Next Meeting: AGM Thurs 10th Nov at North Chad (OL9 0EL), 7:30pm

Notice's of Motion & Nominations for the 2016 AGM

All notice's of motion with regard to bye laws & rule change's must be in the hands of the County Secretary by 1st October.

Also any nominations for County Officials must be with the County Secretary by 1st October.

BCGBA Dates for 2017

Sundays 19th March / 16th April - World Team Championship at Fox Lane Preston

Wednesday 5th July - Jack & Jean Isherwood Vets Merit Finals at Prees BC Shropshire

Thursday 13th July - Vets County Prelims venue to be decided

Saturday 29th July - BCGBA Senior Merit in North Midlands

Thursday 3rd August - Vets County Finals venue to be decided

Saturday 19th August - BCGBA Junior Merit in Lancashire

Saturday 23rd Sept - Champion of Champions at Waterloo

Saturday 7th Oct - Centenary Mixed Pairs at Waterloo

1st Sunday in May - June - July - August - Sept - Senior County Matches

2nd Sunday in May - June - July - August - Sept - Junior County Matches

Message from G/M county selectors

GREATER Manchester officials will meet soon to draw up a plan to revive the county’s flagging fortunes.

The once-successful GM outfit endured a disappointing 2016 Endsleigh County Championship campaign, finishing bottom of their four-team group.

GM opened with a two-chalks defeat to South Yorkshire before drawing with Potteries and District, and losing by 51 to group winners Shropshire who are now in the final.

Their campaign was a far cry from the halcyon days when a team packed with stars regularly won team bowling’s most prestigious championship.

The last time GM won the British title was in 2008. But they triumphed six times from 1997 to 2008 with a team containing many top-class performers.

GM do not boast such strength in depth during the current era, and it it is Warwick and Worcester who are the present kingpins, winning the British title for the last four years with a team containing many superb young players.

But GM are determined to embark on a journey which will make them competitive against the very best counties.

A meeting of selectors will be held in sept to discuss ways in which GM can plot a successful way forward.

A spokesman for GM said: “It is clear that the county is underperforming and there are a number of reasons for that.

“Clearly, we do not boast the strength in depth we once had when many of the game’s finest players turned out for GM and provided formidable opposition to rival counties.

“There are many individuals who are proud to play for GM and give their all, but equally there are players out there who are not making themselves available for selection for whatever reason.

“We desperately need to get some of these players back in the ranks and we will spend the next few months trying to get them back on side by promoting a vision of a competitive and motivated GM side with all the players desperate to wear the blue county shirt.

“The selectors occasionally cop for a bit of criticism for team selection and choice of home greens, but their efforts are honest and genuine.

“We will take on board what the players tell us with regard to personnel and greens, but these are not always straightforward issues and there is a very quick turnaround between matches, with teams and greens having to be picked within days.

“What we need, above all, is to be able to field our strongest side on a regular basis and we will be working towards achieving that during the remainder of the bowls season and through the winter.

“A successful county side has a knock-on effect, promoting better and more competitive bowling in its member leagues and we will do everything we can to ensure GM reaches its full potential in the near future.”


David Williams the BCGBA & G/M Referee Secretary will be running 2 Laws of the Game seminars over the winter which could lead to the taking of the Referee's exam .

These seminars will be held at Hare Hills Park Rochdale on Thursdays 6th/13th/20th October 2016 , 7-30 till 9pm

North Chadderton BC Oldham on Thursdays 2nd/9th/16th February 2017, 7-30 till 9pm

There is a £5 cost to cover & 3 sessions

If anyone is interested will they contact David Williams 07899688182 or Eddie Melvin 01706-642845

Public Liability & Personal Accident Insurance

I am pleased to inform you that the online insurance portal is now 'live'.

If any league or club needs there unique number will they contact David Williams who might be able to help 07899688182

You can either go to the BCGBA website under the heading 'Play Bowls' and then 'Membership' or you can use the link below

I apologise that I have not had time to do all the additions and changes yet but intend to complete them before midnight tonight, so if you have asked for any changes and I do not reply before midnight tonight please send me the request again in case your original request has not been received.The Application Form which I sent out last Friday needed a couple of amendments which Endsleigh have now done.  Hopefully, you won't have been asked for many, if any, copies of the application form


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County Secretary

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To write, send post to Mike Holden , 90 Ings Lane, Meanwood, Rochdale. OL12 7DX