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

w/c 30/6 starts with a very special day

The week started on Sunday with the Sponsors Day, A chance for the club to say thankyou to their supporters. The gates opened at 12 noon and guest started arriving at 1.00pm. After instructions etc. bowling started at approximately 2. 00pm with club members on each rink to help our visitors. Below is a group photo however a gallery will be completed this week. The final was contested between the black and the red teams, the target competition was won by Lisa, the two spiders by Martha and Carl. It was agood fun day with plenty to eat and drink, a lot of friendly rivalry.

Before the fun started (gallery coming soon)

Monday the mixed team played at Blue Circle, unfortunately they lost 52 – 41, 8-2 in points never mind there is always next week.

In the evening 3 of our Men were playing in the 1st round of the men’s national singles.Unfortunately Barry W could not meet the next rounds date so conceded his game, David J was also away to R Ellis at Chippenham Town and we are still waiting for his result, Paul’s opponent conceded, so Paul is through to the next round.

Tuesday we were away to Box in the West Wilts Senior League. Unfortunately Calne could not master the green and lost their unbeaten record 23-14.

On Wednesday the ladies played a league game away at Corsham. Our opponents are currently second in the league, just one point below the leaders so this was not going to be an easy match. One rink won so we came away with 2 points. We hope for a better result next week.

Also on Wednesday David J beat Paul M in the Men’s National Singles.

On Thursday the men’s triples team was at home to the 2nd place team Trowbridge Town, It was a hard fought game and Trowbridge Town came out winners 79-67 (10-4 pts), our rink winners were Barry W (who made a great comeback, Rod Amor (quite a large win for Rod!), Martin S was in the lead but lost it on the last few ends and it was just not a good night for Pauls team.That will probably put Trwobridge Town back on top with a 4point lead, however Calne do have a better shot difference so it is all to play for.

Just when I thought the week was over, I received the following report from 4 of our members who crossed the border into Berkshire, my thanks go to Martin G.for this.

Martin and Pam G went to the annual Hungerford mixed pairs gala with Steve and Yvonne McC on Saturday 6th July.

There were 30 pairs representing bowls clubs in Berkshire, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire so a good spread of experience and geography.

The day, which was really to hot, was played as 4 sets of 6 ends which allowed the contestants a chance to ” learn” the green and gives an outcome based on ability.

The organisers didn’t publish a full placing list, being only interested in the 2 top pairs who were both the only ones to win all 4 of their matches and they played off for top spot.

However, the Calne teams didn’t disgrace themselves, Steve and Yvonne were certainly in the top 10 whilst Martin and Pam were mid table.

It was a rare treat to play mixed pairs against good players and to support another club, who have supported Calne in the past.

Looks like that shot didn’t go well
That head looks difficult


w/c 23rd June 2019

Not a good start on Sunday with 2 of our 3 Wilson Cup (Triples) teams failing to get through the first round, with Calne A losing to Spencer Melksham (13-19) and Calne B losing to Spencer Moulton Indians (17-24). That leaves Calne C (Barry W) who got a bye in the first round.

On Monday the North Wilts Mixed team played Trowbridge Town at home and came out 50-43 winners (8-2 points), we are still second but only on shot difference now.

As the ladies were away on Tuesday (see below) it was left to others to organise Club Night, good turnout with another possible new member.

Club Night members, enjoying the evening.

The ladies are having a rest this week as well, no league games for them,

However they did play in the Benevolent Triples and did very well, here is Martha’s report with a photo of the happy ladies.

Report on the Benevolent Triples games at Stratton Church way Swindon

Two teams played in the above. Martha, Sheila and Mayumi started off. Their first game was against Pewsey after getting a bye in the first round and we won. Mayumi played lead and her contribution was excellent as it was only her second full game. Pleased to have you on board Star!

Yvonne, Jan & Pam were handed two byes so sat about for a while. When they got to their game, they found it was against North Wilts and came out winners. Their next game has been carried forward to 11th July at Highworth.

Left to right
Martha, Sheila, Yvonne, Pam, Mayumi and Jan

Good luck to you all. The spirit of this competition was wonderful and so friendly.

Thursday the men in the Mid Wilts Triples were at home to Devizes Kennet, and managed a 76-44 win (14-0). As a result of this win and Trowbridge Town dropping 4points against Trowbridge Westbourne, we are now top of the division by 2 points with a better shot difference.

The game against Trowbridge Town at Calne next week should be interesting!

Saturday 30th Calne Summer Carnival. Whilst the Club were unable to join in, at least one of our members enjoyed themselves, doing what he does best, having fun with the ladies! GO NORMAN!

Calne Summer Carnival, our Norman with escort!


Another interesting week ahead.



w/c 16th June 2019 – a busy week.

