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3 November 2021               2021 County League AGM – Agenda & other paperwork

1.       Agenda

2.       Motion – from Thorpe Rec BC

3.       Motion – Factors to be considered

4.       Proposed League structure for 2022

 

NOTICE is hereby given that the NORFOLK BOWLS ASSOCIATION COUNTY LEAGUE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will take place on Sunday 5th December 2021 at County Arts Bowls Club, Plumstead Road East, Norwich (immediately following the Men’s AGM)

1.     Introduction by Chairman

2.     Apologies

AGENDA

3.     Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on Sunday 8th December 2019 (attached)

4.     Matters arising

5.     Motions
Proposed by Thorpe Rec BC
“This club proposes that clubs playing in the Norfolk EBA zones league change from playing fours to playing triples.”

Please see attached for details

6.     Hon. League Secretary’s Report (attached)

7.     Election of Officers to League Management Committee per League rules 4 & 5.

As elected by Men’ Management Committee:-

·  President – Harry Geary (Dereham St Nicholas BC BC)

·  Hon. Men’s County Secretary – John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell BC)

·  Hon. League Secretary – Mark Elliott (Acle St Edmunds BC)

1.     a)  Chairman – Mick Hayden – (North Walsham Wanderers BC)

2.     b)  Vice Chairman – Barney Wymer (Freethorpe BC)

3.     c)  League Management Committee – Officers elected by the Men’s Management

Committee as above plus League Zone representatives as follows:-

·  Premier - Charlie Boon (Norfolk BC)

·  North - to be appointed

·  East 1 - Mick Hayden (North Walsham Wanderers BC)

·  East 2 - to be appointed

·  South 1 - Michael Howard (Diss & District BC)

·  South 2 - Bob Harvey (Long Stratton

·  Central - Barry Cocks (Ashill BC)


-           ·  West 1 - Nigel Carter (Upwell BC)

·  West 2 - to be appointed

8.     League structure/fixture dates for 2022

9.     Any other business

Thorpe Recreation Bowling club

Chairman Ian Aitken President Sue Parke Secretary Glyn Bailey

Motion to EBA AGM

“This club proposes that clubs playing in the Norfolk EBA zones league change from playing fours to playing triples.”

Rationale

1.     1)  As mentioned at the men’s club meeting in September, many clubs are losing members. With so many teams withdrawing, it may be much easier for clubs to raise a team of nine players rather than twelve.

2.     2)  Clubs with sufficient members will be able to enter an extra team, thus strengthening the league.

3.     3)  The triples game is much more popular with players as it means more time playing and less time watching.

4.     4)  Playing 18 ends means that games will finish before it is too dark. Light is problematic on cloudy evenings and towards the start of and end of the season.

 

 

 

 

Norfolk Bowls Association
County League AGM on 5
th December 2021

AGENDA ITEM 5 – MOTION SUBMITTED BY THORPE RECREATION BC FACTORS THAT NEED TO BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT WHEN CONSIDERING THE MOTION

1.     Entries have been made from Clubs for the 2022 season on the basis of the current format of 3x Fours. With the need to structure the League and to compile the fixtures as soon as possible, to allow Clubs to complete their playing programme, there is little time for Clubs to reconsider their 2022 entries. Should the motion be passed for a change to triples should this be delayed until the2023 season to enable Clubs to properly consider & review their Club Entries?

2.     If the change to triples is passed and Clubs do not enter a further team, for those clubs who have no issues with finding players, three members per match will be denied playing in the league.

3.     The motion as submitted refers to the League ‘Zones’ and the assumption is that it will not apply to the Premier League so on this basis if the motion as submitted is passed it will apply to the league zones only and not the Premier League.

It is felt that this is the correct approach as the majority of players selected for the Middleton Cup play in the Premier League. Norfolk has had much success in the past particularly in the Middleton Cup. This has been due to a great extent in players being comfortable and used to the fours format and hence it is important that the fours format continues in the Premier League.

It should be noted that the fours format has been the lifeblood of EBA/BE bowls for many years and continues to be the format played at County level (Middleton Cup/Eastern Counties League/Balcomb Trophy & White Rose Trophy) and at International level.

If the motion is passed and the Premier League continues as fours then the club gaining promotion to the Premier League through the zone play offs will need to find an additional three 3 players should they accept the invitation to join the Premier League.

The current league rule for promotion to the Premier League states:-

PREMIER LEAGUE & PROMOTION/RELEGATION

The winner of the League Championship shall be invited to join the Premier Zone. Should that club decline, the runner-up shall be invited.

The bottom team in the Premier zone shall be relegated to an appropriate Zone provided the winner or runner up of the League Championship wishes to join the Premier Zone.

There will be an issue should neither the winner or runner up accept the invitation to join the Premier League. If this situation should arise then the bottom team in the Premier League retain their place per paragraph (b) but this is no different to the present. There have been no situations in the past when the League Championship winner has not accepted the

 

invitation to join the Premier League though if the zones are changed to triples & the Premier League continues as Fours then this may be a more common occurrence going forward. Therefore, this too must be considered.

4. The motion rationale from Thorpe Rec states “playing 18 ends means that games will finish before it is too dark. Light is problematic on cloudy evenings and towards the start of and end of the season”.

League rule 8(a) states that for matches played in August the start time is brought forward to 6.15pm (from 6.30pm for matches at other times) and should cover the issue with fading light later in the season. Should there be light issues early in the season then Clubs have the opportunity to bring the start time forward with the agreement of the opposing Club

The overriding issue is that we want to keep the County League and make this viable with Clubs supporting this.

Mark Elliott
Hon. League Secretary 15
th November 2021

Norfolk Bowls Association County League

League structure for 2022 Season

Premier League

Central

East 1

Norfolk Bowling Club A

Mundford

Caister A

County Arts A

Northwold

Norwich Union

Downham Mkt A

Dereham St Nicholas

Acle A

 Wymondham A

Hingham Rec

Martham

G W Staniforth

Aldiss Park

Bradwell

Wootton Park

Shipdham

County Arts B

 Freethorpe A

 

North Walsham

St Lawrence

 

Thorpe Recreation A

 

 

 

East 2

North

South 1

Thorpe Recreation B

Suffield Park

Gissing

Great Plumstead

Fakenham

Diss A

Freethorpe B

Lakeside Pilgrims

Connaught A

Gorleston Links

R G Carters

Norfolk Bowling club B

Acle B

Cromer

Dickleburgh

Caister B

Reepham Nomads

Long Stratton

County Arts C

Cawston

Scole

 

 

 

South 2

West 1

West 2

Watton

Upwell

Swaffham A

Wicklewood

Castle Acre

Hunstanton CP

Norfolk Bowling Club C

Shouldham A

Downham Conservatives A

Connaught B

Hunstanton A

West Winch

Harling Rec

Downham Market B

Swaffham B

 

Kings Lynn

Shouldham

 

Hunstanton B

Downham Conservatives B

 

 

3 November 2021               Bowls England 2022 National Championships & Competitions Finals Schedule & other details

 

Bowls England – 2022 National Championships & Competitions

 

Bowls England have announced the schedule for the 2022 National Championship & Competition Finals to be held between 25th August & 18th September 2022 along with more detailed information on these.

 

Details may be viewed on the Bowls England website (www.bowlsengland.com) & via the following link https://www.bowlsengland.com/national-finals-schedule-national-competitions-formats-confirmed/.

 

1 November 2021               Notice of Men AGM- 5 December

 

 

 

NOTICE is hereby given that the MEN’S ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the NORFOLK BOWLS ASSOCIATION will take place on Sunday 5th December 2021 at 9.30am
at the County Arts Bowls Club, Plumstead Road East, Norwich.

AGENDA

1.     1)  Apologies for absence

2.     2)  Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 8th December 2019 (attached)

3.     3)  Matters Arising

4.     4)  Hon. Men’s Secretary Report (to follow)

5.     5)  Hon. Men’s Treasurer Report (to follow))

6.     6)  Report on Benevolent Fund from Hon. Men’s Treasurer (to follow)

7.     7)  Reports from other Officers (to follow):

1.     a)  Hon. Match Secretary – David Naunton

2.     b)  Hon. Competition Secretary – John George

3.     c)  Hon. League Secretary – Mark Elliott

4.     d)  Press Officer – John Ottaway

5.     e)  Middleton Cup Manager – Mark Turner

6.     f)  Visiting Tourists Liaison Officer – Barney Wymer

8.     8)  Notice of Motion
Motion proposed by the Men’s Management Committee on Changes
to Men’s Rules 1(a), 1(c), 1(d) & 1(e):-

1.     a)  Rule 1(a) – Voting rights at the AGM

2.     b)  Rule 1(c) – Election of Group representatives to the Friendly Match Selection Committee

3.     c)  Rule 1(d) – Friendly Match Selection Committee

4.     d)  Rule 1(e) – Election format for advising to the Management Committee

(Please see details attached)

9.     9)  Election of Officers

1.     a)  President – Harry Geary (Dereham St Nicholas BC) (by succession)

2.     b)  Senior Vice President - no nomination

3.     c)  Junior Vice President - no nomination

4.     d)  Chairman of Management Committee - Alan Willer (Hingham Rectory BC) (nominated by

Hingham Rectory BC)

e)  Hon. Secretary - John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell BC) (nominated by Wymondham Dell BC)

f)  Hon. Assistant Secretary - John Mason (County Arts BC) (nominated by County Arts BC)

g)  Hon. Treasurer - David Naunton (Wymondham Dell BC) (nominated by Wymondham

Dell BC)

h)  Hon. Match Secretary - David Naunton (Wymondham Dell BC) (nominated by

Wymondham Dell BC)

i)  Hon. Assistant Match Secretary - Barney Wymer (Freethorpe BC) (recommendation of

Management Committee)

j)  Hon. Competition Secretary - John George (Wymondham Dell BC) (nominated by

Wymondham Dell BC)

k)  Hon. League Secretary - Mark Elliott (Acle St Edmunds BC) (nominated by Acle St

Edmunds BC)

10) Appointment by the Men’s Management Committee
a) Authorised Representative to Bowls England - John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell BC)

11.   Non-Management Committee Appointments

a)  Press Officer - John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell BC) (nominated by Wymondham Dell

BC)

b)  Visiting Tourist Liaison Officer - Barney Wymer (Freethorpe BC) (recommendation of

Management Committee)

c)  County Tour Manager - Brian Howes (Norfolk BC) (recommendation of Management

Committee)

d)  Greens Inspection Committee - no nominations received

e)  Greens Maintenance Advisory Officer - Brian Taylor (County Arts BC) (nominated by

County Arts BC)

f)  Eastern Counties Bowling Association Co-ordinator - Don Whyatt (Downham Market BC)

(recommendation of Management Committee)

g)  Child Protection Officer – Mo Moseley (Swaffham Town BC) (recommendation of

Management Committee)

h)  Webmaster – Chris Evans (Gorleston Links BC) (recommendation by Management

Committee)

i)  County Coach - to be confirmed

j)  County Umpire Co-ordinator - Roger Jarvis (Martham BC) (recommendation of

Management Committee)

12)  Group Appointments as appointed by the Groups

a) Group Representatives:-

Group 1 - John Mason Group 2 - Roger Greef Group 3 - Malcolm Struthers Group 4 - Andrew Howlett

13)  Election of Benevolent Fund Committee:
Secretary - John Ottaway (recommendation of Management Committee) Treasurer - David Naunton (recommendation of Management Committee) Committee - Ken Ince, John Mason (recommendation of Management Committee)
(the Trustees are Malcolm Nicholson, Richard Church & Brian Howes)

14)  Appointment of Examiner of Accounts - Aston Shaw

15) Election of Honorary Life Member – Dennis West (Aldiss Park) President 2020/2021

Following the meeting there will be an “open forum” allowing delegates & officers to raise any matters.

Norfolk Bowls Association Men’s Annual General Meeting on 5th December 2021

Agenda item 8 – Motions

Motion proposed by the Management Committee

Changes to Men’s Rules 1(a), 1(c), 1(d) & 1(e)

·       ·  Rule 1(a) – Voting rights at the AGM

·       ·  Rule 1(c) – Election of Group representatives to the Friendly Match Selection

Committee

·       ·  Rule 1(d) – Friendly Match Selection Committee

·       ·  Rule 1(e) – Election format for advising to the Management Committee

Rationale for the changes proposed

At present, the Selection committee comprises the 8 members referred to in para 1(d) who meet formally twice each year to select the Teams for the coming season.

This is very time consuming and has not worked too well for the last few years. Having spoken to other County Match Secretary colleagues, they all select their respective teams themselves. Unlike several years ago when we regularly had 40 – 60 members applying for each match there are occasions now when we have fewer than 24 players apply. It is then down to the Match Secretary and Assistant Match Secretary to try to get sufficient players to field a team. The role of the present Selection Committee has therefore changed, and a more streamlined selection process as outlined seems more appropriate

Therefore, in future the Selection Committee shall consist of the Honorary Match Secretary & the Honorary Assistant Match Secretary with the assistance of the President.

This change requires changes to various paragraphs in the rules mentioned above and these are detailed below.

Proposed changes to Men’s Rules 1(a), 1(c), 1(d) & 1(e)

1) Rule 1(a) – MEN’S ANNUAL MEETING

Current Rule

Those persons empowered to vote at the Men’s Annual Meeting or Special General Meeting are

1.     (i)  All members of the Men’s Management Committee

2.     (ii)  County Coach

3.     (iii)  Group Competition Secretaries

4.     (iv)  Group Friendly Match Selectors

5.     (v)  League Chairman

6.     (vi)  Norfolk Past Presidents and Associate Members Bowling Association

Delegate

7.     (vii)  Norfolk Vice Presidents Delegate

8.     (viii)  Greens Maintenance Advisory Officer

9.     (ix)  Greens Inspection Committee members

10.  (x)  Benevolent Fund Committee members

11.  (xi)  Men’s Past Presidents and Honorary Life Members of Norfolk County EBA

Association and Norfolk Bowls Association

12.  (xii)  Middleton Cup Manager

13.  (xiii)  Visiting Tourist Liaison Officer

14.  (xiv)  County Tour Manager

15.  (xv)  EUBA (Eastern Area) Committee Representative

16.  (xvi)  Eastern Counties Co-ordinator

17.  (xvii)  Child Protection Officer

plus One delegate from each affiliated club except that clubs with a membership of between 100 and 200 may have 2 Delegates and clubs in excess of 200 members may have 3 Delegates. Any person shall only have one vote even should they hold more than one office within the County. The General Meeting may appoint from members such other Special Committees and Authorities as may be necessary to deal with special matters

Proposed change

Delete paragraph 1(a) (iv)

2.     2)  Rule 1[c] - GROUPS Current rule

A Group shall consist of Member Clubs comprising the County Competition Group for the previous year.

