A Brief History
The English Bowling Federation was formed in 1945, although the grass roots of the Federation may well be traced back some 53 years earlier to the North-East of England, at which time the Northumberland and Durham Bowling Association was formed when four Newcastle Public Park Clubs formed an alliance adapting rules which differed from the stronger and more popular EBA.
News of the "breakaway" spread to the East Midlands, and the less stringent 'Laws of the Game' with regard to the condition of bowling greens - the use of ditches and banks was not compulsory - in effect any reasonable grassed and level area was considered suitable - and this, as well as a flexibility in hours of play was a boon to a work force then working much longer hours than is the case today.
In 1925 Lincolnshire formed an Association, and in Norfolk the game caught on with many public houses providing greens, rather as the Crown Green code had done some thirty or more years earlier, and in 1926 Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Norfolk formed the Midland and East Anglian Bowling Association, and it can reasonably be assumed that from this union the EBF of today was fathered.
Interest spread and in 1929 Northamptonshire, Derbyshire and Suffolk came into the fold to be followed by first Durham and then, in 1936, by their northern neighbours Northumberland. In 1945 this amalgamation of Counties took the title by which today’s English Bowling Federation is instantly recognisable.
The English Women's Bowling Federation came into being in 1957 and the "Twins" enjoy the unique distinction of remaining separate units but with one governing body. There are now Thirteen Counties in membership - of both EBF and EWBF - running down the Eastern side of England and stretching from Northumberland down to North Essex. Those Counties are; Cleveland, Derbyshire, Durham, Humberside, Huntingdonshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, North Cambridgeshire, North Essex, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire and Suffolk.
The Federations are also unique in bowls in that they hold dual Championship Weeks when Men’s and Women's Finals are held side by side.
The Outdoor Finals are played in August at Skegness and consist of ten Men’s, ten Ladies' and four Mixed events; in addition there are two Men’s, two Mixed and two Ladies Team Events which are played between the Northern and Southern section winners; 2006 was the Federations 50th successive visit to the popular Lincolnshire resort and with more than 15,000 competitors entering the 'Nationals' yearly, the affairs of the joint bodies are healthy indeed.
On the Indoor scene there isn't the same level of participation, mainly because of the shortage of Indoor green space. The competitions consist of a 4-Bowl Singles, a 2-Bowl Pairs and 2 Bowl Rinks (3 players) events for both the EBF and EWBF and a mixed two-bowl pairs, two bowl rinks and an Under 25’s Open Singles (for players of either sex) events which are played by the winners of each participating county. There are two EBF team events on the Indoor scene, one for County Executives; there is also a EWBF Executive team event which is played on a round robin basis. To ease travelling during the winter months, the Counties men’s teams are split into North and South Sections, with each Section winner playing for the National Title at Newark.
In addition the Victor Ludorum Trophy (for Men) and Victrix Ludorum Trophy (for Women) goes to the County with the highest points total from the Finals (Individual and Team) with 2 points for a win and 1 for a runner-up spot.
The ever-popular prelude to Finals Week at Skegness is the Reg Jackson Memorial 'Open Rinks' Tournament played over the first weekend of the Championships by a maximum of 144 rinks playing to a 'Round Robin' format in four sections.
The EBF and EWBF join forces each Spring for their Annual Tour and in a hectic week there are no fewer than six trophies to be competed for.
The winners of the Men's Rinks receive the Stoddard Trophy and the Runners-up take the Oliver Trophy.
The winners of the Ladies Rinks win the Howard Trophy with the second-placed team winning the Pendleton Trophy.
The Mixed Pairs - an integral part of Federation Bowling - is played for the Ina Thomas Trophy with the runners-up winning the Langham Trophy.
|2b Singles||21 Shots||Proctor Cup|
|4b Singles||21 Shots||Lincolnshire Cup|
|U25 Singles||21 Shots||Jim Pratt Trophy|
|Veterans Singles||21 Shots||Ludlam Trophy|
|Champion of Champions||21 Shots||Suffolk Trophy|
|Secretaries Cup||21 Shots||Jim Dunn Trophy|
|Pairs 2b||21 Ends||Gratton Trophy|
|Open U25 Pairs 2b||21 Ends||John Woollard Trophy|
|Senior Pairs 2b||21 Ends||Norfolk Cup|
|Mixed Senior Pairs 2b||21 Ends||Past Presidents Cup|
|Mixed Pairs 2b||21 ends||Ludlam Trophy|
|2b Rinks||21 ends||Stoddard Trophy|
|Mixed Rinks 2b||21 ends||Marie Denny Trophy|
|3b Rinks||18 ends||Frank Holmes Shield|
|2b Singles||21 Shots||Paul Howard Trophy|
|4b Singles||21 Shots||Wyland Trophy|
|U25 Singles 2b||21 shots||Hilda Carver Trophy|
|Senior Singles 2b||21 shots||Anne Saint Trophy|
|Secretaries Singles 2b||21 shots||Ivy Younger Trophy|
|Champion of Champions 2b||21 shots||Freda Wiles Trophy|
|Pairs 2b||21 ends||Alice Rice Trophy|
|Senior Pairs 2b||21 Ends||Suffolk Punch|
|2b Rinks||21 Ends||G.W. Jones Trophy|
|3b Rinks||18 ends||Shepperson & Brown Trophy|
|EBF TEAM EVENTS|
|Adams Trophy (Six Rinks)||31 Ends|
|Newton Trophy (Six Rinks)||31 Ends|
|Reg Wright U25s (Four Rinks)||31 Ends|
|Durham Centenary Trophy (Four Rinks)||25 Ends|
|EWBF TEAM EVENTS|
|Donald Steward Trophy (Six Rinks)||25 Ends|
|Silver Jubilee Vase (Six Rinks)||25 Ends|
|4b Singles||21 Shots||Federation Plate|
|4b Senior Singles||21 Shots||Northamptonshire Trophy|
|Pairs 2b||21 Ends||Fred Fossitt Trophy|
|Mixed Pairs 2b||21 Ends||Northumberland Trophy|
|Rinks 2b||21 Ends||Jubilee Trophy|
|Mixed Rinks 2b||21 Ends||Jim Thomson Trophy|
|Under 25's Open Singles 2b||21 Shots||The Colleen & John Gooch Trophy|
|4b Singles||21 Shots||Leah Harrison Challenge Bowl|
|4b Senior Singles||21 Shots||Rushbrook Bowl|
|Pairs 2b||21 Ends||Joan Robinson Rose Bowl|
|Rinks 2b||21 Ends||Lincolnshire Women's Bowling Association Challenge Bowl|
|EBF TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP|
|Six Rinks 2b||25 Ends||Derbyshire Trophy|
|EBF TEAM NON-CHAMPIONSHIP|
|2 Rinks 2b||Eversley Trophy|
|EWBF TEAM NON-CHAMPIONSHIP|
|2 Rinks 2b||Harry Carver Trophy|