President Dave presents cheque to his Charity VICTA

Bowls Wiltshire President Dave Williams recently visited the offices of VICTA , who help Children and Young Adults who are blind or partially sighted, to hand over a cheque for £1700 which he raised during his Presidential year.

The picture below shows Dave handing over his cheque at VICTA’s offices in Milton Keynes.

 

Below is a Certificate Dave has recently received in recognition of his efforts in raising this amount of money for his chosen charity.

Congratulations Dave a great effort.

Blooming good show for Avon Bowls Club

It gives me great pleasure to announce that, due to the hard work and enterprise of Steve Faulkner and his gardening team, (Sue and Basil), our Club Gardens have won a Gold Award in the Business, Leisure and Tourism Section of the South West in Bloom Contest 2019. We will receive a Certificate which will be displayed proudly and prominently in the Club.

This is exactly the type of news we need to publicise our club in a very positive light and to attract new members and attention from Councillors and residents alike, especially in the run up towards becoming a central and focal point of the new Campus.

I am sure that you will all want to share with me in thanking Steve and his family and helpers for this valuable contribution to raise the profile of the club and make us the envy of the County.

Philip Wells

Avon BC Club Secretary

Tony Allcock OBE Announces Retirement as Chief Executive of Bowls England

BOWLS ENGLAND CHIEF EXECUTIVE ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

Bowls England Chief Executive Tony Allcock OBE has today announced that he will retire from the post in Spring 2020.

Tony won 15 World titles during a distinguished playing career including back-to-back World Outdoor Singles titles in 1992 and 1996, and was Lawn Bowls Performance Director at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester – the team securing three Gold Medals in the eight events.

Following his competitive retirement from the sport, he has dedicated his life to developing and modernising the sport of bowls in his role as Chief Executive of the English Bowling Association in 2003 and then Bowls England following its formation in 2008. He was awarded the OBE for services to Lawn Bowls in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Tony said: “Bowls England, and the English Bowling Association before it, has been my life since 1st April 2003 and I am extremely proud of what has been achieved. In making the decision to retire at this juncture in my career, I feel that Bowls England is now established as a much respected National Governing Body. It recently delivered what has been publicly described as one of the most successful National Championships ever staged.

“I believe my journey at the helm of the ship is ended, the first stage of Bowls England’s journey is complete, and it now finds itself in an excellent financial position with some exciting projects ahead that will naturally present inevitable challenges. Announcing my retirement at this juncture will allow the Members to shape their future in the election of a new Chair and appointment of a new Chief Executive.

“I have enjoyed an excellent working relationship with the Board Chair David Mitchell-Gears MBE, Directors, Presidential Team and County Associations, and in fact all that are associated with Bowls England. The Staff at Bowls England are second to none. Each and every one of them have been appointed by me and they too dedicate part of their lives, over and above the call of duty.

“I thank all with whom I have worked for making every working day an enjoyable one and hope that I shall have the opportunity before April to say my goodbye in person.”

Graham Shadwell recalled to BE International Team

Graham Shadwell from Spencer Moulton BC has been selected by Bowls England to play in the BIBC International Series next year.

See below the Bowls England news release.

DAWSON AND KENDRICK SET TO MAKE INTERNATIONAL DEBUTS

Bowls England has named two new caps and four recalls in its team to play in the BIBC International Series at Llandrindod Wells Bowls Club, Wales on Saturday 27th June and Sunday 28th June 2020.

The new faces are Leicestershire’s Joe Dawson and Kent’s Roger Kendrick.

Dawson reached the semi-final of the Men’s National Singles Championship last month, narrowly losing out to Northamptonshire’s Jamie Walker, whilst Kendrick skipped his VCD clubmate Jason Haskins to success in the Men’s Pairs Championship.

The duo will be joined in Wales by Andrew Knapper (Berkshire) and Edward Morris (Essex) who both enjoyed Championship victories at Victoria Park with Knapper securing the Triples Championship and Morris lifting the prestigious Singles Championship.

Devon’s Jamie Chestney and Wiltshire’s Graham Shadwell have also received recalls to the 24-man team.

Selected Team:
Lee Haywood (Devon), Harry Goodwin (Devon), Chris Yeomans (Northumberland) & Joe Dawson (Leicestershire);
Oliver Lucas (Devon), David Forster (Cumbria), Andrew Walters (Worcestershire) & Tristan Morton (Huntingdonshire);
Ashley Clipston (Derbyshire), Mark Read (Cornwall), Edward Morris (Essex) & Sam Tolchard (Devon);
Steve Mitchinson (Essex), Andrew Knapper (Berkshire), Louis Ridout (Devon) & Jamie Chestney (Devon);
Glen Adams (Middlesex), Roger Kendrick (Kent), Robert Paxton (Devon) & Nick Brett (Huntingdonshire);
John Rednall (Suffolk), Taylor Monk (Kent), Graham Shadwell (Wiltshire) & Jamie Walker (Northamptonshire)

Reserves listed in Alphabetical Order (will be notified if required to travel):
Chris Gale (Lancashire); Ian Lesley (Devon); Perry Martin (Kent); John McGuinness (Buckinghamshire)

Captain: Sam Tolchard (Devon)
Team Manager: TBA

BW Men’s President backs Elvis on Tour

During last weekends BW Men’s Presidents Tour in Taunton the Tourists were entertained by an Elvis Presley Tribute artist and Men’s President Dave Williams decided to support him.

