October 2020 Newsletter

Newsletter – 26 October 2020

Congratulations to all our bowlers for adjusting to the needs of bowling during the Covid -19 pandemic and we are pleased to see so many of you enjoying yourselves on the indoor green.

Your indoor committee has recently reviewed all the measures put in place and are grateful for the cooperation of members for abiding by the new rules and keeping each other safe. From Friday, 23 October, electronic scoreboards can be used again to assist you to keep track of the game. However we request just one person is nominated for each game to handle the scoreboard, thus reducing the risk of transmission to others. We have bottles of hand sanitiser located around the playing area if you forget, but please avoid any spillage on the carpet.

You will be aware that transmissions are still rising nationally and also in Oxfordshire, so we have decided that face coverings will remain mandatory to give people confidence to bowl. Currently we are in Tier 1 – medium risk, which means we can continue to enjoy our sport, but if Chipping Norton is required to move to Tier 2 – High risk, then regrettably we will have to shut the club until the risk is reduced, so please be aware of this. 

Returning to the subject of restrictions whilst bowling, as stated earlier, the majority of people are doing all the right things and getting familiar with how we can keep each other safe. However, we need to encourage the few that forget sometimes by not changing ends on the left side of the green,

By reminding people how to enter the green, by avoiding the area at the back of the green which is already occupied and only handling the jacks and mats that are the responsibility of one of the lead players. Social distancing also needs to be at the forefront of your mind when on the green.

In summary we are doing very well, but we are not perfect yet !

New opportunities to bowl

We have new proposals for both competitive singles or pairs leagues on a Monday or Wednesday evening and for a weekend super sixes contest and these have been Emailed to everyone we can. For those without Emails there are details on the notice-board at the club and also on this website.

Booking system

The new booking system is being well used and it is easy to use, via our website. This is our primary track and tracing tool and complements the NHS code scanning which many of you use and our handbook for signing in. As a reminder, you don’t need to scan or book in when playing league matches, as we do this retrospectively on the booking system, when we know who has played.

If you have booked a rink, then decide you don’t want it, please inform John Cox in plenty of time, who will cancel your entry.

Heating & Ventilation

You may be surprised, but our long suffering heating and ventilation system is one of the safest in bowls clubs around the country. Good ventilation is important for stopping transmissions of the virus and our ventilation rate is more than six times better than the recently increased recommendation for a sports hall.

New members and coaching

We will be encouraging new people to try the sport of bowling through advertising in the local media shortly and we would like to offer coaching at the weekends for younger people and those who work. We would like a couple of new coaches at the club and will sponsor any lady or gentleman who would be prepared to qualify for this role. Please speak to Bill Jarvie for details.

Leagues and Knock out competitions

Our leagues kick off their season after next week after getting acquainted with new players and changes to Covid safe playing methods and we wish everyone good luck. We will be displaying league tables on the nearest notice-board to the temporary changing area. Our outstanding Knock- out finals from last winter will be played in November and I will be persuading members to play in the current season’s Knock out competitions which start after Christmas.  Slips to make your interest known will be available in the clubhouse soon.

Christmas 2020

We suspect there will be less people going away this Christmas and fewer large family gatherings, so we will try to keep you entertained over the festive break. The green will only be closed on 3 days – Dec 25, Dec 26 and Jan 1, 2021.  We are planning a fun match for Saturday, 19 December, so watch out for details and we will be doing a Christmas draw on this day also. To make this covid safe, no prizes will be exhibited in the hall, as in previous years, but we would love to receive wrapped presents for prizes from members (like a secret santa gift) and we will put a large sheet of squared cardboard on display, where you can add your name for£1 per square. The board will be cut up into small squares for the draw on 19 Dec.


John Hurren, Chairman of the Indoor section.





From 1 October, the indoor bowls green will be OPEN, but with three rinks only, allowing us to provide a 2-3 metre gap between rinks. We have decided that face coverings will be mandatory for all indoor bowling. However, social distancing will be a priority in addition to ensuring good hygiene, thus reducing or eliminating the risk of the virus being passed on to someone unknowingly. So far, over 80 players have indicated they will be participating this season at the club and this is increasing all the time. 

On the first two days of the season, we will host 4 Introductory/open sessions, where you can view the new arrangements, be briefed on the safety requirements, so that we all stay safe and you can have a roll up using the revised playing rules, to both “get your eye in” and become familiar with some necessary changes for the game. 

On 1 and 2 October, these sessions will be from 1000 – 1200 hrs and 1900 -2100 hrs and you can book a place by contacting Brenda Shepherd by phone – 01608 642098 (leave a message if you don’t get an answer) or SMS on 07506 250311 or preferably send an email via the “CONTACT US” link on the club website (www.chippingnortonbowls.co.uk). Please don’t arrive without pre-booking as we have to limit numbers due to govt rules. 

The days of randomly turning up to play have gone I’m afraid and you now need to book your rinks via an online booking system. This can be done with your phone – set up an icon for the link at https://chippingnortonbowls.jezzam.com or book via our club website by clicking on “make a booking”. This will tell you how to make a booking. Both of these options will ask for your email address and password before linking you to the booking system and it is easy to select the day and session you want, listing all those planning to play. 

If the day or session is not shown on the front page, this indicates that it has already been fully booked, so please select an alternative that will be offered. 

If you don’t have an email address or computer, please phone Les Waller on 07884 133315, and he will make the booking for you. If you can’t get through to Les for any reason, phone John Hurren on 07786 072937 who can also assist. 

To start with, we will put all the known Email addresses onto the system and this will generate an Email to each of you, asking you to register. You need to provide your first name and surname, plus a password, which you will need to make future bookings. Once registered the process is very simple, as the site will recognise you when you put in your Email address. 


Changes have been necessary to all leagues due to lower numbers participating, but the following leagues will be running with friendly games over the first few weeks to allow you to acclimatise to the new ways of playing in safety. These 

will be on Tuesday AM, Tuesday evening, Wednesday AM, Thursday AM, Friday AM and Friday evening. Many people have been contacted by their captains to confirm their support and checking availability for the dates up to Christmas. Thanks to all those offering to captain teams to replace those that won’t be bowling this year. All leagues will be Triples to start with, but this may change if more people return to bowling. 

You don’t need to book a rink for your league games, as this will be pre-programmed. 

LADIES – As there were insufficient numbers to run the Monday afternoon league, we will be running a competitive session, along the lines of the drawn hat competition last year. This gives flexibility dependent on the number of people turning up, but we encourage all ladies to come and join in. A maximum of 18 ladies can be accommodated for each Monday afternoon, so book early to avoid disappointment. 

Club Competitions 

The outstanding finals from last winter will be played during November and members who reached the finals, but have chosen not to rejoin will be invited back to play a couple of roll-ups before playing their final. 

New competitions will start after the Xmas break, when we have all re-acclimatised to the “Covid safe” requirements 

Other matches 

We hope to offer a programme of friendly matches during the season, but still await further guidance from the EIBA on this matter. 

Social facilities 

The coffee machine will be available and you will need £1 coins for this. We will have a new cup dispenser, which will ensure you handle one cup only. 

The bar will be available when an authorised bar person is in attendance, as the old habit of helping yourself will stop. It is hoped to provide a bar person for evening league dates. Face Coverings will not be required when sitting down in the bar area to enjoy your drink, but face coverings will be required in all other parts of the building, including the occasions when you visit the toilets. (This is the law from Thursday, 24 Sept) Card payments are preferred for the bar, although cash will still be accepted. 

Face Coverings are mandatory within the building, unless you remain seated in the bar area. If you forget to bring a face covering, you can purchase a mask from the club for £1 (for two)or a face shield at £2 each. These will be 

available at the door for the first few days, until people get into this regime. If you don’t or won’t wear a face covering, you will be asked to leave. We intend to ensure all the safety rules are complied with, to keep people safe on our premises. We hope you will respect our insistence on this. 

The changing rooms remain closed, so we have partitioned off the dining room as a temporary changing space to allow shoes to be changed. 

Membership fee 

I confirm the membership fee combines unlimited green fees, to avoid the constant handling of cash on site. This has been set at £120 for the season and offers real value if you plan to play more than once a week. The payments can be split if you wish. 

Annual payments or first instalments are due by 15 October please, with second instalments by 15 January 2021. You can send a cheque to the club or place a cheque in the box in the clubroom if you prefer. Alternatively you can make a bank transfer (BACS payment) direct to the club account, as follows: 

Name of Account: Chipping Norton Bowls Club 

Sort code: 09-01-56 Account number: 44171189 

Please put your name in the reference box, so that we know where the money has come from and indicate whether the payment is for one or more persons by adding: x 1 or x 2 , for example. 


