Opening Day Confirmed

Our President is pleased to announce that the Opening Day will be Saturday 17th April at 2pm. Anyone wishing to be involved must book by the end of March.

The first Ladies Practice session will be on 19th April at 2pm.

The first Men’s Practice session will be on 20th April at 2pm.

All sessions remain subject to the Government’s roadmap and social distancing.

Thank to Gordon Wallis and all the volunteers who have worked hard to ensure that the green will be available for play on these dates.


Looking forward to the new Season

As the new bowling season beckons we can begin to look forward to the Opening Day and our first Practice Day. Plans are taking shape for the various leagues, competitions, roll ups and our relaxed Club Nights. Of course all dates are subject to the relevant Covid restrictions, but if the roadmap  continues on target our Opening day will be either the 17th or 23rd April (dependent also on the weather).

Club members are asked to pay their subscriptions to Judy Smooker; her details can be found on the newsletter; £120 full membership, £67.50 for new members, £40 for junior members and £13 for associate members.

Those people who wish to take part in the Opening Day or to request an Eastgate Roller session before general play are asked to contact Barrie Tatman on 01929 421162 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required

Ladies are asked to contact Linda Wallis to register interest for ladies practice and competitions: email hidden; JavaScript is required or call her on 01929 425530

Members who wish to play in the Club Mixed Triples league are asked to contact Norman Love: email hidden; JavaScript is required


President’s 2020 Report

Firstly, thanks to all that helped Gordon to turn our new green into something to be proud of and kept it maintained.

We did manage, under severe restrictions, to play some bowls throughout the shortened season and complete our club knock-out competitions. Unfortunately, the engraver has been closed due to Covid, so we are not sure when the trophies will be available for collection.

The controlled rink diary of three sessions per day on three rinks, (63 rink sessions per week)worked well. Including the Men’s triples League and Ladies practice, we had an average take-up of 80% quite amazing, lets keep that usage going forward to next season.

The committee offered ‘Honorary Life Membership’ to Two members in recognition of long and distinguished support and service to the club. Both Jean Broadbent and Mary Vyeaccepted, certificates will be presented as soon as we can organise a legal ‘gathering’.


In mid December we will be dismantling the ‘green’ equipment shed, to replace it with a larger one. If any one wants it or can put it to good use rather than scrap it, please contact me.


Minutes will be produced, passed and displayed as normal


2020 Competition Winners

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



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 Trip To Algarve by Barrie


On Thursday 3rd October we started our bowling tour to the Algarve at 4-30am (middle of the night) outside the club. We arrived at the hotel ‘Holiday Inn Algarve’, in Armacao de Pera at around 12 noon. Our first task to understand the ‘resort manager’ Sue, from Blackpool, not a ‘shrinking violet’!
The hotel was great standing on the beach edge facing the Atlantic, what views and not a cloud in the sky! Good food and the bar had a happy hour 25% off between 6 and 8 pm!!!!!!!!!

We had 4 games to play during the week, the rinks were selected by different Captains of the day for each game.
The first game on Friday 4th was Vs. Floresta BC, rinks selected by Clive & Gill. This was played on carpet, 7 rinks 2 wood triples, we won on 3 rinks but lost overall by 10 shots, not bad in 26 degrees with no shade! The top rink was Jean T/Pat A (shared lead), Clive B & Barrie T.

Our next game was on Saturday 15th Vs. Valverde BC, this club was up in the hills, with a breeze, a good job as the temperature was heading towards 30 degrees, again with little shade! The rinks were selected by Gordon & Linda. This was played on grass, 7 rinks 2 wood triples, we only, however, won on one rink loosing overall by 49 shots, we thought the green to be heavy and couldn’t find the lines! The top rink was Kath S/Mary V (shared lead), Lesley F & Uta K, an all ladies victory!

The next two days we had ‘rest & recuperation’, although some of us, on Monday, went on a Land Rover Safari in the mountains. Driving ‘off road’ through the orange and lemon groves, seeing how to harvest cork, then stopping off for a 2 hour 5 course Algarvian lunch, with wine flowing like water. Then followed by a visit, and a tasting session, of fiery ‘Medronho’ a local drink made of berries, at the distillery. A nice day out ‘HIC’.

Tuesday we had our next bowling adventure but this was played in the afternoon, (V. HOT!) at the Pedras da Rainha BC, against another English touring team, Horsell BC, Surrey. This green was in the middle of a holiday complex, where our opposition stayed. The rinks were selected by Terry & Ken, this was 7 full rinks, played on ‘GRASS’ reputedly, a very funny surface almost like an Axminster carpet, when you walked on it you left footprints! To make up our numbers we ‘borrowed’ some Pedras da Rainha bowlers. We won on four rinks but lost overall by 4 shots (getting better) the top rink was Mick W, Lesley F, Barrie T & guest Lorna.

Our last game of the tour was at Alvor BC, again in the middle of a holiday complex and an afternoon game!
The green was grass as we know it and played like home. The rinks were selected by Jean & Julie, 7, 2 wood triples. Our opposition was a little different this time as we had four Portuguese Nationals playing against us, the bowls club owner amongst them.
We did, however, win on 5 rinks and WON overall by 27 shots. During the game two maximums of 6 points were scored, Gordon’s rink on the 12th end and on their last end giving them top rink was Kath S/Mary V (shared lead), Roger S & Clive B.
After dinner on this last bowling day we had farewell drinks with the resort manager. Both she and Gill gave out prizes for many weird and wonderful reasons, I think everyone won something.
Well organised Gill and Clive.

During the trip Gill handed out many fines for varying misdemeanours, like, not listening to ‘how to turn your lights on’, not knowing where your room was and the normal wrong bias etc. From this Ken’s charity pot gained quite a few Euros!
On each game day Gill also ran a coach fiddle, guessing the overall scores or differences etc. these were mainly won by Linda W!

On Thursday 12 of us left for home, the remainder of our group staying on for an extra week to enjoy the sun, at 8-30am, heading for Faro Airport then via Gatwick and coach to Swanage, arriving at 7pm nearly 11 hours traveling, we estimated this as an average speed of just over 120 mph.
Good week had by all !!!!!!!!

RIP Beach Gardens Tired Old Green

This week work got underway on Beach Gardens to tear up, level and replace the green.

Pictures supplied by Gordon who has been overseeing the project.