Dear short mat bowlers. Please note that due to the new regulations issued by the short mat bowls association on 28 th September, an additional step has been added to ensure the club is Covid safe.

The club is required to be affiliated with the short mat bowls association before the County can approve our Covid risk assessment.

We are exploring affiliation, and hope we can submit our risk assessment soon.

We have therefore had to postpone the start of the short mat season. Please watch this space for further details as to when the season can get underway.

Maureen and the committee.

Update 20.9.20

A big hello to all our members. The committee held a socially distanced meeting earlier this week and we just wanted to keep members up to date in what we are thinking and planning for the weeks and months ahead.

With Government guidelines changing frequently, again I can only speak with this weeks guidance in mind. Everyone will be aware that all our planning will have to be rethought if the guidance changes again next week.

So here goes.

Outdoor bowling – The green will be open (weather permitting) until end of play on Sat 3rd October. So please make use of this facility in your groups and continue to book a rink with Maureen.

Work party - Bob has arranged a work party on Sunday 4th October to try and complete all the small maintenance jobs outstanding and the usual tasks of putting all the equipment away. If anyone can spare an hour or so to help from 10.00 am this would be most appreciated.

Short-mat Bowls. As the guidance stands currently, the rule of 6 does not apply to organised sport, so we plan to run the Short-mat bowls starting on Friday 9th October 2-4 pm. A full risk assessment will be carried out to ensure the guidance is fully implemented, but as for the outdoor bowls, this is mostly common sense. To ensure social distancing can be maintained the numbers will be capped to 16 per session, therefore as for outdoors please call Joy Williams to book your place. A big thanks in advance to Flo, Charlie, Bob and Joy, who are working hard to ensure this goes ahead smoothly.

Social evenings. For a trial period, the Club is changing the social evening to 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month starting on Saturday 10th October, 7.30 – 10.30 pm. This is for members and social members during October – December. Opening after Christmas will be dependant on numbers/ demand. To encourage more people to come, the committee have planned to host activities on these evenings including music quiz, a regular ‘Play your cards right’ session, Card bingo, darts competitions to name a few. We will post the programme at the club nearer the time. Please, if you feel able to, come and support your club during the Winter.

Sue still has 2 events planned for 2021, but it is uncertain if they will go ahead as numbers within the club are currently limited to 30 people. More details later.

AGM. - Guidance does not allow the Club to host an AGM this year, I am therefore grateful for the current committee members who have agreed to continue in position until an AGM can be called. There remains a vacant position of Press Officer, if anyone is interested in taking this up please let one of the committee members know.

Membership Fees. The Club needs your support. We have had a to pay the full amount of expenses during the summer regarding green maintenance and cutting, with very little income. A letter will be going out to all members in the next week setting out the position and asking for your support, but please if you have any fundraising suggestions or wish to discuss your membership please call Maureen.

My thanks go to the Committee who have worked hard during the Summer to keep things running in difficult circumstances. Looking forward, we have secured a grant of £1000 to improve disabled/ wheelchair access to the green, and will hopefully have that work complete by the beginning of the 2021 season.

Paul has already booked a full calendar of outdoor fixtures for 2021, and we will also be hosting the Middleton Cup and League Cup games for the County teams and the County under 25s home games.

So 2021 looks to be shaping up for a great season if we can only get past this Virus.

Keep safe everyone, and hope to see you at the club in the near future.

Maureen and the Committee.

