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  • 10 Dec 2018

    Online Entry available for 2019 National Competitions

    The online entry facility for the 2019 Bowls England National Competitions is now live.

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  • 06 Dec 2018

    Somerset's Mo Monkton honoured with Bowls England Certificate of Merit

    Somerset’s Mo Monkton is the latest recipient of the prestigious Bowls England Certificate of Merit, presented by Bowls England President Bill Smith and Director of Governance David Tucker, at the recent Bowls England Counties Meeting.

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  • 30 Nov 2018

    White and Gowshall claim Bowler of the Year awards

    Worcestershire’s Izzie White and Lincolnshire’s Amy Gowshall scooped the Bowls England Young Woman Bowler of the Year and Woman Bowler of the Year awards respectively at the Bowls England Women’s Annual Dinner and Presentation of Prizes in Solihull on Saturday (24th November).

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  • 22 Nov 2018

    Stalwarts Harvey and Weston honoured with Bowls England Certificate of Merit

    Buckinghamshire’s Ian Harvey and Worcestershire’s John Weston (pictured) are the latest recipients of the prestigious Bowls England Certificate of Merit, presented by Bowls England President Bill Smith at recent County Luncheons.



    Buckinghamshire’s Ian Harvey and Worcestershire’s John Weston (pictured) are the latest recipients of the prestigious Bowls England Certificate of Merit, presented by Bowls England President Bill Smith at recent County Luncheons.

    Bowls England awards the Certificate of Merit annually to individuals that have provided outstanding service to the sport of outdoor bowls at club and county level in England.

    Having joined Marlow BC in 1959, Ian has held continuous membership and has served a wide variety of roles including Secretary, President and Match Secretary to name just a few.

    Notably he has played a key role within the London and Southern Counties BA and also the Home Counties BA, and has found the time for fundraising, recruitment, development and management at club and county level. He also sat on the Bowls England International Events Committee. For his 30 years’ service as Area Secretary for the L&SC BA he was awarded their Gold Medal.

    In his early playing days, Ian played at International level from 1969 to 1973 and holds the record of nearly 500 appearances for Buckinghamshire, the first of which was in 1962, including playing more than 100 times in the Middleton Cup. In 1971 he won the National Triples and two years later was runner-up to David Bryant CBE in the National Singles.

    Ian said: “I was completely overwhelmed by the awarding of this prestigious award. It was not until the latter part of Bill’s speech that I became aware that he must be speaking about me and then to receive the award left me completely speechless – I was unable to speak after the presentation from Bill!

    “To receive such an award after over 60 years playing bowls was a very humbling experience, especially to receive it in front of my family, friends and peers. I am indebted to the County for nominating me for this award and for the approval by the Bowls England Committee.

    “I have been very fortunate to play at the highest levels in bowls and I hope to continue for a few more years yet!

    “It is a fantastic honour that I shall cherish forever and will wear the badge with great pride.”

    John, meanwhile, started bowling in the mid 1980’s and because of his enthusiasm was soon elected onto the Club Committee.

    In the late 90s, ‘Wesso’ became a member of the Worcestershire BA General Purposes Committee. He was President of his County Association in 2003 and the following year held the same role for the Three Counties BA, still being involved on their Committee. In 2005 he became President and Captain simultaneously at his club, Worcester BC, and was County Match Secretary – a position he held for seven years until 2013.

    In 2014 John became Chairman of Worcestershire Bowling Association and in the same year he was granted Life Membership of the Association. He has been the Team Manager for the senior team for several years and is currently Vice President of the Midland Counties BA. Since 2006, John has also been actively involved with the under 25s, holding the position of Team Manager as well as booking venues and supporting the team over the past decade.

    Following his award, John said: “For those people that know me, they will be fully aware that I am never short of a word or two, however on this occasion I was completely speechless. It was such a surprise and honour to be presented the Certificate of Merit by Bill at the County Luncheon and I am incredibly grateful.

    “To receive this award from your peers within the game is most rewarding and I shall always been indebted to those responsible from within my own County Officers and the Committee of Bowls England.

    “To be rewarded with this accolade and the many messages of congratulations since, it is a moment which I shall never forget.”

    Bowls England introduced the Certificate of Merit to recognise the work of volunteers to support the sport at Club and County level – from Secretaries and Treasurers to Greenkeepers 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.

    For more information on the Certificate of Merit, contact

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  • 19 Nov 2018

    Obituary: John Hall (Worcestershire)

    Bowls England regrets to inform you that John Hall, Past President of the English Bowling Association and former Chairman of World Bowls, sadly passed away on Sunday 18th November.

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