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For Witney Town Bowls Club

 October 2017








Forthcoming Events

Bingo and Supper-  Sat 4th November 7pm

Autumn Bazaar      - Sat 11th November 10am-2pm

Pavilion Maintenance Day - Tues 14thNovember

Annual General Meeting    - Sun 26th November @ 3pm


Welcome to the indoor season, no more ‘wets’ to pack for a few months, hooray!!


The outdoor summer bowling was ‘put to bed’ on Saturday 7th October with our Annual Presentation Lunch. This year we headed over to Millets Farm Centre to Limbricks restaurant, a new venue which proved a popular choice as we had 66 members and friends in attendance! The feedback has been very positive, with most agreeing that the venue, food and service were excellent.

Ian and Mavis did a good job of polishing the trophies which Alan then presented to this year's winners. Congratulations to all our finalists and well done to everyone that took part in the club competitions this season. The other ‘winners’ on the day were those that held the right tickets in the well supported post-meal raffle, thank you!


This summer also saw several club players do well in County Competitions:- congratulations to Brian Smith on winning the Alison Cup, and Tim Ludlow, who secured victory over Brian Bloomfield in the Longford Cup. Brian B’s squad reached the quarterfinals of the men's County 4’s but were defeated at Headington, after a long round trip from the Isle of Wight!

Not to be outdone Caroline and co reached the quarterfinals in the Ladies county triples and pairs, but suffered narrow defeats in both. However, some of our ladies did enjoy more success, Barbara Singh and Sandra Grindrod came out on top in the county unbadged pairs competition, and Irene Whatmore was paired up with Pam Shepherd of Banbury Central in the Blay Benevolent Trophy, and they were the eventual winners. Shirley Crick represented Witney Town as Ladies singles winner in the county champion of champions, where she reached the semi- finals!

In our team events the Blues finished top of the West Ox league this year, the men came 3rd in division 2, and the ladies held a respectable mid table position. Our men's team also had an excellent run in the League Cup, reaching the final for the first time in the club's history, however their opponents Headington are old masters in this competition and proved too strong on the night.

Congratulations and well done to all on some excellent bowling this summer!


The milder weather has, of course heralded the start of the Indoor season, and this will be just as hotly contested both on the short mat and the long mat! We will follow the fortunes of our 3 teams in the West Ox short mat league, and also teams in the short mat 10’s, and then there's the Bob Edwards Trophy matches at Carterton and the City and County Tens competition on the long mat!

As always alongside the competitive bowling we have a number of ‘friendly’ fixtures to fulfil. Please make yourselves available for these ‘fun’ games as they provide valuable opportunities to socialise with members of other local clubs. Any Home fixtures will include a buffet tea so if you don't want to bowl but could help with preparing the tea please let Captain Brian know!!

As the winter season gets under way there has been a lot of enthusiasm for the short mat roll-up sessions. The large numbers that have attended on Monday afternoons and Friday mornings do however bring their own issues and the present arrangements may have to be adapted – for example fewer ends could be played before switching teams around, and those sitting out could have a ‘rolling’ tea break. Bowling could then be continuous giving people the opportunity to play more rather than sitting around waiting. After all, this is a ‘roll-up’ session not a match-play session, and we want everyone to enjoy it!


Sadly in recent months we have had to bid a final farewell to some of our longstanding members and friends. Bill Carvey was well known around the local Bowls circuit and a great supporter of our club alongside Jean. Hilda Grindrod continued bowling into her 90’s for Eynsham short mat club, and attended our own club socials with Kevin and Sandra for many years. We remember then fondly.


Thanks to members for your consideration to other users of the pavilion, Thursdays especially throughout the summer seemed to work well for both bowlers and Slimming World attendees! The dividing screens allowed access to changing rooms with minimal disruption to Corrina, and she was considerate in finishing sessions early on evenings when men's league matches were being played at home. Long may this arrangement continue as it and other lettings are bringing much needed revenue into the club.


Your help and support is requested with the club's Autumn Bazaar on Saturday 11th November, please speak to Irene if you can help on the day, and donations/ideas for fundraising are always welcomed! Let's hope the weather shows some support this year too and the sun shines on us all!


Tuesday 14th Novemberis a Pavilion Maintenance day; if you want to help with general cleaning, tiling or painting please put your name on the list. All help gratefully received!


