Author: Dave Burrough


Following the letter received from Bowls England on 18 th March Lostwithiel
Bowling Club have postponed the opening of the green until further notice.
The club will be closed except for important maintenance of the green, the
surrounds and the club house to ensure that it is available as soon as the
governments restrictions allow.
Bowls England are encouraging bowlers, if it is possible in this difficult
economic situation for some, to support their club financially by continuing to
pay their annual subscriptions so that clubs will still be there for them when we
resume bowling. The club will be contacting all members in due course.
Stay safe and we’ll keep you updated through the web site.


In my last note I was bemoaning the weather and consistent heavy rain and
pleading for better-well better has come BUT also has the devastating
Coronanvirus which is affecting all our lives from business, social, sporting and
community events and our personal health.
I am taking advice from Bowls England, Bowls Central, experience within our
club and colleagues throughout the county to understand the best practices to
ensure that the green is playable in the future whilst spending a minimum
amount when club funds are likely to be under stress.
With our green volunteer team we will be working for as long as we are able
whilst maintaining social distancing and taking suitable precautions. This will
also go for Brian and Badger who have kept the buildings and surrounds
maintained over the winter months. If when walking past the club you see an
individual or small team working please give them a wave or say hello but
please no hugging as we will be temporarily “anti-social” and “out of bounds”.



News release – Wednesday 18th March 2020


Bowls England has announced the cancellation of all its domestic events ahead of the 2020 lawn bowls season in response to the latest Government advice and growing concerns from bowlers about how the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will impact lawn bowls.

The decision, which was reached at an Emergency Meeting of Board members and key staff, held on Tuesday 17th March, covers all National Championships, National Competitions and other domestic events. Discussions are ongoing with the British Isles Bowls Council and British Isles Women’s Bowls Council with regard to British Isles events this year.

Bowls England will be providing support and advice to clubs and county associations over the coming weeks to ensure the future of the sport – including plans for a proposed ‘Festival of Bowls’ later in the season.

Tony Allcock OBE, Bowls England Chief Executive, said: “Every organisation is currently coming to terms with a global situation that is unprecedented, to which Bowls England is sadly not immune. The National Finals are the conclusion of a long process that starts each year in May, therefore it is not possible for the qualification process to be completed in time throughout our 35 county associations.

“However, bowlers are known to be resilient and have proven in the past that they join together and support each other in the time of need. Now, more than ever, is the time for us all to work together to ensure that our clubs and bowling greens are available when it is deemed safe to resume our much-loved sport. So we would urge our members to commit to their clubs, keep an eye out for their fellow members who may feel isolated and be ready to get back on the greens when Government guidance allows.

“Finally, I wish to thank my staff team for their support at this time in managing this ever-changing situation. We have been inundated with enquiries from our clubs and county associations, and we will ensure that each and every enquiry is responded to in the coming days. However, our priority in the next two days will be ensuring that our staff are able to work from home effectively from next Monday”

The Board agreed that one of the most important areas of work for Bowls England over the coming weeks will be club support. Bowls England plans to provide advice and support on subjects including:

  1. Coronavirus Guidance
  2. Minimum amount of Greens Maintenance required so greens are playable when we resume bowling
  3. Funding (including Club Loans and encouraging bowlers to support their clubs financially by continuing to pay their annual subscriptions – so clubs will still be there for them when we resume bowling)
  4. Recruitment
  5. Looking after each other (including encouraging members to keep an eye out for each other, especially fellow bowlers who may live on their own)
  6. Staying Fit (including producing a ‘Bowlers’ Workout’ in order to keep members active during isolation or working from home)

Other key decisions taken by the Board were:

  1. Bowls England office to close with effect from Friday 20th March and all staff (including Coach Bowls employees) to work from home with effect from Monday 23rd March – support for Clubs and County Associations will continue as normal.
  2. Work on the new Bowls England Head Office is put ‘on hold’ until further notice
  3. In support of Clubs at this difficult time, Bowls England will refund the Affiliation Fees paid for 2020 by each playing member. Bowls England will arrange refunds to the county associations, who are mandated to ensure that all monies are then paid to their Member Clubs.
  4. Board to meet regularly via Skype/Conference Call to monitor the ever-changing situation, review the impact on bowls and plan accordingly – regular updates will be issued.

