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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


Monday 5th August


Swanley vs Kings

This was a very hot day but we kept our cool by winning 57 - 45. Well done to all.


Swanley vs Petts Wood

Another warm and muggy day and another win 76 - 49. Top rink on the day was Gerry Moss, Terry Palmer and Edith Challoner.


Swanley vs Bexley Park

Another win this time with a score of 71 - 43


Swanley vs Met Police

The weather was kind to us again and due to an illness we turned up one player short but it all worked out in the end with one rink playing pairs. We did loose with a score of 55 -83 but the buffet afterwards was very nice.


Swanley vs St Michaels

Another nice afternoon weather wise and another resounding win for Swanley 100 - 76. Top rink of the day was R. North, R.Neep and K.Gibbs. Well done to all who played.


Fred Tyler Knockout Cup 3rd Round

The Swanley 1 team travelled to Bethlem Royal Hospital Bowls club and despite rain at the beginning of the match managed to win with a score of 35 -30 therefore moving them onto the Quarter Finals.

This will take place on Tuesday 13th August at 5.30pm at The Olympic. 

The opposition is Orpington Excelsior 1. 

This may well be our toughest match yet and we would love to see some spectators cheering us on so why not come on down at some point in the evening and give our team your support.


George Parker Trophy

We were drawn against Helio Mirror for this game with one team playing at home and one team playing away however Helio brought both teams to our green as their green was fully booked. We had a win of 45 - 29 and will now be in the semi final which will be against Manor House and to be played by the 1st of September. When the date has been set then a notice will be put on the board in the club house.


Coming up

The last game in the North West Kent League will be on Thursday 15th August but Mike Bartlett and Keith Mitchell have decided to have a match between the two teams and a small trophy will be up for grabs. This will take place on Monday 19th August at 5.30pm. May the best team win.

Bank Holiday Club Drive

This is now going to be a match between the 2 captains, Keith Gibbs and Keith Mitchell, again for a small trophy so put your names down and who will you be playing for I wonder?

We will also be holding a spider on that day as well.


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.


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.

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

4 mxd

A

W

2.30

Tue

13th

Dartford Invicta

5 mxd trips

H

G

2.30

Wed 14th

Hartley C.C.

4 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.

4 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

6 mxd trips

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)
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)
































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

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