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9th July 2020

Secretary required for the P&D from 2021

As Barry Pilcher is now our JVP, he has informed the other P&D Officers that he'll be standing down as the Secretary of the P&D at the end of this year.

Therefore, the P&D are now looking for someone to take over from him from 2021.

If you are a member of any of the P&D Affiliated Clubs and are interested in taking on the role, then please contact Dave Wildman (leaguesec@pdba.co.uk) who will provide you with a document that details the Roles & Responsibilities of the P&D's Secretary.

Remember, the post of Secretary of the P&D is very important.

Without one, then the P&D cannot function properly

9th July 2020

2021 P&D Presidential Team

The P&D are following in the footsteps of Bowls England & Bowls Hampshire in that our current Presidential Team of Ben Cope, Martyn Reynolds, Barry Pilcher & Paul Kennington will stay in their current post for the 2021 season.

Week commencing 6th July 2020

P&D COVID - 19 JULY Update

Having been keeping up to date with all the latest Guidelines from the Government and Bowls England, ALL the P&D Officers have come to the conclusion that it would NOT be possible to run any P&D Competitions in 2020.

Whilst we can understand some may want to play competitive bowls instead of just internal roll-ups, we don't believe there is enough time left in the year to get entries in and then actually play the games required by the end of August.

We also don't want any possibility of any of you catching COVID this year from any close contact with other bowlers.

We are all seeing what is happening in the USA at the moment and don't want that to happen here in our area.

Let's all hope that 2021 will see a return to some normality.


COVID-19 Update

with regards to P&D (Men's) Bowls

The Coronavirus (COVID19) outbreak has led to the Government issuing advice and guidelines on what the public need to do to mitigate the risks to themselves and others.

This has had the effect of bringing to a halt most sporting events and Lawn Bowls is not excluded.

In the last few days, Bowls England and Bowls Hampshire have both issued statements to Clubs detailing the decisions they have made to meet the Governments Guidelines, one of which is "Social Distancing" which means you need to keep 2Metres (6.5feet) between you and another person.


In case you are not aware of what these statements contain, here is a prťcis:


1) Bowls England

took the following decisions regarding the 2020 season:

a) National Championships
The National Championships are cancelled in their entirety for 2020 (including all County Championship qualifying rounds). This decision has been taken because most County Associations hold their qualifying rounds leading to the National Championships from May to July, so BE believed it is impractical for these to be completed this season.

b) National Competitions
The other National Competitions are similarly cancelled in their entirety for 2020 for the same reason.


2) Bowls Hampshire

Following the BE Statement, BH produced the following statement:

a) Bowling at Clubs prior to 1st July
As a large proportion of club members are over age 70 (who may well be self-isolating) and taking into account that Social Distancing (i.e. keeping 2metres/6 feet between you and another person) is in place, BH recommends that Clubs should not allow bowling before 1st July.

b) County Activities prior to 1st July
There will be no County activities in the period up to the 1st July. All inter county matches in that period are being cancelled and, as has already been announced by Bowls England, there will be no National/County Championships nor County Competitions (i.e. County Club/2Wood Triples) being played.

c) Activities Post 1st July
A review by 1st June will decide whether activities can resume after 1st July. Given that there will be no National Championships in August and depending upon the position the County may look to introduce some events to encourage members to return to the green.


3) P&D

Following those two statements, the P&D Officers, after a series of phone calls, decided on the following actions with regards to P&D run events:

a) League Matches

As the recommendation is that no bowls should be played before 1st July and that Social Distancing would probably still be in place post that date, then it would be impracticable for it to run any League, Combination or Midweek Triples games for the 2020 Season.

b) P&D Competitions

The Officers will meet again in June to see if the Government has decided that they are able to relax their current Social Contact restrictions.

If so, there is the possibility that the Rowland Cup and other P&D Competitions could be run from July.

