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Thanks Joker.

The fact that my post has only been viewed 40+ times and has one reply in 3 weeks confirms my suspicion that the message board has had its day.

I understand and respect your opinions so I’m happy to leave it in place but I won’t be doing any new work on that part of the system.

As it happens, my business workload is still very high so it won’t be happening anytime soon.

Thanks for your feedback

Bowling in Tameside & Longdendale / Website Revamp - Your feedback please
« on: January 11, 2019, 12:18:37 PM »
Happy New Year to everyone.

Thank you for your support of this website over the last 10 years.

For various reasons, I feel that the website is due a revamp but the ability to do so will depend on the workload in my real line of work.

Apart from appearance, I do not intend to change any aspect of the league fixtures and stats other than as advised by the leagues (See below) but I am keen to remove anything redundant and add some new features. This is where I require the feedback from you, the members of the individual leagues covered by this site.

The Messageboard: The advent and continued growth of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc have made messageboards like ours all but redundant. Do we want/need our own messageboard?

The Gallery: Redundant

League Results: It may be that one day in the near future, match results can be entered and agreed online by the two captains at the end of each match saving postage of match cards and delays in results.

New Feature: A calendar showing all fixtures, events, cup games, meetings to help avoid clashes. This has been available to some extent already but it is an integral part of the messageboard and I don't think it has been used to the best advantage because of its ties to the message board.

Please let me know your thoughts via the message board or facebook/email/text/whatsapp etc
07983 632 019

Thank you


Bowling in Tameside & Longdendale / Re: Tameside Ladies League
« on: April 01, 2016, 12:36:25 AM »
I'm so sorry to hear of this shocking decision!

I'm also sorry that like others, I've been to busy to notice your post until now. It is a very sad day when a bonafide team is refused entry to a league. It doesn't do much to promote the game does it?

Bowling in Tameside & Longdendale / Re: Charity Match 2016
« on: April 01, 2016, 12:26:22 AM »
Yes, you're right Ian.

We actually took £706 on the day but that was excluding the cash raised in the game of 'Chase the Jack' so that would take it to £720 (approx) and as Ian said, Michelle Sands is going to make the difference to a round £1000

I've updated the charity page with some details, thanks and photos. (Please will someone send me any more photos they may have taken on the day)

The Manchester and District Amateur Bowling League have now joined our web-based community and can now enjoy all the benefits of this website.

The link to the Manchester section of this site is included at the top of the page alongside Tameside and Longdendale.

I'd like to take this opportunity to welcome the league and it's members and wish them well for the new season.

Bowling in Tameside & Longdendale / Charity Match Easter Monday 2016
« on: March 16, 2016, 11:10:09 PM »
Glossop Cricket and Bowling Club, North Road, Glossop

All welcome

Bowling in Tameside & Longdendale / Charity Match 2016
« on: January 24, 2016, 12:57:16 AM »
From Pete Conway

This years Annual Charity game between Smarty’s Bamy Army and Michelle’s Men (and ladies) will once again be played at Glossop BC on Easter Monday, 28th March, getting underway at 11am. As last year's pairs format seemed quite popular we’ll stick with it, so that everyone should get at least a couple of games in. Anyone who wants to play, regardless of ability will get a game. All we ask is that players donate £5 each to the pot or £2 for juniors. There will be the usual raffle (all donations of prizes to the raffle gratefully received) and other fun games, as well as refreshments available all day. If anyone has any suggestions for this years good cause, or causes, let me know via email at or phone on 07580 098884. Any good cause or charity considered. Last year everyone contributed to raising about £800. Thanks again to Glossop BC for allowing us the use of the green and facilities and to Nigel at Perrigo Sports for their kind sponsorship.

See the main page for more info

Bowling in Tameside & Longdendale / Re: Infirmary Open 2015 - Final
« on: July 27, 2015, 11:55:47 PM »
Well done Pete, Dave takes some beating anywhere let alone on a green he knows so well.

Sorry Peg, duty calls and all that but keep a seat warm for me at the Bush. One day...

Bowling in Tameside & Longdendale / Re: Infirmary Open 2015
« on: July 24, 2015, 12:39:40 AM »
Oh yeah, I forgot about your degree in smelling and grandma (ww)

But be honest, you would be lost if you couldn't pick on me so I do these things on purpose to keep you happy ::)

Bowling in Tameside & Longdendale / Re: Infirmary Open 2015
« on: July 22, 2015, 01:12:41 AM »
Matter of opinion ......

You so funny!

I suppose I asked for that. Note to self - Never give Peggy an oportunity to beat me at sarcasm.

It would be interesting to see if I could get past my first opponent and get to play more than one game. Be gentle with me in the draw ;) ;)

As long as I can get Karen sorted, I can play attend.

Bowling in Tameside & Longdendale / Re: Infirmary Open 2015
« on: July 21, 2015, 12:33:41 AM »
Ooooooh that means I can play  :cheesy:

Best of luck for the new season you old timer. Sounds like you've got yourself off to a good start. Sorry I wont be meeting you on the battlefields any more though :(

That's a very positive number for the start of the new season and I hope it continues. There seems no reason whatsoever not to support the advantages that these systems can bring yet I know that you were one of just a few avid supporters of the Vets section on this site. It's still a mistery to me why they didn't embrace it here but no point in opening old wounds, lets just hope it prospers on bowlsnet.

When I can get round to it, I'll be adding website links to the 'Club Details' page so any club with their own website will have a link directly to it. The 'Club Details' page at the moment just has club address, floodlight info, map and officials contact info. I'll also create a more permanent link to bowlsnet

Bowling in Tameside & Longdendale / 2015 Charity Match - Results
« on: April 08, 2015, 12:01:05 AM »
It seems these days that Facebook is the dominant force and message boards like this are less frequently used. As you can imagine, there has been lots of chat on Facebook about the event both before and after but for those of you that don't use it, here is a summary.

It was held at Glossop Bowling club this year, in glorious sunshine and in a pairs format for a change. All in all a very good day was had and we rasied a total of £760 for the 'Friends of John Owen Fundraiser'.

38 bowlers, many regulars and many newcomers were there to see Mermaid lift the trophy once again for her merry men (and ladies). The new pairs format was a great idea from Pete and handled exceptionally well by Michelle.

As we always do during the event, we thanked everyone involved either publicly during the announcement or in person as we met various people and everyone knows how much we appreciate any help in any way.

To everyone else who helped and supported this event, THANK YOU

I say with all sincerity that I hope that the vets section make use of the facilities provided to them by the BowlsNet website. It would be a crying shame to see another opportunity wasted.

Please note the address posted above is incorrect, the James North website is

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