Vicky Harrison and Pat Strange bask in glory

Oxford duo Vicky Harrison and Patricia Strange picked up a share of the £3,000 first prize after winning the Warner Leisure Hotels Open Fours Champion of Champions competition held at Lakeside Coastal Village, Hayling Island.

The Oxford City and County IBC members qualified for the nationwide finals after winning an open fours competition at Bembridge Coast Hotel.

However, playing partners Peter Woodville and Virginia Hulbert were unable to attend the three-day final so Harrison and Strange found themselves playing with Pat and Tony Bourne, from Croydon, who were in the same situation with half of their team unavailable.

The quartet won their group of six and two more successes saw them into the final to face Terry Hill's rink from Wey Valley (Guildford).


England indoor bowls captain Andy Thomson presents the winner's cheque to, from left: Vicky Harrison, Pat Bourne, Patricia Strange and Tony Bourne

England indoor bowls captain Andy Thomson presents the winner's cheque to, from left: Vicky Harrison, Pat Bourne, Patricia Strange and Tony Bourne





This Summer has gone by so quickly.  It doesn't seem so long ago that I was struggling to put a jack up outside let alone a wood and now when I can, it's time to put the outdoor greens to bed!  Overall though, we have had a good Summer for bowling outside with just the odd soaking here and there.


It's the time of the year now when that envelope drops through your door with a request for subscriptions together with the Yearbook.  Do read this.  The Yearbook will not only familiarise you with a good deal of what is going on in the Club throughout the Winter, it also contains General Rules, League Rules, information on Club Competitions and 'Making the game more enjoyable for everyone'.  If you are not sure about anything or would like more information, do ask any of the Club Officers.  Their names are on page 1 of the yearbook.  Or alternatively, any of the Management Committee or myself will be only too pleased to help with any queries you may have.



The Indoor Pairs Competition was won this year by Jan Cook and Stan Smith and the League by the Rowans - Captain, Tony Logue.   This should have been reported  in last month's prattle so many apologies folks, but  the news didn't filter down to me in time.



We played three mixed matches at home in September namely Thame, Ross-on-Wye and OUP all of which were very enjoyable and a lot of fun.  Ross-on-Wye had been on tour and on their way home, rounded off their tour with a stop at City and County.  They arrived in time for a light lunch before the match, the sun shone for our game and with the usual excellent two course meal afterwards, they were very impressed with our facilities!  We also had a most enjoyable ladies match at West Oxford one evening, playing the last few ends in the twilight which all added to the fun.  Must remember to take a torch next time!!



Our A team came so very close to winning this final and causing an upset (fuller report elsewhere on the website) but it wasn't to be.  Very well played lads - next year will be yours.



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 Mens Club Singles Champion this year is Othman Sharif and the Ladies Singles Champion is Kathy Hawes.

We were very pleased to host the Mens County Champion of Champions Competition which took place this month.  Othman, our representative, played some great games to reach the final where, in a close fought fight against Kevin Alder from West Witney, he just lost out.  Well done Othman, you did us proud.


Kathy was invited to the Senior Ladies England Trials for next season the same weekend that the County Ladies Champion of Champions Competition was held and I am very pleased to say that she has retained her place in the Senior England Squad.  Great stuff Kathy and many congratulations.



This was held on Saturday 27th September and was preceded by a "friendly" match Ladies -v- Gents in the afternoon.  It was a beautiful sunny day, just right for bowling and a very enjoyable afternoon was had by all.   Victory went to the men on this occasion - well played gentlemen.

The dinner was well attended and we were very pleased to welcome the Ladies County President, Margaret Morris together with the Men's County President, Mike Andrews 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.



This is now under way with the Leagues, and matches will begin soon. I look forward to seeing everyone again after the Summer break.  The carpet has already been stretched for the start of the season and for those interested is running at a speed of 18 seconds.


Please sign up for the matches which are always good fun and also give you good practice.  It's the best way to get to know other Club members and learn more about the game, so newer members, take the plunge and jump in and you "oldies" keep putting your  names up - we need you all.



This now reverts back to a Saturday evening each month for the Winter Season, the first one being held on SATURDAY 11th OCTOBER from about 6 p.m. with entertainment by Kev G later on in the evening.   The next Club Night will be on Saturday 1st NOVEMBER - thought I had better give you advance notice as my prattle will not be published before that date!



Following our successful Open Day in August, we are holding another one on Sunday November 2nd from 1.30 - 6 p.m.  So spread the word and encourage everyone you know to come along and see what's on offer.  Bowling equipment will be available for those who want to have a go, with "experts" on hand to offer help and advice.




At a Gynaecologist's office :  "Dr. Jones at your cervix".

On a maternity room door :  "Push, Push, Push".

At a Plastic Surgeon's office :  "We can help you pick your nose".

At an Optician's office :  "If you can't see what you're looking for, you've come         

                                           to the right place".

At a Funeral Director's :  "Drive carefully  -  we'll wait".

On a café door :  "PUSH  - if that doesn't work,

                              PULL  - if that doesn't work

                              We must be CLOSED".

In a gents toilet :  "We aim to please,

                                You aim too, please!"

Finally, from the USA :  "This business is guarded by shotgun 3 nights a week.

                                           You guess which 3!"  

Mind that door!


Margaret Stacey.


Top Honours for Katherine


City & County's & Oxfordshires Katherine Hawes has maintained her place in the England team for next year's

Women's Senior International Series at Royal Leamington Spa on June 14th - 16th 2015






Gail Gilkes and Myra Lewis Land Pairs Title in Dramatic Style

Gail Gilkes (left) and Myra Lewis with the Oxfordshire pairs trophy


Oxford City & County's Myra Lewis and Gail Gilkes were crowned Oxfordshire Ladies pairs champions after a tense shoot-out victory over Banbury Central's Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion.

With the final finishing level at 17-17, it was a superb shot from Gilkes that won it in front of her home crowd.

The Banbury Central pair held the shot, but Gilkes fired the jack to the back of the rink and then drew the winning shot to claim the title.


County Triples Final

Gilkes then teamed up with Donna Knight and Katherine Hawes to record a 21-14 win over clubmates Sue Mayo, Myra Lewis and Jeanette Berry in the triples final.


Under 25s Singles Final

City & County's Katie Glenn beat Banbury Central's Amy Stone 21-15 in the under 25s final.




Pairs: M Lewis & G Gilkes (Oxford C&C) 18, C Galletly & C Campion (Banbury Central) 17 (extra end).

Triples: D Knight, G Gilkes & K Hawes (Oxford C&C) 21, S Mayo, M Lewis & J Berry (Oxford C&C) 14.

Under 25 singles: K Glenn (Oxford C&C) 21, A Stone (Banbury Central) 15.


Officers' Cup final: K Hawes (Oxford City & County) bt H Kingsley (Oxford City & County).

Plate final: A Ives (Banbury Borough) bt L Batten (South Oxford).