Dear Members, apologies, its been a while since the last update, but unfortunately as you are all aware there continues to be some restrictions on the use of the green and facilities.
I am delighted to report that to date 24 members have taken up the opportunity for social play on the green during the past weeks with some weeks busier than others. They all report that the procedure before and after play is common sense and should not put anyone off.
Bowls England have amended the guidelines of play to ensure social distancing can be maintained. and now allow all rinks to be used at the same time if pairs and triples are being played, but advise the use of alternate rinks if teams of 4 are playing. So please call up your friends and arrange small groups to get together for an hour or two, while we still can, during the remaining weeks of the outdoor season. The full guidance document has been printed and available in the foyer of the club if anyone is interested.
Don’t forget to nominate someone from your group to call Maureen to book a rink, so that we can:
• Ensure we adhere to the guidelines regarding numbers on a rink,
• Ensure the green and rinks are used evenly
• For that important “Track and Trace”
We as a committee with Flo and Bob, are currently looking into what is needed for “Short mat bowls” to be able to be played safely during the winter so watch this space for more details as it becomes available.
Friday night socials (members and social members only) are being enjoyed by on average 15 -20 people weekly, but we could seat up to 30, so if you are looking for a safe venue to meet up with your fellow bowls club members come along and be sure of a friendly welcome.
Best wishes
Maureen and the Committee.
Dear members, its been really great to see so many people take advantage of the green being open for social play.
We are now able to offer triples or rinks, so organise your groups for some great exercise while having fun.
Don't forget the social time on a Friday night from 7.30, it does feel a little more normal now and the club continues to do all it can to make a safe environment for people to meet. we hope to see you soon.
Reopening of Kidlington Bowls Club
Following the change in Government guidelines the Committee is pleased to announce that we will be restarting the Friday night social evenings as of Friday 10th July from 7.30 - 10.30. Social distancing will be observed. If anyone would like to help in preparing the club for reopening, please contact Sue Feeley.
I am also pleased to announce that 10 members have taken advantage of the green reopening and have booked rinks for Social play this week. Depending on the ongoing interest we may be able to get some internal competition up and running soon.
Watch this space.
Maureen ( Chairman)
Bowls Green to Reopen 1st July 2020 for Members
Kidlington Bowls Club: Return to Bowls following Covid 19 Lockdown
Dear members, given the Government has relaxed the lockdown guidance whereby groups of 6 people can meet outside provided people from different households observe social distancing (June 1st 2020) the Committee has taken the decision to reopen the green to those members who wish to take up the opportunity to play as of Wednesday 1st July. Play will be at individuals own risk.
All rinks will need to be booked in advance by contacting M Cox
3 rinks only will be available at any one time, and you will need to play on the rink allocated to you to ensure equal use of the green.
The club house toilets and changing rooms will not be available to use.
Members are encouraged to carry their own hand sanitizer.
Before Play:
Do not go to the Club if you are experiencing any coronovirus symptoms or any cold/ flu
like symptoms, in particular a cough or high temperature.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before your allocated slot and wait in the car park until your allocated rink is clear.
  • Arrive dressed to play and bring your bowls, shoes, drink and any food with you. All rubbish should be taken home and not left at the club.
  • Use the hand sanitizer provided inside the gate. Or your own personal one.
  • Benches will be provided where you can change your shoes.
  • The mats and Jacks are available under the benches, please sanitise them before and
  • after play.
  • Please sanitise your hands before commencing play.
During play:
  • Keep 2 metres apart at all times.
  • Use your own bowls throughout the session.
  • Do not use pushers, sticks or chalk
  • Do not hug, shake hands or “high five” anyone
  • Do not touch each other’s bowls.
  • Only one player should handle the mat
  • Two jacks to be used, one at each end and these should be positioned by one person only.
  • Avoid measuring.
  • If scoring, one person to use the scorecard – scoreboards will not be available.
After Play:
  • Change your shoes
  • Sanitise the mats and jacks – place them in the marked containers
  • Leave the club immediately.
Hand wash and sanitiser is available throughout
Covid-19 Update 21.05.2020
The committee has seriously considered the Government and Bowls England advice issued on 14.5.20. regarding the use of sports facilities as part of an individuals daily exercise.
This guidance states that each club is to make their own decision about when the facilities are ready to open and can be safely operated. The committee considered the recommended actions required to be put in place, and the advice that for clinically vulnerable people ( aged 70 years plus) they are still advised to stay at home as much as possible and minimise contact outside of the home.
Given the uncertainty around the effectiveness of relaxation of the lock down measures, and the age group of a large proportion of the membership, the committee will plan to reopen the facilities on 1st July 2020, dependant on ongoing recommendations from the Government.
These plans will only allow for roll ups for members only, and more advice regarding safety measures which will need to be followed, will be announced in the near future. If anyone is interested the full advice /recommendations is available on the Bowls England Website.
The committee will be contacting all members again in the next week to determine the potential interest for roll up play in the near future. We look forward to speaking to you all again and hope to see you on the green (which I must say is looking good) in the not too distant future.
Stay safe everyone.
Maureen and the Committee
Chris Cox, Kidlington Bowls Club President, was pleased to present a cheque for £1502.05 raised during the season to Diane, a Churchill partner who received this on behalf of Cancer Research UK.
Chris thanked the bowls club members for their support for the presidents charity and the OBA who also contributed £250.

Congratulations to both Maureen Cox and Paul McGrath on both achieving runners up spots in their respective Ladies and Men’s County Champion of Champions yesterday, 21 September 2019.

Congratulations to the winners of the Oxfordshire Ladies Blay Cup, Joy Williams and Margaret Morris, played at Kidlington Bowls Club on Saturday, 7th of September 2019.


