Bolton Parks Veterans Amateur Bowling Association

Welcome to Bolton Parks Veterans Amateur Bowling Association website.

Membership, Aims and Objectives
Association Rules - to be updated
Teams Secretaries
Team Results Secretaries
Team Captains
Club / Team Treasurers
Club / Team Secretaries
Guide to Results Entry
Association Competitions
Lancashire Competitions

Useful Links:
BCGBA Website
Lancashire Website
BCGBA - Latest Newsletter
BCGBA Registration Form
BCGBA Development Plan
CGB Federation
Safeguarding Website

League admin


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Fraser Huyton Pairs Competition - Final Day @ Great Lever Park - 28th June @ 11:30 - click for details

Please check the website before going to a match to save unnecessary travel.

For the latest click the appropriate link on the cancelled AGM and arrangements for the coming season, information from Lancashire, information from the BCGBA, information on Grants available, on Permits

The aims of the association are to encourage, promote and organise the game of Crown Green Bowls for Veterans playing on Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council Park Greens.

We currently run two sections, the 'A' Section has 15 teams, while the 'B' Section has 16 teams. We play on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons (plus some Wednesdays). Each team has ten players as a trial in 2021.

We welcome anyone over the age of 60 years, male or female but you need to register for a team before playing a match and hold a current BCGBA number and a Bolton Parks permit.

Please click the post holder to contact the Chairman - Ken Holcroft;  the Results & Fixtures Secretary - Alan Hamer; League and Competitions Secretary & Website Manager - Clive Fenn If the links do not work for you, please use the following email address or Telephone: 07949 200 926.

Please look around the site and have a look at the different links on the left hand side. There are links to names and addresses of all Team Secretaries, Results Secretaries, etc. There is a link to the guide to help your entry of results once the season starts. Links to BCGBA Newsletters, etc. Previous years' results can be found via links by clicking the Bolton Leagues tab on the home page and scrolling down the screen to the table - click the relevant year. 




Fraser Huyton Pairs Competetion - 2021

Date of Next Meeting and Minutes of Meetings

Start Time now 1.30pm

Bowl played out of turn

Fraser Huyton Pairs Competetion - 2021

Fraser Huyton Pairs Competition - Final Day Qualifiers click here. The Final Day of the Fraser Huyton Pairs Competition is being held on 28th June (reserve date 2nd July) at Great Lever Park also starting at 11:30.

Bowlers are asked to be in attendance at 11:15 so we can make the draw and start promptly at 11:30 the scratch-out time.

If you would like to take part in the Associations other Competitions please contact Clive Fenn by email on or via text on 07949 200 926 as soon as you can. 

(Saturday 12 June 2021)

Date of Next Meeting and Minutes of Meetings

The next League Meeting is on 10th June at 1.30pm at the Railway Club on Green Lane.

Papers for the meeting can be found by clicking the various links below;


Secretaries Meeting Minutes – 19th September 2019

Handicaps for Team Competitions

Draw for Team Competitions in 2021

Trial Rules for 2021 Season

League Competitions to be held in 2021


The AGM in 2021 has been cancelled. Our next AGM will be held in January 2022.

Click here for the email sent to Team Representatives and Contacts on 11th April 2021 

Click to read the email sent to Team Secretaries and league contacts on 22nd March 2021. Updated attachments can be found here 2020 AGM Minutes, BPVABA Officers, Team Secretaries/Contacts, 2020 Balance Sheet, Trial Rules to be used in 2021 including 40 yard rule, Teams due to participate in 2021 as at 26th March

The Executive Committee had an emergency meeting on the 31st August and agreed to cancel formally all League, Team Cup Competitions and all individual and pairs Competitions for the 2020 season. We have also cancelled our League meeting scheduled for 24th September and the 11th November presentation celebration so our next meeting will be our AGM on Thursday, 28th January 2021 at the Railway at 1.30pm.

