Category Archives: Club News

Mayor of Swindon visits Supermarine BC


Supermarine Bowls Club had the honour of a visit from the Mayor of Swindon Councillor Abdul Amin on 29th April. The Mayor was welcomed by Mick Kilburn, Club Captain plus Tony Kilburn, Chairman together with Ladies Captain, Susan Griffiths. Also present was the 2023 Wiltshire Bowls Ladies President, Sue Gravell, who is a member of Supermarine.





After a welcome was given to all members and guests of both Malmesbury and Supermarine Bowls Clubs the Mayor bowled the first wood to officially celebrate the opening of the green for the forthcoming season.

The club then held a “Spider” to raise funds for the Mayor’s official charities.

The game was played in a friendly but competitive spirit, being enjoyed by all those present.

24 HOUR BOWLATHON – Raising money for Caudwell Children!



On 24th & 25th September at Westlecot Bowls Club, 24 players will be battling it out across 12 x 2 hour sessions in a Ryder Cup style, 12 vs 12 event for bragging rights and for the trophy!

You can sponsor us at the following link, any donations would be massively appreciated! –

The event will also be live streamed to Facebook and YouTube. To watch on YouTube, follow this link on the day. Or to make things easier, subscribe to the channel and you will receive a notification when we go live on the 24th.


Craig Morphet

Mike Richards

Tony Marshment

Stuart Murray

Josh Fail

Tom Pittuck

Jay Titcombe

Tom Newman

Graham Shadwell

Will Parker

Nathan Richards

Jake Webster


Dave Murray

Robbie Barker

Katy Smith

Phil Gregory

Mikey Titcombe

Shaun Hicks

Jo Hicks

Chris Moore

Adam Bolwell

Bradley Frankham

Steve Tuohy

Remy Clanfield

Live Streamed Matches as follows. The order of the players is in no particular order and will be chosen on the day:


12PM PAIRS – Craig Morphet and Mike Richards vs Dave Murray and Robbie Barker

2PM TRIPLES – Tony Marshment, Stuart Murray and Josh Fail vs Katy Smith, Phil Gregory and Mikey Titcombe

4PM FOUR BOWL FOURS – Tony Marshment, Tom Pittuck, Jay Titcombe and Tom Newman vs Shaun Hicks, Jo Hicks, Chris Moore and Adam Bolwell

6PM SINGLES – Tom Newman vs Robbie Barker

8PM SINGLES – Graham Shadwell vs Steve Tuohy

10PM SUBSTITUTE PAIRS – Will Parker, Stuart Murray and Josh Fail vs Shaun Hicks, Remy Clanfield and Steve Tuohy


12AM SUBSTITUTE TRIPLES – Nathan Richards, Mike Richards, Jake Webster and Graham Shadwell vs Dave Murray, Adam Bolwell, Bradley Frankham and Mikey Titcombe

2AM SUBSTITUTE DOUBLE RINK – Stuart Murray, Jay Titcombe, Tom Newman and Craig Morphet vs Shaun Hicks, Jo Hicks, Katy Smith and Phil Gregory (Note these are the starting rinks and will change during the session)

At 4AM the stream will continue, however there will be a break in the competition for a fun target bowls session.

6AM FOURS – Tony Marshment, Tom Pittuck, Will Parker and Josh Fail vs Bradley Frankham, Chris Moore, Robbie Barker and Steve Tuohy

8AM SUBSTITUTE TOP CLUB – SINGLES – Jake Webster vs Phil Gregory (Note players could change during session as there are two substitutes available who can be subbed into any event at any time)

10AM PAIRS – Nathan Richards and Graham Shadwell vs Remy Clanfield and Mikey Titcombe

Spectators welcome at any time and bar will be open and refreshments available at sensible hours!


Avon Bowls Club – Celebrating 100 Years!

Avon Bowls Club – Celebrating 100 Years!

Centenary celebrations are always an exciting time for bowls clubs and their members, and this year Avon will be the latest Wiltshire addition to the 100 club. It is a fantastic achievement to recognise, and all at Avon are looking forward to a busy calendar of events to allow them to celebrate accordingly. Additionally, this year also marks the 50th anniversary of the forming of the Ladies section of the club.

