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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’

image002.jpg@01D714D2Taking 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

The closing date for County Championship entries has also passed and the Competition Secretary, John George, will be processing the draws and publish on these on or website over the coming days. As for the County League at this stage, we are planning a ‘normal’ season for our County Championships.

 

FORMAT OF COUNTY LEAGUE & COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS

As the situation develops over the coming weeks and following the Government’s recent announcement that a review of the current lockdown will be announced around 22nd February we may have to make changes to the format of both the County League & County Championships but I am sure you will appreciate at this stage we cannot say as we do not know what the position will be concerning restrictions that might be in place come the start of the season. I would add that Bowls England is working on guidance to Clubs on ‘the return to bowls’ when this is to hand the Management Committee will consider this and I will also forward to you.

 

I am sure you will agree that what we all want to do is get bowlers back on the green in as safe an environment as possible and the priority will always be the health and safety of our members. If and when things change, which we all hope will be for the better I will let you know.

 

2020 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

On another matter, the AGM (and League AGM) that was due to be held in December was deferred until 14th March. With the situation as it is, the Management Committee has recently met to discuss this and other matters and have decided to defer the AGM again, until 25th April when it is hoped the situation will allow this to be held. A ‘virtual’ AGM was considered but it was felt that this was not practical. Whilst the situation is not ideal, I trust you agree with the approach being taken. An update will be given and when I am in a position to do so.

 

Finally and in the meantime, please stay safe.

 

John Ottaway

Hon. Men’s Secretary

1st February 2021

 

09 Jan 2021         GW Staniforth BC update

 

I am delighted to report that following further discussions between the Club, their Landlords & the local Council agreement has been reached for the Club to continue for the 2021 season following which further discussions will take place as to a more permanent future for the Club.

This is great news for the Club & its members and hopefully the Club will be in apposition to continue for many more years

06 Jan 2021         UPDATE to Clubs – 4th January 2021

 

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

 

Further to the update I issued in August as the very limited 2020 season was drawing to a close, much has changed in the meantime though the situation is far from clear as to where we will be when the 2021 season gets underway. However, the release of the vaccine does give cause for hope that we will be in a position to get back on the greens. As I have previously mentioned as a County we are putting in place plans for a full County programme similar to previous years but will need to constantly review this based on any restrictions which might be in place and if and when anything changes, I will let you know

 

As I said in August, in view of the unprecedented times we continue to find ourselves in it may be necessary for us to impose certain approaches in the short term and 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 support as we move forward

 

I will now turn to specific matters.

 

1)   Management Committee/Officers

The restrictions in place over recent months have meant that the Committee has not been able meet as often as they would like. However, the business of the County has continued behind the scenes and will continue to do so.

 

2)   AGM on 14 March 2021 & Clubs Meeting

The Men’s AGM & League AGM that were due to held in December have been postponed to Sunday 14th March. It is not yet clear if these will be able to be held and will be under constant review taking into account restrictions in place. I will advise further as soon as I can and the contingency should they not be able to be held.

 

The same goes for our regular Club’s Meetings and it is hoped that we will be able to meet up and there is much we need all to consider. Again, I will advise further as soon as I can

 

3)   2021 Competition & League Entries

As previously advised the closing date for entries to our 2021 County Championships including the Bales Cup, Lord Fermoy Cup, Jermy Cup & County League is 1st FEBRUARY    2021. If you have not yet submitted your entries can you please do so as soon as possible as much preparatory work is needed ahead of the season. This is particularly important so far as the County League is concerned as Mark Elliott will need to consider the structure of the League based on the entries received and then to generate the fixtures. It is appreciated that the number of teams may be less than in previous years so much consideration may   need to be given to this. The matter of post-match refreshments where these are provided is another matter that will need to be considered and much will depend on any   restrictions which might be in place.

