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(4 Jan 2020)
ECWBA MATCH, COMPETITIONS & MEETINGS PROGRAMME 2020
The draft programme can be viewed from the link below. Venues and timings will be added later.
(8 Jan 2020)
FUNDRAISER FOR AMY ROSE TEAM
A Quiz and Curry event to raise funds for the Under 31’s Amy Rose team will take place at Kings Chase BC on Saturday 21 March 2020. Full details on the link below.
(21 Jan 2020)
A meeting to discuss the overall future of Coaching in Essex will be held on Sunday 16 February 2020 at Falcon Indoor BC. This meeting is not confined to existing coaches, either Coach Bowls or EBCS, but to any bowler who may wish to become a coach or anyone who has constructive ideas on the subject. Full details on the link below.
(3 Feb 2020)
ROSEMARY LUDAR-SMITH RIP
The death is announced of Rosemary Ludar-Smith - Dunmow B.C. and D Area Selector 2008-2018.
Rosemary sadly passed away after bravely fighting illness for several years. A lovely lady who will be greatly missed. Funeral Arrangements: Tuesday 11 February 2020. 11.30 am. Three Counties Crematorium, Halstead Road, High Garrett, Braintree, CM7 5PB. Wake at Dunmow Bowling Club.
(13 Feb 2020)
JOAN LEON RIP
The death is announced of Joan Leon who died this week. Joan was President of ECWBA in 1981 and our Secretary for 23 years from 1984 to 2007. Joan worked in the office during the National Championships at Leamington and was an Honorary Member of the EWBA/Bowls England. Joan has lived in Sussex for the last 12 years and was 101 when she died. A remarkable lady who will be remembered and missed by many. The funeral will take place on Tuesday 25 February 2020 at 1.15 pm at Hastings Crematorium, 234 The Ridge, Hastings, TN34 2AE with a wake following at the nearby Bannatyne Spa and Sports Club, Battle Road Hastings East Sussex TN38 8EZ. In lieu of flowers, Joan’s family has asked for donations to be made to Disability Bowls England, which can be arranged at the following link:
Please could anyone that is likely to attend Joan’s funeral please advise Joan’s granddaughter, Siobhean Gribbin, by emailing
(26 Feb 2020)
ECWBA 200 CLUB 2020
Attached on the link below is the application form for the ECWBA 200 Club. Closing date is March 21 and, in line with current banking practice, cheques must now be made payable to "Essex County Women's Bowling Association" - initials are no longer accepted.
(6 Mar 2020)
The Agenda of the Council Meeting to be held at Millennium Hall Great Baddow on 9 April 2020.
Agenda Match Availability Form Benevolent Triples Form Certificate of Merit Form
(10 Mar 2020)
COACHING REVIEW UPDATE
(18 Mar 2020)
Following an Emergency Meeting of Board members, Bowls England has announced the cancellation of all its domestic events ahead of the 2020 lawn bowls season in response to Government advice and growing concerns from bowlers about how the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will impact lawn bowls. The National Championships are cancelled in their entirety for 2020 (including all County Championship qualifying rounds). This decision has been taken because most County Associations hold their qualifying rounds leading to the National Championships from May to July and we believe it is impractical for these to be completed this season. The full statement is on the BE site
(1 Apr 2020)
FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR CLUBS
Sport England and the Government has put in place a number of initiatives to assist clubs and small companies during this period of uncertainty.
Full details on the link below.
(24 Apr 2020)
BUSINESS SUPPORT GRANT
The County Administrator wishes to remind Clubs of the above Business Support Grant. If club Treasurers have not already applied for a Business Support Grant, they should do so as soon as possible. Application forms are via the Clubs local Council. It is a very easy form to complete all that is required are the Clubs Banking Details and their Business Rates Account Number. The grant is for the sum of £10,000 and is normally paid within five working days. The other stipulation to obtain the grant is that the Clubs Current Rateable Value is less than £51,000. Any further questions do not hesitate to contact Tony Ellis County Administrator. Tel: 01245 256730.
(4 May 2020)
REFUNDS FROM BOWLS ENGLAND
Bowls England refunds are underway and Clubs will receive back the following.
Men’s £5 affiliation to Bowls England
Ladies £5 affiliation to Bowls England
Men’s National Competition fees that lead to Leamington Spa, at £4.70p per head (£2.50 under 25).
Ladies National Competition fees at £2.50p per head (ECWBA will be repaying their competition fees separately).
(12 May 2020)
HOLDING STATEMENT ON REOPENING OF BOWLING GREENS
Bowls England have issued a Holding Statement which can be viewed on the Bowls England site:-
(15 May 2020)
SUPLEMENTARY GUIDANCE FOR LAWN BOWLS CLUBS
Covid-19: Bowls England Supplementary Guidance for Lawn Bowls Clubs Approved by Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) – May 14th 2020
(23 Jun 2020)
NEW PAGE COACHING
Following the adoption of the Coaching Strategy, the website has a dedicated page for the subject. This was one of the many recommendations in the report.
