Simon Parsonage made life member of Shropshire Premier Bowls League
Proud and humbled – that’s the reaction of the man who has become only the second life member of Shropshire’s top league.
Simon Parsonage was officially presented with the honour by Salop Leisure Shropshire Premier League president John Coxill at a private ceremony.
That’s because Clee Hill-based Parsonage had to miss the league’s presentation, when the certificate was due to be presented, after a recent knee operation.
“I am very proud and humbled to have been awarded the Certificate of Life Membership to the Shropshire Premier Bowling League,” said Parsonage,
“Many thanks to John Coxill, Robert Burroughs and all the committee for bestowing such an award – it was most unexpected.
“But it is very much appreciated to be recognised for all the work myself, my wife Sharon and our company Flowfit has tried to do for the game of crown green bowls in Shropshire.”
Parsonage started his bowling career with his two brothers at Ludlow Castle, joining his father Stuart who was a very successful bowler in his own right.
In 1994, when the Premier League was formed, he started playing for Craven Arms and in 1997 he won the Shropshire Merit at Bridgnorth by beating Keith Pessall 21-19 in the final.
He moved to Castlefields in 2004 and was part of the many successes they had before playing a key role in Shropshire winning the Crosfield Cup for only a second time with a man of the match award-winning 21-4 card in the final against Yorkshire at Meole Brace.
In 2010 he returned south to play for Burway, helping them achieve a Premier League place in 2013, before turning his attention to the junior scene and becoming an active Shropshire selector.
He joins Mark Burroughs as a life member of the Premier League.