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 October 2017









Forthcoming Events


Bingo and Supper-  Sat 4th November 7pm

Autumn Bazaar      - Sat 11th November 10am-2pm

Pavilion Maintenance Day - Tues 14thNovember

Annual General Meeting    - Sun 26th November @ 3pm



Welcome to the indoor season, no more ‘wets’ to pack for a few months, hooray!!


The outdoor summer bowling was ‘put to bed’ on Saturday 7th October with our Annual Presentation Lunch. This year we headed over to Millets Farm Centre to Limbricks restaurant, a new venue which proved a popular choice as we had 66 members and friends in attendance! The feedback has been very positive, with most agreeing that the venue, food and service were excellent.

Ian and Mavis did a good job of polishing the trophies which Alan then presented to this year's winners. Congratulations to all our finalists and well done to everyone that took part in the club competitions this season. The other ‘winners’ on the day were those that held the right tickets in the well supported post-meal raffle, thank you!


This summer also saw several club players do well in County Competitions:- congratulations to Brian Smith on winning the Alison Cup, and Tim Ludlow, who secured victory over Brian Bloomfield in the Longford Cup. Brian B’s squad reached the quarterfinals of the men's County 4’s but were defeated at Headington, after a long round trip from the Isle of Wight!

Not to be outdone Caroline and co reached the quarterfinals in the Ladies county triples and pairs, but suffered narrow defeats in both. However, some of our ladies did enjoy more success, Barbara Singh and Sandra Grindrod came out on top in the county unbadged pairs competition, and Irene Whatmore was paired up with Pam Shepherd of Banbury Central in the Blay Benevolent Trophy, and they were the eventual winners. Shirley Crick represented Witney Town as Ladies singles winner in the county champion of champions, where she reached the semi- finals!

In our team events the Blues finished top of the West Ox league this year, the men came 3rd in division 2, and the ladies held a respectable mid table position. Our men's team also had an excellent run in the League Cup, reaching the final for the first time in the club's history, however their opponents Headington are old masters in this competition and proved too strong on the night.

Congratulations and well done to all on some excellent bowling this summer!


The milder weather has, of course heralded the start of the Indoor season, and this will be just as hotly contested both on the short mat and the long mat! We will follow the fortunes of our 3 teams in the West Ox short mat league, and also teams in the short mat 10’s, and then there's the Bob Edwards Trophy matches at Carterton and the City and County Tens competition on the long mat!

As always alongside the competitive bowling we have a number of ‘friendly’ fixtures to fulfil. Please make yourselves available for these ‘fun’ games as they provide valuable opportunities to socialise with members of other local clubs. Any Home fixtures will include a buffet tea so if you don't want to bowl but could help with preparing the tea please let Captain Brian know!!

As the winter season gets under way there has been a lot of enthusiasm for the short mat roll-up sessions. The large numbers that have attended on Monday afternoons and Friday mornings do however bring their own issues and the present arrangements may have to be adapted – for example fewer ends could be played before switching teams around, and those sitting out could have a ‘rolling’ tea break. Bowling could then be continuous giving people the opportunity to play more rather than sitting around waiting. After all, this is a ‘roll-up’ session not a match-play session, and we want everyone to enjoy it!


Sadly in recent months we have had to bid a final farewell to some of our longstanding members and friends. Bill Carvey was well known around the local Bowls circuit and a great supporter of our club alongside Jean. Hilda Grindrod continued bowling into her 90’s for Eynsham short mat club, and attended our own club socials with Kevin and Sandra for many years. We remember then fondly.


Thanks to members for your consideration to other users of the pavilion, Thursdays especially throughout the summer seemed to work well for both bowlers and Slimming World attendees! The dividing screens allowed access to changing rooms with minimal disruption to Corrina, and she was considerate in finishing sessions early on evenings when men's league matches were being played at home. Long may this arrangement continue as it and other lettings are bringing much needed revenue into the club.


