Melton Bowls Club News
Melton Bowls Club's popular invita- tion Greenkeeper Triples Tournament, was won this year by a team that included Peter Moyes, the tournament sponsor and Club Greenkeeper. He was playing with fellow club members Ken Diaper and Neville Leech and they were the only team to win all their games, finishing well ahead of the rest of the field. T Vaughn, R Austin and T Bromley were in second place with F Howe, B Howe and D Vaughn in third.
The tournament, played in perfect conditions, had an entry of 22 teams, each playing four games in two groups, with the winner being decid- ed on a points basis.
With all the teams having just one game remaining to be played, four teams were unbeaten and in con- tention to take the trophy, K Diaper and D Vaughan teams were on 40 points with T Bromley on 37 and H Bales on 36.
Bales narrowly lost his last game to A Cook and finished with only 40 points
back in 7th place, whilst Vaughan, playing B Ling also lost, and slipped back to 3rd place on 44 points. Bromley only managed a draw in his game with G Steggles and had to set- tle for the runner-up spot carding 45 points.
Diaper and his team had a convincing win over K Frost in their last game, picking up 14 points to remain the only unbeaten team and run out over- all winners with 54 points.
Air Ambulance Drops In On Town
One of Ipswich Town's nominated charities literally dropped in to the club's training ground last week for a flying visit. East Anglian Air Ambulance's Anglia One helicopter landed at the Playford Road facilities to enable players and staff to see the charity's new aircraft close up.
The charity is one of the club's chosen charities for the 2011/12 season and this visit marks the first time that the players have got involved.
"The East Anglian Air Ambulance does a fantastic job helping the people of Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire, areas where so many of our support- ers live, to receive any urgent medical assistance that they may need. Our support for the charity could conceiv- able help an Ipswich Town fan one day so we're keen to offer any sup-
port we can," said ITFC's Media and PR Manager Camilla Haycock.
Also present for the visit were two local people who were helped by the Air Ambulance after accidents.
Kimberley Morton, from Polstead, was airlifted two years ago after she fell off her horse and landed on a fence, injuring her spine. She is still receiv- ing treatment and has had to change her career but is thankful to the air ambulance for coming to her rescue.
Kimberley said: "I took a nasty fall and was in need of urgent specialist help. The East Anglian Air Ambulance were with me in ten minutes and the crew were great in making me feel calm for the flight. They got me to hospital far quicker than a road ambulance would have done and, more importantly, with a spinal injury I didn't have to travel down any bumpy roads. I can't thank them enough for what they did for me that day."
Kimberley was also joined at Ipswich Town's training ground by Theresa Gammage from Rendlesham who was airlifted by the charity back in 2009 after a pallet, being lifted by a truck,
dropped and landed on her. One of her legs was broken and the other was badly damaged.
Nichola Whymark, Area Fundraising Manager for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, said: "Kimberley and Theresa's stories unfortunately aren't uncommon.
"The two helicopters are called out on a daily basis to assist people who need specialist medical attention at the scene of an incident. We fly a highly skilled crew and with specialist equipment out to remote locations where it can be difficult to get a land ambulance and help people at the scene, effectively taking the hospital to the patient.
"The beauty of the helicopter is that we can also take the patient to the most appropriate hospital for their needs rather than just the nearest.
"All this costs the charity £4.2million a year and it's only through the sup- port of the general public and busi- nesses like Ipswich Town that we can continue to operate. We can't thank the club enough for choosing us as their nominated charity this season and we really look forward to working with them over the coming year."
Town's home fixture against West Ham at the end of January will see the players warming up in the chari- ty's t-shirts which will later be signed and auctioned off. In addition, volun- teers will be around the stadium that evening with buckets to collect any donations from supporters.
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