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Bowls England’s Obituary to Hedley Bowen

Bowls England regrets to announce the passing of former Junior International Team Manager, Hedley Bowen.

Hedley was appointed Manager in 2011, and led the team to comprehensive victories in the British Isles series in both 2013 and 2014. He also provided support to the Commonwealth Games squad for Glasgow 2014.

Current England star Jamie Chestney, who was made captain of the junior team by Hedley for the 2011 series and worked closely with him ahead of Glasgow, paid tribute to him.

Jamie said: “Hedley was a very intelligent man and a great influence on my career. I learnt such a lot from him, especially regarding the psychology of the sport. Whilst hugely competitive, he was also great to just have a beer and a chat with. I’m very sorry to hear of his loss.”

In addition to Jamie, several other members of the junior teams managed by Hedley have moved on to higher honours including Jamie’s fellow performance squad members Sam Tolchard, Louis Ridout and Jamie Walker.

Hedley however was not just influential on the international stage.

He was a member of the Bowls England Development Committee for several years, and combined this role with tireless work for his own club, Royal Wootton Bassett BC (where he was made a life member) and also Bowls Wiltshire.

On the playing front, Hedley won many county honours and narrowly missed out in the final of the National Triples in 1989.

Hedley hailed from Llanelli and began playing bowls in 1971 in Llanelli before work brought him across the Severn Bridge – and whilst he was fully committed to England on the bowls green there was no doubting his Welsh heritage should the two countries meet on the rugby pitch.

Our thoughts are with wife Carol and his family at this time.

Men’s Presidents Tour Report

The Bowls Wiltshire Men’s President, John Crowder and thirty-five tourists visited Bournemouth for his 2021 tour. The accommodation was at the Mayfair Hotel, Bath Road Bournemouth. All tourist arrived at the hotel on Friday prior to travelling for the first match at Knyveton Gardens.

The Tour Results 

Friday 17th September Knyveton Gardens 115 Bowls Wiltshire Men 95

Saturday 18th September Southbourne 100 Bowls Wiltshire Men 145

Sunday 19th September Agyll 122 Bowls Wiltshire Men 105

Monday 20th September Wimbourne 94 Bowls Wiltshire 141

Overall Wins 2 Losses 2

After each match the Ducks were presented to the highest losing Rink.

They were received with great pride.

There were two other match awards, namely MOTM Duck (Man of the Match) Superman Duck, MBE (Marginally Below Excellent) Dick Duck. Also MOTT Duck (Man of the Tour), James Pond Duck. This year awarded to Terry Cook.

The Mayfair Hotel was excellent, clean rooms and an excellent choice of food from the dinner menus. We were also well looked after by the staff including Manager, Tracie, Receptionist Carole and the Restaurant Manager Nikky.

The main purpose of the Tour is to raise money for the President’s Charity which was FOREVER FRIENDS AT THE ROYAL UNITED BATH. The money was raised through a Grand Raffle which took place after dinner on Sunday, money was raised through I.V.C’s (Involuntary Contributions), when tourists used the “F” word or the “W” word, when an incorrect bias was bowled and also many (read any) other action by tourist, when spotted by other tourists, who raised an I.V.C against them.

The 2021 Bournemouth Tour raised a grand Total of £1.200 for the President’s Charity.

Pictured left is John Wilks presenting the cheque to Bowls Wiltshire Men’s President Jon Crowder.

Over the last 16 years the Tours have raised in excess of £10,000 for various Charities – a wonderful effort by all Tourists who have contributed.




Bowls Wiltshire Men Bournemouth Touist 2021
Avon B,C, Chippenham Pak B.C. Swindon B.C
John Crowder Stewart Allison Bob Hiles
Ken Bray Gary Hubbard Howad Pryse
Terry Cook Keith Hutchens Andy Watson
Andy Durrant Steve McPake Mike Tuohy
Colin Easton Gerry Tinson Ross Wheeler
Danny Holland Philip Wells Barry Wheeler
John Woodhouse Dave Williams
Rodboune Cheney B.C. Royal Wootton Bassett B.C. Winsley B.C.
Rod Giles John Wilks Cliff Gumm
Dan Havey Keith Joplin
Steve Rose Jim Carson Downton B.C.
Dave Royle Mike Hallam
Alderbury B.C Amesbury B.C. Westlecott B.C.
John Snell Peter Harding Frank Hinchliffe
Mere B.C. Spencer Moulton B.C.
Don Butchers Ian Francis
Alan Isgove Russel Francis


Frank Hinchcliffe


Andy Watson                                                        A meeting to sort things !!!!!!