 

            To date those Clubs that have submitted entries are:

Bradwell

R G Carter  Group

Downham Market

Freethorpe

Great Plumstead

Harling Rec

Cliff Parade

King's Lynn

Lakeside Pilgrims

St. Lawrence

Shouldham

Thorpe Rec

West Winch

           

As for National Competitions entered direct to Bowls England, the closing date for entries is 1st March and details are on the Bowls England website:-https://www.bowlsenglandcomps.com/

 

4)   2021 Affiliation Fees

The date for payment of Affiliation Fees has been put back to 1st May when Clubs will have a better idea of their membership numbers and the County Treasurer will be issuing the Affiliation Fees Payment Form to you in the coming weeks. I can confirm that the fees will             remain unchanged and will be:-

Bowls England playing member levy -                                  £5.00 per player

Norfolk Bowls Association playing member levy -               £2.00 per player

Annual Club Subscription to Norfolk Bowls Association -   £6.00

 

However, should restrictions remain which result in playing season be limited or curtailed consideration will be given to the fee payment and to some extent we will be led by guidance from Bowls England.

 

5)   Annual Club Return form

This form which Clubs complete with updated Club information & Officer details will be             issued shortly. I am still waiting for details of any additional information that may be      required by Bowls England and hence the reason why issue of this has been delayed.

 

6)   Bowls England Matters

Following the appointment of Jon Cockcroft as Chief Executive, the Bowls England Board & staff have been reviewing the operation of Bowls England with a view to improving the services they provide to Clubs & County Associations. Many virtual meetings have taken place and in the coming weeks various changes & initiatives will be announced but one major initiative already announced is a National Open Weekend over the 2021 May Bank Holiday (29th to 31st).

 

Further details will be circulated in due course, which will include

·       A club guide with step by step advice on planning, delivery and follow up of an open event.

·       A variety of editable marketing templates such as flyers and banners.

·       Digital marketing templates to be used online and on social media e.g. Facebook, Nextdoor.

·       Training/Guidance/Tips for club volunteers to access in the build up to the campaign

 

I would ask that you consider whether your Club wants to participate. The County Management Committee will be considering its role in this and how it could support Clubs.

 

Bowls England have during the course of the pandemic provided guidance & support to Clubs and also used this time to carry out a comprehensive insight and development programme which will lead to a new five year strategy which is to be launched in 2021 and details will be circulated. As part of this, a consultation process will begin on staff organisation to enable the delivery of the new strategy. This will also involve the creation of four new roles Head of Communications, Events and Competitions Officer, Marketing Officer and People and Governance Officer and applications for these positions is open to all.


Summary

 

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  or the AGM should we be able to hold these. If and when things change, I will keep you advised & updated

 

There is no doubt this has been a challenging year for everyone and it is important for the health of the sport that some form of normality returns for the start of the 2021 outdoor season and we all hope this will be the case and I look forward to working with everyone who cares about the game to achieve this.

 

In the meantime, please stay safe.

 

Regards, John

 

 

08 Dec 2020         GW Staniforth BC (Thetford)

 

Due to issues with the renewal of their Lease with their Landlords, the GW Staniforth Trust it is with reluctance that the Club has decided to close.

 

The GW Staniforth club has been one of the stalwarts of the Norfolk Bowls Association for many years, have always been welcoming to the Association and will be a great loss to bowlers in both the south west of the County, the County as a whole and the many clubs across the country who has visited the club.

 

Over the years, the Club have provided County Officers and lifted several County titles namely:-

 

County Officers

·      County President 1968 – H.Leech

·      County President 1986 – W.Massingham

·      Middleton Cup Manager 2000 to 2002 – D.Betts

 

County titles

·      Club Champions (Bales Cup) – 1997

·      Jermy Cup – 2003 & 2009

·      Jermy Cup – 1963

·      WP Baker Cup – 1994 & 2010

·      Fours 1980 – J. Whalebelly, P Carter, R. Miller & D. Betts

·      Triples 1988 – M. Struthers, R. Hall & D. Betts

 

 

03 Dec 2020 BOWLS ENGLAND – Latest COVID Alert Rules

 

Following the introduction of the new Tier Restrictions effective from 2nd December 2020

 

Bowls England have issued the guidance below following the introduction of the new Tier Alert system introduced on 2nd December 2020

 

We are aware that many of our clubs with artificial surfaces are keen to return to the green following the Government’s introduction of a new three-tier system to control Covid-19. We are therefore pleased to provide this short update to our members, which should be read in conjunction with our earlier guidance issued on 18th September 2020.

