League News 2018

Member Club To Make Bowls History

posted by Malcolm Fletcher

Sinclair will make crown green bowls history later this month.

The Ketley club will be the venue  for the first ever national coach course promoted by a crown green body.

"We have been lucky enough to get allocated the first ever Coach Level 1 course from the new coach provider, Coach Bowls," said county development officer Pauline Wilson.

"It will be held at Sinclair Bowling club on Tuesday 28th August from 9am to 5pm, with the follow up assessment day on 2nd October.

"Both the BCGBA & SCGBA, as well as individual county affiliated leagues, are partly funding a substantial part of the cost of the course.

"Many bemoan the lack of juniors in bowling but clubs and leagues need to make an active commitment to improving this.

"The first step is qualified & DBS cleared coaches - so please put yourself forward and contact me (porinkan@gmail.com or 07746 224824)."

Goodbye To A Great

posted Aug 8, 2018, 11:45 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

The League will say farewell to Neil Hinton, one of the greats of the game in Mid Shropshire, on Friday 10th August.
In fact all of Shropshire's bowls loving stalwarts are in mourning following the loss of another member of the first county team to win the Crosfield Cup in 1974.

For Neil -  who won 21-19 in the home leg at long-gone GKN Sankey of the historic two shot final victory over Cheshire - passed away peacefully in Telford’s Princess Royal Hospital on July 24, aged 90.

His funeral service is on Friday at 10.30am at Telford Crematorium when bowlers from all over the county are expected to pay their respects.

Neil won the County Doubles with his Hadley USC team-mate Derrick Price in 1997 and was a Mid Shropshire Merit champion three tines – in 1967, 1978 and 1980.

He continued bowling after retiring and won the Mid Shropshire Senior Citizens League Merit four times when with Donnignton Wood, first in 1992 and three years in a row from 1995.

His late wife Eileen was British Ladies chairwoman and a stalwart member of Wrockwardine Wood and Neil leaves a daughter Carol, son-in-law Steve and two grandchildren.

RIP Neil Hinton . . .

Congratulations And A Reminder . . .

posted Aug 6, 2018, 4:41 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Aug 6, 2018, 5:34 AM by Stephen Wall ]

The League's sincere congratulations go to division one high fliers Highley for their Shropshire Cup triumph.

They beat Prince of Wales Hotel by 19 shots in the final on Saturday 4th August on the Bayley's bottom green to become the first non-Shrewsbury winners of the Burdass Cup in its new non-Premier League guise.

They had eight winners from the 12 games on a difficult green, Greg Carr (21-7) and Dave East (21-9) leading the way. Full scores on the SCGBA website.

And member clubs and their delegates ARE REMINDED THAT THERE IS NO AUGUST MEETING this week.

League Duo Clash In Shropshire Cup Final

posted Aug 3, 2018, 5:26 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Two clubs who play in the League clash in the Shropshire Cup final tomorrow - Saturday 4th August - in  Wellington.

And village club Highley know they need to stop a juggernaut if they are to become the first non-Shrewsbury winners of the trophy at the Sir John Bayley Club (6.30pm start).

For their final opponents on the bottom green, the Prince of Wales Hotel, are in top gear with three club sides having reached cup finals.

Ian Smith’s first team are also flying high in the Tanners Shropshire League first division and, as first winners of the Shropshire Cup in its non-Premier guise in 2016, they know how to get the job done.

The Prince - who play in the Dennis Lewis Thursday Division - hammered holders Castlefields by 66 shots in the semi-finals and Smith declared: “We are looking forward to the final now and hope to enjoy it as it will be another big challenge for us to play yet another strong team."

And Highley proved that by overcoming last year's runners-up Telepost in the last four, Ian Thompson the 21-2 hero for skipper Geoff Wylde’s south Shropshire side.

They have a number of Staffordshire stars in their ranks and have not given up hope of winning the Mid Shropshire League title, even though they currently trail leaders St Georges.

For the Dragons still have to go to Highley, who end the campaign with two home games before a last night crunch away to reigning champions Hadley USC.

Saturday’s Shropshire Cup final pairings - Highley v Prince of Wales Hotel:

Andy James v Tracy Ryan, Andy Jones v Darren Powis, Ben Dixon v Conrad Clapham, Geoff Wylde v Nicki Hotchkiss.

Dave East v Ian Smith, Steve Wright v Paul Marshall, Ray Bishop v Graeme Wornell, Darrell Handley v Nigel Ferrington.

Ian Thompson v Ian Marshall, Bill Staite v Rob Jones, Mark Jones v Chris Jones, Stuart Gittings v Clair Barker.

Reserves – Highley: Greg Carr, Jess Hurst, John Walsh; Prince Hotel: Ian Payne, Mike Hughes, Geoff Davies.

Shield Semi-finals Time

posted Jul 30, 2018, 1:06 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

Wednesday 1st August is semi-finals night in the Ashton Shield with holders Allscottt Heath, Trench, Hadley USC and Charlton the clubs involved.

For full details of the ties in the five home-five away consolation KO for Monday division teams go to Results then the Competition 2018 drop down . . .


Clubs Urged To Consider Safeguarding Courses

posted Jul 25, 2018, 2:58 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

BCGBA Safeguarding Officer, Paul Ashmore will be holding Safeguarding Courses in Shropshire again this year.

And a county association spokesperson said: "It is recommended (but not yet compulsory) that all club and league Safeguarding Officers attend a safeguarding course."

The courses will be held at Meole Brace Bowling Club on Sunday 7th October 2018 (11am to 2pm and 3 to 6pm).

