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 bit.ly/BEAwardsVOTENOW

‘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.

 

Tom White to celebrate his 100th Birthday on Christmas Day

Bowls Wiltshire would like to wish Tom a HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY on CHRISTMAS DAY.

Congratulations on reaching this fantastic age and we hope you have a great day.

Tom was born in 1921 in the village of Imber (now used by the army in the middle of Salisbury Plain) before the family moved to Thingley near Corsham when he was eight months old.

Tom and his brother later owned a farm in Thingley where Tom looked after the cattle whilst his brother the arable side of the farm. Tom sadly lost his wife Betty many years ago.

Tom retired from farming 30 years ago and at this time took up bowling firstly with Melksham Town and when they closed he joined Box BC where he still bowls. During the winter months Tom can be found bowling indoors at North Wilts.

 

 

At this years Mid Wilts Gala Tom was the oldest player taking part and he  teamed up with Alfie Holland who was the youngest, the picture shows Tom and Alfie collecting trophies from the Mid-Wilts secretary Stan Bartlett.

 

Tom still enjoys his bowls and plays in leagues and runs a Tea & Biscuits team at Box where he diligently writes out all the teams playing schedules by hand for each member of his team.

After he retired from farming he moved to Gastard and then a few years ago into Corsham. So he is a Wiltshire Moonraker through and through.

 

 

He is a very valued member of Box BC and it is not unusual to play all afternoon before helping with the washing up.

The picture shows Tom at Box Revels helping out in the Box BC tent.

 

Bradford on Avon BC to trial Croquet in 2022

I am delighted to advise that croquet will be available at Bradford on Avon Bowls Club in 2022.

Members voted for the trial of croquet at their AGM on Sunday 5th December 2021.

Bradford on Avon Bowls Club has already joined the Croquet Association https://www.croquet.org.uk/

We are fortunate in having Paul Francis, SW Development Officer of the Croquet Association living here in BoA.  He is copied in to this email.

A lot of details to work out in order to make this trial work; as usual we will do our best to make it work.

Derrick Hunt, Hon Sec, Bradford on Avon Bowls Club

BOWLS ENGLAND AWARDS NIGHT TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Come and join us for an incredible night of celebration at the inaugural Bowls England Awards Night! Tickets are on sale now for this glittering event, celebrating all levels of the our sport.

It promises to be a wonderful evening celebrating the great contribution made my counties, clubs, umpires, players and volunteers in our great sport.

With 14 awards on offer ranging from Unsung Hero to Greenkeeper of the Year, it is a fantastic opportunity to recognise the outstanding achievements made in the bowls community over the past 12 months.

Hosted at the Athena Leicester, we will start with a drinks reception, followed by a three course dinner with wine, entertainment and music from Nashville Heat.

Tickets are available for £39.50 or get a group together and book a table of 10 for £370.

A full list of FAQ’s for the event can be find here.

We look forward to having you join us to celebrate on Saturday 19th February 2022.

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

BLACK FRIDAY ACEIT OFFER!

This Black Friday, we’ve teamed up with our Official Retail Partner Aceit to offer a great discount for competitions entrants.

Anyone who enters one of our National Competitions before 5pm on Friday 26th November will then be sent a code to get 10% off any of the Bowls England range from Aceit here: Bowls England – Aceit Sportswear Pty Ltd

So if you’re thinking about getting competitive in 2022, enter before the deadline and you’ll be able to get some new kit at a discount too!

This offer code will need to be redeemed by Wednesday 8th December.

Please note, this offer code will be sent to everyone who has entered National Competitions for 2022 by the closing date – even those who have already entered. T&Cs apply.

Bowls England National Competitions Entries Open

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

John

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.