Your help and support is requested with the club's Autumn Bazaar on Saturday 11th November, please speak to Irene if you can help on the day, and donations/ideas for fundraising are always welcomed! Let's hope the weather shows some support this year too and the sun shines on us all!


Tuesday 14th Novemberis a Pavilion Maintenance day; if you want to help with general cleaning, tiling or painting please put your name on the list. All help gratefully received!


Don't forget to attend the AGM on Sunday 26th November please! Any items for discussion must be received by Lyn Cooper at least 1 week prior to the meeting. We're also looking for new committee members and match selectors for the coming year, so don't be shy!!


Some Christmas dates for your diary……….

Christmas lunch Sun 10th December; Spartan Rangers Xmas Jumper Night Fri 15th December;

Grand Christmas Draw Fri 22nd December; New Year lunchSat 6th January.


Alan can provide more details about next year's trip to Okehampton starting 21st January, and for the bowls tour/winter sunshine break to Praia da Rocha, Portugal starting 8thOctober! Come along and enjoy the fun and friendship on one or both of these opportunities!


Winter well and happy bowling/ socialising to all members and friends!  










With all this year’s membership forms now in and counted, it is clear the club continues to grow and prosper; at the end of May we boasted 96 full playing members and 38 social members. The club’s popularity reflects the busy and varied programme both on and off the bowling green and mats – not to mention the hard work of the officers and the committee.

The Club Website

We must pay tribute to Mike Jones who acts as webmaster, because keeping the website up to date is a huge and never ending task. Well done indeed. Mike would welcome an understudy to learn the ropes and share the burden a little; any members interested and with the necessary IT and website skills please contact Mike - via the website, of course!

Social Events

The regular social programme continues, with several members going home at the end of May with their Bingo winnings. That supper was yet another amazing meal provided by the catering team.

Catering Team

The team does a great job but relies on all of you to play your part by taking a turn to prepare the match teas. So –

If you have not already signed up PLEASE NOW DO SO on the Tea Rota on the main  notice board.


Holiday time!

We are more than just bowlers! Future holidays are being planned for you and your friends and relatives. The exciting trip planned for Autumn 2018 is a bowls holiday to the Algarve in Portugal; details are overleaf. Let the organisers know of your interest. Lists are up in the pavilion for this, and for the annual January holiday in Okehampton. Both holidays are great value for money and lots of fun, so get your names down quickly.

Slimming World

The Thursday partnership arrangements have settled down nicely. Throughout both day and evening, access to the changing rooms has not been affected by the Slimming World sessions. There are signs of integration too, with some of our bowlers joining the slimming sessions and 2 of their customers trying out bowls!


League Results


Ladies League

A mid table position after very tight competitive matches.

17 May v West Witney Washed out by rain                     24 May v Carterton Win 10 -0

31 May v Banbury Central Loss 2 – 8                              7 June v Woodstock Win 8 – 2

15 June v Hanborough Loss 0 – 10                                  21 June v West Witney Win 8 – 2


Mens League

A strong start in May but the wheels fell off at Chippy!

11 May v Kidlington Win 5 – 1                            25 May v Witney Mills Win 3.5 – 2.5

8 June v Ch Norton Loss 1 – 5                             15 June v Adderbury Win 5 – 1


Westox Mixed League

A tight league this year and both teams have suffered defeats.


Burford Win 12 – 0                      Chestnuts 4 – 8                       Blues 2 – 10

Middle Barton 0 – 12                   Charlbury 8 – 4


Charlbury 10 – 2                           Aces 10 – 2                             Bloxham 1 – 11

Ch Norton 4 – 8                            Chestnuts 12 – 0                     Burford 8 - 4


Beech Hedge

Fred Hickman and his team have removed part of the beech hedge beside the flagpole to improve the view of the green from the verandah. The committee sounded members out about what to do with the cleared area. The  consensus was to pave the area to match the rest of the patio. Fred’s team will  do this work  later in the summer after the tree roots have rotted down.

