July 3, 2019
Water Cones

We are replacing the water cups, with cones. We do not intend to buy more cups. Like everywhere, we are trying to stop the use of single use plastics. We would like all members to bring in their own water containers. Not only will we be helping the environment, but reduce the amount of waste we produce, the mess that stewards and others have to clean up, and saving the club money. Please do not use the coffee cups, as these are expensive to buy and only for use with the vending machine.

June 19, 2019

It is with very great sadness that we inform members that John died in hospital earlier this week.

John will be greatly missed by his many friends at the club, and we offer our sincere condolences and deepest sympathy to his wife, Jean and all the family, at this very sad time.

The funeral service will take place at the Counties Crematorium,
Milton Malsor on
Monday 1st July at 11.45am.

May 27, 2019
Short Mat Agreement with NMSBA

The Board made an agreement with NSMBA (Northants Short Mat) in February allowing them to use two rinks on ten occasions during the period of August 2019 – February 2020, as they have been doing over the past few years. This was their home venue, and they had invested in it.

Last season the use of the club by ESMBA (England short mat) had started to impact the needs of DIBC members. The board was on top of the situation, and spent time producing and publishing new guidelines on the use of our club by outside organisations. This had the result that we told ESMBA that unfortunately we could no longer accommodate their needs. This was a big decision to take as DIBC members had benefited from the income from these events over many years. It also greatly impacted our very valued partner Alison’s Oven.

We believe our actions to the impact the short mat has had on our club was handled proactively, professionally, and in a timely manner. Some members did not agree that we had gone far enough. To further their ends, they deemed that we needed to be instructed on how to handle the situation and needlessly pushed through a Proposal that they knew would put us in a difficult situation. We fully understood the Proposal passed at the AGM but still believed it was unreasonable to ask us to renege on an agreement that was put in place by duly elected Directors.

Individually all the directors felt and still feel that morally and legally the correct stance to take was to honour the existing contract. The Board had expected that there would be some understanding and sympathy from the members given the difficult situation that we had been forced into. However, following further representations from a few members, who insisted we obey the Proposal to the letter, we are now left facing the more difficult decision as to whether we wish to continue as Directors. These actions have sent a negative and demotivating message to the Directors leaving the Board in a precarious state.

The consensus view of the Directors is that these actions clearly show there is a group of members who have a lack of appreciation and support for the work we do, and that their recognition of our successes over the years is given begrudgingly. Rightly or wrongly, we have taken this intervention as a vote of no confidence in our actions over this matter. The instigators of the Proposal will tell you that we have brought this on ourselves. They take no responsibility for the current situation and argue they did not mean to cause this much consternation. Unfortunately, life is not like that. It is not what you meant to do that matters but the consequences of your actions. Further, their clear disregard for us as people was apparent. They have to remember that whilst we are Directors we are still members, volunteers, and most importantly people who have feelings.

The club is in a great situation; all measures show we have been very successful. We are proud of our achievements and believe we have served you well.

We have decided to:

  • Cancel the short mat events with NSMBA
  • Consider our situation over the next few months to see if we can overcome our personal disappointments and re-established the level of enthusiasm that is essential to successfully manage and keep driving the club forward.




May 9, 2019
Northants Short Mat

The Directors of DIBC will be honouring the commitment they have already made to NSMBA (Northants Short Mat) to allow them use of our facilities for the 2019-20 season.

For your information, NSMBA normally use 2/3 rinks on a Sunday on approx. 10 days a year.

This commitment was made in February this year.

DIBC Directors

April 23, 2019
Carpet underlay date change

The club will now be closed to bowling June 3-7th instead of May 13-17th.

April 7, 2019
Daventry Over 60 Fours lose in National Finals

The Daventry IBC team of Tony Dicks, Patrick Clerkin, Bernard Spreadbury and Mick Worthington travelled to Nottingham on Saturday morning to take on a Beccles team in the last 16 of the National Finals. They made a bright start to lead 3-1 after three ends. On the fourth end they were holding 4 shots with one Beccles bowl to go. However, the Beccles skip played a superb bowl to draw the shot. This seemed to inspire the Beccles team and thereafter all four of them gave an exhibition of draw bowling to run out 26-10 winners.

Tony Dicks returns to Nottingham next Friday at 1.30 to play in the Over 60 Singles.

April 3, 2019

It is with very great sadness that we inform members that Lil died on Wednesday, 27 March.

Lil was one of the Club’s early founder members and will be greatly missed by her many friends.

We offer our sincere condolences and deepest sympathy to all the family, at this very sad time.

The Funeral is at Rugby Crematorium on 18th April 3pm and following at Daventry Town Bowls Club. 

April 1, 2019

It is with very great sadness that we inform members that Michael died suddenly and unexpectedly on Friday, 1 March.

We offer our sincere condolences and deepest sympathy to his wife, Jean and all the family, at this very sad time.

Dear Family and Friends of Michael Gosling

Thank you all for your kind wishes and thoughts during this difficult time. We are now able to share with you the details for Michael’s funeral, to be held on Wednesday 17th April 2019.

The Funeral Service – 12.00pm.  Holy Cross Church, Church Walk, Daventry NN11 4BL

The Committal (Family only) – 1.15pm. Counties Crematorium, Northampton

Following the service you are invited to The Crossroads Hotel and Pub, Weedon NN7 4PX where a buffet will be served at about 2.00pm.

Family flowers only please; if you wish to pay your respects with a donation please visit


We are collecting for the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust Charitable Fund because of the speed, professionalism and commitment of the paramedics who attended.

Parking in Daventry is free but there are time restrictions, a link to a printable map can be found here https://www.daventrydc.gov.uk/living/parking/

There is a footpath, called Little Lane, from New Street through to Church Walk giving easy access from Tesco car park.

The Crossroads has a hotel attached, 01327 340354, more details at https://www.greenekinginns.co.uk/hotels/the-crossroads-hotel/

Please feel able to pass this information on to anyone who knew Michael.


Jean, David and Peter

March 13, 2019
Daventry Over 60 Pairs team narrowly beaten

The Daventry IBC Over 60 Pairs team of Tony Dicks and Mick Worthington went down 18-17 to a Bromsgrove Pair of Peter Bryan and Graham Arnold in the Area Final at Rugby Thornfield on Tuesday evening.

3-3 after the opening three ends, the Bromsgrove pair took a decisive 11-3 lead after seven ends mainly due to inspired bowling by Peter Bryan. The next seven ends saw Bromsgrove score six shots as against four shots to Daventry to leave the score 17-7 with three ends to play. The prospects for the Daventry pair looked bleak at that stage but Tony and Mick scored five shots on the sixteenth end quickly followed by four shots in the penultimate end to set the game up for an exciting climax. They scored one on the final end to tie the scores at 17-17.

The final end was a tense affair before a superb draw by the Bromsgrove skip, Graham Arnold, saw them through to the National Finals in Nottingham.

March 12, 2019
Juniors Single’s Competition

On Saturday 9 March we held a knockout singles competition for our juniors in which we had seven entrants.

It was a very close contest with Lucy and Caitlin in the final, both playing very well with Lucy winning.

It was a very enjoyable contest with lots of support from family members.


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