Durham Hosts County Match

Durham County Seniors representative team played Yorkshire today in a match for the John Dodsworth Cup. It was a big spectacle with six rinks of fours and the other two rinks of triples were used for County Trials. There were lots of interested spectators and officials. The result was a win for Durham 134-99.

But Durham Indoor was also a winner with many plaudits for the club's facilities and the catering side which provided a cooked meal for 75 afterwards

9th Oct 2014

New Season

All the marvellous improvements were finished in time for the New Season and a grand opening involving the Lord Mayor and other local dignitaries.

Congratulations are due to John Muirhead, Ray Johnson and other members of the Board for seeing this project through. Visitors from other clubs have been making favourable comments about our facilities and our members can be proud to be part of it.

Club Leagues are now in full swing and Inter Club matches have also started. Details of these are available elsewhere on this site.

6th Oct 2014

Improvements to Bowling Hall Completed

bowling hall

A view of the Bowling Hall with all improvements finished

It looks even better in person. Paintwork has been renewed and carpets throughout have been cleaned

First to use it will be the Spoons on Sat 2nd August at 2pm

Green speed is 17.5 secs as tested by Dales Sports Services

Refurbishment 2011

Work in progress

31st July 2014

Electrical Work 4th & 5th September 2014

Major electrical works have to be carried out on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th September in order to gain a safety certificate.

The Bowling Club will be closed during the day on Thursday but, subject to progress made with the work, could together with the Bar, be open at 6.30pm. Please phone in advance for confirmation.

The Bowling Hall will be closed on Friday during the day but together with the Bar will be open from 6.30pm

All the work will be finished before the Big Bash on Saturday 6th September 2014.

Winter Season opening hours will now start on 8th September 2014.

25th August 2014

Fire outside Club

Earlier this week during the early evening vandals set fire to pallets and other waste packaging left at the side of the building by the builders

The Fire Service dealt with the blaze which caused superficial damage to the exterior.

The interior was not affected and the Club is open as normal.

10th July 2014

Bowling Arrangement with Stanley IBC

The Manager at Stanley IBC has kindly agreed to allow members from Durham IBC to bowl there, at members rates, while our green is closed.

The Stanley club is located next door to Asda at 103 Front Street, Stanley DH9 0TB

The cost is £1.60 per person hour. Please phone, 01207-236941 beforehand, to book a rink and let them know you are a Durham member.

Stanley opening times:
Monday - Friday: 9am-3pm and 7pm-9pm;
Sat: 10am-3pm.

Improvements to Bowling Hall

The club will be closed on Monday, 16th June 2014 for 6-7 weeks while work is being carried out.

The contractors will install an insulated suspended ceiling, new lighting, new carpet and underlay.

During this time there will be no access whatsoever to either the bowling green area, personal lockers or changing rooms. If anyone has property they may require during the closure period please remove it before 16th June

Management apologises for any inconvenience caused by the closure but the improvement works are necessary and will ultimately benefit all members.

Improvements to Bowling Hall

Starting the improvements is being hampered by the roof which is still not watertight despite a contractor's recent efforts. Further work has been organised.

Presentation Evening
Brian Robson Winners

The 2014 Winners of League and Knockout Competitions received their Trophies and prizes at last night's event.

Seen left is Audrey Robson presenting the Brian Robson Cup to Ann Bernard and Peter Wilkinson

The occasion was also marked by the inauguration of the new Presidential team retiring President Derek Briggs presided over the ceremony.

  • President: John Stafford
  • Senior Vice-President: Larry Miller
  • Junior Vice-President: John White

20th April 2014

Improvements to Bowling Hall

With grant monies secured, negotiations are in hand with contractors for major improvements to the Bowling Hall. The work which will be completed during the Summer is as follows.

  • Suspended ceiling
  • New Lighting system
  • New Carpet & Underlay

£50,000 Lottery Award

Durham Indoor has been awarded a grant of £50K from Sport England's "Inspired Facilities" scheme. This funding will be used to assist with the cost of new carpet and underlay, and the installation of a suspended ceiling.

