A pleasant day in the Sun

It was great to be back at Banbury Chestnut's on Sunday for our  game against Warwickshire VP's. The green was how we remembered it from before our enforced break away from the game, providing a surface enjoyable to bowls on.

Before the start of the match, we were treated to a fly past by the Red Arrows. If it's good enough for the G7 folks it's good enough for the VP's.

All five rinks recorded a win adding up to a match scoreline of 119-62 in Oxfordshire's favour.

Gerald Fountain, Roger Oliver, John McGeough and Alan Wase (on his own green), overwhelmed their opponents and comfortably taking the highest rink prizes, winning 16 of the 21 ends in their 34-7 win.

Chairman Allan Hunt leading from the front and followed by Ron Havard, Alex Fleming and skip Chis Weller shared the first 12 ends of their game, 6 ends each and seven shots each before taking seven of the remaining nine ends, collecting 15 shots to their oppositions three for a 22-10 win.

Four three's in their eleven winning ends were a major part of Ian Hale, Bob Foster, Alan Rowe and Mike Andrew's 20-13 success. From the seventh end they maintained their four shot buffer, then finishing with a three on the last end.

Both of the outside rinks had three shot wins and both winning twelve of the 21 ends played. John Dunne, Bill Pointer, Brian Ray and Mick Morris were level 8-8 after nine ends, then a four on the thirteenth opened up a three shot lead which had grown to seven with two to play. After dropping a three and a one they had maintained their three shot cushion closing on 20-17.

John Duncan, Nigel Satchell, Ian Whelpton and Chris Cox saw their 5-0 lead after four ends disappear with a dropped five on the next end. They collected a five on the tenth and after fifteen ends the game was all square at 16 each. A four at the next end swung the game in their favour with three singles from the last five ends being enough for a 23-20 win.

Thanks go out to the Chestnuts members who organised the after-match seating arrangements very well to comply with the current rulings and the very welcome meal. A special thanks to the young lady who single handed provided a waitress service throughout the game.

An enjoyable day for one and all and as one of the Warwickshire bowlers commented, 'how nice to get back to a proper game of bowls followed by a meal rather than, turn up, bowl and go home'.

Hopefully, normality is not too far away.






At last - we're back on the green.

After such a long time away from bowls it was a happy reunion for the Vice Presidents on Sunday when we met up at the Chess Vale club to be met by an all weather green, for our annual outdoor fixture against the Bucks County Vice Presidents. 

The green may be all weather but with the rain that was forecast it was to be seen whether or not the bowlers could withstand the predicted downpours. Thankfully, a strong wind kept the precipitation at bay, though the cold temperature curtailed the game to 18 ends and the rain waited until our journeys back home.

Bernie May,Nigel Satchell, John McGeough and Mike Andrew led the charge with an eleven shot win 21-10 after winning 12 of the 18 ends.

Roger Oliver, Deputy Chairman Eddie Dorling (deputising for Chairman Allan Hunt), Alan Ley and Mike Petersen, trailing  7-10 at the halfway mark took the second half of their game 14-3 to record an eight shot win.

Bob Foster, Ian Whelpton, Alan Wase and Chris Weller finished the tenth end 4-12 down, before changeing the jack to a longer length and taking seven of the remaining ends to win by one shot at 14-13

Bill Pointer, Alex Fleming, Mick Morris and Chris Cox were level at 5 all after 8 ends before losing the next 6 ends to go 9 down. They shared the last four ends but ended with a ten shot deficit at 9-19.

Overall, the new campaign started with a 65-55 win.

Observing the social distancing ruling, the players and a couple of guests were spread between the clubhouse and outside marquee where they were waited on and treated to a very welcome warm meal by lady members of the club.


Northants Indoor report.

Last Sunday's game at Oxford City & County IBC against Northamptonshire VP's proved to be another successful outing with all five rinks coming up trumps.

Doug Woodward, Tony Backer-Holst, John McGeough and Mike Petersen led the way with a very comfortable twenty shot win 29-9, winning 16 of the 21 ends played.

Allan Hunt, Bob Foster, Bernie May and Chris Weller were in contention for the top rink, leading the field by seven shots after thirteen ends, but they could not match Petersen's rink who won the remaining eight ends on their rink to Weller's five.

Chairman Chris Cox, playing the last game under his chairmanship, with the support of Ian Hale, Albert Fulkes and Ron Havard turned their game on its head coming back from 4-10 down after eight ends to win twelve of the remaining thirteen ends to record a 18-11 win.

