League officers now are hoping for good news on junior development - on two fronts.
A bid for a grant of £7,500 from Sport England for five sets of modern junior coaching equipment - including small bowls - was completed this week.
Backed by county development officer Peter Carter and the SCGBA, the aim is to create coaching centres all over Mid Shropshire and Shropshire and also for qualified coaches to have access to the equipment to do coaching sessions at every affiliated club that asks for them.
Joe Lockley, Club Development Manager of Energize Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, confirmed on Tuesday 21 March: "I have just submitted the application.
"Sport England should be in touch within the next month. If accepted they will ask for further documents and a signed acceptance letter."
But League chiefs will know before that whether a second summer of after schools bowls clubs will go ahead at Hadley Learning Community and Charlton BC.
Head of primary phase at HLC, Erica Aston, has a meeting next week to finalise which after school clubs will dun in the summer term - and Peter Carter has coaches ready and waiting for the news . . .
Reigning League champions Donnington Wood will act as Shropshire hosts for the Midland Alliance championship on Sunday 30 April.
They got the nod at Monday's County Executive meeting by beating the other hopefuls, Meole Brace, in a straight vote.
The main reason for that was that the county's senior team selectors wanted to use Donnington for the one-day event for county sides to try out bowlers who did not appear at senior level last year.
The selectors had already picked two squads of 10 for the eight-a-side championship which included a Meole bowler - and homesters are not allowed.
Meanwhile, Sir John Bayley lost by five shots to Newdigate (North Midlands) in their second tie at the World Club Championship at Fox Lane in Leyland to miss out on a place in the last eight for finals day on April 16..
Mid Shropshire near-neighbours Sir John Bayley and Bowring have the chance to do what no Shropshire club has ever done in the next few weeks.
The Wellington duo can make history as the county’s first winners of the World Club Championship – and that bid starts on Sunday 19 March for the Bayley Boys.
They head north up the M6 to Fox Lane Sports & Social Club at Leyland, near Preston, for the first qualifying round of this year’s championship, which is sponsored by Shropshire-based Pitchcare.
The Bayley face an opening showdown against Brighouse Sports of Yorkshire on the No. 2 green - and the winners of that eight-a-side tie will meet either Newdigate (North Midlands) or Holme (Cumbria) on the No.1 with a place in the finals day on April 16 at stake.
Shropshire had great success in the competition in its former guise – the British Club Championship - with Castlefields the first winners in 1993, and again in 1997 and 2005, while Whitchurch’s Chester Road also chipped in with a 2004 truimph.
But the World crown, launched in 2011, has so far eluded a county side, and that is the big motivating factor for reigning Shropshire Premier League champions and triple Mid Shropshire title winners Sir John Bayley and Bowring.
County Cup holders Bowring will take their shot at qualifying on Sunday 2 April - and League officers and fellow member clubs wish both them and the Bayley the best of luck.
Meanwhile, Donnington Wood will find out if they or Meole Brace will act as Shropshire hosts for Midland Alliance championship on Sunday 30 April at a county executive meeting on Monday 20 March.
BCGBA Development Officer, Jodie Faulkner, has arranged a one-day Bowling Green Maintenance Seminar in association with DENNIS and SISIS.
It is at Ye Olde Knowle Bowling Club in Solihull on Wednesday 29 March.
These seminars usually prove very popular and with numbers limited, it is advisable to print off the registration forms in the latest BCGBA Newsletter and return them as quickly as possible.
The programme for the day is:
Bowling Green Maintenance One-Day Seminar
Wednesday 29th March 2017
Ye Olde Knowle Bowling Club, Grange Road, Dorridge, Solihull B93 8QA
League officers are delighted to announce that there will be eight teams competing in the Saturday Division this year.
That's the final number after an 11th hour application from Maddocks was accepted, helping to at least partially offset the withdrawals of Highley, Chelmarsh and Charlton B that were confirmed at the March executive meeting.
After some tough years, including being reduced to one green, it looks like Oakengates-based Maddocks are now on the way back . . .
