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Wiltshire Bowlers win British National Championship Senior Fours for England

In this mornings British National Championship Senior Fours Final, Kevin Embling, Graham Richards, Alan Small & Dave Snell from Royal Wootton Bassett, representing England, beat Scotland 17 shots to 14.

On behalf of all bowlers in Wiltshire I would like to congratulate them for a fantastic achievement.


Administrator to Bowls Wiltshire




EBYDS – Wiltshire County Finals

On Sunday 24th February 2019, the Wiltshire EBYDS (English Bowls Youth Development Scheme) finals were held at Five Rivers Indoor Bowls Club. The bowlers are split into Seniors and Juniors sections and play a round robin competition in the morning and four skills tests in the Afternoon. Each event is marked with the totals added to find the winners in each section.

The event was well attended by Parents, Helpers and Coaches and we thank all of them. A special thanks to Five Rivers for hosting the event and to WIBA who helped fund the event.

The results are:

1               Emily Jacob – 61 points – N Wilts
2               Kerry Hatherall – 56 Points – Westlecot
3               Arthur Brown – 52 points – N Wilts
4               Andrew Mardle – 50 points – N Wilts
5               Ellise Ambridge – 37 points – N Wilts
6               Eddie Mason – 33 points – Five Rivers
1               Zoe Fletcher – 60 points – Westlecot
2               Evan Boynton – 42 points – Five Rivers
3               Marissa Ambridge – 34 points – N Wilts
4               Olli Joyce – 17 points – N Wilts
Congratulations to you all. It was a fine display of skill. All the players were presented with Certificates of Attendance and the winners their respective trophies.
There will probably be a Regional event in April where the Wiltshire players will meet the Worcestershire finalists. The winners and runner ups from the two sections at the Regional Finals will then play at the National EBYDS Finals later in the year.
Below is a picture of one of the exercises and then a group photograph of Bowlers and the Coaches who ran the event.

EBYDS – Playing with weight exercise

EBYDS – Wiltshire Finalists and Coaches

BW County Shirt Information

Following the successful sessions held at Wroughton BC on the 24th, at Salisbury BC on the 28th and Spencer Melksham on the 29th there still several of the regular Wiltshire players who have not ordered a new shirt. For information the cut is slightly more snug fitting than the previous shirts.

The cost of the new shirts is £10.00 if you swap in an “old” shirt – maximum of 2 swaps per person; additional shirts for 2018 cost £25.00 – thereafter who knows

As the final order needs to be sent in by the middle of next week 7th February to hit the manufacturing / delivery date in time for the outdoor season, please would all still to order send their requirements to Neil Gillespie at

Please note that Marcia is co-ordinating the orders for Amy Rose players.

We will not be ordering a large stock in reserve as in the past this has cost the county money with write-offs; In future the time from order to delivery is a minimum of 6 weeks and that’s without any Brexit issues!!

For those that have not seen the design please see attached artwork. H2170 Bowls Wiltshire the Moonrakers – 7

Best regards


Congratulations to Alison & Steve

Bowls England this morning released the names of those selected for Senior International trials to be at Royal Leamington Spa on the 22nd of September.

Alison Fail of Purton has been named on the Ladies list while Steve Snell has been named as an attending reserve on the Men’s.

Bowls Wiltshire President in table collapse incident

BWL President Dawn Edwards was involved in an amusing incident tonight along with Graham Annetts, Gerald Webb and Officers from Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire & Dorset whilst attending a Corporate Dinner hosted by Bowls England.

As the Main Course was being served the table started to collapse and only the swift reaction of those sitting at the table saved the dinner and drinks from ending up on the floor. Staff from the Royal Pump Rooms in Royal Leamington Spa quickly came to their aid by supporting the table whilst another table was quickly set up and the dinners transferred. All ended well for those on table 11 when two bottles of bubbly were produced for them to enjoy the rest of the evening.

President Dawn stated ” I haven’t laughed so much for years”.


Men’s Benevolent Fund

Message from Ken Bray:

“I am very pleased to announce that the sum of £229.45 was raised yesterday for the men’s benevolent fund. Special thanks must go to Alison for the many prizes for the raffle donated by McCarthy & Stone.

Thanks to all involved