Brackley & District Bowling Club

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National Competitions 2021 Entries to be in by 1st March 2021
Posted by Mandy on 06 October 2020
2nd October, 2020 by Matt Wordingham
With the summer season now coming to a close, it’s time to look ahead positively to 2021 with entries for our national competitions now open – your chance to play at the ‘Wembley of Bowls’!

Our competitions are open to players of all abilities and we offer a range of events designed to meet your individual requirements.

Playing in bowls competitions with your partner provides memorable shared experiences. We have extended the eligibility criteria for the Family Pairs to enable those related by marriage – Husband and Wife/Civil Partnership – to participate together next season.

In addition any clubs that had the opportunity to organise a Club Singles Championship this year will be permitted to enter their club champion into the Champion of Champions Singles, in addition to their 2019 champions who will also be eligible to participate in 2021.

Steve Wade, the inaugural winner of the Family Pairs competition in 2012, said: “The Family Pairs offers a great opportunity for bowlers to spend some vital family time with their loved ones, and enables them to create some special memories on the green. Winning the Family Pairs with my Dad was not only a proud moment for us, but a moment that we were able to share with the whole family.”

Jon Cockcroft, Bowls England Chief Executive, said: “The past few weeks have proved that there is little doubt in the appetite for people to enjoy our sport in a social and informal manner, which is complimentary to work and family life. However, we are also aware that many participants enjoy the challenge of competition – so whether you be a regular competitor or new to our sport we have plenty of opportunities for you to get involved. We particularly welcome entries from those who may not have entered one of our competitions before, as this is your chance to improve your game, take on one of our elite athletes and perhaps win a place in the National Finals at Royal Leamington Spa, which will host the Commonwealth Games Lawn Bowls event in 2022.”

Entries are now being accepted for the following events:

Senior Singles (Men and Women)
Senior Pairs (Men and Women)
Champion of Champions Singles (Men and Women)
Top Club (Men and Women)
Club Two Fours (Men)
Tony Allcock Trophy (Mixed Over 60’s Double Rink)
Family Pairs
Mixed Pairs
Mixed Fours
We are encouraging all entrants to manage their entry though our online Competitions Portal at, where registration can be processed within minutes.

Once registered, you will be able to select the events that you wish to enter and proceed to the secure payment. All entrants will receive a confirmation e-mail, and will be able to view all events entered within the ‘My Account’ area at the top of the page. The e-mail address provided will be used to communicate draw information during the playing season and enable you to enter results immediately at the conclusion of each match.

The deadline for entries to be received is 1st March 2021.

We are always happy to guide any members through the entry process if they require further assistance.

Please call Lee Rowland on 07340 887687 or email:
Finals Day for Club Competitions Summer 2020
Posted by Mandy on 28 September 2020
It may be Autumn, but Sunday afternoon (27th September) was a beautiful sunny afternoon. The Finals of the Men’s Pairs and Mixed Pairs took place in front of ‘Socially Distanced’ spectators. Both matches were close and played in a friendly competitive spirit. Graham and Mick came out victors over Bob and Don in the Men’s Pairs, with Rosemary and Richard winning against Elaine P and Ken in the Mixed Pairs. The Final of the Men’s Singles was played the day before, with Richard taking the title against Graham. In the Ladies Singles, Elaine U took the title, with Sue being unable to play the final due to ill health. Similarly, the winners of the Ladies Pairs were Jackie and Elaine U., the final having been conceded by Sue and Ruth. Trophies were presented after the matches for the Club Competitions and also the Friday Pairs League (winners Graham and Sue, Runners-Up Jackie & John P and Bob). Have a look at the Picture Gallery under Summer 2020 to see photos from the day.
Many thanks to Ken for all the hard work in organising the Competitions and Prizes.
Indoor Bowls Latest from EIBA 22.09.20
Posted by Mandy on 24 September 2020

Dear EIBA Club & County Correspondent

Following the Government’s announcement on Tuesday 22nd September 2020 advising that there will be new restrictions implemented for at least the next six months, the English Indoor Bowling Association, following a Board of Directors meeting today, wishes to advise it’s Clubs, County Associations and individual bowlers of the following.

