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NCBA President & Captain Matt Hewitt address on 2020.

President’s Address

I think I can confidently say that my first year as your President has been like no other in history, due to COVID-19.

In such times it is important to realise that there are far more important things in life than bowls. I agree wholeheartedly with the postponement of all games as people’s safety cannot be compromised, especially as many of us that play the game are particularly vulnerable to the disease. I note that some clubs are now open for games which is pleasing but there are social distancing rules and measures in place and these must be adhered to for your own safety. It is important to realise that although some restrictions on our movements have been relaxed, the virus is very much still amongst us and I urge you all to be vigilant and stay safe.

Personally, I have missed the social side of our great sport more than the actual playing of the game – which to those of you that know me well will find surprising. I have really missed Newark and Skegness weeks in particular as I’m sure everyone who usually attends these events as a player, supporter or spectator has.

On a more positive note, I am very pleased to hear from Paul that Newton Bowls Club has affiliated to the EBF for the coming season. I hope that the club becomes an active one in our organisation, and very much look forward to seeing its players on the green competing for both county titles and places in county teams.

With hindsight I am very pleased that I agreed to be President for two years and sincerely hope that my second year is much more interesting than this one, and look forward to performing my duties to the best of my ability before I hand over the reins to Joseph Gowler.

Captain’s Address

As all of you who have been involved in the Newton Trophy games will already know it was my intention to be a strong enough county to also enter an Adams team this season. I felt that we fell slightly short of what I thought was the minimum number of players required to comfortably fill two sides, so it was agreed that only a Newton team would be entered.

COVID-19 has obviously meant that there have been no matches played at all this year. When we are up and running again, we will only enter one team in 2021 - in the Newton Trophy. I hope that with Newton Bowls Club members now being available for selection, and the continued support from other affiliated club’s members, we will be able to enter teams into both competitions in 2022.

As 2021 will (hopefully) be the last time we only enter one team I would really like to try and surprise a few counties (as we started to do) and qualify for Skegness as Newton Trophy winners. To do this I would need to pick our strongest side for each game but I can only do this if players make themselves available. Some of you may still be chuckling to yourselves at my optimism – but remember we were the first team to beat Northants 22-0 on their own green. We also beat Norfolk 16-6 before losing to Huntingdonshire (narrowly), Lincolnshire and Suffolk and finished a very respectable third in the league table, ahead of Northants, Hunts and Norfolk.

I appreciate that some of you might not be selected for matches you would like to play in, but being selected to play for North Cambs should be an honour and not a given because you make yourself available. No-one enjoys being thrashed every week or finishing bottom of the table each season and if that were still the case I’d certainly not enjoy being your captain very much!

Hopefully in 2022 there will be two teams playing each week which will mean that there are more spaces available. Remember that my selection of ‘our strongest possible team’ is only my opinion and not necessarily correct – I have made mistakes and will continue to do so. If you are not selected to play in a particular game, please continue to lend me your support by making yourselves available for other matches.

I very much look forward to seeing you on the green again very soon, but in the meantime stay safe!

Connie Cousins

I have been informed today by Margaret Hunt that Connie Cousins North Cambs EBF President 1991 - 92 passed away about a month ago at the age of 94, condolences to the family.

3rd statement from EBF on COVID 19 ~ issued 29th June 2020

Dave Woods has put out an email stating after discussing with with Department of Culture, Media and Sport it looks like indoor bowls clubs will be closed for the foreseeable future. Because of this the national indoor finals planned for Newark in September have been cancelled.
It has been been decided that all qualifiers for Newark 2020 will play the finals in 2021 between 19th - 25th April.
Because of this and possibility that indoor clubs will not open until much later have discussed with Nigel Eagle and it is unlikely we will hold any 2020/21 indoor competitions and the Derbyshire games will not take place.
It is not yet known how or if there will be a National AGM but closing date for motions is 31st September. 
Matt and I are working on 3 new proposals ref. points for games and dress code.   
Ref. our own next two meetings on 6th September and AGM 8th November, it is not yet known how we can ho;d these safely but will let you know what is decided.
Stay safe everyone.

2nd statement from EBF on COVID 19 ~ issued 2nd June 2020

Further updates on playing Bowls received from the Government.

Following on from the Government opening more measures.  The Government guidance now allows clubs to consider alternative formats with reduced numbers per rink – for example singles and pairs – in order for social distancing to be more easily maintained. Rinks of 3 would be allowed but you must have procedures in place to maintain social distancing.