Kind Regards

Matt Wordingham
Publications/Media Officer
t.  01926 334609



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March 2020 Bowling Green Update

What would I give for a succession of a few dry days. This has been my worse
year as far as getting on the green to do some work, with wet windy weather
and the green being so low lying, fields around flooded and not too cold to
deter the moss growing. It is imperative that we can start doing some work
over the next three weeks to give us a chance of being ready for the 11th April.
The green always requires aeration not only to assist drainage but to get vital
oxygen into the root zone. We also need to remove the moss to give room for
the fine grasses to grow with the assistance of higher soil temperatures (above
10 C) and a quantity of low nitrogen fertiliser. This year we are using an organic
fertiliser at this time of year.
If the weather plays ball the green team are ready to act.
There is always work to do around the green, cutting the surrounding grass,
trimming the hedges so volunteers are more than welcome.

Cornwall Hospice Care Charity Day

BOWLERS RAISE £ 1,241.75p For Cornwall Hospice Care.

The annual charity day in aid of the Cornwall Hospice, organised by Jimmy Rule, raised the sum of £ 1241.75p. Twenty Four teams took part and winners of the trophy were Peter Talling, Pat Talling & Clive Edwards.

The presentation of the cheque by Jimmy Rule to the Hospice Representative Jane Appleton took place at the club with several members in attendance.



The club had a fairly average season in the East Cornwall Bowling League Triples. Torpoint Bowls Club were the League winners in their first year in the ECBL.

After bumping along for most of the season in the bottom two places in the League, a number of games in quick succession at the end of the season saw us eventually finish in 6th place overall. 

However, Lostwithiel have traditionally used the ECBL competition as an opportunity to give games to all players and especially to give new members a taste of a league competition to give them experience for the following season.

With that in mind, we used 30 different players over the course of the season. 

Of the 16 games played, we won 6, drew 1 and lost 9, scoring 52.5 points. Congratulations to Ian Burnard who was our most prolific player. Ian played in 14 games and was on the losing triple just once.

The task of the ECBL selector is sometimes a challenging one – there were a couple of occasions where I was seriously worried that we were not going to be able to field a full compliment of players for a match. I’m pleased to report that we came up short only once – and that was due to a mix-up with dates rather than an availability issue.

I must register my thanks for the overwhelming support I have received in my first year as ECBL selector and my gratitude to the hardcore of players who I could nearly always rely on if I was struggling to field a full team.

Here’s to a successful 2020 ECBL season.

Bertie and Bertha

Approx. 15 years ago Rosie Smith from the club started the Berta and Bertha competition. The prize for the winner then was a bar of chocolate.  

She then not only knitted the two dolls which are played for today but she also slaved away in the kitchen cooking a roast meal. A major fund raiser for the club at this time.

This years event attracted 22 players and even allowing for the sometimes heavy showers the afternoon went off well with everyone having an enjoyable afternoons play followed by a faith tea. 

Badger thanked all who attended and presented the the Bertie & Bertha awards to the winners.




Badger -11 Annie Singer -7
Chris Dimond 4 Penny Philp -10
Dave Burrough 13 Mary Wallace -2
Ben Purser 2 Janet Dimond -11
Brian Philp -1 Mo Berryman -3
Chris Smith 6 Karin Henderson 3
Brian Smith 3 Michelle Baptiste 16
John Berryman 1 Jacky Lambden 2
Morley Tubb -7 Rene Sweet -9
Mike Houlihan 14
Simon Barker -3
Chris Dunn -1
Tim Carr -7

Badger thanked all who attended and presented the Bertie & Bertha awards to the winners (plus the booby prize to the loser – himself).

The winners of the 2019 Bertie and Bertha competition Michelle Baptise and Mike Houihan
Booby winner of the Bertie & Bertha competition 2019 was Peter (The Badger) Brock.




Club Finals Weekend

You are all invited to come along to the club this weekend to see the finals of all the club competitions
which I’m sure will be competitive but played in good spirit. This is the first time in many years that we have
held the finals on one weekend so come and cheer on your favourites, have a cup of tea and enjoy what is
forecast to a hot and sunny weekend in great surroundings.

Castle Carey Tour


On the 9th August we had the pleasure of hosting the Castle Cary touring bowls team for a match and supper.  Although the weather was against us, we were able to play for a while before enjoying a splendid buffet provided, in the main, by club members.

Special thanks go to Carol Williams who organised the event with Castle Cary, our bartenders Rob and John and the catering team.  Our thanks also go to the Ukulele players and songsters who provided entertainment. It was an evening to remember!