History of Local Characters
Commonwealth Games Fours Team Edinburgh 1970
Photo of Commonwealth Fours Team selected to represent Wales in Edinburgh 1970.
From left to right: Roy Jones Welsh Indoor International 1971.
Bill Pattimore holds the distinction of being the oldest competitor ever to have competed in the games at the grand age of 79years.
The inimitable Harry Thompson is in the Guinness Book of World records for the lowest ever medically recorded heart beat reading in the world but he went on to live within fifteen months of his Hundredth Birthday.
Aeron John Welsh International from 1964 to 1969.
World Bowls and Commonwealth Games player.
Aeron was the baby of the team and is the only survivor.
They gave an excellent account of themselves finishing in fourth place just outside the medals but gained the distinction of being the only team in the Commonwealth to beat the gold medalists Hong Kong.
Willie Gilbert Villars joined the club in 1932 and was Honorary Secretary from 1934 to 1963..
He then served as President until his death on 30th December 1969.
He was presented with an illuminated address by the Monmouthshire Bowling Association in 1957 and made Life Member after serving 21 years on the Management Committee.
In his will Gilbert left the club £25.00 part of which was used to purchase a Silver Challenge Cup in his memory.
He also presented the cup shown in this photograph to the ladies section in memory of his wife Elizabeth who died in 1963.
He was a remarkable man who was known as Mr. Bowls and there is no doubt that his efforts and dedication ensured the survival of this successful club that all members enjoy today.