I hope you are all keeping well.


Rink bookings for the period 7th-18th September must be made via Terry Humphreys our Booking Secretary by Friday 4th September at the latest.


Terry will not be available to take bookings after that date.

Following on from the successful Fun Pairs Competition, Andy Winter has kindly arranged another two events for the remainder of this 'never to be forgotten' season.


On  Bank Holiday Monday, 31st August starting at 10.00am there will be a Drawn Pairs event.


The format will be determined by the number of entries which must be sent by email to:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by

5pm on Wednesday 26th August.



Saturday 19th September starting at 10.00am there will be a Mixed 2 wood Singles knockout competition, plus a fun bowls Drawn Pairs (including those eliminated from the early rounds of the 2 wood).


Entries for either or both of these events are to be sent by email to:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 5pm on Monday, 7th September.


Banbury Central's Green will be open on Monday 1st June for casual bowling.


Members have received detailed instructions on the procedure for using the facilities in the current situation.

These are also available to see in the News Letter section of the members Menu.


Please remember to use the rink booking system and:


Most importantly do not come to the club if you are experiencing any. coronavirus symptoms or any cold or flu-like sumptoms, in particular a clubh or high fever.

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 OBA Domestic Finals took place today at Burford Town Bowls Club with Central being represented by Ian Gilbert in the Allison Cup (for unbadged bowlers) and Nigel Galletly in the Longford Cup (for gentlemen over a certain age).


In the morning semi's, Ian had a tough game against Paul Costin (Thame) which he eventually won 21-18. In the afternoon's final he faced John Hurren from the Burford club. Ian got off to a good start but John came back well and went ahead before Ian managed to get the shots to give him the title with the closest of wins, 21-20.


Nigel also got off to a good start in his semi final against Adderbury's David Allington and was well ahead before David came back strongly, holding three shots for game at 19-20. Having seen his three previous woods fall well short, Nigel produced the perfect draw to move into the final with a 21-19 win.

In his final against Carterton's Roger Thomas, Nigel developed a comfortable lead early on and even a late rally from Roger was not enough to put his lead in danger as he lifted the trophy with a 21-16 win.

Oxford City & County Bowls Club hosted the Bowls Oxford Ladies County finals over the weekend in what turned out to be a contest between the host club and Central.


Saturday morning's Triples final saw Carole Galletly, Helen Young and Caroline Campion up against City & County's trio of Sue Mayo, Jacky Gray and Jeanette Berry who started the better, with the Central girls taking some time to get to grips with both the pace of the green and the lines. Once they settled, the Central threesome pulled their way back into the game, but with one end remaining were still four shots in arrears. With one wood left, the City & County skip found herself in the position of game down, but a good last wood took the title to the home triple.


In the afternoon Fours, the Central morning triple were joined by Pam Shepherd to do battle once more against a City & County side, this time up against Karen Galloway, Carol Gaskins, Donna Knight and Katherins Hawes. This time it was the Central girls that raced away at the start, and although their opponents  came back well and with a few ends still left to play, the 13 shot lead to Central was enough for the handshake from the C&C girls.


Sunday morning was the hardest of the four finals in that Carole and Caroline were up against each other contesting the Singles Championship final. This was a good quality, close contest throughout with Caroline having the tightest of victories 21-20, to take the title.


After a short break Carole returned to the green to face Katherins Hawes in the County Two Wood final which the English International dominated to give the City & County club their second title of the weekend, with a 10 shot win.


After lunch, the final championship took place, pitching Carole & Carolineagainst Donna Knight and Katherine Hawes in the Pairs. In a keenly contested game which produced quality bowling from each participant it was the Central pairing that prevailed with a 20-11 scoreline which was not a true reflection of the game.


Best wishes to all the Oxfordshire ladies competing in the National Championships at Leamington and lets take a ride up the M40 to support our girls. 



The Quarters and Semi finals of the ladies County Pairs took place this weekend in blustery but dry conditions at the Thame Bowling Club, with Central provided three of the 8 contesting pairings.

Pat Ray and Brenda Havard just missed out in a tight game against Jan Gore and Caroline Bloomfield from Witney Town, losing by 4 shots.

Unfortunately, the pairing of Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion had to play against team mates Eloise Jones and Mo Cox in what runed out to be a kenlt fought game. Campion and Galletly came back from a 7 shot deficit to lead by 2 going into the last end, only for Cox and Jones to collect the brace which forced an extra end which went in the two 'C's favour.


In the afternoon semi-final, Carole and Caroline faced the young Watlington pair Katie Glenn and Emma Gilkes who played well throughout to lead by 5 with five ends remaining. A strong finish from the Central Pairing saw them move into the final with a 26-20 win and also qualify for another visit to Leamington in August.


Central players had another busy day on the green on Saturday, with the men travelling to Iver Heath at the bottom end of the M40 for the National Club Two Fours competition and the women playing in the Quarters and Semi finals of the County Singles competition at Banbury Chestnuts.


In the Two Fours the rink of Alan Carter, Bob Joiner, Keith McNeil and ship Will Campion found their range after the first couple of ends and went ahead on the 4th end, to stay just in front for the rest of the game to win 18-14. Central's other rink of Lee Young, Andy Wilkin, Graham Morbey and Nigel Galletly got off to a good start winning the first five ends and then like Central's other rink, stayed in front for the rest of the game and also finishing 4 shots in front on 20-16.

Their next game is at home against Bletchley.


Central had 3 representatives in the Women's County Singles quarter finals, Mo Cox, Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion.

