Events at the Club w/c 12th May 2019

This week has been a little quieter than last, thank goodness!

On Monday the Mixed team were away to Chippenham Town and, whilst they lost, team manager Rod and his rink managed to take the first points off them this season.

On Tuesday the White Horse team were at home to Broughton Gifford A and it was a very close game, with 1 dead end, ending with 14 shots apiece, both teams playing very well.

Tuesday Club night was not as hectic as the previous one, however a new member was signed on plus 4 more were undergoing training and appear to be very enthusiastic.

Club members, getting ready to start
Martha doing a great job of instruction

Wednesday saw the Ladies in the Nor West league lose again unfortunately, but their time will come and it could be this week, good luck ladies.

The Men then took to the field at  Trowbridge Town on Thursday and unfortunately went the same way as our Ladies, losing 14-0 on points.  However the 3 new members put up a good showing, being ‘bloodied’ for the first time and show great promise for the future.

On Sunday, to round off the week, we had a friendly against Haydon Wick, Martin G’s report now follows:

A mixed team of 8 men and 8 ladies left Calne and ventured into the wilds of North Swindon to play a friendly match against the natives of Haydon Wick on Sunday afternoon.

The game started just as a large rain cloud came over, but luckily it passed over quickly and only the first two ends were affected.

Haydon Wick had the measure of their green and won on 3 rinks, however the “dream team” of Sheila, Roy, Ann B and Steve P restored some pride to Calne with a convincing win on their rink.

Haydon Wick are playing a return leg at Calne in August when we will aim to gain our revenge.

All in all, a very pleasant afternoon of good company, good bowling and good banter.

Group picture before the game

Finally thanks to Martin G who has started the wood edging around the green, but he will need help, so if there any volunteers please contact him ASAP.

Also to Steve and Yvonne McColl for the painting they did on the bench stands, also to Martha who I believe was hoping to get 1 or 2 of the benches done.

Without all our willing volunteers where would we be, a big thank you to all the unsung heroes.



Interesting week for Calne Bowls Club w/c 5th May 2019

Tuesday afternoon saw the club take on Warminster at Warminster in the White Horse League and a convincing win by 24-13 saw our team take top position in Div 4.  In the evening it was a hectic club night with 10 people undergoing coaching and 2 rinks of members having a roll-up. On another rink was the first round of the county 4s. Calne, led by Martin S., were up against Chippenham Park and after a close game, Calne lost by 1 shot on the last end.

On Wednesday the weather changed and as a result the Ladies Nor-West League game at Avon B.C. was called off due to hailstones and torrential rain.

On Thursday the evening saw the men’s triples team take on Devizes at Devizes.  Luckily it eventually turned into a dry evening and a good win for Calne 75-68 12-2 points. That makes it 2 wins in a row, after beating Corsham at Corsham the previous week.

On Friday there was no game but Barry our greenkeeper spent most of the day working hard on the green.  Thanks Barry, it is appreciated.

Finally, on Saturday, it was the Lions Annual Duck Race.  It was a chilly start but warmed up as the day went on.  Our tombola did brisk business all day and a huge thank you to all the members who donated items and to Yvonne and Steve (aka Stuart!) for all their hard work and also the 2 Anns, Pat, Josie, David and last but not least Martin G for his unsinkable ducks ( if I have forgotten anyone, please accept my apologies). The day raised £184 for the club.

Stuart and Steve catching the big one!
Steve shouting again, with Ann and Pat. Yvonne working in the background
Tombola stand, with lots of bottles

New Mats arrive at Beversbrook May 2019

Thanks to the Sports England grant, supported by C.B.C. and Calne Council, the 3 new mats arrived on Wednesday morning, along with new scoreboards.  A lot of excitement was generated and some members were there to see the C.S.M.B.C. Secretary, Stuart Beard, deliver the first wood.  Needless to say he only managed to get it just past the centre block !

Stuart said the club had made great strides since its start last October and thanked all members (now approaching a total of 40) for their support. Stuart said ” It is an exciting time for the club and who knows what the future holds” .He also thanked John and Ann Harris for running the summer season, whilst he is bowling out in the open air.

