League News 2019

Don't Forget Meeting Date Change

posted Feb 4, 2020, 2:46 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

There is NO February management committee meeting today (Tuesday the 4th) as it has been put back 48 hours.

It will now be held on THURSDAY 6th February at BOWRING BC from 7.30pm . . .

Notice for the February Management Committee Meeting

To be held on Thursday, 6th February, 2020, at Bowring BC 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

5  General Secretary’s report & Correspondence

6  Fixture Secretary’s report – including:

  1. Deadline for clubs to advise number of teams and greens they play on

  2. Structure of League divisions and number of teams (to be confirmed at March exec)

7  Competition Secretary’s report 

8  Treasurer’s report

9  Annual Dinner review – and plans for 2021 function

10 County matters – feedback from SCGBA AGM on February 3

11 Any Other Business

12 President / chairman to close the meeting

DATE OF NEXT MEETING – March Executive on Tuesday the 3rd at SJB, at 7.30pm


The CLUB INFORMATION SHEETS issued with this agenda – with data protection message - need to be completed and returned to general secretary Malcolm Fletcher by the March executive meeting at the very latest. The League’s website and records can then be updated with correct details.

Round-up From The AGM

posted Jan 30, 2020, 12:29 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

2020 AGM on Tuesday 28th January at the Sir John Bayley Club (7pm) 

The chairman’s opening address was followed by a poignant tribute to former League treasurer Derrick Price by past president Jeff Hutchinson. Hadley USC legend Derrick has died aged 87 and his funeral is on Monday 3rd February at 3.30pm at Telford Crematorium, followed by a wake back at Hadley club. Derrick was a member of the first Shropshire team to win the Crosfield Cup in 1974.

Treasurer Celia Miles reported a surplus of £1,612 on last season due to the rise in match fees. Prize money levels for the 2020 season will now be looked at – as well as plans for a Junior Bowls discount scheme.

Fixture secretary Ric Hudson said divisions 1-2-3 would start on April 3 and finish on September 25 with two Wednesdays used 48 hours before Bank Holidays (ie Good Friday and May 8). Clubs voted for the Monday divisions 4-5-6 to start on April 20 and finish on September 28 while the 14 clubs in the Dennis Lewis Thursday Division will be in action from April 2 to September 24. Sir John Bayley have withdrawn from the Saturday Division – leaving a vacancy - so the playing schedule will be finalised at the March executive meeting.

All rule changes proposed by the Future Ideas Sub Group (a £5 fee for transfers, tougher penalties for failure to fulfil a fixture and updated Harris Cup handicaps) were approved. But Newport’s bid for a new approach to help clubs with two teams in one division failed by a 10-9 vote while the Named Players rule changes proposed by Allscott Heath failed to get a seconder.

Chairman Sean Round and vice-chair Dave Evans both agreed to carry on for a three month term and, if their club issues are resolved satisfactorily, they will – with the unanimous backing of delegates – serve the whole year. All other officers were re-elected.

Sinclair’s Peter Spragg has agreed to become veterans inter-league captain and Phil King and Malcolm Fletcher will join Sean Round on the senior inter-league selection panel.

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY . . . the date and venue of the February management committee has been put back 48 hours to avoid clashing with a certain FA Cup replay!

It will now be held on THURSDAY 6th FEBRUARY at BOWRING BC starting at 7.30pm

AGM Time - Tuesday 28th January

posted Jan 25, 2020, 2:00 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

Notice for the 2020 Annual General Meeting of the Mid Shropshire League

The AGM to take place on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at the Sir John Bayley Club, Wellington, Telford (TF1 1QX), starting at 7pm


1  Chairman’s opening address – followed by Apologies & In Memoria

2  Minutes of the 2019 AGM

3  Matters arising

4  President’s Report

5  General Secretary's Report

5  Treasurer’s Report (accounts circulated with agenda)

6  Auditor’s Observations

7  Fixture Secretary’s Report

8  Competition Secretary’s Report

9  Proposals for Rule Changes

10 Honoraria for 2020

NB: Club delegates have agreed the Consumer Price Index (CPI) should be used to calculate honoraria increases, with September the trigger point. In September 2019 the CPI was 1.7 %.

