Bolton Parks Veterans Amateur Bowling Association

Welcome to Bolton Parks Veterans Amateur Bowling Association website.

Membership, Aims and Objectives
Association Rules
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


Sponsored by BETFRED


The Lancashire Mixed Pairs Competition date set for Sunday 28th July.

BCGBA & Lancashire Information on Competitions, Safe Guarding, Fundraising and many other topics can be found here.

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 leagues, the 'A' Section has 14 teams and 'B' Sections 15 teams. We play on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons (plus some Wednesdays). Each team has ten players.

We welcome anyone over the age of 58 years, male or female but you need to register for a team before playing a match and hold a current BCGBA number and have purchased a Bolton Parks' permit from your Club.

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. 




Date of Next Meeting and Minutes of Meetings

Bowl played out of turn

Date of Next Meeting and Minutes of Meetings

Contact details and forms:

Current list of BPVABA Officers / Executive, BPVABA Team Secretaries & Captains & Results Secretaries for the 2024 season.

Blank Team Registration Form 2024

Template for Bolton Parks Permits for Clubs


Future Meetings

Proposed dates, to be confirmed and subject to availablility of the venue.

Secretaries – Wednesday, 6th March @ 11.00 at Railway Club (Sec apologies)

Executive – Wednesday, 5th June @ 10.30 at Great Lever Park Club (if required)

Executive – Wednesday, 4th September @ 10.30 at Great Lever Park Club

Secretaries – Wednesday, 18th September @ 11.00 at Railway Club

Executive – Wednesday, 2nd October @ 10.30 at Great Lever Park Club

Presentation – Wednesday, 6th November @ 11.00 at Railway Club

Papers for the next meeting will be posted when they are available.


Past Meetings

Annual Accounts 2023

Draft Minutes of the AGM held on 25th January 2024

Vets - Trophy and Prize Winners 2023

Draft Minutes of the League Meeting on 26th September 2023

Minutes of the AGM held on 26th January 2023

Secretary's Report

Treasurer's Balance Sheet for 2022

Lancashire Email requesting support for the Manchester Indoor Bowling Project

List of Prize Winners - 2022

Papers from the AGM held on 10th March 2022

Draft Minutes of the League Meeting on 15th September 2022

Minutes of the AGM held on 10th March 2022

Secretary's Report 

Treasurer's Report - Balance Sheet

Proposals from the Executive Committee

Proposals to have 10 players in a team

Association Rules as approved on 10th March 2022

Current List of Officers and Executive Committee Members

Additional Papers following the AGM

Association Competitions for 2022 and Entry Forms

Fraser Huyton Pairs Entry Form

Mixed Pairs Entry Form

BetFred Competition Entry Form

Secretaries Shield Entry Form


Big Bowls Weekend Guide - 27th to 29th May 2022



Minutes of previous meetings held in 2021 can be viewed by clicking the appropriate link below

Minutes of the Team Representatives Meeting - 30th September 2021


Minutes of the Team Representatives Meeting - 10th June 2021


Earlier Meetings

AGM Minutes (Draft) - 30th January 2020

Secretary's Report on 2019

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

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

(Thursday 7 December 2023)

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.

(Thursday 1 June 2023)