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28th July 2021

Bowls England statement on access to the 2021 Nationals

Please be advised that Bowls England have issued a statement, with regards to requirements to comply with government regulations, for entry to Nationals at Leamington:

Take a Lateral Flow Test within 24 hours of arrival at the venue and be able to show proof of a negative test via an email or text from the NHS or show a photo of the negative test OR have evidence of double vaccination via the NHS app, a letter from the NHS or your Vaccination card. Information about how to download the NHS app or apply for a letter can be found here.

Without proof of either of these, all people aged 11 and over will be asked to take a Lateral Flow Test on arrival at the event, supervised by our onsite medical team. You will not be allowed access until the result has been read 30 minutes later. You must follow the government's guidelines at all times in regards to self-isolation.

See also Bowls England website for full details.

As markers / umpires / volunteers / players, you will be issued with a pass, but BE need the event to be ticketed to control numbers.

Angie Thompson
EBUA Chair

25th July 2021

IMPORTANT - AGM 2021 - Online Voting

In line with our current Constitution members are able to submit their votes for the AGM this year by email.
Please ensure that you only send votes from the email address that is registered to your membership to

Election of Officers

Officer Post: Nomination
Vote Treasurer: Alexander Wilson

Officer Post: Nominations
Vote (one only)Chair: Charlotte Emanuel, Angie Thompson

The new EBUA Constitution, proposed by the Executive, to be presented at the AGM is available to view on the website. The Executive strongly recommend that voting on this takes place at the AGM either physically or virtually.

However, should you be unable to attend the AGM voting on this can also be submitted by the vote email. Proposed by Vote The Executive Committee Acceptance of new EBUA Constitution

Online voting opens on 25/7/2021 and closes 8/8/2021. Any votes received outside of this period will not be counted.

Download a copy of the PROPOSED Constitution here

Bernie Hill
EBUA Secretary

17th July 2021

Mission Statement 2021

The Executive has issued a new Mission Statement..

Angie Thompson
EBUA Chair

2nd July 2021

National Duty Allocations 2021

The duty allocations for the National Finals 19th August - 5th September will be emailed this weekend.

Please acknowledge receipt by return email to

Bernie Hill
EBUA Secretary

1st July 2021

AGM 2021

The EBUA AGM will take place on Sunday 22nd August 2021 at 19:00 at

The Avenue Bowls Club, Avenue Road, Leamington Spa, CV31 3PG

Further details will be available nearer the time regarding email voting and streaming.

Bernie Hill
EBUA Secretary

28th June 2021

Ross-on-Wye Friendly game postponed

Unfortunately the Celebration Game at Ross on Wye Bowling Club on Sunday 25th July 2021 has had to be postponed.

It is hoped that this fixture can be rearranged and details will be posted in due course.

Many thanks,

Bernie Hill
EBUA Secretary

25th June 2021


The EBUA would like to congratulate Bob Penny (Essex) and Tony Strudwick (Bucks) on their appointment to this weekend's (26-27 June) Performance Squad v International Select Team at Brampton Bowling Club, Huntingdonshire.

Bernie Hill
EBUA Secretary

10th June 2021


The EBUA have been invited to play in a friendly match to celebrate the Club's anniversary at Ross on Wye Bowling Club on Sunday 25th July 2021 at 1:30 pm.

The club is hoping to provide a buffet and after match meal, restrictions permitting.

If you are interested in playing in this game, please email me at by Wednesday 23rd June.

Bernie Hill
EBUA Secretary

25th May 2021

Executive Position Nominations

In line with our Constitution, the EBUA is seeking nominations for the following positions:



Nominations (proposed and seconded) to the Secretary, Bernie Hill, at by Sunday 6th June 2021. These nominations will be taken to the AGM in August.

Bernie Hill
EBUA Secretary

21st May 2021


Sue and Paul - Enjoying a warming Coffee, no global warming here, 23rd May 2021.

The EBUA would like to congratulate Sue Mates (Kent) and Paul Costin (Essex) on their appointment to this weekend's (22-23 May) England v Ireland Test Games at Essex County Bowling Club.

