(Article from Bowls England Website)

Bowls England is delighted to announce Lyndhurst BC in Durham has been named ‘Club of the Year’ for 2017.

The prestigious title, generously supported by Drakes Pride, is awarded annually to the club that is judged to have shown the greatest efforts to promote the club, increase membership and work with the local community.
Lyndhurst BC, runners up in the competition in 2015, demonstrated continued improvement to beat off stiff competition from runners-up Ilminster BC (Somerset) and fellow finalists Peacehaven & Telscombe BC (Sussex) and Southend BC (Essex) to claim the title.

Bowls England Chief Executive Tony Allcock MBE said: “The quality of entries this year was once again of an exceptionally high standard. It is clear that many clubs are raising their game with regard to the work that they are doing to recruit and retain new members – most noticeably an increase in the use of social media to promote the sport to a wider audience. The judging panel again had a tough choice in determining the winners across the categories. However, it was unanimously felt that Lyndhurst BC’s work to increase membership across all ages and abilities gave them the edge – indeed our judges in their final report noted that it is clear to see that they intend to maintain a very high standard for current and future members. Finally, I wish to thank Drakes Pride for their continued support of this competition.”

As winners, Lyndhurst BC will receive:
• £250 cash
• Four sets of Drakes Pride Bowls
• The Tony Allcock Trophy (to be kept for one year)
• Two Free Tickets to the Bowls England Men’s Annual Dinner & Prize Presentation
• Bowls England Pennant and Club of the Year Flag
• Framed Certificate
• A badge for each club member
• A match against a visiting Bowls England President’s Team


It has been an interesting last two weeks for Silksworth’s David Bolt, firstly losing out early in his defence of his Hong Kong Classic singles title followed by finding out he had secured a place in the England squad for the 2018 Commonwealth Games which was then capped off by clinching a silver medal after finishing runners up in the Hong Kong Classic Pairs representing England.

Partnering Kent’s Taylor Monk the English pair negotiated the round robin group stage losing only one of the eleven group games and then in the semi finals defeated Hong Kong local Tony Cheung 9-2, 6-4 to set up a final against Australia’s Jesse Noronha and Ben Twist, the former took the singles title earlier in the week. With the first set level at 7-7 and Bolt holding shot the Australian Twist produced a stunning final bowl take out to knock the wind out of the English lad’s sails and take the first set 8-7, in the second set Twist produced a string of quality bowls and despite the Taylor/Bolt combination efforts it was not to be as the Aussie’s took the second set and the title 11-1.


Snippets from last nights County AGM.

The new county presidents for 2017/18 are Jeff Wilson (Houghton Dairy Lane) and Eileen Atkinson (Bishop Auckland) congratulations to both. There were no nominations for any of the Senior / Junior Vice presidents positions.

The county sec confirmed that due to there being no nominations and the likely hood of no future presidents the executive committee will need to revisit the county constitution in time for next years AGM.

he county sec also requested all clubs to check that they have suitable disciplinary procedures included within there own constitution, he pointed out clubs could even adopt Bowls England's which are available on the BE website.

Congratulations were passed to Silksworth's David Bolt on his Commonwealth Games selection and thanks were noted to retiring District 4 secretary Tom Turnbull for his many years of service, Paul Heath takes over the role.

The meeting was closed at 7.21pm


Bowls England have confirmed the 17 strong squad that will head down under for the 2018 Commonwealth Games and there was tremendous news for Bowls Durham with the inclusion of Silksworth's David Bolt in the squad.

The full squad is as follows - Men: David Bolt (Durham), Paul Brown (Herefordshire), Jamie Chestney (Devon), Robert Paxton (Devon), Louis Ridout (Devon), Mike Robertson (Huntingdonshire), Kieran Rollings (Northamptonshire), Steve Simmons (Somerset), Sam Tolchard (Devon) and Mark Wherry (Cornwall - Director)*

Women: Alison Yearling (Devon), Natalie Chestney (Devon), Ellen Falkner (Cambridgeshire), Sian Honnor (Kent), Katherine Rednall (Suffolk), Sophie Tolchard (Devon) and Sue Wherry (Cornwall – Director)*

(Steve Simmons will partner Alison Yearling in the Visually Impaired Mixed Pairs with Mark and Sue Wherry as their directors)

It is a richly deserved reward for David who has produced eye catching performances over the last three years at club level, county level and of course International level, many congratulations from everyone at Bowls Durham

7th November - BOWLS ENGLAND Update

The online entry facility for the 2018 Bowls England National Competitions is now live.
This system allows participants to enter by completing a form and make payment with a credit or debit card.
Please note that a separate submission and payment must be made for each different named entrant. Only the named entrant of the team/side need apply as other names will be gathered on completion of the first match.

Entries can be made here: https://bowlsengland.247.tv/index.php?p=enter

The closing date for all competitions is 1st February 2018. 


This years Northern Counties championships were held at Gosforth last weekend and it turned out to be a cracking two days for the county as we collected three titles and were runners up in another two.

Congratulations to the Silksworth combination of Gary Farquhar and David Bolt who were in impressive form all day in the Pairs and took the title with a 20-12 win over Northumberland’s Les & Chris Yeomans, this was Gary's first Northern Counties success while David added this success to his 2007 pairs win alongside Paul Baker.

Sadly in the Triples final the Silksworth duo alongside Phil Dixon were beaten in the final by Yorkshire’s Stephen Dilks, Craig Baker and Scott Walton.

Congratulations to Elm Tree’s David Fenwick who joined an elite band of Durham players by completing his full set of Northern Counties titles with a win in the singles, in the final David was in awesome form and ran out an impressive 21-5 winner against Yorkshire’s Scot Walton, its worth mentioning as a county this was our third consecutive win in the singles sp no pressure for next years entry.

Congratulations to the Leadgate quartet of David Reed, David Warnaby, Ian Peacock and Garry Robson who lifted the Fours title with a cracking win over Yorkshire’s Mick Baker, Shaun Wells, Dominic Kelly and Nigel Brignall.

In the Two Bowl Singles Stockton’s Mark Hodgson was a tad unlucky to lose the final on an extra end to Cumbria’s Kevin Harrison.

Sorry no info on the Under 25 Singles but we confirm we couldn't muster a Under 25 rink in the Fours event.


hese Stella Logan reports are like buses.... so here is the season finale, a win over Yorkshire at Hemsley would have secured a 3rd place finish sadly it was not to be as Yorkshire ran out comfortable 9-1 winners and by 36 shots overall. Our only winning rink was that of Carmel Guy, Dorthy Hudson, Lorraine Breheny and Sam Pattison who played well for a 18-12 win. So another Stella campagin done and dusted with a season record of 3 and 5 and 4th place.... rink scores

Many thanks to all the ladies who have represented the county this season from everyone at Bowls Durham.


Sorry for the delay in this report, our women's Stella Logan squad played hosts to table toppers Lancashire at Consett Park on bank holiday Monday. We were looking to avenge the early 86 shot loss at Bolton however although not as a heavy defeat we still lost by 36 shots. Across the green good news was at a premium with only Val Gray's quartet of Gillian Harle, Irene Koch-Klau and Fay Slinn getting a win with a cracking performance to record a 28-10 win, sadly the remaining four rinks were beaten hence the 9-1 loss on points, our final game was due to be played at Hemsley yesterday against Yorkshire where a win would get us a third finish. ...... rink scores


Well our final hope of National glory were dashed in the Women's Amy Rose Under 25 double fours today, our squad of Josie Hodgson, Jessica Hopkins, Nicole Kirtland, Georgia Maughan, Jennifer Parkin, Riannon Pattison, Sam Pattison and Stacey Pattison were unlucky to go down by a couple of shots in their second round tie to Cornwall. Josie steered her quartet to a 12-10 win however Sam went down 18-14.