Group Representatives will have the responsibility to convene at least one meeting of member clubs annually. One meeting must take place prior to October 1st to nominate the Representative to serve on the Management Committee and a member to serve on the Friendly Match Selection Committee, who will be advised to the Men’s County Secretary by 1st October for confirmation at the Men’s Annual Meeting.

Groups will deal with any other matters which may be appropriate and a report of each meeting will be given to the Men’s County Secretary.

The Men’s County Competition Secretary will arrange for a Competition Secretary to represent each Group but this office does not require ratification by the Men’s General Meeting.

Proposed change

Delete the following wording from the 2nd paragraph “a member to serve on the Friendly Match Selection Committee”

3.     3)  Rule 1(d) (ii) – COUNTY FRIENDLY & TOURIST MATCHES Current rule

The Selection Committee shall consist of the President, Senior Vice President, Honorary Secretary, Match Secretary, and four members nominated from Group Meetings (one from each Group).Teams will be selected from nominations received

on the official forms provided. The selection committee shall have the power to invite suitable players not so

Proposed change

Replace the current rule with the following:-
The Selection Committee shall consist of the Honorary Match Secretary & the Honorary Assistant Match Secretary with the assistance of the President. Teams will be selected from nominations received on the official forms provided. The selection committee shall have the power to invite suitable players not so nominated.

4) Rule (1) e) (ii) – ELECTION FORMAT Current Rule

All other Officers namely
League Chairman,
Norfolk Vice Presidents Association Delegate,
Group Representatives to serve on the Management Committee,
Group Selection Committee members
and Norfolk Past President and Associated Members Bowling Association Delegate will be elected by their respective organisations and advised to the Men’s County Secretary by October 1st.

Proposed change

Delete “Group Selection Committee members”

 

 

 11 October 2021                Death of Derek Talbot

 

 

It is with sadness that I have to report the death of Derek Talbot, Men’s County President in 2011, former County Men’s Match Secretary and Benevolent Fund Committee member.

 

John Ottaway

Men’s County Secretary

 

29 September 2021             County Competition Rules & Byelaws for 2022 update

Update to County Competition Byelaws & Regulations for the 2022 Season

 

Following the confirmation of playing formats for competitions that lead to the National Championship finals announced by Bowls England on 15th September 2021, our County Competition Byelaws & Regulations have been updated and can be viewed on the <Rules & Regs> page.

 

21 September 2021             Men’s Clubs Meeting held on 12th September 2021

Report & bullet points

Presentation by Jon Cockcroft (BE Chief Executive)

JC presented on the role of a National Governing Body and then on the future strategy of Bowls England and the plans to take the game forward in 2022 and beyond.

Various documents detailing the strategy were published & sent to Clubs in August (and can also be downloaded from the Bowls England website via https://www.bowlsengland.com/fit- for-the-future-strategy-2021-2026/.

The documents set out how Bowls England will implement this. The strategy has taken into account the results of recent survey that has been undertaken. 900 clubs participated in the survey including 30 in Norfolk

The strategy and plans are wide ranging & Clubs are urged to read these and consider how these could be adopted at Club level. Bowls England support will always be available and should clubs have any questions or comments then these should be addressed to Bowls England.

Update from John Ottaway (NBA Men’s Secretary)

· The last 18 months
Thanked all Clubs, their officers & members for their help, assistance & patience over the last 18 months or so and their willingness to accept and take on board the various changes that had to be made, including that to the County events playing programme with, some at short notice, to get Clubs back in business and to get their members back on the green, all in a Covid safe manner. Not too many issues arose and when they did, they were suitably resolved.

· 2022 season
Thoughts have now turned to the 2022 season and our planning for the season has begun. Entry forms for the 2022 County Championships including the Club/Team events & County League have been issued and should be returned with the appropriate payment to John George (Competition Secretary) by 1st November 2021.

The playing formats for the 2022 County Championships that lead to the Bowls England National Championships have still to be confirmed but this is expected during the week commencing 13th September and Clubs will be notified. Whilst the dates of the National

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finals have not yet been confirmed, it is almost certain that due to Commonwealth Games being hosted by Victoria Park Leamington these will be held in late August/early September. With the National Finals being put back to a later date than normal, there is scope within our County programme to adjust our own Championship programme.

The 2022 playing formats & conditions of the Middleton Cup, White Rose Trophy & Balcomb Trophy are awaited as are those for the Bowls England National Competitions (i.e. those that are controlled direct by Bowls England)

NOTE – The playing formats for 2022 have now been confirmed as have the dates of the National Finals and formats for the Middleton Cup, White Rose Trophy & Balcomb Trophy. Details have been issued to Clubs

There are no plans to change the playing formats of our own County events, namely Bales Cup, Lord Fermoy Cup & Jermy Cup (i.e. fours over 21 ends).

· County operations
Despite the various restrictions in place, the County Management Committee have continued to meet (either virtually or in person). On some occasions decisions had to be taken by key officers but such decisions were then put to Management Committee for ratification.

· Men’s AGM
This will be held on Sunday 5th December 2021 at County Arts BC starting at 9.30am and will be followed by the County League AGM.

Nominations of officers, including those that are already in office, must be received by 15th September.

Harry Geary (Dereham St Nicholas) will become President by succession at the AGM but the JVP/SVP positions remain vacant and it is important that these are filled.

There is interest in the vacant Child Protection/ Safeguarding Officer and this will be confirmed in due course

There is also interest in the vacant Benevolent Fund Committee member position and this will be confirmed in due course.

Motions must be submitted by 15th October for the Men’s AGM and by 7th November for the League AGM.

· Main AGM
The Executive level AGM is held March.

The Executive Board are proposing that the AGM is only held if there is actual business to conduct This will require changes to the Constitution. Other changes to the Constitution are also being considered in respect of the insurance of trophies & the examination of accounts.

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Details will be circulated to all Clubs in due course and it is hoped that these matters may be dealt with & approved via email rather than by a formal meeting.

· County Administrator
The County administrator is appointed for 3 years and this then subject to a re-appointment process. John George is willing to continue in this position for a further 3 years and details will be issued to Clubs asking if there are other nominations. If there are then a ballot process will be undertaken otherwise the intention is to reappoint John George and seek approval to this by email.

· Website
Chris Evans has been appointed webmaster, replacing Allan Covell who is now resident in Australia.
Some issues arose during the last year but these have now been addressed.
A review of content held on the website is to be undertaken.

· Sponsorship
As we were not able to comply with the requirements regarding product placement, the sponsorship arrangements with East Bilney Garage did not take place in 2020 or 2021 but it hoped that this will be reinstated in 2022.

· Coaching
There is the possibility that Wymondham Dell will become a Centre of Excellence for coaching in Norfolk where all coaching courses for Norfolk will be hosted.

Update from John George (NBA Men’s Competition Secretary)

·       ·  Entry forms for the 2022 have been issued and must be returned to the Competition Secretary with payment by 1st November.

·       ·  Entry Fees remain unchanged

·       ·  Fees may now be made by Bank Transfer rather than by cheque

·       ·  Club Secretaries are urged to ensure entrant details have the correct contact details

·       ·  The Group 2 Competition Secretary position will become vacant and a new

appointment is being sought

Update from David Naunton (NBA Treasurer)

·       ·  Finances are stable despite the issues of the last 18 months

·       ·  There are no plans to increase Affiliation fees

·       ·  Affiliation fees will be due on 1st May 2022 & forms will be issued at the appropriate

time

·       ·  The Bank Balance is approx. £38,000 and consideration needs to be given as to how

these funds could be used for the benefit of Clubs and will be considered by the

Management Committee

·       ·  Funds remain available in Benevolent Fund should any Club wish to apply for a

grant payment to any of their members in need

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Update from David Naunton (NBA Match Secretary)

·       ·  Despite restrictions that have been in place the Friendly Match programme went ahead although changes had to be made as we went along.

·       ·  Unfortunately, due to various circumstances some matches had to be cancelled

·       ·  Plans are now underway for the 2022 programme .

Update from Mark Elliott (NBA League Secretary)

·       ·  We ‘lost’ 9 teams who had previously entered due to various issues but it was not possible to carry out any restructure of the zones

·       ·  Changes to 2021 published fixtures had to made at short notice with the first 3 fixtures moved to the end of the season.

·       ·  Despite this and with other issues that arose during the season, the league programme was successfully concluded

·       ·  The league structure for 2022 is now being considered.

·       ·  The closing date for entries is 1st November. If Clubs expect that their entries will be

different to those in 2021 then please let the League Secretary know.

·       ·  Thorpe Rec BC is considering putting a motion to the League AGM to change the

playing format of the League to 3xtriples with 3 bowls per player. Clubs are asked to consider the implications of this change if the motion is submitted as it is a material change to a league which has been a successful part of our programme since 1966.

The following matters were raised in relation to the Thorpe Rec proposal and need to be considered:-

1.     1)  The League rules/Constitution require a 67% vote in favour to any change that materially affects changes to the structure of the League (see League Constitution paragraph 2 below)

Constitution para 2
“Any alteration or change that materially affects the structure of the League

and its zones shall be made only at the Annual Meeting or at a Special General Meeting and at such meeting such alteration or change shall be put to the vote by (a) the appointed representatives of the clubs and (b) members of the League Management Committee. Any alteration or change shall require a 67% vote in favour”

2.     2)  Will a change to triples result in Clubs being able to enter extra teams or will Clubs with only team still enter one team of 9 players meaning that 3 players per match will miss out and not be able to take part each week?

3.     3)  Our Fours league is the envy of many Counties and serves as a good platform for players seeking to progress to County Team events which are all played under a fours format and a change to triples might detract from this and weaken our County teams.

4.     4)  Is there a possibility of retaining the Premier League as fours but playing the Zones as triples? If so this will mean the team winning the League Zone playoffs under a 3x triples format will need to find an additional 3 players to compete in the Premier League (3x fours) if they accept the ‘invitation’ to join the Premier League. If they do

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not and neither do the runners up (per League Rule 15 below) then there is the danger of the Premier League becoming a closed shop.

League Rule 15
The winner of the League Championship shall be invited to join the Premier Zone. Should that club decline, the runner-up shall be invited.

The bottom team in the Premier zone shall be relegated to an appropriate Zone provided the winner or runner up of the League Championship wishes to join the Premier Zone.

The Meeting closed at 12.05pm

 

 

21 September 2021             Norfolk successes in Eastern Counties Bowling Association Championships

 

 

The finals of the 2021 Eastern Counties Bowling Association Championships were held at Scole & District BC & Diss & District BC at the weekend.

 

Norfolk took two of the titles at stake with Jack Larter of County Arts BC lifting the Junior Singles beating Adrian Allen from Bedfordshire comprehensively by 21 shots to 7. The Wymondham Dell rink of Geoff Batley, Garry Oakley, John Ottaway & Peter Roseblade took the Fours trophy with a 19-13 victory over Sam Burgess’s Essex rink.

16 September 2021             BOWLS ENGLAND OUTLINES PLANS FOR 2022 DOMESTIC SEASON

 

We are delighted to have been able to deliver a full season of domestic competitive events in 2021, culminating in our National Finals in Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa. The season provided a number of challenges as we sought to enable all bowlers to participate safely whilst navigating through the gradual relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions. We thank everyone for the part they played in a full summer of competitive bowls.

The introduction of shorter formats in all events provided the maximum flexibility for players, clubs and counties to arrange their respective matches. The change in format has led to a healthy debate on our national competition programme and, building on previous insight, we have digested the recent survey which was completed by both current and prospective participants.

As part of our core aim to grow participation in lawn bowls, a priority is to deliver an annual programme of national competitions which provide a structure and environment for all players to feel challenged, rewarded and committed to our sport. This involves satisfying the needs of existing competitions entrants, whilst ensuring competitions are accessible for as broad a range of bowlers as possible. There is little doubt the number one barrier to people entering competitions, or entering more competitions, is pressures on their time.

To that end, our outline plans for 2022 were sent to all county associations last week and, following their feedback, we are pleased to share them more widely.

National Finals 2022

We have repeatedly outlined that 2022 is a challenging year for the domestic calendar, and we have been advised that Birmingham 2022 has use of the Victoria Park venue until Thursday 18th August. Building in venue set-up time, the indicative dates for the Bowls England National Finals are Thursday 25th August to Sunday 11th September inclusive. We will be meeting with Birmingham 2022 and Warwick District Council to confirm this and are mindful of the challenges of the later date on players and spectators.

We will be reflecting on this year’s National Finals and making improvements based on your feedback. We aim to go on ticket sale for the 2022 National Finals before the end of 2021. Please sign up to our Jack newsletter for updates.

National Championship 2022 – Formats and Qualification

Following an analysis of the survey results and feedback from counties, we will be running all the National Championships using the following formats:

·       ·  Singles (including Junior Singles) – 21 up

·       ·  Pairs (including Junior Pairs) – Four bowls 18 ends

·       ·  Triples – Three bowls 18 ends

·       ·  Fours (including Senior Fours) – Two bowls 18 ends

·       ·  Two-bowl singles – Two bowls 21 ends

 07 September 2021            Death of Tom Kelly (Wymondham BC)

 

It is with sadness that I have to report the death of Tom Kelly, a long standing member of Wymondham Dell BC.

 

Tom was not only a very successful bowler, winning County titles and representing the County in the Middleton Cup on many occasions but was also a great innovator in the game of bowls and many of you will have known Tom through his successful bowls business.

 

Our thoughts go out to Tom’s family and his many friends in the bowls world.

 

Funeral details will be announced later

31August 2021           National Pairs-

 

Willgress & Tufts lift Bowls England National Pairs title

 

John Tufts and Wayne Willgress of Norfolk BC are the new Bowls England National Pairs champions having beaten the highly fancied and previous winners Louis Ridout & Sam Tolchard from Devon in a high quality the final at Victoria Park, Leamington Spa. Willgress in particular was in inspired form in the final playing outstanding bowls in a 15 shots to 6 victory.

