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Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on February 18, 2018 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0)


Local first aid specialist Ann Davies of AD First Aid Training was at Erdington Court Bowls Club this week.


Ann was there to train 12 of the Clubs officers and staff in resuscitation techniques - including the use of the Club's new defibrillator.


Club Chair Rob Robinson said,

"The session was part of ongoing investment at the Club to ensure that we meet modern health and safety standards - and benefit the members. We aim to do refresher courses every 12 months.


This follows the installation of step down metal stanchions on each of the four rinks in the indoor arena, to reduce the likelihood of falls on the green - which is used by over 200 members a week during the winter months.


Ann really put us through our paces and the training was very thorough. It also made us a lot more confident in knowing when and how to use the defibrillator."


The Club is the only one in the Sutton Coldfield and the north side of Birmingham with a full-size indoor arena - allowing bowls to be played the whole year round


Erdington Court welcomes new members and can be contacted on 0121 373 2440. You can also visit their web site at and follow them on Facebook at Erdington Court Bowls Club.


AD First Aid Training are based in Sutton Coldfield and can be contacted on 07912 062811 or via their web site at:

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Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on December 27, 2017 at 12:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Erdington Court ended the year with 4 evening and afternoon indoor leagues in full swing - with over 70 members in total taking part.Leading the Thursday night mixed triples League at present is the team led by Chris Hall - and including Dean Mortiboys and Denise Szostek. However this could all be about to change with the imposition of handicaps on the leading teams - based on their first half performance.


The keenly contested annual 'Road to Santa' pairs indoor competition also attracted over 30 Club members and took place over three week ends. Winners of the Cup were Chris Hall for the second year and partnered by John Utting. Runners up were Ken Ellis and Jean Whitney. Elaine Woods and Dean Mortiboys won the separate Plate competition.


The year ended with the annual boxing day morning fun roll-up - again attracting over 30 members and friends to re-visit the all-weather outdoor green. Victorian Bathurst retained the 16 and under title. Ray Woods was the overall winner of the Scapagrene trophy, first awarded in 1976. This was the first year that he had taken part.


In the new year, The Club's Sandy Powell mixed triples Competition begins with a prize of afternoon tea at a top local hotel for the winners - kindly provided by Jarrod Morgan Financial Planning of Lichfield.


The Club has seen an increase of 8-10% in its' Winter indoor membership since its open day in October. For several weeks, over 21 new members have been receiving coaching from Sutton based veterans Jean and Clive Smith.


New investment at the Club has also continued with installation of new step-down stanchions on the indoor green and the acquisition of a defibrillator.


The Club welcomes new members and can be contacted on 0121 373 2440. You can also visit their web site at and follow them on Facebook at Erdington Court Bowls Club.

The Contribution Made By The Robinson Family to Erdington Court Bowls Club

Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on December 10, 2017 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

The Robinson family ran the dental surgery at Wylde Green for over 90 years. The last of the family to work there, Rob, retired this year.


The surviving family members Keith, aged 98, his brother Phil, aged 94, and Keith’s son Rob, aged 63, all live in Sutton Coldfield.


Keith and Phil’s father, Fred, was brought up in the Sir Josiah Mason Orphanage. Fred was one of the founder members of the Erdington Recreational Trust created by the local Methodist Church. He had 5 children - and all of them and their spouses helped at the Club. In total, Fred, Keith, Phil, Russell and Rob have contributed over 350 years of voluntary service to the Club.


The Trust is a registered charity and today incorporates Erdington Court Bowls Club. It makes facilities available to Walmley Cricket Club, having previously had its own cricket teams.


The Bowls Club is the largest of its kind in the north side of the Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield and South Staffs. The vast majority of its 250 members come from Sutton Coldfield. Its indoor arena is the only one of its kind south of Tamworth. Indoor Rink time is also made available to local community groups such as Probus - and support groups for adults with learning difficulties.


Fred was a Trustee until he passed away in 1972. Russell (Keith and Phil’s brother), also a Trustee, died in 2009 after a lifetime of service to the Club.