The 2 old mats are now in storage awaiting their fate.  It is hoped that a local school might take them as there are no plans for recovering any cost and they will come free with 2 jacks, fenders, centre blocks and mats.

Stuart sending down the first wood.
2 of the 3 mats set up for play

Mixed Drawn Triples Sat 27th April 2019

It was a windy day but it brightened as the day went on as 20 members battled for the first place (or even the last place).

The final result was

1st Paul Mackie +20

2nd Norman Lawton +17

3rd Pam Grugeon +14 (just easing out Martin G with +13)

Last place Ro Smith with another score!

with Pat Watson winning the spider

all 5 won cash prizes, so there is some gain in coming last!

Thanks go to Paul who organised the day, that went quite smoothly, except for the missing tokens and the need to rummage in pockets, you know who you were.

You would think they placed the bowls in that order
Group photo before the action started
Those going home happy, L to R Pat, Norman (doing what Norman usually does) Pam, Ro and the organiser Paul

5-30pm 23rd April 2019. First Tuesday Club Night all welcome

Well 27 people turned up and enjoyed their bowling.

It would seem that the jack was not the main focus of their attention!
Steve obviously thought it was better to leave the rink as Ann gave him some advice!
Members enjoying themselves
The evening starts

Open Day Sunday 28th April 2019

The day started very cold with a brisk wind, no members of the public wanting to play, so our 3 county coaches on duty (Andy, Les and Karen) decided to coach some club members.  They had only just got started when people started to arrive and as the day went on it never stopped.  In all 17 people turned up, which makes nearly 40 over the 2 days.  It was a very successful day with 4 new member,s and a total of 13 returning on the following Tuesday evening for Club night, some from the previous open day.

Les Kirby imparting his great knowledge
Karen (also known as Kathy) Kirby showing 2 new members (who have since joined) what looks like a yellow card?!
Andy Bradfield in the background helping and as you can see our antics drew quite a lot of interest through the railings.
As you can see it didn’t take long to get the action right.
Karen starting slowly with the new visitors.
It wasn’t long before the coach left them with the mat and went to help from the jack.

Open Day 13th April 2019

A very successful day, with several new signings and a lot of interest.  Even the Calne players managed to get some coaching. Thanks go to all the supporting Calne players, not forgetting the great work done by Nigel and his coaching team of Iain and Michael. Looking forward to the 28th April and hopefully another good turnout.


Rod, ever the gardener, great job on the borders.


Club members watching the fun on the green.



Must be a first, only 5 years old, having great fun on the green, coached by Nigel, is she a champion in the making?
New bowler to the green, Mary enjoying some coaching with Michael
Even at the age of 9 you can play bowls for the first time and find you are good at it!  The whole family enjoyed their experience and have signed on. Welcome to the club
Mind you, Mum had a few problems!  Coach Nigel in the background is helping 2 other new players.
Coach Iain, showing that you must watch the run of the wood, whilst new member Neil looks on..

Calne Bowls Club Gala Day

Sunday 2nd June 2019

  • Playing for the ‘Jim Wilkie’ Trophy and the ‘Gala Plate Shield’
  • Over £250 in Cash Prizes
  • 3 Woods – Mixed Triples – All Day Format

Entry Fee: £30 (£10 per head includes food ticket and unlimited tea, coffee, squash and biscuits)
Clubs can enter more than one team but each team must be mixed.

For further information please contact either
The Club Secretary – Stuart Beard – 01225 706972 – Email: email hidden; JavaScript is required
Or The Fixture Secretary – Martin Grugeon – 01249 813087 – Email: email hidden; JavaScript is required

Click here for an Entry Form

For more details, please click here to view the event poster 

New Open Day Banner now on display and then it was gone! But no worries a new one is back in place, please try to avoid hitting it!



The new Open Day banner in the Town Gardens, should catch a few people’s eyes!

Oh dear! After the traffic accident on Tuesday night, we do hope the lady driver is well. A new banner will be going up soon.
Good place Barry, new banner up, lets hope Wiltshire Council do not replace the railing in the next 2 weeks!