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Winter Bowling

Now that the greens are closed for the winter, bowlers either go indoors or enter hibernation.
But nowadays there is an alternative to going indoors.

Four of the P&D Clubs now have artificial surfaces so are able to offer all year round bowling.
So, if you are interested, here is what Bedhampton, Cowplain, Portchester and Waterlooville have to offer.

Bedhampton BC

Bedhampton‘s Winter Season started on 1st October and runs till 31st March 2016.
They offer a Winter Membership for £40.00 which entiltles you to play at any time.
Alternatively, you can pay £2.50 (inludes refreshments) at one of their roll-ups, held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.

- Be there by 9.45am to register, bowling starts at 10am.

More deatils can be found:

- Either via their web site (www.bedhamptonbowls.co.uk);

- Or you can ring their Club Secretary, Mike Case, on (023) 9247 5323.

Cowplain BC

Cowplain‘s Winter Season started on October 1st and runs till the end of March 2016.

For more info, please see following...


Cowplain Bowling Club



1st October 2015 to 31st March 2016

Following the installation of an all-weather surface Cowplain Bowling Club is able to offer the following winter activities.

Winter membership:

available at £35 allowing participation in the Club’s roll-up sessions and other planned activities.

Roll-Up” mornings:

from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturday mornings commencing on Monday 5th October.

The sessions will be open to non-members at a fee of £2 (+50p for break time tea/coffee). However priority when space is limited will be given to members.

Please contact Alan Joyner, the Membership Secretary for further details (tel: 9259 6042)


Portchester BC

Portchester‘s Winter Season started on October 1st and runs till the end of March 2016.
For more info, please see following...



SEASON 2015/2016








Waterlooville BC

Waterlooville‘s Winter Season starts on Tuesday 6th October and finishes next April, 2016.
They are open on Tuesday's, Thursday's and Fridays from 10am to 12-30 lunch time - just bring your own bowls and bowling shoes.
Cost is £2 per person and ALL are welcome.
For more info. please ring Dave Hills on (023) 9225 6805.



23rd Sept 2015


The jury were obviously most impressed by the case Matt put forward as he has been selected for England‘s Senior Team for the 2016 Home International Series.

So now, all that Matt needs to remember to do next year is:
1) Take a sharp HB pencil
2) Brush up on his adding up skills, remembering that 10+0 = 10

Well done Matt from the Officers and players of the P&D

[For those of you who wonder what on earth this reference to 'case' is all about please see Mr Wildman's previous report in the 'P&D News' section - Marchant Faces Retrial. :) ]

13th Sept 2015


Portsmouth & District Champion of Champions 2015


The P&D Champion Of Champions, a competition for all the P&D Club Singles Champions, was held last week end, with the early rounds being played on the Milton Park greens with the Semi-Finals and Final being played at Southsea Waverley’s home.


On the Saturday, of the 15 club champions who turned up, Lewis Voysey, Steve Watt, Richard Horler and Jamie Cooke battled through two rounds each to reach the Semi-Final stages.


In the first semi, Leigh Park’s Lewis Voysey took on Priory’s Steve Watt. After 11ends, both were tied at 10all, but then Lewis took command, winning the next 4ends to run out a 21-10 winner.


The second semi, between Fareham’s Richard Horler and Alexandra’s Jamie Cooke, was a much tighter affair, taking 25ends to find the winner. It was nip and tuck between both players as first one then the other took the lead. At 18all, Jamie then picked up a 2 to stand 20-18 and was lying game until Richard’s last bowl, which trailed the jack to give him 3shots and the game.


After a suitable break to allow Richard to recover, the final took place. After a cagey start, Lewis appeared to take control as he built up a 16-10 lead at 17ends.


However, Richard fought back to pick up 7 shots on the next 2ends. They then traded blows until Lewis stood 19-18 up at 22 ends. On the 23rd, Lewis held two good shots to lie game until Richard’s 3rd bowl which, under extreme pressure, played onto the shot bowl and moved it enough to require a measure, which Richard won to tie the game at 19all.


Then, with his last bowl on the next end, Richard not only trailed the jack to leave him holding the two he required for game but also into a spot on the green that Lewis felt he had to play a weighted wood to save the match. His attempt failed and Richard, after 49ends of tight bowls, took the trophy.

