Category Archives: HOTSPOT

BW Men’s Team to play Hertfordshire

President:-   John Crowder (Avon B.C.)
Men’s Secretary: Philip Wells (Chippenham Park B.C.)
Tel. No. 01225 352 283 E-mail:  email hidden; JavaScript is required
DATE:- Venue:-
SATURDAY 07 August 2021 Shire Park BC, School Lane,
Tewin, AL6 0HT
Commence :- 2.00 pm Contact:-
Robin Kenway 01992 550 510
Cost:- £8.00 Payable on the day (Cash Only Please)
Reserves (in Alphabetical Club Order) :-

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.



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

Hotspot Events around the County

Contact information for all Clubs can be found on the ‘Contacts’ tab – ‘Wiltshire Club Contacts’

Westlecot BC

Open Day and Play Bowls 4 Fun with BDA on the following days/times:
Open Day – Play Bowls Day
Saturday 23 April 2016 10.30 – 16.30
Play Bowls 4 Fun sessions:
Monday 9 April 2016 18.00 – 20.30
Monday 16 May 2016 18.00 – 20.30
Monday 23 May 2016 18.00 – 20.30
Monday 30 May 2016 18.00 – 20.30

We have also designated our second Club Open Day, on Saturday 28 May 2016 as a Just One event. More details to follow, reference this day’s programme and details.


Avon BC

Open Day on Tuesday 19th April and then four follow-up dates on Tuesdays 26th April, 3rd, 10th and 17th May.

All welcome to come along to try the game of Bowls and find out about the club.

There will be another Open Day on Tuesday 17th May.


North Wilts BC

Play Bowls Open Day – 9 May 2016 – 6pm – 8pm

Play Bows 4 Fun follow up Sessions

16 May 2016 6pm – 8pm

23 May 2016 6pm – 8pm

6 June 2016 6pm – 8pm

13 June 2016 6pm – 8pm

North Wilts Bowls Club will be hosting a Just One event on Monday evening 18th April 2016.


Devizes BC

Open Day – Saturday 7th May 10am – 1pm

Play Bowls 4 Fun follow up Sessions

14th May 2016 10-12

21st May 2016 10-12

28th May 2016 10-12

1st June 2016 6pm – 8pm

Come along and have a go at the game of Bowls. All equipment provided. There will be Coaches and Members on hand to welcome you to our club and introduce you to the game we all love to play.

Tea and coffee will be available and you will have the opportunity to chat to members and find out about further Coaching and how to join the Club. All very welcome.


Swindon Town Gardens BC

Charity Open Days supporting Brighter Futures will be held on

Sunday 8th May and again on Sunday 15th May from 12.00 noon until 4.00 pm

at Quarry Road, Old Town Gardens Swindon


Amesbury B C

Amesbury Bowls Club will be holding Open Days on

Friday 29th April 6pm – 8pm & Saturday 30th April 10am – 12.30pm.

All welcome. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Free tuition, all equipment provided.

Light refreshments

Play Bows 4 Fun follow up Sessions

Tuesday 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st May 5.45 – 8pm

Location: behind Antrobus House, Salisbury Road, Amesbury SP4 7HH


Trowbridge Westbourne BC

Open Day on Saturday 14th May, 11.00am until 4.00pm

also follow up sessions on 21st, 28th May & 4th June

All welcome. Free Tuition,

Tea/Coffee available and the Bar will be open.

Westbourne Gardens, Trowbridge, BA14 9AW


Bradford on Avon BC

Open Days – Saturday 7th May and Sunday 22nd May 2016 from noon until 4pm.
Tea and coffee will be available and delicious home made cakes will be served, all free of charge.

Every Friday evening is an Open Evening from 6pm starting on 22nd April until 16th September 2016.
The bar will be open and snacks available.


Purton BC

Open Day – Saturday 7th May 11am – 4pm – this will be part of a Village Open Day in Purton and a variety of local clubs will be represented.


Salisbury BC

Salisbury Bowling Club will be holding their Silver Package Play Bowls day on Saturday 7th May at 2.30pm. We will also include a club competition and social element to the afternoon.


Downton Bowling Club Play Bowls Day, Sunday May 15th, 2-5pm.
A warm welcome is extended to all at Downton Bowling Club. The Club will be open to all those who wish to experience the fun of Lawn Bowls. Equipment and coaching is supplied along with refreshments, at no cost- we just want you to enjoy yourselves.
Downton Club is situated in a lovely quiet spot in the village, next to the Leisure Centre. There is plenty of free parking, so no reason for you not to have a lovely relaxing Sunday afternoon.
For further information contact Alan Foster on 07788118204,or e-mail  email hidden; JavaScript is required
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Open Day – Highworth Bowls Club


April will see the opening of the green at Highworth Bowls Club, ready for a new season of outdoor lawn bowls in the Club’s 80th anniversary year.

The Club invites visitors to its Open Day on Saturday 14th May, from around 10:30am to 3:00pm. The Club’s qualified coaches will be on hand to give you a ‘taster’ bowling session – no need to book – just turn up on the day with flat shoes.

Of course, you don’t have to bowl to be a member of Highworth Bowls Club. Our clubhouse and bar is open throughout the year for our social and bowling members; after bowling throughout the summer, we play crib, short mat bowls, and league skittles throughout the winter. New members – social, bowlers, or skittlers – are most welcome.

