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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


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

Sunday 12th July. Entry Fee is £15 per Triple and Closing Date is 28th June..

For an Entry Form: Either ring Dave Vintin on 07838 169555

- Or email the club at lpbc-fundraiser@outlook.com

The GOSPORT OPEN mixed triples

Sun 30th August 2020

Entry forms - call 07761 503536

or email the club at


(Closing date: 2nd Aug)

VE Day 75th Anniversary Fundraiser

May 8th - 10th

Come along and support the Pompey Pals Charity Fundraiser event at the Waverley Club on Friday 8th May.

Fun and frolics - just like the good old days!

A warm welcome to all

Portsmouth Open Bowls Tournament 2020

The 84th Portsmouth Open Bowls Tournament is being held between Sunday, 2nd August to Saturday, 8th August.



A few highlights from the end of last year...
Bowls Hampshire Mixed Top Club 2019

Lenny gets a bigger one than Ronny...

P&D Presentation Evening 2019

The 2019 P&D Presentation Evening was held on November 8th with 94 attendees - the biggest showing for some time.

Our special Guest of Honour on the night was Hazel Marke, Bowls England President 2019.

Hazel and P&D President Paul Kennington handed out the Winner & Runners-Up Trophies, the majority of whom were present.

Here are all the Winners and Riders (with thanks to our own "Bath It Daily" Alan Joyner)

Hazel Marke and Paul Kennington at the P&D Presetation Evening 2019

Above: Hazel Marke & Paul Kennington

P&D Champion of Champions - Dave Brown

P&D Mens Singles Winner - Steve Smith

Men's Pairs - Collected by Barry Stafford

Men's Pairs R/U - Steve Randall & Bryan Cherry

Men's Triples - Collected by Andy Hibberd & Adrian Snook

Men's Fours - Collected by Andy Hibberd & Adrian Snook

Men's Fours R/U - Collected by Martin Eggleton & Andy Chadwick

Ivan Robb (Secretary Singles) - Dave Wildman

Ivan Robb (Secretary Singles) R/U - Kim Francis

Mixed Singles Pairs Winner - Mick Malloy

Mixed Triples Winners - Tracy & Andy Hibberd, & Aidran Snook

Mixed Fours Winners - Hazel Joyner, David Palmer, Jane & Bryan Franklin

Mixed Fours R/U - The Ward Family

Rowland Cup - Milton Park Bowling Club. Collected by Dave Brown

League Division 1 - Southsea Waverley Bowling Club (Collected by Phil Drewball)

Div 1 R/U - Priory Bowls Club (Collected by Rich Smalley)

League Division 2 - Rowner Bowling Club (Collected by Alan Prince)

Div 2 R/U - Gosport Bowling Club (Collected by Simon Batcheler)

League Division 3 - Hayling Bowls Club (Collected by Brian Pullan)

Div 3 R/U - Purbrook Heath Bowling Club (Collected by Tony Wall)

Combination League Div 1 - Priory BC (Collected by Martin Eggleton)

Combination League Div 2 R/U - Hayling BC (Collected by Ray Hoskins)

Combination League Div 3 - Leigh Park BC (Collected by Peter Robinson)

Combination League Div 4 - College Park BC (Collected by Roy Lowless)

Roy also collected the Midweek Town League R/U Trophy on behalf of College Park BC

Combination League Div 4 R/U - Eastney BC (Collected by Bill Pafford)

Midweek Town League Winner - Southsea Waverley BC (Collected by Mick Clements)

Midweek District League R/U - Cowplain Purple (Collected by David Palmer)

Midweek Combiination League winner - Portchester BC (Collected by Mick Angel)

Very well done to all the recipients of trophies and especially to Hazel


Appreciate the bowls scene from the whimsical point of view of 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, 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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