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(Laws 41 of the Sport of Bowls Crystal Mark Fourth Edition)

Bowls England Regulations State:
Artificial devices may be used by players with disabilities for delivering the jack or bowl provided they are approved by Bowls England following consultation with relevant disability bowls organisations. Currently this includes the standard bowling arm, the DHB Hacksaw bowling arm and the bowls launcher. The individual shall decide before a game starts if they are going to use an aid. If they decide to then they shall use it for the duration of that game.
Appendix J of our competition regulations has more detail on players with disabilities: Bowls England

English Indoor Bowling Association Regulations State:
8.3 Artificial devices be used by players with disabilities for delivering the jack or bowl (Law 41.)
The player using the device shall decide before a game starts if they are going to use an aid. If they so decide, then they shall use it for the entire duration of that game.


We have requested guidance from other Para Home Nations, International Bowls for the Disabled and World Bowls for International events.

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DBE May Newsletter

May Newsletter

Chairperson’s message,

By the time you are reading this months Newsletter, the “DBE Team England representative squad” would have arrived in South Africa and preparing for there first round of matches of the International Bowls for Disabled (IBD) World Cup Championships 2024. We wish them all the best of luck on and off the greens.

We would like to thank all our fabulous sponsors Aceit Sportswear, Sporting Highlights, Bush Hill Bowls , DM Sports Turf Solutions , English Bowls Association Charitable Trust and the many clubs, counties and family and friends that have made this self-funded trip possible without your help and the dedication of the squad to fundraise these past 15 months, there would be no “Team England” at these World Bowls Disability Championships.

I had the pleasure of visiting Bournemouth Bowling club to support our BOWRA Buddies and Military Veter-ans group who play on a bi-weekly basis to welcome Bush Hill Bowls present two special “green friendly” wheelchairs to Mark Bowra MBE who accepted the wheelchairs on behalf of Bournemouth Bowling Club and who demonstrating how the group interact on the bowling green and help to build confidence, provide gentle exercise and camaraderie between colleagues with similar challenges.

We have had the Bowls England Bowls Big Weekend with over 600 events across England and I hope many of you were out in force to showcase how inclusive our sport is and help generate more new players with a disability to join the Bowls Family.

Early June we start our outdoor competitions events to see who qualifier for the Bowls England National Championships 2024 at Royal Leamington Spa. I look forward to seeing many of you over the next few months, keep the good news coming!!

DBE May Newsletter here.

DBE Chairperson

DBE April Newsletter

DBE Newsletter April

Chairperson’s message,

Sometimes in life it never rains but it pours down with the passing of 3 members of the DBE bowls family – George Pierpoint, Keith Brenton and Jeannette Maisey. It was a very difficult time for everyone who had the pleasure of playing with and against them for both DBE & VIBE.

But as always, our members stayed strong, rose to the challenge, and delivered one of the most inclusive English Indoor National Finals Championships and showcased once again their Ability not Disability whilst receiving a very warm welcome at Nottingham IBC.

The icing on the cake after a very difficult Easter weekend trying to rearrange our plans for the IBD World Championships after the sudden passing of Keith, was
driving around the M25 to Watford IBC for a Development & Charity fundraising day organised by Watford & District Bowls Association. I was totally blown away with the reception we received from the time we drove into the car park until we left after a fabulous day of bowling, fun, enjoyment and kindness which will stay with us for many years to come and lifted all our spirits to continue what we do best – “Play Inclusive Bowls”

As we come to end of the planned Indoor season and start moving outdoors, I hope that some of our members who don’t play outdoors will enter the EIBA Summer Competitions and continue this very strong link with our fellow indoor bowlers and clubs. May is a very busy month, not only do we have a Team of 16 going to the IBD World Championships in South Africa, and we wish them all the best and success on the greens, but we also have the Bowls England Bowls’ Big Weekend (24-27 May) and I hope many of you will be out and about helping your clubs to sign up more members.

