Tamworth Indoor Bowls Club

Club News

Posted by Kerry Weston on 02 August 2018
Daisy's Delights are new caterers with effect
1st September 2018

Welcome to the club, looking forward to Bacon Sarnies and decent coffee
New bowlers league
Posted by Kerry Weston on 29 July 2018
We are pleased to announce that a new bowlers league will commence on Friday 17th August at 6.30-8.30pm running through to Friday 15th September. 20 bowlers have signed up so far. The league will consist of 5 teams of 4 bowlers playing triples, the format will be identical to our main leagues. Coaches will be available each night to assist the bowlers. Should the league be a success we shall introduce a Winter season new bowlers league.

Following on the from the commencement of the league there is a New Bowlers Competition Day on Saturday 8th September, an all day round robin tournament in groups leading to the finals. Winner and Runners up will receive trophies. 19 bowlers are participating at present.

Spaces are still available for League and Competition. If you are interested please contact John Rogers by email johnrogers-bowler@virginmedia.com
England v Croatia Match
Posted by Kerry Weston on 11 July 2018
Football Fever. Club open tonight 6.30
Come watch THE MATCH Rolls, various fillings & Chips. BAR OPEN
Coaching Day
Posted by Kerry Weston on 22 May 2018
18 'new' bowlers attended a coaching session on Sunday 20th May. Following a group photo, the bowlers were set into four groups and Club coaches demonstrated and described the roles of team positions.

After the 1st session Phantom 4 was demonstrated, this is played by a coach who positions his 4 bowls in the head whilst four bowlers deliver their bowls 2 bowls on full length to try and win the game. At each delivery the bowlers are asked what bowl they will play and why.

Next all coaches demonstrated Freezing the head, a activity where players (split into 2 teams) deliver their bowls into a predetermined head with a view to winning a match. Prior to each bowl being played every one discusses the options available and why they would play that shot. The concept is simple and it makes bowlers realise that a head changes after each bowl has been delivered and that the team must think about every possible option before they play their bowl.

Gill Ardin, Eileen Wallbank and Diane Rogers prepared and cold buffet lunch. This was followed by 3 triples matches. In order to give each bowler a chance to play in different positions, lead, 2 and skip, they rotated positions after 4 ends. The coaches worked with each team to guide them shot by shot and following bowls etiquette . The Club MANAGER kindly donated a bottle of wine to each winner.
Coaching Team
Posted by Kerry Weston on 15 May 2018
Following the sad passing of Ken Richmond, John Rogers is now TIBC Head of Coaching.
The team of coaches has had a change with three new coaches joining, Arthur, Terry and Jenny. Two coaches have moved to pastures new.... we wish both Alan and Felicity all the best.

The Coaching team are available for ALL members and newcomers to the great game of bowls, please check to see when coaching sessions are held or approach your choice of coach directly.
New Coach of the Year
Posted by Kerry Weston on 29 April 2018
Big Congratulations to Colin Wood
Voted New Coach of the Year in Leamington.

Colin kept quiet about this but eagle eyed member spotted article in International Bowls Magazine.

Well done from everyone at Tamworth Indoor/Outdoor Bowls Club
Congratulations to Markers
Posted by Kerry Weston on 09 April 2018
Tamworth Indoor Bowls Club are pleased to announce that both Ian Parsons and Alan George have received their Certificate of Competency as markers and are both ow progressing onto becoming Umpires.

The Club wish them both the very best of success
Catch Up Matches
Posted by Kerry Weston on 21 March 2018
Teams who still have catch up matches to play

