Playing Bowls

The 2022 Playing Season  Outdoor bowls will be played at Oxhey Bowls Club from 18 April until 31 July (this last date is yet to be confirmed).  During August and September 2022 essential work will be carried out on our green and so the Club is making arrangements to play elsewhere during these two months.  Normally the playing season lasts until the last weekend of September.  Play may start at any time from 11.00 am, finishing by 8.00 pm, seven days a week.  We hope that this year the playing arrangements will not be unduly restricted due to the Coronavirus pandemic and, with sound safety measures in place, we plan to run a full and varied season in 2022.

Organised Playing Sessions  In 2022 we plan to run four sessions a week:

  • Monday morning roll-up – Arrive by 10.30 am for an 11.00 am start, finishing around 1.00 pm. This session is run by a handful of members.  The rota will be organised by Jon & Sue Edis-Bates (Tel: 01923 283765).
  • Wednesday Cup – Arrive by 1.30 pm for a 2.00 pm start, finishing around 4.30 pm. This session is run by John Carr (Tel: 01923 240997).
  • Friday morning roll-up – Arrive by 10.30 am for an 11.00 am start, finishing around 1.00 pm. This session is run by Sue & David Shaftoe (Tel: 01923 250162).
  • Sunday Cup – Arrive by 1.30 pm for a 2.00 pm start, finishing around 4.30 pm. This session is run by Graham Frost (Tel: 01923 465341).

These sessions are all run on a ‘roll-up’ basis – no advance booking is required, unless of course the Coronavirus rules were to change.  Members are asked to asked to arrive at the times shown – and in any event 15 minutes before start of play.  The organisers will be grateful if players are able to turn up a little earlier to help set up the rinks etc.

In addition, coaching sessions will be run on Thursday evenings at 5.00 pm.  These are primarily aimed at novice players.  Sam & Marion Pugh run these sessions (Tel: 01923 443869).

Matches against Other Clubs  Ladies, men’s and mixed team matches are played against other local bowls clubs at home and away.  This was not possible during the Coronavirus pandemic but we are planning to resume these matches in 2022, all being well.

In 2022 we are planning to enter several men’s teams in Division 2 of the Watford Veterans Outdoor League.  See our Vets page for further details.

Club Competitions  A variety of club competitions are organised during the playing season for playing members.  Many of these culminate in an end-of-season Finals Day.  This normally takes place in early September, but because of the planned work on the green in 2022 this will take place in July.  Details will appear on the noticeboards at the Clubhouse.  Please contact Ken or Carole Horn (Tel: 0208 428 6917) for more information.

At Club competitions, players wear ‘whites’, rather than the usual ‘greys’

Open Days  Each year the Club runs one or more Open Days when local members of the public are invited to try their hand at playing lawn bowls on our green.  The aim is to introduce people to the game, explain how it is played and provide some coaching.  We also hope to attract new members in this way.  For information about our Open Day on 8 May 2022, see our How to Become a Member page.

Skills Days  From time to time, the Club runs a Skills Day when coaching is provided for both new bowlers and those who would like to improve their game.  We plan to run at least one Skills Day in 2022 – the date has not yet been fixed.