Sad News – Keith Brain (Watford I.B.C)

Many of you will already have heard that our President, Keith Brain, very sadly passed away on Monday 31st May at home with his family around him. He had been ill for several months and this was diagnosed as late stage stomach cancer. Many of our newer members will remember Keith as the very cheerful coach who ensured their introduction to bowls was a happy one.

We have delayed posting this message because we do not know whether the funeral will be open to all who wish to attend or whether there will still be a limit of 30 and we wanted to get details of the webcast.

The funeral will be on 25th June at the West Herts Crematorium at 11:20,  followed by refreshments at Herts Bowling Club, Bellmount Wood Avenue, Watford. Anyone wishing to watch a webcast of the service should please email and he will provide you with the link.

Handbook Amendments & Competition News

***Some recent amendments to the Handbook and Competitions news *** 
Owing to insufficient number of entrants this years U18s Singles Competition has been cancelled; however the U25 Singles will go ahead @ Croxley Guild on Saturday 11th July.
A reminder that Finals Day will be Saturday 28th August
Page 28
Aussie Pairs, 1st Round:
Match 2) 22 v 106 is correct.
Correction on Match 9) 116 vs 92
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Competitors list :
No 71 – A Spanner – tel: 07546527981
No 72 – T Thompson (details as per handbook)
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No 97 – R Maddocks  – email should read


Ken Duncan RIP – Funeral 17th April

Simon Johnson has put the following onto the W&DBA Facebook page

The funeral of the late Ken Duncan will take place on Friday 17th April 2020 at 3.20pm at West Herts Crematorium, Garston. The Service will be led by Peter McNulty.

Due to the restrictions currently in place only ten people are able to attend the funeral.

Peter McNulty has asked me to circulate the following:

“At almost exactly 3.50pm on Friday 17th April 2020 I will be closing the curtain at West Harts Crematorium in a final farewell to a good friend, colleague and fellow bowler, known and loved by so many of us, Ken Duncan.

In these times of severe restrictions on numbers attending services it occurs to me that it would be a gesture if at 3.50pm those who wish to do so could stop what they are doing and just spend a minute or two thinking about Ken. I will let the family know during the service that this is happening.”



More Sad News – 21 Jan 2020

Following our recent news of Keith Whitehead’s passing, his funeral details are: 

Friday 31st Jan 11.30am at West Herts Crematorium, then afterwards at Three Crowns Pub, 1 High Road, Bushey WD23 1EA.

The family have asked for donations to go to Cancer Relief


Also we are sorry to note another death in the W&D Bowling Community –  Bill Lammas of Rosedale BC – a Herts Bowls Green advisor who helped at many clubs across the County.  His funeral will be held on Mon 27th Jan 12.30pm at Enfield Crematorium, then afterwards at Rosedale Sports Club

Sad news: Joe Harper, Percy Butcher & Keith Whitehead

We are sad to begin 2020 with the following news:

Joe Harper, who played a lot of comps at W&D during his bowling years, sadly passed away on 25th Dec 2019, his funeral was on 8th Jan. Our condolences go to Debbie, his family and friends at this sad time.  Donations can be made to the British Lung Foundation in his memory.

Another W&D player, Percy Butcher (who played at Owls BC) passed on 25th Dec 2019. His funeral will be held on Fri 31st Jan at 12 noon at West Herts Crematorium , then afterwards refreshments will be at Watford Indoor BC. Our thoughts and condolences to his family and friends.

We also report that Keith Whitehead (Garston BC) passed away on 9th Jan.  His funeral will be on Fri 31st Jan at 11.30 a.m. at West Herts Crematorium , then afterwards refreshments at the Three Crowns Pub, 1 High Road, Bushey WD23 1EA. The family has asked for donations to go to Cancer Relief.  Our condolences to Edna, family and friends.

Sad News – Ronnie Outrim North Watford BC & John Tierney Hemel Hempstead BC

We are sad to announce the death of Ronnie Outrim, who was a member at North Watford BC. Details of Ronnie’s funeral are as follows: it will be held on Monday 9th Dec at 12 noon, at West Herts  Crematorium.  The wake will be held at North Watford BC afterwards.

We are also sad to announce the death of John  Tierney who was a member at Hemel Hempstead Bowls Club. Details of the funeral are 2.00pm Monday 2nd December at Garston crematorium.

Sad News – Trevor Payne Abbots Langley BC.

We are sad to report that  Trevor Payne from Abbots Langley BC has  passed away, his funeral arrangements are Wednesday 13th Nov, 4 pm, at West Herts Crematorium, then afterwards at Watford IBC.  Anne has requested no black attire please, but something yellow would be preferable. 

Ray Cup & Evening League Winners; Griffin Cup Finals

Congratulations to Garston who won this season’s Ray Cup by beating Bushey in the Final at Herts BC, Watford on Sunday 21st July.

Congratulations to Harperbury on winning the Friday Evening League, narrowly beating Watford Cassio after an extra end on Friday 26th July.

Saturday Aug 3rd is the date for this year’s Griffin Cup Finals at Harperbury BC. 

Semi-Finals at 10:00 are Croxley Guild against Berkhamsted and Bushey against Gerrards CrossThe Final is scheduled for a 2.30 p.m. start