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About Us

2021 sees Bowls International celebrate its 40th anniversary.

Since it’s launch in 1981, Bowls International has been the go-to place for bowlers. Why? Because everyone who is involved with the magazine is passionate about bowls.

We offer news, debates, features and coaching tips, but we also highlight the issues. The result is a monthly magazine packed with articles that you will not find elsewhere – what’s happening on the greens and in the game right now.

We pride ourselves on what we deem to be an ideal blend of interesting, entertaining, informative and instructive articles, supported by the latest news and views from some of the sport’s biggest and influential names.

Editor at Large Ceris Hewlings has been involved in the sport of bowls since joining Tenby Bowling Club in West Wales where she lives in 1994 following in the footsteps of her late father Ken.

Ceris represented Wales outdoor at junior, senior and elite level, representing her country at the Atlantic Championships, European Championships and Hong Kong Classic. She was reserve for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.

Ceris’s experiences throughout her bowls career and having worked for her local newspaper for over 20 years prior to joining the Bowls International team three years ago combine to bring a unique insight at the head of the magazine and an ability to relate and comment on all issues and topics within the sport.

She said: “Bowls International is about celebrating everything that is good about bowls and bowlers while striving to protect the future of the game by tackling controversial topics and shaking off the stereotypes so that the wider world sees that bowls is an incredible sport for all.”

For all things editorial, email: editor@bowlsinternational.com

To advertise, email: ads@bowlsinternational.com

Meet the Bowls International team:

John Quinn

John Quinn, Author of Performance Bowling Greens, writes about greencraft issues in Bowls International.

He owns and runs the Bowls Central (bowls-central.co.uk) website to help bowling clubs with greenkeeping and club management. The Bowls Central Academy is a popular online training resource for Bowls Greenkeepers.

John provides advice, soil analysis services and devises greenkeeping programs for clubs all over the UK and beyond. His Performance Greens Programme is followed by hundreds of greenkeepers in the UK.

John is one of around 70 Master Greenkeepers worldwide and has worked in the sportsturf industry for 37 years. He was previously a Director at Elmwood College in Fife.

John lives on a farm in upland Perthshire where he is kept busy dealing with the antics of his two Donkeys, two Border Collies and three daughters, not necessarily in that order.

Anne Dunwoodie

Anne Dunwoodie is known throughout the bowls world, having played at international level for many years.

She has followed in the footsteps of her late husband Gordon and writes for a number of Scottish papers as well as keeping magazine readers abreast of all the news in Scotland.

David Rhys Jones

David Rhys Jones may have retired ‘officially’ but will still contribute to the magazine with his witty and thought-provoking articles and insights into the game that he has been passionate about since starting as a backdrop to his drama teaching career.

He was a BBC commentator for 25 years, becoming widely known as the ‘Voice of Bowls’.

He used to play pairs with the legendary David Bryant and together they won 29 titles.

David has travelled around the world reporting on all manner of bowls events.

Allan Thornhill

Allan Thornhill is a world renowned Umpire and writes about laws of the sport and matters arising on the green.

He says: “Inspired by my grandparents I started playing bowls when I was 14 years old. It was in 1989 that I took the first tentative steps as a junior Club Level Umpire. It took a while for a 21 year old to earn respect as an official but I progressed and was supported along the way by many club and county colleagues.​

It was not long before I yearned for more and took the chance on the tougher exams to become a National Grade Umpire in 1996.

Very soon after this and having completed a number of successful National Championship performances I was selected for my first International event in 1999. From then my feet have not really touched the ground having attended five consecutive Commonwealth Games starting with Manchester 2002 where I was honoured to mark the Men’s Gold Medal Singles. I have also worked for 20 years on the World Bowls Tour panel of officials.

Administratively, I have served as a National Tutor and National Development Officer with the English Bowls Umpires Association. Latterly, I have become a member of the World Bowls Laws Committee.

Outside of Bowls, I am married and have a teenage son. I am the Head of two laboratories at the prestigious Institute of Cancer Research. My interests include wildlife, conservation and photography as well as website design.”

David Thorpe

Dave Thorpe’s claim to fame is that he was born in the same nursing home as Tony Allcock, a year or two later!

Tony went on to become a true legend of the sport while Dave have been fortunate enough to have been the advertising manager of Bowls International magazine for over 30 years!
He said: “During this time I have seen many changes, the once black or brown bowls with white and grey attire have now been replaced with a multitude of colour emblazoned across many bowling greens up and down the country.
“The game is ever evolving, and Bowls International continues to be the number one choice for players, spectators and advertisers alike in this great sport of ours.”

Email: ads@bowlsinternational.com

Phone: 07305 178802

Craig Chiswell

All pages of the magazine are designed by Chiswell Creative which owned and run by Craig Chiswell and offers a bespoke design and printing service to both public and private sector clients.

Craig has more than 25 years experience in the design and printing industry.

Based in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, Chiswell Creative has built up a loyal customer base, both locally and nationally, and has earned a solid reputation for delivering high-quality design projects that are both on time and on budget.