The Outdoor Section held its Finals Weekend on Saturday & Sunday 2nd/3rd September

In front of a good crowd and a wonderfully prepared green the afternoon started at 2pm Saturday with the Men’s Singles, The Two Wood Singles and The Ladies Pairs.

The Men’s Singles Final, contested between John Benfield and Nigel Siford set the trend for the weekend ahead. Two experienced bowlers who over the years have both won the title before contested a great match that was close all the way through, after two hours plus Nigel Siford held his nerve to win in what was probably one of the longest Men’s Singles Finals in the clubs history.

The Two Wood Final saw Micky Boobyer take on Martin Acock, two bowlers with only a few years’ experience but with the potential to go farther in the game. Good bowling by both ended in victory for Boobyer.

The Ladies Pairs pitched Alison Siford & Carol Martin against Nina Boulton & June McDonald. All four Ladies have enjoyed success in the game but this day Alison & Carol had the upper hand and secured the trophy.

A good crowd gathered again on Sunday which began at 10am.

John Quinn Sets Singles was contested between Martin Acock and Mike Harris. Acock looking for a win after yesterday’s defeat overcame an ever young and much loved member of the club Harris who himself has tasted many successes over the years. A great final between two good friends - well I think Mike is still friends with Martin?

Also at 10am was The Drawn Open Pairs, Pat Brown & Nigel Siford vs Martin Sparks & John Benfield.  Two days running Siford vs Benfield, and again a close final. Good bowling by all four resulted in victory for Brown & Siford but credit to Sparks playing in his first final.

2pm Sunday afternoon saw the remaining four finals with inclement weather which did not deter the bowlers. The Ladies Singles Final was between Nicola Jones, past winner on many occasions and Pat Brown. A great contest saw Jones edge in front only for Brown to storm back and secure her first singles title with a screech of delight that could probably be heard in Stratford Upon Avon.

The next match was the Never Won Singles final. Contestants Roberta Jarvie , so many times in singles finals but as yet to secure a title, and Martin Acock, fresh from his victory in the morning. Another great final, with both players giving their all, resulted in another victory for Acock. Two in one day for him, but heartbreak again for Jarvie. One day, Roberta, one day.

The Men’s Pairs final saw Tom Granville & Tim Sealey do battle with Tony Backer-Holst & Jeff Martin. Some good bowls played by all but it wasn’t Backer-Holst and Martin’s day with Granville and Sealey securing the title in style.

Finally, the Married Couples trophy was contested  between Alison & Nigel Siford and Rosie & Freddie Brooks. Another great contest, the Brooks had their noses in front for much of the match but the Sifords came back late in the game to set up a tense ending. The Brooks, who had bowled well all afternoon, deservedly took the title on a day that also saw them celebrate their wedding anniversary and Rosie’s birthday.

The Over 60’s singles (which was not played at the weekend) was won by John Hurren who defeated Percy Hickman.

On both Finals days there were drinks and refreshments available that were enjoyed by family, friends and members and my sincere thanks go to the ladies who organised this, Val Harris, Roberta Jarvie and Rosie Brooks. My thanks also to those who gave up their time to mark the games, Tony Backer-Holst, Jeffrey Martin, Carol & Ron Thornhill and finally to the green staff, Martin Acock, Mike Harris and Keith Field for all their hard work in keeping the green in tip top condition for the finals and during the season.

Nigel Siford

Competition Secretary


The Indoor Season is about to begin

The Club opens for Roll-ups & Casual Play from Monday 18th September, although the Rinks are reserved after 6 p.m. for the “Westox” Presentation Evening on Thursday 21st September

For new or aspiring Bowlers or those who are just curious about this very social game the Club is open from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday 23rd September. Come along & try bowls “free” in an informal manner. All equipment is provided although if you could bring a pair of flat soled shoes to change into it would help, although we do have a limited number of bowls shoes for those who need them. Coaching takes place every Monday morning throughout the Winter & on Thursday Evenings in the early part of the season. Just turn up & introduce yourself


For current & past Members looking to re-join, the Opening Bowls Drive & Social Get Together is on Saturday 30th September starting at 2 p.m. Check up at the Club for details & put your names down so we can cater for numbers

The intra Club Leagues start from Monday 2nd October on the usual 4 mornings & evenings plus the Ladies Only League getting things underway that afternoon at 2 p.m. For those looking to join a League Team please contact Nigel on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who has details of vacancies waiting to be filled. These League games are friendly and take 2 hours from 10 a.m. on mornings Tuesday to Friday & from 7 p.m. each weekday except Thursdays. Bowlers can expect a game every other week so it’s a good idea to join 3 or more teams. Informal Roll-ups take place on Friday & Sunday afternoons from 2 p.m.

