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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.

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. 
…..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.
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

Ladies Nationals:

Knight & Hawes win pairs

National Pairs Winners 2015

Donna Knight and Katherine Hawes have won the Bowls England Women's National Pairs Championship, sponsored by Sporting Highlights. They defeated Cambridgeshire's Linda Churchman and Cheryl Salisbury yesterday at Leamington Spa in the final by 9 shots.

The duo beat Sarah Newson and Catherine Popple from Huntingtonshire in the semi final after a string of close fought games to reach the final. Hawes now just needs to win the national singles to complete her full collection of national titles.

 by Donna.




Winners - Pauline , Pam  and Ann  from Hanborough Bowls Club



Runners Up - Pat, Angie, Margaret. from Banbury Borough Bowls Club.


3rd prize, Jane Murphy, Jacky Gray and Julie Jackson, Oxford City & County B.C.


Thanks to Ron and Carole Thornhill for acting as Umpires; to Marston's Brewery for sponsoring the event, OC&C for hosting; to President Vic Bye for giving out the prizes, a role usually carried out by the nephew of Ellen Clarke, Ken Meadley, who, due to ill health, was unable to join us this year. We hope to see him and the sister of Ellen Clarke (who usually accompanies him) in 2016.


Number of teams - 11, down from previous years - the names of clubs are attached.



 Our grateful thanks must go to Helen Kingsley for all her hard work in organising this competition.



Is on Friday 7th August, with BBQ, and entertainment by Cody. He has been before and is very good. Why not come along and enjoy yourself.



This year's President's Day will be on the above date commencing at 2.30 p.m. with a spider, followed by the usual game and a three course meal afterwards with wine.  


On Saturday 18th July 24 teams of triples had a great fun day to raise money for Sobell House in memory of Gavin Anderson.   A grand total of just over £1700 was raised. The trophy winners were Julie Jackson, Carol Gaskins and Ray Gaskins. The spider was by John Stacey who donated it to the raffle. Photo Geoff Powell



Othman Shariff and David Wedge are through to the semi-final of the Longford Cup which will be played to a finish at the club on Sunday 2nd August. 










We had representatives in the finals as follows:


Runner up  Katherine Hawes

2 Wood Singles

Winner  Jeanette Berry 

Runner up  Carol Gaskins


Runners up  Donna knight and Katherine Hawes


Winners   Donna Knight, Gail Gilkes and Katherine Hawes

Runners up  Vicky Harrison, Margaret Stacey and Jackie Gray


Under 25's

Runner up   Katie Glenn


The National Championships start on 3rd August.

If you wish to support them the playing dates are:

Singles             6th to 8th August

Pairs                12th to 15th August

Triples             10th to 12th August

Under 25's      2nd to 3th August                      


Congratulations to David Wedge and Chris Lewis on reaching the finals of the senior pairs. Perhaps they will be able to go one better that Mike Petersen and Alan Ley and win it this year.


Also Congratulations to Carol Gaskins on reaching the final of the Ladies Senior Singles.

They will be playing on:

David and Chris                  14th to 16th August

Carol                                 8th to 9th August





View from the Bank

So now we are well into the summer season and things go on at apace……..Merv, our Web Master is certainly keeping us afloat with many things - especially the results of matches….aided by some great photo's…..and our President, Vic Bye making a valuable contribution too.
Now if I may refer to more everyday matters….perhaps to advise on some of the activities which sometimes can go unnoticed…..or should I say, forgotten.
Whereas our outdoor season is now in full flow, we shouldn't forget the ever increasing number of members who like to play indoors the whole year round……there are a couple of organised 'roll-ups' weekly (Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10.00am) - just turn up - while many make their own arrangements with friends to meet up and have a game - there's plenty of space for all….so come along and join in!
On the subject of 'Indoor", our ever popular Indoor Wednesday Morning Indoor League is in full flow and ever popular……speaking with Geoff Rawnsley who runs the show he tell me that sometimes teams do lose a player for varying reasons……so if you would like to play in a team I know Geoff would be pleased to hear from you and fit you in when a vacancy occurs - send me an email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and I will pass your name on to Geoff..
Returning to 'Outdoor"….well this season has seen the birth of our Wednesday Outdoor Triples League (yep, we run the two together)……..very ably run by Sandy and David Nash. Not sure whether they have any of the teams requiring an individual replacement this season, but if you should be interested, send me an email and I will pass on your details to Sandy and David.  Incidentally, they are now taking bookings for teams to play in the 2016 season…..6 people are required for a team but if you want to play as an individual, I know Sandy/David would be able to slot you in somewhere.
Well, this something we think we excel at…..Rosemary, Graham and Liz, really do put in a shift on varying days of the week……….as they say, when you enjoy something it is not a chore.  For those of you who are new to the game, come along…..on Fridays at 6pm we hold friendly coaching/individual 'welcome to the game' sessions…….its great fun - just turn up - casual dress ok and we supply all equipment…………
Our group of youngsters, ranging  from 8 to 15 years old, come to to coaching on SATURDAY MORNINGS in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.  They are becoming skilled young bowlers.
The Saturday Youngsters Group has been continuing for eleven years. Two of our earlier players have recently had an England Under 25 Trial and several of our earlier players belong to the County Under 25's teams and two have played in the National Under 25s Finals ladies and men's competitions.
We are always happy for young people aged 8 or over to come and join us.. We start at 10.00 am and all equipment is available and there is no charge for lessons.
Incidentally…..during a recent session, Kathy Hawes invited one of our youngsters to join her for a few ends……..he was thrilled……great stuff Kathy!
Our last Open Day got off to a slow start - mainly due to the inclement weather……..but the sun started to shine and we were more than pleased with the eventual  turn out….so many new faces 'had a go, had a chat…and as we boast, viewed the best kept secret in Oxford'……..can we persuade those of you who have not been to see us yet, to pay us a visit… would be our pleasure.
Colin Pollard and Rosemary Phelps were the guests of Danny Cox on the Radio Oxford Saturday Sports programme recently………if you want to listen to it, I think it is available for 28days after broadcast…..just go to Saturday 27th June (Danny Cox)…….2pm show…..and its about 45minutes in….well worth a listen.
Under the auspices of our President Vic Bye, plans are now well afoot to ensure that the Under 25 England, Scotland, Wales and N.Ireland  International series go off smoothly. Vic has assembled a great team around him…..much work to do! Practice session is on Friday 11th September while the real action gets under way on the the 12th and 13th September……..please make a note in your diaries. 
Our social membership is strong and many more are joining…….a great way to enjoy to comforts and friendliness of our club.  I notice our Snooker and Billiard players are increasing in numbers. Terry Gripe does a great job running this show.  Anyone for whist?….well, thats here too! 
There are so many people who keep our club running and it is to them I would like to say, that the best compliments anyone can have, are the ones they never hear………I can assure them that there are many…….We as a club are fortunate in this respect.
For those who have not read it recently, there are many new features…….if any of you would like to contribute, I am sure Merv would be pleased to hear from you.
Happy Bowling my friends.
Bob Scholes……
(In Arduis Fidelis)


City & County Triples seal national championship spot

The victorious triples teams. From left: Katherine Hawes, Gail Gilkes, Donna Knight, Jacky Gray, Margaret Stacey and Vicky Harrison

The victorious triples teams.

From left: Katherine Hawes, Gail Gilkes, Donna Knight,

Jacky Gray, Margaret Stacey and Vicky Harrison

 TWO women's triples from Oxford City & County have qualified for the National Championships at  Leamington Spa in August.

 Vicky Harrison, Margaret Stacey and Jacky Gray comfortably beat Pauline Illott's trio by 14 shots in the  last eight, before claiming victory over Gill Lambourne's team by nine shots in the semi-final, held at  Banbury Borough.

 Donna Knight, Gail Gilkes and Katherine Hawes had a close-fought battle with Caroline Campion's team in  the quarter-final sneaking a threeshot victory.

 But it was more clear-cut in the last four clash, as they beating the host club's triple, skipped by        Angie Ives, by 11 shots.

 Both go on to represent Oxfordshire next month.


Quarter-finals: P Illott 15, J Gray 32; G Lambourne 18, C Bloomfield 16; A Norton 15, A Ives 18;         C Campion 13, K Hawes 16.

Semi-finals: J Gray 20, G Lambourne 11; A Ives 9, K Hawes 20.



Meanwhile, Oxfordshire's flag in the National Pairs Championship will be flown by Hawes and Knight (Oxford City & County) and Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion (Banbury Central).


The former enjoyed a 19-16 win over Carol Penson's pair in a semi-final clash which lasted three hours and 40 minutes at Shiplake BC.





Club Matches

We recently hosted touring teams from Desborough (Northampton) and Torbay.

In the match with Desborough over the ten rinks the score was tied at 157 shots each. It seemed that everybody enjoyed the day with some just managing to finish before the heavy shower.

The buffet put on by Jenny and her team went down well, with all the players and visitors.

Our thanks go to The Oxford and Abingdon bowls clubs for supplying a rink for this match.

The next day we were hosts to the Torbay Tourists which again provided an enjoyable game with City & County winning by 171 to 140 shots.


Ladies County Competitions

Congratulations to the following members for qualifying to play at Leamington:

2 Wood Singles

Jeanette Berry and Carol Gaskins



Katherine Hawes and Donna Knight


Katherine Hawes, Donna Knight and Gail Gilkes

Vicky Harrison, Margaret Stacey and Jackie Gray


Congratulations also to Katherine Hawes for helping England retain British Isles Women's Bowls Council international team title.


In the men's county competitions we do have any players who will play in the finals at Leamington.


