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David Bryant Funeral Service – Live Streaming (Friday 11th September)

The funeral of David Bryant will take place tomorrow, Friday 11th September at 2.30pm.

The service is to be streamed live and will be available to view at:

A reminder that a ‘drive by’ will take place prior to the funeral in Clevedon, Somerset, to ensure that people are able to pay their respects, whilst observing current social distancing guidelines.

The funeral cortège will leave the Clevedon seafront at 2pm heading towards the Promenade, before heading towards the Pier (approx. 2.10pm) and then reaching Clevedon Bowls Club at around 2.20pm.

A tribute to David will appear tomorrow (Friday 11th) on the BBC Radio Four programme, The Last Word. The programme starts at 4pm, and the DJB section is expected to be broadcast at around 4.20pm. A further tribute is expected to be shown on the local news programme, BBC Points West, at 6.30pm on Friday 11th September. We shall also be sharing a number of video tributes on our Facebook channel over the next 24 hours received from well-known figures within the bowls community.

BOWLS ENGLAND STATEMENT: Covid-19 update following clarification from Government

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

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

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

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

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

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BOWLS ENGLAND STATEMENT: Covid-19 – Government restrictions on gatherings

The Government announced last night that social gatherings of more than six people will be illegal in England from Monday (14th September).  The change will ban larger groups meeting anywhere socially indoors or outdoors but includes some exemptions including for organised sports.

We are seeking clarification from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport on what this means for our sport, and will issue an update once this is received.

The current DCMS guidance (updated 19th August 2020) and our own guidance (issued 31st July 2020) should be followed until Monday 14th September.

We kindly request that all members await our further update at this time and continue to stay alert and stay safe.




Bowlers across the world are being invited to raise a toast to celebrate the life of David J. Bryant CBE, widely regarded as the world’s greatest bowler, who recently passed away at the age of 88.

David’s funeral will be held in Clevedon on Friday 11th September at 2.30pm but due to current restrictions on numbers, only close family members and invited friends will be able to attend.

David Tucker, Bowls England Board Chair, said: “Tributes to David have been flooding in from far and wide since his recent passing. In order to celebrate David’s life, bowlers from all over the world who are unable to attend are asked to please raise a glass in a toast to David on Friday 11th September at 2.30pm local time – the time of David’s funeral. We hope that the toast will travel all around the world, and the life of David will be celebrated for 24 hours.”

A ‘drive by’ will take place prior to the funeral in Clevedon, Somerset, to ensure that people are able to pay their respects, whilst observing current social distancing guidelines.

The funeral cortège will leave the Clevedon seafront at 2pm heading towards the Promenade, before heading towards the Pier (approx. 2.10pm) and then reaching Clevedon Bowls Club at around 2.20pm.

Bowls England Official Podcst ‘THE EXTRA END’ | EPISODE 9 – ALLAN THORNHILL

International Technical Official Allan Thornhill has travelled all over the world, officiating at many World Championships and Commonwealth Games. Allan is the next guest on ‘The Extra End’ and discusses his experiences in the sport with Bowls International Editor Sian Honnor.

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Bowls legend David Bryant has sadly died

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • National Singles – 1960, 1966, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975
  • National Pairs – 1965, 1969, 1970
  • National Triples – 1966, 1977, 1985
  • National Fours – 1957, 1968, 1969, 1971

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



Bowls clubs across England are being invited to register their interest in becoming a training camp for teams participating in Lawn Bowls at Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Many of the 71 nations and territories taking part in the Games are looking to set up training camps across the country in order to train and acclimatise ahead of the event – and the search is now underway.

Hosting a pre-Games training camp can provide many benefits including an economic boost for both your Club and the local area.  Bowls England will work with successful clubs to ensure that the platform is used to generate local interest and get more people involved in our sport.  Bowls clubs are advised to consider how hosting may help them engage new community groups in their area and help diversify those taking part in our sport.

Bowls England Chief Executive, Jon Cockcroft, said: “This is a unique opportunity for our clubs to be part of the Commonwealth Games and use this moment to inspire people within their community, who may have a chance to watch training sessions or take part in events. This is a nationwide initiative and Bowls England will work with successful clubs as part of our efforts to ensure Birmingham 2022 engages with our entire Bowls community.”

John Crabtree, Chair of Birmingham 2022, said: “We have frequently said that the whole region and even the whole country will benefit from Birmingham 2022 and pre-Games training camps are a really great example of how that’s possible. We are expecting 6,500 athletes and officials to come to Birmingham and the region to compete in the Games and many of those teams, especially from the larger Commonwealth nations, will be looking to arrive early, acclimatise and fine-tune their preparations, before moving into the official Games time accommodation.”

Nigel Huddleston, Minister for Sport, Tourism and Heritage, said: “This is a great opportunity for communities right across the country to play their part in Birmingham 2022. From fostering relationships with other Commonwealth nations to building the profile of local venues and facilities, there are significant benefits from hosting pre-Games training camps. I would encourage anywhere with the right facilities to express their interest.”

Any Club interested in hosting a pre-Games training camp must e-mail: email hidden; JavaScript is required to express an interest and to request further information.

Although there is no official deadline for expressions of interest, applications should be submitted by the end of September 2020.

Bowls England News: World Bowls Championship Deffered to September 2021


The staging of the World Bowls Championships has been delayed a further 105 days, as announced today by World Bowls and Bowls Australia.

The quadrennial event will now be staged from Tuesday 7th September to Sunday 19th September 2021 in Gold Coast, Queensland, as a result of the current global COVID-19 climate and uncertainty around international travel restrictions which could impact the expected 36-attending nations.

The Bowls England team is looking forward to competing at the Championships.

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