A lot of work has been undertaken to ensure bowling can resume in a safe environment and we look forward to welcoming old and new friends at the club. 

If you have any questions at all, please post these back to us via the online link on our website. We will provide a response as quickly as we can. 

CNBC Welcome Back Video


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CNBC Welcome Back to Indoor Bowling - 1 October 2020

A short video showing players the changes that have occurred at Chipping Norton Bowls Club as a result of the covid-19 pandemic and demonstrating how the game needs to be played and what we expect from players. It also covers arrival, changing, entering the playing area, playing, leaving, using the bar and toilets. Our aim is to provide a safe environment for people to enjoy their bowling.



Indoor Bowling October 2020 - Part 2

Preparations for Indoor bowling, commencing 1 October 2020 

Part 2 

For the safety of all concerned, bowlers must stay alert and follow this guidance when using the indoor green. 

In summary: 

  • We will be operating a one way system for entering and leaving the premises, to reduce close contact with others. You will arrive through the front door and go directly to the dining room, where you will record the fact you are on the premises (this is to meet our legal responsibility to assist with track and tracing, when required). 
  • Use the hand sanitiser provided as you enter the building. 
  • Our changing rooms cannot be used, so please come dressed to bowl and remove your coat and change into bowling shoes in the dining room. Bring a bag to put the shoes in and these can remain under one of the seats provided to avoid a trip hazard. 
  • Enter the green at the steps, with the leads and skips taking a jack or mat, as you will be the only person to handle this equipment throughout. Take a wide berth to your rink, to avoid close contact with others. 
  • At the end of the game the leads and skips will be responsible for sanitising the jack and mat before it is put back into the box provided 
  • When the match or session concludes, leave the green via the walkway at the coffee machine end, retrieve your outside shoes and change, then leave by the rear exit and through the gate. 
  • The bar will be available with similar rules applied in pubs and a nominated duty bar person will serve you, preferring card payments rather than cash. The practice of anyone going behind the bar will stop. 
  • When playing, you will be the only person that can handle your bowls. Anything else can be touched by the feet as appropriate, but not handled. 
  • Mats will be placed by the same people at each end, leads will deliver the jack using the jack they are responsible for. 
  • All bowls that enter the ditch will be “dead” even if they have touched the jack, so chalk is not required and the bowls will remain in the ditch until the owner has retrieved them. 
  • The jack will still be alive in the back ditch, but no bowls in the ditch will count. 
  • Please see the playing rules, further in this communication for each format. Someone will be prepared to explain this on arrival until you become familiar with the new way of playing. 
  • When changing ends always observe social distancing and walk up the left side of the rink to avoid those walking the other way. 
  • Unless you are playing a league game or in a inter-club match, you will always need to book a rink in advance, so don’t just turn up. We hope to have an on-line facility for this soon, but if not IT literate, you will do this through the booking clerk (details will be provided). 
  • Only one person can use the toilets at a time and you will be requested to wipe down any surfaces touched each time you use the toilet, to protect those that come later. 
  • Club Woods will not be available to club members who should have their own sets of woods. As many have gone missing from the cupboard and others are not put back in their rightful place, the cupboard will be taped off for the start of the season. If new members come along and the coaching sessions start up again then the situation could be reviewed”. These will be cleaned before and after being used. 
  • It is essential you stay away from the bowls club if you are unwell and should you be unfortunate and test positive for Covid-19 in the future, please let us know so that we can alert any of our members of the risk to themselves. 



This is how bowls needs to be conducted, for information (you will be reminded before you start, until you are familiar): 

Two mats and two jacks will be required for each rink and the lead for each team will be responsible for the mat with the skip being responsible for the jack at each end. No other players will handle the jack or the mat. Mats are placed in position by the same person at one end and the jack will be set by the skip for the next end. The lead & skip of the opposing team will do the same at the other end. Face coverings are mandatory. 

Singles games (roll-ups or competitive) 

  • Both players will be positioned at the same end. Keep at least 2 metres away from your playing opponent at all times 
  • Each player has their own jack (and handles the mat) at one end; the opponent will do the same at the other end. If the other player has won the last end, they can direct the person placing the mat to the length they wish. 
  • The marker will centre the jack with their foot. 
  • T positions can remain at the 2 metre mark for a singles game. Mats can also be placed at full length. 
  • Only handle your own bowls and your specified jack, although jacks and woods can be kicked off at the end. 
  • Do not chalk a touching bowl. All bowls in the ditch will be dead and will be left in the ditch until they can be lifted out by their owner 
  • The marker will use a scorecard. 
  • Please be mindful about the time your session should end if others are due on the rink afterwards. 
  • Disinfect your mat and jack at the end of the game, wipe off and return it to the box or container. 


Pairs games 

  • Lead players will be positioned at one end and skips at the other end. Keep 2 metres away from other players. 
  • One lead player places the mat at one end the lead opponent will do the same at the other end. They will be guided by the opposing lead as to where to place the mat if appropriate. The lead will deliver the jack which will be positioned by foot on the centre line by the winning skip from the previous end in terms of the length of jack. 
  • T positions must be at least 2 metres from the ditch for a pairs game. Mats can be placed at full length. 
  • Only handle your own bowls and your specified jack, although jacks and woods can be kicked off at the end. Skips may also need to kick off mats at the end of an end. 
  • Do not chalk touching bowls. All bowls going into the ditch will remain there until their owner can lift them out. All bowls in the ditch are “dead” and cannot be counted in the score. 
  • Both skips will use a scorecard which must be handled by the skips only. 
  • Walk to the other end on the left side of your rink 
  • Please be mindful about the time your session should end if others are due on the rink afterwards. 
  • Disinfect your mat and jack at the end of the game, wipe off and return it to the box or container. 


Triples game 

  • Lead players and No.2s will be positioned at one end and skips at the other end. Keep 2 metres away from other players. One player from each team can step off the playing surface to create more space. 
  • One lead player places the mat at one end; the lead opponent will do the same at the other end. They will be guided by the opposing lead as to where to place the mat if appropriate. The lead will deliver the jack which will be positioned by foot on the centre line by the winning skip from the previous end in terms of the length of jack. 
  • T positions must be at least 3 metres from the ditch for a triples game at both ends. Mats must be placed at least 3 metres from the ditch also, but ensuring the minimum length of 23 metres applies. We believe this will allow 7-10 m of variation for jack lengths. 
  • Only handle your own bowls and your specified jack, although jacks and woods can be kicked off at the end. 
  • Do not chalk touching bowls. All bowls going into the ditch will remain there until their owner can lift them out. All bowls in the ditch are “dead” and cannot be counted in the score. 
  • Both skips to use a scorecard and only skips should handle the card. 
  • Walk to the other end on the left side of your rink maintaining 2 metres distance from other players. 
  • Please be mindful about the time your session should end if others are due on the rink afterwards. 
  • Disinfect your mat and jack at the end of the game, wipe off and return it to the box or container. 


Rinks (4 player) games 

Social distancing is more difficult to manage with eight players on one rink. Therefore it has been decided that we will play three’s up to reduce the number of people at one end at any time and when the first two players have delivered their bowls the two players will swop ends with the numbers 3 & 4 of the team. This is a variation from the norm, but will allow for safer social distancing. 

Rinks games (4 a side) 

  • Lead players and No.2s will be positioned at one end with “threes” & skips at the other end. Keep 2 metres away from other players if this can be achieved 
  • One lead player places the mat at one end; the lead opponent will do the same at the other end. A Skip will place the jack on the centre line with his foot, with the previous winning skip directing to the required length. This will be repeated throughout the game. 
  • T positions must be at least 4 metres from the ditch for a rinks game. Mats must be placed at least 4 metres from the ditch also, but ensuring the minimum length of 23 metres applies. We believe this will allow 6-8 m of variation for jack lengths. 
  • Only handle your own bowls and your specified jack, although jacks and woods can be kicked off at the end. 
  • Do not chalk touching bowls. All bowls going into the ditch will remain there until their owner can lift them out. All bowls in the ditch are “dead” and cannot be counted in the score. 
  • Both skips to use a scorecard and only skips should handle the card. 
  • Walk to the other end on the left side of your rink maintaining 2 metres distance from other players. 
  • Please be mindful about the time your session should end if others are due on the rink afterwards. 
  • Disinfect your mat and jack at the end of the game, wipe off and return it to the box or container. 


