Gill Hamilton

Gill Hamilton

Derek Hamilton and family would like to express their

sincere thanks and appreciation to all those who

have sent cards and messages of condolences after the

very sad death of his wife Gill last week

Joyce Perrie

Joyce Perrie

It is with deep sadness that we report the sudden death, due to a heart attack, of Joyce Perrie.

Joyce and her late husband, Bill (Jock) were original members of Chippy bowls club and both achieved many accolades but most of all they were hard working club members.

Even after her work in the kitchens of Parker Knoll, Joyce could then be found serving teas at the bowls club.

Joyce was still bowling in leagues indoors up until last year, her delivery was unusual but oh so accurate and a real threat to any opposition. A really lovely lady who will be sadly missed.

Our thoughts go out to all her family at this sad time.

Membership Fees


A number of members would have currently been getting ready to pay their second installment of the membership fee for the bowls club which includes unlimited green fees for the season. At this time we don't know when we will be bowling again, so please do not make further payments at this time and until further notice.

The Management Committee will consider the subject of membership fees when we get the go-ahead to resume bowling again. The amount of rebate will depend on the time lost to Govt restrictions during the season, but we are unable to predict this currently as the future situation is rather fluid at the moment.

For those of you who paid the full fee for the season: don't worry we have not forgotten about you !

Thanks for your patience.

Suspension of Bowling

Bowlers will be aware of the Govt's latest announcement to enforce a further lockdown from Thursday next until 2 December (at least).

The indoor committee remain positive and optimistic about the future of indoor bowling and acknowledge the confidence gained by players by providing a safe bowling environment and adapting to our requested playing methods to reduce the risk of being infected by the virus. As a consequence, we will continue our current plans until we close the club after the last game on Wednesday, 4 November, whereupon we will do a deep clean throughout and close the club until the Govt give the go ahead again.

We normally receive a few days notice of any changes from the Govt and we are confident that we can do essential maintenance and cleaning to be open at the first opportunity, from when we will carry on with our current plans, particularly for leagues.

So for leagues, we confirm they will start on Tuesday morning (3 Nov) as planned; be suspended from Thursday onwards and reopen when agreed by the Govt, continuing the use the current fixture list. Any games that have been postponed will be rearranged when we know the recommencement date.

The KO Finals held open from last winter to November will be postponed again and new dates confirmed when the future is clearer.

Feedback on future bowling proposals circulated recently would still be welcome. The committee will consider the current subscription consequences when there is more information about when we can play again, as there may be further postponements after the current Dec 2 deadline.

We wish all members a safe passage through the next lockdown period and we look forward to seeing you again after the new lockdown finishes. We will do our best to keep you well informed in the meantime. STAY SAFE.



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 ( 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 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


Please look at the 'News' page for the latest newsletter


Annual General Meeting – 14th January 2021

The club’s Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Thursday 14th January, however, due to the Covid19 situation we will be unable to hold this meeting in the clubhouse.

As the Clubhouse is closed all paperwork relating to this AGM will now be emailed or posted to members next week for their perusal and approval.  In the meantime if any member has a proposition or resolution they wish to be put forward could you send it to me ASAP and certainly by 24th December by following the “Contact Us” on this website and to include the name of the proposer and seconder.

Best wishes and stay safe.

Roberta Jarvie

Hon Secretary


Unfortunately the Govt have decided that the county of Oxfordshire should emerge from the lockdown as a Tier 2 area from 2 December, which means that we will be unable to resume bowling as hoped. This situation is to be reviewed on 16 December, but given the planned relaxation over the Christmas period (23-27 Dec) it is unlikely that we will be moved to Tier 1 on 16 December. It is with regret therefore that we will have to cancel the Christmas Fun day planned at the club on Saturday, 19 December.

We hope for better news after Christmas and will adopt a positive approach to reopening when the Govt indicates this will be acceptable. Please check this website periodically to keep up to date with the situation. We hope the situation may be improved by the end of January.

May I take the opportunity to wish everyone a safe and restricted Merry Christmas and hope the new year is the dawn of a brighter future.

John Hurren, Chairman of the Indoor Section.


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: , 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

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