Well, May has proved to be wet and soggy with a few nice days here and there so nothing changes when the Outdoor Season kicks off once again.

We did have fine weather at Marlow as reported last month and also when a touring side from Colchester visited us on Spring Bank Holiday weekend. We had a very good afternoon with them and they were so pleased to be able to play a full game as they only managed to play 10 ends of their first game of their tour (rain stopped play), their second game was cancelled because Peppard's green was waterlogged and then they were on their way home the day following their visit to us!

We also had a sunny afternoon for the return match at home against our friends from Marlow.  It was another great, very enjoyable afternoon. 

Out of the ten matches arranged for May however, only five were actually played, four being cancelled by us through lack of support and the fifth by the opposition - which makes for rather a depressing start to the season.

We did win most of those played but it is the loss of revenue from those that weren't played that is worrying.

Most Outdoor matches are reciprocal, i.e. on the home fixtures visiting teams do not pay us anything thus creating a deficit on the match. However, we do not pay them on the return visit and the money collected from our away team is offset against the deficit on the home game.

So if, for example, an away four rink fixture does not take place we lose £104.00. Therefore, as four out of the five cancelled games should have been away we have already lost £350.00 so you can see how imperative it is for away games to take place.

It has been a struggle for the Captains to get enough players for matches.  I know there is a lot going on with early rounds of County and National Competitions taking place and other commitments so heartfelt thanks to those of you who have been able to support the Club matches.  Please, please continue to do so when you can.

The cancelled away match against Abingdon Ladies has now been re-arranged for Friday June 20th at 2.30 p.m.  and the relevant match sheet is up on the board.  We always have a lovely afternoon at Abingdon and a very nice tea afterwards so come on ladies, let's make sure we have enough names this time.



Many congratulations to Kathy Hawes and Carol Penson who have reached the final of the Ladies County Singles Competition. We are hosting the Ladies County finals on the weekend of 26th/27th July so make a note and come and support our ladies (we hope that in due course there will be a few more in some of the other finals!).


Regrettably the Open Fours Competition, which was arranged for Sunday 22nd June, has had to be cancelled as not enough entries were received to make the Competition viable.

It has been decided to run a Pairs Competition for members on that day instead.  Your choice of partner - can be ladies, gents or mixed pairs.  It will be played on a round robin basis - fuller details will be posted at the Club shortly. Entry fee £4. per pair.  There will be three prizes - lst £100., 2nd £50. and 3rd £25. (must be worth a go folks!).  The entry form is on the match notice board so get cracking and sign up for a fun days bowling.


This Annual Ladies Open Competition is being held on Monday 28th July commencing at 10 a.m.  Always a good event so come on ladies, give it a go and enter a team.  Entry forms available at the Club or can be downloaded from this website.

This event is being run by Helen Kingsley and if you have any queries, she will be only too pleased to help.


There are still a few places left on the coach for the outing to Bournemouth on Wednesday 25th June to include a game against Argyll Bowls Club, lunch and a meal afterwards all for £18. per head - or if you just fancy the day out, £11.50 for the coach and lunch.  Last year's trip to Portsmouth was a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone so look out your buckets and spades and join in the fun.

Heard this one?

I have a little Satnav, it sits there in my car,

A Satnav is a driver's friend, it tells you where you are.

I have a little Satnav, I've had it all my life,


It's better than the normal ones, my Satnav is my wife.


It gives me full instructions, especially how to drive,

"It's thirty miles an hour" it says, "you're doing thirty five."


It tells me when to stop and start and when to use the brake

And tells me that it's never ever safe to overtake.


It tells me when a light is red and when it goes to green,

It seems to know instinctively just when to intervene.


It lists the vehicles just in front and all those to the rear

And taking this into account, it specifies my gear.


I'm sure no other driver has so helpful a device

For when we leave and lock the car, it still gives its advice.


It fills me up with counselling, each journey's pretty fraught,

So why don't I exchange it and get a quieter sort?


Well, you see, it cleans the house, makes sure I'm properly fed,

It washes all my shirts and things  - and keeps me warm in bed!


Despite all these advantages, and my tendency to scoff,

I do wish that once in a while I could turn the damned thing off!



Happy driving!




President Margaret

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"Leamington here we come"

Played at Banbury Chestnuts on Saturday 24 May, Katherine Hawes and Carol Penson of City and County are the finalists of the county singles and will be representing Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies in the nationals being held at Leamington in August.












