January 2022

The new year is here and the website is slowly being updated for the forthcoming fixtures, as they become available.
But the first news is that our Chairman has become a Grandad, a boy weighing 8lb 4 oz named Huxley Irvine, congratulations to all involved!

Wilst the grass lays hidden under the frost (see pictures below), the committee held its first meeting of the year, various dates have been agreed and will be on the website shortly.

January 14th, underneath the frost the grass awaits the arrival of Spring and of course the bowlers.

Congratulations to our recently retired Ladies Secretary who celebrated her 80th birthday on 18th Jan 2022, whats it like to be 80 years young Jan!!

Here is a picture of Calne Lady members celebrating Jan’s birthday at Yvonne’s home.Jan is in the seat of honour 4th from the right.

Janet Paynes 80th birthday bash

Calne Festival of Lights 4th December 2021

This year this event had to be postponed due to the weather on the 27th November, however all being well it looks like the sun will be out tomorrow and Calne Bowls Club will be running its Tombola stall as usual.

We look forward to meeting as many of the public as possible and raise some funds for the club as we are looking to replace our 1947 pavilion which has served us well since 1947 I believe, if you know different please get in contact, always eager to get any historic facts about the club.

Well, the event took place and thanks to the support of the people of Calne we raised £475, well done.

Many thanks to all the members who have taken part in getting everything ready, in particular Yvonne and Steve McColl who did all the organising.

December 2021

The green has had a lot of attention and is recovering from the very busy season we have had, its great to sdee the new grass coming up.

The AGM. took place last Saturday and was well attended, despite the amount of snow that descended on Calne in the morning!

The new Club Secretary is Les Fish, following Stuart Beard who was standing down after 3 years in the role.  Janet Payne, the Ladies’ Secretary, had already stood down at the Ladies’ meeting earlier in November (being replaced by Sue Pitman). Both Stuart and Janet were given presentations for their hard work in helping to get the club in the position it was now in, membership having grown from 35 to 71 and the financial position the best it had been in many years.

In addition to this the West Wilts Mixed Holloway Pairs Salver and cash prize were presented to Yvonne McColl and Dave Johns for winning the competition with year.

Stuart is staying on as Bar Manager, Men’s Secretary and Website Manager. He and Janet will both be available to help their replacements to settle into their new roles.

Other members stepping up to new positions :

Friendlies’ Fixture Secretary – Steve McColl (supported by Roy Jennings)

Club Competition Secretary – Roy Jennings

All other positions remain unchanged.

Members arriving at the Mason Lodge.



November 2021

The green has now been closed down for the winter, however there are still happy memories of a very successful season, below is a copy of a card received from the Cherhill Scouts who we entertained as a thank you for their work in brightening up the club with the bee hotels!


October 2021

The season has almost ended, several members have been having roll-ups as the weather has been excellent for bowls.

However on the 16th October the green closed and winter work to get it ready for next year starts, the following photo shows work progressing (19th October)

Following the work done on the green, our friends are back on the green.

Twit and Twoo are now back on duty after having the summer off welcoming visitors to the Club.

We have received confirmation from Calne in Bloom regarding our award this year, well done to all the members who helped, as well as Calne Town Council for supplying a grant for the borders to be refreshed and the surround made safe.

Now the meeting season starts.

Important dates for October :

Saturday 23rd October the Ladies end of season meeting at the pavilion in the morning

Sunday 24th October is the annual Luncheon/presentation at the North Wilts Golf Club.See separate post for photographs.

Saturday 30th October is the Men’s end of season meeting at the pavilion in the morning.

A big thank you to all our sponsors and supporters, as well as the members who have helped to make it such a successful season for Calne Bowls Club.



Annual Luncheon and Presentation Event October 24th 2021

  • This annual event took place at the North Wilts Golf Club, the set up and service was perfect as was the food, as we have always found in the past.
  • The guests of honour were Carl and Louise Burrows, Carl is the Strategic Director of Imagine Cruising, who have supported the club for many years and have given the club the financial base to progress as they have done.
    Here are the photographs –
    First are the room set up before guests arrival, followed by general pictures and then finally the presentations –

w/e 2nd October 2021

Whilst a certain amount of social bowling carries on – weather permitting – On Saturday several stalwart club members gathered early in the morning to put the green to bed, so to speak.All the benches and tables/chair have been stacked away along with the bowling equipment, a few items being left out for members use up to the 16th October along with the advertising signs, another season over.

We now enter 2 months of meetings along with the Annual Luncheon and Presentation ceremony on Sunday 24th October.

In future only monthly posts will be made sarting with the October one, that will be on the website later this week.

A big thank you to all our supporters and sponsors for their help and support through the playing season.

Last but not least to our 70+ members who have made the continuing story of Calne Bowls Club a successful one, we look forward to meeting opur many friends on the green again next year when hopefully Covid will be a distant memory, in the meantime stay safe.

Tuesday 21st September Pat Watson Twilight Bowl

The format was introduced in 2018 at the suggestion f our then Ladies Captain Pat Watson.

It could not be run, due to COVID, in 2020, but the last time in 2019 it attracted 24 members, this year there was almost 50. The programme for the evening is simple –

5pm set up table and chairs on rink 1

5-30pm draw for rinks

6pm start

7pm Fish and chip arrive.

7-30pm set out fats and tea lights

7-45pm start bowling as the sun sets.

Now here are the photos, no descriptions needed as they are self explanatory.

And the following day the green appeared to be back to normal

w/e 25th September 2021

The last week of bowling at the club, time to give the rinks a rest over the winter, however there is still a lot going on this week.

The week started with the Men’ drawn triples game on Sunday afternoon, this was to celebrate the successes the men had this year, it was a very enjoyable afternoon with the final positions being

Barry W +16

Steve M +11

Richard +7

Steve P -18 consolation prize.

The spider ended was a tie, Barry’s W and K taking the wine.

Men’s Drawn Triples day Sept 19th 2021

Monday evening was the final of the Mixed Triples, it was closer than the score shows with Barry W, Yvonne and Dave J beating Derek, Angela and Dave D. 22-14, it proved to be a very entertaining game.

L to R Derek, Angela, Dave D. Barry W. Yvonne and Dave J. It was starting to get dark by the time they finished, but at least they get to hold the shields!

Tuesday evening brings the annual Twilight bowl, inc Fish and Chips, please see separate entry on the home page for this event.

Wednesday evening was the remaining semi-final of the Aussie Pairs competition, it resulted in win for BarryW/Dave J. against Allan/Barry K 21-7.

L to R Barry W, Dave J, Barry K and Allan.

Whilst that game was taking place on rink 6, rinks 1, 2 and 3 were taken over by the Cherhill scout group. this was a thank you and an introduction to bowls for the group, below are some photos, it was an interesting experience and they all appeared to enjoy themselves.

Group photo with the Calne Bowls Club helpers at the back
These are the 4 scouts who built the bee houses, each standing next to their achievements
All in action on the green

On Thursday in the morning it is the final of the Ladies 2 wood competition, followed in the evening by the Final of the Aussie Pairs Competition.

Friday is a free day, however Saturday is the official closing day with a mixed drawn triples competition, see separate entry for details.

On Sunday there was a friendly against Malmesbury on their artificial grass, apparently they are unbeaten at home since having the artificial surface done, we gave them a good run for their money but unfortunately lost, but it was a very enjoyable game.


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