8th December 2019 - Three Surveys To Complete


The Safeguarding in Bowls Panel, of which Bowls England is a key member, is keen to support Safeguarding Officers/Volunteers at Club and County level.

The Panel has created a short survey to learn more about the support you feel you need to carry out your role. The Survey will only take a few minutes to complete and it will help the Panel to consider what more can be done to support you in this role.

To access the Survey go to: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/WC86SZ9

(Please note: You may have received a direct email request to complete the survey in which case there is no need to repeat it)


Have you attended one of the following courses since January 2019?

·         Safeguarding in Bowls – Time to Listen
·         Adult Safeguarding in Bowls

The Safeguarding in Bowls Panel wishes to receive feedback from all those who have attended the following courses since January 2019.

The Survey will only take a few minutes to complete and it will help the Panel to shape future courses

To access the Survey go to: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FP88YRG

Don’t forget that Bowls England offers a bursary in support of all members who wish to attend one of the above courses. Details can be found at: https://www.bowlsengland.com/safeguarding/

Clubs across England are being asked to support a survey that focusses on inclusion and disability within the sport of bowls.

The survey has been organised by the Bowls Development Alliance (BDA), of which Bowls England is a key partner in association with the English Indoor Bowling Association (EIBA).

Data gathered will be used by the BDA and the governing bodies to better understand the needs of individual members and clubs, and will be used in support of future funding applications on behalf of the sport.

Tony Allcock OBE, Bowls England Chief Executive, said: “It is clear that many current members have some form of disability. This survey will help us to establish in greater detail what they are, which in turn can used by the BDA, Bowls England and EIBA to consider what we can do to provide services that better meet their needs and those of future participants. More than 400 clubs completed the survey last time - help us to double that figure this year! I would urge all affiliated clubs to complete the survey in as much detail as possible in order that we at national level can tailor our support.”

The headline results will also be used in support of future funding applications at club and national level, and utilised be the BDA to secure future funding for the development programmes via Sport England.

To complete the survey please go to: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VMF383W

7th December 2019 - Inside Bowls (December Edition)

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6th December 2019 - Bowls England Civil Liability Insurance Update

Bowls England has always considered that the provision of Civil Liability Insurance is a key service to our Affiliated Clubs and Associate Members. The service is currently utilised by nearly 1,000 Affiliated Clubs and Associate Members. Bowls England has administered the scheme for several years on behalf of Sutton Winson Insurance Brokers and Risk Managers. I write to advise you that, in view of the increasing insurance industry regulations and to ensure the continued best interest of our Members, it has been agreed that Sutton Winson Insurance Brokers and Risk Managers will take over the day to day administration of this service with immediate effect.

This decision will see Sutton Winson Insurance Brokers and Risk Managers become responsible for the collection of premiums, issuing of policy documents and responding directly to any day to day insurance queries – therefore providing you with direct access to insurance experts and ensuring the best possible service. Please be assured that it is exactly the same insurance scheme as it always has been and has the same excellent benefits at an extremely competitive premium. Bowls England will continue to work very closely with Sutton Winson Insurance Brokers and Risk Managers to ensure that the cover continues to meet your requirements now and in the future.

All proposal forms, payment and queries regarding Civil Liability Insurance should now be directed to: - Claire Weston, Sutton Winson Ltd, Greenacre Court, Station Road, Burgess Hill, RH15 9SN 

Here is a copy of the Civil Liability Document - HERE

15th November 2019 - AGM Round Up

At this weeks AGM Dale Oram (Houghton Dairy Lane) was confirmed as our 2020 Men's President. This is Dale's second stint following his 2015 year of office and we wish him all the best once again.

The Women's County President Eileen Atkinson (Bishop Auckland) has agreed to remain in the post as we had no nominations, we wish Eileen all the best for 2020.

Thanks go to the out going men's President Jeff Wilson who might yet get a 4th year in office.

Our best wishes also go to one of the counties favourite son's Stockton's Les Parnell for his recovery from his fall earlier in the year......


All Men’s and Women’s County Semi-Finals and Finals will be played as appropriate on the green(s) selected by the Management Committees on a date or dates and at the time specified by the respective Committee. The County Competitions Secretaries, in consultation with other County Officers shall have authorisation to change such arrangements for the playing of any discipline of the County Championship programme dependent upon the circumstances then prevailing.
Should a request for such a change in arrangements be made by any player or players no such change will be allowed until the circumstances of the request are investigated by the Competitions Secretaries. No such changes will be sanctioned  to accommodate any player or players wishing to participate in other side games of any bowls code or discipline.
Failure to appear in any County Semi-Final or Final for which no valid case has been made out or approval given and any Competitor in default of the other rules of the competitions will be excluded from taking part in the County Championships for that year. Any defaulter so eliminated from the competition shall be banned from the County Championships in the following season, at the discretion of the appropriate Management Committee.
Similarly all competitors qualifying for the National Championships are expected to represent the County at such championships unless there are valid reasons for not doing so and prior confirmation is sought from the appropriate officers of the County. A valid reason for non attendance does not include participation in any national finals or competitions/games of any other bowling code which may be being held at the same time.  Failure to appear at the National Championships may incur similar penalties to that outlined above.


In addition to the Annual General Meeting provision shall be made for both Bowls Durham Men and Women to hold two separate and additional meetings each year, if so desired, in March and September, which shall be open to all affiliated players of that gender, to attend and discuss  matters of mutual understanding and concern may be discussed.


That no restrictions be imposed as to the number of players a club may nominate in any one year for consideration for selection in any of the County Teams.

The men’s competition area’s have been slightly tweaked

Area 1 – Consett Park, Dipton, Dunston, Gateshead, Jarrow West End, Lanchester, Lyndhurst, Pelton Fell

Area 2 – Barnes Park, Barnes West End, Chester le Street, Dawdon, Grindon Mill, Hetton WM, Houghton DL, Houghton Town, Hylton CW, New Herrington, North Biddick, Pemberton, Roker Marine, Roker Park, Ryhope, Seaham Town, Silksworth, South Hylton, Sunderland, Thompson Park, Usworth, Washington Glebe, Wearmouth, Whitburn

Area 3 – Barnard Castle, Bishop Auckland, Darlington RA, Darlington South Park, Darlington Woodlands, Hundens, Newton Hall, Middleton ST George, Spennymoor, Wolsingham

Area 4 – Billingham, Blackhall, Elm Tree, Hartlepool Old Boys, Hartlepool Park, Norton, Owton Lodge, Stockton, Stockton West End

Three clubs have affiliated to the county - Blackhall, Stockton West End and Gateshead.

Can you also take 5 minutes to complete these two surveys, we need clubs to feedback to enhance any further funding from Sport England

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TJN98L2 - National Participation Survey

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VMF383W - Club Inclusion and Accessibility Survey

25th October 2019 - Sad News

It is with deep regret that we report the death of Graham Cook, a long standing Adv Coach and former County Coach with Durham.
Graham retired from Coaching last year due to ill health but was one of life's Gentlemen. In the past he worked very closely with the EBCS Coaching Team and was involved in the making of some of the EBCS Video's. He will along with his vast knowledge of coaching be sorely missed.

His funeral will take place at the new Crematorium, Junction Road, Stockton TS19 9NA at 2pm on Tuesday 29th October 2019 (Believed Maplewood Chapel)

8th October 2019 - Latest Inside Bowls Edition

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27th September 2019 - Club Inclusion and Accessibilty Survey (From the BDA)

During the first quarter of the year the BDA sent out a survey to all Bowls England and EIBA affiliated clubs to help us better understand the make-up of their membership.

The information required from the surveys was essential for us to be able to offer clubs guidance, training and support to ensure they have the capacity to provide access to their facilities and activities for current and future members, regardless of ability or personal circumstance.

We are very pleased to announce that the response we received from clubs was phenomenal, with over 500 different clubs completing the survey! The results show that disability is very much prominent in the sport, with more than 44% of the club members in those clubs who responded having at least one impairment. The most common impairments were reported to be hearing, long-term pain or discomfort, mobility issues and stamina (see chart).

The BDA will focus our efforts, through the work of the Disability Bowls Steering Group, to address all the points raised. That is why the next tasks at hand for the group are the creation of the new, updated Bowls Disability Mark Club Packs, the re-launch of the new Advisory Guide to disabled participation in bowls, as well as the development of the new Working with Disabled People in Bowls Module.

The initial survey was circulated before the start of the outdoor bowling season and many clubs did not know the make-up of their membership until membership renewal deadline day, as well as the end of their open days.

That is why we are now asking clubs to complete the second part of our Club Inclusion and Accessibility Survey, so we are able to compare the data with the earlier questionnaire, and allow those clubs who haven't had the chance to fill it in then to do it now. If a club does not hold sufficient information to complete the survey, we would again ask them to provide us with an educated estimate based on your best knowledge of your current facilities and membership.

To access the survey go to: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VMF383W

We understand that most clubs might not currently hold any information regarding the health and medical conditions of their members. If your club does not hold sufficient information to complete the survey, we would ask you to provide us with an educated estimate based on your best knowledge of your current facilities and membership. For those clubs that would like to update their membership forms, email us at disability@playbowls.org to receive a club membership form template which can be used as a guide.

Should you have any queries regarding this survey please e-mail: disability@playbowls.org

25th September 2019 - Bowls England News

Bowls England Chief Executive Tony Allcock OBE has today announced that he will retire from the post in Spring 2020. Tony won 15 World titles during a distinguished playing career including back-to-back World Outdoor Singles titles in 1992 and 1996, and was Lawn Bowls Performance Director at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester – the team securing three Gold Medals in the eight events.

Following his competitive retirement from the sport, he has dedicated his life to developing and modernising the sport of bowls in his role as Chief Executive of the English Bowling Association in 2003 and then Bowls England following its formation in 2008. He was awarded the OBE for services to Lawn Bowls in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. 

Tony said: “Bowls England, and the English Bowling Association before it, has been my life since 1st April 2003 and I am extremely proud of what has been achieved. In making the decision to retire at this juncture in my career, I feel that Bowls England is now established as a much respected National Governing Body. It recently delivered what has been publicly described as one of the most successful National Championships ever staged. 

“I believe my journey at the helm of the ship is ended, the first stage of Bowls England’s journey is complete, and it now finds itself in an excellent financial position with some exciting projects ahead that will naturally present inevitable challenges. Announcing my retirement at this juncture will allow the Members to shape their future in the election of a new Chair and appointment of a new Chief Executive. 

