Excellent clubhouse with first class facilities
Excellent clubhouse with first class facilities
Wiltshire’s central two green bowling club
Wiltshire’s central two green bowling club

Welcome to Devizes Bowls Club

A thriving and friendly club in the centre of Wiltshire and a place to meet new people and play bowls at both social and competitive levels.

Our Club

We have two six rink greens, a modern clubhouse including fully stocked bar and professional kitchen. The clubhouse is hired out for events during the non-playing season.

Bowling and Social

We compete in three men’s leagues and three ladies leagues, have a bowler development programme and play in many friendly games and organize social bowling and social events throughout the year.

Laws of the Sport of Bowls

Know the Laws

So this month the big question is: can the skip pass the score card to another player in Wiltshire Competitions and Leagues

I thought I would highlight one Law each month , this will be found under the Members menu, together with a link to download or just read the LAWS OF THE SPORT OF BOWLS.

Good Luck !

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS @ DEVIZES BOWLS CLUB

Everyone loves to play at Devizes Bowls Club and so once again the County Championship Finals come to Devizes.

Last weekend some brilliant exhibitions of the sport were seen , next weekend Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th you have the opportunity to see more exciting finals DON’T MISS IT !

 

The Mens Fours final between Spencer Moulton and Wootten Bassett and the winners receive their trophy.

Well done Wootten Bassett !

Captains Day

Captains Day has been changed and it will now be on Sunday 14th August.  The event will still start as usual at 1.30pm

Please give Ali and Tom all the support they deserve after there extended period in charge due to the Covid pandemic last year.

Excellent Marker Session held at the Club on 23rd July

Marianne Menzies and Ian Riach delivered an interesting session both theory and practice and for all those who attended you might find the following useful

Extract from World Bowls Guidelines for Markers

Communication of information by the Marker

Only answer questions asked by the player in possession of the rink, remembering that possession of the rink passes to the opponent as soon as a bowl comes to rest, allowing time for marking that bowl as a toucher.
Only answer the question asked and be concise. For example, if you are asked “Am I holding shot” – then answer “Yes”.
In general, don’t provide information that has not been asked for! Equally, use common sense. For example: if you are asked “Am I holding shot” and the player is holding two shots, you should say;
“Yes, you are holding two”.
If you are unsure which is shot bowl, don’t be afraid to say that it is a measure. Don’t be forced into making a decision when you are unsure.
It is important to have an understanding of the type of questions which players are likely to ask and to be able to anticipate the information that they are looking for – you are their eyes at the head.
For example, if a player asks “Is that bowl jack high?” and the bowl is not exactly jack high, tell the player how far short or past jack high it actually is.

Be as accurate as you can when giving distances. For example, if a bowl is 45 centimetres (18 inches) short do not say that it is 60 centimetres (two feet) short -players will quickly lose confidence in you if you do.

Swansea team visit

On Friday 22nd July we played host to a really friendly team from Swansea they loved our greens and the friendly nature of all our players.

These friendlies are a great way to compete without pressure, don’ t miss these opportunities, sign up in the clubhouse !

Double Success for Wiltshire Ladies

Bowls Wiltshire Ladies will be playing in the Semi-Final of the Walker Cup at Leamington on Sunday 11th September after beating Worcestershire 45 – 31 in the morning session and followed that with a win over Devon 41 – 27 in the Regional Finals played at Kingswood & Hanham.  At Leamington they will be playing the either Cumbria or Yorkshire from the Northern Group. 

The second success came about in the Johns Trophy when the ladies had success over Dorset 119 – 87 in the first round, In the second round beat Somerset 129 – 107 to progress to the Regional Final where they were successful over Cornwall 146 – 113.

Gerald Webb

President’s Message

President Rosemary

Message from our President.

With the continued worries about the Covid situation, particularly the new Omicron variant, it is very difficult to forecast exactly what the situation will be when the time comes to start the 2022 season.  I know that all the committees will be working hard to ensure that if we are able to bowl then the club will be ready to welcome you onto the green. Duncan Poole, our new fixtures secretary, has prepared a full bowling season with more teams than ever before and we will see the return of the handbook with all the usual details available for every playing member. The ladies will see the return of the Nor West League with Devizes entering a fourth team, the Wiltshire League that came into fruition last year will stay and we have two teams involved and there is the Seidel League as well. The men will also have the usual full programme of Four Rink, Three Rink, Mid Wilts Triples and Tea and Biscuits.  As to county competitions it is remarkable to see over 30 entries from the ladies and an increase in the number of men entering as well. Hopefully we will see the same support for the club competitions that will be organised this year by our new competitions’ coordinator Marie Greenwood. I hope everyone is looking forward to getting involved again and pray for some decent weather to support us.

In the meantime, stay safe and I look forward to meeting you all in the coming weeks.

Rosemary
January 2022