The photograph below shows President Dave Williams (Chippenham Park), John Woodhouse (Avon) and guitarist Ian Francis (Spencer Moulton) with the Elvis tribute artist Don Fox from Hertfordshire.

Mike Titcombe makes England debut

Mike Titcombe from Westlecot BC this weekend made a winning start on his England debut being on a rink which won all three matches in the Junior International Series.

Congratulations to Mike and lets hope there are many more England appearances to follow for him.

See report below from Bowls England.

ENGLAND MISS OUT ON JUNIOR INTERNATIONAL SERIES BY ONE SHOT

Shot difference denied England’s Junior Men the British Isles International Series as Scotland secured their third successive title.

England enjoyed a positive start on Saturday at Essex County BC as they enjoyed victories over both Ireland and Scotland, however a narrow defeat to Wales in the final match denied the young lions.

Scotland’s 10-shot victory over Ireland in the final group match was enough to overturn the shot deficit, to complete their hat-trick of successive titles.

Results:
England beat Ireland 121-98

Rink scores (England names first):
Tom McGuinness, Liam Harris, Jordan Philpott and Nathan Kitchen lost to Samuel Barkley, Jordan McBridge, Jordan Rankin and Adam McKeown 19-24;
Daniel Mills, Lee Calver, Sam Moss and Charlie Souter beat Colm O’Brien, Ryan McElroy, Ryan Cavan and Robert Kirkwood 21-11;
Mark Smith, Tom Muir, James Hampton and Jamie Barker lost to Adam Stratton, Craig Marshall, Mark Jones and Adam Rankin 16-21;
Danny Walker, Tom Holmes, Mike Titcombe and Connor Cinato beat Matthew Hastings, Cathal Gillen, Mitchell Albert and Jamie Watson 20-13;
Glen Adams, Adam Pitfield, BJ Byles and Lloyd Sabatini beat Cameron Gaw, Ryan McKeown, Ross McMullan and Jack Moffett 29-11;
Daniel Hughes, Josh Minto, Harry Goodwin and Sam Steel lost to Dean Mills, Mark Petticrew, Andrew Booth and Stephen Kirkwood 16-18

England beat Scotland 125-114
Rink scores (England names first):
Glen Adams, Adam Pitfield, BJ Byles and Lloyd Sabatini beat Andrew Reilly, Liam Nicholson, Robert Lenza and Jason Banks 21-18;
Daniel Hughes, Josh Minto, Harry Goodwin and Sam Steel lost to Blair Davidson, Gavin McLaughlin, John Orr and Liam McKay 13-21;
Tom McGuinness, Liam Harris, Jordan Philpott and Nathan Kitchen lost to Reece Notman, Kevin McDonald, Dean Jones and Darren Weir 19-20;
Daniel Mills, Lee Calver, Sam Moss and Charlie Souter beat Alastair Nimmo, Andrew Weir, Dean Riva and Joe Mower 26-14;
Mark Smith, Tom Muir, James Hampton and Jamie Barker beat Jordan Slaven, Paul Innes, Josh Spalding and John Meikle 27-24;
Danny Walker, Tom Holmes, Mike Titcombe and Connor Cinato beat Neil Linton, Stephen Lowrie, Fraser Simpson and John Fleming 19-17

England lost to Wales 121-123
Rink scores (England names first):
Mark Smith, Tom Muir, James Hampton and Jamie Barker beat Ben Evans, Ethan Humphreys, Jack Davies and Liam Bouse 21-15;
Danny Walker, Tom Holmes, Mike Titcombe and Connor Cinato beat Nathan Salmon, Cory Bayliss, Hari Butten and Dominic Hardy 18-16;
Glen Adams, Adam Pitfield, BJ Byles and Lloyd Sabatini beat Nathan Rees, Chad Bowling, Rhys Colwill and Kristian Crocker 27-18;
Daniel Hughes, Josh Minto, Harry Goodwin and Sam Steel lost to Josh Boyce, Edward Jelfs, Jack Breen and Mike Brain 20-22;
Tom McGuinness, Liam Harris, Jordan Philpott and Nathan Kitchen lost to Ben Matthews, Ryan Boots, Ryan Davies and Mike John 12-30;
Daniel Mills, Lee Calver, Sam Moss and Charlie Souter beat Dan Seabourne, Eric Hughes, Joe Dennis and Daniel Salmon 23-22