May 21, 2005
Hovercraft team ‘bowled over’ by support at Highbridge fundraiser

Burnham-On-Sea hovercraft crew members were ‘bowled over’ by support during a fundraising event in Highbridge.

The short mat bowling competition in progress at Highbridge Community Hall.A short mat bowling competition held at Highbridge Community Hall on Saturday May 21 attracted 48 players, and raised £215 for BARB, the group that runs Burnham’s Spirit Of Lelaina hovercraft.

Crew member Roger Keen, who organised the event, said: “It’s been a great day – we attracted 16 teams of three players including several England and county players.”

Meanwhile, a Burnham couple will be taking a flight on the hovercraft later this summer, having won the raffle. Pete Pengelly of Lynton Road said he and wife Bridget were “very much looking forward to the trip.”

The overall event was won by a Taunton team called Comytrowe and the runners-up came from Middlezoy.

Money raised at the event went towards funding maintainance of the hovercraft, which costs more than £20,000 a year to run.

Our photo shows (top) Bridget Pengelly receiving her raffle prize from Burnham hovercraft crew member Pete Emery, alongside organisers, players and hovercraft crew. Inset photo shows the short mat bowling competition in progress.


English Short Mat Bowling Association

Official Burnham Hovercraft Web site

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