Manfield Cup, Saturday 3 July

We woke up to a wet and miserable day but the sun came out in time to mow the green and get everything set up for the afternoon.

The four Daventry Town teams played at – Roade, Kettering Lodge, Geddington and Rushden, with a very narrow win by Steve, Steve, Dave and Doug.  Well done to all those who participated I am sure everyone enjoyed another opportunity to get out and about and see fellow bowlers again,

We hosted players from Kislingbury, Whyte Melville, Irchester, Kingsthorpe, Wellingborough, Oundle, Geddington and Chapel Forest who all seemed to enjoy a relaxed, but competitive afternoon of bowls.  The after match chats were mostly centred on the upcoming England football match and we have been told not to mention the raffle – which was exceptionally well supported.  Special thanks to all those volunteers who helped either before, during or after the match, it would not have been so successful without you.

The afternoon reflected what sport is all about and it was great to see so many smiling faces.  Thank you to all who took part in the day, either by playing or organising, we are already looking forward to next year’s matches.

Saturday friendly at Byfield

Well done to all the players who played on Saturday in sunny Byfield.

It was a closely contested match with each team winning on two rinks. Congratulations to Byfield, who won by a slightly bigger margin on their two.

Hopefully we’ll get our own back next time.

Friendly against West End

Thank you to all those who supported Thursday’s friendly against West End. We had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon with perfect bowling conditions.  The post-match discussions took place while we relaxed with hot dogs and drinks.

Looking forward to our return match.

Friday night bowling

Once again, we had a fantastic turn out for an afternoon of bowling. Six matches for the club completions took place alongside the usual roll-ups. Thank you to all those who stayed on in the dropping temperatures to watch the match that went to a deciding end.

Congratulations to Andy H, who won this week’s meat raffle.

Looking forward to another good turnout this week.

Books for sale in clubhouse

We have donated some books to the Bowling Club which are for sale.  All money raised to go to club funds.

If anyone has any books they no longer require and are willing to donate them to the club please feel free to add them to the bookshelf in the clubhouse.

Friday Social

Thanks, once again, to all those who supported our club on this wet Friday night, both virtually and physically.  There was a fantastic response from our members to join in the short mat and chat with friends.

The meat raffle was won by Mike and Thelma, with Mike managing to pull his own ticket out!!! Congratulations to them and thanks to John for supplying the meat.

Looking forward to seeing everyone next week.

Executive triples

John H, Alan G and Janet M played the match against Hilary, Sharon and Pete, from Kingsthorpe, on a very hot Sunday morning.

It was a closely contested match, all the way through, with the score after 14 ends being 14 each.  Unfortunately we didn’t quite manage to pip them at the post, with a final result of 16-19 in favour of the visitors.

An enjoyable, sporting match. Thank you to everyone involved.

Friday night social

Once again, we had a fantastic turnout for our social night. There was some relaxed bowling alongside the three club competition matches.

The meat raffle this week was won by Geoff and Lin, congratulations to them and thanks, once again, to John Thorne for providing us with such a great selection.

The pizza was a big hit, I’ll have to make more next time. 🍕



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.







Daventry Tigers v Daventry Town

Saturday 5 May.

We spent a very enjoyable, and hot,  afternoon at the Tigers green, with 4 rinks bowling.  Daventry town managed to come from behind and win on one rink, unfortunately the rest of us were not so successful. Congratulations to Marion, Gill, Mike and Phillip.

Thank you to the home team for making us feel so welcome and inviting us to join in with the birthday celebrations.



Friday night social and meat raffle

Many thanks to all those members who came along to support the club on this beautiful warm evening.  Watching the sun set over the Sunset Bar was relaxing and wonderful.


Congratulations to Dave B, the winner of this week’s meat raffle – top quality chicken breasts, sirloin steak, gammon steak and sausages – provided by the Thorne and son’s butchers (every Tuesday and Friday Daventry market).





Friday night social

Thank you all, once again, for your fantastic support. This week’s raffle was won by John Hodgkinson again, but he very generously re-donated the prize. Steve Bond, who said “I’m not going to win anyway” was, in fact the next winner. So big congratulations to him – the prize awaits you tomorrow 😀.

Looking forward to a fantastic day at the club tomorrow, hope you can join us.

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.”


Daventry Town Bowls Club – News Update

We have been working with George Babalev, Club Development Manager at Bowls Development Alliance who has overseen and guided us through their program of procedures and criteria necessary in meeting pre-determined standards.

In addition to updating and ensuring our club administration. policies and bowling facilities are in line with that required we have been working towards meeting the Nationally recognised standards.

Having worked hard in successfully developing and meeting these standards we are pleased to announce we have been awarded the Bowls Disability Mark. The Bowls Disability Mark has been developed to recognise and reward affiliated bowls clubs who are fully inclusive and welcoming to those people who wish to bowl who have a form of disability. It greatly helps clubs follow the right steps towards becoming a fully inclusive club.

In confirming the award by email George added : “On behalf of the Disability Bowls Steering Group, I am delighted to announce that Daventry Town Bowls Club have been awarded the Bowls Disability Mark. I would like to congratulate the club committee and Duggie Mitchell in particular for their outstanding commitment to disability bowls and continuous efforts to develop the club into a truly inclusive hub for the local community.”

Owing to the present restrictions it is not possible to arrange a formal presentation but this will be arranged at some point in the future. In the mean time we thank George for the help

and tremendous contribution made in guiding us through the numerous processes leading to this award.



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Bowls Northamptonshire

Dear Fellow Bowlers

                With the sunny days we are experiencing at present, we should all be looking forward to starting the Outdoor Bowls season. But in the current extremely difficult circumstances, we cannot enjoy our outdoor sport.

Bowls England (BE)made a decision to cancel the National Championships in August as the qualifying rounds, which some Counties start in April, would not be completed in time.

 Midland Counties (MCBA) Midland England League (MEL) and Friends of Bowls England (FOEB) also decided to cancel all matches for this season. BE may resume some of their matches later in the season.

Bowls Northamptonshire has decided to cancel all men and women’s friendly matches at present, but may try and re-arrange some of them later in the season.

All County competitions leading to the National Championships have been cancelled. If later in the season (August/September) and depending on Government advice, we may be able to play some of our own County Competitions.

Good News! Presidents’ Yvonne, Paul and Shelagh have agreed to continue their roles in 2021.

On a financial note BE will be refunding all the Affiliation fees and Competition entry fees that have been paid. BN will do the same if no competitions are played. This will take time to administrate.

A reminder that any BN member may access the Benevolent Fund if they find themselves needing financial support due to unfortunate circumstances. John Church is the Benevolent Fund secretary.

To all club members we ask that you support your club in what ever way you can, with a view that we WILL be out Bowling again by the end of the summer.

Stay Safe until we can resume the sport we all love.

Best Regards

Jan Hunt

on behalf of the BN Executive Committee            


Bowls England FAQ’s

Understandably, Bowls England has been inundated with enquiries from clubs and county associations regarding the Coronavirus outbreak.

They have produced a ‘FAQ’ document in response to the first wave of enquiries, which have been similar in their nature. It will continue to be updated as we deal with this ever‐changing situation.