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ALAN McELREA RIP
The death is announced of Alan McElrea who sadly passed away on Monday 5 January 2015. Alan (Silver End), was a regular member of the Middleton Cup team from 1979 through to the early 1990's and with  Roy Howard and the late Ernie Edwards, reached the final of the National Triples at Worthing in 1978.
The funeral service will take place on Thursday 29 January, 1pm, at Three Counties Crematorium, Halstead Road, High Garrett, Braintree CM7 5PB

JUNIOR INTERNATIONAL NOMINATIONS
Essex have nominated James Fuge (Essex County), Ryan Mann (Silver End) and Sam Moss (Falcon) for the Junior International trials

BOWLS ENGLAND MEN'S ANNUAL DINNER
The Bowls England Men's Annual Dinner and Presentation of Prizes will be held at the Hilton Hotel, Coventry, Paradise Way, Walsgrave Triangle, Coventry, CV2 2ST on Saturday 21st February 2015 at 6pm. Tickets for the Dinner are priced at 30 (33 for those who choose to have cheese and biscuits). Essex applicants should book their tickets through County Administrator Tony Ellis and notify him of menu choice.
A Bowls England bed and breakfast rate has been set for this event at 65 for a single room and 75 for a double/twin. Other hotels in the vicinity are:
Premier Inn, Coventry East M6 (Gielgud Way, Coventry, CV2 2SZ - 0871 527 8266)
The Holiday Inn, Coventry M6 (Hinckley Rd, Coventry, CV2 2HP - 0871 942 9021)
Premiere Classe, Coventry (4 Wigston Rd, Coventry, CV2 2SD - 02476 622 311)
Menu choice

MATCH PROGRAMME 2015 (Amended 22 Jan 15)
Programme

ECBA ACCOUNTS 2014
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SUTTON WINSON TROPHY 2015
Entries are now being accepted for the 2015 Sutton Winson Trophy and Plate competitions which are being held in its entirety over the weekend of Saturday 8th/Sunday 9th August 2015. All players must be aged Under 18 on 1st April 2015 and be a member of a Club affiliated to Bowls England. Entry is limited to 128 participants and will be filled on a first come, first served basis with a reserve list in placed once the 128 places are filled. As a condition of entry, all participants are required to provide a marker.
Entry form

LAWS OF THE SPORT OF BOWLS
The Laws of the Sport of Bowls - Crystal Mark (Third Edition) is now in stock and can be purchased from the Bowls England website for just 2 each (plus P&P) at: https://www.bowlsengland.com/shop/books/default/laws-of-the-sport.
For bulk orders, please call the Bowls England Office on 01926 334609.
A summary of changes to the Laws, which has been produced in consultation with the English Bowls Umpires Association, is attached for your information/interest.
Summary of changes

COUNTY LUNCHEON
The County Luncheon and Prize Presentations took place at the Stock Brook Manor County Club on Sunday 2 November 2014. The event was attended by 120+ members and guests. Senior Deputy Tom Matthews proposed the toast to Bowls England which was responded to by Bowls England Chairman David Mitchell-Gears. Suffolk Secretary, Percy Rowe, toasted the Essex CBA with the reply from President Trevor Hackett. Essex County's Alan Gane was presented with the Bill Wallis award and Honorary Life Membership certificates were presented to Colin Ellis, former Group 9 Secretary and Brian Stubbings, former Group 3 Chairman.
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WHITE HALL BC - RUNNERS UP, CLUB OF THE YEAR
White Hall BC have been named as the runners up of the Bowls England Club of the Year
As runners-up, White Hall BC will receive:
150 cash, Two sets of Drakes Pride Bowls, The D'Arcy Drayton Cup (to be kept for one year), Two Free Tickets to the Bowls England Annual Dinner & Prize Presentation, Bowls England Pennant, Framed Certificate, A match against a visiting Friends of English Bowling Team.

COMMON START TIME FOR COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Bowls England is to introduce a new ruling to regulate the start time in all county rounds leading to the National Championship Finals.
The Board of Bowls England, at its meeting on 17 September, unanimously agreed that from 2016 all County Championship rounds must be played either on weekdays in the evenings, with a start time no earlier than 6pm, or at weekends.
Bowls England Regulation 50.1.3
'All County Championships leading to National Championships shall be played either on weekdays in the evenings with a start time no earlier than 6pm or at weekends. For weekday games an earlier start time may be arranged by mutual agreement between competitors, but in the absence of mutual agreement the start time of 6pm will be adhered to.'

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