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Change in Bowls Laws

posted 2 Mar 2017, 09:22 by Bantham And Ongar Bowls Club

Recently the following proposed amendment to the Laws of the Sport was unanimously approved by World Bowls Council. 
The bias side of a bowl is identified by the small grooved rings surrounding its centre and the non-bias side is identified by the large grooved rings surrounding its centre (law D2) The Laws Committee is of the view that the current requirement for large grooved rings surrounding the centre of the non-bias side is not necessary. It proposes, therefore, to revise the laws to remove this requirement. 

This means that the non bias side  can now have stickers or markings inside the grips.

Day two of replacing the green

posted 23 Feb 2017, 01:28 by Bantham And Ongar Bowls Club

Today, Wednesday 22nd Feb 2017, the old surface has been completely removed. We can see clearly which parts of the base and ditch sides need repair. Greengauge have started fixing the battens to attach the new surface to.

Work starts on New Green

posted 21 Feb 2017, 09:06 by Bantham And Ongar Bowls Club

Today, Tuesday 21st February work commenced on the new green. The work begins with the removal of the old artificial surface and ditch linings.

Yes - we won our lottery bid !

posted 25 May 2016, 08:58 by Francis Czuba   [ updated 25 May 2016, 09:02 ]

Bantham & Ongar Bowls Club is among a small number of local sports projects to secure a share of £9 million of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.


Since 2011, Inspired Facilities has been helping breathe new life into tired community sports facilities and converting existing buildings into venues suitable for grassroots sport.


BANTHAM & ONGAR BOWLS CLUB secured the funding which will go towards the cost of replacing the surface of their artificial lawn bowls green. The grant of £ 54,530 will help towards the cost of removing the old, worn out surface and replacing it with a new modern green. The club, based in North Weald, was established 16 years ago and has members of all ages drawn from the local community including Ongar, Epping and Doddinghurst. The club is proud to be completely disabled friendly and the new green means that it will continue to allow specialist bowling wheelchairs to be used.


Sport England Property Director, Charles Johnston, said: “The Inspired Facilities Fund has had a huge impact on grassroots sport across the country. Since 2011, we’ve invested £102 million into more than 1,920 projects to improve and refurbish sports clubs and transform non-sporting venues into vibrant community sports clubs.


“It’s great to see Bantham & Ongar Bowls Club join the long list of successful clubs to benefit from this fund.”



Club Chairman, Francis Czuba, said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment. To be honest, without it we may have been looking at closure, which would have been a sad loss not only for lawn bowls but also for the two hundred plus local people who regularly use the club. This generous grant means that we can upgrade the quality of our playing surface and additionally ensure that we can continue to implement our plan to develop the club and make it a hub for sport and social activities in the local community, a club which can cater for people of all ages and abilities.

We hope the work will be undertaken once the outdoor bowls season ends in October. We then expect to have an official launch week in Spring 2017, where not only members but the public can come and try it out”


Sir Eric Pickles, the local MP for Brentwood and Ongar, sent a message of congratulation to all club members and described the news as "fantastic". He hopes to be able to attend one of the launch days next spring.


Many more communities are set to benefit from the hugely popular fund with the latest round of the Inspired Facilities now open. Community and voluntary organisations, councils and schools can bid for a share of £5 million to help  upgrade facilities that can be unattractive, expensive to run and difficult to maintain, and to convert existing non-sporting buildings into venues that are suitable for grassroots sport.


Applying for funding has never been easier. Based on feedback from previous applicants, the Inspired Facilities Fund is now an open programme which means projects can submit applications as soon as they are ready rather than being restricted by a specific deadline. To find out more and bid, visit `


posted 17 Jul 2015, 02:38 by Francis Czuba

We have created an online forum - a noticeboard for members. It would be great if members joined us; we are hoping to use it to have conversations about what is happening at the club, provide information, help members to keep up to date with when they are playing, fixture changes etc.

Membership of this group is open only to club members and is only visible to those people. 

There are no rules except negative comments about individuals will not be tolerated, nor will bad language or general rudeness.

The Group can be accessed directly from our website by clicking on the NOTICEBOARD in the MEMBER'S NOTICE BOARD (members section) page. Either follow a thread/conversation or start a new subject. Looking forward to reading your input.



Club Chairman

Gents victorious for fourth year in a row

posted 25 Apr 2014, 02:22 by Bantham And Ongar Bowls Club   [ updated 17 Jul 2015, 02:31 by Francis Czuba ]

18.04.15 - In the annual battle of the sexes the gents team at Bantham & Ongar Bowls Club took the trophy for the third year in a row. The men captained by Alan Dodd were successful on every rink. The match, as always was good humored with lots of friendly banter between the teams. The ladies, captained by Pat Kitson, were magnanimous in defeat.
The match, which was played in typical spring weather, was followed by a truly delicious buffet meal hosted by club president Lawrence Eldred. Both Lawrence and Alan gave speeches, Lawrence emphasizing the friendliness of the club and how good it is to see new members.
The club has recently reduced the annual subscription for bowls players to £40 per year with no joining fee.

