Welcome to Burford Town Bowls Club
...if you're looking for some gentle exercise with a competitive edge in beautiful surroundings,
come and join us, you will be glad you did...



For the safety of all concerned, bowlers must stay alert and follow this guidance when using the green.

Govt permission to bowl says  

 “You can play lawn bowls where facilities have reopened, but you can only take part in these activities by yourself, or with members of your household or with one person outside of your household, as long as you are able to maintain social distancing.”


Play arrangements

• Off-site booking system for rink allocation (contact Roger Hopkins)

• Minimum of 20 minutes between allocated time slots to enable players to arrive/depart safely

• Clubs to communicate in advance with players to advise on social distancing requirements that are being applied on arrival at the club – for example not leaving cars until a certain time before their allocated time slot

• Only play on two rinks for the time being. (Jack Lafford will set up the rinks to be played on)

• Maximum of four players on club premises at any one time (assuming average of two people per rink who are not from the same household).

• No visitors/spectators to be admitted to the club. Players must close the gate, once inside.

• To enable green maintenance to continue, please play between 1330 hrs and 2000 hrs each day.


Clubhouse and Facilities

• Until further notice, the clubhouse will be closed

• Sanitiser & wipes will be available for cleaning hands and equipment before and after playing

• No rubbish bins will be put out – players must take any rubbish away with them


Social distancing rules must be strictly adhered to; you must remain at least two metres apart from other bowlers (who are not part of your household) at all times. 



To minimise the risk of infection, only essential items (as below) should be utilised during any session:

• Mat

• Bowls

• Jack

• Gloves

• Scorecards (these should be retained by one person only if required)


To minimise the risk of infection, any other equipment is not deemed essential equipment at this time and should not be utilised. This includes:

• Scoreboards

• Bowls pushers

• Ditch markers

• 2m distance sticks

• Chalk


Player’s responsibilities


In advance

• Do not go to the club if you are experiencing any coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms or any cold or flu-like symptoms, in particular a cough or a high temperature. 

• Dress appropriately before you get to the club to avoid the need to change clothes – change shoes immediately before and after your game

• Travel to the green on your own or with members of your own household only – do not offer a lift to, or accept a lift from, anyone outside your household. Do not arrive more than 10 minutes before your allocated booking time.


Personal care & Hygiene

• Do not use the toilets at the club wherever possible and clean anything you have touched after use

• Take any food or drink you might need with you

• Wash or sanitise your hands and sanitise any equipment (including bowls, jacks and mats) you use before and after you play – do not assume that the person before you has sanitised the equipment thoroughly

• Sanitise padlocks, keys and door handles before and after use

• Personal hygiene is important.  Refrain from spitting on your hands or licking fingers to avoid cross-contamination from bowls.


Playing the game

• You should only play with people from your own household or by yourself or, as long as you stay two metres apart, with one other person from outside your household.

• Do not shake hands before, during or after a game

• Only one player should handle the mat during the session

• Two jacks (one at each end) should be used and this should be set by one player only throughout the session

• If scoring: o Social distancing rules must be strictly adhered to at all times

o Do not touch your opponents’ bowls with your hands

o Avoid measuring for shot/s



When you leave

• When you finish playing, change your shoes and leave the club immediately – ensuring that you have sanitised all equipment used and that the club is secure (as applicable)


Thank you


Burford Town Bowls Club – IOW Tour – March 2020


All those expecting to go on tour to the IOW this year will be aware it was cancelled due to the Covid- 19 virus.  Having paid the full fee for the tour, members and guests will be keen to find out  what the situation is in terms of getting their money back.

Travel advisers have been in the media confirming the fact that when a company cancels a booking (known as a non voluntary cancellation), they are responsible, in law, for the full refund to those that had intended to travel. Speaking to Allan Tuckwell, he informs me that the cancellation was decided between him and the company when discussing the situation prior to the shutdown. There may be a dispute about who actually cancelled, us or them, as the rights to a refund vary between in each case.

Allan has requested a full refund from them, but they have not responded yet to say this will happen. He will ring them periodically for an update and press them to commit to a decision on this over the coming weeks. Part of the delay may be because 3 or their 5 employees have self-isolated showing symptons, so they have higher priorities. Allan will continue this on our behalf however, as the company should be capable of operating from home in the meantime.

