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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.

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.

County Competitions

The men’s and ladies competitions are now available on the website (apart from men’s 25 pairs).

Henry Franklin & Colin Pearce

We are very sorry to have to announce the passing of of Henry Franklin on Saturday evening the 4th and Colin Pearce in the early hours of Monday morning the 6th of January.

Henry was an absolute legend at the Watlington club and undoubtable did more than anyone else to make the club what it is today. It is truly a very sad day for the Watlington BC.

In addition to his being one of the known bowlers in Oxfordshire, Henry was well known throughout the bowling world, both on the outdoor and indoor scene.

He was President of Oxfordshire in 1982 and Chairman of the Home Counties BA in 1988. In 2015, in recognition of his contribution to the game he loved, he was awarded the Certificate of Merit from Bowls England.
Others, more knowledgeable than myself will be able to give a more thorough insight into his contribution to the indoor game.
Our thoughts are with his wife Joyce at these difficult times.

Funeral arrangements:
Oxford Crematorium, Bayswater Road, Headington  OX3 9RZ on Thursday 23rd January at 12 noon. Afterwards at Oxford & District Indoor Bowls Club, Sandy Lane West, OX4 6NA.

No flowers please but donations to Henry’s favourite charities will be welcome on the day.

Colin was a former member of Wychwood Bowls Club and Chipping Norton Indoor bowls club and a regular participant with the midweek county teams until eyesight problems brought an end to his bowling.
He was also a very good supporter of the Chipping Norton indoor bowls club.

Along with his wife Barbara, a regular with the ladies county side, they made a formidable couple to bowls against.

It was good to see them both supporting the Wychwood clubs 90th anniversary celebratory game against the OBA & BOL President’s team at the beginning of last August.

Our thoughts go to Barbara at this difficult time.

Watlington A win Summertown Trophy

Summertown Trophy 2019

On Saturday, 10 teams from around the County returned to a sunny Banbury Chestnuts for the Summertown Trophy Finals day, sponsored by Oxford Auto Dents. All qualifying teams played each other over 7 ends in a round-robin format to compete for over £1,000 in prize money.

Defending champions Headington A got off to a great start, beating their B team on the last end, before an emphatic win over Witney Town saw them take an early lead. By lunchtime they were level with last year’s runners-up Watlington A on +28 shots, who had also started the first 4 games with good wins.

After 7 games Watlington A had edged ahead of Headington A by 3 shots, with Carterton and West Witney B starting to close the gap in 3rd and 4th place.

With just 2 games to go, the competition reached a critical point, as Watlington and Headington came up against each other. Although the game started evenly, Watlington picked up some big scores in the latter stages to win their encounter 13-3 and give themselves an unassailable lead on +39 shots.

Going into the final game Carterton were hoping to hold onto second slot, but ended up losing by just 2 shots against a determined Headington B.  With West Witney’s B side manging a comfortable win over a fading Headington A, Kev Alder’s Witney team clinched second place and the Astall Ley trophy.

Watlington A picked up a draw in their final game, against Burford, to be crowned the new champions for the first time. After finishing runners-up of the Summertown Trophy for the previous 2 years, it was fitting that this year’s winners were the youthful Watlington side of Rob Parkes, Will Soden, Sam Watts, and Chris Gilkes.

Final Result

1st Watlington A +39
2nd West Witney B +27
3rd Carterton +22