Mo won her game against Watlington's Katie Glenn 21-20, Carole 21-18 against Carterton's Wendy Sandy and Caroline recovered from a 9 shot deficit to beat Wendy Cross from the Shiplake Village club 21-19.

With three of the four semi-finalists being Central bowlers, the club was guaranteed a finalist, but also guaranteed that one of them was going to go home disappointed. The unfortunate semi pairing saw Mo and Caroline doing battle in a closely fought game on a tricky rink with Caroline taking her place in the final, winning 21-16.

Carole's semi-final opponent was none other than Oxford City & County's England International, Katherine Hawes and the pair produced a good contest which went the way of Carole 21-12, ensuring that Central will have the 2019 Women's County Singles Champion.



Banbury Central Women had a busy weekend on the green and enjoyed success in the Quarter and Seni Finals of both the Triples and Fours.


Saturday's Triples were hosted by the Shiplake Village club and in the morning Quarter final Central's triple of Carole Galletly, Helen Young and Caroline Campion won 27-9 against Cynthia Bryant's Charlbury triple.

The afternoon's semi-final against  Katherine Hawes' Oxford City & County team produced a much tighter game on a tricky rink with Central taking a final spot with a 22-18 win.


The Saturday trio, joined by Pam Shepherd travelled to Chipping Norton for Sunday's Fours Quarter and Semi finals. Their opponents in the mornings Quarter final were none other than fellow Central bowlers Gill Hunt, Jenny Williams, Gill Sharpe and Sue Waring who found their clubmates too hot to handle, losing 5-25.

The semi final brought Galletly, Shepherd, Young and Campion up against the Watlington rink skipped by Emma Gilkes with the Banbury rink moving into the final on the back of a 27-13 victory.


The successful Triple and Four will contest the County finals at the end of July, with this weekends achievements having also qualified them for the respective competitions at the National Championships at Leamington Spa at the beginning of August.

After a serious struggle over the first 12 ends in ferocious heat at Gloucester Spa, Central managed an impressive comeback with 6 ends to play coming from 12 down to win 47-38.


On Mike Andrew's rink, Gloucester's Mavis Kennedy (86) had to retire with heat exhaustion and her able replacement Vera piled on more agony as Mike along with Mary Tee, Brenda Havard and Nigel Galletly fell steadily behind to trail 8-24.

Mary then also succumbed to to the heat and was replaced by Bev McNeil who, in spite of being unable to keep the jack within the confines of the rink, bowled commendably to steady the front end, which inspired a resurgent back end and with the edges finally going against Gloucester, Central gradually got back into the match to take the last 6 ends 15-2 to finish only three shots down on 23-26.


Keith McNeil's four of Eloise Jones, Pam Shepherd and Graham Morbey were always competitive in their game, even though their opponents, in addition to some excellent woods, benefitted in the early stages from an element of luck.

With Eloise finding the rink to her favour in one direction and Pam the opposite direction, the back end always had shots in the head. They also piled on the pressue over the last 6 ends with 13 shots to 4 to end with a 24-12 victory and secure Central's 9 shot win.


It appears Central can bowl well in the heat as well as in the dark.


Their next game in defense of their National title will be at home against Olney or Newport Pagnell.

It started with the Jackson 5 and this week it was the Central 8.

Having already beaten Headington's "B" and "C" sides in the National Club Two Fours, Central completed the hat-trick on Wednesday with a 41-39 shot win against their "A" side.


Lee Young, Andy Wilkin, Graham Morbey and Nigel Galletly got off to a great start winning the first 5 ends to lead 11-0, but then conceded ten shots over the next 5 ends to reach the half way mark 11-10 in front. Central's other rink of Alan Carter, Bob Joiner, Keith McNeil and Will Campion up against Howard Watts' four reached the start of the eleventh end 9-7 in front, coming back fron 3-4 down after five ends. After 15 ends Central had built up a 17-12 lead on both rinks, with the pressure building on the visitors for the final stages of the match. As one would expect, Headington made a late rally, which was reduced by some great saving woods by both Central skips for the rinks to finish 20-21 and 21-18 with Galletly (fortunately) not having to play his last wood.


Not to be outdone by the men, Central's women continued their good form with a convincing win in the National Women's Top Club against Oxford City and County. Carole Galletly took the Singles 21-11, whilst in the pairs, Pam Shepherd and Caroline Campion nearly completed a whitewash with a 33-1 win. The triples provided another Central winning scoreline for Bev McNeil, Pat Ray and Helen Young, 14-4. The foursome of Mary Tee, Melody Sykes, Gill Sharpe and Brenda Havard just missed out on a win, drawing 12 all.

Aylesbury Town will be their host's in the next round.

Having despatched Headington's 'B' side at home in the National Club Two Fours, the next round brought us up against their "C" side on their own green.

Despite the poor weather Central put in a strong performance, winning easily 45-19 with the home team wisely pulling stumps at 15 ends to avoid further embarrassment.

Alan Carter, Bob Joiner, Keith McNeil and Will Campion picked up an early 7 on the fourth end to take command and never looked troubled winning 24-10.

On Central's other rink, lead Lee Young put in a stellar performance, ably assisted by Andy Wilkin, leaving the back end of Graham 'Little Dot' Morbey and Nigel Galletly with little to do in winninng 21-9.

Central's next game is at home against the third of Headington's Holy Trinity, their 'A' side, which we expect will be a more challenging task

A week ago today, the club overcame the high tide to record a success against the north Yorkshire, Castleton Tourists.