Other matters 

1. Electronic Scoreboards are not to be used. 

2. Re-spotting applies when the jack leaves the side of the rink: when in the ditch, the person designated to handle that particular jack will lift the jack out of the ditch, then using the foot, place the jack in position. A Jack in the back ditch within the rink markings remains “live”, although all woods in the ditch will be “dead”. The skip will identify the location of the jack in the ditch with hand signals. 

3. Starting games from alternate ends from adjacent rinks may assist with social distancing, although this shouldn’t be necessary if only three rinks are used. 

4. Markers for singles games will be used for club games. 

5. Coloured location markers used for showing the bowls and jack in the ditch should not be used. 


We know there are a lot of changes, but this will be the new norm until the risk of Covid-19 has gone or a vaccination is available. Don’t worry if you can’t remember everything straight away as we will assist you to get used to this. 

We may organise some introductory sessions at the beginning of the year to show you what to do, team captains will brief you for league games initially and we may make a short video that you can view, to help you understand, but don’t let these things put you off. 


Indoor Bowling October 2020 - Part 1

Preparations for Indoor bowling, commencing 1 October 2020

Part 1

For a few weeks now, we have been planning for when we can offer Covid-19 safe conditions for bowlers to use our indoor facilities and we have sought to comply with both the Government advice on the matter and with The English Indoor Bowling Association (EIBA). The outside green has been open since 1 June and although numbers using the facility have been relatively low, there have been no incidents which have caused us concern, whilst those bowling have had a great time.

We are pleased to inform you that we are confident about providing safe facilities indoors, but will need your individual cooperation to abide with our playing requirements, which have changed significantly from the playing situations you are familiar with. Bowling is a safe sport where social distancing can be achieved, making it one of the few sports that can be undertaken by people of all ages, providing gentle exercise, good friends and mental stimulation to balance the general negativity we have all been through in the last few months.

However, a number of changes to the sport and social facilities have been necessary to keep people safe from contracting the virus when engaging in our activities. We welcome members and new bowlers, but on condition that you abide by our new ways of playing and socialising, so that we all stay safe. Further changes may also occur as the Covid-19 threat gets less or if there are spikes in the future and we will update the following advice when this occurs

We have set out clearly how “bowls as you know it” has needed to be changed within our Risk Assessments to keep people safe whilst at the same time giving you a chance to enjoy your bowling, whether as a competitive player or a social bowler, but again things “ain’t what they used to be!”

For those interested in playing in leagues, we need to hear from you so that we can organise the various leagues dependent on the numbers prepared to commit to this. So don’t be shy, let us know by the end of August please. Expect some communication from your past team captain on this shortly and if you haven’t played in the leagues before, but want to....... let us know soon.

This is also an opportunity for people in existing teams to consider playing on additional days. Please let us know by going to our website: www.chippingnortonbowls.co.uk , click on “contact us” and enter your name, Email address and leave your message.

For your information, we have set out what changes will be made for the way we all play and what we will expect from you so that we can collectively keep each other safe. The detail is in Part 2 attached.

From 1 October, the indoor bowls green will be open, but with three rinks only, allowing us to provide 2-3 metres gap between rinks. We have decided that face coverings will be mandatory for all indoor bowling, even though social distancing will be a priority in addition to ensuring good hygiene, thus reducing or eliminating the risk of the virus being passed on to someone unknowingly.

As an incentive to return to bowling, the Management Committee have agreed to combine the membership fee and all green fees into one payment of £120 for the coming season only. This equates to just one game a week in financial terms, but for those many people who play more than once a week, this will be a significant saving on past costs. The fee can be paid in two instalments if you wish - £60 in October & £60 in January. It also means that there is no need to pay anything more whenever you visit the club.

A number of changes have been made as a result of our desire to keep everyone safe and these are detailed in Part 2 of this correspondence. Please take the opportunity to read this before you return to the club.

Other news:

  • Outstanding competition finals from last year are to be organised in November
  • The leagues for 2019/20 have been terminated
  • New club competitions are likely to start after Christmas, circumstances allowing.
  • No food will be provided from the kitchen whilst we have to use the dining room for changing
  • In the meantime think about whether you will be bowling in the upcoming season and let us know when asked, including the leagues when your team captain contacts you. We’d be delighted to see you.

There will be more news coming shortly so keep an eye on our website periodically.

John Hurren,

Chairman of the CNBC Indoor Committee



Outdoor Season Update






As at 27th March 2020

1.     The club remains closed and all club friendlies are cancelled until the end of June

2.     No club competitions will take place this season

3.     No decisions have been made at this moment regarding the Club Tour

4.     All Westox games are cancelled but dates will be rolled over to the 2021 season

5.     Oxfordshire’s Men’s League games are all cancelled and dates rolled over to the 2021 season

6.     OBA has cancelled its whole programme which includes friendlies, Presidential Celebratory games, Domestic Competitions and BE competition qualifiers, all Home Counties leagues and fixtures.  Also Past Presidents and Vice Presidents fixtures.  They have also announced that the 2020 Presidency will roll over to 2021.

7.     BOL have also cancelled all matches, leagues, meetings and competitions.

8.     BE having cancelled all its Domestic events now include the National Championships for cancellation.

9.     Bowls England and Bowls Oxfordshire will be reimbursing clubs with their affiliation fees already paid.


Please pass this information on to any member who you think may not have access to our website.

The important message to everyone is to stay safe and well and follow the official guidelines.

Quote from Bowls England “We would encourage members to support their club financially by continuing to pay their annual subscriptions in order that the clubs will be there for them when we are able to resume bowling”





3 Set Singles Competition

3 Set Singles Competition – 23 February 2020

A big thank you to all competitors who entered the 3 set Singles competition this year. We hope you enjoyed the all-day event and appreciated getting at least two matches due to the lower number of entrants compared with last year.

Thanks also go to Janet and Roberta, for managing the kitchen during the day and for those volunteer markers who helped us early on Sunday morning. The players were also grateful for the many spectators who visited the Bowls club during the day and saw some very good, competitive games of Bowls. Two groups of 9 people competed for the top 4 spots in each group, which led to the knock out stage, quarter finals, through to the last two bowlers standing.

The photo below shows Percy Hickman presenting a trophy to the eventual winner, Martin Acock, with Runner-up John Hurren looking on.

24 hrs Bowls Marathon

The total raised was a staggering £3,742.20.

Well done to everyone involved. Anna is now in America with her family and has started her gruelling treatment.

Our thoughts and best wishes have been relayed to her.





Editor: Tony Backer-Holst 

A warm welcome to this first edition of the CNBC Newsletter. We aim to produce a quarterly Newsletter with the intention of keeping everyone up to date on news, events and issues that may be of interest or concern to members. Hopefully it will become a vehicle to allow members and other interested parties the opportunity to submit their views, suggestions for improvements etc. or simply to express their feelings on the Club. Contributions will be welcomed whether in the form of a letter, article or whatever


At a recent Extraordinary General Meeting the proposal to build a cover over the part of the roof which protects the Indoor Bowls Hall was discussed. As explained at the meeting the present roof is in a very poor state and professional advice advises us to take whatever action is necessary to guarantee the situation does not worsen and threaten even more major problems. Of the options available the Management Committee decided that the option of covering the roof at a cost of circa £50,000 would be the best course of action. Following the presentation by Mike Harris, who has represented the Club through the process of identifying the best solution and obtaining appropriate estimates and the various comments, a vote was taken which returned a unanimous agreement to proceed.

Work on this project will commence at the end of the indoor season and take some weeks. Scaffolding and various building systems will be employed to enable the work but we have assurances that safe access to both the Club and the outdoor bowling green will not be affected. The indoor green will be protected with an overall covering so will not be available for play by the “Indoor Summer Bowlers” for the period of the work.

Mike Harris assisted by Bill Jarvie has agreed to oversee the project on behalf of the Club for which we offer our thanks. We will try to ensure that Cub members are kept up to date on the progress of the project but meanwhile if you have any queries, both Mike and Bill will be happy to talk to you.


As everyone will be aware Bill and Roberta Jarvie have organised a bowls tour for 2019. The dates and full details of the tour are well displayed within the Club. At present there are 40+ members and guests signed up and the necessary planning and arrangements for the games are well advanced. I believe there are still a few vacancies for both players and non- playing tourists but get in quick as I am sure the places will soon be claimed. I have stayed in the Hotel on many occasions whilst on tours and have thoroughly enjoyed myself. Many thanks to Roberta and Bill for their initiative and for the time and energy invested in organising this event. Best wishes for a very successful occasion and to all who embark on the tour.


