w/e 18th September 2021

The week started with the Local Sponsors Day on Sunday, it was a very good afternoon but due to the lateness in the season only 2 of our many sponsors could make it, thank you 3D computers from Chippenham and Oakleaf Accounting from Calne. It was a little overcast but dry, it is surprising the ability novice players can gather so quickly.

Happy bowlers, with Paul top left.
Another group photo
These are the prize winners on the day, well done.
As you can see this was taken towards the end of the, very overcast
Some of the club me,bets relaxing


At the same time there was a Mixed Triples Semi-final, this game proved to be very close with both teams tying on the 17th end. The deciding bowl was delivered by Barry W. who had a slight wick to go on and take the jack into the ditch, as you will see from the photo a toucher still touching the jack in the ditch is a killer. The final score ending up as 15-13 to Barry W, Yvonne and Dave J, against Ian, Josie and Roy. It was worthy of a final.

L to R Barry W, Josie, Dave J, Ian, Yvonne and Roy
The killer shot!
Back row L to R Gill and Pt W, front row L to R Sheila, Karen and Rod.
Norman in a sober state! and on the right Steve M celebrating the fact that the bar-steward had Zero coke in before he asked for it. Some customers are difficult.

On Monday there were 2 Quarter-Finals  of the Australian rule pairs competition in the evening. The honours went to Paul and Ian against Derek and Angela C 12-9, in the other game Dave J and Barry W came out winners against Ann C and Ley 18-8.

Paul, Ian, Angela C and Derek
Paul, Ian, Angela C and Derek

Tuesday is the last Club night of the season, next week Tuesday evening is the Watson Twighlight Bowl, with Fish and chips of course.

Wednesday evening brought the final of the men’s 101-up competition between Paul and Ian, it was close and at one time an impromptu umpire who was visiting the club was called to pontificate on one end, we are very grateful to him for sparing his valuable time, the final score was 109-91 to Paul.

L to R Ian, camera shy Dave G and Paul
We didn’t catch his name, but we are grateful to him!

Thursday and another competition game, this time it was the first Semi-final of the Aussie pairs competition, Ian and Paul took on Martin and Mark, it was game that was eventually settled on the last end. Martin/Mark led for nearly the whole of the game and only lost on the last end 15-18.

L to R Paul, Ian, Mark and Martin


On Friday the Ladies had their annual lunch at The Pewsham, Chippenham. It was a very enjoyable and they all enjoyed them selves.

I am not sure whether this was before or after, but they all look very relaxed.

To round off the week on Saturday there were 2 events both in the afternoon firstly the Ladies Fun Day was a great success, Pat Ran out as winner, but the scoring caused much fun and hilarity!

Sorry about the colour, but this is an exciting moment trying to work out the scores.
Pat receiving her prize from Yvonne

The men’s pairs final turned out to be an exciting game with Roy/Ian playing Mark/Martin. With one end to go Mark and Martin were trailing by 3 shots and a terrific delivery from Martin took the jack into the ditch for a moment it looked like they had scored 4 to win the match, unfortunately it was a 3 and an extra end had to be played, again with his last wood Martin took the jack into the ditch but failed to get the shot so Ian/Roy won 17-16. It is the first trophies to be presented event if they were not engraved.

L to R Mark, Martin, Roy and Ian



w/e 11th September 2021

Only 3 weeks to the end of the season, this week it’s the start of the West Wilts White Horse League finals. This is the men’s Tuesday afternoon 4’ s, as Calne ‘A’ won Division 3 this year they are in the finals along with the 4 other division winners and the 3 best runners-up.

The finals are held at Spencer Melksham on Monday (quarter finals), Tuesday ( semi finals) and the final being held on Thursday, all start at 2pm

Calne A were against Broughton Gifford ‘A’ on Monday and managed to win on the last end 16-15, they played Chippenham Town C on Tuesday and unfortunately lost 15-19, this is the second time they have reached the semi-finals, however to be one of the last 4 in 5 leagues of 48 teams is an achievement.

Happy team before the Semi-final, L to R
Stuart, Paul, Derek and Steve P

On Tuesday there is the normal Club night at 5-30pm for. 6pm start.

Ladies Seidal league are taking 6 players to Devizes for the end of season gala on Tuesday

Wednesday the ladies had two triples teams in the “Lavender and Lace” event held by Chippenham Town. Always an enjoyable occasion.

Wednesday evening saw the final of the Gunning Cup, the oldest cup in the club dating back to 1920 it was against Dave J and Martin S.The final result was a win to Dave J, A very entertains game.

L to R, Dave J and Martin S

There was also a chance to recreate the winning pair from the Men’s 2 wood final.Dave J. being the winner, 18-8

L to R Dave G and Dave J

Thursday the ladies had 3 triples teams at the Coronation Triples competition which is an all day event. This was held at Pewsey BC. Despite wet weather the teams had a good day.

