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One of Erdington Court's star players Mark Ireland is a member of the Warwickshire Bears team that this week end took national honours at the Bowls England Championships in Leamington.


Warwickshire won the prestigious Balcomb Trophy at Victoria Park, to win the inter-county double rink crown, supported by the Friends of English Bowling, for the first time since 2014. This is a two fours competition with rounds being played all through the Summer.


They defeated Essex, the 2017 winners, in a high quality final of the event that went down to the very last bowl of the match.


Essex took an early lead across the two rinks before a run of 16 shots without reply by the Millership rink put Warwickshire ahead. The Squire rink then scored 13 shots without reply, but Essex fought back, followed by singles from Warwickshire on the last four ends played -which gave them the title.


In an emotional statement on social media, the Court's Mark Ireland from Hodge Hill said,


" Absolutely over the moon to have won the National Balcomb trophy with Warwickshire today. Thank you to the management team of Martyn Murley (Rugby) and Rob Robinson (Erdington Court) for having the confidence in me, to all my County colleagues for the support you have shown through the season, all the supporters for following the Bears throughout the campaign - none more so than president Geoffrey Moran whom has been with us every step of the way, and last but not least my wonderful wife Christine Marie Bissell with all that you have been through recently and letting me out to play xx. Come on the Bears!"


Erdington Court Bowls Club can be contacted on 07967 686230. The Club welcomes players of all abilities and offers free coaching. Applications for indoor membership are now being accepted.


Pictures: Warwickshire Bears with Mark extreme left back row.

Mark at Erdington Court


Posted by Ray Woods/Peter Yates on June 3, 2019 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Erdington Court were out in force for the annual Ellis Hartland trophy. All 6 all-weather rinks were needed to accommodate 40 club players, led by their respective captains, Ken Ellis from Streetly and Tim Hartland from Erdington. The honours went to Tim who whose team won overall by 116:74. Winning rink members for Ken Ellis were Lorna Bournes - Erdington, John Reid and Ray Woods from Pype Hayes.


With matches nearly every day of the week, the various Club squads are being kept busy.


Erdington Court's Men's 'A' team in the Birmingham Bowling Association (BBA) top division has started the season strongly and are aiming to top the league for the fourth year in succession. Led by Rob Robinson from Sutton Coldfield,they have won their first 7 games, the latest being away against Kings Heath 'A' team where they won 36:24. The Court's 'B' team have had a slow start to the season and had to battle with Solihull Municipal 'B' at home.Solihull took the last end for a narrow win on one rink, but the Court's David Mitchell,Simon Kimberley, Reg Warner and Ron Statham all from Sutton Coldfield , had done enough to secure an overall 4 points. On the other rink, Mike Kilby's Court team won comfortably.


The Court won the first match of the National Top Club competition against Solihull Municipal 4:1 and now face Avenue Coventry at home.


In the Bowls England 2- 4's, the Club team beat Sherwood Park winning by an impressive 57:20 at home.


In the senior fours, The Court team of Rob Robinson, Richard Brittan (Staffs) Allen Onion (Sutton Coldfield) and Phil Bond (Hurley) beat Solihull Municipal away 13:25.


In the BBA's Men's Evergreens League, the Court beat Handsworth Wood, winning on one rink and drawing the other to take 5 points.


Meanwhile the Court Ladies are also busy. In the Birmingham District League, the Yellow team of Lorna Bournes and Ann Mason,Pat Court and Lorely Edwards from Sutton ,won away at Solihull 19--8, making it 4 out of 5 wins so far.


Club competitions kick off shortly with a record entry of members.


Erdington Court Bowls Club welcomes new members of all abilities and can be contacted on 07967 686230. You can also view their web site at and follow them on Facebook: Erdington Court Bowls Club and on Twitter @bowlsflat


Posted by Ray Woods/Peter Yates on March 7, 2019 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)

At 95 years old, many would have given up active sport, but Sutton Coldfield man Reg Warner has just been elected President of Erdington Court Bowls Club for the next 2 years.


Reg has been a member of the Club for over 27 years and remains an active player. Not content with that, he continues to take part in line dancing in and around Sutton Coldfield, Walmley and Streetly 2-3 times a week - pumped up by his daily early morning fitness routine. Until recently, he also played table tennis regularly.


Reg served in the navy during World War 2 from 1942 - 1946 and in the 1950's, he was a member of Erdington YMCA's team that won the Birmingham Closed Singles Competition.


At 89, Reg took part in the Great Midlands Fun Run in Sutton Coldfield.


Reg said that he was flattered and delighted to be chosen to be President of Erdington Court Bowls Club and was looking forward to taking up office in April. He continued

"I love playing at Erdington Court. Everyone is cheerful and I love the informality and the company."