John Dunne, Gerald Fountain, Nigel Satchell and Alex Fleming won their tight game taking four of the last five ends after being level on the eighth, fourteenth and sixteenth ends, closing on 18-13.

Steve Tolhurst, John Stephens, Alan Rowe and skip MIke Andrew picked up a five and two fours and strategic parts of their game. The five brought them to within one shot 9-10 at the eighth, and then the first of their fours levelled the scores at 17 each after sixteen. Their second four came on the 20th end to put them two up with one to play,and a single on the last gave them a three shot win on 24-21.

The AGM on January 6th at the Kidlington bowls club will see Chris Cox, who has led the Association to 11 wins out of 12, hand over the chairmanship to Allan Hunt who will have until April 5th, 2020 to plan his tactics for the remaining indoor game, away to Bucks VP's at Foxhill IBC.


Best wishes to all members of the association and their families for a very Happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year.

Don't forget to come to the AGM, we will have had sixteen days of the days getting longer so it won't be too dark.

Leicester C&DP BA Indoor report.

Sunday's visit to Leicester IBC for our annual indoor game against Leicester City & District Parks BA proved to be as enjoyable as ever, friendly opponents, a welcoming club and the usual enjoyable food and hospitality.

For one or two of the Oxfordshire lads it was there first visit to the club and in addition to the above, they returned home with a successful days bowling to remember.

Allan Hunt, Bob Foster, Bernie May and skip Mick Morris took no prisoners on rink 1, winning sixteen of the twenty one ends, closing the game with a seven to take the highest winning rink prize 37-14.

Their next-door neighbours, Alan Rowe, John Stephens, Ian Whelpton and Alan Wase took six of the first ten ends but due to a dropped five only led by two shots. Only a tied end on the seventeenth stopped them taking the next eight ends, opening up a twelve shot lead. The last three ends were too much for the Senior foursome as they dropped four shots for a 23-15 result.

From 1-6 down after six ends, Steve Tolhurst, Bill Jarvie, Alex Fleming and John Hurren collected twenty three shots without reply over the next seven ends. The remaining eight ends were shared four each with Hurrens team outscoring their opposition 9-8, winning by nineteen shots on 33-14.

Chairman Chris Cox with Doug Woodward, John Timms and Peter Latter in front of him suddenly, with only five ends left to play and leading 20-9, realised that he was taking the host chairman's hospitality a little too far and got his front end to pull in the reins.

John Duncan, Ron Havard, John McGeough and Mike Andrew didn't seem to know whether to win, draw or lose. From 0-3 after three they moved to a commanding 13-3 after eight. Five ends later saw them a shot down at 15-16 before they then decided that a win would be the better result, taking six of the last eight ends and joining the other three winning rinks with a 25-18 victory.

The last game of 2019 is the visit of Northamptonshire VP's to Oxford City & County IBC on December 1st.

December team sheet

December Team sheet against Northamptonshire VP's is in the members area.

November Team sheet

The Teamsheet for the November game at Leicester IBC is in the members section.


Membership renewal is due on October 1st.

Please forward your renewal to Alex Fleming, address details on the back of your 2019 Fixture card.


Is it good to be back indoors?

With all the rain that had fallen and the amount of standing water on the roads, Sunday's Oxford Half marathon could have quite easily changed to a mini triathlon.

We however, were treated to the warmth? and comfort of the City & County indoor facility for our annual first indoor game of the season against local neighbours Buck's Vice Presidents.

With our Chairman cruising in the Canaries, it was left to our Vice Chairman Allan Hunt to not only lead us on the day, but to also lead his rink of Bill Pointer at two, Alex Fleming and skip Alan Wase to collect the highest winning rink.

Ian Hale, Peter Baskerville, secretary Ian Whelpton and OBA President, Mike Morris at skip went one shot up on the fifth end and continued to stay in front for the rest of their close game, winning eleven of the 21 ends.

Bernie May, having rushed from his father's 90th birthday lunch celebration's, found himself skipping behind John Dunne, Gerald Fountain and Nigel Satchell. At 3-16 down at the half way stage, the thought must have crossed his mind that those at the celebration were enjoying themselves more. However, the second half of their game saw them win seven of the ten ends to finish within four shots of their opponents.

John Duncan, Tony Backer-Holst, John McGoeugh and Mike Andrew were level after eleven ends, six of which had gone in their favour. Eight shots each over the next five ends kept the teams level and with one end remaining the still could not be split. The last end was ensured of a final winner and it was the Buck's skip Norman Clark who turned the tables with his last wood to change the head in his team's favour for a two shot win.

