20 October 2017

Salisbury & District Bowls Association Supper and Presentation Evening

Members of the Salisbury men’s section (and guests) attended the annual dinner held at Wilton Bowling Club.

Presided over and welcomed by the president Brian McGowan, a meal was followed by presentations, draw and a quiz.

Pewsey took the men’s league cup with Salisbury receiving the runners up cup.

Other presentations for Salisbury included Harry Brockway, Barry Folland and Danny Russell receiving glasses for the highest winning triple (40-4 against Pewsey) and Paul Mortimer who collected glasses for his Triples win with Fraser Boynton and Jamie Reynolds.


17 October 2017

Events - Monies Raised

For those of you who do not know the Ladies Gala/S&D Vice-Presidents day back in September raised £191 for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

When added to the contribution from John Hurle, who bid for the ‘Teapot Cake’ made by Anne Selby, we have a donation of £221 to present to Charlotte Mortimer the Fundraiser for South Wiltshire.

We hope some of us may visit the operational centre to see the helicopter and personal.

Valerie Botting

7 October 2017

Jumble Sale

Today's highly successful Jumble Sale raised over £220 for club funds.

It would have been slightly more than it was if we had not been passed two French francs (pre euro, of course), a pre-decimal threepenny bit and an old larger 5p.

Thanks to the many members who attended as helpers, tea makers, doormen etc., but especially Di Wort, who masterminded the event.

John Hurle

29 September 2017

Macmillan Coffee Morning

W thought you would like to know our final total for the Macmillan Coffee Morning held 29 September


Well done and thank you very much to all who attended and contributed cakes.

A special thank you to Nancy, Jeff, Jacqui, Rosie and Graham without whom I am sure the morning would have been chaos.

Thank you,

Valerie & Frank


24 September 2017

Salisbury Bowlers - World Bowls pair's qualifiers

Sunday, myself (Jamie Reynolds) paired with Jordan Moody and with Tom Warner paired with Scott Edwards from Oxford we took part in the World Bowls pair's qualifiers at Dolphin Indoor Bowling Club in Poole.

There were top competitors from England and Wales at the event, trying to secure a place in the World finals.

The format was a straight knock-out three bowl pair's played in two sets of seven ends. With this being my first outing at this level of competition I expected to at best give a good performance and possibly win a game.

As the day went on though, myself and Jordan just kept winning as did Tom and Scott until between us we had taken out all other competitors,. This was no easy task with the likes of James Rippey and Paul Maynard at the event (to name a few).

But this is sport and unfortunately someone has to lose. The final was played in good spirits, knowing that at least one of the Salisbury boys were making it to Potters made it a bitter sweet pill for myself and Jordan.

The level of bowls played showed why both teams made it to the final and after a hard fought game Tom Warner and Scott Edwards came out on top, winning 10-4 7-6.

To sum up the day, totally chuffed with our performances and to reach the final in this type of competition is a huge success in itself. Well done to both Tom and Scott who now go on to play at Potters early next year. They totally deserved the win and played superbly throughout. To have three of the four players in the final of the World qualifiers from Salisbury is a huge statement as to where we are going success wise, not just as a Club but County as well.

Jamie Reynolds

16 September 2017

Club Presentations and Final outdoor match

The final outdoor club match of the season was held. "Alphas v Omegas" saw forty-four club members play in four rink and two triples matches. As tradition dictates the match was a draw.

Following the match, presentations of awards were made by the Ladies Captain, Ronnie Mussell. This was organised and managed by the completions secretary Stuart Mason to whom many thanks go out for all his dedicated hard work throughout the season.

Stuart arranged an additional presentation (with a subliminal message) to Jamie Reynolds, to quote Benjamin Parker, a character more commonly known as “Uncle Ben”, "With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility".

Jamie "With great power comes great responsibility"

Jamie receiving his award from Ronnie

(note - other brands of silver polish are available!)

9 September 2017

Men’s County Unbadged Singles - Final

The final held at Devizes Bowling Club between Fraser Boynton (Salisbury) and Ashley Plumb (Amesbury).

