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.

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.

BUSY WEEK FOR CENTRAL BOWLS CLUB

 

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.

BANBURY CENTRAL BOWLS CLUB OPENING LEAGUE FIXTURES

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

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.

 

The club started the new season last Sunday with a visit to the Startford Upon Avon bowls club, situated alongside the famous river. 

On a cold but dry afternoon, the match produced plenty of quality bowling from both clubs in the 18 end game and a win on all 5 rinks by the Central side who recorded a 107-62 victory.

Andy Winter, Jane Williams, Ian Gilbert and Graham Morbey led the team home with a 23-6 win ahead of Terry Ulph, Randy Chaney, Pam Shepherd and Keith Williams, second highest at 21-10. Sue Winter, Luke Gilbert, Carole and Nigel Galletly recorded a 9 shot win at 23-14. Two shots behind them on 24-17 were Jill Hart, Paul Humphris and Bob Joiner, but there was no record of whether or not this was with 25% removed from their scorecard. Even so, if not they were still one shot ahead at the finish. Jenny Williams, Pete Buzzard, Alan Carter and Will Campion rounded off the day with their 16-15 win, to send the Central bowlers home happy with their winning start to the season.

 

The club started the new season last Sunday with a visit to the Startford Upon Avon bowls club, situated alongside the famous river. 

On a cold but dry afternoon, the match produced plenty of quality bowling from both clubs in the 18 end game and a win on all 5 rinks by the Central side who recorded a 107-62 victory.

Andy Winter, Jane Williams, Ian Gilbert and Graham Morbey led the team home with a 23-6 win ahead of Terry Ulph, Randy Chaney, Pam Shepherd and Keith Williams, second highest at 21-10. Sue Winter, Luke Gilbert, Carole and Nigel Galletly finished recorded a 9 shot win at 23-14. Two shots behind them on 24-17 were Jill Hart, Paul Humphris and Bob Joiner, but there was no record of wether or not this was with 25% removed from their scorecard. Even so, if not they were still one shot ahead at the finish. Jenny Williams, Pete Buzzard, Alan Carter and Will Campion rounded off the day with their 16-15 win to send the Central bowlers home happy with their start to the season.

 

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.
 
Carole
 

COACHING SESSIONS

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.

 

Is there an Author in the house?

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

can be purchased at Katherine House shops or by emailing at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

On Sunday morning playing at home, Banbury Central beat Bucks side Waddesdon BC 36-33.

Mo Cox, Brenda Havard, Keith McNeil and Ian Whelpton led from the start and ran out 26-18 winners.

On the other rink Anne Norton, Annie Gilkes, Graham Morbey and Nigel Galletly held the opposition to a 10-15 loss giving Central the overall victory.  
 
Banbury Central Ladies played Kidlington in the Oxfordshire County Top Club and recorded a 3.5-0.5 win.

Scorelines were:

Singles: Pam Shepherd won the singles 21-12.
Pairs: Mo Cox with Eloise Jones drew the pairs game 17-17.
Triples: Annie Gilkes with Jenny Williams and Gill Sharpe won the Triples 23-9.
Fours: Anne Norton with Melody Sykes, Jane Williams and June Bone won the Fours 16-14.

Banbury Central now play South Oxford B in the quarter final on 5th June.
 
In the weekend game Banbury Central went across the border to Chandos Park in Buckingham and came away with a narrow 86-85 victory.Keith Williams with Luke Gilbert and Jill Hart recorded a great 23-6 win and Alan Carter with Jenny Williams and Carole Galletly held on from an early lead to win comfortably by 22-13.

Paul Humphris with Maragaret Gilkes and John Hart lost 13-27 and Pam Shepherd with Ian Gilbert and June Bone lost 9-25.

So with two good wins each it came down to the Captain’s rinks and Nigel Galletly with Eloise Jones and Graham Tilbury won the last 7 ends to fight back to a 19-14 victory securing the game for Central.
 
Thursday night saw the first round proper of the League Cup and as befits the summer game of outdoor bowls there was a freezing breeze, hail and thunder. The 'A' team made the long trip to the Chestnuts and recorded another clean sweep across all rinks winning 56-27 in a match curtailed by the elements.

Will Campion with Alan Carter, Paul Humphris and Rob Pink gave another impressive performance winning 17-5 over 12 ends.

Les Campion with President Graham Morbey, Ian Gilbert and Mike Andrew ran them close with a 15-5 victory over 13 ends.

Ian Whelpton with Stuart Boyd, Mick Miles and Keith McNeil couldn’t repeat their top scoring performance from Tuesdays preliminary round but won 11-8 over 13 ends.

Nigel Galletly with Andy Wilkin, Jim Gow and Lee Young raced through 15 ends whilst trying to keep warm on the exposed end rink and won 13-9.

Next Thursday will be the second round and the League proper starts the following week.

We know Central 'A' will be Away again – we believe this time at Watlington – but this has to be confirmed.
 
 
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