This will be cracking experience for our young "roses" and we are sure they will be back in the not to distant future.


It was the turn of the Mixed Fours to take to the green today, our hopes were riding on Silksworth's Nina Riches, Anne Upsall, Gary Farquhar and David Bolt, in the morning session they enjoyed a 27-6 win over Surrey's Mike McDonagh which set up a quarter final against Essex's Edward Morris. An early dropped six meant the Silksworth quartet were always playing catch up and eventually succumbed to a 25-14 loss.


It was blue riband day as the Men's Four Bowl Singles continued, sadly our interest was ended by mid afternoon.

In the morning session Elm Tree's David Fenwick narrowly went down 21-20 to Surrey's Al Vader however Dunston's Alex Bryden defeated Essex's Stuart Lowe 21-13. Sadly in the next round Alex went out losing 21-12 to Hertfordshire's Ryan Atkins.


Our hopes of a National title in the Men’s Two Bowl were sadly dashed this morning and then again this afternoon.

This morning Stockton’s Mark Hodgson lost his Quarter final against Derbyshire’s Ashley Clipston 14-11 however Roker Marine’s Patrick Thomson made progress into the semi-finals with a 16-14 win over Hampshire’s Simon Leader. Sadly in this afternoon’s semi-final Patrick lost on an extra end to Oxfordshire’s Sam Watt’s 15-14.


Well it has been a hectic Men’s Two Bowl Singles with four rounds taking place today and it has been a tremendous day for both our lads as they have made it through to tomorrow’s quarter finals.

Stockton’s Mark Hodgson registered four wins today, in the prelims a comfortable 17-3 win over Somerset’s Andy Mace was followed up with a 16-11 win over Hampshire’s Peter Ward. Round two was a 15-12 win over Cambridgeshire’s Jamie Barker and a quarter final place was secured with a 15-8 win over Isle of Wight’s Dan Ward.

Roker Marine’s Patrick Thomson got his campaign off with a 1st Round 15-8 win over Middlesex’s John Sweeney which was backed up by a 16-7 win over Bedfordshire’s Luke Allaway, a quarter final place was clinched with a 16-12 win over Suffolk’s Lee Calver.

In the Quarter's tomorrow (10am) Mark faces Derbyshire’s Ashley Clipston while Patrick faces Huntingdonshire’s Simon Leader


Well it was a good morning for us in the Men’s Pairs as both squads made progress, Darlington RA’s Barry Hopkins and Andrew Kirtland eased to a 21-12 win over Surrey’s Chris Smith and the Silksworth duo of Gary Farquhar and David Bolt had an impressive 25-7 win over Somerset’s Dave Lawerence.

Sadly it all went Pete Tong in the afternoon session, the RA lads went down 25-14 to Suffolk’s England internationalist Mark Royal and the Silksworth lads went down 23-15 to Cumbria’s Ricky Gallagher.

Tomorrow the Men’s Two Bowl gets underway with Stockton’s Mark Hodgson and Roker Marine’s Patrick Thomson both in action.


The Prelim in the Men's Pairs took centre stage this afternoon and there was good news for the Darlington RA pair of Barry Hopkins and Andrew Kirtland as they came from behind to record a 21-19 win over Norfolk's Wayne Willgrass.

Both our pairs are in action early doors tomorrow from 9.30am


Our sole representative in today's Men's Senior Singles made a 1st Round exit, Leadgate's Ian Peacock was narrowly pipped 21-19 by Norfolk's Chris Willgress at lunchtime.

We can also confirm our hopes in the Mixed Pairs Dawn & Ian Jackson were beaten last night 31-16 by Devon's England international Sam Tolchard, the game was delayed 4 hours to allow Tolchard to play in the Men's Triples which wasn't ideal prep for our pair so maybe a scheduling issue to be looked at.

Tomorrow the Men's Pairs prelims get underway at 2pm, Darlington RA's Barry Hopkins and Andrew Kirtland are flying the flag for us against Norfolk's Wayne Willgress.


After three consecutive defeats our Women's Northern Trophy team bounced back with a cracking 81-80 win against Cumbria at Keswick on Friday, the tale of the game was three rinks up and three down with the pick of them being Ann Anderson's quartet of Carmel Guy, Dorothy Hudson and Ann Camp who romped to a 28-3 win. Points wise it was 8-3 in our favour which means we finished with a 3 from 6 record and 3rd in the table, congratulations to Yorkshire on finishing top...... rink scores


Our final hopes in the Men's Triples we beaten this morning at the last sixteen stage. Silkworth's Phil Dixon, Gary Farquhar and David Bolt were beaten 17-12 by Hunts Eric Baker.

Still waiting to hear about our Mixed Pair of Dawn & Ian Jackson as the BE site says late result........

Tomorrow the Senior Singles gets underway with Leadgate's Ian Peacock in action.


Day 20 saw the Consett Park quartet of Trudy Kitto, Edna Stokoe, Teresa Pearson and Gill Jones this afternoon enjoy another thriller winning 20-19 against Northant's Tina Broderick in the Women's Senior Fours, however the run came to an end in the last eight when they were beaten 21-11 by Devon's Di Morley.

In the Men's Triples there was mixed fortunes for the two Silksworth squad's, this morning Jack Deverson, Paul Sainthouse and Josh Halcrow were agonisingly beaten 21-20 by Isle of Wight's Alan Best however this afternoon Phil Dixon, Gary Farquhar and David Bolt got home 21-16 against Berkshire's Neil Jones. The lads are back in action at 9.30am tomorrow against Hunt's Eric Baker


It has been a good Day 19 for us at Leamington today as both our hopes made progress this afternoon.

In the Men's Triples 1st Round the Silksworth trio of Phil Dixon, Gary Farquhar and David Bolt cruised to a 23-5 win over Warwickshire's Tom Millership to set up an afternoon clash tomorrow against Berkshire's Neil Jones. Our other triple - also a Silksworth trio - of Jack Deverson, Paul Sainthouse and Josh Halcrow start their 1st Round early doors tomorrow morning against Isle of Wight's Alan Best.

In the Women's Senior Fours the Consett Park quartet of Trudy Kitto, Edna Stokoe, Teresa Pearson and Gill Jones held there nerve to win 21-20 against Middlesex's Kay Stockley, the Consett four are back in action tomorrow lunchtime against Northamptonshire's Tina Broderick.


Well this will be short and sweet as we had no interest in today's events, tomorrow the Men's Triples gets underway with Silksworth's Phil Dixon, Gary Farquhar and David Bolt in action against Warwickshire at 2pm.

The Women's Senior Fours also gets underway, our hopes are in action at 2pm as the Consett Park quartet of Trudy Kitto, Edna Stokoe, Teresa Pearson and Gill Jones take on Middlesex.


In the Men's Fours we had a mixed morning, the Leadgate quartet of David Reed, David Warnaby, Ian Peacock and Garry Robson had a nervy 18-17 win over Cornwall's Michael Heard however the Hartlepool Park quartet skipped by Dale Oram couldn't repeat yesterday's prelim win and were beaten 23-7 by Berkshire's former England international Rob Newman.

