Paul Skidmore’s Memorial Game - An invitation

The last couple of years have been unprecedented times for us all and during the lockdown period, West Witney Bowls Club experienced a tragedy of its own in the sad loss of its President, Paul Skidmore. As the world returns to its new normal following the impact of COVID-19, we would like to invite bowlers throughout the county to a memorial event in Paul’s honour.

Paul Skidmore was a big part of West Witney Bowls Club and the Oxfordshire bowls community. He was most often found getting a round in at the bar, or making someone belly laugh in the sunshine, and would treat everyone he met like a lifelong friend. This infectiously bright personality made Paul a popular and well-known part of the bowls community, as he lit up every green he stepped on, including yours.

On 31st May 2020, Paul lost a short battle to cancer, leaving the world a little darker. To celebrate his wonderful life and the impact he had on so many people around him, we are hosting a Captains vs Presidents memorial game in his name, with all funds raised going towards Cancer Research UK.

The game will be held on Saturday 13th August, with arrival at 1.30pm for a 2pm kick off.

West Witney Bowls club members will represent our Captains, whilst we ask friends from our neighbouring clubs to come and represent our President. The game will be in rinks, but that doesn’t mean you have to bring enough players to make complete rinks - whether you bring 2, 4 or 10 players, we are happy to match people into teams to ensure everyone gets to be part of the fun!

The afternoon will be filled with bowls and a whole host of fun, including a raffle and a spider, with all monies raised going to Cancer Research UK, in Paul’s memory. The post-match meal will be complementary for all players, please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements.

The dress code is white bottoms and the brightest most colourful top you can find! We kindly ask those coming along to please bring a raffle prize.

Please let us know if you can make it and how many players from your club will be coming by completing a very short RSVP form - click here to access this RSVP form now. Please confirm your attendance on or before Sunday 31st July.

Alternatively, you can get in touch with Helen Skidmore for more information on her mobile number 07740926872 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We really hope you can make it and join us in the celebration of the wonderful man that is Paul Skidmore and look forward to hearing from you soon.

With kind regards, from members of West Witney Bowls Club




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