News Archive - 2012

Nov 2012

New changing rooms and toilets

Boyson Construction were awarded the contract to build the new changing rooms and toilets at the Bowls Club. The work is progressing well and the building is now up to roof level. It will be available for use next season and will contribute significantly to the Club's facilities. The rooms are spacious and it is the intention to provide personal lockers at a small cost for those members who wish to keep bowls equipment at the Club.

Construction Construction

The cost of the changing rooms and toilets will be £75,000 and it has taken approximately 18 months to obtain the funds. The parish council has supported the Club with a grant of £2,000. South Northants District Council has made a Capital Grant of 27% of the cost of the project to a maximum of £20,000. The National Sports Lottery under their Inspired Facilities Initiative has made a grant of £50,000. The remaining £3,000 is to be paid by the Club as our contribution. It was also agreed that the Club will undertake the cost and labour for all floor covering and painting.

Next season the new Changing Rooms and Toilets will allow the Clubhouse to be used solely for socialising and hosting visiting teams. Consequently, the future of our Club looks promising and the improved facilities will enable us to promote the Club and, hopefully, increase membership.

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Unbelievable! The things some people will do to win a game of bowls.

Hands on!

A recent innocent photo taken by a Rustler team member at Potters, shows
Heyford bowler Joan Jones getting a feel for the game.

Sept 2012

Friday Night Triples League - Final Table

Team Captain P W D L For Agn Diff Points
D Joan Juland 119022021247818
E Shirley Collins 128042051683716
A Morris Freeman 12615169186-1713
F Geoff Allen 11605152175-2312
B Mike Davison 12408149169-208
G Ray Haddon 12408162196-348
C David Barlow 12319167188-217

Many thanks to everyone who took part. Several people have said that they really enjoy the Friday Night League because of the friendly, relaxed atmosphere and the spirit in which the games are played. Well done to Joan, Keith S, Peter Mac and Trevor you were a formidable team. Well done too to our new members Steve, Rob, Terry and Richard you bowled really well (are you sure you hadn't played before?) Many thanks also to the team captains for organising the team rotas. Last but not least a huge thank you to Hughie and team for setting up the equipment and providing us with an excellent surface to play on.


June 1st, 2012

County Triples - Result

On Friday 1st June. Hugh Taylor, Mike Davison and Morris Freeman played a very good Brackley side and beat them 13 - 11. After 17 ends the score was tied at 11 - 11. Brackley were holding at least 5 when our skip Morris played brilliantly to take the shot back twice, finally winning by 2.

Max Harper

Max Harper

It is with great sadness that we have to inform you all that Heyford Club bowler Max Harper passed away on Sunday 27th May. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time. Max's wit and great sense of humour will be sadly missed at the club.

Funeral Details

Max will be cremated at Milton, Northampton on Friday 15th June at 12.30pm. Max's family have requested family flowers only, but would appreciate donations to the RNLI charity that was close to max's heart. Max leaves behind daughter Lindsey & son Shaun.

May 13th, 2012

Joan receving the memorial trophy

Memorial Trophy

On Sunday 13th May, Heyford hosted a friendly match against Abington BC. After the match Abington's captain Reg Jones kindly presented our president Joan Juland with a trophy in memory of Dave Juland.
This memorial trophy will be played for each time Abington and Heyford meet.
Abington just beating Heyford on the day by one point, 82 - 81.

May 8th, 2012

Results - Latest Report

For the opening match of the season 28th April we travelled to Cogenhoe in a 4 rink mixed match. The weather although very cold and windy (unlike normal bowls weather) stayed mostly dry. Heyford came out winners by 74-47.
The best winning rink was that of Max Harper, Geoff Thorneycroft, Merv Boyson & Ian Smith winning by 12 shots.

On 5th May we entertained Boys Brigade Old Boys at home in a mixed triples match. The weather although cold remained mainly dry and slightly warmer than the previous week. Heyford came out winners by 102-93.
The best winning rink was that of Val Mclean, Den Taylor & Merv Boyson winning by 21 shots.

May 3rd, 2012

Duck Race - Postponed

The duck race scheduled for Sunday 27th May has been postponed to a later date.

May 2nd, 2012

Website - Almost there

The Website is now virtually complete. Please let me know if you spot any mistakes no matter how trivial. I hope to soon have some pictures to add to the gallery, I know people have been amused by the current photos!

Glen Davison - Website Administrator -

April 1st, 2012

Congratulations to Heyford Bowls Club who celebrated their 21st anniversary on 19th February of this year. The first club night was held in the village hall and short mat bowls has continued there until this day. The club has expanded over the years and now has a successful indoor and outdoor bowls section.

Saturday 18th February saw the indoor bowls first competition of the season “The Dave Juland Presidents Cup” and was played in a triples format. This was well supported with seven teams contesting the trophy. A knock-out competition was introduced restricted by time to seven ends. Some excellent bowling on all mats resulted in some very close games. The final saw some quality bowling by all players, finally put beyond doubt by the last end. The winners were Joan Juland, Audrey Barlow and Jean Cullin over Pauline Groom, Pauline Thackray and Den Taylor by the score of 8-4.

The indoor bowls section was invited to play a match away to their old friends the Moreton Pinkney Bowling club. Once again they proved to be excellent hosts and finished by winning the match by six with a win to each side on the two mats.

The date for signing on for outdoor bowls will be Friday 13th April, 6 pm at the clubhouse. Greens are looking good on the surface and it is hoped (weather permitting) they will be open from Thursday 19th April.

A very pleasant afternoon was enjoyed on Saturday 10th March when the indoor bowls entertained the outdoor and bowling on all three mats was well contested. This has proved to be a popular and enjoyable fixture. The return match on the outside green will be arranged for later in the season.

Den Taylor

March 10th, 2012

Website - In construction

Heyford Bowls Club is now on the internet. As you will see most of the site is still in construction, new content and pages will be uploaded soon. Let me know if you spot any errors, also if you have any comments or suggestions please email me.

Glen Davison - Website Administrator -

March 3rd, 2012

In spite of the recent inclement weather excellent turnouts for Wednesday bowls has been maintained. A thank you to all our Flore members, who once again have braved the winter conditions to support the club. Indoor bowls competitions are a friendly match with Moreton Pinkney are soon to commence, but the results of these games will have to be reported in April’s Prattler.

A not to forget date for your diaries, the short mat versus the outdoor green friendly match will be played on Saturday 10th March starting at 1.30 pm in the Village Hall.

Signing on for the outdoor bowls season will be Friday 13th April at 6.30 pm in the Sports Pavilion at the Playing Fields. New members are always welcome and with the outdoor season starting at the end of April anyone interested whether old or new (wishing to give bowling a try) please ring for information. Alternatively just visit the bowling club at the Playing Field and talk to members who will be pleased to help.

Den Taylor