 

In earlier rounds, Tufts & Willgress battled through the first day with 3 narrow victories but hit top form on the second day with comfortable victories in the quarter & semi-finals and were fully deserving of the title.

 

The title was Willgress’s second national title having lifted the triples title in 2007 and follows previous wins for Norfolk in the Pairs championship by Eddie Bell & Malcolm Wade in 1979, Roger Guy & John Ottaway in 1990 & Ian Wynter & Jamie Chestney in 2004.

 

The National finals continue over the next week and full results & reports may be found on the Bowls England website https://www.bowlsengland.com/live-scores-benfinals21/

 

 

 

 

 

31August 2021           Hansells pairs Wayne Wil& John Tufts lift National Pairs title

County Arts lift the Hansells Cup

 

The last silverware of the County season was decided on Saturday when County Arts ‘B’ lifted the Hansells Cup for the County League Zone 2 winners. A dominant performance particularly on the rink skipped by Steve Carr saw them beat Kings Lynn in the final by 63 shots to 48. With a similar performance in the semi-final they beat Long Stratton 64-48 whilst Kings Lynn reached the final by overcoming Dickleburgh 79-44.

 

Results (skips names only)

Semi-finals

County Arts ‘B’ 64 Long Stratton 48

S. Carr 31 B Searle 10

N. Gant 24 K. Staff 15

R. French 9 P. Lovett 23

 

Kings Lynn 79 Dickleburgh 44

G. Bonnick 25 A.Green 13

G. Upton 29 P. Wright 16

A. Coulson 25 D. Shimmell 15

 

Final

County Arts ‘B’ 63 Kings Lynn 48

S.Carr 28 A. Coulson 16

A. Curtis 17 G. Bonnick 12

N. Gant 18 G. Upton 20

 

 

30 August 2021          meeting

Norfolk Bowls Association

Men’s President 2021 – Denis West

CLUBS MEETING

Date: Sunday 12th September 2021 Time: 10.00am
Venue: COUNTY ARTS BC (Norwich)

AGENDA

1.     Introduction & welcome from Chairman (Alan Willer)

2.     Introduction of County Officers in attendance (Alan Willer)

3.     Presentation by Jon Cockcroft – Bowls England Chief Executive followed by question & answer session

4.     Report & update from Hon. Secretary/Bowls England Delegate (John Ottaway)

5.     Report & update from Hon. Competition Secretary (John George)

6.     Report & update from Hon. League Secretary (Mark Elliott)

7.     Report & update from Hon. Treasurer (David Naunton)

8.     Report & update from Hon. Match Secretary (David Naunton)

9.     Open forum for questions & comments from Club representatives

 

 

22 August 2021          2022 County Championship Entry forms

 

 

The entry forms for the 2022 County Championships both individual & Club as well as the County League (as detailed below) have been sent to all Club Secretaries and may also be downloaded from the <COUNTY COMPS> page.

 

Individual Championships

·       Two bowl singles

·       Singles

·       Pairs

·       Triples

·       Fours

·       Senior Fours

·       Junior Singles

·       Junior Pairs

 

Club/Team Championships

·       Club Championship (Bales Cup)

·       Lord Fermoy Cup

·       Jermy Cup

·       County League

 

Please note the closing date for submission of entries to the County Competition Secretary (John George) is 1st November 2021 so entrants should ensure that their entries be passed to their Club Secretary well ahead of this date (by 1st October) to give time for the relevant paperwork to be processed.

 

Playing formats

You will be aware that the playing formats for the County Championships that lead to the Bowls England National Championships were changed for the 2021 season. We cannot confirm what these will be for 2022 but Bowls England is carrying out a Survey asking for views on the formats for next season and beyond. It is important that the views of Clubs & Players are given to Bowls England so I would urge that all participate in the Survey so the full spectrum of views is given to Bowls England. The survey can be accessed on the Bowls England website and also via the following link: https://www.bowlsengland.com/competitors-survey-2021/. The deadline for completing the survey is Sunday 29th August at 5.00pm. Bowls England will then reflect on the findings and make decisions for the future. Please ensure your members are aware of the survey so they may express their views. I expect the conclusions from the Survey and the playing formats for 2022 will be determined before the closing date for entries to our County Championships. Finally, I would confirm that we have no plans for changes to the playing formats for the Bales Cup, Lord Fermoy Cup, Jermy Cup & County League though these could be a matter for discussion at the Clubs Meeting on 12th September.

 

John George                                                                                   John Ottaway

Hon. Competition Secretary                                          Hon. Men’s Secretary

 

22 August 2021          Bales Cup & Lord Fermoy finals & Hansells Cup play-offs

 

 

Norfolk BC have retained the Bales Cup with a comfortable victory over County Arts at Wymondham Dell. They were always in control and ran out winners by 63 shots to 39.

The win was Norfolk’s 11th moving into 3rd place in the winners table behind County Arts & Wymondham Dell who have won the competition 12 & 13 times respectively.

 

Rink scores:

Nick Slater, Aaron Stimpson, Richard Summers & Mark Riches 24 Rob Bunting, Ben Curtis, Brian Taylor & Jack Larter 11

John Colcombe, Matt Flatman, Tom Segolo & James Segolo 17 Gary Mallett, Gary May, Ian Groves & Dan Mills 13

Charles West, Ian Wones, Neil Moulton & Wayne Willgress 22 Noel Jarvis, Clive Derry, Mick Brown & Mark Turner 15

 

Downham Market are the new County Two Fours champions having won the Lord Fermoy Cup with victory over Wootton Park in the final held at Swaffham Town BC, winning on both rinks and overall by 44 shots to 30. The win was Downham Market’s fourth in the championship and the first since 2005.

 

Rink scores:-

John Gooch, Mark Wright, Gavin Cater & Peter Chestney 20 Ryan Hudson, Mike Smith, Dan Cawthorne & Vernon Hudson 16

Max Harrison, Matt Warnes, Jack Wells & Peter Boldero 24 Andy Sayer, Tom Baker, Ian Whiley & Adrian Folker 14

 

The final silverware of the County season will be decided next Saturday with the league play offs for the Hansells Cup at Wymondham Dell. In the semi-finals at 10.00am County Arts ‘B’ play Long Stratton whilst Dickleburgh meet Kings Lynn with the winners meeting in the final at 2.00pm.

 

 

18 August 2021          2022 County Championship & League Entries

 

 

Entry forms for the following are now available to download from the <COUNTY COMPS)> page on the website

 

Individual Championships

·      Two bowl singles

·      Singles

·      Pairs

·      Triples

·      Fours

·      Senior Fours

·      Junior Singles

·      Junior Pairs

Club/Team Championships

·      Club Championship (Bales Cup)

·      Lord Fermoy Cup

·      Jermy Cup

·      County League

 

Closing date for entries

The closing date for entries to the County is 1st November 2021 so please ensure that individual entries are passed to your Club Secretary by 1st October so that these may the processed by the closing date. The closing date is earlier than last year so planning for the 2022 season may commence.

 

Playing formats

You will be aware that changes to the playing formats for the County Championships that lead to the Bowls England National Championships were changed for the 2021 season. Discussions are on-going with Bowls England as to the formats to be played in 2022 and beyond and at this stage we cannot confirm what these will be. Bowls England will be issuing a survey to Counties, Clubs & Players were they will be able to give their views on the playing formats and the results from this will be considered by Bowls England in establishing the formats in 2022. It is important that the views of Clubs & Players are given to Bowls England so I would urge that all participate in the Survey so the full spectrum of views is given to Bowls England. Please ensure your members are aware of the survey so they may express their views. I expect the results of the Survey and the playing formats for 2022 will be determined before the closing date for entries. Finally, I would confirm that we have no plans for changes to the playing formats for the Bales Cup, Lord Fermoy Cup, Jermy Cup & County League though these could be a matter for discussion at the Clubs Meeting on 12th September

 

John George                                                        John Ottaway

Hon. Competition Secretary                            Hon. Men’s Secretary

 

17 August 2021          Bowls England launch survey on playing formats

 

 

Bowls England have now issued their promised Survey on their National Championship formats which will also apply to our own County Championships. You may well have received details direct from Bowls England either by email or through social media channels but if not then this may be accessed via the Bowls England website or through the following link https://www.bowlsengland.com/competitors-survey-2021/

 

There has been much comment over the season on the playing formats used this year and if you have an opinion on these then it is important that you give these via the survey which will assist Bowls England in determining the formats to be used in 2022 and beyond.

 

The deadline for completing the survey is Sunday 29th August at 5pm.

 

16 August 2021          GW Staniforth win WP Baker Cup & other news

 

 

Norfolk BC are the 2021 County Premier League champions having secured the title in their final match of the season against nearest rivals Freethorpe. The title is Norfolk BC’s ninth in succession.

 

There was however disappointment for Norfolk BC ‘B’ where despite a late surge in form they are relegated to the regional zones. They will be replaced in the Premier League by GW Staniforth who won the regional play-offs for the WP Baker Cup with victory over Gissing in the final by 62 shots to 58. GW Staniforth return to the Premier League, having last played in it in 2011. In the earlier semi-finals, GW Staniforth overcame Caister 60-52 whilst Gissing, having beaten RG Carter Group in the preliminary round, progressed straight to the final when Hunstanton conceded the semi-final.

 

The County League concludes with the play-offs for the Hansells Cup which are to be played at Wymondham Dell on Saturday 28th August. In the semi-finals, which start at 10.00am County Arts ‘B’ play Long Stratton and Dickleburgh play Kings Lynn, with the winners progressing to the final which will be played at 2.00pm.

 

The finals of the Lord Fermoy Cup & Bales Cup will be played later in the week. The Lord Fermoy Cup is an all West Norfolk affair with Downham Market meeting Wootton Park at Swaffham Town BC on Thursday whilst in the Bales Cup, Norfolk BC meet County Arts at Wymondham Dell on Friday.

 

The Bowls England National Championships start later in the week with the winners of the individual County Championships looking to bring home national titles. Daily results and reports including the live streaming of some of the matches will be available on the Bowls England website www.bowlsengland.com.

 

9 August 2021               County Finals

 

 

At the Norfolk Bowls Association County Championship finals held over the weekend, Norfolk BC’s John Tufts lifted two titles taking both the prestigious Singles crown as well as the Pairs title. In the singles, he overcame Peter Roseblade 21-15 following a mid-match delay for rain and then followed this by partnering Wayne Willgress to the Pairs title with victory over Freethorpe’s Matthew Carter & David Smith by 20 shots to 7. For Tufts & Willgress this was the 4th time they have lifted the Pairs title.

 

Carter & Smith were joined by Dan Seabourne in the Triples and overcame their earlier disappointment to take the title with a 17-15 victory over Dan Mills, Jack Larter & Mark Turner from County Arts in a high quality match.

 

Likewise, Peter Roseblade gained some recompense for this defeat in the Singles, by skipping his Wymondham Dell rink comprising Geoff Batley, Garry Oakley & John Ottaway to a 17-11 victory over John Tufts, Matt Flatman, Richard Summers & Wayne Willgress of Norfolk BC.

 

Peter Boldero of Downham Market BC won the 2 bowl singles, to add to his Senior Fours title won earlier in the season by beating County Arts Dan Mills 14-7

 

The County team championships are now reaching their conclusion with the semi-finals being held this week. In the Club Championship County Arts play Wymondham Dell whilst Norfolk BC play RG Carter Group, with both matches being played at RG Carter Group BC on Friday.

 

In the Lord Fermoy Cup, the semi-final line up sees Downham Market play Acle St Edmunds whilst Norfolk BC play Wootton Park. These matches will be played on Thursday on a home & away basis

 

 

County Final results

Singles - Peter Roseblade (Wymondham Dell) 15 John Tufts (Norfolk BC) 21

Two Bowl Singles - Peter Boldero (Downham Market) 14 Dan Mills (County Arts) 7

Pairs - Matt Carter & David Smith (Freethorpe) 7 John Tufts & Wayne Willgress (Norfolk BC) 20

Triples - Dan Seabourne, Matthew Carter & David Smith (Freethorpe) 17 Jack Larter, Dan Mills & Mark Turner (County Arts) 15

Fours - Geoff Batley, Gary Oakley, John Ottaway & Peter Roseblade (Wymondham Dell) 17 John Tufts, Matt Flatman, Richard Summers & Wayne Willgress (Norfolk BC) 11

 5 August 2021              Norfolk BC retain Jermy Cup

 

 

Norfolk BC retained the Jermy Cup with victories over Acle St Edmunds BC in the semi-final and then County Arts BC in the final.

 

The semi-final between Norfolk BC & Acle was a one sided affair with Norfolk BC running out winners by 45 shots winning on all three rinks. It was a similar story in the final with Norfolk BC again winning on all 3 rinks and by 26 shots.

 

The other semi-final was a much closer affair which went down to a dramatic last end with County Arts beating Kings Lynn BC by a single shot.

 

Results/Scores

Semi-finals

Norfolk BC 75 Acle St Edmunds 30

C. Rednall, J. Devitt, A. Stimpson & T Segolo 21 J. Kirby, S.Siely, S.Elliott & A.Siely 9

E. Johnson, S. King, M. Riches & W. Willgress 26 A. Morton, M. Morton, B. Downie & W. Willimott 14

N. Segolo, B.Whitehead, K. Brooks & J. Segolo 28 J. Woollaston, R. Himpleman, M. Himpleman &J. Sparrow 7

 

County Arts 57 Kings Lynn 56

D. Eves, L. Farman, M. Steppings & B. Taylor 25 M.Upton, L.Oakley, J. Francis, G. Bonnick 13

S. Hunt, L.Potter, C. Webb & T. Webb 13 S. Fenner, J. Hatley, M.South & G. Upton 18

B.Taylor, L. McMillan, J. Carter & D. Mills 19 H. Young, P. Sayer, J. Bird & J. Abbott 25

 

Final

Norfolk BC 67 County Arts 41

C. Rednall, J. Devitt, A. Stimpson & T Segolo24 B.Taylor, L. McMillan, J. Carter & D. Mills 14

E. Johnson, S. King, A. Johnson & M. Riches 17 D. Eves, L. Farman, M. Steppings & B. Taylor 14

N. Segolo, B.Whitehead, K. Brooks & J. Segolo 26 S. Hunt, L.Potter, C. Webb & T. Webb 13

 

3 August 2021               County Championship Finals

 

Norfolk Bowls Association

Norfolk Lapel Badges 1 2 13

Men’s County Championship Finals

at Norfolk BC on Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th August 2021

 

 

Saturday 7th August at 2.00pm

 

SINGLES

Peter Roseblade (Wymondham Dell)

-v-

John Tufts (Norfolk BC)

 

TWO BOWL SINGLES

Peter Boldero (Downham Market)

-v-

Dan Mills (County Arts)

 

Sunday 8th August at 10.30am

 

PAIRS

Matt Carter & David Smith (Freethorpe)

-v-

John Tufts & Wayne Willgress (Norfolk BC)

 

Sunday 8th August at 2.00pm

 

TRIPLES

Dan Seabourne, Matthew Carter & David Smith (Freethorpe)

-v-

Jack Larter, Dan Mills & Mark Turner (County Arts)

 

FOURS

Geoff Batley, Gary Oakley, John Ottaway & Peter Roseblade (Wymondham Dell)

-v-

John Tufts, Matt Flatman, Richard Summers & Wayne Willgress

(Norfolk BC)

1 August 2021               County Championship semi-finals

 

The semi-finals of the County Championships have now been played.

