(11 Nov 2019)
ESSEX BOWLING ASSOCIATION – AGM
The Annual General Meeting of the Essex Bowling Association will take place on Saturday 30 November 2019, 10.30am, at Millennium Hall Great Baddow CA Club, Recreation Ground Baddow Road, Gt. Baddow, Chelmsford CM2 9RL.
(3 Nov 2019)
COUNTY LUNCHEON & PRIZE GIVING
This took place on Sunday 3 November 2019 at Stock Brook Manor Country Club with approximately 180 members and guests in attendance. Following an excellent meal, the principal guest, Bowls England Past President (2009) Dennis Cousins (Norfolk) responded to the toast proposed by Essex SDP Sandy Dron. The toast to Essex County Bowling Association was proposed by Gordon Newman, Bedfordshire President, to which President Terry Mizen responded. There were presentations of Merit Award Certificates to Brian Hobden (Maldon BC), Frank Mason (Saffron Walden BC), Sid Slater (Stock & Buttsbury BC), Peter Proctor (Upminster BC), and Percy Dipino (Group 4). Bill Wallis Award Certificates were awarded to Graham Pinch (Burnham Hillside BC), George Cripps (Castle Point BC), Tony Capon (Saffron Walden BC) and John March (Falcon BC). The event concluded with the presentation of trophies including Essex County’s National Singles Champion, Edward Morris. The MC was County Administrator Tony Ellis.
(3 Nov 2019)
ECBA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The Annual General Meeting of the Essex County Bowling Association will take place on Saturday 9 November 2019, 3pm, at RHP BC, Canterbury Way, St Fabians Drive, Chelmsford CM1 2XN.
In an effort to cut costs the 2019 AGM Booklet can be downloaded from the web site. Booklets will not be sent to individual club delegates. A small number of booklets will be available at the door for those who have no internet access. Voting cards will be provided at the door.
Alex Wightman, County Secretary.
(1 Nov 2019)
JUNIOR WOMAN BOWLER OF THE YEAR
Radwinter’s Jasmine Wilson features in the short list. To vote for her follow the link:
(31 Oct 2019)
MRS. JANET GROVES – THANKS
Janet Groves, on behalf of all the family, wishes to express sincere thanks to all the friends and members of the Association who attended Norman’s funeral service. Also, all the messages and cards and donations to the Baddow Ward at Broomfield Hospital and the Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir which realised £500.
(21 Oct 2019)
RICHARD SHILLITTO RIP Updated 3 November
The death is announced of Richard Shillitto (Essex County BC). Richard sadly passed away on 19 October 2019 after fighting illness for a number of months. He was an officer of Group 6 including County Area Results Secretary, a role he was ably assisted by wife Margaret during his illness. He was the current President of Essex County BC. The funeral took place on Friday 15 November 2019, 10.40am, at Southend on Sea Crematorium, West Chapel, Sutton Road, Southend SS2 5PX. Afterwards at Essex County BC, SS0 8NE. Family Flowers only: Donations if desired to Cancer Research UK or the Special Care Baby Unit at Southend Hospital.
(17 Oct 2019)
NORMAN GROVES RIP
The death is announced of Norman Groves (84), in Broomfield Hospital, in the early hours of Thursday 17 October 2019. Norman was born in Witham and joined the Witham club in 1959, the beginning of an illustrious bowling career. Within ten years, in 1968, Norman won the EBA National Singles, Eastern Counties Singles and Essex County Singles to complete the triple. He went on to represent England from 1969 to 1974. Norman made over 100 appearances in the Middleton Cup, 1966-1990 and 235 in Inter County games. He was County Coach from 1982-1987 and Middleton Cup Manager 1991-1994 and 2004-2010. The funeral took place on Thursday 31 October 2019. Donation may be made to Baddow Ward Broomfield Hospital or Essex Wildlife Trust Abberton Reservoir, c/o Witham Funeralcare, Unit 29 Newland Shopping Centre Witham CM8 2AP.
(3 Oct 2019)
COACH BOWLS COURSE
Coach Bowls are holding Play Bowls Activator, Level 1 Coach and Level 2 Coach courses at Essex County BC in the New Year. Full details contained in the flyer links below.
(1 Oct 2019)
BOWLS ENGLAND BOARD CHAIR
Following the retirement of David Mitchell-Gears, announced in July, Bowls England have received five nominations for the position of Board Chair including Mark Cohen (Southend on Sea BC) who has been nominated by The Essex Bowling Association. A ballot will take place with the winner elected for a three-year term starting at the AGM in February 2020.
(24 Sep 2019)
BIBC INTERNATIONAL SERIES 2020
Steve Mitchinson (Romford) and Edward Morris (Essex County are named in the Bowls England side for the BIBC International Series at Llandrindod Wells Bowls Club, Wales on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 June 2020. Details on BE site.
(24 Sep 2019)
2020 BOWLS ENGLAND YOUTH ACADEMY
Tom Lesslie (Castle Hedingham) have been invited to attend the Bowls England Academy on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 May 2020. Details on BE site
(10 Sep 2019)
MISCELLANEOUS FINALS RESULTS
Sunday 15 September 2019 at Braintree BC
Unbadged Singles, Benevolent Cup, Secretaries’ Cup, Double Fours, Hood Cup
(9 Sep 2019)
WORLD BOWLS ACCREDITATION
Essex umpires Bob Penny and Tony Hatch have recently received accreditation from World Bowls as International Technical Officers and join an existing elite squad of 10 other English umpires who had attained this recognition. As ITOs they will be able to officiate at Commonwealth Games & World Bowls Championships along with Asia/Pacific Championships and Atlantic Rim Championships which are qualifying events for World Bowls. There are approx. 120 ITOs worldwide of which 85 are from Australia and New Zealand.
(4 Sep 2019)
Josh Heffernan (Braintree) has agreed to oversee the role of Safeguarding Officer until his nomination is approved at the AGM.
(30 Aug 2019)
EDWARD MORRIS - NATIONAL SINGLES CHAMPION
Essex County’s Edward Morris was crowned the Bowls England National Singles Champion after a 21-14 win over Northamptonshire’s Jamie Walker at Royal Leamington Spa. He became yet another Essex C Entry to win the national title.
(11 Aug 2019)
MISCELLANEOUS SEMI-FINALS – FINALS NORTH & SOUTH ESSEX FOURS
Sunday 11 August 2019 at Romford BC.
Semi-finals Unbadged Singles, Secretaries’ Cup, Benevolent Cup. Finals North & South Essex Fours
(27 Jul 2019)
COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS - RESULTS
Saturday 27 July 2019 at Essex County BC.
(13 Jul 2019)
COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINALS
Saturday 13 July 2019 at Essex County BC
(1 Jun 2019)
There have been several enquiries recently for Essex Jackets and members should be aware that these are available to any Essex bowlers at a cost of £25. There is a discount for Middleton squad members.
All stock enquiries should be directed to John Stewart at Essex County BC (contact number is on page 3 of county handbook listed under Team Manager item).