Saturday, 21st May 2016 - Millennium Trophy Day

There are no League Matches today as it has been set aside for the Millennium Trophy Preliminary Round to be played.

The Millennium Trophy is two rinks of three wood triples playing 18 ends with the result determined by highest aggregate score.

The following rule change was made at 2015 AGM:-

"The Challenger shall nominate one designated rink number to play an extra end before the draw is made for rinks. The extra end should only be played if the game is a draw".

see draw:Knockout Competitions 2016

download:Millennium Trophy Rules

21st May 2016

Knockout Competitions 2016:

Play-by dates and Sat 11th June 2016

Apart from those below all KO Competitions Match Rounds have a closing date and all ties must be played on it or beforehand.

Three Saturdays have been set aside for particular Knockout Competition matches to be played.

1. 14th May, Millennium Cup (Prelim Round); 2. 11th June, Mens Pairs; 3. 2nd July, Millennium Cup (First Round).

Unless mutually agreed (by both parties) the specified matches must be played on those designated Saturdays.

As the dates, start times and venues for these are fixed there is no need for either Challenger or Opponent to make arrangements - just turn-up on the day as you would for a league fixture.

These designated Saturdays can also be used to play other League KO ties.

(For details of the Rules for KO Competitions see Menu item 'Rules' - see Rule 7.4 Competitions).

16th May 2016

Knockout Competitions 2016

The draw for the seven Knockout Competitions has been made and has been published to the web. It is available from the link below.

Knockout Competitions 2016

13th May 2016

Fixtures 2016

Fixtures for all three divisions are available as downloads. These are in Excel 97-2003 format and a single page for easy viewing.

Division One

Division Two

Division Three

28th April 2016

Millennium Cup 2016

At the 2016 Spring Meeting it was agreed to incorporate the early rounds of the Millennium Cup KO competition into the League fixtures and play them on prescribed dates.

This means that both the preliminary and first rounds must be played on those dates - not earlier and not later.

Millennium Cup Draw 2016

26th April 2016

Spring Meeting - Sat 26th March 2016

The 2016 Spring Meeting will be held at Vane Tempest Bowls Club on Saturday, 26th March 2016 starting at 10.00am.

Spring Meeting Agenda

23rd March 2016

Cockton Hill Bowls Club - resignation

Cockton Hill Bowls Club has resigned from the League. Lack of players has been the reason. During the last season it was only able to field a full team on four occasions.

Cockton Hill joined the League in 2003.

5th October 2015

Presentation Evening 2015

The League’s Presentation Evening will be held at Durham Indoor Bowls Club on Friday 25th September, starting at 7.00pm.

Presentations will be made to the winners and runners-up of each division, the Millennium Cup and all Knockout Competitions. The winners and runners-up (or representatives) must attend the Presentation Evening to receive the appropriate trophies and prizes. Failure to attend will mean forfeiture of any such prizes.

Tickets cost £5.00 and each club will be allocated a table for its own members.

The facilities at the club are excellent with adequate safe parking supported by CCTV. The club is licensed and bar prices are reasonable. Entertainment will be by vocalist Katherine Stone together with dancing and bingo. Pie, peas and chips will be served.

Ticket order via Club Secretary to Ian Hudson: tel. 0191 3861780

30th August 2015

Knockout Finals Day

The 2015 Season's Knockout Finals were held on Saturday, 29th August 2015, at Pelton Fell Bowls Club

For results use the following link.


29th August 2015

Houghton Dairy Lane are 2015 Champions

With a home win 9-1 against Pelton Fell this afternoon Houghton DL drew clear of Sherburn Village who won away at Nevilles Cross 7-3..

Congratulation, to Houghton Dairy Lane.

22nd August 2015

Last Match Day

Today is the last match day of the Season and the aspirations of many clubs depend on the outcome of today's matches.

However there is a big black cloud (literally) hanging over it.

The question is will the weather be a dampener on proceedings and have too much of an influence on the League's tables at the end of the day?

There will not be any postponements. The League does not permit re-arrangements. Matches have to be played on the day, if not or if uncompleted, points are shared between the teams.

22nd August 2015

Knockout Finals Day

The 2015 Season's Knockout Finals will be held on Saturday, 29th August 2015, at Pelton Fell Bowls Club

There will be two sessions. One in the morning starting at 11.00am and another at 2.30pm

Details of the finalists and the programme timetable can be accessed from the following link.


20th August 2015

Brandon resigns from the League

Brandon Bowls Club has resigned from the Durham & District Bowling League. This takes immediate effect and is backdated to the start of the season.

It has struggled most weeks to field a full team and earlier in the season had to concede a match. Faced with a similar situation today the Club Management decided it would be fairest to other teams to withdraw rather than influence the league table with 10pts windfalls. It had already decided to disband the club at the end of this season.