Sadly Day 17 finished disappointingly as the Leadgate quartet were beaten in the second round this afternoon 19-16 by Cambridgeshire's Ian Miller


The Men’s Fours got underway today and there was a cracking win in the prelim’s for the Hartlepool Park quartet of Tony Greathead, Gary Dougherty, Harry “the pensioner” Dougherty and Dale Oram as they beat Devon’s Tony Main 23-6, that means both our squads will be action first thing in the morning session.


As the championships reached the half way mark it was the turn of our young gun's to take to the green as the Men's Under 25 Singles got underway. Sadly both our hopes made 1st round exits, Darlington RA's Liam Macey lost a thriller 21-20 to Worcestershire's Jack Cook and Silksworth's Jaxon McKenna went down 21-15 to Northants Adam Pitfield

The Women’s Junior Pairs also got underway unfortunately our champions were unable to take their place at Leamington Spa


A quiet day for our hopes as the Men's Senior Pairs got underway, sadly the Mainsforth duo of James Maddison & Alan Jones were narrowly beaten in the Prelims 23-22 by Derbyshire's Les Jinks.

Tomorrow the Championships reach the half way mark as the Men's Under 25 Singles gets underway


In the Women's Pairs our remaining squad were beaten in the 1st Round, Newton Hall's Eileen Horan & Fay Slinn lost narrowly 16-14 to Bedfordshire's Pauline Bright.


The Women's Two Bowl continued this morning, our remaining hope Newton Hall's Fay Slinn moved into the last sixteen with an impressive 17-3 win over Isle of Wight's Valerie Stevens. Sadly in the afternoon session Fay missed out in a thriller losing 14-13 to England internationalist Leicestershire's Jamie Lea Winch.

The Women's Pairs also got underway this afternoon, Hetton Workmen's Maureen Hall & Norma Stephenson lost there 1st round tie 24-14 against Gloucestershire's Jenny Hill.


The Women’s Two Bowl started this morning, sadly Newton Hall’s Eileen Horan suffered a prelim 16-9 loss to Middlesex’s Janine Bancroft. Our remaining hope was another Newton Hall player in Fay Slinn, happily Fay negotiated the 1st Round albeit by a single shot, a 14-13 win over Hertfordshire’s Vicki Buick sets up an early last 32 tie against Isle of Wight’s Val Stevens.
The Women’s Pairs prelim’s also start tomorrow with Hetton Workmen’s Maureen Hall & Norma Stephenson in action at 2pm.


Our remaining hope in the Women's Triples were the Houghton Dairy Lane trio of Susan Forster, Glynis Morgan and Joan Rodgerson, in their opener this morning against Leicestershire's England international Jamie Lea Winch the Dairy Lane triple notched a cracking 20-18 win.

In the afternoon session the Dairy Lane squad faced another England internationalist Lincolnshire's Amy Gowshall and despite a tremendous effort they narrowly missed out losing 15-14.


The Women’s Triples Preliminary Round took place this afternoon, sadly Newton Hall’s Fay Slinn, Eileen Horan and Anne Bernard were beaten 18-15 by Kent’s Jackie Amess


Our only interest today was in the Women's Senior Singles where Darlington Woodland's Ann Anderson was trying to defend her title. In this mornings 1st round Ann defeated Wiltshire's Sue Cooke 21-19 however in this afternoon's session Ann was beaten 21-12 by Hant's Elizabeth Russell.


The Women's Singles took centre stage today, Darlington Woodland's Ann Anderson landed a tough opener against Devon's Enlgand International Sophie Tolchard, sadly Ann was beaten 21-8. Stockton's Teresa Parnell repeated her Prelim win with a cracking 21-11 win over Hunt's Sophie Purell to move into the last sixteen, unfortunately Teresa's run came to an end as Somerset's Stef Branfield ran out a 21-4 winner.


In the semi-finals of the Men's Senior Fours this morning the Dipton quartet of George Williams, Cyril Pearson, Michael Creegan and Michael English (pictured right) secured a final spot with a cracking 18-14 win over Essex’s Gordon Howell, sadly however in the final the Dipton lads just fell short as they were beaten 19-16 by Wiltshire’s former England International Mel Biggs. Despite the result full credit to all four on reaching the final and hopefully this will inspire the rest of our hopes at Leamington.

In the Women’s Singles early first round Stockton’s Teresa Parnell had a cracking 21-6 win over Warwickshire’s Elizabeth Wooding, in the second round Parnell will play Hunts Sophie Purell.


Well its been a decent Day 5, in the Men's Senior Fours the Dipton quartet of George Williams, Cyril Pearson, Michael Creegan and Michael English enjoyed back to back wins, first up they beat former England internationalist Buckinghamshire's Gerry Smyth 26-18 and then in the afternoon they booked a semi-final spot with a 23-14 win over Somerset's Dave Brightman. In the semi-final the Dipton lads will face Essex's Gordon Howell at 930am tomorrow.

In the Junior Pairs our hopes were with Darlington RA's Keith Burton & Liam Macey, well the lads got through there first game this morning 15-14 against Kent's Dan Stearn however this afternoon the lads were beaten 20-13 by Middlesex's Glen Adams.


The Women's Fours continued today and sadly by the end of Day 4 both our entries were out, in the first round Hetton Workmen’s Norma Stephenson’s rink couldn’t reproduce yesterdays result as they were beaten 21-16 by Brierley Park’s Jayne Croxall, however the Darlington North Park quartet skipped by Jane Pattison secured a cracking 23-15 win over Borough Green’s Rachel Banks and progressed to the afternoon session. Sadly the Darlington North Park quartet were beaten in the second round 26-8 by Newmarket Avenues Jean Stephens.

The day did end on a high in the Men's Senior Fours as Dipton's Michael English steered his squad to a comfortable 28-9 first round win over Fordham's Aubrey Lee, the Dipton lads face Buckinghamshire in the morning.


In the Preliminary Round of the Women's Fours Hetton Workmen's Norma Stephenson steered her rink to a 23-9 win over Huntingdonshire's Dina Barlow.
Tomorrow Stephenson will face Nottinghamshire's Jayne Croxall while Darlington North Park's Jane Pattison will open up their campaign against Kent's Rachel Banks, both at 9.30am.

Our Men's Senior Fours skipped by Dipton's Michael English are also in action tomorrow as they face Cambridgeshire's Aubrey Lee at 5.30pm


In the Senior Pairs the Darlington Woodland combination of Mary McGee and Ann Anderson were beaten in the first round 25-8 by Surrey’s Carolyne Stevens

In the Under 25 Singles first round, Norton’s Jennifer Parkin lost 21-15 by Leicestershire’s Alice Atkin but Darlington North Park’s Stacey Pattison beat Suffolk’s Bethany Topping 21-12, however in the next round Stacey went out 21-9 to Warwickshire’s Hannah Smith 21-9


Our Women’s County Singles Champion is Darlington Woodland’s Ann Anderson after a hard fought 21-17 win over Stockton’s Teresa Parnell. The final was played at Horden in very tiring conditions and both players deserve praise for the standard of play when at times the bowls were like bars of soap. The early exchanges were nip and tuck as Anderson led 9-8 after 11 rain soddened ends, Parnell hit a bit of a purple patch and notched six shots without reply to lead 14-9, Anderson responded and got back to 14-13. The finishing post got nearer for Parnell as three singles made it 17-13 but again Anderson battled back to 17-16, ironically the rain stopped in time for the games decisive moment as Anderson lifted Parnell’s bowl out to grab a four and lead 20-17. The next end Parnell saved a match lie with her third bowl only for Anderson to trail the jack with her last and as Parnell’s final bowl dropped short it left Anderson a 21-17 winner, this was her 8th singles success with the first back in 1995.  


