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PRESIDENTS PRATTLE - MARCH 2016

I am very proud and honoured to be your President for 2016, and thank you all for your kind words and encouragement 

The AGM went very smoothly this year. A major change is to the Secretary, Harold Winstone,he has served us so well for many years. He has stepped down due to ill health. We owe him a real debt of gratitude. Thank you Harold, please continue your journey back to fitness .

Past President Vic Bye,who did a grand job as President last year,has bravely taken up the position of Company Secretary.

Thankyou also to Richard Jackson,who gave us a brilliant reminder of how good our Fire Security is covered. His explanation was very well received.

Jane Walker and Geoff Powell had a very enjoyable joint birthday bash and also raised £900 pounds for their chosen charity, Maggies.

On the bowling front Ladies County Fours, Margaret, Carol, Rosemary and Jeannette won through to the next round, results are on the Website. Club competitions are proceeding well, I will look forward to the finals.

 

A little joke to finish on ---- A man arrived home from work and noticed that his father seemed to be avoiding the grandchildren. "What's the problem?." he asked. "You usually love playing with them." The old man produced a medicine prescription from his pocket and said,"Read the label.Thats why!" The son took the bottle and read the label. "Take two pills a day. KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN."

 

President Vicky

PRESIDENTS PRATTLE - FEBRUARY 2016
 
This is my last prattle. It has been a great honour to be president of this wonderful Club.
I would like to thank all of you for your support during the year. I hope the same support will be given to the next president.
Special thanks must go to the members, staff and caterers who made the Junior International Weekend in September such a great success. I feel that it certainly put City & County Bowls club on the international bowls map.
 
 
PRESIDENT'S DAY
 
This was held on Sunday 24th January. I asked for everyone to wear green. Some members even came as elves? The spider was won by John Drage and the highest rink went to A Keen D Richens R Lucas and C Pollard (the elves).
My thanks to you all for supporting this game as a result of the spider and the raffle I will be sending a cheque to Macmillan Cancer Support for £ 250.00.
 
Club Matches
 
Once again thanks to all the members who put themselves forward to play matches, it has been a great help to the captains
 
Finally I must thank my wife Liz for all her support during my year in office.
 
 
President 
 
Vic
 

PRESIDENTS PRATTLE - January 2016

CLUB NIGHT

Christmas Club Night is on Saturday 9th January.

There will be a selection of quizzes and games. Come along and have some fun

 

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE

The draw was held on Friday 11th December.There was a good selection of prizes and it raised £ 322.00 for the club. Thanks to Sue and Jeanette for getting the prizes.

 

CHRISTMAS BINGO

This was well attended and raised £ 190.00 for the club. Thanks to Sue Lacey, Sue Mayo and Colin Pollard for the organisation.

 

PRESIDENT'S DAY

This is being held on Sunday 24th January commencing at 2.15p.m.  Everyone plays. It will be a normal 2l end game with a meal to follow so please sign up and come along for an enjoyable afternoon's bowling.  Dress will be casual but bowling shoes must be worn please wear anything green.

 

 

President

 

Vic

PRESIDENTS PRATTLE - December 2015

CLUB NIGHT

Christmas Club Night is on Saturday 6th December.

The Witney Town Band will be providing a programme of Christmas Carols and Songs.  All for only £6.00.

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE

The draw will be held on Friday 11th December aWhere else would you get a turkey or a duck, a bottle of whisky or bottle of Baileys, or a grocery hamper for 20p!

CLUB COMPETITIONS

It is a shame that the entries are down on many of the competitions.

The draw for all Club Competitions has now taken place and the relevant sheets are on the notice boards.  Please note carefully the play-by dates and whether you are the Challenger or not.  It would be helpful to everyone - players and Competition Secretaries - if you could get your games played in good time wherever possible and avoid leaving it to the last minute.

I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year

 

President

 

Vic

 

PRESIDENTS PRATTLE - November 2015

 

CLUB COMPETITIONS

Entry forms for all club competitions are now on the Notice Boards so please give it a go this year - you never know your luck.  Closing date is 6th November so there is still time to get your form in.

 

NATIONAL COMPETITIONS

The ladies played in the Masons Trophy and have won against Whiteknights (49 - 28) and Handy Cross (42- 34)

However, in the Yetton they lost to West Berks 66 -79.

 

The men played Foxhills in the Denny Cup and won 75- 67.

In the Over 60's double rink the B side beat Foxhills 44 - 41

But lost to West Berks in the next round

 

The A side have to play Oxford & District

CHRISTMAS DRAW

The draw sheets for our Christmas Draw are now up - one by the front desk and the other next to the kitchen - only 20p a line! 