Rob has been the Chair since 2011, and Keith and Phil remain Trustees. In that role, they have overseen expenditure of over £100,000 in the Club in the last 3 - 4 years and led its resurgence in membership and competitive involvement.


In 1976, Keith, Russell and Philip were Trustees of the Club which drew up plans for the sale of land, the rebuilding of the outdoor green and the building of the new indoor arena. The outdoor arena remains one of the few all-weather greens in the region. At the time, it was one of the first artificial greens in the world.


Led by Rob, the Trustees have also recently implemented a restructuring of the Club’s management team and overseen annual open days - which have led to the recruitment of over 100 new members. Under their encouragement, the Club has also taken part each year in the Sutton Expo and the Sutton Community Games.



He first won a cricket batting cup in 1939 and a further 9 times after WWII. He was MCC cricketer of the year in 1978 for his contribution to administration of the game. His services to club cricket included being Captain, Committee Member and Groundsman (!) for 35 years.


In Bowls, Keith first won the Club’s Singles Championship in 1938. He held over 31 Club titles in total. He also won numerous Birmingham, Warwickshire and Midlands titles. Together with Russell and 2 other Club members, he won the English Bowling Association’s National 4s Championships in 1978.


Keith and Russell represented England in the British Isles Championships in 1979 and Keith also had 6 international trials.


He was Club Secretary for many years and a Birmingham delegate to Warwickshire for 48 years.


He was made a life member of Warwickshire County Bowls Association for his services.


Keith has been a trustee of the Club for over 70 years.




Has been a trustee since 1947 and Chair of the Trust until 2011. Was a cricket and tennis club captain during the 1950’s.


He has been Bowls Club President and Committee member for long periods during the interim.




In 2017 he:

• Was winner of the Birmingham Bowling Association Singles Champion of Champions.


• Also led the Club’s ‘A’ team to win the Birmingham Bowling Association’s (BBA) top division for the second consecutive year in 2017.


• Led a team to the finals of the BBA’s Walker trophy in 2017.


• Was the winner of the Club’s 2017 2 Wood Singles and of the Pairs competition (for the 10th time).


• Also led the Club to victory against the combined might of the BBA to win the coveted Tony Cook trophy.


In 2014:

• He was the winner of the Bowls England National Double Rink Championship.

• He won the BBA 4 Wood Singles and Pairs.


In 2015 he was:

• Warwickshire Pairs Finalist

• Warwickshire Triples Winner

• Midland Counties Triples Finalist

• Warwickshire Senior Pairs Winner

In 2016 he was:

• BBA Triples and Fours winner

• BBA Singles finalist

• Captain of the Club squad that won the BBA’s prestigious Walker Trophy.


He continues to play bowls outdoors for the Warwickshire County Bowls Team in national competitions. HE IS ONE OF VERY FEW BOWLERS TO HAVE PLAYED 100 MIDDLETON CUP GAMES. He also won the English Bowling Association’s National Pairs Championships with Club mate Richard Brittan in 1993 and represented England at the British Isles Bowls Championships the following year.




He was:


• Captain of the Cricket Club on a number of occasions and a committee member for many years.

He was a Bowls player for Warwickshire County, won several County titles and also won the English Bowling Association’s National 4s Championships in 1978 with Keith. He then went on to represent England in the British Isles Bowls Championships (see above).

• President of the Warwickshire Indoor Bowls Association in 1986/1987, and again in 1992/1993

• Secretary of the Warwickshire Vice President’s Bowling Association for 15 years.

• A Club trustee from 1947 until his death in 2009.

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Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on November 5, 2017 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

It was a busy week-end - and mixed fortunes for the Erdington Court squads, as they took on City of Birmingham, City of Coventry and Shrewsbury. A total of over 50 Court players took to the rinks - a number of whom were new to top level competition. The Club has extended its participation in competitions this year to reflect the growth in membership.


In the first round of the Denny Cup on Saturday, the Court had two squads playing at home at Bowling Green Close - and another 2 away at City of Birmingham. A weak start saw the Court fight back to lose by only 3 points overall. They will still continue to compete for the Denny Plate however.


