Calne Bowls Club

April 16th 2022 and the rinks will be open for practice

Whilst the official opening day is the 23rd April 2022, the first roll-ups are today.

So a big thank you to all those who have worked tirelessly for the last 2 weeks getting the club ready.Below is a gallery of those workers, including some short matters who were holding a meeting in the Pavilion at the same time, it does not include everyone, but apologies if you are not included.

No captions but plenty of smiles!!!

Thanks to all of the hard work of the above members,seriously bowling commenced on Tuesday 19th April, with the men’s and ladies Tuesday’s teams.with over thirty members taking part, everyone had a great afternoon which was only interrupted by tea and biscuits, unfortunately the weather was not so kind to us but we did not have any rain.

Quiz night 30th March 2022

The evening was a great success, thanks to Yvonne, Steve for setting the questions, Pip for the food, Rita for managing the raffle and finally to Les for being everywhere and setting up – washing up – setting out and compering when needed.

Many thank to all who turned up and made it so much fun, not only members but friends.

We managed to raise approx £200 for the club, ensuring that the event will be repeated.

Hear are some photos, with apologies as the camera has not ended it life!!!

Ladies Meeting Sat 26th March 2022

On Saturday 26th March the Ladies held there pre-season bowls meeting.

Babs Salter (Secretary) Bowls Ladies Wiltshire was invited to give a talk to our members on County games, and encouraged members to enter county competition’s.

The attendance was brilliant and members were all thanked for attending, and welcomed our new members who had joined the club.

We hope that all ladies will enjoy their full packed season of games whether it be friendlies, or league games.

Yvonne brought some samples of new the shirts and jackets, which the ladies all agreed that they will look good.

It’s not all about bowls!!

Our Club Secretary Les, and his wife Ange, will be taking part in a local production.  At our club we make no secret of our desire to be community involved so below are some pictures that speak for themselves……..

…….and tickets are still available – phone 07733 231735

Which is which though?

February 2022

So it’s the second month of the year, virtually all the fixtures for the coming season have been decided and are now shown on the Website.

Final confirmation of the green opening and public open days will be confirmed at the February committee meeting.

Good news for our Lady Captain Yvonne, whe has accrued the required points to be added to the BWL register of County players, well deserved.


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!