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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


Bowls England’s Obituary to Hedley Bowen

Bowls England regrets to announce the passing of former Junior International Team Manager, Hedley Bowen.

Hedley was appointed Manager in 2011, and led the team to comprehensive victories in the British Isles series in both 2013 and 2014. He also provided support to the Commonwealth Games squad for Glasgow 2014.

Current England star Jamie Chestney, who was made captain of the junior team by Hedley for the 2011 series and worked closely with him ahead of Glasgow, paid tribute to him.

Jamie said: “Hedley was a very intelligent man and a great influence on my career. I learnt such a lot from him, especially regarding the psychology of the sport. Whilst hugely competitive, he was also great to just have a beer and a chat with. I’m very sorry to hear of his loss.”

In addition to Jamie, several other members of the junior teams managed by Hedley have moved on to higher honours including Jamie’s fellow performance squad members Sam Tolchard, Louis Ridout and Jamie Walker.

Hedley however was not just influential on the international stage.

He was a member of the Bowls England Development Committee for several years, and combined this role with tireless work for his own club, Royal Wootton Bassett BC (where he was made a life member) and also Bowls Wiltshire.

On the playing front, Hedley won many county honours and narrowly missed out in the final of the National Triples in 1989.

Hedley hailed from Llanelli and began playing bowls in 1971 in Llanelli before work brought him across the Severn Bridge – and whilst he was fully committed to England on the bowls green there was no doubting his Welsh heritage should the two countries meet on the rugby pitch.

Our thoughts are with wife Carol and his family at this time.

Men’s Presidents Tour Report

The Bowls Wiltshire Men’s President, John Crowder and thirty-five tourists visited Bournemouth for his 2021 tour. The accommodation was at the Mayfair Hotel, Bath Road Bournemouth. All tourist arrived at the hotel on Friday prior to travelling for the first match at Knyveton Gardens.

The Tour Results 

Friday 17th September Knyveton Gardens 115 Bowls Wiltshire Men 95

Saturday 18th September Southbourne 100 Bowls Wiltshire Men 145

Sunday 19th September Agyll 122 Bowls Wiltshire Men 105

Monday 20th September Wimbourne 94 Bowls Wiltshire 141

Overall Wins 2 Losses 2

After each match the Ducks were presented to the highest losing Rink.

They were received with great pride.

There were two other match awards, namely MOTM Duck (Man of the Match) Superman Duck, MBE (Marginally Below Excellent) Dick Duck. Also MOTT Duck (Man of the Tour), James Pond Duck. This year awarded to Terry Cook.

The Mayfair Hotel was excellent, clean rooms and an excellent choice of food from the dinner menus. We were also well looked after by the staff including Manager, Tracie, Receptionist Carole and the Restaurant Manager Nikky.

The main purpose of the Tour is to raise money for the President’s Charity which was FOREVER FRIENDS AT THE ROYAL UNITED BATH. The money was raised through a Grand Raffle which took place after dinner on Sunday, money was raised through I.V.C’s (Involuntary Contributions), when tourists used the “F” word or the “W” word, when an incorrect bias was bowled and also many (read any) other action by tourist, when spotted by other tourists, who raised an I.V.C against them.

The 2021 Bournemouth Tour raised a grand Total of £1.200 for the President’s Charity.

Pictured left is John Wilks presenting the cheque to Bowls Wiltshire Men’s President Jon Crowder.

Over the last 16 years the Tours have raised in excess of £10,000 for various Charities – a wonderful effort by all Tourists who have contributed.




Bowls Wiltshire Men Bournemouth Touist 2021
Avon B,C, Chippenham Pak B.C. Swindon B.C
John Crowder Stewart Allison Bob Hiles
Ken Bray Gary Hubbard Howad Pryse
Terry Cook Keith Hutchens Andy Watson
Andy Durrant Steve McPake Mike Tuohy
Colin Easton Gerry Tinson Ross Wheeler
Danny Holland Philip Wells Barry Wheeler
John Woodhouse Dave Williams
Rodboune Cheney B.C. Royal Wootton Bassett B.C. Winsley B.C.
Rod Giles John Wilks Cliff Gumm
Dan Havey Keith Joplin
Steve Rose Jim Carson Downton B.C.
Dave Royle Mike Hallam
Alderbury B.C Amesbury B.C. Westlecott B.C.
John Snell Peter Harding Frank Hinchliffe
Mere B.C. Spencer Moulton B.C.
Don Butchers Ian Francis
Alan Isgove Russel Francis


Frank Hinchcliffe


Andy Watson                                                        A meeting to sort things !!!!!!





Dave Williams (with the hair) & Bob Hiles

Mike Hallam






Bowls Wiltshire v Chippenham Park on 4-9-2021

BW last game of the season was held at Chippenham Park on a very nice dry and warm day.

A very enjoyable game with BW just coming out on top 128 to 110. An excellent meal was provided and grateful thanks to all those who worked so hard in the kitchen and to the bar staff  for keeping us supplied with liquid refreshment.

It had been difficult getting a team together with Leamington and other competitions going on but June thanked all those who answered the call enabling a full team to play.

Fines were imposed and with the addition of a separate donation a grand sum of £52.50 was raised for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Superb result , many thanks for this.

Thank you Chippenham Park for all your hospitality, a day enjoyed by all.

June Corbett

BW Chair

Chris through to the Ladies Singles Quarter Finals.

Chris Mitchell of Purton BC had a good first day in the Ladies National 4 Bowls singles at the BE National Finals progressing to tomorrow’s Quarter Finals where she will play Ellie Last of Felixstowe & Suffolk BC.

In her First Round match Chris beat Leah Bamford from Canterbury BC 21 – 9 before defeating Katherine Hawes of Oxford City & County BC 21 – 12 in the second round.

Sadly Bowls Wiltshire’s other entry in the Ladies Singles was Katy Smith who sadly couldn’t repeat yesterday’s epic bowling when she was beaten in this mornings Preliminary Round losing to England International Stef Branfield 21 – 12.

There was no Men’s involvement at the finals today.

Katy & Lucy win Ladies National Championship Pairs

Katy and Lucy Smith from Westlecot BC today won the Bowls England Ladies National Pairs at the finals being held at Royal Leamington Spa.

Following two days of highly competitive bowls it came down to the last end of the Final against Shamista Patel and Margaret Smith of Surrey for Katy and Lucy to take the title.

Going into the final end they were three shots down, Katy put her three bowls close to the jack but they were only holding one shot as their opposition held the second.

Both Lucy and her opposite skip had played their first bowl with no change to the head before Lucy change to the tricky back hand to play a magnificent shot to take the second shot out to hold four shots and potentially the match.

It was then hold your breath time as the Surrey skip played her last bowl which narrowly missed the head and the place erupted as the girls became National Champions. Joining them on the green for the presentation was BW Ladies President Babs Salter.

Katy and Lucy now hold both the Indoor and Outdoors National Pairs titles.

Bowls Wiltshire congratulate Katy and Lucy on their outstanding achievement.