Meanwhile, another Court squad away at a friendly at Shrewsbury, crashed 82: 97 despite winning on 3 rinks.


However, there was better news in the second round of the Top Club competition played at home on Sunday against City of Coventry. A total of over 10 hours of play on all 4 indoor rinks, saw Erdington come out the clear winners against Coventry. Mark Ireland led the charge, to start the day with a 26: 3 win over Colin Stowe in the Men's Two Wood Singles. This was despite Mark only having recently returned from a long lay off after surgery. Other Court wins included 18:8 for John Pritchard, Jean Smith and Phil Bond in the mixed triples and 22:12 for Tim Hartland, Pat Court, Chris Reid and Eddie Dunn in the mixed fours.


Erdington Court welcomes new members and currently has 21 currently undertaking their free introductory coaching programme. To find out more, call 0121 373 2440. You can also view their web site at: and you can follow them on Facebook at Erdington Court Bowls Club.

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Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on October 22, 2017 at 4:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Erdington Court has started the indoor season in a growing competitive mood - swollen by an influx of new players in recent years from across the north of the City.


The Court began its first foray into the national Top Club competition for a number of seasons in great form - beating Daventry at home 10: 6 in a tough shoot - out! Veteran Joan Garner from Sutton Coldfield won the Ladies 2 Wood Singles 17: 6. In the mixed pairs, Terry Yates and Captain Antony Gould both from Sutton Coldfield won the mixed pairs 14:10 and Allen Onion and Pat Court from Sutton Coldfield and Phil Bond from Hurley in Warwickshire won the Mixed Triples 26:11.


Meanwhile, Captain Tim Hartland from Erdington led his team to victory in an away friendly at Tamworth 63: 58 - with the rink honours being divided 2 each.


Another 4 man Court squad of John Pritchard and Paul Vaughan (Sutton Coldfield), John Green (Stechford) and Tim Hartland will form part of the Warwickshire team assembled to play Hereford at Tamworth on 1st November.


The Club's own internal weekly leagues have begun a phased start with over 50 members booked to take part in total - and further 19 new players undergoing the Club's introductory 4 weekly coaching programme.


Outdoor Captain Peter Yates, in his speech at the Club's outdoor presentation dinner reflected on a great season now ended with team successes including - the men’s 2 Birmingham Bowling Association teams both winning their respective divisions - meaning the Club will have both teams in the top division in 2018. Individual successes included:- Rob Robinson winning the Birmingham Bowls Association Champion of Champions singles and Antony Gould winning the 2-wood singles - with Paul Vaughan winning and John Pritchard runner-up in the Warwickshire County unbadged singles.

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Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on October 10, 2017 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)


One of Erdington Court's top indoor lady players was in action this week in the first round of a national competition.


Joan Garner from Sutton Coldfield won the opening round of the English Indoor Bowls Association's Ladies Champion of Champions 4 wood singles - at home in Bowling Green Close.


Joan was playing Gill Maund of City of Birmingham


At 9 ends, the score was tied at 8:8. Joan gradually crept ahead. However, at the 19th end, she delivered a crushing blow - taking all 4 shots.


The final score was 21:11


Erdington Court can be contacted on 0121 373 2440 or via their web site at You can also follow them on Facebook at Erdington Court Bowls Club. They welcome new members of all abilities and offer up to 4 weeks free coaching.

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Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on October 9, 2017 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Erdington Court Bowls Club held its annual open day to publicise its winter indoor arena and evening leagues - attracting over 150 visitors - including Birmingham's Lord Mayor Councillor Anne Underwood, from Sutton Coldfield. She was told that 40-50% of Erdington Court's members are ladies and that the majority of members come from Sutton Coldfield.


Erdington Councillors Robert Alden, Bob Beauchamp and Gareth Moore also attended. Councillor Beauchamp won the £10 meat voucher donated by Wicketts Butchers of Gravelly Lane!


The indoor arena is the only one of its kind on the north side of the City and south of Tamworth and many members of other outdoor clubs join for the Winter.


