Edinburgh Weekly News / Stewart Meikle

After over 40 years it looks like the Edinburgh Evening News has given up taking reports from any games. Stewart has been given a few hints about this but there has been no Bowling News in the paper for over a month. A very bad way to tell someone that not wanting any more story’s . Im sure that all Bowling clubs and their Members would like to thank Stewart for all his hard work over the years when the sport was getting all the publicity they could take. It now means that a lot of thought will have to go into this site if it is worth while for 2020.

An Update from EEN, 18/09/2019

Stewart has been in touch to say that due to a change of hierarchy at the News, his recent reports have been found in a spam box and that that unfortunate diversion explains their absence from the paper.

Stewart also explains that having made his contributions to the News free of any payment over the past two years and that due to budget restrictions remaining in place – plus the added combination of age (76) and health challenges – he accepts an amicable acceptance of retirement makes good sense at this time.

Stewart has never at any time been a journalist with trained skills, just A Bowler that some 50 years ago started to make contributory reports to his local newspapers, namely The Linlithgowshire Gazette, The West Lothian Courier, and on the passing of Dominie (Steve Bathgate) the Edinburgh Evening News.

The News – to be fair – down many years gave him extremely good shows and support that he has always appreciated and hopes was of some benefit to the sport throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Mark Atkinson, the new sports editor, has asked Stewart to let it be known within the local bowls fraternity that in the fast-changing world of the press and its budget restrictions, he would be happy to accept 400 words once a week – on a non payment basis – to continue promoting the sport. He can be reached on 0131-311-7521.”

The Green Green Grass of Home

Lawn bowling clubs across the Capital are in danger of going bust if a council service to pick up their grass clipping is withdrawn, it has been claimed.

The city council is set to agree that lawn bowling clubs across the city will have to commercially dispose of the waste produced from trimming their lawns, at rates much more expensive than those presently charged by the authority.

Clubs have criticised the move, saying that the cost to them could seriously impact their ability to operate. 

Stephen Fox, Treasurer of Whitehouse Bowling Club, said: “It has financial implications but also a logistical issue in finding someone to replace what is a useful and well functioning community service already provided by the council. 

“We hope sense will prevail and that the council at its meeting today will agree to continue these collections.”

However Neil Ross, Liberal Democrat Cllr for Morningside Ward, has brought a motion to the council today to try to have the council to reassess their decision. Cllr Ross said: “The council’s garden waste policy treats lawn bowling clubs like commercial businesses and forces them to find a commercial contractor to uplift their grass cuttings or to dispose of them as landfill.

“The council should instead be encouraging lawn bowling clubs across the city as they provide an affordable and accessible hub of informal care and support to a broad spectrum of their local community, not to mention access to a healthy outdoor environment and health-giving sport for all ages and levels of ability. I am aware that access to this network of social support is highly valued by older people and the single elderly in particular. 

“This is why I support a change in the council’s policy towards garden waste collection for bowling clubs.”

Lawn bowls is often seen by many as a vital service for the elderly, keeping them from the dangers of isolation and loneliness. But clubs have emphasised that they support members from all backgrounds and ages.

Lyn Blackhall, a member at Whitehouse Bowling Club, said: “The sport is very important for tackling elderly loneliness. You could spend seven days a week down at the club if you wished, whether that is playing or just socialising.”

A council spokesperson said: “We are currently in discussions about resolving this issue.”

Edinburgh Weekly News 17/8

Carrick Knowe’s narrow 5-4 win away to foot of the table Brunstane duly clinched their capture of the coveted Division 1 title in the Alpha Trophies Edinburgh Bowling League at the first time of asking– and completed the fantastic straight seasons title journey from Division 5. A record unlikely to ever be equalled.

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Edinburgh Weekly News 10/8

The final matches across the Alpha Trophies Edinburgh Bowling League were all wiped out by the weather on Wednesday night and with promotion and relegation at stake the Management Committee have ruled that all games be rescheduled for this Monday night with a 6-30pm start.

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Edinburgh Weekly News 3/8

Carrick Knowe are poised to capture the Division 1 crown of the Alpha Trophies Edinburgh Bowling League at the first time of asking as they are all but past the post with a 9 point lead (78 to 69) over Parkside entering next weeks final round of fixtures.

This weeks results saw the league leaders score a 6-3 win at home to top of the table rivals Postal while defending champions Craigentinny made little impression on the top two with a 7-2 win over Northern however Parkside raced up into second place with a 9-0 win at home to Maitland.

This weeks fixtures feature Carrick Knowe away to relegated Brunstane (32) and Parkside away to second from bottom Northern (44), also Postal v third from bottom Queensberry (50), and Maitland at home to Craigentinny.

Sighthill are home in dry to captures the Division 2 title with 81 points to the 66 of Tanfield who are under last match promotion winning pressure from Bainfield (64) and Sunmmerside (63ス). 

Goldenacre dominate Division 3 with 75 points followed by Dean (67), Leith (64), Slateford (59), Mayfield (59), Corstorphine (58), Willowbrae (55), and Pilrig (31).

While Division 4 reads, London Road Foundry 82, Currie 81, Dudley 64, Gorgie Mills 63, Juniper Green 63, Merchiston 55, Trinity 33, Whitehouse & Grange 26.

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Edinburgh Weekly News 27/7

Defending champion Andrew Dunnett of Linlithgow is the No1 seed in the £4000 West Lothian Masters that celebrates its 21st Anniversary this year and swings into action on Monday 5th August with a field that is 166 strong competing for the £1000 top prize and the coveted Green Jacket.

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