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About Us

Since its 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, reviews, 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 ourself 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 Sian Honnor has been bowling for more than 20 years, is the current Bowls England women’s senior captain and has won two bronze and a gold medal at three consecutive Commonwealth Games’.

In addition, she has a number of national and British titles and has represented England at both junior and senior level, indoors and out.

Sian’s experiences throughout her extensive bowls career and her journalism training 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

Bowls International is published by Oyster Media Group, under license from Key Publishing.

Meet the Bowls International team:

Tony Allcock MBE

Tony Allcock MBE, the current Chief Executive of Bowls England, needs little introduction.

He has a large haul of titles to his name, having won the World Outdoor Singles twice and the World Indoor Singles three times.

He also competed in the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, where he won a silver medal in the men’s singles.

Tony was the bowls performance coach for the successful England team at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and has also written several books on bowls.

He covers a wide range of topics within the magazine, all written in his own unique style and dry sense of humour.

Away from the green he is a keen dog breeder and Crufts judge.

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.

Ellen Falkner

Three times Commonwealth gold medallist, Ellen Falkner has been writing for Bowls International since 2002.

She made her debut for England in the Outdoor Junior Internationals in 1997 and at the senior level for the indoor team in 2001 and outdoors in 2002.

Alongside Commonwealth Games medals, her career highlights include winning the World Outdoor Fours and Overall Team Gold medals, World Indoor Ladies Matchplay Singles title three times alongside Atlantic Championship triples, fours and overall team gold titles.

In addition, she has won numerous silver and bronze World and Atlantic Championship medals as well as National and British Isles titles.

One of her proudest moments was winning the National and British Isles Triples with her mum and nan.

As well as achievements on the green, Falkner is a qualified Level 2 Bowls Coach and was England’s Team Leader for the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa in 2015. She has also worked in the sport development sector for more than ten years.

Her articles cover a variety of subjects and have included insight into playing in world level events, tips on how to improve play, coaching skills and drills as well as articles for clubs on how to access funding and recruit new bowlers.

Ceris Hewlings

Ceris Hewlings lives in the picturesque seaside resort of Tenby in West Wales.
She trained as a local newspaper journalist and played bowls for Wales at junior, senior and elite level, representing her country at the Atlantic Championships, European Championships and Hong Kong Classic.

She maintains her interest in the sport, supporting her partner John Roberts, also a Welsh International indoors and out, and writing our Welsh news column.

Trevor Robinson

A professional photographer from Northern Ireland, Trevor writes the Irish news pages in the magazine as well as covering many UK bowls events.

He has won seven Irish titles and two British titles and has 24 international caps.

Trevor’s hobbies include sailing and fishing.

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.

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.”

Bernard Bale

Bernard Bale is a writer and author, actor and broadcaster and is responsible for Club Focus articles within Bowls International.

He has hosted BBC radio shows, compered concerts at the Royal Albert Hall and also given talks at the House of Commons.

Bernard has a reputation for telling it the way it is but rarely strays far from his sense of fun and humour.

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.

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: 07305178802

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.

Dominic Picksley

Dominic pICKNeither an international bowler, nor a former international bowler, I can only claim to be the ex-captain of a village club in Lincolnshire although I did once reach a county-wide EBF four-wood singles final, knocking out several county ‘stars’ on my to a fully-deserved runners-up medal. I temporarily banished my woods to early retirement a few years ago upon the arrival of my first child, but my lack of participation, though, has not diminished my love of the sport and I have covered it in various guises for the past few years and am now hoping for a long and successful spell with Bowls International.

I am a 40-something Yellow Belly-based sports journalist with the Press Association, whose two main loves – after my two children… and wife obviously – are Lincoln City and The Beach Boys. I have been a Sincil Bank regular since the late 1970s (not a recent convert like many others), while I have an encyclopaedic knowledge of the greatest group in the world and 60s music in general, and have been an avid collector and writer of British and American bands from that period.

For nearly the past five years, I have also been the editor of my local village magazine, a village, I hasten to add, without a bowls club, sadly, despite efforts to get one up and running in the past.