Calne Bowls Club

Events w/e 12th June 2021 (inc. the arrival of the Bee houses)

The first game of the week was in the North Wilts mixed league away to North Wilts, it ended with a win for North Wilts 54-50, (2-8pts), the only winning rink being that with Rod Amor in command!.

Round 1 of the Men’s county Pairs match between Chippenham Town and Calne comprising of Barry W and Dave J played at Chippenham Town and Calne won, so onto the round 2 where they play another team from Chippenham Town, not surprising as of the 14 teams in Area 2 they have 9 of them. Well done to our pair.

On Tuesday in the WHL, the men in Calne ‘A’ were away to Trowbridge Town ‘A’ and managed a 17-12 win, whilst the Calne ‘B’ team were at home to Corsham ‘B’ and unfortunately came second, going down 13-15.

Seidal League News. A new venture for our lady members. Two teams in action. The Greens travelled to Chippenham Park in an attempt to conquer the might of their club. Alas we were unable to achieve that and the match ended 31 to 9 down. A great try on a very hot afternoon.

At the same time the Blue team was in action at home. Although a very enjoyable afternoon the score was 33 to 9 against Calne. All of the players gave it the very best and enjoyed playing against a team from another club, some for the very first time. It was good to see a ladies away team on our green. Something we missed last season.

On Wednesday our entry in the Men’s National Club 2 fours visited Chippenham Town to play against a very strong ‘A’ team and our 4s, skipped by Paul M and Martin S lost 10-24 and 13-16 respectively, hard luck lads, try again next year.

On a happier note, our Bee houses arrived courtesy of the Cherhill Scout Group, so if you have any solitary bees, who do in fact make up 90% of the bee population and are very important pollinators, that need a holiday let us know.

With grateful thanks to the Cherhill Scouts Group.

On Thursday in the men’s M.W.T.L. Calne ‘A’ were at home to North Wilts ‘B’ winning 74-49 (10-2 pts) and Calne ‘B’ were away to Corsham and in a very close game lost 40-47 (0-12pts)

On Thursday the Ladies started their games in the Ladies Triples League, with a visit to Blue Circle where they won 32-30 shots (4-2 pts).

Ladies triples team at Blue Circle

l-r  Ann B, Yvonne, Ann C, Josie, Sue and Mayumi.

Friday found our pairs duo of Barry W nad Dave J at Chippenham Town (again), they ran out winners 19-10 and now face another Chippeham Town Pair led by Jeremy Haselton on Monday evening at Calne, good luck lads !

To round the week off, on Saturday we are entertaining Weston Bowls Club from Bath, in a mixed friendly, start time 2-30pm.


Events w/e 5th June 2021

The week started off with our first friendly of the year with a 4 rink triples game against Cirencester, who bravely crossed the M4 and for most of them it was their first visit  expecting to find a small village!  The weather was perfect for bowls, a real Goldilocks day – not too hot, not too cold, jusssst right. Started with a spider won by Steve P of Calne.  After 10 ends broke for tea with Covid secure cakes etc before resuming play with Calne winning 80 – 71, 2 rinks each. Thanks to Les for the photos and Josie for the refreshments; looking forward to the return visit later this season.

Group Photo

Sunday was a great day and we had lots of visitors to the green, it proved to be a productive recruitment day. Many thanks to all those who helped today and to all those that attended, from the Baby, 4 year old and the dog! but none of those signed on. We hope that all our visitors had a good time and we look forward to seeing them again shortly.

At the end of the day we had a rush of visitors with all 5 rinks in use.

In the evening Martin S and Mark R played Chippenham Town in the B. E. Senior Pairs and won 19-12, well done lads, on to the next round.

On Monday the North Wilts mixed team have a day off as it is the Bank Holiday.

Tuesday, in the White Horse League, Calne ‘A’ were at home to Devizes ‘B’ and won 17-15. Calne  ‘B’ are away to BOA Constrictors in Bradford-on-Avon.

Tuesday saw the last practice match for the Seidal league. From now on we shall be going “live”.

CBC have two teams in this league Calne Blues and Calne Greens. The photograph shows several ladies wearing the CBC uniform for the first time.

On Tuesday 01/06/2021 The CBC ladies teams entering the Seidal League had their last practice match prior to going live in a weeks time. For some team members it was their first time of wearing the CBC uniform. Good luck ladies as they enter this new enterprise for the club.

Thursday Mid Wilts Triples teams were in action this week, Calne ‘A’ were away to Trowbridge West Falcons and won 61-44 (12-0 pts), whilst Calne ‘B’ suffered a defeat at home to Devizes ‘B’ 40-58 (2-10 pts)


On Friday evening at home, the Calne ‘A’ team in the MWTL Wilson Cup had a good win over Trowbridge Town  ‘A’. The team comprised of Barry W, Dave J. and  Ian G.

Saturday the fist of the clubs tester sessions is taking place and 9 of our new  (possible) members will be taking part and starting the learning process that will show them what a great game bowls is.

