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Bowls Wiltshire report on our Ladies – National Finals – 2022

I have taken the liberty of copying the report from the Bowls Wiltshire Website, which gives us a full report of our ladies success.

We start with Saturday’s action. First off, we discuss the Women’s Senior Fours, where Wiltshire’s Sally Field, Mayumi Lewis, Sheila Murphy and Yvonne McColl of Calne took to the greens, with their opening match being against Cherry Rolf, Rene Moody, Beth Gelhard and Bertie Woodburn of the Isle of Wight. It’s always a good feeling to win through a preliminary round at the finals, and this is exactly what our Wiltshire ladies did, recording a hard fought 19-13 win to secure their place in round 1.

Next up in round 2 for our four, were Gloucestershire quartet Lin Brighty, Maureen Richards-Smart, Pauline Gunn and Kay Gent, who were the fortunate receivers of a bye into the first round, so were yet to play a game in the competition. The experience on the greens may have aided our Calne combination, as in an incredibly tight battle, they managed to record a 16-14 victory and book their place in the final game of the day and the last 16 of the competition.

Next up for our ladies was a battle with Kent, who had dispatched of their first round opponents 13-5 and looked to be in very good form. Unfortunately, this was where the competition was to end for Wiltshire, as despite fighting as hard as they could, went down 22-5 as Kent booked their place in Sunday’s quarter-final. A shame for it to end this way, but a fantastic run for our ladies nonetheless, to reach the last 16 of the country is nothing to be ashamed of at all!

courtesy of Mikey Titcombe, Bowls Wiltshire – 12th September 2022


Bowls England National Ladies over 55 finals – 2022

Due to the sad passing of the Queen, all Friday’s games were postponed until the Saturday.

Pre-match training session
Medal presentation, Wiltshire (Calne) l to r – Sheila Murphy, Sally Field, Yvonne McColl and Mayumi Lewis
Caribbean Restaurant on Saturday evening

On Saturday our Ladies had their first game in the preliminary round at 9-30am against Isle of Wight,.  After a super 12 up after 3 ends there was a period of uncertainty for the next 6 ends or so but the ladies regrouped and won the game 19-13.

The next game was delayed by an impromptu display of Morris dancing by the Middleton cup men. Once the green had been cleared the 1st round started and this was a much more cagey affair.  The game ebbed and flowed right until the final end.  Our Ladies were 3 behind and 2 down when Yvonne stepped up and following Sheila’s instructions to the letter she took the jack back to make the 3 required to draw. The extra end began with Sally’s second wood on the jack and that’s where it stayed to eventually win the end by 2 and the match 16-14.  The 2nd round had to be played directly after this match, making it 3 games for our Ladies to be played on the same day.  Unfortunately they lost 5-22, although the game was better than the score indicates.

However we are very proud of our ladies, Sally Field, Mayumi Lewis, Sheila Murphy and Yvonne McColl, for representing Wiltshire. We believe that that this is the furthest any Wiltshire ladies in this group have ever reached.

In closing, I would like to thank Karen Varney, Sue Pitman and Les Fish for the information and photographs making up this report.

w/c 31st July 2022

The week started on Sunday when we entertained Cirencester in a friendly match. We played 2 rinks of triples and 2 of fours and after a close fought match we each won on 2 rinks with the visitors coming out on top with a shot score of 60-54. It was a very enjoyable afternoon played in the right spirit with plenty of good natured banter and our usual lovely tea was enjoyed by both sides. Special thanks to our players who helped Cirencester and to Beard’s catering service for the refreshments. Our thoughts were with our Captain Steve who had to drop out at the last minute, we wish him a speedy recovery. Photos are in the gallery.

On Monday in the North Wilts Mixed league we were at home to Trowbridge Westbourne, due to the hot weather the game finished at 10 ends with a win to Calne by 48-21 (10-0pts). In the evening in round 2 of the Bowls Wiltshire County Champion of Champion Yvonne McColl played Jo Hicks (Highworth) and unfortunately lost. Unfortunately I arrived to late to take a picture of the scoreboard or the winner, so this will have to do.

Yvonne, commiserating with Hugh and a glass of wine

On Tuesday morning two of our ladies  teams played against each other in the third round of the Wiltshire Ladies county over 70’s competition, Martha’s team won with a score of 19-13,  This is the first time any of our ladies have achieved this in the over 70’s competition, We wish her team well in the fourth round.

In the afternoon all 5 teams are playing.

