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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



30th July 2020

As many of you know we have now been having regular roll ups for the last few weeks. Now the time has come to salvage the rest of the season. Many clubs have cancelled their fixtures and do not intend to play this year. However there are some clubs who have said they are interested in having a friendly game. They are Orpington, Westborough and Manor House.

Orpington have confirmed that they are happy to come to us and we will be playing them on Wednesday 5th August at 2.30pm

Westborough have also confirmed and are sorting a date out.

Manor House are putting forward the proposal to their committee and we are waiting to hear their decision.


What we do have is some club drives and here are the dates :-

Sunday 16th August

Sunday 30th August

Sunday 6th September

Sunday 20th September


All these matches start at 2.00 pm the dress is greys and green fees are £3.00

There will also be a spider on these days


Please support these matches as best you can.


Internal competitions are now up and running so please make sure you know the dates by which the games need to be played. 


2020 Lockdown League (Trips)


The teams have been drawn and as are follows :-


The Hunters           Keith Gibbs, Terry Palmer, Richard Neep


The Vulcans          Keith Mitchell, Gerry Moss, Ray North


The Gnats             Adrian Playfoot, Eric Verrel, Anne Verrel


The Spitfires         Paul Smyth, Peter Grover, George Lampey


The Comets         John Breed, Terry Humphreys, Alan Foster


The Harriers        George Clements, Graham Pitkin, Ian Houston


Remember £5.00 entry fee per person and £3.00 green fee when you play.


Rules


You must play each team once ie 5 games in total


All games must be played by 19th September 2020


The game takes place over 18 ends


You may use a substitute but that player must not play for another team in the league


Please make sure you keep to the social distancing rules


The winners of the league will be the team with the highest number of shots in total after the 5 games


Scores must be texted to me as soon after the game by both teams so they can be updated


The winners will receive a cash prize of £60, runners up £30. There will also a bobby prize


Good luck to all those taking part.


The Olympic


The Olympic is now officially open so we can use the toilets again and I can assure you that's a relief.

They are closed on a Monday so we will close the green at the same time as we will not be able to gain access to the car park or toilets. Also Sunday they don't open until 12.00 so please bear this in mind when arranging matches or roll ups.

They are also opening the bar and doing food when we are playing other clubs. They have been very happy with the support we have so far given them in using their facilities and a few of us had a good time at there quiz night.

The food is really good and I along with other members can vouch for that so if you haven't already then give it a try.

I have gone a long way in our relationship with not only Kerry and Kerina who run the Olympic but also with Ryan who is the Parks Director. Please be nice to them as I'm sure you will and if there is a problem then please let me know in the first instance and I will take it up on your behalf.


They are now supporting and advertising us along with them on, not only their Facebook page but also on Swanley Town Council and Swanley Parks pages.


We Buy Any Car. com are also now open and they are there Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9.30 am to 7.00 pm and Saturday from 9.30 am to 6.00 pm so we can gain access through the Olympic to the green and the car park will also be open. 


New Members

We have had a few new members to the club and if you haven't already then please welcome them as I'm sure you will. They are

Ian Houston

George Lampey

Steve Beesley

Claire Keys

Kate Fernandez

Sue & Paul Knapp

Marcus Gee


Club Finances


This year has for us been a financial disaster as we have not generated any worthwhile revenue and we have been charged the full rent plus an increase by the council. This will make a big dent in our finances and takes us into next year in a very difficult situation. There are grants available but at the moment these have been paused due to the number of applications that have been made. They are likely to begin again at the end of this month but there is not a lot left in the pot and there is no guarantee that we will get anything. So fingers crossed.


With this in mind it is imperative that from now the green fees are paid and recorded in the book and also any refreshments that you may consume are paid for. A price list is up on the wall so please pay up.


The Green


As some of you know last Saturday we had a horse that decided to trample all over the green and made a bit of a mess. Thanks to the rain (never thought I'd be saying that) and the small army of people who came up Sunday morning we have managed to put it back to where it was. I would like to thank all those who have come up and helped out with the green. Your efforts are greatly appreciated and when I hear comments such as "it's the best I've seen" and "I've not seen it look this good for at least 10 years" I feel that a great job has been done. I hope that your help continues for as long as you can.


Finally

I for one want to see the club survive for many years and I hope you all do to. The only way for this to happen is to work together as a team not only when we're playing but also in the running and upkeep of the club.

We've all had some tough times so far this year but everyone I have spoken to has remained positive that we will overcome this blip.

As they say in Jamaica "We don't have problems we have situations"



Keith









 

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

John Breed

Green Maintenance

Dennis Coburn

Club Competitions

Terry Humphreys

Social Committee

Sylvia Moss

Committee Member

Pat Boatwright

Committee Member

Contact


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