This year’s County finals were held at Silksworth, apart from a heavy five minute downpour the weather god’s shone on us, here is a brief rundown of the day’s action.

Singles – Elm Tree’s David Fenwick collected his first County Four Bowl title with an impressive 21-13 win over the 2002 winner Dunston’s Alex Bryden, early doors both players were managing to keep the scoreboard ticking over and it looked like a long drawn out affair was on the cards but David hit a purple patch in the second half and ran away with it, in doing so the lad becomes only the 7th player to have a Four bowl and Two bowl county title to their name.

Pairs – This was played early morning due to duplications, Silksworth’s Gary Farquhar & David Bolt faced Darlington RA’s Mark Jones (sub for Barry Hopkins) and Andrew Kirtland, with the players on show it was always going to be a close fought affair and the spectators were in for a treat. It came as no surprise that it went into the last end 16-16 and even down to the last bowl, when Kirtland failed to get a result with the last bowl it left the Silksworth duo 17-16 and county champions.

– This was an all Silksworth affair as Phil Dixon, Gary Farquhar and David Bolt took on Jack Deverson, Paul Sainthouse and Josh Halcrow. The final was virtually decided when Bolt collected a six to lead 18-8, despite a late rally by the Halcrow triple that one end cost them as it finished 18-13.

– The Leadgate quartet have had a few misses in the Fours so the fact they got over the line will be of great relief to them, David Reed, David Warnaby, Ian Peacock and Garry Robson always had the edge over Hartlepool Park’s Tony Greathead, Gary Dougherty, Harry Dougherty and Dale Oram, it finished 23-15

Two Bowl Singles
– Stockton’s Mark Hodgson topped off an impressive run in the county competitions with a 17-9 win over Roker Marine’s Pat Thomson, for the Stockton lad it was his first county title.

Junior Singles
– Last year’s beaten finalist Silksworth’s Jaxon McKenna went one better this time around beating two time champion Darlington RA’s Liam Macey 21-13, this was Mckenna’s first Junior success and made up for losing in the Junior Pairs final to Macey earlier in the month.

George Turley Champion of Champions
– Houghton Dairy Lane’s Ken Briscoe faced Leadgate’s David Warnaby, this was the only game that got affected by the weather, with Briscoe leading 15-13 and half way through the end with Warnaby holding a couple the heavens opened, when the game resumed and as everyone left the green with an end in progress the umpire made a bold call and declared the end dead with Warnaby holding two, credit to both players as they accepted the decision, eventually Briscoe went on to win 21-14 but just to clear that issue up here is the actual rule which shows it was the correct decision by the umpire.  
32 Game stoppages 
32.1 If a game is stopped because of darkness, weather conditions or any other valid reason by: 
32.2 If an end has started but all the required bowls have not been played, it must be declared dead. (The end must be declared dead even if one or more players choose to remain on the green during the stoppage.)

The Junior Pairs and Senior Fours were played earlier in the month but both sets of winners were presented with their trophies today.

Many thanks to Silksworth Bowling club for use of the green and the warm welcome everyone was given, thanks to all the spectators who turned up to support the finals and best of luck to everyone at Leamington Spa in August.   


Well five years is a long time but the Alsop Trophy is back in “The Land of the Prince Bishops” as we beat Lancashire by 53 shots to take the Alsop. Going into the game we only needed two winning rinks and early doors it looked like it might be tight but as the weather improved so did the team and across the green we ended up with five winning rinks. Alan J Dunn won by 9, team captain Dale Oram by 19, Jimmy McAdoo by 5, Albie Hill by 9 but top of the pack was Tony Greathead, Nick Willey, Stevie Bennett and Richie Mckie who won by 23, the only loss saw Ray Robinson go down by 12 all of which meant a 20-2 win. Since the Alsop started in 1947 this is our 25th success of which the last five wins have all been odd years…… so there is the challenge lads for 2018. rink scores

21st July - NORTHERN WOE

Our Ladies Northern Trophy squad suffered a third straight defeat on Friday as they were beaten 112-102 at Sunderland by winless and bottom of the group Northumberland, this will be our first loss to our neighbours for many a year although credit where credit is due the Northumberland squad have improved year on year. Across the green we only mustered two winnings rinks, Joan Rodgerson bounced back from consecutive defeats to win 26-11 while Sue Almond got home by 3, sadly things slipped away on the other four rinks, Ann Anderson lost by 5, Gill Jones lost her unbeaten record by 12, Norma Stephenson by 8 and Joyce Woodward narrowly by 3. Points wise it was a 9-2 loss which ended our already slim title hopes, our final game isn’t until late August over at Keswick against Cumbria. rink scores


The latest round of Stella Logan games took place at Bishop Auckland a week gone Friday (only just got the scores honest), after back to back defeats we bounced back with a hard fought 19 shot win over bottom of the group Northumberland. Our top rink was Gillian Harle, Gloria Armstrong, Josie Hodgson and Val Gray who eased to a 25-14 win, Maureen Firth’s quartet finished 10 up and Jenny Collins completed our winning rinks with a 24-19 win, Sam Pattison narrowly went down by 3 and Esther Helm went down by 4. Points wise it’s a good 8-2 in our favour and its out 8th consecutive win over our neighbours, the win moves us into second place 9½ points behind leaders Lancashire who have played a game less.... rink scores

Stella Logan Update
Leaders Lancashire beat Northumberland 8-2 on Friday which puts them 17½ points clear of us and as we only have two games to play we cannot catch them.
Latest Standings – Lancashire 6-46, Durham 6-28½, Cumbria 4-27½, Yorkshire 4-20, Northumberland 6-8  


The ladies Two Bowl competition took place at Horden today, 18 players took part.
The eventual winner was Newton Hall's Fay Slinn, on route to the final Fay defeated the 2010 winner Houghton Town's Ellen Faith and the 2008 winner Stockton's Teresa Parnell, in the final Fay defeated club mate Eileen Horan 16-10 to record a third Two Bowl success, both players will represent Durham at Leamington Spa in August
The full list of results are as follows -

Preliminary Round
C.Guy (Spennymoor) 10-15 J.Brown (Pelton Fell)
T.Parnell (Stockton) 14-13 S.Hind (Lyndhurst)

First Round
J.Brown (Pelton Fell) 8-18 T.Parnell (Stockton)
J.Woodward (Durham City) 15-11 H.Boon (Bishop Auckland)
F.Slinn (Newton Hall) 18-7 K.Liddle (Owton Lodge)
E.Barkes (Hetton) 7-17 E.Firth (Houghton Town)
E.Atkinson (Bishop Auckland) 3-16 E.Horan (Newton Hall)
S.Almond (Sunderland) 16-4 J.Pattison (Darlington North Park)
S.Pattison (Darlington North Park) 13-16 J.Robinson (Darlington Woodlands)
N.Stephenson (Hetton) 13-14 K.Toulson (Darlington North Park)

Quarter Finals
T.Parnell (Stockton) 17-7 J.Woodward (Durham City)
F.Slinn (Newton Hall) 16-11 E.Faith (Houghton Town)
E.Horan (Newton Hall) 16-13 S.Almond (Sunderland)
J.Robinson (Darlington Woodlands) 12-15 K.Toulson (Darlington North Park)

Semi Finals
T.Parnell (Stockton) 12-15 F.Slinn (Newton Hall)
E.Horan (Newton Hall) 17-5 K.Toulson (Darlington North Park)

F.Slinn (Newton Hall) 16-10 E.Horan (Newton Hall)


Silksworth’s David Bolt has been given the opportunity to defend his Hong Kong Classic Singles title in November, David has been selected by Bowls England as part of the mixed four squad. The other three selected are Taylor Monk (Kent), Lorraine Kuhler (Sussex) and Kirsty Richards (Warwickshire). The four will compete in a singles competition and then a men’s pairs and women’s pairs.
The event takes place at the Craigengower Cricket Club from Saturday 11th November to Sunday 19th November 2017, the latter stages are generally available via a live stream on Youtube.