Club Outing

This year we went to Clevedon. Before the match we had a buffet lunch on the front at Weston Super Mare. Once again the buffet was provided by Chris and Gerry McGrath of The Kings Arms, The Moors, Kidlington which was enjoyed by everyone.

There was some confusion as Clevedon were only expecting to play 5 rinks but we had six.

However as usual our Captain Bryan Flitter managed to overcome this by getting two of their players to join in and play a triple. The match was won by City & County.

Our thanks to Helen Kingsley and Colin Pollard for organising such a wonderful day.








OXFORDSHIRE let slip a winning position as they lost 122-111 to Berkshire in their second Middleton Cup match of the season. 

The hosts led by ten shots after five ends, were 11 ahead after ten and a huge 18 up after 15 ends in their South Group Section B clash at Oxford City and County.

But the visitors produced a superb turnaround, and secured a 29-point swing in the closing stages to run out convincing winners and pick up 17 points to Oxfordshire's five.

Mark Charlett's rink strugged against Lloyd Sabatini's four, but were level at 16 ends before defeat in five of the last six saw them lose by five shots.

On the adjoining rink, Howard Watts's four were ten shots ahead at 15 ends.

They went into the final end three shots to the good, but some ended with honours even.

Baden Sparkes's four were level after 18 ends, but ended up falling to a six-shot deficit.

Ian Snowdon's quartet ran out three-shot winners in one of only two victorious Oxfordshire rinks.

The other success came courtesy of Mark Sykes, whose four ran out 16-shot victors, despite losing three on the final end.

However, the biggest winning margin came in rink five, where Oxon's Paul Sharman was on the end of a 30-11 defeat against Robert Newman.

The three sides in the group to have played twice have all won one and lost one, with the other two teams - Surrey and Buckinghamshire - facing each other this weekend.


Oxon 111 (5pts), Berks 122 (17pts)

(Oxfordshire rinks first)

Rink 1: P Lopez, S Claridge, N Rae-Welsh, M Charlett 16; T Moore, C Barrett, D Holder, L Sabatini 21.

Rink 2: K Holloway, P Comley, I Henwood, H Watts 22; A Merry, L Brown, N Gauld, A Knapper 22.

Rink 3: M Nash, A Martin, C Whitehead, B Sparkes 16; D W-Emberton, D Parsonage, G Knapper, A Collins 22.

Rink 4: J Philpott, R Gaskins, G May, I Snowdon 19; A Symondson, M Thornton, N Jones, C Holliday 16.

Rink 5: S Watts, S Cooper, B Lambourne, P Sharman 11; B J Byles, G Ballantyne, J Heapy, R Newman 30.

Rink 6: A J Docherty, G Schwab, R Redford, M Sykes 27; A Piper, R Goodchild, T Broad, R Buckett 11.


May has proved to the best weather for outdoor bowls.

The league cup has not gone well this season with the A team losing at Shiplake and the B team losing at Banbury Central.

The friendly matches have all been played with City and County winning all 5 games.

County Competitions

These have now started and I wish you all good luck in them, and hope that the weather is kind to us all.

Trip to Clevedon   23rd June 2015

There are a few places left for this trip. If you are interested let Helen Kingsley or Colin Pollard

know. They will be on a first come first served basis.

Why not come along and enjoy a good day out.

Women's Senior British Isles Championships


Leamington Spa on Friday 12thand Saturday 13th June

Kathy Hawes, Gail Gilkes, Donna Knight and Myra Lewis are representing England so if you can go along and support them.


Club Matches

We have two touring sides coming on 26th and 27th June please get your name down if possible.












Monday, 27th July, 2015


9.30 am for 10.00 am start

Dress - whites

(as this competition is licensed by BE sandals are not allowed)


1st PRIZE - £100

2nd PRIZE - £60

3rd PRIZE - £30


Entry Fee - £12 per team

 (to be enclosed with your entry form please)


With many thanks to Marstons for helping to sponsor this competition

Application forms are available underneath this notice or from Helen Kingsley (07766007806), but please note that if you entered a team last year you will automatically be sent an individual entry form.




Ellen Clarke Memorial Entry Form 2015

Ellen Clarke Memorial Competition Rules

Ellen Clarke Memorial Timetable for the day




The indoor season has now ended. On finals day there was some very good bowling. A report has already been done by Bob Scholes so I do not need to say more.

The outdoor weather has started well and the men's league teams were in action in the League Cup.The A team started their campaign with a convincing win over Chipping Norton only to lose by three shots at Shiplake. The B team started with a win over West Witney only to lose to Banbury Central in the next round.

Forms for Club competitions are now available in the club. I hope that you all have a successful outdoor seasons, and will support the club in friendly matches as much as possible.



So we see yet another indoor winter league season coming to an end……stretching from the end of September until the second week in April, some 89 teams took part on a weekly league basis - split into several different leagues; viz
Monday morning league, Monday mid-day league, Monday evening ladies league, Tuesday mens league, Wednesday afternoon league, Wednesday evening mixed league, Thursday morning league, Thursday evening ladies league and the Friday evening mens league………….
That everything went so smoothly is in no small way thanks to the efforts of the individual League Secretaries - so a big thank you to Phyl Austin, Liz Sims, Margaret Stacey, Sam Watts, Margaret johnston, Brian Flitter, Graham Kerr and Pat Austin…..and who can forget Jan Cook who had the task of collating it all.
Of course, each league had several teams competing ……..some teams with funny sounding names, others were called after flowers, some animals, I see in there and some with names which made no sense at all!!!!!……..but as time went by, we all got to know the groups of lads and lassies who constituted their team. I hesitate to announce the names of each group winner, for to an outsider they might just think that we had 'lost it' somewhere along the way - suffice to say, it was all very serious stuff…….but not forgetting that some banter was allowed - whether some liked it or not!!!!!
However, however…..the winning side from each group came together for a Champion of Champions evening - always an event to look forward to.
The Final was keenly fought, with the Blackbirds who won the Monday Morning League, taking on the mighty Optics from the Friday Mens League. The Blackbirds took the honours and were represented by Carol Gaskins, Liz Bye, our President, Vic Bye and that other stalwart of many a year, Richard Jackson.
All good stuff I might add and very well done and congratulations to the Champion of Champions!
Now we come on to the results of the Individual Competition Finals…..a special mention to our Oxfordshire under 25 Bowler, Sam Watts for a deserved hatrick.
2 Singles and a Pairs win (with Adie Twinn).  For the Ladies, Jan Gore takes two out of three……well done Jan!
So, in summary:
Ladies Championship Singles:…..Jacky Gray and the runner up went to Caroline Bloomfield (21 - 16)
Ladies Three Wood Singles:….Jeanette Berry and the runner up was Jan Gore (21 - 13)
Ladies Pairs:……Rosemary Phelps and Jan Gore and runners up were Pam Willoughby and Eileen O'Shea (14 - 12)
Mens Championship Singles:…….Sam Watts with the runner up being Othman Sharif (21 - 10)
Mens 2 Wood Pairs:……Sam Watts and Side Twinn and runners up Richard Jackson and Gary Gray (20 - 18)
(No Picture Received )
Mens Triples:………Andy Crawley, Len Lacey and Colin Pollard with the runners up Harold Jerred, John Jarvis and Bob hands (21 - 6)
Phelps Trophy Mixed Singles……Sam Watts over Alan Scholan (2 - 0)
Mixed Pairs………Alison Eastgate and Brian Bloomfield and runners up Peter Boyle and Carol Gaskins - 14all - decided on ends won.
(No Picture Received )
Mixed Triples……Jan Gore, Phil Warner and Colin Pollard with runners up Katie Glenn, Joe Glenn and Sam Watts (14 -13)
Again, so much work going into administering these competitions and so a big thank-you to Gary Gray and his lovely wife Jacky who do a splendid job as our Competition Secretaries.
So much more going on of course, the Tens, Wessex ets etc……but I will leave it to my other colleagues to paint the picture on these events.
We must not forget our organised 'roll-ups' which take place twice weekly and will continue (under the watchful eye of Keith, Alan and Pat) - along with so many of our other members who make their own arrangements.  Shortly our Wednesday Indoor League will start - always popular.
If anyone reading this would like to contribute, I am sure our Web-Master, Merv Gleeson would be pleased to hear from you. (for those who don't know him and would like to put a face to him, scroll up and look at the picture of our 'Tens Winners and you will see him with a broad smile at the extreme right of the picture.
So there it is folks, another new dawn with our outside season being officially opened by our President Vic Bye last Saturday.  Whether its outdoor or indoor for you now - (or both!), I wish you all good bowling, good friendships and of course, Good Health.
Bob Scholes.


The indoor season is almost at an end with the outdoor starting on 18th April.

We can only hope that the weather is kind to us during the season, with no need for the wets etc.


Congratulations to the following in the Indoor County Competitions


WinnersCounty Triples     Sam Watts,  Chris Earl,  Ray Gaskins.


Still to play in the final of the County Fours

S Watts,  C Earl,  M Gleeson,  M Petersen.



County Singles Champion.

Jacky Gray 


Pairs Champions

Sue Stewart,  Liz Sims.


Triples Champions

Shirley Crick, Ann Faulkes, Eileen O'Shea


Fours Champions

Jacky Gray, Julie Jackson, Vicky Harrison, Jane Murphy 

With County President:  Dulcie Smith                





Forthcoming events

Indoor AGM  8 April.


Club Finals    11 and 12 April   Coffee etc. and food will be available on Saturday morning to keep everyone going. 

The presentation of the prizes, preceded by a 2 course meal will take place in the evening at 6 p.m.  Details are now on the club boards


Please remember to support the captains during the outdoor season and I wish you all the best of luck in any competitions.






