Brackley & District Bowling Club

News & Info

Limited reopening of Club Green: Safety Procedures during COVID-19 restrictions
Posted by Mandy on 15 May 2020
From Monday 18th May, three rinks on the outdoor green will be available for members to use on a pre-booked basis only.

Please click on 'Rink Booking' to make a booking. This facility is password protected. Sessions last for 90 minutes and are available from 12 noon to 19.30 every day. Mornings have been left free for Green maintenance.

Each booking session allows for one hour playing time, with the remaining time allowing for entering and leaving the club, and cleaning equipment.
Only two players per rink [if these are from different households, 2 metre social distancing must be maintained at all times].

The following procedure should be adhered to:
Please arrive dressed ready to play, changing into bowling shoes before using the green.
All bowlers must use hand sanitiser, which they should bring with them.
Clean padlocks before opening and after closing.
Jacks and Mats will be left by the Green. One Jack and One Mat to be used by each person from different households. These should be cleaned before and after use with the cleaning materials provided.
No pushers or scoreboards to be used.

Touch your own bowls, jack and mat only. Avoid measuring.
The Clubhouse will not be open during this initial period, therefore there will be no toilet facilities available.
Please bring your own drinks if required and take home any empty bottles, cans etc.
Please padlock gate when leaving unless there are other members on site.
Maintain social distancing of 2 metres at all times.
Take care and stay safe.
Bowls England Statement: The UK Government's Covid-19 Recovery Strategy
Posted by Mandy on 12 May 2020
Following the Prime Minister's statement on Sunday 10th May and subsequent publication of the UK Government's COVID-19 Recovery Strategy yesterday, Bowls England is seeking clarification from Government in order to publish the best operational guidance for our clubs and members ahead of any return to play.

We will communicate guidance as soon as is practible. We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time.

from Matt Wordingham, Bowls England Publications/Media Officer
Potential Restart of Bowls
Posted by Mandy on 08 May 2020
The Chair of Bowls England has written about questions they are receiving on the possible future lifting of restrictions on 'non-contact' sports. It notes that they are preparing guidance for Clubs, which will be issued as and when Government guidance gives a 'Green Light' to any possible resumption of Bowls. To read the full message, log onto the Bowls England website [click on Bowls England in Links section].
Vote of Thanks
Posted by Mandy on 30 April 2020
From a Club Member:
I would like to thank Trevor G. for running all functions, Dick & Lynne U. for doing the bar and Friday night supper during the winter months, and not to forget the volunteers who put their time in to make things work.
EIBA AGM Cancelled
Posted by Mandy on 04 April 2020
The AGM scheduled for 16th May will hopefully instead take place in August 2020
Bowls England News
Posted by Mandy on 04 April 2020
Look on bowls England website (see Links) for news items on: Greens Maintenance, Support for Clubs during Covid-19, a message from the Chair, and details of the launch of a Bowls England YouTube Channel!
Masons Cup
Posted by Mandy on 04 April 2020
This is a National Competition for women over 60 to be played Indoors, next season. Format is one rink home, one away, local areas initially, play usually to commence 10am. If you would be interested in participating, please contact Sue or email from website
Message from Board Chair Bowls England
Posted by Mandy on 28 March 2020

Message from the Board Chair

I am writing to you in what is arguably one of the toughest periods this generation has ever faced.

The Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak is a global pandemic that will challenge us all on a business, social and most importantly personal level.

Therefore, may I start by saying that I hope you are keeping safe and well. Now is the time to show our unity as a sport more than ever whilst ensuring that we all strictly follow the latest Government guidelines.

The effect this pandemic has already had cannot be underestimated and the likely consequences are at times difficult to comprehend. Clearly, the sport of bowls is not immune from this global situation.

Already, we have taken the unprecedented step to cancel all of our National Competitions and National Championships for the 2020 season, and of course the World Championships due to be played in Australia in May have been postponed indefinitely. We have also, understandably, been inundated with queries from our clubs who are seeking guidance at this uncertain time.

It is however important that we remain hopeful of brighter times ahead and work together ready for when we are able to return to the green. A key focus of work for the staff team in the coming weeks will be preparing material in support of clubs – more details will be circulated at the appropriate time.

Bowls England has had to adapt, but our aim is to conduct ‘business as usual’. The staff team has been working from home since last Monday, in accordance with the Government guidelines, and I have to thank everyone for taking it in their stride. The team is staying well engaged, making the best use of the technology available, and showing their support and encouragement for each other. The Board, myself included, is also embracing new ways of working to ensure we are fully informed and our first ‘video conference’ is arranged for next week.

Our Chief Executive, Tony Allcock OBE, officially retires on Tuesday 31st March, and it would be remiss of me not to thank him once more for all of his work over the years. Sadly, we were not able to say farewell in the manner that we all wished, but I am sure it will be a case of ‘au revoir’ and we shall see him around the greens in the future. Alistair Hollis and Penny Maguire are leading the staff team during the interim period ahead of the arrival of Jon Cockcroft on 1st June.

In looking to the future, we are committed to keeping all of our members informed and entertained during this period. We have already produced a series of guidance documents and more will follow. We are currently finalising a bowls specific on-line activity guide together with a series of interviews with members of the bowls community to keep us engaged.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of the team if we can help you during this period.

I feel sure that when we come out of the current situation we will return to a sport that will be better and stronger for us all.

Stay safe.

David Tucker
Bowls England

SNC Community Hub Volunteers sought
Posted by Mandy on 28 March 2020
--- Forwarded message ---------
From: Healthy Communities
Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2020 at 17:17
Subject: Community Hub - Coronavirus Volunteering
To: Healthy Communities

Dear Sports Club,

South Northants Council is setting up a Community Hub to receive requests for help from vulnerable people and link them to volunteers who are able to support in fulfilling requests.

Would you please ask anyone who normally volunteers at your club whether they would be able to offer their support to us.

Examples of requests could be:

Delivery of local food parcels
Prescription collection and delivery
Support with on-line shopping,
Speaking to someone isolated and lonely over the phone

If your volunteers are willing to assist, please ask them to register through the Northamptonshire County Council Coronavirus volunteering page -

Thank you for any support you may be able to give us.

Kind Regards

Healthy Communities

South Northamptonshire Council,

The Forum, Moat Lane, Towcester, Northants NN12 6AD

Upcoming Outdoor Fixtures
Posted by Mandy on 27 March 2020
It has been decided to cancel all friendly games until the end of May, when we will review the situation. This also includes the County game scheduled for May