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25th July 2016

Anna Coulson

Anna Coulson

It is with regret that the death of Anna Coulson, who passed away suddenly on Sunday 10th July 2016, is announced.

Anna was a very good bowler both indoors for the Durham Indoor Club and particularly outdoors for King George V Bowling Club and Durham County for whom she was a regular skip and was County President in 2003.

Latterly,when she gave up outdoors she continued as a valued skip and selector for her indoor club team as well as playing in club leagues and knockouts.

Her funeral will be held at Durham Crematorium at 11.30am on Tuesday 26th July 2016.

20th July 2016.

Mike Goodyear, Chairman

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Mike Goodyear became Chairman following the retirement of John Muirhead at the Board Meeting held on 7th July 2016

Increased responsibilities start with immediate effect although Mike will not become Director of Bowling as this position has been abolished.

Both Mike and his wife Marian who is Vice-President, are regular and keen bowlers.

15th July 2016.

John Muirhead retires from Board

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John Muirhead, Chairman of the Board of Directors retired on 7th July 2016.

Due to poor health he has found it increasingly difficult to attend regularly at the club and carry out his many duties which include Director of Bowling.

John has been a member of the Board for eight years and Chairman for last five.

10th July 2016.

New Bench Seating

Improvements to the club are continuing (see image). Panelling and bench seating have been installed alongside rink 8.

New Bench Seating

The changes include new notice boards.

In addition 60 new lockers have been installed in the Gents and Ladies Changing Rooms to meet demand from new members.

Lockers can be hired for £5.00 pa.

5th June 2016

Triples Competition: Sunday 16th October 2016

3-2-1 Tournament Open to Club Members

The Club will be kicking off the 2016-17 Season with the introduction of an innovative new format for a competition.

3-2-1 will comprise of up to 16 teams of 3 players playing with 3 bowls each. There will be four rounds which will be: Triples, Pairs, Singles and a final Triples. Each player will take part in 3 rounds.

Start time is 9.50am finishing about 4.00pm. The Triples and Pairs matches are 70 mins and the Singles 60mins. Cost per team is £15.00.

Prize money is dependent on the number of entries. With the minimum of 8 teams first prize is £90.00, second £45.00 and with a maximum of 16 teams prize money is 1st £150.00, 2nd £60.00, 3rd £30.00 and 4th £15.00.

Food and refreshments will be available throughout the day.

Entry forms are available from the office and cheques should be made payable to Durham IBC 'see separate page

6th May 2016

Summer Season Starts

Durham Indoor's Summer Season has kicked off with the start of new leagues and extended opening hours to cater for a growing membership.

Yesterday the first matches in the new Open Pairs League were played.

4th May 2016

What's Next?

The following improvements are in the pipeline:

1. 60 additional lockers which will be sited in male and female changing rooms

2. Further new style bench seating and panelling will be installed at end of rink 8 to mirror layout at end of rink 1

27th April 2016

Presentation Evening

The culmination of the Winter Indoor Season was reached last night with the awarding of trophies and cash prizes for the winners and runners-up of the many knockout competitions and leagues

It was also a time to say farewell to long serving Club Manager, Lynne Tipping, who was presented with an inscribed whisky decanter.

See images of some of the winners

29th April 2016

What's Next?

The following improvements are in the pipeline:

1. 60 additional lockers which will be sited in male and female changing rooms

2. Further new style bench seating and panelling will be installed at end of rink 8 to mirror layout at end of rink 1

27th April 2016

Summer Bowling Programme & Opening Hours

Click here for download of details

27th April 2016

Presentation Night

The presentation of trophies and prizes to winners of leagues and knockout competitions will be made on Friday 29th April 2016 in the Lounge starting at 7.30 for 8.00pm.

Pie and peas supper. Tickets £2.00 from offfice.

27th April 2016

County Champion of Champions

Congratulation to Steve Krimpen who Steve Krimpenhas won the 2016 Durham County Champion of Champions Seniors Singles Title.

Steve qualified for the Competition from his previous club Park View (Chester le Street).

After a bye in Round 1 he beat C Bowden (Spennymoor), in Round 2. In the Semi-Final he overcame Bob Graham from Gateshead.

In the Final he met last year's winner Bill Bell from Stanley who was favourite to win in most peoples books but Steve played well sticking with his drawing game to win and take the County Title.

