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ECWBA NEWS

(10 Jan 2024)

VOTE FOR CAROLE

This year Bowls England are holding an Awards Night on the Saturday 24th of February.

Essex are well-represented amongst the final nominees with the Balcomb Squad in the TEAM of the YEAR category

and Daniel Adams (Griffin BC) in the COACH of the YEAR category

Maldon BC are well represented with final nominations as CLUB of the YEAR and GREEN KEEPER of the YEAR categories (Mark Piper)

Whilst these awards will be decided by a panel - Maldon’s final nominee in the DIVERSITY and INCLUSION category, CAROLE ASH will be chosen by online voting. You can read about Carole’s achievements on the Bowls England website  and then vote for her here

It would be great if we, as ECBA and ECWBA members, could support Carole before the close of voting at 17:00 on Thursday 18th January

(7 Jan 2024)

A MESSAGE FROM JENNY HYLAND

Happy New Year to all members and clubs. Please note that entry forms for our ECWBA 200 Club are now available

and can be found here (.doc .pdf) or via the 'Forms' tab. I'm really hopeful that we can break the 100 mark this year.

Once again, many thanks for your continued support.

Jenny Hyland - Treasurer

(5 Jan 2024)

ESSEX BOWLING ASSOCIATION AGM

The minutes from the recent AGM may be found here 

(15 Dec 2023)

A SEASONAL MESSAGE FROM THE ECBA PRESIDENT

2024 President Dave Starkey would like to wish a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all bowlers in Essex. He says 'I hope you are looking forward to supporting the Essex County Programme in 2024 where my charity will be Guide Dogs'.  

(10 Dec 2023)

NOTICE FROM JOAN BARRETT - PRESIDENT 2023

As your outgoing President, I would like to thank everyone who made donations to my charity Children in Need (image here)

The fantastic sum of £2,250 was raised and I am eternally grateful to you all.  A great big thank you and I look forward to seeing you all as your Immediate Past President next season.

 

10 Dec 2023)

NOTICE FROM JILL POLLEY - PRESIDENT'S OUTING 2024

I have pleasure in attaching the application form for President Wendy Buckingham's outing for 2024 - here.  We will be going to Suffolk on Tuesday 9th July 2024.  Places are limited to 53 so an immediate response is recommended if your ladies wish to join Wendy on this day.  Please return the booking form/s and deposit to Jill Polley to secure your place/s.  Once the 53 places have been reserved I will make a waiting list as I did last year.

(10 Dec 2023)

NOTICE FROM JILL POLLEY

Please find attached the minutes from the recent ECWBA AGM - here

(15 Nov 2023)

NOTICE FROM JILL POLLEY - ECWBA AGM - 15th NOVEMBER - REPORTS 

Please find attached my Hon Secretary's report, the Benevolent fund Accounts and the ECWBA Accounts

 

(3 Nov 2023)

NOTICE FROM JILL POLLEY - ECWBA AGM - 15th NOVEMBER

Please find attached two versions of the Agenda for this year's AGM .doc .pdf

(3 Oct 2023)

URGENT NOTICE FROM JILL POLLEY - COUNCIL MEETING 4th October

The Agenda for the upcoming Council meeting can be found here .doc. .pdf

(13 Sep 2023)

URGENT NOTICE FROM JILL POLLEY - Change of contact details

Please note that I have new email address - please ensure you use it from now on

 j.polley245@gmail.com

(7 Aug 2023)

MESSAGE FROM THE TEAM MANAGER - MALCOLM STARK

What a fantastic set of matches on Sunday in the Semi-final and Final of the Balcomb Trophy

Essex led from the start in the morning’s semi-final, 4 up at 5 ends, 9 at 10, 10 at 15, 12 at 17 but then lost the last 4 ends on each rink. However, skilful game management meant that over those 8 ends we only conceded 11 shots and came out winners 37-36 (cards here)

Much the same in the afternoon session with Essex leading by 7 at 5 ends, 12 at 10, 7 at 15, 11 at 18. Once again we saw the game out, losing a net of 2 shots in the last 6 ends to come out winners 45-36 (cards here)

What a day! Fantastic bowling all round and two great results! Winners photographs here and here

This victory is especially gratifying as we are the only team to successfully defend the title (having won in 2022). Three in a row, anyone?