“I have enjoyed an excellent working relationship with the Board Chair David Mitchell-Gears MBE, Directors, Presidential Team and County Associations, and in fact all that are associated with Bowls England. The Staff at Bowls England are second to none. Each and every one of them have been appointed by me and they too dedicate part of their lives, over and above the call of duty. 

“I thank all with whom I have worked for making every working day an enjoyable one and hope that I shall have the opportunity before April to say my goodbye in person.”

23rd September 2019 - Bowls England 2020 Championships

Here is the agreed schedule of the 2020 National Championships at Leamington Spa, they will run from Saturday 1st August to Sunday 30th August.

2020 Schedule

22nd September 2019 - Northern Bowls Development Update

As many of you may know David Bolt was recently appointed the Northern Officer within the Bowls Development Alliance. With many clubs seeing a drop in memberships and not getting an influx of new members clubs now have the ideal opportunity to get help from someone based within the area and who is acutely aware of the issues many clubs face.

David is more than happy to assist any clubs with advice who feel they are struggling with recruitment or have seen a 3% reduction in their membership over the last 2 years.

Clubs can also head to the www.playbowls.org website as there is assistance available

One of the regions prime examples of what can be achieved is the work done by Lyndhurst BC who are going from strength to strength working with the community and growing year on year. 

For your information the current clubs David is working alongside are Hutton Le Hole BC, Wetheral BC, Sunderland BC, Temple Sowerby BC and Stanley IBC

The help is there so rather than complain about your clubs situation why not grab the bull by the horns and work alongside David (contact details below)

4th September 2019 - Funding Boost for Lyndhurst Bowling Club Ltd.

Lyndhurst Bowling Club Ltd. is today celebrating a £22,100.00 funding boost from SUEZ Communities Trust for their clubhouse development project.

The club wishes to show how bowls can help improve wellbeing and activity levels for all ages. Funding will allow for repairs and refurbishment of the clubhouse to include roof repairs, flooring, improvements to the locker rooms plus enhancement of access and security. In addition, items such as bowls sets, folding tables, plus a projector and screen will benefit users such as the Local History Group, Dementia Café, Junior Bowls and Schools Programme.

George Dodsworth, Club Chairman, said, “ This grant from Suez enables Lyndhurst Bowling Club to enhance our club and greatly increase our involvement in our local community. It significantly helps in our strategy of reaching a diverse range of groups in Low Fell. We particularly look forward to working with dementia sufferers and their carers. It is hoped that some of them will also benefit from our Local History group reminding them of old Gateshead when they were young. Likewise, we will introduce people to short mat bowls when their mobility and stamina are limited. It is gratifying to know that, even in this day and age, companies like Suez support communities at every level”

Marek Gordon, Chairman of SUEZ Communities Trust added “SUEZ Communities Trust provides funding awards through the Landfill Communities Fund. We were delighted to be able to offer funding to Lyndhurst Bowling Club Ltd..”Ends.

For information on how to apply for funding visit www.suezcommunitiestrust.org.uk. For media enquiries please email sct.uk@suez.com or call 01934 524013.

SUEZ Communities Trust is an independent funding body set up in 1997 to provide funding through the Landfill Communities Fund and Scottish Landfill Communities Fund. SUEZ Communities Trust supports projects using tax credits donated by SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK. SUEZ Communities Trust funds improve vital public recreation facilities such as village halls, community centres, sport, heritage, green spaces and play areas.

Landfill Tax and the Landfill Communities Fund

The Landfill Communities Fund is an innovative tax credit scheme enabling Landfill Operators (LOs) to contribute money to organisations enrolled with the scheme regulator, ENTRUST, as Environmental Bodies (EBs) EBs use this funding for a wide range of community and environmental projects in the vicinity of landfill sites. LOs are able to claim a credit against the landfill tax liability for 90% of the contributions they make.

3rd September 2019 - National Championships County Standings

The tables below reflect the county rankings using a wins v entries formula, it is not an official ranking.

Men's County Standings (based on wins v entries)
Isle Of Wight

Women's County Rankings (based on wins v entries)
Isle Of Wight

1st September 2019 - National Championships Round Up Day 30

Sadly our Under 25 young guns lost their opener this morning against Wiltshire 14-13

August 30th 2019 - National Championships Round Up Day 28

In the mixed fours Silksworth’s David Bolt steered his rink to an early morning last sixteen 19-18 win over Wiltshire’s Neil Smith however in the quarter finals the Silksworth quartet had a tough afternoon losing 24-5 to Lincolnshire’s Martin Spence.

August 29th - National Championships Round Up Day 27

Well our two Darlington RA lads gave it a good go with both winning their opening games, Barry Hopkins beat Yorkshire’s Scott Walton 21-11 and Keith Burton beat Somerset’s Simon Barnard 21-17. Round two saw Barry lose narrowly 21-18 to Lincolnshire’s Martin Spencer however Keith got through 21-16 against Hertsfordshire’s Martin Coles. Sadly it was a last sixteen exit for Keith 21-13 at the hands of Norfolk’s Max Harrison, however cracking effort lads.

August 28th - National Championships Round Up Day 26

Our men's singles county champion Darlington RA’s Barry Hopkins navigated his way through this morning’s early prelim with a 21-13 win over Buckinghamshire’s Simon Varty.

27th August 2019 - National Championships Round Up Day 25

It was men’s Two Bowl day but it was double disappointment for our two hopes, Usworth’s Brian Poulter lost his prelim 16-9 to Bedfordshire’s Daniel Hall and then Silksworth’s David Bolt was beaten in the first round 16-14 by Devon’s Ryan Whitlock, both our conquerors went out in the next round

24th August 2019 - National Championships Round Up Day 24

Sadly both our men’s pairs were beaten today, Stockton’s David Fenwick lost his early morning opener 20-16 against Middlesex’s Tony Waller while Silksworth’s David Bolt couldn’t repeat yesterday’s first round win as he suffered a second round 22-17 loss at the hands of Lincolnshire’s Ashley Caress

23rd August 2019 - National Championships Round Up Day 23

In the pairs Silksworth’s David Bolt made a winning start with a 24-10 win over Herefordshire’s Barry Payne.

24th August 2019 - Hunden's Land County Title

The final county final took place at Bishop Auckland as Darlington Woodlands faced Hundens. With only 7 ends left Hundens were cruising 12 shots up however Woodlands turned it around to lead by 2 with one end left to play. With Anne Camp holding shot Hundens Susan Walker played a cracker to get a two with the last bowl and force an extra end. On the extra end Woodlands looked nailed on until Walker played another smoker to hold shot which Camp narrowly failed to convert and leve Hundens the champions.

Darlington Woodlands 39-40 Hundens
A.Anderson 26-11 P.Fellows, A.Camp 13-29 S.Walker (after extra end)

24th August 2019 - National Championships Round Up Day 22

Our only interest was in the men’s senior singles, Jarrow West End’s Alan Lawton lost his opener 21-9 against Herefordshire’s Keith Caldicutt

22nd August 2019 - National Championships Round Up Day 20

Well it was a case of what might have been for the Newton Hall quartet in the women’s senior fours, a cracking 28-14 win over Lancashire’s Eleanor Benvie sent them into the last eight, however the run came to an end with an agonising 16-15 loss at the hands of Sussex’s Denise Hodd. After their prelim win in the triples the Dunston lads hopes came to an end in the first round as they were beaten 21-8 by Devon’s Adrian O’Neill, frustratingly both our triples conquerors went out in the next round

21st August 2019 - National Championships Round Up Day 19

In the women’s senior fours Newton Hall’s Christine Budd progressed into the last sixteen with a 23-9 win over Somerset’s Jane Kedwell.

There was mixed news in the opening salvo of the men’s triples, Dunston’s Alex Bryden got through with a 17-16 win over Norfolk’s Vernon Hudson however Hartlepool Park’s Dale Oram went out 19-11 against Surrey’s Simon Clarke.

19th August 2019 - National Championships Round Up Day 17

We had no one involved on Day 16 hence no round up.
It has been a disappointing day in the men’s fours as both the RA squads made first round exits, Tony Macey went down 19-13 to Warwickshire’s Tom Millership and Barry Hopkins went down 22-14 against Kent’s Roger Kendrick, both our conquerors went out in the next round by one shot a piece

17th August 2019 - National Championships Round Up Day 15

It was the turn of the Under 25 singles to take centre stage today, we did have one young gun in action however it was a first round exit for Silksworth’s Josh Halcrow 21-12 at the hands of Dorset’s Kurt Murray

16th August 2019 - National Championships Round Up Day 14

Well it was a chastening morning for our two women’s pairs as both suffered heavy defeats in the last sixteen, Darlington Woodland’s Joyce Stephenson and Ann Anderson went down 27-11 to Devon’s Lorraine Hackett and our county champions Stockton’s Barbara Ward and Lisa Simpson went down 31-10 to Lincolnshire’s England international Amy Gowshall.

In the Senior Pairs it was a disappointing first round exit for Dairy Lane’s Mal Peach and John Thurlbeck, a 18-11 loss to Surrey’s Kevin Clarke sadly did for them.

15th August 2019 - National Championships Round Up Day 13

It was a cracking day for our two pairs in the women’s pairs today, Stockton’s Barbara Ward and Lisa Simpson opened their campaign with a 24-15 win over Middlesex’s Dawn Rooks and then cruised to a 27-2 win over Worcestershire’s Jane Ricken, our other pairing Darlington Woodland’s Joyce Stephenson and Ann Anderson notched their second win with a hard fought 17-16 win over Northant’s Hilary Sharp, both progress to the last sixteen.

14th August 2019 - National Championships Round Up Day 12

In the two bowl singles Stockton’s Josie Hodgson’s run came to an end in the last 32, the Stockton youngster went down 17-7 to Worcestershire’s Amy Walters.

There was better news in the opening round of the women’s pairs as the Darlington Woodland’s duo of Joyce Stephenson and Ann Anderson cruised into the next round with a 25-7 win over Warwickshire’s Diane Wilkinson

13th August 2019 - National Championships Round Up Day 11

The women’s two bowl dominated our thoughts today, Stockton’s Josie Hodgson is still in the running after two good wins, an opening prelim 16-7 win over Isle of Wight’s Ann Morris was followed up with a first round 16-7 win over Huntingdonshire’s Sophie Purell. Our two bowl county champion Darlington North Park’s Sam Pegg sadly lost in the first round 17-8 against Middlesex’s Dawn Slaughter.