 

Norfolk BC’s John Tufts has reached 3 finals. In the singles, he overcame Hingham Rectory’s Bob Hall 21-13. In the final, he will meet Peter Roseblade from Wymondham Dell who beat defending champion, Downham Market’s Max Harrison

 

In the Fours, the defending champions, Norfolk BC, skipped by Wayne Willgress and with John Tufts at lead are through to the final following a narrow victory over St. Lawrence, skipped by Mervyn Chapman. Peter Roseblade reached his second final by skipping his Wymondham Dell quartet to a comfortable victory over another Norfolk rink skipped by James Segolo.

 

John Tufts third final is in the Pairs, when he partnered Wayne Willgress to victory over past winners Barry Flatt & Gary Goodrum. In the final Tufts and Willgress will meet Freethorpe’s Matthew Carter & David Smith who beat other former winners, Roger Guy & John Ottaway from Wymondham Dell.

 

Having lost in the fours semi-final, there was further disappointment for St Lawrence in the triples where the rink skipped by Mervyn Chapman lost to the County Arts trio skipped by Mark Turner whose rink included the Junior Singles champion, Jack Larter & former National Junior Singles champion, Dan Mills. In the final they will meet the Freethorpe triple skipped by David Smith who overcame, John Ottaway’s Wymondham Dell triple on the last end.

 

The finals will be played at Norfolk BC over the weekend of 7th/8th August and the programme of matches will be announced shortly and will be published on the Norfolk Bowls Association website www.norfolkbowls.co.uk.

 

Semi-final results

 

Fours

Aaron Stimpson, Karl Brooks, Tom Segolo & James Segolo (Norfolk BC) 6 Geoff Batley, Garry Oakley, John Ottaway & Peter Roseblade (Wymondham Dell) 18

 

Chris Wright, Simon Peach, Andy Hailes & Mervyn Chapman 12 John Tufts, Matt Flatman, Richard Summers & Wayne Willgress (Norfolk BC) 15

 

Triples

Jack Larter, Mark Turner & Dan Mills (County Arts) 19 Chris Wright, Andy Hailes & Mervyn Chapman (St. Lawrence) 10

 

 

25 Jul 2021          Notice for Clubs

 

Norfolk Bowls Association

Men’s County Championship Semi-finals

 

The quarter finals of the Singles, Pairs, Triples & Fours County Championships take place during the week commencing 26th July with all matches starting at 6.30pm

 

FOURS

To be played on Monday 26th July at RG Carter Group BC

 

 

TRIPLES

To be played on Tuesday 27th July at Harling Rec. BC

 

 

PAIRS

To be played on Thursday 29th July at Aldiss Park BC

 

 

SINGLES

To be played on Friday 30th July at GW Staniforth BC

 

 

 

The County finals will be played on Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th August at Norfolk BC

25 Jul 2021          County Championship quarter final results & semi final draws

 

The quarter finals of the Norfolk Bowls Association Men’s County Championships have been played.

 

In the fours, defending champions, Norfolk BC skipped by Wayne Willgress reached the semi- final with a one shot victory over the Wymondham Dell rink skipped by Kevin Guy and are joined in the semi-finals by rinks from Wymondham Dell, St Lawrence & a 2nd Norfolk BC rink.

 

The triples saw victories by County Arts, Wymondham Dell, St. Lawrence & Freethorpe whilst in the pairs three former winners are through, Barry Flatt & Gary Goodrum (Wymondham Dell), John Tufts & Wayne Willgress (Norfolk BC) & Roger Guy & John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell) and are joined by Matt Carter & David Smith from Freethorpe.

 

In the blue riband singles, Max Harrison is on course to defend his title by narrowly beating Downham Market team-mate Peter Boldero. In the semi-final, he meets Wymondham Dell’s Peter Roseblade whilst the other semi-final sees Bob Hall from Hingham play Norfolk BC’s John Tufts.

 

Full quarter final results & the semi-final draws are:-

 

Quarter final results

Fours

Aaron Stimpson, Karl Brooks, Tom Segolo & James Segolo (Norfolk BC) 18 John Gooch, Harry Cater, Gavin Cater & Peter Chestney (Downham Market) 13

 

Geoff Batley, Garry Oakley, John Ottaway & Peter Roseblade (Wymondham Dell) 15 Dan Seabourne, Mick Harvey, Matthew Carter & David Smith (Freethorpe) 14

 

Adie Fox, Peter Bailey, Roger Guy & Kevin Guy (Wymondham Dell) 11 John Tufts, Matt Flatman, Richard Summers  & Wayne Willgress (Norfolk BC) 12

 

Max Harrison, Mark Wright, Jack Wells & Peter Boldero (Downham Market) 8 Chris Wright, Simon Peach, Andy Hailes & Alan Bateson (St. Lawrence) 20

 

Triples

Ryan Hudson, Tom Baker & Vernon Hudson (Wootton Park) 9 Noel Jarvis, Jack Larter & Mark Turner (County Arts) 15

 

Chris Wright, Andy Hailes & Mervyn Chapman (St. Lawrence) 18 Ady Fox, Peter Bailey & Kevin Guy (Wymondham Dell) 13

 

Peter Roseblade, Garry Oakley & John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell) 25 David Willgress, Nigel Carter & Andy Brooks (Upwell) 10

 

Dan Seabourne, Matthew Carter & David Smith (Freethorpe) 14 Charles West, Robert Hadingham & Chris Willgress (Norfolk BC) 9

 

Pairs

Matthew Warnes & Jack Wells (Downham Market) 13 Barry Flatt & Gary Goodrum (Wymondham Dell) 14

 

Steve Engledow & Bob Allen (St. Lawrence) 16 John Tufts & Wayne Willgress (Norfolk BC) 18

 

Roger Guy & John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell) 20 Ady Folker & Tom Baker (Wootton Park) 5

 

Charles West & Chris Willgress (Norfolk BC) 3 -v- Matthew Carter & David Smith (Freethorpe) 21

 

Singles

Bob Hall (Hingham Rectory) 21 Chris Rowe (Downham Market) 13

Tom Cooper (Freethorpe) 17 John \Tufts (Norfolk BC) 21

Peter Roseblade (Wymondham Dell) 21 Chris Willgress (Norfolk BC) 7

Peter Boldero (Downham Market) 19 Max Harrison (Downham Market) 21

 

 

Semi-final draws

 

Fours

To be played on Monday 26th July at RG Carter Group BC

Aaron Stimpson, Karl Brooks, Tom Segolo & James Segolo (Norfolk BC) -v- Geoff Batley, Garry Oakley, John Ottaway & Peter Roseblade (Wymondham Dell)

 

Chris Wright, Simon Peach, Andy Hailes & Mervyn Chapman -v- John Tufts, Matt Flatman, Richard Summers & Wayne Willgress (Norfolk BC)

 

Triples

To be played on Tuesday 27th July at Harling Rec. BC

Jack Larter, Mark Turner & Dan Mills (County Arts) -v- Chris Wright, Andy Hailes & Mervyn Chapman (St. Lawrence)

 

Peter Roseblade, Garry Oakley & John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell) -v- Dan Seabourne, Matthew Carter & David Smith (Freethorpe)

 

Pairs

To be played on Thursday 29th July at Aldiss Park

Barry Flatt & Gary Goodrum (Wymondham Dell) -v- John Tufts & Wayne Willgress (Norfolk BC)

 

Roger Guy & John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell) -v- Matthew Carter & David Smith (Freethorpe)

 

Singles

To be played on Friday 30th July at GW Staniforth

Bob Hall (Hingham Rectory) -v- John Tufts (Norfolk BC)

Max Harrison (Downham Market) -v- Peter Roseblade (Wymondham Dell)

 

 

23 Jul 2021          Bowls England 2021 National Championship Finals

 

Bowls England have issued details of the arrangements for their National Championships finals to be held at Victoria Park Royal Leamington Spa in August & September  and these are summarised below & can also be found, with more details on the Bowls England website or direct via the following link https://www.bowlsengland.com/the-national-finals-2021/

 

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We are excited to share our plans for the 2021 National Finals, which will see the stars of our sport battle it out for 29 titles on the greens of Victoria Park, home of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

 

Motivated by a desire to develop Bowls England’s major events, enhance the experience of spectators and, in these current circumstances, create a COVID-safe environment for all in attendance, we have made some changes for the 2021 National Finals taking place at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa between 19th August and 5th September.

 

The Government removed the remaining legal COVID restrictions on Monday 19th July, but they continue to advise that we follow a number of safety protocols for events, such as use of masks indoors. We know there will be a breadth of perspectives on the impact of lifting restrictions and, like all event owners, it is Bowls England’s responsibility to ensure all attendees are able to enjoy their experience.  It is a requirement for events such as the National Finals to be signed off by a Safety Advisory Group (SAG) made up of representatives from a number of bodies including Police, Fire, Public Health, Community Safety and the Local Authority.

 

So, working alongside venue owners Warwick District Council and other stakeholders, we will be managing numbers on site to help create a safe environment.  In order to do this, and consistent with other sports’ national events and competitions, the venue will be enclosed, and there will be a set capacity on site each day and spectators will be required to purchase a ticket to gain entry to each day of the National Finals.  

 

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COVID

 

Furthermore, following discussion on our Event Plan with SAG, as a condition of entry to the event all attendees at the event must either:

 

Take a Lateral Flow Test within 24 hours of arrival at the venue and be able to show proof of a negative test via an email or text from the NHS or show a photo of the negative test

OR have evidence of double vaccination via the NHS app, a letter from the NHS or your Vaccination card. Information about how to download the NHS app or apply for a letter can be found here.

 

Without proof of either of these, all people aged 11 and over will be asked to take a Lateral Flow Test on arrival at the event, supervised by our onsite medical team. You will not be allowed access until the result has been read 30 minutes later. You must follow the government’s guidelines at all times in regards to self-isolation.

 

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Tickets

 

Tickets are now on sale and you can purchase these here. These are priced at just £4 for adults, and £1 for Under 18s.  The price will increase to £5 and £2 respectively for those who buy tickets on the day, subject to availability. Full event passes are also available for £48 and £12 respectively.  Those competing in the event; volunteers; officials; VIPs and other key stakeholders, will receive an accreditation for the event giving them admission to the venue.  You can find those groups who are eligible for accreditation on our FAQs here.

 

All competitors in the National Finals will receive free entry for all days that they could be playing i.e. from the First Round to the Final. Any additional day competitors wish to attend will require a purchased ticket. We will not be able to offer any additional guest passes.

 

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Improved Event Experience

 

We are really excited to welcome you all to the National Finals - and about the improvements we are making to your experience at the event.

 

All the revenue generated from ticket sales will be directed back into improving the event experience for players and spectators.  Feedback over the years has told us that many would like to see the return of tiered seating, and so we will be introducing grandstand seating around A green on which the Finals will take place.  This ‘show green’ will become more like an amphitheatre, providing an improved view of the action and better showcasing our sport.  This, along with an improved fan zone with an onsite bar, eating area and merchandise offerings, will mean we are taking steps towards positively improving our overall event experience.

 

In addition, we will be trialling a professional streaming service during two days of the National Final event, on Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th August.  The streaming will be of broadcast quality, with commentary, multiple angles and in-depth analysis.  This will give us the opportunity to gauge the level of interest from our audience and to plan viability for streaming the entire event, should the interest dictate.

 

Of course, there is also additional cost for ensuring the event is COVID safe for all spectators and staff, with increased cleaning and sanitization for example.

 

We appreciate that you may have a number of questions regarding this. We have compiled FAQs to try and cover your queries. Our phone lines are always extremely busy; if you cannot find an answer to your query below, please email nationalfinals@bowlsengland.com.

 

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20 Jul 2021          Disappointment in Balcomb & White Rose Trophies

 

There was disappointment for the County in the Regional finals of the Balcomb & White Rose Trophies.

 

At Brampton, Norfolk fell agonisingly short of a place in the Balcomb Trophy National finals as the lost by a single shot on the last end against Northamptonshire in the regional final, the first time they were behind in the match. Earlier in the semi-final they overcame a strong Essex team by 3 shots in a match where they were always ahead.

 

In the White Rose Trophy, played at Newmarket Avenue BC Norfolk’s young bowlers lost in the semi-final to Northamptonshire who then went on to beat Suffolk to qualify for the National finals. In their match, Norfolk looked to be control of the match but slipped up over the closing ends to lose by 8 shots.

 

20 Jul 2021          Jack Larter Crowned County Junior Singles Champion

 

Jack Larter of County Arts BC is the County Junior Singles champion taking the title at Wymondham Dell on Saturday with a 21-17 victory over Downham Market’s Harry Cater & now goes on to represent Norfolk in the Bowls England National Championships in August. Larter reached the final by beating Alex Deal off Acle St Edmunds by the same score whilst Cater overcame former National Champion, Dan Mills of County Arts also 21-17

 

15 Jul 2021          County Championship Quarter finals

 

Norfolk Bowls Association

Men’s County Championship Quarter finals

 

The quarter finals of the Singles, Pairs, Triples & Fours County Championships take place during the week commencing 19th July

 

FOURS

To be played on Monday 19th July 2021 at Aldiss Park BC starting at 6.30pm

 

TRIPLES

To be played on Tuesday 20th July 2021 at Thorpe Rec BC starting at 6.30pm

 

PAIRS

To be played on Thursday 22nd July 2021 at GW Staniforth BC starting at 6.30pm

 

 

SINGLES

To be played on Friday 23rd July 2021 at Aldiss Park BC starting at 6.30pm

To be played on Thursday 22nd July 2021 at GW Staniforth BC starting at 6.30pm

 

The semi-finals will be played during the week commencing 26th July

 

The County finals will be played on Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th August at Norfolk BC

 

 

JUNIOR SINGLES

The semi-finals & final of the Junior singles will be played on Saturday 17th July at Wymondham Dell with the semi-finals at 10.30am & the final at 1.00pm approx.