Monday, 28th July, 2014


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 2014

Ellen Clarke Memorial Competition Rules

Ellen Clarke Memorial Timetable for the day








Our Indoor Finals Competitions produced some interesting and well fought games with the following results :-

  Winners Runners Up
Mens Singles Peter Boyle Dale Hall
Ladies 4 Wood Singles Caroline Bloomfield Sue Stewart
Phelps Trophy Peter Boyle Othman Sharif
Ladies 2 Wood Singles Eileen O'Shea Sue Stewart
Mens  2 Wood Pairs Sam Watts Geoff Powell
  Dale Hall Andy Crawley
Ladies Pairs Lesley Storer Sandra Simpson
  Eileen O'Shea Mavis Hale
Mixed Pairs Jan Gore John Stacey
  Othman Sharif Liz Sims
Mens Triples Othman Sharif Sam Watts
  Graham Kerr Adie Twinn
  Brian Eastgate Adie Kemish
Mixed 2 Wood Triples Graham Kerr Brian Bloomfield
  Andy Crawley Alan Scholan
  Lesley Storer Caroline Bloomfield


Well done everyone for reaching the finals and not forgetting those of us who were knocked out by the above players - without us there would not be a competition!!!  So keep entering and trying - it will be your turn one day.

The Champion of Champions was contested by 7 out of the 9 winning League teams and I am very pleased to report that my team, the Panthers (Thursday Morning League) emerged the winners for the second year running, defeating Phil Blackman's team, the Has Beens (Monday Midday League), in the final.

The Final of the Tens Competition was hotly fought by Didcot and ourselves with Didcot emerging the winners after a nail biting finish all hanging on the last end of the triples game.  Great stuff - well done Didcot.  The trophy and prize monies were presented by Mr. Paul Holt of the Newbury Building Society who have sponsored this very popular Inter-Club Competition since its inception in the 2003/4 indoor season and to whom we are most grateful.

Our very grateful thanks also go to Rosemary and Peter Phelps who have organised this competition from the word go and have spent a good deal of time and effort in the brilliant smooth running of this event for us, not to mention giving up their Sunday mornings for the last 11 indoor seasons.  They have now decided the time has come to step down and from next season Sylvia and Alan Holmes will be taking up the reins of the Tens Competition.  Welcome aboard both of you.   Once again, thank you so much Rosemary and Peter.  You can now lie in on Sunday mornings!!



This is now under way with Triples being played on Monday and Thursday mornings (everyone welcome - 10 a.m. start) and a Summer League on Wednesday mornings.



The Outdoor Season is now also under way for those hardy souls who brave the English weather! 

Well done to the men's A and B league teams who both got through to the third round in the League Cup.  The A team then had a very good win against Carterton B and now go forward to the Semi-Final which will be played in August.   Keep it up lads.  The B team faced Headington A in their third round match who proved to be too strong for us. Hard luck gentlemen but well done on getting through to the Quarter Finals.

We have also played and won our first mixed game of the season against Witney Town which was very well supported by members.  Our Captains - Brian, Colin and Shirley much appreciate that support so keep it going for all our matches.  We need you!!!

Regrettably the usual official opening of the greens, with bowls drive and match, planned for Sunday 27th April had to be cancelled through lack of numbers.  The season seems to commence so early these days and as 2 mens league games and a mixed match had already taken place, perhaps players felt they had no need of any more practice!!!

We went to Marlow on Saturday 5th May with 5 rinks of men but only 1 rink of ladies and had a most enjoyable afternoon there - good weather, good green, good food and excellent company.  (Oh! And we won on all rinks!).  Ladies where were you?  You don't know what you missed.  We should have had 2 rinks and could only muster 1 - very disappointing for us and for Marlow.



Entry forms for all Club competitions are now on the notice boards so grab a form and give it a go - you never know your luck and it's all good experience.  Closing date for entries is 18th May and finals will be held over the weekend of 6th &  7th September 2014.



The first Summer Club Night is on Friday 6th June starting at 6 p.m. with both  indoor and outdoor bowls available. There will be the usual scrumptious BBQ with entertainment by 'Summit' during the evening - all for £5.50.  Great value.



How  about this one !

A woman comes home and says to her husband "Remember those headaches I've been having all these years?  Well, they're gone".

"No more headaches?" says the husband.  "What happened"

His wife replies "Margie referred me to a hypnotist.  He told me to stand in front of a mirror and say "I do not have a headache, I do not have a headache, I do not have a headache.  It worked!  The headaches have all gone".

The husband replies "Well, that is wonderful".

His wife then says "You know you haven't been exactly a ball of fire in the bedroom these last few years.  Why don't you go and see the hypnotist and see if he can do anything for that?"  The husband agrees to try it.

Following his appointment, the husband comes home, rips off his clothes, picks his wife up and carries her into the bedroom.  He puts her on the bed and says "Don't move, I'll be right back".  He goes into the bathroom, returns a few minutes later, jumps into bed and makes passionate love to his wife like never before.

