About


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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.

Club News


The outdoor season is now fast approaching and it's only just over five weeks before we open the green. Our first game is on Saturday 27th April at Winget so Keith Gibbs will be looking for plenty of support for that. Check your diaries to make sure you can play. The fixtures are now on this website and the list will also be available at the pre season meeting for you to take away. There will also be a copy of the list in the club house.

The pre season meeting is on Monday 25th March 2019 in the Captains Room at White Oak Indoor Bowls Centre, 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start.

As usual competition entry forms for our own club will be available and there will also be availability sheets for the first few matches of the season.

Please support as many games as you can. The success and longevity of the club depends on the support from its members and this is something we should all aspire to do.

Before we open the green there will be jobs to do to make sure it's up to the required standard. Some jobs are small some are much larger but if you can help in any way then contact Les Robus and I'm sure he'll be more than happy to let you know what needs doing.

Let's work together to make 2019 a great year for the club.



 

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

 8th

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.

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