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25th May 2018


Harold Sawyer


It is with great sadness that I have to inform you all of the passing away of a great gentleman of bowls - Harold Sawyer - on May 11th aged 94.


His funeral is on Thursday May 31st, 1:15pm at Portchester Crematorium


Harold was a much respected bowler in the P&D. He will be sorely missed. To those of you who didn't know him, here is a précis of his bowling career:


Harold took up the game of bowls when he was 16 when he joined Copnor Bowls Club, his only club, the reason being because he used to watch his Father play from an upstairs window of his home, which overlooked Copnor’s Tangier Road green.


He was a loyal member of Copnor, taking over from his Father as the club's Secretary in 1954, a post he held until his retirement from the game in 1997. In all, the Sawyer’s held the post of Copnor Secretary for 79 years which must be a record!

Harold represented Hampshire in the Middleton Cup on 106 occasions helping the County win the trophy in ’63, ’67 and ’71.


In his first Final, he was in the rink, skipped by J Fairburn, which won 37-6!

He also caught the eye of the England selectors and was picked to play for England in 1974 in the Home International series, played at Edinburgh, against Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

On the County Front, Harold was a member of the Copnor side that won the County Club in 1956 and he also won the Hampshire Secretary Singles on eight occasions between 1956 and 1975.

On the Local scene, he was a member of the Copnor side that won the Rowland Cup in 1967 and again in 1975.

He was also P&D Singles Champion in 1963, 1985 and again in 1990; P&D Champion Of Champions in 1971, 1975, 1976 and 1977 and was also a member of the Copnor team that won the P&D Triples in 1976.



Pembroke Gardens Bowling Club is pleased to announce that they are running the following popular Opens again this year:

Invitation Open Fours Tournament on Saturday 9 June
Ladies V Gentlemen Open Triples Tournament on Saturday 14 July

More information can be found here (link to attached flyer)


9th May 2018

Portsmouth & District Competitions 2018

Draw tables are now available for all the 2018 P&D Competitions.



2nd May 2018

Priory Bowing Club - Open Fours Tournament

Sunday 12th August 2018 - Sponsored by SBS European Kitchens.


Priory Bowls Club are pleased to announce the running of their 47th Open Fours Bowls Tournament from which proceeds will go to The Society of St James, Homeless Charity in Portsmouth.



26th April 2018

Gosport Bowing Club - Open Mixed Triples

Gosport BC are running a Mixed Triples Open Competition on Saturday 16th June 2018.


23rd April 2018

Check your league dates

Revisions to league fixtures may affect you.

Check to see if your diary needs updating. Leagues


2018 Portsmouth Open Bowls Tournament

The 82nd running of the Portsmouth Open Bowls Tournament is being held between Sunday 29th July and Saturday 4th August 2018 inclusive.

For more information please see here (Open Poster 2018)


An entry form can be downloaded from here (Ports Open Application Form 2018)



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

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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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