Firstly well done to David J. for getting through to the last 16 in Bowls Wiltshire 2 wood competition, he will be up against Tom Warner from Salisbury BC to be played by 30th June

After last week’s successes it will be an interesting week to see if we can keep up the impetus.

On Sunday the Ladies played away in the National Top Ten Competition. We were up against Chippenham Town, who fielded a very strong team and unfortunately we lost all four points. We have a couple of experienced ladies unable to play at the present time and it was pleasing that members stood in at short notice. Hopefully they enjoyed the experience of playing at that level. Well done Ladies.

The Monday Mixed team were away to Warminster and had a very good win 57-43 (8-2pts), well done, my correspondent on the day did admit to losing their rink, keep trying Rod!

Also on Monday Dave J and Barry W were up against Chippenham Park in the 3rd round of the Men’s National pairs, unfortunately they lost, but well done for getting to the 3rd round, its all good experience.

On Tuesday the Men are away toBradford-on-Avon (BOA Constrictors) in the West Wilts Senior Citizens League and after trailing at the start managed a fine win 27-12, well done Paul, Des, Geoff and Dave G

In the evening the Men took on Warminster in the 3rd round of the Tourist Trophy. Although hopes were high against our Div 1 opponents, unfortunately it didn’t go well on the night and we crashed out of the competition. Our home rink took an early lead but were pegged back and by the half way stage were trailing. We remained in arrears until the end, losing 16-21.Our away rink struggled throughout on a difficult unpredicable green and trailed all the way, ending the match 23-16 down.The final outcome was a 12 shot deficit, however we wish Warminster all the best in the next round.

On Wednesday the Ladies were at home to Devizes Dark Horses in the Nor West league.Again the ladies secured a win, this by 4pts to 2pts. It was a very good evening with the visitors saying how pleasant it was to be at the Calne club. We had a small group of spectators which boosted one rink from a 11-0 deficit to a 24-12 win. We obviously enjoy the attention!

Also on Wednesday Martha and Yvonne went off to play Nor-West league friendly at Wootton Bassett, with representative team taking on one from Swindon and District. It was a very friendly match with Yvonne ending on the winning rink and getting a prize, whilst Martha could only look on, well done Yvonne, These sort of games are fun to take part in and very social , especially when the rain stays away, other members will be encouraged to take part in due course.

Thursday the Men’s Mid Wilts Triples team took on Trowbridge Westbourne A at home, having lost 59-70 (2-12pts) away earlier this season in the first game of the season, revenge was on the cards,all rinks started of well and by half time it was running 43 – 18 in favour of Calne, the evening did not get any better for the Trowbridge team with Calne winning 94-45 (14 – 0pts), however it was played in a most friendly manner and was enjoyed by both teams, there is still one more game to play against Trowbridge Westbourne A, they will be out for their revenge then. Thanks lads  for a great night.


w/c 9th June 2019

Sunday evening saw the rain start and Calne took on Box in the Bowls Wiltshire Mixed Double Rink.  The rain eased off but, although no details have filtered through from the BW site yet, it would appear that Calne lost.  Never mind, there is always next year.

On Monday the rain intervened again and the North Wilts Mixed league game away to Trowbridge Westbourne was called off, the teams sharing the points 5-5.

Tuesday brought more drizzle.  Mind you the green is enjoying the rain, which is more than can be said for the players.

The Tuesday men’s team of Paul, Geoff T, Steve P and Martin G took on Devizes D at home -a very tight game until about the 10th end and then Calne lengthened their lead and ran out 23-10 winners, so we keep the top spot.

Wednesday brought details of the ladies’ games, which have now been updated on the website.  They take to the rinks tonight at Calne in the Nor West Triples against Chippenham Town with our Ladies’ Secretary as acting Captain.  Good luck Jan,  we wish you and the ladies all the best.

Jan has now supplied the following: In spite of the weather which was deteriorating all the time we had a very good spirited match.  We came out the winners on both rinks, with a combined score of Calne Ants 42, Chippenham Town Dragons 12, Calne securing all 6 points.  Well done ladies, a splendid win.

Well isn’t the British summer wonderful?  Another Thursday, another evening starting with rain, but does that deter bowlers?  No! It cleared a little part way through and, although it was a good-humoured game, Calne ran out winners 115-26 (14-0pts). Rinks were Steve M,Martin G and Rod 13-11; Des, Dave G and Barry W 26-7; Dave J, Mark and Martin S 36-2; Norman, Ian and Paul 40-6. This is the second 100+ this season, well done, but spare a thought for Corsham.  We have lost by this margin before and know how it feels, but the cheerfulness and talk after the game shows that bowls teams never give up, will always look to the next game, and the next game against Corsham is home again on the 1st August where things could be very different!