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)

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.

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.

 

 

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

 

 

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