The match like the weather produced heartbeat moments but both clubs put in a 'reet grand' performance, with the host attracting the biggest catch over eighteen ends, by 95 shots to 84 and 4 rinks to two.


The rink scores were as follows:

Jenny Williams, Eric Stewart, Ed Creed and Paul Humphris led the way for Central with a 22-6 win.

Jackie Humphreys, Lieran Buzzard, Carole and Nigel Galletly 25-13.

John Hart, Mike Hughes, Pam Shepherd and Chick Boyd 18-11.

Mary Tee, Terry Humphreys, Sue Waring and Bob Joiner 16-11.

the two central rinks that took hospitality a little too far were;

Kay Oliver, Jane Williams, Mal Leather and Keith McNeil who lost 8-26.

Eloise Jones, John Sole, Tony Lawford and Keith Williams 6-17 

A week of mixed results for Central Bowls Club with the men kicking off with a 37-32 home win in the National Men's Club Two Fours against Headington 'B'. Lee Young, Andy Wilkins, Graham Morbey and Nigel Galletly lost 15-8 but a 22-14 success by Alan Carter, Les Campion, Keith McNeil and Will Campion assured a 5 shot win.


With the 'A' side having a rest week, the league spotlight was solely on the 'B' side who were playing at home against Shiplake Village. Ron Cox, George Fergusin, John Sole and Jim Gow led the way for Central with a 26-5 win, followed by Tony Smith, Paul Humphris, John Hart and Ed Creed who won 17-16.

Alan Roche, Dave Davies, Mal Leather and Tom McKenna lost 15-21 along with Bob Wilkins, Tony Carey, John Pardoe and Keith Williams who lost heavily at 8-27. The rinks were shared 2 each, but the 3 shot difference in their favour 69-66, gave the visitors from the deep south-east of the county the extra two points on offer.


Central ladies suffered their first defeat of the season in the West Oxfordshire League at the hands of the West Witney team, winning on only one of the three rinks, losing 2 points to 8. 


The Oxfordshire County Top Club trophy against Banbury Borough Ladies proved to be the ideal opportunity for our ladies to get back on track as they moved on to the next round after sharing the match with two disciplines each but a 81-59 shot scoreline in Central's favour. Mary Tee took the singles 21-7 against Carole Walker, Pam Shepherd and Helen Young lost the Pairs 15-20 to Margaret Morris and Angela Ives. The Triple of Jenny Williams, Mo Cox and Pat Ray beat Jean Newman Erica Brown and Sandra Wase 26-12, whilst Melody Sykes, Jane Williams, Bev McNeil and Gill Sharpe lost by a single shot to Carol James, Adrienne Brown, Linda Coles and Christine Purnell, 19-20.


After losing to West Witney in the league, Central's ladies gained revenge in the National Top Club comptition with a 3-1 win in games and 79-41 shot scoreline. Carole Galletly took the Singles 21-9, Mo Cox, Pat Ray and Helen Young took the triples 20-10 and Mary Tee, Melody Sykes, Gill Sharpe and Brenda Havard had a convincing 27-6 win in the fours.

Pam Shepherd and Caroline Campion lost a close Pair game 11-16.


Two friendly matches were squeezed in the busy week, both wins against Chestnuts 69-46 and Southam 80-70.


Tuesday of this week saw Central's National Tony Allcock Trophy champions start the defence of their title, at home to Gerrards Cross. The visitors started off best moving into an 18-7 lead at 8 ends and leading on both rinks.

As the game progressed Central upped their game, eventually taking both rinks for a 39-28 win.

Pam Shepherd, Graham Morbey, Caroline Campion (the only change to the title winners) and Keith McNeil 21-16.

Mary Tee, Brenda Havard, Nigel Galletly and Mike Andrew 18-12.

The next round is away to either Hazells (Aylesbury) or Chesham.

Kidlington BC hosted yesterday's County rounds of the Women's National Two-wood competitions, when Central's Carole Galletly progressed through three rounds to reach the Final, which will be played during the weekend of July 27/28 at the Oxford City & County club. Her opponent in the final will be Oxford City & County bowler Katherins Hawes. Reaching the final automatically qualifies them both for the National Championships at Leamington, with the Two-wood singles kicking off in the afternoon of Wednesday August 13th.



The "A" team were again in winning ways beating Witney Town at home by 81 shots to 55. The scores as follows:

Nick Spencer, Ian Whelpton, Bob Joiner and Mick Andrew won 26-11.

Chick Boyd, Andy Winter, Andy Wilkin and skip Keith McNeil won 25-9.

Alan Carter, Ian Gilbert, Les Campion and skip Will Campion lost 17-19.

Lee Young, Like Gilbert, Graham Morbey and skip Nigel Galletly lost 13-16.


The "B" team put last week's loss behind them with a win away to Thame by 80 shots to 52.

John Pardoe, John Sole, Bob Wilkins and Keith Williams won 21-12.

Alan Roche, george Ferguson, Dave Davies and skip Tom McKenna won 20-15.

John Hart, Tony Carey, Ron Havard and Jim Gow won 25-10.

John Bone, Bob Brown, Graham Tilbury and Ed Creed lost narrowly, 14-15.


The ladies were again in terrific form comfortably beating Woodstock/Kidlington away 56-36. 

Melody Sykes, Jane Williams, Mary Tee skipped by Carole Galletly won 18-9.

