Make a note to be at Leamington Spa National Championships where Oxford City & County Bowls Club Member

Carol Gaskins

is playing in the Senior Singles.


What a week this has been already and Carol could do the business and go for the Silverware. I am sure she will appreciate all your support.


The Weather Forecast is Windy, but Carol will blow the opposition away!


Monday 12th August, that's the date to be at Royal Leamington Spa for the 

National Championships,

and it's early in the Morning, 9.30am to be exact!

Our County Championship Ladies Triples Champions (Jeanette Berry, Jacky Gray and Sue Mayo) from Oxford City & County Bowls Club,, will be there to contest the National Championships.
Photo shows Jacky, Jeanette and Sue with the County Trophy.......... we all hope you come back with an even bigger one!



It's all about the National Championships in the month of August, and there's still a long way to go.


Although the Oxford City & County Bowls Club Ladies (Info & photo below) just missed out from reaching the quarter-finals, they put up a great fight and only just lost out to Gloucestershire 21-15.

Well done for those 2 superb wins on the first day that got you through to the last 16.
However, we still have plenty more matches in other Championship formats to come, so we will all be cheering you on!





Donna, Kathy, Carole and Karen, of Oxford City & County Bowls Club,


charge their way through day 1 of the Ladies Fours Competition at the Royal Leamington Spa, Bowls England National Championships.

With a great win in the morning, followed by another win in the afternoon, they are now in the Last 16 due to be played this morning (Wed 7th July) at 9.30.


If they manage to win that game, they will progress to the Quarter-Final at 2pm

Come-on you Girls!



What a superb day at Newbury Racecourse on Tuesday 6th July 2019.


Oxford City & County Bowls Club President John Jarvis organised a Coach trip from the Clubhouse to the Racecourse, which was enjoyed by everybody

(and even more so by the on-course Bookmakers!)


A few winners, a few losers but a great experience for all. Thanks Mr President!

Oxfordshire Bowls League, Thurs evening 25th July. Oxford City & County 'A' v. Chipping Norton

Chris Lewis waited patiently as the No.3 started measuring on the first end, only to hear those desperate words..5 Down! Panic? No, just rely on your team of Paul Lopez, Dennis Richens and Chris Mazey and Chris himself to do the business and end up winning after 18 ends by 24-15!

Mind you, Alan Lay's team managed to hold 6 on the first end but got scuppered on the final stretch to lose 18-20

Both skips, Colin Pollard and Othmar Sharif, scored well with 30 and 28 points respectively with Oxford City & County taking a superb 5-1 points win giving them a virtual unassailable lead in Division 2.



City & County 'B' Team played away at Burford and found the conditions a little tricky,finishing with a 3-3 point draw.

Things looked somewhat desperate towards the end of the Match and all eyes were on the Four of Bob Heavens, Rob Lucas, Ron Howes and Peter Boyle who were playing against the Burford Captain and County Player John Hurren and his merry men. All the 'B' team looked up towards the Heavens to make sure their rink didn't lose by more than 3 points...and they survived! Losing by just the one point on his Rink mean't that Bob's Team was the deciding factor on the overall draw between City & County and Burford.


It looks like the poor early season form of the 'B' Team will be a factor in whether they stay in Division 4 next year.

Click this link below to view today's (25/7/19)


Oxford Mail


coverage of the Oxford Bowls League



YES, I know that the Outdoor Rinks are buzzing in the good weather but

the INDOOR game is still thriving at


Oxford City & County Bowls Club


during the summer months.



Roll-Ups, Leagues and competitions are in full swing and The Summer Indoor Pairs Competition is getting towards the final games with Elaine & Trevor Gethins looking favourites in Section A and Geoff Powell and Jane Walker cruising to a sure -fire win in Section 2.

Looking at the tables, 2nd and 3rd places are still up for grabs, so get all the remaining matches in soon. There are still over 10 games to be played before the series of Finals between the 2 sections.



The 'Rawnsley Spud' competition appears to be bringing in 'Triffid' style claims but I am finding out that I don't seem to possess 'green fingers'. My secret fertiliser appears to be killing off my efforts rather than promoting them. Now, who was it that told me Fox poo promoted growth?🦊

Look under "IMAGE GALLERY" in Main Menu 
to see photos from 
The Sobell House Charity Day
held at Oxford City & County Bowls Club on
Saturday 13th July!

On Saturday 27th July, there will be a small Celebration to Dedicate the Opening of the New Conservatory


Drinks and Nibbles will be available 6.30-7.00pm



Another Landmark in the continuing modernisation of the Club and it's Facilities and our thanks go to all those that helped to make it possible.



Oxford City & County Bowls Club


whether you bowl Outdoors on either of the 2 large Greens or Indoors on the 6 Rinks



The Pride of the South!
























We have just learned that the


Funeral for Irene Molyneux


will take place at


Headington Crematorium on the 25th July at 11am


Many of the Oxford City & County Club Members and also those from all areas of the World will remember Irene and her prowess on the Bowls Rinks.


Irene attained the highest accolades of the Sport, playing for England and winning Gold and Bronze Medals.


You are invited to a the Club after the funeral to remember her amongst the Greens that she loved so much.






Oxford City and County Bowls Club remember


Irene Molyneux


with great affection



It is with deep regret that we have to report the passing of One of Oxford City & County Bowls Club outstanding Bowlers


Irene Molyneux played for the Club, Oxfordshire County and England,

winning the

Gold Medal in the fours and the Bronze Medal in the Pairs

at the World Outdoor Bowls Championships at Toronto

in 1981.


Irene also held Two National Champion Titles in 1991 and 1996


Funeral arrangements will be published as soon as they are known


A FANTASTIC 'Runaway' Home win for Oxford City & County 'A' against Adderbury on Thursday evening with all 4 rinks taking maximum 6 points in the important Division 2 'Head of the Table' battle. 

The Chris Lewis team of Lewis/ Lopez/Richens/Mazey were the star performers of the night with a 22-7 on rink 2.


AND THE 'B' TEAM also keep their new found winning ways with another amazing 'Full House' win with all 4 rinks taking superb WINS against the away match with Oxford University Press.

Bob Heavens, Ken Buckingham, Terry Gripe and Mark Plested all skipped their teams to a resounding 6-0 point advantage and begin to close the gap in the Oxfordshire Division 4 table standings



'B'Team Skips Strut their Style in front of Oxford C&CBC roving reporter and Photographer Geoff Powell










are now available on 'Image gallery' on the Main menu
They can also be seen on the Oxford City and County Bowls Club Facebook page
in 'Club News' on the Main menu,
An absolutely FABULOUS Day for our very own J.J (John Jarvis) on his President's Day at
Oxford City & County Bowls Club.

It started with a 'Spider' for a bottle of Bubbly and 'fizzed' for the rest of the afternoon!
Thanks to all the Visitors from other Clubs who br
ought a Team
and all the 'City & County' Members who made them doubly welcome.
It didn't matter who won, because the day was such a success with over £500 collected for
the Presidents Charity 'Dementia Oxfordshire'








Lots of Superb Christmas, Birthday & Social Cards at Bargain Prices!


All on View in the Clubhouse, just come and choose yours

Prices from 50p

All proceeds to Charity







Oxford City & County Bowls Club 'A' Team had a close win against Charlbury BC 

 in The Oxfordshire Bowls League, Division 2.

Playing away at Charlbury, the result was 60-64 with 4 points to Oxford C&C and 2 for Charlbury


Once again, Chris Lewis skipped his team of Paul Lopez, Dennis Richens and Chris Mazey to a superb 11 point win with Alan Ley also skipping a winning team



 Unfortunately the 'B' Team is going through a difficult period and registered another loss...but hope is on the Horizon, spirits are high and the good times are due to come back soon!

 Linslade Bowls Club hosted a friendly match between the County Teams from The Oxfordshire Bowling Association and Bedfordshire County Bowls Association.


There was a good contingent of Oxford City & County Bowls Club members in the Oxfordshire Team and many others who also Bowl in the Indoor Rinks during the winter period.


Here are a few photos that can also be seen on the Oxford City and County Bowls Club Facebook Page, where there is also a short Video Clip.
























Happy Birthday to Peter Boyle


......and what a Great Cake from his Family to help Celebrate this super occasion. 


The Renovations to the Oxford City & County Bowls Club Conservatory are progressing fast


......another improvement from your Management  and Projects Team that makes this Club the Very Best in the whole Area!






Club President John Jarvis and Vice President Chris Lewis

started the new season with a 'Spider' Competition for a beautiful 1 Litre bottle of Grouse Whisky that had been very kindly donated by JOHN HOLDEN, one of our in-door Players.

Our sincere thanks to you John!

The 'Spider' was followed by a hard fought 6-rink game in stunning weather between sides supporting The President and Vice-President.







 .      2019 Oxford City and County Bowls Club

President's Charity



The Dementia Oxfordshire Service is part of Age UK Oxfordshire and we support Clients over 65years of age, with a diagnosis of dementia and registered with a GP in Oxfordshire.

We supports not only those with dementia but their families and carers, to access appropriate services. We aim for individuals to live as well as possible, for as long as possible, in their own homes and remain active in the community. We also organise, support and signpost to dementia friendly groups and activities in Oxfordshire such as carers support groups and memory cafés. After our initial home visits, we remain a point of contact for our Clients and carers offering six monthly reviews. 


As the dementia progresses additional support maybe required including benefits, financial advice and guidance for families and carers. We also provide information on planning and end of life care including the often difficult decision about respite or moving into a care home facility. We guide and support families through this delicate and often complex process.


Our Service also has a Dementia Support Line, 01865 410210, manned by us the Dementia Advisers and is available for anyone, including Clients, relatives, carers and professionals to phone any time Monday –Friday 9-5pm. We are able to take self or family referrals and provide advice with appropriate practical/emotional support. Sometimes we may just be a listening ear when needed, often in times of crisis. Callers seem to appreciate they are calling a local service with an extensive knowledge of local services across Oxfordshire.



a member of 

Oxford City & County Bowls Club

has Magnificently fought through to

The Singles Finals Stages of the NATIONAL Under 18 Championships!
To be held at Church Gresley Indoor Bowls Club In Derbyshire on March 17th 2019.
Fantastic achievement Jonathan, give it your best!

The Youngsters enjoying a Saturday Morning Coaching session at

Oxford City & County Bowls Club


If you know a prospective Young Bowler that would like to become a good Club Bowler or graduate to becoming a National or International Bowler, then Contact Rosemary Phelps or Graham Kerr who would be pleased to help with Bowls Coaching.


Photo of Rosemary and Graham with a few of the Youngsters enjoying their training



More Photos in 'IMAGE GALLERY' in the Main menu under the year 2019

Please Take Extra Care on our Superb Indoor Rinks yes



The Indoor Bowls Carpet needs Your help to maintain it's Longevity and trueness of Play. Here are a few pointers that we must all consider when playing indoors:-


  1. Always wear bowling shoes with perfectly flat soles. 'Trainers' or other types of shoes with a tread on the soles can damage the carpet fibres and must not be used.
  3. Please do not wear your Bowling shoes outside for any reason, change them before venturing out of the club. Popping out to the car risks taking a stone, or some contaminant, onto the carpet resulting in considerable damage. If you do need to go out for a smoke, have you thought of adding a pair of 'shoe slip-overs' to your Bowling equipment?
  5. You must not use grippo or glycerine and rose water on your bowls. These will quickly get transferred to the carpet and cause expensive damage.
  7. Do not take food or drink onto the bowling green. It is easy to drop crumbs, chocolate or sticky sweets on to the carpet and coffee or sugary drinks will cause serious staining if spilled on to the bowling surface. 

