Enjoying the Bowls?

Have been watching the World Bowls on the telly and fancy having a go yourself? If so why not come and give bowls a go at Ormskirk Bowling Club? Register your interest here and we will get back in touch with you.

We are a friendly club which welcomes beginners and we hold regular taster sessions and open days and have had many new bowlers join us over the last year or so. Bowls is a great social sport that everyone can play and it is brilliant if you want to meet new people and get some gentle exercise in the fresh air.

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AGM 7.30pm Monday 7 February 2022 Ormskirk Cricket Club

The club intends to hold the above event in the upstairs function room subject to Covid restrictions not changing.

Agenda and proposals are scheduled to be sent out at least 14 days before, can you therefore advise any further proposals, other than those I have already received, no later than Wednesday 19 January 2022.

Given the current climate can you let me know if you are intending to come to the AGM no later than Friday 21 January 2022, so that the committee can be satisfied that the numbers can be accommodated. Please include partners if they are also wishing to attend.

Appropriate measures will be required including the wearing of masks when not seated at the table and hand sanitising which will be available.

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Some Sad News

The Club is very sad to hear that Brian Carr passed away peacefully at home on 20th December 2021. Brian played at Skem Park for the pensioners team and at the Halton Castle, before leaving the Castle to become one of the founders of the (new) Windmill Bowling Club in 2001. He played alongside several members of Ormskirk BC in their former clubs.

Brian was the Treasurer at the Windmill from the Club’s formation in 2001and was instrumental in establishing the club. He helped clear the bowling green and its surrounds, as it had been disused for a couple of years at least. Utilising his building skills he was instrumental in constructing a shelter and the lean rail alongside the green.

Brian was a kind and generous man, and he had a wicked sense of humour – you were never safe if he was behind you! He also had a unique way of clearing out the clubhouse (those who played with him will know what I mean)! He was never shy of putting forward his point of view and if there was ever a ruckus on the green you could be sure that Brian would be involved!! However, he was a great support to the newer bowlers at the club and was always there with cries of encouragement and loudly whistled like a train as opposition bowls flew off the green.

Brian sadly had to stop playing before Ormskirk BC was up and running due to various ailments. A character like him is always sorely missed and our condolences go out to his wife Angela, who was also a keen bowler, and to all Brian’s family and friends.

The Requiem Mass is to be held at St Richards RC Church, Skelmersdale on Friday 7th January 2022 at 11am. The family requests that flowers are from the family only and that any donations are made to Sightsavers

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Happy New Year from Ormskirk Bowling Club

Ormskirk Bowling Club would like to wish you all the best for the New Year. It has a been a tremendous 2021 for the Club with a substantial growth in members, many of whom are new to bowling, particularly through the Bowls’ Big Weekend Event and the series of taster sessions we held.

This website has also seen growth with over 28,500 views to the site (the highest ever by some distance) and over 4,700 visitors in 2021.

Looking forward to this coming year we hope to see further growth in membership and are already entering two new teams into the leagues, one into the Ormskirk League on a Tuesday evening and another into the Aughton Senior Citizens League on a Wednesday afternoon.

If you have not yet had a go at bowling but would like to give it try, just let us know by clicking here and we will be in touch.

Finally, as we bow out from 2021, the Winter Bowling Ladder continues to be a big success and the top 8 currently stands as below with Alan Bellis on top following a final flurry of games on New Year’s Eve.

1Alan Bellis
2Marg Copeland
3Peter Grimes
4Nick Slater
5Michael Fagan
6Bev Sumner
7Ian Prescott
8David Raines
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Merry Christmas

Here’s to wishing all our Members, and bowlers everywhere, a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year. Keep safe and enjoy the Christmas break and let’s look forward to a brighter 2022 and lots more bowling!

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Covid Restrictions

Members may be concerned about the new Covid strain and increasing prevalence of the virus, along with the latest restrictions announced by the Government. The Club is awaiting further guidance off the British Crown Green Bowling Association, but there is no indication at the moment that outdoor sport and recreation will be stopped.

We will be reviewing our risk assessment in the light of any updated guidance. Generally we are a fairly safe sport given its outdoor nature. However, in the meantime, the Club would ask that we all take sensible precautions to reduce any risks, to keep both oneself and others safe. These are:

  • If you have any symptoms whatsoever, such as a persistent cough, loss of taste/smell etc please do not attend the Club until you have ben tested and been found to be clear.
  • Avoid physical contact such as shaking hands, hugging and kissing etc (we know what a passionate bunch bowlers are!)
  • Sanitise your hands regularly before, during and after matches
  • Keep socially distanced
  • Just one person at a time in the main clubhouse/pavilion. If for any reason two or three people have go inside please wear a mask
  • Get vaccinated and have your boosters to keep yourself and others safe

Let’s hope that we all stay healthy and free from getting seriously ill from this virus.

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New Teams

Following the recent requests to members to see who fancied playing for teams the Club’s Committee has met and decided that three new teams should be entered into the leagues, subject to confirmation from members that we can raise a team and get a captain. These are to be on a Tuesday evening (Ormskirk League), Wednesday afternoon (Aughton Vets League – over 55s) and Wednesday evening (Aughton League). All teams will be entered in the lowest Division and are designed for our newer or less experienced bowlers with perhaps one or two more experienced bowlers thrown in to show them the ropes.

Set out below are the people who expressed an interest in playing in these teams. If you were a bit uncertain and did not respond on the form saying that you wished to join a new team, but you are now interested, (or if you said you wanted to play and have changed your mind) then please contact the club at ormskirkbowlingclub2013@gmail.com as we still need a few more players, particularly on a Wed afternoon and evening. If you just wish to have a general chat about playing then contact Ian Gill on 07500 918 081. If you said you wished to play on a different night then there is still scope to perhaps join one of our existing teams and the captains’ details are all available on this site.

Ormskirk League

(Tuesday Evenings)

  1. Philip Birchall
  2. Lorraine Birchall
  3. James Read
  4. Graham Lucy
  5. Keith Knaggs
  6. Ian Prescott
  7. Lorraine Dyke
  8. Dave Roper
  9. Brian Johnson
  10. Anne Johnson
  11. Barbara Davies
  12. Tony Daw
  13. Peter Grimes

Aughton Vets

(Wed Afternoons)

  1. Graham Lucy
  2. Ian Prescott
  3. Lorraine Dyke
  4. Barbara Davies
  5. Tony Daw
  6. Paul Storey
  7. Eamon Duffy

Aughton League

(Wed Evenings)

  1. John Glover
  2. Gary Jennings
  3. Philip Birchall
  4. Lorraine Birchall
  5. James Read
  6. Graham Lucy
  7. Keith Knaggs
  8. Ian Prescott
  9. Steve Brookfield
  10. Barbara Davies
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Winter Bowling

It was a little bit chilly this morning, but some brave (foolhardy?) bowlers carried on playing regardless! The green went from lightning fast to extremely slow. Thanks to James Read for the cinematography.

Did you know we have a YouTube channel? When you visit don’t forget to like and subscribe so that you will get notified if we post any new videos. On there you can find some videos of the construction of the greens and the laying of the carpet on the artificial green.

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Away Shelter Put Back

The strong winds on Friday night amazingly blew the large away shelter by the grass green completely over and into the fence behind it. The smaller shelter had also moved off its base. This morning a group of members manged to get it upright and put back into position. Steve Denning has now screwed down that shelter and the smaller one alongside the grass green. Thanks to all those that came down to help.

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Car Parking

Please note that cars should be parked on the gravel drive areas and not on the grass in front of the bowling club during the winter season as the grass is starting to get churned up.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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