Mo Cox, June Bone, Gill Sharpe and Caroline Campion won 16-14.

Jenny Williams, Jill Hart, Pam Shepherd and Pat Ray won 22-13.


A mixed team had a local derby away to Byfield and the rain kept off for an enjoyable game with the host's recording a

69-66 win. The rinks were shared two each with both the Central winning rinks recording 10 shots voictories.

Allan Hunt, Bob Brown, Graham Tilbury and skip Bob Joiner won 21-11 whilst Chris Allcraft, Gill Hunt (nice to see Gill bowling again), Tony Carey and Andy Winter won 24-14. Kay Oliver, Mike Highes, Dave Davies with Keith McNeil at skip lost 14-20. Jenny Williams, Randy Chaney, Terry Humphries  and skip John Pardoe for their opponents too hot to handle, going down 7-24


Weekly Report, May 12th.


Having finished last season as runners-up, the "A" team are looking to try and go one better this year.

Their opening fixture away to Witney Mills saw them gain a 4 points to 2 win with a 71-59 scoreline.

Lee young, Luke Gilbert, Graham Morbey and skip Nigel Galletly laid down the foundation with a 24-4 victory.

Chick Boyd, Andy Winter, Andy Wilkin and Keith McNeil picked up their point with a 21-18 win.

Alan Carter, Ian Gilbert, Les Campion and Will Campion lost on the last end by one shot, losing 14-15, whilst Central other losing point came via the four of Ian Whelpton, Nick Spencer, Bob Joiner and Mick Andrew who lost 12-22.


The Central Ladies started their Wednesday night league programme against Kidlington / Woodstock.

At the end of the game, the teams could not be separated with the scoreline reading 52-52. Central however managed to win on two of the three rinks to take the game.

The winning rinks were Mel Sykes, Jill Hart, Pam Shepherd and Carole Galletly on 17-15 and Kay Oliver, Gill Hunt, Helen Young and Caroline Campion 23-16. Jenny Williams, June Bone, Bev McNeil and skip Pat Ray went down 12-21.


The Men's "B" team entertained local rivals Bloxham and despite a 21-9 win for Mal Leather and his front players, John Pardoe, Bob Wilkins and Keith Williams, the other three rinks lost out. George Ferguson, Tony Carey, Dave Davies and Tom McKenna lost 13-21, John Bone, Bob Brown, Graham Tilbury and Ed Creed went down10-22, whilst John Hart, Tony Smith, Ron Havard and Jim Gow finished on 10-2 leaving the team adrift on 54 shots to 77 and a points deficit of 1-5.


Sunday's mixed triples match at home to Buckinghamshire based Chandos Park BC resulted in a 65-56 Central victory.

Jackie Humphreys, Graham Tilbury and Andy Winter led the way with a 22-10 scoreline, followed by Jenny Williams, Terry Humphreys and Dave Davies winning 15-13. John Bone, Mel Sykes and Keith Williams lost by one shot 16-17, with Mike Hughes, June Bone and Jim Gow missing out on 12-16

John Humphris sadly passed away just over a week ago.

John was a great character who thoroughly enjoyed his bowling.

He was a valued member of Banbury Central for many years, taking on the role of Men's Captain in 1989 & 1990.

Our thoughts ae with Paul and Pam and the rest of the family at this sad time.


John's funeral will take place on Friday 1st March, at Banbury Crematorium at 1.00p.m.

This will be followed by a wake at the Best Western Hotel, Oxford Road, Banbury.

Friends are welcome.

Congratulations to our National Title winners of the 2018 Tony Allcock Trophy after their win yesterday on the last day of the National Championships at Leamington.
The Mixed Double rink champions took the title after defeating the 2016 champions Lindfield BC from Sussex.
In Saturday's afternoon's quarter-final Central defeated Hemingford BC from Huntingdonshire 33 - 32 in a nail biter, then returned on Sunday morning to beat Cove BC from Hampshire 38-34, though all the measuring on the last end with Cove looking for a five to take it into an extra end was nerve wracking for the spectators. In the end it was only a single.
In the final Lindfield went off on a flyer, only for Central to pull back and move on to build a steady lead. Around the three-quarter mark, Linfield had come back, with Central's lead looking a bit delicate.  However, both rinks kicked in again to take the title with a comfortable 47-35 win.
Rink scores were, Mary Tee, Brenda Havard, Nigel Galletly and Michael Andrew won 20-16 and Eloise Jones, Pam Shepherd, Graham Morbey and Keith McNeil won 27-19.
Whilst all this excitement was going on at Leamington, Central's ladies were in action in the County Top Club final against a team from Witney Town BC, held at Oxfordshire's south-east bowling outpost at Shiplake Village BC.
In the Singles, Mo Cox gave Central a good start with a close win 21-20. in the Pairs a good game against a strong Witney pairing saw Jennt Williams and Helen Young just miss out at 16-20. Hownever, the Triple of Gill Hunt, Bev McNeil and Carole Galletly won 24-6, whilst the Fours rink of Jull Hart, Jan Williams, Sue Waring and Anne Norton won 19-8, securing the title for the club for the second successive year.
With title in their pocket, it was in the cars and off up to Leamington, to watch our new National Champions.
And some people think that Sunday is a day of rest.

Here is how our ladies fared at the National Championships at Leamington.


Overall with 1 semi-final and 3 quarter-final placings, Central's women enjoyed a good year at the Bowls England National Finals at Victoria Park, Leamington.