11 Election of Officers 


Note: Each club is entitled to one vote. All decisions shall be by a simple majority. Clubs not represented at the AGM will be fined £5 as per Management rule 6 (e).



As the AGM has been combined with the scheduled January Management Committee meeting, the AGM will be followed by a short session to deal with and ordinary business of the League. This will include consideration of proposals for the county AGM on February 3.

There will then follow – about 8.30pm – a short but important ceremony. It will be a presentation to confirm Life Memberships on Mabel Finnigan, Ian Gaut and Bob Mumford – and will be followed by a finger buffet.


DBS Day - All You Need To Know!

posted Jan 21, 2020, 3:08 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

DBS renewals / new applicants in Mid Shropshire in 2020 -

on Saturday 25th January, at Bowring BC from 10am onwards. 


National Insurance Number – a MUST

Driving Licence –if you have one            Passport – if you have one

Proof of address – utility bill from last 3 months or, if it has changed since 2014, details of previous address

 Original and / or latest DBS / CRB certificate (for bowls) may speed up process on the day


1           10am Rob Renke (Bylet)

2           10.10 Mal Wilde (E & C Shawbury)

3          10.20 Janet Murray (Allscott Heath)

4          10.30 Su Titley (Newport)

5           10.40 Helen Wilson (Edgmond)

6           10.50 Phil King (Hadley USC)

7           11am Eric Hall (Broseley)

8           11.10 Jeff Davies (Allscott Heath)

9           11.20 Celia Miles (Sir John Bayley)

10        11.30 Stuart Duncan (Shifnal)                                Please note:

11        11.40 Sharon Duncan (Shifnal)                   1 There is no charge for an appointment

12        11.50 Jennifer Murray (Shifnal)                 2 Once you receive your certificate you have

13        12.00 Brian Murray (Shifnal)                      one month to provide Phil with a copy of it - 

14        12.10 Glenis Embrey (Shifnal)                    picture e-mailed to him? - or be fined .

15        12.20 Mary Howard (Shifnal)

16        12.30 Sylvia Owens (Shifnal)

17        12.40 Lance Leonard (George Oswestry)

18        12.50 Tony Hayward (Allscott Heath)

19        1.00 Chris Hayward (Allscott Heath)

Comfort / food break for County Safeguarding Officer Phil Scott

20        1.20 Pete Hayward (Horsehay)

21        ...................................................  

Leaders Of The Revolution!

posted Jan 16, 2020, 11:43 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Jan 18, 2020, 2:45 AM by Stephen Wall ]

The League’s bowlers and officers are proud to have been lauded as one of the leaders of a bowls revolution.

County President Mike Beckett paid the tribute at League’s annual presentation dinner when he was one of five guests of honour on a night when St Georges dominated the prize-giving.

Mike, the man behind the ground-breaking computerised results system that gives instant updates, told the 180-plus diners: “I first became involved with your League in 2012 with the results service.

“I came to a League meeting and they were expecting a young computer whizzkid – and they got two old senior citizens in me and my wife Mary!

“Now there are 160 leagues using the service so you are a go-ahead, revolutionary league,” he added in proposing a toast to the Mid Shropshire League.

Mike attended Saturday’s function at the Telford Whitehouse Hotel with his daughter Joanne and was saluted with huge applause for the way he had bravely carried on as President following the death of his wife Mary early last year.

He presented the divisional winners trophies with St Georges having most to celebrate as they regained both the first division and Dennis Lewis Thursday Division championships, while the club’s B, C and D teams also picked up prizes.

It was a proud night for St Georges star Sonya Lucas who, having made history as the first female winner of the division one averages in 2017, received the honour again, in addition to helping the Dragons win the County Cup again.

Two-in-a-row County Merit winner Spencer Clarke, Shropshire Development Officer Pauline Wilson, County Competition secretary Mike Potter and retiring league chairman Sean Round were the other guests at what is the biggest bowls prize-giving function in the county.