The award is a big boost for the club. Thanks are due to John Muirhead and Rae Johnson who have worked hard to make it happen . The proposed improvements will be made during the Summer season.

Presentation Evening on Monday 19th May at 7.15pm


Over recent year's the presentation of prizes event has become lower and lower key and fewer have attended. That decline has been arrested this year.

The function is back to evening time with food and entertainment. All for a meagre one pound.

Female vocalist Janie McKenzie will provide the cabaret. There will be a pie and peas supper and the installation of the new Presidential Team.

The most important part will be the presentation of prizes and awards to members who have been successful in Club Leagues and the Club Knockout Competitions.

Everyone is invited to attend and help create a good and appreciative audience for the occasion

Colin Completes Knockout Singles Double

Colin Stevenson

This year's series of knockout final matches came to an end today with the Club Championship.

The two finalists were Dennis Christie and Colin Stevenson and there was a crowd of appreciative supporters to enjoy the event.

It was Colin who made the early running and despite some excellent bowling from Christie, Stevenson was able to extend his lead and finish ahead.

This win gives Colin the Club Championship to add to the Mens Singles title he won at the start of these KO Finals.

Thurs 3rd April 2014

Knockout Finals Timetable

The schedule for all knockout final matches has been completed and details are available click here

County Champion of Champions Successes

Congratulations to Gerry Payne, John Stafford and Rae Johnson who have qualifief for the County Champion of Champions Vets Triples Final against a team skipped by Dave Barron from Gt Aycliffe.

Similar good wishes to Brian Slinn, Paul Heath, George Alderson & Peter Wilkinson who have qualified for the Vets Fours Final where they will meet Keith Dunning & Co from Gt Aycliffe.

Both matches will be played at Darlington IBC on Thurs 13th March, starting at 12.30pm.

Durham Quartet win Open Mixed Fours Event

Competition Winners

There was success this weekend for Sandra Hind, John Deller, Ronnie Dixon and Anne Bernard who won the Bill Potts Memorial Competition at Gt Aycliffe. Winning six out of seven matches over the two days gave them clear victory, the Trophy and a cash prize. The Trophy will be on display at Durham Indoor.

15th Feb 2014

Durham Ladies Book a Place in National Triples Finals

Congratulations to Sandra Hind, Arlene Stafford and Anne Bernard who beat a team from Blackpool skipped by England International Janice Gower to qualify for the EIBA National Finals. The match held at York & District was a four hour thriller finishing on 15-13. The finals will be at Melton Mowbray starting on Wed 9th April.

12th Feb 2014

British Isles International Series & Championships

2014 at Stanley IBC: Tickets Now Available

Ladies International Series: Fri 7th-Sun 9th March.

British Isles Championships: Mon 10th-Wed 12th March.

Mens International Series: Thurs 13th-Sat 15th March.

Tickets now available, click here to purchase

'Club Leagues' feature down again

The 'Club Leagues' service is presently not available due to a problem with the administrative software in the Club Office. It requires the intervention of the firm which supplied it to restore this feature.

2nd Feb 2014

Graham Wilkinson Competition

Peter Wilkinson

The eagerly awaited annnual Graham Wilkinson drawn pairs competition was held today. Thirty-two club members took part in the event which was organised and run by Peter Wilkinson (left)in memory of his father who was one of the founder members of the club.

The format is a round robin with each team playing a guaranteed 4 matches with 2 points for a win. Top places were decided on total points and shots. The Winners

The winners and runners-up are:-

First place: Joyce Payne & Joe March (pictured above);

second: Lily Barras & Colin Stevenson

third: Ernie Thompson & Mark Appleby

fourth: Ann March & Tom Adamson. 19th Jan 2014

'Club Leagues' feature has been restored

The link from the Club's adminstration management program to this website has been restored and up to date details of team lists, fixture lists and league tables are again available from the menu.

