On Sunday, 13th August, Barton’s men played and won the semi-final of the Harmsworth cup against Houghton Regis. Two rinks comprising Joe Gilheany, Lou Lewis, Trevor Leverno and Ron Worsnop, and John Shorthose, Ron Dutnall, Richard White and Terry Coles played at Houghton Regis, and two rinks comprising, Malcolm Bright, John Burr, Roy McDonald, Neil Rixon, and Barry Taylor, Neil Grainger, Pat Howarth and Colin Smith played at Barton. The final score was Barton 110 - Houghton Regis 68. Barton will meet Sandy Con in the final which will be held on Sunday, 10th September.
Sunday, 6th August saw the first of Barton’s ladies’ teams taking to the Leamington greens in the National finals. Bedfordshire’s Pauline Bright and Pauline White narrowly lost in the first round against Worcestershire’s Viv Hall and Joan Parfitt, 17-19. On Tuesday, Barton’s fours. Jan Brooks, Rita Grant, Betty Williams and Lesley Nunn won their first and second round matches against Oxfordshire 24-11 and Essex 21-7. Down to the last 16, Barton were drawn against Kent and lost 16-27.
Also on Tuesday, at 1pm, Barton’s Men’s Senior Fours, Ron Worsnop, Pat Howarth, Colin Smith and John Shorthose, played in the Preliminary round against Surrey and won 23 – 10. At 5.30pm, on the same day, they played the next round against Devon and narrowly lost 16 – 15. Supporters stayed to cheer them on, even though the weather was appalling with heavy rain throughout the day.