Also at the meeting we agreed we would trial the rules intended to be trialled in 2020 in 2021. It was felt some clarification was required on some of the rules. Click here to see those rules.

Please be reminded that any proposals that are to be considered at the AGM should be sent to me (the League Secretary) by letter or email signed by two team secretaries / captains from different teams by 30th November. 

The following proposal was received from Daniel Fletcher of Darbishire Park 'B' and seconded by Tommy Chester the Darbisire C Secretary

"I propose that the age of The  Vets Bowlers be reduced to 55 years of age with the proviso that only 2 persons will be allowed for each team. If this is not successful I propose that the age of The Vets Bowlers be reduced to 57 with the proviso that only 2 persons will be allowed for each team." 

AGM – 28th January 2021 – at The Railway at 13:30 - cancelled due to Covid.

Minutes of previous meetings can be viewed by clicking the appropriate link below

AGM Minutes (Draft) - 30th January 2020

Secretary's Report on 2019

Treasurer's Income/Expenditure Balance Sheet and Reconciliation Report on 2019 

Proposal - 40 yard maximum length

Proposal from the Executive Committee to change the name of our Secretaries Meeting to League Meetings

Additional Papers following the AGM

Competitions Summary 2020

Trial Rules and Individual Handicaps for Competitions in 2020

 Handicaps for Team Competitions in 2020

The draws for the Harold Orrell Cup and Norman Little Memorial Trophy

Lancashire Report for Bolton AGMs

Earlier Meetings

Secretaries Meeting Minutes – 19th September 2019

Papers distributed at the Secretaries Meeting of 14th March 2019 

Trial Rule Changes for BPVABA Competitions in 2019 including Individual Handicaps 

AGM Minutes - 31st January 2019

Secretary's Report 2018

Treasurer's Report 2018 Annual Balance Sheet and Reconciliation Statement

Secretaries Meeting Minutes - 20th September 2018

Notes of Furum Meeting - 19th September 2018

Ken Holcroft's thoughts on Competitions

AGM Minutes - 25th January 2018

Secretaries Meeting Minutes - 21st September 2017

Secretaries Meeting Minutes - 9th March 2017

ASM Minutes - 12th January 2017

(Friday 11 September 2020)

Start Time now 1.30pm

The start time and all associated timings were brought forward 30 minutes at the AGM on 31st January. The proposal had been proposed by Chris Barnes and seconded by Ken Crook. After a short discussion on the benefits of an earlier start the proposal to start at 1.30 pm was approved with 20 votes in favour and 8 votes against. More news from the AGM can be found here.

The re-drafted rule 2.1.18 is shown below.  

2.1.18 All League and Cup matches shall commence at 1.30pm and shall be completed that day, weather permitting. Practice will be allowed before the start of all league matches at the following times:

Home team 12.55pm to 1.10pm

Away team 1.10pm to 1.25pm.

The rules for practice shall be followed before the start of any rearranged matches



(Monday 4 February 2019)

Bowl played out of turn

We have had a number of instances when opponents have not allowed a bowler to resend a bowl after it was originally played out of turn. Rule 5.12 of the BCGBA states that "If a player delivers a bowl out of turn it must be returned to be played in its proper turn". This means should a player send their bowl inadvertently after setting a mark following the original block being sent off by their opponent - that player gets their bowl back.

Rule 5.13 covers the instance when a bowler delivers their opponent's bowl. In this instance the offending player forfeits their bowl and the bowl is returned to their opponent. The wording of the rule is "If a player, in turn, delivers a bowl of another player, it shall be returned to the proper owner to be played, the offender forfeiting a bowl." This means the bowl sent incorrectly is not replaced by the correct bowl - it is lost and removed from the end.

Please make sure you read the rules. The rules are printed in the Lancashire and BCGBA Official Handbooks. Your Club should have new copies of these handbooks annually.

(Wednesday 1 June 2016)