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22nd June 2020

The current situation with the EBUA Executive

Last Thursday 18th June members of the executive received letters of resignation from Mavis Wellington, Phyl Jones and Ian Higton. As a result, a meeting was held at 11:00 on Sunday 21st June 2020 with the remaining members of the executive, at which these letters were accepted.

Our current position is, Jessie Clark as Deputy Secretary, is now the direct point of contact. Nominations have been received for executive positions and are now closed and will be placed on the agenda of the forthcoming AGM, which is provisionally arranged for the 16th August 2020 at Iver Heath Bowls Club, Bucks (subject to government regulations.) The full agenda for the AGM will be published on the 26th July in accordance with the constitution.

Meanwhile because 2020 is a non-season only a couple of administrative matters require attention and these are being dealt with.

Jessie Clark
EBUA Deputy 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.

23rd May 2020

EBUA Annual General Meeting

Further to my last posting, please note:

Officers for election at the AGM
Deputy Chairman: post vacant
Secretary: Phyl Jones, seeking re-election
Treasurer: Ian Higton, to be confirm as co-opted by Executive Committee
Development Officer: Vic Perry, seeking re-election

Phyl Jones

21st May 2020

EBUA Annual General Meeting

Good Afternoon,

In view of the current uncertain situation and the demographic of our members, your Executive Committee have discussed what we should do about the Annual General Meeting, due to take place in mid-August in Leamington.

In view of the length of time until then it has been decided that no changes will be made for the moment with the closing date for motions & nominations being 31st May 2020

The position will be reviewed again as circumstances change. Keep safe.

Phyl Jones

13th May 2020

Bowls England Holding Statement
12th May 2020

Goog Morning,

Please click on the link below. It is a Statement made by BE on the reopening of Bowling Greens.

See URL Link: BE Holding Statement

Please take care of yourselves and stay safe and healthy.

Phyl Jones

8th May 2020

It's there now

Our private Facebook group "EBUA members" is now in place and now has 60 members. This is a tremendous growth rate, keep it going.

Do read the simple rules, keep it light, then get on with chatting through the things in our world that interest you.

Please tell other members of this new communication channel, keep well.

Phyl Jones

7th May 2020

Somethings coming

We have been told for some time that there is something missing.

Well, we have checked ourselves over and found that what we don't have is a Facebook Group!

At last that is on the way. We will be opening a Facebook Group for you this Friday.

Sign-on to Facebook or Registered and look for the Private Group "EBUA members" then make a request to join.

Your name will be checked against a list of paid up EBUA Members and you be granted access.

The moderators/administrators are Bernie Hill (Area Secretary for area 1), who nudged us into finally creating this private group, Ron Eden (who manages the WEB site), Ian Higton (Treasurer) and Lesley Dearlove.

Phyl Jones

29th April 2020

Some thoughts for our Marker Members

So, you had a diary full of bowls matches and competitions to play in and you were looking forward to using your skills as a marker for singles matches. Suddenly the whole lot has vanished! The garden is getting to look very tidy and the lawn is looking better than for years? The car is so clean it dazzles. How are you going to fill your time now? Read a book or four? Can I make a suggestion?

The next step in the EBUA is to train to be a regional grade umpire. I'm sure you were told that the first step in this was some 'paperwork'. That paperwork is what you will have heard of as 'the 100 questions' the name is a good hint to what it is! A question paper consisting of 100 questions. When you apply to train you get a copy of the Laws of the Sport and the umpire Home study manual for you to work through to help you with this and your area secretary, county coordinator or marker mentor are here to provide support.

When people suggested to you that you might like to do those questions in preparation to coming to an 'umpire weekend' you were 'too busy'! Now your diary is certainly very much emptier, in fact, I suspect like the rest of us you have loads of time! So, what about spending some of that time working your way through those questions in preparation for attending the practical weekend whenever we are all 'free', and they can be run?

How do you go about getting what you need to make that start? Well, visit and then the section of our site outlining the training procedure under the Umpire Training menu and umpire training item for details.

But it costs money to register to begin training? Read on a bit further down that page and you will see that there are now bursaries of up to £100 available from Bowls England towards that training (and equipment) that you can claim when you have passed your exam to be an umpire.

Give it a thought and investigate our site for the full information? Will I be welcoming you as a new umpire and at the Leamington Championships in future years?

Phyl Jones
EBUA Secretary

27th April 2020

Gordon Walker

The Association is saddened to hear of the death of Gordon Walker from Yorkshire.

Gordon was a true bowls supporter and friend to so many. He was an umpire for many years.

