Calne Bowls Club

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 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 have a friendly against Malmesbury, start time 2-30pm

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.

Events w/e 1st May 2021

The week started with a mixed drawn triples on Sunday, well attended and enjoyed by all. Steve P ran out the winner.

On Monday a Mixed team led by captain Rod, were away to Trowbridge Town in the North Wilts, the League is not running in its usual format due to Covid travel restrictions, no League table and teams playing 4 (if possible) to a rink without the penalty of not playing 2 ladies/2 men per rink. In the end Calne ran out winners 56-39.

Tuesday saw 2 games in the Men’s White Horse League, Calne A away to Devizes D in Div 3 with a win for Calne ‘A’ 19-13 and Calne B at home to Chippenham Town D in div 5, unfortunately they lost 15-20.

Earlier on Tuesday the club received confirmation that they had been granted an alcohol license, but back to Bowls.

On Thursday, in the Mid Wilts Triples League,  Calne B were at home to Trowbridge Westbourne Falcons and on a very cold night won 56-35 (10-2). Whilst Calne A were away to Spencer Melksham B and managed to win 61-33 (12-0).

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


April 10th 2021 a hive of activity.


Here are some pictures of members hard at work, where would we be without volunteers?

Also thanks to Ann for the tea, coffee and sausage rolls, to Sheila for storing our books, Yvonne who managed to avoid getting in a picture!

Norman, Mayumi, Mike and Barry.  What can’t be seen in the

picture is Karen coming along behind Barry, clearing up his


The new noticeboard up at last with Steve doing the honours, picture of a tree!
Martha and Mayumi hanging out the bunting for Club Opening  Day
Norman, Mayumi, Barry and Steve
Martin and Dave wheeling the score board to its new home
Martin G and Dave putting the wheels back on.
Our Norman with paint brush


One of our stalwarts April 2021

I apologise to the others that have worked so hard to paint the surround, but no photos were sent to me of them and no one had a hat like this!

I managed to catch one of the stalwarts of the club, Gladys, waving a paint brush around, she is a dab hand at paining anything that isn’t moving!

Thank you Gladys members like you keep the club going.

The surround is nearly finished and to the right  colour spec!

Easter Weekend and still working on the green

What can you say! Calne Bowls Club would not be able to get everything needed to be done without volunteers, so a big thank you to all those involved in getting the green and surrounds ready for the 17th April opening day, when the Chairman sends down the first wood and the season starts.

A big thank you to Richard, Joel and Tim who joined members Les,  Panos and Dave to get the hard work done



With apologies for the slight blurriness (they are fast movers these two!) here are Martin and Rod, just popping in to make sure the work it was up to their high standards!