City & County Club Finals 2014



Othman Sharif & Katherine Hawes  2014 Club Singles Champions 


Men's Singles Championship    
Othman Sharif 21 - 10 Chris Lewis
Ladies Singles Championship    
Katherine Hawes 21 - 19 Myra Lewis
Men's Pairs Championship    
Mike Petersen & Mervyn Gleeson 23 - 14 Gary Gray & Brian Flitter
Ladies Pairs Championship    
Donna Knight & Myra Lewis ???? Pat Rist & Carol Caskins
Men's Triples Championship    
Mike Petersen, Mervyn Gleeson, Richard Jackson 16 - 6       Colin Pollard, Gary Gray,              Alan Keen
Ladies over 65 Singles    
Jackie Gray 21 - 18 Shirley Crick
Men's 2 Wood Singles    
Othman Sharif 18 - 5 Darren Johnson
Men's Never Won Singles    
Alan Keen 21 - 20 Dennis Richens
Men's Handicap Singles    
Othman Sharif 21 - 8 Paul Lopez
Ernest Stone over 70 Singles    
Terry Gripe 21 - 12 Robert Hands
Men's Handicap Pairs    
Colin Pollard & Graham Kerr 25 - 23 Brian Flitter & Paul Lopez
3 Wood Pairs    
Chris Lewis & Terry Gripe 15 - 12 Brian Flitter & Paul Lopez
Mixed Singles    
Chris Lewis 21 - 12 Brian Eastgate
4 Wood Mixed Pairs    
Helen Kingsley & Nigel Satchell 21 - 15 Alison & Brian Eastgate
2 Wood Mixed Pairs    
Jackie & Gary Gray 19 - 16 Alison & Brian Eastgate




Well, what a month this has been for me - our ladies and gentlemen doing so well at Leamington, the Men's A team through to the League Cup Final and  a wonderful President's day - but more of that later.



Well done gentlemen - through to the final against Headington.  This will take place at Kidlington Bowls Club on Thursday 4th September at 6.15 p.m. so get along there everyone and cheer our lads on.



As I reported last month, we had representatives in all the ladies disciplines.  Carol Gaskins and Carol Penson reached the semi-finals of the Senior Pairs and after a hard fought game went into the last end just one shot adrift.  Their opponents from Sussex however, made another two shots to clinch their place in the final and they then went on to win the Championship.  Kathy Hawes reached the quarter finals of the Four Wood Singles and Gail Gilkes and Myra Lewis won through to the quarter finals of the Pairs where they battled against two Junior Internationals (Natalie Melmore and Sophie Tolchard from Devon) only losing out over the last two ends.

The icing on the cake with cherries on top, however, has to be the magnificent success of Kathy Hawes, Gail Gilkes, Donna Knight and Myra Lewis in becoming the National Fours Champions.  The quarters and semi-finals were nail biters, winning by just one shot on both occasions.  In the final however, they seemed to be cruising to victory, 20-9 up when Northants came back at our ladies and the score stood at 20-15 with two ends to go.  We sat there, holding our breaths, everything crossed. We were down - was the unthinkable going to happen?  Then Gail trailed the jack to our woods at the back and with the Northants Skip unable to find a way through, we picked up a 5 together with the trophy and one end to spare.  Very well done ladies, you were all brilliant.

Kathy's team now goes on to represent England in the fours in next year's Home Internationals against Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Isles.  This competition will be played at Leamington, so not too far for us to go and watch and give our support. When times and dates are known, they will be displayed at the Club so that you can put them in your diaries.


Oxford Mail: Mike Petersen (left) and Alan Ley, with the runners-up trophy at the National Senior Pairs Championship

Mike Petersen and Alan Ley also had great success in the Men's Senior Pairs winning right through to the final.  Another nail biter, one up going into the last end but Alan couldn't find a way through to the jack and so they dropped a 3 to become the runners up.  Well done gentlemen, you did us proud - sorry I wasn't there to cheer you on but I had, rather inconsiderately, arranged my President's Day on the same day!








I had a lovely President's day - couldn't have asked for better so thank you everyone for coming along on the day, and for your support and assistance in various ways which all contributed to a successful afternoon.  I have written a separate and fuller report which is on this website and a copy is also posted in the clubhouse.



We held a successful open day at the beginning of the month and as a result several people are having coaching lessons.  We look forward to welcoming them as members in the near future.  A fuller report of this day has also been posted on the website.



We have had 6 matches in August, three very enjoyable away games at Witney Town, Charlbury and Carterton. We are always made most welcome when we play away so please, please give your support on these occasions.   The other 3 matches were at home against Hagbourne (men's match), a re-arranged game against Oxford Masonic and a touring side from Shanklin.  The game against the Masonic was played indoors due to inclement weather.  We had a lovely day with the tourists from Shanklin who thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  Two further ladies matches had been fixed for this month but sadly these were cancelled by Woodstock and Banbury Borough.



Another very successful Club Night was held on Friday 15th August with a tasty BBQ and super side salad dishes.  Our grateful thanks must go to Colin Pollard and all his helpers, particularly his wife, 'Salad Queen' Jackie, who made this such a great evening. This was the last outdoor Club Night for this season.  The indoor Club Nights will commence on SATURDAY 11th OCTOBER  with entertainment by KEV G so make a note in your diary folks.



I am very pleased to tell you that Paul Comley won the Longford Cup earlier this month.  Congratulations Paul.



Our finals this year are on the weekend of 6th/7th September starting at 10 a.m. on the 6th.  Spectators very welcome - do come and help create a bit of atmosphere for our worthy finalists.  Two ladies County finals are also being played on Sunday 7th  - namely, the pairs and triples and we have representatives in both of these games.



Diaries out once more folks and make a reservation for Saturday 27th September. Full details are now up in the Clubhouse and choice of menu is available.  



On a beautiful summer's day, two American tourists were driving through Wales.

At the village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch they stopped for lunch and one of the tourists asked the waitress -

"Before we order, I wonder if you could settle an argument for us.

Can you pronounce where we are very, very, very slowly?"

The girl leaned over and said -

"Burrr ……… Gurr ……… King".


Have a nice day!

President Margaret

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Oxon Veteran Alan Ley Reaches 800-Games Milestone

Oxford City & County's Alan Ley chalked up another landmark with his 800th game for Oxfordshire in their 129-89 win over Buckinghamshire in a friendly at Long Crendon.

Alan, who made his Oxon debut in 1966 at the old Blue Circle club, near Kidlington, was unable to mark the milestone with a rink victory as his four were pipped 17-16.

The 66-year-old beat the previous record of 459 set by Walter Lester while playing for Summertown in 1992.

His remarkable tally is also believed to be a record for any county in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

Reflecting on the achievement, Alan said: "It hasn't been done for any reason. It has just happened - the games have just accumulated.

"It is great to get there. I still enjoy it and they still keep picking me."

Meanwhile, Alan is set to embark on his next century when he makes appearance No 801 as Oxfordshire take on Gloucestershire at Witney Town on Wednesday.


Alan Ley and Mike Petersen

Denied in National Agony

Oxford Mail: Mike Petersen (left) and Alan Ley, with the runners-up trophy at the National Senior Pairs Championship
Mike Petersen (left) and Alan Ley, with the runners-up trophy at the National Senior Pairs Championship


Oxfordshire's Alan Ley and Mike Petersen suffered an agonising 20-18 defeat in the Bowls England Men's National Senior Pairs Championship final at Royal Leamington Spa.

Holding a one-shot advantage going into the last end of their clash with Derbyshire's Les Jinks and Dave Brennan, the Oxford City & County duo dropped three shots to finish runners-up.

Ley said: "We led all the way up until the very last end and lost it.

"We had mixed emotions really. We were very pleased that we got there and very disappointed to lose it by two shots at the end."

