Winter Leagues Start on Mon 10th September 2018

The Winter Internal Leagues programme has been finalised and will be published very shortly. The starting date is Mon 10th September 2018.

3rd Sept 2018

Top Notch Tuesdays 'Spot Prize Spoons'

Tues 28th August 2018

Entries are now being taken for the final 'Top Notch Tuesday' competition. This is 'Spot Prize Spoons.' Teams will be in Triples drawn on the night as per usual Saturday spoons. Entry is £3.00. Start time is 6.45pm.

Sign up in advance on notice board at rinkside.

6th Aug 2018

Top Notch Tuesdays '3 - 2 - 1' Tues 31st July 2018

Entries are now being taken for the third of the monthly 'Top Notch Tuesday' competitions. This one is the 3 - 2 - 1. Teams will be in Drawn Triples . Refreshments will be provided, prizes for the winners and entry is only £3.00. Start time is 6.45pm.

Sign up in advance on notice board at rinkside.

Teams play one Singles game, one Pairs game and One Triples game. Each team member plays in two of the three games


Winners: Keith Minnis, Jackie Hardy & Brian Wood (6pts winning all three matches)

R/U: Arlene Stafford, Ray Knights & Pat Mash. (4pts)

31st July 2018

Top Notch Tuesdays 'Cricket' Tues 26th June 2018

Cricket Winners

Entries are now being taken for the second of the monthly 'Top Notch Tuesday' competitions. This one is - Cricket. Teams will be in Drawn Pairs (rules will be explained on the night). Refreshments will be provided, prizes for the winners and entry is only £3.00. Start time is 6.45pm.


Winners: Gary Smith & Lawrence Armstrong (see image left); Runners-Up: Phil Smithson & Tracy Barkess

28th June 2018 updated

Turn Around Triples Result

The first of the monthly 'Top Notch Tuesday' competitions - Turn Around Triples - was played last night and was definitely a different bowling experience with each team member taking turns as skip and even bowling with their 'wrong' hand.

There were spot prizes, too. However it was competitive and the winners, after 12 ends, by one shot were John Lamb, Richard Evans and Gary Smith.

29th May 2018

Top Notch Tuesdays

There is a variety of monthly one-off competitions throughout the Summer. All of which are on Tuesday evenings at 7pm. See below.


29th May: Turn Around Triples

26th June: Cricket

31st July: 3 - 2 - 1

28th August: Spot Prize Spoons

16th May 2018

Durham County Ladies Indoor AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Durham County Ladies Indoor Bowling Association will be held at Durham Indoor club on Saturday 5th May 2018 starting at 10.30am.

2nd May 2018

Open Singles Circuit Event at Durham

Durham is to run an open singles event on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December 2018.

It will be part of The Open Singles Circuit which is a circuit of club owned and run events which is endorsed by the EIBA and supported by Potters Resort.

This competition will create a lot of local and national interest and is expected to attract a number of top names.

Open Singles Circuit

1st May 2018

Presentations Evening 2018

This year's Presentations Event was held last night with a record attendance of prize winners and supporters.

Mick Goodyear

The proceedings were fronted by Club Chairman, Mick Goodyear, who carefully ran through all the highlights of the season mentioning the achievements of individuals, teams and club teams. It has been anither successfull season.

Mike Goodyear was ably supported throughout by the President; Marion Goodyear.

At the conclusion of the awards to the winners of the Leagues and Knockout Competitions, Tony Coles was inaugurated as the new President following the retirement of Marian Goodyear who had completed 3 years of Presidential duties. She was warmly thanked by the Chairman.

Photos of some of the winners

28th April 2018

Top Ten League

Bill Routledge

Durham are the winners of the Top Ten League in its inaugural season.

Bill Routledge is seen having received the Winners Trophy from the sponsors, Gordon Fletcher & Sons, at Ferryhill IBC this morning.

This competition has proven to be very popular. The format is a team of 10 play at the same time Singles, Pairs, Triples and Fours. Games are 2 hours maximum and are played each Saturday morning.

The number of competing teams was only 5. But it is sure to expand as more clubs realise what an excelleny league it is. As well as Durham, teams from Darlington, Ferryhill, Houghton & Stanley took part.

Durham won with 62 points with Darlington runners-up on 55pts

Click here for team image.

13th April 2018

Champion Of Champions Triples Champions

County Triples Champions 2018

The County Champion of Champions Triples title was retained today at Houghton against a trio from Gt Ayclifffe

The Club was represented by skip Anne Bernard, Eileen Horan and Gillian Heslop, who was a replacement for Joan Brown absent on holiday. Opponents from Gt Aycliffe were Sue Young (skip) Tracy Fairless and Julie Robinson.

It was a tight game although Durham held the advantage throughout and the final score was Durham 13 v 6 Gt Ayclifffe.