Champion Richard Horler (left) with Lewis Voysey >



7th Sept 2015


P&D Competition winners 2015


The August Bank Holiday weekend always stages the Semi-Finals and Finals of the P&D Competitions. The weekend is always a fraught one for the P&D Competitions Secretary, as there always seems to be players who have reached this stage in more than one competition. This year was no exception with more than one competitor in multiple events. Also, as has always been the case this year, competitors had to deal with bad weather on the Saturday afternoon during the semi’s at Milton Park. Fortunately, the finals at Alexandra BC were blessed with fine weather.


P&D Singles


This year's final was between Fareham’s Charlie Bailey (last year’s champion) and Alexandra’s Jamie Cooke (right).


After racing into a 13-3 lead, Jamie was pegged back by Charlie to stand 18-14 up after 20 ends. However a single and then a two saw Jamie over the line to become the 2015 P&D Men’s Singles Champion.


In the Semi’s, Jamie beat Lee-On-Solent’s Phil Sanders 21-9, while Charlie beat Gosport’s Dave Blackledge 21-10. Final: Jamie Cooke bt Charlie Bailey (Comp draw)


P&D President Les Pyecroft OBE presents Jamie with the Trophy >


P&D Under-25 Singles


The final of P&D stars of the future was a repeat of last year, as Alexandra’s Danny Smith (left) took on Cowplain’s Dan Palmer. The result was as last year as Danny’s greater experience enabled him to run out a comfortable 21-4 winner.


This match was the start of a busy day for Danny as he was also involved in the Men’s Fours and Mixed Pairs Finals.

(Comp draw)


P&D Over-60’s Singles

The final saw College Park’s Steve Feilder (right) take on Lee-On-Solent’s Phil Sanders.

After 8 ends, the players were tied at 5all but then Steve put in a run of 10shots on the next 4ends to take a firm grip on the game, finally winning 21-11.In the Semi’s, Steve beat Lee-On-Solent’s Jeff Passmore 21-13, while Phil beat Fareham’s Cyril Friend 21-18. (Comp draw)


Ivan Robb Memorial Trophy

The second running of the Ivan Robb Memorial Trophy for P&D Club Secretaries and Treasurers saw Copnor’s Dave Powe (right) take on Alexandra’s Alan Sprake. It was a tight battle for 18ends, by when Alan was just in the lead 15-14. However, Dave then took control on the next four ends to run out a 21-17 winner.


In the Semi’s, Dave had a walkover, as Gosport’s Ken Mogridge had to pull out due to injury, while Alan had a long battle against Star & Crescent’s Robbie Denninson, finally winning 21-15 after 29ends. (Comp draw)


P&D Pairs

The final was between Cowplain’s George Abraham & David Plowright (pictured below) and Waverley’s Ian McKenzie & Mark Howe. After 14ends, the Waverley boys had pulled into a 16-10 lead, but 5ends later, the Cowplain combo had turned it around to be leading 21-16, a lead they hung on to finishing 22-19 victors.

In the Semi’s, the Cowplain duo saw of Milton Park’s Andy McKain & Reid Wilcockson 26-7, while the Waverly lads beat Waterlooville’s Stan Holdsworth & Derek Holt 21-13. (Comp draw)


Runner's up - Mark Howe & Ian McKenzie


P&D Triples


The final was between Alexandra’s Marty Wake, Tom Suthers & Ian Rixon and Lee-On-Solent’s Dave Heather, Jeff Passmore & Graham Olden.


The Alex trio got off to a quick start to be 9-3 up after 5ends. The Solent men then pulled it back to be only 9-10 down after 11ends. However, Alex took control and ran out 19-11 winners.


In the Semi’s, Alex defeated Leigh Park’s Lewis Voysey, Nathan Hanley & John Hitchins 17-12, while the LOS trio beat another Alexandra trio of Danny Smith, Jamie Cooke & Carl Baggott 15-8.


(Comp draw)


P&D Fours


The final was between Alexandra’s Carl Baggott, Jamie Cooke, Marty Wake & Danny Smith (left) and Waverley’s Oliver Mew, Tony Ingram, Phill Drewball & Rob Moran.


