Short Mat Bowls First Thursday evening roll-up

October the 31st Halloween, a good night to start an evening session, it was strange bowling in the dark, as up to now our sessions have been in the afternoon.

Good turnout,

First Thursday evening session, great fun for Halloween
Thanks for brightening up the evening, what no rattle!
One thing a photographer should do is ask a bowler to hold on, Ann looks away in disgust, found a spider in my bed last night, strange that!
concentration on 2 of the rinks

Fundraising Quiz night and raffle 8th December 2019, 7-00pm for 7-30pm start

What: Fundraiser Quiz Night and raffle

Where: Skittle alley at The Rec

When: 7 for 7.30 start on Sunday December 8th

Who: Bowls club members and their friends, relatives, colleagues etc to make up teams of 4 maximum

How much: £5 per person to include a ploughman’s supper.

Please let Yvonne know if you are coming so that catering numbers can be calculated.

24th October 2019 workers!

Just a big thank you to Bryan H and Steve M for removing the old wood from the ditch sides in readiness for the new wood to be installed, all ready for the 2020 season (thanks in advance Martin G!)  the old wood will be on its way to the bonfire at Beversbrook shortly.

Thanks again lads

18th October Green mowed and looking good

Just had to take a photo of the green today, thanks to Derek for mowing, great job not only mowing but taking away the grass, how many bags, I would guess about 20!

Great job, looking good, however when I was watching 2 wagtails decided to have a peck around the Owls feet, so obviously Owls are not their natural enemy, but hopefully the wagtails are enjoying the leather jacket grubs!

Can you spot Barry looking on with a certain amount of pride!


First cut of the Autumn/Winter, looking good.


16th October – 1st Anniversary of the Calne Short Mat Club

Wednesday brought the end of the 1st year at Calne Short Mat and to celebrate 24 turned up to enjoy what has become a very popular sport.

No cakes, balloons or fireworks, just good old fashioned fun, see below.

This was the preparation to get the wood on the jack, see next picture, well done Edwina
Edwina shows the happiness of short mat bowls, after only 2 sessions!
It takes concentration
Now it gets serious! Ro will make sure that Paul gets it right
Looks more like a 100 mtr start

16th October 2019 Calne in Bloom Awards

On Wednesday Barry, Jan and Yvonne attended the presentations along with Pat and Gladys to receive an award. Below is a picture of Yvonne collecting the award.

Thanks to all who helped this year, a lot of hard work was put in and it is appreciated. Next year onwards and upwards!

Yvonne receiving the Calne Bowls Club Award for 2019



October / November 2019

Now the season has finished and bowlers can polish there woods and put them away (except for the short mat players of course) we enter the season of meetings, account auditing, minute taking, agenda fixing, election of 2020 officers, etc

Key dates for the club are as follows:

Sunday 20th October 12-30 for 1 pm Presentation Lunch at the North Wilts Golf Club.

Saturday 26th October Ladies end of season meeting at the Pavilion 11 am

Saturday November 2nd Men’s end of season meeting at the pavilion 11 am

Saturday 23rd November Short Mat AGM at the pavilion 10-45am

Saturday 30th November Calne Bowls Club AGM at the pavilion 10-45 am


The Owls have arrived

Following last years attempt to feed the pigeon population of Calne on our grass seed, we have installed 2 Owls.So far they have been very successful, with only a lone Pheasant visiting the green last week.

For this idea we have to say thank you to Spencer Moulton, where they were spotted doing a great job on their green earlier this year.

At the moment they have been named TWIT and TWOO, not original but anyone is welcome to name them, there will be a prize of a bottle of wine for the person whose name are selected at this year AGM in November, just send an email to the address shown on this site ( email hidden; JavaScript is required ) and the winner will be advised in December and the result will be then shown on the website in December.

Twit and Twoo keeping the birds away, following the work on the green.

20th Sept wintering the green!

Many thanks to those that turned up this morning to help close the green.

Martin S and Barry W mowed and scarified the green twice in readiness for the sowing etc on Monday, whilst David J helped with storing things away and edging the green.

Pat and Jan sorted the woods in the ladies’ clubhouse in readiness for the asset register.

In the background our faithful gardener Rod beavered away tidying up the borders  Thanks go to Yvonne for clearing up the old plants earlier in the week and Jan and Martha for cleaning the pavilion/changing rooms also earlier in the week.

Martin G has built the extra shelf to give extra storage space (he’s great with Meccano as well!). He also started clearing the outside of the storage area, as well as helping to store items away and doing the trip to the recycling centre to get rid of the grass, etc – we nearly ran out of bags!

Josie popped in for an hour and helped Stuart to stack and put tables, chairs away.

All Stuart did was to bring the doughnuts – just can’t get the Secretaries nowadays!!

Anyway some photos to be going on with, more work will be done next Saturday in readiness for a new photo for the main website page.

Thanks to all those that helped, hope I haven’t missed anyone out.

Barry W (left) and Martin S (right) enjoying a race across the green.
All ready for the seeding, etc on Monday.
view towards the club house


15th September 2019 Closing Day

It was a very hot day and 4 full rinks were engaged in an epic struggle to see which bowler came out on top, although I think some were trying for the last prize?

In 1st place was Norman with +13

second was Rod with +11

and third was Steve M with +9

Last place went to Ro S. with a minus score.

It was an afternoon enjoyed by all,

with thanks to Paul starting the proceedings explaining the rules (unfortuantely he couldn’t stay due to health issues, get better soon Paul), Karen organising the Raffle and Martha at the sink!

Thanks to all who attended and helped setting up the rinks and also packing away.

Needless to say Norman was late as usual to collect his first place prize!

Here are some photos, hopefully not as bad as the last ones, I feel another new camera coming  soon.

Every head was keenly fought for, even with the measure!
A great example of close heads!
The Prize winners Left to right Rod, Ro, Norman and Steve M
Group enjoying refreshments at half time