Where else would you get a turkey or a duck, a bottle of whisky or bottle of Baileys, or a grocery hamper to name but a few of the 100 prizes we aim to purchase, and all for 20p a go! 

Any Duty Officer on the desk will gladly accept and confirm your chosen numbers.

 

BRYAN SLATTER

As you are all aware Bryan Slatter died on 21 October.  He was a long standing member of the club and well-liked by everyone.

 

Club Matches

A word of thanks to all members who have been putting their names up for

matches this has made the Captains job a little easier as they have not had to chase people to play.

 

 

President

 

Vic

PRESIDENTS PRATTLE - October 2015

Finals Weekend

We had a fine weekend for our Club finals and there were some very good games.  Well done all the finalists and congratulations to the winners. 

Our Men's Club Singles Champion this year is Paul Lopez and the Ladies Singles Champion is Katherine Hawes.

 

Congratulations

Congratulations to Paul Lopez on winning the champion of champions on Sunday 20 September.

Katherine has I am very pleased to say has retained her place in the Senior England Squad. Also Donna has been named as a travelling reserve

 

Harold Winstone

I have spoken to Harold's family. He is progressing better than expected, and can now walk unaided.

He is also talking better but still gets tired.

It is hoped that he will soon be moved from the hospital, exactly when is not known.

As I have said before the family have asked that a rota be set up for members of the bowls club wishing to

visit him. Should you wish to be added to this rota please let me know either by phone or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Bowls England - Junior International Series

What an amazing weekend of bowls. To see so many under 25's playing at that level was a wonderful sight, in such an electric atmosphere. Although there were many spectators it was a shame that many club members were not able to witness it.

The British Isles Bowling Council (the organisers of the competition) were really pleased with the Club's efforts. A letter was sent on Monday congratulating the Club (it is posted on the notice board by the bar).

My thanks go to all the members, green keepers, caterers and bar staff who helped to make it such a success. It would be nice if we could more events like this.

 

Bedfordshire Tourists

After a late arrival the match was played with the threat of rain, but we only had a light shower. We won the match comfortably but they were pleased with their welcome. My thanks to those members who were able to play.

 

Annual Dinner and Presentation of Prizes

This was held on Saturday 26th September and was preceded by a match in the afternoon, it was disappointing to see so few bowlers. It was a sunny day, and a very enjoyable afternoon was had by all.  

The dinner was well attended and we were very pleased to welcome the Ladies County President, Wendy Cross together with the Men's County President, Steve Tolhurst as our guests.  We had an excellent three course meal followed by the presentation of the trophies to the Winners and Runners Up by the two County Presidents.

 

Indoor Summer Bowling

The Indoor Pairs Competition was won this year by Elaine & Trevor Gethin

The League by the Firs with the Aces as runners up

 

President

Vic

City & County's Paul Lopez

Win's Oxfordshires Champion of Champions

Paul Lopez recovered from a nightmare start to beat Watlington's Sam Watts 21-16 to lift Oxfordshire Champions of Champions title at Oxford City & County.

Playing on his home rink, Lopez lost six of the first seven ends to trail 9-1. But he got into his stride, taking eight of the next nine ends to lead 15-10.

The game developed into a marathon, before on the 26th end, Lopez scored a three to secure the silverware.

 

Pictures by Geoff Powell

City & County Ladies Win County 2015 Top Club Championships

The final of the Ladies County Top Club was played at Banbury Chestnuts on a lovely autumnal morning on Sunday 6th September 2015 and was won by Oxford City and County BC with a total of 4 - 0 against Witney Town BC.

Scores:

Oxford City & County first

Singles: Shirley Crick 21, Val Hill 11.

Pairs: Jacky Gray and Jeanette Berry 31, Jan Gore and Caroline Bloomfield 18.

Triples: Julie Jackson, Margaret Stacey and Marion Darton 23, Jean Smith, Yvonne Hodgkinson, France's Riley 21.

Fours: Jody Flitter, Eileen O'Shea, Carol Gaskins and Carol Penson 22, Margaret Ludlow, Lyn Cooper, Jan Cameron and Jill Hutchins 13.

 

 

Wales Snatch title from England.

 

Oxford City & County Bowls Club hosted the 2015 British Isles Junior U25s Internationals this weekend and treated the 500 plus crowd to a festival of bowls  

 

 

England narrowly missed out on retaining the British Isles Bowls Council Junior International Series at the weekend by just two shots at Oxford City & County BC,

England.

A 24-shot victory against Scotland on Saturday morning gave the England team, which included 11 new caps, the ideal start, while Wales secured a 17-shot

victory over Ireland.

