Author Archives: Tom Warner

Salisbury BC to host first Australian Pairs competition

Salisbury BC are hosting their first Australian Pairs competition on Saturday 14 August. Entries are still open and limited to 24 pairs. Further details can be found on the poster attached and the entry form can be found on the club website at If you have any questions please contact Tom Warner directly.

The format for the day is four groups of 6 pairs with 6 end matches (4 bowls each player) played in the Australian Pairs format. The top two teams from each of the four groups will qualify for the quarter finals and prize money paid down to quarter finalists. There will be breakfast rolls in the morning and a cold buffet lunch will be provided.

There are still a few spots left so please share around your clubs!


Holt celebrates 100 years with Bowls Wiltshire

On Sunday 11 July Holt BC hosted the second of its centenary celebration matches, this time against friends from Bowls Wiltshire. Despite the murky weather a great day was had by all.

Taken from Holt’s Facebook page on 29 June 2021:

At the start of the season we weren’t really sure if we would still be running as a club, at this point, and its thanks to our dedicated members and supporters for giving their time to help keep our club alive!

What the last 18 months has shown us, is that we can never take anything for granted, although it has also shown us that with hard work and dedication anything is possible when we all support each other.

Thanks to everyone involved for making our centenary celebrations the best!

 Holt BC v Bowls Wiltshire
Sunday 11 July 2021 @ Holt BC
Holt  Ends Ends Bowls England
Rink Skip 21 21 Skip Rink
1 Graham Archard 10 18 Bill Collier 1
2 Chris Poole 21 18 Malcolm Barker 2
3 Ben Gadd
9 16 John Crowder 3
4 Kev Oliver
18 20 Alfie Maslen
5 Chris Moore
19 17 Gerald Webb 5
6 Wayne Snook 18 14 Alan Small 6
Total 95 103 Total
Total Shots 95 103 Total Shots

Bowls England sets out plans for 2020 season in response to Coronavirus outbreak

Bowls England has announced the cancellation of all its domestic events ahead of the 2020 lawn bowls season in response to the latest Government advice and growing concerns from bowlers about how the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will impact lawn bowls.

The decision, which was reached at an Emergency Meeting of Board members and key staff, held on Tuesday 17th March, covers all National Championships, National Competitions and other domestic events. Discussions are ongoing with the British Isles Bowls Council and British Isles Women’s Bowls Council with regard to British Isles events this year.

Bowls England will be providing support and advice to clubs and county associations over the coming weeks to ensure the future of the sport – including plans for a proposed ‘Festival of Bowls’ later in the season.

Tony Allcock OBE, Bowls England Chief Executive, said:

“Every organisation is currently coming to terms with a global situation that is unprecedented, to which Bowls England is sadly not immune. The National Finals are the conclusion of a long process that starts each year in May, therefore it is not possible for the qualification process to be completed in time throughout our 35 county associations.

However, bowlers are known to be resilient and have proven in the past that they join together and support each other in the time of need. Now, more than ever, is the time for us all to work together to ensure that our clubs and bowling greens are available when it is deemed safe to resume our much-loved sport. So we would urge our members to commit to their clubs, keep an eye out for their fellow members who may feel isolated and be ready to get back on the greens when Government guidance allows.

Finally, I wish to thank my staff team for their support at this time in managing this ever-changing situation. We have been inundated with enquiries from our clubs and county associations, and we will ensure that each and every enquiry is responded to in the coming days. However, our priority in the next two days will be ensuring that our staff are able to work from home effectively from next Monday”

The Board agreed that one of the most important areas of work for Bowls England over the coming weeks will be club support. Bowls England plans to provide advice and support on subjects including:

  1. Coronavirus Guidance
  2. Minimum amount of Greens Maintenance required so greens are playable when we resume bowling
  3. Funding (including Club Loans and encouraging bowlers to support their clubs financially by continuing to pay their annual subscriptions – so clubs will still be there for them when we resume bowling)
  4. Recruitment
  5. Looking after each other (including encouraging members to keep an eye out for each other, especially fellow bowlers who may live on their own)
  6. Staying Fit (including producing a ‘Bowlers’ Workout’ in order to keep members active during isolation or working from home)