The photograph shows the winning Gents Team, Captain Alan Dodd is holding the trophy.

Bantham & Ongar team win Tye Green Indoor Ladies Gala

posted 17 Apr 2014, 07:47 by Francis Czuba   [ updated 17 Apr 2014, 07:51 ]

The winners with club officials and competition sponsors

Tye Green Ladies Gala - April 2014

TYE Green Indoor Bowls Club’s ladies section held a successful gala at their Harlow Club.

A total of 144 women from Essex and Hertfordshire took part in the annual event at the Bush Fair club.

Bantham & Ongar A team,  Jackie Brown, Irene Morris, Hazel Issitt and Estelle Bell, won the competition.

Rosehill B (Hoddesdon) were second with Chigwell in third.

Don Wood Trophy Success 2013

posted 20 May 2013, 05:12 by Francis Czuba   [ updated 20 May 2013, 05:18 ]

SHEILA & MIKE NASH were walk away winners of the annual  Don Wood Trophy 'any pairs' competition held on Sunday 19th May 2013.

The trophy, one of Don's woods beautifully mounted, was presented by club vice chairman Francis Czuba; who also organised the day. The married duo, both stalwarts of the club, were the only pair to win all three of their competition games. An added bonus and surprise to everyone was the weather, there was no rain, little wind and the occassional glimpse of the sun.

Double Success for our Short Mat Teams

posted 7 May 2013, 07:59 by Bantham And Ongar Bowls Club

News Report 14th April 2013


Bantham & Ongar Short Mat Bowls

The BANTHAM AND ONGAR Short Mat Bowls Section have just concluded a memorable winter 2012-13 season culminating with a unique double.

Newly promoted to the United Friendly First Division last season, the team finished the season in a creditable mid-table position, but then made a major impact on the two annual triple tournaments.

The United Friendly Triples Championship 2013 initially begins with qualifying events taking place in different venues during January and February in a round robin format, with the qualifying teams progressing to the finals. Bantham & Ongar entered four teams of which two successfully progressed to the finals.

BANTHAM AND ONGAR (team D), (Bill Davis, Alan Dodd and Martin Peacocke), won their pool at Abridge. BANTHAM AND ONGAR (team B) (Brenda Haynes, Ken Haynes and Bill Cooke) won at Woodford Wells.  BANTHAM AND ONGAR teams A and C did not qualify. The championship finals were held at the Bantham & Ongar Bowls Club on Sunday April 7th where a preliminary round robin event reduced the number of teams to eight quarter finalists for a knockout competition.

BANTHAM AND ONGAR (team B) reached the semi final where they were beaten in a very close match by Sheering A, however BANTHAM AND ONGAR (team D) defeated the tournament favourites, Chigwell, and then Woodford Wells to reach the final where they beat Sheering A 8 – 5.

Four days later on Wednesday 11th April, the Woodford Wells Open Triples tournament took place. This is an invitation event and BANTHAM AND ONGAR were invited to send two teams having previously won the event in 2010. BANTHAM AND ONGAR (team A) comprised Bill Davis, Alan Dodd and Martin Peacocke with BANTHAM AND ONGAR (team B) represented by Ken Haynes, Bill Cooke and Ralph Cooper. The tournament involves 16 teams with each team playing six randomly drawn matches played over six ends.

Both teams played excellent bowls with team A winning five of their six matches, finishing in third place overall on shot difference, but the BANTHAM AND ONGAR Team B won  all six of their matches, and being the only unbeaten team were declared out right Woodford Wells Open Triples Champions 2013.

Winning both of these prestigious short mat bowls tournaments is a unique achievement and demonstrates the strength of the club at this level.                (Alan Dodd)

Gunton Hall - January 2013

posted 19 Mar 2013, 21:29 by Francis Czuba

     The worst snow of the winter failed to stop the travel plans or enthusiasm of our group at our now annual pilgrimage to Gunton Hall. Thirty three club members, some friends from Halex Bowls Club and Ernie's team made up our group of about fifty. 
As usual much fun was had by all both during the two days of bowling and in the evenings. Unfortunately two couples were dispatched home early as a precaution as they had suspected norovirus; glad to say neither of the two people had it and quickly recovered at home. Once again the event was organised by Sheila Nash, and a big thank you was extended to her by the whole group.

Our group did well in the bowls competition, meaning 16 of us got an extra days b
owling. As usual we were pitted against other guest clubs including our old friends/adversaries from Rayleigh Bowls Club, but it was an all 'Sheila Nash's Group' semi-final with teams skipped by Brenda Perrett and Jim Heppel making it to the semi-finals being knocked out by a team skipped by Doreen Oddy which included the ubiquitous Sheila Nash who went on to become the runners-up. However the eventual winners after a week of good bowling by the whole group were the Halex team skipped by Keith Austin.

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