Posted by Kerry Weston on 18 March 2018
Malcolm has made the decision to open the Club from 10.30
Posted by Kerry Weston on 18 March 2018
Please note club closed TODAY
Thank You
Potter's 2018
Posted by Kerry Weston on 16 March 2018
59 members of Tamworth IBC descended on Potter's for their annual trip, a 4 day break including bowls tournament, great food and fabulous entertainment, All braving to snow to meet with 115 other teams from all around the country to battle it out at Great Yarmouth (Hopton-on-sea)
After being drawn into 12 leagues on a 'round robin' format the teams played four games to try and qualify for the last 16 places. After the four games Tamworth best results were in Eileen Wallbank, Richard Butler, Sid and Mary Bostock with 8 points (GD +32),next was David and Judy Turner, Tony & Ann Sippitts with 8pts (GD +9), then David & Eileen Latham, Christine Felton and Tony Lem with 7pts (GD +49) and securing sixteenth placewith the four best losers were Roy Walker, Marion Cox, Colin Wood and John Sawle with 6 pts (GD +19)
After the last 16, two teams were left, the teams of Sid Bostock And John Sawle and they were then drawn together in the 1/4 finals, which guaranteed one team in the semi-finals Sid Bostock's team after starting very well just failed by two points and the semi-final although the result was 11-2 to Tamworth it was a hard fought match.
09.20 on Friday saw the final between Tamworth and Whitstone, which saw Tamworth victorious, winning by one point 7-6, Tamworth Champions are Roy Walker, Marion Cox, Colin Wood and John Sawle who received Cups, goodie bags, together with an invite to the Champion of Champions event in December leaving us plenty of time to save up the money to go. Also at the presentation a special reward went to the team of Rhonda and Peter Oxford with Dinah and John Boulstridge who had hot-shots for the second consecutive year.
Congratulations to everyone who played and the spectators whose encouragement from the side line helped all the teams thought the week. Roll on next year. If you want to go, see John Sawle (Organiser).
Congratulations to Bob Love
Posted by Kerry Weston on 01 March 2018
Disability Bowls England
Official Press Release

England Captain BOB LOVE appointed as the first AMBASSADOR for Disability Bowls England

England Captain BOB LOVE appointed as the first AMBASSADOR for Disability Bowls England
Bob Love is one of the top para bowls players in the world. He won medals at the Paralympics, World Bowls Championships, a prestigious bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and is a regular member and Captain of the Disability Bowls England International Squad.
As well as winning various para bowls competitions, Bob is a fitting example of how inclusive the sport of bowls is having qualified to compete in the 2017 English Indoor National Championship finals.
We asked Bob:-
How did you get into sports and what have you achieved:
was a founder member of a multi-sports club for people with disabilities and one of the sports we did was short mat bowls. The club used to compete against other similar clubs both regionally and nationally, some of the clubs had long mat bowls as one of their activities. This would have been in the early 80’s.
After finishing with athletics (track) and swimming, at regional, national and inter-national level, I took up the game of bowls more seriously. It was a sport I could do at a level that was more than “have a go”. In all the sports I have tried it has always been at a competitive level otherwise, for me, it isn’t worth pursuing.
I won medals at all levels including Paralympic. In bowls I have gained medals at all levels including World and Commonwealth Games. I have been lucky in that the sports I have been involved in I have been successful.
What are your views on the sport and how it can particularly help those with a disability:
The game of bowls is one of the few sports that can be played anyone. It is also one of the few sports that can and is being played with non-disabled bowlers. Inclusion is the big word these days and bowls definitely achieves this. It’s a Sport for All.
Not only do you get to play a great sport, but you
Ruby Parker Trophy
Posted by Kerry Weston on 24 February 2018
The above competition took place at Tamworth Indoor Bowls Club on the 21st of February and was played over five rinks.This is a annual competition that has been running for the last eleven years.Th trophy was presented by Jack Parker the husband of the late Ruby Parker. The winning rink was E.Wallbank,J.Perry and S.Hanley.The end of the competition was followed by tea and refreshments.
Erdington Court
Posted by Kerry Weston on 20 February 2018
The above match was played at Tamworth on the 14th FEB over four rinks and although Tamworth lost on three of them in stil resulted in a very close victory for Tamworth by 6 shots the overall score being 65-59. Tamworth winning rink was M.Burton,S.Sharp, B.Edwards and J.Smith who won by the very good score of 28-9.thus giving Tamworth their very close victory.
Posted by Kerry Weston on 14 February 2018
Kindly note, a collection has been started for Ken Richmond. Please give all donations to Malcolm Machin, the steward on duty or a designated coach.
Thank you
Ken Richmond
Posted by Kerry Weston on 14 February 2018
It is with great sadness we have to announce the peaceful passing on 8th February 2018, of Ken Richmond.
Ken has been with the Club since the very beginning and was a long serving and loyal Chairman. He was also a well respected coach.Ken was also Warwickshire Indoor County Secretary for a number of years.