In past years the Club has arranged a variety of social events which due to a lack of interest and poor attendance for some of them, were not continued. Speaking to various members we have formed the opinion that there could be support from sufficient members to warrant Organising some social events. This was discussed at a recent Management Committee meeting and it was agreed that we will take more constructive soundings to enable a more informed judgement on the value of proceeding further. Meantime it would be Appreciated if members would share their thinking on the re-introduction of a social activities programme with the management committee members. We would particularly like to hear from any members who would be interested in participating in any social events, the type of events favoured e.g Quiz Nights, Bingo, whist drives, other types of card games, barbecues with short games, car treasure hunts etc. and whether or not simple catering as a


part of the events would be favoured. However, most importantly we would like to know who would be willing to help with these activities and of course ideas for other social events.

Please give some thought to this topic which if effected would give another dimension to the Club which would be of benefit to the Club and members alike.


The outdoor Competitions were once again successful and concluded at the Outdoor Section annual Dinner with the presentations. Our thanks to once again to Nigel Siford for his efforts in organising the competitions and entertaining everyone at the Dinner with his gentle mocking and amusing repartee. Congratulations to all the winners and runners up and our thanks to all who entered the competitions. Our best wishes to all who enter then 2019 competitions.

The Indoor competitions are still in progress under the direction of the Organiser, John Hurren who is making a super job of the task. A big thank you to John. The current situation is displayed on the Board near the Bar. Some surprises but some good bowling is being reported which is always a pleasing feature. To those remaining in the competitions, our very best wishes and to those who have “retired” from the events – better luck next time.


Some time ago the Management Committee identified the need for the Club to produce a new “Members Guide to the Club”. John Cox offered to take on this task and he has produced a very comprehensive booklet covering every aspect of Club membership and various issues around the game of bowls. We are hoping to get copies printed soon which will ensure that all future new members will receive a copy as part of their welcome pack. We will be posting the Booklet on the Club Website should present members or anyone else interested wish to access it. Our thanks to John for his labours.

In regard to new members, in common with every other Club we have to be conscious of the need to recruit and retain members in an effort to maintain a level of membership necessary to sustain the financial and sporting standards needed to ensure the viability of the Club. Over the past few years we have   suffered net losses on both fronts and the cracks are beginning to show. The Management Committee are doing all we can to reverse this trend and will continue to do so but it would be of great help if the Club members could play a part. Do you have any family members, friends or neighbours who might be interested in taking up bowls? If you do, please encourage them to come to the Club with you, show them around and explain the six free periods of play and the process of application. The Club Coaches – Bill Jarvie and Mike Harris are more than happy to work with you if this would be of assistance.


Please feed back your views on this Newsletter and if you are so inclined, please submit a contribution which would be gratefully received for the next edition (early Spring) - a  letter, a critique, a poem. Whatever! This is your Newsletter!

 Meantime please accept my best wishes for a Happy New Year to you and yours.









Outdoor Finals Report

Finals Weekend – Competition Secretary’s Report


The weekend began on Friday evening with the Never Won cup. Contested between husband and wife, Cathy & Martin Sparks, it was an intriguing match with Martin getting the better start to go 8-1 in front after 5 ends.  The next 3 ends went to Cathy to pull back to 8-5 after 8 ends. Martin kept his nose in front and after 18 ends was leading 16-12.  A 3 from Martin on end 19 put him 19-12 in front and the winning line was in sight, however this was his last score as Cathy took the next 6 ends to clinch the title 22-19 and secure her first trophy.


Saturday began at 10am with the Drawn Open Pairs and Married couples.

The Drawn Open Pairs was between Sue Field leading to Malcolm Bowden and Pat Brown leading to Pat Griffin.  Sue and Malcolm took the early lead and were 8-2 in front after 5 ends. The Pats then kicked into gear, winning the next 5 ends to lead 14-8. A comeback from Sue & Malcolm saw the score at 15-15 after 14 ends. It was 18-18 at 18 ends and then Sue and Malcolm won the next 3 ends by 1 shot to win by 21 shots to 18.


The Married Couples match was Carol leading to Jeff Martin and Roberta leading to Bill Jarvie. The Martins led 2-1 after 3 ends however this was the last time they were in front. The Jarvies kept the lead and the score was 6-2 after 8 ends. The Martins picked up a 3 on end 9 to bring the score to 6-5 to the Jarvies. After 13 ends it was 8-7 to the Jarvies, and they won the next 3 ends to lead 13-7.  The final 5 ends saw 3 ends being won by the Jarvies and 2 by the Martins resulting in victory for the Jarvies with a final score of 19-10.


Saturday afternoon saw 3 finals all starting at 3pm.

The Two-Wood Singles was contested between Martin Sparks and Micky Boobyer, with Martin taking the first 2 ends to lead 4-0 before a comeback from Micky to bring the score to 5-5 after 6 ends. It was nip and tuck and after 9 ends the score was 7-7 and then 9-9 after 12 ends.  6 ends in a row for Martin saw him lead 17-9 after 18 ends. Micky took the next 3 ends and the score was 17-13 at 21 ends. It wasn’t enough for Micky though as Martin took 4 of the last 6 ends to triumph 21-16 and take his first victory.


The Ladies Pairs saw Roberta Jarvie and Pat Brown up against Sue Field and Carol Martin.  Sue and Carol got off to a flying start going 9-0 in front after 3 ends. Roberta and Pat fought back to bring the score to 9-7 to Sue & Carol after 7 ends. They kept their noses in front and led 15-11 after 15 ends. 2 ends in a row saw Roberta & Pat level the score to 15-15 after 17 ends. Ends 18 & 19 went to Sue & Carol followed by 2 shots by Roberta & Pat in end 20 to make the score 19-17 to Sue & Carol with 1 end to play. What a nail-biting end this was!  Roberta & Pat, who had not been in front all game, picked up a 5 to secure the title 22-19.


In the Men’s Pairs, Jeff Martin & Martin Acock took on Pat Griffin and Nigel Siford. Early exchanges saw Pat & Nigel lead 3-0 after 3 ends, 7-2 after 6 ends and 11-5 after 9 ends. The next 8 ends saw each pair win 4 ends with the score 16-10 to Pat & Nigel after 17 ends. A victory for the leaders looked in sight as they just need to keep the score tight for 4 ends. However Jeff & Martin took the next 3 ends to level the game at 16-16 after 20 ends.  A 1-end shoot out saw Jeff & Martin pick up the 1 shot they needed for victory. This was the only time in the match that the winners were in front, the same as in the ladies pair’s game.  


Sunday morning finals were all Singles matches - John Quinn Sets, Overs 60’s, Ladies Singles and Men’s Singles.

The John Quinn Sets between Mike Harris and Tom Granville was worthy of a final. Tom took a single to lead 1-0 in the first set but Mike was on fire in the next 3 ends to go 6-1 in front. Tom raised his game in style to take the next 3 ends and lead 8-6 after 7 ends. Mike took the next end with 1 shot to bring the score to 8-7. The last end of the set went to Tom by 1 shot and he secured the first set 9-7. The second set started the same as the first with Tom taking the first end with a single shot. Mike kicked into another gear and won the next 6 ends to lead 8-1 after 7 ends. Tom needed two 4s to win the set but only managed to take 1 shot on end 8 securing the second set for Mike 8-3.  Winning one set each, Tom and Mike had to play a 3-end tie break. First end went to Mike with 2 shots and the second end to Tom with 1 shot. The third end was won by Mike who scored 1 shot to take the tie break 2 ends to 1, and the title was his.


The Over 60’s final was between John Hurren and John Benfield and more than lived up to expectation. John H took the first 2 ends and a 4-0 lead only for John B to take the next 3 ends to level the match at 4-4 after 5 ends. The close trend continued and the match was level at 7-7 after 9 ends. John H then took the next 2 ends to lead 10-7 after 11 ends, only for John B to take the next 3 and the lead with a score of 13-10. It switched again and John H took the next 4 ends to lead 16-13 after 18 ends. John B responded again and took the next 2 ends to level the match at 16-16 after 20 ends. John H then took a 2 and a 1 to lead 19-16 and only 2 shots from winning the title. John B had other ideas however and took the next end to make the score 19-18 to John H. The game could have gone either way with both men determined to get the last shots they needed for the title. It was John Hurren who held his nerve to pick up the final 2 shots needed to secure victory with a final score of 21-18.