Clubs may wish to allow spectators, however their attendance must be in line with Government guidelines on social distancing and the ability of the club to accommodate the additional numbers

Bowls clubs will need to communicate clearly and regularly with members and participants setting out what they are doing to manage risk, and what advice they are giving to individuals to do likewise.

Ideally clubs should publish an action plan detailing their plans to re-open safely and the steps they are taking to avoid confusion.

Clubs should also communicate clearly opening times and how people can safely access a facility, if relevant, for example through a booking or queuing system.

It is more important than ever to consider inclusive guidance for people who need support to be active and organisations should consider this as part of their work to encourage people to return.

  The government is clear that sports participation should be restricted to participants exercising by themselves, with members from their same household, or in a group of no more than 5 other people from other households, while observing social distancing guidelines. The police have been given powers to enforce these measures.

To help everyone maintain good hygiene, consideration should be given to:

Using signs and posters to build awareness of good hand washing technique, the need to increase hand washing frequency, avoid touching your face and to cough or sneeze into your arm. Consider how to ensure safety messages reach those with hearing or vision impairments

Providing regular reminders and signage to maintain hygiene standards

Providing hand sanitiser in multiple locations in addition to washrooms

Setting clear use and cleaning guidance for toilets to ensure they are kept clean and social distancing is achieved

Enhancing cleaning for busy areas

Providing more waste facilities and more frequent rubbish collection

Using disposable paper towels in hand washing facilities.

Minimising use of portable toilets

Provision of automated hand sanitising dispensers in public places.

Public Health England has advised maintaining 2 metres (6ft) to reduce the risk of transmission of coronavirus.

Club Houses should still remain closed.

Sue Tolliday North Cambs EWBF Presidents Day video.

Sunday 18th May should have been my should have been my Bowls County Presidents Day, but due to COVID 19 our normal day was not possible. Instead a few of us got together to bring a bit of light relief to the present situation with a short 'Pass the Bowl' video. Feel free to share and hopefully see you all bowling soon. Big thanks to all those involved, Margaret Hunt, Margaret Pearce, Debra Wright, Bobbie Wabe, Trudy Bennett, Sandra Chandler, Betty Norman, Jane Clifton and all the families who filmed and edited by Jess Tolliday.

Click to open video ~  Sue presidents day video 2020.mov

Statement issued by E.B.F 13th May 2020 ref. COVID 19

Further COVID 19 information from Dave Woods EBF Secretary 14th May 2020

Further to my document yesterday, I have put together a further update from the government for which we must attain to when opening private or public greens.

Timetable for re-opening

Bowls facilities are now allowed to open.

Each venue, including council-owned sports facilities, will make their own decisions about when their facilities are ready to open and can be operated safely. Please check ahead on websites and social media to make sure before you arrive at a facility that it has reopened and what advice they are offering users, for example if there is a booking system.

You can play lawn bowls where facilities have reopened, but you can only take part in these activities by yourself, or with members of your household or with 1 person outside of your household, as long as you are able to maintain social distancing.

Changing rooms

Indoor facilities, apart from toilets and through-ways should be kept closed.

Maintaining hygiene, through hand washing, sanitisation facilities and toilets

To help everyone maintain good hygiene, consideration should be given to:

  • Using signs and posters to build awareness of good hand washing technique, the need to increase hand washing frequency, avoid touching your face and to cough or sneeze into your arm

  • Providing regular reminders and signage to maintain hygiene standards

  • Providing hand sanitiser in multiple locations in addition to washrooms

  • Setting clear use and cleaning guidance for toilets to ensure they are kept clean and social distancing is achieved as much as possible

  • Enhancing cleaning for busy areas

  • Providing more waste facilities and more frequent rubbish collection

  • Replacing hand dryers with paper towels in hand washing facilities

  • Minimising use of portable toilets

  • Sufficient provision of automated hand sanitising dispensers in public places

Sharing Equipment:

Equipment can be shared, but you should enforce strong hygiene measures.

This might be cleaning it rigorously in line with wider guidance on hygiene, for example by using antibacterial spray and washing hands thoroughly before and after use.

Communicating clearly and consistently. All Bowls clubs will need to communicate clearly and regularly with members and participants setting out what they are doing to manage risk, and what advice they are giving to individuals to do likewise.

Bowls clubs should also communicate clearly opening times and how people can safely access a facility, if relevant, for example through a booking or queuing system.

