Development League

On Saturday 29th August the Development League had their final game and we all celebrated with refreshments.

They have had a very good run of games full of fun and of course have been competitive. All games have been played at Weekends.

Only one session was halted because of rain but apart from that all has gone extremely well since we started on Sunday July 19th.

Jenny Coates

Coaching Co-Ordinator

Revised Guidance for Bowling

Further to the Bowls Committee meeting this week, we have agreed, following Bowls England guidance, to open all 6 rinks on the Top Green for singles and pairs only.

We are not permitted to play triples and rinks without spaced rinks which we will not be doing on the Top Green in order to accommodate the leagues and competitions as well as give all members a chance to roll-up.The Bottom Green, which is due to be closed next Monday morning will remain as 3 spaced rinks.

This leaves 6 rinks open from next week which should be sufficient – it is worth noting that never once since we first opened have all the available rinks been used in one day.

Rather than change the system which we are all now used to, the kit and sanitising arrangements will stay the same, using the bottom gate for entrance, the shed on the bottom green for storage and entrance to the top green via the stairs or ramp from the bottom green.

Please remember social distancing means staying 2 metres apart unless it is not possible and then it is 1 metre +

Please note that rink 2 on the Top Green will be closed from today until next Monday at the earliest due to damage to the edge.

The Bowls Committee

Greens Team Appeal

The season is drawing to a close and we will be starting the Autumn renovations on Monday 31st August. We are starting with the Bottom Green and then two weeks later work will start on the Top Green.

As you are aware, the work throughout the year is carried out by volunteers plus Glyn. This email is a request for help during the next few weeks, as this will be a very busy time for the team.

This year will be somewhat different as there will not be quite so much tidying up to do,.However, we will require help with specific jobs that are weather dependent. Please can you volunteer by telephone or text with your name and contact telephone number. This will enable me to contact you, with a few days notice, when your help will be needed. The best number to contact me on is my mobile number published in the recent email from Wendy.

As a starter, if you are available next Wednesday, 2nd September, there are some initial jobs which can be carried out.

Many thanks in advance, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Ken Curtis
Greens Team.

Floodlit Bowls

A BBQ and FLOODLIT BOWLS GAME will take place on Wednesday 9th September with the BBQ starting at 6.30 pm and the game starting at 7.30 pm for approx one and a half hours. The cost for a burger/hotdog will be £2.50.

This event has been very popular in the past and even if you are not taking part in the bowling, please come along and enjoy a hotdog/burger then stay to support the players. The bar will be also be open for the evening serving cold drinks tea and coffee will be available for those who prefer a warm drink.

Just to give the committee some idea for catering numbers please email Ellen to put your name down and say weather it is bowling, BBQ or both by Sunday 6th September or just let one of the committee know when you come along to the walking treasure hunt.

Sheila Garlick

Chair Social Committee

Walking Treasure Hunt

There is to be a walking treasure hunt on Sunday 6th September starting at 2.00 pm with tea/coffee to follow.

Please support your social sub-committee by entering this event then pray for a return of the summer weather.


Click the link below for full details

Treasure Hunt

Ellen Stiles

Social committee secretary.

Bowls England Roll Up

As can be seen from the photos below the club is participating in a Bowls England initiative to persuade more people, of all ages, to become involved in our sport.

There will be a number of “Try Bowls” sessions dependent upon uptake.

If you would like to help please feel free to volunteer and bring along your neighbour, nephew, niece, aunt and uncle or anyone else who would like to try. If you are not associated with a current member  but would still like to have a try please make contact and give the sport a try, you will be surprised how social and addictive the game can be

For more details contact chief Coach Jenny Coates on 07890016985



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Greens Update

This has been a very challenging season for the Greens team; the long spells of unusually dry weather have put the grass under considerable stress. So far we have been able to avoid the worst situation by using various treatments and watering the greens.
To minimise the risks of permanent damage one green will be closed on the 31st August to allow the autumn renovations to start earlier than normal. The other green will be kept open, if at all possible, until the 14th September, which is the scheduled “End of Season” as per the Club Fixture Book for 2020.
We will inform you which green will be closed early. If conditions deteriorate further and we have to make temporary closures, of course we will let you know.
Enjoy what is left of a very strange season.
Ken Curtis
Greens Team.

Changes to Competition Dates

Due to the state of the Greens the Greens Committee have decided to close the greens early this year which means that the club comps play by dates have changed.

September 4th now becomes August 31st

September 14th now becomes September 8th

Finals will played September 12th / 13th

Lynn will be away from August 18th to August 23rd to so any results during this period please phone to Sheila  730175


Thank you

Sheila & Lynn

Social Minutes

Draft Minutes of DBC Social Committee Meeting

Friday 24th July 2020, 2.00pm, at Devizes Bowls Club

Present :    Terry Miles – TM, Sheila Garlick – SG, Rosemary Bradbury – RB, Ellen Stiles – ES, Phil Coombes – PC

                    Lorna Heath (LH), Hugh Jupp (HJ), Ellen Stiles (ES)

Apologies:      None

A welcome to everyone present was extended by the Chairman.

The Social Committee held a short meeting at the Bowls Club with guidelines of social distancing strictly followed by placing chairs 2 metres apart.  We are still very much restricted by the current guidelines to how much we can offer socially at this time relating to numbers, social distancing and facilities available i.e. toilets.  As soon as guidelines allow we hope to get some social events organised for the members.


Agenda Item



Floodlit Bowls

The first item discussed was the Floodlit Bowls which is provisionally booked for Wednesday 9th September 2020. So far the Committee have been unable to source flood lights but enquiries are still on-going.  As soon as this has been achieved the Committee will have more idea on how the evening will be structured if guidelines allow it to go ahead.  We may have to think of alternative means of lighting other than flood lights.  If the evening goes ahead the game will be followed by a fish and chip supper.



Review of Planned Events

The Future Ideas as listed in the previous notes were discussed and the Committee were all happy, if guidelines/time allows, we will go ahead with at least some of these events as soon as we can.



‘Walking’ Treasure Hunt


A ‘Walking Treasure Hunt’ around the local area was suggested and this is something we think we could get sorted out fairly soon even with current restrictions.  Members would walk around the local area in twos, threes or even fours with a set of clues and search for the answer to each clue and then make their way back to the Club House for maybe a cup of

tea/coffee if Guidelines at the time allow.  We would aim for this to take 45mins – 1 hour to complete as we felt this would not be too much for the members to feel comfortable with.  It can be done at your own pace and will not be time limited.  You should not need a map or compass as most members are from the local area and we will not make it too difficult!!  The winner(s) will be the one(s) to come back with most correct answers!  We will be working on this over the next couple of weeks and will discuss it at the next meeting on 14th August.  We will then be able to confirm a date for this event to take place.







We are still working within the limits of Government Guidelines which is restricting how much we can offer at the moment, but as soon as restrictions are eased we will proceed with some of the planned events.


Meeting Closed:                                                        3.00pm


Date of next Meeting:

                              Friday 14th August 2.00pm at The Club