A brief history of Avon Bowls Club

In 1920, the house and grounds were purchased by the Avon Rubber Company for use as the Sports and Social Centre for the ‘social welfare of their employees’. It was to include indoor activities such as snooker, skittles and darts. In the grounds outside, there was enough room for tennis, cricket and bowls. The original founding of Avon Bowls Club could well have been earlier than 1922, if it hadn’t have been for an unfortunate fire significantly damaging Melksham House at the end of 1920. Work was ongoing on the rebuild throughout the entirety of 1921, and into early 1922. In July 1922, the formal reopening finally took place, with the celebrations including a cricket match against Devizes, a tennis tournament, and a bowls match against Melksham Town, which much to their delight up against one of the oldest and strongest clubs in Wiltshire, the Avon members won.

The initial bowling green consisted of 3 rinks and was crafted from an area of lawn adjacent to the house. 7 years later, this was extended to 4 rinks before eventually expanding further to a 6 rink green in the 1950’s. Initially, only a Men’s section was established, however with the popularity of Bowls growing, more and more women began to play the game and therefore in 1972, a Ladies section was formed which eventually amalgamated with the Men’s section in 2009.

In 1997 US Based Cooper Tyre and Rubber Company took over the Avon Tyres site. The bowls club became ‘Cooper Avon’. However, it became apparent over time that the new company were showing little interest in Melksham House and in 2011 it was sold to Wiltshire Council. In 2012 the club reverted to being just ‘Avon’ again and in 2014 it became Independent, with no links to the rubber company or the County Council. In 2018 it obtained a 5 year lease with a fifty year lease pending.

Plans for the Centenary Season

Captains John Crowder and Dawn Edwards, supported ably by the management committee, despite facing various challenges due to the ongoing work on the new campus and a renovation of Melksham House, have created a fantastic programme of events for the season, worthy of such a wonderful milestone. For any club, this level of activity can be costly, but a mix of membership subscriptions and innovative club fundraisers over winter months and during covid lockdowns have helped to ease the financial burden. In addition to this, Avon are being kindly supported by Poolman Patios, MDP Ltd South West Contractors, Leekes,  Avon Trophies, Farmhouse Inn Southwick, Co-Op, W J Bevans, SS Carpenters and Bradford Ltd  and Pelican.

The club got the bowls rolling on Saturday 16th of April, with club captains Crowder and Edwards hoisting the club flag, followed by a 6 rink opening match amongst members. The photo shows club members proudly displaying the new design club anniversary shirts. Avon now look forward to a very busy year, with additional Centenary Home Games already arranged during the season as follows:

Sunday 1st May – Pontypridd

Sunday 8th May – Holt


Sunday 5th June – Barbarians B.A

Saturday 11th June – Chippenham Park

Sunday 12th June – Bowls Wiltshire Mixed

Tuesday 14th June – Bowls England


Sunday 10th July – Swindon and District B.A

Sunday 17th July – Friends of Bowls England


Sunday 14th August – Pewsey Vale

Saturday 20th August – Blue Circle

Sunday 21st August – Supermarine


Congratulations to Avon Bowls Club on a fantastic milestone and all at Bowls Wiltshire wish them the very best with their ongoing celebrations!

Tom White to celebrate his 100th Birthday on Christmas Day

Bowls Wiltshire would like to wish Tom a HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY on CHRISTMAS DAY.

Congratulations on reaching this fantastic age and we hope you have a great day.

Tom was born in 1921 in the village of Imber (now used by the army in the middle of Salisbury Plain) before the family moved to Thingley near Corsham when he was eight months old.

Tom and his brother later owned a farm in Thingley where Tom looked after the cattle whilst his brother the arable side of the farm. Tom sadly lost his wife Betty many years ago.

Tom retired from farming 30 years ago and at this time took up bowling firstly with Melksham Town and when they closed he joined Box BC where he still bowls. During the winter months Tom can be found bowling indoors at North Wilts.



