Northamptonshire Indoor Bowling Association     

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Message from the President:


My fellow Bowlers,


I am so pleased to have the opportunity to thank you for all of the wonderful support that you have all given to me in 

my year as your President.


My special thanks go out to everyone who supported my tour to Norfolk, and also to the County Bowlers who played in the County friendly games and helped me raise the magnificent sum of £1503 for my charity, 'The Cynthia Spencer Hospice, Northampton.'


Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we were unable to play the remaining four games of the season. While this was disappointing, I had a brilliant year as your President and once again, I thank you for all of your wonderful support. 

I am sorry to say that your 2020/2021 President-elect, John Chester, is unable to take up the role due to illness. I am sure, like me, you would all like to wish John a speedy recovery and very much look forward to seeing him back with us all, fit and well.


At this time, and for the rest of the season, I will be carrying on as your President. It is unfortunate that it doesn't look like we will be playing a great deal of bowls this season, however, hopefully things will improve and we will get back to playing the game that we all love.


I very much hope that you are all safe and well, and look forward to seeing you all sometime throughout the upcoming year.


Colin Barnes
NIBA President 2020 / 21

The Latest guidance from the EIBA can be viewed here:

COUNTY TOUR 2021

As members will know, the Presidential tour to Kent and Essex this year had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. Alongside this, President-elect John Chester's health has caused him to step down from the Presidency. We all hope John's health will improve sufficiently for him to resume his bowling activities as soon as possible.


Though the forthcoming season will undoubtedly be a challenge for us all, the NIBA executive are hopeful that President-elect Peter Mellor will be able to lead a tour party to Yorkshire/Notts in 2021. Peter hopes he will have the support of many members for his tour, as has been the case with former Presidential tours in previous years.


A number of members have paid a deposit to secure their place on this year's cancelled tour. Peter hopes that most will be happy to have their deposit carried forward to next year's tour. If, for any reason, any member wishes to have their deposit refunded, they should contact Richard Somerton accordingly.


This coming season will be unlike any year in recent memory. However, the NIBA executive committee is anxious to support clubs and their members through the challenging times ahead. We want to look forward to the 2021/22 season, when we all hope something approaching a more normal amount and range of indoor bowling, at both club and county level, will be possible.


Full details including costs to follow.