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BDA Week of Learning 22nd to 26th January

The BDA are running a Week of Learning on the 22nd January providing FREE workshops to support clubs affiliated to English Indoor Bowling Association, Bowls England, British Crown Green Bowling Association and English Short Mat Bowls Association. We are working in conjunction with Club Matters to run workshops on Club Legal Structures along with workshops covering Bowls Bash and the Play Bowls Platform, Bowls Big Weekend, an introduction to inclusion as well as the role of a safeguarding officer.

Dates and times for the upcoming workshops can be found below. More information about each workshop together with the booking link for participants can be found on our education platform:


W/C 22nd January 2024

Introduction to Legal Structures

22nd January – 6-7pm

25th January – 10-11am

Role of a Safeguarding Officer

22nd January – 6-7pm

24th January – 10-11am

Introduction to Inclusion 

22nd January – 10-11am

24th January – 6-7pm

Introduction to Bowls Bash and Play Bowls Platform

23rd January – 6-7pm

26th January – 10-11am

Introduction to Bowls’ Big Weekend

22nd January – 1-2pm

26th January – 1-2pm

For further information you can contact Ben Abrahams Club and Community Development Officer at  email hidden; JavaScript is required

Bowls Wiltshire Men’s 2023 Tour Report

Bowls Wiltshire Men’s Tour 15th to 18th September 2023

 The President Dave Williams  and 36 tourist ventured to the Cotswolds  for their 2023 tour.

The accommodation was at the Crown & Cushion Hotel, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire.

The tourist met at the Chipping Norton Bowls Club for their first match prior to check in

at the hotel.

Tour Results

Fri 15th Sept.   Chipping Norton B.C.     94

                          Bowls Wiltshire Men    135


Sat 16th Sept.  Morton in Marsh B.C.     74

                          Bowls Wiltshire Men    162


Sun 17th Sept.  Woodstock B.C.              28     Game played over 10 ends

                           Bowls Wiltshire Men     75     due to Rain


Mon 18th Sept.  Fairford B.C.                 80

                             Bowls Wiltshire Men  95

As usual, after all games the DUCKS were presented to the highest losing rink and

Frances was also being presented to the Skip for safekeeping. The recipients  wore their ducks with pride.

Our Tour Gala Dinner was held on Saturday evening together with guests

Paul Demczak, President Bowls Oxfordshire and his wife Penny. Everyone had a wonderful and enjoyable  time, including speeches by Dave and Paul.

One of the  main purposes of the Tour was to raise money for the Presidents Charity. This year it was JULIA’S HOUSE Devizes,and the money was raised by a Grand Raffle held after dinner on Sunday.

Additionally money was also raised throughout  the Tour by the use of incorrect words,mainly  the “f” and “w “word. The funds were boosted by any misdemeanour identified for flagrant breach of Tour Rules by any Tourist at any time,as these also attracted an IVC ( INVOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTION)

The 2023 Chipping Norton Tour raised £1100 for the Presidents Charity.

Over the past 18 years tourists have raised in excess of £12000 for various charities.

Bowls Wiltshire Men Chipping Norton 2023 Tourist

Avon B.C.                    Chippenham B.C.          Swindon B.C.

John Crowder             Dave Williams Pres.      Tudor Lloyd

Danny Holland JVP    Stewart Allison              Howard Pryse

John Bowlhouse         Gary Hubbard                Ross Wheeler

Terry Cook                   Keith Hutchens             Barry Wheeler

Andy Durrant              Steve McPake               Steve Herridge

Derek Francis               Jerry Tinson                  Bob Hiles


Royal Wootton Bassett B.C.   Rodbourne Cheney B.C.   Spencer Moulton B.C.

John Wilks                                  Dan Harvey                          Russell Francis

Alan Small                                  Steve Rose                            Ian Francis

Mike Osman                              Dave Royle

Haydon Wick B.C.       Mere B.C.                      Winsley B.C.       Westlecot B.C,

Dave Longhurst            Don Butchers IPP         Cliff Gumm          Frank Hinchliffe

Phil Reddan                   Alan Isgrove

Amesbury B.C.      Alderbury B.C.    Malmesbury B.C.      Wroughton B.C.

Peter Harding        John Snell             John Smith                Andy Watson SVP




BW Men Tourists(Slaughterhouse Players) v Alderbury BC

In February 2023 John Snell’s wife, Shirley contacted the Tourists and requested that they play a game against John’s Club – Alderbury Bowls Club. This was to celebrate John’s 90th birthday year and also his 67th continuous membership of Alderbury Bowls Club.