The Seidal league  Blues were at home to Corsham, and lost 8-12, whilst the Greens were away to Box (Pink),and lost 3-24.

In the men’s White Horse League the A team were away to Spencer Melksham B and unfortunately lost 17-20, the B team were at home to Calne C, with the B team 2 winning 17-13. At 6pm Yvonne McColl and David Johns started their defense of the West Wilts Holloway Cup that they won last year and were away to David and Wendy Williams from Chippenham Town, it was a good game and our pair came away 17-15 winners, well done – on to the next round.

l to r – Dave, Wendy, Yvonne and David

Back at the club it was the normal Club Night, with a surprise guest – Barry Wicks, obviously needs the practice!!

Wednesday The Nor-West Ladies Triples league against  Malmesbury has been cancelled due to Malmesbury pulling out of the league.

The B.W. Ladies triples league due to be played on Thursday against Winsley has been cancelled, due to illness.

In the M.W.M.T.L. the A team were at home to Trowbridge Town A and won 47-34 (8-2pts).and the B team were away to North Wilts B, they also won 53-36 (10-0pts).

On Friday and Saturday there are the normal coaching sessions.

Below are the Friday afternooners, hope you see this Roy and that you are on the mend. With very best wishes from-

L to r Carole,Barry K,Beccy,Alex,Wendy,Ann and Edwina

To end the week on a high note, Roy is now home and it would appear they have saved his sight, he now has at least a month of no bowling!

Also just in The ladies have visited Leamington Spa for the Olympics to soak up the atmosphere and get ready for their visit later this year.

l to r Sally, Steve the Mascot, Yvonne and Sylvia

w/c 24th July 2022

On Monday in the Mixed league we were at home to North Wilts and won 65-42 (8-2pts).

On Monday evening our ladies were away to Devizes Demons they won 36-35.

David Johns played Steve Heseltine (Chippenham Town) in the B. W. National Men’s Singles competition and lost 16-21.
Paul Mackie now joins the 3rd round of this competition after having a walk-over in the previous round and won against A Rice-Smith at Malmesbury 21-10, and Barry Wicks unfortunately lost in a very tight game 19-21 to T Bailey also Malmesbury.

In the White Horse men’s league we had 3 teams playing the A team won at at home to Corsham E 21-9, the B team were away to the BoaLs team and won 20-15. To complete the trio of wins the C team were away to Corsham B and won 21-9.

On Tuesday afternoon our ladies played at home in the  Seidal leaque (Blue team)  against Box, They had a great win 29-11.  Well done ladies!!

On Tuesday we had three ladies teams playing in the Benevolent Triples at Stratton Churchway, Yvonne’s team won her round but unfortunately will not be able to go through, as the final dates clash when they are at Leamington. The ladies had an enjoyable day.

Club night at normal in the evening.

On Wednesday we hosted the Wiltshire Masonic B.A.  game against Somerset Masonic B.A, it was good game with Wiltshire running out winners. The clouds threatened all afternoon but in the main the rain stayed away, pictures are on the gallery page, but here is the spider mascot.

In the M.W.M.T.L. on Thursday both teams were playing, the A team unfortunately had there second loss in succession away to Blue Circle, 51-52 (2-8pts). However the B team were at home to Warminster B and won 50 43 (7-3pts).

Yvonne has agreed that the  ladies B.W. league has been postponed against North Wilts on Friday 29th July, due to the club being hosts of the Top Club game between Westlecot and Box. This game will be rescheduled.

On Friday evening we hosted the B.E. Wiltshire Final of the Women’s Top Club Competition between Westlecot and Box, Box came out winners 3-1. It was a great game, The teams enjoyed the game, Pip and Stuart put on a nice supper for everyone, which was very much appreciated by all. Les played his role as umpire for the first time and showed great competence. Thanks to Hugh for marking the singles game, also thanks to our members who came to support this game, It was the first time the club had hosted such a game. The competitors thanked the club for a nice evening.

Other photos are in the gallery

Coaching as normal on Friday and Saturday.

w/c 17th July 2022

On Monday morning Yvonne played in the 3rd round of the B.W.National Singles Competition   playing against Lucy Smith (Westlecot). Yvonne sadly lost 21-18, It was a long  game in the extreme heat. Well done Yvonne for qualifying to this stage, We are proud of you.

