Bowls Committee Vacancies


Each year every member of the bowls committee has to stand for re-election if they so wish. This year several have decided not to continue, so nominations will be needed in time for the annual bowls meeting on the 4th November.

In order to help you decide if you would like to help in some capacity, click the link Job Descriptions all to see the job descriptions for all of the current positions on the committee.

Should you be interested please contact any current committee member and you will be invited to a meeting to see how the organisation works to help you make your final decision to join us.

We look forward to talking to you

Dave Greenwood
Bowls committee secretary
August 2018

Mid-Wilts “A” v Chippenham Park “A”

A much improved performance gave the “A” team a much better result than the previous two weeks but only just, loosing overall by 9 points to 5 and a shot count of 70-73 in favour of Chippenham park A.

The captain won a close game on his rink, Bob Budden won on his and Chris Merrifield drew but the fourth rink went down quite heavily.


Dave Russell, Geoff Woollan and Mike Mitcham won 18-16
Steve Brooks, Colin Smith and Bob Budden won 23-11
Don Tucker, K.Roberts and Chris Merrifield drew 18-18
Simon Northway, Ken Curtis and Duncan Poole lost 11- 28

Mike Mitcham
Team Captain

Devizes v Newport O60s League

Last Friday, believe it or not the 13th of July, Devizes met the challenge of supporting a 9 rink home friendly against Newport O60’s League. A side on a day trip out from a number of clubs in the Newport area who play in their local O60’s league
The first challenge to be met was the unusual format of the match where the request was for six rinks of men and three rinks of ladies even though the match was one game not two separate ones. The challenges were to get enough players, to supply enough food and to keep the bar running all needing extra work from the usual few volunteers.
The match itself was played in excellent spirit and very friendly whilst all suffered with the heat. The result was a close finish with the visitors winning by just 13 shots at 184 to 171. Top rink for Devizes was Stan Rutherford, Keith Bruton, Bernard Fox and Dave Greenwood.
Many thanks to those who brought a plate of food making for an excellent buffet and a special thanks to Patricia Reeves, Rosemary Bradbury, Wendy Gaisford and Jenny Coates who provided extra support in the kitchen as well as Jill Halliday and Liz Soellner who ran the bar.
Our visitors enjoyed themselves so much they even asked if they could repeat the visit next year and were full of praise for the club as the President, Rosemary Bradbury, said her goodbyes to them as they boarded their coach for home.

Dave Greenwood

Captains Charity Day 2018

This years Captains Charity Day was held on the afternoon of 15th July and yet again it turned out to be a very hot day.

There were 34 members in attendance and Captain Bev, assisted by Vice-Captain Ellen, set up four rinks with two sat out whilst nine ends were played. All came into the clubhouse at this stage to take a breather and take a drink to revitalise . The two seated out were then brought into the game and a further nine ends completed an afternoon of friendly and enjoyable bowling with friends.

Everyone had brought a plate of food so there was plenty to each whilst conversation flowed and Bev sorted out the winners of the various competitions that were run, see list below. A raffle was run whilst the monies collected from the charity box, raffles, spider and guess the weight of the cake and whiskey draw were added up.

Winners were:-

Whiskey – Colin Smith, Guess the cake weight – Josie Mulligan, Spider – Ken Roberts

The overall winner was of course the charity, Alzheimer’s Support, to the tune of £200

Well done all

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

Devizes v Trowbidge Town Triples Friendly

Captain for the day Dave Greenwood took a team of players to Trowbridge Town to play a mixed four triples friendly on Saturday 14th July. Because of so many commitments it was a scratch team having to phone around for extras even as late as the night before.

It was, as it has been for a while now, very hot and the greens were a hard and rude awakening especially for a few newer members that had not experienced such conditions before, so the result was much as anticipated. A win on all four rinks for Trowbridge Town.

Congratulations to Jeff Whiting, Marie Greenwood and Debbie Greenwood who held on to the end in the lead but just lost out on the last two ends to record a final score of 16-19, a shot difference of 3, becoming the least losing rink and therefore top rink for Devizes closely followed By Terry Bazeley, Ellen Stiles and Geoff Woollan who had a shot difference of 4.

Rink 1: Jeff Whiting, Marie Greenwood and Debbie Greenwood lost 16-19.
Rink 2: Terry Bazeley, Ellen Stiles and Geoff Woollan lost 12-16.
Rink 3: Liz Soellner, Chris Holt and Dave Greenwood lost 9-18.
Rink 4: Peter Diwell, Lynn Hicks and Denise Howard lost 6-31.

Total scores Trowbridge Town 84- Devizes 43

Mid-Wilts “A” v Spencer Melksham

Not a good result tonight (Thursday 12th July) for the “A” team. On our rink it was very close till we dropped a 4 and never really recovered.
Bob and Chris really had an uphill struggle with 2 against 3 but really did well to draw overall game 16 – 16 but having to drop 25 %
Chris had good start but lost out in end by 4 an excellent achievement as they were down by a lot more at times,
But Duncan and his team, both new players to the (A) team really did do well to win by 12.

Rink 1: G.Woollen, K.Roberts, M.Mitcham, lost 9-20
Rink 2: C.Holt, B.Budden, lost 12-16 with 25% deducted for a player short.
Rink 3: J.Jefferies, K.Curtis, D.Poole, won 25-13.
Rink 4: D.Tucker, C.Smith, C.Merrifield, lost 17-21.

Overall shot score was Devizes 63 to Spencer Melksham’s 70, a points share of 12 to 2

Mike Mitcham
Team Captain

Company Taster Day

Thanks so much to those who made the company taster night on Tuesday 26th June so successful – although the weather was extremely hot they did enjoy it.
I will contact Morrisons and see if they might like to be involved, how good would that be, David Owen Accountants v J S Weeks Accountants and Sainsburys Supermarket v Morrisons Supermarket.

There is a possible approach from David Owen to host a corporate event here later in the year with another company they liaise with on a regular basis.

We will also have to seek support for an application from Phab – It is understood they might be approaching the Club , for an evening.

Many thanks to Terry who as usual did do well with the organisation of the evenings fish and chip supper.

Jenny Coates.