The club had a mixed bag of results this week.

On the bad side - an avalanche of a defeat for the 'A' team away to Headington, a more appealing result for the 'B' team in their home victory against Chadlington and continuing success by our ladies league side away to West Witney.


The 'A' team rink results saw Ian and Luke Gilbert, Graham Morbey and Keith McNeil produce the closet result losing 13-23.

Alan Carter, Paul Humphris, Mike Andrew and Will Campion also picked up 13 shots but conceded 30.

Stuart Boyd, John Pardoe, Keith Williams and Nigel Galletly lost 11-32, whilst Jim Gow, Lionel Lewis, a certain A.N. Other and Lee Young went down 12-27.


The 'B' team shared the rinks 2 each but took the game 75-58, with the 29-7 victory by Tony Lawford, new member Alan Roche, Graham Tilbury and Tom McKenna wrapping up the points.

Central other winning rink was John Hart, Terry Ulph, and  the two Ronnies, Havard and Cox, 20-16.


In the ladies league game at West Witney, Gill Sharpe, June Bone, Sue Waring and Mo Cox looked set for a win before dropping a five on the last end and sharing the points with an 18-18 scoreline.

Kay Oliver, Jane Williams, Myra Lewis and Pam Shepherd had to play second best, going down 13-27.


Jenny Williams, Jil Hart, Helen Young and Caroline Campion trounced their opposition 26-7 to tie up the game with a 57-52 overall scoreline andCentral returning home with a 7points to 3 victory.


The local friendly at Byfield was also a success for Central with a 87-67 win.

Jim Gow, Jill Hart and Terry Ulph won in style 30-10 as did Jane Williams, Ian Gilbert and Keith Williams 19-8.

Mike Hughes playing with on song Eloise Jones nd Tony Lawford recovered after a drinks break to record an 18-10 win.

Central two other rinks treated their hosts more kindly with Jenny Williams, Luke Gilbert and Sue Waring losing 13-19 and Kay Oliver, John Hart and John Pardoe being over generous losing7-20.

The warm welcome by the hosts was certainly returned by a hot Central performance.


The ladies had a resounding win in the midweek league at home against the Carterton/Burford side, 85-37.

Mo Cox, Jill Hart, Annie Gilkes and Caroline Campion moved into the lead on the third end and from 15-7 after eleven ends continued to control the game to win 21-12.

On the rink of Myra Lewis, Gill Sharpe, Pam Shepherd skipped by Anne Norton it was one way traffic from the start with them leading 16-0 after only seven ends. The visitors did score 5 shots over the next two ends but the traffic direction went back to Central who score on the remaining 12 ends, for a final score of 38-5.

The third rink of Bev McNeil, Jane Williams, Helen Young and skip Carole Galletly also shot out of the blocks going 17-2 up after eight ends and then winning the remaining thirteen ends 9-8 for an 26-10 win.


The men's "A" team at home to Watlington found the visitors too strong and  slumped to a 68-98 (0-6) defeat, losing on all rinks.

Ian Gilbert, Luke Gilbert, Graham Morbey and skip Keith McNeil lost 14-23.

Stuart Boyd, John Pardoe, Mike Andrew and Ian Whelpton folowed suit losing 14-28.

Andy Wilkin, Jim Gow, Lionel Lewis and Lee Young put up a more spirited performance before losing 20-25, whilst Central's final rink of Alan Carter, Paul Humphris, Nigel Galletly and Will Campion fought back tremendously from a drastic first half to just lose out on 20-22.


The "B" team had better fortune in their away game against Headington "B" winning by one shot and sharing the points at 3 each.

Bob Rogers, Eric Trinder, Roy Wilkins and Mal Leather never recovered from two bad ends in the middle of the game and lost 15-30.

John Hart, Terry Ulph, Ron Havard and skip Ron Cox contested a tight game which saw their hosts edge away in the finals leaving the central lads going down 14-18.

Tony Lawford, Graham Tilbury, Keith Williams and Tom McKenna trailed for most of their match finally losing 14-21.

And then, lo and behold, along came the cavalry in the guise of John Bone, Eric Knowles, Ed Creed and Jim Pickering who galloped home with a 35-8 win and in the process collecting all of the three Central points.