Bowls England Update regarding Clothing Regulations for the National Championships at Leamington Spa

Players participating in the National Championship final stages shall wear their County Associations registered colours.
These events are as follows:
National Singles Championship - National Pairs Championship - National Triples Championship - National Fours Championship
National Two Bowl Singles - National Senior Fours Championship - National Junior Singles Championship
National Junior Pairs Championship

In all rounds of Inter-County Events, players shall wear their County Associations registered colours.
These events are as follows:
Johns Trophy - Walker Cup - Amy Rose Bowl - Middleton Cup - Balcomb Trophy - White Rose Trophy

Players participating in the National Competition final stages shall wear Club/County apparel provided that all members of the side or team wear the same and provided that the design of such apparel has been registered to the County/Bowls England. These events are as follows:
Club Two Fours - Top Club - Tony Allcock Trophy - Senior Singles - Senior Pairs - Champion of Champions - Mixed Pairs
Mixed Fours - Family Pairs


Well it was a case of winners take all in our final Middleton Cup group match against Derbyshire played at Kirbymoorside, the last time we met them at the same venue we ran out 31 shot winners sadly there was no groundhog day repeat today as we went down by 6 shots. Across the green it was a 3-3 split, John Mansfield’s rink of Jordan Harston, Albert Ward and Ian Jackson completed a hat trick of cracking Middleton results with a 27-10 win, Ian Riches won by 10 while Billy Ferry fought back to get home by 2, unfortunately things slipped away on the other three rinks, team manager David Bolt went down by 17, Paul Mosley by 13 and Colin Boston by 5 which left us a heart breaking 6 shots adrift and finish runners up in the group.   


The latter stages of the Ladies Senior Fours took place at Horden yesterday

Norma Stephenson (Hetton Workmens) 15-18 Gill Jones (Consett Park) 
Kath Campbell (Hundens) 17-18 Sue Almond (Sunderland)

Jones (Consett Park) 25-9 Almond (Sunderland)

Congratulations to the Consett quartet of Trudy Kitto, Edna Stokoe, Teresa Pearson and Gill Jones, as winners they will represent Durham at Leamington Spa on Wednesday 23rd August at 2pm where they will face Middlesex


Silksworth's David Bolt helped England secured a third straight Home International Series win, for the third consecutive series David was handed a skips role and produced wins over Wales & host country Ireland before a narrow final game defeat at the hands of Scotland.

1st July - ALSOP WIN

Well the B team had to dig deep today in there latest Alsop Trophy game against table topping Cumbria at Dairy Lane, a very slow start resulted in a 15 shot deficit by the half way mark however they kept going and turned it around to finish 120-116 up but more importantly 16-6 on points. El Captaino's rink of Brian Poulter, Alan Mole, Alan Taylor and of course El Capo himself Dale Oram led the way winning by 18, Alan J Dunn's quartet won by 10 and Richie Mckie won by 9 which left us 37 in credit. Ray Robinson was unlucky not to snatch a last end point but had to settle for a 3 shot loss while Albie Hill had a tough afternoon losing by 16, last rink on saw Jimmy McAdoo see the team home although he finished 14 down. So three wins out of three gives us an outside chance in the final game against Lancashire in three weeks.

A quick word about today's game,it was fantastic too see so many youngsters in the Cumbria team, we are not talking 18 year old but 14 &15's which is great for the game and something as a county we can only look on and admire....rink scores


In the latest round of the ladies Northern Trophy fixtures we had a disappointing day at Pelton Fell as Yorkshire beat us for the first time in seven attempts by 29 shots. Top rink was Joyce Woodward's quartet of Dawn Jackson, Edna Stokoe and Jane Pattison who ran out impressive 29-13 winners while Gill Jones maintained her seasonal Trophy unbeaten record with a 10 shot win, sadly the remaining four rinks went down. Sue Almond was a tad unlucky to lose by 4 while the other three had bad days at the office. Ann Anderson lost by 13, Norman Stephenson lost by 16 and the reliable Joan Rodgerson went down by 22, so points wise it was 9-2 in Yorkshire’s favour, next up is Northumberland at Sunderland in three weeks time....rink scores


The latter stages of the Ladies County Pairs took place at Houghton Dairy Lane today, the Hetton Workmen duo of Maureen Hall & Norma Stephenson secured a final spot with a 30-13 semi final win over Pelton Fell's Joan and Olive Brown. The other semi final saw Newton Hall's Eileen Horan & Fay Slinn defeat Durham City's Nelima Hart & former County President Joyce Woodward 20-12. In the final the Hetton girls hopes of a first Pairs title were ended as the Horan & Slinn combination ran out deservedly 24-13 winners, this was Eileen's first Pairs title while Fay added to her 2015 success,many congratulation to both pairs as they have qualified to represent Durham in the National Championships at Leamington Spa in August.


The day after the John’s game our Walker Cup double fours made the short trip to Hexham to face Cumbria in the first round of this year’s competition, sadly there will be no repeat of 2013 as we narrowly went down 42-40. A late dropped five saw Ann Anderson having to settle all square and Joan Rodgerson was a tad unlucky to go down by a couple against a positive Cumbria quartet...... Rink scores.

24th June - JOHNS WIN

Well after our opening 20-2 loss against Notts and in a group of just three we needed a full house to keep any qualification hopes alive but in reality it was a case of playing for pride, fair play to the squad as they put in a sterling effort to record a narrow 5 shot win over Derbyshire. Top rink was Gill Jones quartet of Joan Brown, Marjorie Taylor and Teresa Pearson who ran out 30-14 winners, we had another three winning squads, Norma Stephenson won by 8, Joyce Woodward won by 4 and Sue Almond sneaked home by a single shot. Joan Rodgerson’s quartet went down by 8 while Anne Camp had a tough afternoon going down by 16, for all the 18-4 points return actually still means we cannot qualify it ended a run of three losing games in the John’s Trophy...... rink scores


Our ladies Stella Logan squad made the trek to Kirkbirde to face Cumbria in the latest round of fixtures, we were looking to gain some revenge for the 9½-½ defeat we suffered in May, sadly for us it was not to be and despite a spirited performance we went down by 14 shots overall. Rink wise we actually won on three of the five rinks so can feel a bit aggrieved at the outcome, on the plus side Val Gray won by 4 as did Sam Pattison while Maureen Firth sneaked home by a single which left us 9 up. Unfortunately Jenny Collin lost by 7 and Esther Helm went down by 16 which left us 103-89 down, on a positive note points wise the 8-3 defeat was better than earlier in the season, next up is Northumberland at Bishop Auckland in two weeks time..... Rink Scores


After the heavy loss to Lancashire our ladies Stella Logan squad bounced back to winning ways on Friday with a cracking 21 shot win over Yorkshire, the result is even better as we have lost the last six meetings. Darlington North Park youngster Sam Pattison steered her rink of Carol Guy (sorry not sure of first name so it’s a guess from me), Dorothy Hudson and Lorraine Breheny to a splendid 27-8 win, Maureen Firth’s quartet finished 26-11 up and our third winning rink saw Val Gray get home 24-17. Our losing squads were Jenny Collin 15-24 and Esther Helm 9-20, the 8-2 points return sees us leap frog Yorkshire into third place in the table and next up is a trip to Kirkbride to face unbeaten Cumbria next Friday....... Rink Scores