His wife says "Boy, that was wonderful".

The husband says "Don't move, I'll be right back".

He goes back into the bathroom, and when he returns, round two is even better than the first time.  The wife sits up and her head is spinning.  Her husband again says "Don't move, I'll be right back" and goes into the bathroom. This time, his wife quietly follows him and there in the bathroom she sees him standing at the mirror saying

"She's not my Wife".

"She's not my Wife".

"She's not my Wife".


His funeral's next week!!



President Margaret.

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FRIDAY 6th JUNE   6.OOpm


Please come along & have a great evening.

The entertainment is


Roll up on the Outdoor or Indoor greens.

Table Bowls.

BBQ. Includes chicken, sausages, burgers with salad & cheese etc.

Price £5.50





British Summertime is now here and that means the Outdoor Season is nearly upon us so those of you who play outdoors start checking your wets, scarves, gloves, towels etc. - you're sure to need them!!
I am very pleased to report that Mervyn Gleeson is now our Services Director and we all wish him well in this appointment.  We only lack a Bar Director on the Management Committee so how about it - volunteers step forward and see John Stacey for information.
Sunday March 16th was Pink Day at the Club when we all wore a touch of pink to support Women -v- Cancer. Tony Wright was the pinkest of all and judged to be the best dressed man with his pink trousers, pink satin blouse and curly pink wig with Liz Sims our best dressed lady. A great afternoon was had by all with lots of fun and laughter.  In all we raised £591. by means of a spider, various fines for touchers, woods or jack in ditch, raffle, pennies in the pottie, a £100. donation from the Club and donations from members unable to be there on the day.  Jan Lovegrove was highly delighted and this has made a significant contribution towards her target.  If you visit her website ( you can keep up to date with her progress.
This month has seen the closing stages of our Club Competitions and the running order for the finals is now listed in the Clubhouse.  The men's triples competition will be played on Friday evening 11th April and the remaining finals on Saturday 12th April commencing at 10 a.m. so come along and give support to our worthy finalists - cheer them on and create some atmosphere.  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.  and details are now on the match board.
The Indoor Leagues are now almost completed and the Champion of Champions League competition will be played on Wednesday 16th April - details of draw and start time will be posted in the Clubhouse soon.
Registration for next year's leagues is now well under way so League Captains please make sure your forms are in by the closing date - 11th April.   This may seem to be early to be thinking about next year already but a lot of work has to be done to collect and collate the necessary information in order for the Yearbook to be prepared for printing.  There are a few teams who are looking for players so if you would like to be in a league, please add your name to the forms at the back of the indoor rink. Or, how about forming your own league team? We do have room for more teams in all of the evening leagues and also the Monday Midday League. Give it a go - new faces are most welcome and you will get to meet a lot more members.  If you are interested, please contact any of the League Secretaries or an Indoor Committee Member (names in this year's blue handbook) who will be only too pleased to help and advise you.
We hosted the Ladies Indoor County Finals at the end of March and the Club was represented by Jacky Gray and Jane Murphy who reached the pairs final and together with Julie Jackson were also in the Triples final. They were successful in both games - Jacky and Jane overcoming a team from Banbury Cross in the pairs 21-15 and together with Julie defeating a triples from Chipping Norton  21-10.   Very well done the 3 J's!  Yours truly reached the Singles Final where I played Lorraine Serjeant from Carterton and after a leapfrogging first half of the game, I won 21-12.  Dare I say "Well done me!!!
We also hosted the Men's Indoor County Fours Final where Brian Eastgate, Adie Kemish, Graham Kerr and Othman Sharif played Mark Sykes' team from Banbury.  Mark's team proved too strong for our lads but well done all of you for reaching the final.
This coming Saturday, April 5th sees the last of the Indoor Season's very popular Saturday Club Nights where the entertainment will be Cody playing and singing tunes from the 60's, 70's and 80's.  The next Club Night will be a BBQ on Friday 6th June.  (Note change of evening for the Summer).
The Outdoor Fixture Book is now available from the office for Outdoor Members and the greens will be open on Saturday 19th April for those wishing to make an early start to the Season. (The Club is closed on Easter Sunday 20th April).  The official opening of the greens is on Sunday 27th April with a Bowls Drive for the Ladies and a game for the Men followed by a meal afterwards.  Lists are up on the Matchboard for those wishing to take part.
A Redneck Love Poem