Don't forget to attend the AGM on Sunday 26th November please! Any items for discussion must be received by Lyn Cooper at least 1 week prior to the meeting. We're also looking for new committee members and match selectors for the coming year, so don't be shy!!


Some Christmas dates for your diary……….

Christmas lunch Sun 10th December; Spartan Rangers Xmas Jumper Night Fri 15th December;

Grand Christmas Draw Fri 22nd December; New Year lunchSat 6th January.


Alan can provide more details about next year's trip to Okehampton starting 21st January, and for the bowls tour/winter sunshine break to Praia da Rocha, Portugal starting 8thOctober! Come along and enjoy the fun and friendship on one or both of these opportunities!


Winter well and happy bowling/ socialising to all members and friends!  










With all this year’s membership forms now in and counted, it is clear the club continues to grow and prosper; at the end of May we boasted 96 full playing members and 38 social members. The club’s popularity reflects the busy and varied programme both on and off the bowling green and mats – not to mention the hard work of the officers and the committee.

The Club Website

We must pay tribute to Mike Jones who acts as webmaster, because keeping the website up to date is a huge and never ending task. Well done indeed. Mike would welcome an understudy to learn the ropes and share the burden a little; any members interested and with the necessary IT and website skills please contact Mike - via the website, of course!

Social Events

The regular social programme continues, with several members going home at the end of May with their Bingo winnings. That supper was yet another amazing meal provided by the catering team.

Catering Team

The team does a great job but relies on all of you to play your part by taking a turn to prepare the match teas. So –

If you have not already signed up PLEASE NOW DO SO on the Tea Rota on the main  notice board.


Holiday time!

We are more than just bowlers! Future holidays are being planned for you and your friends and relatives. The exciting trip planned for Autumn 2018 is a bowls holiday to the Algarve in Portugal; details are overleaf. Let the organisers know of your interest. Lists are up in the pavilion for this, and for the annual January holiday in Okehampton. Both holidays are great value for money and lots of fun, so get your names down quickly.

Slimming World

The Thursday partnership arrangements have settled down nicely. Throughout both day and evening, access to the changing rooms has not been affected by the Slimming World sessions. There are signs of integration too, with some of our bowlers joining the slimming sessions and 2 of their customers trying out bowls!


League Results


Ladies League

A mid table position after very tight competitive matches.

17 May v West Witney Washed out by rain                     24 May v Carterton Win 10 -0

31 May v Banbury Central Loss 2 – 8                              7 June v Woodstock Win 8 – 2

15 June v Hanborough Loss 0 – 10                                  21 June v West Witney Win 8 – 2


Mens League

A strong start in May but the wheels fell off at Chippy!

11 May v Kidlington Win 5 – 1                            25 May v Witney Mills Win 3.5 – 2.5

8 June v Ch Norton Loss 1 – 5                             15 June v Adderbury Win 5 – 1


Westox Mixed League

A tight league this year and both teams have suffered defeats.


Burford Win 12 – 0                      Chestnuts 4 – 8                       Blues 2 – 10

Middle Barton 0 – 12                   Charlbury 8 – 4


Charlbury 10 – 2                           Aces 10 – 2                             Bloxham 1 – 11

Ch Norton 4 – 8                            Chestnuts 12 – 0                     Burford 8 - 4


Beech Hedge

Fred Hickman and his team have removed part of the beech hedge beside the flagpole to improve the view of the green from the verandah. The committee sounded members out about what to do with the cleared area. The  consensus was to pave the area to match the rest of the patio. Fred’s team will  do this work  later in the summer after the tree roots have rotted down.

Portugal Holiday Details

Friends and relatives are very welcome to come with us on our Algarve  holiday from 1st October 2018.

The holiday is for 14 nights at the Dom Jose Beach Hotel Quarteira, a   fishing village just outside the marina resort of Vilamoura. Included in the   holiday price are return flights from Gatwick and 4 bowls matches.

The cost for a sea view twin room is £795pp B & B or £945pp Half Board.  Single Supplement is £13 per night.  Excellent value - sign up now!


Ladies County Events

Our ladies have done us proud at recent Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies competitions. The Blay Trophy took place on our green at the end of May and our players excelled. Irene Whatmore and her partner won the trophy, beating Barbara Singh and her partner in a very close final. The Plate event was won by Shirley Crick and her partner.

Last weekend Sandra Grindrod and Barbara Singh won through to the final of the Unbadged Pairs competition, to be played at City & County at the end of July.


Well done indeed to all of you.






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