Open Day Sunday 28th April 2019

The day started very cold with a brisk wind, no members of the public wanting to play, so our 3 county coaches on duty (Andy, Les and Karen) decided to coach some club members.  They had only just got started when people started to arrive and as the day went on it never stopped.  In all 17 people turned up, which makes nearly 40 over the 2 days.  It was a very successful day with 4 new member,s and a total of 13 returning on the following Tuesday evening for Club night, some from the previous open day.

Les Kirby imparting his great knowledge
Karen (also known as Kathy) Kirby showing 2 new members (who have since joined) what looks like a yellow card?!
Andy Bradfield in the background helping and as you can see our antics drew quite a lot of interest through the railings.
As you can see it didn’t take long to get the action right.
Karen starting slowly with the new visitors.
It wasn’t long before the coach left them with the mat and went to help from the jack.

w/c 18th August, a quieter week

On Tuesday in the West Wilts League we were at home to BOA Constrictors, the league already won, however the team did not slacken they won 26-11

Wednesday was a busy day for our ladies. They played a friendly match away at Trowbridge Westbourne where we were warmly welcomed with a cup of tea. We then moved onto the green in lovely sunshine and after some great bowling Calne came out the overall winners.The scores did not matter though as it was such a good afternoon, followed by a nice tea provided by our hosts..

It must be said that our new and inexperienced ladies played to a high standard and will be worthy assets to our ladies’ team in due course. Thank you for today ladies.

It was really good to have Pat Watson there overseeing our match.

Also on Wednesday the Red Hatters visited the green for a roll up and tea.

Calne Crackers (Martin’s title not mine!. Also known as the Red Hatters.
Not to forget the Tea.

On Thursday the Mid Wilts Triples team was away to currently 4th place Spencer Melksham.  Unfortunately it was not Calne’s night and they lost 0-14, however Trowbridge Town dropped 4 points and it could still be promotion as Calne play Winsley next Thursday, so there is still a chance!

The ladies’ section were pleased to have two Calne players selected for the Nor West League versus Salisbury and District League friendly match on Thursday. This was played at North Wilts green and was a 1.30 start. Representing Calne were Ann Chatwin and Yvonne. Both enjoyed this match which was played in lovely weather. Ann was part of the highest scoring rink for which she won a prize. Well done ladies for representing Calne in the company of some very good players, including the present BW Ladies’ President.

Friday brought the Wiltshire Masonic to the green at Calne.  It was a good friendly and sociable time for all. The Masons certainly enjoyed themselves, even Martha who was an honorary Mason for the day!!

Taken by Gladys “Bailey” Webster – might give her a tripod for Christmas!

Another competition completed. Mary and Steve came out on top in this exciting mixed pairs final

w/c 11th August 2019. the week the Tuesday team won the 4th division title and promotion

The end of the Bowls season approaches!

On Sunday 16 Calne members made the trip over the M4 to Supermarine Bowls Club which has a long history, originally being part of the Vickers sports and social club.

Supermarine have the largest green in Wiltshire being a full international size of 40 mtr by 40 mtr. Calne’s green for comparison is 35.80 mtr x 35.80 mtr.

This means that a long jack really is long.

Calne players quickly discovered that Supermarine have quality in depth and that they don’t take prisoners.

It is valuable experience for Calne to play opposition of a higher standard then they normally do because it forces you to raise your game.

Suffice to say that we lost on all 4 rinks and the score cards have been conveniently mislaid.

However, everyone enjoyed the game, we avoided the rain which stopped as soon as we got on the green and started again as most rinks completed the 21st end.

Supermarine have agreed to play at Calne next year on the 9th August when we hope to give them a stiffer test.

Good to see Pat out and about, attending as a spectator.

Supermarine friendly

Supermarine friendly

In the last North Wilts Mixed league game at Trowbridge Town we lost 42-53 (2-8 on points). Only the league Gala day on the 9th Sept now.

On Tuesday in the White Horse league, we were away to Devizes, after a poor start, being 3-9 down, we rallied and eventually won 25-16, this win ensured we had won the league with 1 game to go, well done lads, promotion 2 years running.