The afternoon saw England draw 121-121 with Wales, despite being almost 30-shots behind with less than 20 ends to play over the six rinks. England Captain

Jamie Walker led by example with four perfect bowls on the final two ends under pressure. The remarkable fight back was also aided by Martin Heitzman's rink

securing 10 unanswered shots on the final three ends, a count of six on Alex Walton's rink on his 21st end and a pickup of five shots on Ryan Atkins' 20thend.

The draw with Wales gave England a narrow seven-shot lead over them heading into Sunday's final session against Ireland. Finishing a few ends in front, Wales

defeated Scotland by 24-shots, giving England the knowledge that a 17-shot victory over Ireland would ensure that the Sealy Trophy would be retained. With just

one end to play, England needed to pick up four shots on Ben Render's rink to secure the 17-shot victory to take the title, however the Ireland back-end players

reduced the count with every bowl, giving England just the two shots to secure a 15-shot victory - losing the Series on shots difference to Wales by just two

shots.

 

 

Played

Won

Drew

Lost

Shots For

Shots Against

Shot Diff

WALES

3

2

1

0

362

321

41

5

ENGLAND

3

2

1

0

394

355

39

5

SCOTLAND

3

1

0

2

333

371

-38

2

IRELAND

3

0

0

3

333

375

-42

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRESIDENTS PRATTLE - September 2015

National Competitions

National Pairs Winners 2015

 

Congratulations to Donna and Katherine on winning the National Pairs. After some close finishes in the early rounds and the semi-final they won the final 20 shots to 11.

 

Chris Lewis and David Wedge unfortunately lost in the quarter finals of the Senior Pairs.

 

 

 

County Competitions

 

Congratulations to Othman Sharif on winning the Longford Cup.

Omar beat Brian Bloomfield in a thriller, With the scores level at 8-8 each after 11 ends, Omar scored on the next five ends to open up an eight-shot lead.

 

His opponent fought hard but was unable to get any closer than four shots before Omar finished the game with a single on the 25th end for a 21-16 victory and condemn Brian to another runners-up position.

 

 

 

Harold Winstone

For those who do not know Harold has Encephalitis and is very ill. His family has asked that club members do not telephone them. I have been made contact for any updates and will let members know by way of notices in the club. I am willing to accept calls from members should you want up to date information

PRESIDENT'S DAY - SUNDAY 9th AUGUST 2015

I was pleased that so many of you turned out for my President's day. I invited rinks from Banbury Central, Kidlington, Kingston Bagpuiize, Watlington and Witney Town. Together with other club members it made a match of eight rinks. My team won but on the day I think it was the game of bowls that was the winner.

We had a very good meal provided by Jenny and her team. The spider was won by Margaret Stacey and with the raffle we raised £ 230.00 for Macmillan Cancer Support. I must thank my wife Liz for all her hard work during the day and for her support during the season so far.

 

Finals Weekend

Due to certain circumstances these will now be run from Friday to Monday 4th to 7th September.

Good luck to all finalists. Please come along and support the finals.

 

Bowls England - Junior International Series

As you are all aware we are hosting the above event on 12th and 13th September 2015. Please come along to support these young bowlers. There is also a club night on Saturday 12th September with a BBQ and entertainment all for £ 6.00 per person, put your name down now to help with the catering.

 

Bedfordshire Tourists

We will be welcoming a side from Bedfordshire. This is an 11 triples match. At the moment we are a few players short. Please put your name down if you can.

 

President v Captain

Don't forget to put your name down for the last game of the season. With a meal and prize giving afterwards. This is traditionally a fun day to finish the outdoor season. Details of the menu are on the match notice board.

 

President

Vic

Latest News & Gossip From The Front Line

BUSY TIMES - EXCITING TIMES - AND ITS ALL HAPPENING AT OCCBC.

So with the outdoor season only with us for a few more weeks - culminating in the usual hectic activities getting to see who won what etc and the ensuant Presentation Dinner to round things off….and thats just for starters, for we must also remember that our Summer Section Indoor competitions are also reaching their climax….much to look forward to.
 
We are now delighted to announce a link with Oxford United FC - as part of their Community Programme - which will bring together people of all sports and encouraging people to take an active part if at all possible. To this end we have had several lunches and meetings with Darryl Eales (Chairman OUFC) Mark Ashton (CEO) Cheryl (PA to Directors) and Caroline Robbins (Community Operations Director), to move this worthwhile enterprise further - and also enabling us to be part of the wider picture which hopefully will benefit many more youngsters and adults in the area.
 
9th SEPTEMBER….a note for your diaries.
 
