Olveston and District Bowling Club

Learn and play bowls in South Gloucestershire (Established 1933)

Club re-opening guidance

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The Management Committee have taken the decision to allow the re-opening of the Club with restricted access to the bowling facilities from Monday 8th June, from 10:00 to 19:30 each day. No guests or spectators are allowed access and the kitchen and bar will remain closed.

Update [2 July 2020] -From Monday 6th July rinks will be able to be booked for up to 6 players from different households so you will be able to play triples games if you would like to.

In addition, we are looking to operate a competitive for members to join into if they so wish. If you are interested, then please contact Nigel Cloke by Sunday 12th July.

For full arrangements and guidance please refer to both of these documents.

Welcome to Olveston & District Bowling Club

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Looking for a bowls club in the South Gloucestershire area? Olveston and District Bowling Club has a history going back over 80 years. However, our outlook is modern and we produce bowlers who perform at the top level.
Feel free to browse our website and, if you cannot find what you are looking for, feel free to get in touch (Contact Us) for more information.

Q&A with Allan Thornhill

Join Allan with Mark Cowan for more marking and umpiring chat. Mark is from Australia and has been a multiple World Championship and Commonwealth Games Technical Official and was, until recently, National Training Centre Coach for Victoria and Tasmania

Q&A with Allan Thornhill

Join Allan, this time on Zoom, presenting a Q&A with ITO (International Technical Official) and WBT (World Bowls Tour) colleague Dan Bluett talking all things bowls.

THE EXTRA END – Bowls England Official Podcast | Episode 6 – Amy Gowshall

Amy Gowshall has represented England all over the world, winning medals at World Championships and Commonwealth Games. Amy is the next guest on ‘The Extra End’ and discusses her experiences in the sport, whilst combining this with the challenges involved with family life and as a full-time teacher with Bowls International Editor Sian Honnor.

Q&A with Allan Thornhill

Allan held another Q&A session on 6th June. This time technology wasn’t kind and so Allan has recorded the following which covered the main points.

On Saturday 6th June, I did a Live Q&A session. Unfortunately, technology let me down a little and the first part of the stream was not great and had to be aborted.So you don’t miss out on the discussion, I have recorded the first part to cover the main topics areas. Individual questions that were answered from your live comments can be found on the live stream that is posted on my timeline.My apologies for the aborted live stream hopefully this will make up for it.

Posted by Allan Thornhill on Sunday, 7 June 2020

Restricted re-opening

Thanks to hard work by the Management Committee, green keeper and maintenance team the Club green only has opened for the first time this season. It may not be what we expected or hoped for for this season but, considering the situation just months ago, it is something. It is, for those willing and able to participate, an opportunity to get a little more exercise and meet, at a socially aware distance, friends.

Ian Gauld was one of the first to have a roll up and said “It felt wrong. We should be involved in so many matches now and I was up there on my own with everything shut up and barriered off.”

Here are some of his images from his visit:

Bowls England – Coaching Q&A

This is Coach Bowls‘ first Q&A session, which features involvement from Bowls England’s High Performance Director John Mc Guinness, four-time Commonwealth Games medalist Ellen Falkner, most-capped international John Rednall and Director of Coaching Mal Evans.

It lasts 70 minutes but it has some interesting points to make from the way you warm up through the technique of delivery to how to change your shot, and many more things.

Swan Inn, Tockington – Delivery Service

BOWLS ENGLAND OFFICIAL PODCAST ‘THE EXTRA END’ | EPISODE 6 – AMY GOWSHALL

Amy Gowshall has represented England all over the world, winning medals at World Championships and Commonwealth Games. Amy is the next guest on ‘The Extra End’ and discusses her experiences in the sport, whilst combining this with the challenges involved with family life and as a full-time teacher with Bowls International Editor Sian Honnor.

Q&A with Allan Thornhill

If you weren’t able to watch or join in with the Facebook Live event on 9th May, then here you have the opportunity to watch it.

Live Q&A

Join me in 2 hours for a live Q&AHave any questions on Umpiring, Marking, Laws of the Sport or any related to World Bowls, Commonwealth Games or my general experiences in the sport.Post your questions in the comments below or ask them live.

Posted by Allan Thornhill on Saturday, 9 May 2020

There may be another one on 23rd or 24th May, so look out.

You can also join Jamie’s Facebook group about marking and umpiring questions at – ‘A Question of Bowls

Q&A with Allan Thornhill, world class umpire

Your chance to ask a world class Umpire what its like to officiate at the Commonwealth Games!

Have any questions on Umpiring, Marking, Laws of the Sport or any related to World, Commonwealth Games or my general experiences in the sport.

Saturday 9th May at 14:00 on Facebook

If you would like to ask Allan anything prior to the live Q&A you can also post on his blog at https://www.allanthornhill.com/askumpy

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