News 2020

Search For Venue Starts

posted Feb 17, 2020, 3:24 AM by Malcolm Fletcher

The League has been forced to launch a search for a potential new venue for the county’s biggest bowls presentation function. 

Officers have 11 months to find a fresh home for its annual dinner now that Telford College has decided to close the Whitehouse leisure, hospitality and fitness facilities in Wellington. 

A College spokesman told the League: “The cost of operating the facilities significantly outweighs their income, and the college reached the point where keeping them open was no longer financially viable.

“Two expressions of interest have been received for vacant possession of the building, and after careful consideration, the decision has been taken to close the facilities so these can be pursued further.”

Club delegates were told at the February management meeting that officers had already approached a number of alternative venues capable of hosting a function that attracts around 200 people - and suggestions from those present will be investigated.

An update will be given at the March executive gathering.

The adjoining Telford Whitehouse Hotel has a new owner and is still open for business, the 90 bedroom hotel having been acquired by the R and A Hotels Group Ltd last month.

Coaching Call To Boost Club Numbers

posted Feb 13, 2020, 11:55 AM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Feb 15, 2020, 4:55 AM ]

The League's member clubs have been urged to get qualified coaches to play the lead role in attracting new members.

County Development Officer and coaching chief Pauline Wilson made the plea as she unveiled details of a Level 1 Coaching Course in Wem this year.

“We all want to attract new members and the best way to do this is to have a coach within your club - so Shropshire is once again hosting a Level 1 Coaching course,” she said.

“Once you have a coach you can hold open days, invite the local school and help individuals - all done safely, for insurance purposes, for the club and the coach.

“So please put yourself forward to become a coach - you’ll be helping your club and perhaps even learn something yourself, ending up with a nationally recognised qualification.”

The course dates are Sundays April 19 and May 24 at Wem BC (9am to 5pm), which is by the town's Swimming Pool

"The course costs £130 which has to be paid up front but is heavily subsidised at the moment by BCGBA, who are giving 50% back once the course is completed. Additionally, SCGBA are able to put in a further £40, leaving just £25," she added. 

Details of the course content are available on the Coach Bowls website, which is where applications to attend should be made on-line.

“Most of our Shropshire coaches are in Mid Shropshire and Whitchurch so it would be good to see some volunteers from Shrewsbury, Oswestry and Ludlow areas as it’s the only way we’ll grow membership,” added Pauline, who bowls for Bridgnorth and Broseley.
“This is likely to be the only local course this season so do give it some serious thought – and I’d be happy to discuss the course with anyone interested on 07746-224824.”

Scorecards & Captain's Books

posted Feb 10, 2020, 12:08 PM by Malcolm Fletcher

Ron Adams is once again taking orders for scorecards (at a cost of £12 per 1,000) and Captains Books ahead of the 2020 season.

The books are 70p for orders of 10 or more, or 75p each.

Ron can be contacted on 01952-596849 to place an order - and he hopes to deliver orders to clubs at the League's March executive meeting

Welcome Our New Life Members

posted Feb 7, 2020, 12:12 PM by Malcolm Fletcher   [ updated Feb 13, 2020, 11:48 PM by Stephen Wall ]

Three more proud servants of the sport have been honoured with life memberships by the League.

Former county secretary Ian Gaut, Shropshire Ladies stalwart Mabel Finnigan and popular long-serving referee Bob Mumford received the rewards at a special ceremony following the AGM.

League chairman Sean Round made the presentations with these words:


She can only be described as the rock of women’s bowling in Shropshire. The founder and sole secretary of the Telford Ladies Afternoon League for nearly 30 years; treasurer of the Shrewsbury Ladies League for 26 years; a captain and official of the Shropshire Ladies association, including president. And I’m sure that’s not the half of it!

She has treasured memories of her time at Dun Cow Bowling Club, Madeley Court and now Broseley - and if anyone deserves to be the first female recipient of a life membership from this League, for all she has done for the sport in this area and throughout Shropshire, then it is Mabel . . . 


. . is quite simply one of the greatest administrators to have graced the game in Shropshire. And it all started with a short spell as fixture secretary of this League before a meteoric rise to become county secretary in 1994 and start the computerised revolution of the game.

In the very same year he became the first secretary of the new Shropshire Premier League and remained at the forefront of changing things for the improvement of bowlers and bowls in the county for a decade, also serving the Donnington Wood and St Georges clubs with distinction. His life membership of the Premier League was long overdue and now it is our turn to pay tribute and say thank you to Ian . . . 


Simply has to be one of the most popular people in Mid Shropshire bowling circles. He loves playing the sport and always has time for a chat, his devotion to the Much Wenlock club shining through conversations.

A good bowler, Bob is also one of the top referees to have come through the ranks in Shropshire, officiating at top tournaments and he’s still active at league and county level. We don’t think he should be an unsung hero any longer and that is the reason for this award to you Bob now . . .

Don't Forget Meeting Date Change!

posted Feb 4, 2020, 2:48 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.

Site Being Configured for 2020

posted Feb 4, 2020, 12:30 AM by stephen wall   [ updated Feb 4, 2020, 2:47 AM by Malcolm Fletcher ]

This site is currently being configured for the 2020 season, subsequently for a short period of time some of the links may not work.

Please accept my apologies for any inconvenience.

Webmaster Steve Wall

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