success stories click 'HERE'



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