A great day was enjoyed by everyone at Chris Cox’s President’s Day on Saturday 17th of August. The day started with a spider for a bottle of whiskey and then continued with a six rink game with rinks invited by Chris to play against the club.

The result of the game was immaterial; the winners were the Charity and the sport of Bowls. The interim total raised for Cancer Research on the day was £487.00p, which brings the total raised so far this season £1078.00 .
This year the clubs annual bowls tour was to Weston-super-Mare, staying at The Ocean Hotel which is situated right on the seafront. The weather, despite being windy and with some showers, didn’t stop us playing all three matches without any interruption from the elements, as sunshine prevailed for all the games.

Our first match was at the Clarence Bowling Club, which has 3 greens and a clubhouse and facilities to be proud of.
That match was won by 108 shots to 100 (+8). The highest winning rink was Dave Sawyer, Elsie Taylor, Charlie Holley and Mike Petersen by 24-11.

The second match was at the Victoria Bowling Club, which was won by 134 shots to 86 (+48).

The highest winning rink was Mandy Rodway, Charlie Holley, Paul McGrath and Pam Willoughby by 29-12.

The third match was on our way home at Westlecot Bowling Club in Swindon. This match was lost by 95 shots to 112, but the hospitality was enjoyed by everyone as was the 2 course meal provided by our hosts.

The highest winning rink was Veta Bennett, Janet Hamilton, Bob Foster and Jim Feeley by 20-11.

Our thanks, once again, goes to Sue Feeley for all her hard work in organising the tour and finding us a lovely hotel in which to stay.

Vita Bennett and Joy Williams contested the County Unbadged Pairs Final at the weekend. Unfortunately they were runners up in a very competitive match; the score was 13 - 14.


Vita Bennett Joy Williams


Our members Jim Feeley and Paul McGrath have reached the Oxfordshire Final of the Over 55s Pairs we wish them good luck as a win will see the progress to play in the All England Bowls Championship at Leamington in August.

Joy Williams and Veta Bennett will also be playing in the County Unbadged Pairs Final in July we wish them good luck and hope they can bring the Trophy back to Kidlington.

Both the Men’s and Ladies League teams are struggling this season and need good results in the next few games to stay out of the bottom 2 places.

Club Competition’s are reaching the final stage and new members are doing well in them which is a great encouragement to them.
Competition time has arrived and success for Joy Williams and Vita Bennett in reaching the Final of the County Unbadged Pairs
Congratulations also to Joy, Vita, Pam, and Maureen in reaching the Quarterfinals of the Senior Fours.

Congratulations must also go to Joe Glenn and his partner Jonathan Dadson from Watlington on winning the U/25 County Pairs which now lets them play in the National Championship at Leamington later in the season.


The Open Day on Saturday May 4th was a great success with nearly 30 people coming to the club to try bowling out.
At the end of the day 13 people had tried bowling and enjoyed their time at the club so much that they signed and became members; we wish them well and look forward to seeing them join in our friendly games.
Many thanks also go to our club coaches Sue Feeley and Bernie May for giving their time on the day to help and encourage those who came to the club.
Kidlington short mat bowlers played a match against West Oxford short mat bowlers at Kidlington at the end of February.
This was won by Kidlington this time and was enjoyed by both teams.
Flo Harris, who organised the short mat for the club, would like to thank all those who took part.


The wake held at the club after our Past President Melvyn Brain’s funeral raised £179.00 for Cancer Research.
This will be President Chris Cox’s Charity this year and that amount will be added to the final total raised.


We are sad to announce that Melvin Brain, past President and well respected member of Kidlington Bowls Club passed away on Tuesday January 8th after a long illness. His funeral will be at the Oxford Crematorium on Thursday January 31st at 11.00am and the wake afterwards at the Kidlington Bowls Club.


A Skittles evening was held in the club on Saturday 24th November 2018, attended by 60 members and guests. The evening also included a fish and chip supper.


Bernie May - Ready To Go
The winning team were The Opals (right):
Flo Harris, Ray Harris, Olly Butler, Dor Davenport, Eddie Kane and Dave Sawyerwith a total of 134 .


President Chris Cox throughout the season has been collecting for the Charity Postate Cancer, the total raised to be sent to the charity is the grand total of £1000 pounds a commendable total from a small club like ours. Many thanks to everyone who contributed.

Maureen Cox reached the quarterfinal of the county ladies Champion of Champions and was narrowly beaten by the eventual winner.

