Just a January Giggle

Dave Thomas wanted to share some Bowls Cartoons with us. He’s not saying who they remind him of, but the Website team have a few ideas we will share when the Bowlers Arms is next open for business!

Thank you Dave. We have kept the other cartoons for another time!

Club Singles Competitions

An amazing weekend of closely fought Club Competition matches brought the season to a wonderful climax.

Congratulations to all our winners and runners up, and thank you to everyone who took part in the competitions.


Men’s Singles Runner Up Brian Beeston

Ladies Singles Runner Up Linda Wallis

Men’s Handicap Runner Up Mark Sheppard

Ladies Handicap Runner Up Judy Smooker

Men’s 2 Woods Runner Up Ken Morgan

Ladies 2 Woods Runner Up Judy Smooker

First Time Champion – Ken Morgan (Runner Up Lillian Bell)

Veterans Champion – Barrie Tatman (Runner Up Brian Beeston)




Club Pairs and Triples Competitions

Our Pairs and Triples Competitions finals have now taken place and congratulations are due to everyone who took part, to the runners up and of course to the winners.

Men’s Pairs runners up: Graham Smooker & Gordon Wallis

Ladies Pairs not contested

Mixed Chosen Pairs runners up: Jenny Osborn & David Farley

Australian Pairs runners up: Linda Wallis & Mike Barron



Well done to Judy Smooker for winning The Coburn Trophy.

The Coburn Trophy is run by Bowls Dorset and is open to any Lady who holds office in their Club. Judy is the Swanage Bowls Club Treasurer and when she’s not counting all the pennies (or organising our fantastic social events), she just happens to be an amazing bowler!

The Coburn Cup is a 4 woods singles knock out competition with the Final held on 10th September. Against tough opposition Judy won with her mantra of ‘Focus on the Green’, a tip for all aspiring bowlers!

Congratulation Judy and thank you for all your work for our Club.


Ladies Captain’s Report 2017

It has been a mixed season for the Swanage Ladies.

In the Edna Paisley League the ladies maintained a position in the upper part of the league throughout 2017 and finished in a commendable forth place.

Despite all our best efforts, in division 2 of the Dorset Women’s Bowling League we were less successful finishing third from bottom.

Whilst we did not achieve any major success, we all had a very enjoyable season and I wish to thank all the ladies that participated. I look forward to playing next year and wish Linda success as the 2018 Ladies Captain.


Madeline Love

Mens Captain’s Report

B & D Premier League Section 3.

The Great Escape Mk.2

As last year, we had a great escape from relegation, it went down to the wire and the last game of the season.

It was a fight between Branksome Park ‘A’ and ourselves over the second half of the season.

In the last 4 games we beat Branksome Park, lost to Poole Park ‘B’, beat Milford on Sea, and lost to Kings Park. During this run we accrued 26 points, finally beating Branksome in the league by 6 points PHEW! So we stay in Section 3.

Percy Baker Trophy League.

A Good Season.

We won 8 and lost 2 games this season, taking 47 points from a possible 60, winning East 2 division. Thus qualifying for the area finals.

We beat Broadstone in the semis but lost to Poole Park in the area final.

So well done the Swans on all accounts and thanks to all the members that took part.

Barrie Tatman Men’s Club Captain




Hoggy’s September Hotline News

September’s Purbeck Gazette is now out and as usual we have a Bowls Club update written by our own ‘unique’ David Hogsflesh. Have a read on line by clicking on Purbeck Gazette, (page 66, but read all of it, there’s loads of interesting articles), or make sure you find yourself a copy in many of our lovely local shops.

Percy Baker news

On Tuesday our Over 60’s took on Poole Park in the area final of the Percy Baker competition.

Gordon, Dave F and Mike K traveled to Poole Park and lost to a strong Poole team 21-11.

Back in Swanage, Graham, Barrie and Brian beat a Poole threesome 19-14.

So only a 5 shot difference overall.

Well done all concerned on getting SBC this far.

Perhaps next year we can go all the way…

Carnival & Regatta Drive

The sun came out for this year’s Carnival & Regatta Drive: it was great to welcome holidaymakers to our Club to raise money for good causes and take home some lovely memories.

We congratulate Mr T Hovey and Mrs Patricia Cornelius for winning the respective trophies and would love to thank you all for a wonderful time.

See you next year!