 

 

 

 

 

12 Jul 2021          County Championship Quarter finals

 

The Norfolk Bowls Association County Championships have progressed to the quarter finals which will be staged during the week commencing 19th July at various locations across the county. The semi-finals will be played during the following week with the finals over the weekend of 7th/8th August. The quarter final programme is:-

 

FOURS

To be played on Monday 19th July 2021 at Aldiss Park BC starting at 6.30pm with match details known after the last 16 matches are played on 13th July

 

TRIPLES

To be played on Tuesday 20th July 2021 at Thorpe Rec BC starting at 6.30pm

 

PAIRS

To be played on Thursday 22nd July 2021 at GW Staniforth BC starting at 6.30pm

 

SINGLES

To be played on Friday 23rd July 2021 at Aldiss Park BC

 

To be played on Thursday 22nd July 2021 at GW Staniforth BC

 

The semi-finals & final of the Junior singles will be played on Saturday 17th July at Wymondham Dell with the semi-finals at 10.30am & the final at 1.00pm

 

12 Jul 2021          Middleton Cup disappointment but success in Balcomb Trophy

 

Norfolk’s Middleton Cup hopes ended on Saturday when they lost to Suffolk at the Borough of Eye Club by 21 shots. After Norfolk opened up an early lead, Suffolk hit back strongly to take the lead which they held and extended over the closing ends despite James Segolo’s rink winning 28-13. Peter Boldero’s rink gained a creditable draw whilst the four other rinks all lost.

 

Rink scores:-

John Tufts, Matt Flatman, Mark Turner & Wayne Willgress 10 Martin Rumsby 23

Max Harrison, Jack Wells, Dan Cawthorne & Peter Boldero 16 Danny Ramsbottom 16

Dan Seabourne, Jack Larter, Andy Siely & Darren Rowsell 9 Mark Royal 20

Tom Baker, Karl Brooks, Mark Riches & James Segolo 28 Kyle Leeks 13

Dan Mills, Ian Wones, Matthew Carter & David Smith 13 Elliott Last 23

Aaron Jonson, Aaron Stimpson, John Ottaway & Richard Summers 21 Dom Warren 23

 

There was better news in National inter county two rink competition for the Balcomb Trophy where Norfolk have progressed to the Regional finals to be played at Brampton Institute on Sunday 18th July. Norfolk reached this stage by overcoming Hertfordshire at Royston BC, winning on both rinks & overall by 39 shots to 30.

 

Rink scores:-

John Tufts, Matt Flatman, James Segolo & Wayne Willgress 20 Scott Lepley 12

Max Harrison, Dan Seabourne, Richard Summers & Peter Boldero 19 Tom Muir 18

 

Also on 18th July, Norfolk’s young bowlers are in the Regional finals of the White Rose Trophy when they take on Northamptonshire at Newmarket Avenue.

 

9 Jul 2021            Middleton cup V Suffolk Saturday 10th July

 

Norfolk begin their Middleton Cup campaign on Saturday 10th July with a local derby against Suffolk who beat Essex in the preliminary round.

 

The match will be played at the Borough of Eye BC with an 11.00am start.

 

The team selected is:

John Tufts, Matt Flatman, Mark Turner & Wayne Willgress

Max Harrison, Jack Wells, Dan Cawthorne & Peter Boldero

Dan Seabourne, Jack Larter, Andy Siely & Darren Rowsell

Tom Baker, Karl Brooks, Mark Riches & James Segolo

Dan Mills, Ian Wones, Matthew Carter & David Smith

Aaron Jonson, Aaron Stimpson, John Ottaway & Richard Summers

 

 

5 Jul 2021            Junior Pairs & Senior Fours Champions crowned

 

The finals of the County Junior Pairs & Senior Fours were held at Aldiss Park BC on Sunday with the Freethorpe/Downham Market combination of Dan Seabourne & Jack Wells lifting the Junior Pairs title & John Gooch, Rocky Lewis, Peter Chestney & Peter Boldero of Downham Market the Senior Fours title.

 

In the semi-finals of the Junior Pairs Seabourne & Wells were on great form beating Ryan Hudson & Rhys Morgan of Wootton Park BC 21 – 9 and took that form into the final beating Harry Cater & Matt Warnes of Downham Market  by the same score. Earlier Cater & Warnes reached the final by beating Aaron Johnson & Dan Mills15-10.

 

In the Senior Fours final, the Shouldham quartet of Chris Jones, Keith Brand, Peter Lunt & Keith Camp from Shouldham looked to be in control taking a 6 shot lead into the penultimate end but a count of 6 shots by the Downham Market four brought the scores level and they then won the final end to take the title with a 19-18 victory.

 

Both winners now go on to represent Norfolk in the Bowls England National Championship finals at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa in August.

 

The other County Championship final stages are approaching with the quarter finals being held at various locations during the week commencing 19th July with the semi-finals in the following week & the finals at Norfolk BC on 7th/8th August.

 

3 Jul 2021            Bowls England Newsletter JUNE 2021

 

Bowls England have issued a Newsletter which can be viewed on the Bowls England website https://www.bowlsengland.com/bowls-england-commits-to-a-review-of-its-disciplinary-regulations/

 30 Jun 2021                 County Update-June 2021

 

Firstly, I hope you, your family & fellow Club members are all keeping safe & well during the challenging times we have all found ourselves in. Sadly, several of our members have passed away in recent months and I offer my sincere condolences to their families & friends.

With the bowls season now proceeding I thought it prudent to give you an update of the position on various matters.

COVID SUMMARY & THE RETURN TO BOWLS

The situation with the pandemic does seem to be improving following the vaccine roll out and we all hope for better times ahead. The easing of some of the restrictions has allowed our bowling season to get underway albeit with some changes and I have covered the situation on the bowls front below. Clubs as well as the County have needed to be adaptable to operate under the various restrictions in place but things do seem to going relatively well despite this.

I will not go into detail into the restrictions that we have been operating under and I hope you have found the guidance that has been issued by Bowls England both informative & useful and further guidance will be issued as restrictions ease further, hopefully on 19th July. I have received some queries and questions on the guidance issued and have answered and have clarified these where possible but as you will appreciate whilst the Bowls England bowls related guidance is fairly clear, the Government restrictions under which we have operate are a bit of a minefield.

The past year or so has been challenging for everyone, not just on the bowls front and we all hope for better times ahead and that Clubs can recover and return to a similar position to that prior to the pandemic.

In view of the situation we have found ourselves in it has been necessary for us to impose certain approaches in the short term that are not fully in line with our Constitution & Rules. Any actions & decisions made will always be made with the best interests of the County & it’s Clubs in line with Object 2(a) of our Constitution “to promote, foster & safeguard the game of outdoor flat green bowls in the County of Norfolk” and I hope I will have your continued support as we move forward.

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I now turn to various matters specifically on 2021 bowls season and County operations

1. COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS

As a direct result of the restrictions in place when the 2021 season was due to get underway, it was necessary to revise our County Championship programme and dates originally issued. Whilst this meant much had to be done, a revised programme was put in place and has not appeared to have caused too many issues for Clubs & competitors who have shown a great deal of flexibility in ensuring the championships run to the revised schedule.

Added to the mix have been changes to the format of those Championships that lead to the National finals. Again, Clubs & competitors have generally accepted these understanding the reasoning why these were needed for 2021. Bowls England have said that a comprehensive review of the championships and their formats will be undertaken at the end of the season and I am sure they will give Clubs the opportunity to give their views ahead of any decisions being made affecting future years. If at this stage, you have any points you wish to make then please let me know and I will put to Bowls England.

Another change this year is that only our County Championship winners qualify for the National finals and again this will form part of the review for future years.

We will have to wait & see the results of the review but I do expect that the 2022 may be similar to 2021 so far as formats are concerned due to the impact of the Commonwealth Games on the National Championships and the availability of the greens at Leamington Spa for the National Finals.

Our own ‘internal’ championships, namely Bales Cup, Lord Fermoy Cup & Jermy Cup have continued to be played under the 21 ends format and it will be interesting to see if Clubs wish these to continue under these formats or be changed to the revised format that Bowls England introduced.

2. COUNTY LEAGUE

As with the County Championships, restrictions meant the dates of the early fixtures had to be moved to later in the season and I would thank Clubs for accepting these changes so readily.

As the league got underway, it was apparent that Clubs were struggling to field teams and as a result, some Clubs found it necessary to withdraw teams. It was not feasible to re- balance the league zones so some of the zones have a reduced number of teams for the 2021 season. It is hoped that bowlers will return to the sport once confidence in the post- Covid world returns and Clubs will be able to re-enter teams in 2022. However, it will almost certainly be necessary to carry out a review of league structure & zones in preparation for the 2022 season.

The reduction in Club member numbers is a concern for us all and we must do all we can to both retain existing members and also to attract new people to our sport. Bowls England are working on initiatives for Clubs to attract new members. One innovation was the ‘Big Bowls Weekend’ which was held at the end of May and I am sure Bowls England will come up with other ideas & proposals to help clubs and it is hope Clubs will participate in these initiatives.

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3. PRIZE PRESENTATIONS

Following the decision not to hold an Annual Luncheon/Prize Presentation, the presentation of Trophies etc. will be made immediately following the County Finals and following the WP Baker Cup & Hansells Cup play-offs. Competition entries have fallen and hence the entry fee income but with the cost of prizes awarded remaining the same and in some cases increasing as a result of inflation etc. it may be necessary to review the prizes that are awarded and I will raise this matter for discussion at the next Clubs Meeting.

4. COUNTY FRIENDLY MATCHES

As will other bowls matters it has been necessary to be adaptable so far as County Friendly & President’s Invitation matches are concerned. Whilst some of the early matches fell foul of the pandemic we are on course with most of the other scheduled matches although these will be subject to any restrictions which might be in place. I am pleased to report that there has & continues to be good support for these. David Naunton & Barney Wymer are working hard behind the scenes to ensure these go ahead in a safe manner and if any members wish to play in any of the forthcoming matches and have not yet put their names forward then please get in touch with David.

5. CLUBS MEETING

It has not been possible to hold our usual bi-annual meetings with Clubs. The hope is that we will move to Step 4 on 19th July and this will then allow indoor meetings to take place. If so then I will arrange a meeting as soon as possible after this date and will confirm details as soon as I am in a position to do so. These meetings are very important and they provide a platform for the County Officers to pass on information and for Clubs to raise matters at an informal meeting and not be restricted to the confines of an Annual General Meeting.

6. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The AGM due to be held in December 2020 had to be deferred and despite attempts to hold this in the spring, it was agreed to defer this until 5th December 2021. In the interim, the Officers & Management Committee has remained in position.

Whilst no action is yet needed ahead of the AGM I would remind you of the relevant dates that need to be met should you wish to submit motions or officer nominations.

a) Notices of Motions
Any Notices of Motions to the AGM must be submitted in writing to the Men’s Hon. Secretary
by 15th October 2021 with details set out in Rule 2 of the Men’s Rules which are on the County website:-- www.norfolkbowls.co.uk. If you have any motions to put forward then please submit accordingly.

B) Nominations for Management Committee & Non Management Committee positions Your Management Committee is appointed at our AGM along with the non-Management Committee positions:-

Nominations are required for the following Management Committee positions

·       ·  President (Harry Geary – Dereham St Nicholas BC - by succession)

·       ·  Senior Vice President

·       ·  Junior Vice President

·       ·  Chairman (currently Alan Willer - Ashill)

·       ·  Hon. Secretary (currently John Ottaway – Wymondham Dell)

·       ·  Hon. Assistant Secretary (currently John Mason – County Arts)

·       ·  Hon. Treasurer (currently David Naunton – Wymondham Dell)

·       ·  Hon. League Secretary (currently Mark Elliott – Acle St Edmund)

·       ·  Hon. Competition Secretary (currently John George – Wymondham Dell)

·       ·  Hon. Match Secretary (currently David Naunton – Wymondham Dell)

·       ·  Hon. Assistant Match Secretary (currently Barney Wymer - Caister)

Nominations are required for the following non-anagement Committee positions

·       ·  Visiting Tourist Liaison Officer (currently Barney Wymer - Caister)

·       ·  County Tour Manager (currently Brian Howes – Norfolk BC)

·       ·  Benevolent Committee members (currently Derek Talbot & Ken Ince)

·       ·  Greens Maintenance Advisory Officer (currently Brian Taylor – County Arts)

·       ·  Greens Inspection Committee (currently vacant)

·       ·  County Coach

·       ·  Eastern Counties Bowling Association Co-ordinator (currently Don Whyatt –

Downham Market)

·       ·  Child Protection Officer (currently vacant)

·       ·  Press Officer (currently John Ottaway – Wymondham Dell)

·       ·  Webmaster (currently Chris Evans)

·       ·  English Bowls Umpires Association (Eastern Area) Committee

Representative (currently Roger Jarvis - Martham)

Nominations are invited from members for any of these positions and anyone interested should seek the nomination of their Club and submit an application to me in writing by 15th September 2021 by completing & returning to me the attached Nomination form. Existing officers need formal nomination by their Clubs and assuming they wish to stand again then please ensure that a formal nomination is submitted. I will re-issue the Nomination Form nearer the closing date.

Other Management Committee positions include a Bowls England Delegate, which is appointed by the Management Committee and a Delegate appointed by Norfolk County Indoor Bowling Association. The County Administrator (John George) is also entitled to attend Men’s Management meetings. Representatives of the four Groups also attend meetings and they are appointed by their respective Groups. The representatives are currently

·       ·  Group 1 - John Mason

·       ·  Group 2 – Roger Greef

·       ·  Group 3 – Malcolm Struthers

·       ·  Group 4 – Andrew Howlett

Should anyone wish to have an informal conversation about any of the above positions then please contact me and I will be happy to provide any further information required.

