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2021 Competition Finals Schedule

16th September 2021

The schedule for this year's competitions can be found on the Competitions page. This is subject to minor change(s) due to unavailability of some members for their semi-finals. Click on the following link -  Essex County Bowling Club (essexcountybowlsclub.com)

Indoor Club Competitions Update

14th September 2021

An update regarding the 2021 / 2022 men's, ladies and mixed club competitions.

Due to Covid and a couple of other factors, it is not our intention to send out entry forms en masse for the forthcoming season. We still have all the entry forms and most of the fees from last year. We shall publish a list of all the entries previously received giving members an opportunity to either confirm they are happy with their entries going forward to the new season or if they wish to make any changes, withdraw any entries or make any additions. Any payments that were made by cheque, we shall ask for payment again as they would not have been banked. Any new members or those who completed no entry form last year will have an opportunity to complete a new entry form (to be circulated via email and on club notice board). 

We shall have a closing date around the middle of October for all aspects regarding the setting up of this seasons club competitions. 

We apologise for any inconvenience caused but it is not that straightforward to reorganise currently. 


Margaret Shillitto and David Dar 

Club News - September 2021

6th September 2021

Club News – September


National Champions

A big congratulations to Chris Muir, Steve Gunnell & Edward Morris for winning the Mens National Triples Championship! They are the first team ever from Essex to win this title.

And just a week or so later Edward Morris teamed up with Elaine Score (Springhouse BC) to win the National Mixed Pairs.

Incidentally this year was the first Bowls England delivered a live streaming service for some of the finals, the Mixed Pairs can be found here - Bowls England National Finals | Mixed Pairs Final 2021 - YouTube


Indoor Season 2021-22

League Rotas are due for sponsors imminently.

Renewal Forms for all members are expected next week, please bear with us, it is extremely busy currently!


Please see various messages below….


Hello fellow members,

As you probably aware I will be your new Captain for this coming Winter Indoor Season so I thought you might like some background information about myself and the coming season.

I have only been a member of the club for 4 years, but in that time I have been lucky to represent the club for the last 3 years in the Coastal Cup, I have played 1 year in the Over 60's league and just recently organised and played in the Indoor Inter Club League.

For those of you wishing to put a name to a face then I am the one in the odd shoes!

This position of Club Captain is obviously new to me, however I will do my very best for you and the club. I will have a number of Vice Captains to help with this demanding role, Tony Jacks, John Dalby, Martin Bandelow, Janette and Derek Slatford, John Peoples and Roy Wallace. They will all be willing to assist you with any aspect of the club wherever possible.

During the course of this winter season there will be a number of friendly matches taking place. I would ask you to keep a close eye out on the Notice Board for all the details and to put your name down as soon as possible.

Please mark down the position you wish to play in and then when selected please TICK your acceptance to play. I will also be listing reverses, if you haven't ticked your name to play then a reserve will be selected in your place. I will do my utmost to ensure everyone has a game during the season.

Martin Bandelow will be running my Captain's Charity Day on Wednesday 6th April 2022 and talso Captain v President Day on the 23rd February 2022. Donated raffle prizes will be very welcome and all details will be posted on the Notice Board in due course.

Please help us to make this season a safe and most enjoyable season during these difficult times.

Thank you for your support.


John Fry

Club Captain.




Hello Ladies,

I have received the sheets from County Lady Match Secretary Jenny Paternoster and I will be putting these sheets up on the board in the corridor on the board to the left of the Ladies changing rooms this afternoon.

If any of you wish to play in these friendly games please add your name to the sheet as soon as you can.

The games to be played in October I have to return to Jenny by 11th September – this Saturday – so not long…….

If you are not at the club this week to enter your names and you wish to be considered for playing please email or ring me and I will add your name for you.

Many thanks





Dear Ladies,

I have just received the entry details for the Ladies indoor county competitions for this coming season.  These are for winter 2021/2022. They are available to download from the club website or paper copies are available on the notice board in the corridoor 

(These are on yellow paper)

If you want to enter please complete a form and return it to the office with the appropriate  entry fee to the office no later than Wednesday 15th September 2021.


Best wishes

Margaret Shillitto

Ladies Competition Secretary

EIBA Announcements

30th August 2021

Please find links to three announcements made by the EIBA today.




The EIBA want to ensure that it provides a great programme of events and services to its Members. To aide us in this we would welcome you completing this survey https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/returningtoindoorbowls

All responses will be entered into a prize draw to win a £50 O’Neills EIBA Clothing range voucher.




The EIBA have now finalised hosting arrangements for its re-scheduled 2019-2020 National Finals at Nottingham IBC.

