by Don Manning

We are very sorry indeed to record the death of George Gosling on May 8th, aged 81. He was a member of the Bowls Club for over 30 years. One of nine Gosling siblings, he was born 15 minutes before his identical twin Donald. He lived in Congresbury throughout his life, and ran the family farm after the death of his father in 1967. He subsequently built a house adjacent to the Elms Nursing Home. He lived there until 2011. Then, deteriorating eyesight meant he could no longer drive, so he moved into the heart of the village, giving him access to the facilities, particularly the pubs!

He remained a bachelor throughout his life, and went abroad only once. He did not do National Service due to farming commitments, whereas Donald spent time in Germany and Hong Kong doing his.

He and Donald had very distinctive red hair. Throughout their lives they were regularly confused and at times this was mischievously exploited! In fact, their major difference was George was right handed, and Don left handed. Not always easily detected!

George, pictured in typical pose, enjoyed sport from an early age. He played cricket and football , and also snooker and skittles in the Memorial Hall, where he ran a skittles team for many years. In his early farming days he was very involved with the Young Farmers, including serving a period as chairman.

His bowling career included being part of the Congresbury team which won the inaugural Winscombe Floodlit Competition. He also won the Club Pairs in 1992, Triples in 1996 and Plate in 1997.

He will be remembered as a typical country ‘character’, with strong opinions whilst enjoying a pint in the locals. He could be ‘wilful’ at times, including when playing bowls! He will not be forgotten.