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We are delighted to announce a free webinar to assist members with ideas and techniques to communicate to club members using simple ideas which save time, money and are hassle-free.

Examples will be provided to show the importance of internal and external communication to your club – and the benefits it has with retention and recruitment.

Our webinar will show all attendees how you can use various systems effectively to introduce new initiatives specific to your Club’s needs.

The webinar will once again be hosted by Ilminster BC’s Matt Hamilton following the successful recent webinars focusing on how to grow your club using an increased presence on social media.

Matt has first-hand experience of communication at club level, with his involvement paramount to his club being named Bowls England Club of the Year in 2018.

The webinars will take place via Zoom on the following dates:

  • Friday 10th July (2pm)
  • Tuesday 14th July (6.30pm)

Each webinar will contain the same content, therefore attendance is only necessary on one occasion.

To book your place, please e-mail email hidden; JavaScript is required providing the name of your Club and County Association along with which session you wish to attend.

Places are strictly limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

We look forward to ‘virtually’ seeing you then.

COVID-19: Additional Guidance for Lawn Bowls

This is the latest guidance from Bowls England received on the 02/07/2020. Please note the LINK at the bottom of the page which give further guidance on the opening of clubs.

We welcome the further easing of restrictions that the Government has announced, particularly with regard to bars and restaurants, which will enable more of our clubs and members to enjoy a game of bowls over the coming weeks and generate much-needed income.

We released a checklist for clubs on the re-opening of bars and restaurants as part of our ‘Back2Bowls’ guidance on Tuesday this week.

The Government yesterday published additional information for the sport sector.

The attached document highlights key points (applicable from Saturday 4th July) from the latest Government guidance to help clubs and members return to the green safely including:

  • Social distancing
  • Shared equipment
  • Changing rooms and toilets
  • Rinks and formats
  • Large gatherings

We trust this additional information will support your clubs and members.


Mikey Titcombe to run 2021 London Marathon

Hi Everyone, I think I might be going insane but…

My fitness/weight loss mission has been going really well recently, completing the couch to 5k app and also testing myself with some longer runs, up to 13k so far. I’m over 4 stone down as well which I am over the moon with. Being the absolute nutter and ridiculously ambitious person that I am, I wanted a challenge to push myself even further.

As you may or may not be aware, I recently applied to a charity to run the 2021 London Marathon for them. It took them a little while to get back to me, but can now confirm that I’ve been accepted to run for them in the marathon!

The charity is Caudwell Children, they do massive amounts of work to provide children with specialist equipment that their families may unfortunately not be able to afford. This will sometimes involve them contributing massively towards the total cost of the equipment, or on some occasions paying for it in full. They have also recently set up a multi million pound autism centre which is doing fantastic research and development. (Link to charity’s website below)

Whilst I wanted to run for a great cause, I’ve also become a great believer in anything being possible when you set your mind to it, which is what I want to prove. I never thought I’d be a runner and still don’t believe I’m a natural at it, but I’m going to complete this marathon and do it in a respectable time as well! I wasn’t in a great place towards the end of last year and I really want to prove how quickly things can turn around!

I’ve put a link to my JustGiving page below, I would be massively grateful for any donations 😊 Thanks all and let’s hope we get back to normality soon!


Back2Bowls – Reopening of Club Bars and Restaurants


We are delighted that many of our clubs have already opened their doors and are confident that the easing of restrictions over the remainder of the 2020 season will provide a great opportunity for clubs to recruit and retain members.

Already, clubs have innovated to provide social and competitive opportunities for their community at a time when they need it most.

Our latest paper (attached) follows the Government’s announcement that licensed premises, including bowls clubs, are allowed to open from Saturday 4th July in their capacity as bars and restaurants. Our paper includes a useful checklist to assist those clubs who wish to open their bar.

Key points:

  • The Government has issued detailed guidance for the reopening of Bars and Restaurants
  • Clubs should refer to the Government guidance in advance of opening and ensure compliance
  • Changing rooms should remain closed except for allowing access to toilets and handwashing facilities

This paper is our interpretation of the information available to date and, if necessary, we will update further once DCMS publishes its guidance for the sport sector.

In preparing our paper, we are aware that every club is different and it is for each club to interpret the Government’s requirements and act accordingly.