In a game which could have gone either way Fraser was unlucky losing 18-21.

Congratulations to both players in reaching the final.

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Fraser receiving his runner-up Cup at Devizes

2&3 September 2017

Salisbury Bowling Club Finals

The Club's Finals were well contested in a programme of matches which extended over Saturday 2nd September (warm and sunny) and Sunday morning 3rd September (continuous rain). The matches were well supported by members and prospective members and very well organised by Stuart Mason, who managed the club's competitions again.

Thanks also go to markers, greenkeepers, cake and sandwich makers, barmen and all the volunteers who make our club such a pleasure.

Margaret Annetts and Jamie Reynolds won the Ladies' and Men's Championships. Jamie and Roger Phillips (in the Veterans Singles) came from lying match down to recover and win their finals with decisive late woods.

Ken Bryan and Fraser Boynton, both new to our club this season, reached the final of the Men's Handicap singles. Fraser took it after a good start by Ken.

Di Wren and Doreen Hillier contested the Ladies' Special Singles. It's always a pleasure to see a new name engraved on our trophies and on this occasion Doreen Hillier came out on top.

Another new name to be engraved was Paul Mortimer, who won the Men's Special singles.

The mixed pairs was a long match, played in increasingly heavy rain. Ann Selby and Eddie McConnell were eventually reined in by Sandie Hall and Danny Russell after an impressive start.

The men's pairs final was close, but Stuart Mason and Roger Phillips came out on top. The evergreen Nancy Oliver triumphed in the Ladies' Handicap singles and Di Wort won the Ladies' 2-wood in a close finish.

Dave Bale, who has marked a colossal number of ties in recent seasons, took charge of one of the finals by way of reward for his great contribution again.

An injury to Cherith Deane has caused the postponement of the Ladies Pairs Final to Friday 15th Sept at 11am. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Cherith.

We approach the end of another outdoor season with our Club in good heart and eager to do it all again in 2018.

John Hurle, President

SBC Finals 2017 ladies Champion Margaret Annetts

 Ladies Singles Champion Margaret Annetts receiving Cup from President John Hurle

 SBC Finals 2017 Mens Championship Jamie Reynolds John Hurle Frank Botting (Captain)

Mens Singles Champion Jamie Reynolds (R), runner-up John Hurle (L) President.
receiving cups from Mens Captain Frank Botting.

Competition Winner(s) Runner(s) up
LADIES SINGLES CHAMPION Margaret Annetts (21) Ronnie Mussell (8)
MEN’S SINGLES CHAMPION Jamie Reynolds (21) John Hurle (20)
LADIES 2 WOOD SINGLES Di Wort (15) Rose Pattenden (12)
MEN’S 2 WOOD SINGLES Jamie Reynolds (17) John Hurle (8)
MEN’S SINGLES HANDICAP Fraser Boynton (21) Ken Bryan (14)
LADIES SINGLES HANDICAP Nancy Oliver (22) Sandra Hall (12)
MEN’S VETERAN SINGLE Roger Phillips (22) Graham Annetts (18)
LADIES SPECIAL SINGLES Doreen Hillier (22) Di Wren (12)
MENS SPECIAL SINGLES Paul Mortimer (24) Colin Hardiman (12)
Roger Phillips (24)
Jamie Reynolds
Paul Mortimer (21)
Danny Russell (31)
Anne Selby
Ed McConnell (21)

Saturday 7 October 2017 (1 pm)

Bowls Club fundraising Jumble Sale

Tabletop / Nearly New / Jumble Sale

Salisbury Bowling Club

Di Wort

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26 August 2017

Salisbury & District Triples Winners 2017

S&D Triples Winners 2017


The winning Salisbury triple: Jamie Reynolds, Paul Mortimer and Fraser Boynton.

The final was played at Amesbury against Mike Mundy, Richard Pearce and Vince Kimber (Pewsey)

Salisbury won 19-18 (see match reports for full details).