Inter Club matches are played on Saturday afternoons & these begin on 21st October although there are also a few Midweek & Sunday afternoon matches from time to time. For those more competitive bowlers, the Men play in the “Wessex League” on 9 Sunday Mornings through the Winter. Afew experienced players are standing down this season, so any keen male bowlers from West Oxfordshire, South Warwickshire & East Gloucestershire should consider putting their names forward for selection. The first match is on 22nd October with a “trial” game the previous Sunday morning from 10 a.m. The mixed North Oxon League for local Outdoor Clubs is played on most Saturday mornings from 10 a.m.

Finally, the Subscription for the season is £60, payable before Sunday 1st October. A collecting box is available at the Club. There is a 2 week grace period before playing rights will unfortunately be suspended due to a lack of payment

Chipping Norton Bowls Club


After a busy and exciting season the Indoor Section held its annual awards ceremony where near 70 members, family and friends enjoyed a very pleasant evening in our clubhouse. Whilst approaching our 30th anniversary year it was fitting that two of our original members, Grace Barnes and Barbara Pearce be given  the honour of presenting our awards.

Chairman Carole recognised the services of our master of ceremonies, Nigel Siford,  on this his last year as Competition Secretary.  Also after many years service to the Indoor Section, Carole thanked Nina Boulton as Secretary, Brenda Shepherd as League Organiser and Val Fraser as Fixture Secretary who have all stood down this year.

Chairman Carole is shown with all the prize winners.




Indoor Section Finals Results


Mens Singles

Winner: Martin Shepherd     Runner Up: David Leighfield

Ladies Singles

Winner: Nicola Jones    Runner Up: Julie Singer

Never Won Singles

Winner: John Hurren    Runner Up: Orren Bennett

Mixed Pairs

Winners: Val Fraser & Nigel Siford    Runners Up: Nicola Jones & Dennis Parker

Mens Pairs

Winners: John Hurren & David Leighfield    Runners Up: Orren Bennett & Robert Bradford

Ladies Pairs

Winners: Sheila Jones & Carol Martin    Runners Up: Roberta Jarvie & Nicola Jones


Winners: Nina Boulton, Pat Brown & Nigel Siford    Runners Up: Dennis Parker, Tony Backer-Holst & Richard Barnett


Winners: Nina Boulton, Carol Martin, Tony Backer-Holst & Richard Barnett  
Runners Up: Percy Hickman, Derek Hamilton, Martin Fraser & John Cox


Chipping Norton played  Watlington in the final of the TENS Competition today - Sunday 9 April 2017.
With great pleasure I am happy to report that we won.
Scores as follows :
Singles.         Steve Whitcombe.            21-12
Pairs.             John Cox
                      Richard Barnett.               21-15
Triples.          Nicola Jones
                      Carole Thornhill
                      Keith Field.                       21-14
Fours.            Roberta Jarvie
                      Julie Singer
                      Di Zenyik
                      Paul Robbins.                  9  - 35
Commiserations to Watlington  - it was an enjoyable match.





Carole Thornhill






The Outdoor Section held their annual awards ceremony in the clubhouse on Saturday 5th November where members and guests enjoyed a lovely meal before the trophies were handed out.  Our President Tony Backer-Holst did a marvellous job standing in for Competition Secretary Nigel Siford who was on holiday but had left a very witty speech which Tony was under strict instructions not to read beforehand. 

Oxfordshire Bowling Association President Peter Latter had taken ill at the last moment but his place was very ably taken by the Deputy President and our own member, Bill Jarvie, who presented the awards.  Unfortunately there were a few recipients who were not present on the evening to receive their trophies but a good evening was had by all who did attend.  The Club Person of the Year was deservedly presented to Martin Acock for all his hard work on and around the green, particularly now being fully qualified in dealing with pesticides for the green maintenance.

Our thanks and appreciation goes to Chairman Val Harris and her committee for all the hard work over the season.






Chipping Norton Bowls Club are pleased to announce the completion of the extension to the Club building designed to create a 2 way Viewing Gallery enabling members, visitors and guests to watch both indoor and outdoor bowls being played. The facility was the result of efforts to improve the attraction of the Club to potential new members and to encourage retention of present members. Associated with the project was the replacement of the 4 rink capacity indoor carpet and the improvement of external security lighting. All three elements have been completed.


A formal opening of these new facilities took place at the Club on Friday 16th September with the former Member of Parliament for Witney David Cameron attending to officially declare the 3 features open. Mr Cameron gave an address, spent time mingling with the 70 plus guests present and observing demonstrations of indoor and outdoor bowling.


Mr Cameron, together with a number of other individuals and bodies, had previously provided letters of support to Sport England - Inspired Facilitiesresulting in the Club receiving a grant of £75,000 towards the overall cost of the three element project.




Note to Editors:

Chipping Norton Bowls Club is rural based medium sized Flat Green Bowls Club which will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2017. In common with most other Bowls Clubs we are striving to improve the membership and are seeking to take the opportunity of a local house-building programme. 