Portugal Holiday Details

Friends and relatives are very welcome to come with us on our Algarve  holiday from 1st October 2018.

The holiday is for 14 nights at the Dom Jose Beach Hotel Quarteira, a   fishing village just outside the marina resort of Vilamoura. Included in the   holiday price are return flights from Gatwick and 4 bowls matches.

The cost for a sea view twin room is £795pp B & B or £945pp Half Board.  Single Supplement is £13 per night.  Excellent value - sign up now!


Ladies County Events

Our ladies have done us proud at recent Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies competitions. The Blay Trophy took place on our green at the end of May and our players excelled. Irene Whatmore and her partner won the trophy, beating Barbara Singh and her partner in a very close final. The Plate event was won by Shirley Crick and her partner.

Last weekend Sandra Grindrod and Barbara Singh won through to the final of the Unbadged Pairs competition, to be played at City & County at the end of July.


Well done indeed to all of you.









Forthcoming Events!


Race Night and Supper  Saturday 4th March 7pm

Registration Night  Friday 7th April 6:30pm.

Bowling Green opens  Saturday 15th April 2pm.

Easter Monday Lunch  17th April.


The east wind doth blow, and we shall have snow! Well maybe not but there's certainly still a chill in the air, although the days are getting longer so spring must be just around the corner!Taking a look back first though to the events at the end of last year, at the AGM in November the 'new' committee was voted in. Most posts remain unchanged for the coming year with Mavis Hale being the only 'newby'! Both the Christmas and New Year lunches were well attended, as was the Draw night in December. The Christmas Bazaar was held on a very wet day which probably deterred folk from stepping out, but a goodly sum was still raised and thanks to those who helped with preparations and running stalls etc on the day.


This side of Christmas also saw the annual jaunt to Okehampton take place. The weather was fantastic, none of the fog that lingered for most of the week around here! With lots of activities to choose from no one could complain of being bored, and with plenty of food on offer, no one could complain of being hungry either!! As usual on the last evening before home those that wished displayed their creations for the rest of us to marvel at, and maybe gain inspiration from for next years trip! Alan is already taking names for that so speak to him if you want to know more about it.


Events to look forward to for the Spring include a Race Night and Supper on 4th March, and the Easter Monday lunch on 17th April. Get your names down for these quickly before spaces run out! This year we will already be out on the Green over the Easter weekend, hopefully the weather will warm up before then! You will see that Registration evening is on Friday 7th April, come along armed with your membership form, payment, diary and any friends you think might be interested in bowling! Also, if you have any hidden talents that you think you could offer to the club, suggestions for fundraising ideas, or even any 'constructive' criticism on the way things are done, please make your committee aware of them!


We have recently welcomed more new members to our club, bucking the trend of many other clubs in the country! It is a sport that can be enjoyed at any level, be it a gentle 'roll-up' among friends, matches against other local rivalries or for the more competitive bowlers participating in club, county and national competitions! It is also a sport that is accessible to those less able in our community, even if they can't access the bowling green outdoors the opportunity is there throughout the year to continue playing short mat bowls. Indeed our friends from Age UK make use of our facilities on Wednesday afternoons both inside and outside, and during the summer all the short mats will be rolled out from 10am Wednesday mornings for those members that wish to keep their short mat skills honed!


We now turn our attention to the bowling activities this season, which have proved to be a bit of a roller-coaster ride for all our teams! The Canaries held top spot in the West Ox league over Christmas and in to the New Year, a first for a Witney Town team! The wheels fell off however in their local derby against the Woolies thereby handing the lead over to Nor-Lye by 1 point, after they took all 8 points against the Rams! With mixed results coming in for all teams, the Canaries hold 2nd place, the Rams are lurking 3 places from the bottom and the Woolies are holding a mid table position! Let's hope all three teams can put in strong performances for the rest of the season to further improve their league standing!