13th August 2019 - Norman Hendren

It is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of one of our past county presidents - Norman Hendren. In 1999 Norman became the third Darlington Woodland’s elected county president and county's 78th in total.

Until his latter years Norman was a staunch supporter of the Association and is a great loss to the game, our sympathy goes to his family.

10th-11th August 2019 - Northern Counties Review

This year’s Northern Counties was held at Dalston, sadly the weather wasn’t the best with play interrupted for a time on Saturday however everything was completed.

Singles - After his cracking run in this season’s county competitions hopes were high of a singles success for Darlington RA’s Barry Hopkins. In the semi finals Barry beat Northumberland’s John Harthen 21-11 before going down in the final 21-10 to host counties David Forster.

Pairs - The Silksworth pair of Gary Farquhar and David Bolt won the title in 2017 and they have repeated it again. In the semi finals our lads beat Northumberland’s Simon Richardson 19-7 before winning a thrilling final against Lancashire’s Dominic McVittie 12-9.

Triples - The Dunston triple of Malcolm Johnston, Tony Humphries and Alex Bryden narrowly beat Yorkshire’s B.Criston 12-11 to set up a semi final clash against Northumberland’s Chris Yeomans, sadly our lads went down 12-6.

Fours - In the fours the Darlington RA quartet of Mark Jones, John Lynch, Andrew Kirtland and Barry Hopkins beat Northumberland’s Jonty King 16-14 however they missed out on the title losing 14-12 to Cumbria’s David Forster.

Two Bowl Singles - Silksworth’s David Bolt successfully defended his two bowl title with a couple of comfortable wins, in the semi finals David beat Yorkshire’s Steve Dilks 17-9 and then secured the title with a 17-11 win over Cumbria’s Jack Baird.

Under 25 Singles - Silksworth’s Josh Halcrow took Hartlepool Old Boy’s Bryan Henderson’s place; sadly Josh went down 21-18 to Northumberland’s Josh Minto.

Under 25 Open Fours - We had high hopes of defending our title however a 20-10 loss to Northumberland left us behind the eight ball, despite a 17-15 win over Yorkshire we missed out on shots difference.

So overall two titles and two beaten finalists was a decent return.

12th August 2019 - National Championships Day 10 Round Up

The women’s triples continued today, sadly there was no repeat run for Stockton’s Teresa Parnell, alongside Barbara Ward and Lisa Simpson they suffered a narrow 14-12 first round loss to Suffolk’s Diane Stannard.

11th August 2019 - National Championships Day 9 Round Up

The women’s triples got underway today however our county runners up Hetton Workmen’s Maureen Hall, Margaret Simpson and Norma Stephenson were beaten 25-18 by Suffolk’s Sue Bernard.

10th August 2019 - National Championships Day 8 Round Up

After what has been a quiet start to the week finally we had something to shout about in the women’s singles, yesterday Ann Anderson got to the last sixteen and today it was all about Stockton’s Teresa Parnell. An early morning 21-18 win over Sussex’s England internationalist Lorraine Kuhler was followed by another England scalp in the semi finals Somerset’s Stef Branfield 21-18. In the final another England star Leicestershire’s Jamie Lea- Winch stood between Parnell and a chance to become only the 5th Durham national singles success, sadly it was not to be as Teresa went down 21-13 but at 11-1 down did terrific to get back to 15-10 at one stage.

In the women’s senior singles Hetton Workmen’s Norma Stephenson put in a spirited performance losing 21-15 in the first round against Dorset’s Bridgett Hodder.

9th August 2019 - National Championships Day 7 Round Up

It has been ladies singles day and finally we have had a run of wins to lighten spirits, Darlington Woodland’s Ann Anderson built on yesterdays prelim win with a thrilling 21-20 win over Sussex’s Gillie Hill, in another thriller Stockton’s Teresa Parnell also got home 21-20 against Derbyshire’s Madeline Hawkins.

Round 2 – and more good news……. As Ann got home 21-11 against North Wilts Ann Roberts- Phare and our double was completed when Teresa beat Kent’s Gill Hawkes 21-6.

Into the last sixteen we went….. sadly we lost one, despite a spirited performance Ann went down 21-14 to Cambridgeshire’s England internationalist Ellen Faulkner who has already bagged one national title this week. However Teresa marches on, a cracking 21-16 win over Cornwall’s Katie Sturtridge booked a last eight place for the Stockton star.

8th August 2019 - National Championships Day 6 Round Up

In the prelims of the women’s singles Darlington Woodland’s Ann Anderson booked a first round spot with a 21-13 win over Huntingdonshire’s Juliet May. It’s an early start tomorrow for both our hopes in the first round, Anderson faces Sussex’s Gillie Hill while Stockton’s Teresa Parnell will tackle Derbyshire’s Madeline Hawkins, the second round is at 1230 and the last 16 at 3pm.

7th August 2019 - National Championships Day 5 Round Up

Well an early review posting always signals bad news and sadly it is, in the Junior Pairs preliminary round this morning Hunden’s Jordan Harston and Spennymoor’s Matthew Gleeson were beaten 21-14 by Huntingdonshire’s England internationalist Ed Elmore.

6th August 2019 - National Championships Day 4 Round Up

It has been a tough day for us today as both our hopes in the women’s fours went out, Dairy Lane’s Joan Rodgerson went down 29-16 to Dorset’s Penny Cresswell and Stockton’s Teresa Parnell lost 23-15 to Norfolk’s Jackie Devitt.

In the senior fours first round Hartlepool Old Boy’s Alan Jones was beaten 22-6 by Warwickshire’s Alan Apsey.

5th August 2019 - National Championships Day 3 Round Up

The women’s fours got underway this afternoon and it was good news as the frist of our hopes Houghton Dairy Lane’s Joan Rodgerson got through 26-9 against Wiltshire’s Lynda Whittingham. In the first round tomorrow they will face Dorset’s Penny Cresswell.

4th August 2019 - National Championships Day 2 Round Up

Our two Darlington North Park young gun’s were in Junior Singles action today, sadly Nicole Kirtland was beaten in the first round 21-3 by Buckinghamshire’s Shannon Maughan. Club mate 14 year Abi Porter however had a cracking 21-19 win over Hampshire’s Heather Statham before going down 21-9 to Lincolnshire’s Helen Holroyd. Both our young gun’s will have gained a lot for the experience and will no doubt be biting at the bit to get back next year.

In the senior pairs Durham City’s Nelima Hart and Joyce Woodward were beaten in their opener 17-12 by the 2017 beaten finalist Gloucestershire’s Julia Stannard.

28th July - County Final's Day

Well another successful County finals day has come and gone…. before we give you a rundown on the days proceedings a few thank-you’s…… first of all to the committee and members of the Houghton Dairy Lane club, many thanks for your warm welcome and use of your green and facilities. It was great to see over 100 spectators supporting the finals day and thankfully the weather held off … well to a degree but it could have been worst quotes Michael Fish. Finally these competitions do not run themselves and someone has to be in the firing line, yet again the county doffs its cap to Peter Coulson, people forget the amount of time and travelling involved during the second stage that the lad does….. again many thanks.

Best of luck to everyone heading to Leamington Spa and roll on 2020……….. here goes……

The day’s first final saw an early start for the Senior Fours, there is sadly only one Leamington place up for grabs in the senior fours. The host club's Peter Hudspeth, John Webster, Jeff Wilson and Ray Robinson took on Hartlepool Old Boy's Jimmy Maddison, Kevin Weallens, Alan Jones and Billy Maddison. The early exchanges saw the host club quartet lead 8-4 - however things changed, a 9th end Maddison single made it 8-5, that resulted in a change of length as Maddison lifted the mat up the green, the change saw them start to dominate the head as the Dairy Lane front three struggled to get to grips with the change, a run of seven ends saw the game turn in Maddison's favour, from 8-5 down to 15-8 up after 15 of the 18 end final. The Dairy Lane lads stuck at it and finally broke the sequence and landed a couple to get back to 15-10 with two ends to play, another single left them needing a four to force an extra end. On the last end with Robinson holding three the Dairy Lane skip's final bowl dropped away under the line to the relief of the Old Boy's quartet and it finished 15-14. This was a first county title for the Old Boy quartet and they will also head to Leamington Spa in August.

The blue riband singles final would see a new name on the roll of honour, an all Darlington RA affair saw the in-form Barry Hopkins face Keith Burton – the latter was attempting to become the youngest winner of the singles. You could say the first end set the tone of the final as Hopkins landed a full house four, four ends later the lead was 12-0, for as well as Hopkins was playing Burton was struggling to land a length, finally Burton landed a double but any hopes of a fight back were dashed as it went to 18-2, Burton scored on the next 2 ends to make it 18-5 but left Hopkins with a shot for three with his final bowl on the next end which he took with ease to finish a 21-5 winner in 12 ends. Since the formation of Bowls Durham in 2007 Hopkins becomes only the sixth different singles winner.

The pairs final saw Stockton’s Rob Carson (winner in 2015) and David Fenwick (winner in 2012) face the 2017 champions Silksworth’s Gary Farquhar and David Bolt (also winner in 2007, 2011). The early exchanges saw Fenwick lead 4-3 before a Bolt 4 turned it around 7-4, with the score at 8-5 a cracking Bolt trail for 5 made it 13-5. Back came the Stockton duo to 13-10, Bolt landed the next three to lead 17-10. The 20th end proved pivotal, with the score at 18-13 and with Fenwick holding a count of six Bolt’s final bowl got a grab of the pack of six to break the Stockton lad’s hopes, at 19-13 any hopes of a last end six never materialised and the Silksworth duo ran out 21-13.

There was to be a new name on the triples roll of honour, the Dunston trio of Malcolm Johnston, Tony Humphries and Alex Bryden tackled Hartlepool Park’s Jess Tomkins, Alan Mole and Dale Oram. A 4th end five for Oram put them 6-2 up but that was as good as it got as the Dunston trio rattled off back to back fours to open up a 14-6 lead, by the 11th end it was extended to 17-7, with Oram having to chase the game the Dunston lad’s just packed out the head and eventually ran out 20-13 winners to land there first county title.

The Two bowl final saw Usworth’s Brian Poulter (winner in 2000 & 2010) attempt to end the defending champion Silksworth’s David Bolt’s grasp on the trophy. As expected neither gave an inch, Bolt leading 7-4 before Poulter levelled it off 7-7 after 12 ends, the Usworth star just couldn’t get his nose in front, doubles on the 13th and 15th put Bolt 11-8 up and with the scores at 11-9 a couple of slack Poulter ends saw Bolt win the next three ends to take an unassailable 15-9 lead to become only the third player to have successfully defend the title, no one has ever done three on the trot.