24th March 2018

Club Ladies Team take County Title

Ladies Team 2018

The Club Ladies Team had great success in 2018 winning the Durham County Ladies Indoor Inter-Club League Championship.

This is great for the Club and a feather in the cap for the ladies section.

The team were gathered together today to record the achievement.

Click here for an enlarged image.

23rd March 2018

Northumbria Blood Bikes

Blood Bikes Presentation

A presentation cheque for £600 is seen being presented by Club Director, Pat Miller, supported by other club members to Northumbria Blood Bikes. It was raised through a Christmas Coffee Morning and other fund raising activities..

Durham Indoor is proud to support Northumbria Blood Bikes, an entirely voluntary organisation, which transports essential blood supplies and other urgent medical requirements to hospitals throughout Durham and Northumbria.

The Club wishes to thank all those who have generously supported our fund raising activities and hope that you will continue to support our two charities throughout the year.

18th March 2018

Hartlepool Masters Pairs

Gary R Smith

Over the weekend of 11th and 12th March the Hartlepool Indoor Club held its annual, prestigious, Ladies Masters Pairs Competition.

This year Arlene Stafford and Anne Bernard entered and were very successful. They finished as Masters Champions and each was rewarded with a trophy and a handsome cash prize.

18th March2018

Durham Men in EIBA Area Pairs Final

Mark Higgins and Brian Henderson played in the National Pairs Area Final on Wed 7th March 2018 at Gt Aycliffe against Paul Hartley and Carl Higgins(Hartlepool)but the Hartlepool duo proved to be too strong and it was they who went forward.

4th March 2018

Stop Press:

To help clear a backlog of League and KO Matches the club will be open each Sunday for the next 5 weeks from 9.00am until 1.00pm.

Booking priority will be given to outstanding fixtures.

4th March 2018

Members Forum - New Date

Wed 7th March 2018, starting at 6.00pm in Club Lounge


1. Chairman's Report

2. Financial Update

3. Proposal for Presidential Team Arrangements

4. Outine of Proposed Summer Bowling Programme

5. Key Amendments to Club Rules -download a copy

6. Open Forum (Questions & Answers)

Tea & Coffee will be available.

8th Feb 2018

Heel & Toe Donation

Heel & Toe Childrens Charity

Mick Goodyear, Chairman, together with fellow Director, Pat Miller, recently visited the Heel & Toe Children's Charity at Pelton to present a cheque for £600.

This money was raised through the Christmas Coffee morning and as part of the proceeds from other raffles held at the Bowls Club.

Heel & Toe provides a range of support and therapy services to local children suffering with severe physical and mental disabilities.

Durham Indoor is proud to support Heel & Toe in its work helping to improve the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves. A big thank you to all club members who, in any small way,have contributed to this initiative.

26th February 2018

National Area Singles Final

Gary R Smith

A date for the diary is Sunday,25th Feb 2018 when Durham's Gary Smith will play Hartlepool's Paul Hartley in the Area Final of the Mens Singles National Championship at Gt Aycliffe Indoor Club..

Because of the inequalities of the current system (thankfully to change next season) Gary has already won through 6 matches whereas Paul has played only 4.

The prize for the winner of this match is a place in the last 16 at the National Finals at Melton IBC starting on Fri 30th March.

The start time for the Area Final at Gt Aycliffe is 6.00pm

Result: Gr Smith 17 v 21 P Hartley

20th February 2018

Ladies in County Champ of Champs Finals

There has been more success for the Club's Ladies with teams winning through to three DCWBA Finals: Singles, Pairs and Triples.

The first two matches will both be played at South Shields on Sat 17 Feb starting at 10.30am: Singles; Anne Bernard was the winner against Hartlepool.: Pairs; Anne Stirrat and Christine Budd finished as runners-up against Houghton.

The Triples comprising Anne Bernard, Eileen Horan and Joan Brown is matched against Newton Aycliffe. It will be played on Sat 24 March at Houghton Indoor. The starting time has to be decided.

14th February 2018

Durham Ladies Successes

Anne Bernard

Anne Bernard back from the National Champ of Champs finals at Warners Resort on Hayling Island has booked her place in two more EIBA Inter-Area Finals.

On Thursday Anne with Arlene Stafford won the Area Final of the Pairs 23-20 against Hartlepool and last evening in the Area Final of the Triples she skipped Tracy Barkess and Arlen Stafford to success 20-13 against Gt Aycliffe. Both games were played at neutral clubs.

These wins took them into the inter-area finals held yeaterday at Eden IBC in Penrith where they came up against a strong team of ladies from Blackpool Newton Hall containing England Internationals Janice Gower and an outstanding lead, Sue Kearsley in the Pairs and in the Triples these two were augmented with the addition of Lesley Norris.

