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 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 August 7, 2017 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)

This week saw Erdington Court Bowls Club with their feet firmly planted on the competition accelerator - and one of their Ladies teams was doing its bit!


The men recorded wins by their two Birmingham Bowling Association (BBA) teams, the taking of the Warwickshire unbadged singles competition, a victory by senior captain Rob Robinson in the BBA Champion of Champions and a team win in the semi final of the BBA's Walker Cup - capped by an away success at Kings Heath in a week - end friendly.


In the BBA, both the Court;s 'A' and 'B' teams were at home . The 'A' team beat Kings Heath 13:12 with victory achieved in the last end. The 'B' team captained by Antony Gould, won 26:9 on his rink - and the other led by John Pritchard won an equally convincing 29:8. This was against Blossomfield who are also competing for top of Division 'B'. Again, they took the full 6 points.


Paul Vaughan was the eventual winner In an all-Erdington final of the Warwickshire unbadged competition against fellow Court Club member John Pritchard.


In the Birmingham District Women's Bowling Association (BDWBA), the Ladies 'B' team captained by Eileen Merrick beat Blossomfield at home convincingly 26:7.

The men meanwhile, led by Rob Robinson from Sutton Coldfield, won despite a tight squeak at home in the Walker Cup against - Kings Heath - one of the best Birmingham teams. They won in the singles and pairs,but lost the Triples and Fours. However they did just enough to win on points and go through to the finals on 16th August at Sherwood Park.


Rob Robinson continued in great form when he beat young rising star Gareth Evans from Bournville in the BBA Champion of Champions by 23: 11.


In the first mixed team friendly victory away - also at Kings Heath, Captain Peter also from Sutton Coldfield led his team to victory by 75:42. Winning rink members were: John Green, Joyce Terry and Tim Hartland.

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Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on July 30, 2017 at 4:45 AM Comments comments (0)

It's an all-Erdington Court match tomorrow night (Monday 31st July) at Bowling Green Close - in the quarter finals of the Birmingham Bowling Association (BBA) Fours. Allen Onion will be leading his team against one led by Antony Gould. (the normal stewards session will take place at 6pm).


On Wednesday, Rob Robinson takes on Gareth Evans from Bournville in the Champion of Champions competition.


On Thursday, our BBA league teams will be in action. The 'A' team led by Rob take on Kings Heath at home. This is a must-win match if they are to win the League.


The 'B' team are still fighting for promotion to Division 'A'. They took 4 points away to Bournville last week to go top. This week they take on Blossomfield


On Friday night, it is the semi-finals of the Walker Trophy once again vs Kings Heath - at Sherwood Park.


On Wednesday 30th August, Erdington Court takes on the might of the rest of the Birmingham Bowls Association at home.

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Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on July 18, 2017 at 2:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Congratulations to Club Erdington Court members John Pritchard and Paul Vaughan. They each won their respective semi finals of the Warwickshire Singles Unbadged competition. This means an all Erdington Court final. Well done lads!


Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on July 11, 2017 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

A historic bowls fixture was resumed at Sutton Coldfield Methodist Bowling Club after a 69 year absence.



The last recorded match against Erdington Court Bowls Club took place on the same bowling green,- adjacent to South Parade Church on 10th July 1948 - with Sutton winning by 236 shots to 161 shots on that occasion.



This time, the result was a lot closer with both clubs winning two rinks each. The overall result however was in favour of the home team winning by 67 - 63 shots.


Winning rink for Erdington Court - Lorna Bournes, John Green, Eddie Dodd and Ken Ellis.



Now that these two local flat green bowling clubs have reconnected after so many years, it is hoped that this will again become a regular feature on their fixture lists.



The return match is due to take place at Erdington Court Bowls Club on Sunday 10th September starting at 2.00pm.


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Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on July 3, 2017 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Erdington Court's top squad had a robust win against Tamworth at home at Bowling Green Close, in the first round of the Wardrop Cup.


