About our company


Mike & Carol Newman opened Cotswold Bowls Centre, Reading, in 1987 as a Franchise of Cotswold Bowls Centre at Stonehouse, Glos. It was the original Franchise of Cotswold Bowls Centre but is now the Head Office, Administrative and Mail order Centre for the Company.

Cotswold Bowls Centre was formed in the early 1980's by Clare and Norman Hook to serve bowlers in and around Stroud in Gloucester. They were probably the first company to supply top quality, own label products especially for the bowler. It was always Company policy to have own label products manufactured to our own exacting specifications. This policy continues today under the present owners.

We pride ourselves in being able to offer top class advice from Robert, Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist 2002, Mike - a National Champion on many occasions and Carol - a County Bowler.

In 1990, Cotswold Bowls Centre, Reading, who had been supplying reasonable quantities of embroidered garments through a local embroidery company, C.J. Images, decided to buy the business and bring it into our group of companies, in particular to develop Cotswold Bowls Centre requirements. We are now a leading supplier of Club shirts and other high quality embroidered garments, and our ownership of C.J.Images enables us to give an extremely quick service whilst maintaining strict quality control.

One of our family businesses makes individually produced longcase Grandfather clocks. Their site can be reached at www.millsandsons.co.uk and is well worth a visit.


World Indoor Singles Quarter Finalist 1998.

England International since 1994.

England Indoor Singles Champion 1997.

England Indoor Pairs Champion 2000.

England Indoor Triples Champion 2002

England Indoor Fours Champion 1995.

England Outdoor Fours Champion 1993.

England Outdoor Triples Champion 2003

Commonwealth Games - Gold Medal - Fours 2002

World Bowls - Bronze Medal - Triples & Fours 2004

British Isles Indoor Winner Singles 1998. Pairs 2001. Triples 2003.

England Outdoor International Captain 2004

Winner of other National & Berkshire County Titles


English Outdoor Fours Champion 1993

English Indoor Fours Champion 1995

England Indoor Triples Champion 2002

England Outdoor Triples Champion 2003

British Isles Indoor Winner Triples 2003

Other National & Berkshire County Titles