We are a small team of enthusiastic bowlers and would love to hear from anyone who is interested in giving lawn bowls a try or would like to join our friendly club

Mike Smith

President & Acting Chairman

Mike has been a valued member of Hawley for more than 20 years and thoroughly deserves being elected our President this year. He served as Men’s Captain for a number of years and is an important member of our Greenkeeping team. Without them our green would not be in the good condition we enjoy.

Mike enjoys golf and tries to play at least twice a week. He has a respectable handicap of 20. He is also an avid Liverpool FC fan, having visited Anfield on numerous occasions.

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Janet Guess


Janet had no interest in participating in sport whilst at school but took up league table tennis at age 18. She played in the Guildford and Aldershot Leagues for a number of years, representing Aldershot in the Inter-town league. She also represented the South East in the National Post Office competitions.

The qualification age for veterans is much younger in table tennis than bowls and Janet played in the Worlds Vetts Championship in Manchester. Her highlight though was winning a good medal in the Vetts Mixed Doubles when playing for the British Post Office in the European Telecommunications and Post Office Championships in Poland.

Janet took up bowls three years ago and really enjoys being a member of Hawley. She has always enjoyed administration and didn’t take much persuading to take on the role of Secretary. She also takes the minutes at meetings at the Indoor Camberley Club.

Janet also enjoys trying to paint and to play bridge.

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Wendy O’Brien


Wendy  enjoyed  all manner of  watery activities whilst at school  namely synchronised swimming, life saving  and  personal survival  and swam competitively for the school. She is a  trained  swimming teacher  and  time keeper.

She  worked at  Frimley Park hospital  for  15 years  and  then  discovered  lawn  bowls  which she  finds very  addictive. She loves travelling  and has visited  6 continents and tries to visit at least one new country each year – apart from 2020!  

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Phil O’Brien

Head Groundsman

Phil only joined the club in 2020 encouraged to join by wife Wendy and because his travel plans were restricted by covid, but now he is also addicted and thoroughly enjoying working on improving the green.

In his youth Phil did a lot of cycling, mainly touring but some time trialling. He rode all the main passes in the Pyrenees and also did LE to JOG. He did a lot of Mountain biking in Wales before the modern bikes were invented.

Now Phil’s second main activity is long distance walking and he has nearly completed all the National trails. He is also a keen football fan following Aldershot Town and Manchester United and currently has visited 91 of the 92 English league grounds. In any remaining spare time he does a lot of traveling around the world.

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Robin Pretty

Fixtures Secretary

Robin’s main sport from a young age was athletics – sprints and long jump – and he was lucky enough to have been selected to run for Surrey as a 16-year-old. At this time Robin also started playing table tennis at youth club.  He progressed through the league divisions until making the premier in Guildford.  At the grand age of 40 he was picked to play for the Surrey Vetts Team.  Being of that age, he found it opened up chances to play in bigger events and he took part in two European and one World Championship .

Nowadays he enjoys working on his two old motorcycles , one of which he says is as old as he is and they leak so much oil , he could do with some in his joints!

Now he feels he has found his ideal social sport in bowls –  good company and friendly banter .

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Mike Guess

Competition Secretary

Mike has always been interested in most sports, either playing or watching.  At school he played cricket and also represented the school and district at football. After leaving, he continued to play Sunday league football, as well as table tennis in the Guildford, Aldershot and Civil Service leagues for a few years. in the early 80s he took up running – becoming a member at both the Finchampstead and Sandhurst Joggers run clubs and has continued to run ever since – with a marathon best of 2 hrs 53 mins.  

He took up bowling and joined Hawley BC about three years ago and has been surprised not only by how much he enjoys the actual game, but also helping on the organisational side. He says It’s not an exaggeration to say that during lockdown the club has been a godsend to him.

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Jan Vlok

Men’s Captain

Jan was born in Zambia but has lived in this country for a number of years. He hasn’t lost his accent though. He also hates our cold winters and tries to spend several months in South Africa during our winters.

Jan used to play competitive squash with Stephen and five years ago be talked him into taking up bowls. His only regret is that he should have taken up bowls earlier in life.

Jan has become and indispensable member of Hawley, being responsible for our lovely display of baskets and pots. He is also our BBQ King.

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Kate Gooding

Ladies’ Captain

Kate has been a member of Hawley since 1996 and has held a number of official positions over this time and is currently Ladies’ Captain. Kate has deservedly been honoured for her services to the Club by being awarded aLife Vice Presidency.

In her spare time, Kate loves spending time with her family including her son in America. She also enjoys going to the theatre and out for meals with her numerous friends.

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Peter Manuel

Committee Member

Peter has lived in the Blackwater area since 1966 and finished his apprenticeship as a toolmaker at the RAE in the mid 60s.  He then went on to work on the railways in latter years and you may recognise him as a guard on South West Trains.

He has had  varied sports interests including representing the RAE at Tug of War in national competitions.   He also cycled with Camberley and Farnborough Wheelers time trialling,  and is now an avid Aldershot Town FC supporter

He joined Hawley 10 years ago and has and still is enjoying many hours of bowling, gardening and socialising with members.

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Lyn Sado

Committee Member

Lyn has lived in the Blackwater area since 1966 and enjoyed playing badminton at  Hawley Leisure Centre.  She also walked with the Aldershot and District Rambling Club.

She took up golf when she retired and then a friend  encouraged her to try bowls.  She took up a beginners’ course at the Camberley Indoor Club. She found she loved the sport and also met eight good friends.  They decided to stay together and joined Hawley Bowling Club.   17 years later, with new and old friends, life could not be better.

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