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30th April 2019

Midland Counties Bowling Association Bowls Match

The EBUA have been challenged by the Midland Counties Bowling Association to a five rink mixed bowls match.

The game is to be played at Nuneaton BC, Warkshire on Tuesday 21st May starting at 2pm. The game will be followed by a meal, the cost of which will be approx. £6 At present Brian is looking for another ten bowlers. In addition to the bowlers, any guests would be more than welcome.

If any member is interested could they please contact Brian Bontof, stating their preferred playing position a.s.a.p. by phone (01509 502781 or 07791111429 ) or email ( ) Full details will be sent out as soon as the team is selected.

Many thanks. Brian Bontoft

30th April 2019

BE National Championships at Leamington

If you applied for duties at the above event you should have now received, by Royal Mail, details of your allocated duties.

Please remember to acknowledge receipt to Phyl Jones and confirm that you are still able to carry out your allocated duties

5th February 2019

BE National Championships at Leamington

Dreaming of time working at the Championships in Leamington?

If you were intending to apply to work at the Leamington Championships time is getting short to get your application form to me.

Strictly the window for applications closes on Saturday, but I will accept applications for a few days after that.

You can send me your application form either by 'snail mail' or electronically, but please note I will not acknowledge them - I receive too many to spend the time doing that.

So come on get the form out, complete it and send it on to me!

Phyl Jones

31st January 2019

Anita Hawes.

We are very sad to hear of the recent death of Anita Hawes.

All the lady umpires owe her a great debt.

In the 1970s she was one of the ladies trained so that they could officiate at the Women's World Championships in Worthing in 1977. After that she became one of the ladies who travelled the country examining prospective lady umpires and after the formation of the English Women's Umpiring Association in 1980 she served on the executive committee for many years. Anita also umpired at the 1996 and 2004 World Bowls as well as officiating at many Home Internationals, both indoors and outdoors, and acting as co-ordinator for the Women's National Indoor Championships for many years. Although not so active in recent years she was always there to give advice when needed.

Phyl Jones

29th January 2019

Last call

Gentle reminder to all the International Grade umpires.

Time is running out to reply to the email I sent you recently enclosing a form for you to volunteer to work at the British Isles events at Falcon Bowling Club in early March.

I asked if you could let me have the forms back by 3 February and that date is galloping up on us!

Phyl Jones

22nd January 2019

The window is closing!

Just a gentle reminder that applications to mark for the various singles events at Nottingham need to be with me by 26 January.

Being a kind person, I will give you until Monday 28th (to allow for 'snail mail') and I'll include in that extension any I receive by email on that date!

I can't leave it any later than that as I need to sort your applications (according to the dates), consult with the team leaders and then get back to you with the sessions you have been allocated so you can make your arrangements. This is a good opportunity to see 'the nationals' from within and get good marking experience so don't miss out simply be not being aware of the closing date.

Phyl Jones

5th January 2019

Annual Subscriptions

These are due with effect from 1st January 2019 and the current subscription is £ 10.00 per year.

Our Treasurer, who only took on the job last September, reports that there would appear to be some confusion in that some members are contacting her and saying that they were expecting a reminder.

The easiest way to pay, for both yourself and the Association, is to set up a Standing Order; then you will not have to remember to do anything each year. Please download the form as below and send it to your Bank.

If you use on-line banking then you may well be able to use that to set up a new standing order but please double check that you have the account number etc. correct

If you are not prepared to set up a Standing Order, then please send a cheque for £ 10.00 to the Treasurer. Please include your name and address and your old address if you have recently moved to a new house.

Please Click Here to download the Standing Order form.

Please pay by Standing Order if at all possible.

Ken Bickley

18th December 2018

Bowls England Finals 2019

Applications are invited for Duties at the Bowls England finals to be held at Royal Leamington Spa in August 2019

Please return the form below to Phyl Jones.

bullet Leamington 2019

Please note that the closing date for the return of these forms is 9th February 2019

10th December 2018

EIBA Finals 2019

Applications are invited for Marking Duties at the EIBA finals to be held at Nottingham in 2019.

It should be noted that these are to be held over two separate weeks.

Please return the form below to Phyl Jones.

bullet Nottingham 25 & 26 March 2019

bullet Nottingham 28, 29 & 30 March 2019

bullet Nottingham 12 & 13 April 2019

Please note that the closing date for the return of these forms is 26th January 2019

20th November 2018

EIBA Competitions.

Stamping of Bowls.

As members will be aware, the EIBA decided to move from the WIBC Laws of the Sport of Indoor Bowls to the World Bowls Laws of the Sport of Bowls Crystal Mark Third Edition with effect from the start of the 2018/2019 Indoor season in England.

Unfortunately, the EIBA have not, as yet, introduced any Domestic Regulations in accordance with Law 57.1 or amended their COP [ Conditions of Play ] for their National Championships.

This has led to many queries about the date stamp required on bowls for EIBA competitions.

Members attention is drawn to the document on the EIBA web site on stamping of bowls which can be found at which maintains the status quo from previous years.

To view the document click here

In Plain English there is no change from last season!