 

Government guidance published today (Wednesday 2nd December 2020) advises that organised outdoor sport is permitted in all three tiers therefore organised outdoor bowls can return at all COVID-19 alert levels within the rule of six, permitting play without restriction on number of households. In providing this advice, we do recommend that all participants (particularly those within Tier 3) display additional vigilance and avoid close proximity with anyone outside their household/bubble.

 

The following revised guidance applies to those clubs with bars/restaurants:

 

Tier One: MEDIUM RISK

Club bars and restaurants are permitted to be open under the rule of 6, but with table service only, between the hours of 5am to 11pm. Last orders have to be at 10pm with all guests leaving the venue by 11pm.

 

Tier Two: HIGH RISK

Club bars and restaurants can remain open between the hours of 5am to 11pm but are only allowed to have people from the same household / support bubble on a table. Alcohol is only permitted to be sold with a substantial meal. Last orders have to be at 10pm with guest leaving the venue by 11pm.

 

Tier Three: VERY HIGH RISK

Club bars and restaurants will not be allowed to open but are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect or delivery services.

 

To see which level of risk applies to you/your club please use the Government’s post code tracker.

 

We remind all clubs that items may be adapted as necessary to meet your club’s specific circumstances, so long as your actions remain consistent with the latest Government guidance and that the Government guidance on social distancing is adhered to at all times.

 

The Government will be reviewing the areas within each Tier on 16th December 2020. To ensure you receive the latest updates from Bowls England, sign up to our e-newsletter now.

 

 

26 Nov 2020         BOWLS ENGLAND – Plans & initiatives for 2021 & beyond

                                                

A virtual meeting was held with Bowls England on 21st November and attended by representatives from County Associations. At the meeting, Bowls England set out their plans for 2021 & beyond and please see the attached summary document detailing the matters raised and which makes interesting reading  Click here

 

05 Nov 2020         BOWLS ENGLAND STATEMENT – COVID 19 update

                                                

4th November 2020

 

Following the announcement of the new restriction, Bowls England has issued the following statement. The contents are fully as expected but the good news is that essential greens maintenance may continue. Let’s hope that come December our Clubs may re-open for non- bowling activities.

 

Any further guidance will be published should this be forthcoming but in the meantime please continue to stay safe and let us all get through the current ‘lockdown’ without too many difficulties.

 

John Ottaway

We are aware that some of our clubs, particularly those with artificial surfaces, have been continuing to enjoy our sport in a Covid-friendly manner.

However, the Government has announced that all indoor and outdoor leisure facilities must close from Thursday 5th November as part of the national lockdown to control the spread of Covid-19. Therefore, no outdoor bowling activity will be permitted from this date and clubs must remain closed for any other non-bowling activity, for example meetings and social events.

 

We are aware that some clubs are also seeking advice on greens maintenance. The Government guidance is that where people cannot work from home they should continue to travel to work/attend their workplace and therefore we advise that essential greens maintenance work can continue. The Government advises that the risk of transmission can be substantially reduced by following COVID-secure guidelines closely.

 

The new measures will apply nationally for four weeks up to Wednesday 2nd December. At the end of this period, the Government will look to return to a regional approach, based on the latest data, and we shall advise clubs further at that stage.

 

Full details on the new national restrictions can be viewed here.

 

 

26 Oct 2020 NORFOLK BOWLS ASSOCIATION – Update to Clubs

                                                

I hope you & and your members are keeping safe and well.

 

I am now able to give up an update on various matters on County affairs.

 

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Men’s Annual General Meeting is scheduled for 13th December 2020 but in light of the restrictions currently in place and the probability that these will still be in place or even more restrictive on the date of the AGM, the Management Committee has met to  discuss if & how the AGM could be held. Various options were considered:

·       To hold the AGM as normal

·       To hold the AGM virtually

·       To deal with  the AGM business by email & proxy votes

·       To defer the AGM to a later date

 

After much consideration on each of the options, it has been decided to defer the AGM to a later date with a date of Sunday 14th March pencilled in when it is hoped that restrictions will have eased. Whilst the deferral is not in accordance with the Men’s Rules, I trust you will agree that taking into account all matters & with the safety & wellbeing of delegates paramount, this is the best course of action available to us. Under our Constitution Object 2(a) states, the objective of the Association is “to promote, foster & safeguard the game of outdoor flat green bowls in the County of Norfolk” and this is what I believe we are doing. By deferring the AGM, the business of the Association can continue with all existing officers remaining in place until the AGM is held. Should it not be possible to hold the AGM in its usual format in March then further consideration will be given as to how we move forward.

