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Red Arrows flypast

About half-way through the BWM vs Bristol City & County Match yesterday, which we narrowly won, we were treated to a fly over by the Red Arrows display team which passed directly over the green at Avon Bowls Club.

A thoroughly good day for President Don Butchers and his team in the scorching sunshine.

Philip Wells

Ladies National Pairs reaches Quarter Final Stage – Report

Bowls Wiltshire Ladies National Pairs Update – Competition reaches last 8!

With our representatives having been decided in the Fours and Triples, next up for Bowls Wiltshire Ladies is the National Pairs, and after 3 rounds of action, the competition has been whittled down to just 8 teams, and all 8 are representing different clubs!

The 4 qualifiers from the North side of the county who will head to Devizes on the 25th June to battle for national qualification consist of pairings from Purton, Chippenham Park, Highworth and Stratton Churchways. Alison Fail’s Purton duo have been pushed hard in their matches to reach this point, securing tough away victories over Babs Salter and Lynda Whittingham’s pairs, before securing a strong home victory over Deanne Davis in the last 16 to secure their quarter-final spot.

In the last 8 they will battle Becky Gale and partner of Chippenham Park, who have secured three victories en route to booking their place at Devizes, two strong wins away from home over Supermarine and Westlecot teams were backed up by a 10-shot win in the last 16, at home over Julia Hunt and partner of Wanborough.

Linda Young’s Highworth pairing have also faced some challenging matches in their early rounds, most recently in the last 16 securing a one shot victory at home over their Supermarine opposition. They also travelled to Westlecot in their second round match and secured an 8 shot victory over Linda Perfitt and partner.

The final pair to discuss to complete the North section qualifiers are Wendy Anderson’s Stratton Churchways duo. They opened their account for their campaign with a strong win away at Westlecot, and backed this up with a strong victory over clubmate Janet Willis, before eventually securing their place in the quarter-finals with a 7 shot victory at home over Yvette Maxwell-Darkes of Royal Wootton Bassett.

The 4 qualifiers from the South side of the county who will join the North pairings at Devizes to fight for the two spots available to Wiltshire at Leamington in the national finals are made up of teams from Box, Devizes, Amesbury and Avon.

Bev Lilley and partner of Devizes have been in fantastic form on their way to booking their place in the last 8. Playing away from home all the way to securing a place in the quarter-finals, hosted by their own club, they have recorded victories over Wilton, Amesbury and Box duos by 11, 17 and 9 shots respectively. They will now meet Wendy Anderson’s Stratton Churchways pairing who as mentioned previously have also been enjoying an excellent run.

Kathryn Yeoman has been enjoying a rich vein of form so far this season, having qualified in the National Fours and reaching the last 8 of the county in the National Triples. This form has continued into the Pairs, with three convincing away victories being recorded, 25-3 over a Downton duo, a 29-12 victory over a Trowbridge combination and a remarkable 28-3 victory away at Amesbury in the last 16. They will face Linda Young in the quarter-final at Devizes, who has enjoyed an identical start to competitions this season, also securing a spot at Leamington in the Fours and losing out in the last 8 of the county in the Triples.

The final quarter-final match up to discuss is a battle of the South between Ali Noyes of Amesbury and Marcia Easton of Avon. Ali and partner have built momentum from a closely-fought first round victory at home, 18-14 over opposition from Wilton, followed up with back-to-back 26-13 victories at home over opponents from their own club, and a pair from Salisbury. Marcia’s Avon pair have enjoyed 3 strong victories at home over opponents from Salisbury, Amesbury and Devizes to secure their place in the quarter-final line-up.

All 8 pairs will compete on the morning of 25th June, with the winning pairs battling it out in the afternoon for the 2 spots representing Wiltshire in the National Pairs at Leamington. Good luck to all involved!

Middleton Cup Match Report – Worcestershire 4th June

Bowls Wiltshire Middleton Cup vs Worcestershire 4th June – Match Report

In a repeat of last year’s opening Middleton Cup match and still in the new knockout format, Wiltshire travelled to the neutral venue of Barnwood in Gloucestershire to take on Worcestershire, looking to avenge last season’s disappointing defeat that eliminated us at the first hurdle.