The Under 25 singles final would also see a new name added to the list as Silksworth’s Josh Halcrow faced Hartlepool Old Boy’s Bryan Henderson, it was Halcrow who started the best leading 6-3 and 8-4 but over the next six ends Henderson produced some tremendous stuff, from 8-4 down the Old Boy’s star stormed into a 15-9 lead, Halcrow dug in and got it back to 18-14 but Henderson was not to be denied and a three secured a first county title.

The Under 25 Pairs has been something of RA property, the previous two competitions saw RA’s Keith Burton and Liam Macey take the title, this year Macey was partnered by Joe Bannatyne against Hunden’s Jordan Harston and Spennymoor’s Matthew Gleeson. Back to back doubles saw Gleeson lead 4-0 only for Macey to fight back to lead 5-4, in a high quality final Gleeson went 10-7 up after 13 of the 18 end final. Back to back singles put Gleeson 12-7 up and then came the decisive 16th end and a count of 4 to go 16-9 up, the writing was on the wall for the RA duo and a dropped three sealed a 19-7 win for the impressive Harston and Gleeson combination, this was the lads first county success.

The George Turley Champion of Champions final saw two of the Middleton Cup winning skips from 2000 go head to head as Dunston’s Alan Theobald faced RA’s Andrew Kirtland (winner in 2012). It was the Dunston lad that raced into a 7-1 lead before Kirtland changed the length and hit a purple patch, a run of 12 shots without reply saw Kirtland go 13-7 up, at 13-9 another mini run saw the RA star go 18-7 up and two ends later it was all over 21-10.  

The Class of 2019

26th July - Northern Trophy Win

Well our Northern Trophy campaign ended on a high note with a smashing 112-110 win at Kirkbride against Cumbria, the win probably leaves us in second place with the loss to leaders Yorkshire at Sunderland coming back to bite us. Anyway across the green we notched 3 wins, the pick of them being Joyce Stephenson (Woodlands), Josie Hodgson (Stockton), Eileen Horan (Bishop Auckland) and Hetton Workmen’s Norma Stephenson who ran out 27-12 winners, there were also wins for Dairy Lane’s Joan Rodgerson by 12 and Woodland’s Anne Camp by 11. The three losses saw Sunderland’s Sue Almond down by 11, Durham’s Joyce Woodward by 12 and Woodland’s Ann Anderson by 13. So points wise we avenge the earlier loss to Cumbria 7-3, an overview of the season see’s us finish with a decent 4-2 win ratio, highlight of the season the one shot win over Yorkshire at Redcar.

25th July - Hopkin's Lands County Fours

Due to duplications the first of the season’s men’s County finals was played early, as it happens it was an all Darlington RA affair as Vinnie Rewcastle, Peter Coulson, John Hills and Tony Macey faced Mark Jones, John Lynch, Andrew Kirtland and Barry Hopkin. If ever there was a game of two halves then this was it, the early proceedings were dominated by the Macey quartet as they raced into a 10-1 lead and looked in control at 16-6 however what a transformation we witnessed. The Hopkin lad’s gradually got themselves within striking distance with Kirtland and Hopkin both coming onto a game, the latter played three conversion shots when in trouble and they rattled off 19 shots without reply to get home 25-16. Both squad have already secured places at Leamington Spa with the Hopkin quartet getting the brucie bonus of a Northern Counties appearance at Dalston in August  

20th July - Parnell Lands 4th County Title

The latter stages of the champion of champions were played at Bishop Auckland today, it turned out to be a repeat of the county singles final as Darlington Woodland’s Ann Anderson was attempting to win it for a 6th time while Stockton’s Teresa Parnell was trying to only the 3rd player to have defended the title. As expected there was no quarter given and as the scores reached 11-11 Parnell played a cracking bowl to lift Anderson’s bowl out and pick up a four to go 15-11 ahead, that lead was maintained right up to 20-14 and with Parnell holding a nailed on one Anderson produced a beauty to half it out and collect four to make it 20-18. That could well have turned the game in the Woodland’s star’s favour however a very slack end left her facing defeat again and this time just failed to convert leaving Parnell a 21-18 winner and secure a cracking 4th county title.

19th July - Northern Trophy Win

 Our previous loss to Yorkshire sadly looked to have scuppered our Northern Trophy hopes however onwards and upwards as we bounced back at Stockton with a 128-102 win over Northumberland. It was a good day all round as we notched 4 wins and a draw with only Sunderland’s Sue Almond missing out losing by a couple. After a trying campaign Hetton’s Norma Stephenson steered Woodland’s Joyce Stephenson, county president Eileen Atkinson and Newton Hall’s Eileen Horan to a 28-16 win. Host club’s Teresa Parnell got home by a couple and Woodland’s Ann Anderson won by six, Dairy Lane’s Joan Rodgerson bounced to winning ways with a 24-16 win. The only came from Durham City’s Joyce Woodward, so points wise it was a good 8½ as we conclude our season with a trip to Kirkbride to tackle Cumbria.

13th July - Alsop No26 Title Secured

Well cometh the hour cometh the man…. Going into our final Alsop fixture we needed at least a 17-5 win against the unbeaten defending Alsop champions Northumberland at a damp Dairy Lane, the lads set there stall out early and by the 10th end mark we were 15 shots up but more importantly winning on 5 rinks, by the 15th end mark the overall game was safe as we were 37 shots up and the only question was could be win on 4 rinks to take the trophy. The moment that probably sealed the deal came when team captain Dale Oram’s rink grabbed a 5 on the 17th end to open up a 7 shot lead and with Albie Hill, El-Presidente Jeff Wilson and Ray Robinson well up the title was heading to god’s country.  In the end we got home by 36 shots but more importantly 18-4 to take the Alsop Trophy by a couple of points. Pick of the rinks was Barnes Park’s Albie Hill’s quartet of Eric Downes (Silksworth), Tom Calder (Lyndhurst) and Hunden’s Stuart Clarke who ran out 33-16 winners. President Jeff Wilson got home by 11, Dairy Lane’s Ray Robinson won by 9 and team captain Hartlepool Park’s Dale Oram won by 6.

12th July - Stella Ends On A Low Note

It was a tough afternoon for our Stella Logan squad as they were beaten 108-64 and whitewashed 10-0 at Sessay against Yorkshire today, seven days earlier we beat the same team 8½-1½ by 7 shots. As you can imagine there wasn't much good news kicking around however to be fair none of the five rinks took a real thumping..... it was just a collective thumping, Shildon's Esther Helm lost by 7 while Horden's Jennie Collin and Newton Hall's Christine Budd both lost by 8, Horden's Val Gray lost by 10 and Hetton's Karen Sinclair's skipping debut ended in a 11 shot loss....... so the season ends on a bit of a low note but overall played 6 and won 3 is a decent effort, many thanks to everyone who played this season.

6th July - Middleton Campagin Ends On A High...again!

Well after the Wigton horror show it was down to pride in the final group game of the Middleton Cup, a win would lift us off the bottom of the group. On a blistering afternoon and on a cracking Houghton Dairy Lane playing surface we bounced back with a 146-95 win, points wise it was 20-2 which lifted us off bottom. Across the green we had 5 winners, Hartlepool Park’s Ian Jackson got home by 20, club mate Dale Oram by 18 and Silksworth’s Ian Riches by 16, team captain Silksworth’s David Bolt won on the last end 19-18, our young gun’s had perfect Leamington prep as Silksworth’s Josh Halcrow steered them to a tidy 10 shot win. Stockton’s David Fenwick lost his unbeaten tag going down by 12, so in a repeat of last season we end on a high and if only the Lancashire result went our way maybe the Cumbria horror show may not have happened, Cumbria’s win over Lancashire secured top spot and a last eight tie against Northumberland.

6th July - John's Quiz

Well the answer to the John’s quiz question from 22nd June was …. it was only last season…… no prize as the correct answer wasn’t on a post card.

5th July - Stella Win

After the disappointment of losing to leaders Cumbria our Stella Logan squad bounced back in great fashion defeating Yorkshire 90-83, the 8½-1½ points return moves us up to second only 4½ points behind Cumbria with one round of games to go, however Cumbria would need to slip up against winless Northumberland to lose the title and we would have to beat Yorkshire again. Across the green we had 3 winning rinks and a draw, the pick of the bunch was Carmel Guy (Dairy Lane), Gloria Armstrong (Horden), Heather Boon (Bishop Auckland) and Esther Helm (Shildon) who ran out 20-11 winners, one shot behind them was Stockton’s Josie Hodgson and Newton hall’s Christine Budd got home by 1 shot, Horden’s Jenny Collin played a draw while Dairy Lane’s Margaret Metcalfe went down by 11. So the curtain comes down on Friday at Sessay against Yorkshire, whoever wins will finish second.

4th July - Sam Lands Two Bowl Title

It was Two Bowl day at Horden, a field of 20 players battled it out for the title. Defending champion Stockton’s Teresa Parnell looked on course for the final only to come unstuck in the semi finals against club mate Josie Hodgson 17-6, the eventual winner was Darlington North Park’s Sam Pegg. In the first round Sam beat Stockton’s Chelsea Parnell 16-11, a 16-13 win over club mate Jane Hewitson set up a quarter final against Jarrow West End’s Jean Clift. A 15-11 win saw the North Park star into the semi finals, a tense 14-13 win over Durham City’s Joyce Woodward set the final up against Hodgson. In the final Sam ran out a 15-8 winner to secure a first county title, both players by reaching the final qualify for Leamington Spa in August.     

28th June - Northern Trophy Woe

Our Northern Trophy hopes took a hit at Sunderland as leaders Yorkshire beat us by 14 shots overall. The 7½-2½ points return in the visitors favour leaves us nine points adrift of the leaders with only two games to play. Two rinks up and a draw, Jacklyn Classen, Ann Camp, Julie Robinson and Teresa Parnell just took top honours 24-19 with host clubs Sue Almond finishing four up, Norma Stephenson snatched the draw. On the downside Ann Anderson narrowly lost by three, Joyce Woodward by five and Joan Rodgerson’s quartet lost their unbeaten record going down by fifteen. Next up Northumberland at Stockton in two weeks time.

