8th June 2022

We have now completed our final season and the Trustees will now proceed to organise the winding up of the N.B.T.B.A.

28th February 2022

It is with deep regret that during February, we have to announce the deaths of Jim McQueen from Saltire Strikers and Dennis Murphy from Sunderland who both had bowled with us for many years.

We send our deepest sympathy to both families.

1st December 2021

Only one more match (Match 6) now to be played before Christmas.

We would like to wish all our clubs a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Looking forward towards Spring, we are looking for new personnel to fill a number of places on our hard working committee.

The vacancies available will be The Treasurer, 2 Scorers, Finals Organiser and Fundraiser.

If you know anyone who you think could fill any of these positions then please apply to the League Secretary (Chloe Hoey) as soon as possible.

14th October 2021

Due to various problems with the nbtba e-mail address, it has now been deleted. All the  committee contacts that used the nbtba e-mail have now been changed and all current club contacts have been notified of the changes.

13th October 2021

Now that the league is up and running again, just a reminder that the Finals will be played on 30th April 2022 at Wigan

17th July 2021

Closing date for Entries to the Winter Trios 2021/2022 is this coming Friday so if your Entries are not in yet you will have to hurry.

11th July 2021

It is with deep regret that we have to announce the death of Derek Bishop. Derek  ran the Gloucester club even before the NBTBA started and just enjoyed his bowling. He will be very sadly missed.

R.I.P. Derek

26th June 2021

It is with deep regret that we have to announce the death of Alan Dalgliesh. Alan was a good friend and helper for the N.B.T.B.A. and will be very sadly missed. R.I.P.Alan

17th January 2021

A Message from the Chair/Secretary of the N.B.T.B.A.

I would like to start by saying Happy New Year to all our teams and supporters on behalf of the trustees, we hope you all enjoyed a good Christmas even if it was quieter than usual.

At the time of writing this, we are still in lockdown and there is a debate as to whether the current restrictions and/or rules are tough enough to bring the infection rate down. The last time I wrote to you in September, I advised the trustees to run a Summer League early in 2021. It is with heavy heart, I have to tell you that it will not be possible to run a Summer league and finals for this year for the following reasons.

We are still getting mixed messages as to when this current lockdown will end  so we are not able to consider any action until the restrictions are lifted. Even then we do not know what the new rules will be. One thing we would need to make a decision in the future would be the input of our teams. Whilst most bowling centres rules will be fairly consistant, the size of individual bowling centres from region to region will create differences, so we would still rely on the information you reply so the trustees would need to allow a month from when the bowling centres re-open for teams to report back to us. Having received your feedback we could then begin setting up the league, (Sending out/receiving back Entry Forms, creating the leagues and fixtures etc.). We already know these processes take a month to arrange. In addition, it is not possible to book our hotel for November let alone our bowling venue.

I am only too aware this is not the news many of you were waiting for but we are not giving up hope of running a Winter League (2021/2022) with a finals in April 2022 and we hope you don’t give up either. We will continue to monitor the situation and I will send further updates when we have something to update you with.

So stay safe and well for now

John Hoey

23rd September 2020

The N.B.T.B.A. Chairman John Hoey has sent out an up to date report relating to the Covid 19 virus and the bowling situation.

If you have not seen this please get in touch your club contact who will have a copy.

At this time we cannot make any arrangements to commence league bowling and have now decided to wait until January 2021 to review the situation again and hope there will have been significant improvement to arrange a Summer Doubles League but this will only happen if both the bowling centres and the hotels are fully operational. If not we will then revise the situation again.

Until then, we want everyone to keep safe and active.

N.B.T.B.A. Committee

22nd September 2020

It is with deep regret that we have to announce the death of David le Poidevin (Snowy).  David has been bowling with us for many years starting when he was with the Bristol teams and then with Stockport. He helped us at many of the Finals and we will certainly miss him. He was a true gentleman and we send our deepest sympathy to Patricia (David’s wife). R.I.P. David

17th July 2020

Bowling Centres are due to re-open on 1st August 2020 with restricted bowling due to spacial awareness. We do encourage bowlers to commence bowling on a local basis if possible but the NBTBA cannot commence league bowling until bowling centres are fully operatoional.

We cannot hold a Finals until bowling centres AND the hotel are fully operational and are available to us on the same date.

Please be patient and we will notify all clubs as soon as we can.

20th January 2020

Happy New Year to all

It has been some time since we issued any news as everything has been running so smoothly.

We are over half way through our Winter Trios League and as we have now only 4 more matches to play many teams are pressing hard to qualify for the Finals at the end of April (Finals Day is 25th April at Wigan).  We have new teams from Leeds and Stoke competing for the first time and we are looking at more new teams during 2020.

We are ready and waiting for you at the Finals so good luck and we hope to see you at Wigan.