29 July 2017

Salisbury Open Singles Tournament

The Salisbury Open Singles Tournament was played on Saturday 29th July, and despite the poor weather the day was amazing. I was very impressed with the turnout, not just of fantastic bowlers, but also the club members that helped with everything from marking to the catering and bar staff.

In the singles tournament we saw some fantastic bowling from everyone, and some very tight battles. After a tough fight in the group stage, the eight players to qualify for the quarter finals were:

Tom Warner (Amesbury)
Fraser Boynton (Salisbury)
Tom Newman (Avon)
Wayne Simmonds (Holt)
Joe Wahnon (Weymouth)
Ashley Plumb (Amesbury)
Jamie Reynolds (Salisbury)
Craig Hatherall (Weslecot)

After intense games in the rain the four remaining semi-finalists were Wayne, both the Toms, and Jamie. By this point the end was in sight and the games reflected that, with two close fought matches ending with the two Toms in the final.

Tom Newman, who had been unbeaten throughout the event, continued his form and won against Tom Warner in a very tight and fantastically played final.

The outcome is that the first name on the Salisbury Open Cup since 1993 will be Tom Newman (Avon).

I wish to thank everyone who assisted with the preparations and helped on the day, Salisbury Bowling Club for hosting the event, and the competitors who made the day a success. There were so many of you that supported this event and without you this would not have been possible.

To mention a few; Ron Hillier ran the bar for the day, Frank Botting, Valerie Botting and Jacqui Bull ran the kitchen and kept everyone full, and Anne Selby baked some fantastic cakes as well as playing in the event. I want to thank Neil Gillespie for umpiring for the day and to all my markers; Dave Bale, Stuart Mason, George Robins, Geoffrey Bull, Harold Wilmot, Brian Pike, and Colin Hardiman. Thanks also to everyone who donated raffle prizes which led to a successful raffle draw.

Lastly, I want to thank the club for allowing me to run this competition; I think this showed how successful this event can be. I hope to be able to run this again next year, and for many years to come.

SBC Open Singles 2017 winner Tom Newman President John Hurle 290717

Winner Tom Newman (Avon) being presented with
Open Singles Cup by Club President John Hurle

Jamie Reynolds

6 September 2017

Social Evening with Sponsors

Our generous sponsors, St James's Place, have hosted an annual gathering at our club the last three years, and will be doing so again on the evening of Wednesday 6th September.

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John Hurle

Michelle Sheppard  James Wring

29 July 2017 

Open Singles - Salisbury

Salisbury Tournament Poster 2017

Open Singles Tournament

Saturday 29 July 2017

 24 June 2017

Gillian Scott Trophy

Today we had thirty six players enter this competition. The match ended ending with a three end final, one shot on each end.

The winners Toby Fiddy, Di Kerley and C Hardiman.

Trophy presented by Brian Scott

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The milky bar kids (runners-up) Harold, Steph and Eddie.

Gillian Scott 240617 Harold Steph Eddie

We raised £54.00 for the Salisbury Hospice, finishing with a cream tea.



4 June 2017

Scouts Visit

On Wednesday 14 June, 13 Scouts and their Scout Leaders from 8th Salisbury Methodist Scouts paid a visit to the club to have a ‘taster’ bowls evening.

There were four club coaches present and we started with the usual Health & Safety briefing and some basic instruction.

The coaches decided to introduce an element of fun and competition  with teams, coloured obstacles on the rink and even a cardboard box!

They all seemed to enjoy themselves and at the end of the 90 minutes we identified some promising bowlers!

The scout leaders have kindly given a link to a Facebook page showing the Scouts in action.

<<click here for link to the Scouts in action>>


3 June 2017

Social Bowls

Saturday 3rd June saw 30 members suitably attired in an assortment of colours and styles to enjoy an afternoon of Social Bowling.Social Day 030617

The format of triples matches, two of six ends and one of four ends and based on “yardstick” scoring saw a mixture of some accurate and occasional wayward bowling with team positions and members being drawn after each match.

The weather, although a little threatening at times, held fine with all matches completed just after 5pm.