Steve Tolhurst, Albert Fulkes, John Timms and Chris Weller won 11 ends of their closely fought game. From 12-6 up after eleven ends, they started the nineteenth only one shot in front. However, seven shots from the remaining three ends same them home comfortably.


Result: Oxfordshire VP's 106, Bucks VP's 83.

Rinks scores:

Ian Hale, Peter Baskerville, Ian Whelpton, Mike Morris won 18-14

John Dunne, Gerald Fountain, Nigel Satchell, Bernie May lost 16-20

Allan Hunt, Bill Pointer, Alex Fleming, Alan Wase won 30-13

John Duncan, Tiny Backer-Holst, John McGeough, Mike Andrew lost 20-22

Steve Tolhurst, Albert Fulkes, John Timms, Chris Weller won 22-14



October Team sheet.

The October team sheet is available in the Member's area.

Finishing on a winner

Our last outdoor fixture of the season saw us visit the picturesque Berkshire village green of Morland BC.

Although the green had a downpour of rain in the morning, we spent the afternoon playing in sunshine apart from a 60 second sprinkling of moisture.

The sporting green called for plenty of concentration, which we must of just had a little more of in our 108-105 win.

Steve Tolhurst, Gerald Fountain, Alex Fleming and Ian Whelpton on rink one took advantage of the very reliable swinging ditch hand to record a 28-17 win.

Next door on rink two, Paul McGrath ( who I was assured played a blinder), John Timms, John McGeough and Alan Ley took fourteen of the twenty one ends, yet still dropped a five on their way to take the highest winning rink prize with a 31-17 scoreline.

Chairman Chris Cox, skipping the rink of Doug Woodward, John Stephens and Nigel Satchell kept their game interesting for fourteen ends with the scores level at 13 all. Like a courteous Chairman should, he allowed the opposing Chairman's rink to then proceed to take six of the last seven ends to give them a 23-16 win.

John Dunne, Bill Pointer, Bernie May and Alan Rowe took generosity a little too far, waiting until the eigth end before recording a score aginst the eleven shots picked up by their opposition. Four shots down after thirteen ends was the closest they got to the Berkshire four, finally ending up seventeen shots adrift on 12-29.

Well over £200 was raised on the day for the crowd funding charity of local policeman Andrew Harper who was killed earlier in the week.




August Team Sheet

The August Team Sheet is available in the Member's Area

Worcestershire Win

The visit to Hewell BC for the Worcestershire game proved to be well worthwhile with all five rinks winning for a 154-52 scoreline.

The Hewell clubs excellent facilities and hospitality concluded with a most enjoyable chicken dinner which was appreciated on the cool day, much different from the extremely hot weather earlier in the week.

John Timms, Dennis Roberts, Alex Fleming and Chris Weller on rink 1 collected consecutive sixes on their way to a 33-9 win.

it was a much closer game next door on rink two with John Stephens, Bob Foster, Roger Oliver and Alan Wase being behing until the eleventh end, when they drew level at 10 all. Three ends later they took a 3 shot lead with a four and held on to win 18-16.

Allan Hunt, Gerald Fountain, Bernie May and Chairman Chris Cox only lost on five ends on their way to their 36-8 win in their chase for top rink against their all Banbury neighbours on rink four, Sandra  Wase (standing in for a late drop out), Ron Havard, John McGeough and Ian Whelpton who lost one end more but were recorded a 30 shot win, 38-8.

Steve Tolhurst, Bill Pointer, Brian Ray and Mick Morris completed the rout with a 29-11 victory, having picked up a five and a six during the match.

July Team Sheet

The Team Sheet for the game against Worcestershire VPBA is available in the Member section

The Bubble has burst.

The bubble of wins has burst, or should I say exploded, at last.

After a run of 42 straight wins, the last time we lost was in August 2015, a loss has finally been recorded, and what a loss it was against a revived Swindon & District BA side.

John Duncan, Bill Pointer, Nigel Satchell and Mike Andrew made the best offort, leading 11-5 after 8 ends and reaching the half way mark 13-11 before the wheels came off resulting in them only picking up another two singles and going down 15-24.

Doug Woodward, John Stephens, John Timms and Ian Whelpton lost six of the first nine ends to trail 5-17 and were even further behind at 7-22 after 13. Twelve shots including a 6 over the last eight ends to their opponents seven made the scoreline look more presentable at 19-29.