 

LEAGUE AGM

This normally follows the Men’s AGM and as with the Men’s AGM, the Management Committee has decided to defer the League AGM to follow immediately after the main AGM with 14th March pencilled in. As with Men’s Officers, the League Officers will remain in position until the League AGM with League business continuing in the meantime.

 

As for the League and the plans for the 2021 season, at this stage we are anticipating the league will be played under the same format as  in other  years but with  the situation as it exists and as it maybe when the season gets underway  this may have  to be reviewed. The League AGM in March, provided it is able to be held, will give us the opportunity to consider this ahead of the season getting under way. With  the change to the League entry date being put back to 1st February along with entries to Competitions, Mark Elliott, the League Secretary will not be in a position to  confirm the League structure until after this date and it is hoped that this will not present problems to Clubs. The League fixtures will be published as soon  as possible after the league structure is set and this will be a little later than in previous years and again hopefully this will not present problems as Clubs will be able to set aside Wednesday evenings for the League fixtures and then  add the actual fixtures when these are known. Should you have any questions concerning league entries, league structure & fixtures then can I please ask you to direct these to the Hon. League Secretary, Mark Elliott.

 

PRESIDENT 2021

It was hoped that Denis West would be able to continue his Presidency to cover the 2021 season but due to personal circumstances, he is unable to do so. Harry Geary, the Senior Vice President did not have the opportunity to learn the ‘President’s ropes’ during 2020 so will continue in that role during 2021 and assume the Presidency in 2022. Hence, we will not have a President in position for the 2021 season and in view of this a President for the Day, from past Presidents of the Association will be appointed for each County event, much as happened in Colin Brown’s year. The Junior Vice President position remains vacant and if you know of anyone who may be interested in the position then I would be very pleased to hear.

 

MIDDLETON CUP MANAGER

With the 2020 Middleton Cup programme having been cancelled I can confirm that Mark Turner’s period as our Middleton Cup Manager has been extended by 1 year so will cover the period up to & including the 2022 season.

 

GENERAL MATTERS

I am conscious that much information has been provided over past months and as an aide to you, I thought I would confirm some key dates:

·       Closing date for entries to County Championships, Team Competitions & County League -1st February 2021

·       Date for payment of Affiliation Fees – 1st May  2020 (please note the relevant Fees payment form has not yet been issued and will be in early 2021)

·       Club Annual Return Form - this has not yet been issued and will not be until the new year when Bowls England confirm any additional Club information they may require

 

Changes to Competition Regulations & other matters relating to Championships & Competitions have been made by Bowls England to provide players with greater flexibility and confidence when entering competitive events.

·       Junior Pairs – whilst this continues to be played over 18 ends it will now be 3 bowls per player

·       Family Pairs – the  eligibility rules have changed to allow husband/wife & civil partners (please note this is a National Competition run direct by Bowls England)

·       The entry date for National Competitions administered direct by Bowls England has been changed to 1st March with no deadline extension

·       Entries will be accepted from any individual that will be a member of a club affiliated to Bowls England on 1st  May annually

·       Should the National Championships and/or National Competitions not take place in 2021 due to Covid-19 a full refund will be offered

·       As a condition of entry in National Championships and National Competitions, all entrants must give contact information in accordance with current ‘Test and Trace’ requirements, with the choice to ‘opt in’ for Bowls England communications.

 

I hope you find the above useful and if you have any questions particularly on the deferral of the AGM then please let me know.

 

Finally on behalf of the County Association I would thank you  for all you have done to keep your members safe over this difficult period and for keeping our great sport alive and lets all hope for a better 2021.

