About


About
Welcome to Swanley Bowls Clubs Website.

Bowls is a social sport, suitable for all levels of fitness. Check out our reasons why you should give bowls a try.

1) First, you need a place to play. Many bowls players are members of clubs, which provide facilities and opponents. As a club we can of course provide those facilities

2) Next, you need to know the rules. Fortunately, they’re easy to learn.

You can play singles, pairs or in teams

Bowls is played on grass (the green). A game starts by throwing the jack (a small white ball) down the green. Each team has bowls to roll towards the jack. The person who gets nearest to the jack gets a point and wins what’s called the ‘end’. The score is added up over 18 or 21 ends.
After each end, play is reversed and the teams bowl towards the other side of the green. Players can try to knock their opponents’ bowls away from the jack or position a bowl to block opposition shots. You can play singles, pairs or in teams. In singles, scoring is a bit different – the first player to reach 21 points is the winner.

3)  It's good exercise. You don't realise how much walking you do until you actually play it. You can walk three miles while you’re playing. You’re only doing 30m stints at a time, but you’re doing a lot of them. On top of the walking, your arms will get a workout as you perfect your bowling technique and your leg muscles will develop as you lunge into the throw.

4) Bowls truly is the sport for all, regardless of age, sex or physical ability. The gentle pace and lack of contact means you’ll often find children playing with adults and people of different abilities and fitness levels on the same team. Despite what you might think, it’s not just a sport for retirees.The general bowler is over 55. But in our international teams, there is barely anyone over 40. There is  an under 25 and under 18 international team as well

If you would like to know more or simply want give bowls a go then please fill in our contact form with your details and we will get back to you and hopefully you will join us for many years to come. We are always on the lookout for new members and why not bring a friend as well.

Club News


Sunday 7th July


Let's start with some statistics for you all. So far this year we have played a total of 22 games of which we have won 16 and lost 6. This gives us a winning percentage of 73%. We've managed to score 1601 shots to 1564 from the various opponents so a 37 point advantage so far. 

As far as weekdays go we have had 11 games and the same number for the weekends.Funnily enough we have both won 8 and lost 3.

Now I don't think we're doing too bad so far. Let's keep going and have a good year.


Swanley vs Crayford

A nice sunny day, warm and a fantastic win 111 - 57. Our highest scoring rink was skipped by Simon Court with Peter Grover playing 2 and Simon's wife Julie playing lead. They won with a whopping 38 - 3. Well done.


Kent County Cox Cup Swanley vs VCD "A"

This was the first round and we were up against stiff opposition from one of the top teams in Kent. Unfortunately despite putting up a spirited effort we were knocked out but we will be back next year for another go.


North West Kent League Fred Tyler Cup

Another knock out competition with both Swanley 1 and 2 playing at home. The first team were playing Orpington Excelsior 3 and won by 2 shots overall and move on to the next round which will be a home game against South Hill Wood 2 on Tuesday 16th at 6pm. Why not come along and show your support.

Unfortunately the second team lost against Eltham so commiserations go out to those involved and I hope next Year brings better luck. 

 

Swanley vs Erith Vets

Another big win for us with the score being 84 - 34. Highest scoring rink of the day was Dennis Coburn (lead), Derek Scott (2) and Mike Hawkes (skip). Well done to all.


Swanley vs Bexleyheath & Barnehurst

And another win for us being 84 - 53. They were one player short so thanks to Paul Smyth for stepping in at the last moment to help them out. The highest scoring rink was Joan Pumfrett (lead), Terry Palmer (2) and Mike Bartlett (skip).

Again well done to all.


Cancelled Games

The following game has been cancelled :-

3rd Sept     Woodlands Park

Please alter your diaries accordingly.


Green Maintenance

There is a small group of people who help to keep the green in a playable condition and we should all be very grateful to them for their dedication.

We need to increase the number of people that help so If you can spare the time then your help will be greatly appreciated generally on a Monday and Wednesday morning from 10am. Just turn up or give Mike Bartlett or Les Robus a ring to see how you may help.


Club Shirts

If you have ordered club shirts the Mike Bartlett will need your payment asap. It's £10 for the first one and £17 for any subsequent ones.


