There was a surprise at the recent AGM of Shefford Bowls Club when Marcia Dunstone, President of Bowls England appeared.
Marcia was a woman on a mission as she came bearing a Bowls England Certificate of Merit Award, the first to be presented in Bedfordshire, for Ralph Archer.
This is a highly prestigious award and goes to long serving bowls players who have helped their club over many years.
Ralph has been a bowler at Shefford for 40 years and was club secretary for 35 of those years.
He was also the club coach for numerous years and taught many a member over the time.
Ralph was also County Coach and a Zone Reresentative on the old Beds CBA for a number of years.
Monday sees Ralph leaving Shefford as he is moving to North Wales to be nearer his daughter/ grandson.
Both the club and the County wishes him all the best in his new venture.