On Saturday it was the Ladies triples final in the morning and after 2 and half hours the score was 17-17 after 17 ends. It was Karen, Sue, and Yvonne against Ann C, Josie and Ann B. Below is a picture of the 2 teams, both put up a great show of bowling, nip and tuck all the way, but with a single shot on end 18 the team led by Ann B, with Ann C and Josie ran out winners, the spectators certainly enjoyed it, but your correspondent just cannot get the cry of 1 yard out of his head!!!

L to R – Sue, Yvonne, Karen, Ann B, Josie and Ann C.

Ladies Diamond Jubilee celebration Saturday 4th Sept 2021

The Ladies are holding a day of celebrations in respect of their Diamond Jubilee, hard to think that 60 years ago, the Ladies started their own part of Calne Bowls Club and 2021 has proved to be a good year, with a number of new Lady members and success in many field of the bowling world.

The day was a great success and introduced lots of people to bowling, Now the photographs, team/group  ones first

Group Photo

Now some general photo’s, excuse the comments.

One of the few action shots I got, I don’t think she bowled the other one at the same time
New committee members getting settled in!
This is what happens when you run out of chairs
Slight pause in the proceedings
There was always very keen interest in the head
Can you spot the jack?
The pushers did have a mind of their own on the day
And she sang so beautifully, it was a great explaination why men don’t make sandwiches


Calne pair scoop the West Wilts Holloway Pairs Trophy in great style

On Wednesday Yvonne McColl and Dave Johns from Calne travelled to Avon B.C. to play Dave Betteridge and Dorothy McNeish from Trowbridge Town, in the final of the West Wilts Holloway Mixed Pairs Competition. They were supported by a small ray of Calne members. As in the previous rounds the Calne duo showed their skill and on the 17th ends the game was over with the score standing at 23-9 and the Calne pair had won. Congratulations to Yvonne and Dave, the first time Calne have won this competition.

Now here are some photographs of the event.

The winning pair with Dave Betteridge and Dorothy McNeish
The happy pair with the shield
Yvonne couldn’t contain herself

Calne Bowls Club Gala Day 29th August 2021

Whilst the day was overcast, it remained dry and the day went well, everyone appeared to enjoy themselves and it was good to meet people from outside of our local playing area, in connection with this many thanks to those who attended from Poole, Lambourn and Cirencester.

Now follows a gallery of the day and the awards

w/e 4th September 2021

The week started with our Gala Day, it was well attended and enjoyed by all who attended, the sun tried to shine but failed, at least it was dry. Photos will follow.

The leagues have now finished and the season is winding up with competition finals, etc.

On Tuesday evening it is our Club night, so if you feel like having a go at bowls, just turn up 8n flat shoes about 5-30/5-45pm. The ladies Seidal League played their final game of the season this evening. A very close game against Chippenham Park. Calne Blues dug in and secured a win. Good way to end the Seidal league season, finishing in 4th place in the table. Good going for novices.

On Wednesday there was a friendly between the Wiltshire Masons and ourselves, which was a great deal of fun with the Masons running out winners 85-75, even though Calne won 3 out of 5 rinks.

In the evening our daring duo, Dave J and Yvonne traveled to Avon Bowls Club for the final of the West Wilts Holloway mixed pairs competition, the first time a pair from Calne had reached the final. With 13 supporters from Calne there they won the game to become champions, see separate entry for further details.

On Thursday the Men’s MWTL played in the final of the Imagine Cruising Trophy at Avon B.C. under floodlights, second time for Dave Johns. They were against Spencer Moulton a team in the Premier league, Calne played a great game and only lost by 6 shots (45-51) in the end, winning 2 out of the 3 rinks. Well done lads.


To round of the week the Ladies celebrated their 60th year with a get together of ‘non bowling’ organisations, along with past members for a cream tea afternoon, a great success – see separate entry for photo’s


w/e 28th August 2021

Sunday starts with a final in the Paul Mackie mixed singles competition, between Barry W and Ian G, resulting in a win for Barry W, but Ian is still smiling!

Barry W and Ian after Barry won the Paul Mackie Mixed singles competition on Sunday

Later in the afternoon we had a friendly home game against Swindon North End, it was a very enjoyable game, with the home team managing to win 1 rink out of 5, but in terms of a friendly it was a draw.

On Tuesday in the WHL the ‘A’ team, who have already won the league are away to the second placed team Trowbridge Westbourne A and hoping to avenge their home defeat of 10-23, this they managed to do in a very tight game, 14-13.  The ‘B’ team have an open day, but have managed to get to 4th place in division 5, a very creditable achievement, especially as the team has a lot of new players, learning the game.

The Ladies played each other in the Seidal League, a home game for the Greens. The Blues won the match which was followed by a drink and something to eat. In the evening it is the ever favourite Club Night.

On Thursday was the last games in the Men’s MWTL, with the A team ( who have already won the league) at home to Trowbridge Town B and they finished with a close win of 59-57 (8-4 puts). The B team were away to Trowbridge Town A and also came away with a win

To finish the week there was a friendly against Broomfield at Bath, unfortunately whilst we won 2 of the 3 rinks, we still lost 41 – 57. No news yet of the score on the 3rd rink or the team involved.

w/e 21st August 2021

The season is slowly coming to an end, but this week is still pretty busy.