Shorts

Just a quick reminder on the rules with regards to wearing shorts. Shorts can be worn as long as the captain of the home team is agreeable. As captain of the Midweek games I have no objection with the wearing of shorts however when visiting other teams then the etiquette is to approach the captain of the opposing team and ask if it will be ok to wear shorts. If they object then you will have to wear long trousers. It is very rarely refused but it does happen so just bring a pair of trousers with you just in case. 



If you don't drive or not happy driving to away games then please contact the relevant captains and they will arrange lifts for you with someone. Similarly if your happy to give a lift to someone let us know and then we can contact you if needed.

It has been arranged with the management of the Olympic that they will open the bar for us when we are playing. Please support them on this venture as they are keen to make this work as are we. At the moment food will not be available as it would not be viable to pay for a chef for a few hours. However it may well change. The Olympic is picking up its business and is making a profit once more so as has been said let's support them. 

As for the current dress code members are respectively reminded that a white shirt, polo shirt or blouse is to be worn above the waist and grey trousers and skirts below the waist. Some games (mainly weekends) and finals day will require white trousers or skirts. Please check the availability sheets for dress code. Please no jeans, tracksuit bottoms etc.  If you are just having a roll up then you can wear what you like but you must wear regulation shoes on the green.

I've been asked if you can put your names down for games using this site. The answer is a yes and a no. No you can't directly put your name on to the website but Yes if you use the contact form your message will be seen and will be acted upon and confirmed. If you don't wish to use the form then phone, text or email will work just as well.

£10 REWARD

It has been decided that if you introduce someone to the club who subsequently becomes a member then you will be rewarded with a £10 reduction in your membership fee for next year. In other words bring in 7 members and there will be no membership fee for you next year. Now that's not a bad deal is it? So get talking to your neighbours, friends, family etc and claim your reward.




 

Fixtures 2019



 

Fixtures

2019

 

 

 

Month

Club

Game



Time

 






Apr












Sat

 27th                  

Winget

6 mxd

A

W

2.30

Tue 30th

Ditton

6 mxd trips

H

G

2.30

 

 

 

 

 

 

May

 

 

 

 

 

Thur 2nd

Dartford Invicta

5 mxd

A

G

2.15

Mon

 6th

Club Drive


H

G

2.00

Tue

 7th

Erith Vets

5 mxd

H

G

2.30

Sat

 11th

G.R.F.C.

5 mxd trips

H

W

2.30

Tues 14th

Met Police

5 mens trips

H

G

2.30

Wed 15th

Kings

5 mxd trips

H

G

2.30

Sat

 18th

Manor House

4 mxd trips

A

W

2.30

Sun 19th

Belvedere Social

5 mxd

H

W

2.30

Tue

 21st

Bexley Park

4 mxd

H

G

2.30

Wed 22nd

Danson Park

4 M Tp  1 L RK

A

G

2.00

Sat

 25th

St Michaels

5 mxd trips

A

W

2.30

Mon 27th

Club Drive



G

2.00

 






June






Sat

 1st

Orpington B.C.

4 mxd trips

H

W

2.30

Sun

 2nd

Westborough

4 mxd trips

A

W

2.30

Wed

 5th

Holmesdale

5 mxd trips

H

G

2.30

Sat

8th

Crayford B.C.

5 mxd

A

G

2.30

Wed 12th

Wrotham

Cancelled 

Due

To

Bad Weather

Sat

 15th

New Romney

8 mxd COACH

A

W

2.30

Sun 16th

Helio Mirror

Cancelled




Tue 18th

Woodlands Park

Cancelled




Wed 19th

Hartley C.C.

4 mxd

A

G

2.30

Sat

22nd

Murray West Cup


H

G

1.00

Sun 23rd

Westborough

4 mxd trips

H

W

2.30

Tue 25th

V.C.D.

4 mxd

A

G

2.00

Sun 30th

Crayford

5 mxd

H

W

2.30

 






JULY






Tue

 2nd

Erith Vets

5 mxd

A

G

1.00

Wed

3rd

Bexlyheath & Barnehurst

4 mxd trips

H

G

2.30

Sat

 6th

Club Drive


H

G

2.30

Wed 10th

Borough Green

5 mxd

A

G

2.30

Sat

13th

Orpington B.C.

