A message from the Chairman


 The ‘Friends of English Bowling’ gives a unique opportunity for all bowlers to show their support for the sport of outdoor bowls whilst enjoying a number of exclusive member benefits.

Originally formed in 2005, The Friends allows everyone who has taken part and enjoyed bowls, the opportunity to give something back, and now has more than 380 members.  Each member receives a lapel badge, regular newsletters, together with Bowls England news updates by joining the Friends of English Bowling Google Group.

Members may also participate in Friends bowls matches during the course of the season, which in 2020  2021 will again include two matches on the hallowed turf at Royal Leamington Spa during the National Championships.  If any member wishes to be considered for a match please contact Fixture Secretary Adie Lloyd.

At the National Championships a Hospitality Marquee is provided where members can meet over tea, coffee and light refreshments, all free of charge, to catch up with fellow Friends and discuss the day’s play.  This Marquee is exclusively reserved throughout the Championships for the use of the Bowls England sponsors, the ‘Friends’ and special guests of Bowls England only.  In addition, each individual member will be invited to a ticketed buffet lunch in the hospitality Marquee.

Friends are also entitled to enter the Members Only Two Wood Pairs Competition which takes place during the National Championships at Royal Leamington Spa.

The Friends of English Bowling is the biggest supporter of the sport of outdoor bowls in England and uses its funds to back National Championships and Competition events, assist youth development and support additional facilities provided for players and supporters at the Championships.

In 2019 the total donated to Bowls England by The Friends was £37,000.  This money was allocated by Bowls England to support a number of National Championships and National Competitions, together with the provision of  First Aid facilities.  The Friends funded the purchase of a new First Aid Tent and will continue to support several high profile events including the Tony Allcock Trophy.   Next year Friends will support Disabled North v South match.

All 35 County Associations are Association Members of  The Friends, and in 2019 the funding was also allocated to help each county’s expenses associated with the final stages of the Middleton Cup, Johns Trophy, White Rose Trophy and Amy Rose Bowl.

To find more on the aims, objectives and activities of  The Friends explore the various pages within this site.

For membership details please refer to the Join Us page of this website or contact

John Thompson – Membership Secretary  email hidden; JavaScript is required

To become a member of the ‘The Friends’ annual membership costs £100 with a one-off joining fee of just £10.

Thank you for your interest in visiting our website and in anticipation of you supporting our cause.

Geoff Hunt   Chairman