Dave Williams (with the hair) & Bob Hiles

Mike Hallam






Men’s JVP visits the Barber


Bowls Wiltshire Men’s Junior Vice President Dave Williams, who plays is bowls at Chippenham Park, was challenged earlier in the year not visit a Barber until October.

Dave took on the challenge for his Charity VICTA (Visually Impaired Children Take Action) and yesterday was the day he got back to normal.

The picture shows Dave before and after.

Dave raised £750 for his charity.

Congratulations Dave I am not sure which is your best look !!!!!!!!!!!






England bowler Ellen Falkner MBE has decided to call time on her glittering international career.  The three-times Commonwealth Games gold medallist, who first represented her country at senior level in 2002, was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s honours 2020 for her outstanding contribution to the sport of bowls.

Falkner’s name has become synonymous with the sport since she won Gold in the Fours at the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002.  Two further golds, in the Pairs (2010) and Triples (2014) would follow, as well as a Bronze medal on the Gold Coast in 2018, making her the second most decorated English lawn bowler in Commonwealth Games history.

Her other achievements are lengthy.  She has amassed six World Championship titles (two gold, three silver and one bronze), ten Atlantic Championship titles (five gold, three silver and two bronze), two eight nation titles (both gold), won six British Isles Championship titles and gained 72 caps competing in the British Isles Women’s International Series.  Representing her home county of Cambridgeshire, Falkner has won multiple national titles and celebrated victory in the Women’s Champion of Champions tournament just a few weeks ago.  She has spent the past year in the Performance Squad competing for selection to represent England in a sixth Commonwealth Games next year.

Despite a further opportunity to represent England at Birmingham 2022, Ellen’s retirement has been accelerated by a time-bound opportunity to fulfil a long-standing ambition to emigrate to Australia. She has accepted a role working in Australia’s Para Bowls programme.

“Stepping back from my international playing career is one of the hardest things I have ever done. It’s been a big part of my life and who I am for so long. I am hugely grateful and thankful for the opportunities I have had and have always tried to represent my country with pride, passion and determination since my junior international debut in 1997.  Bowls has enabled me to travel the world, make friends for life and given me the courage to take risks and continually challenge myself. It is these attributes that have helped myself and husband Chris to make the life changing decision to move to Australia and take up an exciting career opportunity following being granted a permanent resident Visa. Covid-19 has made us think about what we would like from life, that you only live once and to follow our dreams rather than always wonder. I count myself as incredibly lucky to have met so many great people and I would genuinely like to thank all those who have shared this journey with me, at club, county and international level and for the memories we have made both on and off the green. I will miss you.”

Bowls England’s Performance Director, John McGuinness, said, “We are hugely thankful for Ellen’s contribution to bowls in England on and off the green.  Her record stands for itself; she has been a pleasure to work with and is an exemplary role model to any player aspiring to reach the top of our sport.  Her desire to see the game develop and the time she invested in coaching our para athletes has been an inspiration to so many.”

Jon Cockcroft, Bowls England Chief Executive, added, “Ellen’s service to our sport over the past two decades has been unparalleled and the MBE she received last year was fitting recognition of her outstanding contribution to bowls.  We know how difficult a decision this was for Ellen, and, whilst we are very sad to see her go, we wish her and Chris well as they embark on this new chapter of their lives.”


We are delighted to have been able to deliver a full season of domestic competitive
events in 2021, culminating in our National Finals in Victoria Park, Royal Leamington
Spa. The season provided a number of challenges as we sought to enable all bowlers to
participate safely whilst navigating through the gradual relaxation of Covid-19
restrictions. We thank everyone for the part they played in a full summer of competitive
The introduction of shorter formats in all events provided the maximum flexibility for
players, clubs and counties to arrange their respective matches. The change in format
has led to a healthy debate on our national competition programme and, building on
previous insight, we have digested the recent survey which was completed by both
current and prospective participants.
As part of our core aim to grow participation in lawn bowls, a priority is to deliver an
annual programme of national competitions which provide a structure and environment
for all players to feel challenged, rewarded and committed to our sport. This involves
satisfying the needs of existing competitions entrants, whilst ensuring competitions are
accessible for as broad a range of bowlers as possible. There is little doubt the number
one barrier to people entering competitions, or entering more competitions, is pressures
on their time.
To that end, our outline plans for 2022 were sent to all county associations last week
and, following their feedback, we are pleased to share them more widely.
National Finals 2022
We have repeatedly outlined that 2022 is a challenging year for the domestic calendar,
and we have been advised that Birmingham 2022 has use of the Victoria Park venue
until Thursday 18th August. Building in venue set-up time, the indicative dates for the
Bowls England National Finals are Thursday 25th August to Sunday 11th September
inclusive. We will be meeting with Birmingham 2022 and Warwick District Council to
confirm this and are mindful of the challenges of the later date on players and
We will be reflecting on this year’s National Finals and making improvements based on
your feedback. We aim to go on ticket sale for the 2022 National Finals before the end
of 2021. Please sign up to our Jack newsletter for updates.