And Finally, Please, No running on the Rink, it can damage the carpet and we don't want you to have any accidents by falling over or accidental contact with other Bowlers.

  2. Please pay attention to the above “rules” which apply to all, whether as a Visitor or a member, you know it makes sense, and it is for everybodys benefit. wink

Go to Wessex League on the Main menu!

Disability Bowls Development Workshop Saturday 1st December 2018

2 Bowls Coaching Staff from Oxford City & County Bowls Club and a further 7 Bowlers from Oxford, Bucks and Berks attended a workshop at Oxford City & County B.C. provided by George Babalev of the Bowls Development Alliance and Lee Smith from Disability Bowls England.

A general classroom element was followed by practical demonstration and practice on the Rinks, showing the great range of equipment that is available for the Disabled Bowler.
Many able-bodied bowlers purely think only of wheelchair users as being 'disabled' but the word covers a multitude of medical disabilities and this workshop showed that a great number of people, who think they might never be able to play a sport, could easily take up and be competitive at the Game of Bowls with help, coaching and training. 


Here are a few photos from the 'Workshop'









After weeks of anticipation, Bowls International have officially launched The Hotshots of Bowls calendar for 2019, which is raising money for Cancer Research UK and Bloodwise. 

Organisers Sian Honnor, Natalie Chestney and Lorraine Kuhler have already far exceeded their initial target of £2,000 and to date more than £8,900 has been raised including Gift Aid.

Almost 60 English bowlers, men and women of a variety of ages, have taken part in the nude calendar, which offers a humorous take on the game of bowls whilst aiming to promote friendship in sport.

The inspiration behind the effort is fellow bowler Hannah Overton, 29, who was diagnosed with Leukaemia in July.
The calendar, which is sponsored by Bowls International, has received support from Taylor Bowls, Aero Bowls, Drakes Pride and Henselite.

Bowlswear Direct owners Chris and Pete Young have also pledged their generous support to the cause and will be the official distributor.

Calendars cost £10 plus postage, are available through the Bowlswear Direct website:

If you would like to donate instead, go to  
Hot Shots Calendar


Latest Laws for Indoor Bowls...Please read!




A few photos from the Oxfordshire Masonics  v Buckinghamshire Masonics held at Oxford City & County Bowls Club on Tuesday 30th October 2018.


Oxfordshire Masonics won by a few 5 points overall! A very close Match.


















A very warm welcome to you all for the Indoor Season and especially to those members who have been away at other clubs for the summer Outdoor Season. The first few games in the indoors leagues have distinctly shown the readjustments needed after playing outdoors as rink after rink display a line of bowls played into the end gutters. Nevertheless the banter and laughter in the hall readily shows the spirit of the game and the great social element of the matches

We wish you all a very successful and enjoyable season and our substantial thanks for your contributions in making the leagues such fun occasions.




We would also like to draw attention to the numerous friendly matches to be played against other clubs during the next few months and into the New Year. The notices for these individual matches are displayed on the notice board on the wall just as you turn into the dining area of the club. Any member can sign up for these matches





We especially encourage newer members to play in these friendly matches as they are a great way to broaden your experience in a competitive situation especially when the end result is not of too great importance, although it is always a much better feeling to win. Apart from the practice you will get to improve your game, there is also the experience of contributing your effort to the team and of learning the significance of playing at different positions in a team. It is not always about getting your bowl on the jack as tactical positioning and trying to follow instructions from your skip are skills that develop gradually. It is interesting to visit other local clubs partly to see their facilities, meet new people and in having to adjust your game to unfamiliar surroundings and conditions.




Most importantly, after the match there is food and refreshment and a lot of socialising to do.


Participation in these friendly matches is a terrific way to show your support for the club.

It is amazing how you will find that others will offer friendly advice to help you improve your game. You will make many new friends which extends into a lively and vibrant and inclusive social atmosphere around the club.  




It is with these thoughts in mind that we wish to reach out to as many members as possible to ask that you help us make this season programme of friendly matches a great success by joining in whenever you would like to and are able to. 

See the 'WESSEX LEAGUE' in the Main Menu!



16 Club Champion Bowlers from all over Oxfordshire descended onto the Greens at Oxford City & County Bowls Club. Unfortunately the weather decided to turn very wintery and the Competitors had to really work hard in the difficult conditions of wind and rain.


However, after all games had been played and the final pairing announced, everybody knew there was going to be a Red-Hot Final to watch.


It couldn't have been closer, but Howard Watts just managed to 'pip' Sam Watts by a meagre 1 point...21 -20 !!!


Congratulations to all Competitors and to the two fantastic Finalists.


photo:- Howard Watts receives the Trophy from OBA President Eddie Dorling


Summer Indoor League Finals         and       The Potato Challenge


Here are the Champions!.....


Bryan Slatter Trophy Drawn Pairs.............Sally Bentley and Geoff Powell

Runners-up...........................................                  June Steel and Ed Bentley







Mixed Pairs..................................................... Sally & Ed Bentley

Runners-up........................................................... Hilary Price & Alister Smith





League Champions...................................... 'Team Maples'  consisting of:-

                                                                  Trevor Gethins, Jean Rolfe, Elaine Gethins, Cynthia Young, Trevor Young Jenny Fonge





And now...The Potato Challenge Champions of 2018


The Potato Challenge is an historical Rawnsley Ritual whereby 20 or so avid Greenfinger Bowling Gardeners are given a bucket and a single seed potato to pit their harvesting skills during the summer season to produce


'The Great Spud Bucket-off'


And the winners are.....................


Heaviest Crop..............................Linden French with massive 9lb 7oz

Largest Single Potato..................Jane Walker with a magnificent 1lb 1oz Solanum Tuberosum

The Oxford Bowls Tour to the Isle of Wight, Sept 2018.

All the Bowlers having fun and a laugh after having a superb day in Competition against various Isle of Wight Lawn Bowls Clubs. By all accounts, they are better at 'Proper' Bowls than in the 'Tenpin' lanes!





John Drage trying his hand at TenPin Bowling and by the looks of his and Keano's expression, I think it best if he keeps to the Real Sport of Lawn Bowls!


The summer Sun is still with us, so get out on the Greens while you can! 

The Oxford City & County Bowls Club Competition Finals are on 8/9th Sept followed by OBA Champion of Champions on 22/23rd of Sept 


and THEN..........

on the 24th Sept, the Outdoor Greens will close for the winter period and stay closed until the 2019 season starts in the Spring!


However, don't worry, The Indoor season is nearly with us, so get in some practice on the indoor rinks and be ready for all those Club matches that you want to enter!

If you haven't seen the NEW LED lights over the Indoor Rinks, you will be in for a very pleasant experience.

Last few Club Matches of the season coming up.


Two away matches, one against Begbroke on the 25th August and one against Middle Barton on Saturday 1st September followed by home matches against Waddesdon on Sunday 2nd September and Thame on Thursday 6th September. Your last chance to represent the Club in an Outdoors match in 2018, so get your name on the board and experience how good it is to play. You will then be ready for Next Season!

Not sure of the format, what you need to wear, how to enter, or any other details? Ask Graham in the Office or just about anyone who looks like they might know. Don't be shy, it's easy, no pressure and good fun. Give it a go before the Summer Outdoor Season closes! The way to improve is to play against other Bowlers of any ability. Remember, everybody (including the Club Champion) had to start somewhere.


Don't forget the Club Competition Finals Weekend on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th of September.



All the Finalists in the many knockout comps will be doing battle to become Champions. If you are not one of those Fantastic Finalists, come along and cheer, have a drink and a snack and enjoy the last of the summer sunshine in style!




                                                                                                                                                                                                   Read What Bob Scholes had to say on our Facebook Page.:-








'Bob Scholes.... As a rider to the above may I encourage anyone who has never been to our club, to come along and soak in the atmosphere and friendliness that particular there are home matches on the 2nd and 6th Sept.....never know, you might get the 'bug' ! Certainly would be great to see you all.'


At the end of the National Championships, we will update the superb results attained by The Oxford City and County Bowls Club Ladies.

Just to qualify for the Championships is a Major achievement!

Well done to all.



News just in from Sue Mayo


Congratulations to all our Fantastic Ladies who have qualified for the


National Finals at


Leamington Spa in August


  • Katherine Hawes and Donna Knight qualifiers in the Ladies Pairs


  • Karen Galloway has qualified for the Ladies Singles


  • Sue Mayo, Jacky Gray, Carol Penson and Jeanette Berry qualified for the Ladies Fours


  • Carol Gaskins is representing Oxfordshire in the Senior Singles!


  • Katherine Hawes has also reached the last 16 at Leamington Spa in the Champion of Champions.
  • Zoe Pratley has qualified for the Junior Singles. Bravo Zoe!  
  • And here is the Timetable for The Oxford City & County Bowls Club Ladies.
  • List supplied by Sue Mayo 




Sunday 5th August -11.30 -junior singles - Zoe Pratley -C green

Monday 6th August - 2.00 - fours - Sue Mayo, Jacky Gray, Carol Penson and Jeanette Berry -B green

Wednesday 8th August - 10.30 - Champion of Champions - Katherine Hawes - C green

Thursday 9th August - 2.00 -4 wood singles - Karen Galloway - B green

Saturday 11th August - 9.30 - Senior singles - Carol Gaskins - B green

Tuesday 14th August - 2.00 - two wood singles - Katherine Hawes - D green

Wednesday 15 August - 2.00 - pairs - Donna Knight and Katherine Hawes - B green

Saturday 1st September - 11.30 - Amy Rose - D green


So Many Oxford City & County Bowls Club successes with all these great qualifiers in the Leamington Spa Finals in August.



If you haven't been before, then this is the Time to Go. It really is a super event and you can cheer on the Girls!


See You There!


Many Thanks to Sue Mayo for her efforts in compiling this list.







Colin Pollard and his Merry Men/Women organised a Superb Charity Day for Sobell House and raised well over £2000!!!!


Many thanks to everybody who entered a Team, or just helped/ turned up to watch and donated to the Cause.

You all made it a Great Success.


John Drage's Team which consisted of John Drage and Karen & Andrew Galloway were the worthy winners with Colin Pollard's Team in Second Place.


 A few Photos from the Day can be seen in 'MATCH REPORTS

It is with great sadness that we announce that Peter passed away on Thursday 7th June 2018
Peter was a respected Member of the Oxford City & County Bowls Club.
He was President in 2003 and until very recently headed the Management Committee as Chairman,
only standing down this year due to ill health.
He will be greatly missed by all.
Our thoughts are with Rosemary during this difficult time.




Congratulations Donna.


It gives me great pleasure to report that Donna Knight has won The National Championship Ladies Singles title, at Leamington.


This is the first time ever, that Oxfordshire has had this honour. It is a marvellous achievement so well done Donna.


Our Ladies Fours did us proud too, tied at twenty-one ends, holding shot, until the very last wood somehow got through the pack and took the end.  Such a shame to lose like that.  Disappointing, but ladies you all did well to get there.

                                                                                                                                                                      President's day was a very happy day, and I must thank everyone for taking part and making it so successful. I received some lovely flowers, gifts, and cards. To all of you, who helped organise it, thanks once again.


We have one more Touring team, to come to us on September 7th, so please try and support the club, as you have done all season. 

                                                                                                                                                                      Club Finals weekend is on September 10-11th, so I wish every-one involved, the very best of luck.


Maggie's Charity Social Night is the September 16th,"The Crimps," are the group playing, and tickets are available from Jenny, Jane Walker, and Geoff Powell.