So here we go again with a brief summary and comment on our endeavours during the month of March.
1st March- Home -  was due to be played against Abingdon (Men), but alas despite being changed to a mixed match, it was, for various reasons, called off.
3rd March... Home match, our Ladies entertained Chipping norton but a close encounter saw them go down to our visitors by a margin of 56 - 67.
Our highest winning rink going to Lorraine Gaskins, Liz Sims, Carol Bloomfield and Carol Gaskins.
5th March... Home match was against Hagbourne (Men)-..loss of more browny point for yours truly, because I haven't got the result to hand…whoops! (will endeavour to find it and advise later).
7th March… Home again, for a match against the Royal Household (Men) which we won by a score of 138 - 97.
HWR going to Mark Plested, Peter Jeffries, Mervyn Gleeson and John Drage.
8th March… Home to Shiplake in a mixed match where we ran out comfortable winners by a score of 147 - 84.
HWR on this occasion going to Elaine Gethins, John Whittaker, Stella Powling and Phil Woodville.
15th March.. Our home match (mixed) was cancelled by Slade.
21st March.. Home to our friends from Oxford and District in a mixed match - we really had to struggle on this one but eventually claimed a victory by 89 - 81. HWR this time went to Bob Hands, Josie Gilbert, Trevor Gethins and Phil Woodville.
22nd March.. This time at Home to Abingdon (mixed), but still awaiting the cards….hope we won - but haven't a clue!
24th March.. Home to Foxhills (mixed)………now this was really a tight affair but it all ended in smiles for us when we just got home by 110 -109.
HWR claimed by Margaret Stacey, Eileen Smith, Keith Croxon and Phil Woodville.
My thanks to the Captains who took these games - we all know how much work goes into making things happen. A special thanks to Liz Sims who does stirling work keeping track of matters. I think we had some of our 'new' players to the game taking part for the first time - and I am pleased to know that they all came through with flying colours……but more importantly learned that they really did enjoy the experience…….keep putting your names on the board for selection folks.
As an aside I am pleased to see so many new faces joining our club - so many complete beginners who really did call in to "have a chat", they really did "have a go", they really did view "Oxford's Best Kept Secret" - and bingo, we are now pleased to have them as fellow members.  
Our three coaches. Rosemary Phelps, Liz Sims and Graham Kerr all really work so hard showing them the ropes and making them feel welcome……but as they say, when they enjoy doing it, it really is their pleasure. More new faces are always welcome too.  
As ever, my grateful thanks to our Web-Master Merv Gleeson for all his help and guidance on all matters 'Web-Site"……. 
In the next round-up, I will announce the winners of the various indoor leagues………..and throw in any anecdotes 
I can find which might broaden the scene so to speak.
So, very shortly we welcome the new outdoor season, when with our usual busy schedule we will be lucky enough to witness the whole spectrum of the 'bowling world' ranging from International (this year we are hosting the under 25 England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland series) - Middleton Cup, County, Club league, individual competitions and more……..some people just like to have a game among their friends….with our two rinks, we are well able to cope . 
Thanks to Sandy Nash, we are seeing the introduction of a Wednesday Morning Outside Triples League…….do sign up for this if you haven't already done so. So far Sandy has 8 teams registered but there is time for more to join….the matches will commence on Wednesday 13th May, commencing at 10am and be 14 ends duration. This is open to bowlers from other clubs - and very welcome they will be too.
….but lets not forget, for those who enjoy the Indoor scene, the 'roll-ups' and the highly successful Wednesday Morning Indoor league will continue……….yep, it will run alongside the new Outdoor Triples league…….what a choice!
Our Indoor entertainment evening will shortly be upon us again - make a note, its is on the 11th April……a great evening and still only £5.50 to include a snack and live entertainment with Cody - popular 50s, 60s and 70's music and more…so the chance for a good old sing-a-long.
Last but not least, please remember its our Indoor AGM on Wednesday 8th April at 7pm……..please try to be there.
Happy days…..
Bob Scholes.


Newbury Building Society Ten's Competition


During the indoor season we run a Ten's Competition on Sunday mornings starting at 10am.

The competition is based on the Ladies Top Club as played outdoors nationally, but adapted to a mixed format with strictly 5 Ladies and Men taking part.

However you can play in any combination within the Singles, Pairs, Triples or Fours as long as the team consists of 5 Ladies and Men.

There is money to be had. Our sponsors is the Newbury Building Society and the first prize is £250 with £125 for the runners up.

In previous years we have had 12 teams entered, this year 2 teams dropped out, leaving us unable to run 3 leagues, having only 10 teams it was  necessary to run just 2 leagues of 5 teams, which meant each team playing 4 games in the league format,

In normal circumstances we have Semi Finals and Finals, but with extra games being played dates were not available for Semi Finals, so this year it is a straight Final, between the winners of Leagues A and B. Hopefully next year we can revert to having Semi Finals.

There are still 3 matches to be played, but these will not affect the final placing in either league.

League A has been won by Oxford City & County, League B by Chipping Norton.

The final will take place on Sunday 12th April at 10am, so why not come along and give both teams your support.

Catering is available, you can have a breakfast on arrival or a roast lunch, or maybe both, and the choice is yours. The bar will be open from 12 noon.

The next Ten's Competition starts in early October. We need more Teams, if you are interested please contact Alan Holmes E Mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or Tel 01865 820331

Teams do not have to come from a specific club, just has to be 5 Ladies and 5 Men.

The Tens were founded and have been run for the past 12 years by Peter and Rosemary Phelps, what great job they have done. I have a hard act to follow, but with your support the Ten's will continue to be a successful and enjoyable competition.


Alan Holmes




It is an honour to be elected President of this wonderful club and many thanks to those who have given their good wishes. Having been a member for many years my hope is that we see the club go from strength to strength.

Please let me know of any achievement by members in order that they can be mentioned here.

We should be recognising the achievements of members as it can be an inspiration to all members especially our newer bowlers.


Club Matches

I have noticed over the last few weeks that we have been struggling for players. Being a captain is not an easy job but it can be if members make themselves available for matches.

This saves the captains having to cajole people into playing.


Indoor County Competitions

In the semi-finals we have the following representatives


Singles         O Sharif

Pairs            S Watts        C Earl

Triples          S Watts        C Earl           R Gaskins

Fours            S Watts        C Earl           M Gleeson     M Petersen



Singles         J Berry         J Gray          L Simms

The following teams

Pairs            S Crick         S Stewart

Triples                   S Crick         J Gray          L Simms

Fours            J Berry         S Crick         J Gray          M Hale    


Forthcoming events

Club night     7 March

Ladies County Finals 27 and 28 March

Indoor AGM  8 April

Club Finals    10 and 11 April

Prize Giving and Social      11 April

I look forward to your support during the coming year.

Best wishes to you all,







Well, things have certainly gone apace at City and County over the past few months - with friends old and new turning up in ever increasing numbers - hooray!

A few reflections to tell you about……first perhaps, to mention that many of our juniors have progressed to 'higher' things……many are now playing in adult matches (always a welcome sign) with one group now having their own team in our Friday Indoor league - and certainly showing some of us golden oldies the way home………another of our 'juniors' is on the fringe of Middleton Cup selection and indeed won their outdoor Club Championship Singles. Several of our youngsters are now playing in the County under 25 team and one of our girls has won the County under 25 Singles Championship. All good stuff and it is nice and rewarding to think they are the product of our coaching system.  Incidentally, with many of our juniors now moving on 'up the scale' so to speak, we would like to see more coming forward to have a go……….so come on kids - speak to Mum and Dad and ask them to bring you along. (we'll give them a coffee while they are watching!).
So you see, to those who have yet to visit us and  'have a go', it is not just about us geriatrics and we look forward to more new faces, irrespective of age, paying us a visit……a warm and friendly welcome awaits you - of that I can guarantee. One of these sports where the whole family can take part - from the tots to grandparents - and dare I say it, great grandparents too.
We have many qualified coaches, but perhaps Rosemary, Liz and Graham are foremost in their endeavours to promote our game……between them, they have  countless years coaching experience to offer. We are delighted to welcome people of all abilities……….from absolute beginners to those experienced bowlers who just want to 'tweak' their game,  and I know they will be there at your side to make you feel comfortable and at ease in getting to whatever standard you want to achieve. Initially we can provide all equipment - so just bring yourself along.
You'll find Graham (back row right), Liz (front row left) and Rosemary (front row right) with a few of our juniors they are currently coaching…..usually on a Saturday morning twix 9am and 10am. (incidentally, Liz does smile - promise!)
Senior coaching sessions are usually held on Fridays twix 5pm and 7pm.  Coaching sessions outside these times by prior arrangement. (the outdoor season starts towards the end of April when you will have a choice of both indoor and outdoor and times will then vary no doubt)
I invite you to read through our website and hopefully it will answer a lot of your questions…..if not, please get in touch and we will do our best to put you in the picture.
Any suggestions you may have to improve this Site,  I am sure our Web-Master, Merv Gleeson, would be pleased to hear from you.
Bob Scholes.  
January 2015



