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A successful Open Day at Devizes BC

A report from Devizes BC

On Saturday 7th May we held our annual Open Day from 10am – 1pm. From the very start the room was full of people – first of all there was a great group of members who had generously given up their time to help to introduce our visitors to the game we all love to play. Then, from 10am there was a constant flow of prospective bowlers – all keen to see what the game is all about. Each one was allocated to a ‘host’ and guided through the necessary paperwork before being helped with equipment and taken onto the green to ‘have a go’. There was a constant supply of tea and coffee and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves – there was plenty of chatter and activity in the room and on both greens throughout the entire morning.

A big thank you must go to all the members who helped both on the greens and in the clubhouse – we could not have run the event without you so your contribution was invaluable. We had approximately 40 visitors and more than 30 of them are planning to attend the follow up coaching sessions over the next few weeks so this was a hugely successful morning. Thank you everyone!!

This event was run as a BDA Silver Package Event.

Just One at North Wilts BC

Last night 18 April North Wilts Bowls Club held a successful Just One event.  It was the opening of the outdoor green for this season and members were asked to bring along a friend.  All the 6 rinks were filled with existing members, a rink of indoor players trying the outdoor game for the first time and a rink of beginners.  After playing everyone enjoyed refreshments of soup and hot dogs, the evening was completed with a raffle which raised funds for Sport Relief.


Chippenham Town BC Open Day

Chippenham Town Bowls Club is opening its doors on Saturday 14th May between 10am – 4pm to all visitors who would like to try their hand at playing Bowls. All levels of bowler, from those who have never even held a bowl (let alone delivered one!) to experienced bowlers will receive a warm welcome.

We plan to make this is an enjoyable occasion and friendly helpers will be on hand to guide you and ensure that you enjoy your time at our bowls club. We will supply the bowls and refreshments!  All you need is a pair of flat shoes. Car parking is free.


Chippenham Town BC has recently launched its new website.

Our club is very grateful and indebted to club members Richard Ellis and Jim Fitzpatrick who have built this user friendly site and guided members through the whole process.
Any guests who are interested in joining our club as a new or seasoned player? Please browse our pages and either come and see us or give us a call (contact details are on our site). We’d love to hear from you and will offer you a warm welcome to our club. 

Club Policies on the wearing of Shorts

This data has been collated from information sent to the BW Administrator in response to a request for Club Policies.

Alderbury BCthe Alderbury members voted in favour of the wearing of shorts.

Amesbury BC – we are happy for the wearing of shorts on our green, providing the colour and style are in accordance with the issued directive.

Avon BC – Shorts are permitted within the BE/BW guidelines.

Blue Circle – Shorts are permitted within the BE/BW guidelines.

Box BC – Tailored Shorts are permitted at our club

Bradford on Avon BC – Shorts are NOT allowed

Broughton Gifford BCwe are happy to allow visiting players to wear shorts within the BE/BW guidelines.

Calne – Shorts are permitted within the BE/BW guidelines.

Chippenham Park BC – Shorts are permitted within the BE/BW guidelines.

Chippenham Town BC –  Shorts are permitted within the BE/BW guidelines.

Corsham BC  – will permit visitors to wear shorts on their green as long as they conform to the guidelines.

Devizes BC Policy on Shorts – The BE Licensed /Approved shorts may be worn by visiting bowlers for all BE events ie all rounds of County Championships and BE National Competitions that lead to National Finals at Leamington. Also for Johns, Middleton, Walker, Balcombe and White Rose matches. Shorts are not permitted for any other events.

Downton – Downton’s Committee approve the wearing of (smart, tailored) shorts, in accordance with BE and BW Guidelines.

Garrards – we allow the wearing of shorts providing they are  BE licensed/approved,  no other shorts are permitted

Haydon Wick –  Shorts are permitted within the BE/BW guidelines.

Highworth BC – Shorts are permitted within the BE/BW guidelines.

Holt Ladies – Shorts are permitted within the BE/BW guidelines.

Holt Men BC – will allow visiting clubs to wear shorts in accordance with the guidelines set by BW & BE.

Malmesbury – Shorts are permitted within the BE/BW guidelines.