 

John Ottaway

Norfolk Bowls Association Hon. Men’s Secretary 26th October 2020

 

 

30 Sep 2020 Notice to Clubs on the next Clubs Meeting & Annual General Meeting

                                                

Due to current COVID 19 restrictions in place and with the safety & well-being of members paramount, it is with reluctance that the next meeting of Clubs due to be held at the end of September has been cancelled. Whilst it is disappointing that we cannot get together to discuss all that has occurred over the past few months and the planning for the 2021 season, I am sure you will agree the correct decision has been made. Hopefully there will be some easing of the restrictions that will allow us to meet but following the Government advice recently given this does not seem likely in the near future. I will however keep monitoring the situation and will advise further.

 

The next significant date is our Annual General Meeting scheduled for 13th December 2020. This is a little way ahead and the Management Committee will be meeting shortly to decide if this can go ahead and in what format. The possibilities are:-

·      To hold the AGM as usual provided restrictions allow

·      To defer the AGM to a later date

·      To hold a ‘virtual meeting’ (though this does not seem practical but will be considered)

·      To deal with the business of the AGM, including Motions, Nomination of Officers, Approval of the Annual Accounts & acceptance of Officer Reports by way of email.

 

I will advise as soon as I can.

 

The situation will be the same for the League Annual General Meeting which follows the main AGM and I will be discussing this with Mark Elliott, the League Secretary.

 

 

John Ottaway

Hon. Men’s Secretary

Norfolk Bowls Association

28th September 2020

 

 

21 Sep 2020 BOWLS ENGLAND – COVID - Updated Guidance for Lawn Bowls

                                                

Bowls England have updated their guidance re: COVID 19 including guidance on the holding of meetings. The updated guidance issued on 18th September 2020 is:-

GUIDANCE FOR LAWN BOWLS (Click here)

MEETING ADVICE (Click here)

 

 

10 Aug 2020         BOWLS ENGLAND launch LETS ROLL Recruitment Drive

 

Bowls England have just released a couple of initiatives.

Lets Roll (Click here)

Alternative Bowls Formats (Click here)

 

 

04 Aug 2020         BOWLS ENGLAND – COVID-19: LATEST GUIDANCE FOR LAWN BOWLS CLUBS

 

Bowls England have updated their Guidelines. Guidance to Clubs

 

 

15 July 2020        Norfolk Clubs Re-opening Details for the 2020 Season

 

 

Is Club opening?

Club

YES/NO

If YES - date

Comments

Acle St Edmunds

YES

07/06/2020

 

Aldiss Park

YES

20/05/2020

 

Ashill

 

 

 

Bradwell

YES

08/06/2020

 

Caister-on-Sea

 

 

Opening being considered July 2020

Castle Acre Coronation

YES

23/05/2020

 

Cawston

YES

01/06/2020

 

Cliff Parade (Hunstanton)

NO

 

Opening being considered mid July 2020

Connaught

YES

01/07/2020

Per Connaught website

County Arts

YES

22/06/2020

 

Cromer Marrams

YES

25/05/2020

 

Cromer Suffield Park

YES

15/06/2020

 

Dereham St. Nicholas

YES

 

 

Dickleburgh

 

 

 

Diss and District

YES

01/07/2020

 

Downham Conservative

YES

 

 

Downham Market

YES

 

 

Fakenham Town

 

 

 

Feltwell

 

 

 

Freethorpe

YES

01/06/2020

 

Gissing

YES

01/06/2020

 

Gorleston

 

 

 

Gorleston Links

YES

22/06/2020

Per Gorleston Links website

Great Plumstead

YES

23/05/2020

 

GW Staniforth

 

 

 

Harling Recreation

YES

05/06/2020

 

Hingham Rectory

YES

13/07/2020

 

Holt

 

 

 

Hunstanton

YES

27/05/2020

 

King's Lynn

YES

22/06/2020

To open on 22/06/2020

Lakeside Pilgrims

YES

 

 

Long Stratton

YES

01/06/2020

 

Martham

YES

22/05/2020

 

Mundford Village

TBA

mid June

Still to decided on re-opening date

Norfolk Bowling Club

YES

07/07/2020

Limited to Tues to Fri between 2pm & 4pm

North Walsham Wanderers

 

 

 

Northwold

 

 

 

Norwich Union

YES

22/06/2020

Green share with County Arts

Reepham Nomads

 

 

 

RG Carter Group

YES

29/06/2020

 

Saxon

YES

01/06/2020

 

Scole & District

 

 

 