 

(7 Aug 2023)

NOTICE FROM JILL POLLEY - UNFINISHED FINALS

The finals on Saturday were played in appalling weather. Everyone, players, umpire and markers deserve medals. With a reduction in ends we managed to get through the semi-finals and finals of the Unbadged Pairs, Benevolent Triples and the final of the Albert Crabb. Our valiant semi-finalists and finalists in the Unbadged Singles battled through to 21 shots. Everyone is to be congratulated. Braintree did a wonderful job in hosting the day and I thank everyone involved. The green held up under the constant rain and was a credit to the greenkeeper. Thanks a million.

What a contrast. There was sunshine all the way for the semi-finals and final of the Champion of Champions on Sunday. This isn't any consolation for those who squelched their way through Saturday. If only we could order the weather. Well done to all and thanks to Witham for hosting this at short notice.

All, the weekend's results may be found here

Finally, I would like to thank the Officers of the County and the supporters who came on both days. Your players did you proud.

Jill Polley

Hon. Sec. and Competition Sec.

(2 Aug 2023)

NOTICE FROM JILL POLLEY - COUNTY FINALS

The program showing the results of our County Finals may be found here

We had better weather on the Saturday than the Sunday, but there was some excellent bowling and close games.

Unfinished Finals will be held next Saturday 5th August at Braintree B.C. and Sunday 6th August at Witham B.C.

The program may be found here. The finalists for the Albert Crabb competition won't be known until Tuesday, but the final will be played in the afternoon on Saturday. Spectators will be most welcome.

Please apply for your County Luncheon tickets as soon as possible.

REMINDER: County Trophies must be returned to Jill Polley as soon as possible. Please make sure that these are clean. Thank you.

(30 July 2023)

JOHNS TROPHY

Essex will taking part in the semi-final at Leamington Spa on Saturday 19th August, the team may be found here

(30 July 2023)

NOTICE FROM JILL POLLEY

Minutes of the Council Meeting on 19th July may be found here

The revised Benevolent Fund Rules ratified at that meeting may be found here

The revised dress code for ECWBA competitions and others may be found here

(27 July 2023)

UNBADGED PAIRS - AREA FINALS

SPECTATORS WELCOME

AREA A - TBA

AREA B - TBA

AREA C - TBA

​AREA D - Saturday 29th August, 10am at Epping BC (not Harlow as previously mentioned)

Edmans, Shrimpton (Silverthorn)    22    v  15 King, Ellis (Griffin)

(26 Jul 2023)

MIXED FORTUNES THIS WEEKEND

We have to report we had mixed fortunes in the Middleton Cup / Johns Trophy this weekend

I think it's best to let the respective team manager’s comments tell the tale

MIDDLETON CUP

Disappointment would be a huge understatement felt by the management team & players following Saturday’s narrow defeat!

With a lead of 28 shots at halfway it was looking positive but as we all know, whatever the sport, it's never done at half time (scores here)!

Thanks to all the players' commitment during the season & we go again in the Balcomb semi-final on 20th August looking to dispel the disappointment currently felt.

I congratulated Bob Morton (Hunts Manager) & wished them good luck at Leamington against Lincolnshire, he did likewise for our Balcomb journey. Best regards, Malcolm

JOHNS TROPHY

Just back from Potton, a very very wet Potton BC in Bedfordshire.

The Essex John’s Trophy Team won by 38 shots against Leicestershire (142 v 104)

A great win in such awful conditions

We have now qualified for the semi-final In Leamington on Saturday 19th August at 09:30 against a strong Devon side

Should we be successful, we will be playing the winners of the semi-final between Surrey and Lincolnshire at 14:00

Wendy Buckingham

(19 July 2023)

NOTICE FROM JILL POLLEY - FINALS DAY SCHEDULE

Attached here is the programme for our Championship and County Top Club Finals being held over the weekend of Saturday 29th July and Sunday 30th July at Witham B.C. 

