Sadly Trevor Newbrooks recently lost his struggle to overcome a recent illness.
Brenda and Trevor were introduced to bowling by a dancing friend in 2009.
They both took to the sport and although Trevor was still working at the time soon became an active club member,
for several years serving on the club General Management Committee.
He was the current Men's Treasurer, had served two years as the Club Vice Captain and was
looking forward to his role of Club Captain for the forthcoming 2017 Season.
Trevor was a competitive bowler and played in
both the Kennet and LX Leagues and entered our
internal competitions and later County & Nationals.
During the winter period Trevor continued bowling to a high standard at the
Rivermead Indoor Bowling Club, even whilst undergoing Chemo & Radio Therapy treatment.
Trevor enjoyed playing bowls in April on the Isle of
Wight during the IBC Spring Tour .
It is understood that Trevor had been part of the Scouting Organisation and contributed with
canoe training skills.
Trevor was 68 when he died on the evening of Saturday the 10th of June 2017.
His funeral is at 3:15pm on Friday 23rd June, at Reading Crematorium.
Our sincere condolences go to his wife Brenda and his family.
We have just learnt of the passing of Ken
Ken was a very competitive bowler and fully
participated in activities on the Island.
He played in 'Friendly Matches' and really
enjoyed his bowling as a member of both the
Kennet League and LX League teams.
Whenever the Island presented one of its shows
or unique pantomimes Ken willingly participated
as their general scene builder and backstage
He was a highly skilled carpenter that could
turn his hand to general building, plumbing and
Ken designed and had built the splendid portable
aluminium steps that provide access onto the
bowling green to the elderly and infirm. They
are still in good condition today.
His hedge cutting skills were truly awesome and
he received special commendation in the club
newsletter. Indeed perfection was his trademark.
Although Ken was dyslexic he overcame his
disability by use of a computer and together
with his wife Kim organised a most memorable
holiday for club members out to Kuala Lumpur,
Before taking up bowling Ken belonged to a Rifle
Shooting Club, was a very keen Potholer, and had
a strong interest in the Martial Arts.
Ken was forced to reduce his bowling activities
as his health slowly deteriorated.
Try as they may neither doctors or hospital
could provide cures for his various ailments.
He spent the the last two weeks of life in the
care of the Royal Berkshire Hospital.
Ken was 72 when he died on the afternoon of
Sunday the 15th of January 2017.
His funeral is at 1:45pm on Monday 6th February,
at Reading Crematorium.
Our sincere condolences go to Kim and his
Regrettably we have learnt of the passing of
John had a long career in the Army and had
served both in Malta & Hong Kong with the
He was a man of high principles and embarked on
education studies for self improvement. John
achieved the rank of Warrant Officer, which is
one of the most senior non-commissioned soldier
ranks in the British Army.
He was a keen sportsman and went on to become a
John was also interested in art and took up
drawing and painting.
Together with his wife Monica, he came to the
Island around 1990 and was a very competitive
bowler. Later he became Club Instructor to the
His dedication and interest in bowls led him to
hold the key position of Club General Secretary
for a number of years.
He was also an active member and Bowls
Instructor to Rivermead Indoor Bowling Club.
As their Secretary he instigated the ‘The
Secretaries Cup’, a competition between ‘outside
clubs’ playing on an indoor green.
In 2004 John became President of the Island
He also held the post of President of the
Berkshire County Indoor Bowls Association.
After the death of his wife Monica, John moved
to the south coast for a number of years before
returning to Reading.
John was 84 when he died early on the morning of
Sunday 1st of January 2017.
His funeral is at 11:15am on Friday 27th
January, at Reading Crematorium (in the West
Our sincere condolences to his family.