The Warwickshire County competition dates back to 1956 and features 11 players on each side in 2 wood and 4 wood singles, pairs, triples and fours - with a total of 29 teams taking part. It is otherwise known as the 'Top Club' competition. Rob Robinson from Sutton Coldfield led the Court team, with Bob Allcock captaining Tamworth. The Court took a point each from 4 of the 5 rinks.The second round takes place on Tuesday 18th July away at Welford.


Meanwhile, in the Birmingham Bowls Association (BBA) leagues, Erdington Court's 'A' team are heading the top division, after winning it last year. In the 'B' division, the Court has now has two teams rather than 1 and is led by Antony Gould - with each team in contention to head that league also.


Club spokesperson Ray Woods said,

"In the last few years, we have had a very successful recruitment campaign - and this is showing through in the breadth and depth of the teams that we can put out. It is particularly rewarding to see newer players getting involved at all levels. Having the benefit of an indoor arena, means that we can play the whole year round without a winter break and this has to pay dividends."


"We welcome the announcement that Birmingham is bidding to host the Commonwealth Games in 2022 - as this fantastic event features level green bowls from around the World, and we would be aiming to use that to boost interest." This week-end, we will be at the Sutton Community Games promoting the sport there by letting families try it out.

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Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on June 19, 2017 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (0)

On Saturday,. Erdington Court won all 5 rinks at home to Corley. This was just revenge against  Corley, who did the same to Erdington at their ground recently.


Corley fielded a strong teamled by Captain Trevor Long - and which included a large proportion of Warwickshire County players. Previously, they had not been beaten, home or away, this season.


The Court's winning rink was Ken Ellis, Eileen Merrick and John Green.


After the match Erdington Court Captain Peter Yates also presented member Iain Aitken with his Hotshot certificate and badge. This was for achieving the maximum score in an end against a Kings Heath team in the Birmingham Bowling Association's over 55's Evergreen League match held earlier in June. The other team members were Peter himself, David Mitchell and Ken Bournes.


Meanwhile, the Court's Paul Vaughan and John Pritchard each progressed to the semi final stage in the Warwickshire County unbadged singles held at Snitterfield. The semi-finals take place at a neutral venue on Sunday 16th July.



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Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on May 29, 2017 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (0)

The overall strength of Erdington Court's squads has continued to show itself in the early part of the outdoor season.


Sutton Coldfield's Steve Mason and John Pritchard had a convincing win in the first round of the Warwickshire Pairs Competition - beating Phil Jones and Arthur Preistner from Sherwood Park 26:8. Their next match takes place this week at Kings Heath.


In the Birmingham Bowling Association's (BBA) Leagues, Erdington Court's 'A' team has won its first two games against Rowheath and Blossomfield 'A'. Their 'B' team beat Bournville 'A' to take 4 points. This followed wins against Solihull 'C' and Bournville 'B'.


Erdington Court also have 2 teams competing in the BBA Evergreens (Men's Over 55's). The 'B' team narrowly beat Bournville away 26:24 taking a point on each rink in the last end to clinch the match. As a result, they are currently 3rd in the League.The 'A' team have also had wins against Bournville 'B', West Midlands Police, Rowheath and Bournville 'A', but despite this are 5th in the League.


In the week-end friendlies, Erdington Court continued its strong home record, beating Tamworth 78:68. The winning rink for Erdington was Steve Mason from Sutton Coldfield, Eddie Dodd from Great Barr and John Green from Stechford. To-date, the squad has had wins against Solihull Municipal, Bournville Ladies and Charford (Bromsgrove).


Erdington Courts' own Club competitions start shortly with over 40 members competing in singles and pairs competitions for both women, men and mixed - with handicapped matches to favour newer or less talented members. These culminate in the Club finals on Saturday 2nd/Sunday 3rd September before matches return to the indoor arena for the winter. Spectators are welcome.


The Club welcomes new members and you can call 0121 373 2440 or visit their web site at You can also follow them on Facebook at Erdington Court Bowls Club. Free coaching is available.'