“It is the eighth year we have held the annual dinner at the Whitehouse Hotel and the meal was excellent and everyone seems to have had a good time,” said general secretary Malcolm Fletcher.

“So it is only right that I say a massive thank you to everyone who attended for making it another special evening for the League - I thought this bubble would have burst by now, but long may it rise high and higher!”



DIVISION 1 – Champions: St Georges A

                        Runners-up: Hadley USC A; Third: Sir John Bayley A

                        AVERAGES winner: Sonya Lucas (St Georges A)


DIVISION 2 – Champions: Broseley A

                        Runners-up: Bridgnorth A; Third: Newport B

                        AVERAGES winner: Jonathan Davies (Shifnal A)


DIVISION 3 – Champions: Hadley United Services B

                        Runners-up: St Georges B; Third: Much Wenlock A

                        AVERAGES winner: Keith Banks (Much Wenlock A)


DIVISION 4 – Champions: Horsehay C

                        Runners-up: Allscott Heath C; Third: St Georges C

                        AVERAGES winner: Brian Evason (Horsehay C)


DIVISION 5 – Champions: Newport D

                        Runners-up: Trench C; Third: Albrighton B

                        AVERAGES winner: Ken Honnor (Madeley CC D)


DIVISION 6 – Champions: Highley

                        Runners-up: Maddocks B; Third: St Georges D

                        AVERAGES winner: Lol Russon (Highley)



                        Runners-up: Newport; Third: Elephant & Castle Shawbury

                        AVERAGES winner: Callum Wraight (Elephant & Castle)


SATURDAY DIVISION – Champions: Wrockwardine Wood

                        Runners-up: Sinclair; Third: Allscott Heath

                        AVERAGES winner: Shavorne Osborne (Trench)

Thank You . . .

posted Jan 14, 2020, 2:39 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

League officials have had a couple of days to reflect now, and they want to say a sincere and massive thank you to everyone who attended the League's annual presentation dinner - on Saturday 11th January at the Telford Whitehouse Hotel - for making it another special evening for Mid Shropshire bowls.

Another big attendance of 180 plus maintained the function's status as the biggest presentation event in Shropshire bowls - and a first class meal helped make everyone happy.

"I thought this bubble would have burst by now, but long may it rise high and higher!" said proud general secretary Malcolm Fletcher, before paying tribute to his wife Margaret, who is now the League's official annual dinner organiser.

A full report of the evening, with pictures, will appear on this website shortly . . .

One Day To Go - Annual Dinner Countdown

posted Jan 10, 2020, 3:33 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Jan 10, 2020, 9:59 AM by Stephen Wall ]

Just ONE more day to wait now until the League's annual presentation dinner at the Telford Whitehouse Hotel on Saturday 11th January 2020 - AT THE EARLIER START TIME OF 6.30PM!!! 
And there can be no doubt as to the ONE club that will be in the spotlight this year. Division ONE big guns St Georges were back at the top of both the top flight and the Dennis Lewis Thursday Division in 2019. And Sonya Lucas, having made history as the first female winner of the division ONE averages in 2017, will receive the honour again after a super campaign of 24 wins from 26 games. Not finished there, the Dragons also won the County Cup and were runners-up in the Shropshire Cup!

Guest ONE of the Famous Five who have accepted invitations to attend Shropshire's biggest prize-giving function is Spencer Clarke.

Having waited so long to be crowned king of Shropshire by winning the County Merit in 2018, the Sir John Bayley Club legend went and did it again in 2019.

On a damp day at Tilstock, Spencer received the magnificent Charles Beddard Cup from County President Mike Beckett after reigning supreme by repeating his final victory of 12 months earlier against British No. 1 Callum Wraight.

And it was in wet conditions that Spencer delivered a brilliant effort in the Champion of Champions on the Waterloo in Blackpool in September, powering through to the semi-finals with a string of stunning wins before bowing out against the eventual winner.

Let’s hope Spencer enjoys tomorrow as much as he did last year’s presentation – when he was also among the guests!

