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Race Night -30th March2019

posted 8 Mar 2019, 06:08 by Francis Czuba

Bantham & Ongar Bowls Club


Race Night

Saturday 30th March

7 p.m. for 7:30 p.m. First Race

Ticket price £10 including a buffet

The Bar will be open

To sponsor a race is £10

To purchase and Name a horse is £3

Please contact Sue Jones – Social Secretary

Email; or 01992 571535 or mobile; 07952804872

Cheques Payable to Bantham & Ongar Bowls Club


WOK & ROLL NIGHT - 15th June 18 at 7.30

posted 14 May 2018, 07:25 by Bantham And Ongar Bowls Club

Bantham & Ongar Bowls Club




Tickets £15 per person

Chinese Buffet

Live Rock & Blues Music provided by EL Hayes


7:00 pm FOR 7.30 pm START

Bring your Friends and Relations


The Bar will be Open


Donations to the Raffle would be Appreciated


Contact Sue Jones for tickets

on the form below or


Tel: 01992-571535 or 07952-804872

by Friday 8th June

Club Triples team in short mat final success

posted 9 Apr 2018, 05:38 by Francis Czuba

Bantham and Ongar Bowls Club short mat squad entered one triples team into the annual United Friendly League Triples Competition and they were rewarded with a medal each for coming in as runners up. In an entertaining day of semi and final games hosted at Bantham & Ongar Bowls Club on Sunday 8th April 2018 an experienced team from Chigwell were worthy winners.  The Bantham & Ongar novices, made up of Steve Carpenter, SewPeng Chen and Lynn Baggott were justifiably proud of making it in to second place in their first year in the competition

Quiz Night - Saturday 3rd March 2018

posted 19 Feb 2018, 06:07 by Bantham And Ongar Bowls Club

Last Chance
This is just a reminder that there is a quiz night on 3rd March.  Tickets are £10.00 each which includes a ploughman's supper.  If anyone is interested please contact Sue Jones on 01992 571535 or  Sue needs to know final numbers by Saturday 24th February so that the catering can be organised.

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.

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