Marlborough BC– Shorts are permitted within the BE/BW guidelines.

Mere BC – Shorts are permitted within the BE/BW guidelines.

North Wilts BC – Shorts are permitted within the BE/BW guidelines.

Pewsey Vale BC – will permit the wearing of “regulation” shorts, approved by the committee of visiting teams,  in the Pewsey clubhouse and on the Pewsey green.

Purton BCwill NOT allow visiting players to wear shorts.

Ramsbury & Aldbourne – Shorts are permitted within the BE/BW guidelines.

Rodbourne Cheney – Shorts are permitted within the BE/BW guidelines.

Royal Wootton Bassett – Shorts are permitted within the BE/BW guidelines.

Salisbury BC – shorts allowed in line with BE/BW guidelines.

Salisbury Victoria – has agreed NO shorts on the green during play at any time.

Spencer Melksham BC – policy is to allow shorts within BE/BW guidelines.

Spencer Moulton BC – Shorts are permitted within the BE/BW guidelines.

Stratton Churchway BC – Shorts are permitted within the BE/BW guidelines.

Supermarine BC – Shorts are allowed.

Swindon BC – Swindon Bowls Club will permit the wearing of shorts in matches played on their green. However, it must be in line with Bowls England Guidance notes dated July 2015.

Swindon County Ground BC– have made the decision that they will not permit shorts to be worn at any event.

Swindon North End BC – are in agreement with the wearing of shorts within the BE/BW guidelines and are happy to for visiting club members to do likewise.

Swindon Town Gardens BC – will not allow shorts to be worn at our Club.

Swindon West End – Shorts are permitted within the BE/BW guidelines.

Tisbury BC – we allow members of visiting teams to wear shorts (within the BE/BW guidelines) for matches if they so wish.

Trowbridge Town – Shorts are permitted within the BE/BW guidelines.

Trowbridge Westbourne BC – has approved the wearing of ‘official’ shorts with appropriate socks etc for all games on our green.

Wanborough BC2016: Shorts will not be permitted at Wanborough

Warminster BC – are in favour of wearing shorts on the green, in accordance with Bowls England Guidelines.

Westlecot BC   we allow the wearing of shorts providing they are  BE licensed/approved,  no other shorts are permitted.

Wilton BCour committee have now decided that we will allow visiting teams to wear shorts.

Winsley BC – no objections to visiting players wearing shorts.

Wroughton BC – Shorts are permitted within the BE/BW guidelines.


Click on the link to see the poster that has been prepared by WASP to advertise Club Open Days.

This is in connection with the Hotspot project and, in particular, the BDA Silver Package. There will be follow up sessions for those who choose to take up this option with a view to joining a Club.

Please download the poster and display it wherever it will be seen by potential participants!

Bowls Open Day Poster

News from Stratton Churchway BC

Our club open day is on Saturday 16th July, 10am – 5pm and is a very popular part of the successful “Stratton Festival” that is held on the parish council grounds/buildings adjacent to the bowls club on the same day.

The play bowls follow up sessions are on,

Friday 22nd July 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Friday 29th July 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Friday 5th August 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Friday 12th August 6.30pm – 8.30pm

We have also been successful in obtaining grants over the last 6 months from The Swindon Sports Forum, Stratton St Margaret Parish Council and Table Tennis England to improve the facilities we offer to our members, our community and the new bowlers joining or trying our sport for the first time.

Receiving grants totalling just over £1500 and with some investment from the club has enabled a new Table Tennis table to be purchased as part of the “Loop” scheme run by Table Tennis England, which we hope will encourage members to stay more active as well as more new members joining the club with a wide range of facilities on offer to its members.

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We will be running some friendly competitions during the season as we make full use of our new table tennis table.

The remainder of the grants will be used to buy new equipment for our open days and part fund events we host for groups in the community – Stratton 2 (640x478) Stratton 3 (640x427)Jubilee Gardens (Christmas Eve skittles), Parkinson’s Swindon (fundraising race night), Midwinter Gardens (Bingo, tea & cake) and other community groups in Swindon who can benefit from the facilities that we offer and the events we arrange as part of our improving and enhancing people’s lives programme (with the support of our members at SCBC).