In the Short Mat Tens competition on Sunday mornings, the Reds are leading the way with a few matches still to play, Witney Mills are hot on their heels.


The Wednesday morning Open league has thrown up some interesting results, with no single team dominating; last season’s winners Nor-Lye have been turned over 3 times by Witney Town teams so it’s all to play for! The Friday Smile 'rinks' league has been won by the Ceebees of Caroline, Brian, Roy and Bob T., well done to them. A triples and pairs league is about to get under way so good luck to all involved!


In the Bob Edwards Trophy the first two matches against Carterton and West Witney didn't go well, but the game against Abingdon saw a victory for WT. With just one more fixture to play versus West Oxford let's hope Town can secure a few more points on the board! We have fared better in the City and County Tens competition, reaching the semi-finals for the second year running! Let's see if we can go one step further this year and make it into the final. Our team has also reached the semi-final of the North Oxford league at Chipping Norton, here's hoping for success there too!!


We have played Friendlies in both short mat and long mat this winter, with mixed fortunes. In some cases it has been a struggle to field a team. If we want these fixtures to continue next winter season please show your support by signing up on the team sheets. Failure to do so will see these games disappear from our schedule, meaning loss of income for the club and loss of contact with some of our near neighbour clubs during the winter!


You will of course be aware that Corinna is now running Slimming World classes throughout the day on Thursdays. Measures are in hand to ensure both privacy for her and her clientele during the outdoor season, whilst allowing access to the changing rooms and bar for our members. It would be appreciated if noise could be kept to a minimum whilst inside the pavilion to avoid unnecessary disturbance to her classes, thank you!


Once we go outdoors the Green will be open as usual from 10:30am from Monday to Friday, and from 10am at weekends. If for any reason the Green has to be closed please respect this and refrain from using it until advised otherwise! This may be due to inclement weather, or because the greenkeeper needs to do some maintenance work on the Green!


You will soon be receiving your fixture book for the summer season, but please note that additional information on hall bookings will be displayed on the calendar by the kitchen door. Please check it regularly as it would be appreciated if visits to the pavilion could be minimised when private parties are taking place.


And finally, Happy Bowling both indoors and out, when we get there, and don't forget to find those waterproofs out of storage, just in case!!   






Forthcoming events:-  Saturday 12th November 10am-2pm Christmas Bazaar

                                            Saturday 12 November  7pm Bingo and Supper

                                            Sunday 27th November WTBC AGM. 3pm

                                            Friday  9th December Spartan Rangers 6:30pm

                                            Friday 16th December Christmas Draw Night 6:30pm

                                            Sunday 18th December  Christmas Lunch 12:30pm



 The clocks have gone back, the nights are drawing in, the Green has been put to bed, therefore the indoor bowling season is upon us! For some this means long mat, for others short mat and for quite a few it's a mixture of both! Whichever form you play it takes a bit of getting used to after grass, but at least the waterproofs can be packed away until next April.

As well as the bowling you will note that November and December have quite a lot going on by way of social activities. Jan Cameron is organising the Christmas Bazaar on 12th November and would welcome offers of help both with donations for the  tombola, cake and other stalls, and on the day to run these stalls too. This event has been a very good fundraiser for us in the last couple of years, so let's make it another successful one this year! On the same evening there will be another opportunity to practise your Bingo skills, with supper included. In December we welcome our friends from Spartan Rangers for their Christmas Jumper social, get your names up for this, once again supper will be included. The following week sees the Big Christmas Draw, so come along to hopefully win some prizes, providing of course that you've bought lots of numbers in the preceding weeks!! Donations for this will also be gratefully received in the next few weeks. The final fling before Christmas will be the Lunch on 18th December, the list will soon be up so get your names on it to be in it!!


The other significant date in November is Sunday 27th, when the club holds its AGM. This is when the club's Management committee is elected for the next year. If you feel you have something to offer your club please come along and show your support. We are a friendly and welcoming club with lots going on, extra helping hands will spread the workload and avoid 'burnout' of the few!

