Learn and play bowls in South Gloucestershire (Established 1933)

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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


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


The Grounds Management Association (formerly known as the Institute of Groundsmanship) is hosting a free webinar on Wednesday 13 May (8pm).

The webinar includes recommendations on the current minimum works that may be required to keep sports surfaces ticking along during the current situation.

One week to go until GMA Live: Back to Play – Weds 13 May at 8pm.

Sign-up now to hear more about our latest Covid-19 interim works documents, and where to go for the latest funding, guidance and support.

More details here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4185152879234863884


Father and daughter John and Katherine Rednall, who have both represented England at the highest level, are the latest guests on ‘The Extra End’. They discuss their experiences in the sport with Bowls International Editor Sian Honnor.

Club re-opening guidance

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 almost 90 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.

Virtual Club Night

Last night saw our first “club night” of the 2020 season – Not the usual affair where we select a disc from a cloth bag to tell us which position and Rink to occupy – But a “Virtual Club Night” by way of “Zoom”.

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