Gordon Cox (4 June 2021)
Gordon started his lawn bowls at Blandford Bowls Club some 25 years ago & was Club President in 2003.
He started volunteering to play for Dorset County Bowling Association and was instrumental in setting up the new Bowls Dorset during his first Presidential year in 2010, bringing both codes together, Gentlemen & Ladies.
He was President of the Men's Section again in 2012 stepping in at the last moment and was awarded Life membership for his dedication to his County. He played over 200 times for the County plus matches for South West Counties, North Dorset Association & Bowls England celebration matches, for which he travelled far & wide.
He gave up bowls in 2015 due to creaky knees but was talked into returning when I became President in 2017 when we travelled together to County and Bowls England matches where he seemed to know everyone. In 2018 he supported me in my role as Fixture Secretary by becoming County Men's Secretary, once again stepping into the breech.
The Bowling community including myself will miss Gordon, a true servant to lawn bowls.
Tony Ives BEM (Blandford BC)
Hilda Stokes (5 April 2021)
Hilda began bowling indoors (with Dennis) at Moonfleet many years ago when it was situated at the Moonfleet Manor Hotel. She was part of the Ladies Triples team who were runners-up in the Ladies National 2-wood Triples in 1991; and then in her Indoor County President’s year she became the Ladies County Singles Champion.
Hilda helped out at Moonfleet as a steward for many years and was part of the County Selection team where she always fought for fairness.
She was also an accomplished outdoor bowler, starting playing at Weymouth and Melcombe Regis and then at Greenhill where, amongst many other achievements, she went to the National Finals at Leamington Spa in the County Fours. Hilda was also the County President in 1997 when the Dorset ladies reached the final of the Walker Cup. Although they lost this, there was much celebration at their achievement of reaching the final, back at the hotel which involved plenty of alcohol!
Many years ago, Hilda also won the Ladies Pairs event in the Weymouth Open tournament, no mean feat as bowlers travelled from far and wide to take part in this annual tournament.
Hilda contributed to Greenhill Outdoor Bowls Club in many ways; she did a weekly stewarding duty, helped with club functions and she also provided the beautiful floral displays around the green perimeters. Woe betide any of the daily stewards who forgot to water these displays as they would be reminded in no uncertain terms by Hilda!
Hilda bowled well into her 80’s, but when she eventually gave it up, she never failed to support the ladies of Moonfleet and Greenhill, travelling many miles with them when they played in various competitions. Hilda’s opinion mattered, no matter who you were, and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Anne Chislett (Greenhill BC)