National Championship 2022 – Formats and Qualification
Following an analysis of the survey results and feedback from counties, we will be
running all the National Championships using the following formats:
 Singles (including Junior Singles) – 21 up
 Pairs (including Junior Pairs) – Four bowls 18 ends
 Triples – Three bowls 18 ends
 Fours (including Senior Fours) – Two bowls 18 ends
 Two-bowl singles – Two bowls 21 ends

For the integrity of the events, the same format must be played at all stages of the
Championships including county qualifying rounds. As in 2021, there will be 48 qualifiers
for the National Finals in Championship events. The 13 counties with the most entrants
in each event will receive two qualification places.
The closing date for receipt of qualifier information from counties to Bowls England will
be Monday 8th August 2022.
Inter-County Events
To provide more space in the competition schedule, the Middleton and Johns will remain
as knock-out competitions and the Finals will be played as part of the 2022 National
Finals. Qualifying for the Balcomb Trophy, Walker Cup, White Rose Trophy and Amy
Rose Bowl will also remain as knockout as in 2021, but the Regional Finals for the
respective events for each gender will be on separate dates. We shall circulate the
programme for inter-county events next month once the wider National Competition
programme has been confirmed.
National Competitions and National Finals Schedule 2022
Based on the feedback and the logistical challenges of fitting around Birmingham 2022,
we will spend the next few weeks working on the following:
 Developing the National Finals schedule to maximize the number of players taking
part and enhance the spectator experience
 Formats of play in National Competitions and the point at which each competition
proceeds to the National Finals
 Introduction of regional stages of National Competitions to reduce travel time for
players and to take advantage of staging local events around the Commonwealth
 The financial viability of additional live streaming during the 2022 National Finals
Entries for National Competitions will be opened once this work has been completed,
which we anticipate to be towards the middle of October.
International Events and Commonwealth Games preparation
Discussions regarding the British Isles events (Championships and International Series)
are ongoing between the nations that form the respective organising bodies regarding
plans for 2022. Details will be circulated once finalised.
More broadly, the England squad’s preparations for Birmingham 2022 will become more
intense as we get closer to the Games. We will be organising the international schedule
once we are clear about the domestic calendar, working with all stakeholders to ensure
our players are well-prepared mentally and physically for a home Games.
Autumn Counties Meeting
We will be meeting with Counties in the autumn to explore some of the outstanding
areas of discussion for the 2022 National Championships, Competitions and Finals, as
well as looking forward to 2023 and beyond.
We will continue to assess the merits of changes made to competitions, digest feedback
from players about their experience of playing in national competitions and ensure our
competitions programme meets the needs of participants and Bowls England’s strategy.

Day two of the Bowls Wiltshire County Finals

Sunday saw the second day of the BW County Finals at Devizes BC. The Ladies Top Ten saw Purton beat Amesbury 3 disciplines to 2 whilst in the Ladies Champion of Champions Marcia Easton of Avon beat Linda Young from Highworth 21 – 8.

The inaugural playing of the Ladies Over 70 Triples saw Mary Newman, Carol Grenfell and Jean Collier from Box defeat Irene Button, Viv Baskerville and Barbara Land from Chippenham Town 19 – 15.

In the Men’s Unbadged Singles Tom Pittuck of Highworth beat Josh Fail from Purton 21 – 15 and in the Officers Triples Joanne Hicks, Chris Davis and Stuart Murray from Highworth beat Malcom Hole, Marcia Easton and Colin Easton from Avon 24 – 11.

In the last final to be played Purton beat Box 45 – 35 in the Mixed Double Rink and so an end to another season of out door bowls.

A big thankyou to Devizes  Bowls Clubs for hosting a successful weekend of bowling.

