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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

Success for Keith Brenton in the National Singles & Pairs B1 CLASS

It is with great pleasure that I can announce that Keith Brenton, totally blind bowler, has successfully defended his B1 National Singles title and additional along with Margaret Cusker, they won the B1 National Pairs.

Keith wishes to thank Haydon Wick for allowing the intensive training which helped him win.

As his Director, I also was awarded gold medals for both titles.

Nigel Morgan

BW Development Officer

Blue Circle celebrate 50th Anniversary

4th July 2021 – BW mixed game against Blue Circle.

This game was finally completed after being deferred from 2020 due to covid restrictions in order to celebrate Blue Circle’s 50th anniversary.

It was an enjoyable afternoon albeit the weather was somewhat inclement and the game unfortunately was brought to an abrupt end at the 16th end as a result of torrential rain. However all had enjoyed the play and BW came out on top 95 shots to 68.

Afterwards we all enjoyed a superb meal in the hall. Thanks was given to Blue Circle for all their hospitality and making BW very welcome.

June Corbett

BW Chair

The Holt Bowls Club Australian Pairs Tournament

The Holt Bowls Club Australian Pairs Tournament

Saturday 21st August

The popular Holt Triples Gala day is back and this time we are re-inventing it as a 2-bowl triples with a new format to celebrate our 100th year as a bowls club.

In the hope that the proposed roadmap, for a full return to sport continues, we are planning to host the competition on Saturday 21st August. While it’s unclear what restrictions, if any, will be in place at this time regarding social distancing and the appropriateness of providing catering, we are 100% committed to running the event and will ensure that we take precautions to be in line with any safety guidelines at the time.

There will be space for 24 triples, with 6 groups of 4 teams. Each game will be 7 ends (45 minute time limit) and there will be an additional plate competition for 4 group runners-ups, with the chance to win prize money.

As usual, the bar will be open all day (running to guidelines at the time), with unlimited tea, coffee and snacks inclusive of the entry fee, along with a bacon roll on arrival. There will also be a BBQ and a raffle on the day. Through the afternoon, the popular ‘target bowls’ competition will run, with a chance to win 50% of the prize pot at the end of the day.

A prize fund of £720, with £375 to the winners.

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

Entry form can be found at the link below

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