A reminder that any issues you wish to be put on the AGM Agenda for discussion should be submitted in writing no later than one week prior to the meeting.  This is your meeting and you are free to have your say on how the club is to be run and who should be running it.


You will have noticed that the pavilion is being well used these days for events other than bowling! This is great news for the club, it means we are fulfilling the requirements for the WODC Community Facilities Grant, which we received to help with completion of the building project. The funds raised from these outside bookings have enabled the club to start repaying its outstanding loans. From the beginning of November Slimming World will extend their hiring of the pavilion on every Thursday from 8:30am till 9:30pm. It means there will be no facility on these days for short mat bowling, but Corrina is happy for members to access changing rooms if required. Concern has been expressed about how summer bowls activities will be affected, but the committee is planning ahead to alleviate any problems, and Corrina will also be flexible with her classes to accommodate club matches. We would ask for members to be considerate of any outside bookings taking place, and only request access if absolutely necessary please.


Now we turn our attention to the bowling activities, and what a mixed up start to the short mat season it's been! Most of the Canaries team went off in search of some late summer sunshine to Portugal, more on that later. The Rams first match at Burford proved pointless for them, also the Woolies could only pick up 2 points from Hanborough Herons. The following week saw the first 'in house' clash and it was the Woolies who, for the first time ever came out with all 8 points against the Rams in what was a very close match!

Since then the Rams have gained a 6-2 victory over Witney Mills Weavers, but gone down 0-8 to Hanborough Herons. The Woolies meantime came out 7-1 victors over Charlbury, but could only snatch 2 points up at Witney Mills.

When the Canaries finally got started it was against Witney Mills Millers, whose tricky mats claimed all 8 points for the home side. But the Canaries came back strongly the following week to thrash Hanborough Harriers, previously unbeaten, 8-0! With the Woolies making such a positive start, who knows how the league will pan out this year, but here's hoping all 3 teams can keep putting up some strong performances.

The Witney Town Short mat Tens competition is up and running on Sunday mornings. Unfortunately there are only 4 teams entered this year and it's an all Witney shoot-out! The first match saw the club's Blues team beat Witney Mills by the narrowest of margins.

The “Smile” League this year has moved to Friday evenings, but has still been well supported with 8 teams competing. With a few new team variations on the scene it should prove quite a contest!


On the long mat front, we took a team to play at Chipping Norton on their new indoor carpet, and came away with a victory, winning on 3 rinks and drawing on the other, well done all! Our team in the North Oxon league, also played at Chippy and recorded a win in their first game of the season. The first of 2 fixtures at Banbury saw us lose overall by just 1 shot, although we did win on 4 of the 6 rinks! With more fixtures coming up and new faces taking to the long mat it should set us up well in this indoor form of the game.

As with any of our fixtures we need you to sign up on the match sheets to make selection easier for the captain, so please check your diaries and support when you can! Most of you will have picked up your very smart winter fixture booklet by now, we have Bill Stewart to thank for producing these, and getting a good on-line deal for printing them!


We would like to thank to Bob Williams for constructing our new, enlarged bookcase. Not only does it give us a much better display area for books, puzzles, etc. it also stops people banging their heads on the Trophy cabinet above!


As I mentioned earlier some club members and friends ventured to Vilamoura in Portugal on an organised bowls tour over 2 weeks. It was very warm on arrival and the welcome we received at all of the clubs was also very warm! In the second week some of the group played in a bowls tournament and finished in second place, so well done to Brian, Caroline, Alan and Lyn! Would you be interested in joining another tour next year? Alan and Lyn would love to hear from you!


On the subject of holidays, rooms are still available at The Manor Hotel, Okehampton in January 2017. This is a great place to unwind, an opportunity to try different art and craft activities, or play a variety of sports. You can choose to do as much or as little as you wish, and the food is plentiful too! Speak to Alan for more information about this break as soon as possible if interested.