Sheringham Morley

NO

 

But still being considered

Shipdham

YES

 

 

Shotford

YES

 

Limited opening

Shouldham

YES

01/06/2020

 

St. Lawrence

 

 

 

Swaffham Town

NO

 

Will not open until things change

Thorpe Recreation

YES

15/06/2020

 

Upwell

NO

 

 

Watton (Loch Neaton)

YES

28/05/2020

 

West Winch

YES

15/06/2020

 

Wicklewood

NO

 

 

Wootton Park

 

 

 

Wortwell

YES

 

Limited to under 70s only

Wymondham Dell

NO

 

 

 

 

 

Summary

%age

Number Opened

35

62.50%

Number NOT Opened

6

10.71%

Number to confirm

1

1.79%

Number not yet advised

14

25.00%

TOTAL

56

Details are as at:-     

13/07/20

 

 

 

03 June 2020        BOWLS ENGLAND – COVID-19: SUPPLEMENTARY GUIDANCE FOR LAWN BOWLS CLUBS

 

Bowls England have updated their Guidelines following the easing of the lockdown regulations at the weekend. Guidance to Clubs & FAQ's

 

 

15 May 2020        BOWLS ENGLAND – Coronavirus COVID 19 - GUIDANCE FOR CLUBS

 

The Government (DCMS) has published its full guidance on the return of outdoor sport and recreation, including lawn bowls. Following this Bowls England have issued bowls specific guidance to Clubs which has been approved by DCMS and this is attached. Guidance to Clubs

 

Should you wish to view the Government guidance in detail, please go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-phased-return-of-sport-and-recreation

 

If you have any questions, please e-mail: enquiries@bowlsengland.com. They are there to help and will endeavour to respond within three working days.

 

 

19 Mar 2020        Norfolk Bowls Association Statement

 

You will have seen yesterday the Statement issued by Bowls England which curtails their bowling activities for the forthcoming season. If you have not already read the Statement then I urge you to do so. Guidance from Bowls was being awaited before we came to any decisions and in the light of this and & latest Government advice regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) I can now confirm the cancellation of ALL County events

 

Norfolk County Championships

Junior Singles

Junior Pairs

Singles

2 Bowl Singles

Pairs

Triples

Fours

Senior Fours

 

Norfolk Team Championships

Bales Cup, Lord Fermoy Cup & Jermy Cup

 

Norfolk County League programme 

 

County Friendly & Presidents Invitation matches

Those up to mid-June have been cancelled with the reminder to be reviewed at a later date

 

Bowls England National Competitions

Full details are included in the Bowls England Statement and include Middleton Cup, Balcomb Trophy & White Rose Trophy

 

At present, there has been no confirmation that the Eastern Counties League has been cancelled but I expect this will be the case.

 

All County Management Committee Meetings have been cancelled until further notice

 

In light of the Statement issued by Bowls England there are other matters that are under consideration and on which I will advise as soon as I can:-

Refund of Affiliation Fees paid both to Bowls England & Norfolk Bowls Association

Bowls England Membership Register

 

We will constantly review the situation as it develops over the coming months to determine if any events could take place later in the season.

 

In coming to the above, the primary concern has been the health & well-being of our members & trust you will all understand this

& PLEASE STAY SAFE.

 

 

 

18 Mar 2020        VERY IMPORTANT – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cancellation of events

 

The Bowls England Board met yesterday and has issued the attached statement. BE Statement

 

You will see that the National Championships have been cancelled so as a consequence so will our own County Championships and I fully expect the Management Committee to confirm cancellation of the County League as well as our Team events (Bales Cup, Lord Fermoy Cup) & this will be advised shortly.

 

In addition further information regarding the Coronavirus & its consequences will be published shortly.

 

 

16 Mar 2020         CLUBS MEETING on 29th March 2020/CORONAVIRUS (COVID19)

 

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus COVID19 outbreak, the ever changing situation & with a duty of care to our Officers & Members, the Clubs Meeting due to be held on 29th March 2020 has been CANCELLED.

 

Clearly, the situation is changing daily & consideration will need to be given to the forthcoming season and the impact Coronavirus will have. Bowls England are working on guidance for Clubs & Counties and when received we will be in a better position to advise further.