We do not have any funeral arrangement details at present, but we will, advise once all details are known.
Our sympathy and condolences to his beloved wife Betty and all family and friends.
Tamworth Herald Trophy Match
Posted by Kerry Weston on 09 February 2018
This annual event took place on Wednesday 7th February, 2018, at Tamworth Indoor Bowls Club over 2 rinks. The match was a hard fought contest which Tamworth managed to win by 1 shot on the very last end. The Photo shows the Lady Club Captain Gillian Ardin accepting the Trophy alongside the Tamworth Ladies team.

The teams consisted of Maureen Burton, Barbara Edwards, Mary Bostock and Narissa Jenkins together with Eileen Wallbank, Jackie Smith,Sue Hanley and Kerry Weston. Reserve Player: Gill Ardin
Warwickshire Ladies
Posted by Kerry Weston on 05 February 2018
on Wednesday 3rd of January 2018 Tamworth Ladies played against a strong Warwickshire Ladies side in what is hoped will become a annual fixture.The Warwickshire side won the overall match by a score of 82 to 70 this was a good result from Tamworths point of view as these ladies are considered to be the best in the County.The best winning rink for Warwickshire was C.Smith, E.Merrick, M.Kinder and C.Rathbone with a score of 25-13 the Tamworth ladies best winning rink consisted of. E.Wallbank, M.Cox,G.Ardin and Y.Booker with a score of 24-15.Both teams captains said that a most enjoyable day had been had by all the players and looked forward to repeating experience next year. Following the match 58 people sat down to a 2 course meal from Tamworths new caterers.The overall afternoon was regarded by all as a great success.
Disability Bowlers
Posted by Kerry Weston on 05 February 2018
DBE Classified Singles Report – 2018
Posted on 24th January 2018 by John Rogers
DBE Classified Singles Report – 2018
Despite the countrywide snow and ice, it did not deter 18 of the 20 bowlers who entered travelling from all over the country to play in the DBE National Classified Singles Championship.

Players were separated into 2 groups of 5 and 2 of 4 to play in a round robin format. The winners of each group went forward to the semi-finals. The groups were as follows:-

Mike Robertson: Ray Kirk: Kevin Page: Mac Otton: Jonathan Stokes

Barry Jones: Dave Wood: Gary Swift: Paul Hawkes: Kieran Rollings

Irene Cheer: Alex Comack: Bob Love: Steve Ireland

John Rogers: Phil Dutton: Alan Lyne: Steve Bigg

Gary Swift & Barry Jones
The group matches were hotly contested resulting in Mike Robertson, Gary Swift, Bob Love (only by 1 shot) and John Rogers progressing to the next round.

The first semi final was between Gary Swift and Bob Love. Bob hit good form dominating from the first end and ran out 21-3 winner.

The second semi between Mike Robertson and John Rogers was a closer affair. John took a slender lead before Mike closed the gap to 2 points. John eventually won 21-14.

The final saw Bob continue his good form powering to a 21-12 win over John.

Bob Love – DBE National Classified Singles Champion 2018

Classified Singles Finalists 2018
The whole weekend presented an excellent display of bowling, well organised by Margaret Smith and her team of helpers from Gedling IBC.

Many thanks go to Margaret, all the helpers, families and supporters for making this an excellent tournament.
Ladies @ Carlton Enderby
Posted by Kerry Weston on 05 February 2018
The match against the above took place on January 31st at Carlton and was over 4 rinks.Sorry to say Tamworth did not manage to win a rink.
The overall score was 92-50 and the best effort by Tamworth was the following two rinks who both lost by just 7 shots. Rink 1 was M.Burton,K.Millward,
M.Bostock and K.Weston Rink 2 was A.Sippitts,L.Jones,B.Edwards and C.Felton. The atmosphere around the game was very good an all players enjoyed the day.
Emergency Services
Posted by Kerry Weston on 17 January 2018
Do you know .... Serving Emergency personnel (Police/Fire Ambulance etc) are more than welcome to call into the Club, to use toilet facilities and if time allows, a free cuppa .....

