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Change of web host

Over the New Year period the move to a new internet service provider has taken place.

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Recent updates to the site

    17Sep20 - Clarification: County competition entries 2020/21. See below.
    29Aug20 - Skegness 2020 - a personal reflection. See below.
   28July20 - Statement: AGM & other meetings postponed++   See "Coronavirus related news" for full details.
   29Jun20 - Statement: Newark Canc'd etc. See summary below and then "Coronavirus related news" for full details.
     2Jun20 - Statement: Relaxation of restrictions. See below and then "Coronavirus related news" for full details.
    14May20 - Statement: opening greens - UPDATE.
See "
Coronavirus related news"
    13May20 - Statement: opening greens.
See "
Coronavirus related news"
    21Feb20 - Calendar: additional meetings etc, Sep20 thru Nov20
    08Feb20 - Safeguarding contact details
               Work in progress:  Update of Safeguarding info & links                         

          Coming soon:                                                                   

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17Sep20 - From National Secretary Dave Woods. Re: entries to outdoor county competitions 2020/21

It has been brought to my intention that an article appears on Social Media (Facebook) that no one can enter outdoor competitions for 2021, only the people who entered the Outdoor for 2020 will be able to play. The article on Facebook says this has come from the National body which is completely untrue.
I issued a statement on August 23rd saying the following:  
"Outdoor:  I have taken this opportunity to send out the Outdoor entry form to all <county> secretaries. Please ask your members to enter the competitions as normal and hopefully, we will be able for these to go ahead. The teams who have entered this year's Durham Centenary will go forward to next year, also the team events have just been transferred from 2020 to 2021, all the Counties have agreed".

The article on Facebook says the draw for the 2020 competitions will be carried forward to 2021 with no other members able to enter, this has never been a proposal from National level, I have sent all the forms out to the County Secretaries for 2021 and they clearly ask for entries to the 2021 competitions.
The only entries carried forward are in the Durham Centenary, as they were unable to play this year and clubs will not have a winner for 2020 to go forward. The Adams and Newton team events have also been transferred on block. 


Skegness 2020 - Personal reflections

suncastle greens aug20 Photograph courtesy of Emma Euston, Suffolk

At the time of writing we would normally be watching the last ends of various singles and pairs finals with the rinks champions identified yesterday afternoon. The presentation arena will be being prepared. Oh well, not this year.
Does it give perverse satisfaction that the weather this week has been bad? Rain, rain and more rain has now developed into 'north wind doth blow', with the promise of more rain. How frustrating would it have been if we had the type of weather that we usually enjoy.
We must look forward to 2021, for indoor as well as outdoor. Surely things will be "normal" by then..... let's hope so.
It is with great sadness that we witness the passing of David Bryant CBE. Originating from Cider Country he will not have had the opportunity to play the Federation game but it cannot be denied that for many years he was to bowls what Ali was to boxing, in terms of honours achieved. In 1978, as a young man recently introduced to the faith that bowls at Skegness was the way to utilise one's annual holiday entitlement, I watched my future Mother-in-Law (Gill Restall) win the 4 wood singles title. This was in the days of a Friday Evening presentation at the Grosvenor. David Bryant was in attendance and was good enough to join us at our table for a chat - most definitely a gentleman. I wonder if we can find the photo which appears to show Gill pointing her finger in the direction of DB's nose? My other memory of him is watching him on TV (Sportsnight, with David Coleman perhaps). If he stood up on the mat, a significant portion of the audience would whisper "He's going to fire". DB would have to step back from the mat because of the total volume of the "whisper".
So, we look forward to 2021 - onward and upwards!

Stuart Croxall

EBF Website Coordinator



29Jun20 - From National Secretary Dave Woods, with regard to further Government guidelines. Sent to National and County officials
Good Morning All.
I have attached (see coronavirus related news - item 9) the latest developments, for what is planned over the next few months.
I have been speaking with the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, who have advised me that unfortunately, Indoor Bowls Clubs will remain closed for the foreseeable future.
With the indoors closed until at least August and when they do open there will be many restrictions including social distancing, I have spoken to all the Finance committee and we have decided to cancel the finals in September. We are not planning to run any indoor games between 2020 and 2021. as we are unaware of what is happening to indoor venues. With all the restrictions in place at present, we feel that we would not have the time to run all competitions.
We have therefore decided to be fair to everyone, those that have qualified for the 2020 finals will be carried forward to represent their Counties at the finals in April 2021.
We feel with the number of people that will be present the government guidelines would make it impossible to play all the games.



2Jun20 - From National Secretary Dave Woods, with regard to bowling as lockdown is relaxed. Sent to National and County officials
Good Evening All,
The government has now relaxed some of the Lockdown measures for Bowls.
I have attached (see coronavirus related news - item 8) a summary of measures that the government are now allowing clubs to do.
Regarding the numbers you can now play pairs and rinks, but you must have all the social distancing and other measures in place. At the moment unless you have a large area of play, the rinks may cause you a problem, it may be better to concentrate on singles and pairs.




14May20 - From National Secretary Dave Woods, with regard to the re-start of bowling.
Good Afternoon Everyone,

I have had further updates from the government on what we should be doing when opening our greens.

I have put together a further document (see coronavirus related news - item 7) to go along with the one issued yesterday (see coronavirus related news - item 6). I hope this goes a long way to explain what is required from ourselves to make our members safe.

I have had numerous emails and phone calls asking about the opening of greens, as I have been explaining to everyone it is up to your club if you have private facilities or your local council if its a public green when and if to open.


  National Outdoor Championship results (2019)

See "Skegness'19 Champions" for the 24 individual competitions and 6 team events 

See "Skegness'19 EBF" & "Skegness'19 EWBF" for full details


The wearing of shorts by men

It was passed at the 2018 AGM that tailored shorts (with EBF logo) may be worn, white in inter-county association matches and national championships, grey in other games. For the full dress regulations for men click on “Rules (2019)” in the Main Menu to the left and see rule 7.21. Shotbowl are the only EBF approved outlet. Here is the link to the relevant page of their website.