Well it has been a scorcher on and off the green, our Middleton Cup squad had to dig deep today to battle back against a dogged Yorkshire outfit to run out winners by 13 shots overall. It was a case of 3 up and 3 down with Colin Boston’s quartet of Scott Baker, Jaxon McKenna and David Fenwick putting in a cracking performance out of trap six winning 26-9, Paul Mosley’s quartet had a tremendous high energy 27-14 win while John Mansfield’s rink was always in control and finished 31-19 up, so those three rinks finished 42 shots up and managed to cover the remaining three. Team Manager David Bolt went down by half a dozen, Billy Ferry lost by 10 and Ian Riches lost by 13. Points wise it was 16-6 and with Derbyshire winning 18-4 it will be a winner takes all at Kirbymoorside in three week’s time....... Rink Scores

The Alsop squad travelled to Morpeth to face Northumberland and like the Middleton squad they had to dig keep and turn the game around to run out winners by 2 shots overall albeit after a last end measure. Ray Robinson’s rink of debutee Jason Taylor, Colin Howie and Andy Parnell finished 14 shots up as did Albie Hill’s quartet, the remaining four rinks were beaten. Team captain Dale Oram got back from 16 down to finish 6 adrift, David Warnaby went down by 7 and Alan Dunn by 5, the remaining rink skipped by Stuart Clarke finished 11 down. So points wise it was a good 14-8 win considering the last two meetings have seen us lose 16-6, with Cumbria beating Lancashire 22-0 our meeting with Cumbria in a fortnight is make or break..... Rink Scores

10th June - ALSOP WIN

After losing all three games last season our men’s Alsop Trophy squad went to Brotton last weekend to face Yorkshire looking to start this year’s campaign on a positive note, the last two meetings have seen Yorkshire run out winners by 20+ shots however cometh the hour cometh the man and all that as we turned things around and ran out 53 shot winners. New team captain Dale Oram led by example and steered his quartet of Brian Poulter, Alan Mole and Alan Taylor to a tremendous 39-7 win, across the green we had another three winning squads and it was close to being a clean sweep. Alan J Dunn won by 12, Richie Mckie by 7 and Stuart Clarke by 4 and Jimmy McAdoo got a last end single for a draw however Albie Hill was left shell shocked after a Yorkshire last bowl trail for 5 sealed a 21-19 loss. Points wise it was 19-3 in our favour which surpasses our total in the whole of last year’s campaign, next up is Northumberland this weekend at St George’s.... Rink scores


On Friday our ladies Northern Trophy squad were looking to make it three out of three as they took on Cumbria at Darlington Woodland’s, over recent meetings Cumbria have beaten us in three of the last four meetings and sadly for us they extended that run with a 28 shot win. Across the green we had a couple of winning rinks and could have snatched a third, Dawn Jackson, Edna Stokoe, Jane Pattison and Joyce Woodward bounced back from there John’s mauling to record a cracking 18-12 win, Gill Jones steered her quartet to a third win of the season 18-16 while home club favourite Ann Anderson was unlucky to go down by a single shot. The only three defeats saw both Sue Almond and Joan Rodgerson go down by 8 each while Norma Stephenson’s quartet had a tough day going down 26-7. So points wise it was 9-2 in Cumbria’s favour, next up is the return fixture against Yorkshire at Pelton Fell on Friday 30th June. ..........Rink Scores

3rd June - JOHN'S WOE

Our Ladies John’s Trophy squad endured a tough day at Copmanthorpe yesterday as they never recovered from a slow start against Notts and eventually went down by 39 shots.  By the fifth end mark we were 19 shots adrift which progressed to 32 by the 10th end mark and sadly we couldn’t make any in roads into the deficit. Across the green we only had one winning rink as Gill Jones steered her quartet of Joan Brown, Marjorie Taylor and Teresa Pearson to a fine 24-13 win sadly the remaining five rinks went down, Ann Anderson was unlucky to go down by 1, Joan Rodgerson’s rink went down by 5 and Norma Stephenson’s rink just let it slip over the latter stages to finish 6 down, Sue Almond never recovered from 10-1 and finished 28-14 down while Joyce Woodward was 23-4 down at 10 but kept going to finish 39-15 down. The last time we faced Notts (2014) we beat them 18-4 and went onto to reach the last eight, however recent trips to Copmanthorpe have not been favourable and we have only won on four rinks out of eighteen which is the equivalent of 8 points out of 66. So points wise it was 20-2 in Notts favour and with only three teams in the group it will take a strange run of results to qualify, next up is Derbyshire at…… Copmanthorpe.....Rink Scores


Our Middleton Cup squad got off to a cracking start at Newark yesterday with a 31 shot win over a Nott’s team who last season beat both Northumberland and Lincolnshire. Despite a few late changes the lads put in a sterling performance and across the green we had five winning rinks, Ian Riches quartet of Keith Burton, Dan Todner and Gary Farquhar were top dogs with a 22-10 win, team manager David Bolt extended his unbeaten Middleton Cup run to 11 games with a 23-13 win, John Mansfield maintained his unbeaten county run this season with a 20-11 win, Billy Ferry avoided an end rink (just) and ran out 26-19 up while Paul Mosely completed the wins with a 19-15 victory, the only loss saw Phil Smithson go down by 11, points wise it was a cracking 20-2 return. The other game in the group saw Derbyshire beat Yorkshire 18-4, next up for us is Yorkshire at Dairy Lane on June 17. ......Rink Scores


Our last visit to the artificial green at Bolton in 2015 saw us on the end of a 32 shot loss unfortunately this time around we doubled that with a bit extra as we were beaten by 86 shots. Across the green all six rinks were well beaten with the pick of them being Jenny Collins quartet of Stacey Pattison, Charlotte Bayliss and Jean Mather who went down by 7. Sadly the rest were well beaten, Val Gray 12-29, Sam Pattison 11-29, Maureen Firth 6-24 and Esther Helm 11-37, as you would expect it was a 10-0 points loss, however we aren’t the first team to struggle on the surface and won’t be the last, so onward and upwards and its Yorkshire next in a fortnight......Rink Scores


The ladies County Triples semi-finals and final were held at Consett Park today, holders Susan Forster, Glynis Morgan and Joan Rodgerson (Houghton Dairy Lane) were trying for a fourth triples success.

The defending champions secured a final spot with a 21-12 win over Elm Tree’s Barbara Ward, Noreen Fleming and Lisa Simpson while Newton Hall’s Fay Slinn, Eileen Horan and Anne Bernard defeated Pelton Fell’s Paula Bolan, Joan Brown and Olive Brown 17-14.

The final was a tight affair and could have gone either way but in the end it was a first County Triples title for Newton Hall’s Fay Slinn, Eileen Horan and Anne Bernard 17-13 over the holders.

Both triples qualify for the National Championships at Leamington Spa in August.


It was a case of so near yet so far for our Muras squad as they missed out on the title by a single point. The now traditional double header took place at Houghton Dairy Lane and Silksworth – the latter holding its first county match for 30 years.

