Heart Of England Bowling League 2023

Chairman Secretary Treasurer & Match Secretary  
Chris Bird Tony Gillespie Brian Parkinson   
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Merit Final at The Hart Thursday 14th September 2023

Sponsored by Peter Mole & Jamie Carter

Singles Merit Finals Night Results




Quarter Finals


Matt Higgins    ( Tanworth )    21         Steve Blight   ( YOK )    7


Nathan Crocombe  ( Baldwin )  21     Jamie Carter  ( Maggies )   19


Mick Hicks   ( Black Horse )     21       Ray Richards  ( Alcester )  11


Callum Mitchell  ( RSJC )     9            Matt Caines   ( Triplex )     21




Semi Finals


Matt Higgins    ( Tanworth )     18         Nathan Crocombe   ( Baldwin  )   21


Mick Hicks    ( Black Horse )   20         Matt Caines   ( Triplex )                21






Nathan Crocombe    ( Baldwin )    18    Matt Caines  ( Triplex )    21






Congratulations to Matt Caines ( Triplex ) on winning the Heart of England Singles Merit Competition going one better 


than last year where he lost in the final. Well done also to Nathan Crocombe ( Baldwin ) on his great run to the final.  I'd like to thank Kirk Wright and


all the members of The Hart BC who have helped me throughout the 4 qualifying nights and the finals night and for the use of their green


throughout the competition. Also thank you to the ladies for all the lovely food provided on finals night as well as our sponsors and the help from the committee




Many Thanks to everyone who supported the competition, here's hoping the competition is as successful next season




Jonathan Griffin


HOE Merit Secretary





Over 60's Cup Finals Thursday 21st September 2023, 11.00 a.m. start.

Over 60's Cup College Arms A v Banbury to be played at Woodbourne

Over 60's Consolation Cup Woodlands Park B v YOK 'C' at King George V


HofE Singles Merit Draw is on Merits Draw and Results Page


Peter Simpson ~ The funeral will be at 3.30p.m. at Robin Hood Crematorium on Friday 15th September.


 Thursday Cup Finals

Thursday Cup Baldwin A v Triplex A will be played at Wythall B.C. on Thursday 7th September 6.30p.m. start..

Thursday Consolation Cup YOK A v Wooton Hall A will be played on Thursday 7th September at The Hart commencing at 6.30 pm. 


End of Season Merit

Just a couple of updates regarding the upcoming Singles Merit Competition.

There is just one week to go to get your entries into Jonathan Griffin to enter this competition, there are quite a few spaces left on all 4 qualifying days Mon 4th, Tues 5th, Mon 11th and Tues 12th Sept with the finals night being on Thursday 14th. All players that have played one match for their clubs ( League or Cup ) for their Thursday Night side or Friday Over 60's side are entitled to enter. Entry Fee is £5 per player, so please ask your members if they would like to enter this well organised competition. Text entries to Jonathan Griffin on 07971717490 and payment details are as follows !!

Entry Fee will be £5 per player with money either cash payable to Jonathan Griifin directly or by cheque which should be made payable to Heart of England Friendly Bowling League and sent to Jonathan Griffin, 178 Acheson Road, Shirley, Solihull, B90 2JA. Bank Transfer may be made to Heart of England Friendly League: Sort Code 09 01 50 : Account No. 03429733  Payment and entries need to be in by August 31st to guarantee your entry into the competition. 

 Peter Simpson

It is with regret that we must inform you that Life Member Peter Simpson passed away yesterday 23rd August.

Peter was a long serving Committee Member on our Merit Committee and then heading up the Over 60's programmes.

He will be sadly missed.

Our thoughts are with Eunice

We will remember him R.I.P Peter


 8th August 2023


Due to the closing of the Tally Ho Club, this year’s annual presentation night will not be held at the end of the season. Enquires for a new venue and date(s) are being made, with the Presentation Night to be held February 2024.



REMINDER ~ 1st August 2023



23rd July ~ Reminder

Thursday fixtures are coming up to the last four matches and are subject to player restrictions.