Results from this years Competitions:
  • Ladies Champion: Maureen Cox. Runner Up: Pam Willoughby
  • Ladies Controis Cup: Maureen Cox. Runner UpDaphne Wyse.
  • Ladies Never One Cup: Pam Willoughby. Runner Up: Joy Williams. 
  • W.Coles CupJim Feeley. Runner Up: Bob Foster.
  • Harry Woodward Cup: Paul McGrath. Runner Up: Brian Ray.
  • Terry & Margaret Ellis Bowl: Jim Feeley. Runner Up: Steve Gibson.
  • Men’s Never One Trophy: Barry Willoughby. Runner Up: Dave Watson.
  • Harold Hibbert Cup (Drawn Mixed Pairs): Winners Joy Williams & Jim Feeley. Runners Up: Daphne Wyse & Alan Rowe
  • Swift Trophy (Drawn Open Triples): Winners Sue Feeley, Brian Ray, Jim Feeley. Runners Up: Pat Ray, Pat Fagan, Derek Watson.
  • Amoret Trophy (Husband and Wife): Winners Sue & Jim Feeley. Runners Up:  Maureen & Chris Cox.
Our Chairwoman, Maureen Cox, would like to thank all the bowls club members for their recent support in raising funds for the Oxford Hospitals Charity. She completed a sponsored walk around all the Headington hospitals on the occasion of the NHS 70th birthday and raised £114 for the charity.

This year the clubs annual Bowls tour was to Eastbourne staying at the Langham Hotel which is situated right on the sea front with views across the bay; a hotel which was enjoyed by everyone.

Our tour was arranged by Sue Feeley who, as usual, had everything running like clockwork.


Three matches were arranged against clubs two in Eastbourne and one on our return journey at Marlow. of the 3 matches we won 1 and narrowly lost the other 2.

First match was against The Royal Sovereign Bowls club in Eastbourne which was won by 159 shots to 92.
Highest winning rink was Joy Williams, Adrian Nicklen, Barry Willoughby and Bernie May, 35 -5.

Second match was against The Parade Bowls club in Eastbourne which was lost narrowly by 124 shots to 136. Highest winning rink was Pat Hunt. Gerry Walker, Barry Willoughby and Mike Petersen, 19 - 11.


The last match was against Marlow Bowls club which was lost by 102 shots to 110. Highest winning rink was Elsie Taylor, Mike Eggbeer, Daphne Wyse and Jim Feeley, 22 - 11.

A well organised and run tour. Many thanks Sue, from everyone who came.

Congratulations to Maureen Cox and Veta Bennett on playing there first game for Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies and being presented with their Colts badge.

A very successful Open Day was held at the club in early May, attracting great interest among those who came along to the club to try out the game for the first time. At the end of the day 11 people decided that they would join the club as bowling members and 3 deciding to join as social members all of them we hope will come along play and enjoy the facilities that the club has to offer.
Thanks to all the club members who came along to the club and helped out make it the successful day that it was.
Our President Chris Cox, photograph on the left with his wife, organised a hugely successful Presidents Day on Saturday 16th of June where invited rinks from bowls clubs in the area came along to play the club in a friendly game of bowls to raise money for Charity.
This years Charity was Prostate Cancer, which on the day raised the sum of £595.00, which our President Chris has sent to the charity. The club will continue to collect for the same charity for the rest of the season and hope perhaps we can double the amount already sent to this worthy cause.
A successful evening was held at the club on Saturday 25th of November where 55 members and guests enjoyed an evening of skittles combined with a fish and chip supper.
The winners were The Swallows the team members were: Elsie and Clive Taylor, Rosalie and Nigel Simpson, Hilary and John Bowerman, and Richard Walton.

Here are the fancy dress winners - Angie May and Mike Peterson.



... and your very own spooky barman - Alan Rowe



Maureen Cox reached the Quarterfinals of the County Champion of Champions but was beaten in a hard fought game against a current English International Katherine Hawes.

Maureen and Chris Cox along with Paul McGrath won the Burford Open Triples.

Alan Rowe, Paul McGrath and Melvyn Brain were Runners Up in the Middle Barton Triples.