They started well in the Fours with Carole Galletly, Pam Shepherd, Helen Young and Caroline Campion reaching the quarter's after good wins against Surrey 24-8, Hertfordshire 262-17 and Buckinghamshire 28-9. In the quarter-final they came up against the rink of Catherine Popple from Huntingdonshire and lost 14-19 in a close contest throughout.


Caroline Campion had a great run in the Singles with wins against Surrey 21-3, Essex 21-19, Worcestershire 21-13 and Dorset 21-16. In the semi-final Caroline came up against Lincolnshire's Amy Gowshall, losing 13-21.


Central had both triples representing Oxfordshire. Mary Tee, Pam Shepherd and Mo Cox had good wins against Devon 20-14 and Gloucestershire 24-7 before losing out in a close game against the Isle of Wight 13-18.

Central's other triple of Carole Galletly, Helen Young and Caroline Campion had wins against Yorkshire 34-3, Norfolk 17-10 and a close game against Surrey, coming back from a 9 shoy deficit to win 16-13. They lost out in the quarter-final to a strong Sussex triple skipped by Lorraine Kuhler 13-23.

Later that day, Carole Galletly lost her two-wood singles 10-15 against Nottinghamshire.


In the Pairs, Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion again started well with wins against Cornwall 20-12, Surrey 26-9 and Suffolk 27-16. In the quarter-finals they lost out to this year's National winner of both the Champion of Champions and Two-wood singles, non other than Lincolnshire's in form Amy Gowshall 20-14. Caroline will remember her when she looks back on this year's finals.


Well done ladies, you have done the club proud.


The mens Championships start today and Central are represented in the Fours by Alan Carter, Les Campion, Keith McNeil and Will Campion.


Central women were in action early on Saturday morning in the re-arranged County Finals at Oxford & City.
The County Two wood final was a close game with Central's Carole Galletly getting a good start on Katherine Hawes from the City & County club in the first half of the game. Katherine came back well in the second half but Carole managed to hold on to her lead and won 15-14.
In the County Singles finals, Central's Caroline Campion was up against Karen Galloway who was playing on her own green. Caroline was 2-8 down in the early stages of the game but came back to lift the title with a 21-13 win.
Carole and Caroline joined up to contest the Pairs against Donna Knight and Katherine Hawes in yet another close contest between representative of the two clubs. This time however, it was the Oxford City & County bowlers who lifted the title with a 16-13 win.
Carole Galletly, BOL 2018 Two Wood Singles Winner
Caroline Campion, BOL 2018 Singles Winner

Saturday mornings Ladies County Fours final at the Oxford City and County club saw Carole Galletly, Pam Shepherd, Helen Young and Caroline Campion up against Jeanette Berry's City and County four. In a keenly contested game played in tricky conditions, the Central girls made a spirited comback before losing out to their opponents 19-24.

The afternoon Triples final was an all Central affair with Carole, Helen and Caroline playing against fellow clubmates, Mary Tee, Sue Waring and Mo Cox, proving to be too and taking the title with a 21-8 scorleine.


The remaining finals, due to played on the Sunday, were cancelled beacause of the poor weather conditions and have been rearranged to take place on Saturday 4th August, starting at 9am at the Oxford City & County club.


Last week's League games saw the "A" team play their rearranged fixture against Headington "A" at home on the Tuesday evening. Despite a strong showing in their top of the table clash Central lost by three rinks to one, but with a scoreline of 67-68. So near yet so far. Ian and Luke Gilbert, Les Campion and Will Campion lost 20-21, Chick Boyd, Andy Winter, Andy Wilkins and Keith McNeil lost 11-16 and Lee Young, Nick Spencer, Graham Morbey and Nigel Galletly lost 11-18. Central's winning rink of Dave Boneham, Mal Leather, Eric Trinder and skip Tom McKenna won 25-13.


The "B" team added ppoints and shots to their campaign to keep out of the relegation area with a home win against bottom club Oxford City & County "B", with a win on all four rinks for a 92-45 scoreline.

John Bone, Graham Tilbury, Ron Havard and Eric Trinder won 18-12. John Hart, Tony Smith, Jim Gow and Keith Williams won 20-16. Dave Boneham, Bob Wilkins, Mal Leather and Tom McKenna won 34-5 and finally, John Pardoe, Tony Carey, Ron Cox and Jim Pickering won 20-12.


On Wednesday evening, the ladies league team put their shock defeatto Carterton & Burford by responding with a strong performance at home against West Witney, winning 56-44 and collecting 8 valuable points.

Jenny Williams, Gill Hunt, Helen Young and Caroline Campion won 16-11. Eloise ones, Jane Williams, Pam Shepherd and Carole Galletly won 29-12. Mary Tee, Ann Norton, Mo Cox and Sue  Waring lost 11-21.


Earlier in the week, the ladies beat Leamington in a friendly at Horton View by 75-54 in a four rink triples match.

Eloise Jones, Tizzy Mueck and Pam Shepherd won 21-15, whilst Mo Cox, Bev McNeil and Sue Waring and also the triple of Jenny Williams, Jane Williams and Carole Galletly both won 20-11.June Bone, Mary Tee and Ann Norton lost 14-17.


In the mixed friendly away to Little Compton and played in very dry and warm conditions, Central lost 3 rinks to 1 with  a scoreline of 55-63. Jenny Williams, Dave Davies, Ian Gilbert and Keith Williams lost 11-16, Kay Oliver, Angie Price, Sue Winter and Graham Tilbury lost 14-17 and John Bone, Like Gilbert, Andy Winter and Paul Humphris lost 12-18. Cenral's winning rink at 18-12 was Eloise Jones, Tony Lawford, June Bone and Jim Gow.


