Calne Bowls Club

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Forthcoming Event – Come and Try Short Mat Bowls

Thursday 9th June – 6pm to 9pm.

On Thursday Evening the 9th June we are holding an open evening at Beversbrook Sports and Leisure Centre from 6pm until 9pm. All you need to bring are flat shoes, everything else will be provided. Short Mat Bowls is ideal for gentle exercise and the club has the reputation of being friendly and welcoming. So what not pop along and see how much fun it can be.

Refreshments will be provided.

If you would like to have a chat about the evening please phone either Ann on 07779 464170 or Terry on 07890 567120.

Further News and photographs.

After the 2 years of Covid restrictions, we are now looking for new members to enjoy short mat bowls and join us at Beversbrook Community Hall. The game is suited to people who want gentle exercise and social interaction, so why not contact us, details are on the Join us section of the Short Mat Web Page.

We look forward to meeting you soon.


On Thursday evening session on the 20th March 2022,  yet another hot shot award this time, here are the happy 4.

Another hot shot, L to R Beccy, Christine, Norman and Ann

More presentations on the 9th March 2022. Top Ladies’ award for 2020/2021 went to Christine E , whilst the Men’s award went to Les F. Well done to both.

Secretary Stuart also presented small thank you gifts to the session organisers Ann and John H who do so much of the administration to enable our sessions to take place.  We also said a big thank you to those that set up and put away all the equipment at the start/finish of each playing session.

Christine E and Les with their awards for top player 2020/2021
Ann and John accepting thank you gifts for all their hard work

Presentations at the club.

On Wed 26th Feb 2022, two awards were given.  Firstly the attendance award medals for the 2020/21 season: the Ladies’ winner was Christine E.,  the Men’s went to Phil W. These would normally be presented at the annual luncheon which had to be cancelled due to Covid.

Then a first for the club.  A Hot Shot had been achieved on the 17th Nov 2021 so today was the first time a Hot Shot scroll had been awarded at the club.  The recipients of a certificate were  Beccy, John and Phil M.

Here are the happy members.

Phil M, Beccy and John accepting their certificates for the first ever Hot Shot at the club on the 17th November 2021
Attendance awards for 2021 Christine E and Phil W.

Last session before Christmas 22nd Dec 2021.

As normal we started with a photo and ended with mince pies.  Thanks to all that came and let’s hope we can start again on Wed Jan 2022.

Wishing all a very happy and healthy 2022.

Group photo before the start

Wiltshire B.A. Competitions

Those members who are registered with the ESMBA  are now taking part in competions and Sheila and Martha were runners-up in the Pairs on Saturday 13th Novemebr, well done to all who played and supported.

Here is a photo of the happy band

L to R Alan, Wendy, Phil M, Phil W, Pat, Martha, Terry (the organiser) and Sheila.

Many thanks to Terry who is making all the arrangements, the other forthcoming Wiltshire Short Mat Bowls competitions are on

Dec 12th – 2 triples teams

Jan 9th – 3 singles entries

Jan 16th – 1 mixed fours team

Jan 30th – 2 fours teams

Feb 20th – 3 pairs teams


Well it’s August 2021 and we are now back up and running with all mats in use and 3 sessions a week, let’s hope it stays that way through the winter.

All sessions are as shown below.

We still have the ESMBA Covid safe club status, so our members can be assured we do everything to ensure their safety.

Many thanks to all the members who have attended the restricted periods over the last 18 months, from comments made all our precautions worked and members felt very safe.

Session times are:

Monday     2pm to 4pm

Wednesday 2pm to 4pm

Thursday     6-30pm to 8-30pm.

Whilst our membership has held up very well, we can now look to take on a limited number of new members, so pop into one of our sessions and have a chat if you are interested,

If you need anymore information please look at the foot of this page and get in touch.


A friendly against Devizes on the 4th March at Devizes, ended in a 33 – 54 defeat, we managed to win 1 rink and lost 2. Scores were

Skips first

Stuart, Angela F, Wendy and Doug lost 5-25

Les, Jennie, Terry and Sheila won 22-10

John H, Barry K, Alan W and Bryan lost 6-19

Devizes were great fun to play against and playing on different mats gives our players experience. The refreshments afterwards was excellant (as was the bar) and all in all a great evening was enjoyed by all. So a big thank you to all at Devizes Short Mat.

Your very clever secretary? forgot his camera, but at least managed to remember his phone, so the pictures tend to be on the panoramic scale!

We look forward to the return match.


Short Mat members Angela and Les – part of the Tuneless choir


The Club was represented in its first ever foray into competitions, they received a warm welcome and found they were up against County and National players.

