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.


The outdoor season finished on a wet note but with an excellent game at home to our friends from Byfield.

Thanks to Nigel, Ron and Eric, my outdoor season finished on a high, thanks again lads.

I have had great pleasure in my role as Press Officer for the club and I also managed to please Steve at the BG. 

From the Press point of view, I have been able to report on great success for the club in both the County and at Leamington. It is great when a plan comes together.


Back to Sunday's game which was brought to a sudden halt, as we all abandoned ship when the Heaven's opened with a sudden deluge. The rinks were shared two apiece, with Byfield edging the game by one shot, 56-55. In the spirit of the game we loaned June and John Bone along with recent new boy Chris to our visitors to complete their line-up. You could say that the Bone's made a major contribution on the two rinks that went in Byfield's favour. John went in at lead, helping his new found team mates to a 17-8 win over Bob, Jenny, Andy and Terry, whilst June used her local knowledge to help her adopted rink go even better, with a 18-7 victory against Jim, Mo, Sue and Pete.


Thanks to the excellent trio around me, who covered my mistakes as we romped to a 21-9 win, and finally our captain Keith who has worked hard throughout the season in getting teams out and who showed his skipping prowess as, with help from Eloise, Melody and Graham he led his rink to a 19-12 success.


If only we had given the opposition someone else instead of the Bone duo!


That's it for the outdoors, next month we will be back indoors, where I will try to avoid a wrong bias and the potential hazard of my wood ending up in the swimming pool.


I will put my pen to paper again in the spring.


Our run of defeats continued on Thursday evening when we travelled down the road for an evening game at Adderbury and returned home having lost 75-115. This made it five losses in a row.

Mal's rink with Jon P, Graham and myself led after 15 ends only to let it slip and go down 12-18. 

Bob R, Sue Winter, Tony Lawford and skip Tom McKenna really suffered at the hand of the opposition, losing 13-35.

Mo moved to the back end of the rink and skipped Eric, Andy and Terry and things looked good until they dropped a six on the 19th end which led to their 19-21 defeat.

Bob Wilkins' rink with Sue Waring between two Ray's, unfortunately not of sunshine, were chasing the game from the start and ended on 16-25.

Our final rink skipped by Ron C, with Ann, Jane and Alan setting things up for him was the big plus of the night with their 21-15 shot win. Was the inclusion of two girls in this rink that made the difference.


Saturday's return match against Rugby Rail was was extremely tight but we managed to get back to winning ways, albeit by one shot, 110-109.

Andy, Sue Waring, yours truly, with Terry at skip won 19-12. I must have had some good wood's during the afternoon.

Eloise, Mo, Tony Smith and skip Jim had a much needed 27-16 win.

Kay, Jane, Ray and Tom Rogers found their opponents much to strong and lost 9-29.

Our triple on the day, Pete and Jill with Pam at skip had a tight game only to lose 17-21.

Pauline, Keith, Eric and Will who also looked after the bar, lost by one shot (the bowling kind) 18-19.

Last but not least, Paul at skip had the pleasure of bowling with Chris, Sue Winter and Jenny (two ladies again!) and came off the green with a 20-12 victory.


Byfield at home will hopefully be another win.




Congratulations to Carole Galletly on reaching the final of the National Mixed Fours at Leamington on Saturday along with team mates Kathy Hawes (Oxford City & County), Mark Sykes (Banbury Borough) and Howard Watts (Headington).

After wins against rinks from Sussex 22-16, Hampshire 21-14 and Derbyshire 25-19, there Essex opponents in the final took the lead in the sixth end and managed to stay in front for the rest of the game to run out 23-16 winners.

Our ladies exploits at Leamington in the National's started as slowly as was possible with Carole, Pam, Helen and Caroline going out of the Fours in the preliminary round on August 7th, followed by Myra and Helen going out in the first round of the Pairs ten days later.

The third week of the Championship's saw an improvement in the weather and with the sun on their backs, our Senior four of Mo Cox, Mary Tee, Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion showed their true form, with three good wins against Nottinghamshire, Dorset and Berkshire taking them into a semi-final against the Hertfordshire, Riverain rink.

A place in the final was not to be, but congratulations to one and all for such a sterling effort.


Sunday saw our girls contesting the County Top Club final at the Thame club, playing against the ladies from Shiplake Village B.C. and hoping to go one better than last year when they lost in a closely fought final against Thame.


This year they took the title with a comfortable 3-1 win.

Mo Cox, fresh (or tired) from her exploits at Leamington, got things off to a good start with a comfortable 21-7 win in the singles. Mary Tee and Pam Shepherd followed this up with a 32-16 Pairs win, whilst Eloise Jones, Gill Sharp and Myra Lewis wrapped up the Triples 23-13. The only lost point was in the fours where Melody Sykes, Bev McNeil, June Bone and Anne Norton lost out to their opponents 12-23.


Well done girls, after a dissapointing start to the month, you are leaving August on a high.

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.

