Sutton Winson has been supporting clubs, counties and associations since 1985, with a comprehensive range of insurance policies for bowls, tennis, squash and other racquet clubs across the UK.


Their reputation has been built on a wealth of experience and by focusing on the sports they insure.


They support top-class sporting events, at both, the national and international level, including being a proud partner of the Paralympics Committee.


They like to plan and think in the long-term, you can be confident that winning your business is just the first step. They’ll guide you through the entire process and ensure that matters are dealt with quickly and efficiently. As a customer of Sutton Winson, you know that they'll be there to fight your corner if any claims arise.


Sutton Winson provides insurance and risk management solutions for:


  • Businesses
  • Non-profit organisations
  • Private clients
  • Organisations looking to provide employee benefit schemes


With offices in Twickenham, Petersfield and Burgess Hill Sutton Winson’s clients are based throughout the UK and overseas.

The English Short Mat Bowls Association (ESMBA) which is Sport England’s recognised National Governing Body for Short Mat Bowls in England is pleased to be working alongside ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) in supporting Village Halls Week.

Short Mat Bowls Clubs can be a lifeline for many village halls as they are regular users throughout the year, Village Halls in turn provide an ideal location to house a Short Mat Bowls Club thus becoming an ideal partnership in the making. 

The ESMBA recognises the need to foster good relationships with Village Hall Committees and by working alongside ACRE will strive to help them in the setting up of a Short Mat Bowls Club in their village. In the first instance village halls should email  for further information.




The History of TLH Leisure Resort

The history of TLH Leisure Resort goes back to 1947 when the Murrell family first started the business as a 28 bedroom hotel. The resort has now expanded from its small beginnings; TLH is going from strength to strength and always striving to offer the best value whilst delivering unforgettable holidays.


The TLH Team

Key to the resort’s success is the staff at TLH. The team is very important and is the heart of the business. Teamwork and customer service runs through the core of TLH, both front of house and behind the scenes staff endeavour to make your stay or event a memorable occasion. Happy customers are their prime concern and all staff members receive regular, award winning, in-house training to ensure the highest standards of service are maintained.


TLH Leisure Resort Today

Today TLH Leisure Resort boasts 4 3 star hotels, offering a range of indoor and outdoor leisure facilities to residential guests as well as to the local community.


Their indoor tournament standard bowling arena allows keen bowlers the opportunity to enjoy year round bowing holidays. Their on-site Aztec Leisure complex offers unrivalled leisure facilities in Torbay, with a 25 metre indoor pool, family fun pool, luxury spa, bistro, gym and fitness studio, not forgetting their fun filled Aztec Games arena, which boasts, 10 pin bowling, archery, snooker, pool, table tennis and arcade games. 


TLH Leisure Resort proudly offer specialised breakes such as dancing, bowling and spa alongside their core leisure business, offering memorable holidays to famlies, couples and groups. Their high, year-round occupancy levels and high guest return rate is testament to the TLH leisure Resort experience and value.  



Established in 1959 Allports Group has a tradition of serving commercial vehicle operators throughout the United Kingdom with products and services, delivering both financial and operational benefits.

Celebrating 60 years, Allports Group has developed successful operations in key business areas, including Authorised Distributors for Renault Trucks, Allports Rental and Contract Hire specialists, the Loader Range of Light Commercial Vehicles, Bodywork Repair and Paint Centre, and Deker Trailers, a business dedicated and specialised in multi-deck trailers.

Based at our award-winning 4.5-acre Truck and Trailer Centre at Fradley Park in Lichfield, Allports continue to invest in people, facilities and resources designed to meet the exacting needs of modern truck and trailer operators. Through our dedicated business areas the Allports Group offer a complete package when it comes to trucks and trailers! With dedicated centres of operation we aim to provide the best integrated solution for your business.

Managing Directors, Paul and Mark Sanders, with a lifetime of experience in the business and building on the legacy of previous generations, are dedicated to constantly improving the products and services offered and remain totally committed to supporting customers’ success. Together with a team of nearly 140 vehicle and trailer professionals, we are better placed than ever to ensure our products and services deliver real time benefits to our customers.

We will continue to invest and develop our business whilst constantly striving to ensure our products and services meet the demands of modern business, working with our customers to ensure successful business partnerships designed to deliver real competitive advantage in vehicle and trailer operations.





My name is Tony Holland and I'm the joint owner of The Bowls Shop - my dear wife Ann being the other partner. Welcome to our website.

Whilst Ann doesn't Bowl any longer, I've been playing Bowls for some 30 years, and having reached the latter stages of a few National Finals, I guess you’d classify me as a ‘reasonable’ Bowler and certainly someone with experience both Indoors and Outdoors. That means that since I opened the shop in 1992, I’ve been able to listen to my customers, empathise, and dispense the best impartial advice I can to make sure that whatever their ability, their level of experience or the issue they’re wrestling with, they will be able to make an informed choice as well as get a fair deal.

As well as having the shop, I also travel to Indoor Centres during the winter bowling season, and during the summer to various Bowls Tournaments such as those held in Skegness, Great Yarmouth etc. I also get to cover some men’s and women’s National Finals such as the Bowls Scotland National Championships held in Ayr, the Bowls England National Championships held in Leamington Spa and the English Short Mat Bowling Championships.

If you'd like to come and say "Hello" and see for yourself the clothing, Bowls and other bowling paraphernalia I take along to these venues, then check out if I’m coming anywhere near where you live or bowl by clicking on Roadshows.

The Bowls Development Alliance in partnership with Bowls England, English Indoor Bowling Association Ltd, English Short Mat Bowling Association, English Bowling Federation and the British Crown Green Bowling Association have developed a policy for the sport of bowls which outlines the four organisations commitment to ensuring that the sport provides a safe environment for all young people to play. The policy clearly outlines the processes that need to be gone through if a situation arises where a child may be at risk and provides advice on support that is available to you and who you may need to inform. The policy is not just aimed at those clubs with juniors it is also there for clubs that work closely with young people or adults with a disability or those young people or adults who are known to be at risk.

Guidelines have also been developed for those clubs who are seeking guidance on particular aspects of safeguarding for example, there is a job description for a Bowls Club Welfare Officer (formally known as the Child Protection Officer) guidance on how to safely recruit both paid and unpaid volunteers and staff and details of the Local Safeguarding Boards who offer support when needed.

Finally to save clubs time developing their own, a range of templates are available to download which can be utilised by your own club.


Bridge Overseas Ltd has organised friendly themed leisure holidays for approaching twenty-five years. These include organised duplicate Bridge, duplicate Whist, Green & Short Mat Bowls, casual morning walks, Golf and Wellbeing packages. As a long-standing and successful tour operator and event organiser, with its own ATOL protection and TTA bonding, your holiday is in safe hands. We can help you on all aspects of your holiday, if you are travelling on your own and want the extra reassurance you will be well looked after or a group looking for a bespoke holiday package. We offer a free phone call centre open six days a week manned by experienced, friendly and impartial holiday advisor’s, so please do not hesitate to call us on the free number above, alternatively go to our contacts page where you can request a hard copy brochure, a call back or any other information you need.



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