The cost is £15.00 per person and a cheque made payable to SCGBA must be paid in advance to book your place on the course.

Places are limited and will be issued as a first come first served basis. Please send cheque to Phil Scott, 23 Inveresk Road, Tilston, Malpas, SY14 7ED and please state which time slot you prefer.

Super Shropshire Title Double

posted Jul 22, 2018, 2:54 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Jul 23, 2018, 3:40 AM by stephen wall ]

The League's sincere congratulations go to two youngsters who ruled the roost in the Shropshire Junior Merit.

Sinclair star Harry Church retained the main under-18 title by winning a thrilling final at Whixall on Saturday 21st July by beating Kieran Jones, who has been playing Premier League bowls for Meole Brace this season, 21-20.

And Shifnal's Joe Killen, who won the Mid Shropshire Under-18 crown earlier this season, made it a Mid Shropshire double by winning the consolation KO at Whixall for the Peter Ashton Trophy.

Very well done to both!  

County's Call To Leagues For Help

posted Jul 18, 2018, 12:16 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

As outlined to delegates of member clubs represented at the League's July executive meeting, the SCGBA has issued an urgent appeal for help to try and fill a key position in 2019.

County association secretary Mo Corley explained in an email to all affiliated leagues: "Finding a replacement Safeguarding Officer for next year was discussed at the latest county executive meeting.

"We must have someone in place by the AGM in February. 

"I was instructed to contact Paul Ashmore, the BCGBA Safeguarding Officer, to find out the minimum qualifications that an Association Safeguarding Officer must obtain and he informed me that attending the course which he will be running on 7th October 2018 at Meole Brace BC ( click here to go to SCGBA website) would suffice -  but added there are other courses available too.

"Can you please inform all your clubs and your league Safeguarding Officer to see if they would be interested in the vacancy and to contact me to apply.

"And can you please inform all your clubs and your league Safeguarding Officer about the course at Meole Brace. Places on the course are limited and must be paid for in advance, more details on the website."

July Executive Meeting Titbits

posted Jul 12, 2018, 12:44 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

A total of 11 clubs will be fined £5 for non-attendance at a meeting that was put back a week due to a clash with an England World Cup football match.

The proposed Sub Group meeting without the League’s officers will go ahead on Wednesday 29th August at Bowring at 7.30pm..Their proposals will be reported back to the September meeting and then fully debated at the League's October meeting. 

County and league junior selector Brenda Slingo hopes to help us muster two teams again for this year’s Shropshire junior inter-league on Sunday 16th September in Shrewsbury, hopefully giving last year’s side that won the consolation cup the chance to go one better 

She is also going to look into the possibility of a Mid Shropshire set-up joining the British Parks association to play in its various junior competitions next year. With so many youngsters at Sinclair, Shifnal, Charlton etc, she is anxious to give them more experience on bigger stages. This would take a massive commitment of time and money, but it’s a very exciting prospect all the same . . . 
Also exciting is two bits of news from Donnington Wood. The League made a donation of £20 from a brandy roll-up at Merit finals day at Allscott Heath to the charity day in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support that we jointly promoted with that club. Secretary Graham Walters tells me they raised £1,000 and thanked the League for its support. 

Graham also had a meeting with the Mayor of Telford & Wrekin last month and says that the Mayor wants Donnington Wood to hold a competition for the mayor's trust, which is a charity that helps under privileged children. And as he wants to throw it open to all Telford bowlers, Graham has told him he needs to run it past the MSBL and possibly the SCGBA. So expect to hear more on this in due course - could be held mid October or early next year. 

All 11 affiliated clubs that had applied for a slice of the first £5,000 grant fund allocated by SCGBA had been allocated a sum by the finance committee – a move ratified by executive. MSBL clubs to benefit are Hadley USC (£400 for replacement roof sheets) and Shifnal (£500 towards renewal/repair of floodlights).

St Georges, Wrockwardine Wood, Donnington Wood and Bylet among the 6 clubs with two greens vying to stage the 2019 Midland Masters finals. Final choice to be made by county in October.

And delegates present on Tuesday 10th July were urged to consider nominating someone from their club for the elford Community Pride Awards, which is now open for nominations in a variety of categories. Know someone who goes that extra mile? Now’s your chance to give them the recognition they deserve via the T & W Council website . . ..

Usual Venue For July Executive Meeting

posted Jul 9, 2018, 4:55 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

The League's July executive committee meeting - put back a week to Tuesday 10th July due to England's World Cup match against Colombia - will be held at Wellington's Sir John Bayley Cub as usual, with a 7.30pm start.


1  Chairman’s remarks to open the meeting

2  Apologies & In Memoria

3  Minutes of the June Management Committee Meeting

4  Matters arising

5  General Secretary’s report & Correspondence

6  Fixture Secretary’s report - including fines, registrations and transfers updates

7  Competition Secretary’s report – comp reports & cup updates

8  Treasurer’s report

9 Inter-League update 

10 Annual Dinner Menu - finalising of 2019 choices (sent again separate)

11 County matters – report from executive meeting on Monday 2nd July

12 Data Protection

13 Any Other Business

14 President Mike Potter’s remarks to close the meeting



There is NO meeting in August but, as per League rule 6(e), clubs that fail to send a representative to an Executive Committee Meeting will incur a fine of £5.


DATES FOR THE DIARY: Harris Cup – semi-finals on Weds 22 August. Ashton Shield semis -Weds 1st Aug; Ashton Cup semis – Weds 8th Aug. BOTH Ashton finals are on Saturday 1st Sept

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