Congratulations to Nigel Galletly on winning the Oxfordshire Bowling Association, Officers' Singles Cup.
The OBA Domestic Finals were held at the Witney Town Bowls Club last Sunday and Nigel took the Officer's Cup title 21-19, coming from behind in a tough close game against South Oxford's Keith Mobley.
Due to his semi-final opponent Tim Ludlow featuring in two semi-finals they had to play the semi earlier in the week, Nigel winning 21-15.
This is the second time Nigel has won this competition, the last time being in 2011.
Congratulation are also due to Ian Gilbert, who is comparatively new to the game, in reaching the semi-finals of the Allison Cup. In his semi he lost 14-21 to the eventual winner Brian Smith who was playing on his own green.
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.


Club Coach Alan Carter will be providing some more Bowls Coaching sessions at the end of the season.


Bowls Coaching will be available on the Friday evenings of August 25th and the 1st and 15th September, from 6pm - 8pm at the Banbury Central Bowls Club, Horton View (behind the Tennis Courts). 


The cost will be £2.00 per session. Just turn up on the night, wearing flat shoes (no heels).


All are welcome, but no unaccompanied youngsters please.


The Bar will be open and you are welcome to sit and enjoy a drink on the patio afterwards.

Here are the timings for the first games for our ladies who have reached the National Championships and National Competitions at Royal Leamington Spa Bowls Club, Victoria Park, Archery Road. Leamington Spa, CV31 3PT

If you drive up parking is available in the park itself. Parking is £5.00 per day or you can purchase a book of 5 tickets for £20 (£4.00 a day), available at the gate when you enter the park.

if you don't want to drive let the train take the strain from Banbury station.


I am sure the games will be anything but a stroll. We wish them all the best.


If you can, go and give them your support.


First game times are:


Sunday August 6th 9.30am. Senior Pairs; Myra Lewis & Brenda Havard, "E" green, Rink 5.


Monday August 7th 2.00pm. Fours; Carole Galletly, Pam Shepherd, Helen Young & Caroline Campion, "D" green, Rink 2.


Saturday August 12th 12.30pm. Senior Singles; Carole Galletly, "B" green, Rink 4.


Saturday August 12th 9.30am. Sutton Winson Trophy; Luke Gilbert


Thursday August 17th 9.30am. Pairs; Myra Lewis  & Helen Young, "C" green, Rink 5.


Wednesday August 23rd 9.30am. Senior Fours; Mo Cox, Mary Tee, Carole Galletly & Caroline Campion, "D" green, Rink 3.


Friday September 1st. Mixed Fours; Carole Galletly.





Banbury Central women were involved in two County finals this weekend played at the Oxford City & County club.
In the mornings Fours, mother and daughter Caroline Campion and Helen Young teamed up with Pam Shepherd and Carole Galletly to win 20-15 against rink from West Witney, maintaining their slender lead to the end of a closely contesting game.
The afternoon session saw Helen featuring again, this time accompanying Myra Lewis in the Pairs. Unfortunately the mornings result could not be repeated and they finally lost out to their City & County opponents by 4 shots.
Both the Central teams will be representing Oxfordshire in the National Championships which start this weekend at Leamington.
We wish them every success.



We nearly had the perfect week with the girl's again in sparkling form in both the West Oxfordshire League and the County Top Club Trophy.


The girls certainly have produced a glorious run this season, beating Carterton/Burford this week,61-34. This resulted from three good rinks once again, with excellent performances from, Helen,Eloise,Jenny Gill, Pam, Bev, Jill, Anne, Mo, Mel, June and Mary.


The County Top Club found Mo defeated in the singles by one shot, whilst Mary and Pam won the pairs.

In the triples it was a win for Eloise, Myra and Helen followed by a win in the fours for Jill, Bev, Sue and Anne to book a place in the final against Shiplake Village in August.


As Hannibal said in the TV series "I LOVE IT WHEN A PLAN COMES TOGETHER", applied to the mens "A" team in the Oxfordshire Bowls League when they produced the right result against basement boys South Oxford "A" winning 87-65 and collecting a valuable 5 points in the process.

Will's rink had a thumping 30-12 win and it was nice to see Keith's rink at last get the rub of the green to help to snatch a one shot win, 15-14. Mick's rink provided another point with their 25-17 victory, whilst Nigel's rink just missed out on a perfect result going under 17-22.


The "B" team's two shot defeat away to Hanbourough proves how close it is in their division behing runaway leaders Charlbury. Jim Pickering's rink won 23-14 and Tom McKenna's rink won by the closest margin 16-15. Ron's four drew 15-15 but unfortunately for Central, Mal's rink lost 13-25, which left the host's two shots in front  on 69-67 and a points result in their favour of 3.5 to Central's 2.5.


An exciting week for the club resulted in another heavy win for the ladies. Both mens league teams gained valuable league points. But the ‘A’ team relegation fight will go to the wire.

The ‘B’ team drew and intriguingly the way it’s going in this division makes good copy for all to read.

The friendly home game was against Chandos Park, what a difference a week can make a 27 shot win followed by a 40 shot defeat. You win some, you loose some. A bad day at the office.

