County Committee contacts

Chairman Gerald Hands 07971 524544
Vice-chair John Dowling 01239 682965
Secretary Neil Watkins 01559 362665
Treasurer Gill Reeman 01559 371513
Competitions Organisers Ceri Jones
Dafydd Jones
Andre Bann
Robert Davies
Social Media Secretary Dafydd Jones 07943 838217
County team captain Dafydd Jones 07943 838217
League organiser & Webmaster (Ex-officio) Paul Edwards 07942 318304


Staying in touch

Sometimes, we need to communicate with each other and be confident that our message has been received. For example, if a message is to warn someone that a game has had to be cancelled. Talking to each other by telephone is one way we can be sure that a message has got through, but this method can be tedious if:

  1. there are several people who need to receive the message, and/or
  2. they are not available to speak to, and
  3. you are not certain that they have heard an answerphone message

Anyone with a mobile telephone can use what many of us are already using: WhatsApp. WhatsApp is simply a messaging application, rather like Messenger. A key feature of WhatsApp is that you can see if a message has been read by a recipient or members of a group. Messages can be sent by any group member to the group or to individuals in the group. This could prove invaluable if a game needs to be re-arranged, extra information needs sharing prior to a meeting, an umpire is not abale to attend a match, etc.

Any member of any CSMBA club can join the group, but it would be very helpful if the following people joined:

  • Officers of the CSMBA Committee
  • Team Captains
  • Club representatives
  • Officers of CSMBA clubs

To join the group, please download and install WhatsApp on your mobile phone (and tablet/iPad and pc, if you wish) and email the CSMBA Webmaster with your mobile telephone number.


County Committee meetings for 2023-24

Next meeting:

Date: 06.03.2024
Venue: Llechryd Village Hall

All meetings start at 7.00pm unless otherwise stated. Meetings for the rest of the season to be arranged in due course.

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If any of the details for your club representatives or team captains listed below are inaccurate, either following your club's AGM, because someone resigns or retires, or simply because someone's contact details have changed, please let us know using the club and team information update form. As the form's name suggests, this form can be used to provide updates at any time.

Club representatives

Aberporth Andre Bann 07973 342669
Caerwedros David White
John G Evans
01545 561672
01545 560057
Capel Dewi Rob Davies
Delyth Williams
01559 384831
01559 395664
Llandygwydd Darren Davies 07976 115003
Llechryd Robert Owen
& Pauline Palmer
01239 683174
01239 682401
Manordeifi Alan Ford
& Steve Reynolds
01239 682736
01239 811965
Mydroilyn Harry Harrison
& Jennifer Robins
01545 561241
01570 470047
& Orllwyn
Keith Holby
Peter Climmer
01545 590297
01239 851941
Rhydlewis Dafydd Jones
Medwyn Jones
07943 838217
07970 557393

Team Captains

Aberporth Andre Bann 07973 342669
Caerwedros Irene Johnson 07519 999723
Capel Dewi Glanmor Jones 01559 395358
Llandygwydd Iestyn James 07980 179737
Llechryd Simon Bramwell 01545 561692 or 07757 185173
Manordeifi Steve Reynolds 01239 811965
Mydroilyn Mick Turner 01570 470831
Penrhiwllan Carole Tabbiner 01559 371438
Rhydlewis Wyn Davies 07496 930910



Cardiganshire Short Mat Bowls Association has one of the lowest number of active Umpires in Wales and have received special dispensation from the WSMBA to 'self-umpire' when an Umpire is not available at a league game. This is not an ideal situation but with so few Umpires available as most of them play for their clubs too, there is little choice.

Most players will agree that having an Umpire present encourages a better standard of etiquette and provides guidance on any decisions that may have to be made during an evening.

If you are interested in becoming an Umpire you do not need to be a player but, obviously, an interest in the game is advisable. The examination is divided into two parts; theory and practical.

The theory paper consists of 40 questions which need to be answered fully but the WSMBA rule book may be used so it's not as bad as it seems! Providing that over 80% of the questions are answered correctly, the successful applicant will then encouraged to accompany existing umpires to observe them in their duties, gradually taking more responsibility themselves as they grow in confidence. Once experience has been gained, you would be asked to take the practical part of the examination showing an understanding of the equipment used and demonstrating your ability to judge and advise on pre-set examples of more unusual situations. This is usually carried out within the participant's own club.

If you successfully complete both the theory and practical assessments you become a WSMBA umpire - as easy as that!

A copy of the questions is available on request by email from Paul Edwards: Please talk to one of the existing umpires if you would like more information about becoming an Umpire.

The English Bowls Umpires website has further information on the subject


List of Umpires available this season

Darren Davies (Llandygwydd) 07976 115003
Paul Edwards (Manordeifi) 07942 318304
Robert Evans (Rhydlewis) 07946 821902
Gerald Hands (Manordeifi) 07971 524544
Gill Reeman (Manordeifi) 01559 371513



Do you enjoy bowls but would like to learn more about the game and learn how to help others? Then maybe coaching is for you.

Ceredigion County Council recently ran a Coaching Course in association with the WSMBA at Llandysul Leisure Centre and provided an excellent way of learning how to break down the game into stages so that the different shots can be taught to beginners. To qualify as a coach, an individual would need to attend one of these coaching courses and then be recommended to take the further examination. This would consist of taking the theory examination required by Umpires and, if over 80% is achieved, a practical examination held at the club to ensure that the person has remembered how to teach the various shots!

Cardigan currently has nine qualified club coaches at five clubs: Aberporth, Manordeifi and Rhydlewis. Please check the individual club pages if you would like to find out more or maybe receive some help with your game.

Coach Club
Andre Bann Aberporth
Alan Ford Manordeifi
Paul Edwards Manordeifi
Gerald Hands Manordeifi
Gill Reeman Manordeifi
Harry Harrison Mydroilyn
John Dowling Penrhiwllan
Robert Evans Rhydlewis

Being a coach doesn't necessarily mean that they are the best player - merely that they are someone who can teach the theory of the game to players and hopefully help with teaching particular shots or advising on where someone is going wrong.