                                                                                                                                                                      Please make a note that Macmillan Coffee morning will be held at the club on Sept.26 at 10am.If you can attend, please bring a cake ,and a raffle prize, as it is for a good cause.


Changing a Light Bulb.

An elderly man with one arm bumped into an old friend.

"Where are you off to?" asked the friend.

"To change a light bulb," replied the one-armed man.

"That will be a bit difficult for you, won't it?"

"Not really, "said the one-armed man. "I kept the receipt."





 July has been a very busy and successful month for the club and its members.

Going to Leamington for the National Championships are these successful ladies,


Two wood singles; Jeannette Berry, and Myra Lewis.



Singles; Kathy Hawes and Donna Knight.


Fours; Karen Galloway, Margaret Stacey, Carol Gaskins and Carol Penson.


Congratulations to you all, I hope club members will give you lots of support.


We went to Southbourne, Bournemouth for our annual seaside outing. It was very well organised by Helen Kingsley, ably assisted by Colin Pollard. Weather was excellent, the picnic was a great success, except I got fined for dropping food, oh well! The bowls went well and Southbourne Club were great company. Hope to have a return fixture with them.


On July 11th, the club welcomed the Dennyside Association. This is a Charity raising organisation men's team that go around the country, raising money for local charities. Helen and Douglas House were the charity of the day, and the amount raised was a wonderful ÂŁ2,2OO. This was a most enjoyable day for me as they were such gentlemen. Thank you Dennyside.


We also had a successful charity day for Sobell House, again well organised by Colin Pollard and we raised ÂŁ1833.25. Well done to all that participated.


Wedding Night Nerves

A seventy-seven-year-old man married a girl almost 50 years his junior. As he climbed into bed for the first time with his bride, he said, "Did your mother tell you what to do on your wedding night?" "Yes, she told me everything" replied the girl, kissing him gently. "Good" said the elderly gentleman, turning out the light, "because I've forgotten".

President Vicky.


It was received with great sadness, the news that Harold Winstone passed away on June 17 2016.

He was a well-loved and respected member of our club. A former President of The Oxfordshire Bowling Assocation, a Club President and Company Secretary, his influence over many years,has helped to make this club what it is today. He will be sadly missed.                                                                                                 The funeral is on July 8 at


We welcomed a new touring side from Sherwood Park, it was their first visit to us.

They were a lovely group and very friendly.Hope we can repeat this fixture again next year,as it is always our aim to encourage and welcome any touring teams.     One small critisism, trying to make five balanced happy rinks from twenty players available, was no easy task, as all captains know, Some players were not content with their positions, so perhaps this is the time to repeat The Selectors Prayer.  

Blessed are they who can play sport,

Blessed are they who can still be taught.

Blessed are they who accept with grace,

To play in any selected place.  


With respect to Harold, I will not include a joke this month,but would like to send our condolences to Greta and his family on behalf of the club,

President Vicky.



Hi Everyone

We had a good game against our friends from Cheltenham, and managed to win. Nice to have seven rinks in use.We meet again,away on June 11.  

It was such a shame that the Watlington match was rained off,as we will not meet them again until next year.


The Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies Blay Cup drawn pairs was won by Jeannette Berry and Jan Gore. Well done both of you.



Last Tuesday the club hosted the E.B.A versus E.I.B.A.

The weather was so wet they decided to play indoors,and produced a great afternoon of bowls with much laughter.

Fourteen counties were represented,Lancaster down to Cornwall.  The Indoors just won by two shots.

Jenny,Julie and Linzie produced 83 meals,afterwards, a wonderful job,and everyone said how well they enjoyed it,

so ladies ,I say, Thankyou for a marvellous effort                                                                                        

Photo By Karen Galloway


Anniversary Celebration                                                                                                                                                              

Two men were chatting in a bar. "Isn,t it your Fiftieth wedding anniversary soon?" asked one of them.                                    

"Yes, it is," said the other.                                                                                                                                                                

"And are you going to do anything to celebrate?".                                                                                                                            

"Well, for our Twenty-Fifth, I took my wife to Australia".

"So maybe for our Fiftieth,I,ll go and fetch her.. ."




Club Finals Day was very good, and I think everyone enjoyed the meal and presentations,I know I did!

Thanks to Jackie and Gary Gray for their organisation.

Pics of some of the winners



Photo By Karen/Andrew Galloway



The Club laid on a coach to Wembley Stadium for the final of the Johnstons Paint Trophy, in which OXFORD UTD faced BARNSLEY 


Photo By Karen/Andrew Galloway



Onwards to the Outdoor Season,we were lucky so far with the weather,chilly,but dry.The greens bowled well.

The game against Witney Town was a close match,which we just won. With nine rinks in use, it was good to see everyone enjoying themselves.

Please continue to put your name down for matches, and support our club.



Three men who were a little hard of hearing, were walking along the street on a blustery day.

One said,"Windy, isnt it"?

"No",said the second, "Its Thursday".

The third man said,"So am I, lets have a beer"

Tens' Final Sunday 10th April.

Report By Alan Holmes


City & County won a thrilling final against Carterton by 3.5 pts to 1.5pts (shots 82 to 69)



Singles; A hard fought and thoroughly entertaining game throughout, with the scores level at 20 all, Chris Weedon for Carterton won the game with his last bowl.

Peter Boyle of City & County being the unlucky loser.


Pairs; Jacky Gray and Othman Sharif were always in control of this game, running out comfortable winners 22 to 14.


Triples; A strong City and County team consisting of Margaret Stacy. Rosemary Phelps and Jeanette Berry found themselves down 11 shots to 1 at 5 ends, and after 11 end they still trailed by 15 shots to 4, they went on to win the next 7 ends to win their match  19 - 15.


Fours; The team consisted of our Club President Vicky Harrison, Geoff Powell, Gary Gray and John Drage.

Despite dropping a 7 on the 10th end the hung in with steady scoring and managed to finish with a well-earned draw 19 shots each,


Paul Holt from Newbury Building Society (our sponsors) came along to present the Runners up cheque to Wendy Sandy of Carterton and the winner's cheque and trophy to Vicky Harrison of City and County.

My thanks to all the spectators who attended.

And well done City and County.


The Club hosted the annual Oxfordshire IBA Mens versus OWIBA Ladies, which proved to be highly competitive .

The ladies won by six shots . Well done ladies


Also held here was the Four President,s game Marvellous afternoon,some excellent bowling was achieved  

Presidents : OWIBA Dulcie Smith, OIBA Robin McStay, C&C Vicky Harrison, OBA Bill Jarvie   , OWBA Wendy Cross


The OBA men won by a very narrow margin..

Easter Tournament was enjoyed by all. Winner,s were the ;JAGS; June Steel, Geoff Powell and Andy Crawley.


County Fours Final was held at Chipping Norton, Sam Watts,Adie Twinn,Chris Earl and Ray Gaskins took the Trophy by one shot.

Very good game,nice picture in the Oxford Mail.  

Sam Watt,s and Chris Earl did not do so well in the County Pairs.They lost to Carterton.

Terry Gripe also lost the Over 60s Singles.

The ladies however had remarkable success in their County Finals. We swept the board,and won all Four Titles.



Jeannette Berry won the Singles and with Margaret Stacey,s assistance won the Pair,s . Helped by Rosemary Phelp,s they went on to win the Triples. The Four,s added Karen Galloway to the mix, coming in as a late substitute for Carol Gaskin,s who unfortunately couldn,t make it ,Karen played very well. So ladies a great boost  for the Club,s History! Well done, a Brilliant Acchievement


A little old man shuffled into an Ice-cream parlour, pulled himself slowly and painfully up on to a stool, and ordered a banana split.

The waitress asked "Crushed Nuts?"

No he replied "Arthritis"!.  


President Vicky.


I am very proud and honoured to be your President for 2016, and thank you all for your kind words and encouragement 

The AGM went very smoothly this year. A major change is to the Secretary, Harold Winstone,he has served us so well for many years. He has stepped down due to ill health. We owe him a real debt of gratitude. Thank you Harold, please continue your journey back to fitness .

Past President Vic Bye,who did a grand job as President last year,has bravely taken up the position of Company Secretary.

Thankyou also to Richard Jackson,who gave us a brilliant reminder of how good our Fire Security is covered. His explanation was very well received.

Jane Walker and Geoff Powell had a very enjoyable joint birthday bash and also raised ÂŁ900 pounds for their chosen charity, Maggies.

On the bowling front Ladies County Fours, Margaret, Carol, Rosemary and Jeannette won through to the next round, results are on the Website. Club competitions are proceeding well, I will look forward to the finals.


A little joke to finish on ---- A man arrived home from work and noticed that his father seemed to be avoiding the grandchildren. "What's the problem?." he asked. "You usually love playing with them." The old man produced a medicine prescription from his pocket and said,"Read the label.Thats why!" The son took the bottle and read the label. "Take two pills a day. KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN."


President Vicky

This is my last prattle. It has been a great honour to be president of this wonderful Club.
I would like to thank all of you for your support during the year. I hope the same support will be given to the next president.
Special thanks must go to the members, staff and caterers who made the Junior International Weekend in September such a great success. I feel that it certainly put City & County Bowls club on the international bowls map.
This was held on Sunday 24th January. I asked for everyone to wear green. Some members even came as elves? The spider was won by John Drage and the highest rink went to A Keen D Richens R Lucas and C Pollard (the elves).
My thanks to you all for supporting this game as a result of the spider and the raffle I will be sending a cheque to Macmillan Cancer Support for ÂŁ 250.00.
Club Matches
Once again thanks to all the members who put themselves forward to play matches, it has been a great help to the captains
Finally I must thank my wife Liz for all her support during my year in office.



Christmas Club Night is on Saturday 9th January.

There will be a selection of quizzes and games. Come along and have some fun



The draw was held on Friday 11th December.There was a good selection of prizes and it raised ÂŁ 322.00 for the club. Thanks to Sue and Jeanette for getting the prizes.



This was well attended and raised ÂŁ 190.00 for the club. Thanks to Sue Lacey, Sue Mayo and Colin Pollard for the organisation.



This is being held on Sunday 24th January commencing at 2.15p.m.  Everyone plays. It will be a normal 2l end game with a meal to follow so please sign up and come along for an enjoyable afternoon's bowling.  Dress will be casual but bowling shoes must be worn please wear anything green.








Christmas Club Night is on Saturday 6th December.

The Witney Town Band will be providing a programme of Christmas Carols and Songs.  All for only ÂŁ6.00.


The draw will be held on Friday 11th December aWhere else would you get a turkey or a duck, a bottle of whisky or bottle of Baileys, or a grocery hamper for 20p!


It is a shame that the entries are down on many of the competitions.

The draw for all Club Competitions has now taken place and the relevant sheets are on the notice boards.  Please note carefully the play-by dates and whether you are the Challenger or not.  It would be helpful to everyone - players and Competition Secretaries - if you could get your games played in good time wherever possible and avoid leaving it to the last minute.

I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year









Entry forms for all club competitions are now on the Notice Boards so please give it a go this year - you never know your luck.  Closing date is 6th November so there is still time to get your form in.



The ladies played in the Masons Trophy and have won against Whiteknights (49 - 28) and Handy Cross (42- 34)

However, in the Yetton they lost to West Berks 66 -79.


The men played Foxhills in the Denny Cup and won 75- 67.

In the Over 60's double rink the B side beat Foxhills 44 - 41

But lost to West Berks in the next round


The A side have to play Oxford & District


The draw sheets for our Christmas Draw are now up - one by the front desk and the other next to the kitchen - only 20p a line! 

