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Bowls Wiltshire Youth Academy announcement

Bowls Wiltshire is delighted to announce details of their new County Youth Academy.

The BW Youth Academy has been formed to provide young bowlers, aged 18 years or under, with the opportunity to train and play with other youth athletes across Wiltshire.

Our aim is to encourage, support and develop our young players to be the best bowlers they can be, enjoy their sport and prepare them to be able to represent their county in the future.

The Academy will be coach led and through organised sessions and games seeks to:

  • foster and develop team spirit
  • develop and enhance practical bowling skills
  • broaden and develop players’ knowledge of the game
  • highlight why young people are so important to the future of Bowls Wiltshire
  • identify and prepare players for our County Amy Rose and White Rose teams, and potentially the Bowls England Youth Academy and International teams of the future.

Announcing the launch, Coach and Bowls Development Officer, Nigel Morgan said:

“Our start has been somewhat delayed and overshadowed by the backdrop of the past year, but we are still all very excited about the new Academy and keen to get back on the green and see our young bowlers enjoying their game.  Our team of coaches and officials are looking forward to welcoming everyone.”

Unfortunately due to the ongoing pandemic, the county has had to delay its plans for a large formal launch event until a later date.  This event will be supported by Ellen Falkner MBE (World/Commonwealth Gold Medallist and Coach Bowls Coach.

In the meantime, the Academy team are moving ahead with their plans to hold regular meets across the county, to bring young bowlers together for practice exercises and games.

The first session is being held at Trowbridge Westbourne B.C. on Saturday 14th August at 1.30pm

We still need to be careful and maintain social distancing for everyone’s comfort and safety.  Plans are being put in place to ensure that all events are conducted with the safety and welfare of all attendees as the uppermost priority.  It may prove necessary to limit numbers, so to aid planning and avoid disappointment we are asking that anyone interested in attending, register as soon as possible.

Going forward it is planned to hold regular county wide outdoor and indoor training throughout the calendar year.  Where possible, additional coordinated sessions will be held within local areas subject to numbers of junior members.

A new County Youth Administrator (Sue Fletcher) has been appointed to liaise with clubs, act as a point of contact for Youth Academy members across the county and coordinate the administration of training sessions and events.

For more information about the Bowls Wiltshire Youth Academy or to register for sessions,

please contact:  Sue Fletcher   email hidden; JavaScript is required  or call 01793 815201



29th July 2021

A successful Open Day at Chippenham Park BC

On a glorious sunny day the members of Chippenham Park Bowls Club opened the club to give people a friendly introduction to the game of bowls. We had a very busy morning with 20 people attending with ages ranging from 11 years to 55 years of age.

The afternoon saw us equally as busy with another 16 people attending. The feedback from people was encouraging and we are hoping to see many return for our afternoon and evening roll ups.

A big thank you to everybody that made the day the huge success it was. With the enthusiasm shown by the youngsters that attended we are hoping to run a Saturday morning session to cater for them.

All photos taken on the day are on the Chippenham Park Bowls Club web site.

Click on the link below and go to the News Item “Chippenham Park BC Open Day”

Return to Play: Step One

Bowls England have today(26/03/2021) published their Return to Play guidance for STEP 1.

The information below and the links cover the Guidance as from the 29th March with STEP 2 expected prior to the next stage of the Government’s Roadmap on April 12th.

Bowls England:

The return of sport and physical activity is vital to the physical and mental health of the nation, and we know our sport has a big role to play in providing an opportunity for outdoor activity as the lockdown restrictions ease.

The government’s roadmap to ease lockdown restrictions in England consists of four steps, and lawn bowls as an outdoor sport may resume from Monday 29th March (Step 1).

We have also produced a risk assessment template that clubs can utilise to assist them in re-opening safely, and will circulate further information next week on the support available through our ‘Back to Bowls’ work in conjunction with the Bowls Development Alliance.

Click here to view our ‘Return to Play’ guidance

Click here to view our ‘Covid-19 Risk Assessment’ for clubs

Please note that the guidance covers the period up until Step Two, when we expect restrictions to be eased further.

