It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of past members.  Our heartfelt condolences go to their family and friends.


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Norman Bell

Died 11th April 2017

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of former Club president Norman Bell who passed away on 11th April 2017 following a long period of poor health.

Our condolences are extended to Helena and family.

Norman Bell


President 2015

Norman was born in ‘Isabella Colliery’ and was very sporting in his youth playing football for Blyth Spartans and cricket in the local league for Cowpen Yard.  He finished his football career playing for Blyth Comrades club in the local Sunday League.

Having trained as a blacksmith he eventually commenced employment with Alcan at its Lynemouth smelter.  He was there for approximately 25 years ending up as a Potroom Supervisor.

After taking up early retirement he turned to golf and then onto bowls joining Blyth Excelsior Bowling Club.  He became the club treasurer then secretary before sadly Blyth Excelsior folded in 2012 owing to declining membership.  He then joined Cowpen and Crofton Welfare along with other Excelsior members and was warmly welcomed by the committee and members.

Norman was treasurer of the Blyth Valley League for a number of years and was well known, liked and respected in the bowling community and enjoyed playing in open competitions with his wife Helena.  In 2012 he reached the semi-finals of the north EBA Men’s Pairs competition just missing out on qualifying for the National Finals at Worthing.

When Cowpen and Crofton Welfare Bowls Club restructured as part of the Clubmark process in 2015, despite not being in the best of health, Norman took on the mantle of being the clubs first ‘President’ doing a superb job for the club.  Unfortunately due to ill health Norman was unable to bowl for the last few years but, along with Helena, were always welcome visitors to the club.

Marie Nelson


Marie was born in Croydon, worked in the NAFFI where she met George, married and moved to Shoreham.  They both loved dancing and Marie loved her bowls, later playing for the County.

When George died she moved to Blyth where she joined our club in 2012 and played upto 2015, Marie was 89 and was a very good bowler.

Jackie Leightley

Died: TBC 2016

It is with regret that we have been informed of the passing of Jackie Leightley, a previous Treasurer of the Club, who retired due to ill health in 2006.

A memorial service will be held at 11.15am on Thursday 25th February 2016 at St Wilfred's RC church, Waterloo Road, Blyth

George Wilkinson

Died: 29th June 2015

A former Chairman of Northumberland County Bowling Association (3 a side) and a long serving member of its' Executive Committee; also a former Treasurer of the Blyth Valley League.


A long time member of the committee of Cowpen & Crofton Welfare Bowls Club where he served for a considerable time as Club Secretary.  He was instrumental in carrying out the wishes of the members of the Club to gain affiliation to the body now known as Bowls Northumberland and its' national body, Bowls England.


He played an integral part in the running of the Club, providing coaching instruction and helping to research and apply for grants in order to maintain and improve the facility.  He was well known and respected throughout the bowling fraternity and was awarded the Bowls Northumberland Certficate of Merit in 2009.


Following a period of ill-health he found it necessary to withdraw from the playing of the sport, but continued his interest in the Club, and would still offer his support.


The tragic loss of his wife, Muriel, in 2013 left him bereft, but after a time he would often visit the Club to spectate when the ladies team played at home, and donated a Club trophy in Muriel's honour.


Our condolences go out to his children, Kieth, Diane and Kay, and to his grandchildren - all of whom he was very proud of.

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