2023 Ladies’ Captain; Julie Lomas-Smith

I am Julie Lomas-Smith and this will be my seventh season with the Swanage Bowling Club.  I am looking forward to being Ladies Captain this season, I have a lot to live up to after the amazing season Jan Cherry had last year but I will do the very best I can.



Clive Bryceson – 2023 Men’s Captain

Hello 2023 Bowlers
My wife & I joined the Swanage Bowling Club when we moved here from Maidenhead in 2006 and it is has been a major part of our outdoor summer activities ever since.  As this years Men’s Captain I look forward to navigating the introduction of four teams into the Saturday morning B&D Triples leagues and at the same time working alongside the Ladies Captain (Julie Lomas-Smith) and our team selectors.
If you are reading this page as someone who is thinking of taking up this inclusive and social sport please get in touch as we will happily arrange for a free “have-a-go-session” with one of our members.  Alternatively why not come along to one of our open days, the first of which is on Sunday 14th May at either 10am or 2pm.
Clive Bryceson



We now know where we are going, following the Government’s 4 step road map and Bowls England ‘Return to Play’ guidelines.

At present we can only play bowls at events organised and run by the club, without any open events.

We will, at the first opportunity, run open days for members of the general public to ‘have a go’ at bowling.

We welcome both experienced and novice bowlers to join our club, they can ‘have a go’ if they telephone and book an appointment.

Should members wish to bowl outside club events they must book a rink with Barrie as last year. These booking will make sure that the bowling will take place under the guidelines set out.

The rink diary is now open for bookings, for use after opening day 17th April.

As from Monday 12th April, stage 2 of the Government’s road map, members will be able to access the pavilion under the following conditions.

A maximum of 12 people in the pavilion at any one time. Only 2 people in a locker room at any one time, this to access equipment from their locker, not to stay and change!  Or to get a coffee/tea, if on sale.  (As in a shop enter get what you want and leave.)

This, however, will not be the same for ‘THE BAR’ drinks can only be ordered and served OUTSIDE.

This will also allow access to ‘sign up sheets’ and ‘selected team sheets’ on the noticeboards

When in the pavilion FACE COVERINGS MUST BE WORN

THE VIRUS IS STILL ABOUT, it is important to remember social distancing and to sanitize any common bowling equipment that has been used before returning it to store.

Having said all that lets get on and enjoy our bowling and the company.

Competitions underway and Pavilion now open

One way system in the Pavilion

All our competitions are now well underway and the reduced bowling time hasn’t affected the quality of bowling!  A risk assessment has been completed for the Pavilion which means Club members may use the lockers to store their bowls. There are clear requirements that no more than 2 people can be in the locker rooms at any time and they must not be used for changing. From 3rd August competition results will be posted on the notice boards in the Pavilion. There is a clearly marked one way system in place and a requirement to sign in when using the Pavilion for track and trace purposes. A copy of the risk assessment can be found on the noticeboard.

If there are any questions about the new systems please contact a member of the Committee. They have put in a huge amount of work to make sure we can play bowls and the Club members pass on their grateful appreciation.


This has been the most ‘interesting ‘ start to any bowling season ever.

We have a brand new green, in perfect playing condition, thanks to our ‘Green Manager’ Gordon Wallis and all his little helpers. But in April we were in lockdown and could not play on it!

However, following stringent Government and Bowls England guidelines on social distancing and good housekeeping, we were able to start bowling on Monday 18th May.

Only using 3 rinks with a rink between each, playing singles, 2 people per rink. With further relaxation of the lockdown, we have increased this to 4 bowlers per rink, playing pairs. Rinks times booked strictly through a central site (Me)

We have now started to instigate our club knockout matches and members are currently filling in their ‘Competition Entry Forms’ to be in on 25th June, latest.

So small progression with competition starting early July, and our finals weekend on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September.

At least we are out in the sun and having fun enjoying our bowling. The only things missing are inter club league competition and the BAR. The league competition will not take place this year BUT THE BAR MAY OPEN!

Remember: Stay Alert-Control The Virus-Save Lives

Keep Safe-Keep Bowling


This is just a quick update from President Barrie



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




Dates For Your Diary

PRESIDENT’S COFFEE MORNING:    Saturday 18th April @ 10am

Donations for the ‘stalls’ of Books, Cakes, Plants & Bring and Buy items (NOT JUMBLE!)  can be brought in on the day, or to our Saturday social event on 14th March. All donations welcome!

OPENING DAY:    Friday 24th April, 2pm start

There is 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 14 March 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.


  • Ladies Monday 27th April 2pm                                   
  • Men Wednesday 29th April 2pm


We have 10 friendly games booked for this year at present.

  • Saturday 25 April @ 2pm:  An away game Vs. Pelhams BC, traditionally our first game of the season. Pelhams hold the trophy; lets get it back!
  • July:  Another away game 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 Friday, 1st May

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

Our Sponsors for 2019

Swanage Bowls Club now has no less than eleven sponsors.

Your support of Swanage Bowls Club is very much appreciated.

Many thanks to Kath for confirming existing sponsors and adding a few new ones.

I’m sure others were probably involved in securing sponsorships so thanks to everyone involved.

Our sponsors can be found on our sponsors page


Name Contact Details
Nixons Home Hardware
01929 426377Tilikum Wealth Management

07739 698469

26 Station Road, Swanage, Dorset BH19 1AF


Village Inn, Ulwell
01929 427644
Ulwell Road, Swanage, Dorset
James Smith Funeral Directors
01929 422445
The Swanage Bookshop

01929 424088

60a Kings Rd, Swanage



35 Station Rd, Swanage


Berkeley Leisure Group01929 422080

A F Joy Menswear

01929 552903

Cauldron Barb Rd, Swanage


35 North Street, Wareham


Miles & Son
01929 423333
Railway House, Rempstone Road, Swanage, Dorset BH19 1DW
Haymans Bakery01929 422594

MKL Accountants

01929 425552

Regency Dental Practice

01929 422515

Institute Rd, Swanagehttps://www.facebook.com/swanagebakery/

Herston Cross House, 230 High Street, Swanage


71 Kings Rd West