The ladies last league match of this season took place at Melksham against Avon Astras. Start time of 2.30. This match was re-arranged from May 8th. The day started with heavy downpours of rain. However, we turned up and it was agreed that the game would take place.We had a very good end to this match and we came out the overall winners at 4-2 to us.The score was 36 to 33. Brilliant result once again and a great effort by all players.

The Men’s Mid Wilts Triples league were away to North Wilts B on Wednesday and managed to avoid the rain, ending up 99-36 (14-0) winners. The following day the visitors to Calne were 3rd placed Trowbridge, it was a good game with Calne winning73-61 (10-4 on points)

Not often we get the chance to put a competition picture up, but this is such a good composition I could not resist it (well done Steve?)

Martha and Yvonne, the finalists of the Smith Rose Bowl Trophy, for the result look under members section.

Club night 6th August 2019, a night with a difference!

Club night with a difference, several starts were born, but thanks to all that turned up as part of our major sponsors – Imagine Cruising – Marketing plan to show their involvement in the local community, as well as showing our Club to a wider public.

Here are the photos on the evening.

w/c 4th August 2019

We were represented by three triples, Angela, David & Martin and Derek, Martha & Yvonne and Dave, Ian & Paul. On a “very difficult” green, none of us progressed out of our groups. Although we did manage a few good wins between us, enjoyed the excellent buffet, and we really did have a jolly good days entertainment.

Most importantly it was good experience for our new members. Derek learnt how his woods can get whacked into the ditch and Angela learnt where to place her middle finger.

The day was also a cultural experience where a strange new West Wilts language was discovered.

On Monday we were at home to Warminster in the North Wilts mixed league, It was a better afternoon for us winning 51-45 (8-2 on points), well done.

Tuesday the men’s White Horse league game was at home to Chippenham Park, whilst losing at 10 ends 3-12, the rains came and after a tea break, Calne went on to win 29-15.This was followed by Club Night and a visit from our main sponsors Imagine Cruising to take videos of Calne Bowls Club members to promote not just CBC but also the other sports clubs, Wiltshire Air Ambulance, other charities as well as Louise Hunt who is going to Tokyo in 2020. See separate entry for photographs.

Wednesday the ladies played in the Nor-West league against Devizes Dark Horses. It was a very pleasant and friendly game. The ladies have achieved the double over them and came out the overall winners. Great effort by all who played. We won by 39-33. Both the ladies and men were represented at Devizes. Good to see so many Calne players at an away match. Next weeks game is against Avon Astras away.

On Wednesday as well the men’s Mid Wilts triples team were away to Devizes Kennet and they followed the ladies example and won 82-56, 14-0 points.

On Thursday they were at home to Trowbridge Westbourne A, and suffered a reversal losing 60-65, 2-12 on points.

w/c 28th July 2019

The week started with an a home game against Trowbridge Westbourne in the North Wilts Mixed league, unfortunately Calne lost 43-60 (0-10 in points)

The big guns from Chippenham Town BC were in Calne to play 2 Calne teams in the West Wilts Men’s Pairs – David and Martin S were the favoured team whilst Stuart and Derek N were the other team.

And so it proved Martin S started well with home knowledge on a tricky rink 6 to take a 10 – 1 lead after 7 ends. The next 6 ends saw the away team claw back 9 shots without reply, setting up a tense finale and a 1 shot lead to the visitors going into the 18th and last end which they extended to a final score of 14 – 16.

Unfortunately Stuarts rink whilst it started of well by winning the first end, it was all downhill from there, Derek played well, whilst Stuart made up the numbers! Eventually Calne lost 3-26.

After the match it was drinks all round in excellent company sat around the green.

On Tuesday in the West Wilts White Horse league the men were away to Trowbridge Town, Richard Francis celebrated his 84th birthday by ‘stealing’ 14 shots, he was on top form, well done Richard, Calne lost 16-21, will we be top now?

Wednesday the ladies played away at Bradford on Avon. A beautiful afternoon but unfortunatly despite our very best efforts it was not the outcome we had hoped for. One rink lost by 1 shot and the other rink by 4 shots. We continue next week playing Devizes away.