However they gave a good account of themselves and managed to win 1 game.

The photograph below is courtesy of Yvonne, many thanks.

L to R
Yvonne, Ann C, Phil W and Sheila M.


Annual Lunch 2nd Feb 2020 at the North Wilts Golf Club, an excellent venue with great food, the room was a pleasure to eat in. Here are some photos of the happy day.

Before the crowd
Guests start arriving
Table 1
Table 2
Table 3
Table 4
Table 5
Table 6 (with the cameraman missing!)
Noise level extremely high!
John Harris being presented Club man of the year award by guest speaker Kevin Whitehorn
Ann Harris being presented with the club lady of the year award
Geoff Davis presenting Roy Jennings with wedge of the year!!!
Stuart presenting Phil Woods and Phil Milham with awards for the highest attendance (a tie at 67 each)
Guest Kevin admiring the flowers for his wife, he was presented later with a door wedge(no expense spared!)

Monday January 13th 2020

This proved to be the record number of attendees for a session, 33 members turned up for a game, with co-operation from the members, most got at least 1 hour, however we have had to make the following decision, so as of the 14th January 2020 we regret we will be unable to accept any new members as we have now over 50 and are finding that sessions are full, we will however operate a waiting list and when we are able to take on new players, they will be contacted in order.

We can only apologise for this , but the success of the club has been astounding as we have only been going 15 months!

Please feel free to come and talk to us at sessions and we can always give you a chance to play to see if you would like the game.

December 23rd Christmas Fun

Monday afternoon saw the Short Matters let their hair down (those that had any!!!). It was a free session with food included and 28 attended.

Father and Mrs Christmas (with their little helper) and a reindeer, what more could you ask for – even the wood centre blocks were removed and replaced with larger items!

Here are some photos for your amusement.

Before the start
Changing the centre blocks worked until people got used to them and ended up hitting them!
What a handsome fella he is
Someone had better tell Herbert he is being stalked
Looks like Santa’s little helper has lost his bike!




Calne travelled to Urchfont on Tuesday evening in a return friendly match, their second friendly,  the mat was much shorter than we were used to and as a result it took a while to get used to it, however it was good experience and more friendlies are planned, Our friends at Urchfont did a very nice supper and all in all whilst we lost on all rinks, it was a fun, sociable and challenging evening.

A big thank you to all at Urchfont.

Scores were, skips first

First Half

Stuart, Phil M, Les and Jennie lost 7-9

Wendy, Phil W, Bryan and Angela F lost 4-12

Second Half

Doug, Phil M, Les and Bryan lost 5-8

Norman, Phil W, Alan W and Mary E lost 6-7 (1 shot lost on the last end)


Who said it was a friendly
Little Phil in a classic pose
Nice view of the hall from the stage
Jennie had a great game.
Angela F took a while to adjust to length of the mat, but kept trying
You can tell Urchfont players certainly concentrate
Any idea what was in Phil M’s mind
Secretary Stuart pretending he knows how to bowl!
Stuart and Phil W preparing to bowl, don’t know how many votes the jury on the stage awarded.
These may have been spectators in the first half, but in the second half they proved to be very accurate bowlers.

New Thursday evening session report in newspaper


The Christmas/New Year timing of sessions is as follows:

Monday 23rd Dec 1.30pm – 3.30pm (Beversbrook closes at 4pm)

Wednesday 25th Dec, Thursday 26th Dec, Monday 30th Dec and Wednesday 1st Jan 2020  –  NO SESSIONS

Normal service resumes

Thursday 2nd January 2020.  6.30pm – 8.30pm


We are now approaching the winter of 2019/20, membership has increased and all 3 mats are often in use.

As a result it has been decided to start a Thursday night session to see if there is a demand for one.

The first evening session is on 31st October 2019, 6-30pm to 8-30pm, PLEASE NOTE due to previous booking, there will be no session on Thursday 21st October only.

Details of the existing sessions are as follows:

Where – Beversbrook Sports Facility, Beversbrook Lane, Calne, SN11 9FL

When – Every Monday and Wednesday (exc. Bank Holidays)

Time – Afternoons 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm

Cost – £3 per 2 hour session: Annual Membership (Nov-Oct) £10.00

Experienced and novice bowlers welcome

First 3 sessions free

Required – all that you need to bring are flat shoes, to get

you started, all other equipment will be supplied.

Coaching available

For further information phone:

Stuart – 07974 804991 Secretary and Treasurer

Ann – 07779 464170 Session Organiser

So just turn up and enjoy the fun of gentle exercise and sociability that is short mat bowls!