Having shaken off any self imposed over indulgence during the festive season, our members embarked upon a busy schedule for the month of January. As usual meeting friends both old an new, we enjoyed their company and all the matches were played in the right spirit - but of course in the world of bowls, that is nothing new.
Saturday 3rd January.
We played hosts to Kidlington and ran out winners by 108 - 84. HWR on this occasion went to Elaine Gethins, Vicky Harrison, June Watts and Peter Baskerville.
Tuesday 6th January.
Town and Gown were our visitors - another win by some 99 - 70. We won on three rinks and drew on one other. Regret I do not have the HWR names to hand.
Thursday 8th January.
Our Ladies entertained their counterparts from Oxford and District and ran out winners by 60 - 51…a close match. HWR on this occasion went to Brenda Sydenham, Vicky Harrison and Pat strange. (triple)
Saturday 10th January.
Our friends from Hagbourne were the visitors, but alas - for them - they went home empty handed having lost  129 - 68. HWR John Jarvis, Graham Kerr, Terry Gripe and Pam Faulkner.
Sunday 11th January.
This saw the return match against Avon Valley from Warwickshire…..we avenged a defeat at their club in November by running out victors on this occasion by 134 - 118. HWR was claimed by Joyce Clark, Dulcie Smith, John Jarvis and Brian Bloomfield.
Tuesday 13th January.
This was - or should have been - a Ladies match against Whiteknights, but unfortunately they had to cancel.
Saturday 17th January.
Banbury Cross were or visitors - but again another win by us, this time 130 - 87. HWR went to Vicky Harrison, Shirley Buckingham, Carol Bloomfield and Omar Shariffe.
Sunday 18th January.
We welcomed Rivermeade - but despite the score - a win by us by some 145 - 64 - this was a particularly good encounter enjoyed by all. HWR went to Alison Eastgate, Shirley Clarke, June Watts and Brian Bloomfield.
Thursday 22nd January.
Our friends from Harrow and District made the long journey to see us and a close triples match saw us just getting home by 112 - 101. HWR Kath Hadris, Shirley Buckingham and Terry Gripe.
Friday 23rd january.
This time it was a Ladies match ( 3 Rinks)….another home win for us I'm afraid  - this time the score being 73 - 49. HWR was claimed by Margaret Stacey, Pat Strange, June Watts and Carol Gaskins.
Saturday 24th January.
Witney Town were our visitors and they were better on the day - running out victors by 160 -152. Regret I do not have info re HWR.
Sunday 25th January.
PRESIDENTS DAY……..We have been blessed with many excellent Presidents and this year it is Margaret Stacey who has presided over us. Without exception Margaret has been the epitome of what a good president should be….her kindness to all and the exemplary way in which she has carried out her duties has endeared herself to us all without exception. A really great day and I will leave it to Margaret to give a flavour of the day in her "Presidents Prattle" which should be out soon.
Thursday 29th January.
We played hosts to Florence Park and another win for us by 60 - 46. HWR went to John Jarvis, Rosemary Phelps and Alison Eastgate (triples).
Over the course of the month, a special thank-you to the Captains who came forward to take these matches…..Vera Logue, Peter Baskerville, Alan Holmes, Margaret Stacey and Gary Gray and not forgetting Jeanette Berry who was due to take the cancelled match against Whiteknights………I don't need to tell you how much work and administration goes into putting a side together and etc. (if I've missed anyone out my apologies - blame Vera Logue our fixture secretary!!!!!)….
Perhaps I should sneak in a really special mention to Rosemary Phelps, Liz Sims and Graham Kerr for the splendid work they are doing - especially on Fridays and Saturdays - coaching our newer and 'learner' members - many are now coming through quite nicely and featuring in some of our matches…….the influx of new members is very encouraging indeed and seems to be growing.
Well there it is folks - as I said before, a busy schedule…..all matches being at home this month as seems per usual for January. My thanks again to Merv Gleeson, our Web-Master for all his help promoting our web-site….nearly 1500 visitors already this week. If anyone out there would like to make a contribution, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Bob Scholes. 




My year as President is now almost over and this will be my last prattle.  I have enjoyed writing it and hope that you have found it interesting and, at times, amusing.

My very grateful thanks to you all for your help and support throughout the past year which has enabled me to thoroughly enjoy the experience.  (I will miss the bowing and scraping!!!)   Please continue to give that same help and support to our next President and also to the Club itself.


We have a wonderful Club so be as proud of it as I am.  Your help is always appreciated in  many areas of the running of the Club so don't be afraid to come forward and offer your services - maybe become a Committee Member, a League Secretary or even just  putting out and collecting in match jacks for the Captain on match days, clearing the tables of plastic cups, returning glasses to the bar or mugs to the kitchen after your game, all make a contribution and together we will continue going forward and keep the flag flying for City & County and bowls in general.



What a wonderful afternoon we all had on Sunday 25th January.  The green looked so colourful with our red "outfits" and with the superb meal afterwards by Jenny and Jill, it was truly an enjoyable, memorable day for me and really rounded off my year as President so well.  It was great too to have some of our newer members  bowling.  I know they all enjoyed the experience so I hope they will now feel confident enough to put their names down for a match or two soon.  The prizes for first lady and first gentleman on the jack were won by Laura Pollard and Tony Wright respectively, the first team to score 4 or more in one end by Joyce Clark, Rod Bennett, Sue Lewis and Graham Kerr and the first team to reach 15 shots by Marcus Bunning, Jan Pratt, Shirley Clarke and Brian Ealey. The spider was won by Kath Hadris.  Thank you everyone so very, very much for such a super afternoon.







As some of you will know, Phyll Austin had a nasty fall at home and has cracked or broken 2 bones in her neck.  I am glad to say that she is progressing well and by the time you read this, she should be back at home albeit with a neck brace.  This does mean that our stalwart League Secretaries Pat and Phyll will not be able, for the time being, to run the above leagues.  So John and I will be looking after the Monday League and Margaret Johnston the Thursday League temporarily. Any queries or postponements of games therefore, should be made to Margaret or ourselves - our telephone numbers are in the Indoor Yearbook.  



Unfortunately last month's Club Night had to be cancelled due to the large number of people who succumbed to the dreaded lurgy which has been haunting the Club for weeks now.  Hope you are all feeling much better and have managed to shake it off.  The next Club Night is scheduled for Saturday 7th February starting at  6 p.m. for those wishing to bowl and from 6.45 p.m.          onwards for non-bowlers.  Entertainment this month will be provided by a new duo - Jazz It Up - commencing at 8.30 p.m. 



Our juniors played Westlecot in the Under 25's Double Rink Competition at the beginning of the month but they proved to be too strong for us on the day despite our best efforts.   Well done all of you - you got through one more round than last year.



Alison Eastgate made her way through  to the last 32 of the Ladies Over 60's National Competition with some great games but then went out to S. Faulks from Hertfordshire.  Brilliant stuff Alison - very well played.  Sam Watts,  Chris Earl and Ray Gaskins have also been doing very well in the Mens National Triples and now face Robert Newman's team on Wednesday 4th February at 6.30 p.m. at home for a place in the last 32 of this competition.  Should be worth watching.



We have had a number of matches during January, all well supported I am glad to report, but please, do remember to check the sheets (or ring in) to see if you are playing. If you have been selected and find you are unable to play after all, let the captain know immediately.  Don't just cross off without advising him/her.


It is very encouraging to see a number of our newer members taking the plunge and playing in matches. We have played 8 mixed, l mens and two ladies  matches this month, all of which we won.  One ladies match was cancelled by the opposition as they were unable to raise sufficient support for the game.



This is now just over half way through the competition and at present Chipping Norton are heading Group B and City & County Group A.   As we only have 2 leagues this year instead of 3 as in previous years, the top team from each group will play the final to be held on Sunday 12th April.



Just a reminder that Kathy Hawes, Gail Gilkes, Donna Knight and Myra Lewis will be representing England in the Fours at theWomens Senior British Isles Championships being held at Victoria Park, Leamington Spa on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th June this year.  Make a note of these dates and do go along to support and cheer them on.  I don't know yet what times they will be playing but these will be published in the Clubhouse in due course.


We are hosting the Mens Junior International Series on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September so again make a note of these dates.  Quite a bit of help and assistance will be required both before and on the day in organising this prestigious event to make it a resounding success for the Club, so please come forward and offer your services.  Notices will be posted for volunteers and we can never have too much help. 


As I now join the ranks of the "has-beens", I leave you with these thoughts :-



Save the Earth - it's the only planet with chocolate!!


Work harder - millions on benefits depend on your taxes!!


Foreign aid is taking money from the poor people of a rich country and giving it to the rich people of a poor country!!


A fine is a tax for doing wrong - a tax is a fine for doing well!!


The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first!!




Thanks once again for all your support during the past year.


Best wishes to you all,


Your Prezzie





City & County win 2015 TEN'S Competition


Newbury Building Society Tens Competition



The final of the Ten's Competition took place at City & County Bowls Club on the 12th April between City & County and Chipping Norton.

After a hard fought game City & County triumphed 3 point to 2,  79 to 65 on shots.

The trophy and winners cheques were presented by Karen Smith area manager of Newbury Building Society, sponsors of the  competition.

Chipping Norton  did'nt  go home empty handed, they received the runners up cheque.

The Match;

Singles; The singles between Peter Boyle (C &C ) and Martin Shepherd ( C/N ) was an extremely watchable game, Peter went into  a 6 shot lead after 7 ends, Martin pegged this back and gained a 1 shot lead at 11 ends, Peter and Martin then traded shots and having played 23 ends the score was 20 all. Peter narrowly missed the jack with his last bowl, leaving Martin with one shot and victory.


Pairs; Sam Watts and Othman Sharif took a convincing lead at 9 ends leading 15 shots to nil, C/Norton did collect a few shots, but Sam and Othman ran out winners 24 shots to 10.


Triples; Julie Jackson , Rosemary Phelps and Jeanette Berry formed and all ladies triples, they had a slow start to trail 11 shots to 5 at 8 ends, they managed to level the scores 15 all at 14 ends, but C/Norton finished the stronger to win 20 shots to 15.


Fours; Jacky Gray, Vicks Harrison. Merv Gleeson and John Drage took a 5 shots lead at 6 ends, but C/Norton fought back and by 12 ends they lead by 3 shots, City & County regained control winning by 20 shots to 14.