Sunday's mixed game away to Witney Town saw the Central team win on three of the four rink to take the game 84-66.

Eloise Jones, Jim Gow, Sue Waring and Keith Williams won 24-14.

John Bone, Randy Chaney, June Bone and Pam Shepherd also won 24-14.

Kay Oliver, Jane Williams, John Pardoe and Paul Humphris won 20-15.

Jenny Williams, Graham Tilbury, Ron Havard and Terry Ulph lost 16-23





Banbury Central will be represented at Leamington in August in the Bowls England National Women's Fours after Carole Galletly, Pam Shepherd, Helen Young and Caroline Campion reached the Final of the Oxfordshire Women's Fours.


In the quarter-final, Campion's four faced Maureen Osborne's rink from Banbury Borough. After 21 ends the game took a dramatic twist with the scores level and the resulting extra end needed to find the winners. With the Borough women having taken the jack, Campion, with the final wood of the extra end in hand was shot down. As her draw wood came to a halt the shot had changed to Central, 17-16 and a place in the afternoons semi-finals beckoned.


In their semi final they found themselves up against the Oxford City & County rink of Carol Gaskins, current Bowls England Women's Singles champion Donna Knight, England International Kathy Hawes and Bowls England Senior Women's Manager Gail Gilkes.

The Central women took it in their stride, chalking up a 14 shot victory 26-12.


Their opponents in the Final played over the weekend of 29th/30 July will be the West Witney rink of Maggie Miller, Sue Wilson, Jazz Alder and Karen Alder.

Last weeks midweek men's and ladies league teams both had success.

The ladies game on Wednesday evening at home to Witney Town produced a nail biting finish.

Mo Cox, Bev Mcneil, Helen Young and skip Caroline Campion held on for a 14-13 win after their opponents just missed out on a share of the points, picking up a three on the last end.

Myra Lewis, Jenny Williams, Anne Norton and skip Carole Galletly were level at 12-12 with three ends to play, but had no answer to the strong finish by their opponents who collected seven shots without reply to leave leave the Central ladies suffering a 12-19 defeat.

Central's third rink of Gill Hunt, June Bone, Annie Gilkes and Pam Shepherd turned their game around from a 6 shot deficit to pick up 16 shots  to the Witney Town ladies 2 over the last six ends for a 25-17 win and more inportantly an overall match win by two shots.


The men's 'A' team had a more convincing 82-64 win in their Oxfordshire Bowls League game away to South Oxford. 

Allan Hunt, Jim Gow, Lionel Lewis and Lee Young lost a tight game 18-21 in a game of two halves in which they lead at the halfway stage before losing out in the second.

Stewart Boyd, John Pardoe, Mike Andrew and Ian Whelpton won 19-17 in a game that tight throughout.

Central's third rinkn of Ian Gilbert, Luke Gilbert, Graham Morbey and skip Keith McNeil won overwhelmingly 29-11. This was established by them picking up a 6 on the eigth end and thena 5 on the twelfth.

The fourth and final rink saw Nigel Galletly, easing himself back in at lead after a his recent health scare, backed up by Paul Humphris, Alan Carter and skip Will Campion win their rink 16-15 after conceding a four on the nineteenth end.


Sunday's friendly match with Southam ended in abandonment with four ends left to play and Central leading on all three rinks when a heavy rain storm resulted on soaking not only the players but also the rink.

The deluge had begun.



Hi Everyone
We are now entering one of the busiest times of the bowling calendar with the County competitions starting for both the ladies and men. The men's County singles starts on Friday 2nd June folowed by the pairs on Monday 5th June with a couple of teams playing at home.
The ladies County fours have already begun and teams will also be playing on Friday and Monday evenings.
The men won their first round National Top Club against Adderbury 3-2 and will now play West Witney away in the next round. The ladies County Top Club won 3-1 away to Hanborough on a notoriously difficult green. They will be playing the next round at home on Sunday 4th June against a joint Banbury Borough/Bloxham side, starting at 10.00am.
On the whole, the club friendly games are being well supported, but we do need more names for the home game against Southam onSunday 4th June due to many lf the ladies already playing in the morning. Please add your name to the list if you are available.
The club bar rota is on display in the pavilion and we do need  more volunteers for this.
We have 9 new memers so far this season and many thanks go to Alan Carter and Eric Knowles for running the Friday evening beginners sessions.
There will be a few new faces around so please make them welcome.
Enjoy the rest of the summer.


