Olveston and District Bowling Club

Learn and play bowls in South Gloucestershire (Established 1933)

ATTENTION GREENKEEPERS

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

BOWLS ENGLAND OFFICIAL PODCAST ‘THE EXTRA END’ | EPISODE 5 – JOHN AND KATHERINE REDNALL

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

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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.

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”.

Olveston bowls fun

Tonight should have been the opening night of the 2020 Bristol Men's Leagues Campaign. Sadly the current pandemic situation has disrupted not just bowls but life itself. Instead of being out on the green some of our members have 'clubbed' together to make a short video to pass the time of day.Stay safe everyone, better days are on their way.#COYO#passthebowl#PlayUpOlveston#BowlsEngland#playbowls

Posted by Olveston and District Bowling Club on Thursday, 23 April 2020

This Thursday should have been the opening night of the 2020 Bristol Men’s Leagues Campaign. Sadly the current pandemic situation has disrupted not just bowls but life itself.

Instead of being out on the green some of our members have ‘clubbed’ together to make a short video to pass the time of day.

Stay safe everyone, better days are on their way.

#COYO
#passthebowl
#PlayUpOlveston
#BowlsEngland
#playbowls

Virtual Club Night – Monday 27th April

A message from Derek Olive, Men’s Captain:

Over the past 4 weeks of self isolation I have been hosting social events using ZOOM for other groups that I am involved in and thought that a Virtual Club Night for ODBC would not go amiss!

 If you have not used ZOOM before then don’t panic. If you have a PC, Laptop, Tablet or Smart Phone and are able to use a Web Browser with audio and/or video then you will be able to join in. You don’t need to download any software. It is true to say that a hard wired connection may work better but WIFI should be fine!

 Look out for the invitation for 7pm on Monday 27th which will be sent out this weekend and just click on the link in the email. You should then enter the meeting. I do need to admit you so please wait a few minutes if necessary. I will open the meeting about 10 minutes early to allow folk to join before 7pm.

 We can’t play bowls but if you happen to have a drink to hand we can toast the group and at least say hello and catch up.

 We will treat this as a test event as it may be the 1st time for many so be prepared for some delays and issues, but my experience so far with ZOOM has been very good.

If you wish to contact Derek, to test your connection beforehand, please use the ‘Contact’ page of the website. He says that the likelihood is that I will be in!

Bowls Survey

A member from Gerrard’s Cross BC (George Reid) is looking for help with his final year dissertation. His research is based on participation in lawn bowls, so the survey aims to find out the reasons that may stop people participating, and if they feel enough is being done in the sport to grow and evolve the game. All responses are anonymous, so the more responses the better.

 We have been asked to circulate the details as widely as possible. It will only take about 5 minutes to complete and can be found at this link:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/5755TBD

 Many Thanks for your help.

‘A Question of Bowls’ by Jamie Campbell

The deadline is Friday at 12 (noon) and answers by FB PM/email only, good luck! 🤔👍
PS. Bonus points for quoting relevant Law will be used in the event of a tie. 😉
1. What is the minimum distance of a delivered Jack from the front of the Mat?
2. What is the minimum distance of a delivered bowl from the front of the Mat?
3. What is the minimum distance of a Jack that has rebounded back up the rink measured from the front of the Mat?
4. If a Jack rebounds back onto the rink after being driven onto the face of the bank, does play continue or is it a ‘Dead End’?
5. What is the difference between a ‘dead end’ and a ‘tied end’?
6. What happens if a jack has been improperly delivered?
7. Name five ways a jack can be improperly delivered?
8. What happens if a player plays another player’s bowl instead of their own?
9. Can a player use bowls from more than one set when playing trial ends?
10. What happens if a player realises that they have failed to play a bowl and the process of deciding the shots scored has started?
11. What are the two reasons that a player may change their set of bowls during a game?
12. What happens if two bowls being delivered on adjacent rinks touch or collide with each other?
13. What is the earliest date stamp that bowls must have for competition games up to (but not including) County Finals?
14. There is an exception to the above rule. What is it?
15. Is it acceptable for a bowler to have only part of their foot touching or above the mat when they deliver a bowl?
16. When about to cast the Jack, is it acceptable for the mat to be positioned so that part of the ‘T’ is showing?
17. When is a live Jack in the ditch not replaced to its original position after being moved by a bowl entering the ditch?
18. How many ends are normally played in a game of triples?
19. What are the differences between an indoor an outdoor jack?
20. What gives a bowl its bias?

BOWLS ENGLAND OFFICIAL PODCAST ‘THE EXTRA END’ | EPISODE 4 – WORKOUT VIDEOS

Bowls England Directors Dr Anna Molony and Mal Evans join Personal Trainer and Wellness Coach Kate Swinson to discuss the workout videos that have been specially created to help bowlers stay fit and well, particularly during the current coronavirus restrictions, with Bowls International Editor Sian Honnor.

40 minutes this one but an interesting listen.

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