On the road again


ANOTHER .....City and County player Jane Murphy has also booked her place at the National Championships Finals held at Royal Leamington Spa in August, by winning the Berkshire County Fours Championship, for the Third Consecutive Year.

Jane along with her team mates Sally Gilbert, Helen Moore, & Jane Porter, beat Readings Linda Robinson four 24 -14 in the final, held yesterday at the Island Bohemian Bowling Club.

Jane play's all her National Competitions from her parent club Didcot, who unfortunately play under the banner of The Royal County of Berkshire, although it's situated well and truly, within the borders of Oxfordshire.






Out of curiosity, I asked Jane a couple of years ago, as to why it was, she dose not play out of City & County full time ? Apparently her Grandfather was a founder member of Didcot Bowls Club back in the late 60's, and spent many hours around the green playing and watching Grandad play, eventually taking up the game at the tender age of 11 and throughout her early teens she could be found either rolling up, or playing for Didcot in local fixtures. At the age of 16 Jane, and Jane Sandalls (Porter) also 16, were the among the youngest players to reach the National Women's Finals at Leamington to represent The Royal County of Berkshire, in the Women's Pairs Championships........ What happened Next ????

She decided to take a SHORT break from bowls "roughly 26 years to be exact" ...... why? ........

the only answer I could get from her was "Boyfriend, Husband, Children, Starting a Business". in that order.

A few years ago now, she woke up and found all the Children had grown up, Business doing okay, free time became a reality again, picked up the woods and went to join Mum back at Didcot B.C.

From then on in, she seemed to have picked up from where she left off,

2010 RCBBA Ladies Unbadged Singles Winner,

2012 RCBBA Ladies Champion of Champions Winner,

2012 RCBBA Ladies Fours Winner,

2013 RCBBA Ladies Benevolent Triples Winners,

2013 RCBBA Ladies Fours Winners,

2013 RCBBA Ladies Champion of Champions Winner, 

2014 RCBBA Ladies Fours Winners.


Okay what's she done for City & County then ??


OWIBA ... Singles Champion 2013

OWIBA ... Fours Champions 2013  ( Margaret Stacey, Jan Lovegrove, Jeanette Berry.)

OWIBA ... Triples Champions 2014 ( Jacky Grey, Julie Jackson )

OWIBA ... Pairs Champions 2014    ( Jacky Grey )

Not much really .......... :)



BOWLS: Shiplake's triple roll back the years to reach nationals

Oxford Mail: Shiplake Village's Francis Benham, Graham Kennedy and David Bullock are off to Leamington Spa after their semi-final success
Photograph: Mervyn Gleeson
Shiplake Village's Francis Benham, Graham Kennedy and David Bullock are off to Leamington Spa after their semi-final success

Three senior citizens from Shiplake Village with a combined age of 211 years booked their place at the National Championships for the first time with a stunning victory in the Oxfordshire semi-finals.

Francis Benham, 2006 county president David Bullock and skip Graham Kennedy will play in the triples at Leamington Spa next month after recording a 24-15 win over Headington's Middleton Cup trio of twins Dean and Gary May and Remy Clanfield at Oxford City & County.

Their opponents in Sunday's final at Banbury Chestnuts will be Carterton's David Clanfield, Paul Sharman and Alan Prew.

Carterton had a battle against Banbury Central's Lee Wilkinson, Shane Cooper and Will Campion, who were only three shots adrift with two ends to play, but then saw their dreams shattered by a six and conceded the game on the 17th end.

Headington's Dean May staged a remarkable comeback to defeat his younger twin brother, Gary, 21-18 in the singles semi-final.

With Gary leading 18-6 and only requiring three more shots for victory, Dean stormed back to collect 15 shots over five ends without reply to move into the final.

There he will face Banbury Borough's Greg Moon, who finished strongly to claim a 21-16 win over fellow ex-international Prew.

The fours semi-finals set up an all-Headington decider between the rinks of John Nicholls, Ian Henwood, Jason King and Mark Charlett, and Mick Nash, Norman Rae, Paul Mabbutt and Nick Rae-Welsh.

Charlett's rink took early control of their game against the Banbury Borough's Keith Holloway, George Schwab, Richard Redford and Mark Sykes to triumph 18-14.

Rae-Welsh's four saw off City & County's Paul Lopez, Chris Lewis, Alan Ley and Mark Hancock 19-16.

Reigning pairs champions AJ Docherty and Calvin Carpenter, from Banbury Borough, came from behind to defeat Shiplake Village's Jim Bland and Barry Lambourne 21-15.

Fellow Borough bowlers George Schwab and Mark Sykes scraped through 18-17 against Carterton's Bob Wright, substituting for Roy Craig, and skip John Hicks.