Club coach Alan Carter is running coaching sessions for newcomers every Friday evening during May from 6-8pm.

The cost is £2.00 per session. No special equipment is needed, just turn up with a pair of flat soled shoes.

All are welcome, but no Unaccompanied youngsters please.

The Bar will be open and you can enjoy a drink on the patio afterwards. Soft drinks, tea and coffee will also be available.


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Club member Mike Hughes has recently had a book published regarding his life in sport and his time spent on hospital radio. The proceeds from the book, which costs £9.99, will go to Katherine House and the local Altzeimer's Society and it

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Banbury Central ladies were runners up in the County Top Club final against Thame which was played at Banbury Chestnuts this Bank Holiday weekend.
Pam Shepherd lost 11-21 in the singles but this was balanced up by a strong result in the pairs from Eloise Jones and Mo Cox who won 22-13.
The triple of Jenny Williams, Gill Sharpe and Annie Gilkes came back from a 5 shot deficit and picked up a two on the last end to win 18-17. While the rink of Melody Sykes, Jane Williams, June Bone and Anne Norton lost 17-20 so the match was lost by a mere 3 shots overall.
As Andy Williams once sang….Almost there….
Banbury Central ladies played at the Thame Bowling club this week in the Inter County stage of the Women's National Top Club, for a place in the National finals and lost by the narrowest of margins playing a team from Burnham BC in Bucks who have won the National title twice before.
Central's Carole Galletly got the first point for Central, winning the singles 21-14.
The Triple of Eloise Jones, Mo Cox and Helen Young recovered well from an early deficit of 1-11 to keep the game close with a 13-20 result. One point to Burnham.
The pair of Pam Shepherd and Caroline Campion also recovered from early setbacks finding themselves 4-12 down after 9 ends. They picked up a 6 and a 4 to get themselves in the lead at 12 ends and the game was closely contested with Central picking up the last 3 ends to win 21-17. 2-1 to Central and one game left, the fours.
Central's rink of Melody Sykes, Anne Norton, Gill Sharpe and Annie Gilkes playing in near darkness came back from a deficit of 8 shots to start the final end only 4 behind and the over-all shots level, but a Hail Mary shot by the opposition skip resulted in a 18-23 score which levelled the game at two disciplines each, but also gave Burnham the match by one shot.
Banbury Central travelled to Rugby Railway Bowls Club on a beautiful sunny Saturday for the first round of the annual Jelly Mould trophy. Keith Williams with John Bone, Jane Williams and Pam Shepherd led the way for Central with an emphatic 27-11 victory. Bob Joiner with Kay Oliver, June Bone and Lionel Lewis won 20-14 and Paul Humphris with Margaret Gilkes, Jill Hart and Jonathon Pardoe won 19-13. Will Campion with Jenny Williams. Terry Ulph and Myra lewis lost 12-22 and on the Captains rink Nigel Galletly with Jim Gow, Brian Oliver and Carole Galletly lost 15-17. Overall Central won 93-77 and take a 16 point lead into the return fixture with one hand firmly on the Jelly-Mould.
At Banbury Borough in the Oxfordshire Bowling Association Domestic County Finals Ian Whelpton won his semi-final of the Officers Cup against Mike Jones of Witney Town in the morning to play his Central club mate Nigel Galletly in the afternoon. Mastering the weight in tricky conditions Ian comfortably won 21-9.
The pairs duo of Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion lost out in the National Senior Pairs at Leamington to another former International pairing of Val Newson and Pat Reynolds 9-20. Caroline starts her campaign in the National Champion of Champions on Wednesday.

In a busy week for the Central ladies Pam Shepherd also joins Carole and Caroline for the the National Triples early next week then along with Annie Gilkes joins Carole and Caroline as Oxfordshire's two representative teams in the National Pairs.
Banbury Central 'A' upset the form book beating first division leaders Headington A 5-1 at Horton View on Thursday.

At half way it looked a certain Headington victory but despite fielding a much weakened side Central put in a great second half performance to overcome last years League Champions.

