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.


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.


At last, the "A" team got their act together with an outstanding win, the best of their very few this season, in the final League game of the season, away to Oxford City & County "A".

After winning the County Offcers Cup the previous Sunday, Nigel continued his winning vein, collecting a vital 1 shot win 20-19 supported by his rink partners, Jim, Tom and Bob.

Graham, with Andy at three and father and son Ian and Luke at the front had a resounding 27-8 win, but even this was beaten by Alan, Lionel, Lee and Wills who romped home 33-10 winners.

Jon P, Stuart "Chick", Mike and Ian contributed 13 shots to Central's overall 93 shots but saw their opponents, led by the evergreen Alan Ley collect 25 which was only one short of half the City & County 52 scoreline.


The final readings showed Central in 5th place, half a point behind West Witney and only 2.5 points behind third place City & County. With last seasons League champions, Carterton, being relegated this season, it shows how competitive the league is and how easy it is to end up in trouble.


Let's hope that next season the title is within our sights rather than the threat of relegation.

Tune in next May when it will all start again.


The "A" team pulled out the stops last evening in their last league game of the season with a 5-1 win against Oxford City & County "A".

The win ensured another season in the leagues first division.

Well done to the boys for hanging in there.

It's been another exciting week.
In the Oxfordshire Bowls League the Men's "B" team successfully put to bed any fears of relegation in Division 3, but the "A" team still have some work to do in their last league game of the season away to Oxford City & County "A" to ensure their safety from relegation after dropping too many points this week at home to Headington "A", already Division 1 champions for 2017.
The "B" team's 3-3 draw away to Chadlington was gained with three excellent winning rinks who unfortunately were unable collectively to cover the loss of the remaining foursome. 18-16 wins were recorded on the rinks of Tom, Alan, Graham and Keith, and Ed, John B, Tom R. and Terry. Team captain Mel along with Bob R, Tony and Eric went one shot better, winning 17-14. Ron C, Ron H, John H, and Bob W had to succumb to a strong Chadlington foursome 22-11, enough to give the home side the two points for the overall shots win.
The "A" team gave it their best against a Headington side that had already wrapped up this years league title, but had to settle for a 1.5 - 4.5 points defeat and a shot score of 68-83. Well done to Nigel, Jim, Lionel and Bob who held on for a   20-18 win. Will alongside, Alan, Paul and Lee was unlucky to have to share the points on their rink after going into the last end all square. Ian W with Jon, Stuart and Graham saw their tight game drift away over the last few ends, whilst Keith, Andy, Ian and Luke G battled hard without any reward.
It was interesting walking around the back of each rink with my beer noting the comradely attitude between the two clubs but still keen to win.
The girls were certainly 'singing in the rain' after another big win, 42-15 in their league game against the Woodstock/Kidlington side, with excellent bowling from all the team; Carole, Mary, Jill H, Pam, Jenny W, Jane, June, Ann, Eloise, Gill S, Helen and Caroline.
In the two friendlies it was a case of "AFTER THE LORD MAYOR'S SHOW". Tuesday's friendly at home to Middle Barton saw us win in style 76-59, however, Saturday's game away to Rugby Railway brought us back to earth, a very wet and soggy one, after losing out 60-99.

I enjoyed my trip to Leamington, despite the defeats of our girls in both competitions in games that would have been enjoyable to any neutrals watching.
Myra and Brenda (photo left) won their first game of the Senior Pairs 23-22 against a duo from the Goodwood club in Leicestershire, but found their next opponemnts from St.Austell, Cornwall too tough a pasty, losing 16-25.
In the Fours, Caroline, Carol, Pam and Helen gave it everything but found themselves 3 down going into the last end and finishing up losing 12-18.


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)
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