Public urged to be vigilant to scam vaccine messages

Following reports in other parts of the country we are warning the public to be wary of messages claiming to be from the NHS asking the recipient to apply for their vaccine.

At a time when people are already feeling anxious and eagerly awaiting details of the impending vaccine, scammers are using this to their advantage to commit fraud. If you receive such a text, don’t follow the link or share any personal or financial details. The link will take you through to a fake NHS website which is purposefully designed to exploit vulnerable people.

Fraudsters have tried to use the vaccine as a convincing subject to hook potential victims since the pandemic began. Thankfully reports have been relatively low, however there has been an increase in the last two months. The vaccine roll-out brings further hope of fighting coronavirus and keeping people safe. Now that this is imminent and has been so widely covered, some people may be more easily misled.

You will be contacted by the NHS when you’re invited to receive the vaccine which will be offered in some hospitals, some pharmacies and hundreds of local vaccination centres run by GPs. Remember that the vaccine is free of charge, at no point will you be asked for payment details.

Detective Sergeant Sean Tregunna commented: “Although we’ve not been made aware of any cases in Wiltshire yet, it’s likely to only be a matter of time before we are. The text message some people have received was shared on social media over the Christmas period and although this does help to raise awareness of the issue, the most vulnerable may not be on social media themselves so we’re asking people to share the information and warn their friends and family.

“The same scam has also been reported as being conducted over the phone, the caller often asks for a number to be pressed on their keypad, resulting in a charge likely being added to their phone bill, so you simply need to hang up.

“We’re keen to prevent as many people falling victim to these scams as possible and urge people to not only share the warning but if they do receive a suspicious text, forward it to 7726 which is free of charge.”

If you believe you have been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud at or call on 0300 123 2040.

Message Sent By
Sian Rivers (Police, Communications Officer, HQ)

A message from June Corbett BW Chairperson

This year for everyone has been really awful, not being able to meet up with family and friends, curtailment of sports and leisure that we usually enjoyed, and most of all the loss of those who meant so much to family and friends alike.

I do hope that Christmas offered some relief from all the restrictions albeit for one day only.

Now that the Oxford vaccine has been approved we can only hope that there will be more improvement in eradicating this horrible virus and we will soon be back to some form of normality. In the meantime I wish that you all stay safe and keep well.

A very Happy New Year to you all and hope its not too long before we meet up again.

June Corbett

Chair Bowls Wiltshire

The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust

I am a bowling member at Alderbury Bowls Club.  I am also one of three operators for the Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust.  Living in Devizes I am sure that you are aware of the Charity as we are based at Devizes Police station in New Park Street.

The Charity has been running since 1998 and in that time we have visited in excess of 25,000 properties across Wiltshire and Swindon to offer Crime prevention advice and practical crime prevention help to people aged 60 or over (or 18 plus with a disability). We are in a position to change locks, fit door chains and ‘spy holes’, window restrictors, and many other items to make their property secure.  It is a FREE service.  Whilst at a property we can also complete a Fire Risk Assessment on behalf of Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue service and fit Smoke alarms and Carbon Monoxide Alarms, again Free of charge.  The Charity also offers a ‘Stay Safe on Line’ service to keep people safe on the computer and other mobile devices. Again it is a free service.

I am contacting you now as in the past many of our referrals have come as a result of talks that we give to community groups, but with Covid these have all been cancelled. Consequently we find ourselves in a position where we can offer our services to additional groups.

Many bowlers, myself included, are on the older side of 60 so would fit our criteria for a security visit.  I was wondering if you could perhaps circulate our details to Bowls Clubs across the County with a view to raising our profile and service amongst bowling and social club members.

I have included a link to our website if you would like more information or give me or the office a call on the numbers below we could answer an of your questions.

Many thanks for your time

Mick Leighfield  8920

The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust (Registered Charity No 1153790)

Devizes Police Station

New Park Street


SN10 1DZ

01380 861155.

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.