B.W. Ladies National Competition 3rd Round, l to r
Lucy Smith, Yvonne McColl

On Monday in the North Wilts Mixed we were meant to be away to Bradford-on-Avon, however due the extreme weather conditions, the league committee have cancelled all games and they will not be rescheduled. No shots or points

On Tuesday there are 6 games in various leagues starting at 2pm

Due to Malmesbury pulling out of the league our ladies do not have a game in the Nor West leaque this week.

The ladies Seidal league will be postponed this week due to the heat, the game for the BLUES and GREENS will be played at a date to be arranged.

In the White Horse league the A team are away to Corsham C, the B team were meant to be at home to Devizes F, however they have agreed to share the points and the game has been cancelled. The C team were also meant to be away to Corsham B, but this game has been rearranged to the 26th July.

In the evening club night has been cancelled.

On Wednesday we welcome Jon Yeo and Jim Collins, judges for the South West in Bloom competition, the Portman Cup category, many thanks to Sue P and her ‘waterers’ for all the hard work that has been done to make the club surrounds look so good.

Later that day our ladies  had six teams playing in the Coronation Triples, the games were played at  Wroughton, Pewsey, & Marlborough, We have had a great success with Sally, Karen and Yvonne’s team winning at Pewsey, Well done ladies! another great achievement for CBC. The ladies had a great day, and played well and the temperature was so much kinder than the heat.

Coronation Triples Players, Pewsey .back row – l to r Martha, Angela, Yvonne, Wendy and Phyllis. Front row – l to r Ann C,
Karen, Sally and Ann B.

On Thursday evening our ladies played away ay Broughton Gifford in the Nor West League, our ladies won both rinks, the score was 38-29. On the 11th end both teams home and away had 11 shots each, something one does not see very often. It was a pleasant evening to play in a good temperature, All the ladies enjoyed their game.

In the M.W.M.T.L the A team were at home to Warminster A and lost 49-63 (2-8pts), whilst the B team were away to Devizes B and also lost 34-62 (0-10pts), not a good evening.

On Friday David Johns and Barry Wicks were at home playing in the 1st round of the B.W.Men’s National singles against respectively, S Provis and J Haselton  both from Chippenham Town. Both games were very close and some 3xcellent bowls were played, much appreciated by the spectators, unfortunately there was a shower of rain towards the rain, but  that did not deter the players, who continued through to the end. Final scores were David Johns 21 Steve Provis 15. Barry Wicks 21 Jeremy Haselton 16, below is a photo of 3 of the players, unfortunately Jeremy was getting changed and missed the call.

l to r David Johns, Steve Provis and Barry Wicks

Our 2 now progress to the 3rd round on Monday, more details on next weeks report.

There are coaching sessions on Friday and Saturday, on the Saturday afternoon we have a home friendly against Weston B.C, Bath, start time 2-30pm.

B.W. Ladies National Competition 2022

An absolutely fantastic day at Avon Bowls Club,  our Ladies have done Calne proud and are now on their way to Leamington Spa.

Well done to Sally, Mayumi, Sheila and Yvonne.


w/c 10th July 2022

On Sunday morning our ladies were playing in the 1st round,at home in The County Senior Fours against Swindon North End, Our ladies won 21-14. It was a very hot day.

The week started with a friendly at home to Pewsey Vale and on a blistering hot day and a fast green, it was decided to play just 16 ends, the result was a win to Pewsey Vale 83-82. A full report and photos will follow once my correspondent on the day has recovered.

Monday evening saw Yvonne playing in the 1st round of the Ladies National Singles it was a  tight game against N.Kemble-Young (Supermarine) which resulted in 25 ends and the last end Yvonne won 21-19, Well done Yvonne, We wish you well in the next round, here are 2 photos of Yvonne, she will not thank me for the first one, but it was a long, hot, tiring game.

On Monday in the North Wilts Mixed league we had a home game against Chippenham Town and unfortunately lost 26-48 (2-8pts). In the evening our men’s pair David Johns/Barry Wicks are in the Bowls Wiltshire National pairs competition, this being to qualify for the last 16 round. against a Royal Wootton Bassett pair led by Graham Hatherall, the game stopped at the 17th end with the score 12-21, we wish Graham and Neil all the best in the next round and say well done to David and Barry for getting this far.

On Tuesday morning our ladies were playing at home in the 1st round of The County Senior Fours against Stratton Churchway, Our ladies won 14-10. The 2nd round has to be announced when the two Calne teams will battle it out  between themselves.

On Tuesday afternoon the Seidal (Green team) were playing at home to Corsham and won 16-10, Well done ladies!