The Summer Doubles League will be commencing  from March  and the Entry Forms will be sent out towards the end of this month. So get your squads prepared early for the Summer Doubles.

23rd March 2019

We are quickly approaching the Finals of the Winter Trios Finals at Wigan. For the first time in our history we will have 14 teams at the Finals. We also have a new hotel venue although we did stay there about 5 years ago. There will be the largest contingent ever attending the Finals so good luck to all teams and a big thank you to all the volunteers (organisers and helpers) who without their dedication we would not be able to hold this event.  Who will win? I think that all 14 teams have indicated that it will be their top trophy this time.

25th October 2018

It is with deep regret that we have been informed by our Sunderland Club that Kevin Hope has passed away.  Kevin has been ill for some time and has not been able to play for the last couple of years.  Our condolences go to his wife Winnie and his family and we know he will be sadly missed by all who knew him.  R.I.P.

10th August 2018

It is with deep regret that we have been informed by our Cleethorpes Club that Petrina Borril has passed away.  Petrina was a lovely person and had multiple disabilities but she bowled for her team in every match over the many years with Cleethorpes and N.B.T.B.A.  Our condolences go to her family and we know she will be sadly missed by all who knew her.  R.I.P.

17th May 2018

Look on the Gallery Page to see all the photos of the Winter Trios Finals

15th May 2018

Look on the Scores Page to see the Winter Trios Finals Results

14th May 2018

Another Finals completed which was brilliantly won by Sunderland Spinners and The Bob Davis Memorial Shield was won by Tendai Noel also from Sunderland Spinners .  Well Done and also well done to all the teams who attended the Finals.

19th February 2018

It is with regret that we have to announce the passing away of Jeff Cannon of Skegness.  Jeff was 89 and has bowled in our league for over 10 years and first appeared in the Finals in 2008. He will be sadly missed by all . We send our condolences to his family. R.I.P.

5th February 2018

We are now about 8 weeks until the end of the Winter Season and we will be sending out the Entry Forms to all the clubs within the next week. We are hoping to have new teams in the Summer Doubles this year so let us have your entries as soon as you can.

12th December 2017

On behalf of the N.B.T.B.A. Committee and Helpers

Alan, David, Pauline,  Anthony, Norman, John H. , Christine, Bob, Julie, John T., Ken

 We would like to wish all our bowlers, helpers and friends

 A Very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year

 We hope that you have all enjoyed bowling in the N.B.T.B.A. league and that you will continue to do so during the next 12 months and for years to come.

Saturday 30th September 2017

Summer Doubles League has now ended and all the qualifiers are preparing for the Finals in November. Good Luck to them all.

The Fixtures have been issued to all clubs who have entered the Winter Trios which will be commencing one week from today.

Beacon teams from Wolverhampton held a “bowlathon” last week which was a great success in raising funds for their teams.  If any other clubs are interested in doing a “bowlathon” and require information on setting it up then contact who will put you in touch with Ranjit at Beacon.

Tuesday 12th September 2017

We are now in the final matches of the Summer Doubles league and all the Forms have been received for the Winter trios. The schedule and fixtures for the Winter league will be published this coming Thursday (14th) with 36 teams competing.  it seems that some bowling centres and being renewed such as Morecambe which is closing soon and this has meant that they (Morecambe) cannot bowl during the Winter league. They are hoping to be back for the Summer Double in a brand new bowling centre. Also a similar situation is happening with Liverpool. Their bowling centre is closing soon but a new one is already being buils and should be available to them in January 2018. They are able to participate in the Winter League.

Monday 14th August 2017

Well done to Keith (D.C.United) in the Singles Knockout and to Saltire Strikers 3 (Glasgow) in the Team Knockout for both winning their respective competitions.

Saturday 27th July 2017

Match 7 results are now available  – see Members Area – Scores. Just 4 matches to go now.

Friday 26th July 2017

The Entry Forms for the Winter Trios have just been issued to all clubs . The closing date for Entries is Friday 8th September.

Monday 19th June 2017

Most people will be either on their holidays now or will be going in the next few weeks but looking much further ahead, we have just booked the Winter Trios Finals for May 11th,12th & 13th 2018 At Wigan.

Match 4 scores of the Summer Doubles are now showing in the scores section.

Monday 15th May 2017

Confirmation of the Summer Doubles Finals 2017. These will be played on Saturday 11th November 2017

Sunday 14th May 2017

Cogratulation to Scousettes of Liverpool who are the new champions of the Winter Trios League.

Wednesday 14th December 2016

A Merry Christmas to everyone and we hope that you have a good one. It has been a good year for our organisation with our two Finals, new teams qualifying for the Finals, improving our transport to & from the bowling and with our two scorers doing a brilliant job along with the rest of the committee, we are now working closer together and even though costs are increasing, we are able to hold our prices without passing the increases on to the clubs. We are hoping that we can promote some addional new clubs into the league in the new year to give additional competition for the existing teams.