On Monday evening there was a rearranged game in the Men’s MWTL when Calne ‘B’ took on Trowbridge Town ‘B’ at home, unfortunately they lost 41-59 (4-8pts). Howvere some good news is that on the same evening our mixed duo of Yvonne and Dave J. travelled to Devizes, with a small group of supporters, in the semi-final of the West Wilts Holloway Mixed Pairs and won 29-12, the game ending on the 16th end. They now are in the final, as far as your correspondent knows it is a first time a Calne team has reached the final in this competition, The final is to be held on the 1st or 3rd Sept at Avon B.C.I have no doubt there will be supporters to cheer (quietly) them on.

On Tuesday, 2 of the 4 Tuesday teams were at home . In the Men’s WHL Calne A, who are currently top of the 3rd division, took  on Trowbridge Westbourne ‘C’ they won 25-8 and in doing so became champions of division 3. The ‘B’ team in division 5 were against Devizes ‘E’ and won 21-18, finishing the league on a winning note, after doing very well in division 5. In the Seidal league the Blues do not have a game this week whilst the Green team travelled to Corsham. They had a very close game and secured a good win.

In the evening it is Club Night, all welcome.

On Wednesday the Wiltshire Masons were up against the Somerset Masons at Calne, The Wiltshire Masonic BA ran out winners, taking 3 of the 4 rinks, they enjoyed a bowlers tea with sandwiches prepared by Pip and cakes made by several of the ladies, they all had a good time and we look forward to seeing them again on the 1st Sept.

A team of 4 Calne Ladies travelled to Wilton (Salisbury) and had a good day playing in a Bowls Wiltshire Trophy match.

Thursday evening brought a game in the Men’s MWTL was very interesting when Calne ‘B’ ( currently 4th in the league) were at ‘away’ to the league winners Calne ‘A’, it was exciting from start to finish, with the ‘B’ team giving the league champions a bit of a shock to start with. The score reflects how close it was, unfortunately the ‘B’ team lost 45-49 (3-9 pts), even though they won 1 rink and drew another.

Friday there was another Men’s MWT game, this time Calne ‘A’ take on Warminster in the Imagine Cruising Semi-final at Calne, Warminster was a Division 1 team and it was always going to be a good game, but in the end the Calne ‘A’ team came out on top winning 62-48 and so progress to the final, well done lads. At the same time, in the BW Ladies Triples league, the final game was at home to Chippenham Park, After a tense game ending with shots for 41 and against 39, this score sealed the top spot in their division. This is the first season of this league. Very well done ladies.

To finish off the week on Saturday the club was going to take  part in the Calne Public Participation Event, however due to bad weather coming in, the Council have decided to cancel the event, it’s a great shame as we were hoping to reach some of the community to let them know what a great game bowls is.

w/e 14th August 2021

The week started with a dedication of the rose garden in memory of Colin Chatwin, the day was well attended with both members and visitors alike, all in all a great success. I am hoping to set up a gallery of the photo‘s when they have been gathered in, in the meantime we have memories of a great day that did Colin proud, with thanks for the donation of the raffle and spider money to the club (£205) from Ann C. In the meantime here is a taster of the photo’s – the start of the conga with Ann C leading off and the rose garden dedicated to Colin in the background

On Monday the Calne (North Wilts) Monday Mixed team played their last game this season against  Warminster at home and won 56  – 38, 2 rinks to 1.

On Monday evening, 2 teams were in the quarter final of the MWTL Wilson cup, playing Holt and Spencer Moulton, unfortunately they both lost, but getting this far was a great achievement, it was a wet and gloomy night all round!

On Tuesday the Calne A team in the WHL were the only team at home, they played Trowbridge Town A and in a very close match ran out winners 21-18, keeping their top position in division 3. The other 3 teams were away, the Ladies Siedal teams went to North Wilts Poppies (the Blues) and Box (the Greens), the remaining WHL team Calne B were away to Corsham B and on a very soggy green won 16-14. Also on Tuesday  two ladies attended the Bowls Wiltshire Ladies Presidents day hosted by our president at the Wroughton B.C. This was a very good day. One which both said they enjoyed very much and finished with a very nice meal. In the evening it was club  night as normal.

On Wednesday the Ladies triples were at home to Blue Circle, start time 6 pm. After a close game, played on a dry evening the result was Blue Circle 39 Calne 32.

Thursday brought 2 games in the men’s MWTL, Calne ‘A’ were away to North Wilts ‘B’ and won 52-43 (10-2pts) which meant they have won the Division 2 title, with 2 weeks to go.  In the meantime Calne  ‘B’ who were 3rd in the league slipped to 4th due to losing at home to Corsham by the smallest of margins 45-47 (4-8pts), they do have a game in hand, that will be played Monday evening.

In conclusion the week continues with many of the club’s competitions as they near the finals.