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William Hawes

It is great sadness that we report the passing of William Hawes. William was a member of both Headington and Thame.

The funeral will be held Oxford Crematorium on 8th April at 2pm.

Thoughts are with Katherine and Sheila at this difficult time.

Roy Winchester

We have just been informed of the death on February 25th of Roy Winchester.

Roy was originally a member of the Morris Motors Bowls Club and after it’s closure, the Florence Park Bowls Club. Sadly, both clubs no longer exist.

In addition to his outdoor bowling, Roy was also a member and for many years the fixture secretary of the Oxford & District Indoor Bowls Club.

Funeral arrangements will follow.

John Hornblow

News has reached us that John Hornblow, a member of Florence Park and Blackbird Leys bowls clubs between the 1970’s and 90’s, died on February 14th.

His funeral will take place at Oxford Crematorium on Monday March 4th at 11.00a.m.

John Humphris

John Humphris, a long time valued member of Banbury Central and well known to bowlers in the north of the county, passed away just over a week ago. He was a great character who thoroughly enjoyed his bowling. During his many years at the club, he took on the role of Men’s captain in 1989 & 1990.His son Paul is known to many bowlers as is John’s daughter-in-law, Pam Shepherd.Our thoughts are with Paul and Pam and the rest of the family at this sad time.


John’s funeral will take place on Friday 1st March, at Banbury Crematorium at 1.00p.m.This will be followed by a wake at the Best Western Hotel, Oxford Road, Banbury, friends are most welcome.

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, ┬áChurch 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.