Bowls England introduced the Certificate of Merit in 2009 to recognise the work of volunteers who support the sport at Club and County level – from Secretaries and Treasurers to Green Keepers and Umpires.
The award is open to anyone who is involved with a club, county, organisation or association affiliated to Bowls England, except for those who have already received Life Membership or Honorary Membership of Bowls England.
Roll of Honour:
2019: Cyril Atkinson (Cumbria), George Batey (Northumberland), Jill Bowen (Herefordshire), Robert Hirst (Bedfordshire)
2018: Ian Harvey (Buckinghamshire), Mo Monkton (Somerset), Gordon Walker (Yorkshire), John Weston (Worcestershire)
2017: Geoffrey Chapman (Kent), John Church MBE (Northamptonshire), Graham Marriner (Hertfordshire)
2016: Michael Bannister (Kent), Christine Hore (Cornwall), Margaret Langley-Roberts (Buckinghamshire), Glyn Williams (Herefordshire)
2015: Ralph Archer (Bedfordshire), Thomas Besford # (Berkshire), Henry Franklin # (Oxfordshire), Spencer Kerley (Hampshire), Brian Watts # (Buckinghamshire), David Wederell (Somerset)
2014: Alwyn Baron (Yorkshire), John Cleverley (Northumberland), Charles Frederick (Cambridgeshire), Arnold Goad (Warwickshire), Kate Kyle (Leicestershire), James Laidler # (Durham), Jackie Taylor (Surrey), Margaret Tully (Gloucestershire)
2013: Donald Knight (Hertfordshire), Brian Matthews * (Berkshire), Anne Wilkinson # (Northumberland)
2012: No Certificates awarded
2011: Thomas Addison (Yorkshire), Jack Gray # (Herefordshire), Eileen Hopkins (Oxfordshire), Mike Poole (Hertfordshire), Mary Trevennen # (Cornwall), William Walton (Yorkshire), Mavis Wellington (Devon),
2010: Michael Brookfield (Devon), Robert Burch (Devon), Wendy Davies (Sussex), Gillian Jones (Durham), Beryl Meeson (Hertfordshire), Irene Molyneux (Oxfordshire), George Pike # (Wiltshire)
2009: David Counter (Devon), Ernest Douglass (Yorkshire), Don Draper (Durham), John Durston (Somerset), Stewart Laxton (Northamptonshire), David Powe (Hampshire), Eric Prior (Middlesex), Alan Quick # (Cornwall), Dennis Taylor (Suffolk)