Calne Short Mat Bowls Club

Success for Phil Milham

Congratulations to our Phil for being presented with 2 medals for hot shots at the recent awards ceremony at recent WSMBA.

Well done Phil, very well deserved.




May 2024 Leagues have been posted in the members section

Whilst the Men’s league remains mostly unchanged, the Ladies have 2 new names at the top.

Mary Edwards has moved up from 2 to top spot having  been in the winning team 5 out of 7 games in May and Jilly Read in now up to second place having had a good run of wins, 3 out of 4 played.

Only one more league will be published and then the final positions will be announced at our annual luncheon in 2025.

50/50 Club draw 3rd June 2024

We had the 4th draw of the year today, the result was as follows:

Winner – Dennis Barnett (£17)

Runner/ up – Angie Fish (£8)

Congratulations to you both.

Internal Competition results Nov 23 – Apr 24

We are now halfway through the season and as the qualifying number of games to take part in the competition is 40, only members who have played a minimum of 20 games are included, the top 5 for Ladies and Men are posted in the Members section.

Ladies, Carol is still leading the field , however following a good April Mary has leapt to 2nd place, we also welcome 2 new players in the top 5 –  Jilly and Jennie, well done ladies.

With regard to the Men’s section, Dennis is still leading the pack having lost only 7 of his 34 games. Otherwise there has been very little change except that we welcome Mike Lewis into the top 5.

There is no doubt that the practice sessions have proved worthwhile and players games are improving. Well done to all.

Florence arrived, as expected on Thursday 25th April 2024

The Calne Mayor, Director of Council Services, Manager of the Leisure centre and Members of the club were there to welcome the new electric roller to the Club, Duncan Whitehead the M.D. of Whitehead Bowls let us know that all machines are named by his wife, hence we have become proud owners of number 275 Florence. Duncan gave an excellent demonstration of Florence’s capabilities.The roller makes it much easier and will enable more members of the club to help setting up and putting away. All that requires is experience and that will come in time. For example I had a chance to help yesterday afternoon, the first attempt with John was reasonably successful, the second mat went on without much trouble. The secret is to let the machine do the work and not try to force it. We are looking forward to many years with our Florence.

Many thanks to the Council and our anonymous Donors who made this possible, as well as our members who have given the Club so much support over the years and created a club to be proud of.

Photos can be found in 25th April 2024 Florence arrives at Beversbrook


New Electric 3 mat roller arrival 25th April 2024 – 2.30pm

Good news at last. Our new roller will be arriving at Beversbrook next Thursday 25th April at 2-30pm. It is an important step forward for the club as it means more members will be able to use it to put mats away and not just the current few. With regard to health and safety the committee has always felt that it was especially important to get an electric roller as rolling the mats away on the current manual one gets harder as the years go on.

Members are welcome to come and see its arrival and there will be training offered at that time for selected members so that we will know how to operate it safely from the start, other members can be trained later.

The club would like to thank Alison Robinson, Director of Council Services and Councillors who have made this possible by giving us the initial grant and also the anonymous donors who made up the balance. We are also pleased to confirm that Alison and the Calne Mayor (Robert Macnaughton) will be there to join us.

Beversbrook staff will also be on hand to assist in its settling in, a big thank you to them for their support over the years. We are now in our sixth year and the club continues to grow and retain its wonderful atmosphere, thanks to the members who regularly turn up to tackle our interesting/frustrating floor!!

Needless to say the camera will be there for photo opportunities.

On a slightly sadder note our old roller will be on its way to Marshfield S.M.B.C on the same day at about 5-30pm. This roller came from the Bournemouth Electric Bowls Club and was a condition of Beversbrook allowing us to use the hall, as our mats had to be mobile, it has served us well over the years and we wish it well at Marshfield.

Latest internal league tables. November to March 2024

The latest top five are posted in the members section.

In the Ladies league there has been a change at the top with unfortunately Sue having a difficult March and dropping to 6th, 2 ladies have had great months, Carol and Pat, 1st and 2nd respectively, well done.

In the Men’s league, Dennis is still proving that if you have a good lead, you are in with a good chance of winning the game, he remains in 1st place.
Well done to all.

2024 Friday 22nd March – Practice session

Last night members were invited to a practice session, 18 members booked a place, the session was run by Terry, along with 5 helpers – Ann, John, Pat, Stuart and Phil. The purpose was it let members learn about aspects of the game and practise their bowls without the contraints of the normal sessions when we play as teams.

It was a very successful evening, enjoyed by all who attended. It is planned to have another in about 4 weeks time that will concentrate on playing technique’s and other aspects of the game.

Photographs can be found at Practice session 22nd March 2024


Photos from 4th March 2024 session.

Just a posting to show the full house we had last Monday, another one today. See you at Todays session.

Looks like a close head
Correct it was a close head

27th February 2024 x last winter league game at Marshfield

Having entertained Marshfield at Calne and lost 17-52 (0-9pts), we were doubtful of getting anything, however whilst we lost 23-50, we managed to win 1 rink 13-9 so we got 2 of the 9 points going. Congratulations to Les, Phil and Pat. I am led to believe that Marshfield needed 4 pts to qualify for the finals, so they were happy. As soon as the final league is published I will update the website, we are hoping not to be bottom as we were last year.

Well done to all who played in games, next year who knows!!

18th February 2024 – Annual Presentation Lunch at the North Wilts Golf Club

47 members and partners attended the Annual Presentation Lunch at the North Wilts Golf Club yesterday.  As usual the food and service was very good and everyone appeared to have a good time.

We did the second draw of the year for the 50/50 club that raises £150  each year for charity.  The numbers were drawn by Ro Smith and Ro managed to pull her own number out of the bag to win the first prize of £17, with the second prizes of £8 going to Mayumi Lewis.

Presentations were made and the recipients were as follows – Ladies first of course:

Top Attendance:

Ladies – Mary Edwards

Men – Phil Milham

Top Player:

Ladies – Pat Watson

Men – Phil Milham

Players’ wooden spoons:

Ladies – Sharon Burton

Men – Stuart Beard.

We did the second draw of the year for the 50/50 club that raises £150 each year for charity.  The numbers were drawn by Ro Smith and Ro managed to pull her own number out of the bag to win the first prize of £17, with the second prize of £8 going to Mayumi Lewis.

Many thanks to all those who brought raffle prizes, also those that organised it – a magnificent £148 was raised for our charity fund (chosen charity recipients will be decided as normal at our AGM in November).

Our Secretary Stuart Beard was then presented with an Honorary Lifetime President award by John Harris,, on behalf of the committee and the members, and his wife Pip was presented with a bouquet.

For more photographs please go to Annual Presentation Lunch 24th February 2024