Where else would you get a turkey or a duck, a bottle of whisky or bottle of Baileys, or a grocery hamper to name but a few of the 100 prizes we aim to purchase, and all for 20p a go! 

Any Duty Officer on the desk will gladly accept and confirm your chosen numbers.



As you are all aware Bryan Slatter died on 21 October.  He was a long standing member of the club and well-liked by everyone.


Club Matches

A word of thanks to all members who have been putting their names up for

matches this has made the Captains job a little easier as they have not had to chase people to play.







Finals Weekend

We had a fine weekend for our Club finals and there were some very good games.  Well done all the finalists and congratulations to the winners. 

Our Men's Club Singles Champion this year is Paul Lopez and the Ladies Singles Champion is Katherine Hawes.



Congratulations to Paul Lopez on winning the champion of champions on Sunday 20 September.

Katherine has I am very pleased to say has retained her place in the Senior England Squad. Also Donna has been named as a travelling reserve


Harold Winstone

I have spoken to Harold's family. He is progressing better than expected, and can now walk unaided.

He is also talking better but still gets tired.

It is hoped that he will soon be moved from the hospital, exactly when is not known.

As I have said before the family have asked that a rota be set up for members of the bowls club wishing to

visit him. Should you wish to be added to this rota please let me know either by phone or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Bowls England - Junior International Series

What an amazing weekend of bowls. To see so many under 25's playing at that level was a wonderful sight, in such an electric atmosphere. Although there were many spectators it was a shame that many club members were not able to witness it.

The British Isles Bowling Council (the organisers of the competition) were really pleased with the Club's efforts. A letter was sent on Monday congratulating the Club (it is posted on the notice board by the bar).

My thanks go to all the members, green keepers, caterers and bar staff who helped to make it such a success. It would be nice if we could more events like this.


Bedfordshire Tourists

After a late arrival the match was played with the threat of rain, but we only had a light shower. We won the match comfortably but they were pleased with their welcome. My thanks to those members who were able to play.


Annual Dinner and Presentation of Prizes

This was held on Saturday 26th September and was preceded by a match in the afternoon, it was disappointing to see so few bowlers. It was a sunny day, and a very enjoyable afternoon was had by all.  

The dinner was well attended and we were very pleased to welcome the Ladies County President, Wendy Cross together with the Men's County President, Steve Tolhurst as our guests.  We had an excellent three course meal followed by the presentation of the trophies to the Winners and Runners Up by the two County Presidents.


Indoor Summer Bowling

The Indoor Pairs Competition was won this year by Elaine & Trevor Gethin

The League by the Firs with the Aces as runners up




City & County's Paul Lopez

Win's Oxfordshires Champion of Champions

Paul Lopez recovered from a nightmare start to beat Watlington's Sam Watts 21-16 to lift Oxfordshire Champions of Champions title at Oxford City & County.

Playing on his home rink, Lopez lost six of the first seven ends to trail 9-1. But he got into his stride, taking eight of the next nine ends to lead 15-10.

The game developed into a marathon, before on the 26th end, Lopez scored a three to secure the silverware.


Pictures by Geoff Powell

City & County Ladies Win County 2015 Top Club Championships

The final of the Ladies County Top Club was played at Banbury Chestnuts on a lovely autumnal morning on Sunday 6th September 2015 and was won by Oxford City and County BC with a total of 4 - 0 against Witney Town BC.


Oxford City & County first

Singles: Shirley Crick 21, Val Hill 11.

Pairs: Jacky Gray and Jeanette Berry 31, Jan Gore and Caroline Bloomfield 18.

Triples: Julie Jackson, Margaret Stacey and Marion Darton 23, Jean Smith, Yvonne Hodgkinson, France's Riley 21.

Fours: Jody Flitter, Eileen O'Shea, Carol Gaskins and Carol Penson 22, Margaret Ludlow, Lyn Cooper, Jan Cameron and Jill Hutchins 13.



Wales Snatch title from England.


Oxford City & County Bowls Club hosted the 2015 British Isles Junior U25s Internationals this weekend and treated the 500 plus crowd to a festival of bowls  



England narrowly missed out on retaining the British Isles Bowls Council Junior International Series at the weekend by just two shots at Oxford City & County BC,


A 24-shot victory against Scotland on Saturday morning gave the England team, which included 11 new caps, the ideal start, while Wales secured a 17-shot

victory over Ireland.

The afternoon saw England draw 121-121 with Wales, despite being almost 30-shots behind with less than 20 ends to play over the six rinks. England Captain

Jamie Walker led by example with four perfect bowls on the final two ends under pressure. The remarkable fight back was also aided by Martin Heitzman's rink

securing 10 unanswered shots on the final three ends, a count of six on Alex Walton's rink on his 21st end and a pickup of five shots on Ryan Atkins' 20thend.

The draw with Wales gave England a narrow seven-shot lead over them heading into Sunday's final session against Ireland. Finishing a few ends in front, Wales

defeated Scotland by 24-shots, giving England the knowledge that a 17-shot victory over Ireland would ensure that the Sealy Trophy would be retained. With just

one end to play, England needed to pick up four shots on Ben Render's rink to secure the 17-shot victory to take the title, however the Ireland back-end players

reduced the count with every bowl, giving England just the two shots to secure a 15-shot victory - losing the Series on shots difference to Wales by just two








Shots For

Shots Against

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National Competitions

National Pairs Winners 2015


Congratulations to Donna and Katherine on winning the National Pairs. After some close finishes in the early rounds and the semi-final they won the final 20 shots to 11.


Chris Lewis and David Wedge unfortunately lost in the quarter finals of the Senior Pairs.




County Competitions


Congratulations to Othman Sharif on winning the Longford Cup.

Omar beat Brian Bloomfield in a thriller, With the scores level at 8-8 each after 11 ends, Omar scored on the next five ends to open up an eight-shot lead.


His opponent fought hard but was unable to get any closer than four shots before Omar finished the game with a single on the 25th end for a 21-16 victory and condemn Brian to another runners-up position.




Harold Winstone

For those who do not know Harold has Encephalitis and is very ill. His family has asked that club members do not telephone them. I have been made contact for any updates and will let members know by way of notices in the club. I am willing to accept calls from members should you want up to date information


I was pleased that so many of you turned out for my President's day. I invited rinks from Banbury Central, Kidlington, Kingston Bagpuiize, Watlington and Witney Town. Together with other club members it made a match of eight rinks. My team won but on the day I think it was the game of bowls that was the winner.

We had a very good meal provided by Jenny and her team. The spider was won by Margaret Stacey and with the raffle we raised ÂŁ 230.00 for Macmillan Cancer Support. I must thank my wife Liz for all her hard work during the day and for her support during the season so far.


Finals Weekend

Due to certain circumstances these will now be run from Friday to Monday 4th to 7th September.

Good luck to all finalists. Please come along and support the finals.


Bowls England - Junior International Series

As you are all aware we are hosting the above event on 12th and 13th September 2015. Please come along to support these young bowlers. There is also a club night on Saturday 12th September with a BBQ and entertainment all for ÂŁ 6.00 per person, put your name down now to help with the catering.


Bedfordshire Tourists

We will be welcoming a side from Bedfordshire. This is an 11 triples match. At the moment we are a few players short. Please put your name down if you can.


President v Captain

Don't forget to put your name down for the last game of the season. With a meal and prize giving afterwards. This is traditionally a fun day to finish the outdoor season. Details of the menu are on the match notice board.




Latest News & Gossip From The Front Line


So with the outdoor season only with us for a few more weeks - culminating in the usual hectic activities getting to see who won what etc and the ensuant Presentation Dinner to round things off….and thats just for starters, for we must also remember that our Summer Section Indoor competitions are also reaching their climax….much to look forward to.
We are now delighted to announce a link with Oxford United FC - as part of their Community Programme - which will bring together people of all sports and encouraging people to take an active part if at all possible. To this end we have had several lunches and meetings with Darryl Eales (Chairman OUFC) Mark Ashton (CEO) Cheryl (PA to Directors) and Caroline Robbins (Community Operations Director), to move this worthwhile enterprise further - and also enabling us to be part of the wider picture which hopefully will benefit many more youngsters and adults in the area.
9th SEPTEMBER….a note for your diaries.
To get us started, we will be holding a OPEN DAY with Oxford United FC at Oxford City and County Bowls Club, where the owners, CEO, Manager, players and staff will all join in what we know will be a fun event….nows your chance to meet, chat and mix and pit your skills with them all on the Bowls Green - yep, for most people it will be their first taste of what it is all about - our coaches will be there to give a helping hand!  The day starts around 3pm and will go on until about 8pm (we will supply all equipment - but it would help us for those who 'will have a go' if they would wear flat shoes. If it is wet on the day, we do have the luxury of both Indoor and Outdoor Rinks).  OUFC will be presenting prizes……..
We are also delighted that Stewart Donald who owns Bridle and Eastleigh FC as well as being major sponsors to both us and OUFC, will also be coming along.
The evening will conclude with a FANS FORUM, when Darryl, Mark and Michael Appleton will be in the firing line to answer all your questions about anything OUFC.
The Bar and Kitchen will be open throughout………so, if you are coming straight from work,  we will have hot and cold food available.
BBC Radio Oxford will be covering this event……Rosemary Phelps, our Coaching director, will be speaking with Jerome Sale on Rad Oxford at halftime during OUFC v Bristol Rovers, to further promote their Community Program - and our Open Day.
For info, I have copied and pasted a draft copy of a piece written by OUFC which will be in their programme for the match against Yeovil…….hopefully it will further paint the picture we are all trying to achieve…….thus:

Balls of All Sorts

We're about more than just football; the Oxford United Community Trust is about trying to engage people from across Oxfordshire in positive activities of any kind, with balls of all shapes and sizes and some with no balls at all. 

As hinted at last week, one of the activities we're working to promote and engage people in is bowls. Sometimes seen as an old man's game this sport is hugely undersold. Hosted by the City and County Bowls Club Darryl Eales, Chairman, Mark Ashton, CEO and Caroline Robbins, Operations Director have all had a go and let us tell you, it requires some serious skill to get those weighted balls to where you want them to be but it's brilliant fun working out how to do it. 

To help us get our eye in the Bowls Club have very kindly offered to host an open evening on the 9th September. 

From 3pm children, young people, parents and careers are welcome to come to the club and have a go, get some expert tips from Rosemary, the in house coach at the Bowls Club and see Olly and Olivia give it their best shot too. 

At 5.30pm anyone is welcome to come along and try their hand. Fans are invited to enter teams of 3 or 4 people in a friendly competition with prizes available from Oxford United and the Bowls Club. Rosemary will be on hand to provide tips and Oxford United players and staff will be joining teams giving fans the opportunity to really get to know the names and faces of both the Club and the Community Trust. 

Once prizes have been awarded the City and County Bowls Club have kindly agreed to host an Oxford Fans Forum, giving fans the chance to ask us any questions you might have. With a bar and kitchen open serving food and drink throughout the evening there's not much more you could ask for. 

We're all really excited about the event and the chance to get people active in something a little different. Darryl said, 

'With the development of the Community Trust and our aim to increase participation across various sports and activities we're thrilled to be working in partnership with the City and County Bowls Club to offer something different. The Club have been brilliant in supporting us to pull this event together and we can't thank them enough for offering us a real opportunity to get to know fans in a social and friendly environment, bringing a little taste of our Austria tour back to Oxford.'

If you would like to enter a team and have your chance to play with and alongside some of our players and staff please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your team name and team member names.