Tony Allcock Trophy.

Central were involved in the later stages of the Tony Allcock Trophy on Monday evening against Stroud BC with the game being played on the neutral green of the Broadway BC in Worcestershire. The prize for the winner was a place in the last 8 of the competition, to be played at the end of the National Championships at Leamington.

The rink of Mary Tee, Brenda Havard, Tom McKenna and Nogel Galletly were involved in a close contest but found themselves 10-19 downwith 6 ends left to play.They managed to close the deficit to 2 shots, losing 18-20.

The other rink of Eloise Jones, Pam Shepherd, Graham Morbey and Keith McNeil were invloved in another close game, with the scores all square going into the last end. They managed to take the two shots to make it a draw and they were the rink that had to play the extra end. This was p;layed in semi darkness with Graham scooping up the jack to take the shot away from Stroud. Central held on to the shot to win the game and to book their place at Leamington on September 1st.


Central's women had three pairings involved in this weekend's County Pairs Quarter and Semi-finals which were held on Saturday at the Thame bowling club. In their morning quarter-final, the pairing of Mo Cox and Sue Waring came up against a strong duo from the City & County club who had previously lifted the National Pairs title and proved to be too strong for them. The other two pairs representing the club were unfortunately drawn against each other in their quarter and in a closely fought contest, Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion came out on top against Eloise Jones and Pam Shepherd winning 17-9. In their semi-final Carole and Caroline had a comfortable 27-3 win against the Under 25 Watlington pairing of Katie Glenn and Emma Gilkes who had reached the semi-final after making a tremendous fight back in their quarter, forcing and extra end which they went on to win. 

Caroline has now qualified for four County finals and thereby four visits to Leamington in August. 


The Men's County finals took place on Sunday at the West Witney club with Central having representation in the Fours with Alan Carter, Les Campion, Keith McNeil and Will Campion. Their opponents, playing on their home green, were Bradley Squires, Harvey Alder, David Leighfield and Kevin Alder who always had the edge, eventually winning 21-11.

The Central lads now look forward to their visit to the Natonal's finals at Leamington after the ladies have completed their endeavours.


This year, for the first time, all four members of the Campion family will be representing their County at Leamington with father and son Les and Will Campion having qualified for the Men's Fours, whilst Caroline Campion and daughter Helen Young will be contesting the Women's Fours and Triples.


We wish every success to all the Central bowlers who will be making their way to Leamington. Check the dates and go and support them.


In the Oxfordshire Bowls League the men's 'A' team continued their recent formwith an emphatic 5.5-.5points win away at nearby Kidlington. Keith McNeil with Chick Boyd, Andy Winter and Andy Wilkin top scored for Central with a 21-6 win.

Alan Carter, Luke Gilbert, Graham Morbey and skip Will Campion won 22-11, whilst Michael Andrew with Ian Whelpton, Ian Gilbert and Les Campion won five of the last 6 ends to come back and win 24-16. The only blemish was on the rink of Nigel Galletly with Lee Young, Nick Spencer and Bob Joiner who also staged a second half recovery to draw 18-18.


Not to be outdone, the 'B' team won their home fixture against Blackbird Leys 4-2. The lost points were down to the rinks of Eric Trinder 11-19 and Mal Leather 15-17. Jim Pickering's four won 15-13 and Tom McKenna's men grabbed the match points for Central with a resounding 23-5 victory.


In the National Mixed Over 60's Tony Allcock trophy, Central's double rink travelled down to Marlow in Buckinghamshire for the area Semi-final and came away with a 46-34 victory. Eloise JOnes, Pam Shepherd, Graham Morbey and Keith McNeil won 23-14 and Mary Tee, Brenda Havard, Nigel Galletly and Michael Andrew won 23-20. Central now play Stony STratford in the Area Final.


Central's women were still flying high last weekend, winning their County Top Club sem-final against Shiplake Village.

They received a great start by Helen Young, comfortably winning 21-7 in the singles.

The triple of Gill Hunt, Bev McNeil and Mary Tee were involved in a close game, but the 6 picked up by them on the penultimate end proved very decisive in their 20-14 win.

Eloise Jones, and Sue Waring were involved in another close tussle in the pairs but managed to hold to win 21-20.

Jenny Williams, Jane Williams, Gill Sharpe and Anne Norton were narrowly beaten 15-19 in the fours.


Witney Town will provide Central's opposition in the final which will be played at Shiplake Village on September 2nd.  

Tuesday the 26th saw Central gain revenge in their friendly home fixture against local rivals Adderbury for the drubbing the 'B' team had recently received in the league. All four rinks went in our favour for a 80-37 shot scoreline. Five days after the longest day of the year amidst the hottest and sunniest period of fine weather for a long time, the game was played over 18 ends. How soon the nights start drawing in.

The scorelines were as follows.

Eloise Jones, Jill Hart, Andy Winter and Mal Leather beat Yvonne Twomey, Pete Briggs, Graham Tyrell and Chris Twomey 24-7.

Ray Puddle, Tery Humphreys, Jim Gow and Sue Waring beat Dennis Roberts, Peter Wells, Cliff Hall and David Salter 25-7.

Sue Winter, Tony Lawford, Jane Wiliams and Bob Joiner beat Bill Dowling, Dave Watson, Chris Holmes and Malcolm Brown 16-13.

