S&DBA Presidents Indoor Tour 2025


Presidents Indoor Tour

                                                  March 26th to April 3rd 2025


The tour is now full, however, if you would like to go on the waiting list please contact George Hope at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

to register your interest.

Tour details can be found here

Previous News Articles


Harold Ashfield

We are sorry to have to report the news that Harold Ashfield - Past President of Sutton & District BA (2008), and Life Member of Epsom Court BC - passed away on Monday 18th January 2021, due to the Covid19 virus.  Many of you will have played with Harold over the years, as well as his wife Olive who passed away last year, and will recall his gentle and friendly manner - on and off the green.

Peter Gamage

Sadly Peter Gamage passed away this year. Peter was a member at SUPREME BC and a very keen & skilful bowler, he had been involved with Sutton and District Bowling Association over many years, and amongst other roles,  Peter had been our webmaster. We are pleased to announce that Brian Collis (Epsom BC) has agreed to take over this position.

S&DBA Matches 2020

No S&DBA competitions were held in 2020 due to the Coronavirus.  All Outdoor matches were cancelled, and no Indoor matches for the 2020/21 season have so far been played

2019 S&DBA Competitions - Finals Day Results

The finals day was held at Malden Manor BC on Saturday 21st September 2019.  Although the sunny weather played its part, it was wonderful to see lots of spectators surrounding all sides of the green and being treated to some excellent and exciting bowling throughout the day. To highlight just two matches, the St Raphael’s required an extra end to separate the two pairs whilst the Yonwin was not settled until the penultimate bowl on the final rink to finish.

To download a copy of the results of the S&DBA Finals day please click here.

A cheque was presented to Mr David Hobson of Blesma for £380.

Thanks to Malden Manor BC for providing a beautiful green and great hospitality.

John Morton
Hon Secretary, S&DBA


2019 Past Times Competitions

Many thanks to all clubs who entered this year's competitions which completed on Sunday 14th September when the Finals were played at Sutton B.C.

Many congratulations to Supreme B.C. and Cheam B.C. who won the Ladies and Men's Finals respectively.

Our thanks go to Sutton B.C. for allowing us to use their facilities for the Finals and to George, their caterer, for his excellent services.

The draw sheet can be found on the 'Past Times Competitions' please click here.


2019-20 Indoor Matches

The downloadable 2019-20 Indoor Season Match Fixture List and Match Application Form are posted on the 'Indoor Fixtures' page.

2019 S&DBA Private Entry Competitions

Downloadable copies of the Draw Sheets for the Blesma Men's Pairs, the Blesma Ladies Pairs, the St Raphael's Mixed Pairs and the Ted Peirce Singles are posted on the 'Competitions' page.


2019 S&DBA Competitions

The draws for the 3 Club entry competitions - the Yonwin Cup, Paston Cup, & Arthur Hughes Triples - were made at the Spring Meeting on 25th March and the draw sheets are now posted on the 'Competitions' page of this site.

Entry forms for the 4 private entry competitions - Blesma Men’s Pairs, Blesma Ladies Pairs, the St Raphael's Mixed Pairs, and the Ted Peirce Singles - are now posted on the 'Competitions' page of this website and have been e-mailed to all affiliated clubs.

Clubs are requested to prominently post all these documents on their club notice boards.

2019 S&DBA Outdoor Fixture List and Player Match Application Form

Please see the Outdoor Fixture List and Player Match Application Form that are posted on the 'Outdoor Fixtures' page.


2018 S&DBA Finals Day, 22nd September


Please see separate sheet for the Finals Day Order Of Play and Finalists (click on the link).

To those of you whose Clubs have finalists, please would you ensure that your players and / or captain are aware of when they are playing. Clubs concerned are Carshalton, Carshalton Beeches, Cheam, Cheam Fields, Chessington, Chipstead, Epsom, Malden Manor, Mitcham, Supreme, Sutton and Wallington - exactly half of our Affiliated Clubs have a presence on Finals Day.

Please ensure that your finalists are aware that they should play in Whites / Club Shirts. For those playing in the morning session, please aim to have bowls (with club stickers) available for inspection at 10am; similarly, in the afternoon session, bowls available for inspection at 2pm.

Spectators from all clubs are welcome, and we are delighted to have David Hobson from Blesma (https://blesma.org) present for the morning session. Blesma, as you will know, is one of the charitable organisations that we support through running the mens Blesma Pairs and, for the first time, the ladies Blesma Pairs. Blesma's Mission is "Enabling limbless veterans to lead independent and fulfilling lives".

