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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.

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Announcement from Holt BC relating to Coronavirus

COVID-19 Update – Holt BC Announcement


As you are aware Bowls England has announced the cancellation of all its domestic events ahead of the 2020 bowls season in response to the latest Government advice and growing concerns from bowlers about how the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will impact on our much loved game.

Due to this, to counter the spread of coronavirus, Holt Bowls Club is closed with immediate effect. The management committee will review the situation on an on-going basis and will be following guidance from Bowls England and Bowls Wiltshire.

Unfortunately, this leaves the club without any income stream for the foreseeable future, so the Management team has taken immediate actions to reduce all expenditure.

As a club we are remaining positive and optimistic in the fight against Coronavirus and are anticipating that when safe, social distancing will be relaxed and we can enjoy some time on the green this summer.

We are planning to run our annual gala day triples tournament in August and will endeavour to make this a fantastic day for all who are interested in taking part. We are also planning to honour some of our club fixtures later in the season in the hope that this becomes a realistic possibility.

We are asking all current members to support the club financially through this difficult time and ensure that, as a club, we make it to our centenary year in 2021.

Finally we are encouraging all members and fellow bowlers to keep an eye out for each other especially those bowlers who may live on their own. A telephone call, e‐mail or Skype to our cowls community will, we are sure, be welcomed at this time.

Please stay well, look after yourselves and those around you and most importantly, be safe!

Chippenham Town BC Open Triples Gala Day

Entries are now open for the Open Triples Gala Day at Chippenham Town on Sunday 31 May. Full details of the event can be found on the flyer below. An entry form is also found below.

There is a maximum of 24 teams available and if you have any questions please contact Jeremy Haselton on 07801 326631 or email hidden; JavaScript is required

Chippenham Town BC Open Triples Gala Day Details

Chippenham Town BC Open Triples Gala Day Entry Form

Blooming good show for Avon Bowls Club

It gives me great pleasure to announce that, due to the hard work and enterprise of Steve Faulkner and his gardening team, (Sue and Basil), our Club Gardens have won a Gold Award in the Business, Leisure and Tourism Section of the South West in Bloom Contest 2019. We will receive a Certificate which will be displayed proudly and prominently in the Club.

This is exactly the type of news we need to publicise our club in a very positive light and to attract new members and attention from Councillors and residents alike, especially in the run up towards becoming a central and focal point of the new Campus.

I am sure that you will all want to share with me in thanking Steve and his family and helpers for this valuable contribution to raise the profile of the club and make us the envy of the County.

Philip Wells

Avon BC Club Secretary

Calne BC launch new website

Calne Bowls Club has just launched a fresh new website ready for the 2019 season. The site has been designed and built by Ian Thomas of Highworth, who was also responsible for the Bowls Wiltshire site, along with several more clubs in Wiltshire and further afield – such as Babbacombe and Swanage.

The Calne Bowls Club Secretary said:
“starting a website from scratch was quite intimidating, having had no previous experience in this area. We decided to view various club websites that Ian had developed, and from this a ‘pick and mix’ of what would be ideal for Calne BC was determined. Ian was an excellent tutor who helped every inch of the way, using his experience to teach, guide and flag up potential pitfalls. Calne BC now has a website it can be proud of, plus the resources to keep it updated – which is very important.”

You can find the new Calne site at
For bowls club website design, check out Ian’s site at


New Bowlers Night to be held at Royal Wootton Bassett on Tuesday 7th May 2019, starting at 6.30pm

Everyone welcome but please wear flat soled shoes or trainers.

6.30pm. Meet in clubhouse -introduction to RWB Bowls Club.

6.45pm. Onto the green for a fun roll up. (All equipment provided)

8.00pm. Return to the Clubhouse. Snacks and drinks and signing up for coaching (free of charge)


Any questions, contact Alan Small, 01793853300, 07902735418, or email hidden; JavaScript is required