On Tuesday evening our ladies played in the National  Top Club against Box, our ladies lost against Box who were a very strong team, the ladies played in good spirit being it the first time Calne had entered this National Competition. The evening ended with a nice supper and we were thanked by the ladies from Box who enjoyed their supper.

In the White Horse league the men did have 2 games, however the A team have cancelled their home game to Spencer Melksham E as several members are attending a funeral of a club member. The C team were at home to Warminster C. and won 16-14. The B team had an open date.

On a sadder note it was Barry Coopers funeral at Potterne church at 12-30pm, he was a good supporter of the club and a pleasure to know and share the green with. He will be sadly missed.

There was no club night this week, due to the above B.E. Top Club competition occupying the greens.

Wednesday evening our ladies played at home in the B.W. Triples league, against Avon, They had a good win scores were 47-23. Well done ladies!

Thursday had 2 games in the M.W.M.T.L. The A team were away to Devizes A and won again 77-37 (10-0pts) and the B team were at home to Corsham losing 42-48 (2-8pts).

On Friday evening Yvonne was victorious in winning her 2nd round in the National Singles, with her score 21-13. Well Done Yvonne!, We wish you all the best in the 3rd round against Lucy Smith (Westlecot) due to played on Monday 18th at Calne 7pm.(depending on weather conditions)

Friday 15th July, Yvonne resting after winning her 2nd round game in the B.W. National Singles Competition

On Friday evening our ladies played at home against Trowbridge Westbourne in the Nor West Leaque, the ladies lost 21-32, It was a close game but in the end Trowbridge Westbourne managed to win over.

On Saturday our ladies played in the semi final  County over 55’s at Avon,  the ladies  won the semi-final against Devizes with a score 16-11. Our ladies are absolutely fantastic for beating Box in the final by  beating them 17-4. What an achievement!!  for them, and an honour to them and for  CBC. Our team Sally, Mayumi, Sheila & Yvonne, Well Done to you all !!

Friday and Saturday will be coaching as normal, please contact Roy Jennings.




w/c 3rd July 2022

On Monday we started with a North Wilts Mixed league game away to Blue Circle and unfortunately lost 40-47 (0-10pts).
In the evening we had 2 teams in the 2nd round of the B.W.National Men’s pairs competition with Barry Wicks/David Johns playing Chippenham Town led by Martin Clarke, they won comfortably 22-14 and go on to the 3rd round on Friday evening, see details below. Unfortunately Steve McColl/Derek Nicholson lost against a pair from Marlborough led by Dave Lewis, this was a very close game and the result was i nquestion up to the very last bowl, game ended 19-20. Well done to both pairs, it was good to see members there to support them.

Calne vs Marlborough
Calne vs Chippenham Town

Also at the same time our ladies were playing Supermarine in the County Fours and won 15-13, it was all down to the last end but congratulations to our team Sally, Martha, Sheila and Yvonne, they now are in the final four, which will be played at Avon on Saturday 16th July at 10.30 am. This a great success to our ladies so do go along and give them the support they deserve. Good Luck ladies !!

Tuesday had 4 teams in action (Ladies Blues game has been postponed) as follows-

Our ladies Green team (Seidal League) were away playing on Tuesday to Chippenham Park, they lost with a score 12 Chippenham Park, 8 Calne Green team.

White Horse mens, Calne A were at home to Spencer Melksham C and won 19-11. Calne B we’re away to Corsham B and won 16-9. Calne C were also away, this time to Devizes E and lost 10-19.

In the evening it is Club night, come along and try bowls.

On Wednesday evening our ladies played at home in the Nor-West  to Corsham, The ladies had a good game with a score 52-21, Well done ladies! The game was played in good spirit,

Our ladies were away to Chippenham Town playing in the BW league on Thursday evening, The ladies lost 27-38, It was a good game and the weather was great for a change,

Thursday brings 3 games, The men had 2 games in the M.W.M.T.L. The A team were at home to Broughton Gifford and won 55-41 (8-2pts). TheB team were away to Trowbridge West Falcons and lost52-62 (1-9pts).

On Friday evening in round 3 of the B.W. National men’s pairs, Calne with Barry Wicks/David Johns took on another Chippenham Town pair and after a slow start ran out 17-13 winners, next round is on Monday evening, details on the next weekly report, the photo only shows the winning pair, the opposition declined to be photographed for posterity!

l to r Barry and Dave



Annual Presentation Luncheon, North Wilts Gulf Club 23rd October 2022