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Welcome Our New Life Members

posted Feb 7, 2020, 12:12 PM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Feb 13, 2020, 11:48 PM by Mid-Shropshire Bowling League ]
Three more proud servants of the sport have been honoured with life memberships by the League.

Former county secretary Ian Gaut, Shropshire Ladies stalwart Mabel Finnigan and popular long-serving referee Bob Mumford received the rewards at a special ceremony following the AGM.

League chairman Sean Round made the presentations with these words:


She can only be described as the rock of women’s bowling in Shropshire. The founder and sole secretary of the Telford Ladies Afternoon League for nearly 30 years; treasurer of the Shrewsbury Ladies League for 26 years; a captain and official of the Shropshire Ladies association, including president. And I’m sure that’s not the half of it!

She has treasured memories of her time at Dun Cow Bowling Club, Madeley Court and now Broseley - and if anyone deserves to be the first female recipient of a life membership from this League, for all she has done for the sport in this area and throughout Shropshire, then it is Mabel . . . 


. . is quite simply one of the greatest administrators to have graced the game in Shropshire. And it all started with a short spell as fixture secretary of this League before a meteoric rise to become county secretary in 1994 and start the computerised revolution of the game.

In the very same year he became the first secretary of the new Shropshire Premier League and remained at the forefront of changing things for the improvement of bowlers and bowls in the county for a decade, also serving the Donnington Wood and St Georges clubs with distinction. His life membership of the Premier League was long overdue and now it is our turn to pay tribute and say thank you to Ian . . . 


Simply has to be one of the most popular people in Mid Shropshire bowling circles. He loves playing the sport and always has time for a chat, his devotion to the Much Wenlock club shining through conversations.

A good bowler, Bob is also one of the top referees to have come through the ranks in Shropshire, officiating at top tournaments and he’s still active at league and county level. We don’t think he should be an unsung hero any longer and that is the reason for this award to you Bob now . . .