On Thursday, the Men’s Mid Wilts triples team took on Corsham at home, unfortunately Corsham thought (in error) that they were at home, eventually they turned up and the game started, only 14 ends were played, but Calne won 76-42 (14-0 on points), we are top again!

On Saturday we played Hayden Wick in a friendly, it was our return game having played them at Haydon Wick earlier this year. We played 4 triples and we lost 3 rinks to 1 , our only winning rink was skipped by Gill Rickards (welcome back Gill). The overall score was very close , we lost by 11 shots, It was a friendly game and new friendships were formed and our new members acquitted themselves very well. On a non-bowls theme, Rod could not play as he had to watch his granddaughter who had reached the national swimming finals, however she came first and won gold, well done, one very proud granddad.


w/c 21st July 2019

After busy Sunday (see Sep report) we got back down to normal games

On Monday the team were home to North Wilts in the North Wilts mixed league, unfortunately it did not go Town’s way and they lost 39-55 (2-8 pts)

In the evening Stuart and Yvonne took on the reigning champions in the West Wilts Holloway mixed Pairs at Avon BC, they started well but ended up losing 23-12, Apparently this was the first team from Calne to take part in this competition, roll on next year!

On Tuesday in the White Horse T & B league division 4, We took on Trowbridge Westbourne and ended up winning 17-14, so should remain top of the league.

Wednesday the ladies played a Nor West league game away to Chippenham Town, who fielded a very strong team .Calne lost to them 33-40. Let us look forward to our three remaining games and hope we can pick up some points..

Thursday the RHS South West in Bloom judge visited the club to assess our entry in this event. The visit took place on one of the hottest days ever, but the general ambience of the club was very good.. This time the judge, who had visited on a previous occasion, took a good look around. He, along with Trudy from the council stayed for a considerable time. As well as Barry there were 5 ladies present. Once the judge had left we had proseco, scones and cream courtesy of Yvonne. Several photographs were taken some of which I have added to this piece.

Just prior to judging
Spot the secretary


The Judges, Barry,Yvonne and Ann
Just prior to judging

In the evening the men’s triple’s team took on North Wilts in the Mid-Wilts league, it was a very successful evening, with Calne running out 100-38 (14-0 on points) winners, it was there 5th 14-0 win and their 3rd century this season, well done, we now await the league to see how Winsley & Trowbridge Town have done.


Thursday 25th July Neighbourhood assessment in the RHS South West in Bloom

Can’t believe it’s a year since we won an award, so it’s all hands to the pump to make our colourful club look even better for the judging day, I wonder if our flower bowler will make an appearance? The day dawned and it was one of the hottest days ever in the UK. The club was looking at its best as we awaited the judging party. The bowling lady had morphed into a scarecrow, happy to lend it to you Barry following next years grass seed sowing. They arrived at around noon and immediately liked what they saw. The judge had visited Calne Bowls Club a couple of years ago and gave the impression that he saw an improvement. We shall have to “wait and see”. After some discussion regarding his floral tie the judge went on to his next assignment and enjoyed scones and cream along with a glass of bubbly. Plenty of photos were taken and this is some of them.

Smart pavilion. Looks good.
That scarecrow again.
Whoops. That garland fooled no one Steve.
Judge looking like he means business

21st July 2019 2-30pm. Bowls Wiltshire

On Sunday we entertained a mixed team from Bowls Wiltshire, the game started at 2-30 pm, and progressed during the afternoon with much humour and chat, as well as excellent bowling. As usual the visiting team ran out winners although Calne managed to win 2 rinks.

A big thank you to all involved, particularly Pip, Ro and Gladys on the catering front and Martin G for arranging and last but not least June Corbett for getting a team together to visit us, lets hope for a return visit. Many thanks to all the Bowls Wiltshire players who gave up there time to visit us and raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

With apologies for the delay in the photographs, camera decided to give up the ghost at the very beginning, so thanks to those that have sent me their photo’s of the day.