All the Tourists were contacted as to availability and a team selected together with additional guests.

The Slaughterhouse Players and guests arrived between 1200/1230 as arranged and were greeted by President Sandy Jenkins. The club provided the Slaughterhouse Players with a wonderful buffet financed by John and Shirley.


At the evening meal prepared by the ladies of Alderbury Bowls Club, President Sandy thanked the Slaughterhouse Players for making the match possible and congratulated John  for the number of years as a member of Alderbury Bowls Club and his birthday year . Sandy then presented John with an inscribed paperweight from all the Club membership to celebrate the occasion.


Sandy then asked Dave Williams, President of Bowls Wiltshire Men and Captain of the Day, to address the bowlers and guests. He thanked Alderbury Bowls Club for the excellent meal they provided and congratulated Sandy and for the way the Cub had arranged and organised the day. He then presented John, on behalf of the Tourists, a suitably inscribed Tourist Shield . Howard Pryse then presented  John with a large montage on canvas which showed photographs of many Tourists, friends and bowlers he and Shirley had met over his many years of bowling in the UK and abroad..

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Bowls Wiltshire at Leamington – Reports List

Over the past 2 and a half weeks, Mikey Titcombe has been putting together reports for each day of action at the Bowls England National Finals that Bowls Wiltshire had involvement in. Please find the full collection of reports below:


Bowls Wiltshire at Leamington – Day 1 Report! | Bowls Wiltshire

Bowls Wiltshire at Leamington – Day 2 Report! | Bowls Wiltshire

Bowls Wiltshire at Leamington – Day 4 Report! | Bowls Wiltshire

Bowls Wiltshire at Leamington – Day 5 Report! | Bowls Wiltshire

Bowls Wiltshire at Leamington – Days 6 and 7 Report! | Bowls Wiltshire

Bowls Wiltshire at Leamington – Day 8 Report! | Bowls Wiltshire

Bowls Wiltshire at Leamington – Day 9 Report! | Bowls Wiltshire

Bowls Wiltshire at Leamington – Day 10 Report! | Bowls Wiltshire

Bowls Wiltshire at Leamington – Day 11 Report! | Bowls Wiltshire

Bowls Wiltshire at Leamington – Day 13 Report! | Bowls Wiltshire

Bowls Wiltshire at Leamington – Day 14 Report! | Bowls Wiltshire

Bowls Wiltshire at Leamington – Days 15 and 16 Report! | Bowls Wiltshire

Bowls Wiltshire at Leamington – Days 17 & 18 Report! | Bowls Wiltshire

Bowls Wiltshire at Leamington – Day 10 Report!

Day 10 sees us past the halfway stage of the Bowls England National Finals. Today we see the Men’s Fours get underway, with Royal Wootton Bassett’s Kyle Anderson, Mike Snell, Dave Godwin and Steve Snell, and Holt’s Andy Young, Tony Keating, Justin Davis and Wayne Snook both in first round action, looking to seal a place in round 2, and day 2, of the competition.


Over on E Green, our Wootton Bassett quartet faced a tricky opening fixture against a Leicestershire side skipped by Alistair Hollis. This was a close matchup throghout, with both sides in with a chance of securing the win heading into the final stages of the game. Unfortunately, it was not to be for the Wiltshire rink, who went down by the finest of margins, 13-14 as Leicestershire moved onto round 2.


On D Green, it was a more positive start for the Holt side skipped by Wayne Snook, who moved into an early lead over the rink skipped by Jack Larter of Norfolk. They managed this lead well throughout, meaning the Norfolk quartet needed to score a 5 on the final end to force an extra end. They were unable to do so, and the Holt four moved into round 2 with a 21-15 victory, where they will face a tough test against Durham’s Colin Boston, John Lynch, Andy Kirtland and Barry Hopkins.


Another quiet day of action, but Day 11 certainly sees business pick up from a Wiltshire perspective. The Men’s Fours continues as Andy, Tony, Justin and Wayne resume their campaign, whilst Nicki Kemble-Young of Supermarine and Sue Cooke of Box take to the green as the Women’s Singles gets underway. Also tomorrow, it is a momentous day for Bowls Wiltshire Men, as Wiltshire play in the Balcomb Trophy at the National Finals for the first time since the conception of the double rink format, as they face Cumbria in the National Semi-Finals.