Some of our party may have travel insurance from which they could lodge a claim in due course, but it is hoped that a reasonable period can be given to the IOW Tour company to acknowledge they will make a full refund before individuals seek to claim under their insurance.

For updates, please contact Allan by phone for the latest. If any news arrives on this matter we will let people know on the website, so that non members can also be kept aware of developments.

In the meantime, STAY SAFE. 



25 Year Anniversary Of Burford Town Bowls Club New ClubHouse



A letter from Mrs Christine Agg.

I was really impressed to see the newly decorated club house at the open evening Saturday 24th February 2018 , Cyril Agg my husband would have been equally pleased as it was just what he had planned to do at the time but the funds had ran out.


(Here is Mrs Agg Attending The Bowls Club Open Evening After A Major Re-Decoration Talking With John Hurren Club Treasurer).


Back then when the new club house was open we had many happy times keeping the club going, there would be Race Nights, Fancy Dress and Parties, long may the fun of fund raising continue.

Recalling all this now has made me realise just how hard Cyril my husband and a few other had worked for the club, it is a tribute to them and it makes me feel very proud of them.

Cyril joined the bowls club around 1984/5, Worth Webb had introduced Cyril to bowling and showed him how to play, he really enjoyed it and was not long before he got hooked. I would help out at functions, and we all had some lovely times, but the old club house was now getting dilapidated, it was in need of a lot of work and the floor was almost ready to give way.

Cyril introduced Bill Preedy  to bowls, and he too was soon hooked. Both Cyril and Bill thought that instead of repairing the old dilapidated club house why not build a new one?. “You will never do it” they heard, fund raising plans were put in to action. And as they say the rest is history.


Here is a list of peoples names who contributed towards the building of the new clubhouse


Cyril Agg - Christine Agg - Worth Webb - Bill Preedy - Laura Neam - Ernie Padge & Son

Steve Edgington - Mervyn Edgington - Dougie Mustoe - Maurice Mustoe



So, today a small team of volunteers battled the bad weather and applied their skills to some much needed maintenance. Well done to Jack,Alan,Bob,Ted,Trevor,Carl,Dougie,Maurice,Jeff and Roger.

How Lawn Bowls Can Improve Your Health


Any form of exercise is good for your health, no matter how gentle it may be. And, if you are participating in a team sport, such as lawn bowls, it helps improve your social life too, which contributes to all round happiness and well-being. Whether you are under ten or over eighty and are taking up the sport for the first time, lawn bowls is a great game for people of all ages and we shall take a look at these benefits below


What Does Lawn Bowls Involve?


Lawn bowls is a game of concentration, precision and accuracy and involves rolling biased or irregular balls as close as possible to a white ball called the Jack. It has been a popular sport in the UK for centuries and there are thousands of bowls clubs up and down the country. As the sport does not involve periods of prolonged and intense activity, it can be played by pretty much anyone. The game is either taken up as a social activity – strictly for leisure – or it can also be played at competition level, for those who want to give themselves more of a challenge.


How Can It Improve My Health?


Sports and physical activity is beneficial to your health as it keeps you active and alleviates boredom. A US study also revealed that bowls players had a lower fat content when compared with people who did not participate in activities – which is another good reason to take up the sport! However, if you do decide to take up lawn bowls, it is always best to check with your doctor first, especially if you have not taken up any form of sport for some time.

Here are some of the benefits:


Fitness- Lawn bowls helps moderately improve muscle strength (arm, shoulder, leg muscles), flexibility and endurance.


Mental Health- The game gets you out into the fresh air and helps alleviate depression and anxiety.


Increases Skills - Bowls involves some element of problem solving skills and also helps improve co-ordination and concentration.


Improves Confidence- Participating in a sport helps improve self-esteem and gets you out and about and meeting people.


Self-Discipline- Sports such as lawn bowls involves turning up on time and being organised by wearing the correct uniform.


Social Interaction- Lawn bowls helps improve social skills and being part of a team also gives you a sense of belonging.