At this years Mid Wilts Gala Tom was the oldest player taking part and he  teamed up with Alfie Holland who was the youngest, the picture shows Tom and Alfie collecting trophies from the Mid-Wilts secretary Stan Bartlett.


Tom still enjoys his bowls and plays in leagues and runs a Tea & Biscuits team at Box where he diligently writes out all the teams playing schedules by hand for each member of his team.

After he retired from farming he moved to Gastard and then a few years ago into Corsham. So he is a Wiltshire Moonraker through and through.



He is a very valued member of Box BC and it is not unusual to play all afternoon before helping with the washing up.

The picture shows Tom at Box Revels helping out in the Box BC tent.


Bradford on Avon BC to trial Croquet in 2022

I am delighted to advise that croquet will be available at Bradford on Avon Bowls Club in 2022.

Members voted for the trial of croquet at their AGM on Sunday 5th December 2021.

Bradford on Avon Bowls Club has already joined the Croquet Association

We are fortunate in having Paul Francis, SW Development Officer of the Croquet Association living here in BoA.  He is copied in to this email.

A lot of details to work out in order to make this trial work; as usual we will do our best to make it work.

Derrick Hunt, Hon Sec, Bradford on Avon Bowls Club

Men’s JVP visits the Barber


Bowls Wiltshire Men’s Junior Vice President Dave Williams, who plays is bowls at Chippenham Park, was challenged earlier in the year not visit a Barber until October.

Dave took on the challenge for his Charity VICTA (Visually Impaired Children Take Action) and yesterday was the day he got back to normal.

The picture shows Dave before and after.

Dave raised £750 for his charity.

Congratulations Dave I am not sure which is your best look !!!!!!!!!!!





Calne BC Open Mixed Triples

3 Woods – Open Mixed Triples

Calne BC – Mixed Triples Gala Day – Sunday 29th August 2021

To be held at: Calne Bowl Club – Hillcroft , off Anchor Road. SN11 8RJ

9.00 for 9.20am Start – Finish approximately 6.30 pm


(Subject to maximum entries)

Trophy Winners – £120, Runners up – £60,

Plate Winners – £60, Runners up – £30

Highest Scoring Team – One Game – £15

Target Competition – Minimum £30

Plus ‘Spider’ Competition & Raffle (Prizes pre drawn prior to Semi-Finals)


Salisbury BC to host first Australian Pairs competition

Salisbury BC are hosting their first Australian Pairs competition on Saturday 14 August. Entries are still open and limited to 24 pairs. Further details can be found on the poster attached and the entry form can be found on the club website at If you have any questions please contact Tom Warner directly.

The format for the day is four groups of 6 pairs with 6 end matches (4 bowls each player) played in the Australian Pairs format. The top two teams from each of the four groups will qualify for the quarter finals and prize money paid down to quarter finalists. There will be breakfast rolls in the morning and a cold buffet lunch will be provided.

There are still a few spots left so please share around your clubs!


Holt celebrates 100 years with Bowls Wiltshire

On Sunday 11 July Holt BC hosted the second of its centenary celebration matches, this time against friends from Bowls Wiltshire. Despite the murky weather a great day was had by all.

Taken from Holt’s Facebook page on 29 June 2021:

At the start of the season we weren’t really sure if we would still be running as a club, at this point, and its thanks to our dedicated members and supporters for giving their time to help keep our club alive!

What the last 18 months has shown us, is that we can never take anything for granted, although it has also shown us that with hard work and dedication anything is possible when we all support each other.

Thanks to everyone involved for making our centenary celebrations the best!

 Holt BC v Bowls Wiltshire
Sunday 11 July 2021 @ Holt BC
Holt  Ends Ends Bowls England
Rink Skip 21 21 Skip Rink
1 Graham Archard 10 18 Bill Collier 1
2 Chris Poole 21 18 Malcolm Barker 2
3 Ben Gadd
9 16 John Crowder 3
4 Kev Oliver
18 20 Alfie Maslen
5 Chris Moore
19 17 Gerald Webb 5
6 Wayne Snook 18 14 Alan Small 6
Total 95 103 Total
Total Shots 95 103 Total Shots