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Competition draws

The men’s draws for singles, pairs, triples, fours, senior fours and Longford Cup along with the venue for the 2 wood singles are now online: Men’s competitions 2019

The draw can be seen on YouTube.

All ladies competitions are now online: Ladies competitions 2019.

Peter Radband

Sad news has reached us that Peter Radband passed away on January 12th at the Horton hospital after a short illness. Some may remember Peter from his days as an umpire. Most of his bowing was done at Caterton BC and he also used to bowl with the Vice Presidents.

Funeral details; St. Mary’s Church,  Church View, Bampton, Tuesday February 5th at 1.00p.m. Donations please to Diabetes UK.

Melvin Brian

It is with much sadness that we have to report the passing of Melvin Brain at 11.45p.m. on Tuesday January 8th.

Known to bowlers throughout the county for his presence on the green, who could miss those large yellow woods, he came to the Middleton Cup team at a later age than most in 2016 and proved to be a regular and consistent member of the team until his health started to suffer and limit his bowling activity in 2017.

The county also benefitted from Melvin’s support in the midweek friendly games resulting in him playing a total of 128 representative games.

In addition to his support and commitment to the Kidlington club, he was also a stalwart of the Vice Presidents Association, having held the Chairmanship in 2004 and 2018. His illness prevented him playing for the VP’s during 2018, however, it is with some irony that he completed his year of office which ended at their AGM, the day before he passed away.
He will be sadly missed, but fondly remembered.

His funeral will take place on Thursday, January 31st, at 11.00 a.m. at Oxford Crematorium, followed by a wake at Kidlington Bowls Club.

Barry ‘Pecker’ Osborne

The sad new has reached us that Barry Osborne passed away on Saturday in Sobell House.

Affectionately known in the bowling world as ‘Pecker’, he was committed to the game and the various clubs that he played at, both outdoor and indoor.

Barry was always involved and ‘did his bit’. He was one of the games character’s and will be missed.
Our sympathies go to his family.

Barry’s funeral will take place on Friday February 1st, 10.00am at Oxford Crematorium.
Afterwards at Oxford & District Indoor BC.

Jim Warland’s funeral

Tuesday 20th November – 2pm at Headington Crematorium (Bayswater Road, Headington, Oxford OX3 9RZ) and then afterwards at the Masons Arms (2 Quarry School Place, Headington, Oxford OX3 8LH).

Mick Miles

News has reached us of the passing of Mick Miles, a long time supporter of both the outdoor and indoor clubs in the Banbury area and currently a member of the Central club.
He will be missed by us all.

Our thoughts are with Tina and the rest of the family.

Caroline Campion nominated for bowler of the year


Bowls England has today opened the voting to determine the 2018 Woman Bowler of the Year and Young Woman Bowler of the Year Award, sponsored by Taylor Bowls and Bowls International respectively.

In an exciting new format, a shortlist for each award has been compiled, with a public vote then taking place to crown the respective winners.

Bowls England Chief Executive Tony Allcock MBE said “Bowls England is delighted to announce that the Bowlers of the Year will be determined by a public vote for the first time.

“We are pleased that Taylor Bowls and Bowls International continue to sponsor these highly respected and prestigious awards and we thank them for their support.”

Sian Honnor, editor of Bowls International, said: “We thought it would be fitting moving forward for bowlers themselves to vote for who they believe to be the players of the year. It is important to recognise excellent achievement and the shortlisted players are those that stood out in a strong field.

“Congratulations to all those featured and I look forward to announcing the winners at the Bowls England Women’s Annual Dinner and Presentation of Prizes which is always a highlight of the bowling calendar and a chance to celebrate the season in style.”

The shortlists are as follows (in alphabetical order by surname):

Junior Woman Bowler of the Year
Emma Cooper (Sussex)
Emily Ferguson (Kent)
Courtney Harvey (Buckinghamshire)
Katherine Rednall (Suffolk)
Vicky Room (Buckinghamshire)
Rachel Tremlett (Hertfordshire)
Izzie White (Worcestershire)

Woman Bowler of the Year
Caroline Campion (Oxfordshire)
Amy Gowshall (Lincolnshire)
Margaret Holden (Hampshire)
Sian Honnor (Kent)
Debbie Seward (Surrey)
Margaret Smith (Surrey)
Sophie Tolchard (Devon)
Terrie Wombell (Nottinghamshire)

Online voting for the Woman Bowler of the Year and Young Woman Bowler of the Year Awards runs until midnight on Sunday 11th November, with the winners announced at the Bowls England Women’s Annual Dinner and Presentation of Prizes at St Johns Hotel, Solihull on Saturday 24th November.

To view a synopsis of each player’s achievements in 2018 and to vote for this year’s Woman Bowler of the Year and Young Woman Bowler of the Year, please visit:

Jim Warland

The sad news has reached us today that Jim Warland, for many years a stalwart of Pressed Steel, Rover and The Oxford Bowls Club and for the last two years a member of Watlington Bowls Club, passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning in hospital.

In addition to all the work he did at club level, he was also a long time Executive member of the English Indoor Bowling Association.

Herbie Payne

News has come through of the passing of Herbie Payne on Sunday.

He will be remembered by many bowlers in Oxfordshire and neighbouring counties due to his involvement in the game both outdoors and indoors.

He had suffered with health problems for some time and had decided that he was retiring as Section Secretary of the Pairs at the end of the season.

His support to the county was much appreciated, as was we are sure, his involvement with the Indoor County Association.

Our thoughts and sincere condolences go to Jayne and his family.

His funeral will take place at Oxford Crematorium, 2.00p.m. On Thursday 25th October and afterwards at South Oxford Bowls Club.

Oxon men lose to Essex in final friendly

Oxfordshire played their final friendly of the 2018 season against Essex at Wanstead Cemtral BC on Tuesday 18th September. Wins on 2 rinks and a loss by 1 shot on a third were not enough for Oxfordshire to finish the season on a winning note.

Oxfordshire 96 shots, Essex 129 shots

Rink scores
Mike Jones John Stephens Alex Fleming Ian Whelpton lost 13-24.
Ron Slater Bill Jarvie Martin Oliver Chris Lewis won 19-18.
Barry Willoughby Colin Haley Mick Morris Alan Ley won 16-15.
Paul Demczak Henry Franklin Ken Williams Mike Andrew lost 18-19.
Steve Tolhurst John Timms Jim Lucas Brian Bloomfield lost 15-31.
Roy Radband Douglas Wright John Hurren Brian Clarke lost 15-22.