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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.

Bowls Etiquette


Bowls Etiquette

  • 05/08/2019 12:39 PM

Club News


3rd April 2020


Coronavirus

Well, we are now living for the time being, in a very different world than we used to and as such can only leave our homes for shopping, exercise, going to the pharmacy or essential work.

From the Bowls Club perspective that means that all meetings, open days, matches have been cancelled until early June at best. So sit back on the couch, turn on the TV, read a book, do some colouring or just have a rest. We're all in this together.

Remember some of our members live on their own and are now unable to see their sons, daughters, grandchildren and other family members so why not give them a call and say Hi. Also if any member needs help then Swanley Town Council and Sevenoaks District Council are running schemes to help you at this time. please contact them or if you're not sure how to then please call me (Keith Mitchell) and I will be happy to help.


Other News


STATEMENT: GREENS MAINTENANCE – INTERIM WORKS AND FIT FOR PLAY

3rd April, 2020 by Matt Wordingham


Bowls England is aware that the provision of a quality playing surface is vital for our sport.

We have been working in conjunction with the Institute of Groundsmanship (IoG) over the last week to produce guidance for our member clubs regarding ongoing maintenance and what essential work may be carried out in order to provide a fit for play surface when sport resumes.

In addition, the Sport & Recreation Alliance (SRA), which represents a number of national bodies including Bowls England, sought clarification on behalf of all sports as to whether grounds maintenance work is classified as essential during a meeting with the Sports Minister and other sector stakeholders on Thursday 2nd April. The SRA was informed that as long as social distancing regulations are adhered to and due regard for health and safety is followed, work that is essential to that space and cannot be done at home is considered to be acceptable.

You are reminded that whilst essential work on greens is therefore currently permitted, the latest Government guidance must be followed at all times.

USEFUL WEBSITES:

IoG – Coronavirus (Covid-19) General Guidance
https://www.iog.org/covid-19-0

IoG – Guidance on interim works for your sports turf
https://www.iog.org/guidance-interim-works-your-sports-turf

Sport & Recreation Alliance – Business Support
https://www.sportandrecreation.org.uk/news/politics/covid-19-business-support-measures-faqs


POTTERS

Those of you who were due to go to Potters last week will now be aware that a refund has been negotiated and monies will be returned to you.This may take some time as the staff are currently at home and have no access to the office to make the payments. None of us know when the current situation will change so please be patient and if you have any questions then please contact Keith Mitchell as he has been dealing with Potters on behalf of Keith Gibbs.


REMEMBER STAY HOME, STAY SAFE AND KEEP WELL.





 

Fixtures 2020



Month
Club
Game
 
 
Time






APR





Sat
25th
Winget
6 mxd trips
A
W
2.30
Tue 28th
Ditton
6 mxd trips
H
G
2.30
Thur 30th
Dartford
Invicta
5 mxd trips
A
G
2.15






MAY





Sat
2nd
OPEN DAY



1.00
Mon
4th
Club Drive

H
G
2.00
Tue
5th
Erith Vets
4 mxd trips
H
G
2.30
Fri
8th
New Romney
TBC
H
G
2.30
Sat
9th
GRFC
5 mxd trips
H
G
2.30
Tue
12th
Met Police
5 mens trips
H
G
2.30
Wed
13th
Kings
5 mxd trips
H
G
2.30
Sat
16th
Manor House
4 mxd trips
A
W
2.30
Sun
17th
Belvedere Social
5 mxd trips
H
W
2.30
Tue
19th
Bexley
Park
4 mxd trips
H
G
2.30
Wed
20th
Danson
Park
4/5 mxd trips
A
G
2.00
Sat
23rd
St Michaels
5 mxd trips
A
W
2.30
Wed
27th
Hesketh Park
4 mxd trips
A
G
2.30
Sat
30th
Orpington
B. C.
4 mxd trips
H
W
2.30
Sun
31st
Westborough
4 mxd trips
A
W
2.30






JUNE





Wed
3rd
Holmesdale
5 mxd trips
H
G
2.30

 



Sat
6th
Crayford
5 mxd trips
A
W
2.30
Wed
10th
Wrotham
5 mxd trips
H
G
2.30
Sat
13th
New Romney
8 mxd

