September, 2020 | Volume 4, Number 10



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The Season That Was

Wayne Daley, Editor

As much as we may not want to admit it, the lawn bowling season for the year 2020 is drawing to a close. Maybe that is not such a bad thing after all.

For many of us, myself included, there were no opportunities to bowl this summer and that was a shame. However, there were many others who did get out to bowl, carefully following the protocols laid down by Bowls Canada Bowlingrin and OLBA. For them I have a 'WELL DONE'.

Dave Burrows, a member of the OLBA Board, nailed it the other day when he said "I think congratulations seem to be in order. I have not heard of a single case of Covid transmission at a lawn bowling club this season. Whatever we are doing seems to be working.".  In my view, his congradulatory note belongs not only to the OLBA Board members but to every bowler in the province. We followed the protocols and stayed safe. More to the point, we kept those around us safe as well.

However, now is not the time to let our guards down. We are not yet in the pre-pandemic days. Perhaps we never will be.  We must continue to follow the rules which have worked so well through the summer. Maintain a social distance; wear a mask when you must be close to others; wash your hands frequently.

Now is the time when we would normally start thinking of short mat bowling and indoor bowling.There may be opportunities to do precisely that depending on the provincially imposded regulations. In this case we will, of necesssity be in-doors; the flu season will be upon us; and, that covid-19 virus may be hiding in someone's cold sneeze. We must continue to be careful.  Sure, let's get out the bowl while the snow flies around outside. But let's not let our guard dow. Let's stay healthy and let's be safe. 

Perhaps now is the time to start thinking of the 2021 season. I'm sure we all hope it is a better season than the one we've just been through. With that in mind I think every club should be starting preparations now for that eventuality.

It is now time to start making plans for next year. The first thing to consider is to prepare the greens to be put away for the winter. You know the routine and you know what needs to be done. For some clubs it is time to do aerating and applying a top dressing. for others it is time to lay down a plastic covering to protect the grass from freezing rain. Of course, there is also a need to shut the water off and to drain the pipes and prepare the water appliances for winter. You will want to avoid any breakages in pipes or appliances inside or outside the club.

The second thing to consider is the club membership. As we know, lawn bowling is not just a sport. It is a social sport. I'm sure club members will want to get together in the winter months as well as the summer. So clubs may think about gatherings to go to a restaurant, or by go to a bowling alley, or to play cards. All of this provided the coronavirus leaves us along.

All in all, may I say, congratulatons on staying safe and healthy during this very difficult season. Let;s all hope the next season is better.



From Steve Schuknecht's Dest at Bowls Canada Bowlingrin:

Championship Provincial Dates for 2021

"Here are the proposed Championship Provincial Dates for 2021.

The dates basically remain the same, just changing to the 2021 calendar with the exception of the Nivice Mixed Combo 4's

The committee felt that it was necessary to change the Novice Event from the middle of June to the beginning of July. We felt for to be a success we had to offer it eh best possibility for success. To host it inthe middle of June, some clubs are barely open and to work with the Novices, it requires a bit mor time for them to be prepared for higher competition. So we moved it to the first weekend in July - which is also the same time as the Provincial Youth. After discussion, we didn't feel that there would be many Youth entering the Combo 4's. We could be wrong with this decision, but we thought we would try it for one year and see if there are any Youth who really wanted to enter the Combo 4's.

With all the Events that OLBA has, there are not too many free weekends to play with.  That was another reason we thought to give this a try.

I will be bringing these dates onto the AGENDA for the September Board for your approval. And for the October Board Meeting. I should have the Venues available for approval as well.

  • Open 4's     - June 12,13, (14 if needed)
  • Open Pairs  - June 26, 27 (28  if necessary
  • Prov. Youth  - July 3, 4.
  • Dist. Novice Mixed Combo 4's  - July 3, 4.
  • Open Simgles  - Muly 10,11 (12, if necessary)
  • Dist. Mixed Pairs  - July 24, 25.
  • Prov. Mixed Pairs  - Aug. 7, 8.
  • National Youth  - August ? (BCB Decision)
  • Dist. Seniors  - Aug 10, 11.
  • Prov Novice Mixed Combo 4's  - Aug. 14,15.
  • Dist. Triples  - Aug. 21, 22.
  • Prov. Seniors  - Aug 24, 25.
  • Dist. Novice Singles  - Aug 28, 29
  • Prov. Triples  - Sept. 11, 12.
  • Prov. Novice Singles  - Sept 18, 19.
  • Indoor  - Sept 25, 26.

Lawn Bowls in Northern Ontario

For years I have had the mistaken opinion that lawn bowling was unknown in Northern Ontario. Dave Burrows has kindly disabused me of that notion. He has, from his files, pulled out a summary of the history of lawn bowling in that region of the province. I think it is very impressive.  W Daley, editor.

From the desk of Dave Burrows. 

Lawn Bowling in Northern Ontario began at the same time as tourism around the various cottage resorts, camps and houses. These locations offered bathing, fishing, hunting, boating, tennis, and lawn bowls. Northern Ontario communities also embraced the sport after 1900.