Ladies Championship: Winner: Maureen Cox. Runner Up: Elsie Taylor.
Ladies Controis Trophy: Winner: Maureen Cox.  Runner Up: Daphne Wise.
Ladies Never Won: Winner: Veta Bennett. Runner Up: Flo Harris.
W Coles Cup: Winner: Bernie May. Runner up: Jim Feeley.
H.Woodward Cup: Winner: Jim Feeley.  Runner Up: John Hardie.
T.& M.Ellis Bowl: Winner: B May. Runner up: Mike Petersen.
N. Aust. Never Won Cup: Winner: Steve Gibson. Runner up: Joe Woodward.
Swift Trophy: Winners: Veta Bennett, Clive Taylor, Bernie May.
Runners Up: Pat Hunt, Mike Eggbeer, Barry Willoughby.
Amoret Trophy: Winners Sue & Jim Feeley.
Runners Up: Pam & Barry Willoughby.
H.Woodward Cup: Winner: Jim Feeley Amoret Trophy: Winners Sue & Jim Feeley

Kidlington men progressed to the Semi Final of the League Cup with a 4 shot win over South Oxford in what was a keenly fought game only decided in the last couple of ends. They now play Witney Town for a place in the final on Thursday 31st of August at South Oxford, 6pm start.


Photo taken by Andrew BurchettThe photo, taken by Andrew Burchett, is of The Lord Mayor of Oxford Jean Fooks (on the right) presenting the Cup to The Deputy Mayor of Abingdon Margaret Crick after the annual match on Sunday August 6th at Kidlington Bowls Club.
Kidlington Bowls Club hosted the annual Bowls match between the Lord Mayor of Oxford and the Mayor of Abingdon on Sunday August 6th. A closely fought game was won by Abingdon by 6 shots. A raffle was held after the game and a total of £139.00 was shared between the charity's of both mayors.

Pam Willoughby, our Oxfordshire Ladies County President, is attending the Bowls National Championships at Leamington Spa in support of the Oxfordshire ladies who have qualified to play there.


Maureen Cox and Sue Feeley reached the semi final of the County Pairs on Saturday 22nd of July but despite encouraging support from members of the club they failed by only 2 shots to reach the final, a very commendable performance by them both.

On Sunday 23 July our Top Club ladies team again just failed to reach the final but put up a good showing against a strong Banbury Central team.
Club President Chris Cox held his Presidents Day on Saturday 17th of June and the sum of £333.00 was raised for the Mc Millian Nurses charity.

The club had an enjoyable tour to the Isle of Wight playing 3 games, winning 1 and loosing 2.

We wish Maureen Cox and her partner Sue Feeley all the best when they play the quarterfinals of the County pairs at City and County on July 22nd.


Kidlington ladies combined with OUP ladies have reached the semifinals of the Top Club competition where they play Banbury Central ladies on Sunday 23rd of July.
Any and all support will be welcome...


Kidlington men's league team have extended there lead at the top of Division 2 in the Oxford Bowls League with wins in the last two games with a 6pts to 0 at Adderbury and 5pts to 1 at home to Shiplake . It's looking good for the team this year as promotion to division 1 is in their grasp.


Pam Willoughby, Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies President, held her invitation President's Day on a beautiful sunny and warm afternoon, on Tuesday 14th of June 2017. This was a very popular and successful day with bowlers from all over Oxfordshire coming to play and enjoy the after match meal provided by Pam.
The highest winning rink in the match was Flo Harris, Angie Goff, Sue Gokor and Margaret Morris.

Here are the Kidlington bowlers who along with Pam took part in the game.

Oxford Men's Bowls League; wins for Kidlington against Witney Mills and Chippy Norton and a loss to Witney Town.

The Gala Day was won by Flo Harris, Daphne Wise and Clive Taylor. The Spider was won by Bob Foster.
In the South Oxford Open Fours the rink of Barry Willoughby, Alan Rowe, Mike Petersen and Chris Cox were runners up, and Paul McGrath, Nigel Satchell, Joe Woodward and Melvyn Brain finished 3rd.
The Darts final was won by Chris Cox beating Jim Feeley in a close game.
Thank you to Richard Priscott, Sue Feeley, Bernie May (left to right below), our club bowls coaches who worked hard all day on our Open Day teaching and encouraging new bowlers to play and enjoy the game.
The Promotion Day last Saturday was very interesting with quite a number of inquiries about the club and with a number saying they will come and see what the game of bowls is all about.
The Photo is of Sue Feeley and Angie Goff on the stand on The Promotion Day.
Success for our men bowlers in the first round of the League Cup with a narrow win over a strong Banbury Central side last Thursday.
The next round is on May 4th at Kidlington.
We held a very successful Skittles Night on Saturday 22nd of April attended by 61 people, an event which was superbly organised and run by Sue Feeley our entertainment officer.

The evening was a tremendous success in which 9 teams of 6 players took part in 3
rounds of skittles and which ended with a win by the Ferrari's.

Teresa Dunstone, Bernard Dunstone, Pam Willoughby, Barry Willougbhy, Sue Foster and Bob Foster with a total of 141 Skittles knocked down - an evening enjoyed by everyone. 
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