If you know of someone.... Please let them know
Delay in adding to website
Posted by Kerry Weston on 30 December 2017
I must apologise to everyone who has sent me news/photo's and requested things to be added to the website.

Due to personal circumstances, I have been unable to work on the website/facebook for a while but with things slowly getting back to normal and improving health I will be aiming to get everything added by the end of 2017.

I take this opportunity to wish all members and their family a healthy and happy 2018
Club Closed
Posted by Kerry Weston on 11 December 2017
Club closed
Posted by Kerry Weston on 10 December 2017
Due to weather, the club is closed.

Please ring before setting out...........

Apologies for inconvenience
Away to Bromsgrove - Ladies
Posted by Kerry Weston on 08 December 2017
The match against Bromsgrove was a real up and down affair held over 6 rinks the match went one way then the other and when the smoke cleared Tamworth had just manage to fall over the winning line by 1 shot.The statistic make interesting reading in the fact that Tamworth had 5 winning rinks but it still came down to the very last end of the last rink playing .The best rink for Tamworth was M.Burton,B.Edwards,B.Gleeson and J.Boulstridge
Ladies Away to Church Gresley
Posted by Kerry Weston on 25 November 2017
Played on the 22nd November, this match was a resounding win for Church Gresley with a final score : Church Gresley 123 against Tamworth 59.
Tamworth's best effort came from D Boulstridge, J Smith, B Fairfield and A Fairfield who ground out a winning score of 18-13.
Although, not the result Tamworth Ldies wanted, it was an enjoyable afternoon played in a friendly atmosphere.
We look forward to the rematch
Presentation Night 2017
Posted by Kerry Weston on 25 November 2017
Our Annual Presentation Night was held on 23/11/2017:
Well attended by the members of the club, with Club Manager Malcolm Machin as "Master of Ceremony" prizes sorted by Mike Passmore and Andy Bailey.

Both the Indoor and Outdoor members were presented with their trophies/runners-up prizes, just a shame Terry Harris was unable to be there but a job done well by Bob Allcock.

Congratulations and Well done to all players/teams on your achievement.

Denny Cup Competition
Posted by Kerry Weston on 19 November 2017
Tamworth Indoor Bowls Club competed against Barwell IBC, the match favourites, in the third round of the National Denny Cup competition. Played on four rinks, two at home and two away, over 21 ends, this was a titanic battle. Barwell took an early lead but after 15 ends, Tamworth edged aheada 50 -47. With the momentum in Tamworths favour, they dominated the last six ends, eventually winning two of the four rinks, losing one and drawing the fourth, when Barwell conceded the twentieth end.
The winning rink went to home team: Mick McDonnell, John Rogers, Adrian McDonnell and skip Andy Bailey with a score of 26 - 9.
This win takes Tamworth IBC intot he Regional Quarter Finals for the first time in the history of the Club.

Next opponents are Nottingham IBC to be played on the 9th December, again two home teams, two away teams and start time of 10.00 a.m.

Spectators are more than welcome - come and show your support for the players from the Club.
Warwickshire Match
Posted by Kerry Weston on 19 November 2017
On Thursday 17th November, a team from Tamworth Indoor Bowling Club, Roy Walker, John Rogers, John Sawle and Malcolm Machin, travelled to Melton Mowbray IBC, to represent Warwickshire in their County Match against Leicestershire. The Tamworth quartet took the lead from the beginning and continually increased their lead to a final winning score of 25 - 14, helping Warwickshire to win 3 out of the 5 rinks and a match victory of 100 - 80.
EALABA National Drawn Pairs Championship 2017
Posted by Kerry Weston on 17 November 2017
EALABA members came together at Tamworth Indoor Bowls Club for theNational Drawn Pairs Championships recently. Teams were drawn into two groups playing a round robin basis, each player using four bowls with matches over 90 minutes. Finals were contested between the lead team in each group, then the second, third and so on. Final places: 6th place - Mac Otton and Colin Wagstaff; 5th place - Neil Smith and John Rogers; 4th place - Jonathan Hartland and David Fisher; 3rd place Bob Love and Dennis Bridge.
Internationals Gary Swift and Barry Jones contended the Championship against fellow International Irene Cheer with Diane Rogers. Gary and Barry took a commanding lead of 8-0 before Irene and Diane got on the board, then pegging back the more experienced pair to 8-8 before going on to a nail biting last end. The lead changed with each bowl and end, finally Irene and Diane took command and won by two clear shots to an incredible 10-8 win.
Social Committee New Years Eve Party Invitation
Posted by Kerry Weston on 17 November 2017
The New Years Eve Party has now been confirmed