The League AGM follows the main AGM and the timetable for submitting motions for any alteration or addition to the League Rules is that these must be submitted in writing to the League Secretary at least four weeks prior to the Meeting so if you have any motions then these must be received by 7th November 2021.

7. WEBSITE

Our webmaster, Allan Covell emigrated to Australia last year and Chris Evans has been appointed Web-master, and is now updating the information held on our website. This is a big task especially during the playing season. Chris is now getting to grips with the intricacies of the site and is doing a great job. If there have been glitches along the way then I ask you be bear with us.

It is probably necessary to review the information held on the website particularly the information shown on the Clubs pages and I will report further on this in due course and probably at the next Clubs Meeting.

8. MENS’S MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

Restrictions have meant that face to face meetings have been limited but the Committee have met virtually and County operations have continued. The Committee work tirelessly behind the scenes and you will appreciate that much has been done this year with the pandemic and all that this has entailed.

9. EXECUTIVE BOARD

As with the Management Committee, the Executive Board has not been able to meet face to face. As most of the County’s business is conducted at Management Committee level, it has felt unnecessary for the Board to meet but it will as soon as restrictions allow.

I appreciate that I have covered many topics but I hope you find the all of the above useful and if you have any queries or require further information then please let me know otherwise I look forward to seeing you at the next Clubs meeting when we be able to hold this.

 

See link to nomination form

Regards & keep safe,

John

John Ottaway

Hon. Men’s Secretary Norfolk Bowls Association 29th June 2021

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21 Jun 2021         Middleton Cup, Balcomb Trophy & White Rose Trophy teams selected

 

Norfolk open their Middleton Cup campaign on 10th July when they play the winners of the Essex/Suffolk match. The match will be played on a neutral green which has still to be decided. This year the competition is to be played on a knock out basis rather than in regional groups as it has in previous years. The team shows some changes from the last time the Middleton Cup was played in 2019, with some players not being available which gives other players the chance to shine in this prestigious event and the selected team is:-

 

John Tufts, Matt Flatman, Mark Turner & Wayne Willgress

Max Harrison, Jack Wells, Dan Cawthorne & Peter Boldero

Dan Seabourne, Jack Larter, Andy Siely & Darren Rowsell

Tom Baker, Karl Brooks, Mark Riches & James Segolo

Dan Mills, Ian Wones, Matthew Carter & David Smith

Aaron Jonson, Aaron Stimpson, John Ottaway & Richard Summers

Reserves: Rhys Morgan, Ritchie Bly, Ben Hunter, Chris Rowe & Mick Brown

 

In the Balcomb Trophy, Norfolk travel to Royston BC to play Hertfordshire on Sunday 11th July with the match starting at 10.30am and the selected team is :-

 

Max Harrison, Dan Seabourne, Richard Summers & Peter Boldero

John Tufts, Matt Flatman, James Segolo & Wayne Willgress

Reserves: Andy Siely & Dan Mills.

 

The winners will progress to the Regional Finals to be played on 18th July at Brampton Institute BC

 

Having previously beaten Essex, Norfolk’s junior bowlers have reached the Regional finals of the White Rose Trophy which is to be played on Sunday 18th July 2021 at Newmarket Avenue BC and an unchanged team has been selected namely:-

 

Aaron Johnson, Dean Rudling, Dan Seabourne & Jack Wells

Rhys Morgan, Harry Cater, Jack Larter & Dan Mills

Reserves to travel: Tom Cooper & Ryan Hudson

Non travelling reserves: Matt Warnes & Alex Deal

 

The Regional finals draw is still awaited with the semi-finals starting at 10.00am & the final at 2.00pm. The Regional winners progress to the National Finals to be held in Leamington Spa on 5th September

 

 

21 Jun 2021         Senior Fours & Junior Pairs results & final details

 

The Norfolk County championships are progressing and the finalists in the Senior Fours known. The final to be held on Sunday 4th July at 1.30pm at Aldiss Park BC and will be an all West Norfolk affair with Peter Boldero’s Downham Market quartet taking Keith Camps four from Shouldham. The results from the quarter finals & semi-finals played at Swaffham Town BC on 20th June were

 

Quarter finals:-

John Gooch, Mick King, Peter Chestney & Peter Boldero (Downham Market) 20 Ian Groves, Mike Steppings, Norman Gant & Steve Carr (County Arts) 6

 

Paul Kane, Terry Novell, Dave Smith & Mike Holbrook (GW Staniforth) 13 Abe Merrick, Tom Fearn, Steve Bedingfield & Roger Preston (Northwold) 11

 

Terry Gotts, Malcolm Nicholson, Micky Brown & Brian Taylor (County Arts) 11 Geoff Batley,

Roger Guy, Peter Roseblade & John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell) 13

 

Chris Jones, Peter Lunt, Keith Brand & Keith Camp (Shouldham) – walk over

 

Semi-finals

John Gooch, Mick King, Peter Chestney & Peter Boldero (Downham Market) 21 Paul Kane, Terry Novell, Dave Smith & Mike Holbrook (GW Staniforth) 4

 

Chris Jones, Peter Lunt, Keith Brand & Keith Camp (Shouldham) 13 Roger Guy, Peter Roseblade & John Ottaway (Wymondham Dell) 11

 

The Junior Pairs has reached the semi-final stage with this & the finals to be played at Aldiss Park on Sunday 4th July from 10.00am with Dan Mills (County Arts) pair playing Harry Cater pair  (Downham Market) and Ryan Hudson (Wootton Park) taking on Dan Seabourne (Freethorpe).

 

 

30 May 2021                 Press Report -Bowls

 

 

Press Report – Bowls

 

In Norfolk’s first competitive match in almost two years, the County’s junior bowlers beat former winners Essex in the first round of the National White Rose trophy by 42 shots to 29 at Cambridge Chesterton Bowls Club. The victory means Norfolk qualify for the Regional finals to be held on 18th July at Newmarket Avenue where they will play the winners of the Northamptonshire/Huntingdonshire tie in the semi-final which will then be followed by the regional final with the winners progressing to the National finals in Leamington Spa.

 

Norfolk took an early lead of 3 shots at the 5 end stage and gradually increased this as the match progressed to gain a comfortable and deserved victory. Both Norfolk rinks recorded wins with Dan Mills’s rink winning by 10 shots and Jack Wells by 3.

 

Rink scores:-

Rhys Morgan, Harry Cater, Jack Larter & Dan Mills 23 Allan Eldridge, Tom Lesslie, Alex Rouse & George Butcher 13

Aaron Johnson, Dean Rudling, Dan Seabourne Jack Wells 19 Luke Smith, Adam Bailey, Shane Rowley & Dan Hughes 16.

 

The next match in the County programme is in the Balcomb Trophy where Norfolk will play the winners of the preliminary round match between Hertfordshire & Huntingdonshire with a place in the Regional finals at stake. The match will be played at a neutral venue which will be decided, as will the date once the preliminary round match is played. Following this attention will then focus on the Middleton Cup, which this year will be played on a knock-out basis with Norfolk meeting the winners of the Essex/Suffolk preliminary round match in the first round on 10th July.

 

12 May 2021                 return to play Guidance for Step3 May 2021

 

 

This is also on the Bowls England website https://www.bowlsengland.com/coronavirus-guidance/

Return to Play: Step Three

Issued: 10 May 2021

Bowls has a big role to play in providing fun, local, outdoor activity as the lockdown restrictions continue to ease. We have been delighted to share some great stories of clubs opening their doors over the past few weeks, welcoming back old friends and introducing some new faces to our sport.

At each stage of the government’s roadmap, in preparing our guidance for affiliated clubs and counties, we have been driven by three key principles:

1.     Providing a safe environment for participants to enjoy our sport

2.     Maximising participation

3.     Empowering clubs and counties to adopt a flexible approach to the organisation of activity

At Steps 1 and 2 of the government’s roadmap, we have endeavoured to strike a responsible balance between those key principles. It has been great to see the confidence that has built amongst the bowling community over the last few weeks and we thank our affiliated clubs for their support in adhering to the guidance.

In accordance with its roadmap, the government has now announced its plans to move to Step 3 from Monday 17 May, and in line with the government’s announcement we are delighted to confirm the following:

1.     All restrictions on formats and numbers for organised activity under the jurisdiction of Bowls England will be removed.

2.     Car sharing, spectators and indoor hospitality will be permitted

This latest announcement is a great step forward for our sport, as we expect the majority of clubs to be able to operate in a fairly normal manner from Monday 17 May. All participants and clubs are encouraged to review our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ for more information on specific items that will have been addressed earlier in the government roadmap.

We recognise that the restrictions on car sharing and spectators in particular have presented challenges for some clubs and players and, like other sports, made representation to government on behalf of our affiliated clubs. We are therefore delighted that these will be permitted from Monday 17 May.

With growing confidence among players returning to the sport and a high number of participants vaccinated, we are also pleased to confirm that all restrictions regarding the number of players on the green at any one time will be removed from Monday 17 May. We would encourage clubs to plan sessions with reduced capacity for those who may still be building their confidence in returning to the club environment.

This latest announcement is a fantastic boost for the 600 affiliated clubs who are running events during Bowls’ Big Weekend. This national initiative is under 3 weeks away and promises to be a fantastic showcase for our sport. The easing of restrictions will hopefully see more people coming to clubs up and down the country to try our sport for the first time. You can still register your event here.

This latest ‘return to play’ guide will be valid until Step 4 (no earlier than Monday 21 June).

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.

If your club is not affiliated to Bowls England, please email us at clubs@bowlsengland.com and we can take you through the affiliation process, including connecting you with your County Association.

This guidance is applicable from Monday 17 May and replaces all previous guidance that we have issued.

At Step 4 (Monday 21 June at the earliest) we expect all restrictions to be lifted. We shall update our guidance to affiliated clubs once the government has confirmed the country is moving to Step 4 (a decision is expected on Monday 14 June).

As the picture is now clearer, and with the season underway, we will be spending time over the coming weeks exploring the delivery of the National Finals at Victoria Park from Thursday 19 August to Sunday 5 September inclusive and will advise on plans as soon as they are developed.

We want to thank everyone in the bowls community for their patience and diligence over the past year. It has been a difficult time for everyone and now, as the country opens up, we can all share excitement at the prospect of normality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contents

Step 3: Monday 17 May – Key points................................................................................................ 4 Format of Play................................................................................................................................... 4

Social Interaction .............................................................................................................................. 4 Equipment ........................................................................................................................................ 4 Spectators ......................................................................................................................................... 5 Travel ................................................................................................................................................ 5 Changing rooms ................................................................................................................................ 5 Coaching ........................................................................................................................................... 5 Hygiene ............................................................................................................................................. 5 Hospitality......................................................................................................................................... 5

Frequently asked questions ............................................................................................................... 6 Does guidance on face coverings apply for playing bowls? .............................................................. 6

Do I need to be vaccinated to participate in outdoor bowls? ........................................................... 6

Can we provide refreshments? ......................................................................................................... 6

Can we open the changing rooms and toilets? ................................................................................. 6

Are spectators allowed? ................................................................................................................... 6

Are club meetings permitted? .......................................................................................................... 6

Is greens maintenance work permitted? .......................................................................................... 6

Can I travel to take part in the sport of bowls?................................................................................. 6

Is coaching permitted?...................................................................................................................... 6

What should we do to keep facilities and equipment clean? ........................................................... 7

What advice do you have to maintain hygiene? ............................................................................... 7

Will there be different local restrictions? ......................................................................................... 7

What activities can disabled people take part in? ............................................................................ 7

Where disabled people need support from a carer or personal assistant during activity, will this be allowed, e.g. a visually impaired bowler? ......................................................................................... 7

Do I need to maintain social distancing if I'm working with a disabled person who needs support? 7 What are the test and trace regulations? ......................................................................................... 8 Elite sport.......................................................................................................................................... 8

Additional Information ..................................................................................................................... 9 Organised sport ................................................................................................................................ 9

Roadmap Timeline ............................................................................................................................ 9 Useful Links..................................................................................................................................... 10

Step 3: Monday 17 May – Key points

From Monday 17 May until Step 4, the following applies to outdoor lawn bowls:

·       Play is permitted in accordance with the format of play below

·       Bowls coaching and other curriculum-based activity is permitted

·       Greens maintenance is permitted

·       Car sharing is permitted in accordance with government guidance

·       Spectators are permitted in accordance with social distancing rules and social gathering

limits (no more than group of 30 outdoors)

·       Clubhouses and facilities that serve both indoor and outdoor hospitality are permitted in

accordance with government guidance. Social distancing rules and social gathering limits

must be strictly adhered to.

·       Changing rooms can be opened in accordance with the guidance on page 5

·       Clubs are advised to continue with pre-booking systems

Format of Play

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Organised sport

Informal activity

Singles – Use of every rink (marker permitted) Pairs – Use of every rink
Triples – Use of every rink
Fours – Use of every rink

Up to 30 people per session

 

Any combination of formats may be played under the ‘organised sport’ exemption, therefore the maximum number of participants on a six-rink outdoor green for ‘organised’ activity at any one time is 48. Clubs with less or additional rink capacity may amend figures accordingly.

Social Interaction

Social interaction before and after play should only take place in separate and distinct groups consisting of up to 30 people. We recognise that each club is different and may wish to set its own limit for numbers of people off the green at any one time.

Equipment

We would advise players to avoid using shared equipment whenever possible – players are advised to have their own mat/jack during any session. If you are sharing equipment, for example jacks/mats, practise strict hand hygiene including sanitisation after using any shared equipment. Should measuring be necessary, players (or marker if used) must use their own measure.

The following items can be utilised during any session:

·       Mat

·       Bowls

·       Jack

·       Rink markers

·       Gloves

·       Scorecards (these should be retained by one person only if required)

·       Bowling arm/lifter (for use by one person only if required) Bowling aids (for players with a disability if required)

 

The following items are deemed optional – it is for individual clubs to permit their use or otherwise:

·       Scoreboards

·       Bowls pushers

·       Ditch markers

·       2m distance sticks

·       Chalk (Spray chalk only)

Spectators

Spectators for all outdoor sports are permitted at Step 3, but need to adhere to social distancing rules and social gathering limits (groups of 30 outdoors). This number is in addition to those who are participating on the green.