Fixtures in all divisions for the 2017 season are now LIVE on this website.
Fixture secretary Ric Hudson reports the 2017 fixtures are now available direct on Mike Beckett's system.
They will be appearing on this website site as soon as Ric and webmaster Steve Wall have communicated!
The only remaining is issue is whether Maddocks will take the place of the bye in the Saturday Division and make that eight teams - and League officers are sincerely hoping they do to show signs that the Oakengates club is continuing its welcome recovery . . .
The League's March executive committee meeting on Tuesday the 7th is 'D-day' for clubs to decide the number of teams they will be fielding this season.
Bowler shortage has led to the withdrawals of three teams from the main Friday divisions, which will be confirmed at the meeting at Wellington's Sir John Bayley Club (7.30pm).
Hadley USC, suffering after being relegated from the Shropshire Premier League, will only be able to field one side in the first division, Albrighton have dropped one of their two Friday sides and Bowring have been forced to pull out their C team from division three.
The consolations for league officials is that Sir John Bayley, winners of a stunning three divisional titles last year, have decided to field an extra Friday side and Donnington Wood have accepted promotion from division four.
Trench have also been accepted into the Dennis Lewis Thursday Division, taking that back up to 13 teams, but Chelmarsh, Highley and Charlton B have all withdrawn from the Saturday Division to leave it with just seven sides.
Clubs also have until the key meeting to apply to field extra teams but, after it, any club that withdraws a side faces potential punishment in terms of a fine.
The executive meeting will also finalise match fees and prize money levels, competition dates and the make-up of the new disciplinary committee to apply the league’s new Code of Conduct passed at the AGM.
League clubs with two greens have the chance to make history as the first Shropshire hosts of the Midland Alliance championship.
It comes to the county for the first time on Sunday 30th April at 10am and the SCGBA are searching for a venue.
"We are looking for clubs to nominate themselves to host the competition," said a coujnty associatiojnh spokesperson.
"You will need two greens and be able to cater for eight teams with regards to providing refreshments all day and ample car parking. The event is two groups of 4 with a final between the two group winners, so will go onto about 6 o’clock in the evening.
If you would like to nominate your club for this event, then please email Mo Corley on firstname.lastname@example.org"
And the added bonus is that Shropshire will have two teams taking part, hopefully packed with young and fringe players who did not make the county senior team last year.
Club secretaries are reminded that the 2017 Club Information Sheets need to be returned to the general secretary by the March executive meeting on Tuesday the 7th at the very latest.
His thanks go to those clubs that have already obliged, namely:
Bowring, Bylet, Charlton, Hadley USC, Madeley CC, Shifnal, Sinclair, St George's, Trench and Worfield.
And that leaves just 16 of the 26 member clubs to go . . .
The updated information is required for both this website and this year's League Handbook.
Notice for the February Management Committee Meeting
To be held on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at Bowring Bowling Club at 7.30pm – all to sign in
1 Chairman’s remarks to open the meeting
2 Apologies & In Memoria
3 Minutes of the December Management Committee Meeting
4 Matters arising
6 Constitution of the League for the 2017 season – Fixture Secretary’s report including: Updates of the Albrighton and Hadley USC predicaments
ALL CLUBS PLEASE NOTE: The New deadline for new applications to join the League and team withdrawals without punishment is the March Executive meeting (Tuesday, March 7)
7 Competition Secretary’s report – potential dates for 2017
8 Treasurer’s report
9 County Matters (review of the association’s AGM on February 6)
10 Any Other Business
11 President Mike Potter’s remarks to close the meeting
NOTICE TO ALL CLUBS
Club Information Sheets sent out with this agenda must be completed and returned to the General Secretary by the League’s March Executive meeting at the very latest, or by email in advance of that date once clubs have held their annual meetings. The information is required to keep the Mid Shropshire website and handbook up to date.
The League honoured former secretary and president Jeff Hutchinson, former BCGBA assistant secretary Barry Griffiths and current general secretary Malcolm Fletcher with Life Memberships at the AGM