Important Note :- Match 6 of the Winter Trios will commence on January 7th 2017.

Monday 24th October 2016

We have just had our best Finals yet at Wigan . Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and to have 2 paralympic medal winners in Lora Turnham & Neil Fashie presenting the trophies it made the Presentation Evening a glorious success. Congratulations to all competitors and helpers. We must also give a big thanks to the lane walkers, the scorers, the bowling centre and hotel staff who with their help made it all run so smoothly for the organisers. We are now looking forward to the next one.

Friday 17th October 2016

Wolverhampton Teams have qualified for the Finals in only their second season. Congratulation to them.

Monday 3rd October 2016

Elaine Haddock & Colin Botterill of Cleethorpes were married just a few weeks ago and have qualified for the Finals at Wigan.

Friday 29th January 2016

We have just received some sad news from Skegness that Ian MacGregor has died. Ian was one of the original bowlers when we first started our organisation in 2005. Originally Ian was the main contact at Skegness. A good man. Our sincere condolences to Ian’s family.

Tuesday 6th January 2016

A Happy New Year to everyone and we are due to commence the second half of our Winter League this coming weekend. Good Luck to everyone.

Remember that the Finals will be on Saturday 14th May 2016 at Wigan.

Monday 6th July 2015

We have to announce the death of Betty Rogers who bowled with the Bristol teams for many years. She really enjoyed her bowling and will be sadly missed by all at Bristol.

Also we have lost one team for the rest of this season due to Harry Ellis of Sunderland breaking his leg. We wish Harry a speedy recovery and hopefully resumes playing as soon as he is well enough.

As we are currently bowling Match 6 please note that the Finals have been booked for the weekend of Saturday 17 OCTOBER 2015 at Wigan.

Thursday 5th March 2015

The results for Match 7 of the Winter Trios have now been sent out so there are only two more matches to go. Don’t forget that the Finals are to held at Wigan again on the weekend of the 8th/9th/10th May.

Friday 9th January 2015

May we wish everyone a very Happy New Year and hope that you have a good season’s bowling. The Winter Trios Finals will be held at Wigan on the weekend of 8th / 9th / 10th May so please keep these dates available just in case you qualify.

Monday 15th December 2014

The Finals of the Winter Trios 2014/2015 will be held on the weekend of the 8th, 9th 10th May 2015 at Wigan. Bowling will be at AMF Wigan and the hotel will be The Britannia Hotel at Standish.

Wednesday 19th November 2014

The Summer Doubles Finals & the A.G.M. were held on Saturday 8th November at Wigan. The weekend was a great success and Southend became the new champions.

Friday 10th October 2014

Welcome to the Winter Trios League 2014/2015.
This year there will be 4 groups of 10 teams and at the end of the season the top three teams in each group will qualify for the Finals.
Good luck and good bowling!

The Fixtures, the Playing Schedule & Team Knockout Draw have been distributed and are now also available from the Web Site.

Can all clubs ensure that your scores are sent to us within 4 days of playing each match. It is important as if there are any delays it will hold up the results being sent out to all the other teams.

Friday 26th September 2014

The Final Summner Doubles 2014 League results for Matches are now available in the <scores> page.

Our congratulations go to the qualifiers who we shall meet at the Finals in Wigan on the weekend of 7/9th November.
To the remainder – thank you again for participating and better luck in the Winter Trios.

Wednesday 27th August 2014

The finals for the Summer Doubles 2014 are to be held on the weekend of November 7th – 9th with the top three teams of each of the four groups qualifying.

Finals are to be held at:-
AMF Bowling Wigan, Wigan Bowl, Wallgate, Wigan, WN3 4AG, Tel. 0844 826 3038
With accommodation at :-
The Mercure Wigan Oak Hotel, Orchard Street, Wigan, WN1 3SS, Tel : 01942 826 888
There are two railway stations in Wigan which are quite close to each other, but on using these you would need to get a Taxi from either station to the hotel and then to the bowling on Saturday and back.

Wednesday 03 April 2013

We have heard from Gloucester that Jeff Llewelyn has died suddenly. On behalf of the league and all members we send our deepest sympathy to his friends and family.

Wednesday 24th August 2011

We now have added a section called “Archive”. This will eventually show all photos from as far back as the Finals from Winter 2009. Why not click onto the Archive and see who you can identify.

Monday 21st February, 2011

We have heard from Portsmouth that Angela Lansbury has died aged 82. Angela had bowled in the league since our first season. On behalf of the league and all members we send our deepest sympathy to her family.

Monday 19th October 2009

It is with regret ,we have to report that Bob Davis has died. Bob was one of our founder members and a trustee of the league. he was one of our scorers up to being taken ill about 18 months ago.

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