….and finally. The Committee wish all of you and all your loved ones a wonderful time over the coming festive season.






Forthcoming events

Friday 19th June at 6.30pm - Spartan Rangers Social Evening

Sunday 19th July at 2.00pm - Family Fun Day:


WITNEY TOWN PAVILION CELEBRATION! Thursday May 21st saw us play a prestigious match against “Bowls England”. Their President, Marcia Dunstone brought a team representing 15 English counties to celebrate, albeit belatedly, the completion of our new Pavilion. We were narrowly defeated by 1 shot overall on what was an exciting and pleasantly warm day! They were very impressed with our new facilities and especially the playing of our Green (the best they had played on this season). Compliments were also given for the terrific catering we provided. Thanks to all those who helped throughout the day to ensure no one went home hungry!! It proved to be a day to remember and certainly one to be proud of.


Our outdoor season is now well under way and at last it seems the weather is playing ball. It has been pretty chilly out there on the green in recent weeks, so now we hope to be able to lose a few layers and enjoy some sunshine. In the friendly fixtures we have recorded two wins against Little Compton and also come out on top against Headington, Oxford City & County and Adderbury. However, we have suffered losses to a very strong Banbury Borough squad, and were narrowly defeated by West Witney and Witney Mills.


In the Men’s League we were knocked out of the League Cup by last years Semi Finalists South Oxford. However we showed good spirit in that game and went on a winning streak of league fixtures starting with a 6-0 victory away at Chipping Norton, followed by a 4-2 win against City & County “B” and another 6-0 win away at Chadlington. Next up was an exciting rematch with Chipping Norton, where we scraped home with a 1 shot overall win and 4-2 on points before losing our unbeaten record at Banbury Chestnuts with a 2-4 defeat. This still keeps us 4 points clear at the top of Division 3 of the Oxford & District League but there are 10 more tough games to play. Nevertheless it’s a very satisfying start to the season for the men’s team.


The Ladies League began with a disappointing 2-8 defeat away to local rivals West Witney. The team got back on track with a 8-2 win over Carterton/Burford but then went down 0-10 to a very strong Banbury Central squad. Woodstock ladies have had to withdraw from the league this season due to insufficient bowlers, however they have decided to play this years fixtures as friendly games of 3 triples. It is hoped that by next year they will have more ladies playing and normal service will be resumed!


The WEST OX Mixed Triples season got under way for the “Aces” with a 10-2 win at Burford, only narrowly losing on 1 rink on the last end. However, they made no mistake when they travelled to Bloxham for their next fixture and came away with a 12-0 win. Since then they have played away at Middle Barton where they secured another 8-4 victory, all of which has given them a great start to their Westox schedule! The “Blues” got their season under way with an away fixture against a strong Chipping Norton side and were looking at a possible 12-0 defeat with four ends to go. Despite a valiant fight back, five shots lost in the final end cost them the match and they finished up losing 3-9. Their next opponents were at Charlbury where the Blues won 10-2.


There are quite a few new faces down at the Club, most of them joining us completely new to bowling. Some of these new members have joined us via Age UK, others came along to our Open Day earlier in the season. We offer them a warm welcome to our friendly club and hope they soon feel a part of everything that’s going on. It has been wonderful to see that many of our recent Saturday and Sunday matches have consisted of entirely different squads, in other words anything up to 44 bowlers have played each weekend. Let’s not see that trend evaporate , there are still plenty of fixtures coming up through to September, so please keep signing up on the match sheets!!  At a time when many small village Clubs struggle to recruit and fulfil fixtures, Witney Town is a growing club and certainly serving our town extremely well. The Monday and Tuesday Triples Leagues also offer a good quality of competitive bowling and many of the visiting teams from other Clubs really appreciate this, as do our own members. It is also a time to socialise and get to know each other.


