Club Maintenance Feb 2021

Many thanks to husband and wife team, Yvonne and Steve, for all their hard work.  As part of their exercise regime, under Covid rules, they have cleared the first border, ready for further maintenance.  It is intended to raise the border and make it a memorial rose garden in memory of Colin Chatwin, with roses donated by Ann.

The second border awaits!

By the way, the daffodils did not go to waste and are now happily growing in a member’s garden.

Rose border cleared

Second day and another border cleared

Flower border cleared



Following the goverments recent Covid announcement

We are now awaiting details from Bowls England as to how/when we can commence bowling.  I suspect if they issue any notification that it will be with provisional dates.

We currently have all our fixtures (excluding club competitions) shown for 2021 on the website, both in tabular form and in the Events Calendar.  These I suspect will need to be updated once we are certain of commencement of bowling dates.

In the meantime the committee is making plans with regard to general maintenance/pre-season tidy up of the club and as soon as we can provide dates we will advise members.

Until then we can only look forward to the sun on our backs and the woods running down the green.


Postcode Neighbourhood Trust Grant 2020/2021

A big thank you to the Postcode Neighbourhood Trust for giving us a grant of £2,000 to help us through the winter, following the 2020 season where our income was dramatically reduced.

This was due to the loss of green fees as no competitive games against other clubs was allowed due to Covid, in addition to this we could not hold any fund raising events, as well as a lot of our sponsors were not able to support us this year.

This grant will ensure we can maintain our green, especially as we have spent a lot of energy and time bringing it back to a high standard.

Later this year we will get a small plaque to put up in commerative of the Trusts generosity and support.

New Years Eve 31st December 2020

We have now entered Tier 3 as this Covid 19 takes hold of the country again, but hopefully 2021 will be a better year once the vaccine gets rolled out.

Time to think of the future, so here is a picture of the green today, not bothered by Covid or Tier 3. Twit and Twoo standing as guardians, the grass covered in a beautiful frost blanket.

New Years Eve at the Club

Roll on the summer and bowling, in the meantime a Happy New Year to all, stay safe.

Sad news – John Varney

It is with great sadness we have to announce that John passed away on Boxing Day,

John was a well liked member of the club and our thoughts are with Karen at this difficult time.


The Green on the day we actually obtained our lease on the 30th Nov. 2020

The clubhouse on lease day 30th November 2020
A momentous day – we have our lease, and the green is looking good!

Roll on 2021 season, with hopefully Covid problems behind us.  A big thank you to all those who have supported us during this difficult year, not forgetting all those members and visitors who have rallied round and made some happy memories on the green.

Now is the time to wish all a very happy and peaceful Christmas and a very healthy 2021.

Calne Bowls Club’s Lease

The Club, represented by our Chairman Barry Wicks, today signed the final documents for our own lease.  This now gives us the chance to take one of the biggest steps the club has taken, to grow and develop our great club.

We have been in existence since 1914, through good and bad times, but this heralds the start of a new era for bowls in Calne.

A lot of work is now needed to achieve the next steps and Covid-19 is not helping, but that will not stop our progress, maybe delay it, but not stop it.

Barry W looking a little smug?
Left Barry W (Chairman) and Stuart (Club Secretary), at the lease signing, October 2020


Well it had to come, the close down of the club for the winter

After making the best of things in this Covid 19 year, we finally get to closing the green.

We started at 9-30 and by 10-45, everything had been tidied away.

A big thank you to, not in any order, Mike & Mayumi, Josie,  Barry K, Martin G, Roy, Ley, Les, Rod, Sheila and Steve. Your correspondent just bossed people about.

Not to forget Martin S who turned up after we had finished, note to myself, must start at 11am and to remind Martin to have an early night!!  hehe.

Thanks for the chat Martin.

Anyway, here are some pictures and don’t go on about social distancing,!

All the helpers have gone and Twit and Twoo stand guard over the green for the winter.
Steve P asked Les what was the latest dance he had learnt, Rod was so impressed he is phoning his agent.
You can’t see the delivery mats, but with all the spray they have had they needed a good scrubbing, thanks Josie and Mayumi
We were very lucky to have the phantom tea maker today.
This is Mike, who has been trained by Mayumi to hoover, did a brilliant job.


Friday 9th October 2020 last day for bowling

In between the showers 6 members braved the green on its last day for bowling.

Yours truly was able to get the following pictures, but the fun continued until the last Wood rolled down the green into the ditch!

Since the 1st June 62 members and 11 visitors have had a total of 1,347 sessions at the club.

Anyway here are a couple of photos, sorry none of the players, Ann C, Sheila, Barry K, Josie, Ley and Mayumi, failure on cameraman’s organisational skills!!

Wounded soldier Barry and Pip looking on
Believe it or not those pink woods belong to Ann C, I should have taken a picture of the next end!!!


As the outdoor season ends, the short mat starts at Beversbrook

After several weeks, the Calne Short Mat Club has got its ESMBA covid safe status.

On Monday 5th October, Ann,John and Stuart, set out how the sessions will run and cleaned the carpets. Sessions will start on Monday 12th October and will run as before, with restrictions, every Monday 2pm,  Wednesday 2pm  and Thursday 6-30pm.

We are limited to 2 mats and 8 members, no visitors allowed, booking is through Ann, who is ensuring all members wishing to bowl will get a fair share of the sessions.

The first week has already been fully booked, so whilst we are not back to our attendances of 20/30 every time, we are at least back at Beversbrook and hopefully as and when restrictions are eased we will be best placed to take advantage of them, below are photographs to give members some idea of what to expect.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Calne council, in particular Kevin for all the support we have received.

Reception table