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 Adderbury’s Bournemouth tour (25-29 September) was a huge success on and off the green.

 The group won three out of four matches, the hotel was first class, the food was good and the weather was great.

 Monday’s first match was at the Argyll Bowls Club - a good green overlooking the sea, where we won 98-63.

 On Tuesday, Knyveton Bowls Club were the hosts. It’s still a men-only club and without the women to help us, we lost 61-79.

 Wednesday saw us at Pelhams BC where we resumed winning ways with 74-55 victory.

 Kings Park BC, which is next door to Bournemouth FC, was Thursday’s venue. The green is maintained by the groundsman of the   football club and was excellent. Result – Adderbury  74, Kings Park 55.

 Tour organiser Mick Jelfs said: “We were warmly welcomed at all venues. Everything was good, and all in all the tour was a real   success.”















      Players (above) and with their wives (below) who enjoyed the end of season bowls tour at Bournemouth.

      Pictures by Maureen Tyrrell.
















The search is on for bowling members who will help take the club forward into the future.

The AGM is on Thursday 16 November at 8pm and the club is looking for committee members and a mid-week captain.

President Mick Jelfs said: “This is a chance for bowling members to have their say on how the club is run. Nominations for committee members are on the notice board in the clubhouse and we would like more names added to the list.

“We are also looking for a mid-week captain for next season. We could share the role to make it less time consuming.”



The date of the presentation evening has been changed from 7 October, as stated on the fixture card, to the 21 October.

Even if you haven’t won a trophy this year there is a good reason for attending the presentation evening.

You could win a wheelbarrow of wine – or more accurately a wheelbarrow full of bottles of wine.

There will be fabulous entertainment from all-round entertainer Paul Dumas – singer, comedian and ventriloquist.

Entry by ticket only (£5 each available from the clubhouse) and the minimum age for entry is 18.

Tickets include food. Entry from 8pm for an 8.30pm start.

Donations of bottles of Chateaux Lafitte or Baron Rothschild or any decent bottles of wine would be greatly appreciated. 



Ten teams took part in the annual Burma Star Memorial Cup competition – a bowls tournament played at Adderbury in honour of servicemen who served in the Burma Campaign between 1941 and 1945.

Adderbury, Banbury Central, Banbury Borough, Banbury Chestnuts, Bloxham, Woodford cum Membris, Middle Barton, Byfield, Moreton in Marsh, and Kineton played for the cup which was originally bought by the Burma Star Bowls Club and was competed for by local bowls clubs until 2012.

The competition was revived last year when Moreton in Marsh topped the score sheet.

The 2017 winners were the Banbury Chestnuts rink of Martyn Cooper, Jed Jenkins, Christine Purnell and Maureen Tuffin who scored 37 shots in their five games.

Second were Middle Barton with 28 shots and third equal were Adderbury and Moreton in Marsh with 27 shots. Adderbury's team consisted of Yvonne Twomey, Cliff Hall, Bryan Ogilvie and Tom Clarke.                                                                                                                                                        


  First Saturday of        every month

  £1 per person to            enter

  First question at           8.30pm.

  Doors open 8pm

  Prizes and raffle


The club is thinking of entering an Aunt Sally team in next summer’s Banbury league. Anyone interested should contact Mick Jelfs 07885 163346.



The fixture secretary vacancy has been filled by Chris Holmes. The club is grateful to Chris for taking over this important role.



As announced at the 2016 AGM, the club committee has been looking to unify our dress on the green.

During 2016, we suffered problems with continuity of shirt supply, as a result some bowlers were encouraged to source their own shirts and have them embroidered.

Instances of varying quality and finish as well as unapproved additional features resulted in a loss of uniformity which we are trying to correct.

President Michael Jelfs is trying to source new white cotton shirts and white polyester polo shirts whilst at the same time seeking sponsorship to relieve the burden of initial cost to members.

The committee favours shirts that can be phased in to avoid the cost of replacing all existing shirts at once.

It is intended that the new cotton shirts and polyester polo shirts will be white bearing the club badge and sponsor’s logo as well as the member’s name if requested.

Subject to sponsorship we hope to introduce the new shirts during this season or certainly by the beginning of 2018 season with one free shirt or polo shirt to each member. Thereafter members will be required to purchase additional approved shirts as required exclusively through the club source.

As announced at the AGM once we have secured sponsorship and have example shirts available there will be a Special General Meeting for bowlers to attend and express their views before any final decision is reached.



Adderbury stalwart John Radley has decided to retire from all things bowling.

After much consideration John has resigned from the committee and from his role as fixtures secretary.

John has been a much respected member of the club for many years, during which he has held many important offices.

Club secretary Roger Hack said: “On behalf of all members I would like to express great regret that John has taken this decision after 37 years as a valued bowling member. He has served the club as president, committee member, fixtures secretary and was club captain for nine successive seasons. He has been our greatest ambassador.

“I’m sure everyone wishes him well.”



Guests are admitted to the club only when signed in by a member to a maximum of three times in any one year unless attending with a visiting bowls club or when a premise licence is in force for a ticketed event, quiz night or public event.

This rule applies to members’ husbands, wives, partners, and family where additional membership has not been taken out.

The committee is aware that these rules are being ignored which puts our licence at risk. Consequently, bar staff and committee may request proof of membership where this is in doubt.

Membership cards should be produced when requested. Alternatively there is a list of members in the club which can be checked.

We regret the need for this measure and trust members will not be offended if asked for proof of membership. 



Photos taken at the Captain v President match and at the presentation evening are now on the Gallery page.

Thanks to Maureen Tyrrell for taking and sending the pictures.


Club Winter Opening Hours

Tuesday 7.45pm until 11pm, Friday and Saturday 7.45pm until midnight, Sunday noon until 6pm. Bar could close 10pm at discretion of barman if no-one in.
Club Summer Opening Hours (during the bowling season)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 7.45pm to 11pm, Friday and Saturday 8pm to midnight,  Sunday 
noon to 6pm.