28th June 2019 - Gordon Stewart

We are sorry to inform you of the death of our 2001 County President Gordon Stewart (90) (pictured).  Elected as our 78th president Gordon was the first from Cockton Hill, despite having the unenviable task of following Charlie McCain’s Middleton Cup success that didn’t deter Gordon from conducting his year in office in his own unique style. Our condolences go to all his family from everyone connected to Bowls Durham

23rd June 2019 - Walker Cup Progress

Durham 45-25 Yorkshire
Both our rinks put in impressive performances on a belter of a Dairy Lane green, Darlington Woodland’s Ann Anderson steered  Teresa Pearson (Consett Park), Joan Brown (Pelton Fell) and Stockton’s Teresa Parnell 23-12 win and it was a similar story on the other rink. Susan Forster (Dairy Lane), Fay Slinn (Newton Hall), Glynis Morgan and Joan Rodgerson (both Dairy Lane) won 22-13 to seal a cracking 20 shot win and progress to the regional finals day at York Railway on July 14th.
We play the winner of the Notts-Derbyshire tie, already through are Lincolnshire and Lancashire

22nd June 2019 - Alsop Squad Get Revenge

A chance to avenge last years loss to Cumbria at Courtfield was enough incentive for our Alsop squad, it may not have been as hot but at least there was grass on the green, we got off to a flier leading 32-16 after 5 ends then extending it to 63-42 by the half way, at 15 ends we still led by 14 but by 18 it was was down to 6 and in fact at one stage Cumbria looked likely winners as they levelled it off, however we didn't buckle and saw it home 116-111. Across the green four rinks up and a couple down, the pick of the bunch was Tony Greathead, Colin Howie (both Hartlepool Park), debutee Seaham Town's Bryan Henderson and Leadgate's David Wanaby rattled off a 26-9 win over Mark Little. Roker Marine's Richie Mckie got home by 4, Dairy Lane's Jimmy McAdoo not only saw the game out bu also grabbed his point 22-20 and tema manager Hartlepool Parks Dale Oram sneaked a last end win. Points wise it was 18-4 which puts us 3 ahead of holders Northumberland who have played a game less and they play Cumbria next week.

22nd June 2019 - John's Hopes Extinguished

Here is a quiz qestion... When was the last time we managed to play 2 John's Trophy group games..... answers on a postcard, sadly not this year as we slumped to a 18-4 39 shot loss at the hands of Lincolnshire. With it being only a group of three and this being Lincolnshires second win our final game against Notts is a dead rubber and will not be played. Across the green at Dunnington we managed a couple of winning rinks albeit they both won by a single shot each. Hetton's Norma Stephenson got home 21-20 and Woodland's Ann Anderson got home 19-18, both Sunderland's Sue Almond and Stcokton's Teresa parnell lost by a couple each. The reliable Joan Rodgerson's quartet went down by 10 and it was a long afternoon for Durham's Joyce Woodward losing 34-7.

21st June 2019 - Stella Loss

After completing the double over Northumberland we were on th end of a double as Cumbria completed one over us in the latest round of Stella Logan fixtures, the May 5 shot loss at Dalston was topped up with a 8 shot loss at Stockton. Across the green we won on two rinks, Kath Toulson, Nicole Kirtland (both Darlington North Park), Horden’s Liz Morris and Dairy Lane’s Margaret Metcalfe won 21-14, our other winner was Stockton’s Josie Hodgson who got home by a single shot, Horden’s Jennie Collin played out a draw. Our two losing rinks were Newton Hall’s Christine Budd and Shildon’s Esther Helm both losing by 8 each. So points wise it was 7½-2½ in Cumbria’s favour which puts a dent in our title hopes, our remaining two games are against Yorkshire.                      

20th June 2019 - Porter Takes U25 Title

There was a little bit of history in the women’s Under 25 singles final, in an all Darlington North Park affair 14 year old Abi Porter became the counties youngest ever winner when she beat club mate Nicole Kirtland 21-4, this is the sixth consecutive year that North Park have won the Under 25’s, both players do qualify for the National Championships at Leamington Spa in August.

19th June 2019 - Parnell Completes Box Set

Well its the only title missing from Stockton's Teresa Parnell's collection until now, in a cracking final against Darlington Woodland's nine time champion the Stockton star got home 21-19 to land her first women's singles title. In the semi final it was nearly all over as Dairy Lane's Susan Forster lead Parnell 16-11 however six singles and a four over the next seven ends saw Parnell get home 21-16. In the other semi final Ann Anderson beat Dairy Lane's Carmel Guy 21-8 to set up a repeat of the 2017 final. The latter stages of the final saw both players produce some cracking bowls, with the game tied at 19-19 Anderson saved a match lie with a cracking final bowl draw however it was just a stay of execution as Parnell produced a pin perfect bowl to lift it out for two and the match.

Last season we celebrated Silksworth’s David Bolt’s achievement of becoming the first player to have won all the main county titles in his career, so it’s only fitting we acknowledge the tremendous achievement of Stockton’s Teresa Parnell on becoming the 6th woman to have won the lot.

Teresa joins Irene Lawson (Spennymoor), E.Dunn (Shildon), Doris Rewcastle (Bishop Auckland), Ann Anderson (Darlington Woodlands) and of course the legend Norma Shaw (Ropner Park).
Teresa’s record - Singles -2019, Pairs – 2008, Triples 2008, 2019, Fours 2003, 2019, Two Bowl Singles 2005, 2007, 2008, 2018

16th June 2019 - Under 25's Bring It Home

Following a change in format by Bowls England the Under 25 White Rsoe competition reverted to a single rink instead of a double rink, our four young guns were Jordan Harston (Hundens), Matthew Gleeson (Spennymoor), Jaxon McKenna (Silksworth), Josh Halcrow (Silksworth). In the regional semi final our lads beat Cumbria 14-7 and thne in the final beat Lincolnshire 18-12 to secure a trip to Leamington Spa. The draw for the quarter finals at Leamington will see our lads tackle Wiltshire on Sunday 1st September.

15th June 2019 - Middleton Cup Shocker

After the near miss against Lancashire this was a must win game at Wigton against Cumbria, sadly on a decent surface we came up short and were well beaten by 63 shots - our worst loss in over a decade. The only bright spot came from Stockton's David Fenwick's rink of Keith Burton, Peter Coulson (both RA) and Silksworth's Paul Baker who beat Stephen Farrish 18-14, sadly it was a tale of woe as the remaining five rinks all lost, Hartlepool's Dale Oram did manage to get back within three after trailing 19-5. David Bolt and Paul Mosley both went down by 12 a piece, Ian Riches went down by 12 each while Gary Farquhar went down by 19, the day was complete with Ian Riches going down by 21. So the Middleton dream is done and dusted for another year with only pride left to play for against Yorkshire in two weeks time. rink scores

Ends Split (Cumbria first)

14th June 2019 - Stella Double

Our Stella Logan squad completed the double over neighbours Northumberland at Alnwick, our 8-2 win complimented the previous 9-1 win at Pelton Fell nicely. Across the green we had wins on three of the five rinks, the pick of them were Gloria Armstrong (Horden), Jane Pattison (North Park), Karen Sinclair (Hetton) and Esther Helm (Shildon) who ran out 28-12 winners, Stockton’s Josie Hodgson won by 5 as did Horden’s Jennie Collins. The losses came on Newton Hall’s Christine Budd and Dairy Lane’s Margaret Metcalfe, so the 8-2 points return keeps our title hopes alive with leaders Cumbria next at Stockton………..come on!!!!!!!  rink scores

9th June 2019 - Balcombe Exit

Hopes of a repeat win over Derbyshire in the Balcombe were dashed at York RI as we were beaten 42-27, sadly both rinks were left chasing the game and both eventually succumbed. Gary Farquhar went down 19-12 and David Bolt lost 23-15.... not really much more to add.

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8th June 2019 - Alsop Squad Bounce Back

After last weeks disappointing loss to Lancashire the lads bounced back in the rain at York Railway to beat Yorkshire 129-80, in tricky conditions we got off to a quick start 11 up after 5 ends which was extended to 25 at the half way, by 15 ends we were out of sight 30 shots clear and it finished off at 49 shots. Across the green we came close to grabbing all 22 points, Ray Robinson's quartet of Alan Hind, Tom Calder and Derek Metcalfe led the way with a 26-6 win, team captain Dale Oram got home 25-12 win and Albie Hill matched that score, our 4th win came from Jimmy McAdoo. Dave Warnaby was a touch unlucky to miss out on a win dropping a single to finish 17-17 and county president Jeff Wilson nearly snatched a last end win only to go down by 3 in the end. So points wise it was 19-3 which actually puts us top as leaders Northumberland didn't have a game, the other game saw Cumbria go to Heaton Hall Manchester and beat Lancashire 20-2. Next up is a trip to Courtfield where nothing short of a win will keep alive our slim hopes of taking things to the final game against neighbours Northumberland. A quick mention on the York Railway green - considering all the rain it had to endure it played well.

Ends Split (Yorkshire first)











7th June 2019 - Northern Trophy Loss

After back to back wins our women's Northern Trophy squad came unstuck at Horden as Cumbria ran out 111-108 winners, with 4 rinks up and 2 down it was definitely one that got away. Joan Rodgerson's quartet of Susan Forster, Lorraine Breheny and Glynis Morgan maintained there unbeaten record with a 24-14 win, Teresa Parnell's run of form continues with a 19-10 win while Joyce Woodward got home by 6, the 4th winner was Ann Anderson by 5 to give us a 30 shot advantage. Sadly our two losing rinks went down by 33, Sue Almond lost 23-14 and Norma Stephenson suffered a third loss 35-11 but remember folks its a team game, points wise it was 6-4 in Cumbria's favour, next up is another home game as we entertain Yorkshire at Sunderland.