6th April 2016

Grand Slam Success for Anne Bernard

Keith Minnis

It's been a great year for Anne Bernard in the Club Knockouts.

She has achieved a rare distinction in the Ladies Competitions by winning all four titles.

As an lndividual in the Singles, with her partner in the Pairs, and with her teams in the Triples and Fours. No one can remember it happening before at Durham Indoor so it could be a first.

In the Singles Final Anne met Arlene Stafford who took an early lead but Anne recovered and finished more strongly to win the Ladies Title.

6th April 2016

Club Champion Singles - Keith Minnis

Keith Minnis

The Club Championship took place last night in front of a full house of members who had eagerly anticipated this clash between arguable two of the best singles bowlers in the Club. Keith Minnis, the reigning champion, and Bill Routledge who was looking to add this title to the Mens Singles and Vets Singles Championships he had already won.

No one, except perhaps the loser, was disappointed. It was a close and exciting match with the lead changing end by end. The standard was very high and the audience was treated to a match of the highest quality.

With the scores standing at 19 - 18 in favour of Routledge, Minnis picked up a three to win the match and retain his title.

19th March 2016

Knockout Singles Finals

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Two Knockout Singles Finals were played this morning.

In the new Veterans Plate Singles Competitiona Larry O'Brien took the title with a 21-17 win against Colin Watson.

The Mens Singles featured Bill Routledge and Jimmy Taylor. Routledge made the better start opening a good lead with Taylor always playing catch-up. With Routledge on the brink of victory Taylor took charge and narrowed the gap to 16-20. However Routledge picked-up the required single to take the Mens Singles title(see image).

19th March 2016

New Bench Seating

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Workmen were in the club today to install new bench seating (see image).

These will be sited in front of the lounge, bar area and trophy cabinet.

As well as improving the appearance of the green surround the benches are comfortable and will help keep that part tidy and easy to clean as there is no provision for storing bags and coats.

However, there are coats stands, changing rooms and a locker can be rented for £5.00pa.

3rd March 2016

EIBA National Championships, Regional Finals
13th March 2016, starting at 10.00am

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Durham has been chosen to host the Regional Finals stage of the National Championships Mens Triples Competition on Sunday 13th March 2016..

The club will open early for a start time of 10.00am for these matches - quarter and sem finals.

On the same day Durham will be playing Houghton in the County Inter-Club League Division B although this is due to start later at 2.00pm.

Aero Day Bowls Match


The Aero Bowls Day was a popular success with a lot of interest from members and a large number of visitors. These were active around the Bolt Bowls merchandise stalls and in particular the 3 rinks set aside for people to try out Aero Bowls where Alex Marshall, MBE, was on hand to give advice and assistance. These were continuously busy throughout the afternoon

Later in the day a bowls match was played. It was on a three sets basis with Keith Minnis and George Alderson taking on the 6 times World Champion. There was no need for a tie-break set to decide the winner. Marshall gave a marvellous exhibition of precision bowling to the delight of many spectators.

23rd February 2016

Aero Experience Day & Bolt Bowls Roadshow
Tues 23rd Feb 2016, 12-6.00pm

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Alex Marshall MBE & Paul Foster MBE will be hosting this event. It is an opportunity to gain valuable advice from the combined 10 times World Champions as well as a chance to try out numerous sets of Aero Bowls.

Bolt Bowls with England International, David Bolt, will be supporting the show with an extensive range of bowls products to view or purchase.

Everyone will be welcome. There will also be opportunity for two bowlers to play a short match with Alex & Paul.

Refreshments together with a well stocked bar will be available throughout the day. Any member interested in playing with Alex or Paul should submit their name to Reception. A draw will be made on the day to decide the two winners.

9th February 2016

Club Knockout Singles - Marker's Duties

Marking a Singles match is a responsibility and a marker should be familiar with these duties beforehand. All of them are listed on a download available below.

Don't forget you will also require the following equipment: measure, chalk, wedges, pen or pencil and, ideally but not essential, a set of calipers.

Marker's Duties

27th January 2016

Graham Wilkinson Competition Results

There was a big turnout today for the Graham Wilkinson Drawn Pairs Competition with 24 teams taking part.