This feature is very popular and one of the most visited parts of the website. In fact it is worth mentioning there are very few indoor clubs in the country where this service is available to members online.

17th Jan 2014

Ladies Yetton Trophy

The Durham Ladies lost 101-65 to a strong Cumbria side today in this 4th round tie. It was played on a home and away basis and brought to an end a fine run of wins which took Durham as area winners of this prestigious competition to the inter-area stage played today.

11th Jan 2014

Club Knockout Competitions Rules

Competition Winners

For those members taking part in the various Club Knockout Competitions it is worth reminding you that the Competition Rules prescribe all matches MUST be played on rinks 2-7 and it is the challenger (top of draw) who chooses the rink.

At the semi-final and final stage the rink is allocated by the organising committee.

Ladies Yetton Trophy Success

With a fine win against a much fancied South Shields team Durham has earned itself a tie against Cumbria (Carlisle) on Sat 11th Jan starting at 10am.

National Inter-Club Over 60 Double Rink KO

Durham lost to Houghton on 29th Nov in a third round clash which was notable for both teams' away side winning.

National Competitions: Club Matches

The Mens' team is out of both the Denny Cup and Denny Plate following defeats at the hands of Stanley and then Sunderland in the Plate. However successes in the National Inter-Club Over 60 Double Rink against Concordia and then The Parks means Durham men still have an interest. Next opponents are Houghton in round 3.

The Ladies have also progressed in the Yetton Trophy to the third stage with a fine win aginst The Parks. Next opponents are South Shields.

Ladies Test Match: England V Scotland

The second stage of the new test series of England v Scotland matches, sponsored by The Co-operative Funeralcare will be held at Stanley IBC on 30-31st.October starting at 10am. Earlier this month it was the men now it is the ladies turn. The men lost 5-6 so we are looking for something extra from the ladies.

The match is held over 2 days. On the first day there are 2 games of 2 wood triples and 3 games of two wood pairs. These are all played on one rink where the TV cameras are placed at each end. On the second day there are 6 games of singles. The best players from the two strongest bowling countries in the world will provide top class bowling.

Both days matches will be broadcast on TV exclusively live on Premier Sports (Channel 428 on Sky) and online at www.premierplayer.tv

England ladies: Annalisa Bellamy, Ellen Falkner, Rebecca Field, Sandy Hazell, Wendy King, Sarah Seymour and Lauren Copeland. Scotland: Gaynor Blair, Caroline Brown, Michelle Cooper, Julie Forrest, Claire Johnston and Margaret Letham.

There are lots and lots of tickets which cost £5.00 for one day or £7.50 for both. These can be obtained at the club, pay on the day or online at the club's website www.stanleyibc.co.uk/

For further information visit www.eiba.co.uk/news/2013/test-matches-2013.php

Three Wood Pairs Competition Results

Competition Winners

The three wood pairs competition on Sunday 20th October 2013 was a success with a maximum entry of 16 teams .

It was played 'round robin' style in four groups with four winners going forward to a knockout conclusion.

Semi-finalists were: Arleen & John Stafford, Pat & Larry Miller, Gerry Payne & Peter Wilkinson and Brian Slinn & Bill Routledge.

The winners were Slinn & Routledge who played The Staffords in the final.

Winter League starts on Tues 9th Sept 2013

The new season starts in earnest on Tuesday, 9th September with the first club league matches. There will be a full programme of Club Leagues, KO Comps and inter-club fixtures including two vets teams. Details of all County inter-club fixtures and leagues are available here

Members Lounge

Lounge Area

The Club also has numerous other activities including Bridge, Whist, Ballroom and Line Dancing and Live Entertainment

There is a large function room with a dance floor and its own private bar which is available for meetings, conferences and other private functions. Any catering needs can be met in-house and there is CCTV supervised car parking for 52 cars.

Do you have a Corporate Event to organise and want to do something different? Why not try indoor bowls combined with a meal and bar facilities.


Durham IBC Club