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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.

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

Mobley Crowned Men’s Champion of Champions

Champion of Champions16 Club champions competed in this year’s Champion of Champions hosted at Oxford City and County. Banbury Borough, Banbury Chestnuts, Blackbird Leys, Charlbury, Chipping Norton, Headington, Kidlington, Oxford City and County, Oxford University Press, South Oxford, Thame, Watlington, West Witney, Witney Mills, Witney Town and Woodstock were all represented for the one day that the competition came to its conclusion.

After the morning’s rounds it was West Witney’s Paul Skidmore against Woodstock’s Brian Clarke and Chipping Norton’s Nigel Siford against South Oxford’s Keith Mobley left in the semi-finals fighting for a final place. After a very strong start from Woodstock’s Brian Clarke saw him 14 shots to 1 up against West Witney’s Paul Skidmore, he had to battle to save a quick exit. Skidmore did just this and brought the score right up to 20-19 and was holding game when Clarke played a fantastic trail on the jack with his last bowl to go from being game down to win the semi-final 21-19.

The other semi-final saw Chipping Norton’s Nigel Siford against South Oxford’s Keith Mobley in a close match which saw Mobley take a 17-7 lead after 13 ends. 6 shots over the next 5 ends saw Siford fight back to 19-13 down before Mobley progressed to the final with 2 singles to win 21-19.

The final between Brian Clarke and Keith Mobley was a close fought battle. There was never more than 4 shots between them taking the all the way to 18-14 in Clarke’s favour after 20 ends. Mobley picked up 2 singles to take the score to 18-16 before a fantastic end to see Mobley to take the lead 19-18 for the first time in the game. Mobley secured the double he needed on the next end to be crowned Champion of Champions to close out a fantastic season of competitive bowling.

Thanks a due once again to Oxford City and County for providing excellent facilities and catering throughout the day, Lorraine behind the bar all day and a huge thank you to Alan Ley for organising markers for the day. Thank you to Alan Ley, Chris Lewis, Keith Croxon, Colin Pollard, Grahame Kerr, Ken Buckingham, Andrew Galloway, Karen Galloway, Steve Tolhurst and Bradley Squires for marking games throughout the day. Thanks are also due to Pete Davies who was the umpire for the day.