For more information, contact Membership Secretary Maggie Jordan on (01793) 763297, or visit our web site



Wroughton BC

Wroughton Bowls Club is holding it’s annual Open Day on Bank Holiday Monday 2 May 2016 from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm. at the Bowls Club, Barrett Way, Wroughton SN4 9LW. This will be a fun day to welcome visitors from the local community.  Last year’s event was a resounding success with lots of new faces and over a dozen new members enrolled.  This year we are hoping to use the day as a spring board for the “Play Bowls” initiative.

Wilton BC

Wilton BC will be holding an Open day on Saturday 23rd April from 11am till 3pm.

We will be holding follow up Play Bowls on Tuesdays 26 April, 3 May 10 May and 17 May from 6.30pm

All equipment provided, coaches available, do come and talk to the members over tea/coffee


Swindon BC

Swindon Bowls Club will be having their open day on Sunday 17th April from 10-00 am till 4-30 pm.


Mere BC 

Mere B C Open Day is 8th May 2016 from 10.00 till 16.00 hrs

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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


Swindon County Ground

Open day is Sat. 7 May from 2:00 – 6:00pm.

Bowls Activator Course Report

On 16th February Wiltshire held its first Bowls Leader Training Course at Devizes Bowls Club.

Bowls club members, local private coaching companies and local authority coaches were invited to complete the training in order to then deliver Just Bowl out into the community.

We are now in the process of arranging Just Bowl sessions into local care homes, village halls, community groups and organisations.

Feedback from the participants include:

I really enjoyed the bowls course, it was great to jump straight in and have a go at playing the sport. I personally felt that I learnt the various techniques and rules better that way and the tutor got across the information really well and made the course very enjoyable. I came away from the course feeling that I would be confident in delivering bowls sessions to a variety of groups. The different sets of kit and games that can be played make it very accessible and we can adapt the session for different groups.

I thought the course was really engaging. Having not played or even tried bowls before I was surprised how enjoyable and tricky it was. Continuously changing the activity and playing various games helped and with plenty of chances to have a go allowed for improvement to take place. The fact it was a practical course with constant involvement helped. I’ll be continuing to use the New Age bowls in lessons, the course has given me some new games to use to engage participants of all ages.

Overall I thought the course, instructor, venue and the assistance of Bowls Wiltshire players was all really positive.

Hotspot Launch Event Jan 16th 2016

Well!! What a great turnout for the Hotspot Launch Event! There were 70 representatives from 39 of the 49 BW Clubs at the meeting on Saturday 16th January at Devizes BC.

It was a logistical exercise to work out how to accommodate this many people at tables (needed for tea/coffee, cake, leaflets etc) and then be able to split into groups after the initial Presentation. The response was fantastic and there was a very positive atmosphere throughout the afternoon, with Clubs keen to obtain information and get involved in this exciting project.

Devizes BC President Rosemary welcomed everyone and then the Meeting was opened by June Corbett, BW Chair. Steve Boocock from WASP then gave an introduction to the scheme and Dominique Oughton talked through a Power Point presentation which gave an overview and some basic information about the main items in the Delivery Plan. The representatives then heard 3 separate Hosts each speaking on one particular area of the Plan – Packages, Coaching, Just Bowl and Just One. There are other areas involved – Safeguarding, ClubMark, Disability Bowls etc.

Club Contacts will receive a copy of the Power Point Presentation by e mail so that Club Committees can discuss which areas are of interest to their particular Club. If your Club wishes to get involved the next step will be to make contact with

BW via Sue  email hidden; JavaScript is required    or    WASP via Dominique   email hidden; JavaScript is required

Thank you to everyone who came to the Meeting and to all the Club Contacts for ensuring that the information was passed to Club Officers. Also a big thank you to Devizes BC once again for their unstinting hospitality – it is hugely appreciated by all of us.

HOTSPOT! Information and Disability Press Release

Bowls Wiltshire has been awarded Hotspot status for 2016 by the Bowls Development Alliance.

There will be a Launch Event at Devizes BC on Saturday 16th January 2-4pm.

Each Club has been invited to send 2 reps to learn more about the opportunities afforded by being involved in this project.There will be a presentation by WASP and BW to give information about the help,advice,funding and support that will be available.

In connection with the Disability strand of this work there is a press release…

Press Release – National Disability Survey Report 2015 Released

This is the Press release that was published when the award was made…

Investing in County Bowls

The Bowls Development Alliance have announced that Wiltshire has been selected as one of 8 counties in the country to be a Bowls Hot Spot Area. The project that will be led by Wiltshire and Swindon Sport will see clubs in the County being able to enjoy a range of benefits and raise its profile as a sport anyone can take up and enjoy. During next year some of the clubs in Wiltshire will be hosting open days and taking bowls into local communities to encourage people to give the sport a try. There will also be support for clubs to increase the number of coaches in the County and develop new skills and knowledge within clubs.

Chair of Bowls Wiltshire, June Corbett said “We are delighted to have been awarded Hotspot status for 2016 and look forward to working with WASP and the BDA to provide the 49 BW Clubs with valuable support for Coaching, Recruitment, Development and Retention of both new and existing members. We see this as an exciting opportunity to promote and develop the game of Bowls in Wiltshire.

Wiltshire and Swindon Sport CEO Steve Boocock said “We have an active and successful bowls community in Wiltshire and with this additional funding more people will be given the opportunity to take part”

The project will run throughout 2016 and any Community groups who would be interested in hosting one of the bowls just play events are encouraged to contact Wiltshire and Swindon Sport email hidden; JavaScript is required