It’s Back!

A packed programme of action in the Monday divisions – 4, 5 and 6 – starts tonight (8th April) with four new sides in a 13-strong sixth division.

Newport D were Monday evening champions last year and must be among the favourites to take the title again in 2024.

Meanwhile, delegates at the League’s April meeting heard there was a new progressive vibe surrounding the sport’s governing the body this year.

Positive news from first meeting of new-look BCGBA management was reported with a much improved feel at the meeting.

A new CEO & National Administrator are in place and the new Board launched with county chairman Phil Scott one of 5 regional reps. They want total transparency and are eager to cater for the 85,000 grassroots bowlers – not just the 2,000 elite players.

Closer to home, on the SCGBA front, no successor to County Development Officer Pauline Wilson has been found so the county executive has agreed to split role into 2 by creating a new coaching post, with an honoraria.

And the executive voted that anyone taking the referees exam should have the fee paid – on the proviso that they at least commit to officiate at local league level.

Sponsorship news was encouraging, including £300 from Dennis UK for the Shropshire Best Kept Green comp. Deadline for entries will be 30th June, with local judging in July and then August for the finalists. Trnech won this cdrown last year.

Another county-organised greenkeepers day is set to be held at the end of the season and will concentrate on winter maintenance work.


Dixon and Driscoll Doubles– Sunday 28th April at 10am at Allscott Heath – £10 entry fee, enter on the day.

Under 25 Merit– Wednesday 8th May at Donnington Wood at 630pm – £5 entry fee, entries by end of Saturday 4th May.

Over 60s Merit – Saturday 18th May at 2pm at Sir John Bayley (bottom green) – £3 entry fee, enter on the day.