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Bowls England’s High Performance Director John Mc Guinness chats to Bowls International Editor Sian Honnor regarding his new role, the highlights of his career to date and the positive impact that the home Commonwealth Games could have on the future of the sport.

To view the second episode of ‘The Extra End’, Bowls England’s Official Podcast, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUitTVQD1QU

Matt Wordingham
Publication / Media Officer
E: matt@bowlsengland.com
W: http://www.bowlsengland.com

06/04/20: Message from Colin Brown regarding the Death of Les Pond

Hi All 
Sadly I have to tell you that Les died last night peacefully in a care home in Iver,
I have just spoken with Pam this morning.  Whilst we both agree it is a very sad occasion 
it is a happy release for all concerned– Les was confined to bed, Pam confined to the house and prevented from visiting him.
Funeral details will have to be worked out but likely to be a very restricted position if at all.  Certainly as far as County members are concerned we will be denied any access.  I am sure we will find a way to remember Les once this horrible virus 
gets sorted.
Lets’s not forget Pam in this horrible situation.  She will be pleased to hear from you to break up the long day on her home.  I am sure you may also wish to send a card to Pam.
Best Wishes
Bowls England is aware that the provision of a quality playing surface is vital for our sport.

We have been working in conjunction with the Institute of Groundsmanship (IoG) over the last week to produce guidance for our member clubs regarding ongoing maintenance and what essential work may be carried out in order to provide a fit for play surface when sport resumes.

A copy of our guidance is available here.

In addition, the Sport & Recreation Alliance (SRA), which represents a number of national bodies including Bowls England, sought clarification on behalf of all sports as to whether grounds maintenance work is classified as essential during a meeting with the Sports Minister and other sector stakeholders on Thursday 2nd April. The SRA was informed that as long as social distancing regulations are adhered to and due regard for health and safety is followed, work that is essential to that space and cannot be done at home is considered to be acceptable.

You are reminded that whilst essential work on greens is therefore currently permitted, the latest Government guidance must be followed at all times.


IoG – Coronavirus (Covid-19) General Guidance

IoG – Guidance on interim works for your sports turf

Sport & Recreation Alliance – Business Support

Matt Wordingham
Publications / Media Officer
Email: matt@bowlsengland.com
Web: http://www.bowlsengland.com


Bowls England is urging clubs to sign up for the latest Coronavirus information at Club Matters – the ‘one stop shop’ to keep your club functioning during the crisis without leaving home.

Club Matters provides free, convenient, practical resources to help organisations to develop, grow and become more sustainable.

A series of dedicated Coronavirus resources and toolkits are available now to support clubs – from funding and business continuity to operating committees virtually.

David Tucker, Bowls England Chair, said: “Clubs all over the country are experiencing lots of challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic however there are lots of things that can be done during this time to keep your club in the best position possible for when we return to the green. Club Matters provides some valuable tips, tools and ideas from the safety of your own home, so we would urge clubs to sign up now.”

To visit Club Matters go to: https://www.sportenglandclubmatters.com/

Matt Wordingham
Publications / Media Officer
Email: matt@bowlsengland.com
Web: http://www.bowlsengland.com

02/04/20: Message from the Royal County of Berkshire Benevolent Fund regarding Coronavirus

At this difficult time the Fund wishes to remind all Berkshire bowlers that we are here for the sole purpose of granting aid or relief to both male and female bowlers and their dependants who from age, infirmity or any cause which the committee consider worthy of financial aid or assistance.

Applications for assistance will normally be submitted by the Committee of the Club of which the applicant is or was a member, but may also be recommended by the appointed liaison person of the club in question.

The names of the persons seeking assistance to be disclosed only to the Benevolent Committee and regarded as strictly confidential. Please check on the Admin section of this website where further information and contact details are available.

We would hope that all bowlers keep themselves safe by avoiding physical contact with those outside their household to lessen the chance of passing on the virus, but will keep in touch with each other by phone.checking that we are all OK and to keep each others spirits up.

John Snook

31/03/20: BE Statement – Financial Support for Clubs

Bowls England has prepared guidance to inform clubs of financial support that may be available to them during this period of uncertainty. 

This includes details of schemes available via Government at local and national level, plus information on the £20 million Community Emergency Fund announced today by Sport England.

Alistair Hollis
Operational Services Manager
T: 07765 050408
E: alistair@bowlsengland.com
W: www,bowlsengland.com

For full details of this guidance please click on the following link.

31/03/20: New Dates Confirmed for World Bowls Championships

Please see statement issued below from World Bowls regarding the World Bowls Championships:

“To Member Authorities & Recognised Associations

Following the recent announcement of the postponement of the 2020 World Bowls Championships,  I am delighted to now be able to provide you with the new dates for the event, which has now been rescheduled for 2021 as agreed with Host National Authority Bowls Australia following their consultation with all major stakeholders.

The new dates for the event are as follows:

Practice days – Saturday, May 22– Monday, May 24, 2021

Play Days – Tuesday May 25 – Sunday, June 6, 2021

Rest Day – Monday, May 31, 2021

Over the forthcoming months all those Member National Authorities who had previously confirmed their participation in the disciplines in the finalised field for these Championships will be requested to re-confirm their participation in the relevant disciplines and advise of any changes to their previously selected player(s) and playing positions.  It is currently anticipated that deadlines for submission in these respects will follow similar timelines as before.