 Club Finals of the Outdoor Competitions were played over four days, Saturday 3rd, Sunday 4th, Monday 5th and Wednesday 7th September resulting in good competitive and enjoyable matches. 


Mens Pairs: Winners: Pat Griffin & David Leighfield - Runners Up: Desmond Boulton & Jeffrey Martin.

Never Won Singles: Winner: Micky Boobyer - Runner Up: Roberta Jarvie.

Over 60,s Singles: Winner: Pat Griffin - Runner Up: Len McDonald.

Drawn Open Pairs: Winners: John Benfield & David Leighfield - Runners Up: Freddy Brooks & Valerie Harris.

Married Couples: Winners: Mike & Valerie Harris - Runners Up: June & Len McDonald.

Two Wood Singles: Winner: Pat Griffin - Runner Up: Micky Boobyer.

Ladies Singles: Winner: Nicola Jones - Runner Up: Roberta Jarvie.

John Quinn Sets: Winner: David Leighfield - Runner Up: Micky Boobyer.

Ladies Pairs: Winners: Nina Boulton & Nicola Jones - Runners Up: Roberta Jarvie & Pat Brown.

Mens Singles: Winner: David Leighfield - Runner Up: Tom Granville.


My thanks go to Carol & Ron Thornhill for marking on the Saturday and Monday, and Tony Backer-Holst who did Sunday and Wednesday. Congratulations to all the winners and commiserations to the runners up, but every final was great to watch.


Nigel Siford

Competition Secretary.

Congratulations to David Leighfield on winning the County U25's singles during a wonderful days bowling at Carterton today.  His opponent on this occasion was his fellow White Rose team-mate Chris Gilkes from Watlington.  An even match most of the way Chris then took the lead 16-12. On what had been a warm sunny morning, light rain didn't interfere with the determination of both bowlers. The score went to 18-18 before David held his nerve with some solid bowling to win 21-18. Both now off to Leamington


Chipping Norton Bowls Club Indoor section held it's annual prize presentation on Thursday 7th April in the Clubhouse on Burford Rd Chipping Norton .
Following an excellent meal provided by lady members ,new Incoming Chairman Carole Thornhill welcomed guests and gave a special welcome to Club President Tony Backer Holst and his wife Margaret and thanked him for agreeing to present the prizes . She said " thanks to all those who took part in the competitions this season and congratulations to all the winners and a special thank you to the people who made it all happen . To Brenda Shepherd league secretary who has done a sterling job over many years in organising leagues , with all that entails and also to Rosemary Brooks for the sometimes thankless task of organising the competitions , well done ladies . "
Carole Thornhill then asked President Tony to present the trophies firstly the weekly leagues followed by the yearly club competitions .
The winners of the club competitions were as follows  ;
Triples    Paul Robbins -Rosemary Brooks-Trevor Millard 
Rinks      Di Zenyik - Tony Backer Holst - Nigel Siford - Martin Fraser .
Mixed Pairs   Nigel Siford - Jean Dix 
Ladies Pairs   Val Harris - Julie Singer 
Mens Pairs    Paul Robbins - Robert Bradford 
Never Won  David Leighfield
Ladies Singles   Val Harris 
Mens Singles   Martin Shepherd 
President Tony then said " Thanks you for inviting myself and Margaret this evening and what a fantastic turnout . A special thank you also to the people who have organised this evening a tremendous amount of work goes into not only this evening but also to the organising of club events throughout the year and I would like to wish outgoing Chairman Roberta Jarvie all the very best for the future and am pleased that she will continue to work for the club in the role of Club Secretary . I am also pleased to announce that the club extension and replacement of indoor carpet project is on schedule and should enable the club to further develop and improve year on year.I have always been proud of the fact that the club has the reputation of being a friendly and welcoming club and a sincere thank you to you all for ensuring this reputation "
Incoming Chairman Carole Thornhill said " Once again thank you President for being with us this evening and I look forward to my year in office and hope I can live up to the exacting standards set by outgoing chairman Roberta . Once again thank you all for being with us this evening and safe journey home "
photo attached 
left to right  David Leafield - Nigel Siford - Tony Backer Holst - Paul Robbins - Carole Thornhill - Val Harris - Martin Shepherd - Rosemary Brooks - Robert Bradford - Di Zenyik - Trevor Millard    
Di Zenyik
Nigel Siford
Martin Fraser
Tony Backer-Holst
Never Won
David Leighfield
Ladies Pairs
Val Harris
Julie Singer
Paul Robbins
Trevor Millard
Rosie Brooks
Mixed Pairs
Nigel Siford
Jean Dix
Mens Pairs
Paul Robbins
Robert Bradford
Mens Singles
Martin shepherd
Ladies Singles
Val Harris