Cathy Sparks and Sue Field contested the Ladies Singles final with Cathy getting off to a flying start with a score of 8-0 after 4 ends. Sue then won 3 of the next 4 ends to pull the score back to 9-5 to Cathy. It was nip and tuck for the next 5 ends and the score after 13 ends was 12-7 to Cathy.   Cathy then took a significant advantage winning 3 of the next 4 ends to lead 18-8 after 17 ends. Sue rallied and took 2 shots on end 18 to reduce the deficit slightly but Cathy was on fire and won the next 2 ends to secure the title 21-10.


The Men’s Singles final was between Malcolm Bowden and Martin Acock. Malcolm stormed out of the blocks to lead 12-1 after 11 ends. Martin then took 5 of the next 6 ends to make the score 15-6 to Malcolm after 17 ends. The next 4 ends were shared and the scoreboard moved to 18-9 to Malcolm after 21 ends. Martin then won the next 2 to pull back to 18-14 after 21 ends. 2 single shots from Malcolm in the next 2 ends saw him lead 20-14 before he conceded the match to Martin. Malcolm is unavailable to represent the club at the end of season Champion of Champions competition so conceded the game to give the club a representative in the competition.


I would like to thank the Green Team for producing a green worthy of a finals weekend. Also, thanks to Keith and Roberta for running ‘Keith’s Kitchen’ over the 2 days with delicious bacon rolls, and keeping everyone refreshed with drinks. It was great arriving at the club both mornings to the aroma of bacon!


Thanks to Pat Brown, Val Harris and Bill Jarvie for marking the finals, and to President Tony and all the spectators who came to support the finals. There were 10 people supporting on Friday evening and 20+ at each of the Saturday and Sunday sessions.


Finally, I would like to congratulate all winners, and commiserate runners-up who must remember there is always next year.


Nigel Siford

Competition Secretary   



Ladies and Mixed Pairs

The last two knock out finals were played on Saturday, 7 April, which featured Sheila Wright and Carol Martin against Sheila Jones and Carol Thornhill in the ladies drawn pairs final and on a neighbouring rink, Shirley Crick and Paul Robbins were against Julie Singer and Martin Sparks in the drawn mixed pairs final. During the ladies final the book-keepers took lots of bets on Carol & Sheila to win ! C Martin & S Wright got off to a great start with 5 shots on the first end, but S. Jones and C.Thornhill got the game back to 5-6 in their favour after 4 ends, then for the first half of the final the scores were very close. In the second half, S wright and C. Martin started to dominate by winning 8 of the next ten ends and when the score reached 23-13 in favour of Sheila Wright and Carol Martin, their opponents conceded. The mixed pairs final saw Martin and Julie winning the first two ends by a single shot before Shirley and Paul found their range and took the next 8 ends to lead 12-2. However, Martin & Shirley rallied and gained the lead after 17 ends at 14-13. It looked like there would be a close finish and some great bowls were delivered by both teams, with Shirley and Paul coming out on tops over the last four ends to finish winners on 20-14. Congratulations to all finalists for their spirited performances and for entertaining the many watchers. The photos show the winners of the Ladies pairs final, Carol Martin and Sheila Wright on the right hand side with runners up Sheila Jones & Carol Thornhill on the left. The second photo shows winners of the Mixed Pairs title, Shirley Crick & Paul Robbins on the right with runners up Julie Singer and Martin Sparks on the left.



Men's singles and Never Win singles

Two finals were played on 5 April. The Men's singles finals saw Martin Shepherd retain his title, with a comfortable win over Steve Witcombe. Martin dominated the game throughout with Steve struggling to find the range on this occasion. The "Never Won" Singles title was a close fought affair with Julie Singer taking a 13-2 lead after 8 ends, before Martin Acock rallied to get back to 13-9. However Julie gained a 4 shot end to move to 18-9 before Martin started to find his range and once on control of the mat, he shortened the jack and kept scoring to achieve a 21 -18 victory. Congratulations to all finalists. The photos show Martin Shepherd holding the Mens Singles Championship Shield with Steve Witcombe to his left and the second photo shows Martin Acock holding the "Never Won" Singles shield with Julie Singer to his left. 



Finals ladies singles and men's pairs

Ladies Singles Finals 31 March 2018 - Finalists were Shirley Crick and Julie Singer. Shirley got off to a quick start, taking a 7- 0 lead after the first 3 ends before Julie started to get the distance and line and drew back to 7-6. Julie then took the lead 13-8 after 4 successive winning ends, but the Shirley came back with 4 winning ends of her own to get the score back to 14-13. From this point onwards both ladies found another gear and some magnificent bowling saw both moving to a 20-20 score, before Shirley was victorious on the final end by the single point required. The photo shows both finalist with Shirley on the right with the trophy and Julie on the left. The Men's pairs final was also played on 31 March and was contested by Steve Witcombe and Paul Robbins against Nigel Lidster and Nigel Siford. This was another close game with some excellent bowling. The two Nigel's took an early lead after 4 ends going 5-1 up and after a quick rally from their opponents went into a 9-4 lead after 9 ends. After a second rally the scores were tied on 11-11 and then went to 13-13, with little to separate the two pairs. However, a 4 and 4 on the 18 th and 19 th ends gave Steve and Paul a good lead and although the Nigel's won the last two ends, Steve Witcombe and Paul Robbins won the match 20-17. The two photos show the finalists and the winners after the event.



Men's County Singles Final




Congratulations to David Leafield for getting to the County Singles Final in 2018. David was runner-up to Mark Sharland of City & County BC.


Indoor Finals

Chipping Norton Bowls Club

Club Knock out Competition Finals

                                          All competitors would value your support  - Come and cheer them on !

Men’s Singles Final – Thurs, 5 April at 1900 hrs

                                          Martin Shepherd  v  Steve Witcombe


Ladies’ Singles Final – Sat, 31 March at 1400 hrs

                                         Julie Singer  v  Shirley Crick


Never Won Single’s Final - Thurs, 5 April at 1900 hrs

                                         Julie Singer  v  Martin Acock


Men’s Pairs Final -  Sat, 31 March at 1400 hrs 

                                          N Siford / N Lidstone  v  S Witcombe / P Robbins

Ladies’ Pairs Final - Sat, 7 April at 1000hrs

                                         Carol Thornhill/Sheila Jones v Carol Martin/Sheila Wright

Mixed Pairs Final – Sat, 7 April at 1000hrs

                                         P Robbins /Shirley Crick  v   M Sparks / Julie Singer

Triples Final -   Thurs, 5 April at 1900 hrs

                                        S Aldridge, B Jarvie, P Robbins   v    T. Smith, Shirley Crick, D. Stansfield


**National Over 60s Area Final**



John Cox and Percy Hickman on reaching the

National Over 60’s Area Final


The final will take place at Oxford City & County

Bowls Club on Friday 2nd March at 7pm


please go along and show your support

National Championships, Area Semis

National Championships,Area Semi Final Men’s Fours.
Steve Witcombe
Orren Bennett
Martin Shepherd
Shane Cooper
City &County
Thursday 8th.Feb. 2018
6.30start at City & County Oxford.

National Championships, Area Semi Final Men’s Singles
Martin Shepherd, Chipping Norton
Mike Titcombe, Westlecot.
Mon 12  Feb2018
6.30 start at Chipping Norton


Club Competitions will be updated frequently and you can find information about their games or track other peoples progress by using the Club Competition tab.
For the avoidance of doubt, it was decided at the beginning of the season, that the jack would be re-spotted when forced off the rink to the sides. This rule should be adhered to for all club competitions, but County and National Knock-outs will still result in it being a dead-end, to be played again." 

Outdoor Finals Report (2017)


The Outdoor Section held its Finals Weekend on Saturday & Sunday 2nd/3rd September

In front of a good crowd and a wonderfully prepared green the afternoon started at 2pm Saturday with the Men’s Singles, The Two Wood Singles and The Ladies Pairs.

The Men’s Singles Final, contested between John Benfield and Nigel Siford set the trend for the weekend ahead. Two experienced bowlers who over the years have both won the title before contested a great match that was close all the way through, after two hours plus Nigel Siford held his nerve to win in what was probably one of the longest Men’s Singles Finals in the clubs history.

The Two Wood Final saw Micky Boobyer take on Martin Acock, two bowlers with only a few years’ experience but with the potential to go farther in the game. Good bowling by both ended in victory for Boobyer.

The Ladies Pairs pitched Alison Siford & Carol Martin against Nina Boulton & June McDonald. All four Ladies have enjoyed success in the game but this day Alison & Carol had the upper hand and secured the trophy.

A good crowd gathered again on Sunday which began at 10am.

John Quinn Sets Singles was contested between Martin Acock and Mike Harris. Acock looking for a win after yesterday’s defeat overcame an ever young and much loved member of the club Harris who himself has tasted many successes over the years. A great final between two good friends - well I think Mike is still friends with Martin?

