News and Events

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Rita Mitchell

We are saddened to report the recent death of Rita Mitchell a long-time member of Ryedale Indoor Bowls Club. Rita died in York Hospital shortly after a fall at her home.

Rita played league bowls regularly until three years ago. She was the mother of Andrew Mitchell, another long-term member of Ryedale IBC.

Rita’s funeral will be held at Octon Crematorium at 12.30pm on Thursday 13th October.

The latest club newsletter – written by Dave England for RIBC Committee. September 2022

Hello all

The League Programme

As a mark of respect for the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth we have decided that the club will be closed for daytime bowling on Monday 19th Sept.

However, after taking members opinions into account, we will be opening for the start of the league programme on the evening of Mon 19th.

We still need more team entries for

Mon, Tue, Wed morning triples,
Wed evening triples and Thur evening pairs.

If you are in any way available please let me know by return.

The club must have a viable league programme to maintain a healthy turnover and secure future.

League fixture lists will be posted on the board Friday morning. It is safe to presume your team WILL be playing. If there are any byes, I will inform those concerned

Please note: To avoid unnecessary wear on the bowling surface, could all players please ensure they wear bowling shoes with completely flat soles.

Social Bowling

From Tuesday 20th Sept social bowling on Tuesdays moves from 10.30am to 2.00pm.

It is expected that this and also Thurs social at 10.30 will be busy so why not

try Sunday at 10.30 or Monday at 12.30. Maybe book a rink for your friends or outdoor team. We will add sessions if the demand is there.

Other Matters

We are a couple of people short on the cleaning rota.
Can you help? Info at the office.

Those of who have yet to pay membership fees please remember we cannot process them on our card system. Please pay by Bank Transfer, Cash or Cheque.

After years of dedicated service our treasurer has decided to retire at the AGM. Hopefully there is someone amongst us with a bit of computer skill that can take this on. Again, info at the office.

See you all soon


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The NEW season at Ryedale Indoor Bowls Club

To all current and prospective members, we hope you are well and have managed to stay safe over the summer season.

Though there is still a threat of Coronavirus, it is apparent that the vaccination programme has reduced levels of serious infection so we are hoping to get back to a somewhat normal programme. There will be sanitiser and disinfectant available at all recommended points. We hope that members will respect the need for Social Distancing, thorough Hand Washing and regular use of Sanitiser.

Our plan is to have the usual free bowling week, open to all, from Sunday 4th September, during which time we will be taking final team nominations. Following that we will sort out a league bowling programme that will start on Monday 19th September. During w/c Monday 12th Sept we will run a programme of social bowling sessions to satisfy demand. (Those that miss these free sessions due to outdoor commitments will be allowed two free sessions w/c 12th September.)

To give us a picture of what our programme is likely to be I enclose a membership renewal form for the 2022/23 season (this can be downloaded here) and request you complete and return this a.s.a.p. with your cheque. Bank Transfer payments can also be made, the details are on the form, but the form must always be signed and returned with confirmation of payment.

Please pay particular attention to the section on your form regarding playing availability, if we don’t know what you want, or when you are available, we can’t plan.

Prior to the season, if you are a regular skip, it would be helpful to check with your team members as to whether they wish to play league bowls from mid September. Then let Dave England (league secretary) know ASAP as this will help him with league planning.

Those without a team who would like to participate in the leagues are requested to indicate on the membership form when they are available. This will give us a guide on matching suitable players together. It is critical to the future of the club that we get a workable number of teams in each league to ensure a secure future for the club. Try to keep as many as possible of last year’s teams together and spread the talent throughout the teams.

As you are all acutely aware, there has been a vast increase in costs since last season so we are forced to introduce the increase of 50p per game that was deferred last year. Though we managed to make a small profit last season we were unable to add money to the roof repair fund we have been building up over the last few years. This need for repairs is never going away and it is irresponsible to hope it will.

During last season we saw the cost of our heating oil rise from an average of 50p per litre to £1.00 per litre and it recently peaked at £1.25 litre before falling back a little. Obviously, the club cannot support such increases for a further year without asking the membership to make some contribution, we have decided therefore that a fuel supplement of 50p per game will also be applied from 1st September. which will be reviewed on a regular basis. If we find that oil price falls dramatically from their current level we will reduce this surcharge accordingly.

To reduce the risk that we will be down on numbers to start the season, we request ALL members to actively encourage new memberships. To promote this, we are offering 3 free bowling sessions to all members who introduce a new full member.

Many thanks for your future co-operation and we look forward to seeing you all down at the club in the near future ready to enjoy a new successful season.


The previous newsletter is given below

Mid-Summer Newsletter – Dave England July 2022

Greetings to all, hope you are enjoying the summer weather.

Sad news I’m afraid, Long-standing member Dennis Maley sadly passed away last week. His indomitable spirit & determination saw him playing bowls until very recently and he will be particularly remembered for his sharp wit and love of good banter, it was always fun when Dennis was playing your rink. He will be sadly missed by his many friends and family

Our sincere condolences go out to his daughter Carole. 

Dennis will have a private cremation, family only. Friends are invited to a funeral tea at Cedar Barn near Pickering),  4pm till 6pm on Tuesday 26th July.

Time is passing quickly and we will soon be back with our full time autumn season.

Free bowling week is available in the week commencing Monday 5th of September. The following week will be open for social and practice sessions.

The league programme will start on Monday 19th of September.

Could all existing teams please get together and confirm their places for the coming league programme. Some already have but I would appreciate notification as soon as you are sorted. New teams will be welcomed wherever we can accommodate them.

Membership renewal forms will be delivered during August along with the chairman’s  letter detailing changes to charges for the new season. I’m sure you all appreciate that after many years of holding to the same charges, the current financial situation renders that impossible, particularly when heating oil and electricity costs have more than doubled in recent months

Looking forward to seeing you all soon.



RIBC Committee 2021-22

Chairman Terry Wray

Members Sue Harrison, Suzanne Everett, Doreen Tinson, Aubrey Charlton, Kath Jeanes, Dave England.