Travel

Car sharing will be permitted in Step 3 for all sports. The guidance for safer travel will be updated ahead of Step 3 to provide further information about this.

Changing rooms

Changing rooms can be opened, but participants should be encouraged to avoid or minimise use where possible. Participants should socially distance whilst in changing rooms. Subject to available space, more than one household can use changing facilities at one time but they must not mix and must adhere to capacity limits set by the club. Face coverings should be worn at all times when indoors. Use of these areas for essential activity, such as provision of first aid or access to essential equipment for training and matches, is allowed. Toilet facilities can also open.

Coaching

Bowls coaching and other curriculum-based activity is permitted.

Hygiene

We recommend using hand sanitiser at regular intervals, especially if you have to touch communal surfaces or equipment. Once you are home, remember to wash your hands thoroughly.

Hospitality

Clubhouses and facilities that serve food and drink can open. In Step 3, both indoor and outdoor hospitality will be permitted. The guidance on hospitality settings will be updated ahead of Step 3 to provide further information about this. People using clubhouses and hospitality facilities must adhere to legal gathering limits and wider government guidance for hospitality.

 

Frequently asked questions

Does guidance on face coverings apply for playing bowls?

You’re not required to wear face coverings while taking part in the sport of outdoor bowls. Sport England advises that all forms of face coverings may restrict breathing efficiency and should not be used during exercise unless your doctor advises it.

Do I need to be vaccinated to participate in outdoor bowls?

There is currently no requirement from government for participants to have been vaccinated and clubs are advised not to restrict access to our sport to anyone who has not yet received the vaccine.

Can we provide refreshments?

Clubhouses and facilities that serve food and drink can open. In Step 3, both indoor and outdoor hospitality will be permitted. The guidance on hospitality settings will be updated ahead of Step 3 to provide further information about this. People using clubhouses and hospitality facilities must adhere to legal gathering limits and wider government guidance for hospitality.

Can we open the changing rooms and toilets?

Changing rooms can now be opened, but participants should be encouraged to avoid or minimise use where possible. Participants should socially distance whilst in changing rooms. Subject to available space, more than one household can use changing facilities at one time but they must not mix and must adhere to capacity limits set by the club. Toilet facilities can also open. Face coverings should be worn at all times when indoors.

Are spectators allowed?

Spectators will be permitted at Step 3, but need to adhere to social distancing rules. Spectators need to adhere to social gathering limits (groups of 30 outdoors).

Are club meetings permitted?

30 people are permitted to meet outdoors from Monday 17 May. Should you wish to meet indoors you must stick to the rules on social gathering, of six people (the ‘rule of six’) or two households. We recommend that any larger meetings that can’t be held outside are conducted virtually until further notice. Sport specific guidance on organising virtual meetings, including Committee Meetings and AGMs, is available from Sport England Club Matters.

Is greens maintenance work permitted?

Yes – greens maintenance work is permitted as it is ‘work that cannot be carried out at home’. The most comprehensive advice for greens maintenance is available via the Grounds Management Association, of which Bowls England is a member.

Can I travel to take part in the sport of bowls?

Travel to participate in bowls is permitted. Car sharing will be permitted in Step 3 for all sports. The guidance for safer travel will be updated ahead of Step 3 to provide further information about this.

Is coaching permitted?

Outdoor coaching sessions are classed as organised outdoor sport, and can take place where it’s formally organised and follows Covid-secure guidance.

 

What should we do to keep facilities and equipment clean?

Cleaning protocols should be put in place to limit coronavirus transmission in public places. Touch points (e.g. handrails and gates) should be particular areas of focus for increased cleaning.

What advice do you have to maintain hygiene?

To help everyone maintain good hygiene, consideration should be given to the following:

.           Using signs and posters to build awareness of good handwashing technique, the need to increase handwashing frequency, avoid touching your face and to cough or sneeze into your arm. Consider how to ensure safety messages reach those with hearing or vision impairments

Providing regular reminders and signage to maintain hygiene standards
Providing hand sanitiser in multiple locations in addition to washrooms
Setting clear use and cleaning guidance for toilets to ensure they are kept clean and social distancing is achieved
Enhancing cleaning for busy areas
Providing more waste facilities and more frequent rubbish collection
Using disposable paper towels in handwashing facilities where possible
Minimising use of portable toilets
Provision of automated hand sanitising dispensers in public places

 

 

Will there be different local restrictions?

At this stage, in England we understand that the relaxation of restrictions will occur at a national level at the same time. Clubs/counties must adhere to any local restrictions should any be imposed in the future.

What activities can disabled people take part in?

Organised outdoor bowls can take place where it follows the government's guidance on recreational team sport and grassroots sport and leisure activity.

Where disabled people need support from a carer or personal assistant during

activity, will this be allowed, e.g. a visually impaired bowler?

Yes. People who provide essential support (e.g. carers) to disabled people are exempt, and don’t count towards gathering limits. Therefore, disabled participants can be supported by a carer(s)/personal assistant(s) while taking part in the sport of bowls.

Do I need to maintain social distancing if I'm working with a disabled person who

needs support?

Social distancing should be maintained where possible, but in some circumstances people will need physical assistance to be active. It’s important you discuss this with the person to consider their needs and preferences. Any sports coaches or trainers undertaking one-to-one sessions should ensure they’re complying with relevant national governing body safeguarding policies and procedures and conduct a thorough risk assessment before engaging in any sessions. This should include particular consideration for under-18s and vulnerable adults.

What are the test and trace regulations?

Clubs should display an NHS QR code that participants can scan using a mobile device. This is to help trace and stop the spread of coronavirus. Alternatively, ensure you maintain a separate log including contact details so that contact tracers can get in touch with people if required. To support NHS Test and Trace, you must hold records for 21 days. This reflects the incubation period for coronavirus, which can be up to 14 days, and an additional seven days to allow time for testing and tracing. Notify the venue operator if possible.

Elite sport

Elite athletes and support staff can use indoor and outdoor sport facilities for training and competition. Elite sport events can continue to take place in sport facilities, where permitted in line with the guidance on elite sport.

 

Additional Information

Organised sport

For the sport of outdoor lawn bowls any activity organised under the jurisdiction of Bowls England by affiliated clubs, counties and associate members is recognised as organised sport in accordance with DCMS guidance. This includes:

·       International and High Performance events (including training)

·       National Championships (including County Championship qualifying rounds)

·       National Competitions

·       District and county competitions involving affiliated clubs only

·       District and county leagues involving affiliated clubs only

·       Fixtures between affiliated counties

·       Club fixtures between affiliated clubs

·       Internal club events or organised sessions for club members

·       Coaching by a qualified coach (see section on coaching for details)

·       On green training provided by the Bowls Development Alliance

Any activity not listed above is not recognised by Bowls England as organised sport and will need to follow the guidance on outdoor legal gathering limits as this is considered to be informal or self- organised sport. This includes any casual play (for example ‘roll-ups’) and any activity involving clubs, leagues or associations not affiliated to Bowls England.

Whilst organised sport removes the restriction on legal gathering limits during participation, the relevant organising body (club, county, league or Bowls England) must consider the risks and set out ways to mitigate them so people can participate safely in accordance with this guidance. Informal or self-organised sport is not covered by any exemptions.

We will review our guidance for organised sport as the restrictions are eased to maximise participation whilst maintaining a safe environment for all participants. If you wish your club or leagues activity to be defined as organised sport and are not affiliated to Bowls England, please email us at clubs@bowlsengland.com and we can take you through the affiliation process, including connecting you with your County Association.

Roadmap Timeline

The government has reviewed four tests ahead of each Step. The dates outlined within this document are the earliest that we may move to each step and may be subject to change. You can read a summary of what will be included in each step on the government's website.

·       Step 1: Monday 29 March

·       Step 2: Monday 12 April

·       Step 3: begins no earlier than Monday 17 May

·       Step 4: begins no earlier than Monday 21 June (confirmation expected w/c Monday 14 June)

We’re continuing to work with the government, via DCMS, and Sport England to answer your questions about the roadmap and what this means for our sport.

As we move through each new Step of the government’s roadmap, we will update our guidance accordingly. Please note that this guidance is based on the information published by the government

 

to date, and will be updated following any further updates. A maximum of one week’s notice ahead of each change is expected.

Useful Links

Guidance for the public and sport providers on how to participate in grassroots sport and physical activity during COVID restrictions https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-grassroots-sports-guidance-for-the-public-and- sport-providers#organised-sport

Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/restaurants-offering- takeaway-or-delivery

Sport England – Return to Play Guidance and Club Resources

https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/coronavirus/return-play

Activity Alliance – Specialist support for disabled people

http://www.activityalliance.org.uk/how-we-help/covid19

 

 

 

30 April 2021                Competition Byelaws/ Regulations & League Rules changes April 2021

 

 

Following the changes on playing formats for National/County Championships recently announced for the 2021 season the County Competition & League Rules have been updated.

 

In addition Bowls England have revised their Dress Code regulation on the wearing of shorts and the new regulation allows for shorts manufactured for the sport of bowls and not restricted to only Bowls England licensed and approved shorts. This change has been made to our own Competition & League Byelaws, Regulations & Rules

 

Please refer to the relevant web pages for details of the format & dress code changes

 

21 April 2021                All fixtures have been updated

 

The fixtures on website has been updated 

9 April 2021                  Changes to 2021 County League & County Championship Programme

 

 

Following the recently issued guidance on the Return to Play, I am now in a position to confirm the changes to our previously published County Programme & County League for the 2021 season. Whilst I have not received any updated guidance from Bowls England on the move to Step 2 of lockdown from 12th April I do not anticipate this will necessitate any changes to programme.

 

The changes have been made taking into account the Guidance received to date and the anticipated further easing on 17th May & 23rd June. It is anticipated that the changes made comply with future easing but it is always a possibly that further last minute changes will be required but hopefully this will not be the case.

 

If you have any queries or questions on the revised programme then please direct these to:

·       COUNTY LEAGUE – Mark Elliott (League Secretary)

·       COUNTY COMPETITIONS – John George (Competition Secretary)

 

It is hoped that you all understand why changes are necessary and that such changes do not present too many problems. The changes have been made in line with guidance received and also with the aim to keep all our members safe which must be the primary concern.

 

The website is now being updated with the revised Competition dates & County League fixtures and will be completed as soon as is possible but this may take a day or so. Much thought and work has gone into the revised programme & I hope that all will go to plan but I expect there may be a few bumps in road and these will have to dealt if & when they occur.

 


COUNTY LEAGUE

Changes to the details previously published:-

 

28th April to 2nd August with a 6.15pm start per League rule 8(a)

5th May to 4th August with a 6.15pm start per League rule 8(a)

12th May to 9th August with a 6.15pm start per League rule 8(a)

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is appreciated that changing dates of the early matches to August may present Clubs with issues with clashes with already confirmed fixtures. The new August dates may be changed to other dates with the agreement of the opposition but please advise the League Secretary (Mark Elliott) of any such changes. All fixtures for the Premier League must be played by 9th August as should Zone 1 matches due to the WP Baker Cup play offs that follow and those for Zone 2 by 16th August due to the Hansells Cup play offs that follow.

 

The current ‘Return to Play’ Guidance allows for organised Fours play provided play is on alternate rinks and the number on the green does not exceed 24 so if both Clubs agree and the guidance is complied with then the matches moved to August may be played on the original date in May but this is a matter for the Clubs concerned and both must be in agreement.

 

For those Clubs with more than one team in the League Player Registration for their ‘A’ team will be required per the League Rules and the relevant Registration Form will be issued to those Clubs in due course.

 

This year will be somewhat different to other years so some flexibility on the League rules will be given and should issues arise please refer these to the League Secretary. Any decisions made by the League Secretary/League Management Committee will be final.

 

This year it will be even more important to submit results in a timely manner and can you please ensure that this happens.

 


COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Changes to the details previously published:-

 

INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

These will be played under the revised formats as previously advised

 

Fours (2 bowls per player over 15 ends)

The early rounds of the fours championship scheduled for May have been moved and the new dates are:-

·       Round 1 on 29th June

·       Round 2 on 6th July

·       Round 3 on 13th July

 

Triples (2 bowls per player over 18 ends)

The early rounds of the triples championship have been moved back and will be played as follows:-

·       Round 1 on 3rd June

·       Round 2 on 10th June

·       Round 3 on 15th June


Pairs (3 bowls per player over 18 ends)

This will still commence in May and the revised early round dates are:-

·       Round 1 on 10th May

·       Round 2 on 17thMay

·       Round 3 on 7th June

·       Round 4 on 14th June

 

Singles (4 bowls– first to 21)

This will commence in May and the revised early round dates are:-

·       Round 1 on 25th May

·       Round 2 on 1st June

·       Round 3 on 8th June

·       Round 4 on 22nd June

·       Round 5 on 2nd July

 

2 bowl singles (2 bowls over 21 ends)

This will commence in May and the revised dates are:-

·       Round 1 on 21st May

·       Round 2 on 28th May

·       Round 3 on 11th June

·       Round 4 on 25th  June

·       Quarter finals & semi-finals on 28th June

 

Senior Fours (2 bowls per player over 15 ends)

The early rounds are on a ‘play by date’ basis and have been changed to:-

·       Round 1 play by 31st May

·       Round 2 play by 6th June

·       Round 3 play by 13th June

·       Quarter finals & semi-finals on  20th June

·       Final on 4th July

 

Junior Singles (4 bowls – first to 21)

The revised dates are:-

·       Round 1 play by 31st May

·       Quarter final play by 27th June

·       Semi-final & final on 18th July

 

Junior Pairs (3 bowls per player over 18 ends)

The revised dates are:-

·       Round 1 – play by 6th June

·       Semi-final & final  on 4th July

 

The QUARTER FINALS of the Singles, Pairs, Triples & Fours will be played in the week commencing 19th July

 

The SEMI-FINALS of the Singles, Pairs, Triples & Fours will be played in the week commencing 26TH July

 

The COUNTY FINALS will be played over the weekend of 7th/8th August

 

COUNTY TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

It is anticipated that these championships can be played under the existing fours format but this may have to be reviewed should restrictions make this impossible.

