Short Mat v Seend

The short mat team visited Seend last week for another in their series of friendly matches at short mat clubs in the area.

This time it was a very close thing with two rinks losing and one winning  but were not quite enough ahead to claw back the deficit.

Team 1: Pam Nash, Dennis Helm, Colin Shewring and Simon Northway lost 9-14.

Team 2: Alison Brooks, Trevor Fackrell, Hugh Jupp and Colin Smith lost 11-15.

Team 3: Kelvin Nash, Bernard Fox, Kevin Hannam and Steve Brooks won 16-9.

The final overall score was Devizes 36 and Seend 38.

Well played all next time it could be the other way round.

Short Mat v Urchfont

On the evening of Wednesday 22nd January, the short mat group gathered as usual for the short mat session but this time with a difference. This was to be a friendly match against local rivals from the village of Urchfont. Because of the number in attendance the team was split into two rinks and a triple. The triples played on the middle rink for all sets whilst the fours alternated between rinks 1 and 3 and change round took place every 5 ends.

The teams from Devizes consisted of :-
Alison Brooks, Bernard Fox, Kelvin Nash and Steve Brooks.
Pam Nash, Hugh Jupp, Kevin Hannam and Colin Smith.
Carol Butler, Colin Shewring and Men’s captain for 2020, Simon Northway.

The triples had a close game on set one only losing by one shot at 5-6 but were triumphant in the next two sets winning 11-0 and 4-2 with a final score of 20-8.

The team led by Steve Brooks won all three sets by 6-3, 10-2 and 5-1 for a final score of 21-6.

The other foursome led by Colin Smith had a superb first set winning 13-0 but went backwards after that drawing set two at 4-4 then winning set 3 at 6-5 by scoring a 5 on the last end and producing an overall score of 23-9.

The final tally across the board was a great win for Devizes at 64 shots to 23. Many congratulations keep the trend going for the rest of the season.

Terry Miles (Short Mat Co-Ordinator)

Social Events

The social event ring binder on the table in the hall has all details of events that are planned along with appropriate sign-up sheets. PLEASE SUPPORT THIS NEW COMMITTEE’S ENDEAVOURS AND MAKE THEIR HARD WORK WORTH WHILE AT THE SAME TIME AS ENJOYING YOURSELVES ALONG WITH YOUR FELLOW BOWLERS.

Below are links to information posters for forthcoming events. 

MS Coffee Morning

Sunday Brunch

Sing a Long


Even More Success


What a great year it is becoming for our lady bowlers with yet another success leading to another appearance at Royal Leamington Spa representing Wiltshire as champions in the Bowls England Senior Pairs competition.

The honour went to Sheila Garlick and Bev Lilley (pictured above)  who gained the title and the opportunity to compete with the best in the country at Leamington with an historic win over Wiltshire top bowlers and previous champions Alex Jacobs and Sue Cooke by 19 shots to 18 on their home patch at Box.

Well done ladies, Best wishes for the 4th August from all of us at Devizes Bowls Club.


Dave Greenwood

Ladies National 4 Wood Singles

In Saturday’s Bowls Wiltshire National Singles played at Holt Bowls Club Bev Lilley won her quarter final and semi final matches to qualify to represent Wiltshire at the Bowls England National Finals at Royal Leamington Spa in August.

In the mornings quarter final Bev defeated Sue Cooke from Box in a close match winning 21-20 then in the afternoon beat Kathryn Yeoman also from Box 21-14.

It could have been an all Devizes semi final but unfortunately Sheila Garlick lost to Kathryn by just one shot 21-20 in her quarter final.

Congratulations to both Ladies for a great achievement especially in the excessive heat we all experienced on Saturday.


On Saturday Bev played against Anne Roberts-Phare from North Wilts in the ladies four wood singles final and won 21-6 and is now going to Leamington as Champion.

Wiltshire Ladies

Many congratulations to the Ladies of Bowls Wiltshire Johns Trophy Team who, following a magnificent win over the highly rated Devon team, qualified for the national semi-finals to be held at Royal Leamington Spa on Saturday August 4th. We are very proud to say that the team includes our very own Ladies Captain Bev Lilley. Well done the ladies, well done Bev.

Should anyone wish to go and see them please refer to my email announcing that there is a coach organised by Bowls Wiltshire Ladies starting from Melksham.

Dave Greenwood