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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!




 We are delighted to announce a free webinar to assist members seeking external funding for their Club.

We have invested in GRANTfinder’s dedicated funding search service to support Clubs – which carries details of more than 9,000 funding programmes.

Our free webinar will show all attendees how you can use the system to identify potential funding opportunities specific to your Club’s needs.

The webinar will take place via Microsoft Teams on Friday 3rd July at 3pm.

To book your place, please e-mail email hidden; JavaScript is required providing the name of your Club and County Association.

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

GRANTfinder is Europe’s largest and most comprehensively supported funding service of its type and is part of the Idox Group – a leading supplier of specialist software, services and content to the public sector.

The user-friendly funding tool carries in excess of 9,000 UK and EU funding programmes and 4,000 policy items, providing a reservoir of information that is constantly growing and continuously updated.

Bowls Wiltshire Announcement re Affiliation/Competition Fees

These are not normal times!

On the 20th March, in response to the BE announcement that all affiliation fees
were to be returned, I sent a message to all clubs in the county (after discussion
with the gender treasurers) confirming the Bowls Wiltshire’s position at that time,
and that we would review the position in/by June.

This was sent as we did not want to take a knee-jerk reaction and were in no
position to know where we might be, and what bowls would be possible in 2020.
Much has changed since then, with county friendlies, competitions and the leagues
all cancelled; we have spent more time in the garden, read far more humorous
emails and looked at some very clever reinterpretations of songs and in some
instances, lost family, friends and acquaintances.

We believe that now is a good time to follow the BE Goodwill gesture and return
• the Bowls Wiltshire affiliation fees
• the Ladies competitions fees
• the Mens competitions fees
• the County competitions fees

Stewart observed that the League entry fees are from the same clubs each year, so
rather than refund those, we will roll them over to 2021 and save everyone having
to issue cheques next year.

If we are able to arrange any competitions / galas in the latter part of the season,
then for this year only, we will fund any costs from our resources; we will
not pay any prize money in 2020.

We have the bank details for all clubs, so the return of monies could be done online
over the next couple of weeks followed up with a credit note detailing the
breakdown across categories.

Kind regards
Neil Gillespie
For and on behalf of the Bowls Wiltshire Executive

Coach Bowls FAQ


Frequently Asked Questions from Coach Bowls

1. With the current advice re: Coronavirus there is no possibility of candidates carrying out their
practical sessions in the foreseeable future and therefore I cannot complete my portfolio.
What should I do?
You should complete your theory parts of the portfolio as prescribed. If you are able to complete
these electronically you can then e‐mail across to your assessor. They will then be able to assess
and feedback electronically.
If you are not able to complete these electronically, you should:
a) Complete the paperwork
b) Scan the documents and e‐mail to the assessor
c) Post (if able) to your assessor ‐ ensuring the recipient does not have to sign for the
package, but that it is ‘tracked’

2. I have completed my first on green session and my portfolio is all but complete. Shall I send it
in for checking and just keep a copy of my second session to bring to the assessment day when
it happens?
Yes. As the above guidelines for Q1.

3. Our local clubs are not currently open. Will we get additional time to complete the coaching
Yes. Coach Bowls will not begin arranging assessment days until the situation across the
country has stabilised and it is deemed by the Government and Public Health England that it
is sensible to resume. In the meantime, you should complete the rest of your portfolio in line
with Q1.

4. Day one of my course has been postponed. When will it be rescheduled for?
Coach Bowls is unable to give exact dates for rearranged courses at this time. As soon as we
have been given further guidance we will let everyone know via our website initially. Once
exact dates are arranged, we will e‐mail all candidates directly.
Coronavirus_FAQs_001 (Issued: 25th March 2020)

5. What happens if I can’t make the date of a rearranged course?
You will be given the option to transfer to another course on a date that you can attend. If
for any reason this is not possible, the Coach Bowls Manager will liaise with you directly to
formulate an individual action plan that works for you.