Bowls Wiltshire at Leamington – Day 9 Report!

It’s Day 9 of the Bowls England National Finals. At the conclusion of play today, we will officially be at the halfway mark for this year. Today for Bowls Wiltshire, we saw two more competitions begin, with the Men’s and Women’s Senior Pairs getting underway. For the Women, we were represented by Ros Corke and Glenda Hibberd, whilst our competitors in the Men’s competition were Chris Moore and Tony Keating.


We start with Ros and Glenda, who commenced their campaign on C green against the Northumberland pairing of Jacqui Donnelly and Maggie Peart. Ros and Glenda got off to the ideal start, and eventually sealed a comfortable 17-6 victory with 2 ends to spare. This booked their place in round 2 against Valerie Ford and Diane McCullough of Gloucestershire.

Taking place later that afternoon, the second game of the day provided far more difficult opposition for Ros and Glenda. Unfortunately, this would be the end of the road for our ladies in the competition as the Gloucestershire pair advanced to the third round, final score 8-20.


Moving onto our Men’s pairing of Chris Moore and Tony Keating, who faced a tricky opener against Cornwall’s Colin Allen and Kevin Butler. This was a hard fought clash, with nothing to separate the two pairs. As the game drew to a close, it was clear that this game was going to the wire, and unfortunately it was the Wiltshire duo who came up just short by the smallest of margins, losing 18-19.


A short report for today, as that was all in terms of Wiltshire involvement for Day 9. Day 10 will see another quieter day, with the only competition with Wiltshire involvement being the Men’s Fours, where rinks from Royal Wootton Bassett and Holt will get their title charges underway.

Bowls Wiltshire at Leamington – Day 8 Report!

Written by Mikey Titcombe


Onto Day 8 as we approach the halfway mark of this year’s National Finals. A busy day for Wiltshire today, with action from 4 competitions to report on.


We start with Linda Young and Jo Hicks, who after two excellent wins yesterday, moved into the second day of the Women’s National Pairs. In the last 16, they faced a tough tie against Devon’s Gill Grantham and A Spreadborough. Unfortunately for our ladies, they were unable to continue their momentum from yesterday and missed out on a place in the Quarter-Final, losing 8-18. It would be fair to say that both our Wiltshire pairings were dealt tough sections of the draw, as the Devon pairing went on to lose in the final to Oxfordshire’s Gaskins and Grant, who recorded a win over our other Wiltshire duo in round 1.


Next up, we move onto the Men’s Triples, where Andy Blake, Mel Biggs and Mike Snell took on Cornwall’s Kevin, Freddie and Alasdair Williams. In a very closely fought contest, it looked as though Wiltshire had the upperhand, however Cornwall fought hard, and managed to advance to round 3 with a 14-13 victory over our Wiltshire trio. A fantastic effort from Andy, Mel and Mike.

In round 2 for Kyle Anderson, Dave Godwin and Steve Snell was a very tough test against Kent’s powerhouse trio of Isaac Jenner, Lewis King and Harry Goodwin. As you would expect, this was a tight game throughout, but it was Wiltshire who seized control late on in the match, and managed to hold onto the lead, securing a fantastic 17-12 victory to advance to round 3, which would take place in the afternoon session.

In round 3, they faced another tough fixture against Huntingdonshire’s Ed Elmore, Matt Saunders and Lewis Baker. Again, it was no surprise that this was a very tight encounter. Heading into the last end, the Royal Wootton Bassett triple required a 2 to force an extra end, and came up just short, only picking up a single, which sent Huntingdonshire into tomorrow’s Quarter-Final. A great effort from Kyle, Dave and Steve, securing an excellent second round victory before just being edged out by another strong side.


In the Mixed Pairs, after a tough battle yesterday, Chris Moore and Sue Cooke took on Gloucestershire’s Pauline Tuckey and Pete Stinchcombe. With a place in the Semi-Finals up for grabs, there was absolutely nothing to separate these two pairings. This was the case throughout the match, and unfortunately it was the Gloucestershire pair who managed to advance by the finest of margins, 15-14 to end our hopes in the Mixed Pairs. A great run for Chris and Sue, a National Quarter-Final is certainly something to be very proud of!