E.B.F. update on Outdoor Bowling 13th May 2020

Following Boris Johnson’s announcement on Sunday 10th May 2020

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (D.C.M.S) have now released instructions on when Bowling Clubs may re-open. Bowling green’s can now re-open from today Wednesday 13th May, You should only partake in such activities alone, with members of your household, or with one other person from outside your household, while practising social distancing. Competitions and competitive bowling will not be allowed at the present time. Clubhouses should remain closed and you should take particular care if you need to use any inside facilities. (E.g. Toilets).

Clubs should take all the necessary steps in order to facilitate their Club re-opening; some players are clearly keen to get back on the greens. It will be for individuals and Clubs to determine when they are ready to start bowling again. Inside facilities such as toilets should be cleaned more frequently, paying close attention to high-contact objects e.g. door handles. Employers should provide hand washing facilities or hand sanitisers at entry and exit points and on the greens.

Equipment must be placed outside for members to use and cleaned with sanitisers and disinfectants. There will be no facilities for changing.

The following instructions should be followed.

1. If you are showing corona virus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating, you should stay at home –and not play bowls, this is critical to staying safe and saving lives.

2. At all times, you should continue to observe social distancing guidelines when on Club Premises, including ensuring you are 2 metres away from anyone outside your household.

3. People will only be able to use these facilities, either by themselves, with people from their own household or with one other person who stays in another household.

4. Only singles games can be played unless all persons are from the same household.

5. The advice for those aged 70 and over continues to be that they should take particular care to minimise contact with others outside their household. If bowling they should be careful to maintain distance from others unfortunately, we know that as you get older, there is a higher risk of corona virus having a more serious impact with infection. Complications and deaths are more common in the elderly, even those without pre-existing conditions.

Dave Woods

E.B.F. National Secretary.

Clive Waterson

Danny Stanton announced on Facebook that his Grandfather Clive Waterson passed away on Friday 24th April 2020.

Clive was a North Cambs bowler for the Newton and Derbyshire teams between 2007 and 2016 playing 10 Adams, 11 Newton and 2 Derbyshire games.

Our thoughts are with you Dan and family.

Post from Danny Stanton Facebook ~ Just to let you all know, my Granddad Clive Waterson passed away yesterday evening at 11:30pm. He was a wonderful Grandfather to me and supported me in everything I did in life. I will miss him dearly but will always remember the happy times we had together. He will be on my shoulder for every bowl I chuck, every time I do jobs like cutting the lawn and especially every time I'm on the terraces at Carrow Road RIP mate. ❤

Clive Waterson 2nd playing for North Cambs Newton team 2009

Anthony Gower

It is sad to inform you that Anthony a past North Cambs Newton Team and Upwell BC bowler passed away in QEH Kings Lynn on Saturday 18th April 2020 at the age of 77.

Anthony contracted Covid - 19 whilst undergoing regular treatment at the hospital.

Our thoughts are with his wife Mary and I have sent a card on behalf of North Cambs to Mary at 42 Weasenham Lane, Wisbech, PE13 2RX.

Please everyone, stay safe.

E.B.F. Season 2020. Corona virus Statement.

The English Bowling Federation has today announced the cancellation of all County games and Competitions for the 2020 season.

The Durham Centenary competition will be carried forward to 2021.

To be able to achieve the National Finals at Skegness, Counties would have to start playing their competitions in early May, but with advice coming from the Government it looks impossible for games to start that early.

We have been inundated with calls and emails from bowlers, who have concerns about playing with the Corona virus doing its rounds.

It is hoped that our members will continue to support their County and clubs and be ready to play when we are given the all clear to resume.

Although we will not be playing the 2020 National Outdoor Championships it is hoped that we will still be able to play the Indoor National finals at Newark in September.

With all the uncertainty we have also decided to cancel the Reg Jackson tournament, anyone with an entry will be carried forward to the 2021 competition.

We are very sorry we have had to take this stance, but the health and safety of our members is more important than the game of bowls.

Anyone requiring further information, please feel free to contact the National Secretary by email on bowlerdave@sky.com.

National EBF & EWBF indoor finals Newark 2020 ~ emails from Dave Woods EBF National Secretary
Following our meeting yesterday and the Governments recommendations this afternoon, we have now agreed with Newark to postpone the Championships in April until later in the year.
I have had calls this afternoon saying various greens in the North have been closed and Counties are unable to play their finals. With all the above in mind I have spoken with the Chairman and agreed that we should postpone the finals now until October providing the virus has been contained by then.
We are sorry for any inconvenience this will cause to people but feel that we have to take action now rather than wait a few weeks.