We at World Bowls take this opportunity to thank Host National Authority Bowls Australia, key stakeholders and all concerned parties for all their efforts and cooperation in being able to reach agreement to these revised dates during what has been and continues to be  a very difficult and concerning time for us all.

Gary Smith
World Bowls Chief Executive”

30/03/20: Bowls England Official Podcast ‘ The Extra End’ : Episode 1 – Tony Allcock OBE

Bowls England’s outgoing Chief Executive, Tony Allcock OBE, chats to Bowls International editor Sian Honnor about his life within the sport.

To view the first episode of ‘The Extra End’, Bowls England’s Official Podcast, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOaOYhg0fU0&feature=youtu.be.

Kind Regards
Matt Wordingham
Publications/Media Officer
t. 01926 334609

27/03/20: Please follow link to see latest message from the Board Chair of Bowls England – David Tucker.  Message.

24/03/20: Bowls England News Release


Bowls England is committed to keeping our members fully informed, particularly during this period of isolation.

We will be issuing regular updates via our e-newsletter – to subscribe and receive all of the latest news straight to your inbox, simply visit the Bowls England website www.bowlsengland.com and add your email address to the relevant area at the bottom of the homepage.

We will shortly be launching our official Bowls England Podcast ‘The Extra End’, with Bowls International editor Sian Honnor chatting to our Chief Executive Tony Allcock OBE in episode one.

We are also in the process of providing a ‘Keep Fit’ guide advising all members of appropriate ways to stay healthy in the comfort of your own home.

Support will be provided for all clubs, as well as opportunities to enjoy your time at home with some bowls-related quizzes and some classic matches from yesteryear.

Kind Regards
Matt Wordingham
Publications/Media Officer
t.  01926 334609

23/03/20: Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stop the Spread

Please follow this linkto see latest Notice from Bowls England.  As mentioned in the notice BE will be producing a ‘Bowlers Workout’ in order to keep members fit and active during the isolation. 

The RCBBA fully endorses the message from BE and would encourage our members to keep an eye out for everyone in the bowls community during this time.

19/03/20:News Release Regarding Bowls England Office Closure.

The Bowls England Head Office will close with effect from close of business on Friday 20th March.

All staff (including Coach Bowls employees) will work from home in accordance with Government guidance with effect from Monday 23rd March – support for Clubs and County Associations will continue as normal.

Understandably, the Office has been inundated with enquiries from our clubs and county associations, and we will ensure that each and every enquiry is responded to.  However, our priority on Friday 20th March will be ensuring that the staff team is able to work from home effectively from next Monday

Members are requested not to call the Bowls England Head Office unless essential, but to contact Bowls England via the form available at www.bowlsengland.com/contact.

Matt Wordingham
Publications / Media Officer

19/03/20: Following the announcement by BE on Wednesday 18th March and in response to the Government advice about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the RCBBA has drawn up similar plans for the 2020 season.  Full details of this notification can be seen via this link.

18/03/20: Please see below a statement issued by the Kennet League regarding the running of these competitions in 2020.

You may by now have seen that Bowls England have had an emergency committee meeting yesterday to decide future of bowls for this season. This information is now available on the BE web site and also on the RCBBA web site, and basically says that domestic events will be cancelled for the season. Individual clubs will have their own view as to when or whether they may be open.

I can confirm that the first half of the KL and KLV season will be cancelled. At this time we will leave the door open to possibility of all clubs playing each other just the once (instead of home and away) in second half of the season from week eight onwards. This will be reviewed probably in late May, and I will contact all at that time.

I can also therefore confirm that the pre-season meeting to be held on 5th April at Tilehurst BC is also cancelled. If score cards need to be distributed for second half of the season we will make arrangements at that time. If second half of the season is also cancelled, there is no need of cards!

Sorry to be the bearer of such sad news but we feel it is important that the KL committee remains in step with BE and RCBBA in our approach to the current crisis. I am sure this is understood, but if there are any questions then please contact me.


18/03/20:The British Isles Bowls Council (BIBC) and British Isles Women’s Bowls Council (BIWBC) have today announced their plans for the 2020 season in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Full details of this announcement can be obtainedvia this link.

18/03/20:  Bowls England has announced the cancellation of all its domestic events ahead of the 2020 lawn bowls season in response to the latest Government advice and growing concerns from bowlers about how the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will impact lawn bowls.

The decision, which was reached at an Emergency Meeting of Board members and key staff, held on Tuesday 17th March, covers all National Championships, National Competitions and other domestic events. Discussions are ongoing with the British Isles Bowls Council and British Isles Women’s Bowls Council with regard to British Isles events this year.

Further details setting out Bowls Englands plans for the 2020 season in response to the coronavirus outbreak can be seen via this link.

In light of this information and recomendations from Bowls England the County will be reviewing all its planned activities for 2020 and will circulate all relevant information as and when it becomes available

14/03/20: Coach Bowls has postponed all courses from Monday 16th March until further notice.

For more information please see copy of statement prepared by Coach Bowls for information and distribution

Should you have any enquiries on this postponement then please contact the Coach Bowls Team as below:

T: 01926 334910
E: office@coachbowls.org

27/02/20: For those interested in knowing more marking a game of bowls an EBUA National Marking Awareness Course is being held at Desborough IBC on Sunday 20th September.

The course is open to all bowlers and if you wish to find out more information and who to contact please please click on this link.