This was my first year as organiser of the Ten;s so it was especially nice to have City & County as the winners.

Well done everyone.


Alan Holmes

City & County  v  Chipping Norton
SINGLES Peter Boyle 20 21 Martin Shepherd
PAIRS Sam Watts     Steve Whitcombe
  Othman Sharif 24 10 Richard Barnett
TRIPLES Julie Jackson     J. Dix
  Rosemary Phelps     C. Thornhill
  Jeanette Berry 15 20 D. Zenyik
FOURS Jacky Gray     Viv Harris
  Vicky Harrison     Nicola Jones
  Mervyn Gleeson     Keith Field
  John Drage 20 14 Jim Stevens
TOTAL SHOTS   79 65  
  City win on shot Difference      







Our Junior Section of the Club are doing well this year defeating Foxhills in the first round of the David Cornwell Under 25 Double Rink Competition.  Both home and away teams had good wins, giving us an overall score of 47-34.  The home team of Katie Glenn, Gavin Higgison, Ben Dickson and Skip Joe Glenn won 21-15 and our away team - Carlos Lali, Jonathan Dadson, Connor Hathaway and Skip Sam Watts won 26-19.  Having lost to the same Club last year in this competition, this was a very satisfying result.  Well done lads and lassie. Good luck in the next round which is on Saturday 3rd January 2015 at 10 a.m. against Westlecot so come along everyone, give our young players your support and cheer them on.  They are after all, the future of bowls.


Congratulations must go to Sam Watts who played extremely well in the Westlecot Open Singles run by Planet Bowls last month.  He reached the semi-final but lost to the eventual winner of this competition.  Well done Sam - keep it going.



The Christmas Club Night held on 6th December was another resounding success. Our thanks must go to the Organisers who decorated the Clubhouse beforehand and worked very hard to make the evening go with a swing, to Jenny for her lovely food and the Witney Town Band for their excellent programme of carols etc.  Thanks too to all of you who came and made it such an enjoyable time.  The next Club Night will be on Saturday 10th January commencing at 6.30 p.m. so don't forget to make a note in your nice new 2015 diary. 



Many thanks everyone for making our raffle such a success.  All the prizes have now been claimed with the exception of one, the winner of which is on a world cruise and will not be back until the New Year! (That wasn't the prize by the way!!) We actually sold £980 of raffle tickets, spent £507 on prizes and raised £473 for Club funds.



We had four mixed matches in December, winning the first three (click here for a fuller report) and the fourth was our annual encounter with Whiteknights immediately after Christmas.  This is always a very popular game and this year - as I was in charge! - I am glad to say was no exception.  We had a very good result there, winning on 5 rinks and drawing on the sixth.


We have ten matches fixed for January so please get your names down and support your Captains.




This is being held on Sunday 25th January commencing at 2.15 p.m.  Everyone plays - everyone welcome - young/old, new bowlers/established bowlers.   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 a must and no jeans in accordance with Club rules. Please wear something red - anything you like - to brighten up the game.





A's for arthritis.  B's the bad back. C's the chest pains - perhaps car-di-ac?

D is for dental decay and decline. E is for eyesight - can't read that top line!

F is for farting and fluid retention. G is for gut droop, which I'd rather not mention.

H is high blood pressure - I'd rather it low. I's for incisions with scars you can show.

J is for joints - out of socket, won't mend.  K is for knees that crack when they bend.

L's for libido - what happened to sex? M is for memory - I forget what comes next.

N is neuralgia in nerves way down low.  O is for osteo - bones that don't grow!

P's for prescriptions - I have quite a few - just give me a pill and I'll be good as new.

Q is for queasy - is it fatal or flu?  R is for reflux - one meal turns to two.

S is for sleepless nights - counting my fears.  T's for tinnitus - bells in my ears.

U is for urinary - troubles with flow.  V is for vertigo - that's dizzy you know.

W for worry - now what's going round?  X is for x-ray and what might be found.

Y for another year I'm left here behind and Z is for the zest I still have - in my mind!


I've survived all the symptoms my body's deployed,

Now I'm keeping twenty six doctors fully employed!






Your Prezzie


We have been kept busy with many interesting friendly matches - well aren't they all interesting!
Since the 20th November we have played in seven games - been on the winning side for six of them, but coming unstuck at Avon Valley in Warwickshire.
20th November.
We entertained our old foes from Kidlington (friendly ones……..I think!) in an evening game and after a slow start, we ran out comfortable winners. Help, I haven't got the score to hand though. Our HWR consisted, John Drage, Bob Scholes, Alan Keen and the ever reliable June Watts. Have to say a Hot Shot 8 helped the cause!
22nd November
We hosted Witney Town- we ran out winners by 105 to 86.  On this occasion on our HWR was Peter Baskerville, Richard Jackson, Sylvia Holmes and Peter Boyle. We won on 3 rinks, drew on one and lost the other.
23rd November
We travelled to Avon Valley Bowls club in Warwickshire - but alas, despite our best efforts, had to admit second best - going down 116 - 128. We did have a HWR though…….Keith Croxon, Eileen O'Shea, Bill Britz and Bob Hands. What was particularly pleasing however, was that we did take six rinks - which bearing in mind our club was involved with  both the Tens and the Wessex on the same day, was a great effort by everyone concerned.
29th November
Saw us again being the hosts - this time welcoming Bletchley. Another hard earned win with Brian Stewart, Margaret Johnson, Vicky harrison and Jacky Gray claiming the HWR. Match score being 126 - 110 in our favour.
30th November…..The match scheduled against Foxhill was postponed and will now take place in the New Year - the 4th January.
4th December
And another home match - this time, we entertained West Witney… was a triples match resulting in a 102 - 87 win for the home side.  HWR was claimed by Chris and Sue Lewis and Alan Holmes.
6th December
And we welcomed Wantage for a match of 6 triples.  This time the HWR went to June Watts, Shirley Buckingham and Graham Kerr in what turned out to be another winning effort….this time the margin being 110 - 83.
13th December
…….We travelled to Banbury Cross….this was an exceptionaly close encounter and it was only on the last end of the last match still on rink that we managed to get four shots to help us to a winning score by 118 - 115.  (should add that this was achieved by Colin Pollards team with Bob Scholes, Alan Keen and Kathy - who had the misfortune to be on the end of the HRW against - so at least they did something useful!!!!!)  Denis Richens, Ron Howes, Pat Strange and Alan Scholan with our HWR on this occasion.  Should add that in their Captains comments on the game, he did mention that this was the first loss that they (Banbury cross) has suffered this term…….well, what can one say…….
My grateful thanks as ever, to Merv Gleeson (our webmaster) for the continuing success of this form - which seems to be read in increasing numbers.
Bob Scholes - Roving Reporter.




Where has this year gone?  It's time to look out that Christmas Card and Present List once more and it seems like only yesterday that John was putting all the decorations etc. back up in the loft and now they have to come down again!



To help get you into the Christmas spirit, come along to the Christmas ClubNight on Saturday 6th Decemberkicking off at 6 p.m. for those wishing to bowl and 6.45 p.m. for non-bowlers.  You will be greeted with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie and later on Jenny will be serving her excellent Turkey Baguettes with pickles etc. The Witney Town Band will be providing their usual brilliant programme of Christmas Carols and Songs.  This will certainly put you in the mood and all for only £5.50 - superb value.



Our other big Christmas event at the Club is of course, the raffle.  The draw will be held on Friday 12th December at 7 p.m. We will have at least 100 prizes this year and it's only 20p a line.  So far, we have collected in and spent £400 on prizes so keep your 20p's rolling in.  If you can spare an hour or so on that Friday evening (12th) to come and help with checking the numbers drawn against the raffle sheets, we would love to see you.  We are now on Sheets 14 and 15 and there's still over a week to go so your help on the night would be much appreciated.



We have had 7 mixed matches and 2 ladies matches in November with a further two cancelled and one postponed. We won 5 and lost 2 of the mixed games and the ladies won l and lost l of their games. Very good result down at Rivermead ladies - well done.  We do have a return fixture with the Oxford & District ladies on 8th January.  This a new fixture for us and is not in the fixture list so please make a note in your diaries and sign up.  We mean to have our revenge!  The postponed game against Foxhills has now been re-arranged for Sunday the 4th January so please also make a note in your diaries of this new date and support this match.



Sadly both our ladies and mens teams are now out of all National Competitions for this year.  The ladies lost to Bletchleyin the Yetton Plate and the men lost in the Denny Cup Plate to Oxford & District.



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.



Apparently one or two people are using the disabled car parking spaces who are not entitled to do so. Please be considerate and respect the fact that these spaces are for Blue Badge Holders only.



(I promise these are the last!)


In a Launderette:               Automatic washing machines: Please remove all your

                                         clothes when the light goes out.

At a Conference:                For anyone who has children and doesn't know it,

                                         there is day care on the lst floor.

On a Repair Shop Door :   We can repair anything.  (Please knock hard - the bell

                                         doesn't work).





Better watch your step everyone!



Weren't they fat enough?



That's what he gets for eating those beans!



Wonder what they taste like?



Chainsaw Massacre again?



Wow! They're tall.





What a surprise!






Your Prezzie



The Indoor Season is now in full swing with the in-house Leagues, matches, tens competition, Wessex League and the triples roll ups all thriving. Many congratulations must go to two of our ladies, namely Vicky Harrison and Pat Strange who won the Warners Champion of Champions Competition with another couple from Eastbourne.  See separate report elsewhere on this website.  Brilliant both of you.  Keep it up.