Membership of the League started in 1939 and with a total of 69 years Brandon is the third oldest club

All matches played by Brandon this season will be removed from the Division 3 records. Consequently only the results from matches not involving Brandon will be included in the League table.

15th August 2015

Two more weekends of League Cricket

The pace is hotting up with only two more matches remaining for promotion and relegation places to be decided.

14th August 2015

That's half the Season gone!

Today's fixtures are the reverse of the opening matches of the 2015 Season. The first half seems to have flown by and we're still awaiting Summer. What we want now is a long spell of settled 'warm and windless' weather to bring back some of the magic of outdoor bowls.

27th June 2015

Unplayed matches

It is noticeable at this early stage of the season that some clubs are struggling to turn out full teams.

Not many clubs are fortunate enough to have a surfeit of players. However most are able to juggle their limited resources to complete their fixtures despite all the problems which club secretaries encounter.

By taking part in this league a club gives a commitment to meet all its obligations. So far, and only 3 weeks into the season, there have been two occasions when matches have been conceded because different clubs could not turn out a team. This is worrying because the minimum requirement is not 12 but 8 bowlers.

I realise each time it happens the responsible club has done its best and is mortified to let the opposition down. However these incidents with 10 points being gifted to one team do have a bearing on the final league tables .

This is a situation which concerns the League Management who will have to consider taking action against recurring offenders to maintain the standing of the League

16th May 2015

Knockout Competitions

The Season is now fully underway with Divs 2 and 3 playing their first matches on 2nd May 2015.

Results Secretary Dave Armstrong (Houghton DL) and League Vice-Chairman, Barry Attwood (Leeholme), have made the Knockout Competitions draws: see link below

All match results should be phoned to Dave on the day of the match,


4th May 2015

2015 Season starts on 25th April for Division I

The spell of fine weather looks to have come to an end - just in time for the first matches of the 2015 Season. Division One teams start today but Divisions Two and Three have byes and do not begin until 2nd May.

25th April 2015

Houghton Dairy Lane website

Houghton Dairy Lane Bowls Club now has its own website at: www.hdlbc.co.uk

2nd Mar 2015

Spring Meeting

This year's Spring Meeting will be held on Sat 21st March 2015 at Vane Tempest Bowls Club, starting at 10am.

All clubs are required to attend and to pay membership subscriptions for 2015 Season. Additionally, application forms for KO Competitions will be available.

14th March 2015

Pelton Fell website

Pelton Fell Bowls Club now has its own website at: www.peltonfellbowls.com

2nd Mar 2015

Wolsingham website

Wolsingham Bowls Club now has its own website at: www.wolsinghambc.co.uk.

Club member John Clarke has developed the site to publicise the club, atttract new members and provide information about it.

The site has been created to a high standard and is well worth a visit

23rd Feb 2015

Annual General Meeting

On Sat 29th Nov 2014 at Vane Tempest Bowls Club, starting at 10am

Any proposals for changes to the Rules and Constitution should be received by me by 1st November.

There will be a vacancy for a Results Secretary as John Webster will not be seeking re-election

28th October 2014

2014 Knockout Competitions Finals,

Sat 30th Aug 2014 at Pelton Fell Bowls Club

Photos of All the Winners

12 Noon: Hospital Cup
E Henry, S Bennett & C Thompson (Pelton Fell) v P Bailey, G Bailey & M Robinson (Vane Tempest)
12 Noon: Triples
C Gething, K Penn & A Summers (Bowburn) v D Gibson, P Gibson & P Heath (Spennymoor)
12 Noon: Men's Pairs
M Gleason & B Attwood (Leeholme) v S Berry & G Peacock (Hundens)
3.00pm: Millennium Cup
Darlington South Park v Spennymoor
3.00pm: Mixed Pairs
C Gething & K Penn (Bowburn) v R Edgell & V Simms (Pelton Fell)
3.00pm: Singles
J Taylor (Leeholme) v M Robinson (Vane Tempest)
Fours: Played earlier due to National Finals clash
D Morgan, D Armstrong, M Owens & K Makepeace (HDL) v J McKinney, K Briscoe, A & J Thurlbeck (HDL)

Presentation Evening, Fri 26th Sept

At Durham Indoor Bowls Club on Friday 26th September, starting at 7pm

The event will include the presentation of all league and knockout competions awards, live entertainment from singer-entertainer Antonio,some hands of bingo, raffle and a pie,peas and chips supper.

Tickets are £5.00 each and can be ordered through a club secretary or direct from League President, Ian Hudson tel 0191 3861780

26th August 2014

Houghton Dairy Lane are 2014 Champions

With 5 points from a rain affected match at Shotton today, Houghton Dairy Lane retained the League Championship. Leeholme closed the gap to 4 points after taking all the points against Mainsforth.