 

 

04 Mar 2020         Statement on CORONAVIRUS

 

Bowls England have issued the following statement regarding Coronavirus:-

 

BOWLS ENGLAND STATEMENT: CORONAVIRUS

Following a number of queries received by Bowls England, and the media attention surrounding Coronavirus, Bowls England wishes to advise that no events under its jurisdiction are affected at present.

 

Bowls England will continue to monitor the situation and further guidance will be issued at a later date if necessary.

 

For more information, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

 

As a County Association, we will be monitoring the situation and will take guidance from Bowls England & Government bodies as our new playing season approaches & further guidance will be issued as the situation develops.

 

07 Feb 2020 Competition Byelaws & League Rules updated

 

An update to the Competition Byelaws and County League Rules has been made and these are now on the Rules & Regulation page (if these do not display you may have to refresh/reload the screen)

 

Primarily the changes relate to dress code in both Competitions & the County League and will now permit the wearing of approved coloured apparel which brings our byelaws & rules into line with Bowls England Regulations. At present, no Club has sought approval for coloured apparel but the rule changes made will cover the situation should any Club do so at a later date provided approval is given.

 

Other changes made cover the procedure for handling Competition fixtures and results and prize presentations.

 

The County League rule 14(c) relating to the Hansells Cup has been changed to cover the situation that we now have with only three Zone 2s. The Hansells Cup play-off consists of 4 teams and for the 2020 season, those teams qualifying for the play-offs will be the winners of Zones East 2, South 2 & West 2 along with the best runner up from these Zones with the best runner-up determined by the best the points to matches played average.

 

Finally, when updating the byelaws & rules, the opportunity has also been taken to carry out a tidy up which are mainly of a grammatical & formatting nature.

 

To summarise, the main changes made are as follows:-

 

Competition Byelaws

·      Rule 5  - Dress Code updated to cover approved coloured apparel

·      Rules 10 & 11 – the process for Competition fixture & result notification has been updated

 

County League

·      Rule 11 - Dress Code updated to cover approved coloured apparel

·      Rule 14 (c) – Hansells League Cup updated to cover the situation where there are not four Zones 2 & 3, which is currently the case.

 

 

28 Jan 2020 Downham Mkt BC new Location

 

Please note that Downham Market BC are to relocate for the 2020 season to Downham Market Conservatives BC so their new location will be:-

 

Eagle House, Bridge Street, Downham Market, Norfolk, PE38 9DH

(Club telephone no. 01366 382257) New Location

 

22 Jan 2020 Harry Geary appointed Senior Vice- President

 

At a meeting of the Men’s Management Meeting held on 21st January 2020, Harry Geary of Dereham St. Nicholas BC was appointed Senior Vice- President. Many congratulations to Harry & we all wish him well in this position. Photo

 

10 Dec 2019 Norfolk Bowls Association County League AGM

 

Summary of matters at the Norfolk Bowls Association AGM held on 8th December 2019

 

Following the AGM held on 8th December 2019, the key points are summarised below.

 

Main AGM business

Denis West (Aldiss Park) was elected President for 2020

Harry Geary (Dereham St Nicholas) has been nominated as Senior Vice President and his appointment will be ratified at the next meeting of the Management Committee to be held early in the new-year

The Junior Vice President position remains vacant

John Mason (County Arts) was appointed Assistant Secretary

 

Other matters

After the discussions at the last Clubs Meeting, the following is confirmed

 

Dress code of County Championships & County League

The relevant regulations will be changed to bring these into line with Bowls England Regulations covering the wearing of approved coloured clothing

 

Annual Luncheon & Prize Presentation

This will not be held in 2020 with Presentations to the various winners to follow the finals of the individual/team County Championships and the League playoffs.

 

County Championship match details notification to players

The notification to the competing players in the individual County Championships will change in 2020 to be via email rather than the sending of next round scorecards.

 

County Competition quarter finals

Following a review of the entries made the number of Group qualifiers to the quarter finals will be:

Group 1 - 2 qualifiers

Group 2 - 1 qualifier

Group 3 - 2 qualifiers

Group 4 - 3 qualifiers

 

Further details on each of these other matters will be issued in due course.