To get us started, we will be holding a OPEN DAY with Oxford United FC at Oxford City and County Bowls Club, where the owners, CEO, Manager, players and staff will all join in what we know will be a fun event….nows your chance to meet, chat and mix and pit your skills with them all on the Bowls Green - yep, for most people it will be their first taste of what it is all about - our coaches will be there to give a helping hand!  The day starts around 3pm and will go on until about 8pm (we will supply all equipment - but it would help us for those who 'will have a go' if they would wear flat shoes. If it is wet on the day, we do have the luxury of both Indoor and Outdoor Rinks).  OUFC will be presenting prizes……..
 
We are also delighted that Stewart Donald who owns Bridle and Eastleigh FC as well as being major sponsors to both us and OUFC, will also be coming along.
 
The evening will conclude with a FANS FORUM, when Darryl, Mark and Michael Appleton will be in the firing line to answer all your questions about anything OUFC.
 
The Bar and Kitchen will be open throughout………so, if you are coming straight from work,  we will have hot and cold food available.
 
BBC Radio Oxford will be covering this event……Rosemary Phelps, our Coaching director, will be speaking with Jerome Sale on Rad Oxford at halftime during OUFC v Bristol Rovers, to further promote their Community Program - and our Open Day.
 
 
 
For info, I have copied and pasted a draft copy of a piece written by OUFC which will be in their programme for the match against Yeovil…….hopefully it will further paint the picture we are all trying to achieve…….thus:
 

Balls of All Sorts

We're about more than just football; the Oxford United Community Trust is about trying to engage people from across Oxfordshire in positive activities of any kind, with balls of all shapes and sizes and some with no balls at all. 

As hinted at last week, one of the activities we're working to promote and engage people in is bowls. Sometimes seen as an old man's game this sport is hugely undersold. Hosted by the City and County Bowls Club Darryl Eales, Chairman, Mark Ashton, CEO and Caroline Robbins, Operations Director have all had a go and let us tell you, it requires some serious skill to get those weighted balls to where you want them to be but it's brilliant fun working out how to do it. 

To help us get our eye in the Bowls Club have very kindly offered to host an open evening on the 9th September. 

From 3pm children, young people, parents and careers are welcome to come to the club and have a go, get some expert tips from Rosemary, the in house coach at the Bowls Club and see Olly and Olivia give it their best shot too. 

At 5.30pm anyone is welcome to come along and try their hand. Fans are invited to enter teams of 3 or 4 people in a friendly competition with prizes available from Oxford United and the Bowls Club. Rosemary will be on hand to provide tips and Oxford United players and staff will be joining teams giving fans the opportunity to really get to know the names and faces of both the Club and the Community Trust. 

Once prizes have been awarded the City and County Bowls Club have kindly agreed to host an Oxford Fans Forum, giving fans the chance to ask us any questions you might have. With a bar and kitchen open serving food and drink throughout the evening there's not much more you could ask for. 

We're all really excited about the event and the chance to get people active in something a little different. Darryl said, 

'With the development of the Community Trust and our aim to increase participation across various sports and activities we're thrilled to be working in partnership with the City and County Bowls Club to offer something different. The Club have been brilliant in supporting us to pull this event together and we can't thank them enough for offering us a real opportunity to get to know fans in a social and friendly environment, bringing a little taste of our Austria tour back to Oxford.'

If you would like to enter a team and have your chance to play with and alongside some of our players and staff please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your team name and team member names.

 
 
11th SEPTEMBER………
 
The BBC Radio Oxford Breakfast Programme (7am - 9am) will be held at City and County….where we will be attempting to introduce Ross Heaton to the game of Bowls - and also to tell you something about another great event we are hosting the following day………………….and that relates to the UK Under 25 International Series - a chance for us all to witness the very best that England, Scotland, Wales and N.Ireland can offer. A must see.
 
BBC Radio Oxford will be covering this event too. 
 
12th AND 13TH SEPTEMBER…….
 
…..this is when the Under 25's show us what it is all about………..we are expecting a good crowd, so my advice is to arrive early.
 
AND SO MUCH MORE TO LOOK FORWARD TO……
 
Our Indoor Season gets going in a few weeks time……..and we welcome back to our fold, so many of our regular members whose other clubs do not have an indoor rink………we have quite a healthy fixture list this coming season and the Members Indoor Year Book will be sent out to you all in a few days - so you will be able to get notice of all up-coming fixtures et al, including our in-house leagues……worth mentioning that last year we had a total of 89 teams competing on the various days and there seems to be a similar number this season.  A special mention to Vera Logue who does such a sterling job in this respect……as do so many others.
 
Finally a mention of our Web-Master, Merv Gleeson for his tireless work making this Web-Site work - our readership is quite staggering…..but I am sure Merv would be delighted to hear from anyone who wants to make a contribution…….
 
Happy Bowling my friends…..and above all, have fun.
 
Bob Scholes