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Congratulations to Plodder Lane X for winning the Greenhal Whitley Cup when they beat Over Hulton Guns in the Final. Congratulations to Bar Lane X for winning the Peter Walker Cup after beating Tonge Gorses in the Final. Both Finals were played at Little Lever Conservative Club on 5th October. Thanks to LLCC in particular Geoff Platt for hosting the competitions.

The District Presentation Evening will be on 12th November and the AGM on 28th January 2020 - both at the Railway at 7.30pm. More details here

After more than 20 years as Treasurer for the District, Alan Hamer is stepping down, we are now actively looking for a new Treasurer so if you know anyone who would like to take on the role to shadow Alan over the coming months please contact  

The Bolton & District Bowling League (formerly the Bolton Workshops & Social Clubs Bowling League) was established in 1926.

The Headquarters of the League is at the Railway Sports & Social Club, Green Lane, Bolton.

The League is open to all ages and is non discriminatory. New Bowlers are always welcome.

The League is made of four divisions:-

Ladies Section A and Ladies Section B. The Ladies sections play on Monday,Tuesday & Wednesday evenings.

Mens Section 1 and  Mens Section 2. The Mens Sections play on Tuesday evenings only.      

Please use the left hand tabs for all team information.  

Please click the post holder to contact the Chairperson - ; League Secrtary -   - Results & Fixtures Secretary - ; Website Manager -   

The Committee would like to wish all our teams and players a pleasant and successful season.

Ladies Presiden's Cup 2019

Ladies Competitions

Date of Next Meeting

Competition Dates Announced

Howard Cup Draw

Wilson Cup Competition

The President's Pairs Trophy 2017

Open Cup Competition Dates Announced - 2017

Howard Cup

Ladies Competitions - 2017

AGM - Report - 17th January 2017

Division 1 Relegation Play-off Match - Tonge Gorses v Hollywood Road A

Ladies Competitions - 2016

The Ray Chadwick Memorial Trophy - 2016

President's Pairs (2016)

Endsleigh Insurance

Cup Match Results

News from the AGM held on 19th January 2016

Ladies Presiden's Cup 2019

The Ladies President's Cup was played at Horwich RMI on 2nd June ith 39 participants. The Competition is reported upon by Susan Worsley.

What a good day we had yesterday and even the weather was relatively kind.  Horwich RMI were perfect hosts and put on an excellent spread. All the ladies and I mean every one of them were exceptionally kind and supportive to me both during the event and after and I shall be writing out to the teams to thank them.

The results quarter finals and beyond;


Sheila Haydock 21 v Susan Astin 12

Alison Duncan 14 v Elaine Norris 21

Brenda Hindley 20 v Lorraine Wolstenholme 21 Susan Pemberton 21 v Karen Fletcher 15

Semi Finals

Sheila Haydock 17 v Elaine Norris 21

Lorraine Wolstenholme 21 v Susan Pemberton 17


Lorraine Wolstenholme 9 v Elaine Norris 21

Ladies President's Pairs Presentation



(Wednesday 07 August 2019)

Ladies Competitions

The dates and venues of the ladies competitions are

Presidents Cup - 2nd June at Horwich RMI at 11:00

Wilson Cup - 23rd June at Little Lever Conservative Club at 11:00

Fred Bridges Pairs Competition - 21st July at Moss Bank Park at 11:00

(Friday 24 May 2019)

Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Bolton and District Bowling League will be the Presentation Evening at the Railway Club on 12th November at 7.30 for 8.00. Pasties will be available. Tickets at £2. 

The AGM will be on 28th January 2020 at the Railway at 7.30. All are welcome. 

(Wednesday 14 November 2018)

Competition Dates Announced

A poster for the League’s Men’s Competitions – 2018 can be found here. Having said men’s competitions the events are open to men and women.

The first competition is for the President’s Pairs Cup being held at Horwich RMI on 18th August. All teams in the Men’s League are required to send at least one individual to play in this competition. Obviously we would like teams to send more than one representative but to avoid a £10 fine you need to send at least one representative to play in the competition. Pairs will be made up from those in attendance without a partner.

The second competition is the Ray Chadwick Memorial Trophy being played at Edgworth Bowling Club on 15th September. Ray Chadwick (junior) has kindly donated £100 in memory of his father. Each team is asked to send an individual to play in this competition, however no fine is associated with non-attendance of this competition.