Bernie Hill
EBUA Secretary

13th May 2021

Spring Newsletter - May 2021

You can tell we are getting ready to bowl again, as the weather changes and it doesn't stop raining! I'm not quite ready to try out the new Umpire shorts.

As we approach the easing of COVID restrictions, the Executive and sub Committees have been working behind the scenes to get training, exams and duties up and running as soon as safely possible. Contact your County co-ordinator for more information.

We are in regular contact with BE, EIBA, BDA, Disability Bowls and Coach Bowls: 'Inclusion and Diversity' is the way forward for the game; we are working with all to support them and they are keen for us to be involved with their associations also.

Please note that Bowls England have made some changes to National Competitions, adopting Commonwealth Games formats. The final stages at Leamington incorporate the Mens and Womens competitions, mostly over the period from August 18th to September 5th. Bernie as Secretary, has received a good response regarding Duties, but there are still vacancies for some days. Details are on the 'News and Updates' section of the website, together with applications for International duties.

Policies have been reviewed and updated, as well as a proposed new Constitution produced, which we will put forward to the AGM on Sunday August 22nd. As agreed last year, physical, virtual or email votes will be possible and details will be available later. I would like to thank all those who have put many hours into this - no mean feat!

Meanwhile, let's make the most of the outdoor season this year. It will be great for us all to be able to meet up with other markers, umpires and bowlers again - perhaps share a small refreshment also!

Take care and hope to see many of you over the next few months.

Angie Thompson
EBUA Chair

6th May 2021

Association Accounts

Accounts for the years ending 31 December 2019 and 2020 have been finalised and examined and will be presented to the 2021 AGM for adoption.

Copies are available to members now on application to the Treasurer by email to

Alexander Wilson
EBUA Treasurer

5th May 2021

Time is pressing to complete your 2021 National Finals Duty Application Form!

Please download the application form. Edit in your requested sessions, save and return to me as it an attachement to an email (

Edit the form using EXCEL select your Session Cell and add
SHIFT + R using Font Wingdings 2 Font size 22 (gives you a Tick symbol.

Note the closing date is Sunday 9th May 2021, only four days

Use this link to download and view the latest BE 2021 National Final Schedule.
Access Bowls England web site, Go to Competitions, move down to "2021 National Finals Schedule" and click

Bernie Hill
EBUA Secretary

5th May 2021

Applications are welcomed from International Grade Umpires for the following events:

Test Match v Ireland
Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 May - Essex County BC, Essex

Performance Squad v International Select (North & East Regions)
Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 June - Brampton BC, Huntingdonshire

Home Nations Test Event
Thursday 28 July to Sunday 1 August - Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa

Performance Squad v International Select (South & West Regions)
Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 August - Clevedon BC, Somerset

Senior International Trials (Men & Women)
Saturday 25 September - Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa

Please could you send expressions of interest to me at by Wednesday 19th May 2021

Bernie Hill
EBUA Secretary

30th April 2021

EBUA Shorts are now avilable

EBUA shorts are now available via the Aceit website. Click on this link.
Looking forward to seeing you on the greens.

Bernie Hill
EBUA Secretary

2nd February 2021

International Selection Committee's Application form

Applications International Grade Application Form V4 are now welcomed, by the International Selection Committee, to any members wishing to be considered for progression to the International Grade.

Completed forms should be returned to me at

Bernie Hill
EBUA Secretary

27th October 2020

Members of the Constitution Sub-committee

I would like to offer my sincere thanks to all the members who volunteered to be part of the Sub Committee to look at our Constitution. The selection process was not easy, as there was such a wealth of experience and expertise from the volunteers. There will be additional opportunities later in the season and I hope to involve many of you then.

The group chosen is:

Bernie Hill,
Maxine Groce,
Charlotte Emanuel,
Vic Perry,
Jeff Henshaw,
John McKenzie,
Allan Thornhill and
Peter Harris

Bernie Hill
EBUA Secretary

Bernie Hill
EBUA Secretary

27th October 2020

Certificate Expiry

At our recent meeting the Executive considered Certificate expiry dates and would like to confirm the following:

Any certificates with an expiry date of 2019 or 2020 will be extended until the end of 2021. This will be reviewed next year, if necessary.