Also at 10am was The Drawn Open Pairs, Pat Brown & Nigel Siford vs Martin Sparks & John Benfield.  Two days running Siford vs Benfield, and again a close final. Good bowling by all four resulted in victory for Brown & Siford but credit to Sparks playing in his first final.

2pm Sunday afternoon saw the remaining four finals with inclement weather which did not deter the bowlers. The Ladies Singles Final was between Nicola Jones, past winner on many occasions and Pat Brown. A great contest saw Jones edge in front only for Brown to storm back and secure her first singles title with a screech of delight that could probably be heard in Stratford Upon Avon.

The next match was the Never Won Singles final. Contestants Roberta Jarvie , so many times in singles finals but as yet to secure a title, and Martin Acock, fresh from his victory in the morning. Another great final, with both players giving their all, resulted in another victory for Acock. Two in one day for him, but heartbreak again for Jarvie. One day, Roberta, one day.

The Men’s Pairs final saw Tom Granville & Tim Sealey do battle with Tony Backer-Holst & Jeff Martin. Some good bowls played by all but it wasn’t Backer-Holst and Martin’s day with Granville and Sealey securing the title in style.

Finally, the Married Couples trophy was contested  between Alison & Nigel Siford and Rosie & Freddie Brooks. Another great contest, the Brooks had their noses in front for much of the match but the Sifords came back late in the game to set up a tense ending. The Brooks, who had bowled well all afternoon, deservedly took the title on a day that also saw them celebrate their wedding anniversary and Rosie’s birthday.

The Over 60’s singles (which was not played at the weekend) was won by John Hurren who defeated Percy Hickman.

On both Finals days there were drinks and refreshments available that were enjoyed by family, friends and members and my sincere thanks go to the ladies who organised this, Val Harris, Roberta Jarvie and Rosie Brooks. My thanks also to those who gave up their time to mark the games, Tony Backer-Holst, Jeffrey Martin, Carol & Ron Thornhill and finally to the green staff, Martin Acock, Mike Harris and Keith Field for all their hard work in keeping the green in tip top condition for the finals and during the season.

Nigel Siford

Competition Secretary


***Indoor Season Begins ****

The Indoor Season is about to begin

The Club opens for Roll-ups & Casual Play from Monday 18th September, although the Rinks are reserved after 6 p.m. for the “Westox” Presentation Evening on Thursday 21st September

For new or aspiring Bowlers or those who are just curious about this very social game the Club is open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday 23rd September. Come along & try bowls “free” in an informal manner. All equipment is provided although if you could bring a pair of flat soled shoes to change into it would help, although we do have a limited number of bowls shoes for those who need them. Coaching takes place every Monday morning throughout the Winter & on Thursday Evenings in the early part of the season. Just turn up & introduce yourself


For current & past Members looking to re-join, the Opening Bowls Drive & Social Get Together is on Saturday 30th September starting at 2 p.m. Check up at the Club for details & put your names down so we can cater for numbers

The intra Club Leagues start from Monday 2nd October on the usual 4 mornings & evenings plus the Ladies Only League getting things underway that afternoon at 2 p.m. For those looking to join a League Team please contact Nigel on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who has details of vacancies waiting to be filled. These League games are friendly and take 2 hours from 10 a.m. on mornings Tuesday to Friday & from 7 p.m. each weekday except Thursdays. Bowlers can expect a game every other week so it’s a good idea to join 3 or more teams. Informal Roll-ups take place on Friday & Sunday afternoons from 2 p.m.

Inter Club matches are played on Saturday afternoons & these begin on 21st October although there are also a few Midweek & Sunday afternoon matches from time to time. For those more competitive bowlers, the Men play in the “Wessex League” on 9 Sunday Mornings through the Winter. Afew experienced players are standing down this season, so any keen male bowlers from West Oxfordshire, South Warwickshire & East Gloucestershire should consider putting their names forward for selection. The first match is on 22nd October with a “trial” game the previous Sunday morning from 10 a.m. The mixed North Oxon League for local Outdoor Clubs is played on most Saturday mornings from 10 a.m.

Finally, the Subscription for the season is £60, payable before Sunday 1st October. A collecting box is available at the Club. There is a 2 week grace period before playing rights will unfortunately be suspended due to a lack of payment

Presentation Evening - Indoor 2017

Chipping Norton Bowls Club


After a busy and exciting season the Indoor Section held its annual awards ceremony where near 70 members, family and friends enjoyed a very pleasant evening in our clubhouse. Whilst approaching our 30th anniversary year it was fitting that two of our original members, Grace Barnes and Barbara Pearce be given  the honour of presenting our awards.

Chairman Carole recognised the services of our master of ceremonies, Nigel Siford,  on this his last year as Competition Secretary.  Also after many years service to the Indoor Section, Carole thanked Nina Boulton as Secretary, Brenda Shepherd as League Organiser and Val Fraser as Fixture Secretary who have all stood down this year.

Chairman Carole is shown with all the prize winners.




Indoor Comps - Results (2017)

Indoor Section Finals Results


Mens Singles

Winner: Martin Shepherd     Runner Up: David Leighfield

Ladies Singles

Winner: Nicola Jones    Runner Up: Julie Singer

Never Won Singles

Winner: John Hurren    Runner Up: Orren Bennett

Mixed Pairs

Winners: Val Fraser & Nigel Siford    Runners Up: Nicola Jones & Dennis Parker

Mens Pairs

Winners: John Hurren & David Leighfield    Runners Up: Orren Bennett & Robert Bradford

Ladies Pairs

Winners: Sheila Jones & Carol Martin    Runners Up: Roberta Jarvie & Nicola Jones


Winners: Nina Boulton, Pat Brown & Nigel Siford    Runners Up: Dennis Parker, Tony Backer-Holst & Richard Barnett


Winners: Nina Boulton, Carol Martin, Tony Backer-Holst & Richard Barnett  
Runners Up: Percy Hickman, Derek Hamilton, Martin Fraser & John Cox


Victory for Chippy in the 10s (2017)

Chipping Norton played  Watlington in the final of the TENS Competition today - Sunday 9 April 2017.
With great pleasure I am happy to report that we won.
Scores as follows :

Singles.      Steve Whitcombe. 21-12
Pairs.        John Cox      
              Richard Barnett. 21-15
Triples.      Nicola Jones
              Carole Thornhill
              Keith Field.     21-14
Fours.        Roberta Jarvie
              Julie Singer
              Di Zenyik
              Paul Robbins.     9-35

Commiserations to Watlington  - it was an enjoyable match.





Carole Thornhill


Outdoor Presentation Evening (2016)





The Outdoor Section held their annual awards ceremony in the clubhouse on Saturday 5th November where members and guests enjoyed a lovely meal before the trophies were handed out.  Our President Tony Backer-Holst did a marvellous job standing in for Competition Secretary Nigel Siford who was on holiday but had left a very witty speech which Tony was under strict instructions not to read beforehand. 

Oxfordshire Bowling Association President Peter Latter had taken ill at the last moment but his place was very ably taken by the Deputy President and our own member, Bill Jarvie, who presented the awards.  Unfortunately there were a few recipients who were not present on the evening to receive their trophies but a good evening was had by all who did attend.  The Club Person of the Year was deservedly presented to Martin Acock for all his hard work on and around the green, particularly now being fully qualified in dealing with pesticides for the green maintenance.

Our thanks and appreciation goes to Chairman Val Harris and her committee for all the hard work over the season.


Extension - Formal Opening





Chipping Norton Bowls Club are pleased to announce the completion of the extension to the Club building designed to create a 2 way Viewing Gallery enabling members, visitors and guests to watch both indoor and outdoor bowls being played. The facility was the result of efforts to improve the attraction of the Club to potential new members and to encourage retention of present members. Associated with the project was the replacement of the 4 rink capacity indoor carpet and the improvement of external security lighting. All three elements have been completed.


A formal opening of these new facilities took place at the Club on Friday 16th September with the former Member of Parliament for Witney David Cameron attending to officially declare the 3 features open. Mr Cameron gave an address, spent time mingling with the 70 plus guests present and observing demonstrations of indoor and outdoor bowling.


Mr Cameron, together with a number of other individuals and bodies, had previously provided letters of support to Sport England - Inspired Facilitiesresulting in the Club receiving a grant of £75,000 towards the overall cost of the three element project.




Note to Editors:

Chipping Norton Bowls Club is rural based medium sized Flat Green Bowls Club which will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2017. In common with most other Bowls Clubs we are striving to improve the membership and are seeking to take the opportunity of a local house-building programme. 


