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Does anyone remember  playing Carpet Bowls.I had a great time on games night. But some Mess members got a bit miffed when i won!

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My game of choice in the Mess Eric. I could fling darts at the board but when it got down requiring a given number or sequence of numbers to finish I was not the chap to partner. Cards ditto, I could lose a hand of cards before I picked them up, Crib always was and still is a complete and utter mystery to me and don’t ask about my failed and short lived career as a Dominoes player. Snooker and Billiards well less said the better but I had a certain amount of success with Liar Dice.

Carpet Bowls I found was my game of choice slow gentle and once I understood the physics of how the ball rolls and to allow for weight offset I was made. I still have a set I borrowed from the Apprentices Mess…………..so should the property member require them returning let me know. 

 


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On promotion to Sergeant on the Monday, there was a Corporals to Sergeant games night in the Sergeants' Mess on the Saturday!
I had never seen Carpets Bowls in m y life before, but I was partnered off with the RSM (our Mr Jolly or the RSM after him?)
I didn't want to make a complete fool of myself so I watch the other palyers.  When our game come up he and I won our game.  It was then I explained I'd never played the game before, he replied, "Come to that.  Neither have I!"

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Peter, Without bragging, I won four trophies at one Games night. Carpet Bowles , Snooker, Darts and Crib. I was not the flavour of the month!

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I loved Carpet Bowls too.  The Sgts Mess long lounge was ideal for the game.
Next best was the putting green on the back lawn.
You know, the Sgts Mess was a wonderful club to belong to!

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Mis-spent youth springs to mind; any trophies for singing, Frank ? 


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Knowing the words to bawdy barrack songs and the ability to tell a joke when your turn came round was an essential skill in the Mess.  A young Sgt would be made, or fall at the first fence if he couldn't perform at the drop of a hat!


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I used to love carpet bowls, played in many a mess. Crib also. But, my claim to fame is winning the Mess Strongman Competition in 15 Bn Mess!


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I agree Geoff, first dinner night was make or break for Mr Vice.

Post 6 was for Eric who is too bashful to admit but he does, or certainly did, more than a passable impression of the great Frank Sinatra.

A quick but true ditty.

In Germany with an RPC 2 -1 Course. Eric the Trg Officer and a driver were sat at a cross roads at night. I set off the course as a recce patrol to cover one route out, recce the cross roads and a different route back and avoiding an ambush.

Three hours later patrol returns, report at the crossroads was Lt X and Pte Z and the lucky sods had Frank Sinatra doing the cabaret. When I asked why it had taken three hours, did they have trouble on the return avoiding the ambush the reply was no we hung around a bit at the crossroads to catch a few songs...........it’s not often you get to listen to Frank Sinatra whilst on patrol.


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Peter, If you refer to Mr Francis Albert Sinatra,He did his way, but what the heck, Thats life!

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I also learned to play Bowls in the Sgts Mess, first at Bicester.
I was not very good at it until I was half pissed then soon got on target.

I play outdor Bowls now as my sport, not too bad at it either, Some good fun had in Mess Bowls, much more Gentlemanly  than the dreaded Boot Race
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Mess rugby with a cabbage and then a game of bowls to lick the wounds


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I loved Carpet Bowls too.  The Sgts Mess long lounge was ideal for the game.
Next best was the putting green on the back lawn.
You know, the Sgts Mess was a wonderful club to belong to!

yes it was Geoff, probably the best club in the world in my book

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Was the best club and hopefully still is. My first function, in total awe and trepidation, followed the normal story line in that I was Mr Vice and was persuaded that I could take a comfort break (what a quaint expression) and they nicked my chair so I had to squat for an awful long time pretending to sit. This was later followed by mess rugby when the absence of a cabbage resulted in my head been used as the ball. We normally played carpet bowls during the wind down period  before wandering dreamily home in the early hours of the morning. That evening broke the ice when I realised that an institution governed by extremely tight mores could also allow such freedom of expression within those four walls. I know what I wanted to say but on proof reading this post I feel I have expressed it badly.

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I was fortunate when I was promoted Sgt serving with the AAC in 1969.  We used the Sgts Mess of 1 RHAMPs and as a substantive Sgt I was already a senior Sgt and half way up the table.   [some of their Colour Sgts were paid Cpls]


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Geoff, I also was a member of 1 R Hamps (Ballykelly) Mess - I used my seniority, as a Sgt, wisely - I kept the bar open.


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       Play carpet bowls every winter     open green in summer     in fact just paid this years green fee's

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I thought green fee's were  for golf club's............


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I thought green fee's were  for golf club's............

   NO NO wee man   still pay for the privilege of playing in the rain       roll on Saturday

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I remember a games night against the Cpl,s in my Mess in Munster. It ended with a game of Mess rugby with a cabbage. Well one of the sgt,s John Weisgurber head butted a radiator which he had many stitches for his labour!

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We always see it at a weekend Jim, Most go elsewhere Friday teatime. The whole camp is a ghost town at the weekend.

I will ask Wayne if we can borrow the carpet bowls mat (if the Sgts Mess has one) on the Friday night, along with some dominoes & crib boards maybe?

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