6. How will I be able to attend an assessment day and when will I know they are?
Coach bowls will arrange assessment days with a geographic spread as soon as it is deemed
by the Government and Public Health England that it is sensible to resume. All candidates will
receive information directly from the Coach Bowls team.

7. Can I still go to my club and coach?
At the current time, the answer is an emphatic ‘no’. In accordance with Government
guidance – Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stop the Spread.

8. Is Coach Bowls still operational during the Coronavirus outbreak? If so, how do I contact a
member of the team?
Coach Bowls is currently working remotely. We are using this opportunity to review and refresh
some documents, update materials, improve the membership portal and website whilst
continuing to offer our normal service to all of our members.
To contact us, the office number remains in place (01926 334910). We have diverted this to a
remote handset.
You can also contact us via e‐mail: email hidden; JavaScript is required
Adam Durnin remains the main point of contact to the members and is overseeing the
membership portal, merchandise, website. Adam’s e‐mail is: email hidden; JavaScript is required
Amanda Scriven‐Purcell continues to oversee Coach Bowls operationally. Amanda is reviewing
and refreshing materials, documents, courses and modules. She will be working with the Tutors,
Assessors, Quality Assurance Team, Volunteer groups to ensure that support to coaches
currently undertaking qualifications is still available remotely. Amanda’s e‐mail is:
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Message from the Bowls Wiltshire Chair

The Coronavirus epidemic has caused us all considerable worry and disruption in our lives, isolation is not something we have experienced before and the way we are having to cope with all these changes takes quite a lot of getting used to.

Please do take heed of Government advice and let us hope that circumstances will soon improve.

I would like to thank those who are keeping you well informed with all arrangements that have been made so far and we will ensure that any further updates will be forwarded on.

Many thanks to the two gender Presidential teams who have agreed to carry on with their roles in 2021.

My thoughts are with you all at this time, keep well and stay safe.

June Corbett

Presidential Teams to carry on into 2021

With this years Bowls Season all but wiped out it has been agreed, with their consent, that the current Ladies and Men’s Presidential Teams will stay in post both this year and next (2021).

The Ladies Presidential Team is President Babs Salter (Wroughton), Senior VP Janice Rowe (Amesbury) and Junior VP Sue Gravell (Supermarine)

The Men’s Presidential Team is President John Crowder (Avon), Senior VP Jim Cremin (Wroughton) and Junior VP Don Butchers (Mere).


BW Meetings Cancelled

Following today’s announcement by the Prime Minister relating to the worsening affect Coronavirus is having the following meetings have been cancelled.

Saturday 4th April               Bowls Wiltshire Management Meeting

Tuesday 7th April               Bowls Wiltshire Ladies Committee meeting and Bowls Wiltshire Ladies Delegates Meeting

Tuesday 7th April               Bowls Wiltshire Men’s Committee meeting.

Please note that we will arrange for the Bowls England Year Books and Bowls Wiltshire Ladies Competition handbooks to be delivered to you in the next couple of weeks.

As soon as I get any further information from Bowls England I will let you know.

It would seem that the start of the season is going to be delayed and I think the best we can hope for is there may be some bowling later in the summer.

Please keep safe and look after those in a vulnerable position.



Administrator to Bowls Wiltshire


Following an enquiry received by Bowls Wiltshire, and the media attention surrounding Coronavirus, Bowls Wiltshire strongly advise that clubs encourage their members to follow the Governments recommendations on Coronavirus.

Bowl England at this point are recommending the same.

Bowls Wiltshire will continue to monitor the situation and further guidance will be issued at a later date if necessary.

The only event under the jurisdiction of Bowls Wiltshire that may be affected in the near future is the Management Meeting on Saturday 4th April.

For more information, please visit:

Last Chance to Order County Clothing for start of 2020 season.

If you haven’t ordered your County Shirt, Jacket or Gilet there is another opportunity to obtain one in time for the new season as long as you place your order by the 31st January.

Please see last post on the website for information on the Jacket & Gilet sizes and Costs

Please place your order with Neil Gillespie by email (email hidden; JavaScript is required)