Outdoor Finals Report (2016)


 Club Finals of the Outdoor Competitions were played over four days, Saturday 3rd, Sunday 4th, Monday 5th and Wednesday 7th September resulting in good competitive and enjoyable matches. 


Mens Pairs: Winners: Pat Griffin & David Leighfield - Runners Up: Desmond Boulton & Jeffrey Martin.

Never Won Singles: Winner: Micky Boobyer - Runner Up: Roberta Jarvie.

Over 60,s Singles: Winner: Pat Griffin - Runner Up: Len McDonald.

Drawn Open Pairs: Winners: John Benfield & David Leighfield - Runners Up: Freddy Brooks & Valerie Harris.

Married Couples: Winners: Mike & Valerie Harris - Runners Up: June & Len McDonald.

Two Wood Singles: Winner: Pat Griffin - Runner Up: Micky Boobyer.

Ladies Singles: Winner: Nicola Jones - Runner Up: Roberta Jarvie.

John Quinn Sets: Winner: David Leighfield - Runner Up: Micky Boobyer.

Ladies Pairs: Winners: Nina Boulton & Nicola Jones - Runners Up: Roberta Jarvie & Pat Brown.

Mens Singles: Winner: David Leighfield - Runner Up: Tom Granville.


My thanks go to Carol & Ron Thornhill for marking on the Saturday and Monday, and Tony Backer-Holst who did Sunday and Wednesday. Congratulations to all the winners and commiserations to the runners up, but every final was great to watch.


Nigel Siford

Competition Secretary.

Fabulous bowling at Carterton for the County Finals.

Congratulations to David Leighfield on winning the County U25's singles during a wonderful days bowling at Carterton today.  His opponent on this occasion was his fellow White Rose team-mate Chris Gilkes from Watlington.  An even match most of the way Chris then took the lead 16-12. On what had been a warm sunny morning, light rain didn't interfere with the determination of both bowlers. The score went to 18-18 before David held his nerve with some solid bowling to win 21-18. Both now off to Leamington



Indoor Presentation Evening (2016)

Chipping Norton Bowls Club Indoor section held it's annual prize presentation on Thursday 7th April in the Clubhouse on Burford Rd Chipping Norton .
Following an excellent meal provided by lady members ,new Incoming Chairman Carole Thornhill welcomed guests and gave a special welcome to Club President Tony Backer Holst and his wife Margaret and thanked him for agreeing to present the prizes . She said " thanks to all those who took part in the competitions this season and congratulations to all the winners and a special thank you to the people who made it all happen . To Brenda Shepherd league secretary who has done a sterling job over many years in organising leagues , with all that entails and also to Rosemary Brooks for the sometimes thankless task of organising the competitions , well done ladies . "
Carole Thornhill then asked President Tony to present the trophies firstly the weekly leagues followed by the yearly club competitions .
The winners of the club competitions were as follows  ;
Triples    Paul Robbins -Rosemary Brooks-Trevor Millard 
Rinks      Di Zenyik - Tony Backer Holst - Nigel Siford - Martin Fraser .
Mixed Pairs   Nigel Siford - Jean Dix 
Ladies Pairs   Val Harris - Julie Singer 
Mens Pairs    Paul Robbins - Robert Bradford 
Never Won  David Leighfield
Ladies Singles   Val Harris 
Mens Singles   Martin Shepherd 
President Tony then said " Thanks you for inviting myself and Margaret this evening and what a fantastic turnout . A special thank you also to the people who have organised this evening a tremendous amount of work goes into not only this evening but also to the organising of club events throughout the year and I would like to wish outgoing Chairman Roberta Jarvie all the very best for the future and am pleased that she will continue to work for the club in the role of Club Secretary . I am also pleased to announce that the club extension and replacement of indoor carpet project is on schedule and should enable the club to further develop and improve year on year.I have always been proud of the fact that the club has the reputation of being a friendly and welcoming club and a sincere thank you to you all for ensuring this reputation "
Incoming Chairman Carole Thornhill said " Once again thank you President for being with us this evening and I look forward to my year in office and hope I can live up to the exacting standards set by outgoing chairman Roberta . Once again thank you all for being with us this evening and safe journey home "
photo attached 
left to right  David Leafield - Nigel Siford - Tony Backer Holst - Paul Robbins - Carole Thornhill - Val Harris - Martin Shepherd - Rosemary Brooks - Robert Bradford - Di Zenyik - Trevor Millard    

Indoor Bowls Competition Results (2016)

Di Zenyik
Nigel Siford
Martin Fraser
Tony Backer-Holst
Never Won
David Leighfield
Ladies Pairs
Val Harris
Julie Singer
Paul Robbins
Trevor Millard
Rosie Brooks
Mixed Pairs
Nigel Siford
Jean Dix
Mens Pairs
Paul Robbins
Robert Bradford
Mens Singles
Martin shepherd
Ladies Singles
Val Harris

Chippy Bowlers and County Finals

Chipping Norton’s Indoor Bowlers have reached 4 County Finals this winter.


In the Oxfordshire Women’s Indoor Bowling Association Finals being played at Oxford City & County Bowls Club, Marston Ferry Road, Summertown on Friday 1st April...at the time of writing details not available but good luck to our girls.


3 of Chippy’s Men have reached the Finals of the Oxfordshire County Men’s Indoor Bowls Association Competitions.

The all Chipping Norton Singles Final will be contested at the Greystones Indoor facility on the Burford Road between the holder & currently Top 10 ranked National Open Singles Circuit player Martin Shepherd & David Leighfield formerly of the Five Rivers Club in Wiltshire who is in his first indoor season at Chippy. Martin & David will play on Tuesday 29th March starting at 7.15 p.m. and will be joined on the same evening by 2 Fours from Banbury Cross & Oxford City & County who will be playing for the BBC Radio Oxford Rinks Trophy starting at 6.30pm. 


Last year’s losing finalist John Cox is trying his luck instead in the Over 60’s Singles Final against Terry Gripe of Oxford City & County in a match likely to played in early April


All spectators, supporters & potential Members are welcome to attend the Chipping Norton Club which has recently been awarded a £75,000 Lottery Funded Sport England grant and is now An Inspired Facility.


Chipping Norton welcomes expressions of interest from established or new bowlers who would like to join us for the Outdoor Season this summer or next Winters Indoor season beginning in September and take advantage of our new & modern facilities which will be established by May of this year

Outdoor Presentation Evening (2015)

Chipping Norton Bowls Club , outdoor section held it's annual prize presentation dinner on Saturday 17th October at the Bowls club premises Burford Rd Chipping Norton .
The prizes were presented by Oxfordshire Outdoor Bowls President Steve Tollhurst who said "
I have been to three or four presentation Dinners over the last few months and I have to say this has been the most fun , many thanks for inviting me .The grassroots of the sport are what it's all about and this club with it's friendly atmosphere and excellent food plus the quality of the greens is a venue we all look forward to visiting during the season .You have a good management structure here and a excellent team supporting you and I wish you every success in the future "
Nigel Siford the competitions secretary introduced the prize winners as follows :
Two wood singles              David Leafield 
Drawn open pairs               Freddy Brooks / Stuart Davis
John Quinn Trophy              David Leafield 
Triples Competition             Ron Thornhill -Tony Backer- Holst - Jeff Martin 
Never Won Singles              David Leafield
Rinks Competition                Alison Siford - Freddy Brooks - Jeff Martin - Nigel Siford 
Married Couples                  Alison and Nigel Siford 
Mens Pairs                          David Leafield / Stuart Davis 
Ladies Pairs                         Nicola Jones / June McDonald .
Over Sixty Singles                Pat Griffin 
Ladies Singles                     Nicola Jones 
Mens Singles                       David Leafield 
Val Harris thanked Oxfordshire President Steve Tollhurst for presenting the prizes and Nigel Siford for all his hard work with the competitions this year and for to those members who entered the competitions and said " I hope you have all enjoyed your evening and the excellent meal provided by the new team of caterers "
Tony Backer- Holst Club President thanked everyone for coming and said " I would like to say a special thanks to Val Harris and Roberta Jarvie, Indoor Chairman and Club Secretary for all their hard work this season , they are with me trustees of the club and do a tremendous amount of hard work behind the scenes to help make this club what it is "

Indoor Presentation Evening (2015)

