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Remembering Nina Thwaite

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Lady bowlers from Springwood and Paddock I&C came together last Wednesday to play a tribute match between the two clubs in memory of Nina Thwaite. Nina had connections with both clubs and was very well known in local bowling circles. Nina passed away on 23 July this year after first being taken ill during a match last year when she was playing for Springwood. At that time she was the first Springwood lady bowler to play in the new mixed-gender team that had entered the Brighouse Veterans League. She never bowled again after that incident.

Nina had strong connections with both clubs and represented both in different leagues over a long period of time. A real stalwart of Huddersfield ladies bowling competitions and a member of the Huddersfield Ladies Inter-District team that won the Yorkshire title for six consecutive years (2003-2008).

The tribute match took the form of competition between pairs of bowlers representing both clubs with Paddock I&C coming out on top and being presented with the Joel Thwaite Trophy. Joel Thwaite being Nina's father-in-law and the father of her husband, Frank, who died in 2015. Frank was a former President of Springwood BC and turned his hand to most things in the club over a prolonged period often with Nina by his side.

The trophy was originally donated in 1991 to be awarded for a veterans bowling competition but had laid dormant for a few years until being called back into action to provide a focus for this match. Nina's daughter, Dawn, presented the trophy to the winning team.

The match was played at Springwood and it is hoped that it will become an annual match to be played on alternate greens in the years ahead. The day was blessed with good weather and a good turnout and a raffle along with donations realising a total of £190 to go to Kirkwood Hospice.

Springwood hospitality was in evidence and special mention should go to Helen Lambert, Josie Fenwick, Linda Hirst and Evelyn Pix from Springwood and Diane Felton from Paddock for bringing all this together on a good day with a fitting tribute to a life well lived in bowling.

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