The Flowfit Shropshire Premier Bowling League offers Life Membership for those they feel that have put in a lot of time and effort into the league over the years.
Life Member 1 (2015): Mark Burroughs
Mark Burroughs represented the league from 1998 to 2014 and playing in it from 1994 to 2006 for Hadley USC and St Georges. His best season was in 2001 winning 19 games from 25, although all he goes on about from playing in the league was his last season when he won 5 out of 5, including a 21-7 win over Andy Moss on the top green, the same year Mossy won the Autumn Waterloo. It still gets mentioned every season! Overall he won 160 out of 237 with a plus aggregate of 668, a win percentage of over two thirds! He was League Secretary and Treasurer from 1998 to 2014, as well as Minutes Secretary from 2004 to 2014. He was the driving force behind the league at this time, Premier League Supremo as described by Malcolm Fletcher. Without him we wouldn’t have had the foundations that was given to us new officers back in 2014, even without him playing he still gave 100% to the game before ultimately, his dogs won out. So it is my pleasure to give Mark Burroughs our first ever Life Membership, and to present this memento to show our gratitude for all he gave the league.
League President presents a glass clock to the first ever Shropshire Premier Bowling League Life Member Mark Burroughs.
Life Member 2 (2017): Simon Parsonage
The Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier Bowling League were very proud to be able to give Simon Parsonage Life Membership this year for his services to the league. Please find the speech our League President John Coxill wrote about Simon’s bowling life on and off the green.
Simon started his bowling career with his two brothers at Ludlow Castle B.C., joining his father Stuart who was a very successful bowler in his own right.
In 1994 when the Premier League was formed he started playing for Craven Arms B.C.
In 1997 he won the Shropshire County Merit Trophy at Bridgnorth beating Keith Pessall 21-19 in the final. A highlight of my year as President.That same year he made his County debut away at Wigan against Bill Hilton winning 21-14. He went on to represent Shropshire for many years and in 2009 he was part of the home team that won the Crosfield Cup beating Yorkshire and he was awarded the overall man of the match winning 21-4 against Craig Newton.
In 2004 he moved to Castlefields B.C. where he was part of the many successes they had.
In 2010 he returned to South Shropshire to play for Burway B.C. To try and help them get in the Premier League which they did in 2013. Most recently he has channelled his energy into promoting Shropshire Junior bowls. 3 of his 4 children followed him into bowls, 2 of whom are currently junior county players.He is also a junior county selector.
Simon is a very successful business man with his own company FLOWFIT and the Premier League are very grateful for all the sponsorship and support he has given us over many years.
We as a league wish Simon and his family every success in the future.
The League have decided to make him a life member in recognition of his dedication, service and sponsorship to the Premier League. Thank you Simon.
Below is a picture of Simon receiving his certificate off our League President John Coxill.
Life Member 3 (2018): John Coxill
John Coxill has served this league for the last 25 years, being a key member in creating this league back in 1994. He was our first ever President when the league started, serving from 1994-96. He played for Cravern Arms from 1994, when he won 7 games, to 2004, his best year for them being 2000 when he won 14 games. He remained loyal to them, but they dropped out of the league in 2004 due to a lack of players. He moved to Ford the year after, having his best season in 2007 when he won 12 games, and again stayed loyal to them until they folded in the winter of 2012/13 due to a lack of players. The club went in 2014 because of development, a sad loss to the bowling world of Shropshire, so John moved to Bylet for one season in 2015, playing 11 games. Since then he has gone to Meole Brace and played in their tanners team since.
He won our doubles in 2004 with Peter Griffiths, in the first year of the competition.
He has been county president in 1990, 1997 and 2014. He became competitions secretary in 2008, and also our president in 2016 again for two years.