League News 2018

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

posted by Stephen Wall   [ updated by stephen wall ]

25th May 2018 new EU regulations comes into effect which replaces the data Protection Act 1998. All organisations that handle personnel data will need to comply with these new regulations. GDPR will continue to apply when Britain leaves the EU. 

Many of you may have been aware about this through your places of work and may not have realised that it could affect you at club level with regards to personal data that are held on membership lists etc.

The UK's independent authority set up to hold information rights is the Information Commissioners Office (ICO). The ICO website contains a great deal of useful information including a myth busting blogIt may be prudent for clubs to take some time out and read the guidelines to ensure that you are aware as to how these new regulations may affect you.

Juniors Don't Forget . . .

posted Apr 18, 2018, 2:06 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

County Junior Trials

On Sunday 22nd April 2018 (10am start)



At Meole Brace Bowling Club, Meole Rise, Shrewsbury, SY3 9JF



Open to juniors (male and female) who have not yet reached the age of 18 on the 1st January 2018.

This Festival will give the opportunity for Shropshire Junior Selectors to assess the bowls talent available to them throughout the County in order to build and progress.  The County Association is very keen to build on this success and assess fully all bowling talent from all parts of the County, we have youngsters in abundance and now is your chance!

The competition will be run within age groups and by ability.                   

ü      Entries to: Mike Potter,

 26 Trenleigh Gardens, Trench TF2 6RN

Email: mike.potter21@yahoo.co.uk

Tel: 01952 617200

Wet Weather & Postponement Reminders

posted Apr 15, 2018, 3:27 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Given all the wet weather in recent weeks - which is thankfully forecast to end from Monday 16th April onwards - League fixture secretary Ric Hudson has issued the following statement:

"Just to remind clubs, especially with the weather as it is, if you postpone your match can you email me and not phone to let me know.

"My memory is not what it used to be and if you phone I am likely to forget about it!"

As for re-arranging fixtures called off due to bad weather, MSBL rules state:
Clubs must, within seven days of the cancelled fixture, inform the Fixture Secretary in writing, or by E-mail, of the re-arranged date.

This date must be within 28 days of the cancelled fixture. 

Any outstanding fixture MUST be played before the last fixture of the season without exception. 

Third Club Fined £50 . . .

posted Apr 12, 2018, 6:50 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Apr 15, 2018, 3:27 AM ]

A third member club  will be fined £50 for withdrawing a team from the League after the March executive meeting deadline.

Donnington Wood have pulled out of the Saturday division, leaving it with just seven teams and a bye.
Their exit left Trench without a fixture on opening day and now League officials will have a look at the programme for the remaining Saturday teams.

Donnington secretary Graham Walters explained: "Donnington's players have informed me that they wish to withdraw the Saturday team.

"I'm sorry about this - I did ask at our AGM if they were certain that they wished to enter a side, but now nobody can play on Saturdays."

Sir John Bayley (Thursday divison) and Maddocks (Mondays) already face £50 fines for late team withdrawals after a rule change passed at this year's AGM

New Faces To The Fore

posted Apr 10, 2018, 11:42 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

The League now has 2 new faces in key positions.

Brenda Slingo, the driving force behind Sinclair's junior coaching scheme on Saturday mornings, has succeeded Peter Roden as a League and Shropshire junior selector.

But Peter, who joined Trench over the winter, hasn't gone quietly!

He has volunteered for the post of selector-captain of the League's Shropshire veterans inter-league team and will now attempt to build on the super record of Tony Roche

Mixed Doubles Despair & Harris Cup Draw

posted Apr 9, 2018, 12:42 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

Lack of entries has, as feared, led to competition secretary Phil King cancelling the Mixed Doubles scheduled for Saturday 21st of April.

"I will look at a date later in the year - sorry for any inconvenience," said Phil.

The draw for the Harris Cup has now been made - and is on the website under the Results icon - but the first round has been brought forward from 18th July to Wednesday 27th June.

"But clubs can use the July date if they want," added Phil .

Mixed Doubles Misery?

posted Apr 7, 2018, 5:16 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Last year the League's Mixed Doubles attracted a fine 32 entries.

This year competition secretary Phil King had received just 6 by today's - Saturday 7th April - official entry deadline.

So Phil has stated he will take entries by text and email up until the close of play tomorrow (SUNDAY) in the hope that the one-dayer can still go ahead on Saturday 21st April.

But if there is not  sufficient interest to make it worthwhile, Phil will postpone the comp and look for a new date later in the season.

Debut Delight & Friday Fling!

posted Apr 6, 2018, 8:15 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Today - Friday 6th April - sees the start of the first and second division programmes.

Reigning champions Hadley USC face a tricky looking trip to Newport A tonight while second division winners Trench A entertain Bowring A, bringing the League's new veterans inter-league captain Peter Roden face to face with his old team-mates after leaving the Wellington club over the winter to join the promoted club.

Trench will be looking to go one better in the Saturday Division, starting tomorrow afternoon, when they host Donnington Wood while champs Sinclair start their defence away at Shifnal.

But it was Sinclair who suffered on opening night in the Dennis Lewis Thursday Division at Shawbury as newcomers Elephant & Castle's powerful line-up enjoyed debut delight in the form of a 37-15 points success, with 7 winners out of 8, that puts them top of the formative table. 

Burway Boost Again & Ashton Cup Draw

posted Apr 4, 2018, 3:16 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Apr 6, 2018, 8:17 AM ]

Ludlow-based Burway have entered the Harris Cup again this year.

The Premier League club, who have ruled the Ludlow League in recent years, will go into the hat for the League's main team knockout later this month.

The six home-six away knockout, in aid of charity, is open to all Shropshire affiliated clubs and was won by Castlefields in 2000.

Preliminary round ties will be played on Wednesday, 25th April, but the first round is not until 18th July, Finals night is Saturday 22nd September at a neutral venue with a 6.30pm start.

For the entry deadline see Competition News . . .

Sadly, just 13 teams have entered this year's Ashton Cup.

Preliminary round ties are on Wednesday 11th April - go to the Results Icon and then Competitions 2018 to see the draw in full . . . 

The low number means that Wednesday 27th June is now a free night on the calendar = NOT Ashton Cup 2nd round time.

Handbook Time At April Meeting

posted Apr 2, 2018, 3:25 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Tomorrow - Tuesday the 3rd - is April Management Meeting time at Wellington's Sir John Bayley Club.

And before the meeting, from 7pm, the 2018 MSBL and BCGBA Handbooks ordered will be available for collection, along with an instruction chart on how to measure for all clubs to put up somewhere for their members to see.

In addition, Ron Adams will be on hand with scorecards and captains books that have been ordered from him.

Notice for the April Management Committee Meeting

To be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at the Sir John Bayley Club at 7.30pm – all to sign in




1  Chairman’s remarks to open the meeting

2  Apologies & In Memoria

3  Minutes of the March Executive Committee Meeting

4  Matters arising

5  General Secretary’s report

6  Correspondence

7  Fixture Secretary’s report - including results system updates and reminders

8  Competition Secretary’s report – entry deadlines for 2018 comps

9  Treasurer’s report

10 Sport England grant spend update

11 Junior news

12 County matters – report of March 19 executive meeting

13 Any Other Business

14 President Mike Potter’s remarks to close the meeting


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