Vice Chairman Allan Hunt leading for Dennis Roberts, John McGeough and home club player Mike Petersen made a comeback from 1-12 down after 7 ends to come within 2 shots of the opposition, 14-16 after 17 ends only to lose 9 shots over the last 4 ends, going down 14-25.

Gerald Fountain, Bob Foster, John Hurren and Alan Rowe had a great first eleven ends, trailing by one shot at 8-9, but then dropped a 4 and 6 on consecutive ends to see their challenge go the same way as Oxfordshire's other rinks, finally losing 12-26.

The last of the Vice Presidents rinks, John Dunne, Ron Havard, Paul McGrath and Mike Morris struggled throughout their game managing to win on only 6 ends to lose 9-27.

So now we will have to pick ourselves up, brush ourselves down and start all over again.

Meat is back on the menu

Kislingbury bowls club served up a welcoming hot and tasty 3 course meal after todays game against Northamptonshire VPBA and after last weeks vegetarian delights it was good to have meat back on the menu.

Thankfully the weather showed some improvement to the last few days and the green performed well, considering the soaking it had received in the last week.

Our hosts borrowed Ian Hale's wife Mavis to cover for a missing member of their side and from comments made by their acting chairman after the dinner, she played a major part in helping them to their rink win.

Not to be outdone by his wife's efforts, Ian led on Oxfordshire's highest winning rink, followed by Gerald Fountain, Alan Rowe and skip Mike Andrew.

County President Mick Morris came a close second with a ten shot win followed by Chris Weller's foursome who picked up 9 shots over the last three ends of their close tussle (14 all after 18).

Chairman Chris Cox's rink just lost out by two shots from being all square 13-13 after 18 ends.

Alan Wase' final Oxfordshire rink were always chasing their opponents and got to within two shots of them with a four on the sixteenth end. A dropped five on the eighteenth saw their rally falter, losing out by eight at the end.

Rink scores were:

Ian Hale, Gerald Fountain, Alan Rowe, Mike Andrew 22-11

Paul McGrath, John Stephens, Alex Fleming, Mike Morris 22-12

Bill Jarvie, Bob Foster, Ian Whelpton, Chris Weller 23-14

Doug Woodward, Dennis Roberts, Brian Ray, Chris Cox 16-18

Allan Hunt, Ron Havad, John Hurren, Alan Wase 17-25


A well balanced final scoreline of 100-80

The next game is a home game against Swindon & District BA at Kidlington BC on Sunday August 30th.

To win or not to win, that was the question:

Stratford-upon-Avon Bowling Club hosted today's Vice Presidents game against Warwickshire Vice Presidents and we didn't let Stratford's reputation for drama down.

With 16 ends played on each rink, Chris Weller's foursome 22 shots ahead and the other four rinks 2 shots down overall, the VP's winning run looked certain to continue. Then with two rinks left with one remaining end each, Chairman Chris Cox's rink had stage fright, leaving him eight down with one wood left. The supporting wives held their breath, looks of anguish, nails being bitten, eyes covered by sweating palms as he delivered his last armament. Lo and behold, it crashed into one of the short woods. Was his rink about to suffer the embarrasment of dropping a full house and possibly bringing the winning run to a sudden halt? 

Well, luckily it hit an Oxfordshire wood which rolled in for seventh place, so they only dropped a six and the wives hadn't been watching at all, they were discussing their shopping trip in Stratford. A dropped two on the remaining rink left Oxfordshire still two in front and the winning run still intact.

After all the excitment, a drink in the lounge was followed by a memorable and unforgetable vegetarian after-match meal.

Rink scores were:

Doug Woodward, Tony Backer-Holst, Alex Fleming and Alan Wase 15-17

Percy Hickman, Bill Pointer, Alan Rowe and Mike Petersen 14-22

Ian Hale, Bob Foster, Ian Whelpton and Chris Cox 11-19

Paul McGrath, Ron Havard, Bill Jarvie and Mike Andrew 20-16

Allan Hunt, John Timms, Nigel Satchell and Chris Weller 34-18

L.C. & D.P.B.A.

What a difference a day makes.

After Saturday's sweltering heat, Banbury Borough welcomed us with overcast skies, the threat of showers and thankfully a cooler temperature, for our fixture against Leicester City & District Parks BA.

Playing from the clubhouse, the opposite way to how games are usually played at the Borough, was a new experience for many of the VP's and I think all the Leicester bowlers.