Players please note where, when and what time you are playing.  With doubles, trebles and quadruples the order of play hasn't been easy to arrange.  So there is not scope for any deviations from this programme

SPECTATORS WELCOME - so please come along and Support President Joan Barrett

(17 July 2023)

NOTICE FROM JILL POLLEY

Attached here are the results from this weekend's semi finals

Due to the very blustery (but dry) conditions we saw some interesting results

As there are several duplicates in finals, we will definitely need to use the overflow day on the 30th July

We will confirm the venue and programmes as soon as possible

 

(17 July 2023)

NOTICE FROM WENDY BUCKINGHAM - JOHN'S TROPHY 

We play our quarter final against Leicestershire on Saturday 22nd July at 14:00 (players to attend by 13:30 please)

The venue is Potton Bowls Club,  Sutton Mill Road Potton, Sandy, Beds.  SG19 2QB

SPECTATORS WELCOME !

 

(14 July 2023)

NOTICE FROM JILL POLLEY - BENEVOLENT TRIPLES - RESULTS FROM 23RD JULY

AREA A

Pat Hough, Jill Hatch, Jean Hough (Elm Park)     7     6     Michelle Carlin, Margaret Tinton, Rebecca Smith

AREA B

TBA

AREA C

Edna Woods, Steph Heard, Judy Bohannon (Tiptree Jobserve)     9     6     Julia Davey, Sue Herrington, Rose Holt (Frinton)

AREA D

Linda Worts, Carolyn Barry, Shirley Monk (Buckhurst Hill)     10      1      Laura Piercy-Farley, Sue Meredith, Nicole Rosen (Connaught)

The Semi-finals/final, will be on 5th August at Braintree BC

(13 July 2023)

NOTICE FROM JILL POLLEY

Attached here is the playing schedule for Sunday 16th July, the semi-finals of the Championship Triples, Fours and Senior Fours

As you can see we have lots of doubling up which makes it difficult. To avoid having to use a second day, there will have to be 3 sessions

A GREAT WEEKEND FOR ESSEX

A great weekend for the Ladies Johns and and Mens Middleton Cup teams as they both qualify for the quarter finals

The ladies won a thrilling, hard fought game against Cambridgeshire at Harlow BC 20-2 (128-95) and the men had a successful trip to Norfolk. 17-5 (113-103) the mens cards are here R1-3 R4-6

The final tables and quarter final draws may be found here

Ladies results/table quarter-final draw

Mens results/table quarter-final draw

(9 July 2023)

MESSAGE FROM JILL POLLEY

Please find attached the following

Agenda for the July Council meeting .doc .pdf

Order form for ECWBA Luncheon Tickets .doc .pdf

Entry form for Patrons' Day .doc .pdf

I look forward to having a good attendance at these forthcoming events

(7 July 2023)

AREA FINALS - SENIOR FOURS CHAMPIONSHIP - 12TH JULY

Spectators welcome at all venues

AREA A    -   GIDEA PARK BC AT 18:00

                       Allen, Bryant, Bounds, Spearman (Upminster) 8    24                      Preston, Tallentire, Walmsley, Squires (Clockhouse)

AREA B    -   TBA

                       Knowles, Clark, Riley, Lowe (The Springhouse) 20  12                   Anderson, Cain, Soar, Bowyer (Rochford)

AREA C    -    TBA

                       Bulford, Arthery, Newman, Thompson (Mistley&Manningtree)      Powell, Shadbolt, Heard, Bohannon (Tiptree) 

AREA D    -    HARLOW BC AT 17:00

                        Haste, Monk, Moore, Wood (Falcon)              5      22                      Rayner, Bartham-Holt, Fortune, Norgate (Wanstead Central)

(5 July 2023)

REMINDER FROM WENDY BUCKINGHAM - JOHN'S TROPHY 

We play the current league leaders (Cambridgeshire) in our final round-robin match on Saturday 8th July 2023 at Harlow BC. If Essex win on 3 rinks and get the overall score, we can progress to the knock-out stage

SPECTATORS WELCOME !