All affiliated Indoor Bowls Clubs who have implemented COVID-19 secure protocols, based on the EIBA’s ‘Returning to Indoor Bowls’ guidance can continue to provide organised bowls sessions for members and visitors. However, from Thursday 24th September 2020 only up to 6 players per rink will be permitted. Multiple rinks in the club may be used, subject to appropriate social distancing measures, but players are not permitted to interact with the people on the next rink.

For clubs with bar and restaurant facilities, from Thursday 24th September these are only permitted to be open between the hours of 5am to 10pm with table service only. In addition. parties of up to six people are permitted per table and people are not permitted to interact with other people in the room.

The EIBA will be updating its ‘Returning to Indoor Bowls’ guidance and will re-issue over the next 24 hours.

National Competitions

With the implementation of stricter restrictions on people’s activities for the foreseeable future, the EIBA Board, whilst wanting to provide a National Competition programme, regrettably have made the following decisions:

The complete 2020-2021 National Competition programme is cancelled with immediate effect. All entries will automatically be placed into the 2021-2022 season. If any competitor does not wish for this to happen, please email so that this can be actioned.

The 2019-2020 National Finals scheduled due to take place in November 2020 will be postponed. With the cancellation of the 2020-2021 programme the EIBA wish to stage these finals in April 2021, when hopefully the COVID-19 situation has improved in order for all outstanding finals to be concluded.

The EIBA are appreciative of the support and understanding of all Competitors, Clubs and Counties during this difficult time and trust that they can understand the decisions made.


23rd September 2020

This is also available to view on the website

Friday Pairs League Conclusion 18th September
Posted by Mandy on 19 September 2020
Twelve Pairs Teams have played in the league through the summer, and the final matches took place on Friday 18th September. Coming out top of the league were Sue and Graham (ably assisted by Richard). See the Download Section for full details of finishing positions. Presentations will take place on Sunday, 27th during finals afternoon. Friendly matches will continue on Fridays while the weather, and daylight permits.
Thanks to Ken for all the hard work in organising the league and the Club Competitions, and to Martin for compiling the results after each week’s matches. The Leagues this summer have provided a very welcome focus for those members of the club that were able to return to bowling, and provided an opportunity to introduce newer members to Outdoor bowling.
Triples League Concludes Wednesday 16th September
Posted by Mandy on 17 September 2020
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On a glorious late summer afternoon, the final competitive matches of the Triples League took place. With four teams within two points of each other, all three matches were highly competitive! When all the scores were added up at the end, Team Dolphins came out top by one point! Sue, Ross, Trevor, Paul and Stevie made up the winning team. Playing on the final day were Ross, Paul and Stevie, who are pictured collecting their winners medals from Vice President Richard.
Bowls England Covid-19 Update September 2020
Posted by Mandy on 10 September 2020

Bowls England provided the following update following Government announcements on 'Rule of Six' changes to Indoor and Outdoor gatherings:

Further to yesterday’s statement, we are delighted to confirm that our clubs can continue to offer organised bowling activity in a Covid-safe manner.

Sport England has announced, following clarification from Government, that people can continue to take part in organised outdoor sports when restrictions on social gatherings are introduced from Monday 14th September.

With the end of the season fast-approaching for the majority of our clubs, we trust players will continue to enjoy our sport in a socially-distant manner, particularly if wishing to play fours at this time.

We also encourage clubs to take this final opportunity to introduce new people to our sport through our ‘Let’s Roll’ initiative, which has already seen nearly 1,000 individuals sign up for a free trial session at their local club, and the Great British Week of Sport (Saturday 19th September to Sunday 27th September).

Further update: Sep 15th

We are pleased to issue the latest update to our guidance following receipt of additional information for the sport sector (updated 15th September 2020).

