DBE Mens Pairs

Men’s Pairs Report – 11th July 2021

On Sunday 11th July 2021, 8 pairs of men arrived at Daventry Town B C to take part in the inaugural Men’s Pairs competition. After being greeted by Chairman Phillip Silk-Nielsen the competition got under way..


The players were split into 2 groups with 4 teams in each group. The competition was played in a round format with each team playing 3 matches, at the end of 2 rounds of matches, each group was poised for a close finish with 3 teams in each group still having a chance to progress to the final.

At the end of the round robin in Group 1 there were 3 teams on 4 points and the group was decided on Shot Difference with Craig Bowler and Adrian Mellows topping the group. In Group 2 the final round of matches left 1 team on 4 points with 2 other teams on 3 points and Chris Grey and Anthony Page topped the group.

The final started as a close match with the score at 4 – 2 after 4 ends, then Anthony and Chris won the next 2 ends to open a 7 – 2 lead, Craig and Adrian cut the deficit on the next end scoring 1 before Anthony and Chris won the next 6 ends to take a commanding 15 – 3 lead, the final two ends were shared, and the final score was 17 – 4 to Anthony and Chris.

Daventry Town Chairman Phillip Silk-Nielsen presented the trophy to the winning pair.

Disability Bowls England would like to thank Daventry Town B C for hosting the event, with special mention to Janet Matthews who ensured that we had refreshments throughout the day, also to Duggie Mitchell and Andy Houghton who pushed the wheelchair for our player throughout the event.

Stuart Espie
Competitions Secretary
Disability Bowls England

Big Bowls Weekend

On Saturday 29th May we held a very successful Open Day as part of the Bowls England & Disability Bowls England initiative to get everyone back playing bowls and welcoming members of the community to our sport. Blessed with a glorious sunny day some 50 to 60 people made up of members, their family & friends plus several new faces joined in this relaxed fun day.

Having worked with the BDA in developing and meeting various criteria over a two year period we actually achieved the required standards and gained the Bowls Disability Mark in February 2020. Unfortunately owing to Covid restrictions it was not possible to arrange a formal presentation until now. This was put right during the day when Annie Dunham one of the BDA’s Club Development Officers travelled from Lincolnshire to present the Awards to Michael Robins our Club President. A big thank you to Annie for taking time out to join us. Also another big thank you to the group of members who played a huge part in helping us gain this award.

Events such as this do not take place or are successful without the work undertaken by members who made sure the day went with a bang. Yes the balloon displays kept popping in the heat and added to the fun. A big thank you to all the volunteers for making sure everyone enjoyed themselves. The bacon butties followed by a barbecue later in the day plus cold refreshments served to the tables ensured everyone was suitably catered for throughout.

There has never been a better time to become more active and take up a sport. Bowls is a sport that can be played by people of all ages, gender or physical ability. Our club having achieved the very high standards required to gain this award, are looking to build on work already undertaken. We invite newcomers to bowls to come along and join in our social bowling sessions details of which can be found on our website of Social Media pages.







Back to Bowls


Our green will re-open on Friday 16th April 2021, for members who wish to get back to social bowling. We are restricted to, and operating under the advice and guidelines provided by Bowls England.

We have provided an online, rink booking system, to monitor and control members activity. If you intend to play please ensure you book an available rink, in advance, through this.

Sport England Grant

Grant to help Daventry Town Bowls Club during current COVID-19 pandemic 

Daventry Town Bowls Club based in Northamptonshire has been awarded £2,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Emergency Fund towards overheads and costs during the on-going COVID-19 pandemic. The outbreak of the virus and the consequent shutdown of businesses as of March 23 has left the sport and physical activity sector facing a period of uncertainty. In response, on March 31 Sport England announced a £195m package to help the sport and physical activity sector through covid-19. Within the package is a £20m Community Emergency Fund, of National Lottery money to deliver immediate funding to those who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but are experiencing short-term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the impact of coronavirus. The grant will allow Daventry Town Bowls Club to cover some of the ongoing costs and maintenance over the coming months.

Duggie Mitchell, Secretary of Daventry Town Bowls Club, commented:

On notification from Bowls England, Bowls Development Alliance and Bowls Northamptonshire an online application was submitted on 8th April. Given the very high volume of applications from across all sports/communities and knowing staff were working from home it was truly remarkable to receive confirmation of our award from Sport England on Tuesday 28th April. This grant is much appreciated and will help towards our loss of income, paying ongoing costs and hopefully ensuring members have a club to return to whenever it is safe and practical to do so.

Tim Hollingsworth, Sport England’s Chief Executive, said:

“As the body responsible for the growth of sport and physical activity participation, we want the vital grassroots organisations that make sport and physical activity happen in this country to not just to come through this crisis but to be in a position to thrive again in the future. The £20m Community Emergency fund, made possible by National Lottery players is part of a multimillion pound package of support we are providing to ease the pressure on a huge number of the organisations who are central to the nation’s health and wellbeing.

“We are proud to be able to provide vital funding to Daventry Town Bowls Club to help it through these extremely challenging times.”