News from the first day of the County Finals

On the first day of the County finals held at Devizes BC there were wins in the Ladies Unbadged for Sylvia Crabbe from Avon. Having beaten Elise Ambridge of Trowbridge Westbourne 16 – 8 in the semi final she went onto beat Deborah Hitchcox of Stratton Churchway in the final 15 – 14 after an extra end.

In the Secretary & Treasurers Allison Fail and Paul Boyles from Purton beat Don Butchers and Chris Coombs of Mere 22 – 11.

The Greenkeepers competition saw Martin Neale of Wilton defeat Dave Betteridge of Trowbridge Town 21 – 18 whilst in the Men’s Champion of Champions Andy Moore of Spencer Melksham beat Tom Pittuck Highworth (Stratton Churchway) 21 – 9.

In the Benevolent Triples Janet Willis’s team from Stratton Churchway beat a triple from Westlecot lead by Linda Perfitt 17 – 11 and in the Men’s Over 60 Triples Rob Clews, Richard Gainey & Will Jones from Chippenham Town defended the title when they beat Dave Reeves, Steve Gedge & Andy Moore 17 – 13.

in the Men’s Tourist Trophy there was a convincing win for Royal Wootton Bassett drawing 16 all one one rink with the other rink having the decisive win of 25 – 6.


Bowls Wiltshire Domestic Finals Schedule

Bowls Wiltshire Domestic Finals Saturday’s Schedule

1 9.30am   BW Ladies County Unbadged Singles Semi Final (A) 11.00am  BW Ladies  County Benevolent Triples Semi Final (A)  12.30pm                BW Men Unbadged Singles Final
E Ambridge v S Crabbe L Perfitt v S Bartlett J Fail v T Pittuck
Trowbridge Westbourne Avon Westlecot Winsley (Purton) (Highworth)
White Red White Red White Red
2 9.30am   BW Ladies County Unbadged Singles Semi Final (B) 11.00am  BW Ladies  County Benevolent Triples Semi Final (B) 12.30pm                       BW Men’s Over 60 Triples
D Hitchcox v K Hussain J Willis v J Coleman A Moore v R Clews
Stratton Churchway Stratton Churchway Stratton Churchway Amesbury (Spencer Melksham) (Chippenham Town)
White Red White Red White Red
3 11.00am approx   BW Ladies County Unbadged Singles Final 1.30pm approx  BW Ladies  County Benevolent Triples Final
Semi Final A v Semi Final B Semi Final A v Semi Final B
White Red White Red
4 9.30am               BW Secretary & Treasurers 1.00pm
Purton v Mere v
White Red White Red
5 9.30pm                         Greenkeepers  12.00pm                    BW Men’s Tourist Trophy
D Betteridge v M Neale Royal Wootton Bassett v Salisbury
(Trowbridge Town) (Wilton)
White Red White Red
6 9.30am                  BW Men’s Champion of Champions  12.00pm                    BW Men’s Tourist Trophy
A Moore v T Pittuck Royal Wootton Bassett v Salisbury
(Spencer Melksham) (Swindon Town Gardens)
White Red White Red

Bowls Wiltshire Domestic Finals Sunday’s Schedule

1 9.30am              BW Ladies  County Top Ten Final 1.00pm
Purton v Amesbury v
White Red White Red
2 9.30am              BW Ladies  County Top Ten Final 1.00pm
Purton v Amesbury v
White Red White Red
3 9.30am              BW Ladies  County Top Ten Final 1.00pm
Purton v Amesbury v
White Red White Red
4 9.30am              BW Ladies  County Top Ten Final 12.30pm                     BW Officers Triples
Purton v Amesbury Highworth v Avon
White Red White Red
5 9.30am              BW Ladies  Over 70 Triples 12.30pm                       BW Mixed Double Rink
Chippenham Town v Box Purton v Box
White Red White Red
6 9.30am              BW Ladies Champion of Champions 12.30pm                       BW Mixed Double Rink
L Young v M Easton or Sue Cooke Purton v Box
White Red White Red

Mixed Pairs success for Chris & Josh

Chris Mitchell & Josh Fail from Purton BC today progressed to tomorrows Quarter Finals of the BE Mixed Pairs Competition at Leamington.

In their first round match they played Richard Weaving from Warwickshire beating them 24 – 3 before defeating Lisa Wolstenholme Surrey 28 – 9 in this afternoons second round.

Tomorrow morning they will be playing Ed Morris, Essex at 9.30am.