(03 July 2023)

TWO WOOD DAY RESULTS (2nd JULY)

AREA A    -   GIDEA PARK

                       Jean Hough (Elm Park)      17        v      7   Lynn Farrugia (Rainham)

AREA B    -   THE SPRINGHOUSE

                       TBA

AREA C    -    SILVER END

                        Lucy Barnes                       10         v      15  Maxine Watling

AREA D    -    BUCKHURST HILL

                        Helen Grant (Loughton)    15 aee   v   14  Sandy Cook (Harlow)  

AREA FINALS - FOURS CHAMPIONSHIP - 26TH JUNE

Spectators welcome at all venues

AREA A    -   ELM PARK BC AT 18:00

                       Kenny, Madgewick,Squires, Smith (Clockhouse)                   16 v  14    Preston, Tallentire, Walmsley, Carlin (Clockhouse)

AREA B    -   SOUTHEND  BC AT  18:00

                       Robinson, Kemp, Score, Chapman (Essex County)                19 v  14    Lucock, Honey, Seal, Green (Fairwood)

AREA C    -    TBA

AREA D    -    LOUGHTON BC AT 18:00

                        Rayner, Barham-Holt, Fortune, Norgate (Wanstead Central) 21 v   9    Cobbin, Shaw, Aston, Bloomfield (Harlow)

(20  June 2023)

NOTICE FROM WENDY BUCKINGHAM - JOHN'S TROPHY / WALKER CUP

A slightly disappointing result overall on Saturday, as despite Essex winning on 4 rinks, we lost the overall score by one shot and the 10 points bonus that goes with it. All is not lost as we play the current league leaders (Cambridgeshire) in our final round-robin match on Saturday 8th July 2023 at Harlow BC. If Essex win on 3 rinks and get the overall score, we can progress to the knock-out stage

We fared better in the Walker Cup, played on Sunday, as we beat Northants 39-38 in a thrilling match, decided on an extra

Our next round is  on Sunday June 25th 2023  at Brampton BC,  Coronation Way, Brampton   PE28 4GT

SPECTATORS ARE WELCOME AT BOTH MATCHES

(27 May 2023)

AREA FINALS - TRIPLES CHAMPIONSHIP - 14TH JUNE

Spectators welcome at all venues

AREA A    -   Tinton, Kenny, Carlin (Clockhouse)  16     v  15         Powder, White, Pope (Romford) (6pm at Haynes Park)

                       Tinton subbed for Smith

AREA B    -    Morden, Williams, Wood                    2     v  37         Robinson, Kemp, Score (6pm at Runwell)

                       (South Woodham Ferrers)                                            (Essex County)

AREA C    -    TBA

AREA D    -    Lee, Gray, Ryan (Wanstead Central)  24    12        Adams, Brandis, Harvey (Writtle) (6pm at Epping)

(14 June 2023)

HANDBOOK CHANGES

Please note a change of telephone number for Lorraine Mead, Match Secretary for Epping BC

Her mobile telephone number is    07437 736797

(12 June 2023)

NOTICE FROM JILL POLLEY

The semi-finals of the Championship Singles and Pairs were held last weekend

The results may be found here

(12 June 2023)

NOTICE FROM WENDY BUCKINGHAM - JOHN'S TROPHY / WALKER CUP

After a great win against Northants 20-2 (118-109), the team goes again on Saturday June 17th against Suffolk at Borough of Eye BC

The game starts at 13:30, all visitor are welcome to come and cheer the girls on.

Our first round of the Walker Cup is being played on June 18th Sunday at Saffron Walden Town Bowls Club    Essex are playing Northamptonshire, starting at 1.30.  All visitors are welcome to come and cheer the team on.