Triples: L Wilkinson, S Cooper, W Campion (Banbury Central) lost to D Clanfield, P Sharman, A Prew (Carterton); D May, R Clanfield, G May (Headington) 15, F Benham, D Bullock, G Kennedy (Shiplake Village) 24.

Fours: M Nash, N Rae, P Mabbutt, N Rae-Welsh (Headington) 19, P Lopez, C Lewis, DA Ley, M Hancock (Oxford City & County) 16; J Nicholls, J Henwood, J King & M Charlett (Headington) 18, K Holloway, G Schwab, R Redford, M Sykes (Banbury Borough) 14.

Pairs: B Wright & J Hicks (Carterton) 17, G Schwab & M Sykes (Banbury Borough) 18; J Bland & B Lambourne (Shiplake Village) 15, AJ Docherty & C Carpenter (Banbury Borough) 21.

Singles: G May (Headington) 18, D May (Headington) 21; A Prew (Carterton) 16, Gr Moon (Banbury Borough) 21.


Fours (10am): M Nash, N Rae, P Mabbutt, N Rae-Welsh (Headington) v J Nicholls, I Henwood, J King, M Charlett (Headington).

Two wood singles (11am): N Lewis (Headington) v M Sykes (Banbury Borough).

Under 25s singles (11am): G Schwab (Banbury Borough) v S Watts (Watlington).

Triples (2pm): D Clanfield, P Sharman, A Prew (Carterton) v F Benham, D Bullock, G Kennedy (Shiplake Village).

Pairs (2pm): G Schwab & M Sykes (Banbury Borough) v AJ Docherty & C Carpenter (Banbury Borough).

Singles (2pm): D May (Headington) v Gr Moon (Banbury Borough).


Congratulations to Kathy Hawes who was in the Ladies England Team which recently competed and retained their title in the British Isles Womens Bowls Council International Team Competition which was held in Jersey.  Kathy played three to Penny Strong and their rink won three out of their four matches only losing by 1 shot in the other.



On a lovely sunny evening, a very successful Outdoor Club Night was held on Friday 6th  June with a BBQ  and entertainment by Summit.

The next BBQ will be on Friday 8th August and the music on this occasion will be by Joe Holio.

A notice is in the Clubhouse so please put your names down and come along for another enjoyable evening.

The Organisers do need to know how many of you will be there for catering purposes so get signing.



We had one touring side visit us last month from Long Stratton in Norfolk and a very enjoyable sunny afternoon was had by all.

This was a match which I took and I would like to thank all those members who played willingly, had their arms twisted, or were hijacked on the day. 


Please, please everyone, do sign up for the friendly matches that we have.  It makes life so much easier for the Captains if they have your support without having to beg and make innumerable telephone calls.  So far this year 5 matches have been cancelled and a further 3 for July have also been cancelled.  Not a very good record.  I know there have been a lot of clashes with various competitions and County events this year but friendly games are the life blood of any club and if members are only interested in playing County and National Competitions, we will not survive and neither, eventually, will the game of bowls itself.   Our fixture list is now only half the size it used to be and is shrinking yearly, one reason being through lack of support.  We cannot expect other clubs to visit us if we do not play the return matches. You have to put something back into the game and friendly games are essential to encourage and help newer bowlers to improve.  Remember we were all "green" once!



A Club Pairs Competition was held on Sunday 22nd June with Othman Sharif and Graham Kerr taking the top prize of £l00.  Jacky and Gary Gray were second and received £50 while Peter Boyle and Ken Buckingham came in third with £25.  Many thanks to all who entered and made the day a success and also to Colin Pollard for organising it.   I have heard a whisper that another pairs competition may be in the offing in July, so keep your eyes peeled on the match board for details.



A coach load of us set off on a Club Outing to Bournemouth on the 25th June where, on arrival, we had a super buffet lunch on the cliff top in brilliant sunshine.  The buffet was provided by Chris and Gerry McGrath of The Kings Arms, The Moors, Kidlington  and was quickly demolished by us.   Then a few energetic souls wound their way down to the beach and back up again, whilst others enjoyed the sunshine on the cliff top or had a cuppa in the café over the road which also happened to be the Argyll Bowls Club where we were due to play that afternoon.  As Argyll B.C.were short of players, 4 of our members played for them so that we could have a 6 rink match.    It was a lovely setting on the cliff top although the green proved to be a bit trickier than it looked, but we all enjoyed the experience and finally managed to win by l shot!  Well done C & C.




Our ladies are doing very well this year in the County Competitions with Donna Knight going through to the final of the 2 Wood Singles, Gail Gilkes and Myra Lewis in the pairs final and Kathy Hawes, Gail Gilkes and Donna Knight facing Jeanette Berry, Myra Lewis and Sue Mayo in the final of the triples.  As mentioned last month, Kathy Hawes and Carol Penson will also face each other in the 4 Wood Singles.  Katie Glenn is also through to the final of the Under 25's.  The Quarter and Semi-Finals of the Ladies County Fours is being played this weekend at Thame and three of our Ladies Fours have also qualified for this.  The County Finals are  on 26/27th July at City & County Bowls Club so please do come along and support our ladies.




