The Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League are sad to announce the passing of our Life Member John Coxill. John was a highly respected and hard working person within not just our league but the whole of the bowling community. He was our first League President in 1994 when the league first started up, as well as donating our Merit trophy, which he supported every year. He stepped down from the role in 1996, but remained a key player for Craven Arms in the league. He won the first ever Mike Hinton Pairs with Pete Griffiths in 2004, and was heartbroken when hometown club Craven Arms had to pull out of the league in 2005. He moved to Ford, and stayed there till they had to pull out of the league due to a lack of players. He later had a single season with Bylet in 2015.
Off the green he was our Competitions Secretary from 2008-17, as well as being our President again in 2016-17, and also vice-chairman for a number of years. He became our third ever life member in 2018, showing how much work he had done for the league.
He was also County President for three years, County and National Competitions Secretary for a number of years, as well as numerous other roles for the county and referees society. He gave so much to our league as well as the sport and he will be sadly missed, but will forever be remembered with his trophy donation to the league for our league merit that will hopefully be played again for this year and for years to come. The league passes their condolences onto his wife Merle and his family, and thoughts are with them at this sad time.
John is pictured below (centre) receiving his life membership award from League Treasurer Rob Burroughs and League Chairman Mark Shore.