We trust you will find this useful.


Covid-19 – Update from Bowls England

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced yesterday (23rd June) that pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants will be able to reopen on 4th July.

We are currently awaiting clarification from the Government as to whether this will mean any change to the current limit on use of clubhouses, bars and changing rooms for our member clubs. The Government guidance for outdoor sports facilities, including bowls clubs, currently states: “Bars and clubhouses at outdoor sports facilities must remain closed other than for takeaway to be consumed off site.”

We shall circulate a further update once a response is received.

Kind regards



New Dates For Online Adult In Bowls Safeguarding Courses


Coach Bowls is delighted to announce extra dates for the new online ‘Adult Safeguarding in Bowls’ course.

This course will provide an ideal opportunity for all bowlers to increase their knowledge of safeguarding from the comfort of their own home.

It will be delivered via Zoon as virtual classroom – with full interaction with the tutor and the other people attending the course throughout.

Amanda Scriven-Purcell, Coach Bowls Coaching Manager, said: “We are delighted to make this new course available to the bowls community. It provides all bowlers with the opportunity to build their knowledge on safeguarding matters both within the sport and their personal lives. The session will also give all participants the chance to meet up with other bowlers across England.”

Each session will last three hours and the cost is £25.

Spaces are strictly limited and bookings will be accepted on a first come, first served basis

For times and dates of the courses please go to are website with direct link to book on course or use below

Friday 31st July 2020 10am – 1pm Online course Click here to book
Tuesday 4th August 2020 1pm -4pm Online course Click here to book
Thursday 13th August 2020 10am – 1pm Online course Click here to book
Saturday 22nd August 2020 11am – 2pm Online course Click here to book
Wednesday 26th August 2020 10am – 1pm Online course Click here to book

Westlecot Bowling Club Open Two Wood Triples Event 2020

Westlecot Bowling Club

Open Two Wood Triples Event 2020

Sunday 30th/Monday 31st August 2020

 Bowls is being played under restrictions at present however with these looking like they could ease over the coming weeks we want to plan for the future. We are pleased to announce that the Westlecot Open Two Bowl Triples event is planned to take place over 2 days Sunday 30th August & Monday 31st August 2020.

We can’t be certain what restrictions will be in place at that time however we have put in place measures which we hope will comply with guidance that is then in place.

We have 2 bowls greens with up to 13 rink settings which means we will make 6 rinks available for play each day. This will allow us to host up to 48 teams over the 2 days.

There will be food available throughout the 2 days to purchase. If needs be the option can be to takeaway.

The bar will hopefully be open and working under the regulations current at that time.

Prizes will be £600–£300–£200–£100… (Subject to 48 Team) Entry will be £25 per triple, all triples guaranteed 3 games.

There are 48 places which can be reserved with no deposit at present. 24 places each day, if you are not local to Swindon then please feel free to request just Monday however we can’t guarantee this will be available. When we know more about forthcoming restrictions payment will be asked for via BACS.

To reserve your spot please email email hidden; JavaScript is required

Thank you & Stay Safe


Bowls England News: Is your Club Paying more for its Waste Water than it should be?

We are aware that a number of clubs have been battling for several years to get their water company to provide an allowance for waste water.

We now want to find out the national picture and have launched a short survey to assess our clubs’ needs in order to assist our future negotiations with water companies on your behalf.

Most water companies automatically assume that approximately 95 per cent of the water supplied to any property is returned to the sewer and charge accordingly. However, if your usage is metered and you use a considerable amount of water in such a way that it does not return to the sewer, for example watering your bowling green, then you can apply to the company for a non-return to sewer allowance.

David Tucker, Bowls England Chair, said: “Bowls England has received feedback from a number of clubs who appear to have been overcharged by their water supplier for waste water. This means thousands of pounds a year from club funds could literally be going down the drain. We want to make national representation to the water companies on behalf of our clubs, but to do so we need some firm evidence of the current situation therefore would urge clubs to complete our short survey.”

Any club wishing to check their individual position in the short-term can do so by requesting an application form from your water company and assessing how much of a discount you are entitled to if you can evidence how much water is not returning to the sewer.

To complete the survey, which should take no more than 10 minutes, please visit:


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