Ley and Petersen had beaten Gloucestershire's Vince Wilks and Dougie Lewis 21-13 in the semi-finals of the over 55s competition at Victoria Park.

In the last eight, the Oxford City & County pair eased past Middlesex's Ron Edgar and David Pitt 24-15.

They had opened their challenge with a 27-18 victory against Leicestershire's Michael Haywood and John Godden, before overcoming Peter Lowe and Colin Gray 18-11 in round two.



I had a great day on Sunday, the sun shone a bit, the clouds threatened a bit and the wind blew a lot but we had fun and didn't get wet.  The afternoon started with a "spider" (won by Vic Bye), followed by the match.


I had invited 5 Club Presidents from Oxfordshire to bring or send along a rink each to play for me against a City and County side led by Captain of the day, Colin Pollard.  They all came and "played their socks off for me" (that means the President's team won overall!!!).  I did lose on my rink however, Colin not understanding that he was supposed to let me win!   There was enough City and County players to form a further 4 triples and so two of these also played for me.  It was great to see both greens being used and practically full.  Thank you C & C members for all  your support.



I was very pleased to welcome the visiting rinks from Abingdon (Captain Peter Baskerville), Hagbourne (Vice-Captain Howard Rose), South Oxford (President Keith Mobley), Thame (President Hazel Westcott) and Witney Town (Mel Cameron).  Thank you so much for coming and supporting me.  I hope our links and association with you all will continue for many years to come.


It was great to see some of our "retired" bowlers too who joined us for the meal after the match, together with a new bowler who has promised that she will take the plunge and be bowling in next year's President's game.



When I went into the Clubhouse during the game for the usual comfort break, the tables looked lovely - just as I wanted it.  Jenny and Jill had done a grand job and with Keith's flowers, it was a picture.  After the game, we had a superb meal - (roast beef + trimmings, black forest roulade and cream with cheese and biscuits to follow).   Thank you once again Jenny and your helpers.



My highest winning rink turned out to be the triple of Jacky Gray, Alan Keen and Carol Penson with Liz Bye, John Jarvis, Myra Lewis and Graham Kerr being the Captain's highest winning rink.


I had such a wonderful and memorable day and hope you all enjoyed it too.  Thank you, thank you everyone for making it so special.



CITY & COUNTY Girls claim National Fours title




Oxfordshire's Myra Lewis, Donna Knight, Gail Gilkes and Katherine Hawes have won the Bowls England Women's National Fours Championship, sponsored by Dorset Bowls Resort.

The quartet, from Oxford City & County BC, defeated Maggie Edwards, Jasmin Spear, Yvonne McKee and Brenda Bishop from Kingsthorpe BC, Northamptonshire, in the final held this afternoon at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa.

Earlier the Kingsthorpe four had beaten defeated Maggie Jordan, Joyce Evans, Joanna Richman and Linda Kingston (Highworth BC, Wiltshire) in the first semi-final whilst Oxfordshire progressed thanks to a victory against Sheila Short, Jackie Branfield, Laura Holden and Stef Branfield (Clevedon BC, Somerset).


Kingsthorpe BC, Northamptonshire (B Bishop) bt Highworth BC, Wiltshire (L Kingston) 23-11;
Oxford City & County BC, Oxfordshire (K Hawes) bt Clevedon BC, Somerset (S Branfield) 21-20;

Oxford City & County BC, Oxfordshire (K Hawes) bt Kingsthorpe BC, Northamptonshire (B Bishop) 25-15;



Well the weather was very kind to us, and the response we had was more than pleasing,…….it was a delight to welcome so many people, most of whom are new to our great game.
I think they were surprised at what they found and the welcome they received…….as we often say, its Oxfords Best Kept Secret!….and just importantly for us, it was our great pleasure to welcome new friends. Hey, and forget about the adults for a moment, delighted to see nine year old Zoe (a star in the making I am sure) and her parents there as well - great supporters of the club.
Without exception, after being 'meeted and greeted' and shown around, everyone did not take much persuading to 'have a go'… you can imagine our Coaches, Rosemary and Graham were kept busy……ably supported in one way or another from 'our gang' consisting of Chairman Peter Phelps, our President Margaret Stacy - whilst John Stacy, Colin Pollard, Alan Keen, Helen Kingsley,Shirley Crick,Tony and Vera Logue and Bob Scholes added their colour to the tapestry on view during the event.
Jenny providing excellent food as ever and Spencer doing his bit behind the bar.
Almost all of our new friends have either booked, or expressed a desire to have lessons…… hopefully as time goes on we shall see more new members joining our throng - and most welcome they will be too….great stuff guys.
Bob Scholes




This continues to be very popular and is flourishing with the two roll-ups each week (Monday and Thursday mornings), a league on Wednesday mornings and a pairs competition running throughout the season as well.



There were only two friendly matches in July, one being a re-arranged Ladies Triples Match away against Abingdon.  Just as we were about to set foot on the green, we had a very heavy shower but fortunately it didn't last too long and we were able to ditch the wets.  After early resistance from the Abingdon Ladies, we drew ahead to win the match.   The other game was a mens triples match away against Hagbourne.  We came second on this occasion and a very pleasant but hot afternoon was had by all.

There are several matches arranged for August and we desperately need more names.  Please, please sign up where you can.  One of the games is against a touring side (Shanklin) who are visiting us at the end of August and we need a lot of players for this one.



Please note that the date for this has changed from Friday 8th August and will now be on   Friday 15th August.     There will be a BBQ and entertainment by Joe Holio.



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.  I have visiting rinks coming on this occasion so please come andjoin in this my special day.   Everyone welcome.



On a very hot, sunny Sunday 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 £1500 was raised which Marilyn was very pleased to accept on behalf of Sobell House.  The trophy winners were Gary Gray, Alan Keen and Jacky Gray.



On a another fine sunny day, 16 Ladies teams from around the County had a great day's competitive bowling in this annual event organised and run by Helen Kingsley.  A fuller report can be read elsewhere on the website or on the Ladies Notice Board at the Club.   However,  no team won all their matches and the runners-up - Linda Price, Jenny Banton and Joyce Clark from Headington - only lost out to the winners, Carol Penson, Carol Gaskins and myself by a shot difference of 6!




Paul Comley is through to the semi-final of the Longford Cup which will be played to a finish at South Oxford on Sunday 3rd August.  Go for it Paul!



Our Club hosted this event on 26th/27th July.  Donna Knight became Two Wood County Champion defeating Carol Galletly (Banbury Central) in a very close game while Kathy Hawes became the Four Wood Singles County Champion overcoming Carol Penson, another C & C player.  Next day, however, Carol together with Carol Gaskins, Marion Darton and your truly became the Fours County Champions beating Kathy, Donna Knight, Myra Lewis and Sue Mayo.  The County Triples and Pairs finals are to be played on Sunday 7th September and will run alongside our own Club Finals Day.



I am very pleased to report that Mike Petersen and Alan Ley have won through to the Mens Senior Pairs Finals.  Many congratulations gentlemen. Alan first qualified for National Championship Finals back in the 1960's (!!) when the men's finals were played at Mortlake.  He subsequently also played at Worthing where the Men's Championships have been for many years. As from this year, however, the Men's Competitions and Championships are being played at Leamington so not so far to go now to have a day out on August 15th to cheer our two "Seniors" on.  There must be very few men who can boast of  having played the National Finals at three different venues.  Donna Knight  is also through to the Champion of Champions defeating Jackie Squires from Milton Keynes to book her place at Leamington.