Members then adjourned to the Clubhouse to enjoy a tea, raffle and await the announcement of the winner.Winner Godfrey Ball

After the scrutiny of the scorecards by Sandy and the team the winner was hailed as Godfrey Ball with an overall score of plus 19. Well done Godfrey.

Thanks go Sandy and the rest of the team for organising, to those who provided sandwiches and cakes and to all those who bowled to make an enjoyable afternoon.

A few photographs (Club Members see Gallery) are included. Mick, what a shirt and Aussie Don looked spectacular. !!!!!!!!!

Ron Hillier 

Social Day 030617

27 May 2017

Ladies National Triples

The quarter & semi-finals were played today at Chippenham Town.

Di Kerley, Sandie Hall and Margaret Annetts (S) were successful in both quarter and semi-finals.

They played a team skipped by Linda Whittingham from Westlecot in the quarter final winning 15 shots to 11.

In the semi final they played Debbie Shadwell, Sue Cooke and Alex Jacobs and came back from 1 - 7 to win 15 - 13.

They now represent Wiltshire in the National finals at Leamington in August.

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The Wiltshire final will be played at Alderbury on Saturday 29th July where Di, Sandy and Margaret will play A Fail (Purton BC).

In the National finals the first round Di, Sandy and Margaret will play Bedfordshire on Monday 14th August 9.30am.

<<national link>>

20 May 2017

Leaky Roof

Following all the intense rain of late the water has found its way through part of the roof.

As part of damage control some utensils have been placed to catch the drips.

One drip has been caught who we have named Eric the Eel.

Indoor pool May 2017

If you want to identify the owner of this body you need to (1) Be a Club Member and (2) Log in to find the whole picture in the galleries.

Roof repairs are currently in hand.

Open day 6th May 2017

The sun shone, the club was buzzing, the doors were flung open and in they came.

Open day was again a great success; the plan was to showcase the club at its best – an active, social, fun place that anyone would wish to join and learn how to play bowls. We also wished to make the day an enjoyable social event for club members.

The day started early for the organisers who prepared the club for the days activities: the Australian Mixed Pairs competition, afternoon refreshments, evening BBQ and of course a warm welcome to potential new club members.

Twenty four club members entered the Australian Mixed Pairs, which was well under way before any visitors arrived. Organised as two leagues, all entrants having a minimum of three games, with the top two from each league going forward to the semi-finals. Designed as a relaxed, fun event, the rules can be confusing but that’s part of the challenge. Last years winner Jamie Reynolds with new partner Jenny McShane hoped for a successful defense of the title, but it was not their day.

The Final, which was held mid afternoon, was between Pauline & Mick Watts and Lorna Van Zyl & Fraser Boynton. Lorna and Fraser prevailed.Winners Fraser & Lorna

The clubs exposure in the local media and our poster campaign again paid dividends. We had approximately a dozen visitors interested in finding out what the club and game of bowls was about. All were given a practical introduction to the game and invited to attend coaching sessions over the next month as part of the Bowls Development “Play Bowls” incentive. The club will receive funding for each new member we recruit. In addition to these new visitors several of our social members, who joined the club this year, came along for a further experience of playing on the outside green and four of them have now converted their social to full membership.

It was a great day: the competition went well and was enjoyed by all! The visitors to the club were very enthusiastic and seem likely to attend the planned coaching sessions, time will tell whether we have found some new club members. We rounded off the day with a BBQ to which most club members and several of the visitors stayed on for.


5 May 2017

Club Competitions

The internal Club Competition draws have been made. These are displayed on the club notice boards.

Members can log-in to this site and will find the draws (printable) under the members menu.

Good luck to all the competitors

28 March 2017

Middleton Cup First Trial

Three club members are invited to the Middleton Cup First Trial to be held at Royal Wootton Bassett 10:00 Saturday 13th May 2017.

Jordan Moody         (Salisbury)
Jamie Reynolds         (Salisbury)
Fraser Boynton         (Salisbury)

Joining them from the south of the county -

Tom Warner         (Amesbury)
Ashley Plumb         (Amesbury)

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