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A few words from our 2018 President


I want to thank you all for again giving me the great honour of being your President for the forthcoming season.

I follow a very strong team of Past Presidents and will promise to maintain the high standard set by my predecessors. To support me in this, I am, once again, able to call upon an exceptional Presidential Team, together with our Association Officers.

I look forward to the year ahead with eagerness and anticipation and hope that this summer’s weather will enable us to enjoy this year’s Association matches.

My charity this year is the Children’s Air Ambulance.

Finally, I would like to wish you all a very successful season and look forward to your support during my year of office.

Ken Graham

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)


Hampshire Strikes Again - by Dave Wildman

You know that old saying "You wait ages for a bus and then 2 turn up at the same time"?

Well, the same can be said about Hampshire providing a President for the National Bowls Association.

Whilst Hampshire has supplied six Presidents for either the English Bowling Association or the English Women Bowling Association (three of each), the last time was in 2004, before Unification.


Now, following Hazel Markes' election as Bowls England Junior Vice President earlier this year, I am pleased to let you all know that Alexandra's Paul Robson was elected as the new Junior Vice President on 13th November and will be taking up the post in 2018.


This means that Hampshire will be providing the BE Presidents in 2019 & 2020.

Paul beat off the challengers from Suffolk and Warwickshire in the vote from all the 35 Counties that make up Bowls England.

Upon hearing the news, Paul said "I am absolutely delighted to have been informed that I will become Junior Vice President in February 2018. I would like to thanks Bowls Hampshire in particular for their support over the years and thoroughly look forward to my time as part of the Bowls England Presidential Team.”


Paul is the second Men's President from the area, following on from Southsea Waverley's John Mill who was EBA President in 1969.


Having served in the Royal Navy for 33 years, Paul is a "relative" newcomer to the glorious game. Up until 2004, snooker was his game and he joined Alexandra in that year to continue chalking his tip.

However, having seen these strange men running up the grass after much bigger balls then he was then used to, he decided to try his hand at our glorious game and was hooked.

Since starting the game, Paul has been President of the Portsmouth MBA and then became Bowls Hampshire President in 2015.

He has also served as the P&D's Match Secretary.

Currently, whilst not charging around the countryside playing in Bowls England friendlies, he finds time to be on BH’s Disputes Committee, is one of the East Area’s Selection Committee as well as being Assistant Secretary at the Alex (phew now you know what retirement means to old bowlers!!)


All at the P&D wish him well in his new post.



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 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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