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Return to play statement.

Dear Member

European Bowls Union Championships 2021

The European Bowls Union today announces that due to the Covid-19 pandemic the 2021 Championships to be held in Ayr Scotland has been cancelled.

The very busy 2022 calendar means that the next European Championship will be held in 2023, Bowls Scotland have agreed in principle to host the event.

We are confident that the current restrictions and vaccine roll out will have a major positive effect on the transmission of the virus and will lead to the return to some domestic play in our respective countries, however, international travel will remain a serious and ever-changing challenge.

The EBU is considering other options for the return of European bowls possibly with a smaller event in early 2022 and we will keep you informed. The EBU would welcome any notes of interest in hosting an event.


Jock Halliday
Secretary

Please see statement regarding Robert's appointment as team manager.  Link.

This may be of use to some clubs looking at recruiting new members. Link.

Please see a statement regarding the 2021 season from the W.B.A. here.

                                                                                        CHAMPION of CHAMPIONS

World Bowls, having fully considered all current global circumstances, have regrettably decided that the World Singles Champion of Champions

2021 scheduled to be held at Naenae Bowling Club Wellington New Zealand must now be cancelled.

The next edition of the annual World Singles Champion of Champions will now be the 2022 event and has already been confirmed, to be held in November 2022, at the same venue in New Zealand.

                                                                      WORLD BOWLS CHAMPIONSHIPS GOLD COAST AUSTRALIA

World Bowls, Bowls Australia Host Organising Committee, and their key event stakeholders having fully considered all current global circumstances and the outlook for continuing restrictions relating to the global pandemic for the rest of 2021 have decided that it is now necessary to further postpone the World Bowls Championships scheduled to be held in September 2021.

The revised dates for the events are now 8-23 October 2022 (inclusive of 3 practise days ).

All the above parties have expressed their continuing full support and desire for this major flagship event to still go ahead hence this final proposal to reschedule.

You will fully appreciate that in order for World Bowls and Bowls Australia to now push forward with all the planning requirements, we must first ensure that there is a viable level of confirmed attendance by participating nations for these proposed revised arrangements to be finally confirmed, and then these revised arrangments can be formally, publicly announced.

As such, we require you to confirm, at the earliest but no later than Friday 5th March, that you will still participate in the event on these revised dates in October 2022 in those disciplines in which you have qualified subject to travel restrictions, or otherwise.

Your attention to and cooperation with the above is much appreciated

Gary Smith

Chief Executive

Player pathway and performance plan can be found here.

B.I.B.C. statement can be found here.

 

The Welsh Bowling Association are saddened to learn of the resignation of our team manager David Harding.  David is a great ambassador for Welsh bowls both as a player and more recently as our team manager.

The Welsh Bowling Association would like to take this opportunity of thanking David Harding, for all his time and efforts over the last few years, as W.B.A. Team Manager.

David's achievements with both the U25 and Senior side is a testimony to his dedication as Team Manager.  Over the past several years David has guided the selected bowlers to World Youth Gold, Commonwealth Games Gold in the Pairs and a near-miss bronze in the fours, BIBC senior title in 2018, our first win away for over 60 years in England, Atlantic Championships Bronze in all events, an impressive record which David and the Welsh Bowling Association are extremely proud of.

His dedication, enthusiasm, and work ethic are without question and we wish him all the very best for the future in whatever journey he decides to take, hopefully that will include returning to our association at some point in the future.

Executive Committee

Welsh Bowling Association

Unification

January 2021

WWBA & WBA Unification

Further to our initial communication where the WWBA and WBA announced that they have agreed in principle to unify and become one National Governing Body, we wanted to give all our Members an update of where we are in setting up Welsh Bowls. Representatives of the WWBA and WBA as elected by their respected Executive Committees, have held a number of joint meetings and are currently working on the development of the Company Articles of Association. We are continuing to meet on a regular basis and will be providing updates via our website and your County Secretaries. If you have any questions, please contact your National Governing Body Secretary

WWBA – Hazel Wilson – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

WBA – Terry Hopkins - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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After a very strange and worrying year, we hope everyone stays safe and well, enjoyed your Christmas in the best way you could and let us all hope for a better, more normal year in 2021.

News Article.

Another Ladies coffee morning is planned, see here for details.

Here is some COVID advice from the government aimed at the people who are vulnerable and have been shielding.

The WBA are saddened to learn of the passing of Val Williams, the wife of one of our stalwart executive committee men, Robert Williams.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Robert and his family at this difficult time.

Please see the details for a Bowls Wales Nominatd Director and express interest to the appropriate people.  HERE

Statement regarding the Annual General Meeting is here.

Calling all members - if you fancy a chat and a catch on Zoom during lockdown, we are having a virtual coffee morning on Thursday 5th November - Please see poster for details.  Zoom training also on offer beforehand, just let us know.