Will Campion with Alan Carter, Jim Gow and Lionel Lewis won 22-13. Nigel Galletly with Andy Wilkin, Luke Gilbert(12) and Paul Humphris won 20-13. Les Campion with Dave Green, Ian Gilbert and Lee Young won 20-19 and Ian Whelpton's rink of Chick Boyd, Mick Miles and Keith McNeil came back from their now traditional weak start winning 9 of the last 10 ends to recover from 3-18 down to a respectable 16-20 securing the overall match result for Central.

Central are now unassailable at 3rd place in the league and Headington drop to second, half a point behind new leaders Carterton, with one game remaining for all.
Leamington Schedule
Below is the schedule of the Banbury Central players who have qualified for the final stages of the National Championships held at Leamington in August.
Sunday 7th August 9.30am Women’s Senior Pairs:
Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion playing on D Green rink 2
Wednesday 10th August Women’s Champion of Champions:
Caroline Campion (Rink details and mid morning time TBC)
Monday 15th August 9.30am Women’s National Triples:
Pam Shepherd, Carole Galletly, Caroline Campion (Oxon B) playing on C Green rink 1
Wednesday 17th August 2pm Women’s National Pairs:
Annie Gilkes, Pam Shepherd (Oxon A) playing on E Green rink 3
Thursday 18th August 9.30am Women’s National Pairs:
Carole Galletly, Caroline Campion (Oxon B) playing on E Green rink 5
Saturday 3rd September 9.30am Amy Rose Bowl:
Helen Young (Rink details TBC)
On Thursday Banbury Central A visited Division I's bottom club Shiplake Village at the other end of the county.

Due to distance, holidays and work commitments Central had a much weakened side but they still managed an excellent 5-1 victory relegating Shiplake to Division II for next season in the process.
Will Campion with Alan Carter, Jim Gow and Lionel Lewis won 26-8 and Nigel Galletly with John Pardoe, Luke Gilbert and Paul Humphris won 30-15. Les Campion with Allan Hunt and Mike Andrew also won 21-14 (reduced to 15.75-14 by the absent player rule) but Ian Whelpton's rink of Chick Boyd, Mick Miles and Keith McNeil lost 16-25.
Central now move up to third place in the league with two games to play.
In the Hawker Cup Banbury Central A also recorded a good win against Witney Town A moving them through into the quarter final. The Home rink of Chick Boyd, Mike Andrew , Les Campion and Ian Whelpton won 19-14 and the Nigel Galletly's Away rink of Andy Wilkin, Jim Gow and Keith McNeil were winning 21-17 at 20 ends when the result from Banbury came through and Witney Town conceded the match.


In the Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies County Triples final, it was the battle of the Banbury clubs – Central v Borough. Pam Shepherd, Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion (Banbury Central) faced Margaret Morris, Maureen Osbourne and Angie Ives (Banbury Borough). The game was very low scoring and very close throughout. The last end saw Campion’s triple 3 shots up but Ives could not convert the head walking away with only 2 shots to crown the Banbury Central triple the county champions.
In the afternoon, Shepherd teamed up with Annie Gilkes to play against Galletly and Campion in the pairs final. After 9 ends the game saw Gilkes and Shepherd trailing 4 – 7. A 6 count to Galletly and Campion and a further 3 shots saw the pair propelled into a good 16 – 4 lead. Gilkes and Shepherd replied with a 2 but Galletly and Campion went on to take a 25 – 6 lead at 15 ends. It looked all over at this point but Gilkes and Shepherd were not finished and pulled the score back to 17 – 26 but they ran out of ends making Galletly and Campion county pairs champion for the second year in a row.
In the latest round of the National Womens Top Club Banbury Central had a good win against West Witney winning 4-0.

Carole Galletly won the Singles 21-5 against Sheila Oldham.  Pam Shepherd and Caroline Campion won the Pairs convincingly 34-6 against Rachel MacIntyre.  

Gill Hunt, Helen Young and Brenda Havard won 20-11 in the Triples against Jazz Alder and Melody Sykes, Anne Norton, Annie Gilkes and Mo Cox won 20-9 in the Fours against Barbara Thorne.