Bernie Hill
EBUA Secretary

20th October 2020

Home Study Manual updated pages

We have updated several pages of the Home Study Manual dated Jan 2015. A reprint is needed but until this happens please see this .pdf document, which contains several pages that need to be replaced.

Chapter 5 page 25, Exercise 8 reworked.
Chapter 7 pages 1,2,3 & 4 Learning the Laws of the Sport, wording changes.

Vic Perry
EBUA Development Officer

6th October 2020

I'm Angie Thompson

As your newly elected Chair, I would like to introduce myself to those of you I have not yet met and give you some background on myself:

I became an Umpire in 1984 - primarily as a young player who felt that she was being given poor advice on the Laws! My passion for the game continues, supporting my Ilminster Club and Somerset as well as umpiring and marking at all levels. I have had the honour of representing England over the past 18 years at International level and am a current ITO (International Technical Official). Recent retirement has given me the opportunity to contribute more to the Association, especially in these difficult times.

As a Committee we are working hard behind the scenes and using online meeting facilities whenever possible, (which I see as a positive step), adjusting to changing times and the needs of the Association. We are looking to address the backlog in Workshops and Examinations, working within the current Government and Bowls England/EIBA guidelines.

I am keen to hear from members, with any constructive ideas or suggestions to help take the Association forward. Alternatively, each member has a link to the Area Secretary. Don't forget it is OUR association - for us all.

Keep safe and keep the Bowls going!

Angie Thompson

Chair EBUA

6th October 2020

Message from EBUA Chair, Angie Thompson

Dear all,

I am sending this out on behalf of our Association Chair, Angie Thompson:

As Chair of the EBUA, I would like to form a sub-committee in order to 'Refresh' our Constitution and am writing to all members to ask if they would be interested in joining a small group and share knowledge and expertise they may have in this area.

If you are interested, please email Bernie Hill on by 18th October.

Kind regards and keep well.

Bernie Hill
EBUA Secretary

24th September 2020

The latest EIBA Covid-19 directive

Please see the attached link for more information, which starts today.

EIBA New COVID-19 Directive

Bernie Hill
EBUA Secretary.

24th August 2020

EBUA Constitution August 2020

As a result of the AGM 2020 an update of the EBUA's Constitution is now published.

EBUA Constitution 2020

Bernie Hill
EBUA Secretary.

22nd August 2020

AGM 2020 Minutes

Please download the following document.

EBUA AGM 2020 Minutes

Bernie Hill
EBUA Secretary.

18th August 2020

AGM 2020, Closing Comments

Could I just say a big thank you to all that attended the AGM and on line (curtesy of Allan Thornhill) It was very good that the attendees at the meeting agreed to using the system.

There are some pleasant comments being made about the meeting and I am glad that everyone supported the executive over the past few months.

A big thank you is due to all past and present officers and executive for all the time and efforts they have put into the Association over the years.

Jessie Clark
EBUA Deputy Sec.

18th August 2020

Synopsis of the AGM 2020

The AGM on August 16th was attended by 111 members, in person and remotely.

Completed Minutes will be available very shortly, but some of the items included are given below:

New Officers:
Angie Thompson (Chair),
Greg Brown (Deputy Chair),
Bernie Hill (Secretary),
Alexander Wilson (Treasurer).

New Area Secretaries:
Maxine Groce (Area 1),
Bob Penny (Area 3).

Uniform to include navy blue knee length tailored shorts and an option to wear navy blue bowling shoes.
Proxy votes by email will be introduced at the 2021 AGM.
AGM's and SGM's will be able to take place, physically, physically/streamed and online if necessary.

The Association would like to thank Allan Thornhill for his help with the streaming to make this meeting accessible to more members.

Bernie Hill
EBUA Secretary

2nd June 2020

New Release of Crystal Mark Third Edition

Hot off the press, World Bowls have just released a new issue of 'Crystal Mark Third Edition' Go to this WEB Page . There are two blue download buttons. One will provide a .pdf copy of the Laws and the other details the amendments.

25th May 2021

Previous news, deemed to be out of date has been removed.

Ron Eden WEB Manager