These competitions will be handicapped as indicated in the poster to encourage entries from all sections both men and women. Bowlers are asked to attend the venue at 12:00 with a 12:30 start and scratch-out time.  


(Saturday 04 August 2018)

Howard Cup Draw

The Howard Cup Draw is as follows:

Howard Cup Draw 2018

Section A


Grey Mare 24 v Mytham Park 19

Mortfeield 10 v Westhoughton A -20

Little Lever 21 v Westhoughton B 13

Eagley 16 v Railway Scr

Section B

Moss bank A 3 v Lostock 9

Tongorses 6 v Dunscar 21

Moss Bank B 18 v Plodder Lane 24

Bradshaw 12 v Horwich R M I 10


(Thursday 05 July 2018)

Wilson Cup Competition

The Wilson Cup was competed for on 24th June at Moss Bank. The winner holding the trophy in the photograph was Karen Flecther and Runner up Alison Duncan. 


(Sunday 01 July 2018)

The President's Pairs Trophy 2017

The President's Pairs Competition was played at Over Hulton Conservative Club on Sunday, 20th August. Due to a clash with dates with other League's Cup Finals and the District Ladies Cup Final we had depleted numbers taking part. Even though the number of pairs entering the competition was low the quality of bowlers participating was high. The field, draw and results can be found here. The final was contested between the pairing of Ian Lee (Lostock) and Lee Evans (Bar Lane X) and Shaun Toland and Keith Waddington both of Bar Lane C. Ian and Lee ran out the winners 21 - 10. Congratulations to Ian and Lee on a great win.

In presenting the trophy Clive Fenn thanked Over Hulton Conservative Club for hosting the event and providing a fantastic green to play on which had been prepared by Brian Anderson. He also apologised to the many of the Over Hulton players who had returned from their Cup Final in the Conservative League who would have participated if there hadn't been the clash.

(Sunday 20 August 2017)

Open Cup Competition Dates Announced - 2017

The President’s Pairs Competition is due to be held on Sunday, 20th August at Over Hulton Conservative Club with start and scratch out time of 12:30.

The Ray Chadwick Memorial Trophy is due to be held on Sunday, 24th September at The Railway Bowling Club on Green Lane with start and scratch out time also at 12:30.

These Competitions are open to all bowlers (men and women) who play in the Bolton District League but there is a £2 entry for each individual. Home team bowlers will have a handicap and Division 1 bowlers will be handicapped over Division 2 bowlers.

For the Ray Chadwick Memorial Trophy, Ray Chadwick (junior) is donating £100 to the prize pot in memory of his father and in an attempt to encourage more bowlers to enter.

All teams are asked to support the League’s Cup Competitions and are asked to send at least one if not two or more bowlers to take part in each event. To this end entry forms / posters for both Competitions have been sent to Team Secretaries to promote participation. If possible in an attempt to gauge the number of entries could you please let me know if you are planning to enter either competition a few days before the scheduled date. However, bowlers can just turn up on the day before the scratch out time of 12:30.

(Monday 24 July 2017)

Howard Cup

The draw for the Howard Cup has now been completed - it can be found here. First round matches have to be completed in the week commencing 24th July. More details will be added when known.

(Thursday 22 June 2017)

Ladies Competitions - 2017

The following Competitions have been organised by the Ladies Committee for the current season.

President's Cup @ Horwich RMI on 21st May at 11:00

Wilson Cup @ Moss Bank Park on 25th June at 11:00

Fred Bridges Pairs @ the Railway on 23rd July at 11:00

John Hill Rose Bowl @ Little Lever Conservative Club on 13th August at 11:00


Howard Cup @ Green to be agreed on 20th August


(Tuesday 07 February 2017)

AGM - Report - 17th January 2017

The Annual General Meeting of the League was held at the Railway on 17th January. With a full Agenda many items were discussed and a full Management Committee elected together with a new General Secretary of the League Graham Baxendale. The draft minutes of the meeting can be found here.

There were two Resolutions - the first was to drop the number of bowlers from 10 to 9 or possibly 8 bowlers per team in the Ladies' League - this resolution was defeated so teams will continue to have 10 bowlers.

John Preston had proposed in the Men's League that the set parctice times prior to the match introduced at the last AGM were scrapped. This resoltion was passed so that for the coming season there will be open practice in the 30 minutes prior to all matches.

