16th October – 1st Anniversary of the Calne Short Mat Club

Wednesday brought the end of the 1st year at Calne Short Mat and to celebrate 24 turned up to enjoy what has become a very popular sport.

No cakes, balloons or fireworks, just good old fashioned fun, see below.

This was the preparation to get the wood on the jack, see next picture, well done Edwina
Edwina shows the happiness of short mat bowls, after only 2 sessions!
It takes concentration
Now it gets serious! Ro will make sure that Paul gets it right
Looks more like a 100 mtr start

20th Sept wintering the green!

Many thanks to those that turned up this morning to help close the green.

Martin S and Barry W mowed and scarified the green twice in readiness for the sowing etc on Monday, whilst David J helped with storing things away and edging the green.

Pat and Jan sorted the woods in the ladies’ clubhouse in readiness for the asset register.

In the background our faithful gardener Rod beavered away tidying up the borders  Thanks go to Yvonne for clearing up the old plants earlier in the week and Jan and Martha for cleaning the pavilion/changing rooms also earlier in the week.

Martin G has built the extra shelf to give extra storage space (he’s great with Meccano as well!). He also started clearing the outside of the storage area, as well as helping to store items away and doing the trip to the recycling centre to get rid of the grass, etc – we nearly ran out of bags!

Josie popped in for an hour and helped Stuart to stack and put tables, chairs away.

All Stuart did was to bring the doughnuts – just can’t get the Secretaries nowadays!!

Anyway some photos to be going on with, more work will be done next Saturday in readiness for a new photo for the main website page.

Thanks to all those that helped, hope I haven’t missed anyone out.

Barry W (left) and Martin S (right) enjoying a race across the green.
All ready for the seeding, etc on Monday.
view towards the club house


Short Mat Club – Monday 16th September 2pm

The Short Mat Club played their first friendly against Urchfont. This is a special step forward for the club and proved to be a very friendly, sociable occasion.

There were several spectators who saw some excellent bowling, whilst the final scores were as follows, it was all about the bowls and I am sure the fine members of Urchfont will teach us how to bowl once a return trip has been arranged.

First session 5 ends on 2 rinks.  7-2 and 4-3 to Calne

Second session 7 ends on 2 rinks   6-5 (1 dead end) and  5-6

22-16 to Calne 3 -1 rinks

The refreshments were very good, thanks to all those behind the scenes , as well as the bowlers, it was a very enjoyable afternoon

A collection of Urchfont and Calne bowlers, what do you call a collection of bowlers?
Action shot of very keen bowlers.



September 2019, season draws to a close

League games may have finished, but we still have some events to look forward to.

On Monday the West Wilts (Tuesday) team in winning Division 4 were in the finals at Spencer Melksham, they took the green at 2pm against the winners of Division 5 – Chippenham Town C – in the Quarter Final, it was a close game up until the 14th end when Calne took control and ran out 26-15 winners with one end to play.

On Tuesday Calne played North Wilts at Spencer Melksham in the Semi-final, unfortunately, they did not master the rink and lost 8-20, however it was a great achievement to get to the final 4, better luck in 2020.

On Tuesday 3rd Sept it was Club night as normal, however on the10th Sept it was the Pat Watson Twilight Bowl (inc.Fish and Chip supper) it started at 6pm and approx 40 members attended, 4 full rinks were played and the tables and chairs were set up on rink 5, the hope is that having set them up on rink 1 last year and despite certain people pointing out it would ruin the rink, Rink 1 turned out to be the best rink this year, so perhaps the magic will work on rink 5. It started out well, with the fish and chips arriving about 7-15pm, a little late but not done to Barry, thanks for organising them. play then resumed until about 8-45pm when it was pitch black, Jan managed to emulate Gladys effort and smash a jam jar, but Gladys would not be outdone and dropped one in the changing room and smashed it, well done to both of them.

All said it was a great night, the scores didn’t matter just the smiling faces, thanks to all who came and helped out and in particular to Pat who suggesed it last year, all being well it will become an annual event.

here are some photos of the evening, not the best unfortunately.

Group picture with Pat in the centre
Getting started
The woods got closer in the dark
Not a picture you would normally see, Rod under training for a lead!
Some of the spectators
Just before the light faded, fish and chips for all

On Saturday, the final of the Paul Mackie Trophy, was played between Yvonne and David J, the final score after a close game was David J 16 Yvonne 10, well done to both of them, this was the final competition game of the season.

David and Yvonne finalists in the Paul Mackie Trophy

There are also 2 league Gala days

North Wilts Monday Mixed at North Wilts Bowls Club on the 9th Sept.

and the

Men’s Mid Wilts Triples on the 22nd Sept at Chippenham Town.

w/c 25th August 2019, nearing the end of the season.

Whilst many of the leagues have finished there are still happenings at the club.

I have received a report that last Friday at the Masons game, there were visitors to the green, a couple in their mid 60’s stood watching the final ends, as they could have been prospective new members, Martin G and several ladies talked to them and found that her husband had passed away some 24 years ago and she was visiting Wiltshire with her second husband and had already been to Malmesbury and Calne was their second sand final stop. They had lived at Ealing and Calne Bowls Club was a favoured and apparently popular playing venue for clubs on tour in the 1990’s, she was glad to see that it still had the same friendly atmosphere.

The grass still keeps growing and here is Ley enjoying the sit upon mower, please note that the clouds did not stop him and the smart navigational aid, to ensure straight lines.

The clouds gathering
Before the navigational device
Can you spot it?

Tuesday is Club night, newcomers still welcome, arrive at 5-30pm for 6pm start, just bring flat shoes.

On Thursday the Mid Wilts Triples team were at home to the league leaders Winsley, we needed a good win and hope that Trowbridge Town slipped up. As it was Calne won 12-2 (76-57),  however Trowbridge Town won 13-1, unfortunately Calne just missed out on promotion coming 3rd in the league, Roll on next year.

On Friday 5-30pm for 6pm start- the Calne Lions arrived at the Club following an invitation as a thank you for the grant they gave us for new equipment. A very enjoyable evening was had by all as they were shown the mysteries of bowling, eventually it drew to a close about 7-30pm, but it was great fun, below are some of the photos, the lads certainly took to it.

On Saturday, Calne visited Malmesbury to play in the last game on grass as next week an artificial green is being laid. The rain stopped before we got there and it was a lovely sunny afternoon, Malmesbury is a very friendly club and it was an enjoyable afternoon, with an excellent tea to finish with. The actual game went Malmesbury’s way the score being 99-59 in their favour, we did win one and draw one, however it was an outing for several of our new members and they did very well, it was also nice to see Pat W. back on the green, bowling like a goodun.

The game underway
The flag fly’s proudly over the last game on the grass!

In the meantime Club Competitions are being finalised and the winners and runners up decided, good luck to you all.

This will be the last weekly report for 2019, however there will be monthly ones over the closed season.


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.  The game was reduced to 15 ends (from 18), due to the heat, it was an even game with 2 rinks won, 2 rinks lost and 1 drawn, score Calne 66 Masons 57, but that is immaterial as it was a good friendly and sociable time for everyone, the green fees they normally to clubs they visit and raffle monies were donated to their charity (£130). 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.

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.