Calne Bowls Club

Rod Amor 1948 – 2023 (updated with further postings)

A service was held at St. Nicholas Church, Bromham to celebrate the life of Rod, who was a good friend, bowler, club man and above all else a gentleman.

Over 200 people attended the service and the church was absolutely full.  As we sang the hymns that celebrated the life Rod had led, I had no doubt that wherever Rod is now he would have been aware of the gathering of his many, many friends.

I have looked through some 2,500 photographs we have in the club achive and found only 10 featuring Rod, He was always difficult to catch, but at least I have one that shows him for his nickname ‘milk bottle legs’! I make no apology for some of them and I don’t think it is possible to capture the essence that was Rod. He never had a bad word to say about anybody and he always held to the adage that no one ever bowls a bad wood on purpose –  I know that from practice as I often played on his rink and managed to destroy more than one head in my time at Calne.

Rods Flowers/Veg arrangement (minus garden implements)

Message from Gill.

To the bowls  club

A big thank you for all of the support at  Rod’s  memorial  service. It was appreciated and what a wonderful send off for him.

Such a lovely gentleman.


God rest you Rod, you will be greatly missed by all the members of the club and a many, many othersl.





Ladies Seidal league Gala day – 12th Sept 2023

A total of 12 teams arrived at Devizes to take part in the Gala. The winners of the North and South divisions played each other and Box Pink came out on top beating Devizes Red 22-8. All other teams played a North vs South team competition, unfortunately Calne lost 8-14 to Avon.

The afternoon concluded with a raffle and delicious tea, supplied by Devizes Bowls Club.

Calne make the final of the Men’s White Horse League Play-offs for the first time, since joining the league

A little back ground first, These are the finals and is between the 5 league winners and the 3 best runners up, ( there are 5 leagues comprising a total of 48 teams.

Monday 4th Sept was the quarter finals

Tuesday 5th Sept the semi- finals

Thursday 7th the final.

Calne Falcons won Division 3 and qualified, in the first round they were up against Division 2 runners-up Trowbridge Westbourne A. Unfortunately Steve McColl could not play as Yvonne has gone down with Covid, we wish her a speedy recovery. However come the hour come the man, Les Fish ably took his place and with the other members of the team-Dave Davies, Derek Nicholson and Roy Jennings triumphed over the opposition 24-6 after 16 ends, Westbourne conceded the game with 2 ends to go.
The Semi-Finals followed on Tuesday and they played Spencer Melksham D, who were the Division 2 winners, the result of a tight game was 18-17 to the Falcons, another great win.

Having reached the final they had to play Chippenham Town A (winners of division 1), although taking an early lead, they were pegged back and eventually lost 16-21. A great achievement as we only joined the league in the last ten years. Well done lads and the wins against the Division 2 winners and runners-up give them great confidence when they play in that division in 2024, having won Division 3 the year.

Bowls Wiltshire Ladies Champion of Champions 2023 – result

Tonight our ladies captain played in the North section semi- final of the Bowls Wiltshire Ladies Champion of Champions at Highworth and was up against Linda Young, Yvonne won 21-15 and progresses to the Finals at Devizes to play Ali Noyes from Amesbury B.C. over the weekend 9th/10th Sept.

Well done Yvonne, a great result.

The final took place on Saturday 9th Sept, unfortunately Yvonne had to retire due to illness when the score was 5-13, congratulation to Yvonne for reaching the final and well done to Ali for winning.

2023 Competition Finals weekend 1st/3rd September ( results as I get them)

Mixed Triples Finalists ; L to R – Dave Johns, Barry Wicks, Sylvia Chambers, Yvonne McColl, Hugh Burchell and Paul Mackie
Men’s Novices Final, l to r – Ley Hulme, Dave Davies
5.30pm 11.00am 11.00am
Men’s  Novice
Mixed Triples Ladies 2 Woods Singles Ley Hulme (12) v Dave Davies (21)
Hugh Burchell / Paul Mackie/Yvonne McColl (16) Phyllis Jennings (8)  v   Yvonne McColl (15) Picture above
v  Picture above LADIES Novice
Dave Johns/ Sylvia Chambers/ Barry Wicks (12) Men’s 2 Woods  Singles Phyllis Jennings (21) v Edwina Yates (7)
Derek  Nicholson (9) v   Hugh Burchell (18)
Rink to be drawn from Rinks, 1,2 or 3 Men’s Pairs
Hugh Burchell / Martin Summers (20)
Dave Johns / Barry Wicks (22)
Club Night
2.30pm 2.30pm
Rinks 5 & 6 open for members Ladies 101 LADIES SINGLES
From 4 30pm Phyllis Jennings (77) v  Yvonne McColl (103) Ann Chatwin  v  Yvonne McColl
range of Hot Food
from 6.30pm Men’s 101 Men’s Singles
BAR OPEN Hugh  Burchell (103) v    Derek Nicholson (77) Barry Wicks (8) v   Dave Johns (21)
****PLUS**** Mixed Singles
A VERY SPECIAL RAFFLE Mixed Drawn Pairs Phyllis Jennings (24) V  Sue Pitman (9)
Dave Davies / Ann Chatwin
v 5.00pm
Dave Johns /Mayumi Lewis Barry Wicks/David Johns (won)
Ladies Pairs  To be arranged at a later date v
Ann Chatwin  /  Sue Pitman Yvonne and Steve McColl (lost)
Yvonne McColl  / Karen Varney

September 2023

The end of the season has arrived, with the club competition finals and the reports dropping to monthly and not weekly.
Club night continues until 15th Sept, with the Pat Watson Fish and Chip evening on Friday 22nd Sept. 6pm.