Sunday 31st December
Doors opening at 7.00 p.m. with a BUFFET , Raffles, Quiz, Skittles and DISCO

Tickets are £16.00 per person and can be bought from behind the bar
Annual Ladies Captain v Vice Captain Match
Posted by Kerry Weston on 17 November 2017
The response to this annual event was very very good and much appreciated by Gill Ardin (Captain) and Jackie Smith (Vice Captain). The match was held on Wednesday 15th November 2017. A great win for the Ladies Captain Team by the score of 79 - 41. As always the match was played in the most friendly atmosphere and it is hoped that everybody enjoyed the afternoon.
The Best Rink for The Ladies Captain Team was Mike Jenkins (Lead) Bob Gleeson (Second) and Kerry Weston as Skip.
The Best Team for the Vice Captain Team was Norman Ardin(Lead) Roy Henfry (Second) and Jackie Perry (Skip)
Thank you to all of those who took part and we hope to see you at most of the other matches (PLEASE)

Gill and Jackie
Summer Men's Triples Final
Posted by Kerry Weston on 19 October 2017

N Ardin, A Weston and R Smith against M McDonnell, A Bailey and C Payne.
Both teams played well, a tight game over 16 ends
With Norman, Alan and Roger winning 16 to 13.
Commiserations to Mick, Andy and Chris
Yetton Competition
Posted by Kerry Weston on 19 October 2017
Coventry have conceded the match due to be played on 21/10/17
Details of the next round to follow shortly.
3rd March 2018
Posted by Kerry Weston on 07 October 2017
EALABA vs Gedling I CAN

Starting at 2.00pm

17th December 2017
Posted by Kerry Weston on 07 October 2017
EALABA 10th Anniversary match against Disability Bowls England

Starting at 11.30 am

Posted by Kerry Weston on 07 October 2017
National Drawn Pairs Championship
Saturday 14th October 2017
Start time 9.30

ALL SIX RINKS WILL BE IN USE for EALABA Internal National competition
WOW on Wednesday Afternoons
Posted by Kerry Weston on 28 September 2017
WOW ..... Wednesday Afternoon Competition

Come along, dates advertised on the entrance hall Noticeboard, to join in.
This is open to everyone.... all you need to do is arrive by the time spedified, add your name, and PLAY..... as simple as that... with the chance to win at the end of the season, Vouchers.

Run by our Lady Captain, Gill Ardin and Vice Captain, Jackie Smith, this is open to ALL MEMBERS of our Club.......... come along and give it a go.......

Speak to Gill or Jackie for further information

Ladies Wednesday Afternoon Inter-Club Matches
Posted by Kerry Weston on 28 September 2017
Winter 2017/2018 season is up and running, and the time for the Lady Members, new and old, to start participating in the inter-club matches that are being arranged throughout the season

Our Lady Captain, Gill Ardin, and Vice Captain, Jackie Smith, work hard to get the competitions organised and are on the look out for as many lady members to play as possible...... sheets are on the notice board under Ladies Section, in the entrance hall for you to add your name. Whether you are a seasoned player or just starting out, it is a great way to meet people from other clubs, gain experience in playing at different venues, socialising and supporting our club.

Thank you Gill and Jackie for organising the events.
Posted by Kerry Weston on 28 September 2017
Kerry Weston, the incoming Welfare Officer, has successfully completed the Training Course for Safeguarding and Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults.
Kerry will work alongside the current Welfare Officer/Head Coach, Ken Richmond, to learn and gain experience in this area.