The BBC Radio Oxford Breakfast Programme (7am - 9am) will be held at City and County….where we will be attempting to introduce Ross Heaton to the game of Bowls - and also to tell you something about another great event we are hosting the following day………………….and that relates to the UK Under 25 International Series - a chance for us all to witness the very best that England, Scotland, Wales and N.Ireland can offer. A must see.
BBC Radio Oxford will be covering this event too. 
…..this is when the Under 25's show us what it is all about………..we are expecting a good crowd, so my advice is to arrive early.
Our Indoor Season gets going in a few weeks time……..and we welcome back to our fold, so many of our regular members whose other clubs do not have an indoor rink………we have quite a healthy fixture list this coming season and the Members Indoor Year Book will be sent out to you all in a few days - so you will be able to get notice of all up-coming fixtures et al, including our in-house leagues……worth mentioning that last year we had a total of 89 teams competing on the various days and there seems to be a similar number this season.  A special mention to Vera Logue who does such a sterling job in this respect……as do so many others.
Finally a mention of our Web-Master, Merv Gleeson for his tireless work making this Web-Site work - our readership is quite staggering…..but I am sure Merv would be delighted to hear from anyone who wants to make a contribution…….
Happy Bowling my friends…..and above all, have fun.
Bob Scholes

Ladies Nationals:

Knight & Hawes win pairs

National Pairs Winners 2015

Donna Knight and Katherine Hawes have won the Bowls England Women's National Pairs Championship, sponsored by Sporting Highlights. They defeated Cambridgeshire's Linda Churchman and Cheryl Salisbury yesterday at Leamington Spa in the final by 9 shots.

The duo beat Sarah Newson and Catherine Popple from Huntingtonshire in the semi final after a string of close fought games to reach the final. Hawes now just needs to win the national singles to complete her full collection of national titles.

 by Donna.




Winners - Pauline , Pam  and Ann  from Hanborough Bowls Club



Runners Up - Pat, Angie, Margaret. from Banbury Borough Bowls Club.


3rd prize, Jane Murphy, Jacky Gray and Julie Jackson, Oxford City & County B.C.


Thanks to Ron and Carole Thornhill for acting as Umpires; to Marston's Brewery for sponsoring the event, OC&C for hosting; to President Vic Bye for giving out the prizes, a role usually carried out by the nephew of Ellen Clarke, Ken Meadley, who, due to ill health, was unable to join us this year. We hope to see him and the sister of Ellen Clarke (who usually accompanies him) in 2016.


Number of teams - 11, down from previous years - the names of clubs are attached.



 Our grateful thanks must go to Helen Kingsley for all her hard work in organising this competition.



Is on Friday 7th August, with BBQ, and entertainment by Cody. He has been before and is very good. Why not come along and enjoy yourself.



This year's President's Day will be on the above date commencing at 2.30 p.m. with a spider, followed by the usual game and a three course meal afterwards with wine.  


On Saturday 18th July 24 teams of triples had a great fun day to raise money for Sobell House in memory of Gavin Anderson.   A grand total of just over ÂŁ1700 was raised. The trophy winners were Julie Jackson, Carol Gaskins and Ray Gaskins. The spider was by John Stacey who donated it to the raffle. Photo Geoff Powell



Othman Shariff and David Wedge are through to the semi-final of the Longford Cup which will be played to a finish at the club on Sunday 2nd August. 










We had representatives in the finals as follows:


Runner up  Katherine Hawes

2 Wood Singles

Winner  Jeanette Berry 

Runner up  Carol Gaskins


Runners up  Donna knight and Katherine Hawes


Winners   Donna Knight, Gail Gilkes and Katherine Hawes

Runners up  Vicky Harrison, Margaret Stacey and Jackie Gray


Under 25's

Runner up   Katie Glenn


The National Championships start on 3rd August.

If you wish to support them the playing dates are:

Singles             6th to 8th August

Pairs                12th to 15th August

Triples             10th to 12th August

Under 25's      2nd to 3th August                      


Congratulations to David Wedge and Chris Lewis on reaching the finals of the senior pairs. Perhaps they will be able to go one better that Mike Petersen and Alan Ley and win it this year.


Also Congratulations to Carol Gaskins on reaching the final of the Ladies Senior Singles.

They will be playing on:

David and Chris                  14th to 16th August

Carol                                 8th to 9th August





View from the Bank

So now we are well into the summer season and things go on at apace……..Merv, our Web Master is certainly keeping us afloat with many things - especially the results of matches….aided by some great photo's…..and our President, Vic Bye making a valuable contribution too.
Now if I may refer to more everyday matters….perhaps to advise on some of the activities which sometimes can go unnoticed…..or should I say, forgotten.
Whereas our outdoor season is now in full flow, we shouldn't forget the ever increasing number of members who like to play indoors the whole year round……there are a couple of organised 'roll-ups' weekly (Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10.00am) - just turn up - while many make their own arrangements with friends to meet up and have a game - there's plenty of space for all….so come along and join in!
On the subject of 'Indoor", our ever popular Indoor Wednesday Morning Indoor League is in full flow and ever popular……speaking with Geoff Rawnsley who runs the show he tell me that sometimes teams do lose a player for varying reasons……so if you would like to play in a team I know Geoff would be pleased to hear from you and fit you in when a vacancy occurs - send me an email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and I will pass your name on to Geoff..
Returning to 'Outdoor"….well this season has seen the birth of our Wednesday Outdoor Triples League (yep, we run the two together)……..very ably run by Sandy and David Nash. Not sure whether they have any of the teams requiring an individual replacement this season, but if you should be interested, send me an email and I will pass on your details to Sandy and David.  Incidentally, they are now taking bookings for teams to play in the 2016 season…..6 people are required for a team but if you want to play as an individual, I know Sandy/David would be able to slot you in somewhere.
Well, this something we think we excel at…..Rosemary, Graham and Liz, really do put in a shift on varying days of the week……….as they say, when you enjoy something it is not a chore.  For those of you who are new to the game, come along…..on Fridays at 6pm we hold friendly coaching/individual 'welcome to the game' sessions…….its great fun - just turn up - casual dress ok and we supply all equipment…………
Our group of youngsters, ranging  from 8 to 15 years old, come to to coaching on SATURDAY MORNINGS in a relaxed and fun atmosphere.  They are becoming skilled young bowlers.
The Saturday Youngsters Group has been continuing for eleven years. Two of our earlier players have recently had an England Under 25 Trial and several of our earlier players belong to the County Under 25's teams and two have played in the National Under 25s Finals ladies and men's competitions.
We are always happy for young people aged 8 or over to come and join us.. We start at 10.00 am and all equipment is available and there is no charge for lessons.
Incidentally…..during a recent session, Kathy Hawes invited one of our youngsters to join her for a few ends……..he was thrilled……great stuff Kathy!
Our last Open Day got off to a slow start - mainly due to the inclement weather……..but the sun started to shine and we were more than pleased with the eventual  turn out….so many new faces 'had a go, had a chat…and as we boast, viewed the best kept secret in Oxford'……..can we persuade those of you who have not been to see us yet, to pay us a visit… would be our pleasure.
Colin Pollard and Rosemary Phelps were the guests of Danny Cox on the Radio Oxford Saturday Sports programme recently………if you want to listen to it, I think it is available for 28days after broadcast…..just go to Saturday 27th June (Danny Cox)…….2pm show…..and its about 45minutes in….well worth a listen.
Under the auspices of our President Vic Bye, plans are now well afoot to ensure that the Under 25 England, Scotland, Wales and N.Ireland  International series go off smoothly. Vic has assembled a great team around him…..much work to do! Practice session is on Friday 11th September while the real action gets under way on the the 12th and 13th September……..please make a note in your diaries. 
Our social membership is strong and many more are joining…….a great way to enjoy to comforts and friendliness of our club.  I notice our Snooker and Billiard players are increasing in numbers. Terry Gripe does a great job running this show.  Anyone for whist?….well, thats here too! 
There are so many people who keep our club running and it is to them I would like to say, that the best compliments anyone can have, are the ones they never hear………I can assure them that there are many…….We as a club are fortunate in this respect.
For those who have not read it recently, there are many new features…….if any of you would like to contribute, I am sure Merv would be pleased to hear from you.
Happy Bowling my friends.
Bob Scholes……
(In Arduis Fidelis)


City & County Triples seal national championship spot

The victorious triples teams. From left: Katherine Hawes, Gail Gilkes, Donna Knight, Jacky Gray, Margaret Stacey and Vicky Harrison

The victorious triples teams.

From left: Katherine Hawes, Gail Gilkes, Donna Knight,

Jacky Gray, Margaret Stacey and Vicky Harrison

 TWO women's triples from Oxford City & County have qualified for the National Championships at  Leamington Spa in August.

 Vicky Harrison, Margaret Stacey and Jacky Gray comfortably beat Pauline Illott's trio by 14 shots in the  last eight, before claiming victory over Gill Lambourne's team by nine shots in the semi-final, held at  Banbury Borough.

 Donna Knight, Gail Gilkes and Katherine Hawes had a close-fought battle with Caroline Campion's team in  the quarter-final sneaking a threeshot victory.

 But it was more clear-cut in the last four clash, as they beating the host club's triple, skipped by        Angie Ives, by 11 shots.

 Both go on to represent Oxfordshire next month.


Quarter-finals: P Illott 15, J Gray 32; G Lambourne 18, C Bloomfield 16; A Norton 15, A Ives 18;         C Campion 13, K Hawes 16.

Semi-finals: J Gray 20, G Lambourne 11; A Ives 9, K Hawes 20.



Meanwhile, Oxfordshire's flag in the National Pairs Championship will be flown by Hawes and Knight (Oxford City & County) and Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion (Banbury Central).


The former enjoyed a 19-16 win over Carol Penson's pair in a semi-final clash which lasted three hours and 40 minutes at Shiplake BC.





Club Matches

We recently hosted touring teams from Desborough (Northampton) and Torbay.

In the match with Desborough over the ten rinks the score was tied at 157 shots each. It seemed that everybody enjoyed the day with some just managing to finish before the heavy shower.

The buffet put on by Jenny and her team went down well, with all the players and visitors.

Our thanks go to The Oxford and Abingdon bowls clubs for supplying a rink for this match.

The next day we were hosts to the Torbay Tourists which again provided an enjoyable game with City & County winning by 171 to 140 shots.


Ladies County Competitions

Congratulations to the following members for qualifying to play at Leamington:

2 Wood Singles

Jeanette Berry and Carol Gaskins



Katherine Hawes and Donna Knight


Katherine Hawes, Donna Knight and Gail Gilkes

Vicky Harrison, Margaret Stacey and Jackie Gray


Congratulations also to Katherine Hawes for helping England retain British Isles Women's Bowls Council international team title.


In the men's county competitions we do have any players who will play in the finals at Leamington.


Club Outing

This year we went to Clevedon. Before the match we had a buffet lunch on the front at Weston Super Mare. Once again the buffet was provided by Chris and Gerry McGrath of The Kings Arms, The Moors, Kidlington which was enjoyed by everyone.

There was some confusion as Clevedon were only expecting to play 5 rinks but we had six.

However as usual our Captain Bryan Flitter managed to overcome this by getting two of their players to join in and play a triple. The match was won by City & County.

Our thanks to Helen Kingsley and Colin Pollard for organising such a wonderful day.








OXFORDSHIRE let slip a winning position as they lost 122-111 to Berkshire in their second Middleton Cup match of the season. 

The hosts led by ten shots after five ends, were 11 ahead after ten and a huge 18 up after 15 ends in their South Group Section B clash at Oxford City and County.