The scores in all games as follows: Ladies first: Carole Galletly, Jenny Williams, Anne Norton and Mary Tee - a game of two halves, from 10-2 down to win 18-15.

Caroline Campion, Myra Lewis, Jane Williams and Helen Young a convincing win 29-8.

Pam Shepherd, Eloise Jones, June Bone and Mo Cox another big win 22-13. This gave an overall total 69 to central and 36 to Witney Town.

The ‘A’ team away against West Witney saw wins for Nigel Galletly, Jim Gow, Bob Joiner and Lionel Lewis by 27-19 and also Will Campion, Alan Carter, Paul Humphris and Lee Young by 18-16.

Defeats on the other rinks for Ian Whelpton, Stuart Boyd, John Pardoe and Michael Andrew 10-23, and likewise for Keith Mcneill, Ian and Luke Gilbert with Graham Morbey 17-21. The overall result going 4-2 to West Witney.

The ‘B’ team against Bicester, resulted in a big win for Tom McKenna, Alan Roche, Graham Tilbury and Keith Williams 34-12.

Three defeats in other rinks for Ron Cox, John Hart, Terry Ulph and Ron Havard 18-24.

Ed Creed, John Bone, Paul Dobson and Tony Smith 16-26, also Mal Leather, Tony Lawford, Eric Trinder and Bob Wilkins 19-20, thanks to the cracking winning rink score they held on overall to win 87-82 shots giving the result 3-3.

The friendly home to the Buckingham based club, three triple defeats, Keith Williams, Sue Winter and Eloise Jones 11-21. Terry Ulph, Andy Winter and Jenny Williams 16-20.

The biggest defeat included myself with June Bone and Jill Hart 8-36, sorry ladies I could not see the woods for trees.

Well done Nigel Galletly, Pete Buzzard and Ron Havard a win 21-19

This weekend saw the final stages of the Women's County Pairs played at Oxford City & County BC in sometimes demanding conditions.

Banbury Central was represented by the pairs of Myra Lewis & Helen Young, and Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion.

Both teams progressed through the quarter finals in the morning by winning against teams from Eitney Town and West Witney by 5 and 7 shots respectively.

in the afternoon unfortunately they were drawn to play against each other. Myra and Helen came out winners in a closely contested game which was all square with one end to play.

Congratulations to all Banbury Central players who have qualified for the final stages of the National Championships, which will be held at Leamington in August. Well done for getting so far and good luck next month.


Qualifiers are:

Women's National Pairs, Myra Lewis and Helen Young.

Women's National Fours, Carole Galletly, Pam Shepherd, Helen Young and Caroline Campion.

Women's Senior Singles, Carole Galletly.

Women's Senior Pairs. Myra Lewis and Brenda Havard.

Women's Senior Fours, Mo Cox, Mary Tee, Carole Galletly and Caroline Campion.

Oxfordshire Under 31's Amy Rose team, Helen Campion.


A win and a defeat in the league in two close matches and a resounding win in the return mixed fixture away to Southam, this was a more than satisfactory return for everyone's contribution.


The 'A' teams 4-2 win at home to a strong Carterton team certainly eased the relegation fears. The two clubs shared the four rinks but by virtue of the shots difference of 80-71 we claimed the win bonus.

The rinks went as follows: Will Campion skipped the first rink alongside Paul Humphris, Lee Young and Jim Gow winning by the nine shot margin that claimed the bonus, finishing 25-15.


Ian Whelpton skipping the second rink of Stuart Boyd, John Pardoe and Mike Andrew also had a good win 22-17.


Nigel Galletly's rink of Andy Wilkin, Bob Joiner and Lionel Lewis despite holding the edge coming into the finishing straight went down 16-20.


Keith McNeil's rink of father and son Ian and Luke Gilbert alongside Club President Graham Morbey never had the rubof the green for long periods but nearly grabbed a draw on the final end, going down by 18-19.


The 'B' team suffered defeat away against Division three winning favourites Charlbury by 2-4 who took the win bonus with a 76-69 scoreline.


Central's rink scores were:

Bob Wilkins, Graham Tilbury, Mal Leather and Tom McKenna 19-18.


Ron Havard, Ed Creed, Ron Cox and Jim Pickering 19-16.


John Bone, Bob Roberts, Tony Smith and Eric Trinder 17-19.


John Hart, Tony Lawford, Terry Ulph and Keith Williams 14-23.


The Sunday friendly away to Southam, unlike the heavy rain affected home fixture last month, was a sweltering success with the weather, food and scoreline, Central taking the game 94-67.


Rink details were:

John Bone, Sue Winter, Paul Humphris and Terry Ulph, 24-18.


Jenny Williams, Andy Winter, June Bone and Ian Gilbert, 23-17.


John & Jill Hart, Ron Havard and Keith Williams, 22-18.


Jim Gow, Jane Williams, 'black eyed" author Mike Hughes and Pam Shepherd, 25-14. A personal thanks to them for pulling me through the two hour plus.




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.


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.

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.
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Sunday, 27th of September 2020