John Hart, Jackie Humphreys, Tony Carey and Tom McKenna beat Tony Collett, Dave Drinkwater, Dave Allington and Bryan Ogilvie 15-10.


The West Oxfordshire ladies league produced another win for Central at Hanborough, despits losing on two of the three rinks. The storming 22 shot win on Caroline Campion's rink ensured Central took the overall score 52-42 and the accompanying four points.

Jenny Williams, Gill Hunt, Helen Young and Caroline Campion won 30-8.

Eloise Jones, June Bone, Mary Tee and Sue Waring lost 11-16.

Jill Hart, Sue Winter, Pam Shepherd and Carole Galletly lost 11-18.


With the Men's 'A' team on stand down, the Central Men's 'B' team travelled to Headington to play their high flying 'B' team. The visit was not as successful as on the two previous occasions, this time being crushed by 77shots to 46 and only managing to pick up 1 point from the 19-12 win on the rink of John Bone, Bob Wilkins, Jim Gow and Eric Trinder.

Ron Havard, Ray Puddle, Paul Humphris and Jim Pickering lost 13-18.

Dave Boneham, Graham Tilbury, Tony Smith and Tom McKenna lost 5-28.

John Hart, Bob Rogers, Keith Wiliams and Mal Leather lost 9-19.


Saturday and Sunday saw Central's women enjoying success in the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the County Triples and Singles. 

In Saturday's Triples, held at Chipping Norton BC, Mary Tee, Pam Shepherd and Sue Waring took the morning quarter's against Jeanette Berry's Oxford City & County trio 20-11, whilst their fellow Central threesome,in the other half of the draw, Carole Galletly, Helen Young and Caroline Campion won their game against Maggie Alderson's South Oxford side 18-13.

In the afternoon semi's, Waring's team had a good win against the Oxford City & County triple skipped by Carol Gaskins, who conceded with two ends remaining.

Central's other semi finalists came up against England International, Katherine Hawes and her City & County team mates, booking a place in the final, going one shot better with an 18-12 win.

With both triples having made the finals at the end of July, the club is sure of the winner and runner-up in the Triples County Championship which is played at the end of July


In Sunday's singles, played at the Witney Town club, Caroline Campion had a convincing win in the morning quarter's, 21-2 against Banbury Borough's Margaret Morris. Her afternoon semi-final opponent was none other than the skip she had been victorious over in the triples, Katherine Hawes. Following on from her morning success, Caroline proceeded on her way to a final place with a 21-5 win. In the final she will meet Karen Galloway from the Oxford City & Couny club.


The National Championships which will start at Royal Leamington Spa at the beginning of August will feature both the Central triples and Caroline in the singles.


By then the nights will have started to draw in.






Many thanks to all those members who supported the game against the Caister Tourists last Saturday in what proved to be a lovely afternoon and a very successful day for the club.

In the annual quest for success in the County competitions and the lifting of trophies, the triples of Mo Cox and Caroline Campion have reached the quarter-final stage which will be played at Chipping Norton BC this coming Saturday.

Caroline will also be contesting the quarter-finals of the Singles on Sunday at Witney Town BC.

The women's County Senior Fours has reached the final and Central will be represented by Mo Cox's rink against a rink from local rivals from Banbury Borough Ladies. This will be played at 2.00pm on Thursday July 5th at Banbury Chestnuts.


The men still have representation  in the triples and fours played to day and tomorrow evening. The next round os which will be the quarters on July 3rd & 4th respectively.


The Summertown Trophy compettionstarts on July 10th and the Hawker Cup on the 13th.

There is still plenty of bowling in the calendar.

Central's women had a successful weekend in the County competitions with the rink of Carole Galletly, Pam Shepherd, Helen Young and Caroline Campion qualifying for the Bowls England National Fours Championship in August.

They had a close game on Saturday morning against Karen Alder's rink from West Witney, but came out 19-12 winners to claim a semi final place where they met the Banbury Chestnut's rink of Chris Purnell, Sheila Maishman, Pat Ray and Pat Taylor. The Central girls took the game 28-12 to book their place at Leamington.


South Oxford BC hosted Sunday's County rounds of the National Two wood competition and following on from her success in Saturday's Fours, Carole Galletly progressed through three rounds to reach the Final and at the same time qualify for another visit up the M40 to Leamington.

Banbury Central men returned to Witney Mills to play the Men's National Top club, four days after having lost there in the league.

Lee Young got Central off to a flying start with a comfortable 15-8 win in the Two-wood. After a tight start he found his form and the recalled Middleton Cup lead never looked troubled. 

AlanCarter, also on Middleton Cup duty this year, took over in the full singles and similarly eased to a  21-9 victory.

Yet another Central player featuring in this year's Middleton Cup team, Will Campion, paired up with Graham Morbey in the Pairs and fought a close to be 111-12 down after 14 ends. Things changed remarkably as they then took a six, a five and a four on consecutive ends to put the game beyond doubt, sucring a 32-13 win, which ensured an overall win for Cenral.

The Four of Chick Boyd, Nick Spencer, Andy Wilkin and Keith McNeil were always in control looking comfortable at 18-8 with five ends to go, but a spirited recovery by the Mills made it look closer, getting back to 16-20 down before Keith's men finished strongly, reasserting their authroity by winning the final two ends and finishing 26-16 winners.

Central's only defeat was in the Triples where Tom McKenna, Bob Joiner and Nigel Galletly were up against a very in-form Paul Robbins who had some telling woods that Nigel couldn't quite match, losing 14-20.

