As activity in and around our greens increases, 36 members have bowled so far, please be reminded of the rules that must be followed for all of our safety. These rules must be seen to be followed before any further opening of the facilities.
Important: Those member in the highly vulnerable categories as defined by government are encouraged to remain at home. Anyone with virus symptoms must not come to the club.
- Car Park – No side by side parking.
- Indoors – The club house is closed except for maintenance and security.
- Equipment – To be sure club mats and jacks have been sanitized you should use the spray on the mats and jacks you are about to use. You cannot guarantee that the previous players have done so.
- Greens – Currently one green is open. Members may play with one other member only or, if all players are of the same household, up to three other people.
- The adapted booking system is working well giving everyone an opportunity to book on the day.
- 2m Social distancing must be respected.
As from Monday 22nd June spectators will be welcome at the green but please bring your own chair and please remember to take them home. The 2m distancing rule must be observed at all times.
I hope this email finds you all well . The weather at the moment has been kind to us and, if like me, you are lucky enough to have a garden, mine has never looked better, it certainly helps to pass the time away and for those of you who have not got gardens I hope you are keeping yourselves busy in other ways. I am keeping my fingers crossed that we will be back bowling sometime this year.
Thank you to all of you who are communicating with other members and in the meantime take care of yourselves
Love and best wishes to you all”
Please select the link at the end of this document to see the presidents A.G.M report that would have been read to you had the A.G.M been held.
Reports from the treasurer and secretary can be found in the AGM Minutes section of the members area.
Presidents report for AGM 2020
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.
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.
The management committee has updated the clubs data protection and social media policy and this can be reviewed either under the committee and documents tabs from the front page or by clicking the following link DP & SMP
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.
On Wednesday 20th June 2018, a group of Devizes bowlers and visitors, went to London to plays bowls against the Chelsea Pensioners at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea.
We were given a very warm welcome, had an interesting but enjoyable game followed by an excellent tea in the Great Hall. The weather was perfect and a great day was had by all.
On the week-end of 11th, 12th and 13th May, a number of Devizes bowlers undertook a mini-tour to the south coast playing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Blandford Forum, Weymouth (Greenhill) and Swanage respectively whilst staying for two nights at the Royal Hotel on Weymouth sea front.
Bowling wise the tour had limited success with a record of two losses and one win. However, socially the tour was a resounding success with the weather improving each day, the hotel food and service exceptional and good company all week end with plenty of excellent banter both on and off the rinks.
At Blandford we suffered heavy losses on most rinks with Colin Littles rink achieving the least loss with a score of 17-19 his team being Jeff Whiting, Peter Diwell and Geoff Woollan.
At Greenhill we faired much better winning on three rinks and losing on three but gaining the overall aggregate win. Top rink was Michael Alexander, Rachel Whiting, Simon Northway and Dave Greenwood with a great score of 34-14.
Sunday on the tricky rinks at Swanage we lost on five rinks and won on just the one captained by Steve Mulligan and a team of Pat Cartwright, Richard Bradfield and Angela Roberts who registered a score of 23-16.
There was another success indicating that Devizes bowlers as well as being good on the greens are also knowledgeable as the team were successful in winning the hotels Saturday night quiz organised in the bar.
Special thanks were recorded to those who organised the events and also to Geoff Woollan and Terry Miles who did day trips, Geoff to Blandford Forum and Terry to Swanage, to help make up the numbers where we were short of players.
Sunday 27th August saw the next “Big Game” of our continuing centenary celebrations when we welcomed a mixed team from Bowls Wiltshire. Guests were welcomed on arrival by the club President, Captains and Vice-captains and this concept of meet and greet has been warmly received by all our visitors.
The game, originally set for 6 Rinks became so popular with the Bowls Wiltshire players that in the end we played over 10 rinks instead. The game was extremely competitive but in a friendly manner, however with the strength of our team drawn from those who signed up to play being somewhat weaker than a group of 40 of Wiltshire’s finest the final result was inevitable and almost
At the after match socialising, a good meal and a few drinks were enjoyed by all, followed by speeches from our Captains and the Bowls Wiltshire lady Chair and Captain for the day June Corbett. After all the usual list of thanks BW captain proceeded to bring about a series of comical episodes by raising funds for the Air Ambulance by way of individual fines of £1.00 for the craziest of reasons like incorrect actions on the greens, arriving in the wrong coloured shirt, trying to pinch her donations basket when clearing the tables after the meal ect.
Below is an extract from June Corbets report on the Bowls Wiltshire Website.
“A Bowls Wiltshire mixed team of 10 rinks travelled to Devizes on 27th August for a match as part of the Devizes Centenary celebrations. It was a lovely hot sunny day, the bowling was good and the banter between the two teams helped to make the occasion special.
A much appreciated cooked meal was provided. Presentations were made and both Captains made the point that the result was not so important but more for the participation and enjoyment experienced by all, (however for those who like to know BW did win).
As usual fines were imposed and a very generous £80.13 was raised for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance. BW Chair June thanked everyone for their support throughout the year. As a final note all monies collected from the four 2017 BW Mixed games raised a very creditable £217.80 which has been forwarded on to the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Charity Appeal.”