Finally today, we look at the National Mixed Fours, where Debbie Shadwell, Kathryn Yeoman (Box), Neil Yeoman and Russell Francis (Spencer Moulton) took on Devon’s Andrew Hibbitt, Chris Dolmore, Ella Crouch and Natalie Heath. With a place in tomorrow’s Quarter Final at stake, it was unfortunately the Devon quartet who came out of the blocks stronger, and secured an 18-14 victory to take their place in day 2 of the competition.


That wraps up Day 8. Day 9 sees a slightly quieter day of action, as our Men’s and Women’s Senior Pairs get their title campaigns underway!

Bowls Wiltshire at Leamington – Days 6 and 7 Report!

Written by Mikey Titcombe


Days 6 and 7 of 18 at the National Finals saw more competitions with Wiltshire interest begin. On Day 6, Tom Warner commenced his quest in the Champion of Champions.

Tom was due to play Yorkshire’s Vinnie O’Neill in his opening match, however unfortunately his opponent was unable to compete and Tom received a walkover into the Quarter-Finals. This could be seen as a positive in that it meant Tom was one step closer to the title, however his next opponent Fraser Ham had secured a strong win in the Last 16 and was brimming with confidence. Tom got off to a very difficult start, trailing by a large deficit early on. However, Tom rallied and began to reduce the gap. Unfortunately, the early gap was a little too big to bridge, and Tom lost out on a place in the Semi-Finals, 12-21.

On Day 7, we saw a busy day of action, as the Women’s Pairs, Men’s Triples and Mixed Pairs all got underway.

First up in the Women’s Pairs for Jean Collier and Marcia Easton of Box was the strong pairing of Carol Gaskins and Donna Grant of Oxfordshire. This was a very competitive first round fixture, with both pairs seemingly evenly matched throughout. Unfortunately for our Wiltshire duo, it was Carol and Donna who managed to secure a 15-12 win and advance to round 2. Interestingly, the Oxfordshire pair would go on to become the Women’s National Pairs Champions for 2023.

Linda Young and Jo Hicks of Highworth took on the Hampshire pairing of Sue Hurley and Ngaio Mapes in their opening fixture. The Wiltshire ladies would waste no time in getting off the mark with a strong win, securing a 21-11 victory with an end to spare to book their place in the second round later that day.

Next up for Linda and Jo was the Yorkshire pairing of Maria Whittle and Eva Dayes, who were coming into this game full of confidence after a strong win over Hertfordshire’s Devon Cooper and Rachel Tremlett in their opening game. However, our Wiltshire pair refused to be denied a spot in the last 16, and recorded a 16-9 win, once again with an end to spare, to move forward to the second day of the competition.


Moving on now to the Mixed Pairs, where following a gruelling one shot victory in the last 32 a few weeks ago, Chris Moore of Holt and Sue Cooke of Box took on Middlesex’s Karen Ryan and Paul Wilsher in their opening match at this year’s championships. In what was a closely fought contest, it was Chris and Sue who managed to emerge victorious and book their place in tomorrow’s Quarter-Finals, winning 20-17.


In the Men’s Triples, we were represented by two strong Wootton Bassett trios. First up, we go to Andy Blake, Mel Biggs and Mike Snell who faced a tough opening round match against an Essex trio skipped by Jamie Holmes. Not to be denied, the Bassett trio recorded a hard-fought 16-10 victory to move onto round 2, and day 2 of the competition. Next up tomorrow morning will be a Cornwall trio skipped by Junior International Alasdair Williams.

Kyle Anderson, Dave Godwin and Steve Snell also faced a strong trio in round 1, taking on the Lincolnshire combination of Carl Cherry, Chris Mycock and Alan Cherry. It was good news all round when it came to the Men’s triples, as a strong display from Kyle, Dave and Steve meant a 22-14 victory, putting both the Wiltshire trios into round 2. Next up tomorrow morning, a titanic clash with Kent’s Isaac Jenner, recently crowned National Singles champion Lewis King, and Harry Goodwin.

That was all for Day 7 at Leamington. Tomorrow we will see Jo and Linda continue their campaign, as well as both our Bassett trios facing tough second round fixtures in the Men’s Triples. The Mixed Pairs continues as Chris Moore and Sue Cooke will be in Quarter-Final action, hoping to go all the way as the competition reaches its conclusion. Also, our Mixed Four of Box’s Debbie Shadwell and Kathryn Yeoman, and Spencer Moulton’s Neil Yeoman and Russell Francis, will take to the green to commence their National Mixed Fours title charge.