Email received regarding our Open Day on the 22nd May 2021

Open Days are interesting days for a bowls club – all are welcome to come and try their hand and every now and then you get a satisfied visitor who sends their thanks.

Below is an Email received following our last Open Day, printed by kind permission of the senders. Many thanks to them for their kind words.

Hi,  we would like to thank all involved in the Open Day we had the pleasure of attending on Saturday.

The welcome we received and subsequent advice and chats made the whole experience a highly enjoyable experience and gave a hugely positive impression of the club.

Our thanks in particular to Roy for his patience and for putting up with a “cackhanded” player…..

We look forward to seeing you again 😊

All the best

Calne Bowls Club Public Open Days – 22nd and 30th May 2021

Are you aged between 10 and 100?

Have you ever thought about playing Bowls?

If so, why not pop along to meet us at one of our

Calne Bowls Club ‘Open Days’

From 10 am to 3pm Saturday  22nd of May

and 10 am to 3pm Sunday  30th of May

You will be made very welcome and have the opportunity to experience

Lawn Green Bowls in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where our

members will be happy to show you the ropes.

You do not require any special equipment other than

flat soled shoes or trainers.

 If you are unable to make either of these dates, come

to any of our ‘Club Nights’ which are every Tuesday at 5-30pm.

It is advisable to book due to Covid, however everyone is welcome

To book please contact either :

our Men’s Secretary Stuart Beard on  01225 706972 or

our Ladies’ Secretary Jan Payne on 01249 816954  or

you can use the contact us on this Website

 Calne Bowls Club


off Anchor Road,

Calne SN11 8RJ

We look forward to meeting you on the green

and to be able to show you the great game of bowls

which offers gentle exercise and social interaction.

Events w/e 29th May 2021


At 4 pm on the 24th May 2021 hailstones stopped play

On Monday Captain Rod welcomed a team from Bradford-on-Avon at 2 pm in the North Wilts Mixed at 2 pm and at 4 pm the hailstones came and all play ceased at about the 14th end score at end was 44-34 shots (10 – 2 pts)

In the evening start time 6-15 pm in the MWTL (Imagine Cruising) Cup competition Calne B took to the green against Chippenham Park A. from Division 1, the game started in a downpour, but unlike the afternoon game they managed to finish, final score 36 – 57 (0 – 12 pts).

Tuesday has 2 games at 2pm in the Men’s White Horse League, Calne A were away to Trowbridge Westbourne B in Div 3 and lost 14-17, meanwhile Calne B were at home to Chippenham Park B in Div 5 and won by 15 -11.25, unfortunately the visiting team was a man short, but it was a good/close game.

Tuesday evening at 6pm will have the ever popular Club night when a new member will be welcomed to the club.

On Thursday, in the Mid Wilts Triples League,  Calne A were at home to Trowbridge Town A and won 66-50 (8-4pts) and Calne B were away to Spencer Melksham B and won 50-49 (10-2pts)

Sunday has the 2nd of our public open days, details on our home page, starting at 10 am until 3 pm. Members will be there early to prepare the club and we can only hope for good weather so that people can enjoy bowls and find out what a great game bowls is, refreshments will be available. Let’s hope the weather is kinder than last Saturday!

Events w/e 15th May 2021

Another week and it looks like light rain on Monday and Thursday, but at least the temperature is up to 13/15 degrees.

Anyway the first game this week was on Monday in the North Wilts Mixed, home against Blue Circle B.C., It was extremely windy, but despite this Calne won 62 – 31 shots, a good win

On Tuesday in the White Horse men’s 4’s, the ‘A’ team were away to Spencer Melksham ‘A’ and unfortunately lost 10-16 in a close match, the ‘B’ team were at home to Broughton Gifford ‘A’, it was not a good day for them as well losing 8-19, even the rain decided to descend on Club Night.lets move on!

On Thursday in the Mid-Wilts Triples, the ‘A’ team were due to be away to Corsham, however at 4pm it had to be cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch.The ‘B’ team have an open date.

No further games this week for scheduled bowls games, but casual bowling will continue on the green.

Events w/e 8th May 2021

With the Bank Holiday there was no North Wilts Mixed game , however on Tuesday in the White Horse League Calne ‘A’ were at home to North Wilts ‘B’ in division 3 and managed to win 19-13, whilst Calne ‘B’  were away to BoAls at Bradford on Avon, it was a close game and on the 17th end Calne ‘A’ managed a 4 and hung on to win  15-12.

In the evening it is Club Night, all are welcome, so if you think you might like to try bowls, why not come along and have a chat with our members, you can be assured of a warm welcome, start time is 5-30 and it runs until about 7-30.

On Wednesday in the Mid Wilts Triples ‘Imagine Cruising’ Trophy, Calne ‘A’ were away to Broughton Gifford and managed a fine 53-35 (11-1 pts) win.

And now for some light relief – on the green on Thursday.

