2020 Pre-season Newsletter

Hi bowlers, the season is fast approaching and we have a NEW GREEN TO PLAY ON.

Following Ivan’s generous donation to support this project, it will be named the  ‘NANCY LOCK GREEN’  in memory of his late wife and longstanding club member.

As you are aware the Club set up a limited company to negotiate with the Council and we obtained a lease on the green for 50 years at an affordable rent. We would like to thank Martin Ayres, the Town Clerk, and the Councillors who worked hard with us to achieve this outcome.

A huge amount of work has been carried out since we closed the green last season following our finals weekend.

Ecosolve, the company laying the new green, moved in with tractors, levelling equipment and skilled men on September 16th, by the 18th they were seeding the new level playing surface! And before Christmas they had cut the grass three times!

Gordon Wallis, our Green Manager, along with a volunteer crew of club members, who have worked tirelessly, to tidy all the flower beds, plant hundreds of bulbs for the spring, cut out undergrowth, removed dead trees and build a storage shed for new maintenance equipment. I would like to thank them all for their time and effort, but there is still plenty of work to do, Gordon will require teams to cut the green and do ongoing maintenance work, if you can help, please let him know you are available.

We have also contracted out work to refurbish the green surrounds by replacing the old paving slabs with ‘Tarmac’ and renewing all fencing and gates. These costs will be reimbursed by the Town Council.

We have fixed the following dates, so put them in your diary.

PRESIDENT’S COFFEE MORNING    Saturday 18th April, 10am.

Barrie has requested that members could make donations for the ‘stalls’ of Books, Cakes, Plants & Bring and Buy items (NOT JUMBLE!). These can be brought in on the day or the last Saturday social event, on 14th March.

President Barrie’s charity, throughout next season will be


OPENING DAY  Friday 24th April, 2pm start

There will be a sign up sheet on the board to bowl, followed by tea of Fish, Chicken, Fishcakes or Sausage, all with chips, at £8/head. If you can’t make the social or President’s coffee morning, email Barrie on email hidden; JavaScript is required, to play, order food or both.

FOOD MUST BE PAID FOR BY WEDNESDAY 22nd APRIL, Or it cannot be ordered.

PRACTICE DAYS  Ladies Monday 27th April 2pm.  Men Wednesday 29th April 2pm.

FRIENDLY GAMES  We have 10 friendly games booked for this year at present, the first one being an away game Vs. Pelhams BC, on Saturday 25th April 2pm traditionally our first game. Pelhams hold the trophy; lets get it back! Also another away game in July Vs. Sidmouth BC, a coach will be booked to travel there.

Please put your name down and join in these friendlies, as they are most enjoyable and you meet new bowlers at differing standards.


To protect the newly laid green NO OPEN PLAY WILL BE ALLOWED UNTIL 1st May

This will be the date of the first ‘Eastgate Rollers’ and ‘Friday Club Night’

Friday Club Nights this year will be different, with prizes for the top rink of the night and with a more balanced rink selection taking place! And playing for longer, weather permitting.

‘EASTGATE ROLLERS’ will be co-ordinated by Norman Love and Lew Fletcher on Tuesday and Friday mornings. As we play Percy Baker home games on Tuesday mornings, unfortunately, we will need 4 rinks for these games twice this year. These dates being 12th May and 9th June. So perhaps the rollers will help out and use the other two rinks.

To help with rink use, when knockout matches start, please try to keep Tuesday & Friday mornings as free as possible.

THURSDAY MIXED TRIPLES LEAGUE This year the league will be run by the competitions committee, so if you wish to enter, there will be a sign up sheet on the board by the last social evening (Saturday 14th March) or you can contact Barrie on either 01929 421162 or by email email hidden; JavaScript is required to register

We have entered the following competitive leagues;

LADIES: Dorset Women’s Bowling league (Div. 2) 3 full rink matches, played on Tuesday afternoon 2pm start.

 Edna Paisley League (Section 2) 2 rink triples, played on Wednesday morning 10-30am

MIXED: Bournemouth & District Saturday Mixed Triples League (Section 1) & (Section 5)

2 rink triples, played on Saturday afternoon at 2pm, unless rearranged at a mutually agreed time.

MENS:  Bowls Dorset Men’s League (East Div. 1) 3 full rink matches, played on Monday evening at 6pm start.

Bournemouth & District Bowling Association (Section 4) 4 full rink matches, played on Saturday afternoon 2pm start, unless rearranged at a mutually agreed time.

Percy Baker Trophy League (E2) & (E4), 2 rink triples, played on Tuesday morning at home 10am start. Away games played on day designated by that club.

‘TOP CLUB’ National knockout competition. We have entered a Ladies (4 rinks varying formats) and a Men’s (5 rinks varying formats) teams.

We want to be as competitive as possible in these fixtures this coming season, so please look out for and sign-up on the availability sheet to put yourself forward for selection.

SUBSCRIPTIONS  It was agreed at the last AGM that the fees would remain unaltered at:

Full membership: £105 plus Bowls Dorset/Bowls England registration fees of £15 = £120

+(optional locker fee of £3)

New members first year, half subs. £52-50 plus reg. fees £15 = £67-50.

Junior Member playing and registration fees £40

Associate member £13 (playing  only on Friday Club Night at a cost of £4 per session)

These subscriptions can be paid to Treasurer, Judy, at President’s coffee morning, Opening Day or by post to: Mrs. J.A.Smooker, 21, Northmoor Way, Wareham BH20 4EE.

All cheques to be made payable to ‘Swanage Bowling Club’ 


The bar will be fully stocked with the finest ales, spirits and wines all at competitive prices (if the ‘DOOM BAR’ was reduced!) so polish up your woods and come on down to ‘THE CLUB’ for a successful season of fun, bowling and boozing!


YOUR MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE:                           SBC Ltd. BOARD:

President/Secretary: Barrie Tatman                           Chair/Finance: Terry Buck

Vice President: Mike Keats                                           Secretary: Barrie Tatman

Men’s Captain: Brian Beeston                                      Clive Bryceson

Ladies Captain: Linda Wallis                                         Linda Wallis

Ladies Secretary: Val Northam

Treasurer: Judy Smooker

Match Secretary: Terry Buck

Green Manager: Gordon Wallis

Bar Manager: Graham Smooker

General Member: Clive Bryceson




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