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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.

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:

Swan Inn, Tockington – Delivery Service

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

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.

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