I have provisionally arranged a new date with Newark for Monday 21st - 27th September subject to the coronavirus being under control. .
Regarding the Outdoor season no decisions have been reached yet, but we will advise all Counties when we reach the agreement. 

North Cambs EWBF County Indoor Finals ~ Saturday 29th February 2020 ~ Ladies pairs result.

Congratulations to Lynne Quibell and Wendy Featherstone on their Indoor Ladies Pairs title win earlier today at Sutton St James BC.  They beat June and Betty 23-18 but the score was 19-18 after 19 ends and could have gone either way.  Lynne will be very busy at Newark having qualified in all 4 of her finals!

Sue Tolliday NC EWBF President and ladies pairs champions 2020 Wendy Featherstone and Lynne Quibell Sue Tolliday NC EWBF President and ladies pairs champions 2020 Wendy Featherstone and
Lynne Quibell with loosing finalists Betty Reeve and June Warren.

North Cambs EBF & EWBF County Indoor Finals ~ Saturday 15th February 2020 ~ RESULTS

Games played at Sutton St James BC PE12 0EN
All spectators welcome.
There was a raffle during the day to help pay for the green hire and raised 102, thanks to Margaret Pearce for again selling the raffle tickets.
Thanks to Umpire for the day Colin Griffin.


There were some very close and exciting games and tired players during the finals which took place over the 8 hours of play
Congratulations to Charlie Waling who qualified in 3 events and won all 3 games, Lynne Quibell who also won 3 games out of 4 played and still has a chance of a 4th win in the Ladies mixed pairs and Jackie Wilkes who also won 3 events. They are going to be very busy at Newark.

Mixed Pairs ~ Lynne Quibell & David. Bailey 17 v Jayne Thorpe & Matt Hewitt 15
Ladies Senior Singles ~ Jackie Wilkes 21 v Betty Reeve 9
Men's Pairs ~ Nigel Eagle & Tony Reed 12 v Joseph Gowler & Charlie Waling 22
Mixed Triples ~ Frankie Howard, Lynne Quibell  & David Bailey 20 v Jayne Thorpe, Rob Bonello & Matt Hewitt 19
Men's Senior Singles ~ Charlie Waling 21 v David Thomas 11
Under 25 Singles
~ Joseph Gowler 22 v Daniel Foreman 11
Men's Singles ~ Simon Peach 16 v Charlie Waling 21
Men's Triples ~ Frank Howard, Andy Hailes & David. Bailey 19 v  Matt Hewitt, Tony Reed & Nigel Eagle 20 after an extra end
Ladies Triples ~ Jackie Wilkes, Wendy Featherstone & Lynne Quibell  23 v  June Warren, Margaret Pearce & Betty Reeve 10
Ladies Singles ~ Jackie Wilkes Champion.

Ladies Pairs ~ Lynne Quibell & Wendy Featherstone v Betty Reeve & June Warren will be played at Sutton St James BC Saturday 29th February at 12.30pm

All North Cambs Champions have qualified to play in the National EBF & EWBF Indoor Finals Newark between 21st and 25th April 2020

North Cambs v Norfolk ~ Derbyshire Trophy ~ 2nd February 2020

Please see below a brief report from the EBF County Bowls game played yesterday. With the closure of facilities in our area becoming a regular occurrence now – including the loss of the Hudson Indoor Bowls Club last season with no replacement venue being found to date - I would greatly appreciate if you could help raise exposure of our great sport by continuing to print these press releases. The photograph shows the North Cambs players (white sleeves) alongside Norfolk players (blue sleeves) and officials.

Derbyshire Trophy 2nd February 2020.
North Cambs EBF v Norfolk, played at Sutton St. James Indoor Bowls Club.

On Sunday, North Cambs EBF’s final game in this season’s Derbyshire Trophy was decided by the very last bowl of the match. With North Cambs one shot down on the board, but with Andy Hailes, Anthony Hancock and Matthew Fox holding one in the last game to be decided, Norfolk’s Danny Cawthorne removed Hailes’s shot wood via a wick (deflection of a short bowl) and picked up three shots. This was the first and only time during the entire match of 600 bowls, played over 100 ends that Norfolk were ahead in the match. The scoring system (2 points for each winning rink and 6 points for the overall aggregate score) meant that Norfolk won the game 10 points to 4 which doesn’t sound particularly close – but other than a draw, it really couldn’t have been any closer!