But the visitors produced a superb turnaround, and secured a 29-point swing in the closing stages to run out convincing winners and pick up 17 points to Oxfordshire's five.

Mark Charlett's rink strugged against Lloyd Sabatini's four, but were level at 16 ends before defeat in five of the last six saw them lose by five shots.

On the adjoining rink, Howard Watts's four were ten shots ahead at 15 ends.

They went into the final end three shots to the good, but some ended with honours even.

Baden Sparkes's four were level after 18 ends, but ended up falling to a six-shot deficit.

Ian Snowdon's quartet ran out three-shot winners in one of only two victorious Oxfordshire rinks.

The other success came courtesy of Mark Sykes, whose four ran out 16-shot victors, despite losing three on the final end.

However, the biggest winning margin came in rink five, where Oxon's Paul Sharman was on the end of a 30-11 defeat against Robert Newman.

The three sides in the group to have played twice have all won one and lost one, with the other two teams - Surrey and Buckinghamshire - facing each other this weekend.


Oxon 111 (5pts), Berks 122 (17pts)

(Oxfordshire rinks first)

Rink 1: P Lopez, S Claridge, N Rae-Welsh, M Charlett 16; T Moore, C Barrett, D Holder, L Sabatini 21.

Rink 2: K Holloway, P Comley, I Henwood, H Watts 22; A Merry, L Brown, N Gauld, A Knapper 22.

Rink 3: M Nash, A Martin, C Whitehead, B Sparkes 16; D W-Emberton, D Parsonage, G Knapper, A Collins 22.

Rink 4: J Philpott, R Gaskins, G May, I Snowdon 19; A Symondson, M Thornton, N Jones, C Holliday 16.

Rink 5: S Watts, S Cooper, B Lambourne, P Sharman 11; B J Byles, G Ballantyne, J Heapy, R Newman 30.

Rink 6: A J Docherty, G Schwab, R Redford, M Sykes 27; A Piper, R Goodchild, T Broad, R Buckett 11.


May has proved to the best weather for outdoor bowls.

The league cup has not gone well this season with the A team losing at Shiplake and the B team losing at Banbury Central.

The friendly matches have all been played with City and County winning all 5 games.

County Competitions

These have now started and I wish you all good luck in them, and hope that the weather is kind to us all.

Trip to Clevedon   23rd June 2015

There are a few places left for this trip. If you are interested let Helen Kingsley or Colin Pollard

know. They will be on a first come first served basis.

Why not come along and enjoy a good day out.

Women's Senior British Isles Championships


Leamington Spa on Friday 12thand Saturday 13th June

Kathy Hawes, Gail Gilkes, Donna Knight and Myra Lewis are representing England so if you can go along and support them.


Club Matches

We have two touring sides coming on 26th and 27th June please get your name down if possible.












Monday, 27th July, 2015


9.30 am for 10.00 am start

Dress - whites

(as this competition is licensed by BE sandals are not allowed)


1st PRIZE - ÂŁ100

2nd PRIZE - ÂŁ60

3rd PRIZE - ÂŁ30


Entry Fee - ÂŁ12 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 2015

Ellen Clarke Memorial Competition Rules

Ellen Clarke Memorial Timetable for the day




The indoor season has now ended. On finals day there was some very good bowling. A report has already been done by Bob Scholes so I do not need to say more.

The outdoor weather has started well and the men's league teams were in action in the League Cup.The A team started their campaign with a convincing win over Chipping Norton only to lose by three shots at Shiplake. The B team started with a win over West Witney only to lose to Banbury Central in the next round.

Forms for Club competitions are now available in the club. I hope that you all have a successful outdoor seasons, and will support the club in friendly matches as much as possible.



So we see yet another indoor winter league season coming to an end……stretching from the end of September until the second week in April, some 89 teams took part on a weekly league basis - split into several different leagues; viz
Monday morning league, Monday mid-day league, Monday evening ladies league, Tuesday mens league, Wednesday afternoon league, Wednesday evening mixed league, Thursday morning league, Thursday evening ladies league and the Friday evening mens league………….
That everything went so smoothly is in no small way thanks to the efforts of the individual League Secretaries - so a big thank you to Phyl Austin, Liz Sims, Margaret Stacey, Sam Watts, Margaret johnston, Brian Flitter, Graham Kerr and Pat Austin…..and who can forget Jan Cook who had the task of collating it all.
Of course, each league had several teams competing â€¦â€¦..some teams with funny sounding names, others were called after flowers, some animals, I see in there and some with names which made no sense at all!!!!!……..but as time went by, we all got to know the groups of lads and lassies who constituted their team. I hesitate to announce the names of each group winner, for to an outsider they might just think that we had 'lost it' somewhere along the way - suffice to say, it was all very serious stuff…….but not forgetting that some banter was allowed - whether some liked it or not!!!!!
However, however…..the winning side from each group came together for a Champion of Champions evening - always an event to look forward to.
The Final was keenly fought, with the Blackbirds who won the Monday Morning League, taking on the mighty Optics from the Friday Mens League. The Blackbirds took the honours and were represented by Carol Gaskins, Liz Bye, our President, Vic Bye and that other stalwart of many a year, Richard Jackson.
All good stuff I might add and very well done and congratulations to the Champion of Champions!
Now we come on to the results of the Individual Competition Finals…..a special mention to our Oxfordshire under 25 Bowler, Sam Watts for a deserved hatrick.
2 Singles and a Pairs win (with Adie Twinn).  For the Ladies, Jan Gore takes two out of three……well done Jan!
So, in summary:
Ladies Championship Singles:…..Jacky Gray and the runner up went to Caroline Bloomfield (21 - 16)
Ladies Three Wood Singles:….Jeanette Berry and the runner up was Jan Gore (21 - 13)
Ladies Pairs:……Rosemary Phelps and Jan Gore and runners up were Pam Willoughby and Eileen O'Shea (14 - 12)
Mens Championship Singles:…….Sam Watts with the runner up being Othman Sharif (21 - 10)
Mens 2 Wood Pairs:……Sam Watts and Side Twinn and runners up Richard Jackson and Gary Gray (20 - 18)
(No Picture Received )
Mens Triples:………Andy Crawley, Len Lacey and Colin Pollard with the runners up Harold Jerred, John Jarvis and Bob hands (21 - 6)
Phelps Trophy Mixed Singles……Sam Watts over Alan Scholan (2 - 0)
Mixed Pairs………Alison Eastgate and Brian Bloomfield and runners up Peter Boyle and Carol Gaskins - 14all - decided on ends won.
(No Picture Received )
Mixed Triples……Jan Gore, Phil Warner and Colin Pollard with runners up Katie Glenn, Joe Glenn and Sam Watts (14 -13)
Again, so much work going into administering these competitions and so a big thank-you to Gary Gray and his lovely wife Jacky who do a splendid job as our Competition Secretaries.
So much more going on of course, the Tens, Wessex ets etc……but I will leave it to my other colleagues to paint the picture on these events.
We must not forget our organised 'roll-ups' which take place twice weekly and will continue (under the watchful eye of Keith, Alan and Pat) - along with so many of our other members who make their own arrangements.  Shortly our Wednesday Indoor League will start - always popular.
If anyone reading this would like to contribute, I am sure our Web-Master, Merv Gleeson would be pleased to hear from you. (for those who don't know him and would like to put a face to him, scroll up and look at the picture of our 'Tens Winners and you will see him with a broad smile at the extreme right of the picture.
So there it is folks, another new dawn with our outside season being officially opened by our President Vic Bye last Saturday.  Whether its outdoor or indoor for you now - (or both!), I wish you all good bowling, good friendships and of course, Good Health.
Bob Scholes.


The indoor season is almost at an end with the outdoor starting on 18th April.

We can only hope that the weather is kind to us during the season, with no need for the wets etc.


Congratulations to the following in the Indoor County Competitions


WinnersCounty Triples     Sam Watts,  Chris Earl,  Ray Gaskins.


Still to play in the final of the County Fours

S Watts,  C Earl,  M Gleeson,  M Petersen.



County Singles Champion.

Jacky Gray 


Pairs Champions

Sue Stewart,  Liz Sims.


Triples Champions

Shirley Crick, Ann Faulkes, Eileen O'Shea


Fours Champions

Jacky Gray, Julie Jackson, Vicky Harrison, Jane Murphy 

With County President:  Dulcie Smith                





Forthcoming events

Indoor AGM  8 April.


Club Finals    11 and 12 April   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.  Details are now on the club boards


Please remember to support the captains during the outdoor season and I wish you all the best of luck in any competitions.






So here we go again with a brief summary and comment on our endeavours during the month of March.
1st March- Home -  was due to be played against Abingdon (Men), but alas despite being changed to a mixed match, it was, for various reasons, called off.
3rd March... Home match, our Ladies entertained Chipping norton but a close encounter saw them go down to our visitors by a margin of 56 - 67.
Our highest winning rink going to Lorraine Gaskins, Liz Sims, Carol Bloomfield and Carol Gaskins.
5th March... Home match was against Hagbourne (Men)-..loss of more browny point for yours truly, because I haven't got the result to hand…whoops! (will endeavour to find it and advise later).
7th March… Home again, for a match against the Royal Household (Men) which we won by a score of 138 - 97.
HWR going to Mark Plested, Peter Jeffries, Mervyn Gleeson and John Drage.
8th March… Home to Shiplake in a mixed match where we ran out comfortable winners by a score of 147 - 84.
HWR on this occasion going to Elaine Gethins, John Whittaker, Stella Powling and Phil Woodville.
15th March.. Our home match (mixed) was cancelled by Slade.
21st March.. Home to our friends from Oxford and District in a mixed match - we really had to struggle on this one but eventually claimed a victory by 89 - 81. HWR this time went to Bob Hands, Josie Gilbert, Trevor Gethins and Phil Woodville.
22nd March.. This time at Home to Abingdon (mixed), but still awaiting the cards….hope we won - but haven't a clue!
24th March.. Home to Foxhills (mixed)………now this was really a tight affair but it all ended in smiles for us when we just got home by 110 -109.
HWR claimed by Margaret Stacey, Eileen Smith, Keith Croxon and Phil Woodville.
My thanks to the Captains who took these games - we all know how much work goes into making things happen. A special thanks to Liz Sims who does stirling work keeping track of matters. I think we had some of our 'new' players to the game taking part for the first time - and I am pleased to know that they all came through with flying colours……but more importantly learned that they really did enjoy the experience…….keep putting your names on the board for selection folks.
As an aside I am pleased to see so many new faces joining our club - so many complete beginners who really did call in to "have a chat", they really did "have a go", they really did view "Oxford's Best Kept Secret" - and bingo, we are now pleased to have them as fellow members.  
Our three coaches. Rosemary Phelps, Liz Sims and Graham Kerr all really work so hard showing them the ropes and making them feel welcome……but as they say, when they enjoy doing it, it really is their pleasure. More new faces are always welcome too.  
As ever, my grateful thanks to our Web-Master Merv Gleeson for all his help and guidance on all matters 'Web-Site"……. 
In the next round-up, I will announce the winners of the various indoor leagues………..and throw in any anecdotes 
I can find which might broaden the scene so to speak.
So, very shortly we welcome the new outdoor season, when with our usual busy schedule we will be lucky enough to witness the whole spectrum of the 'bowling world' ranging from International (this year we are hosting the under 25 England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland series) - Middleton Cup, County, Club league, individual competitions and more……..some people just like to have a game among their friends….with our two rinks, we are well able to cope . 
Thanks to Sandy Nash, we are seeing the introduction of a Wednesday Morning Outside Triples League…….do sign up for this if you haven't already done so. So far Sandy has 8 teams registered but there is time for more to join….the matches will commence on Wednesday 13th May, commencing at 10am and be 14 ends duration. This is open to bowlers from other clubs - and very welcome they will be too.
….but lets not forget, for those who enjoy the Indoor scene, the 'roll-ups' and the highly successful Wednesday Morning Indoor league will continue……….yep, it will run alongside the new Outdoor Triples league…….what a choice!
Our Indoor entertainment evening will shortly be upon us again - make a note, its is on the 11th April……a great evening and still only £5.50 to include a snack and live entertainment with Cody - popular 50s, 60s and 70's music and more…so the chance for a good old sing-a-long.
Last but not least, please remember its our Indoor AGM on Wednesday 8th April at 7pm……..please try to be there.
Happy days…..
Bob Scholes.