 

Bales Cup (3x fours, 2 bowls per player over 21 ends)

The revised dates are:-

·       Round 1 on 4th June

·       Round 2  on 18th June

·       Quarter finals on 6th August

·       Semi-finals on 13thAugust

·       Final on 20th August

 

Lord Fermoy Cup (2x fours, 2 bowls per player over 21 ends)

The revised dates are:-

·       Round 1 on 17th June

·       Round 2  on 24th June

·       Round 3 on 8th July

·       Quarter finals on 5th August

·       Semi-finals on 12thAugust

·       Final on 19th August

 

Jermy Cup (3x fours, 2 bowls per player over 21 ends)

The revised dates are:-

·       Round 1 on 6th June

·       Round 2 on 13th June

·       Quarter finals on 25th July

·       Semi-final & final on 1st August

 

Individual match notification details will be sent direct to competitors by the Group Competition Secretary or Competition Secretary in due course.

 

If you have any queries or questions on any of the above then please raise these with:-

Email: jgeorge41@hotmail.co.uk: phone 01603 435948/07907 625910

Email MJElliott1234@hotmail.com; phone:/01493 750539/07920 798224

Email john.ottaway08@btinternet.com: phone 01953 605879 or 01953 850450/07766 611309

 

 

John Ottaway

Hon. Men’s Secretary

Norfolk Bowls Association

8th April 2021

 

1 April 2021                  Eastern Counties League 2021

 

Due to issues with matches, particularly those scheduled for early in the season & taking into account the restrictions in place, the 2021 Eastern Counties League has been cancelled.

 

John Ottaway

Hon. Men’s Secretary

Norfolk Bowls Association

1st April

 

29 Mar 2021                 Changes to 2021 County/National Championships

 

 

As part of the Bowls England Guidance on the ‘return to bowls’ Bowls England have released details of changes to the 2021 National Championships & National Competitions.

 

For the 2021 National Championships & Competitions there are some quite significant changes made which will have a direct impact on our own County Championships as well as the National Competitions that are run direct by Bowls England

 

For our County Championships namely:

·       2 bowl singles

·       Singles

·       Pairs

·       Triples

·       Fours

·       Senior Fours

·       Junior Singles

·       Junior Pairs

 

The significant changes that have been made, which will apply to our 2021 County Championships & the National finals are:

 

Format of play

The format of play in each of the above will be:-

·       Singles will be 4 Bowls – 21 up (no change)

·       2 Bowl Singles will be 2 Bowls over 21 ends (no change)

·       Pairs will be 3 per player bowls over 18 ends

·       Triples will be 2 bowls per player over 18 ends

·       Fours will be 2 bowls per player over 15 ends

·       Senior Fours will be 2 bowls per player over 15 ends

·       Junior Singles will be 4 bowls - 21 up (no change)

·       Junior Pairs will be 3 bowls per player over 18 ends

 

An Addendum to our Rules & Regulations will be issued in due course. These changes apply for 2021 but will be subject to review for future years. There are no plans to change the format of the Bales Cup, Lord Fermoy Cup & Jermy Cup or the County League

 

National Finals qualification

The number of qualifiers will be limited to 48 being made up of the 35 County Championship winners plus the runners-up from those Counties with the highest number of entries in each event. With our number of entries, Norfolk will have only one qualifier for each event, namely the County winner.

 

National Championship finals dates

The National Championships held in Leamington Spa, have been put back and will run from 19th  August to 5th September  with the Middleton Cup semi-final & final on 11th September. The championships will be a combined Men’s & Ladies event with their championships being run side by side. The full National Championship programme is on the Bowls England website.

 

Entry fees

Bowls England have said that no refund of entry fees will be made unless due to restrictions a particular discipline is not able to be played and the Norfolk Bowls Association will also take this approach.

 

For inter-county events, there are also changes

 

Middleton Cup

In 2021 this will be played on a knock out basis starting on 3rd July rather than in regional zones with the semi-finals & final being put back to 11th September. Early rounds will be played at a neutral venue or provided the participating Counties agree 3 rinks at home & 3 away. All matches will continue as 6 rinks and played over 21 ends

 

Balcomb Trophy & White Rose Trophy

These events will be played on a knock out basis with regional finals on 18th July and the semi-final & final on 5th September

 

As for National Competitions, being events entered direct to Bowls England and run by them which for ease of reference are:-

·       Club Two Fours

·       Tony Allcock Trophy

·       Top Club

·       Senior Singles

·       Senior Pairs

·       Mixed Pairs

·       Mixed Fours

·       Family Pairs

·       Champion of Champions

 

Format of play

As for the Championships, you will see that the formats have changed for some. Details are contained in Bowls England’s email but for your ease, I have summarised these below:

·       Club Two Fours - 2 bowls per player over 15 ends per rink

·       Tony Allcock Trophy - 2 bowls per player over 15 ends per rink

·       Top Club – see BE rules for full details

·       Senior Singles will be 4 Bowls – 21 up (no change)

·       Senior Pairs - 3 bowls over 18 ends

·       Mixed Pairs – 3 bowls over 18 ends

·       Mixed Fours – 2 bowls per player over 15 ends

·       Family Pairs– 3 bowls per player over 18 ends

·       Champion of Champions will be 4 Bowls – 21 up (no change)

 

Round dates

The dates of the various rounds are detailed in Bowls England’s email. The draws and individual match notifications will continue to be issued direct by Bowls England.

 

John Ottaway

26th March 2021

 

26 Mar 2021                 Bowls England return to play: Step one

 

Back to bowls -please see link:  https://www.bowlsengland.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/return_to_play_step_one_260321_FINAL.pdf

22 Mar 2021                 Men’s Annual General Meeting & County League Annual General Meeting

 

 

Please note that due to the on-going restrictions the deferred 2020 Annual General Meetings scheduled for 25th April 2021 have been postponed and the business that is usually conducted will be carried forward to the 2021 Annual General Meetings scheduled for 5th December 2021.

 

 

John Ottaway

Hon. Men’s Secretary on behalf of the Management Committee

22nd March 2021

 

09 Mar 2021                 Bowls England ‘Bowls Big Weekend’

 

Bowls England have formally launched the Bowls Big Weekend which will take place over the weekend of Friday 28th to Monday 31st May 2021 and please see their news release below.

 

The weekend will give Clubs the opportunity to open their Club & facilities to new bowlers and to attract new members particularly during these difficult times.

 

 

BOWLS’ BIG WEEKEND TO SHOWCASE ‘SPORT FOR ALL’

Taking place over the Spring Bank Holiday of the 2021 season (Friday 28th to Monday 31st May), Bowls’ Big Weekend is a national initiative offering clubs the opportunity to promote our welcoming and socially-distanced sport and attract new members. 

We know that 20% of new bowlers join our sport on the back of open weekends, that our clubs want support to help recruit new players and that there are plenty of people out there who would love to have a go at bowls.

Bowls' Big Weekend is open to clubs affiliated to Bowls England and British Crown Green Bowling Association, and is being run alongside the Bowls Development Alliance and Disability Bowls England. It takes place over the four-day period allowing clubs to organise activity that best fits within their club’s calendar and complies with Return to Play guidance.

Affiliated clubs who sign up will be able to access FREE resources, including bowls-specific workshops to help run a great event and grow your club. In addition, publicity material and creative resources for social media channels, websites and within your local community will be made available. It will be supported by a national marketing campaign to help raise awareness of the events across the country, and some clubs will get a visit from an England Commonwealth Games Squad bowler.

 

To ensure that you are the first to receive notification when new material is available, as well as being on our exclusive mailing list for workshops where numbers are strictly limited, sign-up here.

 

 

06 Mar 2021                 Norfolk Bowls Association

Statement on County Championships & County League

 

I thought it prudent to give you an update of where we are with the return to Bowls for the upcoming season and particularly on the County Championships & County League.

 

Bowls England will be issuing guidance on the ‘return to bowls’ following the Government’s announcement on the lockdown easing timetable and this is expected by the end of the month at the very latest when they have received clarification on bowls specific matters from the Department of Culture, Media & Sport. As you will appreciate, there are many matters that need to clarified and confirmed but please be assured much work is going on behind the scenes.

 

What does seem to be the case is that particularly in early May and before the intended move to Stage 3 of the Government’s timetable (which will be no earlier than on 17th May), some restrictions on the ability to play will be in place, but these should be clearer when Bowls England complete and issue their guidance.

 

In the meantime, we as a County are looking into contingency planning so far as our County Championship & County League programmes are concerned and the result may be that we may need to make adjustments to the Championships & League fixture dates that have been published. Whilst I cannot say at this stage what these will be, we are specifically looking into moving the Fours & Triples championships to dates later in season as well as the League fixtures that are scheduled to be played prior to 17th May. Changes to the dates of other Championship rounds may also need to be made. What the outcome will be is unclear but I thought I should keep you in the picture and please bear with us in the meantime and I will advise further as soon as I am able.

 

One matter which will be of interest is that Bowls England have indicated that the National Championships at Leamington Spa are likely be moved to later in August between 21st August and 5th September and if this change does occur it will give us more scope to adjust dates to our Championships. I will let you have details on the actual National Championship programme as soon as this is published plus other changes to the Championships which they are considering.

 

The original draw dates & league fixtures are still shown on our website and once our revised dates & programme are finalised we will update.

 

Finally, our intention is to give our members the opportunity to take to the greens this summer but this must always be in line with lockdown restrictions and with the priority to keep all our members safe.

 

I trust you appreciate the situation we find ourselves in and ask you to bear with us in what are still challenging times.

 

John Ottaway                       

Hon. Men’s Secretary

Norfolk Bowls Association

 

23 Feb 2021         Bowls England COVID-19 update

 

 

BOWLS ENGLAND UPDATE - 22nd February 2021

Guidance following Government’s road map for easing lockdown restrictions

 

Bowls England has issued the following statement after the Government’s announcement on 22nd February of the roadmap for the easing of restrictions. As and when things become clearer particularly as to how these affect Clubs and our County Championships & County League, details will be circulated to Clubs.

 

BOWLS ENGLAND LOOKS FORWARD TO THE START OF THE 2021 OUTDOOR SEASON

Today’s roadmap for the easing of lockdown restrictions enables Bowls England, counties and affiliated clubs to prepare with confidence for the 2021 outdoor season.  The Prime Minister’s announcement confirmed that outdoor affiliated bowls clubs will be able to open from 29 March.  

Our overriding objective is for as many bowlers as possible to enjoy our sport in a safe manner this summer. Bowls is a naturally socially-distanced, non-contact activity and plays a key role in the mental and physical health of many across the country.The positive prospects for the new season provides a great boost to bowlers and the sport in general. 

Whilst the overwhelming majority of existing bowlers are eager to start playing and are likely to have received their first vaccine, we understand there is a degree of nervousness about returning to the sport.  We will be working alongside our development partner, the Bowls Development Alliance, to support affiliated clubs across the country to create Covid-safe environments, building on the fantastic efforts of many club leaders last year.  This work will include:

        ‘Return to Play’ guidance for affiliated clubs

        Resources and best practice to support the safe running of clubs

        Online rink booking and cashless payments

        Promotional material and funding advice

We also aim to facilitate as much domestic competition as possible. We have developed a series of Covid-contingency scenarios and, with the information now available, will look to reshape our national competition schedule. We will issue a further update on the championships and competitions programmes once we have had the opportunity to consult with counties and clubs on any potential changes.

Our National Open Weekend planning will continue and we believe there’s a good opportunity to encourage people, who are looking for a new fun, family outdoor activity, into our sport. We will be working with affiliated clubs who sign up to empower them to deliver Open Weekend events that are Covid-safe and give new players a fantastic first experience.

Chief Executive, Jon Cockcroft, said: “With the roadmap laid out by the Prime Minister, we are excited about our sport’s prospects for the coming season. With sensible interventions in place, bowls is a sport that can be enjoyed authentically and safely within the government guidelines and it will be a huge boost for the wellbeing of the bowls community to be playing the sport they love and connecting back in with their local communities. We will be working in partnership with all stakeholders, notably affiliated clubs, to navigate through any challenges and, whilst mindful to retain a level of caution, are very excited about the outdoor bowls season beginning soon.”

We understand today’s developments will provoke a range of questions and we would ask people to bear with us as we work through the various implications. As soon as we can, we will be issuing more detailed guidance on the Bowls England website.

 

Matt Wordingham

 

22 Feb 2021         Clearing Browser History

 

 

The problem maybe your browser history on your PC needs clearing - (your PC remembers which pages you view and puts a copy into your PC's cache so the next time you visit that page it gets it from your PC cache rather than the website (it's quicker).

 

How you clear your browser history depends on who’s browser you use, try going to the link below to find out about clearing the browser history from the various web browsers.

 

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/browsers/f/clear-cache.htm

 

 

Hope this helps

Allan

 

To clear cache on i-phone or i-pad

 

Delete history, cache and cookies

1.    To clear your history and cookies, go to Settings > Safari, and tap Clear History and Website Data. ...

2.    To clear your cookies and keep your history, go to Settings > Safari > Advanced > Website Data, then tap Remove All Website Data.

 

https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT201265

 

I hope this helps

 

Chris

 

18 Feb 2021         2021 County Championship draws & County League fixtures

 

The draws for the 2021 County Championships have been made and can be found on the COUNTY COMPS page.

 

 

Similarly, the 2021 County League fixtures have also been compiled and these may be found on the LEAGUE FIXTURES page.

 

02 Feb 2021         Norfolk Bowls Association update

 

·      County League 2021

·      County Championships 2021

·      Annual General Meeting

 

Please see the following update of where we are as regards the 2021 County League, 2021 County Championships & the deferred 2020 Annual General Meeting.

 

COUNTY LEAGUE

Now that the closing dates for County League entry has passed, Mark Elliott, the League Secretary has been working on the structure for the 2021 season. Unfortunately, some Clubs have decided that they will be unable to enter teams and other Clubs have reduced the number of teams they will be able to enter (there are 65 teams entered being a reduction of 6 on last year) so some changes to the structure have had to be made. The proposed League structure has been sent to all Club Secretaries for comment prior to the fixtures being produced & when finally agreed will be posted to the website. The reduction in the number of teams is to some extent expected based on where we are with the pandemic and come the end of the season we may have to carry out a further review of the league structure for subsequent seasons.

 

There are still many ‘unanswerables’ concerning the ability to play bowls during the Summer including the use of changing rooms & other club facilities but at this stage we can only plan for a ‘normal’ County League on the same playing basis as in previous years i.e. as 3x fours on a home/away basis.

 

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS