As leaves begin to change colour and grass bowling greens become unplayable most clubs close for the season. At Milton Hill we continue playing full-size outdoor bowls on our carpet as we begin our informal 4-3-2-1 season.
Access to the ground is unimpaired despite the building of Blaise Park so Members and Winter Associates can just turn up on Mondays around 1.00pm in clothing to match the weather and teams are drawn from the hat. The scoring is simple, 4 points for the wood closest to the jack, 3 for the next, and so on. This gives a winner on the day and running individual aggregates until Spring. Come and join us: free tea and biscuits too.
Stop press: some numbers have become available in our £1/week ’49 Club’ draw. Why not have a go?
For details contact Derek - email@example.com or 834105
A busy week for Uhlsport Hellenic League Milton United has resulted in changes to the First Team Management set up.
On Monday the Chairman Andy Burchette received and accepted the resignation from First Team Coach Paul Berry. Paul leaves the squad in a good place and we thank Paul for all his efforts over the last 10 months. We wish him well in the future. First Team Manager Tim Davies has decided to step aside from first team duties and take a new role of as Director of Football within the club
On Tuesday evening the First Team was managed by Craig Griffiths and Seb Dixon who ensured that Squad was well prepared and able to compete against Abingdon Town.
Daniel Elvestad (pictured) has been appointed the Milton United First Team Manager.
Speaking of the reshuffle Andy Burchette said: "At the beginning part of the week it was yet another problem to solve. The rallying of the First Team players, the effort displayed against Abingdon Town and having the right people involved leads me to believe we are now stronger all round. My sincere thanks to all those who stood up and took the changes in their stride. "
"We have appointed a young, well qualified and dynamic First Team Manager in Danial Elvestad. Danial will be assembling his own Management Team over the coming days. I am in no doubt they will work with our players to get the best out of them. "
"Secondly we have gained Tim Davies onto the Club main committee. Tim has shown tremendous loyalty and unsung effort supporting the First Team and indeed the Club. His efforts can now be more focussed and help strengthen the back room effort. So it’s been a blur, but we look in good shape to move on and step up a gear."
Uhlsport Hellenic League One East Milton United have completed the signing of striker Luca Headford from Ardley United.
An ex Oxford City youth forward, Luca is a tenacious forward who can play in wide positions, with the goals Luca will add to the side Milton will be looking to finish as high as possible this season.
This is a notice to inform local residents that road closures and traffic management will be in force on the day of the 2018 Abingdon Marathon, scheduled for Sunday, 21 October 2018. For full details please view the following online document:
Dene Stringfellow - 2018 Abingdon Marathon Course Director
The closures which will affect Milton residents directly are:
• Between approximately 08.00 and 13.15hrs, northbound traffic only prohibited in the Milton to Drayton direction – Milton Road roundabout junction with High Street & Sutton Road northwards to the B4016 Drayton Road.
• Between approximately 08.00 and 13.15hrs, Drayton Road to Brook Street, Sutton Courtenay closed to the junction with Church Street & High Street
Finally, remember that this is a true race – the leaders will be going all out for overall victory, the rest looking for a category win or to set a personal best time. All will appreciate any encouragement you can give them!
As predicted, our final position in the Ashley-Baker League was sixth out of ten which is about par and no mean feat considering the size of some of the opposition clubs. One of our valued players in this competition is Maureen Broad who this season triumphed in our Never-won Cup contest having worked her way from complete novice to club trophy winner in just a few short summers.
Our last in-house competition took place mid-September with the keenly-fought Ladies vs Men’s match. The men, as ever, enjoyed the advantage of bigger and heavier woods so could disrupt the head more easily. Had just one of the shots they gained gone to the ladies it would have been a draw.
As clubs with grass greens close down for the season those players wishing to continue playing full-size outdoor bowls are more than welcome to come and join in on our carpet.
For details contact Derek - firstname.lastname@example.org or 834105
As with any football club, Milton United welcome the arrival of September and the start of the 2018/19 Season. It is also a time filled with flurries of activity and perhaps a bit of dreaming of the trophies to be won!
Starting with trophies, we start September with entry into the FA Vase and a game at home to Clanfield FC on Saturday 01 September at 3.00pm. This is a huge national competition and one which a number of local teams have done extremely well in.
We are also looking forward to some exciting derby games with Wallingford and Abingdon Town now competing in our league. You can keep up with games via our Twitter Site and the Milton United FC Website.
Throughout the Club we are always interested in people who wish to be involved, not just the players but also the people that help make it all happen. You may not think you have anything to offer, however, you may well be surprised at what can be achieved. We have committee positions available and with the replacement for our clubhouse on the horizon a huge challenge to help deliver a new Community and Sports Pavilion. Anyone who is interested, please contact Andy Burchette, Chairman on 07845 961276 for a chat!
Amongst our teams, Milton Ladies are very keen to increase their playing numbers. This team is open aged and is interested in new local players. Please contact the Milton Ladies Manager – Dean McConnell by text on 07508 193461 or come along to the Club to find out more about their open training sessions.
We hope to see you at the ‘Heights’
The two Kennet Leagues are over for the season and we finished as runners-up in both, which means promotion.
The third league, the Ashley-Baker, continues and we seem due for our usual comfortable but unspectacular final position. In the Club Men’s Pairs Competition Rod Clewley and his partner (modesty forbids naming) came out on top.
Whereas league matches indicate a measure of our playing success over a season, the additional full calendar of weekend friendly fixtures allows for a more relaxed ambiance and a chance for less-experienced players to get to know the game, improve their technique and enjoy the teas provided. With the recent sunny conditions, it has been quite the quintessentially English occasion, and our carpet means we can carry on when grass greens are unplayable.
We are always open to new players so why not drop in for a go or informal coaching on Monday evenings from 6.00pm? For details contact Derek - email@example.com or 834105
It is fair to say that football aside, this has been a very significant year in the history of Milton United and one that we hope will shape and define a positive future. Primarily I refer to the Club’s involvement in the Milton Heights housing developments. Working with the parish council, school, developer and landowners, the Club is a significant stakeholder and net contributor to the realisation of new and improved facilities at Milton. The Club believed from the outset that it was essential that we pursue funding and approval for a replacement for the current Clubhouse. Over the years the Milton Clubhouse has more than contributed to all manner of functions and occasions besides football. We now need a building that can accommodate both community and sporting activities for years to come.
At this time we are seeing the commencement of the Redrow Homes development and we aware that the Matthew Homes development (HFT land) is also about to commence. In short we are about to be surrounded! So it essential we work with the developers to ensure we get the best result for the community and Club. The VOWHDC has published the 106 Arrangements associated with these developments and these are legally signed decisions that have identified funding and land for another pitch for Milton United. Our main agreements for funding are linked to the finalisation of house number 30 during the construction phase that will extend to 458 new homes.
To the football, Milton United’s First Team has been competing in the Hellenic Division 1 East and Cup competitions that included the FA Vase. The team had an average and unpredictable year, not quite hitting form for any significant length of time. Next season is very much about re-grouping and we have confirmed the appointment of First Team Management in Tim Davies and Paul Berry. Paul who is an ex Oxford United professional and academy coach is a very positive addition to the Management Team.
The youth and girls’ teams continue to do well, in particular the Girls U18s have had a fantastic year winning their league, League Cup and the County Cup. Next season the majority of the team will be moving into Ladies football and they will form a new Milton Ladies Team.
The boys’ teams have also had good seasons competing in the Oxford Mail Youth League and Oxfordshire Invitational League. We are also setting up a new Milton A Team next season to compete in the North Berks football league.
Milton United are especially proud of the Club’s efforts in hosting Schools Representative Football, we are considered to be the home of the Vales Schools Representative teams who openly admit that without Milton United’s support there would be no Vale School representative teams. We have once again hosted a number of Cup Finals, as leagues appreciate our facilities and hospitality. The Club has justifiably received high praise from all quarters.
Looking forward to next season Milton United FC will be entering the Hellenic League Division 1 East, U18 Girls team move to Ladies and will enter the Thames Counties League. Milton ‘A’ will enter North Berks League and the U19s will enter the Oxfordshire Invitation League. Our remaining youth teams will enter the Oxford Mail Youth League. We will be supporting Hellenic League Veterans Teams and the Upper Thames Valley Sunday League. Additionally, we will continue to support the English Schools FA and host Vale and County level School representative football. All of which will require a huge effort.
Our real frustration is that although we are a good club, with huge potential to do more for local sport and the community our No 1 restricting factor is lack of help/volunteers. Those that are already helping in various roles are already heavily committed; with double the numbers we can indeed do twice as much. Therefore we would welcome anyone who would want to get involved at the club.
Chairman, Milton United FC
Over half way through the season and still 2nd and 4th in the Kennet Leagues and we have won more than we have lost so far in the A-B League. A final push in the next month then it is back to recreational bowling amongst ourselves. The great advantage of having an outdoor carpet is it will take any number of games without damage and we can bowl away to our hearts content into the winter and beyond - without extra green fees either.
Forgoing the pain of watching England’s footballers we spent a Saturday afternoon at our annual Fun Day. Bowling for a pig, between windmills, at a number target and with miniature woods set us challenges beyond the norm and much hilarity ensued. Class will out and the winner was Hilda Jones.
There now are a few numbers available in our £1/week ‘49 Club’ and I’d love to hear from anyone wishing to join in the fun. Due to its structure last week’s jackpot was £60; well worth having.
We are always open to new players so why not drop in for a go or informal coaching on Monday evenings from 6.00pm.
For details contact Derek Rees - firstname.lastname@example.org or 834105.
Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One East Milton United have signed Ashley Bayliss who was previously with Woking FC.
He was on the books of Oxford United, before being joining Vanarama Conference side Aldershot at the age of 17, with whom he was amongst the first European team to play in Nepal. He then went on to sign for Woking FC.
Kennington lad Ashley had fallen out of love with the game over the last 12 months and has decided to play closer to home and start enjoying his football again.
Milton manager Tim Davies was pleased to finally get the signing over the line and believes is a massive coup for Milton and shows their intentions for the new season.
Striker Sam McDermaid who has been on the books at Didcot Town joins after returning from University. Experienced centre half John Aubrey boosts the defence, John who is in the RAF has been on the books at Marine FC. Stephen Prior joins from Watlington Town and bring stability to the midfield. Full back Dhanendra Rai recently moved to the area from Wales, has played in the Welsh league's.
Along with Keeper Craig Griffiths, youngsters Jordan Goddard, Ryan Donnelly and Jack Thompson have all signed on with the first team and are confident and keen to play.
With more signings likely in the next week, Milton play friendlies against Kennington, Wantage Town, Reading YMCA and Didcot Town all before the end of the month.
Our season continues well with home wins against sides from Harwell, Abingdon, Burghfield, Kintbury and Kingston Bagpuize and away wins at Caversham, Burghfield, Blackbird Leys and Didcot – twice. They outnumber the five losses in the month leaving us second in all three leagues.
Having spoken at the Vale Planning Committee in support of the Blaise Park development adjacent to our green we are as relieved as the other stakeholders that permission was granted, and the community and sporting improvements will go ahead.
Why not drop in for informal coaching on Monday evenings from 6pm? For details contact email@example.com or 834105.
The AGM will take place on Thursday 12 July at 7.30pm - all are encouraged to attend.
Details of the Standing Committee positions are detailed on the agenda.
All Positions are up for re-election or filling, if interested in any positions please let me know. We are particularly keen to fill positions within the bar/kitchen where expenses etc can be re-numerated. We also need more support with the Secretary positions both administration and match day organisation.
Any items to be included in the agenda are to be notified to the Club’s email address no later than
Details of the Club’s constitution can be found on this link.
Chairman Milton United
Milton United's goal keeper Craig Griffiths was announced as the Uhlsport Hellenic League's Division One East Player of The Season at the League's annual awards dinner on Friday night (June 1).
The presentation to the club took place at the Hellenic League 65th Annual Awards Dinner held at the Kassam Stadium.
All Hellenic League teams vote for the opposition player of the match following each game played. With Griffiths coming top of the votes made by Division One East teams.
Our new season got under way in good style with wins at home to Harwell, Morland (of Hendred) and Lambourne, and narrow second places against Caversham and Hungerford.
At this time of year evening matches sometimes finish in the gloaming as they take longer on our fast carpet than on slow grass. This is because each wood takes a slow, wide swing towards the jack rather than being propelled with force directly up the middle. Luckily our surface takes much less effort making it ideal for the slightly less active bowler.
Find out for yourself at informal coaching on Monday evenings from 6.00pm
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Milton United advise that manager Tim Davies and Paul Berry have agreed to take charge of the team again next season.
Chairman Andy Burchette stated he is very pleased with the decision and believes the club is heading in the right direction with Tim and Paul.
Tim has been at the club for three seasons now and works very hard behind the scenes, he has been instrumental in combining the youth team with the first team. Paul arrived in January to help Tim and the player's have reaped the benefit of Paul's expertise. They work really well together and we are confident they can improve the playing squad and climb the table next season.
The first team are looking for a new Physio for next season. If interested please contact Tim Davies on 07798844294
Come and try your hand at Green Bowling.
No booking is required just turn up.
Bowls are for all ages and a fun way to keep fit and flexible, no experience is necessary.
We would prefer you to wear trainers, but overshoes can be provided.
Please see our website for more details: www.miltonhill.go-plus.net/