Newbury Building Society Ten's Competition


During the indoor season we run a Ten's Competition on Sunday mornings starting at 10am.

The competition is based on the Ladies Top Club as played outdoors nationally, but adapted to a mixed format with strictly 5 Ladies and Men taking part.

However you can play in any combination within the Singles, Pairs, Triples or Fours as long as the team consists of 5 Ladies and Men.

There is money to be had. Our sponsors is the Newbury Building Society and the first prize is ÂŁ250 with ÂŁ125 for the runners up.

In previous years we have had 12 teams entered, this year 2 teams dropped out, leaving us unable to run 3 leagues, having only 10 teams it was  necessary to run just 2 leagues of 5 teams, which meant each team playing 4 games in the league format,

In normal circumstances we have Semi Finals and Finals, but with extra games being played dates were not available for Semi Finals, so this year it is a straight Final, between the winners of Leagues A and B. Hopefully next year we can revert to having Semi Finals.

There are still 3 matches to be played, but these will not affect the final placing in either league.

League A has been won by Oxford City & County, League B by Chipping Norton.

The final will take place on Sunday 12th April at 10am, so why not come along and give both teams your support.

Catering is available, you can have a breakfast on arrival or a roast lunch, or maybe both, and the choice is yours. The bar will be open from 12 noon.

The next Ten's Competition starts in early October. We need more Teams, if you are interested please contact Alan Holmes E Mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or Tel 01865 820331

Teams do not have to come from a specific club, just has to be 5 Ladies and 5 Men.

The Tens were founded and have been run for the past 12 years by Peter and Rosemary Phelps, what great job they have done. I have a hard act to follow, but with your support the Ten's will continue to be a successful and enjoyable competition.


Alan Holmes




It is an honour to be elected President of this wonderful club and many thanks to those who have given their good wishes. Having been a member for many years my hope is that we see the club go from strength to strength.

Please let me know of any achievement by members in order that they can be mentioned here.

We should be recognising the achievements of members as it can be an inspiration to all members especially our newer bowlers.


Club Matches

I have noticed over the last few weeks that we have been struggling for players. Being a captain is not an easy job but it can be if members make themselves available for matches.

This saves the captains having to cajole people into playing.


Indoor County Competitions

In the semi-finals we have the following representatives


Singles         O Sharif

Pairs            S Watts        C Earl

Triples          S Watts        C Earl           R Gaskins

Fours            S Watts        C Earl           M Gleeson     M Petersen



Singles         J Berry         J Gray          L Simms

The following teams

Pairs            S Crick         S Stewart

Triples                   S Crick         J Gray          L Simms

Fours            J Berry         S Crick         J Gray          M Hale    


Forthcoming events

Club night     7 March

Ladies County Finals 27 and 28 March

Indoor AGM  8 April

Club Finals    10 and 11 April

Prize Giving and Social      11 April

I look forward to your support during the coming year.

Best wishes to you all,







Well, things have certainly gone apace at City and County over the past few months - with friends old and new turning up in ever increasing numbers - hooray!

A few reflections to tell you about……first perhaps, to mention that many of our juniors have progressed to 'higher' things……many are now playing in adult matches (always a welcome sign) with one group now having their own team in our Friday Indoor league - and certainly showing some of us golden oldies the way home………another of our 'juniors' is on the fringe of Middleton Cup selection and indeed won their outdoor Club Championship Singles. Several of our youngsters are now playing in the County under 25 team and one of our girls has won the County under 25 Singles Championship. All good stuff and it is nice and rewarding to think they are the product of our coaching system.  Incidentally, with many of our juniors now moving on 'up the scale' so to speak, we would like to see more coming forward to have a go……….so come on kids - speak to Mum and Dad and ask them to bring you along. (we'll give them a coffee while they are watching!).
So you see, to those who have yet to visit us and  'have a go', it is not just about us geriatrics and we look forward to more new faces, irrespective of age, paying us a visit……a warm and friendly welcome awaits you - of that I can guarantee. One of these sports where the whole family can take part - from the tots to grandparents - and dare I say it, great grandparents too.
We have many qualified coaches, but perhaps Rosemary, Liz and Graham are foremost in their endeavours to promote our game……between them, they have  countless years coaching experience to offer. We are delighted to welcome people of all abilities……….from absolute beginners to those experienced bowlers who just want to 'tweak' their game,  and I know they will be there at your side to make you feel comfortable and at ease in getting to whatever standard you want to achieve. Initially we can provide all equipment - so just bring yourself along.
You'll find Graham (back row right), Liz (front row left) and Rosemary (front row right) with a few of our juniors they are currently coaching…..usually on a Saturday morning twix 9am and 10am. (incidentally, Liz does smile - promise!)
Senior coaching sessions are usually held on Fridays twix 5pm and 7pm.  Coaching sessions outside these times by prior arrangement. (the outdoor season starts towards the end of April when you will have a choice of both indoor and outdoor and times will then vary no doubt)
I invite you to read through our website and hopefully it will answer a lot of your questions…..if not, please get in touch and we will do our best to put you in the picture.
Any suggestions you may have to improve this Site,  I am sure our Web-Master, Merv Gleeson, would be pleased to hear from you.
Bob Scholes.  
January 2015



Having shaken off any self imposed over indulgence during the festive season, our members embarked upon a busy schedule for the month of January. As usual meeting friends both old an new, we enjoyed their company and all the matches were played in the right spirit - but of course in the world of bowls, that is nothing new.
Saturday 3rd January.
We played hosts to Kidlington and ran out winners by 108 - 84. HWR on this occasion went to Elaine Gethins, Vicky Harrison, June Watts and Peter Baskerville.
Tuesday 6th January.
Town and Gown were our visitors - another win by some 99 - 70. We won on three rinks and drew on one other. Regret I do not have the HWR names to hand.
Thursday 8th January.
Our Ladies entertained their counterparts from Oxford and District and ran out winners by 60 - 51…a close match. HWR on this occasion went to Brenda Sydenham, Vicky Harrison and Pat strange. (triple)
Saturday 10th January.
Our friends from Hagbourne were the visitors, but alas - for them - they went home empty handed having lost  129 - 68. HWR John Jarvis, Graham Kerr, Terry Gripe and Pam Faulkner.
Sunday 11th January.
This saw the return match against Avon Valley from Warwickshire…..we avenged a defeat at their club in November by running out victors on this occasion by 134 - 118. HWR was claimed by Joyce Clark, Dulcie Smith, John Jarvis and Brian Bloomfield.
Tuesday 13th January.
This was - or should have been - a Ladies match against Whiteknights, but unfortunately they had to cancel.
Saturday 17th January.
Banbury Cross were or visitors - but again another win by us, this time 130 - 87. HWR went to Vicky Harrison, Shirley Buckingham, Carol Bloomfield and Omar Shariffe.
Sunday 18th January.
We welcomed Rivermeade - but despite the score - a win by us by some 145 - 64 - this was a particularly good encounter enjoyed by all. HWR went to Alison Eastgate, Shirley Clarke, June Watts and Brian Bloomfield.
Thursday 22nd January.
Our friends from Harrow and District made the long journey to see us and a close triples match saw us just getting home by 112 - 101. HWR Kath Hadris, Shirley Buckingham and Terry Gripe.
Friday 23rd january.
This time it was a Ladies match ( 3 Rinks)….another home win for us I'm afraid  - this time the score being 73 - 49. HWR was claimed by Margaret Stacey, Pat Strange, June Watts and Carol Gaskins.
Saturday 24th January.
Witney Town were our visitors and they were better on the day - running out victors by 160 -152. Regret I do not have info re HWR.
Sunday 25th January.
PRESIDENTS DAY……..We have been blessed with many excellent Presidents and this year it is Margaret Stacey who has presided over us. Without exception Margaret has been the epitome of what a good president should be….her kindness to all and the exemplary way in which she has carried out her duties has endeared herself to us all without exception. A really great day and I will leave it to Margaret to give a flavour of the day in her "Presidents Prattle" which should be out soon.
Thursday 29th January.
We played hosts to Florence Park and another win for us by 60 - 46. HWR went to John Jarvis, Rosemary Phelps and Alison Eastgate (triples).
Over the course of the month, a special thank-you to the Captains who came forward to take these matches…..Vera Logue, Peter Baskerville, Alan Holmes, Margaret Stacey and Gary Gray and not forgetting Jeanette Berry who was due to take the cancelled match against Whiteknights………I don't need to tell you how much work and administration goes into putting a side together and etc. (if I've missed anyone out my apologies - blame Vera Logue our fixture secretary!!!!!)….
Perhaps I should sneak in a really special mention to Rosemary Phelps, Liz Sims and Graham Kerr for the splendid work they are doing - especially on Fridays and Saturdays - coaching our newer and 'learner' members - many are now coming through quite nicely and featuring in some of our matches…….the influx of new members is very encouraging indeed and seems to be growing.
Well there it is folks - as I said before, a busy schedule…..all matches being at home this month as seems per usual for January. My thanks again to Merv Gleeson, our Web-Master for all his help promoting our web-site….nearly 1500 visitors already this week. If anyone out there would like to make a contribution, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Bob Scholes. 




My year as President is now almost over and this will be my last prattle.  I have enjoyed writing it and hope that you have found it interesting and, at times, amusing.

My very grateful thanks to you all for your help and support throughout the past year which has enabled me to thoroughly enjoy the experience.  (I will miss the bowing and scraping!!!)   Please continue to give that same help and support to our next President and also to the Club itself.


We have a wonderful Club so be as proud of it as I am.  Your help is always appreciated in  many areas of the running of the Club so don't be afraid to come forward and offer your services - maybe become a Committee Member, a League Secretary or even just  putting out and collecting in match jacks for the Captain on match days, clearing the tables of plastic cups, returning glasses to the bar or mugs to the kitchen after your game, all make a contribution and together we will continue going forward and keep the flag flying for City & County and bowls in general.



What a wonderful afternoon we all had on Sunday 25th January.  The green looked so colourful with our red "outfits" and with the superb meal afterwards by Jenny and Jill, it was truly an enjoyable, memorable day for me and really rounded off my year as President so well.  It was great too to have some of our newer members  bowling.  I know they all enjoyed the experience so I hope they will now feel confident enough to put their names down for a match or two soon.  The prizes for first lady and first gentleman on the jack were won by Laura Pollard and Tony Wright respectively, the first team to score 4 or more in one end by Joyce Clark, Rod Bennett, Sue Lewis and Graham Kerr and the first team to reach 15 shots by Marcus Bunning, Jan Pratt, Shirley Clarke and Brian Ealey. The spider was won by Kath Hadris.  Thank you everyone so very, very much for such a super afternoon.