A tight start saw the Alex quartet lead 5-4 after 7ends but, from that point, the Alex Four took control and ran out 23-13 victors.


In the Semi’s, the Alex quartet saw of Waterlooville’s Derek Holt, Barry Tovey, Keith Warren and Brian LeMarquer 33-8.


Meanwhile the Waverly lads won 6shots on the last 3ends to beat College Parks’ Steve Feilder, Paul Lawrence, Clive Carter & Mal Rimmer 16-14.


(Comp draw)


Mixed Pairs


The final was between Cowplain’s Hazel Joyner & David Palmer (pictured right) and Alexandra’s Danny Smith & Leslie Somersgill.


By this time fatigue was having its effects on Danny, playing his 3rd match of the day (and 7th of the weekend) as he and Leslie could do little to halt Hazel & David picking up the shots, with the Cowplain duo finally winning 26-8.


In the Semi’s, the Alex pairing had beaten Milton’s Andy McKain & Fareham’s Linda Maple 27-11, while in an intra-club fight, Hazel & David saw off fellow Cowplain members Honor & David Plowright 21-10.


(Comp draw)


Mixed Triples


The final was between Fareham’s Tom & Sandy Pullin with her twin sister Carol (picture left) and Bedhampton’s Tracey & Andrew Hibberd with Keith Read.


A cagey start saw the Pullin ensemble just in the lead 7-6 after 8ends. At that point, their greater experience saw them stretch out their lead to finally win 22-9.


In the Semi’s, the Fareham trio had beaten Cowplain’s Diana Cooper and Honor & David Plowright 18-16, whilst the Bedhampton trio had beaten another Cowplain trio of Hazel Joyner, David Luffman & David Palmer 18-12.

(Comp draw)


Mixed Fours


The final was between Milton Parkites, as Priory’s Martin Eggleton & Peter Alcock together with Milton Park Ladies’ Rose Rogers & Mo Wright (pictured right) took on Milton Park’s Mick Molloy & Dave Biggs and their Milton Park Ladies contingent of Annie Biggs and Stella Parish.


Another close start saw the Eggleton quartet lead 9-7 after 9ends. They then picked up 10shots over the next 5 ends to lead 19-10 and didn’t let their opposition back in, finally winning 23-12.


In the Semi’s, the Eggleton quartet had beaten Cowplain’s Pam Lambshead, Betty & Bryan Horn and David Palmer 32-7, while the Molloy four beat Fareham’s Paul Nicholls & Daphne Nicholls and Graham & Alison Russell 24-9.

(Comp draw)


7th Sept 2015

Local News

Congratulations to Fareham's Richard Horler for winning the 2015 P&D Champion of Champions Tournament.

Congratulations also go to Martin Wake (Big Din) from Alex BC and Gary 'Whoooo?' Starks (Whooo Din) from Waverley BC for winning the 2015 Worthing Open Pairs Tournament.



Appreciate the bowls scene from the whimsical point of view of our resident 'roving' reporter - DW

Look out! Go there now...

25 Aug 2015

Season Extended

Due to the extremely inclement weather for the last fortnight, together with many extremely important games still to be played, the League & Combination season has been extended into September to give clubs impacted the time to play their games on a weekend date.


30th July 2015


20 Years of Charity Fund Raising


Pembroke Gardens BC has been raising funds for charity for the last 20 years by running two Bowls Tournaments; an Open Fours and a Ladies v Men Triples.


This year, not only were both events blessed by excellent weather but they were also well supported from clubs from all over southern Hampshire.


In the Open Fours, a special presentation was made to the “Cosham Four”, four from Cosham Park BC, led by Dave Hammond, who have taken part in every Tournament since the first one in 1995.


Sixty four players competed in four preliminary games of six ends to determine the finalists, which was between Jim Anderson, Malcolm Jones, Terry Hayward and Mike Hatchard (from Gas Social Bowling) and Robert & Margaret Hutchinson and Jean & Brian Clasby (from Petersfield BC). And it was the defending champions from Petersfield who won, collecting £120 and a new trophy, introduced for the first time this year to mark the 20th anniversary of the Tournament.