Other key decisions taken by the Board were:

  1. Bowls England office to close with effect from Friday 20th March and all staff (including Coach Bowls employees) to work from home with effect from Monday 23rd March – support for Clubs and County Associations will continue as normal.
  2. Work on the new Bowls England Head Office is put ‘on hold’ until further notice
  3. In support of Clubs at this difficult time, Bowls England will refund the Affiliation Fees paid for 2020 by each playing member. Bowls England will arrange refunds to the county associations, who are mandated to ensure that all monies are then paid to their Member Clubs.
  4. Board to meet regularly via Skype/Conference Call to monitor the ever-changing situation, review the impact on bowls and plan accordingly – regular updates will be issued.


Chippenham Town BC Open Triples Gala Day

Entries are now open for the Open Triples Gala Day at Chippenham Town on Sunday 31 May. Full details of the event can be found on the flyer below. An entry form is also found below.

There is a maximum of 24 teams available and if you have any questions please contact Jeremy Haselton on 07801 326631 or email hidden; JavaScript is required

Chippenham Town BC Open Triples Gala Day Details

Chippenham Town BC Open Triples Gala Day Entry Form

England squad call up for Mikey Titcombe

On Wednesday Bowls England announced the following:

“Bowls England wishes to congratulate Michael Titcombe (Wiltshire) and Scott Winskill (Berkshire) on their selection as travelling squad members for the 2019 Men’s Junior International Team.

In addition, Bowls England wishes to congratulate both William Walker (Northamptonshire) and Glenn Williams (Hertfordshire) on their selection as non-travelling squad members for the BIBC Junior International Series to be held at Essex County Bowls Club, on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September 2019.”

Mikey will travel with the named team (announced on 29 May as below) and Bowls Wiltshire wishes him the best of luck.

Selected Team:
Tom McGuinness (Buckinghamshire)
Liam Harris (Suffolk)
Jordan Philpott (Lincolnshire)
Nathan Kitchen (Gloucestershire)

Daniel Mills* (Norfolk)
Lee Calver (Suffolk)
Sam Moss (Essex)
Charlie Souter (Surrey)

Mark Smith* (Warwickshire)
Tom Muir (Hertfordshire)
James Hampton* (Devon)
Jamie Barker (Cambridgeshire)

Danny Walker* (Northamptonshire)
Tom Holmes (Herefordshire)
Edward Elmore (Huntingdonshire)
Connor Cinato (Northamptonshire)

Glen Adams (Middlesex)
Adam Pitfield* (Northamptonshire)
BJ Byles# (Berkshire)
Lloyd Sabatini (Berkshire)

Daniel Hughes* (Essex)
Josh Minto (Northumberland)
Harry Goodwin (Devon)
Sam Steel (Somerset)

Captain: Josh Minto
Team Manager: Martyn Sekjer

Recent BW Men and BW Ladies Results

Recent results of matches played by BW Men and BW Ladies are as follows:

BW Men

Saturday 29 June:- BW Men lost 68-119 against Bowls Hampshire in a BW Men’s Presidential Game played at Old Basing BC. BW Men lost on five out of the six rinks, with the only winning rink coming out on top by just three shots.

Wednesday 17 July:- BW Men narrowly lost out 110-121 against Royal County of Berkshire in a further BW Men’s Presidential Game played at Wantage BC. BW Men won on three out of the six rinks but just missed out on the overall result.

BW Ladies

Tuesday 9 July:- BW Ladies won by the narrowest of margins 106-103 against Bowls Hampshire played at Alderbury BC. BWL won on three of the rinks and a great 24-8 win by Margaret Annett’s rink saw the result swing in BWL’s favour.

Wednesday 10 July:- BW Ladies kept up their winning form with a 116-101 victory over Herefordshire in the South West Counties League. BWL won on three rinks and drew on one rink which saw them take the overall match on points and shots.

