Bowls Erdington Court

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.

Bowls Erdington Court

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.

Bowls Erdington Court

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.



Bowls Erdington Court

Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on August 25, 2017 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

The 3-week Summer of Season of Evening Bowls came to a close on Thursday 24th August with 24 bowlers competing in the Ladies versus Men (with a twist) competition which the Ladies won 47 v 36.


There were three "twists" during the game.


On end three the men had to bowl left handed and on end 6 the men had to bowl their bowls between their legs ("tweeners"). "Irish" bowls were played on end 9 where the jack was delivered by the lady skip after all other bowls had been delivered.


Apart from being quite challenging this fun format produced plenty of humorous sights most of which were recorded on film. The game finished after 12 ends when players retired to the lounge for a well earned drink and a light supper.


Prizes were awarded as follows:-


Ladies winning rink: Terry Yates, Mary Webster and Joyce Terry


Men's winning rink: Bill Ensor, Phil Johnson and Tim Hartland


Best "Irish" Bowls rink: Elaine Woods, Linda Sullivan and Pat Court


Best "Tweener"" rink: John Utting, Roy Webster and Mike Kilby



In total 32 players took part during the 3-week evening bowls season so thanks to everyone for their support.



Peter Yates - Outdoor Captain

Bowls Erdington Court

Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on August 9, 2017 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (0)



Please see below from Club member Steve Mason




Final 'B' team match last night for the league title against second place Handsworth Wood:


John Pritchard's rink ran away from the start and finished 29-9 winners. Ron Statham led extremely well and was well supported by John Green and Mike Kilby.



The second rink lead off was Gary Smith who rarely missed the jack by more than 12 inches (30 cm). Ian Parton-Smith and Steve Mason followed and in a low scoring match the scores were level with 5 ends to play. The next end proved decisive with Skip Peter Yates adding to the two bowls held by Erdington.



The final score was 19-12 in Erdington's favour.



The 'B' team will now join the Court's 'A' team in the top Birmingham Bowling Association Division.





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Bowls Erdington Court

Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on August 1, 2017 at 2:15 AM Comments comments (0)

As the outdoor bowls season reaches its climax, over 50 of Erdington Court's players are in action this week across the Region and began with an all-Erdington match - this time in the Birmingham Bowling Association (BBA) fours competition.


The Court's Allen Onion led his team to a narrow victory of 21: 18 against the other led by Antony Gould.

In addition over a dozen Club competitions are taking place - in advance of the Club's finals week end on 2nd/3rd September.


Erdington Court Bowls Club welcome spectators and prospective members of all abilities at their Bowling Green Close arena. Call 0121 373 2440. You can also follow them on Facebook at Erdington Court Bowls Club or visit their web site at

Bowls Erdington Court

Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on July 23, 2017 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

In the end we had a good win yesterday , Erdington Court 64 to St Barbara's 53.

At half time we were taking a bit of a beating and our 2-year unbeaten run at home was looking in jeopardy.

Fortunately the Erdington Court teams all dug deep and we ended up winning on three of the four rinks.


Winning rink was Mary Webster, Colin Heath, John Green and Tim Hartland.


Winning rink winners get a scratch card each as a prize - and Mary Webster was lucky enough to win £10 so it was a profitable afternoon.! In fact the Webster family had a good day as Mary's husband Roy, won a bottle of wine in the raffle.




Bowls Erdington Court

Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on July 23, 2017 at 6:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Erdington Court 's 6 outdoor all-weather rinks turned white when 40 club members took part in the annual Summer Cup. This event which only started last year proved extremely popular again.It is the only match in the Erdington Court Summer bowling calendar when a ladies team plays against a men's team.


Lady Captain Pat Court from Wylde Green marshalled a strong ladies team and hopes were high as the Erdington Court ladies teams in the Birmingham District Women's Bowling Association leagues are doing very well this year. Men's Captain, Peter Yates also from Sutton Coldfield,looked a little nervous as bowling commenced. Competition was particularly fierce on rink 1 where the men's team skippered by Mike Kilby was up against a ladies team skippered by his partner Eileen Merrick!!


As the event progressed, most games remained close although the men started to edge ahead towards the end - and eventually took the cup for the second year running.


Prizes were awarded as follows:


Best Ladies Rink: Pam Ellis, Beryl Robinson, Ann Mason and Eileen Merrick.


Best Men's Rink: John Green, Roy Webster, Eddie Dodd and Ken Bournes.


Cactus Award: Irene Dodd.


"Best Behind" Award: Bill Ensor


Club spokesperson Ray Woods said,

"We are a competitive Club but we want our members to have lots of fun too. This event - organised by Peter Yates aims to combine the best of both - and the turnout confirms how popular it was. The great thing about bowls is that is a mixed sport for the whole family."


Erdington Court welcomes new members and 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..


Flat green bowls is one of the sports featured in the Commonwealth Games which Birmingham aims to host in 2022.

Bowls Erdington Court

Posted by Ray Woods/Les Barrett on July 15, 2017 at 3:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Erdington Court's 'B' team had a dramatic victory against Tamworth in the Birmingham Bowling Association's second division - helping to reverse a decline in fortunes last year. It coincided with the defeat of league leaders Handsworth Wood by Solihull Municipal 'C' who took all 6 points.


The Court match against Tamworth was at home at Bowling Green Close and featured a 35 : 6 win by the squad led by Peter Yates from Sutton Coldfield. David Ballatyne playing for lead for the first time, turned in an outstanding performance, putting Tamworth under continual pressure.


On the other rink, things were much tighter, with Tamworth led by Captain Bob Allcock taking Erdington Court all the way to the final end - where after over 2 hours of play, the score stood at 16:16. Court Captain Antony Gould also from Sutton, stole the show by taking the winning shot with his final wood, making it 17:16.


That last wood meant that the Court took all 6 points and the leadership of the 'B' Division.


Antony Gould said,

" The team have put up a great fight and I’d like to offer thanks for them for the performances and hard work over the last few weeks. We’ve picked up 18 points from a possible 18 and vastly improved our shot difference."

"We’ve got 4 hard games coming up against the 3 of the top 4, with the last game being at home against Handsworth Wood. Hopefully we if continue to play as we have over the last few weeks we can have a positive end to the season and achieve promotion to the A division."