They have now reached the Inter County phase and will be playing the winners of Bucks on Wednesday 24th August at Thame Bowls Club.
While the Central B team had a rest for their bye, this week saw Central A at home to Witney Mills who were fighting possible relegation from the top tier. A win for Mills would have put Central back in the demotion battle.
Will Campion with John Pardoe, Jim Gow and Graham Morbey won 23-18 and Nigel Galletly's rink of Andy Wilkin, Keith Williams and Paul Humphris won 18-14. Les Campion's rink of Allan Hunt, Lionel Lewis and Mike Andrew had a tight match against a strong Mills four and lost on the last end 19-20. The final rink of Chick Boyd, Mick Miles, Keith McNeil and Ian Whelpton finished strongly picking up 8 shots in the last three ends to only lose 18-21 and secure the match win for Central by 78-73.
The 4-2 result puts Central 6.5 points clear of Witney Mills with a game in hand over their opposition and virtually secures Central place in Division One next year.


Banbury Central travelled over the border to Southam in South Warwickshire for a return fixture against our local rivals.

Keith Williams with Jim Gow, Jill Hart and Terry Ulph won 26-10, Jonny Pardoe with Jenny Williams, John Hart and Graham Tilbury won 20-10. On the Captain's rink Nigel Galletly with Kay Oliver, Alison Brocklehurst and Ian Gilbert won 17-15.

The overall result of 63-35 was similar to the earlier home result so Central claim the honours for 2016.
Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion and Pam Shepherd and Annie Gilkes are through to the ladies pairs national finals at Leamington in August following their semi final wins today at Banbury Borough.

In the quarter finals Galletly and Campion swept aside Carol Gaskins and Carol Penson (Oxford City & County) 28-7 and then beat last years national pairs champions Donna Knight and Katherine Hawes (Oxford City & County) 24-15 in the semi final to book their place in the national finals.

Shepherd and Gilkes beat Jean Webb and Wendy Cross (Shiplake) 25-13 in the quarter final before edging past Helen Skidmore and Rachel Macintyre (West Witney) 19-16 in the semi final.


With a much weakened side Banbury Central 'A' visited Carterton on Thursday for a second place battle in Division 1 and unfortunately came away well beaten.

Keith McNeil with Chick Boyd, Allan Hunt and Graham Morbey were the only successful rink convincingly winning 26-9.

Nigel Galletly's rink of Andy Wilkin and Lee Young narrowly lost their rink by 1 but with the penalty for an absent player the score finished 15-21.

Will Campion with 12 year old debutant Luke Gilbert, Lionel Lewis and Paul Humphris lost 10-21 and Les Campion with Dave Green, Ian Gilbert and Mike Andrew lost 11-23. The overall result of 1-5 leaves Central most likely looking for at best a third place in the league this year.


Pam Shepherd, Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion have booked a place at Leamington following Saturday's quarter and semi finals of the ladies triples.

In their Quarter- Final they warmed up with a 23-12 win against Oxford City & County's Jacky Gray and her triple, then followed on in the afternoon with an even more comfortable victory, 25-5 against Yvonne Hodkinson's triple from Witney Town.
On Sunday 19th June the ladies progressed to the final of the BOL Top Club with a 3-1 win away to Shiplake Village BC.

Pam Shepherd convincingly won her Singles 21-6 while Mo Cox with Eloise Jones won the Pairs 24-16.
Annie Gilkes, Sue Waring and Gill Hunt lost out 12-18 in the Triples but a 22-15 win in the Fours by Anne Norton, June Bone, Jane Williams and Melody Sykes took our girls into the Final.

Five days after their success in the BOL Top Club, another 3-1 scoreline, this time at home against Oxford City & County saw our ladies move into the second round of the Womens National Top Club Competition.

Pam Shepherd joined Caroline Campion in the Pairs where they recorded a good 25-16 win which was added to by the Triple of Gill Hunt, Helen Young and Brenda Havard who took a close game 19-15. An even closer victory was achieved by Carole Galletly in the Singles 21-20. A full house was denied us by a strong City & County four who won 21-10 against Melody Sykes, Sue Waring, Anne Norton and Annie Gilkes.

The second round game is at home against West Witney on Sunday 17th July.
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Wednesday, 28th of June 2017