1st June 2019 - Alsop Caps Off Bad Weekend

Our Alsop squad opened there season up at Stockton against Lancashire, last season we did them by 7 shots at Southport sadly the roles were reversed as we were beaten by 8 shots collecting only 4 points on offer. Our only two winnings rinks were by a single shot so we just avoided a whitewash, Leadgate's David Warnaby steered his rink to a 23-22 win and Dairy Lane's Ray Robinson recovered brilliantly from 12-2 down to get home 20-19. To be fair the biggest loss on the remaining four rinks was only by 5 and we actully led overall by 1 at the 15th end mark so things could quite easily have gone our way..... but hey hooo. The other game saw holders Northumberland beat Yorkshire 18-4, we head to York RI next in a must win game. rinks scores













1st June 2019 - Middleton Cup Heartache

Well it was a case of what might have been as our Middleton Cup campaign started with a hard to take 1 shot loss to Lancashire. We started well on a difficult surface leading by 12 at the half way mark , the momentum changed over the next set of five ends as Lancashire led by 4 and by 6 at the 18 end mark, but fair play the lads kept going and nearly snatched it at the end. Across the green David Fenwick steered Peter Coulson, Keith Burton and Paul Baker to a 24-13 win over Rhys Vaughan. Dale Oram’s rink was always playing catch up losing 22-17 to Chris Gale as was Ian Riches who lost 21-17 to Dominic McVittie. Gary Farquar got home 19-16 against Rob Stirling and despite failing to score on ten consecutive ends Ian Jackson got home on the last end 18-17 against Ian Mayne while Paul Mosley slipped to a 26-19 loss to Jason Parkinson. The other group result saw Yorkshire get home 14-8 at Cumbria so it’s still all the play for, next is a trip to Wigton in a fortnight.












Group Standings – Lancashire 16, Yorkshire 14, Cumbria 8, Durham 6

31st May - Stella Performance

After our opening loss at Dalston our Stella Logan squad bounced back beating Northumberland 97-73 at Pelton Fell today. It was a good day across the green with only Jenny Collins tasting defeat losing 16-14. Pick of the bunch was Gillian Harle, Jennifer Howey, Val Gray and Josie Hodgson who ran out 23-11 winners, Karen Sinclair notched back to back wins 23-16, Esther Helm got home by 4 and Christine Budd by 3, well the win takes us top and next up is the return fixture against Northumberland at Alnwick. rink scores

27th May - Stockton Trio Complete Double

The second women's county title is heading down the A19 as the Stockton trio of Barbara Ward, Lisa Simpson and Teresa Parnell secured the triples title to add to the fours title they won last week. A 23-16 semi final win over Duhram City's Joyce Woodward set up a final against Hetton Workmen's Norma Stephenson, the latter got home on th elast end 20-19 against Newton Hall's Christine Budd. In the final it was the Hetton trio that led for most of the game, 13-9 up with four ends to play before a game changer...... it started to rain.... and that was the cue for there title hopes to slip away as Parnell collected a four to level it up 13-13. Te tide had turned another Parnell single was followed by a decisive 4 on the 17th to extend the lead to 18-13, with bowls up the wicket hopes of a Stephenson count on the final end were never there and the Stockton trio secured a 20-13 win. Both squads will head to Leamington Spa to represent Duhram in the National Championships in August.

25th May - Muras Disappointment

The now traditional double header saw the destination of the Muras Trophy decided; sadly for us a 117-98 opening loss to Northumberland ended our hopes although the 20-2 points return looked harsh. The early exchanges were level at the 5 end mark and by the 10th we were still in it trailing by 4, sadly it slipped away 10-15 ends as Northumberland went 19 up and we never got it back to single figures. Across the green we did only muster one winning rink with Mark Hodgson, Albert Ward, Gary McPheators and Ian Jackson getting home 22-17 against Josh Minto. The other five rinks all lost, David Fenwick went down by 7 as did a weary team manager David Bolt, Dale Oram lost by 5, Gary Farquhar by 3 and Paul Mosley by 2. rink scores

In the afternoon game against Cumbria (who beat Yorkshire 18-4) mathematically both could have still won it but that would need a Northumberland collapse against a Yorkshire outfit having lost both games to-date. As the weather took a turn for the worse we trailed by 8 after 5 ends, by 10 ends the deficit was 5 and by 15 ends it was down to 3, in fact with only David Fenwick left on we needed a three to draw and a four to win, with the last bowl David held three and as the final bowl went up looked nailed on for a fourth but it lifted the shot bowl onto the jack and had to settle for three to leave it a 93-93 score draw with both teams grabbing 11 points each. Gary Farquhar won 18-12 and Dale Oram won 16-12, David Fenwick with that last end three got home 17-16. Our three defeats saw Paul Baker lose by 4, Paul Mosley by 1 and David Bolt by 6. The draw overall saw us finish third a point behind Cumbria, Northumberland retained the trophy for a fifth year in a row as the beat Yorkshire 112-78 (20-2) rink scores

Final standings – Northumberland 59, Cumbria 32, Durham 31, Yorkshire 10

It looked like the end of the road for the Muras Trophy however full credit to all FOUR counties as it would have been a travesty had the 84 year event been left on the scrap heap.

24th May - Northern Trophy Win Number 2

After the narrow single shot win at Redcar over Yorkshire our Northern Trophy squad headed to Ponteland to face Northumberland. It was another good day’s work for our Trophy squad ran out 24 shot winners collecting eight of the twelve points on offer. Joan Rodgerson’s quartet of Susan Forster, Carmel Guy and Lorraine Breheny were again top rink winning 24-11 although Sue Almond’s rink were just behind them winning 23-11, Teresa Parnell won by 8 and Joyce Woodward by 4, the two losses saw Norma Stephenson go down by 9 and Ann Anderson suffered her first defeat of the campaign losing by 4. So two out of two and we head the table after two rounds by a point from Yorkshire, after two away days it’s a home game against Cumbria next at Horden. rink scores

22nd May - Stockton Quartet Land Fours Title

The first women’s county title was decided today as Bishop Auckland hosted the latter stages of the women’s fours. In the morning semi finals the 2016 winner Houghton Dairy Lane’s Joan Rodgerson beat Hunden’s Susan Walker 23-16 while Stockton’s Teresa Parnell not only recovered from 16-10 down but clinched a place in the final with the last bowl against Sunderland’s Sue Almond 20-19. In the final it was the Stockton quartet who were quickest out of the blocks and led 18-8, with ends running out credit to the Dairy Lane squad as they got it back to 20-15 with two ends left but a 20th end Parnell double sealed the deal 22-15. This was a first county title for Barbara Ward, Chelsea Parnell and Lisa Simpson while its another one to add to the ever growing Parnell CV. Both squads go forward to Leamington Spa to represent Durham in the National Championships in August. (ps….. technology who would have it me camera went on the blink)

22nd May - Bolt Lands Team Silver

Silksworth’s David Bolt may have missed out on the medal in the fours but did collect a team silver as the Atlantic Games came to an end. After the bronze in the triples there was sadly no repeat in the fours as the England quartet failed to get out of the group stage, however the games did finish on a high as both England men’s and women’s squad finished runners up in their overall classification to collect silver medals.

19th May - Bolt lands Bronze

Silksworth's David Bolt has added a Atlantic Games bronze medal to his Commonwealth Games bronze, representing England in the triples and playing in th emiddle of Devon's Ian Lesley and Sam Tolchard they narrowly missed out on a final spot losing on an extra end 15-14 against Scotland's Darren Burnett. In the nine game round robin group the English trio only lost twice 18-11 to Argentina and 17-13 to the eventual gold medalist's South Africa. Seven wins however did secure a play off against Malta which duly won 25-9 only to miss out in the semi finals.

18th May - Muras Win

Our men’s Muras squad made a winning start to their three game campaign with a hard fought 16 shot win over Yorkshire at Dairy Lane. We had three debutee’s Silksworth’s Paul Hartley, Old Boy’s Bryan Henderson (jnr) and Dairy Lane’s Keith Carruthers. Across the green we notch three wins, a couple of draws and only suffered one loss in an 18-4 points return. Dale Oram steered his rink to a 24-14 win while Gary Farquhar got home 21-15, our third win was a 16-11 for Ian Riches. David Fenwick collected a last end single for a 17-17 while Paul Mosley fought back well to get a 19-19 draw. So a nice little start and next weekend it’s the double header over in Cumbria. rink details 

17th May - Stella Loss

Our Stella Logan squad made a losing start to their 2019 campaign, despite a spirited performance they were beaten 105-100 by Cumbria at Dalson. Across the green we had a couple of winning rinks, the pick of them being Hetton Workmen’s Karen Sinclair’s quartet of Kath Toulson (Darlington North Park), Jennifer Parkin (Norton) and Liz Morris (Horden) who ran out 30-9 winners, Horden’s Val Gray won 29-13 to give us a 37 shot advantage, sadly the remaining three rinks went down by a combined 42 shots, Shildon’s Esther Helm lost 21-17, Horden’s Jennie Smith lost 35-12 and Newton Halls Chris Budd went down 27-12. Points wise was a harsh looking 8-2 loss, next up is a new tie against Northumberland at Pelton Fell in two weeks time. rink details

15th May - Bowls England 2019 News

A bit of forward planning, here are three documents to help our National Championship hopeful's at Leamington Spa

2019 Womens Championship Leamington Spa Draw Details
2019 Men's Championship Leamington Spa Draw Details
2019 Competitors Guide for the Leamington Spa Bonanza

Bowls Development Alliance News - CALLING ALL CLUBS

You may or may not be aware that we recently (the BDA) announced an exciting new partnership with the National Federation of Women’s Institute (NFWI). The partnership aims to provide opportunities for WI members to get involved in the sport of bowls through our WOMEN CAN campaign. Currently, only 32% of the bowling club population in England are women and this campaign has been developed to increase that number to 45% by 2021 and of course bring more members to your bowls club.
The programme invites WIs and Federations to take part in a 6-week bowls programme, hosted by a bowls club like yours, local to the applicant WI. Members will be required to pay a small nominal weekly fee of £3 per person, per week to take part (payable to hosting club). 
Your club will need to identify someone to communicate with the local WI to make all the necessary arrangements
What is required from your club?

  • A friendly, welcoming approach
  • Capacity to host a WI group for 6 weeks (1-2hrs once a week for 6 weeks)
  • Club equipment to loan to the group (bowls)
  • Refreshments available for the group to purchase/ tea and coffee facilities
  • A coach or club activator to meet the group and support them through the 6-week programme
  • A relaxed dress code which allows the group to bowl in smart/casual clothes

We are now inviting all affiliated clubs to express an interest in hosting a WI group. This is not a guarantee that you will be selected to be part of a programme as there may not be any groups in your area, but we aim to get as many clubs involved as possible.
If you would like to put your club forward, please email womencan@playbowls.org or call Kara on 01664 777001 with your club name, location, key contact name and contact details including phone number and email address by no later then Monday 20th May 2019.
Once the deadline has passed Kara, our WOMEN CAN project lead, will start the process of putting the club contact in touch with the lead WI contact so that both parties can agree that best day/times for the group to come down to the club. We currently have over 125 WI Groups looking to get involved.
Thank you.