Despite all their efforts it was ultimately disappointing for the Durham ladies as the opposition were too strong on the day with both matches closing after 16 ends. The Pairs score was 10-21 and the Triples 8-18.

18th February 2018

Graham Wilkinson Comp - Result

Two teams tie for top spot

After a round robin of four matches each of nine ends in this pairs competition there were three teams equal with eight points each

The next filter was goal difference. Two teams had the same total figure - 20 shots and decided to share first place.

Joint winners:

Jackie Hardy & Liam Hall

Chris Hartshorne & Arlene Stafford

Runners Up: Irene & Allen Stewart


21st Jan 2018

National Over 60 Inter-Club Double Rink

Durham 38 v 40 Cumbria

Tuesday 9th January 2018

Durham lost this fourth round match against the Cumbrian Club but it was almost a different ending. A strong performance at home gave Durham every chance going into the last end while away it was the opposition who held sway. After the dust had settled there was a two shot deficit.


9th Jan 2018

National Top Club Competition

Durham 6 pts v 10 pts Gt Aycliffe Sunday 7th Jan 2018 10.00am start.

This was a good close match won by Gt Aycliffe when its last bowl of the contest, a heavy bowl, turned in one of their own to reduce the Durham count from 3 to 1.

Co Durham Seniors 112 v 111 Yorkshire Seniors

Midland Seniors Indoor Bowling League at Durham

Durham Indoor hosted this match on Thursday 4th Jan 2018 at 12.30pm.

Co Durham Seniors current Champions of the MSIBL had a tough match against Yorkshire who are presently leading this year's league table. Durham won by 1 shot after starting the last 2 ends 6 shots adrift.

Durham 13 points, Yorkshire 9.

5th Jan 2018

Liberty Trophy: Inter-County Championship

Result: Durham 107 v 75 Cumbria

Saturday 16 December starting at 12.30pm

There is a great deal of history between these two teams and Durham are still hurting from the last meeting in 2016 when Cumbria crushed them forcing an early concession.

However this time Durham had the advantage of a home tie and were able to select a stronger more balanced team. It showed with an early lead which was extended as the match progressed.

Cumbria were without three of their regular skips and the home side continued to take advantage. With 19 ends left to play the match was conceded with Durham 107 and Cumbria 75.

Next round opponents are Lincolnshire on Sat 13th Jan 2018 at New Earswick IBC, York, starting at 12.00 noon.

16th Dec 2017

Charity Coffee Morning

Northumberland Blood Bike

Last Saturday's Coffee Morning was a great success with £1200 raised and split evenly to benefit both the children's charity Heel & Toe and the Northumbria Blood Bikes.

Thanks to the Club for putting on the event and especially the club's ladies for organising and supporting it.

Members of the club's own 'Uking on Gas' Ukulele Band provided entertainment helping to make it an enjoyable and financial success.

Reminder:The Ladies Christmas Party will be on Friday 15 December 2017 starting at 12.00pm.

14th December 2017

Champion of Champions Success

Anne Bernard

Anne Bernard has qualified for the National Finals stage of this EIBA competition.

After winning all her matches to progress as Champion of Area 2 she played against England International Janice Gower Area 1 winner today at Harrogate for a place in the last 16. Despite trailing,at one stage, 11-18 she fought back to a tight win 21-20.

The Ladies Champion of Champions Final Stages will be held at Warners Leisure Hotels, Hayling Island, Hants from 3rd-4th February 2018.

10th December 2017

Thrilling Finish to Denny Cup

Today's match against York for a place in the quarter finals of the EIBA National Inter-Club Championship Denny Cup was decided by an extra end.

With the two home rinks winning 56-29 and the two at York losing 26-53 the scores were tied 82-82 and an extra end was required to decide the match.

This was played at York and was an exciting and ultimately disappointing end for Durham.

Final score Durham 82-83 York.

9th Dec 2017

Staffing Structure2

Computer Repairs

There will be a number of new faces at the club from next Monday 14th August 2017 following resignations and recruitment.

Shelley Clark has been appointed to fill the important new role of General Manager. Shelley is an experienced bowls administrator who brings with her a wealth of knowledge from 10 years as Manager at the Stanley Indoor Club.

The new structure will be:

  • Chief Administrator Rae Johnson
  • General Manager Shelley Clark
  • Assistant Manager Anthony Merton-Smith
  • Reception/Bar Carol Witty
  • Reception Bar Tracey Barkess
  • Reception Bar Steve Krimpen
  • Bar Manager Pat Burn
  • Bar Manager Anthony Merton-Smith
  • Cook/General Assistant Julie Cockburn
  • Hygiene Assistant Melony Laing

7th August 2017

Denny Cup Shirt

Computer Repairs

Here is a first look at a sample of the Club's new shirt which has been designed and made, initially, for use by the members of the Club's Denny Cup team

24th July 2017

Durham IBC Club