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Paul Skidmore

News has just reached us of the passing away of Paul Skidmore, President of the West Witney club.

A stalwart of the West Witney club, he had previously served them as Secretary and as club captain. He was very well known throughout the county as a talented bowler on the competitive scene and was also a current member of the Middleton squad that enjoyed success in their section last year.

Like all competitive bowlers qualification for the National Championships was his dream, which came true last year in the Pairs when he reached the County finals with Nigel Siford.

Paul was a pleasure to bowls with as I found out as a member of his rink in the Home Counties.

He will be sadly missed by many, his fellow club members and those of us who remember his greeting which was always accompanied by a smile and the expectancy that we were in for a hard game.

Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go to his wife Helen and their family.

Max Jacobs

We have had the sad news that Max Jacobs passed away early this morning.

Max was a long time bowler at Peppard, Stuarts and then Shiplake along with Daphne making many friends.

Our thoughts are with Daphne and her family.

Betty Marriott

Sadly we have just heard that Betty Marriott died on Tuesday 7th April
at the age of 88. Betty contracted pneumonia following a fall.

As many of you will know Betty was a long time member of City and County
bowls club, and was also a Past President of the EWIBA in 2007-08. She
was also a long time member of the Oxfordshire Indoor County and
President in 2009-10.

There will be a private family funeral. When the current situation
changes a Memorial Service will be held.

Our thoughts are with her daughters and the family at this time.

Allan “Nobby” Clarke

We have just been informed of the sad news that Witney Mills member Allan “Nobby” Clarke passed away at 6.30am on Tuesday.

For many years Allan was the Witney Mills Men’s League Captain, a Committee member , and excellent Club man. He will be sadly missed by his fellow club members.

Our sincerest condolences go to Diana and the rest of the family.

Les Aldridge

News has just reached us of the passing of Les Aldridge who passed away peacefully at home yesterday.

Les was one of the founder members of the Blackbird Leys Bowls club in 1966 and stayed there all his bowling life.

In his heyday he was a regular Middleton Cup player having made lead bowling his speciality, very rarely playing in any other position, how times have changed.

In 1981  Les, along with Keith Foster, Ken Peaper and Gordon Roper won the County Fours, then repeated the success in 1991 with J. Mooney replacing Ken Peaper.

In between these two titles, 1984 saw Les do it all on his own when winning the coveted County Singles Championship.

Les leaves two daughter and one son and our sympathies are with them and their families.

Joe Wylie

News has  reached us from the South East of the County of the passing of Joe Wylie  on March 22nd.

He was a member of the Stuarts club in Henley and achieved County success, winning the Fours in 2003.

Joe was a particularly good lead and obviously produced the goods for his rink partners, Roger Pitcher, Chris Barrett and Ryan Buckett.

Following the closing of the Stuarts club, he joined the Shiplake Village club in 2006 before moving to the Henley-on-Thames club.

County records show that he ended his County competitive bowls in 2012 in the Triples and that he had played 47 times for the Oxfordshire.

Our condolences go to his family

2020 season

From Bowls Oxfordshire Men:

With the ongoing situation regarding the Covid-19 virus and after consultation with other Associations and following Bowls England information, the 2020 bowling programme for the OBA is cancelled.

This covers Bowls England Championship and Competition qualifiers, Domestic competitions, friendly County games and Presidents Celebratory games.

Also cancelled are the Senior and Junior Home Counties BA Leagues, Annual fixtures and Celebratory games.

The Past Presidents and Vice Presidents fixture programmes have also been cancelled.

Bowls England Affiliation fee’s and entry fees for Bowls England Championships when received from Bowls England will be reimbursed.

Likewise, OBA Affiliation fee’s and entry fees for Domestic Competitions will be reimbursed.

Payment will be made to clubs, who will then reimburse members.

Following the decision taken it has been agreed that the 2020 Presidency will roll over to 2021.

The County Officers wish the best of health for the future to all bowlers and please keep yourselves safe.

For those of you who can, we recommend that you visit the Bowls England website to keep yourself abreast of what is happening within our sport, even though there may not be any bowling taking place.

Ian Whelpton

From Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies:

All Ladies competitions, executive meetings, county leagues (MEL) and friendly matches, and one day events, have been cancelled for 2020.  This decision was made by your Executive Committee and in line with Bowls England statement issued this week.

Ladies President v Immediate Past President Day on 27th April is also cancelled.

Please note cancellation of all matches for 2020 include:

County Singles, Pairs, Triples, Fours, 2 Wood Singles, Junior Singles and Junior Pairs, Senior Fours and County Top Club. 

Also one day events:  Unbadged Singles and Unbadged Pairs.

All National Competitions are cancelled as follows:

John’s, Walker Cup, Amy Rose, National Senior Singles and Pairs, Top Club Women, Family Pairs, Champion of Champion (Women), National Mixed Pairs and Mixed Fours, Tony Allcock (over 60 Double Rink).

Affiliation fees will be refunded as appropriate, along with competition entry fees.

We wish you a safe and healthy summer and look forward to seeing you all again next year.

Jeanette Berry.

Jim Lucas

It is with deep sadness that I have to inform you of the very sad passing of Jim Lucas at the JR Hospital, due to Chronic Pneumonia brought on by Covid-19.

The family have requested NOT to contact his wife Lynne at this very sad time, but to direct any enquiries to his son Gary on (07837 043403)

Jim was a member and supporter of both the Bloxham and Banbury Borough clubs and enjoyed County success with his son Gary and Calvin Carpenter in the 1997 Triples having won the Fours title the previous year with the addition of Martin Cato to their trio.

He was a regular player in the midweek county fixtures and also did his stint for the county for a number of years as a member of the GPC.

He will be sadly missed by many.

Our heartfelt sympathies go to his family.

Richard ‘Dick’ Claridge

The sad news has reached us of the death of Richard ‘Dick’ Claridge.

Having bowled for many years at West Oxford BC, in more recent times he was a member of the South Oxford club.

Our thoughts and sympathies go out to his wife Pauline and son Shaun.

June Watts, 1931- 2020

It with sadness that we let you know that June Watts passed away at the grand age of 88. Her funeral will take place on Monday 2nd March at 1pm at the Oxford Crematorium followed by a reception at Oxford City and County Bowls Club.

June, with her husband Gordon, was a long time player for over 30 years. They started playing at Kidlington, where she was captain in 1992 and President in 1994. She went on to join Oxford City and County BC both indoors and outdoors, where she was ladies captain in 2000 and President in 2003. June earned her outdoor county badge before 2006, and played many times for both indoor and outdoor county. Due to poor health in her latter years she was still travelling on the coach as a supporter to county matches and enjoying bowls tours.

Our thoughts are with June’s family at this sad time.