Wiltshire came out of the blocks far quicker than last season, racing into a 35-22 lead overall after 5 ends across the board. Steve Snell’s quartet got off to a remarkable start, leading 14-0. The only rink trailing at this point was Graham Shadwell’s who trailed 8-2 to Harvey Griffiths.

The 10 end point in the match saw Wiltshire assert themselves further extending the overall lead to 28 shots, 66-38. None of our rinks at this point were behind and confidence across the green looked to be incredibly high. At 15 ends, the momentum had slowed slightly, but we were still maintaining a strong lead overall, extending from 28 to 29 shots. All rinks were leading at this point with the exception of Neil Collett’s rink who were locked in a tough battle with Richard Moule, trailing by just a single shot with 6 ends left to play.

However, the next 3 ends across the board would leave Worcestershire with a huge mountain to climb to get back into the game, as Wiltshire extended their lead to 43 shots. This was largely helped by Mike Snell and Graham Shadwell’s rinks scoring 8 and 7 shots respectively without reply.

Eventually, Wiltshire would see out the game with a 34 shot overall victory and no losing rinks to secure our place in the next round. A very good all-round team performance, with a fantastic team spirit on display. We will now face Devon at the neutral venue of Chew Stoke BC on Saturday 18th June.

Well done to all involved!

Rink Scores:

Kyle Anderson, Mike Richards, Graham Hatherall and Steve Snell beat G Burbridge 20-19

Tom Warner, Wayne Simmonds, Wayne Snook and Mike Snell beat J Oliver 22-15

Andy Blake, Tom Pittuck, Dave Godwin and Russell Francis beat R McCaughtrie 22-16

Dave Snell, Andy Moore, Mel Biggs and Scott Edwards beat S Poyner 20-13

Adam Bolwell, Nick Revell, Neil Yeoman and Graham Shadwell beat H Griffiths 26-13

Paul Kistle, Craig Hatherall, Neil Smith and Neil Collett drew with R Moule 17-17

Smith sisters win British Isles playoff! – 15th May 2022

After being crowned the 2021 National Pairs Champions, Katy & Lucy Smith were back in action at the weekend at the British Isles playoffs held at Oxford City & County. Unlike previous years, due to cancellations of previous championships and each country only being entitled to one representative, the girls had to defeat the 2019 National Champions from Lincolnshire, Sheila Plaskitt (Replaced by Helen Holroyd for this game) and Penny Strong in order to win the right to represent England at this years British Isles Championships, held at Llandrindod Wells at the end of June.

It was a fantastic display by the Wiltshire duo, who produced some excellent bowling to ensure they were the pairing to become England’s representatives. The foundations were set early on, building a 7-3 lead at 5 ends, and gradually pulling away from their opposition to lead 11-5 at 10 ends, 16-8 at 15 ends, before securing victory with 2 ends still to play, the Lincolnshire pair conceding at 20-10.

We wish the girls all the very best when the time comes for them to embark on their quest to bring the British Isles title home to England, and to Wiltshire!

Wiltshire Youth take on Devon Youth



Six young Wiltshire bowlers travelled to Taunton recently to play Devon in the EIBA National U18 Two Triples competition. A very competitive game was played by both triples with the game tied with two ends left to play. The eventual outcome was a narrow win for Devon by 5 shots.

The players, participants in the fledgling Wiltshire Bowls Youth Academy, which will launch later this year, represented Wiltshire extremely well, and now look forward to the next game in the series, against Somerset at Dolphin IBC, next weekend.

Roger Hawkins

Nigel Morgan nominated for the Story of the Year and Unsung Hero Award

Bowls Wiltshire Development Officer has been nominated for the Story of the Year “Unsung Hero Award” with the winner to be announced at the Bowls England Awards Event being held in Leicester on Saturday 19th February.

The nomination information can be read below and you can vote for Nigel at

‘Nigel works to remove obstacles, providing a platform that allows the bowls community to reflect the needs and demands of society’

Nigel has always had a passion for coaching, especially with including people into the sport with any form of disability.