1885 – Beaumaris Hotel, Lake of Bays – became the first Northern Ontario hotel that offered lawn bowling in Muskoka.

1887 – Windemere House, Lake Rosseau was built, and added lawn bowling, tennis and croquet as early as the 1890’s to its 220 guests at a cost of $1.50 along with special rates for families

1900 – Elgin House, Lake Joseph opened its doors that year. At some point the resort offered its guests lawn bowls. Elgin House went bankrupt in 1991 and is now the prestigious Lake Joseph Club Resort. In 1905, Elgin House & Prospect House held a bowls tournament.

1908 – The Wa Wa Hotel on Lake of Bays built bowling greens as amenities. The Wawa Hotel burnt entirely to the ground one day in 1923.

1912 – The Kenora YMCA was built by the CPR and then turned over to the YMCA.. The building could house 65 men and had a restaurant, billiard room, reading & writing room, two lanes of bowling, gym area for boxing, washrooms and showers. Outside there was an area for lawn bowling as well as tennis courts.

The Waverley Park L.B.C. shared space with the Cricket Club. They constructed a shelter on the property in 1916 and was active into the 1920s and 30s.

1919 – Paignton House on Lake Rosseau expanded to include tennis courts and lawn bowling for its 100+ guests. The other resorts at that time that included bowls were the Monteith House on Lake Rosseau and Rostrevor Resort on Lake Rosseau. The Rostrevor Resort even brought in Lawn Bowling Champions to teach the guests how to play the game.

1920 – Bigwin Inn is built on Bigwin Island and soon offered Lawn Bowls to its guests through the 1930’s.

1922 – Haileybury L.B.C. is formed. This club was one of the earliest lawn bowling clubs formed in Northern Ontario and was part of District 13 in 1938.

1925 - Port Arthur Collegiate Institute provided Lawn Bowling on it’s grounds

1927 – Kapuskasing Lawn Bowling Club was established in Riverside Park along with tennis courts, and rockery in front of the “Kap” Inn. Lawn Bowling is still listed on the Kapuskasing Athletics website, but has not been a member of the O.L.B.A. for a long time.

About 1930 – Thessalon L.B.C. begins in District 13 within Northern Ontario. The bowling club was situated near Government Road and Federation Street, and was popular up into the 1950’s

1931 – Fort Frances was a member of the Manitoba Lawn Bowls Association about this time.

1934 – Timmins – St. Matthews L.B.C. is formed in Northern Ontario, and likely became the Timmins L.B.C. sometime before 1938 in District 13. Construction of greens began May 10, 1934

1934 – By this year, Sault St. Marie had both a curling club and a lawn bowling green and were members of the OLBA in 1938. In 2017 the Sault still provided carpet bowling.

So, what became of lawn bowling in Northern Ontario in the latter half of the 20th Century? Perhaps the demise of the sport was the distance between clubs and there for the lack of opportunity for inter-club competitions. Perhaps it was the winters that are long, cold and snowy. Perhaps it was the fact that resorts which formed the base of Lawn Bowling in the area, have declined in popularity as the 20th Century drew to a close. Whatever the reason, the result is an unfortunate reality. 



New Horizon Grant Program

(Deadline Approaching!)

From the desk of Gary Oswald, Executive Director

Could your club use $25,000 for several years in a row to suport membership recruitment, greens improvement, renovations and other projects??

The federal New Horiizon grant program has supported activities at lawn bowling clubs since the 1970's. Your club can use it to improve facilites, recruit members and revitalize your club. The deadline for 2020 applications is October 20.

The following is a sample of a successful lawn bowling club application:!AuJguHh-xjJZke1izoKEwtk9xonFsg

To read the files in this link you will need Adobe Acrobat DC or Foxit Reader.

The following link offers details about the program:

The following link will take you to the applications guide:

The OLBA can help you with your club's application in the following ways:

  1. Provide generic New Horizons grants templates that yo can edit.
  2. A video on how to apply.
  3. A database of successful applications that you can consult.
  4. Assistance in creating and reviewing your application before submission.
  5. Assistance in dealing with government questions on your grant application.
  6. Assistance in dealing with the paperwork associated with administering the grant.

So, why not get on with it and provide some financial assistance for your club.


Twelve Surplus Flood Lights for Sale


The Milton lawn bowling club has received a grant to upgrade the lighting to improve coverage at their club. The current lights will be dismantled during early October 2020. These lights are being offered as is and where is. The lights are ideal for small sports field or for a parking lot illumination.

Four lights are 1,000W halides. They were purchased in 2003 and used 6 hours a week for 15 weeks annually. Their 17 years use represents about 1,500 hours each.

Eight lights are Sportslighters of 375 W. These lights were puchased in 2004 at a cost of $400.00 each. The lights have a 540 hours of lifetime use each.

The Milton club is asking $100 each or a total of $1,200 or nearest offer.

For further information contact Den Armstrong at


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