We are pleased to confirm that spectators will be able to attend the finals but numbers will be limited to 100 per day. In addition, tickets will need to be purchased in advance from the EIBA. Tickets will go on sale from Tuesday 31st August 2021 and are £3.00 per day.

There are options to purchase a whole event pass and weekly passes.

Finals Schedule http://www.eiba.co.uk/competition-dates/national-finals-week-timetable-sept-2021.pdf

COVID-19 Protocols http://www.eiba.co.uk/news/2021/natchamps-covid19.php.




Open Singles Circuit

The EIBA are pleased to release the first schedule of Open Singles Circuit events for the 2021-2022 season. This can be found by http://www.eiba.co.uk/competitions-2021/osc-info.php  As more events are confirmed we will make further announcements.

In addition, we are now asking players to register their interest in competing in any of the events. To do this please email peterthompson@eiba.co.uk with your choice(s). Entries will be logged on a first come first served basis.

The EIBA will then make direct contact once the final details of the events are available.

Upcoming Office Holidays

17th August 2021

Please be aware that due to National Finals at Leamington, the Office will have truncated opening hours in the coming weeks as follows:


Monday 16th August                 9:30am-5:30pm

Tuesday 17th August                 9:30am-5:30pm

Wednesday 18th August            9:30am-5:30pm

Thursday 19th August               CLOSED

Friday 20th August                    CLOSED


Monday 23rd August                 CLOSED

Tuesday 24th August                 CLOSED

Wednesday 25th August            CLOSED

Thursday 26th August               9:30am-5:30pm

Friday 27th August                    9:30am-5:30pm


Monday 30th August                 9:30am-5:30pm

Tuesday 31st August                 CLOSED

Wednesday 1st September        CLOSED

Thursday 2nd September          CLOSED

Friday 3rd September                CLOSED


Monday 6th September             9:30am-5:30pm

Tuesday 7th September             9:30am-5:30pm

Wednesday 8th September        CLOSED

Thursday 9th September           CLOSED

Friday 10th September              CLOSED

Club News - August 2021

10th August 2021

Kitchen News

The Kitchen is now open and running a cash-only café-type service (Bacon/Sausage baps, sandwiches on request, cakes, teas & coffees etc) from 9am each day.

Please show this venture your support.


Club Open Day

A big thank you to everyone who helped in any way towards the recent Open Day. Whilst the weather was not helpful, we still hosted over 100 new faces who all very much enjoyed themselves, with plenty joining up – well done everyone!


Ray Benge Trophy

Entry forms are now available in the corridor for the Ray Benge Trophy - 2 wood triples tournament,

Closing date is Wednesday 1st September.

If you would like to enter but have not been asked/or formed a team, you can add your name to the list situated on the match board in the corridor. Likewise if you are planning to be a team sponsor and need an additional player, have a look at this list.

This is an invitational tournament, so if you wish, you can invite players from other clubs, to be part of your team.


Indoor Season

Renewal forms will be out later this month for all indoor members.

Work is continuing on the League fixtures, rotas will be distributed to Sponsors when they are finalised.

President's Quiz Night - Saturday 21st August

9th August 2021

In aid of the President's charity MacMillans Cancer Support...


The notice for the Quiz is on the entertainments board, sign up for Quiz with number of players required.

Myself and Phil Sams are the quizmasters, members can bring their own food, maximum 8 per table, £2 entry, bar open from 6pm. 5 rounds out of the 10 will be multiple choice.

There will be a raffle, if members could very kindly provide any prizes it would be greatly appreciated. To be left behind the bar.


Keith Blackman

ECBC President

Mark Royal - Potters Bowls Roadshow

6th August 2021

Mark Royal will be bringing his roadshow back to the Club on


Wednesday 18th August - 11:30am to 7pm


Another chance to pick up anything you might need for the rest of the Outdoor season and prior to the Indoor season.

Club News - July 2021

2nd July 2021


European Football Champs

We’ve been asked by plenty of members if we are open for tomorrow night’s fixture against Sweden – I can confirm that we are open and everyone is very welcome to attend, including any future fixtures in the tournament.

The Bar will be open throughout, but it is envisaged that we will close shortly after the final whistle.


Mark Royal Bowls Shop Roadshow

Following a very worthwhile visit last week, Mark has agreed to come back on Wednesday 21st July (11am-7pm). As always, he will have a wide range of bowls, clothing and accessories for sale.


Outdoor Club Competitions

Thanks to all members who are playing their games promptly, it is of great help to our Competition Secretaries!

A date for your diaries – Finals Weekend this year will be on 18/19 September.

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