As our ladies were so successful this year in the County Competitions, at the risk of boring you once more, I felt I had to include another mention of their achievements.  We actually collected 13 trophies at the Dinner this year.  Not everyone was able to attend but here is a picture of some of us with the silverware we won.  (Apologies for quality of photo).




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 9th November so there is still time to get your form in.



We have played a total of  8  matches in October losing both the ladies matches (Slade and Chipping Norton)  but winning the 6 mixed games. 

I am very pleased to report that we regained the Gwen Clarke Trophy in the match against Oxford & District.  This Trophy is played for annually and is in memory of Gwen Clarke's many happy bowling hours. 

We had a new fixture this year which was against Swindon Manor and had a most enjoyable afternoon with them after going round and round in ever decreasing circles before we eventually hit upon the venue!  The road works didn't help but at least we will know where to go on our next visit.  We were made very welcome at West Berks as usual and were also pleased once again to entertain our friends from the Oxford Masonic at home. 

The game against High Wycombe was reduced to 5 triples due to the ladies Yetton Competition being held on the same day which affected the number of available players for both teams.



Our ladies played a very closely fought match against Banbury Cross ladies in the Masons Trophy (this is a double rink competition) with  both the home and away teams drawing their games.  The extra end however, was won by Banbury Cross.  Hard luck ladies, but very well played.

The men's A & B sides competed in the Over  60's Double Rink Competition, the A side playing Oxford & District and the B side Handy Cross.  Unfortunately the B team had to concede their game as there was a misunderstanding as to the start time of their game so we were unable to field the correct number of players and the A side lost by 14 shots.  

The ladies have also played the Yetton against Handy Cross but lost rather heavily by 29 shots.  We are now in the Yetton Plate (which is a competition for first round losers) so fingers crossed for better results in this.



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.



We held another very successful Open Day last Sunday (2nd Nov) and I am very pleased to say that a further 14 prospective new members have signed up for coaching lessons - two of whom have already applied for Social Membership.  Welcome to you all - I hope to see you and make your acquaintance at the Club later on.



In a London Department Store:  Bargain basement upstairs!!


In a Health Food Store Window:  Closed due to illness.


In a Farmer's field:  The Farmer allows walkers to cross the field for free

                                   But the bull charges!


On a leaflet:  If you cannot read, this leaflet will tell you how to get lessons!!




A miracle!



Good-for-nothing lazy so-and-so's.




What a guy!



I wonder if that will work better than a fair trial!



That must be strong tape!


Hope it's made you smile.



Margaret Stacey




Another resounding success and despite the weather, the response was exceptionally pleasing.
Amazing how far some people travelled - a couple from Glos who have already signed up as members and who together with others, will I am sure add much to our ever growing circle of new friends.
Our three coaches, Rosemary Phelps, Liz Sims and Graham Kerr were barely off their feet for the whole time (1.30 - 6pm) - how they kept going goodness only knows but with so many people wanting to have go and a taste of our great game it is amazing how time flies when you're having fun!
Luckily enough our new found friends arrived at varying intervals so we were able to give them all sufficient time to explain what our club is all about……Colin Pollard, Bob Scholes and Keeno were also kept really busy on this aspect with guided tours etc.. A particular mention and thanks to Alan Holmes, who after a busy morning officiating at the 'Tens', put in a valuable shift too.  Many have expressed their wish to take their interest further and indeed many have already booked-in for our coaching sessions being held on Fridays twix 5pm and 7pm. It was also particularly pleasing to have two youngsters come along - future stars no doubt.
So, this day has passed, but I would encourage those who do not know about us - maybe new to Bowling - please get in touch…..whether you are interested in a social membership or would like to know more about our great sport and have a go.  A warm welcome will await you…….that is one thing we can guarantee.

Vicky Harrison and Pat Strange bask in glory

Oxford duo Vicky Harrison and Patricia Strange picked up a share of the £3,000 first prize after winning the Warner Leisure Hotels Open Fours Champion of Champions competition held at Lakeside Coastal Village, Hayling Island.

The Oxford City and County IBC members qualified for the nationwide finals after winning an open fours competition at Bembridge Coast Hotel.

However, playing partners Peter Woodville and Virginia Hulbert were unable to attend the three-day final so Harrison and Strange found themselves playing with Pat and Tony Bourne, from Croydon, who were in the same situation with half of their team unavailable.

The quartet won their group of six and two more successes saw them into the final to face Terry Hill's rink from Wey Valley (Guildford).


England indoor bowls captain Andy Thomson presents the winner's cheque to, from left: Vicky Harrison, Pat Bourne, Patricia Strange and Tony Bourne

England indoor bowls captain Andy Thomson presents the winner's cheque to, from left: Vicky Harrison, Pat Bourne, Patricia Strange and Tony Bourne





This Summer has gone by so quickly.  It doesn't seem so long ago that I was struggling to put a jack up outside let alone a wood and now when I can, it's time to put the outdoor greens to bed!  Overall though, we have had a good Summer for bowling outside with just the odd soaking here and there.


It's the time of the year now when that envelope drops through your door with a request for subscriptions together with the Yearbook.  Do read this.  The Yearbook will not only familiarise you with a good deal of what is going on in the Club throughout the Winter, it also contains General Rules, League Rules, information on Club Competitions and 'Making the game more enjoyable for everyone'.  If you are not sure about anything or would like more information, do ask any of the Club Officers.  Their names are on page 1 of the yearbook.  Or alternatively, any of the Management Committee or myself will be only too pleased to help with any queries you may have.



The Indoor Pairs Competition was won this year by Jan Cook and Stan Smith and the League by the Rowans - Captain, Tony Logue.   This should have been reported  in last month's prattle so many apologies folks, but  the news didn't filter down to me in time.



We played three mixed matches at home in September namely Thame, Ross-on-Wye and OUP all of which were very enjoyable and a lot of fun.  Ross-on-Wye had been on tour and on their way home, rounded off their tour with a stop at City and County.  They arrived in time for a light lunch before the match, the sun shone for our game and with the usual excellent two course meal afterwards, they were very impressed with our facilities!  We also had a most enjoyable ladies match at West Oxford one evening, playing the last few ends in the twilight which all added to the fun.  Must remember to take a torch next time!!



Our A team came so very close to winning this final and causing an upset (fuller report elsewhere on the website) but it wasn't to be.  Very well played lads - next year will be yours.



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 Mens Club Singles Champion this year is Othman Sharif and the Ladies Singles Champion is Kathy Hawes.

We were very pleased to host the Mens County Champion of Champions Competition which took place this month.  Othman, our representative, played some great games to reach the final where, in a close fought fight against Kevin Alder from West Witney, he just lost out.  Well done Othman, you did us proud.


Kathy was invited to the Senior Ladies England Trials for next season the same weekend that the County Ladies Champion of Champions Competition was held and I am very pleased to say that she has retained her place in the Senior England Squad.  Great stuff Kathy and many congratulations.



This was held on Saturday 27th September and was preceded by a "friendly" match Ladies -v- Gents in the afternoon.  It was a beautiful sunny day, just right for bowling and a very enjoyable afternoon was had by all.   Victory went to the men on this occasion - well played gentlemen.

The dinner was well attended and we were very pleased to welcome the Ladies County President, Margaret Morris together with the Men's County President, Mike Andrews 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.



This is now under way with the Leagues, and matches will begin soon. I look forward to seeing everyone again after the Summer break.  The carpet has already been stretched for the start of the season and for those interested is running at a speed of 18 seconds.


Please sign up for the matches which are always good fun and also give you good practice.  It's the best way to get to know other Club members and learn more about the game, so newer members, take the plunge and jump in and you "oldies" keep putting your  names up - we need you all.



This now reverts back to a Saturday evening each month for the Winter Season, the first one being held on SATURDAY 11th OCTOBER from about 6 p.m. with entertainment by Kev G later on in the evening.   The next Club Night will be on Saturday 1st NOVEMBER - thought I had better give you advance notice as my prattle will not be published before that date!



Following our successful Open Day in August, we are holding another one on Sunday November 2nd from 1.30 - 6 p.m.  So spread the word and encourage everyone you know to come along and see what's on offer.  Bowling equipment will be available for those who want to have a go, with "experts" on hand to offer help and advice.




At a Gynaecologist's office :  "Dr. Jones at your cervix".

On a maternity room door :  "Push, Push, Push".

At a Plastic Surgeon's office :  "We can help you pick your nose".

At an Optician's office :  "If you can't see what you're looking for, you've come         

                                           to the right place".

At a Funeral Director's :  "Drive carefully  -  we'll wait".

On a café door :  "PUSH  - if that doesn't work,

                              PULL  - if that doesn't work

                              We must be CLOSED".

In a gents toilet :  "We aim to please,

                                You aim too, please!"

Finally, from the USA :  "This business is guarded by shotgun 3 nights a week.

                                           You guess which 3!"  

Mind that door!


Margaret Stacey.


Top Honours for Katherine


City & County's & Oxfordshires Katherine Hawes has maintained her place in the England team for next year's

Women's Senior International Series at Royal Leamington Spa on June 14th - 16th 2015






Gail Gilkes and Myra Lewis Land Pairs Title in Dramatic Style

Gail Gilkes (left) and Myra Lewis with the Oxfordshire pairs trophy


Oxford City & County's Myra Lewis and Gail Gilkes were crowned Oxfordshire Ladies pairs champions after a tense shoot-out victory over Banbury Central's Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion.

With the final finishing level at 17-17, it was a superb shot from Gilkes that won it in front of her home crowd.

The Banbury Central pair held the shot, but Gilkes fired the jack to the back of the rink and then drew the winning shot to claim the title.