4 mxd trips

A

W

2.30

Tues 16th

Empire

CANCELLED

A

G

2.30

Sat

20th

Duke of Kent Court

5 mxd trips

H

W

2.30

Wed 24th

Kings

5 mxd trips

A

G

2.30

Sun

 28th

Petts Wood

4 M Tp 1 L Rk

A

W

2.30

Tue

30th

Bexley Park

4 mxd

A

G

2.30

Wed 31st

Met Police

5 mens trips

A

G

2.30

 






AUG






Sat

3rd

St Michaels

5 mxd trips

H

W

2.30

Wed

7th

Borough Green

5 mxd

H

G

2.30

Sat

 10th

Helio Mirror

6 mxd

A

W

2.30

Tue

13th

Dartford Invicta

5 mxd

H

G

2.30

Wed 14th

Hartley C.C.

5 mxd

H

G

2.30

Sun

 18th

Wrotham

5 mxd trips

A

W

2.30

Wed 21st

Holmesdale

5 mxd trips

A

G

2.30

Thur 22nd

V.C.D.

5 mxd

H

G

2.30

Mon 26th

Club Drive


H

G

2.30

Tue

27th

G.R.F.C.

5 mxd trps

A

G

2.30


Thu 29th

Danson Park

4 M Tp 1 L Rk

H

G

2.00

Sat 31st

Empire

4 Mxd Trips

A

W

2.30

SEPT






Sun

 1st

Belvedere Social

5 mxd

A

W

2.30

Tue

 3rd

Woodlands Park

Cancelled




Wed

 4th

Manor House

4 mxd trips

H

G

2.30

Thur

 5th

Ditton B.C.

6 mxd trips

A

G

2.30

Sat

7th

Finals Day




10.00

Sun

 8th

Reserve Finals Day




10.00

Tues 10th

Empire

5 mxd

H

G

2.30

Sat

 14th

Club Drive


H

G

2.00

Tues 17th

Bexleyheath & Barnehurst

4 mxd trips

A

G

2.15

Sat

21st

Winget


H

W

2.30

BLUE = Weekend Matches

Club Nights

The green will be open every Monday from 15th April until 30th September. 6:30pm onwards.

Feel free to come and have a roll up or simply a chat over a drink.

New or potential members welcome.

Results


DateHome/AwaySwanley ScoreOpposition Score
27/04/19Away10279 (Winget)
30/04/10
Home
114
75 (Ditton)
02/05/19
Away
65
41 (Dartford Invicta)Rained off after 14 ends
07/05/19
Home
102
46 (Erith Vets)
11/05/19
Home
99
65 (GRFC)
14/05/19
Home
34
52 (Met Police)
15/05/19Home53103 (Kings)
18/05/19Away7471 (Manor House)
19/05/19Home8276 (Belvedere Social)
21/05/19Home5854 (Bexley Park)
22/05/19Away4492 (Danson Park)
25/05/19Away69101 (St Michaels)
1/06/19Home 7570 (Orpington)
2/06/19Away6163 (Westborough)
8/05/19Away 9373 (Crayford)
15/06/19Away116143 (New Romney )
19/06/19Away7674 (Hartley)
23/06/19Home9974 (Westborough)
25/06/19Away7468 (VCD)
30/06/19Home11157 (Crayford)
02/07/19Away8434 (Erith Vets)
03/07/19Home8453 (B/Hth & B/Hurst)
10/07/19Away73
112 (Borough Green)
13/07/19Away7354 (Orpington)
























North West Kent Tables


Committee Members


Vacancy

President

Marion Robus

Vice President

Ray Craddock

Secretary

Edith Challoner

Treasurer

Mike Bartlett

Match Secretary & NWK Div 8 Captain

Keith Mitchell

Midweek & NWK Div 5 Captain

Keith Gibbs

Weekend Captain

Dennis Coburn

Committee Member

Sylvia Moss

Committee Member

Pat Boatwright

Committee Member

Contact


  • The Olympic, Beechenlea Lane, Swanley, Kent, BR8 8DR