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


Monday 6th May 2019

The first week of the season is over and we've had a good start. Three games and three wins. We still have a long way to go before the end of September and I hope we can keep up the good work.

Swanley vs Ditton

Our first midweek game was against Ditton. The weather was warm and the scones and homemade cakes at teatime went down well so a big thanks to all involved. When we play Ditton we are playing for a trophy and if you don't know why then here's the explanation. Ditton started their club in 1986 which is the same year as Swanley started. When we had our 25th Anniversary in 2011 Ditton produced a glass trophy which some of you may have noticed on the captains table. It was decided that we would play for that trophy over the 2 games that we have every year and by adding the scores together whoever had the highest score then the winning team would hold the trophy. So far Swanley have won twice and needless to say Ditton have won it many times. This year we are of to a flying start with a win of 114 to 75. So a massive 39 point lead for the game in September. Fingers crossed that we can bring that trophy home.

The highest scoring rink of the day was rink 3 which was Ray North (1), Adrian Playfoot (2) and Les Robus (skip) who won by an impressive 31 - 10. Well done to all.

Swanley vs Dartford Invicta

Our 2nd game was an away game against Dartford Invicta. Unfortunately we struggled to make the numbers up so had to borrow some of their players to help us out. In spite of that and having to lose 25% of our score on 3 rinks we still came out on top with a score of 65 - 41. We also had a downpour shortly after tea and the game was stopped. Up to that point the highest scoring rink was Myrna Clements (1), Gerry Moss (2), Terry Palmer (3) and Keith Mitchell (skip) with a score of 27 - 3 after 14 ends. Well done to all.


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

5 mxd trips

H

G

2.30

Sat

 15th

New Romney

8 mxd COACH

A

W

2.30

Sun 16th

Helio Mirror

4 mxd

H

W

2.30

Tue 18th

Woodlands Park

TBC



TBC

Wed 19th

Hartley C.C.

5 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.

5 mxd

A

G

2.00

Sun 30th

Crayford

5 mxd

H

W

2.30

 






JULY






Tue

 2nd

Erith Vets

5 mxd

A

G

2.00

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

5 mxd

A

G

2.30

Sat

20th

Duke of Kent Court

5 mxd trips

H

W

2.30

Wed 24th

Kings

5 mxd

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

 






SEPT






Sun

 1st

Belvedere Social

5 mxd

A

W

2.30

Tue

 3rd

Woodlands Park

TBC



TBC

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
100
64 (GRFC)
14/05/19
Home
34
52 (Met Police)












Committee Members


Dennis Hart

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