The mingling of the great and good!
Casual chat before the game
Martin and David discussing tactics?
The arrivals
Spot the waver in the crowd
All set for the hungry hoards
Nothing like a good cuppa to start the day
Its good to see it flying again
Glad to see the shorts are Bowls England approved
One of the few occasions BW had to push the woods back.
General shot
Good to see the green in full use.

w/c 14th July 2019, another hot week with showers forecast for the end of the week

Sunday evening, a men’s triples team, made up of Barry W, Paul M and Derek N took on Chippenham Town in the Wilson Cup, unfortunately it went to a 19th end which Calne lost, hard luck lads better luck next year.

Monday the North Wilts mixed team was away to Bradford-on-Avon and unfortunately lost, 45-52 (2-8pts). However the one winning rink was our Rod’s, well done, knew you could do it!!

Tuesday, after 2 defeats in a row the men’s West Wilts senior league (T&B), the men  were away to Broughton Gifford. It was a very hot day, but Calne went 7-0 up after 2 ends and never gave up the lead, winning 19-16, keeping top position in the league.

In the evening, in very hot conditions our ladies faced Broughton Gifford for our last home league match. This match was thrilling as the scores favoured first the away team and then the home team. However, we lost by 3 shots overall. One rink drew so we get 1 point. Better than last time we played as they took all the points. Well done everybody. Lets look forward to our next match.

On Tuesday as well as the ladies game it is Club Night, when welcome new or existing bowlers to join the club, if you think you may enjoy the game of bowls, come and have 3 weekly sessions FREE! Just bring flat shoes, starts at 5-30.

On Wednesday 3 ladies teams were in the BW Coronation triples. 1 team playing at Highworth and 2 teams at Pewsey.  The 2 teams at Pewsey had a most enjoyable but hot day. The format was 3 matches of 6 ends each. Both Calne teams won two and lost one. Our last encounter was unfortunatly against one another. Our scores were not high enough to get us into the prizes. The ladies at the Highworth venue did very well and narrowly missed top spot, by just 1 point. They came out runners up and won £5 each. Well done Martha, Josie and Mayumi

Calne Ladies at Pewsey Bowls Club Coronation Triples day

Thursday the men’s Mid Wilts triples team, visited Winsley and unfortunately lost 71-63 (12-2 pts).

On Thursday there was a small team sprucing up the club premises, in readiness for both the Bowls Wiltshire game and the judging on the 25th, more to follow

On Friday the ladies held a coffee morning from 10.30 am in the pavilion.Very pleased to see 12 ladies present including some of our new members. Thank you to all of those who came along for coffee and some very posh biscuits!


w/c 7/7 forecast is remaining hot this week with rain on Friday (showers)

On Monday the North Wilts Mixed team played Chippenham Town at home, unfortunately it did not turn out well, the Chippenham Town team winning 72-43 (10-0pts), In the evening David John won his Singles competition to progress to the last 16 in the Wiltshire National singles competition, next game Friday evening 6-30pm at Holt, supporters would be welcome, all being well I shall be there.

Tuesday West Wilts seniors team was at home against Warminster Wolves, The Calne side got off to a bad start, but rallied at the end only losing 24-18.

On Wednesday 10th the ladies entertained Avon Astras in a Nor West league match. A well fought battle saw Calne ladies achieve a win on both rinks. Although the winning margin was only 37 – 35 it gave Calne all 6 points. The ladies had a lovely afternoon playing in the high heat of the day. Brilliant effort by all those taking part..

This was followed on Thursday with Yvonne heading to Highworth with a 2 wood triples team in the 3rd round of the national Benevolent triples competition. Despite a defeat by a very good (and young) Supermarine team we enjoyed the experience. We all felt that we had played well and we certainly did not let ourselves down. It was good to see Calne ladies on the County scene. A superb effort.

Thursday the men were at home to Spencer Melksham B, from the start there was no doubt that Calne were on top form and they ended up winning by 77-62 (12-2 on points), we await the league this week with anticipation.Well done lads

On Friday Sheila played in the Champion of Champions away at Wootton Basset bowls club. Unfortunately Sheila did not progress to the next round, but well done Sheila for taking part in the competition.

Sheila preparing to deliver the wood

Friday David Johns was at Holt in the first round of the last 16 in the National Singles competition, he was up against Matt Tucker and in a close game lost 21-16, hard luck David, but well done for getting into the last 16 again