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Posted by Peter Yates on March 2, 2020 at 4:15 AM Comments comments (0)

It was another solid home win for Erdington Court at the week end. This time they beat Tamworth at the Court's Bowling Green Close arena by 74:54. Erdington's stars of the day were an all female squad led by Ruth Acum from Great Barr. Together with team mates Mary Webster- Walmley, Joan Garner -  Sutton Coldfield and Pam Ellis - Streetly  they won 24:7.

The Court's pair in the Warwickshire Champion of Champions- also held at home,pulled out all the stops, to beat Birmingham by a stonking by 23:1 and reach the finals of the competition. The Court pair were Mark Ireland from Hodge Hill and Paul Vaughan from Sutton Coldfield and the Birmingham pair, James Heesam and Tony Hill.


This week end sees the final of the Club's 3 week Sandy Powell competition sponsored by Jarrod Morgan Financial Planning of Lichfield. The 4 winners will get afternoon tea at the Ramada Hotel for themselves and a guest - and competition is getting fierce.


Posted by Peter Yates on February 16, 2020 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)


A 4 man squad from Erdington Court formed part of a Warwickshire team that beat Oxfordshire Indoor County Bowls Association 117:127 at Oxford. The Court squad consisted of Alan Bowen - Aldridge, Neil Ballinger New Oscott, John Green from Stechford and Ray Woods from Pype Hayes.


Posted by Peter Yates on December 15, 2019 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)


Not only did 'Strictly' reach a climactic final on Saturday, but Erdington Court's 3 week competition organised by Peter and Terry Yates from Sutton Coldfield also produced 4 winners!


The 'Road To Santa' sponsored by Star Cars and Coaches of the Yenton - who have more than 250 private hire drivers, involved over 30 Court Club players, with Star donating a large number of prizes.


The Cup for the winners was presented by Garry Kilday Marketing Manager for Star and colleague Zomir Miah - one of their drivers.


Meanwhile a Court 4 man squad played mid week for the Warwickshire County President Paul Brown against Birmingham Indoor Bowls Club - and were one of only two winning rinks. The squad consisted of Tom Collier - Sutton Coldfield on his first outing for Warks, Alan Bowen - Aldridge, Ray Woods - Pype Hayes and skip Neil Ballinger from New Oscott.


Erdington Court welcomes new members of all abilities and offers free coaching. The 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 [email protected]




Posted by Peter Yates on November 26, 2019 at 4:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Erdington Court kicked off their Warwick Trophy campaign with an away win at City of Birmingham Indoor Bowls Club.


Led by John Pritchard from Sutton Coldfield and Phil Bond from Hurley in Warks, they won on both rinks, albeit by narrow margins.


The overall score was 44:48 however which meant that they took a maximum 7 points. Their next match is at home to Coventry on the 8th December.


Back at their Bowling Green Close arena, football was in the air as 24 men and women Club players battled it out - representing Midland Clubs in one of the series of themed events, organised this time by David Ballantyne. In what may be an omen of things to come in the real Premier League, the team representing Leicester took the title - led coincidentally by life time Leicester supporter Peter Yates of Sutton Coldfield. Unlike football, bowls is a truly mixed sport and his fellow players were Shirley Watts and Doreen Cresswell, also of Sutton. Together, they beat the 'Wolves' team 28:7.


Next week, the prestigious 3 week 'Road to Santa' begins - sponsored for the second year by Star Cars of the Yenton and featuring over 30 players.


Erdington Court welcomes new members of all abilities and offers a 4 week free coaching course. They can be contacted on 07967 686230. You can also visit their web site at and folow then on Facebook: Erdington Court Bowls Club and on Twitter:@bowlsflat.


Posted by Peter Yates on August 26, 2019 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)


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 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 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 [email protected]


Posted by Peter Yates on October 31, 2018 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

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Star Cars and Coaches - Kind sponsor of Erdington Court Bowls Club.


Call Gear on Freephone: 0800 622 6611

In Out Shake it all about

Posted by Peter Yates on October 7, 2018 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

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 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,.