The North Cambs spoons (awarded to the players on the rink that win by the most shots after 25 ends) were won by David Bailey, Simon Peach and Nigel Eagle – piping Chris Pope, Frank Howard and Robert Allen by one shot. That victory meant that Simon Peach ended the season with a 100% record in the competition, winning all 4 of the games he played in.

Derbyshire Trophy 2nd February 2020 – Full Result: North Cambs 4 points (85 shots), Norfolk 10 points (89 shots).

Rink 1 – Andy Hailes, Anthony Hancock & Matthew Fox 12, D Cawthorne 37.
Rink 2 – Chris Pope, Frankie Howard & Robert Allen 27, B Sadler 16.
Rink 3 – David Bailey, Simon Peach & Nigel Eagle 28, M Riches 16.
Rink 4 – Charlie Waling, Tony Reed & Bob Ground 18, M Turner 20.

North Cambs EBF is very keen to hear from bowlers (male and female) interested in playing at County level, as thoughts start to turn towards the upcoming outdoor season. The men will play in the Newton Trophy, whilst the ladies will play in both the Silver Jubilee Vase and Donald Steward Trophy competitions.  For an initial discussion just to learn of the format and what County bowls entails - with no commitment - please call County Secretary Paul Bennett on 01945 480857.




North Cambs v Linc's ~ Derbyshire Trophy ~ 26th January 2020
Please see below a brief report from the EBF County Bowls game played yesterday. With the closure of facilities in our area becoming a regular occurrence now – including the loss of the Hudson Indoor Bowls Club last season with no replacement venue being found to date - I would greatly appreciate if you could help raise exposure of our great sport by continuing to print these press releases. The photograph shows the North Cambs players (blue collars) alongside Lincolnshire players (yellow collars) and officials.

Derbyshire Trophy 26th January 2020.
North Cambs EBF v Lincolnshire, played at Sutton St. James Indoor Bowls Club.

On Sunday, in their penultimate Derbyshire Trophy match of the season, the North Cambs EBF team beat Lincolnshire on 2 out of the 4 rinks but lost by 23 shots overall.

The North Cambs spoons (awarded to the players on the rink that win by the most shots after 25 ends) were won (yet again!) by Joseph Gowler and Bob Ground, this time supported terrifically by Charlie Waling who was playing in Tony Reed’s absence.

North Cambs’ Rink 1 trio of Andy Hailes, Danny Stanton and Matthew Fox lost by 30 shots but the score-line was more down to superb bowling of their three opponents and some terrible luck, rather than bad bowls by the North Cambs players.  The score-line of 10-40 flattered their opponents, who although deserved to win, were not 30 shots better than the North Cambs rink.

Derbyshire Trophy 26th January 2020 – Full Result: North Cambs 4 points (80 shots), Lincolnshire 10 points (103 shots).

Rink 1 – Andy Hailes, Danny Stanton & Matthew Fox 10  v  J West 40.
Rink 2 – Charlie Waling, Joseph Gowler & Bob Ground 30  v  G Draper 13.
Rink 3 – David Bailey, Simon Peach & Nigel Eagle 29  v  G Parker 22.
Rink 4 – Chris Pope, Frankie Howard & Robert Allen 11  v  T Bannister 28.

North Cambs’ last Derbyshire Trophy game of this season is on 2nd February 2020 against the incredibly strong Norfolk side. It will be played at Sutton St. James Indoor Bowling Club and will start at 10am.



North Cambs v Northants "B"  ~ Derbyshire Trophy ~ 5th January 2020

North Cambs played their third Derbyshire indoor game of the 2019/20 season at Sutton St James IBC on Sunday 5th January 2020 and won on all 4 rinks 110 - 70 shots, 14 - 0 points.

J Gowler, T Reed, B Ground 30 ~ G Agger 18 (Spoons) Bob Ground was awarded his County badge.

C Pope, F Howard, R Allen 26 ~ R Keatling 16

M Hewitt, A Hailes, M Fox 25 ~ M Linnell 16

D Bailey, S Peach, N Eagle 29 ~ D Noble 20

North Cambs next game is 10.00am 26th January 2020 v Linc's at  Sutton St James IBC

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