 

On a separate matter, the draws for the County Championships & compilation of fixtures for the County League should be carried out before the end of year with a view to publishing these early in the 2020.

 

 

18 Nov 2019         Norfolk Bowls Association County League AGM

 

The AGM of the NORFOLK BOWLS ASSOCIATION County League will take place on SUNDAY 8th DECEMBER 2019 at the COUNTY ARTS BOWLS CLUB immediately following the Men’s AGM.

 

AGENDA – click here

League Secretary’s Report – click here

League Structure for 2020 – click here

 

 

14 Nov 2019         Peter Cottee appointed Eastern Counties Bowling Association President

 

I am delighted to advise that Peter Cottee of Diss & District BC, our President in 2013, has been installed as President of the Eastern Counties Bowling Association for 2020.

 

John Ottaway

Hon. Men’s Secretary

 

04 Nov 2019         Norfolk Bowls Association AGM

 

The MEN’S ANNUAL MEETING of the NORFOLK BOWLS ASSOCIATION will take place on SUNDAY 8th DECEMBER 2019 at 9.30am at the COUNTY ARTS BOWLS CLUB.

 

AGENDA – click here

 

 

08 Oct 2019 Report of Clubs Meeting held on 29th Sept 2019 at Wymondham Dell

 

Summary Report from Meeting – click here

 

 

16 Sept 2019        Norfolk successes in Eastern Counties Bowling Association Championships

 

Norfolk had double success at the Eastern Counties Bowling Association Championships held at Bishops Stortford BC on Saturday with Max Harrison of Downham Market BC lifting the Singles title & Ryan Hudson, Tom Baker & Vernon Hudson of Wootton Park taking the Triples crown.

 

In the semi-final, Harrison had a comfortable victory by 21-10 over Cambridgeshire’s Ian Miller and took the title by beating Richard Leeder of Suffolk 21-16.

 

Wootton Park had a narrow 15-14 victory over Essex’s Simon Kittle, Kevin Watkins & Gary Telling and then went on to beat Brad Herbert, Sam Nickerson & Toby Furzeland 21-12 in the final.

 

 

10 Sept 2019        County Competition History & Statistics

 

County Championships History & Statistics can be found on the Roll of Honours page from the left hand menu bar on the home page or follow the link to "County Championships History & Statistics”

Hopefully this will be of interest.

 

08 Sept 2019        John Woodcock Trophy

 

The annual fours tournament for the John Woodcock Trophy has been won by Ryan Garman, Matthew Warnes, Jack Wells & Peter Boldero. 

 

This charity tournament, played at County Arts, in memory of John Woodcock is now in its 36th year and throughout has raised money for the “Big C” appeal and this year a sum of over £1,000 has been raised.

 

In the final, Boldero’s rink beat the rink of Aaron Johnson, Matt Flatman, Karl Brooks & Chris Wells 10 shots to 1 having beaten Dan Mills, Clive Derry, Bernie Perrett & Philip Barr 10-7 in the semi-final. In the other semi-final, Well’s rink beat Matt Carter, Tom Cooper, George Tubby & David Smith 9-8.

 

 

05 Sept 2019        BE National Championships & Competitions

 

Norfolk qualifiers & results

 

Summary

 

Although the results were generally disappointing, all players were a credit to the County & represented the County in an exemplary manner.

 

Special mention must be made of Peter Wilkinson who reached the semi-final of the Senior Singles before losing to the eventual winner and the quarter final of the 2 bowl singles and also to Max Harrison who reached the quarter final of the Singles. In addition, Norfolk BC reached the quarter final of the Club Two Fours

 

Full details of the results of all matches may be found on the Bowls England website - https://bowlsengland.247.tv/ & https://www.bowlsengland.com/category/national-championships/

 

Results

 

Junior Singles

Tom Segolo (Norfolk BC)

Dan Mills (County Arts BC)

Both lost in round 3 (last 16)

 

Junior Pairs

Adam Hunt & Jack Larter (County Arts BC)

Lost in round 2 (last 16)

 

Fours

Stephen Reynolds, John Hunter, Michael Hunter & Ken Breame (RG Carter Group BC)

John Tufts, Tom Segolo, Richard Summers & Wayne Willgress (Norfolk BC)

RG Carter Group lost in preliminary round