Olveston and District Bowling Club

Learn and play bowls in South Gloucestershire (Established 1933)

THE EXTRA END – Bowls England Official Podcast | Episode 8 – John Bell

Sian Honnor talks to World Bowls President, John Bell

BOWLS ENGLAND OFFICIAL PODCAST ‘THE EXTRA END’ | EPISODE 7 – JON COCKCROFT

Bowls England’s recently appointed Chief Executive, Jon Cockcroft, gives his early reflections and thoughts about the future on the latest episode of our official podcast ‘The Extra End’.Jon, who joined Bowls England on 1st June, speaks to Bowls International Editor, Sian Honnor, about his wish to involve everyone in the development of a strategy that takes our sport forwards.Jon also gives an insight into his background, what skills he brings to the role and the importance of what a home Commonwealth Games can bring to our sport.

Q&A with Allan Thornhill

Join Allan with Michael Johnson for more marking and umpiring chat. Mark is from New Zealand and has been playing umpiring since he was 14. He has officiated at Commonwealth and Works Championship events. He has also been an International Technical Officer as part of World Bowls and, alongside his umpiring out on the green, Michael is also a member of the Wellington Umpires Executive Committee and has previously tutored new umpires.

Newsletter – “2 Wide 2 Heavy”

Following the announcement that Ken Tudor is to retire as editor of “2 Wide 2 Heavy” the Club is pleased to inform you that, in addition to his current post of Club Secretary, Nigel Cloke has volunteered to take on the role as the new editor.

Club re-opening – Update

Following the past couple of updates on the Club’s re-opening, here is the latest information from our Chairman, Robert Harris.

  • An internal competition is to be run for those people who expressed an interest in one. The format is going to be different from what people are used to but it will be fun.
  • An afternoon competition is planned for Saturday 15th August.
    • Initially, we are looking at 4 rinks of triples but if there’s sufficient interest then we will consider staggering games to accommodate more players. Again, only for those who feel safe in doing so
    • It is hoped that a full bar service should be available for the afternoon/evening
    • It may even be possible to provide some simple refreshments
  • Changes to the general arrangements for roll ups include:
    • A ‘mini bar’ facility payable by an IOU system from Monday 20th July
    • So members can utilise this facility, the 20 minute limit on leaving the premises has been suspended although the rule restricting arrival to 10 minutes before a session will remain
    • A number of benches will be made available for general use
    • Spectators are also welcome to watch the bowls
  • Also, an investigation will be made with other clubs to see whether there is any appetite for a couple of friendly fixtures during August and September.
  • The season close has been pushed back to Sunday 27th September allowing a little a longer for bowling.

Update [23rd July]
The Men’s and Ladies Club Championship competitions are to go ahead. This is based on advice from BE and GBA that champions will be able to enter next seasons Champion of Champions competitions as well as those Club Champions from the 2019 season.

Obviously, all of the above is subject to Government and BE guidance.

For the original arrangements and guidance regarding roll ups, please refer to both of these documents.

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:

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