Spokesman Ray Woods said,

"We distributed over 15,000 door to door leaflets for the event as well as publicity from local papers such as the Birmingham Mail and the Sutton Coldfield Observer - and support from Mike Bushell at the Sutton Expo - and there was a great response.


"Over 10 members were recruited on the day and a similar number have expressed an interest in joining our free indoor coaching courses.Every indoor rink and some of our all-weather outdoor rinks were occupied by potential new members."


"Johnsons Skoda in Erdington, one of our sponsors had a display of their cars - and Boston Bowls from Lincolnshire were on hand to advise on bowls woods, clothing and equipment. They are at Birmingham Indoor Bowls Club on Tuesday 24th October between 10am and 3pm for anyone who missed them.We also welcomed Pam Collins of Utility Warehouse in Sutton Coldfield, David Heilbronn of Will Writing Services and Mark Jones and Diane Parkes from

John Taylor Hospice."


"All in all it was a great day with over 40 Club members on hand to welcome visitors."


The Club can be contacted on 0121 373 2440 or via their web site at You can also follow them on Facebook at Erdington Court Bowls Club.



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Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on October 1, 2017 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

As the outdoor season came to a slightly rainy end, Erdington Court players came to the fore in the Birmingham Bowling Association's (BBA) finals.


Rob Robinson from Sutton Coldfield won the individual Champion of Champions - Phil Bond, Paul Vaughan and Gary Smith won the triples and Richard Brittan the singles. Antony Gould won the individual competition.


Ray Woods, Club spokesman said,

" We didn't have it all our own way and it was a mixed bag - however our top players can be proud of their overall performance on behalf of the Club."


Meanwhile, outdoor Captain Peter Yates led a team against a President's Team skippered by President Dave Mitchell - both from Sutton.


A total of 32 Club players took part in the game which for the most part was a close fought affair, none closer than rink 5 where the Captain and President battled it out to an honourable draw. The final result over the 5 rinks was 89 to the Captains Team and 59 to the President's Team.


Captain Peter's winning rink comprised Mary Heath, John Utting and Geoff Bryant. President David's winning rink was Pam Ellis, Dave Ballantyne and Pat Court.


Unlike many local clubs who close up shop for the winter Erdington Court members do not pause for breath - as they open up their 4 rink indoor arena ready to welcome members from other Clubs.


This week they were at the Sutton Expo in the Parade promoting their open day on Saturday 7th October from 1pm - 5pm - and later in the month, their evening league programme kicks off. A new reduced fee applies for other Club members wishing to enter just one of the leagues.


Erdington Court welcomes new members and can be contacted on 0121 373 2440 or you can visit their web site at and follow them on Facebook at Erdington Court Bowls Club

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Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on September 4, 2017 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (0)


Erdington Court men took on the combined might of the Birmingham Bowling Association (BBA) to win the coveted Tony Cooke Trophy.


Tony Cooke was a stalwart of Solihull Municipal Club - and the Trophy and a Rose Bowl were presented by his widow Joy to Solihull and then in 2016, with her approval, to be used by the BBA. The trophy match takes the form of an annual challenge between the previous year's winners of the BBA's 'A' Division and the rest of the BBA.


Those playing for the BBA against Erdington included top players from well-known local clubs such as Blossomfield, Handsworth Wood, Kings Heath, Rowheath, Sherwood Park, Solihull Municipal, Tamworth and West Midlands Police.


In a tight contest, the Court won 3 of the 5 rinks and an overall score of 135:109.


Club spokesman Ray Woods said,

"This has been a great season for Erdington Court in the BBA - and winning the Tony Cooke Trophy against the rest of the BBA really is the icing on the cake."


Erdington Court welcomes new members and offers a course of free coaching. You can contact them on 0121 373 2440. You can also view their web site at or follow them on Facebook at Erdington Court Bowls Club. The Club has its open day on Saturday 7th October between 1pm and 5pm - where visitors can try out the Club's full-size 4 rink indoor arena. The event will be attended by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Anne Underwood.