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Helen Joy Snell – a message from Dave

Stephen, Joanne & Michael, Michael & Danielle and Myself wish to offer our sincere thanks for all the lovely sympathy cards that we all received after the passing of Helen.

 Also, a big thank you for those Members and Friends who kindly donated towards the collection for the Swindon Multiple Sclerosis Society, the total so far is £1185.00.

 Helen’s wake was special as we all celebrated her life although it was cut short and my family would like to thank Sally & Alan for organising the refreshments and to Chris for keeping us from dehydration.

 As you know Helen passed very suddenly and it was difficult for all the family to digest at the time, but we all received many phone calls and texts offering support which we all very much appreciated.

 Many of you would be aware that all of my children when growing up with Helen and myself spent numerous days at the ‘Bowls Club’ over the last forty years playing bowls, enjoying the friendly atmosphere and the fantastic social events which Helen really enjoyed, memories that will not be forgotten.

 Once again thanks to you all.

Update on Mikey Titcombe running the London Marathon

Just a quick update on my training. Had some disappointing news in the London Marathon this year unsurprisingly being cancelled. As a result, the April 2021 date has been pushed back to October 2021, with the 2022 edition going back to the usual April date.

With charities having to offer their 2020 runners the 2021 places, I was expecting to be pushed back to April 2022, however very fortunately my charity have found me a place for 2021, so will be running on 3rd October 2021 now.

I’ve also just signed up for the Swindon Half Marathon on 20th September, so just 4 weeks away! Looking to hopefully complete this at around the 2 and a quarter hour mark!

Kind Regards


Holt BC Australian Pairs Competition

Saturday 12th September

Holt Bowls club are hosting an Australian pairs (also known as 2-4-2 pairs) competition on Saturday 12th September. There is a limit of 24 teams and entries are recieved and approved on a first come, first served basis, so get your entry in quickly to avoid disapointment.

Entry cost is £15 per pair, with a total prize fund of £360

Details on current entries, the format and schedule will be updated here and via our social media pages, before the event.

For any further information, please contact us at email hidden; JavaScript is required

CLICK HERE to complete the entry form and enter now! Once completed, save the form and email as above.

Wiltshire Clubs sign up to the Bowls England “Lets Roll” initiative

Bowls England recently launch a national campaign called “Lets Roll” which is aimed at inspiring people to go to their local greens with family and friends to try the sport of bowls.

Several Bowls Wiltshire Clubs have signed up to this and they include


Bradford on Avon


Chippenham Town


Spencer Melksham

Trowbridge Westbourne

Anyone wishing to try the sport of Bowls then contact your local club and give it a go.

Mikey Titcombe to run 2021 London Marathon

Hi Everyone, I think I might be going insane but…

My fitness/weight loss mission has been going really well recently, completing the couch to 5k app and also testing myself with some longer runs, up to 13k so far. I’m over 4 stone down as well which I am over the moon with. Being the absolute nutter and ridiculously ambitious person that I am, I wanted a challenge to push myself even further.

As you may or may not be aware, I recently applied to a charity to run the 2021 London Marathon for them. It took them a little while to get back to me, but can now confirm that I’ve been accepted to run for them in the marathon!

The charity is Caudwell Children, they do massive amounts of work to provide children with specialist equipment that their families may unfortunately not be able to afford. This will sometimes involve them contributing massively towards the total cost of the equipment, or on some occasions paying for it in full. They have also recently set up a multi million pound autism centre which is doing fantastic research and development. (Link to charity’s website below)

Whilst I wanted to run for a great cause, I’ve also become a great believer in anything being possible when you set your mind to it, which is what I want to prove. I never thought I’d be a runner and still don’t believe I’m a natural at it, but I’m going to complete this marathon and do it in a respectable time as well! I wasn’t in a great place towards the end of last year and I really want to prove how quickly things can turn around!

I’ve put a link to my JustGiving page below, I would be massively grateful for any donations 😊 Thanks all and let’s hope we get back to normality soon!


Westlecot Bowling Club Open Two Wood Triples Event 2020

Westlecot Bowling Club

Open Two Wood Triples Event 2020

Sunday 30th/Monday 31st August 2020

 Bowls is being played under restrictions at present however with these looking like they could ease over the coming weeks we want to plan for the future. We are pleased to announce that the Westlecot Open Two Bowl Triples event is planned to take place over 2 days Sunday 30th August & Monday 31st August 2020.

We can’t be certain what restrictions will be in place at that time however we have put in place measures which we hope will comply with guidance that is then in place.

We have 2 bowls greens with up to 13 rink settings which means we will make 6 rinks available for play each day. This will allow us to host up to 48 teams over the 2 days.

There will be food available throughout the 2 days to purchase. If needs be the option can be to takeaway.

The bar will hopefully be open and working under the regulations current at that time.

Prizes will be £600–£300–£200–£100… (Subject to 48 Team) Entry will be £25 per triple, all triples guaranteed 3 games.

There are 48 places which can be reserved with no deposit at present. 24 places each day, if you are not local to Swindon then please feel free to request just Monday however we can’t guarantee this will be available. When we know more about forthcoming restrictions payment will be asked for via BACS.

To reserve your spot please email email hidden; JavaScript is required

Thank you & Stay Safe


Calne Bowls Club re-opens its green on Saturday for members to get some practice

Calne Bowls Club re-opens its green on Saturday for members to get some practice

MEMBERS of Calne Bowls Club are looking forward to getting some competitive games played in August and September after re-opening on Saturday May 30 following the Covid-19 coronavirus lockdown.

After restrictions were lifted on sports activities such as bowls, golf and tennis, club chairman Barry Wicks bowled the first wood for the green opening ceremony, with onlookers outside the gates showing their appreciation.

For the next few weeks, until the coronavirus lockdown is completely lifted, the club will use the green for its 55 members to get some social bowling practice.

Following the success of 2019, when the club’s membership increased and promotion was achieved in the Men’s White Horse League, as well as narrowly missing promotion in the Mid Wilts Triples League, the club was looking forward to building on this success.

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, it has had to cancel its open days for now and postponed the usual club green opening ceremony until Saturday May 30.

Mr Wicks said: “The green is in its best condition for several years, despite the dry weather, and was bowling very well so it was disappointing not to be playing matches in the leagues.

“I would like to thank the members that have put so much work into getting the club ready for the opening.”

Mr Wicks said bowls is still a great way to exercise and meet people, adding “the previous image of old men in blazers has now been all but banished, with a variety of ages and abilities welcome.

“We are open to both club members and the public but, currently, there are restrictions issued by Bowls England on the total number of bowlers allowed on the green, so a booking system is in place.

“Whilst we are hoping that the restrictions will be lifted before the end of the season, with an opportunity to hold an open day, anyone wishing to have a roll up or wanting more information about joining the club should contact our secretary, Stuart Beard.”

The club, which was founded in 1914, is hoping that the coronavirus regulations will soon be less restrictive, and members are looking forward to getting some competitive games played in August and September. Planning is already in place for the 2021 season.

The club is off Hillcroft, Anchor Road, Calne, and its season usually runs from April to September. Members compete in men’s, ladies’ and mixed leagues within Wiltshire.

In addition, there are various inter-club friendly matches, both in Wiltshire and with teams from other counties. There are also club and county competitions.

All you need to play is a pair of flat-soled shoes or trainers and your first three sessions, together with coaching if required, are completely free.

Due to the coronavirus restrictions, the regular club nights on a Tuesday have been cancelled.

To join the club, go