Our third match of the season was to be played on Saturday 6th July against our sister organisation SADLBA at St Albans BC.   Sadly it was not to be because torrential rain overnight and continuing persistent rain during the morning meant the match was cancelled before a wood was bowled.   Both teams turned up ready to play but by mid morning it was clear that the rain was not going to ease up.

Our thanks must go to Michael Woodhams, our Secretary, for leading the proceedings, and also to St Albans BC.  Despite the heavy, rain car parking was being supervised, the rink furniture was all set out and the Ladies had tea coffee and biscuits ready and waiting. We could not have asked for a better welcome, so thank you, to all in the St Albans Club.

The second match in the series was held at Shire Park to celebrate their 75th Anniversary on Saturday 8th June, at 2.30 pm. It was a lovely sunny day and played in a fun and friendly way.  A lovely afternoon.  You can read the Match Report here: Result Sheet SADBA v Shire Park 75th 8 June 2024.

The first of our 3 Outdoor matches this season was help on Saturday 11th May at Townsend Bowls Club.  We had a superb afternoon of bowling in excellent weather and, with the help of additional Townsend members, played on all 6 rinks.  It was a good win for the District.  You can read the match report here:  Result Sheet SADBA v London Scottish 11 May 2024



Our final Indoor match of the 23/24 winter season was against our sister organisation SADLBA and held at Harpenden IBC on Saturday 23rd March.  It proved to be a good win for SADBA and played in great spirit.   The match report can be found here:-  Result Sheet SADBA v SADLBA 23rd MARCH 2024

The match against London Scottish was held at Watford Woodside Indoor Bowls Club on Saturday 2nd March.  It was a great and close match with London Scottish winning by only one point.  The Match Report is here:- Result Sheet SADBA v London Scottish 2nd March 2024

The prestigious President’s Invitation Shield match was held on Sunday 21st January at 2.30 pm at Hatfield Bowls Club.  The President, Gordon Burrow, led a team against the four 2023 winning teams of  the Bob Vise Trophy (Welwyn & District), Jones Cup (Welwyn Garden City), Triples League (Potters Bar) & Club Rink League (Batchwood ).

There was a great afternoon of bowling with a lot of laughter and enjoyment across the rinks, albeit one rink took the competitive spirit rather too far and finished a lot after the others.

The winners were Welwyn Garden City and the runners-up Batchwood.  The Welwyn Garden City winning team was: T Seeby, G Frost, I Stone and L Brown. The District Top rink was A Parsonage (North Mymms), D Kilvert (Harpenden), P Stokes (North Mymms) and R Banks (Hatfield

Many thanks go  to the 4 clubs who were invited to come,  to all players from Clubs who joined the President and played for the District and to 9 visitors who came along to support.

Special thanks to Michael Woodhams for organising the event and acknowledments to Michael Scandrett and David Salmon who helped with refreshents and to all who contributed to the President’s charity, SENSE.


SADBA’s  indoor match against Harpenden Indooor Bowling Club at their indoor facilities was held on Saturday 18th November at 2.30pm.  The match result is here:  Result Sheet SADBA v HARPENDEN IBC 181123

The first indoor match of the winter season was against Watford Woodside IBC at their Club.   The match was on Thursday 12th October, and Woodside won comfortably.

However, the game was in great spirit and Woodwise provided an excellent meal afterwards.  The Match Report can be found here:  Result Sheet SADBA v WATFORD W IBC 121023



The Finals Day this year was held at Harpenden Bowls Club on Saturday 9th September in what was a scorching hot day, but that did not hamper the enthususam of the teams for the Triples League and all the other Competitions, with many supporters, who turned out spick and span for a great day of competitive bowling.

Once again thanks go to Harpenden Bowls Club for providing a superb environment with much support from their Club members.  The green was pristine in appearance and played superbly making it a pleasure to bowl on or to just to sit and enjoy the skill of the competitors.   Harpenden had light refreshments available from early morning during the day and then a bar to help cope with the hot weather.

The matches were played in an excellent spirit of comaraderie and with some very close finishes.  In some cases results were not decided until the last end or two.  Exciting to play and watch.  The results of all the matches can be found here: Finals Day 2023 Results

Thanks go to Chris Linfield of Harpenden BC for taking photographs throughout the day.  Above are 22 images of the winners and runners-up.  Click on the image to open into a slide show and scroll using the left and right arrows in the lower left corner.

In addition, Chris has provided a further 39 photographs taken round the green on the day capturing some interesting action shots and views of spectators.  As above click on an image to open the slide show.






The temperature and humidity levels were at an all time high and the bowling produced by Welwyn Garden City and Welwyn & District was just as electric.

There were very closely contested heads with the head changing almost after each wood came down. Skips of both sides called for unbelievable shots and the bowlers of both sides responded with unbelievable accuracy.

Welwyn Garden City came out winners but to be fair both teams of bowlers produced fantastic bowling end after end.

Thanks to Harpenden for Hosting the event and making us so welcome and offering fine hospitality enjoyed by all.

Congratulations therefore to winners-Welwyn Garden City and runners-up Welwyn & District.

Presentations after by President Gordon Burrows.  Photographs kindly taken by Chris Linfield of Harpenden BC.



What a great day we had at Harpenden Bowls Club on 5th September in hot and brilliant sunshine for the annual Charity Gala with the proceeds going to the President’s Charity SENSE.

24 teams of three were gathered to bowl for the Strofton Trophy with keen competition and fabulous (and not so fabulous!) bowling throughout the day.  Harpenden as ever had a super green that bowled fast and true.

The winners this year was a Harpenden team led by Trevor Tharby, “The Brushes”, narrowly beating “The Three Amigos” from Potters Bar who often figure in the top three.

The full result is:-

1st:”The Brushes”  ( Harpenden BC)
Trevor Tharby – Simon Burgess – John Osborn  (54 points)
2nd : “The 3 Amigos”  (Potters Bar BC)
Barry Woodman – Brian Vince – Mick Brennan (47 points)
3rd: “Coldpaws”  (Potters Bar BC)
Dave Sparrow – Colin Malone – Paul Stevens (43 points)

Our picture shows Trevor’s team receiving the Stroften Trophy from the President Gordon Burrows.  The event raised over £500 for his Charity.

Click on the image below to open up a slide show of few more pictures.

Special thanks go to Brian Burfoot for organising the event and on the day with the support of Michael Woodhams (admin and umpire) and John Bartlett (umpire).  We also must acknowledge and thank Harpenden for their huge support in organising the parking arrangements, a great green, superb food and a bar.  The day could not have been better.