We would particularly highlight the following revisions (full detail may be found within the relevant sections of the attached documents):

· Use of rinks and format of play
· Gatherings
· Social activities/Spectators
· Short Mat Bowls
· Committee Meetings/AGMs

We recommend that all clubs consider this document together with the Government guidance. All items may be adapted as necessary to meet your club’s specific circumstances, so long as your actions remain consistent with Government advice and social distancing requirements.

With the end of the current summer season fast approaching, it’s time to look ahead positively to 2021. The past few weeks have proved that there is little doubt in the appetite for people to enjoy our sport in a social and informal manner, which is complimentary to work and family life. Through national support and communications, and by empowering existing club volunteers and players, we can encourage new people to come along to our clubs, take part and be active.

Click here to view the latest DCMS guidance

Click here to view the latest Bowls England guidance

In light of the clarification received, our guidance issued on 31st July 2020 remains unchanged.

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Matt Wordingham
Publications / Media Officer
Club Competitions 2020
Posted by Mandy on 06 September 2020
Despite an unusual and far from normal Outdoor season, the club was able to offer two league competitions, and knockout Club Competitions in Singles and Pairs over the last couple of months. These are now reaching a climax, with the last couple of rounds to be completed in the leagues, and the finals of the Club Comps to be played. The finals of the Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Pairs will be played on Sunday September 27th at 2.30pm. Spectators welcome! The Singles finals will be played at a time to suit the contestants.
David Bryant Obituary from Bowls England
Posted by Mandy on 29 August 2020

News release – Thursday 27th August 2020


Bowls England is saddened to learn of the passing of the man regarded by many as the greatest lawn bowler of all time, David J. Bryant CBE, at the age of 88.

David won five Commonwealth Games gold medals, eleven World Outdoor Bowls Championship medals and nine titles at the World Indoor Championships during an illustrious career.

He was widely recognisable as the face of bowls and was renowned for using a tobacco pipe whilst playing. He was awarded the MBE and then CBE for services to lawn bowls.

David Tucker, Bowls England Board Chair, said: “David was an icon for many decades, whose name was synonymous with our sport. He was well-respected by all who knew him. I was fortunate to compete against David on the green on many occasions, often coming on the wrong end of the scoreline, but a match against him was always a pleasure and includes many memories that I will never forget. My thoughts are with David’s family and friends at this time.”

David claimed his first Commonwealth Games successes at the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Perth, Australia, where he secured Gold in both the singles and fours. He went on to claim singles gold in 1970, 1974 and 1978.

He won the inaugural World Outdoor singles title at Kyeemagh, Australia, in 1966 and went on to win a further four gold medals at the World Outdoor Championships (two singles, one triples and one team), securing eleven medals in total (five gold, three silver, three bronze) between 1966 and 1988.

At the World Indoor Championships, David won no fewer than nine World Championships – three singles and six pairs titles with Tony Allcock OBE.

He also helped his county, Somerset, win the Middleton Cup on numerous occasions, as well as being crowned National Champion on 16 further occasions:

· National Singles - 1960, 1966, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975

· National Pairs - 1965, 1969, 1970

· National Triples - 1966, 1977, 1985

· National Fours - 1957, 1968, 1969, 1971

Bowls England sends its condolences to wife Ruth and the rest of David’s family and friends. His service to the sport will not be forgotten and he will be missed by many.

Matt Wordingham
Publications / Media Officer
Return to Indoor Bowls
Posted by Mandy on 24 August 2020
A group from the Committee was tasked to work through a schedule of measures that would be required to make the premises COVID secure for Indoor bowling. Additional details of all the Risk Assessments considered can be found in the download section. At a recent meeting, a number of issues raised by the Risk Assessment were discussed and because the safety of members bowling indoors is of paramount importance, the Management Committee made the difficult decision that the Indoor Rinks should remain closed at present. The decision will be kept under review.
Wednesday Triples and Friday Pairs League 2020
Posted by Mandy on 27 June 2020
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Weekly Leagues have been played from June onwards and have been enjoyed by all. The results For the Pairs can be found in the Downloads section, (open as an excel worksheet), whilst the results for the Triples can be found in the Competitions section.
Bowls England News
Posted by Mandy on 04 April 2020
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