(27 May 2023)

AREA FINALS - PAIRS CHAMPIONSHIP - 30TH MAY

Spectators welcome at all venue

AREA A    -    Powder, Pope (Romford)                 6  v  25     Kenny, Smith (Clockhouse)  (6pm at Aveley)

AREA B    -    Palmer, Paternoster (Ingatestone)   18 v  19     Score, Chapman (Essex County) (6pm at Hockley)

AREA C    -    Bohannon, Heard (Tiptree)                  v           Harley, Linehan (Holland-on-Sea)TBA

AREA D    -    Gray, Buck (Wanstead Central)      14  v  25    Butcher, Howard (Dunmow) (2:30 pm at  Harlow)

(26 May  2023)

NOTICE FROM WENDY BUCKINGHAM - JOHN'S TROPHY

Team and logistics details for the first round of the John's Trophy on Saturday June 3rd v Hertfordshire  (AWAY) may be found here

(26 May 2023)

CONGRATULATIONS ALL ROUND - AMENDED 27th MAY

We offer our heartiest congratulations to

Ben Amos and Zack Marley Robinson who have been selected to take part in the Junior Talent day at Royal Leamington Spa - details here

Daniel Hughes (Romford) has who has been selected to attend the Junior Performance Day at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa on Sunday 9th July - if successful, Dan will represent England in the Junior International Series - details here

teve Mitchinson (Romford) and Edward Morris (Essex County) who have both been chosen to represent England in the British Isles Internationals

Details here 

By far the most prestigious, is a long overdue call-up for Edward Morris to the England squad for the upcoming WORLD Championships in Australia in August - well done Edward !! Details may be found here  

 

(17 May 2023)

HANDBOOK CHANGES

Please note there is a new contact at Wickford BC, details below

Bob Price el: 01268 781942. Email: bob_price@btinternet.com

17 May 2023)

NOTICE FROM JILL POLLEY - RULES OF ALBERT CRABB AND TOP CLUB

Many apologies but gremlins have been at work in the ECWBA handbook and the rules regarding thses two competitions

The correct rules may be found here  

(14 May 2023)

AREA FINALS - SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP

AREA A    -    Smith (Clockhouse) 21 v 20 Kenny (Clockhouse) (6pm at Haynes Park)

AREA B    -    Dalton (Billericay)   16  v 21  Score (Essex County)

AREA C    -    Law 21 v 13 Linehan (Holland-on-Sea)

AREA D    -    Watkins (Buckhurst Hill) 18  v 21  Sales (Dunmow)

(11 May 2023)

NOTICE FROM JILL POLLEY - LAWS OF THE SPORT

As advised at the last Council Meeting all Area Secretaries now hold a small stock of the new Laws of the Sport of Bowls (4th edition), which cost £3.50 each. If any member requires a book please contact your Area Secretary to arrange collection.

Payment can be made to them or sent to Jenny Hyland at the address listed in the 2023 County Handbook or pay by bank transfer to the ECWBA Account No 44964757 Sort Code 60-05-33 using their name in the reference field.​

Kind regards,

Jill

Hon. Sec. ECWBA

 

(11 May 2023)

HANDBOOK CHANGES

(10 May 2023)

NOTICE FROM THE PRESIDENT

President Joan Barrett would like to thank all those who attended her President's Day and helped to make it a truly memorable occasion. She also thanks everyone for the kind donations to her charity "Children in Need." £500 has been raised so far.

"I look forward to meeting more of the Essex Ladies during the season"

Kind regards,

Joan

(25 Apr 2023)

NOTICE FROM THE COUNTY COACH

Up to date information regarding coaching for 2023 may be found here

(23 Apr 2023)

MESSAGE FROM JILL POLLEY - MATCH SELECTIONS

After Stirling work from the selectors last week (thanks to Sheila for typing it up), the selections for this year's friendlies may be found here

(23 Apr 2023)

MESSAGE FROM JILL POLLEY -MEETING MINUTES

The minutes from April's Council meeting may be found here

(21 Apr 2023)

NOTICE OF CLOSURE - TYE GREEN BC

I am sad to announce that sad news that Tye Green has closed down with immediate effect

Tye Green had a great reputation around the County, supplying many players to the Middleton Cup, but times are hard

We wish all their members success wherever they end up

Tony Ellis - Chairman Essex Bowling Association

(18 Apr 2023)

MESSAGE FROM JILL POLLEY - 2023 COMPETITION DRAWS

The draws for the competitions may be found here - AREA A - AREA B - AREA C - AREA D 

(17 Apr 2023)

MESSAGE FROM JENNY HYLAND - 2023 200 CLUB

You may find the entries by surname / club info here

 

(15 Mar 2023)