The day started off well with a hard fought 16-6 (91-83) win over Lancashire at Dairy Lane, across the green we had three winning rinks with the pick of them being team manager David Bolt’s quartet of Matthew Gleeson, Jimmy McAdoo and David Fenwick who ran out 24-8 winners, not far behind was John Mansfield with a 21-8 win and Paul Mosely completed the trio with a 21-15 win. Phil Smithson lost by 4, Billy Ferry lost by 9 and Gary Farquhar lost by 13 but overall we finished 8 shots up and needed to beat Yorkshire at Silksworth in the afternoon to secure the Muras title.

Sadly things didn’t go to plan at Silksworth as we could only muster a couple of winning rinks which left the door open for Northumberland to snatch the Muras title by a single point. David Bolt and John Mansfield both completed back to back wins 15-14 and 18-12 respectively but remaining four rinks went down. David Fenwick lost by 7, Paul Mosley by 4 and Billy Ferry by 10 although the luck of the draw saw Ferry on rink 6 in both games, the remaining rink skipped by Gary Farquhar went down 7
which left Yorkshire 21 shot victors but more importantly 18-4 on points.

So when the dust settled at both venues it turned out that Northumberland had snatched the Muras by a single point.... Rink Scores


After the good win against Yorkshire at Scarborough we made the shorter trip to face Northumberland at Gosforth, historically we have had the upper hand against our neighbours and happily the trend continued as we ran out 9-2 winners although the 117-109 final score shows it was not all plain sailing. Across the green we had four winning rinks with Gill Jones quartet of Joan Brown, Marjorie Taylor and Teresa Pearson running out 25-14 winners, Sue Almond’s rink notched a 23-14 win and Joan Rodgerson a 20-14 win, Ann Anderson steered her rink to a 20-16 win. The couple of defeats saw Norma Stephenson and Joyce Woodward both go down by 11. So back to back wins sets up a June 9th clash against Cumbria at Woodlands...... Rink Scores


There is a new name on the Ladies County Fours roll of honour as the Darlington North Park quartet of Nicole Kirtland, Kath Toulson, Sam Pattison and Jane Pattison negotiated the semi-final and final to take the County Fours title at Pelton Fell.

In the Semi-finals the Darlington quartet held their nerve to defeat Sunderland’s Jean Graham, Brenda Parkins, Janet Sykes and Sue Almond  19-18 while the Hetton quartet of Maureen Hall, Eveline Barkes, Audrey Vout and Norma Stephenson put in a five star performance to defeat the fancied 2014 winners Consett Park’s Teresa Pearson, Edna Stokoe, Trudy Kitto and Gill Jones 23-9.

In the final it was Darlington’s day as the North Park four produced an all-round performance and in fact sealed there first Fours title in only 18 ends as Stephenson conceded with the score at 21-11.

Many congratulations to the finalists as both will now head to Leamington Spa to represent Durham in the National Fours Championships in August.  

20th May - MURAS WIN

Our Muras Trophy squad made a winning start to the season with a hard fought 4 shot win over Northumberland, the Dairy Lane green is getting to be a lucky green against our neighbours as this was our third consecutive win. Across the green we had four winning rinks with the pick of them being Billy Ferry’s quartet of Mal Peach, Paul Sainthouse and Lee Maughan who ran out 23-12 winners, there were 5 shot wins for Gary Farquhar and team manager David Bolt while John Mansfield completed the four some with a 3 shot win. The couple of defeats saw Ian Riches go down by 7 and Phil Smithson by 13 but points wise it was 18-4 so a nice little start to the season, The Muras concludes this weekend with the double header against Lancashire and Yorkshire.... Rink Scores  

19th May - STELLA LOSS

In the latest round of Stella Logan fixtures we played hosts to Cumbria at Pelton Fell, after our opening win over Northumberland we went into the game on a high however despite a spirited performance things didn’t go to plan and we went down by 17 shots. Points wise we could only muster half a point and that was from the rink of Stacey Pattison, Charlotte Bayliss, Jean Mather and Jenny Collin who battled for a 17-17 draw, to be fair across the green if lady luck had been at home the result could have been different as the other four rinks only lost by 3,4,6 and 4 so the 9½-½ points return looks harsh. Next up is the long trip to Bolton to face Lancashire, our last two visits to the artificial surface has yielded a win and a loss..... Rink Scores   


Our Northern Trophy squad got their 2017 campaign off to a winning start with a 10 shot over Yorkshire at Scarborough, this is a 7th consecutive win over Yorkshire. Across the green we had four winning rinks with the pick of them being Dawn Jackson, Edna Stokoe, Jane Pattison and Joyce Woodward who ran out 23-12 winners, Norma Stephenson steered her quartet to a 20-12 win and Joan Rodgerson recorded a 22-17 win which was her 14th win in the last 17 games, former county secretary Gill Jones completed the winning cards with a narrow 14-13 victory. The two losses saw Sue Almond go down by 9 shots and Ann Anderson down by 6 shots. So points wise it was 9-2 in our favour, next up is a trip to Gosforth to face a Northumberland outfit who in the last six meetings we have come out on top.........Rink Scores


The Stella Logan squad got their 2017 campaign off to a winning start with a 33 shot win over Northumberland at Ponteland, out of the five rinks we had four winners with the pick of them being Val Gray’s quartet who ran out 25-9 winners, there was also a county debut for Darlington North Park’s Nicole Kirtland. Next up we entertain holders Cumbria at Pelton Fell on 19th May.... scores


Houghton Town have benefited from the fund raising skills of George Duffell, the former bowler raised £12,000 from six sources including Ringtons Tea, Northumbria Water and Gentoo to buy 12 Para Handy Bowling Wheelchairs, last month the indoor club took delivery of six and this week Houghton Town took delivery of the remaining six. The chairs are the brain child of Andy Semple who is founder of Para Handy Bowling Wheelchairs and are designed not to damage both indoor or outdoor surfaces, it was ironic that due to the poor state of the Houghton green the photo had to be taken on the bankside, the green is suffering from rabbits digging holes and a lack of love and care by the council, Houghton have reversed todays Storey Bowl fixture against Wearmouth due to the state of the green.



Official County Administrators; Bowls England Staff

Good Afternoon,

As the current club contact for your club, I would like to make you aware of the functionality that each affiliated club has on the Bowls England website: www.bowlsengland.com

All clubs have a dedicated login to the Bowls England website. This email has been initiated from the same contact database as what is registered to the Bowls England website. To login to the Bowls England website, please visit www.bowlsengland.com/login - if required, there is a ‘Forgotten password?’ function that will assist. IMPORTANT NOTE: The forgotten password will only work if you use the same email address that this email has been sent to.

 Once you have logged in to the website, you will note plenty of features at your disposal:

Login Details: Please feel free to change your password if you haven’t already done so. Please note that any change to an email address must be sent as an email to matt@bowlsengland.com and I will be able to amend for you.

Profile Section: Here you have the option to add directions to your club, amend your location, add a club website, advise on wheelchair accessibility and upload a profile. Please ensure that a valid postcode is listed for your club – this is used for the ‘Club Finder’.

In the profile section, it would be beneficial to add a short history of your club including the year of formation and perhaps information relating to national and international honours. You will note that you have various formatting options to make it look more attractive to any potential new members that may have found your club via the ‘Club Finder’ for instance.

Contact Information: It is essential that Bowls England has a postal address for all Club Contacts. This is not shared on the front end of the website, however we intend to circulated an update of the Club Information Guides soon to the address used here. Only a contact name, phone number and email address will be seen by a visitor to the website.