Talking of The Social Scene,the recent “Race Night” event proved another great success with well over 70 people in attendance. It was nice to see many of our new members joining in at this function.  Earlier in the day we held a “Reunion Event” to bring together past members who have played for the Club over recent years. It was great to see so many familiar faces and they certainly enjoyed seeing our “New” Pavilion, as well as seeing each other. Our thanks go to Jan Cameron for coordinating this. Jan together with Liz Zinnbauer organised a “Plant Sale” outside Waitrose on May 20th which proved to be an astounding success. Our thanks go to all those members who provided plants and to those who manned the stall. More recently we held another Bingo Evening and supper. It was well attended and despite some very ‘un-politically correct’ calling, a good time was had by all!


The Club Competitions have been drawn and we urge those competing to get their games in early. It is all so easy to delay them, and then find you have to fit in several games in a few days. Do not forget to book your “rink” needs in advance to avoid any problems. Score cards are available in a Slot to the left of the Bar. All players should be aware that they will need to have played two Home games and One away Game’ to play at quarterfinal level, so get your names down for some friendly fixtures in the coming weeks to avoid any issues.


County News: Brian Bloomfield, Mike Jones, Paul Demczak and Mel Cameron have all regularly featured in this season’s County Friendly fixtures. Brian and Paul have also progressed into the Oxon “Home Counties League” team. These selections put the Club well and truly on the County map. Let’s not forget the Ladies County Selections with Caroline Bloomfield, Yvonne Hodkinson, Lynda Cooper and Phil Houlihan  representing our Club. Caroline has also gone on to play in the ladies top competition, “The John Trophy”. Congratulations all round!!


Age UK is continuing to bring people to play short mat bowls in the pavilion on Wed afternoons. They will have a break during August but then will return for the autumn season. It would be helpful if more volunteers came forward to support this venture. The mats are put in place for them and their own volunteers usually roll them up at the end of the session, so we are looking for people to be around to make the teas and tidy up afterwards please. They meet between 1-30 and 3-30 pm so if you can help please contact Jan Cameron as soon as possible.


Don’t forget to keep up to date with what’s happening at the club via the website, also make sure you keep an eye on the notice boards in the pavilion.



Important Dates:

Easter Bonnet Lunch – Monday 6th April at 12.30 for 1.00pm

Registration Evening – Friday 10th April from 6.30pm

Race Night & Supper – Saturday 9th May at 7.00pm


The Outdoor Season is nearly upon us and one wonders how the winter season has flown by so quickly. We have certainly been able to put our new facility to good use, with Lunches, Race Nights, and Bingo Nights, all of which are vital in keeping the Club alive and kicking. These fundraising activities will also help us to meet our financial commitments in the years to come. Many positive comments were received from the local branch of the RNLI recently when they used our pavilion for their annual Quiz night. We hope other local groups and organisations will also be able to make good use of these facilities in the future as this again will be a useful source of income for the club. This year for the first time we hosted the West Oxon Short Mat League end of season Triples Competition, now in its 8th year! A record number of 28 teams entered which meant that some had to play in a preliminary round. The semi-finals were contested by 3 teams from North Leigh and 1 from Witney Mills, and the eventual winners were the NOR-LYE BOYS, comprising Brian Smith, Dave Gessey and Neil Pratley, well done chaps!!

Indoor bowling was based around two important matches in the Bob Edwards Trophy at Carterton. First up was Abingdon, much fancied to win the Trophy this year, but despite only winning on 1 rink out of 4 Witney Town managed an overall victory by 1 shot! This gave us a 10-6 win and the possibility of clinching the Trophy if we could get at least 13 points from our last fixture. This was against West Oxford and we achieved our goal by taking 14 points, giving us a final total of 52, beating Abingdon by 2 points! So huge congratulations to our bowlers for winning four of our five games and bringing home the first Silverware of 2015 to adorn our new Pavilion. Let’s hope the trend continues.