MESSAGE FROM JILL POLLEY - FORMS

Please note that there are several new forms available via the 'FORMS' dropdown

They are for Presidents Day, Match Availability, Benevolent Triples, Certificate of Merit

(15 Mar 2023)

MESSAGE FROM JILL POLLEY - APRIL COUNCIL MEETING

This is a reminder that the April Council meeting will be held on Wednesday 12th April, the Agenda etc may be found here 

 

(12 Feb 2023)

MESSAGE FROM JILL POLLEY - ECWBA COUNTY CLOTHING

In future, all items of ECWBA County Clothing need to ordered directly through Valence Bowls as Jenny Hyland doesn't have the capacity to have the stock at home. Please read this flyer for further information

(12 Feb 2023)

COACHING UPDATE FROM TREVOR PLANK - COUNTY COACH

During the 2022 outdoor season the EBCA road show team visited 17 clubs and coached over 500 club members. The team, all of which are Coach Bowls and/or EBCS level 2 coaches and hold both insurance and enhanced DBS, provided sessions aimed at new and experienced bowlers.

The sessions for new/inexperienced bowlers cover delivery, line, length and purposeful practices. There is also a Power Point presentation available on Etiquette.  Further sessions for the more experienced bowlers and skips included individual fault, bowls ballistics, shot selection, team play and purposeful practices were also arranged

This year we have added a couple of additional sessions to our list and can tailor make any session to a club needs 

Full details of our sessions and how to book are  available on our website https://www.essexcoaching.info/courses

 If you have any queries please contact us via Essexbowlscoaching@gmail.com

(20 Jan 2023)

MESSAGE FROM JILL POLLEY - 200 CLUB and INTER GROUP MATCHES

An application form for the ECWBA 200 Club for 2023 can be found here (or ). All members of your club are eligible to purchase a share or a share can be held in the name of your bowls club. I do hope you will join and make 2023 a bumper year.

Numbers taking part in the end of season competition Intergroup Matches (for the Dorothy Green Cup) have dropped dramatically and we are desperate to re-work these matches, so that we don't lose them altogether. Please circulate this questionnaire (also available via the 'Forms' page) to your ladies and emphasise the importance of returning it by the 14th February 2023 to Brenda Bowyer. Details are on the form.

Thanking you in anticipation.

Jill Hon. Sec. ECWBA

(20 Jan 2023)

ESSEX BOWLING ASSOCIATION MEETING

The Minutes of the November AGM of the Essex Bowling Association are attached here, in advance of the next board meeting on Thursday 2nd February (which starts at 10am) at The Falcon Club

After the meeting (at approx 11:15), Jon Cockcroft, Chief Executive of Bowls England will be attending an open forum to which all Essex bowlers are invited. If you have any questions please can your send them to Terry Mizen (ECBA Secretary) - essexcountyba@gmail.com

Tony Ellis

County Administrator

Essex Bowling Association 

 

(20 Jan 2023)

ESSEX BOWLS COACHES ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING

We would like to invite all coaches, club officials and any Bowler who is interested in coaching  to our annual meeting which will be held at Falcon Bowling Club, Chelmsford on Sunday 5th February starting at 10.30am.

The purpose for the meeting is look at what has been achieved to date and more importantly to look at our plans and objectives for the future.

This is your opportunity to help us plan courses etc to enable all coaches in Essex to provide our bowlers with the very best coaching.

There is no need to register attendance, just come along on the day. Refreshments available.

We look forward to meeting you.

Regards

Tony Ellis

Secretary EBCA

(20 Jan 2023)

ESSEX BOWLS COACHES ASSOCIATION - REVISED PROCEDURES

A letter detailing Essex coaching policy has been sent out to all club secretaries, Indoor and Outdoor. 

These procedures have been approved by ALL Executive Bodies within the County and should be implemented by ALL clubs in  Essex (Indoor and Outdoor), by 1st April 2023. 

The document may be found here https://www.essexcoaching.info/about

Should any Club require further assistance please contact Mr Tony Ellis, the Secretary of the 

Essex Bowls Coaches Association, who will provide the necessary assistance. 

Tony Ellis

Secretary EBCA

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