Susie Lee done fell in love, she planned to marry Joe
She was so happy 'bout it all, she told her Pappy so.
Pappy told her "Susie gal, you'll have to find another.
I'd just as soon your Ma don't know, but Joe is your half brother.
So Susie  set aside her Joe and planned to marry Will,
But after telling Pappy this, he said "There's trouble still.
You can't wed Will my gal and please don't tell your Mother,
But Will and Joe, and several more I know is your half brother.
But Mama knew and said "My child, just do what makes you happy.
Marry Will or marry Joe, you ain't no kin to Pappy.
Margaret Stacey
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Thank you all for your good wishes and words of encouragement both before and after my election as President of Oxford City and County Bowls Club on 13th February.  As I said at the Club’s AGM, it is a great honour to be your President.  I intend to carry on Alan’s good work and I congratulate him on an excellent year as our President.
As regards this Newsletter, I will continue with the “Prattle” and hope I will be as eloquent, informative and entertaining as Alan has been.  To this end, I would be very grateful if you would keep me informed of what has gone on, what is going on and what will be going on so that I may attend and support where appropriate. Please also let me know of your achievements, other people’s achievements and anything else you think may be of interest to our members so that I have something to write about!  Don’t forget to blow your own trumpet – don’t wait for someone to blow it for you, it may not happen and you will then be disappointed if you are not mentioned in dispatches.
I am very pleased to report that out of the 5 Director vacancies, 3 were filled at the AGM.    The new Directors are as follows :-
                        Health & Safety Director     -     Tony Wright
                        Projects Director                -     Colin Pollard
                        Maintenance Director          -     Alan Keen
Our grateful thanks to these gentlemen who will now give much needed support for our Management Team who have been under pressure for some time trying to double up on the various vacant positions.   We do, however, still need a Services Director and a Bar Director so if anyone out there feels they may be able to take on either of these jobs, please contact Harold Winstone or John Stacey to find out what it would entail.
John and I have been the Captains for this month’s games which have been well supported making our task that much easier.  So thank you everyone.   I have been very pleased to see that some new names have appeared on the match sheets, so come on the rest of you, take the plunge, try the water, meet more members - we would like to get to know you too (after all there are some 450 of us!) - you will be pleasantly surprised.
The Carterton match at the beginning of the month was cancelled by them and another Ladies –v- Gents match was arranged.  Unfortunately in the end, there were not enough ladies to make this possible and so we had a mixed game instead.  A most enjoyable game was had by all.  Again we met some new faces which was great so keep coming forward and make yourselves known. 
A good opportunity for you to do this will be on Sunday March 16th when we are having a Charity Match in lieu of the Northampton game which has been cancelled by them.  Funds raised on the day are for three Cancer Charities which are being supported by Jan Lovegrove. Jan is going to China in September to take part in a cycle challenge to raise further money for these worthy causes.  The challenge is to cycle 279 miles in 5 days through the Beijing Province of China. Phew!  Visit to find out more.
Dress for this Match is casual to include something pink. So gentlemen look out your pink socks, shirts etc and join in the fun. 
This month’s Captains - Phil Woodville and Jan Lovegrove -  would greatly  appreciate your continued support for the last few matches of the season, particularly the two men’s matches on March 6th (Hagbourne – evening)  and March 8th (Royal Household) as at the time of writing this, we still needed quite a few more players.
On Saturday lst March we had our last ever fixture with Broomwade Bowls Club.  This fixture has been on our indoor calendar for many a long year (well over 20 years) despite the fact that they were an Outdoor Club only.   Sadly, through circumstances beyond their control  and after 60 years in existence, they have had to close their doors. 
Saturday lst March was well attended again and saw a welcome return visit of Far From Home - an Irish Folk Group.  Next month’s entertainment will be Cody, a Singer/Guitarist, and will be on Saturday 5th April.  This will be the last Saturday Club Night of this indoor season. During the Summer there will be two or three BBQ’s with entertainment to be held on a Friday evening, the first one being on 6th June.  Watch this space for more details and future dates.
These are scheduled to take place at our Club on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th March.  The various competitions are well underway and a number of our ladies are expected to reach the finals.  Keep your eyes on the notice board to your left as you come in the main door for times and running order and come along to support the finalists.
This is being held on Saturday 12th April with the Annual Prize Giving and Social following on after the Finals.  There will be a normal 2 course Club meal prior to the presentation of the prizes and a notice will shortly be posted with fuller details.  So mark your diaries now folks and come and join us.
Have you heard this one:-
While waiting to see my Doctor, a middle aged man came in bent over at the waist relying heavily upon his wife’s support to get into the Doctor’s Waiting Room.
A nearby patient also waiting, watched in sympathy.
“Arthritis with complications?” she asked.
The wife shook her head and replied “No, do it yourself with concrete blocks!!!”
Sounds familiar!!!
President Margaret.
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