Our thoughts are with his wife Doreen and family at this very sad time.

24th April 2020

Wye Paine

Wye Paine was a Barbadian; and could be seen wearing her countries colourful dress around the bowling circuit. She was a chiropodist by profession married to a medical officer who was in the army.

She played bowls at Desborough in Maidenhead and was a Berkshire Umpire, retiring 15 years ago. Wye reached the grand old age of 97 on the 5th March 2020, but sadly died two days ago.

Wye will be well remembered.


24th April 2020

John Jenkins

John was involved in a car accident on the 22nd April. Unfortunately, he did not survive; His wife, Sheila, is in hospital in and underwent surgery yesterday.

John was a Leicestershire National Umpire and Chairman of Leicestershire County he was also a Past President for the County.

We extend out condolences to Sheila and family at this sad time.

23rd April 2020

Mike Manns

We have just received the sad news that Mike Manns died last Friday night of a stoke.

He had been a member of the Association for more than 20 years and responsible for all the MACs in Wiltshire, Somerset, and Gloucestershire. He took over the role of Gloucestershires County Coordinator when position became vacent.

Mike worked hard for us and will be greatly missed.

Our thoughts are with Wendy, his wife and family at this sad and difficult time.

17th April 2020

Letter from Mavis

Hi everyone,

I hope you all are staying home and keeping safe.

I know it's a bad time for all of us with this deadly virus going around but this is the time for us all to help one another.

We can do a lot like helping our members who wish to upgrade or getting new members who would like to see if they could become a Marker or persuading our Markers to upgrade Umpire. Let's get going and see what we can do to help.

I am very proud to be your Chairman and very proud of you all for all you do for this association.

My best wishes to you all and don't forget to stay home and stay safe.

Looking forward to seeing you all on the green as soon as possible.


A Poem

As I gaze across the barren green where once was you and I
I wonder, how soon will we hear that old familiar cry.
How near, how far, or even should I

The one has played and touched the jack,
Has even some chalk,
But then again, it is early days says his mate
He's only just learned to walk.

Now the two takes his stand and thinks
The line is a little tight
But then again the three is next
So if I don't get in he/she will make it right.

Now it's the turn of the three who starts to think,
How am I going to get that shot?
I'll play my bowl and watch the skip
I'll know If It's made it or not

AS we cross mid-green, I glance at the skip
His/her face a pretty picture
You should have, you could have, or even you did not.
As we (the rest of the team) assemble at the other end

We utter that old plaintive cry
It's up to you now skip and watch as his/her bowl pass us by.
But the sun is shining and the birds are singing
the game is well and truly on we know oh so well

The game is not over till the last bowl is played and
the skip being our skip, we won by one.

Paul Johnson
Regional Umpire

15th April 2020

Leamington Championships 2021

Evening Team,

I have just received this BE Schedule for the National Championships 2021, so I thought I would let you have this as soon as possible. Please note the later start date if the 7th August and finish date of the 5th September. The Top Club, men and women, is back to its normal date later in September, 18th and 19th.

When I get more information I will make sure that it appears here on the website, but I hope this lets you plan your 2021 summer!.

See URL Link: BE Championship Schedule 2021

Please take care of yourselves and stay safe and healthy.

Phyl Jones

10th April 2020

Umpire Certificate expiry dates

Hi everyone,

The first thing I must say is that I hope you are all safe and well wherever you are! Please do your best to keep it that way! We will be needing you all when life returns to whatever emerges as 'normal'.

The Executive Committee discussed the question of the expiry of umpires certificates and decided that in view of the complete lack of any umpiring duties for a period that will last for an indeterminate time all certificates would be extended for 12 months.

When the 'pause' is over your area secretaries will be arranging the usual 'umpires weekends' and you should be notified (and the dates appear in the 'training calendar' on the site) and I will put an announcement on the site to let you know more detailed arrangements.

Please everyone stay safe and healthy

Phyl Jones

2nd April 2020

News Letter from Bowls Development Alliance(BDA)

I have just received a new letter from our secretary, Phyl, sent by BE on behalf of the Bowls Development Alliance, which is working with "Play Bowls". So rather than just publishing this month's new letter as requested I have added a Link to Play Bowls, simply because it contains lots of interesting items. To get to the actual newsletter use the new Play Bowls link and select "get-involved/newsletters" and look for the latest, dated April 2020. Happy exploring

Ron Eden, EBUA WEB Master.