Nigel Morgan became a Coach back in 1999 and worked at his club and County since then. He was an active member of the WBCA, Wiltshire Bowls Coaching Association and was their Treasurer in 2005 , Secretary and Treasurer in 2008, and has been the Wiltshire County Coach since 2013. He also became a National Umpire and had a trial for his International level. It was at this trial, the he realised that his passion was in coaching people to our sport and also teach people how to coach.

Nigel plays at Haydon Wick Bowls Club in North Swindon, Wiltshire, which is a relatively new club formed in 1992. He joined in 1999 and was soon active and started his coaching career. In 2001 he started the Monday evening open evenings to attract and train new members. This was so successful that it has been running ever since with the help and support from the clubs coaches (all of which he trained as coaches!). These sessions on average replace the natural losses every year.

In 2003 he became a Club Coach and in 2005 gained his Green Certificate. In 2015 he successfully passed his Coach Bowls Level 2 and encouraged eleven other Wiltshire Coaches to bridge across to Coach Bowls in the same session. In 2016 he became a Coach Bowls Tutor and has run over 70 courses since then from Level 1 and 2 to Adult Safeguarding and the Inclusion module.

In Wiltshire he has been the Development Officer since 2017 and is a guiding light in establishing the Bowls Wiltshire Youth Academy which will run its official inaugural event in May 2022 at Westlecot.

He is at the present the International Squad Coach for VIBE, Visually Impaired Bowls England, and helps both the bowlers and coaches. In 2019 he directed Keith Brenton to win his first England Men’s Singles Outdoor B1 (totally blind) Championship. Due to Covid 19 there was no championship in 2020, however in 2021 Keith went onto defend his title, playing six and winning six. He also, along with Margaret Custer, won the B1 Pairs competition. Both Keith and Nigel have been selected to play for both VIBE and DBE, Disability Bowls England, to represent England at the hoped for UK Outdoor Para Home Nations in August 2022.

Nigel is currently working towards his Coach Bowls Level 3 qualification. This qualification enables him to formally coach all levels up to and including International players.

Nigel is available as resource for all counties that need specialist support and he inspires others to achieve success. Nigel works to remove obstacles, providing a platform that allows the bowls community to reflect the needs and demands of society by building inclusion and access through skills and forums that reflect every individual’s needs.


Bowls Wiltshire Management Meeting posponed

The Bowls Wiltshire Executive have decide to postpone the Management Meeting, scheduled for this Saturday the 4th December until Saturday 5th February.

The committee felt that with the continuing high rated of covid infections and the uncertainty around the new variant that it was in everyone’s interest to postpone the meeting.

Gerald Webb

Administrator to Bowls Wiltshire

Bowls England National Competitions Entries Open


Bowls England National Competitions 2022 are now open for entry!

Whether you’re looking for a new challenge next year, a chance to get competitive with your friends, getting out and about again following a tough 18 months or you just want to experience the thrill of winning, then these open competitions are perfect for you.

In order to get more people playing, if you enter before Friday 17th December at 5pm, you will receive a discount on your entry! After that date, prices will return to last season’s level.

Event Before December 17th After December 17th (as per last season)
Men’s Senior Singles 4.00 4.50
Men’s Senior Pairs 8.00 9.00
Men’s Champion of Champions 5.50 6.50
Women’s Senior Singles 4.00 4.50
Women’s Senior Pairs 8.00 9.00
Women’s Champion of Champions 5.50 6.50
Mixed Pairs 8.00 9.00
Mixed Fours 16.00 18.00
Family Pairs 8.00 9.00
Men’s Club Two Fours 28.00 30.00
Tony Allcock Trophy 28.00 30.00
Men’s Top Club 28.00 30.00
Women’s Top Club 28.00 30.00

You can learn more about each competition via the buttons below, or head straight to our online portal to enter.

National Competitions – Bowls England

Inter-Club Competitions – Bowls England

We’ve also put together this handy FAQ for any questions you may.

Past President John surpasses Charity Target

I would like to thank the County tourists for raising£1212 for my charity Forever Friends RUH Cancer Research a fantastic amount also thanks to Avon Bowls Captains Day for enhancing the amount a further £134 In total I was able to hand over to the For Ever Friends a very impressive amount of £1407.64 which enabled me to surpass my target of £5000 Thanks to every one that contributed very much appreciated