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 £2,2OO. 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 £1833.25. 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 £900 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 £ 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 £ 322.00 for the club. Thanks to Sue and Jeanette for getting the prizes.



This was well attended and raised £ 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.