Tribute to David Jenkins. RIP
It is with great regret that we have to report on the passing of one of St. Ives Bowling Club's stalwart and much loved Members - David Jenkins.
David joined the Club in June, 1980 and from day one was a very loyal, dedicated and trusted member of St. Ives Bowling Club. David was one of a kind and a great ambassador for the Club. He was well liked, not only in his own Club, but Countywide and also far afield.
His bowling career stretched over 40 years and in that time David's achievements in the game went beyond most bowler's imagination. Over time he went on to win all the County competitions, including being part of the Middleton Cup, a prestigious National competition. His County honours included winning the men's 4 wood singles, 2 wood singles, pairs, triples, fours, mixed pairs, mixed triples and mixed fours competitions.
David was keen to help new bowlers and for many years, along with Virginia Plummer, gave coaching sessions to Club Members. Many new members have greatly benefitted from David's quiet and respectful teaching and many Members have improved their game by attending these sessions.
At the 2006 A.G.M. David was made a Life Member of St. Ives Bowling Club, an honour David humbly accepted.
The Club's Ladies Day was a highlight for the ladies of the Club, when David and his sous chef's used to put on a lunch for all the ladies as a thank you for all the times during the year that the ladies catered for the Club events. David marshalled his team with great enthusiasm to make the lunch very successful.
David was in the fore front of introducing Short Mat Bowls in the Club and was once again one of the Club's top players. Along with his wife Mary, when they were not playing they would often come up to support Club Members when playing against other Clubs. David could always be relied upon to cheer on other Club Members.
David will be sadly missed at St. Ives Bowling Club by everyone who knew him and will be a big loss to the Club.