Merry old Windsor

Trip Start Aug 20, 2011
Trip End Sep 27, 2011

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Played Lawn Bowls against The Royal Household

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

We arrived in Windsor late morning and our bus was delivered to us at the hotel and we will have it for the next two and a half weeks. We all walked up the quaint cobblestone road in to town, a magnificent no car street with Windsor Castle sitting majestically at the top. We only had a short time before leaving for the bowls fixture at the Royal Household BC so we grabbed a Cornish Pastie for lunch and returned to the hotel.

We all got decked out in our whites with our UK Tour shirts we had made and took group photos in the lounge area before driving the short distance to our entry point at Shaw Farm Gate where our identity was checked and the boom gate raised for us. We entered the huge Windsor Park and herds of the Queens cattle grazed in the green fields. We were greeted by the President and the Captain and the Lady vice Captain and made to feel most welcome as we collected our borrowed bowls and prepared for the day. The clubhouse is Heritage listed and was a small wooden building steeped in tradition and character. The club is made up of bowlers who work or have worked for the Queen. One chap had been the Queen's bodyguard for fifteen years another a chapel bell ringer and all have attended garden parties and met many of the Royal Family. It is a small but exclusive club and the waiting list for other clubs wishing to play here is ten years. We managed to get the only day left in this year’s calendar and possibly because we were coming from so far away. 

Playing triples, the bowls was great fun and "very interesting" on the heavy green with the borrowed bowls. Half way through trays of tea and biscuit were brought out and we sat on the edge of the green sipping our tea from beautiful tea cups with our pinky finger up of course, as you do in such a royal setting. At the conclusion of day it was announced that we were the best performed team and received a beautiful crystal whisky glass each! Then a wonderful tea of cold meat and salad followed by magnificent chocolate cake and ice cream was served up to us and we enjoyed it as well as the wonderful hospitality of our new friends in the fantastic heritage listed Clubrooms. For quite a while we enjoyed many stories from the local members, particularly those about the Queen visiting on a number of occasions. The Clubhouse walls were filled with historical photographs of Kings, Queens and dignitaries of all kinds. It was an outstanding day but eventually it was time to leave and we felt we were leaving old friends.  We even had the honour of holding the King’s wooden bowls from the opening of the club in 1921.

Windsor is a working farm and the prized cattle are from the original stock from the mid 1800’s. Our cold beef lunch was produced here and is sold at the farm shop. The Jersey cows are to provide the Queen with fresh milk and she insists on it every day unless she is abroad. There is a nine hole; eighteen tee golf course and a cricket ground all in the one area. It is a vast estate and the tree lined avenue adjacent to the bowls club and leading up to the Palace is often frequented by the Queen walking her dogs.

It was a most unique day and a memorable experience.
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What the - I thought Jenny was going to shop and have a look around. Recruited another bowler

jennigeoff on

Yeah well I'm actually playing four times out of nine and I've never bowled before Carol but I've won both my games! Plenty of time for shopping still!

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