2019 Middleton Cup vs Cornwall team announced

The below players have been selected to represent Wiltshire in the final group stage 2019 Middleton Cup match vs Cornwall on Saturday 6 July at North Petherton BC, Petherton Park, Bridgewater, TA6 6PR. The County welcomes your support!

With a full squad to choose from the selectors have decided to make a few changes, this unfortunately means some players miss out this time, but they full remain part of the squad going forwards – there are also some positional changes.

This is effectively a Last 16 game with the winner progressing to the Quarter Finals where it looks like they will meet Devon – let’s make sure it is Wiltshire that faces Devon in that game!

We’d like to see as many reserves as possible attend the game, but understand some of you may have other commitments so anyone who does not intend to travel please let Mike Jackson know.

All players to report by 1.30pm for a 2.00pm start. Dress code is county tops and whites. Match fee is £3 per player.

If unable to play or any other problems please contact Mike Jackson as soon as possible on 07960 327848.


Rink 1

Tom Newman Avon
Jamie Reynolds Salisbury
Mike Richards Westlecot
Gary Morphet Royal Wootton Bassett

Rink 2

Dave Snell Royal Wootton Bassett
James Richman Westlecot
Tom Warner Salisbury
Wayne Snook Holt

Rink 3

Andy Blake Royal Wootton Bassett
Mike Jackson Westlecot
Dave Godwin Royal Wootton Bassett
Steve Snell Royal Wootton Bassett

Rink 4

Gary Jackson Westlecot
Kyle Anderson Royal Wootton Bassett
Mike Titcombe Westlecot
Mike Snell Royal Wootton Bassett

Rink 5

Paul Kistle Westlecot
Tony Keating Holt
Russell Francis Spencer Moulton
Graham Shadwell Spencer Moulton

Rink 6

James Nobbs Royal Wootton Bassett
Craig Hatherall Royal Wootton Bassett
Graham Hatherall Royal Wootton Bassett
Neil Collett Royal Wootton Bassett

Travelling Reserves (in no particular order)


Fraser Boynton Salisbury
Ashley Keirl Spencer Moulton
Dane Rose Holt
Tom Pittuck Swindon Town Gardens
Chris Cheesley Royal Wootton Bassett
Craig Morphet Royal Wootton Bassett
Dave Murray Highworth

Squad members unavailable (in no particular order)

Mel Biggs Royal Wootton Bassett


2019 Middleton Cup v Worcestershire Result

 MIDDLETON CUP 2019: Bowls Wiltshire v Worcestershire BA
Saturday 15 June 2019 @ Royal Wootton Bassett BC
Wiltshire  Ends Ends Worcestershire
Rink Skip 5 10 15 18 21 21 18 15 10 5 Skip Rink
1 Mike Snell
5 12 13 16 19 11 9 8 4 3 M Stones 1
2 Steve Snell
5 7 10 11 17 21 21 17 9 2 R Moule
3 Gary Morphet
0 12 18 18 22 16 14 11 7 7 D Summus
4 Neil Collett
2 7 10 12 16 12 12 10 6 4 R Stanley
5 Dave Godwin
7 8 14 17 17 17 11 11 10 2 L Lane
6 Wayne Snook
8 13 18 24 30 10 9 8 5 2 R McCaughtrie
Total 27 59 83 98 121 87 76 65 41 20 Total
Total Shots 121 87 Total Shots
Total Points 19 3 Total Points

Mike Jackson, Team Manager:

“An excellent win today which puts us in a great postion heading into our final group game against Cornwall in 3 weeks time.

We were never behind, making a solid start which we built on as the match progressed, finishing strongly to record a comfortable 34 shot (19 point) win.

Wayne Snook’s rink provided the platform for the victory with a fine 20 shot win, and Gary Morphets rink turned an early 7 shot deficit into a very good 6 shot win.

Mike Snell’s rink were never in trouble in their 8 shot win, Neil Collett’s side won the last 4 ends to close out a 4 shot victory, while Dave Godwin was unlucky to not to record a win, having to settle for a draw.
Steve Snell’s rink battled to the end and after being 10 shots adrift ended up only losing by 4.
All in all a very good result, well done to all the team !!!”