Bowls News


October 2017
Letter from the Chairman:

What start to the new season! Two major international bowling events within the first four weeks which, coupled with the normal start of season pressures, has put an exceptionally heavy workload onto our club.

Fortunately, everything went well and we can now settle down to more regular pattern at the club.

The televised Test Match benefited from the availability of the new store as the commentators were located there and all the tv crew boxes were temporarily stored in that location. As advised at the AGM the club’s Mission Statement has been extended to include “Promoting the sport of bowls” and there is nothing better than tv coverage to influence people’s perception, understanding and potential interest in participating in the sport of bowls.

The Under 18 International required a far higher level of volunteer support and it was good to see so many club members making themselves available to help at this event. The standard of play on occasions was quite exceptional and what impressed me most was the manner in which the young players demonstrated not only physical but mental capability to deal with the pressure situations. The comments from the visitors to the club were extremely complimentary so a big pat on the back to all of you who helped at the event.

The Captains’ Bowls Drive, whilst demonstrating a slightly lower level of bowling ability, was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who attended. Some of the red white and blue attire was very “different” and added to the occasion. Congratulations to Cedric for his organisational abilities and to Fay Hitchman on winning this year’s event.

We are now finalising this years club competition application form and will be offering four additional competitions this year. These are, a return of the adult/junior Australian Pairs, a football scoring Open Fours, an over 80’s pairs and a ladies triples. For novice bowlers, the novice competition open to bowlers with less than three years bowling experience provides an excellent opportunity for new bowlers to win a club competition and the unwon competition is open to any player who has never won a competition at any bowls club. The entry forms will shortly be available at reception so please look at the variety of competitions available and enter by the closing date of 30th November.

All the leagues except one are now running. For members who have not yet joined a league, or wish to enter more leagues during the season, the Monday 4.10 Australian Pairs, the Wednesday 4.10 Singles and the Sunday evening Australian Pairs leagues are all run on a box ladder format which enable new teams to join throughout the season. This is particularly important for new members joining the club.

The proposed Thursday afternoon 4.15 Novice Australian pairs league has not received enough team entries to be viable so is going to be converted into an open Australian Pairs league which will start as soon as there are eight teams registered to play. This league will also be played using the box ladder format to enable new teams to join during the season.

The club representative matches are now underway. It is encouraging to see the number of names for the ladies friendly matches but more names are needed for the mixed friendly matches and to play for the club in the national team competitions. The lists are on the notice boards between the two changing rooms with the ladies lists on the notice board in the ladies changing room. I am aware that there are many competent bowlers at the club who to date have not yet put their names down for club representative matches.  I would encourage you all to do so and I am sure that you will enjoy the experience and how much it helps to improve your bowling ability.

Writing about improving bowling ability the bowls improver coaching course on Friday’s at 2.10 is now underway and is an excellent way to improve your bowling capability.

It was unfortunate that the membership card printer broke down recently but has now been returned enabling all members to have their membership cards printed. Please see reception to get these cards as shortly there will be membership checks.  The process is simplified if members have their membership card to hand when the checks take place.

Before closing may I remind all members that the site is fully covered by cctv cameras so anybody driving the wrong way at the club will be recorded. I personally spotted somebody driving out the wrong way recently which is extremely selfish and dangerous to pedestrians and other drivers. We all need to work together so do please abide by the club rules for everyone’s benefit.

Enjoy your bowling

Lewis Toman

League Manager – Steve Neal 

Members are able to join the following Leagues during the season, if you would like to enter a team or play in the Singles League a registration form is available from reception or speak to Angela. 

Monday Aft Australian Pairs @ 4.15pm –  Box Ladder 

Wednesday Aft Singles @ 4.15pm   –  Box Ladder

Sunday Eve Australian Pairs @ 6.30pm – Box Ladder

Thursday Aft 4.15pm Australian Pairs Football League – Box ladder

This League will now be an open to all members. 

The league will use a football scoring system so that teams accumulate points whether or not they win ends. The scoring will be 4pts for shot wood, 3 points 2nd wood, 2 pts 3rd wood and 1 point 4th wood.

Postponed Matches

Matches for the first week of the season should by now have a rink booked.

If you have not heard from your opponent please contact them, matches must be played within six weeks.


The League tables are now available on the website.

Mixed Friendly Match Captain – Cedric Gunson

The Main Headings are as follows:

Gala Day on Jan 7th 2018 – circulars together with entry application forms have been forwarded to all Clubs and Bowlers, who have taken part in previous years.

Tentative dates for 2019 – Tour, Jan 11th/14th and Gala Day, Sat Jan 19th.

Friendly matches get underway this coming weekend. Availability for selection have been slow in names being put down. Newcomers to weekend bowling will be welcome. We require more names for the weekend 28th/29th October.

Report on Captain’s Bowls Drive – 30 attended – Fay Hitchman won the Sam Dias Trophy.

Torquay Tour2018 A questionnaire will be sent out in November to all those who have already paid their deposits. Balance of payment will be due in early December.

Cheers, Cedric.

Acting Ladies Captain – Lorraine Paget

A request for more Ladies for the first game of the season on the 7th November Tuesday Away v Cotswold. New Lady members very welcome.  It is just a friendly game and an enjoyable day out on the coach. The coach picks up at B.I.B.C @ 10.30am, the Portway 10.45am. The cost £12.50p.

Many thanks


Selection Match Report  24th October 2017 – Pete Collins

The following rounds of these National Competitions have been played.

17th October    Over 60’s Fours 2 Rinks BIBC v Purnells

A win for BIBC Men

14th October     Egham 2 Rinks Home & 2 Rinks Away BIBC v Weston Victoria

A win for BIBC Men and Ladies

21st October      Denny Cup BIBC v Christie Miller

A win for BIBC Men

21st October       Yetton  BIBC v Nailsea

A win for BIBC Ladies

22nd October      Top Club BIBC v Clevedon


Also the National Competitions for Men and Ladies are now underway.

Good Luck to all those who have entered a team or on an individual basis.





BIBC is affiliated to Somerset County Indoor Bowls Association.

Somerset County are looking for more players to participate in County Representative matches.

Nomination forms for these games are displayed on the notice board next to the disabled toilet.

If interested please contact Somerset Representative Ivan Read for more information on 01275 541186.

Dates for your diary:

Sun  26th November BIBC Men v Ladies

Fri 8th December BIBC Christmas Lunch

For more club information:

Follow up national competition information on the EIBA web site:

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Twitter: @bristolibc



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