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Richard ‘Dickie” Bull funeral

Richard’s funeral will take place at Swindon Crematorium, Kingsdown Road, Swindon, SN25 6SG on Wednesday, 2nd May at 1.30 pm.
Afterwards, mourners are invited to Carterton bowls club from 3.30 pm.

David Wotherspoon’s funeral

David’s funeral will take place at Duns Tew church on Monday April 23rd at 11.00 a.m. and afterwards at Duns Tew Village hall.
We have been asked to inform mourners that both the Duns Tew church and the Village Hall are on the small side and parking is somewhat limited.

Richard ‘Dickie’ Bull

Yet another sad message regarding an Oxfordshire bowler.
We are sorry to announce the passing of Carterton bowler Richard ‘Dickie” Bull on Monday April 9th.

Along with fellow bowlers T. Jupp and J. Pursglove he reached the final of the 1986 County Triples.

His bellowing call of “Come to Dickie” will be missed across the greens of Oxfordshire, and further afield by his colleagues in the English Civil Service bowling fraternity.

Funeral details will follow in due course.

Men’s Junior International Trials

Congratulations to Sam Watts on his invitation to attend the Bowls England, Men’s Junior International Trials on Monday May 28th to be held at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa.
Games start at 10.30 am.

It’s Spring Holiday Monday, have a ride up there and support him.

Paul Heafey & Allan Hall funeral’s

Paul Heafey’s funeral will be held at the Oxford Crematorium on Tuesday April 3rd at 10.00 am, followed by a celebration of his life, at Thame Bowls Club.

Allan Hall’s funeral will take place at Oxford Crematorium on Friday April 6th at 11.00 am, followed by refreshments at Bicester Bowls Club.

David Wotherspoon

The sad news has just reached us that David Wotherspoon passed away on Saturday from injuries sustained in a car accident.

David was well known throughout the Oxfordshire, especially in the north of the county, as a bowler and green-keeper at Lower Heyford BC for many years, and recently bowling for Middle Barton BC.

For many years David was a good supporter of both the County friendly games and a member of the Vice Presidents association. A quiet man, his bowls did the talking.

Our thoughts and condolences go to his wife Marion and their family.

Funeral arrangements will follow in due course.

Allan Hall

We are sorry to report the passing of Allan Hall, County treasurer and long time stalwart of Bicester Bowls Club.
Allan died on Wednesday evening after suffering a heart attack whilst in the JR hospital.

Not many bowlers in the County didn’t know of Allan and likewise there were not many bowlers who Allan did not know.

We will miss his Yorkshire greeting of ‘You alright pal’.

His passing is a loss to his club, the county and above all the game he loved.
Our thoughts are with his wife Doreen and his family.

Details of Allan’s funeral will be announced in due course.

Bereavements – Len Lacey and Brian Selman

The sad news has reached us of the passing of two of Oxfordshire’s bowlers, Len Lacey of Oxford City & County BC and Brian Selman from the Goring Bowling Club.

Many of the older bowlers in the county will remember Len from his days at the long gone Oxford Gas BC.

Len’s funeral will take place on Thursday March 1st at Oxford Crematorium at 11.00 am and afterwards at Oxford City & County BC.

Brian had been a long time member and Past President of the Goring club.

Our thoughts are with their respective families at this sad time.

Funeral arrangements, when available will be sent to club secretaries and delegates.

Bronze for Knight in World champion of champions

Bronze medalist, World champion of champions singles 2017Oxford City and County’s Donna Knight won bronze at the World Champion of Champions Singles at St Johns Park BC, Sydney, Australia. Knight had qualified for the event by winning the Bowls England singles championship in 2016.

The competition started with a round-robin with Knight topping her group by winning eight of ten games which won her a place in the semi final stages and securing at least a bronze medal.

Knight faced Malaysia’s Emma Firyana Saroji, who had previously won the title in 2015. The first set saw Knight just lose out 11-10 before losing the following set 12-6.

The final saw Saroji lose out to Wales’ Laura Daniels.

VP’s win thriller

The Vice Presidents entertained Bucks Vice Presidents at the Oxford City & County club last Sunday in what turned out to be a very thrilling game.

Having been unbeaten in their matches for the last two years, Chairman Ian Hale was looking forward to the Oxfordshire team starting the third consecutive year with a win against their local foes.

The Bucks players took to the City & County green much quicker than the home players and soon moved into a comfortable lead. At fifteen ends it looked as if the VP’s record was coming off the rails, being 22 shots down at 67-89. At eighteen ends it looked as is they were about to hit the buffers as Bucks extended their lead to 26 shots, 105-79.

All of a sudden a light appeared at the end of the tunnel of defeat, when on the nineteenth end across the rinks, Oxfordshire picked up 15 shots to Bucks’ 1 but were still trailing by 12 shots. A strong finish by the Oxfordshire team winning nine of the last ten ends to be played saw them scrape home by three shots 114-111, keeping their winning streak on track.

Highest winning rink went to Chris Weller’s four which included the Chairman’s wife Mavis who stood in at the last minute for one of the Oxfordshire bowlers who was enjoying a weekend under the North Pier in Blackpool.

Rink results:
Allan Hunt, Tony Backer-Holst, Doug Woodward & Melvin Brain lost 22-28
David Varney, Bob Foster, Albert Fulkes & Chris Weller won 30-11
Ian Hale, Bill Pointer, John McGeough & Alan Ley lost 21-24
Gerald Fountain, Frank Woods, Alex Fleming & Ian Whelpton lost 18-27
Mavis Hale, John Stephens, Mick Morris & Alan Rowe 23-21