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Association News       Date: 25th September 2018 - 08.45am
Dear Association Members,

It's all over! ... This record breaking summer season and I can now confirm that the winners with 91 points are Letchworth GC.
2018 Mixed League Champions - Letchworth Garden City BC,
Our Congratulations go to the Club & all its members.

In 2nd place is Riverain BC with 90 points and in 3rd place is St.Ippollitts BC on 89 points and in 4th place is confirmed
as Howard Garden BC with 84 points, with all clubs having declared all 20 results. The 2018 summer season is complete.
Please could all clubs check tothere results and let me know if any have been recorded incorrectly.

Our Congratulations go to St.Ippollytts BC who are the 2018 Knockout Competition Champions
The 32nd Knockout Competition Final was played on the evening of Monday13th August. It was won by St.Ippollytts BC who won
on three of the four triples rinks, scoring a total of 89 shots against Datchworth BC 59 shots. Well done to both teams

Please email your Mixed League as soon as possible to me.
Mike Parsons
Association Secretary

Date: 23rd February 2018
AGM Report - 21 members attended from 11 Clubs.

The Association Secretary opened the AGM at 7.25 pm.
He asked the meeting for a moment’s reflection, for all of the local bowlers we will miss and have missed over the last few years,
and for those we are going to miss on the bowling greens this year (2018).

1) Apologies for absence: Mary Martin & Bill.

2) 31st Presentation of the League & Knockout Winners & Runners-Up trophies.
The Association Secretary presented the League Trophy & Plaques to the following:-

League Winners - St.lppollitts BC (presented at their presentation evening) &
Runners-up Plaque was presented to Stevenage Town BC

Knockout Winners - Stevenage Town BC &
Runners-up Plaque was presented to Letchworth Garden City BC.

3) Minutes of the last Annual General Meeting (2017)
of the S&D Mixed Bowls Association held on 31st March 2017, which were previously circulated,
were accepted as a true record. Proposed by: D. Harris (Knebworth B.C.), Seconded by: P. Jones (Aston B.C.).  
The VOTE was Carried Unanimously

4) Matters arising from those AGM Minutes. – There were no matters arising.

5) Secretary matters arising from the 2017 League Season.
a) Overall League winners St.lppollitts BC with 96 points with 50 winning Rinks
 Runners-up Stevenage Town BC with 88 points with 39 winning Rinks,
 Third place Letchworth Garden City BC with 82 Points with 42 winning Rinks.
b) Stevenage Town BC won the Knockout Competition 74 shots to 50 shots against Letchworth Garden City BC.
The Knockout Final was played 2 rinks home & 2 rinks away this year.
I was unable to visit he clubs on the night as I was myself playing in a competition.
c) For the 2018 season, all clubs should use the website to send all your 2018 match results via the website form.
The website will continue to be the main way of supplying the most up to date information on the League &
Knockout competition. The site has been optimised for smart phones & tablet use.
d) If any clubs have photographs of their clubs with bowls in action, please send to me as they can be used on the website.
e) I would like to once again thank Anna Gilbert and Holwell B.C. for the use of their club house for the AGM.
f) Accounts for 2017 were accepted as presented by the Association Secretary.
Proposed by:  T. Saunders (St. Ippollitts B.C.), Seconded by: N. Ward (Howard Garden B.C).
The VOTE was Carried Unanimously

6) Proposed Affiliation/Entrance Fee for 2018.
It is proposed by: Mike Parsons (Association Secretary) that the fees for the 2018 season should again remain at £12 per club.
It was seconded by  P. Gilbert (Holwell B.C)   The VOTE was Carried Unanimously

7) Knockout Competition Draw for the 2018 season was made with eleven league clubs entered. (Press here)
8) Any other businesss.
Mike Parsons League Secretary - Proposed to the meeting that the mixed league format should be change to 4 Mixed Triples for the 2018 season and future seasons. He said the reason for his proposal was because the majority of the current league clubs were having difficulty in fielding 4 Mixed Fours rinks and did not want to play triples against fours, because of the resulting deductions which would make it more likely games would be cancelled and not played. He said that the league was 32 years old this year and he wanted the league to continue for many more years, with that in mind, Mike gave out a proposed modified set of league rules, which made changes to the existing rules 1, 2 & 17 with the changes in RED, as below.

1. All games to be based on four rinks of three players (Triples). Clubs can mutuality agree, to play their league matches as 4 Rinks Fours, Ideally at would be agreed between each club at the start of the season.
2. All games shall be of 18 ends, except if fours are played it would be 21 ends. To start a League Match a coin is to be tossed to decide who has the option of the Jack.
17. Clubs can mutuality agree to play their league matches as 4 Mixed Fours, Ideally at the start of the season.
After a long and full discussion on the merits for marking the changes to the mixed league and making it a triples league, it was proposed by P. Hills (Datchworth BC) & Seconded by R. Morton (Willian BC) to accept the modified rules and make the league triples.
The VOTE was Carried, 16 for the change and those against 5.
It is now confirmed that the mixed league will be triples from now on.
There being no further business the secretary closed the meeting at 8.25pm
Mike Parsons
Association Secretary

  • Assocation Clubs are remineded that In the Knockout Compatition, they are required to contact their next opponents when they have won a round, (you should be able to work out who they are from the draw sheet) or if you are unsure contact the Association Secretary. This will ensure that all clubs are given plenty of time to arrange a mutually agreeable playing date. Clubs should not be leaving it to the last week to arrange these fixtures.

  • Could all clubs please ensure that they pay there Affiliation fees to the associations secretary at the AGM. Also all clubs need to provided him with a copy of your fixtures list before start of the season.

  • Can we ask you all to check your clubs details on the website and if there are any details that need correcting please let the associations secretary know.

  • Please don’t forget the association uses this website to post for all news and results for the Mixed Bowls League and Knockout Competition.  

  • Match results & league tables will be updated and posted on the website daily depending on when emails result cards are received.

  • We can also post any association club news.

  • Could all clubs make sure that all League & Knockout Results are emailed to the Associations Secretary via the Websites Send Match Result page.

Association New         
Date: 22nd November 2017
Dear Association Members

As most of you are aware, this year was our 31st year of the Mixed League & Knockout Competition. My congratulations go to you all in managing to, in the most part, play most of your league matches.
My congratulations also go to all the Winners & Runners-up. We have had a good season overall.
However on the down side, Norton BC informed me that they had to withdraw from the League due to not having enough members to ensure they could fulfil their league fixtures. I thank them for making that decision early in the season. I have since been informed by Norton, that they will only be playing friendly matches in the 2018 season due to their low membership. I sincerely hope they will be able to rejoin the league sometime in the near future.  In view of the difficulties it seems that some clubs have had problems in playing rinks. In this respect I am proposing that in the 2018 season, the League should be played as Triples.
However if some of the League Clubs have enough members and are playing each other, then they can play rinks providing they both agree. It would give those clubs, with larger memberships, more chances of their members to play in League matches.  I am mindful that some of the clubs are facing difficult times in attracting new members. It seems that there has been a lowering of bowls club memberships throughout the County and in fact the Country. With that in mind I hope that you will all agree with my proposal for the 2018 season.  In the new year I intend to hold a early AGM at the end of February or the beginning of March - venue/final date to be arranged...  
Please feel free to give me your thoughts on the above between now and the new year.  
I trust you will all have a good Christmas and a Happy New Year.  
Best Regards  
Mike Parsons
Association Secretary
Stevenage & District Mixed Bowls Association
Mobile: 07801 288163 Home: 01438 232318 Website:

End of Season Association News                                                      Date: 30th September 2017

The 2017 season is well and truly over and all the ups and down of the season, becoming a distant memory and the what ifs turn into we will do better next year. My thanks go to all clubs and their members for the great spirit the Mixed League and Knockout Competition was played in this year.
It was a great shame that Norton BC had to withdraw this year from the League, I hope that this will come right  next year. I have over this season sensed that several clubs would now  prefer that the league becomes four triples. I am sure that will come up  that the AGM in 2018.
Have a lovely winter lay-off and a good festive season and a good end of year celebration.
2017 Mixed League Champions - St. Ippollitts Bowls Club
The Mixed League Champions this year for the very first time is St.Ippollitts BC with 96 points.
In Second place and this year’s Runners-up are Stevenage Town BC with 88 points.
In Third place are Letchworth GC BC with 82 points.
In Fourth place are Riverain BC with 80 points.
2017 Knockout Competition Winners - Stevenage Town Bowls Club
Our congratulations go to Stevenage Town BC in winning the Knockout Competition final on Tuesday 15th August against Letchworth GC BC by 14 shots 74-50
1. Letchworth GC BC winning 92-37 against Norton BC,
2. Riverain BC winning 76-48 against Knebworth BC,
3. St.Ippollitts BC winning 79-56 against Aston BC7
4. Stevenage Town BC winning 92-48 against Willian BC,
5. Letchworth GC BC winning 68-57 against Holwell BC
6. Stevenage Town BC winning 72-65 against Three Horseshoes BC
7. Datchworth BC winning 66-59 against St.Ippollitts BC
8. Riverain BC winning 90-52 against Howard Garden BC,
9. Letchworth GC BC winning 60-59 against Riverain BC (Semi-Final)
10.Stevenage Town BC winning 90-52 against Datchworth BC(Semi-Final)
11.Stevenage Town BC winning 74-50 against Letchworth GC BC (Final)

Mike Parsons
Association Secretary
Stevenage & District Mixed Bowls Association
Latest Association News                                                                                Date: 4th October 2016        
Riverain Bowls Club 2016
Stevenage & District Mixed League Champions
Champions for 2016 are Riverain Bowls Club who have played all 22 matches scoring 110 points and having a total of 59 winning rinks with a shot difference of +391.
Runners-up are Holwell Bowls Club who have played all 22 matches scoring 110 points but had only won 58 rinks throughout the season with a shot difference of +396.
3rd place are St.Ippollitts BC on 109 points having only played 22 matches with shot difference total of +355
2016 Knockout Competition Winners - St.Ippolits Bowls Club
All our Congratulations go to the members of St.Ippollitts Bowls Club for there first win in the Knockout Competition final on Friday evening. It was a convincing win by 61 Shots, 108 shots to 47 shots over 11 times winners Holwell Bowls Club. That was a completly differant score line to the last time they played each other in 1999 final when Holwell won 69 shots to 56 Shots.

Mike Parsons
Association Secretary
Stevenage & District Mixed Bowls Association
To: Stevenage & District Mixed Bowls Association Clubs                      Date: 31th March 2016

The 30th Annual General Meeting of the Stevenage & District Mixed Bowls Association was held at the Holwell Bowls Club pavilion on Wednesday 30th March 2016 at 7.25pm Started and close 08.00pm.

Representatives from all but one club attended.

AGM Short Minutes.

  1. Apologies for absence were recevied from Paddy Jones (Aston BC)
  2. The Presentation of the Camera House League Cup & Knockout Shield to the 2015 Winners was made to Holwell BC & Riverain and Runners-up Stevenage Town BC & Knebworth BC.
  3. Minutes of the last AGM held on the 27th March 2015 (2014 season) were approved as a true record.
  4. Matters arising from the last AGM. None.
  5. Matters arising from the 2015 League Season. a) Secretaries Report. b) Accounts for 2015 season were Approved.
  6. It was agreed that the Affiliation/Entrance Fee's to the Mixed League & Knockout Competition should remain at £12 per club for the 2016 season.
  7. Knockout Competition Draw for the 2016 season was made and can be viewed Press here
  8. All clubs were asked to provide a copy of all there league fixtures to the Association Secretary before the start of the season.
  9. The meeting thanked Secretary for running the assocaition and it competitions.
  10. All Club present were given a 30th Annversary Plaque to commemorate the leagues 30th Mixed bowls Season.

A full set of the minutes will be sent by email to all association clubs.

Mike Parsons
Association Secretary
Stevenage & District Mixed Bowls Association


Mixed Bowls League News - 23rd October 2015

The 2015 summer season is all over with 132 League Match results having been declared.
Holwell Bowls Club are Mixed League Champions 2015,
They have finished their season with a total of 111½ points having won 17 of their 22 matches with a +401 shots difference & winning 59 rinks out of a 88,during the course on the season.
Our CONGRATULATIONS go to the Holwell Bowls club and all its members.
Stevenage Town Bowls Club are 2015 Runners-Up
They have come a very close 2nd, with a total of 105½ points for the season having won 16 of their 22 matches with a +350 shots difference and winning 56 rinks out of a 88 during the course on the season.
Our CONGRATULATIONS go to the Stevenage Town Bowls club and all its members.
Riverain Bowls Club are in Third Place for 2015
They have come in that a very close 3rd place, with a total of 100 points for the season having won 16 of their 22 matches with a +224 shots difference and winning 52 rinks out of a 88 during the course on the season. However the did manage to win the Knockout Competition final.

Note to all League Clubs
Due to a database error, an extra 1½ points was given to league clubs who have had drawn matches this season. This error has now been corrected, so these league clubs have now had these extra points removed.
I am sorry this happen and I will endeavour to ensure it does not happen again. Mike Parsons

Knockout Competition Final 2015
Riverain BC won the Knockout Competition Final 2015, beating last years winners Knebworth BC. It was a comprehensive win for Riverain as they managed a win on all rinks, home and away with a total score of 90-52.

Our Congratulations go to Riverain BC members on their fine win

also Congratulations go to Knebworth BC for being Runners-Up

League Tables

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Match Results

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