Wallington BC will be providing tea / coffee during the day. Additionally, bacon rolls will be available before start of play and a Ploughmans will be available at lunchtime. Cost - Bacon Roll plus a Ploughmans £4.50; Ploughmans only £3.50, payable on the day. To help with the catering supplies, Wallington would appreciate an indication of people who are interested in these please let Margaret Woods know, ideally by Tuesday 18th September, by e-mail at
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I am sure that you are aware that parking at Wallington is limited and to make things a little more awkward, earlier this week, the entrance to Grosvenor Road from Park Lane / Boundary Road was blocked off due to the ongoing Gas main repair / replacement. For those who will be using cars, therefore, please allow plenty of time to find on street parking. For those who will be using public transport, the Club is a comfortable 10 minute walk from Wallington Railway station, and there are also plenty of bus routes that stop at the station.

Lets hope for fine weather and excellent day of bowls - whether playing or watching as the matches unfold.

John Morton
Hon Secretary


2018 Past Times Finals at Sutton B.C.

The Past Times Finals at Sutton B.C. on Saturday 15 September was blessed with fine, mainly sunny weather.

In the Men's Final Old Coulsdon took an early lead which they managed to retain throughout the match. In the Ladies Final both rinks were closely fought until around the halfway stage after which Purley Bury then built up a significant lead on rink 2 resulting in a comfortable overall win for them.

The scores were:

Ladies Final: Purley Bury 39, Old Coulsdon 29
Men's Final: Old Coulsdon 51, Wallington 36

Annual trophies were presented to the winning teams and gift tokens to each finalist team. Keepsake plaques will be engraved and given to each finalist team for their retention. The nett proceeds of the competition entry fees will be donated to a worthy charity actively serving the local Surrey community and which will be announced shortly.  Photographs of the finalists will be posted shortly on the Past Times Pictures page of this S&DBA website.

Our grateful thanks are due to Sutton B.C for allowing us to us their excellent facilities. Many thanks also to Charlie Murphy who umpired immaculately.

2018 AGM - Highlights

Highlights from the 2018 S&DBA AGM held on 29th January


19 of 24 Clubs were represented.


President - Tross Gibbons.
Hon Treasurer - Chris Ballard.
Hon Secretary - John Morton.
Indoor match Secretary - Paul Songer.
Outdoor Match Secretary - split between Geoff Garland (Fixtures) and Don Davis (player nomination, teams, and day-to-day organisation).
Committee Members - David Ganney and David Gould.


24 Clubs (unchanged).
Entries to Club competitions similar to last year - Yonwin (21), Arthur Hughes (23) and Paston (22).
Membership fees w.e.f. 1/12/2018 - unchanged.


Accounts with Auditors.
£13500 'cash in the bank'.
Loss over the year £657, includes some additional (one-off) costs for trophies.
Coach costs reduced - Hythe; in 2018, only cost should be for Egerton Park as Desborough have visited us.

Match Secretaries

Reduced outdoor program to 10 matches for 2018; first two matches 27th May at Cheam and 6th June at Purley.
Outdoor programme subsequently e-mailed to delegates.
Indoor programme saw Camberley and Arun cancelled due to lack of support - longer journeys and returning at night.


Blesma Ladies Pairs to be introduced this coming season - competition secretary sought. Existing Competition Secretaries continue unchanged – i.e. Yonwin / Arthur Hughes (Tony Josolyne), Paston / Ted Peirce (David Ganney), Blesma Mens Pairs (Peter Gammage) and St Raphael's Mixed Pairs (Don Davis). Attendees urged to encourage their Club's members to enter the Mens, Mixed and Ladies Pairs competitions in 2018.

Bowling Attire

We hope to introduce a coloured (red) polo shirt [as worn for last two years on S&DBA Tour] to replace "Whites" for indoor and outdoor matches. Exact details of implementation to be worked on; need to contact Surrey / Bowls England regarding shirt colour.

2018 SDBA President's Tour

Based in Derby, 22-28th July. Contact David Gould as soon as possible with your applications.


Concerns raised about catering provided for indoor matches.

2018 New Competition - Ladies Blesma Pairs

At the 2018 AGM it was announced that a Ladies Blesma Pairs competition will be instituted in the 2018 season. This competition will be run along the same lines as the long-established Men's Blesma Pairs and it's Rules will be published shortly on this website.

Most importantly we now need to appoint a Competition Secretary who should preferably be female. Would all S&DBA affiliated clubs please canvas their members with the aim of recruiting a Competition Secretary.

Method of Running the S&DBA Competitions

Please read the information posted on the 'Competitions' page.

All information related to the competitions is e-mailed to the Hon Sec's and the S&DBA Delegates of the affiliated clubs for them to distribute / make available to their own clubs' competitors.