Finally, the P&D wish everyone well and ask you all to please Stay Safe


2nd June 2020

Portsmouth Open Bowls Tournament 2020

We have just been advised that this year's Portsmouth Open has, not surprisingly, been cancelled.

John Goble RIP

More sad news on an old P&D friend

John Goble passed away yesterday evening (May 31st) in hospital having been admitted a few days earlier following a stroke.  He had been ill for some time.

He is survived by his wife Pat.

John was President of two clubs in our area - Alexandra B&SC and Purbrook Heath

He was also President of the Hampshire County Bowling Association in 2000 and was made an Honorary Life Member of the County.

Our condolences go out to his family 


Paul Robson's Extended Office Hours
Paul Robson - Bowls England President 2020

Amidst the problems caused by the Corovid Pandemic, we have missed the fact that Portsmouth has supplied a new President.

Paul Robson (ex BH President, P&D Match Sec.) of Alexandra B&SC took over from Hazel Marke as President of Bowls England.

Although Paul took up his post in February, the Pandemic has cut short any celebrations he had planned for his year.

As such, BE announced that Paul and his Presidential team will stay in place, as is, for 2021.

Paul himself is hoping he will not be emulating Portsmouth FC in holding on to the position (or Cup in Pompey's case) for more than 2 years.

All at the P&D wish him well during his term of office.

Funnies by DW

27th April 2020

Bryan Seymour RIP

It is with great sadness that we have to inform you of the passing away of another member of the P&D's Family of Bowlers.

On Wednesday April 22nd, Milton Park's Bryan Seymour lost his short battle with Bowl Cancer.

Bryan was Treasurer of Milton Park BC and, as Mick Molloy told me,  

"He was not just our Hon Treasurer, he was also a Friend and a Stalwart of the Club."

Bryan also supported, with his wife Sandy, the P&D in many of our Friendlies.

He was also a member of the P&D's Council In Appeals and Rules Revision Committees

P&D BA - Bryan and Snady Seymour

Bryan and Sandy Seymour in happier times

Those of you who managed to reach County Area Finals or P&D Semi's/Finals will also have met up with Bryan in his alter ego of Bowls Umpire.

He will be sorely missed and the thoughts of all of us here at the P&D are with Sandy and the Family.


11th April 2020

Sad News

It is with great sadness that we have to inform you of the sudden passing away of Bedhampton's President - Keith Read.

Apparently, both he and his wife went into hospital this week with Coronavirus symptoms.

Sadly, Keith then collapsed and died, although the cause has not been confirmed.

Our thoughts are with his wife and family in this trying time.


28th March 2020

Loss of a Legend

It is with great sadness that we must announce the passing of Peter Hobday on 23rd March.

Aged only 68, we understand Peter had been battling with Parkinsons for a number of years.

County Champion of Wiltshire and Hampshire (both indoors and outdoors) there was very little that Peter hadn't won in a sport he played his whole life.

Emanating from a family prolific in Bowls, Peter was well known throughout the bowling fraternity and will be missed by all.

A private funeral service is to take place followed by a memorial party later in the year. RIP.

Peter Hobday

A few words from our 2020 President

To all Portsmouth & District Members,

What can I say but Thank You for giving me this opportunity to be your President for 2020. I wish all of you the very best in bowls. It is also very good to see Clubs planning for the Future.

2020 is going to be a year I will never forget:

- Itís the 94th year of the Association

- Iím the First Male President from Leigh Park BC

- Iím the Youngest Ever President at just 28 years of age

- And Iím celebrating my 20th year of bowls and I hope things can only get better.

This year my Committee are trying new things, so please be patient with us; we only want what is best for you and the Association.

I was brought into the game of bowls by family but Bowls itself is a family. This year, make new friends not only in your own Club but also in other Clubs to let the P&D be one big family. Ben Cope

Ben Cope 2020 P&D President



Leigh Park Open Triples Competition 2020


The 2020 GOSPORT OPEN mixed triples



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

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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, whether they have achieved greatness or not, 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 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. We strive to 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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