Archived League News 2020

Bowling not permitted during lockdown

Hi Everyone

Another change in restrictions from Thursday, 5th November. Having read these we are of the opinion that there is no way crown green bowling can take place within a safe environment and in consultation with the BCGBA, we are directing clubs/players to stop crown green bowling from Thursday, 5th November 2020.

We appreciate this may cause disruption to ongoing winter leagues, club competitions (internal and open) and casual bowling but our view is that the health and safety of our members is of paramount importance and overrides other considerations.

When these restrictions are lifted/amended we shall issue further directions.

In the meantime all stay safe

Phil Scott

SCGBA Safeguarding Officer.

04 Nov 2020 by John Palmer

New Web Site

The league web site has been converted to a new Google Site as the old Classic Sites are being discontinued. The old one will be available for a limited time here. News items will occasionally be removed from the home page to the current year in History when they are no longer relevant..

Hope you find it OK. If you have any problems, observations or comments, please email details to or use the Contact form.

20 Aug 2020 by John Palmer

Update from the League Chairman

Unfortunately, Mark believes that there's no chance of any league bowls, competitions or knockouts being played this season. He is also concerned that some sort of social distancing may continue into next season and restrict the number of players allowed on the green at the same time. With this in mind, he'd welcome opinions from bowlers whether a reduction in the size of teams from 10 to 8 would be more acceptable.

Please email any thoughts or observations to or fill in the contact form.

Posted 27 Jun 2020, 23:56 by John Palmer

Coronavirus Statement from the BCGBA

To County Secretaries, Management and Officers.

Following the Government announcement this afternoon it is with great sadness that we now have to suspend all bowling for the foreseeable future.

Based on the advice announced we need to avoid all mass gatherings and sporting event as these will no longer be supported by the emergency services.

If anyone within your household has symptoms then the whole family need to isolate for 14 days.

Limit social contact wherever possible and encourage working from home.

At risk groups - those over 70 and those with medical conditions need to take additional care.

All BCGBA meetings should now be postponed as un-necessary travel should be avoided. Contact in Pubs, Clubs and restaurants to be avoided.

Taking this all into account all leagues should now suspend matches until such time as we are given an all clear to resume competition.

All BCGBA and BCGLCC Competitions are now suspended until further notice this should include all qualifier events.

As a Bowls community we need to look after our members and I encourage you to follow the advice being given and support those we are able to at this very difficult time.

I will add links onto the website / face-book as these are updated.

Please take care of yourself and stay safe.

On behalf of the Management Committee BCGBA

Chris Hasselby (BCGBA Chairman)

Mark Bircumshaw (CEO)

Posted 16 Mar 2020, 19:00 by John Palmer

2020 Fixtures Available

The league fixtures for 2020 are now available online and clubs will be able to adjust their squads until the start of the season. Please remember to:

  • Register your named 6's where appropriate

  • Update the contact details for your club if necessary (after login, select Club Contacts and click on your club's name)

Posted 11 Mar 2020, 11:15 by John Palmer

President's and Consolation Cup Finals

At the pre-season meeting, it was agreed these would be played on Sunday 29th March but unfortunately, one of the teams is not available so they are now scheduled for a week later 5th April at Broseley. Times as follows:

1pm Consolation Cup, Stockton (+30) v Highley A (Scr)

3pm President's Cup, Horsehay A (+20) v Islanders A (+10)

Posted 10 Mar 2020, 22:40 by John Palmer

Knockout Cups 2020

The draw for the division 1 and Division 2 Knockout Cups was made at the pre-season meeting. Details are here.

Posted 10 Mar 2020, 22:26 by John Palmer

Competitions 2020

Preliminary dates for the competitions to be played on Tuesdays are now on the Competitions Page.

Posted 10 Mar 2020, 22:23 by John Palmer

Pre-Season Meeting (updated)

The pre-season meeting will be held at Bridgnorth BC on Tuesday 10th March at 7.30pm.


  1. Introduction & apologies.

  2. Minutes of the last committee meeting.

  3. Matters arising.

  4. Chairman's report.

  5. County report.

  6. League structure 2020.

  7. Handicap Cup draw, singles/doubles dates.

  8. Any other business.

  9. President's closing remarks.

The proposed schedule for league, knockout cups and competitions played on a Tuesday is as follows:

  • League matches start on Tuesday 7th April and finish on Tuesday 22nd September.

  • Singles qualifying on Tuesday 16th June. Finals on Sunday 9th August.

  • Doubles qualifying on Tuesday 4th August. Finals on Sunday 23rd August.

  • Knockout Cups: prelims on Wednesday 22nd July, quarter finals on Tuesday 25th August, semi-finals on Wednesday 16th September.

  • Knockout finals and presentation on Sunday 27th September.

Alternatively, Mark has suggested the following (as Singles entries last year didn't warrant a separate qualifying round):

  • League matches start on Tuesday 7th April and finish on Tuesday 22nd September.

  • Doubles qualifying on Tuesday 4th August. Finals on Sunday 23rd August.

  • Knockout Cups: prelims on Tuesday 14th July, quarter finals on Tuesday 11th August, semi-finals on Tuesday 8th September.

  • Knockout finals and presentation on Sunday 27th September.

If anyone has any observations or suggestions regarding the schedule, please email

Posted 9 Mar 2020, 17:03 by John Palmer

Propositions for the 2020 AGM

The following propositions have so far been received for discussion at the Annual General Meeting:

  1. Bridgnorth would like to submit the following proposition to the AGM in February:

All competitions shall be played on the designated date unless there are exceptional circumstances eg inclement weather, death within the club. The team who fails to field a side forfeits the game and the other team goes forward into the next round.


Also from Bridgnorth:

To amend Rule 3a regarding registered players:

Change registered 8 players DOWN to 6.

Reason: only 10 players per team and the current system of nominating 8 players seems excessive and hard to manage if you have more than one team in the League, especially during holiday periods.


From Horsehay:

Cup Knockout. For some years there has been effectively no set rules for how this competition has been run in, no set agg for each team and when the agg is set. Certainly not on the rules page of the Highley site rules.

My proposal would make it easier for each team of players to understand it to avoid any doubt how this works and how its run.

To read:

10. For cup knock out competitions the agg is based on the previous years league positions.

Where a team(s) is promoted from div 2 they would assume the position of the team(s) that finished bottom of div1 and vice versa.

AGG Numbers


  1. Scratch

  2. Scratch

  3. 10

  4. 10

  5. 20

  6. 20

  7. 30

  8. 30

  9. 40

  10. 45

  11. 45

For the presidents cup (Every 3 years) the agg would be decided at the AGM prior to the start of that season.


Posted 11 Feb 2020, 22:41 by John Palmer

2020 Notice of AGM

Hi All

Hope that you are all well and are resting ahead of a new bowls season.

Please find below links to the 2019 AGM Minutes and agenda for the 2020 AGM. The AGM will be held at Bridgnorth Bowling Club on Tuesday 1tth February 2020 at 7.30pm. Please make sure that your club has a representative present to avoid a fine.

If there are any clubs that wish to enter more teams to the league or have changes to secretaries or team captains can you please have their details ready to pass on at the meeting.

If any club has any propositions for the meeting or wishes to propose rule changes, these must be notified to me in writing (or by email) by no later than Tuesday 4th February 2020.

Look forward to seeing you all there.


Agenda Minutes

Posted 11 Feb 2020, 10:38 by John Palmer

2019 Information Archived

Season 2019 information has now been archived under News Archive.

Posted 30 Jan 2020, 10:31 by John Palmer