Overall a 4-1 victory gaining sweet revenge for the League defeat and moving on to play either South Oxford or local rivals Banbury Borough in the next round.


Women's National Top Club.

Central played Oxford Cioty & County in rainy conditions down at Oxford on Monday night.

In a closely fought contest the team came away with a 2.5 - 1.5 win.

The Pair of Pam Shepherd and Caroline Campion won comfortably 23-14, the singles was won 21-10 by Carole Galletly.

The Four of June Bone, Jenny Williams, Mary Tee and Mo Cox were under pressure from the start from a strong City & County rink skipped by current international Kath Hawes, supported by International Team Manager Gail Gilkes. They lost their game so it was all down to the triples to decide the match.

Central's Eloise Jones, Sue Waring and Helen Young kept it close throughout and managed to draw the game 16 all. to give Cenral the half point needed for the win.

Well done everyone. 

The club completed a clean sweep of victories over the last week.


Our ladies led the way this week with wins away from home in the West Oxfordshire league against the combined Woodstock/Kidlington team and in the County Top Club first round game against Oxford City & County.


Top rink for Central in their league match 70-45 success saw Mary Tee, Jane Williams, Sue Waring and Mo Cox take the honours with a 29-17 scoreline, one shot difference better than Jenny Williams, June Bone, Pam Shepherd and Carole Galletly on 23-12.

Not to be outdone, Gill Hunt, Anne Norton, Helen Young and Caroline Campion made it a full house and maximum points, winning 18-16.


Sunday morning's Top Club game produced wins for Pam Shepherd in the singles, Eloise Jones and Helen Young in the pairs and Jenny Wiliams, Bev McNeil and Sue Waring in the triples. Unfortnately, Jill Hart, Jane Williams, June Bone and Mary Tee were unable to make it a full house.


At home in the Oxfordshire Bowls League, the men's 'A' team thumped Kidlington 75-44 in a 5-1 points win.

Stewart Boyd, Andy Winter, Andy Wilkin and skip Keith McNeil lead the way, winning 27-6. Lee Young, Alan Hunt, Les Campion and Mike Andrew made their contribution with a 19-12 win, whilst Alan Carter, Luke Gilbert, Graham Morbey and Will Campion held on for a one shot win at 16-15. Ian Gilbert, Bob Joiner, Nick Spencer and Nigel Galletly just mssed out on making it a full house, losing 13-16. 


Central's Mens 'A' team and the Ladies were both in league action this week. The men found the 'elite' team of Oxfordshire bowls Headington at their best, when heavily defeated away 54-78. The mens match in its new format of 18 ends but still retaining the 4 rinks saw a solid performance by Stewart Boyd, Andy Winter, Andy Wilkin and skip Keith McNeil achieve a 20-18 win for Central's only point of the evening.

The other 3 rinks found the goind tough with the scorelines:

Ian Gilbert, Bob Joiner, Nick Spencer and Nigel went down 10-15.

Alan Carter, Luke Gilbert, Lee Young and Will Campion lost 16-19.

Dave Green, Mick Andrew, Ian Whelpton and Les Campion managed to drop 3 fives as they struggled their way to a 8-26 defeat.


In the Wednesday night Ladies League, 18 ends and 3 rinks, the Central ladies built up their momentum as the game unfolded, to run out with a 25 shot victory against their Hanborough opponents.

Helen Young, Jane Williams, Melody Sykes and skip Caroline Campion had a ten shot win at 22-12, one shot better than Sue Waring, Jenny Williams, Mary Tee and Mo Cox who won 21-12. 

Pam Shepherd, June Bone, Eloise Jones and Carole Galletly made it a full house, winning by six shots, 22-16.


Sunday's mixed 4 triples away to the Buckinghamshire, Chandos Park club, saw honours shared evenly between the clubs with both winning two triples each and finishing on 68 shots apiece. Central's top trio were Jenny Williams, Jill Hart, and Paul Humphris had a six shot win on 19-13, one better than Eloise Jones, Randy Chaney and Jim Gow, 19-14 winners.

Sue Winter, Terry Ulph and skip Pam Shepherd missed out by four shots at 14-18, whilst Andy Winter, Jane Williams and Keith Williams went down 16-23.


Thame BC v Banbury Central BC - League Cup first Round.

On Thursday May 3rd Central went to Thame BC for the first round of the 2018 League Cup competition and came away with a good 73-49 victory.

Keith McNeil's high scoring rink of Stuart Boyd. Jim Gow and Andy Wilkin roared away to a 19-4 lead before dropping a 7 to give the Thame four some hope. It was quickly dashed on the next end with our boys picking up a six  and eventually running out 29-14 winners.

Nigel Galletly's rink of Ian Gilbert, Bob Joiner and Nick Spencer won 13 of the 18 ends played. In a tight game (4 all after 6 end and neither side scoring more than a two on any end, a good run of ends in their favour saw the Central lads end with a comfortable 17-7 win.

Les Campion's rink of Dave Green, Michael Andrew and Ian Whelpton was also tightlly contested (5 all after 6) but winning 12 of the 18 ends saw them run out 15-19 victors.

The only loss of the eveing was Will Campion's rink of Alan Carter, Luke Gilbert and club President Graham Morbey who shared the ends but dropped a few large scores, losing 12-18.

TThe next round is against Watlington, away again. in the quarter-final on August 16th.


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Thursday, 25th of February 2021