  Meanwhile, in the City and County 10’s Competition we continued our success beating Oxford Masonic by 4 points to 1, putting us in the top half of the table with one game to play. Another strong performance gained us a 3-2 victory over Abingdon taking us into 2nd place behind Oxford City & County Bowls Club. This is our best ever placing in this competition, well done team!

Short Mat forms the main part of our winter activities, with the Wednesday Open League, the County League and our own SMILE Leagues providing most of the action. 

In the Open League the strong North Leigh team prevailed and are the first winners of the David Cooper Short Mat Cup; many congratulations to Les Neil and Barry.

On the County League scene the big surprise has been the revival of the “Rams”, who at the start of the year were propping up the Division with only 2 wins out of 9 and just 19 points. They went on to win 8 of their remaining 11 matches to finish in 6th place with a creditable 82 points. Meanwhile the Woolies, despite having a good start to the season, fell away to finish bottom of the division with 33 points. The Canaries also faded, losing their way in the second half of the season after a promising start and finished in 9th place with 53 points.

The SMILE rinks league has proved very popular and the “Sapphires” of Tim, Margaret, Jan and Mel raced away to win it with 27 points from 14 games. The battle for second and third places was vigorously contested, with Marys Little Lambs taking 2nd place with 18 points and the Canaries in third with 16 points. The SMILE Triples and Pairs leagues are now under way to take us through to the very end of the winter season.

Club activities Some of our members have been travelling in recent weeks to Okehampton in January and a weekend Bowls Tour to Bournemouth at the end of February. These holidays only happen due to the hard work put in by both Deanna Radband and Alan Scholan. Our thanks go to them both for making it all happen. Anyone still wishing to go on the Club’s summer tour to Bournemouth please speak to Deanna Radband very soon as places are extremely limited!! 

The Easter lunch is on Monday 6th April where we hope fabulous bonnets on both men and women will be on display once again! Grateful thanks to all those who have donated a wonderful array of Easter Eggs for the Prize Draw on that day.

The ever popular Race Night & Supper is returning on Saturday 9th May to keep the momentum going; watch the notice boards for the details.

Registration Evening is coming up fast, on Friday 10th April, 6-30pm onwards. You should have received the paperwork by email or post, – if not please contact Lyn on 01993 703433. Details of annual subscriptions, summer leagues and club competitions are included. On the night you will receive your copy of the fixture book and also be asked to sign up for ‘tea duty’ during the season, so please come prepared with your chequebook and diary at the ready!!

Match sheets are already appearing on the notice boards in the pavilion. Please make sure to put your names down in good time to help the selection process. The first game is on Sunday April 12th at home to Little Compton. Let’s keep fingers crossed that the weather will be kind to us throughout the season, and that our ‘wets’ can stay dry!! The respective Men’s and Ladies Captains will be keen to know who wants to be involved in the Men’s County League and the Ladies West Oxfordshire League, so do sign up on those lists if you’d like to be considered for the teams. Other competitive matches will be in the West Oxon Mixed Triples League where we have 2 teams participating, The Aces and The Blues. Watch the notice boards for further information on these games. Of course there will also be the Monday and Tuesday Triples Leagues, don’t forget to sign up for those as soon as possible, and enter the club competitions too!

The Age UK Short mat sessions will be continuing through the summer on a Wednesday afternoon and it is vital that we have a Club member in attendance. If you can spare a couple of hours (1.30pm – 3.30pm) please contact Jan Cameron. There will also be a Short Mat session on Wednesday mornings for those members wishing to play indoors over the summer.

Thanks to those who attended the EGM on 29th March. The Clubs accounts to 30th September 2014 were presented and information given regarding the current financial situation. Discussion took place about having ‘WITNEY TOWN PAVILION’ signage on the outside gable end of the building. It was agreed the club could not pay for this however a proposal was made that members may ‘sponsor’ a letter. Please speak to Alan Scholan for further information.

Don’t forget to look at the club’s website, it has lots of information about our activities, including the summer fixtures. The address is at the top of the newsletter.


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