County Triples Final

Gilkes then teamed up with Donna Knight and Katherine Hawes to record a 21-14 win over clubmates Sue Mayo, Myra Lewis and Jeanette Berry in the triples final.


Under 25s Singles Final

City & County's Katie Glenn beat Banbury Central's Amy Stone 21-15 in the under 25s final.




Pairs: M Lewis & G Gilkes (Oxford C&C) 18, C Galletly & C Campion (Banbury Central) 17 (extra end).

Triples: D Knight, G Gilkes & K Hawes (Oxford C&C) 21, S Mayo, M Lewis & J Berry (Oxford C&C) 14.

Under 25 singles: K Glenn (Oxford C&C) 21, A Stone (Banbury Central) 15.


Officers' Cup final: K Hawes (Oxford City & County) bt H Kingsley (Oxford City & County).

Plate final: A Ives (Banbury Borough) bt L Batten (South Oxford).

City & County Club Finals 2014



Othman Sharif & Katherine Hawes  2014 Club Singles Champions 


Men's Singles Championship    
Othman Sharif 21 - 10 Chris Lewis
Ladies Singles Championship    
Katherine Hawes 21 - 19 Myra Lewis
Men's Pairs Championship    
Mike Petersen & Mervyn Gleeson 23 - 14 Gary Gray & Brian Flitter
Ladies Pairs Championship    
Donna Knight & Myra Lewis ???? Pat Rist & Carol Caskins
Men's Triples Championship    
Mike Petersen, Mervyn Gleeson, Richard Jackson 16 - 6       Colin Pollard, Gary Gray,              Alan Keen
Ladies over 65 Singles    
Jackie Gray 21 - 18 Shirley Crick
Men's 2 Wood Singles    
Othman Sharif 18 - 5 Darren Johnson
Men's Never Won Singles    
Alan Keen 21 - 20 Dennis Richens
Men's Handicap Singles    
Othman Sharif 21 - 8 Paul Lopez
Ernest Stone over 70 Singles    
Terry Gripe 21 - 12 Robert Hands
Men's Handicap Pairs    
Colin Pollard & Graham Kerr 25 - 23 Brian Flitter & Paul Lopez
3 Wood Pairs    
Chris Lewis & Terry Gripe 15 - 12 Brian Flitter & Paul Lopez
Mixed Singles    
Chris Lewis 21 - 12 Brian Eastgate
4 Wood Mixed Pairs    
Helen Kingsley & Nigel Satchell 21 - 15 Alison & Brian Eastgate
2 Wood Mixed Pairs    
Jackie & Gary Gray 19 - 16 Alison & Brian Eastgate




Well, what a month this has been for me - our ladies and gentlemen doing so well at Leamington, the Men's A team through to the League Cup Final and  a wonderful President's day - but more of that later.



Well done gentlemen - through to the final against Headington.  This will take place at Kidlington Bowls Club on Thursday 4th September at 6.15 p.m. so get along there everyone and cheer our lads on.



As I reported last month, we had representatives in all the ladies disciplines.  Carol Gaskins and Carol Penson reached the semi-finals of the Senior Pairs and after a hard fought game went into the last end just one shot adrift.  Their opponents from Sussex however, made another two shots to clinch their place in the final and they then went on to win the Championship.  Kathy Hawes reached the quarter finals of the Four Wood Singles and Gail Gilkes and Myra Lewis won through to the quarter finals of the Pairs where they battled against two Junior Internationals (Natalie Melmore and Sophie Tolchard from Devon) only losing out over the last two ends.

The icing on the cake with cherries on top, however, has to be the magnificent success of Kathy Hawes, Gail Gilkes, Donna Knight and Myra Lewis in becoming the National Fours Champions.  The quarters and semi-finals were nail biters, winning by just one shot on both occasions.  In the final however, they seemed to be cruising to victory, 20-9 up when Northants came back at our ladies and the score stood at 20-15 with two ends to go.  We sat there, holding our breaths, everything crossed. We were down - was the unthinkable going to happen?  Then Gail trailed the jack to our woods at the back and with the Northants Skip unable to find a way through, we picked up a 5 together with the trophy and one end to spare.  Very well done ladies, you were all brilliant.

Kathy's team now goes on to represent England in the fours in next year's Home Internationals against Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Isles.  This competition will be played at Leamington, so not too far for us to go and watch and give our support. When times and dates are known, they will be displayed at the Club so that you can put them in your diaries.


Oxford Mail: Mike Petersen (left) and Alan Ley, with the runners-up trophy at the National Senior Pairs Championship

Mike Petersen and Alan Ley also had great success in the Men's Senior Pairs winning right through to the final.  Another nail biter, one up going into the last end but Alan couldn't find a way through to the jack and so they dropped a 3 to become the runners up.  Well done gentlemen, you did us proud - sorry I wasn't there to cheer you on but I had, rather inconsiderately, arranged my President's Day on the same day!








I had a lovely President's day - couldn't have asked for better so thank you everyone for coming along on the day, and for your support and assistance in various ways which all contributed to a successful afternoon.  I have written a separate and fuller report which is on this website and a copy is also posted in the clubhouse.



We held a successful open day at the beginning of the month and as a result several people are having coaching lessons.  We look forward to welcoming them as members in the near future.  A fuller report of this day has also been posted on the website.



We have had 6 matches in August, three very enjoyable away games at Witney Town, Charlbury and Carterton. We are always made most welcome when we play away so please, please give your support on these occasions.   The other 3 matches were at home against Hagbourne (men's match), a re-arranged game against Oxford Masonic and a touring side from Shanklin.  The game against the Masonic was played indoors due to inclement weather.  We had a lovely day with the tourists from Shanklin who thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  Two further ladies matches had been fixed for this month but sadly these were cancelled by Woodstock and Banbury Borough.



Another very successful Club Night was held on Friday 15th August with a tasty BBQ and super side salad dishes.  Our grateful thanks must go to Colin Pollard and all his helpers, particularly his wife, 'Salad Queen' Jackie, who made this such a great evening. This was the last outdoor Club Night for this season.  The indoor Club Nights will commence on SATURDAY 11th OCTOBER  with entertainment by KEV G so make a note in your diary folks.



I am very pleased to tell you that Paul Comley won the Longford Cup earlier this month.  Congratulations Paul.



Our finals this year are on the weekend of 6th/7th September starting at 10 a.m. on the 6th.  Spectators very welcome - do come and help create a bit of atmosphere for our worthy finalists.  Two ladies County finals are also being played on Sunday 7th  - namely, the pairs and triples and we have representatives in both of these games.



Diaries out once more folks and make a reservation for Saturday 27th September. Full details are now up in the Clubhouse and choice of menu is available.  



On a beautiful summer's day, two American tourists were driving through Wales.

At the village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch they stopped for lunch and one of the tourists asked the waitress -

"Before we order, I wonder if you could settle an argument for us.

Can you pronounce where we are very, very, very slowly?"

The girl leaned over and said -

"Burrr ……… Gurr ……… King".


Have a nice day!

President Margaret

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Oxon Veteran Alan Ley Reaches 800-Games Milestone

Oxford City & County's Alan Ley chalked up another landmark with his 800th game for Oxfordshire in their 129-89 win over Buckinghamshire in a friendly at Long Crendon.

Alan, who made his Oxon debut in 1966 at the old Blue Circle club, near Kidlington, was unable to mark the milestone with a rink victory as his four were pipped 17-16.

The 66-year-old beat the previous record of 459 set by Walter Lester while playing for Summertown in 1992.

His remarkable tally is also believed to be a record for any county in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

Reflecting on the achievement, Alan said: "It hasn't been done for any reason. It has just happened - the games have just accumulated.

"It is great to get there. I still enjoy it and they still keep picking me."

Meanwhile, Alan is set to embark on his next century when he makes appearance No 801 as Oxfordshire take on Gloucestershire at Witney Town on Wednesday.


Alan Ley and Mike Petersen

Denied in National Agony

Oxford Mail: Mike Petersen (left) and Alan Ley, with the runners-up trophy at the National Senior Pairs Championship
Mike Petersen (left) and Alan Ley, with the runners-up trophy at the National Senior Pairs Championship


Oxfordshire's Alan Ley and Mike Petersen suffered an agonising 20-18 defeat in the Bowls England Men's National Senior Pairs Championship final at Royal Leamington Spa.

Holding a one-shot advantage going into the last end of their clash with Derbyshire's Les Jinks and Dave Brennan, the Oxford City & County duo dropped three shots to finish runners-up.

Ley said: "We led all the way up until the very last end and lost it.

"We had mixed emotions really. We were very pleased that we got there and very disappointed to lose it by two shots at the end."

Ley and Petersen had beaten Gloucestershire's Vince Wilks and Dougie Lewis 21-13 in the semi-finals of the over 55s competition at Victoria Park.

In the last eight, the Oxford City & County pair eased past Middlesex's Ron Edgar and David Pitt 24-15.

They had opened their challenge with a 27-18 victory against Leicestershire's Michael Haywood and John Godden, before overcoming Peter Lowe and Colin Gray 18-11 in round two.



I had a great day on Sunday, the sun shone a bit, the clouds threatened a bit and the wind blew a lot but we had fun and didn't get wet.  The afternoon started with a "spider" (won by Vic Bye), followed by the match.


I had invited 5 Club Presidents from Oxfordshire to bring or send along a rink each to play for me against a City and County side led by Captain of the day, Colin Pollard.  They all came and "played their socks off for me" (that means the President's team won overall!!!).  I did lose on my rink however, Colin not understanding that he was supposed to let me win!   There was enough City and County players to form a further 4 triples and so two of these also played for me.  It was great to see both greens being used and practically full.  Thank you C & C members for all  your support.