Coachbowls.org - Latest Local Course News

Play Bowls Activator Module

The purpose of this 4 hour Play Bowls Activator Module (formally Play Bowls Introductory Module) is to equip both new and existing coaches and volunteers with some basic knowledge, information and skills to offer a fun, informal and relaxed introduction to the sport of Bowls. A new bowlerʼs first impression of the sport is often the difference between them taking up membership of the club or not.
This course will provide you with:
• Skills to welcome any new bowler into your club
• Confidence to organise an entertaining, relaxed and an enjoyable introductory session
• Ability to create a positive lasting impression




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11th May 2019 - Northern Trophy Win

Our Northern Trophy women made a winning start to their 2019 campaign, a cracking 106-105 win at Redcar over a Yorkshire outfit that did the double over us last season is a terrific effort. From the team selected in March we only had one change with Newton Hall’s Eileen Horan coming in for Mary McGee.

Across the green we had two winning rinks, the pick of them being the reliable quartet of Susan Forster, Lorraine Breheny, Glynis Morgan and Joan Rodgerson who ran out 26-9 winners, Woodland’s Ann Anderson was our other successful rink 23-17. Out of the four defeats, Stockton’s Teresa Parnell was unlucky to go down 20-19 and Hetton’s Norma Stephenson lost by only 4, Durham’s Joyce Woodward lost by 8 and Sunderland’s Sue Almond lost by 9 but we held on to a one shot win overall. Next up is a trip to Ponteland to face Northumberland in a fortnight. Rink details

14th April 2018 - Competition Updates

Here are the three main document's regarding the changes in the National Championships (County) and the National Competitions (Everything else)

Bowls England Competition Regulations 2019 (issued October 2018)

Summary of Changes to Regulations (as issued October 2018)

Summary of Rules 2019


I am contacting you directly to ask for your contribution to a major piece of research regarding our clubs that is being undertaken on behalf of Bowls England.

The purpose of this project is to provide Bowls England with comprehensive and robust evidence regarding the quality, adequacy, security and ownership management profile of all bowls clubs across the country. There is also an indoor project running concurrently which means this research will provide the most comprehensive information on flat green bowls ever gathered in England.

This information base will enable Bowls England to support clubs and county associations more effectively over the coming years, particularly with facility‐related enquiries, negotiations with local councils and grant funding applications.

Given the scope and ambition of this project, Bowls England has worked with sports consultancy firm 4global to develop a national survey. The survey is very comprehensive in its scope and we estimate it should take respondents around 30 minutes to complete. We appreciate this represents a significant amount of time for volunteers but we are confident that this investment will be an invaluable contribution to the future of bowls in this country and prevent many of the ‘ad hoc’ requests currently submitted to clubs and county associations regarding their clubs and members from various sources.

Again, I thank you in advance for your time and contribution to this work and we look forward to the opportunities and benefits its undertaking will provide in the future.

Please note, this survey is an online survey but you can pause and re‐start provided you do so using the same device (your phone, tablet, laptop etc.) and internet browser software (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari) – this means you can close the window and restart later without losing your answers.

To access the survey, click here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Bowls_England_Survey

If you have any questions regarding this survey in the first instance, please contact Richard Boardman at 4global by e‐mail:  research.team@4global.com

Yours sincerely

Tony Allcock MBE Chief Executive
Bowls England


Tickets are now on sale for the 2019 Atlantic Championships, which will take place in Wales next month.

The elite level sporting event will be hosted at four venues across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan between 10th and 23rd May with a record-breaking number of international teams entered to participate.

The greens at Barry Athletic, Dinas Powys, Penarth Windsor and Penylan will all be utilised, with the full schedule available to view on the Welsh Bowls website. 

Spectator tickets start from just £5 per day and offer the opportunity to experience the excitement of world-class live bowls. Day tickets allow you to visit any of the four venues to watch any match on the date of that ticket.

A 14-day Tournament Pass, priced at £50 (a saving of £30) is available for total flexibility and access to any game at any venue throughout the tournament - including playoffs and finals. 

Bowls England will be represented at the Atlantic Championships by the following players:

Men’s Singles: Jamie Walker (Northamptonshire)
Men’s Pairs: Steve Mitchinson (Essex) & Jamie Walker (Northamptonshire)
Men’s Triples: Ian Lesley (Devon), David Bolt (Durham) & Sam Tolchard (Devon) 
Men’s Fours: Steve Mitchinson (Essex), Ian Lesley (Devon), David Bolt (Durham) & Sam Tolchard (Devon)

Women’s Singles: Natalie Chestney (Devon)
Women’s Pairs: Rebecca Wigfield (Northamptonshire) & Natalie Chestney (Devon)
Women’s Triples: Jamie-Lea Winch (Leicestershire), Lorraine Kuhler (Sussex) & Sian Honnor (Kent)
Women’s Fours: Jamie-Lea Winch (Leicestershire), Rebecca Wigfield (Northamptonshire), Lorraine Kuhler (Sussex) & Sian Honnor (Kent)

To purchase your ticket/s, or for more information, visit: https://www.welshbowls.co.uk/atlantic-rim-2019

17th March - Safeguarding Bowls Info

Bowls England provides a bursary in support of members of affiliated clubs who wish to attend a relevant safeguarding course.

Note to all clubs that if they need assistance to contact any of the County Officers and/or District Secretaries.

Here is a link to the Bursary application form

The Safeguarding Bowls website can be accessed via this link - http://www.safeguardingbowls.org/

16th March - Bowls England Update

Bowls England is now in the position to advise further regarding qualification for the 2019 Bowls England National Championships.

‘C’ Representatives
All counties with five per cent or more of the total number of entries in that National Championship from the previous year will be entitled to three representatives at the National Championships.

Below is a table outlining the counties that have reached the required number of entries for a third representative at the 2019 National Championships in each Championship event.

Championship Event

Men – Number of entries required in 2019

Counties that have received a ‘C’ in 2019
(See Regulation 3.1)

Women – Number of entries required in 2019

Counties that have received a ‘C’ in 2019
(See Regulation 3.1)



Devon, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey


Cornwall, Devon, Essex, Kent, Surrey

Two Wood Singles


Cornwall, Devon, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey


Essex, Kent, Surrey



Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey


Devon, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey



Devon, Essex, Kent, Surrey


Devon, Essex,  Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, Sussex



Essex, Kent, Surrey


Devon, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey

Men's National Junior Singles Championship
One county (Isle of Wight) submitted no entries for the 2019 Men’s National Junior Singles Championship therefore they will not be represented at the National Finals.

  • The next four counties with the lowest number of entries for the 2019 Men’s National Junior Singles Championship are Derbyshire, Herefordshire, Lancashire and Northumberland. Each of these counties will receive just one entry for the National Championship finals.
  • All other counties will have two qualification places.

Men’s National Junior Pairs Championship
One county (Isle of Wight) submitted no entries for the 2019 Men’s National Junior Pairs Championship therefore they will not be represented at the National Finals.

  • All other counties will receive one entry for the National Championship finals.

Women’s National Junior Singles Championship
Three counties submitted no entries for the 2019 Women’s National Junior Singles Championship therefore they will not be represented at the National Finals. These are Isle of Wight, Lancashire and Nottinghamshire.

  • Three counties submitted one entry for the 2019 Women’s National Junior Singles Championship therefore they will have one representative at the National Finals. These are Derbyshire, Northumberland and Yorkshire.
  • All other counties will have two qualification places.

Women’s National Junior Pairs Championship
Eight counties submitted no entries for the 2019 Women’s National Junior Pairs Championship therefore they will not be represented at the National Finals. These are Derbyshire, Durham, Isle of Wight, Lancashire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Suffolk and Yorkshire.

  • All other counties will receive one entry for the National Championship finals.

We trust this information is of assistance to you. It is anticipated that the National Championship draws will be circulated to County Associations not later than w/c Monday 6th May.

15th March 2019 - Bowls England Update

The Bowls Development Alliance, Bowls England, English Indoor Bowling Association, Disability Bowls England and Activity Alliance are working to provide clubs with relevant support and guidance to ensure they have the capacity to provide access to their facilities and activities for current and future members – regardless of ability or personal circumstances.

Nationally, 43 per cent of people over the age of 65 are reported to have at least one impairment, with the percentage increasing to 75 per cent for those over the age of 80. We expect a significant number of club members to have a health condition that would affect their bowling, although it might not necessarily be considered as a ‘disability’.

It is essential for us to get an understanding of the most common challenges in order to know how best to support clubs in the future. Therefore, we are asking clubs to complete this survey to help us find out the biggest and most common challenges.
If a club does not hold sufficient information to complete the survey, we would ask them to provide us with an educated estimate based on your best knowledge of your current facilities and membership.

To access the survey click on this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/C5ZV7GH

Should any clubs have queries regarding this survey please contact George Babalev (BDA Club Development Co-ordinator) at: georgebabalev@bowlsdevelopmentalliance.com

The closing date for responses is Sunday 7th April.

9th February 2019

You may recall that over the past twelve months or so we wrote to all clubs offering to provide advice and guidance to affiliated clubs on behalf of the County Association, so far as the potential impact that cuts in local authority leisure service provision may have on clubs in the forthcoming years. This included the services and advice that are available from Bowls England and the Bowls Development Alliance to assist clubs on topics ranging from grants/loans, coaching and umpires to club development issues including the attraction of new members.

We have been in recent discussions with the Bowls Development Alliance about the implementation of the club development programme in the County not only for those clubs that are suffering because of the reduction in service provision and loss of membership but  also for those clubs wishing to expand their membership base.

Therefore attached for your information and attention details of the Development Programme which we would encourage you to read and consider adopting. We have already two clubs (Consett Park and Lyndhurst) who have participated with great success, the latter winning the coveted Bowls England Club of the Year title. Details of the scheme are also on the County Website.

If you need any help or advice please contact either the county secretary or Anna Coulson at the BDA or speak to the successful clubs.

Here are the links to the Programme Application Form and Programme Guidance Notes

8th February 2019

(John Bell photo courtesy of Bowls England)

John Bell has announced his retirement as Bowls England Men’s Senior International Team Manager after almost two decades of loyal and dedicated service. Bell was appointed Men’s International Team Manager in 2000, a position he held for 17 BIBC Series’, four World Championships, and two Atlantic Championships, in addition to the position of Performance Director at three Commonwealth Games and one Atlantic Championships.