Thank you Alis Butten for the poster

Please see statement regarding the unification of the WBA and the WWBA.

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Three Cwmbran Park bowlers have received a presentation from the club after each of them completed fifty years continuous bowling service for the club.  Many congratulations to John Alford, Alan Cooper and Brian Relland.

Latest newsletter from the governing bodies group can be found here.

Read Here

The British Isles Womens Bowls Council (BIWBC) have agreed a new look for its international events to increase awareness of the women's game in the UK and close align with the formats at world events. see here

Statement
 
Bowls Wales met with all the National Governing Bodies for bowls on 20th July to agree a way forward for the administration and organisation of the sport in Wales. In a positive meeting it was unanimously agreed to establish a working group with equal representation from Bowls Wales and the National Governing Bodies to explore potential amendments to the Articles of Association for Bowls Wales, prior to recruiting for the vacant Director posts at Bowls Wales
It’s been announced that Anwen will receive the honour of joining the ‘Gorsedd’ at next years National Eisteddfod - for her services to bowls and nursing - and being able to promote the sport through the Welsh language.  As a Welsh person this is the highest accolade you can receive from a Welsh organisation. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿
 
 
GORSEDD 2021- Er bod yr Eisteddfod Genedlaethol wedi’i gohirio am flwyddyn, mae’r Orsedd wedi penderfynu cyhoeddi enwau’r rheiny a oedd i’w hanrhydeddu ar y Maes yn Nhregaron eleni. Llongyfarchiadau felly i Anwen Butten a fydd yn cael y wisg las. 
 
Congratulations to Lampeter Bowls' Anwen, it has been announced that she receives a place on the 'Gorsedd' at the Eisteddfod in Tregaron 2021. The Gorsedd of the Bards is an association made up of poets, writers, musicians, artists and other people who have made a distinguished contribution to the Welsh nation, the language, and its culture.  Its aim is to honour such individuals and help develop and promote their fields.
 
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There are free online workshops for clubs which our clubs may find interesting and you can find out more by following this link.

For the latest guidance from the WBA & WWBA please follow link.

For the Latest Guidelines on reopening greens and club houses please check the bowls wales latest documents.

Your National Secretaries, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. are also available to offer any help and assistance you may require.

Good morning Ladies and Gents, we are still waiting further guidance from the Welsh Government regarding our sport and are hopeful of getting something soon.  We can only advise clubs to be patient because it would not reflect well if a fresh outbreak of the virus were associated with the bowling fraternity because we jumped the gun, so to speak.

The latest we have has been posted on the Bowls Wales website which you can access from the link below.

My thanks goes to Claire Joll and her team for keeping us up to date.

https://bowlswales.com/bowlswales-update-on-large-gatherings-10th-july-2020/

Following the recent announcement from the Welsh Assembly Government, please read the following statement from the governing bodies.  Read Here.

Be active Wales fund launches today 7 July 2020, details here.

Ladies Charity 2020

Very sad news this morning with the passing of JIM O'CONNOR a stalwart of Bedwellty Park Bowls Club for many years.  Jim made many friends in the bowling world and was always a very sociable and pleasant bloke who always had time for a chat.  Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very sad time.  At this unusual time funeral arrangements have been very limited but as soon as we know the arrangements we will post it here for peoples information.

R.I.P. JIm

More useful guidance for clubs who are reopening.  See Here

The W.B.A. would like to welcome bowlers back to the greens following the first minister's announcement on Friday.  Although it is only social bowling at this time we are sure some members will find this beneficial.  Please continue to follow government and club guidelines to ensure you and your families remain as safe as possible.

Please see this joint statement issued by the N.G.B.'s of flat green bowls in Wales.  Read Here

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We are hoping that the Welsh Government will allow us to open clubs soon and we are waiting confirmation of this from Bowls Wales as to when this will be. In the meantime, and in accordance with our holding statement sent a few weeks ago, please find attached guidance to help with your planning - putting safe systems in place may take some time, so we wanted to give you as much opportunity to plan if you are going to open. 

Guidance Notes

Risk Assessment

Club Poster

RInk Booking Form

 

Please follow the link for the holding statement released by the WBA and WWBA governing bodies. Read More.

Following a BIBC meeting today, Saturday 16th May 2020, it has been decided to cancel the junior international series in September.  It was decided that both international series will be rolled over to 2021 to be staged at the same venues as was scheduled for 2020.

Senior series will be scheduled for Llandrindod Wells from 1st to 4th  July 2021.

Junior series will be scheduled for Ayr Northfield from11th to 12th September 2021.

Further details will follow as soon as they become available.

Important information regarding world bowls singles, click link.

Alison Wilsher President 2020

Presidents Address

 

Address from John Bell

WBA Statement