The Ladies National Competitions etc. commence  August 2nd and unbelievably we have a representative in every one of the ladies disciplines this year!!  Must be a record surely. Well done ladies. Schedule is as follows-supporters welcome.


Junior Singles       -  Aug 3/4        Katie Glenn

Senior Pairs          -  Aug 3/4/5     Carol Penson & Carol Gaskins

Fours                    -  Aug 5/6/7     G. Gilkes, K.Hawes, D.Knight & M.Lewis

                                                     C.Penson, C.Gaskins, M.Darton & M.Stacey

Champ of Champs -  Aug 6/7     Donna Knight

4 Wood Singles     -  Aug 7/8/9      Kathy Hawes and Carol Penson

Senior Singles       -  Aug 8/10       Myra Lewis

Triples                  -  Aug l0-13      K.Hawes, G.Gilkes & D.Knight

                                                     J.Berry, S.Mayo & M.Lewis

2 Wood Singles    -   Aug 12/13     D. Knight

Pairs                    -   Aug 13-16     G.Gilkes & M.Lewis

Junior Pairs          -   Aug 16/17     Katie Glenn & Amy Stone


Kathy Hawes and Howard Watts (Headington) have also won through to National Mixed Pairs finals at Leamington.  Well done again.



Our Mens League A team is through to this semi-final against Witney Town which will be played at South Oxford in the evening of Thursday 14th       August.  So go along and give our lads all the support you can. 





Being British is about driving in a German car to an Irish pub for a Belgian beer then travelling home, grabbing an Indian curry or a Turkish kebab on the way to sit on Swedish furniture and watch American shows on a Japanese TV!!


Only in Britain can a pizza get to your house faster than an ambulance.

Only in Britain do supermarkets make sick people walk all the way to the back of the shop to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.

Only in Britain do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries and a DIET coke.

Only in Britain do banks leave both doors open and chain the pens to the counters.

Only in Britain do we leave cars worth thousands of pounds on the driveway and lock our junk and cheap lawn mowers in the garage.



Makes you think!





President Margaret                                                                  2nd August 2014



This year's competition took place on a very warm, sunny day - Monday 28th July with 16 teams from various Clubs in the area entering for this annual event.  


After three games, only two teams had won all their games so with one game to go, who would it be - Caroline Bloomfield (Witney Town) or Jeanette Berry (C & C)?  Caroline then played Carol Penson (C & C) and Jeanette played Jane Murphy (Didcot) in their final games. However, both teams lost giving a completely different picture on the final results as follows:-


FIRST PRIZE  -  £100

Carol Penson, Carol Gaskins                      3 wins + 1 draw

& Margaret Stacey   (C & C)                               Shot difference +18



Linda Price, Jenny Banton                          3 wins + 1 draw

& Joyce Clark   (Headington)                               Shot difference +12



Jane Murphy, Helen Moore                        3 wins

& Sally Gilbert   (Didcot)                                     Shot difference + 18


We were very pleased to welcome Ellen Clarke's sister-in-law, Vera Church, who is now 94 years young, who came along with Ken Meadley

(Ellen Clarke's nephew) to present the trophy and prize monies.



Our grateful thanks must go to Helen Kingsley for all her hard work in organising this competition and to her assistants (Betty Marriott, Sylvia Holmes and Shelagh Amor) who all contributed to a very successful day.

City And County Line Up for the National Seniors Championships at Leamington

Oxford City & County's Carol Gaskins and Carol Penson will compete in the women's pairs competition.

They beat Kidlington's Eileen O'Shea and Pat Hunt 28-7 after 16 ends,

and will be in first round action on Sunday, August 3.

Clubmates Alan Ley and Mike Peterson will be in the men's pairs,

which begin on Friday, August 15.

City & County will also be represented in the ladies' singles, after Myra Lewis beat Mo Cox (Banbury Central) 21-20.

Her campaign starts on Saturday, August 9,

On the road again


ANOTHER .....City and County player Jane Murphy has also booked her place at the National Championships Finals held at Royal Leamington Spa in August, by winning the Berkshire County Fours Championship, for the Third Consecutive Year.

Jane along with her team mates Sally Gilbert, Helen Moore, & Jane Porter, beat Readings Linda Robinson four 24 -14 in the final, held yesterday at the Island Bohemian Bowling Club.

Jane play's all her National Competitions from her parent club Didcot, who unfortunately play under the banner of The Royal County of Berkshire, although it's situated well and truly, within the borders of Oxfordshire.






Out of curiosity, I asked Jane a couple of years ago, as to why it was, she dose not play out of City & County full time ? Apparently her Grandfather was a founder member of Didcot Bowls Club back in the late 60's, and spent many hours around the green playing and watching Grandad play, eventually taking up the game at the tender age of 11 and throughout her early teens she could be found either rolling up, or playing for Didcot in local fixtures. At the age of 16 Jane, and Jane Sandalls (Porter) also 16, were the among the youngest players to reach the National Women's Finals at Leamington to represent The Royal County of Berkshire, in the Women's Pairs Championships........ What happened Next ????

She decided to take a SHORT break from bowls "roughly 26 years to be exact" ...... why? ........

the only answer I could get from her was "Boyfriend, Husband, Children, Starting a Business". in that order.

A few years ago now, she woke up and found all the Children had grown up, Business doing okay, free time became a reality again, picked up the woods and went to join Mum back at Didcot B.C.

From then on in, she seemed to have picked up from where she left off,

2010 RCBBA Ladies Unbadged Singles Winner,

2012 RCBBA Ladies Champion of Champions Winner,

2012 RCBBA Ladies Fours Winner,

2013 RCBBA Ladies Benevolent Triples Winners,

2013 RCBBA Ladies Fours Winners,

2013 RCBBA Ladies Champion of Champions Winner, 

2014 RCBBA Ladies Fours Winners.


Okay what's she done for City & County then ??


OWIBA ... Singles Champion 2013

OWIBA ... Fours Champions 2013  ( Margaret Stacey, Jan Lovegrove, Jeanette Berry.)

OWIBA ... Triples Champions 2014 ( Jacky Grey, Julie Jackson )

OWIBA ... Pairs Champions 2014    ( Jacky Grey )

Not much really .......... :)



BOWLS: Shiplake's triple roll back the years to reach nationals

Oxford Mail: Shiplake Village's Francis Benham, Graham Kennedy and David Bullock are off to Leamington Spa after their semi-final success
Photograph: Mervyn Gleeson
Shiplake Village's Francis Benham, Graham Kennedy and David Bullock are off to Leamington Spa after their semi-final success

Three senior citizens from Shiplake Village with a combined age of 211 years booked their place at the National Championships for the first time with a stunning victory in the Oxfordshire semi-finals.

Francis Benham, 2006 county president David Bullock and skip Graham Kennedy will play in the triples at Leamington Spa next month after recording a 24-15 win over Headington's Middleton Cup trio of twins Dean and Gary May and Remy Clanfield at Oxford City & County.

Their opponents in Sunday's final at Banbury Chestnuts will be Carterton's David Clanfield, Paul Sharman and Alan Prew.

Carterton had a battle against Banbury Central's Lee Wilkinson, Shane Cooper and Will Campion, who were only three shots adrift with two ends to play, but then saw their dreams shattered by a six and conceded the game on the 17th end.