As some of you will know, Phyll Austin had a nasty fall at home and has cracked or broken 2 bones in her neck.  I am glad to say that she is progressing well and by the time you read this, she should be back at home albeit with a neck brace.  This does mean that our stalwart League Secretaries Pat and Phyll will not be able, for the time being, to run the above leagues.  So John and I will be looking after the Monday League and Margaret Johnston the Thursday League temporarily. Any queries or postponements of games therefore, should be made to Margaret or ourselves - our telephone numbers are in the Indoor Yearbook.  



Unfortunately last month's Club Night had to be cancelled due to the large number of people who succumbed to the dreaded lurgy which has been haunting the Club for weeks now.  Hope you are all feeling much better and have managed to shake it off.  The next Club Night is scheduled for Saturday 7th February starting at  6 p.m. for those wishing to bowl and from 6.45 p.m.          onwards for non-bowlers.  Entertainment this month will be provided by a new duo - Jazz It Up - commencing at 8.30 p.m. 



Our juniors played Westlecot in the Under 25's Double Rink Competition at the beginning of the month but they proved to be too strong for us on the day despite our best efforts.   Well done all of you - you got through one more round than last year.



Alison Eastgate made her way through  to the last 32 of the Ladies Over 60's National Competition with some great games but then went out to S. Faulks from Hertfordshire.  Brilliant stuff Alison - very well played.  Sam Watts,  Chris Earl and Ray Gaskins have also been doing very well in the Mens National Triples and now face Robert Newman's team on Wednesday 4th February at 6.30 p.m. at home for a place in the last 32 of this competition.  Should be worth watching.



We have had a number of matches during January, all well supported I am glad to report, but please, do remember to check the sheets (or ring in) to see if you are playing. If you have been selected and find you are unable to play after all, let the captain know immediately.  Don't just cross off without advising him/her.


It is very encouraging to see a number of our newer members taking the plunge and playing in matches. We have played 8 mixed, l mens and two ladies  matches this month, all of which we won.  One ladies match was cancelled by the opposition as they were unable to raise sufficient support for the game.



This is now just over half way through the competition and at present Chipping Norton are heading Group B and City & County Group A.   As we only have 2 leagues this year instead of 3 as in previous years, the top team from each group will play the final to be held on Sunday 12th April.



Just a reminder that Kathy Hawes, Gail Gilkes, Donna Knight and Myra Lewis will be representing England in the Fours at theWomens Senior British Isles Championships being held at Victoria Park, Leamington Spa on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th June this year.  Make a note of these dates and do go along to support and cheer them on.  I don't know yet what times they will be playing but these will be published in the Clubhouse in due course.


We are hosting the Mens Junior International Series on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September so again make a note of these dates.  Quite a bit of help and assistance will be required both before and on the day in organising this prestigious event to make it a resounding success for the Club, so please come forward and offer your services.  Notices will be posted for volunteers and we can never have too much help. 


As I now join the ranks of the "has-beens", I leave you with these thoughts :-



Save the Earth - it's the only planet with chocolate!!


Work harder - millions on benefits depend on your taxes!!


Foreign aid is taking money from the poor people of a rich country and giving it to the rich people of a poor country!!


A fine is a tax for doing wrong - a tax is a fine for doing well!!


The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first!!




Thanks once again for all your support during the past year.


Best wishes to you all,


Your Prezzie





City & County win 2015 TEN'S Competition


Newbury Building Society Tens Competition



The final of the Ten's Competition took place at City & County Bowls Club on the 12th April between City & County and Chipping Norton.

After a hard fought game City & County triumphed 3 point to 2,  79 to 65 on shots.

The trophy and winners cheques were presented by Karen Smith area manager of Newbury Building Society, sponsors of the  competition.

Chipping Norton  did'nt  go home empty handed, they received the runners up cheque.

The Match;

Singles; The singles between Peter Boyle (C &C ) and Martin Shepherd ( C/N ) was an extremely watchable game, Peter went into  a 6 shot lead after 7 ends, Martin pegged this back and gained a 1 shot lead at 11 ends, Peter and Martin then traded shots and having played 23 ends the score was 20 all. Peter narrowly missed the jack with his last bowl, leaving Martin with one shot and victory.


Pairs; Sam Watts and Othman Sharif took a convincing lead at 9 ends leading 15 shots to nil, C/Norton did collect a few shots, but Sam and Othman ran out winners 24 shots to 10.


Triples; Julie Jackson , Rosemary Phelps and Jeanette Berry formed and all ladies triples, they had a slow start to trail 11 shots to 5 at 8 ends, they managed to level the scores 15 all at 14 ends, but C/Norton finished the stronger to win 20 shots to 15.


Fours; Jacky Gray, Vicks Harrison. Merv Gleeson and John Drage took a 5 shots lead at 6 ends, but C/Norton fought back and by 12 ends they lead by 3 shots, City & County regained control winning by 20 shots to 14.

This was my first year as organiser of the Ten;s so it was especially nice to have City & County as the winners.

Well done everyone.


Alan Holmes

City & County  v  Chipping Norton
SINGLES Peter Boyle 20 21 Martin Shepherd
PAIRS Sam Watts     Steve Whitcombe
  Othman Sharif 24 10 Richard Barnett
TRIPLES Julie Jackson     J. Dix
  Rosemary Phelps     C. Thornhill
  Jeanette Berry 15 20 D. Zenyik
FOURS Jacky Gray     Viv Harris
  Vicky Harrison     Nicola Jones
  Mervyn Gleeson     Keith Field
  John Drage 20 14 Jim Stevens
TOTAL SHOTS   79 65  
  City win on shot Difference      







Our Junior Section of the Club are doing well this year defeating Foxhills in the first round of the David Cornwell Under 25 Double Rink Competition.  Both home and away teams had good wins, giving us an overall score of 47-34.  The home team of Katie Glenn, Gavin Higgison, Ben Dickson and Skip Joe Glenn won 21-15 and our away team - Carlos Lali, Jonathan Dadson, Connor Hathaway and Skip Sam Watts won 26-19.  Having lost to the same Club last year in this competition, this was a very satisfying result.  Well done lads and lassie. Good luck in the next round which is on Saturday 3rd January 2015 at 10 a.m. against Westlecot so come along everyone, give our young players your support and cheer them on.  They are after all, the future of bowls.


Congratulations must go to Sam Watts who played extremely well in the Westlecot Open Singles run by Planet Bowls last month.  He reached the semi-final but lost to the eventual winner of this competition.  Well done Sam - keep it going.



The Christmas Club Night held on 6th December was another resounding success. Our thanks must go to the Organisers who decorated the Clubhouse beforehand and worked very hard to make the evening go with a swing, to Jenny for her lovely food and the Witney Town Band for their excellent programme of carols etc.  Thanks too to all of you who came and made it such an enjoyable time.  The next Club Night will be on Saturday 10th January commencing at 6.30 p.m. so don't forget to make a note in your nice new 2015 diary. 



Many thanks everyone for making our raffle such a success.  All the prizes have now been claimed with the exception of one, the winner of which is on a world cruise and will not be back until the New Year! (That wasn't the prize by the way!!) We actually sold ÂŁ980 of raffle tickets, spent ÂŁ507 on prizes and raised ÂŁ473 for Club funds.



We had four mixed matches in December, winning the first three (click here for a fuller report) and the fourth was our annual encounter with Whiteknights immediately after Christmas.  This is always a very popular game and this year - as I was in charge! - I am glad to say was no exception.  We had a very good result there, winning on 5 rinks and drawing on the sixth.


We have ten matches fixed for January so please get your names down and support your Captains.




This is being held on Sunday 25th January commencing at 2.15 p.m.  Everyone plays - everyone welcome - young/old, new bowlers/established bowlers.   It will be a normal 2l end game with a meal to follow so please sign up and come along for an enjoyable afternoon's bowling.  Dress will be casual but bowling shoes a must and no jeans in accordance with Club rules. Please wear something red - anything you like - to brighten up the game.





A's for arthritis.  B's the bad back. C's the chest pains - perhaps car-di-ac?

D is for dental decay and decline. E is for eyesight - can't read that top line!

F is for farting and fluid retention. G is for gut droop, which I'd rather not mention.

H is high blood pressure - I'd rather it low. I's for incisions with scars you can show.

J is for joints - out of socket, won't mend.  K is for knees that crack when they bend.

L's for libido - what happened to sex? M is for memory - I forget what comes next.

N is neuralgia in nerves way down low.  O is for osteo - bones that don't grow!

P's for prescriptions - I have quite a few - just give me a pill and I'll be good as new.

Q is for queasy - is it fatal or flu?  R is for reflux - one meal turns to two.

S is for sleepless nights - counting my fears.  T's for tinnitus - bells in my ears.

U is for urinary - troubles with flow.  V is for vertigo - that's dizzy you know.

W for worry - now what's going round?  X is for x-ray and what might be found.

Y for another year I'm left here behind and Z is for the zest I still have - in my mind!


I've survived all the symptoms my body's deployed,

Now I'm keeping twenty six doctors fully employed!






Your Prezzie


We have been kept busy with many interesting friendly matches - well aren't they all interesting!
Since the 20th November we have played in seven games - been on the winning side for six of them, but coming unstuck at Avon Valley in Warwickshire.
20th November.
We entertained our old foes from Kidlington (friendly ones……..I think!) in an evening game and after a slow start, we ran out comfortable winners. Help, I haven't got the score to hand though. Our HWR consisted, John Drage, Bob Scholes, Alan Keen and the ever reliable June Watts. Have to say a Hot Shot 8 helped the cause!
22nd November
We hosted Witney Town- we ran out winners by 105 to 86.  On this occasion on our HWR was Peter Baskerville, Richard Jackson, Sylvia Holmes and Peter Boyle. We won on 3 rinks, drew on one and lost the other.
23rd November
We travelled to Avon Valley Bowls club in Warwickshire - but alas, despite our best efforts, had to admit second best - going down 116 - 128. We did have a HWR though…….Keith Croxon, Eileen O'Shea, Bill Britz and Bob Hands. What was particularly pleasing however, was that we did take six rinks - which bearing in mind our club was involved with  both the Tens and the Wessex on the same day, was a great effort by everyone concerned.
29th November
Saw us again being the hosts - this time welcoming Bletchley. Another hard earned win with Brian Stewart, Margaret Johnson, Vicky harrison and Jacky Gray claiming the HWR. Match score being 126 - 110 in our favour.
30th November…..The match scheduled against Foxhill was postponed and will now take place in the New Year - the 4th January.
4th December
And another home match - this time, we entertained West Witney… was a triples match resulting in a 102 - 87 win for the home side.  HWR was claimed by Chris and Sue Lewis and Alan Holmes.
6th December
And we welcomed Wantage for a match of 6 triples.  This time the HWR went to June Watts, Shirley Buckingham and Graham Kerr in what turned out to be another winning effort….this time the margin being 110 - 83.
13th December
…….We travelled to Banbury Cross….this was an exceptionaly close encounter and it was only on the last end of the last match still on rink that we managed to get four shots to help us to a winning score by 118 - 115.  (should add that this was achieved by Colin Pollards team with Bob Scholes, Alan Keen and Kathy - who had the misfortune to be on the end of the HRW against - so at least they did something useful!!!!!)  Denis Richens, Ron Howes, Pat Strange and Alan Scholan with our HWR on this occasion.  Should add that in their Captains comments on the game, he did mention that this was the first loss that they (Banbury cross) has suffered this term…….well, what can one say…….
My grateful thanks as ever, to Merv Gleeson (our webmaster) for the continuing success of this form - which seems to be read in increasing numbers.
Bob Scholes - Roving Reporter.