The first third of the game produced a close contest with only four shots separating the sides afterwhich the VP's gradually increased their lead to finish with a very comfortable win.

Doug Woodward, Bill Pointer, Ron Havard and Brian Ray playing on rink 1 took the top rink prizes with a 30-6 win.

Rink 5, Percy Hickman, Dennis Roberts, John Timms and County President Mick Morris,playing on his own green, recorded a 15 shot, 28-13 scoreline.

Paul McGrath, John Stephens, John McGeough and Mike Andrew came back from 4-10 down after 10 ends to win 9 of the remaining eleven ends to take their game 24-13.

Vice Chairman Allan Hunt, who deputised on the day lead for Gerald Fountain, Alex Fleming and Alan Wase on rink 3.The second half dampness obviously worked in their favour with them winning seven of the last eight ends and finishing on 23-14.

John Dunne, John Duncan, Peter Latter and Ian Whelpton picked up nine shots on the last four ends to turn the game in their favour, closing on 23-17.


Bucks VP report

Banbury Chestnuts hosted our second game of the season, against the Bucks VP's.

Once again the green bowled well, especially for the early part of the season and the after match meal was as good as usual.

The 133-83 win was mainly due to 20 shot wins for Allan Hunt, Bob Foster, John McGeough and Chris Cox at 33-13 and Ian Hale, Bill Pointer, Ron Havard and Alan Rowe, 32-12. Rowe's four were given the highest winning rink on account of winning 14 ends against Chairman Cox's 12 winning ends.

County President Mick Morris at the back of Steve Tolhurst, Gerald Fountain and John Timms, 17 shots in front at 11 ends, lost the second half by shots but closed comfortable on 28-16

John Stephens, John Duncan, Nigel Satchell and Brian Ray picked up a single on the last end of a very tight game, to record a 20-19 win.

John Dunne, Dennis Roberts, Bill Jarvie and Ian Whelpton were outbowled in the first half of the game, finishing the eleventh end at 5-17. A four on the fourteenth end kicked them into gear and a strong finish left them only 3 shots adrift at the end, 20-23.

Banbury Borough host the VP's game on June 2nd  when Leicester City & District Parks BA are the visitors.

Gloucestershire report

Gloucestershire match report

We started the outdoor season with a resounding 118-68 win against Gloucestershire VP's at Chipping Norton BC where we were met with a green that had good pace for such an early part of the season and some interesting lines to keep your attention.

Doug Woodward, Ron Havard, John McGeough and Mike Morris paid the most attention, having the highest winning rink on 34-10, closely followed by Geralg Fountain, John Timms, Brian Ray and Chris Weller who recorded a 27-7 victory.

Paul McGrath, Bill Pointer, Nigel Satchell and Ian Whelpton on the interesting rink 1 held off a late surge by the opponents for a 24-17 win, whilst Chairman Chris Cox following behind Dennis Roberts, Tony Backer-Holst and Alex Fleming survived an 8-1 deficit over the last six ends for a 16-15 scoreline.

A dropped 5 on the sixtenth end damaged the efforts of Allan Hunt, John Stephens, John Hurren and Mike Andrew and try as they may taking 3 of the last five ends, a two to the visitors on the last end saw them lose 17-19

Chipping Norton treated both players and their guests to the usual hospitality associated  with the club with a most welcome and enjoyable after match meal.

The sun shone all afternoon, no wind, rain or snow. Global warming had reached Chipping Norton!!


Bucks Match reports 7/4

The indoor season came to a close with a comfortable 108-78 win against Bucks County VP's at Foxhill IBC, Aylesbury.

Paul McGrath, Bill Jarvie, Alex Fleming and Alan Wase led the way with a thumping 35-8 victory.

Doug Woodward, Ron Havard, Nigel Satchell and Alan Rowe provided our second winning rink, at 18-13.

Two drawing rinks saw John Dunne, John Stephens, John Hurren and Chris Weller finish on 19-19, whilst John Duncan, John Timms, Bernie May and Mike Andrew went one beter at 20-20.

Chairman Chris Cox with Steve Tolhurst, Bob Foster and John McGeough courteously gave the opposing Chairman a two shot 18-16 win

We start the outdoor season on May 12th, hosting Gloucestershire VP's at the Chipping Norton Bowls Club.

Just to be on the safe side, wet weather gear, brandy flasks and a snow shovel in the boot of the car is highly recommended.

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