Headington's Dean May staged a remarkable comeback to defeat his younger twin brother, Gary, 21-18 in the singles semi-final.

With Gary leading 18-6 and only requiring three more shots for victory, Dean stormed back to collect 15 shots over five ends without reply to move into the final.

There he will face Banbury Borough's Greg Moon, who finished strongly to claim a 21-16 win over fellow ex-international Prew.

The fours semi-finals set up an all-Headington decider between the rinks of John Nicholls, Ian Henwood, Jason King and Mark Charlett, and Mick Nash, Norman Rae, Paul Mabbutt and Nick Rae-Welsh.

Charlett's rink took early control of their game against the Banbury Borough's Keith Holloway, George Schwab, Richard Redford and Mark Sykes to triumph 18-14.

Rae-Welsh's four saw off City & County's Paul Lopez, Chris Lewis, Alan Ley and Mark Hancock 19-16.

Reigning pairs champions AJ Docherty and Calvin Carpenter, from Banbury Borough, came from behind to defeat Shiplake Village's Jim Bland and Barry Lambourne 21-15.

Fellow Borough bowlers George Schwab and Mark Sykes scraped through 18-17 against Carterton's Bob Wright, substituting for Roy Craig, and skip John Hicks.


Triples: L Wilkinson, S Cooper, W Campion (Banbury Central) lost to D Clanfield, P Sharman, A Prew (Carterton); D May, R Clanfield, G May (Headington) 15, F Benham, D Bullock, G Kennedy (Shiplake Village) 24.

Fours: M Nash, N Rae, P Mabbutt, N Rae-Welsh (Headington) 19, P Lopez, C Lewis, DA Ley, M Hancock (Oxford City & County) 16; J Nicholls, J Henwood, J King & M Charlett (Headington) 18, K Holloway, G Schwab, R Redford, M Sykes (Banbury Borough) 14.

Pairs: B Wright & J Hicks (Carterton) 17, G Schwab & M Sykes (Banbury Borough) 18; J Bland & B Lambourne (Shiplake Village) 15, AJ Docherty & C Carpenter (Banbury Borough) 21.

Singles: G May (Headington) 18, D May (Headington) 21; A Prew (Carterton) 16, Gr Moon (Banbury Borough) 21.


Fours (10am): M Nash, N Rae, P Mabbutt, N Rae-Welsh (Headington) v J Nicholls, I Henwood, J King, M Charlett (Headington).

Two wood singles (11am): N Lewis (Headington) v M Sykes (Banbury Borough).

Under 25s singles (11am): G Schwab (Banbury Borough) v S Watts (Watlington).

Triples (2pm): D Clanfield, P Sharman, A Prew (Carterton) v F Benham, D Bullock, G Kennedy (Shiplake Village).

Pairs (2pm): G Schwab & M Sykes (Banbury Borough) v AJ Docherty & C Carpenter (Banbury Borough).

Singles (2pm): D May (Headington) v Gr Moon (Banbury Borough).


Congratulations to Kathy Hawes who was in the Ladies England Team which recently competed and retained their title in the British Isles Womens Bowls Council International Team Competition which was held in Jersey.  Kathy played three to Penny Strong and their rink won three out of their four matches only losing by 1 shot in the other.



On a lovely sunny evening, a very successful Outdoor Club Night was held on Friday 6th  June with a BBQ  and entertainment by Summit.

The next BBQ will be on Friday 8th August and the music on this occasion will be by Joe Holio.

A notice is in the Clubhouse so please put your names down and come along for another enjoyable evening.

The Organisers do need to know how many of you will be there for catering purposes so get signing.



We had one touring side visit us last month from Long Stratton in Norfolk and a very enjoyable sunny afternoon was had by all.

This was a match which I took and I would like to thank all those members who played willingly, had their arms twisted, or were hijacked on the day. 


Please, please everyone, do sign up for the friendly matches that we have.  It makes life so much easier for the Captains if they have your support without having to beg and make innumerable telephone calls.  So far this year 5 matches have been cancelled and a further 3 for July have also been cancelled.  Not a very good record.  I know there have been a lot of clashes with various competitions and County events this year but friendly games are the life blood of any club and if members are only interested in playing County and National Competitions, we will not survive and neither, eventually, will the game of bowls itself.   Our fixture list is now only half the size it used to be and is shrinking yearly, one reason being through lack of support.  We cannot expect other clubs to visit us if we do not play the return matches. You have to put something back into the game and friendly games are essential to encourage and help newer bowlers to improve.  Remember we were all "green" once!



A Club Pairs Competition was held on Sunday 22nd June with Othman Sharif and Graham Kerr taking the top prize of £l00.  Jacky and Gary Gray were second and received £50 while Peter Boyle and Ken Buckingham came in third with £25.  Many thanks to all who entered and made the day a success and also to Colin Pollard for organising it.   I have heard a whisper that another pairs competition may be in the offing in July, so keep your eyes peeled on the match board for details.



A coach load of us set off on a Club Outing to Bournemouth on the 25th June where, on arrival, we had a super buffet lunch on the cliff top in brilliant sunshine.  The buffet was provided by Chris and Gerry McGrath of The Kings Arms, The Moors, Kidlington  and was quickly demolished by us.   Then a few energetic souls wound their way down to the beach and back up again, whilst others enjoyed the sunshine on the cliff top or had a cuppa in the café over the road which also happened to be the Argyll Bowls Club where we were due to play that afternoon.  As Argyll B.C.were short of players, 4 of our members played for them so that we could have a 6 rink match.    It was a lovely setting on the cliff top although the green proved to be a bit trickier than it looked, but we all enjoyed the experience and finally managed to win by l shot!  Well done C & C.




Our ladies are doing very well this year in the County Competitions with Donna Knight going through to the final of the 2 Wood Singles, Gail Gilkes and Myra Lewis in the pairs final and Kathy Hawes, Gail Gilkes and Donna Knight facing Jeanette Berry, Myra Lewis and Sue Mayo in the final of the triples.  As mentioned last month, Kathy Hawes and Carol Penson will also face each other in the 4 Wood Singles.  Katie Glenn is also through to the final of the Under 25's.  The Quarter and Semi-Finals of the Ladies County Fours is being played this weekend at Thame and three of our Ladies Fours have also qualified for this.  The County Finals are  on 26/27th July at City & County Bowls Club so please do come along and support our ladies.




Mark Hancock's Triple got through to the Quarter Finals of the Mens County Competition but then went out to Will Campion's team from Banbury.  However, Mark and his merry men (Alan Ley, Chris Lewis and Paul Lopez) are through to the Semi-Finals of the Mens County Fours which will be played at City & County Bowls Club at 10a.m. on Sunday 13th July, so come along and give our lads some support.



As part of our effort to attract new members, we are having an Open Day on Sunday 3rd August from 11a.m. onwards.  Spread the word - family, neighbours, friends, workmates etc. and bring them along to test the water.  It would be great if members who are available could drop in even for just a little while and help promote the Club and our wonderful game of bowls.  



Next September we will be hosting the Mens Home International Under 25's Competition. This is obviously a very prestigious event for us and there should be some very good games to watch.   More details at a later date. 





An old couple had retired to bed and the woman was feeling a bit amorous.

"Oh Edward" she said, "Sometimes it feels just like yesterday that you would put your arm around me as we lay in bed.  Where has all that romance gone?" 

So the old man to keep her happy, put his arm around her.

