Queen’s Jubilee and Captains’ Charity Match


Sunday 5th June saw the Club hold its Captains’ and Jubilee Charity Day; men v ladies. We all had the wet gear on and before the heavens opened we enjoyed a hard fought game finishing with the ladies scoring 63 and the men 74. We enjoyed a fantastic cream tea and raised £349 for Swanage Hospital

Tony Bell

Captains Jan Cherry and Tony Bell at the Jubilee charity match


‘Top Club’ is a national knockout competition, involving the four playing disciplines of our game. We won on all four rinks, against Blandford, on Thursday afternoon, 2nd June, well done ladies.

SINGLES, Uta Keats, had a ‘nip and tuck game over the first 11 ends then won 5 out of the last 6 to achieve the required 21 winning shots!

PAIRS, Jan Cherry and Linda Wallis, raced away to a great lead of 13 shots to 2 after 7 ends but the opponents fought back to 13-12 shots after 11 but Swanage again took control winning 23 shots to 18 after the required 18 ends.

TRIPLES, Ro Bibby, Gill Bryceson and Sue Bird, were 13-3 up after 7 ends but were hauled back to 15-14 after 15 ends dropped 1 on the 16th now 15 all, with great tenacity they held their nerve and won by 1 shot 17-16 after 18 ends.

FOURS, Lil Bell, Pam Roddick, Julie Lomas-Smith and Judy Smooker, after dropping the first 3 ends took total charge of this game and steadily built their lead, loosing only 1 end over the next 14 ends, not needing to play the last end went out winners 27-6.

This was an excellent victory and we meet Branksome Park at home in the next round, to be played before Sunday 3rd July.

First National Competition Win for Swanage

This was a first time WIN for Swanage in the first round of the national men’s ‘TOP CLUB’ competition.

Well done, Clive, 2 wood singles, Brian, 4 wood singles, Terry and Paul pairs.

Clive raced away in his game, after 6 ends he was 8-0 up, in the 7th he gave 1 away but then continued on the rampage to go 14-1 up after 11 ends. The opposition pinched one on the 12 but after 15 ends Clive was unable to be beaten at 16 shots to 3 up so he won with 6 ends not needed to be bowled! (Opponent could only score a maximum of 12 shots)

Brian on the other hand had a ‘nip and tuck’ game. After 4 ends he was 3-5 down but ‘stuck in’ a four to go 7-5 up after 5, his opponent then took charge and went 10-7 up after 8. Brian, being the fighter he is, came back and matched the opposition when he took control after 17 ends was 17-14 up after the next three ends he was at the prescribed 21 shots up!

Terry and Paul, started as they meant to go on and took a 4shot lead on the first end, increasing this to 11-3 after 7 ends. Wimborne came back at them taking 3 shots on both the 11 and 12, cutting the lead down to 14-10, our lads, however, held the next 3 ends, going 20-10 up, coasting the next 3 ends and winning 20-14!

Unfortunately, we lost in the triples and fours, so that is all we will report on those two rinks.

We, therefore, WON the match 3 disciplines to 2.

Our next opponent will be either Blandford or Shaftsbury, yet to play.

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April 2022 dates for the Diary

April 14th sees the President’s Coffee Morning. Mike Keats is looking forward to welcoming new and longer standing members to meet up between 10 and 12 to start his year of fundraising for Cancer Research.

The Club’s opening game of the season takes place on 19th April at 2pm, followed by fish and chips.

On 20th April and 21st April practice sessions begin for men and women, both starting at 2pm. Women’s practice sessions will then take place every Monday at 2pm.


Ladies’ Captain 2022


Jan Cherry

My introduction to bowling was in 2010 when I accompanied my partner to an Open Day.  It was going to be a retirement hobby for him but I was encouraged to ‘have a go’.  The rest is history – I was hooked!  Bowling is a great sport for everyone – singles, couples, any gender, young or old can all take part at any level – and its a good way of making new friends.

Hopefully covid is now going to allow us to get back to ‘normal’ and, as this year’s Ladies Captain, I look forward to building on last year’s success with existing ladies and to meeting new bowlers – there’s plenty of opportunity to take part in games and to progress.  


Men’s Captain 2022

My name is Tony Bell and I have been bowling at Swanage Bowling Club
for six years. I am very proud to be elected as men’s captain for 2022.
I look forward to the challenges ahead now we are hopefully back to a
normal bowling season and am also keen to welcome new bowlers.

Congratulations to our Mixed Triples Team

Our team played brilliantly throughout the season, waiting with bated breath for the results on the final day of the season. In the end we finished second on the basis of rinks won, having achieved the same points as Ferndown A. Great achievement in the top Division and well done to everyone who played during the season.

Some of the players in the Mixed Triples team