GRANT FUNDING FOR YOUR CLUB
Bowls England invites attention to a free webinar to assist clubs seeking external funding for their Club. Full details at https://www.bowlsengland.com/grant-funding-for-your-club/
(30 Jun 2020)
REOPENING OF CLUB BARS AND RESTAURANTS
Bowls England has updated advice following the Government’s announcement that licensed premises, including bowls clubs, are allowed to open from Saturday 4 July in their capacity as bars and restaurants.
(2 Jul 2020)
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR THE SPORTS SECTOR
Bowls England COVID-19, Additional Guidance for Lawn Bowls Issued: 2nd July 2020
(10 Jul 2020)
SPORT ENGLAND’S COMMUNITY EMERGENCY FUND
(24 Jul 2020)
After 21 years as a member of the Executive Council, I have notified the County Secretary and the County Administrator that I will not be seeking re-election, as Press Representative, at the November Annual General Meeting. Arrangements will be made to transfer ownership of the website.
(3 Aug 2020)
RONI WILLIAMS RIP
The death is announced of Mrs Roni Williams, Past President 1990.
(3 Aug 2020)
COVID-19 ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE
Additional Guidance for Lawn Bowls Issued 31 July 2020
Bowls England recommends that all clubs consider this document together with the Government guidance. All items may be adapted as necessary to meet your club’s specific circumstances, so long as your actions remain consistent with Government advice and social distancing requirements. This is applicable from Saturday 1 August and replaces all other guidance that we have issued.
(4 Aug 2020)
ECWBA OFFICER VACANCIES
There are several vacancies for County Officers for 2021. The attached poster has details.
(6 Aug 2020)
AFFILIATION FORMS 2021
Affiliation Forms for 2021 season have been sent to Club Secretaries.
(6 Aug 2020)
PROVISIONAL DATES 2021
(6 Aug 2020)
PRESIDENTS EXCURSION 2021
(3 Aug 2020) (Updated 19 Aug 2020)
RONI WILLIAMS RIP
The death is announced of Mrs Roni Williams, Past President 1990. Her funeral will take place under the current Covid-19 restrictions at Forest Park Crematorium, Hainault on Tuesday 25 August 2020 at 3.45 pm. Donations can be made to Dementia UK in her memory.
(4 Sep 2020)
There are two important notices on the dedicated Coaching page.
Advertisement for Coaching Safeguarding Officer. County Development Officer. County Coach.
Coaching News update
(11 Oct 2020)
BOWLS ENGLAND ANNUAL SURVEY
All clubs are invited to take part in the Bowls England Annual Club survey, following on from the Covid19 survey carried out earlier this year
Link to the survey (and results of the Covid survey) available here
(5 Nov 2020)
Following a meeting of the Essex Bowls Coaches Association Board on 5th November,
there is a very important notice on the dedicated Coaching page.
(7 Nov 2020)
COVID-19 STATEMENT FROM BOWLS ENGLAND
Following the introduction of the national lockdown this week, the latest Bowls England guidance can be found here
(14 Nov 2020)
STANDARDISED WEEKS CALENDAR
It has been brought to our attention that there is some confusion amongst some club match secretaries regarding fixture dates for the 2021 season.
It has always been the practise that fixture lists follow the week numbers from the Bowls England master calendar (which can be found here) and that week 18 is generally accepted as the first week of the bowls calendar (irrespective of club opening dates)
(15 Nov 2020)
TERRY MIZEN - ECBA SECRETARY
In order to keep his private email separate from County business, please note that Terry Mizen has a new email address
He asks that when you are contacting him with regard to County or Coaching business please use
(24 Nov 2020)
ESSEX BOWLING ASSOCIATION AGM
The EBA Emergency Executive Committee have decided that the AGM (scheduled for 28th November) cannot go ahead and
will be deferred until 2021, on a date to be advised later
In lieu of the normal AGM documentation, the minutes from 2019 can be downloaded here, the Officer’s reports for 2020 can be downloaded here
The relevant Financial reports can be downloaded here
The financial reports password is the surname of Presidents Des (ECBA 1999) and Roni (ECWBA 1990) (all upper case)
(28 Nov 2020)
ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR BOWLS CLUBS
Bowls England is urging clubs to get their applications in before it is too late for additional funding which is available from Sport England and the government for sports clubs who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Read full article here
(2 Dec 2020)
EMAIL FROM BOWLS ENGLAND
The email below was circulated to BE County Administrators/Presidential Team/Past Presidents/Honorary Members, BE Board and BE Staff
David Tucker, Bowls England Chair wanted to advise you of the sad news that Marjorie Mitchell-Gears passed away last weekend following a stroke. Marjorie was a regular attendee at the National Championships and Annual Dinners alongside husband David, former Bowls England Chair. Many will remember Marjorie for the generous charitable work she undertook, notably her knitted gifts for disadvantaged children.
Bowls England send our condolences to David, and the rest of Marjorie’s family and friends.
(23 Dec 2020)
From the County Administrator
Please note that there are important new documents and advertisements for new positions, on the dedicated Coaching page.
(24 Dec 2020)
BOWLS ENGLAND - NATIONAL OPEN WEEKEND
The initial announcement from Bowls England can be read here
December 2020 - BE update