Finally, Thank You to all our amazing Volunteers.

DBE April Newsletter here.

We are Stronger Together

Steve Watson
DBE Chairperson


Sue Davies (DBE Performance & Team Manager) is very pleased to announce the DBE Team England squad for the Para Outdoor Home Nations 28 – 30 June 2024, Northfield BC, Ayr, Scotland.

Congratulations to everyone selected.

AYR, JUNE 2024

Classification Name Club County
B2 Stephen Hartley Tavistock BC Devon
B3 John Hollowell Bridgman BC Bedfordshire
  Alison Yearling Plymouth Hoe BC Devon
B4 Sally-Ann Lewis-Wall Kingscroft BC Leicestershire
Directors: Jane Herbert Kingscroft BC Leicestershire
  Beata Hollowell # Bridgman BC Bedfordshire
  Isaac Shieh Gerrards Cross BC Buckinghamshire
  Elizabeth Shipley Hinckley BC Leicestershire
B6 Craig Bowler Wellingborough BC Northamptonshire
B7 Fynn Kyser Countesthorpe BC Leicestershire
  Jack Pullin Bredon BC Worcestershire
  Jennie Sandford Lindfield BC Sussex
B8 David Fisher Colchester West End BC Essex
  Anthony Page Congresbury BC Somerset
  Mike Robertson * Parkway BC Huntingdonshire
  Kieran Rollings Kettering Lodge BC Northamptonshire
Non-travelling reserves:      
B8 Mike McDonagh Cheam BC Surrey
Director Nigel Morgan Haydon Wick BC Wiltshire

* Team Captain
# New Cap

Team Manager: Sue Davies
Selector: Mark Bilsby
Selector: Stuart Espie

Sue Davies
DBE Performance & Team Manager

DBE March Newsletter

DBE Newsletter March 24

Chairperson’s report

We are just waiting for one more piece of the bigger jigsaw puzzle to be put into place before DBE trustees can update everybody on our future plans as an organisation and I am very sorry for the delay, but this is a very sensitive and emotional decision and we need to be 100% sure, its right for EVERYBODY not just a few in our DBE Family!

We have secured a donation from the Peter Harrison Foundation along with a number of other great fundraising donations, which will allow us to continue to grow the DBE family with Development/Taster Days, Support for Grassroots bowlers to International success, IBD Classification Clinics and deliver a full outdoor
fixtures/competitions programme which will take us through until the end of September 2024.

We are very pleased to be able to support “Team England” at the Learning Disability Indoor Bowls International Series at Falkirk IBC, Scotland (24-25 April) as they defend their Munro Cup Title and I am very pleased to inform the membership, we have accepted an invitation to attend the FULL INTERNATIONAL Para Home Outdoor Championships in Ayr, Scotland (28-30 June) against Scotland & Wales, unfortunately this will be part self-funded.

I also wish the thank English Bowling Association Charity Trust, Sporting Highlights Ltd, Bush Hill Bowls, DM Sports Turf Solutions, Aceit Sports and many bowls counties & clubs, family & friends for their support that has helped us to take a (SELF- FUNDED) representative Team of 25 Players, VIs Directors & family helpers to the International Bowls for the Disabled (IBD) World Cup Championships 18-31 May 2024 in South Africa which will be led by Sue Davies & Judy Plater and we wish them every success when they pull on the DBE Team England shirt.

As you can see the Volunteers Trustees and the Senior Management team have been working extremely hard to make all this happen, but all this comes at a cost (we lost £350 on the 2023/24 indoor season) and it’s now time for ALL the membership to stand up and be supportive of DBE, we don’t want to cancel any of the planned
Summer Fixtures, Events or Competitions, but will do if they are NOT SUPPORTED.

Finally, we are all human beings and do have feelings!!!!

DBE March Newsletter here.

We are Stronger Together

Steve Watson
DBE Chairperson