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BE Publish Inter County Draws

Bowls England have today published the Inter County Draws.

Walker Cup First Round    Wiltshire v Devon to be played by Sunday 9th June

Balcomb Trophy First Round     Worcestershire v Wiltshire to be played by Sunday 9th June

Amy Rose Trophy Preliminary Round Gloucestershire v Wiltshire to be played by Sunday 2nd June

White Rose Trophy First Round      Warwickshire v Wiltshire to be played by Sunday 2nd June


Taken from the Bowls England Website

Bowls England is delighted that approval has been received for Acelepryn to be used on bowling greens to enable greenkeepers to more effectively target leatherjackets and chafer grubs.

Leatherjackets and chafer grubs can cause serious damage to fine turf including bowling greens and Bowls England has received an increasing number of calls from clubs for support in recent years.

The approval follows lengthy lobbying of DEFRA by Bowls England on behalf of our affiliated clubs in conjunction with the Sport and Recreation Alliance. It ensures Acelepryn will be available to clubs to target leatherjackets during their end of season renovations and chafer white grub in late spring.

Alistair Hollis, Bowls England Head of Sport Development, said: “One of our top priorities is to support clubs. We are delighted to have worked in conjunction with the Sport & Recreation Alliance to gain approval for Acelepryn to be used to help clubs take preventative measures against leather jackets and chafer grubs in the future.”

Alan Lewis, Bowls England’s Greens Maintenance Advisor, added: “I have dealt with a number of enquiries from clubs in recent years who have suffered from leather jackets in particular, therefore this approval is welcome. However, we’d remind clubs that this chemical is not a replacement for good turf management and would urge clubs to remove the conditions that encourage Leatherjackets and Chafer Grubs, especially the build-up of thatch.”

Leon King from Canterbury BC in Kent said: “Leather jackets have been of increasing concern to clubs within our area. We were aware that Bowls England was lobbying on behalf of its affiliated clubs and this approval shows the importance of having a national governing body and makes the affiliation paid to Bowls England worthwhile.”

Lisa Wainwright MBE, CEO, Sport and Recreation Alliance, added: “The Alliance is pleased to have played a role alongside Bowls England to ensure Acelepryn received approval for use on bowling greens. We’re delighted that the product will now be available for grassroots clubs and organisations to help protect their facilities, and hope that it means as many people as possible are able to enjoy the benefits of bowls.”

As the National Governing Body for lawn bowls, Bowls England is committed to helping all affiliated clubs create the best possible environment for its participants to enjoy a superb bowling experience. Clubs can benefit from a range of initiatives to increase their playing numbers as well as make savings on their Civil Liability Insurance. Click here to explore all the benefits of affiliation.

Bowls England offers a Greens Advisory Service where an affiliated club can send its questions in to Alan Lewis. Please e-mail email hidden; JavaScript is required with full details of your Club’s issue and include photographs if possible.

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Wiltshire Clubs to host BE Regional Finals

Devizes Bowls Club will tomorrow (Sunday 11th June) be hosting the Regional Finals on the Bowls England Amy Rose competition.

In the morning semi-finals, starting at 10.00am, Devon take on Somerset and Dorset take on Warwickshire.

The final will be start at approximately 2.00pm with the winner going on to represent the West Region on Saturday 12th August at the National Finals at Leamington.

On Sunday 25th June Box Bowls Club will be hosting the Regionals Finals of the Walker cup where in the mornings semi-finals Worcestershire/Dorset will play Gloucestershire/Devon and Somerset/Warwickshire will play Cornwall/Herefordshire.

The Regional final will be played in the afternoon with the winners representing the West Region at Leamington on Sunday 27th August.



The countdown to the 2023 season is underway – and we are delighted to confirm that the draws for our National Competitions are now available to view on our dedicated Competitions Portal.

We organise 13 National Competitions annually for individuals and clubs, and once again they are sure to be hotly contested with thousands of entries across the country.

An automated notification email has been sent to all named entrants, advising of their opposition for the opening matches in each competition. If you have not received your notification email, please check your junk/spam boxes.

In Areas/Counties where a regional draw is required, additional byes have been included where necessary.

All of our National Competitions will reach their conclusion at the National Finals in Royal Leamington Spa from Thursday 10th to Sunday 27th August inclusive.

You can find out more regarding the National Finals here.

BE National Competition entries to open on the 1st December

Challenge yourself | Make new friends | Rekindle old rivalries

Our competitions are open to players of all abilities – with a range of events designed to meet your individual requirements.

They give you a great opportunity to challenge yourself and make new friends or perhaps rekindle old rivalries.

We particularly welcome entries from those who may not have entered one of our competitions before, as this is a great opportunity to improve your game, take on one of our elite athletes and perhaps win a place at the National Finals at Royal Leamington Spa.

All events are organised on a knock-out basis, with the the early rounds played locally and the National Finals at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa, which hosted the Lawn Bowls and Para Lawn Bowls at Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

So whether you are a regular competitor or new to our sport we have plenty of opportunities for you to get involved.

Competition Entries for 2023 will open on Thursday 1st December 2022.


Bowls England is delighted to announce a three-year partnership with leading luxury river cruise and tour company, Riviera Travel. The agreement sees Riviera Travel become an Official Partner of Bowls England providing all year round marketing benefits, including rights to Bowls England’s flagship National Finals held at Victoria Park, in Royal Leamington Spa.

This announcement adds to a successful summer for lawn bowls. Birmingham 2022 produced England’s record medal haul in Commonwealth Games, the sport’s qualities were showcased across mainstream media and many people have been inspired to give the game a go.  This partnership will support the creation of a legacy from the home Commonwealth Games as Bowls England pushes forward with its strategy to grow participation in lawn bowls

Riviera Travel has over 38 years’ experience and offers 2,288 tours in the UK, Europe and worldwide. It prides itself on making the discovery of the world a luxurious, affordable, and effortless experience, and is proud to be the go-to travel brand for over-55s who are seeking to learn, discover and be inspired by authentic and enriching travel experiences. The shared values, audience fit and Rivieria Travel’s commitment to quality customer service, earning the coveted status of Which? Recommended provider for ten years, means it’s a perfect collaboration.

“We are super excited to partner up with Bowls England! As a business we share the same values and goals. We are a sociable brand, and our customer demographics match perfectly,” said Vicky Billing Head of Partnerships, Riviera Travel. “Having recently attended the Commonwealth Games, I was so enthused with how passionate the bowls community is and love the idea of intergenerational fun!  We are very much looking forward to developing the partnership.”

Bowls England Chief Executive, Jon Cockcroft, added, “we are delighted to be partnering with Riviera Travel, a brand with true pedigree and values close to our heart. We are both motivated by creating life-affirming experiences and there is great synergy between our respective audiences.  We hope the relationship will inspire more people to enjoy spending time on the bowling green or a river cruise.”

To find out more about Bowls England, visit our website

For further information on Riviera Travel, click here.