Looks like 3 arrivals too early for our open day

Thursday in the League, Calne ‘A’ are at home to Devizes ‘B’ and unfortunately went down on 1 rink 6-35, however they won the other 2 rinks and eventually only lost the game 50-53 (4 – 8 pts), on the other hand, Calne ‘B’ were away to North Wilts ‘B’ and came away winners 55 – 40 (12-0 pts)

On Saturday we had a friendly against Malmesbury, but unfortunately due to the weather it had to be cancelled

News Articles regarding our alcohol license application

CALNE NEWS    Published: 28 April 2021

It’s Bottoms Up’ At The Bowls Club

reprinted by kind permission of Calne News.

An application from Calne Bowls Club for a licence to sell alcohol has been granted despite some local concerns.

At a meeting of the Northern Area Licensing Sub Committee yesterday, 27th April, the application was considered for the Calne Bowls Club to be allowed to sell alcohol to be drunk on-site between 12pm and 10pm on weekdays and 10am to 10pm on weekends.

Concerns had been raised that the proximity of a second licensed establishment to the already licensed Calne Recreational Club could cause noise disturbance to neighbouring properties.

Mr Wicks representing the club told the committee: “Recently we applied and got our own lease so we are now separated from the Calne Recreation Ground.

“Over the last five years the Rec have made it very difficult for the Bowls Club, they have actively tried to close us down and made it awkward for us to use the Rec club, fees were put up to £47 per member, hence we applied to break away and have our own lease.”

Mr Wicks went on to say that the Recreational Club has applied for planning permission for an L-shaped extension around the bowls green which would make it impossible for them to use the Rec’s licence facilities.

In answer to the concerns raised of a ‘significant noise disturbance’ Mr Wicks commented : “It would be nice to have a drink after a match,

“There is very little noise comes from the bowls club. We are very responsible people, we are all local people and we just want to enjoy a game of bowls and a drink afterwards.”

Cllr Peter Hutton asked Mr Wicks to confirm that they weren’t intending to hold birthday parties or wedding parties or other outside functions not relating to the sport of bowls and would only use the licence for post-match drinks. Mr Wicks confirmed that would be the case.

Resident Fiona Cottrill speaking on behalf of several of her neighbours queried the time when people would be leaving the club, Mr Wicks pointed out that bowling can’t be done after dusk, and estimated that 10pm would be the latest time that people would be leaving the premises. He added: “We are not going to be a drinking establishment, we are a ‘have a game of bowls, have a drink and go home’.”

Chairman of the Northern Area Licensing Sub Committee, Cllr Stewart Palmen announced that the group had resolved to grant the application for a licence to Calne Bowls Club.

Gazette and Herald

By Matthew McLaughlin  @matthew_wiltsLocal Democracy Reporter

Calne Bowls Club granted a licence to sell alcohol

There’s a warm welcome at Calne Bowls Club this Saturday – the owls are taking a break from duty, as they usually guard re-seeded section of the green during the closed season

Calne Bowls Club has been granted a licence to sell alcohol to members and guests after matches.

The licence will allow the club to sell alcohol to be drunk on-site between 12pm and 10pm during the week, and 10am to 10pm on weekends.

A representation raised concerns over the “prevention of public nuisance”. They said that a second drinking establishment in the area – Calne Recreational Club already has a club licence – would cause significant noise disturbance for nearby residents.


Bowlers enjoying the sun at Saturday’s open day at Calne Bowling Club                                                          Mr Wicks who represented the bowls club said that the Recreational Club has applied for planning permission for an L-shaped extension around the bowls green.
This, according to Mr Wicks, makes it impossible for the bowls club to use the Recreational Club’s licence.
“It would be nice to have a drink after a match,” he said.
“There is very little noise which comes from the bowls club. We are very responsible people, we are all local people and we just want to enjoy a game of bowls and a drink afterwards.”
There was some confusion over the sale of booze – highlighted by Cllr Alison Bucknell – to members and guests, as this had not been filled out on the application form.
It was confirmed by the bowls club that it did intend to sell alcohol to both members of the club and its guests.
Cllr Peter Hutton, asked for Mr Wicks to confirm that the bowls club would only use the licence for post-match drinks and not for other functions such as birthdays and weddings – which was confirmed by Mr Wicks.
Resident Fiona Cottrill said that it seemed excessive for the area to have two licensed premises and raised concerns over the later times.
It was announced by chairman of the Northern Area Licensing sub-committee, Cllr Stewart Palmen that the group had resolved to grant the bowls club its licence.

April 17th 10-30 at last the season starts

I am not going to use a lot of words but I would like to thank the anonymous person who posted the following on The Original Shout Out Calne today:

“I have to say how lovely Calne Bowls Club is looking, lots of people have been very busy, and all with a smiling face and an Hello to those passing. Good job!”

The members really appreciate this as they have worked very hard over the last month to get the club ready.

Anyway here are the photos

The green awaiting the start of the season
Early morning on Club opening day, still a few things to do.
The flower borders, awaiting the arrival of the roses in the far bed
The flag flying, remembering the Duke of Edinburgh
Committee members and a few members awaiting the first bowl
Our Chairman, Barry, sending down the first wood, with some of the committee looking on in admiration!!
Members start using the green, the season starts
It takes some members a little time to remember green etiquette!
Roll-ups can be fun