Monday 24th July 2023

 Thursday & Over 60's Semi Final Draws are now on Competition Page



  Heart of England Singles Merit 2023 will be staged at The Hart on four qualifying nights which are Monday Sept 4th, Tuesday Sept 5th, Monday Sept 11th and Tuesday Sept 12th with the final on Thursday 14th Sept, all qualifying nights and final will start at 6.30pm prompt.  Entry Fee will be £5 per player with money either cash payable to Jonathan Griifin directly or by cheque which should be made payable to Heart of England Friendly Bowling League and sent to Jonathan Griffin, 178 Acheson Road, Shirley, Solihull, B90 2JA. Bank Transfer may be made to Heart of England Friendly League: Sort Code 09 01 50 : Account No. 03429733  Payment and entries need to be in by August 31st to guarantee your entry into the competition.  Clubs can enter a maximum of 2 players on each qualifying night and they will be kept apart in the draw where possible.  Home players can enter with a maximum of 2 players on each night with the normal penalty as in previous seasons, please try and support this competition where possible. 

Players must have played at least one match for either their club's Thursday night team or Friday Over 60's team to qualify for entering the Singles Merit Competition and be available for Finals Night


 Important Reminder - 16th July 2023

Just a reminder that all postponed matches should be reported by both Captains and both Captains need to confirm date for rearranged match within 5 days to the Match Secretary as per rule and Captains reminder.

  Postponed Matches ~ 8th July 2023

There appears to be a number of clubs that are not aware of the rules governing postponement of matches.


Matches may only be postponed  due to the green being unfit for play (decided by the home Captain) or due to adverse weather conditions unless authorised by the Match Secretary.


This is highlighted in my reminders to  Captains that is on the website and also on email sent out to all Clubs at the beginning of the season.


Teams may bring matches forward but must inform the Match Secretary ( I suggest that Captains communicate with their players to know when they are unavailable to resolve problems of selection before the last minute..


If there are problems with fulfilling fixtures, I am available to help sort out the problem.


Brian Parkinson

Match Secretary


Friday 30th June 2023

The Draw for Quater Finals of Over 60's Cup matches is now available on 2023 Competition Results



April 25th 2023 :Solihull Marsh Lane advise that only drinks purchased in the club to be consumed on the premises and around the green.


 Hall Green BC - 03/04/23

Please be advised that the Bull Head Pub (1320 Stratford Road B28 9EF) where Hall Green Bowling Club is situated, will be closed for refurbishment between 3rd July and 24th July this year.  During this time, access to the bowling green will be via Fox Hollies Road only.  Parking will be available but will be limited to the smaller parking area by the Fox Hollies Road entrance, and therefore visiting teams travelling by car during this time may wish to arrange a car share between their members.  All visiting teams travelling by car will still need to enter their registration in the clubhouse within 15 minutes of arrival, this applies all season.



 Memo received from WWCBA 22nd July 2022

Bowls Development Alliance - 2022



The BDA have, in conjunction with the National Governing Bodies of Bowls, set these standards that apply to everyone involved in the sport including staff, club officials, coaches volunteers, players and spectators. This Code of Conduct has been produced to protect everyone in the sport aaand to ensure that everyone can enjoy the sport of bowls in a safe and inclusive environment.

Respect all participants and decisions

Encourage everyone

Sportsmanship Play for enjoyment

Educate and be knowledgeable

Conduct yourself courteously

Treat everyone fairly



Key Principles of Respectful Behaviour




Respect all players, coaches, officials,

volunteers and spectators

Participate under the influence of drugs or


Participate in the right spirit – the sport

should be fun at all levels

Use foul, abusive, threatening or

discriminatory language or gestures

Take reasonable measures to keep yourself

and others safe

Show dissent towards officials and their


Promote the sport in the best possible light through your actions and behaviour

Discriminate on the grounds of any of the protected characteristics identified in the

Equality Act 2010

Abide by the rules/regulations of the sport,

and any additional competition rules

Publicly criticise or engage in demeaning

descriptions of others, including online

Abide by the policies of the sport and its National Governing Bodies

Engage in any behaviour that constitutes abuse as identified in the Safeguarding in

Bowls Policies

Speak to someone if you are concerned

that any of this code is being broken

Keep your concerns about abuse or poor

practice secret


I agree to abide by this code of conduct - Name ………………………………………………………………………………. Signed…………………………………………….……………………………………………………………Date……………………………..





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