Mark Hancock's Triple got through to the Quarter Finals of the Mens County Competition but then went out to Will Campion's team from Banbury.  However, Mark and his merry men (Alan Ley, Chris Lewis and Paul Lopez) are through to the Semi-Finals of the Mens County Fours which will be played at City & County Bowls Club at 10a.m. on Sunday 13th July, so come along and give our lads some support.



As part of our effort to attract new members, we are having an Open Day on Sunday 3rd August from 11a.m. onwards.  Spread the word - family, neighbours, friends, workmates etc. and bring them along to test the water.  It would be great if members who are available could drop in even for just a little while and help promote the Club and our wonderful game of bowls.  



Next September we will be hosting the Mens Home International Under 25's Competition. This is obviously a very prestigious event for us and there should be some very good games to watch.   More details at a later date. 





An old couple had retired to bed and the woman was feeling a bit amorous.

"Oh Edward" she said, "Sometimes it feels just like yesterday that you would put your arm around me as we lay in bed.  Where has all that romance gone?" 

So the old man to keep her happy, put his arm around her.

"And then, you used to kiss me" she continued.

The old man sighed, turned over and kissed her.

"And then, do you remember" the wife said, "You used to nibble my ears?"

At that, the old man sighed deeply, got out of bed and walked to the door.

"Edward" she called, sitting up in alarm "Where are you going?"

"To get my teeth!!" he replied.



Groan! Groan!




President Margaret

City & County's triples progress to national championships

Oxford Mail: City & County's successful teams. Back row (from left): Gail Gilkes, Donna Knight, Katherine Hawes. Front: Myra Lewis, Sue Mayo, Jeanette Berry.
City & County's successful teams. Back row (from left): Gail Gilkes, Donna Knight, Katherine Hawes. Front: Myra Lewis, Sue Mayo, Jeanette Berry.

OXFORD City & County will have two ladies triples at the national championships next month after coming through qualifying.

Sue Mayo, Myra Lewis and skip Jeanette Berry won both their games to book a place at Leamington, alongside Katherine Hawes' three with Donna Knight and Gail Gilkes.


Quarter-final: C Penson 12, K Hawes 15; P Ilott 11, R McIntyre 21; A Gilkes 12, J Gray 15; J Berry 22, K Jupp 9.

Semi-final: K Hawes 33, R McIntyre 4; J Gray 10, J Berry 25.

BOWLS: Hawes facing new test with England

Oxford Mail: Katherine HawesKatherine Hawes

Katherine Hawes faces a journey into the unknown after being given a late call-up by holders England for the British Isles Women's International Series in Jersey, starting on Sunday.

The Oxford City & County star, who was in the team as England recorded a clean sweep of wins over Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Jersey in Glasgow last year, was originally named as a reserve.

But she gets her chance with Derbyshire's Jean Baker unwell.

Hawes will play No 3 in a rink skipped by Lincolnshire's Penny Strong, which also features Wor-cestershire's Sue Davies at lead and Derbyshire's Jo Skelton.

The England team is familiar territory for Hawes, but she and her teammates face a new test as they will be competing on an artificial green at Les Creux over the three days.

She said: "Until we get over there for practice it is a bit of an unknown.

"It is the first time an international series has been played on an artificial green.

"It should be quite interesting. Speaking to some of the Jersey girls, it is quite breezy there and it can be quite a tricky surface.

"Hopefully it will be a bit quicker than over here where the greens have been pushy."

Hawes also received a late call-up for England's indoor side in March when Baker was ill.

And she grabbed her opportunity in stunning fashion by being named player of the series as England retained the Clara Johns Trophy in Durham.

She added: "I will just take what happened from the indoors and try and play well outdoors, and if I do that I will be quite happy.

"Hopefully we can put it all together outdoors and come back with a success." 

Ciy & County welcomes the Queens Baton
"Oxford City and County Bowls Club were represented at Cutteslowe Park/Sunnymeade Park during the festivities which saw the arrival in Oxford of the Queens Baton on its journey to Scotland for the Commonwealth Games.
Our Bowls Club, together with many other sports were showing off their wares and all seemed to be attracting much interest.
From our standpoint the many schools which were represented were keen to 'have a go' and here you see one of our coaches, Graham Kerr introducing youngsters to our great sport.  
Many parents and teachers expressed an encouraging interest - so lets hope we see some of them at our club in the near future.
Colin Pollard, along with Helen Toms, Graham Kerr and Bob Scholes were in attendance from around 11.00am to get things set up and moving -  and later in the day Rosemary Phelps and Gary Gray took over to keep the momentum going.  It was also encouraging to see other members from our club making an appearance too".



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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