In the Second Division Pelton Fell took the title despite losing 8-2 to runners-up Nevilles Cross.

The Third Division winners are Fishburn with King George V runners-up finishing 1 point behind. There were only 6 points separating the top five places.

23rd August 2014

Attwood & Taylor

In today's County Finals stage of the Bowls England National KOs held at Houghton Dairy Lane bowlers from a number of clubs in Durham & District League were involved.

Winning the Champion of Champions was Barry Hopkins Jnr, Darlington SP. The Pairs was contested by Michael English and George Williams, ER/C and Barry Attwood and Jason Taylor, Leeholme, with the Leeholme duo edging a close encounter. Matthew Gleeson,Leeholme, lost a close match in the Junior Singles and losing finalists in the Fours were Jim Hutchinson,Steve Bennett and Eddie Henry, Pelton Fell.

Congratulations to all the finalists, particularly the winners and good luck in the National Finals at Leamington Spa in August.

27th July 2014

DCC maintained bowls clubs - Future

The future of Durham County Council's 30 maintained greens and club houses will be clarified at a number of consultative meetings to be held on 5 & 12 June 2014 at County Hall Durham.

Each club has been invited to send two representatives to one of the meetings.

1. Invitation letter to Consultative Meeting

2. Points from Consultative Meeting.

3. Points from One to One Meeting.

Brian Slinn has contacted Bowls Durham Secretary, Foster Johnson, to make him aware of these proposals. There are additional grant sources available to clubs, particularly those affiliated to Bowls England, to help them through the changeover period. Foster has agreed to help those affected clubs, whether affiliated or not, by contacting Bowls England and seeking from them what advice and assistance they can offer. He is willing to advise not only clubs presently under the 'DCC Umbrella' but all clubs.

Online Match Results Form - Update

The problem with the online match result form is happily sorted although it has taken until today to resolve.

The fault lay with the company which provides the Internet Service. The difficulty was traced to the older server hosting our website which could no longer handle the form. After a long and time consuming series of processes and tests the solution was to transfer the website to another more modern server. This has resolved the matter........fingers crossed.

9th May 2014

Online Match Results Form

The online match result form is not working and should not be used on Sat 3rd May 2014. The work is in hand with the service provider. It is a technical issue concerning the type of file which has failed following changes to the server.

In the meantime please send, after the match, an email showing total shots and total points for both teams to durhambowling@btinternet.com.

3rd May 2014


From 10th May Glenholme will be playing all its home matches at Glenholme as repairs to green and clubhouse have been completed.

2nd May 2014


The Glenholme clubhouse and green suffered serious damage during the close season when a water main underneath the building burst.

As a consequence until further notice all home matches will be played at Wolsingham.

23rd April 2014

2014 Season

The opening date for Division 1 and 2 clubs is Saturday 26th April. Division 3 starts on 10th May.

Fixtures have been issued to clubs and are available to read and download on this site.

3rd February 2014

Spring Meeting, 22nd March 2014

This year's Spring Meeting will be held at Vane Tempest Bowls Club on Sat 22nd March 2014 starting at 10.00am.

31 January 2014

Heavy Greens or Heavy Bowls

By request this article is repeated from 2013 season

There has been a lot of talk about heavy and even unplayable greens over recent weeks since the start of the season. This is not unusual. Late April and early May is often subject to showers and greens are generally softer at this time. However this year the problem was worsened by the long Winter and cold Spring which set back preparation work by several weeks. Grass was not growing and frost damage to the surface had not been rolled flat. Plus heavy and regular periods of rain made it hard work to reach a full length at many clubs.

Consequently many bowlers have had problems with their deliveries. This has caused complaints of strains to arms, backs and genuine discomfort and lack of enjoyment. It is often heard that bowling should be a skillful and pleasant pastime.

So what is the answer? Bowlers can certainly help themselves. For example is it reasonable to expect one set of bowls to be suitable for all the diverse conditions, weather and greens one has to combat outdoors. I do not think so and before anyone mentions it the indoor game is quite different. In comparison variations are minimal.

How can an indoor carpet possibly compare with a soft early season outdoor challenge? The difference in weight is mind blowing yet the size 4 and 5 heavies (so far this year I've even seen size 6 and 7) are trooped out in the wet and cold and surprise, surprise it's a struggle to reach the head. Then the moaning begins.

To my mind the sensible approach is to be prepared with a choice of bowls to meet differing conditions. No two greens are the same and the weather is also a factor to consider. A clever bowler is ready to adapt to the circumstances he finds on the day. If he has a choice from which to select, when appropriate, a smaller, lighter or swingier bowl he has an advantage over his opponent. Being able to comfortably hold and deliver to any length without strain and risk of injury makes the game more enjoyable.

How many of us have turned up for a match and wished we had something else in the bowls bag!

1st June 2013

Glynis Morgan

Dairy Lane

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