GOOD NEWS.  I can confirm Bridport Bowling Club is opening tomorrow, 8th June for roll-ups.  I am attaching the Covid-19 Statement and  Rules for safe bowling to reiterate what has been sent out to everyone.

The Committee ask you please to follow the rules so all member can enjoy playing bowls safely.  All rinks to be pre-booked.  This ensures we keep numbers down and stops any wasted journeys.

From Monday 15th June, it will be possible to book a pairs game.  Just one per session.

Enjoy your bowling in the fresh air and see how smart the clubhouse is looking following Neil’s hard work.



rules for club opening


Firstly, I hope this finds you all well as we enter yet another week of lock-down.  These have been strange and challenging times but have given us time to take stock of what we find most important to us.  I am sure that like me you all have very tidy cupboards,  all the gardening chores are up to date and maybe even a little decorating has taken place.

With this beautiful weather our thoughts are drawn to bowling and being on the green with our bowling friends.  The committee are working very hard to produce a robust procedure for the safe bowling of all our members.  This is almost complete and will be circulated to you all as soon as possible.

An opening date is reliant on the completion of the works to St. Mary’s Bridge.  This is being carried out by Dorset Council and entails installation of a new bridge and the closure of the footpath.  The bridge is scheduled to go in on 3rd June but we are unsure how long the footpath will be shut for.  The Council are working with a smaller gang of men to enable social distancing so are unsure of the time the works will take.  Rest assured we will be in contact as soon as firm date is reached.

The work on preserving the exterior of the clubhouse is in hand and already the building is looking a lot smarter.  This is an enormous job and we owe Neil a huge thank you for undertaking this work for us.  He is working on his own due to social distancing issues.

I have reported already that Bill has secured a grant from Dorset Council for loss of income.  Since then he has written a bid to Sport England which has been successful so adding to our funds.  This will help enormously to cover the deficit caused by the closure of the Club this season.

I will shortly add some photos of  the club so you can all see how smart it is looking.  In due course I am looking forward to posting some pictures of members enjoying a practice session, albeit with social distancing!!

Keep well.

POSTPONED Games night 27th March

The following event has been postponed. It is hoped to run it later in the year.

On Friday 27th March the club is running a Games Night featuring much loved TV game shows Play Your Cards Right, Family Fortunes & Mr & Mrs (possibly Name That Tune too).

It will be a fun and enjoyable evening,  providing plenty of laughs and entertainment. So put it in your diary, the night will start at 7.00pm and cost only £2.50 per head. Bring along friends and family.

You provide your own snacks and we’ll provide the mischief, mirth and mayhem.

Sign up sheets are now up at both indoor and outdoor clubs.

CANCELLED Soup and Pud 20th March

The following event has been cancelled.

Friday 20th March sees the last Soup and Pud lunchtime event in the clubhouse.  This is a fantastic opportunity to get together and catch up with others before the new season starts.

Soup and a crusty roll, followed by fruit crumble & custard

20TH March 12.30 – 1.30pm


The planned members meetings have been postponed due to COVID-19. Hopefully when the situation settles we will be able to re-convene the meeting and the start of the season


Its that time of year again with the ladies and men’s spring meetings coming up next Thursday, 19th March 1.30 for 2.00 pm for the ladies and 6.30 for 7.00 pm for the men.  (Bar open at 6 pm).  If you are unable to attend please let Margaret or Peter have your completed forms.

If anyone has not received their paperwork please contact me, Laura, or Peter Carnell or Margaret Clapp who have been organising this.  

Hopefully the weather and current situation will improve and we can all look forward to getting outdoors and bowling with our bowling friends. The green is looking really good.   You will see from the fixture list which is updated on the website that we are all going to be kept very busy this year with lots of friendlies, touring teams etc.

Do let your friends and neighbours know that the 2020 season is about to start and new members will be very welcome.  A date for a taster session will be circulated in due course but coaching can always be arranged, just ask me, Bob Taylor or Brian Rumble.