On Thursday evening 9th April the Indoor section of Chipping Norton Bowls Club held it's Annual Prize Presentation evening at the Clubhouse off the Burford Road in Chipping Norton . .
Indoor Chairman Roberta Jarvie welcomed everyone to the evening and said " I would like to offer a very warm welcome to you all and a special welcome to Oxfordshire Indoor Bowls vice President Robin Mcstay . The attendance this year is the highest we have had and we hope you all enjoy the evening "
"The indoor section of the club has had a very successful season , not only have we attracted over 40 new members but we are very proud to have both finalists in the Oxfordshie Mens singles competition , John Cox and Martin Shepherd ,with Martin being victorious following a very tough contest . Plus the 10's team will be playing in the final this weekend and next week four members will be playing in the Oxfordshire Mens rinks final, Steve Whitcomb , Richard Bennett ,,Paul Robbins , and John Cox "
Following the meal Roberta Jarvie asked Robin Mcstay to present the prizes as follows ,
Triples      Tony Backer Holst - Robin Cox --Peter Betteridge 
Rinks         Paul Robbins -Robin Cox ---Freddy Brooks - Nina Boulton 
Mixed Pairs      Paul Robbins Nicola Jones 
Ladies Pairs     Val Harris -Jean Dix 
Mens Pairs       Eric Dix  David Stansfield 
Never Won       Nigel Siford 
Mens Singles   Martin Shepherd 
Ladies singles    Val Harris   ( note this is the 6th year in succession Val has won this title )
Robin Mcstay said " It is many years since I first came to Chipping Norton as a schoolboy and I have fond memories of the town . Thank you most sincerely for inviting me tonight and for your very warm welcome , much appreciated . Congratulations to all the winners and to all who took part throughout the season ."
Roberta Jarvie thanked all those who have worked so hard to make the evening such a success and in particular , Brenda Shepherd for her hard work throughout the season with the leagues and Rosemary Brooks for organising the competitions .
Club President Tony Backer Holst said" This season has been a very successful one for the indoor section and in no small way for the extremely hard work put in by our Indoor chairman Roberta Jarvie , this will be her eighth year in the role and I do not know how we would have managed without her "
Enclosed photo of competition winners with Vice President Oxfordshire Robin Mcstay ,President Tony Backer Holst and Roberta Jarvie .

Mens County Singles

In an all Chippy affair Martin Shepherd beat John Cox 21-14 to win the Men's County Singles Final - well done to Martin on the win and John on reaching the final



Indoor Competitions - part 2 (2015)

This was the second weekend of the indoor competitions finals.

Saturday 28th March

Val Harris remains the Ladies Singles Champion after winning her match against Roberta Jarvie. She has now held this title for 6 consecutive years. Well done Val!

Paul Robbins and Nicola Jones, last years runners up in the Mixed Pairs competition, this year won the final against Jean Dix and Nigel Siford. It was a closely fought match with a nail biting last end, the spectators had a treat to watch.

Sunday 29th March

Martin Shepherd remains the Mens Singles Champion, winning his match against Paul Robbins.

The Ladies Pairs match was won by Val Harris and Jean Dix who beat Julie Singer and Nicola Jones. Like the Mixed Pairs, this excellent match was only decided in the 21st end.

Well done and thank you to all who entered into this years competitions I hope you enjoyed your games.


Indoor Competitions - part 1 (2015)

This week-end 4 of our indoor competitions were played.

Saturday (21st March)

The Never Won Match was won by Nigel Siford who beat a new bowler to our club, Paul Demczak, but this was no easy match and Paul will be a man to watch out for in future games.

Paul Robbins, Robin Cox, Freddy Brooks and Nina Boulton won the rinks match beating Doreen Molyneux, Nicola Jones, Roberta Jarvie and Bill Jarvie.

Both these matches were watched and enjoyed by an enthusiastic group of spectators.

Sunday (22nd March)

The Triples match was won by Tony Backer-Holst, Robin Cox and Peter Betteridge who beat Roberta Jarvie, Martin Fraser and Nicola Jones.

The highlight of the week-end was undoubtedly the Mens Pairs when Eric Dix and David Stanfield beat Steve Witcombe and Richard Barnett, this proved to be a long and strongly contested match, with some delightful play greatly appreciated by the spectators.

Next week-end we have the Ladies Singles on Saturday, when Val Harris plays to hold on to her title, and the Mixed Pairs. On Sunday there will be the Ladies Pairs and the Mens Singles, with Martin Shepherd playing to keep his title. 

All games start at at 10AM and supporters will be most welcome. 


Mens OIBA Finals

Men’s County Finals Finalised

Dates & Times for the Oxfordshire County Men’s Indoor Finals have now been announced

John Cox & Martin Shepherd will play their Singles Final at Oxford City & County BC on Thursday 26th March at 3 p.m.

Steve Witcombe, John Cox, Richard Barnett & Paul Robbins are in the Rinks Final against a strong four from Oxford City & County comprising Sam Watts, Mervyn Gleeson, Chris Earl & Mike Petersen at Carterton BC on Tuesday 14th April starting at 6.15 p.m. This will be 2 days after the Newbury Building Society Ten’s Final when our team battles Oxford City & County on their “Home” ground on the Sunday morning from 10 a.m.. Will Tuesday’s game be another victory or revenge?

Members are encouraged to come along to all these finals and support our players at the end of a relatively successful season for the Club

Between these events, Chippy is also hosting 2 other Men’s Indoor County Finals on the night of the Indoor Section Annual Meeting, Thursday 2nd April. Attend the Meeting; support your Committee and stay on afterwards to watch the conclusion of the Men’s Pairs & Triples Finals. Banbury Cross, Carterton and Oxford City & County will be represented. A good opportunity to watch some of the County’s best indoor bowlers in action at the Club and to increase the bar takings as well!

The remaining Final, the Over 60’s pairs, takes place on the same afternoon as the Singles Final at Oxford City & County. Banbury Cross versus Oxford & District in the inaugural staging of this competition

Men's County Finals

Martin Shepherd & John Cox will meet in the Oxfordshire County Men’s Indoor Bowls Singles Final in March. They both won their semi-final matches this week by the same score 21 – 10 against opponents from Oxford City & County and Carterton; Othman Sharif & Tim Jupp.

John has also reached the Final of the County Men’s indoor Bowls Fours in partnership with Steve Witcombe, Richard Barnett & Paul Robbins, whilst Steve, Richard & Paul have to beat a Triple from Banbury Cross in a semi-final to reach the Triples Final against either Oxford & District or Oxford City & County. 

And it doesn’t end there, Jeff Martin & Bill Jarvie are in the Semi-Final of the Over 60’s Pairs. Should they win their match in early March, against John Tee & Keith McNeil of Banbury Cross they will face Alan Mead & Eric Hollinrake of Oxford & District in the Over 60’s Pairs Final




Annual Outdoor Prize Presentation Dinner - 2014

On Saturday 18th October the outdoor section of Chipping Norton Bowls Club held it's annual Prize presentation Dinner at the Bowls Club.
Outdoor Chairman Val Harris welcomed all the guests which included Mike Andrew, Oxfordshire Bowls Association President 2014, who presented the awards and Tony Backer-Holst, Chipping Norton President 2014.
Chairman Val Harris said, "The club has enjoyed and excellent year in 2014 with no major problems with bad weather and I hope the clubs success will continue into the future".
Following Grace, said by Tony Backer-Holst, everyone enjoyed an excellent meal which was followed by the presentation of the awards. Competitions secretary John Bowlt introduced OBA President Mike Andrew and asked him to present the awards.
The winners were as follows;
Drawn Ladies pairs Alison Siford and Val Harris
Drawn Mens Pairs Stuart Davis and Bill Jarvie
Two woods singles Carol Martin
Never won singles Stuart Davis
Married Couples Alison and Nigel Siford
Over 60's singles Len McDonald
Drawn open pairs Tony Backer-Holst
John Quinn Trophy Len McDonald
Ladies singles Carol Martin
Mens Singles Nigel Siford
Triples Nigel Siford Roberta Jarvie and Rosemary Brooks
Mike Andrew said, "Thank you for inviting me to present the awards this year and congratulations to all those who took part. I have always enjoyed visiting Chipping Norton Bowls club, it is such a friendly club and thank you most sincerely for inviting me here tonight. This is my last function as President of the OBA and what an excellent evening it has been, congratulations to all concerned, and I look forward to returning to the club at sometime in the future."
Photo: The winners with Mike Andrew and Tony Backer-Holst.
Left to right: Val Harris, Alison Siford, Mike Harris, Carol Martin, Nigel Siford, Stuart Davis, Tony Backer-Holst, Rosemary Brooks, Len McDonald, Roberta Jarvie, Bill Jarvie.
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