CLI Information: This part is not currently in use, however it is our intention to include information regarding your club’s Civil Liability Insurance here in the future

Upload Logo: Here you can add your club’s logo to its profile page. Please try to upload an image as high resolution as possible.

Upload Gallery: Here you can add photographs to a gallery on your club’s profile page. Please try to upload images as high resolution as possible and include a short description.

Upload Event: Add your Open Days, Fixtures, Social Events etc here and include any relevant information such as time, dress code and maybe additional request such as whether donations for raffle prizes etc are required.


The County is considering organising a course for our clubs and officers but before doing so wish to gauge the likely take up from clubs. Can you therfore let me know if you would be interested in participating.

Bowls England Letter........


Foster Johnson
County Administrator

4th April - SAD NEWS

Bill Howie President of the former Durham County (EBA) Bowling Association in 2004 has passed away. His funeral ceremony will be held on Wednesday at Hartlepool Crematorium at 1.30pm

11th March - BILLY CONDRON

The millennium year saw Durham County finally lift the “Holly Grail” - the Middleton Cup for the first time in the County’s history, during that summer the squad of 26 players wrote their names in bowling folk law sadly this week we lost one of those heroes’s as Billy Condron sadly passed away. To the competitive bowler a trip to Spennymoor meant you were playing “Mr Spennymoor of Bowls”, on the green Billy was laid back and unruffled, there were no hysteric’s he played the game in the correct manner – hard but sporting . Over the years Billy has been a good club member at Spennymoor and also a valued servant to the County which as mentioned at the start hit the heights in 2000 at Worthing. Billy Condron you will always be a part of the history of bowls in Durham and will be missed, our condolences go to all his family.

The funeral will take place at Rosa Street Chapel on Friday 24th March at 12:30pm, at the Durham Crematory followed by at wake at Spennymoor Indoor.    



Bowls England has named a 14-strong squad to participate in a series of matches in Australia to signal the start of preparations for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The matches in Australia will include a three-day test match at Broadbeach BC against the hosts from Wednesday 26th to Friday 28th April. This will be followed by a series of one day events against representative teams from across the Gold Coast from Sunday 30th April to Friday 5th May.

Selected Players:
Natalie Chestney (Devon); Ellen Falkner (Cambridgeshire); Rebecca Field (Norfolk); Sian Honnor (Kent); Wendy King (Kent); Katherine Rednall (Suffolk); Sophie Tolchard (Devon)

David Bolt (Durham); Jamie Chestney (Devon); Andy Knapper (Berkshire); Robert Paxton (Devon); Louis Ridout (Devon); Sam Tolchard (Devon); Jamie Walker (Northamptonshire)

Management Team:
Performance Director (Acting): John Bell (Cumbria)
Men's Manager: Pip Branfield (Somerset)
Women's Manager: Gail Gilkes (Oxfordshire)

The series will form the first part of Bowls England’s preparation programme that will ultimately lead to the selection of 10 players (five men and five women) to represent England at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

It is expected that a squad of up to 10 players of each gender will be named in May 2017 to participate in the Commonwealth Games preparation programme.


Free Funding Courses for sport clubs in Durham County run by County Durham Sport

As part of the Club Durham support programme, we have arranged a Golden Rules of Fundraising course for sport clubs in County Durham. This is a three hour workshop looking at the basics of how to fundraise effectively. The session will look at the full range of fundraising ‘markets’ i.e. different types of funder and the different types of approach that are appropriate for each. The session will also consider common errors and pitfalls.

It is taking place on March 15th from 6.00-9.00pm at Finchale Training College, Pity Me, Durham, DH1 5RX and is FREE to attend for all those clubs are registered with the Club Durham support programme.

How to book on the course

For those clubs who are registered with the Club Durham Support scheme, all the club needs to do is email the following email address and state the number of places they require on the course, the club name and the names of those attending. cdsport@countydurhamsport.com

If a club is not registered with Club Durham but would like to attend the course, they simply need to register their club on the following website https://www.clubdurham.co.uk/. Once they have completed the registration form, they can email cdsport@countydurhamsport.com and book their place.

Places are being confirmed on a first come first served basis so it is advisable to book as soon as possible.

The benefit of clubs signing up to Club Durham includes access to free courses and events, funding support clinics and a support from local partners such as Durham County Council, Sported, Durham Community Action and County Durham Sport if a club needs specific support. Once a club is registered with the scheme, they will receive an email asking whether the club would like to access some of these opportunities in the future.

26th February - BOWLS ENGLAND NEWS

At the Annual General Meeting of Bowls England held this weekend discussion took place on the need for Clubs to have in place appropriate policies and rules and regulations governing safeguarding and disciplinary matters that are fit for purpose.

This arose as a result of clubs across the country either having no such procedures at all or having those which are out of date and do not reflect proper practice or current legislation. This has resulted in action/appeals being instigated in such cases to the detriment of the clubs involved.

Can we therefore ask all clubs to review their practices in these areas and ensure that you have within your Constitutions/ Rules and Regulations appropriate and up to date provisions.

So far as Safeguarding is concerned the Counties Safeguarding Officer Joseph Hobson, will readily advise you and direct you down the correct route.

On Disciplinary Rules and Regulations the simple solution rather than drafting your own etc is to adopt the Bowls England Rules and Procedures. Again rather than detail them per se simply make a reference to the effect that for these purposes the Club will adopt the Bowls England Disciplinary Regulations then pertaining as set out in Bowls England Regulation No.9 or any subsequent regulation there of and these shall be used in all cases considered by the club.

Any questions please contact Foster Johnson (County Sec)


The Coalfields Community Investment Programme is currently accepting applications from not-for-profit groups and organisations working in the most deprived coalfield communities in the North East, North West, the Midlands, Yorkshire and Kent.

The Coalfields Community Investment Programme is a £500,000 fund created to support activities that tackle some of the key challenges that remain in coalfield communities across England.
Grants of up to £10,000 are available for projects that are delivered in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities and that make a positive difference in addressing the following themes:
• Skills: Growing the skills of people in order to increase their opportunities.
• Employment: Developing pathways to increase the number of people in work.
• Health: Supporting projects that increase participation in activities/services that improve the health and wellbeing of people in former coalfield communities.
• Not-for-personal profit groups and organisations can apply. This includes registered charities, Companies Limited by Guarantee, Community Benefit Societies, Community Interest Companies, Charitable Incorporated Organisations and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs)

Projects should be based in an eligible coalfield community or be able to show clear and immediate benefits for an eligible coalfield community that has high levels of deprivation. A list of eligible wards in the North East, North West, East Midlands, West Midlands, Yorkshire and Kent can be found on the Trust's website.

The funding cannot be used for projects with capital costs only, and no more than £2,000 can be requested for capital costs in total. Applicants must complete the Eligibility Survey before they can complete a full application form, and the deadline for this survey is seven days before the application deadline.
The deadline for the Eligibility Survey is 10 March 2017.
The deadline for applications is 17 March 2017.
More details, including geographical details, may be found at the following link

21st January - VACANCY

Following the retirement of the Team Manager of the County's B Team (The Alsop Trophy) the County are seeking a suitable replacement for him. Candidates for the post should have a detailed knowledge and experience of managing and/or the selection of bowls teams teams. The successful candidate would be appointed for an initial period of three years ( subject to review by the County Management Committee throughout this initial tenure ) and be responsible for the selection and managment of the team with the support of the Assistant County Secretary and two Selectors. It will involve travel to home and away County B Team fixtures and also wherever possible at those of the A Team and U25 Team.

If anyone is interested can they send their C.V. to the County Secretary or contact him for further advice and information





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