"And then, you used to kiss me" she continued.

The old man sighed, turned over and kissed her.

"And then, do you remember" the wife said, "You used to nibble my ears?"

At that, the old man sighed deeply, got out of bed and walked to the door.

"Edward" she called, sitting up in alarm "Where are you going?"

"To get my teeth!!" he replied.



Groan! Groan!




President Margaret

City & County's triples progress to national championships

Oxford Mail: City & County's successful teams. Back row (from left): Gail Gilkes, Donna Knight, Katherine Hawes. Front: Myra Lewis, Sue Mayo, Jeanette Berry.
City & County's successful teams. Back row (from left): Gail Gilkes, Donna Knight, Katherine Hawes. Front: Myra Lewis, Sue Mayo, Jeanette Berry.

OXFORD City & County will have two ladies triples at the national championships next month after coming through qualifying.

Sue Mayo, Myra Lewis and skip Jeanette Berry won both their games to book a place at Leamington, alongside Katherine Hawes' three with Donna Knight and Gail Gilkes.


Quarter-final: C Penson 12, K Hawes 15; P Ilott 11, R McIntyre 21; A Gilkes 12, J Gray 15; J Berry 22, K Jupp 9.

Semi-final: K Hawes 33, R McIntyre 4; J Gray 10, J Berry 25.

BOWLS: Hawes facing new test with England

Oxford Mail: Katherine HawesKatherine Hawes

Katherine Hawes faces a journey into the unknown after being given a late call-up by holders England for the British Isles Women's International Series in Jersey, starting on Sunday.

The Oxford City & County star, who was in the team as England recorded a clean sweep of wins over Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Jersey in Glasgow last year, was originally named as a reserve.

But she gets her chance with Derbyshire's Jean Baker unwell.

Hawes will play No 3 in a rink skipped by Lincolnshire's Penny Strong, which also features Wor-cestershire's Sue Davies at lead and Derbyshire's Jo Skelton.

The England team is familiar territory for Hawes, but she and her teammates face a new test as they will be competing on an artificial green at Les Creux over the three days.

She said: "Until we get over there for practice it is a bit of an unknown.

"It is the first time an international series has been played on an artificial green.

"It should be quite interesting. Speaking to some of the Jersey girls, it is quite breezy there and it can be quite a tricky surface.

"Hopefully it will be a bit quicker than over here where the greens have been pushy."

Hawes also received a late call-up for England's indoor side in March when Baker was ill.

And she grabbed her opportunity in stunning fashion by being named player of the series as England retained the Clara Johns Trophy in Durham.

She added: "I will just take what happened from the indoors and try and play well outdoors, and if I do that I will be quite happy.

"Hopefully we can put it all together outdoors and come back with a success." 

Ciy & County welcomes the Queens Baton
"Oxford City and County Bowls Club were represented at Cutteslowe Park/Sunnymeade Park during the festivities which saw the arrival in Oxford of the Queens Baton on its journey to Scotland for the Commonwealth Games.
Our Bowls Club, together with many other sports were showing off their wares and all seemed to be attracting much interest.
From our standpoint the many schools which were represented were keen to 'have a go' and here you see one of our coaches, Graham Kerr introducing youngsters to our great sport.  
Many parents and teachers expressed an encouraging interest - so lets hope we see some of them at our club in the near future.
Colin Pollard, along with Helen Toms, Graham Kerr and Bob Scholes were in attendance from around 11.00am to get things set up and moving -  and later in the day Rosemary Phelps and Gary Gray took over to keep the momentum going.  It was also encouraging to see other members from our club making an appearance too".



Well, May has proved to be wet and soggy with a few nice days here and there so nothing changes when the Outdoor Season kicks off once again.

We did have fine weather at Marlow as reported last month and also when a touring side from Colchester visited us on Spring Bank Holiday weekend. We had a very good afternoon with them and they were so pleased to be able to play a full game as they only managed to play 10 ends of their first game of their tour (rain stopped play), their second game was cancelled because Peppard's green was waterlogged and then they were on their way home the day following their visit to us!

We also had a sunny afternoon for the return match at home against our friends from Marlow.  It was another great, very enjoyable afternoon. 

Out of the ten matches arranged for May however, only five were actually played, four being cancelled by us through lack of support and the fifth by the opposition - which makes for rather a depressing start to the season.

We did win most of those played but it is the loss of revenue from those that weren't played that is worrying.

Most Outdoor matches are reciprocal, i.e. on the home fixtures visiting teams do not pay us anything thus creating a deficit on the match. However, we do not pay them on the return visit and the money collected from our away team is offset against the deficit on the home game.

So if, for example, an away four rink fixture does not take place we lose £104.00. Therefore, as four out of the five cancelled games should have been away we have already lost £350.00 so you can see how imperative it is for away games to take place.

It has been a struggle for the Captains to get enough players for matches.  I know there is a lot going on with early rounds of County and National Competitions taking place and other commitments so heartfelt thanks to those of you who have been able to support the Club matches.  Please, please continue to do so when you can.

The cancelled away match against Abingdon Ladies has now been re-arranged for Friday June 20th at 2.30 p.m.  and the relevant match sheet is up on the board.  We always have a lovely afternoon at Abingdon and a very nice tea afterwards so come on ladies, let's make sure we have enough names this time.



Many congratulations to Kathy Hawes and Carol Penson who have reached the final of the Ladies County Singles Competition. We are hosting the Ladies County finals on the weekend of 26th/27th July so make a note and come and support our ladies (we hope that in due course there will be a few more in some of the other finals!).


Regrettably the Open Fours Competition, which was arranged for Sunday 22nd June, has had to be cancelled as not enough entries were received to make the Competition viable.

It has been decided to run a Pairs Competition for members on that day instead.  Your choice of partner - can be ladies, gents or mixed pairs.  It will be played on a round robin basis - fuller details will be posted at the Club shortly. Entry fee £4. per pair.  There will be three prizes - lst £100., 2nd £50. and 3rd £25. (must be worth a go folks!).  The entry form is on the match notice board so get cracking and sign up for a fun days bowling.


This Annual Ladies Open Competition is being held on Monday 28th July commencing at 10 a.m.  Always a good event so come on ladies, give it a go and enter a team.  Entry forms available at the Club or can be downloaded from this website.

This event is being run by Helen Kingsley and if you have any queries, she will be only too pleased to help.


There are still a few places left on the coach for the outing to Bournemouth on Wednesday 25th June to include a game against Argyll Bowls Club, lunch and a meal afterwards all for £18. per head - or if you just fancy the day out, £11.50 for the coach and lunch.  Last year's trip to Portsmouth was a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone so look out your buckets and spades and join in the fun.

Heard this one?

I have a little Satnav, it sits there in my car,

A Satnav is a driver's friend, it tells you where you are.

I have a little Satnav, I've had it all my life,


It's better than the normal ones, my Satnav is my wife.


It gives me full instructions, especially how to drive,

"It's thirty miles an hour" it says, "you're doing thirty five."


It tells me when to stop and start and when to use the brake

And tells me that it's never ever safe to overtake.


It tells me when a light is red and when it goes to green,

It seems to know instinctively just when to intervene.


It lists the vehicles just in front and all those to the rear

And taking this into account, it specifies my gear.


I'm sure no other driver has so helpful a device

For when we leave and lock the car, it still gives its advice.


It fills me up with counselling, each journey's pretty fraught,

So why don't I exchange it and get a quieter sort?