31st March 2020

Expenses Claims Form V2-1

This is an update to the Expences Claim Form released earlier this month,
I unfortunately gave an incorrect postcode.
Please use this updated form for all future claims, click on the link below. Ian's address can also be found under Officers.

Expenses Claim Form V2-1    

Ron Eden, EBUA WEB Master.

29th March 2020

Information from Bowls England

Because of the way this information, from Bowls England, was sent to us I have copied it to a Word file. The following link will enable you to access this file.

Two BE Statements 29th March 2020

Ron Eden, EBUA WEB Master.

24th March 2020

Further updates from our National Bowls Associations

The following items have been extracted from emails sent to our Secretary and published for your information.

Bowls England

SIGN UP FOR NEWS, CHAT, KEEP FIT AND CLASSIC MATCHES Bowls England is committed to keeping our members fully informed, particularly during this period of isolation. We will be issuing regular updates via our e-newsletter - to subscribe and receive all of the latest news straight to your inbox, simply visit the Bowls England website and add your email address to the relevant area at the bottom of the homepage.

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

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

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

Matt Wordingham
Publications / Media Officer

English Indoor Bowls Association

Please find the latest EIBA statement, this has also been posted on the EIBA website
(See Link Below)

Regards Joanne

Joanne Shore
International and Communications Administrator
English Indoor Bowling Association Ltd
Tel No. 01664 481900

EIBA Statement 24th March 2020

21st March 2020

Updates from our National Bowls Associations

The following items have been extracted from emails sent to our Secretary and published for your information.

Bowls England

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

All staff (including Coach Bowls employees) will work from home in accordance with Government guidance with effect from Monday 23rd March - support for Clubs and County Associations will continue as normal.
Understandably, the Office has been inundated with enquiries from our clubs and county associations, and we will ensure that each and every enquiry is responded to. However, our priority on Friday 20th March will be ensuring that the staff team is able to work from home effectively from next Monday.

Members are requested not to call the Bowls England Head Office unless essential, but to contact Bowls England via the form available at Also see added link below.

Matt Wordingham
Publications / Media Officer

BE Covid19 FAQ 21th March 2020

English Indoor Bowls Association

Please see attached statement, as a URL Link below, extracted from the EBIA WEB Site. It outlines the key decisions made by English Indoor Bowls Association Ltd on Wednesday 18th March 2020.

EIBA National Competitions update

19th March 2020

EIBA Updated Statement on Covid19


Please see attached statement, as a URL Link below, extracted from the EBIA WEB Site. It outlines the key decisions made by English Indoor Bowls Association Ltd on Wednesday 18th March 2020.

EIBA Statement on Covid19 18th March 2020

18th March 2020

BE Statement on Covid19


Circulation: County Administrators/County Authorised Representatives/Life Members/Honorary Members/International Team Managers/Regional Selectors/ Copy to: Board/Staff/Warwick District Council

Dear all,

Please see attached statement, as a URL Link below, outlining key decisions following discussion by Bowls England Board on Tuesday 17th March 2020. A news item, which you will also receive, will be published on our various communication channels shortly.

Kind regards

Tony Allcock OBE
Chief Executive Bowls England

See URL Link: BE Statement on Covid19 18th March 2020

14th March 2020


With the Government announcing yesterday that we were entering the "Delay" phase to address the spread of "COVID-19" in England, The EIBA has decided to postpone The Nottingham National Championship.

See URL Link: EIBA Statement 13th March 2020

Furthermore we, the EBUA, have decided to stop registering any new Umpire Workshops and Markers Awareness Courses until further notice. Those Workshops and Courses detailed on the EBUA WEB Site "Umpire Training/Training Calendar" page will proceed as normal, however should the above status change they may be postponed.

Vic Perry EBUA National Development Office.

4th March 2020

Expenses Claims Form V2

The Association now has a new Treasurer, Ian Higton. I have produced a revised Expences Claim Form, which has Ian's contact details. Please use this new form for all future claims, click on the link below. Ian's address can be found under Officers.

Expenses Claim Form V2    Revised March 2020

Ron Eden, EBUA WEB Master.

13th February 2020

New Regional Umpires

We are very pleased to announce and thank Bowls England's for their new initiative to create a Bursary that will reward newly qualified Regional Umpires. This will be available to all those who qualify from the start of 2020.

The Bowls England application form will be part of the qualifying paperwork received by all new Regional Umpires. Those who have become Regional since 1st January 2020 should apply to me.

The applicant can receive up to £100 if supported by relevant receipts plus a copy of the Regional certificate and approved by the BE Bursary Board.

Vic Perry, EBUA Development Officer