It had been intended that the proposed new Rules for the League that had been circulated to all Team Secretaries with the AGM calling notice were to be approved, unfortunately this had not been made clear to Team Secretaries so it was decided the proposed rules would be discussed and adopted by vote at the next meeting which will now be a Special Meeting scheduled for 7.30pm on 21st 14th March at the Railway before the season starts. The proposed rules can be found here. Could all Team Secretaries read the proposed rules and discuss with their teams before the Special Meeting on 21st 14th March? Anyone who plays for a team in the League may attend Special Meetings.

(Wednesday 18 January 2017)

Division 1 Relegation Play-off Match - Tonge Gorses v Hollywood Road A

The 1st Division relegation play off match was played at Plodder Lane Conservative Club on 4th October under floodlights. The match was between Tonge Gorses and Hollywood Road A who had both tied on 72 points at the end of the season. The match was won by Tonge Gorses who scored 186 chalks to Hollywood Road A's 168 chalks.

The score card is shown below


(Sunday 16 October 2016)

Ladies Competitions - 2016

The following Competitions have been played during the season.

President's Cup @ Westhoughton Sports & Social Club on 15th May

Runner up          J Haynes                      Champion: P Kitts


Wilson Cup @ Moss Bank Park on 26th June

Runner up          J Haynes                      Champion: S Coop


Fred Bridges Pairs @ Darbyshire Park on 24th July

Runners up         E Norris & M Southern     Champions: A McConville & C Threlfall


John Hill Rose Bowl @ Dunscar Conservative Club on 14th August

Runner up           V Brandwood                 Champion: D Llewellyn


Howard Cup @ Dobbies Sports & Social Club on 21st August

Runners up    Dunscar Conservative Clubc   Champions:  Railway Club


(Sunday 11 September 2016)

The Ray Chadwick Memorial Trophy - 2016

The Ray Chadwick Memorial Trophy Competition was played on 3rd September at the Railway Bowling Club on Green Lane. On a somewhat damp day 12 bowlers played this sponsored competition. This was only the second year the competition had been played with the winner Ian Pendlebury retaining the cup. The draw and match results can be viewed here.

The picture shows Ian with the Cup with Ross Hatzer the loosing finalist - the green in the background can be seen to be somewhat swamped after about two hours of steady rainalt

(Tuesday 06 September 2016)

President's Pairs (2016)

The Bolton and District's President's Pairs Competition was played at the Railway Bowling Club on Green Lane on 18th June. Eleven pairs entered with some very close matches being played at a very high standard. The final was between last year's Champions Carl and Tommy Glover and the old pairing of Ian Pendlebury and Denver Beckett. In a close fought contest Ian and Denver triumphed 21 - 18. Click for results

Thanks to Paul Brabin for preparing both greens ready for play. In the end we only used the top green. Also thanks to the Railway for hosting the competition and to our President Barry Howarth for presenting the trophy.

The photo shows from left to right, the Champions Ian Pedlebury and Denver Becket with the runners-up Tommy and Carl Gloveralt 

(Wednesday 29 June 2016)

Endsleigh Insurance

The Endsleigh Insurance On-line Application is now operational - click here to access.


(Sunday 29 May 2016)

Cup Match Results

A new functionality of the website has been implemented with the Direct Entry of Cup Match Results - click for more details


(Sunday 29 May 2016)

News from the AGM held on 19th January 2016

The AGM was held on 19th January 2016. A successful meeting where the status quo was essentially maintained. The only significant change was that in the mens' league, fixed practice times will be adopted from the coming season. The home team practice would start 30 minutes before the scheduled start time and be for 15 minutes. The away team would then have 15 minutes practice before the commencement of the match.

Lancashire and BCGBA Fees were discussed - at present these are understood to be

British Crown Green Levy           £15.00 per Club

Lancashire Affiliation                 £28.00 per Club

Insurance                               £38.00 per Club

Lancashire Levy                       £2.50 per team (at the moment this is paid by the League). 
                                            Proposal to increase this to £5.00 per team at the Lancashire AGM.

Individual Player Registration Applications to Jimmy Glover, £10 cheques payable to LCCGBA from 1st February.

The 2016 season is expected to start on 5th April for the Mens' Leagues and w/c 18th April for the Ladies' League. Fixtures will be published on the website as soon as they are known.

The next meeting will be 8th March, 2016  at the Railway Club commencing at 8:00pm


(Thursday 21 January 2016)