Well, you see, it cleans the house, makes sure I'm properly fed,

It washes all my shirts and things  - and keeps me warm in bed!


Despite all these advantages, and my tendency to scoff,

I do wish that once in a while I could turn the damned thing off!



Happy driving!




President Margaret

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"Leamington here we come"

Played at Banbury Chestnuts on Saturday 24 May, Katherine Hawes and Carol Penson of City and County are the finalists of the county singles and will be representing Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies in the nationals being held at Leamington in August.












Monday, 28th July, 2014


9.30 am for 10.00 am start

Dress - whites

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


1st PRIZE - £100

2nd PRIZE - £60

3rd PRIZE - £30


Entry Fee - £12 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 2014

Ellen Clarke Memorial Competition Rules

Ellen Clarke Memorial Timetable for the day








Our Indoor Finals Competitions produced some interesting and well fought games with the following results :-

  Winners Runners Up
Mens Singles Peter Boyle Dale Hall
Ladies 4 Wood Singles Caroline Bloomfield Sue Stewart
Phelps Trophy Peter Boyle Othman Sharif
Ladies 2 Wood Singles Eileen O'Shea Sue Stewart
Mens  2 Wood Pairs Sam Watts Geoff Powell
  Dale Hall Andy Crawley
Ladies Pairs Lesley Storer Sandra Simpson
  Eileen O'Shea Mavis Hale
Mixed Pairs Jan Gore John Stacey
  Othman Sharif Liz Sims
Mens Triples Othman Sharif Sam Watts
  Graham Kerr Adie Twinn
  Brian Eastgate Adie Kemish
Mixed 2 Wood Triples Graham Kerr Brian Bloomfield
  Andy Crawley Alan Scholan
  Lesley Storer Caroline Bloomfield


Well done everyone for reaching the finals and not forgetting those of us who were knocked out by the above players - without us there would not be a competition!!!  So keep entering and trying - it will be your turn one day.

The Champion of Champions was contested by 7 out of the 9 winning League teams and I am very pleased to report that my team, the Panthers (Thursday Morning League) emerged the winners for the second year running, defeating Phil Blackman's team, the Has Beens (Monday Midday League), in the final.

The Final of the Tens Competition was hotly fought by Didcot and ourselves with Didcot emerging the winners after a nail biting finish all hanging on the last end of the triples game.  Great stuff - well done Didcot.  The trophy and prize monies were presented by Mr. Paul Holt of the Newbury Building Society who have sponsored this very popular Inter-Club Competition since its inception in the 2003/4 indoor season and to whom we are most grateful.

Our very grateful thanks also go to Rosemary and Peter Phelps who have organised this competition from the word go and have spent a good deal of time and effort in the brilliant smooth running of this event for us, not to mention giving up their Sunday mornings for the last 11 indoor seasons.  They have now decided the time has come to step down and from next season Sylvia and Alan Holmes will be taking up the reins of the Tens Competition.  Welcome aboard both of you.   Once again, thank you so much Rosemary and Peter.  You can now lie in on Sunday mornings!!



This is now under way with Triples being played on Monday and Thursday mornings (everyone welcome - 10 a.m. start) and a Summer League on Wednesday mornings.



The Outdoor Season is now also under way for those hardy souls who brave the English weather! 

Well done to the men's A and B league teams who both got through to the third round in the League Cup.  The A team then had a very good win against Carterton B and now go forward to the Semi-Final which will be played in August.   Keep it up lads.  The B team faced Headington A in their third round match who proved to be too strong for us. Hard luck gentlemen but well done on getting through to the Quarter Finals.

We have also played and won our first mixed game of the season against Witney Town which was very well supported by members.  Our Captains - Brian, Colin and Shirley much appreciate that support so keep it going for all our matches.  We need you!!!

Regrettably the usual official opening of the greens, with bowls drive and match, planned for Sunday 27th April had to be cancelled through lack of numbers.  The season seems to commence so early these days and as 2 mens league games and a mixed match had already taken place, perhaps players felt they had no need of any more practice!!!

We went to Marlow on Saturday 5th May with 5 rinks of men but only 1 rink of ladies and had a most enjoyable afternoon there - good weather, good green, good food and excellent company.  (Oh! And we won on all rinks!).  Ladies where were you?  You don't know what you missed.  We should have had 2 rinks and could only muster 1 - very disappointing for us and for Marlow.



Entry forms for all Club competitions are now on the notice boards so grab a form and give it a go - you never know your luck and it's all good experience.  Closing date for entries is 18th May and finals will be held over the weekend of 6th &  7th September 2014.



The first Summer Club Night is on Friday 6th June starting at 6 p.m. with both  indoor and outdoor bowls available. There will be the usual scrumptious BBQ with entertainment by 'Summit' during the evening - all for £5.50.  Great value.



How  about this one !

A woman comes home and says to her husband "Remember those headaches I've been having all these years?  Well, they're gone".

"No more headaches?" says the husband.  "What happened"

His wife replies "Margie referred me to a hypnotist.  He told me to stand in front of a mirror and say "I do not have a headache, I do not have a headache, I do not have a headache.  It worked!  The headaches have all gone".

The husband replies "Well, that is wonderful".

His wife then says "You know you haven't been exactly a ball of fire in the bedroom these last few years.  Why don't you go and see the hypnotist and see if he can do anything for that?"  The husband agrees to try it.

Following his appointment, the husband comes home, rips off his clothes, picks his wife up and carries her into the bedroom.  He puts her on the bed and says "Don't move, I'll be right back".  He goes into the bathroom, returns a few minutes later, jumps into bed and makes passionate love to his wife like never before.

His wife says "Boy, that was wonderful".

The husband says "Don't move, I'll be right back".

He goes back into the bathroom, and when he returns, round two is even better than the first time.  The wife sits up and her head is spinning.  Her husband again says "Don't move, I'll be right back" and goes into the bathroom. This time, his wife quietly follows him and there in the bathroom she sees him standing at the mirror saying

"She's not my Wife".

"She's not my Wife".

"She's not my Wife".


His funeral's next week!!



President Margaret.

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FRIDAY 6th JUNE   6.OOpm


Please come along & have a great evening.

The entertainment is


Roll up on the Outdoor or Indoor greens.

Table Bowls.

BBQ. Includes chicken, sausages, burgers with salad & cheese etc.