Winter Leagues 2017
Posted by Kerry Weston on 22 September 2017
Wednesday Morning 10.00 a.m. triples
The fixtures have changed as there are now 13 teams in the league. You can find the new list on the website by going to League tables section.
Winter Leagues 2017
Posted by Kerry Weston on 19 September 2017
Games will start Monday 25th September 2017.
Good luck to everyone involved.

Please remember to cancel any rinks that are not required.

Message from the Outdoor President
Posted by B.P. Burton on 02 April 2017
Ladies & Gentlemen,
Just a few things about the Outdoor Section

We are now affiliated to the BBA, Warwickshire & Bowls England and our main aim this season is to increase our membership.
We are looking at different ways of doing this & to start with, we invite members of the Indoor section to come along to our opening day on Saturday 15th April at 2.00pm and on any Wednesday at 2pm when we have our club afternoons.
We are not trying to take bowlers away from the Indoor section, so if you are not bowling indoors this summer, come along and give the Outdoors a try.
You can still do your Indoor & Crown Green bowling & come and join us as our fixture do not clash with the Indoor schedule.

We have a full fixture list for the coming season, including two touring sides, a County game & two BBA Representative games. Additionally there is also the BBA League.

New members from the Indoor section do get a 25% discount on their subscriptions for the first year, which are £40.

If you would like any information, please see Bob Allcock, Alan Install or myself,

Hope to see you on the green

Terry Harris
Outdoor President
Warwick Trophy
Posted by B.P. Burton on 06 March 2017
After a nail biting wait, Alan Palmers Tamworth team were declared as the winners of the Warwick Trophy following a number of very good tight matches.

Well done Gentlemen
Ladies Top Six
Posted by B.P. Burton on 06 March 2017
Congratulation to our girls on coming second in the Warwickshire Top Six Competition
Great news for our members
Posted by B.P. Burton on 04 March 2017
Bob Love has been selected for the Disability Bowls England Home Nations Championship Squad & Ray Smith has been selected as reserve.
Well done to both of you.
These National Championships take place on 21-23 April 2017 at Newport Indoor Bowls Club between England Scotland & Wales
Our Club is also home to EALABA and its accomplished disability bowlers
Posted by Alex Griffin on 15 November 2016
Bowls for the disabled is an integral part of the bowls culture, here at Tamworth & District Indoor Bowls Club.
Wheelchair access is provided throughout the Club, along with various types of bowling aids. Special wheelchairs can be loaned for use on the rinks.

Coaching is an important facility in our Club, and we have highly experienced coaches who can help to teach you the game of bowls if you are interested in playing the sport. If you are already a disabled bowler, you may be interested in joining EALABA, the English Amputee & Les Autres (the others) Bowls Association.

Our Tamworth Club is the home base of EALABA. A number of full members of our Club are also members of EALABA and DBE (Disability Bowls England).

Irrespective of your disability, and your bowls experience or ability, you will be welcomed in the Club. You can compete at whatever level you wish, from friendly 'roll-ups' to playing with disabled International players. You will also be able to play along with any and all Club members at whatever level you feel comfortable.

Within our Club, we have a Disabled World Championship bowls silver medallist; Commonwealth Games bronze medallist and two England Internationals.

Whether your disability is physical, neurological, visual or other, you will receive a warm welcome here at Tamworth & District Indoor Bowls Club.
Tamworth Indoor Bowls Club supports the Armed Forces Community
Posted by Alex Griffin on 31 October 2016
From October 2017, T.I.B.C. will offer a discount of 10% off a full membership subscription, to members of the Armed Forces and veterans. The discount will be granted on presentation of a current 'Defence Privilege' card.
The card is available to the following personnel: Serving Forces, Veterans, Reserve Forces, Spouses/Partners of serving Forces, War/Service Widow(er)s, Bereaved Family Members, MOD Civil Servants, NATO personnel in UK, and Cadet Force members (aged over 16).
Additionally the card allows a discount on a wide range of goods and services from a wide range of Uk retailers, restaurants etc.
The 'Defence Privilege' card is available from the Defence Discount Service at: