News 2022

Welcome to the website of Woodhall Friendly Bowls League with news and information for clubs, players and potential players for the 2022 season.

The AGM of the league is due to held at Cranwell Social Club on Wednesday the 2nd of March starting at 2pm.

The format of the League will the same as that proposed for 2020 with teams playing each other once. The programme is now published on the webpage. A new knock out competition has been included in the programme and the Fixture Secretary will give details of this at the AGM. 

I have published the final tables for those teams that competed in 2021

Have an enjoyable seasons bowling

Annual General Meeting

This was held at the Cranwell Social Club on Wednesday  on the 2nd March 2020.

The Chairman opened the meeting by giving his thanks to those members who helped ensure that there was a bowling season last year despite all the problems caused by the Covid pandemic.

A minutes silence was held for all those members of the League who had died during the previous year.

Minutes of the last meeting were approved. Proposed by Rose Clapton and seconded by Ken Dyer. There were no matters arising as the last meeting was held two years previously.

Accounts The accounts were presented by the Treasurer .There were no points noted on the Accounts themselves, but it was reported that we no longer had a bank account as this facility had been withdrawn by all the banks for such small financial activity. It was agreed that we would maintain a petty cash system with the Treasurer reporting any activity each year.

Subscriptions  The treasurer recommended that we still haveand  a healthy cash balance that there should be none for the coming year.

Election of Officers  As the current officers had indicated that they would stand for re election and there were no other nominations a proposal was made that the officers should be re elected on bloc.

Competition Venues. It was agreed that the following competitions would be held, Ron White  at Heckington and the Stan Hargreaves at Eslaforde.

Knockout Competition . It was agreed to hold a knockout competition at the end of the season. It was to be called the Wilkinson Shield. Dates had already been already incorporated into the programme.

The Competition Secretary would forward to the Secretary details for inclusion on the Web Page .

AOB There was no other business other that agreeing the date of the next meeting which was agreed as being the first Wednesday of March 2023.

The meeting was closed at 2 30 pm

The Wilkinson Cup Rules 2022

This is a knock out cup competition played between members of the Woodhall Spa Friendly League. Currently there are thirteen teams in the league. There will be a draw to decide the ten teams involved in the first round; three teams will receive a bye into the next round.

The subsequent eight remaining teams will then play to decide the semi-finalists.  The semi-final and final will be played on the same day at an agreed venue. This year, 2022, the venue is Jubilee Park.

EBF rules apply. Each game will be decided by the AGGREGATE score of all three rinks, with a previously drawn rink to play off if the scores are tied.

The Home team will deliver the jack at the first end. The Captains will toss for the jack before the semi-final and the final.

Each team will consist of three rinks of three people, bowling three bowls each over 18 ends. Should a match be terminated for any reason, then the aggregate score at the time of termination will count as the final score provided at least 12 ends have been COMPLETED, by all three rinks. If 12 ends have not been completed by all three rinks then the match shall be void and shall be replayed in its entirety at a date MUTUALLY agreed between the teams.

Please inform the competition secretary of all results.

Competition Secretary:   John Stevenson    07827 925233 /01529 461137


The Wilkinson Cup Draw 2022

The Preliminary Round to be played on Wednesday August 17th

Mareham Le Fen   versus  Bristol       (Match A)

Park Rangers versus  Ruskington      (Match B)

Jubilee Park versus  Wanderers    (Match C)

Sleaford Town versus Billinghay       (Match D)

Heckington  versus Cranwell             (Match E)


The First Round to be played on Wednesday August 24th

Horncastle   versus   Jubilee Park       (Match F)

Woodpeckers versus Winners of A   (Match G)

Winners of B   versus Winners of C   (Match H)

Winners of D   versus Winners of E   ( Match K )

The semi-finals to be played on Wednesday August 31st at Jubilee Park at 11.00a.m.

Winners of F  versus Winners of G

Winners of H  versus Winners of K

The final to be played on Wednesday August 31st at Jubilee Park at 2.15ish p.m. between the winners of the above semi-finals.

In the preliminary and first round matches the home team is mentioned first. E.G. Mareham Le Fen is the home team against The Bristol.

Jubilee Park

We have received notification that they have withdrawn from the League and will not complete their fixtures this season. It is possible that may re-join next year but if they do not we could  relook at the structure of the league.                              Tables published today have any fixtures involving them declared null and void.

Ron White Shield

This was held at Heckington. Of the thirteen teams in the league nine entered, but in the end only seven took part. The event was well organised with excellent catering and a good green. The eventual winner was Heckington with Woodhall Wanderers second.

It would be appreciated if teams who did not compete let League officers know their reasons for not taking part.


Please note: Sleaford Town  have a change in Captain for the rest of the season. This  change is included on the contacts page 

Stan Hargraves Cup.

This Competition takes place on Wednesday 3rd of August at Eslaforde Park. It is an competition for individuals as explained by the Competition Secretary.  It would be useful if Club Captains could give some idea of the numbers planning to attend to officials at Eslaforde to help with planning for catering  

League Results

As we are approaching the end of the season I have carried out an audit of the results so far and found these are correct. However, I have found an error in the calculation of the  league table and have made the required correction. I apologise for this mistake. 

Stan Hargraves Cup

 The Stan Hargraves competition was won by Chris Kent from Cranwell with 63 shots. There were 30 people who participated. Just the right number. Thank you to all of you. The weather was a bit drizzly then got quite hot in the afternoon. A big thank you to Eslaforde Park for preparing the green and keeping us fed and watered.

The Wilkinson Shield

The semi finals and final of the competition took place on the Jubilee Park green. A big thank you to Norman, Carolyn and the groundsman, apologies for not remembering your first name, for preparing everything and for being such good hosts. The semi-finals were played in a good spirit and with some good bowling. Woodpeckers prevailed over Horncastle and Ruskington beat Billinghay.
The final in the afternoon set off about 2 o’clock with everyone raring to go. After trial ends a very close match ensued with Woodpeckers just in the lead but with five or six ends to go the tide turned and Ruskington came out 64 to 56 winners. Congratulations to Ruskington. Patrick our President presented the shield to Ruskington and distributed the prize money to the winners and the runners up.
A big thank you to all those taking part. It was nice to see all six rinks being played on in the morning. I hope you all enjoyed the day.

League Result

Congratulations to Sleaford Town on winning this league this season. Billinghay were second.

It has been confirmed that Jubilee Park will only be entering one team next year. I need to know that know that all other teams intend to continue next year so that  the programme can be set out in time for the AGM.