I was very pleased to welcome the visiting rinks from Abingdon (Captain Peter Baskerville), Hagbourne (Vice-Captain Howard Rose), South Oxford (President Keith Mobley), Thame (President Hazel Westcott) and Witney Town (Mel Cameron).  Thank you so much for coming and supporting me.  I hope our links and association with you all will continue for many years to come.


It was great to see some of our "retired" bowlers too who joined us for the meal after the match, together with a new bowler who has promised that she will take the plunge and be bowling in next year's President's game.



When I went into the Clubhouse during the game for the usual comfort break, the tables looked lovely - just as I wanted it.  Jenny and Jill had done a grand job and with Keith's flowers, it was a picture.  After the game, we had a superb meal - (roast beef + trimmings, black forest roulade and cream with cheese and biscuits to follow).   Thank you once again Jenny and your helpers.



My highest winning rink turned out to be the triple of Jacky Gray, Alan Keen and Carol Penson with Liz Bye, John Jarvis, Myra Lewis and Graham Kerr being the Captain's highest winning rink.


I had such a wonderful and memorable day and hope you all enjoyed it too.  Thank you, thank you everyone for making it so special.



CITY & COUNTY Girls claim National Fours title




Oxfordshire's Myra Lewis, Donna Knight, Gail Gilkes and Katherine Hawes have won the Bowls England Women's National Fours Championship, sponsored by Dorset Bowls Resort.

The quartet, from Oxford City & County BC, defeated Maggie Edwards, Jasmin Spear, Yvonne McKee and Brenda Bishop from Kingsthorpe BC, Northamptonshire, in the final held this afternoon at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa.

Earlier the Kingsthorpe four had beaten defeated Maggie Jordan, Joyce Evans, Joanna Richman and Linda Kingston (Highworth BC, Wiltshire) in the first semi-final whilst Oxfordshire progressed thanks to a victory against Sheila Short, Jackie Branfield, Laura Holden and Stef Branfield (Clevedon BC, Somerset).


Kingsthorpe BC, Northamptonshire (B Bishop) bt Highworth BC, Wiltshire (L Kingston) 23-11;
Oxford City & County BC, Oxfordshire (K Hawes) bt Clevedon BC, Somerset (S Branfield) 21-20;

Oxford City & County BC, Oxfordshire (K Hawes) bt Kingsthorpe BC, Northamptonshire (B Bishop) 25-15;



Well the weather was very kind to us, and the response we had was more than pleasing,…….it was a delight to welcome so many people, most of whom are new to our great game.
I think they were surprised at what they found and the welcome they received…….as we often say, its Oxfords Best Kept Secret!….and just importantly for us, it was our great pleasure to welcome new friends. Hey, and forget about the adults for a moment, delighted to see nine year old Zoe (a star in the making I am sure) and her parents there as well - great supporters of the club.
Without exception, after being 'meeted and greeted' and shown around, everyone did not take much persuading to 'have a go'… you can imagine our Coaches, Rosemary and Graham were kept busy……ably supported in one way or another from 'our gang' consisting of Chairman Peter Phelps, our President Margaret Stacy - whilst John Stacy, Colin Pollard, Alan Keen, Helen Kingsley,Shirley Crick,Tony and Vera Logue and Bob Scholes added their colour to the tapestry on view during the event.
Jenny providing excellent food as ever and Spencer doing his bit behind the bar.
Almost all of our new friends have either booked, or expressed a desire to have lessons…… hopefully as time goes on we shall see more new members joining our throng - and most welcome they will be too….great stuff guys.
Bob Scholes




This continues to be very popular and is flourishing with the two roll-ups each week (Monday and Thursday mornings), a league on Wednesday mornings and a pairs competition running throughout the season as well.



There were only two friendly matches in July, one being a re-arranged Ladies Triples Match away against Abingdon.  Just as we were about to set foot on the green, we had a very heavy shower but fortunately it didn't last too long and we were able to ditch the wets.  After early resistance from the Abingdon Ladies, we drew ahead to win the match.   The other game was a mens triples match away against Hagbourne.  We came second on this occasion and a very pleasant but hot afternoon was had by all.

There are several matches arranged for August and we desperately need more names.  Please, please sign up where you can.  One of the games is against a touring side (Shanklin) who are visiting us at the end of August and we need a lot of players for this one.



Please note that the date for this has changed from Friday 8th August and will now be on   Friday 15th August.     There will be a BBQ and entertainment by Joe Holio.



This year's President's Day will be on the above date commencing at 2.30 p.m. with a spider, followed by the usual game and a three course meal afterwards with wine.  I have visiting rinks coming on this occasion so please come andjoin in this my special day.   Everyone welcome.



On a very hot, sunny Sunday 24 teams of triples had a great fun day to raise money for Sobell House in memory of Gavin Anderson.   A grand total of just over £1500 was raised which Marilyn was very pleased to accept on behalf of Sobell House.  The trophy winners were Gary Gray, Alan Keen and Jacky Gray.



On a another fine sunny day, 16 Ladies teams from around the County had a great day's competitive bowling in this annual event organised and run by Helen Kingsley.  A fuller report can be read elsewhere on the website or on the Ladies Notice Board at the Club.   However,  no team won all their matches and the runners-up - Linda Price, Jenny Banton and Joyce Clark from Headington - only lost out to the winners, Carol Penson, Carol Gaskins and myself by a shot difference of 6!




Paul Comley is through to the semi-final of the Longford Cup which will be played to a finish at South Oxford on Sunday 3rd August.  Go for it Paul!



Our Club hosted this event on 26th/27th July.  Donna Knight became Two Wood County Champion defeating Carol Galletly (Banbury Central) in a very close game while Kathy Hawes became the Four Wood Singles County Champion overcoming Carol Penson, another C & C player.  Next day, however, Carol together with Carol Gaskins, Marion Darton and your truly became the Fours County Champions beating Kathy, Donna Knight, Myra Lewis and Sue Mayo.  The County Triples and Pairs finals are to be played on Sunday 7th September and will run alongside our own Club Finals Day.



I am very pleased to report that Mike Petersen and Alan Ley have won through to the Mens Senior Pairs Finals.  Many congratulations gentlemen. Alan first qualified for National Championship Finals back in the 1960's (!!) when the men's finals were played at Mortlake.  He subsequently also played at Worthing where the Men's Championships have been for many years. As from this year, however, the Men's Competitions and Championships are being played at Leamington so not so far to go now to have a day out on August 15th to cheer our two "Seniors" on.  There must be very few men who can boast of  having played the National Finals at three different venues.  Donna Knight  is also through to the Champion of Champions defeating Jackie Squires from Milton Keynes to book her place at Leamington.


The Ladies National Competitions etc. commence  August 2nd and unbelievably we have a representative in every one of the ladies disciplines this year!!  Must be a record surely. Well done ladies. Schedule is as follows-supporters welcome.


Junior Singles       -  Aug 3/4        Katie Glenn

Senior Pairs          -  Aug 3/4/5     Carol Penson & Carol Gaskins

Fours                    -  Aug 5/6/7     G. Gilkes, K.Hawes, D.Knight & M.Lewis

                                                     C.Penson, C.Gaskins, M.Darton & M.Stacey

Champ of Champs -  Aug 6/7     Donna Knight

4 Wood Singles     -  Aug 7/8/9      Kathy Hawes and Carol Penson

Senior Singles       -  Aug 8/10       Myra Lewis

Triples                  -  Aug l0-13      K.Hawes, G.Gilkes & D.Knight

                                                     J.Berry, S.Mayo & M.Lewis

2 Wood Singles    -   Aug 12/13     D. Knight

Pairs                    -   Aug 13-16     G.Gilkes & M.Lewis

Junior Pairs          -   Aug 16/17     Katie Glenn & Amy Stone


Kathy Hawes and Howard Watts (Headington) have also won through to National Mixed Pairs finals at Leamington.  Well done again.



Our Mens League A team is through to this semi-final against Witney Town which will be played at South Oxford in the evening of Thursday 14th       August.  So go along and give our lads all the support you can. 





Being British is about driving in a German car to an Irish pub for a Belgian beer then travelling home, grabbing an Indian curry or a Turkish kebab on the way to sit on Swedish furniture and watch American shows on a Japanese TV!!


Only in Britain can a pizza get to your house faster than an ambulance.

Only in Britain do supermarkets make sick people walk all the way to the back of the shop to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.

Only in Britain do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries and a DIET coke.

Only in Britain do banks leave both doors open and chain the pens to the counters.

Only in Britain do we leave cars worth thousands of pounds on the driveway and lock our junk and cheap lawn mowers in the garage.



Makes you think!





President Margaret                                                                  2nd August 2014



This year's competition took place on a very warm, sunny day - Monday 28th July with 16 teams from various Clubs in the area entering for this annual event.  


After three games, only two teams had won all their games so with one game to go, who would it be - Caroline Bloomfield (Witney Town) or Jeanette Berry (C & C)?  Caroline then played Carol Penson (C & C) and Jeanette played Jane Murphy (Didcot) in their final games. However, both teams lost giving a completely different picture on the final results as follows:-


FIRST PRIZE  -  £100

Carol Penson, Carol Gaskins                      3 wins + 1 draw

& Margaret Stacey   (C & C)                               Shot difference +18



Linda Price, Jenny Banton                          3 wins + 1 draw

& Joyce Clark   (Headington)                               Shot difference +12



Jane Murphy, Helen Moore                        3 wins

& Sally Gilbert   (Didcot)                                     Shot difference + 18


We were very pleased to welcome Ellen Clarke's sister-in-law, Vera Church, who is now 94 years young, who came along with Ken Meadley

(Ellen Clarke's nephew) to present the trophy and prize monies.