Two Days To Go - Annual Dinner Countdown

posted Jan 9, 2020, 3:33 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Jan 10, 2020, 3:44 AM ]

There’s just TWO more days to go to the League's annual presentation dinner at the Telford Whitehouse Hotel on Saturday 11th January 2020 - AT THE EARLIER START TIME OF 6.30PM!!! 
And Division TWO is where Jonathan Davies has really made a name for himself over the last TWO seasons. He won the divisional averages prize in 2018 with 21 wins from 23 games for Shifnal A and remarkably repeated the feat last year. Bowling for the same team, he went even better with 23 wins from 24 matches – and will be a proud recipient of the trophy on Saturday night. 

Guest TWO of the Famous Five who have accepted invitations to attend Shropshire's biggest prize-giving function is Mike Beckett (pictured right with Spencer Clarke - who is Guest One!). 
It should have been a great year for Mike as County President representing the Barlows Whitchurch Over-60s League. But it will always be tinged with sadness following the shock loss of his beloved wife Mary early in the playing season. 

But Mike recovered his poise in admirable fashion and will the main speaker at the dinner as he attends with his daughter Joanne, determined to keep up the good work that Mary urged him to do. 
That body of work centres around the launch of the computerised Mike Beckett Results System, which has revolutionised the way bowlers can almost instantly get the information they are so eager for.

Leagues - including the MSBL - and organisations all over Britain owe Mike a huge debt of gratitude for the service he provides, so he is sure to get a very warm reception on Saturday.

Three Days To Go - Annual Dinner Countdown

posted Jan 8, 2020, 2:06 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Jan 9, 2020, 3:30 AM ]

is the focus of attention today with just THREE days to go the League's annual presentation dinner at the Telford Whitehouse Hotel on Saturday 11th January 2020 - AT THE EARLIER START TIME OF 6.30PM!!! 

Division THREE in 2019 was the platform for an incredible feat by Keith Banks. The Much Wenlock bowler topped the divisional averages by winning his game in all 24 fixtures the club played as they finished third in the table. Sadly, he won’t be attending the prize-giving, but his achievement can’t go un-noticed. 

Guest THREE of the Famous Five who have accepted invitations to attend Shropshire's biggest prize-giving function is Sean Round (pictured left with Under-18 Merit winner Ed Proudlove). 

He had the mighty difficult job of succeeding the late and great Dennis Lewis as League chairman in 2014, but has shown calm authority ever since to play a lead role in promoting Mid Shropshire bowls. 

So much so that his announcement that he will be standing down from the chairman’s role at the 2020 AGM was met with dismay – and League officers are still hoping he has a late change of heart. 
Sean is also the beating heart of Bowring BC as chairman and one of the groundsmen and, having guided the club through the difficult period of losing its Premier League team, he gained another feather to his cap by running a very successful Bowring Open in Octdober.

Four Days To Go - Annual Dinner Countdown

posted Jan 7, 2020, 4:04 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Jan 8, 2020, 2:07 AM ]

FOUR is the magic number today in the countdown to the League's eighth annual presentation dinner at the Telford Whitehouse Hotel on Saturday 11th January 2020 - AT THE EARL.IER START TIME OF 6.30PM!!!

And it was in Division FOUR last year that Horsehay C kept a firm grip on proceedings, finishing top of the table for the third season running . . . so many congratulations to them. 

Guest FOUR of the Famous Five who have accepted invitations to attend Shropshire's biggest prize-giving function is Mike Potter (pictured right with Rob Roden).

Widely recognised as the best referee ever to fly the flag for Shropshire, Mike is is the League's proud President, having succeeded Jeff Hutchinson in 2016.

He may be about to give up the role of Shropshire's BCGBA delegate, but Mike remains County Competition Secretary and continues to come up with new ideas aimed at increasing entry numbers.

A past winner of the League Merit when bowling for Edgmond, one of Mike's dreams for current club Trench came true in 2019 when their C team, which he is non-playing captain of, won the Ashton Cup

And don't be surprised, if you are one of 180-plus booked to attend on Saturday night, to see him with his legendary camera!

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