Winners: Bill Routledge and John Quigley 8pts and 39 shots

Runners-Up: Jim Burnip and Ray Scanlon 8pts and 36 shots

Third Place: Rob Murray and Ray Knights 7pts and Fourth: Ron Dixon and Tracey Barkess 6pts

17th January 2016

Graham Wilkinson Drawn Pairs Competitions

Peter Wilkinson

The eagerly awaited annnual Graham Wilkinson Drawn Pairs competition will be held on Sunday, 17th Jan 2016 starting at 9.30am.

The event can accommodate up to 64 entries and it will be organised and run by Peter Wilkinson (right) in memory of his father who was one of the founder members of the Durham Indoor club. It is open to club members and an entry sheet is attached to the club notice board.

The format is a round robin with each team playing a guaranteed 4 matches with 2 points for a win. Top places and cash prizes will be decided firstly on total points and if tied the decision will be made on total shots.

4th January 2016

Club Knockout Competitions

Now that things are getting back to normal there are a lot of knockout matches which have to be arranged and completed on or before 15th January 2016.

2nd January 2016

Denny Plate v Copeland

The Club's involvement in this year's competition came to an end at Eden IBC (Penrith) when, in this third round contest, they were beaten 82-74 by a competitive side from Copeland IBC (Cumbria).

This wasn't the only excitement for the Durham team as their mini coach got stuck on its return journey, because of heavy snow, on the infamous A66 road across the Pennines. The arrival of a snow plough enabled the driver to cross lanes and return home via Penrith, M6 and A69.

7th December 2015

Denny Plate

The next match is on Saturday, 12th December against Copeland from Cleaton Moor, Cumbria. The game will be played on a neutral green at Eden IBC, Penrith starting at 10am. The club is providing a mini-bus for players who should be at the club by 7.15am. Unfortunately it is only a 16 seater so there is no room for supporters.

6th December 2015

Denny Plate

The club's men have continued to maintain their interest in the Denny Plate.

Last Saturday they beat a strongly fancied team from North Shields in a close match. The score was Durham 81, The Parks 79. This followed a first round win 84 - 73 against Gateshead.

In the next match in the third round on 12th December the opponents are Copeland from Cleaton Moor, Cumbria. Because of the distance between both clubs the National Competition 100 mile rule will apply and it will be played with all four rinks together at a venue as near mid-way between both clubs as possible. So probably either Cumbria IBC or Eden IBC.

29th November 2015

Yetton Trophy

Durham Ladies just missed out on reaching the quarter-finals today against South Shields losing by only 3 shots 79-82 in this third round tie.

This followed successes against The Parks 91-61 in the first round and in the second a win of 78-73 against West Denton.

21st November 2015

Denny Cup

Durham's interest in the Denny Cup ended today after losing 67-77 against Houghton.

However, as a first round losing team the Club will now compete for the Denny Plate. Its opponents are Gateshead and the match will be played on Sat 14th Nov, 10am start.

31st October 2015

Durham v Durham County Ladies

As a warm up match for their Inter-County Season Durham County Womens IBA has arranged a match against Durham Club.

It will be played on Sunday 1st Nov 2015 starting at 2pm and will be 8 rinks of four players.

A number of the 'visitors' are members of the home club..

23rd October 2015

England v Scotland International Test Match

England are to play Scotland in a Women's International Test Match at Stanley Indoor Bowls Centre on Saturday 31st October and Sunday 1st November 2015

The format of the Co-operative Funeralcare Test Matches will be sets play with 2 Triples and 3 Pairs on the first day and 6 Singles on Sunday

Top bowlers from both countries will be taking part. Tickets for both days are available at £5.00 each from Stanley IBC.

Starting time is 10am.

23rd October 2015

Durham County Vice Presidents Visit

Sunday 18th Oct 2015 sees the return of the County VPs team to play club members in a 'friendly' match.

There has been a lot of interest from members to take part in this annual fixture which will fill all eight rinks.

Starting time is 2pm.

16th October 2015

Saturday Afternoon

Vets B Champions 2015

The popularity of the Saturday afternoon Spoons continues to grow with regular attendances of well in excess of 50. Today there were 58 bowlers taking part.

4th Sept 2015

Club Leagues Fixtures

Fixture lists for all Club Leagues are available for team captains to collect from the club office.

1st Sept 2015

Winter Opening

From Tuesday 1st September Winter Opening times will start.

1st Sept 2015

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.

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