Under Bell’s guidance at world level, England attained an impressive 371 victories from 522 matches at a win rate of 71%, achieving 39 medals in the process, including 14 at the Commonwealth Games. Announcing his retirement, Bell said: “It is with somewhat of a heavy heart that I announce my retirement from the position as the Men’s Senior England Team Manager. There are a number of reasons for this decision but suffice it to say after 20 years as a Team Manager and Performance Director I feel the time is right to step aside.

“I would like to think that during my period of office I have done my utmost to ensure our England teams performed to the best of their abilities and enhanced their reputation, and that of Bowls England, on the world stage. I am also proud that the conduct of our England teams both on and off the greens has been exemplary. “I fully support the appointment of a permanent Performance Director, who will herald the introduction of a new structure to support and hopefully enhance international performance. My retirement will enable the Performance Director to commence their duties with a clean slate with a new support team going forward. They have my full support.

“I have been fortunate to have had the benefit of the assistance and friendship of many talented colleagues who I sincerely thank. To Tony Allcock and everyone in the Bowls England office, my fellow selectors, members of my Commonwealth Games management teams, to the incredibly supportive Norma Hazzledine, who was fully committed to the cause of improving England’s international performance, and to Rex Hazeldine too for his encouragement and his professionalism which inspired us all - I thank you. “I will also thank my supporter in chief – Mrs Bell – over a glass of red, or possibly two, and a nostalgic curry at the Paprika Club!

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my tenure as Bowls England Manager and as Commonwealth Games Performance Director. It has been a pleasure and a privilege undertaking my role and I hope I have contributed to a positive and successful chapter in the performance of England teams at world and international events. “I wish Bowls England every success in its future efforts to achieve further glory at international level.”

 Bowls England Chief Executive, Tony Allcock MBE, added: “John’s commitment to Bowls England and the English Bowling Association over the past two decades has been exemplary. He has ensured that England is a force to be reckoned with at an international level and his record speaks for itself. John has been a credit to work with and will certainly be a tough act to follow.”  

Bowls England wishes to thank John for his dedication both to his country and the sport of bowls. An advertisement for John’s successor will be circulated shortly.

7th February 2019

The revisions to the Laws of the Sport which were approved at World Bowls Council Meetings in December 2016 and April 2018 have been incorporated into the ‘Crystal Mark Third Edition’ to create Version 3.1 of that document. A copy of both Version 3.1 and a document containing the Revisions can be downloaded from the ‘Laws of the Sport’ section under the ‘Laws & Umpiring Link’ on the World Bowls website: www.worldbowls.com  

The section has also been updated to provide an explanation of the Laws review and approval process. Your attention is drawn to the final paragraph in the section which explains what Laws and Laws-related documents individuals should have in their possession whilst participating in the sport. As a by-product of the creation of Version 3.1 of the Laws, the text associated with the ‘WB Laws Decisions’ section under the ‘Laws & Umpiring Link’ on the WB website has been updated and the Revisions approved in 2016 and 2018 have been removed.

Here are the revisions in version 3.1.....(we have also downloaded a copy of the full rule book HERE )

Revisions to the ‘Laws of the Sport – Crystal Mark Third Edition’ The ‘Laws of the Sport of Bowls – Crystal Mark Third Edition’ was approved at a World Bowls Council Meeting in August 2014. Subsequent revisions to the Third Edition were approved at World Bowls Council Meetings in December 2016 and April 2018.
World Bowls Council Meeting – December 2016
The following revisions were approved.

Law D2 Bias side of a bowl: the side of the bowl that is the more rounded of the two sides, which is identified by the small grooved rings surrounding its centre.

Law 52.1.3 Each set of bowls can carry a player’s individual emblem, logo or engraving as a distinguishing mark on both sides of every bowl. The distinguishing marks must be the same design and colour on each bowl, but can be different in size. The distinguishing mark on the bias side of the bowl must be inside the smallest grooved ring surrounding its centre. If there are grooved rings surrounding the centre of the non-bias side, the distinguishing mark must be inside the smallest ring. If there are no grooved rings surrounding the centre of the non-bias side, the distinguishing mark must be inside the indentations designed to help the player grip the bowl during delivery. As well as the distinguishing marks, each set of bowls can carry a player’s name or signature. Imprints on the running surfaces of bowls must be avoided.

all bowls belonging to players within a team or side must have these markings on them and the markings must all be the same design and colour. However, players may use markings which are different in size from those used by other players in their team or side where this is necessary due to differences in the sizes of either the manufacturers’ rings or the distinguishing marks on the bowls.

Law 53.1
Licensed Manufacturers and Licensed Testers are entitled to imprint the registered World Bowls Stamp on the bias side of bowls. Imprints on the running surfaces of bowls must be avoided wherever possible.

World Bowls Council Meeting – April 2018 The following revisions were approved.
Law measure between 112 millimetres and 134 millimetres across at their widest points; and
Law measure between 112 millimetres and 131 millimetres across at their widest points; and

4th February 2019


The creation of a new marquee international bowls event will see the Australian Jackaroos face a composite team made up of the world's premier players, to be staged at Moama Bowling Club in November, 2019. The World Bowls Challenge, announced jointly by World Bowls and Bowls Australia, will feature Australia v Rest of the World in an exciting ten-a-side format played across November 29 and 30, on the covered surfaces of the state-of-the-art Moama Bowling Club, fresh off multi-million-dollar renovations.

World Bowls President John Bell will assume the duties of Coach of the Rest of the World, while the architect behind the Jackaroos' success in recent years, National Coach Steve Glasson OAM, will take the reins of the Australian team. Australia is unquestionably the most in-form nation on the global stage, having secured four gold, two silver and one bronze medal from eight disciplines at the most recent World Bowls Championships in 2016, in addition to five gold and two silvers from 10 disciplines at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

It is envisaged that the event will be staged every two years with each subsequent new host nation then forming the side to contest the might of the rest of the world. Unsurprisingly, the competition format will deviate from tradition, with sets-play matches and sessions staged across two days, in order to bolster its appeal to audiences.The event will begin with mixed triples, followed by men’s pairs, women’s pairs, then mixed pairs, and conclude with ten singles matches (five men’s singles matches and five women’s singles matches) staged across staggered starts.

The announcement of the inaugural World Bowls Challenge at Moama Bowling Club continues Australia’s trend of procuring the sport's eminent International events.Over the next two years, Adelaide Bowling Club will host the 2019 and 2020 World Singles Champion of Champions, Warilla Bowls and Recreation Club will stage the 2019 World Cup, and Broadbeach Bowls Club, Club Helensvale and Musgrave Hill Bowls Club will jointly host the 2019 Asia Pacific Championships and 2020 World Bowls Championships.

Further announcements regarding the World Bowls Challenge team compositions, Coach and Captain selections, scheduling and viewing details will be made over the coming months.

23rd January 2019


Bowls England can now confirm the host venues for the Inter-County Competition Regional Finals for the next two years. 

Balcomb Trophy (Sunday 23rd June 2019 and Sunday 21st June 2020)
North: York RI BC, Yorkshire
East: Maulden BC, Bedfordshire
South: Old Coulsdon BC, Surrey
West: Clevedon BC, Somerset

Walker Cup (Sunday 14th July 2019 and Sunday 12th July 2020)
North: York RI BC, Yorkshire
East: Kingsthorpe BC, Northamptonshire
South: Bromley BC, Kent
West: Box BC, Wiltshire

White Rose Trophy (Sunday 16th June 2019 and Sunday 14th June 2020)
North: Middlesbrough BC, Yorkshire
East: Parkway BC, Huntingdonshire
South: Cranleigh BC, Surrey
West: West Backwell BC, Somerset

7th January 2019


Many congratulations to Silksworth’s David Bolt on being named in the team to compete at the 2019 Atlantic Championships in Cardiff from 10th May to 23rd May 2019.

The full team is as follows

David Bolt (Durham), Ian Lesley (Devon), Steve Mitchinson (Essex), Sam Tolchard (Devon) and Jamie Walker (Northamptonshire)
Reserves: Tristan Morton (Huntingdonshire) and Andrew Walters (Worcestershire)
Natalie Chestney (Devon), Sian Honnor (Kent), Lorraine Kuhler (Sussex), Rebecca Wigfield (Northamptonshire) and Jamie-Lea Winch (Leicestershire)
Reserves: Katherine Hawes (Oxfordshire) and Laura Holden (Somerset)

6th January 2019

Please find a list below of the upcoming locally based Coach Bowls courses including coaching, safeguarding, working with disabled & play bowls activator module.

Further information can be found at http://www.coachbowls.org , including how to book onto the courses.

Event Name

Event Date




Booked Places

Places left

Working with Disabled People in Bowls Module - Thornaby IBC


Thornaby IBC


TS17 9EW



Play Bowls Activator Module - Darlington South Park BC


Darlington South Park BC








Bowls England is delighted to announce that affiliated clubs can sign up to the Civil Liability Insurance scheme and take advantage of up to 15 months cover for the price of 12. 

Our insurance scheme runs from 1st April until 31st March.  In normal circumstances, the annual premium would be charged when joining mid-term.

However, if you join from now until 31st March 2019, the scheme insurers Allianz Insurance plc, will waive the costs for this period.

This is subject to you renewing the policy on 1st April 2019 for the full 12 month period.

Annual Premiums for:
·         £5,000,000 Civil Liability, including £10,000,000 Employers Liability is £93.00 (including Bowls England’s administration fee of £18.00)
·         £10,000,000 Civil Liability, including £10,000,000 Employers Liability is £118.00 (including our fee)
 When things happen that are out of your control, it’s important to have the right insurance in place – protecting you, your club and your members from the unexpected. 
Bowls England has entrusted Sutton Winson to provide Civil and Employers Liability Protection to its affiliated clubs and organisations. This policy, amongst other benefits, includes: 
v  Wider protection than a standard public liability policy, as it includes professional liability, abuse, libel/slander and Officers Liability (including Trustees)
v  Employers Liability included as standard to cover all employees AND VOLUNTEERS
v  Unique scheme only available to Bowls England affiliated Clubs and organisations
v  Compensation associated with injuries, litigation and negligence
v  No policy excess
v  No additional hidden fees
v  Option to increase the Civil Liability limit to £10m (as requested by some local authorities)
 The 2019/20 Bowls England Civil Liability Protection Brochure is attached, which provides an overview of our scheme. To commence a policy please fully complete the attached form and return it to Bowls England with the appropriate payment for the 2019/20 twelve month cover. 

If you would like to discuss further, please contact John Hughes at Bowls England on 01926 334609 or email insurance@bowlsengland.com




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