Ray Woods, a spokesman for the Club added,

"Reg is a real gentleman and a better bowler than many of us. Bowls ticks all the boxes as we get older - including regular exercise, maintaining and developing eye and hand co-ordination - and as Reg says, good company!"


"An average game takes about 2 hours and will involve something like 6,000 - 7,000 steps - for those who like measuring these things. We have members of all ages at the Club from their 20's onwards - and we hope to form a youth squad at some point.The Club offers free coaching without commitment."


Erdington Court Bowls Club can be contacted on 07967 686230. You can also visit their web site at and follow them on Facebook at Erdington Court Bowls Club and on Twitter@bowlsflat.


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In Out Shake it all about

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Locally, there are two types of bowls clubs - crown green and flat green. It is often said that never the twain shall meet. However in a new venture by two of the fastest growing clubs in the area, that is exactly what happened.


A 16 strong squad from the Erdington Court Club - which is flat green, went to play crown green bowls away at the Hollyfields Bowls Club in Pype Hayes. The result was a 4:12 win by the home team. However, a second leg held in the Court's 4 rink indoor arena produced a different result - with the Court squeaking a 17:15 aggregate win - in what is now known as the 'In Out ' Cup.


Ray Woods a spokesman for Erdington Court explained,

"There are already close links between the two clubs - with a number of our members playing crown green in the summer months - and in the Autumn and Winter, some Hollyfields players join our Indoor Leagues and competitions, when most other clubs have shut down."


"Only this week, Chris Hall a leading member of Hollyfields won a first round singles match while playing the first round of a national Indoor Champion of Champions match - representing Erdington Court! He beat Neville Southall of Tamworth Indoor Bowls Club 21:20."


"The 'In out' Cup was thoroughly enjoyed by members of both Clubs and is now set to become a permanent feature of the calendar. We see collaboration between local clubs as an essential part of growing interest in the sport - in advance of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022."


Both Clubs welcome new members and offer free coaching.


Erdington Court have their annual open day on Saturday 13th October between 12 noon and 4pm. Personal tours are also available on request. They can be contacted on 07967 686230 and Hollyfields on 0121 373 1018 or you can visit their web sites at and and also on Facebook at Erdington Court Bowls Club and Hollyfields Crown Green Bowling Club.




Posted by Ray Woods/Peter Yates on July 6, 2018 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

A local bowls club has gotta lotta bottle and enlisted a new sponsor.


Fresh milk supplier Moofresh based in Sutton Coldfield and Erdington is the latest local company to support Erdington Court Bowls Club.


Phil Mitchell of MooFresh said,

"We put a lot of emphasis on our local roots and believe that organisations should support each other in these competitive times. Erdington Court Bowls Club is the largest of of its kind in the area and has members in most of the areas that we serve. These include:North East Birmingham, Aldridge, Brownhills, Coleshill, Erdington, Polesworth, Meriden, Marston Green, Shenstone and of course Sutton Coldfield and Tamworth. We are delighted to support the Club's efforts to recruit in these areas.."


Ray Woods, Marketing Officer for the Bowls Club said,

"My wife and I have always had our milk delivered, but the scandal of plastic containers has led to a swing back to glass containers and more customers for companies like Moofresh. Milk bottles do an average of over 20 trips and can be recycled when they get damaged."


"Erdington Court Bowls Club aims to help people to stay healthy - and has a policy of engaging with local companies. Moofresh is a perfect fit, supplying clean healthy products in an eco friendly way. We are really pleased to have the support of Phil and his team, particularly as bowls will feature in the Commonwealth Games to be hosted by Birmingham in 2022."


"We welcome support from other local companies and trades people - and we offer many opportunities to them to promote their goods and services. Other local sponsors already include Boldmere Glass, Ian Hazel Funerals,Jarrod Morgan Financial Planning and Johnson Skoda."


Erdington Court Bowls Club can be contacted on 07967 686230 and you can visit their web site at or via their Facebook page at Erdington Court Bowls Club.


For home delivery of milk and other products, Moofresh offer both a te;lephone and an online service - and can be contacted on 0121 448 0269 or via their web site at

They are also on Facebook at



Issued by Ray Woods, Marketing Officer, Erdington Court Bowls Club 07967 686230


Picture attached from Moofresh of their delivery staff,.


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In a busy day on the greens, all the attention was on the latter stages of the 21 end County pairs match featuring some of the Court's top players - Rob Robinson and Richard Brittan against Mark Ireland and Allen Onion. In a match that lasted for over 3 hours, it was 15:14 to Mark and Allen going into the last end. They added another shot to finish 16:14.

l 2 r Rob, Richard, Allen and Mark



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Posted by Ray Woods/Peter Yates 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

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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.