Vera Hester - Witney Town BC

Vera Hester, Witney Town BC

Sad news just received that Vera Hester, aged 94, passed away peacefully at home last week after a long battle with cancer.  She had been a member of Witney Town BC for many years, and in the past a regular player for the county.   Her funeral takes place on Tuesday, 9 March at South Oxford Crematorium but due to covid  the usual restrictions apply.

Condolences go to all her family and friends at this sad time.

Mary Bateman - Oxford C & C BC

Mary Bateman - Oxford City and County BC

City and County BC said goodbye to one of its oldest members, Mary Bateman, at the age of 95 last week. She had been a loyal member of the club for almost 60 years, supporting the competitions indoors and outdoors, even after the loss of her husband Stan.

In the past, Mary was a familiar figure on the indoor and outdoor green, and represented the county at Leamington Spa in 1993, having qualified in the County Triples. She will be sadly missed by all her family and friends.

Internet Shop

OBA Bowls Clothing

We are pleased to offer the ability to purchase OBA bowls attire online for people that intend to play county matches next season or to assist those established players that may have lost weight or gained a few lbs. 

Please take a look at the "SHOP" tab and plan ahead rather than purchasing on the day you intend to play.

We hope to extend the clothing on offer on this site, to save bowlers from having to search for their requirements in the future.

Please take a look.


2021 County Competitions and Affiliation fees

 A timely reminder

Entries for the 2021 National Competitions & County Domestic Competitions are now closed and details of the draw can be found on this website

To enable clubs to more accurately predict their membership for 2021, given the fact that the pandemic completely disrupted the last season, the return date requested by Bowls England is 1 May. Therefore can all clubs please forward your list of players, togther with the fees due to Peter Cross by 24 April 2021 to ensure we meet this deadline.  

 The forms were sent to the Club Secretaries some time ago.Thanks.

As vaccines will be available in the New Year, we are optimistic that we should have a full programme outdoors in 2021.

Please make this a new year’s resolution to send these important details to us by the dates shown. Thanks for your anticipated assistance.

2020 season

From Bowls Oxfordshire Men:
With the ongoing situation regarding the Covid-19 virus and after consultation with other Associations and following Bowls England information, the 2020 bowling programme for the OBA is cancelled.
This covers Bowls England Championship and Competition qualifiers, Domestic competitions, friendly County games and Presidents Celebratory games.
Also cancelled are the Senior and Junior Home Counties BA Leagues, Annual fixtures and Celebratory games.
The Past Presidents and Vice Presidents fixture programmes have also been cancelled.
Bowls England Affiliation fee’s and entry fees for Bowls England Championships when received from Bowls England will be reimbursed.
Likewise, OBA Affiliation fee’s and entry fees for Domestic Competitions will be reimbursed.
Payment will be made to clubs, who will then reimburse members.
Following the decision taken it has been agreed that the 2020 Presidency will roll over to 2021.
The County Officers wish the best of health for the future to all bowlers and please keep yourselves safe.
For those of you who can, we recommend that you visit the Bowls England website to keep yourself abreast of what is happening within our sport, even though there may not be any bowling taking place.
Ian Whelpton
From Bowls Oxfordshire Ladies:
All Ladies competitions, executive meetings, county leagues (MEL) and friendly matches, and one day events, have been cancelled for 2020.  This decision was made by your Executive Committee and in line with Bowls England statement issued this week.
Ladies President v Immediate Past President Day on 27th April is also cancelled.
Please note cancellation of all matches for 2020 include:
County Singles, Pairs, Triples, Fours, 2 Wood Singles, Junior Singles and Junior Pairs, Senior Fours and County Top Club. 
Also one day events:  Unbadged Singles and Unbadged Pairs.
All National Competitions are cancelled as follows:
John’s, Walker Cup, Amy Rose, National Senior Singles and Pairs, Top Club Women, Family Pairs, Champion of Champion (Women), National Mixed Pairs and Mixed Fours, Tony Allcock (over 60 Double Rink).
Affiliation fees will be refunded as appropriate, along with competition entry fees.
We wish you a safe and healthy summer and look forward to seeing you all again next year.
Jeanette Berry.
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