On Sunday 10th Sept. (10am onwards) it is the Calne Bowls Club Gala Day with teams from a wide range of venues.

There was the annual friendly against the Wiltshire Masons is on the Wednesday13h Sept 2pm, which Calne won 68-61.

Saturday 16th we have a mixed friendly against Weston BC Bath, start time 2-30pm

Saturday 23rd Sept is the closing day for the club with the Ladies vs Men game start 13-15pm.

The final game is a mixed fr8endly on Sunday 24th Sept. at Malmesbury, start time 2-30pm




w/c 20th August 2023 ( inc. 30th)

On Sunday we played Swindon North End at home and won 72-69

Monday saw the 3rd of the Wiltshire County Ladies Champion of Champions with Yvonne McColl at home against A Roberts-Phare (North Wilts), with Yvonne coming out the winner, now on to the Semi-Final (to be played by Wednesday 6th Sept) away to L Young at Highworth. Good Luck to Yvonne we are all cheering for you.

Tuesday brings 4 games all starting at 2-00pm

Our ladies played the last game of the season in the Seidal league away against to North Wilts our ladies had some good shots but lost 23-10.

On Tuesday evening our ladies played in the Bowls Wiltshire league at home against Winsley, our ladies lost 28-35. This was the last game of the season and our ladies finished 4th in the league, Well done ladies !.

Whilst in the Men’s White Horse League there are 3 (2) games

in Division 3 having already been promoted the Falcons wereaway to Spencer Melksham C, and won 18- 12 giving them the Division 3 title.

In Division 5 the 2 Calne Teams Cavaliers and the Beez are playing each other, the Beez won 14-9, as the BoaLs lost to Devizes the Beez ended up runners-up and will be promoted to Division 4, commiserations to the Cavaliers who finished 3rd in the league.

Thursday in the Mid Wilts Triples league start time 6-00pm

In the premier division tha A team were away to Winsley and lost 47-64 (6-4 points), ending the season 4th in the league, a commendable effort.

in Division 2 the already promoted B team were at home to Spencer Melksham Tigers and lost 38-52 (1-9 points)

On Monday evening our ladies played their last game in BW league against Devizes, our ladies had a win 62-28. The ladies will finish 3rd or 4th in the league depending on the other teams who have games outstanding.

On Tuesday evening our ladies played away to Devizes in the last game of the season in the Nor West League, our ladies won 30-18. The ladies finished second in the league, Well done to all ladies who played in this league throughout the season.

To complete the month on the 30th August we entertain the Wiltshire Masons game against Berkshire Masons. Start time 2-30pm


w/c 13th August 2023

On Sunday we have our annual Imagine Cruising Gala Day starting at 10am and going on until late afternoon.

On Tuesday we have 4 games all starting at 2-00pm

On Tuesday our ladies played in the  Seidal league  at home to Corsham they had an enjoyable game with a score 15-19 loss.

In the Men’s White Horse league the 3 games are,

Division 3 – The Falcons were away to Chippenham Town C and won 21-7

Division 5 – Beez were away to Park Rangers and and also won 14-13. However the Cavaliers were at home to BoaLs and lost 18-20.

Thursday has 2 games in the Men’s Mid-Wilts Triples league, start time 6-15pm.

Premier Division – Calne A were at home to Trowbridge West Eagles and won 58-27 (10-0 points)

Division  2 – Calne B were  away to Trowbridge West Falcons and also won 48-44 (6-4 points), securing the Division 2 winners place and promotion to Division 1 in 2024, congratulations to Steve and all the Beez.

Friday is Club Night as normal, arrive 5-30pm for 6-00pm start.


w/c 6th August 2023

On Monday in the North Wilts Mixed League we had an away game at Warminster, last game of the season which we unfortunately lost 36-63 (1-9 points)

On Monday evening our ladies played away to Chippenham Town in the Nor West League, they had a good game, but lost 27*35.

Tuesday is a busy day for members we have 4 games all starting at 2pm.

On Tuesday afternoon our ladies played at home to Bradford-on-Avon in the Nor West League, our ladies lost 35-42, with one winning rink it gave us 2 points in the league. It was a good game and the weather was on our side.

Our  Ladies played away to Box Purple on Tuesday afternoon,In the Seidal league up until the last end they were winning when the oppositions skip took the jack back  and they lost 13-15.

The remaining 2 games are in the Men’s White Horse league,

Division 3 – Falcons were at home to Trowbridge Town A and won 22-7.

Division 5 – The Beez have an open date, whilst the Cavaliers were away to Warminster Wolves and lost 6-22.

On Wednesday evening in the Bowls Wiltshire Triples league the ladies are away to Devizes Purple, start time 6-00pm.

There were 2 games on Thursday in the Men’s Mid-Wilts Triples league,

Premier Division – Calne A were at home to Spencer Moulton and lost 48-54 (3-7 points)

Division 2 – Calne B were away to Corsham and won 72-45 (10-0 points), they now only need 1 point from their last 3 games to win the league and secure promotion to Division 1.

On Friday our Ladies played in a  friendly away to North Wilts, the ladies had a good afternoon the weather was good and they won 37-22. followed by tea and doughnuts.


In the evening it is club night, all welcome.