A
W
2.30
Sun
14th
Helio Mirror
4 mxd trips
H
W
2.30
Wed
17th
Hartley C.C.
5 mxd trips
A
G
2.30
Sun
21st
Westborough
4 mxd trips
H
W
2.30
Tue 23rd
V.C.D.
5 mxd trips
A
G
2.00
Sun 28th
Crayford
5 mxd
H
W
2.30
Tue
30th
Erith Vets
4 mxd trips
A
G
2.00






JULY





Wed 1st
Bexleyheath & Barnehurst
4 mxd trips
H
G
2.30
Sat 4th
Corsham
4 mxd trips
A
W
2.30
Wed 8th
Borough Green
5 mxd trips
A
G
2.30
Sat 11th
Orpington B.C.
4 mxd trips
A
W
2.30
Tue
14th
Empire
5 mxd trips
HG
2.30
Sat
18th
Duke of Kent Court
5 mxd trips
A
W
2.30
Wed 22nd
Kings
5 mxd trips
A
G
2.30
Sat 25th
Knockholt
4 Mens trips
A
W
2.30
Sun 26th
Petts Wood
5 mxd trips
H
W
2.30
Tue 28th
Bexley Park
4 mxd trips
A
G
2.30
Wed 29th
Met Police
5 men
trips
A
G
2.30






AUG





Sat
 1st
St Michaels
5 mxd trips
H
W
2.30

Wed
5th
Borough Green
5 mxd trips
H
G
2.30
Sat 8th
Helio Mirror
4 mxd trips
A
W
2.30
Tue
11th
Dartford Invicta
5 mxd trips
H
G
2.30
Wed 12th
Hartley C.C.
5 mxd trips
H
G
2.30
Sun 16th
Wrotham
5 mxd trips
A
W
2.30
Wed 19th
Holmesdale
5 mxd trips
A
G
2.30
Thur 20th
V.C.D.
5 mxd trips
H
G
2.30
Tue 25th
G.R.F.C.
5 mxd trips
A
G
2.30
Thur 27th
Danson Park
4/5 mxd trips
H
G
2.00
Sun 30th
Belvedere Social
5 mxd trips
A
W
2.30
Mon 31st
Club Drive

H
G
2.00






SEPT





Wed 2nd
Manor House
4 mxd trips
H
G
2.30
Thur 3rd
Ditton B.C.
6 mxd trips
A
G
2.30
Sat 5th
Finals Day
 
 
 
10.00
Sun 6th
Reserve
Finals Day
 
 
 
10.00
Tue 8th
Empire
5 mxd trips
AG
2.30
Sat 12th
Murray West Cup

H
G
1.00
Tue
15th
Bexleyheath & Barnehurst
4 mxd trips
A
G
2.15
Wed 16th
Hesketh Park
4 mxd trips
H
G
2.30
Sat 19th
Winget
6 mxd trips
H
W
2.30


Results 2019


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)
10/07/19Away73112 (Borough Green)
13/07/19Away7354 (Orpington)
20/07/19Home7054 (Duke of Kent Court)
24/07/19Away5745 (Kings)
28/07/19Away7649 (Petts Wood)
30/07/19Away7143 (Bexley Park)
31/07/19Away5583 (Met Police)
03/08/19Home10076 (St Michaels)
07/08/19Home76119 (Borough Green)
10/08/19Away8855 (Helio Mirror)
13/08/19Home8279 (Dartford Invicta)
21/08/19Away4680 (Holmesdale)
22/08/19Home8950 (VCD)
27/08/19Away6762 (GRFC)
29/08/19Home7060 (Danson Pk)
01/09/19Away6172 (Belvedere SBC)
04/09/19Home10065 (Manor House)
05/09/19Away11592 (Ditton)
10/09/19Home7577 (Empire)
17/09/19
Away
72
66 (B/hth& B/hrst)
21/09/19
Home
87
47 (Winget)

Totals
33753004

North West Kent Tables


Committee Members


Geoff Lees

President

Marion Robus

Vice President

Ray Craddock

Hon Secretary

Edith Challoner

Hon Treasurer

Graham Pitkin

Hon Match Secretary

Keith Mitchell

Midweek & NWK Div 5 Captain

Keith Gibbs

Weekend Captain

Mike Bartlett

Green Maintenance

Dennis Coburn

Club Competitions

Terry Humphreys

Social Committee

Sylvia Moss

Committee Member

Pat Boatwright

Committee Member

Contact


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