Price £5.50





British Summertime is now here and that means the Outdoor Season is nearly upon us so those of you who play outdoors start checking your wets, scarves, gloves, towels etc. - you're sure to need them!!
I am very pleased to report that Mervyn Gleeson is now our Services Director and we all wish him well in this appointment.  We only lack a Bar Director on the Management Committee so how about it - volunteers step forward and see John Stacey for information.
Sunday March 16th was Pink Day at the Club when we all wore a touch of pink to support Women -v- Cancer. Tony Wright was the pinkest of all and judged to be the best dressed man with his pink trousers, pink satin blouse and curly pink wig with Liz Sims our best dressed lady. A great afternoon was had by all with lots of fun and laughter.  In all we raised £591. by means of a spider, various fines for touchers, woods or jack in ditch, raffle, pennies in the pottie, a £100. donation from the Club and donations from members unable to be there on the day.  Jan Lovegrove was highly delighted and this has made a significant contribution towards her target.  If you visit her website ( you can keep up to date with her progress.
This month has seen the closing stages of our Club Competitions and the running order for the finals is now listed in the Clubhouse.  The men's triples competition will be played on Friday evening 11th April and the remaining finals on Saturday 12th April commencing at 10 a.m. so come along and give support to our worthy finalists - cheer them on and create some atmosphere.  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.  and details are now on the match board.
The Indoor Leagues are now almost completed and the Champion of Champions League competition will be played on Wednesday 16th April - details of draw and start time will be posted in the Clubhouse soon.
Registration for next year's leagues is now well under way so League Captains please make sure your forms are in by the closing date - 11th April.   This may seem to be early to be thinking about next year already but a lot of work has to be done to collect and collate the necessary information in order for the Yearbook to be prepared for printing.  There are a few teams who are looking for players so if you would like to be in a league, please add your name to the forms at the back of the indoor rink. Or, how about forming your own league team? We do have room for more teams in all of the evening leagues and also the Monday Midday League. Give it a go - new faces are most welcome and you will get to meet a lot more members.  If you are interested, please contact any of the League Secretaries or an Indoor Committee Member (names in this year's blue handbook) who will be only too pleased to help and advise you.
We hosted the Ladies Indoor County Finals at the end of March and the Club was represented by Jacky Gray and Jane Murphy who reached the pairs final and together with Julie Jackson were also in the Triples final. They were successful in both games - Jacky and Jane overcoming a team from Banbury Cross in the pairs 21-15 and together with Julie defeating a triples from Chipping Norton  21-10.   Very well done the 3 J's!  Yours truly reached the Singles Final where I played Lorraine Serjeant from Carterton and after a leapfrogging first half of the game, I won 21-12.  Dare I say "Well done me!!!
We also hosted the Men's Indoor County Fours Final where Brian Eastgate, Adie Kemish, Graham Kerr and Othman Sharif played Mark Sykes' team from Banbury.  Mark's team proved too strong for our lads but well done all of you for reaching the final.
This coming Saturday, April 5th sees the last of the Indoor Season's very popular Saturday Club Nights where the entertainment will be Cody playing and singing tunes from the 60's, 70's and 80's.  The next Club Night will be a BBQ on Friday 6th June.  (Note change of evening for the Summer).
The Outdoor Fixture Book is now available from the office for Outdoor Members and the greens will be open on Saturday 19th April for those wishing to make an early start to the Season. (The Club is closed on Easter Sunday 20th April).  The official opening of the greens is on Sunday 27th April with a Bowls Drive for the Ladies and a game for the Men followed by a meal afterwards.  Lists are up on the Matchboard for those wishing to take part.
A Redneck Love Poem


Susie Lee done fell in love, she planned to marry Joe
She was so happy 'bout it all, she told her Pappy so.
Pappy told her "Susie gal, you'll have to find another.
I'd just as soon your Ma don't know, but Joe is your half brother.
So Susie  set aside her Joe and planned to marry Will,
But after telling Pappy this, he said "There's trouble still.
You can't wed Will my gal and please don't tell your Mother,
But Will and Joe, and several more I know is your half brother.
But Mama knew and said "My child, just do what makes you happy.
Marry Will or marry Joe, you ain't no kin to Pappy.
Margaret Stacey
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Thank you all for your good wishes and words of encouragement both before and after my election as President of Oxford City and County Bowls Club on 13th February.  As I said at the Club’s AGM, it is a great honour to be your President.  I intend to carry on Alan’s good work and I congratulate him on an excellent year as our President.
As regards this Newsletter, I will continue with the “Prattle” and hope I will be as eloquent, informative and entertaining as Alan has been.  To this end, I would be very grateful if you would keep me informed of what has gone on, what is going on and what will be going on so that I may attend and support where appropriate. Please also let me know of your achievements, other people’s achievements and anything else you think may be of interest to our members so that I have something to write about!  Don’t forget to blow your own trumpet – don’t wait for someone to blow it for you, it may not happen and you will then be disappointed if you are not mentioned in dispatches.
I am very pleased to report that out of the 5 Director vacancies, 3 were filled at the AGM.    The new Directors are as follows :-
                        Health & Safety Director     -     Tony Wright
                        Projects Director                -     Colin Pollard
                        Maintenance Director          -     Alan Keen
Our grateful thanks to these gentlemen who will now give much needed support for our Management Team who have been under pressure for some time trying to double up on the various vacant positions.   We do, however, still need a Services Director and a Bar Director so if anyone out there feels they may be able to take on either of these jobs, please contact Harold Winstone or John Stacey to find out what it would entail.
John and I have been the Captains for this month’s games which have been well supported making our task that much easier.  So thank you everyone.   I have been very pleased to see that some new names have appeared on the match sheets, so come on the rest of you, take the plunge, try the water, meet more members - we would like to get to know you too (after all there are some 450 of us!) - you will be pleasantly surprised.
The Carterton match at the beginning of the month was cancelled by them and another Ladies –v- Gents match was arranged.  Unfortunately in the end, there were not enough ladies to make this possible and so we had a mixed game instead.  A most enjoyable game was had by all.  Again we met some new faces which was great so keep coming forward and make yourselves known. 
A good opportunity for you to do this will be on Sunday March 16th when we are having a Charity Match in lieu of the Northampton game which has been cancelled by them.  Funds raised on the day are for three Cancer Charities which are being supported by Jan Lovegrove. Jan is going to China in September to take part in a cycle challenge to raise further money for these worthy causes.  The challenge is to cycle 279 miles in 5 days through the Beijing Province of China. Phew!  Visit to find out more.
Dress for this Match is casual to include something pink. So gentlemen look out your pink socks, shirts etc and join in the fun. 
This month’s Captains - Phil Woodville and Jan Lovegrove -  would greatly  appreciate your continued support for the last few matches of the season, particularly the two men’s matches on March 6th (Hagbourne – evening)  and March 8th (Royal Household) as at the time of writing this, we still needed quite a few more players.
On Saturday lst March we had our last ever fixture with Broomwade Bowls Club.  This fixture has been on our indoor calendar for many a long year (well over 20 years) despite the fact that they were an Outdoor Club only.   Sadly, through circumstances beyond their control  and after 60 years in existence, they have had to close their doors. 
Saturday lst March was well attended again and saw a welcome return visit of Far From Home - an Irish Folk Group.  Next month’s entertainment will be Cody, a Singer/Guitarist, and will be on Saturday 5th April.  This will be the last Saturday Club Night of this indoor season. During the Summer there will be two or three BBQ’s with entertainment to be held on a Friday evening, the first one being on 6th June.  Watch this space for more details and future dates.
These are scheduled to take place at our Club on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th March.  The various competitions are well underway and a number of our ladies are expected to reach the finals.  Keep your eyes on the notice board to your left as you come in the main door for times and running order and come along to support the finalists.
This is being held on Saturday 12th April with the Annual Prize Giving and Social following on after the Finals.  There will be a normal 2 course Club meal prior to the presentation of the prizes and a notice will shortly be posted with fuller details.  So mark your diaries now folks and come and join us.
Have you heard this one:-
While waiting to see my Doctor, a middle aged man came in bent over at the waist relying heavily upon his wife’s support to get into the Doctor’s Waiting Room.
A nearby patient also waiting, watched in sympathy.
“Arthritis with complications?” she asked.
The wife shook her head and replied “No, do it yourself with concrete blocks!!!”
Sounds familiar!!!
President Margaret.
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