EIBA Update 15th Oct 2020


With the Government introducing a 3 tier system from 14th October 2020 to control COVID-19 the following will apply to Indoor Bowls: –


For Clubs in an area of medium risk there are no further actions required from the EIBA’s last Guidance of 26th September 2020.

Organised sport can continue to take place indoors for up to 6 people per rink.

If you have members or visitors who live in a high risk area, they are able to play but only with people from their same household / support bubble.

Club bars and restaurants are permitted to be open, but with table service only, between the hours of 5am to 10pm. Bowls can be played beyond 10pm.

Tier Two – HIGH RISK

For Clubs in an area of high risk there are changes required.

Only people from the same household / support bubble will be permitted to take part in organised indoor sport, as long as there is no interaction with other households in the club.

Club bars and restaurants can remain open between the hours of 5am to 10pm but are only allowed to have people from the same household / support bubble on a table.


For Clubs in an area of very high risk there are changes required.

Only people from the same household / support bubble will be permitted to take part in organised indoor sport, as long as there is no interaction with other households in the club.

However, individual local authorities in conjunction with the Government could agree additional interventions which may include not allowing any indoor sport to take place.

Club bars and restaurants will not be allowed to open.

To see which level of risk applies to your Club / home please use the Government’s post code tracker https://www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-local-restrictions  or https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus and then go to the “Guidance and support”/Local COVID Alert Levels” section.

Peter Thompson
Chief Executive
15th October 2020

EIBA Update 23rd Sept 2020



Following the Government’s announcement on Tuesday 22nd September 2020 advising that there will be new restrictions implemented for at least the next six months, the English Indoor Bowling Association, following a Board of Directors meeting today, wishes to advise it’s Clubs, County Associations and individual bowlers of the following.

All affiliated Indoor Bowls Clubs who have implemented COVID-19 secure protocols, based on the EIBA’s ‘Returning to Indoor Bowls’ guidance can continue to provide organised bowls sessions for members and visitors. However, from Thursday 24th September 2020 only up to 6 players per rink will be permitted. Multiple rinks in the club may be used, subject to appropriate social distancing measures, but players are not permitted to interact with the people on the next rink.

For clubs with bar and restaurant facilities, from Thursday 24th September these are only permitted to be open between the hours of 5am to 10pm with table service only. In addition. parties of up to six people are permitted per table and people are not permitted to interact with other people in the room.

The EIBA will be updating its ‘Returning to Indoor Bowls’ guidance and will re-issue over the next 24 hours.

National Competitions

With the implementation of stricter restrictions on people’s activities for the foreseeable future, the EIBA Board, whilst wanting to provide a National Competition programme, regrettably have made the following decisions:

The complete 2020-2021 National Competition programme is cancelled with immediate effect. All entries will automatically be placed into the 2021-2022 season. If any competitor does not wish for this to happen, please email email hidden; JavaScript is required  so that this can be actioned.

The 2019-2020 National Finals scheduled due to take place in November 2020 will be postponed. With the cancellation of the 2020-2021 programme the EIBA wish to stage these finals in April 2021, when hopefully the COVID-19 situation has improved in order for all outstanding finals to be concluded.

The EIBA are appreciative of the support and understanding of all Competitors, Clubs and Counties during this difficult time and trust that they can understand the decisions made.


Peter Thompson
Chief Executive

Updated 23rd September 2020

Mens County Matches / Comps Update

In response to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, the different approaches Clubs are currently taking, difficulties with travelling arrangements, and the restrictions and uncertainty that this is creating, Dorset County Indoor Bowls Association (DCIBA) has taken the following difficult but consistent decisions in respect of the 2020 / 21 Season to end March 2021 :

DCIBA will pay the annual Registration fee and Insurance to the EIBA

Clubs will collect and pay the Members sub to DCIBA

All DCIBA County Friendlies have been cancelled

DCIBA will not be entering the Liberty, Over 60’s, Under 25’s or Under 18’s Competitions

The Purbeck and 60+ League fixtures are all cancelled, these Leagues will not be held this Season

DCIBA Competitions will not be held this Season (the outstanding Finals from last Season will be organised and played when conditions are deemed suitable)


Please also note that the Wessex League organisers  have  cancelled all fixtures for the 2020 / 21 Season.


Mens County Finals 2019-20 Update

The DCIBA County Finals for 2019-20 were postponed in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

These Finals were due to take place at the Dolphin IBC alongside its own finals, which re-opened on 27th July 2020, and has agreed a date in Sept to play its own delayed Finals from 2019-20.

I have been made aware by some players, that there has been an assumption that the Mens County Finals will also take place at the same time.

I can assure you that this is NOT the case, and can confirm that none of the Mens County Finals outstanding from the 2019-21 Season, will be played in Sept 2020.

I shall continue to assess the situation, and do not intend to hold the Dorset Mens County Finals until a time that I feel the conditions are far safer, and more suitable, so that we can all feel at ease and enjoy the occasion, as well as allowing each of the finalists the opportunity to relax and bowl at their best.

This could well mean that the Finals are not played until 2021, but if that is the right thing to do, then that is what will be done.

Should anyone have any questions, or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me via email hidden; JavaScript is required

Please note that I have added another page to the website, detailing the outstanding Finals and Finalists from 2019 / 20, which can be found under the Competitions tab.  Please follow the Details link.

Everyone keep safe and well.

Peter Wenmouth

DCIBA Competition Secretary.


Ray Aldridge

It is with great sadness that we need to report the passing of Ray Aldridge on Saturday 18th July 2020.

Ray has been a stalwart of the county both Outdoors and Indoors, having been President for DCBA in 2001 and for Bowls Dorset in 2013.
He was a life member at Greenhill, and was their longest serving member, calling in there for coffee on a regular basis until recently.
Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time

EIBA Update 23rd June 2020

EIBA Update
Government’s further easing of COVID-19 Lockdown

Following the Prime Minister’s statement earlier today on the next steps of easing the lockdown I wish to advise that unfortunately Indoor Bowls, along with other Indoor Sports and Gyms, were not included in the permitted activities. Therefore, Indoor Bowls Clubs are to remain closed.

The EIBA will continue to liaise with Sport England as they work closely with the Government to ensure that Indoor sports facilities can open as soon as possible.

In addition, we will be studying the Government’s guidance, when published, relating to the new social distancing of 1 metre plus, so that we can update our ‘Returning to Indoor Bowls’ document in order for Clubs to continue making appropriate preparations for when the sport can re-commence.

As soon as we have further information in these matters, we will update our affiliated Clubs and County Associations.

Yours sincerely

Peter Thompson
Chief Executive

Updated 23rd June 2020


Mens Dorset 60+ League Fixtures 2020 / 21

The Mens Dorset 60+ League Fixtures for 2020 / 21 have been produced, and are updated on the website.

Bournemouth and Bridport B withdrew last season, space has been left should they wish to re-join.

At this time, we do not know if the matches will start as scheduled, the website will be updated with any news.


Dolphin Indoor Bowls Club Celebrates 35 Years

The Dolphin Indoor Bowls Club, have created a 35th Anniversary Booklet in celebration of its construction in March 1985, development, growth and achievements over those 35 years.

This booklet can be viewed here


clicking on the link will open the Booklet.

Well done to DIBC, a fine publication.

If any other Dorset Clubs have similar creations and would like them added to the County Website, please contact email hidden; JavaScript is required