2019 AGM

The AGM is on Monday 28th October at 7pm.  As usual the bar will be open before then so you can catch up with friends prior to the proceedings.  Below are the Officer’s reports and Minutes from last year for downloading.  In due course I will be adding the Financial Reports and the Agenda.  If anyone has any propositions for the AGM, please pass them to me at least two weeks prior to the meeting.

report 2019 Treasurer



AGM Minutes 18

AGM Reports 201



In lovely sunshine which lasted all weekend, our finals started on Friday evening.  This was specially to accommodate Gill Hunt and Mike Solomon who were both in five finals.  The Veterans Trophy was Gill’s first victory against Steve Bartlett and Mike’s first victory was in the 2-wood singles against Bill Duthie-Jones.

Saturday saw three games in the morning and afternoon.  There were lots of club members there to support the competitors and to enjoy the refreshments available.

The ladies handicapped singles was a nail-biter with Marion Carter victorious against Gill Hunt 21-20.  The ladies drawn triples was won by Joan Smith, Pamela Daters and Delphine Street and the men’s drawn triples saw a good win for Craig Bosher, Fred Pomeroy and Peter Carnell.

Following a jacket potato lunch provided by Pauline and Jean, the afternoon continued with:  Ladies drawn pairs with Cheryl Mackenzie and Jill Willcox victorious against Trish Field and Frances Hewett.  Another very close game was Gill Hunt and Mike Solomon -v- The Tibbles in the mixed pairs with Gill and Mike winning by one shot!  Bob Willcox and Mike Craddock won the Men’s Championship Pairs. After all his efforts preparing the green, our greenkeeper was able to keep an eye on play whilst he dozed in the sun.

Another beautiful day on Sunday saw Gill Hunt and Marion Carter victorious in the Ladies Championship pairs -v- Laura Taylor and Pat Cornick.  Ben Jones eventually won the handicapped singles against Mike Craddock a marathon game!  This year Steve Bartlett won the Junior Cup and Frances Hewett and Mike Solomon battled hard in the Single Sets which went to a three end shoot out with Mike just pipping Frances to the post.

Ploughman’s lunch today provided by Liz, Carol and Margaret.  The afternoon session saw Barry Shortland win the Men’s  singles and the ladies singles saw a reversal of fortunes with Pat Cornick victorious against Gill Hunt.  Alison Tibble and Frances Hewett played the full 21 ends in the 2-wood singles with Alison victorious.  The last game to complete was the Men’s Drawn Pairs with Michael Higman and Mike Solomon victorious.

A brilliant weekend with glorious weather and superb bowling.  Mike and Gill I am sure were exhausted but happy with their wins with 4 out of 5 for Mike and 3 out of 5 for Gill.


Saturday 27th July

The weather couldn’t have been better for our annual charity day.  This year the proceeds were split between the Alzheimer’s Charity and a project for the Club.

9.00 am saw our men’s captain, Paul, in the kitchen preparing the pork for pulled pork rolls.  By 2.00 pm the club had been decorated with pink and turquoise balloons and all the members arrived sporting a great collection of pink and/or turquoise attire ranging from onesies – shorts – bright shirts and lots of pink hats.  Rosemary had organised all the teams, not an easy task, and took charge of organising us all into our rinks, again not easy!  Mike Solomon, our men’s vice captain lead his team to victory following the specific instructions as laid down by Rosemary.  We were lucky this year as our ladies captain and fines master was away at a wedding so we didn’t get fined for our numerous misdemeanors!! 


It was great to see members of our indoor club coming down to watch the fun and enjoy a drink in the sunshine.Following our delicious pulled pork rolls, the huge raffle and auction took place.  At the end of the day we raised just over £700 with donations still coming in as I write this article

As a Club we have had a very successful year so far with the weather being very kind to us and at least 16 new members joining us.  This has been great for our one day competitions where all the new members have been joining in and competing.  We have also managed to reinstate our ladies second County League team.  This included some new members along with established ladies and I am pleased to say they are gelling well and flying the flag for Bridport.