15th October 2018

Bowls England COP Changes

Members attention is drawn to the changes being made by Bowls England to their Championship and Competition Regulations for 2019

Details can be found at

or by clicking here

29th September 2018

Val Coldwell

We were all shocked to receive her resignation from Val just after the end of the Championships at Leamington.

Many of you will know her as one of 'the two' in our office at Leamington working very hard for us all throughout the whole month of the Championships to make sure that all the matches needing them had markers and/or umpires, the 'county boards' were with the umpires to put up or that the scorecards were with umpires to give to markers. Staying in the evening until the last match of the day has finished - sometimes very late into the evening - ensuring that everything is packed away.

Some of you will know Val as our 'representative in the north' - Area Secretary for Area One, probably the largest and most spread-out of the six areas. The job of Area Secretary is hard enough without having an area the geographical size that Val had, where to meet members, officiate at a match or run a training course meant a very long drive. She has been doing this for very many years, having been a Zone Representative in the pre-unification Ladies Umpires Association, and so has acquired a huge amount of knowledge and experience.

Val was also one of the National Tutors so some of you will have seen her in that capacity not only delivering umpire seminars but also the Marking Awareness Course and benefited from her knowledge.
Some of you many even have seen her on the tv!

All of these things mean that Val's resignation is a big blow to the Association in very many different ways, but it also means that I think she has earned the right to now spend some 'quiet' time with Eric, her husband! That we will miss her help and the experience gained over all the years goes without saying, but I have no doubt she will be there to give advice to her successors when they need it! I will personally miss her as someone I could go to for advice and help when I needed to know things like who could do what and how things are run. Not having her in the Office at Leamington is something that will need getting used to!

Thank you Val!

Bernie Hill has agreed to take on the responsibility for Area One, trying to step into those shoes will not be easy, but I know she will try her hardest. Good luck Bernie

Phyl Jones

27th September 2018

Indoor Law Change

Members attention is drawn to the announcement by the English Indoor Bowling Association, today 27th September 2018, that with immediate effect all Indoor Bowls played under their auspices will be played in accordance with the current edition of the World Bowls Laws of the Sport of Bowls.

The current edition, as at 27th September 2018, is the Crystal Mark Third Edition.

The EIBA announcement can be found here or on their web site at

At present we still await publication of their Domestic Regulations ( if any ) and the updating of their Conditions of Play ( National Championship Rules ) to reflect this change.

Whilst the EIBA state that they will be selling copies of the Crystal Mark edition of the Laws of the Sport of Bowls I do not expect that their will be any changes to the basic Laws as the only thing that they can do is implement Domestic Regulations, and only when these Domestic Regulations have been approved by World Bowls.

When a revised COP and any DR are released they will be announced on this web site.

Ken Bickley

27th October 2018

22nd September 2018

Some Good-byes and Thanks.

Those of you who were at the AGM will know that Ray Keen and Bob Penny have now 'retired' as Area Secretaries. Both have held those posts for several years, and we thank them for all the work that they have put into the Association over the years.

Some members have volunteered to take over the their areas. Tony Hatch has taken over from Bob and Steve Alway will be taking over from Ray in the next couple of weeks we wish them well with their new areas.


12th September 2018

Bowls England News

The following has been sent to all County Associations by Bowls England and is reproduced here for your information.

National Championships 2022

Bowls England wishes to inform County Associations that, contrary to some rumors currently circulating, the National Championships will be held at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa, in 2022. It is however expected that the dates will not follow the current week numbers due to the Commonwealth Games being held during July and subsequent availability of the park. Bowls England will communicate dates at the earliest opportunity following consultation with key stake-holders including the Commonwealth Games Federation and Warwick District Council.

National Senior Fours Championship

The Board of Bowls England, at its meeting in August, resolved that from 2019 the Senior Fours Championship for men and women will be played over 18 ends in all rounds (including county qualifying stages). This will bring the event in line with the British Isles.

Rules and Regulations - Review

The Board of Bowls England, at its meeting in August, resolved that a full review of the Rules and Regulations covering Championships and Competitions be undertaken following the conclusion of the National Championships. Any changes will be circulated to County Associations by the end of September 2018.

24th July 2018

Retirement of Vernon Findell as Treasurer.

You will all have seen Vernon's email to you all concerning his retirement from the post of Treasurer at our forthcoming AGM (18 August). Below you will find the letter he sent to the Executive with that retirement.

The Executive Committee have asked me to write a short note to express our thanks and appreciation to Vernon for the work he has put into looking after the finances of the Association for so many years. To fully express the amount of that work, and what we owe him can certainly not be expressed in a 'short note', all I can do is make it plain that we appreciate all he has done over so many years.

We also must thank him for stepping in when the Association urgently needed a Secretary, despite his feelings at the time. That action kept the Association functioning at a very very difficult time, and we must not underestimate the effort it cost him.

I am sure that we all wish Vernon the very best of retirements, although I know he has lots of things in his life, other than being Treasurer of this Association, to fill his time!

Phyl Jones

bullet Please see letter from Vernon