The Ladies v Men Triples event was an exciting affair as the Final had to go to an extra end, while a play-off was needed to determine who went through from the Men.


24 teams took part, competing in five preliminary games before a play off to determine which teams went through to the final. And it took a “sudden death” end to decide the Men’s champions.


The final was between Gas Social’s Les Wilson, Derek and Ron Langford, against the Fareham twins of Sandy & Carol Pullin together with Milton Ladies Rose Rogers. It took an extra end to sort them out, with the Men finally outlasting the Ladies to win the trophy and £90.


Earlier in the day, the ladies’ team skipped by Val Pearce, Liz Pescops and Pat McRae had scored the maximum of 9shots on one end to earn themselves “Hot Shot” badges.


From both events and their upcoming President's Day, Pembroke Gardens are hoping to hand over £300 to the Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association.

1st July 2015

Northern Parade Turns Scarlet

Wednesday June 17th saw Northern Parade take on a distinct Scarlet hue as Alexandra BSC played hosts to the Chelsea Pensioners Bowls team. The Pensioners Bowls Club is a mixed team, as there are many female pensioners and Alex have a history of playing the Pensioners, with the last time being in 2008.


The Pensioners emerged from their coach resplendent in their scarlet uniforms to be greeted by Ken Graham, Alexandra's President, together with many ABSC members. In fact, there was ​a surprise for Ken as he met an old friend from year's past who was brought up in Bedhampton. Reminiscences abounded, so much so that the game was nearly delayed.


When they were parted, both teams changed in order for battle to commence on the green. An excellent match was enjoyed by all and was topped by the post match celebrations, led by one of the Chelsea ladies serenading President Ken with everyone joining in the chorus to "I'll be your Sweetheart".


It was obvious everyone enjoyed themselves as Alex have been invited to play the Pensioners at their Royal Hospital home next year.


As to the result, well in the words of Ken Graham "The score doesn't matter. It's the camaraderie on the green we have enjoyed and the new friends we have made that counts".


12th June 2015


P&D Win Inaugural Solent Challenge



The first game for the new, annual “Solent Challenge” trophy for games between the P&D and Southampton & District BA saw a triumph for the P&D as they beat Soton 130 shots to 81.



Match Secretary Paul Robson wishes to thank the players from 11 of our clubs who gave us that success.


Unfortunately, the match against Aldershot & District on Sunday 14th June has had to be cancelled, as Aldershot cannot raise a team.




15th April 2015


Child Protection


Your attention is drawn to the Child Protection Policies now being applied. Please refer to the Child Protection section for details and downloadable forms that must be used.

P&D Friendly Fixtures for 2015

For those of you who would like to take part in our friendly matches, start getting your diaries up to date here


A new section in which events and characters will come under scrutiny from our resident 'roving' reporter - DW

Look out! Go there now...

Honours Boards

In keeping with the P&D's attempt to make a record of the history of Bowls and Bowlers in Portsmouth photographs are being added to the various honours boards as and when they become available. It is hoped this will capture memorabilia before it is lost to time and give everybody a chance to put faces to the many names who have achieved success in the sport. It can be nice to see faces of long lost friends and adversaries.

If you have photographs of any individual or team that have been honoured please let the Secretary borrow them so they may be copied and posted. Unless we make the effort now we may never get the chance again.

But please don't stop there. If you have photos of your club, its teams, the members or any events that might make interesting viewing we can add these to our photo gallery.

Let's not lose our history and heritage. Many thanks in anticipation.


The P&D needs your help

Dave Wildman in drag

We are presently trying to capture the history of the P&D by placing on record within this website as much information as possible before it is lost.

If you have anything that might help please let us know.

Things that will be of particular interest are old photos and information to fill gaps on honours boards.

Everything and anything will be gratefully received. Let's list it before we lose it.


A Big thank you

Our appreciation to everybody who has contributed in our quest to fill in the missing information on Honours Boards. Please keep it coming and we will eventually compile a complete record of all those who are worthy to call themselves winners in this great district.

We hope you find discovery of historical 'artefacts' relating to the P&D interesting.


Members of the P&D are actively encouraged to submit reports and photos of their matches, club activities or any articles that might be considered amusing or of general interest.



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